Lot of News Open Thread

So much, that I can’t really think of it all…but this is the stuff which has stuck in my mind today:

Democracy for America has pulled it’s support for Virginia’s Democrat candidate for governor – he, apparently, was insufficiently in tune with the Party Line on immigration. Now, why did Northam fall into heresy? I can only surmise that the Republican candidate’s attacks on the immigration issue are bearing fruit and Northam felt he had to so something with the election coming on Tuesday. Stay tuned.

Trump called for the death penalty for the NYC terror suspect and our Progressives friends got themselves into a snit that he didn’t call for the death penalty for the Vegas shooter…forgetting, I guess, that the Vegas shooter is already dead. Details – our Progressives ain’t too good with them.

A guy on his way out of employment at Twitter shut down Trump’s Twitter account. Liberals were temporarily pleased.

Democrats seem to have decided to throw Hillary under the bus: starting with Donna Brazile admitting that the primaries were rigged for Hillary. Also admitting that Obama left the DNC $24 million in debt. Also also admitting that Hillary seemed to use donations to the DNC as a slush fund for her Presidential campaign. Also also also Brazile glossing over her responsibility for all this. The only question is whether they are doing this just to get rid of a political barnacle, or whether they’ve been tipped off by Mueller’s team that bad news is coming.

Melania Trump to be protected by an all-female Japanese security team – which sounds really, really awesome. I hope she’s got a lair in some island volcano somewhere…

The GOP tax plan strips out the ability of illegal immigrants to get various tax credits. Which is a big, “no duh” for most of us because, you know, they are illegal and not supposed to even be in the country, let alone getting tax credits. There are other good things in there – also some things which seem a bit more dodgy. We’ll have to see what finally comes out of the Congressional sausage factory.

The Bolsheviks are calling for Revolution on November 4th. Not particularly worried. Don’t get me wrong: these guys ever get on top and you and I are going to be sharing bunks at the re-education camp; but these guys are simply nuts, at the moment.

60 thoughts on “Lot of News Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook November 3, 2017 / 7:54 am

    Also admitting that Obama left the DNC $24 million in debt.

    Debt, schmedt — it’s only bad when Republicans do it. The Donkey’s new-found concern about the national debt is hysterical.

    these guys ever get on top and you and I are going to be sharing bunks at the re-education camp

    I think you misunderestimate the side with all the guns. As an email bumper sticker type message recently noted: one side has 300 million guns and 8 trillion rounds of ammo, while the other side isn’t sure which restroom to use.

    • Cluster November 3, 2017 / 8:13 am

      … you and I are going to be sharing bunks at the re-education camp

      Yea I don’t see that happening either. I am not exactly a compliant one

      • Retired Spook November 3, 2017 / 8:22 am

        Yeah, taking aside the logistics of rounding up 100 million heavily armed patriots, I don’t think the Left has enough people bright enough to run such facilities, certainly not in the numbers that would be required.

    • M. Noonan November 4, 2017 / 12:33 am

      The 1917 Bolsheviks used tough, lower class guys to roll over the opposition…people of the stamp of Nikita Kruschev (whom Stalin later used to make mincemeat of the Old Bolsheviks). I think our Progs these days are thinking they’ll do that, as well…of course, most of the lower class guys they are counting on are not exactly fighters…

      • Retired Spook November 4, 2017 / 8:31 am

        My guess, if it really comes to that, is that they’ll pacify the cities first, because (a) the people there who will need pacifying are also largely those who rely on the government for food and have no guns, and (b) they will be the easiest ones to “re-educate,” because their choice will be re-educate or starve. The countryside is going to be a completely different dynamic, and I seriously doubt the elites running things will be able to muster enough people who want to go out and kill other Americans. Quite frankly, I’m becoming less and less concerned as time goes by that we’re headed for some kind of dystopian future. If the economy under Trump continues to hum along at 3% plus, one of the main ingredients for discord is going to go away.

      • Amazona November 4, 2017 / 10:31 am

        Don’t forget the fact that those being rolled over were not armed, and their entire historical culture was one of submission to tyranny. Here we are a nation actually created through rebellion against tyranny, in which millions are not only armed but skilled in the use of those arms.

  2. Cluster November 3, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Donna Brazile’s book is a bomb shell and exposes the corruption, narcissism, deceit, and incompetence in the DNC and the Obama administration. DWS is characterized as a bumbling buffoon who bowed at the Clinton alter, and Obama is exposed as a complete narcissist who gave nothing back to the party. It was all about Obama, all the time. And Hillary is skewered in this book and exposed as a heavy handed manipulative bitch, which is hopefully the end of anything Clinton. There is not only collusion (poor Bernie) and corruption exposed in Donna’s book, but there could be some crimes in terms election laws….. yet what is the TOP story on MSNBC Morning Joe this morning?? The appearance of Russia collusion with Trump vis Papadopolous.

    Doing their best to cover for Democrats – and it has never been more apparent.

  3. Cluster November 3, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Here in the US media, this is not newsworthy:

    The former manager of one of George Soros’ investment funds has been accused of leading a ‘human trafficking enterprise’ in which he allegedly raped, abused and imprisoned women in a Manhattan sex dungeon

    Doesn’t it feel like there is a lot more dirt on progressive Democrats to come out? They are starting to eat each other now……


    • Retired Spook November 3, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      They are starting to eat each other now……

      Well, that is certainly preferable to having to shoot them.

