Open Thread

Time flies when you’re painting the house!

Anyways, Mark Kelly (D-AZ) announced he will vote to kill the filibuster…which means his pollster told him he’s doomed in November and so now is going for the MSNBC gig. So far, Sinema and Manchin are firm in keeping it, but Schumer is going to keep trying. At least some people – but not nearly enough – are openly saying that this whole “voting rights” effort is merely an effort to secure Democrat voter fraud forever. They want to win by cheating. To become what the PRI was to Mexico for 70 years – a Ruling Party which engages in sham elections to lend itself a patina of legitimacy. We’ll see if they are able to do it. Their strategy right now is to call Sinema a white supremacist. Not sure this will work.

Absent this, it looks like the Democrats are in for a blow out loss in November. Think in terms of anything D+10 or less being vulnerable. So far, 28 House Democrats have announced they won’t seek re-election.

NPR reported that Gorsuch and Sotomayor were feuding over mask wearing. Turns out this was Fake News. Because that is all NPR does.

Commies on American campuses are removing statues. You know, just like Chinese commies are doing in Hong Kong. Birds of a feather.

Insane person pushes a woman into the path of an oncoming subway train and everyone is all shocked. How can you be? We decided (well, “we” as in a few lawyers and judges) back in the 70’s that being insane isn’t sufficient cause to place a person into protective custody. That really was the first shot across the bow on where we were heading…that sane people could not, except for a very short period, put restrictions on the insane was a signpost to societal destruction. We’re all sympathetic. We don’t want insane people denied due process, abused or left to rot in filth (as all too often happened in the past) but the answer to poor care at insane asylums was to improve the asylums…not let raving nutters out. People who cannot perform basic life functions such as maintain personal cleanliness and normal social interaction belong under care…not wandering through the streets. It is brutal and inhuman to let these poor people try to take care of themselves when their mental condition is such that they cannot.

UPDATE: Well, they failed – at the end of the day, both Sinema and Manchin stood up and voted very definitely against a rules change. This not only preserves the filibuster for now, it may retain it in our system for quite a long while…but mostly because we’ll probably have 54 GOP Senators come January next and then it is probably 3 or 4 cycles before the Democrats have a realistic shot at a Senate majority.

25 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook January 19, 2022 / 5:38 pm

    Tell me again why we subsidize NPR with our tax dollars.

    • Amazona January 20, 2022 / 1:28 am

      I’ve never understood why we pay for NPR.

    • jdge1 January 21, 2022 / 12:44 pm

      Great article. Just about says it all. That over 70% of the voting population think asterisk shouldn’t run again in 2024 should also be telling.

  2. Amazona January 20, 2022 / 12:40 pm

    We decided (well, “we” as in a few lawyers and judges) back in the 70’s that being insane isn’t sufficient cause to place a person into protective custody.

    I watched this happening. In the 70s I was in my early twenties and living, as so many young people did, in the Capital Hill area of Central Denver. This is an area of large once-private homes divided into apartments, and it had a wonderful village-like atmosphere. And then the Left decided that it was not “fair” to confine the mentally ill, and they were “released”.

    It was tragic. People who could obviously not care for themselves were dumped on the streets, ostensibly cared for by increasingly overworked social workers. The apartments were taken over, as social workers moved them in, by people whose problems ranged from being unable to clean themselves or their homes to those who were physically violent. What was worse was the swarm of predators who swooped in to take advantage of these people. The day the checks arrived, the predators were there, and within a day or so many of these mentally ill people had no money, no food, no way to buy food, and were wholly destitute, scared and destitute.

    This is the origin of the “homeless” problem we see today. As Leftist nincompoops tried to “solve” the problem by throwing more money at it, shiftless good-for-nothings got on the gravy train, collecting their own checks while refusing to work, and panhandling in cities where Progressive policies deemed it unfair or something to ban begging on the streets allowed them to be parasites.

    When the mentally ill were housed in care facilities they were sheltered, had beds, had food and medical care. They were safe and secure. The Liberals “set them free” to fend for themselves and then celebrated their moral superiority while the frightened and helpless mentally ill were on their own.

