Deep State Deep Sixed Open Thread

Trump is at long last getting rid of the people who have been undercutting him from within – the Deep State operatives and Obama holdovers…Ric Grennell is especially cleaning house in the intelligence agencies. And what is ol’ Mitt’s response?

The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so
without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in the constitutional balance of power.

It just reeks of surrender – but, also, sheer ignorance. The Executive branch isn’t supposed to balance itself…Congress and the Court balance the Executive…to have people in your own Administration who are working against you isn’t balance, it is a negation of an Executive. We elected Trump to be the guy in charge of the Executive. per the Constitution, there is only one person in charge of that branch: the President. He decides 100% of what Executive branch policy will be and everyone in the Executive branch has to shut up and soldier, or quit. That is how it is supposed to be – and it is how it must be. Having IG’s who see their job as curbing the President – rather than rooting out lawbreakers and people refusing to carry out Administration policy – is insane. It must be stopped – and I’m glad Trump is finally stopping it.

Along these lines it has been noticed that in the whole Trump-Russia charade, Mitch McConnell has been rather AWOL. Don’t get me wrong: he’s good for a lot of things, but on this he’s been absent…and thus allowing people like the now-former Senate intel chief Burr have his way…and Burr’s way was to provide cover for the Deep State. Now that Burr is out of the committee due to his sordid financial trickery (and it seems to be raking in Feinstein, at least a bit), it is time for McConnell to think anew and act anew – as President Trump urged:

Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true. Time is running out. Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late. The Dems are vicious, but got caught. They MUST pay a big price for what they have done to our Country. Don’t let them get away with this!

Mitch McConnell has spent years pretending as though the Russian collusion hoax never happened. If he thinks he’s going to keep the Senate majority and confirm more judges without addressing the hoax and holding the hoaxers accountable, he’s lost his mind.

McConnell is old school, as I think we all know. Not a bad guy. Has some genuine Conservative views. Not a crook like a Burr or a Clinton is…but, still, someone who doesn’t want to rock the system…the various gravy trains which flow through DC and the corporate world and which he and his family have benefited from. But now is a time for choosing: them, or us? If McConnell chooses us, then not only will his position as Majority Leader be solidified but he’ll be an American hero. If he chooses them…then all bets are off.

From The Washington Examiner:

The sheriff of Fresno County, California, said she is unable to enforce the state’s stay-at-home order because she’s too busy rearresting accused criminals who were released due to the state’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy.

Some people are getting a little too frisky and talking of Red California. Ain’t gonna happen, folks. California will go for Biden by 20 points in November. But the combination of lockdown insanity and things like no-bail for criminals (and laws which essentially allow someone to steal $900 worth of stuff and them come back the next day and steal another $900 worth) might be wearing out the Democrats’ welcome even in deep Blue California. But this might help us flip a few House seats in November…and California will eventually become, if not Red, at least Purple. At the end of the day, Latino voters might well be in favor of lots of Progressive ideology, especially as it relates to government spending…but no one but rich, white Liberals favor things like letting criminals out of jail while locking up moms for taking their kids to the park. The Democrats are working hard to turn Texas Blue and they are having some success…but not as much as they want. But, meanwhile, Florida is the next state to go Red and even California isn’t the firm fortress Democrats think it is.

Writing a Book Open Thread

Still working on Secrets – you all have got your copy of Mirrors, right? – and I’m enjoying it immensely. Don’t really know much about the whole fiction author thing but I do wonder if authors are supposed to fall in love with their characters? Bryce and Fred are just great guys while Celeste and Rossalyn are proving to be very tough and resourceful, at any rate. I’m just under 60,000 words on the sequel and it is coming to its climax; probably another 30-40,000 words to go. I’ve introduced several new good guys and a couple new bad guys, as well (one of which is a woman, to sort of balance it out – all my ladies have proven to be good eggs, so far; so I thought I needed a bad lady). As happened to a much better work, the tale is growing in the telling and, at least for me, three or four books of this won’t be enough. I’ve also had to draw a map of Hadwin’s world – it was getting difficult to orientate what direction everyone was going without it. Now I understand why Tolkien also needed one.

