The Trump Response to 9/11

I had tried to think of something to say about 9/11, 19 years on, but I only got a little bit about it…and then something hit me and I’ve pondered it a bit: Our response to 9/11 was a Deep State dodge.

Think about it: back on that day, we were all on fire to go get whomever it was and make them pay. And while bin Laden was the prime mover of the event, we also all knew that the real source of the trouble resided in Tehran. Absent Iran’s support for terrorist groups, none of the terrorist groups would amount to much. To really do anything in the aftermath of 9/11 meant a reckoning with Iran.

When we went into Afghanistan, I felt it was a misuse of time and resources but I understood it; bin Laden was there and we wanted him, specifically, dead. When we started to gear up for Iraq, I saw it was our means of inserting a large, US military force into the strategic center of gravity of the Middle East as part of a program of getting after Iran in the by and by. I thought we’d be in Baghdad by summer of 2001 and then start putting maximum pressure on Iran, including military force if needed, to topple the regime and thus get us to the conclusion of the problem: the ending of State-sponsorship of terrorism (which is done by others, but none on the scale of Iran). When we fidgeted around on the WMD issue and the UN, I put it down to a foolish but understandable desire to get the world community on board, and especially the Brits.

But then we stopped. And started to nation-build. And allowed our soldiers to be clay pigeons in Iraq…clay pigeons being shot at by Iran’s proxies. And, yet, still, I kept on: sure there was something going on which would eventually get us to confront Iran. But, it never happened. In the end, we were reduced to just trying to prevent catastrophe in Iraq before Obama took over. Which was accomplished – only to see Obama throw it all away as he felt that the path to peace was in currying favor with Iran.

But now I step back and watch the past 19 years and I see it better: for both Bush and Obama (and, really, Clinton and Bush before them…and, indeed, all the way back to Ike’s idiotic decision to smack down the Anglo-French and Israelis over Suez) the whole point of American policy has been to not do anything but only to appear to do something. From 1956 until 2016 – 60 long years – the whole effort has been a con. An effort to make it seem like something is happening when nothing is happening (except all the dead: they dead really got dead). This is especially true of the period 2001 to 2017…Bush II to Obama when we had the moral right to do what was necessary…and then we didn’t do it.

The clarifying comes about via Trump, who’s earliest actions in the area were to blow hell out of ISIS without inserting ground forces; move the Embassy to Jerusalem and denounce the Iran deal. All things which all the Experts said would be disastrous. All things which they said indicated that Trump had no idea how things work. Well…now we’ve got peace deals between Israel and UAE and Bahrain; rumors that other Arab States will follow suit; Iran isolated; Russia and Iran presiding over the junkheap of Syria; the Palestinians no longer a factor; ISIS destroyed; Muslim terrorism no longer really a thing…and our boys and girls are coming home and we’re not drone-sriking all over the place. It took less than four years to accomplish all this. Sixty years to accomplish nothing (except, once again, all the dead people).

That Trump has managed to move the ball this far forward towards peace and an end to the scourge of terrorism shows that it could have been done at any time. All anyone had to do was want to do it. I now view our actions post-9/11 (until Trump) as being the actions of our Expert class designed to make it appear we were doing something while actually doing nothing. As for why they wanted to keep up the enmity between Israel and the Arab States and keep Iran afloat…I don’t know. I suspect bribery. I also don’t care why they did it: I only know that Trump has shown we don’t have to do it their way.

The monument to those who died on 9/11 and those who have died in all the fighting since must be an Israeli family vacationing on a beach in Bahrain while a Bahraini family has dinner in Tel Aviv. That is the glory; that is the lion’s share. That is where Trump is bringing us. We are still some time away from that happy moment and those who want the old ways to persist will do some very nasty things to get their way…but Trump has shown that we can have peace. That we don’t have to forever live in a world where we’re periodically shown pictures of middle easterners blown to hell.

We have a real chance – for ourselves and for the world. All we need do is make the right decision on November 3rd.

81 thoughts on “The Trump Response to 9/11

  1. Cluster September 12, 2020 / 8:08 am

    There is a lot of money and power with war, so just follow the money. Foreign conflicts and “skirmishes” can be ordered and directed by the President without approval from Congress (or so has been the case throughout the last 40 years) and it definitely helped increase the Pentagon’s budget and kept the defense contractors and lobbyists happy. It’s not fun to have all those toys and not be able to play with them, right? If Biden wins in November, you can guarantee we will have troops back in Syria by the end of 2021. Guaranteed.

    And I have said before, George HW Bush was the first “new world order” President this country had, and he was followed by 3 other “globalists” … Clinton, Bush II, and Obama and between the 4 of them, they systematically dismantled and divided our country.

    Speaking of dividing the country, if not the world. Nancy is at it again:

    Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed on Friday that President Donald Trump’s recent success in securing peace deals in the Middle East was nothing more than “a distraction.” ….. “So, good for him for having a distraction on a day when the numbers of people who are affected and the numbers of people who are dying from this virus only increases,” Pelosi stated.

