Open Thread

Polling, as we know, is mostly useless – probably more useless now than its ever been. In the Trump vs DeSantis fight, they show Trump up big nationally, but DeSantis running neck and neck in State polling, especially Iowa. My thoughts: we’re being fed polls designed to please Trumpsters and DeSantis-stans so that internal bickering will increase and get people to stake out “Only Trump” or “Never Trump” positions which would help Pudding Brain next year.

Remember: it is always an op. What is put out for public consumption is designed to get you to believe what isn’t true and act against your own best interests. They are never telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Nothing is for free – and if the product is free, then you are actually the product. Someone paying for a poll and handing it to you “free” means they want you to believe a certain way…nobody puts up money just for the heck of it.

RFK, Jr got into the race. He’s got no chance. Not even if Pudding Brain kicks the bucket. He is far Left loon on a lot of a positions, but not on all of them and as the rich and corporations have gone ever more Woke, they are now key elements of the Democrat coalition – RFK does take stabs at them and they’ll never forgive him for doing that. He’s also in bad repute because he is a traditional Left anti-war Democrat, taking up the mantle of his father…while the Democrats are all pro-war over Ukraine and speak nary a word against the Military-Industrial Complex these days. His anti-vax ideology is also mostly absurd – but it worked out to be spot-on with the Covid vaccine so that will garner him some support among the more Libertarian parts of the Left. Not nearly enough to make a difference in the Democrat primaries.

OTOH hand, Newsom is making all sorts of moves which are clearly preparing for a White House run. Mostly low key but doing things like ripping on RDS and donating money to the Tennessee Democrat party are things you only do if you want support from Democrats in Florida and Tennessee…States Pudding Brain is catastrophically unpopular in and which a solid challenger might do some damage in a Democrat primary. Remember: LBJ was all set to run again in 1968 until he merely did worse than expected in New Hampshire. It wouldn’t take much to get the Democrat power people (who are all largely owned by either the Clinton or Obama machines) to dump China Joe. On the other, other hand Newsom might just be keeping an iron in the fire in case Joe goes so gaga or dies that the Democrats have to run others…and worse comes to worst, Newsom is positioning himself for 2028. He will definitely run for President – do not doubt that. He’s confident he can win (and he’s got a lot of reason to be confident – the MSM will puff him up like the Second Coming).

The most recent spate of shootings are clearly the result of Democrats pumping up apocalyptic rhetoric and just waiting for one of their deranged followers to explode. They’ll keep doing this. Oh, you think they wouldn’t do that? Rely on it, guys: people who favor abortion to birth don’t care about human life. They don’t have to order anyone to do it…they know, they’ve got a huge and growing crop of followers who are insane and who are driven to depression by unrelenting “the world is dying” and “GOP is Nazi” rhetoric.

37 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Amazona April 11, 2023 / 9:17 am

    In the “It’s About Time!” category:

    Skepticism of Climate Doomsday Predictions Swells Since Musk’s Takeover Of Twitter

    In the past year, skepticism of the climate crisis – or denial there’s any manmade climate change at all – has grown. While climate activists worry this spreads “misinformation,” skeptics say they are facing less censorship and audiences are interested in what they have to say.

  2. Cluster April 11, 2023 / 9:29 am

    I’m sure you’ve all heard about the classified docs leak which reportedly has done some major damage to relations with allies and compromised secret intel on the war in Ukraine. (see link below)

    It really is hard to quantify the damage this Democrat “faculty lounge” administration has done to this country. Starting global wars, bankrupting the country, weaponizing their constituents, racially dividing the country, etc.

    Will this country ever be great again? Under Trump, we had a highly functioning country, with no wars, little inflation, secure border, low cost of living, high wages, and job security. We have none of that now.

    Oh and just a reminder, the “faculty lounge” administration has yet to dignify the murders of six Christians and the heroic actions of the KY police. Instead, they grieve for the murderer and exploit the issue to further their agenda. That’s who they are.

