Open Thread

Ace went off on a bit of a rant about the fact that both US and Brit intel people were passing messages back and forth wondering if both Brexit and Trump were the result of Russian interference:

These people are literally insane, and were in the grips of a hysterical delusion — “without evidence,” as the hysterical leftwing media might say — and they run the f***ing world without our consent and in secrecy.

These “intelligence officials” are so completely out-of-touch they cannot fathom even the possibility that the wider public might deviate from the BBC/MSM line that defines their reality, and immediately suspect RUSSIAN AGENTS must be behind any deviation from the expected left-liberal upper middle class consensus that they believe is the only mode of thought or possibility in the world.

Ace goes on to note that they are “pig-ignorant and stupid”. I fact checked that assertion and found it to be completely true. The people who run the world are mostly behind the scenes and man the corporate and government bureaucracies around the world. The all went to the same sort of schools and learned the same sort of things and are completely convinced they simply know better than everyone who isn’t in their clique. Trump, Brexit, Hungary, Poland…all these people and movements which propose to give regular folks a say are a terror to these people. They really do fear that if we secure power, we’ll immediately launch global nuclear war…that is, if we don’t immediately start committing genocide. They think we’re too stupid to be trusted with power…and so it came naturally to them to think that we dimwits were being fooled by someone into wanting Britain to be free or America to be great again. And we simply must get rid of them – the survival of our nation and civilization requires it. They have to go, by any means necessary.

Democrats are pretty much all-in on Medicare for All…but I don’t think it’ll play well with suburban voters. We’ll see.

Yes, the polls are biased:

While looking into this phenomenon in 2016, I contacted a number of polling groups. I knew that they “weight” and adjust their samples to make them reflect certain demographics of the U.S. population. In simple terms, if their sample ends up with too many young people, they assign greater weight to responses from older people. The methods they use to do so vary and are arcane, to say the least. For example, ABC states that it “adopted iterative weighting, also known as raking or rim weighting, in which the sample is weighted sequentially to Census targets one variable at a time, continuing until the optimum distribution is achieved.”

But one of the most interesting things I learned had to do with one big factor for which they typically don’t “weight” or adjust. It’s one that I think is arguably among the most important when it comes to polls measuring political issues: political affiliation. In other words, the national pollsters I spoke with told me that if they end up interviewing significantly more Democrats than Republicans — which is often the case — they don’t necessarily adjust the results to try to make the sample reflective of the U.S. voting population.

I also bet that, on the flip side, if they are finding significant numbers of Democrats who are going towards the Republicans, they toss that data out. It is how they missed PA and MI in 2016…they probably had somewhere in their data the indication that Trump was doing well in both States, but as it didn’t fit their pre-determined polling outcome, they just ignored it. Right now, except for a few outliers, all polling indicates that Trump is doomed – that there isn’t the slightest chance of him winning. They even have polling showing the Democrats are taking Texas. Now, I can’t say for certain, because I don’t have certain knowledge: but I will say I highly doubt all this polling. I doubt that Trump could raise the money and draw the crowds if he was in such bad shape that he was about to lose Texas. I also doubt that somewhat more than 25% of his 2016 Texas voters have suddenly discovered a desire for far-left Progressive policies. But, we’ll see…and what we’ll see, I’m guessing, will be a repeat of 2016.

17 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Amazona July 31, 2019 / 7:07 pm

    Colorado State University claims that “American” is a non-inclusive word that should be avoided.

    CSU’s online Inclusive Language Guide, compiled by the school’s Inclusive Communications Task Force, lists certain words and phrases to avoid while providing replacements in an effort to help “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.” The school’s Women and Gender Collaborative website directly links to the document.

    “This erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country”

    CSU lists both “American” and “America” as non-inclusive words “to avoid,” due to the fact that America encompasses more than just the U.S. By referring to the U.S. as America, the guide claims that one “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The school suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” as substitutes.

    The university additionally lists many gendered words and phrases to avoid. These include “male,” “female,” “ladies and gentlemen,” and “Mr./Mrs./Ms.”

    “Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,” says the guide. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”

    “Straight” is another word to avoid, according to CSU. The guide explained that “when used to describe heterosexuals, the term straight implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal,” and says to use the word “heterosexual” instead.

    “Normal person” was also listed as a phrase to avoid because it “implies that ‘other’ people… are not whole or regular people.” The guide offered no substitute word because it claimed that it is never appropriate to use the phrase to describe someone.

    According to the list, the phrase “handicap parking” should also not be used because it can “minimize personhood” and offend disabled people. The guide recommends “accessible parking” as an alternative.

