Open Thread

It appears that about 49 million Americans tuned into the SOTU and 76% of those who watched liked what they saw. It will be hard for Democrats to gain leverage for their absurd plans – be it the insane Green New Deal or their continuing conviction that somehow, some way, Trump-Russia is the way to get Trump.

As for that Green New Deal – I agree with those who say that our best tactic is to reject the premise. Don’t argue the stupid details. Reject the very notion that we need a Green New Deal. The premise is that human action is causing environmental change which will certainly be catastrophic to life on Earth. That is a stupid notion: the idea of an idiot or of a person who is running a con to grab power and wealth no one would otherwise give to them. The footsoldiers of the Green New Deal are the idiots – the people pushing it from the top are the con artists. Neither should be allowed so much as the time of day. their entire idea is baseless, corrupt, stupid and cruel.

Senator Rand Paul is calling for hearings into the selective prosecution of Trump officials. In my view, McConnell should empanel a select committee on this. Democrats want to keep up the investigations in the House? Fine: we can’t stop them…but we can bury them under a mountain of investigation, as well. Fire with fire: and as our investigation stands a massively better chance of uncovering criminal actions, the Democrats should fear such a tit for tat operation.

There have been Conservative voices – and not just Never Trump “Conservatives” – saying we should lay off Joy Behar over her use of black face in the past. Such people are fools. The Democrats made the determination 50 years ago that they would fight with any means necessary. So be it: now, we just have to turn it against them. We’ve been playing by rules which were discarded with Johnson was still President. Behar used black face: any Republican who did such a thing would be fired and hounded out of public life. So, Behar must be fired and hounded out of public life – by the Democrat’s definition, she’s a racist and she has to go. And while we do it, just keep telling them: “if you quit, we’ll quit”.

In light of this: a Colorado school teacher who tweeted out threats against the Convington Catholic boys may be fired. There should be no “may” in it. She has to be fired: these people on the left must be instructed that they are no longer permitted to slander us.

Robert Stacy McCain takes note of a guy named Anand Giridharadas. A man who is part of our Elite (attended the same school Chelsea Clinton did, eg). A man who is a pinko as you can get without dressing up like Lenin. But a man who also, it seems, is disgusted by the liberal elites on top of our society. Give it a read – and I’ll be keeping an eye on Anand going forward, because I’m starting to see some on the left who are as fed up with things as we are. They will never agree with us on policy, but that’s fine. We don’t expect everyone to agree with us. Nor do we ever expect to get 100% of what we want to the exclusion of ideas we disagree with. But we all do need to work to destroy our current Ruling Class. It has to go.

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72 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. JeremiahTMM February 7, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander.

  2. Cluster February 7, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    The premise is that human action is causing environmental change which will certainly be catastrophic to life on Earth.

    OK, let’s kill all the progressives first and see if that helps.

    Joyless Behar is a vile human being and there are a myriad of reasons why she should not be a part of civil life, let alone daytime tv. She is a special kind of stupid with an extreme lack of self awareness.

    And I love the idea of investigating the investigators. Go Rand Paul. Be ruthless.

    • Cluster February 7, 2019 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks Casper. I knew it had to be something, I mean who would watch that idiot right? Say didn’t the Democrats in all white remind you of the KKK? Kind of reminiscent of the old days. It was heart warming.

      • Amazona February 8, 2019 / 1:12 am

        A friend sent a great photo, of the Dem contingent, with the caption “We haven’t seen this many Dems in white since they started the KKK”.

      • casper3031 February 8, 2019 / 9:01 am

        Considering the KKK was and is made up of white Protestant males, no they didn’t remind me of that. My favorite moment of the speech was when the Democratic women celebrated their election to the House. I give Trump credit for that.

      • Amazona February 8, 2019 / 10:37 am

        My favorite moment of the speech was when the Democratic women celebrated their election to the House.

        Of course it was. Casper reminds me of Michelle Obama and her comment that she never had any respect for this country until it paid attention to her husband. This is a typical Leftist mindset, an element of the toxic narcissism of the average Leftist.

        Casper was evidently unimpressed by the determination to protect brown-skinned women and children by ending the practice of allowing them to believe there would be riches and comfort for those enduring the dangerous and often lethal trip to the border. But then, why should he be? It wasn’t about HIM or his party. He was evidently not a fan of the idea of ending sex trafficking of children who had callously been used as pawns by criminals trying to game the system to gain entry into the United States—now that he has discarded the disguise of teacher who loves children, he doesn’t have to even pretend to care about them any more.

        No, of all the uplifting messages and goals of the speech, including the commitments to unifying the nation and working with the other party, the only thing he really liked was seeing a gaggle of immature girl-women hopping up and down in some weird kind of celebration, giggling and waving their arms around because someone paid attention to them. They made complete fools of themselves, illustrating their superficiality and lack of seriousness, and yes, I also give Trump credit for that.

      • Cluster February 8, 2019 / 9:35 am

        Progressives are really good and congratulating themselves so I understand why that was your favorite moment. It’s a shame they were silent when the conversation turned to killing children though. They like themselves but not their kids.

        And those white protestant male KKK members were all Democrats Casper. In fact the late Democrat Robert “KKK” Byrd was celebrated by Clinton and all other Democrats as a fine man. You belong to a helluva party there Casper.

      • casper3031 February 8, 2019 / 9:52 am

        “And those white protestant male KKK members were all Democrats Casper” The key word is “were”. The KKK fully supports Trump today. And yes I’m proud to be part of a party that is as diverse as the Democratic party is today. It has it’s flaws, but is is still way ahead of the current GOP.

      • Amazona February 8, 2019 / 10:29 am

        The KKK fully supports Trump today.

