Open Thread

“All is lost, save honor” – so goes the Francis I quote, given in a letter after he was beaten by Charles V. Less known is the next part: “and my skin, which is safe”. We’ve modified that to “all is lost, except our skin.” This is the most dishonorable, demoralizing defeat in American History. The militia which ran away at Bladensburg has been redeemed.

People are saying that Biden is on his way out – nobody has any actual evidence of this and I think it is wishful thinking: this is so bad that people are just hoping that Biden is collapsing and will quit, taking this shame with him. I don’t know: he’s clearly failing mentally and physically, but his people will want to hold on to executive power as long as possible. Unless he dies or starts drooling on camera, his people won’t let him quit. And the bad news is that our national humiliation won’t depart with Biden, whenever he goes. He did it, but it is all ours: the world now holds the United States of America in contempt. Some are thinking that Biden is a coward and so he’s hiding out in Maryland. Not so sure: if he’s senile, he doesn’t know…if he’s lucid for the moment, he doesn’t care. No matter what happens in Biden’s life, it is someone else’s fault and he’s the hero of the play. Rely on it, if he’s not falling asleep over his pudding tonight, he’s crafting a mental story of how he has won the day.

Maybe – and I pray it may be so – we needed this cold slap in the face? Maybe this will at long last wake us up from our stupor? I don’t really care how the world views us except in so far as it makes them willing to challenge us. Right now, everyone in the world who was ever held back from action for fear of us is getting ready to move. This could very much go from very bad to terribly worse in mere weeks. Pray that we manage to dodge a bullet here.

Looks like we’re all going to get the booster shot. I will when it comes out. But I’m not a jerk so if you don’t want to, that’s your business.

We’re already getting horror stories out of Afghanistan on the treatment of women. We must presume they are true given what we know of the Taliban…but still take them with a grain of salt. Lots of interests very much want us to go back in and the best way to do that is tear at American heartstrings. I admit to a lack of sympathy: the Afghan men ran away. We’re supposed to go back in and rescue the women they abandoned? I’d only agree to it as a Crusade to convert the heathen. No sense in rescuing them again when their men will simply take off once the bad guys come back.

Trump got interviewed on Fox and it isn’t getting much play. And don’t you wanna know why? Because he was right about everything. The MSM would love to spin a series of lies about it and attack Trump all the live long day…but to cover it, at all, means that some of what he says has to be presented to the American people. The MSM – probably under DNC orders – can’t risk that.

Socialist magazine founder fires his staff when they try to organize a union. Such it always is and the proof that Socialism can’t work. What’s really sad about it: if the Socialists would just convert to Catholicism and become Monks and Nuns, they’d live in the socialist society they want and also put in a useful day’s work.

29 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook August 20, 2021 / 8:27 am

    This is the most dishonorable, demoralizing defeat in American History.

    I could not agree more. They were so blinded by their hatred of Trump and so hell-bent on not doing what he was going to do (even though it was the right course of action) that they didn’t even have a plan. That became patently obvious when they abandoned Bagram Air Base. I think this is one pig even the complicit, agenda media will not be able to put lipstick on, though I suspect they’ll try.

    • Retired Spook August 20, 2021 / 12:05 pm

      I actually saw a State Department hack on TV several days ago (I”m not making this up) who said they abandoned Trump’s plan because they thought they could do better.

  2. Cluster August 20, 2021 / 8:34 am

    I am going to go out on a limb and predict that there will be a new variant and a 4th booster shot required this winter. And of course it goes without saying, more restrictions on the unmasked and unvaccinated …. in other words the new Jews.

    • Retired Spook August 20, 2021 / 8:37 am

      I think that’s a pretty safe prediction.

    • jdge1 August 20, 2021 / 11:27 am

      The lies and deceit of governments and government agencies are staggering, but unfortunately not surprising.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in April that it has stopped tracking COVID cases among the vaccinated that do not result in hospitalizations or deaths. The agency is now assuming that new cases are among the unvaccinated unless otherwise advised, which skews numbers to paint the unvaccinated as spreaders of disease.

      Israel was the first country to mass vaccinate its population under an agreement with Pfizer to exchange vaccine supply for public health data in an experiment on the people “to evaluate whether herd immunity protection is observed during the Product vaccination program rollout.”

      Eighty percent of adults are fully vaccinated there, yet COVID cases and serious hospitalizations have risen 20-fold since early July. The media has highlighted that most serious new cases have been among the unvaccinated, while neglecting to report that the majority (more than 80 percent) of new cases reported by the Israeli Health Ministry are among vaccinated individuals.
      In response, Israel introduced a third “booster shot” of Pfizer’s vaccine which has been administered to more than one million people as of August 16.

