Open Thread

I did a bit on the Barrett Brief this morning, talking politics and Shadow Army and as we discussed things, I went on a little mini-rant about what needs to be done with popular culture. What I said, boiled down, is that we can’t win unless we win the culture. Win all the elections you want, but if the culture is far left, far left will be the country. What I urged in response to that was this: if you’ve got an idea for a book, a movie, a song or a piece of art – DO IT. Don’t be afraid. I was terrified of putting out Mirrors. Afraid that people wouldn’t like it. Forget that. Just put it out there: give people what you have. Maybe you aren’t the great artist…but if you’ve got something to say, in whatever medium, say it. We need to flood the zone.

As those who have read so far know, what I’ve written is a story about normal, good people thrust into strange circumstances – but the key to it all is that they are normal, good people. Not perfect people, but not tortured super heroes with shameful pasts they are unable to come to terms with. Even when I set a character on a path to sin (Jerome, most especially – for a bit of a spoiler to those who have read only to, say, Battles at this time, he keeps on living; he’s in Book 7), the prospect of redemption is always there. The good guys are believers in God and in doing what is right even when it is hard. The books are family friendly (I’d say 12 and up); there is a tiny bit of salty language, but not much. No gross sexual scenes and even in the battle scenes, I don’t try to gross people out with gore. There is no woke SJW preaching. This is the sort of thing which we need to produce and keep producing until it starts to make its way into the general public. Maybe my books will mostly stay on shelves. No problem. But that its out there might inspire the next guy and maybe that will be the blockbuster which opens up the dam and allows a flood of socially conservative popular culture to flow.

Related: they are making a 5th Indiana Jones movie. With 78 year old Harrison Ford as the star. It is ridiculous. And this is really our opportunity. Not only is the Left out of ideas, but even when the recycle their old ideas, they are now injecting them with whatever is fashionable. I’ve finally binge-watched The Walking Dead and I’m on the last season…where we’ve now got a deaf character. I mean, seriously: how could a deaf person survive a Zombie apocalypse? The only way you can survive, at minimum, is hearing them coming so you can kill them or move away before they bite you. But you gotta have it, along with the gay and lesbian couples because, sure as heck, as the world ends what people will care about is making sure the last fads of the dead world keep going. I’m expecting the upcoming final season to add a few more SJW box-check characters. All we need at the start is something that is merely fun.

Joe Biden went to meet Putin for Lord only knows what reason – the whole world knows that Biden is senile and feeble and thus there is no hard center to American government. We’re getting bad policy, but that is more by accident…Biden’s aides are running the country, turning the crank at different times and at different speeds and what flows out was a mish-mash of liberal twaddle but even in that, there is no direction.

Inflation is rising fast and the Fed is saying they’ll jack up rate in 2023. It’ll be sooner than that, I bet, though 2023 would be best for us as it would create a 2024 recession just about assuring a GOP landslide. They get to pick their poison – jack up rates and send us into a tailspin, or hold off and watch inflation spike to 10% or more per year. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of useless clowns.

Cocaine Mitch promises to block Biden’s judicial appointments if he becomes Majority Leader. Never get too mad at Mitch. Sure, he’s Deep State and Establishment…but he knows how to play hardball on the things which matter to us.

Hungary bans LGBT content for minors. This is fighting the Culture War.

20 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook June 17, 2021 / 10:46 am

    Here’s a viewpoint that I don’t think I’ve seen before, and from a somewhat unlikely source.

    What’s remarkable is the extent to which false claims about the President revolve around body language, nonverbal gestures and symbolism, all phenomena that are notoriously open to interpretation. These lies and misrepresentations are also often based on snapshots — visual evidence presented without proper context.

    Take, for example, the claim that Trump was the only world leader at a G7 summit in May not to take notes, based on a photograph posted to Twitter by French President Emannuel Macron. Here Trump was portrayed as unprepared and out of his depth on the world stage, with a “ten-second attention span”. However, the claim was entirely untrue, with other images and video of the meeting showing that Trump did indeed have notes and a pen. Not only that, but the very image used to make the false claim clearly shows two other world leaders sitting with no note-taking paraphernalia. In this case, even the cherry-picked evidence chosen to make the point undermines it.

    Or, from the same G7 summit, the claim that Trump was caught on video raising his middle finger to Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni. Here we have Trump, contemptuous of other world leaders, once again risking international incident with his short temper and foul manners.

