Open Thread

So, today Pudding Brain announced that there is no federal solution to Covid. The guy who ran on shutting down the virus has given up.

Of course, it never could be shut down – the idea that if we stayed home and then masked up when we went out we’d eventually eliminate the virus was drivel. And every doctor knew it was drivel. It was all an op to get the Bad Orange Man out. That plus cheating which would make Stalin blush did the trick.

Related: Dad got Pudding Brain to say “Let’s Go Brandon” live on air – this wouldn’t have been a big thing but the Left had a nervous breakdown about it. It has been glorious to behold on social media.

Desmond Tutu died a few days ago – one of the lesser known things about him was that he held rabidly anti-Semitic opinions. This is actually no surprise at all – such views have been common on the Left for a long while. The tragedy of South Africa was always Apartheid – by setting up that hideous system, the white people of South Africa allowed anyone who would stand against it to be cloaked in impervious moral armor…no matter how otherwise nasty they were. I was surprised that Mandela emerged from prison with a greatness of heart…that he voluntarily relinquished power is very rare in African history. But his movement was chock full of very wicked people who were given a complete pass because they stood against an injustice. The lesson to be learned here is that just because someone is opposed to one sort of evil doesn’t mean they are good guys.

CNN is a dying network – and I don’t think the bosses know what to do about it. It could be they don’t want to do anything about it. The cure for what ails CNN isn’t to become another Fox, but it must become what it isn’t: a news organization. Through the Trump years, lying on behalf of the Democrats kept things afloat a bit. Fox still routinely beat CNN in the ratings. But that lying on behalf of Democrats also alienated all non-Democrats who used to watch…and as far as being liberal lunatics goes, MSNBC simply does a better job of it. If CNN were to change itself into a place of hard, factual news, it would gain a fiercely loyal audience. But to do this, they would have to tell the truth…and I don’t think the people there are capable of doing that.

The US government chartered flights over Christmas to move illegals around the country – basically seeding them in areas far from the border where it is far less likely that any agency concerned will bother with them. This is, of course, simple lawlessness on the part of the government. Hard as it will be, we must make a commitment to deport every illegal who arrived after January 20th, 2021. Sure, the rest of them as well – but those who came after that date must be made an example of: we must instruct the world that just because we get an idiotic President it doesn’t mean you’ll get away with it.

36 thoughts on “Open Thread

    • Retired Spook December 28, 2021 / 10:57 am

      The daughter of beetle juice and her non binary downs syndrome wife.


  1. Cluster December 28, 2021 / 10:23 am

    MSNBC simply does a better job of it. If CNN were to change itself into a place of hard, factual news, it would gain a fiercely loyal audience. But to do this, they would have to tell the truth…

    Yes they do. MSNBC is the king of progressive propaganda. Just this morning they were advocating that everyone start wearing surgical masks while admonishing the unvaccinated, directly followed by a segment stating that climate change will probably kill us all in12 years unless we lock ourselves inside our homes and stop using fossil fuels. But other than that, they are excited about Beyonce’s new concert.

    I use to love CNN back in the 80’s and if they were to go back to just hard news, worldwide, they would dominate the ratings.

  2. Retired Spook December 28, 2021 / 2:06 pm

    Adding to the discussion in the previous thread about sudden deaths among athletes, this snipit is from a detailed Canadian study about the Pfizer vaccine:

    A German news site put together a list of over 75 known
    cases of athletes collapsing – and even dying – in the
    last 5 months.

    An Israeli news site analyzed the number of sudden deaths “on the pitch” of members of the International Football Association (FIFA) over the past 20 years.

    The average number of FIFA sudden deaths
    between 2000 – 2020 was 4.2. In 2021, it was 21.

    The entire study is here.

    • Cluster December 29, 2021 / 9:06 am

      There has been a lot of complications resulting in death in young men worldwide, and it’s all vaccine related. Just my humble opinion.

    • Amazona December 30, 2021 / 12:36 pm

      I just ran across this. The numbers will have changed since August 13, of course. Remember, an entry into VAERS is by definition a report of a reaction to a vaccine. And this is only for 8 months.

      This week’s total U.S. VAERS data, from Dec. 14, 2020 to Aug. 13, 2021, for all age groups combined, show:

      21% of deaths were related to cardiac disorders.

      54% of those who died were male, 43% were female and the remaining death reports did not include gender of the deceased.

      The average age of death was 73.1.

