December 02, 2020

Shock: Hypothetical Commander-in-Thief Biden Would Keep Deep State Democrat Operator Christopher Wray as FBI Head, Should He Successfully Steal the Election

—Ace

Wow, what a surprise.

The guy who parrots Biden's pro-antifa propaganda that antifa is "just an idea" and therefore can't be the subject of a law enforcement investigation is going to be kept on by Commander in Thief Biden, should he succeed in Stealing America.

But President Trump, who has had a contentious relationship with Wray throughout his tenure at the FBI, could still fire him at any point before he leaves office on Jan. 20.

Two senior White House officials told Fox News in October that Trump was considering removing Wray from his post should he win reelection.

"Advisers have consistently told POTUS to wait until after the election if he wants to replace Wray," one official told Fox News in October.

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Time's Up -- the #MeToo Organization Which Raised Money, Supposedly to Pay the Legal Expenses of Women Making Accusations -- Spent Almost No Money on Their Legal Fund But Spent a Lot of Money on Salaries for Themselves

—Ace

You don't say.

You don't say. You don't say. You don't say. You don't say. You don't say. You don't say. You don't say. You don't say you don't say you don't say you don't say you don't say you don't say you don't say you don't say you don't say.


Time's Up, the anti-sexual harassment organization created by Hollywood celebrities in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, has spent big bucks on executive salaries but has skimped on helping actual victims, according to a new report.

The group raised an impressive $3,670,219 during its founding year of 2018, but spent $1,407,032 on salaries and just $312,001 on the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund for victims of sexual harassment, the New York Post reported, citing tax filings.

In addition, the group reportedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on advertising, and $940,328 on "legal" costs, with the bulk of that figure going to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, the multinational law firm.


Tina Tchen, who served as an assistant to former President Obama and chief of staff for Michelle Obama, is currently Time's Up president and chief executive officer. She is also co-founder of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund.

She's also the corrupt apparatchik who dialed up Kim Foxx to let her know that, as a Friend of Michelle Obama's, she would sure appreciate it if Foxx went easy on Jussie Smollett for his criminal race hoax.

The charity-rating watchdog Charity Navigator has a rule of thumb that a good charity -- not a scam organization -- should spend 75% of its donations on its actual mission, and only 25% on administration and salaries.

Time's Up spent 38% of donations on salaries alone. That doesn't include their big-spending on travel for their pampered graft-queens.

Democrats have a saying to excuse their graft: "We're doing well by doing good." That is, we're doing financially well for ourselves by doing political good for... whoever they're supposedly helping these days.

Democrat politicians really supercharged their thirst for lucre under Clinton -- my, how large the Clintons lived -- and now again since the Obamas.

The grift must end.

All of the DC grifter class must be destroyed. The perpetual welfare queens sucking the teat off the generosity, and credulousness, of people outside the DC grifter class must be forced out of their sinecures and actually work for the living for once, just to get some sense of what life is like in non-DC-Welfare-Queen America.

From Time's Up to National Review to Heritage: The endless grift must end.

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Carter Page Lawsuit: FBI Agent Who Interviewed Me Five Times Did So By Using... A Fake Name

—Ace

Carter Page has filed a huge $75 million dollar lawsuit against the FBI, the DOJ, and James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, as well as Kevin Clinesmith, personally.

Page now alleges an FBI agent used a fake name when interviewing him.

Oh, he identified himself as an FBI agent.

But he claimed to be a different FBI agent.

That's not sketchy, right?


President Trump's 2016 campaign associate Carter Page claims in a new lawsuit that an FBI agent used a fake name during interviews -- another potential breach of protocol in the FBI's Russia investigation.

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Page says FBI agent Stephen Somma introduced himself as Steve Holt during five interviews.

Former FBI agent James Gagliano, who worked 25 years at the bureau, including in supervisory roles, told The Daily Caller that he had "never heard of an FBI agent going undercover as a different FBI agent" and "I'd never have authorized it."

The FBI did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

"Steve Holt!" was a character name and catchphrase on Arrested Development.

Was this Steven Somma's idea of an... inside joke? Conducting an interview in a criminal investigation in the guise of a side-character on Arrested Development?


What the fuck is going on with this corrupt clownshow?

Below, Viva Frei's analysis of the lawsuit.

Not only does it seem like a slam-dunk on its face, but Viva Frei notes that the government will feel great pressure to settle, to avoid discovery.

If there's one thing the corrupt FBI and DOJ cannot permit, it's transparency.

I wonder if the government will then pay the judgement against Comey et al., and I also wonder what justification they would offer for using taxpayer money to pay the judgment of disgraced, corrupt former employees.

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Violent Carjackings Up 537% in Minneapolis, Ground Zero for the "Defund the Police" Movement

—Ace

Huh.

I wonder how this unexpected situation might have randomly come to pass.

