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February 05, 2019



Next they will reformulate their salad dressing. The horror!!!


8 days until pitchers and catchers report

Jim Eagle


Like in that scene in Q&A between Nick Nolte and International Crisis:)

I posted a comment on the last thread while a new thread came up. I think this is about the 20th time I have done that.


makes targets hallucinate, vomit:

That is decades old technology.


They plan on getting that close to enemy ships?


At the rate the Russian navy is going, they don't dare lose sight of land.

Old Lurker

Iggy about Progs: "a simultaneous desire for a utopian world full of perfected humans that no longer loathe themselves or are frightened to death [heh] by their own mortality."

Ig, I will grant you that for some of them. Think of them as cannon fodder. The instigators have no fear of mortality because for them when it is over, it's over, but in the meantime more power for me is better.


Aunt Maxine begs Americans to ‘turn the television off’ during Trump SOTU...

... and practice the ignorance Maxine has honed to exquisite sharpness.


I was gonna watch an online feed anyway.

Dave (in MA)

Boston sports fans were starved for a championship, having to endure a drought all the way back to October 28th.

Brady audibles "Reagan" on national TV during Super Bowl, gives the double 👌🏻 sign at the rally, and Boston OKs the city's first Chik-Fil-A location while the rally is taking place. Moonbats hardest hit.



So, we have Kamela Harris before, and Bernie and Stacie after.

NONE of whom are moderates. ALL of whom are phonies.




The Library of Congress announced today that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s libraries, this scientific study will help inform best practices and provide a baseline for libraries to analyze their print collections based on established scientific guidelines.

(Lots more at the link.)




Rep. Steve King invites Diamond and Silk to State of the Union

Old Lurker

If I had been asked by Trump to serve in a senior position (similar to, say, being a SrVP in his business), I would seriously question his loyalty to me when it became my turn to be attacked by the Progs.

Sorry. Trump the POTUS is not Trump the CEO of the rough and tumble real estate developer days.


What fresh hell,

So the qataris were hacking everyone include left wing researchers investigating Russian hacking

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--The instigators have no fear of mortality because for them when it is over, it's over, but in the meantime more power for me is better.--

That desire for power is itself a form of denial of their own mortality - a thousand year Reich, anyone? A final and permanent dictatorship of the proletariat?
I'm fairly certain the insatiable thirst for power indicates an even greater fear of mortality than the star-struck, true-believer cannon-fodder.

Old Lurker

I follow you, Ig.

Jim Eagle

Then, Don Jr. should deliver the Harris rebuttal:-) He has become a devastating defender on twitter.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Rep. Steve King invites Diamond and Silk to State of the Union--


OTOH, is anyone else sick of this "who is so and so inviting to the SOTUS" crap?
If they're going to invite people to make counter political statements then at least have the courtesy to clear the floor and let them go at it with mace, net, spear and tong.


Even more crazy:


She's firmly in maduros corner though


Prosecution was declined

Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 on Twitter: "#Breaking New OIG report about DOJ: Misconduct by an FBI Supervisory Special Agent for Making False Representations, Working for an FBI Contractor, Accepting Gifts https://t.co/3Rk17FTp2N" / Twitter


might upset deep state if you prosecute any of them.

Old Lurker

"OTOH, is anyone else sick of this "who is so and so inviting to the SOTUS" crap?"

I have no interest whatsoever in watching one single minute of it. There is no point.


It's like when Billy valentine couldn't get thr attention of any of the attys at the Harvard club.




Put Patrick McGillicuddy on the Mount Rushmore of Boston greats pic.twitter.com/lW4eerhn5T

— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 5, 2019

Photos at link!


Just started re-watching that last night, narc.

"Is there a problem, officer?"



Emoluments again.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Does Zion Williamson equal racism?

Captain Hate

Am I the only person that didn't see anything particularly spectacular about that dunk, Vitale's histrionics notwithstanding?


Pls share:https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/study-reveals-extensive-links-between-bds-and-terrorist-organizations/?fbclid=IwAR1RBFjsirMaHA4bs89WNrSTM_VY6yYdo3_SBXAnWXERVe2dXDsCbnK6N-w


who's doing the half time entertainment at the SOTU?


