Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Revenge Tour? Trump Slams 'Fake Republicans' in 'Save America' Rally

Revenge Tour? Trump Slams 'Fake Republicans' in 'Save America' Rally

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Donald Trump is campaigning again, which is good news for the Republican Party — most of it, anyway.

“He’s a sellout and fake Republican,” Trump said of Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to impeach the former president. Running against Gonzalez in the GOP primary will be a former Trump aide Max Miller, who Trump praised as an “incredible patriot” and a “great guy” who “loves the people of Ohio.”

The media has billed Trump’s series of rallies as a “revenge tour,” but that’s not the case. This will be a nostalgia tour as the former president will invite crowds to continuously re-litigate the 2020 election and his evolving theories about how it was stolen from him.

Of course, he’ll also throw plenty of red meat to his supporters. He criticized President Joe Biden as a “catastrophe” and mocked Vice President Kamala Harris for not visiting the border until he said he would go.

And he had plenty to say about the recent criticism of Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley.

“The Biden administration issued new rules pushing twisted critical race theory … into our military,” Trump told several thousand supporters gathered at the Lorain County Fairgrounds. “Our generals and our admirals are now focused more on this nonsense than they are on our enemies.”

“You see these generals lately on television? They are woke,” he said.

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Trump told a vignette about a hypothetical future private getting dressed down by a general.

“Our military will be incapable of fighting and incapable of taking orders,” Trump predicted.

“That private’s going to tell the general, ‘Don’t you ever speak to me that way, general — I’ll kick your ass,’” Trump said. “That’s our military, that’s where we’re going. Woke.”

Trump said the brass had become “weak and ineffective leaders. And our enemies are watching and they’re laughing.”

Trump praised the efforts to begin an election audit in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin but found “the RINOs in the Michigan Senate” failed him after they recently released a report saying Biden won the state, The Washington Examiner reported.

“Michigan is not [taking the allegations of voter fraud seriously]. You can’t get those Republicans. Some are great, by the way, but Michigan is not doing the job. … How do you win Ohio by so much, record numbers, and lose Michigan?”

Trump also blamed Democrats for using the pandemic against him.

“They used COVID in order to cheat. They used COVID in order to rig the election and in order to steal the election. They used COVID,” he said during the Saturday night rally in Ohio. “That’s as simple as it gets.”

Washington Examiner:

Several states took steps toward allowing for remote voting, such as vote-by-mail, in the 2020 election in an effort to curb the transmission of COVID-19, which the former president argued allowed for malfeasance because mail-in ballots are “treacherous.”

Trump praised the new moves taken by Republicans in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to reexamine the results of the 2020 presidential election, calling those leading the investigations “patriots.”

Ohio will also elect a new senator now that Rob Portman is retiring. Trump teased the crowd a bit, asking, “Who likes Jane Timken? Who likes Josh Mandel? Who likes Gibbons?” Those are the announced candidates. It’s expected next week that Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance will throw his hat in the ring, as well. Trump’s all-important endorsement probably won’t come until next fall.

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Trump made little news at the rally, but he didn’t have to. His presence confirmed that he’s back and already in mid-campaign form as he looks to dominate the party for the next 3 years. Will he, or won’t he? Trump will tease his presidential announcement to get maximum political mileage out of it. He has the luxury of being able to wait while those Republicans seeking to replace him stand by uncomfortably in the wings.

Democrats infrastructure plan would erase American suburban 'way of life,’ former NY official says

Democrats infrastructure plan would erase American suburban 'way of life,’ former NY official says

The administration's original $2.3 trillion infrastructure package "intended to literally eliminate local zoning, single-family zoning," said the former N.Y. Lt. Gov.

The largest item in President Biden's originally proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill "is intended to literally eliminate local zoning, single-family zoning," former N.Y. Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey told the John Solomon Reports podcast. 

"[P]eople spend a lifetime dreaming that they're going to have a home with a plot of lawn around it," said McCaughey. "They can let their kids play on the lawn, go out and mow the lawn, it's a way of life. And the Biden administration wants to eliminate that. Their message is, 'You can't have that unless everybody can have that.'

