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April 25, 2015

REUNION OF GIANTS: The Only Two Avro Lancasters [CBD]

—Open Blogger

7377 built, and these two are the only ones flying. A documentary of the project and the flights of these last two bombers to Lincolnshire, where they flew together, will be released this summer.

It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster Bombers flew side by side. These marvels of mechanical engineering, part of a proud lineage that is credited with bringing an end to WWII, finally met high above the English Countryside this past summer. Making that reunion possible was a monumental task.

In early August, The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster, Vera, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper--the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster Bomber in the world--the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster in England. It was a mission unlike any other this Lancaster had ever undertaken; flying thousands of miles across the ocean, requiring multiple landings on remote runways from Goosebay to Iceland to make it across the vast Atlantic Ocean, and a crew that was on their own, far away from any mechanical support or facilities that keep the plane flying. If anything went wrong, needed to be repaired or replaced, they had very limited options to get the Lancaster flight worthy to continue the journey.

[If you can, watch this in 1080HD in full-screen mode]

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Fundamental Concepts – Slavery [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

A few weeks back I went to Mount Vernon. I took lots of pictures of the grounds, many of which will be featured in the garden thread later today. Anyone who has the opportunity should definitely visit Mount Vernon, especially if you have an historical bent. The tours are well done and there is a plethora of information about George Washington and life presented that is truly fascinating and well worth your time. There's just one thing that bugged me about the entire experience that bugged me, and that's that all too often the purpose of the tour seemed to be to beat you over the head with the fact that “George Washington kept slaves!”. “George Washington kept SLAVES!” “GEORGE WASHINGTON KEPT SLAVES, DID YOU HEAR? SLAVES!!!”. It is an exaggeration to say that visitors are greeted “Welcome to Mount Vernon, a colonial era plantations that was home to 300 slaves and some guy named George”, but not that much of one.

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Open Thread.....[CBD]

—Open Blogger

Seems like Fundamental Concepts is running late, but almost here....

Open Thread about Guns and Crossbows and Longbows and Carpet vs. Hardwood.....

Lancasters will be put up later.

Posted by Open Blogger at 11:22 AM Comments

The Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican [CBD]

—Open Blogger


Press Release; Republican National Committee

Today we welcome [insert name of new candidate] as the Republican Party's newest candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.

Since our founding in 1854 as America's choice to combat the scourge of slavery, we have welcomed a wide range of political philosophies into the debate, and [insert name of new candidate] is no exception. His/Her support of [insert candidate's favorite issue] is part of the Republican party's 160 year tradition of supporting freedom, personal responsibility and limited government.

No single candidate can please all of America, but a robust debate about the many issues confronting our great country is vital to the political process and to the strengthening of a Republican majority in America that can return us to our founding principles.

Once again, we welcome [insert name of new candidate] to the fray, and are confident that on November 1st of next year, he/she or another of the many accomplished GOP candidates will be the next President of the United States of America!

This is how it should be, for every entrant into the campaign, and Reagan's commandment should be policed ruthlessly by the political hierarchy. Any national Republican figure who publicly criticizes a Republican candidate for anything short of mass-murder should be immediately ostracized, marginalized, and repudiated. The Democrats do it, and that's one big reason why they win.

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Early Morning Thread 4/25/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Happy* Saturday Open Thread.

*Or whatever emotion strikes your fancy.

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Overnight Open Thread (24 Apr 2015)


The most transparent administration in history in action. House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling. Sadly, GOP redlines are like Obama redlines. Mostly just words.

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John-Paul Nungesser, Accused of Rape and Harassed by "Mattress Project," Sues Columbia For Enabling the Harassment


This man has been defamed and harassed for years-- all with the enabling of Columbia University, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Paul Nungesser was found "not responsible" for sexually assaulting another student at Columbia University. The student who accused him, Emma Sulkowicz, has since began carrying a mattress around the university as part of an art project to protest a finding she claims was unfair.

Sulkowicz’s activism earned her an invitation to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. When Nungesser heard of the invitation, he blasted the senator for rewarding Sulkowicz’s attacks against him.

"I am shocked to learn that Sen. Gillibrand is actively supporting Ms. Sulkowicz's defamation campaign against me by providing her with a public forum in which to broadcast her grave allegation," Nungesser told New York Magazine on Tuesday. "By doing so, Sen. Gillibrand is participating in a harassment campaign against someone, who, for good reason, has been found innocent by all investigating bodies."

Sulkowicz was permitted by Columbia to carry around a mattress to further defame Nungesser, and even make her carrying around of that mattress her senior art project -- for college credit.

Note that Nungesser has been cleared multiple times of the claims Emma Sulkowicz has made against him -- and the charges that Sulkowicz induced two other women to file against him, in a sort of warped solidarity.

And Sulkowicz also tried to bring charges with the NYPD -- who also refused to prosecute.

But throughout this, Sulkowicz has spoken to the media -- violating Columbia's confidentiality rules -- and made it easy to determine who she was accusing.

However, Nungesser himself has not spoken to the media much, until recently.

He was bound by confidentiality, whereas Sulkowicz paraded around that mattress, claiming he'd raped her.

Well, now he's filed a lawsuit which contains all the details confidentiality rules previously blockaded him from releasing.

Robby Soave correctly calls the texts published in the lawsuit what they are -- damning.

I strongly encourage everyone to read the lawsuit. It is filled with damning claims. And believe me, it is not slow reading.

Assuming these texts are real -- and I can't see them likely being fake, as they'll be subject to scrutiny by the courts, and more than likely have been looked at by Colubia and the police -- then Columbia better put aside money for a Rolling Stone-level settlement.

I just don't see how a "rape victim" could possibly text her "rapist" things like "I love youyouyou" after the "rape."

But we'll probably be told that rape victims do this all the time, just like we were told in the case of Jackie that rape victims always changed their stories and appeared deceptive and evasive.

Posted by Ace at 06:12 PM Comments

Seth Meyers, The Unfunny MSNBC Hack Who For Some Reason Was Accidentally Employed as a Comic on NBC, Decries the Bias of Peter Schweitzer, Defends Hillary


If you watch this video, which I think you should, just because you need to understand his whine to get the punchline ahead, you'll see that he makes several points about Hillary Clinton's cover-ups and conflicts of interest.

