Thoughts After a Year Off

 

It has been a year since I posted anything on Ricochet. It’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s just that I have nothing new to say. I really don’t need like-minded folks propping me up even though it’s nice knowing that there are still people in this world who can think.

This morning I accidentally stumbled across a Twitter post by one of the most useless people whoever “served” in the government of this country – if not the world. No, I’m not talking about Joe Biden; I’m talking about Robert Reich, that mental midget who takes up space at UC Berkeley. I was curious about what bandwagon he was on these days, so I began to read his last dozen or more posts. If anyone ever questions why they occupy a seat in the center-right, just read the garbage that flows from the big mouth of this little man. I’m beginning to hope that there is an alternative universe, somewhere that the likes of Robert Reich can be dispatched.

My advice to Elon Musk is to walk away from Twitter. I don’t think it can remade or reformed. I decide to read a few other nuggets posted by other irrelevant people and was immediately punished by the generous opinion of Dan Rather – I didn’t even know he was still alive. Everything I read had a leftist bent. I’m prepared to consider opinions of all stripes, but it appears that Twitter is just a big megaphone of the left. I think it’s better to let them pollute each other’s thought processes – foul their own mess kits, so to speak.  I wouldn’t throw away billions of dollars banging my head against a leftist wall.

Elon, keep Space X going. I’m transfixed by watching that first stage rocket back to earth and landing it “on a dime.” Keep working on those batteries. As long as electric vehicles are going to be shoved down our throats, then we might as well drive good looking, fast cars.

The irony is that Elon Musk could be a poster boy for the left. Electric cars, solar panels, and what else? There is a lot of good he could do with $30-50 billion. But he is in fact doing a lot of good – jobs, jobs, jobs. Hope in America and a poke in the eye of the left.

I find it hard to watch the devastation that Putin is visiting on Ukraine.  Poor damned people. Our civilization is suffering from the Kitty Genovese syndrome – remember her? Being assaulted and murdered on the streets of New York while neighbors closed their windows or turned up the volume on their televisions to avoid the screams of terror.

My late UncIe Lee, who served in World War II and would always say “we should have finished off Stalin while we had a chance.” We should have finished off Putin while we had a chance.  Someone is going to get the Nobel Peace Prize for mediating the dispute, but in the process millions of people will have had their lives devastated by a madman. I’m sure the Chinese madman is taking notes.

Could Biden finish his term in office? I doubt it, but look at the succession parade. Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, Blinken, Austin – then who? Jesse Ventura? Scary.

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  1. Stina Member
    Stina
    @CM

    Twitter is the left’s microphone because they purged all of the actual conservatives and kept the squishies.

    If Musk’s intention is to make Twitter more diverse in opinion, then you might see the right come back.

    But after 5 years of shadow bans and outright banning, the only thing left is the Left’s echo chamber.

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  2. Chuck Thatcher
    Chuck
    @Chuckles

    I like the shirt!

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  3. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    Stina (View Comment):

    Twitter is the left’s microphone because they purged all of the actual conservatives and kept the squishies.

    If Musk’s intention is to make Twitter more diverse in opinion, then you might see the right come back.

    But after 5 years of shadow bans and outright banning, the only thing left is the Left’s echo chamber.

    I heard a snippet from an interview where Musk said that the banning/labeling algorithm should be made public. That would be a major move and one that all now in twitter would resist. 

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  4. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    Could Biden finish his term in office? I doubt it, but look at the succession parade. Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, Blinken, Austin – then who? Jesse Ventura? Scary.

    At this point, Jesse Ventura looks like a pretty competent and attractive alternative.

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  5. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Could Biden finish his term in office? I doubt it, but look at the succession parade. Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, Blinken, Austin – then who? Jesse Ventura? Scary.

    At this point, Jesse Ventura looks like a pretty competent and attractive alternative.

    Last week I read an article at powerlineblog — or maybe an article they linked to — claiming that Biden’s election and the Demo-rat majorities are the best thing that could happen. Not because the author was a Biden supporter, but rather because America has seen the results of implementing Democrat policies, and since the Democrats have total control they should get total responsibility for those results. I think there is another point the author didn’t consider: If the repubs get both houses in the fall, and if they behave as I expect, they will reveal the strength of the Uniparty. All pretense will be dropped, even if involuntarily. It’s then in the hands of the voters. 

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  6. CACrabtree Coolidge
    CACrabtree
    @CACrabtree

    Chuck (View Comment):

    I like the shirt!

    Yeah, I didn’t know whether to comment or salute…

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  7. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    As soon as I saw that twitter’s board of directors were seriously close to allowing Musk to take over twitter, I thought that the CIA has okayed it — because they can keep control of twitter no matter who’s in charge.

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  8. Mad Gerald Lincoln
    Mad Gerald
    @Jose

    I just saw the news that the deal went through – Elon Musk now owns Twitter.  We’ll see how strong his belief in free speech really is.

    He paid a 38% premium over the stock price from before he announced his interest.  Wow.

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  9. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    Joseph – you have a way with words! Could not have said any of it better, and unfortunately all so true. The Elon Musk – Twitter thing is curious. I don’t follow T, but maybe Musk will undo the censorship it now suffers from towards the Right or anything that should be deemed free speech, like it or not.

     

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  10. Mad Gerald Lincoln
    Mad Gerald
    @Jose

    Elon Musk has referred to himself as a “free speech absolutist”.

    Of course, Obama refers to himself as “pretty close to a first amendment absolutist”.   And in the next breath says “regulation has to be part of the answer,” and content moderation “doesn’t go far enough”.

    So it will be interesting to see if anything changes for the better.

