Open Thread

We went on our first trip to Sedona, AZ; It is far more beautiful than advertised. Just absolutely stunning. Now, to be sure, its got a huge amount of dirty liberal hippie about it…you’ll never run out of essential oils while you’re there…but well worth anyone’s time to go.

Coronavirus has come to Las Vegas and I’m sure everyone is going to go ape about it. Except me: its a flu. The MSM – on orders from the DNC, I’m sure of it – has decided to keep hyping this as the next Black Death…all in service of harming Trump. I don’t think it’ll work – mostly because millions of us won’t die.

Jeff Sessions was forced into a GOP runoff in the Alabama Senate primary – we’ll see how he does; Trump tweeted out that this is because Sessions recused himself and allowed the witch hunt to start. That is probably correct. Sessions, policy-wise, is a solid guy – but he did allow the Establishment/Deep State to go after Trump on what he must have known was a ridiculous charge. Hopefully, he’s one of the last GOPers who will work from the assumption that the Democrats are remotely interested in truth and justice.

Warren called it quits: and though she is ideologically closest to Bernie, she’ll endorse Biden, I bet…because more than anything else, she’s nakedly ambitious and everyone knows that Bernie is done for: the Democrat Establishment has engineered the race to come out with Biden on top, regardless.

As for Biden – he is the empty suit. Always has been; a mere carnival barker…but now, even more so: he’s senile and the real competition on the Democrat side, now, is going to be over who pulls the strings. This will be crucial if the Democrats managed to drag his carcass over the finish line in November…because Biden won’t even know what he’s doing most of the time. As for Biden’s chances – I really don’t see how he keeps up with Trump, let alone beats him. You can already see it: by September, Trump will be doing 4 rallies a week as he criss-crosses the country…meanwhile, Biden will be kept under wraps as much as possible and only allowed out to do carefully scripted appearances in front of absolutely friendly audiences…with the MSM ordered to cut away if Biden goes off on a tangent and cover it up if they can’t pull the plug fast enough. 2016 proved that literally anything is possible in politics, so Biden can win…but I’m expecting Trump to rather roll over him.

Chuck Schumer, being Chuck Schumer, essentially threatened to punish the Supreme Court if they rule the wrong way. This caused all sorts of fussy people to go well, I never! all over social media. I was less concerned about it: the Democrats have always been like this. And I mean from the moment the party was founded…Democrats never accept that their will shouldn’t prevail. If they lose an election, then the election system is wrong; if they lose a court case, then the court system is wrong. Democrats only kept up a pretense about respecting the Courts because from FDR until just recently, it merely rubber stamped whatever the Democrats wanted. Now that they can’t win in the courts, the courts are bad.

36 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook March 5, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    Invest in popcorn futures. Good times!

  2. Cluster March 5, 2020 / 6:33 pm

    We went on our first trip to Sedona, AZ; It is far more beautiful than advertised. Just absolutely stunning.

    Glad you made it and I agree. I have been to Sedona more times than I can count and it never ceases to amaze me. I think it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.

    • Retired Spook March 6, 2020 / 8:29 am

      We’ve been to Sedona several times, when my wife’s parents were still living and lived in Sun City, and a couple years ago when we visited my wife’s brother and his wife who now live in Sun City. We had dinner at the Italian restaurant down on the main drag with friends who live up on the golf course on the south rim. The whole north side of their house is glass facing the north rim. A spectacular view. In fact, that was the trip I called you to see about having lunch. Maybe next time.

      • Cluster March 6, 2020 / 9:01 am

        I do remember and hope you make it back

  3. Cluster March 5, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    One of Trump’s best moves in the last 3 years, and there are plenty of great moves to choose from, was turning the Ninth Circuit Court conservative.

    the Democrat Establishment has engineered the race to come out with Biden on top, regardless.

    That’s exactly right. And that party will fracture if it’s not done right.

    Biden is hard to watch. He routinely loses his train of thought and has moments when he looks absolutely lost. I have family members since passed that had the same traits and it’s the obvious signs of early dementia.

