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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: October 01, 2022, 11:08:08 PM »
My point isn't actually whether it's a good idea or not. The point is that if that and a few other things were taken out, the things the Republicans are complaining about, then we could get something done. That's a form of compromise. But Democrats want to just ram everything through and then complain about how there isn't bipartisanship when they can't get everything they want. As for the IRS, that's probably a whole 'nother topic. But if they wanted to go after people cheating on their taxes, they could start with all the companies hiring illlegals and paying them under the table. That could be another way to compromise. They could hire this shadow army of IRS agents but they have to use them to go after companies hiring illegals which depresses wages of American citizens and drives honest businesses out of business because they can't compete when they have to pay taxes and benefits while the other guys don't. Of course the Democrats would never agree to that in a million years. Some crimes get a wink and a nod, even from the IRS.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: October 01, 2022, 10:19:28 PM »
So you're saying there is nothing that the Democrats and Republicans agree on?

The way I hear it there's these massive budget bills and the Democrats always slip a few things in there that Republicans just can't stomach. So logic would dictate that if they both just pass what they all agree on then they can work on the stuff they don't agree on separately and of course by definition they won't agree on it so nothing will get done on those issues but in the meantime we'd get a functioning society without the risk of a government shutdown every few months.

Of course that's not how our political system works. Not now anyway.

Apparently there is just no way the Democrats could pass a spending bill in good conscience without funding their shadow army of new IRS agents and the inflation exacerbating climate change stuff which is interesting seeing how Biden has changed his tune on big oil and is now begging for the prices to come down as if the climate change emergency is over just like the pandemic, at least according to him.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: October 01, 2022, 06:46:40 AM »
An idea on compromise would be to put all the things that both Republicans and Democrats agree on into one bill and then pass that. Do what good you can. Instead the Democrats put out these monster bills and there's plenty the Republicans are on board with, the things that everyone wants, but the bills are loaded down with no-gos so instead of getting done and doing what good can be done we get nothing, or we get the Democrats ramrodding stuff through that has led us to where we are now, in a world of hurt.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: October 01, 2022, 06:42:53 AM »

"Unrelenting inflation is taking a toll, leaving more Americans living paycheck to paycheck"

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/30/stubborn-inflation-forces-more-americans-to-live-paycheck-to-paycheck-.html

"Even high-income earners are feeling the strain, the report found. Of those earning more than six figures, 45% reported living paycheck to paycheck, a jump from the previous year’s 38%...

... Although real average hourly earnings also rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% for the month, they remained down 2.8% from a year ago, which means those paychecks don’t stretch as far as they used to.

A separate report by Bank of America found that 71% of workers feel their pay isn’t keeping up with the cost of living, bringing the number of people who feel financially secure to a five-year low.

Many Americans are dipping into their cash reserves, and nearly half are falling deeper in debt."

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Biden is crushing it. Am I using that term correctly? Well he's crushing Americans under debt and financial insecurity. We used to hear about how the low information MAGA voters were hurting their own financial self interest by voting for Trump but it seems like they knew what they were doing if this is the alternative. Financially, America cut off its nose to spite its face by choosing Biden over Trump.



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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 29, 2022, 04:37:36 PM »

I don't see why gun control is the be all and end all. There are plenty of other things to work on besides that. The concern now is that with Biden poisoning the well in the areas where there would have been room for compromise now that's gone. If you want to say the MAGAs poisoned the well first, I won't argue, but Biden was supposed to be a more refined politician than that. That's the whole point I'm trying to make. He was supposed to be the anti-Trump, the grown up in the room, the distinguished professional, and he's not.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 29, 2022, 04:32:05 PM »
"I am still interested in hearing which president cherry believes was the last who tried to compromise."

I'm not sure what you're getting at. I'm sure to some extent they've all tried to compromise in some ways on some things. The last big compromiser? I don't know. But Biden has burned a lot of bridges now with his insults about fascists. Sure there was Trump, but before that you'd have to go back some ways to find a President who is less diplomatic than Biden. Sure it's hard to compromise with Hitler, but it's tough to compromise with someone who just called you Hitler too.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 29, 2022, 01:41:24 AM »
If you actually try, really try to compromise then by definition you will succeed. You will give up enough to make it worthwhile for the other side to go along. I don't follow all the details enough to know the answer but the people who get real bipartisan support, broad spectrum if grudging support, for their legislation and ideas are the ones who are truly compromising. Ramming through legislation with zero Republican support is the opposite of compromise. We saw that with Obamacare and we're seeing it with Biden too.

Now just because you get bipartisan support for something doesn't necessarily indicate a willingness to compromise if it's just something everyone agrees on. It's a good question but I don't know the answer. There are probably some examples of compromise in every administration but when you see legislation getting ramrodded through with no compromise whatsoever it takes the shine off the compromise luster.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 29, 2022, 12:18:56 AM »
Mitt Romney is still in office. Surely not all Republicans are so terrible that there's no room for compromise. The guy even voted to impeach Trump. If Biden can't even get a guy like Romney to go along with some of his ideas or meet him part way then I'm not seeing how we can blame only the Republicans anymore.

