Open Thread

Well, I’ve got the first bit of feedback on Mirrors which isn’t from a close friend or family member and it is remarkably positive. I’m very pleased with this. Seems that my character Celeste is proving very popular. No spoilers: go read the book and see why. Don’t fret if the genre isn’t one you normally buy: its a story, and I think quite a fun one.

I did a radio interview about it today on The Barrett Brief and Richard Barrett asked me if I was trying to be original. Most emphatically, I was not. I was trying to tell a story of good guys (and gals) placed in strange and dangerous circumstances and trying, by their wits and courage, to emerge triumphant. RSM takes a look at the upcoming and sure-to-be-dreary Terminator sequel and notes:

Oh, wait, guess what the original Terminator had going for it? Yep, a Nordic blonde playing the damsel in distress, functionally analogous to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. It might seem farfetched to compare a schlocky science-fiction thriller to Casablanca, and you might object that Linda Hamilton is no Ingrid Bergman, but from the audience perspective, the theme of the beautiful young woman in peril, with the hero coming to rescue her from danger, is a winning formula. It’s transcendent, the stuff of classics. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, Han Solo and Princess Leia in Star Wars — all variations on this same timeless theme.

My hero is not a Rick Blaine – the cynical but good man. My male heroes are, if anything, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. But the basic formula is still there: St George must defeat the dragon and save the Princess. This is the timeless reality and the basic element of Christian literature. And I wrote it for two reasons. First off, because I’ve wanted to tell a story for a very long time. Secondly, because we’ve gone completely wrong in story telling. Too much Marxist and psychological claptrap. Trying to be edgy by making the hero nearly as much a rat as the villain. Mirrors is my small contribution towards returning popular culture back to sanity – and a bit of fun, for crying out loud.

AOC is accusing Pelosi of racism – you and I should go long on popcorn futures.

Epstein may not be all that rich – this is not surprising. As I’ve said before: my theory is that he’s a pimp and a blackmailer. He’s been deep in with some of the richest and most powerful people in the world for decades but there is nothing in his past which says he’s done something which would result in him being a billionaire. We’ll see what, if anything, comes out. The smart people bailed out on him in 2010 after his first conviction, but plenty of people stayed in. And my bet is because they had to: Epstein had the goods on them.

Millennials are turning to pagan sorcery for their spiritual needs. They just can’t believe that God would become incarnate because that’s so silly…so they believe a fricking crystal will heal them. This will not end well. Paganism can be healthy, but only for a while…if you are worshiping the gods of the field that can be ok…but always, every last time, pagan worship degenerates into either worship of sex or a desire to kill. Or a really twisted combination of both.

48 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Amazona July 11, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    YCMTSU. This is a real headline from an article at bizpacreview.com

    Pecker probe could bring down Bill Clinton

    • Cluster July 12, 2019 / 9:28 am

      Too funny. I think the Epstein fall out could be huge and it could get real uncomfortable for a lot of DC elites.

      Re: the citizenship question – other actual questions on the census ask for race, ethnicity, telephone #, and birthdate. LOL. I would think the citizenship question would be the least offensive.

      And doesn’t it seem a tad disingenuous that the Democrats want to aid and assist illegal immigrants and protect them from the brutish Republicans but at the same time, don’t want to know how many are here? Doesn’t make sense. But in reality, what the Democrats are telling us is that there are a hell of a lot more than the 11 million said to be here. I think the number could be well over 20 million and the Democrats see it as a growing constituency, hence the effort for them to vote.

      Additionally, what the left is trying to do is blur the lines of citizenship and residency. The global left opposes all borders in their quest for one world government and that is the ultimate goal.

    • Retired Spook July 12, 2019 / 9:54 am

      Meanwhile, the Complicit Agenda Media are bending over backwards to make the Epstein saga all about Trump.

      • Amazona July 12, 2019 / 10:20 am

        Which is funny, because Trump only knew Epstein as one of many rich people in Florida, people who hovered around him and went to his clubs, and when he heard that Epstein had mistreated one of his female employees he banned him from Trump premises.

        That is, he took a principled stand.

        OTOH, taking a principled stand IS enough to upset anyone on the Left.

        But….a lateral move into a kinda-related topic:

        When people have pointed out, in the wake of the freakout about Trump having extramarital sex, that Clinton did the same thing only worse, a common response is either that (1) Trump did this while Melania was home nursing their infant son, as if Bill took a break from his whoring and raping while Hillary was pregnant and Chelsea was a baby, or (2) that the real sin was the attempted “coverup” of the affairs by paying off the women who were trying to use them to make money. To the second, I have wondered why it was so much worse to pay a woman a quarter of a million dollars or so to keep quiet than it was to publicly attack and humiliate women, calling them whores (“What do you expect when you drag a hundred dollars through a trailer park”) and sluts and white trash and stalkers?

        Ask any of the women denigrated, publicly attacked and slimed by Hillary Clinton in her full-time job of covering for Bill’s sexual activities, if they would have chosen a six figure buyout over being dragged through the mud by the Clinton machine. And think about the fact that the women Trump paid off had volunteered to have sex with him, while the ones Hillary and her wrecking crew savaged were for the most part victims of a serial sexual predator.

        The hypocrisy of the Left and their selective outrage are so blatant and so massive it is hard to figure out how or why these people are comfortable with them. Wouldn’t you think that at some point at least some of these people would recognize the contrasts and realize that to be ethical, to show any degree of integrity, he or she would have to pick a lane and stay in it? Be outraged at Trump and also at the sexual predation of their favorite Dems, or accept all of it as examples of human weakness and only object to what is criminal or abusive. But the constant weaving from one lane to another is bizarre.

      • tryvasty July 14, 2019 / 1:09 am

        “Which is funny, because Trump only knew Epstein as one of many rich people in Florida, people who hovered around him and went to his clubs, and when he heard that Epstein had mistreated one of his female employees he banned him from Trump premises.

