Open Thread

The Democrats sent over their farce impeachment to the Senate this evening. What really astonishes me is the mental back flips that the anti-Trump people are doing in order to justify this. One guy – he’s actually a bit famous – tried to bring up ancient English law which allowed for the impeachment of former office holders. I pointed out that ancient English law also allowed for bills of attainder – something we don’t do, because we didn’t merely copy England when we wrote our Constitution. One of the key aspects of our Constitution is that is pretty much precludes (as long as it is obeyed) political vengeance. The Founders knew this was important because one of the main factors in the downfall of both the Athenian Democracy and the Roman Republic was the pursuit of quasi-legal revenge. In our system, the defeated are supposed to go home in safety and the victors are supposed to let them go.

Of course, mercilessness is one of the main marks of our political opponents – both traditional left and Never Trump “right”. Lacking any conception of God – and those who make the most pious statements are usually the ones you find the most alienated from any sense of mercy – these people want to punish us. Not just for winning in 2016, but for so much as trying to win. This post-facto impeachment is a means of punishing not Trump, but you and I.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are rapidly discovering that holding 50 Senate seats and 221 House seats is…well…it isn’t much. Especially when your leader is 78 and a bit gaga. Senators Sinema (D-AZ) and Manchin (D-WV) have both come out strong against messing with the filibuster. I don’t put too much stock in them: they are Democrats, after all. They may merely want a price for it. But, in practical terms, busting the filibuster does nothing for either of them – especially for Manchin, set to become Energy Committee chair. Once the filibuster is broken, the Democrats need pay no attention to semi-moderate people like Manchin and Sinema. They’d feel they could peel off a couple GOPers at need (likely true, given Mitt and Murkowski). As long as the filibuster is in place, the Democrats must come hat in hand to Manchin and Sinema on every major issue – meaning they can pretty much get everything they want for their own States. Of course, this leaves out the fact that if Nancy loses 4 House Democrats, there won’t even be anything to send to the Senate to bust the filibuster over. A wise person I know on line pointed out that the filibuster might be moot if Nancy is continually stuck at 210 votes and can’t get the rest because either the Squad or the few remaining moderates won’t budge. A vigorous President could easily get around this by simply hitting the road and arguing for important and popular proposals…but other than their plan to raise the minimum wage (perennially popular even if economically dumb), they got nothing. “Call your Congressperson and demand she vote amnesty for illegals!” is not a great look. But in addition to advocating for very unpopular things, the Democrats have Joe Biden…who often seems to be unaware of where he is or what he’s supposed to do.

I’ve been calling it the 1/20 Miracle – the way cities and States are suddenly opening back up. Nothing changed. In fact, some of the places opening back up have higher cases and deaths than before. I mean, nothing changed other than who was in the White House. It was an op: a very bad flu blown out of proportion to harm Trump. The op is over, and so it is being wound down.

Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Pepsi aren’t doing Super Bowl ads this year. That has got to be devastating to the NFL. Get woke, go broke. The only football I’ve watched so far this year was part of a game on Thanksgiving (had some family over who felt they had to watch) and a bit of the end of yesterday’s Packers game where I was comforting a Cheesehead friend. I suppose I might go back to watching – but the bottom line is that the thrill is largely gone. I really didn’t miss it this year. I spent my Sunday football time writing on my books. It will never again be a “thing” where I rigorously follow and I’ve cut the emotional ties to the team I used to root for. Maybe some day some team out there will capture my imagination and I’ll become a fan again…but, I figure that is unlikely. And I assume there are likely millions like me…because Coke, Pepsi and Bud aren’t spending millions advertising. Meanwhile, Hockey went only mildly woke and it seems to have pretty much dropped it…so, I’ve got my Knights and I’ll watch them win the Cup this year.

Over at Ace – what if the Deplorables start deplatforming the Left? Sure, they can kick us off their Twitter and Facebook…but Joe Average in Dayton can kick them off heater repairs while Fred Normal in Richmond can skip towing your car with the “Coexist” bumper sticker.

Speaking of cancel culture, Miley Cyrus has got herself into SJW hot water. I’d say what it was about, but I’m going to make you click the link. You really won’t believe it.

30 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook January 25, 2021 / 11:40 pm

    The Democrats sent over their farce impeachment to the Senate this evening.

