Following The Money

Lets follow the money:

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey helped donate $11 million to organisations that included the Bail Project, linked to the U-Haul in Louisville earlier today.

National File reported today that an employee of the Bail Project, Holly Zoller, was caught handing out shields and other equipment to potential rioters from a U-Haul truck in Louisville, Kentucky.

A group of concerned citizens managed to track down and identify Zoller:

One member of the anonymous group called Zoller, posing as a U-Haul employee, noting that the company had seen “hundreds of Twitter posts” about the U-Haul truck “being used to protest illegally.”

“We handed out supplies. That’s it,” Zoller said, including “umbrellas, water, masks, goggles, gloves.” The caller says that they saw signs of” abolish the police,” to which Zoller said that was her First Amendment right.” What does it matter what I posted on a sign?” she added.

Zoller then denied that she protested, but then was caught admitting that she “drove the U-Haul truck and dropped items off.” After saying this, Zoller goes quiet. When she returns to the call, she says the caller should talk to her lawyer and that she would not be answering any more questions.

Comments

  1. Names are being exposed. It’s long past time to make them pay.

  2. Just donated to Amy McGrath. 🙂

    • Who is Amy McGrath? Maybe I need to research……………..

    • Not even gonna hate. I’m voting for exactly 1 incumbent, Trump. I haven’t voted for an incumbent in the last 8 years.

    • Great. More garbage in my mailbox to throw away. I already get enough flyers with unflattering pictures of Mitch on them. Sorry, I’m still not voting for her.

      • Fine – just don’t vote for him either.

        Or I’ll keep donating!

        —————

        More garbage in my mailbox to throw away.

        One of my favorite stories:

        When I was in college, we had these campus mailboxes – the kind that were open at the back so the mailroom could just slide in everyone’s mail and were locked at the front, this kind of thing.

        Anyway, we got a ton of spam. Every group and committee on campus, every speaker or event. For every legitimate letter, I got 50 spam flyers to throw away. It was just insanity.

        So I talked to the powers that be and was basically told “tough shit.” I tried running it up to higher powers, but they just weren’t interested. (I got the sense that groups were buying the right to send spam and someone was making some money here)

        So, I got an idea.

        I got a few of my friends in on it, and all we did was simply push the spam back in, through the open back, and onto the mailroom floor.

        It must have spread rapidly because, within a day or two, the recycling bins which were normally overflowing were almost empty. All that spam was on the floor where the mailroom had to pick it up and deal with it.

        Wouldn’t ya know it, within a week, we all got a note that the school had decided to take spam seriously and would be limiting it going forward.

        🙂

  3. Update on Dallas and the redirection of its police resources…..from the BLM. The affluent neighborhoods need to hire their own police and Dallas needs to take the uniformed police and send them to reinforce the poorer areas……..

    Affluent neighborhoods raise their eyebrows and nod in the affirmative….no worries. Eliminate the City taxes and we will form our own schools and police.

    Now my question is this…..they did not want the police around, so they were pulled….the crime rate rose in historical figures and now, they want the police back but take them from the affluent neighborhoods, make them hire their own security but keep the tax base in place……………Bizarro World.

  4. JAC's Daughter says:

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      Wow, am I slipping, had to come back to it three times to get it….. Perhaps my “serious” bone is dominant today! The grandson could have figured it out in two seconds ….. maybe one.

      • JAC's Daughter says:

        hahahah it took me a minute too. I came across it last night and thought it worth posting today. It didn’t however bring out the pirate…

  5. Posted several days ago, but I didn’t get a response… paging JAC…

    —————

    The government owes JAC $1,000.

    If the government, simultaneously prints and distributes 10 trillion dollars to not-JAC and pays JAC his $1,000, the post-inflation value of the money it has given you is now dramatically less than what you were owed.

    That is, while they have, technically, fulfilled your right to be repaid your money, by letting others have an inappropriate and undue inflationary effect on the value of that same money, you have been effectively robbed.

    ———

    LIKEWISE, you have a right to ONE VOTE.

    That is your right and the government “owes” it to you.

    HOWEVER, if the government allows thousands of illicit votes to cause undue inflation, they have “given” you a vote that is worth less than the ONE VOTE which you were owed.

    ———-

    CONSEQUENTLY, to ensure you receive your ONE VOTE, it is the obligation of the government BOTH to ensure that your vote is counted AND that no undue “inflation” occurs.

    How’s that?

  6. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    Answer me this. Here I am a Pakistani or Dominican or West African or Mexican immigrant who comes to the US. Wanting to take advantage of the “dream” I beg and borrow enough to open a small store. I open it in a bad neighborhood because I certainly could not afford to be in a good neighborhood. I, my wife, my children and my brothers and sisters work 18 hours a day seven days a week in that store to make a small but comfortable living. One day these people called BLM come into my store, they steal the cash machine, they steal the cash register, they bash my wife in teh head sending her to the hospital for 30 stitches and a detached retina then burn my store and the stores next to me to the ground. I cannot rebuild because I could not afford the insurance premiums. Now, you Mother F—— expect ME to stand side by side with you singing Kumbaya?

    So much for ending “racism”.

    • Now, you Mother F—— expect ME to stand side by side with you singing Kumbaya?

      Yes.

      Here… I’ll draw you a diagram…

      ——

      Oooh.. that reminds me of a fun challenge question: how many different ways are there to draw a Venn diagram involving three groups/circles? (note: size doesn’t matter, just questions of the overlaps)

      • 5

      • Wait a second! You can’t just say yes, draw your little diagram, then change the subject to diagrams!

        You said yes. Sympathize with the rioters. Seems to me that you care less about the business owners or other (name your group) and by any means necessary. protect the ideology.

        Is there a fallacy for that?

        • Wait a second! You can’t just say yes, draw your little diagram, then change the subject to diagrams!

          Watch me.

          You said yes.

          Yes, I did. Good observation.

          Sympathize with the rioters.

          No, no I did not.

          I said I sympathize with the cause of police murdering black suspects (and various other issues of racism and bias as may exist).

          See… I can acknowledge (and this is why I drew my diagram) that violence is bad… and even that some of it may be caused by people who are aligned with things I agree with.. without having to abandon the sympathy for the idea that, for example, police sometimes just straight-up murder black suspects in custody and get away with it.

          Maybe to put it in more relatable terms: you oppose “US government efforts to restrict rights of private citizens, in particular those under the Second Amendment,” don’t you? Well, so, it turns out, did Timothy McVeigh when he bombed the Oklahoma City federal building. So… do you have to abandon your support for the cause you both share? Or can you condemn the evil done by nominally-aligned people while still acknowledging there’s a problem and you have concern for it and standing with those people who are concerned by it?

          Seems to me that you care less about the business owners or other (name your group) and by any means necessary. protect the ideology.

          Seems to me you are imagining that my capacity for concern is so rigid and binary that bad actors aligned with things I agree with means I have to abandon the underlying opinions.

          I feel badly for the shop owners.

          I feel badly for the victims of racism.

          I don’t really feel “worse” for either – honestly. It’s not a competition. It sucks for both groups. Some people have it worse than others. If I stop to think about it, I’d argue that Breonna Taylor’s parents than I do for a shop keeper who was robbed. And I feel worse for them than someone who was mildly inconvenienced by a cop on a power trip. Why do you feel that I need to rank all these things?

          Can’t I just say “racism is bad” and “violence/looting is bad” and “asshole cops” are bad?

          Can’t I say “black people have some legitimate gripes” without justifying opportunistic assholes who engage in criminal activity while nominally linked to my opposition of those gripes? Do you have to justify McVeigh when expressing concern for governmental overreach?

          It’s not a contest, and it’s not binary.

          It’s not about my ideology. I’m not justifying looters. But just because they are looting doesn’t change the fact that there are serious issues floating around tangentially to their looting. I don’t have to be accepting of their actions to agree that those broader issues are worthy of concern.

          You can care about gun rights without minimizing your concern for the victims of the OKC bombing. Why can’t I care about black rights without minimizing my concern for the victims of looters?

          Is there a fallacy for that?

          Yes.

          Do you still have that Get Out of One Logical Fallacy card? Because it won’t save you here.. I can think of TWO:

          Composition / Division: Your assumption that what’s true of one part must be true of the whole. That is, my support for the GOOD aims of BLM implies support for the BAD actions of BLM-aligned actors.

