Open Thread

So, now they’ll call witnesses…you know, the people who were supposed to be called when the House was considering whether or not to impeach. Our Ruling Class is total clown show. Ted Cruz opines – and he’s likely correct – that they were ready to wrap this thing up but last night Social Media bots exploded with demands for witnesses and the Blue Checks caught the fever and here we are. Who orchestrated this? That is what I’d like to know – who paid the army of bots to make calling for witnesses trend on social media? Someone had to think it was a good idea.

It could have been the Chinese or other foreign actors who simply want America embroiled in domestic squabbles.

I do wonder if the Democrats have considered that when you accuse the innocent of crimes and hound them mercilessly, they tend to become what you said they were: in other words, treat 74 million Americans like rebels and what you’ll eventually get is 74 million rebels.

The Lincoln Project has completely imploded and, seriously, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving set of creeps. Except for one thing: these people used to be our leaders. Respected voices! They didn’t just suddenly become garbage: they always were. Someone gave the go-ahead to remove the protection and here we are. But they all had to know. Especially the money bags. You might give $5 to a bum on the street without inquiring closely as to whether food or booze is to be purchased…you give millions and you’re going to find out every last thing about the guy. How many other groups – right and left – are run by garbage people warping our political debates, but they’re currently protected? I have a Twitter friend who is a complete Commie – he and I have had some interesting discussions about what we’d each like to see happen to the bosses of both parties.

France sent a nuclear attack sub to patrol the South China Sea. This is, interesting. I mean, that France is doing it. China lays claim to the entire South China sea, these claims being disputed by all other nations bordering that sea. Under Trump, we routinely sent ships in to enforce the fact that the South China Sea is international waters. Why France? I can only assume that France, taking note of America’s problems, has decided that if French interests in the area are to be protected, France will have to do it herself. This, long term, is a good thing. I am tired of the American Empire. I also don’t want us to go to war with China without allies having skin in the game. Japan and South Korea are making major increases to their naval power as a deterrent to China and that is also good. The bottom line is that no one is going to invade China – their vast population means they can just throw bodies at you until you’re exhausted. But in any war with China, it will be destroying China’s maritime trade which will be decisive. China requires not just massive exports to fund itself, but massive imports to sustain its internal life. This is why China is building a big navy. Anyone else adding anti-Chinese naval forces to the balance is a welcome thing.

I’ve seen various efforts afoot in Red States to terminate Critical Race Theory. Trump, of course, did this for the Executive branch but Biden has put it back in place. Nothing we can do about that right now – but where we have control, we should exercise that power. Critical Race Theory is a racist, Marxist philosophy which was cooked up as the economic justification for Marxism dried up in the1960’s and 70’s. As the poor and middle class in the capitalist countries became vastly wealthy by historic standards, the appeal of Marxism – that the poor can’t get ahead until they seize the means of production – was shown to be drivel, even if you ignored the manifest failure of the Communist countries to provide a decent standard of living. Latching on to race was the Marxist’s way out of the box: it wasn’t class, but race, which drove the cart. And until the inherent racism of American and Western society was destroyed, justice could not prevail. Anything we can do to get rid of this pernicious doctrine is justified; we cannot tolerate a philosophy which holds that white people are inherently racist and that America is evil. It has to go, or we go.

41 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook February 13, 2021 / 3:50 pm

    Anyone else adding anti-Chinese naval forces to the balance is a welcome thing.

    It’ll be interesting to see who steps up when China makes a play for Taiwan. I’m betting the Biden administration will be leading from behind, if even involved at all.

  2. Retired Spook February 13, 2021 / 4:59 pm

    Trump acquitted AGAIN!

    After several hours of debate, the Senate trial came to an end, with a vote of 57 to 43, acquitting the President of the charges of inciting an insurrection and other high crimes and misdemeanors. While the democrat led house council attempted to show connections to the violent riot at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021 using everything from clipped speeches, incomplete statements, and false statements.

