⭐ Open Thread November 30 ⭐


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Here’s Wednesday’s open thread and articles of interest to me and hopefully to you too.

The left moves further left to show those silly fools that voted for Trump that they won’t take no for an answer.

The whining and complaining continue. Trump continues to be Trump, to no one’s surprise that had a brain. Lather, rinse, repeat…

In other words, another day that ends with a Y.

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OSU Diversity Officer Urges Compassion for Somali Terrorist Who Attacked Students

The Ohio State University assistant director of residence life allegedly expressed sympathy for Somali stabber Abdul Razak Ali Artan in a bizarre Facebook post Monday that has since gone viral.

Stephanie Clemons Thompson urged her followers to have compassion for Artan after he expressed a desire “to kill a billion infidels” and then tried to kill as many as he could at OSU. She also urged people to “think of the pain he must have been in,” and used the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHisName (which BLM uses to denote victims of police brutality).


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If the electoral college is explained often enough and simple enough to the Democrat voters maybe they will understand what their “leaders” don’t bother to tell them.


Brilliant Michael Ramirez has a great cartoon that shows how the electoral college protects us from the domineering of the big blue states and their large welfare populations. By the way, that “welfare” tag belongs on all the government workers, city and state that suck the taxpayers dry while living high on the hog.

I like to post this cartoon as often as possible because it explains everything so well and makes the whole issue so much easier to understand.


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Gore: It’s Time to Eliminate Electoral College for Popular Vote

Former Vice President Al Gore thinks the Electoral College should be eliminated, arguing the “balancing act” with the popular vote “has shifted.”

In an interview posted by NBC News on Tuesday, Gore – who lost the contested election to George W. Bush in 2000 despite winning the popular vote – said he did not doubt the Electoral College system at the time.


  Blah, blah, blah, the formerly relevant man who just will not go away. He must have the Clinton gene.

One might suspect that Gore has changed his mind, as have so many others on the left, because unless the electoral college is eliminated the Dems will be nothing more than a regional party for some time to come.

As the electoral college is enshrined in the Constitution,  getting rid of it requires a constitutional amendment.

That’s a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate and the ratification of three-fourths (38) of the 50 states. Good luck with that Dims!

Of course the media will Huff and Puff and whine and complain but it just ain’t gonna happen. Thank God for that, or we would all be ruled by the commies from New York and California. Not to mention the corruption epidemic in Illinois.

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The Green Party Is The Future Of The Democratic Party

Democrats lost because they swung too far left and abandoned white, working-class voters. If they don’t change course, they’ll become the Green Party.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein last week launched a quixotic recount bid in a handful of Midwestern states. As of Tuesday, Stein had raised nearly $7 million to finance lawsuits and recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, all states Donald Trump won in the November 8 election. Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton’s campaign said it would participate in order to ensure the process is fair.

Nothing will come of Stein’s recount (she earned less than 1.5 million votes nationwide) but her motivations probably have more to do with the future of the Democratic Party than with the outcome of the election, or even the fate of her own party. So far, Democrats’ reactions to their stunning defeat—weeping, riots, #notmypresident trending on social media—suggest the Democratic Party will turn even further to the Left.


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4 reasons Bob Corker would be the absolute WORST pick for Secretary of State 

Here are four reasons why he’s the worst:

1. He guaranteed the passage of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran

As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Corker authored the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. His bill torched the treaty provision in the Constitution, allowing for President Obama to forge an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran — the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.

Corker provided a path for Obama to strike a deal — which included handing over an estimated $150 billion in assets to the radical regime — with Iran without the consent of Congress. Per a Gallup poll in February, the American people as a whole want to do away with the Iran deal. Corker provided a path for a deal that is supported by only 9 percent of Republican voters. Appointing him secretary of state betrays the constituents who voted Trump into office.

2. He torched the Constitution Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution, also known as the Treaty Clause, requires that two-thirds of the Senate support any treaties made by the president with foreign countries.

Corker flipped the Treaty Clause on its head when it came to Iran. He helped secure a new standard for the president’s Iran deal that required 60 senators to vote in the affirmative simply to move ahead with a simple resolution of disapproval. Because 42 Democrats voted “No,” the bill did not even get a final vote in the Senate.


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The genius of A.F. Branco strikes again!


