Open Thread

Note to self: when its 100 degrees in Vegas and 40% humidity, best not to trim the hedge out front.

We’ve had the wettest monsoon season in years here in Vegas…been muggy with lots of rain. Some very cool thunderstorms, which is always nice. But, also, a lot cooler than usual. We did have about a two week period in July where it was blazing at 110+, but we’ve had a lot of daytime highs in the 90s over the past two months and I’ve never seen that in my 25 years here. Wonder if we’re in for a cold, wet winter? Be nice – the drought in the southwest has gone on more than a decade and it is time for it to end.

From what I’ve been able to glean from votes, it looks like we might have a 10 point swing to the GOP in November from the 2020 result. This would be a rather catastrophic loss for the Democrats. Just take a look at all the House districts Democrats won by less than 10 and you can see their vulnerability. Of course, it won’t be uniform across the nation. Some Democrats will buck the trend but any Democrat who isn’t running 10 points ahead right now is in trouble.

This is why you’re seeing polls showing Democrats doing well in Red and Purple States. They have a two-fold purpose:

  1. Convince Democrat donors to pony up. Hard to get Blue money into Ohio if its a coming loss, right? No amount of money will actually cure what ails the Democrats but their calculation is that it will be less-bad. Meaning that if a lot of money is poured into Ohio it will shore up marginal Ohio Democrats and trigger GOP spending which could be spent elsewhere.
  2. To get GOPers depressed, worried and pouring resources into places that are in the bag. Like Ohio. Every dollar spent there is a dollar not spent on races which the GOP could win if a full court press was made. A GOP challenger in a D+6 State or district usually doesn’t see a red cent of RNC money because it is normally a waste of money…but in 2022, the payoff might be magnificent. The polls are designed to head fake the GOP away from such efforts. Naturally, the GOPe is falling for it. But some outside groups aren’t. We’ll see how it plays out.

I’ve been thinking about McConnell and the coming GOP Senate majority – and it seems to me that McConnell’s heart isn’t in it. To McConnell’s credit, when Trump was elected, he worked with Trump, especially on judges. But he didn’t really work a lot with Trump, now did he? A lot more could have been done in 2017 with the GOP trifecta had McConnell really pressed the issue. He didn’t. And McConnell likely didn’t because he didn’t like Trump. And when fraud clearly altered the 2020 result, McConnell (like the rest of the GOP leadership), dropped Trump like a bad habit. They did this because they thought that Trump and what he represented was done. That we, the base, would just roll over and accept the fraud and then nominate a Jeb! for 2024. I think that as McConnell sees the GOP becoming increasingly Trumpist, he just doesn’t like it. He also doesn’t know what to do about it. It is time, I believe, for a change – we might not be able to force McConnell out in 2023, but we should be able to get some of ours into senior leadership so that when McConnell rides into the sunset, a MAGA Senator is in charge.

Now, Devil’s advocate: can we end up losing? At least in the sense of not scoring as many victories are we should win in this environment? Of course we can – politics is screwy. All signs (other than polls) show a big GOP win coming, but you can never tell until the actual votes come in. But I see no reason to fret about it – we’re either going to score big or we’re not. And if we don’t score big, then our problem isn’t candidate selection or policy or what have you…failure to win big in 2022 simply means the USA is much further Left than we think. This is a whole different problem: it would mean we’d have to start all over again and figure out how to craft any sort of Right message which can win in a Left world.

Meanwhile, Democrats have got their finger on the pulse – today, in Miami, the Democrats showed up for their rally waving Communist flags. No, I’m not kidding: they really did. They’re waving the hammer and sickle in front of an electorate which fled precisely that. I don’t think this is going to work the way Democrats hope.

57 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Jeremiah August 21, 2022 / 8:54 pm

    Or it will be like 2020, and the Democrats will force their will on the American people by pulling up a bunch of fake ballots, and installing fake senators.

    Most people don’t realize it but that’s exactly what happened in 2020. The election was jerked out of the American peoples hands, and thereby creating a fake or illegitimate president, under the name of the first ever pedophile President Joseph R. Biden. He is Not a legitimate President, he was not the winner. He assumed power by force, in concert with his naziistic followers.

    The Tree of Liberty is thirsty!

    • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 1:35 pm

      Even when I agree with the basis of your concerns, when you reference Jefferson’s statement the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants you appear to be suggesting or supporting violence and bloodshed, and I could not disagree more.

      This is the kind of rhetoric that lets conservatives in general be defined as crazy, as “dangerous” and dismissed as crackpots. I hate being associated merely by general political philosophy with this kind of thinking.

