Failure Theater, Act V, scene iii: Bob Corker Announces It's "Unlikely" GOP Can Stop Iran Deal
Oh you think the Dems will have the votes to block the GOP's override of Obama's veto?
Ha-ha, you're so yesterday, Squares. Obama won't even have to veto it, because the Stick Together On Every Vote Democrats will have enough votes to even filibuster the GOP's vote against it.
Oh well, we tried! Guess you'll just have to vote for us harder and send us more campaign donations!
John Boehner, at Fundraiser (of Course): Ted Cruz is a "Jackass"
Whatever we do, guys, we have to make sure this guy stays in the Speaker's chair. There's just no one else who can give us this Boehner-level of excellence in leadership and results.
What would we do without such a Giant in the speaker's chair? A political culture produces such an ubermensch but once ever 60 or 80 years. We'd be insane to demote him in favor of any other Republican.
Sorry, I Baited: I actually was attempting to bait the Establishment people on Twitter who got a bit sneery about demoting Boehner last time, and was not thinking of anyone on this site.
However, there are what I'd call "Establishment Types" on the site here, and they could, very reasonably, take this post as insulting towards themselves (and thus inviting an insult in return).
And being worried about being banned, they then might not take the legitimate opportunity to insult me back, given that I could just be a dick and ban them.
Which is a totally unfair situation -- I insult you, then you have to hold your own fire for fear of what I might do if you insult me back.
So I have removed the personally-baiting part of this post, and I apologize for that.
I'm just getting used to the new rules myself; there is going to be a period of adjustment.
Sorry if I insulted you. I can only say I actually didn't intend to insult anyone here, but rather some people on Twitter, but you'd be perfectly right to take it as an insult against you if you supported Boehner in January.
I apologize, and will be on the look-out for my own baiting statements.
Update: Pentagon IG Has Launched Investigation Into Charges That Intel Analysts Were Pressured to Make Obama's Phony War on ISIS Appear More Winning Than It Actually Is
Pardon me, I'm a couple of days behind this story -- not only was that Daily Beat article from yesterday, but the allegations were enough to spur the announcement of an IG probe yesterday, too.
Sorry, I missed this story. (Well, I had it open in my thousand tabs and then lost it.)
The New York Times reports:
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry.
The investigation began after at least one civilian Defense Intelligence Agency analyst told the authorities that he had evidence that officials at United States Central Command -- the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State -- were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers, including President Obama, the government officials said.
Fuller details of the claims were not available, including when the assessments were said to have been altered and who at Central Command, or Centcom, the analyst said was responsible. The officials, speaking only on the condition of anonymity about classified matters, said that the recently opened investigation focused on whether military officials had changed the conclusions of draft intelligence assessments during a review process and then passed them on.
Legitimate differences of opinion are common and encouraged among national security officials, so the inspector general's investigation is an unusual move and suggests that the allegations go beyond typical intelligence disputes. Government rules state that intelligence assessments "must not be distorted" by agency agendas or policy views. Analysts are required to cite the sources that back up their conclusions and to acknowledge differing viewpoints.
Some senior American officials in recent weeks have provided largely positive public assessments about the progress of the military campaign against the Islamic State....
But recent intelligence assessments, including some by Defense Intelligence Agency, paint a sober picture about how little the Islamic State has been weakened over the past year....
The New York Times suggests (without saying so) that all of this, to the extent there may be a "this" there at all, is due to the military brass having an vested interest in portraying themselves as more effective than they are -- lying to poor abused Obama, that is, to make themselves look good.
I have rather different suspicions myself. I suspect that Obama's people are in fact the ones putting pressure on the brass, who in turn put pressure on the analysts, to report back to him that which he hath decreed must be the reality we believe in, so he can disseminate his faked up version of reality to Congress and the American public generally.
But I guess we'll just have to see.
Scandal-free administration, boys. Scandal-free.
Shocker: Intelligence Analysts Say They Were Pressured to Downplay ISIS' Strength and Overstate Obama's Effectiveness Against Them
They're the JV, you know. Obama said so. Now re-write your report to make them the JV.
Scandal-free administration, You Guys. Scandal-free.
Shane Harris and Nancy A. Yousef:
U.S. intelligence analysts keep saying that the American-led campaign against ISIS isn’t going so well. Their bosses keep telling them to think again about those conclusions.
Senior military and intelligence officials have inappropriately pressured U.S. terrorism analysts to alter their assessments about the strength of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, three sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast. Analysts have been pushed to portray the group as weaker than the analysts believe it actually is, according to these sources, and to paint an overly rosy picture about how well the U.S.-led effort to defeat the group is going.
Reports that have been deemed too pessimistic about the efficacy of the American-led campaign, or that have questioned whether a U.S.-trained Iraqi military can ultimately defeat ISIS, have been sent back down through the chain of command or haven’t been shared with senior policymakers, several analysts alleged.
In other instances, authors of such reports said they understood that their conclusions should fall within a certain spectrum. As a result, they self-censored their own views, they said, because they felt pressure to not reach conclusions far outside what those above them apparently believed.
"The phrase I use is the politicization of the intelligence community,”"retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told The Daily Beast...
It's truly incredible, and of course the major media aren't interested.
A president's minions direct their analysts to lie for political advantage, corrupting some of the most important machinery of United States security, intelligence.
But the media's okay with this -- their preferred story is also "Obama Triumphs." So they work hand in glove with him.
Glenn Reynolds: It's Little Reported in the US, But Liberal Enlightened Europe Is Talking About Walls and Immigrant Crackdowns, Too
The US media doesn't want to talk about any of this though, both because it is in ideological solidarity with the open borders movement, and is embarrassingly parochial anyway.
Europe's immigration drama has nothing to do with Donald Trump: Glenn Reynolds
Hundreds of thousands of migrants challenge EU's liberal stance on open borders.
From following the news, you'd think that immigration was strictly a U.S. problem, one brought to the fore by Donald Trump. But although Trump has certainly moved the debate to a new level here at home, other parts of the world are facing an immigration crisis that is, if anything, worse. And there are lessons in that.
Meanwhile, as Americans talk of a border fence, Bulgaria is building one, with razor wire and steel 12 feet high. And Slovakia is flat-out refusing to accept Muslim migrants, viewing them as dangerous and destabilizing. Migrants have massed at the Macedonian border and are creating tensions between Serbia and Hungary. Hungary is building a fence too. Norwegian politicians are suggesting that Norway should do something similar to Australia, which is sending unwelcome refugees to New Guinea or to prison....
So it's not just Trump. America, like the rest of the world, will have to decide what it wants to do about the fact that more people want to live here than we can accept. It is simple political reality that the problem can’t be ignored forever.
In Clueless, Alicia Silverstone fakes her way through a debate assignment on immigration by just making up some happy-sounding nonsense about there not being any RSVP required at Party USA.
That's pretty much exactly what the political and economic masters of this country are doing -- burbling Alicia Silverstone's happy-talk nonsense, hoping no one notices it doesn't make sense.
John Singer Sargent, "Green Shutters" (c. 1909)
Thursday Morning News Dump
- Clinton Data Went Unsecured For Over A Month After Classified Data Discovered
- When The Entire Democratic Party Was Like Donald Trump
- In Defense Of Offensive Speech
- Almost None Of The Women In The Ashley Madison Database Actually Used The Site
- Virginia Killer Wore Obama Badge During On Air Election Reports
- Chinese Government Detains 12 Over Tianjin Blast
- Don't Like 'Anchor Babies'? Try 'Products Of Deception'
- What Does Joe Biden Know?
- Good News For People Like Us!
- NYDaily News Has Tasteless Cover Of Journalist Shootings
Overnight Open Thread (8-26-2015)
But the more we learn about the farcical nature of this deal, the more Israel's calculus may tilt in favor of an Israeli attack - if not in 2015 or 2016, then in 2017 when Obama is no longer president. After all, the hell Israel would pay if it attacks Iran must be weighed against the threat of a nuclear Iran. Barak's account, if accurate, adds plausibility to the view that Israel sees the latter as more hellacious.
In a very real sense, then, the key people evaluating Obama's deal aren't U.S. Senators and Representatives, but rather Israeli generals, intelligence chiefs, and ministers. They are the ones who, effectively, can nullify the deal.
It seems to be that with every revelation of a major Obama/IAEA concession to the mullahs, the prospect that Israel will exercise its veto increases.-- Paul Mirengoff
And this article by John Bosma makes the case that if Israel does attack Iran, it will very likely have to use low-yield nukes to be sure of taking out Iran's nuclear facilities.