        There have always been questions about Casper’s posts—is he really that stupid, is he really that malignant, or is he just sliding headlong into dementia? And we still don’t have a definitive answer.

        If we want to cut him a little slack, we can just say yeah, he is just dense enough and just unable enough to think for himself that he simply parrots what he is fed by his masters. But we have seen enough malignancy from him lately, especially since he found his true home on the Left Coast among so many fellow travelers, that I’m leaning toward purposeful lying.

        His beloved “diverse” Democrat Party is openly supported by the New Black Panthers (an organization that publicly offered to pay people to kill other people), Black Lives Matter (which didn’t offer to pay people to kill other people, just told them to go out and do it), anti-Semites who advocate the elimination of the nation of Israel and all Jews and Antifa, the new fascist movement in the United States, all because the official party openly supports policies and beliefs in sync with those of these groups. But if, and that is a huge IF—some in whatever fragments remaining of the KKK are also Republicans, that is a casual connection, not a causal connection, because there is nothing (outside the toxic delusions of the mindless sheeple led around by Leftist propaganda) to support (1) the fantasy that there is a large and thriving KKK in the United States today, or (2) that there is a single thing about the Republican Party that is racist.

        I know, this is a far more complex thought process than Casper is capable of, or even interested in pursuing. He is no doubt one of the mindless who simply accepts the artificial linking of two unrelated words—“white” and “nationalist”—-and blindly follows the path laid out by his Leftist masters to accept that love of our nation is the same as being a white supremacist. It’s as stupid as accepting the premise that belief in governing our nation according to its Constitution and rule of law means prejudice against some race or another.

        It’s feeble-minded people like Casper who are also motivated by a deep inner malice who make Leftist propaganda so successful.

      • Cluster February 8, 2019 / 10:43 am

        Casper – the Democrats are all still very racist (think: Northam blackface), the only difference is that instead of the cotton plantation, Democrats now have the political plantation they keep those dark skinned people on. Remember how Democrats all wondered if Clarence Thomas was “black enough”?

        Are you still concerned about the serial rapist on the Supreme Court?

      • Amazona February 8, 2019 / 11:00 am

        I am surprised that Casper didn’t include as a favorite part of the speech the hatchet-faced harridan reminding Sinema of the dangers of getting crossways with the Thought Police of that oh-so-diverse Democrat Party.

        Naturally, someone as superficial as Casper would look at nothing but skin color to determine “diversity” while the party actually demands absolute lockstep acceptance of rigidly enforced doctrines. In his race-obsessed party, the only thing that matters to him is shades of brown and variety of genders, oblivious to the true rigidity and intolerance of its beliefs and policies.

      • JeremiahTMM February 8, 2019 / 5:29 pm

        Don’t let Casper fool ya, he likes the Black Panthers, Jihadists, child murderers, and the communist elements of the party he identifies with, and supports.

    • M. Noonan February 7, 2019 / 10:45 pm

      Yeah, Casper – 3.79 million Republicans tuned into MSNBC while another 3.47 tuned into CNN to watch the SOTU.

      Give it up: that is just Vox trying to make you feel better – more people watched than last year, and a lot of people were very pleased with what they saw.

      Perhaps people don’t hate the man as much as you do?

      • Amazona February 8, 2019 / 1:13 am

        I watched See BS because I couldn’t stand Juan Williams’ whining on Fox. That man is such a bore, and such a whiner, when he gets started it is like fingernails on a blackboard.

        (Can you still say blackboard?)

      • Retired Spook February 8, 2019 / 11:57 am

        I watched See BS because I couldn’t stand Juan Williams’ whining on Fox.

        Juan Williams is one of my least favorite people on Fox, just after Mary Ann Marsh. I’ve heard he’s a nice guy which may be why Fox keeps him on, but there have been times on The Five when it seemed like he a Jesse Waters were about ready to take it out in the parking lot. He doesn’t come across as very intelligent. He fails miserably at attempting to defend the Leftist POV, and usually ends his turn by simply reciting Leftist talking points attacking Conservatives and Trump.

    • Ryan Murphy February 10, 2019 / 7:40 am

      So do we need to start listing the groups that support democrats, Casper? But I know that we would be treated to pathetic bleating sand indignant statements that that is ‘different’ and ‘you can’t hold those people against them!!!”

  3. jdge1 February 8, 2019 / 6:51 am

    The Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals by a supposed vote of 5-4. First, how is it possible to have a 5-4 vote with RBG not in court? Second, Roberts sided with the liberals (again) essentially blocking the full Fifth Court of Appeals who sided with Louisiana. Based on several comments Roberts has made recently I get the feeling that he has an ax to grind with Trump, not that he wouldn’t have voted this way if he didn’t. I hope that Trump has the ability to put a few more justices in the Supreme Court during his Presidency, along with a whole bunch of Appeals Courts and other federal courts. This will certainly be one of Trump’s lasting legacies.

  4. Cluster February 8, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Brown people have historically been so successful at governing socialist countries that it’s no wonder why people like Casper are excited about an authoritarian like AOC. The Green New Deal sounds awesome. This “dirty ass cracker” (hat tip to the Black Israelites) can’t wait to quit my job and receive a universal income and free healthcare all administered by loving brown people and women in white jackets.

    I can feel the love already

  5. Retired Spook February 8, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    Interesting essay at Public Discourse this morning.

    If the status quo is the end game for conservatives, then there can never be hope for a long-term political victory, only momentary setbacks to the progressive agenda. The victories of social progressivism have less to do with the ideology of the founding than the moral failure of men and women in every generation to stop evil from progressing.

