Open Thread

Gas prices are up 40% under Pudding Brain. It just gets worse from here – because the way to choke off this inflation is to stop spending and/or jack up interest rates, neither of which Team Senile can do as either or both would tumble the economy into steep recession just in front of the 2022 mid-terms. OTOH, rising prices might do as much damage to them as a recession. There’s nothing we can do about it because we have no control over any lever of power here – all we can do is endure it and at least know that the difficulties the Democrats get into here are richly deserved.

For years, we’ve been angry and frustrated as corrupt and incompetent teacher’s unions parlayed the respect people have for teachers into ever more money for a totally useless public education system. The pandemic may have changed that. The unions proved corrupt and many of the teacher’s revealed themselves as time servers. Parents are at long last starting to push back…and some are even trying to take over the local school boards. The bottom line, though, is that public education is the problem of public education. It can’t be other than an indoctrination system – it is just a matter of which ideology will turn the crank and indoctrinate the kids. The only way to get quality education in line with parental expectations is to let the money follow the students. Absolute school choice – the parents get a sum per kid which can be used in any education facility they deem proper. Sure, you’ll get some weird stuff in there on that…but what you’ll mostly get is kids learning to read and write. And only being taught what the parents want. There isn’t a huge market out there for having your kids taught they are evil because they are white.

China uses social media to control it’s citizens – and is now using it to control everyone. It can’t be emphasized enough that a lot of what drives debate these days are social media trends which are almost entirely manufactured by interested parties. If you’ve got the money and the manpower (xir-power, I guess these days) you can get anything trending on social media. China does this – and then gets the global MSM to tout it (that’s the easy part – the parent companies of the MSM are so invested in China that they’ll get their news actors to say whatever is demanded). We must break up the big social media platforms and we must also regulate them: forbidding them from blocking or banning speech except for specific incitement to physical violence. The days when we on the right could defend corporate independence are over – especially when what we’ve got in social media is government censorship one step removed.

Related: Facebook will ban criticism of institutions if the criticism is intended to cause harm. In practice, this will mean that if you say something bad but true about Islam, you’ll get banned – if you say the most monstrous lie against the Catholic Church, you’ll be fine. Just watch and see.

Haiti’s President was assassinated. You really do feel for that poor country – ever since independence, it has endured tyranny and chaos in succession. It isn’t the people, as such: Haitians in the United States are some of the most successful and law-abiding people we have. But something in that land just brings out the worst in some people. The only thing I can think of is making it a Trust Territory – of the US, of – heck, I don’t know – Brazil. Someone, anyone, has to take charge of the place and govern it in the interests of the Haitian people and likely for a century or so. Until, that is, several generations can be raised up to live under law. They do in the United States – they will in Haiti, if they are compelled to do so.

The Mars helicopter had an amazing flight. This is something that does surprise me – I figured with the very thin atmosphere, they could never get anything off the ground. So, impressed with the engineers who figured this out.

28 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook July 8, 2021 / 9:55 am

    Gas prices are up 40% under Pudding Brain.

    We’re up 72% in NE Indiana — $1.89 in January, $3.25 yesterday. I don’t know if this happens in other areas of the country, but our local gas stations follow a predictable pattern (no collusion, though). Last week the average price was around $3.15/ga. I told my wife — you watch, it’ll go down to $3.04 or 3.05 and then jump to $3.25. And that’s exactly what it did. We’ve belonged to Sam’s Club since the late 1980s, and we save the cost of membership several times over just on gas. Yesterday, when EVERY station on the NE side of Fort Wayne was $3.25 (no collusion, though), Sam’s was $2.95. On top of that, my Sam’s Club MasterCard pays 5% back on gas no matter where you buy it, so we saved nearly $7.00 on one tank of gas, and we fill up there 25-30 times a year.

    the way to choke off this inflation is to stop spending and/or jack up interest rates, neither of which Team Senile can do as either or both would tumble the economy into steep recession just in front of the 2022 mid-terms.

    I’m not sure they’re smart enough to figure that out. OTOH, I fully expect the GOP to figure out a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory a year from this November. We’re governed largely by a conglomeration of imbeciles, idiots, and morons.

