Super Bowl Open Thread

Super Bowl is a bit “meh”. We all know that Brady and the Patriots are going to win…and we don’t really like the Rams, either. But, I’ll watch…

Legal Insurrection has a positive review of “First Man”. A movie I really wanted to see, until I found out they cut the flag raising bit. What really irritated me is that I know the real reason they did: the Chinese market. Mark my words on this: the world would very much like to erase the fact that not only were Americans first to the Moon, but the Americans who did it were AMERICAN to their finger tips. And I mean from Astronauts down to the guys who cleaned up after hours. The world grits their teeth on it…and they are hoping that the next human to the Moon is non-American so they can completely emphasize that and try to make Armstrong into a footnote. This is why I want us back there before anyone else…and to Mars before anyone else.

Word is that Trump’s SOTU will be about “Choosing Greatness”. Good theme. It’ll irritate the liberals…and it’ll be funny to watch them claim that “Choosing Greatness” doesn’t mean things like Moon shots, but providing free college.

Why was Northam’s picture not used? Well:

During the 1992 campaign, I was a military aide to an assistant secretary in one of the cabinet departments and all of my counterparts were Bush Schedule C appointees. Through them, I became acquainted with some senior people on the Bush campaign team. There was tons of oppo on Bill Clinton and his horndogging and the fights between Bill and Hillary on the campaign trail and some really salacious stuff on Hillary’s extra-curricular activities but the Bush campaign elected not to use it in large part because Bush was still stinging from the Willie Horton ad. So finding a GOP campaign acting against its own interests for the sake of being a noble loser isn’t new. I would submit the 2008 McCain campaign had as its objective to be a gracious loser to the first viable black presidential candidate. I’ve never really been convinced Mitt Romney wanted anything more than to lose cleanly in 2012.

I find this to be entirely believable. I’m quite certain that the reason the Left has rolled from one triumph to another since 1968 in spite of being insanely out of step with the American majority is because the GOP simply refused to fight. It is why so many people hate Trump – he is fighting. And, by fighting, winning. And, now: what don’t we know about all the senior Democrats of the past 40 years? I’ll bet its a lot – there are probably whole file cabinets of dirt that GOPers have, but never used.

Some military leaders in Venezuela are starting to break with the Communist dictatorship. I hope it is true: a nice revolution overthrowing the left is always a good thing.

Misanthropic Humanitarian over at Ace goes over the way the left is going after Mrs. Pence. This is battle space prep, in my view: they still hope to get Trump out, and so wish to pre-smear the Pence’s…and even if they can’t get Trump out, smearing them works long-term because it is highly likely that Pence will run in 2024 and, also, as the Pence’s are deeply Christian, such a campaign works towards the Left’s general desire to demonize Christians out of public life.

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14 thoughts on “Super Bowl Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook February 3, 2019 / 5:08 pm

    Well, now Northam is denying either of the people in the photo is him. I guess someone should ask him, “OK Governor, were you lying when you apologized that one of the two was you, or are you lying now when you deny it?”

  2. Amazona February 3, 2019 / 7:11 pm

    I don’t think lack of competition between the teams is a good reason to skip the Super Bowl, but refusing to pay people to insult you and your nation and your flag is.

    The advertisers are staking out their target markets, and I say to them “go for it”. If Budweiser wanted the Hispanic/illegal immigrant market, they bid on it and I hope it is theirs, I haven’t had a Bud in my house since that ad. I used to love watching the new Super Bowl ads, but lately they just make me mad.

    On the other hand, the Puppy Bowl can be a lot of fun

  3. Amazona February 3, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    Abortion is fine. Cutting babies up to sell their parts is OK. But cutting down a cactus? Get a rope! Or, as Marilyn Milbrodt prefers, get a chainsaw. After an impassioned report on a damaged Joshua Tree, the Compassionate Left weighed in.

    @MarilynMilbrodt

    Replying to @MSNBC @KatyTurNBC
    This is awful too bad they can’t find them and cut them in two !!! Stupid people!!!!

    So capital punishment by maiming and torture is appropriate for vandalism of a cactus, and maiming and torturing a human being is fine as long as it represents someone’s choice. Got it.

  4. Cluster February 4, 2019 / 8:37 am

    What are the chances Northam is being sacrificed by Democrats for unveiling the truth of their abortion agenda? I don’t believe that these pictures weren’t known to anyone, and I think they were brought out to get Northam out of office for committing the crime of telling the truth.

    Amazona mentioned this on the other thread:

    We have become such a Grievance Culture

    And why is that? It’s because of our media. It’s a direct result of 20 and 30 year old “journalists” who grew up with participation trophies and who are now lecturing us daily on how unfair our society is because in real life, no one gets participation trophies and they didn’t know that.

    This is at the core of our national problem. Everybody is a victim and everybody is outraged. It’s exhausting and incredibly destructive.

    And the Super Bowl was BORING !!!!! The NFL has declined.

    • Retired Spook February 4, 2019 / 12:45 pm

      And the Super Bowl was BORING !!!!! The NFL has declined.

