Open Thread

Supposedly General Miley a little while back advised that Ukraine is as strong as she’s gonna get, is not strong enough to defeat Russia, so it is time for a diplomatic solution. If this story is true, my respect for Miley goes up a notch.

Of late, Zelensky has been talking big not just about pushing Russia out of what they’ve taken in the last year, but out of all Ukrainian territory, including Crimea. Well, hey, if he can do that, more power to him: but I don’t think Ukraine has the sheer power to do that. Absent a complete Russian collapse, the Russians will pretty much hold on to what they’ve got. As I said at the start – Ukraine’s job since 2014 was to build a mobile strike force capable of immediately going on the offense either right at the time the Russians attacked, or just before that. I like to call this The Israeli Option: what to do with enemies who vastly outnumber you and have far greater strategic depth? You attack and turn their dream of marching on Tel Aviv (Kiev) into a nightmare defending Cairo and Damascus (Rostov and Voronezh). Ukraine had plenty of time and plenty of money – and even plenty of factories and material to produce this force with only very limited support from anyone outside Ukraine. They didn’t do it. They decided that bribing foreign pols as a means of securing their support against Russia was a better idea (and this tells you right there that there’s at least a huge part of the Ukrainian population uninterested in fighting for Ukraine – that the Ukrainian government, unlike the Israeli government, could not rely on the population to make the sacrifices in blood and treasure). And, fundamentally, that is why I was against giving aid from the start – if they can’t sacrifice for themselves, why should I sacrifice for them? Now is the time to make peace – before more blood is shed and before the Russians do put forth their full power.

So, now they’re admitting that masks don’t work and there’s a good chance the Chinese flu came from the lab – whether accidentally or intentionally we don’t know, and likely never can know. Just as the repeated assertions of 2020 being clean are our best proof it was dirty, the assertion that Covid didn’t come from the lab was our best proof that it came from the lab. We just know – if we’ve any sense at all – that whatever it is they’re saying is a lie…or if by some miracle the truth, only partial and designed to deflect attention from something else even worse. Why they’re dribbling this out now remains to be seen – but is certainly isn’t to enlighten us. They’re hiding something else.

Supposedly the J6 footage was all turned over to Tucker Carlson and people are starting to wonder when we get to see it. Rely on it, folks: it was given to Carlson to ensure the most Narrative-Destroying parts never see the light of day. I dig that Carlson has a lot of fans and he does, indeed, say some useful things…but he’s MSM. He’s Establishment. He’ll never jeopardize his meal ticket and while his boss is testifying that Trump was lying about 2020 election fraud, you can bet any money that Carlson won’t piss the boss off by showing that J6 was a setup to ensure the truth about 2020 never came out.

Pudding Brain’s illegal order to cancel student debt was heard before the Supreme Court today – it ain’t looking good for Pudding Brain. But there is a very worrisome thing going – all over the Democrats and MSMers (but I repeat myself) was the assertion that the Court should rule in favor of cancellation regardless of what the law says…with an unstated subtext that if the Court doesn’t rule the way the Democrats want, then it is “out of control”…and so in need of being brought under control. We need not say who’s control is needs to be brought under. This is terrible for our system of government – essentially, the Democrats are saying that any Court ruling going against their desires is illegitimate.

Looks like Lori Lightfoot didn’t pass the graft around enough and she didn’t get into the runoff for Chicago Mayor. The winner will be whichever candidate seems most likely to correctly pass around the graft. Lightfoot will, of course, claim that her loss was because of racism, sexism and homophobia. This would mean the Democrat party is packed full of racists, sexists and homophobes.

31 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster March 1, 2023 / 10:09 am

    Why they’re dribbling this out now remains to be seen – but is certainly isn’t to enlighten us. They’re hiding something else.

    I think we all soon will learn that nearly everything we have lived through the last few years has been a lie. Russia collusion, Covid, masks/vaccines, climate change, the 2020 election, Jan. 6, the threat of white supremacy, etc., etc. These are all malicious lies designed to keep power centralized, and it’s all aided and abetted by Americas Ruling Class and the Media. This is a very well entrenched and organized cartel that we are up against, and they have shown us that will lie, cheat, and steal to protect themselves.

    I read that McCarthy won’t let any of the J6 footage leave the building … so Tucker’s staff has restrictive access. So again, they are protecting the FBI … even our guys.

    Still nothing for the blue collar Americans in E. Palestine, OH, but you’ll be happy to know that Biden just funded the pensions for Ukrainian government officials.

