Open Thread

Some recent polling indicates an impending disaster for the Democrats – but outside polling, the RNC is now targeting about 70 Democrat House seats. Sure, there is some bluster always built into such things, but that large a number shows the GOP knows that if there’s a year to just have someone running, this is it. A lot of seats can fall our way just because we’re not the Democrats.

In response to the dire political picture, the Democrats seem set on fighting over Florida’s law to ban teaching sexuality to kindergartners. I don’t think this will work out as well as they hoped – though there is a chance that such a thing is merely to keep suburban white women on board. In other words: to prevent a 40 seat loss from turning into a 70 seat blowout. You know: “hey, we know that prices are through the roof and crime is rising, but don’t vote GOP! Don’t want your neighbors to think you’re a homophobe, do you?”.

Other than that, the issue is a real loser for the Democrats. The line has been crossed and people don’t want any of it. Polling on it shows massive public support with even pluralities of Democrats not keen on teachers talking sexuality with little kids without parental knowledge or consent. Even a lot of gay people are coming out forthrightly in favor of the law: because everyone knows that when you’re six years old, you don’t have a sexuality…and they further know that it is absurd to provide life altering chemicals and surgery to kids because they allegedly are trans.

All of a sudden, both the New York Times and the Washington Post confirm the Hunter Biden laptop story. Everyone is asking: why this and why now? After all, the lie was already sold and did its job. The Democrat base remained convinced that the laptop was bogus. So, why even bring it up again?

Various theories are put forward: Putin is about to release a lot of dirt, so get ahead of that. There are investigations going and they may result in indictments in spite of strenuous efforts by DOJ to avoid it, so get in front of that. They’re going to 25th Joe out and this will be the leverage to get Team Pudding Brain to go along with that. I simply don’t know – but whatever reason they’ve brought it back up again, it bodes ill for the Democrats.

The bottom line is that the e mails are authentic – and that means that Hunter Biden is massively compromised by foreign powers and “the Big Guy” probably is as well. How this is to be managed if it comes out in a way that even the MSM can’t cover it up for the Democrat base is going to be tricky.

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin – yes, the son of the Commie murderers of yore – is facing a recall effort. Think about that: a Commie son of Commie murderers is facing recall in San Francisco. Trump woke us on the right up to how bad things are – but Pudding Brain and his like at the local level in the post-Trump world is now starting to wake up urban Progressives. This is not to say that I expect San Francisco to vote GOP any time soon…but gun ownership is rising and, very quietly and only among trusted friends, these urban Progressives are now starting to question aspects of the Progressive religion. I’ve seen several bits written by such – and they freely admit that they’ve always hated Republicans, assuming such are ignorant racists, and that they, the Progressives, were on the right side of history leading the world to a future of peace, prosperity and justice. But that was before they had their car broken into a dozen times and had to step over mounds of feces on the sidewalk outside their zillion dollar home.

Revolutions happen slowly and then all at once. Think about the Russian revolution – on the whole, actually, things were better than they had been in Russia in times past. Even with the war – which Russia had de-facto already won (only to lose it because of the revolution) – things ground along pretty well. There was more freedom of speech than ever before. Political engagement was increasing. There was a rising class of independent farmers. The government was fairly competent and staffed by mostly honest men. But then, without warning, people just decided they had enough – that, while better than olden times, they simply couldn’t endure the Czar and his system any longer. It was nearly universal: hardly anyone stepped up to defend monarchy: from nobleman to laborer, everyone simply agreed that whatever else happened, the Czar had to go. And so it was done and a 300 year old dynasty was swept away in a couple days. I think it may be like that here – that our total Ruling Class (which includes a lot of GOPers, of course) will find that they’ve worn out their welcome. That even if things aren’t horribly bad, they have to go, even if we don’t agree about what comes next.

33 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster March 31, 2022 / 8:49 am

    A lot of seats can fall our way just because we’re not the Democrats.

    This is not good enough, we need America First Conservatives, not Chamber of Commerce Republicans.

    Even a lot of gay people are coming out forthrightly in favor of the law: because everyone knows that when you’re six years old, you don’t have a sexuality

    We have more than a few gay friends and I can tell you, all of them oppose the trans movement and strongly support what DeSantis is doing and as I said earlier, it would serve conservatives well to acknowledge this fact.

