Open Thread

Cocaine Mitch says he’s got the votes to proceed with an impeachment trial without bothering with Nancy’s asinine demand for more witnesses. As Team Mitch put it on Twitter:

The thing fell apart because, after years of investigation, it has been discovered that Trump hasn’t done anything illegal. And that is astonishing considering he’s a NYC real estate developer…he must have some primo legal advisors who make sure that he’s always on the right side of the law. Rely on it, if they could have found anything on Trump, they would have used it. They found nothing.

But the Democrat Base is informed by MSNBC – and, so, they believe that Trump is minutes away from being removed. Seriously: if you check out the comments from these people on social media, they are convinced of it. Blow past the bot accounts (and there are a huge number of them – what is trending on social media is whatever someone pays to have trend) and see the real people, including Blue Checks, who are certain of this. And why wouldn’t they be? They’ve never heard anyone say otherwise.

Meanwhile, the GOP Senate candidate for Michigan – John James – out raised his Democrat opponent for the second quarter in a row. Democrats are donating as if MSNBC were telling the truth…and, so, instead of pouring money in to defend a Democrat seat which may go GOP in November, they are throwing their money at a quixotic attempt to unseat McConnell.

The Covington Catholic boys got a bit of justice today as CNN settled the suit. As is usual for such settlements, we don’t know any details. My view: they settled because they didn’t want to go through discovery. Even if they would have prevailed in court, the revelation of how news stories are crafted would have been devastating.

Iran miscalculated:

It is hard to understand Iran supreme leader Khamenei’s blunder in attacking the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. He either believed that Trump was weakened by his impeachment, as Western liberal media breathlessly and continuously reported, or might have been misled by John Kerry’s incompetent advice (apparently, Kerry met again with Khamenei’s emissaries in Paris just few weeks ago). Whatever the reasons, his goal of triggering a limited war with America to rally his people around the regime has failed miserably.

You know the drill: they attack, we respond…it bogs down, we hit some place where the enemy has hidden the asset behind civilians…war crimes!, blah, blah, blah and everything remains as before. Trump did the unexpected – he killed the boss. Now all the other bosses are wondering which of them have targets painted on their backs. The knowledge that you are to be droned striked in a fortnight concentrates the mind wonderfully. Don’t know if Trump is just going on instinct here or if he’s thought about it for years and always figured this is what he’d do if in office. I’m leaning these days more towards “he’s been thinking about this for a while”. We don’t know how all this will play out, but it certainly seems a better option that either flat out war or surrender which our Elites have been telling us for 40 years were our only options.

30 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster January 7, 2020 / 6:38 pm

    Now all the other bosses are wondering which of them have targets painted on their backs.

    That’s exactly right. You know the Mullahs are itching to retaliate BUT in the back of their minds they are afraid to death (pun intended) of what Trump will do next. They are terrified of him and should be … no other President has had the balls to confront the Iranian leadership and hit them where it hurts like Trump did. Miscalculation is an understatement. The worst part about this ordeal is listening to the media and Democrats whine and clutch their pearls in fear.

    • Amazona January 7, 2020 / 10:23 pm

      The worst part about this ordeal is listening to the media and Democrats whine and clutch their pearls in fear.

      Actually, that is a favorite part.

      • Ryan Murphy January 10, 2020 / 7:38 am

        They act as if they were the ones being targeted.

    • M. Noonan January 8, 2020 / 12:32 pm

      And their retaliation was a bunch of low-quality missiles fired at the dirt! They are terrified…because they are worried that Trump will order their deaths!

      • Amazona January 8, 2020 / 12:41 pm

        Yes, they fired a bunch of missiles some say are very accurate, but which managed to hit—nothing. And then said they thought this was an adequate lesson taught the US and they wouldn’t need to do more.

