Weekend Open Thread

The non-war we aren’t fighting against ISIS could require more US troops.

The President of France – a Socialist much in tune with political correctness, it should be noted – said the Bad Words Islamist Terrorism while Obama was there…and so his people censored them. If a Republican President had done something like this, it would have been front page news for a month…

Glenn Reynolds – Instapundit – takes Hillary’s MSM toadies to task.

State Department has suspended it’s investigation into Hillary’s e mails because Reasons.

New military medal has a sword on it, liberals commence hand wringing.

Manufacturing jobs are going away, but bartending is having a boom year. Obamanomics!

Once upon a time, men were men – and could be warrior poets:


Dear! of all happy in the hour, most blest
He who has found our hid security,
Assured in the dark tides of the world that rest,
And heard our word, ‘Who is so safe as we?’
We have found safety with all things undying,
The winds, and morning, tears of men and mirth,
The deep night, and birds singing, and clouds flying,
And sleep, and freedom, and the autumnal earth.
We have built a house that is not for Time’s throwing.
We have gained a peace unshaken by pain for ever.
War knows no power. Safe shall be my going,
Secretly armed against all death’s endeavour;
Safe though all safety’s lost; safe where men fall;
And if these poor limbs die, safest of all. – Rupert Brooke

8 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Amazona April 2, 2016 / 7:59 am

    “…from (a) townhall with Matthews. Here they’re talking about a policy that Trump himself proposed, the temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. from abroad. I have very rich Muslim friends who call me wanting to talk about it, Trump says. What about them, asks Matthews? How will they feel about not being able to visit America anymore? Well, says Trump, there’ll be exceptions to the policy. Which is … kind of a big deal given how popular this proposal has been with voters. How many exceptions will there be? Is it just for President Trump’s rich friends or will it be for broader classes of Muslims? This is his signature counterterrorism policy and he’s casually floating the idea of unspecified carve-outs for special classes of Muslims, almost as an afterthought, in casual conversation. What’s the excuse for not having thought that through very clearly until now?”

    In other words, the folks who flock to Trump because HE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS now have the awkward choice of rethinking their support or, much more likely, just cherry-picking what he says and sticking with the parts they like–“We’ll stop Muslims from coming into the country”—and ignoring those they don’t—“Now that some of my rich Muslim friends aren’t happy with that, we’ll obviously have to have some exceptions”. It will be deciding between “We’ll deport all illegal aliens” and “Obviously, that is just what you have to say to open negotiations”. Which will catch their attention—“I’m a true conservative” or “I think an important job of the federal government is to provide health care and housing and make great neighborhoods”?

  2. Retired Spook April 2, 2016 / 9:13 am

    This interview was a couple weeks ago, but I haven’t seen anything come out since to contradict anything Joe diGenova said. This does not bode well for The Witch from Chappaqua. Note the nasty, condescending tone of virtually every Democrat who calls in. Do you think any of them are not going to vote for Hillary regardless of what she’s done or said?

  3. Retired Spook April 2, 2016 / 11:18 am

    The NRA Institute for Legislative Action has interesting article about Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and the Senate’s “duty” to hold hearings and give him an up or down vote.

  4. Amazona April 3, 2016 / 10:17 am

    The other day I caught part of Dennis Prager’s show and he was talking about presidential debates. He mentioned the difference in tone between the Kennedy/Nixon debate and those of this election cycle, and that reminded me of something that has come to my mind several times recently.

    We have all heard that in that Kennedy-Nixon debate those who heard it on the radio gave it solidly to Nixon, while those who saw it on TV thought Kennedy won. This has been mentioned to explain the importance of LOOKING good, rather than actually being more competent. The real game-changer was supposedly Nixon’s refusal to wear makeup, which meant he looked very sweaty during the debate, making him look nervous and possibly even deceitful.

    When I hear Donald Trump’s incoherent babbling, I often think what a different turn this election cycle would have taken if people could just HEAR Trump, and not see his bombast, and compare it to the way Cruz speaks. I’m not one who has ever been impressed by Trump’s persona, having always found him creepy to such a degree that I can’t stand to watch him. I find his elaborate facial contortions, the pouting and pursing of his lips, his over-the-top gestures, to be very distasteful. But for some reason millions of people find it fascinating, perhaps even attractive.

    And Ted Cruz is not a very attractive man, physically. He just doesn’t have a warm cuddly face. So I think a lot of what we have been seeing is the Kennedy/Nixon phenomenon, updated.

    i just can’t imagine anyone listening to the two men, without the visuals, thinking that Trump would be the better choice as president.

  5. Cluster April 4, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Has everyone read about the “Panama papers”? I wonder how much Clinton Global Initiative money is tied into that? There is so much corruption amongst the global elites and our political elites that it is actually a little frightening. The Clintons are corrupt to the very core, and to think that there are still people walking around believing that the Democrats care about equality – I am embarrassed for them. Of course the Republican elites are right there with them. Do you honestly think that someone like John Boehner gives a f**k about the middle class?

    • M. Noonan April 4, 2016 / 11:17 pm

      Been reading a bit on it – apparently the person who leaked them asked for no compensation, and that in and of itself is astounding. But, also, rather public spirited.

      There is a huge nexus of money being hidden – from the tax man, from central bank inflationary policies, from insane regulations…and I’ll bet that once we total it all up, 90% of the non-drug money will be money held by rich people with Progressive views. Nobody actually wants to live in a Progressive Fairy Tale…but we get one forced on us because the Makers of Right Opinion say it should be so…and then they dodge out of it. In case anyone ever wondered why I advocate a Wealth Tax – here ya go.

  6. Cluster April 4, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    And has everyone been reading about the xenophobes in Europe?

    DIKILI, Turkey/LESBOS, Greece, April 4 (Reuters) – The first migrants deported from Greek islands under a disputed EU-Turkey deal were shipped back to Turkey on Monday in a drive to shut down the main route used by more than a million people fleeing war and poverty to reach Europe in the last year.

  7. Cluster April 4, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Oh and I think this goes without saying – Iran is treating Obama like a punk ass b*tch, and now I read that Obama is releasing more dangerous scum from Gitmo. Good times. Just imagine how the worlds scum will treat Hillary. Of course all you have to do with Hillary is donate to CGI and you can do whatever you want, but I am sure everyone has figured that out already. Maybe we should just all start working for $15 an hour and be happy.

    As everyone can probably tell, I am really not happy with current events. Domestic or foreign. The Chinese proverb which I have read is possibly a curse, “may you live in interesting times” is unfolding right in front of our eyes.

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