Open Thread

In the Progressive paradise of Sacramento, California, 200 women have signed a letter claiming massive sexual harassment. Not a single person is surprised. But I did make Twitchy for the second time over it.

I’ll give you a moment to, once again, bask in my reflected glory.

This has been noted in the comments here, but it is worth it’s own entry: George Washington’s Church – the Church helped pay for, that is, and worshiped in for many years of his life – wants to take down a plaque in his honor. As you know, I was ok with tearing down Confederate statues (or, at least, moving them away from public squares), but now I’ve reconsidered: this isn’t about who and how we honor, but just a foot in the door in erasing all of American history. If the left wants to fight a political battle over this issue, then let’s have at it: we win.

Medical science is hard at work on anti-aging treatments. I don’t like this, all that much. I know it’d be great to keep the eyesight and not lose muscle and bone mass as we age. I totally understand that. But do we really want to live to be 150 or 200 years old? We can barely contain our wickedness with 80 years…give us people who at 110 are just as vigorous as people today are at, say, 40, and we’ll be opening up a can of worms which we might well come to regret. People who start to think themselves immortal are going to start getting ever more filled with pride. Everyone is still going to die: living a very long life is probably just going to make it harder for people to do so. I’m just glad this thing won’t be fully developed until I’m out of here.

Sometimes, a RINO has a purpose: Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) calls for DNC and Clinton campaign officials to re-testify about the Trump dossier.

The Virginia governors race is turning on the immigration issue: the bottom line question is whether or not Democrats agree we should have borders. The Experts are telling us that the Democrat is set to win…but the Experts also told us Hillary was going to win. We’ll have to see how it comes out…but if the Republican wins (I rate it 50/50), it will be just more evidence that the electorate is changing.

36 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster October 30, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Congrats Mark, but don’t let the fame go to your head, please stay grounded.

    So Manafort has been indicted. This should be bad news for the Podesta’s and indirectly the Clinton campaign, not Trump. Manafort was very active with Tony Podesta and his lobbyist ties with Russia.

    All of you should watch Morning Joe for a little bit each morning only because in just one half hour you will hear the full spectrum of the progressive delusional narrative. This morning, Joey Scarborough is citing a poll by MSNBC claiming that 75% of republicans don’t consider Russia tampering a serious threat ….. and mocking it. This is highly amusing for many reasons; first it was just 5 years ago that Obama mocked Mitt Romney for stating that Russia was our greatest foreign threat, and at the time Morning Joe was also laughing at the GOP for considering Russia to be such a threat. It was also just a few years ago when then President Obama whispered to Medvedved to let Putin know that he would have more flexibility after the election. Flexibility for what? To approve the sale of uranium? Now however we are to believe that in just 5 short years, Russia has gone from a regional power who we could work with to an evil global influence. Secondly, the Clinton campaign has direct ties to Russia via Podesta and Bill Clinton’s Canadian conduit (can’t remember his name), where millions of dollars were exchanged that resulted in the sale of US uranium stock to Russia. THAT MY FRIENDS IS CORRUPTION. And the complicit agenda media is doing their best to lay cover for the Dems and Clinton and to deflect attention. The media is actively aiding and abetting the Clinton Crime family foundation and the DNC. EVEN MORE CORRUPTION.

    I don’t know about you guys but my head is about to explode over this. There is blatant criminal activity on behalf of the DNC and the Clinton campaign that is being completely over looked by the FBI and the DOJ, and there is possible criminal activity with the Obama administration and the unmasking requests by Powers and Rice, not to mention the IRS admission and apology that they did in fact target conservative groups. Where is the investigation into that? Where is Lois Lerner? Oh yea, enjoying retirement on the tax payer money…….

    • Amazona October 30, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Note the sly shift to “tampering”. It implies, very strongly, the impression that something was altered/changed/tampered with, and plays into the belief some Dems still harbor that Russia, somehow, actually changed the election results by “tampering” with them.

      It’s this kind of semantic infiltration the Left has honed to a fine art, and they always seem to get away with it. If the poll cited is valid, that is if it actually took place and if it is accurately reported, it only shows that 75% of Republicans are smart enough to see through it. That puts Republicans far ahead, once again, of Dems in the IQ race.

