March 20, 2018

Maryland School Resource Officer Who Engaged and Killed School Shooter Almost Certainly Saved Additional Lives

—Ace of Spades

Scott Adams had a Persicope type video on Twitter where he claimed he read a tweet which claimed that the Maryland school shooting story proved that guns in schools don't stop shootings, because, hey, the kid still did some shooting, right?

He likened this to claiming that police are completely ineffective in stopping murders because murders still happen.

Sure -- but fewer, you dummies.

Unlike another school resource officer who recently made news, Officer Blaine Gaskill rushed towards the sound of gunfire and engaged the shooter in "less than a minute." Two students were "severely" wounded before he got there, but Gaskill shot and killed the shooter even as the shooter was firing upon him.

The Party of Science is really exploring the studio space in postulating that this kid, had he been left alone, would have just stopped and not shot more kids.

Strangely, this deranged little corpse now has a memorial page on FaceBook asking people to "celebrate his life."

By the way, Scott Adams also uses his "non-expert amateur profiling abilities" to profile the Austin bomber in that clip. He says the bomber is "probably white," which I agree with -- or at least I'd agree with the idea that he prefers to attack black victims.

Serial killers usually target victims of their own race but I would imagine that bombers don't have the same psychology. There's usually a sexual hatred/sexual vengeance component in serial killings, with the serial killer exacting a symbolic vengeance for the people in his life who he feels have wronged him and spurned him, and usually these victims are the same race as the killer.

I don't know if this is even close to true of a serial bomber. There's not a sexual vengeance kind of angle here; the bomber is killing remotely. There is no need to be close to the victim to see the victim's pain.

So while, if these were ritualistic serial killings, I'd guess the killer was probably black, I wouldn't say that in the case of a serial bombing.

I'd say he has a grudge against black people, and is probably white, though he could be black, too (also nursing a grudge against his fellow black citizens).

I think people are over-reading the fact that two white guys were injured by the tripwire bombing. A tripwire blows up whoever steps on it. In this case, it was white guys, but the bomber wouldn't have known that.

I'm guessing he was white and decided it was too dangerous to poke his white face into black neighborhoods now that the city was roused to alert about a bomber, and so retreated to an area he felt he blended in better, the area around the hiking trail. (Which I think a commenter said was a whiter area.)

The people whose houses he specifically went to place bombs on their doorsteps were black, so I figure those victims were specifically chosen, and are being taken by the police as the bomber's preferred victims. That's who he's most interested in hurting -- the tripwire bomb was set because he's interested in hurting people generally, but didn't have any specific target in mind with that one.

On the other hand, one could say the bomber, like a serial killer, as just leaving bombs he knew well and therefore felt comfortable in, which might suggest he's black. (Or: a white guy who lived for a while in these neighborhoods, of course.)

Police haven't said yet who these new FedEx bombs were addressed to. Obviously if those were addressed to non-black victims, my guesses would change.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 08:31 PM Comments

Another Bomb Discovered in Another FedEx Sorting Facility

—Ace of Spades

A different sorting facility, but apparently this package was sent from the same Sunset Valley suburb FedEx store, but wound up at McKinley Falls Parkway sorting facility.

The suspicious package found at a FedEx ground facility at McKinney Falls Parkway, which authorities believe to be a bomb, was sent by the same person behind a bomb that exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx facility in Schertz, U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett told the American-Statesman.

Right now they're attempting to detonate the bomb safely, which I guess I understand as far as safety goes, but wouldn't you love the investigative potential of an undetonated bomb?

Don't we have robots that can an attempt at a simple defusing? Not one of those complicated ones you see in Hollywood movies (which apparently only happen in Hollywood movies). But if it's simple matter of cutting the line from the battery to the ignition of the bomb, we don't have robots that can do that yet?

Trace Gallagher reports on FoxNews what commenters here pointed out -- that video cameras at that FedEx store may have caught the bomber on tape.

No positive word from police on that, though. I have to imagine if they had any kind of photograph, they would share it almost immediately. This isn't a keep-it-quiet-so-we-can-catch him situation; this is a get-a-million-eyes-looking-for-the-perp situation.

This guy is obviously very impatient and is now acting in a frenzied way, despite the dragnet out for him.

One could guess that he will once again change his method of attempting to deliver a bomb. Or maybe start trying to bomb other areas. He seems to have a keen interest in killing people in Austin, though.

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Sex and the City Star --
Wait, Let Me Rephrase--
Sex and City Actress Announces Bid to Challenge Corrupt NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
Liberal CNN Contributor Calls Her an "Unqualified Lesbian"

—Ace of Spades

She played the role of The One You Weren't Interested in Seeing Naked on Sex & the City. Now she's seeking an even bigger role -- The One You're Not Interested in Seeing in the Governor's Mansion.

Then again, Andrew Cuomo is a crook, and, given that he's the brother of Televised Retard Chris Cuomo, most likely cognitively challenged himself.

CNN's Political Action Squad went quickly into protect-the-Democrat-incumbent mode.

Former Democratic New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Tuesday said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D.) Democratic challenger is a "unqualified lesbian."


"I'm surprised by this race. It's a flight of fancy on her part," Quinn said of Nixon's campaign announcement.

"Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City," Quinn said [referring to herself and her own terrible, incompetent campaign]. "Now she wants to be an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York. You have to be qualified and have experience. She isn't qualified to be the governor."

Christine Quinn explained on twitter that when she made an issue of Cynthia Nixon's sexuality, she was in no way attempting to make an issue of Cynthia Nixon's sexuality:

To be clear, Cynthia Nixon's identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did.

By branding her "lesbian" on CNN, I certainly wasn't trying to get the word out that she was a lesbian.

I want to be clear about that. I would never, EVER, criticize someone because of their identity. 1/4

I've experienced it time and time again, and would never support it or condone it. As a lesbian who ran one of the most high profile races in the country, i know what that's like. And I know it's imperative that we encourage more members of our community to run for office. 2/4

Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in New York despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials. I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us. 3/4

The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter. I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record. 4/4

Well at least we know Christina Quinn doesn't hold a grudge or anything.

Oh wait, per Wikipedia, perhaps she does:

Under New York City law, the City Council Speaker has authority over the yearly City Council funds, worth almost $400 million (in 2012), to distribute among 51 members.[16] The discretionary funding system sometimes referred to as the "slush fund" has been criticized in recent years, with some councilmembers alleging Quinn to have cut funding to their districts as a form of political retaliation. Quinn has repeatedly denied these allegations.[16]

At least, though, she was a leader with a sense of command whose underlings would do as she said.

Oh wait, per Wikipedia, she wasn't that either, by her own admission/alibi:

In April 2008, the New York Post revealed[17] that Quinn's office had appropriated millions of dollars to organizations that do not exist, and that the money was then secretly routed to organizations favored by individual council members.

In a news conference that followed Quinn said, "I had no knowledge of it; I did not know this was the practice".