        That is, he took a principled stand.”

        Ah yes, the banning him 3 years after his plea deal for soliciting underage girls for prostitution wherein he had to register as a sex offender, and 11 years after saying ““He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side” Trump kicked him out, without so much as a peep to the authorities! Such a principled stand!

        And before you start blathering about Clinton in a truly class act of whataboutism, if he was having sex with underage girls (and it seems like there is a pretty good chance he was) then he should rot in jail, too.

        As an aside unrelated to Trump, you might avoid referred to sexual assault as being “mistreated,” especially in cases where it’s non-obvious why diminishing the assault would even be tactically relevant for you. I know it’s second nature to equivocate for you, but it’ll work better if you try only to deploy that particular tactic sparingly.

      • Amazona July 14, 2019 / 11:40 am

        Oooh, little travesty has his claws out today! It’s been a while since I have seen such cattiness. Meow!

        But let’s look past the snarly pissiness at this: you might avoid referred (sic) to sexual assault as being “mistreated,” This has to refer to my comment that Trump kicked Epstein out of his club for mistreating a female employee, and trav’s extrapolation that this was really a full-fledged “sexual assault”.

        So, trav, why don’t you check it out, find out exactly what Epstein behavior prompted his banning from Trump properties and then explain why it rose to the level of SEXUAL ASSAULT !!!!

        Because I gotta tell you, this Leftist habit of simply redefining terms and making s**t up is really getting tiresome. You escalate things to levels you think are important enough, dramatic enough, to get attention and then act as if your own restating of facts is the truth. We recently saw an example of that, when the Left dragged a good man through the mud, him and his family, and cost the nation millions of dollars, to hold a show trial that would have made Uncle Joe Stalin proud (“Show me the man and I will find you the crime”) so a formerly (presumably) promiscuous committed Leftist consumed by hatred of the President and eager to help in any way to thwart anything he tries to accomplish invented a strange event which she then chose to identify as SEXUAL ASSAULT !!!! In other words, even if the event had happened, and there is literally not a single piece of evidence to indicate that it did, the entire SEXUAL ASSAULT !!! aspect was nothing more than the choice to define it as such.

        And then we saw the foaming-at-the-mouth mobs expanding the silly claim that a moment or two of alleged wrestling by a drunken high school boy 40 years ago was actually RAPE !!! (sexual assault just isn’t dramatic enough) to see screeching even to this day that we have a RAPIST on the Supreme Court.

        By the time any action or event is run through the filters of the rabid Left it is transformed into something unrecognizable from its original, accurate, description. And you people do this purposely, with intent, because the truth will not only not advance your agendas it will harm them.

        We are tired of the lies, we are tired of the melodrama, we are especially tired of the melodrama that depends on lies and exaggerations, and we are tired of the blind and stupid and distasteful displays of pathological personality disorders. So, back to the observation of cattiness (with apologies to real cats, who would never want to be associated with such spite and malice) get over the belief that this blog is just a litterbox where you can come to deposit your mental excrement.

      • tryvasty July 14, 2019 / 10:25 pm

        “we are tired of the melodrama”

        Did you read your own post? It pretty literally could be the script for a melodrama. It’s plan A for you: write volumes of “clever” personal attacks so that your post is long enough that maybe everybody will forget how hilariously humiliated you should be for claiming things like Trump took a principled stand. I mean, you got all the way to the Supreme Court while trying to distract everybody this time! Bravo!

        By the way, here’s Fox News reporting on the sexual assault, in case you want to know what leftwing news sources I’m getting this from:

        https://www.foxnews.com/us/billionaire-jeffrey-epstein-due-in-federal-court-after-sex-trafficking-arrest

        ‘Trump banned Epstein from his Mar-a-Lago estate “because Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” according to court documents filed by Bradley Edwards, the lawyer who has represented several Epstein accusers. That claim has not been confirmed by Trump or Mar-a-Lago, however, Trump has previously cited the allegations against Epstein in interviews.’

        Meow.

      • Amazona July 14, 2019 / 10:34 pm

        And I repeat—define “sexual assault”. A pat on the behind? A brushing of a forearm against a breast when the girl leaned over to serve a drink? Because what could be a better objective definition of an actual assault than the lawyer trying to make bank off the accusation?

        What I was talking about is what TRUMP was told at the time, not what some lawyer came up with later.

        Interesting to see that you think demanding accuracy is somehow hilariously humiliating. Maybe if you were to try it sometime……. In the meantime, you just keep up the whining that I just use too many words, because you get all confused and can’t follow along. You’ve got me convinced. Maybe it’s the WORD thing—-you probably need graphics, with colored arrows linking one hysterical overstatement of an event with another so you can see the pattern.

      • Amazona July 14, 2019 / 11:34 pm

        We all knew that tryvasty would never look into the facts of the deal cut by Acosta for Epstein. You know, facts and all those words and all. Not what he does.

        But here is what he refused to check out. emphasis mine

        Acosta, who provided affidavits from investigators and attorneys in his former office, said the Justice Department took the rare step of invervening (sic) with a non-prosecution agreement to ensure Epstein faced some measure of accountability from state-level charges that would have otherwise resulted in no jail time.

        “Simply put, the Palm Beach state attorney’s office was ready to let Epstein walk free—no jail time, nothing,” Acosta said.

        By contrast, the plea deal brokered by Acosta’s office not only assured Epstein’s incarceration, but forced him to register as a sexual offender and provided the means for victims to seek financial restitution through civil trials, while arranging for Epstein to cover victims’ attorney’s fees.

        Yeah, we can see why the Left is so outraged (OUTRAGED !!! I TELL YOU !) about this deal—-it overrode the Palm Beach state attorney’s office effort to let Epstein walk, and forced him to do time and register as a sex offender and pay victims’ attorney fees and left him open to lawsuits for damages. Darlings of the Left aren’t supposed to be held accountable in any way to any degree, and Acosta didn’t play by those rules.

