Open Thread

Pudding Brain is set to surrender entirely to Iran on nuclear weapons and is now trying to curry favor or Venezuela. These guys will do anything other than pump American oil. Remember: their belief is that they must end oil to Save The Planet…and they are going to stick with that. OTOH, they are heading for a shellacking in November and so want gas prices down. Their solution is to buy the dirtiest oil in the world from two of the worst regimes in the world.

Yes, they are insane.

That’s the latest ISW map of Ukraine: the Russians have been forging ahead, but only in little bites, it would seem. The Russians, themselves, have a map showing much more Ukrainian territory under their control. I go with this as even if it is wrong, it is wrong out of caution. But you can see the Russians are clearly going for the territory east of the Dnieper River. Whether this is all Putin wants or just the prep for taking the rest remains to be seen.

Pro-Ukraine forces on social media get very mad at you if you point out that Ukraine is trying to start WWIII. I don’t think the Ukrainians want WWIII…but they are clearly willing to risk it. They pretty much have to: without outside intervention there is no way they can physically keep the Russians out: they simply don’t have sufficient weight of material for that. My bet is that they hope a bit of NATO vs Russia brinksmanship will bring Putin to the table as he won’t want a larger war. This may be correct. This may also end up in WWIII. There’s no shame in Ukraine trying this – the life of their nation is at stake. But everyone better understand what’s happening and not get all starry-eyed about Ukraine to the point where all common sense is lost.

At the University of North Texas the students (well, the idiot, Commie students) shouted down a speaker. Remember: this is Texas. Ever more Red Texas. But, its like that all over, isn’t it? No matter how Red the State, the Commies still control education and media at the bare minimum. And this is because the feckless GOP simply let it happen. Didn’t want to fight. Not the hill to die on! Well, turns out it was: and now we’re starting to see pushback against it. This is good, but it is also showing that many State GOPers are RINOs as bad as any Congressional GOPer.

This plus the Latino shift to the GOP is what terrifies the Ruling Class – and that includes the GOP part of the Ruling Class. Turns out, Latino voters are in favor of border security. This seems bizarre to Progressives, but that’s because Progressives are stupid. No sane person wants an unending flow of unvetted people coming in. And, sure, Pedro down there in south Texas doesn’t want cousin Julio deported…but he also wants good schools, well paid jobs and low crime…and he knows he can’t get that if the border isn’t secure. What do they fear? A GOP with increasingly strong working class support across racial lines starts enacting laws that working class people want: no more CRT, at least late-term abortion bans, no more teaching 3rd graders about transgender issues, secure borders, Made in America…the stuff of Establishment nightmares.

Gas here at my local Vegas gas station went from $4.09 a gallon on Monday to $4.69 a gallon today. And it was something like $3.79 a gallon about two weeks ago. This is an economic killer – we’re getting into a risk of hyperinflation. Still a low risk, but what is normally a 0.01% risk in the USA is now about a 10% risk. These prices (and the massive spikes in wheat and corn prices) are going to ripple through the economy over the next six months and I do expect a very sharp recession out of it.

Team Pudding Brain and the MSM are blaming Putin for this.

31 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Jeremiah March 6, 2022 / 6:54 pm

    I read where they may start bombing Kyiv tonight. It’s really sad to see, they killed three little children as they were trying to flee.

    They showed a little boy who was fleeing Ukraine, he had a backpack on, and all he had in it was his little puppy.
    Just heart-wrenching stories like that from all over that region of the world.

    They’ve got a huge humanitarian crisis in Finland, and Poland where nearly 2 million people have fled, but there’s still 40
    Million in the country who are staying to fight. Everybody is shooting at everybody. Some journalists came to film, and were met with gunfire, they blew out their windshield, and all their windows, luckily they escaped. One journalist was hit twice in his body armor.

    Aside from all these harrowing stories, there’s nothing much going to stop Putin in his thirst for power. He’s got largest country by territory in the world, but it doesn’t satisfy him, which is proof that material possessions and wealth do not satisfy.

