Open Thread

Rep. Omar is being investigated for misuse of campaign funds. I’m thinking this isn’t GOPers digging up dirt, but Democrats who want to at least curb her, and maybe get rid of her. Its not that any Democrat actually disagrees with her, but they don’t want people like her to be the face of the House Democrats in 2020, when a lot of purple-district Democrats will be up for re-election.

Report that Team Biden thinks Team Sanders is responsible for the sudden concern people have about Biden being grabby with the ladies. Could be, but it could also be Harris. It is definitely some Democrat(s) who want to put a veto on Biden’s effort.

Bernie can still rake in the bucks, in the manner of all Socialist Leaders of the People: $18 million in his first report.

Portland, OR liberals have been cooking up a bogus story about anti-LGBT activity in the city. As soon as you heard it, you knew it was a lie – but RSM lays it out.

Cocaine Mitch is shutting down the Democrats agenda. Democrats and the MSM (BIRM) are upset.

Israel’s Jews in Space effort is doing very well.

Law Prof says defending free speech is unconstitutional. (((shrug))); what ya gonna do? They’re liberals. You know: morons.

11 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster April 3, 2019 / 9:34 am

    So it looks like SJW Democrats are taking Biden out. It will be curious as to how they deal with Bernie. After all, there are real and believable allegations of sexual harassment against the Sanders 2016 campaign but on the other hand he is that aging Che Guevara they have all been waiting for. Such a conundrum.

    I am just waiting for the next “aspirational” legislation.

    • Retired Spook April 3, 2019 / 9:47 am

      I am just waiting for the next “aspirational” legislation.

      Only Liberals could come up with a definition like that. Also, it can’t be emphasized enough that the failure of the Green New Deal in the Senate (0 – 57) was not a defeat of the legislation, because there IS NO legislation. The vote was simply to advance the topic for debate. Obviously the Democrats don’t want to debate the subject, which is curious given how many of the Dem presidential candidates have come out publicly in favor of it.

      • Cluster April 3, 2019 / 10:28 am

        Remember when Comey exonerated Hillary by saying that she did not “intend” to commit any crimes? Well now we are learning that Joe Biden did not “intend” to offend the women he groped. Thank God for that progressive crystal ball. They can see peoples intentions – it’s amazing.

      • Amazona April 3, 2019 / 10:32 am

        Meanwhile, in typical Leftist fashion, an effort is being made to bring about the Green New Deal incrementally through state legislatures. In Colorado, though a referendum that would have severely impeded oil and gas production was soundly defeated in the election, the state also elected a Dem majority statehouse, which almost instantly voted (late at night) to implement a nearly identical bill. And now they are going after agricultural water. That is, slashing petroleum production and interfering with agriculture, which in Colorado includes a huge beef industry.

        It takes a lot of water to grow food for cows. and cows drink a lot of water, particularly dairy cows, and Colorado’s dairy industry is booming thanks to a huge new cheese factory that uses the milk from 80,000 cows a day.

        Someone needs to point out to city girl Sandy that those cows she wants to get rid of also provide milk, cheese and butter.

        Recall efforts are underway to recall several of the legislators and will probably include Governor Jared Polis, the guy who ran as a moderate, Libertarian Democrat but who has dropped that pretense and whose new Dem-run statehouse is running amok with one radical bill after another. They include the same sex-ed bill that in California had children removed from their homes if their parents would not agree to have them chemically mutilated by drugs and hormones if the children, as young as five, agreed with activists that they might not be quite sure if they were boys or girls, demanded that abortion be presented as a perfectly fine way to deal with pregnancy and taught kids as young as 9 how to have safe homosexual sex. They include a “red flag bill” which is ostensibly to help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill but in reality strips due process and allows anyone to call in a claim that someone is a danger to himself or others, leading to the forcible removal of all guns from that person, who would then have to pay a lawyer and go to court to prove that he should get them back. They include the effort to destroy the industry that has made Colorado so economically strong, the petroleum industry.

