October 26, 2016

Wednesday Night's ONT is Sick [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

Sick and tired, that is. I'm sick and tired of all this. Sick and tired of this election, sick and tired of the media, sick and tired of narcissistic assholes, sick and tired of control freaks and bastards justifying their racism and greed in the name of “justice”. I'm sick and tired of the giant dumpster fire of dog shit and clowns that America 2016 seems determined to be.

So there will be none of that on this ONT. Tonight's ONT is dedicated to fun, amusement and good news.

All that other crap will be back in the morning, same rat time, same rat channel.

Meet LynLee Hope


Cute baby, right? Well, she is all of that, but LynLee also happens to have been born twice.

"LynLee didn't have much of a chance," Boemer said. "At 23 weeks, the tumor was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the tumor to take over her body or giving her a chance at life. "It was an easy decision for us: We wanted to give her life."

Still, Cass said, the tumor in this case was so large a "huge" incision was needed to get to it, so it ended up that the baby was "hanging out in the air... Essentially, the fetus is outside, like completely out, all the amniotic fluid falls out, it's actually fairly dramatic," said Cass.
During the surgery, LynLee's heart slowed down to an incredibly low rate. "It basically stopped," said Cass. He credits the heart specialist, a key member of the team, for giving the right medication and transfusing the right amount of fluid, allowing the surgeons to continue their work.
The surgical team removed the bulk of the tumor. When they finished their operation, the surgeons placed LynLee back inside the womb and sewed her mother's uterus shut.
"It's kind of a miracle you're able to open the uterus like that and seal it all back and the whole thing works," said Cass.

They took the baby out of the womb, fixed her, and then put her back into the womb to fully gestate. We truly live in an age of miracles.

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Brownshirt Media: Esquire Tries To Shame Celebrities Into Making Political Declarations [Warden]

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So, I stumbled upon this tweet today.

The author of this slimy piece is the deputy editor at Esquire. It's an unbelievably lazy article, mostly full of pictures, so don't bother reading it. A 5th grader could do better.

But the aim of it is both chilling and enraging. Repulsive left-wing totalitarians like John Hendrickson want to insert their political agenda into literally every last corner of American life and punish not just those who disagree with them, but also those who wish to simply NOT engage in politics every single waking minute of their day.

As the saying goes, "You will be made to care."

The press, even in its current diminished capacity, has immense power to shape opinion and culture. It also has at its fingertips, the ability to ruin private citizens at a whim.

With such power should come the utmost prudence, but the American media behaves more like a bunch of sociopathic 4 year olds than responsible adults in the exercise of it.

Wannabe bullies like John Hendrickson should think very carefully about what they are doing. What skeletons in his closet does he have, I wonder? Because more than a few folks out there are entertaining funding private investigations of people like him after the election.

And, after all, how could one credibly complain about this after declaring that Taylor Swift is "not a private citizen"? If she isn't, then neither are you, pal.

World Series Thread Below! [ace]: Anyone interested in the game should probably post below, where like-minded people are talking about the Local Sports Team and its chances against the Other Sports Organization.

Honestly? I'm not showboating: I do not know who the hell is playing in the series. I didn't even realize the series was upon us until Misanthropic Humanoid mentioned that Brent wanted to do posts about it.

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World Series Game 2 [BCochran]

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Project Vertias: Let Us Show You How Easy It Is to Get Democrat Front Groups to Accept Tainted Foreign Donations


This also answers your question: How did they get their moles so deep into Democrat front groups?

Answer: Um, they bought their way in. Same as the Red Chinese governemtn bought their way into the White House in the 90s.

You younger folks might not know about that.

If present polling trends continue: You will know about that. You will know about that quite a bit.

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Is It True, As Newt Gingrich Charged, That MeAgain Kelly Doesn't Talk About Policy?


Why, as a matter of fact, it is true.

Note that Kelly does address scandals at the periphery of policy questions. When it was revealed (to those who hadn't been paying prior attention) that Obamacare would not, in fact, permit you to keep your plan, she did cover that.

But note that is a scandal -- a political lie -- about a policy issue, and not the policy issue itself.

MeAgain Kelly does talk about lies, hypocrisies, contradictions, etc.

But not actually about policy.

That doesn't make her much different from any other hack -- including myself -- minding the 24 hour news cycle and trying to keep up "churn" and post one post an hour (or thereabouts) while -- how do I put this softly? -- doing as little work as possible to accomplish this.

The news cycle, on both sides, through television to print to the internet to talk radio, fixates on scandal -- who lied, who contradicted himself, who said pussy -- as a substitute for talking about policy questions, because:

1. Policy stuff is harder to discuss. Even if you're an expert, it takes longer to write a post about policy than to dash off a hot, emotional piece about someone's misbehavior. And yes, for example, Obama's lie about Obamacare was misbehavior. We could have been talking about Obamacare's deception on this point for years; it was right there in the fine print. Instead we didn't talk about Obamacare until we had some identifiable personal sin -- the lie -- to talk about.

2. Policy stuff takes longer to put together. You can spit out ten scandal/sin posts in the time it takes you to just conceive or edit one policy post.

3. Policy pieces simply do not attract enough attention or interest. Policy reports aren't boring, necessarily, but they do not offer the promise of a scandal story: the possibility of bringing that son-of-a-bitch down, finally, with one more damaging personal story, and one that doesn't really take all that much effort to produce -- or to digest.

By the way, this is almost entirely Fools Gold. Scandals do not bring people down. Hillary supporters will support Hillary not because she's free of scandal, or that they believe her incessant self-serving lies, but because they draw a check from the government and they want to keep that check coming.

Likewise, surprised-to-find-ourselves Trump Supporters are not going to be dissuaded about supporting him over alleged sexual advances because of the Supreme Court, you idiots.

I'm not giving up the Supreme Court for a generation because Trump might have brushed up against a woman's ass or made a clumsy pass.

His sins should be paid for by having it taken out of his own hide -- not mine, nor the hide of my countymen.

Thus, everyone seems to think This next scandal will do the trick and then has paroxysms of surprise, astonishment, and outrage when it doesn't.

So really, while a scandal-centric view of things keeps people interested, it does not in fact tend to sway many votes.