    Putin could use his nuclear power to take over half of the world and his still wouldn’t be satisfied. Just like hell, which is never satisfied with just one last soul.

  2. Cluster March 6, 2022 / 8:27 pm

    Mark, no worries man. Kamala is headed back over there this week. It’s all good.

  3. Cluster March 7, 2022 / 9:11 am

    Just a couple of obvious thoughts from a right wing extremist. Ukraine is a white nationalist country defending their borders with an armed citizen population. Everything I thought Democrats opposed. Secondly, the same Americans you now see supporting Ukraine’s freedom, did not support their American neighbors freedom of free speech and opposition to a mandated vaccine.

    Weird times

    • Retired Spook March 7, 2022 / 9:30 am

      It’s called hypocrisy, and, while it’s not exclusively a Democrat construct, they own the patent on it. We’re going to find out on November 8th just how many people have caught on.

      • Retired Spook March 7, 2022 / 10:22 am

        Speaking of hypocrisy:

        🔥 Tell me how this makes sense. Facebook recently unbanned a Ukrainian “freedom fighting” group that it had previously banned in 2019 because the group’s members are LITERAL NAZIS. On February 25th, Business Insider ran an article headlined, “Facebook is Reversing Its Ban on Posts Praising Ukraine’s Far-Right Azov Battalion, Report Says.”

        The Azov Battalion is the armed wing of Ukraine’s white nationalist movement. In 2019, Facebook banned the neo-nazi group and all posts praising it, under Facebook’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy. A 2016 human rights report concluded that Azov soldiers had raped and tortured civilians during the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

        In 2018, the Guardian reported that Azov’s first commander Andriy Biletsky said Ukraine is meant to “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade … against Semite-led Untermenschen (subhumans).” Business Insider said some of Azov’s soldiers wear symbols of the Third Reich, like swastikas.

        It seems, well, slightly problematic that Facebook is helping literal nazis. And on of the things Putin complained in his speech explaining why Russia’s military was invading its next-door neighbor was about neo-Nazi humanitarian crimes. Wouldn’t you like to hear our State Department’s position on that issue? Are WE, like Facebook, aligned with Ukrainian Nazis? Are we providing them with support? Are we arming them, giving them guns and rocket launchers and stuff? If so, is that really a good idea?

        I’m just ASKING. Because leftists have assured me that being a nazi is the absolute worst possible thing in the whole entire world.

        Again, I’m not defending Russia — especially not the Soviets, who arguably enabled Hitler to begin with by allying with him early in World War II. But the Nazis invaded Russia in a massive and dastardly surprise attack, breaking their alliance, and killing up to twenty million Russians before the invasion finally ground to a frozen halt in the icy Russian winter. Of five million Russian soldiers captured by the Nazis, 3.3 million died in concentration and POW camps.

        So Russians REALLY don’t like Nazis. It’s perhaps not super surprising, then, that Russia banned Facebook after Facebook unbanned the Ukrainian neo-nazi group. You might even understand how Russian could have seen Facebook’s move as provocative. So the media narrative that Russia banned Facebook to stop Russians from finding things out might not be, well, COMPLETE.

        Why are leftists supporting nazis? It seems like a very bad idea. I’m just spitballing here. But if you are on the same side as the nazis, maybe — maybe — you’re on the wrong side. Just saying.

  4. Cluster March 7, 2022 / 9:34 am

    I sure hope the people of Ukraine are ok today:

    Chicago girl is shot dead on way home from celebrating her 12th birthday after her family’s car got caught in the crossfire of ‘gang shooting’

  5. Amazona March 7, 2022 / 11:44 am

    Why do they put wind turbines in Wyoming?
    Because it’s windy there.

    Why did a wind turbine tower fall down?
    Maybe because it’s windy there.

    But there’s more: “Things like this take a lot of care to handle, so we’re approaching our removal and cleanup efforts very methodically,” Patterson said. “There are some standards and requirements that must be followed when removing this type of material. We’re taking all the necessary steps and following state and other regulations as part of our efforts.”

    Uhhh…what “type of material” are we talking about here? Wind turbines are the answer to pollution, so why are they built of what appears to be dangerous material?

