Open Thread

The Afghanistan debacle just gets worse and worse – to me, Team Pudding Brain has made the calculation that the worst thing, for them, is American forces engaged in a bloody shoot out rescuing Americans. Too much risk in that for them – it might fail. Lots of people would die and if its ends up being lots of Americans, even worse for them politically. I don’t know quite what they’ll do now that we lost a dozen – though my bet is they’re hoping there won’t be any more. It seems pretty clear, at this moment, that we’re out on the 31st, come what may…and if you’re an American or ally still in country on the 1st, too bad, so sad.

This is, of course, to be charged entirely to Biden. He should resign and be impeached if he doesn’t. Neither will happen. He is a disgrace such as America has never seen before…and, yes, I realize he’s senile but nobody forced him in his lucid moments to do this. And his close family and friends could have had a little sense instead of merely licking their chops over the graft they’d have at their feet.

In a bit of good news, the eviction moratorium was struck down. The dirty secret in that moratorium was how it was driving small landlords out with their properties being picked up by massive corporate entities who can carry the freight of government mandates (and lobby for bail outs when things go south). My sister-in-law has to find a new place to live because her landlord sold all 13 of his properties. He’s out: too much of a hassle.

Now, we need to go a little further here. We can’t stop forever and everywhere Democrats trying to score cheap “fight for the little guy” points by doing things like the moratorium. So, we need very specific, federal laws which say that things like an eviction moratorium are a “taking” under the Constitution. Moratorium to your little heart’s content, liberal areas: but you’re going to pony up every cent. Not just the rent, itself, but the cost to the landlord for repairs, taxes, insurance…every penny involved in that property which you prohibited the landlord from making money off us is now on you, liberals. And to really twist the knife in, we should do everything we can to make such payments show up in liberal tax bills…spelled out, as it were, so they can see it happening in real time. You want to help the homeless? Cool. What a great thing – but now you’re not going to shove that burden of your white guilt onto everyone. We’ll place a tax on your favorite cars, booze, coffee…anything we can find on the high end side of liberal pleasure gets a tax…and the line with the charge on it will say “help the homeless” or “pay for the rent moratorium” or “college for illegal immigrants.”

The cop who killed Ashli Babbitt is in the process of being turned into a MSM hero. We can’t know the full details because no real investigation of the shooting was carried out…but from what I can tell, it didn’t look like he had a lot of justification for shooting. Mostly keep in mind – as a Twitter wag noted – that the people making him a hero are the same people who brought you Afghanistan.

Harvard’s chaplain is an atheist. Seriously: what is the point?

86 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster August 27, 2021 / 8:29 am

    … from what I can tell, it didn’t look like he had a lot of justification for shooting.

    And from what I can tell, not a lot of intelligence either. In fact, this country is suffering from crisis of intelligence. We just simply have a lot of really stupid people in government, media, academia, entertainment, in public service, etc., etc. The cop who killed Ashli was the same cop who lost his loaded revolver in a mens bathroom and was never disciplined probably because of the soft bigotry of low expectations … he’s black so how can he be expected to know where his revolver is? He also admitted, that the fact Ashli wasn’t armed had no impact on his decision to fire which is a hell of an admission when you think about it. That’s policing 101, which again this idiot ignored. This man was obviously hired because of his skin color or some quota. He was not hired because of his expertise, and there is nothing dumber than that.

    • Cluster August 27, 2021 / 8:53 am

      So an update on the crisis of intelligence … watching Mike Barnicle and Eugene Robinson right now on MSNBC and Eugene is saying that what happened yesterday was inevitable; there was simply no other way to get out. Now mind you, these are the same genius’s who for 4 years did their best to convince Americans that their President was a Russian agent, and that inner city destruction were just peaceful protests.

      These two are bone deep stupid men and they are never held accountable for their actions … so when you promote stupidity and never hold it accountable, you will end up with Joe Biden as POTUS and the chaos that ensues.

    • Retired Spook August 27, 2021 / 10:00 am

      Where did you find the info about the Capitol cop who shot Ashley Babbit:? I thought his identity had not been released.

      • Jeremiah August 27, 2021 / 12:03 pm

        They showed his interview on Newsmax yesterday.

  2. Cluster August 27, 2021 / 8:31 am

    And Spook nailed it yesterday … the American propagandists (MSNBC, CNN, etc.) are hoping that the deaths of those honorable Marines won’t negatively impact Democrats chances in 2022. Let that sink in.

  3. Retired Spook August 27, 2021 / 9:27 am

    I can’t remember the last time I read The American Spectator, but, if this article is any indication, perhaps I should start again. I think Mark especially will enjoy it.

    “War,” Union General William T. Sherman remarked, “is cruelty and you cannot refine it.” British military historian B.H. Liddell Hart called Sherman the “first modern general” because he waged what amounted to total war against the Confederacy, recognizing, in Liddell Hart’s words, that “rude personal contact with the hostile forces is necessary to awaken the enemy people from . . . dreams of unreality and to shock them into surrender.” At the end of the Atlanta campaign in September 1864, Sherman wrote that “You might as well appeal against the thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. They are inevitable and the only way the people of Atlanta can hope once more to live in peace and quiet at home, is to stop the war.”

