Secrets Published (and Open Thread)


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Know what you haven’t seen a lot of lately? Polls. We were having a poll a day, it seemed, when they were coming in Biden up 7 to 12…but all of a sudden, hardly any polls. In the days after the party conventions, when we normally get a raft of them. Interesting, huh? To be sure, the polls we were getting were mostly garbage…but that means that they’re still garbage and likely show Trump as least within the margin of error.

What happened? The conventions – people got a good, long look at the Democrats and Biden and then got the same thing with the Republicans and Trump. And I think that it was rather stark. One party hectoring us about our national sins…the other lauding our national greatness. Add into this the completely insane violence of the riots which I’m convinced are – or, at least, were  – ordered by the DNC (they may have taken on a life of their own, now: millions were donated to shadowy BLM groups which can now fund riots on their own) and what might be happening out there is a complete collapse for the Democrats.

Don’t pay too much attention to claims that Trump is within striking distance in California and New York – it ain’t gonna happen. But that Biden put early on his campaign itinerary a visit to Minnesota (which hasn’t gone GOP since 1972) indicates the true state of the race.

Trump trolls Biden:

Rushing him out of basement after seeing some very disturbing numbers. Don’t worry, he’ll go back to basement soon!

This in response to a Biden campaign stop in western Pennsylvania. Another State Biden shouldn’t be in if he’s leading by 10. That’s another indicator…Trump is having a good time.

66 thoughts on “Secrets Published (and Open Thread)

  1. Retired Spook August 31, 2020 / 8:06 am

    Why is this not above-the-fold, banner headline news across the country?

    (from the CDC website – August 26 update)

    Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups. (emphasis – mine)

    That makes the deaths in the U.S. strictly from COVID-19 around 11,000, or slightly less than H1N1 in 2009/10. For this we damn near destroyed our economy?

    • Cluster August 31, 2020 / 8:43 am

      Saw that yesterday and I think it’s the CDC’s initial attempt to downplay the virus and have it go away …. and I mean not as a virus, but as a political weapon.

      The other question everyone needs to ask themselves is why isn’t the criminal record of Jacob Blake more well known? Or the fact that he was at a girls home that he shouldn’t have been at and he had a weapon with children in the car. But that too is overlooked.

      And have you noticed the complicit medias new narrative about the violence??? “This is Donald Trumps America” hahahahah in addition to that, Joey Scarborough is now asking Democrats if they “denounce” the violence. Democrats think they can shift and deflect now …. I love Democrat desperation

      • Retired Spook August 31, 2020 / 11:22 am

        The timing is curious. I suspected (I think we all did) what they reported, but I didn’t think it would be reported until November 4th.

      • Amazona August 31, 2020 / 11:46 am

        Well, the Left is not backing off its Covid hysteria. From the NYT this morning:


        The United States surpassed six million coronavirus cases and remains at the top of the global chart.

        How, exactly, does this comply with the NYT story two days ago, headlined
        Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be. ?

        Included in the August 29 article is this:

        In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found.

        On Thursday, the United States recorded 45,604 new coronavirus cases, according to a database maintained by The Times. If the rates of contagiousness in Massachusetts and New York were to apply nationwide, then perhaps only 4,500 of those people may actually need to isolate and submit to contact tracing.

        Then, a mere two days later, the same newspaper breathlessly reported On Sunday, the United States hit yet another milestone, with six million reported cases, according to a New York Times database.

        According to its own reporting, this figure should probably be altered to reflect 600,000 reported cases.

      • dbschmidt August 31, 2020 / 3:23 pm

        Orange Man Bad

  2. Retired Spook August 31, 2020 / 8:12 am

    BTW, I pre-ordered Secrets for my Kindle. I posted a comment two or three threads back after I finished reading Mirrors, and I suspect you were busy and didn’t catch it, so I’ll repeat it here.

    I just finished reading Mirrors, and I’m anxious to continue the story. My only criticism is the number of typos in Mirrors, at least in the Kindle version. Celeste is referred to as Beatrice in one chapter, and Hadwin is referred to as Hadwick. A number of “he” that should have been “she,” or vice versa. Halfway through the book I began wishing I had documented them just for your benefit. They didn’t detract from the story, which I enjoyed, but I was surprised that your (or whoever did it for you) proofreading wasn’t a little more diligent. Anyway, good job on your first try.

