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  • John Venlet April 7, 2023, 9:10 AM

    I guess you could look at Humpty Dumpty in a couple of ways, this Good Friday. Either as a kind of homage to Easter and eggs, or, as a metaphor of the government of the United States, which is in the process of a great fall, and may not be able to be put back together again.

    It’s a beautiful day here in West Michigan. 45 degrees, bluebird skies, and migrating birds on the move.

  • ghostsniper April 7, 2023, 9:32 AM

    You may have noticed that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., announced he is running for president as a Democrat. I might be wrong, but just now it seems to me that this changes everything. First, let me tell you something interesting about RFK, Jr. Despite the family name and all the baggage that comes with it, he is not the least bit imperial. He’s unpretentious. He communicates in plain English (and with a damaged larynx). I doubt that he entertained any idea of running for office until the current moment. Sometimes the zeitgeist calls, though, and you have to step up, even understanding very clearly that you might get killed for doing it.

    Mr. Kennedy’s life has been a rocky hero’s journey. He was a troubled young man, at times lost in drugs. He had a marriage end as badly as possible (wife’s suicide). He’s dedicated the past twenty-five years to fighting the growing menace of Big Pharma and doing it pretty valiantly, considering the US government assists Pharma’s depredations. He wrote THE book about Dr. Anthony Fauci, and it is a helluva book. He’s running in opposition to just about everything that the Democratic Party stands for these days. This must seem strange, but I suspect a substantial portion of rank-and-file Democrats may be secretly anxious to cast off the Woke / Deep State despotism that cloaks the party like a smallpox blanket. For many, it will be like waking from a nightmare.

    Now I’m going to tell you something that will blow your mind, something that maybe lurks in a quiet corner of your own brain, something which for my generation, has been hiding inside there for decades, and it is this: There is a deep, primal wish in the American psyche to correct the damage to our country caused by the murders of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. November 22, 1963 was exactly where this nation went off the rails, and many Americans understand that. RFK, Jr. has stated unambiguously that he believes the CIA killed his uncle, the president. And he recently supported the parole of his father’s killer, Sirhan B. Sirhan, suggesting that there was a whole lot more to Bobby’s assassination than that patsy.

    Here’s the heart of the matter: that wish to correct the abominations of history is a sentiment much stronger than anything else currently whirring in the fog of emotion that grips a nation in extremis, certainly stronger than all the bullshit embedded in equity, diversity, and inclusion and the bad faith aspirations of the climate change / Great Reset claque. RFK, Jr., represents a way out of all that. He may be strong enough and honorable enough to make that our new national realty.

    More here:

    • azlibertarian April 7, 2023, 10:31 AM

      If I could like a Democrat, it would probably be RJK jr. And after I’d looked at him closely, this is not to say that I would like him. He’s probably got views antithetical to mine, just less antithetical than the current crop of Democrats. He’s way better than any D you might name today, but is he better than the generic R? That’ll be the decision I’ll have to make in November of next year.

      Also, just on the surface of things, his problems with his voice are going to be a real issue for him. Americans don’t want Presidents with any disabilities, however slight. You might love everything that a Chris Christie stands for (not me personally, and probably not anyone here assembled), but we’re not going to elect a fat man, however much we might agree with him. We’re just not. And RFK’s voice is a problem for him….collectively, once we’re in the voting booth, we’re just that shallow.

      • Terry April 7, 2023, 7:37 PM

        Wake up call in the barracks: “Americans don’t want Presidents with any disabilities, however slight. ”

        So dip shit moron Biden has no disabilities? The creep is adored by the left.

        My comment is not intended to be a criticism. Just a wake up call to a sleepy GI barracks.

        The American voter has elected more disabled (mentally & physically) fools to the office of President than able bodied.

        • ghostsniper April 8, 2023, 4:33 AM

          FDR was in a wheelchair.

    • Casey Klahn April 7, 2023, 11:21 AM

      I happened to catch a Robt. Kennedy interview on Twitter where he said that the vax had zero effect in stopping or mitigating the C-19 virus, and yet the vax deaths rate shot up somewhere in the range of %700 with the c-19 vax versus the prior 40 years of stats on vax deaths. Forgive if my numbers are off a bit, but I went looking for the vid on YouTube, to save it, and it was nowhere to be found. It turns out he said these things in Canada, and anyway YouTube is a pack of commies.

