Sunday Overnight Open Thread (2/26/17) Academy Award Free Edition
Quotes of The Day
Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it. Archibald Alexander
Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid. John Wayne
President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Clint Eastwood
God has a most wicked sense of humor. Maureen O'Hara
The ONT is never surprised by the loon shit of the left. According to Ashley Judd Trump's election is worse than being raped.
Sporting a so-called “Pussy Hat” popularized by feminist activists, Judd said the same male family member who failed to protect her from being sexually assaulted as a child betrayed her again by voting for Trump.
“And the fact that there were adult men in my family – who failed to protect me as a child – voted for him, was really re-traumatizing in saying, ‘You’re gonna put me out there again. And the idea that you would protect me has evaporated.’ And it was incredibly painful. Incredibly painful,” she said.
“We got to belly up to the bar and start spending money,” Gov. Jerry Brown
(D-CA) Moonbeam now wants to spend on flood control measures. How's that super fast choo-choo train coming along Guv?
After successfully appealing to the Trump administration for help with the Oroville Dam emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he wants to accelerate state spending to reduce flood risks as he asked Washington to expedite federal environmental reviews on several projects, including repairs to the dam’s spillway.
The Democratic governor’s flood protection plan combines $50 million in existing general fund money with $387 million from the $7.5 billion water bond approved by voters in 2014.
You do have the right to live as you please. But, not to demand people accept it. Tolerance does not equal acceptance.
By contrast, you do have the right to live however you please, so long as it’s within the confines of the law. If you want to cross-dress, smoke marijuana, drink lots of alcohol, have lots of sex, and, yes, even go to school for gender studies, then by all means, go for it. Government should not be allowed to legislate people’s behavior as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else’s rights, but that doesn’t mean society isn’t allowed to have an opinion. You don’t have the right to demand people keep their opinions about your lifestyle to themselves, especially if you’re open and public about it. I have as much of a right to comment on the way you live your life as you do to actually live it. Your feelings are not a protected right, but my speech is.
Would you like to see the country inexpensively? You can for $213.00.
Gas is still pretty expensive in most places, and air travel is full of ridiculous TSA delays, so train travel is starting to look pretty good to travelers who want to go places without hassles or headaches.
Riding the rails can be a relaxing and romantic way to see the country, as you travel down routes well over 100 years ago, and you can take an Amtrak train across the country for a mere $213.
You do have to ride through Iowa and Nebraska.
In the event that you missed Friday's ONT with CDR M.Vaginal Glue.
We have some good news and bad news about SMOD.The good news is that the impact won't kill you, bad news is that the shock wave will.
A study accepted for publication in Meteoritics and Planetary Science (preprint available here) suggests that most deaths from a sufficiently large asteroid will be caused by the airburst produced on atmospheric entry, regardless of whether the asteroid disintegrates in the air or hits the surface. The slightly less terrible news is that the killer shockwave would have to happen near a highly populated urban area to have such an effect. The best news is, large asteroid impacts are very, very rare.
The most useful GIF of all time. Hard to believe it came from Frank Luntz.
Are you up for a test? Are you more intelligent than average?
1932, Born on this day, Johnny Cash US country singer, songwriter who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is remembered as a country icon, his songs spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly and blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71. via thisdayinmusic.com
Not all kids are couch potatoes. Bored kids build their very own roller coaster.The ONT is shocked that local authorities didn't put the kibosh to it.
Creativity can be used for good. And it can be used for stupid. h/t Hank Curmudgeon
Pryor decided to make the ACLU Dash button a reality after one of his friends made an off-hand remark about the idea of a donating Dash button. “It got me thinking: why reserve that instant gratification for physical goods? Why not push a button and do some real good?” he said.
Dash buttons, for the uninitiated, are an Amazon brainchild. They are buttons that you put around your house next to products you regularly use. Then when you run out of your favorite snack, cleaning product, or beverage you simply press the button and amazon automatically puts in an order for you. Like many people Pryor says he had “never used a Dash button before (or any IoT [Internet of Things] device for that matter), and always thought the buttons were a little silly.”
Previously HIV was a death sentence. Now, scientists say they may have found a cure.
The IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute in Barcelona recently announced that a new treatment has successfully wiped out HIV in five patients.
The treatment, which the institute is prototyping, mixes two HIV vaccines with a cancer-treating drug. The two vaccines help create white blood cells that can find and eradicate HIV-infected cells. Meanwhile, the cancer drug, which is called Romidepsin, causes the virus to reveal itself wherever it lays dormant.
The ONT is not sure what the young man was thinking. That is why he wins theGenius Award.
Jogger survives attack. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.
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The only film I liked this year, The Migrations of the Quokka: Rivers of Blood, Tears of Fire, wasn't nominated, so as usual I could give AF about any of this shit.
However, some of you might give AF about this shit, so here's a thread.
I'll put the giraffe on below in case you want to see something that's actually interesting.
Livecam of Expectant Giraffe, Awaiting Birth of Baby Giraffe
Not as good as a baby goat, but still something. I think. I guess we'll have to wait until she farrows* until we know for sure.
By the way, YouTube briefly pulled this livefeed of a pregnant giraffe for nudit and explicit content. No, really.
The owner of a New York zoo planning to live-stream a giraffe giving birth says the video feed was briefly removed from YouTube because animal rights activists labeled it sexually explicit....
In a video posted on the zoo’s Facebook page, Patch blamed "a handful of extremists and animal rights activists" for interrupting the stream from the "giraffe cam."
Why aren't users who lodge such obviously false and harassing complaints disbarred from every lodging a complaint again? That would stop this nonsense in a hurry.
* I got this word from Psych. I got "farrier" from Archer. I don't know if they're related.
Spoiler: If you want to see a giraffe being born, but can't wait around all day for this one, you can watch this video of a baby giraffe being born in Dallas 2015.
I'm sure it's pretty much the same thing.
It looks kinda weird.
Best pic of a quokka you'll ever see. Straya! 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/E3oDEueZs1— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) February 26, 2017
WARNING: Quokkas are highly venomous mammals who leap at their prey's throats to inject them with a necrotizing poison that causes their heads to rot before their bodies die. They are known locally as "Springing Cobra-Rats of the Death-Kiss."
PS, not really. They're just cute little marsupials who like berries and hugs.
Just more #FakeNews.
Food Thread: [Insert Clever Title]
Eggs have been in the forefront of The Horde's consciousness for a few days. Perhaps it is the unseasonably warm weather that has us thinking of spring and new life and deviled eggs. Or something.
As snacks go, deviled eggs are pretty damned good, especially since they are infinitely tweakable. But there is one problem, and no matter what your favorite chef says, it is impossible to cook eggs so that they are easily peeled. Oh, sure, sometimes, maybe often, your special technique works. But the failure rate is significant, and don't you deny it. There are a few variables such as the age and condition of the egg that are a challenge to manage. But....even a failure is not a catastrophe. Maybe you folks are too hoity-toity to chomp up a bit of shell, but at Chez Dildo that happens on occasion.
One commenter (sorry, I can't find the comment) made the point that eggs shouldn't be subjected to high heat, and I couldn't agree more. I used to fry eggs in fat that was just at the smoke point, but I have recently moved away from that technique and have found that gentle heat, whether I am cooking in fat or scrambling with cheese, makes a better, more tender egg. There is a French egg dish that my mom called Des Oeufs Brouilles (I think that just means "scrambled eggs") that is fantastic, and is simply scrambled eggs cooked at very low temperature with copious quantities of fat (butter and sour cream). With constant stirring, the eggs don't form curds, but become incredibly creamy. It's a huge PITA, but it is an incredible dish.
Yes, those are bacon wrapped onion rings, and I am furious that nobody told me! I'm not sure about the flavors of the marinade, but the concept is brilliant. And low carb, for GAINNZZ!
Oscars 2017: How Wolfgang Puck Serves Hollywood A-Listers at the After-Party
I look at this article and all I can think is, "what a fvcking waste of food!" I am by no means critical of America's less than efficient use of our agricultural bounty; the problem of starvation and under-nourishment in the world is not a function of supply...it is a political issue. So while we should probably stop being so wasteful, it isn't a crisis.
However, celebrity potlatches like this disgusting exhibition make me want to retch. They pontificate endlessly about energy use and animal rights and the need to "eat local" and hundreds of other pompous phrases and buzzwords that these leeches trot out to mask their own conspicuous consumption, which is on disgusting display whenever more than two of them gather to fellate each other in public.
I wonder how much food and fuel is going to be wasted tonight...pissed away on the altar of celebrity worship and self-aggrandizement....and paid for by you and me?
'90s Beverages: Where Are They Now? Hopefully dead, along with Grunge.
Coming back to a store near you! MillerCoors has announced the return of Zima for 2017 and apparently warehouses are already stocked with the stuff and ready for distribution. Or "zistribution." I'm not sure about anything anymore. According to the Slate article, in 1994 70 percent of regular drinkers had tried Zima at least once. Maybe it's worth another shot.
Yeah, I'll pass on Zima. I don't recall ever trying it. For some reason I had the impression that it was sweet. Anyone remember?
How to Pick the Juiciest Rotisserie Chicken at the Grocery Store
Yeah...whatever. I didn't link to this article because it was anything more than a fluff piece. I linked to it because I am in a pissy mood and am sick and tired of bullshit, fact-free statements leaking into everything I read.
Check Out International Stores
Whole Foods is fine and all, but Rick's find of the century was the roasted birds from a small Latin restaurant in Spanish Harlem. "Unlike major grocery chains, your little, local ethnic food store is more likely to use better spices and herbs to flavor their chickens," he says. If it has a line out the door, that's a good sign.
Really? I call bullshit. Or give me two data points that show anything other than a wild-assed guess and a preconceived notion that corporate = evil, and mom-and-pop = wonderful and Gaia loving.
