Open Thread

Lot of people seem to think we’re supposed to respect Mueller because he had an excellent record in Vietnam. I don’t buy that – history is littered with fine junior officers who wound up lousy generals, or lousy political leaders. People are what they do – and no past action either permanently lifts up or casts down a person.

Legal Insurrection is saying that Mueller should put up or shut up: his probe, run through our political system, is tearing this nation apart. If he’s got the goods on Trump, let’s hear what they are. If he doesn’t, he should say so. And none of this “ongoing investigation” BS. Tell us, one way or the other.

South Africa is moving down the Zimbabwe route – now with a proposal to expropriate white-owned land without compensation. This will do nothing for South Africa’s poor – who, for the most part, don’t know how to farm. It will inflame racial tensions and give an excuse for the Ruling Class to remain in power. I’ve read lots of things about South Africa of late and none of it is good: but those thinking that the world will lift a finger to help white South Africans are fooling themselves. Now is the time to get out of South Africa, if you can. Flee. Run away. Go somewhere else. Today. It’ll only get worse from here. I do have sympathy, but it was also rather baked in that it would come out this way: there was no way the post-Apartheid government was going to provide the sort of wealth black South Africans thought they’d have if only Apartheid came to an end. Hopes were raised and are now completely dashed…and the ANC does not propose to surrender power simply because they didn’t deliver on their promises.

We all figured that Never Trump, beyond a certain point, would become Democrats – and we were right:

…according to speculation reported by POLITICO, former McCain 2008 chief strategist Steve Schmidt may go one step further: He’s reportedly thinking about signing up with a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, possibly former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

The good news is he’d likely do as well for Schultz as he did for McCain.

Good riddance.

I don’t have too many Progressive followers on Twitter. No more than a handful as a matter of fact. Twitter is very tribal: for the most part, no one wants to listen to the other side on that platform. But there is one I do have and I admire the guy (or gal; can’t tell if the account holder if male or female): I think him wrong, but he is sincere in arguing for what he thinks is right and he’s honest and never gets nasty. I think he follows me for the same reason. Over the years we’ve had some fun discussions…but lately, we’ve both been sliding towards being angry at the same people. Or, at least, the same sort of people. You know: I despise Never Trumpers…this guy despises Neo-Liberals (as he calls them). In this, we’re both despising unprincipled people who merely latch on to a political party to serve their own, selfish ends. And what I’m thinking of late: just how large is a potential coalition of all people who despise the Establishment? And can Trump (and, believe it or not, McConnell) tap into this and create a FDR-size constituency to win the 2020 election in the manner that FDR won the 1936 election? Time will tell.

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18 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster August 2, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Oh c’mon Mark …. don;t you realize that this is the new America? Endless investigations that have no boundaries or focus …… just looking for something. Much like Stalin’s regime who proclaimed “show me the man and I will show you the crime” – that’s what the Democrat socialists have brought to this country. And they want to bring more – like free healthcare, free education, and a universal income !!!! Won’t that be great ??

    Free stuff and if you don’t like someone, investigate them until you find something ………

  2. Cluster August 2, 2018 / 8:38 am

    Has anyone else noticed the increased hostility the media and Democrats have for Trump and his supporters? I mean it’s always been there, but it seems to have escalated lately.

    • Amazona August 2, 2018 / 10:44 pm

      I haven’t noticed, but that is because I now ignore the media. But the poor folks are getting desperate.

      “Russia” doesn’t work any more, not that it ever did. Stormy Daniels never did get traction. The economy is good, some insurance premiums are now proved to be less than half of what they were under Obamacare, NoKo is acting stupid but that is nothing new and in the meantime they have made at least a token effort to get along, the EU caved on tariffs and the Great Soybean Crash now looks like another Dem dream gone awry as Europe says they will buy a lot of soybeans. And natural gas, too, which ought to tickle Nan as she thinks we should use more natural gas to lessen our use of fossil fuels. So we are drilling more, becoming energy independent, as well as opening up petro markets. Black riots about police brutality are fizzling, thanks to body cams, and as more and more claims are proved to be bogus the air is going out of that balloon. The border hysteria got headed off and is now not on the front page any more, but the freakout by the Left has opened up lots of room for us to point out they don’t care about the child abuse of hauling children across a large country to use as pawns, or the child sex slave market destination for so many of these children. The heads of the FBI are starting to roll, while the Trump administration still shows respect for the rank and file. We are making Europe pay more of their share of NATO. People love the tax cuts. The nation is just happier and more secure and more optimistic, and the media see their job as turning that around.

