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Posted October 6, 2023.This item was shared with us by a representative of a certain three-letter organization. Ed.From the New York Times, October 5, 2023:
Wisconsin: A man armed with a handgun was taken into custody after asking to see the governor. He posted bail and returned hours later with a rifle.
Update sure to follow: Released on his own recognizance as a poor person who couldnt afford further bail, the man was seen headed once more for the Wisconsin statehouse with two portable nuclear devices, an Iranian Damn the Great American Satan to Hell drone,
$20 million,a cooler full of Bud Light, and three tickets to a Taylor Swift concert. It was later discovered that the man is an FBI undercover agent. He has incriminated the entire Republican Party, members of which will be arrested without bail tomorrow. Details at 11. Ω
Posted September 26, 2023.
Edward Morrison Morley: Does this really need any comment?Mr. Morley is TLDs Viewing with Alarm Correspondent.According to the New York Times on
Science: A new model suggests that in
250 millionyears, all land will collide into a supercontinent that boosts warming and pushes mammals to extinction.
Where is Bidenomics when we
need it? ΩModine Herbey offers a comment, needed or not: If this item needed a subhead, the NYT could have borrowed from the inspired work of Joe Sobran: Women, Minorities To Be Hardest Hit.
Posted August 24, 2023.
Edward Morrison Morley: One darn coincidence after another, or Who will rid me of this troublesome mercenary? (actual fabricated quote from
V. Putin).Mr. Morley is TLDs Odd Coincidences Correspondent. Oddly enough, he filed this item from somewhere in Siberia.Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin presumed dead after Russia plane crash, the BBC reported on August 23,2023. What a surprise! Everyone thought that Russian President Vladimir Putin had reconciled with Prigozhin after the latter had staged an abortive but really humiliating mutiny against Vlad the Impaler in June. Only the exceptionally skeptical and conspiracy-minded had had the chutzpah to darkly suggest that Prigozhin would soon come up deceased from consuming poisoned comestibles or getting intoxicated and falling into a lake or suffering from mysterious radiation maladies or simply dying from boredom while watching CNN. Others suggested that he might have been part of the doomed Russian Moon mission, which coincidentally took off shortly after the coup. Imagine their amazement when YP was merely a victim of Russian terrestrial aviations record-breaking penchant for poor safety standards. (Bear in mind that seat belts, engine inspections, routine maintenance, and other frills and extras are not customary in the Slavic paradise.)
Prigozhins lackey Grey Zone channel claimed that the plane was shot down by Russian air defenses, but given the lack of success these have had
vis-à-visUkrainian drones, that seems improbable.
In an unrelated development, Siberian-born General Sergei Surovikin, the head of Russian Aerospace Forces, is back in the news, sort of. Surovikin gained notoriety for his brutality in Chechnya, ordering three Chechens killed for every Russian soldier killed. The Chechens retaliated by trying several times to kill him: he was concussed and hospitalized after one of the bomb blasts. In Syria he won the nickname General Armageddon he liked to bomb civilian targets. That led to his being placed in charge of the Russian invasion of Ukraine between October 2022 and January 2023 after humiliating early failures, but when the war stagnated he was bumped downward before being kicked upstairs as chief of the Russian Air Force early this year.
Surovikin apparently made a few tactical mistakes when his pal Prigozhin staged his mutiny in June. Following that aborted event, Surovikin in an odd video publicly urged Prigozhin to give up. He appeared under duress and was breathing hard in the video. Surovikin hasnt been seen in public or video since: officials said he was merely resting (though whether with his boots on or not is unclear). So, on the very same day that Prigozhin bought the farm, Surovikin reportedly was sacked, though the defence ministry said Surovikin had merely been transferred to a new job and was now on a short vacation.
Coincidentally, Surovikins predecessor as commander in chief of the Ukrainian fiasco,
Col. Gen.Gennady Zhidko, died last week in Moscow after what officials said was a lengthy illness. Zhidko was 57. However, the fact that Zhidko had been placed under U.S. sanctions for his work in Ukraine may have had something to do with it.
I am happy to report that Zhidkovs predecessor, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikov commander of the Russian forces in Syria and known as the Butcher of Syria during the Russian military intervention there who took command in Ukraine from April to May 2022 seems to be hale and hearty ... as far as we know. The chain of unusual events stops with him, because between the start of the invasion and April 2022, there was no invasion chief (which may explain why the Russkis were so successful early on).
