Open Thread

Ilhan Omar and the normalization of anti-Semitism on the Left. It already happened with Britain’s Labour Party. And it is a simple equation: there are vastly more votes and money on the side of anti-Semitism, if you can stomach it. Which, as it turns out, the Left can (and, yes, there are Jews going along with it – and it is nauseating. I can only imagine what it’s like for a Jew to see a fellow Jew go down that path). If you brief is that the West is inherently evil – and that is what the Left holds these days – then everything of the West is evil; and Israel – Judaism – is of the West. It is just that Jews, as always, are the easy target…a small minority is much easier to attack than anything else. Never Again has turned into “Not Until We Can Get Money For It”.

Football is Gay, says the NFL – Babylon Bee points out that it isn’t. Just the Cowboys.

The shredding of Kamala Harris in the MSM has to have a point. We can’t be sure what it is, but here’s what I suspect. Team Biden knows that Pudding Brain won’t make it to 2024 and, if he does, he won’t be in condition to run. But Team Biden wants the full ride: 8 years. What to do? If Joe dies or simply can’t hack it (well, he already can’t – but let’s just say if he can’t be kept awake for at least two hours a day), then Kamala gets in. Bye, bye Team Biden – all the perks of White House power flow to Team Harris. How would you – supposing you were lobotomized and placed on Team Biden – feel about that? Not good, folks. So, have to ace out Harris some way…so, pour filth all over her in the MSM. Of course, this doesn’t matter if Harris is the heir presumptive to a dead or failing Joe…so, they’ve got to have a substitute waiting in the wings who isn’t hated by everyone (like Harris is). Who is it? Well, I noticed that Jill Biden was reading briefing papers for Joe’s slipshod amble through Europe. Maybe they are setting it up so that, as much as we love Kamala, the best way to finish Joe’s work is with Jill Biden? Stay tuned.

Armed robbers held up journalists interviewing Oakland’s violence prevention chief. The worst thing about our Ruling Class is how utterly incompetent it is. Tyranny sucks, but can we at least get some first rate tyrants?

34 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook July 1, 2021 / 10:31 am

    From the original Politico article:

    The dysfunction in the VP’s ranks threatens to complicate the White House’s carefully crafted image as a place staffed by a close-knit group of professionals (insert raucous laughter at this point) working in concert to advance the president’s agenda. It’s pronounced enough that members of the president’s own team have taken notice and are concerned about the way Harris’ staffers are treated.

    It’s going to be interesting to see which one exits the scene first, Biden or Harris.

    • Amazona July 1, 2021 / 11:49 am

      Usually schadenfreude (pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others) is not a very nice thing, but in the case of watching the Dems trying to deal with their disastrous decision to push Kamala Harris into the White House it is completely justified. It’s not that we didn’t try to warn them but no, they had to have those boxes checked, and so they checked them all (race, gender, ideology, pandering to the radical Left) and appointed her their flag bearer as First. First woman vice president, hopefully first woman president, first black woman to hold either office, all the firsts that matter so much to the Left. Or, rather, to the sheeple the Left needs to gain and hold power. All of these things are just tools, wielded by the leaders to shape the behaviors of their serfs.

      Merit? Competence? Who cares? Those are such systemically racist concepts, they have no place in the Brave New World of trailblazing for Identity Politics.

      So they picked an inherently unlikable woman with the charm of a cobra, who seems to be pathologically lazy, utterly clueless about how (or why) to provide even an illusion of effort, driven only by ego and lacking even the semblance of intelligence or competence, qualified only by membership in the Lucky Sperm Club where she got her darkish skin and ethnic creds and by her X chromosomes.

      And now they are stuck with her and don’t know what to do about her. She was supposed to be the backup when they ditched Gropey Joe, and now they realize they are also stuck with him because even that big old blue checkmark of First Black/Woman President comes with some major, serious, drawbacks. As much damage as Joe is doing to the nation and the presidency, he is at least marginally controllable, and they have “Doctor” Jill holding the leash. A President Kammy would be an uncontrollable unmitigated disaster, with the power to wreak vengeance on those who are now trying to deal with her. So they have to keep propping Joe up, dosing him and scolding him and hiding him whenever they can, while they figure out how to get rid of Kammy.

      (If I were in charge of the party, I would go to the GOP and cut a deal—let/help the House impeach Kammy for her advocacy of insurrectionist riots and their associated crimes in exchange for a promise to replace her with the most “moderate” Dem they can find, if they can’t find a way to force her out.)

      Schadenfreude is the most appropriate response to the C-F that is the Democrat effort to govern the nation. And it provides a hint of comic relief as the Left nudges the nation closer and closer to the death spiral it needs to solidify its grip on America.

  2. Cluster July 1, 2021 / 11:33 am

    People who wear masks now look like hostages to me.

