Open Thread

I came across this article on the state of public education and I’d like to say it was shocking and a real eye-opener, but as I read it my whole attitude was “yeah, naturally”. I do strongly recommend reading it, but that we’ve got an insider’s story about how absolutely out of control and effectively worthless public education is – especially at the high school level – is about the least surprising thing you can read.

It must be kept in mind that education is the last thing public education is for. In fact, if it actually educated, it would be undercutting the primary purpose of public education, which is to provide fat sinecures for unionized employees who, in turn, back Democrat politicians who get to use their funding of public schools to show how much they care. An actually educated populace would see through the scam right away – but even to this day, I’d bet that polling would show north of 65% still believe that public education is crucial to our nation. It isn’t, and never was.

It is time to bite the bullet and start working for the abolition of public schools. I don’t at all mind giving money to poor parents to send their kids to school, but I don’t want a single, government official within 10 miles of a school. I don’t want them in charge of curriculum. Of discipline. Of class size. I don’t even want them there for health and safety inspections. Be better if there was a law making it a felony for a government official to come within 100 yards of a school. Leave government out of it. Yes, this means some kids won’t get any formal education – but all those who really want it, will. And as for a kid turning 18 with no schooling, how is that really inferior to a kid getting a high school diploma at 18 when he can’t even read? The 18 year old with no schooling might have at least picked up some life skills along the way.

Concaine Mitch (R-Increasingly MAGA America) is going to bring the Green New Deal up for a vote – so, Democrats can either make themselves politically toxic by voting in favor, or infuriate their base by voting against. I like Cocaine Mitch.

Governor Newsom (D-People’s Republic of California) is putting the high speed rail boondoggle on the back burner. Hey, at least those most juiced in got a big payday for a while.

Rep. Omar (D-West Somalia) has got herself into hot water over her anti-Semitic remarks. The MSM is furious – with us, for noticing. She’s what the Democrats get when they decided that downplaying radical Islam in a play for Muslim votes was the thing to do. Radical Islam is shot through with anti-Semitism. Anyone who subscribes in any way, shape or form to radical Islam is going to be anti-Semitic. It’s as natural as their being anti-American. Our Democrats have made Labour’s choice – there’s more votes and money in Islam than in Judaism…but, it comes with a price.

Governor Cuomo (D-Will the Last Person in NY Please Turn out the Lights) is upset over rich New Yorker’s bailing out and heading to Florida. He’s thinking that Florida is stealing New York’s people…I’d suggest that all the taxes and the lousy climate plays a role, but that would probably be a hate crime.

42 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Amazona February 13, 2019 / 1:24 am

    Solzhenistyn wrote:

    “When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”

    Think about that: When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers……. we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”

    It is easier to look away from evil. It is more comfortable to make excuses for tolerating it. We often run into criticism and even hostility when we try to confront it. But when we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.

    I am not talking about the thin-lipped pinch-mouthed pious posturing about how Donald Trump was a sinner. I am talking about supporting a government which sanctions and legalizes infanticide. At a slightly greater remove, I find it inherently evil to promote and advocate a political system that has been directly responsible not just for the economic misery of millions, not just for the loss of liberty for millions, but responsible for the actual deaths, the callous MURDERS, of many millions. And I find it inherently evil to twist the young minds of children with no other frame of reference to teach them that the monsters who did this were in fact heroes of the people, to be respected and admired.

    To add insult to this massive injury by posturing as a system of kindness and compassion and caring is merely vile. It is the system itself that is evil. We may not have the means to punish it, but we should certainly reproach it, and those who want to impose it on our nation.

    We, as conservatives, talk about (and believe in) our responsibility to preserve our Constitution and to govern our nation according to its rule of law. But I wonder if we think often enough about our duty to protect the foundations of justice for new generations. And the sordid and brutal political system of the Left is antithetical to justice as well as to liberty.