  3. Amazona April 11, 2023 / 9:45 am

    I agree re: polling. I am seeing it more and more as a nefarious way to steer opinion instead of merely reflecting it. The invented Trump/DeSantis “polls” are a good example.

    I would much prefer to just let things take their natural course, but of course the Agenda Media and various polling agencies (if there is a difference) have to put their thumbs on the scale to generate as much hysteria as they can, and in general make a mess of things.

    DeSantis is steady, and not a reactor, but Trump is a super-reactor and recasts reacting as aggression, so the polling just eggs him on. And that may be the purpose: get him so riled up he gets more and more reckless and, to be blunt, stupid in his flailing away at DeSantis, and in so doing turning off more Americans. The pollsters are pulling his strings, yelling “Here he comes!
    He’s getting closer! Watch out!” He is frittering away the advantage he got by being indicted by refusing to act like a statesman.

    Yes, I know he has passionate support, cheering crowds, etc. but he did last time, too, and has probably lost votes since then. He needs to start bringing in more voters, appealing to the squishes who by their very self-identification admit to going back and forth instead of being moored by a coherent belief system of how the nation should be governed and commitment to electing people who will do that. And it is these wishy-washies who will run the other way when they get spooked by “indictments” or goofy statements and bluster and petty schoolyard attacks.

    And speaking of Trumpiness in general—it’s time to get the hook and get those boys off the stage. I cringe every time I see one of them, spouting the same old Trump narrative and reminding me that while Trump himself did good, his kids were awful.

    I have my own ideas on how Trump could cinch this election. (Surprise, surprise.) One is to admit that he screwed up when he accepted Fauci’s advice, and that the “vaccines” have turned out to be a disaster. That would impress people who say he is incapable of admitting he is ever wrong and also of learning from his mistakes, and it would set Biden up as our own little Stalin, using the force of the government to injure and even kill people. He could build on the whole narrative developing, not just of the dangers of the drugs but of the corruption associated with them. Of all the awful mistakes of the Biden era, this is the most egregious and the most likely to resonate with the people, and Trump insists on being on the same side as Biden. He could be the hero, riding in to save the day, to save lives by discouraging people from taking the jab and imposing it on their children. I can’t see how a nominated Biden could recover from a full disclosure of the lies, chicanery, financial corruption and collusion with the drug companies, and complicity in lying to the American people while being the first president in our history to impose tyrannical restrictions on the public merely by decreeing them. But the only way to do that is to take the other side.

    The other thing would be to make nice with DeSantis. While DeSantis clearly wants to be president, I believe he is also a little conflicted. He truly loves Florida and he ran to be its governor for four years, and he truly is dedicated to doing what is best for the nation. In addition to that, who wants to charge into the toxic buzzsaw of going up against Trump? I think he would probably be happy to settle in as governor till the end of his term, supporting Trump and building his coalition, so he could (with Trump’s support) start campaigning in earnest in 2027. That would remove a major distraction for both men, letting them work toward the same goal without the ginned-up hysteria being promoted by the media and the pollsters.

  4. Cluster April 11, 2023 / 4:31 pm

    This headline … perfectly sums up the Biden administration

    Truck carrying 40,000 pounds of toxic soil from East Palestine train derailment OVERTURNS on highway

  5. Cluster April 11, 2023 / 4:34 pm

    Breathtaking brain damage on the part of SF Mayor London Breed (leave it to an ignorant minority to come up with that name) … her response? “Calm down people. Senseless crime is just your imagination” lol

    Facing growing criticism of the escalating crime in her city, San Francisco Mayor London Breed has urged people not to ‘jump to conclusions’ about the high profile murder of Cash App founder Bob Lee and separate attack on a former fire commissioner. Lee was stabbed to death last week while visiting San Francisco. Police have released no information about his death, nor have they made any arrests. One day after his brutal murder, former fire commissioner Don Carmignani was beaten outside his mother’s home by Garett Doty. Doty’s attorney claims Carmignani pepper sprayed him first, provoking the attack. Carmignani has since appealed to Breed to enact policy changes to make the city safer. Rather than heed those calls, she defended the city on Saturday and even appeared to suggest that the incidents were not examples of senseless crime.

