November 25, 2015

Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving Edition



If you didn't see yesterday's post on how to screw with your Millennial Vox-reading nieces, check it out.


Rubio's Maneuver Might Have Crippled Obamacare

By keeping fresh government money out of the "risk corridors" (a mechanism by which the government would reimburse money-losing insurers via a slush fund), he might have hastened the death spiral of Obamacare.

Montana Daily Newspaper Plans to Reveal All Previous Posts by Anonymous Commenters

They're changing to a named-commenter system. And they say it would be too hard to have current comments by user name, while leaving old comments anonymous. Despite the fact they previously guaranteed anonymity. "Oh well!" they were quoted as saying.

Nerds and Hot Chicks Are Just Oil and Water

Angry, useless self-harming nerds continue to go after Katherine Timpf for saying she doesn't like Star Wars.

Yeah, that'll show them that you're well-balanced.

Paradigm Shift 2070: One Man's Vision of the Future

This scientist, Sam Hyde, has a lot of interesting facts you can use in your Thanksgivingmanship activities.

No, but seriously, apparently his schtick used to be to bluff his way into conferences, claiming a series of made-up credentials, and then give, well, the kind of speech you see below. He conned a local TED x conference into letting him speak, claiming to have done all these humanitarian things in Mogadishu, and then... well, you can see.

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New Morgan Freeman Thriller Makes $69 In Opening Weekend in UK


They're hoping to build up from there, though.

The movie's called Momentum.

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"That Doesn't Sound Like Me:" Chris Christie Surprised by Question About His Entering Politics To Block Efforts to Repeal "Assault Weapons" Ban; Claims to Not Remember It Happening Either Way


The Star Ledger (of NJ) said that he had told them this, and reported it long ago.

Christie says "That doesn't sound like me" and claims a failure of memory.

Obviously, Bret Baier did not promise him a "no surprises" interview.

A look of panic spread across Christie’s face. "Yeah, I don't remember saying that. So, you know, we’ll see," he said.

Just then, a quote appeared on the screen—one Christie gave to the Star-Ledger in April 1993--that would seem to contradict his answer.

"The issue which has motivated me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey’s ban on assault weapons," Christie said at the time.

The full quote, not shown by Fox News, goes even further: "In today's society, no one needs a semiautomatic assault weapon," he said. "We already have too many firearms in our communities."

Christie, who has been enjoying renewed interest in his candidacy after months of low poll numbers, looked dumbfounded by Baier's question.

"Listen, I--that's 22 years ago,” Christie said. "Bret, I don’t remember. I could've! It doesn’t sound like me."

Video at HuffPo.

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CNN "Journalist" Caught Red-Handed Doing Media Favors for Hillary; Politico's Mike Allen Caught Red-Handed Promising Hillary's People a "No Surprises" Interview of Chelsea, in Which Questions Would Be Worked Out Beforehand


Hillary wanted some self-serving quotes publicized, and CNN's "journalist" -- the same one who just got suspended for her liberal angst about concerns about Syrian refugees -- duly complied.

She also hit Rand Paul for not attending all the hearings -- just as she was seemingly asked.

Here's that journalist reporting back to Team Hillary about the anti-Rand-Paul tweet she'd tweeted out at their apparent behest:

She also pumped out this quote that Hillary's people wanted out there:

Meanwhile, Gawker catches Politico's Mike Allen promising the Hillary staff (Phil Reines, I think) a "no surprises" interview of Chelsea. I won't link them, but instead will link the Washington Post's alleged journalistic column "The Fix," which, when presented with evidence that a liberal colleague in the media is promising against-the-rules favors to a liberal politician, affixes blame squarely where it belongs: on conservative critics of the media who allege that liberal reporters do favors for liberal politicians.

Here's Mike Allen's email promising a very cozy, reputation-boosting interview for the black hole of negative charisma Chelsea:

We're hosting a Politico New Leaders Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 20, with a brief on-stage interview with moi. We would love to honor Chelsea Clinton, and it sounds like she has some issues, marriage and others, that she enjoys talking about these days. This would be a way to send a message during inaugural week: No one besides me would ask her a question, and you and I would agree on them precisely in advance.

This would be a relaxed conversation, and our innovative format (like a speedy Playbook Breakfast) always gets heavy social-media pickup. The interview would be "no surprises:" I would work with you on topics, and would start with anything she wants to cover or make news on. Quicker than a network hit, and reaching an audience you care about with no risk.

The Washington Post's The Fix column immediately spins for their pal, and lets you know who the real villains are here.

A bit of context might be helpful here, since we’re talking about events that happened almost three years ago: President Obama had just been reelected, and Allen was requesting an interview with Chelsea Clinton on inauguration weekend, which is basically one big party in DC. The news of the moment in Clinton world was that Hillary was just a couple weeks away from stepping down as secretary of state, having previously said she would not serve in Obama’s second term.

One interpretation of Allen’s e-mail to Philippe Reines, the Clinton aide, goes something like this: Hey, I’m looking for just a few minutes with Chelsea during an important time for her mom. This isn’t a probing,"“60 Minutes"-style sit-down, so don't worry about fielding anything out of left field.

Not so bad, right?

But the Republican translation will likely go more like this: What can I do to make Chelsea look good because, as we all know, I and my Web site (and most of the media) live to serve the royal family of the Democratic Party.

The GOP field has already put the media on blast this campaign season. There was that memorable rant by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas during the third primary debate....

He then goes on to note, disapprovingly, the criticisms lodged about the media by Republican candidates.

Elsewhere in the article, he casts Republican criticisms of the media as phantasmal -- though allowing that this incident looks like it could be evidence of that paranoid fear.

And you can bet the Republican presidential candidates -- who often accuse the media of pro-Clinton bias-- will pounce on this as confirmation of that belief. It's a ready-made "liberal media" conspiracy theory...

Republican White House hopefuls sometimes go looking for bias where it's not obvious, or nonexistent. But, in this case, they won't have to look very hard. This time, Politico made their job easy.

Pro-tip for The Fix: A conspiracy requires more than one person. Mike Allen's wrongdoing was just his wrongdoing.

It's your rushing to his defense, and attacking his critics, all over an incident you concede looks very bad, that makes it a liberal conspiracy.

You're all in this together, and you make it more obvious every single day.

Glenn Thrush: We Do This All The Time. It's No Big Deal.

Correction: Chris Cilizza is the main voice of The Fix, but he's not the only voice -- and he did not write this particular column. I have omitted his name from the post.

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Al Qaeda Terrorist Detonates Suicide Bomb Amidst ISIS Commanders


What heavenly joy is this!

A recent suicide bombing in southern Syria shows the rivalry between Al Qaeda and ISIS is more than just a contest to see who can kill the most infidels -- the groups are using classic terror techniques on each other.

The Nov. 15 bombing came at a top-level meeting of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, a key ISIS militia known for its bloody and vicious hold over parts of the Golan Heights. Six of the group’s top men were killed, including Muhammad "Abu Ali" al-Baridi, the shadowy head of the group who went by the nickname "The Uncle."

Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, quickly took credit, gloating on Twitter about the "heroic" attack.

