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  • ghostsniper January 24, 2024, 8:20 AM

    Wail, isn’t that special?

    • John Venlet January 24, 2024, 9:25 AM

      Whale, hello there.

      • ghostsniper January 24, 2024, 12:29 PM

        Wut up, dawg?

        This site can’t be reachedfreemenfreeminds.us’s server IP address could not be found.

        Checking the connection
        Checking the proxy, firewall, and DNS configuration
        Running Windows Network Diagnostics

        • John Venlet January 24, 2024, 1:10 PM

          Yeah, I know Ghostsniper. I decided to just let Free Men Free Minds lapse, just as I did with my original blog ImprovedClinch. I’m done talking about our nation’s problems, which have been inflicted by our political class, in online formats, except for occasional comments here and there. Action is required, now, not talk, and my primary action now is to divest myself of my house in the city and move north to my trout camp properties, where we’re more apt to be associated with actual freedom loving Americans.

          • Terry January 24, 2024, 4:37 PM

            Excellent move. Happy to have people of your substance for neighbors up here.

          • Anne January 24, 2024, 9:00 PM

            I am glad to see you making this move. I am of the same mind as you. It is my opinion the time for complaining is past. We need to become organized and create well-laid-out plans to fight the many problems we have. The time for DOING NOTHING is finished. If you are not doing anything to actively help change things you might as well use your last years fishing, and hiking, and growing a garden.

            For example: If you really want to make a change form a group of thoughtful, articulate citizens in a strong drive to protect charter schools and homeschooling. Just work in your state with other groups in other states. The democrats use the same legal formats for challenging home schooling and charter schools in every state. HELP TO GET VERY WELL-ORGANIZED, PEACEFUL, AND EFFECTIVE CHANGE THIS YEAR!

            • Terry January 25, 2024, 6:12 PM

              I double the home schooling and charter schools comment Anne. The state I reside in has a dismal ranking of bottom 25 percentile nationally for these dot gov schools.

              The county here lost it’s only charter school last year due to the property owners retiring and moving away. The charter school students were ranked at the top of the state scholastically. State is Idaho.

    • Casey Klahn January 24, 2024, 10:52 PM

      My whole life in WA state, and I’ve never witnessed a whale in nature. Yesterday Youtube showed a Humpback (I think it was) breaching in Elliot Bay (!), which is Seattle. I dreamt of whales all night long. I did see porpoises in San Diego, though; out past the wave breaks. That was something to see.

  • ghostsniper January 24, 2024, 8:23 AM

    Don’t Get Caught Watching The Jangling Keys
    All politics is fake and gay, that is well established among political dissidents. Everything about it is manipulated and massaged to give normies the illusion of control and choice when they really have neither. That doesn’t mean that it has no importance, but people need to understand how to observe and interpret politics without being caught up in the “My team vs their team” bullshit.

    The upcoming 2024 “election” is going to be interesting in the sense of seeing what They are going to do. I am honestly pretty surprised They left Pedo Joe Biden in the White House this long, I really expected They would either JFK him or force him to step down. Of course that does not mean his will be the name on the ballot come November. Rumors are still swirling that Gavin “Gruesome” Newsome or even Michelle “Big Mike” Obama will replace him (see John Wilder’s post this morning: Friday’s Musings, Including LEGO, Seinfeld, And A Ted Talk). For that matter there is still plenty of time for The Mother Of All False Flags that pins a JFKing on some convenient, autistic MAGA weirdo who will of course “be known to law enforcement”.

    That assumes that the plan is for Trump to lose, and it certainly seems that would be the plan. Orange Man Bad drives the lefties almost as crazy as Trump drives proper genteel “conservatives” crazy. Not everyone is convinced, like Black Pigeon Speaks in this recent video.

    video link:

    BPS seems to be suggesting Trump will be permitted to “win” as a sort of pressure valve. That has some merit. The anger among the population, especially on the “right” is palpable, and the Noticing is intensifying. In his first term Trump was led around by the nose for four years, hurfing and blurfing in front of the cameras while making one bad personnel decision after another and getting hoodwinked by the very Swamp he had pledged to drain. So maybe They are thinking “Put Trump in office, let him founder around again and keep the White folk placated for four more years while they are replaced.”. They never forget that Whites in America have around half a billion firearms and a trillion rounds of ammo.