Rep. Jim Jordan
‏Verified account @Jim_Jordan
4h4 hours ago

The Governor of Coahuila (Mexican state) gave the most recent caravan about 50 buses to transport them to the border.

Last night they arrived at Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, TX.

It’s time to build the border security wall.



Schumer trying to get a bill passed which will prohibit Trump from using Emergency Order to use military or homeland security funds to construct the border wall segments.

Manuel Transmission

I don't recall whether anyone here discussed Gilder's Life After Google


We watched Levin's interview last Fall and I bought the book for Mrs MT. She is just now getting to her rather large pile of new books now that her vision is fully back.

Anyway, she was wading through it last night and had to read me a couple chapters this morning. Wow! That guy is both brilliant and an excellent writer.

The second chapter she read to me was on the HFT guys on Wall Street. ChiTown will enjoy that one, in particular.

Highly recommended.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

He's a lefty and it was with his right hand if that means much.
This one is pretty good.


The "contractor" @realDonaldTrump and Jared Kushner met with last week to discuss wall construction was Army Corps of Engineers commander Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite. The WH released a pic of it last week. Semonite is seated to the right of VPOTUS pic.twitter.com/2svb5MDy4t

— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) February 5, 2019

Photo at link.

Jim Eagle


Too me the entertainment is Pelosi's facial reactions during the speech. If I was Pence I would cut my eyes toward her now and then for even more effect.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

George Gilder is a Jekyl and Hyde kinda guy.
He is a great writer when he chooses to be.
His wealth and Poverty was excellent.

But there are times when he gets so caught up in his subject that he starts making up words and using syntax and jargon that can make him close to incomprehensible. He was particularly bad back in the late 90s and early 2000s during his "microcosm" [and stock promoting] days.
Sometimes he forgets clarity is a virtue.
When he doesn't he's very good.


who's doing the half time entertainment at the SOTU?

Posted by: clarice | February 05, 2019 at 02:11 PM

Ultra Maroon 5
Bugs Bunny vans will get it, I hope. :)


Histrionics from Vitale? Say it ain't so!

Agreed it seemed like an ordinary slam dunk. Not that I could have ever done it.

The spectacular ones usually involving going over the heads of a bunch of defenders.

Old Lurker

"The Governor of Coahuila (Mexican state) gave the most recent caravan about 50 buses to transport them to the border."

And we provide Mexico with how much of our taxpayer money?

And why?

Either fix it or don't. Just stop telling me they are if they are not.

My eyes tell me they are not.


The second dunk by Zion posted by Iggy was pretty spectacular.

Captain Hate

Pick a target:



Looked like his left hand to me.


Not exactly "The buck stops here."

From a piece on the NY state revenue shortfall:

Cuomo said that he and his administration are blameless. He said the continued exodus of residents from the state and a temporary millionaire’s tax created in 2009 to contend with the Great Recession (but which he’s extended since then) are not contributing factors.

“We did everything right from a tax point of view,” Cuomo said.


They should have put "temporary" in scare quotes. Or maybe insert a "(LOL)" right after.

Dave (in MA)

From Ace:

46 Days
pics or it didn't happen

Old Lurker

Listening to Rush doing his best, bless his heart, to explain "Marginal Tax Rates" to his audience was painful.

When our side is arguing deep in the weeds, we have lost the war.

There are only a few very simple questions for society to answer, after which it is just arithmetic:

1. How much of our nation's productivity should we devote to running our government (exclude transfer payments)?

2. How much of our nation's productivity should be transferred from one group to another?

3. How much of total 1+2 should be shouldered by each ten percent of all taxpayers?

The rest is just all blather.


a clear fight in WI:

MacIver Institute @MacIverWisc

"I think he ( @GovEvers ) has one flawed belief, that is the only way you can reduce taxes on some is to raise taxes on others. That is something we are never going to accept" - @SpeakerVos #wiright #wipolitics


She did go there. Good for her.

"Have you ever had any LGBTQ law clerks?" Booker asked.

Rao responded: "Senator, I've yet to be a judge. I don't have law clerks."