    The Constitution says: “When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.”

    It says “shall,” not may, and Roberts has announced that the “President” is not being tried, and he will NOT preside. End of story — right? Not with Democrats in charge. They plan to have Senator Leahy stand in for Chief Justice Roberts. Rules? We don’ need no steenking rules. YCMTSU!!

    • Amazona January 26, 2021 / 9:46 am

      Hmmm. Chief Justice Mitt Roberts cites the Constitution to support a decision he made? Strange times……

    • Retired Spook January 26, 2021 / 12:33 pm

      Rand Paul was on Glenn Beck’s radio show this morning. He said he’s going to call to a vote whether having a trial of a former President is even constitutional. He said (are you sitting down?) he HOPED to get at least 40 (out of 50) of his fellow Republicans to vote that it’s NOT constitutional. He did go on to say he might get as many as 43 or maybe even 45, but the fact that over half the senate thinks the word “President,” also means former President, and that “the Chief Justice shall preside,” means anyone the majority party picks can preside. If this is the way the country proceeds in the next 2-4 years, we’re just screwed!

    • fieldingclaymore January 26, 2021 / 1:37 pm

      War Secretary William Belknap, look it up. The preponderance of the legal thought is that Impeachment 2.0 is constitutional. Even Turley said so in a Duke Law Review in 1999, before he became the Fox News go to on not impeaching 45.

      • Retired Spook January 26, 2021 / 1:49 pm

        Actually you have to ignore some pretty plain wording to come to that conclusion. Even the provision that is driving the Democrats’ actions, disqualification from ever holding public office again, is tied to removal from office. The Constitution says: “Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than removal from office AND disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States” It says AND, nor OR. I realize that isn’t an impediment to Democrats, but I suspect if the shoe were on the other foot you would feel differently. Sorry, the same rules should apply to EVERYONE, ALL THE TIME!

        Interesting that you’re using the sole example in our history of impeaching someone no longer in office that happened nearly 200 years ago as your justification, especially since Belknap was acquitted by the senate. Grasping at straws much?

        And if it’s “the preponderance of legal thought” that these actions are constitutional, then the American legal community is even more fu*ked up that I thought.

  2. Jeremiah January 25, 2021 / 11:57 pm

    Speaking from a male perspective, I have to agree with Ms. Cyrus on her observations, although I don’t agree with how she carries herself, and the more vulgar ways she portrays femininity, and the promiscuous example she sets for young women. I think the virtuous woman is more in line with how a lady should act, dress, and being a role model for young ladies.

    On the other hand, the other thing/it rebutting Ms. Cyrus’ observations, has no argument at all, they have nothing because they are or have been brainwashed by Satan’s lies, that male body parts should somehow be a part of the female body, perverting nature and God’s creation.

    It’s really sad that we’ve come to a point in society where one is ostracized for telling the truth, and are forced to believe lies. Just like they would in any other communist country.

    I saw an article earlier where kindergartners are going to be forced to learn about anal sex. And it’s being fostered by the LGBTQP community. In other words, the curriculum is being written by the LGBTQP community. If this doesn’t wake the parents of Texas up, I don’t know what will. But they better think hard and fast before sending their child to a public school system.

    • Amazona January 26, 2021 / 9:58 am

      This is part of what I have been saying (which BTW I can’t take credit for as others have started making the same points) that the nation is lost only if we, the citizens, let it be.

      Listen to the most recent Matt Walsh podcasts, where he talks about getting involved at the school board level—-about showing up in large groups at libraries where children are being read to by drag queens, show up at school board meetings, find out what our children are being taught and object to it. Pull our children out of school, if necessary. Find or fund charter schools. Vote for school choice, which pulls school funding out of public schools for any student whose parents have chosen a private or charter school Get involved in school board elections, which now are ignored except by Leftist tacticians who understand the need for a solid foundation of corruption and indoctrination upon which to build their political power later on.

      When online teaching started to be the norm at the beginning of the Pandemic Panic, teachers were freaked out by the idea that parents could be in the room and see and hear what their students were being told. Some refused to do online teaching because of this. Some demanded that students sign promises to keep the subject matter secret and not tell their parents. This was the first open acknowledgement that teachers were subverting the education process to twist the minds of their students in directions their parents would not want. Some teachers stopped using web platforms that parents could access and went to secretive platforms where what they told their students could not be accessed by parents.

