Wednesday Night's ONT is Sick [Weirddave]
Sick and tired, that is. I'm sick and tired of all this. Sick and tired of this election, sick and tired of the media, sick and tired of narcissistic assholes, sick and tired of control freaks and bastards justifying their racism and greed in the name of “justice”. I'm sick and tired of the giant dumpster fire of dog shit and clowns that America 2016 seems determined to be.
So there will be none of that on this ONT. Tonight's ONT is dedicated to fun, amusement and good news.
All that other crap will be back in the morning, same rat time, same rat channel.
Meet LynLee Hope
Cute baby, right? Well, she is all of that, but LynLee also happens to have been born twice.
"LynLee didn't have much of a chance," Boemer said. "At 23 weeks, the tumor was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the tumor to take over her body or giving her a chance at life. "It was an easy decision for us: We wanted to give her life."
Still, Cass said, the tumor in this case was so large a "huge" incision was needed to get to it, so it ended up that the baby was "hanging out in the air... Essentially, the fetus is outside, like completely out, all the amniotic fluid falls out, it's actually fairly dramatic," said Cass.
During the surgery, LynLee's heart slowed down to an incredibly low rate. "It basically stopped," said Cass. He credits the heart specialist, a key member of the team, for giving the right medication and transfusing the right amount of fluid, allowing the surgeons to continue their work.
The surgical team removed the bulk of the tumor. When they finished their operation, the surgeons placed LynLee back inside the womb and sewed her mother's uterus shut.
"It's kind of a miracle you're able to open the uterus like that and seal it all back and the whole thing works," said Cass.
They took the baby out of the womb, fixed her, and then put her back into the womb to fully gestate. We truly live in an age of miracles.
Can't get enough of babies? Me either. I think we should take a look at Freya. She certainly looks like she's happy to see us:
She's five days old in that picture, and that's only noteworthy because she was born a preemie. Freya's mother was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a condition where the mother's body begins to reject the placenta as a foreign object. Freya was born by emergency c-section at 28 weeks, and five days later she smiled for her daddy.
"I was talking to her and I had said, 'Should we send a picture to Daddy?' and right when I was about to take the picture, she had this huge smile. It was a picture that I had always wanted to get out for people to see because of how it touched me [in] the way that it did. We gave a copy to the nurses, and when we went to have our second little girl, they still had it hanging up in their break room."
Preeclampsia is no joke. I have a friend who started feeling “funny” at 22 weeks. Her doc told her to rest and monitor the situation, but she has a strong sense something was wrong and went to the ER. Good thing she did, because they rushed her into surgery for an emergency c-section. Emmy was born weighing 14 ounces.
Emmy was in the hospital longer than she was in the womb, but today she is a perfectly healthy teenager.
Age. Of. Miracles.
Of Course, Once You've Got 'em, You Gotta Play With Them
And You'll Be Amazed at the Lengths You'll Go To
And Someday, They'll Make You Proud
I have a friend who is in a chair. He stands in the exact same way.
The Rest of the Story
Ever wonder why that chainsaw you just bought comes with with the warning “Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals”? There's got to be a story behind that, right? I'm sure there is, but this probably isn't it.
A Little Something for Our Canadian Morons
Drawing Arms on Things That Lack Them
Who knew this could be so funny?
Queen’s “We Will Rock You” is one of the most instantly-identifiable stadium anthems of all time. But the iconic U.K. band also recorded a rapid-fire version in 1977 for DJ John Peel that wholly abandons the track’s two-stomp-clap beat. It’s a clear counter to the emergence of punk, and it’ll blow your hair back.
Long a staple of their live shows, this fast version will finally be released on Nov 4. You can hear it at the link.
Who Says Lawyers Don't Have a Sense of Humor?
Epic - Must Watch
This is the most American goddamn thing I've ever see. Make sure you watch until the end. pic.twitter.com/FATDGdApR7— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) October 23, 2016
If she had been my math teacher, I certainly would have spent more classroom time studying.....figures.
And for the 'Ettes:
That's US Army Ranger Mat Best, by the way. “He is an irreverent, irrepressible smartass who will cut off the filthiest of jokes mid-sentence to hold the door open for an old lady.” Sounds like Moron material to me.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by sexting:
Don't tell The Yahoo Group that it's got a piece of spinach stuck in its teeth.
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Brownshirt Media: Esquire Tries To Shame Celebrities Into Making Political Declarations [Warden]
So, I stumbled upon this tweet today.
Taylor Swift has 156,147,879 social media followers. Why is she remaining politically silent? https://t.co/SRqu5kNo1r— John Hendrickson (@JohnGHendy) October 26, 2016
The author of this slimy piece is the deputy editor at Esquire. It's an unbelievably lazy article, mostly full of pictures, so don't bother reading it. A 5th grader could do better.
But the aim of it is both chilling and enraging. Repulsive left-wing totalitarians like John Hendrickson want to insert their political agenda into literally every last corner of American life and punish not just those who disagree with them, but also those who wish to simply NOT engage in politics every single waking minute of their day.
As the saying goes, "You will be made to care."
The press, even in its current diminished capacity, has immense power to shape opinion and culture. It also has at its fingertips, the ability to ruin private citizens at a whim.
With such power should come the utmost prudence, but the American media behaves more like a bunch of sociopathic 4 year olds than responsible adults in the exercise of it.
Wannabe bullies like John Hendrickson should think very carefully about what they are doing. What skeletons in his closet does he have, I wonder? Because more than a few folks out there are entertaining funding private investigations of people like him after the election.
And, after all, how could one credibly complain about this after declaring that Taylor Swift is "not a private citizen"? If she isn't, then neither are you, pal.
World Series Thread Below! [ace]: Anyone interested in the game should probably post below, where like-minded people are talking about the Local Sports Team and its chances against the Other Sports Organization.
Honestly? I'm not showboating: I do not know who the hell is playing in the series. I didn't even realize the series was upon us until Misanthropic Humanoid mentioned that Brent wanted to do posts about it.
World Series Game 2 [BCochran]
Well. That was something to behold.
So Game 1 went to the Indians 6-0.
Corey Kluber continued his postseason dominance by throwing 6+ innings and allowing 0 runs on 4 hits with 9 strikeouts. That brings his postseason numbers to 3-1, 0.74 ERA, 24 1/3 Innings Pitched, 29 Strikeouts, and a WHIP of 0.99. Impressive numbers to say the least.
Now my ranting about Jon Lester. I was stunned by his performance. I thought he looked nervous/rattled/out of sorts from the start. His command of his pitches showed it. This guy is a veteran. A 2 time World Champion. And yet he looked like he was about to explode. Beyond that....this throwing thing. What. The. Hell? He hasn't thrown over to first in like a year and a half? He has the yips? Jon you are a 2 time World Champ, an 11 year vet, a 4 time All Star, and the 2016 NLCS MVP. Get your sh*t together, Jon. There is no excuse for this. It's in your head? Go work it out. I mean that literally. You go stand out there with a bucket of balls and throw to first base. Over and over. Day after day. You work your ass off at your craft. You do it until you're comfortable and confident. I'm stunned Maddon has allowed this to go on. It's ridiculous.
The Tribe's offensive firepower was due, in large part, to one man: Roberto Perez. Perez hit a solo HR in the 4th and then blasted a 3 run bomb in the 8th. Francisco Lindor seemed to be all over the base paths every time I looked up. A good contact swing and speed to burn is a dangerous combo.
It's not all bad for the Cubs. Kluber is clearly the ace and now they've seen him. The rest of the Indians' starting rotation is....not as good. They also saw the return of Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber missed the entire season due to a knee injury. In fact, his first recorded hit of the 2016 season was a double off the wall last night. And finally, they really have the advantage in pitching matchups not including Kluber. Tonight will see 2015 Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta face off against he of the bloody finger, Trevor Bauer.
My guess, for whatever it's worth, is that Bauer will exit early and the Cubs tie the series tonight.
Final, interesting, side note: Terry Francona is now 9-0 in the World Series. I mean...Damn.
As always, thanks to Ace and MisHum. Enjoy the game!
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Project Vertias: Let Us Show You How Easy It Is to Get Democrat Front Groups to Accept Tainted Foreign Donations
This also answers your question: How did they get their moles so deep into Democrat front groups?
Answer: Um, they bought their way in. Same as the Red Chinese governemtn bought their way into the White House in the 90s.
You younger folks might not know about that.
If present polling trends continue: You will know about that. You will know about that quite a bit.
Is It True, As Newt Gingrich Charged, That MeAgain Kelly Doesn't Talk About Policy?
Why, as a matter of fact, it is true.
Note that Kelly does address scandals at the periphery of policy questions. When it was revealed (to those who hadn't been paying prior attention) that Obamacare would not, in fact, permit you to keep your plan, she did cover that.
But note that is a scandal -- a political lie -- about a policy issue, and not the policy issue itself.
MeAgain Kelly does talk about lies, hypocrisies, contradictions, etc.
But not actually about policy.
That doesn't make her much different from any other hack -- including myself -- minding the 24 hour news cycle and trying to keep up "churn" and post one post an hour (or thereabouts) while -- how do I put this softly? -- doing as little work as possible to accomplish this.
The news cycle, on both sides, through television to print to the internet to talk radio, fixates on scandal -- who lied, who contradicted himself, who said pussy -- as a substitute for talking about policy questions, because:
1. Policy stuff is harder to discuss. Even if you're an expert, it takes longer to write a post about policy than to dash off a hot, emotional piece about someone's misbehavior. And yes, for example, Obama's lie about Obamacare was misbehavior. We could have been talking about Obamacare's deception on this point for years; it was right there in the fine print. Instead we didn't talk about Obamacare until we had some identifiable personal sin -- the lie -- to talk about.
2. Policy stuff takes longer to put together. You can spit out ten scandal/sin posts in the time it takes you to just conceive or edit one policy post.
3. Policy pieces simply do not attract enough attention or interest. Policy reports aren't boring, necessarily, but they do not offer the promise of a scandal story: the possibility of bringing that son-of-a-bitch down, finally, with one more damaging personal story, and one that doesn't really take all that much effort to produce -- or to digest.
By the way, this is almost entirely Fools Gold. Scandals do not bring people down. Hillary supporters will support Hillary not because she's free of scandal, or that they believe her incessant self-serving lies, but because they draw a check from the government and they want to keep that check coming.
Likewise, surprised-to-find-ourselves Trump Supporters are not going to be dissuaded about supporting him over alleged sexual advances because of the Supreme Court, you idiots.
I'm not giving up the Supreme Court for a generation because Trump might have brushed up against a woman's ass or made a clumsy pass.
His sins should be paid for by having it taken out of his own hide -- not mine, nor the hide of my countymen.
Thus, everyone seems to think This next scandal will do the trick and then has paroxysms of surprise, astonishment, and outrage when it doesn't.
So really, while a scandal-centric view of things keeps people interested, it does not in fact tend to sway many votes.
I know the #NeverTrump claque likes to talk about "principle" and "policy" in the abstract -- they just like saying the words principle and policy.
They definitely don't like talking about these things in detail -- they don't explain, for example, how exactly conservative principles are advanced by leaving the DoJ's Office of Civil Rights in extremist leftist hands to continue imposing more and more onerous speech codes on colleges (essentially federalizing them as quasi-law enforcement officials to persecute students in kangaroo courts), nor how leaving the HUD in leftist hands to "federalize the suburbs" somehow advances devolving power to the states.