    I’ll be honest. I have spent some time trying to figure out what to say next regarding the trial. I could start a long line of fact checks, refuting nearly every piece of so-called “evidence” introduced by the House council managers during the trial. But for what? What would it prove, other than the democrats repeatedly lied, manufactured evidence, edited video, and implicated other senators in these lies? It was and is a horrible representation of what I personally think America stands for. What our politicians are supposed to stand for, at least to me.

    I am, for the first time, embarrassed of what America has become.

    I could not agree more.

  3. Retired Spook February 13, 2021 / 5:42 pm

    Trump issued a short statement following the acquittal:

    “My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country,” he said in a statement. “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree.”

    Short, sweet and SPOT ON!

    • Amazona February 13, 2021 / 7:02 pm

      I never expected a Democrat to have the integrity to vote on facts rather than blind commitment to the ideology of the Left and its multi-faceted agenda for gaining absolute power, but when it comes to “Republicans” voting for conviction I have a higher standard.

      My disgust is not based on simple loyalty to the President, though I do believe in the Code of the West which has been adopted as the official ethics code of the State of Wyoming, which includes “Ride for the brand”. No, it is based on the level of sheer ignorance and stupidity that can read and/or hear the actual words of the President and somehow transform them into the opposite of what was said and what those words mean.

      It is my opinion that people who are so driven by blind hatred of a man that their mental filters automatically distort anything he says into something ugly and sinister do not belong in our Congress. Let the Dems choose their legislators from this pool—we should be above that. We should be choosing our people from those who have not only integrity but intelligence.

      Living in both Wyoming and Colorado I am a 2X neighbor of Nebraska, and will lobby the Nebraska GOP to primary Ben Sasse and will support his opponent in the primaries and, hopefully, in the election. No one whose personal animus toward a man takes precedence over his intellect or his commitment to Constitutional law should be sent back to Congress.

      Ditto for Liz Cheney.

      This, by the way, is the basis for my disgust for McConnell, as well.

      I don’t expect any better from the Colorado senators, two of the most weak, spineless and useless people the state could have sent to Washington. Michael Bennett has to have seen the CSPAN video of then -VP Biden groping the breast of Bennett’s young daughter,. squeezing it and tweaking it, as Bennett stood on the other side of the VP taking his oath of office as a new Senator. To see him grovel to the man who sexually abused his daughter strikes me as nothing better than pimping her out for status and a good job. As for the Looper, he was a mess as a mayor, worse as a governor, and was convicted of ethics violations. Both shame a once-proud state, but it is a state the Left has conquered, leading to many natives moving to other states.

      • dbschmidt February 14, 2021 / 10:29 am

        Well, you can add Richard Burr of NC to the list. I am not and have never been a one issue voter but his admittance he went against the Constitution to vote guilty was more than enough. Claims he is not running in 2022 but in my book it wouldn’t matter. He was already being primaried by a man named Walker. I watched his video commercial and have more digging to do but he looks like what we need in the US Senate.

        Also have figured out after the 14th Amendment try, the NY & Georgia attempts that are coming why 75 million are behind Trump and the entire establishment (both sides) is trying to destroy him. It is because he is the one who upset their apple cart. He said what he was going to do and did it with or without. He disrupted their gravy train. Wasn’t and wanted no part of the DC crowd. It was the “little people” who wanted and supported him. Something they could never have.

        Also doing what I can at the local level from school boards on up to get the right folks in and kick the bad apples to the curb. Even if we have to deal with another Jimmy’s malaise for 4 years everything I own and owe on is locked in except the inflation and outrageous gas prices when you could get it. Remember odd & even days? I do because I worked through it.

        Now to get as much of the general population educated or at least interested in how every vote counts (except the millions trucked in for Biden) towards their livelihood and living standards before we end up like Venezuela. Closer than you think considering we already are using their voting machines..

      • Amazona February 14, 2021 / 11:00 am

        Has Burr always been profoundly stupid? This comment—-given that the majority in the Senate voted to proceed with this trial, the question of constitutionality is now established precedent,—-indicates a lack of intelligence so stunning I wonder that he managed to function on any level. Any Senator who believes that the Constitution can be changed merely by having a party line majority vote should not just be defeated in 2022, or allowed to slink off in disgrace, but should be soundly rejected. That statement not only makes no sense regarding the Constitution, it doesn’t make any sense at all, in any context.

