Fighting for America

But, now we might have to become the people in the way. Scott Adams (the Dilbert guy) noted on Twitter the other day that if our side doesn’t take control of the streets for 2024, it could get ugly for us. I feel certain that the reason the Courts have shot down Trump’s efforts (usually without even looking at the evidence) is because they are afraid if not anti-Trump. Everyone knows that the Left would explode in violence nationwide if Trump were to prevail. We might have to bring things to a point where refusing to uphold the law is more frightening that ignoring it.

For us older folks, another thing that has to be done is to fully realize that the America we grew up in is gone and it isn’t coming back. Not like it was. We can still maintain a Republic where rights are secured and the Rule of Law reigns…but it won’t be the old America we grew up in. As for our father’s and grandfather’s America: that might as well be a foreign land. To secure our rights – to be able to at least be what we want – some very hard and fast choices will have to be made.

  1. Some of the people on our side are going to say and do things which even to us seem outrageous. Ignore it. Let our enemies attack; we don’t attack our own. Yesterday, Kim Klacik (you might remember her run for Congress in Baltimore) made some outrageous statements on Twitter about the ethnic Chinese spouses of some prominent Americans. Lots of people dogpiled on her. I didn’t. Why not? Because we’ve yet to see a Democrat take exception to what Omar says and does. Learn the lesson: the Democrats never attack their own. At most, when really pressed by some extreme action, they’ll issue a mild rebuke. But there is no rejection – there is no Buckleyite purge of the Birchers (which was a huge mistake). If they fight for liberty, I simply don’t care if they also do some crazy things.
  2. The young – I’m talking 30 and younger – don’t even know what the Constitution says and they don’t care. I recall during the Impeachment process a young lady at work was all excited when the House impeached Trump. She was sure it meant Trump was gone: it took an immigrant who recently became an American to explain to her that impeachment was a mere indictment, not a trial or conviction. This was an American woman fully in possession her faculties and a graduate of High School…and she was unaware of the basic laws under which she is governed. We need youth votes to win – we won’t win them by citing Madison. We have to find out what these mostly ignorant but nice and generally fair-minded kids want and then give that to them in return for their votes.
  3. The productive people are the core of our coalition. If they make, mine or grow things, we must do whatever we can to make life better and easier for them. This is over and above any purely economic or fiscal considerations. The men and women who break a sweat to make a living are those whom we must seek out, listen to and act in favor of. Reaganism and Supply-Side economics are no longer key here: making sure Jose in El Paso can keep his construction job is…even if it means we spend or tax more than Reagan ever would.
  4. No more wars. We’re done with that. We’re America First. Fortress America. If we ever go to war again, it is total war using every aspect of our military might to completely destroy the enemy. Let the Democrats curry favor with defense contractors: we’re done with them.
  5. Back the Blue becomes conditional. If the Blue is taking orders from petty tyrants to enforce ridiculous laws and mandates, then our support is withdrawn. The Blue must learn that they are extensions of us, not the city council. Their job is to protect the people, which includes protecting people in the exercise of their rights. And Back the Blue does not extend to prosecutors offices.
  6. Corporate America is our enemy. The upper reaches of corporate America are staffed with the same sort of people who staff the upper reaches of government America. They are liberals to the core and they despise us. They will make decisions which harm their bottom line if it will offer some insult to regular Americans. Our task is to bring the to heel by whatever means prove necessary.

You can probably come up with your own but what can easily be seen is the old GOP Conservatism which prevailed in our politics from the 60’s until W is over and done with. It doesn’t work. It didn’t stop the Left. Now, we only hope we can secure our ability to speak our mind in public and hold on to our property. And we’ll only be able to do that – and at least start reforms which might restore old America in a century – if we secure power for quite a long time…and to do that we’re going to have to welcome as friends some people we don’t like and go along with some policies we know are wrong.

Trump was never going to be enough. If he gets a 2nd term, it won’t be enough. We need twenty years of uninterrupted power. We need to steel ourselves to arrest and dispossess large numbers of people that we used to view as our allies. Your ability to say that two plus two equals four is on the line. The rest of it becomes rather trivial. If you would not live in an America where you are forced to publicly lie in order to live, then get into this fight and leave aside your quiet dogmas of the past.

78 thoughts on “Fighting for America

  1. dbschmidt December 20, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    My biggest issue is not losing the America I grew up in as much as losing the America that was and still is the shiny city of the hill for so many around the world. One of the primary reasons the progressives are trying so hard to collapse America is because there is no place else to escape to. Just ask Soros as he has done it four times before.

    “Lie, cheat & steal” is their mantra starting some 120 years ago but in recent history one has to look no farther back than the “War of Poverty” & “The New Deal” to see them Democrats trying to subvert generations onto their voting plantation. The Democrats & Progressives cannot win by truth so they rely on their mantra. One has to look no further than the works of Thomas Sowell & Walter Williams (RIP) to understand this.

    Moved the goal posts again with a supposed 72.7% nationwide voter turnout, which was the greatest since 1900, from 66.2% previously. If so ~ I say great (with some caveats) to see so many finally participating in the General election. Now, my question among many (caveats) is as the progressives love to repeat ad nauseam “If you have nothing to hide then what is the harm” in say validating these results. I mean—there is nothing to hide right?

    There is so much more to go into including a reset of education/indoctrination done to our kids today—I would like to see a liberal education like I got which included a well-rounded education including the ability to think & question for oneself. I had no problem answering questions like “What Doctor or Hospital?” with answers like “best and closest” because that is what I expected no matter the race, sex or religion of those attending to me. Okay, let’s roll that back replaced with the “Soft” Bigotry Of Low Expectations.

    Last time I was in a position of hiring someone, myself and a partner went through probably 50+ resumes and interviewed some 10 or so people for the position. We hired the best for the position and actually offered him more than I made at the time because he was worth it. Of color? Yes, but why does that matter?

    “Free health care” is the latest joke. Free health insurance might be possible but free for whom? At the cost of whom? Until Soros, Gates and the Hollywierd cough up enough money to train and pay for the on-going livelihood of thousands of doctors there will be no “free.” If you mean lowering everyone’s health care to the lowest possible denominator then just state it. Get over the lie, cheat & steal mantra and have an honest discussion with the America people. Can’t do that because you are constantly rejected when you try.

    Why are you rejected? Because when you tell the truth or are outed—the population of America roundly rejects your ideas. Grow up and grow a pair—speak the truth to the population and deal with the results.

    BTW, being a grumpy old man as much as I liked the ‘84 movie Red Dawn, I would prefer instead of the name “Wolverines” we go by the name “Honey Badgers” because Honey Badgers don’t care. Age & treachery will always overcome youth & skills. In particular in the age of soy boys.

    • dbschmidt December 20, 2020 / 7:47 pm

      Okay technically, Honey Badgers don’t give a shit.

      • dbschmidt December 20, 2020 / 7:53 pm

        Sorry, can’t help myself. The “original.”

    • Amazona December 20, 2020 / 8:57 pm

      I have never agreed with the (mostly Liberal) claim of “the more people who vote the better”, especially given the abysmal nature of education today. Watch Watter’s World City Walk interviews or the old Jay Leno street interviews and then tell me why it is better for the nation to have these people choosing our leaders.

      Personally, I think making people go vote in person, unless they have legitimate and compelling reasons for not being able to do so, is a good way to sort out those truly committed to being part of the process vs those who couldn’t even be bothered to ask for a ballot and then take a couple of minutes to fill it out and toss it in the mail—or worse, let someone else do it for them.

