Things Happening Fast Open Thread

Legal Insurrection wonders: who will be the first to cut a deal? Thing is, until just now, there has never been that worry among the Left/Ruling Class. They don’t have to cut deals because they’ve already got them: if you have the right friends, nothing will happen to you no matter what you did wrong…and even in the rare instance where you have to face some jail time, it won’t be much and your friends will see you come out all right on the other end. But, now, we might have some people in power who won’t allow the powerful to skate…and, if so, then eventually, one of the people involved in the attempted coup will spill it.

Related: Democrats start to realize they are facing a debacle in 2020.

Also related: don’t get cocky, kids. Long way to go.

The national debt: it is still a problem. Trump won’t deal with it unless forced to by circumstances, and if he’s re-elected, that might happen. But, basically, no one really wants to deal with it in advance. It is not a problem of immediate concern in Americans’ day to day lives, and the pain of dealing with it would be politically unpopular. But, that which can’t be repaid, won’t be: we’ll have to do something about this, and maybe sooner than we think. OTOH, if Trump really can engineer consistent 3% growth, we might get out of this fairly easy.

Alabama has effectively banned elective abortion. Naturally, the left and the FredoCons are up in arms over this. As we wait for the inevitable lawsuit and injunction, I’d just like to restate my views. Elective abortion is always wrong – it is a grave evil which puts anyone involved at risk of their immortal soul. Outside that, it is also entirely unjust – there is no rational circumstance in which one can justify the deliberate taking of an innocent human life. Even the rape exception is wrong: because dad was a beast doesn’t justify killing the kid. I fully understand the pain that some go through over this – but you can’t fix pain by doing a wrong thing.

Bill DeBlasio, mayor of the increasingly anti-Semitic New York City is blaming Trump for all the Julius Streicher wanna-bees he’s got in his town. This is because he’s a liberal and thus full of sh** (Hat Tip: Ace).

Mitt Romney is doing his best John McCain impression. I hereby un-cast my vote for Romney in 2012.

51 thoughts on “Things Happening Fast Open Thread

  1. JeremiahTMM May 15, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    Trump needs support from the FR to accomplish the growth that he wants to see, by lowering interest rates. Any chance they’ll lower interest rates? Well, we all know the Rothschild’s and the Rockefellers, they love power. So, I don’t think there’s much chance of that happening.

  2. Ryan Murphy May 16, 2019 / 7:30 am

    I don’t think they need to lower them, I think just leaving them alone would be enough.

    • Retired Spook May 16, 2019 / 9:57 am

      I agree. Leaving interest rates near zero for Obama’s entire 8 years was a sign of either capitulation or complete lack of confidence in normal economic forces. Much of the growth of the stock market during that time was simply accomplished by companies using nearly free money to buy back stock. If it had been driven by consumer demand and healthy corporate profits. the economy would have grown by more than 1-1/2 or 2%. OTOH, raising interest rates too fast in the early 2000’s (from 1% to 5-1/4% between May, 2004 and August 2007) was a major contributing factor to the 2008 collapse that most people either ignore and have forgotten about.

      • Ryan Murphy May 18, 2019 / 6:47 pm

        I think just the stability of staying the same would do wonders.

      • Amazona May 18, 2019 / 7:37 pm

        I think stability/predictability are often overlooked when people look at what fuels a strong economy. Business owners and managers have to have some confidence in what lies ahead to have confidence in making business decisions, and uncertainty just creates paralysis.

  3. Cluster May 17, 2019 / 8:17 am

    I want to remind everyone that it was less than 5 years ago, during California’s drought, that agenda driven politicians lectured us that California will never be the same and that we needed to get use to the “new normal” of no snow and little rain because of our “destructive environmental ways” and the only way to turn things around was to stop the US economy and tax everyone.

    Well …

    Forecasters in San Francisco have said that California will experience an unseasonal storm system that could bring 150 to 200 per cent of its monthly rainfall to lowers areas during a series of storms coming in from the Pacific. Higher reaches of the Sierra Nevada could receive up to 30 inches of snow, with officials warning that travel across areas of the mountain range will become impossible at times.

    And the high in Phoenix today is expected to be 81. IN MID MAY !! I am going to go out on a limb and just say that the politicians and “scientists” have gotten everything wrong.

    • jdge1 May 17, 2019 / 9:29 am

      Received an email the other day.

      ”I love summer in CNY (Central New York). I hope if falls on a Saturday this year and not Tuesday like it did last year.”

    • Retired Spook May 17, 2019 / 9:36 am

      We’re the same way in Indiana — wet and cold. Couple days ago it was 38 when I got up at 6:30, and it got all the way up to 50 by late afternoon. I’ve got about a third of my yard that I haven’t been able to mow yet because it’s under water. All our wild flowers were a couple weeks late this year, and farmers haven’t even begun to plant crops yet. Last year most were planted before the end of April.

