Open Thread

Senator Kennedy asked a Biden judicial nominee a pretty basic legal question (the sort you’d expect to be learned in pre-law) and the nominee had no idea what Kennedy was asking about. A lot of people are all, “what in heck are they teaching?” about it…but all with the assumption that law schools are still, well, law schools.

Now, to be fair, I have been set a little bit straight by a Twitter friend who stoutly asserts that in the law schools there are professors who vigorously teach law even if they, themselves, are far Left nutjobs. I trust the guy who told me this so I have to assume a blanket assertion I made on Twitter wasn’t true – that being that they don’t teach law, at all, in law school. So, I take my correction: they still do teach some law. That said, as we can see from this Biden nominee, they don’t teach much law…and I still vigorously assert that there is a negative selection in people brought into the government to ensure against any possibility of a real lawyer being appointed to a senior law enforcement or judicial position.

There are two factors as work here. The first is the need for “diversity”. The race hustlers are insisting that we have vast numbers of non-male, non-white lawyers. Whether or not there is a sufficiently large pool of such is irrelevant and I’m certain that its racist to even ask. They are going to get their diversity, folks: that is baked in. And not just diversity in admission, but diversity in result. No law school out there is going to have their graduating class be less than, say, 20 percent black…and if this means they have to graduate people who aren’t capable, they’ll do it. And, yes, I’m quite confident that when it comes to grading bar exams, the people doing so are also going to make certain that the “right” percentage of each diversity quota makes it (anyways, I understand from a lawyer friend that the bar has never been a straight up pass or fail: there has always been a little fudging in deciding just what constitutes passing and failing: easy, then, to rig the system to get the result you want). So, what we’ve got is a built in system which will ensure that a certain percentage of people will have no business at all being lawyers, but lawyers they shall be.

And that brings us to the second factor: the need for certainty. This is something which stems from Leninist legal practice – and it would amaze even many Conservatives to find out how much of Progressive legal and social policy is based on Leninism. It really has taken over the Left in the United States. Took decades to get it done, but it has been accomplished. In this instance, Leninist legal principle is that there is no “both sides” in the law – the law is to advance the cause or it isn’t law. In Lenin’s parlance it would be to advance the cause of the Working Class…but our modern Leninists don’t really like workers (Lenin didn’t either, of course) and so the cause now is the Victim…the racial, sexual, gender, what have you victim of the Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Imperialist, Genocidal AmeriKKKa. The law is to advance the cause of the Victim or it isn’t law. Whatever happens, the designated victim must prevail in court – and as the victim is always pre-determined by the DNC Narrative of the moment, the Progressive lawyers and judges know how to rule. This is why law isn’t really taught, or at least isn’t taught to those being groomed for senior judicial positions: the Left needs certainty. The absolute assurance that when their legal cases are brought forth, everyone involved will follow the Party Line on who is the Victim. Can’t get that out of anyone who really knows the law or has an ounce of self respect: you can only get certainty out of mindless, Party hacks. And, so, that is what we get…and so Biden’s nominee who doesn’t know a basic aspect of law. But he’ll be confirmed and for decades he’ll be ruling however the Progressives tell him to.

As of this moment, nobody has a clue about Trump’s indictment. Which shows, if nothing else has, how flimsy it all is. As I said a long while ago: if Trump had really broken any law, they could have got him on it long ago. Say whatever you want about the man, but he keeps his legal affairs in order. And as I also observed, this makes sense: working the New York real estate market is a minefield of legal hazard and anyone who is successful at it gets first rate legal advice on just what can and can’t be done within the law. Trump’s been at this for decades…I’ll bet he’s one of the few rich people in the world who can stand up to legal scrutiny.

Uganda voted to ban homosexuality. The Left is still trying to figure out what to do about a bunch of black people who are victims of colonialism not going along with white Progressives. Of course the Left wants to hammer them over this – and the Left is also chock full of neo-imperialists trying to impose Western morals on Africa – but this was a democratic vote in the Ugandan parliament…they’re going to have a rough time with this one.

I’m just going to laugh about it, myself.

Mexico’s President condemns Biden and the USA on human rights grounds – including pointing out how wrong it is for the Democrats to seek the indictment of their political opponent. He’s right. And we look absurd. It is a moment of national humiliation that I’m not only lectured to by the President of Mexico, but I can’t punch back because I have no grounds.

DeSantis after a very good run has now backtracked on Ukraine and is taking a more neo-con line. To me, this is an unforced error for RDS – the base is pacifist and, also, this is the Democrat’s war and they are going to lose it. All GOPers should stay the heck away so that when this blows up, it blows up only in Democrat faces. The last thing we need is for the GOP to take ownership of this war…especially as the moment we do, the Democrats will go back to being anti-war, accusing us of war crimes and they’ll suddenly discover that their darling Zelensky is a corrupt thug. I hope that RDS backtracks on his backtrack.

88 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook March 23, 2023 / 9:15 am

    I know what a Brady violation or Brady motion is, and I’ve NEVER BEEN to law school; and no, I didn’t have to Google it. In light of all the exculpatory evidence that had come to light that the Leftists have hidden in pursuit of January 6th defendants, Brady violations are mentioned on the news every day.

