Starting to Catch a Cold Open Thread

UPDATE: We’re all safe here – all friends and family accounted for.

I had just finished watching Sink the Bismarck! – watching it because it is a cool movie and I’ve still got a bit of a thing for Dana Wynter. After it was over, I switched over to catch the local news for the weather before going to bed. They were reporting as I switched on that ever more police were heading towards the Mandalay Bay. That resort is about 10 miles as the crow flies and 13 as the car drives from me. The unfolding of the horror brought back memories of both 9/11 and, long way back, the Cleveland Elementary shootings in 1979.

I wound up very tired all through Monday because I didn’t get to sleep until about 1 am, and then promptly woke up with a nightmare…I can’t remember what it was, but it shocked me wide awake again for about an hour, I guess. It is just so very terrible…the Strip is a playground and it is for people 8 to 80. Yes, there is the seamy side of it, but also things for families and kids to do. It is also very, very safe – you never worry when you’re down there because police and casino security are ubiquitous and the whole place is constantly under electronic surveillance. And then this. And so very strange – the stories about the shooter just don’t fit anything we’ve experienced, at least so far. Of course, the authorities may be withholding key information as they continue their investigation. We’ll see. At all events, please say your prayers for the dead and wounded.

I had been mostly staring blankly at the novel – kinda stuck. Knew where I wanted the story to end, but couldn’t quite figure out how to get from where I was to there…then, last night, I just sat down and started plugging away. Only got down about 2,000 words, but I now know how to finish up this book and it’s going to be fantastic. Very fun, very unexpected ending. So, anyways, still having a grand time on the novel…hope to have it out by about May 1st.

Other than that, started feeling a bit light in the head Sunday morning…then a bit sinusy. Figured it was allergies until I talked to my wife after work – she’s plugged up and starting to cough. A Cold has Arrived! Sucks – but better to get it out of the way early in the season, I guess.

The NFL has mostly surrendered – a few jerks still out there kneeling, but the Powers That Be in the NFL clearly want this to go away. It might – but I don’t think it’ll ever be as it was, and if it ever is, at least not for a long while. The magic is gone – of course, we all saw it going for a while. This kneeling bit just ripped the blinders off. Did you know that the Chargers Quarterback, Phillip Rivers, will make $20,813,000.00 this year? Haven’t watched the last two weeks, but the Bolts are now 0-4. $20 million for one player and the team is utter garbage. Highest paid guy in the NFL this year is the Quarterback for the Lions: he’ll get $27,000,000.00. At least they are 3-1. But that seems a high price to pay for someone to toss a football around. And I’ve nothing against any of them making that money…but it does put them in a financial world that 99.9% of the fans will never approach. Where’s the connection? And then you get the guys who are making millions who are, well, rather creepy. Tattoos all over the place, freakish hair styles, lots of rumors (and some times not rumors) of nauseating behavior off the field. Just add to that disrespect for the flag of the nation which pours that kind of wealth on them, and you get turned off. Heck with them and heck with the sport – Baseball is still partially acceptable and my Cubs have a shot at the big dance. I’ll pay attention to that. And now that Vegas has a hockey team, maybe I’ll take the time to learn about the game and become a fan.

Any real military officer will tell you that logistics is everything – and the problem in Puerto Rico isn’t lack of attention and effort, but a simple problem of logistics. This, in turn, appears to be a huge problem because the government of Puerto Rico let infrastructure run down over the past few decades. A tropical island in the regular path of hurricanes should make hurricane survivability of infrastructure the highest priority. Puerto Rico didn’t.

Now, naturally, the MSM is trying to cook up a Katrina and blame it on Trump – and they are using the same template. Difference is that (a) Trump fights back and (b) his supporters also fight back. It has been a very vigorous pushback against the MSM Narrative about Puerto Rico. Our Fredcons are wringing their hands over it, as usual, but no one cares what they think.

Nicholas Kristof kept up the New York Times‘ century-long tradition of truckling to Communist tyranny this past week in North Korea.