    • Cluster April 11, 2023 / 4:36 pm

      And in a related story … but don’t tell the Mayor

      Checkout’s closed: Whole Foods FLAGSHIP San Francisco store closes after one year because of rampant drug use in restrooms, violence towards staff – and theft of ALL 250 shopping baskets

    • Amazona April 11, 2023 / 6:15 pm

      In a way she is not wrong. This crime is not senseless, but is part of a master plan to destabilize this nation to make it more vulnerable and susceptible to Leftist takeover.

  6. Amazona April 11, 2023 / 6:13 pm

    It looks like even the NYT knows this would be a gross violation of state sovereignty. Freshman Representative Harriet Hageman is a renowned water attorney—I wonder what she will have to say about this. (No I don’t.)

    The New York Times


    As the Colorado River shrinks, the White House for the first time proposed cutting water allotments to the states that depend on it.

    The size of those reductions and the prospect of the federal government unilaterally imposing them on states, have never occurred in American history.

    • Cluster April 11, 2023 / 6:43 pm

      There is something wrong with Lake Mead. There has been average to above average snow pack in the Rockies for the last 5 to 8 years, and this year of course is record breaking, yet Mead drops in water level. It makes no sense. The reservoirs here in AZ are FULL and the State is releasing some water in anticipation of what’s to come (note the correct use of an apostrophe). Had California spent the last decade building retention basins/reservoirs to capture run off, particularly this year, they would have no water shortages. This is just yet another glaring example of the failed leadership class that so many morons support and defend because of well you know … orange man bad and racist.

      Yea I’m talking about you forty and fielding and casper

      • Mark Noonan April 12, 2023 / 1:03 am

        Long forgotten was way back about 20 years ago they started to greatly increase the amount of water released from Lake Mead into the Colorado River…the idea was that this would keep the lower Colorado more natural. This has meant lots of water for the river and, of course, more dumped into the sea…but it hasn’t helped water levels in the lake all that much and it sorta defeats the purpose of having a dam in the first place. In these many years of drought, the normal course for the lower Colorado would be to be nearly dry. A dam is supposed to hold water, ya know? For the dry years? We’ve kept it flowing as if there was no drought.

        Good job, Environmentalists!

        That said, of late the lake has bounced back a bit and we should see a nice rise as Spring goes on because it looks like the drainage basin has a lot of snow to melt off.

      • Cluster April 12, 2023 / 8:40 am

        Forty, about 15 years ago, Arizona agreed to sell California a portion of it’s CO River allotment. AZ doesn’t need the CO River. But go on

      • Cluster April 12, 2023 / 8:43 am

        Moreover, most of AZ’s power supply comes from gas and nuclear …

        n 2021, 99% of Arizona’s total electricity net generation was provided from 6 sources: natural gas (43%); nuclear power (28%); coal (13%); solar energy (9%); hydroelectric power (5%): and wind (1%). Hydroelectric pumped storage, petroleum, and biomass supplied the rest.

  7. Jeremiah April 11, 2023 / 11:32 pm

    To liquidate people you start by depriving them of their memory. They destroy your books, your culture, your history. And someone else writes other books, gives them another culture, invents another story; after that, people slowly begin to forget what they are and what they were. And the world around you forgets even faster.

    -Milan Kundera

    • Retired Spook April 11, 2023 / 11:38 pm

      If you’ve ever read 1984 that is precisely what happened, and in the span of a generation or two.

  8. Cluster April 12, 2023 / 8:51 am

    You gotta love to see this …Gavin Newsome for President!!!