Here's my version:
Never buy rotisserie chicken from a small corner store, because their margins are miniscule, and they always cut corners, including with the freshness of their chickens and the cleanliness of their spices. Corporate stores like Whole Foods and Costco have rigorous protocols and strict recipes for their prepared foods, and are a much better bet than some bodega that buys its chickens off the back of a stolen truck.
- 1 3-to-4 lb. chicken cut into pieces, rinsed and dried
- 4 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 turnips, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 lb. bag of baby carrots (or peeled-and-cut equivalent)
- 1 lb. pearl onions (frozen)
- 4 cloves of garlic cut in half
- 1 quart of chicken stock (low sodium or homemade)
- Corn oil
- Vinegar (malt, cider or red wine will be fine)
- Kosher salt
- Fresh black pepper
Preheat oven to 300° F.
Salt and pepper the chicken pieces. On the stove, heat a six-quart Dutch Oven on medium-high. Add a few tablespoons of Canola oil, and when the oil is shimmering, brown the chicken pieces on all sides until golden brown. It will be easier to do it in two batches. Yes, it is messy, and I have no clever way of avoiding the splatter. Put the chicken in a bowl and cover with foil.
Increase the heat under the Dutch Oven to high. Add the potatoes, turnips, carrots, parsnips, and garlic and brown for a few minutes, stirring to ensure that they do not stick. Lightly salt the vegetables. Brown for a few more minutes and then add the chicken stock and stir for a few seconds to deglaze the bottom and sides of the Dutch Oven.
Return the chicken to the Dutch Oven, placing the pieces on top of the vegetables. Pour whatever juices remain in the bowl into the Dutch Oven. Lightly salt the chicken, cover and place in the oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle a few ounces of vinegar over the chicken and vegetables and return to the oven for another 25 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the Dutch Oven and place on a plate, covering with foil to keep warm. Add the onions to the vegetables. Increase the temperature to 425° F, give the Dutch Oven a shake to loosen and mix the vegetables, and return it to the oven, uncovered, until the stock is completely reduced. If this seems to be taking too long, put the Dutch Oven on the stove and reduce over high heat. Don’t be too concerned if the bottom browns a bit; that is the best part. Just don’t let it burn.
Return the chicken to the Dutch Oven and serve, or cover and allow to cool, then refrigerate. It’s a great dish to make a day ahead of time, because it just gets better and better each time it is heated up (the vegetables continue to caramelize).
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Bill Paxton, RIP at Age 61 Due to Complications During Surgery
He had finished filming the CBS series "Training Day" (based on the movie). But what "completed filming" can mean with respect to an ongoing series, I don't know. I guess they mean he completed the first order of 8 or 13 shows or whatever.
Although he is well known as a high-impact actor who walked into movies already wearing the character with little need of a screenwriter's help, he also directed the interesting, weird, unexpected existential thriller "Frailty."
I'm surprised he didn't direct more. He certainly earned his ticket to direct more movies. But directing, I'm given to understand, takes a lot of time, whereas an actor working as an actor can appear in 4, 5, 6 movies in a year. As a director, I think you have to spend a full year on a project, from casting rewriting to location-scouting to shooting to editing to promotion.
Correction: Actually he did direct another feature -- The Greatest Game Ever Played, about a famous golf match.
Apparently he also had a minor role as a "Soldier" in Stripes. I don't remember that.
Three Terrorists Die From Spicy Hummus And Toxic Gas, But Mostly Toxic Gas
This is like the man who kills his parents, then pleads for mercy because he is an orphan.
The three died in a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, and five were injured, after the group inhaled toxic gas during attempts to repair the tunnel.
The tunnel was destroyed in an Egyptian army border operation in Rafah, and the Palestinians were working to rebuild it when they were exposed to the gas.
Hamas digs the tunnels so they can smuggle weapons and conduct terrorist attacks. But Egypt killing them while they do it is an unacceptable response? Sure, we can discuss the decency of using toxic gas. I guess that's not very nice. In response I think we should
boycott, send a stern letter, have a vigil, say, "tsk tsk Egypt!"
Yes, I am being flip, and the behavior expected of civilized countries does not include using poison gas against their enemies. But I have no sympathy for Hamas, which is simply a collection of murderers who have become accustomed to an obscene double standard that has protected them from the consequences of their own behavior.
So maybe I will call the Egyptian Embassy and tell them that what they did wasn't very nice. And then ask them where I can get Egyptian Ful Medames, which is sort of a fava bean paste that is fantastic with a bit of garlic, olive oil and chopped parsley. You eat it for breakfast with pita. it's great!
Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-26-2017
Library of Kindltot
Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or a Trump press conference, and special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, a big load of guffaws. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I can't see you could wear them and keep a straight face.
Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
--Old farmer's Almanac
If this library didn't belong to an actual moron, it would have had to have been invented. You can click on it for a closer look. It's got pretty much everything a moron library should have:
Shelves crammed with books? Check.
Unorganized stacks of books on floor? Check.
Interesting bric-a-brac scattered throughout? Check.
Comfy chair? Check.
Yeah, it's a moron library, all right
Kindltot tells me:
the aluminum boxes are Svea and Coleman camping stoves, and of course there is my truncated collection of US mess kits. We will brush over the various stabby things, the lard press, and only mention that I regret I couldn't fit in the Matthew Brady portrait of Millard Fillmore that is on the adjacent wall.
Where Are They Now?
Chelsea Clinton, whom a former top aide to Bill Clinton once referred to as 'a spoiled brat', has a new book out. I'll bet you didn't know that. The way it's not being promoted, maybe *she* doesn't know it, either.
And speaking of the Clintons, in this "where are they now?" article about the current whereabouts of the many shady and sleazy operatives from the early days of the Clinton crime family, when their corrupting influence was still limited to Arkansas, sacred honor compels me to inform you about the books that they've written, what with me being the proprietor of the book thread and all.
A couple of years in the pokey gave her enough time to write The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk: Why I Refused to Testify Against the Clintons & What I Learned in Jail.
I can think of a number of very good reasons:
1. I don't want to be placed on that list.
2. I knew Bill would pardon me before he left office
3. Hello, sweet retirement nest egg.
Webb Hubbell ("Chelsea's Dad")
After he wrote his memoirs, Friends in High Places: Webb Hubbell and the Clintons' Journey from Little Rock to Washington DC, he wrote several detective novels, starting with When Men Betray:
Why would Woody Cole, a peaceful, caring man, shoot a US Senator in cold blood on live television? That's the mystery facing attorney Jack Patterson as he returns to Little Rock, Arkansas, a town he swore he would never step foot in again.
The tagline of the latest entry in this series, A Game of Inches, which will be released in June, is “Believe it or not, murder is just the tip of the iceberg.”
You have to ask yourself if he did that on purpose.
I wonder if there's an Arkansas horndog governor who puts in an appearance along with his power-crazed, corrupt wife who will never be president?
Where Are They Now? - Again
All that and I forgot the actual book Chelsea wrote. It's this one here, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?. Right. The title sounds like Chelsea went to a Rage Against the Machine concert or read some Noam Chomsky and is now "woke." But it's just an analysis of public-private partnerships (PPPs) that exist to combat health problems. Pretty dry stuff. And according to her wiki page, she actually does have the academic chops to handle a topic like this. She was even able to get it published by, get this, Oxford University Press. That's quite the prestigous academic publishing house.
"Believe Me, I'm Right This Time" Says Journalist
Here's an upcoming book we all should be suspicious of: Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign.
Here is the author's CV:
Jonathan Allen is an award-winning political journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He is the head of community and content at Sidewire, a columnist for Roll Call, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University.
Jonathan was formerly the Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News and the White House bureau chief for Politico. He is a winner of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for reporting on Congress and the Sandy Hume Memorial Award for excellence in political journalism.
So, in other words, he's part of the MSM/Beltway hive mob who totally miscalled the election. And now he wants us to buy his book wherein he explains to us why everything he said before is BS.
It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself.
So Hillary Clinton was a bad candidate. At least he got that part right. But I like how Hillary's defeat is called "tragic". Heh. I guess that all depends on your perspective, doesn't it? I am reminded of ace's classic posts on how a certain indicator of liberal bias in reporting is that most news stories are written so that the audience is guided into wanting the progressive character(s) or cause to succeed.
No, I think I'd much rather read How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016 by everybody's favorite blarney-filled drunken Irish lout, P.J. O'Rourke:
This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O’Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. As P.J. put it, “America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692. So why not put Hillary on the dunking stool?”
In How the Hell Did This Happen?, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he asks, “Who are these jacklegs, high-binders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, four-flushers and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America’s highest office?” and surveys the full cast of presidential candidates including everyone you’ve already forgotten and everyone you wish you could forget.
No-one hurls epithets like O'Rourke. He gets extra credit for "buncombe spigots" and "animated spittoons".
As an analysis of the election, this book may be as completely full of BS as I think the previous one is. But it's probably a lot funnier.
Surprisingly, Trump's pick of Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to replace Mike Flynn is recognized as a superb choice. He is the author of Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. McMaster is a career Army officer with a Ph.D. in history who served on the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy.
For years the popular myth surrounding the Vietnam War was that the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew what it would take to win but were consistently thwarted or ignored by the politicians in power. Now H. R. McMaster shatters this and other misconceptions about the military and Vietnam in Dereliction of Duty. Himself a West Point graduate, McMaster painstakingly waded through every memo and report concerning Vietnam from every meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to build a comprehensive picture of a house divided against itself: a president and his coterie of advisors obsessed with keeping Vietnam from becoming a political issue versus the Joint Chiefs themselves, mired in interservice rivalries and unable to reach any unified goals or conclusions about the country's conduct in the war.
