Open Thread

Got into a long debate about gun control over on Twitter. Not a bad one, either. I mean, the people arguing with me were ignorant of basic facts and had imbibed a great deal of Progressive lies, but the debate was civil and it did open the eyes a bit on my side: they really are convinced that being armed is not something human beings are supposed to be…at least, not armed in any way that would give a distinct advantage. Maybe it stems from a Progressive desire to be fair? Don’t really know. But we’re never going to convince these people: they’ll have to be mugged by reality. As some of them have been as I’ve seen stories of Progressives in San Francisco quietly purchasing firearms as all police protection has been withdrawn.

To that end, Chesa Boudin, the communist DA of SF, is in deep trouble – he fully implemented the Marxist-Leninist ideal of criminal justice and it really, really sucks. One of the unknown stories about the old USSR was how crime-ridden it was. Those who read The Gulag Archipelago know, but most people don’t…and it is simply because Soviet media didn’t cover it and Western media followed suit. But the basics of Soviet criminal law – that all crime is the result of social injustice – combined with a complete disarming of the Russian people meant that crime ran wild. You’d get 25 years for speaking ill of Communism, 10 years for murder…usually with time off for good behavior. While the bosses were tightly protected (sound familiar?) the common people were at the mercy of criminals. But unlike in the USSR, there is a recall possible in San Francisco – and nothing will spotlight the toxic environment for Democrats than the scion of the far Left getting the boot.

US Intel says that Putin is on the ropes. Given US Intel’s track record, I expect Russian tanks in Paris by next week.

The GOP continues to earn it’s title as The Stupid Party – with gas and food prices rising, a border crisis and Biden risking WWIII…they’re putting together a plan to reduce greenhouse gases. Got a newsflash for ya, GOPe – nobody gives a damn about Climate Change except those who are paid to give a damn about it.

Tampa Bay Rays went woke over the recent shootings…and DeSantis is vetoing a $35 million taxpayer give away to them. That is how its done.

19 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster June 3, 2022 / 8:30 am

    US Intel says that Putin is on the ropes. Given US Intel’s track record, I expect Russian tanks in Paris by next week.

    LMAO. Isn’t that the truth. It’s really hard to believe the level of total abject failure of our government. And the people who have been there for well over 40 years still think they’re doing a great job. As I type I am watching MSNBC and the same people who lied about Russia Collusion and a myriad of other things are still there and now lecturing me about guns. Meanwhile Fox is covering the UK Jubilee. I guess they got tired of this country.

    It’s all surreal.

  2. Retired Spook June 3, 2022 / 8:53 am

    It didn’t take long for the corporate media to pick up on the AP’s report that Dominion voting machines in at least 16 states have software vulnerabilities.

    Most simply go into damage control mode and downplay it as no big deal — no evidence that any of the vulnerabilities were EVER exploited. Jeff Childers, as usual, has a more comprehensive take.

    The AP ran an article a couple days ago featuring this unbelievable headline: “Cyber agency: Voting software vulnerable in some states.” Wait, what?

    You’ll never guess WHICH 16 states have “vulnerabilities”: states with DOMINION voting machines. Haha, why didn’t they just say that in the headline? Corporate media reporters raced to publish stories over the last two days about how MAGA election deniers are going to “pounce” on the news to fuel their rabid 2020 election fantasies.

    Here’s how CNN said it in their story: “Because the subject is Dominion voting equipment, which has been the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely claim there was large-scale fraud in the 2020 election, federal and state and local officials are bracing for election deniers to try to weaponize news of the vulnerabilities ahead of midterm elections.”

    Election deniers, that’s a good one. I hadn’t seen that term used before this week. I guess now anytime you disagree with the government-approved message, you’re a denier — and probably a domestic terrorist to boot.

    Before I continue with the news, I must say, I am shocked about all this, shocked and appalled. Experts ASSURED me that the recent election was the best organized and most secure election ever held in human history, and maybe even in galactic history. They told us it was IMPOSSIBLE to hack the Dominion machines, and they hounded several lawyers out of practice for even suggesting the insane notion that the voting software could be compromised.

    I was even more shocked and appalled that corporate media is covering the story. But after I looked into it a little, I realized they’ve been forced past the “deny” stage despite their best efforts to bury the story, and so reporters are sashaying into the “minimize” stage as fast as they can.