    • jdge1 January 21, 2022 / 12:59 pm

      I kind of wondered why Peterson was still in the University setting when they are moving swiftly in a direction that is full of corruption and against the best interest of its students. Fortunately he has other options to fall back on. Not so much for other faculty that believes as he does.

  3. Retired Spook January 20, 2022 / 1:42 pm

    but mostly because we’ll probably have 54 GOP Senators come January next and then it is probably 3 or 4 cycles before the Democrats have a realistic shot at a Senate majority.

    I recall a number of times over the last couple of decades, often on this blog, Conservatives commented that if we would just let the Left win and have complete control for a short time, the backlash would be so severe that they would never be given the levers of power again. I never agreed with that mindset, but we’re witnessing it play out in real time. Now, to be sure, we didn’t give Democrats their current power on purpose, and the fact that (a) their margins are the smallest in modern history, and (b) they won them by cheating, but the effect is the same.

  4. Cluster January 21, 2022 / 9:17 am

    So I’ve been up north and unplugged for a few days and I have to tell you, life is really good when there are no anxiety ridden Democrats around.

    The NYT is sending out warnings that you’re not safe unless Pfizer has injected you:

    The New York Times
    The son of the Czech folk singer Hana Horka, who deliberately exposed herself to the coronavirus, said her death should serve as a warning to others who remain unvaccinated. Horka believed naturally acquired immunity would allow a return to normalcy.

    I find it really interesting that she commented on her own death and wanted it to be an example. I am hoping I can make some final statements after I die.

    • Amazona January 23, 2022 / 4:13 pm

      This NYT statement is inherently inconsistent. On one hand she wanted to get the virus to acquire natural immunity, because she thought it more effective than vaccination. Then she “said her death should serve as a warning to others who remain unvaccinated”.

      I would be inclined to say her death is an example of a medical conspiracy to let people die by refusing early treatment that is not in line with the orthodoxy of its powerful organization.

  5. Cluster January 21, 2022 / 9:48 am

    We all know that Democrats are riddled with hubris, ignorance, and short sightedness, a deadly combination, and no issue exposes that fact more than climate change. 20 years ago, Al Gore said we had 10 years left, and just a few years ago, the 14 year old climate guru Greta Thunberg and intellectual giant AOC both said we have just 12 years left. They are adorable aren’t they? The problem with this is though, the earth operates in it’s own time schedule and NO ONE will alter that:

    As for climate, there have been at least five major ice ages, and “the most recent one began approximately 3 million years ago and continues today (yes, we live in an ice age!),” informs the Utah Geological Survey. Then there was the Cryogenian period, during which the Earth was completely, or almost completely, covered with snow and ice. If man had existed during that time, would it have been bad if his activities had raised the temperature a couple of degrees?

    Within ice ages are shorter term cycles known as glacials (colder periods) and interglacials (warmer ones); glacials last approximately 100,000 years while interglacials last about 10,000 to 30,000 years. We’re currently in an interglacial called the Holocene Epoch, which began 11,500 to 12,000 years ago. This means that we could, conceivably, be poised to soon enter another more frigid glacial period.

    Unfortunately for Democrats, the earth prefers 10,000 to 30,000 year cycles, rather than the electoral cycles Democrats prefer.

    • Retired Spook January 21, 2022 / 11:05 am

      Excellent article. This quote from near the end reinforces why I don’t bother to argue with Leftists anymore:

      “You cannot reason a man out of a position he has not reasoned himself into,”

      • Cluster January 21, 2022 / 12:13 pm

        Excellent quote. And applicable to every Leftist issue, including gender fluidity.

    • Amazona January 23, 2022 / 4:15 pm

      Just started listening to “Dark Winter” about the Sun controlling Earth’s climate, and stopped because I realize this is a book I need in print form. There is just too much information to process by listening while driving. But I listened long enough to hear the author predict another Ice Age, and soon.

  6. Cluster January 22, 2022 / 9:02 am

    Now that the Democrats and Deep State are back in charge, war is soon the happen. Does that surprise anyone?

