Wednesday Open Thread

“The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

–George Bernard Shaw

90 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Duke Cox says:

    Good morning, all.

    I am sad to say we are under a new Troll Alert. Our most recent "Troll with a hundred names" has his panties in a wad because he can't understand why no one likes him.

    Please do your best to refrain from feeding our newest sniveler. This one is particularly smelly.

  2. Genghis says:

    RIP Max Cleland, wounded Vietnam vet, Silver Star recipient, VA Director, Georgia Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, target of one of the wormiest smear campaigns in American political history, Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, and all around good dude.

  3. Powerful Pear says:

    Today the Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Labor said the mean tweet index, which measures what consumers pay for goods and services increased at the fastest annual pace since 1990. Inflation also topped 5% for the fifth straight month.

    At this rate the unemployed may have to go back to work.

    Thanks goodness that President Brandon is keeping his pledge not to raise taxes on those of us making less than $400,000 annually. And as Duke says, inflation is not a tax.

    Soon President Brandon will identify President Jimmy Carter as one of the Nobel Prize economist who support Build Back Broke.

    • ajb says:

      Well, as a Republican, you surely know that anything and everything can be fixed with another tax cut for the 1%.

    • Duke Cox says:

      I don't remember saying that, PP….but it isn't. The rising prices aren't being paid as taxes. It is goods and services, from which price increases the wealthy benefit most.


      • Powerful Pear says:

        You are correct. I apologize. A tax is payment that you no choice in paying. Inflation on the other hand, you only pay if you want to live. And we know that the wealthy are the only ones who want to live.

        • Duke Cox says:

          or, perhaps, deserve to…amirite?

        • MichaelBowman says:

          I’d love to hear your thoughts on QE.

          By the way, Pfruit, you're mixing up presidents and economists.  This one was a doozy. 

          • Voyageur says:


            Why, if you mean the first Queen Elizabeth, one of the best monarchs ever!

            • MichaelBowman says:

              The other QE: Quantitative Easing. 

              (and completely agree with you on the Queen!)

              I thought Pfuit ought to have to work for his (increasingly expensive) free lunch today since he got away with characterizing our supply chain issues as simply “lazy union workers”.

            • rice says:

              Voyageur is an unapologetic and hateful troll.  Do not participate in this forum if you are new, or he will direct the forum to attack you.

              • Powerful Pear says:

                Sorry Rice, I am the PoleCats favorite troll, we are all friends. We can be friends because nothing on this forum is serious, because there are no serious people. It’s just a collection of avatars with goofy names and alter ego’s saying things they would never say to you in public of face to face.

                In fact V gave me the same treatment when I came on board. You might be a little too sensitive to play in this sand lot, but it is your choice. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t matter what people think of you or say to you when those saying it are not real.

                Good luck.

                • Voyageur says:

                  Just so you know, Pear, Gudolph is lying again.   He claimed his mother died of alcohol poisoning.   Obviously, he was lying but a lie like that reveals a lot.   I didn’t mock it, however, noting only that such a family history “explains a lot.  And not in a good way.”

                  Couple his bizarre lie with his claim that he doesn’t drink alcohol — a common reaction among children of alcoholism — and it seems likely he did indeed have at least one alcoholic parent.  

                  Which does explain a lot.  And not in a good way.

          • Powerful Pear says:

            Two ways central governments influence production. Monetary policy (QE) and tax policy. Both are forms of tampering with markets, both equally bad.

        • JohnInDenver says:

          Hey Pear: 

          Any comparison that also meshes in

          • the ~25% increase in SNAP benefits for the eligible,
          • shift from unemployment payments to employment compensation for a sizeable proportion of the 5.5 million additional jobs, or
          • increasing average wages and salaries? 

          We won’t even go into how to calculate the impact of the stock market going up.  S&P went from 3798 on Jan 19 close to 4646 close today.

      • rice says:

        Duke "Dookie" Cox is an unapologetic and hateful troll.  Do not participate in this forum if you are new, or he will direct the forum to attack you.

    • kwtree says:

      The “mean tweet index”?
      That reached its peak under the Former Guy, crashed when he was banned from Twitter, but is climbing again with Lala Bobo’s inane contributions.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      One major control is under the Federal Reserve.  Their story, as of November 3:

      In a statement released on Nov. 3, the Fed highlighted: "The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. With inflation having run persistently below this longer-run goal, the Committee will aim to achieve inflation moderately above 2 percent for some time so that inflation averages 2 percent over time and longer‑term inflation expectations remain well anchored at 2 percent."

      CNET's opinion:

      While you're seeing the cost of day-to-day living go up, it's likely just the normal and expected response to the stalled-out pandemic economy. There's been no consensus among experts that inflation will become a sustained cycle. It's just on their radar, particularly as Capital Hill is weighing some ginormous economic stimulus packages and the economy is making a comeback.

    • DawnPatrol says:

      Yo, Puerile Parsimonious Persimmon — what are you morons, like, 12 years old? You do realize you’re embarrassing yourselves terribly among the non-cultist majority, do you not?

      • Genghis says:

        The Brandon thing seems almost inexplicable until you realize that these are the same clowns who turned an old incontinent morbidly obese Adderall junkie serial rapist into an object of worship.

        • MichaelBowman says:

          …and they’ve graduated to four syllables for their latest battle cry: Lock Her Up! to Let’s Go, Brandon!  

          I feel like I’m engaging with a gaggle of morans suffering from arrested development. 

    • unnamed says:

      Well, the last President raised my taxes.  I also bought a home for the first time during his Sad!-ministration.  I didn't get that first-time homebuyer's credit thanks to his tax scam.  So talk about "President Brandon" raising my taxes ain't gonna faze me.

      Also, say what you will about President Brandon.  But he told The Former Guy to shut up.  Then took his job.  In the parlance of your friends, Brandon made Former Guy look like a "cuck".


  4. davebarnes says:

    Today is National Vanilla Cupcake Day

  5. MattC says:

    I know a lot of family and friends in southern Wisconsin, across the political spectrum. In that group, the take away from the Rittenhouse trial is that it is legal for white Americans to grab their guns, get in their car (truck) and drive to a protest anywhere and shoot to kill as they see fit. 

    Some think that is great, as it should be. 
    Others the opposite.


  6. jimmay says:

    Ban the troll. Before your readers leave.

  7. kwtree says:







    From the great Wendy of Wendy’s Libtard Comix

    Can you guys see this pic? Sometimes copying images w wordpress doesn’t work.

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