      I also object, very very strongly, to Motor Voter. When I have talked about my personal experiences in helping foreigners with work visas get temporary drivers’ licenses, explaining to the DMV clerks the law that says the license is supposed to expire the day the visa expires and then seeing every single foreigner asked if he or she also wanted to register to vote, the trolls have howled that I was merely passing on “anecdotal stories”. Of course, being part of the conversation, and being told every time I reminded the clerk in question that he or she just offered to register someone not eligible to vote only to be told that the law required every person getting a license be offered the chance to register, that is not anecdotal, that is testimony.

      And of course, objecting to regular purging of registration rolls means supporting the idea of these people having voter registrations in their names long after they have left the country. Anyone who wants to cross reference visa applications with voter registration rolls can easily pick up large numbers of names of people which can then be used to cast fraudulent votes.

      Any state which offers non-citizens the ability to register to vote just because they have been given a driver’s license is violating our election laws, and sending out how many thousands or tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of ineligible people who have the ability to cast votes in our elections. It’s reckless, it’s stupid and it’s insane—but Libs do love their Motor Voter laws, and howl like hyenas when anyone suggests revoking that law. If you can’t be bothered to register on your own, you probably shouldn’t be given the power to help select our leaders.

      • dbschmidt December 20, 2020 / 10:19 pm

        Hence the caveats, I believe only an informed electorate can properly vote. With people these days relying on sites like Facebook and others for their “news” then we are done as a country. The blind leading the blind would be a nice way of saying the upper morons leading the minions who somehow think they are morally superior to everyone else.

      • Amazona December 20, 2020 / 10:56 pm

        The Left has been pushing for forcing alternative opinions to be mandatory for radio shows, to try to counter the influence that real information has on Leftist propaganda. Wouldn’t it be interesting to force all media—television shows like Colbert and Maddow and print media to prove balanced reporting of all the news, or face massive fines for election interference and campaign contributions?

      • Mark Noonan December 21, 2020 / 1:05 pm

        Just this morning on Twitter I had a tweet go pretty large bringing up this same subject. The Constitution is not a suicide pact: right now, the MSM is a mere propaganda arm of the DNC. We would honestly be better off right now if the only news we got was word-of-mouth rumor. I don’t know precisely how we do it, but one thing we must do is figure out a way to punish the MSM for being propagandists. It isn’t economic – the corporations who provide the MSM take a loss on it…they do it because they figure it is important and, of course, it is. The corporations funding the MSM get protected (there really isn’t a lot of the muck-raking journalism about corporate malfeasance, is there? Oh, sure; we’ll get a pathetic whine about how corporate America doesn’t employ enough differently abled, gender fluid Xir’s of color…but not much about all the bribes and kickbacks); but even beyond protection, they get to influence…and as the corporate bosses are all liberal (and they want to get awards and be liked by famous liberals in Hollywood!), they make sure the MSM follows DNC orders.

      • Amazona December 21, 2020 / 3:19 pm

        Calling them the Mainstream Media legitimizes them by implying that they represent most Americans. I think Agenda Media gets the message across

      • tryvasty December 21, 2020 / 2:01 am

        Maybe we could come up with some sort of poll tax, to make sure you’re really dedicated enough to voting to spend some money on it. After all, democracy doesn’t count unless you win, right?

      • Amazona December 21, 2020 / 10:07 am

        When I typed my comment I fully expected you or some other knee=jerk (emphasis on “jerk”) troll to whimper about a “poll tax”. The poll tax is to election discussions what the coat hanger is to abortion debate.

        Yes, of course—-expecting people to get off their lazy asses and go in person to participate in a civic duty is just like telling them they have to pay to be able to vote. Just exactly. Got it in one, Sparky.

      • Mark Noonan December 21, 2020 / 1:10 pm

        Given that the Democrats, if they get the power, will pack the courts and then rule that 1A doesn’t cover “hate speech” and 2A doesn’t cover an individual right to bear arms, go jump in a lake. Your side isn’t interested in Democracy or fairness…you just want to win, by hook or crook. Well, we’re learning that lesson, as well.

      • tryvasty December 22, 2020 / 3:53 am

        “Given that the Democrats, if they get the power, will pack the courts and then rule that 1A doesn’t cover “hate speech” and 2A doesn’t cover an individual right to bear arms, go jump in a lake. Your side isn’t interested in Democracy or fairness…you just want to win, by hook or crook. Well, we’re learning that lesson, as well.”

        The is more or less incomprehensible as an argument. Packing the court is neither unconstitutional nor undemocratic. Interpretation of the 1st or 2nd amendment is almost entirely orthogonal to small-d democracy, except insofar as the Bill of Rights is deliberately crafted to prevent some specific exercises of popular will. (it’s also worth noting that there’s no good reason to believe they are going to reinterpret either amendment, especially the 1st. Every single one of the current liberal justices voted in 2017 that there was no hate speech exception to the 1st amendment in Matal v. Tam)

        Here’s a helpful guide of some things that are specifically undemocratic:
        – trying to win elections by keeping legitimate voters from voting
        – changing the rules so that your party maintains majority power despite not having a majority or plurality of voters
        – trying to get legitimately cast votes thrown out because the outcome wasn’t what you wanted
        – counting nonexistent votes to win an election

        You’d argue, of course, that the Democrats have done the 4th in this election. Of course, any such cases have been thrown out of court a hilarious number of times at this point, mostly because the best evidence anybody has brought to bear is a bunch of affidavits that the Republican attorneys had to pre-screen because a bunch of them were demonstrably false, and that one weird drunk lady in MIchigan.

        Meanwhile, the party that’s won the popular vote for president once in the past 30 years has been openly trying to disenfranchise voters for even longer and amazona is up there plotting for the next way to do it by determining which voters get to vote based on her belief on who deserves it.

        It’s under the guise of caring about preventing fraud, but the fraud has always been made up, and it’s trivial to look back and see that their actions aren’t consistent with that motive. More than 25% of the population of the US voted by mail in 2018, but all of the focus at that point was still on voter ID laws and reduction of availability of polling places.

        Why did nobody care about all those people mail-in voting in 2018? Those other strategies were the best mechanisms at the time to try to keep poor urbanites from voting, and they didn’t typically mail-in vote. The change in 2020 wasn’t that mail-in voting suddenly came to be, it was that it was suddenly going to favor democrats. The fraud was always made up as a bad excuse to keep people from voting, and the only place the Republican party is ever going to be worried about it will just happen to be wherever enacting more draconian election requirements is going to help them even if there’s absolutely no fraud.

      • Amazona December 22, 2020 / 11:00 am

        …the Bill of Rights is deliberately crafted to prevent some specific exercises of popular will. Yes, the kind of “exercises of popular will.” that tend to end up depriving other people of their basic rights. This is exactly the kind of comment we expect from a Liberal who resents the restrictions the Constitution puts on the vagaries of “popular will” and who prefer to think of it as a “living document” that can be changed, or ignored, at will.

        No one has tried to keep legitimate voters from voting.
        No one has tried “… to get legitimately cast votes thrown out”
        Dems changed the rules, violating the laws and/or constitutions of their own states.
        Only the Dems have been “…counting nonexistent votes to win an election”

        No court has heard evidence so the incessant bleating from the pro-cheating crowd that X number of suits have been thrown out due to lack of, or poor, evidence is simply another lie. Your entire paragraph on that subject is a lie from beginning to end, finishing with a typical Lib tactic of just trying to smear a witness whose testimony is inconvenient. Or damning.

