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Noted in Passing: That was the week that was

Senate blocks $48 billion aid package for restaurants, other small businesses | The Hill
April 19
Biden signs $40B Ukraine aid package into law | The Hill
April 21

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  • gwbnyc May 21, 2022, 2:03 PM

    The People will eat at Peoples’ Commissary for Peoples’ Meal.

    Monday- Peoples’ Gruel
    Tuesday- Peoples’ Gruel
    Wednesday- Peoples’ Gruel
    Thursday- Peoples’ Gruel
    Friday- Peoples’ Gruel
    Saturday- Peoples’ Gruel w/Gala Paper Peoples’ Hat
    Sunday- no God no Gruel

    Hrs 9:17 AM- 4:44 PM

    I see the reasoning, why have small businesses when one large one will do…

  • Anonymous May 21, 2022, 2:06 PM

    I have always thought it was stupid of our government to give taxpayers money to foreign countries, most of which hate us. They dont even ask us if we are willing. I have always believed we should take care of the USA before we give away our money to other countries.
    I also feel like Ukraine needs and deserves our help and Putin MUST be stopped before he invades other countries and possibly nukes us.

    • Terry May 21, 2022, 6:30 PM

      You cannot eat your cake and have it as well. F**k Ukraine. Land of criminals, poison labs and money laundering operations for American political hustlers.

  • Mike Austin May 21, 2022, 2:35 PM

    I am getting the distinct impression that the US government hates my guts. What did I do? I must have done something to permanently annoy it.

    I see now! I am an:

    1. extremist
    2. MAGA
    3. Ultra MAGA
    4. Double Ultra MAGA
    5. Red Stater
    6. white nationalist
    7. racist
    8. Christian
    9. unvaxxed
    10. gun owner
    11. ex-military
    12. sexist
    13. heterosexual
    14. anti-pedophile
    15. properly pronouned
    16. user of men’s’ restrooms only
    17. male
    18. asshole

    What a list! I mean, what government would not hate my guts?

    Guilty as charged.

    • ghostsniper May 22, 2022, 2:49 PM

      Mike axed: “I mean, what government would not hate my guts?”
      A decent one.
      One that we haven’t had for a very long time.
      Men like you described built this country and nothing can ever change that.
      I stand right at the front of that list, and I dare ANYONE to say anything about it.

      • Mike Austin May 22, 2022, 5:12 PM

        Not me brother! Yesterday at REI—of all places—the woman who helped me was about 50. She had served a decade in the USAF. Her husband was over 20 years in, and their 3 sons were all serving. I told her that she and her family were the type of Americans who built this country and maintain it.

        So are you and so many here at Gerard’s place.

  • Mike Anderson May 21, 2022, 3:03 PM

    So…open a Ukranian restaurant?

  • azlibertarian May 21, 2022, 4:03 PM

    They were (still) using covid as the excuse* to throw money at restaurants. However, pre-covid,
    60% of restaurants failed in their first year and 80% didn’t make it past their fifth year. If they could separate that “natural failure rate” from what we’re seeing post-covid, then I might be able to support something, but this looks like the Congress is artificially propping up an industry which is on shaky footing in the best of times.

    * I say all this while being fully aware that in my previous life as an airline pilot that the taxpayer threw money at the airlines. I said then, online and to my colleagues, that we were on what I called “employed unemployment”. The airlines cut waaay back in 2020, but nowhere near deep enough to match the falloff in demand for our services. I spent months flying cargo and almost no passengers….none of it made financial sense….except to be a surviving carrier for that day when demand finally returned.


    ….I also feel like Ukraine needs and deserves our help and Putin MUST be stopped before he invades other countries and possibly nukes us.

    I agree, and before anyone goes there, I’ll agree that Zelensky and much of Ukraine was corrupt and in bed with the worst of our political class. However, for me, whatever equipment and advice we give to Ukraine has less to do with who the Ukrainians are, and more to do with who the Russians are. I think that we are better served by keeping the war (the war that the Russians brought to Ukraine) inside Ukraine. I believe that if we allow it, the Russians will next begin to look at the Baltic states, Romania, and perhaps Poland. As always, YMMV.