    • M. Noonan August 31, 2020 / 11:36 am

      And I do apologize…it was all me! I thought I had really got the typos fixed, but there they were. I really, really, REALLY went through it on “Secrets” and I’m hopeful that if any remain, they are very few and very far between. I’m glad you at least enjoyed the story a bit!

  3. Cluster August 31, 2020 / 9:05 am

    While Democrats and the media are finally acknowledging the inner city violence, they are now desperately trying to blame Trump. The new narrative is “this is Donald Trump’s America” and no doubt it’s because of actions like this from NY:

    The seeming exodus comes just days after it was revealed residents in the area are planning to sue the city after thousands of homeless people were put up in luxury hotels in the neighborhood due to the coronavirus pandemic. Natives of the typically up-scale neighborhood say the moving in of the vagrants has brought with them increased crime, random violence, drugs, public urination and open prostitution. Some locals claim sex offenders have also moved into the streets. Long lines were seen outside of a number of U-Haul stations in the neighborhood across Saturday and Sunday, with moving vehicles lining residential streets and discarded furniture stacked on the sidewalk left by locals seeking pastures new. While the end of the month often proves to be a busy moving period in the Big Apple, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa told the NY Post that he believes the ‘mass evacuation’ of Upper West Siders from NYC is now in ‘full effect.’

    This is not an anomaly …. these living conditions are simply the features and benefits of Democrat governance. This is how they govern and this who they are.

    • Amazona August 31, 2020 / 9:54 am

      Will it still be “Donald Trump’s America” when the economy recovers to nearly its pre-Covid state within a few weeks or months? It’s time to start pointing out that the reason it is bouncing back so well is because it was so strong in the first place.

      Also, time to turn the tables: photos of strong vibrant communities with open businesses labeled “Donald Trump’s America” contrasted with photos of riots, burning buildings, bodies lying in the streets, labeled “The Democrat Party’s America”.

      • Cluster August 31, 2020 / 10:38 am

        That’s an excellent idea … show small town America with vibrant neighborhoods, bustling shops and parks and playgrounds and then show the dystopia of inner city Portland as a contrast

        Trump’s America vs Democrat’s America

      • Amazona August 31, 2020 / 12:00 pm

        I might even show TEA Party demonstrators picking up trash after one of their rallies and contrast it with the massive debris fields left by Leftist protesters.

        You know, just to bring it home that it is not just the violent rioters who illustrate the difference between Trump’s America and the Democrats’ America.

  4. Amazona August 31, 2020 / 9:58 am

    Don’t pay too much attention to claims that Trump is within striking distance in California and New York – it ain’t gonna happen.

    Maybe not Trump—-but this is a golden opportunity to take some Congressional seats, and for the state GOP organizations to take some state seats as well. Any Dem mayor or governor ought to be getting very very nervous

    I keep wondering why no one on the Right is capitalizing on the Biden refrain of “Silence is Complicity” and hammering the silence of the Dems.

  5. Amazona August 31, 2020 / 10:22 am

    I just can’t handle radio any more. Aside from the constant, incessant, onslaught of LD ads (and yes, I know they call it “ED” but I prefer “LD”. Think it through. ( Four letters, beginning with “L”……) Anyway, the ads are bad enough but the new fad, put in place no doubt by the generations which absolutely cannot tolerate silence even in the background, of cluttering literally every single ad and PSA and weather report and traffic report with increasingly loud and obnoxious audio clutter, have driven me away. I seldom hear an ad any more that is just a person talking—-instead, it sounds like the ad was taped in a steel mill, and like the person is trying to be heard over the racket. The incessant thump thump thumpety-thump or something equally obnoxious has meant pushing a button for me, going to another station and eventually just bailing out and going to my MP3 player to listen to an audio book.

