Open Thread

The primary beneficiaries of divorce, birth control, abortion, women’s liberation and the sexual revolution have been lousy men. Still amazes me when I look back on it all and realize it was all set afoot by lousy men and at least half of women went along with it.

With the aftermath of Afghanistan still echoing around the world, consumer prices skyrocketing (I paid $4.06 for gas today), New Orleans and other places suffering floods and power outages…Pudding Brain left DC Friday afternoon to enjoy a long weekend in Delaware.

Someone on Twitter did ask the question: why is Biden spending so much time in Delaware, where there aren’t log books for visitors, instead of DC, where there is?

I’m sure you’ve seen some of the polling of late – it is devastatingly bad for Biden and the Democrats. And it likely understates how bad because all polling is biased in favor of Democrats. Still a very long way until November, 2022, but if things don’t turn around for the Democrats, they could be heading for a wipe out.

And that’s why they’re keeping up with the Covid drivel: it allows them to keep in place where they have total control the voter fraud measures they implemented to steal the 2020 election. Rely on it: if you live under a Democrat governor, you aren’t getting out of mask mandates and the rest of it before 2023…and maybe 2025, and then only if a GOPer wins.

I see a lot of talk among the sane Never Trumpers (there are such!) and they are all fingers crossed that the GOP base is moving away from Trump, thus opening up an easy path for DeSantis to get the 2024 nod. There is something to this: I’m not a sure-vote for Trump in a 2024 primary. If he runs, I’ll listen to what he has to say and make the call at the right time. The biggest issue Trump voters have, I think, is just what would be different? We know Trump will fight. We know he won’t back down. We know he’ll push for good policies…but the bottom line was that not much got done in his four years because he lacked people who would take his orders and carry them out. Trump’s picks for office (often pushed on him by GOPers) were simply terrible. A collection of cowards and traitors. A few good ones, of course: Carson being the most notable. But the general run turned out to be people who when they weren’t actively trying to sabotage Trump, they were slow walking anything that could benefit him. We will need to have assurances that Trump will start on Day One with nothing but loyalists who are willing to risk everything to advance the cause. For the moment, Trump looks like he’s lost weight and is in a fine, combative mood: various people at the fringe of Team Trump are assuring us of a 2024 run. But, we know better: the only person who knows what Trump will do is Trump. And Trump won’t make an announcement until after the 2022 midterms.

22 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster September 5, 2021 / 8:45 am

    Still a very long way until November, 2022, but if things don’t turn around for the Democrats, they could be heading for a wipe out.

    True but why don’t they seem worried? In a normal election year, when candidates do need to worry about what their constituents want, I think we would be seeing a lot of Democrat Congress people coming out against this administration on a lot of issues, but …. we are not seeing much of that. Why?

    Because they are going to CHEAT. Mail in fraudulent voting will save them, and they all know it. They all know how to cheat and win and the media will cover it up. That’s the biggest problem conservatives face. We had better be prepared to call out the election fraud because it happened in 2020 and it’s going to happen again.

    I think Trump is going to run and I think DeSantis will be the VP pick.

    • Amazona September 5, 2021 / 10:40 am

      I think Trump is going to run and I think DeSantis will be the VP pick

      A few things argue against this pairing. One is the political calculation of having both the president and vice president from the same state. One is that DeSantis doesn’t seem like a second-seat kind of guy. And one is that Trump isn’t likely to want a superstar as VP.

      I’ve been hoping Trump would not run, but it looks like he is teeing up the ball for another go. If he does, and wins the primary, I’ll back him all the way. In the primary, though, it would be a tough call, as I am such a DeSantis fan and think he has the same strengths as Trump but without Trump’s weaknesses.

      I was intrigued by this, and can’t argue with it:

      From: Picture This: The 2024 GOP Dream Team

      After pointing out that If the November 2020 face-off were held today,Trump would trounce Biden 43 percent to 37 percent, according to an August 18 Rasmussen Reports survey the author goes on:

      But what if Trump, who will be 78 at the next presidential election, bequeathed the GOP standard to a new generation of Republican leadership? If so, visualize this 2024 Dream Team:

      •President of the United States – Governor Ron DeSantis (R – Florida)

      •Vice President of the United States – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R – South Carolina)

      •Secretary of State – Robert C. O’Brien (former National Security Advisor)

      •Secretary of Defense – Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R – California) (House GOP leader)

      •Secretary of the Treasury – Steve Forbes (Veteran free-market advocate; 1996 and 2000 GOP presidential candidate)