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Open Thread


Bob Ross, "Okay This Is My One Painting Without Happy Trees I Was Having a Bad Day Piss Off" (probably) (n.d.)

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Morning Thread (11-25-2015)


Happy turkey day eve. Don't forget to brine, inject and rub like the Pilgrims did.

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Overnight Open Thread (11-24-2015)


Quote of the Day I

The most powerful tool we have to fight ISIL is to say that we're not afraid. To not elevate them and to somehow buy into their fantasy that they're doing something important.

-- President Mom Jeans the day before the State Department issued a world-wide travel advisory for Americans due to ISIL terrorism

Quote of the Day II

For Democrats, I think there's a sense of responsibility here. You know, President Obama waxed self-righteous about the Republican bill and the Republican behavior, but he's made a series of cold and, to me, amoral decisions over the past five years to allow this genocide. And maybe they were the right decisions, but they were not moral decisions.

-- David Brooks finally starting to get over those glorious perfectly creased pants

Quote of the Day III - Privilege With a Death Rate Edition

So this November, let's not keep patting the Mo-Bros on the head and tolerating this childish self-involvement-fest disguised as selflessness and the propagation online and in the media of the inherent importance of North American men and their problems.

...There are a lot of people in the world who would trade your slight risk of prostate cancer for their serious risk of being raped, being killed, starving to death, or dying of preventable diseases. Prostate cancer is a hallmark of privilege. Deal with it.

-- Alex Manley complaining about Movember and raising money to fight prostate cancer

Quote of the Day IV

The point of life is to never have an unpleasant emotional response. To anything. Note I didn't say that the point is to avoid them. That suggests personal responsibility, when the onus ought to be on everyone else: offense of any kind cannot be made. What's more the definition of offense is the sole possession of the offended. To take offense is to proclaim virtue, to show your highly developed sensibilities, and the point of having these sensibilities is to find a job, or career, or office, or blog, or tumblr, or some other platform where you can ensure that offense is never given. (If one gets a job doing this, it will be by appointment, not election.) The person will pass from the bubble of college to the bubble of social enforcement, keen on perfecting the world. And for the rest of his or her or xer professional life, they'll be shouting BE QUIET to a calm, rational adult who is too terrified to say "you're a terrible child who understands nothing. Go to your room."

These people will produce nothing. They will create no great art, write no symphonies, conjure no novels that speak across the decades, sculpt nothing of beauty. The world outside the bubble is irredeemable. It cannot, of course, be remade all at once, but tomorrow's a new day. Rome wasn't wrecked in a day.

-- James Lileks

Mollie Hemingway: 16 Of The Worst Ways To Respond To ISIS' Paris Attack

And the Left is determined to execute all of them. Read the whole thing.

Sobering Trend Lines

I think future historians will come to see 2012 as the year the wheels fell off the war on terror.


Sorry for all the pre-Thanksgiving Eve bummering. So here is HappyCat to make it better. And to prepare you for The Bummering Phase II.


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Provisional ONT


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Chicago Releases Video of Police Shooting of Suspect; City Braces for Violence That Some Predict Could Be Described as "Tuesday"


The cop's being tried for murder.

Having watched the tape, what I see here is cause for arrest of Laquan McDonald. I don't see anything remotely threatening enough to justify a shooting.

Apparently prosecuting someone for murder isn't enough. There must be riots.

I guess I see the point of protests, but not riots. I assume we'll have riots, because of course we must have riots.

At the Blaze, more graphic video, which includes the actual shooting. And he was shot at sixteen times, but I can't see how he was shot sixteen times. Looks like the first one two shots kills him. If he actually was shot sixteen times, then I guess he was being hit by bullets long before he falls to the ground.

Update: ArthurK. says you can see the bullets hitting him when he's on the ground.

Well, this won't be a long trial.

Seems to Have Been Some Testi-Lying About the Shooting.

Of course there was no "lunge."

It Gets Worse: Apparently Burger King had security cameras nearby.


The prosecutor says that there is no evidence of anyone "tampering with" the video files.

Alvarez, in response to a question from NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin, said forensic testing was done on surveillance footage from a Burger King restaurant close to where the shooting took place to determine if the video had been "tampered with."

"Forensic testing was done on the Burger King surveillance system to determine if anyone tampered with the evidence and the testing did not reveal any such evidence," she said.

She declined to comment on which agency conducted the tests, however.

I don't know who's right here, obviously.

@JimmyPrinceton has asked on Twitter why the media isn't going after Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who, after all, presides over this police department, and and the prosecutors, and etc.

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Fundamental Concepts - Nothing to Believe In [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

The latest surge by ISIS has brought to the fore one of the hallmarks of modern leftism, and that is their absolute refusal to process facts that conflict with their worldview. Here we have ISIS, a murderous, genocidal Islamic supremacy group. They have stated quite openly that they intend to carve a caliphate out for themselves by any means necessary, and by “by any means” they mean as violently as possible. They view the West, Christianity, Secular Humanists, Hindus, everybody who doesn’t conform to their brand of Islam as the enemy, and they have only one tactic for dealing with the enemy : kill them and keep on killing them until they are either all dead or their remnant is so cowed that they convert to Islam. They justify this using the Koran and various Hadiths and they will quite happily tell anyone who will listen exactly what they believe is divine rational for their actions.

You or I look at this and say “Huh. These assholes want to kill us. Let’s arm ourselves and prepare. Let’s go out and kill them first to protect our weak and vulnerable. They have demonstrated again and again that they are serious, we should take them at their word”. To us, this is the most basic common sense. When ISIS says that they are going to smuggle terrorists in amongst Syrian refuges to kill us at home, something they have demonstrated the ability to do as recently as last week, we think it’s simply prudent to halt an influx of refugees that we can not verify free of terrorists. Again, simple common sense.

Our leaders, the so called smart set, don’t seem to agree, and an increasing percentage of the population is realizing that what we see as blindingly obvious, they don’t see at all? Why? I’ve seen this question asked more than once this past week on social media and in the press, and have yet to hear a good answer. It quite simply makes no sense.

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Thanksgivingmanship: Your Guide to Surviving The Progressive Imbeciles Who Have Spent a Week Cramming on How to Survive You


Oxford Don Stephen Potter introduced the world to the principles of Gamesmanship, the way to win at games by resort to cheap ploys which were very close to cheating without being technically cheating. He later expanded his inquiries into the general field of "Lifemanship," the discipline of embracing life in a dickish and hostile spirit, sabotaging social rivals without quite breaching social etiquette.

Given that the progressive elder-children-yet-not-quite-adults you'll be encountering this Thanksgiving (who I will henceforth refer to as "grownchildren") will be armed to the teeth with Vox explainers and Obamacare propaganda, I herewith humbly submit these first sketches of a new branch of Lifemanship I call "Thankgivingmanship," which I define as the gentle art of insulting the stupid without alerting them to the fact that they've been insulted at all.

It is the goal of the dedicated Thanksgivingman, then, to achieve the sublime art of giving offense without offense being taken.

My basic strategy is thus: It would be as rude of you as it is rude of your cretinous grownchildren kin to allow a Thanksgiving dinner into a stupid game of Rachel Maddow Talking Points and their rebuttals.