What they like talking about -- and what they do talk about, to the exclusion of all other things -- is Trump's latest stupid quote or the latest hot allegations about him.
I've attempted to get the NeverTrump wing to actually discuss these issues of policy they claim to be all about. All my efforts on this front have been ignored.
The best I get is some fat spastic on Twitter spitting curses on me. No one from National Review, for example, bothered to so much rouse himself to deny any of the points I made about the tangible, real policy (and principles) consequences of a Hillary presidency.
Instead they did what the leftwing media does-- which is to just ignore and embargo an opponent's points you don't have a glib answer for.
Instead, they worried themselves about the size of Alicia Machado's dumper.
"Intellectuals," it seems, like to talk about the same personal, groin-level shit everyone else does.
So yes, Newt Gingrich is completely right to say MeAgain Kelly isn't very interested in policy. She's interested in hot scandals in which policy is tangentially implicated. At just the right level of implication -- enough to name check the issue, not enough to bore viewers and get them to change the channel.
This kinda-sorta-related-to-policy aspect makes her reportage seem "substantive," as it concerns, indirectly and at some considerable attenuation, policy; but in fact it's the same sort of scandal-mongering crap that almost everyone is chasing.
She won't talk about Bill Clinton's sex scandals or Hillary's involvement with them -- that seems tawdry, cheap, and "Hannityesque" to her -- but she will sure the hell talk about Trump's.
Because the Media Class which fills her with her attitudes and biases tells her that's the right way to look at things.
So she's wrong to deny that she's primarily "fascinated by sex" (which I take more broadly to mean "interested only in political scandal").
She wants to think of herself as a Policy Expert and Wonk (most faux intellectuals do), but doesn't have the chops for it, or the time for it, or the trust in her audience that they'd tune in for it.
Has MeAgain Kelly ever had a white-paper type report on an issue, apart from the scandal-fodder indirectly related to issues? That is, apart from breathlessly reporting on the new revelations (usually kind of old by 9pm) churned out during the day about Gruber's videotaped confessions or Obama's revealed disingenuousness on keeping your doctor (which was always obvious from a policy point of view, and could have been reported years before it actually came to pass)?
Not that I remember.
I'll give John Oliver this one begrudging compliment: He covers stories people aren't covering, and he covers them when they're merely lukewarm, not when they're "Hot" due to fresh revelations of a personal scandal making them seem sexy.
I don't see Kelly doing that. Or many people in the business of politics or political reporting, to be honest.
It should be noted that she's not particularly different from any 24-hour-news-cycle scandal slave at MSNBC or Fox or the blogosphere on that count, however. She's no worse.
But she's also no better, and her breathless How Dare You Sir is revealing about her ego and conception of herself.
She's chases the Donald Trump Ass Stories for the same reason Egg McMuffin's sugardaddy Rick Wilson peddled the Ted Cruz Affairs stories -- because people with political axes to grind traffic in scandals.
As she herself might say: Your defensiveness on this point speaks volumes, Sir.
Now having said all that, I notice this Glenn Reynolds piece: How talking about Donald Trump's crudeness permits us to ignore questions about the debt, government corruption, and war.
He had previously noted the US is currently fighting five wars -- mostly unsuccessfully and halfheartedly, but instead of talking about silly things like that, we're talking about great big important things like whether Trump called Alicia Machado a Big Fat Fattie.
This makes our jobs easier. This makes MeAgain Kelly's job easier.
It probably also helps her ratings, because viewers are, per the ratings, just as lazy as newsreaders.
But it doesn't make her a wonk, nor an intellectual, or even One Fascinated by the Protection of Women, or however she styles herself these days.
I'm sure MeAgain Kelly fancies herself as a very, very different sort of operator than Sean Hannity.
But what is the difference, really? Hannity talks about Hillary's personal (and therefore interesting) scandals. Kelly talks about Hillary's scandals -- and even more about Trump's.
Neither is talking about policy or principle.
And frankly -- neither are 90% of the Anti-Trump Republicans, who likewise style themselves as intellectuals and Thinkers of Deep and Ponderous Things, and yet whose daily offerings are... nothing but one Trump scandal after another Trump scandal.
I could do a lot better myself. I know that. I include myself in this criticism.
But I don't have any illusions about my own let's-make-this-easy-for-yourself-Ace laziness.
I don't feel like allowing my other scandal-obsessed, policy-ignorant "intellectual" brethren retain their illusions on this point, either.
And yes, my next post will be a Scandal post, about Project Veritas' investigation into Democratic corruption.
I've tried to get a dialogue started with the NeverTrumpers about the consequences of a Hillary presidency -- and they outright refused to answer, choosing instead to focus exclusively on Trump's scandals, and implicitly argue (by their silence) that there are no bad consequences of a Hillary's presidency.
So I've learned my lesson: The intellectuals of the right like to pretend they're about policy choices, but when you present them the opportunity to debate such things, they talk instead about Trump saying pussy.
I suppose that makes a kind of sense.
There are certainly downsides to a Trump victory -- and NeverTrump is happy to talk about them (and overjoyed to the point of sexual pleasure to talk about Trump scandals).
But there are also significant and real downsides to a Hillary victory -- including major setbacks in the areas NeverTrump claim are of paramount concern to them, policy and principle.
Trump will taint the GOP for a generation, NeverTrump says.
But they never want to talk about losing the court for a generation -- or longer. Or what substantive policy setbacks that will in turn cause.
So I guess I'd just like to know from the people who claim to care only want to talk about policy and principle:
What is stopping you from doing so, exactly? What is stopping you from answering people who ask you for answers on the policy and principle front, apart from your own cowardice and laziness about addressing questions you don't have glib, scandal-heavy answers to?
You intellectuals seem to like talking about being intellectuals. But you don't seem much to like actually doing the actual work associated with true intellectual status.
Don't worry -- I'm sure they'll be another Trump scandal coming soon that will permit you to avoid such work for another couple of news cycles.
Derek Hunter: Why I, A Long-Time NeverTrumper, Now Feel Compelled to Vote For The Guy I Don't Like In the Least
I say it's great not because it's a (grudging) endorsement of Trump (and is there any other kind?)
I say it's great because it contains something alien to most NeverTrumpers -- honesty and a sort of taking-the-piss-out-of-myself reflectiveness.
I don't know about you, but I'm sick of reading convicted assholes' strident manifestos about their purported personal virtue and putative high principle.
Last time a Clinton was on the ballot, I voted for Ross Perot. My vote didn't deny Bob Dole the White House, but I confess I felt a smug sense of satisfaction in "refusing to settle." I sure showed them, didn't I?
I haven’t been as vocal as other "Never Trump" writers...
PS, a weary nation thanks you for that.
...but neither have I hidden my dislike or tempered my criticism. In a field of 17 Republican candidates, Donald Trump wouldn’t have been my 18th choice. I’m still not a fan. But they didn’t just ask me; they asked everyone. And more of everyone chose Donald Trump.
I couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t. For countless reasons I’ve covered over the last year, I dug in my heels and proudly basked in my self-satisfaction. I still defended Trump in this column and on social media when he was wrongly attacked by the left and the media, but I was steadfast in my opposition to the man.
So what changed?
[Me.' Not through introspection and reflection, but through watching the sickening display of activism perpetrated by a covert army with press credentials....
The media needs to be destroyed. And although voting for Trump won’t do it, it's something. Essentially, I am voting for Trump because of the people who don't want me to, and I believe I must register my disgust with Hillary Clinton.
I've long said that politics isn't about who you like; it's about who you hate.
I've remained consistent in who I hate -- the media, as Derek Hunter does. The smug cabal of those who have not won power nor earned it, but have simply grown up around it, or whose daddy got them jobs in the Political-Media complex.
A lot of "consistent conservatives" have changed dramatically on that point: Who they hate, who they long to defeat, isn't the Political-Media Complex.
It's these deplorable, trashy "populist" Republican voters! They must be taught a lesson -- that they have no voice nor place in the GOP, and they will not be permitted to hijack a pristine party that only executed a Southern Strategy here or there as a youthful indiscretion and turn the keys of power over to the "alt-right," which apparently is such a large force in GOP politics (not a fringe element, as these "consistent conservatives" used ot maintain) that no less dramatic action can save us from these racist, Nazi hordes than NeverTrump Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton with all the breath in their sunken chests.
Meanwhile, they don't seem to realize that defeating one hated Foreign Tribe (GOP voters) winds up rewarding another Foreign Tribe (Democrats and the Media).
But I suppose those tribes aren't as hated as they once were by these "consistent conservatives."
Awesome: Spike In Immigrants Illegally Crossing Border Into US, to Take Advantage of the Coming Hillary Amnesty
Jazz Shaw writes of the coming Democrat-GOPe Amnesty, the last and final betrayal the GOPe will deliver to a base that will never trust them or vote for them again.
Megyn Kelly to Newt Gingrich: I'm Not Fascinated by Sex Scandals, I'm Fascinated by the "Protection of Women"
Fox's Fabulous Feminist got into a dust-up with a Non-Deferential Male last night -- Newt Gingrich criticized her for calling Trump a "sexual predator" -- so I imagine she'll Summon the Male Defenders tonight.
Last time I predicted that, I think maybe she heard the prediction, because she changed it up and Summoned the Male and Female Defender. Dana Perino was the latter; Chris Stirewalt, I think, was the former.
I have a feeling though that last night's confrontation was too much for this self-declared Protector of Women to bear without getting some reassurance and validation from older white men, so I re-predict she'll have on Howard Kurtz and father figure/mentor Brit Hume to tell her everything she's doing is perfect and she's still the Apple of Daddy's Eye.
You can either start watching from the most heated part of the exchange -- which Larry O'Connor has been kind enough to cue up for you -- or go back to the beginning to see the Protector of All Women interview Gingrich about her bête orange.
If the time cue doesn't work, jump ahead to 4:40.
Larry also has a transcript, if you don't want to watch it. But you gotta watch it, honestly. I think we spend too much time in the conservative movement fascinating ourselves over Battles of Conservative (or "Conservative") Media Personalities, but personal clashes can be dramatic and revealing, and this one is.
I've obviously had it up to my back teeth with Defender of All Girlz MeAgain Kelly, and I'm glad someone else has had it, too.
Closing quote: "It's not about me," MeAgain Kelly claims, ludicrously.
Wikileaked Email: Hillary's Going to Have to Stick Closely to Her Prepared Notes Because She's "Still Not Perfect in the Head"
(Actually we'll get two shots. And I trust the Quisling Wing of the GOP will succeed both times. Won't that be nice.)
Top aide Huma Abedin warned the Clinton campaign team in a 2015 e-mail that Hillary was "still not perfect in her head" and would have to "stick to notes" during an event.
The exchange came at the end of a discussion among staffers about how Clinton would address then-GOP candidate Jeb Bush’s use of Super PAC money to fund his campaign.
"Yes. If she feels need to address Jeb directly -- would suggest the pivot," Clinton's director of communications, Jennifer Palmieri, wrote, referring to the remarks the team was preparing.
Abedin responded, "She's going to stick to notes a little closer this am, still not perfect in her head"
It was unclear whether Abedin was referring to a serious ailment.
Unclear, because there are other things they could be referring to.
