Open Thread

Some are saying the Omnicron variant is our off ramp: that it is, apparently, a mild version and it will allow the Democrats to declare victory and move on – but, I don’t think so. All I can see is that they seem to be quadrupling down on it.

We can assume part of this is mere stupidity – our Ruling Elites are simply not very bright. But in addition to that, I think they believe they can’t back off on it now. It would be too much of an admission they were wrong. And, of course, the more Covid fear they keep up in the Deep Blue areas, the more voter fraud they can justify…and there are indications of an extremely toxic political environment for Democrats. They aren’t doing well anywhere. Can’t remember exactly where it was, but it was a State legislative district in New England which the Democrats held in a special election last week…but their margin of victory dropped from something like 20 points last year to 3 or 4 this year. Meanwhile, quite a number of these specials are going our way.

To give a real idea how it is going for those who are keeping up the Covid fear – Boris Johnson’s Tories lost a by election in Shropshire a couple days ago. The seat has been Tory held for nearly 200 years. The swing against the Tories was 37 points. Lots of things are going on, but 99 Tories just voted in Parlaiment against Johnson’s vaccine mandates – it only became law because Labour backed it. A Tory government dependent upon Labour votes is a Tory government on the ropes.

Science guys say they found water in a canyon on Mars – frozen, naturally, but apparently quite a bit of it and right below the surface. This is important – we know there is a lot of ice in Mars polar regions but human colonization of Mars, if it ever happens, will be vastly easier in the central regions of Mars. Finding water in such a place makes it a prime location for human exploration. Still, though, the real problems remain: radiation and gravity. Mars has no magnetic field and so solar radiation hits the planet at a vastly higher rate than the surface of Earth and, of course, Mars has a much lower gravity and we simply don’t know what long term low gravity will do to us.

Wikipedia is getting set to purge entries on Communist mass killings – I’ve long said that Wikipedia, if the information is in any way political, is an unreliable source. The Commies who run it hate that people can tell the truth about Communism and so they’ve long edited things to downplay Communist atrocities. This is something we can fix: all we need do is make our own Wikipedia.

A Lutheran church is having drag queen prayer time – because, of course. It is astonishing how fast this all came about. I mean, figure the odds that biology would result in anything more than, say, 0.0001% of people having a divergence between their biology and their perception of their gender. But now something like 20% of youngsters are claiming to be at least somewhere on the trans spectrum. It is now fashionable – and this means it will recede, but not before a lot of people are permanently screwed up because at the age of 6 they decided to play with a doll instead of a fire truck.

Governor DeSantis is trying to ban CRT in Florida. This is the way. The bottom line is we can keep the USA or we can keep CRT: the two are incompatible. It must be remembered that the right to free speech is an individual right, not a government right. The government only has the right to say what we tell it to say through laws enacted by our representatives. A government-funded school is the voice of the people, not its own voice. If any teacher wants to teach something the people don’t want taught, they are free to start their own entirely private school…but we, the people, have the right to demand an end to Communist indoctrination in the schools we own.

Some cops proudly put up a picture of $100,000 in cash they had seized and it is causing a stir: the woman they took the cash from wasn’t charged with any crime and she isn’t, as far as we can tell, the target of any criminal investigation. She was merely carrying the cash – and the cops took it. This is civil asset forfeiture…and if the lady wants her money back, she will have to sue the police: there is no mechanism in the law to merely return seized money.

To be sure, carrying a hundred grand around is a bit eye raising – but it isn’t illegal and the police must not have the power to seize an asset unless a court of law has determined it was used in a criminal activity. I can barely go along with freezing assets of someone accused of a crime but the authorities must not be able to take a red cent until after a conviction. What the law allows at this time is mere theft by the cops – and while 100 grand is a lot, they seize any amount they can get their hands on and use the flimsiest excuses for doing it. I’ve read that in some jurisdictions the average amount seized is just a few hundred dollars.

The concept behind forfeiture was that it would be a telling blow against drug lords – but I don’t think we’ve run out of drug lords. Meanwhile, I’ve read many cases were innocent people had their property taken. It is past time to end this farce.