      • Jeremiah August 22, 2022 / 2:14 pm

        I guess so. I’m with Lincoln and Jefferson. Although we live in a far different today. The Left today is far more evil than the left of the 1800’s.

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 2:21 pm

        Which does not take away from the impression made of looking forward to watering that tree with blood.

      • Jeremiah August 22, 2022 / 2:33 pm

        No, I don’t think war is ever something to look forward to. Necessary though, to prevent a far worse tragedy of being enslaved by tyrants who pick and choose who lives and who dies.

        I don’t know any other way out of the political quagmire we find ourselves in.

        I wish our country could be saved peacefully, I really do. Maybe it will, who knows? But knowing the enemy we face, I don’t think so.

        I’ll gladly take the title “crackpot” 😉

      • Retired Spook August 22, 2022 / 3:57 pm

        Many, if not all of the actions and policies of the federal government in the last 18 months have, in addition to the furtherance of Leftist ideology, had as a secondary purpose to enrage Conservatives into doing something violent and stupid. We stand to experience an electoral landslide of historic proportions on November 8th.
        Hopefully our patience will last another 2-1/2 months.

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 5:02 pm

        Good point. So few conservatives have risen to the bait, but the narrative is still .being pushed. A recent script that has popped up a lot is to list “Trump supporters” who have been found guilty of various “crimes”. Most are of the “parading and chanting” variety, but whenever a rioter did act violently this is attributed to Trump and there’s an effort to use this to define all conservatives. If even one Republican acts like an idiot, the narratives will crank up again about how this means all Republicans are dangerous, threats to democracy, blah blah blah.

        Of course there are no examples of Trump actually telling people to be violent but whenever a Loony Tunes moron claims he did something because Trump told him to, or he thought Trump told him to, or thought Trump wanted him to, this passes for proof on the Loony Left that Trump incites violence. Though after all they are part of a movement that depends on people listening to the voices in their heads, so maybe they think conservatives also get psychic messages. I don’t think anyone really believed that David Berkowitz actually did get instructions from a dog named Sam, yet these people, so desperate to find something they think will validate their personality disorders, are quite happy—-eager, even—to believe that in spite of the total lack of any actual recorded or written or witnessed statement of incitement from Trump he somehow, in some way, did so.

        I think we will be seeing incitement from the Left, though, trying to goad a conservative—any conservative, even just anyone who ever voted for a Republican or read an edition of National Review—-to do something stupid they can then hold up as an indictment of the Right. Like you, I hope this will be resisted, especially by people who talk about being eager to water the tree of Liberty.

      • Cluster August 23, 2022 / 9:21 am

        Rather than worry about the restraint of conservatives, let’s shine the light brightly on the actual violence of the Left. Biden voters wreak havoc everyday in big Blue cities. Antifa and BLM actually did murder people in the summer of 2020, and our political class continues to look the other way as migrant women and girls are raped and trafficked everyday at the border. The actual violence of the Left vs the “alleged and anticipated” violence of the Right is no comparison.

        Let’s keep our focus where it should be.

  2. casper3031 August 21, 2022 / 9:29 pm

    in a normal midterm Republicans should take over the house and Senate easily, at least on paper. This could be the exception to the rule. After some big legislative wins both Biden and and Democrats in general are moving up the polls. The Senate is looking more and more likely to gain more Democrats, both because the Republicans are defending more seats and because some of the candidates picked by Trump are such poor quality. Then there is the Roe decision. Far more women will be voting this time and they aren’t voting for the party that is taking away their rights. That said, this is still the Republicans election to lose.

    • Amazona August 21, 2022 / 11:07 pm

      Fortunately the number of women convinced that anyone has taken away their “rights” is a lot smaller than you think. Intelligent people know that (1) the so-called “right” to kill babies was invented by judicial activists and not part of our Constitution, and (2) they can still do it anyway. The semantic gameplaying by the demagogues might convince some people, but for the most part it just appeals to the base.

      abortion is not top of mind for many voters, the poll released Aug. 2 by KFF found. Three-quarters of registered voters said inflation and gas prices were their top concerns when considering decisions in the upcoming midterm elections. Abortion access was a key priority for 55% of voters, about the same as health care costs and gun violence. That was up from the 46% recorded by a KFF poll in February, after the Supreme Court had heard arguments in the case.

      Democrats were much more likely to cite abortion as a top issue in their voting considerations than Republicans or independents. So Democrats, who would vote Dem anyway (or at least some of them still will) will now say it was because they want more support for killing babies. And since blue states are all about this, I don’t see it moving the needle much.