Quinn said that she found out about it only a few months earlier, alerted authorities, and ordered staffers to stop the practice, but they did not listen.[18]

Quinn hired a criminal defense lawyer to represent her in the federal and city investigations.[19]

Records showed that nearly 25 percent of those "secret slush" funds went to organizations in Quinn's district, and that two of the biggest recipients of the funds had contributed to Quinn's 2009 mayoral run.[20] In September 2011, one of the city council's lawyers reported that the federal "investigation has been closed without taking up any action," but only after two councilmen were indicted at the cost of $100,000 to the City.[21]

Oh by the way: she wasn't qualified herself either. Claiming that being a councilman that mostly takes symbolic votes on whether or not to declare Israel a terror state or not makes you qualified to run a huge bureaucracy is like claiming that the treasurer of the student council is qualified to be comptroller of a school district.

No one was actually qualified in that race -- for some time, Anthony Weiner was actually considered the least-bad of the terrible options, and this was after his second, I believe, exposure as a compulsive sexter.

I think it was his third exposure that finally doomed him.

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Uber Stops Driverless-Car Testing After Fatal Rundown of Pedestrian in Arizona

—Ace of Spades

Not ready for drive time:

Uber Technologies Inc. halted autonomous vehicle tests after one of its cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving the technology.

The 49-year-old woman, Elaine Herzberg, was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode under the supervision of a human safety driver struck her, according to the Tempe Police Department.

Anyone who's ever played Age of Empires kind of doubts computers' abilities as far as simple navigation.

Not trying to be funny -- it's just one of those thing where a computer shows how truly dumb it is. In Age of Empires, you'd see one of your little workers get hopelessly stuck in some trees, not seeing the obvious pathway around them, and you'd have to click them out of it with very short waypoints, basically saying "This way, stupid."

They're also not good yet at seeing.

Oh, they're better at all these things now, of course. But driving involves a lot of things that seem simple to a human but which are hard for a computer. The human eye easily separates moving foreground objects from the background, and the optic nerve begins calculating vectors of things moving in the eye's view. We have deep-coded reflexes that help us avoid collisions and take alert when something's moving towards us.

Even supercomputers just aren't good at these very basic animal-level abilities yet.

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NYPD Hid Weinstein Accuser Out of Fear Manhattan DA's Office Was Trying to Intimidate Her

—Ace of Spades

True Conservatives have nothing but childish hero-worship of their government officials, so long as those government officials carry guns, I've been repeatedly told.

The NYPD used that exchange to set up a sting for the next day. Battilana would wear a wire and meet with Weinstein in person to try to get a recording of him admitting to the assault. The NYPD contacted Martha Bashford who handled sex crimes for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and let her know about the planned sting. According to them, she gave the okay but did not take any further interest in overseeing the case.

After recording the audio (see below), the NYPD asked Weinstein to come down to the station. He immediately started threatening the detectives and saying he would call the Chief of the NYPD. As soon as Weinstein learned who had accused him, he lawyered up. Not just any lawyers, but two with connections to the DA's office. And shortly after that, the DA's office began its investigation into Battilana’s story, an investigation which the NYPD felt was strangely accusatory. In fact, the police decided they would stash Battilana in hotels to help her avoid the District Attorney's investigators.

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Second Package Sent By Bomber Found in Austin-Area Fedex Facility; Investigators Think They've ID'd the Store From Which the Package Was Sent

—Ace of Spades

As you all know, an explosive device "bound for Austin" and probably also sent from near Austin (my guess) blew up as it was being jostled riding the conveyer belts in the Schertz, TX Fedex facility. The bomb was packed with nails and injured a Fedex worker.

Early reports also mentioned a second unexploded "device," or bomb, sent by the same person being found. That appears to have been a misstatement by police.

But the 1:05pm update from this Texas paper (which I assume is 2:05 east coast) says Fedex has confirmed a second package sent by the same person who sent the bomb.

Not a bomb, but a package, which is almost as useful to any investigation.

If this turns out to be true, I think this guy will be identified. If you can figure out when and where this was sent, you know where the bomber was at a specific time, and I'm thinking that there will be traffic cameras and other cameras that will have caught vehicles going to and from the store, and of course Fedex workers may be able to supply a physical description. (I assume he didn't present them with his real name or address.)

Investigators seem to have located the Fedex store that shipped the package(s) -- the Fedex store in the Sunset Valley suburb of Austin, and are investigating the location. That via FoxNews TV.

I think this guy is in trouble.

More: Commenters are saying that UPS and Fedex all have video surveillance of their stores and counters, so this guy (likely in some kind of light disguise) is probably on video, too.

Even assuming light disguise, we'd be able to get sex, race, age range, approximate height and weight, etc. Add that to the fact that he almost certainly knows the black and Hispanic neighborhoods well (serial killers prefer hunting in areas they're familiar with) and police will have some good information to work with.

Notice that when he felt the heat putting bombs in some neighborhoods (feeling like people were on the lookout, etc.), he didn't just switch over to other neighborhoods. He changed tactics completely, putting one bomb on a hiking trail far from (most) prying eyes, and then changed tactics again, risking going to a Fedex store to mail the packages from Austin right back to Austin.

That suggests that he is probably like the usual serial killer who hunts in areas he knows well but is afraid to hunt in other areas.

It's also possible, of course, that he just abandoned the leave-the-package-on-the-doorstep completely, so we can't read much into his preference of neighborhoods to leave bombs in.

But then, he could have just gone 15 minutes outside of Austin to a suburb to try the leave-the-package-at-the-house trick. He didn't. He just does not seem comfortable outside of certain areas of Austin.

Anyway, his career as a serial bomber is probably drawing to a close.

More: Commenters are pointing out there are ways to drop off packages at a drop-box without having to go into the Fedex store. So maybe no video of the guy. But still, even assuming he did this, you'd have a range of times at which he could have dropped off the package, and traffic cameras can still pick up some likely vehicles.

Though then you have a lot less, and lot more traffic camera footage to go through, and a lot of cars you'd just guess might be that of the bomber.

Actually, if he did this, I guess you wouldn't have much at all.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:15 PM Comments

Game Over? Teacher Says That For First Time In Her Long Career, a Class Has Refused to Pass Judgment Against the Human Sacrifice Depicted in Shirley Jackson's Cautionary Tale "The Lottery"

—Ace of Spades

Via Instapundit, an absolutely chilling sign of the end times.

Shirley Jackon's "The Lottery" is a staple of middle school literature textbooks. It's about a rural town which conducts a lottery before harvest season. The surprise twist at the end is that the "winner" of the lottery is ritually murdered by stoning in order to guarantee a good harvest.

Per Wikipedia, when the story was originally published in the New Yorker, readers were so angry about it that they cancelled subscriptions and wrote hate mail to the magazine and the author.

An overreaction? Of course. But in 1948 (when the story was published), the public was at least educated enough to know that "The Lottery" was a story about a sick and repulsive practice.