    Bringing peace to the middle east is now a “distraction”. But of course we all know that Democrats and their “NeverTrump Military Generals” DON’T want peace in the middle east. The middle east is their sandbox to play war in.

  2. Cluster September 12, 2020 / 8:15 am

    Oh and if you haven’t noticed, California Democrats, the media, and Hollywood are normalizing pedophilia:

    Members of congress are demanding action be taken against Netflix including a possible investigation by the Department of Justice. The concern comes over the release of a controversial new film, Cuties. The film shows young girls in a dance group, all dressed in revealing outfits, coupled with suggestive choreography. One member of congress has even urged for the entertainment giant to be investigated over allegations it is distributing child pornography. Viewers mounted a campaign to ‘cancel Netflix’ over controversial French film. ‘Cuties’ dropped Wednesday with Social media users posted pictures and videos of scenes with twerking 11-year-olds. The backlash against the movie erupted in August when Netflix debuted a trailer featuring a ‘sexualized’ portrayal of its young stars. French-Senegalese director Maimouna Doucouré, 35, has defended her movie as a commentary on the dangers of society sexualizing its youth.

    Missing children have been found all over the country now that Bill Clinton’s good friend is dead and his girlfriend is in prison.

    These are truly evil people.

  3. Amazona September 12, 2020 / 11:21 am

    a commentary on the dangers of society sexualizing its youth

    So to make “…a commentary on the dangers of society sexualizing its youth..” you have to sexualize our youth? Feeble excuse, Maimouna, and it won’t fly.

    If you want to make “…a commentary on the dangers of society sexualizing its youth..” then do a documentary on the existing damage done by the sexualization of our youth. But making a movie that is so obviously geared to the pedophilia market, one so graphic that parts of it could appear in a pedo’s personal fave file, is not the way to do it. The lingering closeups of the crotches and breasts of young girls as they mimic sex acts is proof that the intent was not to show the DANGERS of sexualizing children, but to celebrate it.

    There are several excuses for the film, and many attacks on those who rightly see it as an inducement to child abuse. But it really all comes down to—the Left loves filth. The Left loves anything that destabilizes our society and reduces our humanity to mere animal urges.

  4. Amazona September 12, 2020 / 11:32 am

    Bill Barr has been a hero to me for a while now, and he just keeps proving me right. emphasis mine

    In a recent interview he said, among other comments on the media, that they “…are political actors, highly partisan who try to shape what they’re reporting to achieve a political purpose and support a political narrative that has nothing to do with the truth. They’re very mendacious about it,” he continued. “It’s very destructive to our Republic; it’s very destructive to the Democratic system to have that, especially being so monolithic. It’s contributing to a lot of the intensity and partisanship.””

    I think it is way past time to stop calling them the “mainstream media” because, after all, that is stating that they reflect mainstream beliefs and opinions. Someone started calling them the Legacy Media. I prefer my own name of Agenda Media, or to be more accurate the Complicit Agenda Media.

    • Cluster September 12, 2020 / 1:02 pm

      I prefer to call them f***ing propagandist traitors. Baghdad Bob would be proud. After Trump wins, dismantling and reforming the news media may be the highest priority

      • Amazona September 12, 2020 / 9:07 pm

        I don’t think the president, or even Congress, can do that. But the people can, by ignoring the Agenda Media till they wither on the vine and go away.

        And to make that happen we need to first make sure there is no doubt about their dishonesty and active efforts to undermine the nation till it collapses.

        I keep coming back to the desperate need for clear communication. We mutter about “socialism” and even “Marxism” but we never define them, so the average ignoramus “educated” in our public school system has no idea what those words mean. He looks around and sees harmless looking gents like Biden representing them, or a perky airhead like AOC, and they don’t seem so scary.

        So why don’t we have billboards all over quoting Marx?

        The essence of Marxism is, by his own words, “the abolition of private property”. Yes, this would include iPhones and Priuses.

        What else did he say that Americans need to know, when they are told that huge American companies support the openly Marxist organization of Black Lives Matter? When they are told that the Left is Marxist?

        “there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”
        …………………..

        “the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things.”
        …………………..

        The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions
        …………………

        the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions
        that way is revolutionary terror

        Why aren’t we specifically asking American voters if these are the principles they want to put in power? If these are rules under which they want to live?

        Marx’s favorite author was Faust,and his favorite quote was “Everything that exists deserves to perish”.

        Black Lives Matter was founded by, and is guided by, people who proudly proclaim themselves as ardent and educated Marxists, and this is the underlying philosophy of the Left.

        We won’t be voting for PEOPLE, we will be voting for SYSTEMS. And we don’t ever make that point.

