Open Thread

Did a bit of shouting until blue in the face on social media yesterday about the eviction moratorium. Understand this: there is no law. There is only power and the willingness to use it. The Democrats don’t care that the moratorium is illegal. They don’t care that it will dry up the rental market. To them, this government action crushing property renters will just be proof that private property must give way to government ownership. If you’re arguing the law with the Left you are wasting your time.

Take the real lesson from this past six months: if we win back executive power, our primary mission must be to dismantle executive power. It is the only way to safety. Either we curb or kill the FBI, CIA and NSA and reduce the Army to 100,000 while reviving the State militia, or we leave the means of our own death lying around just waiting for a Leftist with the guts to use them. The only reason you are not already in jail for your political beliefs is that no one in government has the guts to issue the order for your arrest. And that is just “so far”. Eventually, it will be so ordered…and as we’ve seen with the 1/6 defendants, the Courts simply will not intervene in your favor. Oh, maybe eventually the Supreme Court will intervene to tsk tsk about it…but not before you’ve been destroyed.

Take away their ability to arrest and you won’t have to worry about who gets into power.

Re-Fund the police: Austin will vote on an initiative to restore the police funding the city council took away.

As was predicted by everyone – the effort to raise up non-whites via CRT-like drivel has reached its natural conclusion: white people must accept that they are inferior to non-whites. This was built in because whenever you use race as a marker for anything, you are immediately on the path to apartheid and genocide.

Mask mandates and the “delta variant” are doing their job: prepping people for “the worst is yet to come” and allowing Blue State Democrats to retain 2020 election rules so they can cheat in 2022. I don’t think the Democrats hope the hold the House – just limit their losses. The real key for them is holding the Senate. With the Senate, they can still get judges and bureaucrats appointed. It has been a long while since Legislation really mattered…all that matters is who gets to rule on what the bureaucrats say.

32 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Amazona August 5, 2021 / 10:09 am

    Good stuff here Mark.

    The only reason you are not already in jail for your political beliefs is that no one in government has the guts to issue the order for your arrest. And that is just “so far”. Anyone who has seen the bizarrely disproportionate treatment of those arrested for possibly being part of the January 6 crowd ought to be able to understand this.

    Group 1: Paid agitators go from city to city inciting violent preplanned riots, proclaiming their affiliation with the political movement based on violent overthrow of governments, engaging in premeditated efforts to kill government employees, burning buildings and marching wearing Communist symbols to announce their goal of destroying the country—and when they are detained, which is seldom, they are quickly released. What is played down or ignored by the Complicit Agenda Media is that this is often due to low bail set by courts and then paid by Leftist advocates, including by the woman now acting as Vice President of the United States. They are quickly freed to go back to their incitement of anti-government violence.

    Group 2: Paid agitators, with the full knowledge of all law enforcement agencies and many in Congress, infiltrate the peaceful rally supporting Donald Trump in Washington DC on January 6. This rally becomes more and more violent, following the pattern of the skill of these agitators in stirring up emotions in crowds and inciting violence, and a “riot” ensues, far milder and less violent than other riots around the country, while some members of the crowd engage in behavior previously unknown by the core protesters, such as beating on police officers and using profanity and racial slurs. We have no way of knowing if any of these professional inciters of violence, who openly support the overthrow of our government, have been arrested.

    Group 3: Ordinary non-violent Americans who love their country, who gathered to peacefully petition Congress to delay its approval of state vote certifications for ten days to allow time begin an investigation into the legitimacy of those certifications, get caught up in the choreographed riot structure of the professional agitators and inciters, and in the heat of the moment enter the Capitol building and engage in petty lawbreaking such as stealing souvenirs from offices, also chatting amiably with some Capitol police officers and taking selfies with their cell phones. When law enforcement is able to track some of these people down, after a very concerted effort is made to identify and find them, they are arrested and held, without bail, many of them in solitary confinement.

    When, months after they are arrested, the members of Group 3 are finally tried, their charges are reduced to simple trespass.

