Open Thread

Marcy Miller, a Twitter friend of mine, keeps up on Arizona history:

By five a.m. on a cold November 2, 1889, Gila County Sheriff Glenn Reynolds and his deputy, William A. Holmes, had barely begun the second day of their long trek from Globe to the Yuma Territorial Prison with nine prisoners. Eight of the convicts were Apaches – one of them the infamous Apache Kid, another Pash-Tan-Tah – and the remaining prisoner a Mexican man named Jesus Avott. The prisoners rode in a stagecoach driven by its owner, Eugene Middleton. Next to Middleton sat Deputy Holmes, riding shotgun, while Sheriff Reynolds accompanied them on horseback…

Read the whole thing. Interesting slice of old west history.

So, they voted to Release The Memo – we’ll see if Trump approves it. I bet he will – but even if he doesn’t, I understand the House can still release it. At any rate, things are rapidly heating up on this front. From what I’ve read, it seems pretty clear to me that the Obama Administration cooked up a reason to spy on the Trump Campaign in order to aid Hillary’s quest for the White House and when Trump wound up winning, they switched it over to a story about Trump colluding with Russia to win the election. We’re all used to Democrats getting away with stuff like this – but this is really big. Like, Watergate was nothing compared to it big. We’ll see how it comes out.

Google has a new camera that will neatly keep track of your every move. I really don’t understand why anyone buys these things. Look, I like being connected, too…but we’re already in enough databases: why give people permission to essentially spy on you 24/7? Want to know what really set me off on how bad things are getting? Some months back the Mrs and I were walking through a store and I mentioned that we needed to buy more treats for the dog…almost instantly, an ad for dog treats at that store popped up in my Facebook timeline. The fricking thing was listening to me and matched what I said to where I was! I don’t like that, at all. I’ve taken to occasionally entirely shutting off my phone so that there is at least some blocks of time no one knows where I am. But, you just watch: eventually not having your phone on and with you will be seen as evidence against you. 1984 turned out to be an instruction manual.

A possibly intoxicated Gam Gam was last seen reading passages from a pack of lies at the Grammy’s. For some odd reason, this resulted in very low TV ratings for the Grammy Awards. Go figure.

MSMer, in the spirit of 1984, throws the actual news coverage of the 2016 into the Memory Hole and announces that the MSM was too tough on Hillary.

Allahpundit, who really has been allowing his disdain for Trump to get the better of him, wants Trump to jettison the televised State of the Union. I don’t see any reason for this – other than a fierce desire on the part of some to deny Trump a widely-watched, national platform. Heck with that – just having him up there giving the speech will bug our Progressive friends…and that is always a worthy object.

Donald Surber points out that some people coming to ardently support the Wall are illegal immigrants…specifically those who would benefit from the codification of DACA. When you think about it, it makes sense: Democrats might want the DACA people stuck in legal limbo in order to wring whatever political advantage they can out of it…but the actual, flesh and blood human beings involved probably just want to get themselves to legal status so they don’t have to worry about it any more. This is a very illustrative thing: Democrats don’t actually give a darn about anyone. It is perfectly ok, in their minds, if people suffer if they think that suffering can get them power and wealth. The thing for the GOP to do is to figure out a way to explain this – not just to DACA types, but all the various social groups the Democrats keep poor and hopeless. We want them to rise and live their lives in independent dignity…Democrats just want them poor and hopeless because that way they may be suckered into voting Democrat.

65 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster January 30, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Democrats don’t actually give a darn about anyone.

    Before I respond to this little known fact, allow me to share with you what is being discussed on the The Bimbo Show. No one will be surprised to know that this morning, they are knee deep in Russia collusion declaring that “Trump is doing Putin’s bidding”, that “Trump is making it easier for Putin to influence our elections”, and the most salacious accusation of all leveled by John Heileman who just wondered if Devin Nunes is a Russian agent. This narrative, and McCabe’s resignation yesterday should give us all a good idea of how bad this memo really is for them.

    Re: Democrats ….. aw yes our morally superior compatriots who are more “woke” than the average hayseed in fly over country, who know the remedies for the systemic racism that permeates our Constitution and the very fabric of this “deplorable” country, who are “enlightened” to the inherent injustices of skin color, and much like Dudley Do Right, are trying their best to convince everyone that they are coming to “save the day”.

    The problem is that their resume SUCKS. The only people better off after 8 years of Obama, were the Obama’s, and well connected donors and federal bureaucrats. How about Chicago? Baltimore? Detroit? Does anyone care to relocate to one of those well governed municipalities? How about California where nurses are living out of their cars and illegal immigrants get free handouts? The Democrats do care about themselves and their immediate friends, but everyone else are just political pawns, and they have demonstrated that now for over 50 years, and soon the DACA recipients will know that first hand.

  2. Cluster January 30, 2018 / 9:19 am


    Have you seen that Rep. Adam Schiffhole has released a “minority” memo? This is to counter the “majority” memo, and now The Mimbo is doing his best to discredit the “majority” memo saying that it will irreparably harm our republic …….. oh the horrors.