    Also keep in mind that having Trump in office energizes the Left. Over three years since he left office, and all anyone talks about is Cheeto Don. No matter the topic, people on social media will try to shoehorn Orange Man Bad into the conversation and you can’t talk about anything Biden is doing without the inevitable “Yeah but Trump” retort. If They are planning something major, it will perhaps be easier to do so if Trump is in office, as backwards as that might sound. Notice that since Biden assumed the Oval Office, antifa and black Lives Matter has all but disappeared. A gang of White cops could set a kindergarten classroom full of black kids on fire, live on Facebook, arrange their charred bones into a swastika and you still wouldn’t get riots.

    I argued for a different rationale last October, Setting Up A Scapegoat?, my idea being that They let Trump get back into office, turn loose the rabid dogs on the Left, blame the Orange Man and run him out of office.

    Imagine Trump taking office in January of 2025 and almost immediately civil unrest breaks out again, but far worse than in 2020. At the same time, more major calamities take place: a financial system collapse, some new “pandemic”, a war against one or more near-peer adversaries. All of it orchestrated of course, just like 2020.

    If things get bad enough, the Uniparty would happily “impeach” Trump again and this time maybe throw him out, or even better yet let things burn for four years. He could be scapegoated for the chaos and the electoral bloodbath in 2028 would be a thing of terrible beauty. Remember, these people have a long time horizon and They are usually thinking strategically while “conservatives” were thinking tactically. The march through the institutions started in earnest back in the 1960s and started bearing real fruit in the 90s or so. They have a long memory and a lot of patience.

    Four years of chaos that they could then blame on Orange Man Bad and all Whites by association would lay the groundwork for Them to do whatever They want. One of my unshakable rules of life is that when faced with the unacceptable, people will happily embrace an alternative no matter how distasteful.

    Is that what is happening? I don’t know but I don’t put anything past Them. So what if the nation burns to the ground and thousands or millions die? As long as They end up on top of the burning rubble, They will be happy.

    Don’t get caught watching the shiny objects and flashing lights. Look at what is happening apart from the manufactured “election”. The wheels are turning and we are coming to a culmination of what They have been working on for a long time. Enjoy the absurdity of the spectacle but FFS don’t get caught up in it.


  • Denny January 24, 2024, 8:43 AM


    I don’t think you could call this an Attorney General’s effort to put lipstick on a pig, but it certainly is
    an attempt to put a suit on a gorilla.

    • SK January 24, 2024, 11:36 AM

      Lipstick and false eyelashes on a pig, with fat feet stuffed into hooker f me high heels. She is a tasteless dreadful sight. And her married lawyer boyfriend’s wife was actually pretty. Go figure.

      • ghostsniper January 24, 2024, 12:31 PM

        The 2 most important things to them – eating and grinding.
        Just like base animals.

  • Snakepit Kansas January 24, 2024, 10:20 AM

    This is at minimum an excellent example of conflict of interest. More apparent is that this gal picked her married boyfriend for the job and paid him significantly to enrichen himself. Maybe paid the same RATE as other prosecutors but I bet he is billing more hours than the rest. Dude is making bank on the taxpayer and she is getting vacations and royal treatment as quid pro quo.

    Going to God’s house to publicly defend herself with half truths might get you turned into a pillar of salt.

    Fani in my opinion, is crooked as the back half of a broke dick dog.

  • Anne January 24, 2024, 10:53 AM

    First: I am always disgusted when a woman of wealth has to pay for sex. That appears to be an indicator of low level intelligence or self control.

    Second: I completely agree with the proposed idea that they will let Trump win so that all of American will loose when they unleash the total hell they have created. Best plan out there for the other side–for the true evil doers.

    Third: In 2000 my DH was invited to attend WEF. He politely declined giving his excuse as schedule conflict. For me, I would really have liked to go to Davos in the winter, all those cute little trains moving up and down those big mountains in the deep snow. All that raclette and fondue would have warmed up the days. When we got back to our hotel room that night I asked my beloved (sailor guy) why he had refused the invitation. One quiet answer: “agency–they do not believe in one man one vote.” That was twenty four years ago folks. How many high level bureaucrats do you think they have now installed in both state and federal governments since then? People with Master’s degrees or doctorates who believe themselves to be great thinkers–oh, you remember–they graduated believing they would be “Agents of Change”. Their entire university experience was focused on being “Change Agents”. Well, here they are folks: no ethics, no concern for the USA.

