Gee, Hysterical Much? *Open Thread*


Now, all y’all know I was not, and am not, a fan of Trump’s. I thought there were a lot of other candidates far more qualified and of sounder temperament to run the country than a reality star with a host of sordid tales regarding his behavior floating around. His mercurial reactions to anything he viewed as an insult, even if it was a direct response to something he said first, concerned me a great deal then, and still.

Yes, I had grave concerns about the potential of Trump Presidency then, and still some now (like inviting Abbas, the leader of Palestine, to the White House, the man who claimed tat Palestinians “will never recognize Israel“).

But all that said, when I saw this Matt Vespa headline at Townhall, I could scarcely believe believe my eyes: “Halperin: People Have Told Me That Trump’s Win Was The Worst Event In Their Lives. Did They Forget 9/11?

Matt Vespa referenced this article in the Daily Caller that had the story:


“Outside of the Civil War, World War II, and including 9/11, this may be the most cataclysmic event the country has ever seen,” Halperin said on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday, appearing with collaborator John Heilemann.

“I don’t want to minimize the loss of life in 9/11, and in the wars,” Halperin said. “Obviously that is beyond anything that has happened. But if you think of how this has convulsed the country — More than half of the country that voted against him and is upset about his being president — it’s self inflicted.”

Halperin commented on the divide between how Trump supporters and others in the country view the new administration. “I’ve traveled a lot since [Trump] got elected and there are people who are hopeful, and optimistic, and really think this is the kind of change we need. And there are adults who say to me, ‘This is the worst thing that’s happened to me in my life.’”

Are you freakin’ kidding me with this? I mean, come on – I am no fan of Trump’s by any stretch, but seriously, people – try a little PERSPECTIVE. Wow. “Cataclysmic”? “Worst thing that’s happened” to people who lived through 9/11? Are you SERIOUS??? Electing a man who may well be a charlatan is WORSE than a terrorist attack that had clearly been in the works for years?? For REAL???  I swear to God, people have just lost the edge of reason.

Halperin had a bit more to say about Trump in the Daily Caller piece:


“Every new administration is chaotic,” Halperin said, when Colbert asked if the administration has more policy-oriented work happening below the fervor of news headlines.

“It’s not as chaotic as it seems, but make no mistake, at the top of this pyramid is Donald Trump. And he throughout his career has thrived on chaos and a management style that is unorthodox.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I am sure that is true about every new Administration, and liberals would do well to remember that. They continue to act like Obama’s reign was all unicorns and rainbows. Far from it, though you would NEVER know that now.

But it is a bit, um, ironic, that people like Halperin are so apoplectic about a man who not that long ago stated that he “probably identif(ies) more as a Democrat…” I doubt the Clintons were all freaking out about him and how “unorthodox” his “style” was when Trump invited them to his wedding, WHICH THEY ATTENDED. We have all seen this photo by now:


I mean, really – do either one of the Clintons look like they are there against their will?? Uh, yeah, no. They all look pretty happy to be there with The Donald and his new bride.

That is all to say, it is a little hard to take Halperin so seriously NOW considering how Democrats seemed to think Trump was A-Okay when he was ONE OF THEIR OWN.

Regardless of Trump’s affiliations then, or how whackadoodle many of us found him to be (clearly, not the majority), these exceedingly over-the-top reactions to Trump’s being the President are just hysterical, and I don’t mean as in “funny.” I mean as in, “these people have lost the edge and need to get a damn grip on reality already.”

And not for nothing, but Democrats did not come out and vote in sufficient numbers to win in November. Moreover, in many open primary states, they voted for Trump to stack the deck so he would be the Republican nominee.

They also were acting in such an echo chamber (courtesy of their media lapdogs) which proclaimed everything Obama did was FABULOUS, thus not hearing the many voices of all the people in the nation who were struggling to put food on their tables, and who were struggling in general. The bottom line is this: Democrats/liberals truly have no one to blame but THEMSELVES for their own actions, and their choice of nominee. No one else but themselves to blame. So suck it up already and stop WHINING already. Sheesh.

