Open Thread

So, the Mirrors series does head towards it’s end: I’m doing revisions to Book VI: Heirs and shortly after that, Book VII: Empress will come out. Then Crimson Blade, Home World and Ghost Tower. There might be some more after that (I planted several story lines in each book that I can pursue if I wish). But, mostly, Book X will wrap it up – that is, all the Bad Guys and Evil Things our four main heroes have to deal with will be, well, dealt with. I’ve already written The Very End where I wrap up the story line for everyone, including secondary characters. So, of course, I got another idea.

I was at work yesterday and when I took a break, in about five minutes a story of science, magic and adventure came to mind – all revolving around people who are Of The Sixteen, those who ain’t and the Terrible Secret the Sixteen hid thousands of years before. It’ll be lots of fun: no spoilers! It was amazing how fast it all came into my mind…Arkan is our hero, helped by Thomas (who has a Secret of his own) and desperately in love with Samantha, who doesn’t realize she loves Arkan. A lot of the outline is already written and I hope to have a first book out in a year or so, even before Mirrors wraps up.

That stuff is a lot more fun than real life.

So, how do we know we’re heading into a very bad recession? Because Team Pudding Brain and the MSM are out there telling us that two quarters of negative growth don’t count as a recession…even though the very same people claiming this were saying as recently as last month that they would. They must have seen the report on Sunday because this drivel started on Monday and I’ve just got to figure its a doozy of a bad report…I mean, a slight drop they’d just pass off as nothing…so, I expect it to be on the hideous side. And keep in mind that ever since Obama (with a temporary reversion under Trump) the Keepers of the Stats have been fudging the economic numbers to make it look as good as possible for Democrats.

How do we know that Democrats are about to get wiped out in November? Two things: they’re pushing out D+12 polls showing Democrats with a slight Generic Ballot lead and they’re working up to a reinstatement of mask mandates in Blue cities and States…so they can justify ballot harvesting and drop boxes again. All this means that they are expecting a 10 point or so swing to the GOP…and you just have to look at 2020 results to see that such a swing means a 35-40 seat GOP House gain. What they’re doing now is attempting to shore up not swing districts, but deep Blue D+8 to D+12 districts…because as we slip into recession and oil supplies foretell another spike in gas prices, Democrats may be in for an historic defeat. As per usual in such things, lots can change – it is months away: but at this point in time, it is getting rather baked in. If the Democrats are lucky and all the breaks go their way, they’ll only lose 25 House seats.

Democrats are insane, by the way – they brought a witch and a furry (if you don’t know what a furry is, do not look it up) in for a hearing on abortion. But they are also stuck – they said that such insane people are legitimate in the debate and now they’ve got to pretend that normal people watching this won’t be disgusted.

McDonald’s is seeing fewer customers. Think about that. Wrap your mind around it and then just know what it means for the economy. People are refraining from a burger and fries because the money isn’t in the budget for it.

27 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook July 27, 2022 / 5:37 pm

    If the Democrats are lucky and all the breaks go their way, they’ll only lose 25 House seats.

    The seat to watch is the one recently won by Republican Mayra Flores in a special election in Texas, a seat that hadn’t seen a Republican win in a century. The Democrat Party didn’t financially support the incumbent in the special election and got caught with their pants down. But you can bet they will pour tons of money into the rematch in November. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that race be the most expensive House race in history. If Flores holds on to that seat, it could bode a very bad night for Democrats.

    • Mark Noonan July 27, 2022 / 8:42 pm

      Yep. There is always the caveat: maybe we’re screwed? I mean, if in this environment we can’t score big victories, then our nation has gone so far Progressive that the only thing we can do is slow down disaster until I’m safely dead. But I don’t think that is the case – to be sure, there are still huge numbers of people who slavishly follow the MSM. They actually believe what the TV tells them…but their numbers are shrinking.