    Anyway, I have finally given up on radio and started to listen to podcasts. Some are just radio shows like Rush or Hannity, but some are not. Evidently I have been missing out on some video shows like Matt Walsh’s or Ted Cruz’s—-the problem of being a tech dinosaur. But I really like Walsh’s and Cruz’s, and highly recommend them, and am going to look up the videos—I think they are on YouTube. I’ve been a big Walsh fan since his outrageously funny video on the anguish of finding a white Santa at the mall (the Jews were weeping…) and now recommend his podcast.

    Now if only I could find an alternative to the new fad of pale fonts on web sites. ?? It’s as if there is a cabal of tech people plotting to make it as hard as possible for people to read what they have to say. I have not been able to buy from several companies because I just cant’ read their phone number or email address, much less their product descriptions. It’s an interesting marketing strategy, weeding out the people who are not so determined to buy from them that they are willing to navigate the obstacles put in their way.

  6. Retired Spook August 31, 2020 / 11:18 am

    In the previous thread Amazona asked me about a contradiction WRT my Congressman, Jim Banks, (R – 3rd district, Indiana), in which he called rioters “his constituents” and “good people.” (not sure if the comment was on Twitter or Facebook, neither of which I engage in) I get his newsletter everyday, and this was the lead in today’s newsletter:


    As your representative, I wanted to provide for you a brief update on what I’ve been working on to uphold law and order and to hold responsible those rioting and looting in cities across the country.

    Rep. Banks Introduces the ‘Support Peaceful Protest Act’

    More Americans every day live under threat of violent mobs who loot businesses, destroy private property and break the law with impunity.

    That’s why I’ve introduced the Support Peaceful Protest Act, that would strip convicted rioters of federal unemployment benefits and have them pay the cost of federal policing of riots.

    Specifically, the bill would ensure those rioters convicted of violence, vandalism, or looting pay restitution to cover the cost of federal law enforcement policing of the riot at which they were arrested.

    It would mandate that convicted rioters become ineligible for federal unemployment benefits during the Chinese coronavirus crisis. Some are currently receiving hundreds of dollars in extra unemployment benefits.

    It’s not just George Soros or any other big leftwing group paying these rioters to burn down our cities and destroy America. You are. My bill would stop it.

    Three Months of Chaos and Lawlessness is Three Months Too Long

    Violent thugs have turned Milwaukee, Seattle, and Portland into warzones, and now they’re moving the chaos to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

    Just within the last week, violent protesters in Kenosha destroyed over 30 small businesses and lit the town of 100,000 people ablaze.

    A fresh wave of riots and looting was unleashed in Minneapolis this week after false reports surfaced of a police-involved shooting of a murder suspect.

    From large coastal cities to modest Midwest towns, who knows which community is next?

    So long as I am in Congress, I will defend the Rule of Law and fight to ensure that every Hoosier and American lives in a safe and secure community without fear of violence.

    As I said in the previous thread, his Chief of Staff is speaking to our Tea Party group tomorrow night, and I’ll ask him to clarify the “good people” remark.

    • Amazona August 31, 2020 / 11:28 am

      As I pointed out, his two comments seemed to reflect two very different and opposite points of view, so it will be interesting to see how he addresses this.

  7. Amazona August 31, 2020 / 11:26 am

    re: Dems in trouble

    The Dems can’t even seem to put up good candidates at the state or local level.

    Half a continent away, 19-year-old Aaron Coleman won the Democratic nomination for a Kansas state legislature seat earlier this month. Coleman, a progressive candidate, was quickly revealed to have been a school bully who spread revenge porn featuring a 13-year-old girl, according to the Kansas City Star.

    “I made serious mistakes in middle school and I deeply regret and apologize for them. I’ve grown up a great deal since then,” Coleman said in a statement.

    However, he didn’t grow up enough to tell a Republican during the campaign that he would “laugh and giggle when you get COVID and die.”

    Obviously, there was plenty of outrage over Coleman, especially from Democrats. One of those outraged was a Markey campaign staffer.

    Now, there were plenty of acceptable takes on this sort of thing that he could have had. One of them wasn’t the “utter and complete destruction” of an entire race and gender because of one degenerate, the way Abhi Agarwal did.