      The obsession with Trump isn’t even funny any more—it’s downright creepy. In Wyoming, Harriet Hageman declared that she was going to run for the House. Many weeks later she was one of the Republican candidates Trump supported. Yet the flying monkeys of the rabid Left declare that she is a Trump puppet, controlled by him, and the Casper Red Star Tribune can’t run a story about her without labeling her as a Trump candidate.

      The polls say that most voters think the inaccurately named IRA will end up costing them money, so you guys had better ramp up the screeching that it represents a “win”.

      You’ve got less than six weeks to turn things around, and it can’t be done. You can’t do enough scrambling fast enough to overcome the total disaster of the Biden administration. You’ve lost CNN as your major cheerleader, and even with the rest of the Agenda Media carrying your water for you the facts are the facts.

      For all of the fawning over Liz Cheney, the only thing she has really accomplished is to show the nation that the Left is now trying to use a branch of the government to rig the next presidential election. That will only impress the Left–the same party that tried to cheat to rig the Wyoming GOP primary.

      • Amazona August 21, 2022 / 11:55 pm

        I’m hoping that Republicans will step away from the tired old model of Identity Politics and talk about the dangers of a politically monolithic government, such as what we have been living under for nearly two years.

      • casper3031 August 22, 2022 / 12:55 am

        As I said, this election is the Republicans to lose. Gas prices are falling and it looks like inflation is getting under control.
        I never brought up Liz Cheney and frankly I don’t care. I’m thinking more of some of the Senate candidates.

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 11:15 am

        it looks like inflation is getting under control

        It does? Wait till the pain of the IRA hits. NBC POLL: 71% of Americans believe the “Inflation Reduction Act” will either make things worse or not make a difference at all

        Inflation declining from 9.1 percent to 8.5 percent between June and July is a long long way from being “under control”.

        No, you didn’t mention Cheney. You just had to mention Senate candidates supported by Trump. So I gave an example of how your old hometown newspaper also can’t mention a Republican candidate without linking him or her to Trump

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 12:32 pm

        The administration keeps touting the drop in gas prices. But that drop in gas prices is largely driven by Americans’ choosing to drive less and fill up their tank less often. As the American Automobile Association reported:

        “New survey data from AAA finds that drivers are making significant changes to cope with record pump prices. Almost two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since March, with 23% making “major changes.” Drivers’ top three changes to offset high gas prices are driving less, combining errands, and reducing shopping or dining out. . . . While many Americans are adapting their daily habits to make up for higher gas prices, it also affects their future travel plans. Many Americans have postponed taking a vacation this year.”

        The Biden team is doing a touchdown dance, convinced that their releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — now at its lowest level since 1985 — brought down gas prices, when in fact it is Americans’ driving less and canceling vacations that reduced demand.

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 11:49 am

        You claim we have poor Senate candidates. I think the current Attorney General of Missouri is an example of how wrong you are in your recitation of the Leftist narrative.

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 12:34 pm

        There’s another reason to think that the issue of inflation is far from settled, despite Biden’s insistence that inflation had reached zero last month. Even as gas prices are declining, the cost of food continues to soar, and as you may have noticed, human beings need to eat:

        er the last 12 months, grocery prices soared 13.1 percent — the largest annual increase since the year ending in March 1979, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday.

        The prices of nearly every grocery item have ballooned over the past year.

        The cost of eggs has soared 38 percent, and prices for other goods have also jumped: Flour is up 22.7 percent, chicken 17.6 percent, milk 15.6 percent, ground beef 9.7 percent and bacon 9.2 percent. Fruits and vegetables got 9.3 percent more expensive. . . .

        In July, adjusted for seasonal swings, egg prices popped 4.3 percent compared to June. Coffee and peanut butter each got 3.5 percent more expensive. Flour rose 3.2 percent and bread prices went up 2.8 percent. Cheese jumped 2 percent, while chicken got 1.4 percent pricier.

        With almost comical understatement, CNN adds that, “Unlike discretionary items, consumers can’t simply stop buying food when prices rise.”

        It doesn’t do Americans all that much good if the average price of a gallon of regular gas nationwide is down to “only” $3.94 but the cost of their regular grocery bill is still much higher than they’re used to paying. Ask yourself: Did you notice any sudden improvement in your household finances in the past month? Maybe filling up your tank has gone from feeling like a severe heart attack to feeling like mere chest pains, but overall, your economic life hasn’t transformed in the past month.

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 12:39 pm

        For starters, the “right direction/wrong track” numbers are still abysmal, with more than 71 percent of Americans convinced that the country is on the wrong track. For comparison, in the 2014 midterm elections, when Republicans walloped Democrats from coast to coast, 65 percent of Americans said the country was on the wrong track. And in that year, Democrats could at least blame divided government and the GOP-controlled House of Representatives for their losses. As ABC News summarized back then, “‘Wrong track’ sentiment in past midterm elections has related strongly to losses by the incumbent president’s party.”

    • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 5:16 pm

      The percentage of Americans who evaluate their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering” on Gallup’s Life Evaluation Index was 5.6% in July, the highest since the index’s inception in 2008. This exceeds the previous high of 4.8% measured in April and is statistically higher than all prior estimates in the COVID-19 era. Across extensive measurement since January 2008, the suffering percentage has reached 4.5% or higher on a handful of occasions.

      It was 3.9 percent when Biden came into office and as Ed Morrissey at HotAir observes, it’s the steepest ascent in the history of measuring it.

      That fits with how many Americans think we’re going in the “wrong direction” in the Real Clear Politics average: 22.9 percent think “right track” and 70.9 think “wrong track” in polls over the past month.

      On top of that, Americans’ real disposable personal income has plummeted continuously for 18 months in a row and it’s getting worse. Even Walmart and Target are indicating that people are cutting back on discretionary items.

      So people know exactly where they can trace all this suffering — and it isn’t Republicans. Democrats can say what they might, but they can’t argue with the hit that people are having on their wallets. The problem is that it was all avoidable, had Republicans been in charge. People know that because they can remember what things were like under President Donald Trump. That’s what the Republicans need to stress again and again when it comes to the midterms.

    • Mark Noonan August 24, 2022 / 10:57 am

      Biden’s big legislative win was to hire 87,000 more IRS agents.

      FFS: I told you years ago to stop watching the news.

    • michaelspence22911 August 25, 2022 / 10:09 am

      Hey Casper! Very good tea leaf reading in regard to the midterms. Always keep in mind that the bigger the political win in these polarized times, the bigger and swifter the backlash. Obama is elected in 2008 and the Tea Party materializes less than a month after 44’s inauguration. Had John McCain won in 2008, there would have been no Trump presidency, because there would have been no moral panic regarding the ascendancy of Barack Obama to America’s highest elected office. There would have been no illegal removal of classified documents from the White House and America wouldn’t be a single economic speed bump, aka Recession, from anger on the Right erupting into antigovernment violence. Women between 18 and 45 will decide this midterm cycle and I think Democrats will keep the House and the Senate which will of course prompt Trump Conservatives to cry voting fraud. Think about this: No Republican president elected in the last 100 years, including Reagan and Nixon, could win the GOP primary race in 2024 on the basis of their beliefs and ideas to move America forward. But that’s what Conservatives have chosen; primacy and privilege over democracy.

  3. Cluster August 22, 2022 / 9:18 am

    In the 1970’s, we built a 1,000+ mile pipeline in Alaska to bring oil to market, and it works remarkably well. Why we haven’t built a pipeline from the Great Lakes to the desert southwest to bring water, I will never understand. We could fill up lake Mead whenever we wanted. Las Vegas could be like Hawaii.

    So two weeks after the POTUS sent the gestapo FBI to raid his political opponents home, the regime is silent and on vacation. How is this normal?? How is this not the biggest story in the country?? Well aside from the FBI led attempted kidnapping and murder of the MI Governor which is also true but hard to believe. Democrats have gone full psycho fascist which has resulted in this:

    “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd said, “Americans are angry, disappointed and worried about the future of the country.”

    It’s just bizarre to me that willful ignorance of rampant inner city violent crime, blatant corruption on behalf of the Biden Crime Family, straight up brown shirt fascism on behalf of federal government bureaucracies, satanic sexualization of children, the marginalizing of women, the desire to kill unborn children, endless overseas wars, and allowing drug cartels free reign at the southern border is all dismissed by those on the left who say – “gas prices are falling and inflation is getting under control” LMAO. They really are that stupid. There is no point in having any kind of meaningful conversation with people like that.

    • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 11:19 am

      Wow, Cluster, great summary.

      But you forgot to mention that all of this Leftist misery is balanced by no more mean tweets.

      I would add the absolute tyranny of the vaccine mandates. Tens of thousands of people were run off their jobs because they refused to allow an out-of-control government force them to inject an experimental drug, and now that same administration is baffled, absolutely baffled, by the personnel shortages at airlines. How many people have been affected by the canceling of flights due to lack of adequate staffing? And the administration’s “solution” has been to send out Howdy Doody and his great plan—just tell the airlines to hire more people.

