Open Thread

Yet another school shooting – this one they are having a little trouble with as the school is Christian and the shooter is Trans – one line they’re tying out – and I think they’ll settle on – is that this was provoked by GOP efforts to “ban transgender people”. Which, of course, is nothing of the sort. We GOPers are the most overly-tolerant people in the world. Vastly more so than any of those Left of center. We’re just kinda hung up on that whole mutilate minors with surgery and hormones thing. Sticks in the craw a bit.

But that is the Left: sheer evil. In response to one of their own who went off on shooting spree based on lies about us, they’re going to demand that we give up our guns and allow 12 year olds to have permanent, life-altering surgery. Nothing doing: fortunately, I’ve seen a lot of backbones today of people not sitting still for this drivel. But I also perceive that we’re still not pushing back all the way.

We need to start really calling these people out – Congresswoman Jayapal yesterday was on the House floor to condemn “MAGA extremist” attacks on LGBTQ youth. I Tweeted on top of that the fact that we’re not attacking LGBTQ youth: we’re attacking Jayapal and her sick and disgusting desire to mutilate minors and have perverts twerk in front of them. To pat myself on the back, that is the sort of line we have to start taking. These people aren’t merely wrong. They aren’t making mistakes. They aren’t doing good with unintended consequences: they are evil. They are bad. They are doing wrong things because they like wrong things and they get off on ruining lives.

We’ve talked for decades now about school shootings and it all comes back to the same thing: we allow lunatics free range. But now we must take it the next step back: the reason we have so many lunatics is because we have allowed the Left to deliberately and maliciously create an insane society…and they created this insane society by destroying morality. As I’ve said many times before – 80 years ago you could buy a machine gun by mail. Also back then you couldn’t even form the concept of “drag queen story time”. Fast forward to today and you have to jump though hoops to buy a semi-automatic weapon but we have drag queen story time. There is a connection, folks. We’re getting what the Left wanted – increasing restrictions on liberty along with government-subsidized license.

To nutshell it: don’t call them mistaken. Call them evil. They are wicked people trying to destroy. We push back on it that way and every time one of these horrors emerge, they’ll eventually be placed on the defensive…and then we can destroy them.

Fox News cut away to Pudding Brain expecting to see some comment about the school shooting and got some bizarre, senile ramble about ice cream. Now, he did eventually get around to spending a few seconds talking about the shooting, but then was back to yucking it up. The man is flat out senile and they clearly didn’t get his meds right today. The destiny of our nation is the feeble hands of a man who has gone gaga.

DeSantis is taking advantage of the fact that he holds executive power and has signed universal school choice in Florida. This will be a problem for Trump in the primary…all Trump can do is talk about doing things. RDS can do them.

One of Rand Paul’s staffers was brutally attacked in DC – no word yet on whether it was political or just Democrat City Life. Horrible all the same.

Matt Taibbi – the center-left journalist Musk has been allowing to write up the Twitter Files – got a sudden visit by IRS agents when he testified in Congress about the government orchestrated censorship and propaganda under the old Twitter ownership. Pardon me, guys: have you ever heard of an IRS agent making a visit? Senator Jordan wants some answers about it: spoiler, he won’t get them. This is bizarre and extremely frightening…and shows that Democrats have polling which shows this is something which could be turned on them devastatingly during an election year.

The Population Bomb didn’t go off – even far Left environmentalist whackos are now admitting the population will peak around 8.8 billion at midcentury and then rapidly decline. My bet – it’ll peak lower than that and decline much more rapidly than expected. My guesstimate is that it peaks around 2040 at a little over 8.5 billion. Birth rates are dropping like rocks everywhere…with the exception being among Mormons, ultra-Orthodox Jews and a few traditionalist Christian groups (which can range from Catholic to Protestant). So the really funny thing will be a new civilization arising starting around 2100 when, turns out, the only people alive at the time are believers because their parents decided to have kids.

107 thoughts on “Open Thread

    • Amazona March 30, 2023 / 4:03 pm

      This article gives the clearest timeline of the Burisma/Biden corruption I have seen, as well as explanations of FBI malfeasance and criminality.