    Abhi Agarwal is a member of Liberal Senator Edward Markey’s digital campaign staff. He responded to information about what Coleman had done and said with the statement “I am once again asking for the utter and complete destruction of white men,”

    What makes this newsworthy is not that a single individual has this opinion, but that it is not uncommon among people of color who are also Democrats.

  8. Amazona August 31, 2020 / 11:56 am

  9. Amazona August 31, 2020 / 12:06 pm

    Really good article:

    As A Middle Aged White Man I Fear For My Life — Every Time I Resist Arrest or Pull Out a Weapon On a Police Officer

  10. Cluster August 31, 2020 / 12:20 pm

    Please let me know of one country governed by black people that anyone would want to live in … I’m still searching

  11. Cluster August 31, 2020 / 2:03 pm

    Biden’s speech is hilarious … they are in a full sprint to the right; keep the fracking, fund the police and end the violence. I am guessing their internal polls are bad

    Also, everyone needs to go to and tell me what you see

  12. Amazona August 31, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    Mr. Trump is set to visit Kenosha on Tuesday over the objections of Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who said he is “concerned about what [the president’s] presence will mean for Kenosha and our state.”

    Translated: Evers is concerned about what kind of support the president is going to get in Kenosha, and the state, when he points out that Evers has not only failed to provide leadership in Wisconsin, he is responsible for much of the mayhem, looting, damage and death due to his implied support for the rioters.

    He’d better be concerned.

    His oath of office (which he altered by substituting the word “uphold” for the word “support”) reads: I, (official’s name), having been elected or appointed to the office of (title) swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Wisconsin, and will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of said office to the best of my ability. So help me God.”

    According to Wikipedia, The Governor of Wisconsin is the head of the executive branch of Wisconsin’s state government and the commander-in-chief of the state’s army and air forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws

    The last line of Section 4 Article V, of the Wisconsin Constitution is: He shall expedite all such measures as may be resolved upon by the legislature, and shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed. (“Shall” in legal terms is a command, an imperative. It does not mean “may”.)

    Most states define a riot as an unlawful public gathering where violence or the threat of violence was used against people or property. While such behavior is a punishable offense in Wisconsin, it is not considered a separate category under riot but is chargeable under categories that deal with similar if not the same behavior.

    Therefore, although Wisconsin has not yet codified laws against rioting, specifically, there are laws against disturbing the peace, or conducting unlawful assemblies which can be used to try and punish cases related to rioting. That is, when the officials decide to punish people for breaking these laws. That is, when those laws are faithfully executed.

    Evers, though, added fuel to the fire with his irresponsible comment on the Blake shooting, which was the ostensible excuse for the riots:

  13. dbschmidt August 31, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    One thing I would like to see, possibly after the re-election of Pres. Trump is an overwhelming force to round up the rioters and charge them federally. During their stay at taxpayers expense have them exposed to civics including;

    Pres. Woodrow Wilson -Re-segregation of Federal Employees
    Margaret Sanger – eugenics and racism
    Pres. LBJ including Great Society / War on Poverty
    Pres. Obama and his divisiveness.

    BTW, Thank you Amazona for the grammar correction–never to late to learn. A new nemesis to add to “affect/effect” (and I know the rules)

    • Amazona August 31, 2020 / 9:38 pm

      I’m always stubbing my toes on grammatical issues, such as “is it different FROM or different THAN”?

      Basically, I mostly remember the ones the nuns emphasized. This is why I am intolerant of the modern fad of mixing number, which goes back to the hissy fits of the 60s feminists about the default use of the pronouns “him” or “his”. So, because appeasing them by saying “him or her”, or “his or hers” was too much trouble people just bailed and used the word “their”. But to someone schooled so vigorously in the need for the number to remain constant, that is fingernails on a blackboard. And that is why we have abominations like “A parent (singular) should make decisions for THEIR (plural) children”. This could be avoided by making the subject plural and just saying “PARENTS should make decisions for THEIR children” but because no one knows the rule any more, and the wrong thing has been used so often people think it is correct, that is a lost cause and another element of proper English falls to the mob.