      We watched the first quarter in which there was NO score, watched something else that we had recorded and switched back to the game just as the halftime show was starting — score 3 – 3. I told my wife, it didn’t look like we missed much. We watched most of the halftime show, which was clearly aimed at a younger demographic, and then watched something else we had recorded. We tuned back to the game around the middle of the 4th quarter, score still 3 – 3, but just in time to see the only touchdown of the game, so we watched the last 8 minutes. When the announcer said the Rams’ last 8 drives had ended with a punt, I knew we hadn’t missed much. Still, what can you say about the Patriots? They did what needed to be done, and Brady still looks and plays like he’s 31 instead of 41. And after the way LA made it to the Superbowl, I was glad they got beat.

      • Amazona February 4, 2019 / 5:46 pm

        My favorite comment about the halftime performance was that it was “marred by the functioning sound system”.

        Yeah, I had to go back over that a time or two, but then thought it was pretty funny.

  5. Cluster February 4, 2019 / 9:33 am

    Case in point. Yesterday on CNN, someone mentioned the truth and the “journalists” didn’t like it. Here is former Bush asst. Scott Jennings:

    Previous to this blackface-KKK robe-moonwalking press conference he was on a radio show. He’s a pediatrician talking about — talking about aborting children at the moment of birth and then even after they had been delivered. I agree with you, Bakari. Human dignity matters and we ought to respect every human life of every race, especially these poor babies who are laying in delivery rooms when you have governors of states that think we should have a discussion about murdering them after they were born?

    Which was not received well:

    “OK, stop, stop stop!” Democratic commentator Karen Finney interrupted Jennings. “That’s a lie. What you’re saying is a ghoulish lie. I am on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America. That is a lie that the right-wing has perpetuated … I heard what he said. I don’t agree with what he said and the way he said it. But what we’re talking about is making sure that, in those instances, it is a woman and a doctor — not anyone at this table or anyone in Congress — making the decision.”

    So let’s be clear. This is what Northam said, and this is what NARAL is all about.

    “So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,”

    This is who Democrats are. They have no problem killing children. Don’t ever let them live that down.

    • Retired Spook February 4, 2019 / 10:42 am

      And if you think they’re going to stop with new born babies, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

      I detest anyone who constantly compares people they don’t like or with whom they disagree with Nazis or comparing their adversaries to Hitler, but I’m beginning to believe we have the seeds of something every bit as bad as Nazi Germany growing in our midst.

      • Amazona February 4, 2019 / 4:03 pm

        If you’re interested in comparisons, there are several.

        The most obvious, and the one we are talking about here, is acceptance of the idea that anyone can determine the value of the life of another. The female whose body conceived and carried that human being, the graduate of a medical school, the administration of a hospital, or any combination of these is considered an acceptable judge of who will live and who will die. Not die as punishment for a crime, but merely because he or she is not convenient in the life of the female who conceived and carried it, or to the government which might have to pay something to help sustain it.

        From that basic premise—-that human life has no inherent value but is dependent on how someone else might feel affected by it—-the rest can be advanced. So the value of the human life depends on the attitude, on the FEELINGS, of the female who conceived and carried it. And it depends on the financial calculation of a government agency. This diminishes and demeans the very idea that human life has an intrinsic value and a right to exist. It denies every right outlined and guaranteed in our Constitution. It flies in the face of the concept that no one should be in a position to judge or punish if he or she will benefit by the decision, by allowing the one person who will benefit most from the decision to kill a baby—that female—or the agency that will benefit financially from it to make the decision to kill it.

        Once the intrinsic value of human life has been denied, and once its value has been reduced to dependency on the emotions of someone else, on that person’s personal opinion, we have stepped onto that same slippery slope that led to the Holocaust, and to other genocides before and after it.

        So we have moved from “this life is inconvenient and therefore disposable up to the end of the first trimester of its existence” to “this life is inconvenient and therefore disposable even after it is independent of the female who carried it”. Then when we have accepted the idea that the value of life can be determined by an outside party, for personal reasons, we quickly move to the other end of the age spectrum, where we get to officially sanctioned ending of lives based on THEIR ages. That starts with the acceptance of allowing and abetting suicides by people who choose this due to fear of enduring long painful illnesses, and quickly escalates to people being pressured to agree to end their lives to benefit survivors who will not see their inheritances spent on end-of-life care. That is on lives that are no longer convenient for other people to sustain. From there it is a short hop to forcing people to die, even when they don’t want to, as we are seeing in Norway and Sweden, because they are sick or old.

        So we have lives bracketed at each end of the age spectrum, and the value of each determined according in large part to how long it has existed. Too young=no value. Too old=no value. Expensive to maintain=no value.

        This is quickly followed by acceptance of ending lives based on judgment of the quality of those lives. That leads to the acceptance of killing babies with birth defects, in spite of the fact that millions of people live with the same kinds of defects and are happy to be alive. This is where we start to get into the eugenics movement that spurred so many murders in Nazi Germany. And this is where the slippery slope gets steeper and picks up velocity, because this is where the importance and value of a human life is reduced to a calculation by someone else of its inherent value based on a bias against certain physical conditions.

