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Jan 21 2018

Open Thread

Who knows? Maybe my life belongs to God. Maybe it belongs to me. But I do know one thing: I'm damned if it belongs to the government. - Art Hoppe

55 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Steven Yarnell says:

    That Hoppe quote is the reason why I utterly detest politics!

  2. Bodhisattva says:

    Police are looking for a person of interest that is describe as a middle aged white male, heavy build, wearing a grey shirt and grey hat.

    No mention of the words “Allāhu akbar”.

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    Record wealth is being created – and they try to claim that all of it is going only to the rich. What are they doing with it? Stuffing their mattresses?

    This is the politics of greed, and it’s a lie. It’s been a lie as long as it’s been part of the lunatic liberal left’s propaganda tool kit.

    What the article and study by OXFAM should have concentrated on is that some people work hard and create wealth, while some people sit on their fat behinds and expect everything to be handed to them. THOSE are the people this sort of propaganda is meant to influence.

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    It was Obama and the Democrats that were blocking access to public lands…

    They snuck this admission in, specifically, who is behind this and what their real goal is:

    Kate Kelley, public lands specialist with the Center for American Progress, said while natural resource development like oil and gas threatens access to public lands in the west,

    Center for American Progress is a George Soros outfit.

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    No surprise here – many of the texts from the FBI agent who’s anti-Trump/pro-Clinton texts got him fired from the bogus Trump investigation have “gone missing”.–politics.html

    The Justice Department said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months’ worth of communications.

    This is more and more like Watergate every day. Remember that mysterious gap in the tape recordings?

  6. MAS says:

    What about the NSA’s listen to everything program?

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation?

    No, it was pretty blatant obstruction of justice, not “coordinating”.

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    Jordan’s King insists that East Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

    Too bad Jordan’s King didn’t feel that way when Jordan controlled East Jerusaelm… before they attacked Israel with other ARAB (not “palestinian”, there never was any such thing) nations and lost it as a result.

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    If a major genetic disorder emerges from research and becomes a pandemic, you may be able to blame China:–Unhampered-by-Rules–Races-Ahead-in-Gene-Editing-Trials.HyMmcPzSM.html

    China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials
    U.S. scientists helped devise the Crispr biotechnology tool. First to test it in humans are Chinese doctors

  10. Bodhisattva says:

    Movies Moonbat Morons love to Make

    The Disturbing Child Rape Movie

    The film ends with a disclaimer that the sex scenes were shot using an adult body double.

    Still, it portrays a 40 year old man having sex with an underage girl.

  11. Bodhisattva says:

    With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally

    Many were gun crimes, despite Mexico having some of the stricter gun laws in the world.

  12. Bodhisattva says:

    One of the greats in the war against fake news – category: AGW – has died:

    Weather Channel founder John Coleman dies

  13. Bodhisattva says:

    Exactly. If they can’t produce these, it is because they made sure they would never been produced – because they were deliberately rendered unproduceable, as was tried with the Clinton e-mail server drives.

  14. Bodhisattva says:

    China’s official news agency said in a commentary on Sunday that the shutdown of the U.S. government exposed “chronic flaws” in the U.S. political system.

    True: Primary flaw? Too many Democrats!

    But that’s the fault of the voters and probably won’t change soon.

  15. Bodhisattva says:

    Immigration related stories:

    E-Verify doesn’t prevent many companies from hiring undocumented workers

    Court orders government to do so for all driver’s licenses issued

    German city bans new refugees as anti-migrant mood increases

    Teens roam streets with rifles as crime swamps Sweden
    The army may be called in to halt a gang surge in immigrant areas

    This is what the Democrats want for America, what they, with Obama’s help, created for our future.

  16. Bodhisattva says:

    Macron admits France would vote to LEAVE EU if country held referendum
    FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron shocked Andrew Marr during their interview when he admitted that had France held a referendum on membership of the EU after Brexit, the French people would vote to leave.

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; Still Run $201.8B Deficit

    Which only lends support to the fact that if we put the government in charge of the Sahara desert, it would soon run out of sand.

    Senate vote to end government shutdown delayed until Monday at noon

    U.S. President Donald Trump shared a tweet Sunday morning, encouraging McConnell to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” and eliminate the 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster.

  18. Bodhisattva says:

    Those who are against sexism are once again sexist:

    Screen Actors Guild awards is all about women

  19. Bodhisattva says:

    Scientists are worried a mysterious “zombie” disease killing deer could spread to humans

  20. Bodhisattva says:

    California Democrats are trying to tax businesses even more after Trump’s tax bill

    Democrats in California are pushing a bill directly aimed at skimming some of the tax breaks that companies might see from the recently passed tax bill.

