Open Thread

LAPD officers have contracted typhoid – you know: the filth-borne disease which doesn’t affect modern nations. But, it’s LA – now, a Third World sh** hole. Seriously: watch the video at the link. It isn’t just a little bit of trash here and there…it is piles of garbage lining entire city blocks…piled several feet high. Someone needs to take charge here – a reminder that the bubonic plague – the infamous Black Death of the 14th century – was carried by rats and fleas. Lots of people could get sick and die if this isn’t taken care of immediately.

A historian (David Garrow) is claiming that Martin Luther King was, well, a bad guy. Seriously, if the stories are true, then the man was simply no good. Now, I’m in no position to judge the truthfulness of the claims – in fact, hardly anyone is because hardly anyone has even seen the evidence this guy says he has. Garrow has, naturally, come under fire: there are lots of people heavily invested in the public persona of King. And Garrow’s claims aren’t run-of-the-mill stuff. Its not that King had affairs – this has long been known – but that King was sexually abusive. And if anyone is thinking that Garrow is some right-winger smearing King: Garrow is a member of Democratic Socialists of America.

What strikes me about the story – outside the claims made against King – is that this is all based on FBI surveillance of King. Now, we’ve all long known that the FBI under Hoover had it in for King, but if the claims are true, then the FBI obtained rock-solid evidence of sex crimes and then did nothing about it. Back in 1977, a judge ordered the recordings embargoed until 2027…which I find to be outrageous. King has been dead since 1968. Most of his close associates are also dead. There is no rational reason to keep the tapes secret from their owners: the people of the United States. The Deep State has been around a long while, and I wonder what else we don’t know?

Lot of whines about Trump’s tariffs on Mexico causing a rise in avacado prices. Thing is, we grow them here: the only reason you go to Mexico to get them is that you want a slightly higher profit margin. So, screw you and your Mexican avacados: buy American.

Beware of grifters on the right – we do have people who try to sucker our guys into donating to allegedly right wing political campaigns when the money is really just spent on the guys running the grift. Personally, I think a good deal of these largely originate on the left or among the GOPe…deliberately trying to suck up the base’s money and blowing it, thus preventing it from being used effectively.

33 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. JeremiahTMM June 3, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    California is an issue of national concern. The President needs to step in and overrule that worthless mayor. I mean, banning rodenticide? I mean, how totalitarian is that? It seems the legislators there care more about the rats than they do human life. This is like one of Stalin’s experiments to extinguish as much human life as possible. Yeah, the Federal government needs to run that dude out of town, maybe ship him over to China or somewhere. Or drop him off at the North Pole and let him walk back home. Byyyyyeee 👋 see ya wouldn’t wanna be ya! Seriously, though our country is in trouble if something isn’t done.

    • Cluster June 4, 2019 / 9:42 am

      My wife and I have seen California go from bad to worse just in the last decade. We go over there often to see family and friends and enjoy the beaches around San Diego but every time we go over I see more and more dysfunction. Last fall we went over to Pasadena for the Thanksgiving weekend and my brother drove us around downtown LA – wow. Tents, camps and homeless people all over. Back in the 80’s, downtown LA was awesome – beautiful, warm, palm tree laden, bustling, clean city and the envy of the world. Today it literally looks like a third world.

      • Retired Spook June 4, 2019 / 9:58 am

        California is, or at least was such a beautiful state. I would think there would be a strong movement to take back the state from the politicians who have destroyed it, but it seems that most who can’t take it anymore just leave instead of fighting back. At some point the only solution in cities like LA and San Francisco will be to wall off large no go zones where the homeless can do drugs to their heart’s content and kill and steal from each other.

    • Amazona June 4, 2019 / 10:29 am

      Jeremiah, when you suggest a Leftist solution to a problem it doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a conservative or not. At that point advocating the use of Leftist tactics or philosophy—in this case, having federal authority override state sovereignty—-is advocating the abandonment of a key aspect of our Constitution.

      And no, this is in no way similar to what you call “Stalin’s experiments to extinguish as much human life as possible”. That was never an agenda of Stalin’s. He merely eliminated opposition to his power or, in the case of Ukraine, people whose existence would have sucked up the resources he needed for his agenda elsewhere. And in California, there is no intent to kill people. There is just a criminally foolish dedication to the American Left’s social policies that are designed to let people feel moral and upright, and one of those is the pretense of caring about animals, even rats.

