Open Thread

As I pointed out earlier, we’re governed by morons – yesterday, Pudding Brain shot his mouth off about removing Putin from power. We’re used to that sort of thing as ol’ Gramps forgets what he’s supposed to say…but when he said it, huge numbers of high end people were all “wow!” about it…here, at last, was the strength we need! America is saved! And thank God Trump isn’t in power. Of course, within minutes of Biden’s statement, his staff was out there pointing out that, no, we don’t seek regime change in Russia.

But it was astonishing how many people took what was obviously a gaffe and made out like it was the greatest oration of all times. They really believed it! People were comparing it to Reagan’s speech about tearing down the Berlin Wall!

The flip side of this was the Never Trump people who instantly saw it for a mistake but the only thing they could say was how mad they were – the helped install Biden because they had to get rid of Trump and his insane statements and this is what they got! Just stupid – Trump didn’t say insane things. He said outrageous things, but not insane. Everything he said was actually calculated for effect…Pudding Brain can only say what’s on the script and then only if his meds don’t wear off half way through.

Just a bunch of idiots – who have to pretend a clearly senile, old man (who was corrupt and stupid in his best days) is someone who could possibly replace Trump. And they have to try to sustain this Narrative – Trump was so bad that he had to be replaced and the only plausible replacement was good, old Joe who is a moderate and competent. It is theater of the absurd.

Ketanji Brown Jackson had her hearings this past week and some GOP Senators did hit some good points and a lot of people don’t like how soft on crime she’s been as a judge, especially as regards abuse of children but, in my view, nobody made the most telling statement about her: she’s a rubber stamp.

It doesn’t matter how smart she is or what credentials she has, the bottom line is that she’s where she is because Democrats are 100% confident how she’ll rule on any issue identified as crucial for Democrats. Some GOP Senator should have said just that: “look, Ms. Jackson, you’re a nice lady and all, but everyone here knows that when cases regarding things like gender, guns and immigration come before you, you’ll rule as the Democrats want regardless of what the law says. You’re not here to ensure Justice: you’re here to enforce a certain political ideology which you’ll dress up with legalese. All I’d like right now is for you to admit this: admit to the American people that your bias is firm and won’t be shaken and that for the remainder of your life all you’re going to do is try to advance the Democrat agenda via Judicial activism”.

The explosion would have been epic – and very useful. The main thing necessary for combating lies is to point them out. People tend to caution ( which often works out in practice to be cowardice): as long as they aren’t forced to confront an issue head on, they’ll go along with whatever drivel people are using to justify a bad thing.

The thing about Trump – the thing which most infuriated his opponents right and left – was his willingness to call things out. Recall his early speech on immigration which the Left and Never Trump cast as Trump calling all Mexicans rapists – we all know what he said and the reason his opponents twisted “they’re not sending us their best” into an insult to all Mexicans was because they knew it was true – our open border was used as a dumping ground for all manner of criminals. Everyone knew it – but nobody spoke it. But once Trump spoke it, it couldn’t be ignored…and, in general, even today the American people still go for Trumpist immigration and border security policies. Contrast this to someone like Jeb! calling illegal immigration an “act of love”: Jeb isn’t a bad guy. He was a very good, Conservative governor of Florida. The foundations of the current GOP dominance in Florida were laid down by Jeb. But we all knew from the first second he made that statement about immigration that it was bull – a lie, covering up the horrid truth. If we really want to beat these guys, we have to tell the truth. Not just about SC nominees, but about everything.

The Ukraine war does continue to grind on – I’ve mostly been using the Institute for the Study of War maps to see how things are going…and they show a very much stalled Russian offensive. OTOH, the maps put out by the Russian Defense Ministry show much more substantial gains…but, who can trust that? But then I saw a French Ministry of Defense map and it pretty much agreed with the Russian. And if the French and Russian maps are even partially correct, the Ukrainian position east of the Dnieper is turned north and south and the Ukrainians should be trying to extricate their army from the east.

Musk hopes to get an orbital test flight of his completely reusable Starship in May. My bet: it will slip. Various government agencies are foot dragging on final approvals – and the more Musk tweaks the Ruling Class, the more roadblocks they’ll throw up for him. The Starship with its heavy lift booster is certainly impressive – significantly larger than the Saturn V we oldsters remember. The payload it will lift is not just larger than anything launched before or today, but bigger than most space program plans for the future. It is a rocket which can, eventually, go to Mars. Musk will probably want to go as quickly as he can…but it is fraught with risks and expenses and, as I’ve pointed out before, until we can really work out the issues of gravity and radiation, there’s probably not much point in going except as a prestige “I did it first” sort of thing.