Fast forward to the ugly now, when our Little Monsters think they're super-educated by ninth grade but are so feral they don't understand this story is supposed to be about unambiguous evil.

Then in the 1990s, something started to change dramatically in how her students responded to the sobering tale. Rather than being horrified by it, some claimed they were bored by it, while others thought the ending was "neat."

When Ms. Haugaard pressed them for more of their thoughts, she was appalled to discover that not one student in the class was willing to say the practice of human sacrifice was morally wrong! She describes one interaction with a student, whom she calls Beth:

"'Are you asking me if I believe in human sacrifice?' Beth responded thoughtfully, as though seriously considering all aspects of the question. 'Well, yes,' I managed to say. 'Do you think that the author approved or disapproved of this ritual?'

"I was stunned: This was the [young] woman who wrote so passionately of saving the whales, of concern for the rain forests, of her rescue and tender care of a stray dog. 'I really don’t know,' said Beth; 'If it was a religion of long standing, [who are we to judge]?'"

"For a moment, I couldn’t even respond," reports Ms. Haugaard. "This woman actually couldn't seem to bring herself to say plainly that she was against human sacrifice. My classes of a few years before would have burst into nervous giggles at the suggestion. This class was calmly considering it."

At one point, a student explained she had been taught not to judge, and if this practice worked for them, who was she to argue differently.

Appalled by the student’s moral indifference, Ms. Haugaard concludes, "Today, for the first time in my thirty years of teaching, I looked my students in the eye and not one of them in my class could tell me that this society, this cultural behavior was a bad thing."

"The Lottery" is available online, though I caution you: No judgments.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 02:08 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



Screech and screech and screech all day long, but eventually you will have to shut up and start picking berries or stripping leaves from branches or picking termites out of mounds...or you will starve. And where do you think the poo comes from?

The Higher Ed Crack Up Begins

I think we're already seeing the beginnings of a de facto divorce of universities, in which the STEM fields and other "practical" disciplines essentially split off from the humanities and social sciences, not to mention the more politicized departments.

At this rate eventually many of our leading research universities will bifurcate into marginal fever swamps of radicalism whose majors will be unfit for employment at Starbucks, and a larger campus dedicated to science and technology education.

I think Mr. Hayward is a bit too optimistic, but his prediction is certainly not irrational. My fear is that the STEM departments will become tainted with the stench of multiculturalism and the bottom feeding SJWs will infiltrate.

But in the end, you do have to know how to perform complex mathematical calculations and have a solid understanding of some basic science to enter these majors. So regardless of the trend in academia, STEM is partially protected from the worst excesses of the Left's long march through our institutions simply because calculus and mechanics and fluid dynamics and statistics and analytical chemistry is HARD! And these people don's strike me as studious types. Complex designs on caramel machiattos doesn't take the place of differential equations.
[Hat Tip: Jay Guevara]

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Georges de la Tour

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The Morning Report 3/20/18

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Tuesday and we'll lead off with yet another government shutdown approaching Friday and the mad dash to prevent it from happening as the excuse to ram home yet another massive omnibus spending bill. The Democrats are in the midst of internecine strife (one faction wants to win in 2018 by pretending to be Trump while the other wants to be full frontal Marxist) that if played properly by the GOP could devastate them even more than the historic losses of the past several cycles. Unfortunately, that same GOP is still hell bent on maintaining its position as the legacy-keepers of FDR's New Deal - and worse.

Included in this budget is full funding for sanctuary cities. This is inexcusable. From the first link from Matthew Vadum at Front Page Mag:

Congressional Republicans appear poised to betray conservatives and hand Democrats a spectacular victory over President Trump by funding left-wing priorities such as illegal alien-shielding sanctuary cities in the must-pass omnibus spending bill this week, media reports suggest.

The sanctuary movement gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans by, among other things, stigmatizing immigration enforcement. Some left-wingers call sanctuary jurisdictions "civil liberties safe zones" to blur the distinction between citizens and non-citizens by implying illegal aliens somehow possess a civil right to be present in the U.S. Leftists also like to refer to all migrants, including illegal aliens, simply as "immigrants" in order to further muddy the waters.

Sanctuary cities should be called traitor cities because they are in open rebellion against the United States just as much as the Confederate Army was when it opened fire on Fort Sumter. Their modern-day campaign of massive resistance against federal immigration authorities can only end in civil strife...

And this from the second by Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review:

President Trump has never used his veto pen. You might not find that surprising, since his political party controls Congress. But Republicans have been passing one budget bill after another that violates every tenet of Trump's campaign agenda. The president's veto pen is an extremely powerful tool to leverage a president's agenda, particularly on budget bills. Vetoes have been overridden only 111 times in our nation's history, just eight times since President Reagan's tenure. Yet Trump seems to think he must sign anything that passes. He refuses to even threaten a veto. That time is now... or never.

This week may very well determine the outcome of the midterm elections. The omnibus budget bill, which will fund all government programs for the remainder of the fiscal year, will be voted on this week. This is the last opportunity for Trump to score points for his agenda and build a narrative from which to win back voters. Sadly, unless conservatives are vigilant, this bill will provide even more victories for the Left while depressing conservatives. It will fund sanctuary cities, fund Planned Parenthood, bail out insurance companies, and create more and more massive debt. Amidst the clamor over palace intrigue in the White House and endless scandals, this is the single most important story of March.

There's nothing more I can add to that. The crap that is in this budget, let alone the continued, insane profligacy of the whole friggin' thing must be opposed. If not, then November really is in jeopardy which would be a harbinger for 2020.

The Mueller witch hunt shambles right along, and the President has added legal eagle Joe DiGenova to the team. The latest myth that somehow the President stole the data of millions of Facebook users to magically brainwash them into voting for him was shot down. All he and his team did was use the same perfectly legal tactics and tools that Obama used in 2012. In any case, collusion is all but dead, so long live obstruction. And that is the big story here since Mueller is now looking at events that happened after the election. To paraphrase Samantha "the red-headed wraith" Power, it's a bad idea to piss off Donald Trump. In related news vis a vis McCabe and his pension, Rush breaks that one down but here's an interesting nugget vis a vis punishing rogue bureaucrats:

In the first few days of 2017, House Republicans revived the so-called Holman Rule, which allows lawmakers to single out specific federal workers in a spending bill and cut their salaries down to $1. "That sent a shiver down a lot of spines," (Democrat Rep Gerry) Connolly said...

On the gun-grabber front, Nikolas Cruz's brother was arrested at Parkland High School for trespassing, while Camera Hogg and Knucklehead Smiff Gonzales were invited on to CBS to do their schtick and smear the NRA.

Internationally, Putin's nukes are not to be taken lightly but his big reveal of frightening new Russky wunderwaffe is essentially a big meh. More importantly, in NorK news, is Whoa, Fat! genuinely peeing his gulag-made union suit or is PDT falling for a scam?

Domestically, the good news istwo million people have dropped off of the food stamp roles (chew on that one, Obama) while Scott Pruitt is continuing the de-fanging of the EPA. The bad news is the State Department continues to defy the President by screwing over people who want to adopt children from overseas.