Our last pinch me if this aint no coincidence moment involves TLDs old punching bag, Andrew Cuomo. Seems there might have been a few other hands behind the scenes working for Handy Randy Andy other than his brother Chris, who, as you remember, got sacked by CNN for his co-curricular journalism. The New York Times,
August 7,2023, carried this story: The Secret Hand Behind the Women Who Stood by Cuomo? His Sister. The gravamen of the story? For nearly two years, Madeline Cuomo quietly worked with grass-roots activists to help smear her brothers accusers. Tsk, tsk. And you thought Andrew was a swine.
The story goes on: ... [M]enacing posts began cropping up on Twitter last September just hours after a former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York sued him over sexual harassment claims. The tweets attacked the aide, Charlotte Bennett, in starkly personal terms. Your life will be dissected like a frog in a HS science class, read one of the most threatening, which also featured a photo of Ms. Bennett dancing at a bar in lingerie. Some fun, but nothing that wasnt in the playbook of Bill and Hilary Clinton.
Madeline Cuomo, at first apparently just one of the gang of mostly older women who came together to defend their beloved Andrew even before the matter spilled out into public view, apparently took over the group, intimating that she was speaking on her brothers behalf:Good Morning. Just spoke and he thinks a distraction could be helpful today, Ms. Cuomo wrote in the private texts reviewed by The New York Times. She suggested posting photos of Charlotte in her sex kitten straddle.... No respectable woman would EVER pose like that, Ms. Cuomo added. She went on: Bimbo photos. Really despicable. Unsophisticated girls..... Far from an isolated episode, the unvarnished exchange is part of a trove of more than 4,000 text messages, emails and voice memos between leaders of the group and Ms. Cuomo shared with The Times this summer. Together, they provide unusual insight into how far members of one of Americas most storied political families were willing to go to rehabilitate a fallen Democratic scion and humiliate those they believed had wronged him. Made up almost entirely of women inspired by Mr. Cuomos handling of the Covid pandemic, We Decide New York rapidly joined forces in spring 2021 to defend an increasingly isolated governor as traditional allies abandoned him. The group swarmed his critics on social media, sold Cuomo swag and pushed for due process.There is more to this tawdry tale, but your reporter is feeling a little too nauseated to go on.
However, watch this space for other improbable coincidences. And now back to the American primary
Posted August 22, 2023.
Edward Morrison Morley: Russian spacecraft ceases to exist.Mr. Morley is TLDs Space Exploration Correspondent responsible for covering events where no man [sic] has gone before.According to Russias news agency TASS (ha, ha, but not as laughable as it used to be now that it is being given fierce competition in the fake news department by former U.S. newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post), Russias space agency, Roscosmos, reported that The Luna-25 spacecraft switched to an off-design orbit and ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the moon on
August 19.The untoward event is projected to produce a budget surplus for Roscosmos next year as further Luna missions are postponed.
Nevertheless, Vlad The Impaler Putin could claim success since Russias last space mission, something called the Fobos-Grunt Mission to Mars (you could look it up) more or less, sorta, possibly, left a lot of room for improvement, even ignoring a later claim by Putin that the Mars in question was the Pennsylvania candy factory. Fobos-Grunt was unable to even exit the Earths orbit and smashed into the Pacific in 2012.
Undeterred by subsequent attempts to smash Russian space craft into Kiev, Odessa, Mariupol, Bakhmut, etc. kind of practice runs for Mars no doubt Roscosmos has scheduled Mars-Grunt for 2026. Reserve your seats now, though future off-design orbits are still likely. (But isnt that more fun than drowning in a capitalist
Posted July 20, 2023.
Modine Herbey (as told to Edward Morrison Morley): Breaking news! Coke in the White House. Flunky tells all.Mx. Herbey is Acting Deputy Assistant for Waste Management Affairs, West Wing Office at the White House. Mr. Morley is TLDs crack reporter who helped Mx. Herbey to blowThe really true truth about Coke in the White House was revealed yesterday in an exclusive interview that Mx. Modine Herby, Acting Deputy Assistant for Waste Management Affairs, West Wing Office at the White House, granted to Edward Morrison Morley, TLDs Foibles and Other Stuff Correspondent.
a lidthe lid off the White House Coke scandal. Mr. Morley is currently on Orange Mans list for press secretaries in 2023. The text has been lightly edited to modify Mx. Herbeys unusual New Yorker syntax.