      •Attorney General – John Yoo (U.C. Berkeley law professor; DOJ alumnus)

      •Secretary of Veterans Affairs – John Ullyot (Former spokesman for VA and NSC)

      •United Nations Ambassador – Dr. Monica Crowley (Conservative national security scholar and Treasury Department alumna)

      •Director of National Intelligence – Ric Grenell (Former Acting DNI)

      •Director of Central Intelligence – K.T. McFarland (GOP foreign-policy luminary)

      •Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Ted Ullyot (Former DOJ chief of staff)

      •Federal Reserve Chairman – Larry Kudlow (Legendary free-market economist)

      •Director, Office of Management and Budget, Steve Moore – (Free-market advocate, economist, and scholar)

      •White House Press Secretary – Candace Owens (Conservative firebrand)

      •Speaker of the House – Donald J. Trump (45th President of the United States)

      This line-up would generate America First policies while somewhat limiting the Left from foaming at the mouth over Trump’s eccentricities.

    • Amazona September 5, 2021 / 11:32 am

      Of course they want to cheat. They are basically admitting this with their frantic efforts to retain mail-in voting everywhere they possibly can, while removing any way to validate mailed-in ballots.

      The one thing the Right is doing —and take note, it is individual groups in individual states, not any national group—-is being proactive, working to limit the ability to cheat as well as laying out the ways the Left cheats so when it happens it won’t look like sour grapes from the losers, it will look like “see, we told you so”.

      I think the Left will have a hard time holding Congress. They dealt themselves a losing hand, one which they can’t fold because that would just make it worse. There is literally nothing i can think of that the Left can do to turn this blazing Viking funeral pyre ship around. They can’t get rid of Biden because Harris is both despised and terrified of being put upfront and in the harsh spotlight of reality, but keeping Biden means more Biden helping shift the election to the Right. They can’t try to redeem themselves by starting to do the right thing, like enforcing immigration laws and working on the border wall, because that would lose them their base, which is all they can count on right now. With Biden/Harris they truly have a tiger by the tail—they can’t hold on and they can’t let go.

      Congress is ours to lose in 2022 and the only question now is how hard we are going to work to lose it. But if we manage to stop tripping ourselves up and retake Congress, we can take action to protect the 2024 election. If we replace McConnell with someone more telegenic, and have a good replacement for Pelosi, we have more access to national television, and a platform from which to explain the legal and constitutional issues of fraudulent elections, as well as the ability to legislate (as much as the federal government CAN legislate regarding elections) to protect them in the future. For example, it might be possible to pass a law making it a federal crime to tamper with the election process in a national election. I would like to see a law making it a felony to certify a state’s vote tally if there is credible evidence of fraud—that is, to go back to the actual definition of “certify” which is, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, to say in a formal or official way, usually in writing, that something is true or correct:

      Given the shirttail effect of elections, if state officials are effective and more statehouses shift to Republican control, such a law about certification might be passed in individual states. Even if such laws can’t be passed, the presentation and debate over them would call attention to the problem of false certification and might make some rubber-stamping state Dems a little more nervous about contributing to voter fraud. We can start a campaign to make it clear to state officials that they have a serious LEGAL duty to only vouch for the authenticity of a vote tally, which is what certification really is, if they have overwhelming evidence that it is, in fact, accurate.

      We can either look at current Leftist control of aspects of our nation and government as overwhelming and impossible to overcome, or we can evaluate the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of such control. I assert that if we look at it as a massive Jenga-like construct and focus on pulling out a piece here and a piece there, we can topple it. After all, that’s how the Left got there in the first place.

    • Amazona September 5, 2021 / 11:41 am

      I think we would be seeing a lot of Democrat Congress people coming out against this administration on a lot of issues, but …. we are not seeing much of that. Why?

      Two obvious reasons come to mind. One is that the Left. which has nearly perfected the art of controlling through brute power, has this kind of control over its minions in Congress. And one is the well-founded belief that the Right doesn’t know how to maximize the potential advantages of going up against such a defective political system so won’t be very good at using them to defeat the system’s supporters.

      The Left has given us a great weapon with its passionate defense of the inherently unconstitutional power grab of the bill they call the “For the People Act,” or H.R. 1 or S. 1, Any state campaign against a Democrat in either the House or the Senate that doesn’t hammer this nonstop deserves to lose. Basically, anyone who voted for this or supports it is working to put the federal government in charge of elections, taking the power away from the people. Any such campaign that does not cite the Constitution’s delegation of election authority to the states and the incumbent’s oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution, pointing out the incumbent’s violation of his or her oath to try to enable the Left in a massive power grab that would allow it to control elections from here on out, deserves to lose.

