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General Comments / Packing the Court
« on: April 10, 2021, 06:16:16 PM »

"President Biden created a bipartisan commission Friday to study structural changes to the Supreme Court, giving the group 180 days to produce a report on a range of thorny topics including court expansion and term limits."

One thing should be very clear. If liberals had a majority on the Supreme Court and conservatives were in charge of appointing new members to it, does anyone seriously believe the liberals would be in favor of packing the court with more conservatives, or even in favor of a commission to study it?

This is purely a power grab. FDR tried it and it cost him in the mid-terms. From wiki:

"The Democratic Party lost a net of eight seats in the U.S. Senate and a net 81 seats in the U.S. House in the subsequent 1938 midterm elections.

As Michael Parrish writes, "the protracted legislative battle over the Court-packing bill blunted the momentum for additional reforms, divided the New Deal coalition, squandered the political advantage Roosevelt had gained in the 1936 elections, and gave fresh ammunition to those who accused him of dictatorship, tyranny, and fascism. When the dust settled, FDR had suffered a humiliating political defeat at the hands of Chief Justice Hughes and the administration's Congressional opponents."

This is interesting too, that even the Democrats saw this for what it is. I wonder how many of them today will be willing to stand up for principles instead of grabbing for power.

"Other reasons for its failure included members of Roosevelt's own Democratic Party believing the bill to be unconstitutional, with the Judiciary Committee ultimately releasing a scathing report calling it "a needless, futile and utterly dangerous abandonment of constitutional principle ... without precedent or justification".

This goes way beyond a nuclear option. This is more like a planet buster, the Death Star option. It will destroy our entire system of government as we know it and put in a new one where whoever controls Congress and the Presidency also controls the Supreme Court because they will just pack it and pack it and pack it until it bursts. Biden even saying he just wants to study the possibilities is like saying let's study the possibilities of building a Death Star that can destroy our planet. This is madness.

General Comments / Re: Border crisis
« on: April 08, 2021, 10:25:04 PM »
"because the people flooding the border are more likely to be getting their misinformation about open borders from the same sources you are..."

My source is the Democrats' proposal to grant a path of citizenship to dreamers.

That means if you come here illegally particularly if you are young then you get to stay and become a citizen. There is no reason for anyone to believe that the same thing won't happen again in the future for the people who come now as the Democrats want to make happen for the dreamers who came not so long ago and Reagan made happen with the first mass amnesty that was promised to be the last amnesty.

People seem to be getting hung up on the fact that nobody is using the actual words and declaring an official policy of "Open Borders" but the words don't matter when the actions speak for themselves. Amnesty for dreamers is the official declaration of an open borders policy. Everyone has a reasonable expectation that if they can get in and especially if they can stay long enough to establish a good life for themselves and set down roots then they will get to stay. Democrats make exactly that argument constantly. Illegals who have lived here for a long time, have good jobs and families and aren't criminals besides their immigration status should not get deported. People the world over hear that and they are acting on it. That's open borders in deed if not in word.

General Comments / Re: Border crisis
« on: April 08, 2021, 02:06:08 PM »
I beg to differ.

Sure there may be a few people who assert that having immigration laws and enforcing them isn't racist but they are conservatives. The official position of the left all during the Trump administration was that enforcing our immigration laws is racist. Unless what's racist and what isn't changes depending on the person doing it, it's still racist. Y'all think anyone forgot how racist the border wall was?

Google doesn't lie.

Just Googling "Trump racist immigration" shows the truth of it. I mean now that Democrats are in charge and their open borders rhetoric encouraging people to come to America illegally has immediately resulted in the entirely predictable man made disaster and a crisis on the border, of course they are going to be forced to do an about face and start discouraging illegal immigration and the abuse of our asylum system, but that doesn't change the fact that according to what they said for the entirety of the four years under President Trump they are acting in a racist manner. Y'all can deny it all you want but the facts are the facts.

The argument that it wasn't what Trump was doing that was racist but only what he said while he was doing it just doesn't fly. When Democrats end up doing the same things, meaning stopping people from illegally entering the country and deporting them after they do, and then they just say while they are doing it that "we're not racist but...", that doesn't make any sense.

Either enforcing immigration law and securing the border wasn't racist when Trump was doing it or it is racist when the Democrats are doing it. It's like saying that it doesn't matter what you do only what you say while you do it. I guess there is some consistency there because that's the same standard the left applies to hate crimes.

General Comments / Re: Border crisis
« on: April 08, 2021, 12:02:30 PM »
"Because she and Biden aren't the open border caricatures that you and the right wing press make them out to be?"

So that means they're racists, right? Or do I misunderstand the term?

General Comments / Re: Border crisis
« on: April 08, 2021, 08:30:25 AM »

"Vice President Kamala Harris has begun to assemble a team to assist her in efforts to stem the migration surge from several Central American countries into the U.S."

Stem the immigration surge?


Are they racists?

These people are fleeing oppression, poverty, starvation, violence, and are just looking for a better life for their children. So why is Harris trying to stop them from coming here?

General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: April 08, 2021, 08:20:00 AM »

"Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar fought back with handmade guns and firebombs against a crackdown by security forces in a town in the northwest but at least 11 of the protesters were killed, domestic media reported on Thursday.

Initially, six truckloads of troops were deployed to quell protesters in the town of Taze, the Myanmar Now and Irrawaddy news outlets said. When the protesters fought back with handmade guns, knives and firebombs, five more truckloads of troops were brought in.

Fighting continued into Thursday morning and at least 11 protesters were killed and about 20 wounded, the media said. There was no word of any casualties among the soldiers."

I notice that the debate swirled around how effective, or not, civilians with guns would be against the military but nobody made the case for why that isn't something we'd have to ever be worried about in America, the government turning tyrannical and using the military against us like we're seeing in Myanmar.

