Open Thread

As I write it is late Tuesday so we still don’t know the Rittenhouse verdict – I am nervous about it as the self defense was so patently obvious that not guilty should have taken an hour. Is it hung up on one or two holding out for innocent, or one or two holding out for guilty? I guess we’ll find out when we find out.

The bottom line, though, is that where there is a Democrat DA, you don’t have a right to defend yourself. If you do against those allied politically with the DA, you will be prosecuted and if nothing else, the process will be the punishment. I urge anyone living under a DA where there is risk of Leftist violence to move to a place which has a Republican DA. But even then, watch out: if the federal government under a Democrat decides to charge you with civil rights violations because you defended yourself, you’ll be in the same predicament.

What this trial has done is shown that we need specific laws on the books securing the right to self defense. We have to make it clear that if you start violence, anyone can pretty much do anything they like to you if they feel that you are a threat to persons or property. We obviously will not be able to get these things enacted in Blue States, but in every State we can, do it. So that if a local Blue DA decides to mess around, won’t be able to.

“I Did That” Biden stickers are showing up everywhere as Republicans learn political street fighting. They are heavily effective – and things like high gas prices are set to sink the Democrats quite a lot.

It looks like we finally have a whistleblower at the FBI who is on our side – revealing that the FBI has conducted counter-terrorism investigations against parents attending school board meetings. This is terrifying stuff – the FBI is becoming the Demcorats Stasi. The next GOP President will have to largely dismantle the FBI and start all over.

Glenn Reynolds notes that we’re hampered in our space program because we worry too much about safety. Sure, we do have to take care – but the bottom line is that if humans really want to live in space and on other planets, then humans are going to have to die in space and on other planets. We should already have a permanent presence on the Moon and be scouting sites for a permanent presence on Mars by now. If we’re going to go, go. Don’t fuss too much about it.

24 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook November 17, 2021 / 9:10 am

    There has to be a substantial level of fear among the jurors of retaliation if they find Rittenhouse not guilty; same for the judge and the city of Kenosha. It’s going to take strong leadership at the state and local level (certainly not a given) that ANY retaliation will be met with overwhelming force, and rioters will be shot. Absent that, it could turn into a real sh*t show.

  2. Cluster November 17, 2021 / 9:38 am

    Is it hung up on one or two holding out for innocent, or one or two holding out for guilty?

    I think Spook beat me to it, but I too believe the jury is afraid of being personally attacked, and/or Kenosha burning down again at the hands of Joe Biden voters and MSNBC viewers. Jury intimidation is a crime, but not if you’re aligned with the billionaires and the power elites

    Think about that for a minute … how far this country has fallen and I BLAME DEMOCRAT VOTERS. Every single one of them

    • Amazona November 17, 2021 / 10:54 am

      I agree and have been thinking the same thing. However, the chances of anyone in Kenosha standing up to the mob in any meaningful way are pretty slim.

      But you are right, Cluster—jury intimidation IS a crime, and that is what has been going on since this began. But again, I doubt that much effort would have been put into finding out who has been making threats, or in applying that law to rioting after the fact.

    • Amazona November 17, 2021 / 11:25 am

      DeSantis reserved some of his strongest criticism for the “elites” and “globalists” who he said have led America astray.

      “Biden really represents potentially the culmination of—or, I mean, hopefully, the coup de grâce of—this entrenched political class that has really ruined a lot about our country over the last generation. It’s not limited to just Democrats,” DeSantis said. “There’s a uni-party in Washington, D.C., and they look out for themselves more than the rest of the American people.

      A really great speech, making some important points.

      • Cluster November 17, 2021 / 3:17 pm

        They look out for themselves, their families, and their donors. As I have said so many times before, they all go to the same cocktail parties, the same vacations, the same schools, etc., and they don’t want the party to end so yes the America peoples concerns take a back seat to their lifestyles. There really is no difference between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Democrat Party. They operate the same way.

  3. Cluster November 17, 2021 / 9:42 am

    Here’s another example of a Democrat voter

    Man threatens to burn down a kosher bagel shop if owner didn’t remove Israeli flags and SHUT DOWN his business as hate crimes continue to plague NYC

    Democrat hate cries are becoming the norm in this country.

    On another note, is Que Malas time about up??

    • Amazona November 17, 2021 / 10:51 am

      …is Que Malas time about up??

      I don’t see her retiring, not with Joe failing so quickly. She is such a narcissist, I’m sure she is convinced that her problem is Joe and his handlers not giving her a chance, or undermining her, and once she is in charge she’ll show them how wonderful she is. It would be great if she had enough self-awareness to realize she is in way over her head and the more authority she has the worst it will be, but I just don’t see that..

      You are spot on, about the bleating of “hate crimes” by the Left. I don’t know about you, but I see the demand to take down the flags and shut down as the hate crime. I objected to the concept of “hate crimes” from the very beginning, predicting it would get to this point. It is a Thought Crime, which is part of Leftist tyranny as well as the ongoing splintering of our society.

      A possible scenario: A white man goes into a convenience store and is chatting with the black clerk when another white man comes in, points a gun and demands that the clerk hand over the money in the register. The clerk is doing this but the robber, who is clearly on drugs and out of control., starts shooting and kills both the clerk and the other customer. Under the Hate Crimes concept, it will be assumed that the robber’s motive for killing the black man was racism, so the death of the black man would be considered more important than that of the white man.