    Except that he didn’t. The original source of the claim is revealing — the Twitter account of, an anti-Trump website that encourages his opponents to send the White House postcards designed as a middle finger. A longer video of the discussion shows that Trump and Gentiloni spoke cordially before the incident, which undermines the implicit logic behind the claim — that Trump was expressing anger or distain for Gentiloni. Indeed, no one has ever explained why Trump supposedly flipped him the bird, and so Occam’s Razor comes into play here.

    While it is possible, of course, that Trump had such a mercurial change of heart about Gentiloni that he went from sharing warm words with him to publicly insulting him in a matter of minutes, is it not far more likely that the US President just had an itchy head?

    • Mark Noonan June 17, 2021 / 12:55 pm

      It is all a lie – today, I saw a CNN Twitter account talking about what a great job Biden did in Europe. I mean, come on! But, remember, the CNN audience isn’t us…it is paranoid, ignorant, credentialed urbanites who need to be continually assured they are smart and made the right choice. CNN won’t show the videos of Biden losing his temper or clearly losing his train of thought. They’ll show a clip or two of him looking his best and then have a panel of Experts to tell the audience how wonderful it all was. It is all a fantasy…and all designed, ultimately, to make sure their audience – and thus the Democrat base – doesn’t figure it out.

      • Cluster June 17, 2021 / 1:05 pm

        EVERYTHING is a lie. That is why our country is in such chaos. Climate change is a lie. Systemic racism is a lie. The Covid pandemic is a lie. Black Lives Matters is a lie. Voter suppression is a lie. Gun violence is a lie. Police killing unarmed black men is a lie. White supremacy is a lie. And Russia collusion was a lie.

        There is almost not one single issue that our establishment class is shoving down our throats that has any basis in reality. And it’s all by design and the ivory tower faculty lounges that Ricorun and Casper occupy are co conspirators to the promotion of those lies. Herd mentality is a very strong force and subscribers like Rico and Casper have zero self awareness to realize this fact. As Casper once comically said …. “he’s with the cool kids”

  2. Retired Spook June 17, 2021 / 12:58 pm

    I don’t watch Tucker Carlson very often, but I did see this last night. Disturbing, but not all that surprising.

    In an explosive segment on Fox News Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson alleged that federal law enforcement agents may have been responsible, at least in part, for organizing the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, a fact which, if true, raises serious questions about the federal government’s response to the events that day.

    If true, and I’m inclined to believe it is, they should have to build a new wing at Leavenworth. Probably some of the same people who walked illegal guns into Mexico during the Obama Administration, resulting in the death of a Border Control agent and hundreds of Mexican nationals. The Democrat Party is a criminal organization, pure and simple.

    • Cluster June 17, 2021 / 1:09 pm

      I believe it is true. America’s FBI is possibly the most corrupt organization in the world right now.

      Please subscribe to Fox Nation and watch Tucker’s interviews with Niall Ferguson and Charlie Kirk, and today he interviews Charles Murray. Fantastic educational conservative content.

      • Retired Spook June 17, 2021 / 1:21 pm

        I found this part to be laughable at best:

        It should be noted, however, that Carlson’s assertion that the “unindicted co-conspirators” are almost certainly FBI agents is pure conjecture at this point. He cannot know who they are because the government has chosen not to name them.

        Furthermore, in a rebuttal piece, the Washington Post cited legal experts in saying, “The government literally cannot name an undercover agent as an unindicted co-conspirator.”

        Just like the government literally cannot spy on American citizens. Yeah, right.

      • Amazona June 17, 2021 / 10:19 pm

        Just like the government literally can’t name a large “white supremacist group” or even outline any WS plans to do mischief. Sure, there are a few white supremacists, and they are the equivalent of the vampire fad—they dress funny, get ugly tattoos and march around hoping someone will take their delusions seriously.

        Just like the government literally can’t cite a truly subversive statement made by any Trump supporter on January 6. That’s because there are actual definitions of “subversion”.
        ” Subversion is the undermining or detachment of the loyalties of significant political and social groups within the victimized state, and their transference, under ideal conditions, to the symbols and institutions of the aggressor.”

        an attempt to change or weaken a government or to remove it from power by working secretly within it

        Phooey. Neither of these has anything in common with what happened, so the government can only toss around the word counting on the low-info sheeple to assume it means something really bad done by really bad people.

        How about “insurrection”? Oooo, big scary word.
        meaning: an organized attempt by a group of people to defeat their government and take control of their country, usually by violence:”

        or–and this is so important I will highlight it:

        Insurrection refers to an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government. It is a violent revolt against an oppressive authority. Insurrection is different from riots and offenses connected with mob violence. In insurrection there is an organized and armed uprising against authority or operations of government whereas riots and offenses connected with mob violence are simply unlawful acts in disturbance of the peace which do not threaten the stability of the government or the existence of political society.