I guess it's kind of difficult for the Democrats who want to ban guns to make that case after all the things they just got done saying about former President Trump.

But if people really want to ban guns and get rid of the 2nd Amendment, the purpose of which is to help civilians defend themselves against an evil government gone rogue, it seems like the first step would be to persuade people that such a scenario isn't plausible or one they have to worry about, not with our government and the protections we have in place. Of course making that argument gets a lot harder when the same people say the police are racists out to murder innocent black people and the military is full of rapists and baby killers while the former President was a Russian puppet and one of the most evil, corrupt, racist, unstable, dangerous, narcissistic, power hungry orange people ever to illegally rig an election and seize power. When it comes to making the case for how the American government could never be a danger to the people, kind of shot yourselves in the foot there, as it were.

General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: April 08, 2021, 08:12:09 AM »

"Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar fought back with handmade guns and firebombs against a crackdown by security forces in a town in the northwest but at least 11 of the protesters were killed, domestic media reported on Thursday.

Initially, six truckloads of troops were deployed to quell protesters in the town of Taze, the Myanmar Now and Irrawaddy news outlets said. When the protesters fought back with handmade guns, knives and firebombs, five more truckloads of troops were brought in.

Fighting continued into Thursday morning and at least 11 protesters were killed and about 20 wounded, the media said. There was no word of any casualties among the soldiers."

I notice that the debate swirled around how effective, or not, civilians with guns would be against the military but nobody made the case for why that isn't something we'd have to ever be worried about in America, the government turning tyrannical and using the military against us like we're seeing in Myanmar.

I guess it's kind of difficult for the Democrats who want to ban guns to make that case after all the things they just got done saying about former President Trump.

General Comments / Re: Border crisis
« on: April 07, 2021, 12:03:46 PM »
So why not just go and get them? Wouldn't that be more humane? Why encourage them to do things the hard way like this? Just tell them that if they can make it to the American embassy in their country we'll take care of the rest.

General Comments / Re: Border crisis
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:01:37 AM »
Biden policy results: abandoned children crying and begging for help on the border.

Sure it's great to help children especially when they have been abandoned but the problem comes in when you have a guy like Biden encouraging people to do this to children and in their minds it's actually for the sake of the children. Biden has told the third world that the best way to give you children the opportunities of America is to abandon them on our border. People heard him loud and clear and we see the sad results.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 06, 2021, 08:09:22 PM »
#5 It absolutely is racist to base border restrictions on anything other than the infection rates within the country of origin if your goal is to stop the spread. So yeah, the UK allowing France and the US is racist compared to other countries that are on the list.

I'm going to nit-pick this one. Just because a country has low infection rates doesn't mean the people traveling from there aren't infected. In fact, travelers would seem to be the kind of people who are infected more than most specifically because they are traveling instead of practicing real social distancing because you can't travel on a plane and practice social distancing at the same time. Even if a country has a low infection rate how much is that going to matter when the person gets infected while traveling on the way to their final destination? They will test negative when they leave, pick up the virus en route, test negative again when they arrive, and then spread it around if they don't have a ten day or so quarantine first.

That's not disagreeing with the idea completely though about some nations being granted favored status despite their higher infection rates but my point is that ALL travel is dangerous and non-essential travel is a luxury that is spreading the virus all over the place. The more travel allowed FROM ANYWHERE, the more dangerous it is to everyone. That's what started the whole ball rolling in the first place and it's what's going to finish us too if we don't wise up and fast. Unless you have some sort of travel bubble between two uninfected countries or something, but that requires serious travel restrictions on everyone else to get to that sweet spot.

Just like with Fauci early on with the masks, people just don't want to admit the truth of it because it's going to make them uncomfortable and take them out of their safe space. New Zealand and Australia understand all of this which is why they have been so successful where we have failed miserably.

"Australia and New Zealand have controlled the COVID-19 outbreak better than many other developed nations. Both countries closed their international borders to noncitizens early in the pandemic, which helped them to contain the virus's spread."

Saying that travel restrictions are useless sounds a lot like how we were told not to buy and wear masks because they won't help the general public and instead of that just wash your hands a lot. Look at Australia and New Zealand and then make the case for how travel restrictions don't help.

Just like with masks, it's just common sense. How is the virus spreading? People are spreading it, obviously. This isn't rocket science here.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 06, 2021, 04:31:51 PM »
"That's funny, I don't see Mexico there. That's the country we are talking about, right?"

Because all illegals are Mexican? That's racist and untrue.

The fact is people, and by that I mean mostly Democrats, get so hung up on not wanting to be racist that they let public safety take a back seat when it's inconvenient for their politics.

The pandemic is here and it's real and the science says that travel restrictions are one of the necessary tools to fight it. Vital. Indispensable. Joe Biden isn't listening to the science when it isn't politically convenient for him.

And by the way, even Joe is telling migrants not to come. Well, with his mouth he is saying that though with his actions he's saying something else. So does that make Joe Biden's mouth racist that he is saying pretty much exactly what I am, that this is not the time for migrants to be crossing our border en masse? It seems like whether something is racist or not depends on who says it. If conservatives say the same thing Joe Biden says then it's racist when the conservative says it but it's fine when Joe Biden says it. It's funny how that works.

Biden on Border Crisis
President's Message to Migrants: "Don't Come"

I want to see Biden called a racist for saying that the same way Trump would be. Hooray for double standards.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 06, 2021, 02:52:35 PM »
That must be why Britain has a red list travel ban, because it just doesn't matter.

Red list travel ban countries
If you have been in or through any of the countries listed below in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.

If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter. You must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.

Bangladesh (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
Cape Verde
Democratic Republic of the Congo
French Guiana
Kenya (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
Pakistan (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
Philippines (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
South Africa
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Updates to the list
Any upcoming updates to list and updates that happened within the last 10 days.