Gosh, I couldnt believe it, Mx. Herby said. I mean, bin workin here since the LBJ regime (What a vile dude that guy was. Nothin like that
Bush I,who was so tidy even his sox was starched), picking up trash and incredibly gross stuff around the West Wing, but this tops even the waste I had to scoop up after little Billy Clinton and whats her name (cigars, lingerie, and what not), not to mention having to replace the blue carpets and all. But Billy was a good ole boy an has that there Peyronies Disease, so who can blame him for a little fun on the job onest in a while, so to speak, specially when Cruella DaVille aint around. (I aint gonna mention her real name cause shes bin lawyered up from the tip of her pointy head down to her flat feet since college, and can that woman cuss.) That may a been when [someone terrifying who will not be named here Ed.] was bumping off Vinnie (the Boot) Foster, who was gettin ready to spill the beans to the National Inquirer on the Clinton crime family, but I can tell you that Arky bunch was amatoors compared to the Biden syndicate.
Anyways, I comes into the Oval Orifice (as the staff likes to call it, ha, ha), last week and there on the Presidents desk was Coke all over the place. Probably that slob Hunter, I sez to myself, who Ive told a dozen times, Empty them cans before you throw them around and splash Coke all over, but no, here was a dozen or more partly empty cans of Coke, Coke Classic, New Coke, Old Coke (the kind that actually had that other kind of coke in it), Diet Coke, Coke Zero, and all them other fancy names for whats just colored fizzy water with sugar or not. Great, I sez to myself, That moron Hunter has broken into the White House Wine cellars collection of vintage Coke-a-Coler dating back to the
19th centuryand unrivaled even by that at Coke HQ in Atlanta. Im going to roast his chestnuts good for this one.
Boy, I reads that bum the riot act when he comes slithering in around
11 am(the Prez usually doesnt show until lunch cuz he usually spends the evening before beddie-byetime at 8:30, writing little speeches for Camel-a,which she goofs up anyways). Imagine my chagrin and mortification when I finds out that Hunter hadnt been in the White House last nite and morning, being off lickin smack, Angel powder, bobo, an blowcaine off the tummy of his latest floozy (somebody from CNNs White House press pool).
So it turns out it was the Prez hisself, ole Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., that made this Gawd-awful dumpster mayhem. Turns out his connection, some guy name o Corn Pop, was unaccountably detained at the Texas border, and the Big Guy was so desperate he scarfs up rare Coke from said White House collection, tryna get a buzz.
Well, he winds up callin Dr. Biden, as the missus prefers to be called, but she aint no good cause she aint a real doctor like someone with a Ph.D. in history but just one o them edication doctors who aint worth a cup of spit. Fortunately, she had a bunch o uppers and downers an dexies to tide him over until his afternoon shot, know what I mean?
So anyway, thats the whole story about this here Coke in the White House thing thats got everybodys knickers in a bunch. Not even Putin involved. An not even an allusion to the person whats got to clean up the mess and go on eBay to try an replace the gaps in that darn White House Coke collection.
And with that, Mx. Herby, obviously annoyed at how the mainstream media have tried to cover up their crucial role in the whole Coke affair, flounced off before I could ask them about the implication of all this for the soon-to-be-announced presidential candidacy of Hunter (the Horse) Biden, who seems to have amassed one heck of a campaign fund, apparently from selling his paintings for undisclosed (until the IRS gets on this one in a decade or so) amounts of money, and perhaps a foreign potentate or two who want him on their executive boards. I, your intrepid reporter, am already on this gig and you will be hearing the results soon. (By the way, if you dont hear from me soon, ask Strakon to give you the key to a certain locker in Grand Central
Posted June 30, 2023.