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 Democrats are Now Hating They Made a Simple Majority the Standard

‘For me, but not for thee’ is the mantra we all knew the Democrats would use if their majority ever waned in either houses of Congress. But those days are here and they sure do seem to regret ever diminishing the filibuster…like we said they would.

  I think you file this under “karma”. 

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 El Niño Ending Means Back to Global Warming Hiatus

It is absurd to think that any feasible increase in taxes and regulations would affect the climate, and highly debatable that human activity has a major effect on the temperature anyway, but at least we can all agree that the planet is getting warmer — or can we?

Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C since the middle of this year – their biggest and steepest fall on record.

The news comes amid mounting evidence that the recent run of world record high temperatures is about to end.

The fall, revealed by Nasa satellite measurements of the lower atmosphere, has been caused by the end of El Nino – the warming of surface waters in a vast area of the Pacific west of Central America. …

Big El Ninos always have an immense impact on world weather, triggering higher than normal temperatures over huge swathes of the world. The 2015-16 El Nino was probably the strongest since accurate measurements began, with the water up to 3C warmer than usual.

Like most everything related to the climate, El Niño is part of a natural cycle. It is unlikely to respond to any extreme of tyranny inflicted by leftist ideologues. With its passing, weather tends to cool — carbon taxes or no carbon taxes, economically crippling regulations or no economically crippling regulations.

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Great Henry Payne cartoon! He always seems able to hit the nail right on it’s pointy little head.

Henry Payne

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Jonah Goldberg Jonah Goldberg: Even in Death, Castro Still has ‘Useful Idiots’

Fidel Castro died as he lived: to the sound of useful idiots making allowances for his crimes. (That’s not my term: It was Lenin who called liberal apologists for Communism “useful idiots.”)

The gold medal in the Useful Idiot Olympics should probably go to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada. In a statement, he expressed his “deep sorrow” upon learning that “Cuba’s longest serving president” had died.

One can only imagine what George Orwell could do with that one word, “serving.” Castro did not serve; he ruled a nation of servants, often cruelly, while making obscene profits for himself and his family.

“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century,” Trudeau continued, repeating that word. “While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante.'”

Again, where is Orwell’s red pen?


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 Jason Riley: Why Trump’s Education Pick Scares Unions

After Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to become education secretary, teachers union honcho Randi Weingarten tweeted: “Trump has chosen the most ideological, anti-public ed nominee since the creation of the Dept of Education.” Since what’s good for the unions is often bad for the schools, and vice versa, Ms. Weingarten’s apoplexy is reason to cheer.

Ms. DeVos is chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, an organization dedicated to helping parents choose the best school for their kids. Ms. Weingarten leads the American Federation of Teachers, which is focused on what’s best for the adults.


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I’ll add new articles if I find something interesting. And factual. Have a great day!

And you know I couldn’t leave without one more cartoon…


9 Responses to “⭐ Open Thread November 30 ⭐”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Another excellent round up, Marge – thank you for this!

    I admit, I was a bit surprise when I saw the following article at The Federalist. It flies in the face of the rhetoric we heard post-9/11:


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Glad you approve. I “collect” articles that interest me every day whether I post them or not. Just because I like to stay informed. So I thought passing them on would make a good post.

      And of course, it’s Wednesday so I had to add a lot of cartoons.

      I “save” cartoons too – have folders of them. Need to get rid of some of the overflow from time to time.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think most Americans approved of Bush’s initial ferocious response – that was more than warranted. I think where he went wrong was with the nation building and regime change.

      I am no military strategist, and even those that are don’t agree, but I thought we should have gone in, punished those responsible and came home. Ferocious yes – but also limited.

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  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is so, so true. The South continues to be treated like a step-child: http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/29/south-fire-national-media-couldnt-care-less/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I should add, we were getting blanketed with smoke from wildfires before we came down here, and I assume we still are. We have gone back and forth from having droughts to record rains and back again in the 10+ yrs we have lived on our barrier island. Sadly, we are back to droughts and now wildfires, a number of which were set by idiotic morons.

  4. justine Says:

    I look forward to reading your articles, Marge. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    I admit I’m extremely dense, but “he always seems able to hit the nail right on it’s pointy little head” isn’t it the tip of the nail that’s pointy? (I thought the head of a nail was flat.) 🙂

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