The Problem With Thoughtcrimes

Two Civil War vets (one from each side) shake hands at the Gettysburg Reunion of 1913

The problem with thoughtcrimes is you never know for sure what someone else is thinking. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m thinking.

Concerns raised about Chatham County probation officer’s ties to Confederate group

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is responding to the alarm raised in an open letter from concerned citizens about Confederate ties of one of its probation officers.

During the throes of the fight over the Silent Sam Confederate monument at UNC, the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans was on the front lines, defending the statue of a symbol of proud southern heritage.

The division’s commander, Kevin Stone, was a vocal defender.

Now, state officials are confirming to ABC11 that Stone is also a probation officer assigned to Chatham County.

“It’s just stunning,” said Mark Edwards, a Criminal Defense Attorney in Durham. Many of his clients are assigned probation officers in sentencing.

We showed Edwards the Sons of Confederate Veterans website where Stone is listed as a division commander and asked if Stone’s off-hour’s affiliation is something the state should be concerned with.

“Oh absolutely, absolutely,” Edwards said. “If nothing else, if he is the type of officer who supervises people in custody and comes into court and testifies. If I’m a criminal defense attorney and it’s someone of color he brought charges against, I’m going to start nailing him on his personal beliefs.”

ABC11’s calls and emails to Stone and the Sons were not returned.

Stone’s group led a recent effort to place mega-sized Confederate flags in every county in the state to in Stone’s words, “encourage education about the banner.”

But to many, the flag symbolizes slavery and racism.

A group of concerned citizens wrote an open letter to leaders at DPS urging Stone’s dismissal as an officer of the court.

“It is obvious how Mr. Stone’s unconcealed affinity for the racist values of the old Confederacy are in conflict with exercising his job responsibilities fairly and impartially,” the letter says in part. “The idea that he personally holds substantial influence over the fates of many people of color on probation is an affront to basic values of equal justice under the law.”

In a statement from DPS Director of Community Corrections Tracy Lee, the agency said it is investigating.

Current and former members of Sons of Confederate Veterans include Billy Graham, Clint Eastwood, and Harry Truman. The SCV is not connected to the KKK nor does it advocate racism, violence, discrimination, segregation, or slavery. It is not trying to restore the Confederacy not does it advocate secession. It is a perfectly legal non-profit organization.

Here is their Statement of Purpose:

We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, having been commissioned by the Confederate Veterans themselves, retain our responsibility and right to adhere to the founding principles of the United States of America remembering the bravery, defending the honor and protecting the memory of our beloved Confederate Veterans, which includes their memorials, images, symbols, monuments and grave sites for ourselves and future generations.

In a speech in 1906, former Confederate Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee gave the following charge to The SCV:

To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.

I am not a Southerner. My Mom’s family came mostly from England by way of Kansas. My dad was from Oklahoma. I don’t know if any of my relatives fought in the Civil War (for either side) but I do know that several of them (the Burdetts and Litchfields) came to America after the war.

I have said many times in the past that I don’t care for people waving the “Stars and Bars” at protests. But I also believe that we should not erase history. Slavery and the Confederacy are part of who we are. We made our peace with the South a long time ago. The guys who fought in the Civil War managed to make peace with each other over 100 years ago.

So what is it with the Left’s obsession with reopening old wounds?

The article does not cite any allegations that Kevin Stone has said or done anything racist. The author just assumes that he has improper beliefs. So now these “concerned citizens” want him fired because one or more of his ancestors wore the Gray and he isn’t ashamed to admit it.

The Antebellum South was not evil. It was a place with its own unique culture. It had colleges and universities. Many of our Founding Fathers were Southerners, as were a number of our Presidents. Thanks to Eli Whitney, the South got rich from King Cotton, but a lot of the money from cotton (and slavery) ended up in the North. There were some textile industry in the South, but most of the industry was north of the Mason-Dixon.

After the war, the South was bankrupt and in bad shape in terms of infrastructure, but within a few years, cotton production had exceeded pre-war levels. But the wealth of the South was wiped out so they were starting over. About the only thing they had left was their pride.

The survivors of the war were understandably reluctant to spend the rest of their lives doing penance. Nor did they want to raise their children to be ashamed of their heritage. So they built monuments to their losing cause.