Flynn case dismissed, right? Well, not quite – the judge in the case is proving to be an obvious ally of the Deep State and is now inviting Trump opponents to tell him why he should keep the case going, even though the prosecutor says there is no crime to charge Flynn with, or even anything to start an investigation over. Just amazing. One theory I’ve seen is that they want to force Trump to pardon Flynn – to keep some patina of “he’s guilty” on it all. Maybe – but it also might be sheer, hate-filled bloody mindedness at this point.

Acting DNI Grennell has declassified lots and lots of stuff and this is allowing us, for the first time, to really see the picture of the coup attempt. It is going to be very hard to not vote for Grennell in the GOP primary in 2024, should he decide to run. He’s showing that he’s got the most important Trumpist aspect: guts. And if he can be brave while also being less abrasive than Trump, he might become an unstoppable political force. We’ll see what the future brings.

RSM on the Arbery case. I’m mostly agnostic on the case because, well, if the MSM is pushing it hard (and they are) then someone is lying. There’s no way the MSM would push a true story. At the very least, there doesn’t seem to be an actual racial angle here, though the MSM and its minions are already saying that Arbery was killed because he was black. Maybe the shooters are guilty of murder or manslaughter – that is for a jury to decide and unless they plead out, this will go to a jury and the jury will hear the actual facts of the case: and those facts may end up strongly at variance with what the MSM has been saying.

Open Thread

Andrew Cuomo forced nursing homes to take Coronavirus patients and lots of people died because of this order – today, he Tweets this out:

Any nursing home that fails to follow health procedures will lose their license.

Remember: If a nursing home cannot provide adequate care, they MUST call the State Department of Health to transfer the resident.

He’s counting on the MSM to do their job – pretend the order he gave never happened.

Even Willie Brown is taking exception to Newsome’s draconian shutdowns. It was revealed that Coronavirus probably first showed up in Nevada in December…and that means by the time we went into lockdown in March, what was going to happen was already baked in. As soon as China and WHO decided to lie about this, there was nothing we could do which was going to really change things. Now, to be sure, the March lockdowns made sense given the information we had at the time. But, now we know: and further lockdowns are at best pointless, at worst destructive. So, why are Democrat governors keeping them? Two reasons:

1. They love their emergency powers.
2. The more misery there is, the better they think November will go for them.

Looks like Obama is signalling the troops on how he wants them to deal with his Administration’s actions vis a vis Trump – I noticed on social media yesterday an endless chorus of Democrats and Never Trumpers assuring quite certainly that Trump has no chance…it was really rather astonishing and I was wondering what was up? This wasn’t the usual Trump Is Doomed stuff…this was absolute assurance that Trump will not win in November. Now I’ve figured out why they went overboard on the predictions: they are signalling Obama people that if they just hold out until January, this all goes away…Biden will drop everything and everyone who committed a crime will be protected. Obama doesn’t want anyone to turn.

Don Surber notes that President Trump learned the lesson of Nixon. First off, don’t be guilty but, also very important, don’t fire anyone and disclose everything. In other words: let the fools impale themselves on a false Narrative.

Little Richard had one of the best Rock n Roll voices, ever:

This Open Thread is Exonerated

That feeling of joy you got in your heart earlier today? That was your realization that Justice can still be had in the United States.

Flynn was railroaded, plain and simple – and some of the things coming out today show that Obama knew…what we don’t know, yet, is if he ordered it. We won’t know unless someone turns on him…which would be a very difficult thing for any Establishment type to do because they know that it would forever be over for them. No one in the club would ever let them back in again. I’m not even sure the prospect of 20 years in jail would convince someone to drop dime on Barry.

Be that as it may, what is clearly emerging is that the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the Obama Administration – and continuing via Deep State operatives during the Trump Administration – cooked up a false investigation to first try to stop Trump from being elected, then to undo the election once he had one. As one Twitter friend of mine put it: in January of 2017, we did not have a peaceful transfer of power. It was all garbage from start to finish. There was never any collusion with Russia by Trump or his team – in fact, its coming out (as I long suspected) that if Putin preferred anyone in 2016, it was Hillary, who was already safely bought and even if not bought, so mind-bogglingly stupid that Putin could get away with bloody murder on her watch.

