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Dec 14 2017

Open Thread

Most of the people buying the Soviet paraphernalia were Americans and West Europeans. All would be sickened by the thought of wearing a swastika. None objected, however, to wearing the hammer and sickle on a T-shirt or a hat. It was a minor observation, but sometimes, it is through just such minor observations that a cultural mood is best observed. For here, the lesson could not have been clearer: while the symbol of one mass murder fills us with horror, the symbol of another mass murder makes us laugh. - Anne Applebaum

30 Responses to “Open Thread”


    Fast & Furious holder THREATENS GOP Congress not to remove Mueller, which proves Mueller is THEIR attack dog!

    I’ve never witnessed a past administration THREATEN a successor administration before !

  2. MAS says:

    Sent this one to my son, he’ll use it to tickle some of his leftist contacts on Facebook. Yup, the apple doesn’t grow far from the tree…

  3. THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084 says:

    I still flirt with buying and wearing one. Alas, being civilized, aware of one’s surroundings and unable to carry the necessary arms – we stay under the radar. But CHE is OKAY, Stalin is Swell, Mao is a Pal, Ho Chi Minh is a good in too. The mustachioed Austrian is a piker in body counts compared to the heroes of our overlords – funny little world ain’t it?

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    What were the greatest mass murders in history? Of course the lunatic liberal left moonbats want to hide the facts, as usual, but each of the top three (single event) mass murders were the result of socialism/communism.

    The lunatic left preaches that Hitler was right wing and that he is the greatest mass murderer – at least if you ask moonbats that is their typical answer. But the truth, as usual, is quite different than what they believe, for Hitler was a socialist and he came in third, not first.

    In order, the worst mass murderers in history were:

    Mao Zedong: death count estimate — 49-78 million
    Joseph Stalin: death count estimate — 23 million
    Adolf Hitler: death count estimate — 17 million

    Another fact the lunatic left will dispute is that, over time, the greatest number of deaths attributable to one source eclipses the above list as Islam has killed more than all three combined. Moonbats blame “God” but it was not “God” that did the killing, it was MEN who claimed to be following the dictates of the self-proclaimed “Religion of Peace” and indeed if you kill everyone who doesn’t believe in Islam you would think that peace, in the end, might be achieved – except for the fact there is no single dominant form of Islam so when they’re not killing “infidels” they’re killing each other too. Some “Religion of Peace”.

    The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. — Will Durant

    Conservative estimates place the number at 80 million dead Indians.

    According to some calculations, the Indian (subcontinent) population decreased by 80 million between 1000 (conquest of Afghanistan) and 1525 (end of Delhi Sultanate). — Koenrad Elst

    Over 110 Million Blacks were killed by Islam.

    … a minumum of 28 Million African were enslaved in the Muslim Middle East. Since, at least, 80 percent of those captured by Muslim slave traders were calculated to have died before reaching the slave market, it is believed that the death toll from 1400 years of Arab and Muslim slave raids into Africa could have been as high as 112 Millions. When added to the number of those sold in the slave markets, the total number of African victims of the trans-Saharan and East African slave trade could be significantly higher than 140 Million people. — John Allembillah Azumah

    Remember that in the 7th century, North Africa was almost totally Christian. What happened to them?

    By the year 750, a hundred years after the conquest of Jerusalem, at least 50 percent of the world’s Christians found themselves under Muslim hegemony… Today there is no indigenous Christianity in the region [of Northwest Africa], no communities of Christians whose history can be traced to antiquity.– “Christianity Face to Face with Islam,”

    For decades, 100 virgins per year were required by the Muslim rulers of Spain from the conquered population. The tribute was only stopped when the Spaniards began fighting back — Jihad: Islam’s 1,300 Year War Against Western Civilisation

    So while the worst three modern age single event mass murders were the result of socialist/communist totalitarianism, even they were dwarfed by the deaths attributable to Islam over time.

    I’ve listed some of them – you can read about more here:

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    Fake news or more evidence we need a border wall NOW? I’m guessing it’s the latter.

    Illegal immigration on border surges back to Obama levels

    Illegal immigration across the Southwest border has surged back to Obama-era levels, according to the latest data released Friday that suggests the gains President Trump made early in his tenure have worn off.

    Nearly 40,000 illegal immigrants were nabbed attempting to sneak in at the border in November, which was up about 12 percent compared to October, and more than twice the monthly numbers from March and April, when Mr. Trump touted his early accomplishments.

    Perhaps just as worrisome for officials is the rise in families traveling together, which surged 45 percent last month, and unaccompanied minors traveling without parents, which rose 26 percent in November.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection called the rise an “uptick.”