Sethie is here pretty much reading directly from bizarre ashen freak David Brock's Media Matters' spin, and from Hillary's own press release, which are pretty much the same things, as David Brock runs Hillary's PAC.

So, all Sethie wants to talk about is the messenger here, Peter Schweitzer, who wrote the book Clinton Cash.

Here's Sethie's reporting:

1. Peter Schweitzer once wrote a book knocking liberals.

2. Peter Schweitzer has worked with conservatives.

3. Hillary Clinton hasn't been proven, by audiotape or direct witness testimony, to have changed government policy based on donations to her. (All we have is a lot of money flowing to her, and then decisions favorable to those donating that money being made by her -- the exact sort of indirect, circumstantial evidence which currently has former Governor Bob McDonnell in prison.)

4. Peter Scheweitzer really should have told people about all his biases.

5. Peter Schweitzer's reporting cannot be believed because he failed to disclose his political leanings.

6. The New York Times, apparently, does not exist, because Sethie won't talk about them.

7. It's all about why you shouldn't believe this Vast Right Wing Conspirator Peter Schweitzer and his failure to disclose his political bias.

In sum, Seth Meyers is a huge defender of the Clinton Global Initiative, and he, unlike the thought criminal Peter Schweitzer, comes by his conclusions honestly, and without any pre-existing bias at all.

So, that said:

I guess Little Sethie just kinda forgot to disclose his own bias in this matter.

I usually wouldn't think it was worth noting that an unfunny tv clown was a huge, bought-and-paid for Hillary stooge, but given that his entire defense of the Clinton Foundation rests on the claim that Peter Schweitzer is biased and failed to disclose his political leanings--

shouldn't the unfunny tv clown have disclosed, in this situation at least, that he got paid a stack of that sweet sweet Clinton Uranium Money to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative for Delivering Uranium to Russia?

Posted by Ace at 03:22 PM Comments

AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, Jon Gabriel


Ricochet Editor Jon Gabriel joins Ace, Gabe and Drew to discuss Grandma Clinton's hijinks and more.

Jon's digest of UraniumGate -- a good, brief roadmap through the corruption.

Intro: Radioactive - The Firm
Outro: What A Crying Shame - The Mavericks

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Hillary, the Super Moderate: To Secure Abortion Rights, We're Just Going to Have Change "Deep-Seated," Fundamental Religious Beliefs


No big deal. We just need to "move past" this Jesus feller that has everyone so hateful and anti-woman and shit.

"Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they're not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice -- not just on paper," Clinton said.

"Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will," she explained. "And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone -- and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States."

Video and commentary at the link.

Just in case she later tries to claim she was speaking of Pakistan -- and, by the way, I do think it's important to talk up some liberalism and women's rights in states like that -- she puts the exclamation point on it all by adding "not just... but right here in the United States."

So we're not talking about giving up barbaric tribal practices about forced marriages and throwing acid in girl's faces if they don't fancy you; we're talking about getting rid of Jesus, or at least rewriting huge parts of Christian/Catholic tradition, right here in the USA.

You should also know that the Bible is the book that made the biggest influence on Hillary:

But then, Hillary has also told us, before changing her mind (like a woman!), that heterosexual marriage was a sacred, fundamental thing about the raising and socializing of children, whose roots go back into the very "mists of history."

…the fundamental bedrock principle that exists between a man and a woman, going back into the mists of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.

I guess the media could ask Hillary if she supports the ACLU's lawsuit to compel Catholic charities to perform abortions on illegal immigrants, but the media never asks Hillary Clinton questions about policies that might expose the left as extremist. They just ask her general questions like if she thinks Girls Are Smart.

Note the ACLU is doing precisely what Hillary advocated -- they're trying to set aside deep-seated religious codes and beliefs in order to make sure (illegal immigrant) women have full "reproductive freedom."

So she should be asked about this -- But she won't be. Ever.

Posted by Ace at 01:42 PM Comments

John Hopkins University Bans Chick-Fil-A From Campus, As a "Microaggression"


Who's doing the aggressing here?

In an 18-8 vote, the Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins voted not to "support the proposal of a Chick-fil-A, in a current or future sense, particularly on any location that is central to student life."

The anti-Chick-fil-A bill listed seven main reasons why the restaurant should be banned from campus. The first is that "the Student Government Association of Johns Hopkins University aims to provide a safe, supportive environment for all university affiliates now and in the future."

The fourth is that "visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ+ community or are allies would be subjected to the microaggression of supporting current or future Chick-fil-A development plans."

Thanks to @rdbrewer4, in the sidebar.

I know, I have to do real news; I'll do the Trans Pacific Partnership thing in a bit.

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* Know Your Meme: But That's None of My Business.

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Washington Post Hails Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as "First Black Woman" to be AG;
Headlined Confirmation of First Black Woman to Be Secretary of State: "Condoleeza Rice Confirmed Amid Criticism"



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Open Thread


Albert Moulton Foweraker, "A Dorset Village" (n.d.)

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Morning Thread (4-24-2015)



Podcast with ExJon will be posted later.

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Overnight Open Thread (4-23-2015)


Quote of the Day: Heh Edition


Quote of the Day II

I was very touched by what the minister said about me on stage in Perth, but I was even more touched by what she said to the surviving editorial staff at Charlie Hebdo. I mentioned in that Trudeau post an upcoming engagement I'm doing on the Continent later this year and how I couldn't understand why they'd asked me - until I remembered that everyone ahead of me on the invitation list is either dead or in hiding. So the symbolism of what [Australian foreign minister] Julie Bishop chose to do is valuable and important - and stands in splendid contrast to the hollow pomposity of John Kerry and his stooge James Taylor.

And "Love your work" is a better expression of solidarity than "#JeSuisCharlie".

-- Mark Steyn

Art of Manliness Presents The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood


So I happened across this set of articles a few weeks ago and I have to say it's one of the best reads available on the internets for men. And it's free. They really ought to put these together and publish it as a book. And then charge good money for it.

Here Brett McKay, who runs the website The Art of Manliness has written a sequence of articles laying out how to be a man in full and lead a satisfying, accomplished life. A lot of it I think the morons will recognize as hard-won wisdom and things we've known to be true in our hearts even if we've never verbalized them - or always fully followed them.

