Burned Out on Reality or Who Cares How Kamala Harris Spends $500?

 

A restlessness is pervading my soul. I’m tired of the horrid news, the insolubility of the issues, the repetitiveness of the ideas and my own inability to do something productive, when hopelessness seems impossible to shake off.

And this morning, I heard all the outrage about Kamala’s disgusting behavior in France when she bought a bowl and a pot at the insane price of $500—how dare she? When our own televisions and refrigerators are stalled indefinitely in storage containers in the ports of our great country.

Actually, and quite honestly, the only thing I found appalling about the Kamala story was that the conservatives were making a big deal out of her decision. Seriously?

Who cares?

We are on the brink of watching serious inflation rise and a gas shortage, dealing with the reality of 82,000 people brought from Afghanistan who were barely, or not vetted, at all, falling into the abyss of Marxism and Socialism, watching the President continue to descend into dementia, anticipating the winter surge of Covid and a new variant—can we please get serious?

Conservatives and Republicans are not well-served by our seizing on every petty action or statement made by the Left. Yes, I know they do it to us. But we are not them. It’s not like we don’t already have enough issues threatening the stability and traditions of our country.

Could we please focus?

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  1. JosePluma, Local Man of Mystery Thatcher
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    According to the press, right wingers are losing their minds over this. I don’t care what pots and pans Kamala buys. I’m too busy laughing at the fact that when Joe and Kamala make a joint appearance, she pulls his popularity score down.

    Who cares what she spends her money on? It’s none of my business.

    I’m more concerned about what she wants to spend my money on.

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  2. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Similar to the above comment, Susan, it’s YOUR money she is spending!  We the long-suffering taxpayers are funding her lifestyle (and Joe’s) of constant corruption.

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  3. Flicker Coolidge
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guys, the original OP topic means a lot to me on many levels. So if someone would like to start a new “pan” post, I’d encourage you. (I normally don’t mind when we digress, but I’m feeling too lousy about the state of affairs.)

    It appears that “we” are terribly upset about this. You could have fooled me. Checking on a number of sites, the only one even mentioning Kamala’s cook wear is American Thinker, and its article on Biden snubbing Harris at a soup kitchen photo-op is more popular. The idea that we’re sending our most unpopular Cabinet official to a foreign country on a diplomatic mission is funny. Sending a Quebec-educated representative who can’t speak French to France is funnier. But frying pans? Meh.

    Maybe she’s a better cook than a lawyer or a politician.

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  4. Henry Racette Member
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    Susan,

    I also saw the “news” item somewhere — over at the Washington Free Beacon, I think — and thought that it didn’t land: it isn’t an outrageous excess, and buying frying pans is hardly scandalous.

    What bothered me, at least at first, about the coverage was the class warfare aspect of it. It’s one thing to point out the smug hypocrisy of a bunch of woke zero-point-one-percenters flying off to Europe in their private jets to scold me about the amount of carbon exhausted by my venerable old Yukon. It’s quite another thing to criticize a woman for buying an expensive frying pan. Shoot, it makes the Vice President* seem almost like a real person: women should be buying frying pans, after all. It’s a very womanly thing to do.

    In general, I don’t think I’m alarmed by a growing class awareness on the right. I just want it to stay focused (as you said) on the real culprits. Yes, the Vice President* is one of them, but not because she buys the kind of cookware that I’d probably buy if I were the sort who didn’t run his pots and pans through the dishwasher so often that the non-stick surfaces have all peeled off.

    H.

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  5. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Maybe whoever thinks this is a big deal is trying to channel some Nixon-everyman-Republican-cloth-coat vibes.

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  6. Vince Guerra Member
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    JosePluma, Local Man of Mystery (View Comment):

    Or you can get one of these and save a couple hundred dollars:

    They’re also heavy, by the way.

    Everyone should have one, for various reasons.

     

     

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  7. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    I just assumed she bought $500 of pot. Would explain the constant giggling.

