Weekend Open Thread

Trump’s got it in the bag.

Trump hasn’t got much of a chance.

Take your pick. I tend to go with Trende’s analysis because he’s a really sharp observer of American politics and what he says agrees with my hopes. Oh, like the rest of you are never guilty of wish-casting…

Geezers will be an increasingly large segment of the population. That is in the nature of things these days – less risks in life, better medical care. One thing I’ve never got is those who seem to want to live forever…don’t smoke, don’t drink, spend hours exercising. I mean, I understand a wise desire to stay healthy…but, you know, eat right, exercise, die anyway. I’d rather, when the time comes, look back on the people and things I’ve enjoyed in life rather than having a long list of desperate efforts I made in the name of health. To each his own, of course, and you’re mileage may vary.

Jackson is to be off the $20 – and Harriet Tubman to replace him. Fine by me that we replace one of the founders of the Democrat party with a gun-toting, Christian Republican. I do wonder if our Progs know those details about Tubman?

Let’s Get it Over With: Hillary, ’16.

Related: Virginia Governor ok’s 200,000 felons voting – Hillary needs all the voters she can get, ya know?

Plusgood words prevent crimethink – How Democrats use words to control the terms of debate.

Obama does what Obama does best – threaten our allies. In this case, warning the Brits that if they dare to leave the EU, the USA won’t be in a hurry to conclude a trade deal with Britain.

New Independence Day trailer – looks pretty cool. Naturally, they’ve got a female President doing her best Hillary Clinton voice impersonation.

Muslim member of Sweden’s Green Party quits politics over the prospect of having to shake a woman’s hand. Have fun with this one, Progs.

Some facts about Earth Day:

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd, which, coincidentally, is Russian dictator V.I. Lenin’s birthday. Although Lenin was too busy being dead to directly participate in the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, visitors to his tomb that day swear they heard chuckling.

Chelsea Clinton – whom we can’t criticize because she’s A Child – babbles on about how her mother will get rid of guns by appointing a kook leftist to the Supreme Court. Methinks Bernie must still have a shot at it or Team Clinton wouldn’t be taking this line this late in the campaign season.

Hillary Clinton has no regrets about Libya. No, you’re not shocked, at all. In fact, you’re not even angry about it – this is just the way the Clintons are, all the time.

17 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Cluster April 23, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Years of pandering to special interests and identity politics are starting to tear the Democrats apart:

    The contest between two members of Congress — the low-key Mr. Van Hollen, who trumpets his legislative résumé, and Representative Donna Edwards, a onetime community activist and African-American single mother — has exposed deep fissures among Democrats as it traverses thorny issues of gender, race and class.

    And it couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people. I am still looking forward to knowing how the Democrats plan to create good paying jobs while at the same time destroying the oil and coal industries. That will be fun to watch.


    • Retired Spook April 23, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      I am still looking forward to knowing how the Democrats plan to create good paying jobs

      There IS NO PLAN to create good paying jobs, not on either side of the aisle, but most emphatically NOT on the Democrat side. Only economic growth can foster an increase in good paying jobs. And, absent some rare economic phenomenon like the dot.com bubble, you simply cannot have the kind of government growth that we’ve seen in the last 16 years and have robust private sector economic growth. The two are antithetical to each other. You cannot have a government that punishes work and rewards sloth and simultaneously have a plan to create good paying jobs; the only exception being if those jobs are in government.

      • Cluster April 23, 2016 / 1:52 pm

        Well a plan NOT to kill the oil, gas and coal industries and opening up natural gas reserves for exploration and extraction along with approving the keystone pipeline, rebuilding the military and lowering corporate tax rates might put some people back to work. Just a hunch.

    • Cluster April 23, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you for that link Casper. I don’t know what I was thinking, the economy is actually doing really well, healthcare is more affordable and accessible than ever before, and who is not impressed with Obama’s foreign policy skills? There is really nothing to be alarmed about.

