Open Thread

The really cool thing about Trump is how he fires right back:

Nancy Pelosi’s District in California has rapidly become one of the worst anywhere in the U.S. when it come to the homeless & crime. It has gotten so bad, so fast – she has lost total control and, along with her equally incompetent governor, Gavin Newsom, it is a very sad sight!

When have we ever had not a GOP President, but any senior GOPer, at all, point out that Democrat run areas of the country are complete disasters? And then call out the Democrat leaders who have presided over the destruction? I can see the shape of Trump’s re-election campaign emerging. A few points I bet he’ll hit repeatedly:

1. Things are going well.
2. Democrat areas are lousy.
3. Its me or the insane Left.
4. It’ll be even better if I’m re-elected with a GOP Congress.

We’ll see how it turns out – but I’ve heard some people claim that impeachment is becoming a first rate disaster for the Democrats and that the RNC has seven times the money the DNC has.

Virginia Democrats by putting out massive effort managed to secure a narrow control over the entire Virginia government – and they are acting like they’ve gained absolute power, forever: they are proposing insane – and likely unconstitutional – gun grabs and threatening to use the National Guard to prevent Americans in Virginia from exercising their constitutional right to bear arms. There is growing fury in Virginia as people react to this – and just a chance the insanity will flip Virginia red next year. But, to me, that really isn’t the solution. The ultimate solution here is to break up Virginia into North and South Virginia…North VA being Richmond to the Potomac.

Heh: El Paso Man Comes Down from Insane Acid Trip where he Hallucinated he Ran for President

In 2019, we all became fascist. RSM explains.

Don Surber on the Democrats: A Leaderless Party With No Plan

The Trump economy is pretty darned good. Some are talking up that its weird that the economy is so good but Trump’s poll numbers are still no good. There’s a reason for that:

1. The polls are wrong.

Everything – and I mean everything – that the MSM is going to produce from now until election day is designed to harm Trump and help the Democrats. I don’t buy the excuse that they just missed certain things in Florida and Michigan in 2016. Remember, Hillary cancelled her fireworks display several days before the election. She knew she was beaten – and so, too, did everyone else who could see the raw data, and that means the pollsters and MSM bosses. They just kept churning out the BS because they didn’t know anything else to do. Telling the truth certainly wasn’t an option.

Can the Democrats win next year? Of course they can – eleven months is a very long time in politics and all sorts of things can happen. But sitting here on December 27th, 2019 I have to say that the guy sitting on sacks of campaign cash and able to draw gigantic, enthusiastic crowds and the drop of a hat is likely to be the winner.

34 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. jdge1 December 27, 2019 / 11:54 pm

    This article does a pretty good job explaining just how inept / corrupt the FISA surveillances against Carter Page and the rest of the Trump team were.

  2. Cluster December 28, 2019 / 8:53 am

    I am really at a loss for words over this but it’s too funny not to post this absurdity from Michael Moore:

    … white people are “not good people” and that “you should be afraid of them.” He began by waving off the rationalization that since Americans elected Barack Obama as president, they’ve healed racial divides. Heck no, he maintained, claiming that “white people have not changed” from their racist ways. He stated, “I refuse to participate in post-racial America. I refuse to say, ‘because we elected Obama that suddenly that means everything’s OK.’”

    “White people have not changed,” he declared.

    And there’s more from Moore:

    “Two-thirds of all white guys voted for Trump,” Moore continued, taking the thread into ridiculous territory. “That means anytime you see three white guys walking at you, down the street toward you, two of them voted for Trump.” ….. “You need to move over to the other sidewalk because these are not good people that are walking toward you. You should be afraid of them.”

    I had no idea we were such threatening and scary people hahahahaha

    • Amazona December 28, 2019 / 11:31 am

      Poor sad pathetic lardass Michael Moore, so desperate to have anyone find him relevant—ANYONE—that he has to pander to hardcore racists with this kind of toxic nonsense.

      Anyone who believes that the amount of melanin in someone’s skin is related in any way to intelligence, virtue or decency is simply, profoundly, stupid. No erudite vocabulary, no university degrees, no status as elected official, no position as religious leader, can over come or disguise the inherent stupidity of that belief. (The fact that it depends so heavily on truly pathological levels of irrational hatred just makes it even more distasteful.)

      Substitute any physical characteristic for “white” and the stupidity is even more apparent. As for me, if I were going to link a physical characteristic to character it would be gross obesity. To me, that shows a lack of self discipline and a rather disgusting tendency toward uncontrolled gluttony. I see the lack of self-awareness or sense of personal dignity, and general wallowing in self-indulgence, reflected in his distorted thought processes and bizarre pronouncements.

