Weekend Open Thread

DHS is taking bids to build the border wall. Never Trump is saying endlessly that Trump won’t do what Trump said he’d do – but what I’m seeing in Trump is a man determined to carry out his promises. Now, maybe at the end of the day political realities prevent Trump from getting all he promised. That is actually fine – and anyone thinking they’ll beat Trump based on a promise not fulfilled will be missing a huge point: Trump is at least trying to carry out his promises. This is very unlike politicians on both sides who routinely start explaining why they can’t even try to carry out their promises.

Trump won’t be attending the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Good – it is an exercise in silliness. All they do is attack Republicans, anyway.

The entertainment industry seems pretty determined to keep alienating large swaths of their audience.

Witches are casting a spell against Trump, his troops and, I guess, people who voted for him. Shall I break it to them that I include Trump in my Rosary? (yes, I included Obama in my daily prayers, as well, when he was in office). Sorry, witches, but Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, Our Lady of Perpetual help does Trump your spells.

Democrats choose an establishment party hack for chair. Some people – including a lot of Never Trumpers – are assuring everyone that the Democrats will win back the House in 2018 and then impeach Trump…which shows that both Never Trump and the Democrats simply cannot accept the 2016 result. I’ve had this and that to say about the 2018 prospects…I’ve made predictions before and I’ve been wrong (and right, some times), so take this as you like: anyone who thinks the Democrats will win the House in 2018 is delusional.

You’ll have to read this one to believe it – woman ticked off at man for opening the door for her.

The whole story of Trump being some sort of Russian stooge is nonsense – and here’s a good break down on it. The whole thing is just bizarre – I mean, Hillary was the one who engineered a big uranium deal for the Russians in apparent conjunction with Russian donations to her foundation…but Trump is the guy Putin wanted in the White House? Don’t get me wrong – Putin’s Russia is a problem for us and the Russians do seek to sow whatever chaos they can in the United States…but there is just no sense to the idea that Trump is Russia’s toady.

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21 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook February 25, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Another great piece from Kurt Schlichter.

    Sally Kohn, a CNN commentator perfectly personifies the left’s combination of utter cluelessness and utter certainty in its own moral superiority. Drawing from her bottomless well of stupidity, she recently became infamous for wishcasting about what happens “[s]traight forward from here.” Her scenario starts with Step 1 (“Impeach Trump & Pence”) and ends with Step 6 (“President Hillary”), thanks to a Constitutional process she created herself by blending ignorance, fascism, and wanting.

    Sally, however, overlooked Step 2.5, where several dozen million Americans defend the Constitution by taking out their black rifles and saying, “Oh, hell no.” I assume the patriots determined to protect the Union would be confronted, for a short and awkward time, by a pro-coup hipster army locked and loaded with vinyl LPs, participation trophies and unearned self-regard.>/blockquote>

    • M. Noonan February 26, 2017 / 12:34 am

      Schlichter has been dead-on of late – I like his characterization of Never Trumpers as “Fredo-Cons”…well meaning but dumb brothers who simply don’t get it…and are now pissed off to find themselves on the outside, looking in. Kristol exemplifies them…adding to his wish that the Deep State undo Trump, he’s now eagerly assuming the Democrats will win the 2018 elections and impeach Trump. Trouble is, the Democrats seem to honestly believe they represent a majority which has been excluded from power by machination rather than votes. They don’t, that is, feel any need to change – in fact, the appear to believe that becoming even more left is the ticket to victory…once the Democrats are Pure Progressives, the people will happily turn to them for rescue from Trump.

  2. Cluster February 26, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Democrats “honestly believe they represent a majority” because of their popular vote victory, however as it has been pointed out here several times, if you take away the votes from the urban areas of CA and NY, she lost the popular vote. And that fact is actually a great example of the dangers of group think as well as a testament to the brilliance of the electoral college.

    I heard a very interesting analysis of the Trump/Russia angle from a gentleman on Tucker Carlson the other night. I can’t remember who he was but his opinion was that Putin is actually a lot weaker domestically than people think due to a struggling economy and internal divisions on the Ukraine/Syria activities so the appearance that Putin was the puppet master of American elections and putting him on the same plane as Trump and flexing his international muscle helps elevate his domestic stature. And of course our media is getting all that wrong. In fact this guy said that Putin is actually playing our media, not Trump. Makes sense.

    • Retired Spook February 26, 2017 / 9:49 am

      if you take away the votes from the urban areas of CA and NY, she lost the popular vote.

