Open Thread

The provincial government of Alberta is dropping the Covid restrictions. Seems like pressure works. Though, have a care: the announcement was rather surly and you can bet that if they think they can reimpose the restrictions, they will. And this doesn’t do anything to stop federal mandates in Canada.

The Army is working on Climate Change. We’re doomed.

Ron DeSantis has this to say about Rogan – he shouldn’t have apologized. Looks like someone combed through old Rogan podcasts and found that he said The Bad Words. Rogan apologized and that had the normal result: renewed calls to cancel his show. Never give in to the mob.

There’s a restaurant in NYC which is Castro-Che themed. I know you’re not surprised about that. Here’s the surprising bit: the owners decided to expand to new territory. Specifically, they decided to open a place up in Miami.

New Yorkers just don’t get out much, do they?:

I have a semi-viral Tweet. As of this moment about 2,900 retweets and more than 12,000 likes. This is many orders of magnitude more reaction than I normally get. Seems that the Washington Post printed an article with the title – and I’m not kidding – ACLU Challenges Youngkin Order Mandating Choice on School Masks. Emphsis added. My only comment was that it belonged in a museum…some weird, Orwellian museum. I just couldn’t imagine that someone could write that. These people are tying themselves into pretzels trying to keep up the Narrative. Later I found an article claiming that we on the right are weaponizing freedom to destroy Democracy. Are they stupid, or do they think we are?

18 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook February 9, 2022 / 9:32 am

    Are they stupid, or do they think we are?


  2. Cluster February 9, 2022 / 10:17 am

    Never give in to the mob.

    NEVER apologize to Democrats. Ever. In fact, take whatever they are complaining about, and aggressively shove it right down their f****ing throat. They are all human scum

    Speaking of human scum, Trudeau did say that the trucker convey was “weaponizing freedom”, and you’re right Mark, a more Orwellian phrase does not exist. The moral depths Democrats have sunk to now has them performing some very weird mental gymnastics to prop up the failing narrative.

    Oh and let’s not forget that Biden is handing out free crack pipes now. While the cartels move huge quantities of fentanyl up through the southern border. Just the other day, less then 10 miles from me, over 200,000 pills of fentanyl were seized by police but I guarantee you, that was just one shipment and I’m sure many others made it through. Can you see the pattern here?? Free crack pipes, easy access to fentanyl. It’s almost as if our government doesn’t care about us.

    And here’s something that will make you proud to be a “free” American. US Customs yesterday restricted the amount of Ivermectin that can be brought into the country from Mexico. My pharmacist friend in Mexico told me that the restrictions went into effect this week due to huge demand from many common sense people in the US and Canada who realize that a very effective anti viral drug that has been around for over 60 years and even used as a prophylactic may help fight the Covid virus – and it does. BUT big pharma can’t make money off of it, so “NO IVERMECTIN FOR YOU”.

    I wonder if some Democrats are starting to catch on yet?

    • Retired Spook February 9, 2022 / 12:03 pm

      Speaking of human scum, Trudeau did say that the trucker convey was “weaponizing freedom”, and you’re right Mark, a more Orwellian phrase does not exist.

      I recently re-read 1984, having not read it since college back in the mid-60s. I suspect most critically thinking people our age have read it. The first time I read it I thought it was pretty far-fetched. No — Orwell was just extremely prescient. Between 1984 and Rules for Radicals, we know their playbook pretty well. The irony is that they know ours as well. They know that what we advocate has worked throughout history and what they advocate has not, and yet, generation after generation they insist that this time it will be different. On that point I fully agree because “this time” they are going to get their asses handed to them.

  3. Cluster February 10, 2022 / 9:44 am

    Things are going well in blue states …

    Desperate Venice Beach residents threaten to sue LA officials for MILLIONS after putting their lives at risk by refusing to crack down on growing homeless encampments and unchecked fires

    Democrats have done such a fine job with Seattle, Portland, Chicago, etc, that we ought to just have them govern the country. How great would that be?

  4. Cluster February 10, 2022 / 9:55 am

    Well, Trudeau out did himself yesterday with another Orwellian comment …

    Trudeau accuses drivers of ‘endangering jobs, impeding trade and threatening the economy’

    After two years of lockdowns, Trudeau is now worried about the nations economy?? Weird. But someone should tell Justine that these truckers ARE the economy. You can either have “Go Fund Me” or “Go Feed Me” – it’s Canada’s choice.