  2. Cluster July 8, 2021 / 12:40 pm

    This makes me happy:

    Oakland is experiencing a ‘safety emergency’ after a wave of violence over the July 4 weekend, the city’s police chief said on Monday.

    LeRonne Armstrong described ’12 hours of nonstop chaos,’ telling reporters that his department had responded to seven shootings from Sunday night to 10 a.m Monday.

    I love it when Democrats actually have to live in the misery and dystopia they create. Let the violence and mayhem continue in California. I am all for it and encourage everyone to contribute to that chaos when you can.

  3. Amazona July 8, 2021 / 1:28 pm

    We need a good laugh, and I got one yesterday when I saw a woman wearing a crocheted mask. Not just crocheted, but loosely crocheted, so it was kind of baggy. She is ahead of the pack for the 2021 Utterly Clueless competition/ Health and Fashion category. (Lori Lighweight has it hands down in all other divisions.)

    1. Not much of a fashion statement, as it was seriously ugly
    2. Not a testament to her craft skill
    3. Not even virtue signaling, because—well, wearing a loosely looped kinda-mask that wouldn’t block anything from passing through only signals dumb. It wasn’t even a symbolic mask.

  4. Amazona July 8, 2021 / 1:43 pm

    But something in that land just brings out the worst in some people.

    Yet on the same tiny island, divided only by a political border, is the Dominican Republic, which is safe and prosperous. I was once in a conversation with a black woman who had been in the Peace Corps in Haiti and she said she had to basically live anonymously with a family keeping a very low profile and be escorted to and from their house by a large armed man.

  5. Cluster July 8, 2021 / 2:01 pm

    I guess it’s not “my body, my choice” anymore:

    The government “absolutely” has the right to know citizens’ vaccination status, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra….”We want to give people the sense that they have the freedom to choose, but we hope that they choose to live,”

    LMAO … so they want to give us the allusion of freedom. Seems reasonable right Rico? You f**king fascist moron.

    • Amazona July 8, 2021 / 9:40 pm

      To rephrase his statement only very slightly, he is saying “We want people to FEEL that they have the freedom to choose…BUT…….”

  6. Cluster July 8, 2021 / 4:28 pm

    Here’s something odd … 20,000 maskless fans packed Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix to watch game 1 of the NBA finals with another 50,000 maskless fans in the bars, restaurants, and the streets surrounding the arena yet not one hospital in the Phoenix area is overwhelmed with Covid patients. Weird isn’t it?

    • Amazona July 8, 2021 / 5:43 pm

      I’m actually more focused on the idea of so many people still watching the NBA. So much for standing on principle.

      • Cluster July 8, 2021 / 9:55 pm

        True. But this town is starved for something positive and this is a good outlet for them. Also the NBA has dropped all the virtue signaling no doubt as a response to declining viewership so at least everyone is spared that. One other odd thing – there are many mixed races in attendance and yet not one incident of white supremacy. Odd.

      • Amazona July 9, 2021 / 12:13 pm

        I’m talking less about the virtue signaling and more about the NBA’s relationship with China, which includes at the very least tacit support of the genocide and enforced slavery of the Uyghurs and Turkic-speaking Muslims.

        And I’m talking about the blatant hypocrisy of black players getting the vapors and carrying on about black slavery in this country which ended, thanks to the efforts of white people, more than 150 years ago contributing to the contemporaneous slavery of millions in China.

      • Amazona July 9, 2021 / 12:29 pm

        “Nike is a brand that is of China and for China,” Nike CEO John Donahoe recently said on a call with Wall Street analysts

        Here is a list of companies sponsoring China’s 2022 Olympic Games:

        Dow Chemical
        Procter & Gamble

      • Retired Spook July 9, 2021 / 12:41 pm

        And I’m talking about the blatant hypocrisy of black players getting the vapors and carrying on about black slavery in this country which ended, thanks to the efforts of white people, more than 150 years ago contributing to the contemporaneous slavery of millions in China.

        That would be a good billboard message in high traffic areas where people sit in traffic jams for extended periods of time.