REPORTER: And anything you wish - I'm sorry - that you had not done or that you'd done differently?
JIMMY CARTER: I wish I'd sent one more helicopter to get the hostages and we would have rescued them and I would have been re-elected.
But Neo-neocon rebuts Carters regrets and shows that the botched rescue (and even the entire crisis) were the results of multiple sequential bad decisions by Jimmy Carter.
Given that the shah's occasionally violent riot control during the revolution was now Exhibit A in Iran's human-rights case against the former regime and America, Carter wanted to avoid killing Iranians, so he had insisted that if a hostile crowd formed during the raid, Delta should attempt to control it without shooting people. Burruss considered this ridiculous. He and his men were going to assault a guarded compound in the middle of a city of more than 5 million people, most of them presumed to be aggressively hostile. It was unbelievably risky; everyone on the mission knew there was a very good chance they would not get home alive. Wade Ishmoto, a Delta captain who worked with the unit's intelligence division, had joked, 'The only difference between this and the Alamo is that Davy Crockett didn't have to fight his way in.'"
Even after it became known that the Shah was suffering from cancer, President Carter was reluctant to allow him entry to the United States, for fear of reprisal against Americans still in Iran. But in October, when the severity of the Shah's illness became known, Carter relented on humanitarian grounds. "He went around the room, and most of us said, 'Let him in.'" recalls Vice President Walter Mondale. "And he said, 'And if [the Iranians] take our employees in our embassy hostage, then what would be your advice?' And the room just fell dead. No one had an answer to that. Turns out, we never did...".
And the Denver city council says YES!
Chick-fil-A's reputation as an opponent of same-sex marriage has imperiled the fast-food chain's potential return to Denver International Airport, with several City Council members this week passionately questioning a proposed concession agreement. .
Lopez compared Chick-fil-A's past politics to divisive remarks made this year by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about immigration and other issues, saying: "I would throw up in my mouth a little bit if we did business with Trump."Kniech, Lopez and other members said DIA's reputation was at stake, although airport officials view the concession as a big potential money-maker.
Daddy Government is your life-partner now.
Oh and just a reminder of our new old commenting policy:
Well of course they did. That was the whole purpose of the offset scam in the first place.
The scandis may be mostly smug squishes these days but they can still deal with trouble-making foreigners firmly and expeditiously when they choose to.
A 15-year-old Norwegian has been sentenced to 30 days in prison, deportation, and a six-year ban from Denmark after he made a prank bomb threat at Copenhagen airport for a YouTube video.
The youth, who is of Middle Eastern descent, remains in Danish custody more than two weeks after making his ill-advised gag as he was checking in his bag on August 12.
But this report from a Walmart manager suggests that this is simply because they were poor sellers for the company rather than a capitulation to PCdom.
Well fan theories are fine as long as they're clearly labeled as theories and possibly based solely on imagination. Then you have this video presenting the alternaview that Daniel was actually the real villain in The Karate Kid.
Worrisome News: Chimpanzees and Monkeys Have Entered the Stone Age
Unlike the #problematic 'Call Me Caitlyn' costume of hate.
And there's really no question what the number one deathmobile is.
The Group knows your sins but doesn't care.
Tonight's post brought to you by quite normal and natural in fact:
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New Banning Policy
I will be banning people a lot, going forward.
Here is the sort of comment that is no longer allowed: An insult lodged out of the blue at a commenter, a coblogger, or myself, based on nothing except political disagreement with something that person said.
The proper response to an argument or statement you don't like is a counter-argument or correction -- not a personalized attack.
Criticism is fine, but note that in criticism, ideas are discredited, not the person offering the idea.
Some people seem incapable of doing that, or too lazy or ill-informed to try, so they launch into the personal attack pre-emptively.
In some cases, there is what I would call an "organic" fight, where two people get into it little by little, each gradually getting meaner and meaner.
This will not be cause for banning, but just for a caution to take it down a notch.
Unless someone jumps way, way up without provocation. That will be taken as an out-of-the-blue insult, and reason for banning.
This is largely a problem of n00bs who warp in because they see us linked somewhere; but I'm announcing the policy to them anyway, so they won't whine when they're permabanned.
In addition, there are some assholes here who are incapable of having anything resembling a civil discussion; any disagreement is quickly met with the only argument they know: "Well you suck."
I have let the assholes fester here far too long; I intend to make up for lost time with rapid-fire serial banning.
I am tired of being afraid to speak my piece on my own website for fear of the drive-by assholes attacking me out of the blue; I imagine many of you are as well.
This was once a place for actual discussion; it will be again.
And I will ban those assholes who are incapable of behaving like elevated, educated, thinking people.
You're too "angry" to discuss things? Don't give a fuck; not my problem. You're banned.
You super-like Trump and you just can't abide someone who has a less enthusiastic opinion than you? Don't give a fuck; not my problem. You're banned.
You're super anti-Trump and need to shower the Trump people with all your frustrations that he's winning in the polls? Don't give a fuck; not my problem. You're banned.
The assholes will be banned in short order. There will not be argument about this.
I know for many low-functioning individuals, simply attacking people for something you disagree with is a political argument; some low-thinking, low-character people have never actually had a real discussion, and actually are so ignorant as to think a personal ad hominem, dropped on a stranger out of the blue, is an "argument."
Well, I don't have time to educate you; your daddy should have done that. Take it up with his wayward ignorant ass.
Your problems are your problems, and your problems alone; your emotional problems and angry outbursts will no longer be acceptable blog fodder here.
If this blog is too fast for you -- if people making arguments you might disagree with is just too painful for your mind to take -- well, there's lots of other blogs on the web; I suggest you try one that's more your speed.
We here are pretty good commenters, and pretty good at discussion and at repartee; we're not going to be dragged down to a sub-moron level simply because that's the only level at which a sub-moron feels he can participate in a Real Life Political Discussion.
These are the rules, and they will be enforced. Adjust your behavior accordingly.
Jeb, Hey, How About Free College Tuition?!
Trump: I'd Like to Raise Taxes on Rich People Like Myself
However, Trump signaled the other day that he's going to be releasing his own plan on college financing in four weeks, I think he said. Given that Trump seems to be a... how do I put this... Democrat, I expect him to offer up some Free Shit to people too.
But we don't know that yet. What we know, at this moment, is that Jeb has embraced what I call "The Heart of Jeb-ness."
Jeb Bush has a fantastically awful idea when it comes to college education. He thinks community college students should get "free" tuition for two years. If that's sounds familiar, it's because it’s the exact same thing President Barack Obama proposed in January. Which shows how completely hypocritical Bush is because he came out against Obama’s plan in January.
Oh, but Bush’s plan gets even more #headdesk inducing. He wants universities to PAY BACK students who don't graduate in four years.If kids can't graduate with a four-year degree in four years, there ought to be some payback to their families or to them, or their got to be some support for the loans they’ve taken out.
This is so fiscally irresponsible and reprehensible, it's not even funny.
Yes, let's subsidize failure and irresponsibility with more billions and billions of taxpayer dollars. We're not incentivizing failure and irresponsibility enough in this society.
If a kid literally wants to take a two year retirement at age 18 and just PARTY HIS FACE OFF for two very expensive college years, we should totally pay for that for him.
In Fairness: Stephen Price Blair suspects Jeb is garbling, in a Jebbish way, a more defensible policy:
This sounds like Jeb heard about the *good* idea of making colleges partially responsible for student loans, and just couldn't wrap his head around it.
That is, put colleges on the hook for non-graduating students and their unpaid loans, so they are incentivized to only enroll students who actually want to learn, and aren't merely diploma-mills-without-the-actual diplomas.
I imagine this part he'll clarify tomorrow.
Still -big huge new entitlement on those first two years of college, huh? Nothin' like asking a truck driver to pay for the college education of the son of a dentist.
Somewhat less egregious, but still troubling, is Doctor Populist himself offering up tax increases on the rich.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump began to flesh out his economic vision for America, and it includes raising taxes on the wealthy....
"I would change it. I would simplify it," Trump told hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann from the lobby of Trump Tower on New York's 5th Ave. Specifically, Trump targeted hedge fund profits, which are currently taxed at a lower rate than regular income. ....
"I would take carried interest out, and I would let people making hundreds of millions of dollars-a-year pay some tax, because right now they are paying very little tax and I think it's outrageous," Trump said. "I want to lower taxes for the middle class."
Asked whether his proposed changes meant he was prepared to raise taxes on himself, the billionaire framed his answer in terms of fairness.
"That's right. That's right. I'm OK with it. You've seen my statements, I do very well, I don't mind paying some taxes. The middle class is getting clobbered in this country. You know the middle class built this country, not the hedge fund guys, but I know people in hedge funds that pay almost nothing and it's ridiculous, OK?"
