Friday Open Thread

Just noticed last thread bulging at the seams, you can keep the party going here 🙂

I’m totally disgusted with national and local media today, here’s an example of mine…..local reporters (print and broadcast) all seem to be SJW’s anyway, “free press” y’know 😉

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Is it Monday?

Is it Monday?

I just woke up a little bit ago. No phone or internet. The last think I remember last night was laying in bed drifting off to sleep when I heard the cats knock somethin g over.

It was the modem router thingie that controls the flow of information electrons in and out of my machines. I must have put my brain in backwards when I got up cuz it ain’t working so good neither. Ever try to fix technical shit when:

1. Your brain is in backwards
2/ You ain’t no goddam technician.

I used guy trick #3 and started wiggling wires and connections. Somehow that fixt it. As soon as the green ;light came on the phone stsarted ringing off the fucking hook.

Jim Costa isa putz. This is an open thread/

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Be Careful What You Wish For

The Monkey’s Ma

Vox Populi, Vox Dei translates as: “My God! How did we get in this mess!” – Robert A. Heinlein

Let’s start with Lucienne’s Idiot Son:

Political Parties Can No Longer Harness Their Bases

It is perhaps the central irony of our politics today: We live in an incredibly polarized and partisan moment, but our political parties have never been weaker.

As odd as it sounds, political parties in democracies have an important anti-democratic function. Traditionally, the parties shaped the choices put to voters. Long before voters decided anything in the primary or general elections, party bosses worked to groom good candidates, weed out bad ones, organize interests and frame issues.

In the modern era, the story of party decline usually begins in the aftermath of the 1968 presidential election. The move toward primaries and the democratic selection of delegates took power away from the bosses.

After Watergate, there were more reforms, curbing the ability of the parties to raise and spend money freely. This led to the rise of political action committees, which raise cash independent of the formal party structure. As Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said during the floor debate over the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill in 2001, “We haven’t taken a penny of money out of politics. We’ve only taken the parties out of politics.”

Outside groups — the National Rifle Association, Planned Parenthood, unions, etc. — often do more to effectively organize voters around single issues or personalities than the parties do. The Kochs, Tom Steyer, George Soros and Sheldon Adelson serve as party bosses, only outside the parties.

I’m so old I can remember when we thought party bosses and committee chairmen had too much power. I can also remember when the reelection rate for incumbents in Congress was 98%. People said, “We should do something about this!” So we did.

So now we have higher turnover rates and weaker party bosses and committee chairs. We got what we wished for.

Here’s a take from a different angle:

Max Boot-Licker was one of the NeverTrumpers who was telling Republicans to vote Democrat yesterday. Well, it looks like he got what he asked for. Oops.

Science gives us Newton’s Third Law of Physics: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Political science gives us The Law of Unintended Consequences. (If I recall correctly that is part of Chaos Theory, but don’t quote me on that.)

If you want to know what happened yesterday, what it means, and how it will turn out, I give you Klown’s Law:

“Shit happens.”

How else to explain Nancy Pelosi?

That feeling when the American people disappoint you once again.

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The Morning After

This was some good news to wake up too.   Keep the party going, covfefe time 😀


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TCH Election Night Results Watch Party


Open Thread !  Stay calm and prepare for the worse, hope for the best !

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Midterm Election Day 2018

Red Wall

We all know how much the media lies, how much #FakeNews there is out there. They didn’t get it right in 2016 and no one really knows what’s going to happen today.

I know I  was up at 6 am to  go vote. In my conservative district, the megachurch parking lot for the polling station was half-full and there was a line at 6:15 am. I’ve never seen that in a midterm election. Let’s see how it goes. I’m hoping for a Red Tsunami or a Red Wall, I don’t care. Just foist these fuckers on their own petard, please.

What are you seeing out there today? This is an open thread.

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Democrats: “Trump is Hitler!” (again)

For three years now the Democrats’ default position has been “Trump is Hitler.” When they don’t have anything else they keep coming back to it like a dog to his vomit. I guess they think if they keep saying it eventually people will believe it.

This editorial by Robert “Turd” Reich appeared in the Sunday SF Chronicle. I’m glad I was sitting on the toilet when I read it because it annoyed the shit out of me.