Some are thinking that the Socialists are now the TEA Party of the left. A lot of jokes are being made about this, but in a certain sense, it is correct: the out-and-out Socialists are just taking the Democrats at their word and going to the logical conclusion. My hope is that the Democrats continue to drop the mask and start campaigning on what they really want. The Socialists might force them to it by 2020.

36 thoughts on “Starting to Catch a Cold Open Thread

  1. Amazona October 2, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    There is no floor under Leftist depravity—it just gets lower and lower. Posters are gloating that since “most country western fans support Trump” it is OK that they were murdered.

    • M. Noonan October 2, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Really disgusting how the Progs are behaving.

      • Ryan Murphy October 3, 2017 / 6:09 am

        It is very cold souls indeed that burn with such hate.

  2. Cluster October 3, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Glad you are safe Mark. The wife and I are currently out of the country and just heard about Vegas, wow. WTF? People are snapping. The left has got to stop lying about and demonizing their political opponents. Starting with Obama’s comment about his “typical white grandmother”, we went through 8 years of extreme politicization of identity groups and here we are today – everyone’s a victim so they lash out. It’s not a good place to be. Anyway, be safe, do good things, think good thoughts, and I will try and enjoy the beaches of Cancun today.

  3. Retired Spook October 3, 2017 / 10:04 am

    It’s not uncommon that initial reports from horrific events like this are mostly inaccurate. That said, one of the early reports indicated 20,000 rounds of ammo and at least 10 long guns were found in his room. Other reports have listed the number of guns at 15 – 20. (update today – 23 guns found in his room and 18 more in his house) Assuming any of that is even remotely true, how did he get all that to his room without arousing suspicion from SOMEONE? IIRC, the last 1,000 round case of 5.56 I bought weighed around 30 lbs., so 20,000 rounds would weigh 600 lbs., or the weight of 10 really full large suitcases. Rifles could be smuggled in in a golf travel bag, but probably only 2 or 3 at a time.

    Fox reported yesterday that one of the guns found in his room is an AR-15 converted to full-auto, essentially turning it into an M-16. No speculation as to whether HE converted it or bought it that way – either way, illegal. If you’ve seen any of the video and heard the audio during the shooting, the rate of fire doesn’t jive with the specs for an M-16, which has a rate of fire of 12 – 16 rounds a second (700 – 950 rounds/minute), emptying a 30 round mag in 2 – 3 seconds. In the video you could almost count the rounds, and it sounded more like an old BAR than a modern weapon. And the number of sustained rounds was way more than 30 before a pause, presumably to re-load. One caller to Glenn Beck’s radio show yesterday morning claimed it sounded more like a belt-fed SAW, and that the pause was about the right length of time it takes to change belts. It’ll be interesting to see just what an investigation reveals, and I’m going to go on record as predicting if the results are not favorable to the leftist narrative, we probably won’t ever know the truth.

  4. Cluster October 3, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Two windows? Two rooms? Was there another shooter?

    And before I forget – RIP Tom Petty. One of my absolute favorites.

  5. Amazona October 3, 2017 / 10:35 am

    After mass shootings, I often find myself referring back to the observations of Willard Gaylin, one of the world’s preeminent psychology professors. Gaylin writes about the dangers of “grievance collecting” in his book Hatred: The Psychological Descent into Violence:

    Grievance collecting is a step on the journey to a full-blown paranoid psychosis. A grievance collector will move from the passive assumption of deprivation and low expectancy common to most paranoid personalities to a more aggressive mode. He will not endure passively his deprived state; he will occupy himself with accumulating evidence of his misfortunes and locating the sources. Grievance collectors are distrustful and provocative, convinced that they are always taken advantage of and given less than their fair share. . . . Underlying this philosophy is an undeviating comparative and competitive view of life. Everything is part of a zero-sum game. Deprivation can be felt in another person’s abundance of good fortune.

    Read more at:

    When I first read this I thought it a better description of the race rage that is so carefully and successfully being promoted and nurtured by the Left—-he will occupy himself with accumulating evidence of his misfortunes and locating the sources.—— but I can see how it can also apply to the Leftist haters in general. Certainly Grievance collecting is a step on the journey to a full-blown paranoid psychosis is accurate.