        It is interesting, though,. to see the reaction in Colorado. It reminds me of the comment by the Japanese general after Pearl Harbor, that Japan might have made a mistake and awakened a sleeping giant. One talk show host has called this the Let’s Start A Recession legislature. Maybe we should start calling the new Dem majority in Congress the Let’s Start A Depression legislature.

        Once again I wish I had talent, any talent, even a smidgeon of talent, for drawing, because I get visions of political cartoons I simply cannot execute. I just got one. Remember the old Mickey Rooney movies where at some point some kid would say “Hey, let’s put on a show!” I would love to see a cartoon with the faces of Sandy and her cronies superimposed on the faces of Mickey, Judy Garland and the other kids with Sandy eagerly saying “Hey, let’s put on a depression!”

      • Cluster April 3, 2019 / 10:49 am

        Make no mistake about it. While the Green New Deal may be “aspirational” now, it is exactly what Democrats want to impose upon the country. When people tell you who they are … believe them.

  2. Retired Spook April 3, 2019 / 11:33 am

    In her analysis of the new darling of the Left, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Laura Ingraham has the best line of the day:

    Oh, and another thing: The cool fact that Cool Pete speaks seven languages doesn’t change the fact that socialism doesn’t work in any of them.

  3. Amazona April 3, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    I got the following in an email newsletter so I don’t have a link to it, but am copying it anyway. It was written by Bill Bonner.

    Scandal, like cigarette smoke, brings back memories.

    For as a long as we can remember, it has been a feature of Maryland politics.

    Hands Dirty

    Our own experience with it began in 1965, when we were about 17 years old. We wanted to know how politics worked. What better way than to get into it… get our hands dirty?

    So, we volunteered as unpaid labor in a political campaign for Anne Arundel County’s chief executive.

    We knew nothing of his ideology or his record, but he seemed like a likable sort. He had the rare ability to cry on cue, which it was said, endeared him to sentimental voters.

    So we put up posters and distributed leaflets and the other things that the lowest rungs of political drudges do.

    But as election day approached, the campaign grew more intense. Finally, we were given cash – a few hundred dollars in small bills.

    “What’s this for,” we asked.

    “It’s ‘walking around money’,’’ we were told.

    “What should I do with it?”

    “Go down Pinckney Street [a poor, predominantly Black area of Annapolis]. Ask people who they’re voting for. If they say they’re voting for Joe Alton, you give ’em a couple bucks for cab fare. Helps get out the vote.”

    We did not know for sure. But we guessed that this was on the border of illegality. Maybe on the far side.

    No matter. It was the way the political world worked in Maryland. And Joe Alton, who later served seven months in Allenwood Federal Prison for conspiracy to commit extortion, was a good door into it.

    Nice Lady

    But now, it is Baltimore’s mayor who must be wondering about the dress code at Allenwood. Here’s The Baltimore Sun:

    Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh [engulfed by a scandal over hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for her self-published Healthy Holly children’s books] announced Monday that she will take an indefinite leave of absence because of her health. […]

    “With the mayor’s health deteriorating, she feels as though she is unable to fulfill her obligations as mayor of Baltimore city,” the statement read in part. “To that end, Mayor Pugh will be taking an indefinite leave of absence to recuperate from this serious illness.”

    She seemed like such a nice lady. When we met her a year ago, she held herself erect and gave a coherent, if uninspired, speech about something-or-other.

    She had come into our neighborhood. Since our business is one of the biggest employers and leading taxpayers in the inner-city area, Mrs. Bonner thought the mayor might be interested in what we do.

    But when our better half began to explain the business, Her Honor interrupted:

    “Very nice earrings,” said she.

    Ms. Pugh was not interested in business. But she was interested in money. She is alleged to have accepted an extraordinary amount of money for a very ordinary book… $500,000, an unheard-of sum for a children’s story. It looked for all the world like a bribe.

    But Baltimore has a long and venerable tradition of corruption… and incompetence. Her predecessor was also a black woman, Stephanie Rawlings Blake.

    She was in charge when Freddie Gray was found to be unresponsive in the back of a police van and Baltimore exploded in riots. Our daughter saw the mob coming down the street. She rushed inside and bolted the door.

