Open Thread

As I write this, Ford won’t testify and Grassley is giving her until Friday to agree to testify. The only thing which could keep this alive would be a new accuser…and don’t think the Dems aren’t gaming that out to see if they could make it work, at least to the point where Kavanaugh’s confirmation is pushed past the mid-terms.

What has impressed me most over the past 48 hours is:

1. Aside from a few cowards, most non-left people have stood firm. For once, the non-Democrat part of the country is not running for the hills when the Democrats lob a grenade into the body politic. We’ve got to get into the mindset that we have to jump on the grenade. No more fear: fight back, every time.

2. I’m hearing from and about Average Joe’s and Jane’s – people who don’t follow politics closely and who don’t have strong loyalty to either party – who are furious over this. I’ve even heard such state that even if they could prove Kavanaugh did it, it shouldn’t stop him from being on the Court. As I’ve said before, the one thing Americans tend to unite on is that they don’t like unfairness. It is simply unfair to accuse a person of a horrible act and not only refuse all cross-examination of the accuser, but to make the accusation in such a way that the accused really has no way to even try to disprove the allegation.

How all this will work out in the near and long term, I don’t know: but I’m starting to suspect that this is going to cost the Democrats some Senate seats in November. There is a theory out there that it is all a case of mistaken identity – that it happened, but someone else was the perpetrator. This is possible…but I doubt it was “mistaken” identity…

Muckraking journalist James O’Keefe got a video of Justice Department officials admitting they use their official powers to help the political left. So, here’s the Deep State, guys: a collection of bureaucrats who view their primary loyalty as being to a political party – or movement – rather than to the people of the United States. They brag in the videos about how they can’t be fired – they are relying on the protections built into law so that people can’t be fired for political reasons: but such laws were also written on the assumption that the bureaucrats would remain carefully neutral in the political battles of the United States. It is time to clean house – and if it means changing the civil service laws, it’ll have to be done.

Interesting article on the prospect of microbial life in some briney lakes under the Martian ice…my view: life is probably very rare in the Universe. The conditions necessary for any life like we have on Earth are so narrow that the chances of any particular planet having them are small. One only need look at Mars and Venus to see…here are three planets, Venus, Mars and Earth, that all seem to have the necessary pre-conditions for life, but only one of them has it. My guess is that we’ll search a very long time, out to very far distances, and never detect anything alive.

The Air Force Secretary has mapped out a plan for the Space Force. A lot of people, including many on the right, have heaped ridicule on the President’s proposal…much as many did with Reagan’s proposal for SDI. But, folks, Space is important – I’ve held for 30 years that eventually Space will become as dominant as the Sea in human life. Whomever controls Space will control their own national destiny.

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39 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster September 20, 2018 / 8:04 am

    I received a canned email response from Rep. Gallego which said the Congressman is “considering my suggestion and will get back with me”. Hahahaha…. quite the measured response from someone who “wanted to kick the shit out of me” ,,,, of course I am sure here in AZ he got an earful following those comments he made ..

    Re: Kvanaugh …. I was just watching Adam Schiff refer to Kavanaugh as a “suspected attempted rapist” three different times on MSNBC this morning, proving once again that these progressive democrats are wholly despicable and dishonorable human beings.

    And there is other life out there Mark. It’s nearly statistically impossible for there not to be.

  2. Cluster September 20, 2018 / 9:20 am

    As the Democrats have the country mired in hate, division, and high school party distractions ….. North and South Korea are slowly making peace thanks to Trump.

    Quite the stark contrast of leadership …….

  3. Cluster September 20, 2018 / 10:21 am

    I think the Democrats have just accidently revealed their true agenda in respects to immigration. They need a new crop of slaves ……

    During a town hall event on Wednesday night, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) — running against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the Senate seat — told a black American who questioned his support of illegal immigration that illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico are today’s cotton pickers.

    • Retired Spook September 20, 2018 / 11:12 am

      That could be at least part of the reason for this.

      Incumbent Republican Ted Cruz has opened a 9-point lead in his high-profile U.S. Senate race against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, according to a poll released Tuesday.

      Every once in a while Leftists rip the mask off, and what’s underneath ain’t pretty.

      • M. Noonan September 20, 2018 / 6:12 pm

        And then, magically, a poll comes out a day later saying that Beto is up by 2.

        OTOH, I’ve noticed that in the NV-04 House race, I’ve suddenly seen NRCC ads against the Democrat candidate. This is a D+3 District…if a Blue Wave was coming, the GOP would not be expending resources here. Period.

        But, they are…its either monumentally stupid, or the RNC knows something most people don’t, and it playing it close to the vest. Personally, I think it is the latter case…just as in 2016 the RNC kinda keep everyone in the dark about just how magnificent the machine was running.

      • Cluster September 20, 2018 / 6:21 pm

        These are the same pollsters that gave Hillary a 92% chance of winning, right? I would be shocked if Dems take back the House and the Senate isn’t even a possibility …… in my opinion. The blue collar Dems that helped put Trump in office are economically flourishing and will be back at the polls in November making sure people like Ocasio-Cortez have ZERO influence in America.