Circling back to the theme of Democrat-Left giving us low hanging fruit (literally and figuratively), the CBC and others are tripling down in their defense of Louis Farrakhan. Dear Lord, between this and that f**king boot-to-the-groin budget that funds de facto insurrection and Planned Parenthood, the GOP has a golden opportunity to rally the base, proclaim the Democrat-Left enemies of the people and rally behind the President and declaring in a unified voice "NO." Instead, they are willingly doing all they can to sabotage their majority because by doing so they sabotage President Trump and the American people.

I guess the GOP is doing the job the Mueller investigation can't. These people disgust me.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:33 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (3/19/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian



The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

It seems the elites simply refuse to think about the Trump presidency through any lens other than that of traditional Washington – despite the fact that President Trump has never been a part of (and represents a departure from) the traditional establishment. This confused, square peg-round hole analytical approach is made worse by the fact that the elites then try to use Washington jargon to define and attack the president. Newt Gingrich

Quote II

"The beginning of the end of a civilization starts when average citizens begin to notice that in every aspect of their daily lives they are confronted with laws, rules, and regulations that make absolutely no sense, don't improve their lives, and quite obviously benefit someone else!" J. Alex King (2001)

Quote III

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.” Milton Friedman

Quote IV

My favorite thing about the gun control debate in America is that the exact same people who insist that buying a gun at a store, which at a minimum requires a government-issued ID and background check, is too easy will also tell you that requiring an ID to vote is an impossibly high hurdle to expect average people to overcome. No Moss Here

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Masculinity: Threat or Menace?

—Ace of Spades

That's the old Jim Shooter-penned headline of J. Jonah Jameson's biased media rag: SPIDER-MAN: THREAT OR MENACE?

This guy, pointed out by Christopher Taylor, writes about his own experiences of his pussy dad trying to de-pussify him as a child and failing like a big pussy.

I'd never seen my father hunt, he'd never talked about hunting, and I’d never seen a gun in the house before. But one day I came home from school, and Dad was home early, waiting for me with that gun. “Time for you to learn this," he’d said"

We were both shivering; it was freezing in rural Mattoon, my tiny hometown in southern Illinois, closer to Kentucky than Chicago, but it wasn't just that. Unsteady and unsure of himself, he loaded a bullet into the chamber and told me to aim somewhere deep into one of the endless cornfields that make up whole swathes of this country still, the sort of vast expanse that you can fire a rifle blindly into and not worry about hitting anything anyone would ever notice. I told him I did not want to. He nodded gently and said he knew that but I had to fire anyway. I wanted to make him happy, or least not make him mad, so I held the gun out in front of me, with dinosaur arms, put my finger on the trigger and, holding my breath and biting my lip so hard that my braces started to crank and ache, pulled it.

The kickback was so powerful and immediate that it sent the weapon flying behind me, but what I most remember was the sound. The whole world screamed blinding white; I didn’t even hear my father scramble behind me to pick the rifle off the ground. He was ashen -- plainly terrified, even though nothing that bad had actually happened. I must have looked stricken, too, because he put his arm around me and, for one of the few times I can remember, apologized. "I shouldn’t have done that," he said. "I know you didn’t want to, but I thought it was something that a man was supposed to do. It wasn't." He smiled. "To tell you the truth, I didn't really want to do that either."

At least I think this is what he said: My ears were still screaming. Neither one of us ever fired a gun again.

The first gun I ever fired was a friend's 30-30. Not gonna lie; the kickback was powerful, the blast was scarifying, and I was pretty uncomfortable with the whole endeavor.

Still: I wasn't a pussy about it. I did realize this was a powerful weapon and I really ought to have some real instruction about how to hold it securely and how to fire it accurately, and that my friend wasn't going to be able to supply that.

I shot some later when I had more knowlegable instruction.

There's a difference between thinking a physical thing is dangerous and must be treated with care and skill and thinking, irrationally, that a physical thing is a totemic evil and exists more on a symbolic plane than on the prime material plane.

He tweedles on a bit about White Male Privilege and Toxic Masculinity:

For generations, boys have been raised in environments that seemed designed to cultivate, and then sublimate, aggression, sometimes right up to the border of sociopathy. (We recoil at Fight Club, but it basically depicts the secret life of boys aged 8 to 14. Men are Tyler Durden spliced with Beavis.)

But those masculine scripts seem especially problematic today: Trained by superhero movies, inspired by planet-straddling athlete-gods and tech tycoons more powerful than entire governments, boys are reared to tame their aggressions, then asked to navigate a bleak, winner-take-all economic landscape. Thanks in part to more enlightened attitudes about gender and parenting, it is hard not to see male entitlement and aggression as toxic forces degrading our culture. But it is also hard not to notice that the world is now run by the aggressive and the bullying.
It is also hard not to notice that, in many ways, and on average, boys are falling behind.

This is weird. He hasn't referenced Trump yet.


There is a male chauvinist and part-time white supremacist in the White House, but at some basic level that came to pass in part because both groups came out in droves to vote feeling themselves pushed into retreat.

There you go. The world makes sense again.

Which they are, in a way. The country was once set up solely for the benefit of dudes like me. Now, it is merely mostly set up that way. In a generation, maybe we'll hit slightly. For essentially all of human history, science fiction writer John Scalzi has memorably written, if you have been born a straight white male, it is as if you are playing a computer game called "The Real World" with the difficulty set on the lowest level.

As children, we have not had parents setting us aside to tell us the dangers of walking down the street alone at night, or being pulled over by a police officer, or heading to a party with alcohol and strangers. We are told the opposite, in fact. We have been encouraged, almost demanded, to be aggressive -- to assert, yes, our privilege. We are told, in more innocent, even helpful terms, that we belong everywhere. We are expected to see what we want and to grab it.

Dude, your cuck dad couldn't even teach you how to fire a 20-gauge shotgun. You yourself certainly weren't taught to be aggressive; you're merely guessing about how other boys were taught.

The thing is, as we know, we do not live in a context-less world; this is a zero-sum game. And that aggressiveness and entitlement -- the positive advice to children to be whatever they want, weaponized over the generations == has to come at a cost, someone else’s cost. The power white American boys have been taught to seize for generations comes from the already powerless, women, people of color, everyone who isn't us.

Which is why, in a macro sense, the lessening power of men (straight and white particularly) is an unquestioned societal good. When others rise, we must fall. It will be good not just in a moral sense, but a practical one. As a patriotic American who believes our country is a better place when all have an equal chance, and who believes it is time for the historical ledger to be balanced, this is what I want for the future.

And you've done your own N=1 project to fail yourself downwards.

Now, if you want to read a rebuttal to this -- and a sensible analysis of the dysfunction in masculinity -- see Jesse Kelly in The Federalist.