Each article as well as the entire series is based on the life of Winston Churchill and in particular how he dealt with various challenges in life and created the means to overcome them, thrive and do great things. But the key word is create. Churchill was given some gifts and some (many) flaws and had a very inauspicious beginning in life and as a man - but he chose to make himself into the man he ultimately wanted to be and that allowed to him to create the life he wanted to lead.


Now in many ways Churchill was sui generis and likely 99.97% of men could never hope to match his accomplishments. But his methods, philosophies, and manner of living life are available to most if not all men. So rather than trying to be Churchill instead aim for maybe adding 5% more Churchill into your life. You life may become happier but almost certainly it will become more satisfying and productive.

The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood Is Now in Session
Lesson #1: Develop a Mighty Moral Code
Lesson #2: Establish a Daily Routine
Lesson #3: Live Romantically
Lesson #4: Cultivate a Nostalgic Love for History
Lesson #5: Don't Give Up Your Sense of Adventure
Lesson #6: Don't Be Afraid to Start a Family
Lesson #7: Work Like a Slave; Command Like a King; Create Like a God
Tips on Hustling, Leadership, and Hobbies from Winston Churchill
Conclusion: Thought + Action = An Awesome Adulthood

This set of articles is targeted for men in their 20s. I think guys from say age 16 to 23 would get the absolute most from it and maybe find themselves inspired and directed. But even older middle-aged dudes like yours truly will still get a lot from it. Hell it's inspired me after reading it and made me think a lot about how my life is and how I'd like to be.

So much so that I've decided to in Churchill's parlance to take action this day: So I've decided to go to Iceland.

Why? Because I've been wanting to go there for almost 30 years. But the circumstances have never been right to do so. So I have decided to just make the circumstances be right. So I'm going and I'm going to do it in the next two weeks. And I intend to enjoy the hell out it. And when I come back I also intend to make some other structural, positive changes in my life.

Housekeeping Note: I will in London next week for business and then the next week in Iceland doing what I want. So no ONTs from me for two weeks.

There'll be fill-ins from the usual gang but if you think you've got what it takes to make an ONT - if you think you got the balls to do an ONT - then contact one of the Cobs and make your offer.

Peace. Out.

Odds of Maetenloch returning to the ONT: Good

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Mitt Romney: There Is "Every Appearance That Hillary Clinton Was Bribed"


Pretty direct.

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Hillary's Everyday Americans: Billionaire Frank Giustra, Vladimir Putin, and Assorted Kazakh Uranium-Sheiks


James Taranto digests the blockbuster New York Times story by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire.

[T]he Times follow-up dropped early this morning, and the story has developed considerably since 2008, by which point Giustra had sold off his mining concern, UrAsia Energy Ltd., to a company called Uranium One.

After the merger, the Times reports, "Uranium One began to snap up mining companies with assets in the United States" with the aim, as a company press release put it, of becoming "a powerhouse in the United States uranium sector with the potential to become the domestic supplier of choice for U.S. utilities."

But by June 2009, Uranium One was in trouble, its stock "in free-fall, down 40 percent." Its Kazakh partner "had just been arrested on charges that he illegally sold uranium deposits to foreign companies," including UrAsia. That's where the State Department came in. Uranium One "pressed the American Embassy in Kazakhstan . . . to take up its cause with Kazakh officials." It did: According to State Department cables, an unnamed U.S."“energy official" met with Kazakh officials "to discuss the issues on June 10 or 11":

Three days later, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rosatom [the Russian atomic energy agency] completed a deal for 17 percent of Uranium One. And within a year, the Russian government would substantially up the ante, with a generous offer to shareholders that would give it a 51 percent controlling stake. But first, Uranium One had to get the American government to sign off on the deal.

"Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department," headed by Secretary Clinton, the Times notes. Meanwhile at the Clinton Foundation, the money kept coming in:

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One's chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show.

A pathetic attempt at spin from a Hillary mouthpiece Brian E. Fellow then followed. Citing Yahoo news -- Yahoo news, itself a partisan outfit -- he can only manage this weak defense:

On yet another of his primary attacks, ​Yahoo News​points out that the author “marshals circumstantial evidence” only to find “no smoking gun.”

Can't wait to see that on a Hillary bumper sticker:

Vote for Hillary

There's only circumstantial evidence she sold America's uranium stockpiles to Russia, "no smoking gun" yet.

Gabriel Malor and Morgen Richmond have been pouring over this Reuters report that the Clintons seem to have deliberately falsified the foundation's 990 reports to hide the hundreds of millions in foreign government donations flowing to the "charity."

The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.

The errors, which have not been previously reported, appear on the form 990s that all non-profit organizations must file annually with the Internal Revenue Service to maintain their tax-exempt status.....

For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years.

Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the foundation's work on climate change and economic development through this three-year period...

As JWF comments:

I have two thoughts here: First, I don't know what Reuters means by "overreporting and underreporting," but I can guess, and here's my guess: They did not acknowledge this money came from foreign governments -- thus "underreporting" foreign government donations -- and instead marked that money as coming from other sources, in other categories, thus "overreporting" in those areas.

But that is another way to say, I think, "deliberately falsified the sources of the money in question."

Note that James Carville will probably claim "so she overreported heah and underreported theah, it all washes out to a big nothin' at all," so bear in mind: If you're hiding the source of money but not the money itself, you launder it by denying its true source, while attributing it to another, more legitimate source.

Even Hillary Stalwart Politico is forced to admit that Hillary's first line of defense -- that this is all a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (no, really, that's her defense) -- is "dead in the water."

And even a New York Times reporter is complaining that Clintons' response to every question is to claim the reporter is filled with rightwing partisan animus. Every question, this reporter says, is claimed to be "out of bounds."

Just re-watched that FoxNews report on selling half of America's uranium production to Vladimir Putin: Asked for comment by Fox, Frank Giustra claims "It's an old story."

Isn't it strange that a Hillary crony is offering up Hillary's Favorite Response to ethics questions?

NJ's Josh Kraushaar says the Democrats' all-in wager on Nothin' But Hillary is looking like a terrible bet.

The notion that she will be able to avoid the "distractions," to borrow her characterization of the growing controversies, is delusional. If she continues to insist that these pay-to-play allegations are another "right-wing conspiracy" and not deserving of a substantive response, it could be fatal for her campaign. The dismissive response from her allies is doing her nearly as much damage as the allegations themselves. It guarantees the coverage will last much longer than the current news cycle.