  5. Cluster February 11, 2022 / 10:24 am

    America’s rush to war is appalling …

    ‘That’s a WORLD WAR when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another’: Biden tells US citizens to leave Ukraine now because things could ‘get crazy quickly’ and Russia ‘isn’t just a terrorist organization’

    Americas military can’t even defeat goat herders in Afghanistan. Putin will crush them. BUT the Pentagon has new toys it wants to play with and Democrats love to kill people so ….

  6. jdge1 February 11, 2022 / 11:29 am

    Nice response.

    After having a $10 million GoFundMe page axed last week, the Freedom Convoy truckers protesting COVID measures in Ottawa have now had another $8 million raised on Christian-based crowdfunding site GiveSendGo frozen, this time via an order from Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice.

    However GiveSendGo responded Thursday night with a statement that said, “Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign. Thanks for your concern but this recipient is receiving funds.”

  7. jdge1 February 11, 2022 / 11:42 am

    I guess freedom of personal choice is only valid if you want to kill your unborn baby. Article is from the UK.

    Doctors willing to assist women who wish to reverse the effects of the abortion pill have come under intense fire. Progressive media outlets have systematically run dozens of “investigations” in which doctors are asked if they are willing to prescribe progesterone, and then “outed” as anti-abortion physicians following “dangerous” junk science. I personally know doctors who have been the subject of such investigations. Abortion activists want to make it impossible for desperate women to change their minds.

    Dr. Dermot Kearney, a former president of the Catholic Medical Association, after a referral from the General Medical Council, was banned from providing the life-saving treatment of “abortion pill reversal” (APR) for 18 months. He is going to the High Court to have this ban overturned. It is unconscionable that a physician seeking to save lives would be actively blocked by the courts from doing so.

    • Amazona February 11, 2022 / 12:23 pm

      So much for “my body my choice” and “freedom of choice”. Once a woman chooses to reverse a decision she now regrets, that’s tough, because once she puts herself into the hands of the State her freedom disappears.

      And that is the message of everything we are seeing—once we submit to the State, we have no freedom. We shouldn’t even have the freedom to speak out, even (or maybe especially) when we are exercising the rights guaranteed to us by our own Constitution, because those rights run counter to the demands of the State.

      The State is, however, telegraphing its strategy. All we have to do is look at the words it is using—-“dangerous”, “misinformation”, “disinformation”—all reminiscent of the old Soviet Union and its death grip on freedom of speech.

      When Donald Trump started talking about the Swamp, about the Deep State, I thought he was talking about the rot in politics. But it turns out he was talking about the nearly complete takeover of every aspect of our government by bureaucrats, by unelected administrators who make rules which have the power of law. He was in the process of dismantling the government agencies in the United States when the Left realized that he was, to use a favorite term of theirs, an “existential threat” to their power and had to go, by any means possible.

      How did the General Medical Council in the UK get the power they are now wielding? Was it legislated, or simply assumed? This is how power grows, through the most unexpected yet prevalent organizations, which suddenly appear united in a political ideology and exerting control on every aspect of life. We are seeing it here in school boards and teachers’ unions.

  8. Retired Spook February 11, 2022 / 3:08 pm

    The price of a barrel of oil was $54 when Trump left office. Trading today at $94, a 74% increase. the price of gas is up a little more percentage wise ( nationwide average). $1.87 the day Trump left office, $3.48 today, an increase of 86%. Thanks, Joe.

  9. Amazona February 11, 2022 / 8:08 pm

    I can’t think of a single phrase that sums up the attitude of the Left better than the complaint that too many people are “weaponizing freedom”. It’s an admission that they are threatened by freedom. What more do we need to know?

  10. Amazona February 12, 2022 / 1:29 pm

    One of my favorite signs at the Canadian truck rally had a photo of Trudeau in a cowboy hat with the text: “Good news. Rip has offered you a ride to the train station”.

    • Cluster February 12, 2022 / 3:50 pm

      Lol. All of you need to watch 1883. Amazing show. Well acted, well done and great history.

  11. Amazona February 13, 2022 / 1:46 pm

    Good hearted Americans hear this clearly, getting our America back is not hard.

    Maintaining focus and seeing it through will be the most difficult part of the process, but the
    solution is simple.

    This November take back Congress. January 2023 fix the nation. And from this point forward jail the criminals.


    Breaking into private sector computers is one level of criminality. Hillary’s desires went further however. To authorize contract work for those whose mission it is to crack White House servers—exhibits an intent to betray the nation.

