Open Thread

Thinking about it, the best outcome of the Ukraine war is a swift Russian victory. Ukrainian victory would only mean yet another open-ended American commitment to defend an European nation against an increasingly hostile Russia driven closer to alliance with a China which poses the only strategic threat the United States faces.

It must be emphasized that Russia is in no way, shape or form similar to the threat posed by Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Hitler’s ideology required war to expand German territory into non-German territories to enslave/exterminate the local population so that Germans could move in. Putin holds to no such ideology and it is obvious that all he is attempting to gain is formerly Russian-ruled territories in order to revive Russia’s Great Power status. This is a fool’s errand on Putin’s part, but it does not amount to a threat to American interests.

More and more prison systems are transferring female-identifying male prisoners to the female prisons. This is having the obvious result. It is almost a certainty that every male prisoner who identifies as female is doing it just to get into the female prison either for the opportunity for sex or because the regime is likely lighter than in the male prisons. We’re allowing woman to be raped and abused in order to conform to insane, ideological demands. And, yes, we do bear the moral responsibility here – when we imprison a person we take over the job of keeping them safe from harm as far as practical. To put men in with women – and some of these men were convicted of sex crimes against women – is objectively evil.

People are hanging on to their gasoline cars. My Saturn was built in 2004. I will not let it go. EV’s are not just inefficient, but they are too connected to the internet of things.

49 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster January 30, 2023 / 5:41 pm

    So I’m beginning to think the NWO agenda includes invoking the Peter Principle on a mass scale ie; elevating people into positions they will most certainly fail at, think: Harris, Buttigieg, Jean-Pierre, and hell for that matter Joe Biden. But here’s another good example, the Mayor of New Orleans. After having affairs, flying first class, and demoralizing her local police, crime is out of control and she has no clue what to do. Or maybe the plan is to federalize local police forces … hell it’s hard to keep up anymore

    • Amazona January 30, 2023 / 7:27 pm

      The thing is, the Peter Principle is about someone being elevated to one level above his competence level. We are dealing with people whose competence levels are so far in their rear-view mirrors they can barely be seen—if they were ever legitimate at all.

    • Mark Noonan January 30, 2023 / 10:58 pm

      It is hard to tell – looking her up, she’s a pretty conventional Democrat – went to college to get an easy degree and then moved into various government and quasi-government entities where there is no need to produce results…after a while, she was settled on as a political candidate probably precisely because she is entirely mindless and does as she’s told. Her big achievements are a ban on indoor smoking in New Orleans and the formation of a “human rights commission” to pester anyone the race- and gender-hustlers want to squeeze. She managed to get the Democrat governor of Louisiana to sign off (big surprise!) on what amounts to a slush fund…bags of tax dollars she’ll get to dole out to cronies. I doubt the recall effort will work – little chance that a system as corrupt as New Orleans’ would allow a real challenge.

  2. Amazona January 30, 2023 / 7:28 pm

    Speaking of Harris, she’s been ‘splaining stuff again.

    Small business owners “span the generations in addition to being intergenerational.”

  3. Amazona January 30, 2023 / 7:35 pm

    We’re almost at the end of the month but there is still time for me to submit my entry for Low-T Person of the Month.

    • Cluster January 30, 2023 / 8:44 pm

      LOL !! “I almost gone run over” Almost??? Dude where’s your commitment?

      • Amazona January 30, 2023 / 11:21 pm

        They were just so AMAZED that no one paid any attention to them! Again, a bunch of former Participation Trophy kids, bumping up against facts in the Real World.

  4. Jeremiah January 30, 2023 / 8:31 pm

    I don’t think we should be wishing Russia well for anything. If anything, we should be wishing for their demise, along with China, and all lefties.

    • Mark Noonan January 30, 2023 / 10:46 pm

      Just look at a map and consider what would be best for us if China were to make a move against South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam or Japan – having a hostile Russia not only means that China need not worry about their northern flank, but that Russia could simultaneously stir up trouble in Europe for us. Meanwhile, a Russia allied with the USA (in combination with India) means there will never be a Sino-USA war. Ever.

      In the end, making nice with Russia – including having over the Donbas (which is 80% ethnic Russian) – might be the difference between peace and 100 million dead in war. And a war we may very well lose right now given our physical weakness and divided population.