    • Retired Spook March 6, 2020 / 8:31 am

      The complicit agenda media will do it’s level best to cover up Biden’s dementia, but social media will not be so forgiving.

      • Cluster March 6, 2020 / 11:16 am

        I am truly conflicted on this. On one hand, this is an election where we can nearly destroy the Left … secure 4 more years of solidifying the conservative agenda and finish transforming the judiciary but that will require a “no holds barred” campaign and going directly after Joe. On the other hand, I don’t want to see Joe completely fall apart which I am afraid of. Too many people are glossing over his mental condition.

      • Amazona March 6, 2020 / 12:13 pm

        I agree that we need to “go after Joe”, hammer and tongs (as opposed to hammer and sickle for Bernie) but we need to go after Nominee Joe. Going after Candidate for Nomination Joe just seems, well, stupid to me. It’s an internal Democrat election, so why are we trying to influence what DEMOCRATS do and decide? If the argument is that we are laying the groundwork for the real campaign, in which we WILL be competing with Joe (or whoever) then all I see is us opening up our playbook and saying to the Dems “”Look—here on Page 4 we will claim he is suffering from dementia. Over here on Page 5 we will show his mental lapses.”


        On the other hand, there are real candidates. Not hopefuls for nomination so they can become candidates, but real candidates. Why aren’t we working to undermine THEM? Even the most hapless Democrat Representative is dangerous, as we have already seen, as even the most lackluster and mediocre of them still supported and enabled the impeachment charade. Work on knocking them off. Use the firepower of national TV and good guests and analysts to defeat them.

        And focus on people like Eric Smallwell, or as I think of him Eric Smugwell. In second place but closing fast, gaffe-wise, is AOC. Schumer and Pelosi might be bombproof but there are plenty of Democrats in both houses of Congress who are vulnerable.

        They are trying to make a big anti-Trump deal out of the Corona virus. So why don’t we see Fox people pointing out that instead of doing their jobs and dealing with this in Congress Dems chose to tie up the House and then the Senate to try to unseat an elected head of state—and name names. Go back to the impeachment charade and hit those who voted for it, and hit them hard. I call it the Voices In Their Heads Impeachment Circus, in which elected officials either lacked the intellectual ability to accurately process information or lacked the integrity to stand up for what was right because they were so easily herded by their masters into supporting the effort.

        If we want to go after opposition with all we’ve got, then pick the opposition members where that will do the most good, and for the time being, till the Dem convention, I say that is Congress. I think we should be blunt and merciless, and constantly repeat the choice we have of how to view them—-profoundly stupid and therefore not qualified to be in Congress or profoundly unethical and therefore shouldn’t be in Congress.

        We know the House is probably going to go after Trump again, just trying to time its next impeachment effort to be closer to the election. So instead of picking on poor hapless bumbling Joe, shift gears. Not just try to knock off some Dems in the next election but make it clear that supporting another impeachment charade will end very badly for them as they will be targeted again, at election time.

        The assertion that an investigation of the Bidens was a “favor” requested by Trump is simply a bald-faced lie, as the “favor” was for the entire nation and was about looking into election interference involving Ukraine. Anyone who claimed Trump’s “favor” had anything to do with the Bidens is either stupid or dishonest. Anyone entrusted with the authority vested in our legislators had the moral and intellectual responsibility to read the transcript and not just take the word of his or her masters regarding what it said. Failure to honor that responsibility should disqualify a person from being in Congress. Making a drastic and potentially devastating decision based on an interpretation of events—listening to the voices in their heads—-instead of what was actually SAID should disqualify a person from serving in Congress. Lacking the intelligence to understand what was said should disqualify a person from serving in Congress. Understanding it but submitting to the pressures from party leaders to take a position contrary to what was said should disqualify a person from serving in Congress.

        We’ve got a little more than 4 months till the Dems have an actual nominee, and a named VP candidate. Why are we using that time on what is not only useless but probably counterproductive endless blathering about the weakness of their presumptive choice?