I know the #NeverTrump claque likes to talk about "principle" and "policy" in the abstract -- they just like saying the words principle and policy.

They definitely don't like talking about these things in detail -- they don't explain, for example, how exactly conservative principles are advanced by leaving the DoJ's Office of Civil Rights in extremist leftist hands to continue imposing more and more onerous speech codes on colleges (essentially federalizing them as quasi-law enforcement officials to persecute students in kangaroo courts), nor how leaving the HUD in leftist hands to "federalize the suburbs" somehow advances devolving power to the states.

What they like talking about -- and what they do talk about, to the exclusion of all other things -- is Trump's latest stupid quote or the latest hot allegations about him.

I've attempted to get the NeverTrump wing to actually discuss these issues of policy they claim to be all about. All my efforts on this front have been ignored.

The best I get is some fat spastic on Twitter spitting curses on me. No one from National Review, for example, bothered to so much rouse himself to deny any of the points I made about the tangible, real policy (and principles) consequences of a Hillary presidency.

Instead they did what the leftwing media does-- which is to just ignore and embargo an opponent's points you don't have a glib answer for.

Instead, they worried themselves about the size of Alicia Machado's dumper.

"Intellectuals," it seems, like to talk about the same personal, groin-level shit everyone else does.

So yes, Newt Gingrich is completely right to say MeAgain Kelly isn't very interested in policy. She's interested in hot scandals in which policy is tangentially implicated. At just the right level of implication -- enough to name check the issue, not enough to bore viewers and get them to change the channel.

This kinda-sorta-related-to-policy aspect makes her reportage seem "substantive," as it concerns, indirectly and at some considerable attenuation, policy; but in fact it's the same sort of scandal-mongering crap that almost everyone is chasing.

She won't talk about Bill Clinton's sex scandals or Hillary's involvement with them -- that seems tawdry, cheap, and "Hannityesque" to her -- but she will sure the hell talk about Trump's.

Because the Media Class which fills her with her attitudes and biases tells her that's the right way to look at things.

So she's wrong to deny that she's primarily "fascinated by sex" (which I take more broadly to mean "interested only in political scandal").

She wants to think of herself as a Policy Expert and Wonk (most faux intellectuals do), but doesn't have the chops for it, or the time for it, or the trust in her audience that they'd tune in for it.

Has MeAgain Kelly ever had a white-paper type report on an issue, apart from the scandal-fodder indirectly related to issues? That is, apart from breathlessly reporting on the new revelations (usually kind of old by 9pm) churned out during the day about Gruber's videotaped confessions or Obama's revealed disingenuousness on keeping your doctor (which was always obvious from a policy point of view, and could have been reported years before it actually came to pass)?


Not that I remember.

I'll give John Oliver this one begrudging compliment: He covers stories people aren't covering, and he covers them when they're merely lukewarm, not when they're "Hot" due to fresh revelations of a personal scandal making them seem sexy.

I don't see Kelly doing that. Or many people in the business of politics or political reporting, to be honest.

It should be noted that she's not particularly different from any 24-hour-news-cycle scandal slave at MSNBC or Fox or the blogosphere on that count, however. She's no worse.

But she's also no better, and her breathless How Dare You Sir is revealing about her ego and conception of herself.

She's chases the Donald Trump Ass Stories for the same reason Egg McMuffin's sugardaddy Rick Wilson peddled the Ted Cruz Affairs stories -- because people with political axes to grind traffic in scandals.

As she herself might say: Your defensiveness on this point speaks volumes, Sir.

Now having said all that, I notice this Glenn Reynolds piece: How talking about Donald Trump's crudeness permits us to ignore questions about the debt, government corruption, and war.

He had previously noted the US is currently fighting five wars -- mostly unsuccessfully and halfheartedly, but instead of talking about silly things like that, we're talking about great big important things like whether Trump called Alicia Machado a Big Fat Fattie.

This makes our jobs easier. This makes MeAgain Kelly's job easier.

It probably also helps her ratings, because viewers are, per the ratings, just as lazy as newsreaders.

But it doesn't make her a wonk, nor an intellectual, or even One Fascinated by the Protection of Women, or however she styles herself these days.

I'm sure MeAgain Kelly fancies herself as a very, very different sort of operator than Sean Hannity.

But what is the difference, really? Hannity talks about Hillary's personal (and therefore interesting) scandals. Kelly talks about Hillary's scandals -- and even more about Trump's.

Neither is talking about policy or principle.

And frankly -- neither are 90% of the Anti-Trump Republicans, who likewise style themselves as intellectuals and Thinkers of Deep and Ponderous Things, and yet whose daily offerings are... nothing but one Trump scandal after another Trump scandal.

I could do a lot better myself. I know that. I include myself in this criticism.

But I don't have any illusions about my own let's-make-this-easy-for-yourself-Ace laziness.

I don't feel like allowing my other scandal-obsessed, policy-ignorant "intellectual" brethren retain their illusions on this point, either.

And yes, my next post will be a Scandal post, about Project Veritas' investigation into Democratic corruption.

I've tried to get a dialogue started with the NeverTrumpers about the consequences of a Hillary presidency -- and they outright refused to answer, choosing instead to focus exclusively on Trump's scandals, and implicitly argue (by their silence) that there are no bad consequences of a Hillary's presidency.

So I've learned my lesson: The intellectuals of the right like to pretend they're about policy choices, but when you present them the opportunity to debate such things, they talk instead about Trump saying pussy.

I suppose that makes a kind of sense.

There are certainly downsides to a Trump victory -- and NeverTrump is happy to talk about them (and overjoyed to the point of sexual pleasure to talk about Trump scandals).

But there are also significant and real downsides to a Hillary victory -- including major setbacks in the areas NeverTrump claim are of paramount concern to them, policy and principle.

Trump will taint the GOP for a generation, NeverTrump says.

But they never want to talk about losing the court for a generation -- or longer. Or what substantive policy setbacks that will in turn cause.

So I guess I'd just like to know from the people who claim to care only want to talk about policy and principle:

What is stopping you from doing so, exactly? What is stopping you from answering people who ask you for answers on the policy and principle front, apart from your own cowardice and laziness about addressing questions you don't have glib, scandal-heavy answers to?