    Anyone aware of the disparate treatment of the violent and openly anti-American members of Groups 1 and 2 compared to the Draconian and abusive treatment of those in Group 3 has to be aware of the mounting and increasingly obvious movement of our government, under increasingly strident Leftist control, to demonize and arrest and confine and punish people with opposing political beliefs.

    Anyone aware of the collusion between government and Big Tech to silence opposing political opinion should be very very concerned about the inexorable move to isolation and control of any political belief that is not in lockstep with the Leftist goal of control of everyone and everything.

    • Cluster August 5, 2021 / 1:49 pm

      Anyone aware of the collusion between government and Big Tech to silence opposing political opinion should be very very concerned about the inexorable move to isolation and control of any political belief that is not in lockstep with the Leftist goal

      We need to start a conservative movement encouraging all people to DELETE Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If enough people would do that, we could bankrupt these companies within days and render them irrelevant and powerless.

      • Amazona August 5, 2021 / 4:27 pm

        I agree but being a conservative doesn’t mean resistance to the addiction of social media. And look what happened to Parler. First we need substitutes, so there isn’t just a vacuum, like AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens) instead of AARP. And to have a substitute for a big social media platform there has to be the infrastructure (and oh how I am getting tired of that word!) to support it.

    • Amazona August 6, 2021 / 1:45 pm

      In an earlier post I said “…the mounting and increasingly obvious movement of our government, under increasingly strident Leftist control, to demonize and arrest and confine and punish people with opposing political beliefs.”

      One example of the special treatment given to January 6 arrestees: Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 61. who was photographed with his feet on Pelosi’s desk on January 6, .. boasted outside the Capitol following the siege that he ‘wrote a nasty note, put my feet up on her desk and scratched my balls

      For this he was held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and claims he has been subjected to abuse from guards.

      Barnett claims he was beaten by staff, received threats against his wife, was held in ‘disgusting unsanitary conditions’ in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day

      In one alleged incident of torture, Barnett was denied medical help and was laughed at by prison guards when he believed he was having a heart attack

      What charges allegedly justified him being treated worse than murderers, rapists and terrorists?

      He was slapped with seven charges including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority with a stun gun

      He was sent home to “home detention: (house arrest) until his trial for these dastardly crimes.

      His attorney, Joseph D. McBride, wrote: My client, Richard Barnett, who did not assault any Capitol Police or destroy any property, was detained by the federal government for 109 days before being released over the objections of the Justice Department since he was neither a danger to society nor risk of flight,” McBride wrote in the letter dated Aug. 3. “His crime was putting his feet on one of [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi’s desks at the request of a press photographer.”

      I found it interesting that after a riot in May of 2020 several arrests were made after a riot, and charges included Felony Rioting, Felony Destruction of Property, Felony Looting, Theft, and Defacing of Private/Public Property. These are apparently crimes in Washington D.C. Yet I don’t think any of the January 6 suspects have been accused of these crimes. I wonder how long, and under what condtions, these people were held before being released on bail, and if they were then restricted to house arrest.

      Barnett was held in solitary, denied medical assistance when he thought he was having a heart attack and put on house arrest for merely “… entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority…”—-though to be fair he did have (but apparently did not try to use) a “stun gun”.

      Equal under the law? Not if you are a conservative embroiled in an event that the Left can try to use politically.

    • Amazona August 6, 2021 / 2:25 pm

      Why are the January 6 prisoners being treated differently than others? Could it be due to political bias?

      Well, a sentencing judge made it very clear that the underlying motivation for the harsh treatment is anti-Trump sentiment when she indirectly blamed Trump for the riot. Her statement, in a sane world, would indict her for blatant prejudice against a defendant.

      On Wednesday, District Judge Amy Berman Jackson pushed back against the notion that Jan. 6 defendants being held in jail are political prisoners.