    The 39,006 people apprehended in November is still less than the previous two years, but is more than 2012, 2013 or 2014, signaling a return to Obama-era levels of illegal immigration on the border.

    I dispute the claims made her in this respect: They’re comparing the seasonal surge, which won’t last, with the overall average under Obama’s “welcome mat” policies, apparently. They just can’t wait to proclaim Trump a failure.

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    It was inevitable that we would get around to the truth that sexual harassment is not the exclusively male problem as the left pitches it:

    Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, accused of sexual harassment, will drop out of US House race

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    More evidence, not that any was needed, that sexual harassment claims against Trump were “trumped up”:

    A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

    California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

    The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.

    But there’s a twist to this story:

    Bloom, who has assisted dozens of women in prominent harassment cases and also defended film executive Harvey Weinstein earlier this year, represented four women considering making accusations against Trump last year.

    So when the accused is a Republican and the allegations are false, she’s on the side of the accusers.

    But when the accused is a Democrat and the allegations are true, she’s on the side of the accused.

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    Another political hit job: Farenthold didn’t sexually harass anyone and claims he created a “hostile work environment” are questionable at best. But the fact is Congress does hide the wrongdoings of it’s own, often at taxpayer expense, and that needs to stop.

    How House members quietly sidestep harassment claims

    Critics lambaste taxpayer-funded probe of Farenthold’s office that failed to release results.

    The revelation that there is a separate office facilitating and paying for sexual harassment investigations, with little transparency and apparently little oversight, rankled critics of Congress’s handling of sexual harassment, who said that without established procedures and a commitment to transparency the office may be playing more of a role covering up offenses than revealing them.

    “It’s extremely troubling that there’s all these different ways of avoiding even minimal oversight,” said Emily Martin, general counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. The Office of House Employment Counsel “seems to be a really opaque structure, within a process itself that’s hard for victims to understand [and] hard for people to figure out how to navigate. This is just one more layer of confusion and one more layer of obscurity that keeps the public from understanding what’s going on here.”

    Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), who has advocated for releasing more information on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, said the Office of House Employment Counsel’s secret investigations into sexual harassment disputes are an example of why there needs to be more transparency.

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    McCain’s term as one of the leading RINOS in Congress may be nearing it’s end:

    John McCain described as increasingly frail, Senate sources say

  10. Bodhisattva says:

    In an interesting turn about, ISIS too embarrassed to claim most recent would be terrorist, who botched the attempt, as their own:

    The Islamic State acknowledged in the new issue of their weekly al-Naba newsletter that Monday’s New York subway bomber claimed to be their “soldier,” without explicitly claiming Akayed Ullah back.

    The attack news was demoted even further back in the issue than the Halloween attack on a Manhattan bike path, in which Sayfullo Saipov is accused of killing eight people before his capture. That was on page 3 next to the editor’s note, while Ullah was relegated to the news briefs buried on page 11 of 12.

    Ullah, 27, a lawful permanent resident from Bangladesh who lived with his family in Brooklyn, is accused of setting off the improvised explosive device during Monday morning rush hour in Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. There were three injuries that consisted of ringing ears or headaches, and Ullah was burned on his abdomen from the pipe bomb detonation.

    The criminal complaint says Ullah told investigators “I did it for the Islamic State,” while news stories cited law enforcement sources saying Ullah told them he had also read al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine and found the bomb-making instructions online.

  11. Bodhisattva says:

    Signs of countries moving in the right direction, generally:

    Austria Shifts Right as Kurz Forges Government With Nationalists

    Presidential hopeful wants Finland out of EU, says nationalists will bounce back

    But not all the news from Europe is good – here are current stories from two of the countries that are generally known to have embraced far left moonbattery:

    Jews Flee Paris Suburbs over Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism

    (And they call conservatives NAZIs…)

    Knife-wielding man shot at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

    And, thanks to pro-Islam, anti-Christian moonbats, ISIS propaganda may yet become reality:

    Islamic State supporters issued a new Christmas-themed threat showing the National Cathedral in Washington in flames, with a camouflage-clad jihadist wielding a rifle standing in front of the Gothic structure.

    The poster circulating among ISIS channels photoshops the photo of the church used on its Wikipedia page.

    The text warning on the image is of a city just attacked this past week, though: “Wait for us: We meet at Christmas in New York… soon.”

    The threat mirrors that on a poster of Santa with a case of dynamite overlooking Times Square, which was released just after Thanksgiving: “We meet at Christmas in New York… soon,” reads the text on that image.