    The teachers vile efforts in Florida present the perfect opportunity for conservatives to turn the tables on progressives. Instead of being on the defense and cowering from the “homophobic” label, let’s go on offense and find out why exactly progressive Democrats want to talk to young children of other people about sex … that’s what pedophiles do. Are they all pedophiles? They should have to answer that question.

    Democrats are proposing “universal voting”, why do you suppose that is? Also, isn’t it rather curious that we are told the 2020 POTUS election was the most fair, transparent election of all time, YET unless we change the current voting laws, the 2024 election will be stolen. If that makes sense to you, I suggest you go get your fourth booster shot.

    • Amazona March 31, 2022 / 10:45 am

      Speaking of voting laws, Wyoming still allows people to switch their official party affiliation up to and including the day we can vote in the primaries, and there is a big push to try to get Dems to switch to Republican to vote for Cheney in the primary. The Wyoming legislature failed to pass a law against crossover voting. I’m not sure there are enough Dems in Wyoming to swing the vote, even if they all switch and vote, but I think the end result is going to put the last nail in Cheney’s coffin as it will provide hard evidence that only Dems want her in Congress. And even if she were to change parties in a last-ditch effort to be relevant to some party, somewhere, the Dems would dump her in a heartbeat, because she is a Cheney and because of her voting record.

    • Cluster March 31, 2022 / 11:31 am

      It’s always perplexed me what Republicans, who pander to Democrats, think they are achieving. Do you think they have self esteem issues? Something is missing.

      • Retired Spook March 31, 2022 / 11:58 am

        Or maybe they’re just Democrats disguised as Republicans.

  2. Cluster March 31, 2022 / 8:53 am

    COVID-19 boosters will become as routine as flu shots – that’s the word from health officials as the Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for certain groups of people.

    Well that’s because it is a flu shot. It always has been.

  3. Retired Spook March 31, 2022 / 10:26 am

    Sounds like a tangled web to me:

    Pfizer is giddily popping Champagne over its HUGE win at the Academy Awards this week. Check out this crazy timeline:

    • Between December 2020 and December 2021: VAERS receives over 3,000 reports of vaccine-induced alopecia after first or second dose of Pfizer Covid vaccine.

    • February 2021: Arena Pharmaceuticals begins third round clinical trials for its new drug, Etrasimod, which treats alopecia.

    • December 2021: Pfizer buys Arena Pharmaceuticals for $7 billion. (Arena’s website is gone now, swallowed up by Pfizer; use the Wayback Machine if you go looking.)

    • March 23, 2022: Pfizer issues a press release announcing “Positive Top-Line Results for Phase 3 Trial of Etrasimod” (now called Ritlecitinib).

    • March 27, 2022: The Academy Awards begin, sponsored by Pfizer.

    … Chris Rock makes a joke about Jada Smith’s alopecia at the Academy Awards.

    … Will Smith sissy-slaps Chris Rock on live TV and acts very put out, and says some non-family-friendly stuff, but gets the award anyway. And gets to keep it. And doesn’t have to take anger management.

    … For the next few weeks, corporate media becomes fascinated with alopecia, how it hurts women, and why Jada Smith was so understandably upset about the joke. If only there were a safe and effective treatment! And, everybody’s talking about the Oscars. Bonus.

    I’m not saying Chris and Will faked the slap. Who knows? But it sure was a great night for sponsor Pfizer, a real marketing coup. My gosh, Pfizer is on a roll — it was so lucky that Chris Rock told THAT exact joke, and THAT exact joke made Will Smith mad enough to act out so totally uncharacteristically and coincidentally promoted Pfizer’s new $7B medication that treats a painfully obvious side-effect of its Covid drug. I mean, what are the odds!

    • Cluster March 31, 2022 / 10:31 am

      I’m not saying Chris and Will faked the slap.

      I am

    • Amazona March 31, 2022 / 10:38 am

      That is fascinating. As Cluster pointed out not long ago, yesterday’s conspiracy theory is today’s headlines.

      I quit following the vaxx-induced damages, figuring nothing would be done till we have a Republican Congress, so I didn’t know alopecia was a side effect. I have learned, however, that all those tinfoil-hat paranoid theories about Big Pharma are likely to be fact-based, and this just adds to that.

