Open Thread

As expected, Warnock won – and a lot of people are down on our prospects in Georgia in general. And there is much to be worried about. But I don’t think we need worry quite as much as some urge.

Yes, I do realize that the metro Atlanta area is getting a huge influx of northern voters who are ancestrally Democrat and so they are tilting the State Blue. But that same sort of people moved to Florida and look how that turned out.

Message and messenger: that is always going to be key for us. And they both have to be good. Walker has a past – a past not in any way as bad as Warnock’s (who seems a grade A jerk), but it must be kept in mind that our molehills will be made into mountains and the Democrat mountain will be hit with the SEP Field. I bet that just enough GOP voters were demotivated by Walker’s past. Meanwhile, ninety percent of Warnock’s voters – being consumers of the MSM – never even heard of the bad stuff about Warnock. So, our guys have to be first rate. I do, as an aside, think that even someone with a past can get around it – but only by being forthright about it. Get it out early and openly and don’t leave the least detail out. Once it is out and you can credibly show that it was a long time ago, you may have inoculated yourself: you’ve certainly lessened the effect of October Surprise stuff.

But it isn’t just candidates, messages and our ability (ala’ Florida) to eventually turn Democrats our way – that won’t be enough. No: we need more voters. Turns out, I know where they are.


“But, Mark: are you nuts! Biden won Chicago overwhelmingly!”

He sure did. But turnout in Chicago was 73 percent. More than 420,000 of Chicago’s voters didn’t vote. This isn’t residents or citizens – that is registered voters who didn’t vote. And that is just Chicago – not the rest of Cook County and surrounding areas which are the Democrat strongholds in Illinois (outside the Chicago area, Illinois votes like Alabama). And I’ll bet in the other Blue areas around the county we’ll find similar numbers.

So, there’s the votes: they are right there, waiting to be picked up. They are in the low-propensity voter and in the person who has never voted. Democrats area already doing a bang up job with some of these people. We can, too. And not just in getting Deep Red to turnout more…but going into Deep Blue and stealing some. You have to figure if you live in Deep Blue and don’t vote, you’ve gotta be disgusted with the system. That is fertile ground for us…if we can find the right message and messenger. Zeldin seems to understand this best, but others are coming around to it. The millions of votes we need to win are just waiting for us to ask for them. And, look, it isn’t about carrying Chicago and Los Angeles…it is about picking up enough votes in Deep Blue to lock down States like Georgia and North Carolina and put us in striking distance in places like California and New York.

But there is a catch. There always is, isn’t there? You’re not going to get these people with a traditional GOP message. They don’t even know who Madison is and aren’t at all concerned about tax rates or the problem at the border. They’re worried about their own poverty…their lack of safety. They feel they should be given more help.

And you’re going to have to give it to them. Sorry, guys, but the days of small government America are gone and they ain’t coming back any time soon. Right now, we’re just trying to preserve liberty and property, as such. It is either buy their votes and use the power to preserve your liberty…or stick to your small government ideals, lose, and have Communism imposed on you.

Senator Tom Cotton told woke Kroger corp to take a hike: that is one of those “first step” things we need to do. We can’t defend corporations which hate us and fund our enemies.

James Baker was an FBI guy who played a key role in the Trump-Russia drivel. When the heat came on, he was eased out of the FBI (rather than, say, being shot for treason) and got a job at … Twitter! Where he most recently was (briefly) in charge of vetting documents for Musk before they were released to the press. Well, someone pointed out that this probably wasn’t a good idea – so Musk fired him. I was wondering why in the first batch of documents, no names were being named. Now, I know: the Deep State had their finger in the pie. But now that finger is out – what comes out now may prove very interesting.

21 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster December 7, 2022 / 11:16 am

    Warnock won !!!! I’m shocked.

