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Open thread 9/29/23

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  • ghostsniper September 29, 2023, 8:16 AM

    Ding dong the witch is dead.

  • Snakepit Kansas September 29, 2023, 10:44 AM

    We will all have our turn meeting Jesus. I hope that woman was wearing asbestos soled shoes when she met Him.

  • Trooper John Smith September 29, 2023, 11:42 AM

    I read this over at Ace of Spades HQ. It was originally posted a few years ago, but it perfectly captures my attitude towards the Left and their enablers on the right:

    “A few people asked me what I thought about it, and my answer was simple. “I. Don’t. Care.”

    Not only I am absolutely sick of the requirement to “celebrate” the alternative behaviors of those on the left, but I am equally sick of the expectation that those of us on the right must either defend or condemn those on our side whose actions cause media outrage.

    I don’t care about those politicians’ personal lives, just like I don’t care about the personal lives of the linemen who restore electricity to my house after a storm. And frankly, I really don’t care about how politicians comport themselves in office either, so long as they vote to advance the conservative agenda. I have no expectation that any politician is respectable or will serve as a role model, I just want them to advance my agenda.

    A few years ago, someone named “Warden” posted a piece here at Ace of Spades HQ, “How Losing My Political Values Helped Me Gain My Freedom”. It summarized as well as anything I’ve ever read my liberation from caring about the character and behavior of those I vote for.

    There’s a frustrating game that the left plays with conservatives. It’s an Alinksy tactic called, “Make them live up to their values.” Now, living up to one’s values isn’t a bad thing, but setting high standards ultimately means that you’ll sometimes fall short.
    The left loves to exploit these shortcomings–every Christian who falls short of perfection is a hypocrite; the social values candidate you voted for just got arrested for drunk driving. Haha, everything you believe and advocate is now discredited.

    They got away with it for years, waving away the lies, hypocrisy, indiscretions, and criminal behavior from their own politicians while beating the right mercilessly with the missteps of their own. It’s effective because the right always maintains a baseline of integrity not displayed by the left, as evidenced by comparing what happens to Republican politicians when they’re caught in criminal behavior with what happens to Democrats. Republican voters and politicians reluctantly dump the malefactor while Democrats defend their guy and launch an offensive against those who demand accountability.

    And then came along Trump, a guy just ripe for demonization by the left. I think it’s fair to say that even his early supporters worried that the Democrats would successfully make him toxic to the general voting public with his boorish behavior, vulgarity, multiple bankruptcies and very public divorces.

    But something strange happened. Not only did Donald Trump not care about attacks on his character, neither did anyone else. We saw this new paradigm assert itself over and over during the primary throughout repeated media predictions that this time he’s gone too far and he’s cooked.

    This same indifference that helped Trump carry the election has continued into the early days of his administration. With it comes a refreshingly freeing state of mind. Personally, I don’t feel in any way responsible for Trump, nor do I feel compelled to defend him against attack.

    Why? Because I voted for retribution.

    “He’s thin-skinned and petty!” shrieks the left. “He takes everything personally!”

    Good, I say. I want him to take attacks personally and deal out payback. I know I won’t be the target, you will be.

    “He’s unpresidential! He’ll destroy the integrity of the office!”

    No, that’s already happened. Remember, you elected a shit-talking jackass who takes selfies at state funerals when he’s not giving stealth middle fingers to his opponents during debates. There is no dignity of the office, not after Clinton and Obama.

    “He’s a narcissist! He’s got totalitarian impulses!”

    Yes, he’s basically a mirror version of Obama. Except now, he’ll be working for what I want. The end justifies the means. You taught me that.

    “A sitting president going after the media. OMG!”

    Oh, like Obama trashing Rush Limbaugh and Fox News? How about when he sent his lackeys to berate news reporters for failure to flatter him at all times. Oh, and NSA spying on the press. That was pretty great, too.

    “He won’t show his taxes!”

    Don’t care. Where are Obama’s college transcripts, by the way?

    “He’s a bully! Is this what you want? Someone who uses his power to bully other people?!!!”