        He had to go.

        And the howling mobs, represented here by howling tryvasty, could not care less about facts, or truth. We saw him weasel out of looking up the details—too many words, he whimpered. Too much thinking. No cartoons. Boring.

        He ought to know by now that when he comes screeching in here with his hair on fire he is going to be met with facts and reality, and he ought to know by now his default reaction to that kind of thing is to tuck his tail between his legs and snivel about how he couldn’t be expected to actually read a lot of words. We know it. But then, no one on the Left understands that what has happened in the past relates to the present and the future, whether it’s a troll like tryvasty getting his butt kicked every time he sticks his nose in here or the unbroken history of failure of the system he and his kind are promoting. History, and the lessons of history, are too inconvenient for the rabid raging Left, so they just invent a new reality every day.

      • tryvasty July 15, 2019 / 9:04 pm

        “And I repeat—define “sexual assault”.”

        Nope, I don’t have to. I’m just quoting court documents.

        “What I was talking about is what TRUMP was told at the time, not what some lawyer came up with later.”

        How about you save me some time and produce a source on what Trump was told at the time, because I’m not seeing that reported anywhere, so I’ll have to rely on your insider knowledge.

        “Interesting to see that you think demanding accuracy is somehow hilariously humiliating.”

        Nice try, buddy, but that’s not what I said. It’s right there in the sentence. I bet you could read it if you tried. You can do it!

        “We all knew that tryvasty would never look into the facts of the deal cut by Acosta for Epstein.”

        Welcome to a conversation we’re still not having because it has nothing to do with anything I’ve said, anyplace. It’s so transparent you might as well be yelling “everybody look over there!!11”

        “And the howling mobs, represented here by howling tryvasty,”

        That’s really all this is for you, isn’t it? I’m just some convenient totem at which you can scream incomprehensibly about a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with me. It’s okay buddy. I’m sorry your life sucks. Get it all out. There there.

      • Amazona July 15, 2019 / 11:22 pm

        Wahhhh wahhhh wahhhhhh

        But you just keep on splashing around on the surface of the sewage spouted by you and the rest of the Left. You keep obsessing about what someone did or when he did it or if he did it or if he should have done it or if it matters if he didn’t do it when you think he should have and so on. You know, the superficial fluff, the vapid and vacuous silliness that you people think is so important. And then you get worked up because I point out that what has you so upset is not important.

        To be able to think of yourselves as relevant, you have to see your petty obsessions as relevant. But they aren’t, and you aren’t.

        We don’t fret about what Trump said or when he said it or whose panties got in a wad about it. We look at what he has accomplished as president, what we expect him to accomplish as president, and his dedication to fixing as much as possible of what the Left has broken. I am an amateur student of history, and I can’t think of a single great man who was universally liked, who was free of quirks and personality issues. For all the howling of you Lefties, you can’t, either. Not one. And your heroes are so far down on the morality scale it’s amazing that you even think you can criticize anyone else, for anything. But those are facts, and you are all about emotion. Yours built up such a head of steam you had to barge into a conservative blog to unload, but you had to know you would be written off as a sour resentful loser just looking for a fight—because that is how you have always been seen, and treated, here. For good reason. How many times have you been kicked off the blog after you have failed to ever post anything that was not just a pile of toxic mental excrement? How many times have you been given a chance to post something thoughtful, or even accurate, only to cling to the only thing you do, which is snarl and spit and be nasty.

        So you go ahead and set yourself up someone qualified to judge someone—-ANYONE—for anything. Look at what you are squealing about. You are upset because he didn’t do something you think he should have done, when you think he should have done it. To which I say, “who cares what you think?” And then you got pissy because I thought your fretting was stupid and petty.

        You are driven by your negative and ugly emotions, you love to insult people and you get off on getting people involved in arguing with you. As I said, it sucks to be you, because that is a description of a pretty miserable human being. You can’t even come up with an original insult, having to hijack mine. One of the reasons my life is so great is that every morning when I look in the mirror I see someone who values truth and honesty, and who bases her opinions on facts and reality, and lives her life accordingly. That is a very good foundation for feeling happy and fulfilled. I don’t have to go around looking for people to insult, for blogs to barge into to spout brainless nonsense.

        You do.

        As for you being “some convenient totem” blah blah blah, you are the one who came here to toss around your little snot nuggets. I don’t have such a controlling load of senseless hate and resentment that I have to go prowling around the blogosphere looking for someplace to dump it. You’re the one who does that. I didn’t seek you out. I wouldn’t seek you out, not you or any of you kind, because I find you all excruciatingly boring and unpleasant. You literally have nothing to offer except spite and malice.

  2. Cluster July 12, 2019 / 9:54 am

    So Acosta resigns … too bad. He should have just bragged about getting Epstein off like Hillary did when she defended a sexual predator and was proud of herself for the not guilty verdict.

    • Amazona July 12, 2019 / 10:06 am

      I don’t think he should have bragged, like Hillary, because that would have implied he did something wrong. At the time of the sentencing he worked within the existing guidelines and with the recommendations of his staff and everyone in the agency. That is what he was supposed to do.

      We have to stop letting the bully-boy thugs drive away our best and brightest by threats, intimidation and harassment. We have to stand up to them and say “go for it, and while you’re having hysterical meltdowns I’m just going to do my job” and get on with it.

      We are enabling this kind of mob thuggery.

      • tryvasty July 14, 2019 / 1:17 am

        Man, I’m just trying to imagine the fit you guys would be throwing if it had come out that a cabinet member had been part of a serial pedophile and human trafficker getting off easy. You’d probably say something about Obama being the worse president ever, or some other histrionics.