      • Amazona September 12, 2020 / 11:20 pm

        “…. for Marxism the democratic process is a pointless sham. Democracy presupposes the effectiveness of reason — that individuals can observe, think, and judge for themselves, that they can learn from experience, be open to argument, and change their minds. Marxism, however, rules that out on epistemological principle: knowledge is conditioning, not rational judgment.

        In final consequence, it follows that when differently-conditioned individuals meet, the conflict can be resolved only by force. Socialists cannot argue capitalists into socialism. They cannot objectively present reasons or appeal to reason. They can only take over by violence and remove their social enemies.

      • Retired Spook September 13, 2020 / 8:21 am

        for Marxism the democratic process is a pointless sham.

        Bet they’re not teaching that in public schools.

      • Amazona September 13, 2020 / 12:10 pm

        5 Things Marx Wanted to Abolish (Besides Private Property)

        We all know Marx wanted to get rid of private property, but he was remarkably frank about wanting to abolish these things, too.

        Karl Marx might not have been a very good guy, but he was refreshingly candid about the aims of Communism. This brazenness, one could argue, is baked into the Communist psyche.

        “The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims,” Marx declared in his famous manifesto. “They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution.”

        Like Hitler’s Mein Kampf, readers are presented with a pure, undiluted vision of the author’s ideology (dark as it may be).

        Marx’s manifesto is famous for summing up his theory of Communism with a single sentence: “Abolition of private property.” But this was hardly the only thing the philosopher believed must be abolished from bourgeois society in the proletariat’s march to utopia. In his manifesto, Marx highlighted five additional ideas and institutions for eradication.

        1. The Family

        2. Individuality

        Marx believed individuality was antithetical to the egalitarianism he envisioned. Therefore, the “individual” must “be swept out of the way, and made impossible.”

        3. Eternal Truths

        ….. Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.’

        4. Nations

        5. The Past

        Marx saw tradition as a tool of the bourgeoisie. Adherence to the past served as a mere distraction in proletariat’s quest for emancipation and supremacy.

        “In bourgeois society,” Marx wrote, “the past dominates the present; in Communist society, the present dominates the past.”

        We can go down this list and see countless examples of today’s Marxists working to eliminate the family, get rid of the individual in favor of the Collective, deny eternal truths and objective reality in favor of constantly shifting relativity, destroy borders and national identity and deny and destroy history.

        It is unfolding right in front of our eyes, and most of the people in this country see it but have no idea of what it means.

  5. Retired Spook September 12, 2020 / 12:13 pm

    Excellent post, Mark. You’ve put words to what I’ve been thinking for a long time.

    So to make “…a commentary on the dangers of society sexualizing its youth..” you have to sexualize our youth? Feeble excuse, Maimouna, and it won’t fly.

    She didn’t just sexualize our youth, she exploited 11-year-olds. Yes, these are not flat-chested 18-year-olds portraying 11-year-olds, THEY’RE ACTUALLY 11-YEAR-OLDS! I’m glad to see the level of outrage against this film. It’s about time decent, moral people took a stand against the avalanche of filth coming from the “entertainment” industry. I have to agree with Cluster’s recent comments, that there are likely a large number of people (from both sides of the political aisle) who have secret lives as pedophiles.

    • Amazona September 12, 2020 / 12:43 pm

      Have you all noticed the complete lack of national media attention to the recent rescue of so many trafficked children? It’s like there is a determination to simply not acknowledge the sexual predation on children and the literal slavery represented by sex trafficking.

      If Ms. Doucouré is serious about exposing the “dangers” of various sex-oriented topics, maybe she should do a movie about the young women who end up as sex slaves after trusting Mexican coyotes to get them to and across the US border, and how lax border security has for so many years contributed to this problem. She could even, if she is truly fretting about the sexualization of children, include the practice of adults bringing children to the border to take advantage of the ability to cross more easily if accompanied by a child, only to dump the kid on the US side of the border to fend for himself or herself on the streets or to be picked up by sex traffickers.

      But no, those topics might offend the Left, who prefer to have their kiddie sex unexamined and the consequences of their attitudes toward border security ignored. Such brutal honesty might bump up against the hysterical narratives surrounding the Trump rules about separating children from their accompanying adults at the border to determine if the adults are really their parents.

      Some of us have noticed how often it is the innocent, whether the unborn or young children, are used as pawns to advance the various agendas of the Left.

      • Cluster September 12, 2020 / 1:03 pm

        Have you all noticed the complete lack of national media attention to the recent rescue of so many trafficked children?

        YES

  6. Amazona September 12, 2020 / 12:46 pm

    There is a simple theme I think we should be promoting, all over the place, all the time:

    A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for him to be president.

    A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for someone else, unnamed and unknown to us, to act as president.

  7. Cluster September 12, 2020 / 1:08 pm

    As I watched Slow Joe stumble through another speech in MI the other day, I had to think what Bernie Sanders and AOC were thinking as they watched him promote automobile manufacturing standing in front of gas guzzling large Ford pickups. I am thinking they weren’t too happy. And we all know Biden has already sold his soul to Bernie but oddly enough, no reporter or “journalist” asked Biden about the conflict within the party. Why would Biden promote automobile manufacturing when his economic advisors want to end fossil fuels? That might be a good question to ask

    • Amazona September 13, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      That might be a good question to ask

      I might start with “who are you?” then “where are you?” before getting into the complicated stuff like “why are you here”?

