World Net Daily had an eyecatcher this morning, it was about the WordPress.com blog Conservative Tree House being given till sundown to get out of town (actually December 2). Evidently this town wasn’t big enough for the both of them. Ironic as it is today that the Senate is again holding hearings on Big Tech censorship. Its been going on for 20 years but the flame was recently lit anew when Twitter and Facebook squelched a New York Post article exposing Hunter Biden raking in millions off his fathers name, just days before the election.
So I’m reading the article about Conservative Tree House getting kicked off WordPress when I read they had between “500K and a million visitors a day“! A blog has a million visitors a day?? That’s incredible. So I go see the site to find out what wonders await me. Nothing. Its as lame as it gets. You’re getting over a half million visitors a day and you can’t hire a lawyer? (it also occurred to me just now that their should be available to conservative blogs membership in a legal defense fund for when we get unjustly kicked off)
The blog has a couple of posts on the situation. The initial notification from WordPress was that their blog was “incompatible” with WordPress. Pressed on this, WordPress came back and said they had called for “violence“. They and I are both trying to figure out where that came from. I find it immensely ironic in that the banning of “conservatives” has really been ratcheted up since The Rise of Trump, when really what he is about is populism/nationalism.
Because Big Tech has no problem at all with conservatives such as Bill Kristol, National Review and a host of others. Its populism they have a problem with. Its no wonder we could host hearings until the cows come home and never solve anything. We can’t even correctly identify the problem.
Why would the head of a news organization give $1 million dollars to something so political as the Clinton Foundation? It makes no sense. Christopher Ruddy’s face is all over CNN, MSNBC, ABC. He’s evidently playing both sides of the fence. Portraying himself and Newsmax as some bastion of conservatism, while trying to curry favor with commie libs. You couple this with the realization FOX News isn’t worth a damn either, and things look rather bleak for conservatives.
“There’s a general phenomenon I’ve noticed on the internet. Any Forum with free speech and little to no moderation becomes right wing. Leftist ideas cannot exist without censorship and moderation.” Anonymous
That’s the classic “idol“, the golden calf. How many of us have made our own idols? Chasing riches. Chasing things. Mine was chasing politics, thinking that any of this mattered. The forces arrayed against us are much too powerful. Preparing to survive and helping others would be time much more well spent. 50 years, poof!
Bizarre experience. I really wanted to make Coins Stamps & Stuff my LCS (local coin shop), the one up here in Ames is even bigger crooks. I go in there bright and early Saturday morning to buy some silver bullion (non-numismatic silver coins or bars). I started out at Jordan Creek so its no big deal to hit Hickman Rd on the way back. In order to figure out if I was going to buy Buffalo, Maple Leaves or Liberties, I asked the woman at the counter what the spread was (the price over spot) for the 3 coins. She wouldn’t tell me!
She had it in her head I was this spy for “the guy up the street”, and that I was going to know what their prices were and tell everybody! I got to thinking about it after I walked out, “You’re a business, don’t you want people to know what your prices are?” Wouldn’t you want to be known as having “the best prices in town!” Evidently they operate under the theory that you have to buy it if you want to know what the price is!
Its crazy! Then it started coming back to me. I’ve been in these places once in awhile for 50 years, they never have posted their prices (the spread). It reminded me a month ago when I went to the shop in Ames, I was quoted $3.50 over spot on the phone, when I went in she told me $10. Her word against mine. Nothing I could do, they don’t post their prices. None of them do. Its like some closely guarded secret. A damn business needs to post their damn prices.
Is that the way honest business people operate? Not in my book. I can assure you I’ve never been an industrial spy for anyone, I thought you were an honest business. And as stated earlier, why wouldn’t you want people to know your prices?
I think the bottom line is there’s a reason they don’t want to be nailed down on their prices, to have them posted. If they keep it verbal, it can be on a sliding scale, depending on whether they think you’re a sucker or not. Whether or not they think they can “take you”. They shouldn’t be free to be all ‘carny’ like, they need to post their damn spreads.
Our system of government is beyond repair. I notice American thought is about 25 – 30 years behind mine, so with any luck you’ll catch up. I just won’t see it in my lifetime. My first post on Donald Trump was in 2010 as an example. I don’t remember him being the immigration hawk like Pat Buchanan was back then, maybe he was but I didn’t know it. I saw the transition in terminology starting about 1990, where illegal aliens became undocumented immigrants, to now where they are just ‘immigrants’.
