Open Thread

Act Blue is supposedly a small-donor organization allowing Democrats to give small amounts which are then passed out to various causes and candidates. In my view, the actuality is that it is a money-laundering operation taking in big donor cash in small increments and then passing it out to various causes and candidates. Be that as it may, it is a powerful fundraising tool for the Democrats, as we saw in 2018. The GOP seeks to counter it with an organization which will genuinely take in small donor cash. It is important to counter the Democrats – not that the money is all too important, but donations to such groups are considered a barometer of political health with the grassroots.

Nathan Phillips, the leftist Native American activist who caused the ruckus with the Catholic boys is not a Vietnam Vet – and if a DD-214 I saw earlier is correct, he’s a former USMC reservist with only a little more than two years active service and a lot of AWOL in there. In short, he’s just like all leftwing activists: a dishonest grifter.

Related: Covington kids are going to the White House.

Ace has been on fire about the Covington case – if you’re not a regular reader of the blog, you’re missing out. Come on: go over there and become the Moron you were always meant to be (look it up: you’ll find out in the archives why you’re a Moron). Anyways, he’s had a lot of choice words of late:

…maybe donate to American Greatness. Or to the American Mind. Or to The Federalist — so when FusionGPS’ paid ops sh** out the twitter hashtag #WhoFundsTheFederalist?, you can say, “I fund them, motherf***er.”

Or donate to this here blog.

Should we continue funding failure? What do we expect will come out of our continuing investment in failure?

We asked them to take our concerns to the establishment, to act as our tribunes to the actual decision-makers, so that our concerns would be addressed.

They mostly refused, and mostly delivered the establishment’s concerns to us.

We asked them to take our side against the media’s constant attacks.

They mostly refused. People like David French have a nice little cottage industry going of calling conservatives racists in The Atlantic.

We asked them to score a political victory for us once in a while.

They completely failed. This may be our fault, for wrongly assuming they had any efficacy or influence to begin with.

Now we’re down to the very most minimal request: Please don’t scalp-hunt our children just because Jezebel and the HuffPo are doing it and you don’t want to feel like a left-out Nazi.

Kurt Schlichter: everyone who takes on Trump gets crushed. It really does seem that way, doesn’t it? I think it is because he’s the first GOPer in a very, very long while who really takes on the left. Reagan did it a bit, but never with the knee-to-groin ruthlessness necessary. I note, with great care, that Trump never starts these fights…but when he punches back, he punches to knock out. And usually does.

Never been a particular fan of Jeanine Pirro – and these days I just don’t watch much TV (its more of a device to watch DVD’s on, now; and I’m wondering why I pay for cable, at all) – but she let rip on Pelosi:

“So let me see if I understand this: An American mother shows a picture of a child murdered by an illegal, and Chuck Schumer and his gang they come out and show pictures of federal employees. Is there a moral equivalency here? Are you folks, schizo?”

“Are you working for Americans or illegals? Or is it that you just don’t give a damn? You vacation in Hawaii. Your buddies vacation in Puerto Rico during a shutdown and you plan a jaunt to Europe while federal employees are trying to save every dollar to buy groceries. Admit it — you don’t give a damn.”

It is an important point – but do keep in mind that our liberals don’t view it like that. I know: I’ve got deep blue friends. They are convinced that Pelosi spends her whole life caring and only wants to help everyone and only us mean, racist, sexist, homophobic Republicans stand in the way. Even back in 2009 when the had the White House and overwhelming Congressional majorities.

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63 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. jdge1 January 23, 2019 / 11:49 am

    Ben Shapiro gives a great explanation on how the left mis-uses information to push their agenda and why so many non-thinking people believe / follow them. This is something Spook touched on about teaching people how to think, not what to think.

    ”This gap between the facts and the narrative dominates our politics. Here’s how the narrative chain works: Somebody makes a fact-free accusation of X, which supports the more general narrative, Y, supported by the political left or right. Opponents debunk X. That attempt to debunk X is taken as evidence that opponents don’t take the problem of Y seriously enough. Facts are marshaled to show that Y is true, even if X isn’t. In a peculiar way, the lack of facts to back X lends passion to those who defend Y — it allows them to malign the motives of those who don’t defend Y.”

  2. jdge1 January 23, 2019 / 12:31 pm

    I was somewhat agitated that a federal judge (was able to) reversed the White House’s decision to revoke the press pass of CNN’s Acosta, especially in light of the fact that Acosta was highly disruptive on multiple occasions. Guess Trump found a appropriate response:

    “The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”

    I love it when the left’s ability to distort facts are stripped from them. Wonder how the rest of the White House correspondents feel about being left off the bus? Guess they’ll have to find another gig.

    • Amazona January 23, 2019 / 1:31 pm

      Sorry, but there is no law guaranteeing any media outlet access to press conferences. And there is DEFINITELY no law guaranteeing any specific individual member of any media outlet this kind of access. If that were true my little home town newspaper could get a judge to issue an injunction demanding it be allowed to send someone to DC to attend the conferences.

      Trump might have to say, in so many words or without words at all, “I have the keys to the jets, I have the keys to the Capitol Building, and by the way I have the “off” switch for every microphone in the press room.” But he has started making it clear that all the other member of the press are paying for Acosta’s rudeness. He might up the ante and announce that if Acosta is going to continue being rude and disruptive and some activist judge is going to rule that he be allowed to attend press conferences, the result will be that there will not be any press conferences and announcements will be made without the opportunity to ask questions except in writing.

      Let the press corps police their own.

  3. Cluster January 23, 2019 / 2:41 pm

    I noticed how Casper and Fielding have disappeared. Of course when you support a completely indefensible political ideology, you do have to run and hide every now and then.

    • M. Noonan January 23, 2019 / 6:12 pm

      All they could do was openly defend what is false – and, yeah, they won’t be here for that. They’ll wait for the next “bombshell” and then be back.