      As of Aug 13., 2,947 pregnant women reported adverse events related to COVID vaccines, including 960 reports of miscarriage or premature birth.

      Of the 2,607 cases of Bell’s Palsy reported, 50% were attributed to Pfizer vaccinations, 43% to Moderna and 7% to J&J.

      522 reports of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, with 40% of cases attributed to Pfizer, 34% to Moderna and 25% to J&J.

      126,905 reports of anaphylaxis with 44% of cases attributed to Pfizer’s vaccine, 47% to Moderna and 8% to J&J.

      8,396 reports of blood clotting disorders. Of those, 3,586 reports were attributed to Pfizer, 3,510 reports to Moderna and 1,695 reports to J&J.

      3,033 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis with 1,335 cases attributed to Pfizer, 703 cases to Moderna and 78 cases to J&J’s COVID vaccine.

  3. Retired Spook December 28, 2021 / 3:43 pm

    From a caller to Dan Bongino’s radio show:

    Rearrange the letters in Omicron and you get moronic.

  4. Cluster December 29, 2021 / 9:05 am

    Harry Reid was a liar and a grifter and now is dead. Good day for America

    John Madden was a legend, coach, and an inspiration to many, and he is now dead. Sad.

  5. Cluster December 29, 2021 / 9:18 am

    This mornings headline is a great example of how absurd Covid is:

    The chief of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 40 people in the country have been found to be infected with the omicron variant so far and more than three-quarters of them had been vaccinated.

    40 people across the country have a cold and that makes national news. 40 people. This is what happens when you let children run the country.

    • Cluster December 29, 2021 / 9:28 am


      CDC significantly revises estimate of Omicron prevalence in U.S. and now says it was only responsible for 23% of all new cases – NOT 73%: Delta still dominates as America records all-time daily high of 254,496 cases – and it’s getting worse

      BUT if you are vaxxed you’re 74% less likely to end up in the hospital and if you’re boostered than you are 82% less likely to be hospitalized. But wait there’s more, if you wear a mask and stand on one foot, you’re 90% safe, but if you kneel and shout black lives matter, then you have the highest level of safety at 96%. Any questions?

      • Retired Spook December 29, 2021 / 11:40 am

        Any questions?

        How about if I just curl up in a fetal position under my bed? Will that protect me? Or maybe I could find a full-body condom.

      • Cluster December 29, 2021 / 1:35 pm

        I like the full body condom idea lol

      • Retired Spook December 29, 2021 / 2:02 pm

        For Liberals, maybe just a Walmart bag over their head.

      • Retired Spook December 29, 2021 / 3:06 pm

        Delta still dominates as America records all-time daily high of 254,496 cases – and it’s getting worse

        It’s getting more and more difficult to convince people that vaccines, masks, and social distancing are effective, but that’s not stopping blue state governors from trying.

      • Amazona December 29, 2021 / 7:16 pm

        I think it’s getting harder and harder to convince people that catching the virus is a death sentence. All the howling about hospitalization rates and death rates is just calling attention to the fact that the vaccines are essentially worthless and the Boy Who Cried Wolf pattern is emerging.

      • Cluster December 29, 2021 / 4:35 pm

        Well they still think we can run the country on solar power too so …. they’re not the brightest bunch

      • Amazona December 30, 2021 / 12:37 pm

        Once Omicron Panic fizzled out, they had to go back to Delta to keep the hysteria pumped up.

  6. Cluster December 30, 2021 / 12:06 pm

    When did the people of New York become such helpless cowards??

    “We were kind of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and it feels like we’ve taken several steps backward.” As Year 2 of the pandemic makes way for Year 3, New York City is operating at half speed — simply because so many people are sick.

    • Amazona December 30, 2021 / 12:45 pm

      I’m not sure they are all weak, helpless cowards. Many are standing up against the dictatorship that New York City now represents and refusing to take the clot shot, which means they can’t work or even go out to eat or shop. If New York really is operating at half speed we shouldn’t blame the virus, or the people, except for blaming them for electing petty tyrants.

      • Cluster December 30, 2021 / 12:49 pm

        Well in my opinion it takes a helpless coward to elect a petty tyrant – so lots of helpless cowards in NY, and CA, and WA, and OR, and IL, and MI, and MN, etc.

