Open Thread

Finally released Kings and Queen: Book V of the Mirrors series. To me, it is the best one. To be sure, I think that each book is an improvement over the prior – some of that is because I’m getting better at writing! Remember that when I started this, I merely sat down with a bare outline of part of a story and just got rolling. While not selling millions – it is an indy author thing, after all – people are buying it and I am getting really good feedback on it. It is fun! If you haven’t started the series, pick up Mirrors and get going. You won’t regret it.

On to more boring stuff…

Ukraine war: looks like Ivan got himself a bloody nose and is pulling back from Kiev. But the Russians don’t tend to quit, so I do wonder if this is just a regroup before they try again. Took the Russians 6 months and 3 tries to get Plevna in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877, after all. Russians are just awful at anything that requires organization and timing…but they are very good and putting their head down and smashing away until the other side is overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, the Ruble massively rebounded because Putin simply started demanding payment for oil and gas in Rubles. It is hard to sanction a resource-rich nation like Russia. It can cause some dislocations, but those who were buying the resources were buying them for a reason.

I think that regarding the trans debate, the most crucial thing we can do is assert the plain fact that heterosexuality is the norm. Sure, in a human population of 7 billion, you’re going to find lots of variations from the norm, but all the variations combined are going to be a tiny fraction of the whole. Our presumption – our insistence, really – is that any minor who proclaims themselves in any way not heterosexual is mistaken. Only after study by genuinely disinterested third parties can any proper judgement be made as to whether or not there is a genuine variation.

We must bring an end to this current system which socially punishes the norm, provides benefits for the abnormal and immediately agrees with any proclamation of variation from the norm. There’s a poll out that says about 20 percent of youngsters view themselves as something other than heterosexual. This is not biologically possible and probably overstates reality by at least a factor of 10. But because of our current system, many of these kids will be set on a path which will prove destructive. We must put a stop to this – it is genuinely insane and continuing it is not survivable.

Since you guys won’t show up on Twitter, I’ll give you some samples of what you can find there.

34 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook April 3, 2022 / 9:52 am

    I’ve read Mirrors, Secrets, and Battles, and you’re right, you have gotten better with each one.

    • Retired Spook April 3, 2022 / 1:10 pm

      I just finished a book of sorts myself. I don’t know if any of you have ever heard of a company called StoryWorth. My youngest daughter gave me their service last year for my birthday. Each week for a year she picked a different question/topic about some aspect or period of my life, and I wrote a story about it including photos. Digging through an old trunk of family photos, I came across a picture of me playing in a sandbox when I was around 4 or 5, one of me with an aunt and uncle and my maternal grandparents on a fishing trip to the upper peninsula of Michigan around 1950, and one of the motel at Miami Beach where I learned to swim also around 1950. It brought back a lot of memories, and I was more than a little amazed at how much I remembered from my childhood. I just finished the final editing and proofreading, and the book ended up being 314 pages. The company provides a long list of sample questions, or the person asking the questions can come up with their own. On a couple of occasions, I changed the question (which they allow) when it was either too close to a previous question or just a topic that I didn’t want to write about. I’m going to order three copies, one for each of my daughters and one for my wife and me.
      Without a doubt the best gift I’ve ever gotten.

      • Mark Noonan April 3, 2022 / 1:17 pm

        That is awesome! I will have to check that out – my family doesn’t have a lot of heirlooms but one thing I do have is my grand-uncle Eddie’s pocket watch. He won it in a boxing tournament in 1920 and he was wearing it when murdered in a speakeasy in 1927 (a still unsolved crime!). I’ve learned a bit about Eddie and even found a small clip of a silent film where he played a boxer (his sister, my grandmother, was also trying to break into the movies and I’ve got a clip of her playing a mermaid in a Peter Pan movie). That service seems to be the perfect venue to write p Eddie’s story and keep it with the watch. My stepson has expressed an interest in inheriting the watch so with watch and book it can eventually go to his daughter and on down the line.

        I just love to write – to me, it is the most enjoyable thing to do. Its why I’m already deep into books 6 through 9 (6, Heirs, is pretty much done but I’m going to hold off for a bit on releasing it as I will likely have some retconning to do given some story twists in books 8 and 9).

      • Retired Spook April 3, 2022 / 5:00 pm

        I sent StoryWorth a referral that will get you $10 off and get me a free book. You should be hearing from them.

      • Cluster April 4, 2022 / 3:52 pm

        Cool Story Spook

  2. Cluster April 3, 2022 / 10:19 am

    Congrats on the books Mark. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, and you’re proving that.