    ‘Rapidly growing’ homeless encampments spring up next to LA’s celebrity-filled Beverly Hills neighborhood – where the median home price is $3.5M

    • Retired Spook April 12, 2023 / 9:40 am

      I thought Tucker hated Trump. If that’s the case, it didn’t come across in the interview, although mostly Tucker just let Trump talk. This country would be a lot better place if he were still President — the world too for that matter.

      • Amazona April 12, 2023 / 11:27 am

        I’ve always thought the application of the word “hate” to Tucker’s attitude toward Trump was overstated. I always thought that a lot of what Trump said and did just really bothered Tucker, as it has a lot of us, and he never felt the need to hide this. I think he just called it the way he saw it, the bad as well as the good, to let the public sort it out as we choose. Which is an attitude I appreciate from journalists, and Tucker has rapidly been closing the gap between opinion host and journalist.

    • Cluster April 12, 2023 / 9:58 am

      Because the propaganda media wants everyone to think that, and yes Tucker has expressed hatred towards Trump. Here’s the thing though, mature adults know how to control their emotions and often times hatred does morph into respect. Democrats have no such capability.

    • Amazona April 12, 2023 / 11:28 am

      Oh, I want him in office. I just don’t want another chair-throwing Jerry Springer campaign

  9. Cluster April 12, 2023 / 9:14 am

    WTF is this????? It’s more toxicity in the environment leading to health problems, and a financial boom to big pharma and more control over the population. Or is that a conspiracy theory?

    More than 2,000 people are evacuated as inferno engulfs Indiana plastic recycling plant spewing cloud of toxic smoke seen 20 miles away – and it could burn for DAYS

  10. Amazona April 12, 2023 / 11:20 am

    Instead of just giving a link, I’m going to paste the entire article. Partly because I always love the intros to the main articles, partly because of the reference to our own Matt Margolis and his creds as super-journalist, and partly because there’s so much stuff in it I couldn’t decide where to break and leave the rest up to a link. (LOVE the “President LOLEightyonemillion” moniker.)

    [emphasis mine]

    Top O’ the Briefing

    Happy Wednesday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. Candace never regretted the years she devoted to fashioning likenesses of the von Trapp children out of Rice Krispies bars.

    There used to be a lot of talk in America about “respecting the office of the presidency” even if one found the current officeholder objectionable. For most of my adult life, I’ve tried to do just that.

    Then the questionable COVID-19 election gave us a president whose pudding brain is being run by a bunch of far-left psychos who don’t respect the office at all. Joe Biden’s handlers have turned the office of the presidency into a cesspool of graft that makes Richard Nixon look like a soloist in a boys’ choir by comparison.

    It truly seems as if the mission statement of the Biden administration is to corrupt everyone in the Executive Branch on its way to destroying trust in our institutions and eventually the Republic itself.

    The worst aspect of this Constitution-shredding presidency has been the way it transformed the Federal Bureau of Investigation from being a domestic security agency to a taxpayer-funded organized crime goon squad. What little faith conservatives had in government has been shattered by that, and it’s not going to be coming back.

    Matt has the latest story about the unholy alliance between Biden’s puppet masters and the agency that used to at least pretend it was looking out for all American citizens:

    “New information is being uncovered regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unprecedented raid of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last year. According to America First Legal (AFL), a judicial watchdog, an investigation of the raid confirmed that the FBI gained access to NARA records through a “special access request” made by the Biden White House on behalf of the Department of Justice.

    “On August 8, 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted an unprecedented raid of Mar-a-Lago on the ground that potentially classified records existed there. According to press reports, Biden Administration aides were “stunned” to hear of this development,” AFL begins in a press release. “However, new NARA records obtained through America First Legal’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Mar-a-Lago raid further confirmed that the FBI obtained access to these records through a ‘special access request’ from the Biden White House on behalf of the Department of Justice (DOJ).”

    We are too far into the collective nervous breakdown that Democrats have been having since November 2016 to accurately assess the damage their desire to exact revenge on Trump has cost the nation.