      • Amazona March 6, 2020 / 12:44 pm

        We should pick a few Congressional bullet points and focus intensely on them

        (1) Abuse of power: The abuse of the power granted to our legislators in their improper and corrupt use of that power to accomplish a purely political goal. This is where we go after individual members of the House, pointing out that they not only ignored their real job of representing their constituents and working for the benefit of the nation they remained on the public payroll for the entire time they were really working to advance their party’s agenda. The Left loved this phrase: Throw it back in their faces.

        I’d compile the number of hours spent on the impeachment by the House members and say the DNC should reimburse the Treasury for that amount of money, as it was paid to the Representatives while they were working for the party, not the nation.

        We have multiple quotes from top Dems about their focus on removing Trump, and several about the conviction that he can’t be defeated at the ballot box so had to be removed through impeachment. As the election nears, we are going to be hit with more nonsense about RUSSIARUSSIARUSSIA, as we are already seeing. We should be getting out ahead of that and making the very solid and accurate point that the entire impeachment charade was not just an effort to influence the next election but that it was done on the public’s dime.

        (2) Election interference: The blatant misuse of the powers granted to the House to try to influence the 2020 election

        (3) Witness tampering, or the closest thing to it: Trying everything in their power to distract from the very damaging and destructive facts about the Dem activity in the 2016 election, in which the party and its candidate conspired with a foreign government (Ukraine) and agents for both Ukraine and Russia to influence the election. Start in on the theme that the entire impeachment effort had two goals, both essential to the Dems: Defeat Trump in 2020 if they couldn’t get him removed from office first, and cover up their actions in 2016 which were illegal and corrupt.

        20 hours a week—-Tucker, Hannity, Ingraham and Shannon Bream—and the panels of really good guests and analysts they have put together could do a lot of damage where it needs to be done.

        Forget about Joe. Stop covering him. Archive his gaffes and examples of his weaknesses, do brief reporting on them if absolutely necessary, but leave him alone and let the Dems do what they need to do.

      • Retired Spook March 7, 2020 / 3:28 pm

        If the argument is that we are laying the groundwork for the real campaign, in which we WILL be competing with Joe (or whoever) then all I see is us opening up our playbook and saying to the Dems “”Look—here on Page 4 we will claim he is suffering from dementia. Over here on Page 5 we will show his mental lapses.”


        I’ve been mulling this over ever since you wrote it yesterday. In a saner world the media would do this job for us. Instead they not only paper over his gaffes, they constantly put on focus groups and interviews with Biden supporters who basically say the fact that he may be suffering from dementia isn’t really important as long as he surrounds himself with people who do what they want. Plus — he ISN’T TRUMP!

        Now, that said, if you think Biden has been pathetic up till now, just wait until he is faced with the rigors of a full on presidential campaign. He won 10 of the 14 states on Super Thursday Tuesday without campaigning much and with very little expenditure of funds. The media essentially won the day for him. Come August Trump will be doing 3 or 4 rallies a day, and Biden…….won’t. The contrast will be between the Energizer Bunny and a Sloth. The physical problems that manifested themselves in Hilliary’s 2016 campaign will be exponentially worse in a Biden campaign. For crying out loud, his wife had to calm him and reassure him that everything was all right the other night when the anti-dairy protestors stormed on stage. And that was AFTER he got his wife and his sister confused.

      • Amazona March 7, 2020 / 8:43 pm

        Let me put it this way: Your team won its season and is going to the Super Bowl, and you are just waiting to see which team they will face. Do you hope it will be the team hardest to beat, or the team that is likely to pose less of a threat?

        We usually hope the opponent will not be the best, strongest, toughest, hardest to beat. So we are usually happy to see the other side nominate someone who can’t stand up to our own candidate’s strength.

        But nooooooo—-we fight to keep a weak potential candidate from being nominated. Hoping they will nominate someone stronger?

        The only thing I can think of that makes this strategy make any sense at all is if the powers that be agree with James Woods, that Biden would name Hillary as his running mate and then drop out, either after winning or during the campaign, so we are better off with a completely different nominee from the get-go.

        I have to admit, a Biden campaign would really be a campaign to elect his vice president much more than to elect him, given his weaknesses and the slim chance he would finish out even one term.

