Open Thread

Manchin is going soft on whether or not he’ll vote to end the filibuster – but, we all knew he would do that. He’s an egregious liar and political hack. There’s still a chance that Sinema would vote to keep it. The bottom line is that ending it right now would be pretty disastrous for us – it would mean statehood for DC and Puerto Rico and Court packing, just for starters. Side note on that: Democrats are convinced that Puerto Rico would be a lock for them and, on balance, it is likely to at least start out as Democrat-friendly territory…but I’ll bet we’ve got at least even money at taking one of the Senate seats if it comes to that. DC, of course, would be two Democrat Senators forever. The kicker, though, is that PR would get at least four House seats..and they ain’t coming out of the Red States.

But it doesn’t mean the end of the world. It would make it harder for us to win – but not impossible and if we do, we’re no longer hamstrung by the filibuster and will be able to do lots of things which we couldn’t before. The key to victory will lie in doing ever more to get non-traditional GOP voters on board. Especially Latino voters – who are primed, I think, to go steadily 45% for us. This is especially true given that the Democrat party is enthralled to upper class, white liberals who simply have nothing to say to anyone who works for a living. Most Latinos, being relative newcomers to the USA, haven’t got out of the habit of working…like the guy who came here today, on a Sunday, to take floor measurements. How many crackers are willing to do that? How hard do you think it’ll be for us to get him to vote our way?

But, for now, let’s hope we don’t get to that point – much better if we can keep the Democrats tied up until next year when it will become increasingly difficult for them to get Red and Purple Democrats to walk the plank. And then if we can win the House and/or the Senate in 2022, the Democrats have no way to move their legislative agenda forward.

Related: Democrats having a hard time appealing to Latino men.

Our Matt notes that Rush Limbaugh’s death certificate lists him as the greatest radio host of all time – which has the benefit of being absolutely true.

Cuomo is up to five credible accusers of sexual harassment. Doesn’t matter. He’s a Democrat. “Me Too” was only a tool to hammer Republicans with. That it managed to get Al Franken was just bizarre – and something Democrats remain angry about it. Rely on it – Cuomo will be overwhelmingly re-elected next year, because for the most part the people of New York aren’t even hearing about this, nor about the nursing home deaths. They’re still being told that Cuomo is great. The hits on him are to keep him out of the 2024 election – Democrats are expecting Joe to be dead or incapable of running by then, and they want the field cleared for Kamala. I’d love to be wrong about this – that Cuomo would be forced out and a measure of justice done. But I won’t hold my breath.

Democrats have found more Enemies for us to destroy: Pepe Le Pew and Speedy Gonzalez.

Yes, this is ridiculous. But the purpose here is to, step by step, erase the past. The weakness in Orwell’s 1984 was that Winston Smith had memories of times before the Party. What the Left wants is no memories. Every book, song, statue, painting, building or whatnot which can indicate a different mode of living will be destroyed – and a hundred years from now, only Party approved things will exist.

We’re starting to get some pictures from Mars Perseverance and they care cool. I do have one question: don’t those tracks kinda look like they’re made in wet ground?

20 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook March 7, 2021 / 8:18 pm

    You do have to hand it to the Democrats. They don’t have a working majority in either house, and yet they still act as though they have a mandate to do whatever they want. I wish the GOP had that kind of mindset.

    • Amazona March 9, 2021 / 2:36 pm

      They act like it because we let them.

      If a Dem goes off the reservation he or she will be castigated, punished and primaried. If a Republican votes for some socialist nonsense he or she will probably be reelected, after only a couple of squeaks from a handful of fellow Republicans.

  2. Cluster March 8, 2021 / 7:57 am

    It would make it harder for us to win – but not impossible and if we do, we’re no longer hamstrung by the filibuster and will be able to do lots of things which we couldn’t before.

    Keep playing by their rules and you’ll lose every time. We all should have learned this by now. At some point you have to take control regardless of consequences.

  3. Retired Spook March 8, 2021 / 10:48 am

    Another entry for the YCMTSU file. I took my wife to a routine doctor’s appointment last Friday. We’ve been going to the same family doctor for over a decade, and we like him a lot. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy who usually tells it like it is and, I believe, genuinely cares about our health. We had both gotten our second dose of the Moderna vaccine the week before, and he asked us if we’d had any adverse side effects. Neither of us had, other than some soreness around the injection site for a couple days. Then he said, “there’s a bright spot in all this COVID doom and gloom — the flu is virtually non-existent this year because (wait for it) everyone is wearing masks.” I almost blurted out, what’s different about the flu virus that masks prevent it but don’t prevent Corona virus? But I didn’t — no sense in alienating our family doctor.

    • Amazona March 8, 2021 / 4:02 pm

      It’s an almost mystical belief in the magic of the mask. When the CDC told people in the West that masks would not help filter out the smoke from the terrible forest fires I realized that they know perfectly well that masks are purely symbolic. (That’s when I designed, and had printed, a mask that says:
      Won’t block big smoke particles
      Will block tiny virus particles
      Because science

      It’s not that the flu is virtually non-existent this year, it’s that it (and heart disease and diabetes and motorcycle accidents) have all been rebranded as Covid.

