After Burner I, II, and III (Various, 1987-1991. Part 5 of the War Games Series)

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Arguably, your 1987 game appearing in a 1991 hit movie is better than a certain arcade game from 1983 appearing on a certain hit show in 1986. Terminator 2 Screenshot From Electronic Playground.

As we watch the Democrats peddle their warmongering interventionist and laissez-faire let’s-wait-for-war attitudes, ie as they play their war games on their way to the fall brawl known as the midterm elections, where voters will probably vote Democrat to bring us nookular annihilation, I’ll take a look at some literal war games. Cold War video games, anyway.

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Today, we briefly address no-fly zones and Leftwing swarm tactics, looking at various entries in the After Burner series.

The Game

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You fly an F-14 in all versions of the game, but the more astute among you may notice that’s an F-15 on the Sega Genesis cartridge. And yes, on the lower left that’s an NES cartridge. I’ll explain later.

The difference between After Burners I and II was unknown to me, based on my experience with the home ports. Turns out there’s a good reason for that. The sequel’s biggest change was adding 3 levels at the end. Makes no difference to me, out of 18 levels in the first and 21 levels in the second I only managed to get to either level 4 or 5.

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Can you guess which is After Burner II and which is After Burner? Yeah, me neither. Clockwise from top left: After Burner Complete (Sega 32X), After Burner II (Sega Genesis), After Burner (Sega Master System), After Burner (NES)

There are more ports than these, and in fact more After Burner games than these. Some games that aren’t titled After Burner apparently are considered by fans to be part of the series. Phooey on all that, my focus is on the After Burner games in my possession, the ones that just so happen to have been released during the Cold War (except number III, that was 9 months too late).

What Do You Do In The Game?

You move your plane around the screen trying to avoid enemy missiles. You hold down the button for the machine gun in some versions (it fires automatically in others) and fire missiles at planes when you lock onto them. You do that by moving your crosshair over an enemy plane. The gun isn’t totally useless, it does destroy planes too.

Yeah, that’s it. It’s an arcade game, what did you expect?

There is some small variety in enemy planes. While you fly an F-14, in the first two games your basic enemies look like… I don’t know what the hell those are. Single-engine F-5s (not a real thing). An F-16I but without the intake underneath? The enemies that shoot back at you look like maybe MiG-25s. There’s another enemy that

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How a B-1 re-arms you is anyone’s guess.

looks like it could be a MiG-23 if you squint… or a Harrier. It will also shoot you. And then you get re-armed by a B-1 Lancer. The “B” means “Bomber”, not “Boy I sure have a lot of weapons to share”. Look, you’re not in this game to be technically accurate, you’re in it to destroy anything that isn’t the ground.

 

Being re-armed is significant, though it may not seem that way. You do not really have infinite missiles, just a lot of them. I’ve run out before.

 

After Burner Complete (Sega 32X)

After-Burner-Complete-II-Sega-32x-TitleAfter-Burner-Complete-II-Sega-32x-gameplayThis version was as near-perfect an arcade port as had ever been made to that point. Too bad it was 7 years old by the time of its release. From my understanding, the only difference between this and the arcade is the frame rate, which was cut in half though it still looks pretty smooth. As the title screen indicates, this is pretty much After Burner II despite the title being only “After Burner Complete”. Maybe that was just Sega admitting that they’re the same game. Out of the versions reviewed here, this is by far the best, though not the best available. After Burner II was ported more faithfully than this to the Sega Saturn, and later appeared on the PS2.

Still, I like this one. Maybe because I saw too many Sega 32X commercials and was brainwashed by them. I’m pretty sure they’re over-selling what the 32X can do. In reality it came off as being a slight improvement over the SNES. The SNES version of Doom packed in more enemy types and more stages than the 32X version. And didn’t end with a DOS Prompt. The SNES Doom levels were also complete, whereas the 32X has sections cut out of some. As for games like Shadow Squadron and Star Wars Arcade, those just look like graphically-improved versions of Star Fox. Not even next-gen really, just a little better and they ran a little smoother. And then you have Mortal Kombat II, which on the 32X was barely equal to the SNES version.

After Burner II (Sega Genesis)

After-Burner-II-Sega-GenesisAfter-Burner-II-Sega-Genesis-gameplayThis is a step down obviously, despite the “II” in the title. It’s still quite playable, don’t worry about that. Fewer enemies on screen, fewer colors too so the backgrounds look different. It’s also a little slower, or at least choppier than on the 32X release. I still got my butt kicked by the enemy, because I suck at this game. They just keep coming at you until you’re blown apart. The game’s designed to eat quarters in the arcade so it makes sense that it’d be so darn hard to play.

After Burner (Sega Master System)

After-Burner-Sega-Master-System-TitleAfter-Burner-Sega-Master-System-GameplayThis was a bad idea. Very slow and choppy. Very few enemies on the screen. The unresponsiveness makes it hard to dodge missiles and aim at enemies. This is what happens when your arcade machines are a generation ahead of your consoles and you don’t know how to work around that. They can get an ok version of Commando and Zaxxon on the Atari 2600, why can’t they get this right?

After Burner (NES)

After-Burner-NES-TitleAfter-Burner-NES-GameplayEverything wrong with the Master System version, but worse. This scene might as well be actual gameplay footage. You’ll also notice that the sprite for your jet is smaller, and you’re now shooting down F/A-18s rather than Russian jets.

You might also have noticed that this is a Sega game on the NES when the two companies were in direct competition, just as I’m sure you noticed the black NES cartridge in the picture near the top of this piece. Look at you being so observant! The story goes that this is an effort to create games for the NES without dealing with Nintendo’s harsh policies (only Nintendo can publish the game for 2 years, and you only can release 5 games on Nintendo consoles each year). Tengen produced their special games like After Burner in special cartridges with the right anti-copyright chips to play on regular NES systems with no modifications. However, folks who own a Retron console will find that these games don’t work on those.

After Burner III (Sega CD)

After-Burner-III-Sega-CD-Title-ScreensI know, I know. It differs from the other games here and did not come out during the Cold War. But it felt weird not including it since it was the only After Burner game I owned that didn’t fit the mold.

After-Burner-III-Sega-CD-gameplayAnyway, in this game you take a cockpit view, and occasionally get into a third-person view, but otherwise it’s pretty much the same game. Fire your guns and missiles at a never-ending stream of enemies. Being on the Sega CD allows for better sound effects and music. But you are shooting at what appear to be F/A-18s, and occasionally an F-14 gets behind you. At that point the game switches to a third-person perspective to help you lose the enemy. Another unique feature is that every so often you switch from shooting enemy planes to shooting enemy bases on the ground.

After-Burner-III-Sega-CD-enemy-on-your-tailThe intro tells you that the enemy is building bases and airfields all over a desert, and in the game they use F/A-18s and F-14s. Did Iran and Kuwait become allies? Did Australia buy the remaining Iranian F-14s?

For those not getting the joke, Iran was an American ally, so close that they’re the only country we ever gave F-14s to back in the 70s. Then the government was overthrown, hostages were taken, and then President Jimmy Carter was overthrown, becoming the last Democratic President to serve only one term.

On To War

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Endless war seems like a very liberal thing to do. To be fair, war is now in vogue with feminists (heh, get it?), so they were right when they said she was a feminist icon. Image from the Associated Press

Maybe the foreign policy adviser to Hillary’s campaign was playing this game when he or she told Hillary that a no-fly zone over Syria, in which we’d shoot down Russian jets (and they’d shoot down ours), was a good idea. How hard could World War III be if one jet can knock down hundreds of enemy jets? Look at that score of over 3,000,000! Let’s just hope it’s a non-nuclear third world war like in Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising. (I had considered buying an old computer and reviewing that game, by the way, but it looks boring. Yes, they did make boring video games about World War III.)

And when it comes to war, Democrats want anything but boredom! Heck, Democrats got so mad about Vietnam being boring, not having the glory of World War II, that they decided to start a war in Chicago. And when the war dragged on too long, Democrats got bored and moved on to being mad at Nixon, and cut funding to South Vietnam (Dems controlled the House that year) which led to their surrender when otherwise they could’ve at least stalemated. Just like how Democrats got bored of that thing in Iraq they all were excited about at first, and moved on under Obama, despite warnings that something like ISIS would happen if the U.S. left.

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“Woo yeah! Libya was a great war! We was all pew pew pew ‘Murica!” Image from evil.news

Now Libya, THAT’S how a real Democrat war would look! Bomb the crap out of them, remove the government, then pack up and leave. So what if the country fell apart and is now a hotbed of terrorism and slavery? So what if they had to tell little white lies about Gaddhafi, who was actually very cooperative until Obama and Hillary stabbed him in the back? You see, Obama and Hillary lying to get us into war with Libya (saying the government was responsible for mass killings), to collapse Libya and leave, was ok because they knowingly did it, whereas when Bush “lied(the assertion that he did not is coming from Bob Woodward, whom you guys on the Left are currently worshipping after his anti-Trump book Fear was published) to get us into Iraq and try to rebuild Iraq, it was wrong because he was just going based on the faulty data he had at the time, which even liberals eventually admitted was accurate. Makes sense.

A Pattern Emerges

Run in, shoot them up, run out. The media does that to Republicans, tried to do that to Kavanaugh. You might have heard Rush Limbaugh’s term “drive-by media”- it’s because they drive up, fill you full of bullets, then quickly move on, leaving you for dead. Kind of like how Democrats pursue their little wars. Why do you think Obama was so reticent to attack ISIS? A: it was not going to be a quick and glorious victory like toppling Gaddhafi, and B: acknowledging their existence would be pretty much admitting that leaving Iraq was a bad idea, that it had consequences that were worth our time and money to deal with. Well, the DNC’s media is pretty much the same way with its attacks. For all of those reporters and pundits who occasionally forgot to use the word “alleged” or something similar with Kavanaugh, do you think we’ll be getting a retraction? Nope, their clips were emptied and they’re moving on.

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Liberal protesters demonstrating their strong-style. Images from AP, RWC, Fox News, and Quora

You’ll notice a pattern with some of these games too that I’ve been looking at for this series. Missile Command, Battle Zone, and this one. Never-ending waves of enemies. MAS*H gets partial credit because it never ends but you’re not fighting anyone. I guess After Burner gets only partial credit too, since even though you’re fighting enemies it does have a finite number of levels.  So it is beatable, eventually. If you have too much time on your hands to perfect your skills.

I digress. My point is you’re resisting wave after wave of attacks, this strong relentlessly aggressive style that the Left employs for its wars both abroad and at home against Republicans. Much like how the Soviets fought their wars- overpower the enemy with sheer numbers. How appropriate, given the Cold War tone of the games we’re looking at, that we’d find such a connection between the USSR and modern Left.

What Do You Think?

Sounds like a fun game? Vote for the Left and make it happen! War may be a fun video game, but Leftists calling for it or Civil War because they’re drive-by tactics failed have no idea what they’re talking about. If this writer is shaking with rage right now, just because Senators representing 44% of the country made a decision affecting 11.1% of the Supreme Court, having only altered 22.2% of it since Trump took office, how will she feel when the bodies of her revolutionaries are in the streets? By the way- as for that 44% meme other liberals have propagated, while technically true, polls actually show a slight majority (46% to 45%) supported Kavanaugh just before he was confirmed, and another poll saying 60% of the country wanted Kavanaugh confirmed if the FBI cleared him (and sure enough the FBI found nothing backing the accusations). And how’d the vote go? 50 Senators for, 48 against. Seems right to me, even a little under what should be expected based on that 60% number. But not to the Left, because Kavanaugh was guilty, not even “until proven innocent”, simply “guilty but we never found evidence“. Go ahead, vote for witch hunts and kangaroo courts.

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M*A*S*H (Atari 2600, 1983. Part 4 of the War Games series)

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The artwork features such familiar characters as that guy on the left, that nurse in front, that guy on the right… who the hell are these people?

As we watch the Democrats peddle their warmongering interventionist and laissez-faire let’s-wait-for-war attitudes, ie as they play their war games on their way to the fall brawl known as the midterm elections, where voters will probably vote Democrat to bring us nookular annihilation, I’ll take a look at some literal war games. Cold War video games, anyway.

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Today, we address the personal toll the Left’s warmongering will take, butchering narratives as their war would butcher Americans, by taking a look at the game MAS*H on the Atari 2600.

And no, despite the smokescreen of the Kavanaugh coverage, the Left still wants its war. Even if nothing had been said this past week, it’s not like 3 months is enough separation to allow us to dismiss this rhetoric.

Surgical Strikes

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Gonna go ahead and say the programmers never watched the show. Or read about what tanks are capable of doing with their cannons. Just a hunch.

Ooooooh boy, where to start? I’ve seen every episode, been watching for 15 years. I’ve seen the movie at least 4 times. Hawkeye Pierce, played by either Donald Sutherland or Alan Alda, never piloted a helicopter. He’s driven jeeps, offensive lines on the gridiron, maybe driven a bus, drove people crazy, went crazy and drove a tank, but he never piloted a helicopter.

Colonel Potter never had a team of skydiving medics. Aside from corpsmen among the paratroopers on the two combat jumps made during the war, there wasn’t any such thing as a skydiving medic. This whole premise is weird.

Hawkeye never competed with his fellow surgeons either, except maybe Frank Burns and Charles Emerson Winchester III, though not so much with the latter because Winchester was a skilled surgeon while Burns wasn’t so great. I notice that Winchester wasn’t mentioned in the manual, even though this game came out the same year the show ended its run, with Winchester having been on the show since 1978.

Tanks, by the way, never shot down helicopters with their cannons. Anti-air tanks that may have had that role were not deployed by the North Korean/Soviet/Chinese forces in that war. And I’m pretty sure that’s just a picture someone drew in the manual, not an actual screenshot.

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Apparently in the Korean War, UH-1 helicopters were shot at by the Uralmash-1 self-propelled artillery prototype while an A-4 Skyhawk (with an oddly placed refueling probe) flew overhead.

As the manual states, you pick up the wounded. Fly your helicopter to a wounded person, they disappear once you make contact, then fly back to your hospital tent and deposit your wounded by rubbing up against it. You can carry multiple wounded, picking them up until the hole in the middle of the helicopter (presumably the open doors) is filled. This is a timed round. Once it’s concluded, Hawkeye stops piloting and starts operating.