Big picture, his idea is simple and obviously true: Boys have an innate bias towards impulsiveness, daring, aggression, and, yes, even to violence, and it's precisely by training boys how to channel these sometimes good, sometimes bad impulses into positive directions that we turn boys into well-functioning men.

Our society has a mass failure of fatherhood. Even many of the fathers who don’t run out on their families can’t seem to figure out how to turn boys into men. That’s because most men don’t realize that is the goal for raising boys. Not to coddle them. Not to dump your insecurities on them. Not to lie to them about what life is and what life isn’t. Your mission as a father is to turn that boy into a man.

Will’s father failed him that day. No man teaches his son to shoot by handing him a 20-gauge shotgun, with no instruction on its operation, and telling him to fire away. That’s a half measure. It’s lazy parenting.

Hard parenting is sitting a son down and teaching him how to use a weapon safely. Tell him how deadly a weapon can be, then show him how to operate it with confidence and skill. That is being a father.

The other possibility, the one favored by the progressive cultural hegemony and weakling men, is just to make men better by making them women.

This leads to many more problems that it solves, because only boys who are already a bit feminine are fully feminizable, and you have to provide a positive channel for masculine energy for the many boys who are not fully feminizable.

But we're now at the point where you cannot say "There's nothing wrong with boys." We said that, of course, for 50 years of girls, encouraging them to be more daring, aggressive, and adventurous, but for the boys, our society can only say: Be like good girls.

That's just not going to work for many if not most boys, and is just going to leave them feeling degraded (because the are in fact being degraded) and angry, and without a socially-useful method of channeling aggression.

Jordan Peterson had a lot of interesting points to make on how boys playing in roughhouse ways helps to socialize them and teaches them the important concept of fairness and sportsmanship -- of not being bullies, of not being dicks.

An example he gives is that a kid who wrestles his brothers, and would like to keep wrestling his brothers, has to let his brothers win at least 30% of the time, or else they'll just refuse to wrestle entirely. It's not a rule that ever gets explicitly taught, but rats, for example, observe this rule in roughhouse play, and boys will socialize each other into observing this unstated rule, if permitted to roughhouse play.

Figuring that out -- you have to let your brothers win on occasion if you want to keep playing the game -- lets you continue to get good at roughhousing while also letting your younger brothers get better at it, and gaining some confidence at it, rather than just everyone stopping and no longer improving.

Simply yelling at boys that they must not roughhouse and must instead be well-behaved young girls does no good for anyone.

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:28 PM Comments

DC Councilman: I'm Sorry That I Proclaimed That the Jews Control the Weather

—Ace of Spades

Last you'll hear of this.

The media only covers leftwing Democrat conspiracy theories briefly and begrudgingly.

Had this been a Republican-- woah, Nelly. Katie bar the door.

A Washington, D.C., lawmaker apologized on Sunday after he posted a video promoting a conspiracy theory that the weather is controlled by Jewish financiers.

"I work hard everyday to combat racism and prejudices of all kinds. I want to apologize to the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended," Councilman Trayon White Sr. (D) said in a statement to The Washington Post.

He had posted a video wherein he claimed that weather was controlled by rich Jewish families like the Rothschilds.

"Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y'all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation," White said in a video on his official Facebook page. "And D.C. keep talking about, 'We a resilient city.' And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful."

Remember when I said if this were a Republican conspiracy theory, the media would be more dogged in pursuing the story, instead of giving it one day Page B14 coverage?

Well, the Washington Post covered it -- probably for the last time -- but decided to add the "context" of rightwing conspiracy theories, for no good reason.

Conspiracy theories alleging nefarious plots by elites such as the Rothschilds and Rockefellers -- as well as other boogeymen such as the illuminati and Freemasons -- have increasingly bobbed to the surface of American politics in recent years.

The Republican Party's 2012 platform embraced what had previously been fringe fears of a 1992 United Nations environmental accord known as Agenda 21, stating that it was "erosive of American sovereignty." Assertions that the pact was cover for a global plot had become popular among tea party groups battling local, state and federal environmental regulations.

Speculation that high-ranking Democratic Party officials, including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, were involved in a child sex-trafficking ring run out of a D.C. restaurant led to the infamous "Pizzagate" episode in December 2016. A North Carolina man showed up with a Colt AR-15 military-style rifle and a .38-caliber Colt revolver at Comet Ping Pong, a pizza joint in Northwest Washington, saying he planned to investigate the allegations.

Do you think the next time a rightwinger pushes a conspiracy theory, they'll add in this leftwing blame-the-Jews Weather Control conspiracy theory, for "context"?

I don't -- as I said, I think you'll never hear of this again. Down the memory hole.

If they wanted to add "context," they could have added Farrakhan's recent ravings about the Jews controlling everything, and Democratic congressmen refusing to denounce his anti-semitic rants.

And noted that maybe this gives aid and comfort to other anti-semitic black politicians.

But for some reason I couldn't even guess at, that didn't occur to the Washington Post.

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Austin Police Warn of "Serial Bomber" With Considerable Skill; Warn Residents of Nearby Area to Stay Indoors Whenever Possible

—Ace of Spades

Serial killer.

Two people were wounded in an explosion Sunday night in Austin that showed similarities to other recent blasts but also "a higher level of skill."

The victims -- two white men ages 23 and 22 —--were wounded about 8:30 p.m. as they walked along the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive, southwest of downtown Austin. Their injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said.

Interim police Chief Brian Manley said authorities believe the pair were walking on either the sidewalk or the median when the device was triggered by a trip wire.

"That changes things," he said at an overnight news conference. "Our safety message to this point has been involving the handling of packages, and telling this community, 'Do not handle packages, do not pick up packages, do not disturb packages.'

"We now need to have an extra level of vigilance and pay attention to any suspicious device, whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack -- anything that looks out of place - -and please do not approach it."

I don't know that a trip wire indicates a "higher level of skill" -- isn't there a small tripwire in a package bomb that detonates the bomb when a flap of the box is opened? -- but obviously this guy makes bombs and isn't going to stop until he's caught or is hoist upon one of his own homebrew petards.

This is a description of the tripwire, btw:

Frederick Milanowski, special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said that the bomb was anchored to a metal sign near a hiking trail and triggered by a wire as thin as fishing line that would've been incredibly difficult to see.

Again, that doesn't sound that sophisticated to me, but what do I know.

It strikes me as possibly interesting that the bomber has apparently stopped leaving bombs in neighborhoods and is instead now leaving bombs on hiking trails -- where he would be less likely to be seen. I suppose that means he's aware people are looking for him, though I'm not sure that helps catch him any.

This article has a map of the bombing sites. It notes the latest bomb is the first to be left to the west of highway 35, though (not being from Austin) I don't know the significance of that.

If any amateur profilers and/or Austin residents want to inform us what the bomb locations may suggest, please do.

PS, there's a $115,000 in total rewards for helping catch this guy, so. Thinking caps on!