I saw what was happening in slow-motion 30 years ago with all that. I even took a letter down to the front desk of the Des Moines Register on that very subject when they were at their original building at 5th & Locust (?). I saw what was happening with NAFTA in ’93. The communist takeover of the schools. The impact of constant military intervention around the world and how it would cause everyone to resent us.
The complete turnover of manufacturing to China. As in my previous post, ‘Total Political Consciousness‘, watching these things in slow-motion that to normal people whiz by over their head, too fast to see them. This one is so childlike, its so First Grade, that I’m embarrassed to bring it up! And what makes it worse is it won’t even register with people! Its so basic, elemental and fundamental, but they still won’t get it!
“How can you expect your system of government to work when the people who write the laws are taking money from the people they are supposedly ‘regulating’?” Isn’t that embarrassing? That I should have to point that out to allegedly smart people? Graft is written into the system and you think its going to work? Its ridiculous. Then those same Congressmen the day after they leave, can join those lobbying firms!
A fundamentally flawed system and people go out and vote every 4 years like this time its going to work! Absolute lunacy. It never changes. There’s been no catalyst to effect that change, yet for some reason people think it will (what those magic properties are escape me). Nothing ever gets done. We are $27 trillion in debt with nothing to show for it.
Illegals waltz in, jobs waltz out. Less than 3 weeks before the election, and Washington is so dysfunctional they can’t even agree to buy votes with a new “stimulus package”! Think about that, they can’t even come together long enough to pass out money! They have hit rock bottom. Rephrase: We have hit rock bottom.
Its clearly time for another Constitutional Convention. A total reset. A new government. What’s ironic was that the original one over the summer of 1787 as I understand it was actually just to tweak the Articles of Confederation, not to come up with a new Constitution. Here we need to, and the crooks refuse!
“The lesson that Americans today have forgotten or never learned — the lesson which our ancestors tried so hard to teach — is that the greatest threat to our lives, liberty, property, and security is not some foreign government, as our rulers so often tell us. The greatest threat to our freedom and well-being lies with our own government!“
Total Political Consciousness. Most people never reach it. Only took me 6 decades (huffs on knuckles in a superior manner). Ordinary people go to vine covered buildings for 4 years supposedly to achieve it, and come out dumber than they went in. That is why I’m here. Election season has crystalized it for me. I saw a fundraising ad for Trump this morning, “Donate in the next 30 minutes and your donation will be tripled!” My response? So?
Even if you do keep the Senate you won’t have the House, like you did in 2017 / 2018. So what is it you’re supposedly going to do in another 4 years that you couldn’t do in the first 4? You’re not going to do anything. I understand you’d like to, but political reality is you can’t. That got me thinking about the Ernst vs Greenfield Senate race. The best ad Greenfield could run is, “Why does Ernst need 6 more years?” Another 6 years to do nothing?
That doesn’t make a lot of sense. Republicans had campaigned the entire Obama years that they were going to repeal Obamacare when they got in! Well, they got in. Did they do anything? Of course not. The language has changed a little bit, but they’re basically campaigning on the same issues they were 52 years ago in the 1968 election.
Same issues as today, Democrats still rioting in the streets, nothing’s changed. The Republican’s slogan is essentially: “We’re not as bad!” They promise to drive off the cliff at a responsible 55 mph, not zooming off like the Democrats! The people want term limits, they’ve wanted them for a longtime. But for some reason it just never happens.
One of the organizations you’d think you’d be able to get some support on this, is the John Birch Society. But no, they don’t want to have the Constitutional Amendment required for that. They take this Pollyannaish stance saying its up to the voters to vote out the bad seed. No matter how many decades go by and it doesn’t happen, this insist that for some unsupported reason, that it soon will.
They’re also AWOL on the other ‘last ditch’ effort to get this country back on track. This government as currently configured cannot ever work. The most obvious reason being that we allow Congress to take money from the very people that they are supposed to be regulating. I’m sorry if that’s a rather Kindergarten notion, but it also happens to be true. The very definition of graft.
So when you have a government that corrupt, there is no reform of course, it has to go. The 2 ways to do that within our system is either by Constitutional Convention (a complete reset), or Convention of the States, a fundamental overhaul. That’s it, those are the only 2 options. But for some reason the groups like the John Birch Society are totally against this.
They fear would could happen with the Constitutional can opened, but for some reason they don’t fear what is happening. You’re headed straight for the cliff, and unless you change course, you’re going over. But for some reason JBS thinks that even though they’ve done the exact same thing 100 times and nothing has changed, this time, the 101st, is going to be different!