    I disagree on DeSantis’ backtrack on calling Ukraine a territorial dispute. I thought it was an unforced error to call it that in the first place. You can say the U.S. has no compelling national security interest in Ukraine without minimizing the heinous nature of what Russia has done to the Ukrainian people .

  2. Cluster March 23, 2023 / 9:42 am

    The race hustlers are insisting that we have vast numbers of non-male, non-white lawyers.

    That’s true in every industry. Yesterday in local news here, they were celebrating a small fire dept. in Mesa that is now ….. all female. And just judging from the pictures in the report, many of the new “firefighters” are not exactly muscular, or how shall I say, not the most “in shape” fire crew I’ve seen. So when that building is burning down and people are trapped inside, we can all celebrate diversity.

    Russia and China now dominate the world and will start opening up new trade relations with other countries and using Chinese currency to do their bidding. In other words, The United States is now weaker, isolated and now the laughing stock of the world. Thanks Biden

    RDS backtracking? Or more appropriately, clarifying. But this is what worries me with RDS. He was obviously told by someone that his initial response of a territorial dispute was not acceptable, so he changed his statement to comport with the narrative. He was right the first time. This is a territorial dispute that has been going on for a decade or more. It only became a full blown war when the United States got involved. There are many reports that the people who live in the eastern Donbas regions WANT to be Russian and don’t want to be governed by Zelensky. And this dovetails with the Uganda issue. Why can’t the United States allow other countries to live the way they want to live?? If the United States had not gotten involved, This dispute would have been over in a month or two, the people in the Donbas region would align with the country of their choosing, and many lives would have been saved. But no. The Pentagon needed a new war.

    • Retired Spook March 23, 2023 / 10:05 am

      OK, now I need to clarify. I don’t disagree that Ukraine is a territorial dispute, but it’s much more than that. You don’t level a whole country over disputed territory.

      But no. The Pentagon needed a new war.

      On that I agree 100%.

  3. Cluster March 23, 2023 / 10:03 am

    What a ridiculous comparison

    DeSantis says Trump should’ve given up power like George Washington after election loss and January 6: Florida Gov. takes a dig at rival for trying to overturn election instead of acting like a Founding Father

    Trump never tried to “overturn” the election. This is just another bended knee to the ruling class narrative by RDS. Trump wanted a recount and verification from a handful of States, which was warranted considering all the “abnormalities” of election night. And Trump did concede and left DC like all former Presidents. Trump even encouraged a “peaceful” protest on Jan 6, a fact that is never mentioned.

    I like DeSantis a lot. But he will have to stop bending the knee to the GOP establishment to earn my vote.

    • Amazona March 23, 2023 / 3:32 pm

      I get it. You don’t like DeSantis. But seriously, “just another bended knee to the ruling class narrative”? Go ahead and worship Trump no matter what, but please dial back the overheated Dem-style rhetoric.

      Basically, we had a situation in which a man skyrocketed to political respect by coming out of nowhere, beating the Florida political machine, doing excellent work in Congress after serving honorably in the military, squeaking out a victory to become governor of the third largest state and dramatically turning it around by employing what he calls an “energetic executive” approach to government. He never even hinted at running for the presidency in 2024. He openly and proudly defended Donald Trump. He was elected to serve as governor of Florida for four years, and talked about what he wanted to accomplish in that time.

      But he was a rock star, and Trump’s ego and paranoia drove him to a series of utterly stupid and self-destructive attacks on the man.

      If he were an adult instead of a petty infant in a man’s body he would have approached DeSantis and brokered a mutually beneficial arrangement in which DeSantis would have continued to use his influence to defend and support Trump and Trump would have worked to help build a coalition of Republicans and a platform of success to launch DeSantis into the White House in 2028. He could have been a dynasty maker, a party unifier.

      But no. That is not the Trump Way.

      He is pushing DeSantis into running, and I predict he will continue to self destruct, while DeSantis, no doubt having a few missteps, will still come out as the adult in the room.

      I like DeSantis a lot. But he will have to stop bending the knee to the GOP establishment to earn my vote.

      I have not seen him “bending the knee to the GOP establishment” and I doubt that he would ever get your vote as long as the choice is betwen him and Trump, no matter how far off the rails Trump will go.

      • Amazona March 23, 2023 / 3:35 pm

        BTW, I actually read the article and didn’t find an actual quote of DeSantis saying Trump tried to overthrow the election.

        Seems to me that misquoting him and accepting the version of the GOP establishment shows a different knee bending

  4. Cluster March 23, 2023 / 1:12 pm

    Here’s a good reminder of how fragile we all are, and that not even the Democrats can control the climate, or affect it in any way ….

    A Powerful Solar Eruption on Far Side of Sun Still Impacted Earth.

    A massive eruption of solar material, known as a coronal mass ejection or CME, was detected escaping from the Sun at 11:36 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2023. The CME erupted from the side of the Sun opposite Earth.

    We are but a hiccup away from extinction. If this flare had erupted towards earth …. well let’s just say we wouldn’t be worrying Ukraine anymore.