      • Amazona May 22, 2019 / 7:28 pm

        May 22. 4″ of snow.

  4. Cluster May 17, 2019 / 9:12 am

    Too funny:

    In Illinois, a resolution calling on Congress to declare Chicago the 51st state has eight Republican cosponsors in the state House (there are 44 Republicans in the lower chamber) and support among many of the state’s conservative activists. It’s the second such bill in as many years.

    Illinois state Rep. Brad Halbrook, the bill’s author, cites the many issues tearing the state apart. He listed Democrats’ “overreaching” stances on abortion, guns, immigration, debt, pensions, Medicaid spending, property taxes, green energy and workers’ compensation as just some of the reasons Chicago and Illinois should go their separate ways.

    • Retired Spook May 17, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Or maybe there will be a freak earthquake, and Chicago will just slide off into Lake Michigan. Problem solved.

    • Amazona May 17, 2019 / 10:43 am

      I have a similar plan for Colorado. That is, go to the Wyoming state line and draw a line running south roughly along the path of I-25, to just south of Denver. Go west and do the same thing, running a line south from Wyoming roughly along the path of Hwy 287, and where the two lines end south of Denver connect them.

      This long rectangle would be a new state, Eastern California, leaving the rest of the state AS Colorado, for real Coloradans. Eastern California would then be able to bask in the rosy self-righteous glow of cutting off oil and gas production, teaching children how to change genders and have homosexual sex, allowing people with grudges to sic law enforcement on people and take away their guns without due process, handing over Electoral College votes to their masters in Los Angeles, and all the other radical Leftist agendas the new Dem legislature has foisted off on Colorado in its latest Bait and Switch election, finalizing the Californication of the state.

      Colorado would then keep the things that make the state great, and let Eastern California rot in its own toxic stew of radical Leftist policies.

  5. jdge1 May 17, 2019 / 1:33 pm

    “Colorado would then keep the things that make the state great, and let Eastern California rot in its own toxic stew of radical Leftist policies.”

    Until those dumb enough to vote the idiot politicians into office who created the mess in the first place, start moving away from the problem areas into the areas not yet damaged by such destructive policies, continuing the damaging process all over again.

    I think the only long-term answer is to take steps to reduce and ultimately eliminate the ability for any socialist, communist, leftist to hold any office or power. That may seem a near impossible feat, but I think we can work to that end by starting with fixing the voting structure.

    1.) All voting rolls must be cleared and re-verified at least once every 10 years. Records from the coroner’s office and the post office (change of address) should be helpful here. This process can be simplified and streamlined to allow for smooth but accurate checking.
    2.) No one receiving a specified amount or percentage of financial assistance from the government can vote until such time as they become (mostly) self-sufficient. Allowing them to vote simply encourages the cycle to escalate until the majority of voters are siphoning hard earned dollars from other people & entities, without any skin in the game. Receiving Social Security, unemployment compensation or the like, for those who were forced to contribute does not count as government assistance.
    3.) Voter ID should be mandatory. Anyone unable to afford a valid ID will probably fall under rule #2.
    4.) Same day voter registration should be made illegal. Voter registration must be concluded in enough time prior to the election such that it can be verified.
    5.) Registering to vote should require a process like getting a passport – proof of residence, proof of age, & proof of citizenship.
    6.) Anyone who casts an illegal vote -or- prevents a legal vote, should be subject to felony charges subject to substantial fine and/or jail time. This includes all illegal immigrants, people voting in more than 1 place or under a different name in the same place in the same election, anyone stealing and/or casting absentee vote forms not their own, blocking access to a voting place, intimidating or threating voters, etc. Anyone caught should be prohibited from all future voting.
    7.) All military absentee votes must be sent out early enough such that it provides for appropriate time to be received back prior to the election and be counted.
    8.) All absentee votes must be counted and posted prior to election day. This should help eliminate the stolen elections where some polling official pulls out a few boxes of uncounted ballots, after the fact, sometimes days after the fact, that just happen to be heavily skewed in a direction that pushes a losing candidate to a win. I wonder how the states voting for legislation to require their electoral votes to go to the person receiving the most votes on a nationwide basis can be sure that’s happening if absentee votes are not even counted. Add to that the fact that close vote recounts have provided for inconsistent totals.
    9.) No one will be able to vote who cannot fill out the ballot on their own. Assistance from a 3rd party (not including physical assistance to get to the voting place) should be strictly prohibited. This should help eliminate the potential of stolen votes from coercion or misrepresentation of the actual voter’s intent, such as might happen where a caretaker fills out an absentee voter form, especially without consent of the voter.

    • Retired Spook May 17, 2019 / 2:16 pm

      Lots of great ideas.

    • Amazona May 17, 2019 / 2:20 pm

      All excellent points, JDGE, though your #2 would be considered another “poll tax” designed to disenfranchise black people. I’d add to get rid of Motor Voter and grocery store kinds of registration efforts. The claim is “the more who vote, the better” but I disagree. It should be “the more who value their vote enough to register the better”.