    “Racism,” they yelled. But the mayor was black, the city council was black, the police chief was black, and half the policemen involved in the incident were also black. No matter; they smashed shop windows and ran off with clothes, jewelry, and appliances.

    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he called Ms. Rawlings-Blake three times, with no return call. Finally, she got in touch and Hogan sent the National Guard to restore order.

    Meanwhile, the mayor explained that she had waited to bring things under control because “we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” That remark did not go down well.

    Most people did not think rioters and looters should be given any space, at all. Things got worse. The police stopped enforcing the law. And more businesses left the city.

    Snappy Dresser

    Like Ms. Pugh, Ms. Rawlings-Blake put a high value on her appearance. In 2014, Vanity Fair put her on the list of the nation’s 10 Best-Dressed Mayors.

    All we remember about Ms. Rawlings-Blake’s predecessor was that she was a snappy dresser, too.

    Sheila Dixon first made a name for herself in Baltimore with an essential element of her wardrobe. In 1991, perhaps taking her cue from Nikita Khrushchev, who gave a similar performance at the United Nations in 1960, she took off her shoe, waved it in the air, and announced to the startled white city councilmen:

    “You’ve been running things for the last 20 years. Now the shoe is on the other foot.”

    We don’t know where she got the 20-year figure. Whites ran the city forever… until the black Rhodes Scholar, Kurt Schmoke, took over in 1987.

    Sartorial desire figured in Ms. Dixon’s fall as it did in her rise. On January 9, 2009, Dixon was indicted by a Baltimore grand jury on 12 counts: four counts of perjury, two counts of misconduct, three counts of theft, and three counts of fraudulent misappropriations.

    Fur coats, gift cards designed for the poor, crony city contracts with her boyfriend’s company – all figured in the charges.

    Three Failures

    Three mayors. Three failures. Which just goes to show how much Baltimore has changed.

    Mayors might have always been corrupt; but at least the city ran fairly well. Nancy Pelosi’s father, for example, was rumored to be in tight with the mob. Her father, Tommy D’Alesandro Jr., was mayor. And her brother, Tommy D’Alesandro III also filled the job.

    Another brother, F.R. D’Alesandro, was indicted for rape. And for perjury. Both charges were dismissed when the witnesses went missing at key intervals. And Tommy III remained a force to be reckoned with. When we opened our first office in Baltimore, down near Little Italy, Tommy came to celebrate with us.

    The D’Alesandro Machine was believed to be working with the Gambino family in New York. But who cared? They handed out “walking around money,” too… a lot more than Joe Alton. And they knew how to bust heads when they had to.

    The city was generally well-run. Prosperous. Safe.

    But that was 30 years ago. Welfare, fake money, bad management, the decline of manufacturing – all have taken their toll. Now, even a Lee Kuan Yew couldn’t save the city.

    Let’s remember this when the Dems bleat that there is no such thing as election fraud.

    • Retired Spook April 3, 2019 / 1:22 pm

      I’ve always thought that crap like what Bonner describes would continue until the perpetrators pay a steep price, but in Baltimore that doesn’t seem to have been a deterrent.

      • Amazona April 3, 2019 / 4:19 pm

        I had not known of the Pelosi connection. Just think—the Dems call the Trumps a crime family!

    • M. Noonan April 3, 2019 / 4:17 pm

      The official records say somewhere around 200,000 of Baltimore’s about 400,000 registered voters voted in the 2016 Mayoral race. But, who the heck knows? The former Mayor ran that year after her probation ended and allegedly got nearly 50,000 votes. Did she really? Did anyone really cast a ballot? No one can tell – there’s only 33,000 Republicans in the whole city and there are huge swaths of it where not a Republican is to be found. The Democrats can just do whatever they want…and if what they want is another Mayor who will just allow the corruption to continue, that’s what they’ll get, no matter how the votes go.

  4. Cluster April 3, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    Little Adam Schiff just can’t give up:

    Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff argued Wednesday that there is still plenty of evidence in the public record to continue investigating President Donald Trump for colluding with Russians during the 2016 presidential race in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

    But just think how many more TV appearances he will get as a result.

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