Weekend Open Thread

The rumors are starting to fly thick and fast about a Biden run. My view: he’ll get in…but it might be a lot later than people think. Could even be after the New Hampshire primary. It has happened before – specifically, in 1968 when Bobby Kennedy entered the race after New Hampshire revealed the weakness of Johnson.

A few liberal fascists are urging Uncle Sam to bring RICO charges against global warming doubters – nothing says “science” like using the heavy club of government to stifle debate.

More and more people are coming to the understanding that our inaction in Syria is because we don’t want to upset our new friends in Tehran. The Syrian people are being thrown to the wolves in the name of this new policy – much as the Poles were thrown to Stalin in service to FDR’s idea that Stalin would be a nifty post-War partner for us. I suspect our Syrian policy will work out as well as our Polish policy did.

Turns out, The View sucks. But you already knew that.

No one at the EPA has been fired over the EPA’s poisoning of a river. Government is just a word for things we do together – and it’s ok that all of us dumped pollution. It’s only bad if a private company does it, you see?

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13 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook September 19, 2015 / 7:31 am

    A few liberal fascists are urging Uncle Sam to bring RICO charges against global warming doubters

    I’ve come to expect this from the Left. I think a great many Progressives feel especially impotent on the climate change issue because the harder they try, the more they indoctrinate, the fewer people buy into it as a significant problem. So, in their view, demanding that those who disagree with them be prosecuted is akin to actually doing something about the problem, and I think that makes them feel better about themselves. Now if they were to actually try to us RICO against skeptics — well, let’s just say, be careful what you wish for.

    • Cluster September 19, 2015 / 8:48 am

      I saw this too the other day where scientists were advocating for the arrest of AGW skeptics, and a more Orwellian proposition I can not imagine. This is straight out of Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China. The progressive left has become a real and present danger.

      Climate change is indeed real. It has been changing since the beginning of time and my question to the left would be: What happens if it stops changing? But let’s assume AGW is real. Considering that hurricane and tornado activity are at historic lows, crop yields are larger, and dependence on heating oil is diminished, I would suggest that this is a good thing. Why all the fuss?

      And then there is this from Joe Bastardi:

      http://patriotpost.us/opinion/37721

  2. Cluster September 19, 2015 / 9:22 am

    I think it is obvious now that Mitt Romney was right when he identified Russia as a main geo political foe, a comment of which was met with ridicule by the idiot in the White House. Well it’s time now to listen to Fiorina and Rubio, both of whom have a firm grasp on the global threats we face. Here’s Carly: UPDATE: In Voter Gravity’s latest presidential flash poll through touchtone phone responses, we surveyed 2,839 New Hampshire Republican Primary Voters the day after the CNN Debate, and they put Carly Fiorina in the top spot at 22%.

    • M. Noonan September 20, 2015 / 10:34 am

      It is interesting – mostly in giving us an idea of what liberals read. Reading stuff like that and not seeking contrary sources one would, indeed, get the idea that Obama has just done splendidly. They claim, for instance, that labor force participation is just grand – but the rate for August, 2015 was 62.6% – fully 3.1 percentage points lower than when Obama took office. If we had Bush levels of labor force participation then our unemployment rate would probably be close to 10% right now. Liberals when confronted with this fact are quick to make claim that the drop in labor force participation is things like Boomers retiring…but if you actually look at the number of people who would exit in 2015 and the number who would enter it is, at best, a wash (you take the number of people who would turn 65 and compare it to the number who would turn 18…or, if you want to claims, as our liberals do, that the kiddies are all going to college and so don’t count, count the number who would turn 22, you don’t get much difference between in and out – in other words, retirement of Boomers can’t account for any of the drop in participation…and that leaves out the number of people legally and illegally entering the country to join our work force – there were 3,632,000 live births in 1950, 3,882,000 in 1997; 4,039,000 in 1993, you see?). I also don’t know where they are getting their info on income – the bottom 20% of income earners are about 17% off their peak…and even the top income earners have seen a small decrease. At best, depending on how you calculate it, income is flat…but population is growing, and inflation is up (I know it is said it isn’t – but you and I know it is every time we go to buy a pound of steak, or a gallon of milk).

      We have allegedly gained jobs since the Great Recession, but job growth has not kept pace with population growth, so our net is at best flat, and probably negative.

      But, there they go – convincing themselves that what is best for the economy is printing money, borrowing and spending (private and public) and as our liberals never read anything non-liberal, there is no way to get through to them on it…I know a rather bright liberal who, when I pointed out that the Federal Reserve’s inflationary policy is just crude theft from those who wish to responsibly save, he said, in effect, “of course they should do that – we are a consumption based economy and we have to spend…we need to punish savers!”. As if we can really just consume and not create and save! But they believe it – because what they read tells them that it works.