      • tryvasty July 14, 2019 / 1:17 am

        an Obama cabinet member*

      • Amazona July 14, 2019 / 11:22 am

        I see that the travesty is back, fuming as usual.

        Trav, before you get too damp and sticky, why don’t you review the legal proceedings and arguments surrounding the old Epstein sentencing, the recommendations of staff, the requirements of sentencing guidelines and so on, before you get too huffy and puffy.

        And do get back to us with that, y’hear?

        In the meantime the adults in the room are going to focus on FACTS and not on simple-minded Identity Politics and wallowing in blind partisanship.

        There is a possibility that in that Epstein sentencing Acosta made a mistake. It is far from proven, and from all appearances to date it seems pretty clear that it was not a big deal until the frantic Left, seeing one of their heroes not only going down the tubes for a series of serious crimes but taking the Big Pooh-Bah of Liberal worship, Bill Clinton, along with him as well as many other heroes of the Left.

        Because Epstein’s crimes are obvious, the only thing to do is to try to distract from them, and even more so from the bevy of Leftist superstars surrounding him and participating in those crimes, by mobbing up and trying to make a former prosecutor the real bad guy. Because he didn’t prosecute hard enough. Or something.

        As for making a fuss about degeneracy in other administrations, sane and reasonable people did object, strongly, to the Obama administration having, as advisers, an admitted domestic terrorist and a man who bragged that, while he was an educator, had advised a sexually confused child to have a sexual relationship with an older man to help him get through that period of confusion. We were very upset, but with the Complicit Agenda Media providing cover (as usual) and the absolute lack of media coverage of these and other morally deficient members of the administration the objections simply died away. So you just put that busy little imaginer of yours to work and imagine away.

        And, just to point something out, even you have to admit that the cabinet member was not in any way involved personally in pedophilia or human trafficking, but just didn’t make a legal decision a long time ago that you now find acceptable, even though you are in total ignorance of the circumstances of the decision at the time.

        And just to point out something else, you and the other squealers about the old decision by Acosta and his department are at the same time attacking Trump and his administration and agency officials for fighting so hard, over the howling of the mobs, to keep kidnapped or otherwise manipulated children out of pedophilia and sex trafficking by separating them from the non-custodial adults who put them in danger by dragging them to the US border to be used as pawns in the Obama Bring A Kid, Get In Free scheme. Your outrage about the treatment of pedophiles and people who use children as sex slaves is transparently, and I might add disgustingly, selective and therefore meaningless.

      • tryvasty July 14, 2019 / 10:33 pm

        “Trav, before you get too damp and sticky, why don’t you review the legal proceedings and arguments surrounding the old Epstein sentencing, the recommendations of staff, the requirements of sentencing guidelines and so on, before you get too huffy and puffy.

        And do get back to us with that, y’hear?”

        Help me out. Is this the first step in a Gish Gallop or just a quick On The Spot fallacy? I can’t be bothered to ready the rest of your boring post.

        How about I don’t do that, because you there isn’t a chance that you’d have done so if it were an Obama official.

      • Amazona July 14, 2019 / 10:39 pm

        I have to give you credit, travesty—you have become quite creative in your weaseling out of answering direct questions and challenges. Too many words to follow, too boring to bother with, one silly thing after another.

        But what it all comes down to is that you not only don’t KNOW why the original Epstein sentence was what it was, you are too lazy to check into it, and there’s a pretty good chance the facts wouldn’t fit the screeching Leftist narrative anyway so it’s best to just stick with the “my mind is made up so don’t confuse me with the facts” approach you favor.

        And you really do need to try to shift attention away from the Obama administration’s domestic terrorist and pedophile procurer of boys for older men.

      • Amazona July 14, 2019 / 11:47 pm

        There isn’t a chance an Obama official would have stepped in to override a state attorney’s office effort to let a pedophile and serial sex offender walk off without any penalty at all. Not when the offender is a Lefty crony.

        I’m going to post the Acosta explanation here, too, because I know how words freak out poor sensitive tryvasty and he might be scurrying off to a safe place to comfort himself if he runs into too many of them so he might skip some answers.

        Acosta, who provided affidavits from investigators and attorneys in his former office, said the Justice Department took the rare step of invervening (sic) with a non-prosecution agreement to ensure Epstein faced some measure of accountability from state-level charges that would have otherwise resulted in no jail time.

        “Simply put, the Palm Beach state attorney’s office was ready to let Epstein walk free—no jail time, nothing,” Acosta said.

        By contrast, the plea deal brokered by Acosta’s office not only assured Epstein’s incarceration, but forced him to register as a sexual offender and provided the means for victims to seek financial restitution through civil trials, while arranging for Epstein to cover victims’ attorney’s fees.

        There.

        But I have to admit, it is kind of fun, trolling for trolls. All I had to do was say something nice about Trump to get tryvasty charging in here all foaming at the mouth and indignant and outraged and incoherent and snarling. It’s too easy, like dragging a string in front of a kitten.

      • tryvasty July 15, 2019 / 8:09 pm

        “I have to give you credit, travesty—you have become quite creative in your weaseling out of answering direct questions and challenges.”

        Nah, not particularly creative, just succinct.. Takes me 5 seconds to recognize you trying to set up an asymmetry where I have to read literally every court filing about Epstein to be able to comment, even though that’s not at all related to anything I’ve said, so that you can try to waste hours of my time on something that doesn’t matter.

        You on the other hand quite enjoy crafting paragraph after paragraph of obfuscation, hoping that there’s no way somebody could make it through all of it and still remember what anybody was talking about when you started. The creativity is all on your side.