There is lots of blame to go around, but McMaster is particularly hard on LBJ, who pretty much lied his ass off:
He would tell Congress one story, Military staff another and the public a third story. None of which was too close to the truth...[T]his continual shading of the truth...eventually caught up with LBJ and caused the war to become such a mess and his popularity to fall so low. If he would have been above board and honest there is a good chance that...[he] would have coasted into a second term. If ever there is a case study in how not to conduct a war, at least from the political side, this is it.
Should make for interesting reading.
A Call For Submissions (Redux)
Back in January, I mentioned that a lurking moron (Mastiff) was putting together a military sci-fi themed anthology and was looking for submissions. He e-mailed this week and said:
I wanted to let the Morons know that the first three authors have been selected, and the Kickstarter project is live. I'm also extending the submission deadline a month, since I had initially planned to launch the KS project before now. I'm now accepting submissions until April 1.
All the pertinent details are on Mastiff's Kickstarter page.
Books By Morons
Fade (Paxton Locke Book 1) by Daniel Humphreys is a horde-beta'd paranormal/urban fantasy novel that is now complete and available for pre-order.
Family drama is bad enough without adding magic and human sacrifice. Ten years ago, Paxton Locke’s mother killed his father in a mysterious ritual that – thankfully – went incomplete. Now, Paxton makes his living as a roving paranormal investigator, banishing spirits while Mother languishes in jail.
When a terrified ghost warns him of a dangerous, newly-freed entity, Paxton faces a fight far beyond simple exorcism. In a battle for his very soul, will he be able to endure – or simply fade away?
Daniel says that one of the Horde readers told him it reminded him of "a crossover between Evil Dead and Burn Notice."
If you purchase it on Amazon for $4.99, it will be delivered to your Kindle device on March 1st.
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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EMT 02/26/17 UNITY edition
So, That happened.
Special guest commentary by Rick James, below the fold.
Overnight Open Thread (25 Feb 2017)
What a joke. Transgender boy wins controversial girls state title. I feel bad for the girls that were not afforded a fair match.
Always be aware of your surroundings and lucky for this guy, he was also armed. Armed robber shot in crotch by armed jogger.
Well this is a total shocker. Not. Crime increasing in California after 'prison reform'. Throw in sanctuary cities, strict gun laws, and a lack of political support for the police, this is what you get.
This is one of my favorite tracks from this album.
ISIS builds a quadcopter "bomber" with DJI drone and badminton supplies. Clearly time to declare a badminton free zone.
Mosul battle fuels anti-drone development. Lots of work has been happening in the area of anti-drone defense.
We really do need a discussion of what type of Navy we want. A 308-ship Navy to cost $566 billion, CBO estimates. 6 Ford class carriers? Carriers are awesome but our adversaries are getting better and better missile and targeting tech. I do agree with the attack submarine numbers. We really do need more.
Warning: F-Bombs galore.
Happy Ending Spider Story
This is one lucky kid. Boy survives bite from super deadly spider thanks to quick-thinking dad. Any guesses on what type of spider and where it occurred?
Hmmm, interesting. A fasting diet could reverse diabetes and repair the pancreas, says new research.
Tesla and Unions
Of course he does. Elon Musk thinks unions are bad for Tesla.
But to sweeten over his workers, Musk assured his workforce that creature comforts were coming to the Fremont factory. Aside from a "really amazing party" he plans to throw once the Model 3 reaches volume production, the facility will also get things like free frozen yogurt stands and a Tesla electric pod car roller coaster for fun and cross-campus travel. Take that, boring parking shuttles.
Yeah, that's what people want.
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Trump: I'm Not Going to the White House Correspondent's Dinner
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
Instead, the White House Correspondents' Association says they'll be celebrating accomplishments of America and the American people.
Nah, just fuckin' wit' ya. They're going to praise themselves and turn it into yet another Media Awards ceremony:
Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 02-25-2017
Looks Like They're Playing The Dewars Gambit
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a tactical tomato melee. Unless you're Italian and could use the extra sauce.
“Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess”
The chess set in the pic (h/t tsrblke) is on sale at woot for only $11.99. How can you afford *not* to buy it?
I've never played drunk chess ("capture a piece, do a shot"), and I don't think I ever will. After 3 or 4 captures, I doubt I'd be able to focus my eyes enough to tell the pieces apart. Which I guess is the point.
A friend of mine back in the day told me he once went with a buddy to a bar in San Jose, drank margaritas and played chess until closing. He remarked that the quality of their playing started out bad, got worse, and toward the end of the evening, they were throwing the pieces at each other.
Problem 1 - White To Play (412)
Hint: White mates in 2
7r/rp3q1p/1B1kbp2/1B1p2p1/2P5/P7/1P4PP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
Problem 2 - Black To Play (408)
Black can catch the white queen in a nasty pin, by moving 1...Re8. The only question is, which rook does he use? Does it matter?
k1r4r/pppRQqpp/5p2/8/2P5/1P3P2/P4PPP/4K2R b K - 0 1
Problem 3 - White To Play (BWTC 166)
There is more than one way to mate. How far can Black stretch it out?
Hint: Black can hold out for 4 moves
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To Hijab Or Not To Hijab
In its continuing efforts to regress back to the 7th century, Iran is again making a fool of itself:
Dorsa Derakshani flouted Iranian law by refusing to wear the traditional Muslim headscarf while competing as an independent player at the recent 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. Her brother, 15-year-old Borna Derakshani, was also banned from the chess team for competing against an Israeli player in the same tournament.
Both siblings are now prohibited from competing in future international competitions.
And this after U.S. Women's Champion Nazi Paikidze-Barnes and other players refused to play in the WWCh. tournament in Tehran.
Iran is notoriously anti-Semitic, prohibiting its sports athletes—including chess players like Derakshani—from fraternizing with and competing against Israelis.
OK, fine. Then Iran should be booted out from and all international sports federations that it is a member of. Screw 'em. If that country wants to act like a petulant child, it should be treated like one.
About her boycott of the WWCh., Ms. Paikidze-Barnes said:
I think it's unacceptable to host a WOMEN'S World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens. For those saying that I don't know anything about Iran: I have received the most support and gratitude from the people of Iran, who are facing this situation every day.
This seems more clear-eyed than Magdalena Andersson, the Finance Minister of Sweden and proud-n-fierce feminist who donned the hijab for her earlier visit to Iran, and then insulted pretty much every woman in that country when she said something like "what's the big deal, it's just a hat."
(h/t CBD for this story)
Problem 4 - Black To Play (CTFS 244)
Black is at a material disadvantage. What can he do here?
Hint: Black can win back the material
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Endgame of the Week (416)
This is a won game for White.
How does he win if it's Black's move?
How does he win if it's White's move?
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Problem 1 - White To Play
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White's 2 bishops combine to cut off the Black king's escape:
Also possible is
1. Rxd5+ Bxd5
Thanks to Jeff Lebowski and Off the reservation.
Problem 2 - Black To Play
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Yes, it does matter. If 1...Rce8, White can wiggle out of the pin with 2.Rd8+! (deflecting Black’s rook), which was pinning the white queen:
So using the 'h' rook is the better choice:
Problem 3 - White To Play
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If 1...Bxf8 White mates immediately with 2.Bxf7#
2. Rxf7+ Kg8
3. Rg7+ Kf8
Or 3...Kh8 4. Rg8#
So with proper play by Black, White will have to settle for a mate in 4.
Problem 4 - Black To Play
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This is the main line. Black skewers the White queen, and is now up the exchange. However, White isn't forced to take the knight on move 2, but if he doesn't, the result is a bit worse.
In this line, White is down an entire Rook. So it's best to let the queen skewer go through.
Endgame of the Week
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The answer to the question "whose move is it?" is very important in the endgames. Sometimes you get a position that would be completely awesome and you can win it easily - if only it were the other guy's move, because then he'd have to retreat, or do something equally disadvantageous.
Of course, we all know the word for this, when it's your move, but you really don't want to me because any move you make will fatally destablize your position: zugswang.
This is one of those positions.
First, with White to move, he won't be able to directly march his king up and force Black out. If he tries that, it'll be stalemate:
If Black moves first:
White should not be hasty with 4.Kh7 Kxf6 and now he won't be able to move his king off of the 'h' file to make room for his pawn to queen.
8.f8=Q and wins
So, given that it's a win for White if it's Black's move, can White force this same starting position, only have it be Black's move?
Yes, he can, and this is how he does it:
So White doesn't advance his king just yet. He has to bide his time, and now it's Black's move:
Black must also bide his time. Wrong is 2...Kf7 because 3.Kf5 and now White has achieved his objective: it is now Black's move, and it's the starting position.
And now Black must bring his king up to prevent the incursion: 4...Ke8 5.Ke6 Kf8 6.f7 Kg7 7.Ke7
But now, we're back at the starting position, and would you look at that, it's Black's move. So now he has to back off, and White can push forward:
11.f8=Q and wins
White's method of forcing the position with Black to move is called "triangulaton", because White must move his King in a triangular pattern to lose the tempo. Sometimes in endgames between grandmasters, you see both players making seemingly aimless king moves, but what they're doing is trying to jockey for the position and the tempo that is most favorable.
Hope to see you all next week!
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and past it into your chess app.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
It's that time again, time for the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread, where 4 legged Morons are welcome.
Get comfy and grab a beverage or a piece of pie and enjoy. Before we get going, do any of these dogs belong to you? h/t Oregon Muse
A Little of This. A Little of That.
The preceding video was submitted by Jane D'oh
Firefighter saves Fido on the ice. h/t CBD.
Our first entry today is Lola the English Setter.
This is my English Setter, Lola. My wife says she is the devil dog. Oh and that is one of her long coated Chihuahuas, Arrow, looking on. She has six of them. Poor Lola. Poor me,
This is Clyde, Bonnies brother and the kitty who plays fetch. As you can see, he also prefers a superior firing position. To add perspective, the white edge in the lower left is the top of our fridge. Cheers, -Brave Sir Robin
Thomas submitted this.
