Open Thread

8.5% inflation, but you know it is a lot higher than that – they’ve clearly fudged the numbers. My guess is that it is closer to 20%: prices are just out of control. The Fed says inflation may have peaked in March…but, that’s just a lie and the Fed knows it. As long as we’re pouring money out while also not producing at home, inflation will continue to rise. Might have a few ups and downs going forward, but the only way to stop this is to choke off the money supply – in other words, we have to go into a recession to stop inflation. And we only get out of the resultant recession by increasing domestic production on all levels, but especially energy. Side note: Team Pudding Brain is absolutely opposed to increasing domestic energy production.

Oh, they’ll say they want to switch to green energy but that stuff doesn’t work. It isn’t easy to find news reports about it, but solar just sucks. Uncle Sam kicked in more than $700 million for the solar plant in Tonopah, NV (with his nephew the Nevada State government kicking in a bit more than $100 million more) and the damned thing never worked. It is now shut down (after emitting poison gas and frying untold numbers of birds) and in bankruptcy.

And I do get the appeal of solar energy – the sun does shine, after all! But not brightly everywhere all the time. At best, something like solar can be a supplement. And it seems to me that if we’re going to shell out taxpayer funds for it, they should go to put solar panels on residential roofs – especially in the desert southwest. But, that doesn’t really work, now does it? If the panels are on my roof, how does the power company profit from it? So, build the 100 acre blight on the desert and have the power sent to my home…if the thing works. One thing I’ll bet about that plant in Tonopah is that everyone who made money off it was connected to Harry Reid and his machine.

Meanwhile, supply shortages continue – and not just in energy. I read that there’s a shortage of baby formula. How does the United States ever have a food shortage? We’ve never had one except in a few areas of the South during the depths of the Civil War – and that wasn’t really a shortage of food but the inability of the crumbling Southern economy to transport the food to where it was needed. This is the land of plenty. We have something like 500,000 square miles of arable land in the United States – and that’s without bringing anything like all arable land under cultivation. And American farm land is good – it is, for the most part, very fertile and either naturally well watered or easily watered by irrigation. Its why we have been – until just recently – the bread basket of the world. And here we don’t even have enough food for infants!

And this looks to get worse. I’m sure you’ve seen your local store out of or low on very common items – but various disruptions, including the war in Ukraine, look to cause all sorts of production and transport problems as the year progresses.

And what is Team Pudding Brain up to? Blaming the inflation on Putin and getting set to green-light an absolute flood of illegal immigrants over the southern border. It is just insane.

As a result of all this, the Democrats are in trouble? How deep? They’re heading towards wipeout territory. One recent poll Joe in the 30’s on approval rating – and in the midterms, the party in power’s vote share usually mirrors the incumbent’s approval rating. Now, to be sure, some are convinced that the Democrats are serenely pushing ahead with the Progressive insanity because they’ve already rigged the mid-term vote for a Democrat win. But that isn’t possible in this circumstance. To rig a vote, you have to have total control not just of the count, but of resolving all disputes about the count. Democrats have this total control in the deep Blue cities, of course, but not much else – Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona have all done at least a bit to tighten up voting controls. They won’t, that is, get away with 2020 in those States again. Personally, I think Democrats are going Full Progressive for two reasons:

  1. The people actually running things for Joe don’t care about the upcoming vote.
  2. Those who do care figure might as well quadruple down and at least hold the enthusiasm of the big cities.

The guy who shot up the subway in NYC was on the FBI radar, has been arrested multiple times and posted insane, violent rants on You Tube. Too bad he wasn’t a middle class housewife who complained to the school board – might have been able to do something about this. I mean, the FBI only has so many people – think of all the strings attached to garage doors which would have gone uninvestigated if the FBI was spending time on the NYC shooter?

20 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook April 14, 2022 / 8:36 am

    Those of you who are experiencing bare supermarket shelves and $6/gal gas are welcome to move to northeast Indiana. Gas is $3.79, and our grocery shelves are full. Gun owners are welcomed, not demonized. You can get a free license to carry, but we just became a Constitutional Carry state. Unemployment rate in Whitley County where I live is 2%. For the entire state it’s 2.3%. I’m not sure what it is about our area that makes it relatively unaffected by supply chain problems, but it’s a great place to live if you value freedom.

