Open Thread

You read about the Great Terror during the French Revolution and from your safe, prosperous American home you wonder how people could act like that? I mean, you understand that there was injustice and even cruelty in the Ancien Régime, but you still look upon it in shock. And then you read a piece in Bloomberg opinion which has an upper class twit telling us to eat lentils and let the dog die to deal with inflation.

And then you understand.

Cruelty and injustice can be dealt with – it is having people treat you with contempt that gets the blood boiling and makes cheering as a noble’s head comes off something understandable.

And there is monumental contempt for us.

When the Hunter Biden story was actively suppressed by the MSM and the Tech Giants in 2020, do recall that 50 former intelligence officials signed a letter stating that the Hunter story was Russian disinformation. It was this letter which allowed Team Pudding Brain, the DNC and the MSM to justify spiking the story. People actually got banned from social media for bringing the story up! The MSM and Tech efforts were bad enough, but the crucial thing was the bald-faced lie by the intelligence officials…without that, the rest wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. But really grasp that: the organizations charged with protecting American national security produced 50 people to lie in print. When you add in the fact that the FBI knew all about this months before it broke and not a single person there blew the whistle you really see our problem: they are against us. They hate us. They hold us in contempt.

I pointed out on Twitter earlier that the same MSM and government agencies who assure us the 2020 vote was legit are the same people who lied about Hunter Biden.

And, yet, you still can’t get through to Never Trump on this. I’m not talking about those Never Trump who have morphed into Never Republican…I’m talking about those who remain Republican and are already largely lining up behind DeSantis for 2024: they remain impervious. One of the more famous said today that he’s backing DeSantis because he doesn’t have the character flaws of Trump. Which is a sort of reverse lie: what character flaws does Trump have? The only one’s we know about are those told to us by government and MSM sources which are proven liars. I mean, seriously: maybe Trump is an immoral man, but nobody can really know. He’s been so consistently lied about that no outsider can sift it and determine what might be true or false (though we can rely on it that Trump has never broken a law – if he had, even in the most trivial manner, he’d already have been tried for it). But, also, for all we know, he’s a moral man. Sure, he had his divorces and his playboy days when young…but young billionaires tend to do that sort of thing and in the year when we have drag queen story time, I’m going to place getting busy with a super model rather low on the moral outrage scale. And rely on this: were Trump still playing around on the side, we’d know about it…I’m sure the MSM has people watching him 24/7. So if he was a bit of a cad from 25-50, he’s not today.

Dr Oz is still rolling along in the Pennsylvania Senate race. I get the doubts about him – he’s from Oprah Universe, something I hold in utter contempt. Over the years, as part of the price of being part of that universe, he staked out positions which are pretty much anathema to anyone on the right, especially on issues like “red flag” laws for gun ownership. But, I also don’t automatically condemn him for that. Lets face it: we’ve all had an education the past 7 years. Perhaps Oz has looked around and figured a few things out? He’s presenting himself as the Trumpist candidate. So far, Trump hasn’t endorsed him – but the rumor from Trump World is that Melania, who apparently is a good friend of Oz, is pushing for him. We’ll see how it comes out – to me, the most important thing is getting the (R) to victory. Is Oz that guy? Don’t know. But I can’t see how he’d be worse than Toomey…who took our Tea Party movement to get into office and then became a colorless GOPe Establishment guy once in, going as far down as to vote to convict Trump in the second trial (and that vote sunk his career in the GOP).

The war with the Ukraine continues to drag on – and Putin, so far, shows no sign of quitting. Ukraine still stands firm and there are even reports of local Ukrainian counter-attacks. OTOH, a recent video of Zelensky in Kiev looked a little photo-shopped. Like they had him in front of a green screen that they projected Kiev on to. I still hold it isn’t our fight – but it does affect the world. In one case, over food supply. The Ukraine is one of the world’s bread baskets. The Ukrainian farmers should be starting to plant their crops right about now. If they aren’t – and it looks like they’re not – then the world is going to have some serious problems in the Fall.

In other news on that front, China and India are working deals with Putin – China and India do need Russian oil and other raw materials, after all. From a geo-political standpoint, our obsession with Putin is taking us out of the global equation while a should-be ally (India) and our definite rival (India) are cutting deals which undermine America’s overall position. My view: we should have declared absolute neutrality in the Russo-Ukrainian war, holding ourselves willing to host peace talks and providing humanitarian aid to both sides.

22 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook March 20, 2022 / 8:58 am

    And there is monumental contempt for us.

    The feeling is mutual.

  2. Cluster March 20, 2022 / 9:10 am

    I’m thinking Ukraine could use some of our maternity fighter pilot uniforms about right now. I wonder if anyone has even asked them?

    And Spook is spot on. Contempt is a two way street and the Left has yet to really feel the disdain from conservatives but that day is coming. A few of my friends and i have talked about the inability to stay quiet anymore when in the presence of progressive Democrats and that’s where our battles lie. We have no influence over the well entrenched corrupt politicians, but we can have an intimidating influence over those who vote for them. Influence someone today!!

