Open Thread

If you listen to polls, both the OK and NY governor races are tied.

This is why you shouldn’t listen to polls. The chances that the GOP is in trouble in Oklahoma are <0.1%. The risk that the Democrat is in trouble in NY is <10%. That is a huge spread, BTW – but, still, pretty solid for the Democrat. What isn’t at all possible is a GOP governor losing in a deep Red State in a GOP year.

OTOH, there is that non-zero chance that the GOP gets a miracle in New York. It would take an epic GOP Red Wave to make it happen…but there is a chance (small) that this happens. It all comes down, as usual, to who shows up? If the economy is the main issue, then the Democrats are getting shellacked. The reason the Democrats are leaning heavy into abortion (every second Democrat ad here in Nevada is “THE GOP WILL END ABORTION!!!) is because they must make the race about something else. Anything else. They tried to make 1/6 the issue (there were even ads on it here in Nevada) but that flopped…so, we’re all abortion, all the time right now. Will it work? I don’t think it will – I view it as a desperate throw of the dice by a party which dares not talk about itself.

If, however, in addition to the economy being the motivator we also see a drop in traditional Democrat turnout (especially among African-American voters) then the shellacking could turn into a beat down of epic proportions…that’s where NY governor, WA Senator and other races call to the GOP.

We’ll find out 11/8.

Been working on Book VI , Heirs, honestly meant to have it out by now but my production has been astonishing in later books (it will now be at least an 11 book series) and as the story has developed the characters (old and new) have gone off in some very interesting directions and this has necessitated a bit of a rework of Book VI, mostly in the foreshadowing of things that come later. I’ll have it out in a month or so. Book VII, Empress, will come real quick after that as I have hardly any modifications to make on it. Book VIII The Crimson Blade I want to have out in Summer of 2023. All that leads up to Book IX, Home World, which is 80% done and then on to Book X, Ghost Tower about 60% done and then we wrap it up (we hope) with Book XI, Antaki (only just started). Meanwhile, I’ve got the outline of my next series…not sure what it will be titled but it is an awesome cool story of deception confronted with courage.

Ever more parents are pushing back against transgender propaganda in schools. Most famously this past week were mostly Muslim parents in Michigan who went ballistic over the propaganda. Hate to break it to the Muslims, but there time as a favored “oppressed group” now likely draws to a close. Trans now trumps all in the Intersectionality Bingo Card. Some people did get a little upset because it was Muslims and there is always that concern they’ll impose Sharia. But, given a choice between Sharia and teaching kids that men can get pregnant, I’m going to have to go with Sharia. The true solution, of course, is to take control of the school boards – you know for a fact that no member of that board roasted by the Muslims so much as asked the locals what they want. Liberal Democrats they likely were elected because Muslims, like most immigrant communities, tend to vote Democrat – and most of the time, nobody really cares what the school board is up to. Until recently, that is – we now know how crucial it is. In fact, along with Sheriffs, it might be one of the two most crucial things to control.

47 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. jdge1 October 16, 2022 / 6:09 pm

    Many people in NY strongly dislike the current governor. She was unelected to that position only stepping in when Cuomo left under the cloud of controversy. More than twice as many people voted for a democrat in their primaries than republicans in their primary, so it gives me pause for any optimism. However, many people are coming to realize Hochul advocates oppression in many ways that will affect the average person’s life far greater than originally realized. Not sure if it will make a difference. And as Mark eluded, a good many of the democrat political tv commercials push the absurd extreme propaganda related to abortion on their opponents – at all levels.

  2. Cluster October 17, 2022 / 9:09 am

    When does the Inflation Reduction Act kick in??

    • Retired Spook October 17, 2022 / 9:19 am

      Early next year.

    • Amazona October 17, 2022 / 11:09 am

      Are you asking when the money gets spent, or when it reduces inflation?

      The answers: Early next year, and bwahahahaha

      • Cluster October 17, 2022 / 3:39 pm

        So if we all survive the nuclear war, we will be paying less for gas?? That’s a win win.