So, rather than confront the unemployed idiots who will be assailing you, I propose instead to superficially avoid conflict and engagement on their dummy mouthflappings, and appear instead to agree with them.

But -- and here is the point -- a skilled Thanksgivingman will only appear to agree with the grownchildren to feeble intellects, such as those possessed by the grownchildren themselves. Instead of disagreeing with them -- which will cause argument and anger -- you will instead claim to agree with them, while in fact contradicting them, subverting them, of baffling them with statements that nearly, but do not quite, make sense.

Our definitions and mission now established, we turn to the first of our three primary Thanksgivingmanship gambits:

The Neutral or Nonsensical Statement Disguised as Agreement.Progressives do not process language the same way human beings do; they chiefly adduce meaning from tone and body language, like dogs.

This means that you can say many things which are either irrelevant, nonsensical, or otherwise not in agreement with the progressive subcreatures you're temporarily amidst so long as you deliver your words with a warm smile and a lot of nodding.

You may also use uptalk to express an insincere solidarity. As with dogs and babies, progressives find artificially high-pitched vocal tones to be soothing and possibly a prelude to Walkies and Snackies.

Whenever a progressive grownchild says something stupid and ignorant, which will be always, do not engage on the merits. Progressive grownchildren will become highly emotional and agitated at the slightest show of disagreement, and may wet the floor or claw at the furniture.

Instead, say something which is either neutral or nonsensical (which successfully communicates your true beliefs to other real human beings capable of deciphering obvious meaning) while deploying smiling, nodding, and uptalk to falsely convey agreement with to the more-stunted intellect of the grownchild.

For example, if a progressive grownchild says, "Rachel Maddow is just so amazing," you can respond by nodding and saying "Absolutely, Rachel Maddow is without doubt a mammal." (Or: "A mammal...?")

Possible responses to common grownchild mouthchatter include:

"Well I see that the 'Faux Noise Machice' has gotten everyone riled up about so-called 'terrorism' again."

"Doubtless! Terrorists only win when allow them to make us afraid, or dead." (Or: "Afraid, or dead...?")

"Can't people see that stupid cons are doing Just What ISIS Wants us to do?"

"It's so obvious-- the attacks in Paris weren't just an attack on human lives. They were an attack on our shared human capacity to be alive." ("To be alive, and stuff...?")

This is a very simple one, which can be deployed in a variety of contexts:

"None of this is Obama's fault -- he's doing the best he can to keep America out of another War of Choice."

"Boy that Obama-- he is really something, isn't he?"

As the evening wears on, and you are preparing to depart, you may become somewhat more blatant in your stealth insults, like so:

"I just read an explainer about this on Vox."

"Today's world is so remarkable! When I was young, we had to read books and derive our own thinking for ourselves. What a time to be alive, when sounding vaguely informed is no longer a luxury of the intellectual, but a cheaply assembled ware available to the common man!"

Fake Statistics. It was my old friend Boston Irish who alerted me to this ticklish little trope, when he observed that no matter how absurd the statistic you proposed to a progressive, if that statistic seemed to call attention to whatever bugaboos xhe was excited about, xhe would respond with a gushing "I know, right?!"

He demonstrated this to me at a party by interrupting a couple of liberals talking, and announcing to them:

"You know, based on current statistics, in ten years, the entire state of California will be homeless."

"Right! I know!" came the response.

By the way, that is not schtick. That is not a joke written for this blogpost. I was really there, he really said that, that really happened.

After having secured the agreement to his obviously-crank "statistics," he turned to me with a slightly arched eyebrow and sipped his beer in quiet triumph.

This propensity of grownchildren to agree to whatever fantastical "studies" and "statistics" you propose to them can be exploited for much private merriment at the holidays.

Other gambits include:

* "You know, the average family of four pays more in ATM fees to the Big Banksters than they spend on rent."

* "By the year 2030, global warming predicts that the entire North American landmass will be flooded by seawater and wolves."

* "99.4% of the world's wealth is controlled by six-tenths of a single person."

* "More people are killed every year by shooting accidentally shooting themselves than who died in all the wars in the world combined, except for the Korean War."

You need to throw that "Except for the Korean War" in at the end because the claim, on its face, is too preposterous, so you deduct out Korean War deaths to bring it into the real of the plausible. (Plausible, that is, for progressive grownchildren.) It makes like you've done the math and just have to make this one little adjustment to get the numbers to work.

You may follow Boston Irish's trope of the obviously-crank "liberal study" claim, or you can try your hand at claims which are simply baffling nonsense:

* "Studies have proven that if you have a gun in your house, you are more in danger of being struck by lightning than being bitten by a rattlesnake. Think about it."

A minor variation of the Fake Statistic ploy is the Fake Profundity gambit, in which you propose some ludicrous "deep thought" which derives not from social science, but from your own personal philosophical inquiry.

For example, this one is best delivered with chin uplifted, Obama-style, and a metaphysical glaze of the eye:

* "For what is it that gives the terrorists power -- their weapons, or our primitive, irrational fear that they will kill us with their weapons?"

It is generally a useful practice to prefix such bits of nonsense with faux-biblical language, such as "For what..." or "Lo" and "Thus and so."

Fake Quotes. Progressives love fake quotes -- they just love dressing up whatever passes for this week's SJW Conventional Wisdom and attributing it to some historic figure.

Generally, these historic figures are very well known, because progressives don't know any historic figures except the very well known. Thomas Jefferson is always a popular choice. For "bad sounding quotes," Hitler is preferred. Napoleon and Marcus Aurelius may be deployed as well, but be prepared for some confused looks as to who it is you're talking about.

Offering a ridiculous quote can bring you and any other lively minds at the table great amusement. Your target will probably not notice the quote is fake, because he is an imbecile, and also because you'll have a serene, self-satisfied smile on your face as you say it, which he will read as "A Fellow Progressive in Discursive Mode."

This minor camouflage will permit you to smuggle huge amounts of nonsense in the guise of Wisdom of the Ancients.

Feel free to subvert your noddingsmiles with messages that are blatantly mottos of the NRA, if only the grownchild could understand simple words, which they cannot.

For example:

"Wasn't it Mahatma Gandhi who said, 'It is not necessarily the first man to shoot who wins the battle, but it is always the last man shooting who wins the day'?"

"As Gertrude Stein said" -- and I should say here that this gambit works best when you pronounce this name, for no particular reason, in an outrageous German accent, as Gaertruude Schteinn.

So, let's begin again: "As Gaertruude Schteinn observed, 'The man who is slowest to arm himself is quickest to savor the bounties of Heaven.'"

Another gambit is to offer up the following quotes, which are applicable in a wide range of situations.

"I forget which scientist said it, maybe Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but it's worth repeating: 'Wars of religion always make me laugh because basically you're fighting over who has the best imaginary friend.'"


"A great philosopher, Gaertruud Von Schteinn, once said, 'Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true'?"

You will get big nods for these Aphorisms of the Sages. You yourself can take pleasure in the knowledge that both quotes are from the movie Point Break, delivered by Johnny Utah (Keanu Reaves) and Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), respectively.

