Book Writing Open Thread

Sorry I’ve been very slack lately, but over the past four days I wrote 38,000 words on Secrets. It just flowed out of me. I reviewed it today and it is really pretty good. No, scratch that; its very good. Having a hard time pulling away from it. Anyways, I hope you guys like it, when I put it out. Probably in a couple months.

The lockdowns were a mistake, in my view. I agreed with them and I fault no one who imposed them: but it is clear by now that the disease is not a super-killer. We needed do no more than a bit of social distancing and a reduction of venue capacity; maybe down to 25% at the start, and then slowly climbing as time went on. What has really driven deaths in the United States is old people and something like 40% of those deaths are in nursing homes…burdened by the orders of Democrat politicians to accept Coronavirus patients. Democrats are keeping up the lockdowns and fear mongering entirely for political reasons at this point: they are convinced it hurts Trump. Maybe it will – but always remember that they put politics in front of the good of the United States.

Meanwhile, Trump says he won’t go for a second lockdown if we get a second wave of Coronavirus. My view: this is the second wave and we’ll find out it got here in October.

The Flynn judge who is trying to act as prosecutor and judge over Flynn has been called out – and now has to explain himself to an appellate court. I believe that Sullivan will be smacked down quite firmly but it is worrisome that this is the sort of person who has been placed on the bench in the United States. This is a mockery of justice – and how many are there like him? I don’t think our Progressives realize what will happen if the broad mass starts to feel that the judiciary is partisan.

An idea has been put out there that no Blue State should be bailed out unless they agree to allow their Red areas to secede and form new States. This idea has merit, in my view.

With some luck, the USA will returned to manned space missions next week. I hope it works and part of why I’m voting Trump in 2020 is that he seems to understand that the United Stats needs to do the big things…that NASA is supposed to get us to Mars, no try to burnish the thin scientific achievements of Islam. A vote for Biden means a return to doing nothing in space…a vote for Trump means we go back to the Moon and go on to Mars.

36 thoughts on “Book Writing Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook May 22, 2020 / 12:00 pm

    My wife has osteoporosis and gets a twice-a-year shot (Prolia) for it. She had an appointment yesterday with an endocrinologist in the medical office wing of the area’s largest hospital. There was a check-in desk in the lobby manned by two nurses and a security guard. They took our temperature and required us to wear a mask. My wife has one, and they provided me with one. I joked that this must be one of the days when masks are good. The guard and the nurses all laughed and agreed that although the news as to whether masks do any good or even do more harm than good changes day to day. What does not change is the policy that everyone must wear one. So much for policy being guided by science.

    Alan Dershowitz was on either Tucker or Hannity a couple nights ago and said that it would be constitutional for the government to require everyone to have a COVID-19 vaccination if one becomes available. He added the caveat that that would assume the vaccine is proven safe and effective. Given the fact that vaccines often take several years to develop, and there are many viruses for which a vaccine has NEVER been developed, I’d have some difficulty trusting one that is rushed to market in a few months.

    So far the general public has been patient and cooperative with the restrictions that have been placed on us. I could see that changing very quickly if we don’t get to normal pretty soon. Police in particular are going to have to engage in some serious introspection about their oath to support and defend the Constitution.

    • jdge1 May 22, 2020 / 4:16 pm

      Can you have a negative reaction to a COVID vaccination before getting the shot? Gee your honor, anytime anyone tries to force something on me that I vehemently oppose, my trigger finger gets an uncontrollable twitch.

      Since the US Supreme Court has already ruled that vaccines are unavoidably unsafe, I can’t imagine how they could later suggest “This particular vaccine (when one is brought forth) is actually safe”.

      • Retired Spook May 22, 2020 / 4:52 pm

        anytime anyone tries to force something on me that I vehemently oppose, my trigger finger gets an uncontrollable twitch.

        I wasn’t going to go there, but a lot of Americans could have the same reaction.