It makes no sense. They never have the answer to the question: What is your catalyst for change? Why will this time be different? Its the same with people who continue to vote, why? Why is this time going to be different? Everything that makes this government inoperably corrupt is still in place, on what basis do you think things will change?
[Ernst and Grassley: “What do you mean we didn’t do anything, we brought home ethanol subsidies!? What else is there?”]
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!“ — Benjamin Franklin
So I’m driving home Saturday morning (you can get gas in Ankeny for $1.64, instead of $2.14 like in Ames), and I hear these 2 guys on the radio talking about the various failings of cultural Christians, and how that impacts the shortcomings of the church. Over 50 years of listening to Christian radio I’ve heard this theme repeated ad nauseam.
Then something occurred to me a couple of months ago. So when something goes wrong in an organization, its the followers fault? If a flock of sheep get lost its the sheep’s fault? Not the shepherd’s? If a church is in disarray its not the pastor’s fault? Its the parishioner’s? I find it amazing somehow that these radio guys never find any failings amongst their ranks.
Personally I can’t imagine a body with more weak and ineffectual leadership than the Christian church in America. But that’s just me. Its pathetic a lot of times. Their preaching style. Their preaching methods. Their people skills. How do you make Christianity boring? I don’t get it. There were preachers like Adrian Rogers, Ravi Zacharias, Ronald L. Dart, that I could listen to all day. There are ones like David Jeremiah and Erwin Lutzer that ain’t bad. But most are like the preachers you find in churches across America. Ones that don’t use the bible as the basis for their sermon, and they just don’t act like they’re preaching the Word of God.
For somebody who hasn’t served 1 term, AOC has one hell of a lot of influence (you know you’ve arrived when you’re known by your initials: RBG, JFK, AOC). All that power was given to her by the conservative media. I don’t know what’s more laughable, the people writing the articles about her, or the comments section. One of the common themes is how “stupid” she is. Really? She took out an 18 year incumbent of her own party, beat the Republican and is leading the 435 member House as a freshman. That’s stupid? I’d say its more like you are.
Another common complaint about her is that “she’s a socialist!” Yeah, she never claimed any different. Once again the stupid ball is in your court. What the hell did you think she was? Here’s another one, stupid. You have over a dozen Republicans who run as a Republican, but vote as a Democrat. They’re the liars. They’re the ones operating under false pretenses. I’m sorry you’re dumb as a stump, but that’s not her fault. Why do you allow Benedict Arnolds in your party? How stupid is that? Why do you allow that? Once again the stupid ball is in your court.
So in 4 years she will be running for President. She’s already a household name, thanks to the conservative media. She’s eloquent, fiery and attractive. You have to figure after Hillary and Joe Biden she’s going to look pretty good to Dem voters. And the conservative media (swear to God) will go around looking under rocks to try and find out who made her such a powerful force.
The more I think about it the more I’m sure how ridiculous this is. (in a hillbilly voice:) “She’s a socialist!” What was your first clue? When she told you she was? She’s not hiding anything, she’s honest if nothing else. Susan Collins is your liar. Lisa Murkowski is your liar. Mitt Romney is your liar. Rob Portman is your liar. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not. You’re the frickin’ idiot that can’t distinguish between who’s a liar and who ain’t. Its like damn, how stupid are you?
Before taxpayers bailout one more business, 2 things need to happen. Senior management, CEO and board of directors need to be on half pay. They also need to have presented a plan where they show how they will build a reserve of 9 months of operating expenses for the next rainy day. This nation is $27T in debt and cannot afford to keep bailing out these fools. “Too big to fail” – all they do is fail.
President Trump last night was letting his thoughts be known about the FDA throwing up the latest roadblock in finding a cure for the China virus. This is the same bureaucratic bullshit that got Hydroxychloroquine banned, and doomed thousands to an early death. So CNBC right on cue brings on their ‘expert’ to explain why Trump is crazy. The expert is former FDA head Scott Gottlieb.
During the interview it comes out (they think nothing of it) that Gottlieb went straight from regulating pharmaceutical companies (Illumina and Pfizer) to sitting on their Board of Directors! Nobody sees a conflict of interest with that?? Its like all the Congressmen over all the decades who went straight from government to lobbyist! Good God, and we’re supposed to believe there’s not a financial interest with the current FDA head?
That maybe if he makes sure the cheap 70 year old malaria drug gets banned (to the financial benefit of the makers of Remdesivir), that he’ll get some cushy board positions when he leaves “government service”. Remdesvir at $3,100 a patient versus $1 a pill for Hydroxychloroquine, is much more attractive. Believe it or not.