If you get any verbal expressions of agreement, a "hear-hear" or an "amen," you can extend the joke by saying, "In the words of the spiritual master Boddhisatva, 'You can do what you want, and make up your own rules. Why be a servant to the law, when you can be its master...?" or "Six seconds and we're going to be meat waffles.'"

Make this trope your own. Have fun with it. If you want to claim that it was Niccolo Machiavelli who first advised, "Sweep the leg, Johnny," go with it, but try to get your more subtle Fake Quotes in before "going big" like that.

A Final Word. At some point, even an experienced Thanksgivingman will go too far, and give his game away. At that point, there will be sulks and silences, and the Thanksgivingman will have actually failed at his goal, which is to give offense without offense being taken.

In such straits, the Thanksgivingman, in order to be the polite person he wishes to be, will have to apologize -- it is the verminous grownchildren who have come to bicker and strife, after all, not the well-mannered Thankgivingman.

However, for the zealous Thanksgivingman, even an apology can be exploited for further Thanksgivingmanship points.

For example, if the childanimal you are speaking with declares:

"You're micro-aggressing me."

...then be sure to respond,

"Ah, then please sincerely accept my most micro apologies."

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If It's a Holiday, It Must Be Time for Flood of Articles from Leftwing Blogs on How to "Survive" a Routine Visit to One's Family


Well, I keep answering the question, but Ed Driscoll rounds up the latest weirdness from your Totally Not Weird and Psychologically Damaged Progressive Friends.

I have to steal this tweet from him:

By the way, the "How to Survive Thanksgiving With Your Awful, Terrible Family That Caused You to Self-Harm When You Were 14" type article has leapt from its usual perch at hardcore leftwing blogs -- the HuffPo, Salon, Vox, Slate, etc. -- to the allegedly "mainstream" media, at the Washington Post.

The Post's article is not that bad -- it is mostly about conflict mediation and perspective, rather than, as most leftwing blogs would have it, "How to DESTROY your Rush Limbaugh-Loving Uncle at Thanksgiving."

Still, it's interesting, if inevitable, that the "mainstream" media shows once again from whom it takes its cues.

As the "mainstream" media can't resist this trend, neither can I; I'm preparing my own How to Survive Thanksgiving article. Should have it up later today.

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Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane; Syrian Militiamen Shoot At Pilot as He's Parachuting to the Ground


Putin's using a lot of bellicose language.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Su-24 was hit by air-to-air missiles fired by Turkish F-16s while it was flying over Syrian territory.

But Turkish military officials said the plane was engaged after being warned that it was violating Turkish airspace.

Mr Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back" committed by "accomplices of terrorists".

Putin claims the plane was wholly in Syrian airpspace. Erdogan says Russia was looking to bomb its allies, the Turkmen (who are not Turks, actually).

There was no ISIS presence along that border area, but there were Turkmen there, Erdogan said. So anyone who bombs that area attacks "our brothers and sisters -- Turkmen," Erdogan said in Ankara. (Turkmen are a Turkic-speaking, traditionally nomadic people who live primarily in Central Asia, but a small minority of them can be found in the Middle East, primarily in northern Iraq, Iran and Turkey.)

Making this an even greater provocation for the easily-provoked Putin is the shooting of the pilots:

Not to upset anyone, and not to be alarmist, but when Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, no one predicted the chain reactions that would ensue and spark off a world war.

In the video below, the expert says that Russians were not there to bomb ISIS, but rather to support Assad's forces against non-ISIS rebels.

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Stephen Colbert's Ratings Tank, Because, Industry Insiders Say, He's an Asshole


No one likes Colbert.

After an initial burst of interest spurred by CBS’s big-bucks saturation advertising campaign for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,: the show’s ratings have tanked and it is now running third in late night behind NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, who rarely has managed second place before.

The reason? A survey by the Hollywood Reporter found that conservative viewers are turning off Colbert in droves. Nearly twice as many Republicans are watching Kimmel as Colbert, who has turned "Late Show" into a sort of wannabe MSNBC program.


Ratings show that 47 percent of Colbert’s viewers identify as Democrats, 17 percent as Republicans. Kimmel's audience is evenly split -- 33 percent Democrats, 32 percent Republicans, while Fallon’s is nearly so (36 percent Democrats, 31 percent Republicans).

He's also frequently losing to Kimmel "in the demo" of 25-48 year olds, or whatever that range is.

Now, you're probably saying "This is the perfect time for Salon to swoop in and embarrass themselves," and as usual you're right:

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Obama Joint Press Conference With Hollande


He's babbling that we shouldn't show fear, because we've done so before, to our regret.

[Update: Andy] And then this happened ...

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Open Thread


George Inness, "In the Berkshires" (c. 1848)

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Morning Thread (11-24-2015)


So, Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet overnight. This could get ... interesting.

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Overnight Open Thread (11-23-2015)


Quote of the Day I

Why is the goose-step not used in England? There are, heaven knows, plenty of army officers who would be only too glad to introduce some such thing. It is not used because the people in the street would laugh. Beyond a certain point, military display is only possible in countries where the common people dare not laugh at the army.

-- George Orwell, 1941

Quote of the Day II

An important lesson, worth remembering amid our current cluster in the Middle East.  There are times when unwavering, over-whelming force is required, with the realization that bombs sometimes go astray and collateral damage occurs.  It may be hard to transpose the lessons of a tactical engagement in Bosnia to an air campaign in Syria, but in warfare, it's sometimes necessary to put the JAGs (and politicians) on a leash and relentlessly pound your enemy.  Especially when you're fighting savages who long for the good ol' days of the 7th Century and understand nothing but the business end of a JDAM or SDB. 

By the way, the Serbs stayed quiet around Tuzla for many weeks after that October engagement.  Few lessons are as clear--or brutal--as a 105 round landing in your sniper's nest.  

-- Nate Hale in The Lawyer's War

Quote of the Day III

"When you have an axe to grind with 5yr old boys, maybe you shouldn't teach kindergarten."

-- from the story of the Kindergarten teacher who denies Legos to boys because 'gender equity.'

Quote of the Day IV

America is in the grip of a crisis, namely a shortage of normal people. Evidence indicates that the population of kooks and freaks is rapidly increasing, and there are simply not enough sane people to keep the weirdos under control. Especially among the under-30 demographic, the United States is struggling to cope with the proliferation of dangerous perverts, drug addicts, psychotics and Ivy League liberal arts majors.

-- Robert S. McCain in Is Your Kid a Weirdo?

Quote of the Day V

"If you read Vox on how to survive Thanksgiving, you are the person your family is trying to survive."

Larry Correia: Some Thoughts on Paris

Some of the most clarifying writing on the war with IS I've read yet. Read the whole thing.

Welcome to the Age of the Microcomplaint

Bellyaching for sympathy is not new behavior. But on social media, in an era in which everyone, as per Tony Soprano, is "crying and confessing and complaining," it is being legitimized and rewarded in ways we have never seen. Gary Cooper probably would not have grumbled about the Starbucks barista misspelling his name in order to gain points.

"Never tell your problems to anyone," the legendary football coach Lou Holtz said. "Twenty percent don't care, and the other 80 percent are glad you have them."

Those numbers may need some revision.

