Open Thread

Did a radio spot with the Barrett Brief today on Veritas Radio Network today. They haven’t got today’s show up, yet, but check it later and give it a listen. We talk Trump, Omnibus, and what the heck is going wrong with our nation.

Former Justice Stevens made a massive, in-kind contribution to the GOP’s 2018 effort by calling for a repeal of the 2nd Amendment. I think the Democrats have convinced themselves that America is so liberal that they can’t go too far left. Out here in Nevada, the Democrat running for governor has a commercial out where he has his two daughters on and he speaks of how proud he was when he first brought them to Planned Parenthood. I guess we’ll find out in November if the Democrat’s plan of going ultra left works.

Utah passed a law allowing kids to be kids. Think about that.

Democrats are going ape over the Census restoring the citizenship question to the census form. Democrats are saying that this is unprecedented, but the real unprecedented action was Obama not having it on the 2010 census form. I checked – even back in 1870, we were asking the citizenship of the respondent. The real concern Democrats have here: if House seats and government funds are to be allocated by citizenship, then Democrat States stand to lose a lot of money and power.

The Palestinian Authority is going to stay in the paying terrorists for being terrorists business. Not one more dime should come from us.

The homeless problem – it isn’t really about numbers, but about what to do with people who camp here and there. Some say that mercy requires us to allow them to do so…but that is absurd: allowing human beings to live in unsafe, unsanitary conditions is merciless.

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47 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster March 28, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I believe I read that in the Omnibus there was money earmarked to protect Iraq’s borders. Strange how our politicians always support protecting other nations borders…….with our money

  2. ComeToPopa March 28, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    Dear Mr. President,

    Thank you for all the hard work you are doing to restore our country’s economy, and defending the Constitution. Many Americans don’t know how difficult your job is, and all the many tough decisions you have to make on a daily basis. I just want you to know that we truly appreciate it. We know, that deep down in your heart you did not want to sign a bill that would continue funding for Planned Parenthood, and other nefarious garbage that the communist liberals and liberal Republicans in congress used to hold you over a barrel, and as you have stated, there will be no more signing such a bill by you. We believe you, we trust you, and look forward to all the many great things you are going to do for this country in the future. God bless you!

    Dear First Lady Mrs. Trump,

    You are an amazing example of what a First Lady should be like. Thank you for your hard work alongside your husband, President Donald J. Trump. You have brought awareness to an issue that is much in need of discussing. So many teens have taken their precious lives because of online bullies, and it needs to stop. So, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts for this much needed discussion. We know it’s hard listening to the incessant garbage day-in and day-out by the mainstream communist networks like CNN. Who are trying very hard to destroy your marriage, and the President. The trash talker Windy Daniels and creeper cooper has a lot to say, with such little substance to their accusations. Pay them no mind. Please stay close to President Trump, Barron needs you and he.

    God bless you! We are praying for you, and for your total success!

  3. Cluster March 28, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    This may be the most mind numbingly frustrating headline I have ever read:

    Republican leaders are mulling what to do for the rest of the year after passing a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package.

    Legislative activity will slow down dramatically after the Easter recess as vulnerable incumbents seek to spend more time campaigning ahead of the fall midterm elections.

    GOP leaders haven’t said much about what’s next.

    Congress is a joke. Big F***ing vacation for most of them, and all of them seem to come out a hell of a lot wealthier than they were when they began their “public service”. And here I am getting ready to pay my taxes. Why?

    • M. Noonan March 28, 2018 / 9:40 pm

      Seriously! Why not work on a series of bills which will, of course, be blocked by Democrats in the Senate to both make the case for ending the Filibuster as well as draw the battle lines for November? Just have the House pass bill after Conservative bill (checking with Trump in advance on how he’d view them, just in case some managed to get through) and send it to the Senate? We could do more by forcing Trump State Democratic Senators to go against their constituents than we could be our own having Town Halls back home.

      • Amazona March 28, 2018 / 11:44 pm

        You are right—-if Dems continue to block bills that are popular with the voters, they might shape up and support some of them just to appease their constituents, while blocking popular bills would also be playing into Trump’s hand by pointing them out as gridlock creators and the best possible reason to get rid of the filibuster. It would be a win for us either way. Not to mention possibly knocking some gridlock Dems out of Congress.