  3. Retired Spook July 12, 2019 / 10:18 am

    Quote of the Day:

    I have no problem with vigorous background checks for firearms. While we’re at it, let’s do the same for immigration and voter ID. The Patriot Post

  4. Cluster July 12, 2019 / 10:56 am

    Oh and this needs to be mentioned … six Puerto Rican government officials have been arrested for financial fraud in regards to Hurricane relief money. Remember when Trump called the government of Puerto Rico corrupt and was raked over the coals in the media? Do you think they will apologize now and admit he was right?

  5. Amazona July 12, 2019 / 12:44 pm

    A friend sent me a photo of debris left behind by illegals as they trek across the AZ desert. I went online to see if there was a link to it, so I could post it, and found an article that has the same photo, but with an effort to gloss over the reality of the situation. For example, it states, without naming a source, that the eeeeevil border patrol agents go out and find bottles of water left for the illegals and slash them open but leave them to taunt the thirsty illegals as they face death from dehydration and starvation. Bad bad BP people of course.

    This is the link which, no matter how hard it tries to deny, deflect and distract from the reality, does show the kind of environmental damage done by those who break the law to enter the country illegally. The article tries to claim that gee, maybe HIKERS leave behind clothing, backpacks, dirty diapers, etc. because you know this is common behavior of hikers.

    https://www.truthorfiction.com/arizona-desert-trash/

    But what struck me was the following. I think it was included to try to stir up outrage (OUTRAGE !!!! I TELL YOU !!!) about the fact that people die on this trek,but all it does is reinforce the fact that encouraging/allowing/enabling people to think this is a reasonable way to get into the United States—-something for which the Dems have to take nearly full responsibility— is dangerous and often lethal.

    The remains of nearly 2,900 people have been recovered along the Arizona-Sonora border in the past two decades and of more than 10,000 along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

    The deaths and disappearances have continued unabated, said Eric Peters, deputy chief medical examiner for Pima County, who joined the office in 1998. “It peaks and valleys, but it still remains a problem.”

    The Border Patrol blames smugglers who guide migrants through more isolated and perilous terrain, who tell them to run if they see an agent and leave them behind if they can’t keep up.
    To [Colibrí executive director and co-founder Robin] Reineke, though, it is a painfully under-resourced humanitarian crisis that needs to be documented.

    The remains recovered in the desert are often decomposed, at times just skeletons, and there’s a lack of valid ID in most cases. A positive identification is very challenging, Peters said.
    At the medical examiner’s office they often resort to X-rays, alternative techniques to get fingerprints, as well as internal findings such as the presence or absence of an appendix or gallbladder to make note of anything that can help narrow down the search when a family reaches out, Peters said.

    Still, more than a third remain unidentified, some from as far back as from 2000.

    Yes, these remains DO point to, as the article says, a painfully under-resourced humanitarian crisis that needs to be documented though not for the reason implied. And we need to remember, this figure does not include the thousands of deaths we know about in other places, such as locked shipping containers, wrecks as coyotes try to avoid law enforcement, slaves being held for ransom or sex trafficking, etc.

    Every single person who has acted to defend or facilitate, or failed to act to prevent, illegal crossings of our southern border is complicit in this suffering and in these deaths. And it’s also time for them, many of whom are self-congratulatory enviro-Nazis, to get down there and clean up this environmental mess.

  6. Cluster July 12, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Joe Biden just spoke of the real threat that Trump poses:

    New York (AFP) – Denouncing President Donald Trump as an affront to American values, Democratic candidate Joe Biden vowed Thursday that if elected he would hold a summit aimed at halting a backslide in global democracy.

    Trump is an existential threat to global governance and open borders. Trump is not a racist or a xenophobe or whatever label they try to pin on him. He is just a threat to the global elite who don’t particularly care for a strong, independent citizenry.

    https://news.yahoo.com/blasting-trump-biden-pledges-global-summit-democracy-193839763.html

    • Amazona July 12, 2019 / 11:26 pm

      aimed at halting a backslide in global democracy…but wouldn’t that involve interfering in the governments of other nations? You know, doing what is irresponsible, criminal, unforgivable, in the eyes of the Left nearly a capital crime and certainly at the very least calling for removal from office?

      Just how would Uncle Joe accomplish this feat? The only thing goofier than what he says is the fact that he and his team seem to think he is making sense.

      • Cluster July 13, 2019 / 8:35 am

        And that’s kind of the sad thing … Joe isn’t mentally nimble anymore. He is too old, and too full of cliches and it’s hard to watch. Someone close to him needs to point this out and just encourage him to enjoy retirement.

        After attacking an Hispanic cabinet member and forcing his resignation from the White House, Chuck Todd with MSNBC is now wondering if Trump is alienating Hispanics.

        https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/alex-christy/2019/07/12/chuck-todd-how-many-different-ways-does-republican-party-want

        It’s hard to believe people like Todd still have jobs. They are cartoonishly partisan and have been wrong on just about every issue over the last 10-15 years.

  7. Cluster July 13, 2019 / 8:45 am

    Can we say that women who falsely accuse men of sexual assault “don’t value men”

    I think so.

    And let’s be clear about the current state of identity politics. The conventional refrain by those who play that game is “women and minorities” – meaning everyone but white men. White men are the only acceptable group of people to discriminate against, speak poorly of, and to accuse of bad intent.

  8. Cluster July 13, 2019 / 8:59 am

    She really is all grown up now … so precious

    AOC demands to be sworn in to give emotional testimony with her freshman ‘squad’ about the migrant crisis on the border, calling treatment at detention centers ‘manufactured cruelty’

    • Amazona July 13, 2019 / 10:28 am

      Of course she wants to be sworn in, and be given air time for more melodramatic posturing. Right now she has to use her own staff to take posed pictures of her expressing her overwhelming grief at seeing a fence and a parking lot. Of course she wants the government to pick up the tab for her camera time.

      Actually, I’d kind of like to see her testify, if the right questions were asked. Such as “You repeatedly refer to these detention centers as ‘concentration camps’ and relate them to the death camps of Nazi Germany. Tell me, Representative Ocasio-Cortez, can you name a single real concentration camp where people were allowed to leave if they wanted to?”