    They are scared. I sincerely believe that this is the biggest scandal in our nations history and there is nothing stopping it now from all coming out. It’s only a matter of time that the Obama’s DOJ will be exposed for aiding and abetting a POTUS candidate, by using paid for, manufactured foreign oppo research to destroy the credibility and candidacy of a challenging POTUS candidate, then when that didn’t work, they used the contrived document to obtain FISA warrants to spy on American citizens, and to switch the narrative to collusion in the ultimate goal to impeach. And many in the media are complicit. You would think that the Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal would have woken everyone up, I mean my God, Lois finally actually admitted that the IRS targeted conservative groups,but now we are suppose to believe that the Obama DOJ was above the partisan fray??? Puhlease.

    Release the memo and let’s destroy these people.

  3. Retired Spook January 30, 2018 / 10:26 am

    The only thing that would be better than indicting, prosecuting and convicting a number of Leftist members of the deep state bureaucracy for attempted overthrow of the federal government would be if a few, high ranking Democrat congressmen and senators are also implicated. The actions that are coming to light simply cannot be tolerated if we are to remain a free constitutional republic.

    • Cluster January 30, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Agreed, and let’s not forget the complicit media. I am convinced that some of them knew all along and aided and abetted the obstruction. Donna Brazile is just one who comes to mind.

      • Retired Spook January 30, 2018 / 11:42 am

        The potential release of the 4 page memo has been dominating the news the last few days, but I have a feeling the IG report due out in a couple months may be even more devastating to the Donkeys. I think this conspiracy goes a lot deeper than any of us can imagine. I just hope it all comes out, and the people involved are punished, even if some of them are Republicans.

      • Cluster January 30, 2018 / 11:53 am

        I think the McCabe resignation should give everyone a good idea how bad the report will be for them …..

      • Retired Spook January 30, 2018 / 3:16 pm

        That would be “Andy” McCabe, as in “we met in “Andy’s” office” to discuss how we could prevent Trump from being elected and an “insurance policy” in case, by some slim chance he was elected.


  4. Cluster January 30, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Michael Moore – He (Trump) is a result….of us never correcting the three original sins of America – a nation founded on genocide, built on the backs of slaves and maintained through the subjugation of women to second class citizenship and economic disempowerment.”…..“As we seek to rid ourselves of Trump, we must also cleanse our American soul of its white male privilege, its voracious greed,”

    I really hope the progressive left keeps this narrative alive. The only people that believe this are weak, self loathing, ugly white guys who are trying to get laid. In other words, Democrat men.

    • M. Noonan January 30, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      I say we start with revoking Moore’s white, male privilege. A confiscatory White Privilege Tax on 90% of his wealth…this tax to be imposed on anyone who asserts there is such a thing as White Privilege. The proceeds to be donated to whatever black guy we happen to find wandering around at the time.

      • Cluster January 30, 2018 / 9:04 pm

        The proceeds to be donated to whatever black guy we happen to find wandering around at the time.

        LMAO ….. just some random beneficiary plucked from the streets ,,,,, I love it. Of course we should also save some money for my second class citizen wife and all the other women who have suffered greatly due to the “voracious greed” of the white man. It reminds me of Obama’s “a white mans greed runs a world in need”

  5. Amazona January 30, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    Got home late tonight and have watched a few minutes of the speech. I think it is a good speech, and it is fun to watch the poor Dems. I don’t know who the glowering black guy with his arms crossed across his chest is, but what a tool! And Cory Booker looks like he has a full diaper. So far I haven’t seen anything particularly “controversial” though there was a little booing at one of the immigration comments.

    The Dems are not looking good here. They look like petulant spoiled children. I just heard Trump call for supporting our great military, and wonder who scowled and pouted and snarled at that.

  6. jdge1 January 30, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    “Americans are dreamers too.” I think that will resonate well. How hilarious the Democrats response or lack there of. At certain times a few Democrats started to stand and clap only to sit almost immediately when they realized they were standing alone. And in one case a Democrat turn and walk out. For any Americans watching, the speech will help bring forth the truth that the MSM depresses. And at the same time show the Democrats as a demoralized group.

    • Amazona January 30, 2018 / 11:49 pm

      Demoralized, rudderless and rude

    • M. Noonan January 31, 2018 / 12:58 am

      That phrase, I think, wins the debate for him – it is all well and good (and kind and merciful) to get worked up over the Dreamers…but, you know, it isn’t like all 320 million Americans are living the life of Reilly right now. Our people have dreams, too…and any expenditure of resources on Dreamers means just that much less we can spend on our own.

    • Retired Spook January 31, 2018 / 1:16 am

      The camera panned Pelosi a number of times. She looked like someone had just shot her dog. The whole night was defined by what the Dems DIDN’T stand and applaud for — which was just about everything. The black caucus and Hispanic Dems just scowled when Trump announced that black and Hispanic unemployment was the lowest since they started keeping records. Their base may have eaten it up, but they didn’t attract any independents and swing voters tonight. Most of the night they just looked like someone whose ship had just taken a torpedo to the midsection.