      Did you read the article where the guy said he programmed a bot to come up with Biden quotes? They were so good I had to check to make sure he wasn’t really quoting Biden.

      “American is an idea. why? Look at the history. C’mon, man.”

      “I’m the one who, what about education? The problems our children are required to at home. My wife is a teacher. Triple the money, okay? Triple.”

      “He says to me, ‘Joe,’ he says. ‘Give me a hug you old Irish son of a bitch.'”

      Seriously, how could you tell this was a parody?

  8. Cluster September 12, 2020 / 1:14 pm

    So this morning I was lectured to by the geniuses at MSNBC chiding me for not taking climate change seriously and of course these fires raging throughout Democrat States are “no doubt” the result of climate change, right?

    Two men in Washington state, one man in Oregon and one woman in California are facing arson charges accused of intentionally starting wildfires that are ravaging parts of the West Coast. Michael Bakkela, 41, was arrested Friday over a blaze in southern Oregon that merged with the deadly Almeda Fire and in California, Anita Esquivel, 37, was arrested Friday for fires on Highway 101 near Boronda Road. At least 20 have now been killed in California, 8 in Oregon and 1 in Washington state in deadly wildfires. Authorities in Oregon and California warned residents to expect the casualty count to rise as fires continue to burn through the states and dozens of people are missing.

    Also Governor Newsome doesn’t even want to have a discussion with “climate change deniers”. Everyone should connect the dots by now – systemic racism and climate change are two intangible issues that can be used to blame for everything and conveniently covers up incompetence, and two issues of which can never be resolved. The Left loves them

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8721359/Evacuate-Wildfires-grow-Oregon-500K-flee.html

    • Amazona September 12, 2020 / 10:50 pm

      Michael Bakkela, 41, was arrested Friday over a blaze in southern Oregon

      But was he protesting something? Because that is all that would matter. If this was a statement of outrage at police brutality, well, sometimes you gotta break some eggs if you want to make an omelet.

      As the patron saint of BLM saId, “there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.” and if the terror of being burned alive is just cast as “revolutionary” then that would be just fine with the morons in Oregon.

  9. Amazona September 12, 2020 / 8:09 pm

    systemic racism and climate change are two intangible issues that can be used to blame for everything now that witchcraft is out of date. But the proofs are pretty similar in their intellectual and scientific rigor.

    (“What else floats? Very small rocks?”)

    • Cluster September 13, 2020 / 8:26 am

      hahahahahaha love Monty Python

      • Amazona September 13, 2020 / 1:14 pm

        Who knew that in addition to being hysterically funny (see the Dead Parrot routine) they would also, like George Orwell, turn out to be political prophets? You can plug nearly any Leftist effort to sound logical and “scientific” into the template of how to tell if a woman is a witch and it will fit pretty well.

  10. Cluster September 13, 2020 / 8:36 am

    SEGREGATION !!! Hell let’s just do it. Black Americans evidently want it.

    A group of 19 African American families bought a 97-acre tract of land in rural Georgia which they plan to use to create a city that will serve as a ‘safe space’ for black families. The planned black cooperative town, which will be known as Freedom, is slated to be built on land that sits just east of Macon, Georgia in Wilkinson County. ‘I’m hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for black families in particular,’ real estate agent Ashley Scott said. ‘Being able to create a community that is thriving, that is safe, that has agriculture and commercial businesses that are supporting one another and that dollars circulating in our community, that is our vision.’ The idea of creating a black cooperative on an unincorporated piece of land about 120 miles southeast of Atlanta was the brainchild of Scott and her friend, Renee Walters, an investor and entrepreneur.

    A black communist paradise. They’re going back to their tribal roots … ‘We needed to create a space and a place where we could be a village, again, a tribe, again.’. What could go wrong? Can you imagine if white people anywhere wanted to build an “all white” cooperative? How do you think that would go over?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8727233/Black-families-buy-97-land-Georgia-build-town-whites-not-encouraged-move.html

    • Retired Spook September 13, 2020 / 9:25 am

      My wife and I actually live in an all-white cooperative — 7 white families on a rural private drive. We take turns mowing the grass along the drive. We share community expenses like snow plowing, road and commons area maintenance, and we occasionally borrow an egg or a cup of milk from one an other. The difference is we didn’t purposely segregate ourselves based on race, and, should a black family (or any other ethnicity) move in we would welcome them with open arms.