You intellectuals seem to like talking about being intellectuals. But you don't seem much to like actually doing the actual work associated with true intellectual status.

Don't worry -- I'm sure they'll be another Trump scandal coming soon that will permit you to avoid such work for another couple of news cycles.

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Derek Hunter: Why I, A Long-Time NeverTrumper, Now Feel Compelled to Vote For The Guy I Don't Like In the Least


Great piece.

I say it's great not because it's a (grudging) endorsement of Trump (and is there any other kind?)

I say it's great because it contains something alien to most NeverTrumpers -- honesty and a sort of taking-the-piss-out-of-myself reflectiveness.

I don't know about you, but I'm sick of reading convicted assholes' strident manifestos about their purported personal virtue and putative high principle.

Last time a Clinton was on the ballot, I voted for Ross Perot. My vote didn't deny Bob Dole the White House, but I confess I felt a smug sense of satisfaction in "refusing to settle." I sure showed them, didn't I?

I haven’t been as vocal as other "Never Trump" writers...

PS, a weary nation thanks you for that.

...but neither have I hidden my dislike or tempered my criticism. In a field of 17 Republican candidates, Donald Trump wouldn’t have been my 18th choice. I’m still not a fan. But they didn’t just ask me; they asked everyone. And more of everyone chose Donald Trump.

I couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t. For countless reasons I’ve covered over the last year, I dug in my heels and proudly basked in my self-satisfaction. I still defended Trump in this column and on social media when he was wrongly attacked by the left and the media, but I was steadfast in my opposition to the man.

So what changed?

Not Trump...

[Me.' Not through introspection and reflection, but through watching the sickening display of activism perpetrated by a covert army with press credentials....

The media needs to be destroyed. And although voting for Trump won’t do it, it's something. Essentially, I am voting for Trump because of the people who don't want me to, and I believe I must register my disgust with Hillary Clinton.

I've long said that politics isn't about who you like; it's about who you hate.

I've remained consistent in who I hate -- the media, as Derek Hunter does. The smug cabal of those who have not won power nor earned it, but have simply grown up around it, or whose daddy got them jobs in the Political-Media complex.

A lot of "consistent conservatives" have changed dramatically on that point: Who they hate, who they long to defeat, isn't the Political-Media Complex.

It's these deplorable, trashy "populist" Republican voters! They must be taught a lesson -- that they have no voice nor place in the GOP, and they will not be permitted to hijack a pristine party that only executed a Southern Strategy here or there as a youthful indiscretion and turn the keys of power over to the "alt-right," which apparently is such a large force in GOP politics (not a fringe element, as these "consistent conservatives" used ot maintain) that no less dramatic action can save us from these racist, Nazi hordes than NeverTrump Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton with all the breath in their sunken chests.

Meanwhile, they don't seem to realize that defeating one hated Foreign Tribe (GOP voters) winds up rewarding another Foreign Tribe (Democrats and the Media).

But I suppose those tribes aren't as hated as they once were by these "consistent conservatives."

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Awesome: Spike In Immigrants Illegally Crossing Border Into US, to Take Advantage of the Coming Hillary Amnesty


But Trump said p***y.

Jazz Shaw writes of the coming Democrat-GOPe Amnesty, the last and final betrayal the GOPe will deliver to a base that will never trust them or vote for them again.

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Megyn Kelly to Newt Gingrich: I'm Not Fascinated by Sex Scandals, I'm Fascinated by the "Protection of Women"


Fox's Fabulous Feminist got into a dust-up with a Non-Deferential Male last night -- Newt Gingrich criticized her for calling Trump a "sexual predator" -- so I imagine she'll Summon the Male Defenders tonight.

Last time I predicted that, I think maybe she heard the prediction, because she changed it up and Summoned the Male and Female Defender. Dana Perino was the latter; Chris Stirewalt, I think, was the former.

I have a feeling though that last night's confrontation was too much for this self-declared Protector of Women to bear without getting some reassurance and validation from older white men, so I re-predict she'll have on Howard Kurtz and father figure/mentor Brit Hume to tell her everything she's doing is perfect and she's still the Apple of Daddy's Eye.

You can either start watching from the most heated part of the exchange -- which Larry O'Connor has been kind enough to cue up for you -- or go back to the beginning to see the Protector of All Women interview Gingrich about her bête orange.

If the time cue doesn't work, jump ahead to 4:40.

Larry also has a transcript, if you don't want to watch it. But you gotta watch it, honestly. I think we spend too much time in the conservative movement fascinating ourselves over Battles of Conservative (or "Conservative") Media Personalities, but personal clashes can be dramatic and revealing, and this one is.

I've obviously had it up to my back teeth with Defender of All Girlz MeAgain Kelly, and I'm glad someone else has had it, too.

Closing quote: "It's not about me," MeAgain Kelly claims, ludicrously.

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Wikileaked Email: Hillary's Going to Have to Stick Closely to Her Prepared Notes Because She's "Still Not Perfect in the Head"


Quick, let's elect her before we lose this one shot.

(Actually we'll get two shots. And I trust the Quisling Wing of the GOP will succeed both times. Won't that be nice.)

Top aide Huma Abedin warned the Clinton campaign team in a 2015 e-mail that Hillary was "still not perfect in her head" and would have to "stick to notes" during an event.


The exchange came at the end of a discussion among staffers about how Clinton would address then-GOP candidate Jeb Bush’s use of Super PAC money to fund his campaign.

"Yes. If she feels need to address Jeb directly -- would suggest the pivot," Clinton's director of communications, Jennifer Palmieri, wrote, referring to the remarks the team was preparing.

Abedin responded, "She's going to stick to notes a little closer this am, still not perfect in her head"

It was unclear whether Abedin was referring to a serious ailment.

Unclear, because there are other things they could be referring to.

Hillary Clinton campaign aides had a frantic email exchange in August 2015 over who should call the candidate to "sober her up some" at around 4:30 in the afternoon.

According to documents published by WikiLeaks, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta emailed communications aide Jennifer Palmieri with a question at around 2:00 p.m. "Should I call her and talk this through or better to leave with you?" Podesta wrote. "I'm worried she’ll get on with Cheryl [Mills] and we'll end up in a bad place."

Palmieri wrote back more than two hours later with a response: "I think you should call her and sober her up some."