  5. Amazona March 23, 2023 / 3:02 pm

    Walter Wendler, the President of West Texas A&M University, just canceled a planned drag show charity performance.
    In an email to the school, Wendler wrote, “Does a drag show preserve a single thread of human dignity? I think not. As a performance of exaggerating aspects of womanhood (sexuality, femininity, gender), drag shows stereotype women in cartoon-like extremes for the amusement of others and discriminate against womanhood. Any event that diminishes an individual or group through representation is wrong.”

    He went so far as to compare drag to blackface: “As a university president, I would not support ‘blackface’ performances on our campus, even if told the performance is a form of free speech or intended as humor. It is wrong. I do not support any show, performance or artistic expression which denigrates others—in this case, women—for any reason.”

    “”Should I let rest misogynistic behavior portraying women as objects?”

    Student melting down is occurring, a petition is circulating, and there seems to be no concern that these students are defending the ridicule and denigration of women.

    I thought Texans liked women.

    • Cluster March 23, 2023 / 3:26 pm

      The trans movement has warped the Democrat Party. Their consistent pandering to fringe elements of our society has put them in positions they can no longer defend.

      And I want to mention too that while I am a little skeptical of RDS, I acknowledge that he has done some great work against CRT and the trans movement in FL, and I will vote for him in a heartbeat if he is the nominee … I just want to see him push back harder against the GOP establishment. Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Lindsay Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins etc., etc., are not our allies.

      And just a side note, I met RDS at a speech he gave here last year for Kari Lake. Great speech

      • Amazona March 23, 2023 / 3:51 pm

        I flew from Fort Myers to Denver last night, and had two fascinating conversations with two different men. One was returning to Fort Collins, and he brought up the Trump/DeSantis thing while we waited for the flight to be called, and the man next to me on the plane did the same thing. These are men in the process of making a final move out of Colorado, influenced to a great degree by Ron DeSantis.

        Florida is the only place I have ever been where strangers strike up conversations about their governor, and aside from two loony tunes harpies who clung to my arm and whispered in my ear that DeSantis was taking away their rights and a new neighbor who said he is aware that he and his wife don’t fit into the political profile of the neighborhood so they avoid political topics everyone wants to talk about him.

    • fieldingclaymore March 23, 2023 / 3:29 pm

      Is this cancel culture? This guy is a snowflake, amirite?

      • Amazona March 23, 2023 / 3:45 pm

        Huh? ‘cancel culture” to refuse to participate in the ridicule and denigration of women?

        I wrote about this kind of thing earlier in the week, wondering why the “feminist” Left is giving tongue baths to people who make fun of women, treat them like cartoon characters, and viciously ridicule them, and I also pointed out the comparison to the old vaudeville blackface routines which exaggerated racial characteristics to make fun of and demean black people

        But evidently, in its lurch to the radical Left, feminism is dead. Now the advances in equalizing treatment of women in school sports are being destroyed by men pretending to be women and taking not just trophies but the opportunities for scholarships. Now the claims that we should respect women are drowned out by shrill mimicry of the higher voices of women as their feminine characteristics are cruelly mocked. Now “feminist” moms are taking their little boys to drag shows, sending the implied message that women are really just giant tits, lots of makeup and big hair and should not be respected.

        And you’re fretting that objecting to this is “cancel culture”? You’re not even trying any more. You’re just reaching back into your tightie whities and throwing out anything you find.

      • fieldingclaymore March 23, 2023 / 3:52 pm

        No he is cancelling a show that he finds icky. It’s pure campus cancel culture from the right. Blather on all you want.

      • Amazona March 23, 2023 / 7:15 pm

        Wow—the concept of responsible adult behavior just doesn’t resonate with these Libs, does it? Imagine—the head of an educational institution refusing to let that institution sponsor a production based on gross bigotry, ridicule and denigration of women. How DARE he!

        I think fielding is an example of the observation “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything”. You have to note the effort to trivialize the important ethical stance of the dean to the petty emotion of just finding something “icky”. Though ugly men prancing around pretending to be uglier women and mocking women in harsh and cruel ways IS pretty icky.

        BTW, though, I don’t think s/he is actually personally offended by the actions of the dean. I think it’s just more of that infantile oppositional game playing s/he thinks is so darling. It’s a juvenile way of trying to get attention, which is the only way left to someone without an intellectually defensible position.

        Though I have to admit this position does kind of hint at, shall we say, a personal issue of a sexual nature. A shared contempt for women, perhaps?

      • Jeremiah March 24, 2023 / 2:27 am

        “A shared contempt for women, perhaps?”

        It goes much farther than that, their goal is to delegitimize and devalue the family, as a whole, to delegitimize devalue husbands, fathers, and manhood in general. To delegitimize and devalue women, wives and mothers, and make a mockery of true femininity in wives and mothers. To delegitimize and devalue children, by forcing them to undergo operations that go against what they were born as. And to force them to listen to filthy deranged transgender people in a classroom.

        Behind the scenes China is taking glee in the fact that America becomes weaker, with total destruction of the foundation, the rock that this country stands on, the family. Man and woman and their children.

        We are watching evil play out in this nation like we’ve seen before. And it’s only going to get worse.

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 8:02 am

        China is expanding its blue-water navy, while our navy is fretting over trans equity and climate change.

        Just curious—what were our armed forces doing during the expansion of the German military in the late 1930s? Designing new uniforms and having square dances?