    Sherman’s famed “March to the Sea” carved through the center of Georgia what Liddell Hart described as “a swathe of desolation two hundred miles long and as much as sixty wide.” Sherman told his superiors in Washington, “We are not only fighting hostile armies, but a hostile people, and we must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.” Sherman knew that he could not change Southerners’ hearts and minds, but, he wrote, “we can make war so terrible . . . make them so sick of war that generations would pass away before they would again appeal to it.”

    Then his army turned towards the cradle of the Confederacy — South Carolina. “The whole army,” he wrote at the time, “is burning with an insatiable desire to wreak vengeance upon South Carolina. I almost tremble at her fate, but feel that she deserves all that seems in store for her.” That fate included the burning of Columbia, the state’s capital, where the ordinance of secession was first penned.

  4. Retired Spook August 27, 2021 / 11:52 am

    I think I’ve finally figured out what people who write Hallmark greeting cards do in their spare time.

  5. Retired Spook August 27, 2021 / 12:39 pm

    How cool is this?

    As the Biden administration has faltered in its withdrawal efforts amid the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, an all-volunteer group of former U.S. military veterans has been working tirelessly to secretly bring hundreds of Afghan elite forces and their families to safety.

    What are the details?

    In a featured write-up published Friday, ABC News detailed the daring mission, put on by “Task Force Pineapple,” which over the past 10 days saved the lives of roughly 630 Afghan nationals who — should they have remained trapped inside Afghanistan — would have been targeted by Taliban fighters.

    • Cluster August 27, 2021 / 1:42 pm

      Very cool and God Bless those people but isn’t this just status quo? When government officials and bureaucrats screw things up, it is incumbent upon “everyday people” to make things right. Rinse and repeat.

  6. Amazona August 27, 2021 / 8:58 pm

    I wish I could afford to put up billboards featuring 13 flag-draped coffins and an American flag at half-mast with the caption THANK YOU BIDEN VOTERS

    Or one showing terrified Afghanis with the caption AFGHANISTAN THANKS BIDEN VOTERS

    It all comes back to millions of people (I don’t for a moment believe the 80 million figure we are told, but still, millions….) who chose to put this man in charge.

    And, as some are finally admitting publicly, it comes back to profoundly and corrupt media who knew the truth about Biden but hid it or lied about it because all they cared about was getting a Democrat, any Democrat, into office.

    If I could think of a single Democrat who could or would do a better job than Joe has been doing, I would be in favor of trying to get rid of him and Que Mala. But I can’t. So I think we just need to hope that this has scared his handlers enough to rein him in for the next year, and then just keep letting him drive voters to the GOP. If we can take back the House, we can impeach him then, and Harris would have to have the approval of Congress for anyone she would appoint as VP, while she is being impeached for fomenting violence and riots and general incompetence. I think things are so bad a lot of Dem Representatives would vote to get rid of both of them, if only out of self-interest.

    I don’t think the Constitution covers what to do if there is no president or vice president under circumstances like this—the president resigns or is force out and the vice president becomes president but can’t get a new v.p. appointment approved by Congress, and then she is kicked out—- but in other circumstances the Speaker of the House becomes president.

  7. Amazona August 28, 2021 / 12:51 am

    Denver just passed a law requiring property owners to get their property inspected and then pay $50 for a license to be able to rent the property. Denver joins cities including Portland and Seattle in establishing rental licensing programs. What great company!

    When I decided to sell my Denver house I said I don’t want a house in East Portland, and that was before i heard of this law. The remodel should be finished soon and the day it is done the house will go on the market.

    The Democrats running Denver and the state are ruining them both.

    • Cluster August 28, 2021 / 8:48 am

      Democrats ruin EVERYTHING … it’s who they are. Why anyone continues to consider them as decent human beings is beyond me. Their leadership is satanic and their constituents are dumber than a bag of hammers or just detestable, narcissistic scum

  8. Cluster August 28, 2021 / 8:40 am

    As I continue to watch the Media and Democrats tear this country apart over the Jan. 6 protest they characterize as a threat to their existence … I think if they do continue to push this, that we show them what a real threat to their existence actually is.

    • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 10:08 am

      Well, we on the Right have to take a little responsibility for allowing the Dems to mischaracterize January 6. Not once have I heard the word PETITION regarding the intent of the Trump supporters. Not once. Yet that was the intent—to PETITION Congress, and then only to DELAY its action, for only ten days, for a legitimate reason.

      When the Left claims the intent was to overthrow Congress, overturn the election, blah blah blah, not a single word has been said about the true intent. Yet the ability to petition our government is baked into our very DNA as a nation.

      When we let the Left get away with its lies and distortions, we have to take some of the blame.

      • Cluster August 28, 2021 / 10:21 am

        … When we let the Left get away with its lies and distortions

        But it’s not “we” allowing them to get away with it, it’s them – the media, academia, entertainment, and too many elected cowardly Republicans. Mob mentality has neutered too many people in this country. “We” have very little representation anymore and no national platform from which to push back. “We” need to organize.

      • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 11:38 am

        “We” have very little representation anymore and no national platform from which to push back. “We” need to organize.

        You are right. Maybe a first step would be to flood all Republicans in Congress with demands that they say what I said—that the right to petition the government is baked into the DNA of our country and is codified in our Constitution in its first amendment, which (we sometimes need to be reminded) is part of the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. A claim that the assembly was not “peaceable” is not enough to deny the right to petition. The presence of the comma followed by the word “and” means that the right to peaceably assemble is one right and the right to petition the government is another. If it were only one right it would read “the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.

        In the U.S., the right to petition the government to correct a wrong or achieve a goal is fundamental to the workings of a democratic republic.

        The three Colorado Representatives require proof of being in their districts to email them—-a serious error, in my opinion. But I can contact the two Wyoming Senators and single Representative. Maybe a campaign to get this out to every Republican in Congress, plus the radio and TV talking heads to get the concept established, will make a difference.

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  9. Cluster August 28, 2021 / 8:54 am

    Critical Race Theory is nothing more than a comfort blanket to hide their self hatred and assuage their inferiority complexes. These are not fully functioning adults.

    • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 10:20 am

      I disagree. Critical Race Theory is two things. It is an escalation and formalization of the Left’s ongoing Divide and Conquer strategy. For decades they have been doing this in smaller ways, a little here and a little there,amping up class warfare here and a nudge toward more in the way of gender warfare there. Now they have made enough progress to go to the next step, which is all-out warfare.

      And it serves the purpose of solidifying the conviction of Leftists that they occupy the Higher Moral Ground. I don’t think they have inferiority complexes, but superiority complexes. They believe that adopting certain positions automatically makes them better human beings, no matter what else they do. It’s a version of the “Christians” we have known who believe that claiming acceptance of Jesus Christ as their savior means they are “saved” no matter what vile sinful lives they live. Leftists are like that—they are told by their masters that certain positions and beliefs are by definition virtuous, so they adopt them and give them lip service and then go on their merry ways, spewing hatred and intolerance but smug in their conviction that they are more “moral” because they have followed the script.

  10. Cluster August 28, 2021 / 9:05 am

    So a bunch of ugly Democrats are going to march in Washington DC today. Let’s create chaos and violence and then blame them for an insurrection.

  11. Retired Spook August 28, 2021 / 11:09 am

    The Internet is all a buzz over Bill O’Reilly’s comment on Glenn Beck’s radio show yesterday that the silver lining in all that’s happened in the last week is that Joe Biden is “done.” I disagree. Biden was never “there” to begin with. Anyone who thinks he’s been calling the shots, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Now, they may have to find another figurehead. I can’t imagine they’ll keep trotting him out there to make a fool of himself and the Democrat Party, but, to be honest, who have they got that’s any better? Susan Rice? Anthony Blinkin? Ned Price? Que Mala? Pulleeeeeze. The sad thing is you didn’t hear anyone say, OK, how can we fix this? Instead, it was how can we spin this — OR how can we get our friends in the media to spin this? Sad time for America, but it may (it should) serve to hasten the time when we can get rid of these people.

    • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 12:04 pm

      I think/hope that the cascade of Biden disasters has his team aware that they need to pull back on their headlong rush to overturn every single thing Trump accomplished and just back off for a while, or they will lose him completely and have to deal with a vengeful Que Mala Harris. The only way to keep Joe in place is to stop adding to his so-far unbroken list of mistakes and even try to correct a couple of them.

      As attractive as the Covid Panic Porn is to the Left, giving it emotional and physical control over so many of us, it might be time to change gears and move toward relaxing controls. Or they could start imposing more control at the border. They desperately need a distraction from the Afghanistan screw-up, but their problem is that the distractions they have been depending on have backfired on them. They are now staring down the barrel of a very big gun that might take Joe out of office, and I am hoping their response will be to try to slow the bleeding from their various self-inflicted wounds instead of dumping gasoline on every fire set by the radical Left. It’s time to stop supporting CRT, to stop howling about “racism”, to look for a little common sense about Covid, to try to deal with the border crisis. They need to shift attention away not just from Afghanistan but from every stupid mistake Biden has made, and if they decide to moderate their headlong rush into total disaster we can ride out another year of Biden till we can get through the 2022 elections.

      The overriding goal of the American Left was to get Joe Biden into office. Now it is probably to keep him there. The placement of Harris as VP was much more to go through the motions of having a black woman so close to the presidency and get her ready to run in 2024 after they take over elections. I think her failures have scared them off from wanting her to be president. They are finding it a lot harder than they thought it would be to ram their voting takeover bill through Congress and if it fails, as it probably will, there is no chance that she could be elected. In fact, she would drag down any other candidate on the ticket. So they are stuck, with few options.