      Back around the middle of December the NYT published the final vote totals on-line. Hillary’s popular vote margin was over 2.8 million, and she won the 5 boroughs of NYC by 1.5 million and LA County by 1.3 million. So it isn’t even the “urban” areas of NY and CA, it’s TWO cities out of the entire country that accounted for her entire victory margin. The Founders were VERY smart to give us the Electoral College.

      You know, sooner or later one of these violent riots is going to turn deadly, either accidentally or on purpose, or a counter group is going to torch their transportation while they’re off rioting. SOMETHING is going to happen that’s going to change the dynamic, and then we’ll see just how much the left really wants a civil war. On the positive side, things do appear to be settling down a bit.

      • Cluster February 26, 2017 / 11:14 am

        The BLM movement has certainly quieted down but the #resist campaign seems to be ramping up and enflaming passions and that could lead to what you’re talking about. If Trump and Congress make some real progress on tax reform, job creation, healthcare reform, etc. this year, then the resistance will lose traction, on the other hand ………..

      • Amazona February 26, 2017 / 12:12 pm

        The upheavals in agencies like the Bureau of Land Management (need to be careful with our acronyms these days) will deprive the Left of a lot of their free press, as the Department of the Interior, etc. won’t be setting up or tolerating theater like the bogus protest about the pipeline, etc. The silly “protests” like the “Day Without An Immigrant” and “Day Without A Woman” stunts (put together by people who don’t have to worry about getting fired for not showing up for work) will only hurt those sucked in by them.

        The shrieking, squealing Left is going to be backed into a corner one of these days and forced to state which they represent—-abject ignorance of our Constitution or overt subversion of it. Neither will reflect well on them.

        But what will turn the tide will be successes going on in the background of all the squealing. As more and more Lefties box themselves out of the job market forever by racking up felony convictions all that rock-throwing won’t seem like so much fun.

        The latest silliness is ranting about the “high and tight” hair style that was so popular with Lefty hipsters who are now mourning its new role as “identifying the alt-right”—whatever the hell that is. Poor babies. They are now trying to attach Hitlerian overtones to the style (trying to get traction for calling it the “Hippler” for example) but that means that Lefty hipsters are going to have to find new hairstyles they can try to make trendy. And everyone else can make their heads explode by immediately adopting them, herding them willy-nilly into finding something new.

        http://www.laweekly.com/arts/the-alt-right-vs-la-hipsters-who-gets-custody-of-the-hippler-haircut-7933939

      • Amazona February 26, 2017 / 12:16 pm

        It never occurred to me that a magazine like LA Weekly would have something interesting (and not goofily left-wing) to say, but how can you pass up click bait such as “Liberal Pop-Culture Has Officially Outlived Its Usefulness in Politics” ?

        In times like these, propaganda isn’t everything. It’s the only thing. “A kind of bad but useful business,” as critic Robert Hughes once described the foulness of the unregulated international art market. But he might as well have been talking about the recent war of political propaganda and how the recklessness of the Democrats’ symbols — their ads, their messaging, their hashtags, their partisan publications and their unofficial celebrity spokespeople — helped deal a potentially fatal blow to their own party.
        ………..

        And there’s the well-intentioned-but-tough-to-swallow cadre of humor-news talking heads such as John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers. At best these spicy take-makers help blur the lines between fiction-as-news-as-entertainment. At worst they’re radicalizing independents against their cause. All the rage in the world somehow cannot be converted to political action by the Evisceratti (even though it’s so common on the right). The Evisceratti love to paint right-wingers as racist, home-schooled, evangelical idiots — meanwhile, these are the guys who seem fairly capable of effectively mobilizing, organizing and putting aside beefs (remember how for the last 18 months the Republican Party was one splinter away from shattering entirely?) to achieve a group goal. You know, democracy.

        http://www.laweekly.com/arts/liberal-pop-culture-has-officially-outlived-its-usefulness-in-politics-7653125

      • M. Noonan February 26, 2017 / 2:57 pm

        I still figure Trump is going to put some resources into CA and NY for 2020…not really with the thought of winning them (though if he does well – and the economy is strong – then anything is possible), but to run up his vote total…and I think that GOPers even in the bluest States in 2020 will feel motivated to stick that Dem meme about the popular vote right in their faces. The Never Trumpers of the Kristol and McMullin variety will never come home – I suspect that they’ll eventually wind up on the Progressive side pretending they are still conservative but suddenly finding that being pro-choice is just dandy. But most of the GOP and GOP-leaning people who stayed away from Trump in ’16 will be back for ’20. Trump, unless we’re sitting on 25% unemployment, gets 70 million votes next time around. Democrats can still win – but it’s a high hurdle as they’ll have to out-do Obama’s 2008 vote and do it without millions of midwestern votes that Obama got that year.