      • Jeremiah March 24, 2023 / 4:00 pm

        The 1930’s was the Great Depression, so I’d say most people including the military were doing what they could to survive. When World War II came along, while China was a part of the allied forces, it’s totally different today, China ain’t no friend of America at all. They want to take over America, and I’d say they’re very close to it, them and Russia. They keep talking about going to war with the United States, but I guess they’re waiting to see what Biden & co. does. Considering he’s such a weak leader, I don’t doubt at all that China could invade America and kill millions and millions of people.

        The problem is, the American people are hamstrung into believing that we can do elections and save America.

        We shall see.

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 6:18 pm

        Actually, I think the American military was preparing for war. Roosevelt had a pretty good read on Hitler, and a commitment to help England. I don’t think our military was fretting about nonsense, not when the future of the nation was at stake.

      • Mark Noonan March 23, 2023 / 10:09 pm

        Cancel culture is where someone is socially and financially ruined for not adhering to the Party Line…it isn’t not being invited to be weird.

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 7:03 pm

        Well said. But you do realize that presenting facts to a Leftie is an exercise in futility, don’t you?

      • Cluster March 23, 2023 / 4:38 pm

        Chicks with dicks are destroying the country … all aided and abetted by Democrats.

      • Cluster March 23, 2023 / 5:49 pm

        Fielding’s comment is the perfect example of Democrats now finding themselves in indefensible positions.

    • jdge1 March 23, 2023 / 8:39 pm

      I thought Texans liked women.

      I recently started getting email from “Texas Minute”. The content would suggest Texas in dealing with far more leftist in both their legislators, certain cities and a number of corporations than many would think. While the right has enough control to move the needle, there are still may roadblocks to overcome.

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 7:51 am

        A lot of people have fled the tyranny of blue states to go to places like Texas, but they bring their politics with them. This is what has ruined Colorado—it has become so Californicated it is pathetic.

    • Mark Noonan March 23, 2023 / 10:07 pm

      At least someone is pushing back – because drag shows serve no social purpose. No more than girls stripping for dollars at men’s clubs. I mean, we’re not prudes: if that’s your thing, go for it…and rare is the man who didn’t wind up at a strip club with the boys in his 20s…but its vulgar. We might keep it legal, but it isn’t something to be honored…as if we should have Stripper Story Time (shoot: now I just gave the Left a new idea!).

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 7:52 am

    • Retired Spook March 24, 2023 / 10:20 am

      It won’t be long before they’ll have to re-write the caption on this popular coffee mug.

  6. jdge1 March 23, 2023 / 9:13 pm

    Hunter Biden allegedly had help from an FBI mole—going by the name “One-Eye”—who tipped off his Chinese business partners that they were under investigation, according to a Wednesday column from New York Post writer Miranda Devine.

    The continued uncovering of numerous lies, payoffs, treasonous acts, and criminal offenses the Biden family is involved with seems to grow daily. The deep state is desperate to keep control to hide or ignore the evidence, and circumvent any consequence of their actions. Will China be able to buy enough greedy politicians (left and right) to allow the US to falter enough that propels China to worldwide dominance or will those on the take drown in a pool of their own mistakes before they bring the rest of us down with them?

    • Mark Noonan March 23, 2023 / 10:02 pm

      The thing is, I bet the Biden’s aren’t even the worst offenders…but what’s being exposed just shows how far the rot has gone. No statement by the government on policy, especially foreign of defense policy, can be taken at face value because we simply do not know how far the Chinese have penetrated our government. What the USSR could only fitfully do over 70 years, the Chinese have done in 10 simply by buying people. And for relative peanuts! If we’re to be sold out, I want someone getting hundreds of billions…but these creeps are being bought for a few million.

  7. Amazona March 24, 2023 / 7:58 am

    We haven’t heard much about the latest insurrection, as the Capitol was stormed and the orderly process of government interrupted.

    pro-gun control protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol during the Judiciary and Oversight Committees’ gun hearing

    • fortyacresbeyond March 24, 2023 / 11:19 am

      I clicked on the link expecting to read about thousands of protestors breaking windows and assaulting law enforcement officers with deadly weapons. Instead: “Two pro-gun control protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol during the Judiciary and Oversight Committees’ gun hearing.”

      Stormed the Capitol? They yelled mean words at some Congressmen.

      Totally equivalent to what happened on Jan. 6.

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 2:53 pm

        Thank you for saying what I didn’t really have to—you people have absolutely no sense of humor.

        On the other hand, on January 6 no Congressperson was even yelled at. And according to you people, “storming the Capitol” and yelling a lot IS “insurrection”.

      • fortyacresbeyond March 24, 2023 / 11:07 pm

        So you were making a joke? Didn’t look like it.

  8. Cluster March 24, 2023 / 12:00 pm

    Popular governments never have to erect barricades. I think this is the third time now that the Democrat fascists in DC have erected barricades to protect themselves. Now does this sound like a popularly elected government to you Forty?

      • Retired Spook March 24, 2023 / 2:03 pm

        Did you even bother to read your linked article?

        “The decision to move the president to the bunker was attributed to US Secret Service officers tasked with protecting him.”

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 2:58 pm

        In other words, the Left were mounting an insurrection by storming the White House and threatening the president.