        Speaking of outright lies, …the party that’s won the popular vote for president once in the past 30 years has been openly trying to disenfranchise voters for even longer and amazona is up there plotting for the next way to do it by determining which voters get to vote based on her belief on who deserves it. is a conglomeration of such blatant lying it exceeds even your own distasteful record for dishonesty. It’s like you are a wind-up doll obediently parroting whatever has been programmed into your otherwise empty head by your masters, except for the part referencing me, which is just another example of your odd and rather creepy obsession with me.

        More than 25% of the population of the US voted by mail in 2018, How many of these ballots were just sent out, willy-nilly, without being requested by the voters, based on defective voter registration rolls and in violation of state laws and even state constitutions?

        Then there is your typical parroting blather about the alleged best mechanisms at the time to try to keep poor urbanites from voting which is another beloved Leftist meme. It rears its ugly and dishonest head every time anyone suggests anything to help ensure the legitimacy of the vote, ranging from the wholly dishonest shrieking about the inherent unfairness of requiring a photo ID to vote all the way to defending flooding the population with unsolicited and often illegitimate ballots that can be harvested at will.

        The fraud was always made up as a bad excuse to keep people from voting, That doesn’t even make sense, unless seen as just another example of nonsense spewing from your keyboard without concern for coherence or validity.

        the only place the Republican party is ever going to be worried about it will just happen to be wherever enacting more draconian election requirements is going to help them even if there’s absolutely no fraud. Again, more of the Leftist strategy of preemptively smearing any effort to ensure legal and legitimate voting by claiming it is really just an effort to be mean to those urban poor or whichever demographic you are claiming to defend.

        What it comes down to is simple: Clear, reasonable and enforced voting laws that result in elections that can be audited are the best way to ensure that every vote cast is counted. What the Left is working so frantically to defend is any kind of system that lets it disenfranchise legitimate voters by flooding the vote count with illegitimate ballots and rigged counting mechanisms, because the Left can never win on its openly stated policies. It depends on deception, fraud and intimidation to gain and then hold power.

        As I pointed out, there are only three reasons I can think of to object to a full objective forensic examination of the ballots and the machines. One is a belief that there is nothing at all suspicious about any of this, in which case such an examination would pose no threat and would, in fact, help establish the Democrat as a legitimate president. One is a belief that the election was fraudulent but that the outcome was desirable and therefore a full objective forensic examination of the ballots and the machines is likely to overturn the fraudulent results they want to preserve. And one is that there is fear that an ongoing Trump term might result in lots of people going to prison for various federal crimes related to how the election was rigged.

        Your passionate effort to muddy the waters by throwing in every single silly pseudo-argument to defend the fraud we all see puts you pretty firmly in Category 2 and possibly in the third as well. No amount of squealing about how bad the Republicans allegedly are and how much they supposedly WANT to steal elections can cover up the fact that the Dems DID steal this election and now they are sending out obedient little meat puppet trolls like you to try to stop investigation of how they did it.

      • Amazona December 22, 2020 / 11:13 am

        Packing the court is neither unconstitutional nor undemocratic

        Technically correct on the first statement and true regarding the second.

        I say “technically correct” on the first because, while the Constitution does not prohibit an administration from packing the Court with justices chosen for their loyalty to the administration and its agendas (rather than to the stated purpose of the Court, which is to objectively apply the Constitution as written to what is brought before it) this kind of manipulation of the Court does violate the Constitutional establishment of the judiciary as an independent third branch of government.

        When the Court is changed from being an independent applier of pure Constitutional law to being a mere rubber stamp for a particular political party’s agenda it not only violates the intent and spirit of the Constitution it shifts the Court from a judicial entity to a quasi-legislative entity. As the judiciary in general, and in particular the Supreme Court, is used not to apply the laws as written but to selectively rule to support a political agenda, it is no longer the branch of government envisioned, created and codified by the Founders in the Constitution.

        Therefore, while the action of packing the Court is not unconstitutional, the end result is.

        As far as “undemocratic” goes, do a little research on the opinions of the Founders on democracy.

      • Amazona December 22, 2020 / 11:42 am

        Now is a good time to point out, especially to Cluster who just loves seeing troll excrement dumped on this blog, that the agenda of the troll is not, ever, to engage in discourse on any topic. It is, rather, merely a desire to dump as many of the Leftist talking points as possible here, along with a sizable amount of his personal level of bigotry and irrational hatred.

        There are other places, among their own kind, where this kind of spewing of resentment, lies, hatred, bigotry and political bias is welcomed. So why do they come here? The thing is, I don’t care. I don’t care if it is a compulsion to rub peoples’ noses in how much they are despised, I don’t care if it is paid trollery, I DON’T CARE. It serves no purpose, other than possibly that of allowing a deep-seated personality disorder to vent itself in an online forum. If that is the purpose of this blog, then come right out and say so.

        I don’t think any of us can remember a single opposition perspective placed here with the intent of entering into a mutually informative dialogue. I don’t care why this particular kind of personality disorder manifests itself in barging into civil discussions to stomp its feet in impotent rage, to howl at the moon, to disparage and insult and attack people who just want to share thoughts and bounce ideas off each other, to exhibit a remarkably distasteful mix of bad manners, ignorance and toxic psychological confusion. Not my problem.

      • Retired Spook December 22, 2020 / 11:38 am

        More than 25% of the population of the US voted by mail in 2018

        Did you mean 25% of people who voted voted by mail? Because 113 million people voted in 2018. 25% of the population (approximately 328 million) would be 82 million or 72.6% of all the people who voted. Only 42.4 million ballots were mailed out in 2018, so did everyone who received one vote twice? If they were all Democrats that actually wouldn’t surprise me. And what percentage were absentee and what percentage were unsolicited? I don’t know anyone who has a problem with absentee ballots as long as the same standards are applied to everyone.

      • Amazona December 22, 2020 / 11:45 am

        Now, Spook, you know that providing facts to a troll is a waste of time and energy.

        As for “same standards” that should certainly apply to things like verifying signatures, the most basic qualification for treating a ballot as a vote.

      • Retired Spook December 22, 2020 / 11:52 am

        As for “same standards” that should certainly apply to things like verifying signatures

        And that should either be done by human beings (1 from each party) or by a machine set higher than 40% accuracy as was done in Nevada with some 600,000 ballots.

  2. Amazona December 20, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    DB, you make some great points.

    As our only professional tech guy, can you answer a question for me?

    As I understand the way they work, touch screen voting machines let the voter touch the names of the people he is voting for, and then the machine prints out those names on a piece of paper which is then fed into a machine to be read and counted.

    However, I understand that machines don’t usually read text, and read an account of one election at least where the information was also in a bar code, which the machine read. However, in that account (and I can’t find it now) some of the ballots had the bar code saying something different than the names printed on the ballot.

    So this is my question: Do the machines read text, or do they read bar codes that supposedly reflect the names in the text? And there is another, associated, question, which is do you know if the ballots that are printed out even HAVE bar codes?

    The reason I ask is, if a recount is held and there is a visual tally of votes based on the names on the ballot that might not have the same outcome as what would be gotten if the ballots were read by machines. Therefore, in a state where touch screen machines print out ballots showing the choices made by the voter, without a way to read the bar code the voter doesn’t really know if his votes went for the candidates he chose. And those ballots can be run though those machines any number of times without changing the outcome because the machine is reading the same bar codes over and over again.

    It seems to me that an easy way to test these machines would be to have visual sorting by the name at the top of the ballot and then run the ballot through a machine to see if the machine reads the printed name or another name. Without that kind of test, the exercise of running ballots through over and over again is just theater.