      When the lead counsel for PBS said that Homeland Security would come for the children and take them from their homes to be sent to camps for “reeducation” he was only talking about the final, physical, control of our children. The Left has been doing this mentally and emotionally for decades, and we have let it happen.

      • Jeremiah January 26, 2021 / 10:05 pm

        I agree with a bottom-up approach, all good ideas that you have laid out, but I think those solutions will have to be in the long-term strategy. I think removing children from all public schools is going to be the best for the short-term solution. Once we do that, then we can concentrate on, and be working on the long-term solutions.

        In the meantime, we’re going to have to figure out how to deal with some serious authoritarian edicts coming down the pike from the top, and I mean they haven’t even got started yet. They’ve already shut down the Keystone pipeline, stopped fossil fuel leases, raised taxes, denying free speech. Next I would say they are coming for the second amendment.

        I think if Homeland Security were to come for a family’s children to take them to reeducation camps, that should be on the same level as if they were to come to confiscate and take away a person’s guns. The first rule of gun safety being, don’t let the government take away your guns. The same rule should be applied to one’s children, don’t let the government come and take away your children. This is where it’s imperative I think for there to be strong father relationships in the home to help protect themselves and their families from government interference in the lives. Father’s have that obligation to their family. We have been a free nation for the past 250 years, and as individual families we have the responsibility to govern where, and in what manner our children are to learn, and the government does not and should not have any say in the matter, because that is outside the purview of the Federal government’s jurisdiction.

        But yes, I’m all on board with the bottom-up approach, but we need to work quickly, and get the ball rolling.

      • Amazona January 27, 2021 / 12:16 am

        So far the Executive Orders are just posturing for the rabid base. Biden can’t unilaterally put us into the Paris Accords—that is a treaty and as such has to be approved by 2/3 of the Senate. He can’t unilaterally decide not to enforce federal law, regarding illegal entry into the country, as a judge just reminded him. The pipeline and drilling moratorium are more problematic, but I think the moratorium will just die a quiet death and there is going to be a huge backlash regarding the loss of those jobs on the pipeline. It will take a lot of fussing and threatening, but the science of lowered environmental impact will go up against the pretend science of “pipelines are dangerous” not to mention the diplomatic fallout from Canada.

        No one is coming after our children, at least not in anything like the near future, and no one is going to be “reprogrammed”. This is all just Leftist bluster, just venting of their Inner Tyrants, but the people saying these things are people who don’t even walk their own dogs, much less get out there and do anything strenuous or dangerous or even seriously controversial.

        What IS dangerous is the alignment of industry with politics. The Left claims that fascism in Germany was “right-wing” because industry was privately owned but collaborated with the government. Well, that is what we are seeing here. But I think a lot of that can be corrected with a strong, attractive media presence, pointing out the parallels between 1930s Germany and 2021 United States regarding the effort to establish a single party system, the governmental attacks on opposition voices, the violent efforts to intimidate opposing opinions and so on.

        But what they WILL do is fight for, about and in are the schools. They already have the infrastructure of the teachers’ unions, which they think gives them the upper hand. And they do hold a strong hand. But get even a handful of parents going after one teacher at a time with documented proof of teaching that is outside the syllabus for that class and that teacher will cave, or be replaced. Maybe parents could band together and demand video cameras and recordings in all classrooms, so any complaint by a student could be reviewed.

        Bullies are all the same, no matter what age or what position they may hold. They are bullies because they get away with it. Teachers are the worst and most cowardly bullies because they use their size, age and status to bully younger, weaker and less experienced children. But they can be intimidated by strong parental oversight and consistent pressure. We just need to call them out on their bullying. We need to bully back, with ridicule for the teaching of utter nonsense, with outrage at lying to students, for abuse of power for haranguing students about politics in geography or math classes, and so on. Parents should not hesitate to send their children into class telling a teacher she is simply wrong when she talks about something like the 1691 BS, and stand up for them if the school disciplines them for it. This is a time to teach our children to stand up for what is right, to refuse to be bullied or brainwashed. That means parents have to work at being parents, but this is something they have t do.