      Speaking of a pack of commies: Democrats! I’m from the land of conservative dems, WA state (formerly but not anymore), and I’ll be damned if I ever support a guy with a (Duh!) in front of his name. Their history of political violence (KKK, Antifa, BLM) is unforgivable and Jesus Christ Himself could run as a Democrat and I’m afraid I’d have to vote a no. That’s hyperbole, friends. You know what I mean.

      Kennedy, as good as he is – I do like him – could be a token lower cabinet member in an R administration, but nothing higher. I mean, I actually mistrust anyone in the congress of any stripe or party. No matter how swooft you are, you are not allowed in my house of you are in any way, shape, or form a politician in today’s congress. It’s a pit of vipers.

    • Anonymous April 7, 2023, 4:46 PM

      I re-read Wed’s post before this one and gave you my comments there. RFKII is viable and less hated than anyone else on either side. He’s still a D though and if that group of *** were to allow him into office, his staff would be stuffed with even more ***.

      Now what would really throw a monkey wrench into the works is if he switched parties and ran as R. Can’t see it happening but it certainly would cause whatever old school Ds are left heads to explode.

      Along with many of you, I still recall where I was that November but then I still recall the Nixon/Kennedy debate and “I Like Ike” (just barely though). Yep – we never recovered from Nov 63. Maybe if Au-H2O had won in ’64 …

    • jd April 8, 2023, 5:43 AM

      Thank you very much for this, Ghost. I like him very much and am glad
      to read all these positive things about him. Just the fact of all he has done
      in the public arena despite his compromised larynx is huge IMHO.

  • Anne April 7, 2023, 9:42 AM

    Dear Ghost:
    Even though I grieve as deeply as you about these assassinations, I suggest that perhaps the fall of this country began three years earlier–when John Kennedy was elected. It is no secret that the east coast mafia collaborated with the thugs in Chicago to assure the Kennedy win. There was always east coast election fraud and certainly Chicago fraud, but only in the local arenas. I believe never before was there a coming together of both groups to assure an election. That perhaps is the best reason for the CIA to do what they did. Kennedy in office was the beginning of the REALLY dirty–not just a little dirty.

    • nunnya bidnez, jr April 7, 2023, 7:55 PM

      Three years earlier when JFK was elected?
      Sure it wasn’t fourteen years earlier when LBJ was elected to the Senate, by the votes of 300 dead Mexican-Americans Texans?

  • Joe April 7, 2023, 11:16 AM
    • ghostsniper April 7, 2023, 11:40 AM

      I’m reminded of….me!
      I’ve long thought that, I can’t change others but I can change me.
      Recently I’ve been longing for the land I once knew but no longer is, a land mostly devoid of the negro.
      Occasional sightings, and even a polite interaction now and then.
      Most of the time….devoid.
      Now though it seems it is negro everywhere, all the time.
      At least that is what is being presented “through the wires”.
      Here in Realville it is still devoid.
      But I’ve read the stats and I know it is slowly changing.
      To brown.
      “Each of us, a cell of awareness, imperfect and incomplete
      Genetic blends with uncertain ends on a fortune hunt that’s far too fleet”

      So I’d like to live in a place that is not a “melting pot”, and free from “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, the homeless, tempest-tost”.

      Does such a place exist?
      My time is short on this plane so I will probably never know.
      I wish I had been born a century earlier than I was.

      I’m gonna sit on the porch about 6pm and sip some suds and bribe the birds and creatures in the yard to perform a floor show. There, I will sit and think, and plan, and dream. If you’re around stop by – I always have a couple extra in the fridge.

      • Anonymous April 8, 2023, 4:50 PM

        France was pissed at us and nobody caught it.

        Yep. “the land I once knew but no longer is”; “I wish I had been born a century earlier than I was”.