    And this is where everything funnels down to the very nexus of my change in attitude from “Do unto others” to “I will do unto you what you do unto me.”

    It’s two words: Memories Pizza.

    It was that moment that everything changed for me–not only the harassment, fake Yelp reviews and the death threats that forced them to temporarily close up shop–oh, that was bad enough, but the most powerful man on Earth bullying a couple of small town pizza owners from Indiana simply for expressing an opinion on a hypothetical asked of them by a reporter with a malicious agenda? That was when I snapped.

    Do you remember?

    It’s this that sent me to a place from which I’ll never return. I literally don’t care what Donald Trump does because nothing he can do is worse than what they’ve already done.

    Donald Trump isn’t the bully; he only insults and abuses people in power who have attacked him. They’re the fucking bullies. The left, with their smears, their witch hunts, their slanders, their insults, their riots, their violence, and their weaponizing of the federal bureaucracy.

    There aren’t any rules anymore because the left only applies them one way. And in doing so, they’ve left what once was a civil compact between the two parties in smoldering ruins.

    I have no personal investment in Donald Trump. He is a tool to punish the left and roll back their ill-gotten gains, no more and no less. If he succeeds even partially in those two things, then I’ll consider his election a win.

    Further, I no longer have any investment in any particular political values, save one: The rules created by the left will be applied to the left as equally and punitively as they have applied them to the right. And when they beg for mercy, I’ll begin to reconsider. Or maybe not. Because fuck these people.

    This new philosophy has freed me of more emotional angst that I can describe. Literally nothing the left says or does matters to me anymore. I don’t care about their tantrums. I don’t care about their accusations. I don’t care if they say Trump is lying. I don’t care if Trump is lying.

    They created this Frankenstein. They own it. I am free of all obligation. I will never play defense again. I will attack, attack, attack, attack using their own tactics against them until they learn their lesson.

    What I will not do is let them play my values against me ever again. I don’t need to prove that I’m better than them. I already know it.”

    • ghostsniper September 29, 2023, 1:17 PM

      The politician that politicians the least, politicians the best.
      Frankly, I believe all of us have been politicianed to death already.
      Every time you turn around it’s one more attack on our sensibilities and it’s never ending.
      I suppose, that if you are hired to govern others then you will feel obligated to deliver bigly on that notion, even to the point of making stuff up out of whole cloth.

      Or keeping your finger in the wind to see which way it blows and direct your gaze in that direction.
      Who is supervising the politicians, and at what point did I agree to do that task?
      Further, if I believe no man shall rule another why must I be compelled to go along with it?

      You say democracy is the rule of the land but the foundation of democracy means that some win and some lose, so what if your position is such that you are always losing? In other words, if I believe no man shall rule another then why should I recognize the decisions of others to elevate some to the position of ruler?

      You may consider yourself a votist and expect your chosen ruler to rule me as well you have stepped across a line that I have not drawn for you. Imagine, I right out hire someone to compel you to do my bidding, I suspect you would recoil in horror. Thus, as I, with you. Because you choose another to rule over both of us neither of you are my friend. To realize this you must understand that I haven’t done that to you. I have never voted and never will.

      Societal organization, you say.
      Look where that has gotten us to today.
      Is this the long range natural result of many generations of people hiring others to do their bidding over and over again? No matter how many times it is tried, is this the way democracies always go? Historically it seems so.

      Further, the very existence of this type and style of societal organization is inherently funded on the notion of compelled theft. Each person is inherently selfish, looking out for his own ideals first and foremost but when his own ideals are placed behind those of another this breeds contempt and resistance, and in the viewpoint of some, criminality. Yes, to keep that which is yours is criminal. How can such a self defeating notion even take hold?

      It takes hold because in the beginning the amount of theft is marginal and easily contributed. Who today, would complain of a one time yearly fee to the governing body an amount of $10 with no other monetary requests at all? I suspect that fee would be willingly paid by all and they would be quick about it. But as with all things in a society where the great over rule the small, the sums become great as well, to the point of being overwhelming. Suffice to say, if you sow a criminal seed you will rep a criminal plant. It cannot be otherwise. Further, if crime is sanctioned for your chosen rulers then why not for all? Eventually, all the circumstances described here end up the same way, in abject failure, with untold victims in it’s path, while a chosen few live the life of luxury. It is in the idea of being on the winning team that allows this cycle to persist. Everybody likes to be a winner even if it’s just imaginary.