    Interesting thing is to compare how well read today’s leadership is–their scholarship if you will–with that of those men who signed our amazing documents (1789-91) If you listen to today’s intellectual leadership you will hear their deep fear of being found unequal in comparison with those old white guys. It sounds the same as anytime you listen to a coward–a fraud if you will. In this case, those who hold these leadership positions today came through a university system rife with plagiarism, pass through grading, corrupted research policies, etc. Yup–our leadership today has spent years being taught how to be corrupt and expand their personal gains.

    • ghostsniper January 24, 2024, 11:59 AM

      Thank you Anne.
      I never heard the word Raclette before so I looed it up.
      Guess what?
      I’m now $200 broker, thanks to you! lol

      I went on amazon and ordered a raclette cooker and a couple packs of cheese.
      Can’t wait to try it out!

      Having never tried fondue, maybe that will be next.
      (many years ago I designed a fondue restaurant – https://www.meltingpot.com/fort-myers-fl/ but never tried it out )

  • Joe Krill January 24, 2024, 1:02 PM

    This headline says it all.

    ABC News Videos
    US airstrikes continue against Iran-backed militias in Iraq
    ABC News Videos
    Wed, January 24, 2024 at 8:34 AM EST

  • John A. Fleming January 24, 2024, 1:26 PM

    I was only off by 12 hours. Abbott pulled the trigger today. From his declaration:
    “The failure of the Biden Administration to fulfill the duties imposed by Article IV, § 4 has triggered Article I, § 10, Clause 3, which reserves to this State the right of self-defense. For these reasons, I have already declared an invasion under Article I, § 10, Clause 3 to invoke Texas’s constitutional authority to defend and protect itself. That authority is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary. The Texas National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other Texas personnel are acting on that authority, as well as state law, to secure the Texas border.”

    It looks like this is going to be a slow-motion Rubicon crossing. And here we go.

    • John A. Fleming January 24, 2024, 2:30 PM

      I missed that last night. Here’s Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3: “No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”

      Which Hawaiian Judge is going to claim that Texas is not being invaded and is not in imminent danger?

      • Casey Klahn January 24, 2024, 11:02 PM

        It appears that section allows for the alliance of states when one state has been invaded.

        One can quibble the word “invasion,” but I think the American people can agree that this is a mass of humanity much too big and that it is, indeed, an unwanted invasion and poses direct dangers to our nation.

        Keep in mind that a governor sending ng to another state is an entirely different set of legal details compared to the president sending ng to the border. You will read different things about whose guardsmen are at the border, but keep in mind a direct confederacy of state to state is a legal, constitutional provision and this is beginning to happen.

        If Biden opposes it, it may make him an outlaw president, and who wants to bet the media will exonerate him, and carry his water if he does? Biden will use weasel words to say that Texas, et al, are conflicting with POTUS and SCOTUS. It looks to me like Abbott stands on legal constitutional ground right now.

        Here it comes.

    • Snakepit Kansas January 25, 2024, 4:43 AM

      Abbott 2028

      • ghostsniper January 25, 2024, 6:33 AM

        Trump-Abbott 2024
        Abbott-Trump 2028-2036
        DeSantis-Abbott 2036-2044

        (dusting my hands off)
        Got the whole recovery process mapped out for ya’ll.

  • ghostsniper January 24, 2024, 1:50 PM

    From over at Aesops Place:

    Dear Treasonous Traitors: Fuck You. Strong Message Follows.

    Since SCOTUS has ruled – beyond and against any legal reasoning worthy of the name – that the U.S. Constitution does not apply to Texas, Texas should ratify that decision and return the favor, in spades.

    There should be consequences to ruling a state is outside the protection of the Constitution under which it joined the republic.

    All representatives of Texas outside its geographic boundaries should be recalled to the state forthwith.

    1) How many divisions does SCOTUS have?

    2) Texas should arrest on the spot any federal agent attempting to cut, remove, or displace any obstacle Texas has erected within the state’s boundaries, or otherwise thwart prevention by Texas of the criminal invasion of their state, and hold any such arrestees without bail indefinitely, for insurrection and treason.