    • Amazona March 28, 2018 / 11:45 pm

      Remember, headline writers’ primary goal is to stir up resentment toward Republicans.

      • Cluster March 29, 2018 / 8:26 am

        I am more aghast at the lack of shame and work ethic. We’re not even 90 days into the year and they’re done?? And they’re ok with that?? And I pay their salaries?? And benefits?? Proof positive that McConnell and Ryan have never had any intentions of working hard for conservatives.

        This just in – breaking news on MSNBC. high ranking Trump officials reportedly met with some Russian intelligence officers during the “heat of the campaign”

        This is a surreal world we are living in folks. Somebody needs to stand up and start calling out all the scum and human debris and there is no better embodiment of what human waste is then the panelists on Morning Joe. Every single one of them.

  4. Cluster March 29, 2018 / 9:05 am

    I caught a little bit of Rush the other day, and wish I had time to listen to him more often because his analysis always cuts to the core. He was saying that Trump has already accomplished what many conservatives have been wanting for years; tax reform, economic expansion, energy exploration, strong defense, North Korea, and border security – which leads one to wonder what exactly the NeverTrumpers are objecting to. The gang at National Review and Weekly Standard have been writing about these issues for years, standing on their soapbox and raising the torch for these issues to be brought to the forefront and resolved. And now many of those issues have been resolved, and yet our media whore “conservative” colleagues are still not happy. Here’s Ann Coulter:

    ‘I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care,’ she admitted to the audience at Columbia’s Roone Arledge Cinema.

    Lazy?? He’s done more for this country Ann then you ever will, or ever could. In fact any talking head who simply spews their opinions in various forums, contributes nothing to society, and every media person needs to be reminded of this fact every day. They are worthless and their absence from this world would largely go unnoticed.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5556745/Right-wing-pundit-Ann-Coulter-doubles-attacks-Trump.html

  5. Retired Spook March 29, 2018 / 10:05 am

    There has been a lot of talk about the “Deep State,” but not much description about what it actually is. This article is a pretty good, although pesimistic analysis of what and who constitutes the “Deep State.”

  6. Retired Spook March 29, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    Cal Thomas does a great job of putting John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Adviser in perspective.

  7. Cluster March 29, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    So here’s a question for an open thread. Who believes in UFO’s? Another pilot leaving Phoenix just claimed that he was passed over head by an object, he radioed the tower and they had no information on anything even close to him, and he came back and matter of factly stated that it was not an airplane and was at about 40,000 ft.

    There have been a lot of sitings lately and I honestly think some of this could be extraterrestrial. Considering the size, scope, and complexities of our universe, I find it very hard to believe that we are the only intelligent life forms.

    • Amazona March 29, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      I do believe there are UFOs. One really interesting theory I heard once was part of a show on time—-that Einstein and his ilk see time as being like a river, and with more knowledge we should be able to go upstream, so to speak, to our past. I had heard that before, and thought it intriguing, though way over my head. Then after some discussion one of the pointy heads said that one theory about UFOs is that they are piloted by people from our future who have learned how to move backwards into their past, which is our present.

      I think it likely that there is intelligent life on other planets. I’ve read a lot about the idea and about reports of sightings over time and the sighting reports seem pretty consistent, even back over centuries. There are mysteries like the Plains of Nazca in Peru, with elaborate designs cut into the desert floor that can only be seen from above, and ancient cave paintings that seem to show humans wearing space suits and helmets.

      One thing I find compelling is that so many of these sightings are reported by people who are trained observers—–airline pilots, military pilots and even astronauts are major sources of reports.

      • ComeToPopa March 30, 2018 / 5:42 pm

        I seen something about a UFO sighting on the tv last night. I don’t know if you’ve heard of “Destination America” or not, but that was the channel it was on. A show called “Paranormal Witness” … and, several people called in to 911 reporting a UFO sighting, and of course, the deputies went to check it out, and there were some who actually seen it for themselves.
        Personally, myself, I don’t believe in UFOs. But, I guess there’s always a possibility.

    • M. Noonan March 29, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      My Dad did a lot of work at Area 51 back in the day and he told me there were no aliens there…but, that’s just what They would tell him to say, isn’t it?