      • dbschmidt January 27, 2021 / 8:48 pm

        It will take 3 generations as a minimum to correct the education//indoctrination issue. As per others suggestions I have also started at my own county level school board among other places and intend to make sure the vote goes our way and no off into absolute destruction. .

  3. Retired Spook January 26, 2021 / 12:22 pm

    And here you thought we were approaching a time when we could ditch those @$#^*&! masks. Nope!

    • Amazona January 26, 2021 / 4:42 pm

      The masks are the visual confirmation of meek submission to a massively powerful Central Authority, and that Authority is not going to turn loose of this symbol of its power without a fight.

      And no, the phrase “without a fight” is not an incitement of, nor condoning of, any form or degree of violence, whether real or implied or virtual.

    • Amazona January 26, 2021 / 5:05 pm

      Consider the COVID-19 clinical diagnostic criteria the CDC issued in April:

      (i) At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measured or subjective), along with any of the following: chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new olfactory and taste disorder(s)
      (ii) At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing

      (iii) Severe respiratory illness with at least one of the following:

      Clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia, OR
      Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
      No alternative more likely diagnosis

      Now if you go through that list quickly, it may seem perfectly fine.

      However, if you look more carefully you’ll notice that either (i), (ii), or (iii) is by itself sufficient to satisfy the CDC’s clinical criteria and that any single item in (ii) is also sufficient. Hence—just as the Children’s Health Defense reports—all it takes to get diagnosed with COVID-19 is a cough!

      Moreover, almost unbelievably, the March CDC guidelines for filling out death certificates, which were composed in a Q&A format, state:

      Q: Should “COVID-19” be reported on the death certificate only with a confirmed test?

      A: COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death.

      So, since the instructions in April went on to say doctors should diagnose a patient with COVID-19 on the basis of a mere cough, anyone who has a cough will wind up getting COVID-19 listed on his death certificate.

      Colds, the flu, allergies, and all the myriad other things that were causing people to cough before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19, apparently, suddenly ceased to exist.

      Moreover, notice that the March guidelines don’t just mean that COVID-19 will get listed on a coughing decedent’s death certificate in the absence of any test confirming infection. If you have a cough and then die, your death certificate will list COVID-19 even if you did have a test but it came back negative.

      Indeed, the CDC’s instructions guarantee that COVID-19 will wind up on your death certificate no matter how many negative tests you had!

      And, though coughing is the most egregious CDC criteria unique to COVID-19 sufficient for a positive diagnosis, the others listed along with it are nearly as bad.

      Countless environmental factors, conditions, and ailments were causing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing long before the world had ever heard of COVID-19. Yet, suddenly, on April 24, 2020, anyone having either one of those symptoms or, for that matter, merely a cough is thereby automatically diagnosed with COVID-19 and, should he die, wind up with the disease listed on his death certificate.

      Nor is (sic) the criteria laid down in (i) much better since, obviously, you can have a fever and chills, or a headache and a sore throat, or any two of the other seven criteria laid down in (i) as jointly sufficient for a COVID-19 diagnosis without having COVID-19.

      And, though the criteria listed in (iii) look to be very stringent:

      Severe respiratory illness with at least one of the following:

      Clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia, OR
      Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
      No alternative more likely diagnosis

      The reality is that, since anyone with a severe respiratory illness is pretty much guaranteed to have a cough, the criteria in (iii) are in fact completely moot since anyone with any potential at all of being diagnosed with COVID-19 because of them will already be getting a positive diagnosis from that cough he’s bound to have.

      Now the CDC tries to make these criteria seem less preposterously weak by stating that, in order to be considered a probable COVID-19 case, you need to meet them plus some additionally specified “epidemiological” ones. But the latter turn out to be even more toothless.

      Indeed, the CDC’s additional epidemiological criteria are so unbelievably liberal that—and I’m in no way exaggerating here—there literally isn’t a single person in the country to whom they don’t apply!

      The epidemiological criteria that have to be satisfied in addition to the clinical ones cited above are:

      One or more of the following exposures in the 14 days before onset of symptoms:

      Close contact** with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 disease; OR
      Close contact** with a person with:
      clinically compatible illness AND
      linkage to a confirmed case of COVID-19 disease.
      Travel to or residence in an area with sustained, ongoing community transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
      Member of a risk cohort as defined by public health authorities during an outbreak.