    3a) Any of them who are current residents of Texas should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of Texas law, in batches if necessary, and imprisoned in the state’s penitentiaries forthwith, for the entirety of sentences received, without any possibility of leniency or parole. If a court decides on the death penalty, a ten- or twelve-place scaffold should suffice, to save time. Pour encourager les autres.

    3b) Any of them with residency outside of Texas should be held without trial until the U.S. re-establishes diplomatic relations with Texas. Outside, behind barbed wire, in their underpants, 24/7.

    3c) Any military personnel who attempt to enter or leave their bases should be similarly interred as in 3b, but given normal treatment under the Geneva Convention in lieu of formal treaty.

    3d) Any personnel attempting to leave military reservations within the state under arms, by land or air, should be exterminated with extreme prejudice, and those bases seized and occupied. As long as they stand down and remain neutral and unreinforced, they should remain unmolested as is. Any act of war upon Texas from such installations in any manner or to any degree voids any such guarantee. If they elect to road march on foot out of state territory, unarmed, and leaving all vehicles and equipment behind, they should be given parole and safe conduct to the state’s borders. Any future return to the state under arms subjects them to immediate execution upon capture.

    4) Any other federal agents, officers, or employees, lifting so much as a finger in assistance of the treasonous, seditious, and criminal conspiracy to aid and abet the invasion of the state of Texas, from within the boundaries of the state of Texas, should receive the same treatment. Tears that would be shed over any death, let alone massacre, of federal agents attempting to interfere or resist, anywhere: zero.

    5) If the federal government refuses to halt this invasion, and wants to provoke a Fort Sumter moment against Texas, I suspect Texas would only have about 100M volunteers flocking to their side to take a free shot at Uncle Fuckyou within hours of declaring same, and the refugees fleeing the Mexican border region southward wouldn’t be safe very much north of Cancun by the end of a month’s time.

    6) Some of the volunteers would start right in where they already are, and then the idea would spread immediately to about 37 other states. When the Green Zone shrunk to the District of Criminals and a handful of blue hive cities, the pro-invasion lobby would really have both tits in a ringer, and things would get interesting worldwide, in a Chinese curse sort of way.

    7) Since the U.S. has not only abdicated even any ersatz border enforcement, and is now not only aiding and abetting criminal border violation, but actively preventing the several states from doing anything to stop it, Texas should take over the entire border from the Gulf to New Mexico, close it in perpetuity, and institute a “shoot-on-sight” policy forthwith. The state’s DPS should then begin round-ups and imprisonment of criminal illegal aliens whenever and wherever found within Texas, and imprison them side-by-side with their former co-conspirators, outside, behind barbed wire, in their underpants, 24/7, for a term not less than 1:1 for the entire period of time they have illegally resided in the Lone Star State. If they wanted to come to Texas illegally with such fervor, they’re fully entitled to enjoy the weather there outdoors in January (and every other month) unhindered.

    This is what happens when you pretend an unarmed and non-violent panty raid on the US Capitol is an “insurrection”, and then double- and triple-down on that fairytale, by sponsoring a criminal invasion of the country for two years.

    Here’s hoping Texas doesn’t roll over and take it in the pants, and instead has the backbone to decide to send Emperor Poopypants the bird with both hands on this here and now, and triple dog dares federally employed criminals to wade face first into this propeller. This is where we find out whether Texas is all hat and no cattle, or the real deal.

    It’s clearly an idea whose time has come.


    • Casey Klahn January 25, 2024, 6:16 AM

      outside. in their underpants. 24.7.

      That is some dark shipt right there. Maybe add a live webcam and broadcast it, and figure out a premium version and sell tickets.

      The rac. has certainly thought through a number of chess moves ahead. Keeping the army in its barracks, and then road-marching it out of state – that is a mean prospect but I think the threat of such has lots of merit. BTW, my father road marched from fukn Colorado to GD Camp Swift, TX, in 1944. Somehow I feel that generation was hardier than this current one.

      I hope some actual legislators and governors somehow stumble on the rac’s blog, or his ideas go onto Twitter and get seen. That is not only brutal, but funny to someone with a black enough sense of humor.