    • Retired Spook April 23, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      14,4 million jobs added in the last 73 months is not exactly something to brag about. During that same period of time the population has grown by about 18.4 million, so job growth hasn’t even come close to keeping up with population growth.

      • casper3031 April 23, 2016 / 5:25 pm

        Not all of the 18.4 million joined the work force. Plus 10,000 baby boomers are hitting age 65 every day, so yes it is something to brag about. The economy is doing much better than it did under Bush.

      • M. Noonan April 23, 2016 / 10:54 pm

        Births in the US 1951: 3.75 million

        Births in the US 1998: 3.94 million

        In other words, more people will turn 18, thus of working age, in 2016 than will turn 65, thus leaving the work force. At best, retirements is a wash – in more realistic terms, we’re having a net increase in working-age people in 2016 over 2015, and that is before we take into consideration the immigrants you liberals have so blithely allowed to pour into our nation.

        Only faked-up data can in any way show a good economy…the actual nitty gritty of it is horrible. More people on welfare; more people on SS disability; more people working part time; more people taking jobs with massive pay cuts from their previous employment.

      • Cluster April 24, 2016 / 7:40 am

        Lowered expectations folks, it’s the mark of a good socialist. And with all the GOP obstructionism, they can only do so much, right?. Once we have single payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, and transgendered bathrooms, things will really start looking up.

      • Retired Spook April 23, 2016 / 7:33 pm

        Not all of the 18.4 million joined the work force.

        Yeah, that was the point of my post. You have a mind like a steel trap, Casper.

      • Amazona April 24, 2016 / 7:15 pm

        Have you noticed how the most mindless of the Left are falling back on Bush-bashing? It would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.

    • Amazona April 23, 2016 / 9:05 pm

      Yummy yummy Kool Aid. Casper just can’t get enough.

      I wonder if he ever questioned just what kind of jobs those are. Somehow I doubt it. Gee, wouldn’t you think if the economy is booming, and all these new jobs have been “created” then income in the middle class would have gone up, and there wouldn’t be as many entry-level low-skill jobs needing Uncle Sugar to boost minimum wage for them.

      • M. Noonan April 23, 2016 / 11:00 pm

        What’s really funny is that in the past year, labor force participation has gone up by all of 3 tenths of a percentage point and is 2 tenths of a point lower than it was two years ago. The bottom line is that labor force participation is at catastrophically low levels. If current trends continue, them Obama’s Boom Economy will get back to the labor force he had on January 20th, 2009 in October of 2020…

    • Amazona April 24, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Your second link has a certain tinfoil hat quality. It may be accurate in its reporting that Black Lives Matter’s instructions on gear necessary for “protests” are in English and Arabic, but I noticed that the article first states that Glenn Beck has made threats against the life of Trump, then refers only to “trigger words” that would presumably “trigger” anti-Trump violence to finally referring to Beck as a “lunatic” who has made “veiled threats”.

      There’s a pretty big difference between an actual threat, a “veiled threat” which is usually completely subjective and dependent on the spin applied by the hearer, and “trigger words” which tend to be dependent on the delusions of the hearer.

      • Retired Spook April 24, 2016 / 6:24 pm

        Yeah, I should have analyzed the article a little more carefully. Still, anyone want to bet that this is going to be a peaceful summer?

      • Amazona April 24, 2016 / 6:32 pm

        Not picking on you, Spook—the core of the article as I saw it was the information that BLM might be trying to align itself with radical Islamic anti-Americans. If this is true, it is important and alarming.

        Of course, arresting any black people in the act of plotting, or carrying out, terrorist activities with ISIS or any other radical Islamic group would just be racist.

        I don’t think much of the nation is interested in having a violent summer. Most of us have too many other things to think about. If some black people continue to escalate this Black Lives Matter nonsense and turn it into overtly violent action, I think it will backfire in that it will just further isolate these loons from society.

        But what we need, so desperately need, is a president who can talk to the nation the way Cruz did in his Philadelphia speech, one who genuinely loves this country and can explain why, who has a vision of our greatness that is not just a mindless “Make American Great” platitude on a ball cap.

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