Some might say that "sober her up some" isn't meant literally, but means, rather, "talk sense to this lunatic (who turns to her svengali Cheryl Mills, her distaff Sydney Blumenthal, to yes-man every bad, criminal idea she has).

Well, that's not really much better than sobering her up from being drunk.

But given the Concerns Noted by Huma Abedin about Hillary Clinton not being quite "perfect" in the head in the morning, and unable to think on her feet, I would not be quick to rule out the literal, "she's a stinking drunk who's soused herself again" interpretation.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

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Penitent Magdalene
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

And below the fold another version from Donatello, completed about 150 years earlier, but, at least to me, eerily reminiscent of modern sculpture.

The contrast is amazing....

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The Morning Report 10/26/16 [J.J. Sefton]

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Good morning, kids. As always, Pat Condell tells it like it is. This is a MUST view, and I suggest making it go viral before YouTube censors it. Along with the usual election stuff (as if blatant media cover-ups/shilling, voter fraud and persecution are "usual"), the story about the Muzzy terrorists is just sickening and enraging, as if they couldn't get any worse. Interesting how the Left always screams and shouts about Darfur and Rwanda, but are strangely silent in this case. Meh, their solutions always involve Bob Geldof and Quincy Jones. Excuse me, when they're really concerned, James Taylor. Rant over. Anyway, ignore the polls, have a better one, and remain blessed.

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Tuesday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/25/16)[Mis. Hum.]

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Taco Tuesday Edition

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Thirsty? Need something to wash that taco down with?


Almost everything you wanted to know about tequila and margaritas. Tequila Tuesday anyone?


Taco cleanse diet. If I wanted to eat Vegan stuff I would. Don't these look better?


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War on Women? The Real War is on our Boys [Warden]

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It may not be a surprise to many of you that after decades of a leftist controlled public education system that regularly denigrates and shames boys for their masculinity, that boys are now lagging behind girls in school.

Women now comprise 60% of college graduates and are trouncing boys across all measures of academic performance, save one--SAT scores where the boys beat the girls by a significant margin in math and slightly in reading.

The response to this disparity, of course, is to label boy's superior SAT scores to, you guessed it, gender biased testing that favors boys.

It cannot be the case that boys are better at something. Boys are never better at anything.

Our schools are stuffed full of left-wing, female educators who largely despise boys and see their very nature as a problem to be corrected. They've beaten them down, broken their spirits and stuffed them full of Ritalin to shut them up. Is it news to you that 20% of 14 year old boys have been diagnosed with ADHD? It shouldn't be because it's a goddamned outrage. They've literally pathologized masculinity.

I have two boys, aged 5 and 10 and I'm mad as hell about how this garbage culture treats them. But here's the thing--I can't change how others act toward me and my family. I can only control what we do.

We need solutions--all of us who wish to raise our boys into strong, confident, masculine men rather than the limp and effete pajama-boys we're beginning to see dominate our culture.

So what do we do? I have a few recommendations below the fold. Please add yours to the comments.

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She's #1! Hillary Clinton Tops List of Islamist Money Recipients [CBD]

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Hillary Clinton Tops 2015-16 Islamist Money List

Accepting money from Islamists should be high on the list of things that American presidential candidates shouldn't do, but as we have learned over many, many years, Hillary Clinton thinks that rules are for the little people. This is a fine example of her public/private dichotomy.

The Middle East Forum’s "Islamist Money in Politics" (IMIP) project is releasing the top-ten recipients of 2015-16 campaign contributions from individuals who subscribe to the same Islamic supremacism as Khomeini, Bin Laden, and ISIS.

And America's favorite drunken, neurological-disease-ridden harridan is at the top. The Democrat Party must be so proud! But....they probably don't care. Money is money, and if it comes from people who actively politic for the destruction of Western society, well then, they are birds of a feather and have lots to talk about at cocktail parties.

And guess who is in the top five? Hillary Clinton, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MA), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

And where is Donald Trump on this list? Nowhere, because he hasn't received any money from these people.

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World Series Game 1 [BCochran]

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So. This happened......


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More Emails: Hillary's Team Answers Why Hillary Tried to Hide Her Secret Server Instead of Revealing it Long Before the Election: "Because They Wanted to Get Away With It"


Wow, you'd almost think they were discussing a federal crime here.

"Speaking of transparency, our friends Kendall, Cheryl and Phillipe sure weren’t forthcoming on the facts here," Podesta says in another email to Tanden. He is referring to Hillary’s attorneys David Kendall and Cheryl Mills and also to Philipe Reines but it's not clear if he is talking about them not giving much information to the NY Times or about some private exchange. Perhaps expecting how Tanden might respond Podesta adds, "Don’t be mean."

A few minutes later, Tanden replies, "This is a cheryl special. Know you love her, but this stuff is like her Achilles heal. Or kryptonite. she just can’t say no to this s**t." She continues, "Why didn’t they get this stuff out like 18 months ago? So crazy."

Podesta replies, "Unbelievable."

And then Tanden sends a response answering her own question. "I guess I know the answer," she writes, "they wanted to get away with it."

As Sexton notes, the "they wanted to get away with it" refers to Hillary's Star Chamber of very close fixers and enablers. But of course the statement that Cheryl Mills "can't say no to this s**t" can only mean she can't refuse Hillary's requests to help her break the law -- who else could give Mills orders to break the law except for her alleged law client?

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Amy Schumer, Serial Plagiarist, Accused of Cultural Apporpriation


This story is so stupid I would not bother you with it except that it involves Amy Schumer, who Hector thinks is totally smoking hot.

Amy Schumer made a really low-budget and lame "parody video" of a Beyonce song. A song I only heard of once, but forgot where I'd heard of. Apparently it was that anti-police/Black Panther tribute she did in the Superbowl that people complained about. It's called "Formation," and it's about stupid shit, like Black Lives Matter and female empowerment or whatever.

She totally takes back the word "bitch" and stuff. And from what I hear, she's earned that right.

Anyway, spherical sketch-burglar Amy Schumer called up her Three Friends and they did the sort of aren't-we-cute lipsyncing crap that you used to see all over the place on YouTube before people grew up and realized straight-up copyright infringement was where the real money was at.