        What a moron. Demand that he resign so Walker can run as an incumbent.

      • Amazona February 14, 2021 / 11:36 am

        There are occupations that demand attention not just to the finished product but to the gajillion little steps and pieces that are necessary to put it together. Construction is one of those occupations. To be truly successful in doing what Trump did for so many years he had to pay attention not just to the big stuff like financing and union contracts and so on, he had to know at the most detailed level how all the pieces fit together.

        He took that depth of understanding into the White House, and that is what made him so dangerous to the Left—he didn’t just focus on the obvious, visible, trappings of Leftist influence and power, he understood the intricate details under the surface that made it work. And this is where he started to dismantle the structure the Left had so carefully put together over the past few decades.

        Donald Trump was playing Jenga with the power structure of the Left, and he had pulled out too many pieces for it to continue to stand if he was allowed to continue. He understood that the power was in the Deep State, in the deeply embedded bureaucratic administrative framework of our government, in the political activist appointees buried deep within the system who could seldom be identified and could not be fired, who pulled the levers of government with no one even realizing what they were doing.

        I always reference the EPA because that is the bureaucracy I started to notice, mostly because as a Coloradan I already knew that Ken Salazar was a weasel and a political whore so when Clinton (1) put him in charge of the EPA and then (2) signed an Executive Order giving the EPA vast, unprecedented and unconstitutional power to unilaterally identify anything as a “pollutant” and then unilaterally declare anything it chose as a solution to its invented problem I could see the devious bypassing of Congress at work. I am less familiar with the people and policies of other federal agencies but given the immense increase in the sizes and budgets of these agencies I have to believe they, too, have been allowed to operate as independent lawmakers, imposing political agendas on every aspect of the lives of Americans, without the participation or input or even oversight of Congress.

        Trump saw this. As I watched him I remembered reading a statement by a Major League home run star who said that his ability let him see the baseball approaching as if in slow motion—he could see the rotation of the ball, the stitching, the letters on the cover. This is how I envisioned Trump looking at the structure of the United States government, seeing as with X-ray vision not only the obvious elements on the surface but the many moving parts that no one ever paid any attention to. And HE paid attention to them.

        And that is what made him so dangerous to the Left that they had to go to any lengths to get rid of him. Making abject fools of themselves in sham impeachment hearings was a small price to pay if they could eliminate him. They toss around the term “existential threat” but what it really means is a threat to the very existence of something, and Donald Trump as president was a true existential threat to the underlying structure of Leftist power in our government.

        I also came to realize that another of Trump’s superpowers, in addition to X-ray vision, was ambidexterity. He could distract the mobs with one hand, pretending to throw balls so the pack would go howling after them into the woods, he could wave around all sorts of messages and comments and distractions to keep them focused on that hand alone, but with the other hand he was slyly picking away at the supporting elements of the Leftist Deep State. He cut staff sizes. He slashed budgets. He unwound some of the Executive Orders that had given these bloated agencies so much power, removing the regulations that had stifled our economy and imposed so many restrictions on our people. He demanded that Congress do its job and legislate instead of just turning over authority to agencies that did not constitutionally have it. He even moved a couple of agencies out of the Beltway, to the anguished howls of distress from bureaucrats who didn’t WANT to administer their agencies from Grand Junction, Colorado (the Bureau of Land Management) or Kansas City, Missouri (two scientific agencies in the Department of Agriculture).

        He was methodically dismantling the consolidation of power that had been built by the Left, fragmenting it and spreading that power around to the states and the people. Nothing could be more threatening to the Left than this.

        My fondest hope is that he quietly lets the hoopla settle down a little while putting together a plan to start informing the public about what he was really doing as president, and why, to start an underground movement of people who can communicate not just Trumpfan emotion but the core elements of his strategy that drew so much fire from the panicked Left.

        As the saying goes, you don’t get flack if you’re not over the target.