    • JeremiahTMM February 8, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      I agree, Retired Spook. The preservation of freedom requires a certain level of discomfort. If a man is not willing to die for his freedom, then it necessitates that he is not willing to fight for it, either. That has been the problem of past generations and today’s generation. America is so rich with materialistic blessing, and therefore her freedom is being stolen right out from under nose. There is no will of decency, integrity, or the commitment to the preservation of freedom. This is witnessed in one fashion or another, but most notably in the unborn, whose right to life has been denied.

    • M. Noonan February 9, 2019 / 12:14 am

      More and more people are waking up to this: we can’t hold the line. We must counter-attack and start to roll back liberal gains. And we’ve really got a good chance with Trump’s remaking of the Courts. Roberts is auditioning for the role of David Souter, but if Trump can get a solid replacement for RBG, that won’t matter. A real, solid, for-sure 5-4 Conservative majority means we should re-litigate every case the left won for the last 50 years.

      • Retired Spook February 9, 2019 / 2:02 pm

        I posited to Amazona off-blog that the reason for Conservatives constantly ceding ground to the Left is (a) the Left has become highly skilled at constantly moving the goal posts, and (b) Conservatives generally lead happier and more fulfilled lives and thus have less time and inclination to constantly fight back as long as the leftward shift doesn’t directly impact them. Think back to the last time (other than taxes going up) the Federal Government did something that had a direct, negative impact on your life. I honestly can’t put my finger on anything. I live in a conservative state — one of the most free and best run in the country. I’m not saying there aren’t people who have had their lives turned upside down as a result of government action or policy, but they don’t represent a statistically significant portion of the population. The Left knows this and has turned incrementalism into an art form. They’ve been perfecting it for over a century. Thus we’re likely to suffer the same fate as portrayed in Martin Niemöller’s famous quote:

        First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

        Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

        Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

        Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

        Except, of course, in our case the demographics will be different. They won’t come for the Socialists because it will be the Socialists who lead the charge.

      • casper3031 February 9, 2019 / 6:26 pm

        The problem with your quote Spook is; The left isn’t coming for the socialists, because they are on our side. We want to strengthen unions, not go after them, Many on the the left are Jews and we really aren’t coming after you or anybody else. I know that advocating for a better health care system, better wages, and safe food, water and air are scary positions to take, but that doesn’t trans late into coming for anyone.

      • Amazona February 10, 2019 / 11:48 pm

        This reply is so typical of Casper, lost in his clueless little mental desert. The purpose of the quote is not to talk about Socialists, or union leaders, but about the dangers of looking the other way when tyrants target groups until they target YOUR group and then you find there is no one there to defend you.

        We studied this comment in school, but I was lucky enough to have real teachers, and we had no trouble understanding it. Casper, though—-that’s another story. Poor little pea brain actually thought you were talking about socialists and union leaders.

      • Cluster February 9, 2019 / 6:37 pm

        Casper, so you’re for safe water, food, and air? That’s so cool. Do you also support trees and rocks? And do you have any incense I can have?

        AOC is definitely your type of politician. Straight outta brain cells

      • casper3031 February 9, 2019 / 7:28 pm

        Sorry, no incense. And most of AOC’s opinions are mainstream, so I will take them. Love the way she scares you guys.

      • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 12:04 am

        Not that we need reminding, but Casper insists on reminding us anyway. Take his odd comment that most of AOC’s opinions are mainstream. . Yeah, if by “mainstream” you mean far reaches of the lunatic fringe.

        OK, maybe now on the Left Coast her bizarre fantasy world IS mainstream, in the Granolaland of nuts and fruits and flakes. In the real world, not so much. I don’t doubt that in whatever kind of circle that includes Casper, thinking the world will end in 12 years and we can get rid of airplanes and cows fits right in with the rest of the nonsense they chug down daily, and —and this is what attracts him the most—-you don’t have to have any facts right if you can convince yourself you are morally right. FINALLY, someone has stated the principle that has define his whole life—-never factually right, dumb as a box of hair but smug as hell.

        And he insists on repeating that silly mantra that she “scares” us. Uh-huh, Casper, you just keep clinging to that fantasy. OK, I admit to a lingering AOC-related fear that someday when I read something she has said I will laugh so hard I might pee a little. But it’s not what you might call a looming sense of dread.

        Casper, as I noted in an earlier post, is happily channeling his inner bully, or at least trying to. It’s just that he can’t even carry that off online, hiding behind anonymity. He’s just too silly and foolish and impotent to be nasty even when he really really wants to be nasty. When Casper goes for nasty, he never gets farther than peevish.

        He wants so much to be a predator, but he is really just a low-level scavenger, skulking around on the sidelines with bits of rancid leftover Leftist stupidity stuck in his teeth. He wants to be a honey badger but is more like a dung beetle.

      • Retired Spook February 9, 2019 / 8:27 pm

        The problem with your quote Spook is; The left isn’t coming for the socialists, because they are on our side.

        Reading comprehension much?

        Except, of course, in our case the demographics will be different. They won’t come for the Socialists because it will be the Socialists who lead the charge.

        But it is both refreshing as well as surprising to have you admit that the Socialists are on YOUR side.

        Many on the left are Jews and we really aren’t coming after you or anybody else.

        For once I hope you’re right, but it’s also an indication that you really haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on on your side.

        I know that advocating for a better health care system, better wages, and safe food, water and air are scary positions to take

        If that were all that the Left was advocating, I WOULD be on their side. But I know that’s not true, and I have to believe that, as naive and ignorant as you are, you know it’s not true. So the question is, when the Left gains complete control, as they almost surely will, and they have to resort to force to implement their policies, as they almost surely will have to do, whose side will you be on — the side of liberty or the side of tyranny?

      • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 12:23 am

        Casper states we really aren’t coming after you or anybody else.

        Except yeah, they are. Conservatives are being silenced online in social media, having bank accounts closed for being openly conservative, being arrested at gunpoint in a pre-dawn SWAT raid for the alleged crime of lying to Congress, being harassed and/or violently attacked for being Trump supporters, being threatened with legal penalties for not using Leftist-approved gender-related pronouns—it’s quite a list, and this is only a sample. The Leftist Thought Police have conservatives in their crosshairs, and are getting more and more blatant.

        Roger Stone and Paul Manafort will testify that now in America conservatives can share the fears of people in countries like Iraq of that ominous midnight knock on the door.

        In Colorado, they are going after our votes. The Colorado Senate just passed a law saying that all the state’s electoral votes will automatically go to whoever has won the national popular vote. That’s right—-the Dem legislature is moving toward letting Manhattan or Los Angeles dictate which presidential candidate gets Colorado’s electoral votes, no matter how Coloradans might vote. Gee, do you think this might mean fewer people bothering to vote at all? And we can be sure no candidate will campaign here. Why bother?

        https://conservativefiringline.com/dangerous-precedent-chase-bank-closes-trump-supporters-account/
        https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/01/roger_stones_swat_team_arrest_are_we_even_america_anymore.html
        https://www.newsweek.com/texas-teen-attacked-wearing-maga-hat-1008678
        https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/trump-supporter-attacked-at-cheesecake-factory-over-maga-hat-report
        https://nypost.com/2017/07/22/i-was-attacked-with-a-glass-bottle-because-of-my-maga-hat/
        https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/social-media-content-censorship-conservatives-hardest-hit/
        https://gellerreport.com/2018/04/social-media-report-blocks-right-views.html/

      • Cluster February 9, 2019 / 9:33 pm

        I heard Rush the other day state that what our educational system has done to our kids is a crime. And that is so true. These kids think in terms of generalizations, cliches, and propaganda all fueled by emotion without the slightest ability to objectively think things through. Casper is actually a good example and he’s a teacher!! AOC’s ideas and thought processes are sophomoric at best and I am not even sure it rises to that level. The inanity she lists in terms of goals reads like that of an 8th graders prom queen acceptance speech written with her BFF. I am honestly embarrassed for Democrats these days.

      • Retired Spook February 11, 2019 / 10:25 am

        And most of AOC’s opinions are mainstream

        Eliminating the internal combustion engine and getting all our electricity from wind and solar by 2030 is mainstream? God help us!

      • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 12:25 pm

        I want to know if there is an Early Bird discount for being one of the first to buy a train ticket to Europe.

      • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 12:54 pm

        Why do Lefties love electricity? That’s obvious—-it’s CLEAN and it’s GREEN and it just comes out of those little boxes on the wall. No fuss, no bother, no ugly drilling sites or noise or mess or fuss.

        Except—as usual, the Loony Left paddles furiously about on the tippy-top of the surface of any idea, utterly clueless (or worse, indifferent) to the ugly reality below the surface.

        http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150402-the-worst-place-on-earth

        https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/rare-earth-mining-china-social-environmental-costs

        https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2017/03/china-begins-adjusting-true-cost-rare-earths-decarbonization/

        https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/aug/07/china-rare-earth-village-pollution

        At the Baiyun Obo Rare Earths Mine in Inner Mongolia, for example, more than 70,000 tons of radioactive thorium are stored in the largest rare earths slurry lake in the world. The mine and processing factory have operated in the area since 1958, and villagers living in areas surrounding the lake have seen crops and animals die over the decades. Since the 2000s, local news media began to report several cases of “cancer villages” and the lake was described as a “time bomb” hanging over the nearby Yellow River, one of China’s most critical waterways.

        https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i30/Struggle-Mine-Rare-Earths.html

        All the way back in 2011 Obama’s Energy Department issued a paper on the shortages of materials needed for “green” projects, saying in the introduction: The report finds that many clean energy technologies depend on raw materials with potential supply risks.

        National Geographic asks the question:
        How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really?

        As the industry grows, so does concern over the environmental impact.
        https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/11/141111-solar-panel-manufacturing-sustainability-ranking/

        Worldwatch Institute writes The Dirty Side of a “Green” Industry
        http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5650

        And so on. Even a cursory search for information on the environmental impact of manufacturing the elements of “green” energy will show page after page of citations of severe environmental impacts. But that would require, like, you know, uh, like some like, EFFORT. And it might bring out some things that the Thought Police find offensive or inconvenient, TRIGGERING a thought process or re-evaluation of what seemed like a really, like, you know, like COOL idea.

        And the dippy-hippy-trippy starry-eyed cheerleaders for what they foolishly think is energy without a negative environmental impact are promoting a massive shift of the entire nation to using the materials now in relatively short usage but already accounting for massive environmental concerns. As their new Head Cheerleader explains, it doesn’t matter of anyone gets the facts right if they just feel morally correct. (That is, smug.)

        That doesn’t even get to the damage done to the bird population by the Hawk-O-Matic, otherwise known as the wind turbine.

  6. Cluster February 9, 2019 / 10:41 am

    Proving once again that the McCain’s are self obsessed POS’s:

    Meghan McCain appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, describing her shock at seeing Kushner and Ivanka Trump at late Senator John McCain’s September 1 service at the Washington National Cathedral. ‘The Trumps had beef with me then, and in the words of Cardi B, they’re gonna have beef with me forever, and I’m not gonna forget,’ she said, referring to the rapper’s lyrics in the 2016 song Foreva. ‘It’s sort of a strange element of my life now that they attended, and I wish they had chosen not to, out of respect, if nothing more, for me,’ she added.