Remember those days? When you'd go "Hey I want to hear Billy Squier's 'Lonely is the Night'" and so you click on a video and it turns out it's three Bieberesque teens pretending to play wicked air guitar and mussing each other's hair and doing all sorts of coyly homoerotic shenanigans?

God, I miss those days. Those hot, hot days when men where men and boys were adorable and no one questioned it at all when you casually said, "You know, no homo and all, but I look at this sexy kid from 'Hanson' and your mind can't help but go there, and by 'there' I mean his hot mouth."

Anyway, people only slightly less atrocious than Schumer herself are accusing her of "racism" for daring to feature white women lip-syncing to a black woman's song they obviously like a lot.

White people, even white trolls like Schumer, simply aren't allowed to "take" from Queen Bey or whatever.

Below, Beyonce's "Formation" and Amy Schumer's tedious, stupid cheap "parody."

I strongly recommend you ignore everything about this post, including the link above, and just talk about whatever you like.

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RIP Steven Den Beste of the USS Clueless, One of the Most Insightful of the First Wave of Bloggers


He had a mossy mind, vibrant and always looking for new cracks to dig into.

He was also, at least for a short time, a guest blogger here.

I had always thought Den Beste was an exciting writer, in the sense that you never really knew what kind of Learning Adventure you'd be going on when you clicked on his blog. He had a Renaissance Man's mind; he seemed to know a great many things, and fairly esoteric ones besides, and could explain them with clarity and a great deal of speed -- zippiness.

He'd just introduce new terms to some discussion you'd never heard from anyone else -- you know, how most people are content to regurgitate the same tribal received wisdom they heard from a blogger, some talking head on tv, or a comedian. (!)

Den Beste eschewed that and instead only contributed to a conversation when he actually had something to contribute. (What an idea -- to only speak when you have something interesting or novel to say! How "Web 1.0"!)

I remember thinking "No one has ever said this before" when he discussed the "scaling problems" inherent in alternative energy. (I can't find the old USS Clueless post on this, but in 2008 he responded to a reader who had stumbled across that old post.)

Another huge a-ha moment came for me when I read his post on Tit-For-Tat in game theory, and its applications to real world competitions (primarily, in war and in politics.)

That's another column I can't seem to reach via the Internet, but at the end of this post I quote extensively from it.

Update: Thanks to Mama AJ, here's an archived copy of the Prisoner's Dilemma/Tit for Tat post.

I should say that Den Beste belonged to a pre-professional blogging age (such as it may well be), a novice/hobbyist phase, when writers would just write about whatever interested them at that moment, whether it "fit the format" or whatever. Rather like I've heard FM radio was when it first came out, as opposed to heavily-programmed/demographically-targeted AM.)

Instapundit did that and still does. Personally, though I've always preferred that kind of blogging, I've largely abandoned it, mostly to focus on politics, which I find increasingly hateful.

Eh, given that I'm going to be seguing more and more out of "conservative" politics, maybe I'll try to get back to more Den Beste style blogging.

I really can't tell you how much respect I had for him. He really was just a tremendously curious person -- he liked learning things, and he liked sharing what he'd learned. As I get older myself, it occurs to me that that sort of perpetual delight in learning is really the only way to keep one's brain in a youngish state.

A true gem of a mind. I wish I'd met him, and I surely wish his body had some of the youth and vitality of his brain.

All the good ones are dying, and the young ones coming up are vile.

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Wikileaks: Hillary's Aides Privately Scoffed at Obama's Claims to Not Know About Hillary's Secret, Illegal Email System


Do tell.

The only person in America stupid enough to believe these lies is apparently James Comey.

Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff privately told colleagues that President Barack Obama had falsely claimed he was unaware of Clinton’s use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, hacked emails reveal.

"We need to clean this up," top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills told campaign chairman John Podesta in an email a month before Clinton’s campaign officially launched. She was responding to Obama’s claim that he found out about Clinton’s personal email address at "the same time everybody else learned it through news reports."

"He has emails from her -- they do not say state.gov," Mills told Podesta.

The email came less than a week after the New York Times broke the story on Clinton’s use of a private email address to conduct official State Department business.

Read the piece -- the White House now has their mob lawyer Josh Earnest claiming that Obama was only saying he didn't know the details of the system, not that he didn't know her email address, but in fact the question that prompted this lie was about his knowledge of any email system used by Hillary outside official government channels.

They both straight-up lied. Let's give Hillary the White House to teach these deplorables to question our stewardship and Right to Rule.

You can see the emails in this Instapundit link.

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Obamacare Premiums Surging By Double Digits... Again


Surprise surprise.

They'll be going up an average of 25%. Some will see hikes lower than that, but many will see hikes higher.

Last week, President Shits and Giggles said that Obamacare was like a cellphone -- if there are problems, you fix them. You just don't pull it off the market.

Unless, he said, realizing the latest news, your phone is on fire. Then you do pull it off the market.

Hey asshole:

Your phone is on fire.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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The Dangerous Logic Of Wooing
Ernesto Neto

From our very own Bluebell!

Last year, my son and I visited the Hirshhorn Museum because my son had a paper to write and I'm always up for a visit to a museum. In our wanderings we came upon this.

It took up an entire very large room, and it's every bit as crazy as you would think. We had a grand time walking around it, taking pictures and sending them out to my husband and the other kids.

One of the other exhibits was a Yoko Ono one -- oh yes -- which consisted of a monitor streaming a feed from a video camera mounted on the roof of the museum, pointing upwards at the sky. Which means, of course, you just see clouds, or whatever. It was ridiculous. As are all the other works of Yoko.

One last thing about this art piece: as my son and I were walking into the room where it was, having already glimpsed the gist of it, we passed a middle-aged, well-dressed woman walking out. Oh great, I thought, some snooty lobbyist or something taking in a little culture on her early lunch hour. She probably sees all kinds of wonderful meanings in this. She caught our eyes, smiled broadly and said, "It's udderly ridiculous."

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Monday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/24/16) [Mis. Hum.]

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You thought Monday October 24, 2016 was tough. You should have been around on Thursday October 24, 1929. The Great Depression kicked off on this day 87 years ago.

