Weekly Roundup: Antibiotic Resistance To #TheResistance Edition

And… that’s that. Brett Kavanaugh will join the Supreme Court. The balance is now 5-4 on a variety of issues, but not all — BK is a traditional globalist, not Donald Trump in a black robe. The oldest and most doddering justices on the court are hardcore liberals; Ruth “What Are The Amendements Again?” Bader Ginsburg is 85. She’s not on the right side of the American political divide to have a mysterious Scalia/Vince-Foster-style death, but every year after 85 becomes more of a statistical miracle. It could be 6-3 before 2020.

How did this happen? How did Brett Kavanaugh survive the onslaught? How did fifty Senators resist the pressure to vote against him? Why do so many people think this will result in a “red wave” in the midterms, rather than the oft-predicted “Blue Wave” that was going to sweep the Nazis out of power? Why didn’t the people who were making the decision listen to Hollywood, Wall Street, George Soros, and the rest of the Swamp?

The answer is simple: Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed for the same reason that so many people die of pneumonia nowadays.

Long-time readers may recall that I was hospitalized for pneumonia five and a half years ago. It was a little worse than I let on at the time. Just a few months after that, I came down with pneumonia again, while I was in the hospital for my January 2014 crash. That time they threw the proverbial kitchen sink at it, including Levaquin, which eventually got it under control at the cost of some utterly insane scratching fits where I managed to put my fingernails into my skin trying to get the bugs out.

When it was all over I spoke to a couple of friends who had been in a similar situation and they told me very similar stories. Pneumonia was deadly in the year 1900; it’s now deadly again. Most common antibiotics are now worthless against it. The drug of last resort, colistin, is running out of steam. At some point in the future, pneumonia will be a death sentence. Which means that going to the hospital will be a death sentence, because that’s a great place to catch it. Breaking your ribs will be a death sentence, because being unable to breathe deeply is a major cause of pneumonia.

How did this happen? It’s simple: farmers have been slathering their livestock in antibiotics to protect their profit margins. Remember that scene in Unforgiven when the little girl tells Clint Eastwood that another of the hogs has “the fever”? That’s the kind of thing you prevent with antibiotics. The problem is that you’re also creating a fast-forward Darwinian test lab for bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Every year you dose all your chickens with a certain antibiotic, you’re helping breed a bacterium that is resistant to that antibiotics. Those infections jump the species barrier into humans… and what happens next is obvious. We return to the medicine of the Victorian Age. Everything gets sprayed with bleach five times a day and it works, oh, I don’t know, most of the time. Or some of the time.

Some time in the past twenty years, the Left in this country decided that they were going to start using the vast majority of their antibiotics against a right-wing infection. Entirely unobjectionable centrists like George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney became SEXIST RACIST BIGOTS. George W. Bush, a man so deeply spiritual and guilt-driven that he spends a large amount of his time nowadays running and cycling with the veterans who were injured in his wars, was characterized as BUSHITLER by the mainstream media.

When Trump ran for office, the Left brought out all their mainline antibiotics, but they’d lost effectiveness from having been used on “livestock” like John Kasich and Newt Gingrich. So most people didn’t pay attention. Trump’s racist? Well, you said that about GWB. Trump is sexist? You said that about Mittens. The American people had built up a resistance to accusations of garden-variety thoughtcrime.

Faced with this disaster, the Left then brought out their drugs of last resort. Trump is a RAPIST! He RAPED Stormy Daniels! He RAPED all sorts of people! His son is also a RAPIST MOLESTER! RAPE! RAPE! RAPE!

The American people, whose memory is not as short as some people would have us believe, thought long and hard about whether Trump needed to RAPE anybody. They listened to the entire “grab ’em by the pussy” speech, which was more of a comment on the perks of fame than any particular insight into Trump’s RAPIST GORILLA MINDSET. They considered the fact that this guy has been sleeping with models and actresses for thirty-plus years. And they decided that the allegations were mostly nonsense. The average American man has paid money to see Stormy Daniels naked. Hell, HBO made her a national star a while ago. 99.99999999% of men saw that video and jerked off. Trump went out and banged her. Then he paid her to go away. The idea of giving money after sex to someone who takes money for sex doesn’t rustle anybody’s jimmies anymore. Not after 40 years of Hollywood propaganda. Not after Pretty Woman. The average American family man of 1950 would have been disgusted, but the Narrative Machine has spent billions of dollars to destroy that man and his point of view.