But we’re still not done – and we won’t be done until at least some of these criminals go to jail. My Father was opposed to the death penalty all his life (as far as I know), but there was one thing he wanted to keep it for: treason. His view was that treason was the worst possible crime because to betray a nation is to attempt to murder every citizen of the nation. The people who thought this up and carried it out are traitors; their loyalty, when not to a foreign paymaster (and I’m certain that a large number are the deep-cover spies of foreign powers) is to their class. They don’t give a damn about our country. Patriots simply do not use lies and blackmail because their side lost the last election. I want these people to go down, very hard.

We’ll see if that happens – the Deep State is still very powerful and its hard to find anyone who has the position to do something who isn’t allied with the Establishment or deathly afraid of it. I hope that Barr has the guts to do it – and I hope he’s found at least a few others with the guts to push this to a conclusion.

Open Thread

A slight modification to the US Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Nothing in this Amendment shall be construed as prohibiting the imposition of civil and criminal penalties for the publication of false information.

Just a bit of spitballin’ here – but as I said in an earlier post, we must do something to end the Reign of Lies which has warped our politics for the past 50 or maybe even 80 years. I really am all ears here – but please don’t try to tell me that we must retain the current system which allows the MSM – in service of the Democrats – to brazenly lie all the time without any possibility of punishment. I realize that it is a very dicey thing, but I can’t see the Republic surviving if lies are allowed to go unchecked.

And, in fact, I think that God – in a way – commands us to do this: we are not supposed to allow lies to fly unchecked. Something must be built into the system as a corrective to falsehood.

Our Founders built the most brilliant system of government in human history and it has stood the test of time, but the Founders, understanding that people will lie for political advantage, never imagined a time when 95%+ of the news media in our country would (a) be liars and (b) be liars in the service of only one political party.

And speaking of lies – the Democrats and their MSM lapdogs really are circling the wagons for Biden, aren’t they? What amuses me most is that there are still some so-called “Conservative” voices out there claiming they are shocked at the double standard between Kavanaugh and Biden. To me its, oh, puhleeese! Of course the MSM and Democrats were going to treat Biden entirely differently from Kavanaugh. Everyone – including Kavanaugh’s accusers – knew the accusations against Kavanaugh were lies from the get-go; the Democrats, MSMers and Never Trumpers just pretended they thought otherwise because it was their shot to take down a Trump court nominee. But now that we have accusers of Biden – far more credible accusers – the problem is that if we go along with the accusations that would hurt a Democrat. And you know we can’t have that (and in case you were wondering why I suddenly got in the mood to amend the Constitution, this is it). Don’t look for truth, logic or any semblance of basic decency: this is about getting power…and for the Democrats anything that gets them power is good.

Some are talking that Biden can’t survive this when added to his obvious mental decline – I say: watch them. As long as Biden can stand up with his eyes open for five minutes, the DNC and MSM will prop him up as the second coming of Pericles. They have to – to ditch Joe means getting someone else, and if that someone else isn’t Bernie then the Democrats will be faced with open revolt. The only hope the Democrats have here is that after Biden picks his VP, he keels over. Absent that, they are going with him to the end.

The Experts are still saying that Trump is doomed – though the smarter Experts (those who can tie their own shoes) add the caveat “if the election were held today”. Of course, the election won’t be held today – but if it were, it would still be a decision between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Anything is possible in politics but I can’t see the American people, faced with crisis and economic crash, turning to a 78 year old, addle-brained political hack. Maybe they will – but until it happens, I won’t say it will happen. And, as it turns out, if you look at some of the voter registration numbers, social media activity and fundraising, it seems to me that Trump is well-positioned for a win in November.