  4. Cluster November 3, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    I know that most Americans don’t understand the depth of the depravity and the dishonesty in the Democrat Party, but it is starting to see the light and as Chuck U Schumer says, it stinks the more it is in the light ……

    In a powerful and comprehensive piece in The Weekly Standard, editor Stephen Hayes delineates in detail how the Obama Administration hid almost half a million documents seized from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in order to perpetuate the lie that Al Qaeda was defeated after bin Laden’s death, thus paving the way for Obama’s 2012 victory.


  5. Cluster November 3, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Ladies and Gentleman ….. I present Milo Yiannopoulos:

    This week I have been accused of causing “pain and divisiveness.” I should hope so. A terminal disease in contemporary American culture is niceness. Appropriateness and earnestness are this country’s cardinal sins. For three decades, conservatives have been scolded, reprimanded, backed into toothless, diluted positions, robbed of their effectiveness and browbeaten out of their zeal by language-policers demanding “civilized discourse.” Well. Daddy Trump did not win the presidency through gingerliness – nor did I amass millions of fans by being scrupulously conciliatory. The progressive Left is dedicated to the annihilation of America and every surviving libertarian and conservative person in it. The Left’s gratuitous vandalism of American institutions and its hostility to the principles that have made this country great cannot be fought with essays in magazines. The Left can only win by forcing us onto the uneven playing field of political correctness and constructive dialogue. I choose war.

    • M. Noonan November 4, 2017 / 12:22 am

      That is a correct statement. Want to know how fast political correctness has advanced? 30 years ago, you could get away with this:

      Try it, now.

  6. Frank Lee (@trumpcowboy) November 3, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    “I hope she’s got a lair in some island volcano somewhere…” or at least a really cool convertible 2000 GT.

    • M. Noonan November 4, 2017 / 12:15 am


  7. Cluster November 5, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I think what I like best about Democrats is their love of other people and their tolerance…….

    Rand Paul’s neighbor has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted the Senator while he was mowing the lawn of his Kentucky home………..The FBI is also investigating to see if the assault is politically motivated. Online records state that Boucher’s party affiliation is Democrat.


    • Retired Spook November 5, 2017 / 9:40 am

      All Conservatives I know, at least the ones who have the ability and the tools to fight back, are still in keep-the-powder-dry mode while quietly acquiring more powder, even as the Left continues to ramp up the violence. I don’t think they have any idea what’s in store for them if they continue on the present trajectory. I think the fact that the majority of Conservatives are Christians plays into the equation, ie., the turn-the-other-cheek thing, but I think even most devout Christians probably have a breaking point, and the hell that is going to rain down on those who would destroy our Republic is going to make the term “shock and awe” seem like a poem about flowers.

      • Cluster November 5, 2017 / 11:40 am

        …..going to make the term “shock and awe” seem like a poem about flowers


        Now that the Clinton era is over and Donna Brazile made sure of that, the Democrat Party is going to take a HARD LEFT TURN. With Tom Perez, Bernie, and Pocahontas leading the party, socialism might be a little too right wing for them. After listening to the progressive media this morning, and over the last few weeks, one thing is abundantly clear – progressives have NO IDEA who Americans are.

      • jdge1 November 5, 2017 / 2:02 pm


        When Obama was in office creating a far more divisive country and with the prospect of Hillary winning the Presidency, I think mindset of many conservative people was one where they almost felt it inevitable another civil war was coming. But with Trump in the Presidency along with the strong potential of replacing many establishment congress critters from BOTH parties with more true conservative minded people along with the potential of adding constitutional and moral supreme court members, I believe the tide is turning and a new hope (at least for those with the most fire power) has allowed us a chance to push through “normal” channels, ways to stem and reverse the harmful attacks made against Americans, more particularly, Christian people both Americans AND worldwide. I think many of us felt it almost a lost cause given the political climate, the direction of money being poured in working against stability and decent minded people, and the fact that far too many of those in power running us into the ground were / are evil criminal people and enterprises knowingly getting away with their destructive acts.

        The biggest change I can see is through the power of prayer. I can’t think of anything else that would allow for such a dramatic turn in the direction we were going in such a short time, given the lack of the push back you mention. Though the left has ramped up their violence, it has hurt their cause far more than they understand. I think despite of the pre-election rhetoric thrown about by Trump, many were worried that he would be more bent on socialist ideas than he has shown, especially given those family members close to him who has his ear, and his continued tendency to seemingly step on his own feet. Instead, almost on a daily basis we see action that gives excitement to most on the (true) right and grief to most everyone else. What we’re also seeing is the silent becoming much less so, voicing their strong held opinions and convictions, standing up and vocally pushing back, countering the effects of endless media assault against everyday people – without resorting to the kinds of action you (and I) have mentioned.

        That’s not to say a civil war won’t come, but to be sure, I am far more hopeful than I’ve been in many years, even before Obama was in office. There are MANY things that still need to happen to reverse the damage done to family, religious freedoms, destruction of moral conviction and removal of God from our lives. But I see many good things happen since Trump became President and the good potential of many more, that I wasn’t sure would happen prior.

        Hope for a better America as well as a better world is growing, regardless of the outward flailing of the left. I see a growing movement to protect our unborn, movement to reduce the size of the federal government, business starting to revive, many who were struggling only a year ago, plus a number of other good things. When I look at Trump and the things he’s done during his short stay in the Whitehouse, despite the change of several of his key administrative positions, the holdover of many others from the previous administration, and even the animosity of those supposedly on the right, I can only see the hand of God at play here and a part of me laughs with glee.