"So unless you have multifamily units, you know, some sort of apartment building, on the same street in the same neighborhood — it's not the same town because all towns now have areas for apartment dwellers, you know. But no, that's not good enough for them. They want to put bus lines on all the little streets, and that's going to change the way of life."

The Democrats are "trying to make it a racial issue, but people of all ethnicities dream of having a single-family home," McCaughey said. "That's not a white thing, that's a way of life — it's an American way of life.

"People want to have that privacy, they want to have their kids have independence, and be able to play in the backyard and not be supervised in a public playground. You know, all of us who raise children think that that's a good thing to have. And they want to eliminate it."

The Biden administration negotiated a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure framework on Thursday, which does not include affordable housing, according to Business Insider.

However, afterward, Biden said that the rest of the original infrastructure plan will go through as a budget reconciliation bill in addition to the bipartisan version. Upon learning this, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Biden can "forget" the bipartisan bill. "Most Republicans could not have known that," he said. "There's no way. You look like a f–ing idiot now."

Over 500 Election Fraud Cases Are Pending in Texas Courts: Attorney General

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks in Washington on Sept. 19, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Over 500 Election Fraud Cases Are Pending in Texas Courts: Attorney General

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced over the weekend that his office still has more than 500 election fraud cases that need to be heard in court.

The attorney general made the announcement after a woman was arrested by the state Election Fraud Unit late last week for multiple counts of election fraud, according to a news release from his office.

“We will prosecute voter fraud every time we find it,” Paxton, a Republican, wrote on Twitter over the weekend in reference to the case. “Currently our office has over 500 cases waiting to be heard in court.”

While Paxton didn’t provide any more information about the cases, he said that “voter fraud is real” and that “Texans deserve to know their vote is legally and securely counted.”

According to the news release from his office, which provided scant details about the case, Monica Mendez was arrested and booked into the Victoria County Jail on June 23. It came after a grand jury returned an indictment on seven counts of illegal voting, eight counts of unlawfully assisting a voter, eight counts of unlawful possession of ballots, and eight counts of election fraud.

Her case, however, was not related to the Nov. 3 election, the release said, but to a 2018 local election. The Texas secretary of state referred Mendez to the attorney general’s office after she faced the allegations.

Referring to the Mendez case, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested that his office would continue to pursue laws that are designed to bolster security around elections. The governor several days ago announced a special session of the state legislature to pass a number of measures relating to voter fraud laws, critical race theory, and how the state handles bail bonds.

In May, Texas’s state Senate approved a sweeping bill that would grant more power to poll watchers by giving them increased access inside polling areas. It would also create new penalties against election officials who restrict poll watchers’ movements and would allow a judge to void the outcome of an election if the number of fraudulent votes could change the result, among other provisions.

However, during the final hours of the previous legislative session on May 30, state House Democrats walked out before the Republican-led chamber could vote on the Senate bill.

“I fully expect to have a session where we will pass an election integrity bill as well as bail reform,” Abbott told the Dallas Morning News earlier this month. “Those are both needed and they both must pass. And as we get there, we may be adding some additional items.”

Democrats, meanwhile, have generally opposed the GOP-backed election reform bills that are being proposed in Texas, saying that such bills restrict voting access to minority groups.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Harvard poll: 80% see border disaster, want Trump closure restored, reject teaching critical race theory

Harvard poll: 80% see border disaster, want Trump closure restored, reject teaching critical race theory

The Biden administration is failing big time with its inability to control illegal immigration, adding it to one of several issues that could doom Democrats if left unchecked.

In a new Harvard/Harris poll, an overwhelming 80% said that illegal immigration is a serious issue and one that needs more attention than what President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris are giving.

What’s more, 68% said that signals from Biden’s White House are encouraging illegal immigration, and 55% believe that former President Donald Trump’s border closing policies should have been left in place.

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Pollster Mark Penn sized up the results this way: “Immigration is boiling up as an issue.”