Eh. Make up your own minds. Personally, I have been extremely angry at the Donor Class for beating the shit out of the grassroots with every dime they have, completely spurning the concept of an alliance -- in which I agree to adopt some of your agenda, and you agree in turn to adopt some of mine -- to pursue a wholly mercenary agenda that serves themselves exclusively, destroying grassroots challengers at every opportunity.
Personally, I will not weep if the Donor Class takes a haircut. That might remind them next time that we in the grassroots only agree to their agenda to the exact extent they agree to ours.
I know that's not a popular sentiment -- especially with really good conservatives who aren't to blame for the current state of affairs -- but it's what I feel.
I feel badly used in this "alliance." I feel like a booty call for the Donor Class, and I would not mind them learning a lesson about what happens to political turncoats.
Plus, frankly, the super-rich are by and large liberal, except for their resistance to taxes on themselves, so the hell with them. Since they want to enact most of the Democrats' agenda, they can get their protection from tax hikes from the Democrats, too. One-stop shopping, boys. Enjoy!
However, people need to understand you're getting a different kind of Republican with Trump, and by a "different kind of Republican," I mean a Democrat who wants to restrict immigration.
Yes, I do think he will have cross-over appeal to downscale Democrats. But he will have this appeal not for the reasons Reagan did -- Reagan pitched a conservative philosophy -- but for the reasons the typical Democrat can reach Democrat voters, that is, because he's pitching Democracy policy goals.
If we're cool with that, fine, but we better make sure we're cool with that.
There may be some good political and strategic reasons to do this, but we just spent 7 years tearing our hair out over a guy determined to expand the welfare state at any cost; you all better be chill with the idea of having a president from your own party pushing to expand it.
Because it's Popular, and you can't spell popular without Populist. Well, at least you need a lot of the same letters.
Meanwhile, Marco Rubio says that Trump won't be president because we're not an angry nation, which is just so adorable.
Jeb Bush: Please Don't Vote For Me
Jeb Bush says that Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who was escorted out of a press conference held by Donald Trump on Tuesday night, should have been "treated with a little more respect."
"I think people with the press ought to be treated with a little more respect and dignity," he told reporters.
Meanwhile, Mark Haperin asks Trump about... religion.
As you could guess, this goes not so well. It's not terrific, as Trump would say.
Mr. Trump, who is your favorite apostle?
-- I couldn't say, they're all great guys, really super guys, great people.
But specifically, do you have a favorite apostle?
-- Specifically...? I don't know, I want to say, Ringo, maybe? Is Ringo in the mix?
No Mr. Trump, Ringo is not in the mix.
-- Are you sure? Because I hear a lot of buzz about Ringo.
Not in the Bible, though.
-- Well then who's talking up Ringo?
I don't know, Mr. Trump. Cher, maybe? Okay, shifting gears...
-- Oh thank God.
Which is your favorite book of the Bible, Mr. Trump?
-- Oh again with this.
So: Favorite book of the Bible?
-- Yes it's a great book, really fantastic, with the words and sentences and all.
But *which* book is your favorite?
-- The Bible. What did I say already?
But there are more than one book in the Bible. Which is your favorite book?
-- Oh my favorite book of the Bible. Now I understand, yes.
So which is it?
-- Uhh.. Well I love them all, with the wine and the waters and the joy and all that good stuff, but I guess, if you had to pin me down, I guess my favorite book is the one where the blonde girl gets the dragons. What's the name of that book?
Um... I think you mean a Game of Thrones.
-- Yes, that's it. That's my favorite book of the Bible. But so bloody!
Not a book of the actual Bible, though.
-- Is it in the Jewish Bible?
-- Well it's something either way, I'll tell you that. Well, I might not know a lot of specific facts about the Bible, but I try to live by the Golden Rule: "Winter is coming."
No... that's Game of Thrones again.
-- No I'm pretty sure it's a verse in the Bible. Like, "And Jacob said, feast well and bundle up, for Winter is Coming."
Nope, still just Game of Thrones.
-- Well I don't know where it comes from but it's an incredible philosophy. Carl Icann lives his life by it. Very rich man. Owns a lot of furs and space heaters.
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In Gravis/OANN Poll, Trump Hits... 40% Among Republicans
Before getting to that, this AllahPundit piece examines a claimed NYMag report that Roger Ailes now wants to take Trump out of the race; the claim is that Ailes says Trump is flatly unelectable, and Ailes views it as his mission to "save the country" (from a Democrat President, I guess).
This piece by very liberal but also pretty darn sharp Damon Linker is very good indeed.
How America's Political and Economic Elite Gave Birth to the Trump Campaign
Anti-immigrant sentiment has been on the rise (in intensity if not always in sheer numbers) throughout the Western world in recent years. The severe economic downturn that began in 2008 and the painfully slow recovery that followed has no doubt helped to fuel it. But so has a visceral frustration at what many believe to be a failure of representative institutions to respond to popular discontent about the changing ethnic and economic character of Western nation states over the past several decades.
These institutions have been sluggish to respond to this discontent because two (sometimes overlapping) factions of our political and economic elite strongly support high levels of immigration -- or at least oppose doing very much to stop it.
One of the factions -- the business class and its neoliberal champions in government, think tanks, and NGOs -- believes in a free-flowing international labor market that treats borders as superfluous.
The other faction -- liberal lawyers, activists, intellectuals, journalists, academics, members of the clergy, and (once again) NGO staffers — has a deep-seated moral suspicion of nations and political boundaries in general. Why should an American count for more than a Mexican who crosses the border into the United States? Shouldn't a refugee fleeing violence in North Africa enjoy full political rights upon setting foot in the European Union? Don't all human beings deserve to be treated equally under the law? Isn't opposition to such equality an example of bald-faced racism?
Both of these factions make deeply anti-political assumptions, denying the legitimacy of particularistic affiliations and dismissing the intuition that citizenship in a particular political community is a distinction that should not be open to all comers. The first faction denies these fundamentally political distinctions in the name of economic universalism; the second denies them in the name of moral universalism....
Out of fairness, I must stop quoting him there, but I assure you, his subsequent conclusions are just as important. His basic point is that while the public may favor a liberal immigration policy, they have not and probably will not agree to a virtual opens border policy, which is the policy preference of the "political and economic elites," as he calls them.
Anyway, on to the poll.
My one problem here is that this is sponsored by the One America News Network. I don't really know this outfit, other than they hired Sarah Palin.
I have nothing against them, but I also have no track record yielding anything for them, either.
Also, while I've heard of Gravis, that's the extent of my knowledge of them. I've just heard of them.
Oh, I just looked up methodology: It's a real poll (not an internet survey), but it's a robopoll. As I understand it, these are considered less reliable than human-conducted polls. I'm just going to guess here that that's because people feel far more comfortable hanging up on a robot, and therefore the survey becomes more self-selecting than with a human-conducted poll (that is, people who want to be polled stay on the line, skewing the survey towards the most animated people.)
That caveat aside, let the screaming about Trump, pro or con, commence.
There's a chart with all the candidates on it. It's below the fold because it's pretty wide.
Scott Walker's numbers have plunged, obviously.
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Backlash: Black Killer of White Reporters Sent Manifesto Declaring that Murders were a Response to Charleston
Now, see if you can follow my logic.
The media very softly plays Muslim terrorism stories. Why? Well, they always say they want to avoid "backlash" -- something which has been aggressively warned against 100,000 times for all three times it's actually happened.
The idea is that if you play up the sensational angles of a Muslim terrorism story, you will gin up people's natural tribal allegiances and natural tribal hatreds, and they will take out those natural tribal hatreds on completely-innocent Muslims.
That is, you can easily kindle racial -- or if race is not the right word, tribal -- hatred by giving sensationalistic coverage to murders which involve a member of one tribe butchering members of another.
That's the theory. That's why the media is always very "cautious" -- by their own statement; they say "we're being very cautious here" -- to not speculate that a killer might be a Muslim.
Is that theory right? Well, backlash doesn't happen that often, but I suppose there's absolutely nothing wrong with being cautious in one's reportage of an outrage committed by a member of one tribe against another.
History has shown that that can ignite fires in people's hearts -- very ugly fires.
No one can doubt that when one tribe agitates to start oppressing or actually butchering another tribe, they routinely start tallying up the List of Sins supposedly committed by members of the tribe being targeted for oppression or extinction.
If the Targeted Race hasn't committed enough real outrages, you then invent some (Hey, they're using our babies' blood to make bread, the bastards!).
