Open Thread

So, Ralph Northam (D-In Deep Doo Doo) is, so far, refusing to quit after a photo was found of him either in blackface or a Klan outfit (it still isn’t clear just which of the two he was). Though rumors fly that he will quit. Some Democrats are calling for him to step down, others are standing by him…and the MSM is just furious. At us; for noticing. Banner week for the Democrats: infanticide, closet racism and Pelosi’s approval rating dropping like a rock. Best joke so far: we’re keeping Northam comfortable while we discuss whether his governorship is viable.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are starting to line up against Trump for 2020. Latest entrant: Cory Booker. T Bone could not be reached for comment.

They all seem like ill-educated clowns, to me: but, then again, maybe I’m not the right guy to judge. I’d like to think that none of them have a chance, but each of them is running because they are sure that if they get the Democrat nomination, the entirety of the global Establishment will move heaven and earth to get them elected. Against all that, we’ll have Trump and us. Who will prove the stronger? Time will tell.

I’m betting on Trump and us.

Apparently there is a lot of discounting for prescription drugs but you and I don’t get to see it: Trump wants to make it so we do. Outside the limelight, Trump and his Administration just keep working away to make things better for regular folks. He should be re-elected with 60% of the vote. If we had an honest media, he would.

Trump is also rebuilding our Navy: we just let out a contract two build two Ford Class carriers at once. The carriers are good. Saving money by building two at once is great. Best of all is the maintenance of a large, experienced workforce for such things. We get into a shooting war with a major power, we might have to replace sunk and damaged carriers in a hurry, and we’ll need the skilled people to do it.

16 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster February 2, 2019 / 11:01 am

    Best joke so far: we’re keeping Northam comfortable while we discuss whether his governorship is viable.

    Hilarious. One of the things I appreciate the most about conservatism is our sense of humor.

    • Retired Spook February 2, 2019 / 11:32 am

      And conversely, Liberal’s sense of humor as well as Liberal humor itself both suck. Conservative humor is generally about using the truth, actual words and situations to poke fun as in the joke above. The truth is seldom on Liberals’ side, so their humor, particularly political humor and cartoons is based largely on straw men and things taken completely out of context, and almost always an element of nastiness.

  2. Cluster February 2, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    “She is the leader. Everybody knows it, everybody feels it”

    — Filmmaker Michael Moore on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    YES. Please make her the leader. She is the perfect intellectual match for people like Casper and she alone could guarantee a return to responsible, conservative governance here at home for decades to come.

    • Retired Spook February 2, 2019 / 12:55 pm

      I haven’t seen any data, but I would not be surprised if more Conservatives want AOC to be the face of the Democrat Party than do Democrats themselves.

      • Amazona February 3, 2019 / 2:12 am

        I would not be surprised if more Conservatives want AOC to be the face of the Democrat Party than do Democrats themselves.

        Oh, I don’t know. I’ve been kind of rooting for Mad Max Waters–just think of all the votes that face on a billboard would bring in! But the Dems deserve AOC, who can take their mental condition from chronic to acute.

    • Amazona February 3, 2019 / 2:17 am

      And who could be a more compelling voice for the direction of the New Democrat Party than Michael Moore?

      Now all they need is a governor who has posed in a Klan hood, as well as blackface, who publicly advocates for infanticide. Oh, wait……..

      Or a member of Congress who favors the destruction of Israel. Oh, wait……

      Or a Senator repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct. Oh, wait…….

      • Cluster February 3, 2019 / 8:22 am

        You don’t often come across someone this stupid and this steeped in talking points, but she is a great example of the type of progressive who has been taught what to think and how to parrot it. Really sad.

      • Amazona February 3, 2019 / 11:59 am

        I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting……..yet no one has brought up the old story of the nurse in Chicago who was present when a late term abortion produced a living child which was just put in a cardboard box which was put on a shelf in the room where the hospital put its dirty linen, to die alone and cold and hungry.

        She freaked out. She took the baby, wrapped it in a blanket and held it and comforted it till it died of its fatal birth defects. She then reported this to the hospital administration, which said, essentially “So what? That’s what we always do.” So she went to the Illinois legislature, which would not vote to make this illegal. When a related bill got to the US Senate, the only Senator voting against it was the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama.

        This is nothing new. This is what the Left has been doing for decades now, officially sanctioned by its leadership.

        American Democrats, like their international mentors, are only compassionate about the kinds of suffering that can be used politically to advance their cause, even to the point of inventing some. But they are completely callous and indifferent to the suffering of anyone whose pain or death won’t benefit them politically.