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Looks a little fat for a soldier, particularly around the thighs. Too many Krabby Patties I guess. Or he’s a German soldier.

This part was programmed long after the release of the board game “Operation”, so they might’ve ripped it off. But there is a twist: you don’t touch the shrapnel (the little metal dot inside the maze-like body cavity, presumably a horrifying wound) and automatically pull it out. You have to guide it through the wound and out the hole. The placement is random, but it can be a little harder than shown here. You have a set amount of time to remove the shrapnel.

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My Take

The game passes time. It’s just a series of minigames, probably enjoyed more with friends which I had done once or twice many, many years ago. Once the games are complete they start over in a neverending cycle, so in that sense it accurately simulates the life of someone at a MAS*H unit. I can’t really comment much on the game, given the tech they had to work with. It’s not the worst game on the Atari, and you can easily pick it up and figure out what’s going on without a manual. Unlike say E.T. or Superman. Graphics aren’t so bad, certainly not as bad as Pac Man, and have more variety than other games like Asteroids or Yar’s Revenge.

I don’t see why they had to just invent skydiving medics to rescue, or give Hawkeye and the other surgeons pilot’s licenses. Well, I take that back. They probably had only enough time/cartridge memory/whatever to program two settings to the game (unlike Pigs In Space which gave you 3). You’re either picking up wounded outside or inside operating, maybe they just didn’t have enough room to program a third location, instead inventing the skydiving medic thing as a way to repurpose the outside area so that they can allege there are 3 different ways to play.

It’s pleasant to look at and plays well. Not too shabby for a very early movie/TV show adaptation, considering how horrifically botched these can be.

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M*A*S*H’s cast at the time the game came out. Notice how none of the characters from the video game’s cover art appear here. At least they got the sign right.

Onward To Politics

MAS*H is obviously a Cold War product through and through. It’s set in the Korean War. We were in Korea to stop the spread of communism by the Soviet-backed North, but supposedly also to stop the North from slaughtering the people of the South. The movie and TV show came out during the Vietnam War and mixed humor with the horrors of war. Then after we pulled out of Vietnam, the series became less funny and focused more on various issues from old friends gone bad to adultery to claustrophobia to why Alan Alda shouldn’t be allowed to write an entire episode that’s just him delivering a monologue. The whole affair, whether movie or TV show, had an anti-war flair to it.

War Is Heck

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This much rage doesn’t just disappear y’know. And don’t expect her to be demonstrating why women are better at being compassionate than men. I’ll note here that I include links such as the above to show that I’m not making some kind of strawman argument.

This anti-war message seems to have been lost on modern Democrats. However, I can’t help but notice that under the cover of the Kavanaugh hearings and allegations the news cycle provided, the widespread cries for Russian blood have dissipated. At least for the moment- expect everything from Russians to sexism to be behind Republican victories this fall, and expect riots if the predicted Blue Wave doesn’t surface.

The Russia narrative didn’t die, it just slowly faded away, to be pulled out of mothball when needed. Covering old ground, I’ll take another moment to stab at how the Left wants to fight this new war. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, my favorite strawgirl because her proposals didn’t even pass CNN’s smell test (despite DNC Chairman Tom Perez labelling her the future of the party), suggests cutting military spending to help fund her $40 Trillion spending package (she also suggested in that Jake Tapper interview that once millennials lose the shadow of $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, somehow they’d be able to fund the rest of her scheme). In fact, leftwing organizations have said that her plan only accounts for $2 Trillion of the funding (check the CNN link). U.S. GDP in 2016 was about $18.5 Trillion. Since we’re talking about funding over 10 years or so, imagine if 20% of your paycheck suddenly disappeared. 20% of what you have now. That’s what Ocasio-Cortez wants.

Oh yeah, did she mention that even without her program, our debt is projected to be $34 Trillion by 2028? And she wants to double that, as if your taxes weren’t high enough. Beyond that, as of 2016, the U.S. was committed to paying $210 Trillion over the next 75 years in social security and medicare benefits alone (an extra $2.8 Trillion per year, and over that 75 years it’s predicted that we won’t be able to pay about $47 Trillion of this already, and Ocasio-Cortez just wants to add even more to this crisis… but it makes sense she’d be naive, sheltered life she had growing up in a wealthy liberal haven. She lied about her working-class background and didn’t want for money, at least until the battle over her father’s estate once he died in 2008, her father having been CEO of a company. Even after that she, despite allegedly being working-class, found time to visit Flint, MI to protest or whatever. As someone with a real working-class income who is roughly her age and has been working steady for 4 years, allow me to enlighten you: PEOPLE BARELY GETTING BY DON’T GO ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROTEST! If I were flying from NYC to Flint, it’d be 20% of my monthly income round trip. If I lived with my parents and pulled a stunt like that, they’d say “well you can afford to do that so you can afford to pay your own rent”. Heck, even driving there and back would cost no less than $320).

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Tortuga tanks, because Venezuela was always the model of success to be emulated. Image from MilitaryMachines

Tax the rich to get that money? Are you reading what the GDP was? We don’t have enough rich people’s money to tax! They’ll leave (yes I know I keep referencing my previous posts, but I already elaborated on this point in it) anyway if she does go after everything they have. Remember Venezuela? Had booming industries, was a great place, then socialists like Ocasio-Cortez took over and now toilet paper is a luxury while they eat their pets? Sean Penn and Danny Glover sure remember Venezuela, because it is paradise to them. And if it doesn’t work out they’ll just move somewhere else and leave the rest of us to die from their mess.

Conflict Of Understanding

Another area the Ocasio-Cortezes of the world are insensitive to human nature and suffering in is war. As you may have noticed above, she wants to defund the military. But as a global citizen she’d totally send it out to war if the U.N. asked. Send it out underfunded, understaffed, and with equipment that isn’t even safe to train in, let alone enter a war zone in. But folks like her don’t really value the military anyway (the communist Soviets are a great example, they just threw waves of men at enemies, and liberal communist hero Chairman Mao was happy to lose 300 million of his people in a nuclear war, and even liberal professors and leaders in America today think millions of Americans are untermensch to be slaughtered as they choose, the same liberals teaching tomorrow’s leaders that white people are evil, the same liberals supporting Ocasio-Cortez), they see soldiers as either toxically masculine (thus evil), see them as conservatives, see them as potential terrorists, or in Hillary’s case see them as pawns to disrespect at home while sending them abroad to die for whatever she feels like because she’s not one for refusing wars. Since Hillary was the most qualified candidate ever, this must be what Democrats would do with our military even after gutting it.

To be fair, I think Ocasio-Cortez’s solution to end American Imperialism as her clique calls it would involve us ending our nuclear deterrence program, at which point any of our adversaries like China and Russia (or Iran or North Korea) would casually threaten us into compliance with such demands as disbanding our military. We’d certainly be leading from behind- we’d be the only major power without nuclear weapons. And with other countries ordering us around, we’d have as much use for a military as Cuba, whose greatest military victories since Bay of Pigs have been whenever their gunboats murder refugees. Refugees Obama said were no longer welcome in America, while happily letting MS-13 rapists in.

Any Compassion?

MS-13, and Nancy Pelosi saying that they are divine, brings up another point. One thing MAS*H did as a series was to humanize the enemy. The doctors spent all day patching together wounds caused by enemy gunfire but were still fine with treating North Korean patients and even protective of them. One episode in particular had the doctors try to sneak a P.O.W. out of the hospital because she would have faced torture if the South Korean M.P.s were allowed to take her. She was totally unrepentant, told the doctors she’d have killed them if she could, but our lead character Hawkeye still thought he’d done the right thing. And actually, you have no clue in the video game whose side the

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That blindfold on Lady Justice is also traditional garb for victims of firing squads, something liberal concepts of justice tend to involve.

wounded are on, so except in that operating table minigame there’s no way to tell whose life you’re saving while playing. Kind of like how the Hippocratic Oath is supposed to work. And Justice too, but Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ), and the mobs of their supporters, don’t believe this.

Where is this humanization from liberals? Let’s look at the Kavanaugh allegations and gender/race relations in light of those. Kavanaugh is a M-A-N, which somehow makes him subhuman. Life unworthy of life. In other words, he is evil.

To be fair, liberals have a very low tolerance of anyone, even liberal women, that disagree with them. It just happens that their main devil, Republicans, are largely white males. And the Left has hated men for quite some time.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, we have Republicans trying to empathize with Dr. Ford and give her the benefit of the doubt (granted, some Republican women who are sitting in judgment of Dr. Ford, and if men AND women can’t judge a female then who can?), saying maybe she really was sexually assaulted but not by Kavanaugh (interestingly enough, it’s entirely possible that the memory was fabricated from her

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NASA has A LOT to answer for. Image from Trekcore

therapy sessions, to where she believes it really happened despite Kavanaugh not being a part of it as witnesses Dr. Ford herself cited have claimed- afterall, people can believe they were sexually assaulted by Bugs Bunny in Disney World or in one case I read about years ago someone’s therapy to reconstruct a trauma led to them believing Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock abducted her and took her to the Enterprise… not the actors or the Navy ship, the characters and the starship, so there’s no telling what false memories might surface. Dr. Ford herself would agree; she wrote a paper on how to create false memories (and coached a friend on how to pass a polygraph like she did, but that’s a different matter). Granted, if Dr. Ford said Kavanaugh took HER to the Enterprise then Democrats would be calling for an investigation into NASA for allowing Kavanaugh to misuse their equipment).

Michelle Remembers, But Democrats Don’t

Women aren’t credible when accusing Democrats, just ask Hillary Clinton or Keith Ellison (the Deputy Chairman of your party is accused of beating a woman, the woman has a doctor’s report, and only 5% of you Democrats who want Kavanaugh drawn and quartered believe that Ellison is guilty, meanwhile Hillary who as you saw above referred to her husband’s accusers as “bimbo[s]” now says such accusations are credible).

So in summation: Dr. Ford looks like a liar (not saying she is one, lying connotes deliberate deception, just saying her accusations og Kavanaugh aren’t holding up to scrutiny) because the only witnesses she cited say the event never happened, and those witnesses were the extent of the evidence she had for her claim (though we’re being told that merely claiming is enough evidence, and that a lack of witnesses corroborates her claim).

Kavanaugh, on the other hand, has Dr. Ford’s very own witnesses proving he was not involved, plus a clean record outside of these allegations all centering on the same 30+ year old time period (otherwise one of the FBI’s 6 background checks surely would’ve found something, the FBI is a very credible group according to liberals) which is highly unusual for people who go around with rape gangs as another accuser is alleging.

First Democrats said they’d never vote for Kavanaugh. Then they said they wanted all of Kavanaugh’s documents despite an unprecedented number being released- remember when “unprecedented number of stuff released” showed how great Hillary was? Then they reveal Dr. Ford’s allegations, which they’d been sitting on for 45 days, and demand the FBI immediately investigate them, as if they weren’t important enough for that in July. When they finally get that investigation into Dr. Ford’s allegations, they say it is a total farce within 48 hours of it starting. They now say that ALL allegations need to be investigated, the less credible accusations too (note that Senator Hirono says the allegations are credible, which means she must have some evidence, which means she is guilty of obstruction of justice by not releasing that evidence, or she’s just going by her definition of credibility which she already explained when she said Kavanaugh is guilty and has no credibility because she disagrees with him politically, so at least she’s consistent with the opposite being true- that she would find the accusers credible because she agrees with them politically), the ones so weak that the liberal New York Times didn’t even bother publishing them (try around the 96 minute mark in the link, Lefty NBC even found that one of Senator Hirono’s so-called ‘credible‘ accusers wasn’t particularly credible). Once again they took forever to make these allegations public, apparently they knew about it for at least a week during which they still demanded only Dr. Ford’s allegations be investigated (check the date on that NPR article- 5 days before the New Yorker published its piece on the second accuser, in which it’s mentioned Democrats already knew of them. It’s also interesting that Senate Democrats would investigate THESE allegations, but refused to look into Dr. Ford’s.), and they hunted for Ramirez too, trying to bring her out during this time they could’ve been asking the FBI to investigate. Worse, they refused to participate in the Senate’s Dr. Ford investigation (which could jail people for lying and could be like an FBI investigation), were reluctant to interview her, and refuse to get the one law enforcement body involved that could’ve acted instantly- the local police in the area where Dr. Ford’s alleged event took place (there is no statute of limitation on this crime in that area, they urged Dr. Ford to get a lawyer but never urged her to file a complaint with the police who’d have already finished their investigation if they’d done this when Feinstein first heard about it). I guess they were too busy trying to find new accusers to be bothered with the old ones. Now Democrats just say ditch Kavanaugh because it doesn’t even matter if he’s guilty or innocent. Democrats kept getting what they wanted, and kept demanding more once they got what they wanted. Appeasement never works with bullies.

They got the documents they wanted, which they hated. They got the Dr. Ford hearing they wanted, which they hated. They got the FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations that they wanted, which they hated. Now they say just dump Kavanaugh, repeating the tired line they’ve been using since Kavanaugh was first announced months ago, so long ago that Sen. Feinstein didn’t even know of the sexual assault allegations yet when they first started saying it.

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I don’t recall scenes about treating enemy soldiers in the movie, but I also don’t recall any of the characters on the Atari 2600 cover art being in the movie.

Despite this, despite the total lack of evidence for Dr. Ford’s testimony, we find that more Republicans are doing their best even-handed MAS*H impression than Democrats, while most if not all Democrats as far as I can tell from the media coverage are acting like the South Korean torturer and the P.O.W. in the episode mentioned: only concerned with getting his hands on his latest victim, or in the P.O.W.’s case only concerned with trying to kill the people that want to help her. Remember: Democrats are supposed to be the fair-minded party, the party of intelligence, the party of reason, the party of compassion. I have yet to see this demonstrated, but I’m sure a pack of wolves tearing a sheep apart think they’re pretty intelligent and compassionate too.

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So, what happens to kids now? What do we tell young boys if Kavanaugh is ousted? “Don’t bother planning for your future because a woman can come out of nowhere and destroy you”? If unsubstantiated claims become a valid assault tactic, does this mean next feminists will cheer if women in the workplace use it? “Oh he got a promotion I wanted. so I told my bosses he raped me”. Because it doesn’t matter whether you’re guilty or innocent, it just matters that you’re a man. Judge you by your gender rather than the content of your character.