        No doubt things will get ugly as the struggle continues. At this point I’m not seeing how the end of the gun against other Americans will win us this war. One such indicator I see is where individuals who were previously staunch abortion rights advocates, who are have turned back to God and now work to protect the unborn. Often, they cite their change occurring thru the good works and kindness of those trying to help pregnant women considering abortion or the blatant lies of those pushing a destructive industry.

        Some evil will not go down without a fight of the nastiest sort, and kind deeds & words will not fix everything. But prayer has worked miracles far greater than anything man can imagine. I see hope and pray that it continues.

      • Amazona November 5, 2017 / 2:31 pm

        The American Left seems to be in a death spiral, and if you can picture a spiral you see it getting smaller and smaller as it nears its end. They were energized by the Obama years, and I think they assumed they would have more influence than they really have been able to exert. While the Complicit Agenda Media have happily supported them and enabled them, their antics have become so blatant and their rhetoric so bizarre they have been narrowing their appeal to the most radical and irrational among us.

        Now we see members of the American Left abandoning ship, seeing that it is sinking. As its former inner circle members start to worry more about saving themselves than supporting the cause, and start trying to buy redemption by revealing the dark and dirty underside of the movement, i think it will start to lose even more support, and continue to shrink and encapsulate itself in an increasingly smaller bubble. Being trapped in a tight bubble that is based on hatred and intolerance means that its members will, as said here, start to eat each other.

        We have already seen radical hate-drive black racists turning on their white enablers, who thought they were proving their virtue by supporting these toxic movements and that they would continue to signal their moral superiority by being part of them. The poor babies are nearly in tears as their racist former buddies turn on them and tell them to get lost, they are not welcome as the blacks fight for segregation and discrimination based on skin color. They were the “useful idiots” of the movement, but now they can’t even wear hoop earrings. Wahhhh wahhhh wahhhh.

        BLM and the “take a knee” movement have had the Unintended Consequences, to the Left, of getting people to actually think, as they try to figure out what the hell these people are complaining about and realize it is really all about pretty much anything but racial justice, social justice, or whatever the catchword of the day is.

        Snide undermining of religion through comedy and literature and movies was pretty effective, particularly after so much of Christian clergy had been infiltrated by the anti-religionists. But when they ramped up their attacks and made them so public, and so vile, and illustrated the hatred and bigotry and utter stupidity behind them, I think a lot of people started to move back to realizing how important religion is in this world.

        I’d be happy to grease that downward spiral, if necessary, but I think they are doing a pretty good job of it themselves.

      • Retired Spook November 5, 2017 / 3:49 pm

        But prayer has worked miracles far greater than anything man can imagine. I see hope and pray that it continues.

        I gave up on organized religion a while back when the forces of political correctness began to take over, but I have never given up on prayer.

      • jdge1 November 5, 2017 / 8:26 pm

        I too stepped back from my traditional religious upbringing when the conflict within the church created more questions than answers, more uncertainty than understanding, more disillusion than faith. I rechanneled my thoughts and prayers directly to God and omitted anything that took away from being closer to him. When I did that things slowly seem to become clearer. Many years later, things that previously look like coincidence now had purpose beyond mere chance, luck or fluke. Closed doors had a way of opening new, previously not seen or thought about, opportunities. The conflict within the church seems to have grown with the pope given direction and responses that appear in conflict with the church’s previous standings and teachings. Numerous theologian scholars, priest and bishops are speaking out questioning the pope’s direction. Interestingly, even with that growing conflict, my faith in God has also grown and I’m inspired daily watching his miracles unfold, like the mentioned political landscape. Seeing them becomes easier when you’re not so caught up in our hectic moment to moment lives.

        I remember a movie where early on one of the characters stated that he wasn’t religious. Later in the movie an unlikely event turns for the better and the same character praises God. When questioned by another, they asked; “I thought you said you weren’t religious”, to which he replied. I’m not, but I am spiritual. He further when on to say he believed that religion tends to tear people apart but being spiritual tends to bring people together. Interesting perspective.

  8. Cluster November 5, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Oh and MSNBC is reporting that Mueller has enough evidence now to indict Flynn. Do you think there just might be a few unethical if not illegal leaks going on here? And there has been some talk of Mueller doing everything he can to cover his own ass, along with covering for Comey, Holder, Lynch, etc., etc. They’re all part of the same cabal ……..

    • Amazona November 5, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      The fact that Mueller has to worry about covering his own ass is proof he should not be in the position he holds, and should never have accepted it.

      • jdge1 November 5, 2017 / 8:46 pm

        With this becoming more evident and new findings coming to light almost daily, it will be interesting to see how (if) it gets resolved, in particular when several congress critters, even Republicans, mentioned that if Trump does anything to remove Mueller, they’ll push back. However, what initially seemed like a negative with Mueller and his staff’s noted donations to the DNC, is now strangely becoming a positive, as the dishonesty and corruption of the left are being exposed. Coincidence? I think not.

  9. Cluster November 5, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    As I type, some woman billed as a former “SENIOR white house strategist” who looks to be all of 28 years old, is on MSNBC saying that Trump is a real threat to image of integrity the US has around the world …….

    Comedy gold

    • Amazona November 5, 2017 / 2:13 pm

      She has to be a lot older than 28 if she can remember that far back, to when the US actually HAD an image of integrity around the world. That is, the late 80s and early 90s, before the advent of the Clinton Era and its ugly stepchild, the Obama Regime.

  10. Cluster November 5, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Just a thought here. If the Russians gave CGI reportedly up to $140 million, and the Hillary campaign was funneling money to the DNC – could it be construed that the DNC was financed by the Russians?