        The mask of concern and humanity has slipped a little every now and then, and been hurriedly tugged back into place while the lapdog media have done their part to cover it up and explain it away. All we are seeing now is the growing complacency of the Left, as it becomes more and more sure that its base won’t care what lies behind the mask.

        Sadly, that calculation seems to be based on reality.

  3. JeremiahTMM February 2, 2019 / 2:42 pm
    • Amazona February 3, 2019 / 11:25 am

      He might have been attacked. But he might NOT have been attacked. The following quote from the article: It is the first time he has spoken since being targeted in downtown Chicago by two men who he said shouted ‘this is MAGA country!’ and attacked him as he walked home has been denied. Smollett says he never said this happened and it has been deleted from all reputable news stories.

      (And BTW, Chicago is the exact OPPOSITE of “MAGA country”. It’s much closer to being “Smollett country”.)

      Also suspicious are the efforts to portray his “attackers” as, and I quote, “rednecks”. Some men were seen wearing gray hunting-type socks (!) and some men were sitting on a bench across from Smollett’s hotel and then they left (!). He has refused to let the police examine the phone he said he was on, talking to his manager, when the attack happened.

      Walking around with a rope around his neck doesn’t really add to the veracity of the narrative. We can see his career has gotten quite a boost from this, and he has become a hero, including to the moron carrying a sign saying racism is not patriotism. Well, DUH!

      • M. Noonan February 3, 2019 / 3:24 pm

        My personal view is that he was doing something as he shouldn’t, and this was the half brained cover story they came up with to cover it up.

  4. Amazona February 3, 2019 / 11:49 am

    OK, I’m going to get as far from PC as I can get.

    I don’t think wearing blackface is by definition racist. Not by my own definition, anyway. I define “racism” as the assignment of any characteristic to any person based on the color of that person’s skin. I can add “ethnicity” to that.

    So to me, it is just as racist to believe that all Asians are good at math as it is to say all black people are ……….. fill in the blank.

    If someone paints his face black to emulate a black person for a malignant reason, to implicate black people in some negative characteristic, then yes, that is racism. But if his motive is not to denigrate, ridicule or otherwise make fun of black people, then I don’t see it as racist. To me, the assumption of the appearance of a black person has to have a malignant intent to be racist.

    So showing admiration for the talent of Michael Jackson by imitating him, to the extent of darkening the skin to look more like him, is not in my book racist at all, any more than a woman doing the same thing to imitate Diana Ross, any more than donning big weird glasses to imitate Elton John would have any malignant connotations.

    I used to make Halloween costumes for my nieces. The best ones turned out to be Indian Princess, Cleopatra and Fairy Princess. There was no racism in dressing up as a Native American or an Egyptian, any more than there was speciesism dressing as an outer space alien or a butterfly or a robot.

    We have become such a Grievance Culture that people are determined to find a grievance in pretty much everything they can, and I’m sick and tired of it. The goal is to eventually attach a political meaning to every single thing we say or do or think, and then to label these things as Acceptable or Not Acceptable, after which the mobs can escalate Not Acceptable to Must Be Punished. It’s a dangerous slippery slope.

    I can understand an adolescent thought process that thought it would be funny to have a black man hanging out with a Klansman. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. Clumsy, perhaps. Juvenile, perhaps. But not racist—unless the goal was to show admiration for the Klan, and I didn’t see that in the photo. Northam’s position on late term abortion and infanticide is more than enough to think he should not be in office. We don’t need to scramble around for other reasons, as applying the motive of “racism” to something that probably wasn’t racist in intent at all.

    What we are doing is validating the Left’s hyper-sensitivity and hysteria in claiming everything is “racist”. If we do this purposely to show what it feels like when the shoe is on the other foot, fine. If we are consciously applying their standards to them to keep things balanced, OK. But I hate to see the Right falling into the trap of assuming that acknowledging racial differences is by definition racist.

    • M. Noonan February 3, 2019 / 3:21 pm

      I agree – it is how you do a thing that matters. Wisdom dictates that anyone would take care in such matters: but, also, that people don’t be such whiny B’s about such things.

      Like this: I won’t wear a Native American head dress because that would be akin to me wearing a Medal of Honor. However, dressing up as an Indian for a costume party isn’t racist.

  5. JeremiahTMM February 3, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    The racist charge I think is designed to distract from the real reason Northam should be hanged, and that is his support of murdering both born and unborn children.

    Most of today’s politicians would have been hanged in the 1700’s. If the Founders were alive today, all of the Democrat party would be in trouble.

    We cannot make any distinction between born and unborn. Both are human beings, both have the same value and worth, and they deserve to live.

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