    • dbschmidt December 20, 2020 / 10:35 pm

      A simple answer would be “Who knows” Here in NC they use paper ballots that we mark up on own own. When I was in Florida they used the touch screen. You pick your choses and then it printed out a ballot that you took to the tabulator. Now, it had your choices along with a barcode that no one could decipher. It could have “Smith” while the barcode read “Jones”

      I didn’t think about it or even try to decipher it back then because I thought everything was above board. Not so much these days. If I had a personal chose I would like to see exactly how these elections went in all 50 states. Then I might accept the supposed incoming crap but until then not so much.

      • Amazona December 20, 2020 / 10:43 pm

        Someone on a radio call today asked a question I have had—why don’t we look at the results in every state that used Dominion? Here in Colorado we expected a Biden preference, but not necessarily a lot of support for Hickenlooper for Senate, as he was not a very popular governor and as a career politician has a very unremarkable record, except for corruption, where he was found guilty.

        An examination of Colorado voting might not shift the state to Trump but it very well might knock a few hundred thousand off that EIGHTY-ONE MILLION !!!!!! claim the Dems are touting.

        And some Senate and House races might be in question. We might need new elections for Congress in the states where fraud has been proved. Now wouldn’t THAT be interesting?

      • Mark Noonan December 21, 2020 / 1:08 pm

        Some of the doubters have now retreated to “there was fraud, but it wasn’t enough”. This is ridiculous: you don’t commit a crime just for the heck of it. Committing just a little fraud is like going into the bank with a gun, ordering everyone on the floor, having the manager open the safe…and then not taking the money. If there was fraud – and there was – then the effort was large enough to change the result. The only question we have is did it, indeed, change the result? I’m sure it did – but the only way to know for sure is a forensic audit of the whole process. Which, of course, they say we can’t have…which, as it turns out, by itself proves the fraud happened and it changed the result.

      • Amazona December 20, 2020 / 10:50 pm

        That’s my point about the bar code. Unless you have a reader with you, you don’t really know what name is in the bar code. So we should audit the ballots in states that use this system, to make sure the bar code reflects the same name that is printed on the ballot.

        So come up with a simple sorter than can sort by the first letter of the name—-these are printed, not handwritten, so the names should all be standardized and easy to read, and a B doesn’t look like a T. Then have human beings go through the piles of ballots sorted for each candidate to do a quick scan to make sure they are in the right pile. Then run the ballots through the same machines that did the counting for the election. If the machine count is not the same as the scan and human audit, you know you have fraud because the touch screen entered the wrong name in the bar code.

        Also, do a criminal investigation into the claims of unfolded “mail-in” ballots that looked photocopied and with markings that looked like they were stamped and not hand-entered. Find those original ballots, scan them for printer code and then look for fingerprints on some of them. The search for fingerprints ought to have some election worker panties in a bunch, and bring out some people looking for a deal.

      • Amazona December 21, 2020 / 3:30 pm

        Mark, your bank “robbery” analogy can be tweaked a little. Mine was that the robber only takes some of the money, so the robbery doesn’t count. Just like a drunk driver destroying another vehicle that is worth only $10,000 wouldn’t count, or the other driver only getting a broken arm.

        Yeah, so laws are broken, but some random arbiter gets to rule on if it was broken enough to matter. Kind of like some random arbiter deciding at what age an infant should be allowed to live. Two months into gestation? Six? Nine? Minutes after birth? Hours after birth?

        Welcome to the wonderful world of Leftist control, as seen in these trailers of installments to come.

    • tryvasty December 21, 2020 / 2:03 am

      “The reason I ask is, if a recount is held and there is a visual tally of votes based on the names on the ballot that might not have the same outcome as what would be gotten if the ballots were read by machines. ”

      So your idea is to do exactly what they did in Georgia’s recount?

      • Amazona December 21, 2020 / 10:10 am

        So you are saying that in Georgia they cross referenced printed names with bar codes? Really? They did that? Did they make the original ballots available for forensic examination? How about the signed envelopes? The security/privacy envelopes? The unfolded so-identical-they-looked-photocopied “mailed-in” ballots?

  3. Retired Spook December 20, 2020 / 9:09 pm

    Watch the last couple minutes of Maria Bartiromo’s show from this morning, starting at the 37:10 mark, and let me know what you think. Either this guy is lying or there have been massive numbers of people lying in the last 47 days. I think knowing who and what to believe is proving to be the major challenge of our time.

    • jdge1 December 20, 2020 / 11:36 pm

      Unfortunately the video has been removed.

      • Retired Spook December 20, 2020 / 11:48 pm

        That’s bizarre. It was just a video of her show from this morning without commercials.

      • Amazona December 20, 2020 / 11:51 pm

        That is so funny. I watched it about an hour ago, and I guess I can see why The Powers That Be want it silenced. I think what prompted the Thought Police intervention was what it said about the Bidens—the end, which Spook referenced, was just a stooge denying everything about everything about Smartmatic The deeper we get into Soviet/Stasi territory the scarier it is. Maybe the video will show up on Rumble.

        I don’t know if the Left has the power to decide who can and can’t use the Internet but in the meantime free speech people are developing sites like Rumble and Parler. The Daily Wire is putting together a broad based media effort, including its online news, several podcasts and a full length feature film.

  4. Amazona December 20, 2020 / 9:14 pm

    Yes, we need at least 20 years of power to change things, but eight years of someone with the focus and backbone of Trump can unwind a lot of the incremental regulatory maze that has allowed the Left to increase its power, and can undermine and even topple some of the structures of the bureaucratic Deep State enough to make rebuilding it a long-term prospect.

    He has moved two federal agencies out of DC, and in another four years will probably move more. Concentrated power is a magnet for corruption, while spreading bureaucratic power across the country means power brokers will have to pick and choose where they will go to influence legislation and officials. He has slashed budgets of juggernauts like the EPA and gotten rid of some of its embedded radical Leftists.

    If he stays in the White House I am going to approach my Representatives and ask people I know who know Senators to push for a major Congressional investigation into the Forest Service. It is the agency responsible for the billions of dollars of damage to our forests and our environment. The charter of the Forest Service says it was established for three things: to provide an ongoing source of lumber for the nation through forestry, to protect our watersheds and also to provide recreational opportunities. As we have seen in the past few years, the Service has failed miserably on all three counts—and the repercussions are trickling down to people far from the damage done by the fires, as the cost of lumber has gone up. Watersheds are damaged, choked by ash, and people can’t hike or ride in burned forests because the trees are too unstable and can fall at any time, killing or injuring people.. This is just one agency that needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up, as it is thoroughly dominated by Leftists whose political agendas have stopped forest management, nearly halted all timber cutting and in general created the deadly conditions we have seen explode into massive fires the past few years.

    The Bureau of Land Management is not far behind, regarding infiltration and subversion of its original intent.

  5. jdge1 December 20, 2020 / 11:43 pm

    There are generally 3 levels of stronghold which can be applied to most any part of our life – opinion, belief and conviction. The hardest to change is conviction. What we’re seeing manifest itself around us is where evil pushes people straight into angry conviction, quite often bypassing any real logical process. Of courses the devil’s using his go to weapons of lies and deception to accomplish this.

    When people become radically convinced of these convictions where they’re certain they’re right, they’re often flooded with toxic thoughts that produce rage, anger, hatred and a sense of violence towards someone, something or an idea. You can know that’s not from heaven. Those who act on these emotions are divided against themselves. They cannot win. It’s simply not possible. To win against yourself is defeat. It’s the angle used by the devil to create division, to pit us against each other and against God, to create new power structures for himself.