    • Terry September 29, 2023, 6:04 PM

      Thanks for posting that Trooper.

      Trump is the ONLY candidate that can help “me”. I can only speak for myself. Many people in this once, nation, are dumber than rocks in your pocket. Trump is not a politician. I do not know how to describe the man. If he drives the commies off, then that is all I need to know.

      Our side is not even a joint, coherent force. Just a bunch of winers and TV watchers.

    • Kristin September 30, 2023, 5:38 PM

      Thank you. Great post.

  • ghostsniper September 29, 2023, 1:38 PM

    Something Different
    So you think beauty is the eye of the beholder do ya?
    I call that straight up bullshit.

    Take a look at the art at the link below.
    Look at the place on the left shoulder where the garment has slipped down the upper arm.
    Open you real eyeballs up and look real close.
    Notice the color at the top of the shoulder, there is a very subtle gray.
    Then, as you eye moves downward you see a lightening, and soon a white so bright as to almost hurt. Continuing downward, right before the skin touches the cloth it becomes a very light rosy hue.
    Can you see that?

    Imagine the eye that can see that from the artists perspective, and even more, be able to hold that view in his minds eye and recreate it on canvas with raw pigments, so that anyone else can now see it. You can go any square inch of that work and do the same thing. Now that, my friend, is ART and it is automatically beautiful.

    If anyone knows the name of the person that created this I would appreciate knowing that name. I want to see more of their art.


  • ghostsniper September 29, 2023, 6:52 PM

    Something good from Ukraine.
    You aren’t going to believe your eyes and ears.


  • Casey Klahn September 30, 2023, 5:59 AM

    Speaking of idjit libs leaving office, this:

    Don’t let the screen door hit ya on the way out the door, general.

    • ghostsniper September 30, 2023, 6:36 AM

      Another criminal piece of shit I’d like to see gutted, set afire, and dragged at 100 mph.

      • Joe Krill September 30, 2023, 4:08 PM

        He rightfully should be court marshaled and hard labor in the brig for the rest of his natural days. Treason of the highest order when he communicated with the CCP covertly regarding President Trump. I know the penalty for treason is death. I also know that 30 years of hard labor at his age would be thirty years of pure hell.

        • ghostsniper September 30, 2023, 5:46 PM

          Don’t know how you define hard labor but the way I define it, that pasty blob of shit would last 24 hours. His entire life has been a fraud, and only in the criminal and immoral realm of gov’t can such an entity survive and thrive. I hope the worst for that rotten fuk.

  • Anne October 1, 2023, 6:43 AM

    Casey, Ghostsniper, RW, and anyone else here with an experienced eye for fine art–please check over at Neo’s website today. She is asking for input with regard to the cover design of Gerard’s book.

    • Joe Krill October 1, 2023, 7:31 AM

      Why doe she not ask for it on this site?

    • ghostsniper October 1, 2023, 7:45 AM

      Thanks Anne, I just made a comment/suggestion over there.

  • Joe Krill October 1, 2023, 7:33 AM

    Why does she not ask for it on this site?

  • ghostsniper October 1, 2023, 8:25 AM

    And the overall cost is not just in dollars.
    From over at Vox’s place:

    If you are a white American, over the course of your lifetime the federal government will, on average and on your behalf, transfer $384,109 of your wealth and income to a single black individual.

    According to the data derived from the 2014 federal budget, the average annual net tax/benefit broke down as follows:

    White: -$2,795
    Black: +$10,016
    Over the course of an average 79-year lifespan, a white individual contributes a net $220,805 to the system, whereas over the course of an average 75-year lifespan, a black individual receives a net $751,200. However, since there are 4.6 times more whites than blacks in the USA, the black share has to be divided among the various contributors to sort out a one-to-one comparison.