      • Amazona December 30, 2021 / 9:50 pm

        Well what choice do they have when the opposition (the Republican) is a racist sexist homophobe transphobe supporting the violent overthrow of our country while killing Bambi and sucking up enough energy to power most third world countries? It’s not as if they have an option.

        Seriously, dude. Watch MSNBC if you don’t believe me. Joey and the Bimbo will ‘splain it all to you.

      • Cluster December 31, 2021 / 9:28 am

        Fair point LOL

  7. Amazona December 30, 2021 / 1:28 pm

    I’ve been thinking about what we have lost in the past couple of years. The obvious biggest loss was that of President Trump, and I think everything else has come from that or at least been amplified by that.

    As a nation I think we need to have confidence in certain agencies which are supposed to provide us with different kinds of information and protections. We have lost that confidence in the DOJ, the FBI, the FDA and the CDC, just to name the most obvious. That’s a huge amount of confidence simply gone, leaving us with the uncomfortable awareness that we not only can’t count on them for honesty or protection we have to accept the fact that they are actually acting against our best interests, in their support of and enablement of expanding government control over us.

    It’s bad enough to have more than half of Congress acting against the best interests of the nation and its citizens. It’s bad enough to have President Asterisk and his merry band of incompetents and subversives dragging the country into chaos and economic misery. But losing confidence in what used to feel like trustworthy agencies in place to act outside of political considerations is a major influence on the overall mental and emotional health of this country.

    We now know that we literally cannot trust, cannot count on, any of the elements of our government that we NEED to trust and count on. That is a very dangerous situation for the country. The people in charge of health and medical safety are openly corrupt and killing us through their selfish manipulations of power. Our own law enforcement agencies are engaging in subversive acts, not just participating in but starting various criminal actions to entrap and then prosecute citizens because they represent political opposition to the powers in charge. Our domestic Stasi are holding nonviolent political prisoners without bail in solitary confinement and inhumane conditions, denying medical treatment and subjecting them to conditions not allowed for people on Death Row. Our domestic Gestapo, the IRS, has been sicced on political opposition. Freedom of speech is being silenced by private industry colluding with a corrupt government, limiting the ways people can discuss what is happening in this country.

    As a casual but sincere student of American history I truly can’t think of any period in our history when we have been so close to the abyss. As a population we are losing confidence not just in a few politicians or a few isolated cities or states but in the very structure of our national government. Our military might is being diluted, eroded and sissified by military officers who are really just politicians in uniforms. Our schools have become American madrassas, indoctrinating into a political religion nearly as toxic and dangerous as radical Islam. We’ve seen American versions of Kristallnacht over and over again in our major cities, with the complicity of the government of those cities and refusal to prosecute those responsible, and now we learn that our FBI has been part of at least some of this, not just infiltrating to get information for future prosecutions but instigating and inciting the violence and contributing to it. We are just one or two Executive Orders from a modern version of having to wear the yellow star to indicate our positions in our society.

    I think this New Year’s Day and its usual reflections and projections is going to be a very dismal one.

    • Cluster December 30, 2021 / 1:51 pm

      I agree with every word

  8. Cluster December 31, 2021 / 9:49 am

    Knowing that most media is just propaganda now, look at this headline from the NYT. I am still trying to figure out what their angle is:

    The New York Times
    December 28 at 9:55 AM ·
    Nearly a quarter million people in the U.S. have died from Covid in the past eight months. Covid is responsible for a higher share of deaths from all causes for younger Americans and white Americans than it was before all adults were eligible for vaccines.

    Is it an effort to blame white Americans for the death count? An effort to vaccinate children? And notice the language “higher share”?? What does that mean? Is there a certain percentage of deaths that would be an “acceptable share”???

    • Amazona December 31, 2021 / 11:01 am

      It’s just more weasel-wording from the weaselly NYT. There isn’t anything that can be milked, distorted or misstated to slime the Right that hasn’t already been run into the ground, and all they have left is Covid Covid Covid. But there isn’t much to say about it any more, either.

      Omicron Panic not only hasn’t caught on, in spite of hysterical headlines and hyperventilating by the Usual Suspects, now a lot of doctors are saying what some of us have been saying all along—-it’s a blessing, it’s a good thing, it’s Nature’s form of a vaccination for Covid without all the crippling and dying that goes along with the vaccines.

      But when I try to deconstruct the comment, I think it is saying that more people are dying of Covid now than were before the vaccines came out. The “younger Americans” is a nod to the government shilling for the drug companies by pushing for vaxxing children, and the “white Americans” is just a pro forma race comment.

