Open Thread

Looks like Hurricane Dorian may miss the USA…this after liberals went all gleeful at the prospect of it hitting Trump properties. Seems that MAGA has been granted a special dispensation.

Greece is seeing a new surge of migrants from the Muslim world – a lot from Afghanistan. By land from Kabul to Athens is 3,591 miles. That is quite a trip. It took Alexander the Great years to make it…and somehow I don’t think most Afghans own an SUV to make that trip go faster. Someone is organizing and supplying this migration. And government must be involved as before they get to Greece, they’ve crossed at least two international borders.

And here’s the sort of upstanding citizens Greece and Europe are getting:

A … asylum-seeker was arrested in Villeurbanne, a suburb of Lyon, France, on Saturday after he allegedly killed a 19-year-old and wounded nine others at a subway stop.

The suspect, armed with a knife and a “skewer” of some sort, was arrested at the scene. He is reportedly a 33-year-old Afghan citizen who was hoping to gain asylum in France.

The bad news: I bet his attack will probably not be held against him at his asylum hearing.

Mickey Kaus talks Epstein:

We’re in the middle of a global populist surge. There’s a sense that elites are not playing by the same rules as everyone else. They might not even be playing the same game. It’s pretty clear that Epstein was running some kind of a sex ring for the rich and well connected. How big a ring? We don’t know until we try to find out. But there are reports out there [click if you dare] that it’s bigger than we might think — bigger than old, familiar Prince Andrew, involving a non-trivial cross-section of business and entertainment leaders, plus some prominent Anglo-American families and maybe a handful of nation states.

Read the whole thing – there are circles within circles going on here. I started out figuring someone handed him the hemlock (as it were) to protect some other interest of his…but I’m starting to wonder if he was killed? We don’t really know what he was doing all those years when the very top of the global elite were at his beck and call; even after his conviction. And sure in heck the global elite doesn’t want us to find out. But, we must: we have to know. We need to know how Epstein got his money; how he got his connections; who protected him; who was involved on all levels. Chips fall where they may – we need to find out every last detail…and then start arresting everyone who committed even the least crime related to it all.

Still lots of talk about the Hong Kong protests – but, in the end, the people of Hong Kong have no weapons. They are doomed, unless the rest of China rises…and from all accounts, the people of China don’t want to rise.

There was some renewed talk of the way the CIA backed modern art stuff in the middle of the 20th century. The official word is that the CIA felt we needed to have some cool, new art to show the world that we were hip and with it…what I think actually happened is that the CIA was penetrated from the beginning and the USSR used the CIA to push cultural garbage (like modern art) as a means of tearing down the West.

18 thoughts on “Open Thread

    • Amazona September 1, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      She’s just another globalist wanting to dilute and then replace American sovereignty with international law, which would of course destroy American identity. She is more dangerous because of her underlying Muslim ideology, which is destruction of all infidels and world dominance by Islam. Most globalists just want world dominance by Leftism.

    • Cluster September 2, 2019 / 9:05 am

      Well Omar certainly doesn’t think much of Americans”

      “It is that I am anti-American because I criticize the United States. I believe, as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born,” Omar said.

      The Minnesota congresswoman said the U.S. exports “American exceptionalism,” but it does not live those values domestically.

      Got that? We don’t know how to be Americans.

      Omar is a complete fraud and should not be in Congress. She most likely committed immigration fraud, has most likely committed election campaign violations that have caused others to resign, and is nothing more than a subject to Muslim males. Also by evidence of the rag on her head, her first loyalty lies with Islam, and her Muslim male betters.. Her allegiance is not with America.

  1. Cluster September 2, 2019 / 9:19 am


    Montgomery County, Maryland’s liberal leaders are defending their lax treatment of illegal immigrant crime, after ICE revealed that seven illegal immigrants have been arrested for sexual assault or rape charges in the past six weeks, alone.

    What is it that Democrats love to lecture us on? Oh yea – “no one is above the law”

    Two of these criminals had been previously deported and were under “final deportation orders” meaning these are two guys Democrats protected from ICE raids a few weeks ago. Never let them forget this.

  2. Cluster September 2, 2019 / 10:15 am

    I am hoping the 2020 election is a clarion call for the media

    There needs to be a clear delineation of what is news and what is commentary and there really should be a major overhaul in the media in order for them to restore any respect. MSNBC has had the same cast of characters for years and years and they have literally been wrong on every single issue but at least they don’t really pass themselves off as “news” like CNN. “The most trusted name in news” is a complete joke but sadly our poorly educated millennial generation does not know the distinction. The personal bias is also on display at NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC and even Fox. The bias mostly comes from the left, but there is some right leaning bias too and bias has no place in journalism. The best hour of media is Special Report with Brett Baier. The first 30 minutes is straight news and done well and in fact it’s the only honest 30 minutes of news found anywhere.