  7. Cluster January 22, 2022 / 9:13 am

    I find it deliciously ironic listening to MSNBC mentioning the “dangerous conspiracy against democracy” of January 6 knowing that over the last 4 years they breathlessly propagated the Russia collusion lie and did their level best to frame a SC Justice as a serial rapist. Their self awareness is abysmal. And their lives are worthless. It’s a shame Covid didn’t kill more Democrats, particularly in the media. .

    • Amazona January 22, 2022 / 12:30 pm

      I often wonder if these people actually believe the bizarre fables they constantly parrot, or if deep down they know they are BS but the end justifies the means. If the former, then these people truly are bone-deep stupid, lacking some essential kind of brain cell that allows for objective analysis of truth. If the latter, they are simply despicable human beings.

      But we are missing so many opportunities to pin them down. How many times has a conservative interviewer challenged a Dem to name just one aspect of the Georgia voting reform that inhibits the right or ability to vote? We are always on the back foot, playing defense, saying “but…but…look at DELAWARE !!”

  8. Amazona January 22, 2022 / 12:45 pm

    It is possible that the vaxx bubble is about to burst, but more like a grenade than a balloon.

    The day after I posted that the actions of the government, in collusion with Big Pharma, constitute a crime against humanity I got a phone call from a man I have only met by phone. No, not like that. ( I was investigating an oxygen treatment system, as I am too claustrophobic to use a hyperbaric chamber but also heard that pressurized oxygen is good for slowing the development of macular degeneration, and he is the science guy of the company. We ended up talking for more than an hour, and every now and then he calls me, to talk about politics and Covid. He has a deep scientific background in research and pharmaceuticals and is also strongly conservative in a hard blue state, so we have a lot to talk about.)

    In the course of discussing the dangers of the vaxx drugs, which of course he explained in very technical terms, he used the term “a crime against humanity” and we wondered when this would all blow up and who would be taken down when it does.

    And now we might have the first shot of the war.

    Will These People Be Charged With Genocide?


    Seven applicants, on behalf of the British population, have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing 16 individuals of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression

    The 16 defendants include Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Peter Daszak, Bill and Melinda Gates, the CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson along with several other British authorities, as well as the presidents of the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Economic Forum

    According to the ICC complaint, the 16 defendants have violated the Nuremberg Code and Articles 6, 7, 8, 15, 21 and 53 of the Rome Statute

    The Nuremberg Code is a set of medical research ethics principles that grew out of the “Doctors Trial” in Nuremberg following World War II. The war crimes tribunal at Nuremberg established 10 standards to which doctors must conform when performing experiments on human subjects

    The ICC is a permanent, independent court that investigates crimes that concern the international community. Its activities are governed by an international treaty called the Rome Statute, which has been ratified by more than 120 countries, including the U.S. It can step in when a member state fails to take appropriate action to bring a criminal to justice. In theory, member states are supposed to cooperate with the court

    When you read the entire article you may feel that you should be wearing a tinfoil hat, but I don’t think it can be dismissed just because it is so over the top.

    • Amazona January 22, 2022 / 12:51 pm

      From the article:

      In a January 1, 2022, video announcement (featured at the top of this article), Dr. Reiner Fuellmich — a U.S.-German consumer protection trial lawyer and cofounder of the German Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee (Außerparlamentarischer Corona Untersuchungsausschuss) launched July 10, 2020 — announced the data they now have in their possession is “enough to dismantle the entire vaccine industry.”

      Fuellmich is heading up the committee’s corona crisis tort case. Initially, the committee focused on exposing the PCR test fraud, but now they also have evidence that the vaccine makers were using different lot numbers to carry out an experiment within an experiment, unbeknownst to the public.

      According to Fuellmich, it looks like an experiment to determine the dosage needed to kill and/or maim people. In other words, people have not been getting identical products. Different lots or batches contain different dosages and even different ingredients.

      There is inescapable evidence, in my view as a lawyer, of there being premeditation. ~ Dr. Reiner Fuellmich

      According to Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, former chair of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Health Committee, they have “hard evidence” of this. He points to an investigation published in late 2021 showing only 5% of the lots were responsible for 100% of the rapid deaths.