      • Amazona May 23, 2020 / 12:39 pm

        I have been pleased to see Dershowitz stepping away from the Leftist Identity Politics dogma to objectively apply the law to what has been going on. He’s sounded pretty analytical and rational. But this snapping back to the concept that the State can physically force people to submit to what amounts to physical assault to advance the goals of the Collective is disturbing.

        It’s like the Borg is sucking him back in, after his months of relative freedom

  2. Retired Spook May 22, 2020 / 12:16 pm

    Latest entry in the YCMTSU file: liquor stores are open but AA meetings are cancelled.

  3. Cluster May 22, 2020 / 1:41 pm

    Mark, congrats on the book. Or should I say books?

    Nothing makes sense anymore and that’s not an understatement. This is twilight zone shit we are living through. I did see that segment with Dershowitz and I have always wondered why supporters of vaccines always want everyone else to take them. If two people are in a room and one is vaccinated and the other is not, why would the vaccinated guy worry about that? His vaccine should protect him from the other who is not vaccinated, right? Isn’t that common sense? So why the desire to vaccinate everyone? And what happened to “my body, my choice”?

    Did you all see what Joe Biden said just moments ago?

    “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

    Don’t expect any critique of this statement in the media.

    • Retired Spook May 22, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      Latest poll has Biden leading Trump by 37 points.//sarc

      I’d like to be a fly on the wall the first time a police officer tries to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to someone by force. If we get to that point all bets are off.

      • Cluster May 22, 2020 / 2:00 pm

        Democrats are deluding themselves once again about their chances of winning. I think there is Red Wave coming the likes of which could dismantle the current Democrat Party.

  4. Cluster May 22, 2020 / 2:31 pm

    Kayleigh McEnany ROCKS!!! She schools the propagandists in the press room.

    • Retired Spook May 22, 2020 / 3:09 pm

      She reminds me of a cross between Dana Perino and Tony Snow.

  5. Retired Spook May 22, 2020 / 3:29 pm

    The CDC estimates that in any given year a little less than half the population gets a flue shot, and the shot, on average is 40-60% effective. Anyone think a COVID-19 vaccine will be more effective than a flu shot?

    • jdge1 May 22, 2020 / 4:08 pm

      I read an article a few days ago that says; “Anyone who received the flu shot in 2018 or 2019 has a 36% increased likelihood of getting COVID.” The article goes into explanation as to why and how they derived that number.

      • Cluster May 22, 2020 / 6:04 pm

        I have never gotten a flu shot and I rarely get sick. In fact I don’t even remember the last time I had the seasonal flu.

      • Amazona May 22, 2020 / 8:08 pm

        I got one when they first came out, which was a loooooong time ago, and have never been so sick. My company made us get the shots and then fired me because I was sick for so long. I was very young then—later I would have stood up for myself. But I never forgot the experience and never got another one.

      • Retired Spook May 23, 2020 / 9:33 am

        I was required to get the seasonal flu shot while I was in the Navy and Navy Reserve. The last one I got was in late summer of 1989. I retired in October, 1989, and the last time I got the flu was that winter. That was the sickest I’ve ever been, and it lasted for several weeks.

  6. Retired Spook May 22, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    This is almost as bad as the guy in Florida who died from COVID-19 after getting eaten by an alligator.

    • jdge1 May 23, 2020 / 2:18 pm

      It sure is fun watching her stupefy the media.

  7. Retired Spook May 23, 2020 / 9:35 am

    New version of an old tradition – put a drink in every room of your house and call it a pub crawl.

  8. Amazona May 23, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    Katha Pollitt wrote, in The Nation, I would vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them.

    Stop there for just a minute, Clear your mind of the gruesome imagery that comment created and think of two things: One is that The Nation even considered, even for a moment, printing that, much less going ahead and doing it, and the other is how bizarre it is to have a Liberal admit to a level of mindless slavish support and adoration in an exaggerated form of what they have been accusing Trump supporters of for about five years now.