Hate unbound — inspired by Trump and Fox News

Demagogues rarely commit violence directly. Instead, they focus blame, ridicule, fear and hate — and then leave the violence to others. That way, they can always claim, “It wasn’t me. I don’t have blood on my hands.”

Of the tens of millions of Americans whom the Donald Trump/Fox News regime has made fearful, only a small percentage — say, a hundred thousand — have been moved to hate the objects of that fear.

And of those hundred thousand, only a relative handful — say, a few thousand — have been motivated to act on that hate, posting loathsome messages online, sending death threats, spray-painting swastikas.

I gotta stop you right there, Bob. Would writing “Die Jew Rats” on the wall of a Brooklyn synagogue with a black marker qualify as a hate crime? Because the guy who did that was a black gay Jew who was not a Trump supporter. He was a liberal Democrat.

Okay, Bob. Go ahead and finish.

And of that few thousand, a tiny subset, perhaps no more than a hundred or so, have been moved to violence.

But make no mistake: This lineage of cause and effect begins with Trump and his Fox News propaganda machine.

Politicians and media moguls have long understood that fear and hate sell better than hope and compassion, no matter how much we might wish it otherwise. But before Trump, no president had based his office on it. And before Fox News, no major media outlet had based its ratings on it.

Ronald Reagan stoked racism by bashing “welfare queens” and George H.W. Bush by airing campaign ads featuring Willie Horton, but fear and hate weren’t the centerpieces of either presidency.

Blah, blah, blah. C’mon, Bob, you’re rambling. Finish up so other people can have a chance to talk.

Since taking office, Trump has ramped up fear and hatred — toward immigrants, journalists, black athletes who won’t stand for the national anthem, major media and prominent Democrats.

In recent weeks, he suggested that criminals and terrorists from the Middle East had joined a caravan of immigrants heading from Honduras toward the border, and he even floated a conspiracy theory that Soros helped fund the caravan.

Fox News has magnified the fear and hate exactly as its founder would have wanted. A guest on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business Network show claimed the caravan was being funded by the “Soros-occupied State Department.”

Soros was among the targets of pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and members of the media last month. A Florida man who identifies himself as a Trump supporter was arrested in connection with the attempted bombings.

Hours before a gunman entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 worshipers on Saturday, he reportedly wrote that a Jewish organization for refugees “likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

Bombs mailed to political leaders. Threats against the media. A shooting in a place of worship. None was directly ordered by Trump or his propaganda affiliate. They didn’t have to be.

Alright, Bob. That’s it, I’m cutting you off. I don’t mean to offend you but you’re a lying sack of shit. I guess that’s where you got the nickname “Turd” Reich. What? What do you mean that is antisemitic? Fuck off, you little schnauzer.

For many years now the Democrats unofficial motto has been “We have nothing to offer but fear itself.” Why would you tell voters that Trump is Hitler and his supporters are racist fascists unless you were trying to ramp up fear and anger towards Republicans? That makes YOU a demagogue.

I noticed you didn’t mention James T. Hodgkinson in your little screed, now did you? He was that Bernie Bro who tried to murder a bunch of Congressional Republicans and nearly succeeded with Steve Scalise.

You included this picture in the print version of your odious article:

A demonstrator supporting President Trump wields a knife during a violent confrontation with counterprotestors in Berkeley in April 2017.

But you didn’t provide much in the way of context. Why is this man holding a knife?

He and his buddies were facing off with these guys:

The original Fascists wore black shirts just like Antifa, also known as the Democrat Thug Army. The man with the knife and his buddies were in Berkeley to protest against Antifa because the mask-wearing goons had been shutting down conservative speakers like Milo Yianopowhatever and Ben Shapiro. And they shut down those speakers with violence and threats of violence. Last but not least, Antifa is only one of several groups under the Democrat umbrella that is using Fascist tactics to get their way.

The Democrats chose to combine identity politics and Fascist tactics to win elections. They unleashed hell on America.
Did they really think there would be no consequence? The consequence has a name. That name is Donald J. Trump.

It’s like this, Bob. You Democrats have sown the wind. Now you’re gonna reap the whirlwind.

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