  4. Retired Spook September 20, 2018 / 11:19 am

    On a positive note, all three major stock market indices, the DJIA, S&P 500 and the NASDAQ are at or within spitting distance of their all-time highs. I just can’t imagine a huge number of working Americans with company pensions, 401Ks and IRAs who are itching to vote to put an end to that in November. And make no mistake, a Democrat majority WOULD put an end to it, maybe not intentionally, but certainly as a result of the policies they’ve promised to implement. Just impeachment proceedings alone would likely crash the markets.

    • Cluster September 20, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      You know there are LOTS of positive notes going unreported. The series of meetings between North and South Korea are going very well and it is becoming more and more possible that N Korea may become nuclear free. That’s HUGE and Obama would have been beatified if he had pulled this off. The economy as you stated is roaring, wages are rising, illegal felons are being round up in numbers, Vets are able to use vouchers now for health care, terminal patients now have the right to try any drug they want, and our federal gov’t has shrunk in size but is sadly still spending way too much money …….

  5. Cluster September 21, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Women are just as corrupt and dishonest as men and their word is no better than anyone else’s. Kick the bitch to the curb and approve Kavanaugh

    • fieldingclaymore September 21, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Seems 45 agrees with you. I wonder if she shows up?

      • Cluster September 21, 2018 / 11:44 am

        I know Democrats are immoral, ignorant, racist, sexist, and dishonorable people, but this is even a new low for them ……..

    • fieldingclaymore September 21, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Is she making it up? Or do you believe the doppelganger theory by Ed Whelan?

      • Cluster September 21, 2018 / 12:05 pm

        She’s completely full of shit …… as are you and every other progressive. You are all worthless human beings

      • Retired Spook September 21, 2018 / 12:16 pm

        Just follow the money. Who’s paying her lawyer?

    • Retired Spook September 21, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      Democrats are immoral, ignorant, racist, sexist, and dishonorable people

      And yet we’re led to believe that they are about to win back the United States Congress. There are only two plausible explanations for that: either our culture has sunk to a low from which we will never recover, or that narrative is based on false assumptions and manipulated polling data.

      • Cluster September 21, 2018 / 12:20 pm

        I am appalled at the level of depravity of Democrats ……. let’s keep pushing back on the leftist scum until they are no more ……….

  6. Cluster September 21, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    So I have no idea who Ed Whelan is, but I looked him up and found this tweet of his:

    I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake.

    Typical milquetoast conservative. NEVER apologize to Democrat scum Ed. I am taking away your man card.

  7. Cluster September 21, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    CBS Warns of GOP Being ‘Clueless and Insensitive Men’ in Hearing

    This is because women are delicate little flowers according to Democrats. Except of course when it comes to killing their own children … aka abortion. That they celebrate ….. seems odd doesn’t it?

  8. jdge1 September 22, 2018 / 11:57 am

    So why is Rosenstein still Deputy Attorney General? He is the person who installed Mueller to head the investigation into Trump’s supposed collaboration with Russia in “influencing” the 2016 Presidential elections. After more than 1.5 years of investigation initiated because of a set of falsified documents and a large group of partisan hacks, have found NOTHING that shows ANY collaborating evidence, all taking place with a highly biased team of lawyers. Rosenstein is also a close friend to Comey who largely failed to do his job with respect to Hillary’s very obvious illegal activities. Now there’s information coming forward about Rosenstein secretly taping President Trump and considered invoking the 25th amendment to remove him from office. Of course he denies this but his actions speak much louder than his words. To which I continue to ask, where the heck is Sessions?

    • Cluster September 22, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      The Deep State is doing a good job of hanging themselves so I say just give them more rope and do not fire them ……

  9. Cluster September 23, 2018 / 11:47 am

    It’s a good thing the Democrats are holding the country and SC hostage while we hash out these egregious allegations ….

    The Senate Judiciary Committee reached out to Leland Ingham Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford. Ford claims Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed when he was drunk, covered her mouth, and tried to remove her clothing at a party in the early 1980s when they were in high school.

    Keyser’s lawyer, Howard Walsh, responded to the committee late Saturday in a written statement.

    “Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” the attorney wrote.

    I just hope Ms. Ford can recover from this horrendous, toxic masculine assault.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/09/23/whoa-nelly-wsj-columnist-notices-something-odd-about-wapos-initial-report-on-k-n2521715

    • Retired Spook September 23, 2018 / 4:19 pm

      The longer this clown show drags on the more it hurts the Democrats with the voters they most need to win. Their rabid, radical base loves it, but they can’t win with just their base any more than Republicans can. I think most people, while certainly squishes in that they have trouble making up their minds, are, for the most part, reasonable, rational people. I can’t imagine that the Dems’ unhinged behavior and rhetoric is appealing to the majority of them.

      • Cluster September 24, 2018 / 7:50 am

        Oh I agree and the media is even worse. I think their unbridled hatred of Trump and their fear of losing the court has caused them to go scorched earth, which will lose then the election. The delicious irony is this is all because of Harry Reid and the Democrats slavish devotion to Obama when they got rid of the filibuster.