    • Amazona May 17, 2019 / 2:28 pm

      BTW, I call it the Bait and Switch election because all the Dems ran as moderate centrists, who really just ran vicious campaigns of character assassination of their Republican opponents without discussing their agendas or proposed policies. The Colorado GOP is so impotent they just sat back and watched it happen. The new governor ran as kind of a libertarian. Then when they were sworn in, the obviously pre-agreed-upon radical agendas burst through, to be rammed through the statehouse with hardly any time given to debate or consideration.

      That is why there are recall movements afoot, including an effort to recall the governor. One state representative has resigned, so he can appoint another Dem to try to save the seat, and I would not be surprised to see others pulling the same tricks.

      This state is seething, and even if people are not recalled the chances of another Dem takeover of the legislature is very very slim and I can’t imagine Polis being reelected, and I expect the radical bills they passed to be tied up in courts till they can be repealed by a sane legislature, which ought to also point out how much money the Dems have cost us.

      The latest is that the Secretary of State has decreed that no expenses for any government activity in Alabama will be OKd by her office. Gee, who knew we were electing a Secretary of State to act as queen, imposing her own values (or, rather, lack of values) on another state?

      Funny how the same hysterics ranting about another nation meddling in our elections are quite happy to meddle in the business of another sovereign state. This is new—-I’ll see how it plays out next week, but I have a feeling she is going to be shut down on this. The most heard word in Colorado these days is “overreach”. I’d add “arrogance”.

  6. Amazona May 18, 2019 / 11:31 pm

    This is something I didn’t know, but it explains a lot, just as learning that Hillary Clinton wrote her thesis on Saul Alinsky and Barack Obama’s introduction to politics was through Bill Ayers helped us understand their foundational perspectives. (emphasis mine)

    A fascinating new book called The Red Thread, by Diana West, a leading expert on the history of American communism, offers some intriguing insights into the anti-Trump conspiracy and suggests a possible answer. Did you know that James Comey described himself as a Communist when he was in college? Although he claimed to have “moved on” from his college politics, he would forever subscribe to the teachings and philosophy of Socialist theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Comey based his college thesis on a study of Niebuhr, and approvingly wrote: “The Christian in politics must be willing to transgress any purely Christian ethic. He must be willing to sin in the name of justice.”
    West informs us that John Brennan, who voted for the Communist Party USA candidate for president, Gus Hall, in 1976 was, according to former CIA chief of station Brad Johnson, “the target of a successful Saudi intelligence operation to convert him to Islam during Brennan’s stint, circa 1996, as CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.”

    Ms. West teases out other highly interesting, and disturbing, facts about many of the anti-Trump conspiracy players. But more importantly, she lays out a larger framework in which to view the philosophical drivers of many of the conspirators, who fall into the Marxist/globalist/collectivist political camp. This is in direct opposition to the capitalist/nationalist/individualistic political camp led by Donald Trump. Trump was anathema to these individuals because he represented an existential threat to the globalist enterprise which has been so long in the making.

    I’d love to see Comey address this statement of his, and be asked if this philosophy is what guided him in his abuse of power and the authority of his office—a sin allowed if he felt it was in the pursuit of justice.

    • Cluster May 19, 2019 / 9:31 am

      Brennan and Clapper are two of the most vile and dangerous men to this country. Brennan is a straight up communist, and honestly most of the Democrats are once you pull back the mask. De Blasio is being interviewed right now and that man is a narcissistic authoritarian. No question about it. Never let people like that close to power, and if they do achieve it. Fall back on the second amendment. This is a free country and as long as I am alive, it will remain that way.

      • Amazona May 19, 2019 / 9:49 am

        And this is why I have become such a nag about dropping labels, ISSUES and Identity Politics and going with the bare naked structure of each system. That also gets rid of the squishies, the “moderates” and the “independents”.

        A. A federal government severely restricted as to size, scope and power, with most authority left to the states or to the people (individualist)
        B. A powerful Central Authority which can expand its size, scope and power to address any issue or concern, imposing the same laws and regulations on the entire nation, with little power left to the states or to the people (collectivist)

        That, at the national level, IS the political decision to be made, and you can’t be a little bit A and a little bit B. It is one or the other. When this decision is made, and only then, can any specific ISSUE be addressed, as it would first have to be held up to the 10th Amendment to determine if it is is in the realm of proper federal authority. If it is not, it has to be kicked to the states, which are only limited by Constitutional restrictions in certain areas, such as slavery. That is where the real battles should be fought, and that is where the abortion battles ARE being fought, which will force the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v Wade and decide, not on abortion per se, but on the scope of federal authority.

        If we could start asking people to define their political belief system based on A or B, I think we would not only clarify a lot of things for people but bring a lot of people over to the A side of the voting booth.