    • casper3031 January 23, 2019 / 8:42 pm

      Haven’t disappeared at all. Traveling and watching Trump lose support for the trump shutdown Most of what you guys say is so out there. it isn’t worth responding to.

      • Cluster January 24, 2019 / 8:01 am

        So a completely manufactured attack on the President on behalf of the progressive media, and slander and incitement of violence against children on behalf of the progressive media all in one weekend is not worth responding to???

        Casper you are a F****ED up human being.

      • Amazona January 24, 2019 / 12:11 pm

        Casper’s masters have not told him to care about public solicitation of violence against children, or blatant Leftist propaganda in the media, or the callous use of the shutdown to block what might be seen as a Trump victory. So he doesn’t care. He is a very obedient little puppet.

      • Ryan Murphy January 25, 2019 / 8:08 am

        What are your thoughts on Venezuela Casper? You support Madero I suppose? He is a fellow traveler implementing your dream, after all.

      • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 2:48 pm

        I think Madero is a terrible leader and look forward to him leaving.

      • Amazona January 25, 2019 / 3:04 pm

        I think Madero is a terrible leader and look forward to him leaving.

        Too little, too late, and not convincing. After all, he is just an extension of Hugo, who was so revered by The One We Were All Waiting For and such a great example of the promise of socialism. Now that it is falling apart, which by the way we all predicted, history being such a good teacher and all, some of the Lefties are trying to turn their coats. Now all of a sudden at least some of you, Casper, are pretending to not like the new guy.

  4. Cluster January 24, 2019 / 9:00 am

    Mollie Hemingway had a great observation yesterday – if the media has no compunction of straight up lying to their audience as they did with the Covington kids story, what else are they lying about?

    That’s a legitimate question everyone should be asking. The majority of media in America today is actively working against the best interests of this country and everyday they work to sow more and more division. Russia would be proud of them.

    I hope this government stays shut down to inflict as much pain as humanly possible on Democrats and those who vote Democrat.

  5. Cluster January 24, 2019 / 9:37 am

    Here is crystal clear proof that Democrats are using federal workers as pawns and have zero interest in protecting this country:

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll043.xml

    Republicans introduced a bill to pay in real time all federal workers. Only 6 Democrats voted yes.

    Now we all know how concerned Casper is with paying federal workers because of the hardships they are suffering, so I wonder if this revelation is “worth responding to”. What say you big man?

    Oddly enough, this bill is NOT being covered in the Democrat media. Meanwhile Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee is stepping down from leadership roles because she approves of sexual assault which is another story not being reported.

  6. casper3031 January 24, 2019 / 9:48 am

    The house has already passed bills to end the shutdown and pay federal workers. Bills that Republicans supported last month. Republicans in the Senate need to pass them.

    • Cluster January 24, 2019 / 9:55 am

      I would first like you to respond to your media inciting violence against American children. What are your thoughts on that?

    • Amazona January 24, 2019 / 12:13 pm

      The house has already passed bills to end the shutdown and pay federal workers by demanding total capitulation from the president and keeping open borders.

      There—fixed

    • Cluster January 24, 2019 / 10:22 am

      You’re kidding me right? You’re concerned that more Americans don’t have a worthless piece of paper giving them inferior health care from the government?

      Please tell me you have bigger concerns than that? Now tell me your thoughts about the friend of yours who wanted to put American kids in a wood chipper.

      And the reason why the Democrat bills are worthless is because you have lied so many times, you have zero credibility with anyone.

    • Cluster January 24, 2019 / 10:37 am

      The sad reality Casper is that all Americans are worse off because people like you pretend to care about them and try and help them. Stop. You have already done enough damage to Chicago, SF, Baltimore, etc. Those poor kids have suffered enough because of you.

    • Amazona January 24, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      Casper, please explain the difference between having insurance paid for by the government which has such high deductibles that it makes medical care unaffordable, and having no insurance policy .

      • Cluster January 24, 2019 / 8:54 pm

        **crickets**

  7. casper3031 January 24, 2019 / 10:40 am

    Yes I’m concerned about the health care of millions of my favorite Americans, just as I’m concerned about the hundreds of thousands of Americans who aren’t getting paychecks because Republicans can’t keep the government running. And i don’t have any friends who want to put kids in wood chippers. Do you?

    • Cluster January 24, 2019 / 10:47 am

      Yes you do. Your progressive buddy on twitter wanted to throw those Catholic kids in the wood chipper. You need to answer for that because you are all the same and we all hold you accountable.

      And many doctors do not take Obamacare because the government doesn’t reimburse and the paperwork is overwhelming all because of you, so please tell us all again how much you care about American getting healthcare … it really is heart warming.

      • casper3031 January 24, 2019 / 7:52 pm

        Didn’t even know I had a progressive buddy on twitter. Then again, i don’t have a twitter account so how could I?

      • Cluster January 24, 2019 / 8:55 pm

        All progressives are interchangeable Cap. You’re like fish. You all live, shit, and f**k, in the same sewer

      • casper3031 January 24, 2019 / 10:12 pm

        “All progressives are interchangeable Cap. You’re like fish. You all live, shit, and f**k, in the same sewer”

        Few fish live in sewers and there are thousands of species, in all shapes and sizes.

      • M. Noonan January 24, 2019 / 10:52 pm

        It’s not good enough for you to say you don’t want the kids killed – you have to demand your side stop it. We’re not playing this game any more: your side holds each of us collectively responsible for any action. So, too, with you: either renounce the left, or be allied with those who want to kill kids because they smiled.

      • Amazona January 25, 2019 / 10:57 am

        Casper seems to think he can love the Left, parrot its lies, offer it his support, but then not be linked to it when it displays its true, brutal self. Sorry, Casper, but it doesn’t work like that. And if you pay closer attention, even you should be able to see that. The Left demands total allegiance and purity of thought, and you hangers-on who get your cheap thrills by associating with it because yours are the kinds of minds that are attracted to its surliness and attack-dog mentality ARE part of the deeper, uglier, reality of what the Left is and stands for.