Portland, OR has been ruined. The Left destroyed it. On purpose. Because they believe that anything good in the United States is the result of theft and oppression by a systemically racist/sexist/homophobic Capitalist-Imperialist genocidal system. But most people still aren’t understanding the on purpose part of it. More and more are, but there’s still a pretty steep learning curve. The Left wants chaos and destruction because that will bring down what they view as an evil system…and upon the ruins they will erect whatever warmed over Marxist drivel they believe at the moment. This isn’t an accident. This isn’t a failed policy. This is what is desired – and until we fully internalize this fact, we’re always going to be at a disadvantage fighting the Left.

19 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster December 19, 2021 / 10:02 am

    The Left wants chaos and destruction because that will bring down what they view as an evil system…and upon the ruins they will erect whatever warmed over Marxist drivel they believe at the moment. This isn’t an accident. This isn’t a failed policy. This is what is desired – and until we fully internalize this fact, we’re always going to be at a disadvantage fighting the Left.

    Amen. That is the crux of all of it. And we had better realize that fact. No longer are we in a fight for lower taxes and smaller government. We are in fight for the survival of the country and our way of life. And if you’ll listen to statist media, which I do, you’ll realize that they are doubling down on fear, lies, distraction, intimidation, and violence. They do not like this country and they really don’t like us and they are definitely planning on cheating in 2022 and 2024. We must take the fight directly to them. We need to “get in their face and argue”, “when they bring a knife, we bring a gun”, because “at this point, what difference does it make”. And be prepared for a lot of January 6 fear porn to come down the pike over the next month. The elites will feign indignant over the rioters on J6 while they themselves are the actual rioters.

    • Cluster December 19, 2021 / 10:12 am

      And no kidding, two minutes after I posted the above, I read the following. Be prepared folks, this country will in a civil war soon.

      Former Army Major Gen Paul Eaton (inset), former Brigadier Gen Steven Anderson and former Army Major Gen Antonio Taguba warned of another coup attempt. They claimed in a column for The Washington Post that there may be an attack similar to the January 6 Capitol riot after the 2024 election. ‘Military and lawmakers have been gifted hindsight to prevent another insurrection,’ they wrote, emphasizing that leaders must take action now.

      • Mark Noonan December 19, 2021 / 1:14 pm

        Ever since Truman fired MacArthur for wanting to win the war in Korea, the military brass has been the merest of Ruling Class tools. They do not care about anything but their career. They don’t care about lost war or dead people (our or theirs): all they want is that star, and the juicy post-military gig. These three clowns are just playing the role assigned to them – stoke fear on the Left.

      • Cluster December 20, 2021 / 8:37 am

        Agreed. Our military brass are poor excuses for men. Time to clean house, which is why we need Trump for 4 more years.

  2. Cluster December 19, 2021 / 10:18 am

    I hope all the good little Democrats stay safe from the very scary Omicron virus. And in my effort to keep you safe I insist that you socially distance yourself from me at all times and always wear your mask in my presence. You’re welcome.

  3. Cluster December 20, 2021 / 8:42 am

    Here’s your morning chuckle. Just heard on MSNBC, and no this isn’t parody, though it could easily be:

    Mika Brezinski – “so doctor, if one is double vaccinated with a booster and wears their mask and distances in public, are they safe from Omicron?”


    And of course the answer was a firm maybe but here is how I would answer that question – “only if the males have condoms on, and the women are wearing their chastity belts.”

    • Retired Spook December 20, 2021 / 11:20 am

      and no this isn’t parody,

      To be funny, good parody has to have an element of truth, a requirement that Democrats are making easier and easier. In fact, it getting harder to distinguish Democrat parody from Democrat reality. The reverse, however, is not true. Doubt me? Just pick any Doonesbury cartoon at random.

  4. Retired Spook December 20, 2021 / 1:54 pm

    Talk about divorced from reality.

    A liberal CNN host admitted he is confused why President Biden is not more popular with the American people.

    Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and Washington Post columnist, made confession Thursday in a WaPo op-ed titled, “The puzzle of Joe Biden’s unpopularity.”

    He praised Biden for handling his job with “intelligence” and “decency,” adding “but he is paying the price for the complicated times we’re living through.”

    Who would have guessed that Biden’s unpopularity is the result of the “complicated times we’re living through?” YCMTSU!!

  5. Cluster December 21, 2021 / 9:10 am

    According to the US Government and the American media this morning, the Jews are a danger to our society. Oh excuse me, the unvaccinated are the danger. My mistake.

  6. Cluster December 21, 2021 / 9:27 am

    Here’s a headline from the NYT this morning:

    The New York Times
    One of the easiest ways to upgrade your mask protection is to wear two at the same time, health experts say. Here are answers to common questions about double masking.