        Brennan and Clapper and Comey, et al, are all collectivist, Statist Leftists who believe in the primacy of the State over the individual.

      • JeremiahTMM May 19, 2019 / 8:03 pm

        I am A.

        I believe in limited government, that it should have little to no say in the day to day affairs of sovereign citizens. By sovereign I mean a person has autonomy such that it doesn’t inflict harm upon another. Which gets into civil government , all governments should have laws that prohibit the harming of another, the unborn being the very First one on the list. But I guess it’s all in how we are raised, if you’re raised under Marxist teaching from child to adult, you would necessarily have a Marxist worldview in your adult years, and that you were not open minded to anything else. And consequently, if you have a Marxist worldview, then you believe that it’s okay to harm children in the womb. Or you aware a rabid homosexual who wants the world to be under the domination of Satanic LGBT community fanatics. I characterize the homosexual because they have been given over to their own way to do as they please with their life. Which is why so many in that community commit suicide, because tremendous guilt and shame that they feel from living so wickedly. When one gives themselves to the devil, the devil attacks with great ferocity. It’s because of society, society does not inflict such guilt and shame, the homosexual does it to themselves. It wouldn’t matter if they controlled every branch of government, had every law that they could have to repress the Christian community, had all of them executed…the guilt and shame would be the same, and they would still be committing suicide, because they are searching for freedom and happiness in the wrong place. Well, I know getting into a religious rainy here, but only because it played such an immense role in the founding of America…from the first step on the continent all the way to the Constitution. Why even there is a debate over personhood is very silly. Of course an unborn child is a person, just as an unborn lion is a lion…lionesses give birth to buffaloes no more than birds hatch out dogs. We are humans, and when woman conceived she gives birth to a unique person. So why the debate over that is just bewildering. This is why the federal government should have no authority in these matters, because it creates a sweeping change that creates sweeping consequences.

        I can’t believe that cases are being brought before the Supreme Court about marriage…marriage ALWAYS between man and woman. From the dawn of time. The first two ever people were male and female. Male …. And … Female . Man and Woman Boy and Girl. And God therefore joined them together Husband and Wife. “What GOD has joined together let not man put asunder.” None of this homosexual business was even heard of, nor accepted. Strength is only achieved through the perfect union of man and woman. Only normal children come from a Father and Mother home. Men and women need to get over their peti differences, and stay together for their children’s sake. Broken homes create troubled children, which usually wind up in juvenile detention centers. Or worse they get into drugs and the drug trade and wind up dead. Men man up! Be a man! Work hard and take charge of your household. Provide, protect, and teach! Give your children someone to look up to! So that they can continue the tradition!

        Well, wild hot rant over… I see so many problems in society, but I don’t have the brainpower to fix it all…my brain starts overheating, 🥵after a minute or two. So, I’ll leave it to those with bigger hard drives. 😅

      • Amazona May 19, 2019 / 10:04 pm

        Jeremiah, part of your post reminded me of a time I thought a Liberal friend would actually hit me, she got so close to snapping. She said that a fetus is not a human being and I said “So what IS it? A duck?”

        That got an absolutely volcanic eruption, partly because her family, all pro-life, started laughing.

      • JeremiahTMM May 19, 2019 / 11:51 pm

        ROTFLOL 😂

      • JeremiahTMM May 20, 2019 / 12:17 am

        It’s kind of in my nature. I don’t any of the ism’s of a left-wing nature. They repulse me. I block all CNN content, the Washington Post, the New York times, those people so make me sick. Snooty Left-Wing college students, rich left-winger celebrities… they absolutely disgusting me. I get really hot around the collar when I think about them.

        It was nothing against you Amazona. I was responding to my blood pressure percolating inside. I see myself in a lot of other people, too. The more they talk about what’s wrong in politics, the madder they get. Lol take a deep breath go for another sentence, getting louder with each sentence.

        I should also mention that while it’s not good to be so serious…it also is good to be, to take the political situation seriously, because what the United States faces if governed by those on the left is frightening.

  7. Cluster May 19, 2019 / 9:32 am

    I wonder if the media ever think of themselves as divisive.

    • Amazona May 19, 2019 / 11:03 am

      Yes, but for The Cause. They are fighting the good fight to advance the correct, Leftist, collectivist, agenda and that justifies lying, distorting, slandering, libeling and misleading.

      • Cluster May 19, 2019 / 1:36 pm

        It’s incredible how the media lies, distorts, and stokes fear of Trump on a 24/7 basis and then has the audacity to claim trump is divisive.

        Again, their self awareness is horrible, and their false sense of moral superiority needs to be jammed down their throats.

  8. Cluster May 19, 2019 / 9:53 am

    I would like to point one other thing out to our intellectually challenged Democrats. Accusing someone of obstructing your attempts to frame them, is not a crime. And your childish authoritarian temper tantrums will not change that fact.

