Open Thread

I finished the first draft of “Secrets” and I think it is really good. And then I immediately went into the third book of the series, tentatively titled “Battles”; partially because I’m just on a roll for writing at the moment but, also, because I want the two books to be very integrated and I’m already modify “Secrets” a little bit as things happen in “Battles”. It is a lot more fun dealing with my fictional characters than real life: though I did have a weird dream the other day where Bryce and Rossalyn were arguing with me about how a particular passage in the book should go. I don’t know if any other authors have conversations with their characters…

But, real life goes on!

The official, official, we really mean it totally Expert and this time our polls are right opinion is that Trump is doomed. He’s isolated. Walls are closing in. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Maybe he is? I don’t really know: no one really does. You can’t rely on anything in the MSM because, as I said a while back, everything they do is designed for the sole purpose of defeating Trump. If they are ever telling the truth in these matters it is only because what is true coincides with what they want. But one smart person I know who follows these things notes that Team Trump is pouring it on in New Mexico. New Mexico went for Hillary by 8 in 2016. Either they’re insane, or they know something…meanwhile, the Democrats are boosting the idea of turning Texas Blue because of this, that or the other reason…but for all the talk of Trump performing badly there in 2016, he did win the State by 9. Can you think of one thing Trump has done which would make the people of Texas who voted for him in 2016 decide that Joe Biden is now the better choice?

And then I saw this video of Trump’s visit to Maine the other day…the streets were lined with cheering crowds of Trump supporters; flags waving, Trump signs everywhere. And it was apparently spontaneous. Let’s see what happens when Trump gets back to rallies.

The Left has gone completely Maoist now – Struggle Sessions included. Don’t know if you’ve seen the video of the Mayor of Minneapolis being forced to leave a BLM rally because he wouldn’t agree to defund the police. And I really love the MSM talking point of this morning that “defund the police” doesn’t mean that they’ll cut funding to the police. Someone at the DNC must have got some poll results! It was laughable on a lot of levels but the really crucial one is that no Democrat will ever agree to cut the pay or benefits of a government worker: that would open up a can of worms they want firmly closed. The Deputy Assistant Director of Diversity Affairs wouldn’t like that one little bit.

All I can say is that my emotions about all this veer from disgust to boredom. That an American would kneel to anything but God is an outrage to the depths of my soul. Meanwhile the rote self-denunciations for being white are just irritating at this point. I’m not typical: in fact, as you know, I’m a little “out there” in my opinions…but I am hopeful that only a small minority of Americans is actually like that. If a majority is, then the nation has been doomed for some time anyway and my hope is for peaceful separation of the parts. And the Left is so deadly dull: they all dress alike, hold the exact same opinions and are impossible to talk to. If we do still have a majority – and November will tell – then we really have to go about defunding the Left…take away their college and corporate sinecures and force them to go get real jobs; that’ll put an end to this as fast as a mandatory 30 day jail sentence would forever end the threat of riots.

We went from “stay indoors to save grandma” to “don’t even talk to grandma until she becomes BLM” rather quickly.

Biden says 10-15% of us are just Deplorable.

Antifa goon beats up an 82 year old man for holding a Trump sign. Do not forget that these people hate you.

Why are we having riots? Because there are some indications that black people are warming up to Trump. Also: the youngsters think this whole riot thing is the hip and cool thing to do…Democrats are now going to try to convince them that the really cool thing to do after a riot is vote Biden. I don’t think that will work.

21 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Amazona June 8, 2020 / 11:05 am

    At the epicenter of unrest in Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey was booed at a rally over the weekend for rejecting calls to wipe out the city’s police department. However on Sunday, a supermajority of members of the Minneapolis City Council committed themselves at a rally to doing exactly that.

    Nine members, enough to override a Frey veto, vowed in a statement read to the demonstrators to “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department,” saying the department “cannot be reformed, and will never be accountable for its actions.”

    You have to wonder what these geniuses plan to do to fill in the void that would be left by eliminating the police department. Are they thinking of pulling one of those shell games where they keep the cops but come up with a different name for the agency? Or do they just plan to have a city without any law enforcement at all?

    This looks like a good time for an outbreak of “Blue Flu” with the entire department coming down with —of course—a virus, and letting the city experience in real time the results of Dem “leadership”.

    It’s not just the depravity of the Left that has no limit, it’s the stupidity.

    • Amazona June 8, 2020 / 11:08 am

      In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio reversed himself and said Sunday that he will pursue cuts in police funding.