  6. Amazona October 3, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Some are thinking that the Socialists are now the TEA Party of the left. But if we look back we see the TEA Party being very grounded in actual political theory and belief, while I think most of those in favor of the Socialist uprising have no real political foundation and are just acting out due to a toxic mix of ignorance of the reality of Socialism, emotional magical thinking about how things “should be”, and impotent incoherent rage at not getting their own way. The end result might be much the same, as the callous political heads of this movement will benefit no matter what muddled emotional chaos drives most of its supporters, but I found most in the TEA Party to have at least an element of true political motivation—that is, adherence to the Constitution.

  7. Retired Spook October 3, 2017 / 11:35 am

    Brandon Smith has an interesting essay on collectivism today. For some reason I’ve been getting his articles as stand-alones with no permalink, so I’m reproducing the whole thing.

    I have written many times in the past about the singular conflict at the core of most human crises and disasters, a conflict that sabotages human endeavor and retards critical thought. This conflict not only stems from social interaction, it also exists within the psyche of the average individual. It is an inherent contradiction of the human experience that at times can fuel great accomplishment, but usually leads to great tragedy. I am of course talking about the conflict between our inborn need for self determination versus our inborn desire for community and group effort — sovereignty versus collectivism.

    In my view, the source of the problem is that most people wrongly assume that “collectivism” is somehow the same as community. This is entirely false, and those who make this claim are poorly educated on what collectivism actually means. It is important to make a distinction here; the grouping of people is not necessarily or automatically collectivism unless that group seeks to subjugate the individuality of its participants. Collectivism cannot exist where individual freedom is valued. People can still group together voluntarily for mutual benefit and retain respect for the independence of members (i.e. community, rather than collectivism).

    This distinction matters because there is a contingent of political and financial elites that would like us to believe that there is no middle ground between the pursuits of society and the liberties of individuals. That is to say, we are supposed to assume that all our productive energies and our safety and security belong to society. Either that, or we are extremely selfish and self serving “individualists” that are incapable of “seeing the bigger picture.” The mainstream discussion almost always revolves around these two extremes. We never hear the concept that society exists to serve individual freedom and innovation and that a community of individuals is the strongest possible environment for the security and future of humanity as a whole.

    Thus, the mainstream argument becomes a kabuki theater between the “ignorantly destructive” populists/nationalists/individualists versus the more “reasonable” and supposedly forward thinking socialists/globalists/multiculturalists. The truth is, sovereignty champions can be pro-individual liberty and also pro-community or pro-nation, as long as that community is voluntary.

    Collectivists will have none of this, however, and despite their intellectual and “rational” facade, they will often turn to brutality in order to disrupt any movement to decentralize power.

    The civil unrest in the Spanish region of Catalonia is an interesting example of the tyranny of the collectivist ideology. According to mainstream doctrine, Spain is supposed to be a “decentralized unitary state” made up of “autonomous communities,” all with their own statutes and self governing bodies “loosely” regulated by the Spanish constitution of 1978. Catalonia, along with a couple other regions and cities in Spain, has long fought for true autonomy from the central government in Madrid. This separatist culture was crushed under the heel of Francisco Franco’s dictatorial regime after the Spanish Civil War which started in 1936.

    After Franco’s death in 1975, Spain began its “transition to democracy” (democracy being the tyranny of the majority rather than tyranny by military regime). Once again, Catalonia’s push for independence returned.

    The reasons for a Catalan secession are multitude and are of course noble or nefarious depending on which side you talk to. From my research, it would seem the primary drive for Catalonia is economic. Spain is one of the more indebted member states in the European Union with a national debt near 100 percent of GDP. The “great recession” starting in 2008 struck Spain particularly hard, with around 21 percent of the general population officially in poverty and over 40 percent of all children officially in poverty. Unemployment according to government statistics hovers near 18 percent.

    Catalonia is the most prosperous region in Spain’s economy, accounting for nearly 20 percent of total GDP. Catalans also assert that taxation in their region is a primary support for the Spanish government, which has not returned the favor with sufficient investment in infrastructure in the region. In essence, there is a “taxation without representation” feel to the conflict, and Americans in particular know very well how that kind of situation can end.