    OK, now that we have formed an idea of the character and mentality of Katha Pollitt it won’t come as any surprise to learn that her alleged reasons are all, to put it bluntly, BS. She whines: Four more years of Trump will replace what remains of our democracy with unchecked rule by kleptocrats, fascists, religious fanatics, gun nuts, and know-nothings. The environment? Education? Public health? The rights of voters, workers, immigrants, people of color, and yes, women? Forget them. And not just for the next four years: A Trump victory will lock down the courts for decades. I cannot believe that a rational person can grasp the disaster that is Donald Trump and withhold their support from Biden because of Tara Reade.

    … replace what remains of our democracy with unchecked rule by kleptocrats, fascists, religious fanatics, gun nuts, and know-nothings…

    1. It’s not a democracy, it’s a democratic republic
    2. “unchecked rule” in this case means government severely checked regarding its size, scope and power, “checked” by application of our Constitution
    3. “Kleptocrats” ? Merriam Webster defines “kleptocracy” as government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed which certainly brings to mind a former president who had never held a real job who magically became a multi-millionaire after 8 years in office; his vice president, ditto, who also managed to enrich his entire family, Omar Ilhan and so on.
    4. “Fascists”? Fascism is a Leftist political construct, based on a political system of a massively powerful Central Authority with little power left to the states or to the people. It is in no way related to the increasing focus of Constitutional governance represented by the Trump administration. It is, however, a word tossed around by the ignorati, who think it is a powerful pejorative even when it is patently false.
    5. “Religious fanatics”? That is, people who are not convinced, in their narcissistic self-admiration, that there is no greater power than they are
    6. “Gun nuts”—people who believe in the Constitution as the rule of law in the United States
    7. “know-nothings” ? Here she turns facts on their heads and decries people who know the law, understand the Constitution and apply objective analysis to the administration of Donald Trump, while at the same time acting as head cheerleader for people who “know” no more than the mental excrement fed to them by their minders and the Agenda Media. What’s funny, in a sad sick kind of way, is seeing someone so studiously ignorant sneer at any other person as being a “know-nothing”.

    But when engaging in an unhinged rant, she just can’t shut up, so she goes on in shrill mounting hysteria, complaining that another Trump administration would somehow endanger, or perhaps even DESTROY !!!! …The environment? Education? Public health? The rights of voters, workers, immigrants, people of color, and yes, women? Well, “the environment” has not been damaged in the slightest, in spite of the meltdown at slashing the unconstitutional overreaches of the EPA, education is in better shape than ever at the primary school level as it is opening up to freedom from the unions with more charter schools and voucher programs (understanding that “higher education” has rapidly become a meaningless oxymoron), “public health” is unaffected though freedom of choice regarding health care is being restored, voters are gradually regaining their right to know their votes will not be nullified by voter fraud, workers now have more rights than ever as tyrannical unions have less power over them, real immigrants are having their respect for our country and its laws recognized by not allowing illegals to step in front of them and make their sacrifices meaningless, “people of color” have been better off under a Trump administration than under any other (including that of a “person of color”) AND are seen as individual human beings, not lumped into a general demographic which dehumanizes them, and women have fared better under a Trump administration as well.

    We soon get to a major fear of the Left: A Trump victory will lock down the courts for decades. That is to say, “locking” the courts into their true purpose, which is to objectively apply the law as stated in our Constitution, not acting as unelected tyrants unilaterally imposing their own concept of what they WANT the law to be. The Left’s power base of activist judges imposing Leftist will on the law irrespective of what it really says is being eroded, appointment by appointment, by the Trump administration and this terrifies them.