      Because it is my understanding that the people in the detention centers would be allowed to return to their homes if they wanted to go.

      I’d pin the bitch down. I’d push her into saying she would like to see the people in these centers freed, and then asked if that meant she would be agree to support a bill to pay to transport them back to their homes while their applications are under review. Of course she would back off from that, which could lead to asking if she sees anything wrong with an elected official of the United States government advocating for violating the laws of the country she has sworn to uphold and protect. I’d slam her: “What have you DONE, AS A LEGISLATOR, to address the problems of illegal immigration?” “Do you and other people who are complaining about the conditions at the border take any responsibility for the laws that entice people to undertake dangerous and sometimes lethal journeys that have to end in either breaking the laws of the United States or being confined in detention centers like the ones you object to?” “What would be YOUR solution to the problem of children being brought to the border by adults who are not their parent, not their legal guardians? Are you saying we should just let these non-custodial adults take the children across the border with them? Do you know how many children have been abandoned on the US side of the border? Do you know how many children are believed to have been taken into sex slavery after being abandoned? Do you know how many were left to fend for themselves on the streets? Are you saying it is cruel and irresponsible for American officials to try to protect children from fates like this?”

      I’d love to see the silly twit under oath, as long as people are willing to hold her feet to the fire. I think we need to see people telling her to stop posturing for the cameras and working on her own legacy and start doing the job she was supposedly sent to Washington to do.

  9. Amazona July 13, 2019 / 10:46 am

    Doncha just love it when some radical Lefty actually tells the truth? It happens so seldom, it really gets our attention. Yet this admission doesn’t seem to have attracted much interest from the Complicit Agenda Media. Do you think it is because they all bought into the original premise lie that the New Green Deal was an effort to SAVE THE PLANET and the truth is kind of embarrassing? Maybe they don’t want to admit they took the bait? Or maybe they hope no one will notice that the real goal was to completely change our entire economy.

    Well, Sandy’s chief of staff blurted out an inconvenient truth the other day, admitting what so many of us knew all along: emphasis mine

    Chakrabarti had an unexpected disclosure. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” he said, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.” Ricketts greeted this startling notion with an attentive poker face. “Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Chakrabarti continued. “Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

    https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2019/07/12/aocs-chief-staff-admits-real-goal-green-new-deal-wasnt-fighting-climate-change

    • Cluster July 13, 2019 / 12:53 pm

      Tucker hosted a “green new dealer” on his show last night and they were talking about this admission by Sandy’s friend. I don’t think Tucker handled it well honestly as he was trying to argue the point that this is just all about government control when he should have just rejected the entire premise of climate change.

      Never argue the nuances of what needs to be done in the midst of climate change. REJECT the entire premise. There is zero evidence that man is the reason for climate change, nor is there any evidence man can do anything about it, even if he wanted to. Keep in mind, the left is using 150 year old data to make definitive decisions about a planet that is billions of years old. It’s ludicrous. Not to mention the fact that no other form of alternative energy sources have the ability to power even one half of our societies needs.

      These climate hysterics are dangerously stupid.

      • Amazona July 13, 2019 / 9:54 pm

        I understand the perception that what we put into the atmosphere might be having some impact on weather in some ways. It’s an intuitive guess based on what seems logical. And we have been able to tinker with weather by doing things like seeding clouds, which is after all affecting weather by what we put into the atmosphere.

        I don’t have a problem with wondering if there is something we are doing that is making a difference. I do have a problem with the claims that whatever MIGHT be making a difference is really a huge, dangerous, disastrous soon-to-be-lethal difference, and an even bigger problem with the hypocrisy of claiming to be panicked about this perceived threat while steadfastly refusing to consider nuclear energy, which would resolve nearly all of the pollution problems that have these hysterics hyperventilating. I have a problem with the refusal to admit that some warming is a good thing, leading to less energy used to survive, increased food production and longer life spans.

        But the biggest red flag to me is the effort to use the threat of climate change to push what we already know is a horrible, dangerous political system with an unbroken record of leading to loss of liberty, often to loss of life, and economic misery.

        Now this smug snot-nosed radical on the AOC team admits that global warming is just the stalking horse used by the Left to hide its true agenda.

        And BTW, even after years of dealing with Pelosi and Schumer and the other dirtbags of the Congressional Left, I still find the new crew and their staffs to be unbearably obnoxious, even more so than the old timers. As bad as the four freshman women are, and yes, they are really really REALLY bad, their staffs are no improvement. What do they call themselves? The “squad”? I think it is more like a pack.

  10. Amazona July 13, 2019 / 11:02 am

    Just in case anyone wonders just how far Left the Catholic Church has lurched, the Jesuit newsletter America is a constant reminder. From its most recent edition we have this hate-driven screed that could have been written by any rabidly radical Democrat. Actually, it probably was—he was just also a Jesuit.

    Not every Christian church in the South and Southwest of the United States has made itself subservient to an administration devoted to detention camps for migrants, the concentration of wealth and the shredding of a social safety net. Not every alleged follower of Jesus has tried to torture his teachings into the opposite of what he taught. Not every religious establishment in Oklahoma—the setting of the film—is an adjunct of the Republican Party.

    https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2019/07/11/review-not-every-christian-oklahoma-republican-its-close

    There are parallels between the Catholic Church and the United States as a whole: That is, the Church also has its politically “progressive” elites, who spout vile nonsense and deal in lies and propaganda, while the heart of the Church is still Christian, still sane, and doesn’t buy into the political idiocy.

    What I find so deeply offensive is the effort to cloak this kind of political advocacy in pious religiosity. Hypocrisy is never pretty, but sometimes it just reeks.