But on the whole even assuming it's not entirely Biden's fault the nation is so divided, all I'm saying is that he failed and even if he's got his reasons for not giving compromise a good faith effort, the fact is that he hasn't even seriously tried. He's gone scorched Earth with his demonization of the political opposition. My point is that he isn't different from Trump. He's no less a bully, liar, braggart, B.S.er. He's been acting just like Trump in pretty much every way, and that includes racism and sexism, and here I'm including his string pulling puppet masters acting in the background. The difference is that the Biden administration and the new Zeitgeist being thrust upon America is an open, blatant, and proudly arrogant racist misandry directed at white people as a whole and white males as the main target. Again, it's Bizarro Biden in effect. He has all the same powers as Trump, just as strong if not stronger, but the opposite mentality and turned inside out. Bizarro had his reasons too, a main one being that's just who he is. This is just who Biden is and who he's always been. We were sold a false bill of goods. Now just like with the political division, there are reasons or justifications or excuses for all of it but there's no doubt about the reality of what's happening and all I've ever hoped to be is a master of the obvious, or at least a serious student of it.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 28, 2022, 05:39:13 PM »
There's no doubt that Trump was divisive. That's not the point. The point is that Biden was supposed to bring us beyond that and he has failed, and it's not just the Republicans' fault either. Biden has demonized and "othered" a large segment of Republicans. Once you start bandying about the word Nazi, that means that you are justified in not compromising. Nobody should compromise with Nazis. Biden never even seriously tried to compromise. There has been zero good faith effort on his part. Biden is a huge disappointment even for the people who already had absurdly low expectations for him. But I'm content that at least there is acknowledgment that Biden isn't a unifier, isn't bringing the country together. Whoever's fault it is, and there is plenty of blame to go around, it hasn't happened, we're not united as a country and things are even worse now than they were the day Biden was sworn in. That's all I ever wanted, an admission of the obvious.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 28, 2022, 05:17:08 PM »
Biden considers himself to have bipartisan support even without a single Republican vote in Congress for his Covid bill.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-pitches-biden-s-covid-bill-bipartisan-without-republican-n1258349

If there is one Republican anywhere in the world who supports his bill Biden considers that to be bipartisan support.

"WASHINGTON — Three years ago, candidate Joe Biden boldly predicted that once he defeated Donald Trump, Republicans would have an “epiphany,” free themselves from the shackles of the far-right and work cooperatively with Democrats toward consensus.

“The thing that will fundamentally change with Donald Trump out of the White House — not a joke — is you will see an epiphany occur among many of my Republican friends,” Biden said May 14, 2019, on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, adding that Republicans were too "intimidated" by Trump to compromise."

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/joe-biden-went-predicting-republican-epiphany-declaring-war-maga-party-rcna28408

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Biden is totally delusional and has been for some time. Biden's idea of compromise is you meet him all the way.

To answer the question, "So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?", Biden is an even bigger disaster than pretty much anyone could have predicted, anyone that is except for Obama who cautioned "Don't underestimate Joe's ability to (expletive) things up." And (expletive) things up he has indeed.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 28, 2022, 04:18:50 PM »
"But the main thing is he hasn't made this country even more polarized than it already was."

I brought up how divisive Biden is in response to this. Biden absolutely has made the country even more polarized than it already was, maybe more polarized than it's been in 50 years. The notion that Biden was going to be some great unifier is now obviously delusional. 

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 27, 2022, 06:31:54 PM »
> You think Republicans aren't really worried about voter fraud but are just cynically using it to political advantage?

Oh Republicans definitely are really worried about voter fraud. The part that gets tricky is how likely or not there was the massive voter fraud we were promised in the last election, enough to make a difference and delegitimize it. The spectrum there goes from the consensus that there was no chance at all of that happening all the way over to the "ultra-MAGA" belief that it definitely happened.

So one interesting thing about what do people really believe and what I think it's likely that they really believe is it may work in much the same way as religion. How many people "REALLY" believe in their religion and how many pretty much just go along with it because it makes their lives a lot easier? No way to really know and perhaps most of the time it's not even a matter of them being cynical so much as them understanding that faith is sometimes tested and therefore essentially they just choose to believe, forcing themselves to say to themselves that they believe, and that's especially true about the massive voter fraud issue because it flies in the face of the broadly, mainstream news accepted evidence but not believing in massive voter fraud just makes life too hard.

I think most really believe it and they aren't the cynical ones but it's just the cynical part of me that imagines the greater reason why they believe compared to the evidence for it is the need for it to give meaning and order to their reality.

I don't know if Biden crossed a line but he was definitely divisive. Even if he was telling the truth he was still divisive. Maybe divisiveness is good but that doesn't make it stop being what it is, which is divisive.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 27, 2022, 06:01:19 PM »
Whataboutism alert but "those who believe in the vote and believe we should accept whomever wins should not be confused with Ultra MAGAs" would include those who refused to accept the 2016 election that Trump won which includes Hillary Clinton and pretty much every Democrat who tried to nullify that election with the Russian collusion hoax impeachment charade. Democrats just got through four years of not accepting the results of an election and tarnished it and ultimately won the next election through deceit with four years of Russian collusion fraud hype to undermine our democratic process and now they are up in arms with their "methinks thou doth protest too much" outrage about the voter fraud hoax the Republicans are trying to use the exact same way the Democrats used the Russian collusion swindle. It's Bizarro time yet again.

Edited to add:

The both apparently false Russian collusion and voter fraud allegations have one thing in common concerning the people who still take them to heart, and with another Seinfeld reference along with the Bizarro thing: "It's not a lie... if you believe it."

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 27, 2022, 05:55:08 PM »
Nobody is going to give up Brandoning Biden but Biden said what he said and that makes him what he is. He is a braggart. He bragged about doing things that he didn't do. He's a bully as we've seen in his interactions with the press and people who question him like when he asked a reporter, "Are you a junky?" in response to a question about having taken a cognitive test along with the lying dog-faced pony soldier outburst.

Biden is divisive and by trotting out the semi-fascist bit went Godwin's law on his political opposition and Biden clearly said "Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans". He's clearly talking about anyone supporting Donald Trump. If Donald Trump is the ultimate ultra-MAGA then what would that make the people who support him? Basically the same as the supporters of Hitler.