    Go the F**K away

    On another note, this ought to turn out well

    NYC schools chancellor is accused of branding ‘whiteness’ as ‘toxic’ and pushing out white administrators in favor of less qualified people of color

    • Amazona May 19, 2019 / 10:52 am

      It is funny, in an annoying way, to watch the frantic Dems struggling to outdo each other in the “Wanna See How Stupid I Am?” game.

      To obstruct justice, you first have to have a crime. A real, identified, crime with a real, identified, investigation INTO THAT CRIME. Regarding Trump and his campaign, no actual crime was ever identified. Ever. “Collusion”, even if proved, would not have been a crime. To be a crime, something has to have gone through the legislative process and been decided it is criminal, and entered into the statutes as a crime. Reaching out to people, or being approachable by people, to learn things about opposition candidates is not a crime. Saying “I want this person fired” is not a crime.

      So what the Left is doing is just using words as if they mean something. The other night I picked up on a few minutes of Shannon Bream, with Chaffetz and some Lefty doofus with a heavily gelled darling little lock of hair dangling over his forehead. I couldn’t stand the absolute drivel the Lefty spouted, with absolute confidence as if a single word of it had any relationship to reality. He simply made pronouncement after pronouncement of things that never happened, as if he was referencing facts we all know to be true. He was glib, he was smooth, and he was completely full of s**t.

      The strategy is to pepper every speech with so many lies, big and little, piled one upon the other, that it is impossible to address them all, so some slip through, and to clutter any effort to address them with so much bickering that the rebuttal gets lost in the verbiage. This is why I wonder why Fox lets it happen. They should present a statement or act by the Left and then address it in detail, so the facts can be laid out in an orderly and coherent fashion. Glenn Beck used to use his whiteboard to outline lies and strategies of the Left. I would like to see a show which does that, and then allows a Lefty to come on to address what has been addressed as lies, on the condition that a question be answered before the Lefty can go off in any other direction.

      Mike Rosen, a former Denver talk show host, used to do this to Lefty callers. He would ask a question, and not let the caller spin off in a different direction without answering the question. He used Mr. Hold Button to shut up rants and diversions, and wouldn’t let the caller back on till he was willing to answer the question. And it was Mike Rosen who led me to the Bright Side, out of the darkness of my Unexamined Liberalism, because his tactics made me realize that when someone would call in to support what I “believed” he could never—NEVER—support that claim, while the conservatives could, and did. It was extremely powerful.

      I’d hear a caller spout something I thought I believed and I would think “YES!! You tell him!” And then the caller couldn’t back up what he said. Usually he wouldn’t even try, but would use a question as a springboard to another topic. It didn’t take long to realize that they didn’t answer because they couldn’t—they had ideas fermenting in their brains, but nothing to back them up, and most of what they believed was based on a range of inaccuracies, from misinformation to outright lies. They were passionate, they were energized, but they were just emoting. It also became clear that those on the Left were angry and negative, while those on the Right just seemed so sane by comparison. And pretty soon I was thinking it odd that the Left couldn’t back up any of its assertions but the Right had answers, facts and information to support what it believed.

      I’d like to see a TV show like that. I’d like to see a Liberal cut off if he refused to address a question. Many questions can have simple yes or no answers. If a Lefty wants a platform, he has to follow the rules. He has to answer questions. And then he can make a short speech—but knowing that it will be dissected for the next show, rebutted in detail with the resulting contradictions forming the content of the next line of questioning. And I would like to see the host constantly pointing out that those on the Left can never back up what they say with facts. That worked for me—-I think it would work for others as well.

      Now, I know that at least some of these people are smart enough to know they are lying. Not all—-I think Nadler is truly so stupid he believes what he says, or at least some of it. I also think he is the Disposable Democrat, the fat kid the others push out in front to see if there are really snakes in that cave, and he is too stupid to realize he is really just their human sacrifice. Some may be delusional—Nan and Uncle Joe come to mind, either befuddled or with such flexible principles that whatever is convenient at any given time is truth. But some—-most—are just flat-out stone cold liars.

      If they catch on and refuse to come on a show like that, then try them in absentia. Have the chalkboard, pick out a Maddow show and outline the blatant lies and chart the distortions, and say Rachel was invited to come on the show to defend what she said but she refused. Show the text of a comment and dissect it, lie for lie, and then say that the author was asked if he would like to come on the show to debate the accuracy of what he said but he would not respond to repeated invitations.

  9. jdge1 May 19, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    This is just one example about the voting problem, that I was talking about, that needs to be rectified. I’ve no doubt there are a good many more, some that are hidden due to incompetence, many due to fraud & theft. Those who are incompetent must be removed from whatever position that allowed them to compromise valid legal voting. The rest must be convicted and charged. Otherwise the lack of deterrence will ensure the problem continues on a wholesale basis.