  11. jdge1 July 13, 2019 / 10:06 pm

    The church is facing implosion, just as the Blessed Mother said it would back in 1917 at Fatima, if the Pope and all of the bishops didn’t consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. As much as a part of me wants to be a strong practicing Catholic, I can’t bring myself to support an institution that;
    1.) Doesn’t heed the words of the Blessed Mother,
    2.) Advocats amoral actions and direction,
    3.) Uses millions of dollars of the church’s wealth, wealth that was accumulated with good, kindhearted people anticipating that their donations would be used for the greater good, but are now being used to pay off misdeeds and coverup of many cardinals, bishops, and priests.

    How can one follow the Church’s clergy that has stepped on the trust people placed in them? I still believe there are many good priests and bishops who take their vow seriously and adhere to them religiously. Plus, in reality the “Church” is really the people who make it up, not so much its select few hierarchy, especially those who would lead the people astray.

    Judgement will come. Best I can do is prepare myself and my family for that coming. That preparation is currently being done outside the confines of the Catholic Church that I have little trust for.

    • Amazona July 13, 2019 / 11:30 pm

      I heard part of a homily one Sunday that astounded me, and gave me hope. I couldn’t hear it all because some very rude people would not take their screaming children to the cry room, but what I did hear was the advice of the priest to pay attention to what Pope Francis says, to read what he writes because Catholics need to know what he is saying, and not to worry that this would constitute heresy. Wow.

      I attend a few different churches depending on where I am and what Masses are being held at the times I can go, and aside from one priest who never says anything about anything not strictly associated with the readings of the day the priests are all very adamant about holding to the teachings of the Church, specifically addressing abortion.

      So there is hope in the parishes, while the elites act just like the political elites in government. But I am deeply disappointed in the Jesuits, who used to stand for a strong, muscular faith and now sound like they get their marching orders from HuffPo and Steven Colbert.

  12. Amazona July 13, 2019 / 11:24 pm

    I was curious about the oil spill in California and, true to form, every headline was the same old same old so I clicked on one that appeared to have a little more information. And I became so distracted by the absolutely astounding illiteracy of the article I could barely focus on what caused the spill, not that the article was coherent enough to give any actual information anyway. I did get the impression that a holding facility had leaked, contradicting the repeated claim that the company had DUMPED the oil and water into a canyon.

    I offer this link not as a link to anything even remotely informative, but to show another example of the quality of education in this country. The writer can’t write and there is clearly no editor, It would be funny if it were not so sad.

    https://www.localbuzzot.com/2019/07/13/chevron-oil-spill-dumps-nearly-800000-gallons-of-crude-water-in-california-canyon

    Example: In line with the California Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Workplace of Spill Prevention, the cleanup and supreme investigation into what brought on the oil circulate had been considerably delayed as officers had to make sure there have been no harmful fumes or sinkholes that would entice employees or heavy gear.

    Sure don’t want any enticement of employees or heavy gear, whatever that is, but it is interesting to see that there is a supreme investigation. Maybe the writer can get a job at the Workplace of Spill Prevention. BTW, I didn’t see anything to indicate that this was one of those botched translations, though it does have that surreal quality about it.

    • Cluster July 14, 2019 / 9:27 am

      That article was impossible to read … here’s another beauty from the author:

      It isn’t but clear what brought on the spill however officers say it’s not close to any waterway and has not considerably affected wildlife. Round 70 p.c of the fluid is water, that means that round 240,000 gallons of oil had been spilling out.

      However here is an outstanding article:

      https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2019/07/14/the-arrogance-and-the-ignorance-n2550015

      The Democrats have spent the last couple of decades creating the 4 Morons of the Apocalypse and now they have to deal with them, but I say that we encourage this trend of Woke progressives. I don’t think white people should have any more say in the democrat party. Obviously the only thing they have done is create white structural racism and only know how to operate within those confines. It requires “women of color” to show us the true path so lets’ begin to encourage that trend and force old ignorant white people out of power in the Democrat party. And sure Pelosi and Schumer agree, right? Those two have spent the last 20 years lecturing us on how racist we are so now is their time to show us the true path to Wokeness.

  13. Cluster July 14, 2019 / 9:59 am

    Remember when Obama instructed his constituents to “get in the face of conservatives and argue with them”?

    Pay back is a bitch.

  14. Cluster July 14, 2019 / 10:32 am

    LMAO

    Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a freshman Democrat allied with Ocasio-Cortez, took a thinly veiled shot at some of her fellow CBC members Saturday. “We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice,” Pressley said at progressive conference Netroots Nation. “We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice. If you’re worried about being marginalized and stereotyped, please don’t even show up because we need you to represent that voice.”

    I thought we are all so suppose to be equal? I wonder though if any Asian voices come from black faces??

    Tiger Woods maybe? Just a thought

    • Amazona July 14, 2019 / 12:16 pm

      I think it is fascinating to see that the latest iteration of Leftists is either so smug in its perception that its power is so strong it can not be challenged or, more likely, so tone-deaf that it doesn’t realize its bragging and trash-talking are stripping away the thin veneer of objective political theory predecessors worked to build up, to reveal the foundation of Identity Politics.

      The American Left tried for decades to appear mainstream, to appeal on political or pseudo-political grounds, to try to seem reasonable and objectively better than the Invented Other it had at the same time been creating and then demonizing. It was a carefully constructed and pretty successful model. And now the newest acolytes are blasting it to smithereens, openly demanding allegiance to Identity above all else—-and identity to their small sub-group, not to the whole.

      A strategy of the Left has been to Divide and Conquer, so it has worked diligently to set up conflicts, to destabilize American society by fragmenting it and then setting the splintered identities against each other. So we have seen Class Warfare played up for decades, and since the 60s a big push to create conflict between men and women. When that just didn’t ignite enough conflict the Left had to invent new genders, so the two real genders could be splintered into sub-genders to turn against each other. The advances in racial equality and harmony the nation had experienced and was expanding as we went into the 1980s was carefully and methodically destroyed by the Obama administration and its allies. But the master plan always had these demographics fighting the Right but united within the Left.