    • Amazona July 1, 2021 / 11:52 am

      I know. And they increasingly look less smug and more sheepish (in both senses of the word) as everyone else is liberated and enjoying it.

      I’ve noticed that most maskers I see are in their 20s. What prompts them to do this, other than a serious need to virtue signal?

  3. Retired Spook July 1, 2021 / 3:31 pm

    Heard this quote from Lauren Bobert on the radio, “calling Vice President Harris’ trip to El Paso a trip to the southern border is the equivalent of calling dinner at Olive Garden a trip to Italy.”

    • Amazona July 1, 2021 / 7:18 pm

      I like her. When I first read about her and her campaign I sent it a very large contribution, and have kept track of her ever since. The Left tried their typical smear campaign against her and she just laughed it off. I don’t know if you know this about her, but she and her husband have a cafe where people are encouraged to carry, and many of the staff are armed.
      ( )She is a real 2A advocate and walks the walk as well as talking the talk, and she don’t take no crap from anyone. So she will be targeted again and again.

    • Amazona July 2, 2021 / 1:35 pm

      Did you see the “welcome” Mattressback Kammy got “at the border”? They were calling her “que mala”—which means “how bad” or, in context, “really bad”.

  4. Amazona July 1, 2021 / 7:21 pm

    I’m listening to a book called The Madness of Crowds and it is so jam-packed with quotable comments about the Left’s campaign to destroy our culture and how they are doing it, I am going to have to buy the book itself so I can look up statements.

    The author, Douglas Murray, is a gay Brit who pulls no punches when he describes and critiques the gay movement, and right now he is tearing into tech.

    It’s well worth a look

    • Cluster July 2, 2021 / 9:14 am

      Douglas Murray was Tucker’s first interview on his new day show on Fox Nation and it’s an outstanding interview, well worth the time. Murray’s insights are brilliant.

      And Tucker’s show last night (July 1) re: masks is also a must see. Our government health officials are incompetent at best, criminal at worst. I’m just curious to see when the dam breaks.

      • Retired Spook July 2, 2021 / 10:52 am

        You’ve got Douglas Murray confused with Charles Murray.

        I’m not familiar with Douglas Murray but I’ve read a couple of Charles Murray’s books, and you’re right — he is a very insightful guy.

      • Amazona July 2, 2021 / 11:23 am

        Charles Murray is the guy who says his research shows IQ differences among the races, while Douglas Murray is a younger Brit who write about culture and politics. He is not only insightful, he pulls no punches when it comes to describing events and phenomena and explaining them, and he has a dry sense of humor.

        The thing about long summer days is that I don’t turn the TV on till later, and I have started missing Tucker’s show. I need to start recording it because it is the best thing on TV though I have always been a fan of Greg Gutfeld, since the old Red Eye days, and I try to catch his show which is on at 9 Mountain Time. It is uneven, but when it is good it is very good. It all depends on his guests, and some of them are smart and funny while some are duds. I think he’s kind of auditioning pretty women, looking for the right mix of brains and beauty, and some are sharp and witty and on top of things and some are just pretty—like one he had on last night, who was absolutely befuddled and out of her depth. But when it all clicks, he gets a mix of erudite and funny people with good insight and ideas and it all works. He’s made some interesting choices, like Kat Timpf and Tyrus, both of whom bring a whole new vibe to the political talk show format.

      • Amazona July 2, 2021 / 11:26 am

        I don’t think we are going to let ourselves get herded into mask mania again. Those of us in blue states might have governors itching to get back to the tyranny they evidently loved so much the last time around, but I foresee a strong resistance.

        I’ve heard that people are just happy to be out and about, but they have been out and about for months—just trapped in masks, I think the sense of liberation is due to getting rid of them, and i don’t see people very willing to go back to that misery.

      • Retired Spook July 2, 2021 / 12:34 pm

        Not sure how I got a photo of the Ohio River from the highest point in Clifty Falls State Park in the place of the Charles Murray link, but it’s fixed. Interesting coincidence, Tucker also interviewed Charles Murray a couple weeks ago about race science and the possibility of a race war.

        I think, if there’s a push to reinstate mask mandates, the market will decide. Some businesses will require them, some won’t, and people can vote with their feet.

      • Amazona July 2, 2021 / 1:13 pm

        I think, if there’s a push to reinstate mask mandates, the market will decide

        Or Leftist governors will once again issue edicts for which they have no authority, and we will be back in the mess of police policing social causes instead of crime, etc.