Posted by Ace of Spades at 05:13 PM Comments

Straight-Shooting Non-Partisan Former Civil Servant John Brennan Seems to Threaten Sitting President

—Ace of Spades

Samantha Power then emphasized that Brennan was making a threat:

This then spurred some pushback:

Brit Hume took Brennan's threatening tweet as good reason to link this old Guardian article calling Brennan the most talented liar in Washington DC:

As reports emerged Thursday that an internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency’s inspector general found that the CIA "improperly" spied on US Senate staffers when researching the CIA's dark history of torture, it was hard to conclude anything but the obvious: John Brennan blatantly lied to the American public. Again.

"The facts will come out," Brennan told NBC News in March after Senator Dianne Feinstein issued a blistering condemnation of the CIA on the Senate floor, accusing his agency of hacking into the computers used by her intelligence committee’s staffers. "Let me assure you the CIA was in no way spying on [the committee] or the Senate," he said.

After the CIA inspector general’s report completely contradicted Brennan's statements, it now appears Brennan was forced to privately apologize to intelligence committee chairs in a "tense" meeting earlier this week....

Lest we forget, Brennan’s most recent false statement is not his first James Clapper-esque experiment in misinformation. The nation’s top spy is, in fact, a proficient and skilled liar. As Obama's top counterterrorism advisor for his entire first term in the White House, Brennan built, oversaw, executed and excused America’s robotic assassination program. During a speech in 2011, the keeper of the kill list said there had not been "a single collateral death" from US drone strikes because of their "exceptional proficiency [and] precision".


Internal intelligence documents leaked to McClatchy later confirmed Brennan to have lied at the time, not to mention the countless media reports before and since documenting other cases of US drone strikes killing civilians.

Remember, the Washington Consensus smuggishly lectured you that not only was there no partisan Deep State, but that such a thing was altogether unthinkable.

Were they just stupid and uninformed -- in which case, the Washington Consensus should be entirely ignored going forward -- or were they in on the conspiracy and protecting their palz?

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McCabe: Comey Was Aware of My Leaks to the Press

—Ace of Spades


Because Comey told Congress that he had never leaked and was aware of no leaks.

Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was "singled out" after "unrelenting" attacks by President Trump and critics. McCabe's objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director.

However, McCabe may have rectified his "singled out" status with his long statement criticizing his termination: In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.

McCabe is accused of misleading investigators about allegedly giving information to a former Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family’s charitable foundation. McCabe asserts in his post-firing statement that he not only had authority to "share" that information to the media but did so with the knowledge of "the director." The FBI director at the time was Comey.

"I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor," McCabe stated. "As deputy director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter."

If the "interaction" means leaking the information, then McCabe's statement would seem to directly contradict statements Comey made in a May 2017 congressional hearing. Asked if he had "ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation" or whether he had "ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation," Comey replied "never" and "no."

Howard Kurtz may have already reported on the leak that sunk McCabe, as Mollie Hemingway wrote about in January.

The FBI's top brass initiated conversations with a White House official that were quickly leaked to CNN, according to a new book.

Two news outlets had reported yet another "bombshell" Russia story that was bullshit. McCabe contacted the White House to tell them that the story being reported was, in the view of the FBI, untrue.

So McCabe called the White House to tell them that.

Reince Priebus asked McCabe if he would mind telling the press that as well, because the cable "news" stations were blathering about it as if it was the Next Huge Story (after yesterday's Next Huge Story, of course).

What happened next will amaze you: Someone very familiar with the thoughts and feelings of Andrew McCabe called the press to tell them that Reince Priebus was pressuring senior FBI officials to knock down a media story.

From Kurtz's book:

Now, a week later, CNN was airing a breaking news story naming Priebus. According to 'multiple U.S. officials,' the network said, 'the FBI rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to U.S. intelligence.'

Priebus was stunned by the implication that he was pressuring law enforcement. Had he been set up? Why was the FBI leaking this information when one of its top officials had initiated the conversation?

Incidentally, this incident did in fact involve Comey, because Priebus also asked Comey to tell the press what the FBI's assessment of the story was (that it was untrue). Comey said he'd think about it and might testify to that effect at an upcoming congressional hearing.

And yet: Soon after, someone was leaking to the press that the FBI had "rejected" the request by the White House to share its assessment of the story with the press.

And now we learn, very curiously, that McCabe says of the leak he got fired for that Comey knew about his "interactions" with the press and approved of them.

Connection? I don't know. I'm sure that Comey will clear this all up in the book he's written, for which he's charging $100/ticket for attendance at his book tour talks.

Will he be doing a Q&A afterwards? Doubt it. It would be too easy for people to pay that $100 and ask him some very difficult questions.

Apologies for Lateness: I got hit with bad insomnia last night and took a sleeping pill at 4:30 am. Well, it worked, but it knocked me out until 1 pm, and I'm still foggy.

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Open Thread: Now With Electrolytes


Until Ace posts something with actual content, toss this around...

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I Do Not Want Trump Supporters For Fans, First Of All I Hate Trump This Awful Country With Disgusting People And Everything About It, I'll Boycott Everything About Trump.

Way to work on that comeback!

Posted by CBD at 02:45 PM Comments

Open Thread

—Ace of Spades

I'll put something up soon.

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The Morning Rant


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"And another thing about those Parkland kids: one MSM infobabe tweeted that she was given a press kit from one of them when she contacted her for an interview. A press kit!? How would it occur to a bunch of teenagers to make press kits available to the media? And how much did it cost, and how was it financed? These are questions the infobabe didn't think worthwhile to ask. There is quite a lot about these protests that suggest a widespread astroturfing operation, but the MSM appears to be all but completely incurious about that possibility. Although I'll admit it doesn't take much to get students to cut school, especially if you tell them it's for a noble cause. But still, you'd think that there'd be least one reporter skeptical enough to ask the question."

Some Things Don't Change:

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(h/t The People's Cube)

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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The Dream Of St. Joseph
Anton Raphael Mengs

From commenter ""Bluebell"

March 19 is the Feast of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary. It is a Solemnity, which means it is higher than a regular feast day and as such, we Catholics are not bound by our Lenten obligations. Translation: we get to pig out! It's a huge holiday for Italians, as well.

St. Joseph is the patron saint of many things, but on this day we celebrate him as the husband of Mary, so as the patron saint of husbands and fathers.

The angel is telling him that he has to take his wife and baby and flee to Egypt. No easy task.

Anyway, just in case you needed something for tomorrow, here it is. And if not, maybe you learned a bit about St. Joseph!

Posted by CBD at 09:45 AM Comments

The Morning Report 3/19/18

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Another week has begun and the aftermath of the firing of Andrew McCabe has made the Dem-Left-Media complex go completely off the rails. What's truly frightening now are national figures who are threatening the President, some very thinly veiled and some outright. First there's John Brennan, who as we all suspect is up to his goitery neck in the conspiracy to overthrow PDT, then Samantha Power-Grabber and finally, and most gob-smackingly ironic is a Long Island back-bencher Congressman Tom Suozzi who had this to say:

Rep. Tom Suozzi made the remark to constituents at a town hall last week, saying that folks opposed to Trump might resort to the "Second Amendment."