So I can kind of understand the media's caution here, even if I think they take it to silly places sometimes.
Sure, if you get too sensationalistic, and make this too much into a story of CHRISTIANS MURDERED BY MURDEROUS MUSLIMS, you can inspire some less-mentally well Christians to maybe go on a personal Crusade.
Which is why I'm a bit astonished that the media offers no cautiousness whatsoever in reporting white murders of black people. In those cases, they don't seem concerned about igniting ugly fires in the hearts of a less-mentally stable black person -- in those cases, they seem to take the position of, 'Whatever might wind up happening to white people because of this, so what, they kinda had it coming."
I'm a bit mystified here -- while I can accept the idea of "backlash" and I can further accept the media's extreme trepidation in reporting Muslim on non-Muslim crimes, I cannot accept the media then taking the position that they can gin up as much hatred of white people as Ratings May Demand without any need for similar cautiousness.
But that is the position they take.
Now, Charleston was a serious crime which would be an emotionally igniting thing whatever the media's reaction to it was.
But I do note, with some degree of rage, that the media throws out its vaunted "caution/backlash" template when it comes to white people -- whose lives, it seem, actually don't fucking matter.
So here's the manifesto, and all this ugly weird crazy troll's various hallucinated grievances against White People, who he's pretty sure have been oppressing his weird crazy troll ass since he first hung his wang in a mesh Speedo.
"Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15..."
"What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them."
It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE ...(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.
Thanks media! No, I can't pin this on you -- but either the caution and worry for "backlash" is a real thing, or it is not a real thing.
If "backlash" is a real thing -- why do you exhibit no concerns about such backlash when the targets of such backlash will be white?
Do we just not matter as much as other people?
Or are white people, alone in the world, the only race capable of wishing to lash out a innocent third-parties due to anger over some other person killing a member of our tribe?
If you ever believed the latter, Christopher Dorn's rage-murders should have already disabused you of that racist conception; and now "Bryce Williams'" rage-backlash killings should certainly so disabuse you.
But you'll keep on doing the same thing, won't you?
You will continue being sober and cautious when a killer turns out to be non-white -- and absolutely gleeful when he turns out to be white, because that's the only color of True Evil in the media's eternal Narrative.
The Narrative never changes; the Narrative can never change. Only the names, dates, and places change daily, but the Narrative remains pure and inalterable like Polaris.
This Part of the Game I Can Cleanly Blame on the Media: When the killer is Muslim, the media tries its hardest to not connect that killer to any other Muslim, or even the Islamist ideology. They want to draw as narrow a circle as possible around the killer, including no other people, so that a hypothetical half-crazy would-be Crusader won't think "I'll get my vengeance by killing one his compatriots."
But when the killer is white, they expand that circle as wide as possible to indict all of white society. In the Charleston shooting, they blamed the Confederate flag and all the white people who admired that flag.
The Washington Post even went as far as blaming the Charleston shooting on a couple of minor jokes about Mexicans (not blacks) told by Amy Schumer.
The Confederate flag, South Carolinans who voted to keep the flag, Amy Schumer, the NRA, the GOP... the circle of responsibility was not just permitted to grow -- it was deliberately expanded by the media and the "experts" it lets past its gates.
Would the media ever do that with Muslims? Would they start making random tendentious connections between a Muslim killer and all other Muslims, or a Muslim stage performer? Would the media blame CAIR?
No, they would not.
But they routinely do that when the killer is white -- they go searching for the "root causes," and the root causes they're interested in are not specific to the killer; they find the sins to dwell within the hearts of all white people.
When a Muslim commits a terrorist act, that's just a lone wolf. But when Dylan Roof goes on a murder rampage, that is a sin that has been encouraged by, and is the direct responsibility of, every white person who is not himself an ultra-orthodox intersectionalist progressive.
So why shouldn't Bryce Williams take the media at its word and decide that Charleston is the responsibility of every white person he takes a disliking to?
Oh and By the Way: This racist was a "grievance collector," as commenters report an FBI profiler called him on TV. He was, get this, a loser, and he filed complaint after complaint blaming other people for his inability to hold a steady job or not piss off everyone who met him.
It was always "racism" that was causing his problems.
Some might say it was because he was a crazy asshole, a fact proven by his cowardly choice to shoot a man and two women in the back; but on Twitter, alas, I see some people taking his side, claiming he was "driven" to this or whatever, and how sad that is.
Which dovetails with the point I was making earlier in the post. The media would not permit any suggestion that perhaps Dylan Roof had a point (and they would be right to dismiss any such horrifying suggestion), but when it comes to non-white murderers, suddenly the media is on a hunt to discover What White People Might Have Done to Provoke This.
Who knows, perhaps the duo who wrote that article for the Washington Post will tell us that Bryce Williams, like Dylan Roof, was driven to murder due to Amy Schumer's "racist jokes."
Hulu Web Comedy Series Features Character Who Writes Edgy Joke on Twitter and Gets Social Media Blowback; Show Actually Getting Real Social Media Blowback for Entirely Fictitious Joke, Which Was Presented as Being Over-the-Line
Okay, sorry about that last post, which is such a huge screw up that I can do nothing more than apologize abjectly on behalf of @comradearthur and pray you forgive him his exclusive responsibility for the mess he's gotten us all in.
If he were here to defend himself, I'm sure he'd be the first to blame himself. Well, actually, he'd be the second.
But via Mary Katharine Ham, rounding up the new outrages of the day (Oh no -- someone's going to play dress-up as Caitlyn Jenner, who isn't actually Caitlyn Jenner), she drops this amazing story of how loathsomely stupid our society is:
A tasteless joke by an inept comic in Amy Poehler's Hulu series -- a joke designed to demonstrate the character's incompetence -- instead has redounded against Poehler, and brought out the Twitter tomato-tossers.
This is complicated, so pay attention: Poehler has a new series on Hulu called Difficult People, which has gotten some good reviews...
The main character, played by a Julie Klausner (Poehler produces but does not appear in the show), writes a twitter joke about how she can't wait until "Blue Ivy" (Beyonce's kid) grows up to be old enough to be peed on by R. Kelly (a rapper who got arrested due to his enjoyment of urinating on underage girls).
The joke is not presented as funny in the show -- no one but the Klausner character thinks it's funny -- and she catches grief for it on Twitter. Her boyfriend or husband (not clear) gives her only an awkward silence as she tells the joke.
But, America now having a lower rationality level than primitive people who are still burning "witches" at the stake, of course morons have to attack the show and Poehler for the joke.
Here now the new Scholars of America:
The Blue Ivy joke is disgusting. Amy Poehler should be ashamed and issue an apology. Real fucked up & racist to pick her for that punchline— Delilah Sinclair (@VorpalFemme) August 18, 2015
@VorpalFemme it's almost like she doesn't really care about black people. That's ok, she is more white people's cup of tea anyhow.— Dennis L. Middleton (@DennisMiddleto5) August 26, 2015
Shut the f*** up, Dummies.
Flashback: Actual Thought-Policing, with "Deprogramming" Sessions to Break People's Aversion to Social Justice Warrior Beliefs, at the University of Delaware
Corrected: Program Was Terminated Years Ago
via @comradearthur, a must read.
Why Ya Gotta Bust My Nuts All the Time? Okay, this article, rude commenters rudely inform me, is from October 31, 2008. It's still absolutely dynamite.
I take full responsibility on behalf of @comradearthur, with whom all fault plainly lies.
I'll skip the opening, which details some "resistant" students -- students who gave f***-all about the U of Delaware's silly-shit mandatory Social Justice Warrior indoctrination. They said things like "Yes as an opera lover I feel oppressed by the Rock Majority."
They were taking the piss (why I am using all this English slang all of a sudden?) out of mandatory forms where UD demanded to know about each student's sexual orientation, and when he "discovered" that orientation, and when he had been the victim or victimizer in Unapproved Going About One's Life activities.
These people needed to be broken, and now the University of Delaware crosses all the fascist lines.
This is cult shit, man.
She is not playing along like the other students [she's giving "bite me" answers to the mandatory questionnaire -- ace], and the RA confronts her using his "confrontation training," but it isn't working. He becomes so appalled by her resistance that he writes up an incident report and reports her to his superiors. After all, this is the University of Delaware, and the school has a zero-tolerance policy for anything remotely resembling "hate speech."