Edward Morrison Morley: Free lunch, free education, free electric cars: Where will it all end ...Mr. Morley is no longer a student and is therefore unable to have his vote purchased by student loan forgiveness, but he is amenable to the idea that writers should be subsidized by annual free vacations to one or another of President Bidens many homes, especially the one with the vintage Corvette in its garage. Ed.According to the New York Times on
June 29,2023, Student debt activists quickly called for President Biden to try again. Bold decisions and transformative [i.e., illegal] policies are often met with initial resistance, said Cody Hounanian, the executive director of the Student Debt Crisis Center. We now look to President Biden to deliver on his promise by canceling student debt using other powers available to him.
No imperial presidency here, heh, heh. And the president needs to deliver as Santa would at the Winter Festival formerly known as Christmas on his promise.)
A Morley Bright Ideas Suggestion: How about having various foreign oligarchs pick up the tab? Biden wants us to do the job, but Im sure if he appointed Hunter Biden as Special Assistant to the President for Richly Rewarding People Who Dont Do Anything, the $40 or so billion tab would be taken care of in no
Posted April 19, 2023.
Nicholas Strakon: Yes, I do subject myself to (free) mailings from Garrison Keillor, and I sometimes even read them.
Oppressed as we all are these days by the screaming, crazy-evil Woke, I sometimes forget how infuriating the old mind-meld liberals we grew up with could be.
Heres Keillor commenting on a cheerful scene of frolickers in Central Park. (I have ventured to highlight a couple passages with bold-face.)How many of these walkers and runners believe that the Illuminati use vaccines to cause autism, that the government is withholding the cure for cancer as a favor to Big Pharm, that a federal research facility in Alaska is engaged in mind control, that Bigfoot is drinking the blood of small children in Roswell, New Mexico, and that the shots came from the grassy knoll and not the School Book Depository?Ive noted before the establishment-liberal technique of conflating Flat Earthism and matters of vital public debate. We all saw a resurgence of that during the Covidian frenzy.
Not many, I would guess. The constant social interactions of urban life tend to erode the sharper edges of lunacy....
By the way, if you choose to expose yourself to the whole thing, good luck getting past Keillors opening: It was good to see clips of Joe Biden being welcomed by big happy crowds in Ireland, grinning, shaking hands, posing for pictures, kissing babies, quoting Irish poets, busy being beloved by all who waited to
see him. Ω
Modine Herbey comments: The constant social interactions of urban life tend to erode the sharper edges of lunacy? Boy, theres a counterintuitive observation if ever there was one. You might even call it lunatic.
Henry Gallagher Fields detects some irony: Havent the majority of Kennedy-assassination revisionists always been ... old-time liberals?
Nicholas Strakon: Caitlin Johnstone, one of my favorite righteous leftists, has been on fire lately even more incandescently than usual, I mean. Please read: Free Those Who Expose Government Misdeeds, Jail Those Who Try To Conceal Them (April 19, 2023). She writes:Its just so crazy how its taken as a given that governments keep these secrets for good and noble reasons which must be protected with as much force as necessary, when we know for a fact that this is false and have known it for generations. As Julian Assange once said, The overwhelming majority of information is classified to protect political security, not national security.I urge you to read Johnstones
April 18column, too: The Totalitarian Dystopia Is Already Here, which opens with a bang: I had a nightmare that I leaked some classified information and got arrested and waterboarded by New York Times reporters.
Some of Johnstones commentary may resonate with readers of Ronn Neffs Polite Totalitarianism, the most important of TLDs foundational
Posted April 7, 2023.
Nicholas Strakon: Amid the frenzy over Donald Trumps indictment, I have to ask: Is he charged with anything that would be a crime in a free
Nicholas Strakon: Ann Coulter offers an interesting and say I plausible take on the Lefts indictment of Trump, in her April 6 piece at Takis: Youre Being Played, Republicans! Ω
Edward Morrison Morley: The Rev. Dr. Greta must be outraged. (Assuming she knows what a homer is.)Going, going, gone: Study says climate change juicing homers, by Seth Borenstein, AP, April 7, 2023.Lead: Climate change is making major league sluggers into even hotter hitters, sending an extra 50 or so home runs a year over the fences, a new study
Posted March 23, 2023.
Nicholas Strakon: Doctor ecclesiæ!University of Helsinki to bestow honorary degree to Greta Thunberg (The College Fix, March 21, 2023).What degree? Why, naturally, a doctorate in ... theology! This would be very pointed satire if it were satire, but its for real. Reality just keeps getting more and more risible here in Clown World ... No, make that Evil Clown World. Kyrie eleison! Ω
Posted February 28, 2023.