    • Amazona March 1, 2023 / 12:19 pm

      I read that McCarthy won’t let any of the J6 footage leave the building

      Essential to protect chain of custody and deflect claims that the footage was edited or altered.

    • jdge1 March 1, 2023 / 1:00 pm

      I think we all soon will learn that nearly everything we have lived through the last few years has been a lie.

      We’ve been lied to for a great deal longer than the past few years. It’s just that they’ve gotten so comfortable with lying, cheating & stealing, they lie about most everything now and they’re spending much less time dreaming up absurd justifications or the cover-up. Most people would find it mind-boggling to realize the extent and destruction of the lies – all of which ultimately come from the great deceiver, whose sole existence is to lie, steal and destroy. If the extent of the lies were expose and those responsible were held accountable, a significant number of individuals in positions of authority, both government and corporate, would be in jail for along time. They stay in power because they’re able to grease the right palms with the same money confiscated from those they work against, and they have a degree of control over any who would expose or prosecute them – media, courts, DA’s & AG’s, congress, etc.

      Even when they’re caught, they often get shielded from prosecution and sentencing. With the ever continuous lies and lack of accountability comes the outgrowth of distrust and breakdown of society. Whether we see a total collapse is dependent largely upon trust being restored, which can only happen when our moral compass is corrected, which can only happen when we return to God. They all go hand-in-hand. You cannot have a righteous society without God.

      • Mark Noonan March 1, 2023 / 9:47 pm

        They did torch the last of their credibility in getting Trump out – only people who regularly watch TV (a sadly still large number) believe them. But I do believe that in doing so they set themselves up for defeat.

        One thing that I’ve heard talked about of late is how in colleges where everyone has to state their pronouns and state they are on “stolen land” before every meeting is starting to irritate lots of the kids…turning otherwise Progressive youth towards the Right. It won’t happen overnight, but the shift may be there. And with DeSantis (and, now, other Red States) starting to take control of the Universities and ending DEI, we’re going to see every kid who just wants to learn try to get into Red State colleges…further creating a youth vote for us. The bottom line is that a lying, discredited Ruling Class is now starting to irritate people who would just roll along if they weren’t being pestered day in and day out.

        And it can’t come too soon – and we have to be ready for it. There’s this video floating around out there where this very pretty young lady is trying desperately to articulate her desire for traditional dating and a relationship. We oldsters really need to key into this: everyone started making fun of her inarticulateness when we should have been gently pushing our way.

        But, man, was she not able to verbalize what she wanted – in fact, she could barely speak English. It was all “like, you know” over and over again…but if you paid attention you could see where she was: a pretty young lady these days gets lots of offers and it is expected among a lot of youth that sex will go with any social interaction. She was frustrated with this…wanting a guy who she could talk to and build a relationship with. In other words, go out on a date like we did decades ago. When we see that we have to jump in and help…not denigrate. Tell her there is another way.

      • jdge1 March 2, 2023 / 8:02 am

        My daughter, who currently lives in Phoenix AZ, tells me it’s near impossible to find a guy with a stable honest job, who’s not into getting drunk for fun, is not into drugs, is not a self-absorbed video game bot, who doesn’t have some expectation of shacking up early in the relationship, who’s looking for a long-term relationship and is generally respectful of other people. Might seem like a lot of expectations but it didn’t use to be. It wouldn’t matter if he was college educated, white collar or blue collar, corporate personnel or self-employed, just that he have desires and put an effort into a future that extended beyond tomorrow. She has an MBA in international business and security, worked in DC with a multitude of dignitaries and head of states, yet is equally comfortable sitting at a scorer’s table for several different sports. She lived abroad for a while and traveled to many countries in 6 continents, has managed large groups of people and projects at work. She’s been involved with numerous organizations including a young adult singles group that puts together a variety of activities including, sports outings, restaurants gatherings, travel events, game nights and similar options. She’s been involved with several charity organizations, and organizations like Toastmasters, enjoys swimming and gym memberships, and other social activities like movies & theater and has tried a few dating apps. Even with a variety of interactions, finding a guy that’s even datable can be rare. So, it’s easy to understand this young lady’s predicament.

        Not very often is there a tv show or big screen movie where casual sex, heavy drinking or drugs, are not on constant display and made to look like a walk on the beach with little or no consequence. Ever wonder why there’s so many women getting abortions? Unless they’re brought up with strong values, a level of self-confidence, and have expectations about their futures, young females (and males for that matter) often feel isolated and lonely.

