Open Thread

Of course sending the migrants to Martha’s Vineyard was a stunt – but it was a very good stunt. So was sending some to the VP’s official residence. Governor Abbot had been sending migrants to sanctuary cities for a while…but it took DeSantis to figure out how to make it really noticeable.

And that was the point of the exercise – to get the issue in front of the American people. Since Pudding Brain took office, our borders have been open and illegals have been flooding across…and Pudding Brain’s people were shipping these people all over the country…often at night and usually to Red States. Nobody really knows how many have come across since January 20th, 2021, but it has got to be in the multiple millions by now. And nobody is checking on who these people are – in and amongst the people just looking for a job and a better life are likely scores of thousands of hardened criminals and terrorists. And the MSM simply wasn’t covering it – the border States knew about it. Those of us on the Right knew about it…but the mass of the American people did not know about it. Now, they do.

It must be kept in mind that if we had a media – even a liberal media – which merely told the truth, then the whole world would be different. What is reported and how it is reported – even before you add in the outright lies – largely determines what is in the public mind and thus how the public decides. The mere truth and Trump would have won 70 percent of the vote in 2020. If people were really informed just what sort of utter scumbag Joe Biden has been his entire adult life – and if they hadn’t been fed a steady diet of lies about Trump – then only the most mindlessly partisan people in America would have voted for Pudding Brain. And not only would Trump have won in an epic landslide, but the GOP would have likely won Constitution-amending majorities in Congress.

The problem the GOP has is twofold:

  1. An unwillingness to point out what the other side is really like.
  2. A media system which has as its primary focus hiding what the other side is doing.

Take the abortion issue – supposedly, the GOP will now lose (or only barely win) because in getting the Dobbs decision, an infuriated mass of female voters will show up to smack the GOP down. This ignores that at least half of women are pro-Life. It ignores the tens of thousands who showed up every year, for forty years, in often freezing temperatures, to March for Life in DC since Roe came down. It ignores that when NARAL and PP get a mob together, it is paid, professional organizers renting a mob to shout for the cameras. It ignores the fact that as the overtly pro-Life party, the GOP has done better since Roe than before. The media says abortion is popular and they’ll produce an endless string of polls to buttress their assertion…but in actions and votes, the whole strength is on the pro-life side. And the GOP simply never pointed it out while the MSM was hiding that the Democrats position on abortion is federally funded on demand until the moment of birth.

So, too, on immigration. The Democrat position is open borders – and the MSM hides this by simply not reporting on what is going on at the border. When the MSM does talk about immigration, it is some pull-the-heartstrings story about some poor guy getting deported…not the tens of thousands flooding in at the hands of ruthless drug cartels. They don’t mention the illegals raped and murdered along the way. Fifty illegals show up in Martha’s Vineyard and the media is all over it, fifty suffocate in a truck because their coyote screwed them over…crickets. What DeSantis and Abbot did was to find the most effective way to point out the Democrat position…and show them up as hypocrites because when it became their community, they called in the Army and bounced those migrants in less than 24 hours.

With the possibility that DeSantis might be the GOP nominee in 2024 the MSM has now decided that DeSantis is worse than Trump. Because of course.

But we’re all worse than Trump, aren’t we? Essentially, to be in opposition to the Democrats is to be an Enemy of the State. The circle is complete – the Democrat party, infiltrated by Marxists since McGovern’s campaign in 1972, is now de-facto Bolshevik. This is very bad – because Enemies of the State are to be destroyed. We still have a window of opportunity to stop this, but only if we ruthlessly exercise power when we win it.

38 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook September 18, 2022 / 9:57 am

    How many times has each of us said, “”this is the most important election in history, or in our lifetimes?” A lot of that stems from the fact that the country has gone downhill during our lifetimes, so each election HAS been important. I’m probably the oldest regular here, but Amazona, Cluster and Mark aren’t far behind me.

    This election is unique in the fact that, the Left has finally taken the mask off. There’s no more hiding who they are and where they want to take the country. They are ugly people (metaphorically speaking), and they want to take the country to an ugly place. They are using Rules for Radicals and the dystopian novels of the 30s, 40s and 50s as playbooks. Robert Malone played an excellent interview of Aldous Huxley (Brave New World, 1932) by Chris Wallace from back in 1958. Either Huxley was amazingly prescient, or what we’re witnessing has been in the works for a loooooooong time. I suspect a bit of both, but mostly the latter.

    • Amazona September 18, 2022 / 10:54 am

      I get e-mails from candidates all over the country asking for money, and their pitch—which is what I assume is also their campaign focus—is always the same. It’s inflation and the border. Yes, those are very important issues, but we also know about them.