    Would that be worth reporting?

    • Amazona November 5, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Of course not, you silly bunny. It is of no more interest than the fact that Russia essentially bought 20% of US uranium (while we have to depend on imports because we don’t have enough for our own needs) through bribery of the Secretary of State. It’s as irrelevant to the Left as the equivalent of leaving our state secrets on a park bench for pretty much anyone to pick up, and labeling that park bench “STATE SECRETS”.

      Bill Clinton being on orgy flights being serviced by underage sex slaves isn’t nearly as important as the fact that Donald Trump used the (evidently) filthy and degrading term “pussy”, though within months of learning about it insane Leftist women were proudly wearing “pussy hats” and the word had been sanitized enough to become mainstream on the radical Left. It showed up on the first episode of the tired and purposely offensive “Will And Grace” show. We have to remember that actual sexual assault, including rape (I’d put some ice on that…”) isn’t nearly as offensive as commenting that when women make themselves sexually available to men because of their status they won’t object to being groped by those men.

      Every single action in this nation is now branded with an R or an L, and if it has an L on it, it is perfectly acceptable, while if it is an R it is automatically reprehensible if not criminal. So cozying up to Russia (“RESET”, “tell Vlad I can be more flexible after the election”, selling out our national security by selling our uranium deposits, sneering at Romney’s statement that Russia is a threat to us, etc.) is not only OK, it is admirable and proof of a higher sense of righteousness, while anything that can be claimed to have ever touched a shadow of the Kremlin, if done by someone on the Right, is a hanging offense and certainly should justify just ignoring the Constitution and making Hillary president.

    • jdge1 November 5, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      I think a honest review of even a few thin layers beneath the surface will provide mountains of illegal activity and funding of the DNC and their candidates. Questions is, is there anyone with enough moral conviction and fortitude willing to investigate and prosecute?

    • Amazona November 5, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      I think we still have too many Republicans testing the wind, to see what they should do, but I might be wrong, For all I know (and hope) Trump has been following my favorite of the Rules of Holes—when your opponent is in a hole, hand him a shovel.

      It would be lovely to believe that there is method to the Trump Administration madness, such as appointing Mueller—–he seemed to have some stature and respect before the appointment, and we are seeing that erode, day by day. The fact that he took the job goes against any perception that he is an ethical man, especially as more and more information comes out about his collusion in covering for various illegal and shady acts by people high in the Obama administration.

      Maybe we just need to stock up on popcorn and watch the show. How many of his former allies will he throw under the bus to try to shore up his own credibility? How will they react—by turning on him and talking about what he did? Just watching him on that tightrope can be entertaining.

  11. Retired Spook November 5, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Music to my ears.

    Despite George Soros pouring billions of dollars into the campaign to “Resist Trump”, the turnout was pathetically small. At many protests, the Trump supporters vastly outnumbered the anti-Trump supporters, and in some locations, such as Austin, Texas, even the police outnumbered them.

  12. Retired Spook November 5, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Just incomprehensible.

    A gunman walked into a small Baptist church in rural Texas on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least 25 people and turning a tiny town east of San Antonio into the scene of the country’s most recent mass horror.

    • Amazona November 5, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      My sense of a core problem is hard to explain. Basically, it is that in our society there are fewer and fewer areas of accomplishment, areas in which men can feel, well, manly.

      Part of the problem is TV—–when I was young, we were very poor, but we didn’t really know how poor we were because we were not swamped, day in and day out, with examples of how much better off everyone else was. I have talked with people from South America who say the same thing is true there—–people in small villages become convinced that everyone in the cities drives a fancy car, wears a Rolex, eats in fine restaurants, and decide that working in the fields for subsistence is not worth it and head to the city. Where they starve, where they rob to survive, where they live in horrible cardboard shanties and the government sends in trucks with water and food once or twice a day. It is not quite as bad here, but it’s not far off.

      In our culture, I think some men, in particular, feel impotent when they can’t provide the luxuries they think everyone else has, and they become desperate to find ways to feel powerful. Part of this is the shift away from manual labor—–in the old days, a man felt strong because he had plowed the North 40, or even just hooked up a tractor to pull someone out of a ditch. These days few men actually do anything physical like that. There is a reason that these shooters are not cowboys or even construction workers, because these guys do things, day in and day out, that provide them with the satisfaction of doing difficult things.

      If you don’t have the mindset that you are fulfilling a man’s greater purpose by being a good father and husband and doing an honest day’s work, if you don’t have the satisfaction of having done something demanding, it’s hard to find a basis for self respect. It’s hard to feel powerful, and manly, when you are given the message by society, day in and day out, that you can’t see yourself that way if you don’t drive a Porsche or live in a fancy house. Our society, at least the public society we see in our various media—-TV, movies, even video games—-places no value or respect on men who work hard and provide for their families, who go home at night and read to their children before they go to bed, who are faithful to their wives, who love their country, who go to church. These are all values that used to define being a “good man” and now, if they exist at all in popular culture, they are not valued.

      Where movies once portrayed men like George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” as heroic because of these kinds of values and his relationships with his family and community, now the heroes are in movies like “Die Hard”, and we know they are manly men because they can kill a lot of people. The very definition of manhood has shifted.

      In other words, killers like this one and the one in Thornton Colorado who opened fire in a WalMart last week are illustrating the concept of a gun as a phallic symbol. While they may think they are doing what they do to prove that they are really men, what they are really doing is acknowledging their own impotence and weakness, and their need to depend on bullets because they have no inherent sense of who they are, or at least respect for who they are.