  2. Cluster January 8, 2020 / 11:45 am

    Just a note to Elizabeth Warren – you can’t destroy wealth and tax it at the same time. Just FYI

    • Amazona January 9, 2020 / 9:48 pm

      Driving home tonight I was listening to the Buck Sexton show and he played some Elizabeth Warren clips. Aside from the fact that her voice and delivery are like fingernails on a blackboard, she is basically just batsh*t crazy. She was explaining how in just a few years every new building would have a zero carbon footprint. She droned on and on about then every vehicle would have a zero carbon footprint, all energy generation would have a zero carbon footprint, etc. but i couldn’t get past that building thing.

      I like learning how buildings are built. I like learning about construction techniques. If I were starting from scratch I would build using insulated concrete forms combined with the very old Southwestern passive solar trombe wall concept. And for the life of me I can’t figure out how I could build a garden shed with a zero carbon footprint. Maybe if I hitched old Dobbin up to a wagon and drove into a forest where I cut trees with an axe and stacked the logs so they did not need nails or screws, didn’t want glass for windows, used leather for hinges and door closures—but then I hit the wall. Roofing? Heat? plumbing? And that would just be for a 100 square foot shack. Never mind how materials could be manufactured or delivered.

      I’d like to see someone challenge her to explain how just this one move to a “zero carbon footprint” could be accomplished. I’d also like her to explain why carbon is a bad thing. You know, us being carbon-based life forms and all…….

      The woman takes moronic to a whole new level. I think she might even accomplish what I thought would be impossible, and make AOC seem bring by comparison.

      • Cluster January 10, 2020 / 9:04 am

        And don’t forget, Warren has promised to stand in the Rose Garden every year as President and read the names of black transgendered women who have been killed. Yes, she actually said that. But as you just noted, that’s part of her “destroy wealth” speech; retro fitting buildings, eliminating fracking and drilling, ending the fossil fuel industry, etc, and in the next breath she explains her plan to tax the wealth of the titans of those industries to pay all of her socialist dreams and the crowd bob their heads in agreement as if it all makes sense.

        They are not very good at connecting dots.

      • Retired Spook January 10, 2020 / 11:03 am

        Imagine the shock when Leftists discover that major parts of their cell phones and lap tops are made from OIL!

      • Amazona January 12, 2020 / 12:55 pm

        It’s about a minute long, and worth watching.

      • Amazona January 12, 2020 / 1:00 pm

        While you’re at it—-

  3. Amazona January 9, 2020 / 10:05 pm

    Does anyone know why the government (ours) stated that the Tehran crash was due to an “accidental” rocket strike?

    • Cluster January 10, 2020 / 9:20 am

      Not sure but I understand Trudeau is going to send a strongly worded letter to Khameini.

      • Amazona January 12, 2020 / 12:56 pm

        Maybe he can get some advice from Barry on developing a Mad Daddy frown.

        Hint: When it comes to facing down tyrants, I don’t want metrosexuals trying to do it.

  4. jdge1 January 10, 2020 / 1:34 pm

    Try as I may to give some level of understanding to the actions of the current Pope of the Catholic church, time and time again the direction he chooses makes that near impossible.

    ” Religious persecution in China has increased rapidly over the past year, according to a new U.S. government report. The “intensity” of persecution, which, the report states, has not been seen “since the Cultural Revolution,” was linked to the Vatican signing a secret deal with the Chinese communist government to give the government power over the country’s Catholic Church.”

    During the apparitions of our Blessed Mother at Fatima back in 1917, she specifically requested the the Holy Father in union with all of the bishops of the world, the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means. Without fulfilling this request, communism would spread its evil. For the Pope to give the communist Chinese government power over the country’s Catholic Church is utterly unconscionable.

    • Amazona January 12, 2020 / 12:34 pm

      This Pope has been a disappointment at the least and a deep concern for many Catholics as he has been using his religious stature to promote his Leftist politics. His authority is solely on matters of Catholic dogma, but he is expanding that to secular matters and leading the Church astray.

      I heard a homily a few years ago in which the priest told the congregation we/they should pay attention to the writings of this Pope because it is important to know what he is saying, and not to worry that this constitutes heresy. I was stunned to hear such blunt talk but encouraged as well.