  3. Cluster February 26, 2017 / 11:22 am

    In all the faux media noise about travel bans and Russia, great progress is being made and these stories are not being covered:

    Since President Donald Trump has been sworn in on Jan. 20, authorities have arrested an unprecedented number of sexual predators involved in child sex trafficking rings in the United States. This should be one of the biggest stories in the national news. Instead, the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?

    https://townhall.com/columnists/lizcrokin/2017/02/25/why-the-msm-is-ignoring-trumps-sex-trafficking-busts-n2290379

  4. Cluster February 27, 2017 / 9:03 am

    I still want to know why Rachel Dolezal can not identify as a black woman and and our resident progressive Travesty had no answer for me on the other thread. If Rachel identified as a man, she would be celebrated by Travesty, but because she identifies as a black woman, she is scorned. Why is this Travesty?

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/13864/black-wannabe-rachel-dolezal-now-unemployed-food-michael-qazvini

    Now from last nights Oscar’s which of course I didn’t watch and wonder why anyone does, but seeing the replay of an aging, discombobulated Warren Beatty announce the wrong winner of picture of the year I thought that was emblematic of the current Democrat party – aging, discombobulated, and confused. Now for one of the “disconnected” lectures delivered to the privileged attendees, I post the following:

    “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight,” Farhadi said via the letter. “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and from the other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law which bans immigrants entry into the U.S.” Ansari was interrupted by cheers here, then continued: “Dividing the world into the ‘us and our enemies’ categories creates fear — a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others — an empathy we need today more than ever.”

    This lecture was delivered by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who instead of apologizing for his countries 2009 murder of protestor Nedā Āghā-Soltān in the streets as opposition rose against the oppressive Mullah regime, he chose to scorn the “inhumane” laws of the United States. Instead of apologizing for the radical elements of his religion who are literally dividing regions of the world, he chose to blame the United States I suggest that Mr. Farhadi turn the camera on himself and the other hypocritical attendees who do more to perpetuate oppression than most.

    • Amazona February 27, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Dividing the world into the ‘us and our enemies’ categories creates fear which is precisely what Islam does. Islam’s “us” is Islam, and its enemy is everyone else. When Islam identifies others as enemies proudly announces its intent to kill them all and then proceeds to try to do just that, fear is a completely rational response. What this moron is ignoring is the fact that the temporary restriction is a RESPONSE to the kind of thing he is bleating about.

      Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions… Yes, they could. But they don’t. Rather, they perpetuate stereotypes, celebrate racism and promote hatred and violence.

  5. Cluster February 27, 2017 / 11:16 am

    So I saw this article the other day from a disgruntled progressive:

    http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/11/29/no-we-dont-have-to-get-over-anything/

    I found the following paragraph to be particularly ironic:

    This is what humanity does when it is at its best; it protects its most vulnerable, it stands firmly in the face of the bullies, it raises a defiant middle finger to tyrannical power and declares that Love is the far greater weapon.

    So “humanity” protects the “most vulnerable”? Interesting. It seems to me that not only does “progressive humanity” not protect the most vulnerable, they actually encourage and delight in the murder of the unborn. The progressive humanity also does not protect Christians in Muslim countries, and the progressive humanity does not protect inner city black children in Chicago who are under assault on a daily basis so excuse me for not buying into your over emotional, disconnected tripe.

    • Amazona February 27, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      You have to wonder if someone like this author truly believes that “Love” is what he sees on the faces of the black rioters burning down their own neighborhoods, calling for the murder of police officers (including black officers) and the need to maintain hatred of light-skinned people. You have to wonder if he truly thinks the distorted faces of the howling mobs in the various “marches” are the faces of “Love”. You have to wonder how much “Love” was the motivation for death threats to those who voted for Trump. Where is the “Love” in the vicious lies they spread?

      The most bizarre disconnect from any definition of “Love” is the indifference to the suffering they impose, the physical torture followed by death, of those who depend entirely on the “Love” of the woman whose actions brought about their very lives.

      I don’t think even this author is quite that delusional. He may have superficially bought into the fiction that he is truly fighting for the “vulnerable” when he demands that we allow everyone into this country, but I don’t even think he has fully accepted it. It is a necessary fiction, necessary to paper over the ugliness and hatred and violence of the system he supports, but I believe that deep down he knows it is just an invention to try to sanitize what he and his kind believe in and fight for.