We’ve seen many false accusations by women (the media picked some big losers to sensationalize, since only 8% of rape allegations turn out to be false, but even ONE false accusation destroys Senator Hirono’s statement… I think I’ve found someone in Congress who gets me madder than Adam Schiff makes me) who wanted either to get back at men or avoid looking bad for things they voluntarily did. Or just wanted attention. Or were insane. But we’re supposed to believe each and every rape accusation and deny due process to men because they’re all guilty anyway.

What Do You Think?

Looks like such a fun game, vote Democrat and make it happen! Democrats want to send young men to die, and then imprison the remaining men over false accusations of rape. Think that’s hyperbole? Have you been paying attention, to your leaders, to your media? Havent you been paying attention to women at all, you sexist pig?

 

MAS*H doesn’t come with a Game Over screen, the game just starts over. An endless cycle. Appropriate for our concluding quote:

"“If the classroom situation is very heteropatriarchal—a 
large beginning class of 50 to 60 students, say, with few 
feminist students—I am likely to define my task as largely 
one of recruitment…of persuading students 
that women are oppressed" 
~Professor Joyce Trebilcot of Washington University, 
as quoted in Who Stole Feminism: How Women Have Betrayed Women.

 

 

The Hunt For Red October (Various, 1991-1993. Part 3 of the War Games series)

If you’ve never heard of it, pull your head out of your butt, actually look up what Family Guy references ya hipster millennial jackanape, and at least watch the gallderned movie.

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As the midterms approach and the Democrats continue to run on impeachment (why does the Left’s drive for impeachment against a Republican sound familiar?), so that they can start a new Cold War or something, let’s take another look at some more Cold War games… that came out a little late. Sort of.

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It was a flat orange-ish color for the NES on the left, it just came out like that because of the screen used.

Today, we take a look at defectors. Historically from the Cold War, foreshadowing defectors in the Left’s future Cold War, as well as looking at political defectors from the Left.

Since the game is based on a movie based on a book, let’s just get the game out of the way first.

Game Boy

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Yes, that was the best picture I could get.

Lousy, but it is one of only two video games I know of (that was made before any hipster with a phone could produce an app) whose title screen features a hammer and sickle and the Soviet Anthem (because those hipster-commie bastards who think (if you can credit what little activity in their brain there is as such) mass murder is trendy (1 in 5 millennials in the U.S. think Stalin was a hero) or take the Pulitzer-winning NYT’s stance that it doesn’t happen, and are so used to their parasite lifestyle of mummy and puhpah giving them everything in the world that they can’t conceive of how an economy based on free stuff would fail, and hate America because this country should not exist according to their ideals and their favorite tenured professors who also live at someone else’s expense, would just loooooove to make an unironic Soviet game with a title screen like that, if they haven’t already). That alone makes it awesome.

No save feature, no password screen, no continues, and you die pretty easily. I was surprised at what happened with my playthrough- I struggled for an hour total over two days to get through the first level, but when I did it was an instant breakout the likes of which we haven’t seen since what Obama gave Russian ally Iran in the nuke deal. I tore ass through the next two levels, and then died at the boss for level 3.

Hunt-For-Red-October-Game-Boy-MapYou face other submarines, destroyers, aircraft carriers that send up depth-charge dropping jets (F-14s are what they look like, which is weird since they are incapable of hunting submarines or even using anti-submarine weapons). But you have some help in this. You can activate Red October’s caterpillar drive, which inverts your sub’s colors and makes people stop shooting at you unless you pass too close. You also have a limited number of missiles that are way stronger than your torpedoes. Just like the Blue Marine, you have infinite torpedoes. Soviet engineering; it’s no wonder they ran out of money and collapsed.

The levels are just long horizontal courses you must navigate your submarine through. Islands that float on the surface but have nothing under them, random large collections of rocks that dwarf your 198m submarine, that are way larger than an aircraft carrier, just floating about 120m under the water’s surface with no geological feature holding them up. Also in each level we have a boss. Level 3’s caught me flat-footed since it has cannons that knock you out in one shot (which you start in the line of fire of) and depth charges that knock you out in I believe 3 shots. I lost all my lives and called it quits, because this is a very frustrating game. Luck is all that propelled me that far. I knew mine had ran out.

Hunt-For-Red-October-AtlantisAs far as I can tell, it’s a very loose adaptation. In the movie, Red October didn’t blow up other submarines (except the one, but Red October didn’t fire a shot), didn’t fire missiles at helicopters and jets, and didn’t face random bosses that I don’t even know what the heck they’re supposed to be. A giant naval mine that shoots torpedoes, an undersea base that sort of reminded me of Atlantis’ central structure, and some kind of underwater death pagoda. I watched a YouTube video of the rest of the game- apparently the 3 bosses I faced are repeated in harder variations, then two different bosses, then you’re done after 8 levels. And I lost it on level 3. We ain’t doin’ this, the “L” in “Flagg” stands for “lazy”!

NES

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on the left is the Game Boy’s intro, on the right is the NES’, both had the radar sweep spawning the hammer and sickle, I just took the pictures at different points.

It’s a similar intro to the Game Boy, we even get the radar graphic. But the title screen is different, just the movie logo. And you don’t get a menu or anything, the moment you press start you’re thrown right into the action. You don’t even get the map showing where you are. But that plays into the different cutscene setup, I guess. This game featured dialog from the movie in between levels. It’s the only one that does, at least as far into them as I was able to play.

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They a did a good job with the Russian Ambassador on the right. I assume the guy on the left is supposed to be David Stockman.

Hunt-For-Red-October-NESThe control configuration is also slightly different. The levels though look way different. Your submarine looks like a bigger version of the Game Boy sprite, one of the enemy sub types seems to have carried over, and I think one of the surface ship types too, but that’s it. Different levels, more varied enemies, and different hazards, such as the iceberg level involving ice falling on your sub this time. Sure ice is buoyant and shouldn’t be falling on you and shattering on the iceberg under you, only to have the pieces bounce up and fall again, but… explanations and science. I’m playing as Captain Marko Ramius here, not Captain Cold! I’m not some Ice Man that knows all about ice!

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I strongly doubt the Soviets called anything the “Arctic Zone”

Just like the Game Boy game, you get some lives, and can add to them if you pick up the right item, and like the Game Boy version once they’re all gone you’re done. No passwords or continues, the game restarts as if you just turned the power on and off, just as the Game Boy version does. So no, I did not beat it. It’s harder than the Game Boy version

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It’s also the only version with the Paramount Logo

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One more point of interest- if you’ll look on your right, you’ll notice that the HUD is way different on the screenshots for the back of the NES box compared to the screenshot I showed of what really was in the game. The colors look a little faded for the water and icebergs in the ice stage, compared to the screenshot, but that may just be because of poor printing processes on the box or poor picture quality when taking it.

SNES

Hunt-For-Red-October-SNESWell, FINALLY someone bothers to explain what the missions are! The Game Boy version just throws you into them, the NES version does too but at least puts dialog from the movie into the game to make the contrast between what was on film and what you’re doing all the more obvious. The SNES game goes in a different direction and shows the missions the sub has, with as much effort to tie it into the movie as the Game Boy version. And they all make so much since. I mean, what Soviet Captain WOULDN’T want to stop arms dealers while on his way to defecting? It’s a no-brainer!

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There is exactly nothing in both the book and the movie about illegal arms merchants. What the hell is this?

The inter-mission screen looks like an upgraded version of the Game Boy game’s, and the HUD looks like a 16-bit version of what you’ve seen so far in the NES and Game Boy games. But here we get more weapons, and the torpedoes are no longer unlimited. They also don’t home in on the enemy, an enemy that is now harder to kill because it can endure more hits, even the most basic enemies.

 

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The SNES version introduces a new mode of gameplay, for I guess secret bonus stages or something. You have to pick up an item to trigger it. We get a first-person view of enemy boats in the distance and enemy attack helicopters coming at us. This is designed for use with the Super Scope. Mine is not on-hand and I wouldn’t waste my pack of 20 Toys ‘R’ Us AA batteries on it. Well, 18 of them anyway. The makers of the game obviously wanted you to suffer for not having a Super Scope, because when just using the controller your aiming cursor crawls along the screen like a depressed sloth (ie Eric Holder after he quit).

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Pro Tip: Minimize interruption of gameplay when using a Super Scope by having a buddy replace expired batteries.

The SNES version added an innovative feature- if you lose a single life, the game resets itself. I guess you could justify that by making the claim that it’s also easier than the Game Boy and NES versions so you don’t need as many lives, because I made it all the way through the first level on my first try. So I didn’t learn about this until level 2. No passwords or save options here either.

Did I comment on the music yet? I should. Both the Game Boy and NES versions start off with 8-bit versions of the Soviet Anthem while the SNES version has… silence. The Game Boy version has some custom music for its levels. The NES version does too, though it’s a different tune and it’s AWFUL. Hey buddy, you know there’s more than one instrument and more than four notes, right? Anyway, the SNES version gives us generic public domain music. I’m not sure about the menu or Level 1, but Level 2 was Night On Bald Mountain (which at least is Russian) and the Game Over screen is Beethoven’s 9th. Ode To Joy for a submarine captained by a Soviet defector sinking; I always thought Comrade Beethoven was more Marx than musician.

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I have a strong suspicion about whose bright idea the Game Over screen music was. Either that or every time you die in this game Conrad McMasters breaks into a vault. Which do YOU think is likeliest? Image from macduff1797

The powerups are different too. Instead of grabbing a wrench icon to repair your ship like in the other games, you grab… a snail. Between this, the weird missions, and the soundtrack I am going to go ahead and make the assumption that the SNES version started out as a different game, and maybe a whale or a Nintendo-Not-Ecco-The-Dolphin was swapped for Krasnye Oktiabr. Even though it was the third one released it just felt and sounded way too different, like someone had a game that played similarly and gave some graphics a Red October paint job.

The Story Of The Story

The Tom Clancy novel came out in 1984. Plenty of Cold War tension still existed, to the point that we even had Russian reversal in full swing (particularly its variant of in Soviet Russia, Democrat asks Russians to interfere in Presidential election- and ignore the Politifact debunking, they cite an article that outright says this was the case to support their claim that this was false). Heck, just one year before, MI6 stopped a rogue Soviet general from executing his scheme to invade Western Europe unopposed. But these video games came out later- the NES and Game Boy ones were released within the 11 months preceding the USSR’s collapse on Boxing Day 1991 (Japan and Europe though didn’t get the Game Boy release until 1992), while the SNES version came out in 1993.

As is obvious from their labels, the games were released as tie-ins to the movie, which came out in early 1990 (about 4 months after the Berlin Wall fell). Still some Cold War tensions in this time sorta maybe, but not having been cognizant of the realities around me at the time I can say at least in hindsight it seemed the Cold War was on its way out. (Maybe that’s why liberals are so eager to start a new one- the first one ended under George H.W. Bush, a Republican, after 12 years of Republican Presidents. Democrats are jealous- they want to start a new Cold War so that they can claim to be the ones that ended it, like how Obama undid a lot of progress in attitudes towards racial equality so that the Left could exploit it for future elections… even if their candidate is a snow-white elderly millionaire).

The Story’s Story

As you may have gleaned from the trailer and what I’ve said in this writing thus far, the plot centers on the efforts of a Soviet submarine commander to reach America, dodging the Soviet Navy, while the U.S. Navy tries to help him (while standing by to blow him out of the water in case they’re wrong about his intent).

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Hollywood was ahead of its time. They were Reds before the country turned red in 2016. Hollywood (and the media) spent the election cycle screaming until they were blue in the face. Image from Medium

Frankly, I’m surprised that Hollywood made a movie out of this and that the video game industry made a tie-in. Hollywood was quite enamored with commies, and liberals like our Hollywood elite saw (and still see) the USSR and its ilk as the closest thing to paradise that the world has achieved. Heck, liberal/friend-to-draft-dodgers/hero/peacenik/Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) said that the South Vietnamese would be better off if they stayed under the North’s occupation instead of fleeing to America, that the North was trustworthy in its promises not to hurt them. You can guess how well that went for the South Vietnamese left behind; McGovern should really have put down the Astro Boy manga for a few seconds (As for the refugees, those of you who claim racist Democrats became Republicans after the alleged great civil rights racist switcheroo of the 60s, take a look at how your valued Democrats including such luminaries as Joe Biden and Jerry Brown treated Vietnamese refugees with Brown’s own appointee saying a “large minority” group would be “unwelcome“… and of course your liberal Democrat friends at the time were the ones that voted to cut off aid to Vietnam, leading to the refugee crisis which these Democrats you have on a pedestal refused to handle, refugees which according to liberals at the time should never have existed because America was to blame for everything and the North was really not so bad and there’d be peace once America left and this is so pervasive of an ideology that I spent hours searching Google and found little related to North Vietnamese war crimes much as this 1972 NYT article laments, It’s almost like after the war everyone decided the North were angels or something (or in the case of the American Left, during the war) and the Americans were sadistic butchers (note that the BBC readily used the debunked Turse book)… so I guess in regards to treating communist oppressors as heroes and being their propaganda agents, not much has changed (read how willing Ted Kennedy thought the media was to help the USSR spread a message calling for America to disarm), since Obama ended our program for accepting Cuban refugees who might actually like America while advocating for and passing orders helpful for some openlyantiAmerican peoples looking to become citizens… and I noticed a decidedly leftwing bias in the Google search results for trying to find examples of illegals hating on America ie my searches only showed results talking about discrimination faced by illegals, what a shock, especially after the North Vietnam search trouble I mentioned. Granted, my searches improved slightly when I used the terms “undocumented” andDREAMer“).

Uh… where was I? As for the video game industry, I always just assumed they were lefties because all creative and tech types tend to be that way. Find me an Art major (different from Arts… but really kinda the same) or someone in Silicon Valley that doesn’t have Das Kapital memorized and hasn’t burned an American Flag. Plus, you know, stuff sort of creeps (the folks at that link go way overboard in my opinion, but they raised too many good examples to disregard it- don’t you just hate it when someone you disagree with has a point? It’s like saying they’re right about X legitimizes their wrong views on Y and Z.) into their work.