Countries added to the list
Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 06, 2021, 07:13:06 AM »
Go ahead and open the schools, they said. Kids are not big spreaders, they said.

Not so fast.

Kids Are Very Effective at Transmitting the Virus

"Very few cases, in terms of transmission. They did not serve as important sources of the virus to the rest of the community. That has completely turned on its head with B.1.1.7. There are now kids getting infected at the same rate that adults do. They're very effective at transmitting the virus."

Osterholm noted that in Minnesota in the last two weeks, 749 schools had reported COVID cases. "Anywhere you look where you see this emerging, you see that kids are playing a huge role in the transmission of this," he said. "All the things that we had planned for about kids in schools with this virus are really no longer applicable. We've got to take a whole new look at this issue."

How many times are people going to underestimate this virus?

And then there's Fauci again refusing to call it like it is on how dangerous the border situation is in terms of making the pandemic worse. He's got the chance now to help nip it in the bud like he could have done on masks but instead he takes what he thinks is the "safe" route that's going to make the virus problem even worse.

Last week Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, accused Fauci of remaining silent over conditions at the border. An Alabama congressman also urged Fauci to get involved. In February Marco Rubio, a senator from Florida, criticized Fauci, saying his job “is not to mislead or scare” the American public.

Fauci demurred when asked to respond.

“I am so busy trying to do some important things to preserve the health and the safety of the American people that I can’t be bothered with getting distracted with these people that are doing these ad hominems,” he said.


People like Fauci don't want to admit the truth about how dangerous the border situation is in terms of the virus now when the problem is still just getting started and being brutally honest could make the most difference. Just like he didn't want to admit the truth about masks in the beginning when it could have made the most difference. Just like others didn't want to admit how dangerous opening schools up too early could be and now we're seeing the results of that too. Everyone who has underestimated the virus has been wrong every single time.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 05, 2021, 08:23:05 PM »

"Scientists’ changing understanding of the virus has made it difficult for public health experts and elected officials to offer the public consistent advice.

For example, when the pandemic began, Americans were told that face masks were not necessary. That guidance was later amended after it became clear that masks kept a sick person from spreading the disease. Still later, scientists acknowledged that masks also protected the wearer."

They knew the masks would protect people which is why the medical personnel needed them but they also figured they had to give people something to do to make them feel like they were doing something so may as well let them go full OCD on cleaning and hygiene that way at least they can keep busy with something and give themselves a false sense of security which is better for the people in charge than the reality of giving everyone no security at all since we're going to tell them not to do the one thing they could do which would actually help, to wear the best non-N95 masks they can get even if they have to improvise while we save the N95s for the medicos.

"It’s time to unplug the sanitizing robots and put away the bottles of Clorox that seem to line the entrances to every school, restaurant and supermarket wanting to advertise its safety protocols. While such protocols may be reassuring to an anxious populace, they are not necessary, says a revised guidance issued on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low,” the new CDC guidance says, estimating that the chance of contracting the coronavirus through surface transmission is lower than 1 in 10,000."

Finally some reality. I do have to wonder if Walensky had been in charge from the beginning instead of Fauci if maybe her apparent penchant for not lying to the American people just because it's convenient could have resulted in a much better outcome than the one we ended up getting.

Fauci got everything bass ackwards from the get go. Told us not to do what we needed to do and told us to make sure and do what didn't even matter.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: April 04, 2021, 05:11:58 PM »

"It's not so much hesitancy as it is access for most of our patients," said Dr. Laura Miller, a family physician who mostly treats patients from rural, minority communities in Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi.

Because almost half of all the vaccines in Mississippi have been offered at drive-thru mass vaccination clinics and other state-run sites, Miller sees a lot of patients who want to or need to wait until they can get the vaccine closer to home, in a more familiar setting."

I'm in this camp. I'm feeling like I'd be comfortable taking the Johnson and Johnson vaccine because it's made with the old fashioned DNA technology and not this new fangled mRNA funny business and even though it may be less effective it also seems to have less side effects. Kind of just kidding about the mRNA. It's probably fine, but I'd still prefer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. If there are problems with it the good outdoes the harm, most likely. I'll be waiting though until I can get it at the local Walmart or Kroger or Target just like I get my flu vaccine, on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary.

So I agree with the article that for a lot of people it's not that they absolutely won't get it but that they want it to be more convenient in a more familiar setting and not feel like you've got to get on a government watchlist and give away a bunch of your personal information as we see there is some concern about that from privacy watchgroups too though it's mostly having to do with receiving more targeted advertising. Hopefully waiting a little longer might even result in a vaccine that covers some of the variants. I understand though for most people and for society in general the sooner they get it the better.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 30, 2021, 11:52:17 PM »
How about public cafeterias?

Our tax dollars at work.

I enjoyed them when I was in the military. Not quite public but available for anyone in the military which was pretty much everyone around. The one in Yokosuka was outstanding. I even got to work in it for a few months while I was waiting for my ship. So maybe you do a successful four or six month stint of cafeteria duty meaning dishes and cleanup because the chefs will all be professionals and then after that you get free food, or should I say food that you earned by working for it. You might even be able to knock it out part time in high school or some afterwards. Or we could just pay for it out of tax dollars. Then they are set up all over town with more in the densely populated inner cities.

If healthcare is a human right then shouldn't healthful food be one too? It seems like that should actually come before healthcare. Government gyms too maybe. Basically modeled on what you see on military bases. And the same type of discipline will be expected too. Toe the line or lose your privileges, temporarily or permanently depending on the severity of the infraction; no soup for you!

If everyone's diet had been excellent we might not have had such a big problem with Covid and a lot of other health problems would get taken care of too. It would pay for itself, not that you can put a price on your health anyway. We just have to make sure it's modeled on the best mess halls of the best military bases, and absolutely not looking like what we see in our public schools.