      “We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” the mayor said, according to The New York Times.

      New York City without cops / New York City with cops. Is there much of a difference, in a city that has a policy of turning arrested criminals loose almost as soon as they are booked?

      But sure, Bill, you’re onto something here. Instead of arresting criminals, build some more basketball courts. Pure genius.

    • Retired Spook June 8, 2020 / 11:31 am

      You have to wonder what these geniuses plan to do to fill in the void that would be left by eliminating the police department.

      I don’t wonder. I can tell you exactly what they’ll do with the money: spend more on “educating” children, erase poverty, hunger, discrimination and racism, and establish re-education camps for children who show anti-social tendencies. They’ll have a crime problem for a generation, but then everything will be OK.//sarc

      Like I said the other day; we just need to get out of the way and let primarily Democrat cities and states pound the final nail in their collective coffins. I honestly can’t think of a better way to marginalize them — and we don’t have to lift a finger or fire a shot. Talk about a win-win!

      • Amazona June 8, 2020 / 12:26 pm

        They don’t want to get rid of the police department, they just want to not have a police department. And this is supposed to make sense?

        No, they want to shift to a “different form of public safety”. This will no doubt begin with reducing the crime rate by simply redefining crimes as not-crimes, and reduce the incarceration rate by simply not putting people in jail. It will take a little while for the carnage to reach a point where people say they’ve had enough.

        I’d kind of like to see police departments all over the country recruit cops from these Leftist hell holes, and for normal communities to advertise in places like Minneapolis that they represent environments conducive to commerce and safety. That is more likely than having the GOP pull its head out of its nether regions and mounting a strong and focused and unapologetic attack on these destructive policies and taking back the state.

      • Mark Moser June 9, 2020 / 2:05 pm

        The wealthy can hire security. The rest can go pound sand. Great argument for the second amendment anyway! The tyrant loves the idea that might make right and that’s what their are advocating.

  2. Amazona June 8, 2020 / 11:39 am

    Well, it comes as no surprise, but at least some branches of the Democrat Party are openly coming out in support of rioting.

    “Riots are an integral part of the country’s march towards progress,” the Fairfax County, Virginia Democratic Party smugly tweeted.

    I’m thinking this is a toe in the water, testing to see how this is accepted, before the national party goes all in on formally supporting rioting to achieve its goals. We know they have informally supported it, but now they might be willing to take the next step and officially designate rioting as part of their strategy to “fundamentally transform” the nation.

  3. Amazona June 8, 2020 / 11:46 am

    In nearby Pittsburgh, The Post-Gazette’s newsroom is in an uproar after two black reporters said they were barred from covering the protests because editors thought they had shown bias.

    Yes, it is now official—-it is not acceptable to try to report news without bias. How DARE these editors try to impose objectivity on their reporting! It looks like those social justice warriors on their staff are letting them know how unacceptable that is. Another of those things we know about but which are not openly admitted or discussed, now bursting out into the open as the radical Left becomes more and more energized and confident

    • Retired Spook June 8, 2020 / 11:59 am

      All I can say to them is, knock yourself out (literally and figuratively). I do feel sorry for good, honest people in deep blue areas who will be maimed and killed and have their homes and businesses destroyed, but if it gets bad enough those who survive and have the means will relocate to free areas. Eventually we’ll either split apart or destroy each other.

      • Amazona June 8, 2020 / 12:39 pm

        Hey, they voted for these people. And if they really want to get rid of them, then it is their responsibility to go out and campaign for sane government.

        I think the death spiral of Minneapolis is more recent than those of San Francisco and Chicago and Baltimore, but even so the writing was on the wall.

        As I have a rich fantasy life (that is not nearly as interesting as that sounds) I would love to see, and would support, a program that pays for one moving truck per family to move people out of these hell-holes to communities in blue states if they can show that they are productive, and waive the right to vote in any local elections for at least ten years after they relocate.

        There are lots of swamps to drain, some of which have started to look more like sewers

      • Retired Spook June 8, 2020 / 5:36 pm

        Did you mean “red” states?

      • Amazona June 8, 2020 / 8:34 pm

        Good catch. I’m so used to associating red with Communism that it is a constant struggle to remember that now it is supposed to represent conservatism.

  4. Amazona June 8, 2020 / 11:53 am

    The Left has gone completely Maoist now – Struggle Sessions included. Don’t know if you’ve seen the video of the Mayor of Minneapolis being forced to leave a BLM rally because he wouldn’t agree to defund the police.