      The Left has been working overtime to muddle up all the various components of the election kerfluffle, both real events and invented stories, and now refers to the resulting mess in total as “Russian tampering”. Some of the ingredients in this toxic stew never involved Russia at all, such as the alleged “hacking” of the DNC records

      (1) A person, a living (for the time being, anyway) human being within the DNC physically copied and then physically delivered, by hand, records to an outside person. This is not hacking.

      (2) In a separate event, which may or may not have taken place, the DNC servers were electronically hacked, but there is no evidence that this was done by a Russian agent or agency. Any forensic evidence for or against that theory was destroyed when the DNC refused to let the FBI examine their computers and servers, instead hiring their own firm and then presenting an opinion provided by their hired guns as the definitive fact of the matter. Information about the inner workings of the DNC were made public, and there is now no way to know which came from the physical handoff of stolen information and which from the alleged electronic invasion into their system.

      The true relevance of these disclosures is not where they came from, but the fact that THEY ARE TRUE. This is what the Left is trying to paper over with its efforts to sling so many other tidbits of information, false information and innuendo into the mix.

      Mingled, now so thoroughly only someone with an analytical mind and access to everything can sort out the component parts, is the State Department server mess. This provided any hacker with any skills at all complete access to all communications among all State Department personnel and the president, ambassadors, military advisers and so on. The media have been quite active, and quite successful, in mixing up what was and was not leaked from these insecure records and what was revealed from the physical access to DNC records and what was gotten from alleged electronic hacking of DNC records. Off the top of my head, I can’t remember any actual information from the State Department servers being used in the election, just the fact that they were not secure and could be easily hacked and probably were.

      In a wholly separate string of events, which may or may not have occurred, at least as they were reported,

      (3) Someone associated with Russia contacted Donald Trump, Jr. and said there was information about Hillary Clinton his father’s campaign would like to know. He met with this person. No such information was divulged and it appears that the claim was a bluff, to get him into a meeting, as the discussion wasn’t even about Hillary Clinton but was about international adoptions. This, to many of us, reeks of a setup. In a movie, the preacher would go to a meeting to talk about supporting an orphanage and find the discussion about something else, only to learn later that the person who invited him was a prostitute, with the fact he met with her used to discredit him. Same difference.

      (4) While this was going on, associates of Trump Sr. who had had various business dealings with people in Russia may, or may not, have been trying to find out from those sources if there was anything that could be used against Hillary. These business dealings all predated the election cycle and had nothing to do with Trump or the election, and merely explained how the various people knew each other. To most of us, this was no more nefarious than asking business associates in Arkansas if they had any useful information on Hillary, but it played into the grander narrative the Left was trying to construct out of toothpicks and marshmallows to pass off as a real edifice.

      (5) In the meantime, Trump was bumbling along, tripping over his own tongue as he blurted out thought fragments the Left could then assemble into whatever they wanted, his family was trying to work within its own Leftist agendas while wanting Daddy to get elected and messing up everything they touched, and his inner circle was infected with various human bacteria like Jamie Gorelick and a host of egos each climbing over each other and the nominee to get into the spotlight.

      It appears that no one took a deep breath and stood back to analyze the big picture and make calm decisions, so we had a series of knee-jerk decisions based on partial information or fear of bad impressions being created. Sessions recused himself. Comey was fired, a good decision but bad timing. Mueller was appointed. People got replaced only after they had done something to harm the effort, when they probably should never have been appointed or included in the first place.

      I have a mental image, taken from WW II era movies, of generals looking over a big table that showed various troop movements as they decided what to do next. I wish someone in the Trump camp had done something like this, instead of being totally REactive to each individual grenade going off. Now that the uranium scam has been made public, along with the information about the money that got funneled to the Clintons and how it got funneled and Obamas’ involvement and so on, this kind of organized Big Picture approach is even more important.

      Unfortunately, I expect more of the same Curley Moe and Larry approach, on our side, to dealing with the ongoing revelations. Late-night tweet spasms, conflicting opinions blurted out by people who should not be saying anything at all, etc.

      • Cluster October 30, 2017 / 1:59 pm

        Let’s not forget Seth Rich, who is now dead because of what he probably knew about all of the sordid DNC criminal affairs.