Add it to increasing voter concerns about inflation, taxes, and the critical race theory controversy, and this could be a summer of woe for Democrats. “These are not good numbers for Democrats,” said an adviser to House Republicans.

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The fears of illegal immigration were a key part of Penn’s analysis of his June poll for Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll.

He wrote: "Sixty-four percent of registered voters want the Biden administration to issue new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of people across the border. Only 7% of voters could accurately call out the amount of monthly illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. with 84% underestimate the number, suggesting we should expect stronger voter reactions if the crisis evolves further. Overall, 74% of voters view the current surge in illegal immigrants as a crisis that needs to be addressed immediately, and 56% do not view climate change, racism, and sexism as root causes of migration from South and Central America.”

Harris, who was tasked to solve the issue, didn’t get a winning grade. Most thought she should have visited the border earlier than Friday, and more failed her trip to Central America, during which she sought to heal the “root causes” of illegal immigration.

And despite liberal media efforts to dismiss the debates in school districts around the country over the teaching of critical race theory, the poll found that it too was a hot issue.

“On schooling and education, another sleeper issue, 61% do not believe students should be taught that America is structurally racist and is dominated by white supremacy,” said Penn in his email.




The New York Times reports that crime is starting to worry “progressives” — not the phenomenon, but the politics of it. I don’t know whether progressives in general are worried, but the ones at the Times sure are.

This Times article focuses on the success of Eric Adams in the Democratic mayoral primary. The Times frets that the winner of the race (at least in terms of the popular vote) “focused much of his message on exposing progressive slogans and policies that he said threatened the lives of ‘Black and brown babies’ and were pushed by ‘many young, white and rich’ people.” That’s hitting awfully close home for the New York Times.

The Times acknowledges that Adams’ message resonated with Black and Latino voters, constituencies upon which Democrats depend. It quotes Hakeem Jefferson, a Stanford political science professor. In Jefferson’s view, there’s a disconnect between these voters and the Democratic left. Says Jefferson, “the middle black voter is not AOC and is actually closer to Eric Adams.”

Bernie Sanders, who unsuccessfully courted black voters in two separate campaigns, would probably agree, at least privately.

The Times goes so far as to say that the success of Adams, coupled with polls showing the “disconnect” between the views of Blacks and the Democratic left on matters of crime and policing, “threatens to undermine a central tenet of [Democratic] political thought for decades.” It seems to agree with Adams that “if the Democratic Party does not recognize what we have done here in New York, [it’s] going to have a problem in the midterm elections and. . .in the presidential elections.”

But are Democrat politicians willing to suck it up, abandon “a central tenet of their political thought,” and get behind the police? Maybe, at least in terms of rhetoric.

But if they do, they will face plenty of pushback from the hard left. The Times quotes a member of the leftist “Working Families Party” who seems to accuse Adams of using a racist “dog-whistle” on crime. This, despite the fact that Adams is black.

Because Adams is black, and an ex-cop to boot, he can take this kind of inane criticism. But can Joe Biden? Can most liberals? Possibly, but they would much rather not.

THEM CHANGES--The Emperor’s (Biden's) New Clothes



I have taken up the issue of Joe Biden’s declining mental faculties by reference to the tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Everyone can see that the guy is naked. In his New York Post column this morning, Kyle Smith takes up the issue in a way that recalls the old Buddy Miles number “Them Changes” (“My mind is going through them changes…”).

Referring to Biden’s bizarre performance at last week, Smith observes that Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin must be giggling uncontrollably at their good fortune: “Suddenly the world’s greatest power is in the hands of a slightly dazed-looking fellow who seems like he is always just waking up from heavy anesthesia.” Asking who is running the show, Smith writes:

At age 78, by which time Ronald Reagan was retired, Biden is suffering from what nursing home workers delicately refer to as “personality changes.” You get the feeling his aides spend a solid week coaching him in advance before letting him speak, which is why he keeps saying things like, “I’m going to get in trouble with staff.” Never before have we had a president who so openly feared his own minders. Who is making the decisions?