      As for me, I take the entirely opposite view of most – not only do I not think there are any aliens around here, I suspect there are no aliens anywhere. The odds are just entirely against it. You have to have a planet with the right sort of make up, placed in the right position in relation to it’s sun, and then have it be the right kind of sun. Mars and Venus show had tricky this is – they aren’t really, in cosmic turns, much different from Earth…but, there they are: one a dead world of everlasting cold, the other a dead world of overwhelming heat. One thing seems certain to me, any other life in the Universe would be just about definitive proof that God exists because only God could overcome the odds against life arising in any given place.

      • Cluster March 30, 2018 / 8:07 am

        It’s the credible accounts that have my attention too. I read of an Air Force squadron who all reported seeing an object well below them over the Atlantic ocean traveling at a rate speed faster than they were, but much closer to the ocean surface. All of the squadron members saw it, and commented on it with one saying “we don’t have anything that can do that”.

      • Amazona March 30, 2018 / 9:55 am

        For a life form like ours, a planet would have to have a similar climate, etc. But who’s to say ours is the only kind of life form out there? We are also constantly discovering stars and planets we never knew about. Quantum physics is as far over my head as the internet is over my dog’s, but I understand there are theories among the pointy-heads about the theoretical ability to travel vast distances through space due to wormholes, etc. so an alien civilization wouldn’t have to come from anywhere we have discovered or had a chance to look at closely.

        When we talk about the odds against life existing anywhere else, we have to remember that (1) we are applying a pretty limited definition to “life” that is based on our own experiences and expectations, and (2) we haven’t seen all of the stars and planets in the universe.

        I also think we need to remember the wisdom of the blond who said, quite indignantly, when the brunette and the redhead made fun of her for wanting to be the first woman to go to the Sun, asking her if she had any idea how hot the Sun is: “I wouldn’t go during the DAYTIME!”

      • M. Noonan March 30, 2018 / 8:45 pm

        Of course, if it was life not based upon what we are based upon, we might not recognize it as life, at all…just as they might not recognize us. But it appears this whole carbon-based, mostly made of water stuff is pretty rare. I was thinking that we should have found at least some evidence that life once existed on Mars because it once did have a war atmosphere and liquid water on the surface…to key things for life. Now, I’ll give it a little more time…it seems pretty certain that Europa has a liquid water ocean under the ice and, if so, it may support life akin to that found around hydrothermal vents deep in Earth’s oceans. Around 2024, NASA hopes to launch a lander to Europa which should be able to tell us the tale. If there’s life, then I’ll concede it is widespread in the universe…if its just a bunch of salt water under ice, then I’ll go with my conviction that life is very, very rare.

      • Amazona March 30, 2018 / 10:03 am

        Cluster, those credible accounts are pretty compelling, and they come from all over the world. It’s not a matter of one or two stoned high school kids seeing something they think is a spacecraft, it’s dozens of sober mature military men seeing something up close in England, or squadrons of trained pilots all seeing the same thing, or American astronauts telling Houston they are being followed in space by formations of bright lights.

      • Cluster March 30, 2018 / 10:39 am

        Agreed, re: the observation that any other life forms would have the same environmental and temperature sensitivities as we do, I think that is a wrong assumption. And I also agree that we are very limited in what we can imagine solely based on what our entire experiences are. I have often thought what other intelligent life forms think of Earth and I imagine that they all think this is a wild safari, with an abundance of water, soil, plant life, and a lot of animal life – it’s just that one species of animal is slightly more intelligent than the rest of them, but nothing that they should concern themselves with.

        Honestly, if there is other life form and they are here, they are VASTLY superior then we are, and we all must look like baboons to them.

      • Amazona March 30, 2018 / 6:04 pm

        How about the theory that humans were seeded here by aliens who are just keeping an eye on their experiment?

      • Cluster March 31, 2018 / 8:59 am

        Oh I will have fun contemplating that idea over the weekend

      • Amazona April 2, 2018 / 6:51 pm

        Cluster, is this what you were talking about? https://www.newsmax.com/thewire/ufo-sighting-pilots-arizona

        Many times when sightings have been reported there have also been physical signs of something odd—burn marks on the ground, dead grass and trees, radioactivity. I’ve seen video of a mass sighting over Phoenix, I think it was, seen by thousands and recorded by many. It was a huge triangular shape of lights that have never been explained.

        It’s also interesting that so many sightings are over or near the same kinds of places, specifically military bases and nuclear facilities.