    The actual news comes from a 2017 lawsuit filed in Georgia by some intrepid election activists — independents, not government watchdogs, of course — against the use of Dominion touchscreen machines, which the activists claim are insecure, for some reason. Last year, the federal judge allowed the activists’ expert to inspect some Dominion machines and write up a report.

    The expert finished his detailed, 100-page report several months ago, and apparently it was a stinker. Georgia officials started screaming and crying and throwing themselves down on the floor, and wouldn’t take a bottle, so the judge agreed to seal the 100-page report to keep it from being shared with the media or anybody else, and gave the officials four months to review the report and formulate a response. Well, the four months are up and the expert report, plus Georgia’s five-page response, will become public record as early as today, whenever the judge gets around to unsealing them.

    The conclusions in the expert’s report must be incredibly damning, because it appears the way corporate media is planning to handle all this is to quickly admit the problems but dip into the “no evidence” playbook and insist there’s “no evidence” that anybody actually USED any of the problems to cheat. Because, why would they? Plus, it’s not the government’s job to find evidence of cheating anyway. That’s on private citizens.

    Anyway, OF COURSE Georgia’s sealed 5-page response was somehow leaked to the media ahead of the release of the expert’s report. The Washington Post glumly reported the news with this headline: “No Evidence of Exploitation of Dominion Voting Machine Flaws, CISA Finds.” No evidence! You remember that one, right? Just like there’s no evidence that the jabs hurt anybody, or that ivermectin helps treat early covid. That kind of no evidence.

    (You might not’ve recognized CISA, which is part of Homeland Security, and on Georgia’s behalf, took four months to draft the thin five-page response to the expert’s 100-page report. It accomplished about one page per month. What do you want, it’s government.)

    The various stories reporting on the reports note that the five-page CISA draft only found NINE vulnerabilities, and also said that it found “no evidence” of intrusion. The thin CISA report is light on details about how the government verified that nobody actually used any of the exploits.

    The various corporate media articles about the reports are packed with interviews of scads of cherry-picked “election experts” who explain how this story is just a big fat nothing burger with extra conspiracy sauce, how everybody already knew about these problems anyway, and how Dominion is probably already working nights and weekends on a “patch” that will make all your election concerns bleed away into the hypoxic rarified air of elite media. The patch will be like a software version of an mRNA vaccine that actually works against the current variant.

    I can’t wait to see that expert report.

    • Retired Spook June 3, 2022 / 9:56 am

      I love the comedy writers at MSNBC:

      “He makes a clear and succinct statement — only to have aides rush to explain that he actually meant something else,” the NBC News dispatch read. “The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command.”

      You really CAN’T make this sh*t up!

  3. Retired Spook June 3, 2022 / 1:28 pm

    There’s an elephant in the room that no one talks about. Hannity had Democrat economist/toady Austin Goolsby on a couple of nights ago. They were talking about gas prices, and Hannity made the comment that the Biden Administration is doing everything it can to discourage domestic oil production. Goolsby responded that domestic oil production is at an all-time high, something that was easy to research and refute. The most recent figures from about 60 days ago indicate we’re more than 12% below the peak production level set at the beginning of the pandemic in February 2020. I get the distinct impression that Hannity and Goolsby are friends outside of politics because Hannity almost never calls Goolsby when he lies (which is often). This dynamic isn’t uncommon with other Fox hosts as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them go out after the show, have drinks, and laugh about who scored the most points. If I had a friend who lied to gain an advantage, he/she wouldn’t be my friend anymore. But that’s just me.

  4. Jeremiah June 4, 2022 / 11:38 pm

    “Men Without Chests

    Written by: Pastor Andrew Isker

    It has now been more than a week since a godless psychopath murdered 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The ruling regime has continued a full-court press to disarm the American people in the aftermath of the shooting. But as details of the attack continue to be released, it has become clear the very people who the regime says should be the only people with firearms, demonstrated a tremendous deficiency of courage.

    Despite changing their story more than a meth-head begging for money, one thing has remained certain: the police waited nearly an hour to go into the room where a psychotic murderer unloaded on a class of fifth-graders, dooming any wounded children to bleed to death. Allegedly, the Uvalde chief of police had personally ordered his officers not to breach the door of the classroom the killer was in, due to the danger he presented to his officers—officers with shields, helmets, and body armor, no less.