Over the past two months, Minneapolis police have logged more than 125 carjackings in the city, a troubling surge that authorities had largely linked to small groups of marauding teens. But an increasing number of adults have been arrested in recent weeks for the same crime.

Within a one-hour period Saturday morning, police reported three separate carjackings in southeast Minneapolis, including one where an elderly woman was struck on the head. Such attacks are up 537% this month when compared with last November.

"The numbers are staggering," said police spokesman John Elder. "It defies all civility and any shred of common human decency."

Police say suspects tend to approach victims on the street, sidewalk or parking lot -- often while they’re distracted with routine tasks. A significant number of armed stickups have targeted seniors and unaccompanied women at their vehicles on Minneapolis' South Side.

Minneapolis didn't even keep track of carjackings as a separate category until recently because the crime was so rare as to not be deserving of its own column. But now there are so many carjackings they've gone back and noted which armed robberies were in fact carjackings.


Via Hot Air. Also via Hot Air, Barack Obama finally decides to comment on the "defund the police" movement.

Can you guess what he says?

Well, he says that he thinks "defund the police" is a bad political slogan. It's bad for messaging purposes.

Not that it's a bad policy.

He suggests the left go back to using euphemisms to disguise how extremists their actual agenda is. He wants them to stop saying "defund the police" and go back to using the euphemism "police reform."

"The Squad" is disputing Obama. And I have to admit, at least they're more honest about their extremist agenda than the mercenary grifter Obama is.

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Columbia Law Hires James Comey as a "Leader-in-Residence"

—Ace

One by one every institution with prestige sets its legacy on fire because Orange Man Bad.

Former FBI Director James Comey will begin teaching at Columbia Law School next year.

The school announced on Tuesday that Comey will be a senior research scholar and part of the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership beginning in January. He will also lead a seminar called "Lawyers and Leaders," according to its website.

Comey will take on a role as one of two "Leaders-in-Residence" through the Mark Initiative's Leader-in-Residence Program, which invites executives from government agencies, corporations and top law firms to teach classes at Columbia and share their professional experience with students through advising and engaging in other programing at the school.

These institutions abandoned everything that gave them prestige originally, but demand that you still treat them as if they had that prestige.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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Progressives hate reality.

They seem to have a real problem with things having definite, non-negotiable, unchangeable properties, properties that define it for what it is. In other words, a thing is a thing, and if a thing is one thing, it is not another thing.

This is why progressives like the 'blank slate' view of human nature. Because for them, there is really no such thing as intrinsic human nature. They want human nature to be whatever they want, and not what it objectively is.

And it also why they play stupid games with gender identities, because why should biological reality dictate your gender? They've been reduced to calling women "vulva owners" now. Which implies if you don't like your vulva, you can take it back to the store for a refund and get something else. Presuming it's still under warranty, of course.

Progressives are in open revolt against God's created order (or nature, if you prefer) and the idea of having to submit to the limitations of an external reality imposed on them outside their control and regardless of their feelings is something they find deeply offensive.

I remember a few years ago when Lena Dunham got pissy on social media because she had met the then-NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham at a party and he didn't come on to her.

Lena lives in a world where she is off-the-charts sexy, rather than a spoiled, unhappy, overweight woman approaching middle age whose continual pursuit of self-indulgence has brought her no long-term satisfaction or contentment, and resents having the untruth of her beliefs shoved in her face by something as innocuous as a stray interaction at a social gathering. And so why wouldn't an alpha male like Beckham be immediately drawn to her? It's just not FAIR, she thinks to herself. And ao another bit of bitterness, another pellet of resentment is added to her the huge pile she has already accumulated.

The same sort of thing can be seen in the classic interview of Jordan Peterson byBBC bint Cathy Newman. She seemed genuinely offended that his lectures and Youtube videos had attracted an audience of young males. Because many of the males are white, she suggested that he was some sort of racist, which is a patently absurd accusation. And if the young men are better men after listening to Peterson, why is she complaining? Then I thought, it has to be because Peterson's work as a clinical psychologist is based on the principle of objective reality, i.e. young men, being young men, and not young women (or young lobsters), must of necessity have certain needs and requirements in order to function well.

It's sort of like a car. Jordan Peterson's book says that cars must have gas and oil in order to function as they were intended (ah, there it is again) but Ms. Newman throws a fit and says, that's wrong, I ought to be able to use peanut butter instead of oil and put sugar water in the gas tank and if that doesn't work, if the car breaks down, there's something WRONG, not with the car, but with society and we'll have to reorganize EVERYTHING, from top to bottom, in order to fix this. And simply using gas and oil is bad because it doesn't address the deeper issues of social inequality.

And it's racist to boot.

Better to seek out and discover our limitations and learn how best to live with them than pretend we don't have any and get to the point where he come to believe that the 'BRIDGE OUT' sign we just passed on the road doesn't apply to us.