      I want Joe to stay in office. Politically speaking, he is the gift that keeps on giving, and every time he speaks, every time a decision is made that he claims was his, he moves the needle farther to the right. If the Left had an alternative that would be better for the country I would prefer that, but I think the alternatives are just as bad. if not worse. Imagine the same mistakes and decisions made by someone who appears to be at least marginally coherent and competent. How would that benefit us, or the country? Allowing the Dems to replace Joe with someone who could convey, at least to the sheeple, the perception that the Left has things under control would not be an improvement.

      As for O’Reilly, his political common sense is nonexistent. He is a blurter, and whatever pops into his mind shoots out of his mouth, no matter what effect it might have on conservative efforts or strategies. I remember him going on every talk show that would take him to go on and on about how his personal relationship with Trump made him absolutely sure that Trump was motivated by revenge. Like THAT was helpful! I have no use for O’Reilly and wonder why Beck keeps going back to him.

      • Retired Spook August 28, 2021 / 12:40 pm

        I have no use for O’Reilly and wonder why Beck keeps going back to him.

        I couldn’t agree more.

      • Cluster August 28, 2021 / 1:40 pm

        I sure do miss Rush and would like to hear his take on things. RIP amigo

    • Mark Noonan August 28, 2021 / 2:25 pm

      They are rather stuck with him and Team Biden will not want to give up their position…because no matter how much they start cutting deals with Team Harris, once Kamala is in there, it her loyalists who get the top slots.

      • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 2:50 pm

        Exactly. They know they have a better chance of surviving negotiations with the Taliban than with vengeful Kamala and her team.

      • Cluster August 28, 2021 / 2:53 pm

        If “they” are afraid of Que Mala and her comrades then we really do have problems. I would welcome the chance to go up against that bitch and her emotionally immature little friends … any day of the week and twice on Sunday

      • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 7:06 pm

        Somehow I think you’re imagining a tussle in an alley or something. But Que Mala has powerful friends who would gain vastly more power if she were to assume the presidency, and it is quite prudent to be aware of the damage they could and probably would do in vendetta mode. Yeah, I think you could probably take her, mano a mano, but when the president of the united states pits the forces of government agencies against you that is quite another story.

      • Cluster August 29, 2021 / 12:31 am

        Of course someone of my societal stature couldn’t do anything but what I’m referring to is … where are our elected reps with stature to do just that? I wouldn’t hesitate one bit to tussle with those morons. We have a few brave souls but not nearly enough. They’re too afraid

      • Mark Noonan August 28, 2021 / 5:14 pm

        Yep.

    • Mark Noonan August 28, 2021 / 2:33 pm

      No matter what, we have a long way to go. The other day I saw something which, for me, illustrated in an absurd way just how badly we lost the culture war. Apparently there was a viral video going around which was causing enormous comment and, I guess, some shock. Don’t you wanna know what his shocking video was about?

      Of course you do.

      It was a group of 12 or so year old little league boys looking at the picture of a busty girl on a smart phone. Clothed! But still enough, I guess, to call for the fainting salts. Perhaps it was a shock that they were clearly heterosexual? Drag Queen story hour is just run of the mill…boys looking at boobs is a shock.

      • Cluster August 28, 2021 / 2:50 pm

        Well that’s because the people who were shocked are not as mature as the young boys. We really have to stop giving people credit for being smart and emotionally mature because they are neither

      • Retired Spook August 28, 2021 / 3:59 pm

        And then you’ve got this.

        A judge has ordered that David Werking, 43, is to be paid $30,441 by his parents for throwing away his porn collection.

        He moved back to his parents’ house in 2016 after a divorce and brought his stash of pornography and sex toys during the 10-month stay.

        When he moved out, his parents, Beth and Paul, threw away his X-rated collection saying ‘I did you a big favor getting rid of all this stuff’.

        They said some of it included child porn, that he had an addiction, and that his attitude towards women was ‘disturbing’.

      • Mark Noonan August 28, 2021 / 5:14 pm

        It is a weird world.

      • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 7:07 pm

        Where did this happen? It sounds very California or Michigan or Oregon. Usually when you move out of a residence whatever you leave behind becomes the property of the landlord.

      • Jeremiah September 1, 2021 / 10:59 pm

        San Francisco from what I understand.

      • Jeremiah September 1, 2021 / 11:08 pm

        Please delete my above comment. ‘‘Twas an accident 😂

      • Retired Spook August 28, 2021 / 7:45 pm

        It was in Michigan.

      • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 9:46 pm

        Funny, isn’t it, how this kind of goofy is linked to certain states?

      • Jeremiah August 28, 2021 / 8:56 pm

        “But still enough, I guess, to call for the fainting salts.”

        “boys looking at boobs is a shock.”

        🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  12. Cluster August 28, 2021 / 4:02 pm

    The Democrats went to the mat to impeach Trump over a phone call yet Republicans largely remain quiet after Biden armed the Taliban and had 13 Marines killed.

    We have ZERO representation. Remember this the next time the GOP calls asking for money.

    • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 7:13 pm

      I am happy that the Republicans aren’t going off half-cocked and hollering about impeachment. Here we are savaging Joe for not looking ahead and having plans for the after-effects of his decision, and some people are now demanding that the Republicans do the same thing.