  12. Bodhisattva says:

    Likely false allegations still lead to tragic death of Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson:

    On Monday, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting publicized court documents from 2013 recording an alleged sexual assault. According to the report, Johnson drunkenly kissed and fondled Maranda Richmond, who was 17, on New Year’s Day in 2013. Richmond reported the incident to authorities in April of that year, and the Louisville Metro Police Department opened an investigation but closed it months later without interviewing Johnson.

    On Tuesday, Johnson denied the allegations, claiming that Richmond was motivated by his political opponents, CNN reported. “This allegation concerning this young girl absolutely has no merit,” he said. “As a matter of fact, some of this I heard yesterday for the first time as I read the story.”

    Hours before he was found dead, Johnson posted a final denial of the allegations, and attributed his impending suicide to post-traumatic stress disorder from serving victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

    “The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth, nothing is the way they make it out to be. AMERICA will not survive this type of judge and jury FAKE NEWS!”

    Murdered by the media and Democrats, essentially.

  13. Bodhisattva says:

    Lunatic left praising Marshall Mathers for exactly the thing that is the reason he’s failing:

    Eminem has made the worst album of his career with Revival. It’s a well-intended, tragically haphazard mess.
    When it comes to content, Eminem hasn’t been this presentable in years. His crusade on Trump and white privilege is fiery and perhaps admirable.

    His crusade on Trump and mythical “white privilege” is likely what has assured about 50% of the country will look elsewhere. Not a very smart move on his part.

    Interestingly, the article admits one thing about Trump – he’s the figurehead of their (mental) ills, not the cause of them.

  14. Bodhisattva says:

    A very poor design, for several reasons:

    A couple quick observations about it’s poor design:

    1) Poor visibility directly in front of the ship due to size/shape of the bow versus placement of the bridge.

    2) Too top heavy and prone to heeling over – possibly even capsizing – in bad conditions.

  15. Bodhisattva says:

    Russia and China on dangerous path towards hyper militarization, both preparing for future offensive conflicts as we still recover from severe damage Obama and the Democrats did to our military.


    NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact

    Russia Is Building the Largest ICBM Ever (and America Should Be Worried)

    The Russian military has successfully tested a new hypersonic weapon, currently known as “object 4202.” Defense analyst Victor Litovkin told Radio Sputnik that the cutting-edge warhead is expected to be fitted onto the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

    Imperial Ambitions: Russia’s Military Buildup

    Here’s What Russia’s Military Build-Up in the Arctic Looks Like

    The Bear Awakens: Russia’s Military Is Back

    This map shows the alarming Russian military buildup encircling Ukraine

    Russia unveils ‘Satan 2’ missile, could wipe out France or Texas, report says


    With all eyes on North Korea, Beijing’s massive South China Sea land grab continues

    As China’s new Communist Party leaders take power, they face a more outspoken military brass.

    Pentagon warning over China military build-up

    Both Russia and China are preparing for offensive strikes to protect their huge land grabs – Russia in the Arctic and energy rich areas of the former Soviet Union, now independent nations, and China in the South China Sea.

  16. Bodhisattva says:

    Flood of Venezuelans are fleeing depressed country. Here’s where they’re seeking refuge

    In response to protests over the once-wealthy country’s seeming demise, President Nicolás Maduro’s increasingly authoritarian regime has cracked down on opponents, making prospects for improved times less and less likely.

    While many exiles had fled to the United States, surging numbers, like the Sequieras, now head to other Latin American nations. The change probably stems from President Trump’s tough anti-immigration stance and the fact that fewer Venezuelans can afford the airfare.

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    I wonder if it was the business owner, or one of her employees, who was using the place as a front for drug sales?

    After picking up food from the fast food joint in Griffith, Indiana, last month, an unidentified woman told police she got a call from an employee at the restaurant asking if she received an order of cheese sticks she didn’t request, according to the NWI Times.

    The woman said she did, and the employee allegedly asked if she could return it, even asking for her address so someone could come pick it up themselves, WGN9 reported.

    According to The Chicago Tribune, that’s when she noticed a small bag of white powder — later determined to be cocaine — inside a plastic foam cup. She told police that someone working at the restaurant said they “were going to hook her up,” but she thought that meant they’d give her more food.

    The same night the woman said she got the side order of cocaine, police got a search warrant for Broad Street Gyros, which had its business license suspended by the local town council, the Times reported.

    No drugs were found during the search, but a police dog allegedly detected the presence of drugs throughout the restaurant at multiple spots, including the business office, a sink in the women’s bathroom and an office drawer, the Tribune wrote.

    Police say the owner of the restaurant allegedly admitted during the search that she “did a line (of cocaine) and toked a few times” at work on previous occasions, according to the Times.