Should have sent this for today! Would have gone over yuugely! IMHO! My sons dog Finley, mixed breed border collie. Chicago USA.
This is Roxie. Excellent dog. Free from the pound, who just shrugged and said "Boxer mix." Our guess is Boxer + American Staffordshire, or maybe just AmStaff. Other guesses welcome. signed, "doomed"
This is Gracie, peeking around the corner to see what her two humans are up to. The rest of her 11 feet are around the corner in the other room. (She is a Burmese Python of standard coloration.)-Ron
Hello! I'm a longtime, daily lurker and have been since 2010. Love this site, Ace, the Cobs and especially the pet thread. Attached is a pic of my two dogs.
Greta was a loving and loyal Bernese Mountain dog who was by our side (sometimes underfoot) every second of the day until her hip dysplasia got to be too much for her. We still miss her.
Cooper is the Cavalier mix on the right, whom we rescued about 5 years ago. There may not be a sweeter, happier dog on the planet, although he still misses his Great-girl. Of note, he's not blind, just cross-eyed. Fits right in at our crazy house.
Love to all the moron pets!-Becky
Wow, what a great bunch of pets. Thank you for sharing with us. Do you have a photo you wish to share? Funny animal video or some animal news? You can reach us at petmorons at gmail. We are looking forward to your submissions.
Here's hoping you and your pets have a great week!!
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Gearing Up [KT]
Hello, Horde! Gardening and farming are really gearing up in the Central Valley now. And there are big things going on in a few other parts of the country, too. It's still a tough month for gardening in most of the country, though. Here's a Regional Gardening Guide for February. Spring will arrive. There's a pretty photo of grape hyacinths in the snow at the link.
Lettuce visit Yuma, Arizona today for a preview of spring. Winter lettuce harvest is underway. Weather may impact lettuce supplies across the country sometime in March or April. They have had a warmer and wetter than normal winter in Yuma, and some issues with mildew. And the Salinas Valley in California has been hit hard by flood conditions in the fields. I think the coordination of the lettuce harvest between the two growing areas is interesting. Something we don't usually think about when picking up produce at the supermarket.
"Yuma will end ahead of schedule and Salinas will start behind schedule. We are anticipating a gap in production," Antle said. The harvest is split between April through November in Salinas Valley and the remainder in Yuma County, AZ.
Yuma, nicknamed the "winter vegetable capitol of the world," is known for year-round sunny weather, but the region has also seen a warmer than usual winter.
Tim York, president of Markon a Salinas-based coop that provides, delivers and markets fresh produce, said the impact will likely be a seven to 10-day production gap. Growers can either "harvest Salinas earlier or hang on in Yuma a little longer and stretch it out," he said.
York said the next 45 days are critical for a more accurate picture on industry impact.
This video shows how the lettuce harvest is supposed to go in Yuma.
Anybody got a good recipe for Hearts of Romaine salad? Do you have lettuce started in your garden or on a windowsill? I'm partial to romaine, though I like some of the butter lettuces, too. Loved "Tom Thumb" growing up. With a little vinegar and salt, right in the garden. Do you have a favorite variety?
They harvest lettuce seed in summer near our house. By hand. Last summer it was a very dark-leaved cultivar. It may have been the same one that grew all over our yard one winter after a friend spread chaff from seed processing over the garden. Lettuce is definitely a cool-season crop here if you want to eat it rather than gather seeds.
To grow a field of lettuce like the one above, you need some big equipment. I didn't go to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California this year, but I heard a few reports, some of them about advances in tractor design in recent years. And about how much easier they are to operate than tractors in days of yore. They start farmers young there.
Thinking about getting a farm grant, like Weasel? Why not think big? What to check for if you are in the market for a used crawler tractor. Don't you think it would be fun to drive one?
We run at 150 psi. The Engine weighs around 42500 lbs loaded with coal and water. Torque is 3000 ft lbs at 240 rpm. The sled was definitely weighted and i know from experience first hand that the engine can drag the sled with the weight box all the way up and the bars dropped. Don't worry about the fire hazard. What you see is a very exaggerated amount of burning embers coming from the smokestack. The sparks are created as a night spectacle for entertainment. Before this pull, sawdust was added to the firebox to enhance the night "spark show."
Having said that back in the day there was always a risk of fire. There was less of a risk during plowing season. The highest risk was during harvest when the steam engines returned to the fields to thresh (separate) the grain from their stalks, in typically dry fields. Weeks before the steam engines arrived the grain was cut and bundled by binders. These mechanized machines looked the front of modern "combines" but binders only cut and a bound the grain. . .
One day, I hope to make a video of these separate processes that are now preformed by a single combine. As for now, if you watch the movie "Of Mice and Men" with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich you can see threshing in action. . .
There are several additional videos featuring steam tractors and other steam-powered vehicles at Jay Leno's Garage. Maybe we shouldn't have whacked down our weeds this week. We could have used them to power a tractor! Renewable energy!
More Spring Bulbs!
Today seems like a good day to feature an additional wild bulb from Kindltot's native plant photos. This is the Camas Lily.
My books tell me that the pink fawn lily was used as a sometimes food source for coastal Indians, but the real food source for the Indians in this area was the Camas lily, Camassia quamash. The Lewis and Clark expedition mentioned when they came to patches of it under the trees it looked like expanses of water through the trees. If you go to the right places at the right time, like along Hwy 240 in Yamhill county you can see broad fields turned blue at the boggy parts. These shots are from Bush Park in Salem. Traditional rights to harvest certain plots were guarded jealously by the indians, since not harvesting those meadows would mean the groups would starve, and some of the early serious disputes between the settlers and the Indians in The Dalles area was over settlers setting their pigs on the Indians camas fields.
The bulb is edible, and rather sweet, but they had to be steamed black to convert the inulin sugars that give you gas
The bulbs themselves are easy to transplant, but I am told it is hard to get them to reseed. There are a number of nurseries that sell these bulbs mail order.
Thanks for the beautiful photos and the information, Kindltot. The list of bulbs that will grow in boggy soil is not a long one. The list of edible flower bulbs is not a long one, either.
I think those camas lillies would look beautiful in the garden with one of the daintier narcissus varieties blooming on a little higher ground. These are Narcissus 'Trevithian' blooming with Leucojum aestivum in the foreground. Trevithian is one of the fragrant selections of Narcissus Division Seven, the Jonquilla Daffodils (Jonquils). Several examples in different colors, blooming at different seasons, are shown at the link. Many jonquils are popular in milder-winter areas where they may naturalize more readily than some other types of narcissus.
Anybody got daffodils or jonquils blooming? Other bulbs?
For something more dramatic, how about some Crown Imperial?
These plants are said to have a skunky or foxy odor that repels mice. Unusual flower. The Royal Horticultural Society was the only site I saw that recommended companion plants. Foxtail lilies might be a nice partner. Both plants need excellent drainage. Crown Imperial is sometimes planted on its side to keep water from invading the bulb from the stem end.
Gardens of The Horde
Well, well, well. Ace has taken up gardening with his purchase of jars and seeds to grow broccoli sprouts! Next thing you know, he'll be doing some sunflower shoots or (shudder) wheatgrass for juice. Then, it could be microgreens. Or we could read that he's been out foraging chickweed in the park. Any tips for our Fearless Leader?
Earlier this month, Kristen in Kentucky asked for some tips on plants up to the 3 or 4 foot range to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to her new yard. She is also interested in growing heritage flowers.
There are several sages that would fit her criteria. As an annual filler the first year, I would recommend Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage). It can persist as a perennial in Zones 8 - 10, but probably not in Zone 6 Kentucky. The species grows from 2 to 4 feet tall, though several popular cultivars are shorter. It is cheap and easy to find in stores, ready to bloom. I like the bicolor pink and white ones.
Any other suggestions for her?
Have a great week.
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People Who Butcher History Are Doomed To Be...Uh...Stupid
History is hard. It's harder for Occupy Democrats, apparently. pic.twitter.com/EOyBDCrZBF— baldilocks (@JulietteAkinyi) February 24, 2017
50 years of progressive-controlled education, and we get people who can't place the Berlin Wall and Hitler on a timeline of history.
Care to guess how many of these knuckle-dragging, booger-eating fools can tell you when the Civil War was fought, or What the Renaissance was, or where Carthage was?
Saturday Morning Weird News Dump
Good morning boys, girls and everything in between. Let's take a look and see what happened this past week that didn't get a lot of attention here at the AoSHQ.
HOLY SHITHoly protein shake.
- Horse Genitals.
- Love, truth is stranger than fiction.
- The check is in the mail. Not.
- School bus driving and Valu-Rite, not a good combination.
- What a hoser, eh?
- You had one job to do.
- Live necklaces, not a good idea.
- Social media strikes again.
- My dog shot my girlfriend.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
No running with sharp objects. Place nice with one another and have a great weekend.
If these items don't interest you, just remember it's an open thread.
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EMT 02/25/17 1d20?
Any word yet on whether Donald made his saving throw? How 'bout the rest of you... feeling bound up yet?
I think I made mine. I don't appear to be covered in chains. Any more than normal, at least. Haha....
shit...Here comes the wife.
[Just joking around with the fellas, honey!]
Overnight Open Thread (24 Feb 2017)
Oh just stop it with this stupid SJW BS. New Han Solo 'Star Wars' prequel already under fire as 'too white'. Most people only care if it'll be good/entertaining. I don't go to movies based on the race/sex of those involved.
Gee, didn't see this coming. With sales depressed by soda tax, Philly grocers look to cut jobs as Mayor blames 'greedy' soda industry.