      So what if we impeach Joe, and then actually get him removed from office? Then what? What alternative would be an improvement? All this would do would be to shift perception of him as a failure into one as a victim, replace him with someone just as bad but without the baggage that is dragging him down, and allow the Left to posture that they have things under control with someone else at the helm.

      Long term, I think we are much better off with Joe dragging the whole party down with him, with that party being complicit in his incompetence and stupidity and arrogance. I’m glad the GOP is using its brains for a change, and realizing that impeaching Biden would be a bad idea. At least not until we have control of Congress and can block any vice presidential nomination made by Harris after Biden is bounced.

      • Cluster August 29, 2021 / 12:35 am

        These are 100% impeachable offenses and we would send a message. Just because they did it is not reason enough to stay quiet on this. This is borderline treason. Biden armed our enemies.

      • Amazona August 29, 2021 / 9:33 am

        OF COURSE they are impeachable offenses. OF COURSE impeachment would “send a message”. OF COURSE it would feel good to slap Biden down and flip off the entire Democrat Party.

        But I keep coming back to the bigger question: then what?

        Right now we have a mentally deficient man, elected when he was already clearly mentally deficient, dragging the country into chaos and danger. All of this is evident. Even the Lapdog Media are no longer trying to prop him up, except for a few of the most shameless and blatantly stupid. The temptation is to have a trial, hold this man up to ridicule and scorn, savage him for every stupid and even criminal thing he has done, and kick him to the curb. He deserves it, and it would be oh so satisfying to finally get a few good licks in from our side after what we have been through. Who cares if he falls apart, cries, wets himself, and we look like mean old bullies picking on a frail old man? Who cares if this creates a shift in the current cascade of disapproval of Biden as millions start to feel sorry for him and worse, see the Right as vicious bullies?

        Now is the time to remember Spook’s adage, the first of the Rule of Holes: When your opponent is digging himself into a hole, stand back and let him. A corollary is “hand him a shovel”.

        If we move to remove Biden now, we will just be doing the dirty work the Dem Party knows has to be done, but doesn’t want to be responsible for doing. They know Biden has to go. They know he is dragging the party into a black hole (they don’t care about the country) but they also know they can’t remove him themselves because that would be an admission that they were wrong all along and foisted a pathetic loser on the country. So they hope we will step in and do it for them.

        So let’s say we do it now—-and the key word is “now”. Let’s say we do it. Let’s say we kick the bum out. Then what? I say then we get a President Harris, who, while incompetent in her own right has a different kind of incompetence. Would she be an improvement? Would she help the nation recover from the injuries inflicted on it by a Biden presidency? Is there a single thing we know about her that indicates she would be in any way by any metric a better leader of the country? What would we gain? What she WOULD do would be to prop up the Democrat Party and let it pretend it has taken the helm and is now steering the nation out of danger.

        We have to look beyond the gratification of punishing Biden to what lies beyond Biden, and I fear it is just as bad if not worse—-but without the blatant issue of dementia. For one thing, we would get a new VP who would probably be just as bad as, if not worse, as Harris. She is incompetent but she is not stupid, and she would choose an insurance policy VP, like Schumer or even Hillary so we would not dare impeach her, too. We would not only NOT be better off, we would be worse off, because in addition to a President Harris and who knows who as VP, we would have allowed the Left to posture that they have moved beyond the dementia problem, they have a competent person and team in charge, and they would tamp down some of the fear and panic that are now flooding through the Democrat Party. Getting rid of Biden now would let the Dems claim to have changed course.

        It’s all about timing. I say we have to wait till we control Congress, which means strategizing a lot better and smarter than just focusing on Biden. Right now he and his crew are freaking out. Their cockamamie plans have blown up in their faces, they are taking on water and sinking, and I predict that what they will do is pull back, stop plunging ahead on their The Opposite Of What Trump Did campaign, and try to slow the death spiral and try to reframe the administration as calm and rational. We need to convince the voters that THEY need to change direction, and to focus on the midterms. Let Biden and his crew muddle around and dig themselves in deeper and deeper, and use all that chaos and disaster to replace as many members of Congress as possible. Challenge Senators and Representatives to criticize him and if they won’t, use that to defeat them. Use the incompetence and stupidity of this administration to both put every elected Dem official on the spot and to embarrass and humiliate every single Biden voter. And THAT is key—–make every Biden voter rethink his or her loyalty to the Dem Party, regret voting Dem and start to see the GOP as salvation. To do that we need a babbling drooling Biden on TV every day, or hiding in his basement again, while we take on the real enemies we have to defeat—the Agenda Media and the Democrat Congress.

        In January of 2023 we can and should impeach him, if he is still around. But then, if we have played our cards right, we will have enough control of Congress to block any VP nomination of President Harris. If we do it now we will only have a symbolic “victory” that will gain us nothing and might come back to bite us in the collective ass.

  13. Amazona August 28, 2021 / 4:49 pm

    Funny thread on the claim that two “high-profile” Isis-K leaders were killed, after the Pentagon said they wouldn’t release any names or additional information about who they were. But I am sure they were really bad dudes.