Hillary Clinton campaign aides had a frantic email exchange in August 2015 over who should call the candidate to "sober her up some" at around 4:30 in the afternoon.
According to documents published by WikiLeaks, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta emailed communications aide Jennifer Palmieri with a question at around 2:00 p.m. "Should I call her and talk this through or better to leave with you?" Podesta wrote. "I'm worried she’ll get on with Cheryl [Mills] and we'll end up in a bad place."
Palmieri wrote back more than two hours later with a response: "I think you should call her and sober her up some."
Some might say that "sober her up some" isn't meant literally, but means, rather, "talk sense to this lunatic (who turns to her svengali Cheryl Mills, her distaff Sydney Blumenthal, to yes-man every bad, criminal idea she has).
Well, that's not really much better than sobering her up from being drunk.
But given the Concerns Noted by Huma Abedin about Hillary Clinton not being quite "perfect" in the head in the morning, and unable to think on her feet, I would not be quick to rule out the literal, "she's a stinking drunk who's soused herself again" interpretation.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
And below the fold another version from Donatello, completed about 150 years earlier, but, at least to me, eerily reminiscent of modern sculpture.
The contrast is amazing....
mustbequantum had this to say yesterday:
As far as 'modern' art, I would defy anyone to look at Donatello's 'Penitent Magdalene' and not see modernity and brutal realism. Mostly, we think of his smooth and pretty David, but he really did something there. I think CBD has mentioned it, but I think it would be a great discussion piece.
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The Morning Report 10/26/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Good morning, kids. As always, Pat Condell tells it like it is. This is a MUST view, and I suggest making it go viral before YouTube censors it. Along with the usual election stuff (as if blatant media cover-ups/shilling, voter fraud and persecution are "usual"), the story about the Muzzy terrorists is just sickening and enraging, as if they couldn't get any worse. Interesting how the Left always screams and shouts about Darfur and Rwanda, but are strangely silent in this case. Meh, their solutions always involve Bob Geldof and Quincy Jones. Excuse me, when they're really concerned, James Taylor. Rant over. Anyway, ignore the polls, have a better one, and remain blessed.
- Pat Condell: "America's Moment of Truth"
- Trump On Limbaugh's Show
- Stealing Texas???
- WikiLeak: "She Is Still Not Perfect In the Head," Sez Huma
- ISIS "Bakery" So Monstrous As To Beggar the Imagination
- USA Ranks 41st On Global Index of Press Freedom
- Banjo Boy and Ovoid Oaf Agree: Big Hidden Vote For Trump
- She's Just Doing the Jobs Ezekiel Emanuel Won't Do . . .
- . . . Flashback: Dr. Harold Shipman
Tuesday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/25/16)[Mis. Hum.]
Taco Tuesday Edition
Thirsty? Need something to wash that taco down with?
Almost everything you wanted to know about tequila and margaritas. Tequila Tuesday anyone?
Taco cleanse diet. If I wanted to eat Vegan stuff I would. Don't these look better?
As ever, Mark Steyn is spot on. "Migrant rights now trump children's rights."
Which is quite an amazing thing, considering we have been preached at for years that everything should be done "for the children".
Cops don't have an easy job. One bad apple spoils the barrel. Multiply that by 50 states, countless jurisdictions. I'm sure we have our own cop stories to share, some good, some bad, some indifferent.
Meet Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Miguel Garcia Jr. He seems like a good cop. I wonder if he played Smoke on The Water?
Since we are talking about human nature and food. Why not discuss human nature and naivete.
na·ive·té ˌnīˌēv(ə)ˈtā,nīˈēv(ə)ˌtā/ noun lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment. "the administration's naiveté and inexperience in foreign policy"
innocence or unsophistication.
"they took advantage of his naiveté and deep pockets"
synonyms: innocence, ingenuousness, guilelessness, artlessness, unworldliness, trustfulness;
Talk about the lack of a business plan or any insight into human nature.
Do you have a mouse problem? Here is a solution for you if you detest poison and traps.
Are we fighting 5 wars? All 5 share one thing in common. Islam. The candidates, Congress and the Press are to blame for not telling the American public.
Being a member of the press means you never have to impartial.There have been no consequences for the press members caught in bed with the Clinton campaign.
We hate to say, "We told you so." But we did tell you so! And it should be brought up every damn chance a Conservative or a Republican has. The failures of the left have to be brought up time and time again.
We've prayed, begged and pleaded for them not to reproduce. Our prayers have been positively answered.
The cost of having children is deterring a growing number of couples from expanding the family unit Vasectomies, once a source of shame, are now being celebrated openly by couples adamant about living childless lives Instead of baby showers, couples now invite friends for 'car showers' or 'boat showers' in honor of the toys they'll buy with the money they save
We've all heard someone say at one time or another this isn't brain surgery. What it feels like to actually perform brain surgery.
.....While my assistant held the patient's head up from the neck, I explosively closed the clamp onto her skull. The noise from the metal gears made the students, nurses, and doctors in the operating room take pause and take notice. That was the first of several hundred steps that needed to go smoothly, quickly, and perfectly.
So began my first time peeling down the scalp and opening the skull of a living human. Before getting to supple and delicate neurosurgical techniques, first I had to get past the formidable skull. The floor was covered with long brown hair that I had shaved from her head. The cold pins in her warm flesh were a reminder of how invasive things were going to get. Under anesthesia, she would feel nothing and remember nothing.
I, on the other hand, was completely sentient and completely in the moment -- both excited and afraid, a unique mix of emotions that I'm now used to but make every complex brain surgery a thrill to this day.
MLB has been in the news lately. In all the excitement of the Cubs & Indians heading onto the World Series we have forgotten to mention Randy Reeves. Who is Randy Reeves? He is the winner of the 20th Annual USPMGA Masters. Randy Reeves belongs to the the cutthroat world of professional mini-golfers.
Too young to retire? Too old to know anything else? Not so fast Scooter. There are good paying jobs that don't require a college degree.
High school is a difficult time for students. It doesn't help when your teacher is an idiotic jackass.
High school can be a difficult time as well because Mom cracks the whip. Strict Moms contribute to their daughters success. Well, Moms keep up the good work.
According to the study conducted on 15,500 teenage girls aged 13 and 14 between 2004 and 2010, this does not go on to say that a child of a nagging mother is much more obedient and will approve of every piece of advice she is given, but quite contrary, that a child will, on a somewhat subconscious level, remember mother's advice when it comes to making important decisions and do the right thing.
If you were stuck in this traffic jam I bet you didn't care. You were probably really mellow even if you didn't have any munchies.
This family will need to enlarge their trophy case. They win the Genius Award. I wonder if they have any children?
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War on Women? The Real War is on our Boys [Warden]
It may not be a surprise to many of you that after decades of a leftist controlled public education system that regularly denigrates and shames boys for their masculinity, that boys are now lagging behind girls in school.
Women now comprise 60% of college graduates and are trouncing boys across all measures of academic performance, save one--SAT scores where the boys beat the girls by a significant margin in math and slightly in reading.
The response to this disparity, of course, is to label boy's superior SAT scores to, you guessed it, gender biased testing that favors boys.
It cannot be the case that boys are better at something. Boys are never better at anything.
Our schools are stuffed full of left-wing, female educators who largely despise boys and see their very nature as a problem to be corrected. They've beaten them down, broken their spirits and stuffed them full of Ritalin to shut them up. Is it news to you that 20% of 14 year old boys have been diagnosed with ADHD? It shouldn't be because it's a goddamned outrage. They've literally pathologized masculinity.
I have two boys, aged 5 and 10 and I'm mad as hell about how this garbage culture treats them. But here's the thing--I can't change how others act toward me and my family. I can only control what we do.
We need solutions--all of us who wish to raise our boys into strong, confident, masculine men rather than the limp and effete pajama-boys we're beginning to see dominate our culture.
So what do we do? I have a few recommendations below the fold. Please add yours to the comments.
First, grab yourself a copy of Wild at Heart. It's not a book about raising boys, per se, but all of it is dedicated to examining the true nature of masculinity from a Christian perspective. If that turns you off, then just think "nature" and "evolution" instead of God and you'll still find quite a bit of valuable reading here.
Secondly, I think we need to actively and purposefully encourage masculinity in our boys. Men, particularly, should be aware that every single day they are modeling what it means to be a man to their sons--how you interact with your wife, your reaction to problems, your physical and mental toughness, your ability to problem solve, and your strength and courage in navigating life.
I am, quite frankly, a radical reactionary when it comes to this feminized culture. I seek to neutralize its effects in my boys by emphasizing and encouraging masculinity in all walks of life. I think that exposing your boys to all of the things that the left hates is a good start--contact sports, martial arts, guns, working with your hands, fishing, woodworking, etc... I can't fill all these roles myself--for example, I'm not the most handy fix-it guy in the world, but I am able to fill in these gaps with other strong male role models like the boys' uncles, grandparents and in-laws.
I also take the boys to stereotypically masculine events--car racing, monster trucks, regional pro wrestling, rodeos, football games, etc... If it's loud, dirty or dangerous to the participants, we're there.
More importantly, though, I believe that men--fathers particularly--need to push back against the kind of helicopter parenting that so many mothers engage in. This means giving your boys, or even someone else's, the space to adventure, roughhouse, explore, and challenge themselves. It also means accepting a relatively higher level risk of injury.
My wife is generally good with letting our boys be boys, but I do have to fight against her protective instincts at times. And this is okay. Parenting used to be a push-pull between husband and wife, finding the right balance between protectiveness and the freedom to explore, learn, test limits and sometimes get injured in doing so. Somewhere in the last 30 years or so, this balance shifted radically to the feminine side. We must shift back to a more healthy state of affairs. I'm not afraid to tell her to back off and let the boys go. It sometimes upsets her, but she also respects it and realizes that I understand them in ways that she doesn't.
One of the ways I push back is by giving my kids a lot of room to roam. When we go to the supermarket, I let my 5 year old wander from site when I'm in a fixed location like waiting at the deli. He knows where everything is and where I'll be. He'll wander off, chat with the sample lady, check out the lobster tank and investigate any sales specials in the fruit bargain bin and return with what he discovered. I think it's good for him to explore and gain a sense of independence.
It's always interesting to see how startled adults are when they see a kid this age walking alone. It's a mixture of concern and judgment. I don't care about what they think. This was normal when I was a child and things aren't anymore dangerous now than they used to be. The odds of a stranger snatching your kids are next to nil.
I've weighed that tiny risk and found it to be acceptable for the simple reason that boys have an innate need to explore and conquer. Whether climbing trees, flailing at each other with stick swords, or tromping through an unknown creek, boys need to feel like adventuring heroes. They cannot do this while someone is constantly shielding them from risk. The risk is the point.
Does all of this mean that I spend all my time yelling macho rah-rah slogans at my boys? Of course not. My older one is both thoughtful and sensitive and loves to do artwork. I recognize who God made him to be and also--and this is important--that these things do not negate his masculinity. He can paint a beautiful picture one day and go tearing around the neighborhood on his bike the next. That's who he is, that's what he does, and I'll be damned if I'll let anyone make him feel badly about it.
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She's #1! Hillary Clinton Tops List of Islamist Money Recipients [CBD]
Accepting money from Islamists should be high on the list of things that American presidential candidates shouldn't do, but as we have learned over many, many years, Hillary Clinton thinks that rules are for the little people. This is a fine example of her public/private dichotomy.