  4. Amazona February 14, 2021 / 12:08 pm

    It looks like at least some on the Right are so fed up they are not going to take the Agenda Media manipulation of the facts without fighting back. We need more voices like Michael van der Veen.

  5. Amazona February 14, 2021 / 12:45 pm

    Senator Cassidy, from Louisiana (who was immediately censured by the LA GOP) said: Seven lives were tragically lost as a result of that day. Law enforcement officials, outnumbered and overwhelmed, sustained debilitating injuries as they bravely defended Congress against an angry mob. We now know that lawmakers and congressional staff came dangerously close to crossing paths with the rioters searching for them and wishing them harm.

    Oh my, what a passionate and overheated statement! Of course, it is total BS, but still—-quite the performance!

    Now the number of deaths attributed to the disturbance has risen to 7. Since when? Who? How? It turns out that only one is actually proved to be related to what happened, and that was of an unarmed woman, posing no threat to anyone, shot to death by a Capitol cop. We have been told that FIVE PEOPLE DIED !!! in this dastardly “insurrection” and now, suddenly, the moron from Louisiana has upped that count to seven.

    What “debilitating injuries” were suffered by these brave law enforcement officials? Funny how no details have come out. And define “debilitating”, please. My conviction that I had Covid last spring is based on three days of debilitating fatigue and severe muscle aches—yet after three days I was fine. So what the heck does “debilitating” mean, other than a word that can be used to imply something serious and sinister?

    “We now know that lawmakers and congressional staff came dangerously close to crossing paths …” Ohhh…CROSSING PATHS! How terrifying! “Dangerously close to crossing paths…” Another statement that means absolutely nothing. Well, not until it is linked with a speculation—that “rioters” were “searching for them and wishing them harm” Says who? Aside from the Antifa types who infiltrated the crowd and instigated the breach, who else voiced any antagonism toward anyone? Who else voiced any intent to harm anyone? What I saw was souvenir hunting.

    If we were to strip the lies, the exaggerations, the fanciful embroidering of the truth in an effort to justify a wholly unjustifiable vote, the entire sham would be reduced to a few lines of fact. Take away the claims of intended violence, take away the overheated screeches of INSURRECTION!!! and other stupid claims of desire to “OVERTURN THE GOVERNMENT!!!”, take away the unsupported claims of incitement by the President, take away the hysterics of “AN ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY ITSELF!!!”, remove the bogus inclusions of five or seven deaths and “debilitating injuries” slapped onto the event to try to make it seem so much worse than it was—in other words, just look at the basic facts—and we see an unlawful but comparatively mild uprising of stupid people doing stupid things.

    Cassidy needs more than a censure. Cassidy needs to resign. He has proven himself, by his utterly false and fanciful statement, to be incompetent and incapable of making intelligent decisions for his constituents.

    • dbschmidt February 14, 2021 / 6:45 pm

      I really believe that Washington DC & Hollywood folks live in bubbles/echo chambers that somehow repel all common sense and basic civics knowledge. All one has to do is listen to them for a minute. Problem being is it is not just the wacko left but a great deal of the right who are more interested in making the DC circuit than representing the folks back home. Back home is where they should be until the need to be in DC to legislate. Something neither side has done in some time. The Dems in particular are interested in if information is going to get out make sure it is a dribble, dribble dribble and the media will do their best to cover.

      What did happen and what will happen needs to be broadcast from shore to shore with little or no chance of escape compounded by having to face the folks they are screwing over. I doubt it will be “newsworthy” with exception of a few channels but news has come down the States Supreme Court has scheduled the Pennsylvania election case, Sidney Powell’s Michigan election case, and Lin Wood’s Georgia election case for its February 19 conference

      Even though I do not watch because I changed to OTA (Over the Air) any longer–maybe they should start by having educational broadcast with the blank times filled in with FOX news or NewsMax at all airports and everywhere else CNN used to indoctrinate folks.

      • Amazona February 14, 2021 / 8:29 pm

        When you look at the Comments sections of various blogs all you see is vitriolic snarling about “insurrection insurrection insurrection. subversion sedition insurrection”. I wonder how many of these bottom feeders still have #resist stickers on their cars.