  2. Retired Spook April 14, 2022 / 9:20 am

    Coffee & COVID is a hoot this morning.

    The Daily Mail UK, where we have to go to get news about what’s happening in the U.S., reported an alarming story yesterday headlined, “Two Inmates At All-Women’s New Jersey Jail Are PREGNANT After Both Had Sex With Transgender Prisoners.”

    Weird. Now, I’m just a lawyer. I’m not a biologist. But it seems to me that until very recently, women couldn’t make each other pregnant, at least without a turkey baster. Are we evolving? Are we becoming like hermaphroditic frogs, where when the population levels of one sex slip below certain levels, they start changing genders or something.

    It turns out from reading the story that it wasn’t so much biology, but this was a great LEGAL victory for the ACLU, which had recently settled a lawsuit by forcing the prison to house 27 male cross-dressers there. Predictably, fun mommy-daddy times ensued in the jailhouse showers.

    The newly-expectant mothers are enjoying their free vacations at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, in CLINTON, New Jersey. I know what you’re thinking. I’m not going to say it. But I sure am tempted.

    Science! Shut up!

    • Amazona April 15, 2022 / 8:05 pm

      Personally, I think Democrats are going Full Progressive for two reasons:

      The people actually running things for Joe don’t care about the upcoming vote.
      Those who do care figure might as well quadruple down and at least hold the enthusiasm of the big cities.

      You forgot the biggie—they don’t have to care how people really vote, if they can control how the “votes” are counted.

  3. Cluster April 15, 2022 / 8:51 am

    The beta males at Twitter are all a flutter:

    ‘I don’t believe we are being held hostage by Elon’: Twitter CEO addresses angry staff and says they ‘in control’ after billionaire’s $43b takeover offer – as Tesla shares fall 9% with investors fearing bid is ‘distraction’

    Elon taking over Twitter could be a game changer and the ruling class knows it hence the all out attacks. Odd that free speech scares the hell out of them but when you have Joy Reid calling you a racist, you know you’re over the target. Godspeed Elon

  4. Cluster April 15, 2022 / 9:05 am

    This story can not be emphasized enough

    Apocalyptic scenes in Shanghai’s rebellion against Zero Covid chaos: Residents attack police after being evicted to create quarantine centres and try to break barricades in hunt for food… while hazmat-clad Communist thugs still can’t stop cases going up

    Thanks to Americas ruling class selling out our manufacturing base to China over the last 30 years, this shut down of Shanghai’s economy will soon have a huge negative impact here. You think there are shortages now? Just wait. And aside from the negative economic impact, the humanitarian abuses and absolute psychological assault on the people of Shanghai will have negative impacts for decades.

    I’ve been on this blog for 18 years and never did I think this country and this world could devolve to this point but here we are confronting people who want to force injections, sexualize children, censor speech, and imprison political opponents and sadly many Americans have no problem with this. Remember when we use to debate tax policies?

  5. Retired Spook April 15, 2022 / 11:39 am

    Have a blessed Good Friday everyone.

  6. Retired Spook April 15, 2022 / 12:20 pm

    In a lesser known offer, Elon Musk has made a bid to buy CNN for twenty-eight dollars.

    • Cluster April 15, 2022 / 12:36 pm


      • Retired Spook April 15, 2022 / 1:27 pm

        I can’t take credit for it. It came from Emily Compagno on Fox’s Outnumbered. Personally, I thought $28 was on the high side.

      • Amazona April 15, 2022 / 8:06 pm

        Good point. I heard they were holding out for $30.00 and he told them to go sit on a stump.

  7. Cluster April 16, 2022 / 9:35 am

    I sure hope Americans are thinking about Ukraine today. Just like our ruling class/media wants us to. Oh and Covid cases are on the rise so stay safe.

    Mexican woman, 32, is found dead hanging upside down on Southern border wall in Arizona after her leg became trapped while trying to use a climbing harness

    • Retired Spook April 16, 2022 / 9:38 am

      I can’t figure out for the life of me why someone would risk his/her life to get into a systemically RACIST country.