Honestly – worse than 9/11? I don’t think so. That some of them say this says a whole lot about how much liberals and the media have ratcheted up the vitriol regarding this man. Trump is just a man, after all, and even though the Democrats and Republicans didn’t exercise a whole lot of checks and balances on the last President, those checks and balances are still there. The Constitution provides them to the Congress, so they can keep a close eye on Trump should he start to stray outside the lines.

911-pent-memIn the meantime, the people to whom Halperin referred need to take a Xanax or something. At the very least, they need to take a walk through the 9/11 Museum in New York City or at the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon (pictured at left) or in Pennsylvania, or go look at the Vietnam War Wall Memorial in DC or go to Honolulu and check out the USS Arizona Memorial, or go to the Holocaust Museum in DC to get just a little perspective on the impact of Trump as the President of the United States compared to some of the events this nation has seen or in which we have participated. Seriously.

That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.




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39 Responses to “Gee, Hysterical Much? *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    What do I think? I think I agree with your timely post 100%!

    What a bunch of fools. And that’s being kind because I am trying to clean up my potty mouth and mind. (Hey, better late than never.)

    I believe that Mark Halperin, like so many in the media, has lived inside the liberal media bubble for so long that he hasn’t a clue what life is like outside.

    He travels around and observes the natives in their natural habitat and sees some that are hopeful? Good grief!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Marge – I appreciate it!

      Yeah, I can’t help but think abt the liberal Pakistani immigrant who took it upon himself to start listening to conservative talk radio, drove around the country, and went to Alaska to see where people really are. What he learned, as he said, was that liberals care abt social issues, and conservatives care abt feeding their families and their very survival (

      People like Halperin and his ilk just do not get that. They ignore the increased unemployment among black men during Obama’s reign, or the horrific violence in Chicago (for which Rahm Emanuel blamed Trump a few weeks into Trump’s term), or any of the massive scandals that happened during Obama’s 2 terms. They ignore the impact of how Obama spent money and how it affected every day Americans (on that note, did you see that Obama held back over $30 MILLION to fight FOIA requests???).

      Yeah – those bubble people haven’t a clue…

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  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    How about this nonsense?

    Ben Shapiro:Leftists Distribute ’10 Ways You Can Actively Reject Your White Privilege’ List. I Actively Reject Their Stupidity.

    As pointed out here, the people pushing this are serious. And then they suggest that we must all abide by the strictures recommended in the post if we wish for a better country.

    1. Take up minimal space during anti-racism dialogues and protests.

    2. Stop contributing to gentrification and calling it “urban development.”

    3. Listen when people call you on your microaggressions.

    4. Never invite people of color to the table for the sake of claiming diversity.

    5. Refrain from using your non-white friends as your “urban dictionary.”

    6. Stop lifting up non-confrontational people of color as examples of what POC activism should be.

    7. Call your friends, family and co-workers out on racism – even if a POC isn’t in the room.

    8. Understand that all anti-racism work doesn’t look the same and advocate accordingly.

    9. Realize that all discussions about race aren’t for you. And be okay with it.

    10. Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t that just incredible?? I cannot believe that people take this seriously, but sadly, they do…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Oh and here’s Marge’s weather report: More damn snow!

    Hey Piper, you up to your back pockets in “lake effect” snow? Wah, I want global warming back. Now!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It’s cold (for us) and windy here, though we got rain, not snow. Now the sun is peaking out. We needed the rain for the azaleas that are in full bloom (and gorgeous). But I feel for y’all!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Most of the winter we got rain too. I like rain. It just runs off, heads down the driveway and needs no shoveling.

        We need some cold, been there, had that, and moisture. We have had a lot of that. So Mother Nature doesn’t need to try to revive winter – we won’t mourn it’s passing.

        Seen in my back yard this morning…

      • piper Says:

        No luck in telling my tulips and hyacinths to stop pushing thru the mulch.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Nor my lilac buds that they are way early. One little daffodil is now buried beneath about a foot of snow. Maybe it’s keeping him warm.