    @El_Kabong
    ·
    This is the political equivalent of “My hot girlfriend goes to another school, you wouldn’t even know her.”
    …………………………………….

    Q:Were ISIS-K members killed in the Friday night strike “directly involved” in Kabul airport bombing?

    @PentagonPresSec
    : The two were “planners and facilitators” for ISIS-K, and “that’s enough reason there alone.”
    …………………………………………
    @ComfortablySmug
    For killing 13 American armed service members, Joe Biden dropped a bomb on an events coordinator

    Can not make this shit up

    • Mark Noonan August 28, 2021 / 5:13 pm

      You wonder if it was the CIA disposing of some embarrassing assets.

      “You sure this is the right place, Abdul?”

      “Sure. My CIA guy said we should wait right here.”

      “You hear something funny?”

  14. Retired Spook August 28, 2021 / 8:16 pm

    We’re heading ever farther down the rabbit hole.

    Top leadership at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) informed active duty and retired service members that they cannot condemn President Joe Biden amid the chaotic — and now deadly — pullout of American troops from Afghanistan.

    In an email from the ONI’s Chief of Staff, ONI members were reminded that per a Uniform Code of Military Justice and Department of Defense Directive clause they cannot disrespect senior government leadership. This includes the President, Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, and more.

    What are they going to do, take away my pension?

    • Amazona August 28, 2021 / 9:47 pm

      Is it retroactive? They can start with Vindman.

      • Retired Spook August 29, 2021 / 9:23 am

        The list of senior military officers who disrepsected Trump is long and includes people that I once respected like Admiral William McCraven and General James Mattis. Mattis showed his true colors when Trump fired him and he immediately went on the board of General Dynamics. I would think, if any senior military officers are demoted, forced to retire, or lose their pensions because of comments about this corrupt crew of Keystone Cops, they would have a pretty good case of unequal application of justice.

  15. Cluster August 29, 2021 / 9:57 am

    Interesting that after 4 years of relative peace under Trump; no “new conflicts”, two terrorist masterminds dead, and new Israeli/Arab peace accords, that chaos has once again erupted on the world stage under Democrats. The Military Industrial Complex, defense contractors, and defense lobbyists are once again licking their chops. After Biden just armed our enemy with billions of dollars worth of weapons, there will be new orders to fill and new bombs to drop. I can hear the media generals now saying that we have to “fight them over there, to stop them from coming here”.

    Re: impeachment … my opinion is that we set a much more dangerous precedent by not impeaching than we do by impeaching. We can never allow a POTUS to commit this level of treason. Now granted, the GOP has little leverage as the minority party to pull this off now, but that should not deter any elected patriot from bringing this up and sounding the alarm, and we definitely can not depend on the Lindsay Graham’s, Mitch McConnel’s, or the Mitt Romney’s from protecting this country …

    • Amazona August 29, 2021 / 11:30 am

      … my opinion is that we set a much more dangerous precedent by not impeaching than we do by impeaching.

      And what do we gain, other than a claim to the Higher Moral Ground? What would we accomplish, long-term? Would we get a better person in the Oval Office? Would we get better policies? Would anything be improved? Oh, we could say we did “the right thing” but it would be purely symbolic, and would probably end up hurting us for the reasons I gave. It would just make some really good feels, short-term.

      I didn’t say to give Biden a pass—I just said to be smart about when to deal with him. Right now the Dems have a tiger by the tail—they can’t hang on and they can’t let go. So they are frantically trying to cover their behinds, with too-little too-late air strikes and every kind of frantic effort to make this disaster feel less disastrous to the public. It won’t work, but it is keeping them busy and the air strikes are, so far at least, fine. I am hoping the cooler heads in our party will continue to keep letting the Left dig itself in deeper and deeper, until we are in a tactical position to act without shooting ourselves in the foot in the process.

      And the Left is fighting their war on several fronts. Inflation is getting out of control. The rising power of China is starting to become public knowledge, along with the fact that this has been enabled by Biden. Their beloved CRT “destabilize the culture” tactic is blowing up in their faces, and they are trying to deal with that. Their Sexual Degeneracy Program is losing steam, as they pushed it so far that the concocted pronoun conflict is seen as simply stupid and the public is getting tired of the melodrama. The mask is coming off their control of what is now laughably called “higher education” as their radical Leftist puppets are suddenly going off the reservation and blurting out their increasingly insane beliefs and claims, showing the rotten core of most colleges. Their effort to sabotage state legislations to increase election integrity is not working, in spite of the hysterical claims squealed by the Usual Suspects. Their last-ditch effort to take over elections in general by making them subject to federal authority is faltering and doesn’t really stand a chance. They are still fighting the Covid Wars, but their efforts are being eroded little by little as facts are finally starting to come out. The party is being split by internal squabbling and power grabs, as Pelosi and Schumer are losing ground as party leaders. And they don’t have anyone on the Right to point to as an enemy, like they did with Trump. Impeaching Blinken is brilliant—it is a statement that the Left is screwing everything up, it is an effort to indict Biden indirectly by indicting his State Department, and it is something else to distract the Left without really creating any risk for us.