One last thing: this is why it is pretty much impossible to talk to progressives. Because it's not that we disagree on abortion, or socialism, or pronouns, but ultimately, on the nature of reality itself.




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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Dance Class
Edgar Degas

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The Morning Report - 12/2/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Midweek and the beat goes on in this nightmare. From the unconfirmed, wild stories involving CIA director Gina Haspel and a supposed raid in Germany where Dominion/Smarttmatic computers and servers were seized to the direct testimony of witnesses claiming hundreds of thousands of phony ballots were driven across state lines to Pennsylvania and the other mass ballot dump sites, confirmation and corroborating evidence to the greatest crime in American history - the theft of a national presidential election - is mounting. On a somewhat related note, legal eagle and Constitutional maven extraordinaire Mark Levin makes the salient point regarding evidence that since this is a civil case and not a criminal proceeding (so far), much of the hard evidence that people like Tucker Carlson and others were slamming Sidney Powell about comes out in a discovery process over time (again, correct my phraseology if as I suspect I'm mangling this point).

Aside from the huge question mark we spoke of yesterday, those who will ultimately adjudicate this actually living up to their sworn duty to strike down this travesty and restore President Trump's victory to him and the American people, this brings up the time factor. It's running out, and fast. Team Trump has until December 8th to finish its legal challenges while the Electoral College convenes to cast its vote on December 14th. I will assume there are no Dominion voting machines or Mail-In ballots being trucked in across state lines. And I'm not being sarcastic. Somebody somewhere has got to pull the emergency brake and stop the crazy train from hurtling us off a cliff.

While most of the GOP is rallying around Polident-Elect Joey Baryshnikov to open up our borders, at least one pro-Trump lawmaker is making some noise to man the barricades, as it were:

Pro-Trump lawmakers have asked the Supreme Court of the United States to nullify Pennsylvania's certification of President-Elect Joe Biden's victory in the state, Bloomberg reported Tuesday evening.

The effort, led by pro-Trump Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, maintains that the Pennsylvania General Assembly illegally adjusted mail-in ballot laws ahead of the 2020 election. Kelly's argument is the same one that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected on Saturday. The decision now rests with Justice Samuel Alito, who handles emergency requests relating to Pennsylvania...

... Kelly's request is the second new pro-Trump legal action to be undertaken Tuesday. Trump's campaign also filed another lawsuit in Wisconsin seeking the invalidation of more than 220,000 votes, saying the state had improperly counted mail-in ballots.

Trump's legal challenges have been thrown out or withdrawn in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, and his remaining challenges are dwindling.

While I commend Mike Kelly and other Congressmen from his state and in the others that were fleeced, I think his time would have been better spent on traveling to Harrisburg, getting his colleagues in the state legislature together and reminding them that they have the power, the Constitutional authority and the moral obligation to assign their electors to President Trump. Article II is absolutely clear. I mean, if Kelly et al believe their state's election was stolen, corrupted, fraudulent etc., they have the means right here and now to set things right. Going to Samuel Alito, who I have no doubt actually sees this thing the same way Kelly does given the criminal contempt shown for him - twice - when he issued his injunctions against the election officials, to me is looking more and more like a cheap attempt at political cover for him and his state-level chums to avoid stepping up and doing the right thing. And then of course placing the blame on the Supreme Court after claiming they did all they could. Don't make me vomit.

There are no excuses. If they are serious, the GOP state legislators in PA, GA, WI, AZ, MI and NV will do their sworn duty and end this thing right here and right now. Or else they can go straight to Hell. And speaking of which, there is a growing list of people whose arms I want to rip from their sockets to beat the Democrats to death with, rhetorically speaking:

Six Senate and House Republicans are expected this week to engage with elected Democrats and amnesty advocates, from corporate donors to the open borders lobby, on "building bipartisanship on immigration reform."

Thursday, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), and John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Will Hurd (R-TX) are to participate in a discussion with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Chris Coons (D-DE) about striking a deal on amnesty for illegal aliens in some form.

The event is being hosted by the pro-amnesty, pro-mass immigration American Business Immigration Coalition which is made up of a series of business donors such as the United States Chamber of Commerce and the open borders lobby like the George Soros-funded United We Dream organization.

I have no words to describe my absolute visceral loathing for the GOP. America is days away from drawing its last breath and these criminals are consorting with the worst enemy in this nation's 244-year and soon to end history - The Democrat Party - to seal our fate. Forget Donald Trump; every Republican who ever overcame the Democrats' electoral fraud to accidentally win a pre-rigged election has been met with hatred, vitriol, obstruction and every effort to undermine their agendas for their entire terms by every elected Democrat politician from county dog catcher on up. Yet our side always knuckles under and accepts their narrative insofar as opposing only the cost and speed at which our nation turns into a socialist shit hole. This latest move, along with the past four years now capped off with the calls for Trump to accept losing and move on just underscores what we have known all along: the GOP is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Enemy. I mean, seriously; if these fucking traitors are already parlaying to erase our borders if, G-d forbid, they get away with stealing the election, what really is the point of the two Georgia senate seats going to Perdue and Loeffler?