      The only element of truth in this statement is his glee at “..rais(ing) a defiant middle finger…” The claim that he and his kind are defying tyranny is patently silly, as what they openly call for is the tyranny of the mob, and what they are mourning is the loss of the tyranny of the Leftist State. They loved the tyranny of their guy in the White House “..rais(ing) a defiant middle finger…” to Congress, to the Constitution, to the rule of law. They loved watching him dictate which laws would be enforced and which would be ignored. They ate it up.

      What could be more tyrannical, or more bullying, than an adult saying to a helpless child “Your existence inconveniences me, so you have to die”? Yet Tryvasty finds that “…stand(ing) firmly in the face of the bullies…” is objectionable, as do his fellow travelers. Abortion is the very definition of bullying taken to its extreme, and the Left is passionate about not only making it possible but making it easy—and making others pay for it.

      There were vulnerable black children trapped in the educational swamp of D.C., who could hope for scholarships to private schools, giving them hope and pathways to better futures, and it was the Left that took this hope away from them, abolishing the program. “Protecting the vulnerable” seems to mean slamming the door in the faces of those trying to escape the poverty-ridden plantation created for them by the Left.

      I believe that writers like this one know, even when they refuse to admit it, that they are spouting carefully constructed narratives invented to try to make them appear to be the good guys—-just good guys hiding behind masks, in mobs, trying to impose their will upon a nation that is trying to move beyond and recover from their reign.

      • Cluster February 27, 2017 / 5:05 pm

        Very well said

    • Amazona February 27, 2017 / 12:21 pm

      The Left seems to figure that if we could elect a president who was never vetted, one with a history that was either full of large blank spaces or a teetering facade of carelessly constructed documentation, that should have set the standard for admitting anyone to the country.

      The Leftist creed on admission of “refugees” etc.

      Can’t prove where you came from? We don’t care.
      Can’t prove how you acquired your name? We don’t care.
      Can’t document ten years or so of your life? We don’t care.
      Can’t commit to following our Constitution and our laws? We don’t care.

      We didn’t care in 2008. We didn’t care in 2012. And we don’t care now.

      Might you have the undermining and even destruction of our way of life as your agenda? We don’t care. We didn’t care in 2008 and we didn’t care in 2012 and we don’t care now.

  6. Retired Spook February 27, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    This T-shirt was advertised on my home page. Leftists who are doing their best to provoke and goad Conservatives into a civil war should take heed of the message.

    • Cluster February 27, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      🙂

  7. Cluster February 27, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    After reading this comment from the awards show last night, I had to stop and think:

    Viola Davis: “I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

    My thought is that this mentality goes to core of the problem of progressivism. For some reason, progressives really do believe that they are smarter, more caring, and more enlightened and that anyone who does not support this delusion, is morally inferior. There is no way you can reason with someone like this, or even debate with someone like this. I would like to ask Viola what she thinks ER Doctors go through on a daily basis.

    My other thought was THANK GOD HILLARY IS NOT PRESIDENT.

    • M. Noonan February 27, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      I immediately thought, “uh, what about Mom and Dad?”. The sheer arrogance of that remark is astonishing.

    • Amazona February 27, 2017 / 11:20 pm

      First, what makes Viola an “artist”? Aside from deciding that is how she self-identifies, that is. For a lot of people, simply being fairly good at pretending to be other people is not “art”. The life she gloats about living is actually a life based on living the lives of pretend people in pretend worlds, using words written by other people.

      Second, I doubt that Viola has much experience at all with “life”. She is part of a culture that celebrates death, in its relentless pursuit of the slaughter of innocents because they are inconvenient.

      I look at the vapid, narcissistic self-congratulatory emotional masturbation of lightweights like Davis and am amazed at the breadth and depth of their self-admiration. Sorry, Viola, but I prefer my own experience of “celebrating life” , such as sitting up all night and sharing the miracle of birth with a mare, just the two of us alone in the middle of the night as her foal is born, lifting the caul from its nose so it can take its first breath, being the first human to stroke it, rubbing it dry and watching in awe as it takes is first steps. When that mother stretches her neck back over her body to see her baby for the first time and whuffles a gentle “welcome to the world, baby” THAT is a celebration of life. Not some shallow pretense of being someone else, living vicariously through the words of another.

      Just as so many on the Left are rubbing our noses in their ignorance, depravity and malice, people like Davis are constantly reminding us of what shallow, petty little people they are.

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