    We must pull out of the toxic emotional connection, deescalate to a place of humility, and know that God is our savior. God already knows the future, but if he doesn’t manipulate according to your thoughts what do you think has to change? The temptation is to appease our mind and the emotions that holds it. This is where we have to walk by faith. Prayer and trust in God is the answer. It’s as hard and easy as that. Question is, do you believe it?

  6. Amazona December 20, 2020 / 11:58 pm

    They’re not even trying to pretend they are decent any more. Why should they, with so much of the nation supporting anything they do? Now even the Left’s toxic anti-Semitism is on open display,

    Washington Post Cartoon Borrows Page From Nazi Playbook

    In Sunday’s Washington Post, a dehumanizing cartoon of Republican lawmakers and government officials graced both sides of the fold in the opinion section. The giant, tasteless cartoon by Ann Telnaes shows dozens of rats representing various Republicans who the cartoonist identifies as President Trump’s collaborators.

    “All the Republican rats” reads the headline, followed by the lead, “All of the state attorney generals (sic) and U.S. Congress members who collaborated with President Trump in his attempt to subvert the Constitution and stay in office.” Telnaes then labels each rat in the cartoon with a Republican’s name so that Washington Post readers know who to hate.

    The Nazi’s (sic) used the same propaganda to dehumanize the Jews.

    • tryvasty December 21, 2020 / 2:06 am

      Yep, saying a bunch of mean things about a group of people delineated by their choice to help Trump try to subvert democracy is exactly the same as discriminating against Jews based on their religion and ethnicity. You definitely figured it out.

      • Amazona December 21, 2020 / 10:14 am

        Back to redefining terms, I see—the fallback of those who really can’t discuss what is said. So now adhering strictly to the remedies laid out by the Founders in the Constitution is “subverting democracy”. Uh-huh.

        Of course, by your metric stealing an election through fraud is an example of democracy at work.

        And demonizing people you don’t like by comparing them to rats is EXACTLY what the Nazis did when they were demonizing Jews. Did you open the link and look at the old German “cartoon” next to the new one? Gee, for a member of the group that has howled about “dog whistles” for so long you are remarkably dense about this.

  7. Retired Spook December 21, 2020 / 10:34 am

    Sometimes in arguing against the constant nitwittery of the Left we tend to get bogged down in minutiae and lose sight of the big picture. Prager U. produces short, concise, well produced videos that cut through the B.S.. This one on the pitfalls of wind and solar energy is no exception. Democrats seem to pride themselves on being adherents to science (except when it interferes with their agenda). It’ll be interesting to see how much money a Harris/Biden administration spends attempting to defeat the laws of physics.

    • Amazona December 21, 2020 / 3:22 pm

      Well, they are going to be pretty busy fighting the law of chromosomes and how science says a mask that won’t stop large smoke particles will stop tiny flu particles (but exposed eyeballs are fine). Then there are China, Natural Born Citizenship, international corruption and the campaign contributions of Big Tech and Zuckerberg.

      Lots on their plates….assuming they even have a place at the table.

  8. Retired Spook December 21, 2020 / 2:00 pm

    Great article on masks that confirms what medical science has known since 1918.

    • dbschmidt December 24, 2020 / 4:54 pm

      I will look for the paper I read and it wasn’t that one but one linking the “secondary bacterial pneumonia” to the wearing of masks. Until then–please delete my original reply as I do not want to be the spreader of misinformation. I need to document better than just accuse.

      • Retired Spook December 24, 2020 / 5:06 pm

        Nothing personal, D.B.. If there actually is an article or thesis written by Dr. Fauci that questions the efficacy of masks, I’d love to see it.

  9. Amazona December 21, 2020 / 7:46 pm

    Why would anyone object to a thorough examination and analysis of ballots counted, and the machines that counted them, in this election?

    Option 1: The person thinks the election was honest and Biden legitimately won.

    In this case, there is nothing to lose by this kind of examination and analysis, but a lot to gain in that proving the election was fair and legitimate will establish Biden as a legitimate president and remove the stain of doubt that will remain if the ballots and machines are not examined.

    Option 2: The person is sure the election was rigged and doesn’t want an investigation which will prove it.

    This option speaks for itself. It says the person is inherently dishonest and so is happy with a dishonest election

    Option 3: The person knows the election was rigged but fears legal action against him or her if Trump prevails and the Dems don’t control the DOJ

    Again, this option speaks for itself.

    Can anyone think of any other reasons to object to a thorough forensic examination of the elements of the election? I can’t.

  10. Amazona December 21, 2020 / 9:11 pm

    DB—re: our earlier conversation about bar codes: emphasis mine

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution warned about Dominion back in October: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that’s like being warned about it by the Democratic Party; they are an organ of the Democratic Party. But, nevertheless, they reported this and the Secretary of State’s office ignored it completely.”

    The AJC report quoted U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg before the election warning that the Dominion Voting System “presents serious security vulnerability and operational issues” caused by “fundamental deficits and exposure.”

    These risks are neither hypothetical nor remote under the current circumstances,” Totenberg wrote in a order criticizing Georgia’s state election officials, per the AJC.

    Also, the AJC reported, Georgia paid $104 million to be the only state in the U.S. to use the Dominion Voting System in every polling place.

    Most egregiously, Morris noted, GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s “office weakened the system’s defenses, disabling password protections on a key component that controls who is allowed to vote,” the AJC reported.

    “In addition, days before early voting began on Oct. 12, Raffensperger’s office pushed out new software to each of the state’s 30,000 voting machines through hundreds of thumb drives that experts say are prone to infection with malware,” the report continued.

    “And what state officials describe as a feature of the new system actually masks a vulnerability.

    Officials tell voters to verify their selections on a paper ballot before feeding it into an optical scanner. But the scanner doesn’t record the text that voters see; rather, it reads an unencrypted quick response, or QR, barcode that is indecipherable to the human eye. Either by tampering with individual voting machines or by infiltrating the state’s central elections server, hackers could systematically alter the barcodes to change votes.

    Therefore, a good sized sample of ballots should be counted by visual identification of the printed names and then verified by having the bar codes scanned—which not only can but should be done by machines other than Dominion. Any point of sale computer can be programmed to read barcodes.

    • dbschmidt December 22, 2020 / 12:54 pm

      Problem being “proprietary” if they are–that should not be allowed but would not doubt it..I am hoping Pres. Trump gives a short speech and then vetoes the new “Corona virus” act and explains why. Then sends both the Senate & House to go back and produce a clean one. Read what is in it. Another you have to read it to understand it but “gay studies” in the Philippines and million plus to Maduro. Really?

      This entire mess is starting to unravel and it appears deeper than even I thought including companies like IBM, 3M and PepsiCo to start with being basically owned the CCP. Governors and others on both sides of the aisle are hip deep with greed and corruption. If this plays out there should be a lot of people going to jail but who am I trying to kid…they are our superiors.

      I am starting to believe this is so deep that they tried this last general election but underestimated Pres. Trump’s base and lost. Started planning from that day forward and over did it this time. Hoping the SCOTUS hasn’t been completely corrupted and it completely falls apart.

      BTW, there is no reason for thumb drives or other memory cards in any voting machine and absolutely no need for any type of internet or even an intranet connection for them either. If one fails, it is replaced until the end of voting and then taken following a chain of custody to include persons from both major parties to SoS secure area when they can be plugged in and downloaded. Absentee including all security measures should be the only other method of voting and requires “proof” of need to not include because you are lazy.