    “War,” “cake walk,” “eenie meenie miney moe,” “Eskimo,” “freshman,” “hip hip hooray!”, “hold down the fort,” “starving,” and “policeman” were among other words and phrases deemed non-inclusive by CSU.

    The school has since objected to this, saying this was just a preliminary list of possibly offensive words and has since been revised, but the idea that a single one of these could be taken seriously by an rational person is bizarre.

    A “Women’s and Gender Collaborative” ? Seriously?
    “Inclusive Communications Task Force”? Give me a break.

    • Amazona July 31, 2019 / 7:29 pm

      “Hip hip hooray” is offensive because supposedly Nazis encouraged each other, as they hunted down Jews, by calling out “hep hep”.

      Yeah, right.

      What about the slang of the beatnik 50s and the term “hep cat”—which morphed into “hip” to mean cool. What about the marching order of “hup” or “hup, two three four”?

      This nonsense reminds me of the black activist who gave a speech at a Denver high school in which he informed the students that the word “Negro” comes from the word “necropolis”, or city of the dead, and is a code for “I wish all black people were dead”. (So much for the Spanish and Latin languages, in which the word simply means “black”.)

      Or the freakout over the use of the word “niggardly”, which really just means cheap or stingy. Maybe we can’t say “cheap” any more, to avoid offending birds.

      I am so thoroughly, utterly, sick of this constant snouting around looking for something, ANYTHING, to find offensive. Get over it. Actually learn something, go get a job, live in the real world and grow up—and the “grow up” comment, while undoubtedly offensive to people who are vertically challenged, applies to the allegedly mature teachers and staff who ought to know better.

    • JeremiahTMM July 31, 2019 / 10:03 pm


      The redefinition of terminology is all part of the postmodernist movement, cloaked as “political correctness.”

      It is a rather dangerous worldview, as professors are taking our best and brightest, and reducing their intellects to that of a murderous dictator. The lowest of the low, if you will.

      • JeremiahTMM July 31, 2019 / 10:09 pm

        I apologise for incorrectly spelling your name. My phone did that. Not me, Amazona. ☺️🙏

      • Amazona August 1, 2019 / 9:41 am

        I understand, Jeremiah. The little guy in my phone does the same thing, too. I call the program “Spell Wrecker”.

    • Cluster August 1, 2019 / 8:49 am

      Inclusive Communications Task Force – kind of like the Storm Troopers???

      I heard that the DNC applied to trademark the phrase “Death to America” but Iran already had the rights. Another swing and a miss.

  2. Amazona July 31, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    I think we need to shift our appeal to voters away from the current “Who would you rather have as president?” to “what kind of government do you want for your country?” or “what kind of nation do you want ours to be?”

    It seems obvious, and it is to those of us who actually think things through, but the more I see the hysteria and carrying on about the different PEOPLE the more I notice the lack of attention to the form of actual government they represent.

    Oh, we toss out words like “socialist” and “Leftist” but most people these days find those words meaningless. Seriously. We have had people so convinced they were passionate about politics, to the point of posting on blogs like this, complain that the word “Left’ is meaningless, just an invention, just a pejorative, just a hollow arguing point.

    So I’d like to see a shift, to something like “Would you rather live in a nation like Stalin’s, where there was a secret government police force that spied on citizens, run by a man who bragged “Show me the man and I will find you a crime”, or a nation like we used to be, where first a crime was identified and then an investigation was started to find out who did it?” “Would you rather live in a country where skin color doesn’t matter, where people are judged on merit and character, or one where skin color dictates how people are seen and treated?”

  3. JeremiahTMM July 31, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    I believe the public educational system needs to be dismantled. Rebuilt of course on the premise of truth. That we are a nation of law and order, that we created rather than”evolved”, that we have had a rough past, but one of positive intentions… rather than a negative past, and negative people such as is painted by today’s communist student body. That we are a nation of values and integrity.

    Communists have had control of our educational system for over sixty years now. I think it’s Americans turn to run education now. At least to keep America from sliding on over into the abyss. But, the left wouldn’t stand for that, would they? No, after all, they wouldn’t get to pull the country into the abyss that they so desire. The educational system is their lifeline to eliminating the American dream for so many hardworking Americans, eliminating people of faith, eliminating the red, white and blue, and erecting a red flag with yellow hammer and sickle.


  4. Cluster August 1, 2019 / 9:38 am

    One woman begged for mercy and another sobbed uncontrollably as Indonesia’s Aceh arch-conservative province flogged 11 people for getting too close to members of the opposite sex. The six men and five women were rounded up by religious officers who caught them behaving amorously in public, a crime under local Islamic law. Dozens watched as the humiliated victims were whipped outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh.