          Black-or-White: A fittingly named fallacy whereby you act like concern for one thing necessarily means a lack of concern for the other. You suppose a binary situation wherein I must care for one or the other, but not both.

      • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

        We call that “STUPID” where I come from. Also known as “kick me again”. I’m sure you would just love to rebuild after the firs. Now for some interesting stuff….

        Hearsay, but interesting hearsay…..Last night spoke to son# 2 who commands an Air Force Reserve squadron down at McGuire. One of his senior NCO’s day job is a Precinct Captain in the West Bronx. During the Fordham Road Riots (did you know there were Fordham Road riots? I didn’t.) the Police were misdirected by fake intel to Co-op city where riots were said to have broken out. That turned out to be a diversion. The Fordham thing was a disaster for the cops and our Captain got beaten up (he actually said he got his ass handed to him). My son then asked him if he thought that these riots were organized and led from without. Based on arrests not prosecuted, his answer was a loud yes. Neighborhood folks joined in after the fact but the start was well organized and planned from outside. Like I said, hearsay…..but neither party had anything to gain by gilding the lily.

        NYPD intel is arguably better than the FBI’s even though in the ’60’s they were excoriated by the way they did it inserting young academy grads directly into things like SDS, Elija Muhammad’s Black Muslims and the Black Panthers. Nonetheless, in these days of instant and untraceable communications, they were fooled. Takes some heavy hitter to pull that off. Also plays nicely with the Colonel’s comments on strategic placement of bricks and some very interesting video which emerged yesterday of signs, posters and shield being offloaded in advance of teh Louisville protests.

        • Also plays nicely with the Colonel’s comments on strategic placement of bricks

          The other day, I decided to pave my walkway. But bricks are expensive and heavy.

          So I called into the police and filed for a BLM protest permit.

          The next morning I woke up to a fresh pallet of paving stones in my driveway.

          It’s a miracle!

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Mathus

        Three circles with 4 possible combinations per circle = 12 ways to draw the diagram. If you count total overlap as the same as any overlap. Otherwise the number would approach infinity.

        • (Rule I forgot: no tangents. Either overlap or separate. So you can’t have, for instance, “total overlap” or “just touching”)

          Regardless, 12 is too low. The answer is 14.

          Mathius wonders what you missed.

          • The Colonel looks back at his drawing and wonders also…but…then has a Dr Pepper, some Doritos and Habanero Bean Dip……and simply does not give an shit….but it was fun trying to figure it out……but is now pissed and must drink another DR Pepper to see what he missed……………………..

            then sits down and thinks…..it is a diabolical scheme by Mathius to drive the already crazy Colonel even more so………tic-tok

            • but is now pissed and must drink another DR Pepper to see what he missed……………………..

              Don’t forget the bullseye.. that’s the one I missed when I tried.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Oh my bad. The “this past weekend” I cited from the article looks like it was in JULY. Not actually this past weekend.

            Which makes the posting of the picture in stories yesterday about the Grand Jury ruling even more egregious.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Mathius

            I missed nothing. As with most things it all depends on definitions. Each circle has four choices. Not touching, overlapping one, overlapping the other, or overlapping two.

            Your answer includes being within, which is overlapping.

            Your answer only adds two choices because it is not recognizing the differance of on circle being within another. Only the option of one or two within.

            Here is where I note that you said “groups/circles”. I took this as each circle is an identity. If they are not then is it really a Venn Diagram?

            • Just A Citizen says:

              And yes before you ask. I was always the guy in class who read all the instructions and questions before starting the test,as the instructions said……………… leading to the last one which said, “skip the questions and turn in your paper”.

              • Uh huh.. ok, fine, smarty pants.

                As defined such that 14 is the correct answer for three triangles – so, permitting enclosures, and crossing, but not overlapping or tangential touching of perimeters – how many options are there for FOUR circles?

                For clarity’s sake, the identities of each circle are interchangeable. Each of one in the link is “two circles with an overlap, one separate”.. how they are laid out is irrelevant.

                For additional clarity’s sake: these are circles. They are not oblong, squares, or multi-dimensional toruses.

                Hint: All 14 of the 3-circle-options with the 4th off to the side and separate + all 14 of the 3-circle-options inside the 4th = 28.

  7. AOC on the war path again……said it is time to raise the taxes on all of New York and redefine the word wealthy. Get ready for it Mathius. Oh, they want to redefine wealthy to include anyone over 199k per year.

    • I was unaware this was a defined term. But 199k / yr sounds wealthy to me.

      It’s a lot less wealthy to be earning 200k in NYC than it is in “Idaho.”

      • JAC's Daughter says:

        It’s a lot less wealthy to be earning 200k in NYC than it is in “Idaho.”

        This is true, but $200k/ yr in Seattle is NOT wealthy.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Mathius

        That depends on your appetite. We seem to forget, well the lefty D’s forget, that WEALTH is in essence your equity. What you have left after subtracting your debt.

        Notice I did not include “liabilities” because in your case they would be so large as to qualify you for welfare. Bwahahahahahaha

  8. New Vegas odds……3/2 on a contested election.

  9. Mathius…………….are you working from home? If so, do you miss the human interaction between colleagues?

  10. Just A Citizen says:

    SK

    “Last month, 30 days ago, the boroughs of the Bronx and Queens exceeded 33% so I do not know what they are talking about unless it is NY State as a whole.”

    I wondered that as well and forgot to include it in my comments. I was going to type “Which NY? The city or the State?”

    The other thing that popped out to me last night was the one expert in the field asking why no serious studies have been done regarding effectiveness of masks and the Brit Doc claiming he was opposed and “then did some research and read all the studies”, so now he supports “enforced” wearing of masks.

    So you have professionals within the field of medicine who cannot even agree if there have been meaningful studies done beyond those few which focused on the flu virus. Where a 15% effectiveness was concluded.

    Like the one Doc said. If you are coughing and have one on you might reduce the amount of spit you spread, and thus reduce the amount of virus that gets tossed into the air. That is if you are actually infected. But the actual effectiveness is unknown at this time.

    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      Rather amazing that we are now more than 180 days into the 14 days to flatten the curve and still know diddley squat.

      I noted last week that some here were arguing the mask lightens the amount of infectious gunk that can get through from a cough or sneeze. I cannot really buy that. More likely, the virus has changed or morphed.

      With Halloween, Thanksgiving New Years and probably Christmas cancelled, there is NO frigging way this thing is ever going to be defeated. Every time these idiots open up they ae going to “spike” and shut down again. That, in the immortal words of Howard Hughes is , “No Way to Run an Airline”. Speaking of which I am scheduled to get into a long silver tube next month when Junior’s unit deploys via Ft. Carson CO.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Take a warm coat with you.

        • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

          Plan on it. Was thinking two weeks ago about driving but the early snow scared me off. Last thing I need is to be stuck on Rte. 80 in the snow, been there, done that!

  11. Just A Citizen says:

    Interesting idea posted on American Thinker this AM.

    Should the Senate adjourn for Columbus day, POTUS should make a “Recess Appointment” to the Supreme Court, in order to assure there is not a 4-4 tie on any matters regarding the election outcome. The appointment would of course only last until the Congress next adjourned, or maybe that is just the Senate. Either way it would last until around Christmas or early January.

    My take, other than the Dems would explode like those Martians listening to Country Music, if the court is in fact divided 4:4 Roberts will side with the left wing to avoid damaging the reputation of the court and avert a crisis. Given he has done this a couple of times I see no reason why he wouldn’t rationalize the choice again.

  12. I am social distancing . 🙂

  13. Just A Citizen says:

    I would like to point out one thing on this story. Latah County is controlled by the Democrats. It is one of the usually dependable “blue” spots in the State. Why? The University of Idaho is located there and Washington State University is only a few miles away.

    https://pjmedia.com/culture/paula-bolyard/2020/09/24/idaho-christians-arrested-for-singing-psalms-without-masks-outside-city-hall-n960913

    In our town, the Health District issued mandatory mask orders. The police and Sheriff said they didn’t have the resources to enforce it. I have heard of city police asking people to distance themselves when they find a group gathered outside. Many businesses are enforcing the ban, because I think they fear either litigation or threats to their business licenses. But not all are complying, businesses that is. And of course you don’t have to wear a mask while eating in a a restaurant.