        THAT iteration of insurrection was well known and part of the federal government as well as the rank and file (emphasis on “rank”) of the Dem borg. The #Resist movement is strong within the federal government. Ever since Donald Trump became president, his policies – or frankly, just his presence – has led government workers to stage public protests or quietly resign.

      • Amazona February 14, 2021 / 8:46 pm

        In one month, questioning a presidential election went from a commonplace proposition to a shocking attack on our democracy.

        By the time November was done, resistance had been rebranded as “sedition”. Storming Capitol Hill went from a passionate endeavor by Democrat activists protesting the Kavanaugh nomination, the environment, or some other lefty cause, to the single worst event since 9/11.

        Black Lives Matter riots had besieged the White House and set fire to its guardhouse, while still being defended by Democrats and the media as peaceful protesters. The media agonized over photos of federal agents protecting the Lincoln Memorial as a sign of incipient fascism. Less than a year later, 25,000 troops occupying D.C. like Baghdad are being cheered by the media.

        The difference between resistance and sedition, between protests and insurrections, is who’s in charge. Democrats resist Republican elected officials. Republicans however commit sedition against Democrat elected officials. Democrats protest, Republicans riot. These aren’t distinctions in law. The only real distinction is who’s in power and who’s on the barricades.

        Political hypocrisy isn’t a new phenomenon, but Democrats weaponizing the national security state to suppress the political opposition over the same behavior they engage in is a serious threat to the survival of the United States as anything other than a banana republic in a civil war.

        The Democrats fired the first shot when the Obama administration used the national security system to target members of Congress during its time in office and then, in an election year, went after President Trump’s associates based on Hillary Clinton’s opposition research.

        Instead of being held accountable for abusing national security to target their political opponents, Democrats, their media, and their allies in the system doubled down with fake investigations of the same worthless allegations that they never managed to substantiate.

        After four years of falsely claiming that President Trump was a Russian agent and that the 2016 election had somehow been rigged with Facebook ads in an event that was worse than 9/11, the Democrats have pivoted to claiming that questioning the 2020 election is worse than 9/11.

        Now the old abuse of the national security state under the guise of hunting down the evidence that Republicans had rigged the 2016 election has turned into abusing the national security state to punish Republicans for suggesting that the Democrats had rigged the 2020 election.

        The only consistent thing here is the Democrat abuse of national security to target their political opponents while magically transforming election skepticism from the highest form of patriotism to sedition, and riots from a moral crusade into a major threat because they are now in power.

  6. Retired Spook February 14, 2021 / 5:18 pm
  7. Amazona February 15, 2021 / 12:49 pm

    I am amazed at the odd mental shortcuts some people make. I usually like the people on Greg Gutfeld’s show, but Saturday night they were upset that Gina Carano “compared being conservative to being a Jewish person in Nazi Germany”. Gutfeld admitted this is “an absurd comparison” but fails to admit she did not make this comparison—he did. This false narrative is everywhere. It’s as if the very word “Nazi” short-circuits some brains and triggers an involuntary defensive spasm.

    No. What she said was “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”

    The reference to “Nazis” and “Jews” is to put this phenomenon into a historical context, as people remember what happened when an entity had demonized a demographic so thoroughly that it enabled the entity to then round up and try to eliminate the demographic that had been targeted. It was an ILLUSTRATION, not a COMPARISON.

    The message got lost in the knee-jerk spasms triggered by THIS “N-word”, coupled with the word “Jews”. Her post was not about Nazis, pro or con, or about Jews. It was about the social mechanism of a government identifying an inconvenient segment of society as an enemy, leading to approval of attacks on it and even a desire to eliminate it. The example she gave just happened to be what happened in Germany in the late 1930s.

    The statement works if you eliminate the dread “N-word” and “Jews” and rephrase it to fit 2021 America: “Trump supporters were beaten in the streets, not by soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where soldiers could easily round up thousands of conservatives, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Trump supporters. ”

    The dominance of emotion over intellect in this country is scary.

  8. Retired Spook February 15, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    Steve Deace at the Blaze has an excellent post-impeachment rant, including a wonderful smackdown of Cocaine Mitch.