      The brutal hardhearted International Left has created a strange hybrid of American Leftism, using all sorts of emotional lures to attract weak minded people and then keep them by letting them think they are morally and ethically superior to everyone else. This has worked well for them politically, turning Congress and many of our federal agencies over to Leftist control, but the downside is that they are also at the same time stuck with the foolishness and virtue signaling of the creatures they have created, who are verbally violent but shy away from actual death, including that of rodents.

      But this is California’s problem, If I were able to initiate any control over Californians it would be to deny them the ability to move to other states if they voted for the government that is destroying their own state. Because other states are being tainted by the influx of California Democrats who have contributed to the decline of California but who are taking the same toxic and destructive political attitudes and policies with them to ruin other states.

      • Retired Spook June 4, 2019 / 11:25 am

        In other words, Leftists destroy everything they touch, either by making the problem they sought to address worse or through unintended consequences that most thinking people could have foreseen.

      • Cluster June 4, 2019 / 12:00 pm

        I like the idea of who is allowed to leave to other states. If you are a registered Democrat in CA and have voted Democrat the last few election cycles, you are not allowed to leave. You must stay and clean up your mess.


      • Retired Spook June 4, 2019 / 12:12 pm

        Sort of a domestic version of merit-based immigration, heh. There have been Internet jokes about dividing the country geographically along ideological lines, but in all seriousness I can see a time when the country becomes even more divided than it is now, especially if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The abortion issue would go back to the states, and some states would allow abortion and some wouldn’t. It’s about the only solution I can see that doesn’t involve us killing each other.

      • jdge1 June 4, 2019 / 8:04 pm

        “I can see a time when the country becomes even more divided than it is now, especially if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Ditto.

        Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, we are currently fighting a civil war, and in a real sense a world war considering the length the socialist tentacles have extended. At this time it’s not with conventional weapons, but rather;
        A.) Those using a very nasty brand of politics where politicians and their collaborators are actively willing to break their word and the law to uphold the constitution or threaten anyone who doesn’t bend to their will,
        B.) Activist judges, who again disregard the constitution and law to override and stifle the opposition,
        C.) Various political organizations whose primary function is to shut down the opposition,
        D.) Service based companies such as certain banks, consumer based businesses such as Dicks & Nike, or local & state government agencies that refuse to do business with 2nd amendment rights organizations, pro-life organizations, or religious organizations, or states that enact laws to advance those and similar topics,
        E.) Anyone who actively works to stifle free speech and religious rights,
        F.) Those who weaponize various branches of the government such as the IRS, FBI and our intelligence agencies,
        G.) The U.N. who is primarily run by those working to strip US citizens (and other countries citizens) of their rights and freedoms,
        H.) Other government & international organization who work to undermine the USA, like China, Russia & Mid-East countries, and so on.

        I think the bigger question is, do you see a point where the gloves come off and a full-fledged battle with convention weapons is the more dominant means of regaining control within the US, or will the socialist continue to chip away at the structure or our society without much of a physical battle until it doesn’t resemble the USA as it was meant to be by the founding fathers and the country so many brave men & women fought for? I’m not sure.

        I do see hope though. Trump has been able to replace the judiciary with more constitutional minded judges. This is big, more than some might realize. Some of the major campaign promises Trump has been able to implement such as the new income tax law is making a real positive change in many peoples lives. And Trump is doing it in a way where he’s creating a win-win for most US citizens and companies. For example, not only is the new tax structure advantageous for companies to return the jobs to the US, but reduced restrictions & regulations are also making it easier for these same companies who are used to dealing with much softer regulations abroad. He’s also playing hardball with countries who’ve for too long used the US as a doormat to springboard their own economies. I see a lot to look forward to.

        And finally, we seem to have a justice department that’s taking their oath seriously and ready to investigate real crime and charge those guilty. It will take time but I’m optimistic that some major players will see significant jail time. That will likely cause a lot of ruckus on the left, but they’ll squeal not matter what.

  2. Retired Spook June 4, 2019 / 7:37 am

    Quote of the Day:

    “Don’t criticize what you can’t understand” from THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN, Bob Dylan, 1964

  3. Cluster June 4, 2019 / 6:59 pm

    Did y’all see this headline?

    Golden showers dossier author Christopher Steele WILL speak to U.S. authorities investigating how claims Trump colluded with Russia began


  4. Cluster June 5, 2019 / 8:41 am

    I caught a segment of Rush the other day and he was speaking to something we have all discussed quite a bit here and that is the cabal of elites and the privileged club they desperately want to protect. We have all discussed the fact that all these DC “elites”, or the ruling class if you will, frequent all the same cocktail parties, attend all the same schools, and belong to all the same clubs. They battle each other in public but privately they all want to keep the gravy train rolling. That is why “conservatives” like Romney, McCain, etc. never pushed back too hard. They don’t want to upset their colleagues. They would rather be a part of the ruling class then the masses they govern.