    It was bad enough when the perfectly good incandescent light bulbs were banned, to be replaced with bulbs that came with instructions on how to handle breakage that stopped just short of needing to wear a Hazmat suit—-keep children and pets away, open windows and doors to ventilate the area—-and the bulbs have to be discarded in specific places, not put in landfills (Which, of course, they are, because who reads instructions on how to handle a light bulb?) So this protection against whatever danger was represented by light bulbs safely in use for decades (I think it was energy consumption) has led to who knows how much toxic material in our landfills leaching into our groundwater.

    And now it seems that those giant fans in the sky are built of some other toxic material(s). So how is disposal handled when they have to be replaced? How much does it cost to break down and dispose of these parts?

    As the article states, …the downed turbine in Cheyenne is another example of the wind power industry trying to hide how unsafe its machinery actually can be.

  6. Cluster March 7, 2022 / 1:33 pm

    Just a reminder on how mentally retarded people think, and this country has a lot of mentally retarded people:

    “Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky both played leaders on TV shows and then became leaders in real life,” Maureen Dowd writes. “Trump tried to overturn American democracy. Zelensky tried to save Ukrainian democracy.”

  7. Cluster March 7, 2022 / 2:21 pm

    Good article linked below, here’s an excerpt of Stuart Varney and Col. Doug MacGregor talking about Zelenskyy:

    Varney said, “He’s not a hero? He’s standing up for himself and his own people. You don’t think he’s a hero?”

    Macgregor said, “No, I do not. I don’t see anything heroic about the man. And I think the most heroic thing that he can do right now is to come to terms with reality. Neutralize Ukraine. This is not a bad thing. A neutral Ukraine would be good for us as well as for Russia. It would create the buffer that, frankly, both sides want. But he’s, I think, being told to hang on and try to drag this out, which is tragic for the people that have to live through this.”

    • Retired Spook March 7, 2022 / 2:49 pm

      Lots of shades of gray in this situation; both good and bad people in Ukraine, and Putin is a thug and war criminal. That said, I don’t see a scenario where a lot of innocent Ukrainians aren’t going to die, so it seems to me that the best outcome for the world is for Russia to get bogged down in an insurgency in Ukraine for a decade.

      • Cluster March 7, 2022 / 3:07 pm

        They really do deserve each other. Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and is certainly a top sex slave trading country and Putin is an violent, authoritarian mad man so let them duke it out and see what happens.

        Americans should be more focused on saving the children in Chicago more so than Kyiv

  8. Jeremiah March 8, 2022 / 12:31 am

    I was watching this broadcast earlier, it sheds some light on the plight of the Ukrainian people…

    You know, regardless of what people think, Putin has no right whatsoever to attack anyone, regardless of their political ties from the past or the present. Ukraine posed no threat to Russia. So, there’s no call for Putin’s action. But, now that he’s done gone and done what he thought he “had” to do, I hope Ukraine grinds the bones of Putin’s army to dust.

    If Zelenskey wants to join NATO let him do so, more power to him. Just leave the Ukrainian people alone. Putin has gone bloody mad (to borrow a Brit phrase), kind of like Stalin was.

    What’s confusing is our “leadership” here in the United States, is they are helping both Ukraine and Russia at the same time, by buying Putin’s oil. I think maybe Biden’s climate “czars” are calling the shots on that, and they’re just like Stalinists, they don’t care how bad people suffer.

    • Cluster March 8, 2022 / 8:42 am

      Putin is an authoritarian thug who needs to be eliminated from this planet as soon as possible, but Ukraine is no virtuous saint. The financial corruption and sex slave trafficking alone precludes Ukraine from NATO membership. Besides, a neutral Ukraine would best serve the tensions in the area and that’s what’s most important. Imperialistic nation building is an antiquated 20th century construct that needs to be abandoned.