      • Cluster September 13, 2020 / 9:30 am

        So there’s no “purity tests” in your coop? That’s odd. What about a handicapped, transgendered Hispanic? Would they be welcome? LOL

      • Retired Spook September 13, 2020 / 9:35 am

        Kind of depends on the individual. One of the things we talked about in Church last Sunday was what a marvelous place this is to live. Common sense is common, and hatred and intolerance for people who are different is uncommon. That said, there is such a thing as live and let live compared to forcing others to not only tolerate your life choices but to embrace them.

      • Amazona September 13, 2020 / 11:56 am

        Whatever. As nearly all crime against black people is committed by other black people, it seems to me that to feel safe black folks should try to integrate into safe communities, period.

        The lesson these people have not learned, and will probably never learn, is that as long as they see themselves as BLACK and not just as people with darker skin they will always be creating differences and distances between them and people who don’t put melanin at the very top of their important characteristics.

      • dbschmidt September 13, 2020 / 9:10 pm

        Just as an afterthought–Following my terminations for no apparent reason I was thinking about growing up. Growing up on the backside of a bowling alley / pool hall wasn’t always the best but I have some really great memories.

        That is one of the best friends I ever had but also my older and younger brothers and my sister. Their family had children like my family did, Even though the neighbors had three boys and their “cousins” had thirteen Joel & I were best friends, His Korean mother taught me Bonsai which I still practice. Patience Grasshopper Patience.

        Point being is I never thought of them as POC because I wasn;t brought up that way. Color made no difference Jesus was never “white” but rather omnipotent. One did not care because we not taught to to hate.

        There is a lot that needs to be fixed in this world and I am starting with education and our piss poor educational system.

  11. Cluster September 13, 2020 / 9:27 am

    Living around WOKE Democrats just isn’t fun. They have so many mental issues that it’s impossible to even talk with them let alone live around them .. so I say, let’s don’t. Look what they’ve done to Vegas:

    Tourist Ben Jacobs, 23, from Los Angeles, says: ‘It’s like being in a zombie apocalypse movie. Vegas is somewhere you come for laughs and fun, but now it’s so quiet and everyone is wearing a mask.

    They hate Trump so much and they have so many irrational fears that we are all living in a Progressive “zombie apocalypse” … this is what Democrats love but we need to end this shit NOW !!!!

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8726053/Las-Vegas-ghost-town-strippers-signs-saying-Sorry-clothed.html

    • Amazona September 13, 2020 / 11:58 am

      Well, as I continually point out, the Left MUST have a destabilized society full of chaos, distrust and rancor to be able to get a toehold and start to take over. If they can’t find a country like that, they create one.

  12. Amazona September 13, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    After seeing the video of a man approaching a parked police car in Los Angeles and firing through the window, hitting both officers in the head, I am finding myself more and more inclined to support segregation. When a class of people refuses to rise above savagery, it should be quarantined.

    This certainly does not apply to all black people, but I would be fine with rounding up every gangbanger in every city and dumping them all onto a prison island like Alcatraz. Don’t lock them in cells, just let them prey on each other. Drop basic supplies in once a week and leave them to it.

    As they say, “bag ’em and tag ’em”. Run them through a basic process in which they can claim they should not be sent to live with their own kind and offer some very stringent conditions for being spared. But basically they need to be removed from society and from the gene pool.

    Have a separate island for whites, another for Asians. But get the vermin away from decent people, so decent people can live decent lives.

  13. Amazona September 13, 2020 / 4:48 pm

    Mark, you live in Las Vegas. What do you think of this article?

    Warning: What’s Happening in Las Vegas Will Destroy America

    • M. Noonan September 13, 2020 / 7:10 pm

      Our governor is a Democrat who won in a Blue year in a State which still has the Reid machine to gear up the votes…so, yeah; we didn’t get the cream of the crop in the governor’s mansion. What we got was a long time Clark County hack politician who was “safe”…not too threatening to anyone (it seemed).

      When he did the initial shutdown in March, I backed him on it – because we simply didn’t know what we were dealing with. Since then, however, it has been one clusterfark after another. The unemployment screw up should ensure Sisolak’s defeat in 2022: buckets of people haven’t seen a cent. Where there heck is the money? People care calling in to local news to claim they were on hold at unemployment for the literal 8 hour workday. But, as the article points out, there’s more! The Mrs and I are wondering if Vegas will ever fully recover from this Democrat-inflicted wound. It was very common for us to go out to dinner and then drop $100 in the video poker machines. When they finally opened up the casinos, the rules made it such a hassle that we only went three times before dropping it. Now, we simply don’t even miss it any more: its been months and we’ve found other things to occupy our time. Huge numbers of people around the world who probably made Vegas a regular vacation stop haven’t been here in ages…and some who come find they’ve got to wear a mask everywhere and you can’t have a drink at the bar and there’s a plastic fricking barrier between you and the other players at the blackjack table (meanwhile, the chips are just passed around between dealers and players…so, great plan!). What a bucket of fun, huh? I’m not even worried about the ban on indoor smoking in the casinos…it was probably coming anyway…but what matters you don’t have to smell smoke while you gasp for breath under your mask as you try to play a slot machine?