    What a barbaric culture and people. Muslim men must be very insecure and deeply conflicted to run this type of society. They will need years of therapy before they will ever have any chance of becoming an American. Are you listening Ms. Omar? Yet you continue to wear a rug on your head in deference to this type of culture. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Amazona August 1, 2019 / 9:52 am

      But we are not allowed to discuss the sexual inadequacy that drives fundamental Islam and mass murderers, because it is “insensitive”.

      I have always thought that covering things like the videos of beheadings should have been focused on the total lack of manhood exhibited by “men” who have to hide behind masks and need half a dozen of them to control one man who is weak from torture, bound and helpless. I have wondered why no one has said something like “Nothing can illustrate the weakness and lack of manhood of Islamic terrorists more than the videos showing their cowardice, as several cower behind masks and prove that none of them would be able to deal with the captive one on one”.

      But…but…but that would be disrespectful of their culture, or whatever.

      Why DON’T we have stories of school shootings focusing on the sexual inadequacies that make young men feel they can compensate with guns and violence? Why DON’T we talk about the fact that the need to take guns into schools to kill kids is proof of impotence and sexual failures? Wouldn’t that make the next guy think twice about doing the same thing? How many boys would willingly expose themselves to public discussion of their lack of manhood, of their impotence and fears that they are sexually crippled? Wouldn’t the knowledge that a killing spree would result in detailed discussions of tiny genitals and inability to perform have a chilling effect on an urge to go out and become a public figure by killing a bunch of unarmed kids?

      But…but…but that might make their families feel bad.

      And it would just be so…..MEAN.

      • Cluster August 1, 2019 / 11:04 am

        100% spot on. We need to expose the failure of men across this globe. Hispanic men – why in the hell are your children at the border begging for shelter and food? Are you not man enough to take care of your women and children?

        Weak men are the reason the world is in chaos.

      • M. Noonan August 1, 2019 / 1:45 pm

        It also points out how we don’t allow men to be men. I get a lot of pushback on it – even from the right – but I firmly hold to my conviction that the whole point of Feminism was an assertion that only things men do are important. Feminism says nothing to women other than, “do what men do”. Nothing about childbirth and rearing. Nothing about domestic management. Nothing about thrift. Nothing about manners or decency. All it says is, “get out there, be a sports star or a corporate drone or a solider or a politician…that’s all that matters!”.

        Last night I decided to unplug from 2019 for a while and so I watched the 1955 movie, Battle Cry. It is a bit of a prettified version of the WWII Marines, but I always remember my WWII Marine father loved the movie. And I can see why: the whole movie is about boys turning into men and doing what men have to do. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll remember the womanizing lumberjack Andy Hookens, played by Aldo Ray…he’s a big, rough tough guy…but he isn’t a man until he apologizes to a woman and then that woman recalls him to his duty to serve. Can you imagine such a movie being made today? But it shows what we’ve lost – by making only anti-heroes and by blurring the differences between the sexes, as if that were actually possible and wouldn’t just lead to insanity.

      • Amazona August 1, 2019 / 6:15 pm

        Spook, you make a really good point, one I had not considered. That is, that Feminism was basically a statement that to be important, women had to do what men do, and that what women do is not enough. In fact, Feminism devalued traditional women’s roles and work.

      • JeremiahTMM August 1, 2019 / 9:20 pm

        The best cure for male impotence is to have a strong father figure in the home. One who will discipline and correct their boys at home. Raise them to be respectable, upstanding and courteous men! And also encourage a hard work ethic.

        The problem is, American children go to school, and they get a head full of nonsense that is 180 degrees from what they are supposed to be.

        Another thing is, a lot of kids don’t belong in school, because they have problems mentally, and they can’t learn properly in a crowded social environment. And they are usually the ones that end up causing problems in the school. I’m not saying they should be isolated from the social environment, but they need to be in an environment, they can still socialize, but not around hundreds of people that they might be bullied by, and where there’s so much stress on them by their peers.

        So many people ask why God allows school shootings, and God replied, “They kicked me out of your schools. I’m not allowed in your schools.”

        That’s another thing, which most people lack the wisdom to understand. God is the key to the direction of every nation. As it would lead to better direction for the country and the people as a whole.

  5. Amazona August 1, 2019 / 9:54 am

    Watching Corey Booker and his posturing and glowering (which I now understand is due to his overabundance of testosterone, which I have to admit had never occurred to me, watching him have temper tantrums) made me realize that a President Booker would not have to have an Anger Translator. He could do it all his ownself.

    (Apologies for the language. But you have to admit, Luther could be Corey…)

    • Cluster August 1, 2019 / 11:09 am

      Hilarious …

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