      • dbschmidt December 22, 2020 / 7:39 pm

        Just thinking about “the good old days” when I or one of my siblings was the “channel changer” in the house. 3 channels VHF and a couple UIHF. 2 daily newspapers of which I delivered both at one time or another. The afternoon one sold out to the morning one with the promise of it being around for another 10 years and it was gone in under 2.

        Then came the internet or when I was part of the original layout DARPA connected universities with 300 baud modems to share resources. Several years later came NCSA Mosaic and the actual “world wide web”. It wasn’t the first but became the most popular. In honesty, I thought the WWW was just going to be a flash in the pan. I have been wrong since as well.

        What I have noticed aside from the erasure of history, the purposeful division (all from the left), and other well known tactics is the big grab for information control. Videos, reports and general information disappear without reason, “news” is mostly one-sided aimed at indoctrination and thought/crowd control with the vast majority of the new “useful idiots” taking it hook, line & sinker.

        This is seen everywhere information travels with a few places still getting bits & pieces out but for how long? I mean if their goal is one world order why not make everyone else like America rather than turning America into the CCP or worse. .

      • Amazona December 22, 2020 / 8:34 pm

        I had to laugh at your comment about “channel changers”. I used to spend most of my summers with my cousins out on their farm, and there when you wanted a different channel you not only changed the channel on the TV set, you sent a kid up onto the roof to rotate the antenna.

        The cousin closest to me and I took advantage of the permanent ladder up against the roof and used to sneak out in the middle of the night to take the horses out the back gate of the pasture and ride till dawn, doing forbidden things like swimming them across a lake. My aunt and other cousins could never figure out why we were so tired all day.

  11. dbschmidt December 23, 2020 / 8:49 pm

    Snowflakes need not apply.
    How friggin’ racist or some ‘ists of me.

    Cleaning the house among other things today but a few commercials have brought me to a new realization. Snowflakes/Progressives are afraid of themselves. Maybe not afraid but some form of uncomfortable. These people are freaking out over the lockdowns a great deal more than those of us that are just bitching about there being two sets of rules. I believe they cannot stand themselves. They are freaking out over having to live with themselves outside their bubble chamber.

    Now I will say anyone in need of help please do reach out to someone for help, No buts. Do it and get whatever help you need. Plenty available. Use it.

    I just come up with insane ideas that I work through to fruition or failure. Both have value. One day if I have enough money I will be considered eccentric. Working on that part. There is a great deal more about self-exploration which can help or hurt these around us.

    This is for everyone but in particular Cluster who I consider a good friend;
    Listening as part of the rotation to a song “Put your lights on” in a collaboration between Everlast & Santana I realized how dark I can easily be. There is a monster living under my bed.

    It made me think of what I am fully capable of and the darkness I still have deep in my soul. I am and have been a good man but I am capable of great evil. It is my job, even with “an angel on my head”, to stay on the correct side of the equation. Nevertheless, I am more than willing to escort to those who think the US is a pushover home to meet the maker. Beware, Snowflakes—push your crap too far and it will be a hell you can’t even envision unleashed. I will consider this fair warning.

    Sorry about the dark post and wouldn’t blame you for deleting but I post it as part of a forewarning of as the progressives / left take away our liberties what they will encounter. Now back to cleaning.

    • Amazona December 23, 2020 / 9:16 pm

      DB, we all have our dark side. But defending our nation and the core principles upon which it was built and which led to its greatness is not, to me, “evil” even if the outcome may be a little bloody.

  12. Amazona December 23, 2020 / 9:28 pm

    We haven’t talked about electric cars lately, so here is my latest contribution.

    Interstate 70 is the only east-west interstate in Colorado, and on weekends it is literally bumper to bumper, 5 MPH if you’re lucky, and more often just a parking lot. I lived west of Denver and learned to stay off the highway on weekends and holidays. Before we moved to the mountains we had a ski condo and learned to get up and on the road at 5 a.m. on Mondays rather than endure the gridlock on eastbound 70 as people struggled to get home. It is far worse now than it ever was. A few years ago I was eastbound at 11:30 in the morning on a winter Sunday, and westbound traffic was still crawling at best, bumper to bumper, all the way to the west edge of Denver with people headed to the slopes. I figured they might get there by 3 or 4 (it is about 50 miles) get in a few runs and then spend another five hours getting home.

    Anyway, a friend found herself in eastbound traffic last Sunday, and it took her two hours to go 10 miles. What is usually an hour and a half drive took her nine hours.

    My point is, the road was littered with electric cars, whose batteries could not last through the slow-go and the waiting. She said she must have seen ten Teslas and she assumed the other new-looking non-moving cars were also electric.

    I guess electric cars are fine if the only driving you do is in the city, a few miles at a time. But if you want to take a road trip, for example, you have to factor in quite a period of time to recharge along the way, if you can find recharging stations. And if you get stuck in the kind of traffic jams I just described you are probably SOL. I have no idea why so many car manufacturers are betting their futures on electric cars

    • Retired Spook December 23, 2020 / 11:56 pm

      I have no idea why so many car manufacturers are betting their futures on electric cars

      Because they know that our government will force us to buy them by making gasoline and diesel so expensive we’ll have no choice.

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 11:12 am

        The other day I was thinking of how, in 50 years or so, the Libs who fought to kill of the petroleum industry will be dealing with no polyester or plastic. Cold weather clothes will be wool, with cotton in the summer—assuming they have figured out how to make cotton gins, carding and spinning machines and looms or weaving machines run on sunlight or wind power—but my favorite image was the 1-pound brick of a wooden cell phone. No North Face parkas, no fleece hoodies, no synthetics to make necessities like those beanie caps that hang off the back of the head and look like a baby’s full diaper.

        Of course, getting real wood to replace all the synthetics would require two more of the things that are anathema to the Left—-cutting down trees and more of that nasty old polluting equipment, to cut, transport and process.

        Maybe what we should do is something like the old Take Your Kid To Work Day, and require each new Congresscritter to spend a week in the real world—visit a drilling rig, go a factory where petroleum products are the foundation of their absolutely most favorite things, ride with truckers who pick up and deliver the food they eat and the furniture they use and the clothes they wear. Maybe take them to China so they can see the slave labor that makes so much of their electronic necessities, with a side trip to the areas now uninhabitable due to the environmental damage of refining the raw earth minerals essential for their batteries and other electronic components.

        Better yet, make every Democrat do this.

      • Retired Spook December 24, 2020 / 11:48 am

        Better yet, make every Democrat do this.

        That would require us getting in control, something we may never be able to do again unless we can either overcome their cheating or out-cheat them. It would be a lot easier to just shoot them all. (Yeah I know — what a horrible thought on Christmas Eve, even in jest.)

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 1:39 pm

        Now now, Spook, you are looking at the recreational solution. I’m thinking that, while not as gratifying, my way might work pretty well.

        That is, to work our collective tails off to get a solid slate of House candidates for 2022 and get a couple dozen of them elected while keeping the good ones we already have.

        There are 13 Democrat Senate seats up in 2022, and 20 Republicans. I am sure that some of the Dem seats are not well enough represented to be sure of them, and we need to start working now on either supporting the Republicans or replacing them and defeating as many of the Dems as possible.

        The R seats we need to focus on, so far, to save are in Wisconsin (Ron Johnson, whose last margin was slim but who has made a name for himself), Roy Blount in Missouri, Todd Young in Indiana, Marco Rubio in Florida and Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, all of whom had slim winning margins last time around. Richard Burr (N.C.) is retiring and he had a slim winning margin last time, and so is Pat Twomey in Pennsylvania, who won with only 48.8% of the vote in 2016. Now is the time to start working to save those seats.