      • Jeremiah January 30, 2023 / 11:07 pm

        That might all be true and well, Mark. On the other hand, I really don’t like the prospects of being allied with a communist country, that is the same trouble we’re in with China, by buying their garbage for years now, and thy’ll practically own us with the way they’re buying up land and producing for themselves.

        It’s the wolf in sheeps clothing dilemma, ally with russia and you invite the enemy in the back door. They could bring their ships to california and bomb the heck out of us. It’s just not a good trade off, at least i don’t think it is, but then again i’m no war strategist.

        If all the people around the world would gang up on China and Russia i know they could be defeated within less than 6 months, maybe even less than that.

        At any rate, i’ll tell you that Putin is one evil dude. The things he’s done to his own people, is utterly Satanic, he and a lot of other crackhead communists need taken out. For the good of the world.

      • Mark Noonan January 31, 2023 / 4:53 pm

        But all the people won’t – we’re getting backs to the wall here and there is a high likelihood that we will lose a war with China…and I’m talking “Lose” as in the sense that we are forced to capitulate and surrender territory.

        We don’t need a fight with Russia – we need Russia on our side.

      • Amazona February 1, 2023 / 2:11 pm

        Buy a game called Risk and set up some game nights. It won’t take long to see the need to establish alliances even with nations that have been your enemies and might even be your enemies in the future.

      • Cluster January 31, 2023 / 9:17 am

        Ukraine is a fascist country, led by an authoritarian who has shut down all opposition media. Ukraine is also an ATM machine for Americas ruling class, so it’s corrupt as hell and there is no reason why we should defend this country. If Putin doesn’t end this war, it will go on for years, because that’s what America wants.

  5. Cluster January 31, 2023 / 9:21 am

    MSNBC is getting the jump on demonizing the 2024 GOP candidate field this morning. They really do have the country’s best interests at heart don’t they?? And I have to think that MSNBC goes out of there way to hire the most unattractive, emotionally challenged pundits they can find. And they have succeeded.

    • Cluster January 31, 2023 / 3:29 pm

      Just absolutely no sense of sarcasm or ridicule … because your WOKE emotions are that of a ten year old. This is why people like you should not be allowed to live in a free country. You’re emotionally incapable of it, but I’m glad to know that I pissed you off. That makes my day

    • Cluster January 31, 2023 / 4:08 pm

      Oh and castration takes the balls off, not the dick. Just FYI

    • Cluster January 31, 2023 / 4:43 pm

      That wasn’t sarcasm honey on your part. That was anger. And you didn’t even know what castration is … hilarious

  6. Cluster January 31, 2023 / 1:19 pm

    This is why we need to abandon Ukraine and let Putin have it

    Ukrainian President Zelensky ordered government officials to destroy all information on Hunter Biden’s Metabiota Company on the same day Russia invaded the country.

    We spilling American blood and treasure to defend a complete piece of shit who constantly lectures us … no thanks

    • Amazona February 1, 2023 / 11:36 am

      If this is true then it is just another Biden corruption issue running parallel to his Covid “vaccine” scam. And if it is true then every penny sent to Ukraine in any form was a payback for trying to cover for the Bidens.

      • Cluster February 1, 2023 / 2:43 pm

        Exactly. The Biden crime family has been milking Ukraine for years and the bio labs in Ukraine were up to some really shady shit, all funded by Rosemont and the DOD. The corruption is deep and to this day, Tony Bobulinski has not heard from the DOJ.

  7. Cluster January 31, 2023 / 1:24 pm

    I just can’t imagine what happened here. Does anyone have any idea what may have caused this condition is such a young and health minded woman?? It’s a mystery.

    According to Vossoughian, she was diagnosed with pericarditis which was allegedly caused by a common cold.

    “I was diagnosed with pericarditis, inflammation of the lining of my heart brought on by a virus, a literal common cold,” she said. “I also had fluid around my heart that had to be drained, or else it could hinder the beating of my heart.”

    She was hospitalized for four nights before she was discharged.

    However, she was readmitted to the hospital with myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) three days later after she had what she described as a “flutter in my heart like a butterfly” and stayed there for another five nights while undergoing a “battery” of tests before being released.