  2. Amazona February 13, 2019 / 1:31 am

    Denver school teachers are on strike, so we are subjected to the usual squeals of “what do we want? When do we want it?” that have marked Leftist mobs for decades. When it was new, it had a certain power, but today, old and stale and shrieked by some harridan with a voice that could shatter glass, it is just silly.

    The core issue? Money, of course, but not just money. The union and some teachers are demanding pay hikes for all teachers, which would continue the model of the federal government of rewarding people for just showing up. The other side wants a more muscular bonus system, which would allow the schools to reward merit and accomplishment, instead of a one size fits all pay raise. You can guess which side is out there howling like maniacs.

    Few things stir up the Left faster than the terrifying specter of a meritocracy.

    • Amazona February 13, 2019 / 1:42 am

      A caller to a local radio station talked, among other things, of visiting an upper middle class neighborhood high school and seeing signs for the senior class caned food drive.

      SENIOR CLASS students couldn’t spell “canned” and evidently neither could their teachers or advisers or fellow students, as the signs were in several places, uncorrected.

      Her son had been placed in an “integrated math” class till she did some research and raised ten kinds of hell, after learning that colleges would not accept credits for “integrated math” classes because they produced students with no math skills. Graduates, of course, but mathematically illiterate.

      We have the recent example of a formal proposal written by several members of Congress and their staffs that was embarrassingly juvenile, poorly written and unprofessional—-and these are the people making our laws. And they have college degrees—probably from colleges where they were taught that it is not nearly as important to know things and have correct information as it is to feel good about yourself.

      • M. Noonan February 13, 2019 / 5:42 pm

        We’re busily re-barbarizing. The linked article just shows another aspect of it.

        Of course, barbarism won’t triumph – it never really does except for a very short time. Then those who want civilization (which always includes a large segment of the barbarians), react very violently in favor of civilization.

    • Cluster February 13, 2019 / 10:11 am

      Few things stir up the Left faster than the terrifying specter of a meritocracy.

      And it should. Meritocracy is an existential threat to leftism. Meritocracy brings out the best in people …. it hones their skills, improves their thinking, and feeds their soul. Meritocracy is a step towards entrepreneurship and independence ….. everything the left fears.

  3. Retired Spook February 13, 2019 / 11:23 am

    Someone who signed in the last thread as R2D2 (or something similar) claimed public support for the Green New Deal is 80%. I doubt that’s a legitimate poll; one would have to see how the question was written. I can picture that kind of support for say, “do you support our society transitioning to renewable energy?” If the question was, “do you support eliminating the internal combustion engine and all fossil fuels, thus losing millions of jobs in the automobile and energy industries, but the government paying anyone who loses his/her job if they decide that don’t feel like working any more, all by 2030,” and the result was 80% support, well then, I guess that 80% deserve what they get.

    • Amazona February 13, 2019 / 12:48 pm

      Spook, that’s exactly what I was thinking about this poll. This is a favorite tactic of the Left—to ask a vague non-threatening question about a hypothetical that sounds, on the surface, OK, and then claim the answers show support for a detailed radical agenda with huge consequences.

      We see the same with Leftist spins on polls regarding abortion. A poll with a general question of “do you think abortion should be legal?” will get a lot of agreement because of the idea that a woman should not be put in jail for having an abortion—something even the pro-life movement has trouble with. And then the tepid yes response to a very general question is spun to claim support for abortion in general, up to and including the moment of birth, by a huge majority.

      But when specific questions are posed, support plummets as people are against mid term and late term abortions, and often only support it at all in extreme cases such as fetal death or imminent harm to the mother.

      The Left depends on lies. Lies and stupidity.

    • M. Noonan February 13, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      If it were backed by 80%, Markey would be delighted to have a vote on it – and Congress would send it to Trump’s desk to be signed. Its the usual thing: “80% of people say they love their mother”…but, that’s when you just ask the question, “do you love your mother?”. Ask “do you love your mother while she’s burning your house down”, and you get a more nuanced result.