      I think we need to see a focused and coordinated campaign effort to explain that Biden’s energy policies have led to, if not created, the instability all around the world, and even more important the fact that we are still on the edge of the cliff of becoming a police state. It’s time for a Big Picture campaign, not just the Same Old Same Old of personality/issues/personality/issues.

    • jdge1 September 19, 2022 / 6:49 am

      Not much younger in age myself. I use to find myself feeling much the same about each upcoming election and all of the problems that have befallen us since the last. Not so much these days do I worry about it for myself, but mostly for my kids and grandkids and fellow citizens who wish for nothing more than a God-fearing Christian nation where charity is an act of love & compassion rather than a symbolic gotcha using someone else’s money for more political clout.

      I know God is at work in all the details, which is why I don’t have to worry. For example, much of the damage created by COVID in the election process also generated stronger election laws in many states that makes it harder for election theft. The short term damage paved the way to mitigating long term problems.

      Will a few million more illegal migrants be in God’s plans to prevent a worse situation? I can think of several possible ways. It appears many businesses are having a hard time finding willing workers. Central American citizens tend to be more Christian in faith than not. If the elites in China / Russia are preparing for war against the US, an increased US population might be a deterrent, especially with a decreased birth rate. I’ve no idea what will come of these people, but don’t’ discount for a moment that it’s somehow in God’s plan.

      While I certainly don’t know what direction today’s problems will take, I’ve decided to look in the direction of what good can come from it. This does not mean for a moment giving an inch to evil and corruption, far from it. It’s still a battle that must be fought. I’ve just shifted my focus away from worrying about it to finding the miracles that transpire from it.

      • Retired Spook September 19, 2022 / 9:31 am

        JDGE, I tend to agree with you. After all, we DO know how this story ends. The rest is just noise. Like you, I worry for my kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

      • Amazona September 19, 2022 / 12:35 pm

        I have always felt that the country is strong enough to come back from any bad administration, but now, as I look at the success the Left has had in undermining the very foundation of the nation I am not sure we can come back from even another two years of Leftist rule. If they succeed in packing the Supreme Court that might be the death knell of the country because any new law passed, no matter how unconstitutional, will be approved by a Leftist Court.

        I do believe our only hope is getting a strong enough Congress to stop the rampaging Left in its mad dash to get as many radical processes in place as quickly as possible We might be able to drag back some of the billions in spending, if it has not already been disbursed, and we can establish a holding pattern while Biden Executive Orders go through the Court. Laws can be reversed. A smart Republican Congress would quickly pass as many strong and reasonable laws as possible, knowing that Biden would veto them, to establish a strong base for the 2024 elections.

        But we as a party and as a nation need to do triage to establish what is most important. For example, a Republican Congress would not be able to stem the flood of illegals at the border, or do much about inflation. So what could it do, other than block new Leftist legislation?

        I think a serious investigation into the Covid disaster could be very important. If we can show that this administration purposely conspired in schemes that resulted in unnecessary deaths, enrichment of the drug companies while protecting them from liability and continued to push these drugs even with all the proofs we now have that they are both ineffective and dangerous we can destroy Dem chances in 2024. There are calls to impeach Biden, and I think this would be the ideal format for that.

        But most of the work ahead of us lies not in Congress, though it imperative to shut down the Dem control there, but in messaging.

      • Amazona September 19, 2022 / 11:34 pm

        A few years ago I read something about the future of Western civilization resting on people from Central and South America—they have experienced socialism and hate it, and they have a strong religious base.

  2. Retired Spook September 18, 2022 / 12:43 pm

    These are plastered all over Martha’s Vineyard (or at least they were). What a bunch of elitist, hypocrite snobs.

  3. Retired Spook September 18, 2022 / 6:50 pm

    I want to share a painful lesson with any outdoor types who visit here. I’ve been cutting and splitting firewood for over 50 years. I’ve got an old Stihl 029 chainsaw with a 20′ bar plus a smaller trim saw. I’ve never had a chainsaw injury that required stitches. For 40 of those 50 years I split larger logs with a 16 lb. Monster Maul, often splitting 3-4 cords per year. For those of you non-outdoor types, a cord is 4′ high x 4′ wide x 8′ long. That’s three 4′ x 8′ stacks of 16″ logs multiplied by 3 or 4. I never hurt myself with that Monster Maul unless you count rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders. After the second rotator cuff surgery in 2009, I bought a 22 ton hydraulic log splitter (keep that 22 ton figure in mind). I never injured myself with the hydraulic splitter until last Thursday. I was splitting 10-12″ logs in quarters. On the second half of the second log, the back half fell away onto the ground. I went to grab the half (actually a quarter) closest to me, but the splitter wedge was jammed in a knot. You see where I’m going with this (if D.B. Schmidt still visits here, he knows exactly where I’m going.) My brain told my hand, “don’t you go grabbing that log while the machine is still moving. My hand didn’t listen, and 20 minutes later I was in the ER with a fractured left index finger and a gash from the knuckle to within a half inch of the finger nail. I could see the tendon that runs along the top of the finger, but miraculously it was not damaged. Probably lucky I didn’t lose the finger or crush my hand (22 tons, remember? Like having a dump truck drive over my hand). I’d include a photo, but it’s dinner time in Wyoming and Arizona.