  7. Cluster January 31, 2018 / 8:29 am

    I agree with JDGE, the dreamer line was excellent. I am sure there are a lot of kids in Chicago with dreams and we should all be a hell of a lot more concerned about their dreams than others.

    The Morning Joe panelists are doing their best to give Obama credit for the economy. The Mimbo just said that “there is not a lot of difference between Obama and Trump on the economy”

    Let that sink in.

  8. Cluster January 31, 2018 / 8:57 am

    What this guy said:

    …..the Democratic Party is today the party of illegal immigrants. That is their core constituency, that is who they represent over and above Americans……….High taxes, redistribution of wealth, open borders, the erasure of gender, the primacy of skin color, the dumbing-down of education across the board: these are the policies the Democrats promote. This is why they are desperate for illegal immigration, amnesty for millions, and chain migration. They cannot remain in power if they do not massively increase the dependent class they themselves created by design.

  9. Cluster January 31, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Is it not ironic that the Democrats create a “Delayed Action” immigration program and then blame Republicans for not making it permanent??

    Unfortunately, these are the brain dead people we have to deal with.

  10. Cluster January 31, 2018 / 10:10 am

    Let this sink in:

    Bill Kristol – People are free to leave the party. If you’re a certain kind of Republican — a judicial constitutionalist, internationalist, non-bigoted xenophobic Republican — you have to do what you have to do. And honestly, no one should want either of the two main parties to go in the direction of authoritarian, populist nationalism. Whether Democratic or Republican, that’s bad for the country.

    Internationalist Republicans?? WTF is that??

    • Retired Spook January 31, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      Internationalist Republicans?? WTF is that??

      A globalist, which is what Bill Kristol is.

  11. Amazona January 31, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out how you can be “xenophobic” without being bigoted.

    Poor little Billy Kristol, his tinfoil hat is on so tight it seems to have become permanent. This entire article reeks of Leftist style and content, in that it IMPLIES a lot but never has any specifics.

    Billy starts off with” “I’m not in the business of telling people they should stay in the GOP anymore (sic)”

    That’s good, because he doesn’t have the credibilty to tell people to get out of the rain, much less make political decisions.

    He goes on: “I do wish more Republican senators in Congress were standing up and pushing back.”

    OK, Bill—“pushing back” against WHAT? Against undermining Obamacare till it collapses on itself? Against tax cuts? Against slashing the size, scope and power of the Agency Class? Against strong borders? Speak up, Bill.

    Speaking of the GOP, he whines “And, I think, a party that’s in real risk of going down the tubes because of its acquiescence to Donald Trump.” Acquiescing on WHAT, Bill? This piece is starting to look like it could have appeared in the NYT—full of innuendo, implication, and vague comments that are just kind of ominous, but without any real content.

    “But what I have been struck are all the domestic policy issues that Congress could pass legislation on. Now, Trump may choose to veto. But let’s test him. Trump’s general attitude seems to be that he wants to sign things and claim victory.”

    So, is Bill complaining about Trump, or about Congress?

    ” He hasn’t threatened a lot of vetoes.” Has he threatened ANY vetoes? Come on, Bill, don’t be shy. Speak up. How many times has he threatened to veto a bill passed by Congress? If you can come up with any, what are they? He also hasn’t threatened to paint the White House in pink and yellow stripes, Bill. The list of things he hasn’t threatened to do is pretty long. Why focus on this thing he hasn’t threatened to do?

    Because this is how propaganda works, and Bill knows it.

    “Right now, Congressional leaders have tied themselves into knots. They go into meetings at the White House and when Trump says something terrible or blows up the negotiations, they think, “Okay, I guess I can’t do the deal.”

    He is saying that Congress has backed off on doing something, some vague unidentified but undoubtedly important something that would greatly benefit the nation, you understand, because in a “meeting at the White House” the president “says something terrible”. Or maybe he “blows up the negotiations”. What “negotiations” has Trump “blown up”, Bill? What terrible thing has he said that has sent Congress out of a “meeting” with their tails between their legs, frightened and demoralized and afraid to do the right thing?

    Bill Kristol’s father was an expert on the Left, on its tactics and its tools as well as its ideology, and Bill grew up absorbing all of this. He knows to the core of his being how the Left manipulates people through tactics exactly like the ones he uses in this piece.

    Shame on him.

  12. Retired Spook January 31, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    Absent some earth-shaking developments, like a stock market crash or a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil, the Dems may well have lost any chance they had for winning back either house of Congress last night. Overall approval of the speech was 75% with nearly half of Democrats approving. The speech also provided tremendous material for campaign ads come this fall. Start the ad with Trump saying black unemployment is at the lowest since record keeping started, and then pan to the glum reaction of the Congressional Black Caucus, and finish with, “your black representatives don’t look too happy that the black community is prospering. Maybe you should rethink who you vote for. Same with Hispanics, and show Luis Gutierrez walking out of the chamber when Trump offered a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers.