      I also remember that Moore’s fame is based exclusively on lies, and I remember the shameless attack he made on Charlton Heston, ambushing him in his home and then editing the film coverage to make it appear to be what it was not.

      Moore is a truly vile and disgusting creature, in his way even more so than Schiff though they share the same total lack of decency.

      This is a typically clumsy effort to sway dark skinned people from voting for Trump, telling them that if they do then they, too, will be damned as inherently evil human beings.

      • Amazona December 28, 2019 / 6:49 pm

        “… anytime you see three white guys walking at you, down the street toward you,…..” look again. It’s really only Michael Moore. Count the feet.

  3. Amazona December 28, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    Maybe it’s the season: I keep hearing really good comments. Today it was:

    Imperfect human beings should never be trusted with consolidated power

    • Amazona December 28, 2019 / 7:04 pm


      Legal gun owners have 400 million guns and 24 trillion rounds of ammunition. If we were a problem you would know it already

      I’m thinking about guns, as the Colorado Red Flag law goes into effect on January 1 so I am moving my guns to Wyoming this week.

      Another good one:

      Statistically, you are more likely to be killed by Hillary Clinton than an AR-15

      • Cluster December 28, 2019 / 7:31 pm

        Those are hilarious and good humor always has an element of truth.

      • Retired Spook December 30, 2019 / 4:55 pm

        At the end of Mark’s RSM link another good one:

        Amanda is Patient Zero in the Trump Derangement Syndrome epidemic.

        I’m back from a belated Christmas with my youngest daughter and re-energized to begin a new year. Of course an event or series of events can come along and change the political landscape overnight, but my gut tells me 2020 is not going to be a good year for the Left.

      • Amazona December 31, 2019 / 9:24 pm

        As you try to remind them, Spook, the best way to get out of a hole is to stop digging. They just can’t help themselves, though, and seem determined to see how deep they can get. And Trump keeps handing them new shovels.

  4. Cluster December 28, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    Regarding Trump pointing out the failures of Democrat governance in large cities, that is something all of us have mentioned as an effective tactic that he should do and I hope he keeps it up.

    • Amazona December 28, 2019 / 9:55 pm

      The Left goes insane when Trump points out its failures, whether he is talking about Fake News or the human excrement problem in Pelosi’s own district and city or the defects in their impeachment efforts. And it is wonderful to watch.

  5. Amazona December 28, 2019 / 8:20 pm

    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is defending herself in court by claiming her statements on air should not be taken as fact.

    Theodore Boutrous Jr. claimed in a defense motion, according to Culttture, that the liberal host “was clearly offering up her ‘own unique expression’ of her views to capture what she saw as the ‘ridiculous’ nature of the undisputed facts. Her comment, therefore, is a quintessential statement ‘of rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false.’”

    And BTW, her comments CAN be proved to be false, and I believe they have been. It’s just that repeatedly being proven to be a liar has never slowed Rachel down as she just keeps spouting her lies, one after another.

    “…a quintessential statement ‘of rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false…’” yet stated as an unequivocal undisputed fact. And the target of her commentary, One America News Network, is fighting back.

    What did she say that her lawyer is now claiming should never have been taken to mean what she said? “In this case, the most obsequiously pro-Trump right-wing news outlet in America is really, literally is paid Russian propaganda,” Maddow had declared in a July segment on her show. “Their on-air politics reporter (Kristian Rouz) is paid by the Russian government to produce propaganda for that government.”

    Really, literally, but not really or not literally? Did she wink? Do air quotes?

    No, she did what she always does, and spouted vicious lies with absolute certainty. I’m thrilled to see her having to defend herself, and hope OANN wins millions. She just makes this stuff up, smug in the conviction that the Complicit Agenda Media will cover for her.

    • Cluster December 29, 2019 / 10:37 am

      And this is what I mean when I say that many in the media are just as culpable. And Maddow is not the only one – Joy Reid, Lawrence O’Donnell, Joe Scarborough, and Chris Matthews have all emphatically declared Trump to be compromised by Russians despite zero evidence. And they repeated that every hour of every day for over two years and they must be held accountable. Their weak defense of “no one should take us literally” is not a defense. It’s an admission that they failed their fundamental responsibility to their viewers and the American public.

      They should all resign, or be fired.