"I didn't think it was possible for the soda industry to be any greedier," Kenney said in an emailed statement to Philly.com reporter Julia Terruso. "They are so committed to stopping this tax from spreading to other cities, that they are not only passing the tax they should be paying onto their customer, they are actually willing to threaten working men and women's jobs rather than marginally reduce their seven figure bonuses."
Dear God, this guy is gonna be floored when he finds out all the other companies that pass on taxes to their customers. Philly, you elected an economic genius there. Enjoy.
Not be outdone by Philly, check out what Seattle's mayor is proposing. Mayor Ed Murray proposes $55 million a year property-tax levy to fight homelessness. Genius. Make it more expensive to own a home to combat homelessness which will probably result in more homelessness.
Why is Democratic Governor outraged that Trump ceded power to the states? 'Cuz he won't be able to shrug his shoulders and blame DC when things don't go well.
Nothing Else Matters
This looks promising. This foam stops bullets cold and pulverizes them to dust.
Funniest story I've read in awhile. Officials want to make Dick Street longer.
I'm just gonna leave this here. This is what an actual doctor has to say about the new vagina lipstick glue.
Epic Doctor Who Orchestral Cover
This is pretty bad ass.
Oh yes, please keep doing stuff like this. Witches plan to cast spell against Donald Trump.
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Super-Light GAINZZZ Thread
I'm a natural night-owl, and I think it's because I dread the new day. Seriously. I think I have an aversion to going to bed, because I feel I didn't get enough done and I'm just not done with the current day yet.
But as you know, sleep is important, not just how much, but when. These videos from that guy I keep linking lately -- this on the importance of sleep, and this on how to improve sleep -- finally gave me the propaganda I needed to start going to bed by 12.
Note that it doesn't matter if this is true or not; whether true or not, it's still useful propaganda for getting me to do what I've long wanted to do (go to bed at a normal hour).
So the propaganda is this: For most people (it varies, but for most), the period of peak human growth hormone production is between 10 pm and 2am, if you're asleep during those hours. If you're not asleep, you missed out, and you'll just have to limp along with your sub-sub-standard HGH production.
Human growth hormone has so many absurdly positive effects on the human body that there's a black market in getting exogenous doses of it. It's called the "Youth Hormone" because it may slow aging effects, which is increasingly important to me as I contemplate, one day, entering my thirties.
So, after reading a lot about how to increase HGH (naturally) through stupid herbal supplements and crap, it turns out one of the most important ways is just to go to sleep at a decent time like a normal person.
I have been doing that (though I've been having sleep problems for unrelated reasons).
A point this guy makes in those videos is that there's actual sleep and then there's effective sleep. If you drink caffeine any time before bed (some people say you need to stop like ten hours before bed, which seems extreme), you may fall asleep, but you might cause yourself to have ineffective sleep where you just don't push into the deeply restorative phases of sleep very deeply or for very long. So if you go to bed with caffeine or alcohol in your system, your clock might say you got seven hours of sleep, but a more accurate measure, based on how long you spent in deep restorative sleep, might be more like six hours.
Oh and I mentioned this already, but thanks for the various tips on overcoming insomnia. One of the most effective things for me was putting a cold compress on my pillow to chill the blood in my neck and back. The body reads "cold" as "time for sleep," apparently.
Another thing I've been doing -- and given the weather, it's been pretty easy to do this -- is making sure I get real sunlight in my face soon after I wake up, to reset the body clock.*
Another simple thing which is harder to do that I'd've imagined -- drinking a lot of water. Which, yeah, helps GAINZZZ.
I think this might be a problem some have with getting enough water. I think this is my own problem. When you're dehydrated, your brain is kind of fuzzy, and you're low energy.
So what do you drink? Water? No, you're fuzzy-headed and you're low energy. You drink coffee, tea, or Coke Zero, Jack!
But of course those cause you to pee out more water, dehydrating you further. Making you more fuzzy headed and lethargic.
So what do you drink? Water? No way, give me another Coke Zero! I'm tired, baby!
So anyway, I think the message here is you just gotta suck it up a few days and really pound that sweet sweet water, Marco Rubio style, until you get properly hydrated and not tired and slow-witted and in need of constant caffeine.
A couple of weeks ago, when I was drinking water, I was feeling pretty good. Now because of low sleep, I've been having Coke Zero and not so much water, and I'm just dead tired and worse yet I'm getting cramps a lot. Almost like my body is saying, "Drink water, asshole."
So that's all I got this FriGAINZZZ. The two cheapest and most important supplements out there, which everyone ignores because they're trying to track down Distilled Tiger Breath mixed with Powdered Foot Fungus From a Shaolin Monk's Slipper from a black-market vitamin dealer in Kuala Lampur.
My GAINZZZ this week: None. Tired as shit. I didn't even expect GAINZZZ because I knew just by the way I felt that my body was pure crap. Happy I just didn't go backwards.
Broccoli Sprouts: Seems like a cheap way to have a constant supply of high-nutrient low-carb veggies.
Broccoli sprouts are loaded with anti-oxidants, with much more suphurophane by weight than broccoli.
And you can just make mason-jars full with a week or so's growing, in a mason jar inside your house.
I just got some seeds and the jars. Haven't actually started the process yet.
I know this guy is a hippie but hear him out.
* I forgot the point of this blather -- even though my sleep has been poor due to CPAP problems, I kind of like going to bed now because I kind of like getting up. So I don't dread the next day. I imagine I'll feel better about it once I get some good sleep.
Oh Dear, Make the Stupid Stop Already
Witches will protest President Donald Trump on Friday at midnight by casting a spell under the crescent moon
The purpose of the binding spell is to stop President Trump from doing harm and banish him from office
Among the objects required to complete this spell are an unflattering photo of Trump, a tiny orange candle, a Tower tarot card and bowls of water and salt
After lighting the small candle that has President Trump's name carved onto it, participants must begin the new chant that was written just for this spell
'I call upon you / To bind / Donald J. Trump / So that he may fail utterly / That he may do no harm/To any human soul,' says the chant
The lyrics also take aim at President Trump's supporters, with the lines: 'Bind them in chains / Bind their tongues / Bind their works / Bind their wickedness'
I could tell you one celebrity is taking part, but that would be a lie, because it's Lana Del Rey who wasn't really a celebrity even when the PR machine was pushing (hard) for her to be one, and then you'll just go "Who TF is Lana Del Rey?" and I'll have to say "I don't really know, I think she tried to be a singer for a few years."
Below, a video which is, as far as I know, the most enduring song of Lana Del Rey.
On Political Panic
Bumped. Some people specifically asked to post this so that the "day-walkers" could see it.
When I first read about panic -- I had panic, in a bad way, but had misdiagnosed myself with the related-but-distinct condition of anxiety -- I read that people who suffer from panic become calm when they're in airports, waiting to board a flight.
People who have panic don't have panic due to air flights? Huh? Why?
I realized at that point I must have panic, and not anxiety, because I actually experienced this same feeling of calm in the airport, awaiting a flight. I'd be panicky getting ready to call a cab, driving to the airport, etc., but the minute I got into the airport -- no panic.
I read the reason for this. Panic tends to strike younger people shortly after college, especially if those people get jobs with low levels of certitude about the day's schedule. Actors, for example -- they live a kind of unstructured life. Med students in their residency get panic a lot -- their tours of duty at the hospital are often irregular and even when they're regular, they're weird. Like they might have to work two back to back shifts, then get four hours to sleep in a closet, then work another shift.
Even if you're scheduled for that every week, it's hard to get used to that.
The cause of panic, it is speculated, is going from an environment in which one's hours are generally accounted for each day, and the days tend to unfold with predictability and stability, maybe even a dash of boredom. And then moving from a regime in which one's hours are regularly scheduled, and one knows more or less what is expected of one (that is, one knows there's going to be some ugly cramming at the end of a semester), and then moving to a circumstance in which one's hours are erratic, unpredictable, and full of uncertainty, and even the standards of what constitutes "good work" are unknowable.
In college or high school, an aspiring actor knows what will get him a decent grade in acting class (or any other class): attend class, memorize the lines, work on some technique. Even if you're not that great, just doing the work should get you a B.
But what about the real world? You can do all the work you like, but that audition is completely unpredictable. You have very little control over your own fate. You might have prepped for days and even done that thing where you "live" as your character to get "into his skin," but the fact is, the casting director might have taken one look at your face before you even sat down and decided "He's just not right."
So that's what causes panic: Moving out of a stable circumstance in which one knows what is expected of one and feels a certain level of positive control over one's success or failure, and moving into an erratic, chaotic, unstable circumstance in which one has very little idea of what the hell one is even supposed to be doing and having very little idea if any of one's efforts are even a factor in whether one rises or falls.
By the way, getting back to the airport: The reason the airport not only doesn't produce panic but rather produces calm is that the airport is a highly bureaucratized and regularized process full of queues and roped-off lines and expected events like checkpoints. Yes, it's unpleasant, yes, it's annoying, but -- here's the thing -- it's all calmingly predictable and boring. And you kinda know the minute you walk into an airport what's expected of you, and what's going to happen.
It's also reassuring that you're not in control anymore, not really. This is different than not being in control in a competitive and erratic field -- in those, you can kind of do things to influence things in your favor or not, but that influence is weak. You can fail, and it's largely out of your hands, but your failure will still feel like your failure. You'll still own it.
But in an airport, with The System shepherding you through, you can't really screw things up, unless you do something really dumb like just to to the wrong departure gate (which, btw, I've done). There is A Plan in place, and A Regimen, and A Machine just kind of sweeping you along passively from one area to the next.
If there's some problem with an airplane, that's someone else's fault, not yours, and you can't be blamed for it. It'll suck, absolutely -- but it's not your fault. You may have to take a seat and wait another six hours, but you don't have to take the blame.