      Here’s one for you, also relating to number, which I am finding even in books written by otherwise very literate people. That is basing the verb on the modifier and not the subject. “The group of men WAS confused” is accurate, because key word is not “men”, which is plural, but “group” which is singular. Yet you will constantly find the equivalent of “The group of men WERE confused”. We were taught to strip the modifiers and so to get to the core of the sentence. What was confused? A group. A group of what? Men.

      “He invited my friend and I to the party”. Break it down, and it is “He invited my friend to the party, and he invited me to the party, = he invited my friend and me”. But people think the “I” sounds more elegant or something.

      But what the hell. These days I stick to my fight against the Rogue Apostrophe (“it’s” only ever means one single thing, and that is “it is”. It is a contraction. “Its” is the possessive of “it”.) and using “media” as a singular, as in “the media SAYS…..” I am so appreciative when someone says “The media SAY….”

      The influence of nearly eight years of parochial school English lessons lives on…

  14. Amazona August 31, 2020 / 10:18 pm

    I forgot a biggie—-less/fewer. I had forgotten this rule till a young woman from Peru, who had studied English in school there, corrected me.

    “less” refers to volume or mass, “fewer” refers to number. I had totally spaced that out. So it is not “less people vote in midterm elections” but “FEWER people” etc. But a VW uses LESS gas than a pickup truck. I still have to stop, sometimes, to make sure I am using the right word.

  15. Cluster September 1, 2020 / 11:56 am

    Let’s just go with the media narrative for a minute here and agree that America is a white supremacist country and irredeemably racist. Why is it then that only black Americans are upset? Shouldn’t the Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, and Native Americans be rioting? Why do they not have any grievances?

    I had to laugh at the following by the DC Mayor. Speaking from the “Black Lives Matters” PLAZA she just doesn’t understand the current raicial tension and is afraid of a war. The irony was lost on her.

    Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has revealed her fear that the US is ‘descending into a race war’ as violence across the country continues and the FBI probes a potential network of domestic terrorists who may be traveling to protest hotspots. Bowser, a Democrat, was speaking at a press conference on Monday after a weekend of chaos in the nation’s capital which saw demonstrators clash with police outside Black Lives Matter Plaza. ‘What I’m worried about is this country descending into a race war,’ she said, adding that intensified police forces in some cities – like Portland and Seattle – has created more anger among protesters. DC Police Chief Peter Newsham also said there was evidence that groups of people are driving to various protest hotspot cities, like tourists, to participate or even provoke the violence. The FBI has not released any information about the van or any other potential domestic terror groups. Since Thursday night, police in DC have arrested 69 people in relation to the protests. Newsham said on Monday that ’70 percent’ of them had come from other cities but he did not give specifics.

    • Amazona September 1, 2020 / 2:27 pm

      Supposedly the feds have many investigations ongoing, regarding the funding of these professional rioters. When they have enough information I expect charges to be filed based on the laws on interstate criminal activity.

      What I find amusing is the effort by the Left to deflect attention away from their own culpability. I think their narratives are starting to crumble, however, under the sheer weight of reality.

      Reality is that Democrat elected officials (I can’t force myself to call the “leaders”) have not only abandoned the legal and moral responsibilities of their offices to enable lawlessness, looting and even murder, they have tacitly encouraged these barbaric activities. People ask why they have done this, and the answers boil down to a belief that these activities will somehow advance the cause of Leftism in this country.

      Leftist indifference to the welfare of individuals to advance the agenda of the Collective is not limited to those with great power. Sure, a Stalin or a Pol Pot can engage in policies that lead to the deaths of tens of millions. But even a tinpot mayor in a city like Portland can sacrifice the well being and even the lives of a few people to promote the same political agenda as that of the mass murderers of the movement. Even a lunatic governor of a state can fail to protect the people in that state if failing to do so complies with the agenda of his movement.

      Another aspect of reality is the obviousness of the reality that these people KNOW what is going on, KNOW what they are doing, and KNOW that they are spouting pure unadulterated crap. They know this. They either know this or are so profoundly stupid they can’t even feed themselves. Yet they seek out cameras and stand in front of microphones to spout utter nonsense, knowing that we know it is utter nonsense. It’s hard to believe they truly think they are fooling anyone, but just as you can’t fix stupid you evidently can’t underestimate the power of self-delusion.