    So, the net cost to the average White American of the average Black American is $384,109. Married? That’s $768,218. Got 2 kids? That’s $1,536,436. 4 kids? Now we’re talking $2,304,654 lifetime.

    Diversity is expensive. Now you understand why you won’t have much of an inheritance to leave to your children. Do you really think it’s worth it? And then, those natural conservatives to the south, the Hispanics, will surely improve the situation, right? After all, immigration helps the economy! Well, not so much.

    Hispanic: +7,298
    In fact, because there are more Hispanics in the USA than Blacks, Hispanics are already a bigger cumulative net drain on the economy, $411,950,000,000 to $389,710,000,000. Needless to say, the ongoing demographic change from a predominantly white society to a less productive, less white one can be expected to have even more serious negative effects on the long-term economic prospects of the United States that it already has.

    To quote the original author: “The negative fiscal impact of blacks and hispanics is significant. All of this discussion of a “national debt” and “deficit” is primarily of function of blacks and hispanics. Without them, we would be running budget surpluses today, even when keeping the military the same size.”


    Frankly, I just can’t afford it.

  • DT October 1, 2023, 4:03 PM

    Off-topic FYI
    Apparently we have been continuously billed for the old AS subscription. Every month the CC company is told it’s a fraudulent charge; every month the CC company reimburses us. The CC company finally decided we needed new cards. Luckily I don’t subscribe to much so changing card numbers is no big deal.

    I thought this had been cleared up months ago.
    That money had to be going someplace …

    I realize there’s nothing anyone here can do about this – just letting y’all know my experience and (hopefully) solution.
    Mrs Mike is the Dem candidate; it gets the hard core leftist vote. Trump (if he lives and is able) gets the hard core MAGA vote. RFK2 gets the “anyone but those two” vote – and for the first time in a long time, the 3rd party takes 2nd place. DJT wins: 275. RFK: 175; BigMike: 88

    If DJT doesn’t run, it’ll be BigMike, RFK, the R wienie.

    Place you bets, the jackpot is growing

    • John the River October 4, 2023, 1:30 PM

      Also took a hit. But not continuously charged since I paid annually, but a year later.
      Also found that the credit card company wasn’t interested in going to any effort, canceled the card, issued new one. Rinse and repeat.
      Next site I subscribe to I’ll write a check.

  • Joe Krill October 1, 2023, 5:22 PM

    Regarding the credit card charges–ask your credit card company to give you all and I mean all contact telephone numbers for whoever is billing you. They will if you press them. Someone is getting your money, stolen money no less. . I just went through this and you may be in for a surprise.

  • ghostsniper October 1, 2023, 6:16 PM

    So There Was A Man….
    …. who found himself before St. Peter at the age of 50.

    St. Peter said to him I didn’t expect you for quite some time yet — 50 is rather young. Why are you here?

    The man knew St. Peter was aware of the circumstances, but he decided to play along and told him: I was walking back to my car after eating dinner out and a man accosted me, demanding my wallet while pointing a gun in my face. Turning the other cheek, as Christ has commanded, I gave it to him. He shot me and thus I’m here.

    St Peter remarked You are an interesting case indeed. Even at the most-serious of moments you did indeed turn the other cheek. And this was not the only time that you believed you were honoring Christ’s words under extreme circumstances, was it?

    Oh no the man replied. 20 years ago my daughter was raped in our home. I was compelled to not commit blood lust in the heat of the moment, for that could not un-rape her after all. Instead I called the police after he ran off.

    Ah, this is the problem you see mused St. Peter. That man who raped your daughter is in Hell today, having been killed a few weeks later while attempting another rape; while the police did their best and I cannot fault their response and pursuit of the assailant these things take time. I remember that man quite-well and his case was an easy decision. But before he came before me, and after your encounter, in fact the very next day he raped a prostitute. The prostitute, like most who are in that trade, had a pimp and was deathly afraid of revealing that an unpaid sex act had occurred, so she didn’t tell him. She became pregnant and when she began to show the pimp ejected her from his harem. At this point she was both broke and lived in a state where she had no choice but to bear the child, and did so.