Democrats are badly misreading the polls showing Clinton as a formidable Democratic force. Her strong numbers are as much a product of a lack of primary competition as a result of her political strength. She's also benefiting from the country's partisan polarization at a time when there aren't many other Democrats offering themselves as an alternative and joining in on the criticism. But those benefits are looking awfully short-lived, as Clinton looks unprepared to tackle questions that undermine her credibility for higher office. The more Democrats bet on Clinton, the uglier the recriminations will get if things go wrong.

Oh and just when you say, "Surely this couldn't get any worse," BAM, you are WRONG, SON, because look at this.

Judicial Watch: State Department Documents Reveal Concern about Bill Clinton’s Activities with 'Saudi Entities'

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it has received 126 pages of documents from the State Department related to Hillary Clinton's possible conflicts of interest regarding her position as Secretary of State....

The latest group of documents shows that State Department officials had concerns in January 2011 about Bill Clinton's activities related to Saudi Arabia. An email chain, begun on January 25, 2011, includes several members of the State Department's Legal Advisor Office, and the subject line "Clinton Foundation Request – Saudi entities." The discussion is almost entirely redacted in the three-page email chain.

Other documents previously forced out through this lawsuit show that Bill Clinton worked with Tanmiah Commercial Group, a Saudi group based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that paid Clinton $300,000...

Also, discussed is a Clinton Foundation request regarding an undisclosed country in Asia in August 2010...

I kinda wonder if that's Kazakhstan, though the next sentence in the story mentions that the East Asia desk of the State Department looked into that.

Now, given all that, you won't be shocked that in the latest FoxNews polling, Hillary Clinton's honesty is questioned by a majority of the public.

Also, Rubio got a bounce to top the GOP field. Which is not a huge deal. We all saw the Flavor of the Week effect in 2012.

Announcing your candidacy helps your poll numbers. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio receives a five percentage-point bump after his April 13 announcement and has the backing of 13 percent in the race for the Republican nomination -- just a touch over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who gets 12 percent among self-identified GOP primary voters....

Of those tested on the poll, Clinton, Biden and Cruz fare the worst on the “honest and trustworthy” question.

Currently, 45 percent of voters think Clinton is honest....Moreover, only 33 percent of independents see Clinton as honest. That’s down 13 points since last year.

Overall, Clinton’s honesty score is negative six (45 percent "yes, she is" minus 51 percent "no, she isn't"), Biden’s is negative four (44-48 percent) and for Cruz it's negative one (37-38 percent).

On the positive side: Rubio (+13), Paul (+12) and Carson (+7) score best on the honesty measure. Bush (+4) and Walker (+4) are also in positive territory.

Okay, that seems like enough for one post.

Open Blog!

Posted by Ace at 06:44 PM Comments

Palestinian Students at MIT: The Scheduled Israel Celebration Makes Us Feel "Unsafe;" We Want It Cancelled


Of course.

The Israeli Independence Day raises politically sensitive questions given that it just so happens to represent the 1948 Palestinian Exodus, also known as the “Nakba”. This is a day of extreme tragedy and traumatic loss for millions of people, including many students here at MIT. As Palestinians and supporters of Palestine in the MIT community, we are alarmed by the fact that the UA are endorsing this event, given that the UA represents us as well. We feel unsafe in an environment that celebrates a catastrophic day for one nation at an official school-wide capacity by a body that represents all students equally, with no regards or sympathy towards our tragedy.

We direct this message to the entirety of the student body with a request for change. We request the UA to detach the carnival from SpringFest, and to refrain from sponsoring and/or publicizing it at a school-wide capacity.

Meanwhile, at Reason, those who claim to be made to feel "unsafe" by Christina Hoff Sommers' speech are engaging in some rather threatening stuff themselves: Posting placards claiming that specifically-named Oberlin Republicans "perpetuate rape culture."

David Bernstein writes about that this claim of free speech being "unsafe" is actually making it unsafe to practice free speech.

This is a huge threat to the future of free speech nevertheless. Today's college students are going to be tomorrow’s judges, and if they truly believe that "safety" means "never having to deal with opinions that disagree with one's cherished beliefs," then censorship has a good chance of gaining the upper hand over freedom of speech. After all, public safety can be a justification for suppressing speech, as with the "fighting words" doctrine.

Hot Air runs down Sommers' appearance on the Megyn Kelly show, and how infantilizing this whole concept that girls are fragile little hysterical things who need to repair to the fainting couches the moment they hear something that offends their virginal ears.

If that's what women really are -- I don't think most are, but I know some women are like that -- then I'm sorry, but you're not equal. You are children, and children have special protections encoded in the law because they are children -- but they are also not considered to be legal adults or to have legal capacity to make important decisions.

If you want to be children, fine -- but don't expect to be hired for jobs requiring adults.

Megyn Kelly concludes the segment with advice from her old trainer, a patriarchal penis person who probably #Raped her with crunches or something: "Toughen up, Buttercup."

Posted by Ace at 04:44 PM Comments

Tough Guy President Who Has Previously Bragged of Drawing Up His Kill Lists By Hand Now Says He Had Nothing to Do With Strike that Killed American Hostage


Sometimes Captain Kickass turns into President Urkel, Jonah Goldberg writes.

Today, both the Pentagon and the White House (in the form of Josh Earnest) went out of their way to make sure everyone knows Obama didn’t personally or specifically sign off on the drone attacks that tragically killed two hostages, including an American. This is curious. First of all, he's still responsible, as he himself said in his press conference. He set up and approved a system that lets these attacks happen. There’s something cowardly about honorably taking "full responsibility" in public, and then having your flacks go out and stage whisper "It really wasn't him."


[A plausible] explanation might have to do with his vanity. I can't help but think the implication we’re supposed to take away is that if Obama-The-Righteous had been paying attention, mistakes like this would not have been made. The military bureaucracy has failed Obama, who famously reads Marcus Aurelius as he composes his kill lists. At least he avoided saying that he found out about these attacks by reading about them in the paper, but the upshot is the same. The president doesn't make mistakes, others make mistakes implementing his will.

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Posted by Ace at 03:33 PM Comments

GOP Led Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch To Be Attorney General



Mitch McConnell could have reinstated the filibuster to stop her. He didn't.