      In the United Kingdom, more than three-quarters of the adult population (76 percent) have received two doses of vaccine and almost 90 percent of adults have received at least one dose. Yet, the number of COVID patients hospitalized has soared sevenfold since early June this year.

      The most recent U.K. report on “variants of concern” revealed that 54 percent of COVID deaths are among the fully vaccinated. A further 12 percent of deaths are among the partially vaccinated who have received one dose.

      “It’s clear we can’t vaccinate our way out of this,” McCullough said. “None of this makes sense in terms of the program being about COVID-19; it almost seems like it’s about submissiveness, or coercion, or control.”

      • Retired Spook August 20, 2021 / 11:45 am

        “it almost seems like it’s about submissiveness, or coercion, or control.”

        There’s no “almost” about it, and pretty much everyone on this blog has been saying that for well over a year.

      • Amazona August 20, 2021 / 11:55 am

        The agency is now assuming… seems to be the default strategy of the CDC. It assumed that anyone who died for any reason, including end stage cancer and heart disease, died OF Covid and not WITH Covid if any trace of the virus could be found. Then it skipped that step and just assumed that the person died of Covid without even testing for it, if they could claim they thought the person had been exposed to the virus. Then they dropped that and just wrote off deaths as Covid deaths (like that of the 22-year-old man who died in a motorcycle accident) without even bothering with an assumption of likely exposure.

        Spook, the mask you bought (and then I bought) said it perfectly: “It’s not about safety, it’s about compliance”.

      • Retired Spook August 20, 2021 / 12:02 pm

        I actually bought one after that that I like even better. It says, “TAKE THIS MASK AND SHOVE IT!”

        Thankfully, we haven’t had a mask mandate in Indiana since last April.

      • Amazona August 20, 2021 / 1:42 pm

        I was working on a design for a T shirt before Commandant Polis lifted his edict in Colorado. It would have said:

        I DON’T DO CULTS

        I may have to go ahead and have it printed.

        I have also considered a custom mask that says:

        FEEL BETTER?

      • jdge1 August 20, 2021 / 5:07 pm

        This is reveling and another item often dismissed by the CDC.

        The reason natural immunity is superior to vaccine-induced immunity is because viruses contain five different proteins. The COVID shot induces antibodies against just one of those proteins, the spike protein, and no T cell immunity. When you’re infected with the whole virus, you develop antibodies against all parts of the virus, plus memory T cells.

        This also means natural immunity offers better protection against variants, as it recognizes several parts of the virus. If there are significant alternations to the spike protein, as with the Delta variant, vaccine-induced immunity can be evaded. Not so with natural immunity, as the other proteins are still recognized and attacked.

      • Amazona August 20, 2021 / 5:28 pm

        Yet those of us with natural immunity are still going to be bullied and harassed and persecuted by the Central Authority in its inexorable push to total control over everyone in the country.

      • Amazona August 20, 2021 / 11:19 pm

        And why, instead of the nonstop freakout over how many people have tested positive for Covid, aren’t we celebrating the rising numbers of those acquiring that superior immunity? When have we heard a single comment about the silver lining to the allegedly terrifying cloud of more people testing positive? It’s as if natural immunity doesn’t exist, and there is no upside to having millions of people acquiring it.

      • Amazona August 20, 2021 / 11:36 pm

        “…some medical experts have said they’re confounded by public health officials’ failure to factor natural and virus-acquired immunity into the Covid equation. Public and media narratives often press the necessity of “vaccination for all,” chiding states where vaccination rates are lowest. And they use vaccination rates and Covid case counts as inverse indicators of how safe it is in a particular state: high vaccination rate = high safety; high case counts = low safety (they claim).

        However, vaccination rates alone tell little about a population’s true immune-status. And where high Covid case counts occur, it ultimately means a larger segment of that community ends up better-protected, vaccines aside. That’s according to virologists who point out that fighting off Covid, even without developing any symptoms, leaves people with what’s thought to be more robust and longer-lasting immunity than the vaccines confer

  3. Cluster August 20, 2021 / 9:03 am

    I just saw a picture of a US Military Humvee with a Taliban Flag on it … a horrible image but I think that is perfectly symbolic of the Democrat party’s mind numbing stupidity and incompetence, as are the pictures of destroyed inner cities throughout the country and classrooms of kids with masks on. Symbols of failure.