Which brings us to Justice Kavanaugh. The Left knew that having a 5-4 minority on the court would lead to disaster. After all, when they had a majority on the court they eviscerated Heritage America by all means necessary. A conservative majority court might reverse the process. So they looked into the medicine cabinet… and found nothing. Kavanaugh is a Boy Scout, in the old sense of the word. You might as well try to find something on Mike Pence.

Still, this nomination could not be allowed to proceed. So they brought out the bleach and the colistin and the forceps. They paid protestors. They used the media to direct a laser focus of hatred against Kavanaugh, his family, and anybody who would stand beside him. They went after the families of senators. Last but not least, they dragged Christine Blasey Ford out of her seven-figure house-plus-rental unit in Palo Alto to accuse the man of something that he supposedly did in high school.

In HIGH SCHOOL.

Her allegations were, to put it mildly, garbage. They were wildly implausible. They were either not corroborated or directly contradicted by everybody else who could have been involved. Her own family wouldn’t stand behind her. Her best friend told the media that none of it was true. The American people had to endure a charade in which we were asked to believe that Ford had a “fear of flying” despite the documented fact that she regularly flew to Tahiti for surfing vacations. We were told that Ford had a second door in her house because of Kavanaugh’s abuse when it was obviously and provably for the purpose of renting the place out.

It was the worst possible accusation — you’re a RAPIST! — backed up by nothing but the polygraph examination of a woman who trains people to beat polygraphs. It was the antibiotic of last resort. And it didn’t work. Kavanaugh’s approval rate with women went UP during the whole charade. Some of these women were survivors of real sexual abuse who were tired of seeing their personal tragedies used for political gain. Others had been politically “on the fence” but came over to Kavanaugh’s side out of sheer disgust with the tactics being used by the progressives to get their way.

Now there is nothing left to be done, and no more medicine in the cabinet for future battles. Nothing, that is, but the obvious message sent to anybody who might have any thought of representing a right-of-center or even centrist opinion in this country: they will ruin your life if you try it. Everybody will be hit with rape allegations from high school or possibly before. Everybody will be called a racist, a bigot, an Islamophobe. From now on, the antibiotics of last resort will be used on EVERYONE. Will they work? We will find out in a month, when the results of the midterms are in. But one thing is certain: the gloves are off now, all the way ’round. We are all now in what Setright called “the sanguinary cockpit of Passchendaele.” No quarter asked or given. May God have mercy on us all.

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Brother Bark wrote about SCCA Time Trials.

I wrote about — wait for it — SCCA Time Trials. But I also wrote about the morality of running a red light. And my Corvette-blues piece is now on the Web.

49 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: Antibiotic Resistance To #TheResistance Edition”

  1. Steve Taylor

    Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war, That this foul deed shall smell above the earth. With carrion men, groaning for burial.
    The circus is just starting.

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  2. viper32cm

    Thank you for the Instagram post and your mention in the R&T article. They are probably the nicest things anyone has said about my driving or that little car, which, judging by comments right before we left NCM and recently on Facebook, was quite the popular car with the corner workers.

    For my wife’s part, who actually owns the car, she never expected that it would still be running in 2018 much less a veteran of eight track events, including two time trials.

    Once I get a new corner marker lamp, 717 and I will be ready to go back out at AMP in two weeks!

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  3. Mark

    More than likely it has been your own use of Antibiotics impacting your flora, or if you spent an extended period of time in the hospital a noscomial infection by a multi-drug resistant pathogen. If you have chickens inside your home and/or come into contact with their feces frequently then the following may have something to do with a resistant infection, otherwise not so much a causative reason for your resistant pneumonia: “Every year you dose all your chickens with a certain antibiotic, you’re helping breed a bacterium that is resistant to that antibiotics. Those infections jump the species barrier into humans…”

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      • Dean in AZ

        What Mark says is closer to the truth than your statements, Jack; except for those relatively rare infections that are fatal that can cross the species line, we’ve done a right good job of mucking up the utility of antibiotics right in the hospital itself.