    • piper Says:

      Bought a new snowblower in December and used it once before my trip. Have now used it twice in the last 2 days. Today’s weather – cold, blue skies and a beautiful white blanket covering icky looking grass.
      Yes, I would like a bit of global warming so I can ride my new road bike that I bought 2 weeks ago.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Love the cartoon and picturing you doing that, piper!

        Sorry to hear your new snowblower is getting so much work, but I sure am glad you have it!

        Hopefully you’ll be hitting the trails on your new bike soon!

  5. piper Says:

    The beat goes on and on
    ‘Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke has suggested that Swedes who left to fight for radical Islamist groups in the Middle East should be welcomed back and helped to integrate into society.
    Ms. Kuhnke made the comments Sunday evening on the television programme Agenda which is transmitted by the Swedish state broadcaster SVT. The programme focused on the fact that some 300 Islamic radicals from Sweden had gone to the Middle East to fight for groups like Islamic State and around half of them had returned to Sweden.

    “They need to be channelled back into our democratic society,” Kuhnke said. The minister added she and the government had no idea how many of the returnees were still radicalised versus how many left because they had become disillusioned with Islamist beliefs.’

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I don’t get it. Do these people have a suicide wish? Do they want to see violence in their streets? Do they want blood on their hands? Are they just plain stupid?

      I honestly, truly, do not get it!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Are you freakin’ KIDDING me with this?? Is this from The Onion or something?? What unbelievably delusional thinking evidenced by this “minister.” Is she insane???

      Wow. That is just nuts!!!

  6. piper Says:

    More from the outstanding presidency of obi, the great one who had less leadership and experience than Trump yet is tooted as the next great thing since sliced bread. Sad

    ‘The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

    For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.

    And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.’


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      If the media hadn’t propped him up and touted his “greatness” constantly Obama would have fallen flat on his face a dozen times or more.

      If the “shadow” government hadn’t covered up for him he would have been in legal trouble a least a dozen times or more.

      And if he hadn’t been black he would have been lucky to get out of office without being impeached.

      He was a lousy President. The race problems he was supposed to solve he exacerbated.

      The only reason he’s being relatively quiet at this time, IMO, is that he’s scared poopless that some of the illegal wiretaps and spying on people within this country will become public knowledge. Not that anyone ever seemed to care much that he was wiretapping and spying on the media. Even the media.

      With the exception of Sharyl Attkisson and whatshisname at FOX.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t that astonishing? We have had all kinds of things cut back over the 8 yrs of Obama, and meanwhile, he was spending tens of millions blocking FOIA requests. Just incredible.

      And you said it, Marge. Oh, the guy at Fox is James Rosen.

  7. piper Says:

    And so it goes,
    Canadian Muslims demanding help to for kids suffering from ‘islamophia.’
    Al Gore continuing to shill for global warming and his purse.
    Bernie Sanders screeching about ‘health care’ and his purse.
    The ‘kids’ protesting about ’causes’ and asking for free and free.

    After much research I’ve decided to join this protest.

  8. piper Says:

    I love coming to this site for the openness, discussions, and cartoons. So many of the other sites I browse have either gone full Trump, Republican but never Trump or Hillary was cheated through no fault of her own. I did not vote for Donald nor like him but am willing to give a chance to undo / remedy the damage done to this country by Obama and his minions who will never have to live with their destructive policies like us lowlifes.

    Off for a massage to soothe these old bones.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you so much, piper – that means so much to me, and I am sure, Marge (not to speak for her or anything!). Much appreciated, and glad you feel that way!

      And yeah, neither did I, but I have to hope that Trump will undo some of the lunacy of Obama’s two terms and pushing this country toward Socialism.

      The Reps really need to keep pushing forward and not letting the Dems call the shots like they so often do. This time, there are no excuses for Reps…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thanks Piper. I know exactly how you feel. So many people seem to believe that you have to be either “for” or “against” something all the time.

      Like you, I was not a Trump supporter and didn’t vote for him. But once he won I hoped, still do, that he was better than I thought he would be. And in some cases he has been. In ways that I know no liberal POTUS would have been.