So Biden in his own words absolutely is divisive and a braggart, bully and B.S.er who makes headlines all the time saying outrageous things. Biden is Bizarro Trump.

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General Comments / Re: So, how is Uncle Joe working for you?
« on: September 27, 2022, 04:43:57 PM »
We no longer have a lying POS as POTUS.  Biden is not a braggart, bully and B.S.er.

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/list/?category=&ruling=false&speaker=joe-biden

“When President Biden took office … there was no vaccine available.”

“We’re sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming.”

"Al-Qaida is “gone” from Afghanistan."

"If the president had done his job, had done his job from the beginning, all the people would still be alive. All the people. I'm not making this up. Just look at the data."

“I’ve been in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan over 40 times.”

As a youth, “I got arrested” protesting for civil rights.

“I used to drive a tractor trailer … I only did it for part of a summer.”

“You’re a lying dog-faced pony solider.”

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Biden is definitely a braggart, bully, BSer, and if Tara Reade's credible sexual assault allegations are true, and if we have to believe women then that would make Biden a rapist. Of course the left has a long history of supporting men with credible accusations of rape against them like Bill Clinton who is still popular.


"He doesn't make headlines every week--excuse me, every day--over the latest outrageous thing he did or said."

Like the U.S. will defend Taiwan militarily, the pandemic is over, the divisive comments he made about MAGA people, gas stations should just lower their gas prices, and on and on with this guy absolutely making headlines over his outrageous remarks that are quickly walked back by his staff because they are so off the rails.


"He hasn't insulted or pushed-away our allies, but rather has drawn them together to oppose Russia's invasion of Ukraine."

He's doing alright on helping Ukraine.

"He's made some progress on climate change instead of opposing it."

"Number one, no more subsidies for fossil fuel industry. No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number one." - Joe Biden

So that is fighting climate change. You drop the supply and increase the price which reduces demand and makes people find greener substitutes, car pool more, take mass transit, work from home, or whatever. That's fine. He's protecting the planet and our ability to live on it.

But wait... there's more. So now that there is clearly going to be a political cost he is trying to get gas prices back down again.

Biden Tells Oil Companies ‘Bring Down Prices You’re Charging’

https://news.yahoo.com/biden-tells-oil-companies-bring-233209030.html?spot_im_highlight_immediate=true&spot_im_comment_id=sp_Rba9aFpG_58e15821-8a7d-34d0-b315-c87c67d95a21_c_2FKi5hgfXLfD5V0ergXdwEG9j5c&utm_source=spoitm&utm_medium=spotim_conversation&spot_im_redirect_source=email

By trying to lower the price of fossil fuels Biden is encouraging their greater use and killing hastening the imminent cataclysmic danger of man made global warming


"But the main thing is he hasn't made this country even more polarized than it already was."

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2022/09/05/destroying-democracy-biden-doubles-down-on-maga-republican-criticism-in-labor-day-speech/?sh=71a489b212d5

"Biden has ramped up his criticism of Trump and his followers in recent days, describing the ex-president’s “philosophy” as being “like semi-fascism” in a fundraiser speech on August 25 before his Philadelphia speech Thursday that accused MAGA Republicans of “represent[ing] an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” “The Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country,” Biden said, arguing they “do not believe in the rule of law.”

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 26, 2022, 06:45:24 PM »
https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/united-states-rates-of-covid-19-deaths-by-vaccination-status?country=~All+ages

I could be reading this chart wrong but...

It looks like in July of 2022, the last month that they give data for, 43% of the people dying were vaccinated.

About 18% had the primary + one booster, about 16% only primary, and about 9% with the primary plus two boosters.

If that many vaccinated people are dying, it really looks like they were given a false sense of security and they should have kept wearing masks and social distancing.

If someone has better numbers on the percentage of people dying who are vaccinated, that would be good to know. If it's as high as these numbers indicate, our government should be doing more to make people aware of the danger they're still in even if vaccinated. If that information is being hidden because "they" think it will discourage vaccination and get even more people killed, that would be par for the course for how our government has conducted itself since the beginning, with deception they figured was for our own good but which backfired in the end.

So it looks like a lot of people are dying even though they're vaccinated, up to 40% and even the 9% that have their boosters is still very high. They got their vaccinations so whose fault is it now when they die? Maybe the person who told them they didn't need to wear a mask anymore.

There is some more information and I may be looking at a base rate fallacy but even if that's the case it doesn't change the fact that a lot of vaccinated people are still dying even though they did their duty, dying because they misplaced their trust in the vaccines and more than likely dropped their masks and social distancing because they naively trusted Biden's encouragement and it cost them everything.

https://ourworldindata.org/covid-deaths-by-vaccination

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 26, 2022, 02:57:24 PM »
They're the authority so when they say it's over then officially it is by definition over.  But Biden's wishful thinking is likely to end up making things worse just like his celebrating too early did last time.

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 26, 2022, 01:18:30 PM »
People seem to have this misconception that pandemic equals masks and vaccines and travel restrictions. We've had pandemics before without any of that so Covid could still be a pandemic without any of those things too.

"It's not as bad as it used to be" isn't the criterion for ending a pandemic. Covid is still ten times worse right now than the swine flu pandemic ever was. There's more transmission, more deaths, a higher death rate, more hospitalizations, and long covid on top of all of it. If the Covid pandemic is over then the swine flu pandemic never was and it would need to be retconned out of existence like Pluto was as a planet.