23 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Jeremiah March 27, 2022 / 5:06 pm

    If Trump were President, the invasion of Ukraine would have never happened. Putin respected President Trump’s authority, and he knew he meant business. Just saying that Putin would have attached Ukraine while President Trump was in office, I have no doubt that President Trump would have leveled Moscow, I mean completely wiped it off the face of the earth.

    Not so with Biden & Co.

  2. Jeremiah March 27, 2022 / 10:03 pm

    Message to Mrs. Ketanji Brown Jackson nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States of America

    First of all, ma’am, there is no “non-binary.” It doesn’t exist, and never will exist. Only in the evil world of man’s mind will such terms exist. There is no “neither-both, they/them” when it comes to gender. There is a man, and there is a woman. There are boys, and there are girls. People who are introduced to the idea that they can be, or ought to change from a boy to a girl, or from a girl to a boy are being deceived and lied to by the prince of darkness, Ol Satan himself. Straight from of the bowels of hell. And those so-called “educators” are going to pay a price for teaching such wickedness. When the swift and powerful hand of the Almighty brings His righteous indignation, and judgment on this nation.

    Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them

    Genesis 2:23-24 – And Adam said, This is now none of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh

    • Jeremiah March 27, 2022 / 10:07 pm

      …”none of my bones” should read, bone of my bones.

  3. Cluster March 28, 2022 / 11:14 am

    We are not governed by morons. We are governed by vapid, malicious, emotionally challenged, narcissistic people. To suggest that they are simply morons implies they have good intentions, which they don’t. They want to destroy their political rivals in the name of Democracy much like all totalitarians throughout history and if we don’t recognize that fact, we’ve lost.

    Now someone has to explain to me why fraudulent charges against Jan 6 trespassers would ever wind up in the Supreme Court. Or is this just more manufactured outrage from the ruling class?

    • Amazona March 29, 2022 / 11:24 am

      The judge who wrote that Trump might have committed felonies—and no matter how coyly the comment was phrased it comes down to “might have”—–proves the need to have judges who know and understand what the law says and means, as well as the willingness and ability to accurately process information. He said:

      “Dr. Eastman and President Trump launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history. This is a very short statement to include two such egregious falsehoods. The first, of course, is that there was ever an effort to overturn a legitimate election. The effort was to find out if the election WAS legitimate—-a point so dangerous that it must constantly be papered over with the semantic manipulation that changes it to the assumption that (1) the election was legitimate and (2) the goal was to somehow “overturn” it.

      The second is that what Trump and his supporters wanted to do was “an action unprecedented in American history.” It’s a pretty good guess that this judge was alive, and probably already a Democrat, and probably interested in politics, back in 2000 when the Democrats tried to overturn the election (“over a dozen Democratic House members objected to the allocation of Florida’s Electoral College votes to Bush”) and when in 2004 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) stopped the counting of electoral votes with a formal objection. and in 2016 when On Jan. 6, several Democratic House members raised objections to the electoral vote count,.

      Democrats, and particularly those so deeply invested in preventing a 2024 presidential run by Trump, seem quite dedicated to living under the banner LIAR OR JUST STUPID?

  4. Cluster March 28, 2022 / 11:20 am

    Matt Gaetz has proposed nominating and installing Trump as Speaker of the House if GOP wins in November … PLEASE !!!!!

    • Amazona March 29, 2022 / 10:37 am

      I’ve been supporting this idea for a long time now. We will probably take back Congress, which—with strong Congressional leadership—-will mean we can throw stop strips in front of runaway presidential overreach, at least some of the time. But there will still be two years till the presidential election.

      For one thing, I am already suffering Trump Fatigue. I think his rallies are becoming counterproductive. We know who he is, we know what he thinks, we know what he stands for, and the constant rallies are really starting to look like ego feeding more than anything else. He’s worn out the “election was stolen” theme. Yes, it was, but it’s time to get past the generality and get enough power to start investigations into specifics, but in the meantime this incessant whining is also counterproductive.

      BUT….put him in charge of the House and things will start to move. The first job would be to call in Service Master for a massive wet cleanup on the Dem side of the aisle.

      • Amazona March 29, 2022 / 11:02 am

        There are nuances in language we need to pay more attention to. A perfect example is “the election was stolen”. To accept that means accepting that Trump won and should be president, and this is a speed bump for people who simply don’t like him. The problems with the election are blatant, but we tend to phrase the issue in a term that makes people, even if only subconsciously, support the idea that Trump should be in the White House, and that’s tough for people who don’t like him even when the facts of the election are in front of them.