        The latter citation, by the way, is from Insurrection Law and Legal Definition | USLegal, Inc.
        Insurrection Law and Legal Definition. Insurrection

        So the government literally can’t cite any actual incidence of insurrection on January 6. All they can do is what they do with “insurgency” and toss the word around, knowing the Agenda Media will repeat it and the lemmings will slurp it up along with the other slop fed to them.

    • Amazona June 18, 2021 / 9:51 am

      I can’t find the video I linked a few months ago of a retired admiral speaking to some people at a holiday party where he told them that the mob had been infiltrated by law enforcement and that the video of a man hurrying down the stairs at the Capitol clutching a backpack to his chest was one of these people and had been tasked with retrieving Pelosi’s laptop, which was supposedly in that backpack.

      This guy seemed sane and credible.

      If the Capitol mob was not infiltrated then that would show an amazing level of incompetence, given the prior knowledge of Leftist plans to use the Trump rally as cover for a riot. So where is the testimony of these infiltrators? We have gotten testimony from other undercover officers in other situations, such as the Chicago riots at the DNC convention in ’68, so why haven’t we heard from anyone who infiltrated the January 6 mob? And if, as the admiral said, the goal was to get professionals into the Capitol to retrieve information they could only get by theft it all makes sense.

      • Retired Spook June 18, 2021 / 10:42 am

        I think you’re talking about retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, not a retired admiral. I remember seeing the video. If it was on Youtube, I doubt it’s still there. There is a whole lot about the Jan. 6th events that we don’t know, and maybe never will unless someone involved talks.

      • Amazona June 18, 2021 / 11:09 am

        As usual, you are right. I got one notice that it had been removed from YouTube, and one that it was on Rumble, and I did find a partial version of the video.

        I would like to know more about McInerney because he has been saying some extremely wild stuff, so much so that he is either a nut or a hero..

  3. Amazona June 18, 2021 / 11:37 am

    How smart are Americans? According to a recent poll, not very.

    For example, when asked if the Biden spending plans should be passed “as is” 46% said yes. Then when asked “How concerned are you that these spending plans could lead to inflation – that is, a big jump in the price of goods and services” the response was:

    Very concerned 47%
    Somewhat concerned 24%

    So 71% of those polled are either very concerned or somewhat concerned about the spending plans resulting in “a big jump in the price of goods and services” yet 46% say go ahead and pass the bills anyway.

    The breakout of those questioned was:

    Republican 193
    Independent 352
    Democrat 251

    Liberal 167
    Moderate 345
    Conservative 269

    It looks like “Moderate” and “Conservative” included quite a few Democrats

  4. Amazona June 18, 2021 / 12:12 pm

    Back to the concocted hysteria about January 6, there is a meme making the rounds quoting Lincoln:

    We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

    (This may be a tidied-up version of notes he made for a speech, in which he wrote: The people — the people — are the rightful masters of both Congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it —”)

    I suggest that there is a good argument to be made that having Congress falsely “certify” vote counts already proven to be uncertifiable due to proved discrepancies of various kinds is the kind of perversion of its authority that calls for the people to object.

    We need to remember that the effort of January 6 was not to take away the power of Congress to certify vote tallies, but merely to ask it to delay such certification for ten days to allow for investigation of the vote counts.

    Because this was a rational and reasonable request, it has to be buried in hysterical screeching about “insurrection” and “violent overthrow of the government” and so on.

  5. Cluster June 18, 2021 / 1:15 pm

    Where’s Fauci?

  6. Cluster June 18, 2021 / 1:46 pm

    The FBI sure has their finger on the pulse of this country. They have properly identified the threats and are staying vigilant:

    QAnon believers could turn to violence, the FBI has warned, as some of the conspiracy theory’s major predictions, including that Democrats would be subject to mass arrest and detention, have not come to pass.

    • Amazona June 18, 2021 / 2:21 pm

      QAnon is just another Leftist trick.

      Think about it. If someone posts some information that is serious, and accurate, and a threat, what is the best way to deal with it? The easiest way is to discredit it, and the easiest way to do that is to bury it in a torrent of nonsense, wild-eyed proclamations and general garbage. Suddenly what was a serious subject calling for examination is nothing more than part of an elaborate paranoid fantasy, lost in the noise.

      Naturally, it will suck in some loony-tunes fringe dwellers, just adding to the perception that every single thing on the site is insane.

      It’s really an elegant and brilliant strategy, both in the short term of swamping a dangerous fact in a storm of silliness and in the long term, providing a bogey man that can be resurrected any time the Left needs one.