Now if someone were to say the Covid pandemic is ongoing but we're going to treat it more like most of the previous pandemics that we've had over the last hundred years with the exception of the Spanish Flu pandemic, that might make some sense. People could agree or disagree about whether it's the right approach, but at least it wouldn't be another effort at redefining words. Words like inflation, recession, victory in Afghanistan, bipartisan, infrastructure, vaccine, man, woman, and on and on and on.

Just looked it up and sure enough someone already wrote an article about it and I added some of their words to my own list.

 https://www.heritage.org/progressivism/commentary/how-biden-administration-redefines-words-reshapes-facts-serve-its-purpose

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General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: September 24, 2022, 02:19:46 PM »
What do protests look like in a country with no right to bear arms, no 2nd Amendment?

Iran.

> Biden says, "For those brave right-wing Americans who say [the Second Amendment] is all about keeping America independent and safe, if you want to fight against the country, you need an F-15. You need something a little more than a gun,” Biden said while delivering remarks on his “Safer America Plan” at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

Hmmmm... Why doesn't he tell that to the women of Iran and their supporters who are fighting against their country without an F-15. And without much in the way of guns either while they have Revolutionary Guards taking off their uniforms to blend in and riding ambulances to get to positions on which to fire on and kill unarmed protestors who are standing up for women's rights.

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 22, 2022, 08:54:57 AM »
The White House had words for those including some here who seem to believe that the President was accurately referring to epidemiological reality when he said that the pandemic is over.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2022/09/fauci-addresses-the-pandemic-is-over/671507/

"According to Politico, Biden’s remarks caught senior administration health officials off guard, and indeed, in the following days, the White House clarified that the president was referring to public sentiment, not epidemiological reality."

By public sentiment Biden is obviously referring to wearing masks and many will extend that to getting vaccines and boosters and social distancing. He's telling people to relax and let their guard down.

And Fauci basically slapped Biden upside the head saying that "easing up on our efforts to fight the pandemic now, he said, would be like saying, “Just because I see what the finish line is, I’m gonna stop and get a hotdog. No, you don’t want to do that.”

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But that's exactly what Biden's saying. Just like he said before. Stop wearing masks. No one is wearing masks. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape. It's over. Biden is doing the same thing he did before and expecting a different result.

One of the experts familiar with the science says Biden is wrong.

https://fortune.com/well/2022/09/20/biden-the-pandemic-is-over-omicron-covid-is-the-pandemic-over/

"Declaring a public health emergency over too soon could very well be a mistake, because we know COVID to be “like a fire, where the embers are still smoldering,” he said.

There’s a potential for it to really reignite. I would prefer to continue to prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.”

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 02:54:17 PM »
And if vaccines are the answer including the boosters well Biden just sabotaged that effort along with masks.

Why get the vaccines if the pandemic is over?

https://www.ft.com/content/c6fcbde9-9575-4c9c-a6eb-2c8796c2c5cb

"Investors ditch vaccine stocks after Joe Biden says ‘pandemic is over’

Top jab makers lose combined $10bn of market value amid fears over growing public apathy"

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"I did that!"

- Joe Biden

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 02:51:56 PM »
Do I think there's anything we can still do?

Yes.

Wear quality masks when indoors in crowds.

Mandates?

No, the mandates aren't going to happen. But what would be helpful is the truth from our government, CDC, and powerful politicians like Biden along the lines of yes there is still a pandemic with a 9-11's worth of dead Americans every week and what you can do to help your fellow citizens is get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors in crowds. Nobody is going to force you to do either but the science says that will help keep you alive and free of long covid along with your fellow citizens including the elderly, immuno-compromised, and those with comorbidities who are most at risk. If you don't care about any of that enough to wear a mask then hey it's a free country but the science says that's the best play right now so you have the information you need to make your choice and for everyone who chooses to wear a mask well I salute you.

What do we get instead?

The pandemic is over. No one is wearing masks.

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 02:43:31 PM »
I don't know of a pandemic definition that states the pandemic is over when you've gotten the death and transmission rates as long as you're going to even if they're still absurdly high.

I did see one tweet that seemed to sum up how it's over that plays right into the war on drugs, on poverty, and in Afghanistan.

The Biden approach.

The war on Covid is over. We surrender. Everybody drop your masks.

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 02:13:01 PM »
Not giving up that easily on calling off my pandemic so soon.

So again looking at the math I wonder how what we have now with Covid compares to the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/2009-h1n1-pandemic.html

"From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus."

So we had 12,469 swine flu deaths during that one year period and that was considered bad enough to be a pandemic.

At 400 deaths a day, doing the math, that takes us about 31 days, one long month, to hit that previous pandemic number for an entire year.

When you've got 400-500 deaths a day, it doesn't make a lot of sense to say that's low enough to declare that the pandemic is over. You can crunch all the numbers you want factoring in morbidity, risk, probability, fatality, and whatever other variables you can find to throw into the mix but in the end if the final number comes out to 400-500 per day, that seems like it's very well into the pandemic range no matter how you slice and dice it. Just because it's lower than the all time highs of this pandemic doesn't matter if it's still multiples higher than the previous all time highs of a recent pandemic like swine flu.

I also would like to quibble again with Biden's proclamation that “If you notice, no one’s wearing masks." Well I'm still wearing masks. I guess that makes me no one. And all the other people still wearing masks are nobodies too in Biden's estimation. Not only is he wrong but he's rude.