Mitch McConnell could have refused to bring her nomination to the floor. He didn't.

So, what did Mitch McConnell do? He voted for her confirmation.

This is who those Republicans think is qualified to be Attorney General of the United States of America.

Posted by DrewM. at 03:09 PM Comments

Reset: Hillary Was Taking Money from Frank Guistra Even As She Was Approving a Russian Purchase of His Company


The company in question will control 50% of the uranium produced domestically in the US -- obviously, the sort of deal that most US governments would reject. You don't let Vladimir Putin buy half of your own uranium production.

But Bill and Hill were friends with Guistra, and Guistra was a very friendly friend, to the tune of $131 million in donations to the Clinton Global Initiative, in addition to arranging for foreign governments to pay the Clintons directly for speeches.


Watch the whole thing. Via @gabrielMalor.

More: Allahpundit has a useful nutshell guide to Guistra's and the Clintons' maneuvers to deliver half of the US' uranium to Vladimir Putin (and then, to Iran).

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Posted by Ace at 02:19 PM Comments

Insomnia Open Thread


Sorry, I had a white night last night, got up at 7 after having barely slept all night, then passed out at 10.

I will put up some news in a moment. But here's an open thread until then.

Posted by Ace at 01:31 PM Comments

Open Thread


Claude Monet, "Meadow at Bezons" (1874)

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Morning Thread (4-23-2015)


Well what have we here? ...Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors

The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.

"I'm sure this was an honest mistake," says everyone in the media today.

Ever notice that the Clintons make a heck of a lot of "honest mistakes"?

Posted by Andy at 06:01 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (4-22-2015)–Happy Erf day Edition



So Which Officer Was Responsible For This Humiliating Assclownery?


Looks like this one: BG Peggy Combs.


With an assist from this one, MAJ Michelle Bravo, who made it volunteeratory. Which meant the cadets were required to pay out of their own pocket for the shoes of humiliation and then had to publicly walk in them. For 'the mission'.


Well mission accomplished, ladies, mission accomplished.

Army Morale Hits New Low Despite 287 Million Dollar 'Optimism' Program

More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.

Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52%, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as "I rarely count on good things happening to me." Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs.

Gee I don't know what could have possibly caused this. Perhaps it's the above humiliation, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or maybe this. Who knows. I guess it'll just remain a giant $287 million dollar effin mystery.

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Captain Kickass: You Know, We Could Penetrate Iran's New S-300 Air Defense System, If We Felt Like It


AllahPundit wants to know if anyone in the press will ask him if Israel could penetrate the air-defense system, which is the more important question.

Couple of Points:

Captain Kickass likes talking tough. His idea of athletic competition is not actually, you know, athletic competition; it's trash-talking, which is an exceptionally annoying thing coming from someone who sucks this bad at basketball and who is so bad at golf -- which is actually his career now -- that Michael Jordan openly mocks him.

Captain Kickass also likes Lying to the public, giving them False Reassurances, such as the claim that ebola cannot be transmitted by sneezing, or that we had all the time to dick around with Iran that we like, because they're at least a year away from building a bomb.

Now, to put pressure on the public, he changes that and noted that they're only 2-3 months away from building a bomb -- but if we agree to his dopey plan to install a sworn enemy of America as Hegemon of the Middle East, that number will go back up to one year.

So he is now probably lying about the US' ability to penetrate the improved Russian-provided air defenses. Lying, so he can Reassure us that if we really need to, we can take out those pesky Iran nukes before they detonate them on America.

But he's probably lying, because he is really good at lying.

That's really his sport.

Oh, and open thread.

Before I go, I wanted to give a present to Alex the Chick.

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Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out of Interview After Reporter Badgers Him On Whether Or Not He's a Liberal, or Still Does Drugs


He doesn't want to say whether he's a liberal or Republican or whatever, which I usually take to be a Good Sign.

He's pretty evasive on it all, actually. I came in expecting to think the reporter was out of bounds, but I really don't think he is -- the reporter is curious about Downey's politics. I confess, I am too, and I wanted to know the answer. So I can't really criticize the reporter.*

The reporter is asking about this old NYT profile of Downey, much-cited by conservatives.

“I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics every since.”

(Suffice it to say he is not one of the Hollywood types who weeps over innocents trapped behind bars.)


On or around Independence Day in 2003, he stopped at a Burger King on the Pacific Coast Highway and threw all his drugs in the ocean. And while he was sitting there chewing on a burger, he decided he was done...

"If I see somebody who is throwing their life away with both hands and is raging around and destroying their family, I can't understand that person," he said. "I'm not in that sphere of activity anymore, and I don't understand it any more than I understood 10 or 20 years ago that somehow everything was going to turn out O.K. from this lousy, exotic and dark triple chapter of my life. I swear to God I don’t even really understand that planet anymore."

Mr. Downey, who has said that he woke up in a pool of his own blood a time or two when he was in prison, is a fighter. "Probably the biggest thing that Tony Stark and I have in common is the hardware of conflict, the courage under fire," he said, setting aside his lunch on a tray. "I don't really fit in so good outside the military bases with my mentality."

So the reporter asked him about this stuff, and getting clean -- fair questions, I think -- but Downey didn't want to talk about it and just wanted to promote the Avengers. Which is also fair enough. And then he walked.

What are his politics, anyway? This site says he both attended a fundraiser for Barack Obama in 2012, perhaps just at the behest of George Clooney, but also attended the Republican National Convention in 2008.

What he might be doing is trying to remain in the closet, or even go back into it, having come out before.

You just aren't allowed to be anything but Progressive Democrat in this country anymore.

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Four Americans Murdered, Courtesy Of One Of Obama's Dreamers


A known gang-member who was nevertheless allowed to remain in America by his Majesty's kind decree.

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Bloomberg: WH and State Department "Dismissive" About Plight of Americans Stranded in Yemen; Suggest That Being There Is Their Own Fault


That may or may not be true, and it may be true that rescuing a large group of people, scattered all over the country, is too dangerous for both the rescuers and the rescuees.

But the tone. The tone of "dismissal."

The WH and State Department do not care about US citizens stuck in Yemen; they only care about having to answer questions about their lack of action. That is, they only care about themselves, as they only cared about themselves during the Benghazi attack; those killed in Benghazi were not important as human beings, but merely as headaches and complications for Obama and Hillary.