The Middle East Forum’s "Islamist Money in Politics" (IMIP) project is releasing the top-ten recipients of 2015-16 campaign contributions from individuals who subscribe to the same Islamic supremacism as Khomeini, Bin Laden, and ISIS.
And America's favorite drunken, neurological-disease-ridden harridan is at the top. The Democrat Party must be so proud! But....they probably don't care. Money is money, and if it comes from people who actively politic for the destruction of Western society, well then, they are birds of a feather and have lots to talk about at cocktail parties.
And guess who is in the top five? Hillary Clinton, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MA), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).
And where is Donald Trump on this list? Nowhere, because he hasn't received any money from these people.
World Series Game 1 [BCochran]
So. This happened......
That's right, sometime in the next week to 10 days, someone's curse is no more. To refresh your memory, it was 1948 the last time the Indians won the Series and 1908 for the Cubs.
How did we get here?
Well the Indians started with a beatdown and sweep of the Red Sox and then took only 1 extra game to crush the hopes and dreams of Blue Jays fans with a 4-1 series victory.
The Cubs took a bit more time to make their way to the Series, but not much. They followed a 3-1 series victory over the Giants with a 4-2 victory over the Dodgers.
The Indians have had excellent pitching so far, which is an amazing thing in and of itself. Starters Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco have both been out with injuries. Add to that the recent injury to starter Trevor Bauer and the production that the Indians have gotten out of their pitching staff (the bullpen has a 1.67 ERA in 30+ innings of work) is truly stunning. Good news for Indians fans, Bauer is slated to start in Game 2, or 3 depending on who you ask, and Salazar made the World Series roster, meaning that they must feel he has a pretty good chance to contribute.
The Cubs's pitching has been solid throughout the postseason, a sub 3.00 ERA and opponent batting avg of .228, but the Cubs nearly blew this opportunity because their bats went to sleep. The team that scored the 3rd most runs in baseball during the regular season went 20+ innings without scoring a run. Fortunately for the Cubs, and their fans, those bats woke back up in dramatic fashion and propelled them to the Series.
So what do we have in Game 1? Indians ace Corey Kluber will pair off against the Cubs' Jon Lester. This could be an epic pitching duel to start the Series. Kluber's postseason has him 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and Lester is sporting a mark of 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA.
What to watch for tonight: Can the Cubs' lineup do to Kluber what it did to one of the best pitchers in baseball, Clayton Kershaw? If the Cubs start hot, I expect them to stay hot and take Game 1.
Ace has been kind enough to approve World Series posts prior to each game, so I'll see you folks again tomorrow evening. And a big thanks to MisHum for posting these.
It took roughly 170 games, but we're finally here.....
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More Emails: Hillary's Team Answers Why Hillary Tried to Hide Her Secret Server Instead of Revealing it Long Before the Election: "Because They Wanted to Get Away With It"
"Speaking of transparency, our friends Kendall, Cheryl and Phillipe sure weren’t forthcoming on the facts here," Podesta says in another email to Tanden. He is referring to Hillary’s attorneys David Kendall and Cheryl Mills and also to Philipe Reines but it's not clear if he is talking about them not giving much information to the NY Times or about some private exchange. Perhaps expecting how Tanden might respond Podesta adds, "Don’t be mean."
A few minutes later, Tanden replies, "This is a cheryl special. Know you love her, but this stuff is like her Achilles heal. Or kryptonite. she just can’t say no to this s**t." She continues, "Why didn’t they get this stuff out like 18 months ago? So crazy."
Podesta replies, "Unbelievable."
And then Tanden sends a response answering her own question. "I guess I know the answer," she writes, "they wanted to get away with it."
As Sexton notes, the "they wanted to get away with it" refers to Hillary's Star Chamber of very close fixers and enablers. But of course the statement that Cheryl Mills "can't say no to this s**t" can only mean she can't refuse Hillary's requests to help her break the law -- who else could give Mills orders to break the law except for her alleged law client?
Amy Schumer, Serial Plagiarist, Accused of Cultural Apporpriation
This story is so stupid I would not bother you with it except that it involves Amy Schumer, who Hector thinks is totally smoking hot.
Amy Schumer made a really low-budget and lame "parody video" of a Beyonce song. A song I only heard of once, but forgot where I'd heard of. Apparently it was that anti-police/Black Panther tribute she did in the Superbowl that people complained about. It's called "Formation," and it's about stupid shit, like Black Lives Matter and female empowerment or whatever.
She totally takes back the word "bitch" and stuff. And from what I hear, she's earned that right.
Anyway, spherical sketch-burglar Amy Schumer called up her Three Friends and they did the sort of aren't-we-cute lipsyncing crap that you used to see all over the place on YouTube before people grew up and realized straight-up copyright infringement was where the real money was at.
Remember those days? When you'd go "Hey I want to hear Billy Squier's 'Lonely is the Night'" and so you click on a video and it turns out it's three Bieberesque teens pretending to play wicked air guitar and mussing each other's hair and doing all sorts of coyly homoerotic shenanigans?
God, I miss those days. Those hot, hot days when men where men and boys were adorable and no one questioned it at all when you casually said, "You know, no homo and all, but I look at this sexy kid from 'Hanson' and your mind can't help but go there, and by 'there' I mean his hot mouth."
Anyway, people only slightly less atrocious than Schumer herself are accusing her of "racism" for daring to feature white women lip-syncing to a black woman's song they obviously like a lot.
White people, even white trolls like Schumer, simply aren't allowed to "take" from Queen Bey or whatever.
Below, Beyonce's "Formation" and Amy Schumer's tedious, stupid cheap "parody."
I strongly recommend you ignore everything about this post, including the link above, and just talk about whatever you like.
Holy shit that's terrible. That's like when Clarice Starling is like "Did that lunatic just spit on me?" then she realizes "Holy damn, that's not spit."
Nothing can be worse than that.
Except: if you add in Amy Schumer shaking her bulbous thunderbug ass into the camera.
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RIP Steven Den Beste of the USS Clueless, One of the Most Insightful of the First Wave of Bloggers
He had a mossy mind, vibrant and always looking for new cracks to dig into.
He was also, at least for a short time, a guest blogger here.
I had always thought Den Beste was an exciting writer, in the sense that you never really knew what kind of Learning Adventure you'd be going on when you clicked on his blog. He had a Renaissance Man's mind; he seemed to know a great many things, and fairly esoteric ones besides, and could explain them with clarity and a great deal of speed -- zippiness.
He'd just introduce new terms to some discussion you'd never heard from anyone else -- you know, how most people are content to regurgitate the same tribal received wisdom they heard from a blogger, some talking head on tv, or a comedian. (!)
Den Beste eschewed that and instead only contributed to a conversation when he actually had something to contribute. (What an idea -- to only speak when you have something interesting or novel to say! How "Web 1.0"!)
I remember thinking "No one has ever said this before" when he discussed the "scaling problems" inherent in alternative energy. (I can't find the old USS Clueless post on this, but in 2008 he responded to a reader who had stumbled across that old post.)
Another huge a-ha moment came for me when I read his post on Tit-For-Tat in game theory, and its applications to real world competitions (primarily, in war and in politics.)
That's another column I can't seem to reach via the Internet, but at the end of this post I quote extensively from it.
Update: Thanks to Mama AJ, here's an archived copy of the Prisoner's Dilemma/Tit for Tat post.
I should say that Den Beste belonged to a pre-professional blogging age (such as it may well be), a novice/hobbyist phase, when writers would just write about whatever interested them at that moment, whether it "fit the format" or whatever. Rather like I've heard FM radio was when it first came out, as opposed to heavily-programmed/demographically-targeted AM.)
Instapundit did that and still does. Personally, though I've always preferred that kind of blogging, I've largely abandoned it, mostly to focus on politics, which I find increasingly hateful.
Eh, given that I'm going to be seguing more and more out of "conservative" politics, maybe I'll try to get back to more Den Beste style blogging.
I really can't tell you how much respect I had for him. He really was just a tremendously curious person -- he liked learning things, and he liked sharing what he'd learned. As I get older myself, it occurs to me that that sort of perpetual delight in learning is really the only way to keep one's brain in a youngish state.
A true gem of a mind. I wish I'd met him, and I surely wish his body had some of the youth and vitality of his brain.
All the good ones are dying, and the young ones coming up are vile.
Wikileaks: Hillary's Aides Privately Scoffed at Obama's Claims to Not Know About Hillary's Secret, Illegal Email System
The only person in America stupid enough to believe these lies is apparently James Comey.
Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff privately told colleagues that President Barack Obama had falsely claimed he was unaware of Clinton’s use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, hacked emails reveal.
"We need to clean this up," top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills told campaign chairman John Podesta in an email a month before Clinton’s campaign officially launched. She was responding to Obama’s claim that he found out about Clinton’s personal email address at "the same time everybody else learned it through news reports."
"He has emails from her -- they do not say state.gov," Mills told Podesta.
The email came less than a week after the New York Times broke the story on Clinton’s use of a private email address to conduct official State Department business.
Read the piece -- the White House now has their mob lawyer Josh Earnest claiming that Obama was only saying he didn't know the details of the system, not that he didn't know her email address, but in fact the question that prompted this lie was about his knowledge of any email system used by Hillary outside official government channels.
They both straight-up lied. Let's give Hillary the White House to teach these deplorables to question our stewardship and Right to Rule.
You can see the emails in this Instapundit link.
Obamacare Premiums Surging By Double Digits... Again
They'll be going up an average of 25%. Some will see hikes lower than that, but many will see hikes higher.
Last week, President Shits and Giggles said that Obamacare was like a cellphone -- if there are problems, you fix them. You just don't pull it off the market.
Unless, he said, realizing the latest news, your phone is on fire. Then you do pull it off the market.
Your phone is on fire.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
From our very own Bluebell!
It took up an entire very large room, and it's every bit as crazy as you would think. We had a grand time walking around it, taking pictures and sending them out to my husband and the other kids.
One of the other exhibits was a Yoko Ono one -- oh yes -- which consisted of a monitor streaming a feed from a video camera mounted on the roof of the museum, pointing upwards at the sky. Which means, of course, you just see clouds, or whatever. It was ridiculous. As are all the other works of Yoko.
One last thing about this art piece: as my son and I were walking into the room where it was, having already glimpsed the gist of it, we passed a middle-aged, well-dressed woman walking out. Oh great, I thought, some snooty lobbyist or something taking in a little culture on her early lunch hour. She probably sees all kinds of wonderful meanings in this. She caught our eyes, smiled broadly and said, "It's udderly ridiculous."
The Morning Report 10/25/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Good morning, kids. What's striking about Nurse Nasty's war chest is only about 100 individuals comprise 20% of her billion dollar stash. Wow. Anyway, ignore the polls and have a better one.
- Teen Flash-Mob Viciously Attacks Temple U. Students Because, Boredom
- O'Keefe Video Confirms Hillary Directly Involved in Incitement at Trump Events
- Of the People and By the People: Cliton's Billion Dollar Campaign Almost Exclusively Funded by Mega Donors
- Obamacare Death Spiral Continues, With Double-Digit Premium Hikes
- Trump Takes Tampa; 20,000 Come Out For Big Orange
- Cuba Libre Por . . . Air B'nB???
- It's Another Taqqiya Sunrise, and . . .