      During a sentencing hearing in Washington, D.C., for Karl Dresch of Michigan, Jackson said: “The defendant did not spend six months in jail because he is a political prisoner. He was not prosecuted for his political views. The defendant came to the Capitol because he placed his trust in someone who repaid that trust by lying to him,” according to United Press International.

      Stop here for a moment. She goes on to explain that in her opinion he committed the crime of “…parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building..” because Donald Trump lied to him. This is such a bizarre violation of the basic concept of law as well as the imposition of a judge’s personal opinion to justify both imprisonment and a sentence, it should result in her being removed from the bench.

      Then she went on to lecture the defendant about the meaning of patriotism, asserting that he had been led by “loyalty to a single head of state” and that this would be “tyranny”.

      Jackson said Dresch appeared to be confused about the meaning of patriotism, according to The Washington Post: “You called yourself and the others patriots, but that’s not patriotism. Patriotism is loyalty to country, loyalty to the Constitution, not loyalty to a single head of state. That’s the tyranny we rejected on July 4th of 1776.”

      She also explained her bias more thoroughly by misstating the intent of the Trump supporters, which was to legally and peacefully PETITION Congress to slow its process to allow time to investigate the sworn affidavits of citizens about potential voter fraud. Like a good little Leftist, she lied and claimed it was “….to subvert and undo the electoral process..”

      I have yet to see a single official statement or act regarding January 6 that is not part of a move to cast it, and its participants, and everyone who can possibly be considered associated with it even at a great distance, as subversion, even as an effort to overthrow out government and DESTROY DEMOCRACY.

    • Amazona August 6, 2021 / 2:30 pm

      The right to “petition the Government for redress of grievances” is among the oldest in our legal heritage, dating back 800 years to the Magna Carta, and receiving explicit protection in the English Bill of Rights of 1689, long before the American Revolution. Ironically, the modern Supreme Court has all but read the venerable right to petition out of the Bill of Rights, effectively holding that it has been rendered obsolete by an expanding Free Speech Clause. As with assembly, however, the right to petition is not simply an afterthought to the Free Speech Clause.

      The right to petition plays an important role in American history. The Declaration of Independence justified the American Revolution by noting that King George III had repeatedly ignored petitions for redress of the colonists’ grievances. Legislatures in the Revolutionary period and long into the nineteenth century deemed themselves duty-bound to consider and respond to petitions, which could be filed not only by eligible voters but also by women, slaves, and aliens. John Quincy Adams, after being defeated for a second term as President, was elected to the House of Representatives where he provoked a near riot on the House floor by presenting petitions from slaves seeking their freedom. The House leadership responded by imposing a “gag rule” limiting petitions, which was repudiated as unconstitutional by the House in 1844.

      One of the risks of representative democracy is that elected officials may favor the narrow partisan interests of their most powerful supporters, or choose to advance their own personal interests instead of viewing themselves as faithful agents of their constituents. A robust right to petition is designed to minimize such risks. By being forced to acknowledge and respond to petitions from ordinary persons, officials become better informed and must openly defend their positions, enabling voters to pass a more informed judgment.

      The right to petition should be contrasted with the right to instruct. A right of instruction permits a majority of constituents to direct a legislator to vote a particular way, while a right of petition assures merely that government officials must receive arguments from members of the public. The drafters of the Bill of Rights decided not to include a right of instruction in order to encourage legislators to exercise their best judgment about how to vote.

      Today, in Congress and in virtually all 50 state legislatures, the right to petition has been reduced to a formality, with petitions routinely entered on the public record absent any obligation to debate the matters raised, or to respond to the petitioners. In a political system where incumbent legislators can make it all but impossible to mount a credible re-election challenge, an energized right to petition might link modern legislators more closely to the entire electorate they are pledged to serve. Some scholars have even argued that the Petition Clause includes an implied duty to acknowledge, debate, or even vote on issues raised by a petition. The precise role of a robust Petition Clause in our twenty-first century democracy cannot be explored, however, until the Supreme Court frees the Clause from its current subservience to the Free Speech Clause.