      I would propose some of this plan and up to a point. The reason I say that is there are outsized dimensions to each move the feds and Texas and the states are making right now. They are all fraught with repercussions and the contingencies are endless.

      When the first actual kinetic event occurs, and not just by some lone wolf or false flag, the whole deal changes instantly. Biden’s famous F-16s of Tyranny will fly, so to speak. Of course, Texas has F-16s too. And Reapers. And M-1s. And Bradleys. And Paladins.

      Bad leadership, a la Joe Biden, has its consequences. Veterans realize this and it’s for a lot of the marbles. Like I’ve said before on this board, we went from no new wars under Trump, to every type and version of war that Mars, the God of War, offers. World War, check. Large, mid-intensity regional wars, check. Naval Wars, check. Civil War, check. Nuclear War, check. All on the table now, thanks to FJB. May I add: nice work, Austin and Milley? Way to keep it non-political, bruhs.

      I might have to expend some of that stock of three-oh-eight today. I feel the need to check my battle sight zero. No reason.

      • Casey Klahn January 25, 2024, 6:35 AM

        I meant to say we went from no new wars to the threat or very real possibility of all the types of war. We’re not currently in every shooting war, but by some estimates (and by my own estimate) we are very seriously in the opening stages of WWIII. The Russo-Ukraine War, the Israeli-Hamas and wider war, and the Sino-Taiwan War all exist now in very real ways, two of them kinetic and the last one occupying all of our time in the Pacific. The fact that these wars support one-another in matters of timing, need of material support, and the fact that the belligerents we oppose are in a loose alliance with one another, makes that fukn WWIII. Sorry to ruin your breakfast, my friends. WWIII is here in some measure, if at least, for us, in the sense that it captures our whole attention from the military neck on up. I mean, I think it does, when they’re not being gay, that is. You know the pentagon (coughs).

        Civil war: possibly we’ve had our Ft Sumter moment and when they write history I think the razor wire will be almost a footnote, but the guy in the wheelchair with size 10 nads telling the feds to fuck off smartly, will be a central figure.

        Anyway, you could say we’re in these wars, and as far as 5G war is concerned, that too. I just read the other day about how the famous James Bond outfit(s), MI5 and MI6, now are accompanied by a new MI7, which is (drumroll, please) info war. G5 War, bitch.


  • ghostsniper January 24, 2024, 2:14 PM

    Texas is exploiting a loophole in a new Supreme Court ruling to keep putting up razor-wire fencing at the border

    Texas is apparently taking advantage of a loophole in a recent Supreme Court ruling involving the US-Mexico border in order to keep putting up more razor-wire fencing along the Rio Grande riverbank.

    The Supreme Court’s 5-4 Monday ruling delivered a huge win to the Biden administration in its ongoing legal battle with Texas over the southern border by allowing federal border agents to cut or move barbed wire fencing the Republican-controlled state installed at the border.

    The ruling does not call for Texas to take any action in the matter — and the state’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, suggested in a post to X on Wednesday that Texas will keep putting up the fencing, even if federal border agents take it down.

    “Texas’ razor wire is an effective deterrent against the illegal border crossings encouraged by [President Joe] Biden’s open border policies,” Abbott said. “We continue to deploy this razor wire to repel illegal immigration.”

    Abbott’s post to the social media site included a photo showing Texas National Guard soldiers erecting more of the fencing. Republicans, like Texas Rep. Chip Roy, have urged the state to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling.

    Meanwhile, a federal law enforcement source with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly told Business Insider on Wednesday that Texas can put up all the wire fencing it wants but that border agents have the right to cut it down if it gets in their way.

    “If they put up wire, that’s fine,” the source said of Texas. “If it interferes with federal law enforcement’s ability to do its job, that’s when there’s an issue.”

    The Supreme Court’s ruling came after the Biden administration asked the nation’s highest court to vacate an injunction that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals imposed last month, which temporarily paused a lower-court ruling that allowed federal agents to cut through Texas’ razor-wire fencing.

    Texas has put up razor-wire fencing along a stretch of the Rio Grande in the border city of Eagle Pass as part of its efforts to prevent unauthorized immigration at the border.

    The US Justice Department said in a court filing earlier this month that Texas National Guard soldiers were blocking Border Patrol agents from accessing the state’s border and said the “fencing further restricts Border Patrol’s ability to reach the river in particular areas.”