        I agree with you re: the beginning of the administration and the various unsavory players but I am giving Trump a pass …. for now. Trump came into this mess blind. He is not a politician and I am guessing that even he was stunned when he assumed the office and learned of all the crap that has been going on. In fact, I think Trump knows a lot more about a lot of stuff but has to keep quiet for now. In time, I think Trump will eventually drain the deep state and be the existential threat to the left that we all hoped he would be.

      • Amazona October 30, 2017 / 5:32 pm

        Let’s not forget Seth Rich, who is now dead because of what he probably knew about all of the sordid DNC criminal affairs. …which was alluded to when I wrote ” A person, a living (for the time being, anyway) human being within the DNC physically copied and then physically delivered, by hand, records to an outside person.”

        I agree, Trump was clueless. In some areas I can give him a pass, because he was counting on people he truly believed were trustworthy—and that includes his daughter and son-in-law, who willfully undercut him, and his son, who was just stupid. I can see how in business some of his associates were trustworthy, because their roles were different, and they were also not in positions to allow their greed for the spotlight override their loyalty or discretion.

        I saw a lot of hands waving in the air, and people shouting “ I SPEAK FOR DONALD TRUMP !!! when in fact they were projecting their own impressions or belief systems. I’m guessing that Trump never sat down with any of these people and laid out exactly what his political philosophy IS. Actually, I’m not sure he had much of a coherent political philosophy, that it has been evolving since he became the nominee and particularly since he became president and has had to deal with realities instead of abstractions. (That is one of the reasons I was so ardently anti-Trump——he was always an amalgam of platitudes, off-the-cuff-what-will-appeal-to-this-particular-audience demagoguery. )

        He has surprised me, and I am happy to see that there really is some substance under the verbiage and constantly shifting persona, but the fact is he blew it from the get-go by thinking he could wing the presidency like he evidently winged at least some of his business relationships. The first six months or so of his presidency were one rookie blunder after another, regarding his inner circle and the ongoing missteps they represented. I am happy to see the Kushners relegated to distant sidelines, Don Jr. sent to his room without supper, and the hangers-on who saw a Trump presidency as a path to their own fame kicked to the curb. He didn’t seem to have confirmed that his inner circle was on the same page he was—possibly because he flipped from one page to another a few times, but probably because he just made assumptions about them.

        He’s like a guy who funds an animal rescue and welfare foundation, and puts together a board of people he likes to play golf with, not knowing that one of them engages in dog fighting, one owns a chain of horse slaughterhouses and one made his money selling animals to research facilities. His heart may have been in the right place, but he didn’t think things through and counted on personal relationships instead of hard cold facts.

        Yes, he seems to be learning, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t screw up, and screw up big-time. I don’t care if he has personal black eyes, but I do care when his fumbling and bumbling endanger causes and policies I think are important. He needs to run his tweets through an advisory committee, even if it is only one or two people, and he needs to find some people as competent as Sarah to communicate to the world at large. She can’t be the only one pulling the wagon, especially with so many people shoving poles through the spokes.

      • Cluster October 30, 2017 / 6:01 pm

        He’s like a guy who funds an animal rescue and welfare foundation, and puts together a board of people he likes to play golf with, not knowing that one of them engages in dog fighting, one owns a chain of horse slaughterhouses and one made his money selling animals to research facilities.

        OMG that’s flipping hilarious …. because it’s so true. I am embarrassed to say that I first supported Rubio, then Cruz who I still like but he seems to have shrunk back a bit I think playing it safe, but once Trump won, I was all in and have not been disappointed. He is learning on the job and learning quickly. Additionally, many good things are happening that are going unreported – 3% GDP, ISIS being nearly destroyed, illegal immigration way down – Trump is going to figure all of this out soon and may very well become the best President for the conservative cause since Reagan. If so, he will win 2020 in a landslide …. also because the Dems are so mind numbingly corrupt and incompetent.

    • dbschmidt October 31, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      I believe it had to be Hillary’s “Reset” button which was obviously manufactured in a vast right wing conspiracy by a Trump business in the shadows of Mother Russia itself. Even if it said “Made in China.”

  2. Cluster October 30, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Tony Podesta Resigns As Head Of Podesta Group Amid Mueller Probe

    And the dominoes begin…….

    Notice the list of CGI donors in the linked article. Greece gave $1.1 million??? I thought Greece was broke.