  7. Amazona July 9, 2021 / 12:58 pm

    Social media personality @KanekoaTheGreat on Telegram points out the absurdity of the Democrat-media narrative about audits in simple terms:

    IRS audits don’t undermine the integrity of taxpayers, financial audits don’t undermine the integrity of corporations, but the far-left radical media wants (sic) people to believe state legislatures auditing elections undermines (sic) the very fabric of our Constitutional Republic. Have you ever seen anyone fight so hard against transparency?

    I don’t have the time today to go back to parts 1-4 of “Election Irregularities Project, Dateline Colorado: How Could a largely Conservative-but Progressive State Like Colorado Go Blue??” and then pick up on Part 5 of what appears to be an excellent article on voting irregularities in Colorado, but these two paragraphs at the beginning of Part 5 lead me to think this author is right on target: (emphasis mine)

    Where I think we’ve gotten to via Parts 1-4 is building a case that cloud computing power and modeling and simulation (M&S) have become tremendous tools capable of handling the most challenging problems of today. Elections are not supposed to be one of those problems in an America where one man has one vote, you count them as they come in, tally them and produce a total that becomes the official results.

    The use of M&S would imply that we are analyzing results and tracking an outcome that we may want to “tweak” to fit some pre-ordained or desired outcome: and you would only do such a thing in a case where you are striving for other than letting the results speak for themselves. Government bureaucracies often use biased or flawed logic extensions in M&S to tout “righteous projects” (like propagating earth surface level temperatures through the troposphere to inflate temperature variants), or conversely for study assassins to attack politically incorrect matters.

    “study assassins” Love it.

    db, where are you? We could use your input on this kind of tech analysis.

    In the meantime, I highly recommend the entire series on RedState: A.U.D.I.T. of Elections

  8. Amazona July 9, 2021 / 1:15 pm

    Read this and the 34 tweets that follow as MartyrMade lays out, as they say down south, how the cow ate the cabbage.

    • Retired Spook July 9, 2021 / 4:59 pm

      Excellent analysis. What a bizarre coincidence that the guy who does the local talk show from 3 to 6 PM was reading from this thread during the first hour of his show. I think the term is “viral.”

  9. Amazona July 9, 2021 / 1:20 pm

    The platform Gettr officially launched July 4 with a mission of “fighting cancel culture, promoting commonsense, defending free speech, challenging social media monopolies, and creating a true marketplace of ideas,” according to the platform’s website.

    Post-election polling shows that 1 out of every 6 Biden voter would have reconsidered their vote or thought differently if they knew about the Hunter story and really that broader Biden family corruption. So that was a big deal on the campaign trail.

    So where are the indictments for interfering with an election?
    Where are the fines and penalties for illegal campaign contributions?

    • Cluster July 10, 2021 / 10:53 am

      the bigotry of low expectations … well done fielding

    • Amazona July 10, 2021 / 11:31 am

      Now, now Cluster—-fielding has his own priorities and you shouldn’t make fun of them for being frivolous

  10. Amazona July 9, 2021 / 5:56 pm

    How serious are the Dems about parlaying the relatively minor event of January 6 2021 into an election-changing spectacle of mammoth proportions and therefore importance?

    Well, enough to start with this claim: The DOJ has said the Capitol attack investigation is the largest criminal probe in U.S. history.

    Enough to start with a piddling $6.1 million paid to Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, ,,, a firm prosecutors called “a litigation support vendor with extensive experience providing complex litigation technology services” but seemingly without a cap on what the government will pay for what is essentially just another disguised campaign finance boondoggle, paid for by the taxpayers.

    Deloitte is not the only pig at the trough, as The Deloitte order was included in a broader department-wide contract issued last year to five companies. The broader contract is scheduled to run for up to 6 1/2 years and involve up to $1.5 billion in spending, according to Politico.

    And then there is this: The Justice Department database is just one of several being established in connection with the Capitol investigation. The Federal Public Defender office in Washington, D.C., also is considering hiring a contractor to help with the massive amount of evidence, according to the same court filing.