General Comments / Re: Guns
« on: March 23, 2021, 07:30:03 PM »
"Assault rifles and high capacity magazines serve no purpose for self defense or hunting."

Neither of which is the real purpose of the 2nd Amendment.

What is the real purpose? Look at Myanmar and the "Everything will be OK" angel protestor.

And I'm leaning towards the "something has to be done" camp when any nut can go on a random shooting spree, and they do. But bringing up hunting and self-defense against criminals is irrelevant since that's not the issue. The issue is how would we prevent a tyrannical government from doing to us what the military is doing in Myanmar?

Nothing our government is doing right now is trust inspiring.

General Comments / Re: Cancelled
« on: March 22, 2021, 06:53:12 PM »
Chuck Lorre is getting the treatment now too because he didn't cast a real Afghan actor to play an Afghan character as well as the whole concept of the show.

"Writer Rekha Shankar tweeted, "Can someone tell Chuck Lorre that 'what if a white person liked a brown person' is not a tv show concept."

Palestinian documentary filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky (Tell Spring Not to Come) marveled, "This is a real TV show. Actually made by human people. On Planet Earth. In 2021."

And Broadway singer-actor Pia Glenn issued a series of critiques, leading with, "I remember hearing about this when it was in development & thinking NAH...surely someone will stop this from going into production. ... It truly is Chuck Lorre. Plus America's general disdain for comedy that's smart, cutting edge, & maybe not shockingly racist and/or otherwise offensive."

Glenn, among others, particularly singled out the fact that Awalmir isn't played by an Afghan actor (Kalyan was born in South Africa to an Indian South African family)."

General Comments / Re: Doctors spewing nonsense and malpractice
« on: March 21, 2021, 12:29:43 AM »
I'm not anti-vax though. I'll be getting mine when it's my turn and I get my flu vaccine every year now. But it there is nothing wrong with letting people know about the risks.

For instance, flying on a plane is safe. However, sometimes for one reason or another they do crash and everyone onboard dies what could very well be a terrifying death. It shouldn't be considered wrong to inform people of the risk, however low it may be, before they fly. The risks of the vaccines, if any, are less than that of flying and the rewards to everyone are much greater, but that doesn't mean there aren't any risks at all or that people shouldn't be allowed to talk about them.

General Comments / Re: Anti Asian attacks
« on: March 20, 2021, 07:59:20 AM »
Sullivan nails it.

"But this story has also been deeply instructive about our national discourse and the state of the American mainstream and elite media. This story’s coverage is proof, it seems to me, that American journalists have officially abandoned the habit of attempting any kind of “objectivity” in reporting these stories. We are now in the enlightened social justice world of “moral clarity” and “narrative-shaping.”


Sure there is some MAGA inspired anti-Asian hate crime.

And here it comes... BUT... it seems like a solid majority of it doesn't have anything to do with MAGA or white supremacy. Reporting that doesn't fit the narrative so when the facts don't fit we must omit.

I click through a lot of these stories to try to find out more about who the perp is and what their motivation is and most of the time I hit a brick wall on a description of the perp and total silence about what the police say they may have said was their motivation.

However, when it's a white person we get a photo along with more details about the crime including possible motives.

Many of these seem to be in the mold of the knock-out game though we don't hear stories about that happening anymore to older white people so you have to wonder if it stopped completely or if when it does happen it doesn't fit the narrative so it's just not reported.

General Comments / Re: Doctors spewing nonsense and malpractice
« on: March 19, 2021, 06:18:46 PM »
There is no proof that the Covid-19 vaccines have caused people to have blood clotting problems and die within days of getting them. There is no proof of a causal connection.,all%20in%20women%20under%2055.

"These are rare cases – around 20 million people in the UK and EEA had received the vaccine as of March 16 and EMA had reviewed only 7 cases of blood clots in multiple blood vessels (disseminated intravascular coagulation, DIC) and 18 cases of CVST. A causal link with the vaccine is not proven, but is possible and deserves further analysis."

Not proven. Key words. Is possible? Lies. Just like with autism. Not proven and not possible.

So should any doctors who point out that there may be a risk associated with the vaccine get cancelled?

Well of course. They should lose their licenses and probably be sent to prison.

And so what about whole countries that have stopped using the vaccine?

"Sweden on Tuesday became the latest European country to pause use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine amid reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients...

...Germany, France, Italy and Spain were among countries that suspended use of the vaccine on Monday."

Yes, well of course their dangerous anti-vax lies are going to end up prolonging the pandemic and getting millions of people sick and killed unnecessarily. Every member of those governments who participated in this anti-vax blood-clot problem hoax should be brought up on charges, convicted by a jury of their peers, and sent to prison for a long, long time.

And if someone does die shortly after getting the vaccine? Well just a coincidence of course. The vaccine makers need to be provided immunity from liability because there is no proof they are responsible; there never can be, and there never will be. And since the greater good would suffer if there ever was proof, there never should be.

General Comments / Re: Cancelled
« on: March 14, 2021, 01:40:18 AM »
That's the whole point of cancel culture though now isn't it?

Anyone could always change the radio station or the tv channel if they didn't like something.

But that's not good enough.

Now if the woke crowd doesn't like something, they have to cancel it so thoroughly that nobody can enjoy it anymore, anywhere, anytime, ever.

Cancel culture says if I don't like what you're listening to then well of course I'm not going to listen to it but guess what's new? Now I'm going to make sure that you can't listen to it either.

General Comments / Re: Cancelled
« on: March 13, 2021, 11:42:31 PM »
Even if you're against cancel culture you wouldn't be a bad person if you felt that some people get their just deserts when they get cancelled by their own side of the political spectrum.

Marshall Mathers would be a good example.

And I'm pretty sure that offensiveness being your "whole schtick" isn't going to fly as a defense with the cancel culture people.