    “I want to remind you I run 7 miles three to four times a week. I do yoga. I don’t eat meat. I don’t smoke. I drink occasionally. Aside from probably not getting enough sleep and working too much, I’m a pretty healthy person,” she said.

  8. Cluster January 31, 2023 / 4:07 pm

    When does the Inflation Reduction Act kick in??

    • Cluster January 31, 2023 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you Cap. Your establishment knee pads are firmly in place. Meanwhile, people are still making choices whether to pay the rent or heat their home or eat. That’s the America you voted for.

    • Mark Noonan January 31, 2023 / 4:51 pm

      You do realize that 6.5% is catastrophically bad and that prices in some areas are already starting to rise, right?

    • Cluster January 31, 2023 / 6:03 pm

      Considering that most of inflation was caused by corporate price gouging to begin with

      They never price gouged under Trump, but Biden is too stupid to stop that right? And the Fed is raising the rate another .25 next week. And wait until demand picks up for gas as the weather warms. You get schooled every time you’re here.

  9. Cluster January 31, 2023 / 6:04 pm

    I recently read that Don Jr. profited from some classified information that his Dad gave him.

  10. Cluster January 31, 2023 / 6:05 pm

    Casper and Forty, do you realize that the Mexican Cartels are making billions off of your ignorance and moral preening?

    • Cluster January 31, 2023 / 9:49 pm

      In 2019, human and drug trafficking at the southern border were at historic lows so yes, that is on me

    • Mark Noonan January 31, 2023 / 10:17 pm

      Its hard to find exact apples to apples number comparisons but from what I have been able to find, in the year ending March, 2020, 639 pounds of fentanyl were seized at the border. According to this news report, 9,400 pounds were seized between October and December of 2022. Thats a 241% increase over the same time frame in 2021. So, maybe we can’t prove that under Trump it was at record lows…but we can be pretty confident that under Pudding Brain – your f***ing hero – they are at staggering record highs.

      To help you with your math – that’s going from 50 pounds a month under Trump to 3,000 pounds a month under Pudding Brain. SIXTY TIMES MORE.

      And any drug agent will tell you, what they catch isn’t even close to what is getting in.

  11. Mark Noonan February 1, 2023 / 4:37 am

    No, Casper, it does not mean that: it means massively more is flooding across, and at such a rapid clip that the Cartels are ok with a 9,400 pound loss because so much more is getting in.

    Most illegal drugs cross into the USA via land and at legitimate border crossings – one estimate I’ve seen is that 98% of illegal drugs shipped across our land border go via legal ports of entry. As I’ve noted before in the past, the sheer volume of drugs – it is a staggering amount in terms of pounds of material – can only come across via the active cooperation of officials on the American side of the border…but when you flip the switch to overdrive – as Biden did with his immediate open borders policy 1/20/21 – you start to get so much that even a corrupted police agency can’t miss it all. Plus, to keep the heat off, the Cartels will allow some shipments to get caught…and while DEA is taking pictures of the 500 pounds seized on Monday, the Cartels send 1,000 pounds on Tuesday.

    Do keep in mind that about 68,000 Americans died just of fentanyl overdose in 2022. About 45,000 died in those gun incidents you liberals use as justification for violating the rights of law abiding Americans…so, you’re supposed to care more about the illegal drugs than you are about the guns, but we all know you don’t give a darn about any of the deaths…it is all just political football and if Death A helps your Narrative you’ll prattle on about it but if Death B (even if its 35% more dead) doesn’t help your Narrative, you’ll damned well pretend it didn’t happen.

  12. Cluster February 1, 2023 / 8:46 am

    I live less than 200 miles from the border. I have friends in both the border guard and Pinal County Sheriff’s dept. I don’t need manipulated government stats. I have first hand accounts. I have a better grasp of what’s going than any of you and certainly more than Biden or Mayorkas. So GTFOH

  13. Cluster February 1, 2023 / 8:55 am

    Remember when everyone including Casper, Forty and Fielding were all up in arms over the Trump’s phone call to Ukraine? They even impeached him over it. Well now we have proof that Joe Biden gave classified material to Hunter Biden which he sold for profit and even gave the Big Guy his cut, and the silence is deafening. Not one word.