    I never did like this family. They are elitist snobs and always have been. And you know what Meghan, no one cares what you think, or has any respect for you.

    • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 12:47 am

      Meghan has also said that now that her daddy isn’t here any more she doesn’t like this country.

      Hint: The country isn’t too crazy about you, either, Meghan.

  7. Cluster February 9, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    I had to laugh yesterday watching Geraldo Rivera speak glowingly of Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New deal. In light of what’s going on in Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, etc., does America really want two hispanics speaking of the benefits of socialism?

    Are we this stupid???

  8. casper3031 February 9, 2019 / 9:51 pm

    Rush is a perfect example of someone can only think in terms of generalizations, cliches, and propaganda all fueled by emotion without the slightest ability to objectively think things through. I sense a little projection from both him and you.

    • Retired Spook February 10, 2019 / 10:16 am

      You must listen to a different Rush than I do. Can you give some specifics to back up your assertion? Oh, what’s that you say — you don’t actually listen to Rush; you just parrot vague, generalized talking points that you picked up in the comments section of Huffpo?

      • Cluster February 10, 2019 / 2:09 pm

        Do you think Casper has ever had an original thought?

      • Retired Spook February 10, 2019 / 4:01 pm

        Is that a rhetorical question?

      • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 2:40 am

        Cluster is laughing too hard to answer……

  9. casper3031 February 10, 2019 / 4:55 pm

    I listen to Rush from time to time just to see if he has anything intelligent to say.. He has very little to offer, other than fear and hate. His tirades are pretty much generalizations, cliches, and propaganda all fueled by emotion. I know his audience is getting smaller, but he still has a base of people unable to think for themselves.

    • Retired Spook February 10, 2019 / 5:52 pm

      His tirades are pretty much generalizations, cliches, and propaganda all fueled by emotion.

      I wouldn’t call your posts tirades, but I think you have yourself confused with Rush. It’s called projection, and it’s one thing that you’re quite good at — maybe the only thing.

    • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 12:30 am

      Casper whines, about Rush: He has very little to offer, other than fear and hate

      Well, YEAH! By the time anything gets through Casper’s filters of fear and hate, it’s going to look like and taste like fear and hate.

      I don’t care for Rush’s personality, but when I listen to him I hear facts, I hear information. He plays recordings that the Complicit Agenda Media won’t publish. Of course, it’s information that Casper doesn’t like to hear, and facts that clash with the predigested Leftist slop he gobbles up with so much gusto.

      I never hear him pushing fear or hate. On the contrary, he makes fun of the Left, he ridicules them for their lies and pomposity, and it’s clear he doesn’t have enough respect for them to hate them. You can’t hate people you think are pathetic.

      That’s why no one hates you, Casper. And because it’s also true that you can’t fear someone you think is a clown, no one fears AOC.

      • Cluster February 11, 2019 / 9:24 am

        You can’t hate people you think are pathetic

        Isn’t that the truth.

        After Casper’s lack of awareness shined bright again by claiming the “left isn’t after you or anyone else”, I thought your response and dress down of him was spot on.

        Casper, how can you be so delusional? Do you not see the relentless attacks daily against anything associated with MAGA or conservatism? Do you honestly think the people you support and surround yourself with a decent tolerant people?

        One other thing Rush has is a long memory, something of which is in very short supply anymore, but because of that he is able to expose the indecency and hypocrisy of the left like no one else.

      • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 12:24 pm

        The Left “isn’t coming for the Jews” yet they have elected people to the Congress of the United States who support Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and the goal of eliminating the nation of Israel from existence—–in addition to Alexandria’s New New Deal we have a New Final Solution fermenting right in the halls of Congress.

    • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 12:50 am

      Casper smugly claims that Rush’s numbers are down. Yes, they are, as are all of talk radio numbers. But what struck me was his attitude that this is due to RUSH, and how he ignored the fact that the Left went after him with such vigor and viciousness.

      Media Matters and other Leftist sources have pushed their “Flush Rush” efforts, boycotting his advertisers till many, like Home Depot, fled. Some stations have bowed to the mob.

      Only a dyed-in-the-wool hypocrite could brag that the Left isn’t “coming after you or anybody else” in spite of the well-publicized mob campaign to shut down Rush, and also preen over the fact that his numbers are down.

  10. Amazona February 11, 2019 / 2:39 am

    Speaking of hypocrites, when Jeff Bezos said, of the National Enquirer, scolding it for, as he claimed, .. weaponizing journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the tenets and purpose of true journalism it’s almost as if he has never read his own newspaper, the notorious Washington Post. It’s almost as if he has not worked very hard, and very successfully, to be at the tippy top of newspapers which weaponize journalistic privileges, hide behind important protections and ignore the tenets and purpose of true journalism.

    Something about glass houses came to mind……

    • Cluster February 11, 2019 / 9:44 am

      Poetic Justice

  11. Amazona February 11, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    I’m starting to think of the Dem movement as the New Soylent Green Deal.

    Think about it: First they want the government to pay for all health care. We already know what that means. We have the VA as a shining example of how the feds handle health care, and we have Barry’s quote about Obamacare not providing much after a certain age but just “making the patient comfortable” until death.

    Anyone can look at the lethal combination of reducing payments to health care providers and passing legislation providing massive benefits to people who simply do not choose to work and realize that access to health care is going to degrade so far and so rapidly that it will have to be severely rationed. Alexandria and her Girl Power Posse can’t wave their little magic wands around, even the ones with the stars and glitter on them, to force people to become doctors and nurses and work for little pay. So their Brave New World, already full of Big Brother Is Watching You surveillance of private citizens either through weaponized federal agencies or the intrusive spying allowed by our computer cameras, smart doorbells, Alexa and similar electronic devices and a world full of “security” cameras, will either be one in which people are conscripted and told what they MUST do for the welfare of the State or people will be culled based on their ages, wealth and value to the State.