      I tend to go to bed later than the Mrs and she can’t fall asleep unless the TV is on…she usually has on a particular channel and at the time I go to bed, it often has on TMZ…and so for a few minutes I get to hear the show…and it amazes me that people actually spend time on it. First off, who in heck really cares what celebrities are up to? But, beyond that, the way TMZ covers them is so obviously scripted…especially the supposedly spontaneous bits where the staff is allegedly just saying what is on their minds…but what is never on their mind is anyone dissenting from the Narrative. It is, in the end, no different from the way the MSM covers the news…all scripted, all Party Line…and all rather boring and irritating to those of us who have broken free from the lies. I can only imagine that how I feel is how your basic Soviet or Nazi citizen felt once he saw through the lies…the lies were still there, but they were just so small and stupid and your only worry was the number of people believing the lies.

      MSM viewership continues to decline. Trust in it free falls. And even for those who still believe it, they were promised a Return to Normalcy after the alleged outrages of the Trump years. I think a lot of people feel betrayed. We’ll see if I’m right: if I am, then we might be living in a very different political world soon.

      Not that the job is done! The GOPe is still out there, hoping they can bamboozle us into preserving the Deep State and the overall system. We have to fix that.

  2. Cluster July 28, 2022 / 8:12 am

    While not much a sci fi fiction fan, I will dive into your books Mark. They sound interesting and I could use the mental escape lol.

    Re: the budget for McDonald’s. I rarely eat at McDonald’s but did recently take a friend out to lunch to a modest restaurant where we both had one of their lunch specials and a drink – the bill came to over $30. Dining out is just too expensive for many people now in this diverse and inclusive new world.

    If you watch any of the complicit media, which I do regularly, they are doubling down on their manufactured narrative and seem capable of promoting any lie needed to advance their lifestyle. And make no mistake, it is their lifestyle they are protecting. The hob nobbing with “career” federal bureaucrats, the weekend cocktail parties, the kids school plays, the holiday’s, the speeches, the impromptu gatherings – they all swim in the same sewer and they want no disruptions.

  3. Retired Spook July 28, 2022 / 8:49 am

    An invitation (I’m not making that up) has been sent out to discuss whether or not we’re in a recession.

    • Cluster July 28, 2022 / 9:44 am

      If you control the language, you control the narrative. Democrats have that down to an art form.

      • Retired Spook July 28, 2022 / 11:02 am

        I DO sense, though, that more and more people are starting to catch on.

  4. Retired Spook July 28, 2022 / 11:38 am

    The Babylon Bee nails it.

  5. jdge1 July 28, 2022 / 10:58 pm

    IF you can’t get what you want by consent, mandate it through executive fiat (theft). And the left thinks we’re out of touch?

    • fortyacresbeyond July 29, 2022 / 12:15 am

      Um, it was just a week ago that Noonan wrote that it was time to just take rich people’s money. To quote, “I’m not talking about taxing and redistributing – I’m talking about straight up confiscation.”

      So maybe stop attributing to “the left” what you all want to do yourselves.

      • Mark Noonan July 29, 2022 / 12:24 am

        Oh, I want it done legislatively – and I realize that Amendment might be necessary. But Free People have a right to secure their freedom against all threats.

      • fortyacresbeyond July 29, 2022 / 12:53 am

        Well, that makes all the difference. So you want legislation to confiscate people’s money? You already said you’re not talking about taxation or redistribution, so what would this legislation be? You also said, “We just take it, leaving them with nothing – and then we pass it out to our people in some set increment so that the net wealth of our side increases.” Sounds like a redistribution of sorts if you ask me, based on nothing other than us vs. them.

        As far as “Free People” having “a right to secure their freedom against all threats,” does that include securing their property?

        Anyway, one of the posters here is fond of asking others what their political philosophy is. I would be curious to know how your political philosophy supports straight-up confiscation.

      • Mark Noonan July 31, 2022 / 12:53 pm

        What you’re missing is that the first rule of life is to find your ideal – what is your castle in the sky which would be the best possible world? My castle is a world in which most people own their own homes and work at businesses and cooperatives they are owners of. Now, no ideal can be achieved – but you set the ideal and you strive to obtain it and, year by year, you inch closer to it and things get better.