    • rgrg2 February 13, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      It’s pretty easy to lookup the exact wording of the questions in the relevant polls if you are so inclined.

      • M. Noonan February 13, 2019 / 11:11 pm

        No need to – 80% support means the questions were phrased in the most meaningless way possible.

      • Retired Spook February 14, 2019 / 11:14 am

        Here’s what Yale says about the poll.

        The survey results show overwhelming support for the Green New Deal, with 81% of registered voters saying they either “strongly support” (40%) or “somewhat support” (41%) this plan.

        — snip–

        Therefore, these findings may indicate that although most Republicans and conservatives are in favor of the Green New Deal’s policies in principle, they are not yet aware that this plan is proposed by the political Left. For any survey respondents who were previously unaware of the Deal, it is likely that their reactions have not yet been influenced by partisan loyalty.

        Indeed, before we shared our description of the Deal with survey participants, we first asked them how much, if anything, they had heard about it. Very few people had heard about it. In fact, 82% of registered voters had heard “nothing at all” about the Deal. (emphasis – mine)

      • Retired Spook February 14, 2019 / 11:30 am

        One of the links in the Yale article explains methodology and is titled (I’m not making this up) “Inoculating the Public against Misinformation about Climate Change”

        It’s a pretty humorous read, depending on your point of view of course. I never knew, for example, that expressing that “97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused warming is happening” in the form of a pie chart is more effective at changing people’s perception that just repeating the phrase.

  4. Amazona February 13, 2019 / 1:22 pm

    Are we scared of Sandy and her Girl Power Posse? No.

    But you know who IS scared? Ed Markey. Because he and Sandy wanted their Green Nonsense Bill to simmer and ferment while they tried to gin up some kind of support from it outside the little bubble of super-radical Leftists they depend on, and instead it has been taken directly to Congress for a vote.

    Markey is whining that voting on the bill is “sabotaging” it—-an admission that being able to see what is in it and talk about is the same thing as killing it. They were counting on flying the flag of the title and taking push polls based on that, and not exposing its actual wording and intent.

    Too funny.

    • rgrg2 February 13, 2019 / 10:10 pm

      Who is Sandy?

      • Retired Spook February 14, 2019 / 11:47 am

        Sandy is the nickname of Sander van der Linden, one of the co-authors of the linked article above, “Inoculating the Public against Misinformation about Climate Change”

      • Amazona February 14, 2019 / 12:33 pm

        Though the one in my reference is the …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.

      • Retired Spook February 14, 2019 / 1:27 pm

        Yeah, I knew that. I was just tweeking R2D2.

      • Amazona February 14, 2019 / 2:36 pm

        I figured, but couldn’t pass up the chance to repeat my comment about Sandy and her qualifications for being a member of Congress. After all, being perky enough to get good tips as a bartender ought to mean being perky enough to swing the entire nation into economic disaster, doncha think?

        r2d2 seems to think so, and so does Casper, though they are likely one and the same.

      • rgrg2 February 14, 2019 / 4:50 pm

        Ah, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I had to google “Sandy Ocasio-Cortez” to discover how obsessed conservatives are that she called herself Sandy in high school. Wow, that’s disqualifying.

        As for her actual background, you left out the fact that she graduated cum laude from Boston University, worked as an intern in the US senate, and held other jobs in the non-profit sector. One might compare her background to Paul Ryan’s, who was also elected to Congress at the age of 28. His jobs included waiting tables at a Mexican restaurant, working as a fitness trainer, and driving the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. Undoubtedly, those jobs prepared him for a life in Congress.

      • Amazona February 14, 2019 / 9:46 pm

        “Obsessed”? I just happened to run across the nickname and used it twice. No, three times. And this translates into “conservatives” being “obsessed”? You people are the ones obsessed, obsessed with trying to elevate this Twinkie into someone relevant. Keep trying, but try to rest a lot and stay hydrated, because it will be a long and steep climb, and you’ll have to overcome Sandy herself and her imbecilic mutterings.