    Two assemblymen, Kevin McCarty of Sacramento and Phil Ting of San Francisco, have a bill that would force companies making more than $1 million to give half of the money they’re seeing from tax breaks to the state. The lawmakers say that the flow of cash would go to helping middle-class families, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

  21. Bodhisattva says:

    The inevitable results of socialism:

    ‘We loot or we die of hunger’: food shortages fuel unrest in Venezuela
    As the country’s economic problems mount, towns and cities have been hit by an outbreak of looting and violence

  22. Bodhisattva says:

    Why HAS Donatella denounced the drama that tells the full story of her brother’s brutal murder?

    Perhaps it’s merely that the actress who portrays her ( Penelope Cruz) looks so much better than she does?

    She actually looked much better… before she ruined herself with unnecessary plastic surgery.

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  24. hoagie111 says:

    Ruin herself is an understatement. The broad is fugly.

  25. hoagie111 says:

    And yet in Venezuela as in America the people responsible for implementing the incredibly stupid idea known as socialism refuse to say: “Okay, maybe we were wrong. Let’s try it the way America did when it was growing and prospering”. No, no, no. It’s double down all the way. Like here when Medicaid is a money pit and Social Security is a bankrupt Ponzi scheme they decide to join the two together and Voila! Obamacare. Just plough ahead, nothin’ to see here.

  26. hoagie111 says:

    The first rule of leftist economics: Have an escape clause for family and friends. You do remember all the “Exemptions” for labor unions and connected businesses from Obamacare don’t you?

  27. hoagie111 says:

    It has. It’s called “Moonbattery” , spread among leftists and it can be terminal.

  28. hoagie111 says:

    So now that Cali “by law” no less, has to register drivers to vote they have successfully undermined the whole idea of democracy and installed a systemic voter fraud plank to their platform of total corruption. Nice going. Stalin himself couldn’t come up with more nefarious ways to undermine America than democrats do. Then when the census gives them 20 more seats in the House and 5 more electoral votes we can kiss goodbye and semblance of representative government and declare a One Party State like China, K. Korea, Cuba and the other communist co-conspirators.

  29. hoagie111 says:

    They should change the name to “The Roman Polanski Story” with cameos by Merrill Streep et al.

  30. Bodhisattva says:

    And California politicians behind the “let’s give drivers licenses to illegals push reassured everyone that they could never be used to register to vote.

  31. hoagie111 says:

    But we all knew it was a lie to begin with. The thing is the left NEVER gives up. This crap with driver licenses started what, 20 years ago? And it won’t stop till its federal law. They did the same thing with gays. They ultimately get everything they want. Or they cry like children as in Trump’s election until they do.

  32. seaoh says:

    Minnesota serial arsonist arrested; says she started campus fires to get back at the United States for military actions overseas

    “You guys are lucky that l don’t know how to build a bomb because l would have done that,” Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis, allegedly told investigators


    According to the complaint, the most serious fire started in Saint Mary Hall, a residential dormitory that also houses a daycare. Police said there were 33 children and eight adults in the building, when a chair was set ablaze — triggering the building’s sprinkler system, which prevented it from spreading.

    “she wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people.
    “Hassan said this was the same thing that happened in ‘Muslim land’ and nobody cares if they get hurt, so why not do this?” the complaint added.
    Hassan told investigators she wrote a letter to her roommates about “bringing back the Caliphate,” an Islamic state..

  33. KirklesWorth says:

    One of the “news” outlets’ meme-sharing about Trump and coal, implying that Trump’s nixing of Obama regulations is somehow supposed to result in immediate effects:

    Time: Donald Trump Says He’ll Bring Back Coal. Here’s Why He Can’t
    CNBC: Donald Trump ‘can’t cure the sickness’ that’s afflicting the US coal industry
    NPR: What’s Really The Biggest Threat To The Coal Industry (the free market is the “biggest threat” to coal, not regulation)

    When the Energy agency (FERC) is the interfering factor:

    The Guardian: Energy agency rejects Trump plan to prop up coal and nuclear power plants

    But all is not doom-and-gloom:

    Washington Post: Mid-Atlantic ports benefit from 2017 coal-export revival

  34. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Apparently Hillary, who currently has time on her hands, is sharing her homemaking tips for cleaning email servers. Her rag and bottle of Windex have been very busy.

  35. Mr. Freemarket says:

    A conspiracy among leadership? Inconceivable. Next thing you will be telling us about “secret” meetings between Bill Clinton and officials in the Justice Department.

  36. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The truth is that any Palestine state should be carved out of Jordan’s territory.

  37. Mr. Freemarket says:

    FBI Agent and Mistress knew that Hillary wouldn’t be charged

    Newly released text messages given to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee late Friday appear to show that senior FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, Lisa Page, knew Clinton wouldn’t be prosecuted in advance of then-FBI Director James Comey decision.