Here's some more of that pushback I mentioned earlier so it's not just me who thinks Biden is delusional.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/health-experts-dismayed-by-president-bidens-view-that-the-pandemic-is-over-hell-no-not-even-close-11663596394

"@EricTopol
Wish this was true. What's over is @POTUS's and our government's will to get ahead of it, with magical thinking on the new bivalent boosters. Ignores #LongCovid, inevitability of new variants, and our current incapability for blocking infections and transmission"

"@DrEricDing
Is the pandemic over?⚠️Hell no—Not even close.
🔹 Excess mortality still exceeds THIRD global cause of death!
🔹#LongCOVID itself is a pandemic crisis
🔹Evolution of new virus variants not done yet
🔹Transmission still very high

4) Damnit… we have seen the “it’s over” dismissive nonsense before. Remember in May 2021 when CDC dropped mask mandate? Remember how many died in the subsequent August-September 2021 #Deltavariant wave and then the Dec-Feb first #Omicron wave??? ➡️Hundreds of thousands died.

⚠️I’m doubling down—@CDCgov most definitely made a *grave mistake* in May dropping mask rules for vaccinated & lending momentum to anti-maskera. I said it before, and I’ll say it again —@CDCDirector needs to reinstate the mask rules to fight #DeltaVariant ASAP!"

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And on and on from the experts basing their opinions on science the way Biden said he would but clearly isn't.

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 12:09:32 PM »
I wonder if technically and factually the President is correct about the pandemic being over. I just looked something up out of curiosity. The WHO declared Covid a pandemic on March 11, 2020. U.S. Covid deaths on that day were 6 with a seven day average of 4. A few days ago on September 16, 2022 the U.S. Covid deaths were 743 with a seven day average of 518. I'm not seeing how the math adds up to the Covid pandemic being over.

https://www.google.com/search?q=covid+deaths+us+11+March+2020&rlz=1C1ONGR_en__1000__1000&oq=covid+deaths+us+11+March+2020&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i160l3.8192j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 12:00:33 PM »
I saw some pushback on this being over from various doctors on twitter.

Another point against Biden saying this is that he is again encouraging people who might still be taking precautions to stop, especially with masks just like he did previously before the delta surge.

There are people still taking precautions who are going to die because they stop and some of them stop because they listen to the President spreading dangerous covid misinformation. Some medical experts are also concerned about long covid and we're seeing more and more of that with still more questions than answers about it.

In my opinion, he could at least throw a bone to caution instead of throwing caution to the wind by saying something like get your vaccines of course but if you want to keep masking on top of that, that actually wouldn't be a bad idea. He's basically discouraging masking anymore, saying it's over so throw them away. At least that's how a lot of people will hear and take his comments. It didn't work out well the last time and time will tell if this is one of the times the broken clock is actually correct but if so it's just going to be coincidence and luck.


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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 03:44:19 AM »
Was just reading more about this and CNN predictably left some stuff out.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/19/biden-says-covid-pandemic-is-over-despite-us-daily-death-toll-in-the-hundreds

The president told CBS’s 60 Minutes: “We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing.”

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Okay, two things not true there. Relatively few people are wearing masks but to say no one is wearing masks is far from accurate. And everybody doesn't seem to be in pretty good shape with almost five hundred deaths a day. I remember back when it was a hundred a day and we were freaking out. Now it's over well four hundred and no big deal, apparently. And of course, winter is coming. I'm not sure you're allowed to say that anymore with how that whole situation ended, but it was a cautionary tale about how quickly things can totally fall apart especially if you get impatient and try to rush it.

I wouldn't be surprised if that's how Biden figured the pandemic is over. He just looks around and doesn't see that many people wearing masks so a light bulb goes off in his head as he connects masks to covid and therefore no masks means no covid. Brilliant.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/23316450/covid-19-death-rate-vaccine-booster-elderly

Contrary to Biden's rosy outlook, here's a more realistic appraisal of the situation. Although the vaccinated die at lower rates than the unvaccinated, a lot of them are still dying and their death rate is rising. I seriously doubt the pandemic is over and this won't be the first time this President celebrated victory too early only to have it all crash and burn.

But even assuming it is winding down, throwing caution to the wind will cause more people to die unnecessarily and will make it take longer to reach whatever equilibrium level of covid we're going to have to live with, and for too many people still die with.

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: September 19, 2022, 03:22:59 AM »
Well this is good news, great news... if it's true.

The Pandemic is over.

So says sleepy creepy Joe.

He's never been wrong before so we're in the clear.

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/18/politics/biden-pandemic-60-minutes/index.html

"(CNN)President Joe Biden said he believes the Covid-19 pandemic is "over" in an appearance on CBS' "60 Minutes," but acknowledged the US still has a "problem" with the virus that has killed more than 1 million Americans.

"The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We're still doing a lot of work on it. It's -- but the pandemic is over," Biden said."

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I guess that explains why I just found a box of perfectly good individually sealed N-95 masks outside a dumpster I regularly check for cool stuff. And before you say, "Ew..." I'll make you aware that I've found perfectly good 50" flat panel tvs with the remotes on top of them beside that dumpster along with the explanation which was a box for a 75" HDTV that was empty, so obviously someone got themselves a nice upgrade. Luxury apartments have their perks. Found a coupe of older smartphones that are still nice for flashlights and bookreaders with no worries about if they get dropped. Found a nice laptop with the case too. Windows 8 but whatever, at least if I get bored of looking at it I'll try to recycle it. Okay sorry for the side track but I disagree that the pandemic is over because we've been through this before and were disappointed, but I could be wrong and this won't be the first time in life I'll be happy to be mistaken.

But anyways... congratulations!

I hope.

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General Comments / Re: More incitement?
« on: September 17, 2022, 06:40:59 PM »
"They're not gonna stop, and everyone beware, because they're not gonna stop," she added. "They're not gonna stop before Election Day in November, and they're not gonna stop after Election Day."

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With one caveat there. They will stop if Democrats win. And they did.

