Open Thread

There are indications that Trump is getting ready to fold on the wall…which makes me freel pretty confident he won’t. Stay tuned.

Don Surber says don’t freak out about it.

Turns out that what we’ve long suspected was correct – Team McCain played a big role in getting the Trump-Russia thing started. McCain didn’t like Trump, but there’s more here than that: McCain and Team were 100% Establishment…they weren’t so much going after Trump, as protecting the Establishment. Most of the GOP has swung firmly behind Trump, but in the upper echelon of the party, probably a third of the GOPers there want Trump gone.

The Democrats are getting set for what may be a long, painful primary fight. There simply isn’t anyone on that side that commands the loyalty of sufficient people to be considered a real front runner (most polling of the candidates right now really just reflects name recognition). Be interesting if Hillary jumps in. OTOH, there may be a long GOP primary fight…I see a strong chance that various Democrat money bags will fund people like Flake and Kasich to challenge Trump.

Some liberals starting pitching a fit about Baby, It’s Cold Outside because, well, they’re jerks. It now sits at number 10 on the charts. Here’s the song because we like irritating snowflakes:

Senator Scott wants a bit more sunlight in police shootings. A good idea: the more we all know about all these shootings, the more we can determine which are done by bad cops, and which are being blown out of proportion by leftist activists.

Robert Stacy McCain talks up a commie rat…but what struck me is how the commie is employed at a tax-exempt organization and his mom is employed at a taxpayer funded university. I’ve been saying and saying that we’re funding the left…that without our tax dollars providing them sinecures, they simply wouldn’t be around to bother us.

California is America’s least educated State. This will grind the gears of liberals…it means they control a State of ill-educated morons who simply don’t know enough to vote GOP.

The baker in the gay wedding cake case? He’s now being attacked for not baking a cake celebrating a gender transition. Remember: the process is the punishment. If they can’t drive him out of business, they are still telling everyone else out there that adherence to personal morality comes with a high price. My thinking: this serial harassment amounts to a civil rights violation. If we ever get an AG with any guts, I hope he starts prosecuting the people making such complaints and the government officials acting upon such complaints.

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16 thoughts on “Open Thread

    • Retired Spook December 20, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      I have a tremendous amount of respect for General Mattis, maybe more than for any other military figure in recent memory, but in the end he’s still a warrior, and warriors like to be in the thick of things, to be taking the fight to the enemy. That said, I’ve never heard him or any other military leader talk about what victory looks like — NOT EVER. Virtually every military conflict since WWII has been more about exit strategy than winning, and fighting just for the sake of fighting has become nothing more than a way to flush trillions of dollars down the crapper while extinguishing the lives of thousands of young men and women. It certainly hasn’t made the world a safer place — quite the opposite in fact.

      • Cluster December 21, 2018 / 8:44 am

        Agree. Mattis is an honorable man but an old school, military industrial complex kind of guy who believes in perpetual engagement and as Spook said, that recipe has not worked out real well over the last few decades. There is nothing positive we can do in Syria, so let’s get the hell out.

      • fieldingclaymore December 21, 2018 / 11:56 am

        Did you guys read the resignation letter? oof

      • Retired Spook December 21, 2018 / 3:14 pm

        So what you’re saying, Fielding, is that you’re a war hawk? Yeah, didn’t think so.

      • Cluster December 21, 2018 / 7:29 pm

        I didn’t read the letter because I actually have a life. I will trust Trump’s instincts over Mattis’s though any day. We have seen the world Mattis has created.

        I read a report which claimed 30% of Americans are considering leaving the country. First of all, I am not sure I trust it but if true, I would say the millennial media plays a big role. Everything is a crisis and BREAKING news is 24/7. It’s exhausting.

      • Amazona December 25, 2018 / 8:19 pm

        “Yikers !!!: sniggered Fielding, just so darned tickled by Mattis resigning that he can only titter incoherently.

        But darn it, we didn’t catch the underlying MEANING of his muttering, so he had to up the ante, all the way to “oof”.

        Why, one might ask if one had the slightest interest in anything Fielding tries to share, would he suddenly become so semi-mute? “yikers” ?? “oof” ???

        It’s because there really isn’t anything to say, but he wants to say something, ANYTHING. So he burbles schoolyard nonsense, trying to impart through his inarticulate mumbling that something significant has just happened, something that made him giddy and will upset us if we can just figure out what is so darned meaningful about it.