      A problem is that these kinds of examples of corruption are so complex, and so often revolve around long and confusing foreign names, that the narrative can be hard to follow for some/many Libs and squishes.

      • Cluster March 30, 2023 / 5:10 pm

        I think we are kidding ourselves if we think we understand the depth of the problem we confront. Exhibit B – Matt Taibbi’s home was visited by the IRS on the day he was testifying to Congress about government censorship and collusion with social media. There are so many layers to the rot in this country that I’m starting to think it’s insurmountable.

      • Amazona March 30, 2023 / 5:36 pm

        Why would the IRS visit a home? I’ve been audited—-it was an appointment set up in advance. What reasoning would justify a home visit?

  1. Retired Spook March 30, 2023 / 4:56 pm

    As I’ve mentioned here before, I have a grandson who decided at age 20 that he wanted to be a woman. To be honest, I’ve never sat down with him and discussed it in depth, so I don’t actually know if he really thinks he can become a woman or he just wants to live life as if he were a woman. He graduated from a major college with a 3.9+ GPA (1 B in 4 years), so I’d like to think he understands the biology angle. Long story short, because of this situation I’ve read everything I can get my hands on — on both sides of the issue. According to a major study 42% of people with gender confusion attempt suicide at least once, and are around 20 times more likely to successfully commit suicide than the general public. It appears that dynamic is about to play out on a mass scale, and the trans movement is about to commit collective suicide with their over-the-top reaction to the Nashville shooting. What a national tragedy.

    • Cluster March 30, 2023 / 5:13 pm

      Guns only became a problem when the culture began to rot, and so has gender dysphoria. I believe your son is more of a victim of the depravity of our culture than he is gender confused. And that depravity of gender confusion is normalized and even encouraged by our decaying society so I am sorry you’re going through this.

      • Retired Spook March 30, 2023 / 5:30 pm

        He announced his decision 4 years ago — ON FACEBOOK. I don’t do Facebook, but my wife did at the time, and she brought it to my attention. We both thought it was a sick joke until I talked to my daughter (his mom). The community support (they live in a big far left college town) was overwhelmingly positive, and this was before the trans movement got on steroids. In my entire life I’ve never seen anything so abnormal develop such a vast support system virtually overnight; and not just support but “accept and embrace us or else.” But if radical trans activists think they’re going to simply shoot anyone who criticizes them, they’re in for a rude awakening.

      • Cluster March 30, 2023 / 5:36 pm

        I’ve never seen anything so abnormal develop such a vast support system virtually overnight;

        None of us have. It’s intentional societal chaos.

      • Amazona March 30, 2023 / 10:28 pm

        As I have been saying for years, the Left has been focused on destabilizing our culture and society. The Left has never gained much power in a strong, happy, secure nation. Oh, when people don’t have to worry about food or shelter or basic survival they have the luxury to dabble in irrational and unreasonable things like lip service to socialism or fascism (both of which mostly appealed to elites and self-styled “intellectuals”) but the real power comes when the Left can step in and take advantage of societal upheaval and fear.

        We have been too strong a country, and too happy a country, so the Left has had to develop ways to damage that. They started with the old Marxist standby of class warfare, but when people have the ability to move upward socially and financially that doesn’t work as well as in class-structured nations. Then they had the feminist thing, women against men, and it kind of worked for a while till the old appeal of women to men and vice versa kind of derailed it except for with a few hags and harridans.

        “Racism” has always been a good tool of the Left and they have really been working on that, but the problem is that when everything is racist nothing is racist, and in the end it’s a self-defeating strategy.

        When men vs women stopped fracturing our society, they just invented new genders, so they could have all sorts of splinter groups going, and then turn them against each other. And of course there is abortion.

        As a woman, I hate to say this, but the two biggest vulnerabilities of our society, the two areas of greatest weakness, are blacks and women. Figure out how to manipulate them, enrage them and keep them on the edge of furious hysteria, and you can keep societal chaos at a rolling boil. For the most part the men who are part of this are not what most would think of as very manly men, prone as they are to the same emotional manipulation and lack of rational thinking.