        And just to make things more interesting, there have also been a lot of sightings of what appear to be large and extremely fast craft coming up out of the oceans—-USOs, or Unidentified Submerged Objects.

        I always come back to the belief that as soon as we think we know everything, we get rudely surprised.

  8. Jeremiah March 29, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    California is a picture of what the Left wants for all of Americans.

    Fabio said, “the libraries are like Sodom and Gomorrah.”

    Well, you know, that’s what the people of that state voted for, but it makes for a good example of what other states need to avoid by voting for Conservative republicans, not the establishment types who’ve been in Washington so long they’ve got moss and lichens growing on their eyebrows.

    Like New York, those people have no sense…they keep voting for that whack job Schumer. They need to vote him out if they’ve got any brain to do so.

    I think we should vote all of the Congress out. It wouldn’t hurt for everyone in the country to shut the government down on Election Day, for a few days, and demand that we have new people in congress. I’m serious, we need people in Washington who will work for the people, instead of their special interests, getting fat off of the people’s money, and not do anything for them. It’s time for people to come together and stand up. The corruption has to end.

    • Amazona March 30, 2018 / 10:00 am

      We have to remember, those Leftist sheeple are not voting FOR Schumer, et al—-they are voting AGAINST what they have been brainwashed into believing are the evil and dangerous Other that is the Republican Party.

      Ask a Lib what he is voting for. He will never tell you he is voting for a massively powerful Central Authority that is based on a political model that has invariably resulted, when implemented, in oppression and economic misery. No,he will tell you that he is voting for fairness and equality and goodness and all Republicans care about is money (I actually had someone say that to me once) and literally don’t care if children starve in the streets and the elderly have to eat dog food.

      They don’t run TOWARD the Left so much as let themselves be herded AWAY from the big bad scary Right.

      • ComeToPopa March 30, 2018 / 5:59 pm

        Ask a Lib what he is voting for. He will never tell you he is voting for a massively powerful Central Authority that is based on a political model that has invariably resulted, when implemented, in oppression and economic misery.

        I agree. It is a purposeful diversion. It’s been a tactic used by communists down through the centuries who are running for leadership to run on lies. This is why they are counting on the educational system to bring them the votes they need to acquire that position of power.

        I know the NEA is a very powerful organization, but if we are ever to see our nation truly united again, we need to get rid of that organization, along with the others who supplement the NEA to destroy family (the first form of government), and further their communist agenda.

        It’s going to take a lot of people to get rid of the NEA, and I’m afraid not peacefully. But, it’s going to have to be done if we are going to stop our nation from being brought under a dictatorship.

  9. Retired Spook March 30, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    The Left’s all-out assault on Liberty has certainly been good for the T-shirt industry.

  10. Amazona March 30, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    I am so relieved to get this warning in time to spare me fear and trauma: The radio ad for the show “Chappaquiddick” has a stern warning at the end, that the show contains graphic scenes possibly not suitable for children, harsh language, and “historical smoking”

    I might not enjoy scenes of a panicked young woman trying to claw her way out of a submerged car as she slowly dies an agonizing death. I can probably handle the freaking *^##%(# language. But to see someone SMOKING? Oh, the horror! Even knowing that it is merely HISTORICAL smoking—perhaps with a little subtitle that no cigarettes were actually burned during the filming of this show—might just be too too much.

    I don’t know if we realize how lucky we are to live in a country that cares, cares so much, about protecting us. Now if they would just keep Hillary off TV………..

    • M. Noonan March 30, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      ROFL!

  11. Retired Spook March 31, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Roseanne nails it.

    In case you missed it this week, one of America’s favorite sitcoms made a roaring comeback after being off the air for two decades.

    Roseanne pulled in more than 18 million viewers Tuesday night and the first episode was a roaring sucess after portraying both sides of the current political debate in America.

    The star of the show, Roseanne Barr, is a rare Hollywood supporter of President Trump both on screen and in her real life. She received a congratulatory phone call Wednesday from the Commander-in-Chief on the show’s debut success.

    But late night host Jimmy Kimmel can’t quite figure out Roseanne’s backing of Trump and berated her on a recent episode of his show.

    “I’m shocked because I know that you were a very liberal, socially liberal person in general,” Kimmel said.