        Fact of the matter is that antibiotics work against bacteria; many things that jump the species line are viral. Pneumonia comes in two flavors – viral, or “community-acquired pneumonia” (CAP), and “hospital (or healthcare)-acquired pneumonia” (HAP). The former is very often viral in nature. There are a few bacterial strains that CAP includes, such as The most commonly identified pathogens are Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Legionella sp.., but much of the time it’s viral and requires supportive care.

        HAP is much more problematic, and is not viral and is usually the Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) type, typically some variant of MRSA or drug resistant pseudomonas. The real bitch is that these types of bacteria essentially live in the hospital and no matter how hard we try to keep things clean, manage the risks, and reduce the exposures, if you get admitted to an ICU setting especially, your chances go way up. Ventilator-acquired pneumonia is even more troublesome, but anytime you stick a tube in an orifice infection chances go way up.

        The reason these drug resistant strains live in the hospital is because that’s where we breed them. It has nothing to do with home antibiotics or antibiotics used in livestock. Certainly there are some diseases where treatment of livestock with antibiotics may raise the risk of human exposure, but pneumonia isn’t one of them. Livestock and animals in general are rarely diagnosed and treated for pneumonia (cats, dogs, and horses being the exception). By using medications to treat pneumonia for the last 40 years, we have created bacteria that cannot be killed with conventional medications, and we are indeed running out of effective treatments.

        However, the real risk factors are unrelated to pneumonia itself – smoking, COPD, asthma, and recent use of any antibiotic for any purpose (say to prevent infection after removing a spleen, or repairing a broken bone) are all independent risk factors that are far more problematic than simply getting HAP for having a MDRO case of HAP.

        Any lung infection is a real bitch to treat, however. Remember that the “inside” of your lung is actually “outside” the body. Unlike infections that happen inside the body due to injury or sepsis, the bacteria that cause pneumonia have no direct exposure to the medicine that is given to treat it. It’s carried around the entire body in the blood stream but the air sacs of the lungs are for air, not blood, and the bacteria are located in those air sacks. Lung disease usually takes 3-4 time longer to recover from than most infections elsewhere.

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        • Ronnie Schreiber

          Based on my own experience, it’s possible that pneumonia is hard to treat because people don’t realize they have it until the infection has gotten entrenched. My symptoms were that of a bad flu, which is what I thought I had for a couple of days until my temperature spiked to 103.

          Interestingly, though my physician told me that I wasn’t communicable and that it was okay to be intimate, my ex ended up getting sick too. Upon reflection, though, it’s possible that whatever infected me was in the environment in our house and it infected her as well.

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  4. ScottS

    Jack,
    I’ll wager that I’m not alone in enjoying another interlude of Baruth unemployment. Muchas Gracias!

    I’ve been voting long enough to have abandoned pragmatism. The gloves have been off for some time, and I’m not about to turn the other cheek. This is a real fight to the death.

    I sense a creeping maturity in your philosophy on traffic laws. I hate to admit that in the past I was a habitual violator, although I fancied myself above average in situational awareness. Nowadays, I think attitude the critical factor. “I’m not late to work”, and this fundamental truth has a profound way of rearranging one’s priorities.

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  5. safe as milk

    Sigh.. I’m willing to give blasey Ford the benefit of the doubt. She may very well have been sincere in her testimony. But for all of the reasons that Jack wrote, it’s very likely a false memory. So, I don’t blame her. I blame all the people who thought it was a good idea to exploit her for political purposes. This little episode may have cost the Dems the midterms. It has also irrevocably damaged the #metoo movement.

    There is a legitimate debate to be had about left right politics but we are past the point of rational conversation. Identity politics has destroyed all the credibility of the American left.

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    • Disinterested-Observer

      She’s an adult. In the parlance of professional victims she is an extremely privileged, extremely white, adult.

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  6. Keith

    My real issue with Kavanaugh was his admission of perjury during the confirmation hearings. He is on record denying under oath that he received hacked emails when he was working for President G W Bush. When the truth surfaced during the confirmation hearings, his defense was every one was doing it. Is this the kind of person we want to have at any place in our government?

    Not me.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Well, I suppose if Hillary had been elected we could have Mr. Obama as a justice instead. He wanted the job and he always said his administration was scandal free.

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    • SexCpotatoes

      Once again, another fact-free, defense of a sexual-assaulter, verbal Circle Jerk from Jack.