        She graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics, showing that she really just got a Participation Trophy as she is admittedly clueless about, you know, ECONOMICS. Working as an intern means her family had connections. Working in the “non profit sector” is meaningless, as there isn’t a lot of competition for that kind of work—again, Participation Trophy territory.

        As for Whattaboutit Fever, while Paul Ryan had a series of odd jobs, he was also smart and well educated. Sandy, not so much. And Paul Ryan is not campaigning to turn the entire United States economy and culture upside down in some juvenile belief in the glories of Socialism and money just appearing “in the Treasury” to pay for everything in her Big Rock Candy Mountain.

      • rgrg2 February 14, 2019 / 11:38 pm

        Ryan well educated and Ocasio-Cortez not? Paul Ryan received a Bachelors degree from the University of Miami (Ohio) in economics and political science. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez received a Bachelors degree from Boston University in economics and international relations. At least Ocasio-Cortez had the decency to earn honors.

        As far as legacy, Ryan will be best remembered for helping to create the largest deficit in non-recessionary times in US history, despite spending his entire career claiming that deficits were bad. In other words, he will be remembered as a fraud. It remains to be seen what Ocasio-Cortez’ legacy will be.

        As for being obsessed with “Sandy,” I wasn’t referring to you specifically, but conservatives in general. That much you can tell with google. But you do seem to be a bit hung up on it lately.

      • Amazona February 15, 2019 / 12:38 am

        Ryan is not in Congress. Ryan is not pushing a radically Leftist agenda that would gut the entire economy, if it had a chance of passing and being implemented. So why are you so obsessed with Ryan? He’s not a media darling, he isn’t in a position to influence anything, but you just can’t seem to let go of your hangup about Ryan.

        Of course I do know why this is is so—–it is because your precious can’t really be defended, and her proposal is so ludicrous it looks sillier and more infantile every day, so all you can do is try to shift the discourse to something else. Anything else. Maybe Ryan just got under your skin, once upon a time. Maybe it could be Ryan or anyone else as you frantically grab at anything you foolishly think will make your darling look better by comparison.

        But she is what she is, and her supporters and defenders are what they are. No amount of whining about some Congressional has-been is going to change that. Sandy has been called the new face of the Democrat Party. You guys own her. She is yours. Stop being so defensive about her. If she really is so wonderful, why do you care that so many think she is a laughingstock? If your freshman class is so special, why do you care that we think they are all jokes and empty suits? If the Dems are starting a winning streak with a bench full of heavy hitters, why do you care what we think of them? Just be happy you got what you wanted, and stop your whining.

      • Amazona February 15, 2019 / 12:51 am

        decency to earn honors

        Too funny. Being handed a super-big Participation Trophy equates “decency”? You guys sure have weird definitions of things like “decency”. And “moral”.

      • rgrg2 February 15, 2019 / 1:44 am

        So why are you so obsessed with Ryan? I’m not. It seemed a valid comparison given that both were elected to Congress at about the same age and both have nearly identical educational backgrounds. Ryan was a failure. The jury is out on OAC. One thing for sure: She has changed the national conversation. You can’t stop talking about her.

      • Amazona February 15, 2019 / 10:28 am

        No, you silly Leftist goose—we can’t stop talking about the fact that you guys can’t stop talking about her. We are just sitting back amazed that you all are so impressed by her, when all we see is a silly little girl wayyyy too impressed with herself.

        The jury is not out on OAC. It is in. You just don’t like the verdict and are still trying, trying oh so hard, to change it. So you claim we “fear” her, you claim we are “obsessed” by her, you try to deflect with all sorts of nonsense about someone else who is not even in Congress, and the more you and your kind frantically rummage around looking for something, anything, that will make her seem less immature, less narcissistic and less foolish the more you illustrate that her persona is so shallow she needs this kind of effort.

        But kudos to you. You have earned your fan club badge and might even be invited to the next pajama party. I hear it’s featuring a Bedazzler and new ways to use hair scrunchies.