        On the flip side, I’m quite sure there are a lot of young men who are relentlessly criticized for being men and feel at odds with the feminist culture, blaming men in general for all the world’s problems, especially those affecting women. Finding a young lady who values honesty, ethics, hard work and appreciation can be like walking through a mine field. How do you find a female that is not full of drama, who doesn’t have to be constantly pampered or act superficial, who can think past fashion, jewelry & cosmetics, who wants more to life than surface culture?

        The problem isn’t that these men and women don’t exist, just that they’re becoming a rarer breed with today’s youth being bombarded in so many directions with negative influences that encourages and rewards sub-par performance & effort. Their role models are egotistical, substance abusing movie screen and sports personalities, crooked politicians and corporate leaders. They’re being robbed of a solid education unable to pass even basic proficiencies, unable to think for themselves.

        The answer to these problems is simple. Return to God. It might not seem easy (thought people may surprise themselves), but it is simple. There’s a great battle taking place on both the spiritual and physical realms, where evil is pushing every conceivable means to eliminate belief and salvation in God. It’s has been going on for quite some time but lately has intensified. Anything that relies on, represents or praises God is viewed as something that must be eliminated at all cost. Unfortunately, that is the stance of most leftist politicians and corporate leaders. They want you to view them as your god, paying them homage. It’s a totally unsustainable illusion, but they will try.

      • Cluster March 2, 2023 / 9:27 am

        My daughter, who currently lives in Phoenix AZ, tells me it’s near impossible to find a guy with a stable honest job,

        Maybe if there were more stable honest jobs to be had, and more importantly, maybe if society actually respected young heterosexual men, your daughter and others like her would have more choices. Our society places zero value on white heterosexual men, and even goes as far to shame them, so it’s no surprise that she’s struggling. And more women will continue to struggle if our society continues to marginalize fathers, and women insist on being that career woman who wants to “bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan”. A lot of men just want a lover, companion, and mother to their children, and a lot of women simply believe that that’s not enough.

  2. Cluster March 1, 2023 / 10:17 am

    America really has to stop pretending that Russia is a threat to the worlds democracies. This is again, another lie.

    How did Russia lose HALF of its 45,000 elite paratroopers in just seven months? Chris Pleasance explains how top brass blunders saw thousands of crack soldiers slaughtered… and what that means for the Ukraine war

  3. Cluster March 1, 2023 / 10:41 am

    This Randi Weingarten bitch has done major damage to this country and continues to do so by continuously politicizing education at the peril of students across the country. Randi should focus instead on why her “students” have worthless degrees and worthless educations. Look inwards honey.

    ‘That is NOT fair’: Teachers’ union boss Randi Weingarten has complete meltdown over student debt outside SCOTUS and says challenge to student loan forgiveness ‘really p****s me off’

    • Amazona March 1, 2023 / 12:23 pm

      When is Randi not pissed off? She, like so many (all?) other Lefties, is in a constant state of outrage and pissed-offedness.

      It’s kind of a chicken/egg conundrum: Do perennially hostile and dissatisfied people gravitate toward the nihilism of the Left, or does immersing oneself in the negativity of Leftism poison the mind and turn people into smug obnoxious AHs always looking for a fight?

      Not that it matters. What matters is that we can’t pay any attention to anything any of them is howling about because it is always based on personal pathology

      • jdge1 March 1, 2023 / 1:12 pm

        With anger and hate comes a certain kind of power. We’ve all seen it many times in our lives. Those who manifest it are generally too lazy and/or corrupt to address issues in an honest and respectable manner. To do that would require telling the (whole) truth, something they are oblivious to or abhor when they know it.

      • Cluster March 1, 2023 / 3:28 pm

        They have become consumed with hate because they have eschewed God. The following comment is from Democrat Steve Cohen

        “I just wondered when God decided to give women the right to vote and why God didn’t decide to give women the right to vote back in the 1700s. The Constitution was drawn up in the 1780s. I can’t believe God would say “no, women shouldn’t have the right to vote.”

        And when God decided slavery would be illegal. God was okay with slavery until we have a war where millions of people were killed and then God changed his mind? That’s hard to fathom.

        When one lives in a fantasy world and believes that they are God, and can change the climate, can change their gender, and alter the preordained natural order, there will always be chaos, conflict, and anger.

      • Amazona March 2, 2023 / 12:04 pm

        One might think that perhaps every state Dem party organization would instruct its members to please please PLEASE stop illustrating total ignorance of the Constitution.