Re: not knowing the intents of the Soviet sub commander, that was the way it was. We had no idea if someone with nuclear missiles was coming to defect or destroy (good thing card-carrying communist and Obama acolyte John Brennan was not head of the CIA then- he’d take his orders from Soviet Moscow just like the party he voted for in 1976 (and let’s be honest- just like the spirit of the party he currently serves), so Red October would be a dead duck) A little less serious now, the Russian Federation isn’t that much of an adversary, but the Left’s aforementioned nostalgia for the Civil Rights Movement and now I guess the 60s in general- since they want/don’t want a proxy war (in Syria this time) and want a new Cold War- makes it so that a situation like this would be just as terrifying today. I mean, maybe this is just part of that remake-itis that has swept across Hollywood and brought us such gems as that recent Ghostbusters movie- the Left now wants to remake the 1960s, but updated for the 2010s.

Liberal Defectors

It’s worth mentioning how the Left treats people that defect from it (like saying all the people who voted for Obama twice are now and always were racists for voting Trump): just as badly as the Soviets treated their defectors. Liberals are always sure to give their ex-

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Go on, try to defect. The guards need a little excitement to keep themselves sharp. Image from wikimedia

comrades the Trotsky treatment. If you’re homosexual, well… you’re not even part of the LGBTQ community anymore according to them. If you’re black you’re an “Uncle Tom”, and this goes for other races and genders with equivalent slurs replacing “Uncle Tom” (sometimes regardless of if they know what your political affiliation is, they might be racist to you because you are part of a government agency they don’t like, just ask ICE). If you’re a Muslim, you’re an extremist (according to Facebook’s, Amazon’s, Twitter’s, and Google’s approved fact-checker SPLC) if you dare challenge the radicals in your own religion (whose radicals employ a very Liberal style) according to Democrats. If you’re a woman, not voting the way the Left tells you that you must vote means that you’re incapable of thinking for yourself, and you’re letting someone else control you- the men in your life, either your father or husband or son or that male friend you have or some male relative or your male boss. If you’re a liberal I guess you don’t really catch the irony here of telling someone they’re willingly enslaved by someone else if they’re not blindly enslaved by you, so I needed this sentence here to make it clear to you.

And then of course there’s how the Left treats Conservative defectors. Parade them around (Communist regimes in general kinda do that with those who defect to them), but give them nothing significant (part-time pundits that rarely say anything worthy of RealClearPolitics or worthy of debunking like on Newsbusters, like David Jolly and George Will, are hardly significant) and maybe let them disappear once they’ve outlived their usefulness (anyone remember Jeff Flake? He was in the news…). Similar to the Soviets’ treatment of Western defectors, really. I mean, given how much the Left hates Trumpers, I find it hard to believe that deeply-entrenched hatreds just disappear the moment someone changes their party label, just as you find it hard to believe that simply electing a black President means America is no longer racist, right?

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Here are pictures of liberals being tolerant that one time half the country expressed dissent against their policies. Images from AP, RWC, Fox News, and Quora

As I mentioned in the California piece, all this happens because the Left can’t tolerate dissent, and certainly can’t defend its policies. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the future of the party, has become the poster-child for this. Listen to her talk- she hasn’t a clue. So naturally when a conservative host challenges her, she refuses. And tries to equate challenging her on her beliefs to sexism, meaning that asking her to explain why socialism works would be a sexist act. According to her. Huffington Post reliably endorsed this method of not explaining your views.

She outright says that she does not have to explain her views to anyone, and says any males asking will be labelled as sexist. “Don’t challenge me, just do what I tell you, otherwise you face punishment, I’m right and anyone opposed to me has an ulterior motive because I’m so right on everything that no other points of view are acceptable.” This coming from the party that says women who vote Republican aren’t thinking for themselves, from the self-proclaimed party of tolerance and intellectualism. Well, Ocasio-Cortez IS a socialist (who tried to sell medicare-for-all by saying it would cut funeral expenses, because to her I guess the VA scandal never happened or soldiers don’t matter. Given her desire to slash military spending to fund her corruption-ready programs…), and every socialist government has this kind of governing style where they tell you what you are supposed to think and you’re an enemy if you dare object, and intellectuals love communism, so there you go.

And ironically, the same media that carries Ocasio-Cortez on their shoulders as the next big thing are the very same ones worrying that Democracy is at an end. What kind of Democracy is it where you’re only allowed to think and vote in one way? The USSR held mock elections (so fake that voters stopped voting and just wrote on the back of their ballots what the problems were in their area), I guess that’s the kind of Democracy liberals in the media and liberals like Ocasio-Cortez want. Ocasio-Cortez did say she was all for universal employment, I guess that means politicians get to keep their jobs too.

I suppose you’re now calling me a hypocrite.

You’re the party that claimed Trump was bad for attacking a gold star family after the father attacked him, and then you went and attacked the mother of a cancer survivor because she thanked Trump’s son for donating to a childrens’ hospital.

I admit, I rarely hesitate to toss insults at the Left and probably seem about as welcoming to a defector as the 38th Parallel’s DMZ. Well, darn it I get so flustered seeing

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It would be a little more welcoming if it were greener (not Army green but green green)… and had fewer landmines. Image from thrifty nomads

the Left spew insults about people like me to the majority of the country and across the world, certainly way more people than anyone on my side could ever hope to reach! Think about it- if you insult me, it can be on social media to millions of followers worldwide because you’re a celebrity, in a movie that millions worldwide will see and will provide millions of dollars to you to fuel your messaging against me, on one of the big three TV news providers or part of your 2-1 cable news advantage (CNN and MSNBC vs Fox News, BloombergTV and CNBC vs Fox Business), in printed media which your side dominates whether it’s books or newspapers or magazines, in any artistic field from poetry to painting (NEA grants are only given to liberals, just like arts organizations, which makes the kerfluffle about Trump defunding NEA hilarious because it means liberals aren’t even willing to privately fund their own art projects despite all the Silicon Valley billionaires, liberal millionaires, and celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell), in most forums, blogs, online publications, and comments sections of websites and YouTube videos and the like, ie everywhere on the internet- which seems dominated by liberals- (that’s more of a qualitative assessment), in our public schools and universities (which follow the Communist Party model of telling you what to think, not allowing for contrary opinions, like in Europe which is no wonder why the Left says they’re the model to follow, which make it ironic when the Left complains that people who vote against them are either brainwashed or not thinking for themselves), and in our living rooms if we watch just about anything on TV that isn’t Fox News, from late-night “comedy” shows to prime time programming, all of which is consumed by people worldwide.

Then of course there’s the wealth gap– your side whines about Republicans and dark money and the like, when your side routinely raises much more money. You complain that the rich are destroying the country when most of them vote Democrat. SO- money and mouthpieces are all on your side, and all insulting me for daring to disagree, despite every fact I base my views on still being available for you to consume, and the biases of your fact-givers disclosed, if you dared to do more than listen to the party line. How do you think I’m going to react, greet your side with tea and cookies? To me, I guess much as it is to you, your defectors are just people who decided that racism, corruption, poverty for all, and mass murder are bits of history not worth repeating. Bravo?

What Do You Think?

Looks like such a fun game, vote Democrat and make it happen! Consider the party you want to support. Vote independent if you don’t like the Republicans, write-in someone’s name. Just don’t assume that the Democrats are any better just because they claim they are. Unless you’ve read all there is and somehow think an inverted Cold War with America as the commie superpower and Russia as the leader of the not-so-free world is the best possible scenario. I bet you’re one of those liberal writers who thinks there are no such things as heroes, so you want to self-destruct the closest country in the world to that state and make the world stage just some game of morally-gray-to-morally-repugnant superpowers clashing with each other. You sick psychopath.

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Battlezone (Various, 1980-2001. Part 2 of the War Games series)

Atari-BattlezoneAs we watch the Democrats peddle their warmongering interventionist and laissez-faire let’s-wait-for-war attitudes, ie as they play their war games on their way to the fall brawl known as the midterm elections, where voters will probably vote Democrat to bring us nookular annihilation, I’ll take a look at some literal war games. Cold War video games, anyway.

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Image from Pinterest, logo is property of WWE

Today, we address the Left’s cuts to our military and #Resistance to helping it as said #Resistance demands war with Russia, and the game Battlezone.

Get In The Zone, Battlezone

You’re given a vector-graphics simulation of the first-person perspective of a tank. Some arcade cabinets even had a rig that made it seem like you were staring through a tank commander’s periscope. The object is to blow up any tanks, anti-tank missiles, or Unidentified Flying Cupcakes that you might see. And don’t get hit. The saucers just kinda float there and are hard to hit, but give you 5,000 points. The tanks shoot back and are worth 1000 points. The missiles fly right at you, but if you blow it up before it blows you up they’re worth 2000 points. There are barriers to hide behind too, for when the other tanks are shooting at you. There is a radar on the screen that shows where the tanks and missiles are, but not the cupcakes.

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Just about all the versions I played mentioned here are ports of the arcade (as seen above, even arcade emulations can have differences, on the left is the GBA version and on the right is the Saturn one). The Atari 2600 version changes everything up though. It’s not in the vector graphic format, and you are given a third person perspective of your tank. Or maybe it is first-person and you’re just riding on top of your tank.

We Don’t Serve Your Kind

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An M2 Bradley, as of this writing the only one on display at a museum. At the Danville, VA Tank Museum

The military, being fans of war games, wanted their own version of Battlezone. This would be done to train operators of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Atari developers didn’t want to work on it because the Army is evil.

There’s a strong irony here. The Soviets who Atari was supporting with their refusal to cooperate were quite militaristic. The Red Army was founded based on bloody battles to rid Russia of tsarists. The Soviets had no problem using it- border wars with China, pilots and equipment for North Korea and Vietnam, war in Afghanistan, crushing various revolutionaries domestically. Yet the Atari developers wanted nothing to do with the military that would protect them, totally unaware that under Soviet rule the government would’ve threatened their families or imprisoned them if they refused to cooperate. But apparently that’s the system of government they wanted.

Yes, in the U.S. they’re free to object to helping America win, but it doesn’t make them free from criticism, especially when their actions make it look like they want the Soviets to control our country. We had enough bread lines in the Great Depression, we don’t need socialism here to bring them back.

Wasn’t The Last Time Techies Did This

Thousands of Google employees recently demanded their company stop working on military drones. There are several ironies here. 1- these employees had no problem with  Obama using drones to kill Americans without due process, they voted for him. 2- these employees have no problem creating a version of Google for China to use to limit the speech of its population and hide atrocities committed by its government. 3- these employees had no problem voting for Queen Hawk Hillary and every war she planned to start. 4- these employees are heavily funding California Democrats, members of the same party that wants a war with Russia.

So… they say Google’s image would be hurt by helping build drones to keep American soldiers out of harm’s way, but they believe it enhances Google’s image to help China oppress its population and help Hillary send American soldiers to die, and think a war with Russia whether by spiteful Democrats or by Hillary if she were President is a good thing. They think keeping soldiers from harm is immoral, but helping oppress people and sending soldiers to die and risking the lives of millions of Americans is moral.

I have a question- these developers want the option to opt out of helping the military protect the country and save our lives, so why do they want to force me to pay for abortion? They believe in conscientious objecting, but only when it suits them it seems. Killing babies anytime anywhere for any reason is fine if a mother decides on it, killing people and starting wars is fine if Hillary and Obama do it. Such is Google’s belief, based on what they openly support.

More On Developers (say the first two words together)

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Their nuclear war candidate lost and their politicians’ push for nuclear war isn’t going anywhere, but liberals still tried to turn cities into fiery hellscapes. Images from Associated Press, RWC, Fox News, and Quora

Battlezone illustrates the kind of combat that leftwing Atari developers voted for when they wanted Hillary in office. Well, Missile Command honestly was a better demonstrator, but Hillary is quite interventionalist. She claims to regret her Iraq vote, but she was happy to ram us into Libya with fewer reasons. And she didn’t even have the decency to stay and fix Libya after we were done breaking it, thus her policies led to the death of Ambassador Stevens. But that’s ok, the Atari developers and Google are just fine voting for sleazy warmongers like Hillary, just don’t ask them to support the military that Hillary will put in danger.

Liberals want military funding cut, but they’re happy to have Carter endanger soldiers in Iran, Clinton endanger them in Bosnia, Obama endanger them in Libya, and Clinton endanger them in Syria. And now that they’ve lost the election they’ve become like some kind of spiky-haired nihilistic punk and want the whole world to end, hence they want a nuclear war with Russia or at least North Korea.

Just Cut Military Spending!

When rising DNC star Ocasio-Cortez was asked how we’d pay for all her free stuff, she says tax the rich and deplete military spending. As the crowd cheers. The same clapping seals in her audience are the ones that also cheer when we’re told Russia committed an act of war and we should retaliate. So… cut military spending, but then pick a fight with Russia? And keep in mind- China and Russia are pretty good chums right now, and let’s throw in Iran and Syria because they owe Russia a lot anyway. So now we’re talking war with Russia, China, Syria, and Iran, while we cut our military below the already terrifying state it’s in right now if liberals are in charge. Oh yeah, and don’t forget- the “rich” that we’re taxing will flee the country or hide their money elsewhere. Does anyone else remember what happened when an underfunded country, with a resource-starved military, with a government that called itself “socialist”, tried to take on a bunch of different countries? Here’s a hint- it’s the reason toothbrush mustaches went out of style.

Just an aside to Ocasio-Cortez: I find it ironic that she, a New Yorker, is talking about the ultra-rich paying their fair share. Because in New York State, when Trump tried to raise taxes on their “ultra-rich” as she phrased it, the Democrats in command there set up a scheme to launder rich people’s money so that they could keep it. Our socialist comrades in California did the same thing.

Back To The Game Please?

The Atari 2600 and home computer versions give a story. The year is 1999. You had to steal a tank from a museum in order to fight the armies of people who don’t want peace on earth (or purity of essence, they oppose both). They unleashed automated weapons that you alone must face.

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The Atari 2600 release gave you a new perspective on the game

Speaking of the various versions, even the ones that are simply unaltered ports of the original play differently. Of course the controls and responsiveness differ. I mean, we’re talking a bunch of different controllers here. Less intuitive differences include how the Saturn port is very stingy with the saucers. The Dreamcast version gives you the option of playing with a fake cabinet border, but that makes everything smaller. Not that it matters, for some reason you can’t read the radar on the Dreamcast version anyway. The little blip was waaaaay too small. The GBA version played and looked pretty good, but I was using one of those fancy back-lit GBA SPs, rather than the front-lit earlier models or unlit original ones like you saw me get “screenshots” from in earlier writings. In the GBA version it also felt like hitting the missiles was easier.