        Oof. Don’t let a Star Chamber get ahold of that little syllable, Fielding, or you may find yourself on camera with the nation being told that it is really code for, well, for something really awful, like gang rape of drugged schoolgirls.

        As for Mattis, I always respected him. Now I respect him a little less, because I think the honorable thing for him to do would have been to simply quit, and not wallow in a little spiteful malice. Yes, he is used to be being a powerful man, in charge, and having people do what he wants them to do, and yes, it hard for someone like that to have someone else override his edicts and opinions. A little dignity would have been nice, but clearly that was not at the top of his list of what would make him feel better.

        But that’s OK. He has done a lot of good things, I have always respected him, and I doubt that he gives a flip about what I think of him now. I just expected more of him, and I have a feeling he will regret the tone of his little tirade, if he isn’t already.

      • Amazona December 25, 2018 / 8:32 pm

        Cluster, you say “I read a report which claimed 30% of Americans are considering leaving the country. “ Was that number broken down a little?

        We already know that something like 99% of Hollywood has “considered” leaving the country, though these people have the means to do so and have even had offers of one-way tickets bought for them to help them on their way, and so far none have. Maybe one or two, but even Brad Pitt no longer lives at his lavish French vineyard and Clooney has had to move out of England because it is so unsafe and has moved back to the United States. So what percentage of that “30% of Americans” consists of silly petty actors?

        And where would they like to go? In one of her temper tantrums, Cher talked about moving to Sweden. I never heard of Sweden extending an invitation, even though they welcomed tens of thousands of angry unemployable Dependent Class Muslims, and that ought to tell you how badly they wanted Cher. A couple of actors talked about Canada—again, as if it was a given that Canada would want THEM.

        I once hired a young man who “considered” leaving. He talked about it a lot, and when I asked him where he would go, he said “India”. I did blink a couple of times at that, but didn’t comment. I just told him that if he was serious, I would pay for his plane ticket. His face lit up and he kept asking if I was serious, if I would really do that. Yep, I said, no problem. If he hated America so much the country would be better off without him. That kind of startled him. Then I said all he had to do was give me a copy of the documentation of his renouncement of American citizenship, and I would buy him a one-way ticket to anywhere in India he wanted to go. Or anywhere else, for that matter.

        But….but….lip quivering, lots of blinking, near tears, he said he wasn’t ready to do that. And I said “then shut the F up” and walked away. And never heard another peep out of him “considering” leaving the country.

        But, if 30% of Americans want to leave, then let’s trade them for an equal number of foreigners eager to get into the country, as long as they are productive and WANT to be citizens. I’d call that a win-win. Get rid of our dead weight, solve a lot of the immigration problem, easy peasy.

      • Amazona December 25, 2018 / 8:34 pm

        Does anyone know of Mattis’s position on the ROE imposed on our military in the Middle East? Speaking of a vision of victory…….

    • Amazona December 25, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced.

      “I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him — he hadn’t received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House,” Thomas E. Ricks reports.

      fikkerty !

      loofah !!!

  1. jdge1 December 24, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Merry Christmas to all.

  2. Retired Spook December 25, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Wishing all of you the love and forgiveness represented by the man whose birthday we celebrate today. Merry Christmas everyone.

  3. Cluster December 25, 2018 / 10:20 am

    Merry Christmas all ……… thank you for entertaining me the last 12 years

  4. Amazona December 25, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    they are still telling everyone else out there that adherence to personal morality comes with a high price.. as does loyalty to Trump or even being willing to work for him.

    It is a vile, insidious strategy, to impose such penalties for not complying with the Left that people are increasingly afraid to act in a way that will call down their ire and the power of the State. Compliance is increasingly mandatory: Compliance in thought, compliance in action, compliance in political alliance and allegiance, compliance in everything the Left, and therefore the State, decrees to be required to avoid harassment, persecution and ruin.

    And that is what we need to be paying attention to —– THE POWER OF THE STATE. That is what the Mueller “investigation” is about, and it was brought about by the abuse of the power of the state to try to control the election. Everything we are seeing now comes back to that, to the increasingly blatant exercise of State control over the people. and the system.

  5. JeremiahTMM December 25, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Merry Christmas Everyone! 😊🎄🎁❄️

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