In one remark, President Joe Biden confused the Tuskegee Airmen with the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Because he’s just reciting the buzzwords his staffers dream up, Biden may not even be aware of how silly he sounds when he uses online-cultist words such as “Latinx” to refer to Latinos, who mostly haven’t even heard of the term and never use it. He obviously had no idea how insulting he sounded to Latinos when he suggested “they’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.” Is our president aware that most Latinos are here legally?

In the same remarks, he confused the Tuskegee Airmen (a group of heroic black World War II pilots) with the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which is about as dumb as confusing coronavirus with Corona beer.

All of these blunders came in the same 30 seconds, as though Biden were saving the RNC some editing work by creating a campaign ad for them in real time.

I guess we’ll have to wait until the moment when Biden starts emitting a stream of actual gibberish, or answering the press using sock puppets, before our media acknowledge the obvious: Since our president isn’t fit to find his way home after dark, do we really believe he’s the one running the country?

Smith’s column is “As Biden bumbles, the question is: Who’s really running the country?”

Can more local self-rule save a collapsing, ‘Late-Roman’ America?

Can more local self-rule save a collapsing, ‘Late-Roman’ America?

Observed from some angles, the United States is falling apart. All over, we’re seeing signs of fragmentation.

At the smallest scale, the tony community of Buckhead, Ga., may be seceding from Atlanta. Mayor Keisha Bottoms’ anti-anti-crime strategy has led to a predictable criminal surge. Buckhead wants escape from dysfunction — via self-rule.

The same thing is happening within states. Last month, several communities in eastern Oregon voted to secede and join Idaho. The region’s farmers don’t want to be ruled from their state’s weed- and Antifa-plagued coastal regions.

Parts of New Mexico want to join Texas. A huge swath of downstate Illinois talks of splitting from Chicagoland. Some upstate New Yorkers have been talking for years of splitting away from Gotham. Then there are various plans for splitting California into two, three or even six new states. All are gaining attention.

These plans would be hard to pull off. Splitting a state requires consent from both its own legislature and Congress, and unless Congress is ruled by a one-sided majority, it will be hard to get anything through that changes the balance in the Senate. (It has really only happened once, when West Virginia split from Virginia during the Civil War.) But the growing interest in this sort of separation does signal something. 

For most of US history, the trend has been toward bigness and consolidation. But now people are wanting to make things smaller.

States are also asserting themselves. First we had “sanctuary” laws involving illegal immigration. Then we had states legalizing marijuana and essentially daring the feds to do something about it. (The feds, for the most part, backed down). Now cities and states are declaring “sanctuary” status for gun rights, pledging not to cooperate with the enforcement of federal gun laws. 

Left and right, in other words, are resisting federal rule when it comes to their pet issues.

And recently it’s gone beyond resistance. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is sending law enforcers to assist Texas and Arizona. Faced with the Biden administration’s reluctance to secure the border, threatened states are cooperating with one another to do a job once left to federal authorities.

Any one of these developments might be unimportant, maybe even amusing. But put together, they have a certain late-Roman-Empire flavor. And there’s more.

As Charles Murray writes in his new book, “Facing Reality,” the federal government is at a low point in terms of perceived legitimacy. In 1964, 77 percent of Americans said they trust the federal government to do the right thing all or most of the time, according to Gallup. That number dropped to 15 percent in 2011 and has hovered between 15 and 20 percent since. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is sending law enforcers to assist Texas and Arizona.
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A government distrusted by more than 80 percent of its population has a legitimacy problem.

The federal government makes more and more laws and regulations but has no real ability to enforce them without cooperation from state and local governments and from the people themselves. When people see the government as less legitimate, they are less likely to go along.

Given that according to a recent Rasmussen poll more than 40 percent of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen (and that number is no doubt highest in the red states) legitimacy is in short supply. Writes Murray, “The continued ability of the federal government to enforce its edicts in the reddest portions of the nation will be thrown into question. The prospect of legal secession may be remote, but the prospect of reduced governability from Washington is not.”