Booker didn’t miss a beat, and clarified that he meant “someone working for you.” Rao is currently the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a position described as the Trump administration’s “deregulatory czar."

“To be honest I don’t know the sexual orientation of my staff,” Rao responded. “I take people as they come, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation. I treat people as individuals.”


Jim Eagle


I’m sure Common Core has those 3 questions in 5th grade math.


Old L:urker,

Those questions are still deep in the weeds for most taxpayers. This "raising taxes on the rich" is based on nothing more than ENVY.

oHere is what I would say:

"You want to raise taxes on the rich? Realize this: you will never see a dime of that money. Not one red cent. ANy increase in revenue will be given to hiring more government employees, tax breaks for cronies and donors, and aid to foreign countries.

You will still be poor and the wealthy will be funding other wealthy people or they will move their money to a foreign country."

Tom R

Clarice linked this article in the previous thread:

DOJ official Bruce Ohr was asked about such briefings during a closed-door interview with House lawmakers in August 2018. In the interview, details of which have only recently emerged, Fox News has learned that Ohr revealed he met with Weissmann and other DOJ officials shortly after a July 30, 2016 breakfast meeting with former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, in the run-up to the presidential election

I assume the closed-door interview with House lawmakers was before the House Intel Committee. If that is correct that means Nunes assumption/guess that the redacted portion of the Rosenstein SC appointment letter gave Mueller the authority to investigate anything related to the Steele dossier likely wasn't an assumption/guess on Nunes part.

In less than a week we have Nunes dropping his hint about the redactions and now someone leaking to Fox News that Weissmann has known about the criminal activity surrounding the Steele dossier since July 2016.

Either Mueller/Weissman are covering up the Democrats involvement in the Steele dossier or they are actively investigating them. If you are like me and believe Trump is fully aware of what the redacted parts of the Rosenstein SC appointment letter are, then that points the needle in the direction of Mueller/Weissmann actively investigating them. All of Trump's "witch hunt" tweets are intended to distract everyone from the fact Mueller/Weissman are actively investigating the Steele dossier.

While I know a lot of people here will outright reject that possibility, the alternative means Trump is either unaware of what the redactions are or he knows what they are and is powerless to stop the coverup of Democrat involvement. On top of that he never fired Rosenstein who enabled the coverup to occur in the first place. I just don't see Trump being that weak and tolerating people intentionally trying to screw him.


"who is Sundance"....

Posted by: hrtshpdbox | February 05, 2019 at 08:32 AM

He discovered a method to power conspiracies with ambient static electricity, but that's not important right now.



Daily Caller says GOP Senate will turn on Trump if he declares an emergency.

The article seems mostly to be based on a New York Times article.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Looked like his left hand to me.--

The first link was with his right.
The second one he used his left.

Captain Hate

Listening to Rush doing his best, bless his heart, to explain "Marginal Tax Rates" to his audience was painful.

It's not a difficult concept. Rush can be weirdly obtuse at times, and take a lot of time doing it.

James D.

he knows what they are and is powerless to stop the coverup of Democrat involvement.

That’s exactly what I believe. The DoJ is blatantly corrupt too to bottom, and the congressional GOP is mostly craven and venal (and that’s giving them more credit than they probably deserve). So, yes, he is pretty much powerless with regard to the crimes of Democrats and the DoJ.

Old Lurker

MM "Those questions are still deep in the weeds for most taxpayers."

I hear you, MM.

But frankly, no nation whose voters cannot handle those three simple questions has any right to the prosperity we enjoy.

How much government do you want.

How much are you willing to have that government give to your neighbors?

How much are you willing to pay compared to your neighbors on both sides of the track.

Can't answer those? Then we cannot be the nation created by our Founders.

Accept that and move on to whatever is to follow and stop pretending.


What is a "body man"

I thought Huma helped on policy. As I understand it, a body man is a euphemism for a manservant/valet/gentleman's gentleman.

Posted by: Ralph L | February 05, 2019 at 08:48 AM

Someone has to zip up the pantsuits until Javier Barden invents a mechanical device:

the counselor - brad pitt death scene *caution



One Google search suggests Ohr appeared before a joint House Judiciary, House Oversight, and Government Reform closed door hearing.