      • Retired Spook March 9, 2021 / 3:37 pm

        Even Conservative organizations like The Heritage Foundation seem to have bought into the mask B.S..

        While mask-wearing can help to reduce transmission of COVID-19, data show that mask mandates in the U.S. and other countries did not prevent a surge of cases. (emphasis – mine)

        During the U.S. surge in the fall, 97 of the 100 counties with the most confirmed cases had either a county-level mask mandate, a state-level mandate, or both.

        ie., while masks work, they really don’t.

      • Amazona March 9, 2021 / 9:06 pm

        Exactly— Mask wearing helps but there are no data to confirm that mask wearing helps.

  4. Cluster March 8, 2021 / 11:11 am

    Taking control means not playing by their rules and one of the first acts of defiance would be to stop referring to the Fauci flu shot as a “vaccine” … What little boy Fauci and Bill Gates are selling is NOT a vaccine. Not even close. It’s a flu shot. Nothing more, nothing less.

    • Retired Spook March 8, 2021 / 11:14 am

      Well, it’s working — I haven’t gotten the flu since 1989.

      • Amazona March 9, 2021 / 2:33 pm

        The only time I got a flu shot was many years ago, and within a day I was so sick I couldn’t work for two weeks. I am talking about being very very sick. I have never gotten another, and have had one possible case of flu—very mild—since then.

        My preference is to try to keep my immune system cranked up. Ranching did that—I was exposed to, and breathing, so many pathogens in any given day my immune system must have been in overdrive. Just cleaning stalls, breathing the dust that was dried powdered manure and urine and whatever is dragged in on the feet of the horses, seemed to make me pretty bulletproof for illness. I got pneumonia one time, and every few years if I went to the National Western Stock Show in January I might get a mild cold after being around so many people from all over the country, but I became a believer in exposing my immune system to all sorts of pathogens to keep it alert, so to speak.

        That is one of the things I have against masking—I think it weakens the immune system by restricting the exposure to the pathogens we should be breathing in, day in and day out. I also think that mild exposure to the diluted virus, as one would expect in the air in a place like a supermarket, would have the same effect as vaccination, creating a mild level of illness that then creates antibodies. But we saw, for months, people tracking the virus on their shoes (where do these deadly “droplets” go when they are not inhaled—–think gravity) and depositing it on the floor mats of their cars and tracking it into their houses, where they then marinated in it, while reusing their contaminated gloves and engaging in all sorts of other contamination procedures while avoiding air that might have been breathed into by someone else. I would see someone wearing a mask while driving a car with the windows up and wonder just what magical thinking led to that.

  5. Amazona March 9, 2021 / 2:41 pm

    I think Kamala is going to be an incumbent in 2024,, though I hope we find the backbone to challenge her eligibility as a Natural Born Citizen. Native Born is not the same as Natural Born. Native Born, in this country, did not exist for more than 80 years after Natural Born was codified as a requirement for eligibility, and any ruling on the term has to be made based on the meaning of the word at the time the Constitution was written.

    I would not challenge her now because if she were to be removed while Joe is still propped up behind his desk he will sign off on naming Hillary as his new VP—that would be a bulletproof insurance policy for his continuation in office.

    • dbschmidt March 9, 2021 / 6:42 pm

      We have been through this discussion before and even though I side with you and maintain a great deal of the documents & papers from the previous argument my worry lies more in the SCOTUS than anything else. Filed to early, too late~it is moot, no opinion or comment. When I mentioned I believe we have been failed by all three branches of our government–I was including them.

      • Amazona March 9, 2021 / 9:04 pm

        I’ve been feeling the same way about the Court—disappointed, disillusioned and disgusted.

        However—–and bear with me because I have been driving 80 MPH for seven hours today with an interlude in between of operating a tractor to feed horses so I am pretty much brain-dead—–I recently read something saying that there might have been a good reason to ignore the election suits, because there is a pending case already accepted that touches on some of the same issues, and to hear a case or cases before that one would, to put it elegantly, screw it all up.

        Sorry I am so incoherent on this. Maybe tomorrow I can find out where to look up this reference. I do know that when I read this, I thought well, fine, in other circumstances that might make sense, but when the stakes are so high that the actual governance of our nation is at risk, as well as confidence in our electoral system, that’s probably a good time to reevaluate a decision to protect something in the pipeline.

        Admittedly, I don’t know all the details, but I would love to hear the pros and cons argued out by people skillful at presenting cases. Perhaps someone who has had a less exhausting day could dig it up.

      • Amazona March 10, 2021 / 8:24 pm

        Keep in mind that under the current administration any action by the SCOTUS that inflames the Left will result in destruction of the Court by making it more likely it will be packed with Liberals who will make it a rubber stamp for Leftist agendas.