This one-on-one session was not meant to be a punishment, some kind of mandatory sensitivity training for a recalcitrant student who had committed an infraction. It was mandatory training for all 7,000-odd students in the University of Delaware dorms. The sessions were part of a thorough thought-reform curriculum, designed by the school’s Office of Residence Life, to psychologically "treat" and correct the allegedly incorrect thoughts, attitudes, values, beliefs, and habits of the students. The ResLife staff considered students too intolerant of one another, too "consumerist," and in dire need of reeducation to become responsible world citizens who could meet the planet's environmental crisis and the requirements of social and economic "justice."
The reprogramming sessions had the trappings of cultism. After an investigation showed that males demonstrated "a higher degree of resistance to educational efforts," one dorm chose to hire "strong male RAs." Each such RA "combats male residents' concepts of traditional male identity" in order to "ensure the delivery of the curriculum at the same level as in the female floors." Mandatory group sessions singled out and shamed non-minority students because of their "privilege" in American society. Staff members kept individual files on students and their beliefs--which were to be archived after graduation. RAs were trained in the zero-tolerance policy against anything "oppressive" -- an untoward word would trigger immediate notification of the campus police. RAs were required to report their "best" and "worst" one-on-one sessions to their superiors, including students' names and room numbers. Posters and door decorations provided the ResLife messages everywhere; one could not escape them. One administrator of the program, Sendy Guerrier, wrote that students "should be confronted with this information at every turn." Students with "traditional" beliefs had to become "allies" and "change agents" by their senior year.
All of this, according to the university's own materials, was part of a new educational model that had won awards from the American College Personnel Association's Commission for Social Justice Educators. The University of Delaware was proud of this "every student" model of values education in the residence halls, which had been implemented in 2004. This "curricular approach," the university sang, was superior to the old "programming model," which was merely voluntary and only focused on outmoded activities like study breaks. Finally, Residence Life officials could be teachers of a mandatory program, just like the faculty, and they could reach students where it really mattered--where they lived. The program was a comprehensive manipulation of the living environment to inculcate, unrelentingly, the ideological messages insisted upon by the ResLife staff. It was an extreme example of what Alan Charles Kors and Harvey Silverglate had predicted ten years ago in The Shadow University: a large apparatus of Residence Life officials usurping the educational prerogatives of the faculty in order to advance a deeply repressive agenda.
Obviously, this should be made subject of a law: No university engaging in the mandatory "programming" of student political, social, or cultural beliefs can receive a dime of federal money.
That should happen -- that must happen.
America no longer exists, except in the hearts and memories of those who once loved it.
If you want that memory to be real again, it's time to start smashing the instruments of repression and control.
Update: The University of Delaware's "reprogramming" sessions were halted in 2007, thanks to pressure from Fire.
Apologies. I'll put something else up.
Oh My God: The Virginia Journalist Assassin is... Live Tweeting
via @biasedgirl, this is either the killer's twitter stream, or a sick impostor.
Apparently it's real -- because it just got suspended as I was reading it. In addition, he posted a Vine of him pulling a gun on Adam and Allison (sorry I don't know their last names) just before the execution.
He seems to be grinding racial axes:
He also posted his own video of the shooting -- the clip on twitter did not include the actual shooting, but it had him pulling out his gun to aim it at the female reporter's chest.
He also complained that after working with him just one time, Allison reported him to Human Resources.
He thinks this was a breach.
Given the fact that this lunatic just murdered two people and filmed himself murdering them, I'm going to go out on a limb and say he said creepy, weird things to Allison which made her scared of him.
Suicide: He's killed himself. He delivered his "manifesto" to ABC earlier. That should be fun.
Update: Still Alive?
Gawker Gonna Gawker:
Gawker media is disgusting no vile. pic.twitter.com/O1UGalVB31— EdAsante (@EdAsante77) August 26, 2015
Maybe, Just Maybe, His Complaints of Racism and Filings with the EEOB Were Figments of His Demented Mind:
Or, nah: We should probably batten down for a few days of the media asking "Did white America drive this man to desperate measures?"
Reporter And Camera Man Killed On Live TV In Roanoke, Virginia
Update: The suspect is a "disgruntled"
former employee of the station. Virginia State Police are currently chasing him. (link fixed)
Update: Not being chased and never was.
And now I remember why I stopped doing breaking story posts.
That headline sounds awful, like I making fun of it but it's a literal description of what happened.
The incident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. EDT during a live broadcast in Bedford County, when shots could be heard, sending the reporter and the person she was interviewing screaming and ducking for cover.
The station, WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, said the reporter Alison Parker, 24, and the cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, died in the incident.
Parker and Ward were filming a feature segment for the morning news program at Bridgewater Plaza, a shopping and recreation plaza.
They were apparently doing a tourism story. You know, typical morning news stuff.
I haven't watched the video but after seeing the image of the killer, any thought I had of watching it is gone. My understanding is the images aren't so bad but the audio of the victims is "haunting."
The important thing is capturing the sick freak who did this. Spread the images far and wide.
Here are the best screengrabs I've seen so far of the killer. Anyone in the VA area please help find this monster. pic.twitter.com/IeL6e9Ua9Z— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 26, 2015
Pray for the victims, their loved ones and the aim of the first cop who gets this piece of crap in their gun sights.
George Inness, "The Pond at Sunset, Milton" (1886)
Wednesday Morning News Dump
I'm calling in sick to the blog, sorry.
Overnight Open Thread (8-25-2015)
I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I'm not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best...cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better...not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.
-- Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison fighting back against the trophy industrial complex
It is one of the conventions of the British parliamentary system that when the government of the day is considering any form of military action, it gives the leader of the opposition access to the highest-level security briefings, so he (or she) understands exactly what is at stake and cannot complain about being kept in the dark. Thus, for example, last month David Cameron invited Labour's acting leader, Harriet Harman, to a high-level security meeting about the threat posed by Isis extremists, against whom an RAF campaign was being considered.
Given Corbyn's recent difficulty in establishing clarity as to whether he prefers Isis to the American military, would Cameron be able to trust him as a secure recipient of security briefings? The same would go for anything involving Nato action, since Corbyn is much more antipathetic to that western defence alliance than he is to Putin.-- Dominic Lawson on the insane Leftism of likely Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
She may have supported Obama but she also learned a trick or two from Hilary.
De Leon and Steyer have been super-glued together of late. As the Bakersfield Californian reported, "Steyer, a major donor to Democrats nationwide, is pouring money into the California Capitol, and de Leon is introducing bills that echo Steyer's environmental agenda." Steyer has appeared at hearings for de Leon's Senate Bill 350, which would mandate a 50 percent cut in gasoline consumption in the Golden State by 2030. The only way to achieve that goal would be to increase prices substantially. Hardest hit by Proposition 39 and the scorched-earth environmentalism of SB 350 would be de Leon's own constituents in East Los Angeles, one of the poorest areas in a state with the highest poverty rate in the nation. Working- and middle-class Californians with long commutes or who drive trucks for a living would suffer the consequences.
RD Brewer had this in the sidebar a few days ago and it's worth a read if you have any interest in SF or just want to see how far SJWs are willing to go to avoid losing their grip on an institution.
According to fiery gaming and sci fi pundit @Daddy_Warpig, the opposition to the Sad & Rabid Puppies slates took the form of encouraging voters to choose "no award" for an award category unless a work with appropriate politics was available. Taking it a step farther, many SJW zealots proved their commitment to tolerance, openness and variety by vowing not to read a work found on a Puppies slate under any circumstances.
Like the Death Star's visit to Alderaan, the results of Hugo Awards voting were ugly and unprecedented. 5 major categories including best novella and best short story went with "no award." To put that in perspective, in the previous 60 years of Hugo Awards, a total of 5 "no awards" have been given previously.
And perhaps one day Visual RPG and Visual APL.
Including Cora Crane, the common law wife of Stephen Crane of The Red Badge of Courage.
Not long after, Crane was in town, checking into a hotel and presumably meeting Cora. After leaving and heading for Cuba, his ship ran aground. Cora arranged for Crane to be brought back to her hotel. After nursing him back to health, she started to accompany him on his trips, calling herself Cora Crane even though she had never officially divorced the man with whom she'd previously run off to England. (The woman pictured with Crane above is believed to be Cora.)
When Crane died of tuberculosis, he left everything to her. With that, she built a massively successful 17-bedroom mansion in the heart of the red light district in Jacksonville, Florida. That was only her main establishment; she owned several other brothels.
The Yahoo group is for closers only.
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Trump Throws Univsion's Jorge Ramos Out of Press Conference For Filibustering Out of Turn
So, this is why Trump is popular.
Incidentally, he had another filibustering Univision reporter later, one who he did call upon, but who kept filibustering and arguing. He handled him differently, generally answering or contradicting him, but not getting angry at him.
In fact, at the end, he ended on a pretty friendly note, saying "You're all right" and "We'll talk more over the next year or two."