      Added to the other societal breakdowns I have mentioned should be the shift toward narcissism. Take a society in which the male role models are killers, in which traditional male roles are now not respected and which do not validate masculinity, and add the narcissism of wanting the attention of the world, you have a recipe for killings like this.

      BTW, I think that following up shootings like this with analyses of such shooters as sexually dysfunctional men who see themselves as impotent and need the artificial aid of weapons to be able to feel like men might make future shooters a little less inclined to want to be publicly identified in this way. We would never do that, of course, because it would be so insensitive and hurtful. Just as we never brand terrorist bombers as cowards because it would not show respect for their culture.

      • jdge1 November 5, 2017 / 9:30 pm

        What you say is true and even extends to women who are bombarded constantly with ways to look better – makeup, clothes, surgeries and such. They are continuously placed in an arena of doubt. Nothing ever seems good enough and ultimately leaves us feeling lonelier than before. I tell my children and grandchildren, happiness must start from within. Be at peace with yourself first. Any perceived happiness you get from outside yourself can be taken away.

        Some of the greatest joys people can experience is doing for others less fortunate than ourselves. When that happens, we see just how blessed we are and doing for others will often spark an appreciation with a snowball effect. Simple acts of kindness can blossom to more of the same. That doesn’t stop the recent shootings we seen and I suspect with the increased depressions and anti-depression drugs that not only don’t work, but often create greater problems than they’re supposed to fix. These tragedies can provide us with reason to turn toward or away from God. I guess it depends on where you place the blame on why the acts of evil happened in the first place. Understand that and you’ll have the basis for everything else that follows in your life.

      • Amazona November 5, 2017 / 10:26 pm

        Replacing the God of scripture with the god of state strips away most if not all of the true values of life, replacing them with the superficial.

        As a woman, I am horrified at the not just acceptance but passion for “music” that denigrates women and advocates violence against them, portraying them as mere sexual things to be abused at will—-and the inclusion of women in these fan bases. We have gone from disdaining men who only impregnate women and then abandon them to making them folk heroes, with such men bragging about how many babies they have created. We now have women degrading themselves in public by dressing as genitals, which to me is a message that this is how they see themselves, who now define power as the ability to butcher their inconvenient children.

        When I look around for women with dignity and pride in their vital roles in society, nearly all I find are on the political Right. I think that is really interesting. There may be—must be—some on the Left, but the Left is increasingly limiting its female members to those who willing to dilute their womanhood into a few basic components of crudity, demanding unlimited infanticide and mindless parroting of hateful screeds. The erosion of female dignity and identity goes far beyond simply vanity—it seems to be an erosion of character. Look at the screechings of female Democrat politicians: they are absolutely appalling in their shrill declarations of falsehoods and hatreds. Look at the proudly vulgar and spiteful celebrities who line up to strut their nastiness.

        But….I go to church and I see real men, and real women. I see families worshiping together. I see proud and happy fathers caring for their children spiritually as well as physically. I see college students attending Mass, on their own, not just as part of their families, which tells me their faith is important to them as individuals and not just because it is part of their family rituals. I see outreach to the homeless, to unwed mothers who want to protect and cherish their babies even if they intend to place them in adoptive homes, to the poor, to the searchers for meaning in their lives. It gives me hope.

      • M. Noonan November 6, 2017 / 12:20 am

        I think you nailed it – too many men don’t play a man’s part in the world. Heck, our Progressives want to ban that entirely, calling it “toxic masculinity”. But even with that, there isn’t enough manly activity going on…

        It starts early these days: boys are simply not allow to be little boys, especially in the larger, Progressive-dominated cities. But, boys will be boys, and if their natural aggression and risk-taking is not channeled by a father figure, it will be channeled by something else…all too often, criminal or merely piggish men will take charge and teach the young men to be criminals and pigs. And even when we do have a situation where dad is around and is a decent guy, he’s hamstrung in his ability to teach his boys to be men.

        You talk to parents these days and one common refrain I hear is how hard it is to feed the kids – they don’t like this or they don’t like that and it gets so frustrating because you can’t remotely prepare for dinner because you never know what the kid will actually be willing to eat these days. Back in my day, my parents didn’t even discuss it – what was made was what was for dinner and if you didn’t like it, you go hungry. Let some parent try that today and if the kid spouts off at school that he didn’t have dinner the night before and child protective services will be on that family’s case in no time. I think a lot of father’s just don’t know what they can do…and so do as little as possible. But kids need a firm hand – they really do. They aren’t really being defiant and difficult so much as demanding to be taught how to behave: and if no one teaches them, they’ll never learn or, worse, will learn bad behavior from someone who is willing to educate them in a certain way. My generation, I think, was the last where the risk of being belted by dad was real…I recall how a friend of mine, at about 14, mouthed off to his mother in a horribly disrespectful way and his father laid him out flat with a right cross. My friend never said any such thing to his mother ever again and has spent his whole life being astonishingly respectful of women…these days, such a dad would get arrested.

        Part of how to get back is to recreate a make/mine/grow American economy – it’ll never be what is was before because modern technology is what it is…but a lot more of it can be done than it done today. We have shortages of welders, tool and die makers, auto mechanics…I’ve driven in rural areas and seen fine farm and ranch land lying fallow. We’ll always need plumbers and carpenters and a host of other highly skilled trades – trades which are, indeed, vastly helped by modern technology, but which still need a person with skill and experience to do.