        He can play Cafeteria-style Leftism, pretending that he can pick and choose, be a Lefty when it lets him come to sites like this and spout his inane nonsense but not really be associated with the thuggishness and brutality of Leftism, but it doesn’t work that way. Oh, people have tried—-they excused Mussolini by trying to shift the focus to the claim that at least he made the trains run on time. But those who have been drawn to some aspects of the Left and then stay in spite of its brutishness and violence can’t claim they are not responsible for the brutishness and violence. Those who really ARE offended or frightened by the true face of the Left leave it. Those who stay give tacit approval and are, therefore, enablers and even participants.

      • Amazona January 25, 2019 / 10:47 am

        Aww, ain’t Casper just the cutest thing EVER? You can just see him tucking his head down into his chins and smirking that silly little smug self-satisfied grin as he assures himself he has come up with a witty riposte.

        But we just see a silly sap way out of his depth, wanting desperately to be relevant and failing spectacularly as he is limited to either parroting the inane nonsense fed to him or falling back on the kind of inane argument style of a child.

      • Cluster January 25, 2019 / 7:55 am

        Well first of all Casper, I said you were “like fish” not that you were fish, but you certainly have the IQ of a fish and it is indeed a sewer in which you swim.

        Secondly what Mark said is the inconvenient truth. If we are all racists, you are all child killers. Please explain yourself. And isn’t it vile that progressives celebrate late term abortion but then profess to care for people and concern themselves with health care for all? That’s a disconnect that’s hard to process.

        Do you remember what Mother Theresa said about abortion?

      • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 9:01 am

        I’m not too worried about the nice catholic boys. I’m sure their parents are protecting them with lawyers, bodyguards, etc. It’s not like any of them have to worry about being shot by a cop or being taken away from their parents and thrown into a cage. I do care about the millions of people this shutdown is affecting. The only good thing coming out of this shutdown is that Americans are realizing how incompetent Trump and Republicans are. They are the ones getting the bulk of the blame for this mess, as they should.

      • Amazona January 25, 2019 / 11:21 am

        And here Casper’s inherent bigotry peeks out from behind his chins and lets us get a good look at it. And the lesson here is that no matter how cloyingly sanctimonious a Lefty is, not far below the surface is a nasty little bigot stewing in its own hate and nastiness.

        The “teacher” who went on and on about his LOOOVE for children, who postured and preened over his DEDICATION to the young, turns out to not give a damn about children if they aren’t a few marginal kids, either intellectually or socially, he can manipulate and groom to act as a fan club for him by paying a lot of attention to them. If he can play on their need for attention and get attention from them in return, then sure, he loves them—but only for what they can do for him. When they cluster around him and call out to him to sit at their lunch table, they are kids he can care about.

        Some OTHER kids, not so much. After all, what can THEY do for him? And they are conservatives, and Catholics, so he is indifferent to their abuse and safety.

        Casper, clumsy as he is, is illustrating the true ugly nature of the Left—–that to be part of it, one has to be selectively concerned about only the people the Left deems important enough to care about. In Casper’s case, his only concern in this thread is those who are not still getting paid for not working, because getting paid for not working is a key element of Leftist economics.

        I would love to see an analysis of just how important these 800,000 people are to the smooth running of the country. Because what the rising volume of Leftist howling is trying to obfuscate is the fact that for the most part, the government and the nation are doing just fine without them, thank you very much.

        Clearly, if half or more of this 800,000 were to be removed from the federal employee rolls (I carefully refrained from calling it a “work force”) this would have a minimal impact on the functioning of our agencies. When we dig down through the hysteria, the howling, the strident squealing, we find the dirty little secret the Left doesn’t want us to see.

        As for the “not getting paid” thing, there are increasing numbers of avenues for income being made available to those people. In Colorado, unemployment applications and processing have been streamlined to let furloughed federal employees qualify faster and get funds faster. A bank has set aside $5 million for interest-free loans, that only have to be repaid within six months of going back to work, with a turnaround time after application of literally a few minutes. In anticipation of a Denver school teacher strike, the school board is encouraging furloughed federal workers to apply as temporary teachers, at about $250 a day.

        The lesson the Left is ignoring and trying to drown out is that when the feds aren’t holding our hands and handing us money, local governments and private agencies can fill in the gaps. And that is anathema to the Left and its conviction that everything has to flow from the Central Authority.

        I would fully support a plan to simply do a Reduction in Force affecting about half of these federal employees, based on their actual importance to the workforce. I would support a very nice severance package and the promise to put them at the top of the list if those positions open up in the future, if their new applications and old job reviews indicate they are the most qualified for the positions as they open up.

        If they open up.

        Right now, unemployment is so low that employers have to look at the already-employed when they are trying to fill positions. If these federal employees have the kinds of job skills that justify returning them to their existing positions, they should have no trouble finding work in the private sector. Unfortunately, the private sector tends to operate on a merit-based system, so they would be at a disadvantage, but they can suck it up and join the real world.

      • Amazona January 25, 2019 / 11:52 am

        I’ve been dealing with Casper and his stupidity and his bigotry and his general cluelessness for a long time now, and even so he manages to surprise me.

        Take this little gem of ignorance and malice: It’s not like any of them (Catholic boys at Covington) have to worry about being shot by a cop or being taken away from their parents and thrown into a cage.

        In the edifice of Casper’s stupidity, evidently we have still not found how deep the basement is. It just keeps going down, and down, and down. But it’s not just stupid. I feel compassion for the merely intellectually deficient. It is the determined malice that I find so offensive. It’s his rummaging around in the dumpster of Leftist lies till he finds something tasty, and then digging it out and smacking his lips over it that I find so disgusting.