Those Morons who had parents who lived during this time were taught some serious financial lessons. One of those lessons could have been what they ate for sammiches. To this day your humble OB enjoys a good Bologna sandwich.

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It's National Bologna Day!!!It still isn't too late to go and have your better half make you a Bologna sammich.

So Bologna isn't for you. Patience Morons. Tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th, will be National Greasy Foods Day. Enjoy!

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If the arteries can handle it, drop below the fold.

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National Enquirer's Informant -- Who Has Been Anonymous Thusfar -- Will Reveal His Identity on Hannity Tonight


If this guy was provably part of Clinton's circle, it will do a lot to validate his claims.

On in 15 minutes.

Though I imagine the Mr. Fix-It part will be near the end.

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Media Headlines If Jesus Ran As The GOP Nominee [Warden]

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Earlier today Twitter user, William Strunk Jr, observed that today's media would trash any GOP candidate, including Jesus Christ.

I thought this was a fun idea to riff on, so I threw a few of my own out. You can do this with literally any good person doing any good deed. Below is my first attempt. I tossed a few more below the fold. Give me your best Vox type headline in the comments.

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Kurt Schlichter: Can Someone Tell Me Why People Belonging to a Party Which Purports to Stand for Individualism and Skepticism of Government Are Now Reflexively Preaching Faith in Government as the Default Mode of Any Good Citizen?


This election has been brutal, but it has torn a lot of masks off a lot of smug, well-fed faces.

Apparently the Republican Party is now supposed to be the Party of Trusting in Government and Alleged "Experts."

No pearl went unclutched when Trump refused to agree in advance to validate the giant scam that is this election. Yeah, scam. In light of all we've seen during this stupidest of years, a year where I had to move my book about this country tearing itself apart from the fiction section to nonfiction, how the hell can anyone keep a straight face as he, she, or xe demands that we default to trust the system?

Okay, this is where Team Fake Pearl Clutch jumps in and whines about my "dangerous talk" and about how I have no "honor" because I won’t submit in advance to another establishment okie-doke. Yeah, sure, whatever – and the emperor caught pneumonia because the little kid pointed out that he wasn’t wearing any clothes, not because he was walking around with his junk in the wind.

The system is manifestly rigged – even Heap Big Chief Warren used to say so until a memo informed her that this meme is now inconvenient – so spare me your sanctimonious crap about our sacred system. Our loyalty is properly only to the Constitution, not a perversion of it. Just because you hold office under Article I, II, or III doesn’t mean we still owe you respect or deference when you treat your obligations to the People like a teenage Thai boy at one of Raymond Burr's Halloween parties.

We owe the system nothing. Nada. Zip. Instead, the system owes us fairness and honesty, and without them it has no right to our default acceptance of its results. That acceptance must be earned. This means that the system must aggressively police its own integrity, and this year it has utterly failed to do so.

And he's just getting started.

The GOP has always had two conflicting impulses in it, which tend to manifest itself as two different factions.

One impulse is for orderliness, domestic tranquility, and rule-and-law-following which beget what is called "ordered liberty."

This impulse is made manifest in the Establishment types who pee themselves when they think about defiance and things like government shutdowns.

The other impulse is dated to the start of the Republic itself: That citizens are entitled to a responsive and representative government, and that a government's failure to be responsive to the citizenry and represent its interests may justify actual armed insurrection against it.

For more on this, see the Declaration of Independence. A lot of Trumpkin crazies signed it.

This impulse is manifested in the rowdies, the malcontented, the "anti-government agitators," etc.

Now, I think most people have bit of both impulses in them, but obviously, as with any binary impulse, most people lean more towards one side than the other.

The GOP used to attempt to have a balance between these two impulses.

Not any longer. The "official" GOP -- the power centers in office, the power centers not in office (corporations, corporate-funded think tanks and magazines, etc.) -- is now revealed to be almost wholly devoted to the first impulse -- trust and obey the government -- and now derides those more inclined to the second impulse as dangerous "populists" and possible terrorists.

Exactly like the liberals brand them.

It boils down, like many questions, to who serves whom. Is it, as Schlicter says, the government's responsibility to make itself credible, or is it the citizen's duty to pretend the government is credible, even if it's not?

Does the government work for us, or do we work for it?

The same question can be applied to many institutions. The media, for example -- its credibility has cratered.

Now, just because the media is an important institution, are we required to prop it up by yielding to it a reservoir of trust and goodwill it has manifestly not deserved?

I'm glad the Establishment, NeverTrump, Trust-the-"Experts" wing of the party isn't attempting to rehabilitate the media's credibility, at least, and blame its shortcomings on citizens too ill-educated to appreciate what a great job it's doing.

Whoops. Spoke too soon.

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It's Not Monday Anymore. Now It Shall Only Be Called GAINZday.


I'm still out of my stall, and making GAINZ, though at a rate slower than I'd hope for. Apparently I lost six pounds of pure fat since late August, and I imagine most of that was lost since late September (when I broke my long, long depressing, dispirting stall).

I guess: Just stick with it? That's what I kept telling myself as I made ZERO GAINZZZ and even some LOZZEZZ. I kept telling myself: Stick with it. It has to work. It's basic math. Well, not math, but like math: It's biochemistry that certainly seems to have to work. It worked before. You're in a stall now, but it worked before: the principle is sound, then, it seems. But your body is in revolt: It has a set weight the hypothalamus wants it to be at, and it is fighting tooth and nail to go no lower than this resistance point. (And this has always been my resistance point, through several rounds of weight loss.)

You just have to ride this disheartening period of NO GAINZZ out, I kept telling myself.

I think it worked. I think I broke the resistance point, and maybe set a new one five pounds lower.*

We'll see whether this mantra can get me through my next scheduled stall.

When you're not seeing any GAINZZ, it really does kill your resolve. Why bother trying if you're continuing to fail?

Of course, even when I was stalled as far as pure weight loss, I had other GAINZZ I was sort of ignoring. I was dropping clothing sizes. Old pants look increasingly silly on me, with the belt all cinched in tight. I could physically see that I was leaner.

Anyway, when I began this thread months ago, I mentioned to not just get your validation from one or two sources; look for multiple indicators of success. The scale can swing one or two pounds in either direction based on how well hydrated you are, for example. If you just look at the one marker, that one marker can show no GAINZZ, and thus break your spirit.