    And then her grand finale, the cherry of stupidity and distraction on the sundae of delusion: I cannot believe that a rational person can grasp the disaster that is Donald Trump and withhold their .(sic) support from Biden because of Tara Reade. AS IF a credible accusation of sexual assault should make a difference in whether or not to support a candidate, after years of focused efforts to destroy lives and careers based on vague and improbable claims long after the alleged offenses, and strident howling that any accusation, no matter how feeble or frivolous, should be taken as entirely credible and serious enough to justify the most Draconian responses imaginable.

    And, of course, AS IF another accusation of sexual impropriety is the only reason to refuse to put career grifter and mentally unstable Joe Biden in the White House.

    In other words, this is a shrill hysterical screed justified, in the author’s mind by a litany of easily-disproved lies.

    In other words, it is a typical Leftist temper tantrum, perfectly illustrating the toxic stew of blind hatred, abysmal ignorance and bone-deep bigotry that have increasingly come to define the Left in this country.

    AND, in its opening statement, it perfectly typifies the increasing acceptance on the Left of slavish Identity Politics.

    • jdge1 May 23, 2020 / 2:14 pm

      Amazona, thank you for your clear and concise breakdown of that screed and the typical mentality of the left. How utterly strange there are people who read that garbage and actually agree with the commenter, most likely without really understanding just vile it is.

      Seems mister gaffe made another boo-boo yesterday an interview with Charlamagne, co-host of the hip-hop morning show “The Breakfast Club.”

      ” The former vice-president’s foot-in-mouth moment came near the end of his interview after a staffer tried to wrap things up.

      “You can’t do that to black media,” Charlamagne said, before conceding and inviting Biden to return to the show between now and the election. “It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions.”

      “You got more questions? Well I tell you, if you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

      Charlamagne btw is black. Interesting that there were several commenters in the media, both black and white, who vocally condemned this as “more than a little offensive. I’ve had several people comment to me when discussing politics, that Trump is racist. When asked to give examples they’re usually mute. I ask for examples for a few reasons. One, to see if they’re actually aware of specifics associated directly to Trump validating that claim as opposed to regurgitating mindless leftist crap. Anyone who might have specifics (though none have yet) would more than likely have incorrect or misrepresented info. Two, to knock them off their condescending perch a little and force them to either research their talking points or I’ll dismiss it for being nothing more than biased hack with no basis.

      Perhaps we should take a look at some real racism.

      ”Joe Biden once called state-mandated school integration “the most racist concept you can come up with,” and Barack Obama “the first sort of mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean.” Uncle Joe has described African-American felons as “predators” too sociopathic to rehabilitate — and white supremacist senators as his friends.”

      This is actually the FIRST time in my life that I’m seeing wide swaths of black people reconsider their previous allegiance to democrats and are actually asking the question; “Who’s really helping me here”. It’s also the first time I’m seeing a noted segments of the black community actively supporting Trump, even some local black democrat politicians. That says a lot to me no matter how the media tries to spin it.

      • Cluster May 23, 2020 / 4:21 pm

        I’m telling ya. It’s going to be a landslide for Trump. He may even win California.

        Amazona that was an excellent deconstruction.

      • Amazona May 23, 2020 / 10:59 pm

        Thanks, jdge and Cluster…’s kind of a hobby, deconstructing the lies of the Left. A full-time hobby some days. Sometimes they are so bizarre and so often debunked that it’s hard to imagine anyone actually believing any of them, but then I look at the blank faces and vacant eyes and think “Yeah, this is a person who could actually buy into this nonsense”. Of course then I often think “Yeah, this is a person who could look me in the eye and knowingly spout lie after lie”.

      • M. Noonan May 24, 2020 / 11:09 am

        It is amazing, isn’t it? How some really can just lie with a straight face. I’m not built like that – but some apparently, are. They can just lie and lie and lie and never feel the slightest shame…even feel pride if they manage to convince some of their lies.

      • jdge1 May 23, 2020 / 5:15 pm

        Winning California in the Presidential election would be huge. Winning a significant majority in the US congress & senate, state and local elections, would be even bigger. I have a strong feeling this lockdown and the way leftist state governments have restricted people’s freedom will have an noted impact in the upcoming elections – IF we do not descend into the all too corrupt vote-by-absentee-ballot or some other similar mechanism.