    It’s not as if Team Biden doesn’t have anything else to work on. That’s one of the many things about this that every patriotic American has the right to be irate about. Despite the administration’s spin to the contrary, the economy is still a mess and Americans are struggling financially. WWIII is just dying to happen. The Mexican border is a humanitarian and national security crisis.

    But President LOLEightyonemillion has the feds busy with wreaking havoc with Trump’s life and the lives of anyone who supports him.

    While patriotic, law-abiding Americans are suffering under Biden’s New East Berlin approach to governing, criminals are thriving thanks to the FBI’s shift in priorities. Open borders and a domestic security agency that’s busy spying on Catholics who go to church rather than looking for gun runners — what could go wrong?

    The Bidens will be getting Christmas cards from all of the cartels this year.

    It’s a valid question to ask how much more of this the United States can endure. It feels like the Biden handlers are redoubling their efforts to shred the fabric of American society just in case one of their Magic Mail-In Ballot machines breaks down next year.

    Is the availability of Xanax being affected by the supply chain problems?

    Asking for a friend.

    So the Biden White House went to the DOJ to have it tell the FBI to go the NARA to tell them to dig into the possibility of finding some irregularity in what documents the President of the United States had taken with him when he left office. I don’t think it is a stretch to imagine that when the NARA came back with its tepid report of merely asking that an additional lock be put on the already-locked room in a building already guarded by the Secret Service they were then told to go back and dig deeper, work harder, and set up an FBI raid. Because that’s the sequence of events.

  11. Cluster April 12, 2023 / 7:03 pm

    Funny headline and obviously written by a non golfer. “A range of emotions” is not unusual in golf, and in fact it IS the game of golf lol

    Trump goes through range of emotions chipping onto the green in Palm Beach – as it’s revealed he is SUING his disgraced fixer Michael Cohen for $500M

  12. Cluster April 12, 2023 / 7:15 pm

    In my opinion, FJB is committing treason

    Maine asks residents of Portland to donate money to house hundreds of newly-arrived migrants: Fury as local gymnasium is turned into shelter for border crossers

    Not only has the American Oligarchy sold out our good paying jobs over the last 20 years, But now their installed President has imported low skill laborers to compete for the scraps left behind for the citizens he governs. This is wholly unacceptable.

  13. Amazona April 13, 2023 / 7:14 am

    New Details Emerge Over ‘Mistake’ That Led To Bud Light’s Paid Marketing Engagement With Trans Influencer

    Company bigshots are running away from the disastrous Mulvaney campaign, which so far has cost the company about $5 billion-with-a-B in market value.

    • Retired Spook April 13, 2023 / 8:33 am

      which so far has cost the company about $5 billion-with-a-B in market value.

      Economics is an imprecise science, but stupidity is usually rewarded in a negative manner.

  14. Amazona April 13, 2023 / 7:49 am

    Thinking about EMPs the other day, and our dependence on the nation that would probably be the one inflicting them on us (can we say “balloons”, boys and girls?) I started to wonder what it would take to start making things here that we now just automatically buy from China.

    I know we could start making our own drugs, and probably do a better job given the tendency of China to poison our pets and the possibility they could do this to us, too. Making a lot of medical supplies would be very doable. We can do without Nikes and, for that matter, Apple. (I just had my iPhone 12x simply shut down on me, and had to spend half a day fighting with it and then deleting everything on it and doing a reset, losing all my old texts in the process even though I was backed up. I’m not an Apple fan anyway, and my next phone will be an Android again. But that is aside from the fact that contrary to the opinions/passions of many, we could get along just fine without Apple, at least till it started to manufacture here.)

    But I have a serious question maybe one of you can answer: Could we, with our current technology and workforce, start making the big transformers that we would need to replace in an EMP attack? Or any other kind of attack, for that matter. I understand that now there is a wait time of months for some of the major electrical equipment we need, and I just don’t understand why no American company has stepped up to fill the void.