  4. Cluster March 6, 2020 / 10:39 am

    Caught the town hall last night with Trump and it was very good. One younger gentleman actually asked a question we were talking about yesterday and that was the desire for Trump to moderate his tone to which Trump responded by saying that he will be more measured but will continue to “punch back”. I think his tone has changed in the last few months and my hope is he continues to refine it.

    One thing that will become 100% crystal clear in the next few months is Trump’s complete command of current domestic and foreign policy successes and challenges while Biden and Bernie will be relegated to complaining about billionaires and intersectionality. It truly will be an “adult vs child” election.

    • Retired Spook March 6, 2020 / 11:32 am

      Yup — pretty much sums it up. When you stop to think about it, virtually every doomsday prediction in the last 50 years (almost always by some Leftist, BTW) has failed to come true. Meanwhile, when they’re in charge, Leftists are miserable at confronting crises, ie., H1N1 in 2009/2010.

  5. Amazona March 6, 2020 / 1:10 pm

    Robert Hahn rather naively states his belief that although a President Sanders would nationalize major industries we would still be able to elect representatives who could exert control over the government and even dismantle it if it got out of control. He seems to be blissfully unaware of the fact that a massively powerful Central Authority goes on accumulating more and more power until it can only be challenged by an armed revolution or fall under the weight of its own defects.

    But he makes some good points about Progressive governance, though he links them to Warren because she was the designer of the agency he talks about: emphasis mine

    We see this in Senator Warren’s design for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is a monument to Progressive thought. Although the agency’s first Director was to be appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate, subsequent Directors would be appointed by the outgoing Director, according to a succession plan. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was to operate totally free of any influence by the President of the United States. The agency’s funding comes from user fees administered by the Federal Reserve. These are what, in government parlance, are called “non-appropriated funds.” That is, the agency operates free of any influence by the Congress either. Here is a government agency with the power to levy fines, and it reports to no elected official. It is a building full of smart people wearing suits who can do whatever they want while swinging the government’s bat. Now that’s Progressive. As it happens, the Supreme Court is now deliberating whether the Director succession features of the legislation are constitutional, and whether the President has the power to fire the Director at will.

    A government with several such agencies, isolated from any control by elected officials, would be much more dangerous than anything Bernie Sanders has in mind. Or that Bernie Sanders could actually get done.

    This is a good time to point out that we already have several agencies quite close to this level of absolute authority and autonomy. The EPA is a great example. When President Clinton appointed Ken Salazar as the head of the EPA and by Executive Order declared that the agency had the power to declare anything it chose as a “pollutant” and then to implement any policy it devised to address the “pollutant” he created an agency with minimal Congressional oversight and nearly total authority, and it responded by implementing radical policies that had negative impacts on business, including agriculture. Once this agency unsurprisingly became massive and bloated in size and power, full of protected career Leftists, it became nearly the same uncontrollable monster Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was intended to be.

    Fortunately, President Trump understands that what was created Executive Order can be unmade by Executive Order, and put the EPA at the head of a list of agencies that needed to be brought back under legislative authority and slashed in size, scope and power. Similar efforts are being expended on other bloated agencies which have expanded beyond their original charters and assumed legislative powers and massive political influence. He has been working, with success, to limit the number of people “..who can do whatever they want while swinging the government’s bat…”

    • Cluster March 6, 2020 / 6:26 pm

      The fact that we had many GOP members vote in approval to form the CFPB under these regulations and protocols should alarm us all and know that draining the swamp will require allowing some GOP members to go on down the drain. The CFPB agency is nothing more than a Leftist malignant cancer latched onto the Federal government.

  6. Cluster March 6, 2020 / 6:20 pm

    So you know the economy is good when Democrats try and take credit for it of which they have been doing recently claiming this current expansion is simply an extension of the policies Obama put in place. Well ok let’s just pretend that that is the case and Obama actually had a 12 year economic plan. Right now on MSNBC they are criticizing the economic successes claiming that people can not afford to miss a paycheck due to the current slower economic activity. So on one hand they claim credit for the expanding economy while at the same time bashing Trump because too many people live paycheck to paycheck.