        But we also need massive reform in our tax system to ensure that a man, working, can support his family. Its not that his wife shouldn’t work, but that she shouldn’t have to work. It really should be a choice…and the family that chooses not to do it should not be in any real respect worse off than the family that chooses to do so. Beyond that, we need to restore respect for the true masculine virtues…those of working hard, being determined to do what is right, a willingness to sacrifice all for wife and children.

      • Cluster November 6, 2017 / 8:02 am

        Our society, at least the public society we see in our various media—-TV, movies, even video games—-places no value or respect on men who work hard and provide for their families, who go home at night and read to their children before they go to bed, who are faithful to their wives, who love their country, who go to church. These are all values that used to define being a “good man” and now, if they exist at all in popular culture, they are not valued.

        AMEN ……. a devaluation of mans role in society, and the proliferation of violent first person shooting games ….. and wa la, we have shootings.

        …..when I was young, we were very poor, but we didn’t really know how poor we were because we were not swamped, day in and day out, with examples of how much better off everyone else was.

        Social media is a destructive component

  13. simoneee9 November 6, 2017 / 7:24 am

    J.D. Gordon, Felix Sater, Boris Epshteyn, Carter Page, Corey Lewandowski and Brad Parscale are all good mid-level targets. I’d say start betting on them.

    Then Flynn, Flynn Jr and then Kushner.

    Or maybe it’s the Flynn’s next? Scumbags and grifters, the lot of them.

    • Cluster November 6, 2017 / 8:03 am

      This is hilarious ……. don’t ever leave here simon, you are comedy gold

      • simoneee9 November 6, 2017 / 8:49 am

        Flynn and Flynn Jt are next to go. Probably two of the four indictments that are still sealed.

        A reminder that Flynn was the guy that Obama’s strongly advised Trump not to hire and whom he wanted to rehire after he was fired. It makes you wonder what sort of bullshit the White House will spin once Flynn (and his son) gets charged.

      • simoneee9 November 6, 2017 / 8:56 am

        But that’s not all. Flynn colluded with Turkey to kidnap a Turkish dissident and send him to back to Erdogan where the dissident will be executed. Not to mention the fact that while he was National Security Advisor he was still receiving money from the Turkish government (which he failed to disclose) and vetoed a raid on ISIS that would have hurt Turkey.

      • simoneee9 November 6, 2017 / 9:00 am

        This guy was literally secretly being paid by a foreign government whilst simultaneously advising a presidential campaign and occupying the NSA position.

        Really hilarious hey?

      • Cluster November 6, 2017 / 4:24 pm

        It is hilarious. In fact the entire progressive movement is laughable. You and other progressives have been reduced to half baked morons on the corner holding a sign that reads “The world ends tomorrow”. Everybody just walks past you ………. and ignores you …. for good reason

  14. simoneee9 November 6, 2017 / 7:31 am

    Trump has never had any business or personal dealings with the Russian mafia, with some exceptions​…

    • Semion Mogilevich. He is considered a strategic threat to national security. He traffics in weapons of mass destruction, nuclear materials, drugs, prostitutes, precious gems, and stolen art.

    • Vyacheslav “Yaponchik” Ivankov. He was Mogilevich’s lieutenant and resident of Trump Tower and Trump Taj Mahal. The FBI called him the “most dangerous Mobster in America” during a May 15, 1996 congressional hearing. He was gunned down by a sniper on a Moscow street after publicly discussing Mogilevich’s close ties to Putin.

    • David Bogatin and Michael Markowitz. Identified by U.S. officials as a member of the Semion Mogilevich organized crime family in the 1990s. They owned five condos in Trump Tower.

    • Dmitry Rybolovlev. He bought Donald Trump’s house for $100 million in 2008. Frequently flew halfway around the world to meet up with Trump in various cities during or after the election.

    • Felix Komarov. Owned condo in Trump Plaza. Laundered money through a Rolls-Royce dealership with Mr. Ivankov.

    • Boris Berezovsky. “Godfather of the Kremlin” owned a Trump condo from 2001 – 2008.

    • Felix Sater. Russian Mobster turned FBI informant who’s title is ‘Senior advisor to Donald Trump.’ He ran Bayrock Group, LLC with Donald Trump and Tevfik Arif.

    • Tevfik Arif. A Kazakhstan-born former Soviet official. He was charged in 2010 by Turkey for the crime of smuggling underage girls into the country for prostitution purposes. He was also Trump’s business partner.

    • Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov Russian Mobster boss who had been a fugitive after James Comey indicted him for fixing figure skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was eventually found running a global gambling ring one floor below Trump’s penthouse apartment. He escaped a second time only to be turn up 3 months later in Moscow as a VIP attendee for Donald Trump’s Miss Universe 2013. Guess who was the federal prosecutor who busted up the global gambling ring? Preet

    • Helly Nahmad. bought all the units on the 51st floor for more than $18.4 million. He went to prison for about five months in 2014 for leading a high-stakes gambling network.

    • Vadim Trincher. Ran a connected ring for Russian oligarchs and high stakes gambling network. He “laundered approximately $100 million in proceeds from their gambling operation in Russia and Ukraine through shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus.”

    • Alexsander Ivanovich Lebed. National security advisor for Boris Yeltsin who visited met with Trump in 1997 to discuss development projects in Moscow.

    • Viktor Vekselberg. Former KGB and oligarch who was the second largest shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus. Current Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, was Vice President of Bank of Cyprus.