    It also said Texas’ actions demonstrated “an escalation of the State’s measures to block Border Patrol’s ability to patrol or even to surveil the border and be in a position to respond to emergencies.”

    In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling this week, Department of Homeland Security general counsel Jonathan Meyer sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, again demanding federal access to the Shelby Park area in Eagle Pass.

    “As you are aware, yesterday, the Supreme Court vacated the injunction prohibiting the Department from cutting or moving the concertina wire that Texas had placed along the border except in case of emergency, and restored the Department’s right to cut and move the concertina wire placed by Texas in order to perform their statutory duties,” read the Tuesday letter, which was obtained by Business Insider.

    It added, “The Department must also have the ability to access the border in the Shelby Park area that is currently obstructed by Texas.”

    “The State has alleged that Shelby Park is open to the public, but we do not believe this statement is accurate,” the letter read.

    Paxton said in a statement on Monday after the Supreme Court ruling that the order “allows Biden to continue his illegal effort to aid the foreign invasion of America.”

    “The destruction of Texas’s border barriers will not help enforce the law or keep American citizens safe. This fight is not over, and I look forward to defending our state’s sovereignty,” Paxton said.

    Paxton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment by BI on Wednesday.


  • ghostsniper January 24, 2024, 2:30 PM

    companies used facial recognition software to (wrongly) identify him

    will YOU be next?

    Texas man sues Sunglass Hut, Macy’s after claiming misidentification led to false imprisonment, rape

    A 61-year-old Texas man filed a lawsuit against the retailer, Macy’s, and the parent company of Sunglass Hut after claiming a case of misidentification led to him being sexually assaulted while falsely imprisoned in Houston for a robbery he didn’t commit.

    Harvey Eugene Murphy Jr. claims he was wrongly arrested and jailed after the companies used facial recognition software to identify him as a suspect in a January 2022 armed robbery of a Sunglass Hut in Houston, according to a news release from Rusty Hardin & Associates. He’s seeking $10 million.

    A Macy’s spokesperson said the retailer has “no comment on pending litigation.” The Chronicle also reached out to EssilorLuxottica but did not receive a response.

    BACKLOG OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES: Delays, backlogs in Harris County sexual assault investigations uncovered in new report

    Murphy claims he couldn’t have robbed the Sunglass Hut because of him living in California at the time, the public relations firm’s release said. The robbery involved two men who pointed a gun at a store manager and ran off with thousands of dollars in cash and sunglasses.

    During Houston police investigation, EssilorLuxottica’s head of loss prevention said the company worked alongside its partner, Macy’s, to positively identify Murphy as the robber by using facial recognition software, according to the release. When Murphy returned to Texas and renewed his driver’s license, he was subsequently arrested and taken to the Harris County jail.

    The Harris County District Attorney’s office determined on Nov. 3 that Murphy was not involved in the robbery, but before his release, Murphy claims he was sexually assaulted in the jail, leaving him with “lifelong injuries.” Attorney Daniel Dutko of Rusty Hardin & Associates said he did not report the assault out of fear of retaliation.

    “Mr. Murphy’s story is troubling for every citizen in this country,” Dutko said in the release. “Any person could be improperly charged with a crime based on error-prone facial recognition software just as he was.”

    Murphy’s attorneys said issues in the investigation included using “error-prone facial recognition software” and low-quality cameras, which led to an increased possibility of error. His attorneys also said that EssilorLuxottica’s loss prevention team may have “tainted” the investigation by talking to a Sunglass Hut employee before she identified Murphy in a police photo lineup.


    • John A. Fleming January 24, 2024, 3:20 PM

      I’ve got weird opinions about cases like this. Stuff happens, and a person has to expect that there is a non-zero probability that this can happen to them during their life. Getting false arrested is like getting in a car accident where the other guy caused it.

      The way to prevent this **** is to remove all qualified immunity and all absolute immunity from government actors. QI and AI is just some Court-made-up **** that’s not in the Constitution to shield themselves from liability for their bad work. Government is just some guys we hire to do some dirty jobs for us. And if they screw up and make “mistakes”, they should be subject to the exact same tort laws as any private organization and individuals. Laws are supposed to be generally applicable. And nobody in government should enjoy any extra privileges than anybody else.