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Screenshot of the Sega Saturn release (part of Arcade’s Greatest Hits, the gold version, also on PlayStation and SNES)

One thing this game does really well, I guess since it’s designed to eat your quarters, is reflect a certain aspect of real tank combat. The first tank to see the other one wins. An extreme example, but if an enterprising M3 Lee managed to sneak up on an Abrams, then the Lee could put a round into an Abrams’ engine no problem (not much armor there). But realistically the Abrams would’ve blown it to pieces before the Lee’s crew could possibly know another tank was aiming at them, and would still blow the Lee to pieces even after the Lee blasted its engine

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From the Dreamcast version (part of Atari Anniversary Edition, also on PlayStation). The arcade cabinet could be removed, making the game play in fullscreen. That made the radar at the top easier to see.

because its gun was still working (unless our brave antique roadsters somehow got a few rounds fired into the cannon of the Abrams). Such is the case in Battlezone. You have a little radar to guide you, but if the other tank sees you first, like say spawns on your right facing directly at you (happens a lot more than you’d think) you’re dead, even with the radar telling you to move that way, because you turn too slowly to meet the tank in time. The best I was able to do in such scenarios was sort of zigzag my tank between enemy shells, but I was never able to fire back because if I held the enemy in my sights long enough to do that, it would’ve been long enough for my already sighted adversary to fire the finishing round at me.

Battlezone-Destroy-All-Monsters-Comparison_vrfocus-megalon-vizzed-theridculosityreviewI am fairly certain that the developers of Battlezone stole designs from Destroy All Monsters. The saucers look like the alien saucers in that movie (granted, there isn’t too much you can do with the saucer design). The tanks look like the tanks in the movie with their general shape and even the radar sticking out the top, minus the rockets and extra cannons.

How’d You Do?

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Screenshot of the Game Boy Advance version (in the Atari Anniversary Edition)

As with Mario Bros., I’ll give my scores that I’m super proud of. Oh boy oh boy oh boy lookhowawesomeIamliekOMG!!!111

-GBA had 3 lives. I got 26,000 points.

-Atari 2600 had 5 lives, and I got 33,000.

-Sega Saturn had 3 lives, I got 20,000 points, in spite of how stingy the game is with the saucers.

-Dreamcast had 3 lives, I got only 16,000 because of the tiny radar. Or at least that’s what I’m going to say.

What Do You Think?

Looks like such a fun game, vote Democrat and make it happen! Hillary sure would have. Of course, if Democrats had their way then the military would be fighting these wars with no money, and no support at home since liberals hate soldiers (Salon has a nice headline “You don’t protect my freedom”, arguing that calling soldiers heroes is “childish”, and saying that it “deadens real democracy”. Ironically, 3 years later Salon’s political party of choice would demand we send soldiers to protect our democracy from Russia. Another irony is the childish naivety of the author, who because they don’t see threats they just assume there are none, like they never developed object permanence and are permanently stuck with an infant’s worldview… that author had better be careful, their mother might want an abortion). So there you go- just like Google, if you think killing American soldiers is a great thing then go ahead and vote Democrat this fall. Given Hillary’s treatment of police and military and government agents protecting her, it’s logical the Left and certainly her political party would hate them too, “Birds of a feather” and whatnot.

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Missile Command (Various, 1980-2001. Part 1 of the War Games series)

Missile-Command-WarheadOne night politics and video games attended the same party. They got very drunk and had triplets (known as “Rockman Zero 2”, “Rockman Zero 3”, and “Rockman Zero 4”. Those will be addressed when/if I decide to play them again). But politics and video games met again, in a sleazy bar near downtown Detroit, and this article and any I can think of to follow in this series were born from that second drunken tryst. (Their third tryst, which is memorialized by stains of Old Crow and bodily fluids on the Corinthian Leather of a 1980 Cordoba, gave us Mass Effect 3 and a generation of SJW games.) 

As we watch the Democrats peddle their warmongering interventionist and laissez-faire let’s-wait-for-war attitudes, ie as they play their war games on their way to the fall brawl known as the midterm elections, where voters will probably vote Democrat to bring us nookular annihilation, I’ll take a look at some literal war games. Cold War video games, anyway.

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Image from WWE.com

Today, we address the Left’s push for World War III or at least a new Cold War- by looking at the Cold War thriller “Missile Command”.

Alias “Warheads(Not to be confused with Warhead 2000)

Depending on the version you play, you have between one and three missile defense platforms. You aim their salvos with a helpful cursor. You fire your anti-missile missile at incoming enemy missiles. And smart bombs. And these Sputnik/flying mine things that fly by. And enemy bombers (that oddly look like B-52s in some releases, making me wonder just which side you’re on in this game, especially given the modern leanings of game developers). Once all of your cities are destroyed, your game is over. The same effect might also be achieved if your missile platform(s) is(are) destroyed early on in a round, because that means the rest of the missiles will come in unopposed and flatten your cities. It looks something like this (a scene from the big blockbuster of 1977 that Fox had to delay releasing until Fall, releasing some obscure flick called Star Wars to whet the audience’s summer appetite instead).

You have a finite amount of missiles too, by the way. In later rounds as the action gets faster and incoming missiles become more numerous, you’ll start running out.

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To defend against Fake News, one has to be able to counter the overwhelming number of claims. While distracted by one, another comes raining down, then another. Sometimes you can take down multiple claims in one shot. But eventually you’re not fast enough and are overwhelmed. What game does that sound like to you?

Strategy for stopping the smart bombs varies game-to-game. As far as I can tell, I think in the Genesis or 5200 version, the best strategy is to direct them (via detonating your missiles in front of them) into a city that’s already destroyed, or that you don’t like. The cities represent real American cities, so send the smart bombs to the second city from the left (San Francisco) or second city from the right (Los Angeles). They’re the liberal cities that most voted for nuclear war; let ’em have it. As for the other releases, smart bombs can be destroyed.

This Time, The Game Is Real

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Nike-Hercules missiles were armed with nuclear warheads and deployed across the country to defend against incoming Soviet bombers. This example is from the Tank Museum in Danville, VA. This picture was taken before I was kicked out, because SOME people just don’t like it when you repeatedly hit a nuclear warhead with a hammer! Typical nanny-state BS.

The game is grounded in reality, sort of. We had such missile platforms all over the country, but they were designed to take out squadrons of Soviet bombers  (we tried to upgrade them to take out some short to long-range missiles, but that just kind of stopped when the Soviets started focusing on massive ICBM strikes with hundreds of warheads instead of bombers). ICBMs of course are faster. A faster interception system was needed, and although we never got any such projects off the ground this game depicts what appears to be the Nike-X project (it was downgraded to Sentinel, which gave less coverage and could repel far fewer missiles, and then became Safeguard. Sentinel was both met with heavy protest, from the Left of course who found missile defense to be too belligerent. Ironic how the Soviets called it “imperialist warmongering“, just the sort of thing the Left (sources like Common Dreams,

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Noo-cue-lar combat toe-to-toe with the Ruskies is a man’s job, that’s why he gets the helmet deary

Marxists.org, counterpunch.org, globalresearch.ca, londonprogressivejournal.com, houstoncommunistparty.com, monthlyreview.org, leftvoice.org, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez who is the future of the party) refers to any U.S. overseas action or military buildup as today (globalpolicy.org and monthlyreview.org had examples of this belief, globalpolicy even linking missile defense to imperialism) (the Left also thinks colonizing Mars is imperialist and an example of “male entitlement”, so congratulations Democrat, this is the allegedly pro-science pro-truth group you are supporting. By the way, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale if you believe that the Left is pro-science), the same anti-Imperialist-anti-US-warmingering Left that wants war with Russia (note that after a century of brutalizing its own people and others worldwide, the only thing that made Democrats stop loving Russia was allegedly helping Hillary lose, not that whole “Soviets killed tens of millions of people” thing, so remember that when Dems say they’re compassionate and care about others) and celebrated Obama’s hawkishexcept-against-Islamic-terror-foreign-policy… and wanted Hillary The Hawk to win).

Hippie liberals, who now run the colleges and to an extent the DNC via the radical protesters they are producing, protested heavily against Safeguard being installed because they were afraid it would trigger an arms race or a pre-emptive attack or some such rot. And now these same hippies and their progeny (both ideological and biological no doubt) want to piss off Russia enough that they’d send nukes our way, right into the country they left undefended. In fact, their radical President wanted to disarm the U.S. entirely, their President who said Russia was our friend. If we are to assume that your side of the aisle is as intelligent as you claim, that means you KNOW that your decades of protesting the military and disarmament talk left America weak, your protests against missile defense left us defenseless, thus you must know that your demands for war with Russia mean the destruction of this country that you left undefended. Therefore, if you’re as smart as you claim to be, you’ve deliberately disarmed America to make it easy for Russia to destroy it. That fits with your antiAmerican procommunist proRussian rhetoric, which was the norm until your almost-century old position on Russia changed with Hillary. So unless you admit to gross incompetence, admit that your side is not particularly intelligent, we can only assume that you want America to be destroyed. For those who think I’m being a little hyperbolic and exclusionary, keep in mind that the Left for decades has believed anyone who doesn’t vote Democrat is a racist. ANYONE.

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“Peace!… n-no wait WAR! Uh… I NEED MORE TIME TO ANSWER!”

So tell me, liberal, just what the hell are we supposed to do to Russia when they “hack our elections” and make your candidate lose? If we have no nuclear weapons as you want, what do we do? We saw in the aftermath of Hawaii’s accidental missile alert that you liberals have no stomach for confrontation if you think it’ll actually hurt you. You began screaming at Trump to tone down his rhetoric against North Korea (all the while you still were very vocal against the much more heavily-armed Russians). So let’s say you decide to sanction Russia- they just have to threaten a nuclear launch and you’ll shut up and impeach your President for endangering you, unless you mean to tell me that all your rhetoric against Trump over his North Korea talk was just a bunch of garbage. No, I guess you won’t.

Speaking of that Hawaii incident, and blaming Trump for inflaming the situation, remember how Obama was ready to go to war with North Korea without even seeking negotiation? No, I guess you don’t. Definitely not your Senator who went after Trump after the false alert (then again even when combined with Kamala Harris’ vast intellect we find that both Senators have just enough brain activity to show that even people not in comas can be vegetables. Throw in Maxine Waters and you might have the same amount of activity as in tomato sauce. And no, liberal, it isn’t racist or sexist to say a minority or a woman or some combination thereof is an idiot. Plus, I think white male Adam Schiff and white female Sally Boynton Brown are similarly impaired, while white male Joe Biden is slightly above them because I’m pretty sure he just babbles to himself rather than deliberately lies, and I have a low opinion in general of the predominantly white anchorage at CNN. Or are you going to say I’m racist against whites, because last I heard from you liberal that was impossible). Actually, the Left is still ready for a war with North Korea, at least those liberals on the mainland who wouldn’t have to face an attack. 71% of liberals polled don’t want peace with North Korea if it means Trump gets credit for it.

Meanwhile, the creator of Missile Command found nuclear war to quite literally be a nightmarish scenario. Unlike the Left today, which would rather we have a nuclear war with Russia because they can’t admit to themselves that Hillary was a terrible candidate, and want a war with North Korea too if it means Trump’s reputation is hurt by it.

A Quick Aside On The Russia Warmongering

We the public don’t know that Russia leaked the DNC emails. Mueller’s charges mean nothing, and most of what was in his indictments of the Russian hackers was two years old at least, and reported in mainstream outlets as far back as June 2016, meaning that Mueller’s timing was rather suspicious given that he released the indictments around the time Trump had a major summit with Putin, apparently sitting on this info for his entire first year as Special Counsel. As for the indictments, Mueller knows damn well those Russians will never see a day in court so he doesn’t have to prove anything, doesn’t even have to be able to prove anything. Remember: Clinton associate and strategist James Carville said grand juries can indict a ham sandwich, meaning indictments flow fast and free through them.

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Mueller looks like he could be John Kerry’s brother.

Mueller himself has a history of pursuing innocent men and burying evidence showing innocence (he was head of the FBI during the anthrax case when prosecutors buried exculpatory evidence, and Mueller personally led that case), so his credibility is further diminished. Mueller was also very good friends with Former FBI Director James Comey (who helped Mueller prosecute innocent people) so we have in that a certain motive of retribution against Trump on Mueller’s part, which also explains the good timing that even the liberal media admits to in regards to Mueller’s indictments.

Wikileaks denies it was the Russians; there is evidence to suggest it was an inside job. Not that it even had to be, John Podesta’s password could’ve been cracked by a ten year old. Besides, if the server hack was such a damning thing, why did you liberals destroy anything that could provide evidence for your complaint? The only reason you would is that examining the servers would prove that no hack took place. Just like the only reason you would oppose a deal that would allow Mueller to question the indicted Russians is because you are afraid Mueller would have to prove his case.

You also contend that Russians colluded with Trump to get him elected. This lumped with the email hacking constitutes your sole reasoning for wanting war with Russia. There has been an army of bureaucrats and elected (Adam Schiff) leakers in the government complimented by a nation of journalists, all with a strong hatred of Trump. Yet in the two years since Trump obtained the votes needed to be the Republican nominee, not one shred of proof has surfaced. Now how about that, the best you can do is assume debunked and implausible documents like the Steele Dossier are true or say that US Intel Plant Halper giving a story to George Papadopolous who talked about it to the Australian Ambassador/Clinton Donor was somehow collusion.

The hardest evidence you have, the only items you’ve been referring to when asked for solid evidence aside from vaguely circumstantial stuff, are the debunked Steele Dossier and the intelligence assessment that you all kept touting as confirmation from 17 agencies that Russia interfered. I’ll write it here for your convenience- it did not involve 17 agencies, and was an intelligence ASSESSMENT. That means political hack and confirmed liar John Brennan assembled a team of yes-men who came up with the THEORY that Russia interfered, that is what an assessment is, it’s what that little committee theorizes, NOT what really happened (but to a liberal I guess the difference is only semantic, because what they think and feel are the only realities they acknowledge, as I’ve established in other items). And the debunked Steele Dossier was used in drafting the Intel Community Assessment in question. Oh, and Obama of course ordered this Assessment to be done.