        If a decision-maker thinks autism or Down Syndrome means an “inferior” kind of life, then it is OK to end that life at birth. How long before the “at birth” restriction expands to later in those lives?

        From there it is a short step to adding intelligence to that equation, and eliminating people below certain IQ levels. When racism enters the mix—-the belief that some races are inherently inferior to others for reasons including intelligence—-we get into the heart of Nazi-like activities. At this point it is easy to add politics to the equation, determining that people of certain political views simply do not deserve to live, going back to that acceptance of killing those who are not convenient, who pose obstacles to achieving certain personal goals.

        We have to remember, we now have a member of Congress openly favoring the elimination of Israel. Can we believe for a moment this does not include killing all the Jews who live there? They are deemed unworthy to live because they are Jews.

        Hitler’s list of people who did not deserve to live, whose deaths were deemed beneficial to Germany and the world in general, included Jews, Catholics, political dissidents, gypsies, homosexuals, and mentally and physically handicapped to some extent. How far are we from that? We might not be all the way to officially advocating for their deaths, but the Left has made up its own list of “deplorables” it deems unworthy of respect if not life itself. And that gap seems to be closing.

        We have already seen the Left openly call for killing people they hate for their politics. We have seen this kind of rhetoric expand in Leftist-run nations to actual overt murder of political opponents, or at least to their imprisonment for their beliefs. There is no reason to believe this would not happen here, if these people were given the power to enact their murderous wishes. How many on the Left would happily kill Donald Trump if given the chance? Hell, many would be happy to line up Trump voters and mow them down, or put them in gas chambers? They are dismissed as”deplorable” and “enemies of the nation”—-it’s not a big leap to just getting rid of them.

      • Cluster February 4, 2019 / 4:42 pm

        Well considering the children being born, maybe abortion is the way to go lol/sarc

        A man is planning to sue his parents in India for giving birth to him ‘without his consent’.
        Raphael Samuel said he had a ‘great relationship’ with his parents but has compared having children to ‘kidnapping and slavery’. The 27-year-old from Mumbai is an ‘anti-natalist’ who believes it is wrong to put an unwilling child through the ‘rigmarole’ of life for the pleasure of its parents. The anti-natalist movement is gaining traction in India as younger people resist social pressure to have children.

        YCMTSU

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6664843/Man-wants-sue-parents-giving-birth-without-consent.html

      • Amazona February 4, 2019 / 5:49 pm

        If “anti-natalists” stop conceiving, instead of conceiving and then butchering their offspring, I am all for it, and suggest that it become part of the Dem Party platform. Think of how much nicer this country would be if it had been one of the Dem policies about 30-40 years ago.

        But…wouldn’t Raphael Samuel be a fun guy to hang out with? With that cheerful outlook on life, I’ll bet he is the hit of any party. He’d be right at home on the Dem side in the U.S. Congress.

      • Cluster February 4, 2019 / 6:54 pm

        Comparing having children to kidnapping and slavery – unbelievable, proving once again that progressivism is a mental disorder.

        And here’s a glimpse into far left progressive Bill DeBlasio’s city:

        A 20-year-old man has been shot dead in broad daylight at a New York subway station with the horrifying gang-related killing captured on camera by fellow passengers.

        And note that other passengers “captured the gang related killing on camera”!! That was nice of them. Of course if they helped out, they might be accused of racism.

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html

  6. JeremiahTMM February 4, 2019 / 7:30 pm

    The way the justice system is supposed to work, is there’s supposed to be recompense for the innocent, or victims. And the law is supposed to be made in such a fashion that the suspects or murderers are supposed to pay for their crimes to the degree that such actions as murder or harm to another be punished the proper penalty. In the case of murder the penalty is death. But, the justice system no longer works that way. For instance, the Nikolas Cruz case where Mr. Cruz shot and murdered all those school children. There are lawyers who have a hearing two or three times a month, trying gather stuff in Mr. Cruz’s defense, to “spare his life.” What we have then is all these legal proceedings that slow down and hinder justice. This should not be allowed in our country, but I don’t have a dog in this hunt, so what I say has no bearing on the justice system. But, take a look at our prisons, they are full, overflowing, they can’t hold anymore criminals. So, that shows us that prisons sentences are not effective at preventing criminality. The truth of the matter is, no one should be the victim of murder, unborn or born. The murderer should pay the ultimate penalty, with their life. This includes abortionists, gang or thug murderers, and the more calculated murderers like Charles Manson, yet the people of America have sent millions of dollars both in state and federal money to a system that doesn’t work, worse yet, is that the justice system now approves of murder. I think this is a sign that people who vote for these kinds of legislators are calling down the wrath of God, and they will get it believe you me. They will get it.

  7. JeremiahTMM February 4, 2019 / 10:00 pm

    Wow!

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