    Oddly, while eating out is rising, the number of infections has declined. Our little “spike” in late July and early August has subsided. I am sure they will claim it was masks, but there is no actual data to prove it was or was not.

  14. https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/environment/new-gas-powered-vehicle-sales-be-banned-calif-2035

    By executive order and they call Trump a tyrant. New trucks to be electric by 2045. We already have brown outs. The current grid cannot handle it. Since most vehicles will be charged at night, they will not be solar powered. What insanity!

  15. Just A Citizen says:

    More on the “Crona”…………… From Axios.

    “The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week.

    The big picture: There isn’t one big event or sudden occurrence that explains this increase. We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus, despite losing 200,000 lives in just the past six months, and this is what that persistent failure looks like.”

    THIS IS IRRESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM. PURE AND SIMPLE.

    The US goal was NOT TO CONTAIN the virus. So create a false criteria to judge the outcome and declare it a failure.

    • The US goal was NOT TO CONTAIN the virus. So create a false criteria to judge the outcome and declare it a failure.

      Correct.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Just take a look at the UK, FR, SP and some other western European countries that LOCKED down since they’ve come out of mandatory isolation in July, their numbers are now worse than Mar/Apr. They flattened their curve alright only temporarily.

      Regardless the best thing to have done was implement a sustainable set of recommendations so as to not destroy the lives of millions of people. Protect those most vulnerable. Unlike governors like Cuomo and Whitner and others who refuse to concede their errors.

  16. Just A Citizen says:

    No attempt to intimidate the AG………… nope …………….none.

    https://www.whas11.com/article/news/investigations/breonna-taylor-case/everything-we-know-about-the-planned-protest-in-louisville-saturday/417-a204dbdf-ef2c-4b04-8830-94043ef144a2

    You have to laugh at some media coverage focused on 8 militia type folks, who were white, and hardly a mention of this group arriving in Louisville last weekend. I saw reports they were there again yesterday but I think those were false. As the pictures of that report looked like the ones from the weekend.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Oh my bad. The “this past weekend” I cited from the article looks like it was in JULY. Not actually this past weekend.

      Which makes the posting of the picture in stories yesterday about the Grand Jury ruling even more egregious.

      • Correct me if I am wrong………but doesn’t our system of justice call for a grand jury to look at evidence and then make a ruling? Why are they upset at a grand jury decision other than it did not go their way.

        • The job of a Grand Jury is to determine if the prosecution’s case is strong enough to go to trial.

          Only the Prosecution gets to present evidence, call witnesses, etc. It’s completely one-sided. If they can convince the GJ of “probable cause,” then it goes to trial.

          (note: the accuracy of the above may vary by jurisdiction)

          • So, in the latest case that everyone is upset about……if the prosecution presented all the evidence and GJ decided that is the best he could do…why is everybody upset? Justice was served.

            • JAC's Daughter says:

              I think it’s about what they FEEL justice should be, not what it actually is.

            • As I understand it – and I’m admittedly not watching that closely – the GJ indicted one officer and let three (?) others go.

              ———

              That said: It’s not unheard of for a DA / SA to “take a dive” in the grand jury. “Oh, yes, I’m very serious about prosecuting the bribery scandal of the guy who appointed me, but the grand jury said ‘no’ so I guess that’s it! Don’t blame me!”

              Not saying that’s what happened… but prosecuting cops is a very unpopular position for a DA / SA to find themselves in. Likewise, not prosecuting cops who killed an innocent person sleeping in their own bed because they didn’t do their homework and got the wrong address and didn’t announce themselves and also had at least one body camera, but somehow no video of the event. So what is a prosecutor to do…? Cross that “blue line” and make an enemy of the “brotherhood”? Ignore the very, very vocal demands of the populace? Or “try” and then blame a Grand Jury comprised of random civilians whose names will never be known and who will never face any kind of repercussions?

              Fun added fact: a failed GJ (one which doesn’t indict) has a sealed transcript. The whole thing automatically vanishes into the ether. So we will never have an official record of what happened. How convenient?

              Again: your mileage may vary by jurisdiction.

              • Just A Citizen says:

                Mathius

                There is established law which exonerates the officers. Why?

                Because the suspect shot them first while they were serving a warrant. The girl was in the house and got killed by the gunfire that ensued. The warrant was legal.

                The one officer was charged with being reckless by shooting through the walls into the adjoining apt. Wanton Recklessness I believe. Not sure how it is reckless let alone Wanton if you happen to miss the target and the bullets go through a wall. Are you supposed to simply take fire until the guy shooting at you is standing in front of a rock or brick wall???

                There is reason to question and review the event in its entirety. But the cops did their job and followed the law. The weak link was that the Judge seemed to rubber stamp a No Knock Warrant and the reasons given for requesting it were very weak. The request is on the Police and/or DA. The approval is on the Judge. That such warrants exist is on the legislative branch of Kentucky Govt.

                Now try and explain that to someone who is unwilling to look at the circumstances, let alone has convinced themselves that the cops are just hunting down black people.

              • If cops come barging into your home in the middle of the night (allegedly) without announcing themselves, are they going to get shot?

                That said, I’m not arguing anything here.

                Not, really.

                I will say, it sucks that she did because – as far as I’m aware – she didn’t do anything wrong.

                I will also say, I find it HUGELY suspicious the way these body cams seem to fail mysteriously at the worst times.

                I will go one step further. I don’t really have a huge issue with qualified immunity. Not as such. But I’d propose a deal with you: only when the body cam is running. If it’s off, you get zero QI.

                But the cops did their job and followed the law.

                I believe this is contested.

                The claim is that the police failed to announce themselves, that they altered reports and timelines post hoc, that they were neglegent about getting the right address, and the guy they were after was already in police custody.

                I won’t swear to any of that as completely accurate and none of it automatically makes the cops guilty of anything. But I think it’s…. unproven to make the contra-claim: that they did their jobs and followed the law.

                And, again, I’m highly suspicious of how those cams fail.

                The weak link was that the Judge seemed to rubber stamp a No Knock Warrant and the reasons given for requesting it were very weak. The request is on the Police and/or DA. The approval is on the Judge. That such warrants exist is on the legislative branch of Kentucky Govt.

                I don’t know much about this.

                Sounds like a problem.

                But, I would add, that just because THIS is a problem doesn’t mean nothing else is.

                Now try and explain that to someone who is unwilling to look at the circumstances, let alone has convinced themselves that the cops are just hunting down black people.

                No can do.

                You can’t logic someone out of a position they didn’t logic themselves into.

  17. JAC's Daughter says:

    Jury duty day 2….

    I was selected as #2/40 yesterday and before any questioning, our case was resolved. Required back again today to see if there is any selection for a second trial this week.

    OH, and then there’s this guy…. who forgot his mask for his feet…

    • OH, and then there’s this guy…. who forgot his mask for his feet…

      “Yes, your honor, we know we’re here to render a verdict on a traffic violation, but we’ve elected instead to have Juror #8 sentenced to death. The vote was unanimous.”

  18. JAC's Daughter says:

    Seems a fair verdict to me!

  19. Just A Citizen says:

    Was wondering how long before the WH would use this against the howling monkeys. In the story I read on this last night the media left out the Win, lose or draw part of the question.

    https://www.redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2020/09/24/kayleigh-mcenany-pulls-no-punches-when-asked-peaceful-transfer-of-power-question-roasts-playboy-reporter/

  20. May 1, 2020: Kayleigh McEnary: “I will never lie to you”

    May 1, 2020: Literally in the same briefing: “The President has always told the truth.”

    • Wow, I hope far more comes out before the election. Mathius, who is the bigger liar and the bigger crook, Trump or Biden?

      • Bigger liar: Trump. Barr (hehehe)… err.. bar none… Trump is the biggest liar outside of Pyongyang.