      • Amazona August 8, 2021 / 1:26 pm

        I see that the “news” feeds on Yahoo continue to use the lie that January 6 represented an “insurrection”.

        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 following is a case law defining Insurrection:

        Insurrection means “a violent uprising by a group or movement acting for the specific purpose of overthrowing the constituted government and seizing its powers. An insurrection occurs where a movement acts to overthrow the constituted government and to take possession of its inherent powers.” [Younis Bros. & Co. v. Cigna Worldwide Ins. Co., 899 F. Supp. 1385, 1392-1393 (E.D. Pa. 1995)]

        The goal of the January 6 Trump supporters was not to overthrow the government but to PETITION it to temporarily suspend a Congressional vote for ten days to allow time to investigate sworn affidavits of alleged fraud.

        As usual, the Right is impotent and mute when it comes to challenging the redefinition of terms by the Left

  2. Amazona August 5, 2021 / 10:22 am

    I’m not really a fan of Erick Erickson—he’s a little too emotionally overwrought much of the time and is passionately dedicated to his imagery of leg-humping, using the reference as often as he can. He seems to see a lot of things from the perspective of the crotch. Case in point: His recent description of our government as having “electile dysfunction”. It’s kind of cute, till he repeats it several times in one short article, possibly indicating a personal concern that is none of our business.

    However, I agree with him when he says: (emphasis mine) Frankly, Americans should accept and embrace the incompetence as a feature, not a bug. The federal government was never meant to control the states or people as it is trying. The strains in the federal electile dysfunction were pre-programmed by the founders. Without congressional action, the bureaucracy eventually implodes and, in any event, the states are supposed to provide a robust response, which most are doing./i>

    • Amazona August 5, 2021 / 11:21 am

      I do think he is wrong when he says Without congressional action, the bureaucracy eventually implodes because as we see it just gets more arrogant the longer it gets away with trampling on Constitutional rights until it becomes a complete dictatorship.

  3. Cluster August 5, 2021 / 1:46 pm

    I have noticed that there is no mortgage moratorium for home owners so the big banks are still getting their money, or they can still simply foreclose on the property … so no “broken contracts” for them. Funny how Democrats protect their big donors. There was a renter in my local community who posted on Facebook a couple weeks ago that she hasn’t paid rent in 14 months … and boasted about it. Weird how employers are begging for employees and offering sign on bonuses and high hourly wages … in other words a “living wage” Democrats have been lecturing us about yet nobody wants to live up to their responsibilities.

    I say conservatives should claim the same protections and stop paying their Netflix and Apple accounts. How do you think that would go over? As an aside, renters who are not paying their rent know that they can contribute to help make Obama’s birthday party something super special.

  4. Cluster August 6, 2021 / 8:40 am

    If you believe that 4 Capital cops killed themselves, then I have some ocean front property in AZ I would like to talk to you about … remember Epstein didn’t kill himself and neither will Andrew Cuomo lol

    We’ll never know why Capitol cops killed themselves, so stop blaming Trump riot: Spokesperson for National Police Association slams the left for ‘politicizing’ the deaths and says cops are at breaking point after being ‘vilified’ by BLM

    • Retired Spook August 6, 2021 / 12:27 pm

      I saw this yesterday. The most recent year for which suicide data is available is 2019. The rate for the general population was 13.9 suicides per 100,000. The Capitol Police Department employs 2,300 individuals, not all of whom are actual police officers, but I couldn’t find a breakdown. Using the entire 2,300, the 4 suicides so far this year equate to 175 per 100,000. If half of the 2,300 individuals in the Capitol Police Department are actual police officers, the number becomes 350 per 100,00. By comparison, the suicide rate among all police officers in the country in 2019 was 32.7 per 100,000 or less than 1/10 of the rate for the Capitol Police Department. And the year is only two-thirds over.

      Doesn’t pass the smell test.