    On the other side of the debate, it is clear that if Catalonia leaves the Spanish system on poor terms, then Spain’s already crumbling economy will be destroyed. The motivation for Spain to keep control of Catalonia is high just in financial terms.

    Beyond the economic issue, another interesting side note on Spain is its intense social justice (cultural Marxism) programs. Spain is notorious for being one of the most militantly feminist governments in the EU aside from Sweden, and this is saying something given the socialist nature of the EU. Gender laws and divorce laws in the country offer some of the most draconian double standards against men I have ever witnessed. Perhaps this will give you a kind of litmus test for the sort of culture we are dealing with here, and maybe it accounts for some discontent in certain portions of the Spanish population.

    Catalonia itself is often cited as being “more liberal” in its political orientation in comparison to the rest of Spain. Of course, the term “liberal” can mean many different things in Europe depending on the nation, and American definitions do not necessarily apply. Just as Europeans tend to have no understanding whatsoever of what “conservatism” means in the U.S., Americans have a hard time understanding all the intricacies of the various levels of “liberalism” in Europe.

    That said, what side of the political spectrum Catalonia sits on is irrelevant to greater discussion.
    What I actually enjoy pointing out here is the fact that whether you look at the Franco era of nationalist totalitarianism, or the “semi” socialist and hyper-cultural Marxist era of today, the Spanish government acts the same in its despotism against Catalan separation or independence. It is not as if the socialists set out to right the wrongs of the Franco regime once it fell. Not at all. Instead, they merely perpetuated the same attitude of centralization while wearing a smiling face. Once again, we see that there is very little difference between fascism and communism/socialism when we get down to core behaviors and policies.

    Collectivists, regardless of what other labels they use to identify themselves, have certain rules that they consistently follow in order to maintain power. One of those rules is that the collective is indivisible. They might pontificate endlessly about their superior democratic ideals, but when some people vote to leave en masse, either in polling booths or with their feet, the mask of benevolence always comes off and the true monster behind collectivism is revealed.

    As we have seen in Catalonia, this monstrous behavior is undeniable. The Spanish government has set out to prevent not just separation, it has sought to prevent the very act of voting on separation using police and military force. In essence, martial law has been declared in Catalonia in order to stop the people from enacting the very democratic ideals the Spanish government claims it enshrines.

    Despite the vicious measures of interference, reports suggest that the vote was still successful, with 90 percent of the citizenry in support of independence. What happens now is unclear, but I can tell you two things are relatively certain.

    First, a 90 percent vote in favor will result is a militarized response from the Spanish government. If the vote was less overwhelming, the government might attempt to pit one side of the population against the other, causing internal strife and disrupting secession. This is strategy is unrealistic given the mass movement for independence. So, the only other option for the government is full blown martial law.

    Second, such a crackdown will result in a violent counter-response. This happened in the 1970s and I see no reason why it would not happen again. When you have almost an entire population in agreement on separation and you use force to stop them from attaining it, they will become violent. Civil war is inevitable if martial law is declared.

    It is vital that we examine the root ideological catalyst in this scenario.

    The most rational solution would be for the Spanish government to accept the Catalan vote (if they believe in “democracy” as they claim, then they have to accept it, otherwise they appear extraordinarily hypocritical). This could result in a more harmonious economic relationship and less drastic damage to Spain’s fiscal structure. However, this is not going to happen. Instead, Spain is going to use the age old collectivist tactics of intimidation and carnage to oppress the Catalan’s and subsume their economic production (as socialist governments always do). When civil war erupts, and it will, production in Catalonia will grind to a standstill and Spain still loses 20 percent of its GDP.

    You see, this is a lose/lose scenario for Spain, all because the collectivist doctrine demands a jackbooted reaction to any movement for decentralization. Collectivist systems are parasitic in nature; they see the citizenry as food, as units of production for the state that cannot be allowed to leave for the “greater good of the greater number.” Collectivists rationalize their behavior as essential to the well being of the society at large, but this is dishonest, for their behavior more often harms society by crushing individual innovation and instigating wars that might not have ever happened in the first place.