      So—who wants a race war? The Democrat Party’s most radical members, some black people and some paid agitators working for the International Left focused on destroying this country. That’s all. How many people fall into these categories? Not many. The rest of the nation not only does not want a race war, we can’t see why one is even likely. Or possible. We are just living our lives, in harmony with people who share our culture and values no matter what color they may be, and shaking our heads in wonderment at the sheer lunacy and malevolence of these people. Most white people have our black friends and family members and co-workers, we are perfectly happy with the proliferation of black faces in all our advertising, we support equality of treatment of all races and we fail to see the level of skin pigment as important. A growing number of black people wan to move beyond the limits of victimhood and dependency and just want a fair shot at making good lives for themselves.

      Sorry—I forgot to include the Agenda Media in that list of the ardent “Let’s You And Him Fight” crowd. We can’t overlook the paid cheerleaders for racism, unrest and violence. The role of the Agenda Media in the efforts to destabilize our nation and make it more vulnerable to Leftist overthrow cannot be overstated. They might as well be throwing literal Molotov cocktails as the virtual ones they lob at their viewers all day and all night—the incendiary result is the same.

      • Cluster September 1, 2020 / 4:24 pm

        The role of the Agenda Media in the efforts to destabilize our nation and make it more vulnerable to Leftist overthrow cannot be overstated.

        100% correct. So what do we do about it? While the Left lies and demeans all of us, and undermines our country, conservatives understandably keep their head down and protect their families and businesses but at some point, we have to risk our family, our business, and our life to preserve this country. We’ve seen the beginnings of it already but the Left just keeps pushing back and ultimately executes a Trump supporter in Portland. Do we consider that an act of war?

        Note to conservatives, do not give the time of day anymore to a Democrat. Ignore them and shun them, I don’t care if they are the Pastor and nicest person in town … they are in bed with evil people and they need to feel that. I fired an agent the other day because of their repugnant activity on social media. If he doesn’t like my country, then he’s not working for my company. Bye and good riddance

  16. Cluster September 1, 2020 / 4:15 pm

    So I am curious now as to what the level of conservative “sentiments” are at this point. All of you know that I can be volatile and I have a very low threshold for bullshit. Even going back to the Bush Presidency I was ready to tar and feather democrats for attacking conservatives to which I would typically be reprimanded and told “we can’t become like them”. “We need to stay above the fray and speak to cooler heads” Well how has that all worked out for you?

    As I sit here and listen to MSNBC scold “Trump supporters” for killing “protestors” absent any context of truth, I sit here and wonder if my fellow conservatives are still wanting to “speak to cooler heads” and try and reason with our opponents?

    So where are you at now in 2020? Do you think we have any common ground? Do you think that if we appease them, unity will follow?

    Personally I am ready for civil war. These BLM/Media/Political class people need to either shut up and sit down, or we will make sure they sit down and never get back up again. You can only push people so far and demean people for so long. We need to be really honest with ourselves right now and understand that these are not honorable people, they hate this country and us, and they are in bed with rich powerful global Leftist forces and it may require a war to put this insurrection down.

    I wish I was kidding, but I am not

    • Retired Spook September 1, 2020 / 4:38 pm

      I’m only about a step behind you, but a civil war would be a truly ugly thing. That said, the Left may not give us a choice. The time for compromise is long gone, but I maintain that the best strategy now is to keep your powder dry, and, to quote the most famous phrase from the Battle of Bunker Hill, “don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes.”

      I’m not much one for predictions, but I think, when the violence continues (as Joe Biden says it will) after Trump wins re-election, federal law enforcement will likely take the gloves off with the rioters.

      • Cluster September 1, 2020 / 4:53 pm

        The Democrats and media are saying out loud that the violence and destruction will not stop if Trump is reelected and we need to believe them. Federal law enforcement may be able to stop the physical criminals, but what about the intellectual criminals? What happens to Adam Schiff? Nancy Pelosi? Or the entire payroll of CNN & MSNBC?

        How do we get them to STFU and stop inciting division? Physical criminals can be dealt with and structures can be rebuilt but there is an intellectual cancer in our body politic, academia and the media and we need to deal with it.

