Apparently The Writers At Reason Can't See Reality Through The Haze Of Marijuana Smoke

I was mostly done with "Reason" a long while ago, but I am still on their email list and can't quite pull the trigger. Their occasional article about law enforcement overreach and the even less frequent shots at the current crop of socialists have kept me mildly interested. But the most recent edition has me scratching my head...

Conservative Nationalists, Not Immigrants, Are Having Trouble Assimilating in America

Given how zealously the American right has guarded America's core freedoms from foreigners, it is beyond ironic that it elected a president who tramples on them on a daily basis.
I won't bore you with a fisking of the article, because it is an incoherent fever dream of the Democrat party talking points attacking President Trump. Let us say that there is a lot of straw in this article.

It really is a view of an alternate universe. I don't know what color the sky is in their world, but it sure isn't blue.

For instance, they attack the president's use of tariffs as somehow un-American, which tells me that they are ignorant of the history of our country! "The American System" courtesy of Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, John Quincy Adams (and others), had as one of its main precepts..tariffs! But that was like more than 100 years ago dude...

It is sad that the most serious libertarian organization in the country can't look past their distaste for the president's bombast and examine what he is actually doing, rather than his public persona.

And the country is rushing headlong into legalizing marijuana everywhere?

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1 Yummy.. Drugs.....

Posted by: Bruce at July 28, 2019 12:17 PM (vd8XM)

2 Once again 'libertarians' out themselves.

Posted by: JEM at July 28, 2019 12:19 PM (8erNz)

3 If they don't like tariffs, how do they feel about a minimum wage law?

Posted by: Bruce at July 28, 2019 12:19 PM (vd8XM)

4 And Reason's articles on law enforcement are so heavily biased they defeat the purpose of checks and balances we need . It's just Blue man bad version of OMB.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 12:20 PM (2DOZq)

5 I say again: libertarianism is the political philosophy of the late-night dorm room BS session, and is not to be taken seriously.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:21 PM (YqDXo)

6 Yeah, the libertarians have really exposed themselves as an un-serious lot the past few years.

Posted by: BuckIV at July 28, 2019 12:21 PM (PZ2ib)

7 Legalized pot is the gateway drug

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 12:22 PM (BbGew)

8 3 If they don't like tariffs, how do they feel about a minimum wage law?
Posted by: Bruce at July 28, 2019 12:19 PM (vd8XM)


Or even more appositely, sales taxes?

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:22 PM (YqDXo)

9 The "American System", one of the reasons for the Civil War.

Posted by: Vic at July 28, 2019 12:22 PM (mpXpK)

10 Hemp!!!

Posted by: That libertarian guy who always says... at July 28, 2019 12:23 PM (EgshT)

11 "Conservative Nationalists"......are there "Liberal Nationalists"?.....or do I assume they are "Socialist Nationalists"?

Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 12:23 PM (ykq7q)

12 The cup of one world order must be quite the elixir

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 12:23 PM (BbGew)

13 I could give two shits about weed. All I can say is that there are some crazy fucking people who should stay away from it.

Posted by: Fritz at July 28, 2019 12:24 PM (kLDv+)

14

When we finally have legal weed and open borders what will happen to the Libertarian party?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at July 28, 2019 12:25 PM (aKsyK)

15 "law enforcement overreach," huh?

The new thing is "de-policing," didn't you hear? See how well that's working in Chicago or NYC, where the police won't get out of their cars for "minor" crimes-- they know the city authorities don't have their back.

BLM & Antifa know the police have been neutered.

As for PROSECUTING criminals? How quaint! SOOOO 1970!

Posted by: mnw at July 28, 2019 12:26 PM (Cssks)

16 I noted the other day that the news lately seems to be flush with a lot of murders being committed by young white guys. I think that's another sign that overall culture is breaking down.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 12:28 PM (2DOZq)

17 Cheetos!!!

Posted by: That libertarian guy who always says... at July 28, 2019 12:28 PM (EgshT)

18 Vic @ 9: "The "American System", one of the reasons for the Civil War."

Don't confuse the Secession of the Southern States for the "Civil War" -- the "American System" was one of the reasons for secession ... and it was the *only* reason for the North's war in response.

Posted by: Ilion at July 28, 2019 12:29 PM (viTHX)

19 Have tried the legal weed here in Canada. Did nothing for me. I want the stuff the left is using, just to see what that's like.

Posted by: Lickmuffin at July 28, 2019 12:32 PM (FnA2T)

20 ObvIously Trump Is a tarrIferIst and must be stopped.

Posted by: #OccupiedResoluteDesk at July 28, 2019 12:33 PM (CIsPB)

21 18
Vic @ 9: "The "American System", one of the reasons for the Civil War."



Don't confuse the Secession of the Southern States for the "Civil
War" -- the "American System" was one of the reasons for secession ...
and it was the *only* reason for the North's war in response.

Posted by: Ilion at July 28, 2019 12:29 PM (viTHX)

The "American System" was responsible for what the South called "The Tariffs of Abomination" in the 1850s. Those people CBD named above had been pushing for that for a long time and finally got it.

Posted by: Vic at July 28, 2019 12:33 PM (mpXpK)

22 When we finally have legal weed and open borders what will happen to the Libertarian party?
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at July 28, 2019 12:25 PM (aKsyK)


Nothing, unless we deplete the Strategic Dorito Reserve.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:34 PM (YqDXo)

23 16
I noted the other day that the news lately seems to be flush with a lot
of murders being committed by young white guys. I think that's another
sign that overall culture is breaking down.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 12:28 PM (2DOZq)

+++I really don't know the core cause of this. It can't help that we have a generation of kids who've been so thoroughly indoctrinated with fancy notions that they are so supremely precious that the slightest insult to their specialness warrants punishment. That story last week, although very minor, about the spelling of the word "hamster"/"hampster" is a good example.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 12:36 PM (9+jnX)

24 I noted the other day that the news lately seems to be flush with a lot of murders being committed by young white guys.

Out here it's vagrants doing the murdering. Two recently in our small town, and one of the murders especially grisly: two shitheads broke into a woman's home and stabbed her 147 times.

But, you know, compassion. All they needed was one of the apartments LA is building for vagrants - at $300,000 a pop (I'm not making this up). Then they wouldn't have murdered her. But ...

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:37 PM (YqDXo)

25 Nothing, unless we deplete the Strategic Dorito Reserve.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:34 PM (YqDXo)

Where is it.....depleted salt/coal mine?

Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 12:38 PM (ykq7q)

26 Libertarians are untrustworthy allies. I wouldn't trust them to cover my six anymore than I would any typical brain addled pothead.

Posted by: LGoPs at July 28, 2019 12:38 PM (6w4kX)

27 On behalf of the libertarian rear guard, fuck all a y'all.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 28, 2019 12:38 PM (fuK7c)

28 Libertarians exist to enable liberal Democrats.

Posted by: mnw at July 28, 2019 12:38 PM (Cssks)

29 I really don't know the core cause of this. It can't help that we have a generation of kids who've been so thoroughly indoctrinated with fancy notions that they are so supremely precious that the slightest insult to their specialness warrants punishment.

They're adopting the ghetto ethos? Cultural appropriation, if "culture" is the right word.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:38 PM (YqDXo)

30 Libertarians are untrustworthy allies. I wouldn't trust them to cover my six anymore than I would any other typical brain addled pothead.
Posted by: LGoPs at July 28, 2019 12:38 PM (6w4kX)

FIFY.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:39 PM (YqDXo)

31 I think the very realistic, first person shooter video games available now also play a role. A friend showed me one and it was creepy.

These games should have a zipper chyron running along the bottom on a loop that says "This isn't real life; don't try this at home; get off the goddamn sofa and interact with real live people for a change."

Posted by: vivi at July 28, 2019 12:40 PM (11H2y)

32 I noted the other day that the news lately seems to be flush with a lot
of murders being committed by young white guys. I think that's another
sign that overall culture is breaking down.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 12:28 PM (2DOZq)



Except the numbers aren't changing in the murder vs race category in any significant manner.

The MSM has decided to highlight the race of white murderers and report of them and minimize other groups and races murders.

You know, sort of a "Hey, why are these white guys complaining about MS-13, when they're murdering everybody everywhere!!!!!1111!!!"

There been no cultural shift.

It's another leftist scam.

Which you've apparently fallen for.

Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 12:41 PM (mIQCW)

33 I think the very realistic, first person shooter video games available now also play a role. A friend showed me one and it was creepy.

I doubt it. I think it's more likely that a) such games have particular appeal to those inclined toward violence, and b) as mentioned above, the wider adoption of ghetto culture.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:41 PM (YqDXo)

34 The msm (heart) white murderer stories because raysiss! to report the other kind.

Posted by: mnw at July 28, 2019 12:42 PM (Cssks)

35 Elijah Cummings just stepped on a Rake! now PDT is got him right where he wants him. & media is interviewing his constituents who agree with PDT !! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
********
Reason. Liberals always like to do Psychological Projection

Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 12:42 PM (BqBId)

36
Comment at Reason.com:

"Commie bastard Adam Smith disagrees."

I think the same thing is happening with libertarians as happened with Democrats. The extremists have jacked them and are driving them off a cliff. The rabble is not happy.

It's funny, something similar happened with conservatives, except it was the squishes in the middle who jacked the RNC, not those fabled white supremacists.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 12:43 PM (13CQC)

37 That story last week, although very minor, about the spelling of the word "hamster"/"hampster" is a good example.
Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 12:36 PM (9+jnX)



It's hampster, you bitch!!!!11111!!!!

Posted by: Highly Educated Snowflake What Know Everything Perfectly at July 28, 2019 12:43 PM (mIQCW)

38 naturalfake said it better than I did, but... on same page.

Posted by: mnw at July 28, 2019 12:44 PM (Cssks)

39 I noted the other day that the news lately seems to be flush with a lot
of murders being committed by young white guys.


Actual white guys, or Hispanics who could pass?

I notice the big news today is a "white man" in NYC who left his 1 year old twins in a locked car for 8 hours. They're both dead, and his last name is stereotypically Hispanic.

Posted by: Ian S. at July 28, 2019 12:44 PM (6XLoz)

40 Libertarians, and yes I was once a card carrying, dues paying member of the Party, are just your typical Stoners who like to hang out with other Stoners and talk about all the big stuff they are going to do but never have and never will.

The should be called The Pipe Dreams Party.

See The Iceman Cometh.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at July 28, 2019 12:45 PM (Z+IKu)

41 The MSM has decided to highlight the race of white murderers and report of them and minimize other groups and races murders.

Good point.

Black murderer: "Police are looking for a man last seen wearing a t-shirt and jeans."

White murdered: "Police are looking for a white, Caucasian, pale-skinned man in this typical white neighborhood last seen wearing a white t-shirt and jeans in typical white guy fashion, but they're having trouble identifying him because there are so many white guys in that white neighborhood dressed like all the other white guys."

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:45 PM (YqDXo)

42 Reason doesn't reflect much more than a viewpoint of largely pro-pot (but don't smoke it themselves) and be nice to liberals version of 'libertarianism.' Please don't impute what is now going on over there to the rest of us who support massive freedom.

I'm a libertarian. But I also realize that, good, bad, or otherwise, 90% of the country doesn't care about restraining spending, reforming entitlements, repealing most laws, etc. Politics isn't about purity -- it's about coalescing about what is really important. USA as a nation state, putting the interest of its citizenry first is important. That is a new concept and Trump and his supporters get it.

How you want to allocate taxes is secondary and I have no problem making common cause with more populist Trump supporters. I may not agree with them on some things, but I like and respect them when I meet them. I can't say that about the limousine liberals that I live around. They're anti-American idiots who should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: Big D at July 28, 2019 12:46 PM (wRJix)

43
They're adopting the ghetto ethos? Cultural appropriation, if "culture" is the right word.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:38 PM (YqDXo)

+++You are out of chicken nuggets? You get a punch in the face. You gave me "mild" hot sauce, when I asked for "hot" hot sauce, it's over the counter I go, and I'll slam you against the wall. These bizarre scenes are not infrequent. We are witnessing these acts almost every week. That we know of...

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 12:47 PM (9+jnX)

44 "Given how zealously the American right has guarded America's core freedoms from foreigners"

What? Which freedoms have we kept from anyone else?

Are we out there demanding blasphemy laws, restrictions on the free press and governments to confiscate firearms?

Posted by: Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 12:47 PM (zpOyj)

45 37 That story last week, although very minor, about the spelling of the word "hamster"/"hampster" is a good example.
Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 12:36 PM (9+jnX)

It's hampster, you bitch!!!!11111!!!!
Posted by: Highly Educated Snowflake What Know Everything Perfectly at July 28, 2019 12:43 PM (mIQCW)


Whereas you put dirty clothes in a hamster so that the hampster doesn't get them and hamper your washing day.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:47 PM (YqDXo)

46
I noted the other day that the news lately seems to be flush with a lot
of murders being committed by young white guys. I think that's another
sign that overall culture is breaking down.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 12:28 PM (2DOZq)

======

That undoubtedly will happen. The news needs to keep up with the myths. If Ilhan Omar says white males are the greatest danger in America, then by God the MSM will back her up. Look out for the global search and replace of "Hispanic" with "white Hispanic" in every crime story they've ever produced.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 12:48 PM (13CQC)

47 * takes big bong hit *

* waits for the rush to pass *

* looks at Reason *

Nope, it still sucks even through the haze.

Poor old Reason. Something about wearing the skin as a trophy and demanding respect...
___

mindful takes a bong hit - outtake
(should start at 8:25, watch just to 8:53)
https://youtu.be/B729YbTUHBo?t=505

Posted by: mindful webworker - click for vids blog at July 28, 2019 12:48 PM (Z+JNA)

48 Are we out there demanding blasphemy laws, restrictions on the free press and governments to confiscate firearms?


That question implies very libertarian values.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 28, 2019 12:48 PM (fuK7c)

49
Are we out there demanding blasphemy laws, restrictions on the free press and governments to confiscate firearms?
Posted by: Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 12:47 PM (zpOyj)


You neglected to mention stealth clitorectomies.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at July 28, 2019 12:49 PM (pNxlR)

50 What core freedoms is President Trump trampling on?

Posted by: Emmie at July 28, 2019 12:50 PM (4HMW8)

51

High up in the Hamptons hampsters hardly happen.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at July 28, 2019 12:50 PM (aKsyK)

52 Libertarians despise conservatives. Who hasn't learned this by now? There is NO reason to read Reason, unless you like to get spit on the article or the comments section. To be clear, they hate conservatives and will never be allies.