Unreal. All too real. I'm spitting mad right now.

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (12/1/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Previously featured, but worth featuring again.


Quote I

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. CS Lewis


Quote II

“I believe we are laying the groundwork to make systemic and lasting changes to policing,”Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Quote III

“Don’t fall for the fear-driven narratives,” Omar said. “We can craft a justice system that prioritizes people’s basic needs like mental health + violence prevention, & allow the city to put public safety first.” Rep. Ilhan Omar Nuhr (D-Little Somalia MN)


Quote IV

“With places of worship allowed to open in all tiers we thought fuck it lets start a religion! Can’t be that hard can it! ‘The Church of the 400 Rabbits’ launching as soon as we get the green light!” UK bar owner James Aspell


Quote V

Every single raindrop that falls from the sky relieves the parched ground. What if every single one of us was a raindrop, and if every single one of us cared? Prince Harry


Why can't you be more like your old man?


Quote VI

"It is four members of the general assembly. ... I guess they have a right to go and file anything they want to, but we are going to stay focused on what we have to do,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH)

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Quarantine Cafe: Sick as a Dog Edition

—Ace

I don't know if I just didn't get enough sleep last night or if I caught the 'rona from the wind, but I'm gassed and dizzy.

Obligatory kitty clip: This kitten thinks it's a Dalek!!

Posted by Ace at 08:11 PM Comments

Project Veritas Has Been Recording All of Jeff Zucker's Morning Political Bias Strategy Meetings With CNN News Heads, and James O'Keefe Is Set to Start Releasing Them, Starting Tonight
CNN Says It's Called the Cops!

—Ace

He says the first recordings will drop tonight at 7pm.

Below, he interrupts one of Zucker's conference call to tell Jeff Zucker that he's about to have all of his political strategy sessions leaked.

Update: New leak added.

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William Shatner Accused of Gravest Crime of Our Age: "Misgendering" a Mentally Ill Twitter Addict

—Ace

To Shatner's great credit: He refuses to bend the knee to these mentally-ill crybullies.

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Was the Corporate Parent of Dominion Voting Systems Bought By... China?
And Just in October?

—Ace

Plus: New whistleblowers allege first-hand witness of voter fraud.

Including this allegation of 388,000 ballots, either improperly counted or improperly not counted, in Wisconsin.

Several whistleblowers on Tuesday cast new uncertainty on the 2020 election process, claiming up to 288,000 ballots disappeared, another 100,000 were improperly backdated, and mail promoting President Trump was junked while mail for Joe Biden was delivered.

In the most extraordinary report, a U.S. Postal Service contractor said his trailer full of 144,000-288,000 completed mail-in ballots, which he drove between New York and Pennsylvania, disappeared after he delivered it to a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, depot.

Another claimed that ballots were backdated by postal workers, and in Traverse City, Michigan, Trump campaign mail was put in bins labeled “Undeliverable Bulk Business Mail” while the same type of mail for Joe Biden was ordered to be delivered on time.

And a third raised new issues about the integrity of Dominion voting machines.

The claims were unveiled by the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, which has mounted an independent investigation of voting and voter registration in several key battleground states. It recently made headlines by revealing that the FBI has requested the findings of its Voter Integrity Project.

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Fox News' Daytime Ratings Fall 32%

—Ace

From the Washington Times, on last Tuesday, the 24th:

Fox's daytime viewership dropped 32 percent from the two weeks prior to Election Day to the two weeks after, the Nielsen company said.

The post-election, weekday average daytime viewership of 1.63 million was roughly equivalent to that of CNN (1.68 million) and MSNBC (1.71 million). CNN was up 33% and MSNBC up 9% during that time period, Nielsen said.

It's not unusual for a cable news network popular with fans of a certain candidate to see its audience to drop off when that candidate loses; MSNBC's ratings briefly collapsed four years ago when Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The difference here is that Trump has been actively encouraging his followers to abandon Fox and hasn't actually conceded. Newsmax, the conservative network that Trump has been touting, saw its daytime average viewership jump from 88,000 the two weeks prior to the election to 474,000 the two weeks after, Nielsen said.

That ratings gain by Newsmax is a bit less than the ratings lost by Fox.

So conservatives are still engaged with the news -- they're just disengaging from Fox.

Meanwhile, a repost. I posted this on Thanksgiving. Some might have missed it.

Fox News is now threatening guests who appear on Newsmax, telling them they won't be invited on Fox.

They're also branding their own viewers, and former viewers, "fringe," "far right," and "radicalized."


CNN link. I wouldn't click. This article is by CNN's Chief Deplatforming Officer Tater, with additional reporting by their Senior Deplatforming Associate Oliver Darcy. It claims that all of Newsmax's gains are due to "conspiracy theories," because, of course.