    This level of cowardice is astounding, even for a society that has done all that is possible to stamp out any display of courage and masculine virtue. That not one, single officer would disobey the most egregiously cowardly orders is still something truly shocking. But we have suffered under two years of Wuhan Flu biomedical tyranny.

    The most basic rights of Americans were flagrantly violated with almost no resistance from anyone bearing authority, and the idea that men—who occupy these positions that require courage—are instead filled by those without a single shred of it, is not something that should be difficult for us to recognize. Everyone who had the authority to say “No! You may not do this!” Is someone who lacked the masculine virtue to say “No! You may not do this!”

    There were no sheriffs who told their tyrannical governors to pound sand. There were no judges who had the backbone to apply the law that respects the rights of the people. There were precious few pastors who dared to declare the prerogative of the church to meet to worship in obedience to God, over and against the diktats of an authoritarian state. There were very few doctors who were willing to break protocol when doing so would mean the difference between life and death (and also quite possibly the end of their careers).

    Anyone who had legitimate power to wield, to tell these tyrants “NO!”, refused to wield it. I had an elderly congregant who was refused access to his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s, who, without him had no idea where she was, and because of this isolation and intense anxiety, died days later. Doctors “just following safety protocols” killed her and countless others.

    Just as the phenomenon of the mass shooting demonstrates the social, cultural, and spiritual collapse that has taken place in the last two generations—these things never happened before the 1990s despite even more widespread availability of even more deadly firearms—the cowardice shown by the Uvalde Police Department is an indication of just how far we have fallen. Safety is the driving force of everything. Officer safety. Public safety. And of course, who can forget the much-maligned safe space? Everything about the life of the American is dominated by safety above all else. The German WWI veteran and author, Ernst Jünger, wrote in his essay “On Danger” that:

    The bourgeois person is perhaps best characterized as one who places security among the highest of values and conducts his life accordingly. His arrangements and systems are dedicated to securing his space against the danger that at times, when scarcely a cloud appears to darken the sky, has faded into the distance. However, it is always there: it seeks with elemental constancy to break through the dams with which order has surrounded itself.

    Now, it might seem like the use of the term “bourgeois” sounds like something a filthy communist swine might say, but we should understand it in the mode of the soft, pudgy, suburbanite man whose main concern in life is whether he has enough entertainment to consume in his free time. That is the man that Jünger describes. The man whose existence bears a close resemblance to the obese, androgynous humans hovering around on futuristic mobility scooters sipping on bottomless big gulps in the movie Wall-E. Such a man’s chief end is to dwell in safety. Forget the fact that an existence within the world God has created, particularly after The Fall, is an existence that must grapple with the reality of danger.

    The danger is inescapable. Modern materialistic, consumerist man believes our society has triumphed over danger. But no amount of technological progress is ever going to protect you from a dangerous world. You may think you have walled yourself off from danger. “Death will never enter my cul-de-sac!” But inexorably it does. It may appear in the form of evil men, hellbent upon destruction. It may appear in the form of a disease that the hubris of modern medicine can do nothing to solve. You live in a dangerous world and much wealth has been expended to make you believe that you do not.

    The people who rule you want you to believe the world has no danger. They want you to be soft. They want you to believe you never will have to defend yourself. They want you to believe your safety matters more than anything else in life. They want you to be the kind of people who will rob the young of the very best years of their lives so you can hang on to a few more months of decrepitude. The demonic mantra of the worshipper of the god of safety is “you will give your life for mine”.

    It is the total antithesis of the most fundamental Christian ethos which is “my life for yours.” The people who demanded the country be shut down for years so they could enjoy their safety while entire school years were canceled, while there was no senior year of football, no prom, no graduation, no freshman year of college, no weddings, no funerals, and nothing but isolation and despair, these people who did this are no different from the cowardly cops of Uvalde who stood outside for an hour listening to the screams of children.

    The spiritually sick society of modern America is not only a factory for psychopaths, it is also an assembly line of geldings. It was not always this way. We are within living memory of entire generations who gladly rushed into danger because duty and virtue compelled them to. There is a reason why people so often compare the soft and effeminate men today to the men who stormed the certain death of Omaha beach. There is a reason why cowboys like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood built the moral imagination of older generations of Americans. This was even the subject of a hysterical feminist screed, blaming toxic masculinity in the church for the rise of Donald Trump. Older generations valorized heroism, almost like God had created them to do so!