"Eminem became a trending topic again recently after Gen Z TikTok users highlighted some of his more offensive lyrics in a back-and-forth debate. The rapper has had his fair share of controversies throughout his career, perhaps most notably for lyrics many have deemed misogynistic or homophobic, but Charlamagne tha God thinks any attempt to “cancel” Slim Shady won’t stick regardless of how people feel...

... They are just playing old Eminem lyrics and doing what outrage culture does. Trying to build a case against Eminem, But I’m going to tell you why that will never work; That’s Eminem’s whole schtick.”

The left's woke culture warrior-mad scientists have literally created their own Frankenstein's monster, and by literally of course I mean figuratively.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 07, 2021, 09:11:22 AM »
It's going to be like it was with the communist countries. Russia, China, Vietnam. They see a problem but their solutions make it many times worse, and they are too arrogant to ever admit that they were wrong and change direction so they just double down and double down. Maybe decades later another generation will say okay that's enough we don't want to live like this anymore after the idiots who destroyed their countries die off of old age but I don't want to wait that long. The damage being done is blaringly obvious right now so now is the time to stop doing it. Back then they'd just use accusations of "capitalist pig" to shut anyone down who told them, correctly as history demonstrated, that they were being foolish and their great plans would only lead to ruin, and the only difference is now they just call you a racist instead.

With Covid on a border with a great influx of people right now, even the administration says that's dangerous and it's not what they want to happen, but it's what they are causing anyway. It doesn't take a genius, and it doesn't even take a racist, to see that this doesn't make sense and the odds of it turning out for the best aren't good.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 07, 2021, 08:51:30 AM »
It's really about the choice between order and chaos. If we want more immigrants then we should just raise the limit on the number of people who can legally immigrate. There are people who have been waiting for years to come here legally so how does it make any sense to make them keep waiting while we let millions more just skip ahead of them? We're rewarding people for breaking the law and punishing the people who obey the law.

In the Dreamer amnesty proposals is there anything that allows the people waiting to come here legally, who already have all their documents in order and are just waiting their turn in their home countries like they are supposed to do, to come here also? Of course not. Why not?

And even Biden and his administration say that even though people should come they shouldn't come right now. He is encouraging the very thing he knows is the wrong thing to be happening right now. He's saying one thing but doing what he knows will lead to the exact opposite result. It looks a lot like insanity.

We see the same type of results with defund the police efforts for instance where an anti-gun crime task force was disbanded because the results of its efforts appeared racist and then of course murders using guns skyrocketed. It's just anarchy and chaos. That's what's being promised and that's what's being delivered. And that's what I'm against. It's like you can't even want law and order anymore because if you do that's racist. I'm just not looking forward to living with anarchy and that's where we seem to be headed.

General Comments / Re: Free Elections are a thing of the past
« on: March 07, 2021, 08:37:37 AM »
"For the People"

Politicians just like that one in Taxi Driver.

General Comments / Re: Free Elections are a thing of the past
« on: March 06, 2021, 11:17:42 PM »
"Prohibits the publication of “misleading information” about elections."

It's interesting that the Democrats want to pass a law that makes what they did for the last four years illegal, making up false claims and perpetrating a fraud regarding their Russian collusion hoax.

General Comments / Re: Free Elections are a thing of the past
« on: March 06, 2021, 11:08:59 PM »
Make voter fraud as easy as possible while making it a crime to talk about voter fraud. That makes sense. When people get power they show you who they really are.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 05, 2021, 03:44:35 PM »
I already opined that it looks like Abbot has transformed into one of those anti-maskers who seems intent on just letting the virus spread virtually unchecked, like trying to stop it is going against the will of God. I was impressed with him when relatively early on he went for the mask mandate and can't help but wonder why he is losing his mind now. It almost looks like he's trying to undermine Biden by causing a virus surge. And again, there is no reason why a full open can't also mean the mask mandate stays in place.

His rationale though is probably that this is Biden's baby, as it were. If the Feds want to open the border, against the express wishes of Texas as evidenced by Paxton's lawsuit, then the Feds need to take responsibility for it, and pay for it, and provide the personnel to do it.

Biden wants an open borders policy with his freeze on deportations so Biden should pay for it. Biden had some nerve asking Texas to ante up for his own gamble with the lives of Texas citizens.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 05, 2021, 02:15:11 AM »
> Wayward Son

"You're afraid that some illegal immigrant might give you the virus?"

I mean I've explained it before so the problem is encouraging these mass migrations right now the way Biden is doing is the exact opposite of what the scientists and healthcare professionals say we need to do to combat the virus. I thought those were the people we were supposed to be listening to but apparently we just ignore them when their advice is politically incorrect just like the BLM protests. Now of course I'm opposed to illegal immigration anyway, and abuse of the asylum claims system as well, and I don't deny that, but the point is that this is a particularly bad time to resume encouraging it.

And this isn't just about it being brought here either, although of course there is that. But it's also about it being carried from one end of the Americas to the other and spread everywhere in between. If a dangerous variant happens to arise in someone but they are not traveling around so much then there's a much better chance of it dying out, but with everyone going all over the place and meeting thousands of people along the way those variants are allowed to spread. And not just the more dangerous and transmissible variants but the regular old virus itself.  And who is to say that encouraging all of this migration right now is even the best thing for people who are suffering? It may well be that while traveling across two continents and spreading the virus to various people who are also struggling, we end up taking in a hundred thousand people while getting another hundred thousand or more across Latin America killed by the virus who otherwise might have dodged it long enough for them to get vaccinated in a few more months or protected by others who are vaccinated. Remember how this all started? Travelers. And it doesn't matter if you're going to a conference, a ski resort, taking a cruise vacation, or you are traveling because of gang violence or lack of jobs or even lack of food. It matters to us of course but it doesn't matter at all to the virus.