Today the South is a very different place. Southerners still have no interest in doing a lifetime of penance and they take pride in those parts of their heritage that aren’t spelled “s-l-a-v-e-r-y.” The Confederate monuments are like gravestones. They honor dead people, without any mention of the bad things they did in their lives.

Leave history alone. The proper way to deal with it is not to hide it or destroy it, like the Taliban and ISIS trying to destroy pre-Islamic art. History needs to be put in its proper place and viewed from the proper perspective.

And Leftists need to go fuck themselves.

If they want to get rid of monuments to evil, let them start with statues of Marx and Lenin. Socialism killed more people than the Nazis and the Black Plague combined. And lose those shirts and posters of Che Guevara.

Statue of Lenin, Seattle

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189 Responses to The Problem With Thoughtcrimes

  1. lyn says:

    No, leftists need to self abort. Comey can be first.

  2. swanspirit says:

    Great post. This kind of control over people’s everyday lives, separate and distinct from their actual J.O.B., Is the kind of control that makes progressives, and leftists go squeee with delight. They aren’t happy with being in charge,when they are in charge, which they are not at the moment; they want to put the screws to anyone that doesn’t toe the line. And they also want to keep moving the line.
    They are insecure, dangerous people, with totalitarian tendencies.

  3. lyn says:

    History is our friend, and a civil society honors those who came before us. Statues also are works of art, and should be preserved.

  4. elliesmom says:

    I left this at the end of the last post. At the DAR meeting this morning, they recited this-

    I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

    I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

    Works for me

  5. DandyTIger says:

    These libtards sure sound pathetic. I think if you walked up behind them and said “boo”, they’d shit their pants. I have ancestors on both sides of the civil war. There haven’t been “sides” to the family for over 100 years. No one really gives a shit about this stuff except a few WATBs. Now the Mayflower side (Plymouth Company) and the first Virginia family side (London Company), there’s definitely some squabbling there.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      If your ancestors came over on the Mayflower (or were part of the Jamestown colony) you are descended from genocidal invaders.

      If you go back 2-3 generations you can find a few black sheep in every gene pool. Go back far enough and you will find slaves and slaveowners (and all manner of sinners and saints) in every family tree.

      Let’s say you are one of Sally Hemings descendants. If so, you are also descended from Tommy Jefferson. Should you hate Jefferson?

      (Hemings spent her last nine years in Charlottesville with her sons after TJ died.)

  6. 49erDweet says:

    Excellent post and meme, sir. Logical, well thought out and extremely balanced in perspective. Makes me want to join them. Sigh. If only my Kansas-born dad had come to term in Dixie.

  7. helenk3 says:

    just what have the leftists done for the country lately?

    tell the world to say the hell will our laws come on in and we will support you, your family for generations?

    Try to take away liberties that many have fought and died to keep for us?

    Put the biggest enemy of my country in my lifetime in the position to do the most harm to this country?

    Kill our future generations, and slowly do away with our history?

    Dumb down the young that they let live so they can be easily controlled?

    OH Yeah just love what they have done for us lately /s

  8. lyn says:

    Where is Ruthie?

  9. taw46 says:

    Thanks for the post. I’m a Southerner and proud of it. And I am tired of this crap. We need leaders who will stand up to this crowd, tell them GFY. Then they would stop trying to get people fired and stop destroying our history. As we all knew would happen, they have moved on from the South/Confederacy to our Founding Fathers. Now they want their statues removed, their names removed from streets, colleges, etc. And then on to something else. It. Never. Stops. With. Them. Until someone starts telling them NO, NO, NO.

    • helenk3 says:

      Future generations need to know all the history of this country. To be proud of the good things, and to make sure the bad things do not happen again.
      Those who do not know history are bound to repeat it.

      Are we a perfect country? NO but we learn from our mistakes and do our damnest fo fix them. As long as people are in charge, there will be mistakes.
      The South has the right to honor men who fought for what they believed in and from what I learned it was about states rights not slavery. Most of those who fought did not own slaves

      • Somebody says:

        The majority of southerners didn’t own slaves, they were too poor to own slaves. There were also black slave owners. You are correct states rights was a part of why they fought, but mostly it was economic. Economics of slavery and taxation. Steep tariffs were placed on imported goods, which helped northern states (more industrial), but hurt southern states. The tariffs had been piling on for 50 years. Next came efforts to stymie trading with foreign countries, which was more painful for the south’s economy.