    • Oleg Deripaska. His ties go beyond the $10 million dollars he paid Paul Manafort​. He’s been trying to form connections with powerful Republicans for many years Between 2003-2005, Deripaska paid $560,000 to Bob Dole’s lobbying firm for assistance in obtaining a US Visa. During the 2008 Presidential Election, Paul Manafort and Rick Davis (Trump’s foreign policy advisor) introduced Oleg to John McCain with hopes of forming a strong relationship.

    • Rinat Akhmetov. Richest person in Ukraine who is suspected leader of Ukraine Mafia. Personally hired and paid Paul Manafort in 2005 to be advisor for Viktor Yanukovych election campaign.

    • Dmytro Firtash. Pro-Russian Ukrainian billionaire who is one of Paul Manafort’s biggest clients. By his own admission, he maintains strong ties with a recurring figure on this scene, the reputed Ukrainian/Russian mob boss Semion Mogilevich.

    • Roy Cohn. He was Trump’s long time lawyer, friend, and go-to lawyer for the mob. Some of his clients included the Genovese Family, Gambino Family, and the Red Mafiya. Sometime in the 1980’s Roy Cohn introduced Paul Manafort and Roger Stone to Donald Trump.

    • Michael Cohen. He has been working for The Trump Organization since 2007 and is a member of the Trump World Tower Condominium Board and the Trump Park Avenue Condominium Board. He also has been a confidant of the Russian organized criminality since at least 1999 and has been laundering money for Russian citizens having connections with the Russian mafia.

    • Ivana Trump. Ivana Trump went into business with two known Russian mobsters, Boris and Michael Vax.

    • Cluster November 6, 2017 / 8:05 am

      • Semion Mogilevich. He is considered a strategic threat to national security. He traffics in weapons of mass destruction, nuclear materials, drugs, prostitutes, precious gems, and stolen art.

      Now this is my kind of guy. WMD’S and prostitutes!!!! AWESOME

    • Cluster November 6, 2017 / 8:06 am
      • simoneee9 November 6, 2017 / 8:15 am

        Meh, weak sauce. Your response does nothing to excuse the POTUS’ involvement in laundering Russian oligarch money over the last 25 years.

      • Cluster November 6, 2017 / 8:20 am

        LOL …… good stuff. So the Trump Organization has been laundering Russian money for 25 years, and we are now just discovering it? The obvious question though that you obviously never asked yourself is why do Russian Oligarch’s need to launder money? It’s not like they are in the jurisdiction of the vaunted FBI or DOJ. So Trump was just doing them a favor??

  15. simoneee9 November 6, 2017 / 8:07 am

    Furthermore, we now have the POTUS lamenting his lack of tyrannical prowess, on Twitter of all places, that he can’t simply dictate to the Department of Justice to do his bidding.

    And through his attorney, Trump now claims he will challenge Mueller if he investigates Trump’s real estate dealings.

    In fairness, if my business partner was a Russian criminal whose father was a mafia boss, and for decades I was operating multiple shell companies as part of a vast money laundering scheme, I would probably try to keep investigators out of my business and finances, too.

    “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” —Donald Trump Jr. in 2008

    “Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” —Eric Trump in 2014

    Investigate the old real estate deals. I’m sure Mueller is on to it.

    Remember that Trump hired an insanely corrupt campaign manager (“I only hire the best people”) whose last job was laundering money for Viktor Yanukovych and Oleg Deripaska. He then proceeds to hire foreign policy advisers that were recruited by FSB agents in 2013, and then goes on to hire a National Security Advisor that is under federal investigation for his work a foreign agent of Turkey during the transition….

    And if you start to look into the Trump’s past business, we discover he consistently was in company with people associated with the Russian mafia, like Tefvik Arif and Felix Sater.

    Enough is enough. This immoral, shameless grifter needs to go. What a wonderful Christmas this is shaping up to be.

    • Cluster November 6, 2017 / 8:25 am

      Furthermore, we now have the POTUS lamenting his lack of tyrannical prowess, on Twitter of all places, that he can’t simply dictate to the Department of Justice to do his bidding.

      I know, it’s disappointing. Trump needs to learn more from Obama. Obama had the “phone and pen tyranny” act down cold.

      Simon you need to go on MSNBC. You would be a star and maybe you can sit next to Mika!!

      GOD BLESS TRUMP!!!!!

  16. Cluster November 6, 2017 / 8:38 am

    Simon has a legitimate concern about the dangers of financial ties to Russia, which leads one to remember that Russia gave the Clinton Foundation $143 million (to help starving children I guess), and gave Bill Clinton a $500,000 speaking fee. It was later learned that Hillary was financially propping up the DNC ….. hmmmmmm

    Simon, is this money laundering????.

    • Retired Spook November 6, 2017 / 10:08 am

      I think Simon is on to something. All of Trump’s Russia connections will come together around Christmas, resulting in him (and Pence by association) being impeached and Hillary installed in the Presidency. They WE can post lists on Liberal blogs about all HER ties and money laundering activities, not just to Russia but also China and Indonesia. Remember the bags of illegal campaign cash being funneled in through the back door of the Clinton White House, the renting out of the Lincoln Bedroom, not to mention the long list of Clinton friends, associates and acquaintances who died under mysterious circumstances?. Payback is, indeed, going to be a bitch.