    BUT NOT TRUMP. Trump does not belong to the “club” nor does he even want to. Trump is truly a blue collar billionaire and prefers the company of the proletariat rather than elites, and that’s what drives the ruling class nuts. He is not one of them, and that is not acceptable.

    Case in point, here is Richard Haas on MSNBC:

    We have had 75 years of a managed international environment. Are we beginning to see it break down? If so, history suggests it won’t be pretty or, again, is this simply a temporary speed bump and then people get scared by the glimpse of what they see and they kind of return to what was sort of the norm for 75 years. That is the big question about where we are.

    The elites are trying their best to scare people into returning to their brand of governance and you see that unfold everyday in the media. Scare, divide, and conquer. The reelection of Trump will help further dismantle the club of elites and that is as important as everything else Trump brings to the table. This is a country “of and for the people” not the ruling class, and we need to remind them of that.

    Trump 2020

  5. Cluster June 5, 2019 / 8:58 am

    This is Hilarious:

    Laid-off reporters launch project to ‘Save Journalism’

    They just don’t understand why reporters are being laid off, revenues are down, and publications are going out of business.

    “But when the future of the free press is being pretty seriously endangered by something, I think it’s incumbent upon us to stand up for ourselves,”

    It’s being “endangered by SOMETHING” – they just can’t put their finger on it and are blaming social media. Ironically, there is not one mention of maybe returning to “objective journalism”. I wonder if that would help? Just a thought

    • Amazona June 5, 2019 / 9:18 am

      “Saving journalism” wouldn’t be that hard. It would just mean objective reporting of facts without editing them to advance or deter any agenda. It would just mean informing the public of what is going on, without any concern for how this might affect a personal preference for any party or policy. It would mean taking the reporter out of the story, so in an interview a reporter would not be telegraphing her personal bias by changing her tone or wrinkling her brow in consternation or brightening up with a happy smile when the interview goes in a certain direction,

      “Investigative journalism” would aggressively investigate some of the glaring issues that today’s “journalists” steadfastly ignore, such as the cadre of professional troublemakers who show up around the world to instigate riots and then melt away once they have stirred the local crowds into action—they would be following them to train stations and airports after riots had begun, they would be photographing them and trying to track their funding, and they would be writing about the fact that these riots are not spontaneous outbursts of local rage but are carefully choreographed and set in motion by a Central Authority. This would be one of the biggest news stories of the decade, but “journalists” stubbornly look the other way—because the agitators work for their side.

  6. Retired Spook June 5, 2019 / 9:35 am

    Quote of the Day:

    Ten years ago, I read an essay by a history professor whose name I can no longer recall. The essay outlined the 5 steps that all of the despots of the 20th century used to gain their ruthless power.

    1. Adopt a noble cause

    2. Exaggerate the threat to the noble cause

    3. Demonize your opponents as being against the cause

    4. Claim to have the only solution to the crisis

    5. Require the people to sacrifice money, freedom or both to save the noble cause

    Does this sound familiar? While this process is dishonest in the extreme, it can be very effective. Hey, if it worked for Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, why not modern environmentalism?

    The ironic thing about using this method is that it almost always ends up severly damaging the noble cause. For Hitler, the noble cause was saving the Father Land. He nearly destroyed it. For Communists, the noble cause was the elimination of poverty. They made poverty nearly universal. For Pol Pot, the noble cause was ending corruption. What can be more corrupt than murdering millions of your countrymen.

    The defense of a noble cause must be made honestly and openly. If decisions are made on false or exaggerated claims, the result will likely do more harm than good to the cause.

    History is repeating itself with the AGW crisis scare, only this is the first time the 5-step method has been tried on a global scale. Will we have the wisdom this time around to prevent the misery, or will we continue to abandon rationality in favor of emotion and manipulation.
    Climate change blog comment 10/7/07

    • Cluster June 5, 2019 / 9:41 am

      And just listen to the Democrat POTUS candidates speak to this issue. Every single one of them speak to this issue as if it is a problem that only America confronts and only America can resolve. Doesn’t it seem odd that “global climate change” only effects America?

  7. Cluster June 5, 2019 / 9:37 am

    Good article on the delusion suffered by ALL progressives:

    The bottom line here is that the worse the situation in Seattle gets, the more people are going to decide that tolerance for disorder and violence in the streets has its limits. Some of those people will even be smart enough to vote for candidates willing to make changes. But clearly, some people are so terrified of fascist boogeymen they’re not able to think clearly.