      • fieldingclaymore March 24, 2023 / 3:12 pm

        Yes, popular leaders need to be rushed to protective bunkers because of their adoring fans?

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 6:22 pm

        Yeah…but no. It’s more like leaders needing to be protected from Leftist thugs trying to unseat the president and even assume the powers of the government.

        Of course, back in those days that wasn’t insurrection. Neither was the #RESIST movement, which openly bragged about systematically sabotaging and undermining the Trump presidency.

      • Retired Spook March 24, 2023 / 3:16 pm

        You know, Fielding, back when this blog was overrun with Leftist trolls there was a popular quote that needs to be dusted off. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Words to live by, Fielding.

      • Amazona March 24, 2023 / 6:26 pm

        fielding is only getting infantile jollies by posting utter nonsense, to see how long the moderators will tolerate it. It’s the kind of thing Lefties are reduced to, when their feeble efforts have failed and they have literally nothing to say.

        They can’t support and defend the political structure they enable by their emoting and poo-throwing, because they don’t know what it IS—and don’t care. They just like emoting and throwing poo.

        They can’t defend Biden, or Harris, or a single thing about this dumpster fire of an administration. Really, all they can do is play the internet version of “Wanna see how dumb I am? Hold my beer.”

    • fortyacresbeyond March 24, 2023 / 11:08 pm

      “Now does this sound like a popularly elected government to you Forty?”

      Even in a country with a popularly elected government you can have radical extremists who resort to violent measures when they lose.

      • Cluster March 25, 2023 / 9:27 am

        And yet despite the extremely violent actions of Antifa and BLM on May 2020 outside the White hHouse, Trump never erected barricades.

      • Amazona March 25, 2023 / 10:10 am

        who resort to violent measures when they lose.

        Or just when they feel like it. Rioting is a political tool of the Left, used to destabilize countries, intimidate leaders and influence the economy.

  9. Retired Spook March 24, 2023 / 12:38 pm

    • Cluster March 24, 2023 / 2:59 pm

      I just stole this one and put it on Twitter.. A lot of people should see themselves here lol

    • casper3031 March 25, 2023 / 1:40 am

      I’m betting that Trump is charged in the next couple of weeks and not necessarily in New York. Lots of things happening in the various investigations. Doesn’t mean he will be going to prison.

      • Retired Spook March 25, 2023 / 9:11 am

      • casper3031 March 25, 2023 / 2:56 pm

        It’s pretty much impossible to indict a sitting president. Impeachment is the closest you you can get and removal from office can only happen if members from both parties are on board. Once a president leaves office an indictment isn’t going to happen unless there is a mountain of evidence. We are getting close to that point.

      • Amazona March 25, 2023 / 3:37 pm

        And you just can’t wait. Your gleeful/hopeful anticipation is palpable. We can almost hear your chins wagging in glee—-whappity whappity whap—-as you chortle and go back through your CNN and Morning Joe archives to get a new fix of what keeps you going.

        Because after your Captain Obvious intro, lecturing us on what we already know, you get down to the nitty-gritty—your conviction that now, finally, after all these years, someone somewhere is finally (and I stress the word FINALLY) getting almost maybe kinda in a way semi-close to an accusation.

        It might not be Bragg—-he’s got his fat old beehind in a crack now, as people are being reminded that he has already turned down his chance to go after Trump on this extortion thing back before it timed out on the statute of limitations thing, and legal experts are pointing out not just that the possible charges are BS but that there is no way he could be convicted even in the kangaroo courts of New York. So he’s got a tiger by the tail—-hang on and get dragged across the broken glass of utter failure, or let go and get gobbled up by very bad public opinion. But there’s always Georgia. Or maybe not. Kind of hard to indict on a grand jury finding of a jury so tainted by having its foreman blow the whole confidentiality/unbiased thing out of the water.

        And poor casper will have to settle for yet another in a long line of “Oh, well, maybe next time” disappointments and drown his sorrows in another few gallons of aptly named Rocky Road.

  10. Retired Spook March 24, 2023 / 12:40 pm

    The meme creators are having a blast.

    • Cluster March 24, 2023 / 3:04 pm


      • Retired Spook March 24, 2023 / 3:08 pm

        Good song to use too. I grew up on Simon & Garfunkel. Back when cassettes were a thing I wore out two of their greatest hits albums.

      • Cluster March 24, 2023 / 4:50 pm

        Great song. In fact I think we are all on a Bridge Over Troubled Water lol

    • Retired Spook March 25, 2023 / 9:35 am

      Sorry, the context was lost in isolating the video URL. For those who don’t know, Macron is in deep sh*t with the working class in France, his unilateral actions on pension reform causing riots that make our January 6th look pretty tame. In this interview he suddenly realized he was wearing an $86,000 watch that might not go over so well with commoners who are tripping over the garbage that’s accumulating in the streets and on the sidewalks of France, and in a bit of slight of hand it magically disappears during this interview.

      • Cluster March 25, 2023 / 10:06 am

        France is falling apart. The French are not happy with the recent influx of foreign immigrants (the French actually care about their country, their language, and their way of life), and are now having their generous benefits trimmed due to a pandering and irresponsible Government. Viva la France revolucion.