      The only thing we need to add to this is Biden’s administration making alopecia treatment mandatory.

  4. Cluster March 31, 2022 / 10:40 am

    Something is going to happen to Hunter. How else do you explain the liberal medias recent confirmation?

    In the report by CBS’s senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, it was revealed to viewers how a “federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s business practices is broader than previously known” and the “probe is exploring whether the younger Biden and his associates violated tax, money laundering, and foreign lobbying laws.”

    Herridge revealed the details of business records and documents released by Congressional Republicans, which “indicate multiple financial transactions involving Hunter Biden, his firm, and a Chinese energy company called C.E.F.C.”

    It needs to be revealed that the current POTUS, is financially compromised by foreign adversaries. That’s impeachable.

  5. Retired Spook March 31, 2022 / 12:36 pm

    Here’s a national poll of the parents of school-age children I’d like to see:

    At what age did you indoctrinate your children to embrace deviant sexual or gender lifestyles?

    1. 3 – 5
    2. 6 – 9
    3. 10-13
    4. 14 or older
    5. Never

    How comfortable would you be with your child’s teacher in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade indoctrinating him or her to embrace deviant sexual or gender lifestyles>

    1. Very comfortable
    2. Comfortable
    3. Neither comfortable nor uncomfortable
    4. Not comfortable
    5. Very uncomfortable

    How excited are you to take your child/children to a Disney movie developed using quotas for sexually and gender deviant characters?

    1. Very excited
    2. excited
    3. Neither excited nor unexcited
    4. Not excited
    5. Excited? Are you shitting me?

  6. Amazona March 31, 2022 / 10:04 pm

    March 02, 2022 – 11:29PM

    Sky News host Rowan Dean says US Vice President Kamala Harris has proven selecting someone in politics based on quotas rather than merit will give you “a dunderhead”.

    “She has settled, finally, definitively, with no room for any argument whatsoever, the debate about quotas in politics or quotas in business,”Mr Dean said.

    “She’s made a mockery of the office of Vice President.”

    But this administration is trying to do the same kind of damage to the Supreme Court

    • Cluster April 1, 2022 / 8:14 am

      The first 20 minutes of Tucker last night is must see tv, and he speaks to this. His contention is that the Democrats have become so absurd, that it can not last. It will implode upon itself. Just think of the trans movement for a minute … a population of which is less than 1% yet Democrats are rearranging society to accommodate them. They have reached pique absurdity and it’s unsustainable.

    • Amazona April 2, 2022 / 10:54 am

      I just wish there was a coordinated message from the Right, about Jackson, basically saying “We were told we needed a minority woman on the Supreme Court so we got one, with no other real qualifications than those, and she has proved to be the most unqualified person on the Court. We were told we needed a black woman as Vice President, so we got one, with only those characteristics as her qualifications, and we can see how that is turning out. Why are we determined to continue making race and gender the only qualifications for any office or position? Why can’t we learn from our mistakes”?

      • Cluster April 2, 2022 / 11:16 am

        Or is it intentional societal disruption leading to to a complete “reset” of the way this country is governed? Again asking for a friend.

      • Amazona April 3, 2022 / 11:13 am

        Everything the Left does is an intentional disruption with the goal of a complete reset of the way this country is governed. Everything.

  7. Cluster April 1, 2022 / 8:20 am

    This morning from the NYT:

    The New York Times
    Breaking News: Parts of Florida’s election law are unconstitutional and racially motivated, a federal judge ruled, placing the state under a 10-year order to receive clearance before changing its voting laws again. The decision is certain to be appealed.

    Well isn’t this interesting? There were no irregularities in FL 2020 election other than Republicans winning so I am sure that’s where the problem is.

    Never forget folks, Democrats want you to believe that the 2020 election was the most fair and transparent election in history, but unless we change the laws, 2024 will be stolen. Make sense?

    • Amazona April 2, 2022 / 10:50 am

      The Left has latched onto some serious and emotionally powerful words like “unconstitutional” and “democracy” and “insurrection” and started using them almost at random, knowing their base is ignorant and too lazy to learn the real meanings of these words, or to understand their correct contexts.