      Take it a step farther than merely canceling a flight. Now airlines are not hiring based on skill or merit but on race or gender identity. But what could possibly go wrong with that? What downside could there be by hiring a pilot who barely made it out of flight school last month but who is a transgender POC and therefore preferred over the fresh-out-of-the-military pilot with thousands of hours of experience?

      And don’t forget the “anti-racist” movement, now bragging about firing white people first and hiring them last and determined to twist young minds into making skin color and heritage the most important elements of any person.

      • Cluster August 22, 2022 / 12:06 pm

        There’s just too much to stay on top of lol. The shit storm never stops with these people but yes, the vaccine mandates are another HUGE turn off to rational people.

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 1:27 pm

        I don’t think Americans realize how close we have come, under only a few months of Leftist governance, to becoming a police state, and how vitally important it is to stop this progression before it becomes any more powerful.

        How do you know you are sick? Well, you have a fever, you have chills, you have nausea, you have pain, you are weak—we all know that certain symptoms mean we need to do something to avoid getting sicker. But as a nation we are ignoring symptoms of what could be a lethal disease. Our symptoms:

        (1) The sudden and prominent demonization of an entire political demographic identifying it as dangerous. What do you do when you encounter a danger? You attack it with the intent of eliminating it. So what are we supposed to think is the motive for the identifying of all Republicans as dangerous?

        I’ve covered extremism and violent ideologies around the world over my career. Have never come across a political force more nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible than today’s Republicans. Nothing close.
        I agree. And I was the CIA Director
        our enemies are not in russia and china
        (The latter two comments are in response to the first.)
        today’s Republican Party qualify as candidates for the most dangerous organization in human history. Literally.”

        We see blanket attacks on all Republicans, or on all “Trump supporters” every day.

        (2) The acceptance of federal agencies acting as enforcement arms of the Leftist regime.
        This has ranged from using the IRS to target conservatives to the FBI participating in the scheme to influence the 2016 presidential election through the creation of the Russia Hoax to the FBI’s perjury to support spying on American citizens for political reasons to threats of using Homeland Security and the Patriot Act to harass, intimidate and threaten parents who object to Leftist indoctrination in schools to the threat of putting “dissidents” on restrictive or threatening lists for having opposing political views.

        (3) The acceptance of federal use of force in the form of harassment, intimidation and even acts of reprisal—-the dismissal of military personnel for refusing to take an experimental and dangerous drug, the forcing of civilian workers out of their jobs for the same reason, the threats to limit interstate travel of Americans for the same reason, displays of power such as the method of arrests of Roger Stone and Peter Navarro, the weaponization of law enforcement and the judiciary in the establishment of different tiers of law enforcement and punishment.

        When we accept the government spying on us, when we accept a branch of the government using its power to influence and even control a presidential election to ensure ongoing Leftist power, when we accept allowing unelected political appointees to make rules and regulations that are enforced as laws, when we accept the bully-boy intimidation tactics of dawn raids by heavily armed law enforcement for minor process crimes by political opponents, when we accept the spectacle of heavily armed officers arresting someone accused of non-violent offenses in an airport and marching him out in leg irons in front of his family and onlookers, when we accept a federal agency under investigation for crimes being allowed to raid a private residence to take possession of the evidence against it, we are well onto the slippery slope of ending up with a police state.

        When we allow a political movement to identify every member of its opposition as “dangerous” and threats to the nation, we are uncomfortably close to accepting the kinds of mass arrests and reprisals seen in other tyrannical governments.

        “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” We need to study past tyrants and their tactics or we will be repeating the same kinds of abuses. From the NKVD to the Stasi to Gestapo to Sadaam’s Mukhabarat to the Santebal of the Khmer Rouge, tyrants have employed government-sponsored enforcement arms to attack their opposition. When a government starts, as ours has, to criminalize things like freedom of speech and/or assembly, to support and even prosecute guilt by association and to weaponize government agencies to attack political opponents it is signaling its eventual goal of complete control.

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 2:20 pm

        When you give centralized government power over you, they get corrupt and look to take more power over you. For example, the last sixteen months (plus fifteen days) in America.

      • jdge1 August 25, 2022 / 8:56 am

        An excellent analysis of the current state of the leftist political machine.

    • Cluster August 22, 2022 / 1:43 pm

      Agree 100% with the demonization of the right. It’s very dangerous yet they don’t seem to care, or let up so I don’t know how this ends up but I don’t think it will be good. And this desire to destroy a mans life (Trump) is diabolical and very dangerous too. I just pray that rational heads and American Patriots prevail this November

      • Amazona August 22, 2022 / 2:38 pm

        As I have said, I would love to see the campaigns all across the country, for every office, reflect a coordinated message of the dangers of centralized power. Rather than a message of “my opponent is a doofus” or even “this is what I will do for you” (though some of that is important) I think the most powerful messaging would be calling attention to the speedy growth of control over Americans by this administration, which is the visible aspect of this political model.