This could be bad, but there’s a bright side. When we talk about the late Roman Empire (at least the Western part), we’re talking about a centrally governed state. In America, we have a federal system.

The federal government might collapse or go broke — current spending and debt numbers suggest the latter — but the states have their own credit ratings, their own bureaucracy, their own police and quasi-military forces, their own reservoirs of legitimacy. We’re already seeing that.

Even if the federal government fails, the states will remain. Think of it as a backup system that we hope we won’t need — but increasingly might.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a professor of law at the University of Tennessee and founder of the ­ blog.

Don's Tuesday Column

                 THE WAY I SEE IT   by Don Polson  Red Bluff Daily News   6/29/2021

Gaslighting over masks, China, Fauci

Please indulge anecdotes with a point. Maybe it’s the inner rebel accompanying my growing locks now covering my neck and below, but I won’t wear a mask outside of actual medical facilities, visited numerous times in the last month or so. A painful lumbar condition and urology-related issues will remain private.

The freedom to not breath smelly, unsanitary paper or cloth masks was rediscovered after the science of vaccinations set in, late April. After the objectionable, silly recycling of my own breath in the snowy outdoors at ski locations, as well as the obligatory, marginally useful retail rules, we took the immunity personally and just started walking in, past and through the signage and nagging (Costco was the worst). Given the number of like-minded customers, we won.

A “gear fix” shop was the first to insist; I refused and simply demanded to know if my ski boots were fixed. Their designated hulky “enforcer” was dispatched to make demands; I made my own demands; he said he would call the cops; I said “you can go through all that, or you can simply look up my name and tell me if my boots are done.” He relented, but lied that they hadn’t accepted boot repairs for 6 months; ok, buh-bye.

The Costco pharmacy, unlike the Walmart pharmacy, was adamant that I not pick up my prescription unmasked; I refused and demanded my drug order; the manager got another manager who got the top guy. I’m a rebel with common sense and pulled up my t-shirt, saying “you can’t see my mouth or nose, now get me my med; I’m handicapped and have rights.” They relented.

For 15 months of badgering, guilt-tripping, accusations of wanting to murder fellow citizens, demands that the unmasked be reeducated and all but wear a “wrong think” patch—I’ve said masks were benign, a minor inconvenience. The “it’s the science” folks remain oblivious to the scientific fact that the virus is 1000x smaller than the mask materials, making them useless.

There has been no discernible difference in Covid illness or death rates between mask-mandated states and schools and those without, a massive pool of scientific data that defies refutation. “Wake up, people: Science shows mask zealots were very, very wrong,” by Trevor Thomas, says it all. Will they admit it? It remains an issue as the spreading “Delta variant” (from India’s delta—but mustn’t name Covid-19 for Wuhan, China) is feeding the “anxiety-and-fear” narrative.

Not only is the World Health Organization reverting to “mask mandates for all, everywhere,” even the vaccinated; but places like Australia are imposing “lock downs” on millions, in spite of the now-undeniable evidence of futility. Will “news” outlets report the fairly benign effect of “Delta” in the U.K. and U.S.? “New Study Delivers Kill Shot to the Leftist COVID Panic Lockdown Regime,” by Matt Vespa; end of debate.

Thank God we were blessed with a system whereby the states have considerable autonomy from the central government. It’s nearly lost on the miseducated, media-persuaded and ideology-addled that our Constitutional Framers were determined that, by states forming the national government (not the other way around), there must be tools for the states to retain their power against inevitable federal despotism. Canada lacks those protections and preachers are jailed; we should protect our independent rights.

It's fine with me if some cling to the illusion of credibility for compromised and duplicitous “authorities” like Dr. Fauci. Apparently besotted with his own self-reverence and sycophantic fans, he pronounced his own ever-shifting medical opinions to be “Science” itself. He lied to the public, and to Congress, by feigning ignorance of the $1 million+ in American tax money that went to knowingly fund “gain-of-function” bat research at Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). He lied to Congress, insisting ignorance that President Trump ordered a stop to “gain of function” funding to WIV through EcoHealth Alliance, falsely making him blameless and Trump culpable.