      The core base of the Left is well trained to an almost Pavlovian response to these and a couple of other “dog whistles” (another inadvertent blurting by the Left of its own strategies) such as “racist” and any kind of “phobe”.

      What constantly amazes me is the prostitution of Leftist mouthpieces, ranging from Colbert to Liz Cheney to people like this judge, who so eagerly sell their dignity for the approval of the mob. They don’t seem to mind publicizing their lies and their ignorance, as they toss around words helter-skelter with no relationship to their real meaning, just to get the base all worked up.

      • Cluster April 2, 2022 / 11:14 am

        Colbert to Liz Cheney to people like this judge, who so eagerly sell their dignity for the approval of the mob

        So true

  8. Cluster April 1, 2022 / 10:04 am

    Senior citizens are DYING in China. This is unprecedented. Time for lock downs.

    A Covid outbreak is ravaging a hospital in Shanghai for older adults, pointing to an unfolding health care crisis in China’s largest city. People have died on each of the past three days at the facility, two workers said in an interview.

  9. Retired Spook April 1, 2022 / 11:26 am

    Another hysterical conspiracy blows up in the Democrats’ faces.

    “The 6 pages of WH switchboard logs for 1/6 are complete based on an official review of White House records, according to a source familiar with the matter,” CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel explained. “There are no missing pages & the 7 hour gap is likely explained by use of WH landlines & cell phones link.”

    Indeed, Politico reporter Kyle Cheney observed that the “7-hour gap in Trump’s Jan. 6 calls entirely encompasses the time he was in the Oval Office,” and the call logs resume when Trump returned to the White House residence on the evening of Jan. 6.

    I’m going to start referring to the Jackass Party as the Wile E. Coyotte Party.

    • Cluster April 2, 2022 / 8:20 am

      It might be easier to identify what Democrats/Media have gotten right in the last few decades rather than detail the litany of fake emotional outbursts. And someone needs to ask Joe Biden why he wants to sexualize 6 year olds. Seems a little creepy.

      • Amazona April 2, 2022 / 10:30 am

        In Connecticut, when it was learned that teachers were secretly giving puberty blockers to children without their parents’ knowledge, someone got fired—not the teachers illegally drugging other peoples’ children, but the nurse who revealed this.

        First, no school nurse or other school official has the legal authority to administer drugs to students. Second, this is even more important when the drugs are secretly administered, without the parents’ knowledge much less approval. Third, these are prescription drugs, meaning a doctor had to be involved somewhere along the line—again, treating minors without the knowledge or permission of parents. Third, any use of puberty blockers as part of “transitioning” would be “off-label” use, not the use intended and approved by the FDA.

        And, of course, the drugs are dangerous. The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) points out that puberty blockers alter a patient’s body in myriad ways:

        In addition to preventing the development of secondary sex characteristics, GnRH agonists arrest bone growth, decrease bone accretion, prevent the sex-steroid dependent organization and maturation of the adolescent brain, and inhibit fertility by preventing the development of gonadal tissue and mature gametes for the duration of treatment.

        I don’t understand why there is not a long list of lawsuits waiting to be filed here, along with criminal charges.

        Ideologues who promote this chemical castration of children claim it is completely reversible,. and merely gives the confused child time to consider his or her gender dysphoria—though they refuse to use that term. This is also false.

        If this weren’t enough reason for parents to refuse such treatment for their minor children, Laidlaw says that “what parents should find truly terrifying is the psychological effect of this medication.” Under the traditional treatment for gender dysphoria, which involves “watchful waiting or pursuit of family and individual psychotherapy,” between 80 and 95 percent of adolescent patients outgrow their dysphoria naturally.

        In other words, only 5 to 10 percent of those children remain dysphoric and go on to request further treatments. But a major study of dysphoric children who were administered puberty blockers found that 100 percent went on to request cross-sex hormones.

        Why would a child whose normal puberty is short-circuited be more likely to move on to radical treatment with cross-sex hormones and perhaps surgery? Laidlaw attributes this phenomenon to “a very strong psychologically addictive component to this medication, so that once children begin taking these blockers, they never leave the road of high-dose synthetic hormones and irreversible surgeries.”