    You may recall, that God created Adam to guard and defend the garden and everything in it. So often that verse is translated to make man’s basic God-given purpose to be a gardener. No. God created Adam to be a warrior. To face danger, to defend his domain against threats like a lying, talking serpent. Adam failed, and in his failure, we have been subjected to even greater dangers since. But this did not change what God created men to be: warriors.

    But be not dismayed! Even as a sick and demented, soft culture has done all that it can to banish any semblance of masculine virtue; even as they have done all that they can to snuff out the fire inside men’s souls, they can never eradicate it any more than they can make the Mississippi flow north. No matter what they do, it is there.

    I took my father, who served in the U.S. Army in the 60s, and has only gone to the movie theater once this millennium to see a movie this past weekend. I despise Hollywood and so does he, but I knew Top Gun: Maverick would be a movie we would enjoy. Yes, the plot was as predictable as it could get. Yes, the dialogue constantly skirted the border of cheese-fest like an F-18 flying in a canyon under the radar. None of that mattered. It was a celebration of masculinity (even with the token girl as the permission slip allowing for unbridled machismo).

    Fighter pilots, laughing in the face of stuffed-shirt authorities concerned with safety above all. Men who directly disobeyed orders to do heroic, selfless deeds. It was a celebration of all the things that made America great. A celebration of selfless Christian virtue buried beneath the veneer of hotshot womanizers. Of course, these things do not exist anymore in reality. The U.S. Navy was quick to point out:

    [the U.S. Navy spokesman] said the Navy allowed the production to use planes, aircraft carriers and military bases even though he said the real Top Gun pilots aren’t the cocky rule-benders portrayed in the film, people who “would never exist in naval aviation.” Instead, they’re studious air nerds who toil away for hours in the classroom and participate in intense training flights at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada, the site of the actual Top Gun school.

    No, the current U.S. military is much more concerned with conforming whatever scant remains of masculine and Christian virtue still exist in the armed forces to the rules and regulations of HR harridans. The Pentagon cares much more about whether we have enough black trans lesbians piloting fighter jets than things like winning wars.

    But the fact that such a movie can be made, and that it is experienced incredible success is a testament to the fact that men willing to face danger still exist. The Border Patrol Agent who did what the Uvalde Police refused to do exists. Kyle Rittenhouse exists. And many of you reading this have the fire burning within your souls, begging for an opportunity to show valor. Take heart, as the hard times created by soft men come, such opportunities will soon abound. But in the meantime, you must reject the cult of safety. You must find even the smallest ways to prepare yourself to take up the mantle of the courageous men who preceded you. You must diligently work to become a man worthy of the honor of giving your life for others. You live in a dangerous world and you must become a good and dangerous man.”

    Amen, brother, preach on!

  5. jdge1 June 6, 2022 / 4:25 am

    There is a great deal of truth in this article that describes how tyrants (tools of the devil) have intentionally created immense falsehoods, division & hatred to the point where people are calling for death on anyone who disagrees with them. This despite the fact that when viewed with open eyes, science proves them wrong. Civil discourse has been thrown out the window.

    Arguing with the ignorant will get nowhere. Fighting the ignorant will generate great losses for near everyone.

    I repeat my previous stance our fight should start with the billionaires (Gates, Soros, Zuckerberg, Schwab (founder of the WEF), etc…) who have used their significant resources to foster their ill on everyone else, even to the point of notably diminishing the world population through nearly any means possible. Once their influence is greatly diminished the dominos will start to fall. I suspect the media and to some extent politicians will be less beholden to leftist mantra once those dollars start to dry up. Only then will we have any chance that the easily duped will connect the dots. Otherwise, short a miraculous intervention (which still I see as very possible), I don’t see how we can avoid another world war.


    – Only weeks ago, it was the admitted goal of our our leaders to make life unlivable for the unvaccinated.

    – Weren’t Jews injected with experimental drugs by the depraved Nazi government? Wasn’t that a key part of the Nuremberg trials?

    – Vaccine mandates and vaccine passports are just like 1938, when the Gestapo demanded papers from every German. Republicans asked for ‘papers’ from migrants who had broken into our country … Republicans asked for ‘papers’ once every two years for federal elections, to prove you have a right to vote.