Anything Tater doesn't like is a "conspiracy theory."

Except Russia Collusion, of course!


Fox News is taking action to stave off newfound competition from Newsmax TV.

Producers on some Fox programs have been told to monitor Newsmax's guest bookings and throw some sand in Newsmax's gears by encouraging guests who appear on both channels to stop saying yes to the upstart.

According to Fox sources, producers were told to avoid some regular guests if they kept showing up on Newsmax after being encouraged to stop. Management's goal: to remind guests who's boss in the right-wing media world.

Fox News denies this. But they're lying.

Memo to Fox: When you threaten people, they tend to talk about it.

To everyone.

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Fox hosts and producers are on edge about the ratings race, a number of staffers told CNN Business. The staffers also said that the competitive dynamic is having an impact on some of Fox's programming choices.

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Sources at Fox derided Newsmax as "far-right" and "fringe" and they singled out Kelly for particular criticism. But there has been a noticeable shift in the way they talk about Newsmax.


Conservatives who attempt to delegitimize other conservatives as "far right" and "fringe" are not conservatives. They are liberals.

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If history is any guide, the audience will gradually "come home," in the words of one Fox executive, who pointed out that the network remains dominant among conservative viewers.

I mentioned a source telling me that that was what Fox was telling itself.

Now they call their own audience "radicalized."



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"Our audience has absolutely been radicalized," one longtime on-air staffer at Fox said.

"Far right." "Fringe."

"Radicalized."

How is the way that Fox talks about its audience any different from how CNN talks about Fox's audience?

Now comes Fox's pitiful attempts to appease its "radicalized," "far right," "fringe" audience:

Multiple staffers pointed to programming adjustments, like the airing of Mark Levin's right-wing talk show on both Saturday and Sunday nights, that are meant to appeal to the Fox base. Levin's show used to air just on Sundays. Last Saturday, however, Fox aired a six-day-old episode of the show, full of out-of-date claims about Trump's legal challenges.

The staffers said the frequent re-airing of clips from "Tucker Carlson Tonight" during the day was another noticeable attempt to appease viewers.

They're airing Tucker Carlson tips during the day to Con the Rubes so that neoliberals and plain old liberals Paul Ryan, Chris Wallace, Chris Stirewalt, and Bill Sammon can keep their jobs.

By the way, the Fox staffers who talked to Tater savaged Maria Bartiromo as a lunatic conspiracy theorists.

They hate you just as much.

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Barr Elevates John Durham to Special Counsel, Instructing Him to Continue Investigating the Russiagate Op Even Under Another President

—Ace

Normally, this would mean that Biden would have political difficulty firing Durham, as Trump was warned he would have if he fired Mueller.

You can fire special counsels. The conventional wisdom is that you'd face too much political backlash if you did, though.

But I think we all know that the leftwing propaganda media is going to start demanding that Durham be fired, giving cover to a new Saturday Night Massacre.

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Obnoxiously Leftwing Former Actress Ellen Page Decides She's Not Getting Enough Attention or Work Lately, Decides She's a Transgender Now

—Ace

Leftwing lunatic and aging former child actor Ellen Page has had a history with "coming out" as whatever sexual minority was trendiest and "hottest" at the time.

Previously, she decided she was a lesbian when being a lesbian was The New Black.

But being a lesbian doesn't shock any longer.

So now she's "trans," and she'll -- um, he'll -- be called "Elliot."

Elliot Page.

I would say "This is not a joke" but... isn't it?

Ellen Page is transgender and will now go by the name Elliot Page, he announced on social media Tuesday.

"I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life," he wrote. "I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self."

Page, 33, said he will use he/they pronouns.


The "he/they pronouns." Um, "he" is a subject pronoun, "him" is an object pronoun.

So you'd say: I gave the ball to him. Object.

"He" now says his object pronoun is "they," so if you're writing about "Elliot" Page now, you are required to say:

"He demands that you call they by his proper pronouns."

We're no longer just rewriting the rules of grammar to let the plural "they" be a singular person's pronoun.

Now we're rewriting grammar to make the subject pronoun "they" an object pronoun, too.

This is even more moronically mentally ill than the usual moronically mentally ill bullshit.

Hey, let's further debase and deform the language by permitting Jared-Loughler-level mental cases to make up a new Lunatic Grammar for us, huh?

Remember, the Oscars now have quota rules for transexuals. Also remember that "Elliot" Page hasn't worked very much for years.

Now: Imagine that these two seemingly-unconnected facts are perhaps very connected indeed.

You can't change your race to become a privileged minority.

But with a single Tweet, you can change your "gender identity" to a privileged minority, deserving of quota positions and minority set-asides.

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Elliot Page and his wife, Emma Porter.
Emma Porter married they in 2018.

Please don't laugh at they.