      • Amazona December 31, 2021 / 11:09 am

        And we do need to remember that “dying from Covid” is a pretty meaningless analysis, given the historical tendency to call any death that occurred within the emanation of a penumbra of possible Covid exposure a “death from Covid”.

      • Amazona December 31, 2021 / 12:15 pm

        I think we are experiencing Fauci Fatigue. Actually, I just came up with that and I think it should be a national meme. I also think the word “experts: has become pretty meaningless these days.

      • Cluster December 31, 2021 / 3:41 pm

        Agreed. “Expert” is the most misused word in the English language. Just this morning, “experts” were on MSNBC predicting a dark and deadly winter because of Omicron when in reality, all current empirical evidence says otherwise.

  9. Amazona December 31, 2021 / 1:20 pm

    The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Aduhelm in June has drawn fierce criticism because clinical trials showed the drug had significant safety risks and unclear benefit to patients.

    Yet there is little or no criticism (at least not allowed by Big Brother’s media censors) about the ” significant safety risks and unclear benefit to patients” aspects of the “vaccines” being touted so ferociously by a complicit government.

    It makes me wonder if Biogen, the maker of Aduhelm, just isn’t in a kickback stream like Pfizer and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, so it doesn’t have the protections afforded to the companies that seem to be paying for it.

  10. Amazona January 1, 2022 / 2:00 pm

    You can’t pick out a paragraph or two from a VDH article because they are all so spot-on. Some good observations to start a new year, which I can’t capitalize as we usually do because there is so little to indicate it will be a good one.

    • Retired Spook January 1, 2022 / 2:11 pm

      The final sentence nails it:

      Never in history has such a mediocre, but self-important and ungracious generation owed so much, and yet expressed so little gratitude, to its now dead forebears.

      • Amazona January 1, 2022 / 3:43 pm

        That summed it up for me, too.

        The younger kids I know don’t fall into the “entitled brat” syndrome I see in so many college-aged kids and the generation older than they are, so there might be some hope.

  11. Amazona January 1, 2022 / 2:19 pm

    Back to my comment about losing confidence in the FDA: There is some truly alarming information finally coming out about Merck’s new Covid pill, and it makes the FDA look criminally negligent, in my opinion.

    “The problem with molnupiravir lies in its mechanism of action,” Michael Lin, associate professor of neurobiology and bioengineering at Stanford University, wrote in a recent op-ed for the Washington Post. “Unlike any previous antiviral drug, molnupiravir does only one thing: It introduces mutations into the viral genome.

    So isn’t a drug that induces “even more mutations so that eventually the virus’ proteins are damaged beyond function” kind of an elegant way to shut it down? Well, if we could guarantee that that was all it would do, that might be true. The concern is what happens when mutations are created that don’t have that result, meaning more versions (variants) of the virus are generated.

    “The worst-case scenario is worrisome,” he continued. “As long as molnupiravir is in use somewhere in the world, it could generate repeated cycles of new variants, with people desperately taking the drug to fight the new variants it spawns, creating a vicious positive feedback loop while causing more suffering and deaths… The FDA and Merck have essentially engaged the public in a gamble without public debate.”

    We know that every time the Left tries to “fix” something it just makes it worse, and now it appears that at least one drug company, with the full approval and assistance of our Leftist government, is doing the same thing.

    And the FDA has approved a mutagenic drug for use in the population.

    William Haseltine, a virologist renowned for his work on HIV and the human genome project, implored the FDA in a November 1 blog post to be circumspect in its handling of molnupiravir due to “the drug’s potential to supercharge SARS-CoV-2 mutations and unleash a more virulent variant upon the world,” along with other potential side effects.

    Whoa—that sounds like a very scary science fiction movie, with mad scientists tinkering with the DNA of a relatively benign virus and turning it into an unstoppable mutation far more dangerous than its origin. And, BTW, funded by the government.

    This is why I haven’t been able to say Happy New Year this year. I just can’t see it being very happy.

    • Amazona January 1, 2022 / 2:27 pm

      We are—at least some of us—focused on China’s role in creating this virus and then releasing it into the world. But it is starting to look like what we really need to look at is OUR role in amplifying that virus and making it untreatable by introducing mutations that can, conceivably, engage in the kind of uncontrollable geometric escalation that some people fear from the idea of runaway nuclear reactions.

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