Posted by: Crowley at July 28, 2019 12:50 PM (34oWa)

53 "And the country is rushing headlong into legalizing marijuana everywhere?"

We have done studies that show that stoned people are much more docile, confused, and easier to manipulate. Plus, the opportunity to skim is, like, incredible, man!--Spokesxir for the Libertarian Party.

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 12:50 PM (m79Dg)

54 Trump is a genius, and a patriot. After the rat tweets, I did a search on the most rat-infested cities in the US. The top 10 cities (and Baltimore is on that list) are all run by Dems. Which leads directly to the great meme kept alive at Instapundit that notes the last time each city had a Republican mayor. Trump is going directly for the urban vote and the Dem establishment is going nuts.

Posted by: mrp at July 28, 2019 12:50 PM (Pqytn)

55 I could probably use a bong rip right about now.

Posted by: Insomniac at July 28, 2019 12:50 PM (NWiLs)

56 Since the article does not have a single instance of the word "alien" I doubt they even know what an "immigrant" is.

This is where I "GIGO" when finish my comment but something new

Shit for Brains, Shit for Thoughts.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at July 28, 2019 12:50 PM (1g7ch)

57
Posted by: Big D at July 28, 2019 12:46 PM (wRJix)

=======

I'm completely down with that.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 12:51 PM (13CQC)

58 You are out of chicken nuggets? You get a punch in the face. You gave me "mild" hot sauce, when I asked for "hot" hot sauce, it's over the counter I go, and I'll slam you against the wall. These bizarre scenes are not infrequent. We are witnessing these acts almost every week. That we know of...
Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 12:47 PM (9+jnX)


Yep. See, e.g., the Disneyland fracas. God knows what started it, but what could it be in broad daylight between two stone-cold sober families in Disneyland with young children? This was not 2 am in a ghetto club with liquored-up gang bangers.

Notice also how Cory Booker is channeling the ethos. He doesn't challenge Trump to a debate, or even a makeover competition. He instead immediately goes to challenging him to physical combat, a sure sign of low intelligence.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:51 PM (YqDXo)

59 It is sad that the most serious libertarian organization in the country can't look past their distaste for the president's bombast


L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace!


Still, some a-holes get the vapors.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 28, 2019 12:52 PM (oVJmc)

60 No, I'm just unclear as to which freedoms the American right is supposedly hellbent on denying everyone else. It's like the Republicans are Racist thing-- writers just casually toss it in there like a bay leaf into a stew.

Posted by: Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 12:52 PM (zpOyj)

61 Reason magazine is a front for the corporatists. They favor open borders because it will drive down wages.

They want limited government so corporations can run everything.

They look at banks threatening to cut off credit for products they don't like (guns) and say: "Gosh, if only we could have private police forces to do the same thing!"

I used to think they were bong-enthusiasts, but it's now clear they're also a way to siphon votes away from the GOP.

Oh, and tariffs were part of the original GOP platform, so Trump is arch-conservative in that respect.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 12:52 PM (cfSRQ)

62 What core freedoms is President Trump trampling on?
Posted by: Emmie at July 28, 2019 12:50 PM (4HMW

My core freedom to put my dick wherever I want! Oh, yeah...good point. But, just because Trump puts his dick wherever he wants, he could promote laws to cut down on my ability to buy gerbils to stick up my ass!

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 12:53 PM (m79Dg)

63 I guess my book thread comment belongs here now. The globalists shredded our values to go to China to use slaves, and many "investors" went along for the ride.
****


"Lenin used the metaphor of the twin millstones of taxation and
inflation that were to grind the middle-class.by: Polliwog the 'Ette



"Good point. I was going to say that a big reason why one
income isn't enough today is the ongoing devaluation of the
currency."rickl

The middle-class was more well to do (from
Lenin's view) than what today we consider the middle. or that is my
limited understanding. By standard of living terms though, today's poor
live as well or better than the old middle, at least in terms of modern
convenience. Not so much in social status and community influence,
perhaps.


So I guess to Lenin the middle was a threat ...
kinda sorta like the deplorable today? But today's working class
suffered when the elitists/globalists sacrificed the worker (and the
American labor standards, pollution standards, support of liberty
standards, anti-commie standards) ... to pad the global profiteering
(child Nike worker slaves).


That went hand in hand
(globalized markets, ramping up in the 80's) with the commie march
(Soviet engineered/funded) through our institutions begun in the 50's,
which included tearing down the family and the Christian church
(feminism, sex, drugs, Nation of Islam, etc).

Posted by: illiniwek at July 28, 2019 12:53 PM (Cus5s)

64
Trump is going directly for the urban vote and the Dem establishment is going nuts.
Posted by: mrp

======

They sure are. As Scott Adams noted, Trump defended people from rats -- and the Democrats sided with the rats.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 12:53 PM (13CQC)

65 Put on Jake Tapper for a laugh, had 2 Democrats, Mia Love and a Communist all trashing President Trump for using race as a divisive tool.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 12:54 PM (BbGew)

66 Oh, and tariffs were part of the original GOP platform, so Trump is arch-conservative in that respect.


That was pre-income tax. Now conservatives are pro-tax. Huh.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 28, 2019 12:54 PM (fuK7c)

67 Attention! On the Lido Deck, we'll have cuckolds and their spouses featured in a round-robin tournament of lust and failure.

Don't forget to hydrate!

Posted by: Fritz at July 28, 2019 12:55 PM (kLDv+)

68 Notice also how Cory Booker is channeling the ethos. He doesn't challenge Trump to a debate, or even a makeover competition. He instead immediately goes to challenging him to physical combat, a sure sign of low intelligence.
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:51 PM (YqDXo)

I think it was Asimov that said, "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." I think it is more like the first.

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 12:55 PM (m79Dg)

69 Attention! On the Lido Deck, we'll have cuckolds and their spouses featured in a round-robin tournament of lust and failure.

Don't forget to hydrate!
Posted by: Fritz at July 28, 2019 12:55 PM (kLDv+)

And be sure to stretch first!

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 12:56 PM (m79Dg)

70
There is NO reason to read Reason, unless you like to get spit on the article or the comments section. To be clear, they hate conservatives and will never be allies.
Posted by: Crowley

=======

I just clicked over there and saw:

1 - Overbearing Regulations Are Slowly Killing Restaurants
Running a restaurant is hard enough without government micromanagers trying to stir the pot.

2 - Mayor Pete Wants To Destroy the Gig Economy in Order To Save It
Buttigieg says the best way to move into 21st century is to revive 20th-century unions.



I detect areas of commonality, opportunities for alliance, overlap, and so forth.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 12:57 PM (13CQC)

71
We smoke pot
We like it a lot
Don't mess it up
With paraquat.

-- Sounds of the 70s California

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at July 28, 2019 12:57 PM (pNxlR)

72
They want limited government so corporations can run everything.



They back 'smaller government' to limit government incursion into their own power. But it's not about greater freedom for anyone else, really, because these same corps want to use government to limit competition...

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 28, 2019 12:57 PM (oVJmc)

73 "Conservative Nationalists"......are there "Liberal Nationalists"?.....or do I assume they are "Socialist Nationalists"?
Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 12:23 PM (ykq7q)


Nationalist Socialist flows better and is probably more accurate as socialism as a political construct is basically boundless (robbing Peter to get Paul's vote is the core of socialism w/o regard to where either reside).

Posted by: Burnt Toast at July 28, 2019 12:58 PM (1g7ch)

74
My core freedom to put my dick wherever I want! Oh, yeah...good point. But, just because Trump puts his dick wherever he wants, he could promote laws to cut down on my ability to buy gerbils to stick up my ass!



*BUY* gerbils? Gerbils are a human right! They should be free! SINGLE PAYER FOR ASS GERBILS!

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 28, 2019 12:59 PM (oVJmc)

75 So I guess to Lenin the middle was a threat ...
kinda sorta like the deplorable today?


D'ya think? Marxist propaganda, starting with St. Karl himself, rails endlessly against the "bourgeoisie."

Who do you think that is? That's the middle class. Fauxcahontas bleats about the middle class being hammered, but that is exactly what her ilk shoot for.

The reason? The really wealthy are too small in numbers to really matter. That's why "taxing the rich" is laughable; there aren't enough of them sufficiently rich to make any difference. Even if you confiscated every dime they had, it wouldn't run the country for very long.

Taxes are aimed at the middle class, because that's where the (average wealth X numbers) is at a maximum.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:59 PM (YqDXo)

76
He instead immediately goes to challenging him to physical combat, a sure sign of low intelligence.
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:51 PM (YqDXo)


'Twas his high and raging testosterone what pushed him over the aggression edge.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at July 28, 2019 12:59 PM (pNxlR)

77 I remember when Reason was cool, smart, and edgy.

I remember when I was sufficiently enamored of their work that I subscribed a number of CO Republican legislators to it, because as a legislative aide I felt it was valuable input.

They pretty much lost me during the first Obama administration. But I recently checked out their stuff, and... Holy crap.

It's not me, it's you. You're the ones who changed.

It's just a stalking horse for the Left now.

And, BTW, even when I liked them, I thought Gillespie was a smarmy dork.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at July 28, 2019 12:59 PM (5aX2M)

78 Notice also how Cory Booker is channeling the ethos. He doesn't challenge Trump to a debate, or even a makeover competition. He instead immediately goes to challenging him to physical combat, a sure sign of low intelligence.
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:51 PM (YqDXo)

He's just keeping it real, yo.

Posted by: Insomniac at July 28, 2019 12:59 PM (NWiLs)

79 Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 12:53 PM (m79Dg)

I just notice these people make wild claims such as "Trump is trampling the Constitution" and "Trump's a racist" but they NEVER provide a single example.

Posted by: Emmie at July 28, 2019 12:59 PM (4HMW8)

80 Marijuana does not make you stupid, lazy, hungry, or a democrat. It may enhance personality traits that are present. If you are lazy, shiftless, and stupid then pot will enhance that. But, if you are like me, and you have patience, focus, determination, and endurance it enhances those qualities too. If you are not inherently lazy then pot cannot make you lazy. Pot is the one drug that really should be legal (caveat: eatables need to be well labeled and use established and easy to understand dosage information.)

I have been a pot smoking republican originalist constitutional nationalist for 60+ years. I am still working and very active.

Posted by: Dalai Lama at July 28, 2019 01:00 PM (7YqDN)

81 I think it was Asimov that said, "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." I think it is more like the first.
Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 12:55 PM (m79Dg)

Phony deep statements like that are intensely annoying and don't stand up to ten seconds of thought. Violence is also the last resort of someone who's been backed into a corner.

Posted by: Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 01:00 PM (zpOyj)

82 That was pre-income tax. Now conservatives are pro-tax. Huh.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 28, 2019 12:54 PM (fuK7c)

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No, it's about protecting strategically vital American industries.

Even the Bushies were fine with letting our steel and tech sectors move to China.

Gosh, what happens if we get into an armed dispute? Well, the ChiComs just cut off steel importants and use the back-doors they installed on our software.

Oopsie!

There is no such thing as "free trade." All trade is regulated. Trump is trying to restore the balance and for this the corporatists are trying to crush him.

Justin Amash's family makes its money importing Chinese tools. Trump is undermining that by re-aligning trade to benefit domestic manufactures. That's the real reason he hates Trump.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:00 PM (cfSRQ)

83 Nationalist Socialist flows better and is probably more accurate as socialism as a political construct is basically boundless (robbing Peter to get Paul's vote is the core of socialism w/o regard to where either reside).

Posted by: Burnt Toast at July 28, 2019 12:58 PM (1g7ch)


"Democratic socialist" --> "shy Communist"

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:00 PM (YqDXo)

84 a little more ... Inflation bubbles took off in the 90s, and the rich got richer off
foreign (slave holding, polluting, communist) markets, while our workers
stagnated or declined ... leading to the two workers family, and fewer
children. Hillary said it takes a village, she meant it takes federal
government to overrule the village. Inflation is part of their method,
but in this case the oppression and suppression of wages was from the
globalists and their slave trade games (which our GOPe proudly called
"free trade capitalism").

Posted by: illiniwek at July 28, 2019 01:00 PM (Cus5s)

85
Trump is going directly for the urban vote and the Dem establishment is going nuts.



And now you've got Democrats screaming that everything is fine in the inner cities, unlike what they've been saying for decades. Now they're in a spin, and people are blinking and saying 'Huh...? You've been telling us you would save us for 50 years!'

He's completely flipped the paradigm.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 28, 2019 01:01 PM (oVJmc)

86 The "American System", one of the reasons for the Civil War.

Posted by: Vic at July 28, 2019 12:22 PM (mpXpK)


Thanks for that reminder! There's always more than one issue that ignites real events!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at July 28, 2019 01:01 PM (BiNEL)

87 Author was Shikha Dalmia.

I saw Shikha Dalmia open for Ziggy Marley at Reggaefest Thru the Haze back in 2015.

Posted by: Roy at July 28, 2019 01:02 PM (ABjxW)

88 He doesn't challenge Trump to a debate, or even a makeover competition. He instead immediately goes to challenging him to physical combat, a sure sign of low intelligence.
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 12:51 PM (YqDXo)


Or perhaps he's intelligent enough to realize that he can't make a coherent case for leftism in a debate. That leaves few options beyond deceiving people or "might makes right."

Posted by: Emmie at July 28, 2019 01:02 PM (4HMW8)

89 Report from the Union Pacific steam train exhibition (No 4014 'Big Boy') in West Chicago, IL. The crowds just keep getting bigger (even in the awful heat and humidity). Relatives told me that there is no parking at all closer than 10 blocks and wait times for a tour of the passenger car are several hours at least.

The joining of the two steam trains:

https://www.youtube.com/user/UnionPacificRailroad

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 28, 2019 01:02 PM (MIKMs)

90
President Trump is Setting the narrative. For years this was done by the NYT, WAPO, and the Dem's puppet masters. The nation talked about what THEY wanted to talk about. The GOP lived in fear they would be singled out, cut from the herd, called a racist, sexist, xenophobe & die a political death.

Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 01:03 PM (BqBId)

91 I detect areas of commonality, opportunities for alliance, overlap, and so forth.
Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 12:57 PM (13CQC)

Well, you might, but, I don't think Libertarians want to associate with deplorables. It's not who they are. Besides, what if this universe is just an atom in a larger universe, which is an atom in another? Oh, man that's some heavy shit!