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  8. Barfly Member
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    It may be that buying some cookware was the only notable thing Ms. Harris did while abroad. If that is the case, I can excuse the news outlets for reporting it.

    • #38
  9. Flicker Coolidge
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    Barfly (View Comment):

    It may be that buying some cookware was the only notable thing Ms. Harris did while abroad. If that is the case, I can excuse the news outlets for reporting it.

    They did a long version of video taping her shopping, too.  If she had just swooned over some brie on a baguette.

    • #39
  10. kedavis Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    It may be that buying some cookware was the only notable thing Ms. Harris did while abroad. If that is the case, I can excuse the news outlets for reporting it.

    They did a long version of video taping her shopping, too. If she had just swooned over some brie on a baguette.

    But even if she did absolutely nothing else while there, buying cookware is still not notable.

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  11. Flicker Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    It may be that buying some cookware was the only notable thing Ms. Harris did while abroad. If that is the case, I can excuse the news outlets for reporting it.

    They did a long version of video taping her shopping, too. If she had just swooned over some brie on a baguette.

    But even if she did absolutely nothing else while there, buying cookware is still not notable.

    Yu don’t think it’s gripping cinema to watch a well-dressed woman keep asking to see all the merchandise hanging up out of reach on a wall?  It’s very moving, stunning in its visual simplicity.

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  12. Front Seat Cat Member
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    I didn’t hear anything about Kamala’s cookware until @flicker started bragging about his fancy copper pan. I don’t care if she buys a samovar or roasts her own coffee – but I heard a humor that she’s supposed to be in charge of our US border issues. I think she was put in charge of something else that was big, but I lost track of it because she doesn’t do anything but laugh at the wrong time.  

    I was in World Market today – and went to the kids section looking at games and things.  All the children’s books featured were only for children of color or the planet. There was a Kamala children’s book……….God help us.

    She and Biden both are out of touch with the serious problems facing the US today, and our allies. So go to France and buy a pan. We know we’re on our own here.

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  13. Doctor Robert Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    @ flicker and @ doctorrobert, someone is going to peg your for the stuffy elite if you’re not careful! ;-)

    Well I hope so.  I go to the Opera and the Frick, too.

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  14. Jim McConnell Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guys, the original OP topic means a lot to me on many levels. So if someone would like to start a new “pan” post, I’d encourage you. (I normally don’t mind when we digress, but I’m feeling too lousy about the state of affairs.)

    I’ve seen several posts stray off the OP, but never that I recall going so far off.

    • #44
  15. kedavis Member
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guys, the original OP topic means a lot to me on many levels. So if someone would like to start a new “pan” post, I’d encourage you. (I normally don’t mind when we digress, but I’m feeling too lousy about the state of affairs.)

    I’ve seen several posts stray off the OP, but never that I recall going so far off.

    At least it’s still about pans, just not the ones Kamala bought.

    • #45
  16. Jim McConnell Member
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    I didn’t hear anything about Kamala’s cookware until @ flicker started bragging about his fancy copper pan. I don’t care if she buys a samovar or roasts her own coffee – but I heard a humor that she’s supposed to be in charge of our US border issues. I think she was put in charge of something else that was big, but I lost track of it because she doesn’t do anything but laugh at the wrong time.

    I was in World Market today – and went to the kids section looking at games and things. All the children’s books featured were only for children of color or the planet. There was a Kamala children’s book……….God help us.

    She and Biden both are out of touch with the serious problems facing the US today, and our allies. So go to France and buy a pan. We know we’re on our own here.

    Isn’t she the one in charge of solving Global Warming or something? Whatever it is that she’s in charge of, it evidently is very funny, because she just keeps laughing and laughing.

    • #46
  17. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I agree. Saw the headlines about this on my daily rounds and didn’t bother to click through. It just seems so petty when many serious problems are being exacerbated or ignored by people in power and their media lapdogs. 