    The text messages also show that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew Clinton wouldn’t be charged, despite Lynch’s recusal and Comey claims that the didn’t coordinate his decision with anyone in the government.



  38. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The government can always spend more money than it collects.

  39. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Importing barbarians into a civilized culture is never a good idea.

  40. Mr. Freemarket says:

    In the year 2016, for the first time ever, natural gas became the main source of energy in the U.S. (true) all because of fracking.(not exactly)

    Natural gas became popular because clean air regulations stacked the deck against “dirty coal.”

  41. Eddie_Valiant says:


    Eloquent moonbats talk about the Women’s March and why they are there.

  42. Bodhisattva says:

    Once moonbats started switching from “global warming” to “climate change” I predicted it was only a matter of time before they started claiming that fossil fuels were somehow producing cooling, not warming.

    That time has come:

    Pollution in the atmosphere is having an unexpected consequence, scientists say—it’s helping to cool the climate, masking some of the global warming that’s occurred so far.

    There you have it – now the cooling that is coming, not due to pollution but rather due to a sun that is getting very quiet, is now attributed to pollution which, incidentally, is caused by the use of fossil fuels.

    Did I call it, or what?

    Amusingly, now they say if we clean up pollution the result will be validation of their Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change Alarmism theories.

  43. Bodhisattva says:

    Panicky Bitcoin investors struggle to withdraw cash from money exchanges as they look to ‘safe’ gold investments amid fears of cryptocurrency collapse

    Like I said, dips are a buying opportunity… until they’re not.

    This may be the biggest buying opportunity yet… or not.

  44. Bodhisattva says:

    Democrats rolled over

    Texas Sen. John Cornyn says he and five other GOP senators met Monday with Trump at the White House soon after Democrats halted their blockade against a bill ending the government shutdown, says President Donald Trump is eager to involve himself in the immigration debate and “reach a solution.”

    Cornyn says they discussed how to address immigration issues “in creative ways.”

    Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, David Perdue of Georgia, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma also met with Trump. Several of them are among the harder-line Republicans on immigration.

    Democrats let the bill ending the shutdown advance after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he intended to reach a bipartisan deal on immigration and budget issues.

    So watch the Democrats claim they got what they wanted, even though they got nothing but vague promises and their demands about DACA went completely unmet.

  45. Bodhisattva says:

    Trump versus California: One year into his presidency, tensions rise

    After sodden hillsides thundered into Montecito, obliterating scores of homes and killing nearly two dozen people, seven days went by before President Trump first acknowledged the disaster.

    Even then, word came not from Trump, but from his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who noted in a two-sentence statement that the president “has been briefed and will continue to monitor the mudslides.”

    The week between the destructive slide and the brief mention partly reflected the general chaos of Trump’s tenure. It also symbolized the disconnect between Trump and California that has veered from arm’s distance to outright hostility over the last year.

    The “arm’s distance and outright hostility” are all coming from California, which is doing all it can – and even a lot of things it legally cannot do – to try to mess him up and make him look bad.

    Trump’s disregard of the nation’s largest state has fueled fears about his administration’s impact while spurring a resistance movement that has put California in the forefront of Democratic efforts to take control of Congress in November’s midterm election. California has taken on the role played by Texas during the Obama years: trying various means to thwart the will of the federal government in a clash over state and national preeminence that is as old as the United States itself.

    Fake news. Trump does not “disregard” California, which, by the way, is NOT the nation’s largest state. Alaska is the nation’s largest state, followed by Texas. California is 3rd.

    I know what they were trying to say – but that’s not what they said. Do you know?

    In any case, California has NOT taken the role of Texas during the Obama years. Obama violated the Constitution. Texas called him on it.

    Trump is following the Constitution, California is bucking his every attempt to do so, doing their best to stop him from doing so.

  46. Bodhisattva says:

    “Global warming” hits Davos just in time for moonbat meeting:

    At Davos, 6 Feet of Snow Brings Limousines to a Crawl

    A weekend blizzard was still filling the mountain valley with more snow on Monday night as heads of state and C.E.O.s tried to gather for the World Economic Forum.

    Because global warming causes cooling and lots of snow. Moonbats said so, so it must be true, right?

  47. Bodhisattva says:

    Agreed, but even further, there are any number of Arab states with land that would be more than suitable. Why wandering bands of “palestinians” visited several of them… and were kicked out each time for causing trouble, trying to overthrow the existing government, etc.

  48. Bodhisattva says:

    I don’t think that word (inconceivable) means what you think it means.

  49. seaoh says:

    Some people (mostly those who vote Democrat and have a low IQ) don’t have a sense of humor

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  51. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Palestine…Philistines….same people…same problems.

  52. Bodhisattva says:

    A classic. They were thinking of casting Danny DiVito for “The Sicilian”. Glad they didn’t.

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