        6 of the 11 states specifically listed slavery in their secession papers. There were several causes for secession, the war itself rests mostly with Lincoln. The states that seceded wanted independence and free trade, they had no desire to take over the US.

        If you’re not from the south you generally don’t understand confederate monuments, etc. Too often they are conflated with racism, as Klown said they represent cultural pride, respect for our ancestors. The south fought to survive and return after the war, we were literally left in ashes. Sherman’s march was horrific, definitely war crimes. He destroyed almost everything, most people know about burning buildings but there was so much more. He destroyed infrastructure, he and his men pillaged the homes before they burned them.

        I doubt this man is a bigot. I’m sure he’s just proud of his southern heritage.

        • Myiq2xu™ says:

          One thing I learned from history is that war and rape usually go together. (After WWII the USSR practically made it an official policy to rape every German woman between 8 and 80.) I haven’t heard any stories of Union soldiers raping Southern women (including black women) but I would be really surprised if it didn’t happen.

          Sherman’s famous quote “War is hell” is often misunderstood. He understood that in order to win the Union had to make the South surrender by breaking their will. Merely defeating the Confederate army wouldn’t do it. It would have been like Afghanistan or Iraq – “Mission Accomplished” in 2003 but 16 years later we’re still fighting.

          Sherman believed that war should be hell – so nobody would want to fight one. Most of the war was fought in the north or along the border. Sherman took his troops into the heart of Dixie and inflicted so much destruction and suffering on the South that they were ready to quit.

          That’s what we did to Germany – we crushed them so badly we changed the character of the German people. I think the post-WWII era is the longest period of German history where they weren’t fighting a war with someone somewhere.

          We turned the Japanese into pacifists too.

          The Romans used to do that to troublesome regions within and around their empire. In the case of the Carthage and Judea, they wiped those countries off the map and scattered the people.

          • Myiq2xu™ says:

            We get the word “decimate” from the Roman practice of sending their legions into rebellious regions and systematically killing 10% of the adult males. They would line up all the men in a village then stick a sword or spear into every tenth man.

            It worked pretty well at snuffing out rebellions.

            Roman soldiers used to go over their battlefields after the battles ended and kill any wounded enemy soldiers they found.

          • taw46 says:

            Sherman’s army marched through my county in SC in the last days of the war. I am named after my great grandmother. She was five years old and had to hide with her brother.

          • Constance says:

            Then the problem for society becomes how do you reintegrate the army men who carried out the rape and destruction, back into their own society once the war is over. I would think all women who lived anywhere around these wilded men would be in increased danger.

          • DeniseVB says:

            My dh went to war (VN) for the medals. It worked out pretty good for him as the Silver Star guaranteed him 0-6. He only got a participation medal for Beirut, but they were just babysitting the embassy. He got in trouble for letting his men keep rounds in their chambers, but this was after the Barracks bombing, d’oh. The Ambassador whined to Reagan that the locals were nervous around the Marines, so RR brought them home. A few months later the Embassy was blown up. St. Ronnie wasn’t all that smart. So dh thought for sure his retired rank would be 0-5. He pissed off a President.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      We need to overhaul public education, but Bernie is not the man for the job. Maybe Trump will take on that task after he leaves the WH in 2025.

      • Constance says:

        He should start in 2019 by pushing vouchers, it would win him a lot of Black and Hispanic votes I would think.

    • John Denney says:

      Here’s an overhaul for you: Put veteran homeschool Moms in charge of the public schools.

    • elliesmom says:

      He’s trying to get the backing of the teachers’ unions with that plan. The minute you see any plan that eliminates charter schools you know who the plan is being pitched to.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        School reform #1 – get rid of teachers’ unions.

        School Reform #2 – eliminate 50% of administrator positions. Give the other 50% pay cuts. School administrators should make no more than 120% of the average teacher. Their jobs are not that difficult, there are lots of qualified people to replace them.

        School Reform #3 – Take teachers off of these underfunded public employee “defined benefit” retirement plans. Give them a defined contribution retirement plan.