  3. Cluster September 2, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Don’t ever forget this:

    A California court overturned the conviction Friday of a five-time deported homeless illegal immigrant who shot Kate Steinle in 2015

    How much more evidence do you need to realize that Democrats and the judges they appoint are undermining this country?? When are good ol fashioned Americans going to wake up? Every single Democrat POTUS candidate (with the possible exception of Tulsi Gabbard) are working for global interests …. not American interests.

  4. JeremiahTMM September 3, 2019 / 12:28 am

    This Democrat is fed up with his party

  5. Cluster September 3, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Mark Leibowich on MSNBC just now – “Joe Biden just wants to make America ok again, he doesn’t want to make it great”

    LMAO …… YCMTSU. They hate Trump so much it’s hilarious what they will say. And I am not sure if they even realize it.

  6. Retired Spook September 3, 2019 / 9:19 am

    And I am not sure if they even realize it.

    I don’t believe they do. I think they’re so sure that they’re right and everyone who doesn’t agree with them is wrong, they’ve simply become disconnected from reality. I can’t imagine what they’re going to do if Trump wins 40 states next year.

    • Cluster September 3, 2019 / 9:33 am

      I am not sure there is another level they can take it to, but if there is I sure don’t want to see it. Morning Joe has devolved into a high school production of “mean girls”. Every single issue of the day has a “hate Trump” spin to it. They have long abandoned any pretense of covering the “news” and instead just take turns at taking pot shots at Trump, each one trying to outdo the other with Mika’s facial expressions showing the concern they all share. It’s bizarre but after watching their sanctimonious and self righteous display this morning, I now refer to Mika and Joe as Mr. & Mrs. Stalin.

      Another sad observation of mine is that we have become a country of cowards. The media has spent the last decade trying to scare people of climate change, guns, white nationalists, etc., etc. and boy have they succeeded. I just watched a video where a guy with a gun was allegedly in a mall and when people there got wind of it, and heard a loud noise, they scrambled like cockroaches. The plan is working – a frightened population is easier to control.

    • Amazona September 3, 2019 / 9:49 am

      As I was saying last night: Hearing these people talk, you have to think they are either profoundly stupid or profoundly dishonest—-and many of them prove the two are not mutually exclusive.

      I think it was yesterday the Hannity radio show ran what seemed like an interminable list of audio clips of people talking about how racist Trump is, Not just commenting, but becoming extremely angry and upset, and saying how it is incontrovertible, etc. And all I could think was, “do any of them truly believe this crap (profoundly stupid) or do they know it is crap but say it anyway (profoundly dishonest).

      I have never heard a single statement from Trump I think showed racism, or possibly COULD show racism unless it was “interpreted” by a hater to point out the hidden meaning behind his harmless words.

      When it comes to Joe and Mika, I think they are so far gone, as well as so greedy and desperate for jobs and recognition, that they simply don’t care if what they say has even a hint of truth to it. It’s like a game: “Top THIS if you can!” “Oh yeah, well what about THIS!?”

      • Cluster September 3, 2019 / 10:15 am

        And there is no one more profoundly stupid and dishonest than Elie Mystal. He is so desperate for his 15 mins of fame, he will say just about anything. And he shakes and spittles when he says it. Google some of his appearances on MSNBC, it is a sight to see.

        ELIE MYSTAL: This is a facet of white America, right? Racism and oppression always comes from an economic argument attached to it. I am sure if we went back to the day, like AntebellumCycle, people were saying, “I am not in it for slavery, but I do want those cheap cotton tees.” I am sure that was what was happening.

        I disagree with people who think there is a moral distinction between people who are excited by the racism and verses people who are merely indifferent to racism. There is no moral distinction, there cannot be a moral distinction. You know why? The children who are orphaned of the streets of Mississippi see no moral distinction between [it], because Stephen Ross got a tax cut to look the other way while parents are being abducted.

        What needs to happen, I don’t know how much money Stephen Ross needs, but I am confident that those children would buy a membership to Equinox if it would bring back mommy and daddy. Their money isn’t enough for Stephen Ross. Their checks are no good in the Hamptons. That’s why these Trump supporters are just as complicit and cruelty as the man himself.

  7. Amazona September 3, 2019 / 10:09 am

    Even for the Left, there is a limit on how many topics can be harvested to feed what the linked article calls “rage politics”—though in an effort to claim this describes conservative politics. So naturally they have to keep going back to the well, bringing up old topics they found successful in the past. So now they are back to whining about, and lying about, the TEA Party
    This is an example of the tone of the revived attacks on the TEA Party:

    “A fundamental flaw in this analysis is there is no mention of race and how much racism drove the tea party movement,” ABC’s Matthew Dowd claimed. “You can’t talk about the rage politics and leave out race.”