      Except I think for the Military during wartime. Those guys instead are subject to the UCMJ and the Geneva Conventions of which we are signatories. And during wartime, most guarantees and expectations of safety and security are suspended and **** rolls downhill. Well, if a person is anywhere near a war zone, they should look to themselves for their security, because nobody else is coming to save them.

  • ghostsniper January 25, 2024, 1:12 PM

    Oh dear.
    Things are never what they seem.


    Clay Martin ⚔️
    Not to be the wet blanket here, but I’ll believe it when something concrete happens. Abbot is a notorious cuck, and all this shit feels like more pointless political posturing. I’d like to be wrong, but I remain unimpressed.
    Replying to @wayofftheres
    Your warning is the wise and experienced take on it, sir. Abbot has ties to WEF…allegedly took bribes from that developer in Liberty County running an illegal alien/trafficking town….has historically been a worthless do nothing….your caution should be shared by all


    Replying to @wayofftheres
    My biggest concern is a bunch of good people going down there to show support and defend the border then Abbott caves and they J6 all those people and ruin thousands of innocent lives

    Replying to @wayofftheres
    Why did he wait 3 years….

  • Hoss January 25, 2024, 4:10 PM

    Yes, why did he wait 3 years?

  • Casey Klahn January 25, 2024, 5:05 PM

    As I write, at 16:45 Pacific time, Biden issued an ultimatum for Abbott to allow feds into the park and up to the water at Eagle Pass; I don’t know what the “or else” part of that ultimatum says. Abbott has the physical support of a few states, the tacit documentary support of a dozen or so governors, and the moral support of a few more governors.

    The way I read it (of course I am no constitutional lawyer nor expert) Abbott is on constitutional ground to defend his borders in the lack of federal action or support, inasmuch as he has declared an invasion, in writing. This legally or constitutionally allows for a confederacy of states to support his border initiative. Newsmen, liberals, democrats, politicians all think that “constitutional” means doing whatever the president or the federal government says, and they think it means in a dispute, the nation trumps the state. Laws and the constitution, to them, are only valuable if they jive with their agenda.

    I predict Abbott does nothing to allow the feds in, and Biden has no back-up to his threat. However, if he can raise enough sympathy among his Blue States and in his echo chamber, after a number of weeks, he will pull the same shit Trudeau pulled, even in spite of what I understand has been a legal rebuke of Trudeau this very week in Canadian courts. Trudeau is probably like: fuck it, that was last year and I already did it. Bite me. FWIW, I’m happy to see an American Trucker Convoy headed to the border.

    The popular support of Texas will be critical now. If Texas folds, there will be a huge emotional push of patriots though that defeat and if they want a Zombie Apocalypse, they might just get one.

    Tomorrow is a critical day.

  • ghostsniper January 25, 2024, 5:24 PM

    Old Yeller’s Hatred For Americans Will Be His Undoing

    His campaign of delusion leaning on abortion, paranoid fantasies of threats to Democracy and the backing of Union workers while waging war on the technologically driven workforce of 70 million independent contractors, a boneheaded move that can only further damage the future of the shrinking American economy while his plan to bail out student loans crashed and burned. Old Yeller limps ever forward, begging to be fact-checked as he barks one lie after another.

    Inflation is at its highest level in 40 years. Consumer prices are up nearly 14%. Gasoline is up 39.1%. And while an infinite number of illegals line up to receive health insurance, The number of American citizens without health insurance went down by 4.2 million. The trade deficit continues to set new records. Publicly held debt is up 13.7%, even as annual deficits have declined. And the amount of citizens on food stamps has increased.

    Adding to old yellers’ inevitable reckoning with the data, his main handler, Barack Obama, is reportedly panicking. Begging cranky Joe to drop out while frantically playing musical chairs with his aides.

    Old yeller hasn’t just angered Maga Republicans with vitriol aimed at millions of regular Americans. Old yeller has managed to anger disgusted parents, foreign dignitaries, minorities, Democrats, Independents and everyday Americans. Old yeller has even angered American providence itself. And if the old codger has a shred of faith in his heart, he may have a dim clue that he is gonna get what’s coming to him from God Almighty before the Biden Shit Show drives off a cliff. That said, Old Yeller’s tenure has proven one thing. The compromised Uniparty Sex Club known as Congress is ill-prepared to deal with the overwhelming sabotage of the United States from within.