There is nothing funny about they. He is a normal person. You should show respect to they.

Say the Gay Away: Commenters point out that with one simple declaration -- "I'm a dude now or whatever" -- Ellen has converted herself from a lesbian female into a heterosexual male.

Glad to have another one on Team Hetero!

Welcome aboard! There will be no flan.

"Tranglish:" So vmom dubs this bizarre new nongrammatical pidgin language.


ShainS. tells me not to forget about "Transplaining."

It's ma'am!

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AGAIN: Democrat Votes to Ban All Outdoor Dining, Then Immediately Hustles Her Fat Ass to Eat Outdoors at an Italian Restaurant

—Ace

It's like they want to be tarred and feathered.

It's like they're taunting us: "You don't have the guts."

Who else but star reporter Bill Melugin to break this story:

"FOX 11 received multiple tips that shortly after her vote on Tuesday, Kuehl was seen dining outside at Il Forno Trattoria in Santa Monica, an Italian restaurant near her house that she has previously described as one of her 'favorite' restaurants.

"When FOX 11 investigative reporter Bill Melugin stopped by the restaurant to ask about Kuehl's visit, managers told him they "didn't want to get involved", and they have no comment."

"They have no comment" is code for, I fear fines and retaliation.

Check out the picture of Sheila Kuehl.

She looks like you imagined her to look.

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Alleged Devout Catholic Joe Biden Tries to Pronounce "Psalm" Multiple Times, Keeps Saying "Palm"

—Ace

Actually the word he's trying to say is "Psalmist," a writer of the psalms. Instead of saying "Salmist" -- silent "p" -- he keeps saying "palmist," with a silent "s."

A defender, like his cheering section at the Democrat Corporatist grift National Review, could claim that "but of course he stumbled over an uncommon word."

But the "uncommon word" defense requires that not only had he not written his own prepared speech -- of course he didn't -- but that the first time he even saw was when his puppet-handlers were beaming it into his dying eyeballs via TelePrompTer.

Mollie Hemingway points out that of course the leftwing media has failed to mention the flub.

As of press time, the flub has received precisely no coverage from Big Media, only in conservative media. Forgetting which letter in "psalmist" is silent isn't the biggest deal in the world. But it provides an excellent example of how corrupted our media have been for the last four years.

That's because during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump gave a speech at Liberty University where he referred to St. Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthians as "2 Corinthians." It's usually, but by no means always, said as "Second" Corinthians. Scottish Christians, such as Trump's mother, say it the way he did. The media immediately pounced on the alleged flub, and kept pouncing until as recently as four days ago.

Noted jerkoff seeks solace from the palmists.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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The abject failure of the Republican Party (both the inside-the-beltway whore variety and even the more ideologically rational segments) to communicate its philosophical basis and its basic, readily acceptable platform is a travesty. How difficult would it be to hammer home a few simple points about the preservation of our republic through a robust and secure voting system?

We are a technologically advanced country; many -- perhaps most -- Americans conduct their financial transactions through a vast and complex system that is amazingly safe. Imagine if we had to tolerate a failure rate in our credit card and ATM and other banking systems that was even close to the catastrophe that is voting in America!

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But for reasons that are opaque at best and stunningly vile at worst, our political representatives have accepted the status quo, which is so obviously tilted in favor of the Left, whose natural constituency is unfamiliar with the concept of freedom for the individual coupled with love of country, and very comfortable with communitarian approaches to government action. That's fancy talk for "socialists."

So if the challenges to the 2020 election fail, the primary function (really the only function) of the Republican Party and conservative organizations to its right is to educate the American people about the sanctity of the individual's vote and how it is the foundation of everything we have built in this country.

The technical issues are trivial. Any bank or technology-dependent corporation can design a voting system that will eliminate all but the most dedicated and sophisticated cheating.

The challenge is to convince the American people that it is not an option. Is the Republican party up to the task?

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Mill At Kelf
Theo van Rysselberghe

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The Morning Report - 12/1/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Tuesday, and the first day of the last month of a year from Hell, which we are still going through and no doubt will persist into the next one for a host of reasons. On a positive note, it looks as if three more House seats will go our way with incumbents Lee Zeldin in NY and Mike Garcia in CA officially winning re-election and Claudia Tenney, also in NY, holding on by just 13 votes in what I believe is the final recount. Funny how Republicans were supposed to have been wiped out in a so-called Blue Wave while up and down the ticket it's the Democrats that got crushed. At least everywhere where they couldn't steal the election.