        Do this or we’ll take your job!
        Do this or we won’t let you travel!
        Do this or we won’t let you back in the country if you do travel!
        Let us sexualize your children or we will retaliate!
        Let us teach your children to hate or we will retaliate!
        Accept public education or we will call you a terrorist and we will retaliate!
        Try to petition the government for redress of wrongs and we will put you in solitary confinement for more than a year, deprive you of your Constitutional right to a speedy trial, and bankrupt your family!
        Refuse to admire federal agencies and we will call you domestic terrorists and retaliate!
        Belong to an opposition party and we will call you domestic terrorists and retaliate!
        Exercise free speech and/or freedom of assembly and we will call you domestic terrorists and retaliate!
        Accept Guilt By Association or we will call you domestic terrorists and retaliate!
        Support a political opponent and we will call you domestic terrorists and retaliate!
        Fail to accept that men can be women and women can be men and we will call you domestic terrorists and retaliate!
        You will be made to submit to every idea, concept and policy of this administration or you will be forced to, or be punished!
        Retaliation can take many forms: Intimidation, loss of employment, not being hired, prosecution, imprisonment, slander and libel, etc.

        Here we will pause for a public service message that Donald Trump was a dictator

      • Cluster August 22, 2022 / 4:32 pm

        Here we will pause for a public service message that Donald Trump was a dictator


    • Amazona August 24, 2022 / 11:14 am

      I never thought of pulling water out of the Great Lakes to send to the West. My knowledge of the Great Lakes is pretty much limited to The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald. What is the source of their water?

      • Mark Noonan August 24, 2022 / 9:55 pm

        I just did some looking up – the Great Lakes hold 21% of the world’s fresh water. The lake levels are fairly constant over time and for more than a century of massive population growth around the lakes no reduction in water has been observed. So, lots and lots of water! They drain a huge area of both the United States and Canada and, apparently, most of the inflow ends up in the Atlantic Ocean. At about 6 quadrillion gallons of water, I’m pretty sure siphoning off a few hundred billion gallons annually could be done.

  4. Amazona August 22, 2022 / 8:51 pm

    The initial batch of documents retrieved by the National Archives from the former president in January included more than 150 marked as classified, a number that ignited intense concern at the Justice Department and helped trigger the criminal investigation that led F.B.I. agents to swoop into Mar-a-Lago this month, multiple people briefed on the matter said.

    And they were “retrieved” (a word chosen to imply some kind of force or coercion) in a cordial visit requested by the National Archives and agreed-to by President Trump. So why, if they knew or suspected that there were additional records they wanted, didn’t they make another request?

    Something smells very bad here. The constantly changing story from the government includes the version that in the first visit the Archives people saw additional records they at the very least wanted to preserve. They left them in place, merely asking for an additional lock to be placed on the door—-but evidently knowing that other boxes of Trump property were stored in the same room.

    Then they staged a dramatic raid to “retrieve” the property they had left behind, allegedly at least partially because they had seen Trump people going in and out of the storeroom and moving boxes in and out. What did they expect when they left the documents they thought they might want in the same room as personal Trump property?

    So many questions:

    Why didn’t they take everything they thought was theirs when they were there?

    If they thought the remaining documents were important but for some reason chose not to take them, why didn’t they ask for them to be isolated from Trump property and sequestered?

    Why didn’t they make specific subsequent requests for the property they say was theirs?

    When they saw people going in and out of the room in which the documents were stored, what did they do? That is, did they contact Trump and tell him they were concerned? How long did they watch this traffic in and out of the room without contacting him about this?

    As irritated as I am by the setups of Trump, like not allowing National Guard troops on January 6, I am equally irritated at his inability to recognize a setup when he sees one.

    • Amazona August 23, 2022 / 10:25 am

      Well, here’s a setup Trump had no reason to see coming, or any control over. Who would have expected the current president* to be personally involved, to the point of allowing executive privilege to be waived, allowing a lapdog agency to then charge in and confiscate material that should have been protected?

      … Biden empowered the National Archives and Records Administration to waive any claims to executive privilege that Trump might assert to block DOJ from gaining access to the documents.

      “The Counsel to the President has informed me that, in light of the particular circumstances presented here, President Biden defers to my determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, regarding whether or not I should uphold the former President’s purported ‘protective assertion of executive privilege,’” Wall wrote. “… I have therefore decided not to honor the former President’s ‘protective’ claim of privilege.”