        School Reform #4 – Beef up security at all public schools. No one should be able to walk onto a K-12 campus carrying a firearm without having to get past locked gates, reinforced doors, and armed guards or cops.

        School reform #5 – Eliminate tenure and make it easier to fire substandard teachers.

        School reform #6: Make schools year-round. Give them 1 week off between semesters, but other than that the only days off will be federal holidays and weekends. Lengthen the school day, and put “flexible” time at the beginning and end of each school day. Use some of the flexible time for athletics, art, music, reading, homework, etc. The flexible time would not be mandatory but the parents would have to sign a paper to opt out.

        School reform #7 – Return to the basic 3 R’s and eliminate social justice and other touchy-feely stuff from the curriculum. Serve the kids food they will eat, not a bunch of “healthy” crap like broccoli. Maybe they could look into having fast-food chains prepare the meals.

        School reform #8 – Start holding kids back instead of pushing them thru the system. Any kid that falls a year or more behind grade level in reading needs to be put in an intensive remedial program (unless they were diagnosed with a learning disability, in which case they go into an intensive program for that.)

        • Myiq2xu™ says:

          SR#9:

          Get the federal government out of education and return control of our public schools to the states and the local communities. Stop busing kids across town to achieve racial diversity.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Betsy DeVos is working on that now, eliminating the feds from K-12 and turn them back over to the states, they know what’s best in their schools. Therefore, Betsy must be destroyed !

        • elliesmom says:

          #8- Eliminate segregating kids by age. Create curriculum modules. When a child successfully completes a module, move him onto the next one. Have some modules everyone needs to pass to graduate. Have some that are optional to give kids an opportunity to find the things that make learning exciting to them. Start offering the optional modules as early as kindergarten. Don’t make kids wait until they’re juniors in high school to get the opportunity to take “an elective”.

          • Myiq2xu™ says:

            The smart kids should be able to graduate up to 2 years early if they complete the requirements. Start college at 16.

          • Somebody says:

            I agree with this EM, it would be great if kids could move at their own pace.

          • DeniseVB says:

            “Start college at 16”

            It also the age for the highest number of drop outs. Since AP kids are graduating high school AND community college at the same time here, send the at risk kids to trade schools. I’d be happy to use my tax dollars to cover all those kids as I do for 11th and 12th grades.

        • Somebody says:

          Numbers 3,4 and 5 have already happened in some states. I’m not sure I could get behind number 6, kids should have time to be kids. I like the extended day option, provided it is optional, but that will cost $$, as would year round. I think most parents would get behind an extended day, child care is expensive.

          I would add tutoring during that time for students that need it. That is far better than letting them continue to fall behind. You could add other types of enrichment besides the arts.

        • DeniseVB says:

          #7 – small private schools in the area do contract with local fast food and works pretty well. When my dd was in Catholic elementary, they got McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell delivered. No waste either 🙂

  10. helenk3 says:

    https://canadafreepress.com/article/whats-it-gonna-be…a-welfare-state-or-open-borders

    really good article

  11. Dora says:

    Anyone watch the Preakness? Very entertaining race. 🙂

    • lyn says:

      He’s a Michigan Republican. Must be a Somali butt boy.

    • DeniseVB says:

      He’s a Libertarian/NeverTrumper, meh. Good thread here…..

    • Dora says:

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  13. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile in DC, looks like a great turnout for the WalkAway Anniversary …..

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/OFFICIALWalkAwayCampaign/permalink/2509384359081457/

  14. Myiq2xu™ says:

  15. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • Somebody says:

      I remember when my youngest was a toddler, I got her a cute little caterpillar that had alphabet legs complete with phonics sounds. First thing my two teens did was to use the phonics setting to create every curse word they could. My little one watched intently and NEVER forgot how to make curse words.

      I tried to encourage small words like 🐱, but nope she’d just sit and make that caterpillar cuss like a sailor, so I ended up throwing it out. Leap frog changed it now, so if you try to make a bad word it laughs and says that tickles

  16. Myiq2xu™ says:

  17. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Everyone gets to be lazy and sit around and do nothing, and everything is free. You get stuff for free, you get stuff for free, everyone gets stuff for free!!!!! And to disagree with that is racist. These lefties are completely insane, but it’s scary how many people follow them.

