Everything’s Worse In…

     SURPRISE! I shan’t finish the sentence begun in the title just yet. (Caught you lookin’ up in the air, didn’t I?)

     No, I was just recalling a joke I heard a long, long time ago, the central motif of which was that “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” I’m sure there’s more than one such joke. But now, see if you can connect it to this report from the Gateway Pundit:

     Senate Republicans blocked the S.1 election bill on Tuesday, which would have sealed Democrat victories forever by legalizing cheating.

     S1, the bill that will destroy America, is ripe with dangerous measures to guarantee that it is easy to cheat. This was the first bill introduced by the Democrat House Communists in 2021….

     Nathan Brand tweeted a very revealing clip, saying:

     When Democrats say the quiet part out loud… “If we deliver [S.1], we maintain power in 2022. If we don’t…we risk losing power.” The Democrat election bills are about one thing only: power.

     And just in case you don’t believe it really happened, have a video clip:

     I tried to download the clip, to make certain that it cannot be surreptitiously deleted, but – SURPRISE! YouTube won’t permit the download. Gee, I wonder why?

     Jamaal Bowman represents the 16th Congressional district of the state of New York. That district includes the north Bronx and a portion of southern Westchester.

     Everything’s worse in New York. The laws, the taxes, the politics, the cost of living, the traffic, the noise, the constant harassment from local officials and functionaries…a number of whom openly carry guns, and I’m not talking about policemen or deputy sheriffs. Our politicians are much worse: the Democrats are both stupider and further to the Left; the Republicans are almost all Democrats in sheep’s clothing. I submit the Dishonorable Mr. Bowman as Exhibit One (and our governor, our Assembly and Senate, and the rest of our Congressional representation as Exhibits Two through N).

     (I’m on the east end of Long Island, which was at one time regarded as the best and safest place to live in the United States. A brief while ago, the C.S.O. and I were actively planning to relocate to Idaho. We dropped the idea when we came face to face with the difficulties of moving our animals and all our crap. I’ve started to wonder if it might have been worth it after all.)

     Bowman made that statement just yesterday. I haven’t heard that any New York Republican has wrapped it around his neck and twisted, at least not yet. Frankly, it would surprise me were a New York Republican to do so. They’re either spineless worms who’ll sign on to the Democrats’ agenda for fear of being called “racists” by New York’s odious media, or they’re just as power-hungry and principle-free as their Democrat “colleagues.” There hasn’t been a decent one in sixty years or more.

     It’s time to repost an old favorite: a quote from Ferdinand Lundberg’s 1968 tome The Rich and the Super-Rich:

     …it is a settled conclusion among seasoned observers that, Congress apart as a separate case, the lower legislatures — state, county, and municipal — are Augean stables of misfeasance, malfeasance, and nonfeasance from year to year and decade to decade, and that they are preponderantly staffed by riffraff, or what the police define as “undesirables,” people who if they were not in influential positions would be unceremoniously told to “keep moving.” Exceptions among them are minor. Many of them, including congressmen, refuse to go before the television cameras because it is then so plainly obvious to everybody what they are. Their whole demeanor arouses instant distrust in the intelligent. They are, all too painfully, type-cast for the race track, the sideshow carnival, the back alley, the peep show, the low tavern, the bordello, the dive. Evasiveness, dissimulation, insincerity shine through their false bonhomie like beacon lights….

     As to other legislatures, Senator Estes Kefauver found representatives of the vulpine Chicago Mafia ensconced in the Illinois legislature, which has been rocked by one scandal of the standard variety after the other off and on for seventy-five years. What he didn’t bring out was that the Mafians were clearly superior types to many non-Mafians.