      The constant perjury was disqualifying in and of itself, but then you have multiple other credible allegations of sexual assault, and the FBI investigated nothing, they didn’t even interview Kavanaugh OR Ford. Also Kavanaugh’s calendar literally BACKED UP Ford’s allegations. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/brett-kavanaughs-calendar-for-july-1-1982-go-to-timmys-for-skis-with-judge.html . ONE COPY of the FBI “report,” one hour to review it https://twitter.com/amahnke/status/1047846537416658944

      Then there’s between $65k-200k of credit card debt in his financial disclosures, mysteriously paid off the same month he was listed on Trump’s Supreme Court Judge Finalists List, when there were no openings on the Supreme Court available. He claimed it was mostly from “home improvements” & “baseball tickets” but the expensive home repairs he claims happened, never did, you see they require PERMITS. And his financial disclosure forms contradict his lies that his “baseball tickets” for he and his “friends” were paid off every year, he carried those debts year to year, and they grew and grew. https://medium.com/@gregolear/supreme-discrepancies-kavanaughs-financial-disclosure-reports-conflict-with-his-senate-testimony-b263f7c429e2 <-which he also perjured himself on. Add to that $92k Country Club initiation fee, $1.2m mortgage, & private schooling for his kids (because Bethesda is such a hotbed of crime https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i-too-grew-up-in-the-crime-ridden-streets-of-bethesda-maryland ), on a $220k/yr income. He's living well beyond his means and the disclosures raise more questions than they answer.

      THEN there's the deranged abusive partisan rant about how he's going to rule against Dems at every turn when he gets on the Supreme Court. This was a job interview, and once again, Republicans forced through the nomination of a completely unqualified candidate. Just like everyone in this administration, from Bolton to DeVos to Huckabee-Sanders.

      You and your brother really aren't credible at all on any of this politics stuff, Jack. And you worship a complete fraud, compulsive liar, & serial sexual assaulter (unless you want to claim all those women who Trump attacked on planes and such were "perks of being famous") https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/what-about-the-19-women-who-accused-trump/547724/ & money launderer.

      The deep dive into Trump's old financial crimes shows he was constantly bailed out of enormous financial messes by daddy dearest, completely illegally, and isn't any sort of self-made man who only got a "small $1m loan from his father" https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-schemes-fred-trump.html?module=inline

      Here's a shorter takeaway from the tax scheme/money laundering article that hits the high (or is that low) points: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-wealth-fred-trump.html

      I expect more personal insults in reply to this, I guess, because that seems to be your go-to move when confronted about your lies. I'd also like to point out that you stating you should be "digging up dirt" to silence me really exposes your supposed love of free speech as a complete sham.

      The factual inaccuracies in this post are staggering.
      1. I don't know of ANY allegations that the Stormy Daniels sex act was anything but consensual and disappointing, especially not in a widespread, mainstream news context. There may have been one, maybe two hyperbolic nuts who may have made some sort of claims to that effect on Twitter or something, but what you're alleging never happened the way you're asserting. Also Ben Roethlisberger walked her back to her room?!?

      2. I don't know of any polling showing women's support for Kavanaugh going UP after this entire travesty. Also, can someone please tell conservatives that 'due process' is something you get when you are on trial and face jail time, not in a job interview for the highest court in the land where you constantly lie under oath and no investigation is carried out?

      3. There is PLENTY of corroborating evidence for Ford's allegations https://rewire.news/ablc/2018/10/04/corroborating-evidence-christine-blasey-ford-allegations/

      Anyway, I recently found a really great thread on Twitter that talks about when and why women falsely accuse men of rape, and perhaps everyone's time would be better spent reading it and all the articles linked in the thread instead of Jack's lies: https://twitter.com/jeremycyoung/status/1046056287929356289 (and he says the absolute highest that any credible study found was a 10.3% false claim rate, but that would be likely to go way down if all rapes were actually reported: https://twitter.com/CarolineYLChen/status/1043136739022397442 "out of 1000 rapes, only 300 were reported, 57 resulted in charges, with 7 felony convictions").

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      • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

        If any of this stuff has real legs, it should have been used in the hearings instead of the cat lady. Ideological purity is a hard grind.