He knowingly assisted Communist Chinese researchers (party hacks with lab coats) in dismissing and downplaying that lab’s role as the source of the COVID-19 virus. He and his agency have no excuse or defense against charges of misleading this nation and covering for China’s perfidy. As early as late fall, over 10,000 military athletes went to the Wuhan area for sporting events; that city of millions was a “ghost town” while athletes returned home with symptoms.

Honest virological scientists (including Fauci) knew that China had flu-like infections showing up among the WIV staff. Early analysis could reasonably have suspected a “cross species” transfer of the “bat” virus, but not past spring, 2020. And yet, Fauci insisted no evidence pointed to the WIV, as recently as months ago, in spite of detailed microscopic deconstruction of the virus showing not only a humanly engineered virus, but also reverse engineering to misdirect researchers to the “bat market” source.

“China Lied About COVID Again: Outbreak Might Have Begun Months Earlier,” by Stephen Green; “New Research Shows Extent of China’s Cover-Up of COVID-19’s Origins,” by Anthony Ruggiero; and, in an article that almost implicates Dr. Fauci in the deception, “Early Covid Data From China (was) Removed by NIH After Request From Chinese Researchers,” by Rick Moran. How could Fauci not have known?

Unsurprisingly, “Dr. Fauci Is In An All Out Media Blitz To Rescue His Image,” by Dylan Housman; he’s “on the defensive after emails were leaked revealing he downplayed the lab-leak theory of the novel coronavirus origin.” Fauci accuses opponents of “distortion” and, of course, taking his emails “out of context.”

I bear no negativity to those forming different opinions; just spare me attacks on my veracity and informed analysis.

Man Who Shot Police Officer Is Arrested, and a Democrat Narrative Is Complicated in the Process

Man Who Shot Police Officer Is Arrested, and a Democrat Narrative Is Complicated in the Process

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Officer Jason Raynor was shot in the head Wednesday in Daytona Beach, FL, in what appears to be a targeted attack. Disturbing bodycam footage was released shortly after, showing a black man shooting Raynor as the officer was waiting for a door to open.

A multi-state manhunt for the suspect proceeded after the shooting, and now the alleged assailant is in custody. Othal Wallace, who is 29, was apprehended in the Atlanta, GA, area.

But, it’s where he was captured that is complicating prior narratives.

Wallace was captured at a black nationalist, paramilitary campground, further pointing to the idea that the shooting of the officer was motivated by hate of police and possibly racism, as well. When he was arrested in what is being described as a treehouse, the suspect had multiple guns on him, but guns were also found in the surrounding structures of the campground.

The shooting of Raynor pushes back on an assertion made by AG Merrick Garland recently that “white supremacy” is the preeminent “domestic violence extremist threat” in the nation. By the numbers, that never made sense, as drug cartel violence, which clearly includes people with extremist views, is a bigger domestic violence threat by many magnitudes. Yet, Garland’s words were propagated throughout the media — despite the lack of evidence for his claim.

Now, we have a white officer shot in the head by a man with a black nationalist background. Earlier in the week, a BLM protest turned violent in South Carolina, with fires being set outside a police station. There have also been many, other attacks over the last year.

People can argue about the actual extent that white and black nationalism plays in extremist killings in the United States, but clearly, the situation is far more complicated than repeating talking points that make the ‘wokest’ among us happy. Garland’s claim about white supremacy was meant to throw red meat to a Democrat audience, not actually keep the American people abreast of what is truly going on.

Left-wing extremism is obviously a growing problem in this nation. That’s not to say we have not seen terrible killings by white supremacists over the last several decades (i.e. Dylann Roof), but they are extremely rare, especially over the last couple of years. To have the DOJ asking for hundreds of millions of dollars to combat white supremacist extremism — while they can’t even seem to admit extremist exists on the left — is a recipe for disaster.