Open Thread

Did you guys know that our Matt now has a writing gig at Townhall? ((wipes away tear)) And we remember him when he was just this little blogger. This is his latest – pointing out the bit of absurdity of Obama not be embarrassed by his scandals. Give him a read. And, don’t forget his new book The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama comes out on April 3rd. In other writing news, the novel is past 72,000 words, now, and I’m simply not going to meet my original publish date…the story is very much growing in the telling and it’ll be around 100,000 words when done. I’m hoping to have the first draft done in about six more weeks and then it’ll probably be another six months of work before I can get it ready to read. Meanwhile, Worst President is going to be re-issued soon.

I also keep forgetting to mention that Don Surber – a man of excellent quality – has a follow-on book to his Trump the Press: Fake News Follies of 2017. I keep promising myself I’ll do a review of it, and I will, but, meanwhile, check it out yourself.

Codepink has decided to make an in-kind donation to the Trump/Pence 2020 re-election effort – they want JROTC kicked out of schools.

Getting in on the effort to help Trump get re-elected, John Oliver has decided to attack a children’s book written by Pence’s daughter. The book is about a bunny rabbit and the proceeds to go help the victims of human trafficking. Someone noted that all the Democrats ever had to do to beat Trump is not be insane, and they just can’t manage that.

We have long known that the public school system has become an indoctrination system for Progressive ideology – but, now our Progressives are really letting the mask slip. It really struck me about a week ago: why in heck do we even consider the government educating the kids a good idea? I mean, think about it: how stupid do we have to be to believe that is a good idea? I wouldn’t want it even if we completely control the government. No matter what, a government-run school is going to do what the government wants…and, more importantly, what the permanent bureaucracy wants it to do. Let’s provide aid to poor families so they can buy their own education and terminate the public education system.

Cynthia Nixon is running for Governor of New York on the theory that Cuomo isn’t liberal enough. Aside from the fun of watching Progressives eat their own, it came out that she was called an “unqualified lesbian” by a fellow Progressive. I’m trying very hard not to find out what it takes to be a qualified one.

You’ve all read The Lottery, right? Turns out, modern kids are unwilling to condemn human sacrifice these days…you know, who are we to judge, right? Yet another reason to close down the public schools.

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32 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster March 21, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Congratulations Matt on the Towhall gig, I read that site regularly, And congrats on the book Mark, you’re almost at the finish line which is an accomplishment in itself. I had no idea I have been so close to greatness.

    So Morning Joe just covered the school shooting yesterday albeit very quickly. A passing mention that a kid began shooting but was quickly taken out by the “heroic” actions of the SRO – then it was off to the next segment where Mayor Landrieu decried the presence of “racist” confederate statues. Also discussed by the Bimbo was how mean Trump is, and how Russia meddling in our elections is “the greatest threat to our democracy we have ever faced” which is why their is “universal condemnation” on Trump congratulating Putin. Just another day in the hyper sensitive, over delusional, and under educated progressive media.

  2. Cluster March 21, 2018 / 8:47 am

    God Bless Cambridge Analytica. Conservatives are finally fighting back like they mean it. Oh and just a reminder on this story, Obama’s campaign team were considered “brilliant” by the media when they did essentially the same thing back in 2009.

    • Retired Spook March 21, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      Although hypocrisy exists on both sides, the Left has refined it to an art form, and the Facebook data mining strategy is one of the most egregious examples. They went from bragging about it when they did it to accusing Conservatives of breaking the law when they did exactly the same thing.

  3. Retired Spook March 21, 2018 / 11:30 am

    The comments after the Gay Patriot Cynthia Nixon post are a hoot. Example:

    Christine Quinn, the person responsible for this comment, is widely known as a nasty witch so this sort of mean bull dyke behavior is no surprise.

    Her buddy, Prince Andrew, is believed to be the person behind the anonymous “Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo” fliers that surfaced when his dad faced Ed Koch for both mayor and governor back in the day.

    But I’m sure he’s “evolved” since then.

    VOTE FOR CUOMO, NOT THE HOMO — what a great bumper sticker.

    • M. Noonan March 21, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Someone pointed out that becoming a Qualified Lesbian isn’t too difficult, but the CE is a pain.