      The crash is coming – I hope that when it comes, Obama is still in office because I want the liberals to finally catch the blame for a down turn. To be sure, they’ll still blame us – it’ll be our fault that we didn’t raise taxes and regulate and spend more. But the GOP has caught the blame for the last two recessions because they happened when a Republican was in the White House, even though the underlying problems which caused the last two recessions were Democrat policies. Fine. Alls fair in love, war and politics…but if the crash comes while Obama is sitting there in the White House grandly ignorant of basic facts, then in the public mind it will be Democrat policies which caused it…

      • Retired Spook September 20, 2015 / 11:15 am

        I also don’t know where they are getting their info on income

        That’s easy — they made it up, just like they do almost everything.

      • Cluster September 20, 2015 / 11:53 am

        Of course they make sh*t up, that is the only way they can justify their existence. Take this claim in the article for example:

        ..the kind of devastating losses that gripped the United States following the Bush presidency had never been seen before, not even in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, when the country was in the darkest days of the Great Depression

        The author is saying that the 2008 recession was worse than the 1930’s depression. It’s hard to believe that anyone would write such nonsense. On one hand the Democrats like to say how strong the economy is, but then blame republicans and natural disasters for the economy not being stronger. Seems duplicitous. This week the Feds decided not to raise rates citing the tepid nature of the current economy as a reason, that doesn’t project strength. As Mark mentioned, the labor rate is at a 40 year low, and GDP is performing at a below average 2%.At this time in Reagan’s presidency, the GDP was averaging 3.3% growth, tens of millions of jobs had been created and consumer confidence was sky high. Moreover, the poverty rate has increased under Obama, the wealth gap has widened, a higher number of women are unemployed than before Obama, and average family income is down. So, tell me again how great this Obama economy is.

      • Amazona September 20, 2015 / 11:47 am

        Just curious—you have often referred to some Lib you know as “bright” right before you quote him or her as saying something profoundly stupid. I mean deeply, astoundingly, PROFOUNDLY stupid. I’m wondering about your criteria for “bright”. “Hillary knows how to get things done”. “We need to punish savers”. Those are pretty high hurdles to overcome to even qualify for room-temperature IQs, much less “bright”.

      • Cluster September 20, 2015 / 11:57 am

        My favorite line from the Queen of Incompetence is:

        “We must topple the 1%”

        Never before have I heard a POTUS candidate advocate destroying Americans. But then again, this is the “new” Democratic Party.

      • M. Noonan September 20, 2015 / 8:26 pm

        Bright can be a relative thing – what I mean is they aren’t the usual completely dense and senseless liberals we’re most used to coming across. But even then, they don’t get it – they can’t “get it” and be liberal, after all. Anyone who thinks the matter through becomes at the very minimum a libertarian.

    • Amazona September 20, 2015 / 11:43 am

      Cluster, when I started to read your link I thought it was a parody—a devastating parody at that, kind of like touting Oprah Winfrey and Kirstie Alley as examples of long-term weight loss. It took quite a while to realize this author might be SERIOUS. I am still not completely convinced that you/we have not been punked by someone tittering in the background—“GOTCHA!” It’s the over-the-top gushing of “Obama makes history !!!” followed by the claim that his alleged “economic turnaround” is “record-setting”. I mean, not even his most devout knee-padders can buy into this kind of rhetoric. So far even the super-fans are struggling to claim that he has finally “turned things around” quickly followed by the explanation that it’s really really hard to overcome the Bush legacy, whine whine whimper whimper snivel snivel and that’s why the figures are not better.

  3. Cluster September 21, 2015 / 7:26 am

    Here’s something you wont hear in what has become the fourth branch of progressive government, aka the Complicit Media:

    The U.S. Secret Service ordered hundreds of parents and their cancer-stricken children out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night, barricading the park for at least two hours and disrupting the group’s plans for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness and research funding for childhood cancer, participants said.

    Some of the parents and children expressed hurt and disappointment that the Secret Service and Park Police, citing security precautions, virtually shut down part of a two-day event called CureFest for Childhood Cancer.

    “We ended up waiting at the gates for two hours, and they never let us in,” said Natasha Gould, an 11-year-old Canadian girl who started a blog after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor this year. “And to be clear, the entire crowd was half kids. I cried last night in my hotel room because it was my first CureFest, and I couldn’t believe people were acting like they don’t care about children.” (snip)

    Organizers, aligned with the Truth 365 grass-roots child-cancer advocacy program, had obtained a permit to hold “A Night of Golden Lights,” in which participants would light electric candles.

    But as the closure dragged on, some of the sick children, fatigued by the wait or the need to receive medication, had to return to their hotel rooms, organizers said. Others began crying, and some parents became enraged. Attendees said the group of at least 700 people were not allowed access to personal items they left behind, such as chairs and blankets.

    Police officers and agents on the scenes told some parents that the closure was necessary because President Obama had left the White House from an entrance near the square to address the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala.

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