      What it comes down to is that what is good for the country is bad for the Left, and what is bad for the country is good for the Left. Which, BTW, I think would be a great bumper sticker. Get people thinking about that.

      So anyway, all that is really left for the Left is to sic their attack dog press on anything to do with the Right.

      I’m reading Greg Jarett’s book, Russia Hoax. He has a lot of redundancy, which I understand as he had to put it together really fast and probably needed some more pages so he repeats himself. Still, he has done a lot of research and has a lot of good information, especially on Hillary and her antics. We got some of that information dribbled out in bits and pieces, and he puts it all together. He also savages the FBI. He has stuff on Comey, Mueller et al that I never knew, going back years to their manipulations and shenanigans.

      I am hoping we can put some of this together for our own October Surprise, hitting the voters between the eyes with so much devastating information on their heroes that they might turn on Congressional Dems out of disgust.

  3. Retired Spook August 2, 2018 / 8:57 am

    I’ve seen several polls recently that indicate white women and Independents are abandoning the GOP in droves. Fox referenced a couple of them (although I think they were unnamed which tells you something) that showed support from white women and Independents going from plus a few points to double digits minus in recent months. That makes no sense to me. OTOH, the generic party poll, which had Dems up by 12-15 points last December, dropping to around 4-6 this sping, is still only showing an 8 point spread for the Donkeys, and you know the polls are weighted Democrat by at least 4 or 5 points. I just don’t buy the blue wave nonsense, not based almost solely on hatred of Trump. I guess we’ll see in 96 days.

    • Cluster August 2, 2018 / 9:02 am

      Remember, the liberal pollsters are hoping to shape opinions, not report them.

    • Amazona August 2, 2018 / 10:45 pm

      My response to that claim would be “Why?” And there is no reason, other than gullibility.

    • Amazona August 2, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      Back to what I said about an October Surprise—–I wonder how many in the House were involved in the Awan scandal, because that ought to be devastating. Link that security link and their refusal to fire the guys with Hillary’s security lapses and the Open Borders attitude of the Dems and we have a trifecta of national security issues leading right back to the Dem party.

      • Retired Spook August 3, 2018 / 3:58 pm

        I wonder how many in the House were involved in the Awan scandal, because that ought to be devastating.

        The Awans were on the payroll of close to 4 dozen House Democrats, and I’ll bet you 99% of Democrat and Democrat leaning Independent voters don’t know anything about it. The time to drop that bombshell would be early to mid October, and I would drown the airwaves with it, along with full page ads in major newspapers and non-stop pop-up ads on popular websites. If the GOP doesn’t use the ample ammunition the Dems have provided in the last two years, they don’t deserve to win.

  4. Cluster August 2, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Does this surprise anyone?

    Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, one of the most outspoken members of the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ in Congress, is facing fresh questions about a longstanding controversy regarding how her campaign raises money and how those funds have flowed to her daughter…………..Since 2004, the campaign in turn reportedly has paid $750,000 to the congresswoman’s daughter, Karen Waters, or her public relations firm Progressive Connections for help producing them.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/01/maxine-waters-hit-with-fec-complaint-over-mailer-money.html

    Just as we should expect Russia and other adversary’s to try and compromise our country, we should also expect establishment politicians to be corrupt ….. most all of them are. We are at war folks against the media and the political establishment and they are doing EVERYTHING they can to marginalize and defeat us …… including never ending investigations.

    Keep up the good fight ……

  5. Amazona August 3, 2018 / 11:13 am

    I’ve noticed a new tactic of the Left, as I scan every now and then through comments on other forums. That is the new effort to tie Christianity into the GOP and then condemn them both.

    The basic claim is that Jesus was a Lefty (“Jesus was an illegal immigrant” fell flat on its face) and the godless Lefties then go into long detailed and carefully researched spiels of Scripture-quoting and -citing to back this up. I have noticed enough coordination of the quotes to realize that these are scripts. Many have quite scholarly vocabularies and they tend to sound as if they come from passionate Christians well steeped in their religion. But they can only go so far because the simple truth is that nothing in Scripture says to pursue collective salvation, but that each of us is responsible for our own. Still, there are vast reservoirs of words, many of them so scholarly they sound as if they come from people who study the Bible.