    • Jack May 22, 2022, 7:32 AM

      I despair! Well, a little anyway.

      The US should stay out of the Russia/Ukraine storms and permit these people to work out their own differences in their own medieval way. They are corrupt, they do not desire peace and commerce with one another and their petty disagreements and hatreds should be settled without anyone’s aid or involvement.

      If Putin decides to take his mojo to Europe then let those spineless fkers from NATO deal with him, on their own, face to face and without assistance from the US. I am no where close to being a pacifist but I detest the thought that one single drop of American blood might be spilled for their problems, unless we could somehow send Biden, Obama and every other left wing, war drum pounding cksucker politician and financier to the front lines to face which ever side they are promoting.

      As for nukes, they got ’em, we got ’em…all God’s chilluns got ’em and if it comes to their use, all of civilization, all life and all argument will destroyed. Those things will ipso facto end all debates so bring it the fk on!

      • ghostsniper May 22, 2022, 2:53 PM

        Couldn’t agree more, Jack.
        People that choose sides in this comedy should take a look at their premises.
        In NO circumstance should anyone steal from one and give to another.
        ALWAYS this is theft.
        ALWAYS it is criminal.

  • ThisIsNotNutella May 21, 2022, 6:16 PM

    Change of ruling party in Australia as of yesterday’s federal election.

    In effect, the just slightly faster to perdition faction of the local UniParty has taken over the lead roles in the Punch & Judy Show.

    And there’s nothing more to say, really. That being said (heh), a huge deluge of sound and fury postmortem bloviation in the commentariat will obscure the fact that the public wasn’t allowed to have any real choices and will of course never be asked about any of the important questions (e.g. mass immigration, the advisability of self-immolating ‘for the Taiwanese’, Tranny Teachers, etc.).

    • Mike Austin May 22, 2022, 3:52 AM

      Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss. Same as the Next Boss.

      Overthrow a Charles I, get a Cromwell. Overthrow a Louis XVI, get a Napoleon. Overthrow a Nicholas II, get a Lenin. Overthrow a Kaiser Bill, get an Adolf. Overthrow a Battista, get a Castro. Overthrow a Reza Shah Pahlavi, get a Khomeini. Overthrow a Trump, get a Biden.

      Round and round and round we go. Where we stop, nobody knows.

  • Dirk May 21, 2022, 7:57 PM

    When are you guys going to realize their is but one final solution. Your legislators could give a flying fuck about you or US.

    the wrong people are dying.

  • Snakepit Kansas May 22, 2022, 5:38 AM

    Absolutely, there is no money to give. It is simply being printed and handed out under the guise of compassion, but strangely, always to political favorites. Suck it up as the Gubmint cannot save you. If you look in the mirror, that is the dude that is responsible for the well being of your family. There is no way to pay back all this debt. The Chinese will eventually quit buying our debt, then things will get hairy. One of these days, the bullets will start flying. Possibly not in my lifetime, but my two are currently being well versed in shooting and other self preservation training.

  • John Venlet May 22, 2022, 6:49 AM
  • Anonymous May 22, 2022, 7:12 AM

    “I think that we are better served by keeping the war (the war that the Russians brought to Ukraine) inside Ukraine.” Why would it go anywhere else? Which other real estate is proximal to Russian supply lines, has the strategic advantage of ocean access, noteworthy agricultural and industrial assets, and isn’t a member of NATO?

    Underwriting proxy wars is just a way to liquidate the wealth of you and your family and your future family, and transfer it into hungry foreign hands with no oversight, and even less control of where it lands. It is folly. The ruling class Uniparty has everyone stirred up in a fit of misdirection while they wring the last putrid dribble from the teats of this cow, before the Russians take ownership of their eastern slice of territory. A change in management is always an expensive enterprise. The Uniparty is protecting their cash flows on your dime.

  • Jim in Oxford May 22, 2022, 8:38 AM

    In OH, June 13 is the day Concealed Carry becomes law. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ZIPPERHEAD!