  4. Cluster March 22, 2018 / 8:38 am

    I am convinced that we are officially now in alternate universes with progressives. Our realities don’t even cross paths anymore. As I type this, the panelists on Morning Joe are bemoaning the “breach” to Facebook by Cambridge Analytica and attacking Zuckerberg for his indifference.

    My question is, do you think they have completely forgotten that just 5 short years ago Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina was detailing their data mining operation and how they were able to predict behaviors because of that information and were able to pair up friends to have influence on them to vote for Obama. Messina and Cheryl Sandburg were looked upon as brilliant strategists by the media when that became known.

    Or are they hoping we all forgot?

    Either way, it’s mind numbing.

    • Amazona March 22, 2018 / 10:05 am

      I think the most consistent characteristic of Leftists is their inconsistency. Their moral compasses spin like Wheel of Fortune, pointing at whatever is the hot new emotion-based faddish cause of the day. Last year? Who cares? Five years ago? An epoch so remote and irrelevant it might as well not exist. 90 years ago, when newly idolized Stalin was murdering twenty million Ukrainians? Wow, that is like so, like, ANCIENT—-what does it have to do with today?

      (On the other hand, black slavery of 150 years ago, outlawed for that long or longer, is so fresh in the minds and hearts of blacks and fellow travelers today that is it is as if they, themselves, are enslaved.)

      Cluster, do you remember back in the day when the Pitchfork used to post here, the sneering comment (meant to be an insult) that Conservatives were slaves to history? I can’t remember the exact wording, but it was clear that it reflected the sentiment that to be truly liberated one could not carry with her a sense of what had happened in the past. And that attitude is key to Liberalism—-ignorance of history, willingness to either rewrite it or simply ignore it, and refusal on the part of the base to learn from it.

      So it’s not exactly that they hope we forgot about their prior positions, it’s as if those prior positions simply did not exist.

      Here is the rule: If whatever you are talking about is related to the Left, it has a shelf life of about a year, after which it simply dissolves as if it never existed—–like marches of females celebrating their gender by dressing as their genitals have dissolved with the new mantra that not all women have those genitals. But if something can be attributed to the Right, it is permanent, immutable and forever relevant.

      You really need to keep up.

      • Amazona March 22, 2018 / 10:17 am

        And let’s not forget the vital role of moral relativity.

        I just read a review of the new movie about Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick. It was pretty thorough and evidently not an apology for what he did.

        In the comments section was a comment suggesting that to be fair the next movie should be about Larry Craig.

        ????????????????????

        In the mind of this rabid Lefty, if Hollywood makes an honest movie about a Democrat idol —-not just a hero, but one elevated to near-deity——an adulterer who callously abandoned a woman to die alone in a car he wrecked because he was drunk, to die slowly, trying to claw her way out of a sunken Oldsmobile as her oxygen ran out, because he was afraid that being discovered as an adulterer would harm his political career, the scales could only be balanced by making a movie about a sexually confused Republican who never actually engaged in sexual behavior in a public restroom but tapped his toes in what was seen as an invitation to do.

        That is Leftist moral equivalence—–on one hand, drunken driving, adultery and murder, on the other hand the implication of wanting to engage in a sexual behavior the Left, by the way, wholeheartedly supports and glorifies and to which a Leftist hero attached the iconic phrase “not that there’s anything wrong with that”.

      • Cluster March 22, 2018 / 10:51 am

        LOL, yes I do remember pitchfork. And that mindset also plays into a conversation I had with a liberal not too long ago who emphatically stated that intentions were all that mattered after I pointed out the abysmal results of progressive policies.

        So results and history do matter to “enlightened” liberals which should scare the hell out of everyone.

      • Amazona March 22, 2018 / 11:48 am

        That whole “intentions” thing just doesn’t play out very well in real life.

        I intended to shoot the apple off your head but instead put a .45 round between your eyes. Ooops, no prob, my intentions were good.

        I didn’t intend to kill someone when I decided to drive while drunk, so I shouldn’t be held responsible. (this is actually the kind of thinking we saw when Comey said Hillary shouldn’t be held responsible for endangering national security, because that was not her intention. Of course he had to overlook her real intention, which was to circumvent the law so she could use her position for personal gain.)