    • Tim October 17, 2022 / 9:23 pm

      I was a bit shocked to see that a can of Vienna Sausage at the local Walmart costs 86 cents a can. So, I would guess
      the inflation reduction act will kick in “tomorrow”. I hope.

  3. Cluster October 17, 2022 / 9:21 am

    Why do we care about Ukraine? Personally, I am a hell of a lot more concerned about the brown people in Mexico and Central America having a negative impact on this country than I am about the white people in Ukraine.

  4. Retired Spook October 17, 2022 / 9:35 am

    What could possibly go wrong?

    In an effort to curb so-called global warming, the Biden administration is coordinating research into the feasibility and efficacy of blocking out the sun, at least partially.

    Funniest part of the article:

    Noah Diffenbaugh, professor at Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, claimed that SAI is a “relatively cheap, relatively effective potential intervention at the global scale that’s likely to have a lot of side effects.”

    SAI’s side effects may be myriad, granted any anthropogenic alteration to global or regional climate can impact environmental factors such as sea water temperature, precipitation patterns, ocean acidification, and sunlight intensity. Although temperature may come down as a result of SAI initiatives, the cost, extra to the estimated $10 billion a year, could be draughts, famines, and hurricanes. (emphasis – mine)

    • Cluster October 17, 2022 / 3:38 pm

      Climate change is a money grab. There’s nothing substantive to the issue .. it’s all made up and conservatives need to start calling Democrats out on it.

  5. Retired Spook October 17, 2022 / 1:44 pm

    Here’s a question: if your home needs “weatherizing,” but you can’t afford the cost even with the federal tax credit (and you’re in the 50% who don’t pay taxes anyway) does it still make a sound?

    • Retired Spook October 17, 2022 / 4:19 pm

      not as long as our current two-tiered justice system exists.

  6. Cluster October 18, 2022 / 8:26 am

    MSNBC has reached a new level of hysteria this morning. They have officially stripped down the parties to either “pro democracy” which is of course the Democrats who offer a life of enlightenment and fun vs the fascist authoritarians which is of course Republicans who offer forced pregnancies and xenophobia. Finally, a contrast that Casper and Fielding can understand.

    LMAO. These people are dumb af

    • Retired Spook October 18, 2022 / 8:33 am

      You know, I”ll bet the vast majority of Democrats don’t see the irony.

      • Cluster October 18, 2022 / 9:02 am

        They have spent the last 20 years dumbing down our kids in school so this level of political analysis does resonate. Sadly, this is the level of American intellect and discourse now.

  7. Cluster October 18, 2022 / 9:11 am

    This woman gets it

  8. Cluster October 18, 2022 / 9:16 am

    And these people get it too … Americans are abandoning the Democrat Party, finally

    • fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 1:50 pm

      Did you see how over half these people are part of republican lead grassroots groups. Fred Rege is part of a group “Fight for Our Schools” a pac headed by Ian Prior a former Trump DOJ official. There are plenty of pissed parents why does Fox have to be so lazy to get ringers? Propaganda

      • fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 1:50 pm

        Xi Van Fleet, “Loudon County, VA mom of one,” is an “ambassador” in the Independent Women’s Forum’s “Education Freedom Center.”

      • fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 1:51 pm

        Amie Bowman, “Fauquier County, VA mom of three,” is also an officer in its Moms for Liberty chapter.

      • fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 1:51 pm

        Cheryl Onderchain, “Loudon County mom of three,” also chairs the county’s Moms for Liberty chapter.

      • fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 1:51 pm

        Will Estrada, “Loudon County, VA dad of two,” is also president of the Parental Rights Foundation and a former Trump administration official and member of his transition team.

      • fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 1:51 pm

        Bonnie Myshrall, “Fairfax County, VA mom of one,” is also the founder of Open Fairfax County Public Schools.

      • Amazona October 18, 2022 / 2:41 pm

        Oh, wahhhh wahhhhh wahhhh Who cares?

        Well, the Identity Politics addicts care, because, good little collectivists that they are, they lump people into demographics, judge those demographics by their own odd and perverted standards, and then treat everyone in those demographics as the same. And of course their criteria are biased and increasingly and rigidly woke.