Within that search Nunes wasn't mentioned as attending.

I will search for other results.


Oh I see. I didn't see the first one.


Or Maybe he could just sing BEAT IT.

Posted by: GUS | February 05, 2019 at 09:36 AM

"That ain't no brother! That's a white boy!"-The Jazz Singer


Ah dr. Evil auditioning to be the new no 2, his firm mercury partners is deep into every foreign enterprise qatari turk russian, trump did bring some of stay pufts staff notably Stepien, does he get any plaudits. Rhetorical.

Constitutional scholars agree that rehashing details of Harris’ upbringing is a smokescreen, since the only factor that matters is that Harris was born in the United States. The 14th Amendment, an 1898 Supreme Court decision and a 1952 statute make clear that anyone born in the United States is qualified to run for president.



The time piece by labott was like what wallace and Schmitt whispered last decade.

So this zaburi might have thrown some quid into the pot, yet Pakistan is practically blacklisted seems like a bad play.


Darwin posited that as Santa Barbara County became less industrialized the Whiter Jacksons would thrive and he was borne out...


Great idea

Ned Ryun

I strongly prefer Trump not declare a national emergency but use section 284 of DoD authorization to build fencing in drug smuggling corridors. The definition of those corridors is loose. You could literally define entire southern border as one. 1,000 miles of fence easy. #MAGA


Pin, can you say "non sequitur"? Sure you can...

(Care to esplain that?)


The Russell mead gets flagged for some reason.

Jim Eagle

This is the old Ford family estate for sale. $175 million.


I think they'll take $150 million is anyone is interested:-)

Tom R

I strongly prefer Trump not declare a national emergency but use section 284 of DoD authorization to build fencing in drug smuggling corridors.

Do 30'+ steel slats count as fences?



Posted by: GUS | February 05, 2019 at 01:26 PM

Could you tell us who you are wearing tonight on the SOTU Red Carpet?


So the twit from Connecticut Murphy is doing an aha over the uavs now in militia hands in Yemen, but they were sold by Obama to the UAE in 2014.


Top Dem Nadler threatens to subpoena Acting AG Whitaker, despite his agreement to testify

“In an abundance of caution—to ensure that Mr. Whitaker both appears in the hearing room on Friday morning and answers our questions cleanly—I have asked the Committee to authorize me to issue a subpoena to compel his testimony,” Nadler said in a statement Tuesday. “To be clear, I hope never to use this subpoena.”

Nadler explained that Democrats on the committee “weeks ago” gave Whitaker a list of questions they hoped he’d answer regarding his communications with the White House and his decision not to recuse himself from oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“If he appears on time and ready to answer those questions, the subpoena will be entirely unnecessary,” Nadler said.

But the top Republican on the committee, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., criticized the chairman for “setting a dangerous precedent.”

“When did we start subpoenaing witnesses who come in voluntarily?” Collins told Fox News on Tuesday. “The majority had enough faith in its witnesses last week not to subpoena them. The key difference today is simply that this witness is part of the Trump Administration—and now we’re setting a dangerous precedent.”


What do they mean by if?



I know its obvious to us, but it's new over there:


Account Deleted

I want the entire 2000 miles of our border to have a wall. ALL OF IT.

Some areas might be hard to do....but DO IT ANYWAY. ALL OF IT.


OL, I've actually seen the figure pegged lower than that. I think I recall either 150M or 500M total world population as a goal.

Posted by: James D. | February 05, 2019 at 10:23 AM

Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
Unite humanity with a living new language.
Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
Balance personal rights with social duties.
Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature



Have FORCEPS at the ready.

More later..........

Posted by: GUS | February 05, 2019 at 10:39 AM

This may be a case for TomR. I believe the proper command is,"Fix forceps, boys."

Forceps, flash hider, grip, 30 round mags...nobody needs instruments of war for home defense unless you have a nonstandard sized window in your house-if you know what I mean.