      • Amazona November 6, 2017 / 11:45 am

        LOL. But you are right—in the fantasy bubble of the simons and other radical Leftists, if they can smear Trump enough the entire election will just vanish and the only person to fill the ensuing vacuum will be Hillary. I think he, like his brain-dead fellow travelers, thinks that impeachment means being removed from office. (Like Bill Clinton was?) And also thinks that if for some reason Trump were to be removed from office, Pence would not be president, and if they got rid of Pence as well Paul Ryan would not be president, and gee golly everyone knows that the Constitution doesn’t matter when the Left comes to town so why not just crown Hillary and get it over with?

        After all, all the radical Left wants is a president with no links to corruption, conspiracy or murder. That is why they want Hillary. (Pause here for hysterical laughter…..)

        “Lamenting his lack of tyrannical prowess” ????? What a hoot.

      • Amazona November 6, 2017 / 11:51 am

        How long did Obama and Holder run the laughably named Department of Justice? And for how many of those years was Donald Trump engaging in the antics alleged by Simple Simon? Yet somehow, not a peep, not an indictment, nothing. Odd, don’t you think, for someone with the long list of acquaintances and business dealings that Simple Simon now finds bunching up his panties?

        Perhaps he is going to claim that Trump bought off the Dem DOJ with donations to the party and the Clinton Foundation. Let’s all sit back and watch them in that kind of circular firing squad, shall we? Or shall we assume that people did look into things and found nothing wrong?

        And Cluster is right—-why would the Russians need to “launder money”? No one in Russia cared where the money came from. In fact, everyone probably knew. It was Russia. That is the fun thing about half-witted conspiracy theorists—-the half that is missing is the important part.

  17. Amazona November 6, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Once upon a time, many years ago, I was interested in buying some very nice horses from a wealthy man in South America. My husband and I went to his ranch, where I rode several of his horses, and we all went out to lunch together in a nearby town. We struck a verbal deal in which I would buy three of his horses but also hire his horse trainer to come to the United States to work for me for two or three years, to make sure the training of the horses was not interrupted (if they did not show well in the United States it would reflect badly on the breeder in South America) and I proceeded to file the necessary paperwork.

    I was quickly contacted by the head of security for the American Embassy and we had a nice chat. The horse breeder was one of the most powerful and deadly of the South American narcotraficantes, and his horse trainer could never be given a visa due to his long employment with this man and others in his cartel. The embassy gave me an out, by informing the man that his trainer would not be accepted for a work visa, so the gangster did not blame me for backing out on the deal and we parted amicably.

    By the laughable standards of simoneeeeeek! I would have been (and still might be) be branded with all sorts of damnations by association. Yet even the American Embassy understood that no part of my relationship with this man, short as it was, was in any way connected with his illegal activities. It was all about the horses. Of course they were interested in facts, not in putting together a list of whines and complaints to smear me.

    Simoneeeeeek! has, no doubt, never been closer to big business than buying a coffee at Starbucks, so he can’t possibly grasp the fact that when someone at Trump’s level of business activity is working with other people with large amounts of money, the business at hand is just that—-the business at hand. There is a project, parties each bring their money to the table, and the project goes forward. That in no way implies, or even has room to speculate, that all the parties are intimately involved in the other business dealings of all the other parties.

    The simple minded, like Simple Simon, don’t understand this and don’t care. To his kind, if I sell a house to a man who beats his wife, I am part of a mentality that enables wife-beating. That is, if he has decided that he hates me because I am one of the dreaded Other, and therefore fair game for any far-fetched smearing and attacks. If I were one his own tribe, the radical Left, I could practically have my own fingerprints on the gun that killed Vince Foster, or Seth Rich, and he wouldn’t care.

  18. Amazona November 6, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I can see the new Leftist meme is going to be LAUNDERING. MONEY LAUNDERING.

    They are so funny, but then they do still have the ability to pull the strings of silly little marionettes like Simple Simon and make his mouth move when their words come out.

    “Money laundering”. Sounds so………what? Sneaky? Sinister? Yet it is only necessary to “launder” money when there is a need to have a plausible reason for having it. This, for example, is why the Clintons, who needed to have some level of plausibility for their many millions of dollars, had to run “donations” through their foundation, and come up with schemes such as exorbitant speaking engagement fees to explain the balance sheet.

    Who, in Russia, cares where the money came from? The government? That is, the same government which participates in the crimes? So who, in Russia, does the money have to be “laundered” to impress?

    Does the United States have anything to say about crimes committed in other countries? What are we supposed to do when foreign criminals bring billions of dollars to the United States to fund US projects? Is there a statute that says all such funds have to meet certain criteria? Which statute? Who gets to decide what foreign funds are pure enough for US investments? On what grounds? Righteous indignation might have a little authority, if applied evenly and without bias. But we all know that is not the way of the Left, which saves its claim to the Higher Moral Ground for snarling about whatever someone on the other side may have done, or been accused of doing, or thought of doing, or can be accused of thinking of doing.

    But take a low-level mouth like Simple Simon, who has never even been in the same area code as big money, who probably lives in his mommy’s basement, and whose concept of “money laundering” is limited to the swill the Left pours into his trough, and he will happily regurgitate it all day long, no doubt on one conservative blog after another.

    moneylaunderingmoneylaunderingmoneylaunderingmoneylaunderingmoneylaunderingmoneylaundering…….the new chorus from the Left, with the background counterpoint of russiarussiarussiarussia

    • M. Noonan November 7, 2017 / 1:04 am

      If you really want to see how far down the rabbit hole these guys have gone, you have to check out Louise Mensch’s Twitter feed…it is just bizarre how they come up with theories which are not even physically possible in order to talk themselves into believing that tomorrow – or next week, at the most – Trump will be arrested.

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