        What a lot of meaningless research. Am I the only one who thinks it highly likely that fielding got a heads-up from one of his “news” providers, probably MSNBC or maybe CNN, about the nefarious characters represented here, and scurried over to copy all this supposedly damning information about them. And wow, did he ever find some dirt! One of them actually ran for his school board (!!!!) and another was “a former Trump administration official and member of his transition team.” Get a rope!

        But we should thank fielding for volunteering to illustrate how desperate he and his fellow travelers are to find something—–ANYTHING—-to label as A Bad Thing and then whine about. If this is all they’ve got (and it is) that’s got them panicking.

      • fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 2:49 pm

        I don’t know what identity has to do with these people being plants. Why didn’t Fox identify the groups these people were associated with? Because they want to fool their audience into thinking these are just concerned parents. I am sure they could have found plenty a real concerned parents and not activists.

      • Amazona October 19, 2022 / 11:04 am


        You seem oblivious to the fact that the growing degeneracy of the Left and its/your focus on destroying childhood and its innocence by dragging even our youngest into the swamp of gender destruction and random sexuality means that parents ARE now “activists”.

        That is, taking a more active role in supervising the ways our children are taught, such as (gasp! horrors!) RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD OFFICES ! OMG!!! The ACTIVISM !

      • Rm42 October 18, 2022 / 3:04 pm

        It’s absolutely amazing how democrats constantly accuse republicans of one of their primary tactics. Witness the number of “lifelong republicans’ democrats use in ads who are actually lifelong democrats. If it wasn’t for projection and accusing their opponents of their own sins, half of the left’s arguments would melt like snow.

      • fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 3:20 pm

        Those are partisan political ads. This is a purported news organization doing partisan tricks with this panel of “concerned parents”.

      • Amazona October 19, 2022 / 11:06 am

        Wow, this really has your panties in a twist, doesn’t it?

        Your argument, such as it is, seems to be either an effort to find something about Fox to whine about, or complaining that concerned parents should lose their right and ability to be heard if their concerns prompt them to become what people like you call “activists”.

        Or both. Bickerboys gotta bicker, but this seems like a feeble effort even for you

      • Rm42 October 18, 2022 / 3:38 pm

        Nice try claymore but no. You know that is primarily a tactic the left uses there as well. You just desperately want to pawn it off and pretend. The left consciously and deliberately lies about these sorts of things, even when there is truth available.

      • Mark Noonan October 19, 2022 / 12:06 am

        Here’s your problem and why your side is doomed – sure, you can try to paint some dark picture “former Trump official”…but the bottom line is that your side has pushed too far and now the counter-attack develops. Huge numbers of people are getting active.

        You might, for instance, very much despise Kari Lake…but, she’s going to win and she will radically alter the political balance in Arizona…under soft, McCain Republicans AZ was trending Blue hard as there was no real pushback. Now, there will be.

        And what does your side call Lake? Racist! Election denier! Insurrectionist! Yeah, that sh** don’t fly no more – we don’t give a damn what you think of us. Words like that worked against the old GOP – they don’t work on us. And Lake is just one of scores now rising…people who are replacing the GOPe.

        And here’s what will really bug you – when we win (and we will, and eventually the whole ball of wax) you’ll have to realize that if you hadn’t pushed so hard for absurdities like open borders, abortion to birth and drag queen story time, it never would have happened. You pissed off the Normies.

  9. fieldingclaymore October 18, 2022 / 1:52 pm

    Ram Venkatachalam, “Loudon County, VA dad of two,” mentioned that he also ran for its school board – here he is with Glenn Youngkin.

  10. Cluster October 19, 2022 / 8:20 am

    So evidently Fielding is arguing that these people in the video not only have strong opinions but actually put action behind those opinions?? Is that it? Does that make their opinions less valid? And should every panel discussion on MSNBC be discredited because they are all activists?

    And I’m curious where you found their personal information, and why you even bothered to look them up. That’s even more weird.