Old Lurker

OL hearts Janet


Everything has to be covered with a pillow



You have to play a game like with false export documentation for proscribee countries I learned about that from a lesser known Bourne tale the aquitaine progression years before Iran contra.


All of Trump's "witch hunt" tweets are intended to distract everyone from the fact Mueller/Weissman are actively investigating the Steele dossier.

If Trump knew, and used that excessive subterfuge, I would be deeply disappointed.

This is serious, but not like protecting Normandy troops by pretending to prepare to invade Calais.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The Jerusalem Post follows up on their story from last week about an Israeli company that claims to be closing in on a cure for cancer.
Whether they are or aren't, much of the criticism sounds like the dismissive stuff that entrenched interests and experts always throw at the new kid on the block.
A good deal of skepticism is warranted but outright dismissal by the same guys who have spent hundreds of billions of dollars and 50 years fighting a war that they have won very few battles in and for most cancers are still using many of the same, brute force, barely effective weapons they started the war with, perhaps they're the ones to be dismissed.
Many of them are exactly the same guys who spent decades dismissing researchers who insisted cancer was not about killing or removing tumors, the great mass of which are simply harmless cells which refuse to die and the real culprit were those very few defective stem cells which once Stage IV is reached are impossible to eliminate.
That dismissal wasted decades running down blind alleys and rabbit trails because of "consensus", territorialism and close mindedness.


Do SOTU watchers really expect to learn anything watching Pelosi’s face?

I mean, really.



GOPe nutters still at it.

Dave (in MA)

Comrade Bernie trying to dodge questions by pretending to be on the phone. https://twitter.com/henryrodgersdc/status/1092867167928897536

Although it's entirely possible he's just too clueless to be able to work his phone.


Narciso 4:12, “if” means bribe under negotiation.


Do SOTU watchers really expect to learn anything watching Pelosi’s face?

I expect to laugh a lot.

Tom R

If Trump knew, and used that excessive subterfuge, I would be deeply disappointed.

There are a lot of posters here who believe the country is at a tipping point and that if Trump is not successful then things are going to get a lot lot worse. I'm perfectly fine with Trump relying on the art of deception to drain the Swamp and defeat the Deep State if that is what it takes. Besides, imagine how entertaining it will be watching all the Trump haters having massive conniption fits if it turns out to be true that Mueller is investigating everyone involved with the Steele dossier.

Old Lurker

Iggy, Gabe Merkin (?) was a radio call in doctor popular in DC in the late 70s or so. He had one of those almost photographic recall abilities and was a voracious reader of the journals, and had a real practice during the days.

Years, maybe decades, before the "Academy Docs" caught on, Gabe would tell callers with ulcers to get checked for helico bacter (?) bugs in their guts and if found, take the right pill for ten days and poof, no ulcer. They almost laughed that poor doc out of town.

Until they discovered he was 100% correct.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I mean this in the most Christian of ways, but I suggest clarice's 4:40 link be saved so that if they succeed in defeating Trump we have a nice convenient list of people to find and line up against a wall to Ceausescu when the time comes.

Old Lurker

"expect to learn anything watching Pelosi’s face?"

Maybe spot the injection sites?



Looking forward to tonight! #SOTU⁠ ⁠

[screen shot of Drudge “Teflon Donald”]


A number of researchers are working on new ways to beat cancer, including extracting stem cells and using them; removing immune cells from the patient and injected them, using nano particles to kill the cancer cells.Getting treatment away from surgeons and putting the issue in the hands of biologists was the first step.


Mueller and Weissmann are not investigating the Steele dossier.
Weissmann has known about it since early August of 2016 and knew it was a phony baloney Clinton pile of garbage.He carried on for 2 and a half years pretending it was a proof of collusion.
These are not good guys.
They are weasels trying to bring down a presidency.


Ig, a list of those who should be employed by no campaign that wants our contributions.

Old Lurker

Clarice "Getting treatment away from surgeons and putting the issue in the hands of biologists was the first step."

YL2's fiance is a hematology-oncologist and YL2 is an eye surgeon. (amazes me just to write that...)

In the banter with the caterer the other day, I heard YL2 pretend indignantly correct the caterer with "I am the surgeon. He is not."

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