    • Amazona May 19, 2019 / 9:38 pm

      I’ve written about this before. I used to live near a resort area that was popular with young foreigners looking for fun temporary jobs. They could easily get short term work visas to work in the lodges, ski areas, etc. I knew some young foreigners and helped them get drivers licenses for the time they were here, and then their friends asked me to do the same for them, so I went through the same process several times.

      i would go into the DMV with a foreigner, who had brought along his or her passport and work visa, and I would have a copy of the law saying he or she was eligible for a drivers license for the period of the visa. So there would be some pretty extensive discussion of the fact that the person in question was a foreigner, complete with a passport from another country and a limited-term work visa. After going through all of this, sometimes a couple of times if the employee was not familiar with this, and the license was issued, the foreigner would be asked “Do you want to register to vote?” Every time.

      These kids were pretty smart, well educated, sophisticated and aware that this was wrong, and would often volunteer that they couldn’t register to vote because they were not citizens. If they didn’t, I would point this out. And every time—–EVERY TIME—-we would be told that the law required the clerk to ask this of everyone getting a license.

      But a lot of people here on regular work visas, possibly not so well educated, were probably registered to vote because they didn’t understand the question, or didn’t realize they couldn’t legally vote. And what about states that now give out licenses to illegals? Do they also get registered? So I have always had several questions:

      1. How many foreigners have been registered to vote in Colorado since Motor Voter was put into effect?
      2. How many of these people then voted?
      3. How many of these registrations are still on the books, even if the people are no longer in the country?
      4. How many people know about this, and know how easy it would be to harvest illegal votes simply by knowing the names of foreigners who got drivers licenses?

      Motor Voter is and always has been a way to get people registered to vote who are not legally eligible to vote, without making them sign any kind of formal declaration of eligibility, which would be breaking the law by making a false statement. Then when people want to purge registration rolls of the names of people who have died, who have moved, who are registered in multiple places, etc. the Left has a hissy fit and starts in with the same old accusations of the Right trying to disenfranchise people, blah blah blah.

      It would be an easy matter these days to cross reference work visas with voter registrations, but I haven’t heard of anyone suggesting that.

      • Cluster May 20, 2019 / 8:30 am

        You wont hear anyone suggesting that sadly. Democrats want the chaos, and Republicans are to afraid to fight it. If it weren’t for the few conservatives who do fight (and thank God for Trump) the Republican party would have been rolled over a few years ago. I mean look at Romney … what a pathetic excuse for a conservative.

      • Amazona May 20, 2019 / 5:24 pm

        The left needs chaos and conflict, which is why so much energy and effort go into creating it, advancing it and promoting it. This whole “Russia investigation” fiasco is a perfect example of that. Out of nothing, the Left spun its failed spying efforts into a massive fantasy which was always intended to get Americans upset, paranoid, angry, distrustful and in conflict with each other. The goal was always to destabilize the nation.

        Just as a cut or a scrape provides an entry point for bacteria to infect the body, chaos and conflict provide cracks in our society which allow the germs of Leftism to penetrate and grow to infect the country.

  10. Amazona May 19, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    The other day I was buying dog food at a local specialty store. My old dog was on a special diet and they would order special food for him, so I got to know the owners and we would often visit when I went in. The other day while we were talking about my recent trip a man came in who was a certain type—-burly, bearded, looked like a middle-aged or older biker, and he started in trying to stir up political talk. He started in about what a mess this country is in, and went on and on about how his mother grew up in Austria and how Trump reminded her so much of Hitler, in typical angry Leftist bluster. The clerk and I were looking at each other with raised eyebrows, kind of sharing a WTH moment. When the guy finally stopped for a breath I said that I had been in three prisons—or, rather, prison museums—and two of them were built to punish people for what they did, but the third was built to punish people, all the way up to actual overt torture, for what they THOUGHT and I found that chilling. He said yeah, he agreed, and then went off on another Trump rant about him being a dictator and a tyrant. When he paused I said, very mildly because this guy was kind of a loose cannon, “We now have the government here spying on American citizens” and that kind of shut him up for a moment, and then he said “Well, sometimes you have to do that”.

    I couldn’t help it. I laughed out loud and said “This from the guy who is afraid of Hitler!” and walked out, with him bellowing after me.

    Which leads me to talking about a movie I saw in Berlin. We had a private screening of a 2006 movie, which won the Academy Award for best foreign film in 2007, because it tied in so well with the theme of the weeklong seminar that was basically centered on the political structure of East Berlin before the wall came down, though with a lot of focus on espionage. The movie is about the Stasi (German socialist secret police under Soviet rule) spying on a couple, hoping to find something they could use against the man because a Stasi officer was lusting after the man’s girlfriend. It was an extremely powerful movie, and resonated quite strongly with me because of the current discovery of our own federal investigative agency doing the same thing with American citizens. I know a lot of us don’t like foreign movies with subtitles, but this is available on Netflix and I strongly recommend spending a couple of hours watching it. It is called The Lives Of Others, and it is an ominous warning of the direction this country was going in, would still be going in if Hillary had been elected, and the direction so many want it to go in again.