Edward Morrison Morley: National Geographic soft on ChiComs or just soft in the head? You be the judge!Mr. Morley, TLDs cultural correspondent [Ed.: Wait. I thought Edna St. Louis Missouri was ... Oh, never mind.], has taken time off from his busy schedule of mining bit coins to enlighten himself by reading Nat Geo on line. Apparently this was to no avail. Ed.Heres the Nat Geo clickbait:
Whats with the big secret? China uncovered an 800-year-old shipwreck, but for decades, the authoritative government kept the exciting undersea discovery from its people and the world. Nat Geo looks into the why in this story.
Why, indeed. The hook is that Nat Geo seems to be reproving the ChiComs for keeping secrets. Surprise! Wow! However, readers who hope the story will finally confirm that the ChiComs are using slave labor to do dirty archaeological work among other things, or, worse, that the good ship Nanhai Nr. 1 was a Uighur pirate ship that terrorized the high seas before coming to its timely demise, will be sadly disappointed.
Alas, the secret turns out to be that the ChiComs are meticulous scientists (cf. Wuhan Lab) who took 20 years just to develop an excavation plan that preserved this priceless time capsule. Obviously a model for enlightened scientists everywhere and a timely rebuke to capitalist archaeologists who are in it for a quick buck. The piece concludes, To many Chinese people, the Nanhai Nr. 1 reflects both the glories of Chinas mercantile past as well as its ambitious projects for the future, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, a massive China-funded scheme launched in 2013 to invest in infrastructure in dozens of countries [in] a conscious updating of both the Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road. (In contrast to capitalist or neo-capitalist countries that just exploit these countries and steal their resources.)
No word on how we capitalist swine and our exploited masses should respond or think, but one would guess that cowering in shame at our multi-millennial systemically deplorable past would be a good start, followed by buying their profusely illustrated archaeological manuals (ChiCom or Nat Geo, you pick em), while offering to pay reparations to the ChiComs and pretty much every country in the world.
Some readers will be slightly puzzled by the fact that Nat Geo doesnt think the ChiComs are a brutal Communist regime, or a rapacious totalitarian dictatorship, but are merely an authoritative government. They might suppose this to be a typo for authoritarian, but they would be wrong.
You see, authoritative, according to the authoritative American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, means the following:1. Having or arising from authority; official.So its clearly not a typo, my dear fascist pig readers. That pretty accurately describes how the highly reliable Nat Geo (and probably the demonstrably official American Heritage) think about the acknowledgedly excellent ChiComs and their authoritative leader-for-life.
2. Of acknowledged accuracy or excellence; highly reliable.
3. Demonstrating authority; commanding.
Next Week: TLD will carry Mr. Morleys partially live interview with George Orwell conducted while he (Orwell not Morley) spins in his
Posted January 23, 2023.
Edna St. Louis Missouri: Good news ... and bad news.Ms. Missouri is TLDs Cultural Correspondent. Her last international posting was to an undisclosed location. Ed.Claims have proliferated that Harry Windsors memoir was the best-selling book of all time in the United States in its first week. The good news is that this is untrue (i.e., false, a lie, an inoperable statement, etc.). According to the Wall Street Journal on
January 20,2023, his first-week sales were 629,300 hardcover copies. That trails two other books that sold 831,300 copies and 645,900 copies. The bad news is that those two books were the Barack Obama and Michele Obama memoirs. All three tomes were put on sale on a Tuesday, so their first weeks were also only five days. Yawn. All in all, a powerful argument for watching Matlock reruns on oldies TV. Ω
Edward Morrison Morley: Pinocchio Award nominees.Mr. Morley is TLDs Economics Correspondent. He is currently on a long-term leave of absence, but insists that this does not mean he is actually deceased. Time will tell. Ed.Gov. Gavin Newsom, D(unce) California, recently claimed that 95% of Texans pay higher taxes than Californians. The impertinent Sacramento Bee on
January 18,2023, fact-checked that, and surprise, surprise reported that Texans paid $6,335 (no income tax, $5,027 in property tax, and $1,620 in sales tax), while Californians paid $11,946 ($5,844 in income tax, $5,073 in property tax, and $1,029 in sales tax). This does not include gas taxes, which are 51¢ a gallon in California and 20¢ a gallon in Texas.