    And then—-and this is the kicker—-they explain that Christians all abandoned their principles and their faith to follow and adore the false god Trump. I’m seeing this more and more all the time, and it is consistent with the Identity Politics of the Left and the Never Trumpers who simply cannot grasp the concept of political philosophy based on a belief of how the nation should be governed. They project their own Identity Politics and idolatry of the chosen one onto anyone who supports Trump. There is lots and lots of noise about us “defending Trump’s immorality” and so on, though I don’t know of a single Trump supporter who has not also been disgusted by his past. That basic Worship-Of-Trump theme is not new, but now it is tied in with the very elaborate charade of being proposed by ardent Christians grieving for the loss of the souls now given over to a new, false, god.

    But…..the next step is to bemoan the fact that Trump represents the co-opting of all of Christianity, which has become so tainted and distorted that it is now unrecognizable and is now so intertwined with the GOP that it hardly qualifies as a religion anymore. This is being built up into a huge theme, and I am watching it with interest. There is clearly a script, and someone has put a lot of thought and effort into it. There seem to be more puppet-trolls reading from it.

    In a way, it seems to be preaching to the choir, as it demonizes Christianity as it ties it to conservatism. I wonder if its goal is to cling to religious Leftists who might want to leave the party because of its policies, by pointing out that to leave would mean joining up with the apostates and worshipers of false gods on the Right and be forever locked into a cozy relationship with (gasp!) EVANGELICALS! True Christians could never do that. It’s a mixed message. The Left is trying to choke down its aversion to religion by pretending to defend it, while explaining that since the GOP took it over it isn’t worth much anyway.

    Part of it is a recycled version of “I USED to be a Republican, until…….” We hear this a lot now, and it’s always “until…..Trump”. And they would be overjoyed to rush back into the fold if we would only depose Trump and make the world safe again for true conservatives. Now that is joined with “As a Christian, I am dismayed by the Republican stranglehold on Christianity and can’t be part of that cult that has eroded Christian principles so I can only be true to my religion by voting against Republicans”.

    We know they were never Republicans and we’re pretty sure they were never Christians, but the patterns are there and the scripts are there and the strategy of the Left is clearly seen in all this.

  6. Amazona August 3, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    I really recommend reading Jarett’s book. He gets in his Wayback Machine and tracks Mueller’s corruption and ties to the Clintons way back before this witch hunt he is now running.

    For example, the FBI had started an investigation into the Uranium One deal and Clinton peddling influence, yet the evidence was kept secret and Mueller, Comey and Rosenstein all withheld this from Congress. This was a case of Russian corruption working with corruption in the highest levels of the American government to gain ownership of valuable uranium deposits which could end up as part of nuclear arsenals directed at the United States and the top three FBI officials kept important information about the bribery, racketeering and so on that allowed the Clintons to enrich themselves from Congress.

    Mueller was director of the FBI during the Russian uranium investigation, then Comey took over while the FBI was still putting together a case. Rosenstein was U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland and supervising the Russia bribery prosecutions. Weissmann was Chief of the Fraud Section in the criminal division at DOJ and he and Rosenstein signed off on a plea deal that kept the investigation and information secret. To quote Jarrett: “It appears they buried the evidence from Congress, key officials in the executive branch, and the American public.”

    This is before they got their hands so dirty in the deals cut to protect Hillary from prosecution, which by the way marked the beginning of the effort to discredit Trump, so these guys segued smoothly from one corrupt conspiracy to another. That is when the same three, along with Peter Strzok, did the same thing—buried information about the source of the “dossier” as they signed off on FISA warrants.

    Trump put a fox in charge of the henhouse, I hope he did this as part of a long game, to allow the crooks in the FBI enough rope to hang themselves. Certainly the deeper they dig, or at least pretend to dig, the more they implicate themselves in a wide range of criminal acts, and as many of these are tied to Clinton criminal acts this may, if fully and accurately developed, result in the collapse of a massive and long-lived criminal enterprise that goes far further and deeper than the ordinary Clinton Criminal Enterprise we already know about. FULLY developed, it wraps around the Clinton private email server, the participation of the President of the United States in an act that carries with it strong evidence of several violations including the espionage act, several accounts of bribery of a high-ranking United States official, allowing various threats to national security, and even more. There is perjury, there is violation of the civil rights of everyone under surveillance through the FISA warrants, there is a huge intertwined mess of crimes at different levels, of different types, but all leading back to a core nest of vipers that includes Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein and McCabe.

    Does anyone know whether or not a PAC has to be tied to a candidate? I would love to see, and would donate to, a PAC that bought some hour-long segments on prime time TV to outline this whole mess, maybe with one of those white boards used by Glenn Beck on his old show. It would actually take several, to fully cover it all. The email server thing would take half an hour on its own, and if tied in with the Awan matter it would pretty much slam the door on the idea of allowing Democrats enough power to be able to endanger the nation the way they have been. Another hour would track the corruption at the head of the FBI.