    • Retired Spook April 3, 2022 / 12:40 pm

      We don’t know anyone who thinks like John Stewart and the woke lady, and if we did we’d stay as far away from them as possible. I can’t imagine trying to have a meaningful relationship or friendship with people like that. Life’s too short.

    • Amazona April 3, 2022 / 12:43 pm

      I’m just going to come right out and say it—-all this whining and sniveling and ritualized victimhood are having the effect of converting me to the idea of white supremacy. That is, that for the most part white people just go on about their lives without looking for people to blame or attack, which to me means they are better than those who create victimhood and then wallow in it, who can only lay claim to any kind or degree of superiority by demeaning others to create an invented and false dichotomy.

      • Mark Noonan April 3, 2022 / 1:19 pm

        Trust me, I know black and other POC who are just as pissed about this – it is such a damned insult. Strong, hard working black people can’t stand this stuff…and I think we’re starting to see some cracks in black allegiance to the Left.

      • Retired Spook April 3, 2022 / 5:04 pm

        “Cracks” is an understatement. Democrats have been promising to make things better for blacks for nearly 60 years. They not only haven’t delivered on their promises, but they’ve also destroyed the black family unit in the process. You can’t carry on a scam for that long and not have a few people take notice.

      • Amazona April 3, 2022 / 5:49 pm

        I’m perfectly happy working to expand those cracks by pointing out that these people are making all black people seem to be whiny victimhood addicts. The Left’s strategy is to turn us against each other, so I think it makes sense to use that tactic against them.

  3. Cluster April 4, 2022 / 8:32 am

    So smoking crack and sexualizing girls under 18 is now legal … who knew???

    Biden is ‘confident’ that Hunter ‘didn’t break the law,’ Chief of Staff says: Ron Klain claims the president thinks his son ‘did the right thing’ but is not involved in probe of his family’s business ties

    • Amazona April 4, 2022 / 10:43 am

      Remember, when Joe’s daughter-in-law came to him for help because of Hunter’s inappropriate and sexualized treatment of her teenage daughter (who I think was 14 at the time) Joe’s response was that she, the mother, was the one who needed “counseling”. This was about Joe’s own granddaughter, the daughter of so-oft-cited Saint Beau, and he was fine with having her mid-40s uncle engaging in sex play with her. (BTW, there are photos on the laptop of some of their games.)

      I haven’t checked to see if the old CSPAN videos are still available of then-VP Biden grouping young girls during the swearing-in of their fathers. They literally made my stomach churn, as every time a family had a young girl VP Joe would insist that she stand next to him, or sometimes in front of him, so he could fondle them during the ceremony.

      Joe knows perfectly well that Hunter is a serial sex abuser and pedophile, just as he himself is. The whole country would know if it were not for the protections provided to the whole family by the corrupt Complicit Agenda Media.

      • Cluster April 4, 2022 / 3:43 pm

        Joe knows perfectly well that Hunter is a serial sex abuser and pedophile, just as he himself is.

        100% correct but no one wants to admit it.

    • Amazona April 4, 2022 / 10:36 am

      We now just have to sit back and wait to find out how much, if any, influence John Malone is going to exert on CNN and Elon Musk is going to affect Twitter. Malone has said he wants to take CNN back to true journalism, and Musk is a free speech absolutist, so we might—-if we are lucky—see a shift in media coverage as the election cycle heats up.

      • Cluster April 4, 2022 / 3:46 pm

        From your mouth to Gods ears. I think Malone has already had a big impact especially after watching CNN admit that the Hunter laptop is real and the charges are serious. That was a shocker.

        And Elon? This man is stealth but he is a good egg and he will have a big positive influence on Twitter. In fact, he may end up buying it all at some point soon.

  4. Cluster April 4, 2022 / 3:52 pm

    It’s a little strange realizing that Florida actually has to pass a bill to protect their children from Democrat predators. Strange times

    • Amazona April 4, 2022 / 5:23 pm

      What’s really strange is that Florida is the only state to do so

      • Cluster April 4, 2022 / 7:37 pm

        Good point

  5. Cluster April 4, 2022 / 4:42 pm

    Secret Service ‘is paying more than $30,000 A MONTH to rent out a mansion in Malibu to protect Hunter Biden’: Taxpayers ‘footing bill for ‘six-bedroom ‘Spanish-style estate that has gorgeous ocean views’

    Now keep in mind that in the BBB bill, Democrats wanted to monitor your bank account for any activity over $600.