But when you're on the lookout for five or six markers -- not just weight, but caliper-measured bodyfat percentage, waist, hip, and chest circumference (yeah I know both men and women want bigger chests, but anyone with weight troubles know that there's often undesirable padding in the measurement), and, importantly, how you look by the simple eye test and how you feel -- you're much more likely to see a GAIN somewhere in that stack, and therefore get the validation and positive feedback which, let's face it, unless you have an iron willpower and Tom Cruise-level of self-mastery, you're going to need if you're going to keep this up for more than a couple of months.

Two months is easy. Then it gets hard. Just like marriage, just like keeping a kidnap victim in your basement.

So: 1, I need to know your GAINZZ, and 2, I'd especially like to hear if anyone's in a stall, and even more especially, if anyone's gotten through a stall, and what you did to get those GAINZZ back again.

* I gotta tell you I was also feeling like a total asshole running this thread while also being in a five or six week stall. It was getting so bad I really did consider if the Greater Good would be served if I straight-up lied to everyone and said I made GAINZZ I hadn't actually made -- like, not to make myself look good (who cares, honestly) but just so as not to sabotage anyone else's resolve by telling them "Stick with your dreams if you like, but in the end, it shall all come to naught, as it has for me. You're better off not even trying. You'll lose the first twenty easy pounds -- gimmes, really -- and then guess what? Then you start going after the hard weight, and the GAINZZ store shuts down and closes forever."

You know, "Ozymandias" is just ancient Greek for "Fleeting GAINZZ."

(By the way -- 20 pounds is my level of easy weight loss. Depending on how overweight you are, you'll have higher or lower easy-to-lose weight. The closer you get to a normal weight, the harder each additional pound of fat is to lose. When you get down to sub-normal-levels of fat -- like going for a really athletic 8% bodyfat build -- each ounce of fat becomes harder and harder to shred off. If you're very heavy, you might have 35-40 of easily-shed weight. If you're already closer to being at normal weight, you might lose five of the easy pounds and then have nothing but hard pounds left.)

Posted by Ace at 05:24 PM Comments

Democrat Kathleen Kane Sentenced to 10 to 23 Months In Jail for Perjury and Conspiracy and Seven Other Charges


As Ashe Schow points out, The Daily Beast "forgets" to note her political party in this brief.

Given how short it is, you'd think they'd want to at least add one additional word.

But nope!

Instead of jail time, the former top attorney sought either probation or house arrest instead of jail time. During her sentencing hearing, Kane reportedly said, "I don't care what happens to me," but pleaded with the judge to have "mercy" on her two sons, whom she said a jail sentence would affect the hardest.

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No Biggie, But Terry MacAuliffe's PAC and Some Other Friends of Hillary Donated $625,000 to the Election Efforts of the Wife of One the Key FBI Officials Overseeing the Hillary Email Investigation


Old and Busted: Not a smidgen of corruption

New Hotness: Well maybe just a smidge

he political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and longtime ally of the Clinton family, donated nearly $500,000 to the state Senate campaign of the wife of an FBI official who helped oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

McAuliffe's political organization gave $467,500 to Dr. Jill McCabe's 2015 state Senate campaign in Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported. McCabe’s husband, Andrew McCabe, works for the FBI and was one of the top figures responsible for overseeing the probe into Clinton’s email practices while she served as secretary of state.

McAuliffe, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons, encouraged McCabe to run for the state Senate seat and helped direct funds to her campaign totaling $675,000, according to the Journal.

Andrew McCabe was promoted in 2016 to be Comey's number two.

Maybe a little more than just a smidge, too.

A former State Department IT aide invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer more than 90 questions Monday during the final deposition in a lawsuit over Hillary Clinton's private emails.

John Bentel, former Director of Information Resource Management of the executive secretariat, would not answer questions about whether the Clintons had paid his legal fees or offered him financial incentives, according to Judicial Watch, the conservative-leaning group that brought the suit.

A federal judge in August ordered Bentel to testify under oath because "the record in this case appears to contradict his sworn testimony before the Benghazi Committee."

He had told the Benghazi committee in 2015 that he had "no knowledge" of Clinton's server.

You'll have to click on the link to find out if that's true or not.

Spoiler alert: Not.

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Community Organizer Bob Creamer Caught on Video Admitting He Illegally Coordinates With Hillary Clinton Campaign and DNC


Campaign finance groups say that people can donate unlimited amounts to outside groups not affiliated with a campaign, but only restricted amounts to a campaign.

Now, this obviously sets up the possibility of easy evasion: You set up an "outside," "independent" group, which can scoop up unlimited amounts of money, but it's really an adjunct to your campaign, thus evading the law's demand that only limited, capped amounts can be donated to a campaign.

The law has a provision to stop this: "Independent" groups are not permitted to co-ordinate their messaging with candidates and candidate organizations.

On video, members of Americans United for Change reveal that they are in fact co-ordinating with the Hillary Clinton campaign. They were trying to think of silly stunts to draw attention to Trump not releasing his tax returns; Hillary Clinton put out the word she wanted people dressed as Donald Duck (as in, Donald Ducks honoring his promise) dogging his rallies.

Hillary Clinton basically ordered an organization she's not even supposed to be talking to to get Donald Duck agitators at Trump and Pence rallies.

"Don't repeat that to anyone," Bob Creamer tells Project Veritas' undercover infiltrator after he confesses this.

Later, Scott Foval admits that he co-ordinates with the DNC and Donna Brazille as to which particular message they'll be pushing at each Trump rally.

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Solid Piece at Cracked About the Rise of Trump


Cracked is a Social Justice Warrior dumpster fire, but this piece from one of its only actual talents (David Wong) is pretty good.

Apparently he grew up in a red county, and he sees the Trump phenomenon as largely about the haves -- largely centered in the cities - and have-nots in rural areas, which, he says, have "had the shit kicked out of them."

I'm telling you, the hopelessness eats you alive.

And if you dare complain, some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, "You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!" Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help. Meanwhile, the rate of rural white suicides and overdoses skyrockets. Shit, at least politicians act like they care about the inner cities.