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 01:03 PM (m79Dg)

92 35, I used to work in Baltimore pretty often and I was startled at what some of these guys I worked with thought and they were in Baltimore for 3 generations. Especially on economy and family, They sounded like Pat Buchanan. I voted for Trump and it was completely worth it just for the judges hes picked, but I'm not a big Trump fan. But when he said "what do you have to lose?", he definitely was onto something, with some of the Baltimore voters, something that I didn't appreciate was as universal as it turned out to be.

Posted by: rusty schaklefjord at July 28, 2019 01:03 PM (Hw4bz)

93 Even the Bushies were fine with letting our steel and tech sectors move to China.
...
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:00 PM (cfSRQ)


I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, to hear this!

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at July 28, 2019 01:03 PM (BiNEL)

94 All the while ridiculing and mocking "whitey" and everything related to a certain standard of living, working, worshiping is not just a small coincidence.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:04 PM (9+jnX)

95 I have noticed that a single murder, a crime of passion, anywhere in the US is a national story.

And! most of the story is how, as a society that elected Trump, we are all complicit. Eric Stratton had it right.

Posted by: klaftern at July 28, 2019 01:04 PM (RuIsu)

96 When the chips are down, Libertarians will side with the Left. They don't really care about fiscal issues and loathe traditional values.

Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 01:06 PM (UfkIY)

97 The Nazis took nationalism out of the Socalists, it's all mostly class warfare at the moment, workers of the world unite sort of thing.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:06 PM (BbGew)

98 I notice the big news today is a "white man" in NYC who left his 1 year old twins in a locked car for 8 hours. They're both dead, and his last name is stereotypically Hispanic.
Posted by: Ian S. at July 28, 2019 12:44 PM (6XLoz)


I thought someone wasn't really Hispanic unless majority indigenous.

They already stopped using Latino because that covered half the planet.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at July 28, 2019 01:06 PM (1g7ch)

99 "...he thinks it is entirely appropriate for the U.S. citizenship test to ask new entrants to attest that they are not communists or subversives and would respect religious liberty, .... such inquiries about personal beliefs violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the U.S. Constitution."


No ... the screening of immigrants is much different than laws protecting the citizenry. New immigrants had a life of allegiance to a foreign power, and the best way to defeat US now is by infiltration ... and we know "they" do this methodically. (and that anti-American globalists fund this)

Posted by: illiniwek at July 28, 2019 01:06 PM (Cus5s)

100 Besides, what if this universe is just an atom in a larger universe, which is an atom in another? Oh, man that's some heavy shit!
Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 01:03 PM (m79Dg)

What nobody realizes is that the Big Bang was in fact a large firecracker set off under a Dumpster in a larger over-universe. All the galaxies are actually atoms. Less than a thousandth of a second has elapsed in the over-universe. Every time you set off a firecracker, you create an under universe that lasts for trillions of years in their time before fading out.

*takes rip from bong*

Posted by: Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 01:06 PM (zpOyj)

101 Grand Prix is on Movies, I still argue it's the best racing movie made.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:07 PM (BbGew)

102 Fwiw?
"F" reason magazine,
except for Virginia Postel,
(hope I got her name right).
On occasion,
Some seriously excellent reporting, but more often just a lot of mush.

Posted by: rusty schaklefjord at July 28, 2019 01:08 PM (Hw4bz)

103 Grand Prix is on Movies, I still argue it's the best racing movie made.
Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:07 PM (BbGew)

Rush is good too. Thor is in it.

Posted by: Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 01:08 PM (zpOyj)

104 I detect areas of commonality, opportunities for alliance, overlap, and so forth.
=====

I'm old enough to remember the Reagan alliance with the Libertarians --although the open borders and marijuana nonsense was not highlighted.

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 28, 2019 01:08 PM (MIKMs)

105 Goth Fonzie vs. Duke Nukem

Posted by: Warai-otoko at July 28, 2019 01:09 PM (AkOqi)

106 I think the same thing is happening with libertarians as happened with Democrats. The extremists have jacked them and are driving them off a cliff. The rabble is not happy.
Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 12:43 PM (13CQC)


Agree. I didn't leave libertarianism, libertarians left me. And I'm too fuckin' lazy to follow them.

Posted by: hogmartin at July 28, 2019 01:09 PM (t+qrx)

107 http://bit.ly/2Y7RHcl
*******
General Michael Flynn finally gets a break: Sidney Powell

Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 01:09 PM (BqBId)

108 I noted the other day that the news lately seems to be flush with a lot
of murders being committed by young white guys.

Actual white guys, or Hispanics who could pass?

I notice the big news today is a "white man" in NYC who left his 1 year old twins in a locked car for 8 hours. They're both dead, and his last name is stereotypically Hispanic.
Posted by: Ian S. at July 28, 2019 12:44 PM (6XLoz)

Hispanics are white when they are the perp, Hispanic when they are the victim....

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:10 PM (NFEMn)

109
He's completely flipped the paradigm.
Posted by: Mr. Peebles

======

And quite a few minds -- I mean in the bad way. People are siding with rats. #BaltimoreStrong is trending on Twitter.

If Trump wins again in 2020 (especially if he beats a ticket that includes Kamala Harris)...

and if AG Barr does what we're hoping he does...

The explosion of heads and the collision of myth with reality is going to have blood and brains spattering the lenses of MSM studio cameras, our coworkers sitting in their cubicles in catatonic states, and efforts to levitate the Pentagon.

In addition to that grown-ass man who has an actual job at CNN and who cried on television because Trump tried to defend him from rats, I've already seen Nicole Wallace reduced to a wailing fit several times.

It's going to be like the devils of Loudun all over this country.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:10 PM (13CQC)

110 Regarding organizations like the Republican Party (which I left with the end of Reagan's term), the Libertarian Party (which I left a couple decades ago) and the Ayn Rand Institute (which I left in after they supported DogEater for POTUS in 200 -- and libertarianism in general -- O'Sullivan's Law comes to mind: Any organization or enterprise that is not expressly right wing will become left wing over time.

Posted by: ShainS -- There are but two Parties now: Traitors and Patriots at July 28, 2019 01:10 PM (WqPYg)

111 I detect areas of commonality, opportunities for alliance, overlap, and so forth.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 12:57 PM (13CQC)

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All lies.

The Libertarians are there to split the GOP vote, period.

They favored Obama over McCain and Romney, but of course ran their own candidate who directed all of his fire to the right.

Their official position is that if Central American wants to move in and remake the country, they're fine with it.

The column quoted shows that they think national allegiance is out of date.

They want corporate states ala "Rollerball" because they figure they'll be in the leadership.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:11 PM (cfSRQ)

112 97 took is the wrong word, forced socalists away from nationalism is probably better.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:11 PM (BbGew)

113 I'm perfectly fine saying I'm Austrian school economically.

"Libertarianism" as an ethos is just a pastiche of po-mo claptrap welded haphazardly onto garden variety hedonism.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at July 28, 2019 01:12 PM (AkOqi)

114 Rush is good too. Thor is in it.

Posted by: Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 01:08 PM (zpOyj)


======


Natalie Portman?

Posted by: ShainS -- There are but two Parties now: Traitors and Patriots at July 28, 2019 01:12 PM (WqPYg)

115 OrangManBad had a great week. Mueller was a bust, Q2 was a lot better than expected and nasdaq is at a record high.

But what does he tweet about? Rats.

DUDE!!

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:12 PM (H9r7W)

116 I have seen Rush twice, put GP just above.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:12 PM (BbGew)

117
Comet TV is running episodes of Sapphire And Steel.

It's an old Brit series starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum. Kinda like Dark Shadows.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at July 28, 2019 01:12 PM (ys13J)

118 I detect areas of commonality, opportunities for alliance, overlap, and so forth.
Posted by: Blonde Morticia

___________

I don't unfortunately.

People like Jeff Flake and Justin Amash talked a great game also, but you know where their true loyalty was.

Libertarians also tend to focus in on the really trivial conservative issues in order to get their "street cred". Like if a conservative maybe wants to pass a tax credit for a religious charity, that's when Libertarians get "conservative" in order to bash a conservative.

You see the same on the trade war nonsense. Trump is basically just asking for a free trade deal and using a stick to get there, and libertarians are freaking out an iPhone may get a nickel tariff.

Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 01:13 PM (UfkIY)

119 In addition to that grown-ass man who has an actual
job at CNN and who cried on television because Trump tried to defend him
from rats, I've already seen Nicole Wallace reduced to a wailing fit
several times.



It's going to be like the devils of Loudun all over this country.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:10 PM (13CQC)

+++
The Left is simply incapable of being honest about anything.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:13 PM (9+jnX)

120
"F" reason magazine,
except for Virginia Postel,
(hope I got her name right).
On occasion,
Some seriously excellent reporting, but more often just a lot of mush.
Posted by: rusty schaklefjord

=======

It's too bad, I don't know who's good over there anymore because I'm another one who stopped reading them some time ago.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:13 PM (13CQC)

121 I'm old enough to remember the Reagan alliance with
the Libertarians --although the open borders and marijuana nonsense was
not highlighted.


Posted by: mustbequantum at July 28, 2019 01:08 PM (MIKMs)

---
Communism posed an existential threat to both.

Now the possibility of a corporation state has the Libertarians intrigued.

"All the drugs I want AND the age of consent is lowered? Oh, and no border security? Sign me up!"

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:13 PM (cfSRQ)

122 Natalie Portman?
Posted by: ShainS -- There are but two Parties now: Traitors and Patriots at July 28, 2019 01:12 PM (WqPYg)

I saw that recently. Then there is that black female 007. Something is up, folks.

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 01:14 PM (bUjCl)

123 Which you've apparently fallen for.
Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 12:41 PM (mIQCW)


Apparently you're talking out your ass because the stats for these recent rash of killings hasn't been calculated yet. And if I accept that the news is just now reporting these outrageous murders that have been occurring normally in the past then I say they have been suppressing these stories.

It is what it is and I don't need to try to spin it for something else.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:15 PM (2DOZq)

124 Rats in the front room, roaches in the back
Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat
It's a jungle
Sometimes it makes wonder how I keep from going under

Posted by: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five at July 28, 2019 01:15 PM (dCRRg)

125 115
OrangManBad had a great week. Mueller was a bust, Q2 was a lot better than expected and nasdaq is at a record high.



But what does he tweet about? Rats.



DUDE!!

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:12 PM (H9r7W)

---
The mainstream press won't cover the economy or Mueller.

So he forces them to cover something even more visceral - swarms of disease-bearing rats.

And the Dems take the side of the rats.

Beautiful.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:16 PM (cfSRQ)

126 Jon Tester, the Dem senator from Montana has won 3 elections. He has never won more than 50%. But he wins close races because the libertarian candidates gets 3-5% each time and that's enough to give Tester the win.

Well that and massive fraud on Indian reservations but that's a separate issue.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:17 PM (H9r7W)

127 Mitt Romney
45s

I was saddened to read that the president compared the very fine citizens of one of our largest cities to rodents.
It is unseemly and dis-unifying to present the people who infest Baltimore as rats and I'm sure that Congressman e.e. cummings is well-versed on the situation and is doing the best he can.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:18 PM (NFEMn)

128 /sarc

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:18 PM (NFEMn)

129 By the way, I fully expect "polls" to show Trump talking about rats is a mistake.

Everything he does is a mistake, and nothing polls well. The lines he uses that resonate the most have always been described as "self-destructive."

Anyone remember when Carly Fiorina "destroyed" him in 2016? It was all over the media.

Just like this is now a huuuge mistake which will cost him dearly.

Gosh, it sure is nice to have these thoughtful political experts give Trump advice on how to win re-election, isn't it?

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:18 PM (cfSRQ)

130 >>> And the Dems take the side of the rats.

Got to admire their loyalty.

Posted by: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five at July 28, 2019 01:18 PM (dCRRg)

131 Tucker brought up Warren and gave some praise for her book, but mostly just that she discussed the issue, while the left and right ignored it, mostly. In the speech at least, Tucker didn't say Warren offered wonderful (socialist) solution. He attacked the current version of Warren as silly and ridiculous.

Tucker also is against Bolton, and all the "neo-cons" leading us into war. But we have not gone to war ... and I think we have less war than under Obama (?). imo,


"Peace through Strength" worked for Reagan, and it can work now if we have competent men that present a strong front, which gives us more leverage in (peaceful) negotiation. We use tariffs and economic sanctions ... so it is Iran trying to provoke war, it would seem. Our problems stem more from when we "stand down" and give a few billion to Iran (for instance) if they will just delay their final bomb till Barry is out of office.

Posted by: illiniwek at July 28, 2019 01:18 PM (Cus5s)

132 Even the Bushies were fine with letting our steel and tech sectors move to China.
...
Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:00 PM (cfSRQ)

I guess you forgot about the Steel tariffs Bush enacted but got so must grief from true conservatives that he was forced to lift them.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:19 PM (2DOZq)

133 The squad "go back" stuff was stupid and everyone knows it was stupid. But I think the rats thing is not going to be the same. But at least now we can put to be the fantasy of Trump getting 20% of the black vote/

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:19 PM (H9r7W)

134 When I first heard about libertarians, I was attracted because I thought they stood for values that the Republicans were supposed to stand for but didn't.

That lasted a few years. Then I met Libertarians.

The murder of Reason magazine is almost worth it, in that it gave us "Goth Fonzie" - still hilarious.

Posted by: mindful webworker - click for vids blog at July 28, 2019 01:21 PM (Z+JNA)

135
They favored Obama over McCain and Romney, but of course ran their own candidate who directed all of his fire to the right.

======

This is what happens with an ideology that doesn't allow a sliver of pragmatism. It just gets absurd.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:21 PM (13CQC)

136 It's not about rats, or B'more. Trump was retaliating for the corrupt racist idiot Cummings' slanders of BP and ICE for border conditions. Which is nice. But doing bupkis to make the outrageous Dem behavior a political issue would have been nicer - as in not once again agreeing to a terrible appropriations deal of the sort he vowed he'd never sign again [this is now the 3rd one].






Posted by: rhomboid at July 28, 2019 01:21 PM (QDnY+)

137 Trump wins in 2020 based on the economy. It's what he had to talk about. I just don 't get why he gets into these food fights with people like Cummings who 90% of the population don't even recognize. Focus on GDP growth, stock market, income growth, unemployment rate. That's what will get people to vote for you.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:21 PM (H9r7W)

138 I had one of these, positive 1969 Hot Wheels Brabham
https://youtu.be/_ZyIgfH8XBQ

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:21 PM (BbGew)

139 The enormous rat problem is not a silly or a superficial issue. It is a major and a serious threat to human health, and could very well erupt into a massive plague.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:22 PM (9+jnX)

140 Are you going to Bogart that blunt or share with your homies?

Just keeping it real.