        Bigger crook: Oh, who the hell knows? At some point, you might as well just round them all up and break out the guillotines. (but it’s probably Trump)

        • Mathius, it is not a question of the number of lies, it is a question of the harm the lies do. For an intelligent person you are blind and irrational. We have just gone through a period of time when our Federal government was turned against an opposition party and the people. The Obama administration of which Biden was a critical part, used the IRS, DOJ, FBI and intelligence agencies to spy on, harass and prosecute their enemies, including reporters and legislators. All of this was supported by the MSM. They continue to this day to propagate the lies associated with this criminal activity. It is the Democrat party that is dividing this country by propagating the BLM false claims. It is the Democrat party that refuses to condemn the violence and in fact provides it with financial support. It is the Democrat party that has told lie after lie about DJT. And yet when behind closed doors and under oath, not one of them could provide any evidence to back up their claims. By aligning yourself with this criminal party, you have become a criminal as well by aiding and abetting.

          The pay to play money that the Clintons collected is well documented. This was bribery in the first order. Hillary’s illegal and unsecured server with secret information on it is clearly documented. In addition Hillary destroyed evidence under subpoena thus making her guilty of obstruction of justice.

          The Biden family corruption is well documented with more information coming out daily. Hunter took $3.4M from Barisma and millions more from China. The State Department and the lying Ukrainian ambassador Yovanovitch knew all about it and provided cover. In fact Joe bragged about bribing the Ukrainians with $1B of our money not to investigate his son. Those facts have been well established but I am sure you will ignore them because they do not fit your beliefs.

          Open your eyes son and quit being a tool of the Democrat mafia.

  21. Just A Citizen says:

    Mathius

    Let me rephrase that for you: “But, I would add, that just because THIS is a problem doesn’t mean nothing else is.”

    But, I would add, that just because THIS is a problem doesn’t mean anything else is.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Mathus

      Cops said they announced themselves when banging on the door. One witness said they heard them do the knocking and announcement. Others claimed they did not hear it.

      So of course among the BLM crowd the cops are lying and they somehow bought off the one witness and coerced the DA and Grand Jury.

      And NO, I will absolutely NOT agree to stipulate whether criminal charges are brought based on the functionality of technology.

      • But, I would add, that just because THIS is a problem doesn’t mean anything else is.

        Correct / agreed.

        One witness said they heard them do the knocking and announcement. Others claimed they did not hear it.

        That is my understanding of it.

        My further understanding is that they’re supposed to announce loud and clear three times. One neighbor thinks he might have heard it.

        This is why I say “alleged.”

        You say “the cops did their job and followed the law.” I say that’s contested.

        If they’d had their cameras on, we could have an irrefutable answer one way or the other.

        • Why are both you and JAC ignoring the fact that the man fired first? A known drug dealer who has said that he thought it was drug dealers breaking in? A known felon running from the law to begin with……it was unfortunate that the lady got in the way….but that is the risk you run. ***

          *** Caveat: Assuming that there were knocks at the door but even if there were not knocks at the door…they had a no knock warrant.

          Are you prepared to live with the consequences of law enforcement backing off completely? I actually think that they should and let the public form their vigilante squads in the future. I do not get it but then I am an old fart that believes in the code of the West…..better yet, of Texas. Just shoot first…..end of sentence.

          • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

            Correct me if I am wrong here but in Florida and I believe your state, if someone is incidentally killed during a crime (firing at cops is a crime) they are charged with the murder.

            • It’s called Felony Murder.

              Anyone who dies as a result of your criminal activity is felony murder.

              If you’re the getaway driver and your team is inside robbing the bank and someone trips down stairs and dies, then you, the getaway driver, who were never even inside the bank, never even saw the person who died, you can be charged with felony murder.

              Does this extend to “if you’re committing a crime and the cops kill a bystander”… hmm…. well, it took about 12 seconds:

              In Commonwealth v. Almeida(2) the accused and two confederates committed an armed robbery. In attempting to escape, one or more of the felons fired several shots at policemen, who returned the fire. One policeman was shot and killed. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that Almeida could be convicted of murder in the first degree even
              if the lethal shot came from a policeman’s gun.

              So I’m going to go with “yes” to your question. If the cops barge into your home in the middle of the night and you shoot at them and they shoot your girlfriend six times, and she dies, then you can be charged with her murder.

              The basic argument behind Felony Murder is “if you didn’t do [wrong thing], then the person would still be alive so, even if it’s not a deliberate consequence, it’s your fault.”

              Since she’d still be alive if you hadn’t shot at the cops, her death is your fault. Legally, anyway.

              (Minor quip: you have to be committing a crime for this to apply. In the case of cops barging in in the middle of the night, there’s a very valid question to which I don’t have the answer of whether you know that you’re shooting at cops vs you have the right to defend your home from home-invaders. If you don’t know they’re cops, do you have the right to shoot at them? I would think so. But I’m not positive of that. If that’s not a crime, then you can’t be guilty of the felony murder which is tangential to it.)

              I think you’d be hard-pressed to convince a jury that the boyfriend is responsible for the felony murder of his girlfriend by the cops when he (allegedly) didn’t know that it was cops who were barging in in the middle of the night. You’d have to show that he knew he was doing something illegal.

              • Just A Citizen says:

                In the end, Ms. Taylor was another victim of The War on Drugs. That is the bottom line.

                As it turns out, Ms. Taylor was also not the “beautiful woman” Lebron James is now claiming was killed. Caveat, I have not seen the actual police records. But a story yesterday at Red Stated included information that she and her car were also listed on the warrant. Seems she has been pinched before for drugs. That report also noted that she was standing between her boyfriend and the police when her boyfriend opened fire. From BEHIND HER.

              • The War on Drugs. That is the bottom line.

                Fine.

                The War on Drugs. That is the bottom line.

                But can’t she ALSO be the victim of a court willing to hand out unreasonable no-knock warrants? Or cops who didn’t do their due diligence? Or who didn’t follow protocol? Or of poor training that caused the officers to shoot a bystander a half-dozen times?

                But a story yesterday at Red Stated included information that she and her car were also listed on the warrant.

                It’s hard to know what’s accurate. My understanding is that they were looking for her ex. So it would make sense that she and her car might be included. If you were looking for my (recent) ex, it seems reasonable to include me as a relevant potential location, etc.

                I’m not saying this is what happened. All I’m (reasonably) certain of is that she wasn’t shooting at anyone and the cops shot her a half dozen times. Whatever you want to blame that on is probably fine – it has multiple sources of fault – the boyfriend (maybe), the cops (maybe), their training (probably), the courts (yes), the laws (hell yes), and a hundred other causes.

                Seems she has been pinched before for drugs.

                Lots of people have – that doesn’t make it reasonable that the cops should kill her if she wasn’t an active threat. (yes, Mathius has a link for everything!)

                That report also noted that she was standing between her boyfriend and the police when her boyfriend opened fire. From BEHIND HER.

                Boy… it sure would be helpful if we had BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE, wouldn’t it?

          • Why are both you and JAC ignoring the fact that the man fired first?

            Am I ignoring this?

            If I barge into your house in the middle of the night, are you going to greet me with a plate of cookies?

            Why are both you and JAC ignoring the fact that the man fired first?

            Ok… but was SHE shooting?

            Because she got shot six times.

            Yea, yea, yea, crossfire. Yada yada yada. Yes, I know, I’ve never been in a firefight, but I do get it – people sometimes get shot.

            I’m not saying the police are bloodthirsty murderers. What I’m saying suggesting is that they could have handled this better.

            Are you prepared to live with the consequences of law enforcement backing off completely?

            No, but I am prepared to live with them wearing body cameras at all times while on duty and being fired into the sun when they do things like kneel on an unconscious suspects neck for 9 minutes until he dies.

            I’m also prepared to live in a world where cops get fired when they’re shit at their jobs, violent, abusive, or cut corners.

            I’m also prepared to live with cops having qualified immunity ONLY when their camera are rolling.

            I’m also prepared to punch a cop in the throat the next time he calls me “son.”

            I actually think that they should and let the public form their vigilante squads in the future.

            Probably can’t be much worse.

            Look, I’m not making any real specific claims here re Breonna Taylor. I haven’t been following that closely. But I think even an old fart like yourself should agree with the following: (A) cops shouldn’t murder people (B) cops should exercise reasonable care to make sure they don’t kill people when avoidable (C) cops should be sufficiently trained that they handle themselves well in dangerous situations (D) where possible, cops should deescalate situations (E) bad actor cops need to prosecuted, convicted, sent to jail, and barred from future police work and (F) there are some functions performed by the police which, really, aren’t police work and could rightfully be handed off to other organizations.