  5. Cluster January 12, 2020 / 10:47 am

    I hesitate to post on the Royal family because I care so little about them but this Harry Meagan thing is a joke:

    Meghan Markle was ‘on the brink’: Prince Harry agreed to quit the Royal family and fast-tracked plans as he feared his ‘unsettled’ wife would have a ‘meltdown’ if she remained in the UK

    A word of advice to Harry. RUN. Life will only get worse married to that narcissistic ungrateful little bitch.

    • Amazona January 12, 2020 / 12:29 pm

      You would think that the royals would have learned to avoid American divorcees. after the Wallis Simpson affair. Though I still think the UK owes us a big Thank You for Wallis, as her influence on the King of England got him off the throne. It’s hard to imagine what our world would look like now if he had remained the king, given his Nazi sympathizing and admiration for Hitler. Somehow I think Churchill would never have been appointed to fight the “Nazzis” and help save the world from that particular Socialist curse.

      Harry is far enough down the line of succession that removing him from consideration probably won’t matter much, but it is sad to see a family torn apart because a smitten man allows himself to be controlled by a possessive narcissistic woman. And a few million of us are saying “Yep—saw that coming”.

  6. Cluster January 12, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    I hope Trump fully supports the Iranian people:

    Overnight, students of Iran’s polytechnic university in Tehran put their lives on the line by taking to the streets to call for an end to the radical regime ruling the country. It was a massive blow to the liberal media’s false narrative that the U.S. killing of General Qasem Soleimani somehow “united” Iranians.

    This is what a strong America begets and what weak Democrats have never understood.

    • Amazona January 12, 2020 / 1:24 pm

      Snowflakes mourning the death of Soleimani and attacking Trump.

      I wonder how they feel about more than a thousand protesters being killed by the regime represented by Soleimani. Now that students are taking to the streets to demand an end to that regime, these poor little ignorant student snowflakes might have to face a little reality.

      Or not. I’m sure their professors, and the Complicit Agenda Media, will be rushing in to explain away the facts and try to replace them with more Leftist propaganda.

      • Cluster January 12, 2020 / 1:35 pm

        Their hatred of Trump has led the to some dark places lately. Defending a mass murderer is beyond the pale but there they are … defending the indefensible. Charges of treason should be considered. As I type, MSNBC is is questioning the reason for taking out the “revered” military general of Iran and completely ignoring the civilian uprising.

      • Amazona January 12, 2020 / 1:52 pm

        Below, Alavi reports something extraordinarily heartening. At a crowded quad at Beheshti University located in Tehran, someone has spread out a large U.S. flag next to a large Israeli flag. Contrary to what Democrats would have us believe, most of the students go out of their way to avoid stepping on the flags.
        Heshmat Alavi
        To certain DC politicians & MSM who glorify Soleimani & describe him as a “popular general,” a “divine” figure & a “national war hero,” watch how people in #Iran tear apart a poster of his image along with the regime’s dictator @khamenei_ir.

        Beheshti University
        Another view Iranians refusing to disrespect the U.S. & Israeli flags.

        Those who do walk on the flags (most likely of the regime’s IRGC Basij members) are booed ; people begin chanting: “Shame on you!”

      • Cluster January 12, 2020 / 2:31 pm

        We have a great opportunity right now to help Iranians with regime change but they have to lead that effort. Trump tweeting in Farsi is awesome. Keep the momentum going

      • Amazona January 12, 2020 / 5:47 pm


        That simple rule will make everything else easier. These are stone-cold liars whose loyalties are NOT to their country, but to the Leftist cause.

      • Amazona January 13, 2020 / 12:45 pm

        Since the death of Suleimani, the regime has shut down schools, bazaars (shops and places of business), and public offices and forced people to attend the funeral. It bused school children to the funeral and even forced them to cry for the TV cameras.

        The regime also ordered all traffic to be directed to the location of the funeral so that even those who didn’t want to participate had no choice but to join the crowd. It stopped all subways and trains and forced riders to leave the stations and join the crowd in the streets.