Posted by: Fritz at July 28, 2019 01:22 PM (kLDv+)

141 I do love the appellation "Goth Fonzie."

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at July 28, 2019 01:22 PM (NMAzL)

142 65 Put on Jake Tapper for a laugh, had 2 Democrats, Mia Love and a Communist all trashing President Trump for using race as a divisive tool.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 12:54 PM

Notice that none of the responses to President Trump exposing the failure of Democrat-run cities are to explain how he is wrong about the failure. Their only response is to play the race card. Because that is all they can do. They have to distract from the substance of what he said, because they have no defense for it.

I have to believe that even LIVs are waking up to this tired old Democrat game.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (7A4qQ)

143 I am seeing a sh!t ton of negative, racially charged propaganda going against Trump right now. More vitriolic than in 2016. Maybe stirring up Hispanic population is not working out ,and maybe many who are legally here are doing too well financially to go against the status quo. Maybe tighter voting procedures are eliminating voter fraud. So, votes have to come from somewhere. Amiright ? Trump needs to get ahead of this one. NOt happening now. Summer ?

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (bUjCl)

144 I think it was Asimov that said, "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." I think it is more like the first.
Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 12:55 PM (m79Dg)

Phony deep statements like that are intensely annoying and don't stand up to ten seconds of thought. Violence is also the last resort of someone who's been backed into a corner.
Posted by: Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 01:00 PM (zpOyj)


If he said that, Asimov was an asshole. Were the Normandy landings the actions of incompetents? The landings at Iwo Jima?

His stupid virtue-signaling bleat is of a piece with idiots who say "War never solves anything."

On the contrary, it solves everything that talking could not. Ask any Nazi, any bushido-fan, any supporter of the Confederacy, etc.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (YqDXo)

145
at least now we can put to be the fantasy of Trump getting 20% of the black vote/
Posted by: Lurking Lurker

======

If the crowds coming out for #BaltimoreStrong is any indication, you may be right -- maybe. I think these people were always insane, and now the presentation is more florid.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (13CQC)

146 89
Report from the Union Pacific steam train exhibition (No 4014 'Big Boy')
in West Chicago, IL. The crowds just keep getting bigger (even in the
awful heat and humidity). Relatives told me that there is no parking at
all closer than 10 blocks and wait times for a tour of the passenger car
are several hours at least.

The joining of the two steam trains:

https://www.youtube.com/user/UnionPacificRailroad
I did a bunch of work for the restoration of CO 1309 by Western Maryland Scenic, which WOULD have been the largest operational steam loco until 4014 was completed. But, WMSRR mismanaged and grossly underestimated the size and scope of the job so badly, it's still not completed and will never have that title, even for a short period of time.
Certainly wasn't for lack of effort by a lot of great and talented people...

Posted by: Shepherd Lover at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (3W5SM)

147 136 It's not about rats, or B'more. Trump was retaliating for the corrupt racist idiot Cummings' slanders of BP and ICE for border conditions.

___

True. And a better way to address was something like "why don't you focus on the high unemployment and high crime in your own district instead of attacking the men and women who defend our border". That would have sent the same message without the OMG!!!!ty the rats has turned into.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (H9r7W)

148 It's going to be like the devils of Loudun all over this country.
Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:10 PM (13CQC)


If only we could get Zombie Ken Russell to direct the shenanigans.



Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (mIQCW)

149 Reason has turned into a hive of open-borders, pro-globalist, pot-addled, PDT-hating retards. Fuck those guys in particular.

Posted by: Insomniac at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (NWiLs)

150 I would like to see marijuana usage declassified as something that prevents you from owning a gun.

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (NMAzL)

151 The squad "go back" stuff was stupid and everyone knows it was stupid. But I think the rats thing is not going to be the same. But at least now we can put to be the fantasy of Trump getting 20% of the black vote/
Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:19 PM (H9r7W)

I initially thought the Squad comments were counterproductive too, but now I'm not so sure.

For one thing, the spotlight has been placed squarely on Omar---and not in a positive way as recent revalations make clear.
Also, since Trump's comments we got that clip of Talib acting like a lunatic with big tits.

I'm also predicting that AOC is going to attempt to dis-associate herself with those two---if she hasn't already.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (NFEMn)

152 137 Straight up election think it will be no contest, but the dirty tricks from Democrats will be through the roof, double voting, vote harvesting, illegals, court challenges.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (BbGew)

153 141 I do love the appellation "Goth Fonzie."


It's a perfect description.

Posted by: Puddleglum at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (1crse)

154 Trump wins in 2020 based on the economy. It's what he had to talk about. I just don 't get why he gets into these food fights with people like Cummings who 90% of the population don't even recognize. Focus on GDP growth, stock market, income growth, unemployment rate. That's what will get people to vote for you.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker

...............

It is his one big fault.. he is one of the most thin skinned leaders we have ever had..

Some obscure tweet sets him off and he must always have the last word.

I keep wishing he would learn to rise above it the urges, but it hardly looks like he will.

You are right.. he should be tweeting every single day about the economy and jobs.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at July 28, 2019 01:24 PM (438dO)

155 It is a major and a serious threat to human health, and could very well erupt into a massive plague.
Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:22 PM (9+jnX)

Nonsense. There are no more rats than there is graphite on the roof. Take two Orange Man Bad and call me in the morning if you don't feel better.

Posted by: Dr. Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 01:24 PM (zpOyj)

156
The enormous rat problem is not a silly or a superficial issue.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:22 PM (9+jnX)

You are absolutely 100% correct. It has been controlled for so long in most major cities that people have forgotten how bad it can get.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:24 PM (wYseH)

157 It's not about rats, or B'more. Trump was retaliating for the corrupt racist idiot Cummings' slanders of BP and ICE for border conditions.
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Bingo

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:24 PM (NFEMn)

158 How much cold hard cash does the DNC transfer to the Libertarian Party. It's a wise investment, too good to pass up.
I don't care what the libertarians want, the result of their actions is Donks. As far as the eye can see.

Posted by: klaftern at July 28, 2019 01:25 PM (RuIsu)

159 There is an admission in that statement by Reason: that the country has been radically changed to suit the communists and radical immigrants. That people who have been here for generations are pushing back is something to be degenerated.

Funny how Reason doesn't apply that logic to Democrats when the GOP had a majority in Congress.

Posted by: Fisher at July 28, 2019 01:25 PM (2r55u)

160 I guess you forgot about the Steel tariffs Bush
enacted but got so must grief from true conservatives that he was forced
to lift them.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:19 PM (2DOZq)

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I don't remember that.

I do remember Bush putting steel tariffs as a naked sop to convince auto workers he was for them before dropping them like a hot rock with zero concessions from Canada, China or Mexico.

Sort of like that time when he sent the National Guard down to the border to play cards and do photo ops while pretending he cared about border security.

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:25 PM (cfSRQ)

161 Grand Prix is on Movies, I still argue it's the best racing movie made.
Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:07 PM (BbGew)

Grand Pricks? What channel?

Posted by: Mayor Pete at July 28, 2019 01:25 PM (Izzlo)

162 The enormous rat problem is not a silly or a superficial issue. It is a major and a serious threat to human health, and could very well erupt into a massive plague.
Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:22 PM (9+jnX)


Of course. Yet this is news to the Democrat Party and its acolytes.

Cue the Santayana quote here.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:25 PM (YqDXo)

163 You are right.. he should be tweeting every single day about the economy and jobs.
Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at July 28, 2019 01:24 PM (438dO)

He DOES

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:25 PM (NFEMn)

164 Tucker also is against Bolton, and all the "neo-cons" leading us into
war. But we have not gone to war ... and I think we have less war than
under Obama (?). imo,
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I don't see Bolton as a neocon at all. In fact, I see his work as avoiding war -- and especially those idiotic McLame engagements where all of them are bad actors and we spend money and treasure on whichever group has sold the GOPee on their future strength to buy more McLame-approved munitions.

illiniwek -- I truly despise the neocons and their support for unfettered CIA/FBI/NSA, etc 'power' plays.

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 28, 2019 01:26 PM (MIKMs)

165 Notice that none of the responses to President Trump exposing the failure of Democrat-run cities are to explain how he is wrong about the failure. Their only response is to play the race card. Because that is all they can do. They have to distract from the substance of what he said, because they have no defense for it.

I have to believe that even LIVs are waking up to this tired old Democrat game.
Posted by: Clyde Shelton at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (7A4qQ)

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He's not exposing anything. If he tweeted something like "Dem run cities have lower income and higher crime" that would be exposing them. But he didn't tweet that he tweeted what he tweeted instead.

And what's there to expose anyway? I mean is there anyone who doesn't know inner cities are in the shape they're in? It's not some state secret.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:26 PM (H9r7W)

166 It's not about rats, or B'more. Trump was retaliating for the corrupt racist idiot Cummings' slanders of BP and ICE for border conditions.

Am I the only who see ELIJAH Cummings and immediately thinks of "Shrek?"

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (YqDXo)

167 Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (YqDXo)

ARMS ARE FOR HUGGING!
[duh. Legs are for walking]

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (wYseH)

168 It wasn't, of course, "go back where you came from", it was *go, AND come back* to show us how to fix America.


Whatever.

Posted by: rhomboid at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (QDnY+)

169 Trump wins in 2020 based on the economy. It's what he had to talk about. I just don 't get why he gets into these food fights with people like Cummings who 90% of the population don't even recognize. Focus on GDP growth, stock market, income growth, unemployment rate. That's what will get people to vote for you.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:21 PM (H9r7W)

Trump realizes that the political paradigms that politicians and journalists have been promoting for the past 60 years have nothing to do with reality. He fights in the only effective manner that will force sheep to recognize the problem he wants to focus on. If he did, as you advise, talk about the economy to the detriment of the decaying social order, he would not connect on an emotional level, a level that the majority of people exist on.

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (m79Dg)

170 The Left and the media (BIRM) will ignore and downplay any hygiene and vermin problems in major blue cities until one of them triggers an epidemic, at which point it will become Trump's fault.

Posted by: Dr. Chernobyl Reactor #4 at July 28, 2019 01:28 PM (zpOyj)

171 Some obscure tweet sets him off and he must always have the last word.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at July 28, 2019 01:24 PM (438dO)

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I said the day after he was elected, someone needs to be hired in the administration to do nothing but hide his phone. I stand by that.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:29 PM (H9r7W)

172 Am I the only who see ELIJAH Cummings and immediately thinks of "Shrek?"

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (YqDXo)

I get him confused w/John Lewis.....which may be intentional on Cummings part.

Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 01:30 PM (ykq7q)

173 162 The enormous rat problem is not a silly or a superficial issue. It is a major and a serious threat to human health, and could very well erupt into a massive plague.
Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:22 PM (9+jnX)

Go long on terriers.

Posted by: Insomniac at July 28, 2019 01:30 PM (NWiLs)

174 Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at July 28, 2019 01:24 PM (438dO)

Sorry, I respectfully disagree. I think his strategy is to put the noxious specimens front and center as the faces of the Democrat Party.

That would be the Four Morons of the Apocalypse, Shrek, etc. and make the Democrats either disavow them - and be called racists, as Pelosi recently was - or to embrace them, thereby driving away independents.

Divide and conquer wasn't just a strategy of the Romans and the British.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:30 PM (YqDXo)

175 It wasn't, of course, "go back where you came from", it was *go, AND come back* to show us how to fix America.


Whatever.
Posted by: rhomboid at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (QDnY+)

No one ever brings up the second part of the equation...

Even "our" side.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:31 PM (NFEMn)

176 Trump realizes that the political paradigms that politicians and journalists have been promoting for the past 60 years have nothing to do with reality. He fights in the only effective manner that will force sheep to recognize the problem he wants to focus on. If he did, as you advise, talk about the economy to the detriment of the decaying social order, he would not connect on an emotional level, a level that the majority of people exist on.
Posted by: Anonymous White Male at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (m79Dg)

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Even in the new paradigm I think people still for the most part vote on the economy. If it's good, the incumbent wins, if it sucks the incumbent loses.

The MSM tries its hardest to ignore the good economy. So Trump had to highlight it himself. And he does do that, but I think he should use twitter for pretty much nothing but highlighting the economy.

I support Trump and will vote for him. But if I cringe at some of the shit he tweets I can only imagine the reaction from the middle of the road types.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:31 PM (H9r7W)

177 At first hated President Trump using Twitter, but the fun watching Leftists react is a hoot.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 01:31 PM (BbGew)

178
The enormous rat problem is not a silly or a superficial issue. It is a major and a serious threat to human health, and could very well erupt into a massive plague.
Posted by: washrivergal

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BRING IT.

Yeah, that's horrible. And next, I want Trump to tell them he'll send the exterminators if they turn over all their illegal aliens to ICE and force the homeless into onsite rehab and mental health treatment.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:31 PM (13CQC)

179 I think the key issue in the 2020 election is whether the voters can look past their distaste for the President's bombast and look at what he has actually done.

Posted by: mercenary13 at July 28, 2019 01:32 PM (pnfLD)

180
This is what happens with an ideology that doesn't allow a sliver of pragmatism. It just gets absurd.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:21 PM (13CQC)

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Until a few years ago, when I noticed that a lot of people and organizations seemed to be acting in ways that appeared to undercut their stated goals, I wrote it off as simple incompetence.

Then I began thinking: What if the stated goal and the *actual* goal are different?

And so I now use something kind of like Scott Adams' "two movies" approach where I test whether it is just a mistake or foolishness or there's a pattern.

The Libertarians have consistently, always and forever directing all of their energy at the right. The left gets a mild "gosh, that's terrible" but it's always followed up with "the GOP is the real enemy though."

It's a con. Maybe it wasn't in the 80s, but it is one now.


Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 01:32 PM (cfSRQ)

181 Apparently you're talking out your ass because the stats for these recent rash of killings hasn't been calculated yet. And if I accept that the news is just now reporting these outrageous murders that have been occurring normally in the past then I say they have been suppressing these stories.

It is what it is and I don't need to try to spin it for something else.
Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:15 PM (2DOZq)



Well, the stats that do exist show you to be talking out your ass.

But, be sure to let us know when you get those magic stats. Only don't hold your breath.

It is what it is stat-wise until you can prove that it's not.

However, on your side is the fact that we all know that the MSM never has an agenda and certainly never follows Democrat/socialist/commie talking points and we have never ever seen them falsely try to apportion blame to a white indiovidual or group,

so you may be onto something, Spanky.

Think hopeful thoughts.

Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 01:32 PM (mIQCW)

182 Certainly wasn't for lack of effort by a lot of great and talented people... Posted by: Shepherd Lover at July 28, 2019 01:23 PM (3W5SM)
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They had to literally reinvent some of the components and handcraft the metalwork.

Astonishing and awesome work.

Small plug for National Railway Museum in Union, IL who really tries to save cars from different platforms. They do good work as well.

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 28, 2019 01:32 PM (MIKMs)

183 https://tinyurl.com/y4pqlqb8

A good piece on potential Brexit outcomes.

Posted by: JEM at July 28, 2019 01:32 PM (8erNz)

184 Am I the only who see ELIJAH Cummings and immediately thinks of "Shrek?"

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (YqDXo)

I get him confused w/John Lewis.....which may be intentional on Cummings part.
Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 01:30 PM (ykq7q)

You know who Cummings looks like?

Remember the criminal on the Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse cartoons?

The Frog??

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:32 PM (NFEMn)

185 I get him confused w/John Lewis.....which may be intentional on Cummings part.
Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 01:30 PM (ykq7q)

That's the Samuel Jackson and Laurence Fishburne confusion and has been declared racist.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:33 PM (2DOZq)

186 Tucker's talk said the left projects their weaknesses on us. It said it is wholly psychological ... consumed with hate they can't face, they project it on "us".


There is surely a degree of truth to that, but imo it is mostly just blind obedience to an engineered PsyOp by TheGlobalists. The Narrative is set in high places, in DNC think tanks, that send out ListServ memoes on the daily talking points, including the specific buzz word to be used. (Mueller's testimony was DAMNING to Trump, was the latest order) "Walls are Closing In" was another narrative.


Those are not random outbursts of projection, those are Narratives sent via MSM dominance, to incite the crazies. It is cult language given by their high priests. The flock is just quoting "scripture".

Posted by: illiniwek at July 28, 2019 01:33 PM (Cus5s)

187 Some obscure tweet sets him off and he must always have the last word.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at July 28, 2019 01:24 PM (438dO)

____

I said the day after he was elected, someone needs to be hired in the administration to do nothing but hide his phone. I stand by that.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview

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I honestly think if Trump quit Twitter, his approval rating would go up and stay there.

The last week of Trump's campaign his staff basically took away his account and his numbers went up and he ended up winning.

Not every thought should be shared with the public.

I don't even think the Baltimore thing is much of a gaffe, but he does come close to making epic ones.

Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 01:34 PM (UfkIY)

188
It wasn't, of course, "go back where you came from", it was *go, AND come back* to show us how to fix America.


Whatever.
Posted by: rhomboid at July 28, 2019 01:27 PM (QDnY+)

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He didn't tell them "Get out and don't ever come back." He gave them an errand. "Go do this thing and get back to me when you've shown you can solve a problem."

Easy. But Democrats are okay with a guy whose spiritual leader shouts "God damn America."

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:34 PM (13CQC)

189 City residents are moving into my 'burb. Fresh garbage on the streets every morning.
Rats coming soon and it will be the biggest mystery ever.

Posted by: klaftern at July 28, 2019 01:35 PM (RuIsu)

190 Remember the criminal on the Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse cartoons?

The Frog??

Posted by: JoeF. at July 28, 2019 01:32 PM (NFEMn)

Before/after my time.

Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 01:35 PM (ykq7q)

191 He's not exposing anything. If he tweeted something like "Dem run cities have lower income and higher crime" that would be exposing them. But he didn't tweet that he tweeted what he tweeted instead.

Perhaps he could generate some graphs and charts and drone about them before he left office in January 2021.

Or he could hit the hot button, emotive topics that engage potentially persuadable voters and make Democrats defend their policies. Hard to beat rat infestations as a hot button, emotive topic, and it's a uniquely Democrat problem.

Even people in Cummings' district may well hear that and say, "Yeah, what is Cummings doing about THAT?"

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:35 PM (YqDXo)

192 Look, WE all know that Cummings and most of the Congressional Black Caucus are pretty bad.

But much of America is...they know a lot of Baltimore and similar are shitholes, but they're not quite prepared to go to the point of blaming, uh, black leadership.

Which is often the problem.

Trump should back this down a notch. Not give up on it, but just turn it down a notch.

Posted by: JEM at July 28, 2019 01:36 PM (8erNz)

193
It is unseemly and dis-unifying to present the people who infest Baltimore as rats and I'm sure that Congressman e.e. cummings is well-versed on the situation and is doing the best he can.
Posted by: JoeF.

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The "e.e." is the only sure sign that it's parody.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:36 PM (13CQC)

194 I've said from the beginning is that Trump is so much like a blog commenter it's scary. He would have also been banned at aos long ago.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:36 PM (2DOZq)

195 "Or he could hit the hot button, emotive topics that engage potentially persuadable voters and make Democrats defend their policies. "

But his tweet didn't do that. No Democrats will defend anything. It's all non-stop Trump is a Nazi for the next 48 hours. And that doesn't help him. Period.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:36 PM (H9r7W)

196
they're not quite prepared to go to the point of blaming, uh, black leadership.

Which is often the problem.

Trump should back this down a notch. Not give up on it, but just turn it down a notch.
Posted by: JEM

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He never said black leadership. That's what lefties heard.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:37 PM (13CQC)

197 Go long on terriers.
Posted by: Insomniac at July 28, 2019 01:30 PM (NWiLs)



Are be about to see the return of the Rat Man with his trained terriers to de-ratify (yes! it
's a word) peoples homes, garages and....uhh....chicken coops.


I sense a business opportunity!

Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 01:37 PM (mIQCW)

198 He would have also been banned at aos long ago.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:36 PM (2DOZq)

Really? Based on...?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:37 PM (wYseH)

199 194 I've said from the beginning is that Trump is so much like a blog commenter it's scary. He would have also been banned at aos long ago.
Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:36 PM (2DOZq)

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Heh. True.
In one of the debates in 2016, I forgot who it was, but someone twatted that the debate has turned into the comments section.

Which is fine, because comments section stuff can be good for breaking down issues to a sentence or two. But it's also bad because as shit gets heated people start saying things they shouldn't say.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:38 PM (H9r7W)

200
Hard to beat rat infestations as a hot button, emotive topic.

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"Hold my beer."
-- MSM and Democrat leaders everywhere

They're on it.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:38 PM (13CQC)

201 Really? Based on...?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:37 PM (wYseH)

You the banner of people who respond to others in not so polite terms is asking me what for?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:39 PM (2DOZq)

202 He never said black leadership. That's what lefties heard.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:37 PM (13CQC)

Yeah...that whole "dog whistle" thing.

Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 01:39 PM (ykq7q)

203 The thing is, most people posing as libertarians aren't. For instance, if you haven't expressed any concerns over possible FISA abuses (lookin' at you, Kevin D Williamson), you're you're not a libertarian. You don't even lean libertarian.

Posted by: Stout at July 28, 2019 01:39 PM (EHSFD)

204

The voice of Martin Prince is mort.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at July 28, 2019 01:40 PM (ys13J)

205 IMAO....Trumps is extremely clever, he holds the people accountable for the obvious failures of their districts.
This was once considered "stepping on the third rail",
but Nancy Pelosi is circling the drain, and I give Trump most of the credit, he showed that she's indifferent to the suffering and the welfare of most of her district.
Afterall there simply is no excuse for the level of San Francisco's decay.
Pelosi failed.
Full stop.
Now Cong. Cummins is getting the same attention for his failure to perform. Perfect. Except that it took 30 years, to call these 2 congresspeople out.

Posted by: rusty schaklefjord at July 28, 2019 01:40 PM (Hw4bz)

206 President Trump is simply telling the truth.

Most of America's big cities are democrat controlled cesspools and have been for a long time.

About time a leader spoke up and tells it like it is.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at July 28, 2019 01:41 PM (Z+IKu)

207 Standby for BrownShirtLibertarians. Real or imagined.

Posted by: klaftern at July 28, 2019 01:42 PM (RuIsu)

208 they're not quite prepared to go to the point of blaming, uh, black leadership.

Which is often the problem.

Trump should back this down a notch. Not give up on it, but just turn it down a notch.
Posted by: JEM

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It's almost like when a cartoonist uses some bad Jewish stereotypes to illustrate their dislike of Netanyahu in a drawing. Even Jews that don't like Netanyahu become offended that the person is likely anti-semitic.

That's where Trump sometimes edges too close to, even though blacks secretly agree black leadership is abysmal, Trump constantly calling every black area a shit hole is eventually going to turn away some potential voters.

Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 01:42 PM (UfkIY)

209 You the banner of people who respond to others in not so polite terms is asking me what for?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:39 PM (2DOZq)

So, you can't answer the question because your premise was flawed, but you make an ad hominem argument?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:42 PM (wYseH)

210 One old Forensic Files I remember had to do with a baby who died as the result of parental abuse - she had deep bloody wounds all over her body.The mother was jailed and was going to stand trial for murder. It turned out that the abuse was caused by a rat that had gotten into the baby's crib. I don't recall the city. May have been Baltimore. Many years ago.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:43 PM (9+jnX)

211 The MSM tries its hardest to ignore the good economy. So Trump had to highlight it himself. And he does do that, but I think he should use twitter for pretty much nothing but highlighting the economy.

Again, with respect, I don't think you fully grasp the strategy: he's controlling the narrative. Whatever Trump tweets becomes the news story of the day. The Democrats are constantly back on their heels ginning up a response to yesterday's tweet when today's shows up.

Think of a boxer. "He should just save his energy and only deliver knockout blows, not waste his time throwing jabs."

Yet the jabs serve a crucial purpose: they let the boxer set the pace, measure the distance to his opponent, judge his reflexes, watch his reactions, and thereby set up the jab-jab-jab-knockout punches.

I think that that's Trump's strategy, to keep the Democrats always on the defensive, always reacting to him, and never getting enough breathing time to seize the initiative.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:43 PM (YqDXo)

212 Long and fully may President Trump tweet. It is the only method to sidestep the MFM embargo and put his current thoughts (although they may change) and engage us 'deplorables' to think and talk about all kinds of issues that our money is being spent on and, perhaps, wasted.

As a prim Midwesterner who couldn't imagine a NYer, I approve of his communication methods.

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 28, 2019 01:43 PM (MIKMs)

213 "Apparently you're talking out your ass..."

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:15 PM (2DOZq)

Care to explain this?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:43 PM (wYseH)

214 Well that and massive fraud on Indian reservations but that's a separate issue.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:17 PM


One of my Navajo co-workers told me that everyone on the res votes democrat and that is just the way it is and it won't change. He didn't say why, though.

Posted by: huerfano at July 28, 2019 01:44 PM (6e1eX)

215 Reason has been awful for a very long time, pretty much for the whole of Nick whathisface's tenure as boss onward. They make NR look scholarly, which is quite an accomplishment.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at July 28, 2019 01:44 PM (H5knJ)

216 Red Sox rule, and Yankees drool maple syrup on French Toast!

Posted by: Jodie at July 28, 2019 01:44 PM (Y9Qvm)

217 197 Go long on terriers.
Posted by: Insomniac at July 28, 2019 01:30 PM (NWiLs)


Are be about to see the return of the Rat Man with his trained terriers to de-ratify (yes! it
's a word) peoples homes, garages and....uhh....chicken coops.


I sense a business opportunity!

Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 01:37 PM (mIQCW)

People do this in NYC for fun. Apparently there are ratting clubs who get together at night with their terriers and other ratting dogs and see who can bag the most rats.

Posted by: Insomniac at July 28, 2019 01:44 PM (NWiLs)

218 I said the day after he was elected, someone needs to be hired in the administration to do nothing but hide his phone. I stand by that.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:29 PM (H9r7W)

Did you see and hear the actual video of Cummings SCREAMING at the CPB official at the hearing? Cummings again set up the guy by asking why he was still "locking children up and removing them from their parents", and then interrupting the officials answer by once again SCREAMING at him if he thought that was what his job entails. When the official stated that BP is doing the best they can in a very diffic. That was all he was able to say when Cummings went off on the guy , screaming at the top of his lungs ,, "what if those were your children, c'mon man "

This congress asshole is responsible for the laws being written the way they are, the CBP has to either violate the law, or enforce it. Cummings is EXACTLY as Trump described him, someone who has bled Baltimore dry doing nothing but federal Democrat projects.

Congressional representatives are supposed to represent the constituents that put them there. What, pray tell, has Elijah Cummings done to improve Baltimore via Federal help?
Why let this pompous asshole stand up every day in front of the cameras, accuse Trump of being racist, corrupt, etc. scream at a public hearing at a BP official that he is an evil child kidnapper, and spend all his time demanding investigations, etc. and not point out the obvious about this guy.


I'm frankly tired of today's black congress people being able to say and do anything, lie, cheat, steal from the government( Charlie Rangel) and get a complete pass because they are black. Time to treat them like any other Republican congress person would be treated.

Posted by: Jen the original at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (JxFs6)

219 So, you can't answer the question because your premise was flawed, but you make an ad hominem argument?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:42 PM (wYseH)

I just answered your question and what was the Ad. Hominem? You ban people that continually respond to other people with personal attacks . Which is aos policy.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (2DOZq)

220
The Libertarians have consistently, always and forever directing all of their energy at the right. The left gets a mild "gosh, that's terrible" but it's always followed up with "the GOP is the real enemy though."

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Well, it's been said even in these parts that the Bushian globalist Michelle-hugging enemy in our midst is worse than the self-declared, undisguised enemy on the other side. Just bantering here. I don't know what's going on with hard-case libertarians, but I can't believe they're commies at heart.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (13CQC)

221 65
Put on Jake Tapper for a laugh, had 2 Democrats, Mia Love and a
Communist all trashing President Trump for using race as a divisive
tool.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 12:54 PM (BbGew)


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I remember when they did the same thing each time following Obama's divisive comments on race.

Oh, wait, that's when I visited a parallel universe. Nevermind!

Posted by: ShainS -- There are but two Parties now: Traitors and Patriots at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (WqPYg)

222 That's where Trump sometimes edges too close to, even though blacks secretly agree black leadership is abysmal, Trump constantly calling every black area a shit hole is eventually going to turn away some potential voters.
Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 01:42 PM (UfkIY)


The truth is a total defense. I call this "reality therapy." Let's stop pretending that black leadership is anything BUT abysmal, and black areas ARE largely shitholes. No one - including blacks - wants to live in them if he can avoid it.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (YqDXo)

223 Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 01:42 PM (UfkIY)
*******
You & a couple others need to go to the fainting couch !

Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (BqBId)

224 Red Sox rule, and Yankees drool maple syrup on French Toast!

Posted by: Jodie at July 28, 2019 01:44 PM (Y9Qvm)
< Bronx Cheer >

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (wYseH)

225 I think that that's Trump's strategy, to keep the Democrats always on the defensive, always reacting to him, and never getting enough breathing time to seize the initiative.
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:43 PM (YqDXo)

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I agree 100%. And it's a good strategy. I just think it's not being executed well. For example, instead of saying rat infested Baltimore, why not say Baltimore, the city with a crime rate x% higher than the national average or something like that. Same effect, highlighting the shithole that B'more is, but without the stuff that he knows will have the MSM calling him a Nazi for the next 72 hours.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (H9r7W)

226 Bolton on RedEye (right before the 2016 election iirc) stated that he is not a neo-con. Rhomboid the other expressed distaste for the neo-con term ... I guess because there are so many complexities in are actions and positioning ... which I rate as true. The term is used as if a certain set are always wanting war to keep their war money rolling in.


Rhomboid has 100x better perspective than I do on all that ... but I do lean toward maintaining our superpower status. As I said, peace through strength, not saving every nation that will continue to hate us. The real complexities of MENA and the whole Ukraine "cold war" are beyond my pay grade. China is the bigger threat, from my limited view ... Bannon is interesting on that front.

Posted by: illiniwek at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (Cus5s)

227 https://hooktube.com/results? search_query=ratting+with+terriers

It would be fun to have something similar here, although you know the big-city mayors would want extortion-level fees for licensing in their cities.

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at July 28, 2019 01:46 PM (0ReGO)

228 And what's there to expose anyway? I mean is there
anyone who doesn't know inner cities are in the shape they're in? It's
not some state secret.



Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:26 PM (H9r7W)

===================================
And why are our inner cities in the shape they are in? Why should they remain that way? Is it the 11th commandment that Cities should be run by corrupt and unreformable Dem political machines? Shouldn't America's big cities have clean, safe streets and typhus-free city halls? We finally have a true community activist president who cares about all the people.

Posted by: mrp at July 28, 2019 01:46 PM (Pqytn)

229 Apparently you're talking out your ass..."

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:15 PM (2DOZq)

Care to explain this?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:43 PM (wYseH)

Explain what?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:47 PM (2DOZq)

230 222 That's where Trump sometimes edges too close to, even though blacks secretly agree black leadership is abysmal, Trump constantly calling every black area a shit hole is eventually going to turn away some potential voters.
Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 01:42 PM (UfkIY)

The truth is a total defense. I call this "reality therapy." Let's stop pretending that black leadership is anything BUT abysmal, and black areas ARE largely shitholes. No one - including blacks - wants to live in them if he can avoid it.
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (YqDXo)



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Again, Trump could have said black leadership has failed blacks. Instead he said black areas are rat infested. Two options, both conveying the same point. One helps him with black voters, one hurts him. He always seems to go for option b.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:47 PM (H9r7W)

231 179 I think the key issue in the 2020 election is whether the voters can look past their distaste for the President's bombast and look at what he has actually done.
Posted by: mercenary13 at July 28, 2019 01:32 PM (pnfLD)


Bombast? What has he said that isn't true? What has he done that shouldn't have been done?

Posted by: Sooner at July 28, 2019 01:47 PM (Fs5vw)

232
People do this in NYC for fun. Apparently there are ratting clubs who get together at night with their terriers and other ratting dogs and see who can bag the most rats.
Posted by: Insomniac

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Holy fvk, really? Do they hit a few bars before and after? It's like foxes and hounds and stirrup cups New York style? That is so cray.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:48 PM (13CQC)

233 I'm typing simple text right in this box. No cut and paste. No nothing silly. Will it go thru - or be rejected like the last ten times?

Here we go

Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 01:48 PM (lwiT4)

234 Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (2DOZq)

I have never seen a Trump Tweet that would even be discussed by the Cobs or the moderators as ban-worthy.

So, once again, based on what tweets do you think President Trump would be banned from AoSHQ?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:49 PM (wYseH)

235 Don't think there's any doubt that Trump, as Jay says, has wrested the initiative away from the media, and mostly maintains that hold, and one of his tactical tools is the twatters. As always, there are debates about details, better themes or topics that might be tried. But given the collapse of what served as a press/info system for this open society, and the political non-existence of the GOP as the natural surrogate/ally, I don't see any alternative.


I'd change the topics and details quite a bit in some cases, but whatever.

Posted by: rhomboid at July 28, 2019 01:49 PM (QDnY+)

236 I'm typing simple text right in this box. No cut and paste. No nothing silly. Will it go thru - or be rejected like the last ten times?

Here we go
Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 01:48 PM (lwiT4)


It worked.

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 01:49 PM (bUjCl)

237 Excellent article on the PDT rat tweets:

https://tinyurl.com/y3v8j78d

Link goes to American Thinker.

Posted by: blake - my preferred pronoun is: Pronoun! at July 28, 2019 01:50 PM (WEBkv)

238 If Trump wants to talk about rats, more power to him. Ain't nobody likes rats running around everywhere. Stop holding up your teacup pinkie and let Trump be Trump.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 01:50 PM (lwiT4)

239 that way? Is it the 11th commandment that Cities should be run by corrupt and unreformable Dem political machines? Shouldn't America's big cities have clean, safe streets and typhus-free city halls? We finally have a true community activist president who cares about all the people.
Posted by: mrp at July 28, 2019 01:46 PM (Pqytn)

__

So say that. Say Democrats have run inner cities and the results have been awful. Say the streets are unsafe. Say crime is high. Say jobs are lacking. That would be a good strategy and it would highlight Dem failures and would potentially make some black voters think yeah WTF are these assholes doing for us.

Instead all anyone will remember is Trump called Baltimore a rat infested shithole because he hates blacks.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:50 PM (H9r7W)

240 I gave up on the Libertarian Party when they went pro-abortion. If that's not the ultimate victory of the powerful over the powerless, I don't know what is.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at July 28, 2019 01:51 PM (DV1Uw)

241 I agree 100%. And it's a good strategy. I just think it's not being executed well. For example, instead of saying rat infested Baltimore, why not say Baltimore, the city with a crime rate x% higher than the national average or something like that. Same effect, highlighting the shithole that B'more is, but without the stuff that he knows will have the MSM calling him a Nazi for the next 72 hours.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:45 PM (H9r7W)


Fair enough. We're on the same page.

I think his strategy is sound because quoting statistics has a narcoleptic effect on 98% of the population.

Suppose you had to make a campaign sign for Trump re this issue. What would it be? A graph? A sign with X%?

I'd put a rat on the sign with a circle and a slash through it. No words at all. At a glance everyone would take the point. Force the Democrats either to admit they've caused a serious problem, or to defend rat infestations.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:51 PM (YqDXo)

242 Thanks runner. I don't know why Pixy hated me before.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 01:51 PM (lwiT4)

243
Trump could have said black leadership has failed blacks.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker

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STOP RIGHT THERE. Directly attacking Black leaders? You think that's a winner?

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Instead he said black areas are rat infested. Two options, both conveying the same point. One helps him with black voters, one hurts him. He always seems to go for option b.

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He didn't say a word about "blacks." I repeat, this is what lefties HEARD.

On top of that, he framed it as a defense of the people who live in those cities, not an attack on their leaders. That's MUCH better than attacking bad leaders who happen to be Black.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:51 PM (13CQC)

244 Libertarianism is just liberalism with a conservatism contact high.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 28, 2019 01:51 PM (oVJmc)

245 That is so cray.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:48 PM (13CQC)

Mike Rowe did a video on them!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:52 PM (wYseH)

246 A few folks seem to think they know better than Trump what Trump should be tweeting or not. Like he should be GW Bush.

I respectfully point and laugh, Nelson Muntz style.

twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/258584864163500033

Posted by: mindful webworker - click for vids blog at July 28, 2019 01:52 PM (Z+JNA)

247 What the media needs to do is go into some of those inner city areas and disprove what the President says.

Especially at night.

Oh, the horror, the horror.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at July 28, 2019 01:52 PM (Z+IKu)

248 Instead he said black areas are rat infested.
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Did he really say that?

Posted by: dDan at July 28, 2019 01:52 PM (hwYmz)

249 Yeah, I'm tired of dancing around black folk's feelings. Doing so has in no way been good for them and it is exasperating for everyone else. Black neighborhoods by and large suck in every way imaginable. Black leadership is largely well below average as well. These phenomenon are not unlinked. I'm sorry it makes white people in particular to say so out loud.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at July 28, 2019 01:53 PM (H5knJ)

250 Yeah that's an important distinction. I was as ruthlessly accurate and historically true as I could be in Life Unworthy, but almost none of the events in the book actually took place because I made them up. They're in a historical setting with real people and real locations and real history, and real events as a backdrop but its a novel.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor

I quite enjoyed Life Unworthy.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at July 28, 2019 01:54 PM (+y/Ru)

251 Explain what?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at July 28, 2019 01:47 PM (2DOZq)

Why you were a dick to a commenter because of your own ignorance of how statistics work?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:54 PM (wYseH)

252 Thanks runner. I don't know why Pixy hated me before.
Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 01:51 PM (lwiT4)


hamster rebellion

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 01:54 PM (bUjCl)

253 Again, Trump could have said black leadership has failed blacks. Instead he said black areas are rat infested. Two options, both conveying the same point. One helps him with black voters, one hurts him. He always seems to go for option b.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:47 PM (H9r7W)

Lurking Lurker,
Here is the link to Trump's twitter feed. Please point to the tweet where Trump said black areas are rat infested.

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump

NOWHERE in his tweets does he say black areas are rat infested. He points out Cumming's district( which others on here have pointed out also, due to gerrymandering , includes some very tony areas)

Posted by: Jen the original at July 28, 2019 01:54 PM (JxFs6)

254 The brain washing of the Reason writers has worked too well....

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 01:54 PM (IOhkL)

255 Hamster or Hempster?

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 01:55 PM (IOhkL)

256 Did he really say that?
Posted by: dDan at July 28, 2019 01:52 PM (hwYmz)
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No, PDT took apart Rep. Cummings and pointed out what a terrible job Cummings has done for his constituents and painted Cummings as an out of touch grifter who takes his district for granted.

Posted by: blake - my preferred pronoun is: Pronoun! at July 28, 2019 01:55 PM (WEBkv)

257 Wow, Comet is showing Sapphire & Steel.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (oVJmc)

258 Hey, pearl clutchers, go do something useful outside the house.

Posted by: dr kill at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (Jj+59)

259 RE: MT Sen. Tester (D-inc)

The GOP had an A-list candidate in Rep. Zinke... but Trump appointed him SecInterior instead of persuading him to take out Tester. I think he could have.

I liked the guy the GOP eventually nominated A LOT (contributed to him), but he had to overcome being "some dude nobody ever heard of," & failed.

I agree with Ted Cruz that "Trump's re-election chances are 50/50," btw.

Posted by: mnw at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (Cssks)

260 247
What the media needs to do is go into some of those inner city areas and disprove what the President says.



Especially at night.



Oh, the horror, the horror.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at July 28, 2019 01:52 PM (Z+IKu)

+++
Day in day out, in all of the big inner cities Blacks are killing other Blacks, many times shooting innocent bystanders. But that's OK, apparently, because it's only gang-related grudge retaliatin'.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (9+jnX)

261 People say Trump is going to lose black votes by calling Baltimore a rat infested shithole? How many of them, 30? 40?

Posted by: Roy at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (ABjxW)

262 254 The brain washing of the Reason writers has worked too well....
Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 01:54 PM (IOhkL)

I'm glad someone else has noticed this also.

Posted by: Sooner at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (Fs5vw)

263 Thing is Trump didn't tweet about rats because he wanted to highlight the conditions of black areas. He tweeted it as a burn on Cummings after Cummings said something about border conditions. He's not playing 7-D chess here people.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (H9r7W)

264 As for Trump tweets and spews -- they used to make me cringe. I thought doom would surely follow every Twitter move he made. Then I changed my mind. I am convinced that angels take those cringe-worthy tweets and turn them into inexplicable successes. It's a Trumpian miracle. Darndest thing I ever seen.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 01:57 PM (lwiT4)

265 People have talked about crime rates, poverty rates, failing education and crumbling infrastructure for ages and it becomes more background noise.

PDT has put a very real face on the problem by using the rat infestation as something everyone can readily see.

Posted by: Ben Had at July 28, 2019 01:57 PM (vhGeK)

266 Trump also changed the political subject. No more MuellerRussiaRussia, now it's "What's wrong with our inner cities?". RatsRats is just the opening volley, and our inner city problems are subjects the Dems don't want to talk about.

Posted by: mrp at July 28, 2019 01:57 PM (Pqytn)

267
Did you see and hear the actual video of Cummings SCREAMING at the CPB official at the hearing? Cummings again set up the guy by asking why he was still "locking children up and removing them from their parents", and then interrupting the officials answer by once again SCREAMING at him if he thought that was what his job entails. When the official stated that BP is doing the best they can in a very diffic. That was all he was able to say when Cummings went off on the guy , screaming at the top of his lungs ,, "what if those were your children, c'mon man "

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Insane. Trump talking up economic stats will do nothing to combat this.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:58 PM (13CQC)

268 Did he really say that?

Posted by: dDan at July 28, 2019 01:52 PM (hwYmz)

Nope. I just read all of the relevant tweets, and they were brutal, but not a word about color, except for a #BlacksForTrump2020 hashtag.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 01:58 PM (wYseH)

269 The GOP had an A-list candidate in Rep. Zinke... but Trump appointed him SecInterior instead of persuading him to take out Tester. I think he could have.


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And then Zinke gave a small Montana company a yuuuge contract to rebuild Puerto Rico and was forced to reign over it.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:58 PM (H9r7W)

270 Man, you'll be hating today.

We have feels to you know.

Off to spread some typhus and plague, buh-bye!

Posted by: Big Scaly Grandfather Sewer Rat at July 28, 2019 01:58 PM (Z+IKu)

271 Thing is Trump didn't tweet about rats because he wanted to highlight the conditions of black areas. He tweeted it as a burn on Cummings after Cummings said something about border conditions.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker - Not In My Purview at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (H9r7W)

Yeah?....and...?