  11. jdge1 May 19, 2019 / 10:52 pm

    Allow homosexuals become priest along with supervisors willing to hide the problem and recycle those priest committing crimes and you get the problem the church is now facing. Allow homosexuals to become scout leaders and you get the same problem. ”Sex abuse in the Boy Scouts has taken a stunning toll. There have been more than 12,200 reported victims, more than 7,000 accused.” Anyone see a pattern here?

    • JeremiahTMM May 20, 2019 / 12:37 am

      Yeah, it is a sad thing that is happening to mainline denomination. They have Satan into the ministry, and that is what I see as one of the major downfall of many congregations across the country. More and more people are starting to have their own small gatherings at home. Some Bible reading, a few snacks, and general.fellowship. see that’s what homosexuals and the left in general want, they want to force all churches underground.

  12. JeremiahTMM May 20, 2019 / 12:41 am

    Here is a great video I seen recently. Our fine military men singing Days of Elijah … Very touching to see them praising the Lord

  13. Cluster May 20, 2019 / 8:34 am

    So the brain trust on MSNBC this morning is wanting to return to civility, but of course that means electing a Democrat. In a stunning display of “lack of self awareness” they claim to be tired of the “shouting and arguing” and “just want to get down to the business of governing this country”.

    If they would just STFU, we could do that.

    • Amazona May 20, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      How much “governing” have the Democrat members of the House been doing this year? Between obsessing about impeaching Trump, including marathon TV appearances to rant about Trump, spending time posting on social media and running for the presidency, it doesn’t seem like these legislators quite grasp the fact that they are the LEGISLATIVE body of the government.

  14. Cluster May 20, 2019 / 8:55 am

    So do you think our immigration laws are F***KED up??

    Isaac Roblett, 24, from Hastings, East Sussex flew to the Illinois city on April 24 for the trip of a lifetime with American girlfriend Camila Iglesia, 23 (pictured left together). He had been talking about spending three months in the country under an ESTA permit. But when Mr Roblett arrived in the country, immigration officials questioned him about his reasons for travel. They scoured his phone and discovered a text message (right) about ‘moving’ and feared he may stay in the country long term. Marketing manager Mr Roblett was locked up in a cell for a day and interrogated in a windowless room for an hour and a half. He was deported the next day without seeing Ms Iglesia and is now also banned from visiting the US for life.

    Poor kid. All he had to do was to change his name to Gonzales and come up thru the southern border. The Democrats would have built a house for him.

  15. Amazona May 20, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    A federal judge just ruled against Trump in his efforts to block Congress from accessing his personal financial records.

    Take a look at what passes for judicial reasoning, evidently based on the silly reasoning of Congress in its ongoing persecution of the president.

    “According to the Oversight Committee, it believes that the requested records will aid its consideration of strengthening ethics and disclosure laws, as well as amending the penalties for violating such laws.

    Think about it. This indicates that the Oversight Committee is wanting to probe Trump’s personal finances not because they have reason to think he has broken a law, but because, as they evidently argued, believe access to his private records might aid its consideration of strengthening ethics and disclosure laws. No, that’s not the way it works. If Congress thinks the ethics and disclosure laws need to be strengthened, then it is their job to change the rules. They don’t get to prowl through his private records looking for something they can possibly blow up into yet another manufactured crime or misdeed, to know if the rules are good enough. They’ve got the rules, right there in front of them. They’ve got the penalties, right there in front of them. This is a de facto admission that they would change the rules, and the penalties, based on the identity of the person under scrutiny. That is, a continuation of different rules and laws for different people—-one of the signs of tyranny.

    The committee also says that the records will assist in monitoring the president’s compliance with the Foreign Emoluments Clauses. These are facially valid legislative purposes, and it is not for the court to question whether the committee’s actions are truly motivated by political considerations,” Judge Mehta wrote in the 41-page ruling.

    MONITORING ???? Now Congress is assuming the authority to MONITOR the president? Is that what oversight means these days?

    So much for that old-fashioned concept of discovering an action, examining it to determine if it is legal, identifying it as a crime if it is not, then charging the person with the crime and THEN undertaking an investigation to see if the facts support the accusation. No, in the Brave New World of Leftist governance in the United States, aided by corrupt activist judges, the process is reversed, and the system starts with a targeted individual (and anyone associated with him) and then searches for anything that might justify an action against him. Or them.

    This is just another version of the illegal surveillance of Trump and his associates, using the power of the State to manipulate the legal system to find, or create, something to use as a weapon against a political opponent.