        But, in the real world, then yes, Casper, these boys DO have to worry about being shot. Not by a cop, necessarily, but if they visit parts of DC, or Chicago, or Los Angeles, or Detroit, or Baltimore, or any other Leftist-run hellholes of violence. But you are implying that only white people get shot by cops.

        Do you know why these white boys are less likely to be “shot by cops” than some others? For one thing, in the face of authority they are much more likely to respond as this boy did. They have been taught to respect authority and their elders, which is why we saw a boy under attack and obviously terrified by being swarmed by various adults howling insults and invading his space merely standing there with a nervous smile on his face. People who react that way don’t get shot by cops. By violent thugs, perhaps, but not by cops.

        They also do not represent a demographic which has repeatedly and publicly called for the execution of law enforcement officers. They are not part of a demographic that has posed a lethal threat to so many law enforcement officers. In the wild, if you see a grizzly bear you will probably reach for your gun. If you see a bunny, you won’t. Even someone as willfully dumb as you can realize that while not all bears eat people, some do, and bunnies don’t. Different demographics. And if that bear acts aggressive, there is not time to see if it is a bluff or not. Message to smart people: If you happen to be a bear, don’t be aggressive or threatening, because too many bears have eaten cops.

        (I put that into cartoon images, thinking it might help Casper if it was brought down to his level of comprehension.)

        Nice try, you sneaky little dishonest Leftist worm, trying to drag race into this, but all you have done is exhibit your true ugly Leftist bigotry and disdain for the truth.

        As for being taken away from their parents and thrown into a cage it’s actually funny, in a sad strange pathetic kind of way, to see you mouthing this bizarre lie after it has been debunked so thoroughly and so often. Clearly, you have no shame.

        Yes, we know that you, you and your fellow travelers, love all children (except white Catholic children) so much, so very very much, that you are fine with having them kidnapped or loaned out, subjected to the abuses of a long, traumatic and often lethal trip across a huge country to be used as human pawns, and then abandoned on the U.S. side of the border to fend for themselves. Hey, they have served their purpose, which is also the purpose of the Left, so who cares if they are then starving on the street or picked up to become part of sex slavery rings or simply killed?

        We know how much you and your kind object to the policy of separating children from the adults they accompany until officials are able to confirm that the adults are the parents or legal guardians and not just human traffickers. We get it. This kind of caring and concern for these children just does not fit into the Leftist template.

        We also know how much you and your kind love those staged, cropped and edited photographs that feed your knee-jerk stupidity and support your hysteria. Well, I grew up spending time in one of those “cages” you squeal about in your assumed concern for children. Certainly, if I and my fellow school children had been prompted to crowd together at one section of the chain link fence surrounding our playground and told to look sad, someone could have cobbled together a photo and used it to support a narrative of us being “in cages”. But in fact we were protected, from outsiders and from running into the street, etc. I see “cages” like this every time I drive past elementary schools.

        The photo you salivate over and use to support your stupidity is, by the way, old and from the Obama era. The facilities now are much more like modern day care centers, bright and comfortable, and those children are fed and given a quiet place to nap and are in general enjoy care far better than that provided by those “loving” parents. Remember, the little girl who died recently after being dragged across Mexico by her PARENT had not been fed or given water, BY THAT PARENT.

        But you just go right ahead, virtue-signaling to your pudgy little heart’s desire, bemoaning the desire to protect children who have been traumatized and endangered and, for some, from being sold into slavery or left to fend for themselves on the streets. You have made your priorities clear, and just to let you know, that has put you firmly into a very ugly category.

      • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 9:03 am

        And Roger Stone was arrested today. At last, a thug goes to jail.

      • Cluster January 25, 2019 / 11:21 am

        Do those catholic boys have white privilege Casper? Is that the talking point? hahahaha

        And the POS partisan hack Bobby Mueller doesn’t have a good track record, so I wouldn’t get too excited youngster:

        As FBI director in 2002, Special Counsel Robert Mueller directed his agents to oppose the pardons of four wrongfully imprisoned men because exculpatory evidence was merely “fodder for cross-examination,” newly revealed FBI documents show.

        Four years later, the four men, or their estates, were awarded $102 million by a federal judge in Boston for their wrongful decades-long imprisonment due to FBI misconduct.

        Seems that he cost tax payers quite a bit of money and wrongfully imprisons people.

        And any chance you will answer Amazona’s question?

    • Amazona January 24, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      The real problem for the Left is that Republicans are TOO GOOD at running the government, which is why the Left is so desperate to both stop them and reshape the narrative. Republicans can slash bloated agencies, they can cut taxes, they can negotiate with foreign nations (both friendly and hostile) without being craven and cowardly, they can work out policies that allow the economy to grow, they can can put objective jurists on courts instead of political activists trying to undermine the Constitution by making laws from the bench, and they can be clear-eyed and focused on ways to protect Americans in their own country.

      The many successes of the Republican administration has the Left peeing down its collective leg. So when this border wall thing came up, the Dems saw it as a way to deny Trump another victory, and to hell with the American people. To hell with those not getting paid. To hell with those endangered by criminals here illegally. To hell with the poor and desperate lured into making a dangerous and often lethal journey in hopes of gaming our system and getting into the country illegally. To hell with the innocent children dragged along on these brutal journeys to be used as pawns at the border. To hell with the people who die in the American deserts after crossing the border. To hell with the women and children sold into sex slavery by coyotes who take their money and promise to get them into the United States and then just sell them to the highest bidder. To hell with those killed by illegals, and their families. To hell with the lives ruined, or lost, due to the drugs smuggled across the border. To hell with the Americans who live along the border who see their livestock butchered, find bodies on their property, and are afraid to go outside their own American homes at night because of the bands of often violent illegals crossing their land. To hell with the children borrowed or stolen to accompany bad people to the border, to be dumped on the America side after they have served their purpose, to starve or be sold as sex slaves. To hell with the valiant and caring border patrol people who work so hard to try to determine which children are not with their parents, to protect them, only to be viciously vilified by a vile and lying Left.