    • #47
  18. Flicker Coolidge
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Guys, the original OP topic means a lot to me on many levels. So if someone would like to start a new “pan” post, I’d encourage you. (I normally don’t mind when we digress, but I’m feeling too lousy about the state of affairs.)

    I’ve seen several posts stray off the OP, but never that I recall going so far off.

    I don’t know about that.  Posts end only two ways.  Early on with one or two pages, or late with five or ten, talking about guns and cars, government corruption (but not that corrupt), how left-wingers are crazy, proof of God’s existence or not, either archaic computer hardware or archaic computer software, or puns and funny videos.

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  19. kedavis Member
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    I’ll go with this:

     

    • #49
  20. Flicker Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    I’ll go with this:

     

    You had to do it.  You just had to go there.

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  21. kedavis Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I’ll go with this:

     

    You had to do it. You just had to go there.

    You prefer something educational?

     

    • #51
  22. Flicker Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    I’ll go with this:

     

    You had to do it. You just had to go there.

    You prefer something educational?

    Susan’s going to be very mad at you.  You could have at least showed a video of Kamala cooking with her cousin, and mocked it soundly.

    • #52
  23. Z in MT Member
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    @ZinMT

    Nobody cares about Kamala buying some pans in France, people do care to know about quality cookware. I think we were just following your advice in the OP. I think the digression just says how healthy the community here at Ricochet is.

    • #53
  24. JustmeinAZ Member
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    @JustmeinAZ

    Somehow I missed this important piece of news. I guess I’m not holding up my end of the well-informed bunch.

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  25. genferei Member
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    @genferei

    Susan, are you letting the press tell you what to think, again? Don’t read it! It’s lies and clickbait on both sides. Getting the press to “focus” on a “problem” is not solving anything. Getting your duly elected* representatives to focus on something might help. If you indulge them and the press in thinking the only way – or even a good way – to do that is to “focus” the press (or even “social” “media”) the you are enabling the current rotten system. 

    * Not valid in all States. 

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  26. Steven Seward Member
    Steven Seward
    @StevenSeward

    Susan Quinn:

    Conservatives and Republicans are not well-served by our seizing on every petty action or statement made by the Left. Yes, I know they do it to us. But we are not them. It’s not like we don’t already have enough issues threatening the stability and traditions of our country.

    Could we please focus?

    Being a latecomer to the Internet age, one thing I’ve noticed is how much the news cycles are made up of criticizing trivial statements made by notable persons.  It seems that in a slow news day you can always find where some pundit on the other side of your political spectrum said something outrageous.  It really doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.  I’ve thought for decades that news is just a form of entertainment pretending to be something more important.

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  27. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Good post, Susan.  It is the job of socialists to complain about how other people choose to spend their earnings.  It is unbecoming of capitalists to do so.

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  28. She Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):
    Maybe she’s a better cook than a lawyer or a politician.

    This is, more or less, the direction my mind trended, when I heard of this outrage–Well, it seems she has better taste in cookware than she does in running mates…

    Honestly, though, the daily news “headlines” on almost any website you care to visit are enough to make one cringe, and there seems to be little effort made, either by the purveyors, or the consumers, to prioritize and react appropriately to their level of real  significance.  Somehow, Kamala’s Kookware has assumed (if one judges by the FONT and the number of exclamation points!!!!!!)  the same importance to the world as the fact that Iran could (by all accounts) actually go nuclear in a couple of weeks, or that Russia is making provocative noises on Ukraine’s border.  The phrase “fiddling while Rome burns” keeps coming to mind.

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  29. Stad Coolidge
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    According to the press, right wingers are losing their minds over this. I don’t care what pots and pans Kamala buys. I’m too busy laughing at the fact that when Joe and Kamala make a joint appearance, she pulls his popularity score down.

    Who cares what she spends her money on? It’s none of my business.

    I agree.

    • #59
  30. Norm McDonald Bought The Farm Inactive
    Norm McDonald Bought The Farm
    @Pseudodionysius

    “Out of the frying pan and into the ire.”

    You’re welcome.

    • #60
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