Unarmed black men are still being killed by police and yet blink and you miss it on the news stories and no riots because BL don't M anymore when Dems are in office. It was all optics all along. And politics. And encouraging massive protests and riots during a pandemic lockdown worked. The Democrats' terrorism, literally "the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims" which is exactly what we saw, won. Mission accomplished. Now everyone go on about your business even though everything is worse than before.

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General Comments / Re: London Bridge is Falling?
« on: September 15, 2022, 04:13:13 AM »
It's probably too late for this now but maybe for next time you go by the take a number system and you can watch online or on tv to see what number is up and what your expected wait time is. If you want to save paper maybe have an option to get your number on the app and you just show it on your phone when you're getting close. I suppose that defeats the purpose of showing the proper respect. Well at least it's not as bad as Shaka Zulu's mom's funeral.

The trick to not passing out is make sure you don't lock your knees. That's what we learned in boot camp. A lot of people still passed out anyway though.

I paid my respects privately with a prayer for her soul up in heaven, condolences to her family, and best wishes to her country and the good people of her empire.

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I don't have the fancy art words to describe this work but I did find it captivating and can see how it won some award.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/technology/ai-artificial-intelligence-artists.html


Théâtre D’opéra Spatial

I had seen the picture but didn't know the title. The title helps to paint a picture, as it were, in my mind with my interpretation of this being an opera and she is singing into an intergalactic gateway that carries her recital to civilizations across the universe. It's available with a subscription to content provider service Galactaflix whose stock got a nice little bump this week  because so many viewers signed up just to see this performance live.

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General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: September 02, 2022, 07:32:25 AM »
There is also the relatively new issue of guns being necessary not to overthrow a tyrannical government that has gone too far in abusing its power but instead for protection against a government that has gone in the entirely opposite direction, refusing to use its power to protect good citizens from bad ones. We saw that in the BLM riots and we're seeing it now in the wholesale release of violent criminals along with open borders. We see it in the calls to defund and abolish the police and to hamstring them so they can't do their jobs and protect law abiding citizens from dangerous criminals.

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General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: September 01, 2022, 08:00:22 PM »
The better question would be about gun control in Russia. Their media seems to have fake newsed the populace enough that there isn't widespread support for overthrowing Putin, but if there was such support would there be enough citizen owned firepower to back it up?

Our gun laws aren't primarily to fend off an invasion although they might be useful for that. They are mainly for overthrowing a tyrannical government like Putin's. If a U.S. President tried to stay in power past his second term the way Putin added on more terms after his had ended, that's when the 2nd Amendment would come into play. There is a deterrent effect as well. Maybe all of our Presidents have just been of the highest moral character so would never think about staying in power but the 2nd Amendment ensures if the thought ever does enter their mind it exits just as quickly.

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General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: August 31, 2022, 07:21:28 PM »
Drones.

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General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: August 31, 2022, 06:22:38 PM »
That's fighting the last war. Or even a war over a hundred years ago.

We can see in Ukraine hints of what the new wars will be like.

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General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: August 31, 2022, 04:21:26 PM »
https://humanevents.com/2022/08/30/breaking-biden-warns-brave-right-wing-americans-if-you-want-to-fight-against-the-country-you-need-an-f-15/

“And for those brave right-wing Americans who say it’s all about keeping Americans independent and safe, you want to fight against the country? You need an F-15, you need something a little more than a gun,” Biden told the crowd, referring to the second amendment.

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It's sadly funny Biden saying this right after the Taliban beat us without any F-15s or air power at all.

Besides the fact that he's wrong and the Taliban just proved it and rubbed it in his face, is this really a Presidential thing to say? It's like Biden is trying to goad people into proving how wrong he is after the Taliban just did it. Real patriotic Americans won't take the bait of course, but it's irresponsible to offer it nonetheless. It doesn't even make any sense anyway. Is Biden saying he would use F-15s against Americans in America? The guy has said some stupid and dangerous things but this has got to be right there at the top of all of them. Thankfully, just about everyone ignores the ramblings of this lunatic including the press which does it's level best to cover for him lest the people find out the emperor hasn't lost his clothes but he's definitely lost his mind.


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Well that's our Florida Man for the day. Must be something in the water.

I don't agree with what he said in any way, shape, or form. But...

Parsing what he said, he stipulated that it is under his plan. Obviously for something like that, the plan would have to be legalized by Constitutional Amendment so it looks like he wants to be one of the New Founding Fathers and institute a modified Purge. Yeah, I don't think I'll be voting for that. Sure it looks exciting in the movies but in real life it would probably look more like Mexico.

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General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 18, 2022, 09:07:40 AM »
I like DeSantis though and think he'd have a better chance of winning the Presidency than Trump. I didn't like DeSantis being anti-mask and telling some students to take off their masks, but you can't have everything you want in a guy and Biden did worse when just before delta hit he said if you're vaccinated you wouldn't spread the virus so you could safely take off your mask so there aren't really any winners on that issue. I still support Trump though but realistically DeSantis has the better shot just because of baggage. If Trump could get behind DeSantis that would probably be best. Maybe Trump is his VP. I know it's farfetched that Trump would play second fiddle but it would be the best chance to win. And Trump, depending on his health, would still be able to run again for President eight years after that as DeSantis finishes his second term, first Hispanic President and then the oldest President ever.

I doubt any major contenders want Jones's support. He probably just did Trump a big favor.

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General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 18, 2022, 08:59:38 AM »
I know an anti-vaxxer who feels the same way as Jones in not liking Trump because Trump was pro-vaccine. It's just interesting seeing pro-vaccine people supporting Jones turning on Trump when that's one of the main reasons.