    Democrats said, ‘No, that’s racism.’ Now Democrats want American citizens, not illegal aliens, not criminals, but patriots born in this country, to produce papers 24/7 …

    – With COVID, it took barely two months for society to go from ‘we’re all in this together,’ to declaring half the population subhuman.

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2022/06/06/war-against-the-unvaxxed.aspx

  6. Cluster June 6, 2022 / 8:14 am

    Not sure if anyone has noticed, but the Democrats are extending the war in Ukraine. Strangest thing I’ve ever seen. A third party country involving themselves in a far away conflict strictly for domestic political purposes.

  7. Retired Spook June 6, 2022 / 8:55 am

    And yet another entry to the YCMTSU file:

    CBS NEWS ran an article Friday headlined, “Why Boosted Americans Seem to Be Getting More COVID-19 Infections.”

    Weird!

    The bottom line is that the situation is baffling. CBS says the problem could be that the way we’ve been measuring cases for two years is just too complicated: “the shift [to booster cases] underscores the growing complexity of measuring vaccine effectiveness at this stage of the pandemic.” So officials are looking for different ways to measure cases now. For accuracy, you know.

    The CDC thinks a survey system might be better than all this testing. “Moving beyond this crisis, I do think the future is in random sampling. And that’s an area that we’re looking at closely,” CDC official Caitlin Rivers said.

    But on the other hand, CBS’s handpicked covid expert thinks it could be jabbed people’s fault: “So, one of the dynamics here is that people feel, after vaccination and boosting, that they’re more protected than they actually are, so they increase their risks,” he said. “That, I think, is the major driver of these statistics.”

    Let me see if I have this straight. For SOME reason, the expert worries that vaccinated people mistakenly feel they are PROTECTED. Which, apart from being unintentionally hilarious, is a mistake because they should be masking up and locking down, or something.

    So … remind me — WHY did they take the jab again?

    • Amazona June 7, 2022 / 11:32 am

      What’s missing is the key component of the lies told to get people to get the jabs in the first place. These “experts” knew all along they were lying to the public, but they just kept upping the ante, and now they are in so deep they don’t know how to get out. Now whatever “it” is, it’s the fault of the people who let themselves get herded into getting the jab and then—and this is the height of hubris—for being so stupid they believed what they had been told.

      Not a word of this story is true, or relevant. The story should be that the CDC lied to us and with the assistance of the government forced people to take an experimental drug, and that when faced with problems with the drug they merely claimed the solution to these problems was to take more of the drug, while being outrageously enriched thanks to the collusion of the government.

  8. Retired Spook June 6, 2022 / 4:37 pm

    I was kinda bragging that in northeast Indiana we were still at $3.99/gal for gas not much more than a month ago. Since then we’ve gone to $4.19, $4.39, $4.59, $4.89, and today $5.25. Thanks Brandon!

    • Cluster June 7, 2022 / 8:41 am

      I paid $5.19 yesterday. Also re: Mark Brnovich, while I like him, I will be voting for Blake Masters in that primary

      • Retired Spook June 7, 2022 / 10:34 am

        I don’t know when it will happen, but the price of fuel will reach a point where everything comes to a screeching halt. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens then.

      • Cluster June 7, 2022 / 11:17 am

        And I think that’s the plan.

    • Amazona June 7, 2022 / 11:26 am

      I suggest that “Thanks Brandon!” be changed to “Thanks Biden voters!”

      That’s a message I think should be on millions of bumper stickers and thousands of billboards all across the country. I think people should get together for neighborhood barbeques and decided to pitch in to buy headlines in local newspapers—THANK YOU BIDEN VOTER!

      Why are we letting these people off the hook? These are the people so blinded by hate they put Pudding Brain in the White House, so make them own it.

      Yes, they had a lot of help from the professional election cheaters, but still—millions of people decided Biden was a better choice than Trump, for no reasons other than him being a Democrat and him not being Trump. It’s time for that silliness to end, and I suggest that we start tearing it apart now by rubbing Biden Voter faces in the mess they created.

      • Cluster June 7, 2022 / 5:18 pm

        I have a very well known strong Democrat agent in the office who has become a little irritable lately lol. I recently heard him and another agent discussing gas prices when the other agent jokingly asked him for some gas money, to which he bristled back “don’t blame this on me” hahahaha

        I think Biden voters are starting to feel the disdain

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