      • Amazona March 25, 2023 / 10:31 am

        France has had problems with Muslim immigrants for years, with whole sections of Paris where even the police are afraid to go. These were mostly Algerians, and they festered in their self-created hellholes, rioting and burning and engaging in all sorts of violence. The excuses made centered on the claim that these young men just couldn’t find work. But the fact is, they rejected working.

        The usual entry level job of immigrants is driving cabs, but these Muslims wouldn’t pick up women if they decided they didn’t like the way they were dressed and often not at all, wouldn’t pick up fares if they had dogs with them (and the French tend to take their dogs with them) and wouldn’t go to certain places. Then when they didn’t get hired to drive cabs, they rioted. They cut themselves off from most jobs and became an abscess in the city.

        And then France indulged in massive virtue signaling when Trump cut off immigration from a handful of terrorist-sponsoring countries which included some Muslim countries, and in a self-destructive spasm of “we’re better than Trump” they made quite a big deal of opening their arms, and their country, to “poor desperate refugees”. They just ignored the fact that these “refugees” were almost exclusively young, well-dressed single men. Ignoring the lessons they should have learned from their Algerian Muslim enclaves, they expanded their problems.

        Germany is having troubles, too-as if this was not predictable when we saw trains full of single well-dressed young men being greeted by virtue signaling Germans with pastries and hugs and signs proclaiming their moral superiority in not being Trump.

        That started to wear a little thin when those young single men started raping German girls, but they still clung to the determination that linking these rapes with the Muslim contempt for women would be “racist” and they were so much better than that. I haven’t heard much lately about the Muslim problem in Germany.

        At least I never heard of a German town just turning itself over to Sharia law and refusing to rescue young girls from gangs of Muslim men, which happened in England.

  11. Cluster March 25, 2023 / 9:31 am

    This coach is awesome … Faith = Freedom. Big Government = Slavery.

  12. Retired Spook March 25, 2023 / 9:51 am

    On a non-political note, the Elite Eight in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is without a number one seed for the first time in the tournament history. Were it not for Texas defeating Xavier 83 – 71, it would also be without a number two seed. The final eight consists of one #2, two #3s, one #4, two #5s, one #6, and one #9, what some might call DIVERSITY! #15 seed Princeton’s Cinderella run came to an end last night, losing to #6 Creighton 86 – 75.

    • Cluster March 25, 2023 / 10:03 am

      It’s been a hell of a tournament. Go Gonzaga!!!!!

      • Retired Spook March 25, 2023 / 11:06 pm

        Sad to say, but the Zags got humiliated.

  13. Cluster March 25, 2023 / 10:02 am

    Here’s a good example of the “democracy” Democrats are fighting for in Ukraine …

    Ukraine had given Orthodox priests a deadline by which to leave certain monasteries. The priests refused to leave and now they are breaking in and arresting the Orthodox Priests.

    The white nationalists in Ukraine are now banning some religions. Russia is a more open and free society than Ukraine is.

    • Amazona March 25, 2023 / 10:33 am

      The thing is, most conservatives understand the Rule of Holes, and know no one needs to hurt Bragg when he’s doing such a great job of self-destruction.

      • Retired Spook March 25, 2023 / 10:38 am

        Not to beat a dead horse, but still one of my favorite lines: “when your adversary is engaged in self-immolation, the best strategy is to hide the fire extinguishers and get the hell out of the way.”

  14. Cluster March 25, 2023 / 10:44 am

    Strange that news from Ukraine has almost come to an end. Why? Putin has won. And now he’s working on reconstruction efforts in Mariupol. So glad we spent $113 billion. I just hope that some of that money came back to the Democrat Party. I’m sure it did.

    • Retired Spook March 25, 2023 / 10:47 am

      I just hope that some of that money came back to the Democrat Party. I’m sure it did.

      Can you explain to Fielding, in layman’s terms, exactly how that works. He doesn’t seem to understand money laundering, in spite of the fact that Democrats literally hold the patent on it.

      • Cluster March 25, 2023 / 10:59 am

        Well it’s all so confusing when you’re trying to save democracy. LOL

      • Retired Spook March 25, 2023 / 11:22 am

        Yeah, to paraphrase George W. Bush, we need to destroy democracy to save it.” God help us!

      • Amazona March 25, 2023 / 11:50 am

        We all saw Joe bragging about shutting down the investigation into the last stage of the money flow from the US taxpayer (via help from Joe and John Kerry) into Ukraine where it disappeared into a company that employed Joe’s son, before it could be tracked back to the Biden Crime Family.

        I’m hoping we will also see an investigation into the money flow from the US taxpayer, via President Biden’s executive order mandates, to the drug companies who were receiving legal protection from liability for their toxic products by the same president who continued to force Americans to take the drugs by allowing them to maintain Emergency Use Authorization indefinitely.

      • Cluster March 25, 2023 / 12:18 pm

        Yep. And I hope we also start seeing where all the green money went that was such a big part of the Inflation Reduction Act. Billions of dollars are flowing around Democrat campaign coffers, green energy lobbyists, and corporate supporters. It’s all a grift.

  15. Amazona March 25, 2023 / 3:45 pm

    From the “OMG Did She Really Say That?” file:

    An explanation of what it will take to make Kamala Harris a strong candidate. (And no, I’m not making this up.)