  • Plague Monk May 22, 2022, 12:27 PM

    Have you shopped in a small local store recently? I ask this because of the idiots running most of the local stores here in the Cincinnati-Dayton area. They are overpriced, rude, and don’t know anything about their products. I went to 6 different stores today looking for certain items: weightlifting equipment, Warhammer figures, frozen fish food. Not one staffer in any of the stores I visited had any knowledge of what they were selling, and the prices were much higher than on Amazon.
    One “hobby” store now requires photo ID to buy small specialty paint bottles. I had about twenty paints ready to buy, but when I was told I would have to show ID (I have mostly white hair and a greying beard) I simply left the paints on the counter and walked out.
    As far as the aid to Ukraine is concerned, better them than American business, even the small ones.

  • Gordon Scott May 22, 2022, 12:57 PM

    Plague Monk,
    The store owners are just thrilled that the staff actually came in to work.

    It’s that bad. I know one Walmart in Phoenix that has to hire five to get one person through the training and out on the floor. They’re short 80 full-time equivalents. That means at any moment they’re short 20 people from what they should have, and that does not include those who called in sick.

    Do you wonder why so many stores have self check out? One person can monitor 8 self registers.

    Amazon/Whole Foods now has a store that has no check outs. There are scanners throughout the store that monitor what you put in your cart. Those scanners notice if you take something out of your cart also. When you have what you want, you can go to a bagging station, then you just leave. Your Amazon account is billed.

    Oh, you won’t get in the door if you don’t have an Amazon account. But imagine the prices in a store that has zero shrink! I suspect the only thing stopping them from rolling this out nationwide is that they have not yet decided how to handle the inevitable RACISS! when yer local thug and thugette can’t get in the door.

    As for overpriced, well, what did people think would happen when wages were artificially hiked to $15/hour? French fries at McD are now $4.09 for a large. It’s not the potatoes. It’s the wages. And of course there’s now a push underway to make the minimum wage $25, because rents went up 30 percent. And the builders would build more apartments! If they could get windows and appliances, they would.

    • Jack May 22, 2022, 6:40 PM

      Since this Biden covid world came into existence, except for an occasional Sunday lunch at a local country diner my wife and I never eat out. We are both pretty fair cooks and except for my wife’s love of a breakfast or brunch Mimosa at this little place, we enjoy eating at home.

      Food prices are up everywhere but I’m not about to fork over my hard earned dough for anything cooked or assembled by a pack of hiphop loving deadbeats who work at any fast food joint.

      I’ve seen the staffs, I know what they are and how the behave. I also know how they live and typically what kind of diseases they carry. Within that context I don’t have an appetite for what comes out thru the window of the drive-thru. No thanks, I believe that I can be an island if I choose too.

      • ghostsniper May 22, 2022, 7:02 PM

        Everything you said, Jack.
        It was a long time coming for my wife and I.
        The lock down pushed us over the top.
        We’ll probably never eat out again.
        Last time was in Feb 2020, just before the lock.
        I wouldn’t let the food joint employees mow my yard.
        The very idea of eating food they touch makes my belly churn.

  • ThisIsNotNutella May 22, 2022, 4:41 PM

    A bonbon tidbit for any remaining WeThePeopleites:


    Excerpts from the review at the link:

    Becoming aware that every single major institution is rigorously ruled and determined by the elite has come as quite a shock to me at an embarrassingly old age. How did it happen? Leftist hegemony is ubiquitous. It has always been thus, and will always be so. Politically, you are either a friend of the regime or an enemy, as Carl Schmitt noted. “They” can be in charge, in which case you will be suppressed and reviled. Or, “we” can be in charge, in which they will be suppressed and reviled. There is no “liberty” other than when a society is disintegrating. There is no freedom of speech. There is sanctioned speech and unsanctioned speech. One’s speech can seem free if it happens to conform, or at least stays within the bounds of the Overton window. When it does not, you will not know what hit you.