    And — note to Democrats: if you want to appeal to common, everyday Americans, don’t have a member of the Kennedy clan make your response.

    • Cluster January 31, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      And here I thought progressive democrats opposed rich white male privilege……

      Is there any man in the country that embodies while male privilege more than Kennedy???

    • jdge1 January 31, 2018 / 5:37 pm

      I wouldn’t get too complacent just yet. Gas prices have started to rise. I can see it closing in on the $3.00 mark in the not so distant future. That could negatively impact Trumps momentum. I think some regulation changes that ease the burden of building new refineries would certainly be a help in this area. I read that interest rates are starting to move upward. They too could cross the 3% threshold. While this could be a boon in some ways, it would certainly dampen the housing market with higher mortgage loans. It’s been suggested that as interest rates increase the stock market would typically retract. While we can tout the highest stock market prices in history, I think it will only be time when it retracts, whether due to a correction or some other trigger, such as Soros and his ilk pushing a sell-off. Even if they initiate that sell-off in a small segment of the market, it could create some market jitters. And while we’ve been working hard to stem the flow if illegals, in particular those who intend to do harm to Americans, I think we can grasp how a large scale terrorist attack could severely dampen enthusiasm of Trump. AND – I wouldn’t out it past the far left to work in conjunction of such an attack.

      Now more than ever we MUST be diligent in shining the light on evil, especially those who pretend to outwardly profess to be for Americans. We MUST prosecute any and all who work to destroy the constitution, the rule of the land, religious freedoms, family rights, the unborn, etc… and attempt to place the control of our country in the hands of “international entities”. The left are masters at the slight of hand in the use of language and will do whatever they can to dupe misguided individuals and groups into following them. Even the Catholic church seems to be faltering in its leadership, with internal dissent and strife.

      I do not fear what will come, but at the same time believe the worse is yet to show its face. The speech Trump gave does give hope, especially to those of us who almost gave up on most all politicians to do what’s right and best for they people they swore to serve. Hope and prayer have a way of uniting to the common cause of serving God and making this world a better place. I will never give up in that effort.

      • Amazona January 31, 2018 / 8:27 pm

        Is there a possibility that raising interest rates could have a political motive? Such as sinking GOP hopes for a good midterm election?

        After all, we’ve seen many other agencies weaponized against the Right–why not the Fed?

    • jdge1 February 1, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      On the other hand, the Democrats seem to be picking all the wrong battles and faltering daily. Russian collusion, illegals and sanctuary cities / states, weaponizing government for illegal activities, higher taxes, shutting down government, negativity about anything Trump says, even if Obama / Clinton / other ranking Democrats said previously said the same thing, controlling free speech (except when it benefits them), rioting, fake news, forced government controlled healthcare, anti-American, destruction of religious, family and unborn rights, etc…

      Like Spook says, hide the fire extinguishers and get out of the way.

  13. Retired Spook January 31, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    The Donkeys couldn’t even applaud Trump’s description of the Capital as being the house of the people’s representatives with the statue of freedom atop the dome representing the ideal of America. Rush nailed it: “The central theme of the Democrat Party is organizing against the interests of free people.”

  14. Amazona January 31, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    How many times can the Dems hit a new low? It’s like they are in a race with each other to the bottom—and the bottom keeps getting deeper into the muck.

    Nancy Pelosi warned Democrats to behave during Trump’s address and “let the attention be on his slobbering self.”

    “If his nose isn’t running and he isn’t burping, he did a great speech,” she reportedly remarked.

    This is the kind of respect shown to the President of the United States by the highest-ranking Democrat member of the United States House Of Representatives. This is what we have come to expect from the Dems.

    The Kennedy speech, with its outright lies and its general nastiness, was after all just par for the course in Dem politics. But this is a comment from the leader of the House Democrat Party, and it is foul and disgusting.

    But then, it IS Nancy Pelosi. We have learned to expect this kind of moronic spite and malice from her.

    • Cluster February 1, 2018 / 8:25 am

      Pelosi is a completely worthless human being, much like Al Sharpton. In fact, both of them lower the IQ of the Democrat party, and lower the quality of life for everyone, and I think the following Pelosi quote proves this assertion:

      “He brings tears to the eyes to the Statue of Liberty and instills fear in the hearts of people who are concerned about the Dreamers.”

      In response to Pelosi, Democrats, and identity politics, I would like to hear Trump say something along these lines – “I never categorize anyone. I embrace and work hard for Americans of all colors, of all ethnicities, of all religions, and of all orientations, Everyone is blessed with unique talents to offer this great country and I will work hard every day to see that opportunities exist for you to develop those talents and improve your lives and our country. So regardless of what category my opponents want to put you in, and who they choose to blame for your problems, just know that I will never categorize you, I will only work hard to elevate you.”

  15. Cluster February 1, 2018 / 8:39 am

    They are starting to eat their own on MSNBC.