But putting the boot to Jorge Ramos' fake-reporter ass? Glorious.
Update: A commenter thinks the person I called "the second Univision reporter" was in fact Jorge Ramos, who, get this, snuck back in.
Kidding. I guess they let him back in, with the guarantee he would only talk when called upon.
When Ramos comes back:
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College Suspends Fraternity For Expressing Heterosexual Interest in Women
Apparently this sort of sexual advertisement is a thing at some colleges -- including with sororities.
But, girls, so they can do whatever they want. Different rules. It's in the Constitution (TM).
Frank Luntz on the Hatred of the Establishment Revealed by a Pro-Trump Focus Group: "This is real. I'm having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking."
I'm shocked that he's shocked, and I do not mean that as a joke.
He is a professional. He is a focus-grouper and high consultant. I imagine he reads a lot of polls too, and probably runs some.
And yet he didn't know the anger brewing at the Establishment.
I am truly shocked.
No matter how low my estimations of our political class, they keep failing to meet my expectations.
I complained on Friday that the vaunted consultant class does not know the most elemental things about the "constituency" they're paid to advise clients about. I put "constituency" in quotes because it's quite plain they do not consider the actual grassroots voter as their constituency. In fact, they do not consider them at all.
I have previously said -- and I've said this a dozen times before, especially in the 2007 amnesty fight -- that the Establishment in DC, paid millions and feted as gurus of the political pulse of the nation -- knows far, far less than the base than the average low-level blogger who bothers to read his comments and talk with them.
By the way, of course: That's expressly the reason Andrew Breitbart read the comments, especially here. Well, one reason was that he simply enjoyed them. But the other reason, he told me, was to figure out where people, as a mass, were on issues, where their passion was, where they were going.
You would think that these well-paid consultants, claiming the ability to channel the sentiments of the party, would do this very most basic sort of research into the national mood.
It's all open source, assholes. You don't have to pay a dime to do what Breitbart used to, which is to use some program to suck up all comments into a file so he could read them when he didn't have the internet (on a plane, etc.)
But no -- High Guru Frank Luntz is shocked to the point of his legs shaking as the world reels beneath his feet to discover the grassroots really, really despises the Establishment, and no longer trusts them, and in fact considers them political enemies in the same way they consider the Democrats to be political enemies.
This is news to them.
Good work, assholes.
You're the Smart Ones, right? The "political elite" who employ all sorts of sophisticated and cunning techniques to divine the national mood, huh?
Did you ever think to ask them, Geniuses?
"You guys understand how significant this is?" Luntz asked the press breathlessly when he came back into the room behind the glass. "This is real. I'm having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking."
"I want to put the Republican leadership behind this mirror and let them see. They need to wake up. They don’t realize how the grassroots have abandoned them," Luntz continued. "Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasn't listening to their grassroots."
He's shocked to learn this! This is only said 50 times in any thread about Trump!
The group said Trump has their best interests in mind, while other Republicans are looking out for themselves. "We've got to show the Republicans that we've had it with them, that we will not be there every single time. They treat us like crap and they lie to us and promise us things and then they expect us to vote again," said a Republican woman....
Much of Trump’s support in the room seemed to stem from a weakness in the Republican party. The 2014 midterms did not usher in the conservative renaissance Republicans expected. Obamacare has still not been repealed, Congress is looking less likely to override a veto on the Iran deal, and there are still 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
The group of 29 went around the room, each supplying a single adjective for the legislative body that let them down after the 2014 elections. Congress "does nothing." It's "too old." "Useless." "Lame." "Inept." "Wrong party." "Cocktail party." "Gridlock." "Costly. "Sold out." "Sucks." "Douchebags."
The political class is useless and must be swept away, completely. Not only do they have an agenda contrary to most of the voters' interests, but even when it comes to the thing they're supposed to be good at, be experts at, they're totally incompetent and in fact absolutely pathetic.
I'll give Trump this much: He is right to call them "morons." They should be called what they are. They are failures, they are incompetent, and they're a disaster.
I'm sure they'll "hit all their numbers," though.
So, Lois Lerner Had a Second Secret Email, Using the Name "Toby Miles," With Which She Conducted Official, But Secret, IRS Business
And you know what they say -- whenever someone creates a secret email system to avoid scrutiny and accountability, that's an absolute guarantee that everything they're doing is on the up and up.
The Free Beacon's Morgan Chalfant:
Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner used a second personal email account under the name of “Toby Miles” to conduct official business during the time of the conservative group targeting scandal.
The Washington Times reported that the IRS admitted Monday in a court filing that Lerner used not one but two personal email accounts in addition to her official IRS email during her time heading the government agency’s Exempt Organizations Unit.
According to IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas, the agency discovered the email account when it was assembling documents to turn over to Judicial Watch, the public interest law group that filed an open-records lawsuit to gain access to emails sent by Lerner during the time she targeted conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.
"It is simply astonishing that years after this scandal erupted we are learning about an account Lois Lerner used that evidently hadn’t been searched," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, accusing the IRS of concealing information from Lerner that could inform the targeting controversy.
Astonishing? I do not think that word means what you think it means, Mr. Fitton.
Trump's Officially a Temper-Tantrum Throwing Idiot Who Just Can't Put on His Big Boy Pants
Here's my argument.
What is Trump's plan? Or, rather: What would be Trump's plan, if he were capable of planning?
Well, he'd take his starting base of support -- a not-inconsiderable base, given that he's at 35% in New Hampshire -- and use that to win the nomination, over the protestations of the Establishment.
Then, having beaten the Establishment, he would leave them with little other choice but to accept that he has won, and begin supporting him, and saying nice things about him for once.
The Establishment wouldn't like that, but they would probably have to go along with it.
Part of the reason Trump still lags in head-to-heads with Hillary or Biden or Sanders, despite pulling some support, I'm guessing, from blue-collar voters who typically vote Democrat, is that many white-collar Republicans will not support him, at least not yet.
So, Trump's plan should be to win the nomination over their heads, just bull right over them, but then, later, co-opt most of those recalcitrant I'll-never-vote-for-a-low-class-guy-like-Trump Comfortable Class Respectable Republicans and get their support too.
That should be the plan -- that's how he could, conceivably, win.
Which makes it all the more strange that he just can't seem to stop attacking a major, major Establishment avatar, Megyn Kelly, who has a huge microphone and, PS, is one of the most respected anchors on the right, oh, and also, by the way, pissing off the most important Republican institution, which isn't the RNC, of course, but rather FoxNews.
What could he possibly be thinking?
Answer: He's not thinking, he's emoting, Megyn Kelly made him feel bad with her pointed questions and Insolent Journalism and now he's going to obsess about that hurt forever and ever, as he did with Rosie O'Donnell.
It's one thing to burn your bridges behind you. It's quite another thing to burn the bridges which are absolutely required for your passage before you've crossed them at all.
This is, as they say, worse than a crime; this is a mistake. And a very troubling one, coming, as it does, from a place of pure uncontrollable emotionality and id.
It does not presage well for a Trump presidency -- he'll have plenty of people talking smack about him as president, and, as president, do I trust that he will limit his zest for payback to Twitter?
Or do I start to fear he'll be a Lois Lerner type?
This worries me. He does not seem capable of just shaking it off and moving on. He seems to be frozen forever at his point of psychological pain.
Furthermore, pissing of Fox, pissing off his actual ally Roger Ailes, might be the one thing this guy could do to actually blow himself up and take him out of contention permanently.
The only other person I've seen do these late-night angry, drunk-seeming nigh-random Twitter rants is Alec Baldwin.
And I wouldn't trust his psychology with the presidency.
As Peggy Hubbard might say:
Stop being a stupid little bitch and start talking like a god-damned grownup, you imbecile.
Ferguson Mom Rants Against #BlackLivesMatter and the Beatification of "Criminals and Thugs"
Peggy Hubbard, a former Navy woman, and a mom and grandmother, is incensed is that a nine-year-old girl, Jamyla Bolden, was shot in the chest and killed in a mistaken drive-by-shooting while she was in her own house, doing her homework.
And yet no one wants to talk about that. Instead, the #BlackLivesMatter crew wants to "tear their own shit up" over the fact that a thug shot at a cop and, surprisingly, was shot in return.
Well, she's going to talk about that.
Below, two videos, both much-watch, though there's a Content Warning for both -- the first video contains a fair amount of profanity plus things You're Not Allowed to Say In Supposedly-Free America.
The second clip would be okay, as it's a CNN interview, but Don Lemon, reading off the slurs lobbed against her, of course has to say house n_____. That's kind of Don Lemon's thing now, casually dropping n-bombs pretty much whenever he can work it in.