        ACPeds agrees, offering a theory grounded in neuroscience and social science:

        There is an obvious self-fulfilling nature to encouraging a young child with GD to socially impersonate the opposite sex and then institute pubertal suppression. Purely from a social learning point of view, the repeated behavior of impersonating and being treated as the opposite sex will make identity alignment with the child’s biologic sex less likely. This, together with the suppression of puberty that prevents further endogenous masculinization or feminization of the entire body and brain, causes the child to remain either a gender non-conforming pre-pubertal boy disguised as a pre-pubertal girl, or the reverse. Since their peers develop normally into young men or young women, these children are left psychosocially isolated. They will be less able to identify as being the biological male or female they actually are.

        ACPeds concludes: “A protocol of impersonation and pubertal suppression that sets into motion a single inevitable outcome (transgender identification) that requires lifelong use of toxic synthetic hormones, resulting in infertility, is neither fully reversible nor harmless.”

        We as a nation need to step back and take a look at the horrifying shift of attitudes toward children. First, they are considered disposable, of no inherent worth, with their very lives wholly dependent on the whims of the adult responsible for their development and birth into the world. Those who survive gestation are born into a society that has developed myriad ways of abusing them, from the relatively benign Kabuki theater of forcing them into the emotional and social isolation of masking to being mere fodder for medical and psychological experimentation that, when stripped of its various excuses and cover story of “transgenderism” is really only political. Those who are not being permanently crippled by the administration of harmful drugs are still being groomed to become highly sexualized human beings from kindergarten on, taught and trained to think sexually, act sexually and focus on sexuality and sex acts.

      • Cluster April 2, 2022 / 10:34 am

        Any child who suffers from “gender dysphoria” was manipulated by an adult. Period. NO child under 7 understands sexuality.

  10. Cluster April 2, 2022 / 8:40 am

    Has anyone else wondered why Joe Biden has not done one f***king thing to help Brittany Greiner? He doesn’t even mention her. And then there is this:

    Mark Frerichs, 59, a civil engineer from Illinois, was kidnapped by the Taliban in Kabul in January 2020. On Friday a video, filmed in November, was published by The New Yorker.

    No help for Mark either. I am beginning to think that Biden doesn’t like Americans.

  11. Cluster April 2, 2022 / 8:48 am

    The top 1 percent added $6.5 trillion to their net worth last year as stocks and financial markets soared, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest report on household wealth.

    I wonder if this could be related to the government’s forced closures of small business’s over the last couple of years? Asking for a friend.

    • Amazona April 2, 2022 / 10:42 am

      The only businesses I can think of, offhand, that profited from the shutdowns were companies like Amazon, the most obvious winner, as people were literally forced to shop from home, and home entertainment companies like NetFlix and Hulu.

      The American phrase “follow the money” is just a new spin on the old Latin phrase “cui bono”, which translates to “who benefits”. Having a president with a long history of using the powers of his various government offices to create revenue streams of tax dollars flowing outward and then leading back to him and his family, I now wonder if that happened here. I have no problem imagining the billions of dollars funneled into Pfizer and Moderna, pumped up by the government forcing people to use the drugs and at the same time providing legal protections for the companies regarding damages from the drugs, being a two-way revenue stream with a significant amount flowing back toward DC or Delaware. The lockdowns were so counterintuitive I started to wonder if that might be true of businesses like Amazon

  12. Cluster April 2, 2022 / 10:38 am

    More fear porn from the NYT:

    The New York Times
    Although U.S. health officials say they are hopeful the Omicron subvariant BA.2 won’t cause another major surge, there are variables that could make a new wave more damaging. Here are seven steps to lower your risk.

    I guess the 7 steps include diet, exercise, and rest. And according to the Dr. Fauci from 2004, the best way to protect yourself from a virus is to contract it, and recover from it. Natural immunity is the best protection, but of course that was the Dr. Fauci from 2004 before he was employed by Pfizer.

    • Cluster April 2, 2022 / 2:49 pm

      That IS outstanding. God Bless Lynyrd Skynyrd

      • Amazona April 3, 2022 / 11:11 am

        I am more and more impressed by Ron DeSantis. I’m not saying he is the reason I just bought a house in Florida, but it didn’t hurt that this is a state which has such a solid leader. I’d vote for him over Trump any day.