    Mika just had Michael Wolf back on to talk about the book and when he criticized Hope Hicks, Mika lit into him. She crucified him for needlessly attacking a high profile woman and abruptly and awkwardly ended the segment. I have never seen anything quite like it. Their hatred is getting the best of them.

  16. Retired Spook February 1, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Excellent article about hate crimes legislation in the on-line edition of one of our local papers.

    Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana, asked a very sensible question earlier this month as the General Assembly prepared to debate a proposed “hate crimes” bill. Where, he wondered, is the evidence that such crimes are not already being adequately prosecuted?

    Clark may not have intended it as such, but the question was purely rhetorical because many of the bill’s supporters seem more interested in sending a message than in protecting vulnerable Hoosiers. The proof came in the headline of the same Associated Press story that contained Clark’s concern:

    “Advocates say hate crime law would help Indiana’s reputation.”

    Got that? The law had to be passed in order to demonstrate the state’s intolerance for intolerance, which of course makes its failure this week proof that Indiana is still run by a bunch of morally suspect Republican rednecks.

    — snip —

    My mother used to ask whether I would jump off a cliff if all my friends did, and that is a pretty good description of the rush to create an ever-expanding number of “protected classes.” Even when the intent is benign, the inescapable truth is that when some people enjoy elevated protection under the law, others are denied the equal protection to which they are entitled. History has not been kind — deservedly so — to regimes in which humanity is divided into various subgroups, each treated differently under the law.

    The criminal code is not an economic development tool, but that concept seems to have been lost on those who insist Indiana must join the hate-crimes stampede if it hopes to appeal to new employers and residents.

    • Amazona February 1, 2018 / 10:50 am

      As I have pointed out, “hate crimes” raise some people above others, regarding their importance.

      If my white brother is in a convenience store and the clerk is black, and the place is robbed by a white man with a swastika tattooed on his arm, and the robber responds to the clerk’s efforts to stop the robbery by killing both my brother and the clerk, according to these people the life of the clerk is of more value than that of my brother, because the clerk was black and killed by a white man who could be considered a white supremacist, while my brother was just a guy.

      And this is basically where the Left goes off the rails. Orwell got it, and illustrated it in Animal Farm when the sign saying All Animals Are Equal was changed to add But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. It also brings in the terrifying specter of the Left’s Thought Police, where people can be prosecuted for what they are thinking—-or are accused of thinking, or in the case of Stalin’s Russia what they failed to think.

      In the example above, the robber didn’t have to have race as a motive for killing the black clerk. He could have been shooting at my white brother and accidentally hit the clerk. But the penalty for the death of one person in that store would be greater than for the other, based on a calculation that the robber “hated” the clerk and did not “hate” my brother–though both are equally dead.

      We need to put on the brakes and slow down this death spiral into pandering to the Left. The Left does not want all lives to matter, because that would interfere with its determination to splinter our society into disparate groups they hope they can someday unite against those who have not been identified, cut out and isolated.

  17. Retired Spook February 1, 2018 / 10:39 am

    This article could very well have been written by Amazona.

    Words have meaning. If they didn’t, communication would be impossible. But liberals are now bastardizing those meanings to the point that communication with many liberals simply isn’t worth it.

    “Illegal alien” was the term used to describe, well, illegal aliens. It’s a term used commonly in law because it’s an accurate description. That was deemed “offensive” once Democrats decided to expand their victimhood identity politics stable and pander to Hispanics. It has since morphed from “illegal alien” to “undocumented alien,” then “undocumented migrant,” and now “undocumented resident,” like these illegal aliens are just someone who ran to Home Depot and forgot their wallet.

    — snip —

    Words no longer have meaning. And without words having meanings, what does? How can people communicate when they both speak the same language but the words mean different things to them?

    The answer is you can’t.

    Maybe the further answer is you shouldn’t?

    I don’t know. Watching CNN or MSNBC is like looking into an alternate universe. I’m sure the same is true when a liberal watches Fox. How can you reconcile with someone who can’t comprehend how you view the world?

    How do you compromise with someone who wants the exact opposite of what you want? There’s no middle-ground with someone who wants the government to do something about an issue you believe the government has no business being involved with.

    • Amazona February 1, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Thanks for that acknowledgment, Spook. And you are right—-one of my soap boxes is that words matter, and definitions matter. Yes, I love the differences illustrated by different words—-“abyss” creates a different mental picture than “hole” for example. But I also believe in the need for precision.

      Some words are misused simply because people don’t read any more, and when they do read they too often read things written by people who don’t understand the language very well, so they don’t know the difference between “discrete” and “discreet”, for example and spread the misuse in their own writings. (Sometimes a mistake with homonyms can be funny—not long ago I saw an ad for “leather chair with matching autobahn”.) This ignorance—-and I don’t mean that in a nasty way, just as a lack of information—makes it easier for the more malignant redefinition of words by the Left in its (not in “it’s”) relentless propaganda efforts.