      • Amazona March 12, 2022 / 10:24 pm

        I think that while we know Ukraine is corrupt we need to look at its DNA. It was part of the Soviet Union for decades, and the only way to survive in the USSR was through graft and corruption. That attitude is baked into Russians even today. I hired a firm I later learned was run by Russians to do remodeling in my Denver house and I never met any group so thoroughly and blatantly corrupt. They would rather do something wrong and count on contacts in the building department to OK it than do it right. The replacement firm was amazed—“it was like they didn’t even TRY to do things right.” And they didn’t, because that wasn’t part of the mentality. It was a “screw ’em” mentality, almost as if doing a good job would be submission or something. It was pathological.

        When “democracy” and “capitalism” hit Russia, they went through the old Russian filters and came out deeply and profoundly corrupt, just with new veneers and labels. Ukraine lived under that rule and mentality and it is no surprise that when it got political independence it carried a lot of the old USSR way of doing things along with it.

  9. Cluster March 8, 2022 / 8:37 am

    Tucker had an election official on from Wisconsin last night and the election fraud in that State was massive. NV is coming out with more damning information and of course we all know AZ was hijacked.

    Stolen elections have consequences. There needs to be a serious reckoning in this country.

    On a lighter note, considering his vast experience in Ukraine energy, shouldn’t Hunter Biden be consulting with Zelenskyy?

  10. Cluster March 8, 2022 / 9:23 am

    On Monday night’s The ReidOut on MSNBC, host Joy Reid used the last segment of her prime-time show to exploit the war in Ukraine in order to play racial politics. Reid claimed that the reason the United States and the rest of the world care so much about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is that their population is “white and largely Christian.”

    Correction ignorant racist bitch – only America’s progressive Democrats and the deep state military industrial complex care about Ukraine because there is money and ratings to be gained. America first conservatives don’t give two shits about Ukraine’s “democracy” but thanks once again for showing us all what a complete waste of flesh you are.

  11. Retired Spook March 8, 2022 / 11:20 am

    I was in line at the supermarket yesterday, and the two people ahead of me were complaining about the cost of gas ($3.99 yesterday, $4.25 today). The one guy made a comment that I thought was worth repeating. He said he would bet that for every 10 cent increase in the price of gas, the Democrats lose a million votes, and he would gladly pay $10/gal in the short term to put Democrats back in the minority. I don’t disagree. Think about the increase in the cost of gas as nothing more than a campaign contribution.

    • Cluster March 8, 2022 / 11:41 am

      The current Democrat party and the crime families that run it – Clinton’s, Biden’s, Obama’s, and Kerry’s needs to be dismantled and eliminated, not just out in the minority.

      And guess who has decided to grift off the Ukraine war?? Any guesses?? The Clinton foundation is back !!! That’s right. Saving democracy one billion dollar donation at a time.

    • Amazona March 12, 2022 / 10:16 pm

      He’s only right if we can pull our party’s head out of its nether regions and make this a rallying cry starting TODAY. Today is when we should start blanketing the country with billboards listing the growing prices of gas and food, and why it’s happening.

      And as truckers are being so hard hit by this we should pay to put giant signs on at least the independent truckers’ rigs saying something like “Don’t blame us when your prices go up. Look who’s in charge in Washington”. They are hauling 53′ long blank billboards across the country. The GOP should be putting them to good use. I guess our politicians are too busy shoring up Democrat disasters by spending more money in the middle of the night.

      We know most Democrats are not very bright, and easily influenced by the next shiny thing. So we need to start NOW with strong, unambiguous messaging.

  12. Cluster March 8, 2022 / 11:49 am

    From the Seattle school district, and I post this as a reminder that these type of people need to be executed:

    “Masks contribute to feelings of safety and normalcy that schools provide our students. Removing masks will significantly disrupt that sense of normalcy, and educators will struggle to explain to students why we are removing masks so soon,” the educators wrote to King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin.

    “Prematurely allowing the mask requirement to expire in King County schools could cause serious harm and will result in significant anxiety for many students, families, and educators, and exacerbate rather than help with the mental health crisis for them.”

    “Second, we believe the negative impacts of lifting the mask mandate would be most heavily felt by our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities as well as by people with disabilities.”