And so too now are US citizens in Yemen. The Administration reacts with its typical mix of hostility, defensiveness, and blame-shifting when asked about yet another of their failures.

Americans Trapped in Yemen? U.S. Says 'Good Luck'

16 APR 22, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

By Josh Rogin


Yet, the tone from White House and State Department spokespeople when asked by reporters about the lack of action has often seemed dismissive; the official response has been to point to previous State Department travel warnings about the dangers in Yemen, which seems like blaming the U.S. citizens for being there in the first place. Many of these people are Yemeni immigrants or the children of immigrants who returned to see their families.

"We are giving Americans opportunities -- information about opportunities, I should say -- to use other methods of leaving Yemen, and that's why we have been very clear since the mid-1990s that people should not travel to Yemen," State Department acting spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Monday.

A reporter pointed out that one of the State Department’s absolute highest responsibilities is protecting U.S. citizens abroad.

"Absolutely," Harf responded. "That's why we have been telling them not to go to Yemen."

The actual information that the State Department has been sending U.S.-citizens in Yemen has been spotty, vague and unhelpful, according to Ayoub. Random alerts have pointed Americans to travel great distances for opportunities to leave the country without any assurances they would be successful when they get there.

"The U.S. government has been informed that there is another Indian naval ship that will leave from Hodeidah on April 12, arriving in Djibouti on April 13," an April 11 emergency message for U.S. citizens stated. "We have been told that U.S. citizens are welcome and should get to Hodeidah as soon as possible. Unfortunately we have no information on who to contact to board this ship."

Ayoub said one recipient of this alert was a 12-year old girl who lived six to eight hours away from the destination. With no means to make the journey through an active war zone, she was unable to take the State Department’s advice.

It seems that the department’s excuses for not directly rescuing Americans in Yemen are disappearing quickly. Not only is there a temporary ceasefire between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis, there’s even a new U.S. Naval flotilla in the Gulf of Aden, including an aircraft carrier, to assist in any rescue operation.

Incidentally, when the capital was overrun a couple of months ago and US diplomatic and military personnel were under direct threat, the Administration squashed the story and demanded the media not report on it, when US personnel were possibly in harm's way.

Of course, the media then continued to not report on it.

This is an incompetent, disastrous presidency, but full of ego and narcissism and venom, and they get very angry when it is pointed out that their estimates of their own competencies does not match physical reality.

Posted by Ace at 02:42 PM Comments

Jihadist Planned Attack on Churches in Paris; Arrested After He Accidentally Shot Himself in the Leg


Over the weekend, there was an odd and macabre story about a young woman, a dancer said to have "no enemies" and "nothing but friends," who was found riddled with bullets in a car set to flame in Paris.

No one could figure out any motive for such a spectacular murder.

It turns out there was no motive-- she was a "dry run" murder victim, chosen at random by the terrorist who had planned to go on a shooting spree in the Christian churches of Paris, or, as Obama would term them, Places of High-Horsedness Where People Do Not Remember The Crusades.

A heavily armed Algerian jihadi who was preparing to attack churches in Paris on the orders is in custody this morning after being implicated in the murder of a young woman.

The 24-year-old, named locally as Sid Ahmed Ghlam, had shot himself in the leg before his arrest by anti-terrorist officers in the 13th arrondissement in southern Paris on Sunday.

This afternoon the Paris prosecutor said police found Arabic documents mentioning ISIS and Al Qaeda at the IT student's home, as well as evidence on his computer that he was in contact with a man in Syria 'who clearly asked him to target a church.'


Sunday's arrest came just hours after the murder of Aurelie Chatelain, a 33-year-old mother and fitness instructor, who was riddled with bullets as she sat in her car in a car park in the Paris suburb of Villejuif. Investigators reportedly claim DNA evidence links Ghlam to her murder.

Aurelie Chatelain,
murdered by an Islamic terrorist at age 33.
But the Crusades

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Open Thread


Georg Pauli, "On the Bridge" (1888)

Posted by rdbrewer at 09:30 AM Comments

Morning Thread (4-22-2015)


Happy Earth Day!

I'll be getting my Gaia on around a tire fire later.

Posted by Andy at 06:10 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (4-21-2015)


Quote of the Day

Of course, presidential lawlessness is a special case. Because the president controls not only the nation's law enforcement apparatus but also its military, it's pretty hard to call him to account. But what about the rest of us? If presidents can violate the law, why can't we?

It would be a bad thing for the country if Americans started to ask that question.

...It's much better to live in a society in which the laws are just, and in which people follow them as much out of moral obligation as fear of consequences. But such a society requires a degree of self-discipline and self-restraint on the part of its members, and especially of its leaders. Does our political class possess these traits? If not, how long can we expect the rest of society to?

-- Instapundit in Obeying the Law Starts at the Top

Kurt Schlichter: Why Liberals May Regret Their New Rules

That photo is me about ten years ago, standing in the ruins of a land where people rejected the rule of law in favor of the rule of force. I think a lot about my year-long deployment to Kosovo these days. I think a lot about people today who, for short term political points, cavalierly disregard the rules, laws and norms that made America what it is. I think a lot about how liberals, especially those who boo God, should pray to Him that those rules, laws and norms are restored.


When you block all normal means of dissent, whether by ignoring the political will of you opponents or using the media to mock and abuse them, you build up the pressure. In 30+ years as an active conservative, I've never heard people so angry, so frustrated, so fed up. These emotions are supposed to be dissipated by normal political processes. But liberals are bottling them up. And they will blow. It's only a matter of how.

Liberals need to understand the reality that rarely penetrates their bubble. Non-liberal Americans (it's more than just conservatives who are under the liberal establishment's heel) are the majority of this country. They hold power in many states and regions in unprecedented majorities. And these attacks focus on what they hold dearest - their religion, their families and their freedom.

What is the end game, liberals? Do you expect these people you despise to just take it? Do you think they'll just shrug their shoulders and say, "Well, I guess we better comply?" Do you even know any real Americans? Do you think you'll somehow be able to force them into obedience - for what is government power but force - after someone finally says "Enough?"

...And let's be blunt - these are the people with most of the guns and the training to use them. That's the reality of the rule of force. I've seen it - it's there behind me in that photo.
I'm not advocating violence - I am warning liberals that they are setting the conditions for violence.