    How about a break from politics? I find stuff like this to be fascinating

    Sumerians Looked to the Heavens as They Invented the System of Time… And We Still Use it Today. One might find it curious that we divide the hours into 60 minutes and the days into 24 hours – why not a multiple of 10 or 12? Put quite simply, the answer is because the inventors of time did not operate on a decimal (base-10) or duodecimal (base-12) system but a sexagesimal (base-60) system. For the ancient Sumerian innovators who first divided the movements of the heavens into countable intervals, 60 was the perfect number. The number 60 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 30 equal parts. Moreover, ancient astronomers believed there were 360 ​​days in a year, a number which 60 fits neatly into six times. The Sumerian Empire did not last. However, for more than 5,000 years the world has remained committed to their delineation of time

    • Amazona December 7, 2022 / 2:37 pm

      A different escape from the dreariness of Lefty meat puppets regurgitating Leftist sludge:

      I met a woman who has several degrees in art and art history and she told me of a time she was in a little thrift/junk shop in a small town, idly flipping through a bin of pictures, photos, prints etc. The young woman running the shop asked if she was looking for anything in particular and she rather flippantly replied “Well, you never know when you’ll find a Rembrandt”. The girl responded, quite seriously, “No, ma’am, we don’t sell toothpaste here”.

      I laugh every time I remember this.

      • Cluster December 7, 2022 / 10:18 pm

        That’s good

  2. Cluster December 7, 2022 / 11:27 am

    The Twitter files are exposing the biggest financial corruption scandal in US History. Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and James Biden sold access to the White House and even our countries natural resources for personal financial gain. And the sad thing is, every country in the world knows that the POTUS is compromised. Why do you think we are sending blank checks to Ukraine? That country has been an ATM machine for Americas ruling class and a test ground for Big Pharma and that is why we are defending it so aggressively.

    I honestly think the ruling class financial corruption is so deep, that if Americans really knew the scope of it, there would be public hangings.

    • Amazona December 7, 2022 / 11:36 am

      Don’t forget Secretary of State Clinton enabling the selling of American uranium to Russia

      • Cluster December 7, 2022 / 11:55 am

        Indeed. And of course the Clinton Global Initiative which was also selling access to the White House.

    • Amazona December 7, 2022 / 12:18 pm

      Financial corruption, yes, but also political corruption. The Twitter files are ripping away the curtains that have hidden these violations of trust, decency and the law from the eyes of the American public. And the financial and political corruption are so intertwined and interdependent they are like a viper’s nest of foulness.

      A lesson to be learned from this, once the smoke clears and the bodies are hauled away (if they are—the Left is still frantically trying to erect firewalls to protect its own from consequences) is that brute power can and will turn on you if the other side ever gets control of it.

      The Lefty base gets all giddy when it thinks it will have the power to pack the Supreme Court to turn it into a rubber stamp for its trampling of the Constitution, when it thinks it can get rid of the Electoral College so Los Angeles or Manhattan can choose our presidents, when it believes it will be able not only seize power but keep it so it can continue its march to tyranny. This was the hubris of Twitter—that it was so powerful that it would always be able to flex its political muscle, and no one could ever do anything about it. So they gloried in their power, in their control over the information allowed to the American public and the resulting control over how the country is run, confident it was unassailable.

      And then Elon Musk scaled the ramparts, waved enough money at the board to assume power, and the whole thing has come crashing down. One man.

      The same thing can happen with any of the power grabs the Left is planning to execute if they get the chance. It only takes one election to overturn that apple cart. One election which can be spurred by anything—a scandal so massive it can’t be ignored, a war, a financial depression, even just an amazingly attractive political candidate—or a revolution— and the Other Side can suddenly be in control of the juggernaut of unrestrained power they have created, with the ability to turn it against them.

      This, in a nutshell, is the conflict we are experiencing. One side says we have to follow the rules and go through the processes because they protect all of us no matter who is in charge, and the other side says no, they want to seize power by any means possible and impose their will on the rest of us because they assume once they get the power no one can take it away from them.