    • Retired Spook March 20, 2022 / 2:25 pm

      I’m thinking Ukraine could have used the $85 billion worth of weapons, vehicles, and aircraft we left behind in Shitholistan.

    • Retired Spook March 20, 2022 / 3:08 pm

      Contempt is a two-way street and the Left has yet to really feel the disdain from conservatives but that day is coming.

      Don’t you have the sense that most Leftists are going to be shocked when the full extent of our contempt for them becomes manifested? I’d bet the majority of them are going to say, “we’re the good people; why are you upset with us?”

      I’m not a violent person. The last person I struck with my fist was a bully in the 5th grade. I’ve never shot, stabbed, or clubbed anyone. For the last decade or more I’ve hoped we could resolve our differences peacefujlly. With each passing day, though, I become more and more convinced that any window we may have had to avoid a violent confrontation has come and gone. My bet is that if the GOP has the kind of success in November that the polls are increasingly showing to be likely, a substantial number of Leftists are going to have a melt-down. Maybe we’ll luck out, and they’ll commit mass suicide or move to Norway.

      • Cluster March 21, 2022 / 8:26 am

        I just hope the anger on the right does manifest itself into something constructive … so far we have been way too docile. I also hope the mid terms are a clarion call to sanity but knowing how dishonest and deceitful our domestic opponents are, I am not that optimistic. And if we continue to elect people like Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney then we aren’t accomplishing anything.

        And just an observation but isn’t the media’s complete obsession with Ukraine a little odd?? It’s 24/7 Ukraine in the liberal media. I guess nothing is going on in this country. Or at least nothing positive that they want to report.

      • Amazona March 22, 2022 / 12:57 am

        On another site I got so fed up with the pro-abortionists that I let fly—-and they were stunned. I basically said that scorn and contempt for women who kill their babies is only partially appropriate, because they are preyed upon while they are stunned, shaken and panicky by callous ghouls who lie to them, intimidate them and pressure them. And that it is those who defend abortion, who not only support it but glamorize it and even celebrate it, who deserve—-and receive— utter contempt and disdain. I said for the most part, aside from the serial aborters, these are the people who have virtual blood on their hands, and these are the people who will be seen by history as the true villains who deserved all the loathing they generated.

        I don’t think any of them had ever been told any of this, and I thought it was about time that we start calling them out for the bloodthirsty vile creatures that they are. Like the statistics and true facts about Covid are finally bubbling to the surface, there are statistics about abortion that are tragic—the vast majority of women who get abortions later say they were pressured into doing it, even more say they regret it. The mortality rate for women undergoing abortion is almost twice that of women giving birth. So all the platitudes mouthed about it being really just “reproductive choice” or “health” are, quite simply, lies—and those who tell them are predators and profoundly evil people.

        Getting on my soapbox once again to bemoan the fact that we don’t really have much of a voice, I still think we should start treating certain segments of Liberals the same way, and just as brutally, The most obvious target for this is the open borders/sanctuary movement. We need to come out, loud and fearless, in calling these people out as enabling human trafficking and sex slavery. Bluntly, brutally, with facts and statistics, and call these people out by name when we know the names. I am so sick and tired of the posturing as occupying the Higher Moral Ground by people whose very actions are evil and despicable and inhumane.

      • Cluster March 22, 2022 / 9:29 am

        and I thought it was about time that we start calling them out for the bloodthirsty vile creatures that they are

        Bravo!! We can’t destroy the ruling class and their agenda but we sure as hell can make life really unpleasant for those who support it.

      • Amazona March 22, 2022 / 10:15 am

        In Don Quixote, the delusional man was finally convinced when someone polished a shield so it was a mirror, and he finally saw himself as others saw him.

        I suggest that this should be our model—to be mirrors so the Left can see themselves the way others outside the bubble see them.

        That’s why I don’t understand why we are missing the opportunity to do that with a massive THANK YOU BIDEN VOTER campaign. We have been handed an opportunity staggering in its immensity and simplicity, and we’re ignoring it. Oh, every now and then something pops up blaming Biden for this or that, for gas prices or leaving people behind in Afghanistan, but why are we blaming Biden?

        We need to go after the people who put him in office. Well, the people who get credit for putting him in office—the real culprits will never be named.

        I won’t give a penny to the GOP, but I would donate generously to a campaign to shame Biden voters. We should have big billboards showing gas prices compared to last year with the headline THANK YOU BIDEN VOTERS. Ditto for billboards showing the number of poor desperate people lured to our borders who died or were sold into sex slavery, with the same headline. That iconic picture of people at the airport in Kabul, ditto. The number of people put out of work due to restrictions on domestic oil and gas exploration and extraction and refining—-ditto

        There should be a parallel campaign naming those who covered up the Hunter Biden stories—not just the laptop, but Burisma. I’d like to see a rotation of billboards each featuring several names nd photographs of those “intelligence” people who signed that letter, with “intelligence” in quotation marks.

        Name names. Publish their photos. And ask how these people ever managed to qualify as members of an “intelligence” community. That unchanging headline would be LIARS—OR JUST STUPID?