      • Amazona September 2, 2020 / 9:12 am

        “I think, when the violence continues (as Joe Biden says it will) after Trump wins re-election, federal law enforcement will likely take the gloves off with the rioters.”

        I agree, and have said so, even recently when I said the gloves will hit the ice. I would even say this would start on November 4. I know, the Left will have a good idea by then of how many votes they will need to “find” but in the meantime, with the voting OFFICIALLY over, Trump can do what he has been itching to do. I would like to see him invoke the Insurrection laws and then act.

        I am fascinated by the quick-hardening foam, in spite of the complaints that it can’t be used because then it is so hard to get off so the suspects can be arrested. I say, who cares? When mobs show up in body armor and helmets, I think they should all be glued together from the knees on down and left to deal with it for a while. Then cut them apart, cut off their darling black outfits and put them in baggy scrubs—maybe some of those with cute little duckies on them.

        I would send in troops from all directions, herd them together and either foam them or drop nets on them. (Check out videos of the use of big nets to trap wildlife, from feral pigs to wild Rocky Mountain Sheep. A couple of these dropped on a mob would let law enforcement step in and restrain each and every one of them.)

        As for civil war, you need a much larger component of a nation willing to fight. What we have now is a very small segment of America, played up by the Agenda Media to appear much larger and more dedicated than it really is. Most of the Left is concentrated in urban areas—-does anyone really think some metrosexual dude is going to get off his Cannondale and pick up a gun? Sacrifice his man bun so he can wear a helmet? As Dan Bongino said, he saw when he was on the streets with these “protesters” that most were scrawny and looked like incels. Once the professionals are rounded up and in prison, and funding for this kind of thing is either cut off or made too dangerous to continue, I think the activist activity will die down.

        Pull federal funding from any school, at any level, that teaches anti-American ideas. Period. We may have to tolerate this kind of free speech in this country, but we don’t have to pay for it. Instead, make it clear that all federal funding will go to schools, at all levels, with extensive and accurate classes in civics, in American history and in world history with a focus on the tyrannies of the 20th Century.

        As for the media, I keep saying what we have to do is find or make an alternative that is on a network. Period. We can hit cable, and I think we can flood the infomercial stations with constantly running half hour or hour long well-produced shows on various topics presenting not just the facts but in brutally honest fashion the ways the Agenda Media have lied about them. This will cost a lot of money. Tough. I keep saying I think conservatives will donate to something that looks like it might be effective, for a change.

        I’d run a privately funded campaign saying that any time anyone watches a professional football, basketball or baseball game he or she is actively supporting the Marxist ideology of violently overthrowing our government—-proved by the teams openly supporting an openly Marxist organization with openly Marxist ideology and agendas. Surely there can be a way to support racial equality (which, by the way, is nearly accomplished anyway and would be much much closer to achieving if black people would just stop working so hard to prove they are intellectually inferior and emotionally unstable) than donating to a cause dedicated to destroying America.

        When it comes to the media wars, we have to start using something more effective than flyswatters

  17. Cluster September 1, 2020 / 5:13 pm

    Just heard a report that DeBlasio has renewed his call to raise taxes on the “rich” in NY


    They’re all gone Bill. Sorry.

    • Retired Spook September 1, 2020 / 9:17 pm
  18. Cluster September 2, 2020 / 7:52 am

    Here is the perfect example of how weak Democrats are. After blaming systemic racism for the violence and destruction in his city, Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland is now blaming himself:

    Ted Wheeler has emailed people living in the building where his $840,000 condo in uptown Portland is located to tell them he is moving out after rioters targeted the neighborhood Monday. Wheeler apologized for ‘the fear that you are experiencing due to my position’ after BLM activists started fires in the street, let off fireworks, bared music and chanted slogans late into the night. It is not the first time that the activists have targeted Wheeler’s home, amid 96 straight days of sometimes violent demonstrations that have gripped the city since the death of George Floyd back in May.

    This is why Democrats should never be allowed to govern. They have no backbone, no principles, and will willingly surrender to any radical faction group with a grievance.