    There’s zero reason to consider any Democrat as a decent person. There’s no reason to respond to anything they say, and every reason to simply impose our will. I want a candidate that will call them out for who they are, and what they have done.

  14. Cluster February 1, 2023 / 10:26 am

    The death of Tyre is not exposing police brutality. It’s exposing the increasingly toxic black culture in America … but that won’t stop Democrats and Al Sharpton from using Tyre as a political club to further their agenda. That’s who they are.

    • Mark Noonan February 1, 2023 / 12:49 pm

      Oh, heck no – come on! “There is no evidence” is cop-speak for “we don’t think you can prove it”. That statement pretty much confirms to me that they were gang members…because if they weren’t it would be “the former officers in question were not gang members”.

      • Amazona February 1, 2023 / 1:56 pm

        Every time someone coyly says “prove it!” you know you’ve made your point.

  15. Amazona February 1, 2023 / 11:33 am

    I was dreading this: Nikki Haley just declared that she is running for the presidency in 2024. I didn’t dread it because she is a weak candidate, but because of my belief that she is not a Natural
    Born Citizen.

    Once again, we let this lie until it pops up again in the context of a campaign. We should be dealing with it preemptively, to get it resolved.. She declared early enough to make it possible for someone to try to address it, but it’s such an easy thing to just dismiss without doing any research into the contemporaneous meanings of the term back when it was made part of the Constitution. It was a very big deal then, and I contend that it is even more so now, with the flood of anchor babies and the need to challenge the current understanding of the 14th Amendment as well.

    It is my belief that she, and Marco Rubio, are both disqualified as candidates for the presidency because their citizenship is based purely on their place of birth and not on heritage.

    • Mark Noonan February 1, 2023 / 12:46 pm

      Nobody will touch it because she’s a female candidate.

      • Amazona February 1, 2023 / 2:07 pm

        Too bad. We are facing a decade crammed with anchor babies who have technical citizenship based on erroneous application of the 14th Amendment and based on the sloppy way we now approach presidential eligibility any one of these people, with a heritage and loyalty to a nation that is not our friend, could be elected president.

        Our border is not the only place we are shamefully lax in our attitude toward citizenship. Back in the runup to the first Obama campaign I was curious about his dual citizenship and ability, at the age of 21, to travel to a nation our State Department had put off limits, and without a record of a US passport. I learned that at that time (1) dual citizenship was not allowed: (2) when a child had been declared a citizen of the US and another nation by its parents, he or she had to decide at the age of 18 which citizenship to retain: (3) THERE IS NO FORMAL PROCESS FOR DECLARING THE CHOICE TO RETAIN THE US CITIZENSHIP.

        We had a series of laws that seemed fairly coherent, dealing with dual citizenship and the issue of a child having been declared a citizen of more than one nation by its parents. We had a law saying that there was a solution to this. And then—–nothing. There was no record of Obama renouncing his Indonesian citizenship and retaining the American one, because there was no formal process for doing so. Nope. Not even a choice of which box to check.

        We treat citizenship of this nation so casually. Some want to hand out citizenship to people who come here illegally. Some refuse to look at the true meaning of the wording of the 14th Amendment and are happy with the whole Anchor Baby mess. And some are quite happy to have unqualified people run for, and even be elected to, our presidency.

      • Retired Spook February 1, 2023 / 4:29 pm

        Is it the whole Constitution you think is nonsense, or just this part?

      • Retired Spook February 1, 2023 / 6:45 pm

        It needs to be litigated, if for no other reason than to settle it once and for all.

      • Mark Noonan February 1, 2023 / 7:35 pm

        Yep – and we need to really nail down citizenship altogether. I’d define it via Amendment to “All persons born to an American citizen, resident in the United States and having never served a foreign power are citizens of the United States.” You have to be born of one of us, you have to live here and you can’t have ever sworn any sort of an oath to a foreign power. It also ends the absurdity of “birthright citizenship” where if mom manages to get across the border before you pop out, you’re a citizen. When the 14th was written, traveling to the USA was a weeks or months long operation and hardly ever would a pregnant woman undertake that trip. Modern realities being what they are, we do need a fix.