    • Retired Spook October 30, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      I’ll bet a lot of D.C. defense attorneys’ phones are ringing off the hook today.

  3. Amazona October 30, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    There’s sexual harassment, and then there’s sexual harassment. As a woman, I’ve experienced a lot of it, ranging from mild to downright offensive. I am sick and tired of women having hissy fits over mild commentary.

    An example: I was acting as general contractor when my husband and had to rebuild part of our house. After a series of incompetent and/or dishonest contractors, I figured I could do a better job, and I did. But sometimes I ran into a variant of “…as a woman, you can’t possibly understand how complex/difficult/expensive this is…” I didn’t whine, or run to a lawyer. I thought “what an ass” and depending on my mood might go on to say it wasn’t really all that complicated and maybe his problem was that he just had trouble understanding it.

    But the thing is, there is a range of what is now lumped into “sexual harassment” and I think most of it is annoying but no big deal. If women would save their energy for the real cases. they would have more credibility.

    I once had to meet a company colleague out of town for sales calls, and when I got there he said he had only booked us one room, “to save money”. Of all my possible reactions, ranging from weepy to insulted to “get a rope”, I just laughed at him and said “does that cheesy line ever work”? He was a perfect gentleman for the next two days, and when I got home I told my boss what happened and he was the one who got furious.

    I once gave a male employee a ride back to the barn on my ATV, and he got a little too close to comfort. I just stopped, looked over my shoulder at him, and said if he wanted to ride that close he’d have to buy me a ring. He got really red, backed off, and we got along fine after that. No melodrama, no hysterics, no tears, no threats.

    I noticed that the woman who suddenly decided she wanted on the “sexual assault” bandwagon and accused George H.W. Bush of sexually assaulting her tried to morph what may have been some degree of contact between a palsied old man in a wheelchair and some part of her body (if there was any at all) into a full-fledged “sexual assault”. In front of many witnesses, including cameramen and Mrs. Bush.

    I am so sick and tired of the Left trivializing really serious matters, such as sexual assault and true racism, by trying to apply those terms to pretty much everything. “Rape” has been used to describe so many things, including cattle breeding, it is close to meaningless.

    • M. Noonan October 30, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Robert Stacy McCain nailed it when he pointed out that we’re in the witch hunt phase of this…just the slightest touch of “witch”, and you’re done. I Tweeted out last night the advice that if you’re famous and have any skeletons in the closet, ‘fess up right away and hope by grovelling apology to save yourself. Spacey tried it, but in a rather ham-handed way…now we’ve got jokes going, “I was caught drunk driving, and so have decided to live as a gay man”.

      Its all so much…well, you know the word I’m going for.

  4. Cluster October 31, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Morning Joe is at their all time hyper ventilating BEST this morning. They are breathlessly covering the evil menace Russia and their Facebook ads during the 2016 campaign. They are breaking down the number of impressions each of those ads had and translating it to how many votes Hillary lost in the Rust Belt. It is hard to believe but that is actually happening right now. And did you know that Papadopolous is GUILTY. GUILTY I tell you of lying to the FBI. Wait a minute – didn’t Hillary Clinton lie to the FBI?? Why yes she did, and on several occasions. Why do you suppose she was not indicted?? And did you know that Papadopolous once sat in on a meeting with Trump and several other people. If this isn’t a clear case of collusion than I don’t know what is. Certainly selling 20% of our uranium stock in exchange for exorbitant speaking fees has no appearance of collusion but sitting in on a meeting???? That’s beyond the pale.

    • dbschmidt October 31, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      I read a new one yesterday and wish I had the reference at hand. Basically, and badly paraphrasing here, Hillary lost because of automation. The more automation in the manufacturing industries across the US lead those folks to either not vote or vote Trump.That is just another new “reason” Hillary lost. Maybe it will be in the second release of “Ain’t my fault” memoir. It never has anything to do with how poor of a candidate she was.

      If for no other reason I still like Pres. Trump is he has the entire swamp in a constant uproar whether it be his ineptness, tweets or just general attitude. I really don’t mind watching them all twitch in the wind. About time for all of them to lose power ~ about time for us to get back some surrendered under the previous administrations. Really can’t hurt me much more before I do the 60’s thing of “Turn on, tune in, drop out”

    • Amazona October 31, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Yeah, because if you lost your job to automation the last thing you would want would be a pro-union president to help force industry to keep you on. You betcha. Makes perfect sense. Just like it makes sense to claim that Putin wanted us to elect a president who couldn’t be bought, instead of one who basically posted her bribery fee schedule online and had a history of playing Pay to Play with him already.