  19. Cluster September 2, 2020 / 8:23 am

    Well we can take some comfort in knowing that Mayor Ted Wheeler may not be reelected but not for the reason why most rational people would think. Evidently the voters of Portland don’t think Ted is radical enough and are looking to replace him with a member of Antifa:

    “To those who say Antifa are violent thugs: I am not a violent thug and I am Antifa,” she wrote.

    “I am Antifa because the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more. They are coming after our democracy,”

    Aw the City of Roses. What a beautiful place

    • Amazona September 2, 2020 / 8:50 am

      Sarah might think she has a chance, but I am guessing that the people of Portland, after experiencing the reality of Leftist power and in particular the tactics of Antifa, are not going to want to double down on the experience.

      Most who vote Democrat might be clueless, rather than ideological, but even so I doubt that many believe that the Red Hats are coming after brown & black people, after Jews, after queer & trans people, and more..

      You know who the “Red Hats” SHOULD be “coming after”? Violent crazy people. As AOC would say, I’m down with that.

      • Amazona September 2, 2020 / 1:40 pm

        BTW, it was the fascists who came after black people and brown people and Jews and homosexuals, after gypsies and Catholics. And BTW, Antifa IS fascist.

        Claiming it is ANTI-fascist because it says so is like claiming a bicycle is a car. No matter how stridently you insist that having two wheels is the same as four, that pedal power is the same as having an engine, that handlebars are really a steering wheel, the definition lies in the inherent structure of the two vehicles. And fascism is an inherently Leftist construct, with the same internal structure and the same external goals as any other Leftist label. It is a Collectivist structure based on a massively powerful Central Authority, with little or no freedom for the individual–the antithesis of political conservatism in the United States.

        As Dan Bongino pointed out yesterday, the Left has an insatiable appetite for invented villains. Once they have vanquished one demographic they can blame for various ills and crimes, they create another one. Any movement that demands purity is going to end up eating its own, because no one can be pure enough as the criteria shift.

      • Cluster September 2, 2020 / 4:09 pm

        Just ask Ted Wheeler. In fact conservatives ought to coin the phrase “Just Ask Ted” when we speak of the perils of the Left

  20. Amazona September 2, 2020 / 8:45 am

    These 18 Corporations Gave Money to Radical Black Lives Matter Group

    In other words, these 18 corporations either:

    1) Openly support the Marxist ideology of violent overthrow of governments—in this case, ours—or;

    2) Are run by people whose disinclination to do any research at all before committing the money and the reputation of their companies is proof they should not in positions of authority.

  21. Cluster September 2, 2020 / 8:53 am

    Well leave it to the NYT to do the hard work of journalism and bring us impactful stories. Here’s a study they reported on today:

    People who regularly watch Fox News or listen to conservative talk radio are significantly less likely to wear face masks than the population at large, a new poll from the University of New Hampshire found.

    So people who watch Fox and listen to conservative talk radio are independent conservative people who don’t conform to universal government mandates and prefer to decide for themselves what safety precautions they should take and how to live their life? Wow, that is some hard hitting journalism.

    • Amazona September 2, 2020 / 9:16 am

      Why not just come out and admit that this proves conservatives are smarter?

  22. Amazona September 2, 2020 / 9:26 am

    I mentioned my shift to podcasts. This morning I was listening to the podcast of yesterday’s Dan Bongino show, and he said some extremely important things about the nature of Leftist violence. I was hoping to find a transcript of the show, but I did find it on You Tube.

    It’s toward the middle of the show, I think, and basically he points out that no one is every safe—that the Left has to create more victim-creators so it has more victims. That is, to put it in my words because I don’t remember his, once a certain class of “villain” has been purged, the Left will move on to find or create another one, and no one is safe. Ask Ted Wheeler.

  23. Amazona September 2, 2020 / 9:40 am

    From the Comments section of an article:

    Most of the unequal outcomes encountered by African Americans can be explained much better by personal behavior rather than “white supremacy”.

    • Cluster September 2, 2020 / 10:39 am

      There’s a picture making it’s way around social media that is a great example of what you just said. It’s a picture of a Black cop, a Black attorney, and a black defendant standing in court listening to a Black judge. The caption … it’s not your color, it’s your choices.

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