    There is also the matter of sovereignty movements across Europe. The only people who benefit from stopping these movements are globalists/collectivists. They may also benefit by sabotaging these movements after the fact, making an example of them and holding them up to the rest of the world as symbols of the “failures of populism.”

    Some people might argue that if secession happened in the U.S., the response would be the same. I would argue that just because it might happen the same way, this does not mean it is right. If California, for example, followed through with its threat to secede from the U.S. and a massive shift of leftists and cultural Marxists move to the state, frankly I would be ecstatic. Let these people separate and congregate. Let them fail or succeed on the merits of their own ideas and ethics. If they are allowed to organize without interference and they fail, then this is simply more proof that their ideology was unsound and impractical. California’s large percentage of U.S. GDP would simply move to another state if in fact the productive people there are not leftists and they migrate away, leaving the separatists to their own devices.

    If Catalonia separates without interference and succeeds economically and socially, then perhaps it is not for Spain or the EU to try to subvert or destroy the region, but to emulate their model and learn from them. If people wish to walk away from a community, they should be allowed to do so. This is very simple. Self determination is not dependent on political expediency or mutual benefit. It is an inherent human right. Communities and borders should be based on principles that the population stands by and the system should remain voluntary. I they do not stand by said principles and they work to thwart voluntarism, then they are worthless and should not exist at all.

    When a collective acts to stop people from leaving, all they are doing is exposing the fact that their reasons for existing are inadequate and unconvincing. This goes for Spain, it goes for the EU and it goes for the rest of the world. Globalists and collectivists should take note — decentralization is the true model for the future. In the long run, forcing people into participation in the system is a losing battle.

    To truth and knowledge,

    Brandon Smith

    • Amazona October 3, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Great article with tie-in to American politics. I really liked this: “Of course, the term “liberal” can mean many different things in Europe depending on the nation, and American definitions do not necessarily apply. Just as Europeans tend to have no understanding whatsoever of what “conservatism” means in the U.S., Americans have a hard time understanding all the intricacies of the various levels of “liberalism” in Europe.” This is why I often refer to “21st Century American politics” because sometimes people (Leftists) try to muddy the waters by referring to the Founders as “radicals” or dragging in European definitions of “right-wing”, for example. (It is also why I use a capital “L” when writing about Liberals, to differentiate between the political term and the dictionary definitions, including classical liberalism.)

    • M. Noonan October 3, 2017 / 11:08 pm

      Catalonia was dragooned into Spain in the first place. It’s history, in the Christian era, stretches back to some of Charlemagne’s borderer barons – Catalonia being on the southern marches of his Empire. In the course of time, Charlemagne’s descendants failed and were removed and Hugh Capet became king…but not everyone who owed fealty to Charlemagne (and his descendants) felt themselves bound to the new Capetian dynasty: thus, Catalonia emerged as an independent principality. Further along down the road, various dynastic marriages eventually attached Catalonia to the crown of Aragon and, through that, eventually to the crown of a unified Spain. But all through this Catalonia retained a separate status, including having a language which is distinct from (but very similar to) Spanish. It was only in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars that the Spanish government started to impose itself on Catalonia’s local rule, and that is when many Catalonians decided it would be best to leave. Crushed back again and again under the centralizing power of Spain, they now seem more determined that ever to go it alone.

      Outside of historical reasons for this, the article points out a serious bone of contention: finances. Catalonia is rich and it essentially supports the Spanish government, and especially those areas of southern Spain which, going back to ancient times, never had a vibrant economic life. I think the Catalans are merely tired of being a financial prop to everyone else.

      In my Distributist view, the people of Catalonia can remain part of Spain – or even part of a united Europe – provided that almost all power in Catalonia is held by Catalans. That is the key – local rule. But if Spain refuses this, then I think it entirely justified for Catalonia to break free – and that would probably be the end of Spain, as the Basques would probably want out, as well.

      • Amazona October 3, 2017 / 11:12 pm

        I think the Catalans are merely tired of being a financial prop to everyone else…. much like the people of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada. These areas feed the country and are the source of most of the oil and other minerals, yet they are governed by alien (Leftist) governance and do not feel represented. As a Canadian friend calls them “those toffee-nosed bastids over in Keh-beck”.