Not only does she say that #BlackLivesMatter is a "joke," she says there's no such thing as White Privilege.
Oh, by the way: When black critics attack her for "not being on their side," she's responded that she's not on anybody's side "based on race alone."
So, obviously, a Racist.
American, European Stocks Rebound After China Cuts Interest Rates Again
The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite finished the day down, but apparently the rest of the world likes the Chinese plan to cut interest rates to spur their country's lackluster 7% growth. (! -- well, they're used to even higher rates, and some people think that number is inflated.)
Chinee stocks, however, kept falling.
Global markets rallied higher after the Chinese central bank announced plans to cut its one-year lending rate to 4.6 percent, a move the People's Bank of China said would provide long-term liquidity and help support the economy. The move came after China’s benchmark Shanghai composite index slid further Tuesday, losing 7.6 percent to close below the psychological 3,000 mark.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 31 Tuesday after as much as 90 percent on Monday, its highest level since 2009. The New York Stock Exchange invoked Rule 48 for the second day in a row Tuesday to pre-empt panic selling, Dow Jones reported.
So I'm sure everything's okay now.
Martin Johnson Heade, "Sunset Marshland" (c. 1880)
Tuesday Morning News Dump
- There Is (Still) No Alternative
- Japan Delivers Whiskey To The International Space Station
- Democrats: Too Old And Too White?
- Saving America From A European Future
- Wall Street Poised For A Rebound As China Cuts Interest Rates
- Is Donald Trump An Agent Of Divine Judgement
- How Politics Killed Comedy
- IRS Finds Another Secret Lois Lerner E-mail Account
- Donald Trump Still Fixated On Megyn Kelly
- Iconic Movie Posters Recreated With Emoji
Morning Thread (8-25-2015)
Rather than leaving you with an original, pithy comment to start your day, I dropped back to AoSHQ Blog Mode 1: Swipe Content From HotAir
Lemme give you a big hint. It starts with a "G" and ends with a "T".
Too Hard? Ok: _overnmen_
Overnight Open Thread (8-24-2015) - You'll Get Content And You'll Like It Edition
Farghadani is one of millions of women whose basic rights are being ruthlessly violated. In countries like Iran, Yemen, Egypt, and Cambodia, women are struggling for freedoms most women in the West take for granted.
But American feminists are relatively silent about these injustices - especially feminists on campus. During the 1980s, there were massive demonstrations on American college campuses against racial apartheid in South Africa. There is no remotely comparable movement on today's campuses against the gender apartheid prevalent in large parts of the world. Why not?
Today's young feminist activists are far too preoccupied with their own supposed victimhood to make common cause with women like Farghadani.-- Christina Hoff Sommers
Blasphemy laws are ridiculous, outdated, historical anachronisms. But what's interesting is, in Britain, for example, we no longer have blasphemy laws - that was seen as being a great step forward... - but what they did was introduce hate speech laws instead.
So we...no longer have old-fashioned religious blasphemy laws, we have a kind of secular blasphemy laws: there are new [rules] you are allowed not to break, there are new groups you are not allowed not to offend ...and in many ways, more insidious and pervasive than blasphemy ever was - which was a dead law on the statute books for most of the last 100 years.-- Mick Hume of Spiked!
He was one of the first to rush the gunman - unfortunately before his guns jammed - and got shot in the neck. He was commended by French President Francois Hollande for his courage but alas wasn't awarded a Legion of Honor.
Mark Moogalian, who is reportedly a 51-year-old academic originally from Midlothian, Virginia, spotted a suspicious passenger while traveling on the Amsterdam to Paris train Friday.
"My husband told me that he had seen someone strange because he had entered the toilets with his suitcase and it lasted a long time," Moogalian's wife Isabelle told Europe1 radio Monday. "A little while later the guy came out and that's when he saw that the guy was carrying a gun."
Isabelle Moogalian, who was also aboard the train, said her husband spotted the gunman "being grabbed from behind by a different person" - thought to be a 29-year-old French banker who has chosen to stay anonymous.
Mark Moogalian told his wife to "go" and then "rushed towards the gunman to remove...the Kalashnikov."She added: "I did not see my husband get shot, it happened too quickly and I was pretty much hiding behind seats. But I look at my husband through the seats at an angle and he looked straight at me and said, 'I'm hit!' . There was blood everywhere. I ran towards him and I could see that he a wound on his back, I then saw another wound by his neck."
Moogalian is still in the hospital recovering from his neck wound and three broken ribs along with other unspecified injuries. Spencer Stone, the 23-year-old U.S. airman, saved Moogalian's life by stopping the hemorrhaging from his gunshot wound in the neck until paramedics arrived.
According to him he was just a hungry, down on his luck guy looking to rob some rich people on a train with a gun he happened to find in a park. You know - the kind of bad luck misunderstanding-based set of circumstances that could happen to well anyone.
There's a surprising amount of research on vacations, and what aspects are satisfying. To begin with, vacation planning tends to bring happiness. Research in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life shows that people actually derive most of the happiness from their vacations in the planning phase. On its own, this finding would seem to recommend lots of planning time and the creation of a complex itinerary, rather than a spontaneous getaway.
But if byzantine, hyper-planned trips bring great joy in the planning, they risk yielding almost no happiness in the taking. Research cited by the Harvard Business Review shows that people derive little to no happiness boost from vacations they perceive as stressful. Jam-packed itineraries and tight connections may look exciting on paper, but they could end up meaning you return no happier than when you left.Only people with simple, relaxed trips seem to get a happiness boost. Think of this as the Vacation Paradox: You have to choose between being happy beforehand, or happy afterward. Sorry.
Vacations also say a thing or two about one's country of origin. In America, the icebreaker conversation topic with a stranger is usually, "What do you do for a living?" In Europe, this would be about as interesting and relevant as, "Do you floss every day?" No, for Europeans, the fallback topic is always, "Where are you going on vacation this year?" Everyone has an answer, usually involving weeks and weeks at the beach or mountains.
The data on vacation provide support for the aphorism that Americans live to work, and Europeans work to live. The average private sector American worker is offered just 16 days of paid holiday and vacation each year and has no legal guarantee to any time off. Compare this to Italy (31 days), Spain (34 days), and Portugal (35 days).You might be rolling your American eyes at these statistics, noting, for instance, Spain's 23 percent unemployment rate. But having lived in Spain for years, I can assure you that calling attention to the relationship between mandated voluntary idleness and involuntary idleness, or unemployment, elicits reactions that run from confusion to contempt. So just keep it to yourself, and get back to work.
Boston police arrested James Austin Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, on Saturday "because of threats of violence made over social media." When police searched Stumbo and Norton's vehicle parked in a garage several blocks from the Pokemon event, they found a shotgun, an AR-15 assault rifle, a hunting knife, and 250 rounds of ammunition.
Stumbo and Norton are charged with several firearm charges including unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Or maybe not so much. The 'threats' issued by the men seem rather lame and out-of-contexty.
Just how serious was this? The Daily Beast (linked above) captures some of the Facebook chatter, including a remark about "killing the competition, while the Washington Post gives a little more context to the remarks. A July 30th Facebook post said, ""Boys an girls this is going to be a guns and stripper weekend!!!" after Stumbo won $1000 at an earlier Pokemon event, which he apparently meant as an explanation for where the money would go.
Their biggest mistake seems to have been attending a Pokemon convention publicly followed by bringing guns into Massachusetts.
It's only August and this year's crop of offensive and #problematic Halloween costumes are already starting to roll in. AnytimeCostumes.com is selling this "Call Me Caitlyn" costume in its men's section, offering dudes (well, the costume is "unisex" but let's be real) the chance to "dress as the softer side of the popular Olympian," aka Caitlyn Jenner, in an outfit based on her Vanity Fair cover look. The description for the costume tries to disguise its transphobia by couching it in compliments about Jenner's "picture perfect look," but the fact remains that Caitlyn is a whole human being, and a woman specifically, not the "softer side" of the former Bruce Jenner.
While dressing up as a celebrity in an iconic look is generally totally acceptable for Halloween, it is NOT okay to turn a marginalized person's identity into a costume "to get a few laughs out of your friends."
Eh. Either way it's a guy in a one piece with a sash. But apparently one is super special and protected while the other is a bad, bad person and even worse, #problematic.
Asian-Americans may vote reliably Democratic but now they're also a key target of Democratic lawmakers who are calling for 'diversity' in 'mostly white' tech companies like Yahoo.