    According to Parvini, my mistake was in thinking that it has ever been otherwise. There cannot be two centers of power in a moderately well-functioning society. The separation of powers is an illusion. They converge. Anything otherwise would be a denial of rule by the elite. The Supreme Court right at the moment seem to be attempting to overthrow Roe vs Wade, and thus going their own way. Protestors are using physical intimidation of the judges at their homes and the media support them. We cannot have a lynch mob determining court decisions; except we can and do. The elite are presumably overjoyed at having such a galvanizing issue to focus on when Biden and the economy are doing so badly. If they turned up at a liberal justice’s home, like Sotomayor, the gross violation of convention would immediately be noted and “separation of powers” would be appealed to. Judges and the congressmen and the leaders of corporations all attended the same “elite” universities and conformed to the elite’s whims enough to graduate. Every meeting of Congress or the judiciary is like some class reunion. The Republicans and the Democrats are members of the same club and everyone knows that the “choice” presented to the voters at election time is Hobson’s choice. You can have a liberal supporter of gay marriage, or you can vote for the Democrat. The idea that Mitch McConnell is a big improvement over Nancy Pelosi is wrong. The politicians have themselves nominated by their friends, the party choose the candidates for their own purposes, the media play their role, and go through the pretense of democracy, subjecting themselves for a few days to popular sentiment, but once in office go back to ignoring the popular will. Parvini notes that “a recent empirical study showed that public opinion has a near-zero impact on law-making in the USA across 1,779 policy issues.”

    • Mike Austin May 23, 2022, 2:43 AM

      There are two things at work here:

      1. The progressives’ abandonment of religion and their adoption of politics in place of it.
      2. The tremendous expansion of the federal government

      The US government until the Wilson administration was miniscule. Even if some rabid fool gained power somewhere in its bowels—and many rabid fools did—he would have neither scope nor ability to work his madness on the American people. He would simply howl alone in the dark, his impotence his only companion. A normal person had no contact with the federal government outside of the Post Office, a fact that drove—and drives—progressives mad. Their entire lives are dedicated to controlling yours.

      As the size of the federal government increased, so did the number of noisome throngs to populate it. These types were almost to a man progressive, nanny-statists and hive minded. Government bureaucracies were their natural habitat; wielding random authority their natural desire. Like the Russian czars of old, they “wield power to wield power.”

      Nowadays no one can possibly escape the ministrations of Washington DC. Its laws, diktats, ukases, directions, rules, orders, demands and minions are ubiquitous. The capital resembles a tremendous dung heap; its inhabitants, millions of wriggling maggots. These are completely immune to outside pressure, and at their whim can increase their powers, their incomes and their benefits.

      There is no possible solution to this outside of civil war or a massive foreign military disaster. Or both—at the same time or one following the other.

      • ghostsniper May 23, 2022, 4:47 AM

        Well said Mike, and very true.
        Many of us are finding out that we can live under the radar sweep and create a 2nd tier to life in these untied states for the most part. The first thing you have to understand is that you are ALREADY a criminal but haven’t been caught yet. An outlaw, someone that lives outside the law, in all ways. Knowing that anytime you stick your head up out of the bolt hole it might get blowed off. So you create a very nice bolt hole, one that you can mostly stay in all the time. Mostly self sufficient, reliant on very few. Sort of like people lived 200 years ago. Nice tight circles.

        • Mike Austin May 23, 2022, 7:22 AM

          I discovered that I was an official “Enemy of the State” several decades ago right after I returned to the US after 14 years in Central and South America. My new status was provided me by a CEO of an international conglomerate via US Army Intelligence; I am now on “the list”. Thanks guys!

          Since those heady days in Latin America the state has kept tabs on me. Here is one example:


          Your advice almost perfectly describes how I have lived my life since then. My “bolt hole” is a small apartment in Oklahoma City. I rely on God, on a very few friends, on myself and on Samuel Colt. I have supplies and tools to survive for quite some time. My phone seldom leaves the house. When it does, I carry it in a Faraday cage. Whenever I leave the house, I am fully armed.

          Years ago one of my Brazilian girlfriends described me as “the freest man she had ever known.” I am much freer now—in spite of how the US government thinks of me.