      Now the new guys on the block, ignorant of the master plan and giddy with the sense of power they have assumed they have, are blowing that strategy up as well, as they openly tell other Leftists that if you are black, your voice should be a voice for blackness—that is, in conflict with other races. Not for the agenda of the Left, but for your own race. Ditto for the “voices” of the various sub-groups the Left has created. No longer are they being rallied to join forces against the evil Invented Other of Constitutional Governance (the Right) but are being told they should each be a separate “voice” focusing on the grievances of that particular demographic and in conflict with everyone else.

      Abraham Lincoln quoted the Bible when he reminded us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. As we watch the clueless newest stars of the Congressional Left work so industriously to promote their own visions of how to become legends, methodically undermining the carefully constructed pillars of Leftism in America, we are watching that house teeter on the brink of collapse.

      Now what we need is someone, or several someones, to come along and nudge those undermined structures to complete their collapse. The new “squad” has given us example after example of dots to connect. That chief of staff for AOC is a gift that just keeps on giving. If I could have my way, I would have a squad on the Right carefully collecting the information the Left is giving us, organizing it, charting it, and developing plans to use it in a plotted sequence in the months leading up to the election. It would take a handful of people, a few computers and some funding to put together an incremental cascade of destruction of the Left, hopefully culminating in a few paid TV shows laying it all out.

      Sadly, I am not sure the Right is organized enough to do this.

  15. Cluster July 14, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    Kamala Harris warns us that Russian interference in the 2020 election could be even worse than in 2016 and she’s right. The Russians have already convinced me to vote for Trump again.

    • Amazona July 14, 2019 / 12:35 pm

      Kammy is just relentlessly pursuing every single possible pathway to getting support, leaving no invented theory unexplored. She is about race, immigration and now about those eeeeevil Russians.

      A voice for the Right would point out that the basic political structure of Russia is much more in line with the Leftist political structure she and her Clown Car posse are promoting, so it makes no sense for Russia to try to undermine a political system so compatible with its own. On the other hand, the system of American Constitutional governance is not only the opposite of the Central Authority model of Leftism, whether that is in Russia or Cuba or Venezuela or the United States, it poses the biggest threat to the efforts to make socialism the prevailing political system of the world.

      In other words, a healthy dose of objective reality might have the same effect on the conspiracy theories of the Left as water on the Wicked Witch. Maybe not as quickly or dramatically, but if repeated often enough I think it might start to sink in a little.

      I’d like to see two parallel themes promoted and repeated, repeated a LOT, by the Right. One is the one I outlined above and the other is that Russia—-and by extension the International Left—-will benefit by any kind or degree of internal conflict within the United States, and the choice of which candidate appears to be getting support from Russia is far less significant than the destabilization of our society by the planting of belief in Russian support for anyone.

      We need to get the message out there that allowing ourselves to become paranoid and angry and hostile and belligerent and combative because we buy into any of the propaganda efforts is exactly the same as officially signing on to the Russian team effort to destabilize our nation and exert its influence on the fragmented and disorganized remains.

  16. Cluster July 15, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I see travesty is still defending his man crush Obama … he’s a weird little pajama boy. Anyway, an ANTIFA member was shot and killed yesterday … finally. And of all things he was killed while trying to burn down an illegal immigrant detention center. You wont hear any of this in the “news” because I think Russia did something. Anyway, every ANTIFA death makes America great again.

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/bill-dagostino/2019/07/14/nbc-cbs-ignore-antifa-attempting-burn-down-migrant-detention

    And shouldn’t Kamala Harris be asked why she is allowing a serial rapist to remain on the Supreme Court? Does she not have any core moral compass?

    And as we speak, MSNBC is excited about the poll numbers showing Trump getting beat by Dem. POTUS candidates. I guess Hillary still has a 92% chance of winning. LOL

    • Amazona July 15, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      Yeah, tryvasty seemed to think or at least hope that he could justify his weaseling out of addressing a single point I made by calling it a Gish Gallop, implying that my post was just an effort to swamp his with a lot of meaningless jibber-jabber. Nice try, try, but the fact is I made several salient points and your silly non-response was a de facto admission that you couldn’t counter any of them.

      Sucks to be you, PJ.

  17. Cluster July 15, 2019 / 9:10 am

    Let’s make sure that AOC and Omar are the face of the Democrat party. After all they are the most WOKE.

    Top Democrats are quietly circulating a poll from May showing swing state voters are tying New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s brand of progressive liberalism with the mainstream Democratic Party, Axios reported Sunday.

    Those distributing the poll say swing voters know and dislike socialism, with some operatives warning the connection could cost the Democratic Party the House and the presidency. One operative lamented the oversized amount of media coverage Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive colleagues are attracting.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/07/14/ocasio-cortez-nancy-pelosi-2020/

  18. Cluster July 15, 2019 / 11:11 am

    And yet another lecture from Ilhan Omar:

    Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) on Saturday questioned the patriotism of American-born citizens, claiming she “probably love[s] this country more than anyone who is naturally born” in the United States.

    Well of course she is. Omar is the new Democrat party. Make sure every American understands that.

  19. Cluster July 15, 2019 / 1:33 pm

    LMAO

    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s “xenophobic tweets” that have led to charges that he was stoking racist sentiments,

    So I guess calling our President a racist xenophobe everyday is NOT “stoking racist sentiments” ???

    Who the f**k are these people and why aren’t we shooting them?

  20. Cluster July 15, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    Did y’all see the press conference?? Wow. The Squad just took command of the Democrat Party – they now own it. And their hate was on full display. It was a beautiful thing to watch.

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