  11. Cluster October 19, 2022 / 8:48 am

    You know Fielding, rather than spending time looking up personal histories of people you disagree with, maybe you should spend time rethinking your political affiliation. That is of course only if you want to avoid a nuclear war. Oh and thanks again for voting in support of unaffordable cost of living and nuclear war – you really are an educated voter.

    What happens if the nukes fall? Expert reveals which areas New York, London and other cities will be instantly obliterated by Putin strike…and where you’d stand best chance of surviving

  12. Cluster October 19, 2022 / 9:07 am

    So is this you Fielding?

    Sorry, Elon, Donald and Ye: Americans want social media firms to counter abuse, racism, conspiracy theories, and fake news, says poll that suggests weak demand for ABSOLUTE free speech platforms

    Do you want the government and billionaires to protect you from mean people? Do words hurt you sweetheart?

    • fieldingclaymore October 19, 2022 / 10:01 am

      I knew about this info a few days before you posted your video here because Fox does this quite a bit. I found it on twitter from a guy who is from an activist organization media matters. These people’s opinions are valid tuff guy no doubt. But they are presented on a news organization as concerned parents from a focus group. Clearly, they are activists expressing their opinions which are valid but Fox news wants to fool their audience into thinking these are ordinary everyday folks when they are not. It is lying.

      I am an educated voter thanks. If there is a nuke war I would be in the first wave in the US to die and thankfully so. I am not too worried about that though. Just because Putin badly miscalculated and is now thrashing about with threats of nukes doesn’t mean you acquiesce to these threats. Once you do there will be no stopping the threats.

      I give zero fucks as to who owns twitter or whatever, words do not hurt me. Absolute free speech platforms would just be a cesspool of porn and other stupid shit but I don’t care. I am not the lib caricature you have imagined in your mind.

      • Amazona October 19, 2022 / 11:23 am

        I found it on twitter from a guy who is from an activist organization media matters.

        Uh-huh. No surprise here.

        Did he also feed you what is evidently supposed to be damning information about these people, which is also evidently supposed to disqualify them from speaking out? You sure put together a lot of what you seem to think is really really important information about them—-running for the school board, once a “Trump official” (whatever that is, though the implication is of being in Trump’s “inner circle” and therefore irredeemably tainted) or of just having a history of speaking out against the government’s program of sexualizing young children.

        I wonder if you would have arrived at your current state of breathless outrage on your own, or if you needed to be told what to think and how to feel about it—-which is, after all, how you people end up spouting the nonsense you spout.

        Why don’t you and your little Twitter buddy get together and put together a list of acceptable backgrounds for Fox to look to for its interviews and panels? In the meantime, don’t fool yourself into thinking that all this indignation over who was on the panel is adequately distracting from the content of the discussion.

        Now I don’t know if you are high enough in the Lib hierarchy to be actively trying to shift focus from the very valid and important ideas and facts presented by the panel by whining about who said what, or if you are just a silly little puppet obediently salivating when your masters tell you something calls for some drooling and reacting as programmed.

        Not that it matters—-your silly little posts tell us that the Left has used up all of what was supposed to be its heavy guns to no effect, serving only to reinforce the convictions of the already-in-the-tank fellow Libs, and are reduced to instructing its minions to try to stir up outrage over Fox interviewing concerned parents because they have organized to deal with the issues that concern them.

      • Amazona October 19, 2022 / 11:25 am

        I am not the lib caricature you have imagined in your mind.

        Hmmm. Looking like duck. Walking like duck. Quacking (interminably) like duck. But not duck. Pigeon?

      • fieldingclaymore October 19, 2022 / 12:03 pm

        “Breathless outrage” give me a break. I was just pointing out the propaganda aspect of the preferred news organ of this blog.

      • Amazona October 19, 2022 / 12:53 pm

        What about their presence constituted “propaganda”?

        Parents talked about what bothers them, and what they said was accurate. You agree that what they said was accurate.
        How is this “propaganda”? Just because they were not identified by their association with other concerned parents?

        You seem to be complaining that Fox did not identify these concerned “activist” parents as people whose concerns and desire to implement changes in the system they found offensive had led them to associate with other parents with the same concerns. Fine. If this all you can find to fuss about, fuss to your fussy little heart’s content.