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  11. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    Joseph Moure: This morning I accidently stumbled across a Twitter post by one of the most useless people whoever “served” in the government of this country

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  12. CACrabtree Coolidge
    CACrabtree
    @CACrabtree

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    Joseph Moure: This morning I accidently stumbled across a Twitter post by one of the most useless people whoever “served” in the government of this country

    No irony here; best to move on…

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  13. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    Django (View Comment):

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Could Biden finish his term in office? I doubt it, but look at the succession parade. Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, Blinken, Austin – then who? Jesse Ventura? Scary.

    At this point, Jesse Ventura looks like a pretty competent and attractive alternative.

    Last week I read an article at powerlineblog — or maybe an article they linked to — claiming that Biden’s election and the Demo-rat majorities are the best thing that could happen. Not because the author was a Biden supporter, but rather because America has seen the results of implementing Democrat policies, and since the Democrats have total control they should get total responsibility for those results. I think there is another point the author didn’t consider: If the repubs get both houses in the fall, and if they behave as I expect, they will reveal the strength of the Uniparty. All pretense will be dropped, even if involuntarily. It’s then in the hands of the voters.

    I wish that were true, but I don’t think it is. They tune it out or imagine that poor President Biden is dealing with some imaginary mess Trump left behind or that the Republicans are simply obstructionists. 

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  14. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    Joseph Moure: This morning I accidently stumbled across a Twitter post by one of the most useless people whoever “served” in the government of this country

    He is a hypocrite, but mostly a whiner. He has that in common with the left today. For years we heard that if you don’t like twitter and/or facebook, start your own. Well, “we” did it differently. Musk just bought twitter because it was more efficient than starting another platform. The infrastructure is already there and so are the customers. Good move, I think, especially if it makes Reich squeal like Ned Beatty in Deliverance.  

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  15. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Stina (View Comment):

    Twitter is the left’s microphone because they purged all of the actual conservatives and kept the squishies.

    If Musk’s intention is to make Twitter more diverse in opinion, then you might see the right come back.

    But after 5 years of shadow bans and outright banning, the only thing left is the Left’s echo chamber.

    Beat me to it.

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  16. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Could Biden finish his term in office? I doubt it, but look at the succession parade. Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, Blinken, Austin – then who? Jesse Ventura? Scary.

    At this point, Jesse Ventura looks like a pretty competent and attractive alternative.

    Last week I read an article at powerlineblog — or maybe an article they linked to — claiming that Biden’s election and the Demo-rat majorities are the best thing that could happen. Not because the author was a Biden supporter, but rather because America has seen the results of implementing Democrat policies, and since the Democrats have total control they should get total responsibility for those results. I think there is another point the author didn’t consider: If the repubs get both houses in the fall, and if they behave as I expect, they will reveal the strength of the Uniparty. All pretense will be dropped, even if involuntarily. It’s then in the hands of the voters.

    I wish that were true, but I don’t think it is. They tune it out or imagine that poor President Biden is dealing with some imaginary mess Trump left behind or that the Republicans are simply obstructionists.

    You are probably right. “Actions have consequences” is a phrase that progressives and the left-hand side of the bell curve can’t accept. 

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  17. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    Joseph Moure: This morning I accidently stumbled across a Twitter post by one of the most useless people whoever “served” in the government of this country

    For easier re-use, I made this into a single image:

     

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  18. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    And it goes well with this one:

     

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  19. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    And this one:

     

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  20. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Joseph Moure: It has been a year since I posted anything on Ricochet. It’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s just that I have nothing new to say.

    That’s why I mostly hang out in the PIT.

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  21. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Joseph Moure: It has been a year since I posted anything on Ricochet. It’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s just that I have nothing new to say.

    That’s why I mostly hang out in the PIT.

    Just remember, when you hang out in the PIT, the PIT also hangs out in YOU!

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  22. David Foster Member
    David Foster
    @DavidFoster

    There are actually quite a few worthwhile people on twitter, I’ve been surprised to see how many.  To name a few:

    –Paul Graham, entrepreneur & VC and good thinker on a lot of subjects (also a bad thinker on a few, IMO)…very much worth reading.

    –Marc Andreessen, creator of the first commercial web browser, also a VC, a very strong supporter of free speech

    –Ryan Petersen, CEO of Flexport (digital freight forwarder)…good info on logistics, and a great sense of humor

    –Claire Lehmann (Australian)…publisher of Quillette, but does most of her own posting at twitter.

    –Wretchard the Cat (Richard Fernandez)…very astute on political issues

     

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  23. OwnedByDogs Coolidge
    OwnedByDogs
    @JuliaBlaschke

    Whenever I see a braindead lefty (is there any other kind?) posting on Twitter, I reply with the most scathing comment I can muster and then mute them. Sort of a drive by comment. It comforts me to think of them shouting at me into the void. 

    I am not as pessimistic about Twitter. I think if anyone can make something of it, it is Elon. Let 100 flowers bloom as Mao once said as he killed about 20 million flowers he didn’t care for. Hopefully it won’t be like that.

    I used to disparage Musk when it seemed all he did was gobble up tons of government largesse. But I have changed my mind. He took tax dollars and repaid them a thousand-fold. I think Tesla is still in its infancy. I look forward to Elon improving batteries or replacing them with something better, less toxic. He may also inspire others to innovate. Wind and solar are pretty ancient technology. Isn’t there something better than would actually work? In an airplane? In a train or truck?

    Ukraine is just horrible. Whatever happened to “never again”. Very worried that Biden did too little, too late but thankful for the sacrifices of the Ukrainian people. It shouldn’t be all on them to stop Putin and he must be stopped. For the sake of the entire world.

    Interesting to see what the Democrats will do with their parade of old fools and younger fools. I’m desperately hoping for Desantis 2024 and praying that Trump goes away.

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