    • Amazona May 20, 2019 / 7:54 pm

      Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime

      A comment made by Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria, the head of Stalin’s secret police and evidently an inspiration to today’s American Left

    • Cluster May 20, 2019 / 8:28 pm

      They are truly banana republic type people. No question about it. One half of the Democrat party is set on destroying the opposition while the other half is actively selling out the country to the George Soros agenda. It’s happening right in front of our eyes. Trump’s reelection is vital.

  16. Cluster May 20, 2019 / 8:51 pm

    This is such a great line I wish I would have thought of it:

    ….liberal actor Jeff Daniels joined the MSNBC panel to bash their fellow Americans in the name of decency and love and fear for the country’s future.

  17. jdge1 May 20, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    This stunned me a little. Not so much the gift, but the amount of college debt accumulated by a small single college for a single graduating class – $40 million dollars.

    ”Speaker to pay off graduates’ $40M debt A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans — estimated at $40 million.
    Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black college in Atlanta. Smith, who is black, is the Founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data, and technology-driven companies.”

    That’s an average of $100,000 of student loans for each of the 400 students. That provides a small glimpse of the staggering debt accumulated by college students, much of which I doubt will be paid off. Colleges and universities must somehow share in this travesty as they are in many ways responsible for it.

    • Cluster May 21, 2019 / 8:34 am

      That happens when government subsidizes big education and it’s not by accident. Student loan debt now exceeds $1.5 trillion and many universities and professors have lived very well off that debt over the last decade but financially enslaving a generation of kids in the process. This debt is unsustainable and will eventually collapse. And I agree that universities need to be held to account particularly when they give out worthless degrees.

      Ironically, many Democrats are offering free college which has to anger their very well paid university constituents because that means the gravy train stops. In that sense, I am all for it.

  18. Amazona May 21, 2019 / 8:58 am

    Another entry into the ongoing “Wanna See How Stupid I Am?” antics of the Democrat Congress:

    …Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) (of fried chicken fame) also called to start the ball rolling, saying that former President Bill Clinton was impeached “for sex” while Trump is “raping the country.”

    Of course, all rational and intelligent people and even some Democrats, know that Clinton was impeached for committing perjury in a criminal case, not “for sex”, but I suppose to someone who thinks slobbering over fried chicken in the halls of Congress is supposed to insult Republicans being accused of the crime of rape is really just about sex, but seriously, “raping the country” ?????

    I have to admit, though, I would kind of like to see an impeachment hearing based on the claim that Trump is “raping the country”. Maybe there will even be snacks.

    • Cluster May 21, 2019 / 9:16 am

      Most politicians, and certainly the media lie as easily as they breathe, think: kids in cages. And I hope they proceed with impeachment to … that will help accelerate the collapse of the Democrat party, which they are on the verge of.

      Pelosi was again this morning questioning Trump’s “fitness for office” which led me to think, has anyone every questioned Nancy’s “fitness for office”? She has been in government a hell of a lot longer than Trump and if she thinks the country is this bad off, then she is the one to blame.

  19. Cluster May 21, 2019 / 10:09 am

    Adam Schiff in 2015:

    “Instead of rejecting the deal, therefore, Congress should focus on making it stronger,” Schiff posted on his official office website. “First, we should make it clear that if Iran cheats, the repercussions will be severe. Second, we should continue to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to detect any form of Iranian noncompliance. Third, we should establish the expectation that while Iran will be permitted to have an enrichment capability for civilian use, it will never be permitted to produce highly enriched uranium, and if it attempts to do so, it will be stopped with force.”

    Adam Schiff in 2019

    Trump has taken a series of steps to deliberately escalate tensions with Iran. The result is all too predictable. That’s not an intelligence problem, it’s a policy problem.Trump must stop this dangerous game, and rein in advisors who seem hell bent on starting a war.

    I guess he is relying on people having short term memories.

  20. Cluster May 21, 2019 / 11:11 am

    Tucker Carlson is spot on:

    “For the Left, whether the country benefits is not the point. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar — herself a symbol of America’s failed immigration system if there ever was one, someone who hates this country coming here at public expense — spent yesterday demanding the abolition of ICE, the decriminalization of illegal immigration itself, and an end to all deportation programs,” Carlson said. “She demands open borders, the unlimited arrival of anyone who wants to come to America, whether they have anything to contribute or not, and by the way, you get to pay for it. And if you don’t want to, you’re a bigot.”

  21. Amazona May 21, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    A doctor testifying Monday in a lawsuit challenging four abortion- restriction laws in Virginia said abortion is “one of the safest medical procedures that exist."

    When a procedure almost inevitably results in the death of one of the two people upon which it is performed, it is hard to see how it call be called “safe”.

    This blithe redefinition of terms is typical of the Left and its manipulation of language. Only a Leftist could claim, as Corey Booker did, that “abortion is health”. Only an inherently dishonest person could assert that a procedure which results in a 50% fatality rate—or a 100% fatality rate if you only consider the helpless target of the procedure—is in any way “safe”. It is, in fact, lethal, and intended to be so.

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