Newsom still has a ways to go to actually complete with Sleepy Joe Biden as dissimulator in chief, but once JB shuffles off this mortal coil, he could be a serious contender (Newsom, not Biden) in being economical with the truth. Joey is such a teller of tales that the Washington Posts fact-checker stopped fact-checking after the first 100 days of the Biden monarchy, while it relentlessly pursued Orange Man throughout his full term. And, mirabile dictu, CNN recently published Fact check: A look at Bidens first year in false claims
(January 20,2023), which actually exposes some terminological inexactitudes uttered by the most transparent and honest president since, since, since, well, ever. The piece is diluted by insisting on comparing JBs howlers with those of Orange Man (the current Dumbocrat talking point of hes not so bad compared to that other liar which is already wearing thin), and by introducing ambiguities and equivocations that disguise Joeys misfeasance, malfeasance, and nonfeasance. Sigh. Ω
Posted December 28, 2022.
Edward Morrison Morley: Death, oh Death, where is thy stink?Mr. Morley is, or was until his recent reported demise, TLDs Death Correspondent. Ed.Is Death Even Real?
A mind-blowing scientific discovery could change what it means to die.
That is the question raised in the
December 2022issue of Popular Mechanics. (Its behind a paywall, but you can trick it by going to reader view.)
Short answer: Ask civilians in Ukraine, Nigeria, China, Yemen, and Chicago.
BTW, since when did Popular Mechanics become a health sciences rag instead of telling us about the latest muscle cars, how you could build a scale model of the Eiffel Tower out of tooth picks, and how to heat your home with the latest perpetual-motion machine or tooth-pick scale models? (Hint: how about when gas-guzzling muscle cars were placed on the planetary naughty list?) Ω
Posted December 13, 2022.
Anonymous sources and the New York Times
as told by an anonymous source to Edward Morrison Morley.Mr. Morley is TLDs Anonymous Sources Correspondent and vouches for the anonymous source cited below because said source has never failed to provide scandalous information in the past and, other than certain financial incentives, has no other motivation for telling Mr. Morley stuff that he could have made up himself. Ed.Here is what the New York Times uses to evaluate use of anonymous sources, according to my exclusive anonymous source. [Editors note: Actually, we later discovered that the quoted material below was published by the Times as a sidebar to a story on the trade of Brittney Griner (basketball player and role model for LGBTQI+@letsmakeadeal**<™ and other intersectional people everywhere except in Russia) for Viktor Bout (Russian arms dealer who according to our anonymous source is nicknamed Merchant of Death). However, the source obviously knows the information and seems like a good guy/gal, so we are running this S&t as is.]
Here is the NYT policy: What we consider before using anonymous sources. Do the sources know the information? Whats their motivation for telling us? Have they proved reliable in the past? Can we corroborate the information? Even with these questions satisfied, The Times uses anonymous sources as a last resort. The reporter and at least one editor know the identity of the source.
My anonymous source raises the following questions for you to stop and think about:
1. Do the sources know the information? And how would they know that? And if they did, why resort to an anonymous source?
2. Whats their motivation for telling us? Right. As if anybody could determine that.
3. Have they proved reliable in the past? If he/she/it/them/etc is really anonymous, how can they tell?
4. Can we corroborate the information? Again, if they can corroborate the information, why not use the corroboration source rather than the anonymous one? Unless the corroboration is also anonymous?
5. Even with these questions satisfied, The Times uses anonymous sources as a last resort. a last resort, presumably, to losing a scoop of some sort, being able to smear some opponent or holder of views the Times doesnt like, or would stand in the way of all the news thats fit to print.
Bravo NYT. Youre a credit to Third World journalism.
a bunch of anonymous sources spill the beans to Mr. Morley about Vladimir Putins thinking in regard to Ukraine and whether Viktor Bout can solve the Russian militarys shocking military supply fiasco, details concerning Commie Chinas new plan to pull off additional sucker deals with the United States, and Sleepy Joe Bidens latest medical report. All as told by reliable anonymous sources which Mr. Morley uses as a first resort, usually received on little pieces of paper slipped under the door at TLD HQ. Ω
Posted December 2, 2022.