Posted by: BignJames at July 28, 2019 01:58 PM (ykq7q)

272 some of you need to learn the Leftards hate you no matter how much of their ass you kiss. if you say anything that they deem bad about their sacred cows, like Black, Hispanics, Gays, Lebians, Trannies. Muslims whatever they will attack you

Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 02:00 PM (BqBId)

273 Yep brains washed so squeaky clean, they are like smooth man....

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 02:00 PM (IOhkL)

274 People say Trump is going to lose black votes by calling Baltimore a rat infested shithole? How many of them, 30? 40?
Posted by: Roy

________________

It's more about not getting them to line up around the block voting like they did for Obama.

If Trump say has 20% black approval, he's no getting 20% of the black vote, but maybe a million stay home and he wins.

Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 02:00 PM (UfkIY)

275 for some it's hempster
for some its rats and hamsters
they are all squirrels

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 02:00 PM (bUjCl)

276
RatsRats is just the opening volley, and our inner city problems are subjects the Dems don't want to talk about.
Posted by: mrp

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I hope he follows it up with another volley! Maybe needles or potholes or sky-high gas prices or whatever city dwellers hate.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 02:01 PM (13CQC)

277 Posted by: mnw at July 28, 2019 01:56 PM (Cssks)
*******
Take your meds & go lay down on the Fainting Couch

Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 02:01 PM (BqBId)

278 >It's more about not getting them to line up around the block voting like they did for Obama.


If they are in line like that, it sure as hell won't be to vote FOR Trump. It'll be to get the Soros cash.

Posted by: Roy at July 28, 2019 02:01 PM (ABjxW)

279 "It is sad that the most serious libertarian organization in the country
can't look past their distaste for the president's bombast and examine
what he is actually doing, rather than his public persona."

Can't my ass. Won't. Because they're paid not to.

We need to stop giving so many people the presumption of good faith, because when shit goes sideways they're the ones who will be sinking knives in our backs.

Posted by: lurker (the other one, but spelled with a P) at July 28, 2019 02:01 PM (67XdO)

280 No, PDT took apart Rep. Cummings and pointed out what a terrible job Cummings has done for his constituents and painted Cummings as an out of touch grifter who takes his district for granted.

Posted by: blake - my preferred pronoun is: Pronoun! at July 28, 2019 01:55 PM (WEBkv
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Appreciate response.

So we have a situation where an imaginary quote is used for generating personal rage.

Posted by: dDan at July 28, 2019 02:02 PM (hwYmz)

281 Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 02:00 PM (UfkIY)
*******
Ummm Sweetheart that Cherry was broken by Obama

Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 02:02 PM (BqBId)

282 It's more about not getting them to line up around the block voting like they did for Obama.

Posted by: Blago at July 28, 2019 02:00 PM (UfkIY)

Bingo!


And the only Black with a shot at being on the ticket is High Yellow who loved to send Blacks to jail. And she's married to a White guy. I can't see Black men lining up to vote for her.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 02:02 PM (wYseH)

283
It's more about not getting them to line up around the block voting like they did for Obama.

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When he tweets like that, a few more people of whatever race get in line to vote for him.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 02:02 PM (13CQC)

284 WWI trench warfare was against rats as much as the human enemy.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 02:02 PM (BbGew)

285 People do this in NYC for fun. Apparently there are ratting clubs who get together at night with their terriers and other ratting dogs and see who can bag the most rats.
Posted by: Insomniac

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Holy fvk, really? Do they hit a few bars before and after? It's like foxes and hounds and stirrup cups New York style? That is so cray.
Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:48 PM (13CQC)



You know what?

That could be a damn fun and entertaining evening.

Maybe the areas they go ratting in are perhaps a bit too....unsafe.

But, man, I think that would be pretty cool if handled properly.





Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 02:03 PM (SHtRW)

286 No, PDT took apart Rep. Cummings and pointed out what a terrible job Cummings has done for his constituents and painted Cummings as an out of touch grifter who takes his district for granted.
Posted by: blake - my preferred pronoun is: Pronoun! at July 28, 2019 01:55 PM (WEBkv)


And you KNOW that hurt.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 02:03 PM (YqDXo)

287 So we have a situation where an imaginary quote is used for generating personal rage.



I for one am SHOCKED!!

Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 02:03 PM (lwiT4)

288 [Insert Trump-laser-pointer/Dems-cats-pussies meme picture here]

Posted by: andycanuck at July 28, 2019 02:03 PM (Dh1wo)

289 We need to stop giving so many people the
presumption of good faith...

Posted by: lurker (the other one, but spelled with a P) at July 28, 2019 02:01 PM (67XdO)

I didn't presume good faith. I presumed stupidity.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 02:03 PM (wYseH)

290 270
Man, you'll be hating today.



We have feels to you know.



Off to spread some typhus and plague, buh-bye!

Posted by: Big Scaly Grandfather Sewer Rat at July 28, 2019 01:58 PM (Z+IKu)

+++I had a spider in my living room last week that I had to deal with. Just about did me in. Can't even imagine coming across a rat. Die on the spot, I suppose.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (9+jnX)

291 Can you eat a rat?

Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (lwiT4)

292 Blonde Morticia for a win, here.


Namely - "race" has been absent from *every* recent "controversial" Trumpentwatter. The topic has been inserted - because a delusional racist framework is what has replaced decency and common sense for these people - by the Dems/press.


"squad" tweet - no race. B'more tweets - no race.



Posted by: rhomboid at July 28, 2019 02:05 PM (QDnY+)

293 The British trenches during the Great War were piss poor things that allowed trench foot and rats to flourish. The German trenches were better built to keep the troops out of the muck.

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 02:05 PM (IOhkL)

294 I don't get spider hate. Other then that one that can kiill you, they're ok.

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 02:05 PM (bUjCl)

295 And the only Black with a shot at being on the ticket is High Yellow who loved to send Blacks to jail. And she's married to a White guy. I can't see Black men lining up to vote for her.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 02:02 PM (wYseH)


This. I can't see black men voting for her either. There's a reason she polls fourth in California.

And that's before Biden goes after her in the next debate. Think he's going to forgive and forget? I don't. I think he's going to go for her throat in the debate. Further down than Willie Brown ever got.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 02:05 PM (YqDXo)

296 NOWHERE in his tweets does he say black areas are rat infested. He points out Cumming's district( which others on here have pointed out also, due to gerrymandering , includes some very tony areas)


By design so Cummings will always have a seat in Congress because guess where all that Federal money goes when pored into Cumming's district? It isn't West Baltimore. Those poor folks are just there as tools to acquire Fed Funds.

Posted by: Puddleglum at July 28, 2019 02:06 PM (1crse)

297 Can't even imagine coming across a rat. Die on the spot, I suppose.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (9+jnX)

A friend of mine moved to London for busienss. Her company got her an apartment. The first night? A rat ran across her face.

She never went back.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 02:06 PM (wYseH)

298 Trump should hold a presser Monday a.m.

Bring 5 fed up people from Bmore's inner city.

Turn the mic over to them.

Posted by: HA at July 28, 2019 02:06 PM (MAstk)

299 Next some Never Trump trool will be yelling how Trump will lose Indian votes because some in the country of India do worship rats...

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 02:07 PM (IOhkL)

300 What does Zinke resigning as SecInterior in 2019 have to do with whether he could've taken out Tester in 2018 had he run?

Reason editors aren't the ONLY ones who are dazed & confused by Puff the Magic Dragon, huh, folks!

Posted by: mnw at July 28, 2019 02:07 PM (Cssks)

301
Insane. Trump talking up economic stats will do nothing to combat this.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 01:58 PM (13CQC)

---
Anyone remember how Paul Ryan's fiscal road map won over the middle class and split the black vote?

Wait, you mean that didn't happen???

Posted by: Ace-Endorsed Author A.H. Lloyd at July 28, 2019 02:07 PM (cfSRQ)

302 Rats is just the opening volley, and our inner city problems are subjects the Dems don't want to talk about.

Posted by: mrp


If you are right, look for "democRATS" to become a campaign meme. There is a precedent for that.

Posted by: cool breeze at July 28, 2019 02:08 PM (UGKMd)

303 That could be a damn fun and entertaining evening.

Maybe the areas they go ratting in are perhaps a bit too....unsafe.

But, man, I think that would be pretty cool if handled properly.

Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 02:03 PM (SHtRW)


Not to mention civic-minded.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 02:08 PM (YqDXo)

304 Build-A-Bong. Coming to an abandoned mall near you. And far away malls, too.

Posted by: klaftern at July 28, 2019 02:08 PM (RuIsu)

305 Grammie - In Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/ Maturin series the sailors often are eating rats.

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 02:08 PM (BbGew)

306 I think that that's Trump's strategy, to keep the Democrats always on the defensive, always reacting to him, and never getting enough breathing time to seize the initiative.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 01:43 PM

Exactly. And as rhomboid stated at #136, this is not about rats or Baltimore. This is President Trump systematically retaliating against anyone who is slandering Border Patrol, ICE and USA immigration policy.

Notice the trend over the past few months. Nancy Pelosi slanders CBP/ICE, President Trump calls out the shit-in-the-streets cesspool that is SanFran.

"The Squad" slanders CBP/ICE, President Trump brings attention to the racism, anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism of "The Squad" members.

Now Elijah Cummings slanders CBP/ICE, President Trump calls out the fact that his district is a shithole and why is he wasting time slandering CBP/ICE when he should be focusing on his district.

It's a brilliant strategy. He has nothing to lose. He is defending the rule of law in America, defending Border Patrol officers and ICE agents and USA immigration policy --- his #1 policy issue --- and he's sending a message to Democrats: any Democrat who wants to slander CBP and ICE and immigration policy, President Trump will not only defend them, but also hit back at the utter failures these Democrats have in their cities.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at July 28, 2019 02:08 PM (7A4qQ)

307
Comet TV is running episodes of Sapphire And Steel.

It's an old Brit series starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum. Kinda like Dark Shadows.



Oh, it's much better than that.


You won't have the least bit of idea of what's going on, but it's still nice and spooky.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 28, 2019 02:09 PM (oVJmc)

308 'That could be a damn fun and entertaining evening.'

I bet the dogs love it. Sounds like fun, except you have to be in NYC.

Posted by: freaked at July 28, 2019 02:09 PM (Tnijr)

309 Business Investors brief article listing cities that have been destroyed by Democrat rule.


https://tinyurl.com/y2s79djb

Posted by: Jen the original at July 28, 2019 02:09 PM (JxFs6)

310 Who's Paul Ryan ? Any relation to Meg Ryan ??

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 02:09 PM (bUjCl)

311
A friend of mine moved to London for busienss. Her company got her an apartment. The first night? A rat ran across her face.

She never went back.


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 02:06 PM (wYseH)

++++OMG! The cleaners would have found my lifeless body in bed, that's how that would have gone down.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 02:09 PM (9+jnX)

312 Can you eat a rat?
Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (lwiT4)

Ummmmmm.....Yes.

Saw an Indian village once (dot, not feather) which trapped all the rats in their grain stores then served them right up for dinner.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at July 28, 2019 02:10 PM (Z+IKu)

313 http://bit.ly/2Oo87J4
*******
Rep. John Ratcliffe favored to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence - Axios

Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 02:10 PM (BqBId)

314 Los Angeles rodent-typhus problem just last year.
LINK: https://preview.tinyurl.com/y5r9dha8

Posted by: mrp at July 28, 2019 02:10 PM (Pqytn)

315 "He didn't say a word about "blacks." I repeat, this is what lefties HEARD.
On top of that, he framed it as a defense of the people who live in
those cities, not an attack on their leaders. That's MUCH better than
attacking bad leaders who happen to be Black." Posted by: Blonde Morticia


yea, I agree, don't attack "black leaders" for not solving "black problems". That is way to general (and bigoted, actually, since Trump has leaders of his own, that are black). Trump attacked an obvious and real (and visceral) problem of RATS, and mentioned a very specific person that has been negligent in problem solving. (but Cummings is loud and obnoxious on trying to make the matter worse by bring in the third world, while not getting the rats out)

Posted by: illiniwek at July 28, 2019 02:10 PM (Cus5s)

316 'Can you eat a rat?'

Let me tell you a story...

Posted by: Gordon Liddy at July 28, 2019 02:10 PM (Tnijr)

317 Any relation to Meg Ryan ??

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 02:09 PM (bUjCl)

She played "Deadpool." Did a good job too.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 28, 2019 02:10 PM (wYseH)

318 Who's Paul Ryan ? Any relation to Meg Ryan ??


A weak sister.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 28, 2019 02:11 PM (oVJmc)

319 'Can you eat a rat?'

Let me tell you a story...
Posted by: Gordon Liddy


Every trip thru the Chinese buffet.

Posted by: rickb223 at July 28, 2019 02:11 PM (Bd6VC)

320 319 'Can you eat a rat?'

Let me tell you a story...
Posted by: Gordon Liddy


Every trip thru the Chinese buffet.
Posted by: rickb223 at July 28, 2019 02:11 PM (Bd6VC)

That's cat.

Posted by: Insomniac at July 28, 2019 02:11 PM (NWiLs)

321 Nyah?

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 02:12 PM (IOhkL)

322 Can you eat a rat?
Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (lwiT4)

Ummmmmm.....Yes.

Saw an Indian village once (dot, not feather) which trapped all the rats in their grain stores then served them right up for dinner.
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at July 28, 2019 02:10 PM (Z+IKu)

Ok, OK, I can contribute to this discussion. And this is from remembrances, diaries and books of Soviet GULAG survivors. Yes. Any rodent can be consumed if you burry the thing into the ground for a bit.

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 02:12 PM (bUjCl)

323 If it helps your argument to intepet things literaly when they were metaphors, that how it's presented by your opposition. Most people will react emotionaly to the words but the thought behind it is the truth that stands.

Posted by: pawn at July 28, 2019 02:12 PM (lSTiV)

324 Can you eat a rat?
Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (lwiT4)



*shifty eyes*

Posted by: Any Chinese Restaurant Owner at July 28, 2019 02:12 PM (oVJmc)

325

"When G. Gordon Liddy was a puny lad in Hoboken, N.J., he roasted and ate a rat - 'to demonstrate to myself my lack of fear', the convicted Watergate burglar explained in his 1980 autobiography"

Posted by: freaked at July 28, 2019 02:13 PM (Tnijr)

326 Food thread is today, right ?

Posted by: runner at July 28, 2019 02:13 PM (bUjCl)

327 Can you eat a rat?
Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (lwiT4)



If you believe G. Gordon Liddy's book, "Will",

he was deathly afraid of rats when a boy.

So, to get over his fear, he trapped one, skinned it, and ate (part of) it.


Probably, tasted like chicken. Too bad he didn't have that Mulan Dipping Sauce to go with it.

Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 02:13 PM (SHtRW)

328 Today's Food Thread topic - To Serve Rat.

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 02:14 PM (IOhkL)

329 For Trump to lose, his opponent will have to flip [back] FL, MI, OH, WI, PA, or some sub-set thereof.


I'm Yogi Berra on predictions being hard, esp. about the future, but - given economic and other conditions in those places, even my post-Obama framework has trouble seeing that as plausible. Ceteris paribus.


I'd bet $5 - not $5O, but $5 - that he'll add 2-3 more states this round. NH, NV, MN.




Posted by: rhomboid at July 28, 2019 02:14 PM (QDnY+)

330 This may have started against Cummings but it should transition to:

Dems have failed your communities and Dems are choosing illegals over you, American citizens.

Posted by: HA at July 28, 2019 02:14 PM (MAstk)

331 Can you eat a rat?
Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (lwiT4)


I have a cunning recipe....

Posted by: Cpl. Baldrick at July 28, 2019 02:14 PM (oVJmc)

332 *shakes fist at freaked*


You beat me to the punch!


Posted by: naturalfake at July 28, 2019 02:14 PM (SHtRW)

333
So we have a situation where an imaginary quote is used for generating personal rage.
Posted by: dDan

======

Yes. Trump said "rat-infested," and lefties said "That's a racist dogwhistle you just said #BlackManBad."

Irony utterly lost. The whole point of the metaphor is that if you can hear the whistle, you're the dog.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 02:14 PM (13CQC)

334 Food thread is today, right ?
Posted by: runner


Wokking a Rat & 35 Other Asian Recipes.

Posted by: rickb223 at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (Bd6VC)

335 Rats were a Vicksburg delicacy during the last weeks of the siege in 1863.

Posted by: mrp at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (Pqytn)

336 And not just any dog, but Pavlov's New Socialist Dog.

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (IOhkL)

337 Every one of us here would eat a rat if they got hungry enough. Let's hope we never get that hungry.

Posted by: freaked at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (Tnijr)

338 We are having a rat boneless chicken wings eating contest today at 12 pm !

Posted by: Jade Garden dim sum at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (bUjCl)

339 This is pretty typical of the "Should I put this in my butt or smoke it" tier of journalism at Reason.

Posted by: Pinochet's Sunglasses at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (J2E9n)

340 Cummings is doing a bang up job, folks. Only like 85% of the school kids get free lunches.

Posted by: Horus Hearsay at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (DB16e)

341 I have a cunning recipe....


Darn. Funnier would have been 'I have a cunning pan....'

Posted by: Cpl. Baldrick at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (oVJmc)

342 So now I have to know has CBD ever tried rat?

He'll eat anything I think

Posted by: Skip at July 28, 2019 02:16 PM (BbGew)

343 329 For Trump to lose, his opponent will have to flip [back] FL, MI, OH, WI, PA, or some sub-set thereof.
..

Trump must win FL and OH.

And one of the other states or MN.


Posted by: HA at July 28, 2019 02:16 PM (MAstk)

344 If something scares you, eat it.

Posted by: klaftern at July 28, 2019 02:16 PM (RuIsu)

345 The new thing is "de-policing," didn't you hear? See how well that's working in Chicago or NYC, where the police won't get out of their cars for "minor" crimes-- they know the city authorities don't have their back.

BLM & Antifa know the police have been neutered.

As for PROSECUTING criminals? How quaint! SOOOO 1970!
Posted by: mnw
------

I've posted this link before. She was, of course, elected: http://tinyurl.com/y28a3o82

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at July 28, 2019 02:16 PM (CDGwz)

346
Can you eat a rat?
Posted by: grammie winger at July 28, 2019 02:04 PM (lwiT4)


*shifty eyes*
Posted by: Any Chinese Restaurant Owner

=======

lol, but seriously, I saw a before-and-after story on some African nation that kicked out its white leadership and elected ... never mind. Anyway, the "after" pics showed people selling dead rats on the street. I guess they're useful for something.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 02:18 PM (13CQC)

347 Nood

Posted by: HA at July 28, 2019 02:18 PM (MAstk)

348
Wokking a Rat 35 Other Asian Recipes.

Posted by: rickb223 at July 28, 2019 02:15 PM (Bd6VC)

++++Didn't CBD offer up a picture of a racoon in a bowl, or some creature, still in its fur, surrounded by vegetables - just last week? That really was the limit.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 28, 2019 02:18 PM (9+jnX)

349 Go over to Legal Insurrection.

In the People's Socialist Republic of Washington, some college Republicans were holding a meeting in a college classroom and an Anti-Falafal goon tried to padlock them in. The goon is not going to be prosecuted.

Posted by: Anna Puma at July 28, 2019 02:18 PM (IOhkL)

350 '332 *shakes fist at freaked*
You beat me to the punch'

Liddy used to talk about it on his radio show. He had to prove to himself that he could be a badass. What a nut.
That was a pretty good show though. Sometimes he would talk about guns and self defense, and he had some interesting guests.

Posted by: freaked at July 28, 2019 02:19 PM (Tnijr)

351 Every one of us here would eat a rat if they got hungry enough. Let's hope we never get that hungry.
Posted by: freaked
------

or, draw straws to see who is killed and eaten. It has happened.

Drinking your own urine, out of thirst.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at July 28, 2019 02:19 PM (CDGwz)

352 313 http://bit.ly/2Oo87J4
*******
Rep. John Ratcliffe favored to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence -Axios
Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT at July 28, 2019 02:10 PM (BqBId)

Ratcliffe would be a good choice. He comes from a solid red Texas house district, I don't see much chance it would flip. And he's a former US Attorney, he knows how it all works.

Posted by: Tom Servo at July 28, 2019 02:22 PM (V2Yro)

353
Rep. John Ratcliffe favored to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence -- Axios
Posted by: Deep State is in DEEP SHIT

=====

RATcliffe?

Trump is doing this on purpose.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at July 28, 2019 02:24 PM (13CQC)

354 308 'That could be a damn fun and entertaining evening.'

I bet the dogs love it. Sounds like fun, except you have to be in NYC.
Posted by: freaked at July 28, 2019 02:09 PM (Tnijr)


They do. Check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNFGLRR27EA

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at July 28, 2019 02:25 PM (YqDXo)

355 249 Yeah, I'm tired of dancing around black folk's feelings. Doing so has in no way been good for them and it is exasperating for everyone else.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at July 28, 2019 01:53 PM

Yep, there's a phrase for that, right? "Soft bigotry of low expectations".

The problem is that "progressives" have decided that any criticism at all of someone who is Black is "racist". Does not matter what is the criticism or if the criticism is also regularly leveled at other people. "Progressives" will call it "racist".

That culture of "soft bigotry" needs to change before there will be any improvement in the Black community.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at July 28, 2019 02:26 PM (7A4qQ)

356 Can you eat a rat?
---------
One of Instapundit's rat threads today had a commenter mention that one of the women in one of the Survivor seasons said she hated it that had to eat rat because it actually tasted good.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 28, 2019 02:28 PM (Dh1wo)

357 Liddy used to talk about it on his radio show. He had to prove to himself that he could be a badass. What a nut.
That was a pretty good show though. Sometimes he would talk about guns and self defense, and he had some interesting guests.

-
And he was funny.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at July 28, 2019 02:28 PM (+y/Ru)

358 "It is sad that the most serious libertarian organization in the country can't look past their distaste for the president's bombast and examine what he is actually doing, rather than his public persona."
****************************************

Are there really any people out there who would support Trump if he had a more genteel public persona?

Posted by: Jaqen H'ghar at July 28, 2019 02:30 PM (5fSr7)

359 Regarding libertarians - as someone who has at times politically identified as libertarian, classical liberal, and conservative, I can only say that there are opportunities for common cause, mainly in the idea of pursuing the goal of the minimal amount of federal government necessary to ensure maximum personal freedom. The three wings above may differ as to where the proper line is, but all should agree that the fed gov is far too powerful domestically.

I would add that the principle of non-aggression only ever made sense to me inside the well controlled (and policed) borders of the USA. It is a Hobbesian world out there, and applied internationally is a recipe for disaster.

The issue with the Big L Libertarians now is that they are dominated by the Libertines, as most small L libertarians are members of the Republican party. In other words, only the nutbags are left. The Rand Paul wing of the Republican party is valuable, and should not be written off. Power in all its forms and wielded by any imperfect human should be viewed skeptically whether in government, corporate, media, religion, or anywhere else.

Having said all of that, from a pragmatic standpoint, I have never voted for a democrat, have never sat out an election, and I can't imagine what would have to happen in this environment for that to change. The left (international and domestic) has always very obviously been enemy #1.

Posted by: milquetoast bourgeoisie mortgage-paying neighbor in flyover country at July 28, 2019 02:36 PM (LTNbI)

360 Just goes to show that Robert Conquest didn't go far enough, and it's because he misinterpreted the causes of what he observed. Even organizations that *are* explicitly right wing will still eventually become left wing. Conquest seemed to believe that this occurred naturally due to the nature of bureaucracies, and there is *some* truth to that, but it ignores the Long March Through the Institutions as a deliberate, active campaign to infiltrate and usurp *every* organization, *in particular* explicitly right wing ones. And the more important an institution is to the right wing, the more actively they try to subvert it - see the Roman Catholic Church (important, infiltrated) versus the Coptic Church (less important, much less infiltrated).

Reason was very important to the libertarian movement, so they captured it.

Posted by: Qwinn at July 28, 2019 02:43 PM (7wMd+)

361 Libertarianism is an unserious political philosphy, heavily dependent on lock-step universal acceptance of its precepts. There's only one demographic segment of the population that even cares. Libertarianism will not last past the traditional population of this country becoming a minority. Does anyone think the Third World peasants being imported by the left to replace the heritage population of this country gives a rat's lightly-seasoned ass about libertarian principles?

Posted by: Monty James at July 28, 2019 02:47 PM (a2tKe)

362 I just notice these people make wild claims such as "Trump is trampling the Constitution" and "Trump's a racist" but they NEVER provide a single example.

-

GregGutfeld
@greggutfeld
Trumps about to execute a white supremacist, while trying to free a black rapper from jail, as he pushes prison reform that directly benefits families of black men, while calling out a city where minorities are victims of crime and blight. if Trumps a racist, he sucks at it.

-
Worst. Racist. Ever.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at July 28, 2019 02:48 PM (+y/Ru)

363 Shocking economic theory!

Bernie Sanders admits Democrats will "have to" raise taxes to pay for Medicare For All.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at July 28, 2019 02:56 PM (+y/Ru)

364 329 For Trump to lose, his opponent will have to flip [back] FL, MI, OH, WI, PA, or some sub-set thereof.


I'm Yogi Berra on predictions being hard, esp. about the future, but - given economic and other conditions in those places, even my post-Obama framework has trouble seeing that as plausible. Ceteris paribus.

Posted by: rhomboid at July 28, 2019 02:14 PM

I dunno. Michigan could be in play to flip back to Democrat.

The r3tard voters here just elected Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer (who's #1 priority seems to be to enact a $0.45 gas tax hike) and Democrat Congressman Elissa Slotkin in CD-08. CD-08 had been held by GOP since 2001.

And the 2018 election did not see any downturn for the state of Michigan economically. It was just a bombardment of Democrat propaganda against former GOP Governor Rick Snyder and the people of Michigan losing their damn minds.

So I'm unsure what will happen in 2020 election. John James is running for Senator again, so that is one bright spot. But he lost against Stab-me-now in 2016. Hoping he has better luck against Gary Peters.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at July 28, 2019 02:58 PM (7A4qQ)

365 A globalist is just someone with a valid passport...especially if there are visas inside.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at July 28, 2019 04:51 PM (SfAqY)

366 192 Look, WE all know that Cummings and most of the Congressional Black Caucus are pretty bad.

But much of America is...they know a lot of Baltimore and similar are shitholes, but they're not quite prepared to go to the point of blaming, uh, black leadership.

Which is often the problem.

Trump should back this down a notch. Not give up on it, but just turn it down a notch.
Posted by: JEM at July 28, 2019 01:36 PM (8erNz)

Mr. Trump can't do a damn thing about it. Sorry, it's true. The people of the city of Baltimore can do themselves a great favor and vote in, oh, I don't know, COMPETENT leadership to go after what is ailing the city. And you know what's ailing the city? Not focusing on what cities SHOULD be focused on, and spending tax money as efficiently as possible.

Next up, MD voters could try to elect some COMPETENT leadership.

We don't live in a country with a unitary government.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at July 28, 2019 04:55 PM (SfAqY)

367 70


There is NO reason to read Reason, unless you like to get spit on
the article or the comments section. To be clear, they hate
conservatives and will never be allies.

Posted by: Crowley



=======



I just clicked over there and saw:



1 - Overbearing Regulations Are Slowly Killing Restaurants

Running a restaurant is hard enough without government micromanagers trying to stir the pot.



2 - Mayor Pete Wants To Destroy the Gig Economy in Order To Save It

Buttigieg says the best way to move into 21st century is to revive 20th-century unions.



I detect areas of commonality, opportunities for alliance, overlap, and so forth.
=======


Yes, a broken clock (Reason) is right twice a day.

Posted by: Crowley at July 28, 2019 06:34 PM (34oWa)

368 3 Minimum wage laws destroy jobs. On that they're right.

Posted by: jdgalt at July 28, 2019 10:11 PM (3SFo/)

369 Sadly enough, it appears that libertarianism has mostly been about nothing but drug legalisation.

Posted by: whitecollarredneck at July 29, 2019 01:22 AM (pcrQx)

370 It's not bombast to "brag" about one's accomplishments if one actually did work to create those accomplishments. Trump can brag all he likes...he came up with RESULTS.

Bleating about things one will do if only one had the fair chance is what passes for the truth in Obama-World.

Posted by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Witch at July 29, 2019 03:01 AM (xZjSg)

371 Tariffs were how we originally funded the federal government until 1913 and the 16th amendment.

Those tariffs were applied on all imports across the board. They were not applied as a way to pick winners and losers and they were not a tool with which the president could flex his muscles in other countries in order to buy votes in this one.

It's exceedingly un-American to screw over the rest of us with a tax, just so a few steel foundry owners can get a little richer.

Oh, and they aren't. They're laying people off and closing locations, but at least it worked to strong-arm the chinks...oops, no, that's not really happening either.

When will you state-worshipping asshats learn? You cannot solve social and economic problems with government.

Posted by: Andy Stern at July 29, 2019 05:12 PM (mqzYr)

372 When will you state-worshipping asshats learn? You cannot solve social and economic problems with government.


You're high right now, aren't you?

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