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MSNBC's Poster Boy For Unfair Islamophobia, Victim of Being Unfairly Put on No-Fly List, Honored Guest of Chris Hayes, Now Cooling His Heels In Jail-- Due to Membership in ISIS



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Open Thread: ??? Edition


From Mark Steyn's... new album?



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More on Obama's Intel Book-Cooking


Shane Harris & Nancy Youssef:

[T]he allegations of misconduct have extended to a possible cover-up, with some analysts accusing the senior intelligence officials at Centcom, Maj. Gen. Steven Grove and his civilian deputy, Gregory Ryckman, of deleting emails and files from computer systems before the inspector general could examine them, three individuals familiar with the investigation told The Daily Beast.

One U.S. official said the alleged activity could amount to obstruction and interference with the inspector general’s investigation, which began last summer. He noted that files relevant to the investigation began to disappear from Centcom computers after the Pentagon watchdog’s staff began their work.


In interviews, several individuals have described Centcom as having a "toxic climate," in which Grove in particular created an expectation: Those who toe the official, upbeat line about the fight against ISIS are rewarded, while those who don’t are marginalized.

Later in the argument, it cites a National Intelligence Estimate which was written to agree with Obama's claim that Al Qaeda no longer posed a direct threat to the American Homeland. Former DIA chief Michael Flynn refused to sign off on it.

Oh: This is old, but new to me. Flynn says that Obama didn't just ignore the warnings that he was arming the groups that would merge into ISIS: He actually supported those groups, as a conscious decision, despite the warnings.

Hasan: You are basically saying that even in government at the time you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were arguing against it, but who wasn’t listening?

Flynn: I think the administration.

Hasan: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?

Flynn: I don't know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.

Hasan: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?

Flynn: It was a willful decision to do what they're doing.

More on this, please.

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Allegedly: Charlie Sheen Videorecorded Partying With Another Dude


Two and a half men. If you count the crack pipe as a half of a dude.

Well, I guess there's the answer to your question, guys.

Video surfaces showing HIV-positive Charlie Sheen 'performing oral sex on another man and smoking crack-cocaine' in 2011

Radar Online claims it has obtained a copy of the video, recorded in 2011

The clips reportedly show the actor, 50, performing oral sex on another man and smoking crack-cocaine out of a pipe in a Las Vegas hotel room

So, you're asking: Could this get any worse for Ol' Charlie?

Well, sure it can.

The other man in the video reportedly sued Sheen for giving him herpes

I don't know... okay, that last part, who knows, perhaps that was a blackmailer's attempt to make his blackmail "legal" -- that is, the real play was blackmail over the videotape, but that would be illegal and criminal, so he claims "he gave me herpes" as a legal cover for the blackmail play.

Obviously, Charlie Sheen has a lot of skeletons in his closet, and those skeletons are all smoking crack, and going down on each other.

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Diane Feinstein: Our Strategy Against ISIS Is "Insufficient;" Things Are Getting Worse, Not Better


Obama's Not Working, as Mitt Romney said.

"This has gone on too long now. And it has not gotten better. It's gotten worse," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "There may be some land held by ISIL in Iraq and Syria that's been taken back. But for all of that there's much more they have gained in other countries."

The strategy has taken on fresh urgency in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris earlier this month that left more than 120 dead. After the attacks, Mr. Obama promised an "intensification" of U.S. airstrikes against the group and assistance for local troops on the ground, and argued those tactics were working.

Feinstein, however, said Sunday, "I don't think the approach is sufficient to the job."

"I think they're general principles. And they're general principles in terms the administration's strategy, too. But I'm concerned that we don't have the time - and we don't have years. We need to be aggressive now," she said.

Video at the link.

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Intelligence Analysts Warned, in Emails, to "Cut It Out" With Their Persistent Warnings About the ISIS Threat and to "Toe the Line;" Probe Into Manipulation of Intelligence Expands



The former Pentagon official said there were "multiple assessments" from military intelligence and the CIA regarding the "rapid rise" of ISIS in Iraq and North Africa in the year leading up to the group’s territory grab in 2014...

The IG probe started earlier this year amid complaints that information was changed to make ISIS look more degraded than it really was.


Fox News is told by a source close to the CENTCOM analysts that the pressure on them included at least two emails saying they needed to "cut it out" and "toe the line."

Separately, a former Pentagon official told Fox News there apparently was an attempt to destroy the communications. The Pentagon official said the email warnings were "not well received" by the analysts.

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Social Justice Warriors, A Case Study in Dumb


Maetenloch covered most of this last night, but, well. Look, I want to mention it too!

Plus, I don't know if people read Maet's stuff any more than they read mine.

Man caves are sexist and must be stopped.

Free yoga classes cancelled, as yoga is a "cultural appropriation."

Ayan Hirsi Ali slams feminism's determined focus on "trivial bullshit." She spoke of real fights for women's equality -- such as the fight her father had with her mother, her father insisting that she be allowed to get an education (her mother against it, thinking it would make her a social outcast), and contrasts that sort of battle with the Tumblr Jihads feminist trivialists are interested in:

"What we are now doing with the victory, and I agree with you if you condemn that and I condemn whole-heartedly the trivial bullshit it is to go after a man who makes a scientific breakthrough and all that we as women -- organized women -- do is to fret about his shirt?" Hirsi Ali said, referring to the controversy generated by the shirt featuring cartoons of scantily-clad women worn by the scientist who helped land a robot on a comet. "We must reclaim and retake feminism from our fellow idiotic women."

Meanwhile, CNN aired the discredited college-rape-panic film The Hunting Ground, as alleged news-like content. As that's been happening, a member of that film's crew has been editing Wikipedia's entry on the film, in contravention of Wikipedia's sensible ban of anyone with a conflict of interest about the subject editing an article about it.

Oh, and this is delicious: Moving Towards a Feminist Epistemology of Mathematics. From @popehat.

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If There's a Holiday Coming Up, It Must Be Time for Progressives to Reveal Their Deep Neuroses and Unresolved Familial Conflicts


What is Thanksgiving, except for an opportunity to DESTROY the beliefs of one's troglodytic family members? Sonny Bunch has some recommendations for the very weird hysterics who view Thanksgiving as a chance to rack up some easy progressive crybully points.

This trend -- of progressives who have deep psychological issues with their family members, and are a bundle of neuroses and hysterias because of those -- gets the Saturday Night Live treatment, and by that, I mean the unfunny treatment.

I think a lot of this is really just the seething anger and jumpy horror of being made to realize, once or twice per year, that you're the least accomplished person sitting down to eat at the table, and while your contemporaries are finding work and founding families, you're still talking up your big plans to launch a hip new magazine which will sort of be like Vox meets Rolling Stone meets Dwell meets Lucky, only edgier...? And like more socially relevant...?

If so, you're going to want a list of tips of how to swaddled your bruised ego in the warm fleece of undeserved self-appreciation. You're going to want to know how to score cheap points on your more-successful, less neurotic kin, in other words, and Megan McArdle has some tips on how to do just that.

thanks to @alexandriabrown (Alex the Chick) and @PolicyLord.