    Mitch McConnell trying to have it both ways, by voting to acquit and then condemning Trump, is trash. But that shouldn’t be surprising, because as I’ve been saying for years, old Ditch is trash.

    He was trash before Trump, one of the main reasons people turned to the likes of Trump, and he’s trash now.

    Trump’s mistake was thinking he could do business with him and his ilk, even to the point of putting Ditch’s wife in his administration. Giving Ditch credit for approving a bunch of judges is like giving your kid credit for not skipping school. That’s the baseline expectation of the job, and it doesn’t even consider that too many of these judges will be useless to awful anyway because of the pagan law schools from whence they came. Too many of the worst judicial bowel movements have come from GOP appointees or majority GOP-appointed SCOTUS justices. If Ditch wants to charge someone for inciting the riot on Jan. 6, he can look in the same place OJ needed to find the real killers — a mirror.

  9. dbschmidt February 15, 2021 / 3:40 pm

    Now I am hearing rumors of Laura Trump running against Burr in NC. Still like the new guy better but will take what I can. If they are listing to Rush / Herman today–there have been a few interesting takes as to what to do from running for Gov. of California to a new Operation Chaos w./ Trump running as a democrat and primaring Biden.

    I am checking out how much trouble I can get in for trying a new “old” approach with speakers on top of my vehicle and driving around broadcasting easy, simple to remember things people might look up later. First I will need an old cop car and go all “Blues Brothers” on it..

    • Amazona February 15, 2021 / 3:46 pm

      I got a kick out of the suggestion that Trump run for governor of California. The caller said there are so many candidates on the ticket that it comes down to name recognition so Trump would win easily. You have to admit, having Trump take over California and turn it around in two years would make him a slam dunk for the presidency in 2024, not to mention sending a strong message to Californians that they really need to pull their collective heads out and stop voting for Democrats.

      • dbschmidt February 15, 2021 / 7:29 pm

        Like the ideas but just like venture capitalism into risky stocks–only willing to spend what I expect to lose. Figure they would take it and the storage fees wouldn’t be worth getting it back…just find another after stripping off the electronics if possible.

        Maybe I will do a half & half with my next Motley Fools venture.

    • Amazona February 15, 2021 / 3:53 pm

      Old cop cars are easy to find—they get pretty worn out in a hurry and end up in auctions. The thing is, the new cop cars don’t look like cop cars—you’d be better off finding an old classic car and painting it. I like the idea, though.

      I had a similar idea about billboards—-putting a PAC type thing together to buy space on billboards along high-traffic routes, like places where people sit stuck in traffic going in and out of cities. My idea would start with putting the 10th Amendment everywhere, including bumper stickers and billboards and on big semi trailers. But the loudspeaker idea would allow for longer messages that could change more easily.

      In the meantime, you can buy a good quality electric bullhorn pretty cheap, and maybe rig up an old flatbed truck with a chair on the back like Granny Clampett’s and get someone to drive you around. It will warm up one of these days—-could be fun.

    • Retired Spook February 15, 2021 / 5:38 pm

      Something like this would grab attention.

    • dbschmidt February 15, 2021 / 7:23 pm

      Oops, Lara. My bad.

  10. Retired Spook February 16, 2021 / 8:21 am

    George Schultz was one of my heroes. If I sat down a made a list of the people I most admired throughout my life, his name would be near the top. He stood for everything I believe.

    He wrote this essay on his 100th birthday in December and passed away a week ago this past Sunday. Great, great man!

    One of his memories of combat in the Pacific during WW2 stood out to me as an attitude about the use of force that has since been lost among our leaders:

    One memory of combat particularly sticks with me. There was a sergeant named
    Palat in my outfit who was a wonderful human being. I had tremendous respect and admiration for him.
    One day during an action, I ran over to where I thought Palat would be and yelled, “Where the hell is Palat?” After
    a brief pause came the answer: “Palat’s dead, sir.” The reality of war hit me hard. Wonderful people get injured
    and killed. I often thought about Palat when I was in a position to advise President Reagan on the use of force. Be
    careful. Be sure the mission is a good one. Be sure your forces are equipped and staffed to win

  11. Amazona February 16, 2021 / 11:23 am

    A great Babylon Bee headline:

    Biden grants citizenship to everyone who voted for him

  12. Amazona February 16, 2021 / 11:51 am

    As usual, Schlicter is on target... He asks: …why my optimism?