      You are right—the Lindsay Grahams, the Mitch McConnells, the Mitt Romneys are not going to do anything to protect this country. But I believe we have strong people in positions of power, who will act when the time is right, and it is our job to get elections won so they have something to stand on.

      • Amazona August 29, 2021 / 11:37 am

        Even the NYT is tempering its usual lapdog media stance of promoting Biden. emphasis mine

        BREAKING NEWS

        The United States carried out a military strike in Kabul against a “credible” threat, two officials said.
        Sunday, August 29, 2021 10:11 AM EST

        Video on social media showed smoke rising from a building in Kabul and people trying to douse it with water. An Afghan official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the explosion appeared to have been caused by a rocket that hit a home. It wasn’t immediately clear if the home that was hit was the target of the U.S. strike.

  16. Cluster August 29, 2021 / 10:13 am

    Keep in mind, thousands of the worlds most dangerous terrorists were released from the prisons at Bagram Air Base and in my opinion, that was intentional. The Pentagon needs more bad guys to hunt down and kill to keep the money rolling in. In less than a year, the Democrats have America back at war. And you know Democrats did such a good job in Libya taking out Ghaddafi that this new exercise is sure to go well. Ambassador Chris Stevens can attest to that … oh wait, he’s dead.

    The Ruling Class are incapable of governing a prosperous, peaceful country. They must sow division and chaos to keep and amass power and control and that should be as plain as day to everyone by now.

  17. Jeremiah August 29, 2021 / 9:11 pm

    The more we allow the Left to get away with, the more they are going to push boundaries…into territory, that…really no one wants. Though it will make many of the hard-core communists happy, as well as many Jihadist minded citizens. Especially those looking for a transition from a representative republic to a one party rule kind of setup.

  18. Cluster August 30, 2021 / 8:48 am

    This country has changed 180 degrees in a year and a half. The Democrats stole the 2020 POTUS election, and the two GA Senate run off seats and they sure as hell are going to lie, cheat, and steal the 2022 election. Please understand that. We are not dealing with a political party. We are dealing with tyrannical communist cartel and they have already killed people in the process of amassing power so this “cooler heads”, “bide our time” strategy is not really an option … in my opinion, that’s a “boiling frog” syndrome strategy and I hope that’s not the majority opinion.

    Added to the “the rearming of our enemies” and needless death of our Marines, is the national disgrace of lockdowns, restrictions, and mandated vaccines and oh yea, the depersonalization of our children. So I have little confidence in waiting for the majority of the GOP to get their shit together. One thing I have learned in life is that if you’re going to beat a pig, you’re gonna have to get in the mud.

  19. Cluster August 30, 2021 / 8:59 am

    Ok, we are crossing another line this morning …. fake Dr. Gupta who has a lot of influence over the CDC is now saying that children need to wear masks not only to protect themselves from Covid, BUT from all the other respiratory illnesses. And there it is folks, moving the goal posts until communism is achieved.

    Question, what is the percentage of school aged children that have died from Covid? I will wager to say it is far less than 1%. So is it really the children’s health they are worried about????

    • Amazona August 30, 2021 / 10:19 am

      is it really the children’s health they are worried about????

      Of course not. It is only about control, always has been, always will be.

    • Retired Spook August 30, 2021 / 10:24 am

      what is the percentage of school aged children that have died from Covid? I will wager to say it is far less than 1%.

      Considerably less than 1%. And no, I’m not making that up. 335 deaths divided by 56.4 million elementary, middle school, and high school students = .000006 %. I was never good at math, but I think that 6 millionths of 1 percent.

    • Amazona August 30, 2021 / 12:00 pm

      When I see panic rising, I wonder what is spurring this increased concern. In the case of Covid, I speculate that there is concern that at some time someone is going to start talking about how every one of these new cases that have the Panic Porn people all wound up is going to impart its own immunity, with or without further vaccination. I think that is a real threat to the movement to use this virus as a vehicle for imposing more and more control over people.

      A major recent concern surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has been the more contagious Delta variant and how effective are vaccines against it. At this juncture, a new study which surveyed thousands of participants revealed an important aspect. It suggests that people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 have greater immunity in comparison to those who took two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

      The study, published in the pre-print server medRxiv, also showed that people who have been infected once are much less likely to contract the Delta variant, develop symptoms, or get hospitalised due to a severe instance of the disease severity in comparison to those who had never been infected but were vaccinated fully.

      The article does go on to recommend getting a single dose of the vaccine anyway: “We continue to underestimate the importance of natural infection immunity … especially when [infection] is recent. And when you bolster that with one dose of vaccine, you take it to levels you can’t possibly match with any vaccine in the world right now.”

      This is good to know, but the thing is, it makes vaccination a lot more of a personal decision and removes a lot of the control that goes with fear and intimidation.