      Apart from all the other risibly loose entries—which, among other things, imply that sitting next to someone on the bus who coughs is sufficient—since we were supposed to believe that everywhere in the country suffered “sustained, ongoing community transmission” of SARS-CoV-2 and that we’re all at such great risk of contracting it that every single one of us needs to wear not just one but—assuming what I read yesterday wasn’t just some sick and awful bad dream—two masks at all times, the additional epidemiological criteria don’t do a damn thing to screen anyone out.

      They will literally apply to every single man woman or child in America and hence, all it takes to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in America is a cough or any of the other preposterously loose clinical criteria above that countless, diseases, conditions, and environmental factors have been causing since the time immemorial.

      Now the CHD report claims that, had we kept on reporting COVID-19 fatalities the way we report every other cause of death, the number of deaths attributed to the virus would have been around 90% less than the figures the CDC used to rake in all that dough.

      But they don’t give any of the data from the seven states whose numbers they crunched to get that 90% figure. So it’s not at all clear whether it’s accurate.

      So if you just kind of FEEL like you have a fever (measured or subjective) OR just one of the following: chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new olfactory and taste disorder(s)
      OR cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
      that is all it takes to be “diagnosed” with this deadly disease—so deadly it mimics the mildest of seasonal allergy symptoms, stress, overexertion or any of dozens of other, benign reasons for muscle aches, headaches, coughs and so on and so stealthy it evades testing.

      I have “difficulty breathing” when I have to wear a face diaper—where does that fit in the diagnosis metric?

      • Amazona January 26, 2021 / 5:14 pm

        Mark Steyn quoted, on the Limbaugh show today:

        You can’t force a virus to stop being a virus by forcing humans to stop being human

  4. Retired Spook January 26, 2021 / 1:11 pm

    OK, this is pretty funny.

    • Amazona January 26, 2021 / 4:44 pm

      I saw an article about that and loved it. The man does know how to tweak the imminently tweakable hysterics on the Left, doesn’t he?

  5. Retired Spook January 26, 2021 / 1:30 pm

    New entries in the YCMTSU file just keep getting more and more bizarre.

  6. dbschmidt January 26, 2021 / 7:21 pm

    I have learned something I already knew. Never comment or speak when you (me) is agitated which I will try to uphold even though I am agitated what seems most of the time when I read current news and not the crap most of broadcast is trying to force upon is. My local station teams with ‘PolitilFact’ to deliver the most asinine views possible but that is what I have. BTW, Biden’s Keystone pipeline did not kill up to 11,000 jobs because all of the jobs were not “full time” but they never looked at the associated ones in the towns and cities surrounding the work. Apparently, a job isn’t a job unless it is for more than I year–means I have been unemployed most of my young life except to the government who wants part of every friggin’ dollar I made.

    Doesn’t really matter because I have decided to only comment when I am at peace and have well thought out responses which, unfortunately, will not really improve anything I have to say–just how often. Either that or I need to rebuild my personal computer for the umpteenth time and not sure how long before I am back.

    Best part is–I am watching a lot of folks from all over this country that are standing up up and calling ‘BullShit’. Any number of things and results are being challenged. using Lib rules against Libs, etc. I will be around and helping nudge folks off the cliff as required. The entire lie is coming apart and I am one happy person to watch it happen to no better folks.

    Just wish I had the time to write thoughtful posts as once did.

    • Amazona January 26, 2021 / 8:25 pm

      I just heard Buck Sexton say, on his show, that the rationale for not caring about putting 11,000 people out of work (and remember, that is just from this one edict) is because they were not “permanent” jobs. As Buck said, no construction job is permanent. (Well, aside from the rebuild of my house in Denver, which does seem to be taking on a quasi-permanent status. I call it the Taj Mahal, because it is taking that long and costing that much. But I digress.)

      This just shows the utter ignorance and disconnect from the real world exhibited by the elites who now run the country. They have never swung a hammer or tiled a floor. They have never welded a pipe or dug a trench. They all live in houses or apartments that were built by “temporary” workers who finished that job and went on to the next job and then the one after, supporting families as they went. That is America. America is not a bunch of high-nose smug elites lecturing us on reality.