      In the video, Wodarg also shows a graph of 9,500 different Pfizer jab batches, with some having a toxicity, as evidenced by deaths, that is 3,000 times above the baseline. Others have a toxicity that is 2,500 times higher than baseline. Between them are batches with no deaths attributed to them.

      Wodarg also claims to have data showing that the vaccine makers appear to have coordinated and synchronized their experimentation, so that only one of them is releasing a potentially deadly batch at a time. But they’re all doing this. They’re all experimenting with dosages and ingredients, Wodarg insists, and the reason they’re able to do this is because there are no review boards overseeing any of them.

      There’s now an interesting site where you can search the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) data based on your lot number, to see if you got one of the more dangerous batches. You can find that dashboard here. The video below explains how to use the dashboard.

  9. Amazona January 22, 2022 / 1:03 pm

    The web site has some fascinating articles, and from one on the rise of technology as a new religion I found this. If you substitute “Democrat” for “technocrat” you have a pretty good explanation of what we are dealing with here.

    Seeking Total Control

    The force driving the mind of a technocrat is the overbearing emotional need for total control, combined with mistrust for other people in general. They seemingly look to compensate for their emotional poverty. (In other words, there is no reason to admire their successes as their successes are based on theft of other people’s right to free will.)

    The technocrats’ desire to fully control their surroundings is anxiety-driven. They simply can’t stand the feeling of uncertainty that comes with allowing other people’s subjective choices to play any role. They don’t trust others to do the right thing, much like a very neurotic parent doesn’t trust his child’s ability to choose wisely without supervision — but far less benevolently.

    Their desire for control is intensely neurotic. They are sitting on needles, so to speak (a Russian idiom and a pun in the light of today) — and in order to dampen their anxiety, they resort to trying to implement their controlling ambitions.

    A rhetorical question: Does Bill Gates believe that our planet cannot sustain a growing population — and therefore, he has to step in and do something about it in order to prevent a total collapse of the human civilization (because he is the man for the job)? Does he believe himself to be a saint and a savior?

    Short answer: I don’t care whether Bill Gates self-identifies as a saint or a villain. Regardless of whether he believes himself to be a successful saint or a successful villain, he has no legitimate business in my relationship with the world — and while his mindset and his wealth allow him to de facto impose his vision with force, he remains an intruder as far as I am concerned, and I don’t want to comply with his vision of my future.

    Technocrats may think they are the cream of the crop. They may think that their brilliant vision is good for the world. But regardless of whether they believe themselves to be the good guys or the bad guys, their thirst for total control is a pathological, anxiety-driven expression. They can’t stand being dependent on other people’s free will, and so they aspire to squash it, which is not existentially right.

    • Jeremiah January 22, 2022 / 7:14 pm

      Is that the new word, or terminology for communism? Technocrat? The reinvention of communism?
      It sounds an awful lot like communism. One side has total control of the state, and/or Federal government, and imposes their will on the other. And eventually, all control is taken away from the people all together, leaving all power in the hands of one or several.

      I’m really glad the left doesn’t have power like that, at least not yet. But they’re getting closer, closer by the day.

  10. Retired Spook January 22, 2022 / 1:05 pm

    Here’s an idea:

  11. Cluster January 22, 2022 / 3:21 pm

    DAMMIT !!! Whoopi is on to our plan:

    “This is part of the big plan to control what happens in America, I believe,” Goldberg said of the GOP. “You take those voting rights away, people are gonna be so angry, but there will be nothing they can do about it because we’re in charge. Next thing comes the women. We’re gonna take your rights away, just like we’re taking X, Y and Z, because they’ll be nothing you can do.”

    We were so close to total control if it weren’t for Whoopi. Foiled again !!!

    • Amazona January 22, 2022 / 3:45 pm

      Poor silly delusional Whoopi—she’s really onto something, but she’s describing the game plan of the system she supports and defends.

      Once anyone can vote, whether or not he or she is a citizen, whether or not he or she has proof of identity, whether or not he or she has voted in other states or precincts, then the entire process is a charade—but one which rewards the party that created these rules. When one person can drop off dozens or hundreds of ballots, without signatures or any proof of eligibility to vote, without any proof of WHO voted, the election process is a farce—but this is what the Left, and by extension Whoopi, wants.

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