      To hell with all of them, because sacrificing all of them is worth it if it denies Trump something that will be seen as yet another victory for him.

      THERE IS NO LEVEL OF HUMAN SUFFERING THAT THE LEFT WILL NOT TOLERATE OR EVEN IMPOSE IN ITS PURSUIT OF POWER.

      This is the most basic lesson we have learned about the Left, and it underlies every single action and statement we see from the Left. We see it at the top, when people like Pelosi turn down a compromise offer before it is even made. We see it at the bottom, when obedient little meat puppets like Casper mouth the lies they are fed, indifferent to true suffering as they posture as being oh so caring about politically motivated claims of suffering.

      It peeks its ugly head out when its minions blurt out their hatred and desire to inflict pain on anyone who does not fit into their odd and brutal worldview. The Stalinesque Thought Police policies that either killed, imprisoned or intimidated so many millions are being openly revived and celebrated right here in the United States, with little or no pushback, as those who posture as decent and caring people tolerate tactics designed to punish lack of political purity.

      • Retired Spook January 24, 2019 / 12:52 pm

        THERE IS NO LEVEL OF HUMAN SUFFERING THAT THE LEFT WILL NOT TOLERATE OR EVEN IMPOSE IN ITS PURSUIT OF POWER.

        That ought to be inscribed on a giant plaque somewhere highly visible to the public.

      • Cluster January 24, 2019 / 8:59 pm

        Fantastic post …. the unvarnished truth

  8. Retired Spook January 24, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    I don’t know this for a fact, just an educated guess, but I suspect that the media, as well as the Left in general (I know — redundant), use an algorithm or maybe even actuaries who calculate how many people will continue to believe a lie even after it’s exposed, and if the desired effect captures a large enough number, they simply double down on the lie. That’s what we’ve seen occur this past week. The only way it’s going to end is if those responsible pay some kind of severe penalty.

    You think “fake news” is a problem now. This is where it’s going next, probably becoming a major component of the 2020 election:

    God help us.

    • M. Noonan January 24, 2019 / 10:57 pm

      Well, one indicator is Buzzfeed and Huffpo laying off reporters today. But, then again, there are still plenty of outfits willing to put out the Progressive clickbait. You can’t make money selling leftist swill, but as long as there are rich guys willing to fund it, it’ll remain. Which makes me once again bring up my desire to de-fund the left. And I think we should steal a march on Warren – who today called for a 3% wealth tax (which won’t really affect any of her liberal billionaire buddies): we should demand 10%, and the abolition of tax free foundations.

      That aside, we’re going to find out which is the larger side. The Democrats are convinced they’ve already won…that 2020 will just be the ratification of their return to power. Of course, 2016 was supposed to be a walk over for them, too. One thing, though, is that they’ll have a far harder time stealing places like Florida than they ever have before. The GOP is now not only wise to their fraud, but is willing to do something about it. And if they can’t steal FL, their path to 270 narrows considerably.

  9. Cluster January 25, 2019 / 8:29 am

    Hey Casper, are you super super excited that two “girl power” Democrat candidates; Pocahontas and AOC, have proposed a wealth tax on the “tippy top” of rich Americans.

    It’s super awesome, like totally cool and then maybe the planet won’t end in 12 years then.

    • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 2:45 pm

      “Hey Casper, are you super super excited that two “girl power” Democrat candidates; Pocahontas and AOC, have proposed a wealth tax on the “tippy top” of rich Americans.”

      Got you talking about it. I call that a win.

      • Amazona January 25, 2019 / 3:01 pm

        Got you talking about it. I call that a win.

        Wow. A clueless Lefty bragging that being so clueless in Loony Leftyland is considered a victory. I guess I’m not surprised. And the smugness of claiming HE “got us talking about it”? No, it was the inherent stupidity of the people and their supporters that has people talking about it.

        To a class oblivious to humor, sarcasm and irony, I suppose that merely hearing a name can feel like a “win” even when the context is scorn, and ridicule of those so stupid their own actions brought the name into the public arena.

        The Left lives on such a strange concoction of narcissism and cluelessness that when we notice the absurdity of a position or the vulgarity of a costume worn by a woman wearing it to defend the dignity of women or any other conflict of Leftism and reason, they see this as “fear” on our part. Yes, humans routinely exhibit fear by snickering. Yeah, right. Names like Fauxcahontas and Liawatha really show how seriously we take the poseur and serial liar, Warren, according to the delusional Left, and of course finding AOC such a perfect butt of jokes is hiding our real concerns that she is a…….THREAT.

        Uh-huh. You just keep telling yourself that, Buttercup.

        But we have to remember, this kind of simpering non-thought comes from the people who are so threatened by competition and superiority that they have to hand out Participation Trophies and stop keeping score. You know who doesn’t want to keep score? LOSERS. You know who doesn’t think it matters to be right? PEOPLE WHO ARE WRONG. You know who thinks it is a “win” to have his heroes laughed at? SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT WINNING IS

      • Cluster January 25, 2019 / 5:03 pm

        You know who doesn’t want to keep score? LOSERS. You know who doesn’t think it matters to be right? PEOPLE WHO ARE WRONG. You know who thinks it is a “win” to have his heroes laughed at? SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT WINNING IS

        LMAO soooooo TRUE

  10. Cluster January 25, 2019 / 8:36 am

    Democrats are breaking away from Botox Pelosi. Here’s a list of Dems now supporting border security:

    Led by Virginia freshman Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, thirty members within the caucus urged Speaker Pelosi in a letter to give Trump a vote on border security funding if he first agrees to end the shutdown,…….Other House Democrats have also spoken out in support for border wall funding including Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, California Rep. John Garamendi, California Rep. Katie Hill, Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotnick, New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi, Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, Washington Rep. Adam Smith, and Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/24/democrats-breaking-with-leadership/

  11. Cluster January 25, 2019 / 9:02 am

    DO IT !!!!