  5. JeremiahTMM February 13, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    Not only is education worthless, but it is also very dangerous. Especially in our colleges and universities. That is where they program people into leftists. Good little commie foot-soldiers, as it were.
    You see, the left has, over the past few decades, paid very close attention to the most evil minds of the 20th century. Take Hitler for example, one of his famous quotes on education is “he who controls the youth, gains the future” and you see the left took that and applied it here in America, 1963 for instance…they took teacher led Bible reading and prayer, and they’ve taken paddling out of the school system. Now we have one of the most lawless, lascivious societies in the world, apart from other countries whose system is full blown socialism.

    We are just now seeing the fruits of the public educational system in public office, or the political realm. Just recently we had a President who was raised up under the careful direction of communist sympathizers, Barack Obama. Btw, you hear a lot of fake news but I heard that he was in GITMO begging for his life lol 😆 and George Soros was arrested in Switzerland.

    Now we have openly socialist members of Congress, again the college or university she attended. That’s where she was taught all kinds of garbage, and now she’s in a position to where she can use power to actually implement what she was taught in school.

    Not only are we getting members of congress who are openly socialist, but think about all the millions of people who are just regular, ordinary everyday citizens…then you can kind of begin to get a picture of what America is facing if something is not done to get our colleges and universities back.

    I’m not dismissing the fact that there is a welfare problem, but people do not get the socialist or communist philosophies that they have on their own, they don’t get their hatred of Christianity and they don’t get their hatred of conservatives on their own, it was taught to them. And where did they get it? You betcha! The public school system!

    • rgrg2 February 13, 2019 / 10:11 pm

      Education is worthless? Did you tell that to your children? That they’d be better off not learning how to read and write? That they’d be better off if they were qualified to do only the most menial of jobs?

      • M. Noonan February 13, 2019 / 11:10 pm

        As we’ve done it for well nigh a century, it is worthless. Just one example; the Germans – the Germans! – just designed a warship and after they built it, they found that it had a permanent list. We are losing our basic ability to do things…what happens when the people who are 50+ retire, I shudder to think, because the kids we’re raising up these days know less and less. They, to be sure, know how to be entirely political at all times, but they don’t know how things came to be, nor how they work. This has been a problem for a long time:

      • Ryan Murphy February 14, 2019 / 8:06 am

        The current government run education system is worse than worthless- it is directly counterproductive. It teaches the exact opposite of the truth. It is a propaganda machine meant to churn out mindless socialist drones.

      • Amazona February 14, 2019 / 12:29 pm

        EDUCATION is valuable. What is being churned out by our public school system is, to a great degree, garbage.

        Do you tell your children that they would be better off not knowing how to read or write? No—but you should also not tell your children that a semi-random collection of words with a dot after it is a sentence, or let them be ignorant of how or when to use an apostrophe or believe that spelling doesn’t matter. You should not use their reading skills to indoctrinate them into radical political ideas and beliefs. I hire a couple of kids to help me around the farm, and they are super-smart and have a lot of valuable skills, like carpentry and welding. But to hear them read is painful. No 11 or 13-year-old should be reading at that level. They don’t know how to sound out words, probably because they have never been taught phonics, or how vowels sound alone or combined with other vowels. They will never be readers, because this is such a painful experience for them.

        You should not let your children grow up thinking they will never have to learn math because they will always have calculators or computers.

        We now have members of Congress who are of an age to reflect the deterioration of our educational system—-at least some with advanced degrees, whose construction of a formal proposal for a hugely important change in American law and business was so poorly written it would have gotten a C- in a fifth grade class a couple of decades ago. It was embarrassing, or would have been to anyone who does not think that her self-image matters more than being right.

        You also play the game of pretending that A would inevitably lead to B—that lack of what now passes for “education” would automatically lead to being qualified to do nothing but “menial” jobs. You also express the snobbishness of the Left, which worships at the altars of “education” and meaningless degrees and sneers at the “menial jobs” so many millions of us do. Mike Rowe addressed this snooty attitude in his show, “Dirty Jobs”.