    And no one challenges them on this … thus far.

  7. Cluster March 6, 2020 / 6:57 pm

    Going back to what Amazona has been saying about the down ballot

    With all the hype over the Joe Biden versus Bernie Sanders face-off during Tuesday night’s Democratic primaries, a dirty little secret for the Democrats was revealed in California, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t going to like it: nine seats currently held by Democrats in California look vulnerable enough that the GOP might grab them

  8. Amazona March 6, 2020 / 11:14 pm

    I’ve been hoping that Biden can get the nomination in spite of the Republican efforts to make it unlikely if not impossible. As I have said, I simply do not understand that strategy.

    There is interesting speculation on RedState today that bears reading. From the article:

    Neither Biden nor Bernie are electable, and the Democrat Establishment has known that from the very beginning. We have been watching a political farce play out on the big screen, so-to-speak. So how do the Democrats get the candidate that they obviously want – since they don’t want Bernie, and Biden has too many skeletons? There are several possibilities:

    Option #1. Bernie wins the most delegates, but not enough to win the nomination on the first ballot. The Super Delegates weigh in on the second ballot, and a “compromise candidate” is nominated. Least likely, as the Democrat Establishment won’t risk taking the nomination away from the candidate who earned the most delegates.

    Option #2. The delegates are split such that neither has enough to win on the first ballot, but Biden has a slight edge, opening the door for the Super Delegates to take over the process beginning on the second ballot to select a “compromise candidate.” Unlikely due to the potential for open violence if the Bernie bros think their guy has been cheated again.

    Option #3. As the Democrat primaries conclude, Biden garners the most delegates, and Bernie caves like he did in 2016 when he was bought off with a “third house.” He’s already publicly stated that he’d withdraw if Biden has a plurality of delegates after the primaries are over, as noted here. That would lead to a first-ballot nomination by acclimation at the convention. Possible, but still unlikely to occur, which leads us to the final option.

    Option #4. This is option #3 with a twist. With Bernie bowing out, Biden has the nomination in sight but suddenly withdraws because he is “on medication” for dementia or has been diagnosed with first-stage Alzheimer’s disease or some other malady. The Democrat Establishment – having the goods on his family’s corruption and knowing where all the bones are buried – would force his withdrawal announcement, opening the way for the designated outsider to swoop in and “save” the Democrat Party. Biden would play on the sympathy vote and implore Democrats (and Americans in general) to back the consensus Democrat candidate drafted during the convention. This is the most likely option.

    I haven’t thought it out this far, but have been sensing a well-choreographed effort to get Biden up in the polls as other wannabes suddenly all bail out at the same time. That still left me with two questions: Do the Dems really think Biden could have a shot, and why do the Republicans want to keep him from being nominated? This article addresses one of those questions. The other still has me puzzled.

  9. Amazona March 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

    From Dennis Prager:

    “…truth is not a left-wing value. As I have said and written ever since studying communism and the left in graduate school at the Columbia University Russian Institute, truth is a liberal value and a conservative value, but it is not a left-wing value.

    However, destroying opponents by destroying their reputations is a left-wing value—whether it’s charging Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with multiple rapes, preoccupying the country with the fake charge that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia to manipulate the 2016 election, or the charges such as those made against me.

    Second, smearing opponents is not only a left-wing value; it is the left’s modus operandi. And the reason for that is: The left does not win through argument. It wins through smear.

    If you differ with the left, you are, by definition, sexist, racist, bigoted, intolerant, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, fascist, and/or a hater. The proof? You cannot name a single opponent of the left who has not been so labeled.”

    • Retired Spook March 7, 2020 / 11:26 am

      If you differ with the left, you are, by definition, sexist, racist, bigoted, intolerant, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, fascist, and/or a hater.

      I’ve discovered a very simple way to avoid such labeling — don’t associate with people who do it.

      • Amazona March 7, 2020 / 9:00 pm

        Like you, I avoid Lefties. There was a time it was possible to associate with people with different political positions, but the Left has poisoned the well so thoroughly that that isn’t possible any more. And I admit, I am also becoming more intolerant, because while the Left attaches all these moral and character identifiers to those on the Right I have a hard time thinking of anyone on the Left as even marginally intelligent.