A lot of people hate Jones for the Sandyhook accusations so Jones turning on Trump should be a net positive for Trump.

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General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 16, 2022, 08:52:09 AM »
Well what some radio station on the radio said was that the same guy who approved the warrant had in another Trump case recused himself and that much was true as I linked a story confirming it. The rest that they went on about with speculation concerning judge shopping is just conjecture. I didn't recognize the talk show host but in any case the judge considers himself too biased to give a fair shake to Trump, or at least he did before. Maybe since then he's come around to hating Trump less. Nobody else has though so that's hard to believe. To be fair, I can see how granting a warrant and presiding over a case are two completely different animals so this could very well be another nothing burger. It all depends on whether or not that warrant would have been granted regardless of the judge.

Okay, to be fair again maybe animosity toward Trump had nothing to do with the recusal as you pointed out. That we don't know. The radio guy either implied it did or said as much, that this judge or magistrate or whatever was an outspoken Trump hater. If that isn't true then I heard some fake news.

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General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 16, 2022, 07:06:57 AM »
Is it far fetched to wonder if the timing of the warrant request could have taken into account that the other judge would be unavailable and this one would be the pinch hitter?


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11107969/Trumps-attorney-wants-know-Judge-Reinhart-recused-Clinton-lawsuit.html

So that's a good question. Why did he recuse himself in the other case but figures he's unbiased enough to unleash this clown circus against Trump now? And the bigger question is would any judge they had taken this warrant request to have improved it? Or in other words, are there any judges would would have said no? I suppose we'll never know the answer to that for sure, but if the answer isn't that any and every judge would have approved it the same was this guy did, then that's a problem.


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General Comments / Re: Trump looses again
« on: August 16, 2022, 02:34:48 AM »
I heard on the radio that the guy who approved the warrant had previously recused himself in a Trump related case because of how much he has publicly expressed his hatred of the man. It was alleged that the DOJ went shopping for a guy to approve their warrant because they knew an honest judge wouldn't do it, and why this guy didn't recuse himself again is also a wonder.

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General Comments / Re: GOP nutbag of the week
« on: August 09, 2022, 03:49:49 AM »
I saw that story and wasn't impressed with the spin which seemed misleading. Nothing was given to China. We just licensed the technology. But we still own it. And apparently there weren't enough American companies willing to take advantage of it. Also, I didn't see anything about exclusivity in the story meaning that if American companies wanted to also license that technology and make use of it that should be fine.

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"How is it that the national lab did not require U.S. manufacturing?" Skievaski asked. "Not only is it a violation of the license, it's a violation to our country."

Now that the Department of Energy has revoked the license, Skievaski said she hopes Forever Energy will be able to acquire it or obtain a similar license.

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So apparently we can revoke the license and give or sell it to someone else. This battery technology goes hand in glove or hand in hand or something with renewable energy to help fight pollution and conserve fossil fuels (I'm not so much into man-made global warming but there's that too if that's your thing). To me that's up there with such a benefit to mankind, for instance along the lines of the Covid vaccines, that hoarding and hogging the technology is going to hurt us more than it helps. As long as it's not an exclusive license given to the Chinese, more good will come out of them making these batteries than harm. And we should be making them too if now we're willing and able since the Chinese have already proven its value when according to the story American funding sources weren't ready to make the long term commitment necessary to get the ball rolling.

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General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: August 08, 2022, 04:10:14 PM »
Admittedly this is totally speculative but one of my issues with Covid is that we don't know the long term consequences of getting it and one of the rare problems associated with it is vasculitis which Ashton Kutcher apparently suffered a serious bout of with timing remarkably coincident with Covid. One has to wonder if there's a connection. Whether his instance is connected or not, it is accepted that it can be caused by Covid. The point? The point is just that it's another example of how this is not "just the flu". Although it's true that the flu can also cause it, if someone like Ashton got "just the flu" it's hard to imagine he would have picked vasculitis up from it.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-11092441/Ashton-Kutcher-lucky-alive-rare-autoimmune-disorder-left-unable-hear-walk.html


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General Comments / Re: GOP nutbag of the week
« on: August 06, 2022, 12:24:15 PM »
For this week I'm nominating Dick Cheney.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/05/dick-cheney-trump-liz-cheney-threat-republic

Dick Cheney attacks Donald Trump as ‘greatest threat to our republic’

Trump may have his flaws but he's hardly the greatest threat to our republic.

Biden's incompetence is a much greater threat to our republic. The open borders, the rampant inflation, losing Afghanistan to the Taliban which is now supporting al-Qaeda to nullify over twenty years worth of sacrifice trying to destroy the group that hit us on 9-11 not to mention setting back to the stone age both human rights and women's rights over there.

What will be funny though is if Democrats now come out in support of Dick Cheney the way they have for George Bush despite how much they hate them both just because the enemy of my enemy is my friend and Trump is the common enemy of all of these swamp creatures and Dick Cheney is their great grandfather.

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General Comments / Re: What are some things that Biden gets right?
« on: August 03, 2022, 10:32:42 AM »
We still have to see what happens. If we get hit by another major terrorist attack like on the scale of 9-11 because we let al Qaeda regain its power, it may turn out that it was better to stay in terms of American lives and money saved. To be sure, the money is a big deal though. We are so far in debt right now that if there wasn't massive cost sharing agreed to by the Afghan government, then there's no way we should have stayed, and I realize they can't afford it so it would mean letting us develop their mineral resources to cost share the military burden as we share the mining profits. Those rare Earth metals look like they're going to China now instead to help fund the government of the Taliban which is cooperating with al Qaeda. I'm looking at the costs of staying in Germany, South Korea, and Japan, and those are quite significant too. Those countries share the costs and if they refused we would no longer be there. The Philippines went that route though the issue wasn't costs so much as real independence. Having us in these countries is a mixed blessing for the hosts too at best, or a mixed curse. I wonder how the Filipinos feel about their decision and how it worked out. They haven't invited us back yet so that's some indication that they're okay with it. The Afghan government differed from the Philippines and Iraq though in that it seems like they didn't want us to abandon them, at least not so fast.