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      • JustPassinThru

        Web-allegations are easy to make.

        And there are a lot of people behind the curtains, waiting to show the ones who bungled this character-hit, how to “do it better.”

        If this stuff had factual basis, it would have turned up in the FBI reports; it would have turned up when Kavanaugh was up for a Federal bench position, earlier.

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      • Ronnie Schreiber

        Say whatever you want but for the next 30 or 40 years we’ll be saying Justice Kavanaugh.

        Oh, and let’s not fool anyone. You’d vote for Bill Clinton again, if you could, no matter how credible Juanita Broderick is.

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      • Dirty Dingus McGee

        It’s wrong ONLY when the “other side” does it. I remember bumper stickers when GWB was president that said “Protest is Patriotic” (or something very similar). When Obummer was elected, it suddenly changed to protesting means you are a racist asshole. Now that an R is back in the white house, suddenly its patriotic again.

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  7. JustPassinThru

    Interesting analogy and a good read on the situation.

    I’ve been waiting for the day when RAY CYST wasn’t a word that made otherwise-upright Americans cower and grovel for mercy, for forgiveness. Make them damn themselves and their children, curse their ancestors, and flagellate themselves.

    It may be that day has arrived. What convinced me Kavanaugh was worthwhile, was that he stuck to his guns; didn’t opt out; didn’t offer an apology for something he didn’t do, or by proxy for people who he has no responsibility for. Suggesting that, unlike so many public figures of the hated skin hue, he will not be using his power to turn on those he’s damned for resembling.

    And here we are. Is it the point where Americans, especially male Americans, especially WHITE American males, will cease to take orders to publicly flog themselves, and to turn with self-loathing on their own race and sex, for BEING that race and sex?

    I don’t know whether to be encouraged by this or disgusted by the hysteria that the accuser-rioters have shown, in NOT getting the reaction they’re accustomed to.

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  8. JMcG

    Great insight Jack, I hate to think what the results of all this are likely to be. I have young children. It’s easy to make comparisons to a subject on which one has recently read, but twenty years of this kind of thing is what kicked off the Spanish Civil War. Please God it doesn’t come to anything like that here.

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  9. Shrug

    How in God’s name does anyone think George W. Bush is unobjectionable? Because he paints sometimes? Hindsight is 20/20 and all, but many of the major sins of this century can be traced directly to his regime.

    Yes, let’s forgive the trillions in dollars and thousands of lives wasted in the Middle East on bullshit wars and the recession that we’ll probably never fully recover from because He Feels Bad About it Now. Fuck that, fuck George Bush, and send the whole of the NeoCons right to the tortured hell they deserve.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      The point here is that the Left attacked him on his supposed Hitlerian characteristics rather than his policy errors. I agree that we would have been better off having no President whatsoever for those eight years.

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      • JustPassinThru

        Exactly right, as regards W Bush. The fact of the matter is, he was more like them, like his attackers, in terms of policy preferences, than he was a conservative. Now, he had a political debt to conservatives, and showed some fealty; but when the rubber hit the road, when the excrement hit the blower, he reverted to his reflexive solution: Government intervention and (attempted) control of the economy.

        The demented hard-Left Democrats attacked him as BUSHITLER to gin up baseless hysteria – he didn’t have their favored letter (D) behind his name, so he must be DESTROYED.

        It wasn’t a success but wasn’t a complete failure either, from their point of view. It was useful as an exercise to learn from. And now they’re applying some of their lessons…what they did not figure on, was that the hysterical name-calling, the baseless accusations, the pop-up web-pages with reams of accusations, proof of which only materialized with the new website…that this sort of stunt would lose its effectiveness with time.

        Nor did they count on the critical-thinking skills of non-liberal, older American readers. Accusation is not proof; and presence on a website is no-more proof of something, than is an assertion in a book or newspaper.

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        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          I just read a Tweet from an autojournalist stating that “it is the responsibility of the accused to prove that they did not do what they are being accused of doing.”

          We are in for a rough ride.

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          • Lucas Zaffuto

            The other thing they like to say is that “innocent until proven guilty” is a criminal court standard and not the standard for the public at large. Doesn’t matter that you just dropped a nuke on their personal lives… if they are exonerated later it’s all ok! It’s not like everyone they come into contact with for the rest of their lives will only remember the accusation and not the retraction…

          • Ronnie Schreiber

            Is that the same autojournalist who allegedly left used syringes with opioid residue in a press car?