I'm not sure why that's so difficult to understand.

Just like the masks are pretty easy to understand too.

But people often just don't want to admit the obvious when it conflicts with their emotions.

It's not about making it personal like you're afraid some illegal is going to personally infect you or is going to personally take your job away. It's about policy and the big picture. It's about should we have limits based on our needs and safety and how many people we can handle coming in at a time or do those not matter and the only limit is based on how much poverty and hardship there is in the world because if that's the limit then for all practical purposes there is no limit and the kicker is when our kind-hearted policies end up doing more harm than good.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 03, 2021, 02:29:14 PM »
Here's a story on it but it's Fox so y'all might not like it.

The point is that the numbers are overwhelming and the controls against spreading the virus would be laughable if they weren't so deadly. Is anyone really going to tell me that everyone coming in is tested and all of them who test positive are quarantined in a hotel room under guard like they do it in New Zealand? Of course not. As far as I can see they are just being released and are being asked to quarantine when they get to where ever they are going, and that's all over the country.

Now this next story is Canada but it brings up a good point, well actually several including how difficult it is to keep travelers from spreading the virus around but two of the best points are that the tests often give false negatives and also in Canada you need another test at the end of your quarantine and I don't see anything saying that we're doing anything like that for those coming in on our border now.

Minimizing the danger just because it's politically correct is the same type of thing that was done for the BLM protests.  And I agree that the people walking around outside were probably okay but with those numbers of people there had to be times when people outside of trust circles gathered indoors and spread the virus around too when they wouldn't have without the protests.

One bad thing about doing that is that after seeing the politically correct exceptions made at the expense of pandemic safety protocols, people look around and see the double standard and notice that ask themselves if they are the only ones expected to take this seriously?

If there's one thing Americans are good at, it's finding a reason to slack off.

Which brings me to the CDC director:

Now she is right on the money. It's finally good to have someone competent there. If there's one fault I can find in her, and it's not necessarily her fault really, it's just that I don't know if what she's saying is persuading the people who need to be persuaded. She's telling it exactly like it is. She's warning us. But some people are just too thick-headed to listen to reason, the governor of Texas among them.

Americans are looking for any and every reason to be lazy and complacent. The numbers coming down just a little bit is good enough for many of them. Biden being reckless with controlling Covid-19 and the variants coming across the border is good enough for some of them too. If the virus wasn't under control he wouldn't be opening us up like that would he?

Yeah I know y'all aren't having any of it but I'm just telling you a lot of people look at it and shake their heads and wonder what's the point. We can lockdown all we want and wear masks all we want but if we're just going to let hundreds of thousands of people in like this then it's fighting a losing battle. Again with the war comparison but it's like two flanks watching each other and as one starts to collapse the other gives up too. There are two flanks to the war on Covid-19. New Zealand knows it. Canada knows it. Hawaii knows it. Everyone knows it. But in our country half of the population is only willing to battle on one flank. Half on masks. Half on travel restrictions. And both the flanks instead of fighting the virus are determined to fight each other. That's no way to win a war.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 03, 2021, 11:51:23 AM »
So there aren't around ten thousand people every month crossing the border illegally without being apprehended like the situation has been for the last couple of decades? Let me just ask it outright then because I'm looking and I can't find the information.

How many people are crossing our border illegally right now without being apprehended meaning there are no checks on them at all?

I do remember that it used to be tens of thousands per month and I see an article that illegal border crossings, and by that I mean the people who are never caught, are up to pre-Covid levels.

If we're getting over 70,000 apprehensions per month then how many get through? I guess we'll never know. I suppose that's one of the great joys about living without a secure border.

Of course it's always been like that. Can't really blame Biden since he just took office. Oh wait, he's been in Congress for decades so actually he can be blamed.

I can't get through the paywall on this but there's enough information to indicate that there are a LOT of crossings. To imagine that is somehow good for the controlling the pandemic is very difficult.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 03, 2021, 11:30:37 AM »
Hopefully most of the stores keep their mask policies in place. If there's one that does and one that doesn't I know which one will get my business. Also, the curbside pickup is a godsend.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 03, 2021, 11:29:21 AM »
The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if he knows that hundreds of thousands more people are likely to die because he is opening Texas up three months too early and he's making a political calculation that it will hurt Biden more than it hurts him. This isn't just going to hurt Texans either because everyone travels everywhere and they are going to spread the pain all over the country; all over the world even. Maybe he wants to put Texas on the map by helping us develop a new more virulent more dangerous variant of our own so that the Texas variant puts all the others to shame. Of course there's the saying about not attributing to malice what is probably just stupidity but it's hard to imagine anyone is really this stupid.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 03, 2021, 11:23:55 AM »
“Today’s announcement does not abandon the state practices that Texans have mastered over the past year,” Abbott said Tuesday. “Instead, it is a reminder that each person has their own role to play in their own personal safety.”

Going back to basics again and I know we've been over it many times but this is the part where people's logic trains seem to jump off the rails. A person can't protect themselves from maskless superspreaders. That's the whole point that he still doesn't get. The problem is there are too many dummies. I saw a guy in Costco a couple of days ago, and yes he had his mask and that's good, but he was actually singing, loudly, in the store, to himself I guess but the point is that he doesn't get the point. As the old saying goes, the stupid shall be punished. And there's no doubt we've got a lot of just plain stupid people and there is no doubt that we're getting punished by their stupidity. It's infuriating.

Israel is having a great response with their vaccines. All we have to do is keep doing what we're doing for a couple more months. Maybe even ease up a bit on some things and pretty much just keep the masks going in crowded indoor places. Just give it a few more months. I see it kind of like being in a war against the virus and there's a relatively calm period now, ore with the death toll still over a couple of thousands a day maybe we've just gotten used to the constant shelling, but in any case people are getting complacent and seem to think it's safe so they are going to go ahead and stick their heads up. And that's when the virus snipers are going to pick them off.