    I do think that exposure of the damage done to national security through the direct actions of so many top Democrats should be make public, in a clear and concise manner, before the election. This is rot throughout the party, from the very top (Obama) all the way down through the House of Representatives. Properly presented, it could be the death knell for the party.

  7. Retired Spook August 5, 2018 / 8:45 am

    How refreshing. Someone besides us is finally talking about the double standard of the Left.

    If you’re on their team there is almost nothing you can do to fully fall out of leftists’ favor, as evidenced by the rehabilitation of Al Franken and the desire he run for office again. “He may be a grabby, gropey pervert, but he votes right,” the thought process goes. It can’t be long before Harvey Weinstein is producing movies and hosting Democratic Party fundraisers from prison, #MeToo be damned when there is an agenda to impose.

    The New York Times doesn’t care that they’ve hired a racist who hates police and wishes them death. Democrats have burned more calories trying to distance their radical base from the murder of police officers by its members than they have condemning those murders, what’s a little racism for the cause?

    • Cluster August 5, 2018 / 10:20 am

      I have never before taken skin color into account on any matter – considering that line of thinking to be extremely ignorant of the human condition. However, the progressive left will just not stop in their hatred towards white men, so it’s time to stand up and set the record straight.

      Re: this Sarah Jeong chick and her call to “kill white men” – I read a great comment from another guy who said … “it’s fortunate for Sarah that white men freed South Korea….. otherwise Sarah, you would just be another concubine.”

      Truth be known – white men are what’s right with this world.

      – white men invented flight
      – white men invented the combustible engine
      – white men invented electrictiy
      – white men created the internet
      – white men invented television
      – white men created space exploration
      – white men created vaccines
      – white men improved food production for the entire world
      – white men fought to end black slavery in the United States
      – white men founded democratic countries that are welcoming of all races and protects civil rights

      Tell us Sarah, what contributions have Asian women made to this world? Or Asian men for that matter.

      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/08/actually_white_people_have_contributed_quite_a_lot.html

  8. Amazona August 5, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Racism is the assignment of characteristics to others based on the amount of melanin in their skin. It is not noticing that someone else has a different melanin level. It is not finding certain cultural characteristics distasteful. It is, basically NOTHING that the Left claims it is.

    I think a lot of this is an artifact of awareness in the minds of the Left, awareness that hate is really a very vile and negative thing that reflects badly on the hater. Being unwilling to give up hate and the gratification it provides to a certain kind of mind, they have to find ways to sanitize hatred, dress it up and define it in terms that can somehow make it not only acceptable but virtuous. So they create a list of really awful characteristics, apply that list to the demographic that is the target of their hate, and that allows them to validate their hatred by letting them pretend it is in a good cause, because after all what decent human being would not hate racism?

    It is all part of the overall pattern of delusion and self-deception that makes Leftism possible, part of the acceptance of the concept that if you are FOR the right things, and AGAINST the right things, you automatically occupy the Higher Moral Ground—without any other effort, without doing anything, without even trying to be a good person.

  9. Cluster August 6, 2018 / 9:21 am

    The liberal media can dish it ….. but they can’t take it.

    I am tired of weak ass progressives. Shouldn’t Darwinism kick in about now?

  10. Cluster August 6, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Schlichter has another beauty out today and I agree 110%:

    We need to accept the harsh reality that a substantial number of our fellow citizens hate our guts. All the simpering blabber about civility, all the clichés about unity, are all just comforting lies. A bunch of them hate us. They hate us. Hate. And we need to stop pretending the truth right in front of us is not right in front of us.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2018/08/06/get-it-through-your-head-that-progressives-hate-you-n2507079

    • Retired Spook August 6, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Kurt echoes my sentiment that the Left really doesn’t have what it takes to start a revolution:

      Be ready to defend your life and your freedom by exercising your right to do so – luckily, it probably won’t come to that since the prog hipster militia can’t find skinny battle rigs or vinyl plates, and their chests would be too concave to lift AR-15s if they actually owned any.

      The Left faces a dilemma that, I suspect, was unforeseen and totally self-inflicted — the inability to use force and violence in any meaningful way to advance their agenda. Their mediocre efforts at burning a few building and cars and assaulting people with bicycle chains only turns more and more voters against their perceived cause. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people. It borders on divine providence that Trump came along when he did and rained on their parade.

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