        I think the period just before Wilson took over (1890-1913) was the peak of “America”. (and I figure Wilson’s maybe in a tie with FJB as the worst president). Of course, had I been born a century earlier, we’d be in the middle of prohibition now. I’m sure I’d have been a boot-legger myself.

        Reagan was the end – even though “the end” had started earlier. It was too late to turn around after Reagan – probably even during.

        Recent events have done nothing more than bring out my lack of desire for “diversity”. Especially the trannies – whatever color. There’s a very deep hatred for those that would “tranny” children and more so for those that support them. It’s time the 3S’s come into play.

        Too much hatred – of mine – for Easter weekend …

  • ghostsniper April 7, 2023, 12:02 PM

    Ever see the movie “Minority Report”?
    If not, you should, to get an idea on what the future holds.
    Regarding that AI (artificial intelligence) stuff, which I have spoke of before.
    Never forget, everything computers = garbage in – garbage out.
    I have used the computer program AutoCAD almost every day since 1994 and I have referred to it as, “An employee that does “exactly” what you tell it to do so be very careful what you ask of it.” Even after all this time using it I still make mistakes and of course, loyal employee it is, AutoCAD not only extends those mistakes but multiplies them many-fold. I am working all day today to repair a mistake I asked AutoCAD to do yesterday.

    Ever heard of Jonathan Turley? Sure you have, he’s been around forever. I don’t remember his handle at the time but back in the late 90’s in usenet I took him to task over one of his assumptions about the Constitution and after a lot of back n forth banter he eventually thanked me for schooling his ass. (that assumption was his insistence that the Constitution gave “we the people” rights) I corrected him about that.

    Anyway, seems AI got a little froggy about him recently and he only happened upon it by shear luck. He’s fortunate that he didn’t get “swatted” over it.
    See here:

  • Anonymous April 7, 2023, 4:48 PM

    Not of this post but I’m glad to hear this site will stay up for 2 more years. If we the readers can help, I’d be happy to chip in; I was one of the subscribers and there’s still value in the gang’s commentary. I hope we make it 2 more years.

    • ghostsniper April 7, 2023, 5:29 PM

      If there was a way we could “attach” pix and vidz to our comments I could contribute more.

  • ThisIsNotNutella April 7, 2023, 7:31 PM

    “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”

    • ThisIsNotNutella April 7, 2023, 7:33 PM

      Ask yourself who controls the meaning of words in the West.

      Then more particularly ask yourself who controls which words have negative moral connotations in the West.

      Then you will know.

    • Anonymous April 8, 2023, 4:54 PM

      From Larry Lambert’s Virtual Mirage site – keeping with the Alice theme. Seems to fit us’ens:

      “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
      “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad.”
      “How do you know I’m mad,” asked Alice?
      “You must be,” said the cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

      • ThisIsNotNutella April 8, 2023, 5:10 PM

        I’m as Mad as a Hatter but even I know not to engage in dialectic with a @#$%ing cat. It’s no mystery why we don’t talk about Schroedinger’s Hamster.

        If Lewis Carroll had been born in our era of the Standard Model and Cosmology a la Mode, I wonder would he have bothered to write about Alice.

  • ThisIsNotNutella April 7, 2023, 7:56 PM


    It’s early days. Think Moore’s Law and semiconductors. We’re at about the Intel 4004 right now. Just getting started on the curve. Exponentials start out all nice and linear-like if you’re an ant walking along one at the start.

    It’s easy to come up with copes and point out ridiculous current failings of AI.. But the thing about mass and massive tech saturation is that it doesn’t need to be *that* good to @#$% up your day or your life and make things easier for our rotten rulers.

    I for one am fascinated about where it’s going to go. There’s huge effort led by the Usual Suspects (overwhelmingly literally so if you look at surnames, physiognomies, Early Lives, etc.) to push ‘Ethical AI’… i.e to stop AI ‘Noticing’ objective facts about the real world. All the quiet parts we’re not supposed to say out loud. FBI Crime Stats, how many Minyans you could make out of a Biden Cabinet, Media Ownership, male vs. female competencies, who tends to do better in what sports, etc…. etc..