      ….does the Israeli study matter? Yes, for many reasons. It involved 700,000 people, so it’s statistically significant. It backs up results from 14 other studies, and it comports with what is known about COVID and other viruses in other studies. “For many infectious diseases,” Science magazine says, “naturally acquired immunity is known to be more powerful than vaccine-induced immunity and it often lasts a lifetime.” Ask the CDC if you should receive the chicken pox vaccine if you’ve already had chicken pox. Go ahead — ask.

      Basically, I think that if there was a true concern for SCIENCE and objectivity and conveying all the facts to the public, all the information would be out there and part of every article. Yet I have not seen a single comment about how every new case of Covid means another person has acquired immunity to further infections—-or at least greater resistance. An honest accounting of the data would include the previously infected in the tally of those with immunity. The simple fact that the millions who have contracted the virus are not included in the official data base of who has some degree of immunity is, I believe, proof of the inherent dishonesty of the reporting as well as its agenda-driven strategy.

      Dr. Ryan Cole, a Mayo Clinic-trained pathologist who runs the largest independent laboratory in Idaho, explained to me how infection-induced immunity is much deeper and broader. “A natural infection induces hundreds upon hundreds of antibodies against all proteins of the virus, including the envelope, the membrane, the nucleocapsid, and the spike,” said Dr. Cole, who has spent the past 16 months examining and culturing SARS-CoV-2 specimens. “Dozens upon dozens of these antibodies neutralize the virus when encountered again. Additionally, because of the immune system exposure to these numerous proteins (epitomes), our T cells mount a robust memory, as well. Our T cells are the ‘marines’ of the immune system and the first line of defense against pathogens. T cell memory to those infected with SARSCOV1 is at 17 years and running still.”

      However, in vaccine-induced immunity, according to Cole, “we mount an antibody response to only the spike and its constituent proteins.” He explains how this produces much fewer neutralizing antibodies, and “as the virus preferentially mutates at the spike, these proteins are shaped differently and antibodies can no longer ‘lock and key’ bind to these new shapes.”
      …………………………..

      Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” to discuss the topic a few weeks ago, Dr. Nicole Saphier called the CDC “myopic.”

      “We have ample data showing that natural immunity provides effectiveness against severe disease from SARS-CoV-2,” she said. “In fact, Israel showed that reinfection following prior infection is about seven times less likely than if you are fully vaccinated. So I find it to be very myopic that the CDC continues to discount the protection of natural immunity. They only do it for SARS-CoV-2. They acknowledge natural immunity for measles, chickenpox, and many other viruses, but they are so myopic right now in trying to encourage vaccination that they are truly actually not following the science.

      And so on.

  20. Cluster August 30, 2021 / 9:54 am

    Compare and contrast Democrats treatment of convicted drug addicted George Floyd to the 13 Marines that just passed. I don’t think Biden checked his watch during the Floyd 5 day memorial. Just saying

  21. Amazona August 30, 2021 / 11:38 am

    CWBChicago
    @CWBChicago

    For more than 4 minutes, two men were beaten and robbed of everything (including their shoes), in the middle of State Street. People watched and twerked and recorded it on their phones.

    WTF is happening in River North, #Chicago?

    You don’t have to watch the video—just look at the still taken from the video and see if you can find a common denominator among the spectators

    • Cluster August 30, 2021 / 12:42 pm

      Horrific. But Black Lives Matter, right? This is a direct result of Fatherless households and the teacher’s unions.

  22. Cluster August 30, 2021 / 12:53 pm

    Let’s not forget the pedophile Joe Biden was VP when our government left soldiers to die in Benghazi.

  23. Cluster August 30, 2021 / 1:00 pm

    Not to diminish the misery Louisiana is going through right now but “man” is pretty damn stupid. Building a major metro area near the ocean that is actually under sea level and in a hurricane prone area … and then are surprised when something bad happens.

    Folks, this is the definition of stupidity.

    • Amazona September 1, 2021 / 7:10 pm

      It’s kind of like moving to Aspen and then freaking out when the town is buried in snow.

      But I’m curious—is Sean Penn being rowed around in a boat too full of his people to take in refugees while flaunting his shotgun to show he really means business? Or do you only do that when there is a Republican president?

  24. Cluster August 30, 2021 / 1:45 pm

    Democrats on January 6 committee demand phone records for Donald Trump and ALL his family plus GOP lawmakers who attended ‘Stop the Steal’ rally

    FUCK these people and everyone who voted for them. I want the phone records of Hunter Biden and ALL his Ukraine and Chinese handlers. Or let’s go to Civil War. I’ve had enough

    • Amazona September 1, 2021 / 7:05 pm

      If you pay attention, the Left will tell you what it is up to. Adam Schiff just admitted “We want to develop all the facts.” Not DISCOVER all the facts, but DEVELOP what they can pretend are facts. That’s why they need a fishing expedition, to find something they can twist or spin into one of their “facts”.

      Like his claim that there was an “armed insurrection” with the goal of “overturning the government”—–just one lie on another lie following another lie built upon more lies. But because at some point someone is going to drag out actual definitions of the term “insurrection” and remind us that the only people who were “armed” were the Antifa infiltrators, so they need more “facts” which means snouting through personal communications to find something they can DEVELOP into a narrative.

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