    I am absolutely baffled by our complacent dependency on China. It’s as if we were in 1938 and happily depending on Germany for our weapons, medicine, etc.

    And how long would it take for the economy to stabilize, balancing the higher cost of American-made products with the economic powerhouse of increased productivity?

    (BTW I also thought about flooding several countries with flyers, much like we dropped papers during WW II, telling the citizens that as they seem to hate the United States we are no longer sending them any money but spending our money on helping our own nation prosper. Not leaving it up to the politicians to tell the people why we stopped the largesse, but going directly to them with the message that we don’t feel inclined to subsidize people who hate us. This, and getting rid of 90% of the IRS by having a Fair Tax would help our bottom line.)

    • Cluster April 13, 2023 / 8:05 am

      Could we, with our current technology and workforce, start making the big transformers that we would have to replace in an EMP attack?

      No, we can not. At least that’s my guesstimate. Only because that has not been a priority of Americas Oligarchy, and only their interests are served in this country. We don’t have leaders who love and protect this country. We have leaders who love and protect themselves, their agenda, their power, their lavish travel, perks, and their prestige on the world stage. It’s all about them and has been for nearly 30 years now. Trump was the great distractor. They were shocked when he was elected, and they did get rid of him by all means necessary including committing treason. That’s how protective they are of themselves. We must break permanent Washington before American can heal itself,

      • Retired Spook April 13, 2023 / 8:25 am

        that has not been a priority of Americas Oligarchy,

        Excuse me, you left out the apostrophe in America’s. Meet the hangman in the public square at noon.

      • Cluster April 13, 2023 / 9:05 am

        LOL … to apostrophe, or not to apostrophe. That is the question.

      • jdge1 April 13, 2023 / 6:14 pm

        Unless… he’s talking about North, Central and South Americas. Then he would be correct. Funny you should point that out thought.

    • Mark Noonan April 13, 2023 / 3:13 pm

      We’d probably find there’s lots of things we either no longer know how to do, or our ability to do it is atrophied as the infrastructure for the action no longer exists. Thinking about it, I’m pretty confident in our oil drilling capability (the world still beats a path to our door when it wants to drill for oil) as well as our aircraft capacity…but not much else. We’re hollowed out very badly.

  15. Retired Spook April 13, 2023 / 8:39 am

    From Jeff Childers:

    Bloomberg ran an outraged story yesterday headlined, “PBS Joins NPR in Quitting Twitter Over State-Backed Label.”

    NPR and PBS rage-quit Twitter yesterday after being accurately labeled as “Government-Funded.” Twitter owner Elon Musk seemed more amused than punished:

    “PBS stopped tweeting from our account when we learned of the change and we have no plans to resume at this time,” PBS spokesman Jason Phelps said in an email. “We are continuing to monitor the ever-changing situation closely.”

    “Guess they won’t mind losing federal funding in that case,” Twitter’s owner Musk said in a tweet. “Defund NPR,” the billionaire entrepreneur wrote in another.

    I could get behind that. The most interesting thing about this story is that, by rage-quitting, NPR and PBS are implicitly admitting that taking government money creates an impression of bias. Imagine that. They just don’t like being called out for it.

  16. Cluster April 13, 2023 / 9:34 am

    This story is a great example of how distorted every political issue is …

    Florida professor leaves $190,000-a-year job following claim he faked data on racism studies

    Every political issue in this country is a lie perpetuated by the Oligarchy to keep the populace divided and confused. That’s how they keep power.

    • Mark Noonan April 13, 2023 / 3:08 pm

      The real issue is how much fake data there is and how long it has been going on. In the time when Democrats are letting crime run while in NYC, they are claiming that crime is dropping. It is almost certainly because they simply are reclassifying crimes and/or simply not adding crime to the stats. You know – felony assault becomes a misdemeanor charge and so doesn’t make it into the books. The Soviet Union did that as well: they were officially largely crime free but they also just didn’t report it. Crime was actually rampant except in the closely guarded enclaves of the elite.

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