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Hillary Clinton: Women Who Say They've Been Raped Deserve to Be Supported and Believed
Juanita Broaddrick: Say, Funny You Should Say That


All women tell the truth about rape, and any woman who accuses Bill Clinton is a partisan liar, and yes, I'm being perfectly consistent, why do you ask?

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Open Thread


George Inness, "The Monk" (1873)

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Morning Thread (11-23-2015)


Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone.

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Overnight Open Thread (11-22-2015)


Quote of the Day I

Notice that ISIS does something terrible, and the overwhelming thrust of the conversation on Meet the Press is that the American people have done something wrong and must look inside their hearts and feel guilty over the overwhelming racism and Islamaphobia in their society. News flash: We're not the villains here.

-- Jim Geraghty

Quote of the Day II

What I find interesting is that many of the same people who clutch their pearls at the mere suggestion that Islamic terrorism has anything to do with -- oh, what's the word again? -- oh right: Islam, seem to have no problem making the case that "Christian terrorism" is like a real thing. Remember how so many liberals loved -- loved -- Obama's sophomoric and insidious tirade about not getting on our "high horses" about ISIS's atrocities in the here and now because medieval Christians did bad things a thousand years ago? They never seem to think that argument through. Leaving out the ass-aching stupidity of the comparison, it actually concedes the very point Obama never wants to concede. By laying the barbaric sins of Christians a thousand years ago at the feet of Christians today, he implicitly tags Muslims with the barbarism committed in their name today.

-- Jonah Goldberg

Quote of the Day III

It never looks like hysteria when you are in the middle of it. It never feels like a mania when you are being consumed by righteous zealotry. It never looks or  feels like a cult when you believe it to the depths of your soul.

True believers are never swayed by the evidence. They believe the absence of empirical data is a test of their faith. They might skew the data in order to lure in those who still hold to an outmoded view of empirical science, but they themselves have given their lives to the narrative, not to the facts.

If you can still be a true believer when the facts tell another story, your status within the cult will be enhanced. If you really want to take it a step further into delirium, you should propose punishing and persecuting those who do not believe.

-- Stuart Schneiderman on climate change but it's true of any popular belief system that sweeps through groups of people

Female Student Crybully at SFSU: Your Man  Cave is Oppressive

A man cave is essentially an emotional sanctuary for men to escape their responsibilities without the interruption of women or children. It's as if these men are victimizing themselves and require refuge to revel in their false sense of masculinity.

Sports-related paraphernalia and wall hangings that deify cheap beer are not badges of manhood or some sort of homage to a working-class collective consciousness. They're the makings of a shrine to big business that has man-cavers nostalgic for a time when they were happy, or actually just drunk, in front of a screen cheering on their favorite billion-dollar sports team with their once single and similarly childless friends.

...Guys should get over the feudalistic idea of a man cave allowing them to be the "lord of their manor" in a room they can call their own. It bears a juvenile likeness to a tree house with a sign that reads, "No girls allowed."

The sewing room or craft room, to which a woman might retreat, is identified by the action that takes place there. By that token, a man cave is a place where a man devolves into a grunting subhuman that leaves sexist and racist comments on message boards, then furiously masturbates to free porn.

Best response from the comments:


Free Yoga Classes at U. Ottawa Cancelled as Form of "Cultural Appropriation"

Apparently if a white person ever does an activity that originated from a non-white group, it's 'cultural appropriation' which is bad, bad, bad and on par with colonization and slavery. Note that 'appropriation' only works one-way though - it's perfectly fine for say Asians to play and enjoy classical music from Europe but it's horribly bad and practically cultural genocide if a white person should play and enjoy classical Chinese opera. Your blood apparently determines which forms of culture you're allowed to be involved in.

Franklin Einspruch rebuts this racial nonsense and points out that 'cultural appropriation' IS culture - and always has been.

Fingerprints Reveal That Two of the Paris Suicide Bombers Entered Europe as Refugees

But you hate and fear women and orphans if you worry about the same thing happening here according to our Asshole-in-Chief.

ISIS Suspected Terrorist Arrested in Sweden After Crossing Arctic Circle on a Bicycle to Sneak into EU as a Refugee

Why do you hate women and children you racist xenophobe.

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Arrests Made In "High Voltage" Terror Sweeps in Belgium; & The Long Night of the Cats


There was a voluntary lockdown on media reportage and reports on social media, so as not to tip off terrorists, but now some information is being released.

Six terror suspects have been arrested and one wounded after co-ordinated police raids described as "high voltage" took place across the Belgium capital, Liege and Charleroi.

Residents in properties close to where police swooped were told to stay indoors and away from the windows.

Shots were exchanged between police and suspected Islamists in a night of high tension that was finally brought to an end at around 11pm UK time.

A press conference is being held at 11.30pm UK time giving details on the incident by the Belgian prosecutor.

Police and governments have asked for an embargo on Belgium's anti-terrorism raids, so as not to tip off the targets.

There is speculation that Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdesalam may have been caught or killed, but of course he might have been caught or killed. I don't know why it's worth mentioning that until there's something more.

People were advised to behave normally in these abnormal times.

This report from the Telegraph says that sixteen were arrested, and that Abdesalam got away: He was spotted passing a checkpoint heading for Germany.

Just between us girls, that sounds suspiciously over-detailed to me; I kinda think maybe it's disinformation, and that they did get him, but don't want his fellow murderers to know they're now compromised.

Meanwhile, given the blackout of information on the news and on social media, some people took to inventing their own news footage of the raids, chiefly with cat pictures and videos, of course:

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Football Thread: Sunday Late Game Edition [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Two solid teams that dominate their divisions meet for bragging rights for the prized Ohio-Arizona corridor.

(There may be a repeat or two in here, but honestly, who cares?)


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ZOMG Donald Trump Said Something Outrageous Fourteen Years Ago! [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Seven days after September 11th, Donald Trump was interviewed by Page Six, primarily concerning how (or if) NYC should rebuild the Twin Towers.

His remarks, which you should take the time to read for yourself, are being characterized as beyond the pale (eleventy!11!!!). His crime is saying that the Twin Towers were not 'great' buildings.

I think the criticism is silly.

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Food Thread: It's Crunch Time! Turkey? Or Something That Tastes Good? [CBD]

—Open Blogger

What? No turkey? Subvert the dominant paradigm!

Unfortunately I have been overruled by precedent, tradition, guests with no imagination, and whiny little brats who swear they love turkey.


But there will also be a wine-brined pork roast spinning merrily on the rotisserie while the boring turkey cooks in the oven, taking up valuable space that could be better used for good stuff, like baked macaroni & cheese with a buttered breadcrumb topping.

or you could go with an ahead-of-the-curve dish for when the burning times come.....

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Football Sunday in America! - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

—Open Blogger

Happy Sunday.

Heh. Philly.

And this happened.

Now for the elbows. I think you will be pleased.

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Gun Thread (11-22-2015)


Larry Correia's Thoughts On Paris

This is a good read. The whole thing is outstanding, but I wanted to focus on this point (emphasis added):

Then I see the idiots claiming that they’re only worried about the quality of the regular people with guns… Liars. But okay, thought experiment time. Say there was a proposed law for a federal “super permit”, where if a regular person could pass a rigorous background check and, oh say, the same firearms qualification as an FBI agent, that individual would then be allowed to carry a gun anywhere in the fifty states a federal agent could, and ignore things like idiotic gun free zones, or could carry a gun in states where concealed carry is banned.