      The Left’s base is emotion-based. Its leaders are hard-eyed ideologues who know, understand and believe in the political ideology—-or know and understand it but use it as a means to power. Either way, those at the top are not there because of emotion. But their recruits are the base because their emotions let them be manipulated.

      Those of us who have studied the International Left and its tactics (even an amateur like me) know that it has depended on constant revisions, of history and of the language itself. We saw history being rewritten in the USSR and we see it happening right here in our own country —– school history books now identify Christopher Columbus as an evil man who set out to find new worlds so he could commit genocide on their inhabitants and destroy whole populations as only one example. An exhibit in the formerly respectable Smithsonian Institution portrayed the attack on Pearl Harbor as a defense by the Japanese against American aggression. That kind of rewriting of history can be accomplished if a political entity has enough power and enough followers in the right places to implement the revisionism. But even that only reaches some people—students, or people who visit museums.

      But revising the actual LANGUAGE used by us all has a much more far-reaching effect. An incremental erosion of precision in language allows words to be so loosely defined that sometimes they don’t really have any meaning at all, or can be indiscriminately substituted for words that are really not the same thing at all. Between this and what Denver talk show host Mike Rosen refers to as “semantic infiltration” ( the use of a term so often that it becomes accepted as accurate, such as “abortion RIGHTS” when there is no right to kill a child, only the ability) the language becomes so imprecise that it lacks objective meaning.

      BTW, I thought it funny that an article about the importance of precision of words in language contained an example of the erosion of precision in grammar: “…like these illegal aliens (plural) are (plural) just someone (singular) who ran to Home Depot and forgot their (plural) wallet (singular)” That sentence could have been cleaned up by saying “ if an illegal alien is just someone who ran into Home Depot and forgot his wallet”. Singular, singular, singular. Easy peasy—-but you have to know the rule. That mishmash of number, several times in one sentence, is a perfect example of the disintegrating structure of the English language. A lot of it goes back to the advent of modern “feminism” when women objected to the default use of the masculine pronouns “him” and “his” so people tried to accommodate their hysteria by not using gender-specific pronouns at all. The old rule said that when there is no specific gender identified, the default word would be masculine, and it worked very well—“forgot HIS wallet”. When people started trying to avoid the minefield of feminist outrage, they started to substitute the word “their” for “his” as they thought “his or hers” was too demanding. The result is pretty widespread ignorance of the fact that there is even a rule that number must remain constant throughout a sentence.

      The path of disintegration of a language follows a pattern, from a choice to break a rule to lack of awareness that there even IS a rule. In language, it can take only a generation for rules to simply disappear, as we have seen in our own language. The rule of consistency in number got set aside due to delicacy about the feelings of a few hysterical radicals, and now it barely exists at all.

      I have encountered dozens of examples in books I have read lately, books that were otherwise pretty well written, of an egregious mistake. “The group of men were getting wet in the rain”. No, the rule is that the GROUP is getting wet, so the singular “is” is required.

      It’s OK—my generation will be gone soon and few will remember that there used to be an actual structure to the language that kept it orderly and functioning, and not infinitely flexible like the Constitution. //sarc off

      But. seriously, probably because I tend to see most things through a political filter, I see the erosion of precision in our language as ominous, partly because I believe that the more loosely organized a society the more vulnerable it is to manipulation and even subversion. I would guess that the strongest structure in our society today is the military, and that is because it is based on, and run on, an established and understood structure. My opinion is that we, as a nation, were our strongest when we were a nation of established and understood structures. And my observation is that the Left, when it is trying to establish a foothold in a nation, starts by trying to erode its foundations.

      And I don’t want my passenger planes or nuclear power plants designed by people who think it’s OK to substitute one word for another because they don’t know the difference, or built by people who don’t know that punctuation changes the meaning of a sentence.

  18. Retired Spook February 1, 2018 / 11:12 am

    I’m not a big Ann Coulter fan, at least not to watch or listen, but her articles are usually right on the money, and this one is no exception.

    And perhaps one of the best lines ever:

    Drawing on his family’s mystique, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III delivered the Democratic rebuttal while standing in an auto body shop in front of a broken-down car. The only thing missing was a wet girl in the back seat, seaweed in her hair, desperately scratching at the windshield.

    • Amazona February 1, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      I agree with you about Ann, but you are right, this is a great line.

      • Retired Spook February 1, 2018 / 12:33 pm

        Although, reading it again, it would take someone with reeeeeeeally long arms to reach the windshield from the back seat. But it does illustrate just how disconnected the Dems are that they rail on about “white privilege” while simultaneously selecting the epitome of white privilege to give their SOTU response — in front of a car that brings back memories of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in political history.

      • Amazona February 1, 2018 / 12:59 pm

        I, too, wondered why Ann put the girl in the back seat while scratching on the windshield, but it was still a powerful image.

        As I have been noticing, and commenting, the poor Dems just can’t seem to get out of their own way. Their bubble is so insulated that reality just can’t penetrate. The placement of one of America’s anointed royalty in front of a car that is apparently in need of repair, in a working garage, is the kind of Stalinist staging that the Soviets found so compelling.