            I do not get it but then I am an old fart that believes in the code of the West…..better yet, of Texas. Just shoot first…..end of sentence.

            I believe JAC has already explained to you that you are not “West.”

          • No knock warrants are crazy. I can see situations where the police believe they are necessary but they are still crazy, legal or not. If someone breaks down my door, without identifying and proving they are cops, I have a perfect right to protect myself and quite frankly so do the cops. There’s a problem here, what is truly to blame. Just an added thought, I think as the home owner, I wouldn’t have to shoot to get killed, just having a weapon and pointing it at them, would get me shot.

            • I wouldn’t have to shoot to get killed, just having a weapon and pointing it at them, would get me shot.

              This is why my house is chock-full of Home Alone style boobie traps.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Hey, wait a minute there Texas…………. put your glasses on and read my comments again please.

  22. The Dems are trying to put an 18 year term limit on SCOTUS but I think this would require and amendment.

    Section. 1.

    The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

    • (A) can you support “the dems are trying”? Here’s the thing. When you’re the out-of-power party with control of one chamber and you know your bill (A) has no prayer of passing the senate (B) has no prayer of being signed into law if it did and (C) would be struck down 30 seconds afterward if it did… well, it really lowers the stakes. Kind of how the Republicans kept passing one-page repeals of ObamaCare knowing full well they had no chance. The point isn’t to make a law, it’s to send a message to your base and look like you’re doing something when they are just wasting everyone’s time and money. The Democrats might as well be passing bills to make it illegal to be Donald Trump for all the impact it will ever have. And everyone knows it. So why bother caring?

      (B) I don’t think an 18-year term limit is a terrible idea, all things being equal. At least, as I’m interpreting this, you’re appointed, then 18 years later, you’re done and the wheel you over to the woodchipper. The point of the lifetime appointment is to immunize you from political pressure since they can’t fire you. As long as you aren’t “running for re-appointment,” that’s fine. I don’t love the idea of a President – any President – necessarily getting to impact the next 40 years on the Court. That’s a staggering amount of power. (reminder, my general preference is for conservative judges)

      (C) I would agree this requires an Amendment. Which means it will never happen. But, putting that aside, there’s nothing wrong with wanting an Amendment. If they want to do something (add term limits) which goes against the Constitution and are willing to go through correct processes to get it done, that’s fine. That’s how it’s supposed to work. The Founders made it modifiably for a reason. Where I have a problem is when politicians try to end-run the Constitution – and that applies to both parties as well.

      But, you know, since this is a house bill, then, yes, it’s flat out unconstitutional and you know and I know it and everyone voting on it knows it and no one cares because it’ll never pass anyway and “passing” isn’t the point anyway, and everyone involved knows it and I LOATHE this kind of posturing bullshit and I think everyone who votes for it should be fired out of a cannon.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Mathius

        It has been a long while so: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • Question: Assuming a legal passing and Constitutional Amendment signed into law by the President and yada yada yada…. do you have a problem with 18 year term limits on SCOTUS?

          (ideally structured to stagger them so that they’re spread out evenly over the Presidencies)

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Mathius

            Conceptually no. But I also have come around on term limits as well.

            I am wondering why the 18 year number though? Kind of a strange number to pick.

            Unless you do the staggered terms as you say and start in year one of POTUS. Then each 4 year POTUS term gets to replace two justices. If POTUS is in office for 8 years he/she gets 4 Justices.

            But, as you know, I am more of a structural guy when it comes to fixing things. Term limits, etc are kind of gimmicks designed to fix problems which are caused by structural decay. At the same time, such decay is inevitable in any Govt system. So maybe term limits is the way to go.

            • If POTUS is in office for 8 years he/she gets 4 Justices.

              … plus deaths…

              Term limits, etc are kind of gimmicks designed to fix problems which are caused by structural decay.

              I don’t disagree.

              I’m still in the camp that, periodically, you need to just round up all politicians and execute them all ship them off to a deserted island somewhere and start over with a fresh crop.

              At the same time, such decay is inevitable in any Govt system. So maybe term limits is the way to go.

              I think the Constitution is a master class in brilliance and resilience and forward-thinking… they had some big brains, put some serious thought into it, and did the best they could while getting the states to buy-in. It’s pretty damned remarkable. And they knew it would have to change with the times, but not too eagerly, so they baked that in as well.

              But here’s no way they could have imagined the current world. The idea of SCOTUS judges routinely living into their 80’s, two dominant parties all but at literal war with each other, twitter, and the complications of a smaller and more interconnected world.

              To arbitrarily pick an example, 2A was written in a time of muskets. It’s not to say it does or does not apply to modern weaponry, it’s just that modern weaponry could not have been a consideration to the Founders. So they neither intended nor didn’t intend to guarantee my right to own an A10 Warthog.

              I think if you dragged the Founders out of their graves, got them up to speed, and asked them for a re-write, they wouldn’t change that much. I think, mostly, it would involve underlining and circling things that are already there, with a handful of scribbled in “we mean it!”s in the margins.

              • Just A Citizen says:

                Mathius

                I disagree with one point you made. Based on my readings, they did in fact foresee the issues you raised regarding tenure, party factions etc. They faced two real roadblocks to solving those. 1) Not everyone agreed to the extent which corruption would occur, and 2) Some of them were in on the corruption. Which of course relates to number 1.

                Hamilton is a case in point. The guy was a monarchist. He wanted a strong central govt. More to your liking with States subservient. But much of his writings (Federalist Papers) fall more strongly on the pro State and weak Federal side. Frankly I think he was a bit of a snake in this regard.

                As for what they accomplished….it was in fact almost miraculous. Obviously they were men, and as such they all had their flaws. But their motivation to be free of England and start a new Nation overcame many of those flaws……….but not all. I think of what they did and the climate they did it in, and then I think of our leaders today.

                I cannot help but feel deep disappointment and a big dose of sadness.

              • Obviously they were men, and as such they all had their flaws.

                I always marvel when people make huge decisions and don’t loop in more viewpoints. Get a handful of women in there and ask them if they foresee any problems. Ask some slaves, too. You don’t have to listen to them, but you Don’t know what you don’t know.

                I am working on a big project now and had it all nearly nailed down.. then I thought (hey, let me ask their other team just to be sure) and lo and behold, they had major complications that caused me to have to rethink everything.

                But their motivation to be free of England and start a new Nation overcame many of those flaws……….but not all. I think of what they did and the climate they did it in,

                It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you have a gun to your head…

                and then I think of our leaders today.

                A bunch of worthless shitbags. The lot of ’em.

  23. Happy Birthday Ray!!!!!

    Have a great day! 😀

  24. National File can reveal in further detail those behind the funding of the Bail Project, which include Bill Gates, Universal Music Group, and others.

    Back to the money trail. Bill Gates now supporting the rioters.

  25. Young Liberals in a nutshell.

  26. WILMINGTON, DE—There have been some suggestions that presidential candidate Joe Biden has been using a teleprompter when he’s supposed to be spontaneously answering questions. The campaign has vigorously denied this, but the charge has resurfaced because of an unusual answer Biden gave recently at a video townhall.

    When Biden was asked about whether or not he uses a teleprompter, he answered, “It’s ridiculous to say I use a teleprompter and your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you.” Biden then softened his tone a bit. “C’mon, man. Initiating TeleMatic boot sequence. Beginning demo mode. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.”

    A number of Republicans seized on this, saying it sounded like Biden was reading verbatim a teleprompter error message, further evidence Biden was using a teleprompter for rehearsed answers. The Biden campaign has again denied this and says they have a reasonable explanation which they hope to formulate in the next day or two.

    President Trump, though, has said he will never use a teleprompter and will continue to immediately tweet or say whatever comes into his head.

  27. https://dailycaller.com/2020/09/24/texas-attorney-general-mail-in-ballot-election-fraud/

    Nah, no cheating going on by the Crats, it’s all a conspiracy theory.

    • This also happened in the Houston Mayoral….race. a bunch of uncounted ballots showed up three weeks after the election from a predominately black area of Houston…..it changed the outcome. Voter fraud is alive and well.

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        Colonel – what was the year of the Houston mayor race you’re referring to? Google machine not showing anything obvious when I look.