      • Amazona August 6, 2021 / 1:21 pm

        What also doesn’t pass the smell test is the fact that working as a cop in the Capitol has to have a much lower stress level than answering calls to violent altercations, doing traffic stops and the other kinds of day in, day out exposures to violence and potential injury or death most police officers have. Capitol police don’t have to go to crime scenes and witness horrific bloody examples of murder and mayhem and then go home with those visions stuck in their heads.

        Have Capitol cops had frozen water bottles hurled at them, or had to stand in front of mobs howling “Fry ’em up like bacon”? Have they been doxxed by the Left so radicals know where they live and where their children go to school? Have they routinely been threatened with death by all sorts of horrible means?

        From the interview I heard with a senior Senator on January 5 (and I wish I could remember who it was and find the interview) it sounds like at least some of the Capitol cops had time to chat with legislators and have barbeque brought to them by at least one of them.

        Nah—-it does not compute

  5. Retired Spook August 6, 2021 / 11:54 am

    This is the kind of pushback I’d like to see more of.

    Consumers’ Research, a consumer advocacy group, launched a series of advertisements Thursday calling out Coca-Cola’s “woke hypocrisy” for its reported defense of China and alleged health concerns associated with its sugary drinks.

    Part of the campaign is a video advertisement satirizing a Coca-Cola commercial, which is set to music with lyrics like “Just drink Coke, the road to obesity” and “China is our labor supplier that drives our stock price even higher.” The group also created a website

    • Amazona August 6, 2021 / 1:01 pm

      I’m really glad they are also targeting other groups, like Nike and MLB. But what about basketball?

  6. Amazona August 6, 2021 / 1:00 pm

    What’s it like to shoot an AR-15 (AKA the most lethal, deadly and horrific weapon ever devised): Well, if you are a snowflake it’s downright terrifying:

    When ready, I lined up the target in the cross hairs, pulled the stock onto my shoulder, squeezed the trigger and — BA-BOOM!!!!!

    It is difficult to describe the impact — physical and personal — of that first shot. It felt like a meteor had struck the earth in front of me. A deep shock wave coursed through my body, the recoil rippling through my arms and right shoulder with astounding power. Being that close to an explosion of such magnitude — controlled and focused as it was — rattled me.

    I know I’m convinced, Who wants to be that close to such an explosion? A deep shock wave cours(ing) through my body …… rippling through my arms and right shoulder with astounding power? Not me, that’s for sure. Guess I’d better stick to my 357.

    You know, the funniest thing about Libs is their total lack of self-awareness. Even if a weenie fires a small-caliber weapon known to have very light recoil and then goes into Drama Queen mode about it why would he admit it? It felt like a meteor had struck the earth in front of me. A METEOR!! All he left out was the pants-wetting and high-pitched squeal of terror as he threw the gun as far as he could (18 inches) and screamed “Get it away from me! AWAY!”

    It is simply impossible to satirize the Left, because there is no way to outdo their silliness. The only thing that popped into my mind was “How would Pee Wee Herman react to shooting an AR-15?”

    • Cluster August 7, 2021 / 9:57 am

      I second that nomination ….

      These people have gone insane:

      Australian Army hits the streets to enforce the world’s strictest lockdown: Soldiers stop people from leaving their homes more than once and break up gatherings in Sydney’s poor suburbs in pursuit of ‘Zero Covid’

      What in the hell is wrong with these people. Here’s the bottom line and I am not boasting nor am I apologetic about this statement – with all the praise and thanks to my creator, I am thankfully physically superior to 90% of these losers. My natural immune system is better protection than anything some moron from the CDC or big pharma can whip up. I don’t need their shots, I never get the flu, and the last cold I had was probably 10+ years ago. I also know that many other people are in the same category I am in, with strong immune systems that fight off cold and flu viruses pretty easily, so the Left’s obsessive desire to jab people is maniacal and evil. I just simply will not follow the advice of inferior people. And let’s not forget, these are the same leftists who like to kill babies in the womb, but they want to save your life. Irony alert

      • Retired Spook August 7, 2021 / 2:52 pm

        What in the hell is wrong with these people

        One of their biggest problems is that they can’t mind their own f’ing business. If everyone would just take care of themselves and not worry about what someone else is doing, the world would be a much better place. You think I am a danger to you — stay the hell away from me!