        John Dos Passos, a former but repentant Communist, wrote in his book USA about a Communist presentation presented as a town hall kind of meeting, I believe in an effort to unionize some workers (this was back in the 20s, in a “Grapes of Wrath” era in unionizing) in which the Communists tried to blend in with the poor workers, posturing as ordinary workers by wearing “dungarees” and blue chambray shirts—but the pants and shirts were new, starched and ironed, and the shirt sleeves were crisply turned up, and their hands were manicured. It was theater, activists posturing as “workers” in an effort to send the message that they were all on the same side.

        That’s what American Aristocrat Kennedy looked like, as he employed the same tactic, trying to send the message that he is just like those greasy-handed hard-working common folk trying to get by.

        I remember Obama trying the same kind of tactic, just bein’ one a tha folks doncha know, in a supermarket in the Midwest, asking a bewildered local about the current price of arugula—a concern uniting them all, I guess. His dropping of the terminal “g” always reminded me of the Leftist strategy of trying to convince the rubes they were all just brothers, fightin’ oppression together.

      • Retired Spook February 1, 2018 / 1:29 pm

        The Left, for as long as I can remember, has counted on the fact that the vast majority of Americans are simply not paying attention enough to see through the non-stop Leftist propaganda perpetuated in the media, education, and entertainment venues. With the exponential growth of alternative information sources on the Internet, I think that’s gradually changing. The ignorant still make up a majority, but not as vast as it was even 5 or 10 years ago. Of course it helps that the Democrats keep shooting themselves in their collective (pun intended) feet. Desperation will do that, and the desperation on the left side of the political spectrum has never been more evident. It’s one thing to come up with a plan or strategy that marginalizes your adversary. It’s even sweeter when they do it to themselves. Hand ’em another shovel.

  19. jdge1 February 1, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    Headlines: ”Dem Rep Swalwell: House GOP Intel Memo ‘Seeks to Torch Every Floor of the FBI Building to Protect the President’”

    Ummm, you mean by seeking the truth to administer justice? Informing the people who the FBI has been serving instead of who they’re supposed to be serving? Shedding light on corruption? Finding out who in the agency is damaging the good name and character of all the others who work within the agency, up to and including the potential of sacrificing their lives? What exactly are YOU trying to hide? How deep is the hole?

    • Cluster February 2, 2018 / 9:15 am

      MSNBC is working over time this morning trying to discredit Nunes and the memo. I have never seen “journalists” so opposed to transparency. Of course the memo will also expose a lot of them for either being complicit, or just plain STUPID. In fact, many journalists may realize that they have been played by the Democrat party.

      • Retired Spook February 2, 2018 / 10:29 am

        First of all, I don’t think Leftist journalists have ANY shame whatsoever, so getting caught aiding and abetting Democrats to obstruct justice is, in their minds, akin to a toddler getting caught stealing cookie — at the worst. They are utterly devoid of honor, integrity and accountability. Leftists don’t look at things through the same lens that you and I do. When it comes right down to it, they don’t live in the same universe that you and I do. But in the last year I’ve gone from wanting to destroy them to sitting back and marveling at the fact that they’ve formed their own circular firing squad. Politics doesn’t get much better than that.

    • Amazona February 2, 2018 / 11:33 am

      They will have plenty of time and free air time to point out every flaw and defect and counter it with facts—-if they can. I think they know they can’t.

      Hopefully the GOP will issue plenty of praise for the honest and dedicated people of the FBI, and make it very clear that they have been wronged as well, as those named in the memos have discredited the entire Bureau by their actions.

  20. Amazona February 2, 2018 / 11:29 am

    I read an article—-I wish I’d thought to save it—about the fuss over the memo.

    Basically, it said that this kind of memo is SOP—–when there is a lot of secret or classified information in the data needed for an investigation, it is Standard Operating Procedure to have someone draw up a memo, redacting sensitive information if necessary but mostly condensing important information from large and sensitive documents into one memo. And yes, the memo may be presented in a partisan form, just as the prosecution in a case only presents its side. But then when the memo is released, the “other side” if there is one can rebut what it feels is wrong, present contrary evidence and so on. The end result is supposed to be a balanced summary.

    The Dems are acting as if the memo is the end of the road. They are basically taking the position that the memo is not the first step in a process, but IS the process. That is significant if it telegraphs an awareness on their side that they won’t be able to rebut anything in it, at least not with facts, and that their only shot will be to simply discredit it based on innuendo and general smearing.

    What is so significant about their hysteria is that that it shows fear of what the memo contains. They don’t feel that they will be able to rebut it effectively once its contents are known, so all they can do is try to undermine it in principle before anyone actually reads it. My take on this is, if they truly believe the memo is flawed and contains false information or even if they believe it arrives at or suggests false conclusions, all they have to do is present proof that the data are flawed or the conclusions are wrong or that there is other information out there that will present a different picture.