    So there’s great Fear out there and a huge push by the Rulers to make sure they own AI and control what it ‘Knows’. But even in a perfect world, current models are trained largely on insanely huge text corpuses… i.e. the whole internet, digitised libraries, etc. Anything after ‘Pick a Given C20 2H Year’ is censored and ideologically slanted already and increasingly subject to more and more censorship and massaging, plus the exponentiating proliferation of more woke text as we go forward. Not to mention soon more AI-generated texts than human-generated –> will end up in the training corpus inputs next cycle –> interesting way to get to the kind of consciousness-producing strange loop feedback or just eat shit –> shit more shitty shit? Well we’ll find out later.

    So there *is* a mid-wit take sense in which Garbage In –> Garbage Out. But… a few things spring to mind:

    1) The Rulers can always decide to fit us to their Procrustean AI Worldview Bed. In fact, you can bet they will.

    2) A bad AI model is still likely to give them orders of magnitude more insights into and power over us than no AI model.

    3) There’s no such thing as a perfect AI model based on massive training corpus because you end up with Borges and his Map covering the country it represents.

    4) Short of being a state actor, it’s going to be very difficult to built competing models with Good Data and no censorship of ‘Bad’ Ideologically Unwoke Facts. Training models takes billions in hardware costs and power costs. You can’t hide a data centre full of Nvidia’s 20K/pop power-hungry tensor wrangling compute modules in your basement. Try produce an AI sees the ‘truth’ and you’re not No Such Agency, and you’ll get removed from the gene pool in short order.

    5) Given 4… I think the spoils will eventually go to the Chinese or (more remotely likely) the Russians because (calm down here, Boomers) their ideological worldviews are Less Wrong ™. Take a deep breath and calm down here, folks…. Read that again: not Right — merely Less Wrong. Their lists of things you’re not allowed to say and believe are shorter. Much shorter in the current year. Their models won’t be blind or race or cultural differences… won’t pretend that women and men and trannies are indeterminate… won’t distort economic models in order to permit elite asset stripping in the name of ‘Climate Change’ etc.

    I could go on. I’d ask GPT-4 to comment on my theses above, but there’s already too much risk that it would revoke my API access token for daring to say these things.

  • Joe Krill April 8, 2023, 10:05 AM

    The following article comes from the Plain Truth online magazine

    A most fascinating article from the Plain Truth magazine–online

    Many wonder why we say Christians should follow the Days of Unleavened Bread, because the very idea seems foreign to them, yet most Catholics know this feast—– as holy communion! Although the Catholic Church stopped following the Holy Days instituted by Christ himself, they fully admit to the meaning of unleavened bread:

    From a catholic source:

    Why does the Catholic Church
    use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)
    The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian faith, east and west. Therefore, it is not surprising that Orthodox Christians would feel strongly about the levened Eucharist that they have recieved since Childhood and that their Church has used from antiquity. They may feel as Cardinal Cerularius did in 1050 A.D., that no Eucharist that uses unleavened bread is a true Eucharist. He took his army into the Latin Churches in Constantinople and threw the consecrated hosts into the streets.

    Most Popes of the past few hundred years, have felt that his subsequent excommunication was not the best move for east-west relations, but there is no doubt that he was in complete odds with the faith of the Early Eastern Fathers, all of whom recognized the validity of the unleavened host. Cerularius died alone and alienated from the Church, both east and west.

    The reason why Catholics celebrate an unleavened Eucharist is very simple. We just never changed it from the day of the last supper. We have no problem with the Eastern tradition of levened Eucharist, and its validity, and we have no desire for the east to change. But we also have no desire to change our unleavened host.

    If the unleavened Eucharist is invalid, then no Eucharist ever offered in the Western Church, or in Armenia, or the Last Supper itself, (which was a Passover feast, where only unleven bread was available) was ever a true Eucharist.