      • Amazona October 3, 2017 / 11:47 pm

        I have an employee whose heritage is Catalan, and one of my favorite literary characters, Steven Maturin, is part Catalan and part Irish.

        While I understand the need to keep a country intact, I also understand that when that country fails to meet the needs of an area the people of that area need to look out for themselves. I wasn’t in favor of states seceding, but I did understand and support the idea of breaking some parts of rural Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas away and forming a new state, so the agricultural areas would have representation. Right now ag is low on the priority list in the Colorado legislature, with so much power concentrated in Boulder and Denver.

        Friends lost homes, businesses and livestock in the 2013 Big Thompson flood. One friend had his hand on his horse’s shoulder, reaching up his neck to take his halter and lead him and his mule to higher ground, when the ground disappeared under the animals and they fell, right in front of him, into the river and were swept away. His toes were inches from the edge of the new chasm. 70 years old, he and his wife lost their home and their business. Relatives who lived in the canyon lived with me for nearly four months before they could go home, and a dear friend and neighbor of theirs lost a home that had been in her family for generations. And what did we see when we turned on the TV? Constant whining and fretting about the flooding of freaking bike paths in Boulder County. That is the kind of prioritizing we see in Colorado.

        I have complete sympathy for those who want to escape tyranny.

  8. Amazona October 3, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    And this just in—Las Vegas massacre was racist and another example of white supremacy.

    A white shooter targets a venue consisting of country music fans, the vast majority of whom are white. And this, my friends, is proof of racism and white supremacy. How do I know? A Marxist told me.

    Marxist Twitter troll George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, had his gleeful responses to tragedy ready to go.
    “It’s the white supremacist patriarchy, stupid.”

    • M. Noonan October 3, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      Democrats seem to have convinced themselves that now is the time to push for gun control – I guess they think it’ll be a winning issue. Or, alternately, they simply don’t care anymore…political purity has become more important than electoral viability.

      • Amazona October 3, 2017 / 11:09 pm

        I think their hysteria, as shown in their inaccurate comments, will work against them. That is, if we ever find a voice to highlight the insanity. Take Hillary’s comment about “silencers”—it is so wrong on so many levels, from the degree of “silencing” to the noise level at ground level to the fact that no suppressor can hold up under the heat of multiple rapid fire rounds.

        On the other hand, we have people being protected by people with guns, like the off duty officer who borrowed a weapon from a country singer so he could stand guard at the door of the bar in case a shooter tried to enter.

        Dems push for gun control every time a gun goes off and they know about it. Start with disarming the armed bodyguards of celebrities and politicians and see how far that goes.

      • M. Noonan October 3, 2017 / 11:11 pm

        Some of it is rather stupid, isn’t it? Like people not realizing that the speed of sound is about 340 meters per second while a bullet flies at 1,000 meters per second…you’re hit before you hear it, so even if absolutely silent (which silencers don’t provide), it wouldn’t matter.

        But such is the level of debate these days.

      • Retired Spook October 4, 2017 / 6:11 am

        The two calibers of rifles identified as having been found in Paddock’s room are .223 and .308, both supersonic rounds, so even the best suppressor in the world would’t eliminate the sonic crack, which over 400 yards would be quite loud. But then again Leftist anti-gun nuts like Hillary can’t be concerned with inconvenient facts.

      • M. Noonan October 4, 2017 / 10:44 pm

        It was waaaaay the heck back in Reagan’s time that I first found out that when it comes to weapons, liberals simply don’t know what they’re talking about – likely because they mostly don’t serve in the military and don’t hunt or shoot. It was a press conference where some liberals were whining about some Reagan defense spending and one of the Dems said, “we don’t need any of these wire-guided, fire-and-forget-it missiles!”, completing conflating two entirely different types of weapons. Since then, it has all been downhill.

    • jdge1 October 4, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      Here’s a stat I found interesting. Chicago, with one of the toughest gun laws and restrictions in the country, has an average of 58.5 gun related homicides EVERY MONTH. So in essence, what Las Vegas experienced with this single incident, Chicago experiences every month. Anyone else want to argue FOR more gun laws?

