Open Thread

Kings and Queen is out! Very happy to release Book V of the Mirrors saga. I like some of the very human touches I was able to insert:

Trossen smiled and saluted and then dashed off. Zenia exited the carriage carrying a rather heavy bundle. She looked around in frustration.

    “Where has that fool got off to now?,” she said, impatience in her voice.

    “Which fool?,” I asked. “You’ll have to be specific as an army is made up of them.”

    “Trossen. He was to help me set up tonight.”   

    “I’m afraid he’s been called to other duties. I’ll have Aldor detail another man to help you.” There was a sudden look of astonishment and worry immediately on her face.

To me, it is by far the best of the lot. At least, so far: Book VI Heirs is also good while Book VII Empress is also coming along nicely. Meanwhile, lots of work has been done on Book VIII The Crimson Blade and Book IX, Ghost Tower. Heirs is very cool because, among other things, you get to meet Fred’s parents and Bryce’s mom. And Eddie Diggins makes a cameo. You can check out Kings and Queen here.

Read an article today which theorizes that Team Pudding Brain hopes that by supplying Ukraine we can bog Russia down until Putin quits. I guess it could work but our experience with limited war is pretty bad. In fact, it has universal failure as it’s hallmark. Don’t get me wrong: so far, the Ukrainians are standing up to it very well but I still don’t see any serious counter offensive while the Russians do continue to grind forward in the south and east. Mariupol may fall in the next few days – this would be a hard blow against Ukrainian morale and would free up a lot of Russian forces for other tasks.

As I’ve always said: either all in, or all out. Either it is worth fighting Russia over Ukraine or it isn’t. If it is, send an army. If it isn’t, stay all the way out. This is a semi-repeat of the Crimean War and a lot of the dynamics of it are very similar except that no Great Power really wants to put it on the line to stop Russia. That makes stopping Russia nearly impossible.

I finally got into Trump’s Truth Social app: once you get in (there still is a waiting list) you’ll find me under @Mark_E_Noonan. Its functionality is good: at least as good as Twitter’s. Traffic on it is low as it is being brought on line slowly. Matt is also there, of course. I think it will be worth everyone’s while to get an account…once it is fully up, Trump is going to light up politics with it.

The transgender debate really is heating up – Matt got banned from Twitter today, and I suspect it was over his statements about it. I’m probably fairly immune to blocking as my block list is approaching 40,000 on Twitter. I very quickly block all insane people I come across on Twitter…and by so doing, I greatly lessen the chances I’ll be reported when I state something against the Narrative. But, anyways, the issue is hot right now – and it was DeSantis plus the NCAA that got it front and center. By allowing an enormous male athlete to compete and win as a woman, the NCAA exposed the basic absurdity of it all. Then DeSantis went and proclaimed the 2nd place finisher (an actual woman) the winner. This shows good instincts on DeSantis’ part – this is a fight worth having and one we can win.

The go-along “Conservatives” are doing their usual – conceding the main point and then saying they’ll argue the details. One directly said it – going along with “I don’t think its fair that a transwoman competes against women but transwomen are women…”. (((needle scratch sound))) Stop. Once you say that transwomen are women you are accepting the entire trans agenda. That is the one thing they want you to say – because once you say it, you have no defense against anything else they want. It was the same thing in the same sex marriage debate – “love is love”. Once that was conceded – and most “Conservatives” did – then they were defenseless. Because to say “love is love” is to say that all things are the same. It was to say that a heterosexual relationship was the same as a homosexual relationship. And where is your argument against gay marriage? Poof, its gone. “Transwomen are women” means you cannot oppose transwomen competing in women’s sports. You’ve just said a transwoman is just the same as a woman.

We know that people with a male biology – even if covered by major surgery and chemical treatments – are different from people with a female biology. To say “transwomen are women” is not merely to say something incorrect, it is to state a lie. It simply isn’t possible. And everyone knows this – and that is why, if we fight it out, it is a winning issue for us. I’ll state right now that transgender people are as much human beings as anyone else and are entitled to live their lives as they see fit and all signs of unjust discrimination against them must be removed. But because I am tolerant and willing to accommodate transgenderism it must not follow that I will sustain absurdity. Men and women are different. They remain different regardless of what surgical or other medical actions are taken to make a man or woman appear as the opposite sex.