        BTW, I did like the photo 🙂

      • Amazona July 2, 2021 / 1:28 pm

        re: voting with our feet:

        I used to go to Noodles and Company all the time for a light lunch, and the other day decided to go back. I’d eaten in real restaurants in Florida and Idaho and was getting used to sitting at a table and having people bring me food again, so thought I’d go back there for lunch here in Colorado. First, of course, was the Pride Pandering at the order desk, and the muffled murmurings of the masked employee. But I ordered and went to my table, and after a while someone dumped a paper bag on the table in front of me. And I mean “dumped” as in barely slowed down on her way past the table. She didn’t quite throw it at me, but it was close. I hadn’t ordered anything to go, and then noticed that the other people who were eating at tables also had paper bags sitting there. So I opened mine, to find a plastic to-go dish with a snap-on lid, and a spork.

        Sorry, N&C, but this was my last visit to your place. There is no excuse for this, but the reason is clearly the calculation that people are so used to bad service or no service after months of restricted lives that a business doesn’t have to up its game to its prior levels. If I want to eat out of a plastic tub with a plastic utensil I’ll just go through a drive-through somewhere. It was never a fancy place, it is a chain with mediocre food, but some of it wasn’t bad, and it was served on real plates with metal flatware by people who made eye contact and said thank you.

      • Retired Spook July 2, 2021 / 1:55 pm

        BTW, I did like the photo 🙂

        My youngest daughter and her soon -to-be husband (July 24th) gave me the gift of StoryWorth for my birthday in January. (best gift I have EVER received) Each week I answer a different question about my life (chosen by my daughter). At the end of a year StoryWorth will assemble all of my “stories” into a hard-bound book. The photo I inadvertently posted of Clifty Falls State Park was a photo I included in this week’s story about a childhood school trip in the 7th grade. It must have still been in my copy/paste cue. I have been absolutely blown away by the things I’ve been able to remember about my childhood, going back to around age 4 or 5.

    • Amazona July 2, 2021 / 1:30 pm

      Reminds me of the cowboy saying “dumber than a box of rocks”.

      Variations: dumber than a box of hair or dumber than a box of hammers.

  5. Cluster July 3, 2021 / 9:44 am

    Well you’ll all be happy to know that the woke progressives on MSNBC have found a new victim class to anguish over …. transgendered criminals. The abuse they suffer by being locked in a prison that does not align with their sexual orientation is a sure sign of how evil this country is or something like that … I am sure it has something to do with white supremacy. Also I have just learned that black tik tok users are boycotting the platform because of cultural appropriation hahahaha. I am hoping Rico or Casper can explain this one to us. If anyone understands the retarded mind of an poorly educated progressive it would be those two.

  6. Cluster July 3, 2021 / 9:48 am

    Oh and Tucker Carlson’s take down of Que Mala on last nights show is a must see. You can find it on Fox Nation. Tucker has taken the gloves off and so has Steve Bannon … his podcast “war room” is awesome and Bannon goes for jugular as we all should at this point.

    I think Democrat progressives have finally woken up the beast.

    • Amazona July 3, 2021 / 11:12 am

      I think Democrat progressives have finally woken up the beast.

      They got uncomfortably close to the finish line by remembering to turn the heat up slowly, and sure enough a lot of the American froggies didn’t even realize they were well on their way to being cooked—a state from which there is no return.

      But then they got giddy and over-impressed with their own success, and decided to crank up the flame to blowtorch level, and that is scaring some of the little froggies who thought they were just in a giant hot tub.

      The Left didn’t need a token black woman to get Joe into the White House—they had Dominion, several state executives, the Agenda Media and a few thousand operatives out there to print ballots, count ballots etc. Putting Gropey Joe at the top of the ticket is proof that they knew that. They might have found some other black person, or some other woman, who was inoffensive and possibly even marginally likable, to be on the ticket with him, and avoided some of the backlash they are getting now. But now they have a tiger by the tail—can’t let go, and can’t hang on.

      And many in the American public are starting to catch on, while the Left is starting to realize that waking up is not the same as being woke.

  7. Amazona July 3, 2021 / 11:27 am

    Winston Marshall, in a letter about his decision to quit the band Mumford and Sons after being savaged by the Left for daring to comment on Andy Ngo’s book, with the evidently incendiary remark “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man” and then being criticized for apologizing for it, quoted Aleksander Solzhenitsyn:

    “And he who is not sufficiently courageous to defend his soul — don’t let him be proud of his ‘progressive’ views, and don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a distinguished figure or a general. Let him say to himself: I am a part of the herd and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and kept warm.”

    • Amazona July 3, 2021 / 11:34 am

      On the day Solzhenitsyn was arrested, February, 12, 1974, he released the text of “Live Not by Lies.” The next day, he was exiled to the West, where he received a hero’s welcome. This moment marks the peak of his fame. Solzhenitsyn equates “lies” with ideology, the illusion that human nature and society can be reshaped to predetermined specifications.

      In this essay, he writes about the state of mind of the Russian people in 1974, and it sounds eerily and depressingly like that of about half of the United States 46 years later: emphasis mine

      ...they put whomever they want on trial, and brand the healthy as mentally ill—and it is always “they,” while we are—helpless.