    • Cluster September 24, 2018 / 8:07 am

      I am all in on purging liberals. And this second unsubstantiated accusation from 35 years ago leads me to conclude that women are either too dishonest, too self serving, or too mentally fragile to ever be in leadership. God forbid a repressed memory of a toxic masculine assault would lead to nuclear war.

  10. Cluster September 24, 2018 / 8:10 am

    And here comes the creepy porn lawyer:

    Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti says he is representing a client with ‘credible information’ against Kavanaugh and makes the lurid claim the judge got women drunk ‘to allow a train of men to gang rape them’

    Democrats are oddly obsessed with sex. OTOH I hope Avenatti keeps this up ….. he alone could kill the Democrat party.

  11. Retired Spook September 24, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Excellent article about Socialism by John Goodman at TownHall this morning.

    R.J. Rummel estimates that almost 170 million people were killed in the 20th century by their own governments. These were not deaths in war. They were the victims of genocide. The vast majority were killed by socialist governments, including the national socialists (Nazis) in Germany.

    If socialism means anything it means a rejection of the Jeffersonian idea that you have a right to pursue your own happiness. Socialists believe you have no such right. Instead, you have an obligation to live for others. As a practical matter, that means you have an obligation to live for the state.

    Why would anyone believe that? And why are so many Democrats now donning the “socialist” label. In a recent poll more Democrats were positive about socialism (57 percent) than about capitalism (47 percent).

    • Cluster September 24, 2018 / 11:13 am

      If socialism means anything it means a rejection of the Jeffersonian idea that you have a right to pursue your own happiness. Socialists believe you have no such right. Instead, you have an obligation to live for others. As a practical matter, that means you have an obligation to live for the state.

      Great definition …… socialism is nothing more than “shared misery”. And if anyone truly wants to live in a socialist state, there are plenty countries to choose from to enjoy their socialist dreams. Why do they insist on degrading the most economically prosperous, and civil rights minded country in the world?

      Oh wait ….. never mind

  12. Retired Spook September 24, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    LOL!! Rush predicts that the next Kavanaugh accusation will be from someone who says Kavanaugh has a secret Russian wife who is one of the prostitutes who urinated on Trump’s hotel room bed in Moscow. I think the Donkeys have SERIOUSLY overplayed their hand, and I hope it bites them in the a$$.

  13. Cluster September 24, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    The Democrats, the deep state partisan bureaucrats, and the media are destroying this country …… never back down from this challenge and I applaud Kavanaugh for staying strong:

    “They debase our public discourse. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service,” Kavanaugh said in the letter to Grassley and Feinstein.

    “I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed,” Kavanaugh continued.

  14. Cluster September 24, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    Senator Hirono is the perfect example of someone who should never have power. When asked if their is a presumption of innocence, she dodged the question, Under our Constitution that is automatic yes. No qualifiers. Only authoritarians answer like she did.

    • Jeremiah September 24, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Yes, she should never have a place in the united States Senate. You would think that Hawaii wouldn’t want socialism, but I guess no place is safe from socialism’s grip. Which leads me to a point, it’s the trash that voted her into office that is the problem. Just like the trash that voted Nancy Pelosi into office, and Kamala Harris, and commie Corey Booker from New ajersey. It’s the trash like those who vote these scumbags into office that is the problem.

    • casper3031 September 24, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      If you believe in the presumption of innocence for him, do you also believe in it for someone like Hilary Clinton? Just asking.

      • Retired Spook September 25, 2018 / 8:43 am

        Of course — the presumption of innocence applies to everyone. The problem with Hillary was that the FBI/DOJ declared her innocent without due process. The Left has unanimously declared Kavanaugh guilty without due process. I can’t recall a more stark case of a double standard in American politics.

      • fieldingclaymore September 25, 2018 / 12:27 pm

        LOCK HER UP LOCK HER UP LOCK HER UP…

        LOL

  15. Jeremiah September 24, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    Destroying evidence of the truth, just like Hillary trying to hide evidence of her wrong doing in Benghazi, and colluding with Russia. Why I’m still waiting on her and Obama to get arrested.

  16. Cluster September 25, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Patricia McCarthy nails it:

    There are no words to adequately describe how venal these conspirators among the Congressional left are, how low they are prepared to go. And to this day, not one Democrat has spoken out against this monstrous plan to destroy a fine man who has led an impeccable life. Not one. Each and every one of them knows this is an odious campaign based on lies but not one of them will admit to this fact. The Democratic Party is officially deplorable in every sense of the word.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/09/the_democrats_have_viciously_overplayed_their_hand.html#ixzz5S7PwdqwF

    • Retired Spook September 25, 2018 / 9:35 am

      The Dems are caught between a rock and a hard place on this. If ANY of them admits that these allegations aren’t credible, they risk the wrath of their far Left feminist base, and if they play along they risk losing the votes of millions of normal, middle class working Americans who find these allegations not only not credible but repugnant. Too bad, so sad.

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