        This whole “all that matters is intentions” is part of the overall appeal of the Left—it offers a short cut to the Higher Moral Ground. It doesn’t demand intelligence, commitment, effort or results. All you have to do is be FOR the right things, or according to your friend have the right INTENTIONS and you are home free, at the top of the heap, without ever accomplishing any positive thing.

        It’s so easy to be Lib, except for that keeping up with the latest dogma thing, which can be confusing.

      • Amazona March 22, 2018 / 11:52 am

        I wonder how your lib would feel, Cluster, if you were his boss and told him you put his last paycheck and year-end bonus into buying him lottery tickets because you INTENDED to make him a millionaire.

        Ooops. Sorry. But gee, there was that good intention……

      • Cluster March 22, 2018 / 12:53 pm

        I actually have a few “progressive” agents. Should I find out? hahahaha

  5. ComeToPopa March 22, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    This is a very insightful article relating to Alfred Kinsey, and how his faulty research found its way into the classroom, under the guise of “education.”

    We can be thankful for Dr. Judith Reisman. Who has dedicated her time and resources to exposing the Kinsey Institute.

    https://www.scribd.com/document/346958834/Statutory-Obscenity-Exemptions-Breed-a-School-Sexual-Rights-Agenda-And-Child-Sex-Abuse-Epidemic#from_embed

    I think if there was ever a way to get the left to start a violent revolution, it would be to reform education to its original, intended purpose. If there is anyone in our judicial branch of government with the courage, and willingness to take such a bold step.

    Alfred Kinsey, Darwin, and Margaret Sanger don’t belong in the classroom!

    ~Jeremiah

  6. Retired Spook March 23, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Interesting commentary on the selection of John Bolton to replace McMaster as Trump’s National Security Adviser.

    • Cluster March 23, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Not many people look at this world with as clear of eyes as John Bolton. I have always respected and paid attention to his commentary when offered, and I hope Trump listens intently as well. Great choice.

    • Amazona March 23, 2018 / 11:53 am

      I’ve been a huge Bolton fan for more than a decade. A few years ago I stated that my Dream Team for running for president in 2012 would have been Romney/Bolton. I thought that provided the best possible balance of business acumen and leadership and encyclopedic knowledge of world affairs, both of them being honest and ethical men.

      We can never run a solid ticket like that unless and until we get a handle on how to communicate with the American public.

      • Retired Spook March 23, 2018 / 1:44 pm

        I’ve admired John Bolton as long as you have, if not longer. What puzzles (maybe “puzzles” is not the right word) me is the usual suspects from BOTH parties screaming that Trump couldn’t have picked a bigger warmonger. I guess if a belief of peace through strength makes one a warmonger, then I’m also a warmonger.

      • Amazona March 23, 2018 / 6:18 pm

        Two men walk through a bad neighborhood at night. One is carrying a Nerf bat for protection and one is carrying an AR-15.

        Q: Which is more likely to get mugged?

        Q2: Which will be attacked, insulted and smeared more by the Left?

        I’m gonna go with (as in accompany) the guy with the gun, and let the Left whine itself to sleep.

    • Retired Spook March 23, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      I agree. I expected a pile of garbage like this from McConnell, but Ryan is a HUGE disappointment. Who needs spendthrift Democrats when we have “fiscally responsible” Republicans who have added $1 trillion to the debt in less than 6 months?

      • Amazona March 23, 2018 / 12:52 pm

        And who needs a “conservative” spokesman who now thinks we should let illegals vote if they have managed to remain here illegally for at least 15 years?

  7. Amazona March 23, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    Longtime conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has proposed an interesting solution to the immigration debate: Give citizenship to all illegal immigrants in the U.S., but don’t let them vote until they’ve lived here for 15 or more years. Learn more about this story with our explainer here.

    Well, I don’t need or want this to be “explained”. Many illegals have already been here for 15 years or more, many of them sucking up government support. So why should they now be allowed to vote? Did they suddenly become law-abiding people with respect for the rule of law in this country? Have they suddenly learned about how and why this country was formed and the federalist view of how to govern, and come to agree with it? Will they miraculously reject the groupthink of the black plantation voters, who are treated like livestock, being housed and fed and bribed for their votes?