Edward Morrison Morley: The most pro-union president youve ever seen acts to squelch rail unions.Mr. Morley is TLDs Foolish Consistency correspondent. He is currently reporting from an undisclosed location. Ed.Congress just passed a bill forcing railroad unions (AKA the good guys) and Big Railroad (AKA the bad guys) to accept a proposal by the Biden administration that Big Railroad and most of the rail unions had accepted. Not surprisingly, Big Railroad (now AKA the reasonable good guys) was backed by the Wall Street Journal, which deemed the prexys proposals reasonable and essential to the future prosperity and welfare of the people. None of the print media took the trouble of pointing out that Sleepy Joe was just passing the buck in a situation/pending crisis caused by his regimes incompetence.
More surprising was self-proclaimed most pro-union president ever Joseph Robinette Bidens siding against the unions (now AKA the unreasonable bad guys jeopardizing the nations already tottering economy). Quoth he in a statement after the vote: I know that many in Congress shared my reluctance to override the union ratification procedures. But in this case, the consequences of a shutdown were just too great for working families all across the country.
No word on whether this metric (rejecting proposals with horrible consequences for working families) will be followed in the future or applied retroactively to the first two years of the Brave New World of Bidenism. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was unavailable for
Posted November 28, 2022.
David T. Wright: Forgiveness? Really?
The COVID panic seems to be mostly over. Sure, here in the seat of the Empire I still see anxious-looking people wearing masks in public places, sometimes even outdoors. But most people are going about their daily lives, it seems, pretty much as they did before the great catastrophe.
Of course, thats ignoring the catastrophic damage wrought by our rulers during two long years of lockdowns, threats, mask mandates, destruction of small businesses, reckless monetary inflation, forced inoculations (often causing injuries and even death), and official lies about treatment options such as ivermectin (also causing deaths).
Perhaps worst of all was an all-out campaign of demonizing and canceling anybody who dared to dissent from the COVID official orthodoxy. Prominent, highly respected physicians and researchers such as Robert Malone, Peter McCullough, Paul Marik, and Pierre Kory were mercilessly attacked and deplatformed for daring to disagree publicly with the official line that the mRNA vaccine was the only way of dealing with the virus. (As one wag pointed out, the declaration by the Regime that the vaccine is safe and effective is not a lie. Its two lies.) State medical boards revoked physicians licenses for daring to use or advocate the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID treatments that numerous physicians claim work quite well. Hospitals suspended and fired doctors for the same reason.
So here we are, nearly three years later, shell-shocked, impoverished, suffering from runaway price rises, our savings decimated, many of us with our futures ruined, many having friends or family members dead either from the virus or the standard hospital treatment for COVID. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical companies are billions of dollars richer, as are Amazon and the big tech companies. The ruling class and its hangers-on are sitting pretty. And nobody responsible for the damage including the lying little weasel Fauci has been held to account. But now that the panic has run its course, the truth about how weve been lied to, manipulated, and harmed by our rulers is, perhaps, beginning to sink in with some of us.
So its interesting that the Atlantic, a prestigious and reliable organ of the Ministry of Truth, recently published an article titled Lets Declare a Pandemic Amnesty, by Emily Oster. Yes indeed. Lets just forget about the horrific damage visited on us by our betters, and focus on the future.
After its publication on
October 30,there was a brief flurry of ridicule on the Right, which died down fairly quickly. I suspect thats because people started taking a look at Osters previous Atlantic articles in hope of finding more ammunition, and discovered that she had been one of the more reasonable establishment voices regarding the pandemic: arguing against masking, vaccinating, and locking down children, for instance. Still, having worked on a periodical for many years, I think the chances are pretty good that Oster was approached by her editor and told, Do an essay discouraging people from seeking revenge, assuming that her record of moderation would give her and the Atlantic some cover.
Generally, as a Christian, Im in favor of forgiveness. But would we be forgiving repentant sinners, or sincere people who made mistakes and acknowledge the errors of their ways? Or would we be allowing arrogant, contemptuous rulers to continue destroying us? After all, they dont seem at all repentant, and theyre certainly not very forgiving themselves. Nearly two years after the insurrection of
January 6,2021, theyre still hounding the poor saps whom their agents lured into the Capitol that day. And an organization that calls itself CREW is filing suit to disqualify Donald Trump from running for Emperor again.