    • Retired Spook August 20, 2021 / 11:09 am

      Remember what happened to the Humvees with ISIS flags flying from them? (that Obama left behind in Iraq) Trump blew them to bits with ISIS fighters in them. Just sayin’

      • Amazona August 20, 2021 / 11:40 pm

        Yeah, but that was Trump cleaning up an Obama mess.

        We’ll have to see who has to clean up the Biden mess.

  4. Retired Spook August 20, 2021 / 12:28 pm

    Surprise, surprise!

    The FBI has turned up no evidence that the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was a coordinated attempt to launch an insurrection against the United States government by overturning the results of the presidential election, according to officials who spoke to Reuters Friday.

    • Amazona August 20, 2021 / 1:57 pm

      Well hooray for the stellar minds of our top law enforcement/investigative agency! It only took them 7 months to figure out what we already knew.

      What were the hidden clues it took seven months to unearth and decipher?

      1. Chatter from known sites of Antifa, et al, bragging about their intent to infiltrate the peaceful protesters on January 6
      2. Warnings to Capitol police that the peaceful protest would be infiltrated by Antifa, et al, to make trouble
      3. Infiltration of the peaceful protest by FBI, et al, to keep an eye on things and gather information, which one might think would have produced evidence of who did what and when
      4. Small segments of the crowd arriving with the same types of weapons used by Antifa, et al, in their other choreographed riots.
      5. Crowd agitation tactics identical to those used by Antifa, et al, in other choreographed riots
      6. Photographs of people in the crowd matching photo ID of known members of Antifa, et al, from other choreographed riots, including mug shots of the few arrested.
      7. Trump supporters having no history of prior violent protests or riots
      8. Trump supporters arriving without any weapons of any type
      9. Trump supporters showing the total lack of coordination or planned activity so prevalent on the Right, while other small segments of the crowd engaged in the same coordinated choreography of riot incitement and activity well documented as Antifa, et al
      10. The total lack of even a single statement of intent to “overthrow the government” or “overturn the election” from a Trump supporter
      11. The initiation of the choreographed riot taking place while Trump was still speaking

      …and so on.

      Given the inability of the FBI to connect these dots, I guess we should be impressed that they got as far as they did in their “investigation”. If they used the same skills, strategy and competence to investigate the Mafia we would have organized crime running the country.

      Oh, wait……

      • Amazona August 20, 2021 / 3:44 pm

        What are the chances that the FBI was waiting to see which way the wind was going to blow before deciding what to reveal and when? That is, to test the water, read the tea leaves, put a finger into the wind—pick your cliche—to then make a decision based on who is likely to be signing the paychecks, so to speak.

        If this kind of calculation were to play a part in decisions like this, cynical as this may sound, the events of the last week, especially added to the disasters of this administration in the past few months, might indicate a shift in the administration in the next year or so, regarding the ability/willingness of Congress to do investigations, hold hearings, etc. and that might—just might—influence which side to come down on, or at least send a signal to.

        Certainly many in the Agenda Media are starting to set themselves up as at least marginally less inclined to continue their tongue baths of Biden and all who are linked to him. Why not the bureaucratic Deep State?

  5. Retired Spook August 21, 2021 / 1:37 pm

    Great essay on the state of race in America. Long, but worth the read. Watch the video too.

    • Cluster August 22, 2021 / 10:15 am

      That is an amazingly accurate article and video. In AZ, I live in a black and brown (POC as they like to be called) dominated town and area and their contentious attitude and disdain is palpable, and this has become more obvious and undeniable just in the last couple of years to the point I think there very well may be a race war coming. When America has to lower standards to accommodate their sensibilities, then it is more than obvious that America hasn’t failed the black family, the black family has failed America. Of all African descendants throughout world history, black Americans enjoy the highest standard of living and the most opportunities yet they largely refuse to live up to those opportunities. Jack Kennedy once said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, and yet it seems we have a large chunk of the American population who are only interested in taking from this country, and seemingly never satisfied with the results.

      I refuse to live around and be subjected to the racist POC grievance attitudes and laziness and am in the process of moving to a less populated, less diverse State. Diversity only works if there are shared cultural anchors and unfortunately, the POC community has declared, quite violently I might add, that they do not like this country, our shared culture, or the pigmentation of my skin for that matter so it’s adios and good riddance. If this dynamic continues in America, it will not end well.

      • Retired Spook August 22, 2021 / 3:45 pm

        Diversity only works if there are shared cultural anchors

        For years we’ve heard the phrase from the Left, “America is strong because of our diversity.” I’ve always thought we were strong in spite of our diversity.