  18. Mothy67 says:

    I wonder if anyone could ever be brave enough to write the full history of slavery. It always seemed to me to just be about economics. It would make no sense to own slaves in New York City. Feeding and housing would be more than paying someone a low wage. I have seen pictures of the slave ships. That was horrid but did most people mistreat. Roots was a ripoff. I am sure there were some royal bastards but strictly from a money sense it would make no sense to abuse. Didn’t many stay on after being freed. I don’t mean to diminish how awful owning another person was, but how different was it from indentured servitude. . There are people today chained to shitty jobs. I worked for the craziest lady on planet earth. She was from Iran but she pretended her name was Pari (as in how the French say Paris) and her pretend birthday was Bastille Day. She married a French man who set her on fire. Like gasoline and a match. She owned a restaurant. Her staff was all illegal Chinese guys. They worked 15 hours a day. Couldn’t quit. She paid 100 a day. Karma hit home hard she bought a building for three million dollars. One of the tenants had a 10 dollar a month lease for a duplex in the West Village for 50 years! Bwahahaha.
    https://therealdeal.com/2014/11/09/lawsuit-challenges-mans-10-a-month-50-year-lease/

  19. Mothy67 says:

    Have you ever heard of Dean Corll. A friend is working on a novel/movie about the accomplices of the California highway killer(s). What made these boys abet a serial killer. She asked me to do some research. This guy went beyond monstrosity. He inspired Gacey. Thirty plus boys he killed and the police did not notice. I thought I was doing drone work. Go to the library and make copies of local newspaper articles. No this guy paid teenagers to bring him prey. He bound them to a torture board. Shoved glass tubes in their penis and then broke them inside. Two young boys helped him for years. How. I told my friend I cannot do this. Exploring the mind of that type is not in my wheel thingy. What was going on in the 70s. There were three freeway killers in California. Shortly before was the Manson family. That kid Steven Strayer was moments away from his parents home. No one noticed a middle aged man entertaining preteens?????? One guy killed 43 boys. No one noticed? Was that the price for free love? It all took place around the same time. I don’t think I will ever be able to go to the library again. I thought I was going to dig up miscellaneous stuff not teenage boys assisting in depraved murder.

  20. John Denney says:

    This girl is woke! What a firecracker!

  21. Cisco says:

    After reading this article yesterday, fate had the RNCC call me all away from the swamp asking for a donation.
    Poor chap on the other end didn’t even know about this, sheeesh.
    Needless to say I had nice rant and said never call back.
    Amash, you traitorous dog😡
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/18/justin-amash-claims-donald-trump-engaged-in-impeachable-conduct/

  22. Cisco says:

    I watched President Trump address a meeting of a National Realtors organization.
    He was in his element, being in the building and reality himself.
    This was a glorious moment.
    President Donald Trump ridiculed the establishment media on Friday for publishing stories claiming infighting and dissent in the administration over what to do in Iran.
    “They say, ‘confidential sources,’ do you ever notice? They never write the names of people anymore,” he said. “Everything is ‘a source says’ – There is no source, the person doesn’t exist, the person’s not alive, it’s bullshit, ok? It’s bullshit!”
    😂😂😂😂
    M🇺🇸A🇺🇸G🇺🇸A

  23. Cisco says:

    Beto drew about 30 at a college campaign stop and De Blasio draws a WHOPPING 18 while in Iowa.
    Excuse me while I BWHAAAAA 😂
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/05/better-than-expected-bill-de-blasio-pulls-in-whopping-crowd-of-18-at-iowa-campaign-stop/

  24. Cisco says:

    Well well well.
    Seem that backstabbing rat bastard Justin Amash has a family business that deals with China.
    From the CTH🌟👍🌟
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/05/18/republican-justin-amash-calls-for-impeachment-while-holding-personal-business-interests-in-china/

  25. Dora says:

    Are they nuts?

    ====

    Now PG&E Plans to Cut Electricity to 5 MILLION California Residents to Prevent Wildfires

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2019/05/now-pge-plans-to-cut-electricity-to-5-million-california-residents-to-prevent-wildfires/

  26. Dora says:

    KEY LARGO(1948) SUNDAY, MAY 19 @ 10:00 AM (ET)

    ===
    It’s starting to rain here. which makes it a good day to watch a movie. This is one of my favorites.