      • Amazona March 22, 2022 / 10:18 am

        Those big glossy postcards are pretty cheap to mail—why don’t we have a mailing campaign to fifty million or so registered Democrats laying out the ugly facts. I’d do one such campaign saying “Trump’s wall saved lives” and point out that strong border control policies sent the message that it was not worth it to undertake the dangers of trying to cross illegally, and then list the costs of the Biden border policy, which would include strengthening and enriching brutal drug cartels, subjecting children to grueling cross-country journeys, rape and kidnaping of women and girls who are then sold into sex slavery, the abuse and sex slavery of children, the people killed in traffic accidents when coyotes wreck overloaded vans, people locked in shipping containers or box vans to die horrible lingering deaths and of course the fates of so many who try to cross the Arizona and Texas deserts.

        No one ever talks about the death toll of luring people to our border. So we should. We need a BLOOD ON HIS HANDS campaign. Or if sent to Biden voters, BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS.

  3. Cluster March 20, 2022 / 9:16 am

    I know many of you don’t watch MSNBC but if you did, you would know that Viktor Orbán in Hungary is a favorite target for their white nationalist phobia, especially after Tucker interviewed him. Orban is characterized as an authoritarian nationalist, xenophobic and yes racist and the kind of leader who is a real “threat to democracy”

    Well this morning I noticed that MSNBC is broadcasting from …. Budapest, Hungary. I guess conditions improved.

  4. Cluster March 20, 2022 / 9:46 am

    I think we’re done here

    • Retired Spook March 20, 2022 / 2:23 pm

      I hope they’re “done!”

  5. Cluster March 21, 2022 / 8:33 am

    Here’s a life lesson … if you are excited about the first black woman to potentially be on the SC, then you are the racist. You’re welcome.

  6. Amazona March 22, 2022 / 1:04 am

    For the first time in a very long time I am truly frightened, because not only is the world on a knife edge I know without the slightest doubt that no matter what this administration does it will only make things worse.

    We could be, and should be, ramping up our petroleum industry, supporting it and encouraging it and giving it the confidence to go full-bore in more exploration, more drilling, and above all more exporting. We should be taking advantage of the unrest in the world to develop stronger economic ties with India, in particular, which could be a wonderful source of products we now get from China. We should have a State Department out there shoring up economic relationships with Viet Nam and Indonesia and every place on the globe that both needs our oil and is a potential source of production of the kinds of things we now get from China.

    Instead, we are alienating, or at least ignoring, the very countries that could be and should be our economic allies, and slowly cutting off our dependence on Chinese goods. Let them twist in the wind. They need us more than we need them, or at least that would be true if we had any vision and most of all if we put America first.

    • Cluster March 22, 2022 / 9:39 am

      And bring back manufacturing of our therapeutics and medicines!!! But unfortunately, Americas ruling class is still focused on creating the New World Order, check out the headline on Drudge today. They don’t give a f*ck about this country.

      The same people who lied about Russia collusion and Hunters lap top for four years are the same people yelling racist if a black woman is not supported. These are not people of good character. They do not deserve our support and quite honestly, in my view, they have forfeited their right to life. A political cleansing of America is needed.

  7. Cluster March 22, 2022 / 10:23 am

    IMHO, the primary reason this country is in such chaos is because we have become very weak, stupid, and narcissistic people. Case in point:

    Niki Puls, 29, from Nebraska, stunned her followers on TikTok earlier this month when she shared her timetable for recovering from burnout. ‘Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress,’ according to Psychology Today. Puls, who is a certified life coach, explained in a series of videos that it takes three to five years of ‘active healing’ and rest to recover from ‘true burnout.’

    Thank God the generations who came before us were not this weak and pathetic.

  8. Cluster March 22, 2022 / 10:30 am

    This is why they had to remove Trump from office:

    “There’s going to be a new world order out there and we have to lead it,” Biden said disclosing information he received from a top military official in a “secure meeting.”

    Americas ruling class is selling out our Constitutional Republic in favor of global prominence and power. How far do we allow this to go?

  9. Cluster March 22, 2022 / 10:35 am

    Love this man. Thank you for sticking up for this country

    • Amazona March 22, 2022 / 8:00 pm

      A poem on this website, below a picture with the caption “Nothing will change until they fear you”: (It’s also a pretty good picture)

      Last night the wind tore down
      the last leaves and in their place,
      hung frost.
      Overhead the last birds flee
      south to escape. Soon,
      it will be too late.
      Some days masquerade
      as a turning-point, but in truth
      we rounded the corner long ago.
      Quicksilver clouds fret
      the night sky. Reflected, lights
      bloom violet like a bruise.
      Eventually, far to the south, birds
      will fly north to escape
      the cold. They know:
      if we wait for a great victory
      to drive away our fear,
      we will always be afraid.
      –J.C. Scharl


      If we wait for a great victory
      to drive away our fear,
      we will always be afraid.


      BTW, this is an interesting website. I’ll have to keep checking it out

    • Cluster March 22, 2022 / 9:18 pm

      Lol. Fantastic

  10. Amazona March 22, 2022 / 8:10 pm

    Quote of P.J. O’Rourke:

    “At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”

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