          • silentsod

            I find it a little worrisome how many people seem certain he was guilty or innocent considering the utter lack of evidence. The correct response is something closer to “probably guilty/probably innocent” or the truth, “I don’t know.”

            A societal shift to guilty until proven innocent makes for a nightmare become reality. I see a lot of postings about #believeWomen which implies we, what, we don’t believe men? People can lie, people have memories of events that didn’t happen, people misremember all the time, people can accuse others of anything; we should believe them because of their gender? This is insanity.

          • Dirty Dingus McGee

            “it is the responsibility of the accused to prove that they did not do what they are being accused of doing.”

            I think you will find that statement is only applicable to straight white males that happen to lean to the right.

      • Carmine

        Counterpoint……..I’d still take him over “global warming very convenient truth I invented the internet” robot Al Gore.

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  10. hank chinaski

    Great piece. These people are off the charts nuts. I’m expecting another Scalise or Paddock style shooting.
    It will be much worse when old Ruthie shuffles off. Playing amateur actuarial, I notice that Breyer is at the top of the downslope for male longevity, as is Soto-Mayor, for an average type 1 diabetic.

    OTOH, President ‘Pinochet should have killed more people’ Bolsonaro. /pops popcorn

    They allow the ND on track with the OEM roll hoops?

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      For certain events, at certain tracks, yes… I dont believe in them so when Danger Girl upgrades her street Miata we will make sure it has a Blackbird bar like her NC.

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    • Harry

      I can’t make heads or tails of the argument that adding roll hoops to a Miata makes it a death trap as a daily driver. The idea that you will crack your head open on them like an egg seems plausible, but so do many internet forum arguments. Is there a known best course of action that is being drowned out by the noise?

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      • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

        Yup. Get the Blackbird bar. It sits very far back from your likely head motion in a crash. The reason it can sit so far back is because it is hugely, freakishly, over-engineered.

        I don’t have the same confidence regarding Hard Dog or Boss Frog bars. Those, I would pad with FIA-compliant foam pronto.

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    • Bark M

      I don’t write there as much as I used to, mostly due to a lack of available time and energy to do so. But you’ll still likely see the occasional piece of writing from me on the site.

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      • sgeffe

        Mark, your last piece was very well received, unlike some which brought out the usual suspects, over there.

        As I stated would likely happen when Jack bid farewell to TTAC, this place has become a required stop! Thanks to you both! 👍

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  11. Tyler

    Mr Trahan was in excellent form in support of that Corvette piece.

    The most interesting thing to me about the Kavanaugh confirmation is that anybody, anywhere who wasn’t a direct actor actually expected to be able to change the result. I mean, my exact thought process was analagous to the way I feel about the Mueller investigation … “this isn’t transparently just political theater to you? You actually think you have the ability to exnilihate a real-life outcome which is favorable to your inclinations?”

    Sure, the final vote was *close*, but on a Republican-majority committee, in the absence of, say, a verifiable photograph of Kavanaugh groping a sleeping woman on a plane and laughing, was it ever actually in jeopardy?

    It could be that social media/end-stage TLP-grade cultural narcissism/whatever makes us equate our personal preference for a given result with some perceived personal influence over the process which gave rise to it. Thus any non-preferred outcome is taken as illegitimate. (Never mind whether that issue at stake had anything to do with our real lives in the first place.)

    “I wanted X, I voiced my support for X, Y happened, and rather than consider that I am unconvincing or that my voice may not have mattered, I, a grown human with no obvious mental health issues, will pitch a hissy fit about Y in full public view.”

    I mean, for a bunch of purported post-modern secularists, we Americans sure do conduct ourselves as though we have a direct line to an old-school interventionist god.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      My brother retweeted one comment from a woman that began, “SINCE YOU’VE SHOWN ME THAT MY VOICE DOESN’T MATTER TO YOU…”

      It’s narcissism coupled with an education-deficient inability to see anything but binary resolution. To this person, the only way “MY VOICE MATTERS” is if she is immediately given everything she wants, even if she cannot articulate any compelling reason for wanting it.