    • Amazona September 18, 2022 / 9:36 pm

      Ouch! Think of this as God’s way of telling you to find a high school or college kid to split your wood for you. But it’s hard to back away from stuff you’ve always done. Take it easy, keep it iced and come up with a better story for how you got hurt. “Stuck my hand in a log splitter”” isn’t going to get you any free beers down at the tap.

      • Retired Spook September 18, 2022 / 9:50 pm

        It only took 8 stitches, and looking at it, it probably should have been 9 or 10. When I got my lifetime Indiana licence to carry a handgun back in 2010, the lady deputy sheriff filling out the paperwork and fingerprinting me asked if I had any identifying scars. I asked her how many she wanted. Now I’m going to have one more. I keep telling myself it could have been a lot worse. Thanks for the empathy.

      • Amazona September 19, 2022 / 11:35 pm

        It’s not your trigger finger, is it?

      • Retired Spook September 20, 2022 / 10:14 am

        No, it’s my left hand, but it’s amazing how much a right-handed person uses his left index finger.

      • Cluster September 20, 2022 / 10:48 am

        Yikes! Don’t do that again Spook. Aloha from Hawaii. Came over her for a few days. I might come back to the real world but not just yet.

      • Retired Spook September 20, 2022 / 11:27 am

        My initial post was intended to be a light-hearted, self-deprecating account of a minor injury that, in the overall scheme of things, is just a scratch. I think just about every person who has ever done anything of a manual labor nature can relate, although, in my experience (Amazona excepted) it’s a guy thing. My initial reaction, even before I got my glove off, was, geez, that was stupid. The downside is that I had all sorts of outdoor tasks to do this fall that involve using both hands. We’re experiencing the nicest stretch of late summer/early fall weather in recent memory, and I can’t take advantage of it.

      • Amazona September 20, 2022 / 4:01 pm

        I’ve had my share of owies from doing various chores, though most of mine have been horse-related. I can’t remember any of them causing blood loss, though. What scares me when I think of them is how many near misses I have had.

    • Jeremiah September 20, 2022 / 8:46 pm

      Spook, your accident reminds me of a man my Dad told me about when he used to work at the mill. He worked on the green chain, and something fell down where the rollers are underneath, when he reached down to pick it up, his arm got caught in the chain, and took his arm off just below the shoulder. He was walking around like nothing ever happened, and was asking someone for cigarette. I don’t know, I guess his body went into shock mode or something, but the blood it pumping out of his arm, I guess they finally got him to the hospital.

      Like you I work with wood every year, thankfully no accidents. Though I’ve had wood pop loose, hit me in the collar bone once. It takes a toll on the body, too. I have a lot of pain in my hips from lifting wood. I lifted a hickory block one time, I know it weighed close to 300 pounds, I was loading it onto a lowboy, I about to pass out by the time I got it up on there. Lol

      Anyway, I hope your finger gets better soon.

      • Amazona September 21, 2022 / 9:28 am

        I knew a kid who was a greenie, or newby, on a drilling rig. He dropped a bolt that rolled under a piece of equipment and his boss told him to pick it up. When he leaned over to do this his foot slipped on the wet deck and he fell onto his face breaking a couple of teeth.

        The point of this is that he had a suit against the drilling company because the protocol on a rig is that if there is a problem—any problem—the drilling shuts down till it is resolved. In this case, there were two problems—-the wet deck and the need to reach under a piece of equipment to pick up a bolt. Either one of these should have called for a shutdown till the problem was solved. They have learned how quickly a small problem can turn into a lethal one.

        I have been a complete pain in the donkey when working around equipment. When we were using a PTO auger to drill post holes I made my employee take off his long sleeved shirt—I once read about a worker who got his cuff caught on an auger and it pulled him in and tore off his arm. Anything with a PTO had me on high alert. Even with a skid steer hydraulic auger I am a nag about keeping clear of the bit.

