In the fall of 2020, President Trump announced that all Americans would be able to get a COVID vaccine by April of 2021. The media promptly trounced his assertion as being unsupported by evidence and reported that nobody knew when sufficient data would be available from clinical trials to make such a prediction. Well, Trump was right. The Biden administration inherited Trump’s Operation Warp Speed and, thankfully, hasn’t botched it up. And now all Americans are able to get vaccinated just like Trump said. We can’t take all the credit for this observation. We saw this in Steve Krakauer’s Fourth Watch Newsletter of April 25, 2021. Krakauer also suggested that a good way to reduce vaccine hesitancy on the right would be to hire Trump – bring him to the White House and put him to work. Frankly, we would support such a move. Does anyone besides Bandolero note the irony in all this? COVID-19 cost Trump the re-election he so richly deserved and now Biden owes his high marks to the success of Trump’s efforts to beat the virus. Biden could also use help from Trump in dealing with the immigration crisis at our southern border. Frankly, if Biden really wants to have a successful administration, he should adopt quite a few more of Trump’s policies. We don’t hold much hope for this, sound as it would be. The Biden administration has found a better way of garnering public approval than actually addressing our problems with real solutions. The Biden way? Give away free money, of course! We just got a letter from Biden. It came in an envelope from the IRS, for some reason, telling us we’ll soon see another $2400 magically appear in our checking account! Oh boy!
Has anybody other than Bandolero noticed the new terminology the mainstream media is feeding the masses these days? They are words such as “transformative”, “de-platform” and probably many more that we could mention if we could remember what they are. Regardless of what they are, or may be, the truth of the matter is that freedom of speech has been emasculated. It has become acceptable to censor things that the Woke Police have decreed should be removed from a woke society that’s sensitive to the sensitivities of certain populations, particularly, minority populations such as blacks and native americans and gays and lesbians and other sexual identifications and illegal immigrants. Things that were written in the pre-woke days of our country are systematically being hidden away in dark cavernous vaults in Montana and the Dakotas so that these minorities won’t accidentally see them and be insulted, and so that others won’t get the idea that it’s okay to write such things. We wonder, though, whether this might be counter-productive to the interests of these minorities. Without these examples of what’s non-woke and inappropriate, new generations won’t know what’s non-woke and inappropriate and, as time goes by, may inadvertently or possibly even intentionally repeat the errors of the pre-woke ways of our deceased forebears and senior citizens who will soon be deceased forebears rather than Social Security burdens upon the new economy envisioned by millennials who feel entitled to free college and have no idea who Bat Masterson or Roy Rogers were, much less any appreciation for those who fought and died to create the country and save it from Nazis and Commies and other Europeans who were led by the millions to believe that socialism and fascism were better for the human race than the American Way. The point is, “censorship” used to be a nasty word in this country, it being understood that it was condemned and prohibited by our very Constitution (actually, by one of the amendments to it that are referred to as the Bill of Rights). People used to say, “i may disagree with your words, but I’ll fight to the death for your right to say them.” No more! Only words that have been approved by the Woke Police are deemed to be protected these days. One only need to mine the archives of Netflix or any of the streaming media movie collections to find any number of examples depicting nasty evil governments and dictatorships that arrested people and sent them to re-training camps after they spoke words or sentences that were officially prohibited (censored), or to watch scenes of book burnings that senior citizens and deceased forebears used to watch with dismay and disgust and gave thanks that such could never happen here! Well, good-bye Mr. Clemens; adios Dr. Seuss. And don’t get us started about statues. Good-bye, America. It was good while it lasted. But, fear not, patriots. El Bandolero has not given up, has not surrendered, and most importantly, has lost neither love for nor devotion to the principles of freedom one may find in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. El Bandolero will continue to fight for our principles. Well, er, wait a minute. The word “fight” will probably get red-flagged by some algorithm employed by the Woke Police and their strong-arm agents. So, instead, El Bandolero declares that he will continue to stand up for our principles.
Bandolero has learned of distressing news about the oil industry in Kansas. Not only is the industry in dire straits due to depressed oil prices, depressed availability of services and supplies, and depressed oil patch workers, but it is being vilified, stalked, persecuted, and suppressed by the government regulators charged with the responsibility to ensure its robust health. And they are not the usual government persecutors, the EPA. To read about what’s happening, visit the industry experts at GasKan, and read about the KCC Killer Kops.