        What I have discovered by observation over the last 20 years is that vast sums of money – whether public or private – have a massive distortion effect on society at large. Even if the intent is benevolent, piles of money move people and events almost invariably in the wrong direction. I don’t say that billionaires are evil. Nor do I say that wealth and property are evil. Quite the contrary: my ideal requires massive ownership of property. Lots and lots of wealth – but not like today.

        Chesterton pointed out that the problem of Capitalism wasn’t that there were too many Capitalists, but too few. That is our problem. Elon Musk is worth $217 billion. Bezos $171 billion. I kinda like Musk, rather dislike Bezos. But both of them massively distort things because the amount of money they command – and the desire of people to tap into it – makes people do things which are overall unwise. And Musk and Bezos are rather on the benign side of billionaires. Buffet, Bloomberg, Gates and Zucker are malicious – distinctly using their economic muscle to push through their little hobbies in spite of what the people may desire.

        And, to be sure, government disposing of huge sums is an even bigger problem – “96 percent of scientists agree” is shorthand for “almost all scientists are dependent upon government grants or would like to obtain same and so they’ll toe whatever political line is required”.

        The bottom line is that concentrations of money are concentrations of power and money has no check or balance at the moment. So, I propose to place some checks and balances on wealth. You can’t have more than, say, $5 billion of it (still an astonishingly excessive amount of money)…and the government has to get out of the passing out cash business. Only so can we start to have a system which is responsive to the desires of the broad mass of the citizens.

      • Retired Spook July 29, 2022 / 3:58 pm

        Well, that makes all the difference. So you want legislation to confiscate people’s money?

        OR…..we could just shoot them all and take it.

      • fortyacresbeyond July 29, 2022 / 7:28 pm

        “OR…..we could just shoot them all and take it.”

        Well, thanks for elucidating your political philosophy, such as it is.

      • Retired Spook July 29, 2022 / 9:12 pm

        That’s rich. At least I HAVE a political philosophy. Besides, a high percentage of the uber-rich think the earth is over-populated. Win-win.

      • fortyacresbeyond July 30, 2022 / 11:08 pm

        “At least I HAVE a political philosophy.”

        Which I already acknowledged.

        You seem defensive.

      • Amazona August 6, 2022 / 3:20 pm

        ““At least I HAVE a political philosophy.”

        Which I already acknowledged.”

        Sorry, I missed that. Will you please repeat it?

        And did you DESCRIBE this political philosophy of yours, or merely ACKNOWLEDGE that you have one?

      • Retired Spook July 31, 2022 / 9:22 am

        Not in the least.

      • Retired Spook July 31, 2022 / 1:14 pm

        Only so can we start to have a system which is responsive to the desires of the broad mass of the citizens.

        That, IMO, is the key. We are supposed to be a self-governing nation, but a sizeable percentage of Americans have absolutely no interest in helping to determine the direction of the country, at least not in a positive way. We can thank the education (irony of ironies) system for much of that, along with politicians (mostly Democrats) buying votes with free stuff, and the media distorting what is important in a free society.

      • Cluster July 31, 2022 / 5:34 pm

        Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

        John Adams

      • Retired Spook July 31, 2022 / 6:41 pm

        Although a small percentage of human beings are inherently immoral and/or evil; most are not. It has to be taught, and the American Left has done an excellent job of undermining the morality of average Americans.

      • Amazona August 6, 2022 / 3:49 pm

        Not “yourSELVES”. Just “yourSELF”.

        Mark has butted heads with us here on this topic and I don’t think he has convinced anyone. Spook was just messin’ with you—-it’s so easy

    • Retired Spook July 29, 2022 / 10:10 am


  6. Retired Spook July 30, 2022 / 8:35 am

    More sage wisdom and insight from the Babylon Bee.

    • Cluster July 30, 2022 / 4:37 pm

      “Bless your heart” doesn’t mean “bless your heart.” LOL

      • Retired Spook July 30, 2022 / 7:06 pm

        It was one of my grandmother’s favorite phrases, and, more often than not, it meant “you poor thing,” as in how do you manage to get up and tie your shoes in the morning?

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