This doesn’t replace state laws. Heck, make the federal super permit really hard to get. Have it require a really high level of proficiency, a big knowledge of use of force laws, and one hell of a tough qualification. Make the applicant foot the bill for everything. And you know what? I bet you within a week we could still provide a million of my people as defense in depth, worst case scenario interrupters, spread all over America, for when bad things happen.

Would these people so worried about our level of training be in favor of this? Of course they wouldn’t. They’d find some other reason to bleat. And murderous assholes will continue to target disarmed populations. Besides, this is just wishful thinking, because any federal program which would empower the general populace would be designed to suck and fail from the get go. Ask any pilot who went through the armed pilot training post 9-11 how easy the feds made that simple,obvious, no brainer program.

Larry is exactly right. When some leftist says he only wants "common sense gun safety laws", you can draw a straight line to confiscation, as there isn't any specific policy proposal short of that at which he'll ever stop.

Ridiculous Talking Point 1

Because Gavin Newsom is sooooo concerned about what's in the best interest of NRA members, Serious You Guys.

And what does this even mean, really? I've been an NRA member for a long, long time, and they're not doing anything now that they weren't 20+ years ago when they were opposing the Clinton "assault weapons" ban, etc.

Also, why would NRA lobbying for the gun industry to be able to continue to sell the products its members purchase be an issue anyway? It's not like we have divergent goals or something. I'm looking hard for a conflict of interest here and not really seeing one.

There's a related dumb talking point about industry funding of NRA that I don't get either. Say I buy a gun from, e.g., S&W and S&W sends a little of that revenue to NRA ...

I. Am. Outraged!!!

Or, actually, not. As a matter of fact, lots of online retailers like MidwayUSA include an option for customers to round their purchase up and send a direct contribution to NRA.

The left's attempt to drive a wedge between NRA and its members via the gun industry is ... interesting.

Ridiculous Talking Point 2

Ummm. Yeah. That's because the criteria for being put on the watch list don't pass the bar for denying someone his basic constitutional rights. As Charles C. W. Cooke explains:

... the question here shouldn’t be “why does the NRA oppose using this list in a civil context?” but “why doesn’t everybody oppose using this list on a civil context?” Whether the New York Daily News likes it or not, the right to keep and bear arms is protected by the U.S. Constitution and cannot be restricted without serious cause. Of course Second Amendment advocates are opposed to the importation of this list into the firearms background check system. They understand well that it cannot be relied upon as a justification for denial. Whatever Everytown and their friends might imply, we are not talking here about selling guns to people who have been convicted in a court of law; that is already illegal. Rather, we are talking about selling guns to people who, as far as the state is concerned, have done nothing wrong and who must not therefore have their liberties abridged. It is an ugly testament to the illiberalism of many modern-day progressives that they are happily lining up on the authoritarian side against not just one, but two of America’s premier civil rights organizations.


* Alleged pederast Harry Reid's Deputy Chief of Staff beclowns self.

* NRA-ILA statement on dumb terrorist watchlist talking point.

Gun Of The Week


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Sunday Morning Book Thread 11-22-2015: Ace of Trump [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

Trump Soho Hotel Library.jpg
Trump SoHo® Hotel Library, New York City.

Picture stolen from here. This is the description from the hotel web site:

LIBRARY. Displaying an array of art and design books, The Library overlooks the Trump SoHo® New York lobby and streets of New York through a wall of glass. The modern fireplace and custom cherry-blossom wallpaper of this SoHo lounge create a subdued setting, perfect for a cup of a coffee or cocktail. The Library is open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

Eh. Not really my cup of tea.

This is the book thread. Sunday morning. Morons and moronettes all invited. It's yuuge. Big audience. International. Obama's got nothin' on me. So it's a cut above. I polished up the spittoons and hosed down the restrooms. Hey, I run a classy joint, just ask anybody. You pervs had better be wearing pants. Yeah, ok, kilts are fine. And who the hell would hang out on the book thread wearing a tutu?? I guess girls can. But nobody else.

Love Him Or Hate Him Or Both

And speaking of Trump, here is an excerpt from his new book, Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again (look at that scowl!). And this being the Democratic media outlet abcnews, it shouldn't surprise you that the section the liberal lackwits chose to excerpt was the part where he praises higher government spending on "infrastructure" jobs.

And here is an excerpt of the excerpt:

In Washington, DC, I’m converting the Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue into one of the world’s greatest hotels. I got the building from the General Services Administration. Tthe GSA sold it to me for four reasons. Number one—we’re really good. Number two—we had a really great plan. Number three—we had a great financial statement. Number four—we’re EXCELLENT, not just very good, at fulfilling or even exceeding our agreements.

That’s the way the country should be run.

The guy writes just like he talks. When I read the excerpt, I could hear his voice in my mind saying the words I was reading.

My first dose of Trump came a few years ago when I was listening to the radio and happened to hear him testify before some congressional committee that was investigating a proposal to build an entirely new building for the U.N. - at the cost of $1 billion. Trump told them that actually, he could build it easily for $750 million and explained that the higher price tag on the original proposal was due solely to union corruption. He laid out his argument calmly, dispassionately, and thoroughly, using facts and logic. I thought the case he was making was irrefutable, and I'm sure the Democrats on the committee didn't want to hear it, but they had no answer. After all, who better knows the NYC real estate market than Donald Trump? From then on, Trump was a "guilty pleasure" of mine and I would never admit to anyone I liked the guy, despite his egoistical asshattery and his crappy toupé. So when he opens his mouth, it's equally likely you're going to hear something really smart, or something incredibly dumb. Sometimes both at once:

When you talk about building, you had better talk about Trump. There is no single builder in this country who has his name on as great a range of projects as I’ve constructed. New York City wasted seven years trying to get a skating rink done. I did it in less than four months—and got it done under budget. There was a huge railroad yard overlooking the Hudson River that nobody could figure out how to develop. Drive by there now and you’ll see thousands of magnificent apartments, all with the same name on the buildings—Trump.

That's pure Trump.

His planet-sized ego makes Bill O'Reilly look like Mother Theresa, and yet I like him, but I can't abide O'Reilly. Go figure.


Test your knowledge of Middle Earth by taking this quiz. I regret to say that I only got 88%, as some of the questions were based on what went on in the films -- which doesn't necessarily coincide with the books.

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EMT 11/22/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Sunday morning open thread for those who don't understand the concept if the "snooze" button.

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Overnight Open Thread (21 Nov 2015)


A new taxpayer bailout to cover up Obamacare's failure? Oh I'm sure Speaker Ryan and all his talk about having the power of the purse will fold like a cheap suit as is normal for the GOP these days.