I also wonder what real affect the Democrat governors will have on November? It is obvious that they aren’t acting for health and safety but merely to keep people miserable in the hope that this will help Biden. Its an open question as to whether or not that theory is correct…but I wonder if the actions like Oregon’s governor saying she’ll keep the shutdown until June is storing up a level of outrage against Democrats? No way to know – but I do know that some people are rather irked by it all. At the end of the day, we’re not going to have a cure for this thing, ever (even a vaccine won’t be 100% against it). Most of us will catch it at some point. Isn’t it time for we adult citizens of the Republic to just start assessing the risks for ourselves? I think so. And I wonder how people will long-term react to a Democrat governor saying you can’t go to the park?

Open Thread

As we all suspected, Flynn was framed. Completely set up as part of a process which was supposed to get people to lie under oath about President Trump. The plan ultimately failed because the plotters made one, fatal error: they assumed we on our side are garbage like they are. A Deep Stater/Establishment person is willing to lie – we’re not. We know that if you lie – especially under oath – you are taking your immortal soul in you hands and letting it slip through your fingers. Only coercion can get us to lie like that…because at that point we’re not morally responsible for the lie. Flynn agreed under duress to say he had done something wrong to save his family – only that could get him to go along. And then only for a little while. Flynn and Stone and everyone else simply refused to give the coup plotters what they wanted: someone who would swear that President Trump had colluded with Russia.

They didn’t get it – and now its all coming out, just what they did. We’ve got a problem: it was people who claim to be citizens of the United States who did this. Who else have they done it to? How many people are sitting in jail right now because they were forced to choose between the total ruination of their family or “confessing” to something they hadn’t done? And where did we breed in our nation the sort of people who can do things like that? How did it happen? This has to be fixed. For me, step one is to abolish the FBI…and review all their cases to see how many innocent people they’ve railroaded – but, until it is, remember: Never talk to the police.

Our Governor in Nevada is keeping us closed down – but, I also perceived watching his speech about it that he’s really not going to keep us closed up much longer. He’s talking a big game, but the bottom line is that people want to get out. At the end of the day, we’re adults and citizens of the Republic: we can assess the danger for ourselves. The Blue State governors naturally want to keep things closed tight – because they believe misery will help Biden in November. But as more Red States open up, the pressure will become enormous to open back up everywhere. Summer is coming – we want to go out.

I’ve actually always enjoyed reading CounterPunch articles – it is far, far left stuff, but they at least pull no punches and usefully skewer idiots…like Joe Biden, back in 2008:

Biden is a notorious flapjaw. His vanity deludes him into believing that every word that drops from his mouth is minted in the golden currency of Pericles. Vanity is the most conspicuous characteristic of US Senators en bloc, nourished by deferential acolytes and often expressed in loutish sexual advances to staffers, interns and the like. On more than one occasion CounterPunch’s editors have listened to vivid accounts by the recipient of just such advances, this staffer of another senator being accosted by Biden in the well of the senate in the week immediately following his first wife’s fatal car accident.

As they say, there’s more! You just know that Reade isn’t the only one. Biden entered the Senate in 1973. He’s old school – and the old school Senator was Ted Kennedy…a pig of a man who assumed his power allowed him to be a brute with women. And, ol’ Ted was right – he’s still honored as the Lion of the Senate, after all. What makes you think that Joe Biden, with Ted as an example, held back? His deep religious convictions which made him into a Catholic supporter of late-term abortion? Biden has to deny it – well, what he actually has to do is admit it and retire from public life, but he won’t do that – but if he denies it and any more comes out, he’s cooked. The MSM is doing massive cover-up for Biden here (he’s going on Morning Joe to take the softest of soft-ball interviews about it), but if it doesn’t all come out now, it’ll come out via Trump in October.

Kim Jong Un-Dead Open Thread

As of this moment, no real word on whether the man is dead, or not. But the fact that he hasn’t appeared in public to scotch the rumors indicates that he might have assumed room temperature. We can’t be sure of anything – not if he’s alive or dead and, if dead, what caused the demise. Official rumor is he went in for surgery and either died on the table or went into a coma…but maybe his sister and putative successor got tired of waiting for the throne? Who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see.