        Another question – multi parter….

        Are you of the opinion that if x% of y cases of covid result in death then we should open up (“x’ being some % comparable to deaths from flu, car crashes, being eaten by a shark, etc)?

        Do you apply that same level of statistical significance to voter fraud / mail-in ballots?

        IOW – just trying to understand folks that point to the low #’s overall for covid as evidence to re-open and re-open now (stop making me wear a mask to enter the bowling alley)……tend in my subjective view to be the same folks who point to any case of voter fraud, regardless of its statistical significance, a evidence that mail-in ballots should be eliminated or significantly restricted. In the former – if you’re ‘wrong’ you could potentially….die? In the later……the wrong person gets elected? Is one worse than the other?

        • JAC's Daughter says:

          I wasn’t asked here, but I’ll chime in as one person who would like to see everything re open. I think we are at a point in our society where we understand the risks and it should be up to the people and the owners of business’ what they think is best for them.

          We know (and have known from the beginning) that the safest for everyone is staying 6′ apart, washing our hands regularly, and if closer to people then a mask can help (not 100%). We’ve known Covid is more harmful to those who already have pre existing ailments and the elderly with a weaker immune system.

          With that, I think it should be up to the people. We know everyday when we leave the house that it’s a risk to our life. If someone wants to go out and do something and they feel safer wearing a mask and gloves, then they should wear a mask and gloves. If they feel safer staying 6′ away from someone then they should do so. If a business doesn’t want to require masks and I walk in with no mask, then I am assuming the risk for my own life and the others in the shop wearing a mask or not, chose to enter that business knowing masks weren’t required. If people choose not to go in a business or support a business because they don’t require masks, then that is their choice just the same as the business owner who made that decision. If a business has chosen to require a mask and I want to shop there, then I respect that companies’ policies and wear a mask. If I choose not to wear a mask and someone wants to stay 6′ away from me, then that is their choice. If someone doesn’t want to hang out with me because they know I don’t care to wear a mask then 1) that’s my choice knowing that friend won’t want to hang out and 2) their choice not to. I think this is actually very simple. I do however, think most business should (not have to but should) keep their senior hours, which allows seniors to have a safe time to shop or do what they need to assuming less risk.

          If we all know the risks (which I personally feel we have since March) and we choose to go out in public, each individual assumes their own risk. If we have family members who have ailments or fall in the higher risk category, then it is our responsibility and theirs to 1) lessen exposure 2 weeks prior to seeing them and 2) them choose if they want to see anyone.

          Also, it is proven that the healthier, both mentally and physically, we are the less likely to catch or get seriously ill from Covid. Including: taking vitamins and supplements, getting outside for vitamin D and fresh air, working out, having exposure to germs, drinking more water, less smoking, less alcohol, less caffeine, doing things that bring us joy and excitement etc, etc. So if being healthy and happy for me, is all of the above, then It should be MY choice and I shouldn’t be limited based on what anyone else thinks. If that for someone else is staying in their home and away from people, that is also THEIR choice, shouldn’t it??

  28. Now THIS is a company I can get behind. Refreshing honesty!

    • Yep….that is the prevailing thought here. People are finally getting it through their head about this so called Pandemic…..and no one is wearing masks very often now. Even our governor is saying…it is so stupid to wear a mask into a dining facility and then take it off to eat. But, stupid is as stupid does. We have now opened up to 75% capacity. My bowling league is up and running…..we have to enter the facility wearing a mask but we do not wear it while bowling……………so, the signs are on the doors……and we follow the instructions…..you must wear a mask to enter this facility. So we enter…then take it off.

      • Hey, you’re the 70-something colonel who was exposed to agent orange and has other pre-existing conditions.

        You take your chances…..

        But just remember, you might wind up contracting it and killing someone else, too.

        How would you feel if you get it and wind up killing your wife with it?

        I mean, that’s a terrible thought. But I think too many people view this kind of things only in terms of “the risks I’m taking” and not nearly enough in terms of “the risks I’m exposing others to.”

        You’re walking around with a gun that probably won’t… but might… just start shooting at random strangers. Don’t you have an obligation to do what you can to ensure that doesn’t happen? Sure, it might shoot you, too.. but that’s YOUR risk to take. But it’s NOT your risk to maybe shoot others, is it?

        Remember, your mask does help you, but it’s much more effective at protecting others. Their masks protect you. You aren’t being asked to wear a mask to protect yourself – I mean, that too, but not that mainly – you’re being asked to wear a mask to protect others.

        • Every thing you say has a ring of truth to it, however, I just point out the hypocrisy of the mask wearing and the closing of theaters and diners and sports venues. So….wear a mask into a diner….then take it off to eat…..why? You did not minimize the risk just by wearing it in, sir. If you noticed the sports venues in the stands….clearly over 50% of the participants did not wear masks once they got to their seats.

          And I am firmly in the camp that, while there is a virus going around ( and I will grant you that it APPEARS to be an aggressive little bugger )…you do not destroy an economy. You do NOT forcibly change people’s lives. You do not lead us around like little slaves in chains….we got rid of that long ago. I DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT TELLING ME HOW HIGH AND HOW FAR TO JUMP……more than they already are.

          I am firmly in the camp of listening to MY doctors……not some so called medical expert that has been canonized. I am not in the camp of science that relies on government funding to tell me what is right or wrong. I will listen to MY physicians and those around me. My physician and my significant other’s physician both say this is over blown bull crap. My VA physicians, to a person, all agree it is over blown bull crap. So, who is correct?

          We also know, beyond a reasonable doubt, that this virus is lab grown yet you nor any of the public want to hold China (yes, it is theirs) accountable up to and including sending their military into oblivion….why? Because of the economy. OH MY GOD…we can’t get any more cheap Chinese products from a country that (1) still has slavery (2) debtors prisons (3) indulge and use child labor (4) Women have no rights are are imprisoned and murdered for having too many children (5) forced sterilization…..and who has brought us this virus…….the list goes on..but heaven forbid, do not take away my cheap furniture, medicines, or electronics.

          Ahhh………………………time for a Dr Pepper and chill.

          • I DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT TELLING ME HOW HIGH AND HOW FAR TO JUMP

            I get this.

            And I’m sympathetic.

            And you’ll not that I – personally – am not advocating for any particular policy positions.

            All I’m saying is that you walking around and listening (or not) to your doctor’s advise has impacts on others.

            Just replace it with Super Ebola. Super Ebola is a new strain and you have it. And your doc says it’s no big deal. But the CDC says it’s, you know, Super Ebola. So do you have the “right” to go out into public? Is that YOUR individual choice to make? Or, because it’s a societal issue, does society (read government) get a say?

            Again, I’m not offering up any answers here… I just don’t think it’s so black and white.

            I am firmly in the camp of listening to MY doctors……not some so called medical expert that has been canonized

            Why is YOUR doctor the authority? Why not MY doctor? What if it is a huge deal and your doc is just a moron? Or he isn’t up on the latest science? Or you just ignore him? Or you don’t even have a GP?

            Again, I’m not advocating for anything here. But it does make sense to have knowledgable experts at the CDC centralize the “cannon” as best they can. Your GP, nor mine, are going to be as good on average.

            We also know, beyond a reasonable doubt, that this virus is lab grown yet you nor any of the public want to hold China (yes, it is theirs) accountable up to and including sending their military into oblivion….why?

            Me? Why are you bringing ME into this?

            Let me stop you there.

            I’m good with hiring assissins to murder the entire ruling class of China.

            I don’t even need to consider this virus. Just killing every single member of the ruling class in China already has a green light from me. Off ya go, Colonel, git’er done.

            We also know, beyond a reasonable doubt, that this virus is lab grown yet you nor any of the public want to hold China (yes, it is theirs) accountable up to and including sending their military into oblivion….why?

            Is this established beyond a reasonable doubt? I don’t know that.

            You do?

            To be fair, I don’t know it’s NOT either.

            Seems like the kind of thing that’d be hard to prove.

            (also, why not make it a bit deadlier? Why is this simultaneously “full-blown crap” AND a lab-grown bioweapon?… oh wait… I know why…)

            Because of the economy. OH MY GOD…we can’t get any more cheap Chinese products from a country that (1) still has slavery (2) debtors prisons (3) indulge and use child labor (4) Women have no rights are are imprisoned and murdered for having too many children (5) forced sterilization…..and who has brought us this virus…….the list goes on..but heaven forbid, do not take away my cheap furniture, medicines, or electronics.