  27. Dora says:

    Well, some people consider muslims to be filthy. Why not put them on leashes?

    • Anthony says:

      First thing I would do is have a fire pit installed on the lawn and spit roast a pig. Then I’d invite the local Hell’s Angels chapter over for an all nighter.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      I don’t know where someone would get the idea that Muslims are filthy.

      • Cisco says:

        OMG!
        And he drank from the same hand he wiped his ass with.
        Un-f’king-believable.

        • Somebody says:

          I started watching it, but couldn’t finish, first drink and I was out, gross!

          • Somebody says:

            My former next door neighbor traveled all over the world for his job. When he was in India once, taking a cab to the airport his driver abruptly pulled over and took a dump on the side of the road. Wiped himself with his hand. When they reached the airport, my neighbor paid the driver. The driver tried to give him change with his dirty hand with feces all over it 🤢 My neighbor told the driver to keep the change, so the tip was 4-5 times the fare. Then the driver is so excited he wants to shake my neighbor’s hand 😂😂

            Moral to the story…..toilet paper is a luxury in most parts of the world AND always carry small bills 😂

  28. helenk3 says:

    https://freebeacon.com/politics/orourke-campaign-has-not-paid-el-paso-police-officers-for-campaign-launch/

    bad pay already and he is not in office, how many will get stiffed if is does get into office?

    • elliesmom says:

      People expected Walt wouldn’t come to a good end in “Breaking Bad”. We might have loved him as a character and even cheered him on, but we recognized he wasn’t an especially nice man, and there was no realistic way the story could end unless Walt met a bad fate. Jessie’s riding off into the sunset gave people hope, but anyone who is a student of human nature would expect his sudden burst of freedom was an illusion. Our expectations were met.

      The two problems I see with this last season of GOT from the fans’ perspective is first, there’s a contingency of fans who watch mostly expecting to see epic battles. They wanted the last battle to be the good humans who came out on top in Westeros to face the ultimate evil of the Knight King and the Whitewalkers. To have that battle over halfway through the season, and to have Aryaa, instead of whoever becomes the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, kill the Knight King wasn’t epic enough for them. It was supposed to be the ultimate good vs. evil battle. For those fans, the season is already over and irredeemable. Even crowning Aryaa queen based on her heroic slaying of the Knight King can’t save it.

      The other disgruntled fans turned Dani into a blank slate they could put their hopes and dreams on. She was going to be the strong woman who would break the chains enslaving people, run the evil folks out on a rail, and bring peace and prosperity to the masses. But the signs she’s just as driven by her own ambition and is willing to take down anyone who gets in her way have been there since season one, and were right in our faces in season two. It remains to be seen tonight what her fate will be. Will she redeem herself, or will meet her fate like Walt? There are bound to be disappointments on both sides, I just want to be able to wake up tomorrow morning to say, “That series was worth my time.”

      • lyn says:

        Nothing can save rushed storytelling.

        • elliesmom says:

          I don’t feel the story is being rushed at all. They took two whole episodes to show people slaughtering each other. They were mostly the same scenes shot from different angles. We’ve had 7 years to get to know the characters. I might wish the series had more stories to tell, but the fight for the Iron Throne is ready to conclude, and it’s time.

          • Myiq2xu™ says:

            If GRRM spent more time writing and less time flapping his lips then we would have already known how the story ends.

          • lyn says:

            I’m with the Klown on Martin. In one of the GOT fan videos, the guy said Martin will take 10-12 years to write the last book. That’s nuts. I’m glad I binged watched GOT during the HBO amazon subscription month we had for season 7.

        • swanspirit says:

          Given the pace of all of the previous episodes, slow and leisurely, almost soap opera slow, this one feels very condensed, and hasty to me. And poorly focused. One example, more time with Jaimie fighting Euron, than the death of Cersei, who is much more a central character, and no real significant dialogue between them, either.
          Jon just dismissing his fire wolf, another ending that seemed brisk.
          And Jon, man up? Drogo wouldn’t have cared if she was his monkey’s uncle

          • elliesmom says:

            Things like Jon just walking away from Ghost might not having anything to do with being rushed, though. Maybe it’s indicative of Jon’s character. Or it could be all of the cgi budget was spent on the battle scenes. We’ll see. Most people watching GOT seem to be more interested in watching Jaime fight than any tender moments he might have had with Cersei or Jon with his direwolf.