      The whole concept of Hate Crimes goes against what this country was founded on, and is dependent on motive or the assignment of motive, leading back to Thought Police punishing for what is going on inside someone’s head instead of what he is actually saying or doing.

    • Amazona November 17, 2021 / 12:38 pm

      Speaking on Bret Baier’s All-Star Panel, Pergram let people in “on a little secret” about a mysterious email he received several weeks ago from an insider source suggesting that America could be in for a replacement vice president on the horizon:

      Just to let you guys in on a little secret here, I was told about 2 to 3 weeks ago, maybe this pertains to the Supreme Court, maybe this pertains to changing the ticket before you get into 2024. FDR seemingly burned through a vice president almost every time he was up for office.

      “But I got an email from somebody who really knows this place very well, who said, ‘Chad, start to familiarize yourself with the confirmation process just not in the Senate but the House for a vice president,’” he added.

      I’m thinking this is prompted more by the new polls indicating a Dem bloodbath in 2022, turning Congress over to the GOP and thereby making any VP nomination a problem for the Dems. I think this might be an effort to get out ahead of that, while they still have their 13 GOP squishes in office plus the Dems that won’t be running for reelection next time around.

      • Cluster November 17, 2021 / 3:19 pm

        How do you suppose Democrats get rid of a “woman of color”? Please pass the popcorn on this one.

      • Retired Spook November 17, 2021 / 3:41 pm

        In the not-too-distant past Democrats lynched people of color with almost total impunity, so getting rid of Kamala Harris should be a piece of cake.

      • Cluster November 17, 2021 / 3:43 pm


  4. Retired Spook November 17, 2021 / 6:14 pm

    Great article at American Thinker a couple of days ago. Scary!

    • Cluster November 17, 2021 / 9:49 pm

      And yet a lot of people still don’t see it. We all know now how Hitler got away with what he did. It’s truly amazing

      • Retired Spook November 17, 2021 / 11:18 pm

        And yet a lot of people still don’t see it.

        The only people who don’t see it either don’t care or don’t want to see it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in those two categories.

      • Amazona November 18, 2021 / 12:09 am

        Isn’t it odd that the same people who support/defend/demand a political model marked by a centralized autocratic government, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition complain that others are “fascists”?

      • Retired Spook November 18, 2021 / 8:11 am

        Not so much odd as Ironic, although not the least bit unpredictable. It’s almost 100% certain that when the Left accuses us of doing something nefarious, it’s to detract from the fact that they are doing, or have done the same thing.

  5. Cluster November 19, 2021 / 8:58 am

    Good job Kevin McCarthy … some disobedience in Pelosi’s house was needed

    Kevin McCarthy wrapped up his oratory just after 5am in D.C. on Friday, smashing a record previously set by Nancy Pelosi in 2018. McCarthy spoke for an astonishing eight hours and 32 minutes after he was supposed to talk for just one minute when he took the floor late Thursday. He shrugged off heckling from the Democrats as he launched into a tirade, tackling everything from the Afghanistan withdrawal, travel to Europe, Elon Musk, Abraham Lincoln, the Hallmark Channel, the Nobel Peace Prize and the artwork hanging in his office. ‘I don’t care how many times I’m interrupted,’ he said to applause from his side of the aisle. ‘I’m not going to stop til the American people hear it.”

    And a lot of people are waking up and hearing it.

  6. Cluster November 19, 2021 / 9:09 am

    The vaccines are working well …

    Austria makes vaccines mandatory for EVERYONE and imposes full nationwide lockdown: Europe’s cases hit a record high, Germany says 30million jabs are needed by Christmas and Ireland places its hospitals on a ‘war footing’

  7. Amazona November 19, 2021 / 10:14 am

    Just in case anyone is worried that a President deSantis might not bring the heat the way a President Trump would, he made this fiery speech from—-Brandon, Florida.

    The man has style. And I wouldn’t worry about him being too timid.

    • Cluster November 19, 2021 / 10:36 am

      BRANDON, Florida lol … love it

  8. Retired Spook November 19, 2021 / 2:20 pm

    A triumph of justice! Not guilty on ALL COUNTS!

    • Cluster November 19, 2021 / 3:39 pm


      • Amazona November 20, 2021 / 12:34 am

        Have the riots started?

      • Amazona November 20, 2021 / 11:23 am

        I didn’t hear of violence in Kenosha, though a large group of people gathered outside the courtroom did cheer when the verdict was announced.

        However, quite predictably, there was a fuss over in Portland, but even those rioters didn’t seem very enthusiastic. Oh, they went through their rituals of setting some fires, throwing some stuff, breaking a few windows, but overall they lacked the energy they usually bring to a riot.

        Apart from graffiti saying “All Cops Are Kyles,” the rioters apparently didn’t explain why they were taking out their anger over a Wisconsin jury trial on law enforcement officers and government buildings in Portland. Nevertheless, the riot shows that Antifa is more a band of criminal marauders always looking for an excuse to L.A.R.P. as woke gladiators than some sort of justice league seeking to right societal wrongs.

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