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The Hunting of George Lawlor
"What is most striking in 'rape culture' discourse is how few students are willing to speak out against this dishonest feminist propaganda campaign that has demonized heterosexual males. Perhaps this is because most students realize that they are not at risk either of becoming victims or of being falsely accused.... George Lawlor took that risk, and feminist hatemongers therefore must make an example of him...." [rdbrewer]

ONN: School Of The Arts Aims To Transform Boys And Girls Into Insufferable Young Men And Women [rdbrewer]

Joel Gerhke: State Department: Iran Deal Is Not ‘Legally Binding’ and Iran Didn’t Sign It
"But here, have a bunch of cash anyway!" -Obama. Just wondering: Can I have a deal like that? I'd take, like, a billion. [rdbrewer]

Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt: New Kasich Web Video: Donald Trump Is Pretty Much a Nazi, Right?
Jeez. "See what you’ve done, Governor Kasich? Now you’ve got me, Trump hater extraordinaire, forced to defend Trump from charges of crypto-Nazism." [rdbrewer]

CBS Los Angeles: Smart Car Seat Senses Driver’s Physical And Mental State
No, that would be a dumb car. Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

CBS Tampa: Police Bust Weekly Mahjong Game Played By Elderly Women
Exercise a little discretion, guys. Who cares if grandma is playing penny ante mahjong? Good grief. It's the old lady mahjong bandit gang. Get 'em. Word is they have a knitting circle too. Via Monty. [rdbrewer]
Landmark Achievement in Space Travel. Landing the Launch Vehicle! Amazing what real science and private industry can do that billions in public money, AGW fanaticism and "Muslim Outreach" at NASA fails. [krak/t]

Markay Discusses GOP Field on Fox Business [rdbrewer]

Bill Gertz: China Again Tests Nuclear Hypersonic Missile
"The vehicle is believed to reach speeds of between Mach 5 and Mach 10, or 3,836 miles per hour and 7,680 miles per hour." [rdbrewer]

Luma Simms: Why We Should Resettle Refugees In Their Own Lands
"I was neither born nor bred in this country. I don’t have Ivy League credentials. Unlike elitists and pundits informed as much by cocktail parties as they are by polls and studies, I’m informed by blood, kin, and culture. ¶ I was born in Baghdad to Christian parents who emigrated the old-fashioned way—legally—and for an old-fashioned reason: The treatment of Christians, like my family, by Muslims in the surrounding culture." [rdbrewer]

Mollie Hemingway: Hillary Clinton’s Denialism Is The Other Extreme Of Trump’s Rhetoric On Islam
"Part of this is fine rhetoric for a politician. And obviously the majority of Muslims, particularly American Muslims, are peaceful and tolerant. But to say that Muslims have “nothing whatsoever” to do with terrorism is simply not true. The world may wish it were so, but it’s not. It’s as clownish and cartoonish and demonstrably false as anything Trump has said in the last week." [rdbrewer]

Emails: CNN Reporter Coordinated With Hillary Aide To Smear Rand Paul During 2013 Benghazi Hearing
Princeton Student Group Stands Up To Campus Protesters
Global Warming Double Dipper Enriches Family With Tax Dollars
Nude Photos Of Charlotte McKinney Surface On Instagram In Huge Hack [rdbrewer]

'Severe blow': Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigade
Heartwarming story of mad dogs killing one another. Via @BenK84. [rdbrewer]

Steve Guest: Trump's support is blue-collar moderates
"Limbaugh explained, that 'compared to Reagan, Trump is not a conservative, and the bulk of Trump’s support is not the Republican base.' ¶ '[I]f you look at the demographics, at least as expressed polling data, the bulk of Trump support is what we all have been led to believe the Republican Party wants: blue-collar people, moderates and independents,' suggested Limbaugh. 'I mean there’s the fact that they don’t control Trump, and the real thing is they don’t have any money invested, and as such they have no say-so over what he does at all.'" (Emphasis added.) [rbrewer]

Kaitlan Collins: Will Smith: ‘Racism Is Rare’
"'Everybody is prejudiced,' Smith said. 'Everybody has their life experiences that make them prefer one thing over another — it makes them prefer blond hair over a brunette.... But there is a connotation with racism of superiority: You feel that your race generally is superior. And I have to say, I live with constant prejudice, but racism is actually rare — someone who thinks their race is superior.'" Smart, thoughtful guy. Great movies too. [rdbrewer]

Loves Me Some Moron Jokes
Via Monte, The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield
That will wind up in a redirect, so you have to get to it by googling The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield. Or you could watch Gavin McInnes' vidcast digest of it, but note that there is some NSFW language and observations. This is about that professor, a quack, seducing a 30 year old disabled man with the IQ of a toddler and performing oral sex on him after removing his diaper. McInnes observes that she is the perfect, paradigmatic progressive.

Live Science: 1,700-Year-Old Ring Depicts Nude Cupid
"The image of Cupid is engraved on a stone made of nicolo, a type of onyx that is dark at the base and bluish at the top." Beautiful. [rdbrewer]

CBS Atlanta: Study: Lawyers Have Lowest Health, Highest Rates Of Alcohol Use
"The findings suggest that lawyers who work in law firms have the lowest psychological and psychosomatic health and well-being. Researchers say this is likely attributed to stressful workloads, overtime, and pressure." [rdbrewer]

Reuters: Climate change root cause of Syrian war: Britain's Prince Charles
It's okay. He's the Prince of Wales, not the Prince of Thinking. [rdbrewer]
Public Service Ann.
"Drill down on that issue" is a dead metaphor.
KGNS: Five Syrians stopped at Laredo border
Maybe they like barbecue. [rdbrewer]

KVOA: Group patrols AZ border for terrorists
A group of veterans, Arizona Border Recon, has been patrolling the border for five years. Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

StarTribune: In Minnesota and nationally, deportations drop after release of new guidelines
"New federal guidelines quietly changing immigration enforcement in Minnesota." Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

Derek Hunter: Trump: Black Lives Matter Protester Allegedly Punched At Rally ‘Should Have Been Roughed Up’
"When the ruckus broke out, the crowd immediately booed and shouted down Southall with chants of 'All lives matter.' ¶ For his part, Trump can be heard saying from the stage, 'Get him the hell out of here, will you, please?' ¶ Appearing on Fox and Friends the morning after the dust up, Trump was unapologetic.... '[M]aybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.'" [rdbrewer]

Congress Learned Of Syrian Refugees Entering The U.S. Just Recently
Freedom Of Speech More Unwelcome Among Liberal Students, Faculty
Hillary Changes Her Name Yet Again
Backfire: Hillary Tweets All Sexual Abuse Accusers Deserve To Be ‘Believed,’ Is Reminded Of Her Husband [rdbrewer]

The American Mirror: O’Malley gets Stephanopoulosed! ‘This Week’ host defends Hillary against rival’s attacks
Via Drudge. It's such a joke ABC hired this fucking hack as a newsman, David Westin. [rdbrewer]

'Kirchner era' ends with opposition win in Argentina
" President-elect Mauricio Macri's promises to revitalize Argentina's sagging economy with free-market reforms and improve strained relations with the United States resonated with voters...." [rdbrewer]

Victor Davis Hanson: Politics and What Remains of the English Language
"This tiny vocabulary sampling reflects another recent epidemic of victimhood, as the English language is further squeezed and massaged to create reality from fantasy." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]
Man called 'Phuc Dat Bich' whose Facebook account was blocked three times believes his plight has helped to highlight how 'certain names populate different cultures' [dri]
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