      I do like the fact that the Left is in a constant tizzy. I am sure they will be ecstatic about these new indictments, though I haven’t seen as much celebrating as I expected. It might be because they don’t really have anything to do with Trump. I figured they would be as ignorant about the reality of a grand jury indictment as they are about impeachment.

      As the old cliche goes, a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich. The prosecution makes its argument, the defense has no legal counsel present, and after a one-sided harangue the grand jury says “Well, there might be something there—-let’s let a trial sort it all out”.

  5. Cluster October 31, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Lost in the complicit agenda media’s temper tantrum over Russia, is a REAL scandal, actions of which actually threaten our republic.

    Court records show that IRS admitted wrong-doing and offered this astounding apology for what in less acerbically political times would be considered by both the Left and the Right to be one of the most sinister and egregious exercises of punitive State power to suppress free speech and deny first amendment rights to U.S. citizens in living memory.

    This issue is not being reported on anywhere in the MSM – sad statement on our media.

    • Retired Spook October 31, 2017 / 10:16 am

      I don’t think a great many on the Left have the slightest clue how their hatred and loathing of anyone who disagrees with them is affecting those of us who fall into that group. Just as the Left attacks Christianity because they know Christians won’t fight back, I think they believe that those of us on what I’d call the secular Right (spiritual, but not church-going) will also not fight back. I think they actually believe their words alone can destroy us. Well, sooner or later it’s going to go beyond words. I don’t know what the trigger will be, but I think it’s inevitable. The level of, dare I say, mutual hatred at this point will reach a tipping point. Ten years ago, if you had asked me who I hate, I’d have had a hard time answering, but make no mistake, I have grown to hate those who would use the power of government to destroy their political adversaries and transform this country into something that it was never intended to be. And if it comes to it, I will lay my life on the line to stop them.

      • Cluster October 31, 2017 / 10:54 am

        I have grown to hate those who would use the power of government to destroy their political adversaries

        Agreed. I am beyond ready to fight and would pick up arms in a heartbeat to destroy the left. Just say when……

  6. Cluster October 31, 2017 / 11:36 am

    This is what happens when you don’t know who your customers are:

    ESPN, who dubs itself “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” appears to be in a death spiral with no end in sight as new reports indicate the network is losing thousands of subscribers per day and is bracing for another round of massive layoffs.

    The Washington Post reported on Friday that ESPN will lay off 40 to 60 more employees by the end of the year — with SportsCenter, the network’s flagship show, being hit the hardest.

    • Retired Spook October 31, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      Who knew that disrespecting and demeaning your customers would have such an effect?

  7. Cluster October 31, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    This is the most vile and reprehensible political ad ever made:

    And this is why the American left MUST be destroyed.

    • Retired Spook October 31, 2017 / 1:49 pm

      Nothing like doubling down on divisiveness. Hopefully it’ll backfire on them.

    • Amazona October 31, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      When I click the link, I get a message that “This video is unavailable”.

      As for the American Left, they are doing a pretty good job of destroying themselves.. They are creating an ever-widening chasm between themselves and rational Americans, and doubling down on their viciousness and insanity every single day.

      I had a chance to visit with an old friend today, who is pretty apolitical, and she even commented on it. We touched on the NFL thing—she is a football fanatic, especially about the Broncos, and only started watching them again when Elway cracked down on the kneeling fad. We both agreed that the Left has trivialized serious matters, such as true racism and words like rape, till they have become meaningless. I would put her in that middle ground of people who lean toward conservatism but have no real political philosophy, someone who would call herself an “independent”, and I think she is a sign of what is happening.

      When I mentioned that Trump has done so much that doesn’t get any attention she jumped right on that, with great enthusiasm, talking about what he is accomplishing with no credit at all. I was surprised, because when we worked together she was mildly supportive of Trump, mostly because he was not Hillary, so this is a big shift.