Other countries are having upsurges and are restricting travel and definitely not easing up on masks. It seems like it's no coincidence that every time we let our guard down and ease up a little the virus uses that opportunity to attack with a vengeance. If we just stayed disciplined we could probably beat it but apparently we're too stupid and want to give the variants a chance to express themselves and make the vaccines less effective putting at risk over a year of hard work developing them. It's entirely possible that a variant could arise that's more transmissible, more deadly, maybe hits children harder, and against which the vaccines provide very little or maybe even no protection. I understand it usually goes the other way but not always.

And though Biden is infinitely better on masking he fails on the border. There is a border surge right now. There is no way the people coming in are adhering to all the safety protocols for instance what we see in New Zealand and Hawaii. And now to add to it a border state like Texas is going berserk and throwing off their masks like they are 70s women with bras. Every country that has licked this thing has done it with masks and travel restrictions with secure borders and our so called leaders are intent on hitting us with failures on both of those fronts, and simultaneously.  We are getting pinchered with incompetence.

We're going to need that miracle Trump was talking about or we are about to be in for a world of hurt.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: March 02, 2021, 07:56:11 PM »
Way too early.

We should wait at least until after everyone who wants a vaccine can get one and it has time to go into effect especially with the mask mandate.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:43:03 PM »
It's really hard to take this disbelief in Biden's open borders policy seriously. I mean you want proof? The proof is all over the news. Me just reprinting the same news here that all of us have access to seems like a waste of time. But to be honest I guess there's nothing I do better.

"A federal judge on Tuesday indefinitely banned the Biden administration from enforcing a 100-day pause on deportations of most illegal immigrants in response to a lawsuit from Texas, which argued that the moratorium violated federal law and could saddle the state with additional costs.

U.S. district judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday, dealing a blow to President Biden’s efforts to follow through on his campaign promise to pause most deportations."

So Biden tried to do 100 days of open borders. If you're telling the vast majority of illegals that they can stay then that's open borders. Also, the idea that anyone including hopeful illegals looking at the news from other countries would think that any of this won't eventually apply to them too is ridiculous. When what was supposed to be the last amnesty is proven not to be the last amnesty, then any further amnesties are also going to be assumed to not be the last ones either.

But alright then, let's just assume for the sake of argument that Biden doesn't have an open borders immigration policy. He just has an immigration policy that is more humane and does less to deter people from coming to America. This thread is about the coronavirus so is Biden's immigration policy a good thing for helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus or is it overall not helping and not in keeping with the science that tells us that the less travel done the better?

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: February 24, 2021, 04:46:03 PM »
Biden encouraged them to come during the campaign with his promise of amnesty, obviously.

You may be right about the Trump policy of catch and send back. That would be bad enough. However, to move the goalposts, that differs from the Biden policy of catch and let them claim asylum and release them into America with legal status for a couple of years while the government slow walks their claims through the system during which time they are allowed to have families, start businesses, buy houses, and generally set down roots which should not be unended.

The apparent claim that we don't have open borders under Biden's policies is laughable. Asking for proof is also laughable. The proof is in the pudding. Maybe I should turn it around. What would open borders look like? What is your proof that we don't have them now under Biden?

Frankly, I don't see why Biden supporters don't just own it and say yeah that's right we have open borders and it's a good thing and here's why. The claims that we don't have them now under Biden and the fight to insist that we don't might lead some to wonder if that means that Biden supporters don't actually support open borders.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: February 24, 2021, 03:39:24 PM »
That really makes the point though.

If you can just keep trying until you finally make it then that's an open border. America won't stop you. The only one who can stop you is yourself if you give up.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:05:43 AM »
Y'all may not like the source but here it is, and this is just one. Numerous stories confirm that the numbers are going up.

"Without even waiting for our election or heeding pandemic restrictions or the rapid increase in virus cases in the United States and Mexico, large migrant flows to our border restarted. In September, October, and November of this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered the highest number of apprehensions and inadmissible aliens (57,674, 70,539, and 70,052, respectively), year-over-year, than at least the past seven years."

And that's just apprehensions. There's of course no telling how many people make it through unapprehended. And obviously for them there are no checks for Covid-19 and no quarantines.

And as these people travel across two continents, are they getting checked for Covid-19 at each major new population center they enter? Are they quarantining for two weeks? Of course not. Whatever precautions we are taking when they get here are not being taken at every other place they travel through along the way. And Biden is encouraging them to travel and risk spreading the virus.

General Comments / Re: How's that free market working out in Texas?
« on: February 23, 2021, 11:51:36 PM »
From what I've heard the biggest mistake (well after not winterizing) was not counting the gas producers as essential. When their power was cut that eventually lead to a shortage of gas that the power plants used so the power plants had to shut down when they ran out.

I agree with not blaming wind power. Though it's true if the wind turbines had been winterized that would have been better but still from what people are saying even though some wind turbines froze the wind turbines that kept running were putting out plenty of juice and that brings up the main and most obvious point for those harping against wind power which is that without it this situation would have been even worse. The wind turbines are extra power as far as I see it. The solar panels too. Sure you can't always count on them for various reasons but if they didn't exist at all would we really have more nuclear, coal, and gas power plants? I mean I suppose maybe, but still not enough to meet all the demand. And as we've seen, those can go down too. The best solution for now is an "all of the above" approach. A diverse energy supply is a more reliable energy supply.