    The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN. (snip) …while Trump’s advisers remain divided on the issue, the White House has been moving forward with alternative plans that would bypass Congress.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/01/cnn_announces_that_trump_is_preparing_a_national_emergency_declaration_and_has_identified_7_billion_to_use_for_border_wall.html#ixzz5dckHXpTt

    • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      Looks like Trump just folded. Had to change the narrative after Stone got picked up. Suddenly Trump doesn’t need a wall for the whole border and is all in for the Democratic proposal to use technology. He still can’t help lying about everything. Sad.

      • fieldingclaymore January 25, 2019 / 5:12 pm

        Ann and Rush are going to be so pissed.

        LOL

      • Cluster January 25, 2019 / 7:21 pm

        Hey Fielding …. How did that BuzzFeed story turn out?

        Trump is just letting Chuck U Schumer and Botox Nancy hang out to dry a little longer and then when most Americans realize that low quality people like Casper have no intention of negotiating in good faith and have in fact been lying to the American for years, he will issue the executive order for border security.

        You see where both of you losers are confused, is that you are use to the fascist approach – think what your half white, and half bright former President said: “I have a phone and a pen”. Trump is actually letting the minority party have a voice …. you’re not use to that.

      • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 7:44 pm

        cluster I have some bad news. Fielding and I are part of the majority. Most Americans agree with us. You are part of a shrinking segment of our society. Get used to it because it’s going to get worse.

      • Cluster January 25, 2019 / 8:14 pm

        And that’s why Hillary is President and Democrats still control the Senate and the vast majority of State Houses…….oh wait.

        You see Casper. This is exactly why you are not taken seriously and really just too stupid to go back and forth with. You are not tethered to reality.

        And I remind both of you that this is simply a 3 week CR ….

      • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 8:42 pm

        Hillary won the popular vote and the Democrats retook the House by 8 million votes. I doubt Trump will get a second term even with Republican voter suppression. You are in the minority and it’s growing smaller every day. Most real Americans are on our side.

      • Amazona January 25, 2019 / 10:40 pm

        Hillary’s margin was totally due to either Manhattan or Los Angeles. Yes, we understand that you think only those urban areas should be in charge of running the country. And the Dems won fewer seats in Trump’s first midterm than the outside party usually wins. And THAT was to a great extent due to the loss of 45 Republican incumbents.

        You may think most “real” Americans want open borders, the quality of the VA spread to the entire health care system, bearded men peeing next to six year old girls, foul-mouthed harridans screeching profanity while strutting around dressed as genitals, schools that turn out kids who can’t read, write, spell, add or think, and admire the likes of Chuck and Nan. As this seems to comfort you, you just hang onto that, ‘kay?

        What I found so interesting was the way Trump led Chuck into strutting and claiming that the Dems taught Trump a lesson. I suppose you think “real Americans” like that kind of snark and gloating.

        Let’s just wait and see how this plays out. Hint: I think it will play out with Trump getting billions to build his wall, the Dems owning the shutdown as it was Trump who proposed the compromise and will get credit for doing so after the Dems turned down several offers from him to meet him halfway, Trump getting credit for wanting to protect the nation while Nan and Chuck insisted that walls “don’t work” and the Dems looking like sore losers and sore winners at the same time. That speech of Trump’s today was great, and he said some very important things that I think will resonate with the public a lot more than Chuck trying to spike the ball when he didn’t pick off a pass and run for a touchdown but just had Trump hand it to him.

      • Cluster January 25, 2019 / 10:27 pm

        And again Casper …. we are not a democracy. A republic, remember? And have you seen a county map of the US?

        More sheep in the urban centers don’t constitute a majority Casper. In authoritarian banana republic countries .. yes, but not in the USA because of freedom loving people like you Casper …. oh wait.

    • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 5:28 pm

      Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States. Ann coulter

      • Retired Spook January 25, 2019 / 6:05 pm

        You mistake us for people who give a sh*t about what Ann Coulter says. Nice try, though.

      • casper3031 January 25, 2019 / 6:30 pm

        You don’t, but Trump does.

      • Cluster January 25, 2019 / 8:24 pm

        No other President will even come close the wimp standard set by Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama whom I consider the first woman President.

  12. Amazona January 25, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    Casper—the gift that keeps on giving.

    First, let’s take a look at how bright and concise “teacher” is. So, is he stupid or just a liar? Do we have to consider the two options mutually exclusive, or can we go with the evidence and say “both”?

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thug
    thug
    noun
    \ ˈthəg \
    Definition of thug
    a brutal ruffian or assassin

    So we can dismiss Casper’s description of Roger Stone as a “thug”. NEXT——

    Going back to Spook’s link to visual deceptions, the Left has been playing games with words for more than a century now, and I think that is more dangerous, at least at this point. I reference the NYT hit piece on Roger Stone, printed under the guise of “journalism” but really a textbook example of semantic manipulation to create a false impression or belief. (It won’t be long before Merriam-Webster defines The New York Times as a purveyor of falsehoods designed to create a false impression or belief. That is the current definition in the real world, it just needs to become part of an official source.)

    First, there is the obvious effort to link Trump to whatever Stone is accused of. That is just what the Times does. No surprise there.

    But then we get into the twisting and innuendo.

    Stone testified before the House Intelligence Committee in September 2017 about Russia and Trump.

    This sets the stage for the innuendo and the pattern of linking facts in a deceptive way.

    He had supplemented his testimony with documents, including ones that named Randy Credico, a New York radio host, as his backchannel to WikiLeaks.