      The only bright light in all of this is the schadenfreude experienced by watching the pain of the pipefitters union, which supported Biden, having its workforce gutted by Biden. By watching the freakout of the people in New Mexico who suddenly got their oil and gas revenue cut off for a few months and threatened with permanent disruption or cancellation. They voted for him. They got him. They just inflicted him on us in the process.

      We knew Biden was a snake when they picked him up and gave him what he wanted, and we are not surprised that he is turning on them and biting them now. We tried to tell them, but they were burning with so much Trump hatred, and convinced by their blind trust in the lying Agenda Media, that they thought they knew better. It hasn’t even been a week and they have seen billions of dollars in revenue lost as tens of thousands of jobs have disappeared with the quivering stroke of a Biden pen, have seen women’s sports destroyed as men will take over and destroy what feminists fought so hard to achieve, are seeing Sino Joe cozying back up to the Chinese and sending business and jobs back to China, once again putting us at their mercy, have seen our hopes of energy independence shattered as he has put our enemies in control of our futures.

      Less than a week. Even the cynics are surprised.

  7. Amazona January 26, 2021 / 8:05 pm

    what if the Deplorables start deplatforming the Left?

    I was just thinking along these lines as I drove home on icy roads on a day that topped out at 21 degrees. My thinking was, if I were a hotshot petroleum executive I would immediately raise the cost of heating oil by 25 cents a gallon, and explain that gee, this is just what happens when we cut off oil from Canada and halt domestic drilling. Where do they think this stuff comes from?

    We out West don’t use heating oil. We don’t have those old-fashioned furnaces or oil heaters. But those Easterners who just couldn’t wait to vote for Joe need to start paying the price.

    Biden’s ascension wasn’t even a week ago, and he has wreaked havoc on this nation already. But that’s OK because he is a “devout Catholic” who just rejects the teaching and moral authority of the Church (with, I have to point out, the blessing of Church elders who lack the integrity or courage to tell him if he wants to take the sacraments he has to, you know, act like a Catholic)

  8. Amazona January 26, 2021 / 8:32 pm

    Shipping carriers rejected U.S. agricultural export containers worth hundreds of millions of dollars during October and November, instead sending empty containers back to China to be filled with more profitable Chinese exports.

    The refusals come during the peak season for agriculture exports.
    While U.S. agricultural exports run continuously for 12 months, the months of November through March are critical.

    The Federal Maritime Commission launched an investigation into the matter and is reviewing the trade data to see whether the carriers refusing U.S. export cargo was a violation of the Shipping Act.

    Shipping carriers rejected U.S. agricultural export containers worth hundreds of millions of dollars during October and November, instead sending empty containers to China to be filled with more profitable Chinese exports, a CNBC investigation found.

    The Federal Maritime Commission has received petitions from U.S. agricultural exporters warning that the delays in trade not only threaten profits but the reputation of the industry.

    There’s another American industry taking a hit, to increase profits for China and taking dollars out of the US economy. First it was petroleum, then construction related to petroleum, now it is agriculture.

  9. Retired Spook January 26, 2021 / 9:54 pm

    Here’s one way we can fight back. Via email — send this to everyone you know.


    I’m selling my White Privilege Card. It’s over 70 years old but is in mint condition. It has never been used. Reason for selling is that it hasn’t done a damn thing for me! No free college, no free food, no free housing, etc. Prefer cash but would be willing to do an even trade for a Race Card which seems much more widely accepted.

    Interested? Contact me on my non-Obama cell phone that I pay for every month.

    Serious buyers only

  10. Amazona January 27, 2021 / 9:58 am

    I know I haven’t read all of Thomas Sowell’s huge volume of work, but I at least thought I was pretty familiar with the titles and subjects. Somehow I missed what has to be the best title ever, and just ordered it.

    But the title says a lot about what we have been discussing: “The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

    • Retired Spook January 27, 2021 / 10:11 am

      That kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

  11. Retired Spook January 28, 2021 / 11:30 am

    Well, there is ONE bright spot in the Harris/Biden administration, a man who was a marginal Senator, failed presidential candidate and probably the worst, or tied for worst Secretary of State with Hillary Clinton, is now going to be the Climate Czar. I mean, if John f’in Kerry can’t fix climate change, then no one can. I feel so much better.