That of course segues into the presidential election where even as more evidence of the initial plot as well as the last minute, six-state smash and grab massive ballot dumping is exposed, the rush to cover it all up and just declare Polident-Elect Joey Shin-Splint the winner is in full force. Sadly, tragically, the GOP is aiding and abetting this farce when every last Congressman, Senator, all the way on down to local Dog Catcher should be screaming bloody murder in unison. Moreover, it's the state legislators who can remedy this situation immediately by assigning their electors to Donald Trump. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how obvious, open and outrageous the infamy perpetrated on the American people, the more blind to it that those on our side become, as well as indignant at us for pointing it out to them. The myth that the Democrat Party and its Greek chorus media propaganda wing - The Enemy - are the "loyal opposition" was exploded long ago, along with the illusion that our political system is operating under anything even remotely resembling regular order. That should've been obvious after Dick Durbin's friend James Hodgkinson shot up Steve Scalise and several others, or when Rand Paul's neighbor speared him in the back and on and on and on. But still they persisted... in saying and doing nothing.

That brings us to the courts, and ultimately the Supreme Court. That is if time doesn't run out.

We now have strong evidence of massive electoral fraud. Crimes were committed. There is a limited amount of time to correct the matter. State legislatures are holding hearings and might save the republic by awarding electors to the candidate who in fact did get the most votes in their respective states.

Whether they do or not, the question remains: can the courts restrict themselves to the narrowest interpretation of the law, without regard for the consequences -- the consequences of permitting the presidency to be occupied by the favored candidate of a massive criminal enterprise? Can they ignore the strong likelihood that a Biden presidency (followed within days or weeks by a Harris presidency) will open the floodgates of illegal immigration? Can they ignore the evidence that the Democrats will award citizenship to millions of them? Can they avert their gaze from a future in which the levers of power will be controlled by a party that can illegally ensure never losing another election? Can the Supreme Court, indeed, disregard that it will soon be swamped by additional justices who will impose socialism on the nation?

In other words, will the criminals be set free to perpetuate their crimes? Will the Republic itself be murdered?

It can be argued that none of this is any business of the Supreme Court, and in ordinary times, that would be correct -- but these are not ordinary times. It has been said that "the Constitution is not a suicide pact."

We may be about to find out.

And therein lies the rub, regardless of the outcome, or actually if indeed Trump does prevail and the nation holds on for four more years. When one side not only no longer plays by the rules but is supported by a large percentage of people that views the nation itself as illegitimate and those who support it as an evil to be eradicated, then there is no nation, regardless of who is president. How are President Trump if he is vindicated, please G-d, and the rest of us supposed to live under these conditions when a third or more of the populace want us dead? Any move to eradicate the cancer that is the left - be it in politics, the bureaucracy, academia or wherever - will instantly be met by those who seek to destroy the Constitution hiding behind it while trying to burn its last remaining shred.

In more ways than one, we are definitely not voting our way out of this. I am scared shitless for the future, but at the same time I am angry beyond my capacity to describe it. All I can say is G-d help these bastards. One day, there will be a comeuppance. His will be done.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (11/30/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

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(commercial vehicles).......But it’s a sector that hasn’t been cared about much by traditional automakers. Most of them are simply rehashing a 10- to 15-year-old architecture when going electric. They just replace engines with batteries in a vehicle that was never built to be electric in the first place. Avinash Rugoobur, president of Arrival, a five-year-old EV startup based in London, U.K.

Quote II

"Trees are like human beings. They have intelligence. They have feelings. They communicate with each other. And also, they are perfectly silent listeners. You can complain to them." Performance artist Marina Abramovic


Quote III

“The clean energy industry has responded in kind through investment, which in turn, will play a critical role in local Tasmanian economies creating employment opportunities now and into the future.” Chief executive of the Clean Energy Council, Kane Thornton

Quote IV

“I was in a complicated struggle to make ends meet. A lack of job opportunities for trans women of color led me to sex work. Through this experience I wound up in Florida, where I was arrested and incarcerated with cisgender men. That moment transformed my life forever. It helped me begin my journey in civic engagement.” Elisa Crespo

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Quarantine Cafe: Back to Work Edition

—Ace

Lost baby otter rescued and reunited with family:

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Biden's Choice for Head of the OMB, Neera Tanden, Spread Conspiracy Theories, Without Evidence, That Russia Changed Actual Vote Tallies, Shifting Votes for Hillary to Trump

—Ace

Isn't it odd that a leftwing progressive can talk about shifting votes from one person to another and yet the media praises her as a hero rather than a deranged democracy-underminer?

The announcement that Joe Biden intends to nominate Neera Tanden as his Director of the Office of Management and Budget -- a critical position overseeing U.S. economic and regulatory policy -- triggered a wide range of mockery, indignation and disgust from both the left and the right. That should not be surprising: though a thoroughly mediocre and ordinary D.C. swamp creature from the perspective of both ideology and competence, Tanden’s uniquely unhinged, venomous, corrupt and pathologically dishonest conduct as a Clinton Family and DNC apparatchik and President of the corporatist-and-despot-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) has earned her a list of enemies far longer and more impressive than her accomplishments.

