The man who might have been king

The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99:

Her Majesty announced her husband’s death at midday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings across the UK and Commonwealth. 

The Royal Family said in a statement: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss’. 

Her Majesty, who remains at Windsor Castle, is now expected to enter an eight-day period of mourning. She will not carry out any duties, even in private, while laws will not be given the Royal Assent and affairs of state will also be paused. 

As with all royal births, marriages and deaths, a notice announcing Philip’s passing was displayed outside Buckingham Palace.

The British Empire is no more, and now those who were witness to its end are passing away as well. The question is if the West will do the same.

Operational support or Boomer dodos?

I can understand why AC is suspicious of old people standing around calmly providing play-by-play commentary as a wind-up toy runs around shooting people, including police, right in front of them, but then, it could simply be Boomers booming. I don’t think those who are younger than Gen X realize how much the average Boomer resembles a dodo bird with regards to their total inability to register danger:

I’m telling you, the old people in this, just standing in the front door, all blase and relaxed texting on their phone, saying, ‘Yeah, the shooter went in the store, right in there behind me,” as gunshots go off right behind them, or standing around the back of the building with walkers but not moving away to safety, are surveillance, and I would say it is 99.9{3549d4179a0cbfd35266a886b325f66920645bb4445f165578a9e086cbc22d08} they are some form of operational support for the shooting, watching the perimeter for the central control running the operation. 

I can’t explain exactly what it is I see when I look at them, but they are coverage – I see that all the time. It is almost like they are on a different frequency as they stand there, and it stands out from what you would expect them to look like they are doing and thinking. Ask yourself, if you were an obese, decrepit old geezer, and some dude was popping shots off inside that store, and you had dead bodies strewn about your feet as you stood in the doorway, and a livestreamer nut was screaming in front of you, would you just stand there in the middle of the carnage, looking down into your phone, only pausing to look up saying, “Oh yeah the shooter is right behind me, in the store, he went in right that way over there” as you text away and gunshots go off? Or would you be too busy getting the hell out of there? 

And there is the old couple in back with a walker. How did they get there, given the store floor level is about four feet higher due to it being a loading dock behind them, and there are no cars anywhere near? Did they walk around back there from the front, with a walker, instead of going to their car? Why aren’t they moving to a car, or at least away from the store, given a shooter could come out a door there at any moment? What are they doing there? And there just happens to be a guy on the opposite side of the back covering the other corner towards them, who walks away from the streamer as he approaches, and another guy with a semi-afro, watching the side, from the back corner up to the front. 

None of them are rendering aid, they are not seeking cover or concealment, or moving to their car, or even assessing where the shooter might be. They are all just on post, with no sense of danger, and for some reason know they aren’t going to get shot. Notice vehicular units driving through the parking lot too, all throughout it. At least a few of those are support coverage. I will bet if I was in the parking lot and pulled an AR-15 out of my trunk, to sneak around back, go inside and confront the shooter, minuteman style, those people would radio that into control, in its basement control center, and control would get on the shooter’s earpiece to guide him to either meet me or describe to him how to evade me and make it to a new site, based on what perimeter surveillance was telling him about my movements in real time. 

That cop may very well have been sacrificed just like that to make this a heinous shooting for maximal effect. I will bet this is why we do not see more of these characters offed by armed patriots on the spot. These operations are run under much more controlled conditions, with far more resources than we would believe possible.

It is peculiar how many of these “active shooter incidents” always seem to take place in locations where there are a lot of bystanders around but very few of them are armed in any way. Despite the fact that I don’t even know anyone, male or female, who doesn’t at least carry a knife, if not a concealed firearm on a daily basis, you never seem to hear about any of these active shooters being jumped by several people and being stabbed or beaten to death.

It’s not like people don’t fight back in real life. My grandfather took on a 28-year-old carjacker armed with a .38 in Alexandria, Virginia. He slapped the gun out of his face, repeatedly punched the guy in the face so many times that he broke his hand, then shoved the stunned guy into the car and locked him into it. He was 73 at the time.

My mother was furious with him, of course, but he was unconcerned. He’d survived Guadacanal and Tarawa, so “some punk with a popgun” hardly counted as dangerous from his perspective.

Yeah, she looks into it

Add it to the list of anomalies. Someone is burning Cuomo. Normally this sort of thing stays swept well under the rug:

A woman named Anna Ruch says Cuomo made her feel “confused and shocked and embarrassed” during a wedding event in September of 2019. Ruch, who is now 33, told The New York Times that it was the first time she met Cuomo.

Ruch says she thanked him for his complimentary remarks about her newlywed friends when the Governor placed his hand on her lower back. Ruch claims Cuomo called her “aggressive” when she forcibly removed his hand from her back.

Shockingly, Ruch says Cuomo then placed both hands on her face and asked, “Can I kiss you?”

“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed,” Ruch said. “I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment.”

Ruch provided The Times with a photograph of the encounter as well as text messages regarding the incident.

I don’t know why. I don’t know who. But I don’t buy that Team Kamala is doing it, since either a) she doesn’t matter or b) she’ll be the incumbent come 2024, depending upon which narrative you utilize. 

Sendoff ceremony Andrews AFB

One curious anomaly: 17 US flags behind the podium.

UPDATE: FFS, who gives a flying fuck about vaccines at this point? If this is a headfake, it’s a damnably convincing one. About the only good thing one can say is that Melania looks great.

UPDATE: Okay, “we will be back in some form” and “we will see you soon” is mildly encouraging. Still no mention of the election, Biden, or a concession. It looks over, to be sure, but it isn’t actually over. Not yet, anyhow.