      We are approaching the brink; already a universal spiritual demise is upon us; a physical one is about to flare up and engulf us and our children, while we continue to smile sheepishly and babble:

      “But what can we do to stop it? We haven’t the strength.”

      We have so hopelessly ceded our humanity that for the modest handouts of today we are ready to surrender up all principles, our soul, all the labors of our ancestors, all the prospects of our descendants—anything to avoid disrupting our meager existence. We have lost our strength, our pride, our passion. We do not even fear a common nuclear death, do not fear a third world war (perhaps we’ll hide away in some crevice), but fear only to take a civic stance! We hope only not to stray from the herd, not to set out on our own, and risk suddenly having to make do without the white bread, the hot water heater, a Moscow residency permit.

      • Retired Spook July 3, 2021 / 1:28 pm

        Can you imagine how the people feel who escaped from behind the Iron Curtain in the ’70s and ’80s, came here, and became American Citizens? They’ve got to be scratching their heads wondering why we’re committing national suicide. The problem is that there’s nowhere to escape to from here.

  8. Cluster July 3, 2021 / 2:08 pm

    Bannon hosted Osama Bin Laden’s niece yesterday, who is not a fan of her uncle, and she said the world is watching America to see if the Americans patriots will rise back up. We owe it to our forefathers and the rest of the world to put down this latest communist/democrat threat.

  9. Retired Spook July 4, 2021 / 10:00 pm

    Happy Independence Day everyone. Still the greatest country on the planet.

  10. Cluster July 5, 2021 / 8:57 am

    Before reading the comment below … keep in mind this is from an “elected” female US Congress person:

    ‘July 4 is freedom for white people’: Squad member Cori Bush sparks outrage by saying she won’t celebrate Independence Day because ‘this land is stolen and black people still aren’t free’

    In my opinion, her election was stolen too. I just can not be convinced that our elections are honest and fair and all you need to do is look at Chicago. I think Democrats have been stealing local elections for years, and they nationalized their crimes in 2020. Does anyone honestly think that people like DeBlasio and Lori Lightfoot won their elections … I don’t.

  11. Cluster July 5, 2021 / 9:05 am

    This is child abuse:

    Healthy Michigan boy, 13, dies in his sleep three days after receiving his second dose of Pfizer Covid vaccine: CDC launches investigation

    How much longer are we going to follow the direction of vile dishonest people? I would really like to know the answer to that question. How much longer do we pretend that climate change is real? Or how about “voter suppression”? Or systemic racism? Or “peaceful protests”? Or COVID??? Does anyone really believe all this shit???

    Que Mala !!!!

  12. Cluster July 5, 2021 / 9:14 am

    And as predictable as the sun rising in the east, three anxiety ridden local female “newscasters” are anguishing over the forest fires “ravaging” our forests and blaming climate change for the lack of rain. The ignorance is off the charts. First of all, by any historical measure the current dry conditions in AZ are hardly unprecedented. Secondly, forest fires should never be “suppressed” unless threatening structures. Fires should be contained and allowed to burn … this is nature cleansing itself and it’s vitally important to allow that to have healthy forests. Many of us learned this in the 5th grade, but evidently the tik tok generation missed that lesson.

  13. Cluster July 5, 2021 / 9:36 am

    We need to remember history … because human nature never changes. This is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago and a must read:


    On the day Solzhenitsyn was arrested, February, 12, 1974, he released the text of “Live Not by Lies.” The next day, he was exiled to the West, where he received a hero’s welcome. This moment marks the peak of his fame. Solzhenitsyn equates “lies” with ideology, the illusion that human nature and society can be reshaped to predetermined specifications. And his last word before leaving his homeland urges Soviet citizens as individuals to refrain from cooperating with the regime’s lies. Even the most timid can take this least demanding step toward spiritual independence. If many march together on this path of passive resistance, the whole inhuman system will totter and collapse.

  14. Retired Spook July 5, 2021 / 12:38 pm

    I used to love to read the Letters to the Editor in our local paper until Trump came along. Then it became a Trump-bashing forum along with regular letters denouncing our Republican Congressman as (fill in the blank — Nazi, Fascist, Right-wing extremist). This a genuinely decent man who has won his last two elections by 65% to 35%. Every once in a while, though, a good letter sneaks through like this one:

    Nothing to laugh about

    I’ve noticed how short the Late Night Laughs column (excerpts from all the late-night TV shows) is lately. It’s still all about how bad our ex-president is, with a little Tokyo Olympics thrown in. Nothing worthwhile to laugh about from our current administration? I guess socialism and presidential dementia aren’t all that funny.

    • Cluster July 5, 2021 / 3:27 pm

      It’s not laughable if you want to keep your livelihood. In fact it’s best that people just go along with the group think and wear their masks. But Trump was the fascist.

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