        (1) The Constitution doesn’t say a word about women not being able to vote. (We went through this with Casper a few years ago, when he explained that anyone who believes in the Constitution as it was written then believes that women should not be allowed to vote and we should reinstitute slavery. Back to my chicken/egg question….)

        (2) When God gave us free will, He gave us the ability to sin and make very very bad decisions, like slavery. He also gave us the ability to correct this by starting the Republican Party to end slavery. Sadly, millions still exercise the freedom to be stupid by supporting the party of slavery, the party that fought the Civil Rights Act before laying claim to it.

  4. jdge1 March 2, 2023 / 9:32 am

    Fla. Republicans Aim to ‘Cancel’ State Democrat Party for Slavery Ties

    Here’s a new approach to put the democrat party in the cross hairs and hang one of history’s sordid deeds around their necks. Sure feels different going on the offense instead of always being reactive to leftist charges.

    The state’s Division of Elections would have to “immediately cancel” the filings of any political party whose platform had “previously advocated for, or been in support of, slavery or involuntary servitude,” according to “The Ultimate Cancel Act,” which state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia introduced on Tuesday.

    • Amazona March 2, 2023 / 11:57 am

      That is so funny. Of course the spin the Left will put on it will be all anti-DeSantis, ignoring the fact that for Dems to even respond will be to admit their party is and always has been the party of slavery.

      It’s a brilliant gotcha

  5. Cluster March 2, 2023 / 9:54 am

    Imagine having a President who opens the borders and allows lethal drugs to flow freely into the country killing tens of thousands of young Americans, and then laughs when he’s asked if he has any accountability. Imagine that. Well that’s the guy Forty, Fielding, and Casper voted for. That’s who they want as President, and they too need to be held accountable, and reminded everyday who they voted for ….

    Rebecca Kiessling’s sons Caleb and Kyler died in 2020 before Biden took office after taking what they thought were pain killers, but that were laced with fentanyl. Kiessling testified before Congress earlier this week at a hearing on the escalating fentanyl crisis. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted a clip of her emotional testimony and slammed Biden for ‘doing nothing’ to stop the drug crisis. A segment showing Biden laughing has infuriated Kiessling. She says the president’s reaction to the double-tragedy her family has faced was ‘despicable’.

    What a complete piece of shit he is ….

  6. Cluster March 2, 2023 / 11:56 am

    The little warmongering white nationalist man in Ukraine not only wants your money, but now wants your son and daughter to die for him. Forty, are you packing your bags to go fight the war you started???

    “The US will have to send their sons and daughters exactly the same way as we are sending our sons and daughters to war… because it’s NATO that we’re talking about, and they will be dying.”

    • Amazona March 2, 2023 / 12:08 pm

      Zelensky didn’t start the war. The United States enabled it by funding it, indirectly, through its double whammy of making the U.S. once again dependent on foreign oil and then sending billions of dollars to the formerly struggling and nearly bankrupt Russia so it could afford to attack Ukraine. (While pretending that Trump is Putin’s favorite U.S. president.)

  7. Amazona March 2, 2023 / 12:36 pm

    Byron York asked, regarding Trump’s latest attack on Ron DeSantis (in a tweet that is so unhinged, with its capital letter hysteria, it is rather alarming): “…why trash those Republicans who stuck their necks out to advocate reform in the past?”

    Guy Benson answers: To answer York’s last question, it’s because Trump is willing to use absolutely anything to bludgeon someone he views as a threat, and he doesn’t care if he’s seizing on a left-wing hatchet job to do it. It’s not about policy or ideas. It’s about Trump. That’s the reality. Some people see this as a positive feature of his ruthless ambition. Others see it as an ugly and unfair low-blow that only helps the Left amplify its reckless lies.

    As Trump is savaging, or trying to savage, DeSantis while (to borrow a new meme) telling us why we should not vote for him without telling us why we should not vote for him, I am going to copy an entire statement by DeSantis, instead of linking to it, because I think it is a perfect example of articulate, precise and focused thinking as well as an example of how Republicans should not only act but explain our actions.