      • Amazona August 7, 2021 / 3:34 pm

        In a related thought, if you really believe that masks work then your mask makes you safe and you don’t need to worry about me. If you think vaccinations work and you are vaccinated you don’t need to worry about me. If you are vaccinated and wearing a mask and still worried about me you need a whole different kind of help.

      • Retired Spook August 7, 2021 / 3:54 pm


      • Cluster August 7, 2021 / 7:49 pm

        You’re both spot on. We can definitely take care of ourselves. And honestly, my world would be much better off without woke Democrats lecturing me so please just stay the f**k away from me

      • Amazona August 8, 2021 / 10:13 am

        Masking has been a remarkably effective tactic in the Left’s ongoing campaign of splintering our society into different and often conflicting groups. Right now I think the most general division is that of the group that is, at heart, tyrannical in its belief it has the right to force others to do things, and the group that rejects this belief system. The first group shores up its Inner Tyrant attitude with a smug conviction of both moral and intellectual superiority, while the second is based on logic, understanding of the science and a commitment to individual rights and freedoms. The Hysterical and the Rational.

        When it looked like the issue dividing these groups was fading away, the Left had to rush in to fan the embers and revive the discord. Now the panic-motivated maskers have morphed into the preening “I’m So Much Better Than You” mentality. Not just smarter, but better. That’s a powerful motivator for the weak-minded and not likely to be shifted by reality.

        The thing is, I for one just snicker at them. Last night on Jesse Watters there was a photo of a couple on the beach smugly wearing their masks. ON A BEACH, strolling in from the water with their swim suits and toys and blankets, all tightly masked up. It was the best possible illustration of the insanity that is being promoted and accepted.

        One thing I have noticed is the large number of maskers in the college-age demographic.

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    • Cluster August 8, 2021 / 9:03 am

      She represents the Democrats best and brightest. This is who they aspire to be lol

      • Amazona August 8, 2021 / 1:54 pm

        Yes, but there is a challenger for the title—Cori Bush has her eye on the prize and is coming on strong. And there is other competition in the field.

        The old battle axes like Mad Max and Freddy are going to have their hands full, trying to compete with these levels of insanity and stupidity, though I think they might be up to the challenge.

    • Amazona August 8, 2021 / 8:24 pm

      She also can’t count:

      “We have a common enemy: It’s the guns and the gangs.”

  9. Cluster August 8, 2021 / 8:59 am

    From the “what in the hell is wrong with these people” file:

    Runaway Texas Democrats file lawsuit against Gov. Greg Abbott for causing them ‘anxiety and distress’ by threatening to arrest them on their return to the state

    And again, they are inferior people. Incapable of living in an independent, free, and virus filled society.

    • Amazona August 8, 2021 / 10:18 am

      Only a Democrat could believe there is any rationality in suing an official who took an oath of office that included upholding the law for saying he plans to enforce a law. It’s kind of like a murderer suing the police for the anxiety and distress they are causing him by trying to find and arrest him.

      I’d love to see big billboards across Texas with photos of these runaway Dems and the caption: THE STUPID BURNS, IT BURNS

      But—-in the Gift That Keeps On Giving category, aren’t these morons writing the campaign slogans for their Republican opponents in 2022?

      • Cluster August 8, 2021 / 3:41 pm

        It’s kind of like a murderer suing the police for the anxiety and distress they are causing him by trying to find and arrest him.


  10. Amazona August 8, 2021 / 12:52 pm

    On August 8, 1950, Harry Truman said this:

    Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

    So now we are left with deciding if Facebook and Twitter represent the government. Given their choices of which voices to silence, it seems pretty obvious.

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