Let’s Look At Some Quantities

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I’m getting a lot of mileage out of this chart C-Gaymer found.

Given that most of those in the Journalism industry are leftwingers, it’s safe to say that at least 22,241 reporters have motive and opportunity to research Trump and any connections to Russia. Now let’s add in every Democrat in Congress (193 Congressmen and 49 Senators), every member of those 242 Congressmen and Senators’ staff, every sympathetic contact in the private and public sector that they have, every leaker and anonymous source the liberal media uses, every Democrat in the bureaucracy, every liberal blogger, every liberal hacker, every liberal professor who might have academic means of research, private investigators these groups might employ (like Fusion GPS), every liberal in the DOJ (who tried to fabricate evidence against Trump, the Steele Dossier, which wouldn’t be needed if there was anything really there), every millionaire and celebrity in Hollywood plus billionaires like Tom Steyer and George Soros with their massive networks of personnel and followers nationwide, most of the tech industry which easily has access to all of Donald Trump’s tweets and Google searches and things like that, and it’s easy to assume that we’re talking about a group of people larger than the population of Iceland (maybe even larger than England), with more money than the GDP of Russia at their disposal, with a cyber army on par with the NSA and as capable of hacking elections as any Russian group, and the backing of multiple parts of the U.S. government from Congressional offices to departments in the DOJ to state-level offices and attorney generals. This massive ball of hatred has had two years now to work on this.

DESPITE all of this at their disposal, enough raw power to destroy whole countries, DESPITE all of the time that they’ve had to research, they can’t find ONE SHRED OF EVIDENCE that Trump colluded with Russia, nor can they provide solid evidence that Russia hacked the DNC servers, even though they have Russian oligarchs with access (as we know from when Clinton cash made its way to Russians, maybe even oligarchs close to Putin to loosen their lips and make this whole “we’ll reveal Putin’s evil plan while risking our lives for some guy we haven’t seen in 7 years” thing credible, through Steele in exchange for the debunked Steele Dossier), even though they have access to SPIES in the Kremlin as the New York Times leaked (which probably means we HAD a spy in the Kremlin, thanks to our intrepid reporters who just threw a life away even though they seemed scared to death that this very consequence would happen if someone leaked the identity of  Stefan Halper as the informant from the Trump Campaign- notice that NOT ONE of the folks like Senator Warner who said Congressmen could be charged for trying to unmask Halper or the folks in the media who said intelligence would be irreparably damaged from the ‘Halper reveal’ SAID WORD ONE about the Times’ leak that we have a spy in the Kremlin). Maybe you understand NOW why your Russian collusion claims seem so ridiculous? If your side brought that same power to bear against Russia itself or China, you could probably bring those countries to their knees both in cyber and economic zones. Instead, you focused all of it on Trump, and have come up with nothing after two years.

Alright, I think that about covers why the Russian warmongering is just another “U.S.S. Maine” (the press exploited the incidental explosion of a battleship to drive America to war with Spain, just like the press is exploiting the incidental leaking of emails to drive America to war with Russia, except this time the enemy has teeth and will ironically incinerate liberals by the millions. The only time I’d ever want to be at ground zero for a nuclear attack is at NBC, ABC, CBS, or CNN headquarters (or in Senator Hirono’s office, I’m lumping her in here because she never condemned Hillary demanding missile strikes on Syria and a no-fly zone where we’d shoot down Russian jets, nor did Hirono condemn the media and her colleagues demanding war with Russia) and see the look on the face of one of these warmongerers as Russia responds to their threats in much the manner they kept saying North Korea would respond to Trump’s heated rhetoric).

Uhhhhm… You Mentioned Different Versions?

Oh right! Well, I said this mixes politics and the game, so I became a skosh sidetracked.

Atari Ports

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Naturally, we get one for the Atari 2600. One of the selling points of that console was having arcade games at home. As you can see this is a version where you get only one launcher to shoot down enemy missiles from. In later ports with 3 missile launchers, 3 buttons are used to differentiate them. The Atari 2600’s standard controller had only one button.

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Yet another port where you have only one tower with which to shoot down missiles. Sure the 5200’s controller had a dial pad like a telephone, but it’d be kinda hard to use the joystick and the dial pad as would be needed to control three towers. The original arcade version used a trackball, so unless you got the trackball for your Atari 5200 you’ll be hard-pressed to emulate that experience with other ports. Not that you need it, the 5200’s joystick worked well enough. It was my favorite control setup, very responsive and swift. As you can see in the upper right, on the 5200 the incoming bombers are American B-52s.

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During a marketing campaign to prove the Atari 5200’s rugged durability despite its large size, Atari executives arranged for the U.S. Air Force to land a B-52 on one.

I was surprised to learn, but to the best of my knowledge, there was not a Missile Command port for the Atari 7800. You’d think they would’ve put their hit game on that console, but you’d think wrong I guess.

Sega Ports

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The Sega Master System version (from “Arcade Smash Hits”) sort of plays like the real thing. You get multiple launchers too. As you can see, this is not about you defending American… or Soviet… cities. It’s about a race of Tangelas protecting themselves during an interplanetary war.

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The cursor on the Game Gear version (part of “Arcade Classics”) moves like a sleepy Hutt, but the incoming missiles are slow as well. Feeling like you’re trying to move a heavy bookcase by pushing it across carpet is not conducive to a good gaming experience.

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The Sega Genesis port (part of “Arcade Classics”) does not particularly stand out in my mind. As you can see they took some liberties with the designs, and apparently made commercial airliners into nuclear bombers (a reversal of what was actually done), but there isn’t much more to talk about here.

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With the Sega Saturn version (part of “Arcade’s Greatest Hits”, the gold version, also released for SNES and PlayStation) we get into the realm of arcade-accurate ports. Or emulations. Probably emulations.

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The Dreamcast version (part of “Atari Anniversary Edition”, also released for PlayStation) takes this arcade-accurate emulation to its logical conclusion by simulating an arcade machine’s monitor. This also shrinks the amount of space your game takes up on the TV screen, and the shrinkage is very noticeable in the graphics. You can see the difference for yourself if you have this copy because you can play it in either arcade cabinet or fullscreen mode.

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There is a Super Nintendo port, on the gold “Arcade’s Greatest Hits” cartridge. But clearly I do not have it. Same goes for the Game Boy Color version, which I did not know existed until just now.

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I do have the Game Boy version. It’s lumped in the same cartridge as Asteroids, titled “Arcade Classic 1” (there were more, at least 2 more, in the “Arcade Classic” series on Game Boy). The game is obviously enhanced not just beyond the original story, but beyond the Game Boy’s capabilities. If you plug it into the Super Gameboy you get some colors and an arcade cabinet around your screen.

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Controls on the Game Boy Advance version (on the “Atari Anniversary Edition” cartridge) aren’t that good, it’s like your cursor is sliding on ice. It’s otherwise a great port, and even manages to give you three missile launchers. Looks like it’s more or less an emulation, like the Saturn and Dreamcast versions.

PlayStation

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The PlayStation had a remake, with a different plot than the Cold War terror and graphics altered to suit (just like the Master System and Genesis versions. The Atari 2600 release had a different story, but it was clearly just a port with no extra touches). Same with the Atari Jaguar’s Missile Command 3D. The PlayStation remake offers a 3D, first-person perspective as you man a missile-shooting aircraft. This version also offers a more familiar mode of gameplay, pictured left.

Warhead(s)

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In the game it’s “Warheads”, on the CD label it’s “Warhead”. Released on the FunPack CD with clones of other games (like Pac Man, Asteroids, Tetris, and Super Breakout), we get the Missile Command clone Warhead. Yes, it’s legitimate. I think. My parents bought it in the early 90s from a store, probably a big chain store since they don’t seek out small used video game shops and there certainly weren’t many around, so it must be. The FunPack version has tiny explosions and the missiles move kind of slow, so your aim needs to be more precise than the original. This works on Windows 3.1 through Windows 98. I don’t know if it’d run on anything stronger than that, even with Windows 98 the Pac Man and Tetris clones do not function right.

What Do You Think?

Looks like such a fun game, vote Democrat and make it happen! Much as Trump undid Obama’s legacy, I suspect Democrats, if given the majority in Congress, would work to undo Trump’s. And then in 2020 we’d get President Kamala Harris or President Elizabeth Warren, who’d bring back tensions with North Korea and become such hawks against Russia that Queen Hawk Hillary would tell them to take a chill pill. Because nuclear war with Russia and North Korea is what their base wants these days. Obviously, otherwise they’d vote these warmongerers out of office or at least support the peaceful foreign policy initiatives Trump has pursued, right?

Trump killed 200 Russians with his missile strikes in Syria, that’s 200 more than the past two Presidents combined. Democrats think that killing only 200 Russians, expelling diplomats, and increasing sanctions means Trump is too soft on Russia, a treasonous collaborator and a Russian puppet. That’s the bar Democrats set- meaning their idea of cordial relations with Russia under Trump would be if we nuked only Moscow. So who will YOU vote for? Or maybe just sit this one out…

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Can The Center Hold?

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Image From Daily Beast

Not “centrists” in the traditional sense, they’re an endangered species. I mean the “center” of the Democrat Party. The ones who are trying to bring all the conflicting ideologies together. The ones who are trying to bring the different identity-politics aggrieved groups together. We’re told there’s more uniting (Senator Klobuchar’s remarks) Democrats than dividing them, but listen to what’s uniting them: a hatred of Trump and Republicans. So what will happen when Democrats have no more external rivals?

We Already Saw That

It seemed certain Dems would be in power forever. Hillary was going to be President, Obama bypassed Congress and proved you only needed the presidency and bureaucracy to run the country, and the Republicans cowered from resisting anytime a journalist so much as looked in their direction. Now that the country was unified it was time for the factions to address their grievances. Time for Obama to be for gay marriage after being

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Yeah, this pic again. I’m doing another “bottle article“- no new images.  Image from evil.news

against it when he was running for President after he was for it while still in Chicago, time for black lives to matter, there is no such thing as radical Islam, there is no such thing as voter fraud, there is no such thing as someone living in this country who can’t vote, there is no such thing as a southern border and the government will sue if you try to enforce one, and there is no such thing as a socialist government that failed (a question I like posing: if trickle-down economics doesn’t work because the people at the top are evil and keep all the money, how would trickle-down government, ie socialism, work any better? What is Government but a corporation with a gun pointed at you?).

Democrats eventually rallied behind Hillary to try and defeat the evil Trump, but before Trump was the candidate, when it seemed certain they’d win, Democrats were tearing each other to pieces.

  • Someone dared challenge Hillary Clinton on her superpredators remark.
  • Bernie was able to give the party elders a run for their money
  • the current Deputy Chairman of the DNC endorsed Bernie, and so did members of the national committee.
  • the party was divided on policy issues, like gun-grabbing and socialist policies.
  • Black Lives Matter, which only 12% of the black community opposes and which most Democrats support, fought the LGBTQ community (because they weren’t black-centric)
  • Even Vox, in March of 2016, saw fit to publish “American politics has reached peak polarization”, which indicates that internal divisions in the DNC were at their highest ever

Fragmentation Grenade

This fragmentation briefly disappeared in time for Democrats to unite behind Hillary at the voting booth, but when that effort failed their coalition collapsed. Open hatred of whites became even more mainstream, socialism is now their new platform, open borders is their future (DNC Chair Perez claimed that open-borders socialist Alexandria “right of passage” Ocasio-Cortez was the future of the party, interestingly enough she also wants to make sure every person in this country whether legal or otherwise,

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No, really! Socialism totally works! It’ll do all this great stuff for you. Trust us. Image from Yesterday’s Papers

without paying a dime, gets free money and the government gives them free medical care, an interesting proposition to bankrupt the working people because the rich will do what they do in all hightax situations and flee to another country (like say one of those socialist European paradises the Left always mentions which actually abandoned socialism, and even if Ocasio-Cortez seized every penny our millionaires owned there wouldn’t be enough to pay for all these socialist programs, just ask Bernie) leaving the workers to pay for her programs and the new non-working residents the programs attract from poor countries, some socialist she is! Democrats, including her, in total have asked for $42.5 Trillion in new spending over 10 years. They suggest cutting funding from the military to finance this… except we’re already almost $20 Trillion in debt, our total GDP in 2017 was just shy of $20 Trillion, we’re expecting only $3.4 Trillion in tax revenue, our budget calls for about $4.1 Trillion already on domestic spending, and defense spending will only be just under $700 billion in 2018, while if only Ocasio-Cortez’s guaranteed-jobs plan were in place this year it’d cost $680 billion, basically the ENTIRE military budget. If all Democrat plans are put into place, we’ll be spending $8.35 Trillion with a tax revenue of only $3.4 Trillion. So what will Ocasio-Cortez do for the rest of her stuff, print money? Tax the rich whether legally or otherwise (helpful hint- it won’t help, you’d net maybe another $700 Billion even if you took every cent they had, barely enough again to pay for JUST ONE program she proposed)? Do we get Official Ocasio-Cortez Wacky Bucks? Will she seize the means of production and use our full $20 Trillion GDP? But hey, she’s very representative of millennials in general, who believe socialism like this is ideal and cutting military spending and raising taxes and getting the wealthy to pay their fair share are magical goodies makers and that these goodies need to be funneled from the government to the population, where the government takes a cut to fund the new bureaucracies created to give you that money when the IRS is all that’s needed, giving you money is already part of their job if you overpaid on taxes. Sigh. Does anyone remember back when Democrats were cutting taxes on the wealthy, to beneath what Republicans did? Because anyone who says the economy does better under Democrats and their high taxes only gets half the picture.). Meanwhile, party elders like Senate Minority Leader Schumer are being protested by their own voters, and House Minority Leader Pelosi seems like she missed a memo when she said that we should be strong on borders, sounding a lot like a Republican. Why isn’t Univision calling her a racist?