    From yet another source:

    Why Use Unleavened Bread for Communion?
    Author Name:
    Aaron Shank
    Bible Doctrine
    Leaven is a substance that causes fermentation and spoilage, “Figuratively, an influence that, spreading silently and strongly, changes conditions and opinions” (World Book Dictionary). Literally, when leaven is added to a wholesome substance like bread dough or fruit juices and left unchecked the end result is a sour, smelly product which generally is unfit for any valued purpose. It is a fitting type of what sin does to our individual lives and to our church life when left unchecked or untended.
    Leaven is used in both the Old and New Testaments as a type of evil which contaminates and spoils that which is good. It is to be questioned whether it is ever used in any other sense in the Scriptures.
    The one reference where Bible scholars sometimes give leaven another application is Matthew 13:33. Here it is felt by some that the leaven “hid in three measures of meal” symbolizes the Good Gospel and the way the Gospel spreads and influences the world for good. But the Gospel message is never spread by hiding it. The very opposite is true. A light placed under a bushel gives no light to the surrounding area, and a hidden witness is no witness at all. This is the very way, however, that the devil works. His agents are the ones who by “cunning craftiness … lie in wait to deceive” (Eph 4:14), and “who privily shall bring in damnable heresies” (untruths that if believed will damn the soul, 2Pe 2:1). Furthermore, if the meal represents the evil society of the world and the leaven represents the good Gospel permeating the bad meal “till the whole was leaven” we should expect to see the world getting better and better until the whole world is under Gospel control. Again, the very opposite is true. The influence of, and the appeals of “this present evil world” with all its moral corruption has almost completed its leavening process on the professed people of God. When the few remaining “good and faithful” servants of our Lord Jesus Christ are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, the then worldwide professing church left in this world will be a totally corrupted church. The creeping, contaminating effect of the leaven of wickedness will have completed its beguiling influence on the professed “kingdom of heaven” under the direction of the end time Beast’s Minister of Religion, the false prophet of Revelation 13.

    1 Corinthians 5 is one of the many New Testament messages which rather vividly identifies leaven as a type of evil. The church at Corinth was knowingly tolerating gross moral wickedness within her fellowship. The Apostle Paul demanded the excommunication of “that wicked person” based on the argument that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” In allowing this evil to go uncorrected their whole professed Corinthian church would become corrupt – the same thing that Jesus taught in the parable of Matthew 13:33. A purging out of the leaven of wickedness was an absolute necessity for the continued spiritual health of the church. Here it is enjoined upon the church to “keep the feast, not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1Co 5:8).ed bread and the sacrifice of a lamb without blemish as being types of “Christ our Passover who is sacrificed for us” (1Co 5:7). The typology here is most beautiful. Even though in His earth life, He “was made in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom 8:3), “In Him was no sin and in Him dwelt all the fullness of the perfection and holiness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9). In ultimate perfection He “offered Himself to God without spot” to be our Passover Lamb to save us from death. He was indeed the true antitype of the “without blemish” Old Testament sacrificial lamb and the unleavened bread of the Passover feast. Anyone using leavened bread during the seven day Passover feast would have broken the type and would have done so under penalty of being cut off from the people of God (Ex 12:15,19).

    Source named Pilgram Ministry has been deleted from the internet

  • ghostsniper April 8, 2023, 12:35 PM

    Couple days ago I jumped through the hoops on the Budweiser site and sent them a message that I was disappointed in their public proclamation of acceptance, and promotion of the mentally damaged sexual deviancy and that I will never purchase any of their products again.

    I don’t drink much any more but I usually have some in the fridge and from here on out I will only purchase brews that have not made such a proclamation. fuk-em-ded.
    Opposition to Bud Light’s partnership with Mulvaney has been swift and fierce. Country music star Travis Tritt vowed to stop serving Anheuser-Busch products on his latest tour, and fellow musician Kid Rock shared a video of himself wearing a MAGA hat and using several cases of Bud Light for target practice. Other artists have pledge to boycott the beer company as well.

    The animosity toward Bud Light appears to have grown and has now perhaps even affected Budweiser and its Clydesdale horses. According to a statement from Anheuser-Busch, Wil Fischer Companies, a Budweiser distributor in Missouri, elected to cancel the Springfield events “due to safety concerns for their employees.”


  • Casey Klahn April 8, 2023, 1:55 PM

    Happy Easter, my friends!

    • John the River April 8, 2023, 5:32 PM

      He is Risen.