    “She is at her best when she gets back to her prosecutorial roots and when she can really make a case ……………” Democratic strategist Lis Smith said. (Lis also admitted that “Democrats are going to need to make one hell of a case to win in 2024,” but it was hard to get past the claim that Harris would gain ground by reminding people of her disastrous term as a prosecutor.)

    • Amazona March 25, 2023 / 4:59 pm

      Democrats say Biden’s re-election campaign will be her time to shine.

  16. Cluster March 25, 2023 / 7:19 pm

    Did y’all see where Casper said “the only one who said he was going to be indicted last week was Trump”. This is just a mind numbingly ignorant statement. Twitter, and all the media outlets were waiting with baited breath as they were all predicting the indictment to come down at any minute. Images of Trump in cuffs was the pic du hour on social media.

    Casper, the reason why all of us ignore you or ridicule you is because you have no attachment to reality. You simply read headlines and repeat. And blaming Trump was the narrative when everyone realized Bragg didn’t have the goods.

    • casper3031 March 25, 2023 / 8:02 pm

      Bragg didn’t announce the Tuesday Indictment, Trump did. Everyone else jumped in assuming it was real.

  17. Cluster March 26, 2023 / 11:05 am

    Alan Derschowitz on Sunday Morning Futures … “the 4 pending cases against Trump have no basis in law and are all political persecutions.”

    The weaponization of the US Government should be the end of the Democrat Party.

  18. Cluster March 26, 2023 / 11:26 am

    I am torn on this one …

    I think DeSantis will make a great POTUS one day, BUT the manner in which Trump has been persecuted by the Democrat weaponization of the government, demands that we support him and not cower to the mob. If we abandon Trump, the Democrats win and simply turn their hatred toward DeSantis. And off we go again. I don’t want that. I want the weaponization to be turned against them and to end this march toward fascism. And Trump needs to do that

    • Retired Spook March 26, 2023 / 1:03 pm

      I said a while back that I thought he should wait. I look at it as a win-win. If Trump wins, his policies will pave the way for a DeSantis presidency. And if Trump loses, the ensuing 4 years will be so painful for America that the majority will be begging for someone like DeSantis. I said last November that it appeared America’s tolerance for pain hadn’t reached its break even point yet. Four more years of Biden (or any Democrat who continues his policies) should be enough to push most people over the edge.

      • Amazona March 26, 2023 / 5:30 pm

        I’m not sure we could come back from another four years of a Biden presidency. Another plandemic with more mandates and more businesses destroyed, whatever the consequences might be of the growing relationships between Russia and China, the economy in an even steeper free fall—we would be shattered.

        And if, God forbid, it does happen I will blame Trump and his fanbois who still adore him and overlook his glaring defects and disintegrating persona.

        Do I think he might be able to pull himself together to govern well? Sure, he might. But it seems increasingly unlikely. I had to hold my nose to vote for him last time and this time it will probably be hold my nose and fortify myself with strong drink

        And I will repeat my warning that while the Left is trying to prop Biden up without fully embalming him and dealing with the fallout of dumping Harris, and while Trump is rampaging around waving his ego and turning people off, someone is going to stroll in from the sidelines and run off with the prize. Because in a race between two unlikable old fossils, just being likable is going to be a huge advantage.

        And I predict this would be Tulsi Gabbard. So we’d better not get so involved in the idea that this is a two-person race because Trump has been so obsessed with destroying DeSantis because neither of the men in the two-person race are all that appealing right now, opening it up to someone young, personable, articulate, well known, a veteran, and dangerous to attack in the heavy-handed obnoxious way Trump goes at people

    • Amazona March 26, 2023 / 1:20 pm

      I think DeSantis is much better equipped, mentally and professionally, to dismantle the corrupt State than Trump.

      And it’s not a matter of “abandoning” Trump, it’s a matter of watching him self destruct and deciding enough is enough, we need the presidency more than we need to prove to him that we’ve got his back. It’s not “cowering to the mob” when he is the one putting the gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger.

      As I have said, I think you are defending the Trump that WAS and I’m nervous about the Trump that IS.

      And BTW, if DeSantis does decide to not help Trump turn this into another Jerry Springer show, I have even more respect for him putting the country ahead of his own personal goals. I’d feel so much better about Trump if I thought he could or would do that.

    • jdge1 March 26, 2023 / 8:11 pm

      Trump has a bigger uphill battle than before, if he’s to sit in the Whitehouse again. The democrats are throwing everything they can at him, mostly using lies and other highly shady, if not illegal methods. This should never be a deterrent as that’s what democrats do. However, a good many of Trump’s problems are of his own doing. First, he has a penchant to pick exceedingly poor choices for cabinet members and advisors, which explains the carousal of people coming and going from his last administration. Second, early in the covid scene Trump relied on people that took us in the wrong direction, even though there were members of his team warning him otherwise. While it is not abnormal to get conflicting advice from your team, there were an abundant number of red-flags that should have given him pause before heading in the direction to start closing down the country. In the rarest of circumstances, it might be reasonable to push for a vaccine that bypasses the normal safety procedures. However, giving how dangerous the results have shown, even early on, you’d think he would have pulled back from continuously advocating its use. Seems he is still stuck on touting himself as “the one” who got the vaccine to the market so quickly. Third, he is damaging his relationship with the very people who support him by unnecessarily badmouthing them. This includes people like DeSantis and pro-life groups that Trump signaled was a big reason for the poor performance of the 2022 midterm elections. I realize he sees DeSantis as a threat to his nomination, but you’d think Trump would at least wait for him to declare that he’s running. And then, instead of using childish name calling, perhaps Trump would be better served to use a more grownup approach. That just doesn’t seem to be his way. Perhaps that approach is how he found successful in dealing with NYC real estate and contracting, however not so much when dealing with political statesmanship. Forth, Trump has a rather difficult time controlling his own ego and that is actually more troubling than some of his other faults.