Yahoo's workforce is half-white. That's not "mostly," unless you take "mostly" to mean "the highest single percentage."* But that's a semantic point: the headline/lede are misleading because they want you to think that Yahoo has an abnormally or disproportionately high number of white employees. This is-and I can't stress this enough-total poppycock. Indeed, if we look at the population as a whole, whites are actually underrepresented at Yahoo. Massively so. Non-hispanic whites make up 63 percent of the American population, well more than the 50 percent at Yahoo. Asians, meanwhile, make up about five percent of the general population but 39 percent of Yahoo's workforce.
Advantage: No one.
The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got electrolytes and shit.
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Rep. Mark Meadows May File a Motion to Oust Boehner from Speakership
Mark Meadows has already filed a non- privileged version of a motion to "vacate the chair" and thus oust Boehner, near the end of July; but a non-privileged motion does not actually compel a vote. I guess Boehner just tabled it or whatever.
But he says he's thinking very hard about taking it to that next step of making it a privileged motion, which must be voted on.
If it sounds like I don't know what the hell I'm talking about, that's because I don't.
During a normal day in his home district last week, which felt like a victory lap based on the warm reception of constituents, Meadows reflected on his decision with “no regrets.”
Indeed, when Congress returns from its six-week summer recess, Meadows warned he may take it a step further.
Meadows says if leadership’s tactics don’t change to his liking, he--or another supportive lawmaker--could refile the motion from "non-privileged" to "privileged," forcing a vote within two legislative days.
Meadows insists that Boehner would need to depend on Democrats to keep his speakership---he says there are "many more" than 29 Republicans who would vote to strip the speaker of his gavel (for comparison, 25 lawmakers did not vote to re-elect Boehner as speaker in January).
You might want to let your Representative know that you will not be voting for him in future contests, whether general or primary, if he votes to keep Boehner in power.
I expect the Establishment-leaning commentariat to shriek about this like they did last January. I also expect them to then wonder why fewer and fewer people trust their judgment.
Another Hillary Lie: Team Grandmonster Never Informed DHS About Secret Email System, Despite DHS Rules Requiring Updates About Communications Systems
Seems to make sense: The DHS required regular updates about the security of email systems so they could audit them to discover if they were secure or if they were hackable.
Grandmonster Hillary never told them about this key system, upon which she conducted all of her
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The State Department does not appear to have submitted legally required information regarding Hillary Clinton's secret computer server to the Department of Homeland Security during her term as secretary, FoxNews.com has learned.
All federal government agencies are mandated to submit a list of systems, vulnerabilities and configuration issues to DHS every 30 days. The department then performs a "cyberscope audit" to ensure security, a responsibility the agency has had since 2010.
FoxNews.com learned of the lapse as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request submitted June 11. It is not clear if State Department officials in charge of compliance with the DHS audits knew of their boss's server, which has been shown to have included "top secret" information in emails.
John Schindler runs down the lies from Grandmonster Hillary's recent statements and concludes:
The prodigious Team Hillary lies must stop. With each new, flat-out lie, she is damaging her party and the country. It’s time to come clean and end this charade. There’s not much time left — the FBI will end its investigation eventually, and I doubt Clinton, Inc. will like what the Bureau finds.
Among the biggest questions facing the FBI is, if Hillary had no unclassified state.gov email account, did she have (or use) higher-level governmental email? There are separate email systems for Secret and Top Secret Codeword information, respectively. Did Hillary use them at all? Did that play a role in this scandal?
If Hillary wasn’t lifting classified information from “high-side” systems (to use IC terminology), who on her staff was? That question surely is something the FBI is looking into very closely right now.
A guest on Limbaugh (actually, a guest on Mark Steyn, who was subbing for Limbaugh) spoke about this today. There are non-classified computers and classified computers. Only classified computers can accept classified information.
If you use government email, the email is routed in such a way that information from a classified computer cannot be sent to a non-classified computer. I don't mean it's against the law; I mean it's technically impossible. The system won't permit this to happen.
But Hillary was using her own system, and seems to have been the "passive recipient of unwitting information" (whatever that could mean) of a classified nature.
This could only happen because she insisted on using her own secret private system.
Furthermore, we still have the air-gap problem to talk about: The most sensitive documents, the Top Secret/SCI stuff, is only viewable on hard copy in a SCIF, a sensitive compartmented information facility, which requires the permission of two guards to enter, and exit.
You can't "hack" the system because it's not all plugged into the internet. The documents have an "air gap" separating them from the electric river of the internet.
But these documents, which are not supposed to be transferred from place to place except by physical movement through the air, nevertheless were present in electronic format on Hillary's easily-hacked, easily-forwarded-to-whoever private system.
How did this information get there? Who scanned the hard-copy documents and uploaded them, illegally, to a non-secure electronic system?
Who smuggled them past the air gap?
Why did Hillary's convenience -- assuming the documents were smuggled on to her email for her convenience -- trump very sensible, and very serious, national security protocols?
Biden May Run For President, Announcing His Vice President Liz Warren Will Take His Place After a Single Term
I talked about this in the last post of the day on Friday but it seems like a big enough thing to be repeated: Biden seems to be soliciting (the rumors go) Liz Warren to agree to serve as his VP, to be announced as his running mate the day of his own announcement. Thus, the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate would be running as a team since day one of the presidential candidate's entry into the primaries.
Making this more attractive to Liz Warren, who is old as f***, would be Biden's promise of a one-and-done term, making her the heir apparent for the Democrat nomination in 2020.
Not a bad deal. She just may take that deal, and it just may work, at least as far as beating Hillary, who seems to be on the None-and-Done plan.
Jazz Shaw writes of former GOP AG (the last under Bush) Mike Mukasey's argument that Hillary may have legally disqualified herself from ever holding US office again: that's one of the punishments listed in one of the laws she almost certainly broke.
Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
They specify one corner-case area where "office" does not apply, suggesting it applies every other place you'd think "office" might apply.
But Charles Cooke suggested to me that would be hard to "litigate" in court. In fact, actually, I think it might be too easy to litigate -- and dispose of. The Supreme Court has ruled the qualifications listed in the Constitution (age, natural born citizen) are the exclusive qualifications that may be imposed on a candidate, and may not be added to by a mere act of Congress no more than they can be set aside by an act of Congress. It would take an Amendment to add to, or subtract from, those constitutional qualifications, and thus this law would be ruled, I think, to not apply in the case of La Hillary.*
Which actually you can see the sense of -- otherwise an Obama-type president, with a Holder-type AG, might attempt to make mischief by making up and prosecuting the opposing party's best candidates for laws which claim to "disqualify" people from US office, should such laws be claimed to have been violated.
* Specifically, laws establishing term limits on US officeholders were struck down by the courts, on the theory that such laws add an additional qualification (that the candidate should not have served x or more previous terms) to the list of qualifications in the Constitution itself.
Father of Thalys Train Hero Alex Skarlatos: "This PC Crowd" Needs to "Recognize Terrorism for What It Is"
MSNBC's very PC Tamron Hall doesn't know quite what to make of this.
(Had to run an errand that took longer than I thought, which is why I was doing these quick nothing posts... I'll try to do some real news.)
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Hot Chick Spends All Her Free Time Inventing New Ways to be Hot
She calls herself "SexyCyborg." A couple of months ago she got attention by designing an LED microskirt that lit up her legs.
Now she wonders about espionage. Calling herself a perfect "honeypot" (seems fair), she designs hot wedges* with lots of hidden space for tech/spy gear in their heels.
It looks like she could reconfigure the space in the secret compartments to store a compact gun.
* I have no idea what to call women's shoes. Are these wedges? I dunno.
DOW Drops Over 1000 Points in First Few Minutes of Today's Trading, But Has Rallied Back to Less-Frightening -275
As of 11:30 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 462 points, or 2.81% to 16004. The S&P 500 dropped 57 points, or 2.92% to 1913, while the Nasdaq Composite plunged 126 points, or 2.69 % to 4579.
As of 11:30 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 462 points, or 2.81% to 16004. The S&P 500 dropped 57 points, or 2.92% to 1913, while the Nasdaq Composite plunged 126 points, or 2.69 % to 4579.
The concern came as traders wonder what the next shoe to drop is from Chinese officials to stem the bleeding. The world’s second-largest economy moved two weeks ago to devalue its currency, the yuan, on the heels of continued weakness in its economic data.
China’s Shanghai Composite Index plummeted more than 9% during the session Monday, and closed down 8.5% pushing equity markets in Asia to give up their 2015 gains. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 5.17%, while Japan’s Nikkei dropped 4.61%.
Angry Chinese Investors "Capture" Official, Turn Him Over to Police: So, some consternation in China.