Anyway, given all the agita and hysteria and the quite-frankly insane kind of behavior I see in a lot of people at this moment, I wonder if they've come down with a sort of existential panic, a case of formerly knowing where one fit in and who one's allies were and what "The Rules" of advancement were -- a clear view of the lay of the land -- to feeling to be on unstable and shifting ground and surrounded by fog and wondering where the hell one even is.
The solidity and predictability of the world has been stolen out from beneath their feet, and now they're lurching about a bit madly and frenetically trying to grope on to something that might give them some balance and bearing.
Just an idea. I'm not married to it or anything. But I do kind of notice this same shift from the predictable and routine to the unpredictable and unexpected, and I know that sense of dislocation produces at least one psychic malady. I wonder if there are other versions of it.
Last Night on Stump the Chump With Tucker Carlson...
A pencil-necked progressive geek attempts to explain why your sex is exactly what you say it is, with no regard at all for your actual biological sex, despite the fact that major institutions (women's colleges, sex-segregated dorms, prisons, sports teams) rely on absolute (not claimed) sex as a criteria for classification.
He might also have mentioned scholarships for women, too. He does later ask about government Small Business Administration loans for women -- can Tucker apply, if he just says "I'm a chick now"?
Video here or below.
Slate Publishes FObituary of Alan Colmes, Calling Him A Weakling
Repeating the obvious:
1. People are inherently cruel. They enjoy inflicting cruelty on others. It makes them feel good to be cruel to others.
2. People are self-deluding and believe themselves good. It makes them feel good to think themselves good.
3. These two things are hard to reconcile, but not impossible, because people are also good at making up Reasons to justify doing bad things and even praise themselves for doing those bad things. As they say, you are the easiest person in the world for you to fool. You want to be fooled, after all. And why would you have reason to lie to yourself? As far as you know, you're the most reliable, honest person in the world, and you've never given yourself any reason to doubt your word before.
4. The Reason usually offered to reconcile points one and two and is that there is a Higher Obligation to Something or Other which justifies cruelty on a (self-serving) philosophical, quasi-religious or actually religious basis. People tell themselves they are doing good by doing evil, and then this lets them feel both good about being "good people" and also lets them feel good about being cruel to innocuous nobodies. Not only can you do tremendously cruel things which would normally be completely unjustifiable and cause you to feel slightly bad for not being as good of a good person as you previously deluded yourself, but you can actually feel even better about yourself being an even better person than you previously thought, because you have the Bravery and Integrity to say cruel things which need saying, which many of the fussy-pants polite people just are too cowardly or too stupid to say.
5. The better someone tells me he is, the more certain I become that he is a monster. (Also: The tougher someone attempts to present himself on social media, the more confident I am that he is a physical and emotional weakling.)
6. People frequently insist to me how good and noble they are. The entire purpose of Twitter sometimes seems to be to provide a forum in which committed sociopaths can tell the world about their enormous hearts and pure spirits and noble intentions and grand ideals.
7. People in general are monsters and I have very little use for them.
Actually... Just to extend this: I have long believed that people tell you exactly who they are, right up front, if you bother to listen. I noticed some time ago that all the people I'd had failed relationships with told me within the first hour why the relationship would fail -- but I of course wasn't listening. I'm not saying they were bad people. I'm just saying they were pretty upfront about the reasons we were a bad match. I just didn't pick up on it.
I noticed a long time ago that anyone who claims to be "witty" in their Twitter profile is never witty, and is usually pretty dull.
When people describe themselves, they are not describing themselves. They are describing the self they aspire to be, what they aspire to be generally points out what they are currently failing to be.
It does seem to me a general rule that whatever someone bangs on about the loudest as a putative reason to recommend him is almost certainly actually telling you about his deepest insecurities and darkest failings.
Women Flips Out Over a Guy Opening a Door For Her, Because #FatPositive or Something
She's "seething with empowerment," David Thompson writes.
So, this woman used to be very fat. She says men didn't hold doors open for her when she was fat. Now, she claims, three times in a week, men either hold a door for her or do some other minor helpful gesture.
And she's enraged about it.
Eh, I kinda get the "Why didn't you treat me like this when I was fat?" -- kind of. Except she doesn't know these random people wouldn't have done that several years ago. She's doing a lot of assuming.
Also, here's a serviceable secondary definition of decadence:
decadence: noun. a state of comfortable disengagement from reality in which one has run out of real problems and must make up fake problems to give the animal parts of her brain a work-out, or a similar state which encourages flights from reality in which decadent people studiously ignore real and difficult problems by inventing fake and easy problems to distract them.
Fake problems are kind of comforting, aren't they? They're entirely within your control. After all, you invented them. You get to be the hero of a dramatic struggle with absolutely no risk of failure or setback, because, well, it's all a fucking joke in the first place.
Repeat until True: Islam isn't the Problem.
I'm not prone to conspiracy theories.
But it is becoming harder and harder to pretend that the current powers running the EU member states not only wouldn't mind if the ideological threats to their power structure are removed by any means possible, but are perhaps even supporting all means possible.
Geert Wilders has had to suspend his campaign movements because one of the Dutch Secret Service agents that had been assigned to his security detail was found passing his movement information to Moroccan (Islamist) criminal gangs.
In a sane world, this agent, whose name hasn't been released but whose superiors admit to having a "Moroccan background", would never have been put in such a sensitive position.
But in the world we live, law abiding people are forced into dangerous scenarios demanded by political correctness.
Wilders has been under police protection since the brutal killing of Theo van Gogh by a Muslim in 2004.
In security tests in 2010, his security detail permitted 2 out of 4 attempts at smuggling a firearm into secure areas.
And now the powers-that-be came close to participating in what for all intents looks like an assassination plot through either a bad vetting process, or outright indifference to the very life of an ideological enemy.
The only good news is that Mr. Wilders is likely going to be the next PM of the Netherlands, assuming he stays alive that long.
California Is Hell Bent On Making Pelosi And Maxine Waters Sound Like Geniuses....
It’s outrageous the administration is saying anyone who might have committed a crime qualifies for deportations.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 23, 2017
In fairness to the esteemed junior senator from California, she is dumber than a rock, so it is possible that she thinks that these deportations would apply to anyone who has committed a crime, not just illegals. And that means many of her supporters would be deported. To where....I have no idea.
I am fascinated that the Republican Party, the party that used to proudly embrace "Law And Order Republicans" as some of its strongest and most dedicated supporters, isn't crying out on every street corner and photo op that there is a big difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants. And that deportations are simply part of the law that they and the Democrats voted for....
Update: That is sarcasm.
Mid-Morning Open Thread
The lovely French Revolution had many victims, and Lavoisier was one of them. They chopped off his head for some trumped up crimes, but his real crime was being part of the Ancien Régime.
He was also one of the greatest chemists in history, and helped drag science into the modern era.
Oh...yeah...the art! it appealed to me because it wasn't one of Louis David's grand compositions. Less politics...more technique.
The Morning Report 2/24/17
Good morning, kids. My main story this morning is about the Obamacare Repeal/Replace/Repair/Renege fiasco. Scott Baio called in to Rush yesterday and raised an interesting point; The GOP crafted and sent seven different repeal bills up to Obama, who of course vetoed them. So why not just take any of those bills and send them to President Trump right now? Excellent point. Meanwhile, a story at the UK Daily Mail jumped out at me and I expect a full embargo from the American propaganda arm of the Leftist Uniparty. Lastly of note, a story sent to me by CBD, a California GOP State Senator (where?!) was literally dragged out of the chamber after she refused to be silenced for the mortal sin of publicly criticizing Tom Hayden. Mercifully, Hillary Clinton will never be president of the United States of America. Lots of other interesting links as well. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- **Illegal Money Man for Clintons Taped Everything, Feared Meeting Same Fate as Ron Brown**
- Rushie Loves Chachi; Scott Baio Goes On Extended Rant About Ryan, GOP-e
- DeMint Was Listening: Why Not Send Any of the 7 Repeal Bills the Senate Sent Over the Years to Obama Up to Trump?
- Sloppy Dipsomaniac Lifts Head Off Bar, Belches Something, Passes Out
- CA State Senator Muzzled, Dragged Out of Chambers For Daring to Criticize Tom Hayden: Yet She Persisted
- Clergymen Creating "Underground Railroad" For Illegal Aliens, First Amendment Suddenly Matters Again
- Ugh. Ivanka, Jared Intervened to Strip Language Critical of Paris Climate Accords Out of PDT Executive Order
- EPA Union Wants Employees to Rally on Capitol Hill "For Respect"
- Teh Ted Predicts Second SCOTUS Vacancy by This Summer
- Tom Cotton Pw3ns Leftist Stooges at Arkansas Town Hall to Cheers, Applause
- Real Anti-Semites vs Fake Anti-Semites
- "We Call Them 'Palestinians' Because . . ."
- Charles Blowhard Struts, Preens, Crows and Bloviates Self-Righteously: Or a Day Ending in "Y"
Thursday Overnight Open Thread (2/23/17) Thankfully Thursday Edition
Quotes of The Day
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt
Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. William F. Buckley, Jr.
Tuesday night we covered the fact that drinking is a No-No in outer space. If NASA wants to explore and/or inhabit 7 new planets they claim could support life. Lighten up on the Valu-Rite restrictions. Amirite?
Scientists may have come just one step closer to discovering another life-supporting planet in our universe.
NASA announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted the "first known system of seven Earth-sized planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water."
Ham Radio operator and the Boston Marathon 2013. h/t Miria F via Twitter.
There will be a new awareness about being able to communicate when cell phones don’t work. I was lucky enough to be one who could communicate clearly, even with someone around the world, when tens of thousands of people couldn’t.
I was lucky enough to be in a position to help many who needed help. That’s why all of us ham radio operators volunteered to be in Boston along with the thousands of other Boston Marathon volunteers.