          • lyn says:

            I’m betting the GOT ending will be full SJW.

          • Myiq2xu™ says:

            Someone suggested that Jon didn’t say goodbye to Ghost because he plans to quit the kinging business and go back up north to Castle Black and rejoin Tormund and the remaining survivors of the Nightwatch and the Free Folk.

        • swanspirit says:

          When Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill off Sherlock Holmes, his fans were so enraged, he rewrote it, and brought him back to life.
          Maybe, since the ending of the tv series is so poorly written and received, Martin will write it differently! lol

  29. DeniseVB says:

    Hee, hee. Joe just can’t stop being creepy.

  30. Venus E. Lee says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      He’s right and he knows what’s going on……

      • lateblum says:

        Seriously, Twitter is how the Congress people communicate with one another? No. It’s how they communicate and make their points with us. Bastards and bitches, all of them.

        • lyn says:

          Twitter is how we’re supposed to communicate with these elected assholes too. The guy who spoke at the GOP meeting meeting told us to tweet our opinions to our state representatives. He spoke mostly about what the super majority of Democrats are doing to Oregon and how the Democrats got there with dark money from rich leftists bigots.

  31. taw46 says:

    • 1539days says:

      Every once in a while, I have to be reminded of how provincial New Yorkers really are.

      • lateblum says:

        What I love is when I get to remind those same New Yorkers how provincial they really are.

      • elliesmom says:

        The problem with most big city people, but especially New Yorkers, is they believe the world revolves around their city. The reality is we country bumpkins don’t need them. If all of the major cities disappeared, we’d survive quite well. OTOH, they’d starve without us. They’d freeze without us. Most of what a city produces is only really needed by the people who live in the city. The largest numbers of businesses headquartered in NYC are financial, the media, fashion, and law firms. We can stuff our money in our mattresses, listen to the local news, wear clothes made out of flour sacks, and settle our disputes with our neighbors the way people used to do it. With a handshake. We might even be happy if NYC disappeared. Bring on that sea level rise.

        • Myiq2xu™ says:

          I can’t think of a single major city that produces its own electricity, food, fuel, and/or drinking water. The ones that are located on rivers are places where you don’t want to swim let alone drink from them. Everything is imported from red states or foreign countries.

          If you look at a terrain map of the US you will see that many major cities are isolated from the red states resources they need by mountains. The Appalachians, Sierra Nevadas, coastal ranges, etc. Mountain passes are great places for a smaller army to fight a larger one.

          If a civil war starts and the red staters seal those passes and cut off all the food, water, electricity, and fuel, the blue staters will be thirsty and hungry within days. When they run out of gas they will be immobilized. Without electricity and heating oil they will be sitting in the dark while they freeze in the winter and burn up in the summer. Any resources they have on hand will vanish within days or hours. Remember Hurricane Sandy? Within hours the store shelves in the NYC metro area were all bare.

          The big one is drinking water. Within days people will literally be dying of thirst. There won’t be a Berlin Airlift to save them, and by the time ships start arriving from other countries the war would be over. Their only hope would be a preemptive surprise attack to secure the passes and their vital resources BEFORE the war starts.

  32. lyn says:

  33. Dora says:

    Cal Thomas discusses his friendship with Doris Day.

    Rush Limbaugh’s mother was a friend of Doris Day…

    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/cal-thomas/2019/05/16/my-sentimental-journey-doris-day

  34. helenk3 says:

    now they plan to use diesel engines on the short span of the proposed rail that failed. will still cost millions. does anyone want to tell them they already have a passenger rail line there?

    https://www.amtrak.com/san-joaquins-train

    • lyn says:

      Skank wins!

    • Cisco says:

      Ozero gets a Nobel Peace Prize for doing squat and gives a Medal of Freedom to his pal Creepy Joe Biden for doing even less and a Putlizer gets awarded to a fake news outlet.
      These “awards” have become meaningless.

  35. Dora says:

    So, what’s Romney trying to prove? Is he going to run for president too?