- . . . Palestinian Authority Releases 4 From Jail. The Crime? Visiting Jewish Neighbors
Monday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/24/16) [Mis. Hum.]
You thought Monday October 24, 2016 was tough. You should have been around on Thursday October 24, 1929. The Great Depression kicked off on this day 87 years ago.
Those Morons who had parents who lived during this time were taught some serious financial lessons. One of those lessons could have been what they ate for sammiches. To this day your humble OB enjoys a good Bologna sandwich.
It's National Bologna Day!!!It still isn't too late to go and
have your better half make you a Bologna sammich.
So Bologna isn't for you. Patience Morons. Tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th, will be National Greasy Foods Day. Enjoy!
If the arteries can handle it, drop below the fold.
As an 8 year old, my parents sent me to visit my grandfather 4 hours away by train. Ah, the good old Chicago Northwestern. My how times have changed.
Yummy, Girl Scout Cookies!! Girl Scout Cookie cereal? Smaller than normal boxes of cereal and more costly?
Remember the Obamacare Website disastrous rollout? Neither does Obama.
Corporations intent on making employees more engaged and creativeare focusing on happiness as the answer. Chief Happiness Officer is anactual job at many companies.
But most scientists say that creativity calls on persistence and problem-solving skills, not positivity. Computational scientist Anna Jordanous at Kent University and linguist Bill Keller of Sussex University in Englanddug through through over half century of study on the creative process in various fields, and isolated 14 components of creativity. Happiness wasn’t one of them.
The Land of Make Believe Washington, D.C. where money and stupidity grows on trees. Are you a failure in the private sector? Do you yearn to be a government employee? Do you believe in unicorns and pots of gold at the end of the rainbows? If so Uncle Sam has a job for you. Yes, you can become a Diversity Inclusion Specialist and make over $100,000 a year. Include this while you're at it.
Iceland has a population of approximately 332,000 people. Even Iceland voters are pi$$ed. The Pirate Party appears to be in position to win a large number of seats in Parliament. We have no idea when the Pirate Party will reach our shores. However, it is safe to say that there are numerous parties which should walk the plank. IYWIMAITYD
Australia admits they have an illegal gun problem. Amnesty program launched.
As usual, facts have little to nothing to do with anti-gun policy, especially in the Land Down Under. And so we’re not surprised to read Reuters report that “Australia on Friday announced a gun amnesty for next year after a criminal intelligence report estimated there were 260,000 illegal firearms in the country
Hosting a party for "whites" only. Not so good. That would be discriminatory. Hosting a party for persons of color only is a different story and acceptable.
A leaked Soros memo exposes the corruption of Obama & Clinton. Follow the money and have a score card handy to keep track of the players.
Googling by state. Something tells me this is outdated. Wisconsin hasn't been interested in recalling their governor since 2011.
How the F.B.I. lost Lucy Parsons. From record keeping to investigating certain political figures, the incompetence of The Federal Bureau of Incompetence is breathtaking.
The end of an era. Goodbye Snoopy.All good things must come to an end.
2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. Outstanding work.
Taken from the science department. Shaken not stirred.
Speaking of Twitter. News tips, loose change and dry cleaning coupons can be sent here.
Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should. Genius Award winner.
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National Enquirer's Informant -- Who Has Been Anonymous Thusfar -- Will Reveal His Identity on Hannity Tonight
If this guy was provably part of Clinton's circle, it will do a lot to validate his claims.
On in 15 minutes.
Though I imagine the Mr. Fix-It part will be near the end.
Media Headlines If Jesus Ran As The GOP Nominee [Warden]
Earlier today Twitter user, William Strunk Jr, observed that today's media would trash any GOP candidate, including Jesus Christ.
If Jesus Christ was a Republican the MSM would characterize him as a weak loser who ditched his followers in the end. @MomsDement— William Strunk, Jr. (@cdrusnret) October 24, 2016
I thought this was a fun idea to riff on, so I threw a few of my own out. You can do this with literally any good person doing any good deed. Below is my first attempt. I tossed a few more below the fold. Give me your best Vox type headline in the comments.
Jesus Christ seen yelling, flipping over tables and chasing priests. Does he have the temperament to have his finger on the nuclear button? https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Chilling: Jesus heals blind person. Undercover investigation reveals no license to practice medicine/malpractice insurance. https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Disturbing pictures show Jesus' self serving mountain speech disturbed nearby nesting baby bald eagles. https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Investigative report shows Jesus Christ very friendy with wild, bug eating cousin who routinely attempts to drown citizens in a river. https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Revealed: Christ's Cross Not Made From Reclaimed Wood. Did Jesus Ignore The Chance To Make A Statement About Climate Change? https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
From carpenter to fisherman. What does Jesus' obsession with classically masculine jobs say about his problem with women? https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Fact Check: Pontius Pilate is correct that hand washing does indeed improve public health. We give dirty, smelly Jesus 4 pinocchios. https://t.co/pLw984KCEW— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Healer or groper? Did Jesus routinely touch poor and desperate women without consent? https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
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Kurt Schlichter: Can Someone Tell Me Why People Belonging to a Party Which Purports to Stand for Individualism and Skepticism of Government Are Now Reflexively Preaching Faith in Government as the Default Mode of Any Good Citizen?
This election has been brutal, but it has torn a lot of masks off a lot of smug, well-fed faces.
No pearl went unclutched when Trump refused to agree in advance to validate the giant scam that is this election. Yeah, scam. In light of all we've seen during this stupidest of years, a year where I had to move my book about this country tearing itself apart from the fiction section to nonfiction, how the hell can anyone keep a straight face as he, she, or xe demands that we default to trust the system?
Okay, this is where Team Fake Pearl Clutch jumps in and whines about my "dangerous talk" and about how I have no "honor" because I won’t submit in advance to another establishment okie-doke. Yeah, sure, whatever – and the emperor caught pneumonia because the little kid pointed out that he wasn’t wearing any clothes, not because he was walking around with his junk in the wind.
The system is manifestly rigged – even Heap Big Chief Warren used to say so until a memo informed her that this meme is now inconvenient – so spare me your sanctimonious crap about our sacred system. Our loyalty is properly only to the Constitution, not a perversion of it. Just because you hold office under Article I, II, or III doesn’t mean we still owe you respect or deference when you treat your obligations to the People like a teenage Thai boy at one of Raymond Burr's Halloween parties.
We owe the system nothing. Nada. Zip. Instead, the system owes us fairness and honesty, and without them it has no right to our default acceptance of its results. That acceptance must be earned. This means that the system must aggressively police its own integrity, and this year it has utterly failed to do so.
And he's just getting started.
The GOP has always had two conflicting impulses in it, which tend to manifest itself as two different factions.
One impulse is for orderliness, domestic tranquility, and rule-and-law-following which beget what is called "ordered liberty."
This impulse is made manifest in the Establishment types who pee themselves when they think about defiance and things like government shutdowns.
The other impulse is dated to the start of the Republic itself: That citizens are entitled to a responsive and representative government, and that a government's failure to be responsive to the citizenry and represent its interests may justify actual armed insurrection against it.
For more on this, see the Declaration of Independence. A lot of Trumpkin crazies signed it.
This impulse is manifested in the rowdies, the malcontented, the "anti-government agitators," etc.
Now, I think most people have bit of both impulses in them, but obviously, as with any binary impulse, most people lean more towards one side than the other.
The GOP used to attempt to have a balance between these two impulses.
Not any longer. The "official" GOP -- the power centers in office, the power centers not in office (corporations, corporate-funded think tanks and magazines, etc.) -- is now revealed to be almost wholly devoted to the first impulse -- trust and obey the government -- and now derides those more inclined to the second impulse as dangerous "populists" and possible terrorists.
Exactly like the liberals brand them.
It boils down, like many questions, to who serves whom. Is it, as Schlicter says, the government's responsibility to make itself credible, or is it the citizen's duty to pretend the government is credible, even if it's not?
Does the government work for us, or do we work for it?
The same question can be applied to many institutions. The media, for example -- its credibility has cratered.
Now, just because the media is an important institution, are we required to prop it up by yielding to it a reservoir of trust and goodwill it has manifestly not deserved?
I'm glad the Establishment, NeverTrump, Trust-the-"Experts" wing of the party isn't attempting to rehabilitate the media's credibility, at least, and blame its shortcomings on citizens too ill-educated to appreciate what a great job it's doing.
Because people don't have the basic skills or care enough to learn about what the media offers them. https://t.co/w4gOdj6MZ9— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 23, 2016
Whoops. Spoke too soon.
It's Not Monday Anymore. Now It Shall Only Be Called GAINZday.
I'm still out of my stall, and making GAINZ, though at a rate slower than I'd hope for. Apparently I lost six pounds of pure fat since late August, and I imagine most of that was lost since late September (when I broke my long, long depressing, dispirting stall).
I guess: Just stick with it? That's what I kept telling myself as I made ZERO GAINZZZ and even some LOZZEZZ. I kept telling myself: Stick with it. It has to work. It's basic math. Well, not math, but like math: It's biochemistry that certainly seems to have to work. It worked before. You're in a stall now, but it worked before: the principle is sound, then, it seems. But your body is in revolt: It has a set weight the hypothalamus wants it to be at, and it is fighting tooth and nail to go no lower than this resistance point. (And this has always been my resistance point, through several rounds of weight loss.)
You just have to ride this disheartening period of NO GAINZZ out, I kept telling myself.
I think it worked. I think I broke the resistance point, and maybe set a new one five pounds lower.*
We'll see whether this mantra can get me through my next scheduled stall.
When you're not seeing any GAINZZ, it really does kill your resolve. Why bother trying if you're continuing to fail?
Of course, even when I was stalled as far as pure weight loss, I had other GAINZZ I was sort of ignoring. I was dropping clothing sizes. Old pants look increasingly silly on me, with the belt all cinched in tight. I could physically see that I was leaner.
Anyway, when I began this thread months ago, I mentioned to not just get your validation from one or two sources; look for multiple indicators of success. The scale can swing one or two pounds in either direction based on how well hydrated you are, for example. If you just look at the one marker, that one marker can show no GAINZZ, and thus break your spirit.
But when you're on the lookout for five or six markers -- not just weight, but caliper-measured bodyfat percentage, waist, hip, and chest circumference (yeah I know both men and women want bigger chests, but anyone with weight troubles know that there's often undesirable padding in the measurement), and, importantly, how you look by the simple eye test and how you feel -- you're much more likely to see a GAIN somewhere in that stack, and therefore get the validation and positive feedback which, let's face it, unless you have an iron willpower and Tom Cruise-level of self-mastery, you're going to need if you're going to keep this up for more than a couple of months.
Two months is easy. Then it gets hard. Just like marriage, just like keeping a kidnap victim in your basement.
So: 1, I need to know your GAINZZ, and 2, I'd especially like to hear if anyone's in a stall, and even more especially, if anyone's gotten through a stall, and what you did to get those GAINZZ back again.
* I gotta tell you I was also feeling like a total asshole running this thread while also being in a five or six week stall. It was getting so bad I really did consider if the Greater Good would be served if I straight-up lied to everyone and said I made GAINZZ I hadn't actually made -- like, not to make myself look good (who cares, honestly) but just so as not to sabotage anyone else's resolve by telling them "Stick with your dreams if you like, but in the end, it shall all come to naught, as it has for me. You're better off not even trying. You'll lose the first twenty easy pounds -- gimmes, really -- and then guess what? Then you start going after the hard weight, and the GAINZZ store shuts down and closes forever."