        But I’d also make an additional step: when a person born of a citizen and living in the USA reaches their majority (currently 18, though I’d change that to 21) they are required to swear a legally binding oath to the United States and the Constitution; that they will defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and if it is ever proved in Court that they spoke or acted to overthrow the Constitution, they are stripped of citizenship and exiled. IF they won’t swear, then they become Stateless persons still permitted to reside in the USA but unable to vote or old any office of profit or trust, and they can be exiled if ever convicted of a crime.

        It is time, in my view, to make American citizenship something which comes with clear obligations – to make it a precious franchise that people will respect.

      • Amazona February 1, 2023 / 7:56 pm

        I like your idea, though “resident in the United States” might be a problem. I think being born to a citizen should do the job, as people travel, work overseas, are in the military, etc.

        The 14th Amendment covers people who are under no other legal jurisdiction. It applied to slaves, but does not apply to people who are citizens of another country, because that means they are under the jurisdiction of that country.

      • Mark Noonan February 1, 2023 / 7:40 pm

        Nothing is ever final. There is no last word in government.

        I happen to think that Barry meets the test based on his mother being American…but there is the wonder about whether or not his particular early circumstances meets the requirement of citizenship. To me, it need to be clarified; and by amendment.

      • Amazona February 1, 2023 / 7:53 pm

        I think Barry met the test. His mother was 18 when he was born and had spent the requisite amount of time in the US prior to his birth. According to the law, she conveyed full citizenship to him by birth to a citizen, which is the basic requirement for Natural Born Citizen. The meaning of Natural Born Citizen when that phrase was put in the Constitution was of a person whose father was a citizen at the time the candidate was born. That was changed a few decades ago to be father or mother, which I think is fair. The idea was that a man (as at the time any president was assumed to be a man) would have his allegiance strongly influenced if not dictated by that of his father, so the Founders wanted a president whose father had allegiance to the United States.

        Even though Barack technically qualified by being born to a citizen, I think we saw the wisdom in wanting a president whose father had loyalty to this country, after going though 8 years of a president whose father hated this nation.

        What finally sank in after all the hysteria settled down is that he knew this all along, his people knew this all along, and they strung us out dragging one fake issue after another, keeping the hysteria level high. To this day people condemn the Right for “birtherism” but all we did was follow the clues they left us.

    • Amazona February 1, 2023 / 1:54 pm

      Speaking of the upcoming campaign—–Trump needs to STFU. His schtick about insulting other candidates is way too old and tiresome, especially when they are Republican candidates. Every time he slams DeSantis he erodes some of my support for him, and going after others won’t be much better.

      • jdge1 February 2, 2023 / 11:47 am

        Having the media denigrate conservatives, republicans and people trying to live by their faith is expected and many see through the nonsense. Having a republican leader attack another conservative or republican without good cause, simply to score some perceived gotcha points, to attack in an attempt to eliminate potential competition, to air personal squabbles, to create personal gain,… is destructive to party in general and unnecessarily gives the enemy ammunition to use against us. When Trump first came into the political scene, there was some acceptance of these antics as it showed his willingness to fight and challenge status quo. That no one questions his willingness to fight, he should put his energies in places that make a difference and stand on his strengths instead of destroying himself and those on this side of the isle.

        Trump creates problems for himself (blunders) that an astute person wouldn’t.
        1.) Creates enemies out of people who typically are or could be allies,
        2.) Continued support for the covid jab that has shown itself to be VERY harmful,
        3.) Targeted the pro-life industry for poor election results.

        Most on the right understand the many good things Trump has done while in office. If you were successful in your decisions & accomplishments, getting reelected should be easier that getting elected. Given the slavish devotion the left has in damaging Trump, this has proven more difficult than typical. Still, a smart politician would tout his / her accomplishments and challenge the lies & accusations in a way that makes those who push them look like idiots. DeSantis is showing his intelligence to stay out of the mud and stand on results of his decisions.

        Trump needs to learn the rule of holes that Spook has mentioned here several times before.

  16. Cluster February 1, 2023 / 4:23 pm

    Wouldn’t February be a good month to start celebrating Hispanic history?

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