        The other night Laura Ingraham was interviewing two women who supposedly had not yet decided who to vote for in their state’s primary. One of them was such a total space cadet it was kind of creepy. She had these really big eyes and a huge plastered-on smile and said she had decided on Bernie because—get this—she thought he would “bring us all together”. ????? In what misbegotten universe could Bernie “bring us all together”? But she was so proud of this analysis—her face was so bright and happy, just radiating absolute confidence in the brilliance of her conclusion. Laura was obviously taken aback by this, and said “You mean the country?” The dingbat said “the community”. Laura said “you mean bring the country together?” and she beamed right back at her—“the community”.

        There was a time when I would see someone that intellectually defective and just think “well, bless her heart” but now, not so much. Now I have contempt for such blatant stupidity. It’s just distasteful.

        I keep waiting for someone interviewing one of these loony tunes to ask “can you explain to me why you think it is a better way to govern our country to have most of the power consolidated in just a few people? ” Followup questions: “Don’t you think that seems kind of dangerous? What if the power is concentrated with just a few people and they are the wrong people?” I’d love to see the deer in the headlights expressions on those faces then.

      • Amazona March 7, 2020 / 9:06 pm

        A perfect example of unbelievable utter stupidity: the huge sign waved behind someone being interviewed, saying “ACCESS TO ABORTION IS A CATHOLIC VALUE”.

        Is it possible to be any more stupid than that? As if every Catholic is not aware of the Church’s teachings on abortion, doesn’t know what the Pope says about abortion. Where do these people come up with this insanity? It was a big sign. It cost a lot of money. And whoever had pushed to the front of the crowd (though “crowd” is probably an exaggeration) was quite proud of it. It was a classic LOOK HOW DUMB I AM moment.

      • Cluster March 8, 2020 / 10:11 am

        I have a hard time thinking of anyone on the Left as even marginally intelligent.

        Thank you. IMHO we don’t have a gender gap, or a racial gap, or even an income gap in as much as we have an intelligence gap. Most people on the Left are just not that bright hence their allegiance to a central authority who will “take care of them”. This is when Darwinism should play a role but of course the party of science will never let that happen.

        Case in point, as I type MSNBC is extolling the virtues of offering free healthcare, free college, and free daycare while at the same time applauding themselves for wanting to wipe out the fossil fuel industry and punishing corporations. They have yet to connect those dots. The other day on MSNBC, Mara Gay with NYT claimed that Bloomberg, who spent $500 million on his campaign, cold have given every one in the country $1 million dollars and still have money left over. No kidding.

  10. Cluster March 8, 2020 / 10:29 am

    I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the coronavirus will disappear as the weather warms which will be sometime this month or next. And I am not a scientist nor do I play one on tv.

    Did y’all hear that Hillary has been compelled to testify under oath? The Court has ruled that her written explanation submitted a year or so ago is “insufficient”. Good times.

    • Amazona March 8, 2020 / 6:27 pm

      About the corona virus—I’ve been wondering about that, too, if this is going to be one of those things that pops up ever year, the way we have “flu season”. The thing is, we may very well have a vaccine for it within a year or so anyway—though, like the flu, it will probably mutate so a new vaccine is needed every year.

      But—-since Spook was playing with a conspiracy theory, here’s one. Remember the theory that when those Muslims were making scenes on airplanes they were testing responses to that kind of activity in preparation for pulling another airplane-based terrorist attack?

      OK–what if the Cornona virus is the same thing? That is, a test to see how nations respond to a possible pandemic/explosive expansion of a possibly deadly virus or toxin?

      Caveat: This is clearly speculative and not entirely serious. But I remind myself of the War College and its tactic of coming up with a possible response to literally any possible scenario. I remember the hysteria on the Left (what? hysteria on the Left?) and their meltdown (what? the Left had a meltdown?) when they learned, during W’s term, that someone had already put together a “plan” for invading Iraq long before 9/11. Of course they probably also had a “plan” for a UFO invasion.