    But she didn’t want that child. The boy grew up on the streets. He was taught how to shoot by a gang member when he was six. He committed his first armed robbery when he was eight, and his first rape at twelve. Being a juvenile he was repeatedly slapped on the wrist and never forced to pay for any of his crimes even though they were quite heinous. By mere luck he had not killed anyone up until a few minutes ago.

    Just by happenstance, this is the man who held you up tonight and killed you.

    You are dead, and myriad others have been raped, robbed and otherwise abused, because you believed that Christ’s admonition to “turn the other cheek” meant you should not act against someone who aggresses against you or someone you are responsible for — or who credibly threatens to do so.

    But in making that evaluation you deliberately left out of your analysis the single Commandment Christ actually put forth not in a parable but as an actual Commandment, in clear language. That Commandment, which Christ did indeed charge all with is to love your neighbor as yourself.

    To allow your daughter to be raped was a heinous sin against this Commandment. You had large kitchen knives in the house. Your son’s baseball bat was propped up against his door, which was right at-hand. Your fireplace tools, a few steps away, include a poker made out of solid steel. You had multiple weapons with which to arm yourself and terminate not only his assault but the capacity to assault others.

    Further, and to that same point, your neighbor is not limited to your kin, of course. Indeed you knew this man attacking your daughter was a monster as he had demonstrated that by his actions. We shoot a rabid animal not because we hate it but because it will bite other people, giving them rabies and quite-possibly killing them. Even though that animal might be your dog and your best friend you must kill it in this circumstance because it has lost its mind and if you do not it will do monstrous things, and you are certain of this. Your duty to others loving them as you love yourself, commands that since you can stop that from happening you must.

    I cannot overlook that the harm which occurred as a result of your decision was not prospective or speculative, nor can I overlook the sin that caused it, for which you are unrepentant. Both the harm and sin were extremely serious. Several other women were raped and many were robbed. A second person was created, turned into a monster while being brought to adulthood and loosed upon the population, committing even more mayhem. While Christ never directly commanded that you are your brother’s keeper, he made clear that you must bear the burdens you know of and can influence in 6 Galatians, where it is also made clear that what a man sows, he shall reap.

    Your defense in this regard is pacifism, but in the face of reality, which is often violent even though we would all wish otherwise, your argument boils down to cowardice, and while only Revelations directly speaks to cowardice as a sin it is as assured a principle as any, all the way back to Moses.

    For this reason I cannot admit you to Heaven and being unrepentant I also cannot commit you to purgatory. However, I can arrange for you to meet the person who killed you again, as he is in the throes of a fentanyl overdose and will soon be here. You shall have to negotiate whatever you may wish to in that regard with the man in the Red Suit, and it will be quite a bit warmer there, with some obnoxious odors, than you’re used to.

    Fare thee well sir, for unfortunately you have been judged and found wanting.


  • ghostsniper October 1, 2023, 6:36 PM

    Here’s how to get the best sleep of your life:

    How much sleep do you need?: Aim for eight hours. Yes, sleep is a twisted game of freeze tag where you’re “it” for an entire third of your life.

    Consistency: Want a blissful journey to the Land of Nod? Wake at the same time and go to bed at the same time every day. This is the single most important tip.

    Substances: Alcohol, sleeping pills, and caffeine all reduce sleep quality. Booze is the worst. Trying to perform at your best after a night of drinking is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, except the needle is also made of hay, and you’re not entirely certain what a needle is.

    Light: I know, the digitally addicted Gollum inside your head is clutching your phone and whispering, “Precious. We needs it.” Sorry. Avoid screens and darken your home before bed.

    Temperature: A room that’s a little chilly helps you pass out. You’ll sleep so hard you’ll wake up in positions the Kama Sutra doesn’t cover.

    Naps: There’s nothing quite like the pure decadence of a fully clothed, middle-of-the-day, under-the-covers bed nap. That’s right, full bed. Not messing around here. Keep it short so it doesn’t stop you from getting to sleep that night.

    Lots more here:

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