      • Amazona March 30, 2023 / 5:44 pm

        It’s called “social contagion”. The more people in a peer group who adopt anything—a clothing fad, a new electronic gadget, etc.—-the more others in the group follow along. And if the fad appeals to usual teenage angst of feeling isolated, misunderstood, insecure, it will have a larger impact on that peer group.

        Now that your grandson is out of the peer group bubble of college, Spook, I wonder how long he will want to continue demanding to be called an obviously inappropriate name or wearing women’s clothing while having to shave his beard and try to alter his voice. Without the constant reinforcement of his peers in school, this charade is likely to become somewhat tiresome and have less and less positive feedback. In college, to do something like this means acceptance into a group. In the real world, not so much.

    • Amazona March 30, 2023 / 5:35 pm

      Spook, you touched on something the movement refuses to address. That is, does a man truly feel that he IS a woman (just in a man’s body) or does he feel that he WANTS to be a woman? Because the second would be a lot easier to deal with than the first, and I think it probably accounts for the vast majority of the phenomenon.

      If a boy or man says “I know I’m a guy but I think I would be happier if I were a woman” this is something that can be addressed.

      There are the womanly rituals, such as makeup, which also associate with the ability to change ones’ appearance. There’s the fun of a wide variety of clothing. There may be perceived societal benefits to being a woman, from being sheltered and cared for by men to just being pampered. When you look at the drag phenomenon, you don’t see a single element that relates to the reality of being a woman, just the thrill of pretending, but not pretending to be a real woman, just a man with huge boobs and lots of makeup.

      I think of Bruce Jenner. I have never picked up on a vibe that Bruce truly feels he IS a woman, just that he thinks he will be happier AS a woman. The biggest clue to me is what he said about his sexual orientation. That is, that he is a woman but is not attracted to men, just to women. But he’s not a gay woman. Or a gay man. That seems to narrow it down to him understanding that he really is a heterosexual man, just one who has adopted the trappings of womanhood for who knows what or how many reasons.

  2. Cluster March 30, 2023 / 5:34 pm

    Well Trump just won the nomination. Reports are Trump has been indicted by a Grand Jury.

    • Retired Spook March 30, 2023 / 7:37 pm

      The last I heard earlier today was that the grand jury had been put on hold till the end of April. Something must have happened. Fat Alvin may have just gotten Trump elected.

      • Amazona March 30, 2023 / 7:59 pm

        They are basically just flailing around. I’m not even sure an actual indictment was the goal, just constant talking about it to convinced the feebles that there was so much smoke the fire would be AWESOME!!! Once there is enough excrement smeared around they can always come up with some new shiny thing to distract the feebles

        The problem with an indictment is that it leads to an arrest, which takes the whole thing out of the gossip arena and puts it in the courts, which do have rules even in NY. That means time deadlines and worst of all the need to prove that a law was even broken. They’ve taken a misdemeanor no one thought was worth pursuing, including Bragg, and which has timed out due to the statute of limitations, and tenuously grafted it onto a state law that isn’t relevant.

    • jdge1 March 30, 2023 / 9:06 pm

      I can’t say I’m surprised by Bragg’s actions as he has somewhat painted himself into a corner. After stirring up the dust and energizing the left, anything less would make him look weak, ineffective and stupid. However, the GOP house has issued him a letter for more information that he has ignored up to this point. I’m guessing he thinks he can sidestep congress without any ramifications. I’m also guessing he thinks whatever the GOP can throw at him, the Biden DOJ will ignore or cover. Doubt it will be that easy.

      Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY), and Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil (R-WI) sent a letter to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg informing him they have jurisdiction over his investigation into former President Donald Trump.

  3. Cluster March 30, 2023 / 5:58 pm

    Say what you will about Trump, but the man has been right about everything and this indictment is just another example.

    Remember when Bill Clinton was impeached over lying about sex with Monica Lewinsky which prompted the the slogan “Move on”, and the company Remember too when Bill Clinton paid Paula Jones over $150,000 to go away … most Americans do, so I’m not sure Democrats know what they’re doing here. I think their fascism is getting the better of them.

  4. Amazona March 30, 2023 / 9:00 pm

    Things are always worse than they seem.

    That seems to be a good rule of thumb these days.