As for other elements of the Left’s coalition:

  • Pelosi’s latino angels are firebombing black families
  • Nancy Pelosi herself admitted that she does not believe in gender equality, rather, she believes women should be dominant. In fact, Pelosi in her own words believes women are entitled to such dominance. Anyone paying attention to South Africa, where with Obama’s support (note that Obama praised this guy, who talked of targeting whites until they had nothing left, much like the Nazis with the Jews, and doubtless with a similar eventuality- I mean after all, what do you think people like him will do with whites once they have nothing more to give, give them a “universal basic income”? HA! Sure, a basic income of watered-down soup and moldy bread crumbs) we’re seeing what a previously oppressed group does when it’s told it’s entitled to lead.
  • white people, of course, must shut up, the same whites who put money into that little girl’s campaign coffers. (Yes, I standby characterizing her as a little girl, because only children rebel like that against their parents- in this case, donors)
  • the DNC told its staff that whites, again: their money bags, should not apply for jobs with them
  • and stuff like this, again targeting whites… where are we, South Africa? No wonder Trevor Noah has a show…
  • Liberals love to hate PACs and the rich. Well, guess who uses them way more. The same party that received more money in campaign contributions (Democrats, for those who didn’t follow the link). Biting the hand that feeds you!
  • #MeToo has been harsh on Dems. Most of the Hollywooders involved, like big donor Harvey Weinstein, are Dem donors of course. And several Democrats in office were taken out.
  • the black community still hates homosexuals (even the politicians love homophobe Farrakhan, as do 50% of blacks as of March this year)
  • …and the hatred is mutual
  • a third of American Muslims openly don’t like homosexuals (the numbers are improving, but I still wouldn’t suggest asking one to bake your cake, and I reeeally would be skeptical of a Congresswoman who repeatedly says her Palestinian heritage of “gays get 3 bullets to the chest” keeps her going)
  • speaking of mutual hatreds, how the donors and the socialists?
  • And of course we have the wild shift to the Left, which left Rep. Crowley in the dust and will consign more moderate Dems to the dustbin of history, and which as mentioned led to Democrats actually turning against their party elders re: Bernie.
  • Such a shift to the Left that the lefties now think “liberal” is a pejorative because it means someone who isn’t far enough to the Left

Don’t Rock The Boat, Baby

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Evidently, Trump is unifying and energizing the party in a way Hillary and Obama failed to do. You should thank him. He was a Democrat after all, maybe this is some kind of infiltration thing he’s doing. Image from wikimedia.org

I’d say the media are doing a good job, by praising the socialists and not publishing anything bad about the establishment. Trump has been a hero to the media on that account- they can fill their news cycle 24/7 with stories about him, and ignore Democrat divisions. And also ignore 66 people being shot in one weekend in Chicago, 30 of them in 3 hours, but as Family Guy pointed out no one cares about blacks shooting each other. (Don Lemon seems to agree, he spent his programs immediately after the shooting calling Trump a racist for daring to call Lemon an idiot.) Oh yeah, and ignore how it was Muslims that were responsible for the starving kidnapped kids in Arizona. Funny how that detail slipped by in all the anti-Trump rage.

Stuffing it under the carpet that you hope your female demographic licks is one tactic. Another is the above notation on Senator Klobuchar, who acknowledged there are divisions but say their common enemy unites them. Of course AFTER Trump is through, that common enemy would be either capitalism or whites in general.

Then you have the Pelosi tactic of trying to say you agree with both sides, even if that leads to a contradiction between demanding strong border security as shown above and championing open borders. But like we saw with RINOs such as Dean Heller and Susan Collins, it’s easy to take positions opposite of what you truly believe when your party is in the minority thus not allowing you to act anyway.

You Uh… You Didn’t Answer The Question

Can the center hold? Nope. If Republicans win, the Dems shift even farther Left with the centrists either becoming radicalized or splitting from the party. If Republicans lose, the Democrat coalition falls apart because it still has all of that anger and hatred, but now doesn’t have a satisfying target, except the other folks on their team who suddenly seem quite different now that it comes time to pick apart America’s corpse and decide who gets the biggest share. Should it be women who’ve been oppressed by everyone for all of history? Should it be blacks who had to suffer through America’s “African Holocaust“?(I’m a little confused by this lady’s remarks- no one confronts the horrors of slavery? That’s news to me, it seems every day some Lefty, every other day a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, throws that in the face of a white GOPer, and certainly Trump has been attacked with it. Maybe she’s one of the millions that don’t watch CNN.) Should it be illegal immigrants who we all hate because they’re brown rather than because they broke laws and expect special favors for it, and who we stole the Southwest from before they could finish killing the natives? Should it be Muslim-Americans whom we’re all racist against because of Bush or something? Should it be the LGT community (which has about twice the membership of the Muslim community, is barely half the size of the official illegal immigrant community of 11 million that we’ve magically had for over 10 years despite repeated border surges, but is only a fraction of the Black and Hispanic communities- I’m not counting bisexuals because the L’s, G’s, and T’s hate them) because this group too has historically been oppressed, even in the socialist utopias that the liberal news outlet of choice New York Times praised (with one article praising how heterosexual women had better heterosexual sex under communism, ignoring how they’d be arrested for having lesbian sex- kind of homophobic to talk about how great heterosexual sex is in a country where being homosexual is illegal, isn’t it.)? That’s a lot of different groups that are going to want the biggest slice, and that already didn’t turn out well for the women’s march

 

 

Strzok Strikes Out, or, Democrats Applaud Claim That Law Enforcement Can’t Be Racist

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According to Democrats, he’s the hero. In the ~27 minute clip I watched of the hearing, I think I saw each face here except the middle one. Image From Zerohedge.

Peter Strzok, for those who don’t know, was the anti-Trump FBI agent who exonerated Hillary and originated/was lead investigator for/was point of contact for one of the investigations into Trump over collusion with Russia, which began right after Hillary was exonerated, all in the midst of the 2016 Presidential race. During the Clinton investigation, Strzok texted that Hillary should win “100,000,000 – 0” before he had even completed the investigation, before a lot of the interviews had even taken place for it. He and his mistress Lisa Page were concerned that they were being too harsh to Hillary despite giving her a one-of-a-kind softball interrogation that Strzok himself was part of: they did not record the interview which is normal, didn’t make Hillary take an oath to tell the truth which is abnormal, and allowed her to have two previously-interrogated witnesses to be present, which is usually a no-no so that the government has a better chance of catching the accused in conflicting statements. One previously interrogated witness herself got a good deal- she got an immunity deal, then handed over her laptop which contained classified information when it should not have, then was allowed to walk out in the middle of her own interrogation because it went into an area she didn’t want it to go into! Strzok also altered the exoneration letter for Hillary, drafted months before Hillary was interviewed, so that the original text of “gross negligence”, which is a crime, was changed to mirror Obama’s phrasing, that Hillary acted carelessly. Yes, you heard right. The same President who said he does not talk to anyone in the DOJ about pending investigations, who said he hadn’t really been tracking the situation, said that Hillary was not guilty of a crime before the investigation had concluded, despite Hillary having illegally deleted emails (and lied to Congress about it, which usually means a contempt charge if say some unknown like you or me did it), broken a bunch of other laws, and exposed our sensitive info to hackers.

Why do I say Obama’s “careless” statement is an exoneration of Hillary? Because the FBI made a one-time-only-for-Hillary-and-her-aide interpretation of the law: that Hillary and her aide had to deliberately want to endanger national security to be guilty. FBI Director Comey admitted this, saying Hillary needed “criminal intent”.

You hear “oh if someone else did it they’d be locked up” a lot, so let’s give a real-life example  A Navy sailor had no criminal intent (he had no intention to show the pictures to anyone until AFTER their contents were declassified) in a contemporary case that violated security and involved sending classified info to private sources. Guess what? He was jailed, his Hillary defense thrown out. (On the other hand we have Kate Steinle’s killer, who the jury determined had no malicious intent, so he was let off despite conflicting testimony from him about the incident. Because the Left thinks their candidate and their murderous illegal alien angels need proof of intent while an honorable sailor who made a mistake should be locked away for years offhand. Welcome to the Left’s vision for America).

As for the difference being that the sailor knowingly did something while Hillary unknowingly did something wrong, I’ll point out that A: ignorance is no excuse as we’re always told, B: Hillary MUST HAVE KNOWN because emails in her private server were MARKED classified, something Hillary’s apologists at CNN and Snopes fail to acknowledge, lest it makes the Left-proclaimed “most qualified candidate” look like a reckless idiot, C: Hillary at various points demanded classified markings be removed from items that were to be sent to her, so she DID knowingly receive such info, her own words show that she DEMANDED it! Which also means D: Hillary knowingly lied to Congress, and pretty much everyone.

Back To Strzok

Since we’ll get into Strzok’s bias, let’s start with a quote.

“Several of their text messages also appeared to mix political opinions 
with discussions about the Midyear and Russia investigations, 
raising a question as to whether Strzok’s and Page’s political opinions 
may have affected investigative decisions”
--Inspector General Report on Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Strzok went before Congress on July 12, 2018. The result was an appalling display of hypocrisy by the Democrats… as usual. So I guess forget that appalling part, it’s happened so much we’re numb to it. But let’s break down one of the incidents- when Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) tried to question Strzok.

The Democrats put up a magnificent struggle to run interference for Strzok. They tried to deny Gowdy the ability to even question Strzok. Idiot Congressmen, I guess keeping their end of the bargain by protecting Strzok in exchange for his tipping the scales in favor of Hillary and starting the anti-Trump investigations, pulled out some real headscratchers.

  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) raised a point of order, repeatedly, that was not valid (and implicit in his point of order was that Congress has no oversight of the FBI, or at least SHOULDN’T have oversight of the FBI).
  • To Nadler’s point, a Congresswoman (camera wasn’t on her, but I think Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)) said the point of order could be that Gowdy was asking for a violation of attorney-client privilege. Firstly, it would be up to JERRY, not Sheila, to have a valid point of order since Jerry was the one raising it. Second, the circumstance for this was that Strzok refused to answer a question because FBI counsel said he shouldn’t. Strzok had his own lawyer, and evidently they weren’t
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    “Hey Jerry” “Yeah Sheila?” “I think it would look great if we defended this guy. He looks all-American, great for photo-ops to show we love this country.” “You’re right. Let’s do it!” Image from Post And Courier.

    co-counsel (even if they were it would be stupid because at some point Strzok’s self-interest might conflict with the FBI’s). Strzok did not invoke his own lawyer’s advice, he just said that the FBI lawyer told him what he couldn’t say (he later consulted with his own lawyer, after all this, but not before the attorney-client privilege was raised as a point of order). Under these circumstances there is no attorney-client privilege. On top of that, such privilege doesn’t even relate to the matter at hand. It relates to communications between client and lawyer, like say if the client said he was guilty as sin the lawyer can’t be compelled to testify against his client due to this privilege. So basically- the female Congresswoman got it so completely wrong you’d wonder if she just heard the words when she flipped past Matlock while channel surfing. (especially sad since, if it was Jackson-Lee, she had served as a judge, though that was 28 years ago so maybe she forgot a few details). But then the same Left that tried to invoke attorney-client privilege to protect Strzok celebrates when a possible violation of that privilege leads to a leaked tape of a conversation between Trump and his attorney that tells us exactly nothing, so there you go.

  • After the above farces failed, Nadler attempted to have a vote on adjourning the committee. They were that terrified of letting Strzok continue.
  • Democrats, in a total reversal of their hero worship when Kamala Harris badgered someone testifying before the Senate and refused to even let him finish answering a question (with sexism accusations against the Senators that wanted her to behave herself), demanded that Gowdy stop asking a question so that Strzok had a chance to answer. Except Strzok WASN’T answering the question, and Gowdy was trying to keep him on point. Unlike Harris, who was just screaming because she knew CNN and MSNBC would give her airtime, and apparently already had a story ready to go because the NYT and WaPo published the same talking points about fake sexism in the stories linked above. The Dangerous Kamala was just following a tried-and-true tactic: spew so many accusations at someone that they’re stuck trying to defend one when a dozen more interrupt them so that they’re unable to defend themselves and look either slow or guilty when trying to keep up. Liberals HATE IT when someone can defend themselves (just look at their position on the 2nd Amendment, and look at 10/16 of the states that make it illegal to defend yourself when attacked and compare to the states that have stand-your-ground laws).
  • The same Democrat that interrupted to say that Gowdy wasn’t letting Strzok answer the question (since the whole party backed Harris, there’s no way this Dem isn’t being hypocritical here) also exclaimed that Gowdy’s time for questioning had expired. She might have been right if these were normal rules. I may have missed it, but the Chairman could’ve restored Gowdy’s time because of the interruption, in which case he still had 30 seconds. Later on, maybe that same Congresswoman (I’m bad with voices, I know this latest one was Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), but don’t know if she was the earlier one) interrupted again about the time. But it doesn’t matter, because the chair of the committee and the ranking member (Chair is always from the majority party, ranking member is always from the minority party, so Coleman’s party was in on this) agreed that the Chairmen and Ranking Members of each committee present would have whatever time they needed. Coleman of course, in typical spoiled brat SJW fashion, said that everyone should get that extra time. Just a puff of smoke while she fumed that her own party didn’t grant her a special privilege… and that her objection was partly squashed by her own party’s actions so her chance for a spotlight grandstand was denied.
  • While Gowdy was asking a new question, a Democrat interrupted to try and get him to stop asking it, by claiming he had asked it already

They succeeded in delaying Gowdy’s questioning by 15 minutes and interrupting a few times throughout.

Strzok himself had quite a performance during Gowdy’s segment.