    I guess the white kids will be ok so does this mean that “Dr. Duchin” thinks minorities are inferior? I wonder if he would clarify that for me.

    • Amazona March 12, 2022 / 10:11 pm

      What he is really saying is “we really don’t want to have to admit we lied to you for two years”.

    • Retired Spook March 8, 2022 / 1:28 pm

      Former AG William Barr has done a 2-part interview with Bret Baier at Fox News. The first part aired a couple of nights ago. I always thought Barr was a pretty straight shooter, but, in response to a question about voter fraud, he claimed he gave orders to all U.S. Attorneys to investigate any and all claims of fraud and there was not enough in any state to change the outcome of the election. My guess is that all they investigated were claims of dead people voting, people voting more than once, and people voting in more than one state. I’d bet they never investigated the likely millions of paper mail-in ballots that were phony. Barr also claimed that Trump ran well behind the GOP as a whole in all the contested states. I don’t have the resources or time to confirm or repudiate that, but that would explain how the GOP picked up a dozen or so House seats. The fact remains, though, that Trump performed better in 2020 compared to 2016 by something like 11 million votes, the largest increase by an incumbent president since Martin Van Buren in 1840. Interestingly, both men lost.

      If the true history of the 2020 election is ever written, I suspect it will show that it was the perfect storm of censorship/information manipulation by big tech; hundreds of millions of dollars spent to install unmonitored drop boxes and promote Democrats/denigrate Trump by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and George Soros, millions of fraudulent mail-in paper ballots plus an unusually high level of garden variety cheating that occurs in every election.

      • Cluster March 8, 2022 / 2:26 pm

        … an unusually high level of garden variety cheating that occurs in every election.

        And that’s why the investigations went nowhere. Barr is just a bureaucratic deep state apologist who never had any intent on seriously looking into election fraud, which as you mentioned happens all the time but in 2020 they kicked it up a few notches. That’s why the ruling class wants “everyone” to vote. Easier to cheat.

        And why do Democrats insist on teaching sexuality to children?? They are sick motherfuckers.

      • Amazona March 12, 2022 / 10:09 pm

        I lost all respect for Barr when he fell back on the excuse “not enough votes to change the outcome”, completely ignoring the legal requirement of legitimate certification, All he had to do was say that if there was evidence of large scale voting mismanagement or illegitimacy in any state its legislature could not legally certify a count that couldn’t be shown to be accurate. That’s all he had to do.

        When he and others who are supposedly wise in the ways of the law said, in so many words, that although we could prove that thousands of votes were fraudulent in some way there was no way to sort them out to know who should have gotten them or how to subtract them from the total so we had to just accept the total as it was given to us, that was proof to me that they were either abysmally stupid or abysmally dishonest—because the very fact that there was no way to determine who got which votes is the very definition of “uncertifiable”.

  13. Cluster March 8, 2022 / 2:30 pm

    The NYT has finally recognized that our American school children are idiots

    The pandemic has wrought a reading emergency in the U.S. Black and Hispanic children, as well as those from low-income families, those with disabilities and those not fluent in English, are lagging furthest behind.

    No NYT, it’s not the pandemic. It’s the teachers unions and the mind numbingly stupid, agenda driven teachers. They all suck

  14. Cluster March 8, 2022 / 3:02 pm

    This makes me want to start a war …

    Quinnipiac University Poll released on Monday revealed that more Republicans than Democrats would stay in the U.S. and fight if we were ever invaded. Among Republicans surveyed, 68% said they would stay and fight compared to 40% of Democrats. Fifty-two percent of Democrats said they would flee the country.

    And I guarantee that 52% includes Casper, Rico, and Fielding

    • Amazona March 12, 2022 / 10:03 pm

      Ummmm…..flee to where, exactly? The United States is the last bulwark against Communism, which is represented in terms of invasion by Russia. Where, exactly, do they think they would be safer, much less welcomed? Face it, most countries only welcome people who are useful, which eliminates most Dems. No country on Earth is going to open its borders to thousands of pony-tailed middle aged academics and their ilk, and most countries don’t want to add to their Dependent Class.

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