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General Comments / Re: What are some things that Biden gets right?
« on: August 03, 2022, 01:00:06 AM »
https://apnews.com/article/al-qaida-biden-ayman-zawahri-covid-health-595c6bda6d17fdd0c1c936137fe1e7c6

So this is something Biden gets right coupled with something he got wrong.

It's right that he took out an Al Qaeda leader or maybe even the leader of Al Qaeda. It's good that Biden didn't inform the Taliban about his plans too.

But there's obviously a but coming which is that "A further 36 hours of intelligence analysis would follow before U.S. officials began sharing that al-Zawahri was killed, as they watched the Haqqani Taliban network restrict access to the safe house and relocate the dead al-Qaida leader’s family. U.S. officials interpreted that as the Taliban trying to conceal the fact they had harbored al-Zawahri."

Meaning that Biden kept our end of the deal Trump apparently made to hand over Afghanistan to the Taliban under the conditions that they wouldn't shoot us in the butt as we ran for the exit and the Taliban wouldn't provide a safe haven for terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIS. Biden was wrong to think the Taliban would abide by that agreement and he was wrong to abandon Afghanistan if he knew that they wouldn't. Mind you, this isn't the Taliban fighting the good fight but failing like we did to control al Qaeda. This is the Taliban full on cooperating with them just like the government of Pakistan. Just another example of a massive Biden failure touted by the media as a brilliant success.

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General Comments / Re: The Biden Economy
« on: July 14, 2022, 12:06:53 AM »
Okay, this will never ever happen and I know that but what I'd do is use the military to drill for oil and gas on federal lands. I know they don't currently have the expertise for it but it's not rocket science or operating a nuclear reactor and we actually do have our military doing both of those jobs. They can be trained. All of the oil and gas and the money from it would belong to the taxpayers. Producing it and selling it would fill the treasury and lower the global price by putting more oil on the market. So what about all the oil companies? Nothing needs to be done about them at all. Let them do their thing. This will just be extra oil just like a lot of countries when they produce oil it belongs to their government, for instance Saudi Aramco which is primarily state owned. Why can't we have some nice things too? It obviously hits inflation by lowering the price of oil and gas which reduces the price of everything and maybe helps reduce the national debt if the Democrats don't get their hands on that money first and spend it all and then some like a wife getting new credit cards after her husband gets a promotion. I'm actually with the Democrats a bit on the environment so would even be okay with increasing taxes on oil and gas, let's say for gas to keep it around $3 after taxes a gallon when it would normally go down to $2 a gallon after taxes so we lower inflation a bit from the over $4 a gallon we're paying now and the Democrats get a little something to show for it politically for the environment as a compromise. But obviously none of that will ever happen.

If Republicans get in charge, we could see renewed leases on federal lands but what I'd like to know is would the taxpayers be better off if we did it ourselves? Could the military or a new state owned oil and gas drilling company working only on federal lands be more profitable for tax payers than leasing those lands out to the current experts?

Getting back to Biden now, totally agree that he is an absolutely clueless total disaster. He has no idea what is going on and no plan to improve anything at all. As far as Biden is concerned, the solution to inflation is resignation, either his or we have to resign ourselves to it. It's not going to get better as long as his ilk are in power. Nothing will improve. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get even worse than that. Prediction for the future? One word. Pain.

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General Comments / Re: We gotta talk about Uncle Joe
« on: June 29, 2022, 12:47:18 AM »
Just a brief clap back here against Biden for leaving Tesla out of the EV summit.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/they-have-so-much-power-over-the-white-house-elon-musk-explains-about-one-particular-group/ar-AAYXN0i?ocid=uxbndlbing&cvid=2e015bb661c0470c85e739d08dc7d56f

"While President Biden has now referenced Tesla when discussing the future of EVs, that wasn’t always the case. President Biden lauded the likes of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) for being American made and the future of the county.

Knowing what we know now, the praise feels especially tone def and exclusive, given the recent reports from cars.com, citing Tesla, as the most American made manufacturer, who landed more cars in the top ten of ‘American Made Models’ than any other manufacturer.

Musk has also said in an interview that “In case that wasn’t enough, then you have President Biden with Mary Barra at a subsequent event, congratulating Mary for having led the EV revolution.” Musk continued “I believe it was in the same quarter that GM delivered 26 Electric Vehicles, and Tesla delivered 300,000.”

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Biden let his politics and personality issues get in the way of progress.

Usually someone like that would get accused of talking one way and acting another, but Biden talks one way and then talks another way too. He's nonsensical. And small minded, petty, along with grudging too. No better than the last guy and in most ways a whole lot worse.

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General Comments / Re: SOP
« on: June 25, 2022, 07:06:44 PM »


The armed rebellion fantasy isn't well addressed by the gun grabbers though. It's like there's not even any attempt at persuasion. It's just called crazy talk. "You could never win." The Taliban just did. "It could never happen." Democrats just told us what a crazy megalomaniac Trump was and how he tried to illegally and violently hold onto power. "Trust your government." Democrats don't even make that argument. They can't even use math because the numbers are far more weighted against mass murder by governments being much more dangerous, millions dead instead of tens of thousands. Foreign countries can't even be pointed at because for every Iceland there is a Mexico. All we hear is Nike, "Just do it."

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