It really does feel like the worst of both worlds: all the ravages of poverty, but none of the sympathy. "Blacks burn police cars, and those liberal elites say it's not their fault because they're poor. My son gets jailed and fired over a baggie of meth, and those same elites make jokes about his missing teeth!" You're everyone's punching bag, one of society's last remaining safe comedy targets.

Although he was born in a red county, he says (with a bit of irony) that he now "knows" everything he used to think is wrong because he know lives in a blue city and in a blue industry. I think he's kinda-sorta half-serious about believing all the stuff he used to believe is wrong -- while making the point that he probably only believes that because he's now been socialized by his dogmatic liberal coworkers to "know" the new received wisdom.

Good piece, I think. It might be useful for the GOP's own urban elite, who like to think of themselves as knowing cosmopolitans but who are really blinkered provincials, to read it.

Thanks to "Tusk."

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


The Song
William Merritt Chase

In addition to being an accomplished artist, Chase was also an influential teacher with an impressive list of students. His art school became the Parsons School of Design.

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The Morning Report 10/24/16 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger


"Remember, It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses a Nation"

Good morning, kids. Regarding the death of Tom Hayden, he and Hanoi Jane could have and should have been hanged for treason. As he makes his way to the Infernal Reaches, you should read his real story in the second link, before the MFM floods the zone with lying hagiographies. Anyway, have a better one.

Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/23/16)[Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

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These 2 men were center stage 54 years ago.


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GunThread: Cleaning Tips And Other Assorted Drudgery [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Someone recommended this web site, and while I bookmarked it, I failed to note who pointed me in this direction, so my apologies to the unknown Moronette (I assume).

The Cornered Cat

This site is about women and guns, not about cats. But in a way, it's about the cornered cat in all of us. It's about the determination to get away from an attacker if you need to. It's about making the decision to say, "Not me. Not mine. Not today." And it's about the tools to make that decision stick.


Now that everyone has fired their postal match and submitted it, what brilliant tips do you have for The Horde for cleaning your pistol? I am a firm believer that more weapons have been ruined by cleaning than by firing. I do a quick wipedown to remove salt from my sweat, and powder residue, then scrub a bit with Hoppes #9 just because that's what my dad taught me. I try to fire a few FMJs at the end of the session to clean the barrel of some leading, and then a few strokes with a brush as I can get away with, a few swabs, and I am done with cleaning. A light coating of oil, and that is it.

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MLB Playoffs [BCochran]

—Open Blogger

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Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?!?

Alright, fine!

Let's talk some baseball.

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Food Thread: Is It Too Early To Think Of Thanksgiving? [CBD]

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Eh....why not. It's 33 days away, and if you aren't on the ball, you will miss out on ordering your free-range, organically grown, responsibly raised, heritage breed, humanely "processed" turkey.

Or you could do what I do, and that is let my SIL worry about all of that shit. I'll cook it, but I will be damned if I am going to wait on line to pick up a turkey. On the other hand, the bone-in pork roast is serious food, and I will be chatting up the butcher (the front end of the loin is the best part) and poring over ancient texts for just the right brine recipe. And the best part of cooking the pork roasts is that they will be on the rotisserie...on the patio, away from, uh....everybody.

Those chops in the photo are cut from the front end of the loin, near the shoulder, where there are wonderful, flavorful muscles and copious quantities of that most marvelous of flavors and textures: fat. And notice that the bones have not been "Frenched," because I am not a savage. Yes, I have ranted about this before, but anybody who scrapes off the best part of a chop in the interest of appearances is painfully deluded about the point of eating.

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This Is What Passes For Intellectual Discourse (We Are Existentially Screwed) [CBD]

—Open Blogger

On "The Daily Show," where hipster douchebag LIVs get ther political commentary, noted political philosopher Russell Simmons (Don't worry, I too had to look him up) opines on the huge problem of Christian terrorism.

Russell Simmons: 'Probably More Christians Are Radicalized' Than Muslims

Russell Simmons joined Trevor Noah on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Monday to talk about "Muslims Speak Out," a project he formed to deal with Islamophobia, which he called "the worst scourge we have."

He told Noah that people misunderstand the Muslim community and that "99.99-tenths of them are not radicalized, right?" And then he added the kicker: "Probably more Christians are radicalized."

Maybe I am naive, but I think that "radicalized" populations should display behavior that is...um...radical. Islam certainly checks that box, being responsible for terrorist acts which have claimed the lives of thousands of innocents, and being the drivers of most of the wars on the planet.

Christians? Help a Moron out. Where is current Christian radicalism centered?

As for Islamophobia: if your religion espouses the destruction of my culture and the murder of my coreligionists, you are damned straight going to get push-back from me. If you want to call it a phobia, then it is a rational phobia based on the very real, documented events that threaten my culture and my life.

But a more accurate term would be self-interest, or self-defense. But that's just me. I am a White, Western Jewish man. My opinion and life has zero worth in Simmons' twisted world.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-23-2016: [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

Favley Memorial Library, Villanova University 3_525.jpgDugan Polk Family Reading Room, Favley Memorial Library, Villanova University

Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, hurricanes, IRS audits, and getting caught in the path between Hillary! and giant bags of cash, and special snowflakes can't stand the heat. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these awful things. And WTH are they supposed to be, accordion pants? These are the worst pants I've ever seen. If you can find uglier pants, send me the link and I'll use it. Ugh.

Note on Today's Library Pic

This was a submission from longtime moron 'Skip' and what you're seeing is the finished product of a restoration project that he worked on himself. Skip writes:

I worked on about 1/2 the ceiling along with large crew. But the ground area is where I did most of the work, the window sills, baseboard and mid point crown moulding just another guy and me did. The handrail woodwork and underneath woodwork of the railings as well as doors with exception of the single door leading into the library stacks I did myself.

And that painting on the upper left is a 17th-century work by Pietro Berretini (Pietro da Cortona) titled The Triumph of David that measures 12-by-19 feet. It shows David bringing back the sword of Goliath, whom he has just killed, to King Saul. This painting itself has been restored, and I found an article about the restoration efforts here.

Pop Quiz

OK all you 'rons and 'ettes, what do these words have in common?

In alphabetical order, they are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

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EMT 10/23/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Last travel week of the year coming up.

The client just may pay for a celebratory lobster dinner.

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