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      • JustPassinThru

        Narcissism and immaturity – and both of them cultivated by the Culture of Outrage and the availability of Instant Fame via the InterwebZ.

        No, her voice doesn’t matter. This, nomination of candidates to a judicial vacancy, is not a popular choice. The President, who was duly elected in accordance with the Constitution, chose this man. And the way he faced down his hysterical slanderers, shows his even temper – even as his life-history and physical person, shows, whatever problems he might have had with alcohol didn’t last and are far behind him.

        As you say, it’s a binary choice, or series of them in progression. My choice, was not honored in the primary. I didn’t expect much from the guy who made it to the general election, but in fact I’ve been mostly pleasantly-surprised.

        But no, my voice doesn’t matter, as one. That is how it is, in a Constitutional representative republic, where proxies are chosen to run government and make choices. Sometimes the choice displeases some. And sometimes someone is in the minority.

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        • sgeffe

          I wasn’t really excited over Trump either.

          But he’s done very well considering what he’s been up against, and even with that, he’s grown as a person. Taken outside a broader context, some of the tweets are off-putting. In the bigger picture however, he is the first person to take the fight to the left, and confront them on their level!

          There’s no appeasing these people, no going along to get along! Unfortunately, the folks on the radio—Limbaugh, Hannity, et. al., are spot-on in their assessments.

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    • Ronnie Schreiber

      A telling incident was when Orrin Hatch told a protester to “grow up” and she started shrieking and wailing like a child.

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  12. Doug

    I like your analogy to the antibiotics issue. I for one have been using the old parable of Chicken Little. It has become evident for quite a while that the leftists are going to go into hysterics and shout at the top of their lungs no matter what. The problem is that EVERY issue is being met with hysterics. The unfortunate result of the constant hysterics will be that when something actually happens that is worth being upset about it will be much much harder to get people to be outraged about it. I would not put it past these Alinskyites to have this as a strategy for when one of “their guys” has a huge scandal so that it can be more easily ignored…although even now that would not be hard as the media ignores any scandal by a leftist already.

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  13. silentsod

    Kavanaugh’s shameful temperament problem is him being angry that he is being publicly excoriated for something no one could provide any proof of him doing and that could destroy his private and professional life.

    Yeah, I’d be mad, too.

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  14. Spud Boy

    Jack, I heard you pulled a girl’s pony tale in the fourth grade. This is unmistakable evidence of your pathological white, male privilege.

    As such, you should forfeit all sources of income; your son should be taken away, and you should be forced to live in a refrigerator box under an overpass.

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  15. sgeffe

    The R&T piece was thought-provoking.

    But what is it that has caused traffic planning to get to the point where the lights are short-cycled to where you’re lucky to have five cars get through a light—if the driver at the head of the line is paying attention enough to move immediately ahead, or isn’t turning right (where if you have to wait for a pedestrian—or several—to cross, in which case the growing line behind you might as well kill their engines, since they’ll be there a while), and if you miss it, you’ll have to sit there AT LEAST TWO MINUTES awaiting another green?!

    Today, 1.5 blocks away from such a light, after seeing that I’d probably spend a good six minutes in line behind a group of people, including a semi-trailer, I took my usual detour around it, going a block west, onto a narrow residential street. Unfortunately, coming to the street running alongside a river onto which I had to turn left (having gone past two streets following the one with the interminably-timed light), I ended up the third car in line awaiting an opening! After two minutes, I killed the engine. Finally, after waiting for TEN minutes, I Y-turned out of line and went another way! 🤬

    Some days, you just wanna stay home! 🙄

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  16. jers

    I enjoyed the Fred Thompson / Hunt for Red October quote in the stoplight article.
    Great movie, was the part of cultural canon in the DOE / former navy Nuc officer community in which my father spent most of his career.

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  17. CliffG

    A fundamental rule I came up with years ago in terms of living in a democratic republic was “Never give yourself a power that you would prefer not to be used against you on the off chance that the other side ends up in power”. The Kavanaugh situation is a perfect example. Having used the Supreme Court for decades to get goodies that could never get through enough state legislators much less the national legislature, to find it in the hands of the other side is literally terrifying. If Harry Reid had not jettisoned the filibuster in 2013 this would have all been mute because Kavanaugh could never had gotten 60 votes. What is that saying about petards?

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