Open Thread

Almost done with Battles!

I’ll have it out in a few days: gotta be formatted and then I have to proof it one, last time.

Yesterday, the MSM and the various gay rights group were breathlessly telling the world that Pete Buttigieg, to be Biden’s Transportation nominee, will be the first openly gay cabinet member. Another great advance in human rights by the Democrats. One problem: it wasn’t because Buttigieg isn’t the first openly gay cabinet member: Ric Grenell was.

Why do I bring this up?

Well, earlier today I saw the NY Time’s Maggie Haberman getting all misty eyed about some female Biden aides who combined work with family. And you’re going, hey, what about Ivanka and all the other powerful women in the Trump Administration who have been his most effective people these past four years? Didn’t they also bravely balance work and family?

Sure: but Haberman’s audience has no idea about it because Haberman, and the rest of her MSMers, carefully hid the fact that the really top people in Team Trump were all women. Just as they hid the fact that Ric Grenell is gay. The MSM doesn’t just lie by stating egregious falsehoods (though there is plenty of that), they also lie by what they don’t say.

Saw this morning that there’s a viral Tom Cruise video where he goes on rant against employees not properly obeying China Flu protocols. My question: why is he filming? Since when is Mission Impossible 7 vital to the health and safety of the people?

I’ve been wary of the “vote flipping” accusation against Dominion because, well, shades of “Putin switched votes from Hillary to Trump” from 2016. But, this seems a bit different, now: it isn’t the ridiculous idea that a Russian hacker got into a voting machine which wasn’t connected to the internet and then flipped the votes as they came in…this is an accusation that the programming of the machine was accidentally or malicious set in such a way that it would produce more votes for Biden and fewer for Trump. Now, did it actually happen that way? Only a full, forensic audit by a neutral outsider could determine it…which is something that the “it wasn’t rigged” people are fighting furiously against.

RSM links to a report showing the statistical likelihood of Biden’s victory. Spoiler: not very likely at all. Now, does statistical variance prove something nefarious happened? Nope. But as it was such a variance, it certainly justifies a close look at the vote…which, once again, the “it wasn’t rigged” people don’t want.

Strange, huh?

66 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook December 19, 2020 / 2:16 pm

    As usual, Newt lays it out pretty succinctly.

    • Amazona December 19, 2020 / 8:56 pm

      One thing that struck me when the report came in about Chief Justice Mitt Roberts was the “explanation” that the reason the report could not be accurate is that the justices had not met in person for quite some time.

      Yet they did meet, in one way or another—conference calls or some kind of electronic communication. Therefore, it would be possible to either hear people on the call yelling at each other, with the person in the room sounding louder, or alternatively hear one side of the conversation and hearing one person yelling.

      Another effort to dismiss the report was that SCOTUS clerks are known for being tight-lipped and not leaking: therefore no clerk could possibly leak.: therefore no clerk revealed anything overheard.

      This kind of non-explanation is common among the Left.

  2. Cluster December 20, 2020 / 8:54 am

    Well I have been wrong. I never thought this country was racist. I have never seen any blatant racism in my 60 years and to the contrary, I have seen everyday people go out of their way to accommodate “people of color” or other races. This is a benevolent country … except for our new WOKE Democrat government:

    Half of US states mentioned racial equity in their plans for vaccine rollout as they aim to focus on black and Hispanic people as priorities. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom has said that experts are ‘making sure black and brown communities disproportionately are benefited’. Dr. Robert Redfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, also issued a recommendation that multi-generational families living in the same household are among the vaccination priorities as it will include ‘Hispanic, Black and Tribal Nations families’. However, more than one third of black Americans remain hesitant to get a vaccine. The first two Americans to receive the coronavirus vaccine, live on television, were black caregivers, optics that illustrate a daunting challenge facing the nationwide campaign: persuading skeptical African Americans to get inoculated.

    There is no other way to spin it. Our progressive bureaucratic government and the Democrat Party firmly believe that people of color are inferior. They treat them differently, they be sure to categorize them differently, they have different policies towards them, they give them their own colleges, they give them their own Congressional Caucus, and of course they take their votes for granted every election cycle.

    America is a very racist country, thanks to our government and Democrats.