      The remote schooling thing is also a disaster…tens of thousands of poor kids still aren’t set up for it. And, I really don’t get it: Sisolak knows that we live and die by people having fun…and yet he’s still going on like this is the Black Death…and he’s the hero saving our lives.

  14. Amazona September 13, 2020 / 5:18 pm

    “Comedian Trevor Noah Offended By Gender Reveal Parties: Child Hasn’t Picked Gender Yet”.

    Is he serious? Again, who can tell? It is no longer possible to parody the Left.

    But Ted Cruz came back with a great response:

    A fair point. Many liberal males never grow balls…

    It is increasingly clear this cannot be said about the New Republicans.

  15. Retired Spook September 13, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    I got this link in an email from one of the ladies in our local Tea Party group. This guy gets off into the survivalist weeds toward the end, but makes some really interesting points about the President’s power under the 14th amendment.

    • Amazona September 13, 2020 / 7:29 pm

      It’s even more complicated than that. Under the Electoral Count Act of 1887, if a state has not submitted its certification of its count of votes for president, it will lose its Electoral College votes. I’ve posted this a couple of times here, and always wondered how that would affect the mandatory 51% of the Electoral College votes needed to win, and no one has responded.

      Probably because no one knows. In a theoretical example of Pennsylvania not being able to submit a certified vote tally by December 14, an article asks: “Now there’s a stalemate. If Pennsylvania’s electoral votes can’t be counted, does that mean that being picked as president requires the same 270 electoral votes as normal, or merely 260 (a majority of the total without Pennsylvania)? The experts don’t even agree on whether there’s a clear answer.”(Setting aside the math question—the total of votes would be diminished by 10, so the majority would only be reduced by 5.)

      Think about it—that is critical. People are chattering about what if no one gets 50% of the EC vote and the president being selected by the House of Representatives, but that question never addresses how many votes it would take to cross that threshold.

      An old article about the Wisconsin recount back in 2016 addresses this: Wisconsin’s presidential recount, which will begin next week, could put the state at risk of not having its 10 electoral votes counted. A federal “safe harbor” law requires states to complete presidential recounts within 35 days of the election to ensure their electoral votes are counted. This year, that’s Dec. 13.

      So what if the mail-in ballots in, say, California or New York (or both) are jacked up because of the inevitable messes such a cockamamie system guarantees, and California loses its 55 Electoral College votes. Does that mean the total number of EC votes is reduced by that number, down to 483 from 538? Does that mean the winner will only need half of 483, or 242, instead of 270?

      OK, put a pin in that and move on to the possibility that neither candidate gets half of the EC votes, throwing the decision into the House. Scary, right? Except for 2 details. One is that the House only gets one vote per state, chosen by that state’s Representatives. Right now the Republicans control 26 states, so unless someone has taken a Stupid Pill and appoints a Never Trumper to represent a Republican state there is a good chance the president would be the Republican.

      The other is that .“… in conjunction with the presidential election, a new Congress also needs to be in place on January 3 following the general election under the 20th Amendment. That new Congress would select a president and a vice president if the Electoral College voters do not agree on a majority winner for each office.” So now downballot voting is even more important.

      Wouldn’t it be a hoot if the president were chosen and it is Donald Trump because some loony tunes Dem Representatives got themselves defeated in the election because of their antics regarding impeachment? Would that be irony, or karma, or just plain justice?

      Then there is this confusing opinion: But when it comes to counting ballots, the most important day isn’t November 3—It’s December 12, the date that federal law requires each state’s chosen electors to the Electoral College to “meet and give their votes.” If the electors are not finalized in time, state legislators can meet and decide a different method of picking them, so long as that happens by December 8. This timeline leaves states with just under five weeks to count and certify their respective popular votes—and that may not be enough.

      This doesn’t even address certification of the state’s votes or the loss of Electoral College votes, and I’m not sure I even understand it.

  16. Retired Spook September 13, 2020 / 6:18 pm

    This is something I had never seen before that is being circulated by our Indiana Oath Keepers chapter. The Founders were some of the most brilliant men who ever lived.

    • Cluster September 14, 2020 / 8:15 am

      No truer words have ever been said.

      “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Benjamin Franklin

      And just think of one of our current political parties erasing God from their platform and celebrating convicted criminals before you read the next quote.

      “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” – George Washington

  17. Cluster September 14, 2020 / 8:19 am

    You know folks we need to be honest with ourselves …. no sugar coating or fear of being labeled as a “bigot”, but we have some rabid dogs in our country that need to be put down:

    Protesters took to the streets in Lancaster, Pennsylvania hours after a man was fatally shot by police. Bodycam video shows Ricardo Munoz, 27, ‘brandishing a knife over his head’ in a threatening manner. The Lancaster District Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident. Protestors gathered outside the Lancaster Police headquarters calling for accountability. Some of the windows of police vehicles were smashed during the protest against the shooting.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html

    • Amazona September 14, 2020 / 8:24 pm

      “Brandishing a knife over his head” while charging an armed police officer. The Mail makes it sound like was just waving a knife around, kind of casually, and as if no one charging someone with the intent to do harm with a knife ever raises that knife first so it is for some period of time “over his head”.