    This was not about “Russia and Trump” at all, but about Stone and his interest in what Russia was saying, not about Trump but about what Russia had learned from hacked Clinton emails. Note the shift from Hillary’s crimes to the effort to tie the emails, and WikiLeaks, and Assange, not to Clinton but to Trump. Classic deflection strategy.

    And don’t overlook the fact that Stone brought these documents in to support his own testimony, meaning that they were not only innocuous but that he clearly believed they would support his innocence of any wrongdoing. A question: Do any of these documents actually name(d) Randy Credico, a New York radio host, as his backchannel to WikiLeaks or do they simply say he talked to Credico about the leaks and there is speculation that Credico had some sort of connection to Assange? Did anything they discuss REQUIRE any “backchannel” contacts, or were they what had been made public? What support is there for the claim that Stone wanted or needed or took advantage of some backchannel contact with WikiLeaks, much less that this was provided by Credico and his alleged contacts? There is remarkably little actual information in this statement, probably by design, but a whole lot of innuendo.

    Stone during his testimony denied having any emails or texts with anyone regarding allegations of hacked documents, but in actuality, the indictment alleges, Stone had sent and received numerous emails and texts during the 2016 campaign in which he discussed WikiLeaks, its founder, Julian Assange, and its possession of hacked emails.

    So what does the Times mean when it chooses to use the phrasing that Stone “.. denied having any emails or texts with anyone regarding allegations of hacked documents..” ? The insinuation is that Stone denied talking about the content of hacked emails, but I believe his testimony was that he had no discussions with anyone regarding allegations of hacked documents. That is, he had no discussions with anyone about any allegations that he had knowledge of the hacking of the documents. The key word here is allegations. If Stone was not accused of being part of the actual hacking, then of course he would say he had no discussions about any such allegations. He did not discuss something that never happened. Got it.

    However, discussions about the contents of the hacked emails, after they were made public, is completely different. It is ridiculous beyond belief to claim that no one interested in seeing Trump elected would have ignored the dirt about Hillary exposed by WikiLeaks, and corrupt beyond belief to claim that any such discussions were criminal in nature. The entire Clinton email mess was discussed in great detail by millions of people all across the country, many of them interested in how this might help the Trump campaign.

    Note the careful phrasing of the NYT text here: The paper is careful to actually SAY only that Stone had “…sent and received numerous emails and texts during the 2016 campaign in which he discussed WikiLeaks, its founder, Julian Assange, and its possession of hacked emails.” It is the placing of this statement, which is accurate, in the context of the implication that Stone’s testimony connected to “Russia and Trump” by its placement in the article, and then blatant linking of what was probably completely true and accurate testimony by Stone when he “denied having any emails or texts with anyone regarding allegations of hacked documents” with the words but actually linking this true and accurate testimony (as he had not been alleged to be involved in the hacking and therefore could not have had texts or emails about any such allegations) with an unrelated but accurate reference to finding the contents of the emails of interest, and discussing them.

    This is classic misdirection and deception. We have to break down the lies of the Left into their discrete components to see the truth.

    1) Stone testified that he had not had any communications regarding allegations of hacking the emails—-because there had been no such allegations. True.
    2) Stone did discuss the hacked emails, WikiLeaks, Assange, etc. True.

    But 1) does not contradict 2). They are unrelated, at least until the Times links them with the phrase “but actually” and then implies that 2) is proof that 1) was lie.

    But the Times is not finished. It goes on to insert something totally irrelevant.

    Stone later told an unidentified person — believed to be Credico — in Dec. 2017 that Corsi should do a “Frank Pentangeli” before the House committee to prevent contradicting Stone’s earlier testimony, according to the indictment. That’s a reference to a character in “The Godfather: Part II,” where a Congressional witness claims to not know information that he does in fact know.

    So? Stone didn’t advise Corsi to do anything. In a conversation with a third party the third party said, to someone, that Stone had suggested this might be a strategy of Corsi. Big deal. I have suggested a lot of things to a lot of people, sometimes seriously and sometimes in jest and sometimes rather wistfully as in “if only…”. The fact that this claimed casual comment to a third party is included in the indictment is, to me, proof of the flimsy basis for the indictment. And the NYT plays the game by including the comment about Corsi being “believed to be a right-wing conspiracy theorist”, a claimed and unproven off-the-cuff comment that has absolutely NO legal implications whatsoever, and the Mob movie The Godfather with all of its attached innuendo.

    The indictment also details repeated conversations Stone had with “person 1,” an individual believed to be right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, an associate of Stone. The pair communicated at length about document leaks, and Corsi encouraged Stone on potential campaign messaging.

    A legitimate journalist would not include the observation ” an individual believed to be right-wing conspiracy theorist in an article about Stone. This is another prejudicial comment designed to cast all in the article as wrongdoers of one sort or another, if not outright loons. This comment is unprofessional and designed to discredit Corsi, thinly protected by the weasel words “believed to be”. By whom? The NYT? This is Yellow Journalism.

    Then we get to the real meat of the story: The pair communicated at length about document leaks, and Corsi encouraged Stone on potential campaign messaging.

    So? How many people in the United States communicated with each other at length about those document leaks, and had opinions on potential campaign messaging?

    “Would not hurt to start suggesting HRC old, memory bad, has stroke – neither he nor she well. I expect that much of next dump focus, setting stage for Foundation debacle,” Corsi told Stone, according to an email dated Aug. 2, 2016 referenced in the court document.

    Mark, you’d better line up a lawyer right now, because a lot of this took place right here on this blog.

    If there is anything to go after Stone on, other than being associated with Trump and discussing political theory and strategy, it doesn’t appear in this hit piece thinly disguised as “news”.

    But it is this kind of dreck that the mindless Caspers find so compelling.

    All we ever have to do is break something down into its separate components (and “discrete”, when spelled like this, only means “separate”) and examine each component. Then we can see if they are legitimately linked as part of an accurate narrative or artificially linked by proximity in an article or by wholly deceptive tactics such as saying “but actually” to basically say the first part is a lie because it is contradicted by the second.