    The path to this is clear, with few if any branches. The Left is trying to block the view of it, planning to open one door at a time in its incremental creep into absolute tyranny, but anyone drilling down into the single aspect of government-run health care, based on experience of it so far, can see where the path will eventually and inevitably lead.

    So what do you do with all those dead bodies? Remember, you have gotten rid of most of the meat animals we have depended on, and made farming so onerous that it can’t produce enough to feed the population or get food to market, even with conscripted farmers told to grow stuff. Therefore, we enter the other great Liberal agenda, of Recycling. And there we have the New Soylent Green Deal.

    • Retired Spook February 11, 2019 / 2:30 pm

      made farming so onerous that it can’t produce enough to feed the population or get food to market, even with conscripted farmers told to grow stuff. Therefore, we enter the other great Liberal agenda, of Recycling. And there we have the New Soylent Green Deal.

      That’s supported by a study I heard mentioned last week on the radio that without the internal combustion engine earth can only feed a billion people. What happens to the other 6 billion? not too hard to figure out.

      • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 4:49 pm

        Yes, just how is all this farming supposed to happen? Horses, which used to be used to pull farm equipment, also fart, so that would eliminate them.

        BTW, the Left is so panicky about extinction of species—-do they realize that the diversity in cattle and horse breeds exists only because these are animals of value to humans, who have worked to preserve even old and dying breeds?

        And what is going to happen to the millions and millions of suddenly obsolete cars and trucks and tractors and other mechanicals that depend on the internal combustion engine?

        And batteries—not just the immense environmental impact of getting the materials to make them, but then their disposal.

      • JeremiahTMM February 12, 2019 / 5:10 am

        Charles Manson played a big part in starting the whole global warming green movement. I’m convinced of that. When he started it, it was called ATWA

        Air
        Trees
        Water
        Animals

        And his plans were to shut down all means of motorized transportation. And kill as many people as possible. The left has used and is using his philosophy as the foundation for their plans.

  12. Amazona February 11, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    My perspective of the Hunger Games trilogy was not tainted by the Hollywood glitz and glamour of attractive people doing adventuresome things. I read the books, avoiding the movies except for a few minutes here and there to see how they fared when run through the Hollywood filters.

    When you read the books, not distracted by the visuals, the message is quite clear and the books are a grim warning of the future of a nation edging toward control by a massively powerful Central Authority. It is a world of divisiveness, with people split into separate cultures which are then pitted against each other, preventing a sense of unity as fellow citizens of a nation but promoting the identity of belonging to one artificial culture or another and promoting antagonism toward the others. It is a world of great privation, in which two kinds of hunger dominate—hunger for food and hunger for liberty. The former is used to motivate people to sacrifice their young to great public bouts of violence and brutality, presented as entertainment, but with the hopes of each group sending a child to battle that this will allow that group to have more food to eat. The latter is latent, seldom surfacing through the oppression until it is stirred by a few rebels who stand up to the State. It is a world of a few entitled Elites living lives of excess and superficiality, while most of the people suffer.

    When the books became wildly popular with young readers, Hollywood rushed to trivialize them as much as possible, to divert the attention of the young away from the underlying warning of incremental and eventually total tyranny to admiration of sleek beautiful young people doing adventuresome things. The miseries made so clear in the book, the agonizing moral choices forced upon children knowing they must kill to survive even when it meant betraying trust and friendship, were rather glossed over in the production which focused more on romance than on brutality, and on the new Leftist theme of Heroic Girl.

    There was a chance that these books might lead young people into a closer examination of the parallels between the Hunger Games world and the world developing in front of them, but it was pretty effectively diverted by the Left and its Hollywood accomplices into mere entertainment.

  13. Retired Spook February 11, 2019 / 3:33 pm

    Quick moral question for Casper: which is more offensive to you, a politician who appeared in black face in a dance contest 35 years ago, or a politician who defends killing a baby after it’s born?

    • Amazona February 11, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      Spook, that would depend on what Casper’s betters tell him he believes. He is waiting for a clue.

      BTW, I think it was Larry Elder who disagreed with the claim that wearing blackface is a de facto declaration of racism. He made the same points I did, and he did it as a black man.

  14. Amazona February 11, 2019 / 5:11 pm

    Eric Hoffer, author of The True Believer, offered observations similar to those of Fromm, linking what would become the two most powerful forces in our community life today: glory and hatred:

    Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both.

    Related — and, again, the application to the contemporary mode of social intercourse associated with social media is obvious — Hoffer writes:

    Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience. . . . The desire to escape or camouflage their unsatisfactory selves develops in the frustrated a facility for pretending — for making a show — and also a readiness to identify themselves wholly with an imposing spectacle.

    “Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” is, at 16 syllables, a mouthful. The day before yesterday, she was “Sandy,” a pleasant-seeming young woman who liked to dance, worked in a bar, worried about her family, and chafed that her advantages and elite education (Boston University shares Case Western’s academic ranking and is significantly more expensive than Princeton: Is there a more appropriate preparation for life in Washington?) left her struggling, obscure, and unsatisfied. And so she set after glory and personal significance in politics, to which she is relatively new — the hatreds and grievances she dotes on are obvious enough and familiar enough that one assumes she has been in possession of those for some time. They are not newly acquired.