  2. Retired Spook September 5, 2021 / 9:58 am

    I’m reading the Robert B. Parker Spenser series of detective novels, and paraphrasing the one I’m currently reading, Cold Service, Spenser comes into his office and says, I didn’t turn on the TV. As I’ve matured, manufactured hysteria interests me less and less. It was written in 2005, but serves to remind us just how long the media has been dealing in “manufactured hysteria.” In fact, as I’ve read through this series that started in 1972, I’ve realized, that except for technology, how little has changed over the last 50 years.

    • Cluster September 5, 2021 / 10:12 am

      True that. Our media has become nothing but fear porn and victimization

      • Amazona September 5, 2021 / 10:52 am

        Yet all we on the Right have done is scold “Bad media! Bad bad media!” and complain about the effect the media have on our culture and nation.

        There are billions/trillions of dollars on the Right. We have accomplished business minds, we have energy, we have a message that resonates with the intelligent and doesn’t depend on weak minds and emotion, we have historical precedents out the wazoo, and yet we still haven’t been able to figure out how to meet the corrupt media head-on and dominate.

        Time after time some major television medium platform has been in serious financial trouble, yet no conservative (individual or consortium) has stepped up to buy it and establish a beachhead of real news and pushback against the Left.

  3. Amazona September 5, 2021 / 7:45 pm

    It sure looks like ‘F*CK JOE BIDEN’ chants will be a thing this fall at college football games and concerts

  4. Retired Spook September 6, 2021 / 9:53 am

    One of the best videos I’ve seen in a while.

    • Amazona September 6, 2021 / 3:09 pm

      That is an amazing video. Actually, I just listened to it, as it didn’t seem like something that would require visuals. I was totally impressed and would love to see this played in a Senate hearing on the Afghan debacle.

    • Jeremiah September 6, 2021 / 11:50 pm

      The Founding Fathers would have court martialed Milley so fast; and they would have had him taken to the gallows, with the infamous word Traitor! Tacked to the post above his head. It’s a shame that we don’t have people with the guts to do the same today!

      • Amazona September 7, 2021 / 10:14 am

        Well, being an idiot and a bad general doesn’t quite rise to the level of treason and isn’t a capital offense, but my question is how did he get to his elevated position in the first place? Has he always been a weasel or did he decide that now he would have to cave to the Left?

        I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it again—make the oath of office binding. Make every position dependent on honoring the oath, and if you take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution (or the rule of law) and then you don’t, you lose your position and its attendant benefits. Period. General, governor, attorney general, police chief—-anyone.

  5. Retired Spook September 7, 2021 / 1:57 pm


  6. Amazona September 7, 2021 / 6:54 pm

    A Facebook post, not fact-checked by me

    A Little Dose of Reality.

    In the future China will employ millions of American workers and dominate thousands of small communities all over the United States . Chinese acquisition of U.S. businesses set a new all-time record last year, and it is on pace to shatter that record this year.

    The Smithfield Foods acquisition is an example. Smithfield Foods is the largest pork producer and processor in the world. It has facilities in 26 U.S. states and it employs tens of thousands of Americans. It directly owns 460 farms and has contracts with approximately 2,100 others.
    But now a Chinese company has bought it for $ 4.7 billion, and that means that the Chinese will now be the most important employer in dozens of rural communities all over America.

    Thanks in part to our massively bloated trade deficit with China, the Chinese have trillions of dollars to spend. They are only just starting to exercise their economic muscle.

    It is important to keep in mind that there is often not much of a difference between “the Chinese government” and “Chinese corporations”. In 2011, 43 percent of all profits in China were produced by companies where the Chinese government had a controlling interest in.

    Last year a Chinese company spent $2.6 billion to purchase AMC entertainment – one of the largest movie theater chains in the United States. Now that Chinese company controls more movie ticket sales than anyone else in the world.

    But China is not just relying on acquisitions to expand its economic power.

    “Economic beachheads” are being established all over America. For example, Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc. recently broke ground on a $100 million plant in Thomasville, Alabama. Many of the residents of Thomasville, Alabama will be glad to have jobs, but it will also become yet another community that will now be heavily dependent on communist China.