  12. Retired Spook January 28, 2021 / 3:00 pm

    Color me shocked.

    NEW YORK – New York may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents by as much as 50%, the state’s attorney general said in a report released Thursday.

    Attorney General Letitia James has, for months, been examining discrepancies between the number of deaths being reported by the state’s Department of Health, and the number of deaths reported by the homes themselves.

    I hope Andrew Cuomo goes down as the greatest mass murderer in American history.

    • Amazona January 28, 2021 / 10:22 pm

      I hope Andrew Cuomo goes down as the greatest mass murderer in American history

      Either that or Biden will make him head of Health and Human Services.

  13. Retired Spook January 28, 2021 / 6:34 pm

    I can just hear President Kamala Harris in a press conference in the fall of 2023: “well, those green jobs weren’t quite as green as we thought they were.” Small comfort to all those welders, pipefitters, and heavy equipment operators who lost their jobs in early 2021.

    • Amazona January 28, 2021 / 9:20 pm

      I catch some radio comments while I’m driving and can’t make notes or even pay as much attention as I would like and now I can’t find the moronic statement from the moronic governor about how destroying all these jobs now is such a good thing because it “keeps kids from being shackled to jobs that won’t exist in 30 years”.

      This struck me as the most ignorant and idiotic statement so far since President Asterisk started destroying the country, and that is really saying something as the competition for most stupid is really tough.

      Kids 30 years from now are not even born yet, and won’t be for another ten years or so, but their families need to survive in the meantime. If a man is bringing up his family in a profession that apparently will be phased out due to technological advances, he can and would encourage his children to follow different paths. This is what personal liberty is—-the freedom to make decisions. How is it possible that this governor doesn’t hear the smug, smirky utter stupidity in a comment like this? He sounded like he had practiced it, as he was quite fond of the word “shackled” and repeated it several times.

      Among my other reactions was that he didn’t seem to mind being shackled to a job that is only temporary.

      I did hear Rush recommend that movie I have recommended several times over the past couple of years, “Lives of Others”. Maybe with Rush’s support someone will actually watch it.

      Just a thought—we on the Right need to stop claiming that Trump won the election, because strictly speaking it is pretty hard to prove with absolute certainty just who got those fraudulent votes. Given the switch in numbers and so on it seems obvious, but I think we should just drop that line of thought and shift to “We don’t know WHO won” because, with all the fraud that has been proven, there is no way to really know. I think that would resonate a lot more with people who are in denial of the possibility that Trump actually won, who either believe or fall back on the whole concept of “if it wouldn’t change the outcome it doesn’t really matter…” and I think it sounds more rational and reasonable and accessible to people who saw the proofs of fraud but refuse to acknowledge them because this might put the big bad orange man in office.

      I have been really upset with the allegedly intelligent people, like Bill Barr and too many conservatives, fretting about the inability to prove that Trump really got all those fraudulent votes, or who spout the most annoying phrase of the election “change the outcome”. We DO know the vote tallies are not accurate. We DO know that dead people voted, that some people voted more than once, that ineligible people voted and that the machines screwed up. We DO know that votes cast under unconstitutional rules cannot be considered valid votes. So why do we put ourselves through all these mental gymnastics about who got how many, which not only can’t be proved but which just gets the other side all wound up? Why not just say “No one knows, that that is the problem, and that is why the certifications are not legal”.

      It drives me crazy to see people lured into the weeds by a comment dropped here or there that slightly alters the discourse and sends it into territory where it is vulnerable to challenges and disputes. No one can dispute the fact that in some states we simply do not know, and that should have been enough for the legislatures and officials to say “Sorry, but we can’t certify the vote count under these circumstances”. But we got caught up in “landslide win” and “Trump won” and “votes stolen” when all that was needed was pressure to not certify uncertifiable results.

      They make the rules, we play by them, they win.

    • Amazona January 28, 2021 / 9:23 pm

      Don’t forget the hundreds of thousands of oilfield workers and the businesses that exist because of them—car dealers, real estate offices, drugstores, restaurants and so on. The jobs themselves create whole economies around them, which collapse when the core jobs go away.

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