    Now if any of you have questions about double masks, you can always call me. I will give you clear instructions lol.

  7. Retired Spook December 21, 2021 / 11:56 am

    There was a letter to the editor in our local paper last week that said (I’m paraphrasing), clearly hand washing, masks and social distancing were not enough. Everyone needs to get vaccinated. If you’ve been vaccinated, you need to get the booster shot.

    I would add, if you’ve gotten the booster shot, you need to get another one — and another — and another……………. Whenever I hear someone like Fauci say, “you need to get boosted,” my first thought is that “boosted” is also a slang term for robbed, burglarized, held up. Sounds about right.

  8. Retired Spook December 21, 2021 / 2:39 pm

    Some are saying the Omnicron variant is our off ramp: that it is, apparently, a mild version and it will allow the Democrats to declare victory and move on – but, I don’t think so. All I can see is that they seem to be quadrupling down on it.

    The Omicron variant was first reported by the WHO on November 24th. The CDC is now saying, less than 30 days later, that over 70% of all new cases in the U.S. this past week were the Omicron variant. If it’s as mild as is being widely reported, the Dems may not be able to “quadruple down.” That said, the numerous reports that hospitals across the country are being overwhelmed don’t dovetail with the simultaneous reports that there are almost no hospitalizations from Omicron. Someone’s lying. Yeah, I know, I was shocked too.//sarc.

  9. Retired Spook December 21, 2021 / 5:34 pm

    A guy I used to play golf with back in the 90s had been a narc on the west coast in a previous life. He would entertain me and the other member of our threesome with vivid tales of busts he had made, some humorous, some deadly serious. He said his favorite interrogation tactic was to catch the perp in a contradiction, and then ask him or her, “an hour ago you said A, and now you’re saying B. On which occasion were you lying?” I’d love to see that tactic used against Fauci whenever he testifies in a public forum.

  10. Cluster December 22, 2021 / 9:42 am

    There is obviously a lot of inferior people in NY and the Northeast. Vaccines don’t even protect them. California also has a lot of weak and decrepit people. Obviously there are not enough abortion clinics in those areas.

    • Amazona December 22, 2021 / 12:16 pm

      That’s OK—evidently Mexico has enough baby-killers to step in and help out. I understand the cartels support abortion through the 150th trimester.

      • Cluster December 22, 2021 / 4:36 pm


  11. Amazona December 22, 2021 / 12:59 pm

    I have written here about an old TV ad for a steakhouse featuring one of the Conchords music/comedy team, He says he’s a vegetarian, then admits that he does eat fish. And chicken. And some meat. So, he says, “I guess I’m semi-veg.”

    I think of that every now and then, and it came back to me today when I read a John Stossel article about vaccine mandates. In it he says: “I’m a libertarian. I want government out of my life.”

    And then comes the fish and chicken and some meat part of his statement.

    “But an epidemic is the rare exception where some government force may be appropriate. If a disease is vicious and contagious, and a medicine clearly reduces the spread, I want government to protect me from reckless people, like it protects me from murderers.

    Not to say that America needs a vaccine mandate. There’s been far too much government force during this pandemic already.

    It’s good to question the government’s rules. I’m glad Paul does that.

    But when it comes to epidemics, I won’t say: never.”

    In other words, he’s semi-libertarian. He wants government out of his life—except when he thinks it’s OK to have government running his life.

    • Retired Spook December 22, 2021 / 3:31 pm

      Fear is a powerful motivator, maybe THE MOST powerful for most people. But truth can overcome fear, especially when the truth reveals the extent to which we’ve been lied to. And I don’t think there is an issue in my entire lifetime about which there have been more lies told than this pandemic.

    • Mark Noonan December 22, 2021 / 6:15 pm

      That is so many people – their principles are in operation until there’s something they want, then they just demand it regardless of how it affects anyone else.

      And then you remember how absurd this whole thing is – for the unvaccinated, the survival rate is north of 98 percent. Early indications are that Omnicron is far less deadly than previous variants. But people have been force fed panic over it. I was in a store earlier – masked because here in Las Vegas you can’t go in without one – and I sneezed. The lady in front of me turned with a look of complete panic on her face and quickly moved away from me.

      I’ve lost two friends over this – friends who, in the end, decided that what the TV was telling them was more important than the love of a person they had known for 20+ years.

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