    And guess where else Chinese companies are putting down roots? Detroit.
    Chinese-owned companies are investing in American businesses and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores, and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and their suppliers. If you recently purchased an “American-made” vehicle, there is a really good chance that it has a number of Chinese parts in it. Industry analysts are hard-pressed to put a number on the Chinese suppliers operating in the United States.

    China seems particularly interested in acquiring energy resources in the United States.
    For example, China is actually mining for coal in the mountains of Tennessee.
    Guizhou Gouchuang Energy Holdings Group spent 616 million dollars to acquire Triple H Coal Co. in Jacksboro, Tennessee. At the time, that acquisition really didn’t make much news, but now a group of conservatives in Tennessee is trying to stop the Chinese from blowing up their mountains and taking their coal.

    And pretty soon China may want to build entire cities in the United States just like they have been doing in other countries. Right now, China is actually building a city larger than Manhattan just outside Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

    Are you starting to get the picture?
    China is on the rise. If you doubt this, just read the following:
    * When you total up all imports and exports, China is now the number one trading nation on the entire planet.
    * Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with China over the past decade that comes to more than 2.3 trillion dollars.
    * China has more foreign currency reserves than anyone else on the planet.
    * China now has the largest new car market in the entire world.
    * China now produces more than twice as many automobiles as the United States does.
    * After being bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, GM is involved in 11 joint ventures with Chinese companies.
    * China is the number one gold producer in the world.
    * The uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.
    * 85% of all artificial Christmas trees the world over are made in China.
    * The new World Trade Center tower in New York is going to include glass imported from China .
    * China now consumes more energy than the United States does.
    * China is now in aggregate the leading manufacturer of goods in the entire world.
    * China uses more cement than the rest of the world combined.
    * China is now the number one producer of wind and solar power on the entire globe.
    * China produces 3 times as much coal and 11 times as much steel as the United States does.
    * China produces more than 90 percent of the global supply of rare earth elements.
    * China is now the number one supplier of components that are critical to the operation of any national defense system.
    * In published scientific research articles China is expected to become the number one in the world very shortly.
    And what we have seen so far may just be the tip of the iceberg.

    For now, I will just leave you with one piece of advice – learn to speak Chinese.
    Nicholas C. Bozick
    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Special Forces (USA)

    My own observation: China also owns the President of the United States

  7. jdge1 September 7, 2021 / 10:52 pm

    I see things starting to fall into place that has the significant potential to diminish the indoctrination effect of the current education systems.

    Given the direction and pace of technological transformations, paired together with the highly restrictive array of regulations associated with COVID, and along with increasing nonsensical implementation of leftist ideologies, we’re seeing changes in the way people acquire all levels of education, including primary, secondary, collegiate, and post graduate studies, to the point where the monolithic structure of the education system is heading in a direction ripe for collapse. When COVID forced most households to be the primary education source for their young ones, many people have continued, at least at some level, being more closely involved in their children(s) education where the importance of the physical school structure has notably shrunk. Even many of the after school functions are being replaced by outside clubs where involvement and choice are often far less political. People are becoming more in tuned with what’s happening in the details of their child’s education where they’re questioning school boards more intently and in greater numbers, requesting more details on what’s being taught, particularly when it’s not are part of basic education subjects, like sex education, critical race theory and gender identity. The shift is being made where those who we’ve place the responsibility of educating our children are starting to have a bright light and microscope placed on them, and they don’t like it. In one case I recently read, a Rhode Island mother was being sued by the National Education Association to prevent her from continuing in her quest to learn the curriculum of her kindergarten daughter. KINDERGARTEN for crying out loud! Seriously? With alternatives to traditional education popping up, schools as they currently exist are heading in the direction of the next “horse and buggy” defunct product. Sure, it will take a while, but the necessary elements are unwittingly being moved into place, in part when politicians continue to foster unnecessary and harmful lockdowns on us. The door to change is not only open but forced upon parents to the point where they are making more drastic and permanent decisions never considered before.

    Same is true with the university systems. There are a multitude of new opportunities to receive degrees without ever having to step foot on campus, without every having to be exposed to the wrath of religious and political censure & persecution, or having to deal with the horde of other growing problems facing students who attend on-campus studies, not the least of which is overwhelming costs. These opportunities also allow for more flexibility on the individual’s time requirements. The colleges and universities are becoming increasingly top heavy with ever growing high paid administrative and support staff, along with bloated teaching staff, and/or classes taught by graduate students when the professor is on sabbatical or busy with things that does not involve actual teaching, and never-ending construction of new buildings. The cost of higher education is escalating to the point where students are becoming indentured servants to “the system” through diminished future earnings, much like it was over 100 years ago where many in the work force were forced in a vicious cycle of having life-long commitment to one company because the costs of needed goods provided by that company exceeded the earning potential of the work. The higher education system is also ripe to implode under the weight of the colossal facade they’ve built.