     Public attention, indeed, usually centers on only a few lower legislatures — Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois — and the impression is thereby fostered in the unduly trusting that the ones they don’t hear about are on the level. But such an impression is false. The ones just mentioned come into more frequent view because their jurisdictions are extremely competitive and the pickings are richer. Fierce fights over the spoils generate telltale commotion. Most of the states are quieter under strict one-party quasi-Soviet Establishment dominance, with local newspapers cut in on the gravy. Public criticism and information are held to a minimum, grousers are thrown a bone, and not many in the local populace know or really care. Even so, scandalous goings-on explode into view from time to time in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri and elsewhere — no state excepted. Any enterprising newspaper at any time could send an aggressive reporter into any one of them and come up with enough ordure to make the Founding Fathers collectively vomit up their very souls in their graves.

     With apologies to the late Mr. Lundberg, Congress in this Year of Our Lord 2021 does not deserve to be “excepted as a separate case.” If the smaller, less opulent states have legislators to compare with Jamaal Bowman, Major Owens, or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this nation is well and truly finished.

     Where’s my BLEEP!ing planetoid, damn it?


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    • TRX on June 23, 2021 at 9:29 AM

     SURPRISE! YouTube won’t permit the download. Gee, I wonder why?


    It *might* not be malicious; I download many of the videos I watch on Youtube,  and sometimes none of the several downloader add-ins are able to grab one.  A few days later, they’ll download fine.  All of the videos are entirely innocuous; metalworking, off-road vehicle recovery, that sort of thing.


    Then again, censorship is official Youtube policy now, so either a ‘bot or a Karen may have clicked “no download for you”.

    • Dean on June 23, 2021 at 11:36 AM

    I would urge you to re-consider your proposed move. Three months ago I pulled the trigger and moved from Portland, OR to Casper, WY. I really felt like I had arrived back in the American sector of a divided Berlin. Portland has devolved into what reminds me of a second or third world country from what I remember of WESTPAC in the early 1970’s.  Swaths of boarded up storefronts downtown, homeless camps everywhere, and all the other signs of dystopia abounded. I was born in  1950 and a deciding factor for me was that I was healthy enough and able to move now – in 5 or 10 years maybe not so much.  When the music stops I would much rather be here than stuck there wondering what was going to happen.

    • Butch DuCote on June 23, 2021 at 3:18 PM

    May I suggest renting a place for six months and give country living a try. If it is not for you, you will know it. If it is then making the transition will be easy. You are used to the hustle and bustle of the city. Country living is much slower and you may not be able to adjust. I’m betting you will like the slower pace with little traffic and crime. The sunrise and sets and the smell and sight of greenery coupled with the clear streams of running water are addicting.

      • Ward Dorrity on June 23, 2021 at 8:29 PM

      Francis would be welcome in Idaho, although I’d suggest giving Boise a pass, as it has become a desto for lib trash of all sorts. This is also true of Coeur d’Alene, but to a far lesser extent. The Idaho Panhandle in particular is beautiful country. It’s worth noting that country living requires heavy equipment. Like a small Kubota or John Deere tractor with suitable attachments.

  1. I had a similar experience.  I had an interview in a small town in Texas.  Loved the town, liked the Rabbi who had me over for dinner (I searched ahead of my trip and reached out – we’ve stayed in touch too!).  Job was meh but all I ask for is to work to support my family and causes that are important to me.

    The wife put so many conditions on it the move was not feasible.  Alas.

  2. Unfortunately, the need to listen to concerns of spouses is often ignored. Consider temporizing:

    – Actively involve her in helping to choose the community – plan the visits, talk to the realtors, investigate the local community and institutions.

    – Try subscribing to the local paper of any community you’re interested in – it’s a cheap way to get the flavor of the place – including the local police blotter, which will tell you the areas to avoid.

    – Involve the agent in the process. Most real estate agents love to brag about their towns, and will introduce you to all and sundry. It’s a great way to find out if you can fit into the existing culture.

    – Once the move is made, take the time to make sure that the Other Half is integrated into the community. Don’t do what my husband used to do – move me and the kids in, leave me unpacking boxes while he went to work – with the ONLY car (I didn’t even have a license at that time). It was difficult and lonely – for me. He couldn’t see why I wasn’t happy. On the positive side, I did learn how to make friends with whoever was around. That’s a valuable skill, that makes my retirement much more social than his (once he left work, he lost a lot of his social life).

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