    • Amazona June 5, 2019 / 10:47 am

      But clearly, some people are so terrified of fascist boogeymen they’re not able to think clearly.

      And here lies the heart of the American Left. It depends far less on allegiance to a political system (which most don’t understand or even admit exists) than on the carefully cultivated toxic stew of fear and hatred of an Invented Other created by the Left.

      Anti-Trumpism is not about the policies and programs of Trump, but about hatred of him as a person and fear of the imagined and invented horrors he allegedly represents.

      The American Left can be accurately portrayed as a group collectively saying “I will poke myself in the eye while shooting myself in the foot and imposing economic misery on us all to show how much I hate Trump and everything I (for some inexplicable reason) think he represents”.

  8. Retired Spook June 5, 2019 / 9:56 am

    When I read articles like that my first reaction is, Liberals are, for the most part, not very bright. Case in point (from the Hotair article):

    The third voter profiled in the piece is a chaplain whose job is ministering to the homeless. His car and his house have been broken into but that won’t stop him from voting for a left-leaning candidate for City Council.

    Someone like that really deserves what they get.

    One of the great things about living where I live (rural northeastern Indiana) is that it’s cold in the winter, and homeless people don’t like cold winters.

    • Amazona June 5, 2019 / 10:53 am

      If this chaplain were to be interviewed about the origins of his allegiance to the Left, he would not be able to explain it or defend it. He just kind of feels, somehow, that the Left is just kind of, you know, nicer but more importantly it is not the Right, that awful evil demonic slavering assault on all that is good and decent in the world in its headlong rush to destroy the world, enslave humanity and gloat over its riches.

      I would have asked him why his house and car HAD to be broken into. Didn’t he leave them open, unlocked, because some people just want a better place to live or a better ride?

  9. Amazona June 5, 2019 / 10:39 am

    My renaming of the “mainstream media” as the Complicit Agenda Media has not caught on, but the concept is finally being acknowledged even by some on the Left.

    Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University, who is also Mr. Katrina vanden Heuvel, definitely a lefty, and a contributor at The Nation, thinks that Bill Barr might be onto something. In fact, it is hard to imagine a more eye-popping opening paragraph:

    It cannot be emphasized too often: Russiagate—allegations that the American president has been compromised by the Kremlin, which may even have helped to put him in the White House—is the worst and (considering the lack of actual evidence) most fraudulent political scandal in American history. We have yet to calculate the damage Russiagate has inflicted on America’s democratic institutions, including the presidency and the electoral process, and on domestic and foreign perceptions of American democracy, or on US-Russian relations at a critical moment when both sides, having “modernized” their nuclear weapons, are embarking on a new, more dangerous, and largely unreported arms race


    But Barr’s thorniest problem may be understanding the woeful role of mainstream media in Russiagate. As Lee Smith, who contributed important investigative reporting, has written: “The press is part of the operation, the indispensable part. None of it would have been possible…had the media not linked arms with spies, cops, and lawyers to relay a story first spun by Clinton operatives.”

    • Cluster June 5, 2019 / 11:29 am

      None of it would have been possible…had the media not linked arms with spies, cops, and lawyers to relay a story first spun by Clinton operatives.”

      100% correct

  10. Amazona June 5, 2019 / 11:16 am

    Not that it is any consolation, but the American press is not the only press that is scummy and despicable. The British press is infamous for its nastiness.


    Oh, the horror! That crude vulgar Trump doesn’t even have any respect for CHURCHILL’S VERY OWN HAT!!!


    Donald Trump was gifted his own version of Winston Churchill’s infamous hat
    Infamous? What about it was “infamous”? He was known for wearing a bowler, and there was nothing “INfamous” about it. Could it be—just spitballing here—that the “reporter” is just too badly educated to know what “infamous” means?

    Or is he just a nasty little snot?

    To support the second possibility, without contradicting the first, he goes on to snarl ….and managed to ruin it within seconds of getting his hands on it. (emphasis mine)

    What did this ignorant Yankee clutz DO to “RUIN” the hat—-which had never been owned by Churchill, by the way—?

    The US president immediately stuck two dents in the black bowler before placing it on his head.

    Get a rope!

    OK, the link is to a headline that admits it was a “replica” hat. But even so the “reporter” could not pass up a chance to snarl and snipe. And BTW, as one who owns several hats I can testify that poking a dent in a crown does not “ruin” a hat.