    • Cluster December 20, 2020 / 9:15 am

      And they just won’t let up. And mind you, these changes are designed to be “anti racist” hahahahahaha. It’s exactly like the “anti fascists” lol. This from the Dalton School in Manhattan:

      The list of proposed changes includes:

      – The hiring of twelve full time diversity officers and an additional full time employee whose ‘entire role is to support Black students who come forward with complaints.’
      – Hiring of multiple psychologists with ‘specialization on the psychological issues affecting ethnic minority populations.’
      – Paying off the student debt of incoming black faculty
      – Re-route 50 percent of all donations to NYC public schools
      – Eliminate AP courses if black students don’t score as high as white
      – Overhaul entire curriculum and add required courses ‘that explicitly center Black liberation and challenges to white supremacy’
      – Reduce tuition for black students whose photographs appear in school promotional materials
      – Require public ‘anti-racism’ statements from all employees annually
      – Mandatory ‘Community and Diversity Days’ to be held ‘throughout the year’
      – Required anti-bias training to be conducted every year for all staff and parent volunteers
      – Mandatory minority representation in (otherwise elected) student leadership roles
      – Mandatory diversity plot lines in school plays

      • Amazona December 20, 2020 / 1:21 pm

        What this mission statement says is that we can’t expect black people to meet the same standards other races routinely do, so the school has to put its thumb on the scale to give them a fake advantage. But the underlying message is the same, and it hurts black students who excel because they work hard and have earned their grades.

        This is much like what we are seeing with Kamala Harris, who got her job as D.A. by sleeping with the very powerful and influential Willie Brown (who has admitted to pressuring people to advance her), who got into the Senate only because she was running in a locked-down Democrat state with the same clout provided by her bedmate, and who could only get to her assumed position of Vice President as a gift, so she can be the token black female president when Joe is bumped out of office. Everyone knows she did nothing to earn this position, everyone knows it is based on her sexual availability to a man willing to use his influence to help her career and on the color of her skin and her gender. Not any of it is based on skills, talent or ability. And this will make it harder for future women, and particularly “women OF COLORRRRR!!! to be taken seriously.

        Any time a black person has a position of power or status not because of ability and hard work but because he or she fits into a demographic slot, all black achievers are looked at with skepticism and doubt that they are where they are because they legitimately earned it.

      • Cluster December 20, 2020 / 2:02 pm

        Great friggin point. It hurts those people of color who truly do rely on the content of their character.

    • jdge1 December 20, 2020 / 10:40 pm


  3. Amazona December 20, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    From publisher outlines of two books on socialism: emphasis mine

    From: “Hitler Was A Socialist” We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions.

    These are the words of Adolf Hitler. He and the National Socialist German Worker’s Party –the NAZI– were a SOCIALIST Party.

    Then who told us that Hitler and the NAZI were Fascist?
    Joseph Stalin, the mass murderer of the USSR, said so. And the rest of the world obeyed. It is time to uncover the truth.

    Adolf Hitler was a monster, a Socialist monster, just like Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, and many other socialists like them, who together killed 200 million people worldwide.

    The facts are out there in plain sight, but the Marxist Academia, Leftist Mainstream Media, and Hollywood will not consider talking about the truth, least it would tarnish the “good” reputation of the Communism-Socialism.

    Socialism we must fear, not fascism.

    And………from “Killing History The False Left-Right Political Spectrum”: …a red armband-wearing Hitler became an elected official in the communist-operated Bavarian Soviet Republic; he recanted under arrest and then identified himself as a “Social Democrat.” Most of the major Nazi and Fascist leaders were Marxists, former Marxists or hard-core socialists. And a number of major historians now assert that Fascism and revolutionary syndicalism flowed out of Marxism, writing that Fascism could be considered as either a “variety” or a “very specific revision of Marxism.”

    Reviews of both of these books contain spittle-flying denunciations of them as “right-wing revisionism” and claims they are false, are frauds, are just plain lies. Why? Because the Left are deeply invested in (1) redefining “fascism” as a right-wing construct, (2) then claiming anything anyone on the Right, especially Donald Trump, does is then by (its own) definition “fascist”, and (3) protecting the word “socialism” as they continue to work to sanitize it and make it palatable to the American public.

    This is why I am always yammering on about the need to identify and refer to the STRUCTURE of a system, instead of just tossing around an Identity label. Partly because the words “socialist” and “communist” and “fascist” have been redefined so often they tend to be rather meaningless, and partly because the Left excels at taking a word and redefining it to meet their needs. Just look at how well they have sanitized the word “socialist” while at the same time trying to link the American Right to Adolf Hitler. This might not be impossible, but it would certainly be a lot harder, if we had the habit of referring to the Left in terms of its structure instead of its preferred Identity.

    Don’t ask AOC or any Democrat why he/she thinks socialism is a good thing: ask him/her why he/she believes that it is better to consolidate power in the hands of a few and then let them dictate the details of life to everyone else.