    WTH?

    https://www.theblaze.com/video/4-minute-buzz-rush-limbaugh-would-support-citizenship-for-all-illegal-immigrants-on-this-condition

    In the abstract, we all tend to agree that for any law to have meaning its violation must have consequences, but we get all dithery and squeamish when it comes to actually imposing any consequences. The screeching mobs of the Left hammer us, day in and day out, monopolizing the Complicit Agenda Media with the single message that we need to make it up to these lawbreakers for giving them a place to live, jobs for those who want to work, education for their children, medical care and, too often, vast welfare benefits, by adding to that by making them citizens, and they evidently are successful in wearing down opposition to this concept of how we should treat illegals.

    Sure, nothing says citizenship in the United States is so valuable we just hand it out like Halloween candy to those who howl long enough and loud enough.

    What next? Do we arrest other kinds of criminals and then give them money and apologize for inconveniencing them and by acting like the law matters? Or do we just shrug and say “Hey, it takes determination and commitment and a backbone to make laws matter, and it’s just so much easier to give them all their own way” ?

    Why not just have boxes of passport applications along the border so anyone who strolls across can pick one up, and in a couple of months send them a nice new US Citizen passport and a form for voter registration? By that time they’ll be signed up for food stamps and every other kind of welfare, and have their kids in schools where the very concept that classes should be taught in English is de facto racism so no one learns anything.

  8. Retired Spook March 23, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I’ll bet not too many NCAA brackets had #9 seed, Kansas State playing #11 seed Loyola of Chicago in the South Region for a berth in the Final Four.

    • Cluster March 23, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      I would venture to say that NO bracket had that matchup. That Loyola team is fun to watch …. fundamental basketball

    • jdge1 March 24, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Watching the NCAA March Madness (is that even politically correct?) basketball is one of the few sporting events I watch on TV these days. And the “upsets” have been part of the thrill, especially this year with so many of them happening – including the historic 16th seed winning against the overall #1 seed for the first time ever.

      • Amazona March 24, 2018 / 4:45 pm

        Everything about March Madness is wrong, just wrong, so deeply and profoundly wrong on so many levels.

        It is racist, not having the correct racial ratio to ensure that every race in the country is equally represented. Where are the Eskimos?

        It is sexist—not a woman on any team and as far as I can tell no transgendered, either.

        It is ageist—–is there any player even as old as 25? Aren’t most in their late teens and early twenties? A significant number of Americans is absent from these teams.

        It blatantly discriminates against the differently abled—the slow runners, the uncoordinated who can’t even walk and dribble, When two of the smartest men in the country are excluded due to arbitrary (and patently unfair) criteria, how can the nation, in good conscience, support this assault on equality?

        “wan outta woom”. Has there ever been a cry of pain more poignant?

        I, for one, am not only deeply offended, I am outraged.

      • Cluster March 25, 2018 / 9:33 am

        LOYOLA !!!!!

        Hope they win it all.

        However, I too am offended by the lack of Eskimo representation therefore will be protesting in the streets this afternoon. #eskimoslovebasketball

      • Amazona March 25, 2018 / 9:09 pm

        I think the problem with inclusion of Eskimos might be—just MIGHT, you understand—-be related to their insistence on playing wearing mukluks.

        But it could just be an ugly rumor.

      • jdge1 March 25, 2018 / 10:50 pm

        We actually had a local community college basketball coach fired recently for not have “enough diversity” on the team. The new school administration talked to him and expressed their desire for the coach to make the team more diverse. The coach responded he would recruit and pick players solely on their academic ability (to do the college work and maintain a required minimum GPA to play), their personality (willingness to gel and work within a team concept) and overall basketball skills – minority status would not be considered as a criterion to select players. Seems they didn’t like that response and shortly after relieved him of his position. He sued the college. Strangely, the case was heard by a federal judge where the case was settled and the judge prohibited either party from disclosing the terms. Being a community college, this set a new precedent. A number of people are upset and I think there are even a few lawsuits to force the settlement be made public.

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