"It's really a matter of putting public pressure on the president," Suozzi said in a newly released video of the March 12 talk in Huntington. "This is where the Second Amendment comes in quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts? What would you do? What would we do?"

A listener then blurts out, "What's the second amendment?"

The left-leaning Democrat says "The second amendment is the right to bear arms."

The spectators laughed - some nervously. Republicans were not amused.

Am I mistaken or is a sitting member of Congress openly inciting armed revolution to take down the President? This same piece of excrement, by the way, was a strident supporter of last week's Children's Crusade against the NRA. Between what's going on in California as well as on the campuses and in the classrooms, John Brennan, James Comey and their mouthpieces in the agitprop media are playing with fire. For real.

Meanwhile as the Democrat-Left is a red-nether hair's width from calling for armed insurrection against the President and really all of us (see the links about censorship on and off campus vis a vis guns, Islam and everything under the sun), we find that Al "the thin man" Sharpton is going to join forces with Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party to hold a mass rally in support of Louis Farrakhan. And some dumbass, unreconstructed, mouth breathing dolt in DC is claiming Joo-bankers are causing climate change to destroy urban areas.

Here's a question I would like to put to Conor Lamb and every other candidate who is going to run as a Democrat with a pro-Trump agenda: will you now unequivocally condemn Keith Ellison, Tom Perez and anyone in your party who supports all of this? Sadly, aside from us, there is no media and no one in the opposition party (because there is no opposition party really) to raise this question, early and often.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.


  • Explosion In Austin Injures Two; Police Now Warn of Trip Wire


  • Who Elected John Brennan?
  • McCabe's Firing "May Be Justified" Says... Adam Schiff-for-brains
  • PDT Tweetstorm Against Comey and McCabe Hints at Mueller Firing
  • Shut Up, Gowdy! Tells PDT, If You Didn't Collude with the Russians "Act Like It"
  • Constitutional Crisis, Anyone? Schiff-for-brains Says Congress Should Reinstate Mueller if Fired by PDT
  • Mark Levin: Rod Rosenpenis is a "Saboteur" Running Cover for the Democrats
  • If You're a Federal Official, Perjury is "Lacking Candor"
  • Meet Hillary Clinton's Other Shadowy, More Powerful Opposition Research Firm

  • Democrats Have a Blueprint to Devastate GOP, But Here's Why They'll Screw it Up

  • Putin Wins Another Term as Russky Prexy with Biggest Margin of Victory Yet
  • The Trump-Kim Summit is Not a Negotiation; It's a Surrender
  • Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World

  • Deputy and Counselors Recommended Committing Nikolas Cruz Two Years Ago
  • Get This: Democrat Congressman Cites Second Amendment as Means to Oppose PDT
  • Student Assaulted for Pro-Second Amendment Views, Then Suspended for Defending Himself

  • Dissolution Games: City of Los Alamitos May Reject California's Sanctuary City Laws
  • Steve King on Omnibus Funding Bill: "Let's Fund the Whole Wall and Let's Build it All"
  • IRS Documented 1.3 Million Identity Thefts by Illegal Aliens; Can't Say it Referred Any for Prosecution
  • If Finland is the Happiest Country in the World, Why is Everyone Coming Here?

  • SCOTUS to Weigh Free Speech for Anti-Abortion, Crisis Pregnancy Centers
  • White House: 79 Cloture Votes Used Against Trump Nominees Compared to 17 Used Against the Past 4 Administrations Combined
  • Zinke Defends "Konnichi-Wa": "How Could Ever Saying 'Good Morning' Be Bad?"
  • Idjit Injun Furious About Lack of Congressional Oversight of CFPB... Which Is How She Herself Structured It in the First Place
  • Half a Loaf of Dodd-Fagg Reform is Better Than None
  • In Medicaid Expansion States, Thousands Have Died While Languishing on Waiting Lists
  • HUD Scraps Controversial Section 8 Bidding Process (meh, scrap Section Eight)
  • States of Siege

  • Campus Cops Crack Down on Questions About Islam

  • The "Overheated" Costs of Climate Change

  • Al Sharpton to team with Black Live Matter and New Black Panthers for Pro-Farrakhan Rally
  • DC Council Member Says Jewish Bankers are Controlling the Weather to Take Over Cities
  • Greenfield: Trump's CIA Pick is the Great Feminist Moment the Left Hates
  • There's a Central Part of Irish Heritage That is Increasingly Overlooked
  • Waco, the Untold Story

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  • Overnight Open Thread (03-18-2018 )




    This is America. "Fuck you" is always a choice.
    -- Insomniac - Nowhere Man

    Where all your rights become only an accumulated wrong; where men must beg with bated breath for leave to subsist in their own land, to think their own thoughts, to sing their own songs, to garner the fruits of their own labors...then surely it is a braver, a saner and truer thing, to be a rebel in act and deed against such circumstances as these than tamely to accept it as the natural lot of men.
    -- Sir Roger Casement

    I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
    -- Thomas Jefferson

    It is not rebellion itself which is noble but the demands it makes upon us.
    -- Albert Camus


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    Posted by CBD at 10:00 PM Comments

    Weekend Gun Thread

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian



    There are evil people. And it is the job of people in authority to protect us from them. Especially when they have direct knowledge of them. Heads need to roll. NOW

    Eighteen months before Nikolas Cruz shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, staff were so worried about his fascination with guns that they banned him from practicing shooting skills with the JROTC, according to mental health records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

    A safety plan created by the school for Cruz in September 2016 also prohibited him from carrying a backpack on campus.

    To make matters worse, Broward County f*cked up worse than first known.

    The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has caught a lot of heat in the aftermath of Parkland. While I feel for the good men and women of that department, the truth remains that some hinky stuff went on, and it was made all the worse in my mind by Sheriff Scott Israel immediately turning around and blaming the Second Amendment for the tragedy.

    However, it seems that not only did officers fail to enter the school when they arrived, thus potentially resulting in more deaths, but they violated their own policy in the process.

    Judicial Watch today released Broward County Sheriff’s Office training and operation materials that specifically dictate that the first one or two officers on the scene of an active shooter incident “will immediately go to confront the shooter.”

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    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 07:15 PM Comments

    Food Thread: Pizza? Tomato Pie? You Be The Judge


    [Just joking. This is definitely a pizza. The Chicago version is clearly tomato pie. Fun to eat, but don't call it pizza.]

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    photo courtesy of Serious Eats

    Until a few months ago I had no idea that there was a particular, much-loved style of pizza indigenous to Detroit. Perhaps that is because I haven't been in Detroit since I was a kid, except for a flight there before I went to Toledo. Yup...I live an exciting life!

    The photos remind me of the classic Sicilian pizza that is common around NY, but with a few nice twists. Putting the sauce on top just means that more of it will land on my clothing, but edge-to-edge cheese means the opportunity for crispy, browned, crunchy cheese on the perimeter of this pizza, and that is a very good thing.