      • Cluster June 19, 2021 / 10:30 am

        I would be the perfect QAnon recruit yet I have yet to hear from anyone within the organization. Strange right? I even tried to find a local Q group yet to my dismay there doesn’t seem to be any such group or affiliation anywhere … even here in radical AZ or even in MT.

        Maybe the dreaded QAnon insurrectionists are just a figment of the Democrats fear based imagination?

      • Amazona June 19, 2021 / 8:10 pm


  7. Amazona June 18, 2021 / 5:11 pm

    Gainesville, FL (June 16, 2021) – A group of parents in Gainesville, FL, concerned about potential harms from masks, submitted six face masks to a lab for analysis. The resulting report found that five masks were contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and fungi, including three with dangerous pathogenic and pneumonia-causing bacteria. No viruses were detected on the masks, although the test is capable of detecting viruses.

    The analysis detected the following 11 alarmingly dangerous pathogens on the masks:

    • Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia)

    • Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis)

    • Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis, sepsis)

    • Acanthamoeba polyphaga (keratitis and granulomatous amebic encephalitis)

    • Acinetobacter baumanni (pneumonia, blood stream infections, meningitis, UTIs— resistant to antibiotics)

    • Escherichia coli (food poisoning)

    • Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme disease)

    • Corynebacterium diphtheriae (diphtheria)

    • Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires’ disease)

    • Staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 (severe infections—high morbidity rates)

    • Staphylococcus aureus (meningitis, sepsis)

    Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. In addition, less dangerous pathogens were identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, strep throat, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more.

    The face masks studied were new or freshly-laundered before wearing and had been worn for 5 to 8 hours, most during in-person schooling by children aged 6 through 11. One was worn by an adult.

    The message I got from this is that the air is full of pathogens, but that normally they don’t have conditions that encourage them to multiply—unless we artificially create such conditions, such as trapping them in fibers that are kept moist by constantly exhaling through them, generating an environment conducive to their growth.

    A t-shirt worn by one of the children at school and unworn masks were tested as controls. No pathogens were found on the controls.

    We are bombarded by potentially dangerous pathogens every day, which are filtered out by the natural filtration systems of our respiratory systems or die in the inhospitable conditions of exposure to air and light. Yet SCIENCE now tells us we should trap these pathogens in moist fibers, protected from air and light, next to our noses and mouths, where they can develop to dangerous levels.

  8. Amazona June 18, 2021 / 5:40 pm

    How you do it:

    Responding to a Merrick Garland threat that the DoJ will “scrutinize” the AZ audit for potential violations of voters’ rights, an Arizona state senator set him straight.

    Wendy Rogers
    You will not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison. Maybe you should focus on stopping terrorism. The Justice Department is one of the most corrupt institutions in the USA.

    She also said “If Attorney General Merrick Garland thinks he has a right to our ballots and machines he should go to court. If he uses force when multiple courts have already authorized this audit he will be in violation of the law.” Rogers added, “Lawless thugs is all they will be!”

    And then there is this: “These guys are a clown show,” wrote Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem, who is now running for Arizona Secretary of State. “They want to intrude in an area that is exclusively state’s jurisdiction to manage” but “They couldn’t be bothered when we called on them for action before the audit.” Finchem added, “Maybe AG Garland would like to engage in the prosecutions that should arise from quite possibly the biggest racketeering case in American history?”

    I got a kick out of this: Josh Barnett, who ran for U.S. House in Arizona in 2020 and has alleged voter fraud since November 3, wrote, “#WeThePeople will not allow [the Department of Justice] to touch our forensic audit. All political power is inherent in the PEOPLE.” Barnett added, “The people hold all the power, not a legislator. AZ Constitution Art 2, Sec 2. Interfere with the people’s business, then [you’re] breaking your Oath to the people you work for.”

    In another tweet, Barnett wrote, that the Department of Justice “has NO jurisdiction and CANNOT interfere in the forensic audit investigation in Maricopa County!” He added, “While you are here why don’t you do something about the 100s of thousands of illegals pouring into our country every month!”

    I think Arizona is raising the bar in areas other than election accountability. I love seeing Garland slapped down. He is such a weasel.

    • Amazona June 18, 2021 / 5:44 pm

      Here is something to think about, tweeted by a constitutional attorney:

      Matthew S. DePerno, Esq.
      Jun 11
      A source tells me Merrick Garland and the DOJ are weighing two options: 1️⃣ shut down the AZ audit by seizing everything now or 2️⃣ allowing the results to be published. They are debating the anger of 72 million voters vs. the potential decertification of multiple states.
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