        I don’t think Michael Bennett is a strong candidate in Colorado–he squeaked by with only 50% of the vote in 2016 against a typically pathetic campaign run by the inept and impotent Colorado GOP, which is trying to rebuild itself and seems a little stronger. The Cory Gardner campaign was pretty good, it just couldn’t overcome the massive smear and lie campaign of the Dems. Nevada and New Hampshire both have Senators who won with less than 50% in 2016, and Masto in Nevada has not announced her intent to run in 2022. As I don’t think anyone has even heard of her she doesn’t seem like a strong candidate. Mark Kelly only got 51.2% in Arizona in a special election and might be vulnerable. Patty Murray of Washington hasn’t announced but she is pretty powerful in the Senate and Washington is pretty reliably blue, but Patrick Leahy has also not announced, is 80 and might very well be retiring, though winning a Republican seat in Vermont would be hard.

        If we can stop acting, as a party, like cats being herded, and start to develop some coherent strategies we can focus strongly on a few Senate seats and start NOW to work on them. The Dems started their 2020 presidential campaign in November of 2016.

        I think picking up seats in the House will be easier. And I do believe that this election fraud issue can win us a lot of votes, if we present it properly, which is the effort by the Dems to create a one-party political dynasty in this country with no real balance or opposition. If we can focus on the dangers of one-party rule, and stop with the Identity Politics and same old same old of trashing the opponent we can gain a lot of ground in Congress. And with that, we have some power—as long as the Dems don’t have the votes to admit new states or convey citizenship to illegals.

        The thing about vulnerable Democrat candidates is that, if they want to win again, they might be persuaded to oppose such draconian takeover of our entire governmental system, especially retiring Dems who might not want a legacy of being responsible for destroying the two-party system and along with it the checks and balances of the Constitution. They tend to be older and might still have a vestige of respect and even affection for the Constitution and the United States.

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 2:29 pm

        BTW, today I wrote to the Nebraska GOP and said if they can find a good candidate to primary Ben Sasse, who has been such a disappointment in so many areas ranging from analysis of the law to simple good manners, I will be happy to donate to his replacement.

        Full disclosure: I just happen to despise petty, petulant men. (That also explains a lot about my distaste for the flying monkeys who dart in here every now and then to vent their spite and nastiness.) Sasse started out good, I bought his book and liked it and what he had to say, but then he let his personal animosity toward the president poison pretty much everything he said and he got knee-jerk snotty, and I just got tired of it. Nebraska can do better.

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 3:00 pm

        In March 2018, Sasse criticized Trump for congratulating Vladimir Putin on his election win, saying, “The president of the United States was wrong to congratulate him, and the White House press secretary was wrong to duck a simple question about whether or not Putin’s reelection was free and fair. It was not. The American people know that, the Russian people know that, and the world knows that. The White House refused to speak directly and clearly about this matter; we were weakened as a nation, and a tyrant was strengthened.

        Yet he then described the president’s efforts to make the 2020 American presidential election “free and fair” as “nonsense” and saying “Since Election Night, a lot of people have been confusing voters by spinning Kenyan Birther-type, ‘Chavez rigged the election from the grave’ conspiracy theories, but every American who cares about the rule of law should take comfort that the Supreme Court— including all three of President Trump’s picks—closed the book on the nonsense”.

        In other words, when it came to the statesmanship of courtesy in accepting the results of the Russian election, Sasse was all over the president for not calling Putin out for the defects in the election process. But when it came to his own country, when his own president tried to call attention to the inherent defects and overt fraud of our own election, Sasse switched his position to attack the president for doing what he was condemned for not doing regarding the election in another nation. To put it another way, regarding whether the American 2020 election was was free and fair, it was not. The American people know that, and the world knows that. The White House did speak directly and clearly about this matter; but under pressure from the Left and people like Sasse we have been weakened as a nation, and tyranny was enabled.

        Sasse is just another Romney, but with a better voting record. It’s his pandering to the TDS crowd that offends me so much and makes me question not just his integrity but his intelligence.

      • Retired Spook December 24, 2020 / 2:34 pm

        If your way DOESN’T work, can we, as Fiona was so fond of saying, “just shoot them?”

        In all seriousness, they may not give us much of a choice. There’s been too much talk by reasonably serious people of getting even with Trump supporters. Now they would have to get complete control of everything to begin creating things like a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but taking the two Georgia Senate seats would give them a good start. If the shooting hasn’t started by then it will soon thereafter. I do get a chuckle from those Lefties who are aghast at our suggestion that we might resort to violence if we don’t like what they’re doing; like THEY’VE never done that.

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 3:27 pm

        Not just “like THEY’VE never done that” but that they are promising to do just that. They have come right out and promised violence in the streets if they lose the election, and have come right out and suggested violent retribution against all who have opposed them politically, even if just at the ballot box.

        I still have a hard time figuring out just how they think they can impose themselves on the rest of the country. In their little urban bubbles they can wallow in their fantasies of cutting off the heartland from the vast unequaled benefits of coastal influence, and they can even fantasize about how they can physically dominate us. But as someone preened not long ago that “we” could not last long without California produce, my response was to ask how long California could produce crops without Colorado water.


        Reroute the Colorado River water that makes Los Angeles possible as well as a great deal of California cropland and let it turn western Arizona and Nevada into lush farmland. Cut off oil and gas and coal to the blue states, and electrical power generated in red states.

        A new national capital can be set up within weeks, Wall Street could be recreated outside of New York, and border patrols could halt incursions of armed (!!!) urban warriors (!!!) intent on teaching us rednecks a lesson. (I keep asking—who, exactly, is going to do the fighting for the Left? Will they import Chinese soldiers? It seems that would be their only choice, which would move the entire military into the red zone in a heartbeat.) Move a new streamlined version of the IRS to Omaha and stop paying taxes to the swamp monster we have now, cut off welfare to the coasts, and just sit back and let those urban warriors solve their own problems. California can have open borders to the south, but its eastern borders would be shut down.

        Seriously, when it comes to worrying about armed conflict I see the Left depending on Soros-funded mercenaries like they have had in Portland, Seattle and so on. And I think there are enough armed militias, or potential militias, in Oregon and Washington to head to the coasts and wipe them out with help if needed from Idaho and Arizona. Try that crap on a serious level in Denver and watch it destroyed in a day, probably with Governor “Polis” Schutz, whose heavy-handed dictatorial style is wearing thin in Colorado anyway, being sent packing as locals deal with insurgents in short order. Antifa tried its antics in Berthoud and Fort Collins this summer and literally got run out of town, in Berthoud by a mounted posse and in Fort Collins by a crowd herding them toward a vacant field while shouting “Go home, Commie scum”.

        The Left can’t mount an armed takeover of the nation without the backing of a strong nation willing to get involved. Right now that would only be China, and I think China would recognize the dangers of declaring war even on part of the United States. I suggest that if the mobs start up again we tell the cops if they are hamstrung by their bosses then they should just stand back and let the citizens handle it.

        I think a week, a month at the most, of being cut off from the heartland would shake up the coasts enough for them to see the folly of depending on the Left for anything.

        (I would, however, send 5000 yucca plants to AOC along with instructions, so she could get out there in the gardens of her constituents and teach them how to be self-sufficient.)

      • Retired Spook December 24, 2020 / 4:12 pm

        (I would, however, send 5000 yucca plants to AOC along with instructions, so she could get out there in the gardens of her constituents and teach them how to be self-sufficient.)