    Until we learn to identify the deceptions of the Left through semantic manipulation and infiltration, as well as the blatant and overt lies, we will continue to have a nation influenced by lies.

  13. Amazona January 25, 2019 / 1:31 pm

    Ever wonder what it would take to be accused of—–and even convicted of—perjury in this new Star Chamber era of American “justice”.

    John Q Public is called in to testify about his neighbor’s dog attacking a jogger. He didn’t see the attack, but he is asked to testify anyway.

    Q: When is the last time you ate scrambled eggs?
    A. Huh? What? What do scrambled eggs have to do with what I might know about some dog biting someone?
    Q. So are you refusing to answer the question?
    A. I don’t even know why you are asking me the question. I was called in to testify about something I already said I can’t testify to because I have no information about it, and now you are asking me about something completely unrelated to that.
    Q. Why are you avoiding an answer here? It is because you have something to hide?
    A. No, of course I have nothing to hide. I’m just confused about why you are asking about my breakfasts.
    Q. Are you testifying—-and remember, Mr. Public, you are under oath here—–that you have only ever eaten scrambled eggs for breakfast?
    A. Huh?
    Q. Do you define “breakfast” as a morning meal?
    A. Well, uh, I suppose usually………
    Q. So, Mr. Public—–and I remind you, you are under oath here—–when was the last time you ate scrambled eggs for breakfast?
    A. Uhh, I don’t know. Maybe four or five weeks ago. I’m not that crazy about scrambled eggs. I
    guess maybe five or six weeks ago, maybe…….
    Q. So your sworn testimony here is that five or six weeks ago you ate scrambled eggs in what you call “breakfast”, is that correct? Or is it four or five weeks ago? Which IS it, Mr. Public?
    A. I guess so. I don’t really remember.
    Q. So what do you have to say about THIS, Mr. Public? This is a signed credit card receipt for a meal you bought at the Marriott Hotel THREE WEEKS AGO, and here is a copy of the ticket, which clearly shows that at this meal you ate scrambled eggs! What do you have to say about THAT, Mr. Public?
    A. Oh, you must mean the Mother’s Day brunch buffet. Come to think of it, I did put a spoonful of scrambled eggs on my plate because my mother insisted that I try them, but I only took one taste and didn’t finish them.
    Q. But you did eat some?
    A. Yes, a small bite
    Q. So didn’t you just LIE to this Committee when you said you hadn’t eaten scrambled eggs for five or six weeks, when you actually DID eat scrambled eggs THREE WEEKS AGO!
    A. Well, I didn’t actually EAT them, I just tasted them and then….
    Q. Did you SWALLOW the bit of eggs you took, Mr. Public?
    A. Well, of course. I would hardly just spit them out.
    Q. So you have just LIED to the Committee when you said you had not eaten scrambled eggs for breakfast for a month or more, when we have proof that you DID, is that not true?
    A. Well, I didn’t exactly LIE, I just didn’t remember clearly.
    Q. So is your testimony now that yes, you did eat scrambled eggs for breakfast three weeks ago?
    A. I guess so,
    Q. Will you please look at the time stamp on this receipt from the Marriott?
    A. OK
    Q. What time is on the time stamp?
    A. Uhh, it says 12:52 p.m.
    Q. Is that in the morning, sir?
    A. No, it is just after noon.
    Q. So you have testified that breakfast is a meal only eaten in the morning…….
    A. ……uhh, I didn’t actually say that……
    Q. ….and that the last time you ate scrambled eggs was for breakfast more than a month ago…
    A. …..I don’t think I actually said exactly that….
    Q. …..and then when faced with PROOF you were lying you suddenly conveniently “remembered” eating scrambled eggs only three weeks ago, and furthermore this was not in the morning, at “breakfast”, but after noon, at “brunch”. Haven’t you been lying to this committee, Mr. Public?
    A. No, I just didn’t remember some details.
    Q. We will be filing charges against you for perjury and obstruction of justice, Mr. Public. You are dismissed.
    A. But what about the dog attack?
    Q. Oh, that was a hoax. It never happened. But you play golf with the man who owns the dog that didn’t bite anyone, and we can’t pin anything on HIM, and when called in to testify you lied to the Committee, so you committed perjury and obstruction of justice and will be prosecuted accordingly.
    A. But don’t you have to have a crime to obstruct to be guilty of obstruction of justice?
    Q. Not if we can define “justice”. Or “crime”. Or “obstruction”.

    Welcome to the Brave New World of Leftism in charge of “justice”

    And the Caspers are gleeful that the “thug” John Q. Public has been arrested.

    • Amazona January 25, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      When the socialist schemes of Joseph Stalin et al. foundered, they blamed the “kulaks,” i.e. those who had enjoyed the “unmerited accumulation of riches.” There was never any real definition of a “kulak.” Basically, if you had one cow and your neighbor had two, he was a kulak.

      I’ve written about my Leftist poster child cousin. I remember when she sneered that owning a VCR was practically immoral—“No one needs a VCR” she proclaimed, deciding that owning a VCR was just a way to flaunt riches to those who did not have any. Then her children got old enough to want to watch TV, so she got a VCR so they could watch their videos instead of being dependent on TV programming. At that point the narrative shifted: “No one needs TWO VCRs” she proclaimed, decreeing that owning one VCR could be justified but two? Never. That was just exhibition of wealth and an effort to make the less wealthy feel bad. It was a character defect, and she was far above that.

      But then her kids wanted to watch the same movies and cartoons over and over again. So she bought a second VCR so she and her husband could watch their own shows. You see where this is going. At that point owning two VCRs was fine, but anyone with three would be—–well, probably a kulak.

  14. JeremiahTMM January 25, 2019 / 6:05 pm

    President Trump is going to win this thing. He just has to slap Nancy and Chucky around a little bit. Make em listen.

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