      So far he seems to be working in a midst of chaos. The GOP, over this horrible healthcare bill have formed on of their usual circular firing squads and the media jabs at Trump 24/7 thereby alienating and further destroying their credibility with 1/2 the country.

      It’s a mess and a worry.

  9. piper Says:

    Another excellent by Victor Davis Hanson

    “Red-blue tensions at home, mounting dangers abroad Most Americans are worried about our domestic crises. Obama left office after doubling the debt to $20 trillion. Near-zero interest rates over eight years have impoverished an entire generation of seniors — and yet remain key to servicing the costs of such reckless borrowing. Over the last eight years, GDP never grew at 3 percent annually, the first time we’ve seen such low growth since the Hoover administration. Obamacare spiked health-care premiums and deductibles while restricting access and reducing patient choices. Racial politics are at a nadir and make one nostalgic for the environment before 2009. Red-blue tensions are at an all-time high, and suddenly there is talk of 1860s-like Confederate nullification of federal laws. It’s now the norm for prominent commentators to call for the murder, forced removal, or resignation of the current president. A New York Times columnist asked the IRS to commit a felony by sending him Trump’s tax returns, and then he boasts by providing his own address. The Democratic party is nearly ruined, reduced to a shrill coastal party animated not by an agenda but by unhinged hatred of Donald Trump and a new religion of race, class, and gender politics.

    Read more at:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent piece, piper – thank you.

      Abt those premiums and the current brouhaha over the CBO report – one thing the CBO fails to note, as I understand it, is that mixed into those 24 million who lose health care are people who CHOOSE not to have it because it is so expensive. Since Trump has removed the penalty for not having it, more people won’t by choice. Funny how they forget to mention “choice” when it doesn’t suit their ideology!

      Anyway, here’s more on the CBO, the good and bad:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Given how wrong the CBO was about Obamacare I wouldn’t put much credence in what they say about Trumpcare. But politicians like a department when they say what they want to hear and attack them when they don’t. Another reason to be an Independent and not belong to either b.s. party.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You said it, Marge, though the MSM is acting as if their current projections are written in stone – after ignoring EVERYTHING they said that was unflattering to Obama and his financial shenanigans.

        And amen to being Independent!

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thomas Sowell:The Real Lessons of Middlebury College

    Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with him.

    Where have all these shocked people been all these years? What happened at Middlebury College has been happening for decades, all across the country, from Berkeley to Harvard. Moreover, even critics of the Middlebury College rioters betray some of the same irresponsible mindset as that of the young rioters.

    The moral dry rot in academia — and beyond — goes far deeper than student storm troopers at one college.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I have something I am planning for Thurs. that will be something of a companion piece to this, I think. Anyway, love Sowell, and am so glad that even though he retired, he is still sharing his insights with us!

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Snow has stopped. Sidewalks, driveway and porches, as well as bird feeders cleared of snow. Trash and recycle out to the curb. All is well. And all is tired. Time to go watch some television and take a nap. At the same time. Thankful for having everything on my list so I can watch what a sleep through.

    Some how the beginning of one program and the ending of another just don’t go together.

    One last cartoon for the night…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Glad to hear it abt the snow. Sure hope this is the last one of the season.

      Yep – kicking back and watching some “NCIS” is what we are doing!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Wasn’t that a good NCIS? Tearjerker and yet still a good mystery.

        I hadn’t been too happy with the “new” team. Much better last night.

        And as for NCIS New Orleans – I want Brody back! And I don’t like Pride’s new girl friend. She has a sneaky, evil look. Sings well though.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          It was a good show, no doubt. I still don’t like the new guy. His arrogance, bravado, and go-it-alone attitude still bugs me. But it was a good show, and McGee’s character is getting the chance to shine now.

          LOL – I really liked Brody a lot, too. I hope they bring her back down the road. I watched the actress who plays Gregorio in another show and like her, so I am okay with her, but I totally hear you.

          AHAHAHA abt Rita – you crack me up. She does sing well, that’s true!

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