    “I’m still the same, you all moved. You all went so f*cking far out you lost everybody,” Roseanne responded. (emphasis – mine)

    • Cluster March 31, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Yup – and they don’t even realize it. Many conservatives are socially liberal, we’re just not socially insane.

    • Amazona March 31, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      I loved that when I heard it, because I had been saying something much like that for years.

      One thing to be careful of as conservatives get giddy about the new Roseanne show. I had friends who were tickled that there was a “conservative” character on that TV show, Boston Legal, played by William Shatner. However, the “conservative” character was also nuts, and ended up being, to my mind, a way of making fun of conservatives. Just because he mouthed some claims to conservative “values” people who didn’t look beneath the surface were happy to claim him as a representative of the movement.

      I would love it if the new show, with its Liberal characters and themes, manages to point out that people can be politically conservative in their views of how best to govern the nation without giving up the “issues” that make them feel and warm and tingly and better than everyone else.

  12. Retired Spook March 31, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    I’ve been wondering how long it would take for Conservatives in California to push back.

    • jdge1 April 1, 2018 / 1:17 am

      I read this article too and know both CA and NY have many good people. Just good to see some of them finally taking a visible stand.

  13. Retired Spook March 31, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    Push back isn’t limited to just California Conservatives either. I’m sensing a trend.

    • Cluster March 31, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      The great conservative, or as I like to think of it, the great traditional American awakening is underway.

      • Retired Spook March 31, 2018 / 1:06 pm

        Yeah, it’s refreshing to see Conservatives telling Progressives to sit down and STFU for a change.

    • Cluster March 31, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      From the article, this caught my attention

      Garrett expressed his disappointment with being told to support legislation he doesn’t agree with because of President Trump’s need for a win. It’s not clear what bill he is referring to.

      “He has to have a victory, really?” he says. “At what point did any one person become more important than what was the best for individuals in this nation to fulfill their individual dreams?” […]

      Buck says that “most of [his] colleagues are afraid of losing.”

      “That’s their biggest fear,” he said.

      That’s how Democrats play and I hope Republicans don’t follow suit. In fact, I wonder why any one does vote for Democrats anymore, because all of them simply become appratchiks for the Pelosi led Democrats. They march in lockstep, like all good fascists.

  14. Jeremiah March 31, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    For you, David Hogg …

    • Amazona April 1, 2018 / 7:53 am

      David Hogg is a creepy little kid, isn’t he? That eerie dead-eyed face, the smug smirk, the fist in the air—-I can’ stand to look at him. I know he is young, has been misled his entire life, blah blah blah, but there is something truly malignant about him that goes deeper than mere brainwashing.

      • Cluster April 1, 2018 / 8:43 am

        Hogg displays strong fascist tendencies – his cadence of speech, his physical gestures, and of course his message are all practiced and choreographed.

        I am still trying to figure out how a strongly worded piece of paper in Washington DC is going to stop a criminal in Nebraska from shooting up a school.

  15. Cluster April 1, 2018 / 9:34 am

    A quote from Howard Stern:

    “I have vowed I will never vote for a Democrat again. No matter who they are. I don’t care of God becomes a Democrat. These Democrats are communists. This is gangsterism. This is crazy.” – Howard Stern

    Note to Democrats – You are deep into the abyss if you’ve lost Howard Stern.

    • Retired Spook April 1, 2018 / 9:43 am

      November 6th is going to be an interesting barometer of the political atmosphere in this country. My sense is that the Dems are in deep poop and just don’t know it yet, but free stuff still has a strong appeal to an awful lot of “residents” of this country. My hope is that liberty has a stronger appeal to an even even larger number of Americans.

      Happy Easter everyone.

  16. Retired Spook April 1, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    There has been a lot of hand wringing and teeth gnashing over the recent Omnibus Spending Bill and Trump’s signing of it. I think I speak for most here who have learned, unlike people like Ann Coulter, to not jump to conclusions when Trump does, says or tweets something that we don’t like. With that thought in mind, please read this article from Redoubt News re-posted on the Oath Keepers website.

    • Cluster April 1, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      That is an excellent article and makes a lot of sense and certainly cleared things up for me. I trust Trump’s instincts, and while I shook my head at the passage of the Omnibus bill, I give Trump the benefit of doubt that he will do the right thing.

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