  • He had a nice sneer throughout, about the only time he had a smug smirk was when Democrats were protecting him. Notice how he’s practically spitting out his statement about respecting the American electorate and Democracy? If that’s respect, I’d hate to see what contempt from him looked like.
  • Strzok repeatedly denied recalling having written the text messages, yet he was able to recall the exact provocation and the exact conditions under which the “we’ll stop it” text was written. What a coincidence that out of the 50,000 texts he claims to forget, he’d remember the circumstances around this one that he claims to have forgotten, and claims during the hearing that he needs a transcript to remember it, saying that the transcript had not been provided to him before (thus he could not have been prepared beforehand with knowledge of what this text he does not remember related to, since he didn’t even have it according to him). He keeps saying the context needs to be taken into account, but if he never wrote them or doesn’t remember writing them then how the heck can he testify to the context? (Go ahead, have a friend scroll through your text history and ask about a random text from even 6 months ago (Strzok had to recall from 2 years ago), see if you can figure out its context based on the date). He could at best say “I think maybe at the time I was”, but certainly he could not make the definitive statements he made about context if his “I can’t remember” testimony is to be believed.
  • After Gowdy, correctly, paraphrased a statement Strzok had made earlier, Strzok says A: that he, Strzok, stated that he testified that he was kicked off the Mueller Probe BECAUSE of his bias, and B: next says he was not kicked off the Mueller Probe for his bias, and C: says he does not appreciate Gowdy mischaracterizing their exchange earlier. Except Gowdy didn’t, if anything Strzok had the biggest screwup on that point.
  • The context Strzok named for his “we’ll stop it” (“it” being the Trump campaign) text was what Strzok characterizes as Trump’s “disgusting” attack on Khizr Khan. You remember him, the anti-gay (sharia is quite anti-gay) Muslim that Democrats paraded. Strzok says it was just awful how Trump attacked the family of a dead soldier. Well, the family became fair game when they made themselves political. Also, Hillary herself and her lackeys referred to plenty of similar families of fallen soldiers as liars or fame seekers when they criticized her. Hillary herself denied anyone was killed at Benghazi. Strzok was ok with all of that, he didn’t care about the families of dead soldiers then. And as for disrespecting service members in general, the candidate that Strzok thinks
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    That’s the smile he had whenever Democrats interrupted Gowdy. Image from AP

    should’ve won “100,000,000 – 0” demanded that military personnel not wear their uniforms in the White House, and this prized candidate for whom he arranged a softball interview that NBC’s “do you get your feelings hurt” pro-North Korea Lester Holt would be jealous of also HATED the Secret Service agents assigned to save her life, and routinely disrespected them. Yet only Trump, attacking some homophobe who was politically attacking him, is “disgusting”, according to Strzok. I guess that means that gold star families whose relatives were victims at Benghazi seeking the truth, Secret Service agents doing their job, and military personnel doing their job are turds and a homophobic Muslim getting political is holy and protected according to Strzok. (Now granted, compared to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Maxine Waters, and Frederica Wilson, Hillary Clinton might actually be palatable because at least in public Hillary gives a reserved appearance, unlike these others who are more unhinged than a door laying on a floor). And of course we have blonde-haired blue-eyed Hillary Clinton praising the “vision” of the Nazi-esque totally racist eugenecist Margaret Sanger who wanted to kill blacks, and Hillary praising her “friend and mentor” Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV, KKK Chapter Founder and recruiter of 150 members- yes he renounced his membership, in 1993 saying it was a mistake (despite letters from his time as a Klansmen in which he says he didn’t want to be in the military because he’d have to work with “race mongrels”, despite in his 2005 memoir praising the Klan in a way remarkably similar to Trump’s “good people on both sides” remark that liberals used to call him a racist, despite Byrd having been the only Senator to vote against Clarence Thomas and Thurghood Marshal, despite having voted against civil rights in 1964, despite having opposed an end to segregation in the military), before Hillary was mentored by him, but if the Left’s Scalise Precedent of “speaking in the same building as a Klansman 15 years prior means you should be shot for being a racist” is in play, then certainly Hillary’s love of the founder of a KKK chapter can be considered fair game for racist accusations, particularly in light of Hillary’s praise of Margaret Sanger and her Gandhi joke and this next item)- and wrapped up her disdain for blacks with her “super predators” remark that is very much the 1994 equivalent of Trump’s “animals” statement that we’re supposed to accept as evidence of Trump’s racism, but apparently none of that was “disgusting” either so I guess my spiel in a moment about lily-white Strzok supporting our salacious title makes all the more sense.

The Left insists Strzok’s bias did not impact his investigations, probably because he’s just as biased as they are. Maybe his bias did, maybe not. No one really can tell what was going on in his mind during the process and what evidence he may have dismissed or decisions he may have made based on his biases.

But we do know this: the Left clearly judges what’s in the mind of Republicans based on THEIR statements. The opinions expressed under the First Amendment rights of President Trump in his TWEETS are enough to qualify as obstruction of justice. Ok, then why aren’t 50,000 text messages DIRECTLY TO ANOTHER PERSON INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATIONS enough to show bias affected Strzok’s investigation? Trump’s travel ban must be racist because of tweets, so the liberal courts say. Ok, then how does Strzok’s bias not affect his investigation? Steve Scalise is apparently a racist and deserved to be shot because he once spoke in a building that white nationalists later used for a meeting, such is the nature of the hate the Left wants us to feel. Ok, so then how come Strzok’s clear bias didn’t affect his investigation? (for that matter, why isn’t Hillary a racist for praising Margaret Sanger and for saying Klansmen Senator Byrd was her idol? That’s a bit more to go on for a racism accusation than sharing a speaking location on the same day) You liberals claim the shooting of Michael Brown was an unjustified racist incident, despite all evidence to the contrary, despite the contrary findings of the black-led DOJ under a black President, despite the evidence that Michael Brown was aggressive and threatening the officer’s life which led to Darren Wilson being found “not guilty” by a jury. Ok, if you believe this despite a lack of evidence, how come you can’t even see the possibility that Strzok’s actions were biased?

Title Shot

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You could tell Strzok thought he was a Rhinestone Cowboy… and truth be told, he did receive cards and letters from people he didn’t even know. Strzok image from Twitter, Glen Campbell image from YouTube.

Bringing up the racial sting of Michael Brown is a clever way to arrive at the clickbait subtitle for this article. At the end of the YouTube clip, Strzok gave a self-righteous speech and received a ton of applause from Democrats who were present. Except his self-serving speech basically is summarized as “even if I was biased, it was impossible for my bias to affect my work”. He reasoned that his subordinates and superiors and colleagues would’ve spotted it and overruled it.

By that measure, isn’t it ALSO totally impossible for bias to exist in a police force, or even in one police officer? Doesn’t this mean it’s impossible for Michael Brown’s shooter to have been a racist? Police too have a chain of colleagues, superiors, and even subordinates reviewing their findings, arrest patterns, patterns of brutality, etc. So if we’re to believe any of the moderates in the Democratic Party who says not all cops but some are biased thus we should not be in a state of anarchy and respect some laws, if we are to believe the DOJ’s findings about racism in the Ferguson department (because surely someone overseeing that department from the state capital overseeing the department would’ve noticed), if we are to believe the Left’s demands that we nationalize the police forces because the local  branches that states and the DOJ already have oversight over are racist, that MUST MEAN that Strzok’s safeguards CAN’T prevent bias from affecting one’s work. So unless we go with the mantra that everyone in the criminal justice system is racist, from the local precinct to the black-ran DOJ under Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch to the black-ran country itself under President Obama, Strzok’s argument is already disproven if we’re to assume the Left’s narratives on racism in law enforcement is true.

By the way, the Left’s narrative that cops are hunting blacks is pure fiction, probably designed to energize blacks into voting for Democrats, and maybe energize them into buying newspaper subscriptions and providing cable ratings. Definitely helps in making blacks feel like they are separate from whites (a Democrat Congresswoman, in that link, says that blacks are shot by police when they don’t elect black government officials), and whites are painted as being the sole race present in the GOP, thus discouraging blacks from joining the white party.

Down To Cases

Let’s talk a particular case- Freddie Gray. We had the accusation that in a city with a black police chief, black district attorney, and black mayor- under a black DOJ under a black President- racism was afoot. Well, clearly based on the Strzok grandstand that Democrats applauded there couldn’t be any racism there, especially under the conditions outlined presently.

There was a zealous prosecutor, whose husband was on the city council representing the district Freddie Gray was from (9 out of 13 members are black, ALL are Democrats, and it has been that way since 1942, and since 1942 they only had two Republican mayors with the last leaving office in 1967,  so any systemic racism could ONLY have come from the Democrats), who received campaign contributions from Freddie Gray’s lawyer, who was in such a fervored furor to attack the police that she totally botched the case so badly that the arrest warrants had the wrong names and addresses.

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Coincidentally enough, in the background when I put this picture in, was Ray Lewis’ Hall of Fame induction speech. By the way, despite her failure with the Freddie Gray case, which should’ve been easier than getting Tom Robinson convicted, she’s pretty much won another term in office as Prosecutor. Guess that means no one in Baltimore thinks what happened was racist, otherwise they’d make sure someone who could get a conviction replaced her, right? Guess they don’t mind that she pretty much helped cause a spike in the murder rate either. Oh well. I’d have been on the trucks with the Colts, so you know I don’t really care what happens there.

This prosecutor, who wanted a conviction so badly she tried to say the police had no reason to arrest Freddie Gray when in fact they did, this prosecutor who tried to hide evidence, couldn’t even get a conviction and had nothing on racism, a fact which further confirms to liberals the notion that Strzok is wrong about how there are checks on bias like his. If you believe the cops were racist and maliciously acted on it, you must believe Strzok is wrong because no evidence of bias was found. If you believe Strzok is right, then you must conclude that there was no racism in the Freddie Gray case. These are your only two options, an impossible conundrum for a liberal… which is probably why they usually riot and scream instead of thinking logically and debating rationally (go ahead, try to apply your whataboutism and give me an example of the Republican riots after Obama won… yeah, that’s what I thought. How about the “violent” Tea Party protests? Oh wait, no such thing, just claims of the N-Word being used that not even $10,000 could encourage evidence of). Now I know that no self-respecting liberal would believe that the prosecutor was blatantly biased herself, so I didn’t think it worth the time to mention how her handling of the case is a close-to-home example of how Strzok’s bias could’ve impacted his own dealings.

Since the Left STILL maintains the Freddie Gray matter was an example of racism, despite there being no finding of bias by said zealous prosecutor seeking any crime she could use, couldn’t the Right at least be forgiven for assuming Strzok’s bias influenced his behavior too? Afterall, with Freddie Gray it was kind of nebulous what motivated the officers involved, as far as what facts we have. You on the Left can all claim to be mindreaders and tell me the officers were racist, but we have no direct evidence of this (otherwise the prosecutor would’ve had them on at least one charge of misconduct), whereas we have the evidence for Strzok’s bias: his own written statements. Yet, with MORE evidence that Strzok may have acted improperly because of his hatreds, you insist that he did not, while we don’t even have evidence the Freddie Gray police officers were biased at all, and you claim they’re racists. Think about this objectively, liberal- which one sounds more like a conspiracy theory? The one with or without evidence backing it up?

Furthermore, if you contend there was racism there, that there is racism in all police departments and all law enforcement branches, then you must naturally believe Strzok was lying with his moralizing speech that clearly meant racism cannot interfere in the law enforcement process, and you must be horrified that your own elected officials chose to applaud him for his statement. And you probably think Strzok was a racist, going back to my notes about some of Hillary’s disgusting behavior and why such an interpretation would be a logical conclusion regarding Strzok.

But How COULD Strzok Have Acted Improperly?

Ignore or dismiss vital evidence, give softball interviews, draft the exoneration letter based on the wording of President Obama, the head of Hillary’s party, saying that Hillary was innocent, draft said letter months before Hillary has been interviewed, months before the investigation had interviewed everyone it needed to, give sweetheart deals to Hillary and her team in exchange for easy questioning just so that you can say you questioned them (or so I assume, based on Strzok’s July 31 text that indicated he was just going through the motions with the Clinton Investigation, that it only mattered in the sense that they didn’t want to have a procedural error, contrasted to how he says the Trump investigation matters because it is “momentous, and the later treatment under Mueller of Trump’s team, who find themselves staring down the barrels of police guns), and of course starting an investigation into the opponent of your preferred candidate.

If the concern was election interference or collusion, how come Strzok didn’t investigate Hillary when we learned the Fusion GPS document she paid for came from the Russians themselves, with Hillary money going right to Russian oligarchs? Why was said Russian document used to get a FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaigner? The Russians supposedly tried to hack the RNC too, how come Strzok didn’t investigate Hillary’s ties to Russia, like when she said “[America’s] goal is to strengthen Russia” and that she would be “thrilled” if Russia had its own “Silicon Valley”, ie a group of Russians with the skills to hack into the RNC? Nope, Strzok ONLY investigated Trump, after conducting a piss-poor excuse of an investigation into Hillary’s email use, and constantly during the Clinton and Trump investigations, he held firm in his devotion to Hillary and disdain for Trump. How’s THAT for an example of bias affecting your judgment?

And as for the alleged checks Strzok had, let’s test that. James Comey was the FBI Director. The same James Comey who lied about FBI agents believing Lt. Gen. Flynn was lying. The same Comey who claims to have had severe concerns about both the Obama and Trump Administrations, but only attacked the Trump Administration and had nothing but glowing support and love for Obama and Hillary Clinton. The same Comey who leaked memos he wrote about Trump (not having written any on Loretta Lynch) to a university professor so that he could trigger a special counsel investigation into Trump, the one that Strzok ended up serving on. The one staffed by Democrats.

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was another of Strzok’s superiors, whom Strzok cited as being someone that’d stop him if his bias affected the investigation. McCabe is also known for holding court in his office, on one such occasion discussing with Peter Strzok and Lisa Page how Trump couldn’t win the election, a conversation that took place only two weeks into Strzok’s investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia. Meeting in his office where his own legal counsel says Trump can’t win, in a conversation with the man investigating Trump. Sooooo not biased! McCabe’s wife is known for running as a Democrat in Virginia, with $675,000 worth of help from Clintonite Terry McAuliffe.

And just in general, maybe not Strzok’s own bias but just an example of flaws in Strzok’s theory of checks and balances in DOJ, we have Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He would have authority over the FBI Director, who has authority over the Deputy Director, who has authority over Strzok. Rosenstein told Trump to fire Comey, Comey leaked memos to start a special counsel investigation into Trump for firing him, and Rosenstein started the special counsel investigation in part to look at Trump’s firing of Comey which Rosenstein himself demanded.

And of course, when it comes to Strzok’s colleagues who would keep his bias in check, we have FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who we saw in the texts wanted Strzok to stop Trump, who outlined to her boss and the man investigating Trump a hopeful scenario where Trump would lose the election.

What an effective system of checks and balances we turned out to have! No wonder Democrats clapped for Strzok’s speech, it’s just the kind of system of checks on their power they like- NONE

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“I’m getting away with all this! AWESOME SAUCE!!!!” Image from OzarkNewsTalkRadio. Well, at least they eventually fired him.

 

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