Believe me, we’ll be back.
Where is the Fake News Media now? Milo is crucified, George Takei not so much. h/t Phoenixgirl.
Also check out The Dystopic who discusses three or four Alinsky tactics in his piece entitled The Media Strikes Back:
Did Milo defend pedophiles? No. Evidence exists that he did the exact opposite. He has exposed multiple pedophiles in the past, including the aforementioned Nyberg. Salon, one of the publications attacking Milo for this supposed behavior, has published many articles defending pedophilia, calling it a sexual orientation (something Milo has absolutely never done). People like Meryl Streep have given standing ovations to convicted pedophiles, like Roman Polanski. Do you really think any of this is based on principle? That the media has suddenly developed a conscience when it comes to molesting children?
They don’t care. They want Milo gone. And by extension, they want Trump gone.
Built like a brick shit house. Built like a shit shit house.
1973 saw the debut of Envirite (aka Glass-Dung, Manure Glass, or Pasture Glass), a promised-to-be revolutionary building material made out of glass and cow manure.
It actually seems like it was a pretty good idea. The concept was that you could take old glass bottles, combine them with cow manure, heat both together in a furnace, and the manure would act as a foaming agent fusing the glass together into a versatile building material. So you'd be repurposing two waste products (old glass and manure) into something useful.
Manly Man who doesn't know where he is at, stops and asks for directions.
This is not a hilarious story but was shown by the video below that spread through the social media.
According to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense the helicopter (carrying four rocket pods) was involved in a “planned visual orienteering exercise,” in which trainee pilots were told to determine their location “including by means of human survey.” According to the statement, cited by the local media, the exercise was a “success.”
Enjoy a Quarter Pounder with Cheese or a Big Mac at a fancy-shmancy McDonald's restaurant. h/t Mr. Brown's Dildo.
On this day, February 23, 1944 Blues great Johnny Winter was born.
February 23, 1998, All members of Oasis were banned for life from flying Cathay Pacific Airlines after "abusive and disgusting behaviour" during a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia. via thisdayinmusic.com
Man's Woman's best friend. Woman filmed herself with dog having sex.
Amy Nicole Graves, 43, was arrested yesterday afternoon on a charge of having unnatural intercourse with a dog.
Unnatural intercourse with a dog? You mean there is a natural way?
Norway has been incentivizing the use of zero emission vehicles since the 1990s. These include exempting EVs from value added taxes (VAT), thus making conventional automobiles significantly more expensive in the country, low annual road tax, and no purchase and import taxes. EVs also park for free in city centers, get access to bus lanes, and don’t have to pay road tolls.
How do you create a Special Snowflake? Well, the first thing you do is to keep them inside school.
A mom in New York tells me she’s in a fight with her kid’s preschool. You might think she’s unhappy with the zero-tolerance policy for Kombucha? Too much enrichment? Not enough? In fact, it’s none of the above. Her fight is over the children playing outside. The mother wants her kid to be outside more often, while the preschool is of the opposite opinion. The director’s latest excuse is that it is “illegal” for the kids to be outside when the temperature is below 32 degrees.
Recess is a healthy part of childhood.
Dude makes John Wick like action film at home. Something tells me that this guy handled temps under 32 as a child growing up.
Immigrants who come to this country and wish to become citizens must pass a test. The Civics test, can you pass it?
Applicants must answer 6 out of 10 correctly to pass. The questions include:
What is the supreme law of the land?
What is freedom of religion?
What stops one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
Kitchen sink dilemma? Mr. Obvious can help you.
Do you like donuts? Do you like whiskey? How about donuts with whiskey? Certainly sounds like a Moron created this snack.
When stopped by a police officer, try not to kick him in the groin.Genius Award Runner Up.
In-laws, outlaws and Genius Award Winners. $325K for a wedding. What are you, f*cking nuts?
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#Science: NASA Telescope Finds Seven Earth-Like Planets, Three of Which Are In Habitable Zone
Not too far away, either. Well, in relative terms.
Scientists were alerted to scan this particular area of the sky when they received this radio broadcast, encoded in binary numbers:
ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS
BUT JUST KEEP CHRIS CUOMO'S DIRTY DICK
AWAY FROM OUR DAUGHTER'S CHANGING ROOMS
By the way, I think scientists have hopes that all of the planets are possibly habitable. But three are "firmly" in the habitable zone, so they're the most likely candidates.
Chris Cuomo: If a 12-Year-Old Girl Doesn't Want to See a Penis In the Locker Room, That's Either Because of Her "Overprotective Dad" or Her Own Lack of "Tolerance"
i wonder if she is the problem or her overprotective and intolerant dad? teach tolerance. https://t.co/DbxAkrrH7n— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 23, 2017
The horror is not the realization that an inbred, arrogant cabal is intent on changing human behavior and controlling human thought.
That, I always took it, was a given.
The horror comes from the realization of just how fucking incompetent and dumb they are.
No word from Jake Tapper's "conservative friend" over whether he is upset to hear that Chris Cuomo thinks that little girls averse to seeing penises should just get some "tolerance" and embrace The D.
Malignant Dwarf: First Trump Lied About Sweden Having an Immigration Problem, Then His Lies Sparked Immigrants to Sweden to Begin Rioting
It seems Robert Reich has deleted the tweet (or at least it's gone missing, at least for me), but here was his pronouncement:
Trump's lies have consequences. 48 hrs after his comments on Sweden, riots broke out in an immigrant community. https://t.co/1k2BOl2jdw
-- Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 21, 2017
Tucker Carlson: We've Done Such a Thorough Job of Dividing Society Into the Educated Class and Non-Educated Class We've Destroyed Most Bonds of Compassion and Fellow-Feeling Between Them
To the extent that Carlson’s on-air commentary these days is guided by any kind of animating idea, it is perhaps best summarized as a staunch aversion to whatever his right-minded neighbors believe. The country has reached a point, he tells me, where the elite consensus on any given issue should be "reflexively distrusted."
"Look, it's really simple," Carlson says. "The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most effective meritocracy ever."
"But the problem with the meritocracy," he continues, is that it "leeches all the empathy out of your society... The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid--I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is."
Carlson recounts, with some amusement, how he saw these attitudes surface in his neighbors’ response to Trump’s victory. He recalls receiving a text message on election night from a stunned Democratic friend declaring his intention to flee the country with his family. Carlson replied by asking if he could use their pool while they were gone.
"I mean people were, like, traumatized," he says. And yet, in the months since then, "no one I know has learned anything. There's been no moment of reflection...It's just, 'This is what happens when you let dumb people vote.'" Carlson finds this brand of snobbery particularly offensive: "Intelligence is not a moral category. That’s what I find a lot of people in my life assume. It’s not. God doesn’t care how smart you are, actually."
I'd go further than that, and agree with Megan McArdle and Instapundit that while the New Mandarins are good at a very limited number of cognitive functions, they are sorely lacking in crucial ones, the ability to reject received wisdom among one of the most important.
Those who have the most ego invested in the skill of repeating what Teacher has told them are naturally going to be very averse to suggesting the heresy that Teacher might be wrong.
Surprise: That CIA Officer Who Made Much Drama About Quitting Due to Trump Was a Big Hillary Donor and a Top Lieutenant to Ben Rhodes, the "Echo Chamber" Maestro
And slow clap to the Useful Idiots of the right who spread this op-ed around uncritically, despite the fact that, even before this disclosure, it read like "Hillary Clinton's scripted anti-Trump debate zingers," as a guy named @PolicyLord observed.
A CIA employee who contributed thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and who is a registered Democrat announced his decision to leave the agency in a Washington Post column published Sunday, writing that his departure "had nothing to do with politics."
Edward Price resigned from the CIA last week and used the Washington Post to explain his decision that he could not "in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional." Price wrote that his "decision had nothing to do with politics," and that he "would have been proud to again work under a Republican administration."
"As intelligence professionals, we’re taught to tune out politics," Price wrote.
Unmentioned by Price or the Washington Post is the fact that Price gave $5,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that splits contributions between the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Public records indicate that Price is registered to vote as a Democrat in the District of Columbia.
Price rose through the ranks at the White House during the Obama administration. By the end of the administration, Price was the top spokesman and a senior director for Obama's National Security Council.
Price reportedly worked hand in hand with Obama's deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes in his effort to create an "echo chamber" during the administration's nuclear negotiations with Iran.
I desperately wish to quote more of this but I cannot. But read the article -- Scher details that it was largely this asshole Price who bragged about his ability to get all the Twitterati to repeat his nonsense about Iran and other Obama fuck-ups.
"This had nothing to do with politics." Oh, dear. Oh dear.
After the Free Beacon prodded the National Laughingstock -- and apparently at first, the National Laughingstock refused to explain the reason it hadn't identified Mr. "This had nothing to do with politics" as very political indeed -- the National Laughingstock has added a short "clarification" acknowledging his partisan leanings.
Actually, of course, this is an unacknowledged correction, as their original version, sans this "clarification," was essentially false -- Price did not carefully "tune out politics" at all. Again, go to the first story to read his glee at being able to get all the progressive dolts to carry his partisan spinning for Obama.
Democracy dies in darkness -- am I right or am I right?
Low Content Open Thread Until Ace Shows Up
OK, fine, I got nothing, but here's a new thread.
Marine Le Pen, president of the National Front (FN) political party in France (which is similar to the UKIP in Great Britain) went to a meeting with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. They told her to wear a hijab. She didn't. The meeting was cancelled.
You'd think she'd be hailed as a great feminist hero by Europe's progressive gliteratti. You'd be wrong. Perhaps this pic explains why:
It's funny how those fierce, fightin' feminists turn into cringing cowards whenever they're in a situation where their fierce, fightin' feminism has actual consequences.
And the only woman with the courage to stand up to the 7th century barbarians is Marine Le Pen. Who is literally Hitler.