  9. jdge1 May 24, 2020 / 12:11 am

    ” California Doctors: We See More Deaths From Suicides During Lockdown Than From Coronavirus”

    This should be thrown in the face of any person / politician who makes a statement suggesting Trump or anyone else wanting to reopen America, not caring about lives.

    • jdge1 May 24, 2020 / 12:26 am

      ” 500 doctors warn Trump of ‘millions of casualties’ if shutdown continues
      ‘The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure’ “

      This still won’t matter to fanatic, power hungry leftist politicians and they’ll continue to blame Trump for the world’s problems. What else is new?

  10. jdge1 May 24, 2020 / 12:23 am

    How the heck does this happen??

    ”Education Dept. Uncovers Billions In Unreported Foreign Donations From China and Russia to US Colleges”

    • Cluster May 24, 2020 / 9:26 am

      It’s even worse than that:

      A Harvard University professor and two other Chinese nationals were federally indicted in three separate cases for allegedly lying to the US about their involvement with China’s government, the US attorney for the district of Massachusetts announced Tuesday.

      IIRC, a handful of Harvard professors have been arrested over the last few years for passing classified information on to Chinese nationals. They load American students up with massive student loan debt than pass on classified information to China. It’s time to “fundamentally transform” higher education.

      • M. Noonan May 24, 2020 / 11:08 am

        They’ve been bought…and for really not that much money, when you total it up…but, enough to provide some captains of all this a nice chunk of change to spread ChiCom propaganda.

    • Amazona May 25, 2020 / 8:33 am

      Add to this the tens of millions of dollars in out of state funding of school board elections in some states and you start to develop a clearer picture of the takeover of our entire educational system by powerful Leftist interests.

  11. Cluster May 24, 2020 / 9:21 am

    Their authoritarian nature is driving their citizens away ….

    ….. a recent Blind survey found 69 per cent of New Yorkers in the tech and finance field said they would consider relocating if they knew they could work from home permanently. Last week, the New York Times reported Manhattan’s overall population has fallen by almost 20 percent, with many of its wealthy residents flocking to small east coast towns or popular vacation home destinations.

    • jdge1 May 24, 2020 / 5:10 pm

      Facebook wants to adjust pay for remote employees based on where they live. Not sure how that’s going to play out. Imagine being an office employee in San Francisco who was recently given a directive to work remotely. If you then decide to relocate to a less costly place to live and continue to do the same work you were, Facebook wants to adjust your pay downward to reflect your reduced cost of living and plans to use monitoring tools to enforce compliance. I’m guessing this will ruffle some feathers.

  12. Cluster May 24, 2020 / 6:00 pm

    A recent back and forth with Chris Wallace and Jonah Goldberg (two “conservative journalists”) discussing new WH press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

    Wallace was actually first to take a shot at the new press secretary, referencing a Friday briefing during which McEnany had laid out the questions she believed the press should be asking. “I have to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had told Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should ask, that would not have gone well, Jonah,” Wallace said.

    “I think her behavior is indefensible and grotesque,” Goldberg replied. “I think that what she has done is — there’s this cliche in Washington that President Trump wants Roy Cohn as DOJ, as attorney general. What Donald Trump wants in a press secretary is a Twitter troll who goes on attack, doesn’t actually care about doing the job they have and instead wants to impress really an audience of one and make another part of official Washington another one of these essentially cable news and Twitter laboratory arenas.”

    Evidently Wallace and Goldberg still think the WH press corps are practicing journalism. Another reason why they have both lost credibility

  13. Cluster May 24, 2020 / 9:15 pm

    So we are hearing a lot about a “second wave” in the Fall, right? That’s media speak which means there is a 100% chance of a second wave this Fall. And I predict that wave will get real intense in late October.

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