    Case in point: Drew Brees. The man said he respected his grandfathers, and now he and his wife are forced into full confession-of-Wrongthink mode, groveling in front of the SJW mob. In his case, I get it. There was a story, quickly covered up after a couple of hasty denials, about an NFL quarterback basically left undefended on the field by his black teammates after he failed to support the “take a knee” charade. If Brees wants to play football, he has to suck up to his black line, and if that means walking back a simple statement of love and respect for his grandfathers and their sacrifices and the nation they fought for then so be it.

    Now, he’s doing the equivalent of Maoist confessional self-shaming. All that’s missing is the dunce hat as he is paraded through the streets and spat upon.


    • Retired Spook June 8, 2020 / 12:03 pm

      There are millions of us who owe nothing to the social justice crowd in order to survive. They’re in for a rude awakening when they try to make US care.

  5. Amazona June 8, 2020 / 12:14 pm

    This lengthy diatribe illustrates in great detail, though inadvertently, the direction of the media and what is guiding it, nudging it and downright forcing it into collusion with the Left.

    One example: emphasis mine

    The central vein for reporters, producers, activists and a vast national audience was Twitter, which had already begun subtly shifting the power dynamic in news. It steered coverage. When John Eligon of The Times published a largely sympathetic profile of Mr. Brown that described him as “no angel,” it set off outrage on Twitter, as a symbol of a style of journalism that seemed too ready to explain away police violence.

    “They had a point” about the phrase, Mr. Eligon recalled last week.

    “Twitter “did make it feel like you’re more accountable to a broader audience and a more diverse audience. More diverse? This is a very UN-diverse audience, self-selecting for political affiliation.

    And….‘objectivity’-obsessed, both-sides journalism is a failed experiment,” and so on. It’s downright scary to see the radical Left so forthright in its agenda Hopefully its hubris will alarm people who have tended to see concerns about the rising power and radicalism of the Left as mere paranoia.

    • Retired Spook June 8, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      ‘objectivity’-obsessed, both-sides journalism is a failed experiment,”

      LOL! You can’t get much more explicit than that.

      • Amazona June 8, 2020 / 12:40 pm

        I know….they are so deeply invested in this that they simply don’t understand the warning to the rest of us implicit in statements like that. The whole article is full of similar examples.

  6. Retired Spook June 9, 2020 / 3:02 pm

    I have always subscribed to the strategy that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the transgender movement.

    Is this is how they treat a friend, I can’t imagine being their enemy.

    • Amazona June 9, 2020 / 9:33 pm

      The Left is a nest of vipers, and the slightest shift, real or perceived, from the mob dogma can and will result in the rest of the nest turning on you and trying to destroy you.

  7. Amazona June 9, 2020 / 9:20 pm

    This actually comes as no surprise, given the mentality of the Left and its true anti-America agenda:

    The family of George Floyd, the black man killed while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, has sent a letter to the globalist United Nations to ask for its help in disarming police officers in the United States of America.

  8. jdge1 June 11, 2020 / 12:59 am

    ”Listen to Dr. James Heckman, professor of economics and director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago, and winner of the Nobel Prize in economics.

    In a recent interview, Heckman was asked, “What do you think are the main barriers to income or social mobility?”

    His answer: “The main barriers to developing effective policies for income and social mobility is fear of honest engagement in the changes in the American family and the consequences it has wrought. It is politically incorrect to express the truth and go to the source of problems. Public discourse, such as it is, cannot speak honestly about matters of culture, race, and gender. Powerful censorship is at play across the entire society. …

    “The family is the source of life and growth. Families build values, encourage (or discourage) their children in school and out. Families — far more than schools — create or inhibit life opportunities.””

    • Amazona June 11, 2020 / 9:07 am

      Families are the biggest challenge to the total authority of the State, which is why the fragmentation of the family unit has been such a focal point of Leftist activism.

      Most recently they have told us that home schooling is child abuse—but it is really a challenge to State control over what children are taught and how they are indoctrinated. The Left’s battle against home schooling has been fierce, including claims that the only reason parents want to educate their children at home is to hide child abuse from authorities.

      Policies designed to remove black men from their families and destroy the history and culture of black families have proved to be very effective, and devastating. I suggest that even the promotion of abortion has at its heart a goal of undermining the core of family identity—-the concept that the role of parents is to protect their children.

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