    • Mark Noonan April 4, 2022 / 5:24 pm

      This is some amazing bullsh**, isn’t it? Why do we have to protect him in Malibu? Can’t be be protected in some 3k a month digs in Bakersfield?

      But this also tells me something: Team Pudding Brain will be propping him up to run in 2024. Only Biden’s death will stop them from trying – they’ve all got too much rolling in to allow him to go.

      • Cluster April 4, 2022 / 7:37 pm

        The Democrats feed the Deep State and the Deep State protects Democrats. Reminiscent of how Al Capone worked with law enforcement in Chicago.

  6. Cluster April 5, 2022 / 9:07 am

    I think I’m going to start a Twitter account today and encourage Elon to buy the whole damn thing.

  7. Cluster April 5, 2022 / 9:14 am

    Does anyone want to bet me that this home is owned by a large Democrat donor, and much of this taxpayer paid $30K/mo rent will wind up in Democrat coffers? Anyone?

    Hunter Biden’s Secret Service detail are staying in a $6million Malibu mansion, exclusive photos reveal. The home is being rented by the presidential bodyguards for a reported $30,000 a month. The Spanish-style sea view villa comes complete with six bedrooms, a pool, tasting room, gym, spa, built-in BBQ and ‘castle-like tower’. The property is next door to Hunter’s $20,000-a-month rented home where he lives with his wife Melissa, 35, and their baby Beau. Agents were spotted on Monday patrolling the neighborhood in blacked out cars with government plates.

  8. Cluster April 5, 2022 / 9:22 am

    This is just too good. While black children in Chicago are shot everyday, BLM leaders celebrate their sudden riches:

    The leaders of the Black Lives Matters organization allegedly laid out a whopping $6 million that was donated to the activist group to buy a 6,500-square foot Southern California mansion, according to published reports.

    News of the 2020 purchase was first reported by New York Magazine on Monday, as the organization allegedly hoped to keep the house’s existence a secret – despite three of its former leaders reportedly filming a series of videos dining and drinking Champagne outside the estate last spring.

  9. Amazona April 6, 2022 / 1:26 am

    L keep saying history will look back on this era and really have nothing much to say about it but WTF? Now we know I am right.

    • Cluster April 6, 2022 / 10:06 am

      LMAO … and isn’t this all so embarrassing??

      • Amazona April 6, 2022 / 12:53 pm

        The Left has no shame. None. Remember, more than a third of Democrats still say they approve of the job Joe is doing.

  10. Cluster April 6, 2022 / 9:49 am

    The drama unfolding at Twitter will be fun to watch. Rattle some cages Elon !!!

    Twitter employees are voicing their concerns after Elon Musk vowed to make ‘significant improvements’ to the social media platform as a company board member and majority shareholder, admitting his investment in the company was not passive. After news broke of the Tesla CEO’s $3billion investment in the platform, employees took to Twitter issuing messages of both serious uneasiness and mockery. ‘Good morning to our new overlord!’ Lara Cohen, the company’s Global Head of Partners, tweeted. The billionaire, who initially filed a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure document intended for passive shareholders, filed a second form Tuesday indicating that he invested in the platform with the goal to evoke change.

  11. Retired Spook April 6, 2022 / 11:22 am

    Sign seen on the front of a gas pump:

    Do not take off the Biden stickers.
    If you voted for him you should be
    proud to pay these prices. Otherwise
    do not rip them off as that is considered
    vandalism, and you are on camera.

  12. Cluster April 6, 2022 / 11:52 am

    The Homeless Industrial Complex?? Has our ruling class sunk to this level of depravity?? Something is horribly wrong in this country and we better figure it out quickly or we are f***ked.

    Business is booming in San Francisco, except it’s not anything that anyone should be proud of. We call this multi-million dollar industry the homeless industrial complex – and San Francisco is leading the way. Feces, dirty needles, and tent encampments on the streets of the Tenderloin are part of it. Children walked to school by hired guards, smash and grab crimes and loose fentanyl residue on sidewalks that can be licked by a dog or carried by the wind into a playground are part of it. Drug dealers, armed with guns and machetes, standing in packs of dozens, openly selling fentanyl while police helplessly look on are part of it. But the addicts – barely surviving, with clothes hanging off their shoulders showing open sores, pipes in their hands – are the most important part of the homeless industrial complex. If the addicts were gone tomorrow this business would disappear, but apparently the powers that be don’t want that to happen.

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