      “Guard, protect and cherish your land, for there is no afterlife for a place that started out as Heaven.” ― Charles Marion Russell Read

      • John Venlet April 9, 2023, 4:16 AM

        He is Risen, indeed! By His grace we are saved!

  • ghostsniper April 8, 2023, 6:21 PM

    I was considering reselling my guns to the gov’t but after a quick background check I found out they have a history of violence and instability.

  • Casey Klahn April 9, 2023, 7:13 AM

    On this holiday weekend the news is dark. In my state, the senate decided they had to meet on Holy Saturday (who does that???) to pass the weapons ban. In a matter of days, and I suspect this meaning by midweek, the 2nd Amendment is essentially null and void for Washingtonians. You can own guns but only the ones we tell you that you can. Plus, you’ll need to receive trainings and wait 10 days to cool off. Out of respect for my Christian Holy Day of Easter, I will refrain from calling the senate a bunch of c^ntz, but anyway that’s obvious. Holy Saturday, FFS?

    Even worse, potentially, is the news that China has begun the military interdiction of all traffic in the Taiwan Straight. It’s the blockade. It’s on. They say it’s part of their three day exercise but that’s bullshit. A full-on act of war is an “exercise”.

    In my mind, when I read this last night, I began my armchair general thing. Xhina will have achieved at least a partial success if they can just touch Taiwan with armymen. They may die on the beaches, but the inertia politically and strategically would be huge. That’s their operational must-do. Strategically, their most important must-have is for Biden to not fight. What’s your opinion: will Brandon fight the Xhinese over Taiwan? My guess is yes, because name a war in the past century and a half that wasn’t started by a democrat. I can name one off the top of my head. Ok, maybe three, if you count Grenada and Panama. Iraq, Afghanistan and Iraq I counts as one (for my rhetorical purposes). Now, every other fukn war we’ve fought is democrat. So, odds are Biden will take us to war in the Pacific. Which, on this Easter day, is a big shitz sandwich.

    What did Xhina find on their balloon mission? Something strategic, no doubt. However, we have three legs to our nuke defense triad. Will China start a nuclear war over the Pacific? They are surrounded by enemies: Korea, Japan, the P.I., Australia, every other SE Asian country that’s big. Here I sit in Washington State, which is the military center of Asia strategy. More so than California and Alaska. I’ll be damned if my commie governor isn’t just about to try to disarm my citizens. I feel that he’s going to get some political blowback on that little shit nugget.

    Enjoy Easter, my friends. Keep your rifle by your side.

    • ghostsniper April 9, 2023, 8:35 AM

      Casey axed: “What did Xhina find on their balloon mission?”
      Nothing from the balloons that they didn’t already know.
      Everybody knows.
      The top end of the US is 95% criminality.
      They can’t even secure their own borders.
      All across the fruited plain, from blue hive to blue hive, there is turmoil everywhere.
      The machine is severely off center and as it pushes the peddle even further through the floor the maniacal vibrations keep increasing. Sane people would shut down and retool but these are not sane people. They want the machine to blow. Reason(s) unknown at this point, other than total loss of sovereignty. Willing collapse. They got theirs and they have an escape plan, fuk everybody else.

      • Casey Klahn April 9, 2023, 11:12 AM

        I wrote during the balloon tour of our friendly skies that they could’ve been gathering comms intel. I illustrated it with a dandy story of how the Naughtzees did this to us in WWII, with great effect. Just this last week a story comes out (which damages the Brandon narrative) saying exactly that: you suck up all radio comms, from military freeks, and from iPhone, etc., phones comms, and this yields so much damaging intel that you could write a book on it. For one thing, they found out if and which silos are active or empty. They also have generally shitty targeting (think: commie tech) ability and this hones it.

        The rest of what you write is no comfort; I said when the Kabul Airport debacle went down that every young gun on the planet now wants a piece of the deteriorating American hegemony. All the social upheaval crap and the cowardly gubmint actions are tilting us downhill like a snowball headed for Hell.

        It bodes ill. Keep your Bible by your side.