    I’m not sure how long it will take or what it will ultimately look like but the changes are coming faster than ever before, often times with unseen effects until they’ve come to pass.

  8. jdge1 September 7, 2021 / 11:30 pm

    Not sure why I haven’t heard much of him before, but I’ve recently listened to several YouTube videos of Dr. Jordan Peterson. That he’s a Canadian university professor of psychology and clinical psychologist may have originally swayed me away from listening to him as I’ve seen too many psychologists who operate far left of center. But Dr. Peterson is a well researched, poised and polished speaker who can easily back up his stance on any subject he argues. Though many of his lectures appear political in nature, his focus is typically on the clinical value of helping his clients / patients become better equipped in dealing with their every day stresses and problems. To say most leftist detest Dr. Peterson would likely be an understatement. The provided link is just one of many that shows his skills in debating.

    • Amazona September 8, 2021 / 12:02 pm

      It is a great essay. I would like to cite one paragraph from it:

      We will be tested seriously on the world stage militarily and we will fail. I don’t know if it will be Taiwan, the Ukraine, the Persian Gulf or here at home, but our intelligence capability is terribly politicized, bureaucratic and incompetent and we will get caught. As sad and embarrassing as that failure will be, it will bring about a badly needed awakening. This will result – at last! – in a thorough review of the purpose and structure of our military, it’s (sic) design and procurement process, it’s (sic) training and it’s (sic) leadership. This will result in an understanding that the purpose of the military is to kill people and break things in the name of the national interest. A smaller, less bureaucratic and far more efficient and lethal military will emerge from this process. That force will quickly regain the stature of our history – “no greater friend, no worse enemy.”

      This paragraph defines my general optimistic attitude, which is basically “Yes, things suck and are getting worse and will probably continue to get worse but there will be pushback and regrouping and the end result will be culling the bad and stimulating the good”. I think that in time the advocates of the bad will have their noses rubbed in the failures that result, and the advocates of the good will be mobilized to take action. We are seeing this start to happen as parents are demanding accountability from school boards and pushback against the CDC.

      (as for my (sic) notations, the word as used means “Thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally.” “It’s” means, literally, “it is”—-the apostrophe indicates a contraction of two words into one. The possessive form of “it” is simply “its”. So endeth today’s lesson from the blog grammar scold.)

  9. Amazona September 8, 2021 / 7:37 pm

    I may have commented here on the wonderful humor of Jeanne Robertson. Every time I run across a video of her I watch it and that leads to a couple more, and I have always been enchanted by her persona and her kind, gentle but very funny performances. At the age of 77 she was still in great demand as a speaker at conferences and also for her own performances, a 6’2″ Southern lady with a delightful way of describing life. She often included references to her very analytical husband in her routines, a man she lovlngly called “Left Brain” and I was saddened in June to learn that he had died. Today I learned that Jeanne, too, died unexpectedly on August 21, just a couple of months later.

    In this time of emotional turmoil and depressing events, I strongly recommend looking up her videos, to keep things in perspective. My first exposure to her, and my favorite, was this:

  10. Amazona September 8, 2021 / 8:38 pm

    I’m not an Erick Erickson fan but, proving that even a blind pig will find an acorn—sometimes—he made a very good observation about the Left. (emphasis mine)

    Progressives freaked out about Rogan and his doctor while assailing Texas for getting between a woman and her doctor. All of the freaking out is theater. In the post-modern age, one demonstrates one’s commitment to a particular truth or cause through performance. The screaming and wailing on social media and television is performance designed both to signal one’s commitment to a supposed truth and also identify the heretics who choose not to perform.

    As progressives continue making secularism a religion, the ritualistic outrage will get more intense, but will also help discredit the progressive cause. Most people don’t have time for outrage these days as they struggle to get by thanks to progressives closing schools and causing inflation due to massive spending binges.

    • Amazona September 8, 2021 / 9:03 pm

      BTW, if my doctor is concerned about a bad reaction to a vaccine because I have had Covid, the Central Authority, and/or some businesses, have no problem coming between me and my doctor.

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