    • tryvasty December 20, 2020 / 4:47 pm

      Remind me again, what were the things we didn’t like from the big bad socialists? Do they match up better with the party that is overtly anti-democratic, xenophobic, and puts children in cages and gives people forced sterilizations? Or were they the big bads because they tried to give people free health care?

      You get mad when people try to have nuance because you’re too stupid and/or lazy to have nuanced conversation. If it’s more complicated than “HURR DURR SOCIALISM BAD HURR DURR” you get flummoxed and do something like laugh really loudly or start going full ad hominem and hope nobody notices that you were in way over your head.

      You’re doing it here while responding to nobody, even. You have look at the STRUCTURE of the thing, not talk about any details, because if you never look at any details, you can never be wrong. For all your endless prattle about identity politics, you engage in nothing but. HURR DURR SOCIALISTS BAD HURR DURR.

      • Amazona December 20, 2020 / 10:08 pm

        As usual, your post is pretty incoherent. But I’ll extrapolate on your incoherence based on other things you and your kind have brayed about.

        Which party are you claiming is “anti-democratic” and on what basis? Maybe you should start by defining “democratic” and then give some examples of what you think is “anti-democratic” and why this offends you.

        Which party “puts children in cages”? I mean, we all know the infamous photos were of children not in actual cages but behind chain link fencing, exactly like the fencing around nearly every school yard in America, during the Obama years. Is that what you mean? Or are you still whining about the policy of briefly separating children from the adults who have taken them across a large and often inhospitable country, putting them in danger or at the very least in uncomfortable and threatening circumstances, to determine if the accompanying adults are really the parents or legal guardians of those children? Perhaps you can explain why, if this policy bothers you, you prefer to allow adults to use children to cross the border and then abandon them, to become street children or more often to be trafficked as sex slaves. This would be a good time for you to explain why you support policies that enable sex trafficking of children rather than protecting them by making sure the accompanying adults are really their parents. That would be an interesting post from you, for a change.

        Are you aware of any American political party that forces sterilization?

        Are you claiming that any party in this country has provided “free health care”? Because I am not aware of any party actually doing health care. I do know of a party which took upon itself the authority to interfere in business contracts between individuals and companies selling insurance which would then pay health care providers for health care. Surely you don’t conflate a business contract to pay for third party health care with actual health care, do you?

        And nothing is “free”. The interference in private contracts I just described did not provide “free” contracts—it just took money from some people to pay for contracts for other people. Surely you understand that government does not create wealth, it just moves around the wealth of people who have produced it, often to those who have not.

        Thanks for the silly cartoon episode there in the middle—it broke up the incoherence aspect with some sheer insanity. That peek into the strange mechanisms of your fantasies, in which people laugh too loudly was pretty strange, even for you.

        Do you really think people can HAVE “nuance”? Do you even know what it means?

        Then you go back to your mumbling or whatever that is. Do you know what socialism IS? Can you define it? Can you defend it? Or do you just get off on invading sane territory to spread some of your delusional mental excrement?

        There, Cluster—-did that make you feel better? For some bizarre reason I have never understood, you are drawn to the loony and want to smear it all over the blog just in case no one realizes how crazy it is. Was there a single new concept in his disjointed rambling? Even a single thought? Even a syllable that should be “memorialized”? Sorry, but that’s like saying a toilet should not be cleaned so we can see what was in it—in case it holds a slightly different kind of shit you feel compelled to dwell on. Or did you just want another chance to highlight the utter moronic cluelessness of your old buddy?

      • Amazona December 20, 2020 / 10:18 pm

        We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions.

        These are the words of Adolf Hitler. He and the National Socialist German Worker’s Party –the NAZI– were a SOCIALIST Party.

        Hmmmm….being against socialism is wrong? How? Why?

        …Hitler ……….. identified himself as a “Social Democrat.”

        Like AOC and “the squad”?

        There has never been a socialist government which has not resulted in economic misery, loss of personal liberty and often the murder of millions. Yet some defend socialism.

    • Retired Spook December 20, 2020 / 3:40 pm

      Even I can follow that, and it took me 3 tries to pass 5th grade arithmetic.

      • Cluster December 20, 2020 / 7:06 pm

        This is what Washington has become, linked below. These career “public servants” are in reality serving themselves a hell of a lot more than the country and they’re all in on it so they protect themselves. And this swampy incestuous criminal activity transcends in Media and Academia.

        And moderator, please leave up travesty’s post. The simplicity of the argument that Republicans want to put kids in cages and Democrats just want to give free health care should be memorialized. After all that has transpired in the last 5 years or so to continue to subscribe to that narrative shows a shocking lack of curiosity.

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