      Any slasher movie will illustrate that. Hell, even the old movie “Psycho” had (spoiler alert for the youngsters) Normal Bates “brandishing a knife over his head” right before he killed Marian Crane. He even brandished it a couple of times.

  18. Cluster September 14, 2020 / 8:26 am

    Just a note to shit hole States of California, Washington, and Oregon …. maybe God is trying to tell you something.

  19. Cluster September 14, 2020 / 6:06 pm

    Re: the ambush on those two LA officers, how did Black Lives Matter know:

    1. The shooting occurred
    2. Where the ambulances would be going
    3. What road to block to delay the ambulance

    Seems coordinated, no?

    So now we know Black Lives Matter are actively targeting police officers, in a normal world, that would make the news. Here’s a heartbreaking account of the damage democrats are inflicting on this country. And what do they mean by “dark skinned”??

    A new photo has emerged of the female deputy, who has not been named but was described as a 31-year-old mother of a six-year-old boy, covered in blood after she was shot in the jaw by an unidentified male gunman just before 7pm Saturday in LA’s Compton neighborhood. FOX11 reported that the female deputy managed to call for help and tended to her partner, a 24-year-old male who was shot in the head. Both deputies are said to be in stable condition and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is offering a $100,000 reward for information about the ‘dark-skinned’ suspect who remains at large as of Monday morning. Video showed the suspect approaching an LACSD vehicle parked outside the Metro Blue Line station and opening fire before he fled on foot.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8731819/Hero-LA-deputy-shot-ambush-called-help-applied-tourniquet-partner.html

    Update: A Los Angeles county city manager used Malcolm X controversial ‘chickens come home to roost’ quote to describe the shooting of two officers in Compton.

    Wow. The shooting of the officers was just endorsed by the LA City manager

    • Amazona September 14, 2020 / 7:09 pm

      I’m waiting for the riots over the cowardly ambush of the deputies.

      Oh, wait—decent, civilized people don’t riot. Only feral savages riot

      • Amazona September 14, 2020 / 7:19 pm

        And that observation leads me to another—that the only reason these feral savages are so comfortable acting like feral savages is because they know we are not like them and will not respond in kind.

        Which is too bad, and which I am starting to regret. Not that we should become like them, but a little return of what they dish out might make them stop and think. Right now when a couple of them get killed they can count on the Agenda Media backing them up and trying to turn it into a victory for them, but a few hundred armed Blue Lives Matter outraged citizens swarming some black enclave, burning and looting and threatening and intimidating, might get some attention.

        But after only a moment’s reflection, I realized it would not. It would just be another day in the ‘hood, just with some different players.

      • Retired Spook September 14, 2020 / 7:44 pm

        that the only reason these feral savages are so comfortable acting like feral savages is because they know we are not like them and will not respond in kind.

        That’s not the ONLY reason. They also know that the vast majority of them will suffer no consequences for their actions. Maybe I’m just a naive old man, but I do believe a reckoning is coming, and I would not want to be a liberal activist when it does.

      • Amazona September 14, 2020 / 8:31 pm

        Have I ever brought up the idea of making the oath of office binding, as a legal employment contract, so violating it would result in loss of the position and its associated benefits?

        Seems to me I might have mentioned that idea.

        What effect would that have on the law enforcement officers and prosecutors and mayors and governors and judges who are openly, blatantly, violating their oaths of office day in and day out?

        As Cluster would say, “asking for a friend”

      • Cluster September 14, 2020 / 10:04 pm

        It’s a crying shame that our country has devolved to this level but I agree with both of you… there’s a reckoning coming.

  20. Amazona September 14, 2020 / 7:43 pm

    On my way home tonight I heard a little of Trump’s speech in California blaming the intensity of the fires on the buildup of “kindling” in the forests, due to bad forest management. This was followed by the strangest clip ever of Newsome, who sounded like he was absolutely groveling, as he went into some goofball pandering crap about so much respect, blah blah blah—and then explained that the fires are because ….. science.

    “‘We come from a perspective, humbly, where we submit the science is in and observed evidence is self-evident — that climate change is real,’” Which, of course, has nothing to do with the bad forest management that allows material to build up on forest floors. It was all “blah blah climate change” and “blah blah lightning” but nothing about tap dancing around the simple fact that without abundant fuel, fires don’t burn the way the California fires are burning.

    NPR danced around the real issue, which is political pressure based on hysteria about the “pollution” of logging equipment and the general Liberal antagonism toward capitalism—in this case, profiting from logging. They mumbled: What sometimes gets lost in the flurry of TV coverage showing dramatic images of wildfires is that for more than a century, naturally occurring wildfires in California and the West have been suppressed. This has led to an unnatural buildup of fuels.