    Back to “…the largest criminal probe in U.S. history.” Hmmm. From the FBI website: Transnational Organized Crime. The FBI is dedicated to eliminating transnational organized crime groups that pose the greatest threat to the national and economic security of the United States … So a handful of otherwise wholly peaceful citizens who got caught up in the emotional frenzy of the efforts of paid agitators to create hysteria are now more of a threat than “transnational organized crime groups”?

    While these gomers are spending millions upon millions of dollars to create the illusion of a master plan by master criminals to overthrow our government, an illusion bolstered by their emphasis on the
    Thousands of hours of body-worn camera footage.
    Closed-circuit surveillance camera footage.
    More than a million social media videos.
    Data from phones and email accounts.
    Responses to more than 6,000 grand jury subpoenas

    the simple fact is that in six months of frantic searching they have still not found: a serious injury caused by an identified Trump supporter; a single verified statement of an intent to “overthrow the government”; a single verified statement of an intent to harm any person in Congress; a single verified statement of an intent to do any of the things the overheated hyperbolic Left is trumpeting so loudly as the worst attack on our democracy, our very nation, in its history.

    OK, so motive is wholly attributed by the Left. What about damage to the building? Minimal. What about injuries purposely inflicted? Minimal if any. What about proof of armed conservatives, with or without stated intent to use weapons? Nada. So what was the actual COST of this overhyped debacle?

    On the other hand, Crime and society’s response to it pose significant costs to the United States. The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that federal, state, and local governments collectively spent over $280 billion in fiscal year 2012 (adjusted to 2016 dollars) on criminal justice programs such as police protection, the court system, and incarceration. There are also many other financial and nonfinancial effects of crime that researchers consider when estimating the total costs of crime in the United States. These can include tangible costs such as replacing damaged property or medical care to treat victims’ injuries, and intangible costs such as changes in people’s behavior to avoid crime, among many other costs. Researchers have estimated varying annual costs of crime, including totals of $690 billion, $1.57 trillion, and $3.41 trillion, adjusted to 2016 dollars.

    The Dems threw a few million dollars at their dog and pony show of feigned fear and terror, building fences in the capital to make it look like a Third World s**thole and dragging hundreds of National Guardsmen away from their homes so they could parade them around as “necessary for the safety of members of Congress” and then shove them off to sleep on concrete floors and eat fast food, but when it comes down to the actual cost of the actual damage done on January 6 it amounts to a little handyman work to replace some broken windows and such, and some laundry costs for the panties of some Leftist weenies.

    But they will find a way to spin it to their advantage, and the taxpayers will get the bill. As usual

    In the meantime, maybe we should have a contest to name the truly “largest criminal probe in U.S. history.”.

  11. Amazona July 9, 2021 / 6:16 pm

    My favorite thing about Ted’s tweet, aside from the emojis (which are translated into words here) , was his reference to the media “fluffing” Avenatti. To admit I know what this means is an admission that I saw the movie “Boogie Nights” and so know what a “fluffer’s” job is. And to apply that to the tireless work of the corrupt corporate media is just too too perfect.

    Ted Cruz
    Will even one of member the corrupt corporate media—who for months fluffed Avenatti as a serious Dem presidential contender—apologize & admit that the were full of Pile of poo Pile of pooPile of poo?

  12. Amazona July 11, 2021 / 11:31 am

    Didn’t get this posted before the previous thread closed for comments, so:

    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;

    I can think of two major societal evils that have existed in “the West” and of them only slavery was not rooted in the core evil of Leftist ideology, which began to be organized in Russia. Even the evils of the Holocaust and WW II were caused by the Leftist ideology of the National Socialist Party of Germany. Even the attempted genocides in Africa have been organized and paid for by Leftist ideologues, and the events we recognize as pure evil, such as those created by Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, et al were all based on Leftist ideology.

    The attacks on “the West” are simply attacks on capitalism, which the Left blames for everything it calls “evil” while turning a blind eye to its own vile and decadent history of oppression and butchery, and on the concepts of personal liberty and self governance.

  13. Amazona July 11, 2021 / 12:10 pm

    From a short article on RedState called Voting. So Easy, Even a Democrat Can Do It

    Veep Kamala Harris is a marvel. Not like a Marvel superhero; I mean, it’s a marvel she hasn’t drowned while drinking water. Her superpower is finding rakes to step on.