Then theres their outrageous behavior in the recent election. When I was young, the votes all got counted in a few hours. Now were supposed to wait for days. The Zombie Emperor pompously informed us that it would take a long time to count the ballots, and in closely contested states controlled by Democrats, thats exactly what happened. Just as in the previous election, dragging out the count miraculously seemed to swing elections away from Republicans to Democrats. It looks to me as if they know theyre not fooling many people, and they just dont care. And theyre such sore winners; they dont seem to be ready to forgive at all.
Theyre not even backing off on condemning so-called anti-vaxxers for resisting a vaccine that has been shown to neither protect from the virus nor prevent its transmission. Heres a screed condemning the state of Florida for discouraging vaccination of young people owing to the threat of heart damage. And heres an article acknowledging that such a threat exists from the very same organization.
And dont get me started about Ukraine. The Russians have apparently decided that grinding up the Ukrainian military slowly in hopes of negotiations isnt going to work. So theyre preparing to finish the job once and for all and eliminate Ukraine as a NATO-allied threat. But Minitrue continues to insist that Russia is on the brink of defeat. After Russia made a tactical retreat from Kherson, the U.S. propaganda organs practically wet themselves with joy. In fact, the Empire is losing not only the Ukrainian conflict, but its position as the world hegemon. And our rulers seem to be determined a) to keep the American public from discovering the truth, b) to continue confronting not only Russia but China as well, risking nuclear war, and c) to isolate America as the rest of the world gets fed up and takes a different path, accelerating our economic decline.
Speaking of Ukraine, the FTX financial scandal, in which a nest of rich, entitled sexual degenerates ran a crypto-currency Ponzi scheme, apparently involved a scheme using aid to that benighted country to launder money stolen from customers, much of it stolen from private investors. The laundered funds were then used to finance U.S. political campaigns. The fact that FTX was based on a pyramid was clear back in July, but nobody important seemed to be interested. You can bet that our Ministries of Truth and Love will make sure that were never even given the chance to forgive that outrage.
And lets not forget the continuing tidal wave of foreigners bestowed on us by our benevolent rulers, despite the overwhelming opposition of the people who already live here. Nothing we say or do, no matter who is voted into office, stems the flow, completing our ruin as a civilization. If you stick your head out in opposition, the people in charge will do their best to destroy you. No forgiveness there.
It just goes on and on. It seems to me that forgiveness isnt the point here. The question really is: how do we defend ourselves against our rapacious, evil rulers and their smug, vicious allies in Minitrue and academia? I have to admit Im
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Notice. In September 2021 when I announced the death of Ronn Neff TLDs co-founder and my close friend for half a century I noted that the future of our website was uncertain. That was largely because of questions involving the ownership of the Thornwalker domain (which Ronn created) and how it was to be sustained after his death.
I am happy to say that a friend of The Last Ditch has donated some of his cyberspace as a home for the Thornwalker domain, including TLD, and that he and another friend have completed the daunting technical task of moving the domain to that new home.
I am not just happy, of course, but also most grateful to those two generous stalwarts.
The TLD site will never again be as active with respect to new writings as it was in its heyday. As editor and publisher, I continue in semi-retirement. But the intellectual legacy of Ronn Neff and our other writers, smart and courageous, will continue to have a place on the Net for the foreseeable future.
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TLD is a forum of opinion, edited by hard-core market anarchists, that does not flinch from any of the most pressing issues of our time. We are especially interested in questions of culture and ethnicity, our Polite Totalitarian ruling class, and the homicidal humanitarianism of the U.S. Empire.
Our writers include anarcho-pessimists, Old Believers in the West, unreconstructed Confederates, neo-Objectivists, and other enemies of the permanent regime. We are conscientiously indifferent to considerations of thoughtcrime. Thus, from individualist and Euro-American perspectives, we confront the end of civilization and do our level best to name its destroyers.
TLD was founded as a print newsletter in 1994 by Nicholas Strakon and Ronald N. Neff (19492021). We discontinued the print version in 1998. (More about who we are.)
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Permanently recommended readings
"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)
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