      When I mentioned Ashley Judd, she said she used to really like her and now can’t stand to even see her. I noticed in some clickbait online tonight that now Judd’s story is that she “agreed to sex to avoid being raped…” That’s an interesting spin on whoring herself out for a part.

      • Retired Spook November 1, 2017 / 12:25 pm

        When I click the link, I get a message that “This video is unavailable”.

        Rush is talking about the ad on his radio show. He says it’s been taken down. Must not have gotten the desired effect. I think most people are smarter than the Dems give them credit for.

  8. Cluster November 1, 2017 / 10:54 am

    How pathetic is Johnny McCain?? So desperate to be liked by the progressive establishment. What a loser.

    John McCain delivered an appeal to reject Donald J. Trump’s tactics, illustrating how we’ve resisted fascism in the past and can do it again.

    • Amazona November 1, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      Yes, we have rejected fascism in the past, and yes, we can do it again—-but not by using fascist tactics to subvert a non-fascist government.

      McCain has become a national embarrassment.

  9. Retired Spook November 1, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I’m glad I don’t have a lot of time left on this earth. This is really depressing.

    According to the latest survey from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit, one in two U.S. millennials say they would rather live in a socialist or communist country than a capitalist democracy.

    What’s more, 22% of them have a favorable view of Karl Marx and nearly a surprising number view Joseph Stalin and Kim Jong Un as “heroes.” (emphasis – mine)

    • Cluster November 1, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Take heart Spook. Generation Z is our kind of people:

      Hello, Generation Z! The fiscally responsible, tattoo hating, Republican leaning group, touted by conservatives as their best hope for the future, and as the antithesis of Millennials……..According to research, Gen Z is more individualistic, more conservative both socially and fiscally, and they’re already making waves of impact on our political system. Gen Z, those born in 1995 or later, is possibly the most conservative generation since World War II

      • Retired Spook November 1, 2017 / 4:31 pm

        I hope that’s correct. Both of my grandsons fall into that group.

    • Amazona November 1, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      When you grow up being told lies about what a wonderful socialist paradise Sweden is, you probably do have a good opinion of what you think socialism is. Of course, Sweden is not a socialist country, it has a capitalist economy and is just a welfare state based on a capitalist economy—-which is, of course, failing.

      I will bet that none of these morons have the slightest idea of what Stalin did. Remember, they still think fascism is a right-wing construct.

  10. Retired Spook November 1, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Turns out that the Russian facebook ad meme was the exact opposite of what the Left originally reported it to be. Color me shocked.

    Top lawyers from Facebook and Twitter said Tuesday that Russian-linked posts and advertisements placed on the social networks after Election Day sought to sow doubt about President Donald Trump’s victory.

    • Cluster November 2, 2017 / 8:24 am

      That is poetic justice isn’t it?? From your linked article re: Russia:

      “Their goal is to create confusion and dissent. The target is the U.S. and NATO, not any particular candidate. They just want chaos,” Lewis said. “It went from being a grudge match against Clinton to what they thought was a priceless opportunity to inflict harm.”

      These are the same goals of progressive Democrats. To create confusion, dissent, and chaos. They have a lot in common.

  11. Cluster November 2, 2017 / 8:20 am

    So Tom Steyer now has an ad out to Impeach Trump. The smug, condescending asshole speaks in very calm, but alarming tones telling the viewers just how mentally unstable and dangerous Trump is, and now is the time to act to save the republic.

    You know what Tom? You had your time and you f**ked it up, and now most Americans see through your transparent power grabbing, heavy handed agenda and don’t want any part of it. So F**K OFF.

  12. Retired Spook November 2, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Talk about backfiring. I love it when the Libs shoot themselves in the foot.

    • Cluster November 2, 2017 / 9:35 am


      For the first time I can remember, conservatives are fighting back harder than ever before. God Bless them. All it took was for Trump to show us how it was done.

      • Amazona November 2, 2017 / 12:55 pm

        And here I beat the same drum again—what are we doing to get the message out to the people who need to hear it? You know, the people who get all their “news” from the alphabet sources—-CBS (See BS), NBC (Nothing But Crap) and ABC, CNN and MSNBC.