      • Mark Noonan October 19, 2022 / 1:09 pm

        lol – yeah, Fox News got us!

        Dude: I haven’t watched television news in years. The only time I see it, at all, is when the Mrs is checking out the weather on local news or it happens to blow by as I’m waiting for something else to come on. I can’t speak for all here, but I’ll bet most of us either don’t watch news or only watch it for the entertainment value. We know that Fox is also MSM and does for the most part follow the Narrative.

        I’ve said it often of late but I’ll say it again: start to think. I mean really just sit there and think about things. Today there have been reports of “fears of coming recession”. But, we’re already in a recession. Why would the MSM report it like that?

        Think about it. The “aha!” will come.

        I’ll help you out here – because the GOP is about to take control of Congress and the DNC wants the MSM to push the Narrative that the recession only started after the GOP won.

        That’s how all this works – and what you think you know is actually just propaganda. If you start to think, you’ll quickly see right through it.

      • Cluster October 19, 2022 / 12:23 pm

        I am an educated voter thanks.

        I disagree. What American “educated” voter votes in support of forced experimental vaccines, open borders, releasing criminals from prisons, endless foreign wars, drag queens in kindergartens, and censoring of speech??

        I don’t of any true freedom minded American who supports any of this.

      • Amazona October 19, 2022 / 1:08 pm

        Well, Cluster, first you have to determine whether or not fielding really does know these things. If he does know them, then yes, he IS “informed”—-just indifferent to the outcome of his support for them.

        So let’s give him a chance to show us how informed he is.


        Are you aware that none of the drugs being touted as vaccines have ever passed the final FDA approval, and are still being used under the Emergency Use rule?

        Are you aware that this qualifies them as experimental drugs?

        Are you aware of the argument that the government efforts to force people to take them, up to and including getting them fired from their jobs, is a violation of the Nuremburg Code, which is a a ten point statement delimiting permissible medical experimentation on human subjects? That the forced injection of these drugs is considered a violation of the following elements of the Nuremburg Code?

        The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. Voluntary consent is obviously lacking here.
        The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society. the good of society has been a stated goal of the “vaccine” drug but that has yet to be proved.
        The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease. There is now proof that all necessary experimentation had not been done, and that the government denied and tried to hide the knowledge of the natural history of the disease.
        The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury. Again, there was not enough experimentation to support this, and the drug continued to be forced upon some of us and strongly recommended with the full backing of the government and assurances that it is “safe” even after multiple events including death and permanent injury have resulted.
        No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur. As both deaths and disabling injuries have occurred, yet the drug continues to not only be pushed by the government but under the protection of the government, which is protecting the drug companies from liability for these damages.
        The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment. The survival rate of Covid was more than 98% and was almost 100% when proper early treatments were applied. The government took steps to prevent these treatments from being used.
        Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury, disability, or death.
        The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons.
        During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end.
        This is so clearly not happening here. The list of categories of people who were not allowed to opt out of the experiment is long, as is the list of penalties for those who did.
        During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required of him that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.

        As you claim to be well informed, are you informed of this claim of violation of the Nuremburg Code and the reasons to make this claim?

        If not, do you still consider yourself to be well informed?
        If so, please defend the continued use of the drug and its promotion by our government

      • Amazona October 19, 2022 / 1:14 pm

        You say you are an “educated voter”. This would mean, if it were true, that your votes are based on analysis of the competing political models, and not on elements of personality or political identity. Is this true?

        If it is, this would mean that you choose the political model based on a Central Authority rather than a federal government with restricted power with most authority left to the states, or to the people. If you are, in fact, an “educated voter” you must have examined both political models and chosen yours for specific and educated reasons. What are they?

        What is the source of your “education” as a voter? Social media? The Legacy Media? Independent study of historical data regarding the successes and failures of the competing political models? Study of and analysis of the Constitution? Study of and analysis of the tenets of Leftist governance?

  13. Cluster October 19, 2022 / 9:12 am

    BOOM !! Kari lake is a force

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