    ====

    Romney: Trump ‘has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character’

    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in a Sunday CNN interview criticized President Trump’s moral leadership of the U.S.

    “I think he could substantially improve his game when it comes to helping shape the character of the country,” Romney, a frequent critic of the president, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/444442-romney-trump-has-distanced-himself-from-some-of-the-best-qualities-of-the

    • Somebody says:

      We didn’t elect a Sunday school teacher Mitt. I think POTUS’s morals are just fine, his number 1 value seems to be the American citizens, what a refreshing change!

    • lyn says:

      The Hill banned me from commenting. I so sad.

    • Cisco says:

      Dear Mitt,
      3 options.
      Accept your loss because you were beaten by a better man for the job.
      Get with the program of MAGA.
      Or join the other historical losers and just STFU.
      There are losers that lose with dignity and accept their loss.
      Then there are crybabies like you.
      Man the f’k up.😡

    • Cisco says:

      The 182 defenders of the Alamo sacrificed their lives for this express purpose.
      I know there are a lot of conflicting accounts of why these men stood at the ramparts and gave their lives, but they, like the 300 Spartans, they faced overwhelming odds.
      By Texas now asserting its sovereign right, the Alamo defenders and those that followed did not die in vain.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        How come nobody remembers Goliad, where over 400 Texans were executed/murdered? It happened 3 weeks after The Alamo.

        It should be mentioned that most of the Americans killed at the Alamo and Goliad were not professional soldiers, They were illegal immigrants who had entered Mexico illegally and decided to stay and declare independence.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Sovereign immunity is the legal doctrine that says a state cannot be sued in its own courts without its consent. That’s why if you are suing your local government (like for police brutality) you have to jump thru some extra hoops.

      They might mean state immunity which says a state cannot be sued in another state’s courts.

  36. DeniseVB says:

    If anyone has a few minutes to waste, please read this and let me know it’s not me that thinks MO is creepier than her husband. 😛 I had no idea she was an accomplished pianist despite her being smarter than her piano teacher. (scroll down for that part, it’s a two parter). I dunno, I don’t have a Harvard law degree so maybe it’s over my head……

    https://people.com/politics/michelle-obama-mothers-day-essay-exclusive/

    • swanspirit says:

      YHGTBFKM
      If Mooch played piano, we would have been told, over and over again, what an accomplished woman she was. She probably just started piano lessons with a private tutor after she left the White House, if she actually does play now. And her ability to play, would probably be on a par with her fashion sense.
      Everything she did, and a few things she didn’t; like start that garden, was praised lauded, celebrated, and exaggerated, to the point of absurdity. There would have been photo shoots with pianos, videos of her playing; we would have never heard the end of how musical she was.
      This is just another example of how completely phony she is.
      Not to mention, who would trust their children to a woman who describes them like a gas stove. She wants to light their flames. I wouldn’t trust Mooch with a pack of matches.

  37. elliesmom says:

    The problem with both Obamas is they always believe they’re the smartest person in the whatever room they’re in. That we’ve never heard Michelle play the piano in public says a lot about her ability at the keyboard. If she was an accomplished pianist, we wouldn’t just be finding out about it in People magazine over two years after she left the White House. I, mean as painful as it was, we did get to hear Barry sing. Maybe her Aunt Robbie had a point.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Her memoir’s going to be a painful read. Yeah, I bought it, *verified purchaser* always carries more weight in Amazon reviews 😉

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Moochie better honor her mother. She moved her mom into the East Wing of the White House to be an unpaid nanny to her granddaughters.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Are Melania’s parents living at the WH now? I don’t think Mel would trust Barron with anyone else. Though I think the media would have let us know if “commie grifters” were living in the People’s House or something 😉

        • elliesmom says:

          The non-Trump hating media says her parents split their time among Trump Tower, Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster. They are frequent guests at White House functions, but they don’t live there. They usually travel with the Trumps when it’s a family trip, but not on official ones. Grandma speaks Slovenian with Barron although she’s fluent in English. She’s not Barron’s nanny.

        • taw46 says:

          Very short article about her sister, Ines Knauss. She’s on FB. Posts some early photos of Melania. She’s also on twitter, but with a locked account.

  38. Dora says:

  39. Dora says:

    I wonder what got to him.

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