        In a perfect world, there would be a great and popular show, like Blue Bloods, that would have plot lines parallel to these important messages. I don’t think we have anything remotely like that. There is a show about a likable and competent female Secretary of State, which would be a great platform for such messages, but it is predictably Leftist in structure and messaging, though I have to admit its tone is less strident that the old West (Left) Wing show.

        We all know that to reach this demographic, they have to be approached from an entertainment perspective, as they don’t seek out any actual balance to the spin they get from their “news” sources. The thing is, without the context of the Democrat Party becoming a de facto arm of the International Left, these stories about Russia trying to create chaos and dissension in the United States in general could be plot lines that are non partisan. It is great drama. (We have engaged in similar strategies over the years. At a funeral for a dear friend I finally learned that during the Korean Conflict he and his group routinely infiltrated North Korea to spread around counterfeit currency, and one day decided to rob some banks, to try to make the already unstable economy even more so.)

        Many of the great movies of our time have been about international plotting against the United States, but these days such plots lie far too close to the reality of Dem Party efforts to be acceptable to the Leftists running the entertainment industry.

        Some shows are going off the air, like House of Cards, leaving room for new shows. I for one would donate to a group dedicated to putting together a dramatic show based on the activities of Russia (or some unnamed nation) to undermine and subvert our government and our Constitution, with each week dealing with detailing this or that tactic. The thing is, there are deep enough pockets to fund a show like this, and I think the nation is ready for one. This is pretty good material—ex spies inventing and planting fake information on candidates, electronic hacking of poorly secured servers and deciding what information to leak to get the most impact, the elimination of certain people who either pose a threat to the strategy or whose deaths might add to the confusion (Seth Rich?) and so on.

        The American Left is not quite on the ropes, but they are staggering, and the question is, do we have what it takes to move in and finish the job? And that means putting together a potent and coherent message to the squishies in the nation. The true Right knows the truth, or at least a lot of it. The Hard Left either doesn’t care or is fully behind anything the International Left is up to. But the squishy middle is where we need to get the information out, and I have to wonder if we have what it takes to do it.

  13. Retired Spook November 2, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    It just gets better and better.

    Former interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile became a prominent topic on social media Thursday after dropping a bombshell about Hillary Clinton.

    What did Brazile say?

    Brazile admitted that she was shocked to discover how much the Clinton campaign controlled the DNC long before the primary election determined who the nominee would be.

    In an excerpt from her upcoming book, Brazile says she discovered a document that explained why the Clinton campaign had such a stranglehold on the DNC. It was published in Politico Thursday.

    “When I got back from a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard,” she wrote, “I at last found the document that described it all: the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America.”

    Reminds me of one of my favorite phrases: when your adversary is engaged in self-immolation, the best strategy is to hide the fire extinguishers and get the hell out of the way.

    • Amazona November 2, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      It also looks, at least to me, like Donna is realizing the ship is sinking and is looking for a way to be on a lifeboat. “SUDDENLY” she is “discovering” a document that she “at last” was able to find.

      Think about that phrasing. It strongly implies that she had been looking for this “document” and was, finally, “at last” able to “find” it. How did she know there was something to find? And what does her vacation have to do with this? It’s the reason that she couldn’t “find” it for so long?

      Wasn’t she the head of the DNC? Wasn’t she the one funneling debate questions to Hillary? Hadn’t she always been part of the innermost level of the Clinton regime?

      And suddenly, oh so suddenly, out-of-the-blue suddenly, she was you-could-have-knocked-her-over-with-a feather shocked (SHOCKED, I tell you!) to learn the level of control Hillary had over the DNC. Who knew? Who coulda guessed? Wasn’t it her Clinton connections that got her the DNC gig in the first place? A nice two-fer, rewarding her with a prestigious title while keeping the Clintons in control of the DNC? Clearly not the woman behind the scenes, not only with the Clintons but with the DNC, the woman whose loyalties led her to sabotage the challenger to Hillary’s presumed throne, the new Sergeant Schultz of the DNC. She knew nussink..

      And you gotta love the throwaway comment that the primary determined the Dem nominee. Yeah, right. The Dem nominee was determined so long before the primary that no holds were barred when it came to shutting down that upstart Sanders and his unexpected surge in Leftist popularity.

      These people are so funny. Lethal and dangerous when allowed to have any power, but entertaining when they start to scramble to dig themselves out of the sewers they created and happily inhabited for so long.

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