As for lockdowns: I’m starting to think we made a mistake. A completely understandable mistake, but one nonetheless. Next time, I think we should just go with masks, social distancing and the closure of events and venues where people crowd close together…and even then, if it can be managed with social distancing, it should be allowed; you know, a bar which has a capacity for 80 persons would be reduced to 20 persons during a pandemic, that sort of thing. A spirit of rebellion is growing – but slowly: people are worried and so still willing to put up with it. But try to extend this past, say, May 15th, and you might spark a revolution.

Joe “Fingers” Biden is in more trouble that most suspect – “most” being Democrats and Never Trump. I just don’t get how they think then can sell this guy to the public. He’s never been ragingly popular. He has no particular achievements to his name. He’s a life-long politician in a nation rather tired of such. He’s got all sorts of corruption issues and, lets face it, he likes to get handsy with the ladies, to say the least. As to whether or not he’s guilty of the alleged assault – we’ll never know for certain: it is alleged to have happened 27 years ago. On the other hand, there is more corroborating evidence – by far – of the accusation against Biden than there ever was against Kavanaugh. But here are our Democrats and Never Trumpers – backed up by the MSM stenographers – trying to downplay this. Do they not realize that Trump already has $240 million in the bank for the Fall campaign and he has absolutely no qualms about hitting his opponent with everything he’s got? Rely on it: Trump will bring all this stuff up – in ads and at the debates.

Speaking of which, there is now a bit of an effort – in the name of Coronavirus – to cancel the conventions. Just trying to keep us safe, ya dig? The reality: the Democrats are terrified of the prospect of Biden trying to make it through an hour-long, prime time speech.

The Experts are still assuring us that Biden has it in the bag: but even as they write their pieces, you can feel the fear in them: they know they are whistling past the graveyard. Everyone knows that any poll which has more Democrats than GOPers in the mix is pie-in-the-sky nonsense…and the only polls showing Biden ahead are polls with very much more Democrats than GOPers. I think they are just hoping that something will turn up – something which will doom Trump or some change in the Democrat ticket which will make their dreams come true. I discount rumors that Democrats are seeking to replace Biden – any attempt to do so would open up a can of worms Democrats would prefer to keep shut: every power broker in the insane Democrat coalition would insist upon their views being accepted before they’d sign off on a Biden replacement.

Is the office as we know it going for good? Its an interesting thought. As for me, I’d bribe my boss to be able to continue work-from-home. There is zero upside for me in going to sit in a cubicle every day when I can do my work better and faster at my desk at home. Now, some people feel they can’t be fully productive without the structure of the office – I know a guy who as fired as work-from-home because he was consistently late getting to work – but I ain’t one of them. We’ll see how it comes out – but telecommuting is the thing for me. Let me do that, and I might not retire unless and until I lose my marbles.

Open Thread Futures at -$1.79

We were supposed to be hoarding oil, I guess.

I supported the lockdowns when they were announced – but I’m starting to think that we might have made a mistake. Perhaps we should have made it a matter of personal choice? Do as much social distancing as possible. Wear masks and gloves. Work from home if possible – but let everyone assess the risk for themselves? As we see Democrats trying to force us into a Great Depression over this, it is clear that we didn’t think this all the way through at the start. At all events, it is time to start easing up. We do have to get back to work.

President Trump is going to suspend immigration – which makes sense. Until we’re back to full employment, we simply don’t need more people here. Liberal heads will explode over this – they will step on this rake. They have to. Orange Man Bad, right? So they’ll be out there telling us to stay in our homes but we must welcome new immigrants.

The Experts are still telling us that Biden has it in the bag – which sounds familiar. Almost like I heard this four years ago, or something. But, be that as it may, Steven Hayward has a contrarian view – mostly because Trump isn’t afraid to hit back and the Democrats are a targe-rich environment.

North Korea’s dictator is said to be in bad health.

What I expected to find: Russia didn’t want to help Trump in 2016. Of all the absurdities these past few years, this is the most egregious: that Russia wanted Trump. Its stupid – they owned Hillary. And even if they didn’t own her, they knew her policies were tailor-made to let Russia do whatever it damned well pleased in the world. Russia always wants to sow confusion because that’s just the way Russia is…but to think they’d want to roll the dice on Trump when they had a sure thing in Hillary is ridiculous.