General Comments / Re: How's that free market working out in Texas?
« on: February 23, 2021, 11:43:59 PM »
I'm happy with Amigo Energy in Texas and don't expect my bill will be much if any higher than usual. Of course I also was without any power for about two days so there's that. I wonder if any people in my area had Griddy and if it kept the lights on for them but I doubt it since even if they had it, it seems like power to whole swaths was cut with the flip of a switch and the only people with any power had generators. Griddy apparently warned customers to switch companies but of course that takes several days so wasn't very useful. One thing people with Griddy might have been able to do is just trip their own circuit breaker and go without like the rest of us. At least they had the option. I feel for them though and see what happened to them as something of a gouging situation and even if technically legal I expect they'll get some relief with those bills one way or another which is fine by me. They shouldn't have to pay astronomically high bills like that. Whatever contracts they signed, prices that high are hardly reasonable even under the circumstances.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: February 22, 2021, 07:47:26 PM »

And to be clear yes Biden may impose some travel restrictions on legal travel but those are laughable in the face of the scale of mass migration he is encouraging and facilitating on the border and throughout Latin America. We may be only months away from what could be total victory and right on the cusp of it Biden seems intent on putting it all at risk for the sake of power and politics. And by the way, his talk of unity is also laughable when it's well known that one of the main reasons people voted for Trump was because they wanted an orderly immigration process that takes into account the needs of Americans first and Biden has said to hell with that and to hell with anyone who wants it.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: February 22, 2021, 07:29:10 PM »
And Biden proves he still doesn't take Covid-19  seriously enough by going full frontal on open borders and encouraging mass migrations during a pandemic and he also demonstrates in no uncertain terms there was no misunderstanding when he berated Trump's travel restrictions as racist despite travel restrictions being one of the best ways to help stop the spread of the virus including even more dangerous variants. Biden on day one proved he puts politics ahead of American lives and on borders and travel he is just as big a failure as Trump was on masks.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: February 19, 2021, 11:20:04 PM »

"From Sunday, as part of the government's plan to exit its third lockdown, hotels, gym, shops, sporting events and cultural venues will open. But only for those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19."

It's interesting that people who have recovered from Covid-19 will get the same pass as those who are fully vaccinated.

I'm not sure if recovering from it is as good as the vaccine but if that's the case it seems like some of the vaccines that are in short supply could be freed up if there is a way to tell who has already recovered from it, which presumably there is since Israel is doing it, and then those people wouldn't need to be vaccinated. I haven't heard anything about this as a possibility in America. For instance, you come in for your vaccine, and they say you can get it if you want to but another option is we can test you to see if you've already had it and recovered, perhaps without even noticing it, and then if that's the case maybe you can hold off on your vaccine until everyone else who needs one gets one and then if you still want it you can get it later.

General Comments / Re: Trump 2024 Presidential Campaign Slogans
« on: February 17, 2021, 02:34:00 PM »
I actually agree with all of y'all about all that and understand your points but reality and the truth doesn't necessarily have to be at the heart of a good campaign slogan.

General Comments / Re: Trump 2024 Presidential Campaign Slogans
« on: February 17, 2021, 01:14:29 PM »
Vote for Power. Vote for Light. As in having electricity.

General Comments / Re: impeachment defense clown car
« on: February 17, 2021, 01:11:00 PM »
At the end of the day though, he was found NOT GUILTY.


So twice now pretty much every Democrat along with some of the deep state swamp Republicans used a kangaroo court in a desperate but ultimately futile effort to railroad an innocent man.

I agree with Chris Christie who was on the radio today that Republicans including Trump need to stop fighting amongst themselves. The Democrats stand united and that's why they are winning. Trump really threw the pooch out into into the cold in Georgia by not telling people to vote like their lives depended on it. Trump was our last best chance but if I'm honest, now it's over. With Biden flooding America with over ten million new Democrat voters there isn't a chance in the now bitter cold of Texas that Republicans will ever hold national power again. Biden is rigging the next election so that no matter how bad he screws up and how much worse the American standard of living gets it won't matter because the new demographics ensure Democrat power into the foreseeable future. The fake impeachments along with the social media companies helped a lot to manipulate the elections so congratulations, I guess.

I may as well blame Biden too for my power going out for over a day and for going on and off now. He was in Congress for decades and this is the result. Biden said if he'd been President instead of Trump not one person in America would have died of Covid. Well if Trump had been President instead of Biden not one Texan would have lost power. Okay none of that's true of course but I will nail the media again because if Trump were still in power his name would be all over every story about the power grid problem whereas with Biden his name is always kept out of it. Neither of them really have that much direct control over it but the point is that is how the media manipulates, just like they did and are still doing with the impeachments. I think the defense did a great job in showing how deceptive the impeachment managers were and also in pointing out that Trump's words were less inciting than those of many members of Congress. Harris herself participated in bailing out BLM rioters who went right back on the street and attacked police officers. By the standards of Democrats, dozens of them should impeach themselves and be thrown out of office but of course they never apply their own standards to themselves.

Final point is that no matter how much the impeachment defense was a clown car show the result was victory for Trump. Again.

General Comments / Re: coronavirus
« on: February 14, 2021, 04:54:47 PM »
Just an observation on how the death tolls are reported but it seems like soon after Biden took office news feeds stopped reporting the daily death figures and went to reporting the total deaths and reporting them less prominently pretty much the same way that after Obama took office after Bush the media stopped emphasizing the daily deaths of U.S. soldiers in the Middle-East.

General Comments / Re: The end of your republic
« on: February 14, 2021, 02:29:16 PM »
Yes, I remembered. I just skimmed a pretty good article about the concepts in play to refamiliarize myself with them.

Of course the problem is that it's anyone's guess where tax rates are on the Laffer curve and changes to them may take years to manifest results all the while numerous other variables are constantly in play and in motion.

But the point is our country is much more likely to fall because of debt and overspending than it is because of a revolution arising from the right. The so called Green Revolution is a greater danger than a white nationalist revolution. And I'm actually all for a green revolution but one that's technology based instead of the one the Democrats are planning which is based on social justice which often amounts to throwing large amounts of money that we cannot afford at problems and getting results that make things worse for everyone anyway.

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