        LOL! Have you ever read Kurt Schlichter’s novels about the break up of America into the United States and the People’s Republic of North America? He uses a lot of humor aimed at snowflakes, the Trans community and political correctness. If we were ever to actually split apart (logistically nearly impossible), the loss of freedom in the blue states would become so evident, I don’t think it would last long. I think it’s much more likely that some states will be more free than others, and people will vote with their feet. I suspect the traffic will go both ways at first until people realize that the only way you get ahead in the blue states is to be part of some victim group. I hope to be long gone if or when that ever happens.

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 4:48 pm

        I bought a couple of Schlicter books and haven’t gotten around to reading them yest.

        I don’t know if you remember AOC’s memorable (to me) discourse on how people could get by without food deliveries by diesel trucks—how people could just grow “yucca” in their back yards and window boxes. About the second of the tenth time she said the word “yucca” I realized she had no idea what it is, where it grows or how many people might like it. It’s a starchy member of the cactus family and the idea of it thriving in NY window boxes, much less being a food staple, cracked me up.

        She must have had a little shredded yucca on her kale and wild greens salad one day and been verrrrry impressed. And she also had to push her “Latina” image.

    • tryvasty December 24, 2020 / 4:50 pm

      Lol, electric motors use practically no energy while your car is idle, unlike an IC engine. Everybody driving electric vehicles would substantially improve the “running out of gas in a traffic jam” problem.

      • Retired Spook December 24, 2020 / 5:11 pm

        I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think we will or should eventually transition from gas or diesel vehicles to electric or hydrogen. Hydrogen makes more sense to me, especially since we are also likely to transition from fossil fuel electricity generation to wind and solar.

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 5:37 pm

        Hydrogen makes sense to me—a techie friend has been touting it for years. Natural gas also—he had an old converted Suburban that ran on natural gas and he loved it, but finally the old body just fell apart though the engine was pristine and going strong. I’d do it in a heartbeat if it were easy to find to refuel.

        I was very big on biodiesel and then that whole idea just disappeared. To me , it was ideal–clean burning, engines lasting longer, renewable without having to dig those big old nasty holes in the ground and have all that icky black stuff coming out. I thought that was a perfect transition using existing engine technology but moving to a different source of fuel. (Of course, there is always fryer fat to run those diesels.)

        As for transitioning from fossil fuel electricity generation I think it more likely that we will move to nuclear for that. If it turns out nuclear has unpleasant side effects, we can put those plants in Lib areas and hope they become infertile. Or at least mute.

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 5:31 pm

        Then I don’t know why all those electric cars died and blocked traffic on 70, unless it was the stop and go and uphill grade that killed them. My friend said that when traffic did move they had to slalom around the dead electric cars littering the highway.

  13. Amazona December 24, 2020 / 11:23 am

    The silliness never ends.

    I go to a lot to check conditions as I have animals in two states and do a lot of driving back and forth. I looked at a story about a fire near Camp Pendleton, and at the end of the story—which was a straightforward story of the fire area and evacuations—-and at the end found this:

    The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

    Three things jumped out at me. The first was that “The Weather Company” really ought to stick to simply reporting on weather, the second was that their focus on “the environment” is obnoxiously Leftist in tone and level of hysteria, and the third was that there must be another place to write about “the importance of science to our lives”, especially as so much of their “science” is also ideologically motivated.

    And apologizing for a bit of what might have been accidental journalism was just plain stupid, though high in virtue-signaling points.

  14. Retired Spook December 24, 2020 / 8:54 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone. I’ll be off-line for a few days.

    • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 9:39 pm

      Merry Christmas to you and yours and I hope your holiday is full of happiness and joy of the season. Stay warm and safe.

    • jdge1 December 24, 2020 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks Spook. Merry Christmas to everyone here as well. It will be a quite one for me as my wife is in the hospital with COVID and pneumonia. I also tested positive but only exhibiting mild symptoms so I’m staying home. My daughter is visiting and likely has it but hasn’t tested and shows no symptoms. It should lend itself to a reflective holiday in remembrance of the miracle of Christmas.

      • Amazona December 24, 2020 / 11:17 pm

        Gee, JD, I am so sorry to hear about your wife. That is a bad double whammy and I hope she is getting better. I will pray for her.

      • jdge1 December 25, 2020 / 11:31 pm

        Thanks A. You’re as kind as you are smart.

      • Amazona December 26, 2020 / 8:28 am

        Thank you, JD. How is your wife doing? I remember having pneumonia when was a couple of decades younger and though it wasn’t serious enough to put me in the hospital I remember thinking that was the first time I could truly understand how someone could get so sick she could just die. It is not a pleasant condition, and I do hope she is getting better. You all need to be able to start the New Year healthy and strong.

      • jdge1 December 26, 2020 / 11:37 am

        Thanks for asking. She’s recovering nicely and came off oxygen yesterday after 3 days of use. With her temp in check, O2 at a more normal range and eating resuming it looks like she’ll be released tomorrow. I’m sure she’ll be happy to be home. Thanks again for everyone’s prayers and well wishes.

      • Amazona December 26, 2020 / 4:55 pm

        JD, I am so glad she is on the mend and almost ready to come home, even if she did have to spend Christmas in the hospital.

        Several years ago my husband got sick on Christmas Day—just chills and nausea, no big deal we thought. But it turns out that that combination often signals a very serious infection of some sort. On the 28th he was airlifted to Denver, unconscious, and he died on the 29th. So I could relate to being worried about a loved one so sick over the holidays.

        BTW, he died of septic shock, which I have just recently learned is related to the cytokine storm that is killing some Covid patients—-massive inflammation due to a runaway immune system overreaction to some kind of pathogen, resulting in systemic organ failure, often starting with respiratory failure.

        When I experienced severe nausea quickly followed by extreme chills a few years later, I realized this might be serious, and got myself down to Colorado to a city where I was in the hospital for 11 days. I was told on about the 9th day that they were finally sure they had headed off septic shock, though I was seriously septic and on the brink. Later my surgeon told me if I were to experience nausea and a fever or chills, get back to him immediately. This is not a sequence or combination most people are aware of, so I pass it on.

        One benefit of the extreme attention paid to Covid these days is an increased awareness of the symptoms of sepsis and the dangers of inflammation. It sounds like your wife’s doctors were on top of it and got it knocked down quickly. What a blessing. In my small mountain town the doctors at the local hospital just stood there and watched my husband die for a few hours before calling in a helicopter and sending him to a competent hospital.

      • jdge1 December 27, 2020 / 12:03 pm

        A – so sorry about your husband. I knew he had passed from your previous postings but wasn’t aware of the circumstances. It can often be difficult to assess when an illness is at a point where medical attention is prudent. Sometimes the flu can feel so nasty and you’re totally wiped out, but a visit to the doctor’s office or urgent care center or hospital ER will often result in a; “It’s a viral infection, not much we can do. Get some rest and drink plenty of fluids”, kind of response. Other times a feeling that something isn’t quite right but not necessarily demanding, as can happen in some situations like the initial onset of a stroke or heart attack, is when response time is critical. Living in a rural can make a grave situation even worse. Making a wrong or untimely choice can be life threatening. I guess the older we get, the greater the likelihood we’ve experienced both, at least indirectly if not directly.

        I admire your courage to continue in your life’s journey, especially that you share your knowledge and experiences with us here on the blog and with those you interact with in your personal life. Thanks.

  15. Cluster December 25, 2020 / 9:31 am

    Merry Christmas all. Prayers for your wife JD

    • jdge1 December 25, 2020 / 11:32 pm

      Many thanks Cluster.

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