    Historically, most wildfires in the Western U.S. were suppressed to protect timber assets. More recently, aggressive fire suppression has occurred with an eye toward protecting homes and property. However, most forests and shrub lands, including the chaparral-covered hillsides in coastal California, are considered fire dependent: They need fires for regrowth. Fire ecologists say people have tried to remove fires from the ecosystem, and the unintended consequence has been even larger, drought-fueled, human-caused fires. All of this is exacerbated by climate change.

    But they are wrong. The buildup of flammable material in forests is not just due to fire suppression, but to political resistance to logging companies being allowed to thin forests and remove that material. Many communities are trying to do controlled burns, overseen by professionals, to keep the ecosystem in balance.

    When did “climate change” become so crucial? Because In 1910, wildfires in Idaho and Montana burned millions of acres, destroying communities and killing 86 people.

  21. Cluster September 15, 2020 / 7:52 am

    So MSNBC is in full climate change mode this morning and of course it’s Trumps fault. I just heard a climate “expert” on the panel say that 30 towns in Alaska are currently being swallowed up by the ocean and those towns are in the process of evacuating and moving …. and I thought wow, that’s a hell of a story, so I googled it (actually duckduckgo’d it) and I couldn’t find anything other than this:

    Almost no one in America has heard of the Alaskan village of Kivalina. It clings to a narrow spit of sand on the edge of the Bering Sea, far too small to feature on maps of Alaska, never mind the United States.

    Which is perhaps just as well, because within a decade Kivalina is likely to be under water. Gone, forever. Remembered – if at all – as the birthplace of America’s first climate change refugees.

    And this article was from 2013. I am not sure if the Village is still there but something tells me that it is. How irresponsible to claim 30 towns in Alaska are being swept into the ocean with zero pushback or challenge. This lie will tell you everything you need to know about the propaganda media … which is tearing this country apart

    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23346370

    • Retired Spook September 15, 2020 / 8:14 am

      When we were in Alaska for a cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2016 our cruise ship spent a day going all the way to the end of Glacier Bay and back. We counted a number of Glaciers that reach all the way to the bay, and, in fact, the entire bay was one big Glacier until (wait for it) the late 1700’s, when it started melting because of all the CO2 early explorers were spewing into the air. IIRC, it reached its current condition about 50 years ago (when humans actually DID start driving SUV’s.

      Oceans are currently rising at a little over an inch per decade, or about a foot per century. As the photo in the linked article shows, real estate developers don’t seem to be too worried about dealing with that much rise in the next century.

      I’m wondering if climate change alarmists as a group are willing to make whatever drastic lifestyle changes that are necessary so that the small Alaskan village of Kivaline will not be lost to the sea. Actually I’m wondering if any climate change alarmist can tell us what human actions are necessary so that Kivalina doesn’t disappear under the waves. Take your time — I’ll wait.

      • Cluster September 15, 2020 / 8:23 am

        Good point … in fact Obama has purchased two multi million dollar properties right on the ocean in Hawaii and Mass. I think. In fact in Hawaii, Obama is redoing the seawall which is against State regulations but only for other people I guess. So the question is, why is Obama investing so much money in properties that will be gone in a few years? Doesn’t make sense.

  22. Cluster September 15, 2020 / 8:04 am

    Good news:

    According to a new Gallup poll, more Americans have a negative view of pro sports than a positive one.

    This makes a lot of sense, given how upset many fans have been at professional sports leagues’ embrace of left-wing politics in recent months.

    I read earlier that Sunday Night football ratings were down over 20%. I tried to watch my 49ers this weekend but with two of the coaches wearing BLM t-shirts, the messages in the end zone, on their helmets, and on the scoreboard, and the cute little message on the coaches hat turned my stomach and made me turn the channel. I didn’t watch one minute of college ball on Saturday and will not be watching much of the NFL this year. I can find other things to do then sit on my ass and watch ungrateful millionaires.

  23. Cluster September 15, 2020 / 8:25 am

    American Thinker details why the NFL is devolving:

    Back in 2014, Neal Gabler gave the world a firsthand look at how progressives see NFL fans, lamenting at Reuters that the NFL was the “last bastion of white, male conservatives,” allowing them to “enjoy their world on Sunday — even if that world may be crumbling around them.” He cited an Experian Simmons study that showed that 83 percent of NFL fans were white, “64 percent were male, 51 percent are 45 years or older, only 32 percent made less than $60K per year” — and, sin of sins, the fans were found to be “59 percent more likely to have played a round of golf in the last year.”

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/09/roger_goodell_and_wokeness_have_ensured_the_decline_of_the_nfl.html

  24. Retired Spook September 15, 2020 / 9:10 am

    Let me see if I have this right. Biden voters are burning down cities all over the country, but if Trump is re-elected, more cities will burn because of climate change. YCMTSU!!

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