    “How do you write a 10-years-later piece on the tea party and not mention–not once, not even in passing—the fact that it was essentially a hysterical grassroots tantrum about the fact that a black guy was president?” asked nonbiased Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, calling it journalistic “malpractice.”

    It’s a worthwhile article, and makes me wish we had the impetus to just revive the TEA Party movement, just to tweak the hysterics by having even more peaceful, optimistic, America-loving groups of people getting together to promote their political principles. But this time, having learned from the past, having people on the sidelines with video cameras to record the infiltration of Leftist troublemakers with their racist signs and thuggish behavior.

    In the meantime, back to my soap box, we need a voice that will respond, immediately and forcefully, to lies like the bald-faced assertion that ”… it was essentially a hysterical grassroots tantrum about the fact that a black guy was president…”

    As for Matthew Doud’s comment, it can easily be made accurate: ” Matthew Dowd claimed. “You The Left can’t talk about the rage politics anything and leave out race.”

    • Retired Spook September 3, 2019 / 10:37 am

      I hope you don’t mind — I shared your comment with the members of the steering committee for our local Tea Party group. We’re one of the few that’s still active in northeastern Indiana, and we’re down to about 20 active members. At one time in 2010/2011 we had as many as 300 to a monthly meeting. Most of those who were concerned about excessive regulations and taxes in 2009 and Obama “transforming” this country into something unrecognizable have become complacent. Conservatives have a tendency to rise to threats, but otherwise are content to just live their lives. We just don’t have a lot of activists and community organizers on our side. It may not be called the Tea Party the next time around (and there WILL be a next time because the Left NEVER quits), but the same people will be part of it.

      • Amazona September 3, 2019 / 11:17 am

        Spook, I am happy to have my ideas considered by people who know a lot more than i do, so thanks for passing them on.

        I have been trying to think of a name that incorporates TEA into TEAM without necessarily invoking Trump and retaining the Taxed Enough Already concept. Even just Taxed Enough Already Movement……a way to relate to the original movement but indicate a revival, or refreshment, of the concept.

        I would love to be able to find something that would relate to the reduction in the size, scope and power of federal agencies, as I think that will turn out to be one of Trump’s most significant victories—that and realigning the judiciary into actual objective application of the law instead of merely being tools of social engineering. Both of those attacks on Constitutional governance—the often abusive and politically manipulative tax code and overtaxing, and the use of the judiciary to advance Leftist agendas—took years if not decades to develop and establish in the heart of our government, and though Trump and his administration have done a good job in addressing the latter I am hoping in his next term he can do more work on the former.

      • Retired Spook September 3, 2019 / 12:28 pm

        Polls showing Biden beating Trump anywhere from 10 – 16 points aside, I think, unless something horrendous happens with the economy, Trum will win. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win in a landslide in both the popular vote as well as the EC. Gone are the days when a candidate could win 49 states as Reagan did, but I don’t think 40 states is unrealistic. IIRC, Trump won 30 states in 2016. Democrats talk about the ones he won by narrow margins, but he also lost some by very narrow margins.

        WRT the Tea Party, I think things are going to have to get pretty bad before you see a movement like you did in 2009 and 2010. And I don’t sense that, at least while Trump is President, we’re going to see anything bad happen. The Left doesn’t have the balls or the human resources to mount the civil war they keep threatening, and Trump’s economic policies have extended what was already an abnormally long recovery cycle into the longest on record. People who have never been along for the ride before are doing pretty well. Wages are going up for the first time in over a decade, and they’re going up the fastest with low-end blue collar workers.

  8. Cluster September 3, 2019 / 11:33 am

    Here’s a huge problem in our society:

    LONDON — Patience is a virtue, but it’s becoming an exceedingly rare quality in modern society. According to a new survey of 2,000 British adults, all of the luxuries of modern life have made most people incredibly impatient — across pretty much every aspect of their lives. Three quarters of those surveyed said they believe the dominance of digital technology, such as smartphones and on-demand TVs, are to blame for this ever growing lack of patience.

    Patience IS A VIRTUE and that needs to be taught. Anecdotal story – I left home the other morning without my phone (in my business, my phone is everything) …. well after a brief panic attack, I decided to forget about it and I proceeded to run the errands I set out to do. It was actually liberating after a while and when I returned I realized that I hadn’t missed a thing but it is so ingrained in us now that instant contact now is just expected.

    Speaking of the instant gratification crowd, have you seen these new apps that pay you daily rather than waiting for your two week paycheck? I can’t see any problems with this …. let’s just just teach our kids to spend whatever they earn as fast as they can. That’s a good recipe /sarc

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