    But just in case this doesn’t present an accurate picture of British Leftist stupidity, there was a comment that the Queen wore a tiara made of rubies to defend herself against Trump. In Myanmar, formerly Burma, rubies are traditionally believed to ward off sickness and evil. Hence, people think she chose that tiara to protect her from Donald Trump. ‘Queen Elizabeth is a hero,’ Helen Rose wrote on Twitter. ‘That tiara she’s wearing is made up of 96 rubies gifted to her on her wedding day by the people of Burma to ward of (sic) disease. I adore her for her trolling trump skills through the medium of jewellery.’

    Read more:

    I don’t know if it is cheering to realize that the United States does not own Leftist stupidity, or depressing to realize how far it spreads

  11. Amazona June 5, 2019 / 11:24 am

    I don’t do video games so I am out of the loop when it comes to terminology but I just saw this and loved it:

    Some time ago, the so-called “NPC Meme” took the internet by storm. The images compared American leftists and anti-Trump demonstrators to “NPCs”, or “non-playable characters” — that is, characters that just operate as they are programmed to in video games.

    Can there be a better description of the braindead sheeple of the Left than NPC—characters that just operate as they are programmed to?

    • Cluster June 5, 2019 / 11:33 am

      I like it – NPC

      Sums up 99% of progressives

      • Amazona June 5, 2019 / 11:38 am

        Actually, the following link shows the spread of the NPC meme, and the images are really funny—mostly because they are so accurate. I especially like the takeoff on MSNBC.

        And the reactions of the Left are priceless.

        This is a description of an NPC. Sound familiar?

        NPCs have no agency; NPCs don’t think for themselves; NPCs don’t perceive, process, or understand; NPCs arrive at the same worldview not because it’s authentic to their experiences, but automatically.

      • Retired Spook June 5, 2019 / 11:45 am

        Agreed. I can’t think of a better description of Progressives. I think all of us here were probably taught at an early age, either by a parent or grandparent that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. I’d bet most people under 40 have not been taught that, and they haven’t been taught in school “how” to think, so they haven’t developed a BS meter.

      • Cluster June 5, 2019 / 1:06 pm

        MSNPC – OMG LMAO


  12. Retired Spook June 5, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    This image portrays perfectly a typical Lefty’s reaction when presented with facts:

  13. Cluster June 5, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    I have read a few articles over the last couple weeks re: Muslims in America and the troubles they confront blah, blah, blah.

    I think we all need to make it extremely clear. ANYONE WHO SUBSCRIBES TO SHARIA LAW HAS NO PLACE IN AMERICA.

    That is all

    • Amazona June 5, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      Here’s an idea you have never heard before: make the oath of office mandatory and binding.

      So if someone—let’s just say a Muslim elected to the House of Representatives of the United States—takes the oath of office to support and uphold the Constitution of the United States and if she then advocates for a system of “law” antithetical to that of our Constitution, she is removed from office.

      Let’s say a Twinkie giddy with a lifetime of Participation Trophies gets elected to that office, and then advocates laws that violate the Constitution. You know, like wanting the federal government to bigfoot all over state sovereignty when it does not comply with radical Leftist agendas. Or having the government pay for student loans. Things like that that just don’t pass the 10th Amendment test.

      WHAAAAA !!!???? howl some. Who would say whether or not a law complies with the Constitution? It’s not as if we have a Supreme Court in place with that mandate, or anything. A very little tweaking, if it could be done without an amendment, to have the Court examine new laws and compare them to the Constitution without having to first have a lower court ruling would help. Not necessarily every law, just every proposed bill that is challenged on those grounds.

  14. Cluster June 5, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    OK, time for my rant. Check out this headline:

    Border Agency Buying 2.2 Million Diapers to Help Migrants

    The group of people I blame the most for illegal immigration are Hispanic men. WTF is wrong with these losers. Here’s a little advice to these F***ing morons – if you have children, TAKE CARE OF THEM. You buy their diapers, and don’t drag them through the desert to be subjected to all kinds of hazards. If you fail to do your most basic function here on this planet, then you shouldn’t be allowed to breathe air.

    The lack of quality men is the biggest problem humanity faces.

  15. Cluster June 5, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    This would be a lot funnier if weren’t so sad:

    The Chicago Police Department has reopened the murder cases of more than 50 women who were strangled to death – amid fears there may be a serial killer on the loose.

    A total of 51 women, mainly from impoverished black neighborhoods of Chicago, have been murdered since 2001 whose cases remain unsolved.

    Democrats consider themselves to be the party of women and minorities right? And Democrats have governed Chicago for at least the last 40 years right? But yet they have to be cajoled into reopening the cases of 51 minority women who have been murdered?? Why were these cases closed?

    Nothing to see here folks. Did you know that Trump could be a Russian agent???

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