      • Cluster April 16, 2022 / 10:00 am

        It does defy logic. See post below re: the Pope. That too will warm your heart lol.

  8. Cluster April 16, 2022 / 9:59 am

    ROME, Italy — Pope Francis accused the West of racism Friday, insisting migrants are “subdivided” by skin color and country of origin … “We are racists, we are racists. And this is bad,” the pope stated.

    Don’t you just love religious men who cloak themselves in moral righteousness while hiding behind gold plated walls?

    • Amazona April 16, 2022 / 12:33 pm

      This is what you get when you elect leaders based on anything but pure allegiance to the core dogma of whatever group he or she is supposed to be leading. In this case, pure allegiance to the teachings of the Bible and the Catholic Church itself have all taken a back seat to the promotion of political agendas. In the United States, most of our “leaders” are indifferent to the foundational principles and actual legal documents on how the nation must be governed, focusing instead on personal political agendas.

  9. Retired Spook April 17, 2022 / 9:23 am

    Happy Easter everyone.

    • Cluster April 17, 2022 / 4:49 pm

      He is Risen. Happy Easter all

  10. Amazona April 17, 2022 / 2:20 pm

    Totally off-topic but I need to vent.

    I have a Barclays Bank credit card through Frontier, and it is a hot mess. In March I called to make an online payment and they didn’t credit my account so I ended up overdue. I pressed them to look up the records and yes they did have a record that I called them on a certain date, but no note about why. Evidently people just call because they’re lonely, or want to know if it’s going to rain or something..

    Well, I’m in Colorado today, trying to get ready to fly to Florida tomorrow or Tuesday once I get boarding arrangements for my cat all finalized. I left my Capital One card in Wyoming, so I’m using my Frontier card, Or trying to, anyway.

    I called to make a payment so I would have a zero balance for my trip, and learned that they had canceled two online purchases I made this morning. I wouldn’t know if I hadn’t called. In the course of another excruciating conversation with someone there I mentioned that I was going to be even more unhappy, to put it mildly, if they started canceling or denying purchases on my trip, and was told that when I am going to be “out of my buying area” I have to call and let them know so they can approve purchases in specific states on specific dates. So if I were driving to Florida I would have to give them my basic itinerary and every state I might go through, to be able to buy gas and lodging.

    I only keep the card because I have racked up so many miles on it, if I am ever desperate enough to fly on Frontier. Their only flight to where I want to go in Florida is a red-eye, getting there at 6 in the morning, and they evidently spent a lot of money on their new seats to get the hardest seat possible, so I prefer to pay to fly on United, but someday Frontier might go somewhere else I would want to go, so I keep the account–not to mention the hit to my credit rating if I get a new card.

    All I can say is, avoid Barclays credit cards if at all possible. I have three cards and this is the only one that is ever a problem—-and it is ALWAYS a problem. It shuts down seemingly at random. I have often been declined, like at a Subways shop, and when I’ve said “Oh, it’s just my Frontier card again” someone has chimed in with the observation they have the same problem.

    Hey, we’re all friends here, and friends don’t let friends use Barclay Bank cards.

    On the other hand, I’m excited to finally get the keys to my new Florida house and start getting it set up. My new neighbor says he sees dolphins in the canal behind the house, off his dock next to my dock. Too bad I couldn’t make it happen while we were still dealing with winter here. Next—-a boat. When I was there last year I hooked a tarpon, and that was pretty exciting. Didn’t land it, but that’s pretty common, and just fighting with one for a few minutes is quite a thrill for someone from a state where a five pound fish is bragging rights.

    • Cluster April 17, 2022 / 4:49 pm

      CONGRATS. I love Florida

      • Amazona April 17, 2022 / 5:13 pm

        I used to sneer at snowbirds as they fled the cold weather. Now I’ve been trying to become one. I have been asked why I chose Florida instead of Arizona, and I have a short answer: Water vs desert. Growing up in Colorado I want to be around water for a change. and going out my back door and stepping off my dock into a boat ten minutes from the Gulf of Mexico is just too appealing to pass up.

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