            Nope. I’m on board. And I’ll tell you, I don’t know any non-policiticians who aren’t also on board with ditching China.

            I think there are only three ways China changes (A) internal pressure (B) economic external pressure or (C) violent external pressure.

            To A, this will eventually happen. All governments eventually collapse or change into something else. I don’t believe that the Chinese Communists have found the magical sweet spot where they’ll exist forever. But I wouldn’t bet on an internal revolution any time soon.

            To C, you might support war, and I might support ninja assassins.. but I think we’re generally on the same page here.

            To B, I don’t know a single person who doesn’t think we should reduce our dependency on China. Short of killing them, only by hitting them in the wallet will they be forced to change these practices. We’ll never get them to stop by asking nicely. And as long as they keep making money with slave labor, why would they ever stop? Why should they give a shit what we want if our “asks” have no teeth?

            Ahhh………………………time for a Dr Pepper and chill.

            Have a Red Bull 🙂

            • Your GP, nor mine, are going to be as good on average. FLAG thrown, here. Why are they not as good? They might even be better. The reason that they are not in Washington or the CDC is the same reason you or I are not running this country. (Preferably me, of course)…..even despite your “collectivism” attitude on some things, I venture to say that we are far more qualified to run this country than the dolts that are already in Washington and those that may be…..and we are not there. WHY? Because we are smart enough to stay out of the fray. The best in this country are not in politics and they should be.

              • we are far more qualified to run this country than the dolts that are already in Washington

                My primary qualification is that I don’t covet power.

              • My primary qualification is that I don’t covet power. Me either…..I AM THE POWER!!!!! (picture this Colonel standing there with his arms crossed and Yosimete Sam on one side and a Raptor wearing 6 guns on the other side.)

                Yosimete Sam has joined my cause since he has been kicked out of the cartoon world by the leftists for being too violent…….and carrying guns.

        • Hey, you’re the 70-something colonel HEY….I am not 70 something..I AM A PROUD 72 this coming October and not a retired couch potato counting the days. I proudly say that I am still 6 ft. 185lbs with sparkling deep blue eyes, not much hair that I keep buzzed, not afraid of the sun and sport a deep bronze tan, still get into 34 inch waist jeans and slacks..my 6 pack is now a 4 pack tho, however, can still run 8 minute miles (without pack). I am incredibly better looking than you are and I breathe somewhat free air not full of left wing ideology. (Although the transplants from California and New York have not yet had their Texas indoctrination.) I DO NOT need the little blue pill either………………..so.

          • I wore jeans for the first time in 7 months last week.

            Size 33 with an inch to spare.

            My 6 pack is a 1 pack.

            But I am 6’1, so I’ve got that on you.

            I am incredibly better looking than you are

            And this is just false.

            For starters, other than my devastatingly blue eyes, I also have a rugged scar on my neck which gives me an aura of danger to compete with your Texan bravado

            (Although the transplants from California and New York have not yet had their Texas indoctrination.)

            I still remember when I transferred planes in Texas… soon as I got off, they hauled me aside, put a big hat on my head, attached spurs to my sneakers, and gave me a pair of six-shooters. Then as soon as I boarded my connection, they took it all away. I was very confused.

            (honestly, is that the best use of your tax dollars?)

            • have a rugged scar on my neck

              You been hanging out with Dan Bongino?
              “It’s a tumor, but there’s a strong likelihood that it is not cancerous,” Bongino told his followers on Rumble, a platform he recently bought a stake in as a response to YouTube censorship, adding that at first he thought the growth was a lipoma. “We don’t know what it is. It’s in a very weird spot in my neck near my carotid artery, near vocal cords and things, and it is big. It’s 7 centimeters … It’s scary.”

              Bonus info in that paragraph about him investing in some competition for YouTube.

              • I can neither confirm nor deny that I am Dan Bongino.

                Nor can I confirm nor deny that I am James Mathius Mattis.

                But I am definitely not the Dread Pirate Mathius.

                ———-

                PS: Still no feeling in my ear.

                PPS: Despite having no feeling, it sometimes itches, which is a problem because I can’t scratch it (or, I can, but I can’t feel it, so it doesn’t help)

                PPPS: It was really cold the other day, and my right ear was freezing, but my left ear didn’t bother me at all. So, you know, there’s that.

                ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

              • Ahhh,,,the old phantom pain issue. I have a couple of areas where high speed projectiles have paid a visit. No feeling in the immediate area….but I swear they itch.

              • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

                Yes Colonel, they do itch. Damaged nerve endings!

  29. Just A Citizen says:

    Not one mention of all the problems found with mail in ballots during the primaries, which would number in the tens of thousands if extrapolated nationally. Ignoring how close the election was last time, dismissing “a few cases of fraud” here and there. Once again cutting Trump’s quote about the transition out of the context in which it was given and ignoring the comments yesterday.

    And of course not mentioning the army of lawyers Biden and the DNC have secured to contest the election results. Good Ol’ Joe………… sure……..after all the votes are counted. That gets a free pass, despite the obvious undertone. He is not accepting the results right away either. Unless of course he wins. .

    Our media is failing us badly. They are a major source of the anger flowing through the nation.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/24/politics/trump-election-integrity-2020-count/index.html

  30. Just A Citizen says:

    Ya just gotta love people who are just to lazy to do the math. From report on the UN meetings.

    “CARBON TAX CHECK-IN: Sweden and Finland’s carbon taxes — the world’s first — are now in their fourth decade. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation did a health check and found that Sweden levies the highest carbon tax rate in the world at $126 per metric ton of CO2. And yet, throughout the life of the tax, “Sweden’s carbon emissions have been declining, while there has been steady economic growth” — GDP has grown 50 percent in real terms.”

    WOW. A 50% increase in GDP. That is awsome………and only over 40 years.

    That comes to about a 1% annual growth rate……………. Of course it is 1% above inflation, supposedly.

  31. Just A Citizen says:

    Kind of fun. OK, a little corny but fun.

    • Awesome………………………..just……………AWESOME. Just got back from early voting on a special election….early voting for the big election starts Oct 13. Three weeks of early voting for Texas……

      • Just A Citizen says:

        I find it amazing that we think it takes three weeks to accomplish what normally takes ONE DAY to do just to keep people 6 feet apart instead of 3.

      • (on a call, so I’ll be brief.. go ahead and pretent I wrote a whole essay)

        I get wanting to have the flexibility to cast your vote at a convenient time, but I don’t think it’s right to have such a big opening.

        I think a lot could happen between here and election day, and I think both sides are presenting a case “here’s why you should vote for me” and I don’t think you should be able to vote with so much left.

        What if Biden has a stroke next week?

        What if Trump admits to bathing in the blood of immigrants?

        I get absentee ballots and I get the need for some flexibility, but 3 weeks just seems… I don’t know.. inappropriate.

        • Canine Weapon says:

        • Admittedly, I was a little taken aback after seeing this on the wall of the polling place and the volunteers were also making sure we knew it before leaving.

          I get wanting to have the flexibility to cast your vote at a convenient time, but I don’t think it’s right to have such a big opening. Why not? It seems to me to help the blue side. And, as Governor Abbott said, there is no reason to be counting ballots for weeks after the election. Get them in now. Of course, we do not have mail in ballots but the time, apparently, was extended to accommodate extra time. Remember the Federal judge that said we did not have a sufficient protocol in place? Well, he bought off on this.

  32. Stephen K. Trynosky says:

    Mr Matt,

    I realize that you wake up every morning with the little man in your head shouting ….. “Trump is a liar” and go to bed every night with the same little man screaming ….. Trump is a liar.

    However with the revelations of the past 24 hours on the 3.5 million dollars sent to the Biden family via the widow of the Mayor of Moscow and the knowledge the FBI investigators actually took out liability insurance on our dime to cover their asses on what they themselves considered a fraudulent investigation of General Flynn and that the main “source” for the Steele dossier was actually a known Russian operative, how could you possibly vote for the d. side?

    I guess if I were in your position, I would find myself voting for the winner, by write in, of the 1968 Student Government Presidency at Manhattan College, one Rocky Racoon.