And that better worry them, for the coastal elites are uniquely unsuited to a world where force rules instead of law. The Serbs were, at least, a warrior people. The soft boys and girls who brought us helicopter parenting, "trigger warnings" and coffee cups with diversity slogans are not.

I know the endgame of discarding the rule of law for short-term advantage because I stood in its ruins. Liberals think this free society just sort of happened, that they can poke and tear at its fabric and things will just go on as before. But they won't. So at the end of the day, if you want a society governed by the rule of force, you better pray that you're on the side with the guns and those who know how to use them.

"I'm not here to answer your questions" says Reporter to Testy, Harfy State Dept. Spokesperson

One reporter asked Harf how the department could curb Iranian influence in the Middle East without directly engaging Iran.

"I agree with you that it's a challenge," Harf told the reporter, who replied, "I never said it was a challenge."

"You don't think it's a challenge?" Harf shot back.

"I'm not here to answer your questions, I'm here to try to get answers to mine," the reporter said, then asked his question very slowly.


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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:13 PM Comments

Open Thread: Nightmare Fuel Edition


This is what bipartisanship leads to.

This is from earlier today when everyone in DC celebrated their ability to do what they do best...spend your money.

Posted by DrewM. at 08:30 PM Comments

Scott Walker: In Between Maximizing Profits for American Businesses and Helping the World's Poor, I Think American Immigration Policy Should Also Occasionally Consider the Good of the American Worker


This is a very controversial position, it turns out -- especially in GOP's Corporate Class.

BTW, you know who's all about helping Everyday Americans? Hillary F. Clinton, that's who.

Posted by Ace at 06:53 PM Comments

So Donald Trump and Jonah Goldberg Got Into a Twitter Fight



Incidentally, the kids' TV show "Full House" is officially returning to TV, on Netflix. The show originally starred Bob Saget, John Stamos, and the Olsen Twins.

The subscriber network announced the reboot's title will be "Full House: Forbidden Desires."

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David French: Feds Play the Race Card to Crush Parents’ Revolt Against Common Core
"There was a time when Common Core supporters loudly insisted the program — adopted by no fewer than 46 states — was most assuredly not federal.... Yet when Common Core is threatened by a large-scale parental revolt, look who moves in to crush the dissenters’ dreams — Arne Duncan, the race-baiting (federal) Secretary of Education." Via @tim3rd. [rdbrewer]

ONN: Viewer Prepared To Believe Whatever Documentary Tells Him About Coral Reefs
"Canales added that he was also 'perfectly fine' with the idea of blindly adopting whatever social position relating to coral reefs was posed by the documentary and reciting it to other people verbatim." [rdbrewer]

'Village of the Damned Pugs'
Pix 11: NYPD captures coyote in Battery Park City
"Another coyote sighting prompted a police chase in Lower Manhattan Saturday morning. The coyote was seen running around the Battery Park City area around 8 a.m. Police began chasing the animal on foot and in patrol cars. The coyote was finally captured outside Merchants River House restaurant on South End Avenue and Albany Street." [rdbrewer]

Bruce Jenner admits to being Republican during '20/20' interview, shocking some on social media
Admits? "A shocked Sawyer asked if he was a Republican, and Jenner fessed up to siding with the right. His political bombshell became one of the most controversial comments...." Bombshell? We got bigots at NYDN. [rdbrewer]

Puppy and bird, best friends
Video. [rdbrewer]

CNN: First look: Jared Leto is the Joker [rdbrewer]

The Oberlin Review: Sexist Hiring Standards Unprofessional
Butthurt because she didn't get the job. "For the curious: I was wearing a fitted black T-shirt, a red skater skirt, black tights (yes, with a run, the horror!) and a black cardigan. I wore fairly heavy makeup. But it doesn’t matter what I looked like precisely: If I had been a man, would it have mattered what I was wearing?" Right, it's not you or the clothes you wore; it's them. They must have a problem with women. Via @Slublog. [rdbrewer]

NY Times: Brian Williams Inquiry Is Said to Expand [rdbrewer]

‘Hillary Thinks She Is Bigger Than God’
"For most Americans, 'the unanswerable questions posed by both the market forces and the governmental ones' are answered quite satisfactorily by religion. For self-admitted 'Progressives' such as Hillary, that’s rather…problematic...." [rdbrewer]

Rachel Stoltzfoos: Media Ignores Evidence Americans Want To REDUCE Legal Immigration
"3. By a nearly 3-to-1 margin, Americans think legal immigration should be reduced, not increased." [rdbrewer]

Krauthammer: 'Unbelievable Arrogance Of The Clintons Who Do This In Full Expectation They're Going To Get Away With It'
Video. [rdbrewer]

CBS: William Shatner to launch $30 billion Kickstarter campaign for water pipeline to California
Go big or go home. Related: News 10: 4 reasons why William Shatner's pipeline plan won't work. [rdbrewer]

Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile
Incredible pictures and video. Via commenter "Splunge." More from The Weather Channel and The Guardian. [rdbrewer]

Jonah Goldberg: Will the Clinton-Cash Scandal Doom the Hillary’s White House Bid?
"The Clintons are like the Tudors of the Ozarks. They believe they are royalty, but they also understand that even monarchs need friends. The Clinton Foundation is the perfect vehicle for their ambition. Like the medieval Catholic Church, it blurs the lines between ideals and interests." [rdbrewer]

NY Times: Candidate Clinton and the Foundation
"The only plausible answer is full and complete disclosure of all sources of money going to the foundation." [rdbrewer]

Male Columbia student sues school over 'mattress girl' case
"[S]ays Emma Sulkowicz campaign against him created hostile environment, gender bias." Via @ComradeArthur. [rdbrewer]

Stella Morabito: What You Should Know About The Armenian Genocide
"President Obama joins those who deny it by refusing to call it was it was: genocide. This is the seventh time he’s retracted his 2008 election-year promise that if elected he would recognize the Armenian genocide." [rdbrewer]

Raymond Ibrahim: The Islamic Genocide of Christians: Past and Present
"Today, April 24, we remember how exactly 100 years ago the last historic Muslim caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, tried to cleanse its empire of Christian minorities...." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