    But Carrie Demoff, owner of Broad Street Gyros, told the Town Council before its 5-0 vote to suspend her restaurant’s business license that “I have no idea what happened and they didn’t find anything,” according to the Tribune.

  18. Bodhisattva says:

    Yes indeed, Alabama teaches America a lesson: Democrats can still win elections with dirty tricks such as false allegations:

    Alabama Teaches America a Lesson

  19. Bodhisattva says:

    One glaring reason bitcoin buyers are insane:

    A $10 pizza costs $76 in bitcoins:

    What You Can Buy With Bitcoin: A $10 Pizza for $76

    Bitcoin is a virtual currency, but very few people use it to actually pay for things because of transaction fees and its rising value. WSJ’s Thomas Di Fonzo takes to the streets of New York to try to spend bitcoin at brick-and-mortar establishments.

  20. Bodhisattva says:

    Investors are the most bearish since financial crisis, BCG says
    Almost half of managers surveyed said they were pessimistic about equity markets for the next year

    And all the excess spending – a trend which is NOT reversing itself yet despite Trump and the Republicans having some power to do so, but apparently not enough – is not reversing. Inflation seems inevitable.

  21. Eddie_Valiant says:

    I’ve looked at Bitcoin over and over and my conclusion is that anyone who invests a lot of money into it must like being anally raped.

  22. Bodhisattva says:

    Culture of Death fails again:

    A Palestinian man was shot Friday after stabbing an Israeli border police officer in the West Bank – the latest violent fallout of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital.

    The assailant, Mahmoud Iman, 19, who stabbed the officer in his shoulder during clashes, was evacuated by the Red Crescent in serious condition, according to The Jerusalem Post.

    A picture of Iman in Ramalla showed him wearing what may have been an explosive vest.

    Israeli police officials said they are investigating the possibility that the attacker infiltrated the area pretending to be a journalist before stabbing the officer.

    “When the other officers saw the stabbing they opened fire that led to him being incapacitated. When the troops approached the terrorist, they identified an explosive belt, which led to additional fire to prevent him from triggering it,” police said in a statement.

    Police said they were investigating whether Iman was carrying a real bomb or only a device meant to look like one, the Times of Israel reported.

  23. Bodhisattva says:

    More Moonbattery on the March

    Like it or not, being overweight has a slight element of genetics and a strong element of personal choice:

    With obesity on rise, Paris takes a hard look at size bias

    France, the country that gave the world butter croissants and foie gras, often has been a place where being overweight was seen as something of a sin. But its capital is taking a hard look at the contradictions with a campaign to counter sizeism, an often disregarded kind of discrimination.

    Paris anti-discrimination chief Helene Bidard promoted the idea after being on the receiving end of weight-related insults and noticing how bias against people who are overweight or perceived to be went unnoticed, never mind unpunished in the image-conscious city known for luxury fashion brands.

    “We see fat people as ugly and even stupid, lacking hygiene and in bad health,” Bidard said. “Talking about sizeism is already acting.”

    Maybe in France people with poor diet and exercise habits are seen as “ugly, stupid, lacking hygiene and in bad health” but of those only one is generally true in my book: If you’re overweight it is true that you are likely prone to suffer from some poor health issues… but as the diet industry shows, it’s often not easy, and quite expensive, to deal with this issue. Rather than “ugly” I see people with weight issues as not optimum. And rather than stupid I see them as making poor choices, having priorities out of sync perhaps. Being overweight is not a matter of poor hygiene, but it can lead to it in extreme cases.

    I do know moonbats love to make fun of you for anything possible if you’re not one of them, though.

  24. KirklesWorth says:

    It’s a bubble that’s due to burst like Bill Clinton’s dot-com bubble. There is nothing of value to back it up – although I am opening up the point about not being on the gold standard…oh well…

  25. Brian Brandt says:

    Love the Hugo Boss look.

  26. Brian Brandt says:

    As to the Anne Applebaum ‘Soviet paraphernalia’ quote – I am the proud owner of one of those Soviet Army ushanka fur hats. As an old VietNam vet I consider it a Cold War trophy, and Anne can come and pry it from my cold dead hands.

  27. Bodhisattva says:

    Exclusive: Prominent lawyer – Gloria Allred’s daughter – sought donor cash for two Trump accusers who made false allegations against Trump

    A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

    California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

    The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.

  28. Bodhisattva says:

    I don’t think that’s the issue. You’re not keeping that or wearing it to signal solidarity with the Soviet Union or it’s politics. It’s a trophy and you have every right to it.

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