      All that being said, Trump can still be a battle tank against the left if nominated. He has far better understanding of international business than most and can leverage that against both our enemies and allies. The fact that he was successful in getting NATO members to up their financial commitments closer to previously agreed to amounts, successfully renegotiated trade agreements with Mexico and Canada, kept us from any new wars while still working toward a better situation in places we were already committed to, and was successful in getting other countries to sign on to a peace accord with Israel, are just a few of his accomplishments. On top of that Trump was able to put together numerous domestic changes that were beneficial to the majority of us in the US including, starting to building the wall, and starting to drain the swamp. All of this while under constant vicious bombardment from the left. If he’s elected, I will certainly vote for him, but I sense, if DeSantis is nominated, he would get near every vote Trump would have had and a good many more from people who would ordinarily vote right, but simply dislike Trump for whatever reason, and I know a good many who fit that description.

      I am highly hesitant recommending DeSantis as Trump’s VP as I think their 2 styles would clash and could actually hurt DeSantis as much as help him, even though I feel confident he would do a tremendous job. Also, it seems for the past several (and current) president’s, their tendency is to pick VP’s that could help them do their job while at the same time shy people away from contemplating assassination as having the VP become president would be too bitter a pill to swallow – Quale, Biden, Harris…

      • Amazona March 26, 2023 / 10:56 pm

        If you read or listen to DeSantis’s book it is clear that he sees himself as an executive, and he actually just said that in so many words. That is his focus and his strength. Also, having both candidates from the same state would not be a great idea. I read somewhere that this is a law, but even if it isn’t the strategy has always been to try to get support from different parts of the country.

        I agree wholeheartedly on the successes of Trump in the presidency. But now—and I don’t say this out of negativity, because I really do want him to succeed—his behavior has become so irrational I don’t know if he could do it again. The thing is, it’s hard to say anything against Trump without sounding like the chorus of Trump haters that have dogged him, but I am seeing the same things that people didn’t like about him being magnified now. I would like nothing more than to see Trump stop being the petty bully and start acting like a statesman. I’ve always hated seeing the word “senile” used casually, but I do see a decline in his personality. His paranoia is in overdrive.

        You touched on the Covid thing, and this is something I have been saying for a long time now. The handling of the pandemic by Biden has been such a disaster it could be, should be, a perfect attack plan. But Trump can’t do that without backing down on his own plan. I think his public persona is one of someone who simply cannot admit he was wrong, and it would do him a world of good if he were to buy an hour on TV and come one and say “I was wrong”. Though he pushed for the vaccines, he wasn’t president when they really started to be used, and I think he could finesse that by saying that by the time the dangers started to known he no longer had any authority. He could use the whole thing to talk about the problem of having to trust in experts, and by commenting that he trusted the wrong expert he would throw Biden under the bus. And he could go on, into the vaxx injuries that the government has known about and still pushed the shots, about the billions of dollars sent to the drug companies, about the problem of the government mandating the use of a drug it knew to be ineffective AND dangerous and at the same time providing legal protection to the drug companies. Now that we know the drugs don’t work and are dangerous, to keep bragging about them just seems….delusional.

        Basically, the whole Covid/vaxx mess is a time bomb, and when it blows up it will take Trump with it if he doesn’t get out in front of it.

        The thing about DeSantis is that he is inoffensive. Even those who want to hate him, politically, don’t have much to say about him. His history is good, his successes remarkable, and he is unassuming and confident and funny. He gets things done, and he doesn’t run around bragging about it. He’s young, he’s energetic, he has a gorgeous family, and he’s the real deal. High school and college athlete, Yale and then Harvard for law school, military service as a JAG officer, federal prosecutor, US House of Representatives and then successful governor of the third largest state in the Union. He’s making a fool out of Trump by merely not taking him seriously.

  19. jdge1 March 26, 2023 / 7:27 pm

    Local Govt Promises to Stop Placing Kids in Care of Pedophiles After Girl Abused by Convicted Molester

    A left-run city council in Britain has vowed that it will never put a child in the care of a pedophile again after authorities were exposed for doing just that, leading to a young girl being sexually abused for years and ultimately impregnated.

    Color me shocked. Who would have ever thought such a thing could happen? I guess “authorities” have to be exposed before they will actually do things in the best interest of their constituents. Otherwise they throw their backing to highest bidder of their legislation or the most leftist ideology. This is where lawsuits need to be imposed so that these authorities have something to lose if their actions are responsible for tragic situations like this article indicates.

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