    Take the FBI.

    Every sentient person knows that the bureau has had a rough couple of years.

    The Russia collusion hoax revealed an agency shot through with corruption and partisan bias.

    But the rot goes far beyond the large handful of top bureau bad hats: the James Comeys, the Andrew McCabes, the Peter Strzoks, the Kevin Clinesmiths.

    It also goes back far beyond the election of 2016.

    Holman Jenkins, writing in The Wall Street Journal, lists a handful of the many shocking instances in which the agency was “hip deep” in corruption, incompetence, or some combination of the two.

    His conclusion? Abolish the FBI.

    “By now,” Jenkins writes, “after its performance in the 2016 election, the evidence might seem conclusive that the agency is a failed experiment, however able and dedicated many of its agents. … The agency should be scrapped and something new built to replace it.”

    This is a conclusion echoed by the storied civil-rights lawyer Harvey Silverglate.

    Writing in The Boston Globe, Silverglate notes that the corruption of the FBI is “too deeply embedded for effective reform.”

    “The best solution,” he concludes, “is to abolish the FBI and start anew. We need to rethink the kind of agency needed to investigate federal crimes.”

    But perhaps the most shocking litany of rot at the FBI has been compiled by Darren Beattie at Revolver News, whose latest story revolves around Ray Epps, a Phoenix-based professional provocateur and, apparently, FBI asset.

    Epps was originally near the top of the FBI’s list of “most wanted” figures from the Jan. 6 protest-cum-riot at the Capitol.

    Then a funny thing happened.

    Epps’s name was purged from the FBI files.

    Some 700 people have been arrested for their part in the Jan. 6 demonstration.

    But Epps and a handful of other major players in that drama remain unindicted.

    Indeed, although the FBI surely knows their identity, they remain nameless to the public, known only through amateur video footage of the event.

    Hence their colorful soubriquets: “ScaffoldCommander,” “FenceCutterBulwark,” “BlackSkiMask,” and so on.

    Beattie shows that what the media label an “insurrection” is almost certainly better described as a “Fedsurrection.”

    And when I say “shows,” I mean shows.

    His long essay doesn’t just describe what happened. It’s punctuated by scores of photos and video clips that prove the accuracy of what he describes.

    We don’t know with 100 percent certainty that the figures who organized and orchestrated the breach of the Capitol did so at the instigation of federal authorities.

    But it sure looks that way.

    Beattie takes us step by step from the moment on Jan. 5 when Epps whipped up a crowd and told them, over vocal objections from various demonstrators, that they were going to the Capitol the next day.

    Beattie shows how other actors calmly removed fences and signage on Jan. 6, clearing a path for the protesters, who were carefully funneled through that one walkway up to the Capitol.

    “Okay we’re in!” shouted the man known as “Scaffold Commander,” so-called because he was perched, megaphone in hand, atop a tall tower overlooking the Capitol complex.

    “We’re in!” he shouted. “Come on! We gotta fill up the Capitol! Come on! Come now! We need help. We gotta fill up the Capitol! They got in.”

    Will coincidences never end? The blue and white megaphone he was using was identical to the blue and white megaphones used by other people directing the crowd.

    Beattie isn’t the only person to notice the oddity of it all. This Twitter thread, published the day after the event: “What happened yesterday was not as it seemed.”


    “What makes the ScaffoldCommander-Ray Epps affair complete,” Beattie noted, “is that they appeared to work in tandem from start to finish the entire day on 1/6.

    “Both set up positions at the initial 12:50 p.m. ‘Big Bang’ breach site, and they did so before the Proud Boys arrived.

    “The official story, you will recall, says that the Proud Boys group caused the riot.”

    But they didn’t.

    A review of the video footage shows a handful of main players that day.

    None have been indicted.


    The simplest explanation is that the people who took down the fences and the “restricted area” signs, who loudly directed the crowd into the Capitol, were federal assets.

    Beattie is right.

    “If Ray Epps was acting on instructions from a government handler from any federal agency (FBI, ATF, Pentagon, DHS, DEA, anything), we now are talking about perhaps the single most egregious caught-on-camera intelligence operation in our lifetimes.”

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