You know, "Ozymandias" is just ancient Greek for "Fleeting GAINZZ."
(By the way -- 20 pounds is my level of easy weight loss. Depending on how overweight you are, you'll have higher or lower easy-to-lose weight. The closer you get to a normal weight, the harder each additional pound of fat is to lose. When you get down to sub-normal-levels of fat -- like going for a really athletic 8% bodyfat build -- each ounce of fat becomes harder and harder to shred off. If you're very heavy, you might have 35-40 of easily-shed weight. If you're already closer to being at normal weight, you might lose five of the easy pounds and then have nothing but hard pounds left.)
Democrat Kathleen Kane Sentenced to 10 to 23 Months In Jail for Perjury and Conspiracy and Seven Other Charges
As Ashe Schow points out, The Daily Beast "forgets" to note her political party in this brief.
Given how short it is, you'd think they'd want to at least add one additional word.
Instead of jail time, the former top attorney sought either probation or house arrest instead of jail time. During her sentencing hearing, Kane reportedly said, "I don't care what happens to me," but pleaded with the judge to have "mercy" on her two sons, whom she said a jail sentence would affect the hardest.
No Biggie, But Terry MacAuliffe's PAC and Some Other Friends of Hillary Donated $625,000 to the Election Efforts of the Wife of One the Key FBI Officials Overseeing the Hillary Email Investigation
Old and Busted: Not a smidgen of corruption
New Hotness: Well maybe just a smidge
he political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and longtime ally of the Clinton family, donated nearly $500,000 to the state Senate campaign of the wife of an FBI official who helped oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
McAuliffe's political organization gave $467,500 to Dr. Jill McCabe's 2015 state Senate campaign in Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported. McCabe’s husband, Andrew McCabe, works for the FBI and was one of the top figures responsible for overseeing the probe into Clinton’s email practices while she served as secretary of state.
McAuliffe, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons, encouraged McCabe to run for the state Senate seat and helped direct funds to her campaign totaling $675,000, according to the Journal.
Andrew McCabe was promoted in 2016 to be Comey's number two.
A former State Department IT aide invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer more than 90 questions Monday during the final deposition in a lawsuit over Hillary Clinton's private emails.
John Bentel, former Director of Information Resource Management of the executive secretariat, would not answer questions about whether the Clintons had paid his legal fees or offered him financial incentives, according to Judicial Watch, the conservative-leaning group that brought the suit.
A federal judge in August ordered Bentel to testify under oath because "the record in this case appears to contradict his sworn testimony before the Benghazi Committee."
He had told the Benghazi committee in 2015 that he had "no knowledge" of Clinton's server.
You'll have to click on the link to find out if that's true or not.
Spoiler alert: Not.
Community Organizer Bob Creamer Caught on Video Admitting He Illegally Coordinates With Hillary Clinton Campaign and DNC
Campaign finance groups say that people can donate unlimited amounts to outside groups not affiliated with a campaign, but only restricted amounts to a campaign.
Now, this obviously sets up the possibility of easy evasion: You set up an "outside," "independent" group, which can scoop up unlimited amounts of money, but it's really an adjunct to your campaign, thus evading the law's demand that only limited, capped amounts can be donated to a campaign.
The law has a provision to stop this: "Independent" groups are not permitted to co-ordinate their messaging with candidates and candidate organizations.
On video, members of Americans United for Change reveal that they are in fact co-ordinating with the Hillary Clinton campaign. They were trying to think of silly stunts to draw attention to Trump not releasing his tax returns; Hillary Clinton put out the word she wanted people dressed as Donald Duck (as in, Donald Ducks honoring his promise) dogging his rallies.
Hillary Clinton basically ordered an organization she's not even supposed to be talking to to get Donald Duck agitators at Trump and Pence rallies.
"Don't repeat that to anyone," Bob Creamer tells Project Veritas' undercover infiltrator after he confesses this.
Later, Scott Foval admits that he co-ordinates with the DNC and Donna Brazille as to which particular message they'll be pushing at each Trump rally.
Solid Piece at Cracked About the Rise of Trump
Cracked is a Social Justice Warrior dumpster fire, but this piece from one of its only actual talents (David Wong) is pretty good.
Apparently he grew up in a red county, and he sees the Trump phenomenon as largely about the haves -- largely centered in the cities - and have-nots in rural areas, which, he says, have "had the shit kicked out of them."
I'm telling you, the hopelessness eats you alive.
And if you dare complain, some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, "You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!" Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help. Meanwhile, the rate of rural white suicides and overdoses skyrockets. Shit, at least politicians act like they care about the inner cities.
It really does feel like the worst of both worlds: all the ravages of poverty, but none of the sympathy. "Blacks burn police cars, and those liberal elites say it's not their fault because they're poor. My son gets jailed and fired over a baggie of meth, and those same elites make jokes about his missing teeth!" You're everyone's punching bag, one of society's last remaining safe comedy targets.
Although he was born in a red county, he says (with a bit of irony) that he now "knows" everything he used to think is wrong because he know lives in a blue city and in a blue industry. I think he's kinda-sorta half-serious about believing all the stuff he used to believe is wrong -- while making the point that he probably only believes that because he's now been socialized by his dogmatic liberal coworkers to "know" the new received wisdom.
Good piece, I think. It might be useful for the GOP's own urban elite, who like to think of themselves as knowing cosmopolitans but who are really blinkered provincials, to read it.
Thanks to "Tusk."
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
In addition to being an accomplished artist, Chase was also an influential teacher with an impressive list of students. His art school became the Parsons School of Design.
The Morning Report 10/24/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Good morning, kids. Regarding the death of Tom Hayden, he and Hanoi Jane could have and should have been hanged for treason. As he makes his way to the Infernal Reaches, you should read his real story in the second link, before the MFM floods the zone with lying hagiographies. Anyway, have a better one.
- Tom Hayden, Key Player in America's 50-Year Degeneracy, Dead at 76 . . .
- . . . A Legacy of Treason
- CA Assisted Suicide Law Lets Insurers Tell Cancer Patients to FOAD, Or Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again
- Memory Lane: The Clintons Literally Sold Us Out to Our Enemies, But Trump Said "Pussy"
- The Punk Donated $500 G's to Political Campaign of Wife of FBI Agent Investigating Nurse Nasty
- Yet Another Podesta WikiLeak Confirms Dems Rig Polls by Oversampling
- A Rolling Stone Says No Mas
- Even On Skid Row, Where There's Life There's Hope
Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/23/16)[Mis. Hum.]
These 2 men were center stage 54 years ago.
Taken from the history books 54 years and 1 day ago.
What is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis actually began on October 15, 1962--the day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing U-2 spy plane data discovered that the Soviets were building medium-range missile sites in Cuba. The next day, President Kennedy secretly convened an emergency meeting of his senior military, political, and diplomatic advisers to discuss the ominous development. The group became known as ExCom, short for Executive Committee. After rejecting a surgical air strike against the missile sites, ExCom decided on a naval quarantine and a demand that the bases be dismantled and missiles removed. On the night of October 22, Kennedy went on national television to announce his decision. During the next six days, the crisis escalated to a breaking point as the world tottered on the brink of nuclear war between the two superpowers.
Cuba remains a Communist country. The USA has had several presidents since Kennedy. Cuba is still controlled by the Castro iron fist.
Filed under news, culture and science. STD's on the rise.
"Last year was the first year that we saw increases but those increases are actually continuing and at a higher rate," Mermin said.
The new numbers translate to a 19 percent increase in syphilis cases, a 13 percent rise in gonorrhea and a 6 percent increase in chlamydia, Mermin said.
Will solar panels be a thing of the past? Optical "rectenna" converts light directly to electricity.
Based on multiwall carbon nanotubes and tiny rectifiers fabricated onto them, the optical rectennas could provide a new technology for photodetectors that would operate without the need for cooling, energy harvesters that would convert waste heat to electricity - and ultimately for a new way to efficiently capture solar energy.
In the new devices, developed by engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the carbon nanotubes act as antennas to capture light from the sun or other sources. As the waves of light hit the nanotube antennas, they create an oscillating charge that moves through rectifier devices attached to them. The rectifiers switch on and off at record high petahertz speeds, creating a small direct current.
An unlikey scenairo, former Greenpeace leader at odds with tree huggers regarding fracking. Wouldn't it be fun to watch all of these leftist loons live without electricity, natural gas, diesel and gasoline for a month? Instead of expending their energy to attack our lifestyles they need to get into the labs. With all of their energy and knowledge they are sure to come up with something better, amirite?
Did you get your Mother-in-Law a card, gift, bouquet? Today has been National Mother in Law Day. Ooops.
A National Awareness week in honor of our President starts today. Rodent Awareness Week - October 23-29, 2016.
The Indonesian Mountain Weasel
The growing cancer here and around the world. Power tends to corrupt. And, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
Even just thirty years ago nobody seriously believed the government would monitor all our phonecalls and drag people off to prison. Nobody seriously believed that you could be arrested for how the dust blew off your property when you plowed a field or where you smoked. Nobody believed you could be fined or jailed for who you baked a cake for or didn't. And already by that time the federal government was far too vast.
Speaking of power. Obscure laws of the road from our friends to the north.
Mario theme performed with trumpet and handgun. Make, model and caliber open for discussion.
How many of you were outfitted for your first hunting adventure at an Army/Navy Surplus store? I was. I still enjoy going to this type of Man's Mall. The rise and fall of the Army surplus store.
Two big factors are contributing to the decline of true military surplus products in the marketplace: the changing nature of war in the late 20th century and online shopping
Sports car? Hot trophy spouse? Sky diving? Are you having a midlife crisis? Midlife crisis, fact or fiction?
In 2000, Wethington conducted a phone survey of 724 people between the ages of 28 and 78. More than a quarter said they had experienced a midlife crisis, a term they were free to define for themselves. The average age of crisis was 46. Some said their crisis was because they realized time was slipping away from them. Others blamed it on a divorce. Others said it was prompted by losing a job. "Most boiled down to 'something happened that made me re-evaluate my life,' " Wethington says. "That's a pretty minimal definition." She considers herself in the camp of sociologists who believe the midlife crisis is a myth
The war on drugs? Genius Award Winner, the maker of drug testing equipment.
Not all young people are jerks. Is there hope for our country? Time will tell.Feel good
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GunThread: Cleaning Tips And Other Assorted Drudgery [CBD]
Someone recommended this web site, and while I bookmarked it, I failed to note who pointed me in this direction, so my apologies to the unknown Moronette (I assume).
This site is about women and guns, not about cats. But in a way, it's about the cornered cat in all of us. It's about the determination to get away from an attacker if you need to. It's about making the decision to say, "Not me. Not mine. Not today." And it's about the tools to make that decision stick.
Now that everyone has fired their postal match and submitted it, what brilliant tips do you have for The Horde for cleaning your pistol? I am a firm believer that more weapons have been ruined by cleaning than by firing. I do a quick wipedown to remove salt from my sweat, and powder residue, then scrub a bit with Hoppes #9 just because that's what my dad taught me. I try to fire a few FMJs at the end of the session to clean the barrel of some leading, and then a few strokes with a brush as I can get away with, a few swabs, and I am done with cleaning. A light coating of oil, and that is it.