    But but but…

    The corrupt and broken election system…

    Tech companies are silencing us….

    The girl I liked on that kid’s show about space and ray-guns got fired…

    Yeah, it’s bad.

    So? And? If freedom was easy, everyone would be doing it, and those of us who have read history from before 1619, and/or have resided outside this country can clarify for you that freedom as the natural state of man is mos def not the case.

    No one is going to give us anything but serfdom – you can have as much of that as you want, and gratis. But freedom has to be taken, one GOP state reforming its election laws at a time, one new conservative-friendly social media venue at a time, one action-packed and conservative-oriented series at a time.

    My guess is that Donald Trump has played his (crucial) role and will move on after humiliating the Democrats again by scoffing at their latest puny impeachment. He will be a kingmaker and an important asset in bringing forward the new blood we need to re-energize us. Populism had a tough four years. We’ll take a breather for a bit, then charge. Look at our bench! Ric Grenell, Kristi Noem, Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott, and many more. Look at our expanding network of media outlets, not least of which is Townhall. Look at the new voices we’re seeing, often from the world of podcasting, and often of people who became at least conservative-curious because they saw the failures of the left (Tim Pool, Michael Malice, Adam Carolla, Joe Rogan).

    And look at the doddering, failing enemy, presiding over the collapsing Potemkin village that is the failed Establishment.

  13. Retired Spook February 16, 2021 / 2:48 pm

    Mark Steyn is subbing for Rush today. He asks an excellent question: why is it racist to call COVID-19 the Chinese or Wuhan virus, but it’s not racist to call the two new variants the UK Variant and the South African Variant?

    • Amazona February 16, 2021 / 5:40 pm

      Because Joe and Hunter never got paid off by the UK or South Africa?

      Jes’ sayin’

      • Retired Spook February 16, 2021 / 5:41 pm


  14. Jeremiah February 16, 2021 / 6:00 pm

    Krikey! It’s coooolllddd!

  15. dbschmidt February 16, 2021 / 6:23 pm

    Strange way of doing things but I watch the local news in the AM and then listen to talk radio while I work. After Rush I go back and play the podcast of the morning show I used to listen to on my drive to work. Today was a fill-in host and about Burr’s censure.

    It wasn’t that as much as the underlying theme that caught my attention–trade offs in the political arena. I believe most new timers in the arena are there for honest reasons but once reelection becomes more powerful than their sense of duty and responsibilities to those who elected them they become another pig at the trough of public money in DC.

    Very few seem to be able to withstand and do the job elected to. One more thing that Trump did and drove both sides crazy is he was there for the American people and not the office.

  16. Retired Spook February 17, 2021 / 10:13 am

    Yum! I can hardly wait.

    • Amazona February 17, 2021 / 1:12 pm

      Said Gates: (emphasis mine) you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.

      In a similar vein (emphasis mine) Watch Massachusetts Undersecretary for Climate Change David Ismay candidly admit that government officials plan to “break your will” to force you to change the way you heat your home and travel.

      “So let me say that again, 60% of our emissions that need to be reduced come from you, the person across the street, the senior on fixed income, right … there is no bad guy left, at least in Massachusetts to point the finger at, to turn the screws on, and you know, to break their will, so they stop emitting. That’s you. We have to break your will. Right, I can’t even say that publicly.”

      Use regulation to force people to do what they don’t want to do.
      Turn the screws on people to force them to do what they don’t want to do.
      Break the will of people until they do what they don’t want to do.

      Gee, let’s all go out and elect more Democrats!

      • dbschmidt February 17, 2021 / 7:04 pm

        Remember and what we should teach is “Government is Force”. Nothing more ~ nothing less. Power/ Force or some other term it doesn’t matter.