    • Retired Spook July 11, 2021 / 2:52 pm

      Can you imagine where Democrats would be if condescension didn’t exist?

  14. Amazona July 11, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    Remember when the FBI (Federal Bumbling Idiots) seized what they said was a detailed model of the Capitol Building in a raid on a suspect’s home, citing it as proof of a plan to—-well, insurrect or something?

    Federal agents seized a plastic replica of the Capitol building from the Pennsylvania home of Robert Morss during his arrest on June 11. Justice Department officials are citing the Lego model as evidence in the criminal case against Morss for his involvement in the January 6 protest:
    (Law enforcement also recoverd [sic] a fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set.)”

    I can certainly understand the panic this discovery might have set off in the pea brains of the searchers, After all, as assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Jackson breathlessly warned us while strapping on her body armor and peering out her window, “Morss’s dangerousness is not limited to his past actions, but presents a future threat. It is difficult to fathom a more serious danger to the community—to the District of Columbia, to the country, or to the fabric of American Democracy—than the one posed by someone who knowingly and eagerly engaged in a violent insurrection to occupy the United States Capitol and abort the certification of a lawful and fair election.”

    That statement of Ms. Jackson’s was amazing on several levels. One, of course, was the spectacle of a supposedly educated person—although she does sound like she got her law degree after graduating last from Bob’s School of Refrigeration and Law–when she essentially admits that she doesn’t know the legal definition of the word “insurrection”. As a Leftist, she should understand that to “abort” means to actually KILL something, not merely pause it for a few days. She editorializes—-OK, she lies—when she asserts that the election was both lawful and fair, when her statement was made after weeks of publicized evidence of both lawlessness and unfairness in the election. And the poor little twinkie just can’t FATHOM A MORE SERIOUS THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY than trespassing and wanting Congress to do its actual damned job and provide meaningful oversight of a highly questionable election.

    Well, it turns out that the “plastic replica of the Capitol building ” was in pieces, unassembled, in a box with a picture of the Capitol Building on the front.

    Julie Kelly 🇺🇸
    Update on man with legos. “In original detention memoranda, the undersigned stated that law enforcement found a ‘fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set.’ That statement appears to be inaccurate. The Lego set was in a box and not fully constructed at the time of the search.”

    And this, I suggest, is a perfect analogy for the entire overheated effort to make the incident of January 6 mean more than it did. Or could have. Our “premier law enforcement agency” not only decided a box of plastic toys indicated a meaningful threat to the nation they couldn’t even accurately describe it, an assistant US attorney is squealing like a cheerleader who found a spider in her pompom instead of simply reciting the facts while misstating a crucial legal term in a blatant effort to mislead (lie) and general the cast of this little effort to compete with Curly, Mo and Larry have once again illustrated the need to depoliticize the FBI or, if that can’t be done, to do away with it and start over.

  15. Amazona July 11, 2021 / 4:40 pm

  16. Amazona July 11, 2021 / 6:31 pm

    Regarding the protests against Communism in Cuba, Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter, whose wife was born in Cuba and still has family there, tweeted: Arm the Cuban people

    Or, at the very least, because Mass protests erupt in several cities in #Cuba over the poor state of the socialized medical system send them Michael Moore to explain how wrong they are.

    And send them the entire Democrat contingent of our House and Senate, for the same reason. These are the people trying to re-create Cuba right here in North America—surely they can explain to these ignorant Latinx peasants how good they’ve got it.

  17. Amazona July 12, 2021 / 11:15 am

    On July 9 at 12:13 p.m. I posted: …I’m talking about the blatant hypocrisy of black players getting the vapors and carrying on about black slavery in this country which ended, thanks to the efforts of white people, more than 150 years ago contributing to the contemporaneous slavery of millions in China.

    To this I can now add that 217 Democrat members of the House of Representatives “…voted against an amendment Wednesday that would have required companies to inform their shareholders if they engaged in activities with a Chinese official or company using forced labor.”

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