      • Amazona August 22, 2021 / 8:03 pm

        Yes, this whole diversity thing has been shoved down our throats for years, and I never hear anyone outside a private conversation among friends ask “Why?” (It’s one of those questions the Left never wants asked, like “The more people who vote, the better” Why?)

        What is so great about simply being different, in skin tone or sexual orientation or anything else, if that difference doesn’t bring something good to the mix?

        There’s a cute sitcom, “Bob (hearts) Abishola” about a middle-aged man who falls in love with a Nigerian woman. The diversity shown in this show is a good thing, as people from wildly different cultures learn about each other and their different worlds. But the real message is that this only works because the people are good people and they accept each other, respect each other and want to have a relationship with each other. In a situation like this, both sides are enriched by the experience.

      • Cluster August 22, 2021 / 8:30 pm

        That is the shame of it because I love the Mexican culture. I’ve been all over Mexico; the beaches and mountains are beautiful, the people are family oriented, warm and friendly and the food and cerveza is outstanding but if they are going to continue to be openly hostile towards me and my culture in my own country, well that’s a deal breaker.

  6. jdge1 August 21, 2021 / 5:22 pm

    Taken from Joe Rogan’s podcast (highlighted section is mine).

    2015 research showing that non-sterilizing vaccination — meaning when a vaccine fails to fully prevent infection, also known as a leaky vaccine — can promote the creation and transmission of more virulent pathogens.

    Vaccines that let the hosts survive but do not prevent the spread of the pathogen relax this selection, allowing the evolution of hotter pathogens to occur. This type of vaccine is often called a leaky vaccine. When vaccines prevent transmission, as is the case for nearly all vaccines used in humans, this type of evolution towards increased virulence is blocked.

    But when vaccines leak, allowing at least some pathogen transmission, they could create the ecological conditions that would allow hot strains to emerge and persist.

    The COVID shots, which do not provide you with immune protection against the virus but, rather, only lessen symptoms of infection, are a perfect example of leaky vaccines that can allow the virus to mutate within the mildly ill host, who then transmits the mutated virus to others. In this way, the COVID shots can fuel a never-ending chain of outbreaks.

    If vaccinated individuals can be infected, carry the virus and transmit it to others, what good is proof of vaccination? Vaccinated people obviously are no less likely to spread the infection than unvaccinated people, so why is the liberty to freely participate in society being removed from the unvaccinated? It’s completely irrational.

    Since there is no medical logic behind their use, vaccine passports must have some other unspoken function, and indeed they do. They’re an essential part of a massive control mechanism. Right now, you can’t go places unless you’ve gotten your required one or two doses of COVID injection.

    You can be sure that once a third dose is recommended, your passport will become invalid until or unless you get that third booster. This will be repeated once there’s a fourth booster, and a fifth, and anything that gets added after that.

    The requirement you must fulfill in order to maintain a valid passport could be literally anything. We also know that these vaccine passports can serve as a platform for all sorts of other interconnected things, such as your personal identification, your medical records, financial records, government assistance, employment records and much more, so restricting your access to restaurants could eventually become the least of your problems.

    You might not be able to access your bank account. You might not be let into your job. You might be denied medical attention or government assistance. So, Rogan is correct when he says the vaccine passport is one step away from dictatorship, and history has repeatedly shown that dictatorships cannot thrive. They breed misery and spoil both talent and opportunity.

    • Amazona August 23, 2021 / 8:47 am

      In this way, the COVID shots can fuel a never-ending chain of outbreaks.

      It looks like vaccine passports should actually tell us who should NOT be allowed to eat, travel or go to school

      Here’s a creepy thought, one that would make a great script for a disaster movie: What if the frantic push to find a vaccine, and then the even more frantic push to get people to take what was developed so quickly, turns out to be the equivalent of throwing gasoline on the fire? What if the vaccine has the effect of making every vaccinated person a petri dish for constantly developing mutations, which they then spread, with the government following up with even more demands for even more vaccines which lead to even more mutations?

      In other words, what if government intervention made a problem worse instead of better? Now THAT’S a novel idea. //sarc off

  7. Retired Spook August 21, 2021 / 8:39 pm

    I was a big Beatles fan, but I never understood the song Nowhere Man until until now.

    • Cluster August 22, 2021 / 9:35 am

      They were prophets lol. The Beatles are still one of the greatest bands ever. Their range of music was amazing. From I Want to Hold Your Hand to Revolution to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds to Dear Prudence … no other band with the possible exception of Pink Floyd had more diverse sounds and arrangements.

      • Amazona August 22, 2021 / 8:05 pm

        As long as we don’t have to pretend that “Imagine” is a great song with deep meaning, I’m with you.

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