There is a basic unfairness – and Americans hate unfairness – in allowing a person with the natural attributes of a male to compete against women. If we press back on it, we will win. We will obtain laws – and even legal judgements – which make it clear that laws which define privileges and immunities for women only apply to biological women. That if we want to provide privileges and immunities for transgender people, it will have to be with separate laws. To me, standing firm here on the assertion that men and women are different is the first step on the road back to sanity. It’ll be the first time we ever successfully defended truth since at least before World War Two.

32 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster March 23, 2022 / 8:28 am

    So the Kentanji hearings continue and the absurdity of the ruling class is on full display. Kentanji may have darker skin color than most, but her political views line up squarely with all the white progressive ruling class people so obviously they are really excited. Yesterday, Kentanji struggled with a particularly easy question:

    Disbelief as Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson refuses to define the word ‘WOMAN’ because she’s ‘not a biologist’ on day two of her confirmation hearing

    She’s a top legal mind but I guess she never took biology 101. Folks this is just intentional societal disorder. It’s disruptive and malicious and by design. Transgenderism is nothing more than an effort to blur the lines of what is male/female, and ultimately what is human. Big tech needs to remove personal autonomy so that a cyborg like society can exist. In another exchange, Kentanji said that the internet made it easier to share large volumes of child porn so the perpetrators should not be held to the strictest standard of punishment when caught.

    She seems like a nice gal

  2. Cluster March 23, 2022 / 9:57 am

    The Hannity Trap – an excellent article and here’s an excerpt:

    For the right, war is a permanent crutch, a way to ignore real issues (the issues where they are losing) and live in a comforting fantasy world of easy moral clarity and absolute American dominance. Demanding escalation in Eastern Europe is a way for Republicans to feel tough when they have totally lost control of their own country. In this darkly ironic fashion, Republicans actually do have something in common with the Ukrainians they wish to save: they are both patriotic to a country that they have no control over in the first place.

  3. Retired Spook March 23, 2022 / 12:02 pm

    I have a grandson who, at age 20, decided he wanted to be a woman, so I’m connected to this issue in a way I never imagined. We were never close to him, and now we are less close. We keep hoping he eventually realizes that he’s made a horrible mistake. The thing that scares me about the trans movement more than anything is the suicide rate among people with gender dysphoria. Best estimates put it around 20 times the rate in the general population (240/100,000 vs. 12/100,000 among the general population). That said, several studies show that 41% of trans people (42,000/100,000) attempt suicide at least once, so apparently they’re not very good at killing themselves. That leads me to the inescapable conclusion that gender dysphoria is primarily a call for help. I think if there weren’t such tremendous support among the Left, especially the Left within the medical and psychiatric communities, the trans fad would quietly fade away.

    • Cluster March 23, 2022 / 3:32 pm

      The Left “cares for” the transgendered population in the same way they “care for” Black families across this country, and the results will be much the same.

      • Retired Spook March 23, 2022 / 3:40 pm

        I could not agree more. Validation of behavior for political purposes is not the same as empathy.

    • Retired Spook March 23, 2022 / 4:21 pm

      We should pray for her soul — or not.

      • Cluster March 23, 2022 / 4:44 pm


  4. Retired Spook March 23, 2022 / 10:37 pm

    I saw a still shot of this the other day, but it didn’t really tell the whole story.

    • Cluster March 24, 2022 / 8:32 am

      Well Spook it looks as though that image has been scrubbed. Link doesn’t work.

      Heard a great Voltaire quote yesterday courtesy of Jason Whitlock:

      “If they can make you believe absurdities, they can make you commit atrocities.”

    • Retired Spook March 24, 2022 / 9:36 am

      The link is OK when I click on it, but I’ve had that happen before. It has something to do with the link being tied to my email account. It showed a long line of Teslas waiting for a charging station. The video said it was in San Luis Obispo, California, but apparently, it’s happened all over the country.