        When I was a child if someone had asked me what a PTO was I would probably have described a monster, because I had such a clear memory of my mom and aunts rounding us all up and watching us because the men were working with a PTO out in a field, and I had the impression that a PTO was very scary. When I started working with tractors I never changed that impression.

        I’ve had a table saw blade catch on a knot and jerk the board into my side and realized how easily it could have pulled a hand into the blade if guiding the board with hands close to the blade, as I have seen so many people do.

      • Retired Spook September 21, 2022 / 10:27 am

        Like you, I marvel at the number of close calls I’ve had over the years. Back in the mid 70s when we built our first house with a wood-burning fireplace and I first started cutting firewood, I was cutting from a large slash pile and ran into a hornets’ nest. I literally threw the saw into the air and started to run. The not-quite-stopped chain came down on my left wrist, which has a 6 hash-mark scar running upwards, left to right across my wrist. Looks like a failed suicide attempt. Fortunately, none of the 6 cuts were very deep, but it scared the hell out of me. In all the years since, I’ve only had one other chain saw injury, and it wasn’t as serious as that first one. I seem to recall an old saying, “no one ever got hurt by being too careful.”

        Don’t even get me started on the things I did as a kid that, had my parents known, probably would have locked me in my room until I turned 18.

      • Retired Spook September 22, 2022 / 12:34 pm

        Thanks, Jeremiah, it’s healing up nicely.

  4. Retired Spook September 20, 2022 / 11:57 am

    Looks like Democrats can kiss Florida goodbye for the foreseeable future.

    • Cluster September 20, 2022 / 12:35 pm

      That should be the trend nationwide.

    • jdge1 September 20, 2022 / 12:47 pm

      It’s a trend that’s not isolated to Florida, but Florida has many things helping sway those numbers other areas don’t. Florida has a STRONG conservative governor and right leaning legislators. They have a higher than average population of people from central and south America, which accounted for the biggest growth increase of any one culture. As Amazona mentioned, these people have already experienced and highly dislike some form if leftist government, and tend to be a more religious, family oriented culture. The 65+ group was the fastest growing between 2010 and 2021 with its population increasing over 40%. Overall, Florida’s population grew 15.6% from the 18.8 million people who lived there in 2010. For comparison, the population in the US grew 7.3% during that period.

      Still, people from other areas outside Florida can see the writing on the wall, in spite of the media’s efforts to hide, distort or outright lie about reality. We are precariously close losing a government with any sense of checks & balances. Even if you think “your side” will be advantaged from such a scenario, the pendulum always swings back at some point. For example, when Harry Reid decided to use the nuclear option to benefit his party while he was in charge, it opened the doors from the opposite side to utilize the same tactic only shortly afterwards.

      • Amazona September 20, 2022 / 4:07 pm

        Your point about having an advantage shift to the other side never seems to influence Dems when they get power-mad. But they sure flip out when the coin is turned over.

        You are so right about the need for checks and balances. Even we held the White House and both houses of Congress in the first two years of Trump’s term, we didn’t have the power to push the policies we thought were important because we didn’t have a majority of conservatives, just a majority who called themselves Republicans. They acted as and voted as Democrats.

  5. Jeremiah September 20, 2022 / 8:50 pm

    Democrats have shot holes through all the buckets, and OPM is running out fast. When it all runs out people are going to wish for a different country.

  6. jdge1 September 20, 2022 / 9:05 pm

    Texas law cracking down on Big Tech censorship can take effect, federal court rules

    A Texas law prohibiting social media companies from censoring or banning users for their political speech can take effect, a federal court ruled last week.
    The Fifth Circuit Court said the “implications of the platforms’ argument are staggering,” pointing to a bevy of logical conclusions that, they said, could be drawn from the social media platforms’ stance.

    “On the platforms’ view, email providers, mobile phone companies, and banks could cancel the accounts of anyone who sends an email, makes a phone call, or spends money in support of a disfavored political party, candidate, or business,” the ruling read.

    The court further pointed out that social media platforms “are not newspapers,” and that “[t]heir censorship is not speech.”

    It will be interesting to see the ramifications of this looking at the bigger picture. If this law had been active during COVID, what would it have meant for those discussing successful treatments and/or arguing against bad healthcare practices? How much would it have mattered if Hunter Biden’s laptop information was not suppressed prior to the previous election?

    What I’m unsure of is, its actual implementation, bringing charges against big tech, and actual penalties for breaking the law.

    • Amazona September 21, 2022 / 9:30 am

      This is a very interesting and important ruling, partly because of its potential impact on censorship and also because if we could figure out how to get a message across it could show people how they have been manipulated.