    • Anonymous April 9, 2023, 4:28 PM

      “Ok, maybe three, if you count Grenada and Panama. Iraq, Afghanistan and Iraq I counts as one”
      But when you look at the so-called R that stated these, one could get the idea that with the exception of DJT, it’s been the same uniparty in power since Reagan. Labels R and D don’t mean anything anymore. I still think Carter was the last “real” D president (and Nixon the last R not under control) – and that D party doesn’t exist anymore. The Ds now are just the crazy wing of the Rs. Not that the Rs are the sane wing. Think McConnell and Mittney. And Cheney. etc.

      Your guv bitched at my guv that his people were at risk being in my state if they needed “sudden” reproductive procedures and how dare we make them illegal. I didn’t hear anything that your guv would change laws in his state for the residents of my state should our residents need “sudden” firearm procedures while in his state.

      I feel for you Casey – but not enough to cross the border (as I recall it was a resident of his state that murdered those students in Moscow – but he used a knife so that’s OK). Though maybe I can vote in your elections with a mail-in ballot and help vote that guy out of office. Do you think they’d count one that voted incorrectly? 🙂

      • Casey Klahn April 9, 2023, 10:27 PM

        Voting? We haven’t had voting for probably at least 4 governorships going back. In King County (Seattle) they “find bags of votes” days after the balloting closes.

        You still didn’t answer my question: do you think Biden will fight Xhina if they invade Taiwan?

        • ghostsniper April 10, 2023, 3:52 AM

          If he does that will be thrice in 4 years that he gets his ass handed to him.

        • Casey Klahn April 10, 2023, 5:27 AM

          Ghost – to answer your comment.

          It’s an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Common wisdom dictates that the US Navy should be able to defeat Xhina, even if Xi’s people throw a nuke at a carrier battle group, and especially if he has the balls to drop a big one on Tokyo. If that’s BiteMe Biden getting his ass handed to him, then yes. However, militarily we can win even a nuclear conflict with Xhina. Conventionally, our navy could very easily destroy Xhina’s navy in the South China Sea (the fight will be there and not in the East China Sea). That’s why I said Xi just needs to tag the beach with soldiers, even if they don’t get past the tide line alive. He can hope for better, but just the act of invading will give him huge political advantages where possible. His other center of gravity (his must-do to win) will be to keep America out of the war, and TBH American ambivalence on Taiwan policy has brought this on. It would’ve been much better advised had we taken a boot and placed it square on Xi’s tiny Xhinese balls and pressed down. Decades ago.

          Now, will our navy win if told to fight? Low morale, non-leaders from top to bottom (leaders don’t take vaccines by mandate PERIOD), undermanned and underwomaned. Electric carrier decks. The whole Pacific supply system in a mess.

          Don’t ask me how I know this, but I have observed a fast jump forward in military preparedness for a Pacific conflict. The planners are non-stop chained to smoke-filled rooms, and drinking that shitty navy coffee.

          My hope and prayer is that Xi’s naval interdiction (act of war) of the Taiwan straights goes away after the third day of his “exercise” and he says in his own language: “just kidding!” I know the general public sees just the start of nuclear-potential hostilities as a loss, and in many ways that’s correct. When we allowed Biden into office, we opened the door on a whirlwind. Remember how he told Russia just go ahead and invade Ukraine, but keep it to a dull roar. He actually fukn said that. Now, his Xhina policy is indecipherable.

          Mine would be to let the air out of the tires on that one new carrier, and a couple of capital ships. I hate to say it, but I’d call up the US Naval Reserve, and some Air National Guard units. Some will think I’m wanting a war but of course that’s bullshit. I never want war but I demand to win if we do go into one.

          Meanwhile, I have this problem of living in an actual Soviet-Style state right here at home. I may post some of this in the Monday thread.

  • Ray Van Dune April 9, 2023, 9:52 AM

    No more Kennedys! Joe, Jack, Bobby, and Teddy all embarrassed this country and showed no ability to control their behavior beyond the frat-boy level. I want nothing to do with dynasties and particularly that one!

    • Anonymous April 10, 2023, 3:24 PM

      Better than the Bushies. Not by much though (If RFKII has a serious run, he’ll have the same life expectancy as DJT)