    Disney’s special arrangement, which dates to 1967, was an indefensible example of corporate welfare. It provided the company with favorable tax treatment, including the ability to assess its own property valuations and to enjoy the benefits of regional infrastructure improvements without paying taxes toward the projects. It exempted Disney from Florida’s building and fire-prevention codes. It even allowed Disney to build a nuclear power plant and to use eminent domain to seize private property outside the district’s boundaries. While special districts are common in Florida, Disney’s deal was conspicuous in the massive benefits it conferred. Disney’s self-governing status endured because the company’s unrivaled political power in Florida made its arrangement virtually untouchable. For more than 50 years, the state of Florida put Disney on a pedestal. That all changed last year, when left-wing activists working at the company’s headquarters in Burbank, Calif., pressured Disney to oppose Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act. The legislation bans classroom instruction on sexuality and gender ideology in kindergarten through third grade and requires that sex instruction in other grades be age-appropriate. Disney executives were seen on videos boasting about the company’s plans to inject sexuality into its programming for children…

    …The regrettable upshot of the woke ascendancy is that publicly traded corporations have become combatants in battles over American politics and culture, almost invariably siding with leftist causes…In this environment, old-guard corporate Republicanism isn’t up to the task at hand. For decades, GOP elected officials have campaigned on free-market principles but governed as corporatists—supporting subsidies, tax breaks and legislative carve-outs to confer special benefits on entrenched corporate interests. But policies that benefit corporate America don’t necessarily serve the interests of America’s people and economy. When corporations try to use their economic power to advance a woke agenda, they become political, and not merely economic, actors. In such an environment, reflexively deferring to big business effectively surrenders the political battlefield to the militant left. Having private companies wield de facto public power isn’t in the best interests of most Americans. Woke ideology is a form of cultural Marxism. Leaders must stand up and fight back when big corporations make the mistake, as Disney did, of using their economic might to advance a political agenda. We are making Florida the state where the economy flourishes because we are the state where woke goes to die.

    When corporations try to use their economic power to advance a woke agenda, they become political, and not merely economic, actors. In such an environment, reflexively deferring to big business effectively surrenders the political battlefield to the militant left. Just one of many succinct and important points he made, in a statement that is a stark contrast to Trump’s increasingly incoherent and frantic poo-throwing.

    we are the state where woke goes to die ought to be a bumper sticker down here, and an example for every other state as well.

    • Retired Spook March 2, 2023 / 2:23 pm

      Just one of many succinct and important points he made, in a statement that is a stark contrast to Trump’s increasingly incoherent and frantic poo-throwing.

      The really sad thing is that I’ll bet Trump agrees with DeSantis’ stance; he just doesn’t seem to be capable of articulating it.

      • Cluster March 2, 2023 / 2:42 pm

        We need youth. I would love to see Trump as a DeSantis advisor.

      • Amazona March 2, 2023 / 3:46 pm

        Yes—if Trump could tolerate not being in charge. And advisors have to be able to live with having their advice ignored or modified—not seeing Trump strengths here.

      • Amazona March 2, 2023 / 4:30 pm

        He not only can’t articulate it, he attacks the guy who can

  8. Amazona March 3, 2023 / 9:36 am

    You all might remember me talking about my friend Harriet Hageman starting when she decided to run against Liz Cheney for the Wyoming House seat. And, as we also remember, she spanked Liz so badly she is still whimpering.

    Harriet has a great article today on TownHall.

    • Cluster March 3, 2023 / 1:35 pm

      That was a really good article. I think a lot of Americans are realizing that Democrat policies soon become a clear and present danger to their life and lifestyle, and as evidenced by Chicago, are beginning to reject those policies en masse.

      • Amazona March 4, 2023 / 11:07 am

        We’ll see just how far these policies are being rejected. If Chicago steps away from Identity Politics and Leftist propaganda and votes for a rational approach to dealing with crime in the city I’ll be convinced. For now, I expect a Lightfoot replacement to be very much like her, racially and philosophically, probably just less obnoxious about it.

    • Mark Noonan March 3, 2023 / 10:24 pm

      It is things like this which want me to put Progressives in work camps – not to actually punish them, but to get them to know how the real world works. I don’t want them to suffer…I just want them to be able to chop wood, fix a tire, paint a room…so normal, human things so they’ll eventually realize that people have to live.

  9. Retired Spook March 3, 2023 / 5:46 pm

    Robert Malone has a dynamite post today.

    • Amazona March 4, 2023 / 11:05 am

      It’s fascinating, and scary, but so full of technospeak it can be hard wading through some of it.

      Seriously—-“deattenuate”? I had to look that up. To attenuate is to lessen, so I guess “deattenuate” means to …”unlessen”? Does that mean increase or just stop reducing? Either way, it’s significant but I think I might need a medical research dictionary for that one.

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