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This lesson just in from Sri Lanka

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  • John Venlet July 11, 2022, 1:49 PM

    Makes one wonder if the politicos, Dems and Repubs, experts, bureaucrats, and other government suck ups are paying attention here in America, because if Americans begin attacking the aforementioned, it’s not going to be with slaps of the hands, hair pulling, etc.

    • azlibertarian July 11, 2022, 3:38 PM

      “Makes one wonder…..”

      It doesn’t make me wonder….it makes nightmares for me. Because you’re right, it won’t be with the “slaps of the hands, hair pulling, etc.”.

      We’re on the precipice where Sri Lanka may enter a period where there is no government. If you were a Sri Lankan of a mind to pursue elective office, why in the world would you stay on that track? Every single one of them….from the Prime Minister on down….is going to be blamed for all the troubles that Sri Lanka now faces. If I were remotely connected to the government (all the way down to municipal services, utilities, mail, garbage collection), I’d be headed to the hills. This is going to end up like The Lord of the Flies if they’re not careful. If they’re lucky, they’ll end up like Somalia, with mayors being replaced by warlords.

      The thought of ridding ourselves of all the Lois Lerners, Lt.Col Vindmanns, and Peter Stzroks of our world is an entertaining one. But for as much as I want to be rid of the Deep State and all the wrong that they’ve committed, I still want to end up with a state. It’ll be easy for the Sri Lankans to take this too far, and we should be careful what we wish for.

      • ThisIsNotNutella July 11, 2022, 4:58 PM

        Sri Lanka was long governed by competing factions of old money educated local elites… corruptly, incompetently, but competently enough to muddle along. The rise of the Rajapaksa Clan during late 90s/early 2000s put paid to the old dispensation. The Rajapaksas got their start as local landowners / headmen during colonial times, so they’re not exactly sui generis Boy from Linz types … but they’re definitely a bit country bumpkin outsiders on the make and Not Quite the Thing as far as the local Quality are concerned. But what they did know how to do was Populism with a Capital P. They knew how to get into the heads of the man in the street and the man on the farm (plenty of those) much better than the Old Money types who had run politics before.

        Avarice, graft, incompetence, hubris undid them.

        Mind you they *did* end the long-festering civil war by kicking out Western NGOs who were living high on the hog off it and buying up lots of Chinese artillery and slaughtering the Tamil Tigers with it. No Tamil Tigers, No Civil War. There are times when country bumpkin arriviste practicality gets the job done. The economic disaster now is not one of those times.

        The Rotten Old Elite will be back in due course, I imagine. For a while. Then rinse / repeat.

        The rise of provincials with drive is one of those unavoidable things in developing countries. Erdogan another case in point.

  • KCK July 11, 2022, 2:16 PM

    Fukn savages.

    Haven’t got any guns, I suppose.

    On a totally unrelated note, I was just wondering what kind of good it would do America if Congress just adjourned, and didn’t come back for, say, 3 years? No new laws. Graft short-circuited for a while. Give Americans a chance to breath free for awhile.

    • ghostsniper July 11, 2022, 2:53 PM

      There’d be way fewer parasites come 2025.
      There’d be a lot more millionaires too.
      Poverty and crime would be the lowest it had been since the 5th century.
      Most countries would be kissing america’s ass with both lips.

    • Princess Cutekitten July 11, 2022, 5:49 PM

      I’d love to see a 3-year moratorium on new laws. Time to be spent poring through the old laws to see which are outdated, duplicates, outdated duplicates, illegal, and so on. The legal tree badly needs pruned. 2nd Amendment activists frequently point out that there are already thousands of useless gun laws on the books, and the same is probably true of the entire code.

  • Surly Belligerent Rabble July 11, 2022, 2:54 PM

    F-15’s and nukes? We don’t need any stinking F-15’s or nukes.

  • Dirk July 11, 2022, 3:39 PM

    Japan is and has been a very peaceful nation, unlike their warming Dynasty’s.

    When Abe got smoked, I said out loud with a gleeful smile, “ And Now It Began’s”.

    Turns out we have friends of friends living in Belgium.

    I’ll be taking many of these guys on a river float when they arrive couple weeks out. We did this about eight maybe ten years ago. Was an interesting float.

    • Princess Cutekitten July 11, 2022, 5:51 PM

      Hi Dirk,

      What began?

      Tell the Belgians I said Hello! 👋

      • Dirk July 11, 2022, 6:50 PM

        Hi cute kitten, absolutely nothing started. Wishful thinking on my part. I’m tired of the parasites.

        Sure I’ll tell em ,Princess cute kitten says Ola.

  • Dirk July 11, 2022, 6:53 PM

    Cute kitty you bring up a good point. Hanging Cattle Wrestlers is still on the books here in OREGON. I like!

    • Princess Cutekitten July 11, 2022, 8:04 PM

      There are entire published volumes of laws still on the books that are funny now but made sense when passed.

      • Dirk July 12, 2022, 10:07 AM

        Yup, what amuses me is the AG his ilk, reaching back into 1800s or older maritime law, with zero application this day. It’s petty politics, yet it still happens.

        Good points kitty