        My Trump Fatigue is growing, partly because the more the nation plunges down the rabbit hole of Leftist governance the more irritated I am that this is largely due to Trump. It’s not a given that Cruz would have swayed Congress on January 6 and succeeded in getting a delay in certification, but I think there is a very good chance he would have. The facts were there, his letter was powerful and compelling, and I think it very likely that the entire arc of the election would have been much different if it were not for the massive Trump Ego Parade that turned, so predictably, into such a PR disaster, which then stampeded Congress into a rash and hasty certification.

        It’s these triumphs of ego over restraint that bother me. Take the vaxx thing—-back in 2020 it seemed like developing a Covid vaccine was really the best solution to the pandemic, so I don’t blame him for his push to get it done. But I do blame him for remaining stuck on the somewhat narcissistic conviction that the vax development represents the pinnacle of scientific achievement. Yes, its quick development was in large part due to his leadership, and up until the facts about the drugs started to come out I don’t have a problem with his constant self-congratulation about it. But I also think a real leader would have had the emotional and intellectual integrity to follow up on that, to keep track of the vaxx issues as they started to arise, and deal with them openly and honestly.

        I was pissed off ON January 6, when I saw the rally going on—it seemed so counterproductive, even before the rioting started. Rallies and crowd support are fine for campaigns, but the idea that tens of thousands of people waving flags and so on outside the halls of Congress, even if the whole thing had not blown up, would influence voting by members of Congress was ridiculous and seemed to show a basic misunderstanding of Congress and how it works. It showed a lack of respect for Congress and the process of certification, and I thought when I heard of the plans for this big hoopla on January 6 that it was a stupid idea. I think, and always have thought, that the idea of getting tens of thousands of people to go to DC to try to influence Congress showed a terrible lack of leadership and a rather pathetic need for adulation. And I will always believe it led to having Joe Biden in the White House, as well as providing so much material for the ongoing effort to destabilize our society. A giant spotlight was poised to be focused on the Leftist manipulation of the election process and Trump moved it to focus on him, making it harder to deal with election cheating, sticking us with the Biden Administration and its many glaring defects and harm to the nation and setting up even more melodrama like the January 6 Commission.

        I will always wish we had an Alternative History Channel where we could flip to it to see a calm and statesmanlike Trump saying “We have done all we can do at this point, and now we have to trust Congress to review the facts and make the right decisions”. Basically, I want a president capable of doing something like that, and more and more I doubt that Trump is that person.

  13. Retired Spook April 2, 2022 / 2:22 pm

    Interesting premise.

    People think climate change is the current largest threat to our planet. But Alex says the reduction and elimination of fossil fuels is the biggest threat to our planet because we rely on low-cost energy for the world to be livable.

    Alex points to a current problem we are seeing as fertilizer and fuel prices go up. It causes the cost to produce food to become too expensive. Our eight billion people depend on low-cost food production to feed their families. When the agriculture industry cannot afford to grow food, people starve.

  14. Cluster April 3, 2022 / 8:43 am

    The narcissism in this country is destroying our society:

    “The law would erase me as an LGBTQ teacher,” she said. “Nobody would be able to know, which then puts me in the closet, and I’m there seven hours a day, if not more, five days a week. I wouldn’t be able to be who I am.”

    “And I don’t think I can bear to see the students struggle and want to ask me about these things and then have to deny them that knowledge,” she added. “That’s not who I am as a teacher.”

    You were hired to teach children reading, writing, and arithmetic, period. It’s not a slumber party and the children are not there to get to “know you better”. Check your ego at the door and teach – that’s what you were hired to do. If you want to glorify yourself and publicly preen for all to see, go to work for Facebook.

    • Amazona April 3, 2022 / 10:34 am

      So this “It’s All About MEEEE” teacher is convinced that children in first, second or third grade really want to know who she sleeps with or why “she” has a five o’clock shadow, and can’t be authentic as a person without advertising his/her journey through genderism?

      “That’s not who I am as a teacher.” And therein lies the problem. She sees “teaching” as providing a platform for her personal identity crisis, while most of us see teaching as a career based on transmitting knowledge about the world.

      It’s time to move these narcissists and whiners on, and recruit serious teachers, who are hired and then retained through a merit system.

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