        I think the term “stolen” should be dropped, as well as any overt suggestion that Trump really won, for two reasons. One is that it is counterproductive and one is that it interferes with serious examination of what really happened. I suggest that the narrative should shift to “the election was rigged” and drop references to the outcome of said rigging.

        If we only examine “rigging” we can dig down into the blatant election interference of Big Tech, which I think is the biggest and most serious issue we need to address before the next election. All the examples of social media censoring comments and choosing the winner through selective content would, of course, have the silencing of any information about the Hunter Biden laptop at the top of the list. That would lead to the fact that this was due to their efforts to get Joe Biden elected, and lead to revelations of Joe’s corruption, abuse of power and self-enrichment through his family.

        If we could/would drop the element of who won and just focus on what happened, I think we could establish a long and alarming list of events that eventually even a lot of Democrats would see as supporting the stolen election theory without ever mentioning it by name

        The advantage to this is that it would indict the Agenda Media and social media bigshots, which is necessary. Call it “rigging”, call it “interference” the fact is the election was shaped by partisan influences far beyond the simple will of the people voting.

      • Amazona March 29, 2022 / 3:31 pm

        re: rigging the election, election interference, etc.

        One of the former CIA officers who signed a letter claiming stories about a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden were disinformation says he helped swing the 2020 election from former President Donald Trump.

        “I take special pride in personally swinging the election away from Trump,” John Sipher, who served for decades as a senior operations officer at the CIA, wrote in a recent post on Twitter.

        “I lost the election for Trump? Well then I fell [sic] pretty good about my influence,” he also wrote.

        HIs is a picture that should be on a billboard, with his name, under the caption LIAR OR JUST STUPID?

      • Retired Spook March 29, 2022 / 3:35 pm

        I think an even better phrase would be “subverting the election process.” That covers a wide range of malfeasance.

      • Amazona March 29, 2022 / 10:33 pm

        That’s a good point but given the squeamishness of so many about the subject, for fear of appearing to support Trump’s accusations, I thought “interfering” might be easier to swallow, even though the acts really were subversion.

  5. Cluster March 29, 2022 / 8:59 am

    They really do think they are God:

    Amazon founder and Elon Musk’s favorite punching bag Jeff Bezos is assembling a team of top scientists to assist in his dream of developing immortality technology.

    The billionaire is funneling his money into an anti-aging startup dubbed Alto Labs, which formerly launched on Wednesday. The project has recently recruited Hal Barron, formerly the chief scientific officer at the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, who has now been tapped as Alto Lab’s CEO.

    “I am deeply honored to have been offered this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead such a unique company with a transformative mission to reverse disease,” Barron said in a press release from the startup.

    Barron joins a veritable A Team of scientists tasked with defeating death, including Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the winner of the 2012 Nobel prize in medicine for his work in stem cell research, and Jennifer Doudna, the co-winner of the 2020 Nobel prize in chemistry for her role in developing the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

    Perfect temperature all year round, no storms, vaccines for every possible disease and now NO DEATH!!!

    Progressives are really building back better.

    • Retired Spook March 29, 2022 / 9:56 am

      With the pace at which the Left is destroying liberty and generally just fu*king things up, I don’t WANT to live a whole lot longer.

    • Amazona March 29, 2022 / 10:39 am

      I think the subtext of this project is “We need more time to screw things up”.

  6. Retired Spook March 29, 2022 / 10:58 am

    What he said.

    Yesterday, the Huffington Post reported that the Mouse made a big bold move in an article headlined, “Disney Pledges To Help Repeal ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill After Florida Gov. Signs It Into Law.”

    Practically as soon as Governor DeSantis set down his signing pen after autographing the Parents’ Rights in Education bill, the entertainment and media giant responded on social media, promising not only to work to get the new law repealed but also to support lots of gay activist groups. The Big Mouse said:

    Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that.

    Got that? Disney’s “goal as a company” is not to entertain your kids or make uplifting movies or whatever. Its goal is now to repeal a law protecting children. The new law forbids sexual education of children in kindergarten through third grade, and forbids schools from secretly transitioning children without parental consent and involvement. Which seems reasonable, but it has really hurt the feelings of LGBTQ++ activists, who’ve been screeching that this bill could frustrate their urges to discuss their sex lives and intimate habits with little children. (emphasis – mine)

    But Walt Disney’s company is ALL FOR teaching young kids about sex. It’s very important to the Mouse, for some reason. You can’t find any other political issue that the company is pushing besides this one.