    Venting to all. Christopher Wray informs us that “historically” (his word, not mine), there has been no large scale fraud in mail in voting. What that POS, Mo Fo fails to say is that this has NEVER been done before and just how can their be a “historic” record for something with no history. As a side note to that my former friend up in Seattle told me that up in his neck of the woods, Washington and Oregon, they have been successfully voting that way for years …… apparently he doesn’t get the irony in saying that and referring to states that have cities named Seattle and Portland. Yeah, apparently it has worked REALLY well.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      SK

      The other thing your “friend” ignores is that those two states worked on the mail ballot process for something like FOUR YEARS before they implemented it. It took FOUR YEARS to get enough bugs out of the system that most felt OK with it. Not two months.

      And STILL, they have issues with people filling out ballots for other people (retirement homes, handicapped under supervision, etc.) But as you say, since it is working out for them there is no reason to dig for more problems.

    • how could you possibly vote for the d. side?

      I’m confused why you persist in this fantasy that I’m voting FOR the “d. side.”

      I’m not.

      I’m voting AGAINST Trump.

      As for the rest of it, I’ll take reputable sources, please.

      • What do define as reputable sources?

        • I’ll know it when I see it. 😛

          We will not be accepting anything from Infowars, Alex Jones, or fringe right-wing blogs.

          • What about fringe left-wing sources such as the NYT, CNN, MSNBC, WaPo…..? They all have gotten a lot wrong in the last 4 years. Many sources on the right are proving to be more accurate but these probably do not get passed your filter.

            • In support of criticizing Biden, I will usually accept columns 2 and 3 and sometimes 1 and 4.
              In support of criticizing Trump, I will usually accept columns 3 and 4 and sometimes 2.
              Column 1, when rarely accepted, requires external validation.
              Column 5 is almost never acceptable but may be used as a source of links to better sources. Care should be applied as cherry-picking is almost certainly at play and things may have been taken out of context.

              The strongest consideration is given to column 3, with a focus on AP, RCP, and BBC (who is missing).

              Special emphasis is also granted to admissions against bias. If OAN criticizes Trump, I’m going to pay attention to that. I won’t necessarily trust them, but if they’re criticizing the guy they’re actively sucking up to, then there might be something there. (conversely, HuffPo making an identical anti-Trump claim can be ignored because, of course HuffPo is attacking Trump).

              Original video evidence and full transcripts is preferred where available and as time permits.

              SUFA is in column 9000, somewhere way off the page.

              Special cases may be granted in consideration for subject matter expertise (eg, an economics story might bias Bloomberg news or the Economist) or where I really, really, really want something to be true.

      • What do YOU define as reputable sources?

      • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

        Gppd so I can count on your vote for Rocky J. Racoon!

      • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

        I really try and refrain as much as I can from foul language but give me a fucking break. It is all over everywhere except where it has been “spiked”. Do your own damned research, I’m tired of doing the heavy lifting! Start using that thing above your shoulders.

  33. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/25/report-john-brennan-edited-out-intel-suggesting-russia-wanted-hillary-clinton-to-win/

    Once again, I am being proved right. I said early on that logic did not support Russia preferring Hillary over Trump. She gave them everything they wanted and accepted bribes in the process. They very likely hacked her server so had more damaging information on her. She was controllable. The only negative I could see is that she is weak and weak people start wars. Trump was a wild card to be avoided.

    Why anyone would want this cabal back in power is beyond me.

  34. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Shortlisted for Trump’s Supreme Court appointment, Judge Amy Coney Barrett held a press conference today where she wore a Handmaid’s Tale costume just to freak the Left out.

    Barrett walked out in the red cloak and white bonnet, causing most of the reporters gathered to pass out instantly.

    “If selected to serve on the Supreme Court, I look forward to forcing women to have babies and ushering in a Catholic theocracy,” she said, holding back laughter. “In fact, the first decision I want to hand down is that women who don’t have at least seven babies will be executed.”

    “All hail the Pope! All hail the Pope! All hail the Pope!”

    “When you’re getting accused of being a theocratic fascist, sometimes you just have to play along,” she said afterward as she took off her red robe, revealing her normal black robe underneath. “It’s fun to watch them freak out a bit.”

    She then jumped in her minivan and drove off to drop five of her kids off at soccer practice before going to hear a case as part of her extremely successful career.

  35. We did not have any investigations of the Obama administration because he was shielded by black privilege. But we did have plenty of investigations during the Clinton administration. Now we have the Trump investigations. There is however something strangely different between the two. Where are the bodies?

  36. Just A Citizen says:
    • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

      I enjoyed that and agree with about 90% but I cannot see “going back”. You look at ther Yahoos in teh streets, what they believe in, what they DON’T know about history, culture, civics, geography, war….. and yet, they are all experts with the alphabet soup after their names to prove it!

      Then there is the issue of language. Mobs roam the streets set fires, steal, break windows, terrify old people eating dinner and it is “protest” never “riot”. The corruption of language can, in my lifetime be trraced back to the first newsperson who reported, after a perp was caught holding a smoking gun over a corpse that he was the “alleged” killer.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        SK

        I think the rot’s origin is found in the fact that Govt is the ultimate power. And as such it is inevitable that it will draw immoral types to its flame. Then when the population starts recognizing this they figure, “what the hell”. Initially family and church stands between the two forces of evil. Eventually those wear down as more power draws more insects.

        Then when the population becomes rotten the power seeking have no chains remaining to bind them. The two evil powers are combined into The ONE Ring. And thus a culture/society/nation collapses.

        Which leaves the original question as the new beginning. Do we form govt.s from reason and serious thought, or do we form them from emotions and use of force.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        SK

        Thought you would like to know about the following: Sister-in-law told me the other day that the rank and file Catholic priests, how many I do not know, in California issued a statement the other day. They declared that the “cafeteria Catholic” thing was done, over. It is false.
        I was told they used the phrase:

        “If you are for abortion you are not Catholic.”

        I bet Joe Biden didn’t have a clue he was starting a meme trend…………

        • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

          We had a pastor here, a true child of the 1960’s though he was probably a bit young back then. He would refuse to let our Right To Life People distribute literature after churtch or “flyer” cars in the lot.

          When John XXIII opened up the Vatican Council 2 in the early ’60’s he allowed thee people to come out of hiding. The worst part is that the church used to have a very special moral standing until the pedo priests started coming out of the woodwork. We have hasd a couple of obvious homosexual priests pass through our church during the time Archbishop then Cardinal McCarrck was running the show. Really bad for the “normal” priests. See some interesting signs of newer, young priests reverting to “traditional” values. They have a big problem with the reception they are getting from the old “reformers” running the show.

    • I can certainly agree that the underlying theme of the 1960’s has resulted in….” people are more lazy, greedy, and dishonest.” This has been a failing of the 1960’s and, I am sad to say, it was my generation that started this downfall. I assume that I am that generation….I started college in 1965….and that seems to be about the age that started this crap.

      Good article and pretty close to being spot on target.

      • Stephen K. Trynosky says:

        It was the effing Beatles Sir, you KNOW it was the effing Beatles! “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE” my Hunkie Ass!

        Would love to have been temporarily dead so I could have been there when Lennon met Jesus and tried to backtrack that “we’re more popular” thing!

  37. WARNING for language 😀 😀

  38. I have a new T shirt to wear. It says:

    I was going to dress as a liberal for Halloween but my head won’t fit up my ass.

    So, if I wear that and a MAGA hat……..that should start some shit.

  39. This is a long read but I wanted to share it here to clear up some of the lies the fake news is spreading about Breonna Taylor.

    1) She was not ‘innocent’. She knew exactly what her boyfriends were doing and she was an accomplice to numerous crimes.

    2) She was not shot in her bed. She was in the hallway. And I’ve read that the boyfriend was standing behind her. Nice guy there, huh?

    3) I’ve read that witnesses have stated that the police did knock and did announce themselves.

    4) Taylor provided cars and cell phones to her drug dealing boyfriends. She even rented a car for one of the boyfriend’s, in which that rental car was found with a body in the trunk.

    Breonna Taylor knew exactly what was going on and was willingly a part of it. She placed herself in a bad situation. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/63943132/breonna-taylor-summary-redacted1

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