      • Amazona December 29, 2019 / 11:13 am

        The problem is “standing”. That is, they can only be sued by someone with standing, someone personally injured or with a personal interest. The president can’t sue for slander or libel, nor can most “celebrities”, whom the law has always considered fair game.

        However, Carol Burnett won a suit against the National Enquirer, and I think a couple of other celebs have won slander and/or libel suits. You will notice that the people you have mentioned have been careful, no doubt advised, to avoid naming individuals in their claims.

        Maddow named a private company, One America News Network, and an individual.

        Nicholas Sandman was named, which has given him standing to sue the various media.

  6. Cluster December 29, 2019 / 10:50 am

    And yet more insanity from MSNBC:

    On Friday’s The Beat with Ari Melber, fill-in host Ayman Mohyeldin led a panel discussion in which he and other MSNBC regulars complained about President Donald Trump’s success in getting Mexico to shoulder some of the cost and responsibility for keeping illegal immigrants out of the U.S.

    Mohyeldin and NBC Justice Department/Homeland Security correspondent Julia Ainsley used the words “cruel,” “sad,” and “disturbing” to describe Mexico’s assistance.

    Having Mexico help us enforce law and order is “sad” and cruel”. It’s mind numbing how f***king stupid these people are. And notice who is on the panel – Susan Del Percio who is noted as a “Republican strategist” – I pray that no Republicans ever seek her advice. She is catastrophically stupid.

    • Amazona December 29, 2019 / 11:22 am

      Let them whine.

      What irks me is that so far we haven’t seen the Republican talking heads allowed on these shows bluntly explain, in graphic and no-nonsense terms, the fact that merely dragging children across a large and inhospitable country in dangerous and often lethal conditions to try to break US law is, in and of itself, the child abuse these people should be finding objectionable—-if they had even an element of honesty.

  7. Cluster December 29, 2019 / 11:00 am

    Shouldn’t we be doing something about antisemitic black nationalists? Just a few weeks ago, two black people shot and killed patrons in a kosher deli, and now this:

    Black man is arrested for ‘storming into a rabbi’s home with a machete and stabbing five people’ during a Hanukkah party in upstate New York amid a surge in anti-Semitic attacks in the region

    I am sure MSNBC will have some segments on the threat of black anti semitics.

    • Amazona December 29, 2019 / 11:18 am

      No. In true Leftist fashion, the Left is now turning against Jews, just as they always have.

      When the Left is developing a political system it is always supported by Jews, who seem to consider themselves as “intellectuals” and thereby above the average guy on the street and capable of seeing the genius in a new political flavor. When Fascism got rolling, it was strongly supported by Jewish “intellectuals” who often held high offices in Fascist Italy.

      However, it appears that being an “intellectual” in this case means being unable to learn from history. The Democrat Party in the United States has held most of the Jewish vote and has been strongly supported by Jews. I wonder how long it will take them to realize that history is repeating itself.

      There is a certain self-destructiveness in some demographics that seems to lure them to their own destruction. Blacks and Jews bear out this observation.

      • Cluster December 29, 2019 / 11:42 am

        You know I think black voters are starting to figure things out. I think Trump will win more black and Hispanic voters in 2020 then any GOP President ever has.

  8. jdge1 December 29, 2019 / 11:24 am

    Funny how in general, the political fronts seem to quiet down during the holidays, then spike shortly congress returns to session. Too bad they don’t take longer breaks. Not that I want politicians being paid for doing nothing, but that seems preferable to them doing negative things.

    • Cluster December 29, 2019 / 11:40 am

      You mean the “outrage machine” took a few days off? No worries. In 2020 they will exceed your expectations. It will be wall to wall leftist hyperventilation all the way to November and it will be exhausting.

    • Amazona December 29, 2019 / 11:42 am

      jdge1, I commented on how great it was for the House Dems to be so caught up in their Kabuki Theater they couldn’t be causing other trouble in Congress.

      Most Dems in Congress are just oppositional speed bumps, contributing little or nothing of value and just hanging around till the Republicans try to accomplish something so they can dart in and try to derail the effort.

      Once when I was babysitting my infant brother I kept him occupied by putting some syrup on the ends of his fingers and giving him a fluffy down feather. He spent a lot of time pulling the feather off the fingers of his right hand, then pulling it off the left, back and forth and being occupied. This is the image I have of the Dem House, with impeachment being the feather. They can’t turn loose of it and it occupies all their attention, so aside from the increasingly annoying efforts to generate public support for their efforts they are pretty much on the sidelines playing with themselves while the adults get stuff done.