      • Cluster March 24, 2022 / 10:17 am

        Thank God for coal fired power plants to make those batteries.

      • Amazona March 25, 2022 / 12:36 am

        On the other hand, in my Colorado neighborhood a large chunk of an upscale mall parking lot has been dedicated to charging stations, an so far not I or anyone I have asked about this has seen a single car using any of them. We’ve wondered how much it cost to install these.

  5. Cluster March 24, 2022 / 8:46 am

    Uh oh, the “walls are closing in” LMAO

    New York prosecutor said Trump is ‘guilty of numerous felonies’ and it was ‘a grave failure of justice’ not to hold him accountable

    Of course he said this when he was resigning hahahahahahahaha. And you know what? I’ll bet if Trump smoked cracked and had sex with his dead brothers widow they wouldn’t indict him. I wonder if he has thought of that?

  6. Cluster March 24, 2022 / 9:10 am

    What do you suppose happened to Howard Stern??

    Radio host Howard Stern blamed Republicans for the easing of mask mandates, stating that “the wackos are winning,” during a Wednesday episode of “The Howard Stern Show.”

    “You’ve got all these wackos with their anti-mask, anti-vaccine, the reason they’ve lifted these mask mandates is because we gave into this small minority of people who are completely out of their fucking mind who think masks are some sort of prison sentence and their freedoms are being taken away,” Stern said

    Was he always a little government simp??

    • Amazona March 25, 2022 / 12:37 am

      I’ve always thought he was a slimy weasel, so nothing despicable he ever says or does will surprise me. To me, his success has always been a mystery.

  7. Cluster March 24, 2022 / 1:57 pm

    It’s a forgone conclusion that Kentanji gets on the Supreme Court so I implore all conservatives to refer the Supreme Court from this point forward as 8 Justices and 1 Black Woman

  8. Cluster March 25, 2022 / 7:59 am

    It’s a little weird watching MSNBC celebrate Ukraine’s toxic masculinity, while at the same time celebrating Women’s history month yet incapable of defining what exactly is a woman. Strange times.

    • Retired Spook March 25, 2022 / 10:59 am

      Glenn Beck asked a great question on his radio show this morning. Joe Biden is on video saying he was going to nominate a black WOMAN to the Supreme Court. If his nominee can’t define what a woman is, how do we know Biden nominated the right person? Add to that the fact that Brown Jackson, when asked the question, claimed she was not a biologist, insinuating that a biologist COULD answer the question. Some on the Left are upset with her over that. YCMTSU!

      • Cluster March 25, 2022 / 11:30 am

        Great point. The Left is beginning the purity process and devouring their own. Stand back and enjoy the show.

      • Retired Spook March 25, 2022 / 11:48 am

        Might be a good time to invest in popcorn futures.

  9. Cluster March 26, 2022 / 9:07 am


    President Joe Biden is abandoning a campaign vow to alter longstanding US nuclear doctrine, and will instead embrace existing policy that reserves America’s right to use nukes in a first-strike scenario, according to multiple reports. As Russian forces continue their bloody assault on Ukraine, Biden is under pressure from NATO allies not to abandon the right to use nuclear weapons to deter conventional attacks. Since the Cold War, American policy has allowed for first-strike use of nuclear weapons under ‘extreme circumstances,’ such as responding to an invasion by conventional forces, or chemical or biological attacks.

    Someone needs to take him out and soon. Un f***ing believable

    • Amazona March 26, 2022 / 4:20 pm

      Fortunately, it’s not Biden’s call to make.

  10. Cluster March 26, 2022 / 9:13 am

    Nothing to see here folks, hey did you know that the SC nominee is a black woman??