Open Thread

Taking into consideration what Democrats are saying and doing in the aftermath of Trump’s re-open plan, I can only conclude that the Democrats have war-gamed this out and figure that the more pain there is, the better for them. They seem determined to shut down as much of the economy as they can and keep it shut down for months. They know – they must know – this will be catastrophic. Not just in economic losses, but in lives lost…people who have nothing to do and are fearful are subject to all sorts of maladies; and as things stay entirely concentrated on Coronavirus, other health care needs are kept to the side, which will also cause death. Democrats want all that – they want everyone perfectly miserable so that they, the Democrats, can ride to their rescue in November.

Would it work? Meaning – if they got their way, would it ensure Trump’s defeat? I’d have to suspect as much…we’re miserable enough as it is, but if we lacked all hope then lots of people probably would turn on Trump. But Trump is not a fool – and so he’s offering hope. I think people will grasp it.

Watching Biden interviews – and they’re all done in extremely friendly circumstances – is getting painful. You start to feel sorry for the old man – he’s clearly not mentally or physically up to the task and was only propelled to the nomination because the Powers That Be felt that Warren or Bernie would have been a certain disaster. The real question: how is this guy going to compete with Trump? The Energizer Bunny of Presidents? And as for the Tara Reade accusations – the MSM is doing Biden no favors by suppressing it…it just means that for a lot of middle of the road voters, they won’t hear about it until Trump tells them. At length. In debates and on TV commercials. Trump will make Biden’s handsiness an issue – with reams of video to back up the claims that Biden is a weirdo.

Beef processors are having some trouble – and it is bad news as we rely on beef. Buuuuut…they are largely having a trouble because they are dependent upon illegal labor. Make things better and I’ll bet they could attract high quality labor…sure, I’d pay an extra buck a pound for my steak, but I’m ok with that. And it would only be until someone really got into the nitty gritty of it all and found a faster, cheaper way of getting it done. Competition isn’t a panacea – what sometimes has to happen is a rap on the knuckles to concentrate the mind.

RSM – maybe this bug isn’t as deadly as we thought?

Open Thread

China has a debt problem:

China’s consumer loans are shrinking at an unprecedented pace after a decade of breakneck expansion, a blow to the government’s strategy of relying on spending as a growth engine amid the worst public health crisis
in a generation.

The net balance of consumer loans – made up of short-term and credit card loans from banks and online lenders – plunged by a quarter in the first two months of this year to 7.4 trillion yuan (US$1 trillion), according to data published by the People’s Bank of China. Some microlenders are staring at 20 cents on a dollar in bad loans.

China is fundamentally weak because China’s government does not have the consent of the governed – it is really as simple as that. Governments like that of China can, for a while, make things seem to work – but only seem. China is a honeycomb of bad debts, corrupt deals, crime and poverty masked by showpiece cities. Not only did China’s economy take a massive hit from the virus, it is going to keep on taking hits as foreign nations move their supply chains out of China. People are at last awake to how dangerous it is to have their supplies come out of China because of the sort of government China has. We’ll see how China weathers the storm…but it will be a very difficult time for them.

Related: Bloomberg killed a story about the corruption of China’s ruling class. One of the most astonishing things about Coronavirus is how it revealed the extent of China’s corruption of American institutions. They’re all bought, to one degree or another. Our supposed Expert Elite betters seem to have one thing in common – they’ll sell their country out for a few bucks.

Obama finally got around to endorsing Biden.

Don Surber’s plan to reopen America.

Ace rips into the New York Times over their stealth-editing of a Biden story at the behest of the Biden campaign. The story, of course, was about the sexual assault allegations launched against Biden. The bottom line is the accusation is far more credible than that made against Kavanaugh – but the MSM is determined to cover up for Ol’ Joe…because he’s a Democrat, and there’s an end on it.

Rumor mill has it that AG Barr is still rolling steadily along on the investigations with Brennan said to be a large target. We’ll see.