  7. Retired Spook September 21, 2022 / 9:45 am

    Quote of the day (credit Jeff Childers, Coffee & Covid Blog)

    We need to stop deferring to experts. They are valuable for giving us an informed opinion to consider, that’s all. You should feel free to reject expert advice if it doesn’t make sense to you.

    Jeff also has some excellent commentary today on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center trans surgery program as well as his usual steller legal analysis of the legal maneuvering between Trump’s legal team and the Special Master.

    • Amazona September 21, 2022 / 12:37 pm

      Sadly, many people will be maimed for life before enough time has passed for lawsuits to start making these people accountable. I just don’t understand how trained medical people can buy into these cockamamie schemes. It’s almost like a form of hypnosis.

      • Retired Spook September 21, 2022 / 1:00 pm

        Threats to end a career that required a minimum of 8 years of secondary education plus residency would be a powerful motivator. Hopefully the same dynamic that’s working its way through the FBI and DOJ will find traction in the medical community. We need more Robert Malones.

      • Amazona September 21, 2022 / 1:52 pm

        I know this is sensitive territory, but the participation of medical people in this bizarre and destructive practice reminds me of the doctors and nurses who willingly participated in the Nazi human experiments.

      • Amazona September 22, 2022 / 11:39 am

        The threat to have a career ended could hang over every single official if his or her oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution and uphold the law were to be a binding contract and not just a meaningless artifact. Make the oath of office binding, with a violation resulting in loss of the office and all its related benefits, and see how quickly DAs start to prosecute criminals and the entire concept of “sanctuary city (or state)” disappears. Make every judge a little twitchy when he or she wants to rule in a way that is not consistent with the law, or when a legislator wants to pass a law that is not in compliance with the Constitution.

        We need guard rails to keep our officials in their proper lanes. Ethics won’t do it.

  8. jdge1 September 21, 2022 / 7:24 pm

    A democrat Syracuse Common Council member was jailed for …. “criminal obstruction of breathing”. I guess you can’t say choking, that would be too easy. I wonder if there’s non-criminal obstruction of breathing?

  9. jdge1 September 22, 2022 / 12:55 am

    Some things never change.

    • Retired Spook September 22, 2022 / 8:43 am

      I miss him.

  10. Amazona September 22, 2022 / 11:43 am

    A group of Wyoming lawyers has sent a threatening letter to Harriet Hageman, Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wyoming, because she holds a different opinion of the 2020 election than they do. The lawyers barely disguised their threat to file a bar complaint against Hageman if she does not stop exercising her 1st Amendment right to free speech. The letter, dated September 12, 2022, was delivered to Hageman’s home, her law office, and her campaign for Congress, and can be found here.

    Hageman today issued the following statement:

    “Make no mistake, this letter is meant as a threat against me simply because I hold a different political opinion – one that is shared by a majority of Wyoming voters. And this is exactly what Liz Cheney’s allies and the left do to Trump supporters and conservatives at every turn – attempt to threaten, intimidate, and cancel anyone who doesn’t see the world the way they do. The letter appears to be part of a larger national collusive effort by leftists and political insiders to target Republican lawyers who have concerns about the 2020 election, with possibly providing the template for the letter sent to me.

    “There remain serious questions about that election, including hundreds of millions of dollars spent by Mark Zuckerberg to commandeer local elections offices in Democrat precincts, and the fact that a Pennsylvania court ruled that their state’s mail-in voting law is unconstitutional. As a constitutional attorney, I have spent my career fighting for the rights of others, and now a group of my fellow lawyers is trying to squelch my own 1st Amendment rights because they disagree with me. And let’s be clear – this is not just an attack on me, it’s also aimed at conservative Wyomingites and anyone who supports President Trump. I’d like to say I’m surprised by this behavior, but it’s just what elites – and those who consider themselves elites – do.”

    • Amazona September 22, 2022 / 12:34 pm

      This is the kind of response we need every time the Left tries this crap. Don’t go on defense, but turn it against them. this is not just an attack on me, it’s also aimed at conservative Wyomingites and anyone who supports President Trump. This Police State tactic needs to be identified and called out every time it happens.

  11. Amazona September 22, 2022 / 2:17 pm

    YCMTSU: The American Criminal Liberties Union, in its objection to the Indiana abortion ban, makes this argument:

    Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana’s legal director, pointed to the state constitution’s declaration of rights including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in arguing before the judge on Monday that it included a right to privacy and to make decisions on whether to have children.

    Notice how he skips right over that right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” thing for the unborn children he wants to kill.

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