UPDATE: Shills, please note that Biden is still not the President of the United States. If, against my expectations, he does somehow become President of the United States in the next 24 hours, we will all be sure to note that you were the first to surrender and that you did so before the battle was over.

UPDATE: I took down the Madrid explosion post as it does not appear to have any connection to any international events. CNN has reported a bomb threat at the U.S. Supreme Court, but the all-clear was just given.

Nuclear anomalies

Another intriguing inauguration anomaly:

Donald Trump’s decision to shun Joe Biden’s inauguration has caused serious logistical problems for perhaps the most sensitive section of the presidential handover: the nuclear codes. During a normal inauguration ceremony, the nuclear football, which contains the equipment the president uses to authenticate his orders and launch a nuclear strike, is handed over from one presidential aide to another at the stroke of noon.

Trump will leave Washington DC at around 8am, however, and fly to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. As president, he will take the nuclear football with him.

Stephen Schwartz, a nonresident senior fellow at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, told CNN that the officials involved would have had to come up with an elaborate work-around. ‘There are at least three to four identical ‘footballs’: one follows the president, one follows the vice president, and one traditionally is set aside for the designated survivor at events like inaugurations and State of the Union addresses,’ he said. ‘On 20 January, the extra footballs will be out of town somewhere with their designees, leaving just Mike Pence’s briefcase unless the White House Military Office has prepared (or already has on hand) another backup for Mr Biden.’

The Constitution gives Trump control of nuclear attacks until the very second that Biden is sworn in.

Curiouser and curiouser…. 

The mysterious collapse of governments

  • Germany’s Angela Merkel has said she will step down as chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks. “I will not be seeking any political post after my term ends,” she told a news conference in Berlin. She also said she would not seek re-election as leader of the centre-right CDU party in December. She has held the post since 2000.
  • Dutch Rutte government resigns over child welfare fraud scandal.
  • Italy’s former premier Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday he was pulling his party’s ministers from the cabinet, effectively leaving the ruling coalition without a majority in parliament. His decision, announced at a news conference, throws Italy into political chaos….
  • Estonia’s president on Thursday tasked the leader of the main opposition party to form a new government, a day after Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his Cabinet stepped down in the wake of a corruption scandal in Ratas’ ruling Center Party.
  • Kuwait government to resign within 24 hours.

What an astonishing series of coincidences! Five governments collapsing in the same week? It can’t possibly be an international prelude to the events of January 20, 2021, could it?

UPDATE: A Dutch reader emails to add that 42 of the 150 people in the Dutch parliament have announced that they will not run again in the next election.

On a possibly related note, here is another example of the intentional building of tension I demonstrated in last night’s Darkstream. It was even more excruciating than is shown here, because the clip cuts short the breakdown, which in the Tokyo Dome concert extended for nearly a full three minutes before leading up to the crowd callback at 3.22. Notice in particular the way in which Su-metal, the lead singer, presides impassively over the breakdown doing nothing until the time comes to direct the crowd.

Enjoy the show.

President Trump in Texas

I have to admit, I have absolutely no idea what President Trump is attempting to accomplish here with this speech, rambling as he is about immigration and welfare and taxpayers and protecting American workers at this point in time. It’s rather like Pompeo’s speech yesterday, which completely and obviously ignored the herd of elephants in the room.

UPDATE: Michael Yon is reporting that it’s all over but for the arrests.

INSURRECTION ACT has NOT been invoked. State of emergency invoked here in DC. Have been with Rudy Giuliani past two days. I would know if Insurrection Act invoked, and so would you.

Trump will leave office. Biden is in. This is a fact. I don’t make the facts but I do report them. I would not be surprised at all if Trump, Don Junior, and Rudy Giuliani are charged and arrested soon.

I am seeing many things that you are not seeing. All the above is true, and more.

Perhaps. Or, perhaps not. Remember what I’ve said about these not being ordinary times. Disinformation is the order of the day and here are no points or cash prizes for being the first to surrender or despair.

Escort or arrest?

An interesting report out of LAX

I’m currently at Los Angeles international Airport (LAX) and Congressman Adam Schiff was just being escorted back out of a terminal with about 15 LAPD/Airport police!?

If true, that sounds a little heavy for a congressional security team. And I am reliably informed that they do have holding cells in airports….

UPDATE: I don’t know how legitimate this link is, but the name and age appear to be correct:


From Wikipedia: 

Adam Bennett Schiff (born June 22, 1960) is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 28th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff is currently in his 10th term as a congressman, having served since 2001.

UPDATE: If true, could be significant.

Adam Schiff was taken from LAX international airport to the Los Angeles FBI building and has not exited since going in a little after 10:00 a.m. this morning, my FBI source is telling me! 

UPDATE: I’d say it is looking increasingly dubious at this point.

Team Trump has voting machine

BREAKING: Trump team now has a Dominion machine from Ware County, #Georgia with EVIDENCE of Trump votes being switched to Biden. Source: John Fredericks on Steve Bannon War Room

From the transcript:

He’s got a Dominion machine that they were able to do a forensic study on in Ware County it’s a small [Georgia] county. He’s got evidence that this machine has flipped the votes. They flipped votes, they flipped 37 votes in Ware County – he’s got the evidence – from Donald J. Trump to Joe Biden.

Now 37 doesn’t seem like a lot of votes, but it’s a very small county. It represents just over 0.25, actually 0.26 [percent] of the total votes cast.