  3. Cluster December 7, 2022 / 11:36 am

    As long as Ronna McDaniel, Mitch McConnell, and Kevin McCarthy lead the GOP. The GOP will lose.

    • Retired Spook December 7, 2022 / 12:28 pm

      And I don’t think any of them really care whether the GOP is in the majority or minority. If the new GOP House majority doesn’t at least attempt to do some meaningful things in the first 100 days, I think they might as well hang it up.

      • Amazona December 7, 2022 / 1:14 pm

        I got an email from newly elected Harriet Hageman asking what issues I want her to address as she starts her first term in the House. I’ve never gotten anything like that from anyone else.

      • Retired Spook December 7, 2022 / 3:38 pm

        BTW, I emailed my Congressman, Jim Banks, and asked that he take Harriet under his wing when she arrives in DC next month.

      • Amazona December 7, 2022 / 4:53 pm

        Thanks. She is a powerhouse and will be valuable in the ranks of the influencers

    • Amazona December 8, 2022 / 10:28 am

      A black lesbian athlete vs an honorable man who has fought for our country? No choice at all, for the woke Left

    • Amazona December 8, 2022 / 10:27 am

      We really need to have an honest discussion of what Big Pharma has done but an honest discussion has to include the fact that it could not have been done without the complicity of our federal government..

      It was a federal agency that let the drugs be pushed without full testing. This alone might be excused, given the panic stirred up over the virus, but there is no way it should have been allowed to continue. It was a federal agency that panicked the people in the first place, and then told us that the drug was our only salvation. And it was the Executive Branch (Biden) as the face of the panic, scaring people, intimidating people, closing and destroying businesses and stripping people of their ability to make a living, even testing the idea of blocking freedom of movement by private vehicles across state lines for people who did not submit.

      The drug companies were the agents of the disaster, but they acted in accordance with the agendas of the federal government. They were well paid for this, but they didn’t pay to develop the virus, they didn’t control how the country could react to the virus, and they didn’t have the authority to impose the kinds of demands and restrictions the federal government did.

      And it was the federal government that both allowed the untested drugs to be used and provided legal protections for the drug companies for liability for the damages they caused.

      Big Pharma may end up being the scapegoat for this, but the real villain is our own federal government.

      • Cluster December 8, 2022 / 10:57 am

        Agree. And let’s take that a step further … Covid was manufactured to wreak the Trump economy and to remove Trump from office. Trump was on his way to an electoral landslide because of the outstanding economy and excellent foreign policy, and the only way the Democrats could compete was to destroy the economy and make up lies about Trump. And they did all that. Just for power, and money, and control. They are parasites.

  4. Cluster December 8, 2022 / 11:18 am

    One more observation considering that hunting season is now concluding in most parts of the country which saw tens of thousands of men with guns, mostly NRA members, roaming the country side with lots of ammo … and there was not one mass shooting.

  5. Cluster December 8, 2022 / 11:31 am

    So I’m curious if this tax payer money is being used to bolster the pensions of first responders who recently had their pensions stolen by FTX, which used that money to donate heavily to Democrats. Hmmmmmm … I think so

    President Joe Biden on Thursday is announcing the infusion of nearly $36 billion to prevent severe cuts to the retirement incomes of more than 350,000 Teamster workers and retirees across the United States.

    • Amazona December 8, 2022 / 5:43 pm

      Biden needs the Teamsters. Taxpayers, not so much

      Just curious—did Congress debate and vote on this or is it just another of Joe’s arbitrary Oval Office decisions? You know, like vaxx mandates? Or funneling tens of billions of dollars to drug companies while protecting them from liability for their dangerous drugs?

      How much of the damage done by this administration was done after due legislative process and how much from dictatorial assumption of power?

  6. Cluster December 8, 2022 / 12:14 pm

    Jack Dorsey on Twitter Files: “Why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves?”

    Well, why did you censor it in the first place??

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