  • Casey Klahn January 25, 2024, 7:02 PM

    I’m still looking for the “if you don’t comply” clause in the Biden ultimatum.

    YTwitter barracks lawyers want Biden to federalize the TXarNG. Not likely.

    FYI, and iirc, the governor of any state must authorize the federalization of his ng forces. Twitter commies are hopeful that Biden can “take” the TXarNG. Nothing doing, pilgrims. Reinforcing his big “no” to federalization is the fact that his guardsmen are already engaged in a state operation. Go pick on the California NG, dickhead.

    What GD mess, Mr President. I’m reading where (and I hope it’s not fake) Trump has called on Red State govs to send troops south, and he has invoked the invasion clause of the constitution, the same as Abbott.

    Interesting times. All I can do is watch, and use my life’s worth of knowledge to try and sort some of this shit out. Dems and idiot observers will never understand that the national guard is a dual role militia and reserve. It resides under the control of its home state, at the pleasure of the state governor. It may be federalized for cause, but the state governor is the god king of that little transaction. Fuck you, Washington DC. Fuck you very much.

  • Anne January 25, 2024, 10:16 PM

    Boeing: Do you suppose that someone is crafting some funny business . . .?
    This possibility has occurred to me because the recent events of malfunction are of differing types.

    • Anonymous January 26, 2024, 12:30 AM

      Must be anonymous here. No need for anything nefarious. I’m not talking about any one company. It’s like this everywhere.

      The last four years has been one great big mother of all distraction. We all got sent home in March 2020, except for the guys on the factory floors. We convinced ourselves that we could do this over zoom, instead of crowding into meeting rooms and looking people right in the eye. It seemed for a while that we got this, we can do it, we’re doing it. Yeah right, we whistled right past the graveyard.

      Careful observers noticed that real progress started slipping, that the slipping was not getting attention and being excused, that all that kung flu masking and distancing was a great big distraction. Management attention was on “keeping us safe”, “everybody get vaccinated” yada yada yada, instead of build it/do it right the first time dammit and no mistakes or rework. Even management knew it and hated it, they admitted it amongst themselves but only sotto voce, they couldn’t go against the mandates either, and they couldn’t speak up publicly or in the company meetings. Everybody had to fall in line.

      When the vaxx mandates came down, our top mgmt were pissed, listening closely in the staff flowdowns we’d catch snippets of what they were saying. We’re an engineering company, we don’t want to have to do this, this is not who we are. I was surprised, I applied for and got a religious exemption, they never told us the percentage of exemptions granted. It’s a state secret I guess.

      And on top of that was piled all the wokie crap. The alphabet soup of DIE, CRT, ESG, BLM, and all the rest. None of that was specifically designed to help us make a better product. It was all promises and no delivery. “Diversity makes us stronger.” Umm, no it didn’t and no it won’t. “We have to be green and sustainable.” Umm, no, we have to build reliable products, provide reliable services, and make a profit. It’s a wonder any exec or manager had time for real work.

      The last four years are a classic example of going broke slowly, and then all at once. We’re now in the all at once phase. The defects and bad workmanship and sloppy execution and settling for less than the best have been allowed to creep in, fester and grow, and now are suddenly undeniable. And it’s not going to be easy to get back to where we need to be.

      It’s like this. There’s always the 2-5% that will start to do a sloppy job if you let them, if you don’t catch them, if the teams they are on start letting them slack off. It’s a sickness, a disease, and it’s contagious. As soon as the 5%’ers get away with it, it infects everyone. One or two little defects, nobody notices. Then those defects start multiplying, and one day you wake up and realize there’s pissant defects everywhere, and they keep coming.

      So no, there are no clandestine bad actors. It’s just us, we’ve allowed ourselves to start doing sloppy jobs and cutting corners. And now is the time for consequences.

    • John Fisher January 27, 2024, 11:16 AM

      Boeing’s management is far worse than that at most big companies.

      Boeing’s relationship with its unions is far worse than at most big unionized companies.

      Embrace the power of AND.

  • Denny January 26, 2024, 3:40 PM

    “Now is the time for consequences”

    “When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.”

    – Frederic Bastiat (About 200 years ago)

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