      My colleague Matt Margolis over at PJ Media describes what happened here as entrapment, and I concur in principle. That’s exactly what this looks like. Trump had done what many presidents before him had done, which is to claim executive privilege over documents originating from his administration. The idea that a later president, specifically a political rival, could then waive that, allowing a criminal investigation to snap into place is insane, but that’s what happened here.

      The DOJ had no right to review those documents, but Biden coordinated with them and the National Archives to remove all legal roadblocks in order to make the current pursuit of Trump possible. It’s the Russian collusion hoax all over again, except instead of the garbage Steele Dossier serving as the hook, you have a letter from Biden’s lawyer nuking the executive privilege of a former president. The concept is the same, and just as importantly, the motive is the same: Get Trump by any means necessary.

      The obvious implication here is that the Biden administration lied when they said they had no involvement in the DOJ’s investigation of Trump over these records. Clearly, they did because it was their actions that allowed it to progress in the first place, and they knew what the DOJ was after from the beginning. Instead of sticking to precedent, Biden took the radical step of abusing executive privilege to target his primary political opponent in order to provide the basis for a criminal investigation against him. The level of corruption and abuse of power is mind-blowing. Some might even call it impeachable.

      If I were writing a script including this kind of abuse of power, I would have the target of the corruption wait till the time was right, then pull the rug out from under the collaborators by withdrawing from the race, opening it up to a hard-nosed former federal prosecutor with the chops to investigate this to the max once he got elected, and to take down the whole stinking mess.

      Or I would have a new Republican Congress name him Speaker of the House, which would have the same effect of opening up the presidency to a man who is an even bigger threat to the Left than Trump, while simultaneously totally freaking out the Left.

  5. Amazona August 23, 2022 / 10:47 am

    The Equality Act allows a male to enter any female space, apply for any women’s scholarship, play in girls’ and women’s sports, and take any employment or business opportunity earmarked for women. It legally erases gender distinctions. It has already passed a Democrat-run House. Can the GOP commit to shutting off funding to the Department of Education until they stop trying to ram radical gender theory into every K-12 school? Polling in Florida and the last gubernatorial race in Virginia should show that such a move would enjoy broad support.

    Being less crazy than the Democrats is not enough. Republicans need to make a clear bargain for America that sets clear expectations about what they can accomplish even with a Democrat in the White House. In November, voters hand elected officials political power. It is past time that Republicans get comfortable using it to reverse the direction of the nation, not just slow the slide into insanity.

    • Retired Spook August 23, 2022 / 10:57 am

      That’s a tall order. For my entire adult life Republicans’ motto could easily have been “elect us; we’re not as bad as Democrats.” There have always been a few who overtly supported a smaller, more accountable federal government, but they have never been anywhere close to a majority of the GOP. I think the patience of the majority of Americans is about at its limit. November 8th may well be a fish or cut bait moment from a historical standpoint.

      • fieldingclaymore August 24, 2022 / 3:34 pm

        The red wave may have peaked a bit too soon. I still think the GOP takes the house. Still lots of time. Brandon could fuck something else up right?

      • fieldingclaymore August 24, 2022 / 3:54 pm

        Oh and Dobbs seems to be a factor in the taming of the wave.

      • Retired Spook August 24, 2022 / 3:54 pm

        I don’t know — he’s running out of things to fuck up.

      • fieldingclaymore August 24, 2022 / 3:55 pm

        Give him time I’m sure he can find something.

  6. jdge1 August 24, 2022 / 7:02 am

    Here is some news reporting on a local NY congressional election result. If this is any indication of what to expect in November, democrats will be in a difficult position (unless they figure out how to steal far more than usual). Any politician trying to hide behind non-answers to political questions or who give generic answers to questions that should provide a very definitive stance, should be seen as insiders with hidden agendas.

    Steve Wells loss is a blow to the national Republican establishment who had lined up behind him.

    Brandon Williams was outspent 6-to-1 by Wells and faced a $1 million ad blitz in the campaign’s final days from a GOP group aligned with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who endorsed Wells.

    Some Conservative Party leaders said they viewed Wells as a John Katko clone, or Katko 2.0.
    The Conservative Party refused to support Katko again after he became one of 10 House Republicans to vote for impeaching Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
    Wells was criticized for not providing definitive answers about his positions on abortion and guns, and whether he wanted Trump to run for president in 2024.
    Williams was unequivocal about where he stood: He opposes abortion rights, won’t support any law to restrict or take away firearms, and said Trump should run for president.

  7. Amazona August 24, 2022 / 11:20 am

    While Joe is doing victory laps, there is this:

    The latest S&P Global preliminary flash composite purchasing managers index, or PMI, registered a level of 45 as of August 22, down from 47.7 in July.