    That the team was “merely” attempting to “frame” a lawfully and overwhelmingly elected President doesn’t lessen the impact of the crime.

    It was an attempt to strike a blow against the sovereignty of the people’s decision

    I hope this last sentence is brought up over and over again as the rabid Left tries, once again, to find a way to keep Donald Trump from being able to be our president for another four years.

    We need to remind people of Hillary’s support for #RESIST, which was a movement that also involved members of Congress and was designed to fight, undermine and in general block all efforts by the new President Trump to do his job. She repeatedly claimed Donald Trump stole the election in 2016.

    If only we can find a way to coherently mount not a defense but an offense, as the sham “hearing” stumbled along trying to dodge the facts that prove it is nothing but political theater, we can take every accusation and allegation they make and throw it back into their faces.

    • Cluster February 13, 2022 / 3:46 pm

      And many people forget the irony of all ironies and that is Donald Trump WAS a NY Democrat before becoming the most effective conservative President in our history

  12. Amazona February 13, 2022 / 2:29 pm

    As the Left only survives by ignoring history, they seem to have forgotten the Hillary Clinton contempt of service as she defied subpoenas, destroyed telephones and hard drives, overwrote information on computers and generally broke every federal law there is regarding protection and preservation of government information and documents, starting with doing official government business on an illegal unsecured email server kept in a bathroom. You would think they would realize the box of trouble they are opening when they try to make a big deal out of Trump tearing up papers.

    We all do that, I think. When I was helping our company attorneys write briefs in a lawsuit the company was involved in, I routinely printed out drafts, read through them as printouts because my brain works better reading hard copies of complicated stuff and it was easier to mark them up, and then we would confer, using the printouts. When it was time to write a corrected version I would collect the rejected copies and then I would tear them in two or four pieces and toss them into (or sometimes just toward) a wastebasket. I think this is common practice to keep drafts from getting mixed in with acceptable work. In a lengthy article about Hillary Clinton’s practices the author says

    From an FBI analysis:
    one close aide—a self-described “Clintonista”—said, she was a “paper person,” preferring to read documents in hard copy. While the Presidential Daily Brief—the government’s most valuable document—was often briefed in-person to her at the office, she read voluminously at the office and at home. Since Clinton did not have a classified email account herself, all classified material went to her in hard copy—a process overseen by her executive assistants, Joe McManus and, later, Alice Wells. Clinton, Sullivan recalled, had an “enormous” amount of information, including classified reports, briefed to her in-person or through the paper flow.

    For reading at home, the State Department would also regularly deliver diplomatic pouches full of briefings and reports Is all this paper accounted for?

    For the Left to try to make a big deal out of this seems foolish even for a movement known for its self-destructive tendencies. And they are also trying to make a big deal out of what they call “gaps” in WH phone logs.

    There’s scant oversight of the way Clinton communicated, and little thought given to how her files might be preserved for posterity—MacBook laptops with outdated archives are FedExed across the country, cutting-edge iPads are discarded quickly and BlackBerry devices are rejected for being “too heavy” as staff scrambled to cater to Clinton’s whims. In another interview Abedin said Hillary switched devices so often that it was not uncommon for her staff to not even know what she was using or where it was.

    And it wasn’t just Hillary. Outgoing Sec of State Powell said he advised Hillary Clinton “to resist restrictions that would inhibit her ability to communicate.” But he told her to choose wisely and not to create an unnecessary paper trail. He said if it became “public” that Clinton had a BlackBerry and she used it to “do business,” her emails could become “official record[s] and subject to the law.” As Powell said: “Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data. Powell personally preferred to use his own AOL address for email, treating it, he told the FBI, “like a home telephone line,” meaning that he felt he could use it for business or personal reasons.

    If the Left really wants to open Pandora’s Box of nearly criminally negligent State Department practices, defiance of official subpoenas and Hillary Clinton’s ignorance of “tech” so profound she didn’t even know how to use a computer or retrieve her own faxes (“Clinton didn’t know her own email login information”) I say “go for it”. That would make her campaign for the presidency even more interesting, assuming she can stay sober and on her feet.

  13. Amazona February 13, 2022 / 3:05 pm

    I think Canada is giving us a preview of what is likely to happen here. We have tended to judge Canada by its Leftist urban voices, just as we tend to pay way too much attention to those voices here in the U.S. Canada is showing us what can happen–first by its illustration of how quickly tyranny can expand and spread and now by what happens when it reaches a tipping point.

    I hope we can learn and follow suit.

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