But there are dozens of systems and hundreds of tools and swabs and brushes and benches, all designed to do something that most of us find mildly pleasant at best, but a PITA occasionally.
So what do you use? I have been eying those flexible barrel cleaners, but haven't pulled the trigger on them yet because I shoot so rarely that it simply isn't worth it.
Man....I really want one of these....
I compared it to the S&W and for my hand there was no comparison. Of course the gun store had a Colt Python too....for a mere $2,500. Ouch.
The claim was these had weak actions and were crappy, backward rifles.
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MLB Playoffs [BCochran]
Let's talk some baseball.
How did we get here? Let's take a quick recap.
Wild Card Play-In Round
Arguments vary on whether or not this game is "real postseason playoff baseball." I mean, a one game "series?" Do we count the play-in games as part of March Madness? But the team that wins this game has just as much of an opportunity to win the Series as the team with the best record in baseball. So...here we go.
It took 11 innings but the Blue Jays eventually took out the Orioles and, well, Bumgarner was Bumgarner and threw a complete game shutout to lift the Giants over the Mets.
The Blue Jays dispatched the Rangers in short order. They swept the best of 5 series and capped it off with a bizarre play to win Game 3 in 10 innings. With runners 1st and 2nd and 1 out, Russell Martin hit a ball in the hole at SS that was at least 1 out and likely an inning ending double play. Except...Elvis Andrus made a mediocre throw to Rougned Odor, who then turned and made an awful throw to 1st, which not only pulled Mitch Moreland off the bag, but Moreland was unable to cleanly field the throw. The Jays' Josh Donaldson, who doubled to start the inning, never let up, rounded 3rd and headed for the plate and the series ending run. Moreland turned completely the wrong way, had to do a 360 to make the throw to the plate, made the third bad throw of the play, and Donaldson was easily safe at the plate. Game over. Series over. Season over for the Rangers. I don't think this rivalry is dead by a long shot. Next season should be interesting.
The Indians faced off against David Ortiz...I mean the Red Sox...in the other side of the ALDS. Big Papi got an ignominious send off to an amazing career as the Indians basically dominated the Sox and sent them packing in the minimum 3 games. Game 1 saw the two teams combine for a total of 6 home runs, which tied a record. Game 2 had the Indians jumping on David Price and scoring 4 runs in the 2nd which was more than enough for their phenom, Corey Kluber, who threw 7 scoreless innings in his postseason debut. The Sox tried to stay alive in Game 3, but fell just short. A 4-3 win for the Indians sent them to the ALCS to face the Blue Jays.
Game 1 between the Dodgers and the Nationals featured two pitchers of Cy Young Award level talent in Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer. Neither was at their best with Kershaw giving up 3 in 5 innings and Scherzer 4 in 6. Both bullpens held and the Dodgers took Game 1 4-3. Game 2 was all about the Nats bullpen, which threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, and Daniel Murphy who was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI singles. Nats take Game 2 5-2. The Nats lumber woke up in Game 3 as they scored 4 runs in the 3rd and again in the 9th to take a 2-1 lead in the Series. Facing elimination, the Dodgers turned to Kershaw on 3 days rest. Kershaw got smacked pretty good, giving up 5 runs, but the Dodgers line up had his back and the Dodgers forced a Game 5 with a 6-5 win. The decisive Game 5 looked like the Max Scherzer show as he held the Dodgers scoreless through 6. But then the Dodgers exploded for 4 runs in the 7th. Ultimately Kershaw came back, yes on 1 day's rest, and got the final 2 outs and the save. Dodgers advance.
On the flip side of the NLDS, baseball's best record, the Chicago Cubs, took on the San Francisco Giants. Game 1 was an amazing pitcher's duel. Johnny Cueto gave up only 1 run on 3 hits...and lost. Jon Lester tossed 8 shutout innings and then Aroldis Chapman slammed the door in the 9th. The Cubs won Game 2 with a score of 5-2. Which is frankly amazingly low scoring considering the two teams combined to use 13 pitchers. The Giants showed a little life in Game 3. What was supposed to be a duel between Arrieta and Bumgarner turned into a game of offensive momentum swings. A 3 run 8th by the Cubs was then matched by a 2 run 9th by the Giants. Joe Panic finally ended the game in the 13th inning with an RBI double for the Giants. The Giants joy was to be short-lived. Chicago came right back in Game 4 and flipped the score and moved on to the NLCS with a 6-5 win. The Cubs scored 4 in the top of the 9th and then Chapman emphatically ended things by striking out 3 in the bottom of 9th to earn his 3rd save of the series.
Game 1 saw excellent pitching performances from both Kluber and Estrada. Estrada only gave up 6 hits and 2 runs in 8 innings of work, but it wasn't enough. Kluber was on again, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings. Andrew Miller kept the shutout going through 8 and then Cody Allen came in for the 9th and the save. The Indians' Francisco Lindor was responsible for the only runs of the game. A 2 run homerun in the 6th were all the Indians needed to take Game 1.
Game 2 went much like Game 1 with the Indians winning it 2-1. Toronto's Happ gave up 2 runs through 5 innings and Cleveland's Tomlin gave up 1 through 5 2/3. Both pens did their respective jobs and not another run was scored. Indians DH Carlos Santana led off the bottom of the 2nd with a solo HR and Francisco Lindor drove in Rajai Davis in the bottom of the 3rd, while the Jays only run came in the top of the 3rd when Josh Donaldson drove in Darwin Barney. The Indians hold a commanding, but not insurmountable, 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 saw Indians starter Trevor Bauer leave in the 1st inning when an injury to his pinkie finger started gushing blood. The home plate umpire said he had to go. Kids, drones might be awesome, but perhaps they should wait for the offseason. Nevertheless, the Indians bullpen went 8 1/3 and were supported with a couple long balls in route to a 4-2 win and a commanding 3-0 lead.
With their season on the line, the Jays answered in Game 4 with a 5-1 win over Cleveland stud, Corey Kluber. Kluber only gave up 2 runs in 5 innings of work, but the pen got touched up for another 3 runs in 3 innings. Meanwhile the Indians offense sputtered and only accounted for 2 hits and 1 run.
Game 5 is ongoing as I'm writing this. The Indians are up 3-0 in the 7th. Estrada started for the Indians and is basically a kid. The best endorsement and description I can give of what was expected of him and what he gave is this: When Francona came out to remove him, every infielder came to the mound smiling, clapping him on the back, shaking his hand, laughing, etc. Francona refused to allow him to leave the mound without shaking hands. As he walked off the field, several of the guys on the mound were applauding him.
UPDATE: Boom. Done. The Indians cleaned up and took it home. The Cleveland Indians are headed to the World Series. Could the city of Cleveland finally be turning things around? I mean, we all know the Browns are hot garbage and that isn't going to change, but the Indians and the Cavs in the same year??? AlextheChick...there will be no living with her after this
Game 1 was Cubs early, Cubs late, Cubs win. The Cubs scored 1 in the bottom of the 1st and two in the bottom of the 2nd. It was the 2nd in the 2nd that raised eyebrows. Javier Baez was on 3rd and aggressively extended his lead as the pitch was delivered. Dodgers' Catcher Carlos Ruiz came up throwing, expecting Baez to head back to 3rd and obviously intending to pick him off. But Baez didn't return to 3rd. Instead he gave a slight pause and then broke to the plate. It was close, but Baez got safely under the tag and was credited with "stealing home."
In Game 2, well, Kershaw was Kershaw. 7 innings, 2 hits, no runs. Jansen came in and got the 2 inning save. The Cubs couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat, but their pitching was on point. Hendricks gave up 1 in 5 1/3 and then 4 guys combined out of the pen to not give up another run. LA ties it 1-1 with a 1-0 victory.
The Cubs offensive woes continued in Game 3. It's now been 18 straight innings without a single run. Only 6 hits in that same stretch. The Dodgers started with Rich Hill on the mound and he went 6 shutout innings. The pen went the rest of the way to finish off Game 3. LA is now up 2-1 and if the Cubs don't figure out how to hit like they did during the regular season (they scored the 3rd most runs in MLB), they're going to be bounced in short order.
And it's done. A dominating performance by Hendricks and the Cubs offense jumping on Kershaw early and often finished off the NLCS with a Cubs win. I don't think I've seen Kershaw hit like he was last night. Even the outs were just frozen rope smashes. The Cubs were all over him early and never looked back. Hendricks was on fire as he gave up 0 runs and only 2 hits over 7 1/3 innings. Yes folks, prepare for SMOD. It's the Indians and the Cubs in the World Series. Surely this is in the Book of Revelation somewhere.
Ok, that was a ridiculously lengthy post, but we're now all caught up on the postseason. Sit back, crack a beer, throw a little ketchup on that hot dog, and let's enjoy what's shaping up to be a damn fine World Series. And big thanks to MisHum for putting this up!
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Food Thread: Is It Too Early To Think Of Thanksgiving? [CBD]
Eh....why not. It's 33 days away, and if you aren't on the ball, you will miss out on ordering your free-range, organically grown, responsibly raised, heritage breed, humanely "processed" turkey.
Or you could do what I do, and that is let my SIL worry about all of that shit. I'll cook it, but I will be damned if I am going to wait on line to pick up a turkey. On the other hand, the bone-in pork roast is serious food, and I will be chatting up the butcher (the front end of the loin is the best part) and poring over ancient texts for just the right brine recipe. And the best part of cooking the pork roasts is that they will be on the rotisserie...on the patio, away from, uh....everybody.
Those chops in the photo are cut from the front end of the loin, near the shoulder, where there are wonderful, flavorful muscles and copious quantities of that most marvelous of flavors and textures: fat. And notice that the bones have not been "Frenched," because I am not a savage. Yes, I have ranted about this before, but anybody who scrapes off the best part of a chop in the interest of appearances is painfully deluded about the point of eating.
Back to the topic at hand: Thanksgiving planning. We are picking up three extras for dinner, which requires major redesign of the seating plan. Which I hate doing. But the menu will be revised slightly to simplify it to preserve the cook's sanity, in which I am quite interested.
The problem is that throughout the year I will notice dishes that seem fun for Thanksgiving, both in their own right and as a vehicle to push the turkey off to the side. Yes...one day Chez Dildo will have a turkey-less Thanksgiving, and there will be much rejoicing and, probably, gnashing of teeth of those who think that turkey makes the day.
Cranberry and goat cheese puff pastries. I had these at a wedding last year, and again last weekend. Damn, they were good. And no, the recipe is not to be had, because the owner of said recipe is a conniving, grasping harpy without a shred of dignity. And I would do the same.
Wheel O' Brie People show up wanting a drink, and having something ready to go as they slurp down their margaritas and martinis is probably a good idea. Otherwise people will get shit-faced too soon. Besides, it's easy.
1. Buy wheel of brie.
2. Place on plate.
3. Place bowl of crackers on same table.
4. For extra snootiness, a baguette on a cutting board always works.
Squash Soup, because it's really easy, tastes great, is seasonal and, last and least, looks good too. I garnish it with toasted baguette rounds on which I place a dab of goat cheese, and then a drizzle of good olive oil.