    The rate at which business activity slowed was the fastest recorded since May 2020 when the pandemic shutdowns first took hold, according to S&P Global. This marks five consecutive months that the activity index has fallen and the second consecutive month that it has been in contraction territory.

    Levels above 50 indicate expansion, while levels below represent a contraction is occurring, according to S&P Global.

    “The data is certainly pointing to a downturn at the moment,” said Sian Jones, senior economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence. “Obviously, we have to wait and see how it progresses, but it’s certainly going to be a challenging business environment going forward.”

  8. Cluster August 24, 2022 / 3:06 pm

    Do you suppose there is any effort at peace talks with Russia? Or are we just in another endless war? And thanks Biden voters for putting us back into war and killing people. I know how much you like death. Wait until your own comes around you pieces of shit.

    • fieldingclaymore August 24, 2022 / 3:10 pm

      We are not at war. No matter how often you say this lie it is not true.

      • Cluster August 24, 2022 / 3:55 pm

        And Biden got 81 million votes, and climate change is real and men should be allowed to compete in women’s sport. Go the fuck away. Can’t wait until people like you are all dead

      • Retired Spook August 24, 2022 / 3:56 pm

        Only if you don’t consider a proxy war a war.

      • fieldingclaymore August 24, 2022 / 4:10 pm

        You’ll be dead long before me chief. Ok Boomer

      • Cluster August 24, 2022 / 4:35 pm

        I’m guessing you’re vaxxed so guess what? You’ll die before me. Your government you love so much gave you poison lol

      • fieldingclaymore August 24, 2022 / 4:57 pm

        Keep drinking that Qoolade buddy boy.

      • Cluster August 24, 2022 / 5:05 pm

        You’re a follower fielding, nothing more. You’ll do and believe whatever the Democrat mob demands, but I’m the koolaid drinker?? This is why people like you don’t deserve this country or your life for that matter. The world has too many ignorant followers. Sheep are a dime a dozen. And that only because of inflation.

      • Cluster August 24, 2022 / 5:25 pm

        Tik tok beta male

      • Amazona August 24, 2022 / 6:21 pm

        Hint: Fielding, you can save yourself some time and typing effort just by posting your name. Then we’ll know it’s from a smug smirky zero, and you won’t have to do anything.

        You know, as people like you continue to infest blogs and comment sites, people like me love to point out that if you could define your political model, you would. If you could defend your political model, you would But you can’t, and what’s more you’re not even interested because you think that “politics” is just a game, where you score points based on how nasty you are. So you go to the Agenda Media to find out which team you are supposed to hate and then you hate on it and everyone associated with it and this is what it takes to make you feel good about yourself.

        If that were true you still wouldn’t be a contender because, let’s face it, you’re pretty impotent when it comes to being an effective insulter. And I don’t think there is an also-ran category for “most annoying”.

      • fortyacresbeyond August 24, 2022 / 8:33 pm

        “Hint: Fielding, you can save yourself some time and typing effort just by posting your name.”

        Says the poster who guys by the name Amazona.

      • Amazona August 24, 2022 / 11:55 pm

        reference my comment let’s face it, you’re pretty impotent when it comes to being an effective insulter.

      • fortyacresbeyond August 24, 2022 / 8:33 pm

        Of course I meant “goes by.” 🙂

  9. Amazona August 24, 2022 / 6:30 pm

    In its race to the bottom the Loony Left has a new entry in the Stupid Idea category:

    At the World Economic Forum, it is all about teaching the whys and wherefores of bug eating! After all, eating bugs is all about doing your part to “save the planet” right?

    As you get into the article, you learn that some companies are also sneaking “cricket flour” (yes, that’s a thing) into food. I started being very careful about reading ingredient labels when companies started sneaking fake sweeteners into everything, but I’m going to up my label-reading game if I have to check for ground up insects.

    The social engineering aspect is clear from the effort to convince farmers that they will be ever so much happier raising crickets than, say, cows or sheep.

    From the farmer’s point of view, raising insects is going to be radically different from raising sheep, pigs, or cattle. No more coping with mud, muck and filth. An end to shifting heavy sacks of feed. And forget about having to go outdoors in all weather to manhandle livestock. The requirement for investment in equipment will be different too. This will be farming on a much smaller scale, reducing the need for large and expensive machines.

    You can just see the smiling guy in the shiny suit doing his best to sell this idea, on the premise that they only want what is best for you.

    That is, to control what you eat, how that food is prepared, what you can drive to go buy it, and pretty much every aspect of your life.

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