  6. Amazona March 10, 2021 / 12:54 pm
  7. Amazona March 11, 2021 / 11:07 am

    Yesterday was interesting. First I met with a contractor in Denver and the subject of my move to Wyoming came up. I said it was kind of hard for a Colorado native to leave the state she used to love but its politics had made it so unpleasant it was no longer much of a choice, He said he didn’t want to get into politics but then pulled out that “fiscal conservative social liberal” crap so I decided to test my theory and I asked him if he would answer two simple questions for me.

    1. Do you think it is best for power to be consolidated in the hands of a few rather than distributed among the people?
    2. Do you think the federal government should be restricted regarding its size, scope and power with most authority left to the states?

    He answered “no” to the first and “yes” to the second. I said “I don’t care what your social issues are. All I care about is where you think the authority over those issues should lie—in the federal government or closer to home in your state or local government.” He said he thought it should be closer to home. My response: Welcome to the conservative movement.

    Then last night I had an almost identical conversation in, of all places, the parking lot of a liquor store. (Big storm coming—need to stock up on beer and Vanilla Crown Royal to put in eggnog, which I have started drinking since my chickens started showing off by giving me something like 30 eggs a day.) I didn’t buy much beer but we had been chatting so he carried it out to my truck for me to continue the conversation and then asked about the Wyoming plates as he just moved to Colorado from Tennessee and doesn’t know much about the West. When I said the Liberal politics were driving me out of my own state he said well, although he is disgusted with most of what the Liberals are doing these days he guessed he would still call himself a Liberal. So I gave him my quick test.

    And golly gee, he had the same answers. He hates Trump. loathes him, but that is because he served in the Middle East and became close to a lot of Kurds and what happened to them under Trump made him despise the man. I just said I could understand that, but when push comes to shove you have to vote for the system not the person because it is the system that matters. He thought about that, we discussed it for a minute, and he agreed, and I said “Congratulations. You have just come out of the closet as a conservative.”

    One thing that intrigued him was my comment that the Constitution is an amazingly libertarian concept—that it restricts the federal government to nothing but the basic roles of providing a national identity and protections for the citizens but allows the states to do pretty much anything they want to do, with few restrictions. I am learning that this concept amazes people, who have been brainwashed into believing that the Constitution is a rigid denier of personal freedom.

    I am proving to myself that talking about politics without talking about ISSUES works.

    • Retired Spook March 11, 2021 / 11:12 am

      One at a time, or, in your case, two at a time. Kudos!

      • Amazona March 11, 2021 / 11:27 am

        It is not hard. My growing sense is that a lot of people really want to talk about politics, because they see the death spiral of American politics and government, but at the same time they dread being criticized or the possibility of getting into an argument. So I think providing what I call an off ramp out of that emotional aspect of political discourse and offering a calm, objective alternative is going to be welcomed by many.

        What we have done is link identity to issues, so there is a deep seated unquestioned acceptance that if someone has an allegiance to a certain issue that ties him to a certain identity. I think it is important to untether that assumed connection, to let people know that they are not only not the same they don’t even have to be related.

        I don’t mean goofy untethering like “Pro Life For Biden”, which to me is like “PETA for Omaha Steaks”. I mean understanding the nuts and bolts of government enough to understand that being for limited federal authority and state sovereignty does not mean abandoning a pet issue like support for transgendered people or even, much as I hate to say it, for abortion. People truly do not understand this, and they seem relieved, in a way, to hear it. I get the sense that a lot of people, more all the time, are feeling like they are on a political Titanic, doomed to go down with the ship if they don’t abandon things that really matter to them or if they don’t adopt an identity they have been groomed to believe is toxic and vile.

        And we as conservatives don’t do anything to give them the option of keeping the issues that matter to them and simply changing their votes to support the movement that puts the authority over legislation of those issues in the hands of their state and local governments.

  8. Amazona March 11, 2021 / 11:31 am

    From media superstar Fauci, about mask mandates:

    They want to get science, they want to get data, and then when you don’t have the data and you don’t have the actual evidence, then you’ve got to make a judgment call.

    In other words, mask mandates are not supported by actual, you know, SCIENCE. They are just “judgement calls”.

    Which led to deaths, misery, depression, the destruction of an economy and the grooming of an entire nation to accept tyranny. Oh, and as a side note which I am sure is not very important and never played into the “judgment call” at all, the defeat of Donald Trump for the presidency.

  9. Amazona March 11, 2021 / 11:58 am

    “…two Proud Boys, John Kinsman and Max Hare, now sit in a New York state prison, sentenced to four years, after being convicted of attempted assault and attempted gang assault — for defending themselves from antifa, who showed up at conservative event, then disobeyed the police and stalked the Proud Boys. It wasn’t the Proud Boys disrupting an antifa event, and it wasn’t the Proud Boys defying the police to confront antifa.

    I’ve gone from being an Ann Coulter fan to being a sometimes-Ann Coulter fan, but this article is important.

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