      Maybe a Republican should present a bill giving all Dem members of Congress an additional four months of leave time, so Congress can do its job without them cluttering up the process and getting in the way. If not a bill, then a great campaign theme for the Republican challengers.

  9. jdge1 December 30, 2019 / 1:33 am

    “Once when I was babysitting my infant brother I kept him occupied by putting some syrup on the ends of his fingers and giving him a fluffy down feather. He spent a lot of time pulling the feather off the fingers of his right hand, then pulling it off the left, back and forth and being occupied. This is the image I have of the Dem House, with impeachment being the feather.”

    That’s just funny (and fitting).

  10. Amazona December 30, 2019 / 10:56 am

    Did you see the video of the church shooting in Texas? The instantaneous response of an armed churchgoer ended the episode as soon as it began. This man’s response to the threat saved lives.

    Biden, of course, while explaining that the only magazines he wants to ban are those that contain bullets, thinks that the Texas law allowing people to be armed in church is “irrational”.

    Question: How many armed murderers are going to go to this church to shoot people, knowing how the members react? I’m guessing that is a big fat zero. No, the targets of choice will be gun-free zones, where there is no danger of retaliation.

    • jdge1 December 30, 2019 / 1:51 pm

      It was great how quickly & precisely security reacted and just as great the number of church goers who also drew weapons and approached the danger. This video is a strong testament to the need for arms training and the right to self-defense.

      • Amazona December 30, 2019 / 6:26 pm

        If he’d had a cross-draw holster he would have gained two seconds. Jes’ sayin’…….

  11. Cluster December 30, 2019 / 6:04 pm

    MSNBC’s Chuck Todd isn’t messing around any more. He’s gone full authoritarian:

    On Sunday, NBC News political director Chuck Todd dedicated the final Meet the Press of 2019 to insisting President Trump had brought about a “post-truth society.” The same network that pushed the totally-bunk Steele dossier for years and tried to sink Justice Brett Kavanagh’s nomination with the ridiculous allegations from Julie Swetnick, wanted to lecture the public about falling for and spreading lies and misinformation. In the process, Todd lashed out at Christians for believing in “fairy tales.”

    “This Sunday, alternative facts. The assault on truth (…) This morning, Meet the Press takes an in-depth look at our post-truth society and how a changing media landscape has created chaos out of order,”

    Did you get that last part? “Chaos out of order”??? You see order, is when “journalists” like Chuck Todd delivers the “delivers the breaking news” and he doesn’t want it challenged by the reprobates in fly over country. Like Mika said one day …

    Co-host Mika Brzezinski commented Wednesday morning that she is upset to see President Trump has moved in on the media’s turf when it comes to the area of mind control.

    “He is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts,” she said about Trump. “And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think.”

    “And that, that is our job,” she noted, referring to the media.

    The Leftist media is really upset with us right now folks. They couldn’t sell the Russia Collusion narrative, or the serial rapist Kavanaugh narrative, and now we have the gall to question their narrative on “quid pro quo”. And that’s what Todd means by “chaos out of order” – they long for the days of the McCains, Romneys, and Bush’s who would sit back and allow the to control the agenda and the narrative.

    • Amazona December 30, 2019 / 9:51 pm

      The “order” was a goose-step orthodoxy in which every media outlet parroted the same propaganda, each supporting and reinforcing the messages of the other. Yes, it was orderly. Everyone knew his or her role, everyone had a script, and it was a very tidy arrangement.

      And then a few real journalists popped up and started breaking into the orthodox narrative., and suddenly the formerly passive public was involved, using the power of the internet to do our own research. The poor media mouthpieces of the Left were taken by surprise, so much so that they had to try to cover themselves with nonsense like “fake but accurate”. But suddenly it was possible to fact-check the media. Suddenly it was possible to see an actual copy of a propaganda piece and have so many people see it that some were experts in typography and could immediately spot the forgeries. Suddenly it was possible to have a search engine look up a statistic, a fact, a historical event, to cross-reference with some media spin. In the beloved past of Leftist “journalism” the public had to depend on what they were fed, and suddenly anyone who wanted could look up a copy of Bush’s military record or the history of typography or the actual law in Hawaii setting forth, explaining and defining the Certificate of Live Birth.

      And yes, it did result in chaos—for the Left, and for its smug media faces. And then the little people got involved, those who were supposed to be passive recipients of the propaganda, and they started videoing events and showing the narrative to be false, started communicating like mad with each other and comparing notes.