  15. JeremiahTMM February 11, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    Some good news. An antifa leader has died. The antifa went to his daughter’s school, armed with a rifle, and a bag of magazines filled with bullets, and demanded that his daughter be released from the school. Law enforcement confronted him, and refused to allow him to enter the building, at which point he drew his weapon against the officers, and they in turn filled him full of holes. This all happened in Portland, Oregon. So some positive news there.

    Some antifa members found out about what had happened, and then planted bombs around the police headquarters, the police found and defused them.

    Nice job guys! 👍

    • Amazona February 12, 2019 / 1:16 pm

      This is a good article not only about the radically Leftist terrorist acts of Antifa but about the gutless GOP pandering to the mobs as it scurries to curry favor. Aside from the author’s own gutless and ignorant acceptance of the term “white nationalist” as meaning “white supremacist” (another victory in the Left’s ongoing battle to subvert the language through semantic infiltration of misleading or outrightly false terminology) the article points out a lot that the media have been doing and/or providing cover for.

      https://www.dailywire.com/news/19843/gutless-gop-leaders-legitimize-antifas-political-john-nolte

      • JeremiahTMM February 12, 2019 / 3:33 pm

        Thanks I will take a look and read. 😊👍

      • JeremiahTMM February 12, 2019 / 4:14 pm

        Yeah, that’s pretty bad when you have people in the GOP encouraging people on the left to violence against the people they “supposedly” represent, just because they wanted to be the President, and would not have done a thing for this country except pander to their special interest groups, and make wads of hundred dollar bills in their pockets fatter. Because that’s all they’re about, they don’t care one iota about America.

        But let me tell you something about that, no one was calling for those politicians to be thrown out, they just get away with it because people too busy with their everyday lives to stand up for what’s right and do what’s right. Conservatives don’t do anything about anything except every four years when election time comes around. And it’s not a one day deal every four years…the fight for freedom is every day, 24/7 365 days a year. We can’t keep being the silent majority all the time, the time for peace is over. It’s time to get physical.

        Another thing is, Conservatives seem to think that people should wait until the left starts coming for the guns, or they start confiscating property….No! If the left gets power they will deplete the population monetarily, and they won’t have to fire a shot, until the population is so weak they can’t even pick up a rifle, then it’s easy to pick off everyone they don’t like, or people they disagree with. Or people who pose a “threat” to their power like Christians.

        When people don’t fight back when they have the opportunity, that’s what happens. It’s really hard to wrap my mind around the fact that people won’t fight the left. I know religion offends a lot of in politics, but maybe people are not compelled to fight to win, because it’s God’s plan for judgment against America’s sin. Communism will come if Christians are silenced.

        You know, I wonder what the 1.5 million American soldiers, who are lying in their graves must think about people who won’t fight for our freedom? They must be wondering… was it worth it? How sad!

  16. Cluster February 11, 2019 / 6:28 pm

    I love it when Karma bites back:

    Steve Schmidt has been reminded what it’s like to be a Republican. The former GOP operative, who spent most of his time as an MSNBC analyst bashing the Republican Party, recently quit his own “bulls***” podcast after the show’s co-host grilled him on supporting a third party candidate.
    On Sunday, co-host Adam Levine posted the suddenly-final episode of Words Matter. Before the show abruptly ends with Schmidt storming out of the studio,

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/scott-whitlock/2019/02/11/msnbcs-steve-schmidt-reminded-what-its-be-republican-he-quits-his

    • Amazona February 12, 2019 / 12:24 pm

      Kind of vaguely interesting but I don’t see how his support of a Democrat—-who by definition is someone supporting a Central Authority kind of government, ignoring the 10th Amendment to continue to expand federal size, scope and power—-is in any way related to “what it means to be a Republican”.

      Unless he was reminded of what it means to be a Republican as he zoomed past it on his way out the door to support a Leftist and try to defeat the first president in decades if not longer who has been trying to administer his office in a Constitutional manner.

      And, of course, accepting the fact that “being a Republican” seldom has anything to do with being a Conservative.

  17. rgrg2 February 12, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    Amazona: “Not that we need reminding, but Casper insists on reminding us anyway. Take his odd comment that most of AOC’s opinions are mainstream. . Yeah, if by “mainstream” you mean far reaches of the lunatic fringe.”

    Actually, regarding her proposal for taxing income over $10 million at 70% enjoys widespread support. “A poll published by The Hill and HarrisX found 59% of registered voters support the idea. It polls relatively well among Republicans, with 45% supporting it. Independent voters support the idea by a 60% to 40% margin and Democrats overwhelmingly do, by 71% to 29%.”

    As far as the Green New Deal, “More than 80 percent of registered voters support the Green New Deal proposal being pushed by progressional Democratic lawmakers, a new poll found.

    The survey conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication found that 92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans back the Green New Deal plan.”

    Hardly the lunatic fringe.

    • Amazona February 12, 2019 / 10:07 pm

      Yeah, when asked about the deal a lot of people like it, until they start to understand the details. Ditto for the tax-the-rich schemes. It’s been tried, it’s been done, and it has never accomplished what it promised. When the taxes were then lowered, prosperity boomed.

      As for your poll saying 80 percent of registered voters support the Green New Deal I don’t believe it. Americans are getting pretty lazy, and the proportion of uneducated graduates is getting higher, but even so the premises of the Green New Deal are bizarre, silly and superficial.

      Getting rid of cars? Stopping domestic air travel? Basically destroying the oil and gas industry and everything connected with it? Expecting a federal government that can’t even provide adequate medical care to a relatively small part of our population—-veterans—being able to provide medical care to the rest of the nation as well and do it comparably to what we have now?

      Nice try, but pretty feeble.