    I think they know the information is true and any conclusions are accurate, and the only thing they can do is get their reliable base all wound up and foaming at the mouth before anything is even made public. I think they realize that the only way they can hope to survive the release of this memo is to convince people, in advance of those people actually reading it, that it is bogus.

    I haven’t seen a Dem mouthpiece say “We have a pretty good idea of what is in the memo and we’re not worried about it because it only presents a biased accounting of what happened, and when we balance that out with facts and proof you will see that it is not such a big deal after all”.

    I will say that perhaps the GOP has been figuring out what I have been saying for so long—that they have to use similar tactics to the Left, to attract attention to what they have to say and to prime the pump, so to speak, to prepare the public to accept it. This PR program leading up to releasing the memo has been very well done. Without it, the memo would have just been released, gotten very little if any attention from the Complicit Agenda Media (and that would have been scornful and dismissive) and it would have died on the vine. The hoopla leading up to the release has been very effective. Quite honestly, it kind of reminds me of the showmanship of the WWE—perhaps Trump learned something in his time there about how to hype an upcoming event. We have set up a slightly more dignified version of a WWE pre-match encounter, with each side trash-talking the other to build interest and make sure the main event—the release of the memo—will get lots of attention.

    I’m impressed.

    • Amazona February 2, 2018 / 11:48 am

      A couple of quotes from a National Review article:

      “…..since the memo — which is culled from a yearlong investigation — isn’t an indictment or the entire story, there’s no real reason we shouldn’t use it to help ascertain whether there were potential abuses in intelligence-gathering in the Obama administration. Once we have an outline, we can take the issues on one at a time, or disregard all of them. The FBI will be able to answer the charges and defend itself by releasing counter-information. However, the idea that intelligence agencies should be immune from oversight is a dangerous one.”


      “…the idea that intelligence agencies should be immune from oversight is a dangerous one…”

      NR still has something of an anti-Trump bias but it is becoming more rational and balanced. They still tend to jump on anti-Trump themes every now and then (there is a highlighted article I haven’t read, with a photo of Trump and Trump Jr. titled “The Gang That Couldn’t Lie Straight”) but they are not rabidly anti-Trump and are moderating their antagonism and even giving him credit for what he has accomplished. They are kind of a weathervane for me, showing me which way the political winds are blowing—except for the windiness of the radical Left, which evidently emits from certain orifices and always smells the same.

    • Retired Spook February 2, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      That dovetails nicely with just how badly they damaged their brand during the SOTU. Best line I’ve seen:

      For Pete’s sake, they even struggled to their feet like Atlas lifting the world when North Korean survivor Ji Seong-Ho gave us one of the best underdog victory moments since Rocky beat Apollo Creed in the rematch. Some guy braves incredible odds to escape the most brutally oppressive regime on the planet and they acted like the Whole Foods was out of kale chips.

  21. Retired Spook February 2, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    The memo has been released. Interesting, but not surprising that all the top stories are left-wing sources.

    • Amazona February 2, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      From “The Hill”: “… FBI Director Christopher Wray, whose agency released a statement opposing the memo’s release, (cited) “material omissions” that may “impact the memo’s accuracy.”

      OK, then tell us which “material omissions” you think may “impact the memo’s accuracy” and fill them in. Chris. It’s a process.

  22. Amazona February 2, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Oh me, oh my, what direction should the Dems take next? While stating no objection to the highest ranking Dem member of the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States, in reference to the President of the United States, telling fellow Dems in Congress, to “…behave during Trump’s address and “let the attention be on his slobbering self…” then adding
    “If his nose isn’t running and he isn’t burping, he did a great speech.” Congressional Dems don’t seem at all offended by that, and seem pretty comfortable owning the statement and its sentiment.

    Want to know what DOES give them the vapors? Dissing a Kennedy.

    OK, I admit that it is a little superficial to link a male’s overall manliness to the state of his genitalia, but the fact is, like it or not, when a guy comes across as distinctly less than truly manly this is part of the image. Men can’t spend centuries linking their overall status of manhood to the condition of their parts without the other side of the coin being brought up every now and then. And Liberals can’t make genitals the focal point of their marches and protests without the other side picking up on the theme.

    When Tomi uses this language she is basically saying what nearly every woman is thinking, in general terms, if not quite so graphically, when she sees infantile posturing by Lefty males trying desperately to convey strength and manly purpose but being whiny, sniveling, whimpering, groveling and tucking their tails between their legs at commands from their masters. Ru Paul is more masculine than Cory Booker’s temper tantrums.

    The Left gave us Pajama Boy. The Left gave us “metrosexual”. The Left gave us “gender fluidity” and the statement that “not all women have p***ies”. The Left celebrates girly men. Tomi just used a shorthand phrase for the phenomenon. A little crude, but hey, watching a Dem freak out about crudity is like watching Rosie lecture on civility. You just can’t take it seriously.

    • Retired Spook February 2, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      They reeeeeeallly don’t like it when someone on our side borrows from their playbook. This is starting to get good!

  23. Retired Spook February 2, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    The stock market sure doesn’t like that the fuse has been lit by the release of the memo.

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