    I found a bunch of recipes, one of which is at the Serious Eats link below the photo. Another nice looking one is at the King Arthur Flour website, but it is sort of irritating; in addition to specifying their flour (which is fine), it calls for two separate spice mixes that they sell. One is for the flour, and it's just powdered cheese garlic, onion and yeast. The other is for the sauce, and is exactly what you would think: onion, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.

    Their flour really is great, but I doubt very much that their spice mixtures are worth the huge mark-up, and I find it disingenuous of them to try to sell me that crap.

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    Posted by CBD at 04:00 PM Comments

    What The Hell Is Going On?

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

    "People who are able to do something well can do that thing for a living, while people who are not able to do anything that well make a living by teaching. (From George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman.)

    This past week we witnessed a nation wide walk out of students for "gun control measures". This walk out was orchestrated by left wing groups and ideologue "educators". I wish they were honest. I wish they would come out and call for what they want, the total ban of firearms. But, honesty is not part of their make up.

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    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 02:00 PM Comments

    Thought Crimes Are Alive And Well And Living In The UK. Orwell Was Correct, And He Would Be Horrified.


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    This is the not-so-secret fantasy of every college administrator and most blue-state legislators. How the West has arrived at this juncture in history is a sad commentary on our hubris, and what we lost (and gained) in two world wars.

    Below the fold is something to clear your palate of the flavor of dictatorship...

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    Posted by CBD at 12:10 PM Comments

    Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-18-2018


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    Book Sale Tip:

    Moron commenter Grey Fox sends me this:

    Lindsay Books, aka, is liquidating their inventory (I assume that means that they are going out of business). The code 75OFF at checkout will get folks a 75% percent discount, plus their shipping costs are very low. They specialize reprints of old technical books and collections of magazine articles about making things, mostly out of metal of one kind or another.

    The tag-line on the site is "Discover the secrets of old-time technology!" Maybe you you should go on over and take a look.

    It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

    A JOHN-HOLD-MY-STAFF is a servile, toadying attendant.

    Usage: Shep! Smith volunteers for this sort of work. He says he is the best in the business, and you know something, I think I believe him.

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    EMT 03/18/18


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    Saturday Overnight Open Thread (3/17/18 ) St. Patrick Day's Edition

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

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    Irishman's First Drink With His Son

    While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories came flooding back to the time I took me son out for his first pint. Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from the cottage. I got him a Guinness. He didn't like it, so I drank it.

    Then I got him a Kilkenny's, he didn't like that either, so I drank it.

    Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager? He didn't. I drank it.

    I thought maybe he'd like whiskey better than beer so I tried a Tullamore Dew. Nope!

    In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast, Ireland's finest. He wouldn't even smell it.

    What could I do but drink it?

    By the time I realized he just didn't like to drink, I was so freakin' shit-faced I could hardly push his stroller back home!


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    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:58 PM Comments

    Anyone Else Get Their Brackets Destroyed Today?


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    I don't even care about college basketball, but there is something undeniably pleasing about the Championships. Most of the players (99.9%) have no hope of going to the NBA, but they still play their hearts out. That's nice to watch, and it allows me to forget that the NCAA is a pretty pathetic organization.

    And....Virginia getting smacked by a 16 seed is sort of fun too.

    Posted by CBD at 08:45 PM Comments

    Saturday Evening Movie Thread 03-17-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]



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    To continue with my series of posts highlighting my personal top ten movies of all time, (The Passion of Joan of Arc came first, and then Duck Soup) I move on with the next in chronological order, Casablanca.

    Out of all the movies in my top ten, this is probably the one that pops up most in others. It's been a staple of American cinema pretty much since its release and when it won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1942. It's well loved by nearly everyone who sees it, and I think it's easy to see why.

    In my mind there are two major reasons why both I love this film and why it's so beloved 76 years after its release: dialogue and the expert mixture of cynicism with romanticism.

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    Mini Chess Thread 03-17-2018


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    Pic Note

    I don't know for sure, but I think the kid is Sammy Reshevsky, who truly was a child prodigy. And I like the guy sitting directly above him with his hand on his head. The look of horror on his face tells you he's just realized that he's hung his queen.

    As always, the chess/dress pr0n tread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

    Easier Problem - Black To Play (BWTC 203)

    Hint: Unite the knights

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    Ace of Spades Pet Thread

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

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    (Happy St. Patrick's Day from some Irish Setters)



    (Happy St. Patrick's Day from an Irish Red & White Setter)


    Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Kick your pets out of the corned beef and cabbage and enjoy the world of animals.

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    Saturday Gardening Thread: St. Patrick's Day Already? [KT]

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    Hello, Horde! You eating Irish food today? Don't know if Savoy Cabbage is the most "Irish" kind, but I like it. Above, Wild Thing appears to be checking for a Leprechaun. Don't know what he would have done if he had found one. The family legend of a friend of mine is that Leprechauns followed her grandparents over from County Cork.

    Potatoes are, of course, a traditional Irish food. They are often planted in cold soil, but St. Patrick's Day may be too soon to plant potatoes in Missouri. Interesting comparison of the history of the potato in Ireland and the USA at the link. Fourteen pounds is a lot of potatoes for one person to eat in a day.

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    Thread before the Gardening Thread: First week of Daylight Savings Time [KT]

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    Well, it's been almost a week. Have you suffered any ill effects or mishaps due to the start of daylight savings time? Noticed any events that could be related?

    There are some statistical correlations between the start of daylight savings time and car crashes, heart attacks, length of legal sentences and a bunch of other things. The link is courtesy of Maggie's Farm, where this didn't get noted until Thursday after the time change. Maybe it DOES slow everybody down.

    When did you remember that today is St. Patrick's Day, for example?

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    EMT 03/17/18


    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Home-brined brisket starts baking in an hour.

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    Sessions Fires McCabe; McCabe Claims It's All a Conspiracy To Damage Him as a Witness



    "Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department's senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately," Sessions said in a statement.

    McCabe's crying conspiracy:

    I'm sure our cuck friends will be rallying to McCabe's defense soon enough.

    (Posted above the ONT for a while; I thought this was big enough for a late post. Once it's up for a while, I'll put it below the ONT.)

    Update: The Neo-Menschian cucks are swarming.

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    Friday Overnight Open Thread (3/16/ 18)

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    Porsche Sales Chief: Why Sure, We Might Create Flying Porches That Will Serve as Flying Robotic Taxis


    You had my attention, now you've got my interest.

    Volkswagen's sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine. ...

    Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.

    Volkswagen's auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year's Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.

    Is the future finally coming?

    Porsche's guy said that passengers would have "some" control over the vehicle, despite not having a pilot's licence, because most (that is, all) of the flying would be done by computers. I assume this just means paying extra to speed up or fly higher, or changing destination mid-route. Stuff you can just do with your phone through an Uber-type app.

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