    • Amazona February 12, 2019 / 11:58 pm

      rgrg2, this one building, built by the federal government for one specific purpose, beautifully illustrates the competence of that government—-and you and Sandy and the rest of the unicorn-poop-turning-into-lollipops kind of “thinkers” want to put this same federal government in charge of providing all the health care in the entire United States to everyone here, and making it illegal to have private health care insurance.

      ONE BUILDING, in a Democrat city in a Democrat state, tells us what we need to know so we can avoid it at all costs.

      https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/civil-rights-suit-filed-over-inhumane-conditions-at-brooklyn-federal-jail-11549302933

      And then there is the Veterans Administration, and the new VA hospital near Denver that is so many years behind schedule and so many billions over budget I can’t even keep track of it, while men and women who served our nation are ignored and go without health care.

      When Sandy is asked what will we do with all those batteries needed by all those electric cars, what do you think she will say? I’m guessing it will be along the lines of “I don’t need to have answers if am morally right”. What about all the pollution and environmental damage associated with obtaining the materials needed to make solar panels, and batteries, and electronics? What about the “environmentalist” objections to big solar arrays in the desert, and the transmission lines necessary to get the electricity to the cities? Does her new Green Deal abandon those objections? Does it now reverse its objections and approve of building new bird-choppers (wind turbines) on the cliffs at the edge of the wilderness area in Wyoming, when all electricity has to come from wind and the sun?

      What do you think will be the answers when someone brings up the data showing that when we take into consideration all the natural resources necessary to build and run an electric car it is the equivalent of driving a car that gets 6 MPG? Has she seen a map of the United States once most towns are connected by rail? Does she know how tracks are built? Of what? Of material that is mined and refined and formed and transported?

      When the Complicit Agenda Media control what the public is told, the public will base its conclusions on the lies it has been fed. But when those lies are exposed, opinions change.

      • rgrg2 February 13, 2019 / 12:30 am

        Sorry but who is this Sandy you keep speaking of?

      • Retired Spook February 13, 2019 / 4:29 pm

        Come on — EVERYONE knows Sandy.

      • Amazona February 13, 2019 / 10:02 pm

        There was a cute little be-bop bartender known as Sandy, till she decided to remake herself as Alexandria and parlay her bartending experience into becoming a legislator and self-styled leader of a Green Revolution.

        Now she is believing her own publicity, and that seldom ends well. She’s taking her Participation Trophy mentality to Washington, and is rather upset that it is not being universally accepted. That whole “But look how CUTE I am, and doesn’t that, and feeling morally superior, count for more than actually KNOWING something?” routine just doesn’t play that well around real grownups.

  18. JeremiahTMM February 12, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    If most support the green new deal then fringe is not the word to use, it would be more like the brainwashed masses. And that’s what it’s been for sixty years. I don’t support it, because I know that it will destroy the workforce in this country, which is what Marx dreamland was about, to destroy the working man, to destroy capitalism, and the freedom to rise in life, to attain the American dream.

    So we are in trouble. America is in trouble.

  19. Amazona February 12, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    During the Depression, a lot of people got sucked into the platitudes and promises of the Left. People were desperate and scared and the idea of a massively powerful Central Authority stepping in to fix everything and make it all better was very appealing. But it didn’t take long for even many of the original Lefties to realize it was all BS.

    This is a song that was extremely popular back then, about the empty promises of Big Brother:

    Oh the buzzin’ of the bees in the cigarette trees
    The soda water fountain where the lemonade springs
    And the bluebird sings in that Big Rock Candy Mountain

    On a summer day
    In the month of May
    A burly bum came ahiking
    Down a shady lane
    Through the sugar cane
    He was looking for his liking
    As he strolled along
    He sang a song
    Of the land of milk and honey
    Where a bum can stay
    For many a day
    And he won’t need any money

    Oh the buzzin’ of the bees in the cigarette trees
    The soda water fountain where the lemonade springs
    And the bluebird sings in that Big Rock Candy Mountain

    There’s a lake of gin
    We can both jump in
    And the handouts grow on bushes
    In the new-mown hay
    We can sleep all day
    And the bars all have free lunches
    Where the mail train stops
    And there ain’t no cops
    And the folks are tender-hearted
    Where you never change your socks
    And you never throw rocks
    And your hair is never parted

    Oh the buzzin’ of the bees in the cigarette trees
    The soda water fountain where the lemonade springs
    And the bluebird sings in that Big Rock Candy Mountain

    Oh, a farmer and his son,
    They were on the run
    To the hay field they were bounding
    Said the bum to the son,
    “Why don’t you come
    To that big rock candy mountain?”
    So the very next day
    They hiked away,
    The mileposts they were counting
    But they never arrived
    At the lemonade tide
    On the big rock candy mountain

    Oh the buzzin’ of the bees in the cigarette trees
    The soda water fountain where the lemonade springs
    And the bluebird sings in that Big Rock Candy Mountain

    While it is true that Sandy, even with her very expensive degree in economics, can’t figure out that money has to come through productivity which has to come from being paid to be productive, coming from markets for the products produced or the services provided, a lot more than 20% of Americans do understand it. And, happily, most Americans are not sheeple to be herded into foolishness because someone has convinced them that “everyone else thinks this way”.

    Maybe there are degrees in Economics STUDIES, where they just talk about wishful thinking and utopian fantasies and never about, you know, actual economics.

    And lunatic is lunatic, no matter how many have been convinced to join in the howling at the moon. Maybe for now the fringe is a little deeper than usual, but this kind of goofiness is self-correcting. So the likes of rgrg2 might love the sound of little Sandy trilling her theme song about
    the land of milk and honey
    Where a bum can stay
    For many a day
    And he won’t need any money

    but most of America is not willing to pay that bum’s freight.

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