    It mystifies me why the Mouse wants to die on this hill. Florida supported Disney World while California was shutting down DisneyLand during the pandemic. Talk about ingratitude. Disney needs to have a couple of bad years after this. Get woke, go broke. The Childers family will be doing its part.

    My other thought was, my gosh, I wonder how all those anti-mandate Disney employees feel right now? After a handful of gay employees complained about the Florida law, the entertainment giant sprang into action, defying the 68% of Florida parents that support the bill. But when a lot more employees protested respectfully over vaccine mandates, the Big Mouse gave them the bird and pink slips with cute animated figures printed on them.

    It’s a small, small Disney World for straight anti-mandate employees.

    • Cluster March 29, 2022 / 11:32 am

      I think conservatives would do themselves well by acknowledging the fact that the majority of gay people are not supportive of the trans movement and to conflate the two, is politically harmful. IMHO, gay is natural, trans is a form of mental retardation, and pedophilia is SATANIC and we need to make those distinctions. Conservatives need to avoid falling into the “category trap”. We are all God’s children and our individuality is our diversity.

  7. Cluster March 29, 2022 / 11:26 am

    For one thing, I am already suffering Trump Fatigue.

    I am too BUT in my opinion he is the only person who can confront the Leftist State because he is financially insulated from them. They can not destroy him, therefore he is their kryptonite … so Godspeed.

    • Amazona March 29, 2022 / 10:36 pm

      I think DeSantis is showing he has what it takes to face these people down, and he doesn’t have the baggage Trump has. Right now he’s going after Disney.

  8. Retired Spook March 29, 2022 / 3:14 pm

    The guy who does the local drive-time talk show on our local radio station repeated a Thomas Sowell quote that I had not heard before.

    “The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices – paid by others.”


    • Amazona March 29, 2022 / 10:35 pm

      Thomas Sowell is such an amazing source of brilliant comments and quotes, we’re always running across new ones. The man is a treasure.

  9. Cluster March 30, 2022 / 9:03 am

    While the American media is obsessed with Ukraine:

    The U.S. will see 1 million migrant encounters in the first half of Fiscal Year 2022, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as the administration plans to start administering coronavirus vaccines to those in custody as it weighs ending Title 42 as early as next month.

    This figure just accounts for migrants encountered, meaning there could be thousands of other ‘gotaways’ who evaded CBP when illegally crossing into the U.S.

    And still trying to convince us that Trump is dangerous

    • Amazona March 30, 2022 / 4:01 pm

      I don’t think immigration laws can be changed by executive fiat. The president can declare that some laws won’t be enforced, but I think if there are legislated laws on the books any executive order saying they won’t be enforced can be rescinded. The only way to change a legislated law is through legislation.

      I also think a more muscular DOJ could, and should, file federal charges against any and all officials of “sanctuary” states and cities.

      I’d like to see a new Republican president start his or her first week by stating that every single person who crossed the border illegally in the past four years will be removed, and voluntarily leaving will be more pleasant and more subsidized by the government than forced deportation. I think that because our country lured them into coming here we owe them transportation back—voluntary on nice buses or maybe chartered airplanes, deportations on school buses with bologna sandwiches, a la Sheriff Arpejo. People who have been here a longer time (to be determined) can file for temporary visas allowing them to remain until they have been investigated and if they can prove they have been working, have not broken laws, etc. they can then get extended stay visas good for ten years, after which they have to apply for permanent residency or go back to their native countries.

      I would keep a running tally of the expenses of fixing the border and wall messes made by the Dems, ranging from costs of dealing with the illegals to the waste of the wall materials abandoned by the Dems and the cost of replacing them. I would post that tally of what the Democrat administration has cost this country and rub their noses in it.

      Rioters who damage property will be forcibly rounded up and controlled by whatever it takes, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned. Ditto for rioters who block traffic and hinder commerce.

      Physically able “homeless” people will have to work. Handouts of food, etc. will halt, The seriously disabled, and the mentally ill will be taken off the streets and cared for in facilities where they have shelter, food and medicine and whatever psych care will help them deal with their conditions. No more panhandling, no more camping on public property, and people urinating or defecating in public will be arrested.

      We can make this a civilized nation again, if we have the will.

      I would declare any drug cartel that has been operating on US soil or sending drugs into the US a terrorist organization subject to military action and inform Mexico that if it can’t keep its cartels away from our border we will, even if it means crossing the border into Mexico to do so.

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