    Moscow’s claim that Hunter Biden helped finance a US military ‘bioweapons’ research program in Ukraine is at least partially true, according to new emails obtained exclusively by The commander of the Russian Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Forces, claimed there was a ‘scheme of interaction between US government agencies and Ukrainian biological objects’ and pointed to the ‘financing of such activities by structures close to the current US leadership, in particular the investment fund Rosemont Seneca, which is headed by Hunter Biden.’ Intelligence experts say the Russian military leader’s allegations were a brazen propaganda ploy to justify president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and sow discord in the US. But emails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop show he helped secure millions of dollars of funding for Metabiota, a Department of Defense contractor specializing in research on pandemic-causing diseases that could be used as bioweapons. He also introduced Metabiota to an allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas firm, Burisma, for a ‘science project’ involving high biosecurity level labs in Ukraine.

    • Amazona March 26, 2022 / 4:34 pm

      hey did you know that the SC nominee is a black woman??

      But IS she? If there is no definition for “woman” she might be, or she might not be. When even she seems unsure, I don’t think we should accept that she is.

      As for being “black” that is no longer just a factor of genetics or inheritance. It is now solely linked to political affiliation. After being told for so long that people who LOOK black, and have African ancestry, are “not really black” because of their politics, we need to remember that if Jackson IS black it is only because she is a Democrat. (Remember, Condoleeza Rice is not really black. Neither is Clarence Thomas, or Candace Owen. Or any other conservative.) Which means that Biden promised to make a choice based on politics. (We already know he did, but this is just another slant on that.) Biden came right out and said that “being black” depends on supporting him, “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Why should that qualify someone for the Court?

      Come on, Congress—man up. Come right out and say it: The only criteria for vice president were being black and being a woman, and we can see what a disaster that has been. Isn’t it time to look solely at qualifications and not gender or skin color? (Especially when we can’t define either one?)

      I’d also like to see someone say the last time a justice was chosen based on gender and race we got saddled with Sotomayor, who is a terrible justice. Why are we going to repeat that experiment?

  11. Cluster March 27, 2022 / 9:46 am

    I know it’s not gone unnoticed, but I will mention it, not one post from our resident Democrats in approximately a year and half. They can’t even defend this shit show but I would like to hear what Rico, Casper, Freddie and the boys are thinking. How did it all go wrong guys??

    • Amazona March 27, 2022 / 10:51 am

      But it DIDN’T “go wrong”. Just ask the Complicit Agenda Media. Just ask the Never Trumper “Republicans”. Just ask Jen Psaki. It’s all just so peachy keen we are blessed to have Joe at the helm. Or didn’t you notice that his babbling in Warsaw has been compared to Kennedy’s speech in Berlin, and to the powerful speech by Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate?

      These ardent sycophants aren’t going to admit that this administration is a dumpster fire on the tracks after being hit by a train during a flood—there are not enough cliches to describe the type, scope and seriousness of the disaster that is the Biden administration, both domestically and internationally, but the people you mention are more likely to turn to the brilliance of Don Lemon or the insight of Joey and the Bimbo to be told what to “think” about it all than they are to admit this experiment in having a senile Leftist failure as president has been a very very bad idea.

      • Cluster March 27, 2022 / 11:28 am

        True :/

  12. Cluster March 27, 2022 / 9:53 am

    Aw c’mon man this can’t be right

    Beau Biden Foundation raked in nearly $4M in 2020 but only used $550,000 on the charity’s mission of preventing child abuse: Spent more money on six-figure salaries, tax filings show

    I hear the rest of the money was spent on encouraging child abuse

    • Amazona March 27, 2022 / 10:56 am

      I had no idea that the Bidens were so tone deaf they would have a Biden foundation to “prevent child abuse” named for the man whose widow allowed his pedophile brother live with them and who was aware of his “inappropriate” sexual behavior with her teenage daughter.

      BTW, great Hunter Biden joke:

      Hunter comes home to find his girlfriend waiting for a cab, with her suitcases all packed and at the door. When he asks her what she is doing she says “I just learned that you’re a pedophile and I can’t live with you any more so I’m leaving you.” To which he replies “Pedophile—that’s a pretty big word for a twelve-year-old.”

      • Cluster March 27, 2022 / 11:29 am


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