Bonus material, because I'm a giver, here's the dumbest tweet this week:
There is no equivalent of Milo on the left because we hold ourselves to higher standards. Our Milo wannabes get ostracized pretty quickly.— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) February 22, 2017
She's getting lit up pretty good in the replies, though, so that's nice.
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Mid-Morning Open Thread
There is a mildly goofy self portrait that Gainesborough did in 1754 that amuses the hell out of me. His portraits are, for the most part, marvelous and serious, but this one has a touch of whimsy that tells me that he had a sense of humor, especially about himself.
Poke around his works and you will quickly see why he is considered one of the great British artists....he was a grand landscape painter, and an equally accomplished portraitist!
The Morning Report 2/23/17
Good morning, kids. Let's get right to it, shall we? First up, what the hell is John McCain playing at? Bad enough this dangerous old coot is sabotaging the President at home every chance he gets but now he's taken to flying around the world and sabotaging the President abroad. I really loathe that guy. Other than that, evidently there was a debate between Keith Ellison and Tom Perez for the chairmanship of some fringe political committee. Anyone see it? And at some rally, Nancy Pelosi was incoherent on stage; I mean unintentionally incoherent. Stroke? Insulin shock? Springs too tight? Anyway, it was bizarre. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- Not My President! McStains Secretly Went to Syria, Then Visited With Erdogan
- PDT Nixes SCOAMF's Transgender Bathroom Perv Pass
- Sham Hecklers, Protesters All Part of Astroturfed "Town Hall Project" Funded by, Get This, George Soros
- VP Pence Visits Desecrated St. Louis Jewish Cemetery
- Pre-School Teacher Suspended for Violent Anti-Semitic Comments
- Hopalong Ryan Roams the Border On Horseback Looking For Bad Hombres
- Pelosi Pe-Loses It; Appears to Have Breakdown Or Stroke In Front of Audience
- Robert Stacy McCain: The Mobbing of Milo
- Robert B. Reichhhhh-stag Blames Swedish Muslim Riots on PDT's Comments About Sweden's Rioting Muslims
- At DNC Chair Debate, Keith Ellison Sez PDT Eligible for Impeachment
- Robert Spencer Not a Fan of McMaster; Once Claimed ISIS "Not Islamic"
- Grandmother Victim of "Knockout Game" Last Fall Dies of Her Injuries
Wednesday Night ONT: I'm Back!
Welcome to Wednesday's ONT, or as I like to call it, slumming. Should have lots of content tonight, I've been bookmarking stuff for 2 weeks now, but before we get started, remember that this is the internet, where things aren't always what they seem to be.
Troll Level: Master
The best trolls aren't always witty comebacks or catchy bon mots. Sometimes they simply make the target babble at their own contradictions, like this example about Audi's Super Bowl ad:
The Human Drama of Athletic Competition
i'm living in the wrong countrypic.twitter.com/l2GVConjzG— Taking Five (@TakingFiveHQ) February 6, 2017
The Smug is Strong in This One
This entire op-ed sounds like a man complaining that his wife just wasn't as understanding as he expected after he slept with her sister. A sample:
But I always thought you personally still recognized the importance of taxes to support a safe, healthy and benevolent society, that you respected the role of government as our way of collectively choosing, supporting, and enforcing our social values, and that you agreed that of course we, who have an abundance of resources, would share with those who don’t, that we are all our brothers’ keepers.
It goes on for paragraph after tedious paragraph, frankly anyone who finishes the whole thing deserves a medal. I hate to say it, it's overused, almost a cliché, but some clichés are true: This is how you got Trump in the first place. Of course, never forget that it's the Libs who are the intellectual giants among us.
Almost all armed conflict in the history of the world came about because opposing sides believed different things to be true.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 16, 2017
Bad Leg! No Bone for You!
When your leg tries to steal your bone pic.twitter.com/1o2EGwYH4r— CCTV IDIOTS (@cctv_idiots) February 17, 2017
Parents and Famalies
It's a good message too. It's wonderful to be able to be plugged in all the time, but I fear that it's doing real harm to our social skills, and I'm not excluding myself from that judgment. The people on the human ark from Wall-E don't seem as farfetched as they did when the movie came out.
This is another sore spot for me. I know Little's world isn't as large as mine was at his age. If I let him, he'd be happy to sit glued to his X-Box all day. I do push him out into the world as often as I can, but I'm afraid that often times he just goes down the street and plays video games at a friends house. It doesn't help that there aren't that many kids in our neighborhood, and he no longer wants to play two brothers that he used to ride bikes with (and I don't blame him. They're bi-racial, and one day he mentioned a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and one of them turned on him and yelled at him him for saying “nigger”. Which he didn't. And the boy didn't care that “Schwarzenegger” was the man's name, he threatened Little. I wouldn't hang out with them either).
And yet we're the Fascists. Right.
“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”
Over at Townhall, John Hawkins tries to answer, honestly and without rancor, 20 Questions Liberals Wanted to Ask a Conservative, and follows up with 15 more questions in part 2. A noble effort, but I fear one doomed to failure.
There's video at the link. I dunno, looks like fun to me. I question the authenticity, however. If they were real Canadians, it would have been a Tim Hortons. They must be from Quebec.
This Has Never Happened to Anybody. Ever.
(It's from a Kiwi bacon ad)
Never Trust a Guy With the Moniker “Weird”
My own sobriquet was given to me 20-some years ago by a bunch of Leftists on a very liberal message board. It describes how they felt about my conservative values. It was a kinder, gentler time, today they'd call me NaziDave.
I like how Maryland gets “sprained hand” and DC “facial injury”. That's right, we're busy punching those beltway bureaucrats in the face. And what's with the huge suffocation belt out west? Florida, at least, is no surprise: “head injury”.
A Smart Military Blog
Which is nothing compared to DuffelBlog:Mattis signs order formally recognizing Jalapeno cheese spread as currency at all DoD facilities
Two Stories About How the World Sucks
Bleh. NASA Announces 7 Earth-Size Planets Found Around Single Star, with Some in Habitable Zone I'm ready. Lets go.
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The Yahoo Group needs more cowbell.
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A Post That is Both Genuine & Credible (MJ)
A few years ago I attended a two week training class for executive development that centered on statistics and also the softer skills that are necessary to be successful in a global corporate world. Most of the sessions were related to math, stats and running big ass, soon to be over budget projects, but in addition, the Director of the American Shakespeare company in Prague flew in to help the group loosen up a little--like regular people. You'd be surprised at what tight ass phonies most executards are. Oh wait, no you wouldn't. It's every bit as bad as you can imagine.
So imagine a group of execudorks doing acting exercises in an attempt to be more relatable--silently laying on the floor with your eyes closed to just...be, taking giant deep breaths and sighing to release the tension, having the group tear apart your presentation and rate your body language as you fidget or squirm, standing across from a partner and looking them in the eyes while you compliment them on...something.
At one point the group had to list out a bunch of great actors coupled with their less accomplished brethren to flush out a core lesson. Jack Nicholson--great actor. Elizabeth Berkley--not so much. It was really trippy and weird and many of the execugeeks couldn't break character--or they really are boring, soulless automatons. You decide which is true.
It took a few weeks to settle in but the lesson of the good/bad actor finally settled in. The instructor, Guy, went on to talk about what makes actors great--they are both genuine and credible. Jake Gyllenhall might be a pretty good actor but there is no way on this godly earth he could pull off Colonel Jessup. It takes a Jack Nicholson to do that.
So I started applying this very simple lifehack to politics and used it to figure out who would win each little skirmish occupying endless loops on cable. It's not always right but in personal contests it's a good indicator of who will come out on top.
Would Obama beat Romney? Yep, he sure would because Romney simply wasn't genuine while Obama was both genuine and credible as President. Would Assad fire off a few gas bombs in an effort to win his civil war? Yep' he was gonna because Obama isn't credible as a guy who draws red lines and it was obvious that he didn't give a rat's ass about Syria. ESPN, baby. The second replay of SportsCenter isn't going to watch itself.
To test the theory I put together this chart to see if each President since Ike possessed both qualities going in. Surprisingly, there were/are Presidents that don't have both qualities.
So how did they win? How is it possible that they could become President without being both genuine and credible? Simple: when compared to their opponents, they were both more genuine and credible or the one trait they could claim as their own outweighed the one they lost.
You could quibble with a few of the assumptions but there are some that simply aren't debatable.
1. Eisenhower. Supreme Allied Commander. 'Nuff said.
2. Johnson could have beaten almost anyone in 64. Living embodiment of a recently assassinated President.
3. Reagan was the real deal.
4. Bush represented the continued Presidency of Reagan' who was truly transformative.
Was Trump more credible than Clinton? I'm not really sure about that. He was certainly more genuine but there was an impression that she could be President, it just wasn't worth it to put someone so disingenuous in the Oval Office. America chose to roll the dice. Trump wins.
Was Gore more credible than Bush? I'd say they were about even, but Bush was so much more genuine that it didn't matter. Close ass election.
You get the point. It's a fun thought experiment based on what I'm convinced are the only two characteristics that matter. If you're honest with yourself about who is more genuine or credible, you'll be able to bypass the bullshit polls, the daily horserace, and just enjoy the pure spectacle of an election or political fight. And besides, you've only seen the rerun of That 70's Show where Eric pulls down Donna's pants during a basketball game three times. It won't watch itself.
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"Unprecedented" Number of Migrants Leaving United States for the Safety of Canada
Canada's pasty boy band PM, Snowbama, says he won't stop them.
Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.
The number of would-be refugees crossing into Canada at isolated and unguarded border crossings has increased in recent weeks amid fears that U.S. President Donald Trump will crack down on illegal immigrants, and photos of smiling Canadian police greeting the migrants have gone viral.