        Yesterday I heard people calling in a about a very successful charter school model which was supposed to be approved in the Peoples’ Republic of Boulder but which was shot down at the last minute—and gee, who woulda guessed it, but all the warning letters to the school board from the teachers’ union mysteriously disappeared from the files! Where there has been the promise of charter schools featuring classic education—that is, reading and writing and arithmetic, flash cards multiplication tables and phonics and sentence diagramming and grammar and actual history instead of revised history—-parents were lined up literally around the block to get applications filed for the lottery they have to hold to choose students because of the number of people who want in.

      • rgrg2 February 14, 2019 / 11:44 pm

        So when you all go to the doctor and see a diploma from an American institute of higher learning, do you run out of the office yelling, “I’m not going to be a seen by a doctor who went to medical school!”

        I don’t look down on laborers. The point is, there are very few parents who don’t wish for better for their children. And nearly all parents wish to see their children educated. Perhaps you are the exception.

      • Amazona February 15, 2019 / 12:44 am

        So when you all go to the doctor and see a diploma from an American institute of higher learning, do you run out of the office yelling, “I’m not going to be a seen by a doctor who went to medical school!” Is this supposed to be a seriously rational response to my observation that your darling Face Of The Party got a degree in an area about which she clearly knows nothing? Really? This is the best you can do?

        Remember: What do you call a person who graduated last in his or her class of medical school? Answer: “Doctor”. That piece of paper on the wall doesn’t mean much without something to back it up. You might be a happy and willing member of a demographic that puts immense value on appearances instead of actual value, but that just means you are a person who does not look past the superficial.

        Look! She has a degree! She must be, like, really really smart! Like, maybe, at the tippy-top of her class! Where she learned about the tippy-top of the earning scale! Where she learned, or had reinforced, the conviction that she doesn’t have to know, like, real facts as long as she feels good about herself!

        You get to be impressed by that. And I get to think it’s profoundly stupid. Different strokes, etc.

      • Amazona February 15, 2019 / 12:53 am

        Perhaps you are the exception


      • rgrg2 February 15, 2019 / 1:42 am

        Is this supposed to be a seriously rational response to my observation that your darling Face Of The Party got a degree in an area about which she clearly knows nothing? No. It had nothing to do with Face Of The Party.

  6. Ammo.cøm (@ammodotcom) February 14, 2019 / 3:03 pm

    The demise of knowledge in our public education system is why more and more parents are turning to homeschool their children. When I think back to my own education I remember a huge focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic, but we all know that’s not the case with today’s youth.

    Public schools no longer teach children how to learn. They feed them information supposedly true but never explain why the info is so. We need to teach our children the art of critically thinking and basic life skills such as finding a job, the principles of money, how to invest said money, the tax system, self-sufficiency, first aid, and the voting process.

    More here:

    • JeremiahTMM February 14, 2019 / 8:33 pm

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      • JeremiahTMM February 14, 2019 / 8:38 pm

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        He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
        He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
        In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
        Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
        We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

  7. fieldingclaymore February 14, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    Is this the strategy? 45 declares a “National Emergency” and then Mexico will pay for the wall?


    • Amazona February 14, 2019 / 9:48 pm

      Fielding thinks this is actually a relevant post? Since when is mindless snark relevant? LOL

      • fieldingclaymore February 15, 2019 / 10:27 am

        It is hilarious seeing these small government conservatives (HA!) cheering authoritarian power grabs. Where is the Tea Party now?.

    • rgrg2 February 14, 2019 / 11:45 pm

      It’s a strategy for saving face. Won’t work, but when you’re desperate…

      • Amazona February 15, 2019 / 12:46 am

        Yeah, and your posts have identified you as someone with great intellect and insight, who also has a crystal ball that lets you see into the true motives behind what the president does.

        You just hang onto that conviction, ‘kay? You’ll need it.

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