      Much like the times hundreds of thousands of computers were linked to provide massive computing power for some project, suddenly hundreds of thousands of minds were sharing information and insights, It has been joyful chaos for those of us pulling back the curtain, but terrifying chaos for those whose professional existence depends on it staying closed. The poor Left is pining for the days when they could pronounce the economy lagging and unemployment rising, but now anyone who cares can find out the opposite is true—and share that truth, and also share a growing disgust with the liars in the media.

      • Cluster December 31, 2019 / 9:19 am

        And in a desperate effort to restore order …. Morning Joe is playing a repeat of their hysteria over the Gordon Sunland testimony this morning. They are reliving the excitement they felt when they thought they finally had the dirt on Trump and impeachment was just a formality. What they leave out of course is the end of Sundland’s testimony when he said he actually knew nothing and was “presuming” Trump was demanding things from Ukraine. The teaser for the next segment? “KIDS IN CAGES” … that’s right. Morning Joe is playing the greatest hits of disinformation media. They truly have become an amateur theater production.

  12. Cluster December 31, 2019 / 10:24 am

    The video is fantastic … enjoy folks and Happy New Year

    The Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill and the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Vince Shkreli list off the strangest and most absurd things said by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York in 2019.

    • jdge1 December 31, 2019 / 11:45 pm

      I’ve never seen her speak until this but have read enough of her crap to quickly realize;
      A.) She is incompetent at so many levels it’s not funny (what’s a freaking garbage disposal for – really?!?),
      B.) She was propped up and financed from outside sources,
      C.) She is largely a puppet of her handlers,
      D.) She probably drives her handlers crazy when she talks off script,
      E.) She is among the extreme left of her party and creates all kinds of problems for the Dems who wish to appear more moderate,

      I can easily see her as a 1 term congress critter with her constituents having buyers remorse, especially after being a noted factor in driving Amazon out of the potential of building a HQ and large warehouse in NYC. During her last year it’s easy to see how she has created greater destabilization within the Democrat Socialist party, forcing them to take an open position on the more radical positions of socialism, that they tend to keep quite about until after they’ve won elections.

      • Retired Spook December 31, 2019 / 11:55 pm

        She almost sounds like a Russian plant.

      • Amazona January 1, 2020 / 12:02 am

        Or a Republican plant…….;-)

      • Amazona January 1, 2020 / 11:57 pm

        I think of her as Participation Trophy Barbie—always praised and told she was special, never held to any standard. She was cute and perky and spoiled rotten and grew up cocky and smug in her self-perceived superiority. It shows when she spouts nonsense that clearly has not been based on the slightest effort to learn facts and then she brushes off criticism for being wrong by airily stating that it is more important to feel good about what you are doing (to be “moral”) than to have her facts right. That comment of hers told us all we need to know about her.

        The breadth and scope of her ignorance is truly astounding. She claimed to have a degree in economics but thinks capitalism is a political model. She claims to support socialism but seems to think it is merely an economic model instead of a political structure that also controls the economy. She is so enamored of her perception of herself as leader and influential woman that she focuses on polishing that image instead of actually learning something. She is the leader of her little Mean Girls clique, and thinks that makes her important and relevant, and being praised by a doddering old Communist never-was is the closest she has come to acceptance outside that fawning fan club of equally unqualified misfits. They come across as so unserious that when they marched into Congress wearing their silly white outfits they gave the impression that she talked them into it as being like, you know, like really really cool while they giggled and braided each other’s hair and talked about the cute guys in Congress.

        And I love her. No one else could have pushed Pelosi’s rigidly controlled House over the cliff as quickly as she did. No one else could have pinned Nancy into a corner so effectively that the Schiffhole was able to take over and run amok, as he has, providing such a distraction that Nancy was unable to rein him in. No one else was likely to draw such a vivid line between old-school Dems and the hair-on-fire radical Leftists that the nation needed to see unmasked to be able to realize the dangers they represent, and she has contributed to their unmasking. She’s the Pied Piper of the party, leading its most radical element right off the cliff with her. I think she, along with Schiff and Nadler, are accelerating the demise of the Democrat Party, and while I hope she is defeated I am looking forward to the campaign which will, if played even marginally well, brutally identify the defects of Leftism as illustrated by her ridiculous posturing.

        I was half serious when I said she might be a Republican plant. I know she isn’t, because we don’t have any Republicans wily enough to plant a poison pill in the heart of the Democrat Party, but she is the gift that keeps on giving, if we can just stop tripping over our own feet and make the most of it.

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