      • Cluster October 5, 2017 / 11:15 am

        The question we should be asking progressives is why they don’t go public with their outrage about the murder rate of impoverished black children in Chicago? Why are they outraged and calling for controls only after white people are killed?

        Let’s drop the racist, uncaring political card on them and see how they like it.

  9. Cluster October 4, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Ben Shapiro nails it –

    You want to know why the country is not unified? It’s because of stuff like this. It’s not because we disagree on policy. We’ve been disagreeing about policy forever. It’s because there are certain people in the American public discourse who feel it necessary to impute bad motives to people who disagree …..

    The virtue signaling and conservative bashing amongst the left is at an all time high starting with Kimmel. I also see how some progressives now are touting Sweden’s gun laws as all virtuous, as they do with Sweden’s healthcare, so my response is to say ok, let’s become a 95% homogeneous caucasian country of 10 million people then we can talk.

    • Retired Spook October 4, 2017 / 10:17 am

      so my response is to say ok, let’s become a 95% homogeneous caucasian country of 10 million people then we can talk.

      That would be asking our Leftist adversaries to think dynamically, something they seem to be totally incapable of doing.

  10. Jeremiah October 4, 2017 / 10:20 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who are suffering as result of the terrible tragedy that occurred Sunday in Las Vegas. I can’t imagine what pain they are going through! May God bless and comfort them as this dark cloud of sorrow overshadows them, and may He shine some warm rays of hope down on them! May the Lord also lay His hand of healing on those were wounded and in the line of fire!

    We live in a dark world, and I think amidst all the debate about what is the problem and what is the cure, I find one key thought missing, and that being America’s spiritual state. People seem to be puzzled about why this tragedy happened, and then become bitter , quick to point fingers.

    Everyone I think needs to take time to look within, and ask themselves at the end of each day this simple question, “what have I done to make this world a better place to live?”

    • M. Noonan October 4, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      Always the important question! How we answer it determines what sort of life we have.

    • Retired Spook October 5, 2017 / 11:03 am

      The Left has definitely refined the “you must want people to die, starve, etc.” meme to an art form. The problem they have is that fewer and fewer people are taking them seriously.

      • Amazona October 5, 2017 / 11:57 am

        I think the more we point out how over the top and hysterical they are, the more they will realize this. Parody and ridicule can be more powerful than reasoned debate, especially with people who operate from an emotional base in the first place.

        After the motor vehicle attacks I thought we should have a campaign to ban all motorized vehicles,UNLESS YOU WANT PEOPLE TO DIE!!!!!!! Actually, that could be used anyway, given the number of motor vehicle fatalities every year.

        Maybe a campaign to close all hospitals given the number of people who die in hospitals every year.

        If I had the time, and cared enough, I thought of taking Michael Moore’s ideas (to use the term VERY loosely) for a new 2nd Amendment and changing it to require all sorts of waivers, permits and rules for eating fattening foods. You gotta love the insanity of proposing a Constitutional amendment that would require a man to get written permission from his wife to buy a gun.

      • Retired Spook October 5, 2017 / 12:39 pm

        Maybe a campaign to close all hospitals given the number of people who die in hospitals every year.

        The number of people who die annually from medical error is nearly 30 times those who are murdered with a firearm. The comparison is even more stark when you consider that the former is accomplished by people who swear an oath to “do no harm,” while the latter is accomplished by people who intentionally took a life or lives.

      • Amazona October 5, 2017 / 6:42 pm

        …the former is accomplished by people who swear an oath to “do no harm,” while the latter is accomplished by people who intentionally took a life or lives…

        Now you’re just being picky.

        We cannot continue to ignore the carnage caused by those “automatic rounds” CBS tweeted about. Evidently they can wreak havoc if not properly controlled.

  11. Amazona October 6, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Me: Alexa, turn on CBS so I can listen to the news.

    Alexa: You’re going to have to pick one or the other

    • Retired Spook October 6, 2017 / 1:53 pm


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