      But I have felt for years that we—the world—are most vulnerable to a biological attack, in which a highly contagious fast-developing disease could be purposely spread by infected people all going through huge international airports on the same day, getting on various flights and continuing this till they were pulled off because they were so obviously ill, and spreading the smallpox or anthrax or whatever literally around the world as exposure would be a geometric progression. When the Corona virus thing started to spread this came to mind.

      Tinfoil hat territory or not, it is at least worth a passing thought.

      • Cluster March 9, 2020 / 8:29 am

        what if the Cornona virus is the same thing? That is, a test to see how nations respond to a possible pandemic/explosive expansion of a possibly deadly virus or toxin?

        Well then we FAILED.

      • Amazona March 9, 2020 / 11:15 am

        Failed? How? When? In what way? I think we are doing a pretty good job, doing as much as a free society’s government can do.

        In the meantime, we face yet another crisis, as March 17 nears and more and more people refer to “Saint Patty’s Day”. Arrrggh! “Patty” is a feminine nickname for PATRICIA. In Ireland, the nickname for Patrick is PADDY. Those of us with Irish blood, or who just cringe at the mangling of the language, dread the onslaught of ignorance as “Saint Patty” references flood advertisements, articles, etc. It’s a recurring epidemic, is what it is, and Something Should Be Done.

      • Cluster March 9, 2020 / 12:41 pm

        We have become a nation of 12 year olds. The level of hysteria is embarrassing and that hysteria seems to permeate every corner of this country so yes, we have failed …

        10 years ago the H1N1 virus killed over 1,000 Americans before we took notice. And yet the country survived.

      • Amazona March 9, 2020 / 9:24 pm

        Actually, I don’t think the people are that hysterical—it’s the Agenda Media frantically trying to make this into a catastrophe, so they can blame Trump for it. Sure, there are some sheeple freaking out, but there is a contingent that freaks out very easily and they are a minority.

        Remember, it was the media who declared, with hair on fire, that when Trump acted like a president and declared executive privilege this was a threat to national security and an “EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO DEMOCRACY !”

        The sky is always falling, to these people, unless there is a Democrat in the White House, in which case there is never anything to worry about.

      • Cluster March 9, 2020 / 10:27 pm

        it’s the Agenda Media frantically trying to make this into a catastrophe,

        Valid point. And just think of all the good that could be done if they had this type of coverage over the opioid crisis, inner city violence, human trafficking, or other real issues, but we all know the reason why those are issues are avoided. Everyone should be outraged. This is journalism malpractice at the highest level.

  11. Cluster March 9, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    Re: the coronavirus … here is a little fact that I am guessing the vast minority people in this country are unaware of.The body needs a minimum of 12 hours without food for it to have the time to take care of other things ie; the immune system. “Breakfast” is named precisely because of that fact … it is meant to break the nightly fast which again should be a minimum of 12 hours, but 14 hours is ideal. I think if more people adhered to this we would have a healthier society.

    I started doing this about 5 years ago and now it’s become a religion with me. It works.

  12. apirocks March 9, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    POTUS is tweeting a Nero-esque image of him playing the violin, captioned “Nothing can stop what is coming”, whilst the markets tank and amidst concerns about a virus. He’s still banging on about Obama and Hillary. Melania is whingeing that no one is giving her credit for building a tennis pavilion.

    What is wrong with these people? Talk about tone deaf.

    • Amazona March 9, 2020 / 9:11 pm

      Much more to the point—what is wrong with you?

      Your litany of TDS BS is bizarre. Surely you can’t believe the crap you post, so why do you post it?

      But thank you for illustrating GIGO.

    • Cluster March 9, 2020 / 10:29 pm

      In 2009, it took 1,000 American deaths due to the swine flu or H1N1 before Obama finally addressed the media and told everyone there was nothing to worry about.

      • Amazona March 10, 2020 / 12:09 pm

        At least he was smart enough to not put his Vice President in charge of organizing and directing response to the problem. Imagine Biden as “point man” on that pandemic—billions of dollars funneled into more Biden bank accounts, and Hunter on yet another board.

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