Trey Gowdy To Clinton Lawyer: Here's 136 Unanswered Questions About Hillary's Email
"[Clinton attorney David] Kendal send the House Select Committee Chairman a letter saying that the former Secretary of State had already answered all the questions about her email therefore she didn't need to testify on that subject." [rdbrewer]
Daily Mail: Our climate models are WRONG: Global warming has slowed - and recent changes are down to ‘natural variability’, says study
"Global warming hasn't happened as fast as expected, according to a new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records. The research claims that natural variability in surface temperatures over the course of a decade can account for increases and dips in warming rates." I guess they don't believe in #Science! [rdbrewer]

Press Herald: Senate Republicans introduce bill to keep NSA phone surveillance intact
"In an unusual procedural move, the GOP measure to extend the NSA’s so-called 'bulk collection' of phone records was not considered by any Senate committee." Mitch McConnell did that. [rdbrewer]

Jeb Bush praises Obama over NSA spying
"The former Florida governor said the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data was 'an important service' carried out in a way that protects individual civil liberties." As if people don't abuse power. Examples of public servants protecting civil liberties: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. People are rotten. Not all, of course, but this is why we cannot afford to water down constitutional protections. [rdbrewer]

CBS New York: Coyote That Has Made The Big Apple Its Home Still On The Run
"Earlier that morning, police were on the coyote’s trail, but it managed to evade officers." Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

Mediaite: NYT Reporter: Hillary Can’t Just Declare Everything ‘Off-Limits’
"'They’re basically saying ‘Off-limits.’ Anything you want to say, anything you want to report about their background, you’re biased, you have an ax to grind, and you’re part of the vast right wing conspiracy.'" Dems, you want eight more years of Clinton drama? They're just awful. [rdbrewer]

Dr. Warren Weinstein My College Adviser, Held By Al Qaeda, Killed By A US Drone Strike [rdbrewer]

The Blaze: Infamous American Al Qaeda Member Adam Gadahn Killed in U.S. Counterterror Operation, Along With Others Including Hostages
Via @BenK84. [rdbrewer]

CBS DC: Rand Paul: ‘Our Founding Fathers Would Be Mortified’ By NSA
True, but some like Jeb Bush think routine Fourth Amendment warrant requirement violations are good to keep you safe. After all, Patrick Henry said, "Give me security, or give me death!" Or something. Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

NY Times Reports Clinton Foundation Donations May Have Allowed Russia To Buy Control Of US Uranium
"As the State Department was mulling of the deal, the Chairman of Uranium One donated the $2.35 million from his family foundation to the Clintons." [rdbrewer]

NY Times: Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company
From Jeff's post above. "At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family." [rdbrewer]

Jonathan Allen: Exclusive: Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors
"The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters." A million here, a million there... how can you keep track of these things? Via @GabrielMalor. [rdbrewer]
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(ref Clinton tax ooopsie) [@ComradeArthur]
An Oral History of Airplane!
Most interesting reveals: David Letterman tested for role of Ted Striker; Peter Graves called the script the most offensive pile of garbage he'd ever seen, but his wife and daughter convinced him to (reluctantly, skeptically) do the movie anyway
Florida man bitten while trying to kiss venomous snake
Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

Okay, so Russian S300 missiles aren't all they're cracked up to be
Or some of them, anyway. Watch the video. [rdbrewer]

Perino: Reid 'absolutely poisonous'
"'I've never seen anything so abhorrent in my entire life as Harry Reid,' she said." [rdbrewer]

Milo Yiannopoulos: How I Ended Up Starring In The Most Violent Video Game Of The Year [rdbrewer]

McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance
"The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act." Reforming this thing is a bipartisan slam dunk. Stunning. [rdbrewer]

Conservative Opposition To Ex-Im Bank Hits Fever Pitch
"If Congress does not act, the bank will expire June 30. 'By paying foreign companies to buy American exports, the Export-Import Bank tilts the playing field away from mid-sized and small businesses in favor of large, politically connected corporations'...." [rdbrewer]

There’s Always a Backstory
"It is the cleverness of the argument — the show-off strut — that is the point of all such punditry. This is the stock-in-trade of writers at Salon and Slate. When you see a headline like, 'ISIS Victory in Syria Would Be the Best Thing for Israel,' or 'The Biblical Argument for Gay Marriage....'" Behold the elite mind. [rdbrewer]

Michael Goodwin: Clintons ran Tammany-like money operation
"From their attempted pilfering of White House furniture to raking in gazillions from countries and companies that might want a government favor or two, they have spent their careers seeing their opportunities and taking a cut of the action." [rdbrewer]

Michael Tomasky: The Clintons Still Aren’t Corrupt
You're just a conspiracy nut if you think they are, hater. [rdbrewer]

Podcast: AoSHQ commenters Alex the Chick and Brent Cochran [rdbrewer]

Brandi Walton: The Kids Are Not Alright: A Lesbian’s Daughter Speaks Out
Gay parents and their kids don't necessarily think alike. [rdbrewer]

Mollie Hemingway: Madonna Quotes Margaret Thatcher. What Happened Next Is Awful.
Interesting that the left wing mob cannot recognize that Margaret Thatcher was a great woman and a great leader. She's on the other team, so she's bad. So they went after Madonna, of course. Fucking children. Also from The Federalist: Everything about booty. [rdbrewer]

Robots Can Mix You a Drink. But Will They Listen to Your Problems?
"The Monsieur was created by a team of engineers from Georgia Tech after a frustrating night watching basketball finals in a crowded restaurant. 'It wasn’t until halftime that we got our first drink....'" Photo from The Fifth Element. [rdbrewer]

You’ve Won Against the Gun Bullies—Here’s Where to Celebrate
"This December, meet Glenn Reynolds, Roger L. Simon, Steve Green, Dr. Helen, Dana Loesch, Ed Morrissey, and Mark Rippetoe in person." [rdbrewer]

WFB supercut: 88 Times Hillary Clinton Said 'Mmm Hmm' in New Hampshire
Video. [rdbrewer]

Scribd: SwiftKey Emoji Report
"SwiftKey analyzed more than one billion pieces of emoji data across a wide range of categories to learn how speakers of 16 different languages and regions use emoji." Guess who scored the highest in money, raunchiness, and violence. Well, the nicest people in the world did. [rdbrewer]
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