        The funeral was just a big show orchestrated by the Iranian regime to make it appear that Suleimani was beloved by the Iranian people, and that they want revenge for his death—which is not what we’re hearing from firsthand sources and Persian news sources.

  7. Cluster January 13, 2020 / 2:19 pm

    Impeachment is a badge of honor for Trump. Wear it proud.

  8. Cluster January 13, 2020 / 6:24 pm

    Re: the media

    These are stone-cold liars whose loyalties are NOT to their country, but to the Leftist cause.

    Sadly, that is 100% accurate and it has become more transparent since Trump.

  9. Cluster January 13, 2020 / 6:32 pm

    Joe Scarborough has finally cemented his elitist cred by officially labeling his “former” party as racists.

    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday continued down his endless path to media redemption. The former Republican has already left the GOP and denounced the party. Now, he thinks that maybe liberals were “right” all along in saying that Republicans were always “racist” and “rotten.” Talking to another ex-GOP strategist, Rick Wilson, the MSNBC host noted that the left would say the “party was always corrupt, it was always rotten. It was always racist. You are now reaping what you sow.”

    So proud of him

    • Amazona January 13, 2020 / 9:57 pm

      As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

      Proverbs 26:11

    • Amazona January 15, 2020 / 9:37 am

      Joey seems to think that constantly revisiting his hatred for the GOP, like the dog returning to his vomit, will somehow make him seem more credible. But what comes to my mind every time I see a phrase like “former GOP” is to wonder why this person ever did consider himself a Republican.

      I ask this because I think a person should make a choice of political affiliation based on the governing principles of a party, on its actual POLITICAL philosophy. If someone chose the Republican Party because of its stated allegiance to the Constitution as our rule of law, to the concept of limited federal government and most authority left to the states, to a belief that this nation must represent and defend personal liberty, I don’t see any reason to reject it now. These people didn’t seem to be upset by the party when it failed to represent limited federal powers, or when it did not push back against encroachment on liberty, or seemed to passively accept erosion of the Constitution. So why now?

      Why now, when the party, through its leadership, is actually acting in accordance with those principles? Why now, when the party is fighting to return the Supreme Court to its rightful role? Why now, when the Republican administration is starting to whittle away at the unconstitutional expansion of federal agencies into a de facto fourth branch of government, assuming the role of legislators and operating with little or no oversight from Congress? Why now, when the Republican president is demanding that we obey and enforce laws already passed by Congress and on the books for many years? The list of “why nows” is long. So why now?

      It has to come down to a couple of things. The most obvious is that these people never did have an objective commitment to the POLITICAL principles of the party. Who knows why they affiliated themselves with it? But it clearly had nothing to do with objective analysis of and commitment to the form of governance represented by the party. More and more it is clear that their previous stated party affiliation was superficial and frivolous, based on something far different from belief in and support of Constitutional governance, and was an affiliation based on the precarious footing of emotionally relating to the head of the party.

      Joe Scarborough and Rick Wilson did not belong to a political party, they belonged to a fan club. If their affiliation with the GOP had ever been based on belief in the governing principles of the party they would find that affiliation even more solid today, as the party is moving so rapidly back in the direction of representing Constitutional governance and allegiance to the principles and laws the party always claimed to support. Support based on principles of government doesn’t flutter off in the breeze just because the party is now led by someone these people don’t find appealing as a person.

      Another thing I find so hard to understand is why these people don’t just drift away from this party that no longer supports their emotional need to revere its leader. What I don’t understand is their savage hatred and resentment of the party. They act like betrayed spouses, now intent on vengeance for the betrayal. Their determination to destroy the party, now that it no longer fits into their emotional-needs template, is—-to use a scientific term—-creepy. Their narcissism means that they are taking this all very very personally, echoing little Greta’s sulk of “How DARE you !” How DARE you no longer fit into my fantasies? How DARE you elect someone I don’t like? How DARE you ignore my wishes and advice and go in a different direction?

      All I see when I hear of these people is a massive temper tantrum, based on feeling disrespected by a party they are convinced should have cared more about their feelings.

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