Brined, Roasted Bone-in Loin of Pork because it is tough to beat for its combination of flavor, ease of cooking, relative frugality, and the opportunity for the cook to hang out on the patio, in peace and quiet, with a beer or a bourbon. Plus, the obvious pleasure of gnawing on a bone covered in crispy fat and tender meat, with the juice covering your hands and dripping on your lap is bound to piss off the one vegetarian who invariably shows up at the table.
Roasted Vegetables. Why the hell not? They taste great. Hot oven, lots of olive oil or butter, salt and pepper, and roast the hell out of them until they are a little brown and crispy. Green beans, Brussels sprouts, whatever floats your boat. I add sliced shallots or red onions on the bottom of the baking dish, then toss half way through cooking. They add a nice flavor.
Mashed Potatoes done well are not just a blob on the plate. I play around with sauteed onions or shallots, and you can try roasted garlic. Just be sure to add a lot of fat, in the form of both butter and cream. It's for your health, to decrease the carb load. Really!
Salad. Yeah, I know, that's sort of weird, but as a palate cleanser it works really well. Just make sure you use a good dressing...one that isn't too creamy and thick. I make a vinaigrette (Oil,mustard, vinegar), which is a bit tart and is a nice contrast to all of the rich food.
And here is where my plan to simplify breaks down. Most people really get a kick out of a bunch of pies and other assorted goodies for dessert. As they say, A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, so what the hell. I make fresh chocolate chip cookies and a pumpkin pie. Somebody, probably everybody else is going to bring a pie, so just have plenty of ice cream on hand.
- 1 butternut squash, about 2-3 pounds: peeled, seeded and cut into one inch cubes
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
- 2 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 ounce duck fat (or replace with equivalent butter)
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 quart Chicken Stock (and make it yourself. It’s easy, and much, much better)
- ½ & ½ to taste.
- Salt to taste (but be careful).
Sauté the onion in the butter and duck fat over medium-low heat until it softens and just begins to caramelize.
Add the thyme and sauté for another minute. Then, toss in all of the squash and mix it around to coat with the butter and onions.
Keep cooking for 10 or 15 minutes, continuing to caramelize the onions and starting to soften and caramelize the squash.
Pour in the chicken stock (I told you to use fresh, so don’t wimp out on me) and reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes, until the squash is perfectly soft.
Purée thoroughly with a hand blender, or make a huge mess in your kitchen by using an upright blender and spraying soup all over the ceiling.
Taste, and add a bit of salt if needed. If the soup doesn’t seem rich enough, a bit of ½ & ½ is perfect to smooth it out and add some thickness.
Serve hot with a toasted goat cheese crostini floated in the middle of the bowl, and a drizzle of good olive oil.
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This Is What Passes For Intellectual Discourse (We Are Existentially Screwed) [CBD]
On "The Daily Show," where hipster douchebag LIVs get ther political commentary, noted political philosopher Russell Simmons (Don't worry, I too had to look him up) opines on the huge problem of Christian terrorism.
Russell Simmons joined Trevor Noah on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Monday to talk about "Muslims Speak Out," a project he formed to deal with Islamophobia, which he called "the worst scourge we have."
He told Noah that people misunderstand the Muslim community and that "99.99-tenths of them are not radicalized, right?" And then he added the kicker: "Probably more Christians are radicalized."
Maybe I am naive, but I think that "radicalized" populations should display behavior that is...um...radical. Islam certainly checks that box, being responsible for terrorist acts which have claimed the lives of thousands of innocents, and being the drivers of most of the wars on the planet.
Christians? Help a Moron out. Where is current Christian radicalism centered?
As for Islamophobia: if your religion espouses the destruction of my culture and the murder of my coreligionists, you are damned straight going to get push-back from me. If you want to call it a phobia, then it is a rational phobia based on the very real, documented events that threaten my culture and my life.
But a more accurate term would be self-interest, or self-defense. But that's just me. I am a White, Western Jewish man. My opinion and life has zero worth in Simmons' twisted world.
Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-23-2016: [OregonMuse]
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, hurricanes, IRS audits, and getting caught in the path between Hillary! and giant bags of cash, and special snowflakes can't stand the heat. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these awful things. And WTH are they supposed to be, accordion pants? These are the worst pants I've ever seen. If you can find uglier pants, send me the link and I'll use it. Ugh.
Note on Today's Library Pic
This was a submission from longtime moron 'Skip' and what you're seeing is the finished product of a restoration project that he worked on himself. Skip writes:
I worked on about 1/2 the ceiling along with large crew. But the ground area is where I did most of the work, the window sills, baseboard and mid point crown moulding just another guy and me did. The handrail woodwork and underneath woodwork of the railings as well as doors with exception of the single door leading into the library stacks I did myself.
And that painting on the upper left is a 17th-century work by Pietro Berretini (Pietro da Cortona) titled The Triumph of David that measures 12-by-19 feet. It shows David bringing back the sword of Goliath, whom he has just killed, to King Saul. This painting itself has been restored, and I found an article about the restoration efforts here.
OK all you 'rons and 'ettes, what do these words have in common?
In alphabetical order, they are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
(Answer below the fold)
There's a brouhaha over the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded to Bob Dylan, "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Meh. I can't get too worked up over it. Poets have won it before, so awarding the prize to a musician who's been writing song lyrics for over 50 years isn't that big of a stretch. I mean, at least they didn't give it to Barak Obama.
You know who's got their panties all in a wad about it, though? Why, the commies at The Guardian, of course:
Giving the award to any white male writer, no matter what form he writes in, is in no way innovative or inspired. It is simply a return to the status quo – albeit in a different genre.
Dylan wins his Nobel in the same year that the prize is not awarded to any women across any of its fields, which seems hardly believable. But what is particularly frustrating about Dylan’s win is that it is being packaged as revolutionary, as a means of breaking from tradition, when it is anything but.
Giving the award to yet another white, distinguished male over more qualified women is exactly the status quo. It proves, once again, how the times just aren’t a-changin’...
Actually, I'm old enough to remember when Dylan was considered to be a big-time revolutionary, you know, bringing an electric guitar to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, that sort of thing. He was at the front of the vanguard of the 1960s social revolution. But now we're being told he's just a status quo guy, like your boring old, suit-and-tie wearing, working 9-to-5 all week and mow the lawn on Saturday dad. How times have changed.
The Illustrated FAB
What, you say you want an illustrated children's book extolling all the many glorious virtues of Hillary Clinton? OK, then, here you go: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead. No, no, please. You can thank me later.
In the 1950s, it was a man's world. Girls weren't supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way. And then along came Hillary. Brave, brilliant, and unstoppable, she was out to change the world. They said a woman couldn't be a mother and a lawyer. Hillary was both. They said a woman shouldn't be too strong or too smart. Hillary was fearlessly. It didn't matter what people said, she was born to lead.
That's right, kids, Hillary is Born. To. Lead.
It's funny to see that out of the 100+ reviews on Amazon, they're either 5-star or 1-star. There's hardly anything in between. And if you click over there, you'll probably see some other books devoted to Hillary hagiography, so if you have high BP or a delicate stomach, I suggest you stay here.
Of course, those sourpusses over at NRO didn't like it very much:
It would be hard to write a fair and compelling children’s storybook about Hillary Clinton. Most of her many scandals are unfit for children. Her struggles are largely symbolic, against abstract obstacles such as expectations or criticism, and her actual accomplishments are few. We keep hearing that this woman is the most qualified presidential candidate of our lifetimes, and yet, try as it might, Some Girls Are Born to Lead can’t quite hide the fact that her life story isn’t much of a story at all.
Geraghty's piece is actually a serious, snark-free (almost) analysis of this children's book. I'm not sure it deserved it. Can't we just throw up and move on?
Thanks to moron 'josephistan' for linking, in a thread earlier this week, to these restaurant menus replete with hilariously fractured attempts at English, or Engrish as it's sometimes called) and some of them are so loony, I suspect photoshop. I mean, come on, "Steamed Red Crap With Ginger"? That has to be fake. And "Cowboy Leg Beautiful Pole"? I don't even want to know what that is, let alone put it in my mouth.
Actually, there's not much on these menus I'd want to put it my mouth.
Books By Morons
Moron lurker Gunnar Grey tells me that his Moronette lurker Gunnar Grey tells me that her little publishing company, Dingbat Publishing, has released a right-wing military science fiction novel back in in August. You know it must be doing something right because it's getting one- and two-star reviews from lefty whiners.
The title is Standing the Final Watch, by William Alan Webb, and it's the first of a series.
Lt. General Nick Angriff has spent his adult life protecting family and country from a world of terrorism spinning out of control...But when a terror attack on Lake Tahoe kills his family, he’s left with only the corrosive acid of revenge… that is, until a hated superior officer reveals the deepest of all secret operations. Against the day of national collapse, a heavily-armed military unit rests in cryogenic storage, to be awakened when needed, and Angriff is named its commander.Kindle price is $2.99.
Fifty years later he wakes to find the USA destroyed and predatory warlords roaming the ruins. Stalked by assassins bent on seizing his command for their own purposes, Angriff has to prepare for war while avoiding murder.
Thanks to moron Sutton Hoo for alerting me in last week's thread that moronette lurker artemis has a new novel out, Murder in Containment, the fourth in her 'Doyle and Acton' murder mystery series. In this installment,
Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle realizes that several apparently unrelated murders are actually "containment" murders--murders to contain an ominous scandal that could reach into the highest levels of Scotland Yard's CID. In the process of tracking down the killers, however, she comes to the unsettling realization that Chief Inspector Acton has committed a containment murder or two of his own.
Start with Murder in Thrall if you haven't read this series.
Adam Piggott is a longtime moron lurker from Down Under who, for the past 20 years, has lived and worked all over the world as a rafting guide. Some of his many adventures are recounted in his book Pushing Rubber Downhill: A journey to Manhood Via Whitewater Adventures:
Always order a witchdoctor from the eastern part of Uganda if you want to get the best results, a predicament that Adam Piggott was not expecting to find himself in when he accepted a job as a rafting guide in deepest darkest Africa. But the unexpected is the new normal when he chucks away his life to ride across Australia on a motorbike chasing a girl, and in the process winds up in situations that he never imagined.
Mr. Piggott also brags of his vast book collection going back many years, and a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf a friend once designed and built for him. I say, pics, or it didn't happen. And I can probably display one of the pics on the book thread.
The Kindle version of longtime moron author Chris Taylor's latest novel, Life Unworthy, is currently selling at the reduced price of $1.99.
Moron 'cool breeze' reminded me to remind you that this is the November selection for the Horde group read and that there is a discussion thread for it on the goodreads group for those who are interested. Which I can't link to, because you need to be a member to participate.
It's also available in paperback.
Pop Quiz Answer
These words, and only these words, appear in the Dr. Suess book Green Eggs and Ham. The position of the words "green" and "ham" appearing right next to each other in the list was a serendipitous hint.
And according to this article, the book was the result of a bet:
“In the right hands, the most ordinary things can take on extraordinary meanings. “The Cat in the Hat” came about when Dr Seuss was asked by William Ellsworth Spaulding, Houghton Mifflin’s education director, to compose a text for six-year-olds using a lexicon of only the 348 words they should developmentally know.“The Cat in the Hat” uses 223 words that are on the list and 13 that are not.It had sold more than 10.5 million copies by 2007.Random House publisher Bennett Cerf then bet Seuss $50 he couldn’t do a book in just 50 words. The result was “Green Eggs and Ham,” one of the weirdest, most delightful books around.”
The more you know...
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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