  17. Amazona February 17, 2021 / 1:28 pm

    Tweets from Chuck DeVore, “VP, Texas Public Policy Foundation
    @TPPF ret. Army intelligence LTC; CA Assemblyman, 2004-10; fmr aerospace exec; Reagan admin.; @ClaremontInst, Lincoln Fellow

    Texas came very close to having a system-wide outage for the whole state (ERCOT area, about 85% of the state) due to not arranging for more generation. 4/10

    This tripped the grid, knocking some reliable thermal plants (gas and coal) offline. This was a failure of the grid operator (ERCOT) not the power plants. 5/10

    In the last 4-5 years, Texas lost a net of 3,000 megawatts of thermal out of a total installed capacity 73,000 megawatts today. We lost the thermal power because operators couldn’t see a return on investment due to be undercut by wind and solar… 6/10

    …which is cheap for two reasons – it’s subsidized and it doesn’t have to pay for the costs of grid reliability by purchasing battery farms or contracting with gas peaker plants to produce power when needed, not when they can. 7/10
    Meanwhile, Texas has seen a growth of 20,000 megawatts of wind and solar over the same period to 34,000 megawatts of installed capacity (they rarely perform anywhere close to capacity). This subsidized (state and federal) wind and solar have pushed… 8/10

    …reliable thermal operators out of business or prevented new generation from being built as operators can’t make money off of the market. This reduced the capacity margin – grids must have excess capacity to ensure stability. 9/10

    Texas is experiencing what California has – with California affecting the entire Western Interconnection due to its policies. Blackouts are a feature of the push to have more unreliable renewables on the grid. Must pay $$ for reliable backup w/ renewables 10/10

    “We lost the thermal power because operators couldn’t see a return on investment due to be undercut by wind and solar, which is cheap for two reasons – it’s subsidized and it doesn’t have to pay for the costs of grid reliability”

    “This subsidized (state and federal) wind and solar have pushed reliable thermal operators out of business or prevented new generation from being built as operators can’t make money off of the market. ”

    Hmmm…..kind of sounds like Gates’s observation that behavior can be changed by the use of regulations.

    • Amazona February 17, 2021 / 1:32 pm

      The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Life:Powered project released the following statement clarifying the causes of the blackouts across Texas this week:

      This situation could have been avoided had ERCOT acted more swiftly — but it never would have been an issue had our grid not been so deeply penetrated by renewable energy sources that contribute the least when they are needed the most, yet are propped up by billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies every year.

    • dbschmidt February 17, 2021 / 7:08 pm

      Maybe it is time to reject the substituted environmental crap and Nuke me Baby. It is just an equity v. equality issue.

  18. Amazona February 17, 2021 / 1:33 pm

    I just saw a notice that Rush Limbaugh died today. RIP

  19. Retired Spook February 17, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    His wife, Catherine, came on at the beginning of his show and announced that he has passed away this morning. I feel like I lost a good friend. He was one of the best students of history and analysts of the current political environment in my lifetime. Rest in peace indeed.

    • Amazona February 17, 2021 / 7:06 pm

      What a life he led, and what a blessed passing. He died knowing he had made a huge difference in the world, secure in his faith, with his loving wife with him and the love and prayers of literally millions of people who counted him as a friend, mentor and advisor. His had to be a peaceful crossing from this life to the next.

      • dbschmidt February 17, 2021 / 7:10 pm

        Same here. One of our greatest. Heard Pres. Trump is doing a 3 network special at 7PM EST on Fox, NewsMax, and OANN

  20. Amazona February 18, 2021 / 3:39 pm

    Arrrggghhh! YCMTSU

    The U.S. Navy task force created to “combat discrimination” in the military branch suggested that all sailors take a pledge to “acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities.”

    “I pledge to advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy,” the proposed pledge reads. “I pledge to engage in ongoing self-reflection, education and knowledge sharing to better myself and my communities. I pledge to be an example in establishing healthy, inclusive and team-oriented environments. I pledge to constructively share all experiences and information gained from activities above to inform the development of Navywide reforms.”

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