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Few people took Hillary's 2016 loss to Donald Trump as hard as Tanden, or handled it as poorly. Indeed, she refused to believe it really happened, and encouraged others to similarly refuse to accept its reality.

In the weeks after Trump’s victory, Tanden joined numerous Democrats in encouraging electors of the Electoral College to ignore their states' votes and refuse to elect Trump as President (many rationale were invoked for this: Tanden's was a CAP article promoting #Resistance fanatic Richard Painter’s argument that Trump's violations of the Emolument Clause precluded an Electoral College win). She insisted that Hillary lost because of Russia, claiming the "Russians did enough damage to affect more than 70k votes in 3 states." And she was not only one of the first to push the Steele Dossier's claim that Russia held blackmail power over Trump but also one of the last to do so -- insisting in 2018 that “the dossier been mostly proven to be true” and claiming as late as 2019 that nothing in this discredited junk report had been disproven.

But what really distinguished Tanden when it came to unhinged and toxic behavior was her repeated (and obviously baseless) claims that Hillary only lost because Russian hackers invaded the U.S. voting system and clandestinely changed Hillary’s votes to Trump’s, costing the real winner --Hillary -- her rightful place on the throne, behind the Resolute Desk.


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Tanden's insistence that Russia changed the voting results through hacking did not once her traumatic shock in the weeks after Hillary's loss dissipated (if it ever did)....

This conspiracy-mongering led by Tanden and other prominent liberal activists had a corrosive effect on the ability of Democrats to perceive basic reality, to put that mildly. A 2018 poll from Economist/YouGov -- conducted more than a year after Trump’s inauguration -- found that a large majority of Democrats (66%) believe that "Russia tampered with vote tallies in order to get Donald Trump elected President."

Hillary Clinton herself was the first I know of to push that conspiracy theory -- though her leftwing media partisans never discuss that.

Nor do her liberal NeverTrump covert partisans.

Even squishy liberal Republican John Cornyn says that Tanden has "zero percent" chance of ever being confirmed for any position in government.

And thus: Bill Kristol hears the call to defend the indefensible.

Just like his progressive pals are paying him to do.

What is astonishing is that within an hour of proclaiming that all "serious conservatives" get behind this Hillary Clinton puppet, he also attacks alleged conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, branding anyone who believes in vote-shifting to be "crazy" and, one assumes, ineligible to hold any position of public trust.

Even as he pimps the conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden.

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On Friday, Pfizer's First (of Many) Mass Shipment of the Covid Vaccine Began

—Ace

The Trump Cure is on the way.


United Airlines on Friday commenced charter flights to send doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine candidate to prepare for distribution, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal that cited people familiar with the matter.

In a statement to The Hill, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it was "supporting the first mass air shipment of a vaccine" on Friday.


"As a result of the historic pace of vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed and careful logistics planning, the FAA today is supporting the first mass air shipment of a vaccine," the FAA statement read.

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Part of the company's distribution plan will include existing and additional refrigerated storage sites across the U.S. and Europe. The Journal also reported the plan includes using "dozens of cargo flights and hundreds of truck trips each day."

Pfizer did in fact conceal the fact, which it knew to be a fact, that its vaccine was ready for deployment before the election.

And the GOP will continue bending over backwards forwards to let these megacorporations sodomize them.

Pfizer's vaccine is said to be 90% effective: only 10% of those receiving the vaccine contracted covid.

Moderna's vaccine is even more effective: 94.1% of those innoculated with it stayed covid free, and 100% of those innoculated avoided severe covid symptoms.

That is, the only symptoms we care about. Moderate covid symptoms are just a chest cold.

Continuing the spate of stunning news about COVID-19 vaccines, the biotech company Moderna announced the final results of the 30,000-person efficacy trial for its candidate in a press release today: Only 11 people who received two doses of the vaccine developed COVID-19 symptoms after being infected with the pandemic coronavirus, versus 185 symptomatic cases in a placebo group. That is an efficacy of 94.1%, the company says, far above what many vaccine scientists were expecting just a few weeks ago.

More impressive still, Moderna's candidate had 100% efficacy against severe disease. There were zero such COVID-19 cases among those vaccinated, but 30 in the placebo group. The company today plans to file a request for emergency use authorization (EUA) for its vaccine with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is also seeking a similar green light from the European Medicines Agency.

This is exactly what Trump said would happen.

And the media, and the liberal ex-Republicans who are now in fact Democrats but continue to sabotage the conservative movement from the inside, jeered him for saying so.


I can't figure out why, but Professor AllahPundit has failed to note a study that says that use of hydroxychloroquine -- which Professor Allahpundit continually claimed would kill people, because The Science (TM) says that we must form a #Resistance against the Bad Orange Man -- results in 84% fewer hospitalizations than covid patients not treated with it.

A peer-reviewed study measuring the effectiveness of a controversial drug cocktail that includes hydroxychloroquine concluded that the treatment lowered hospitalizations and mortality rates of coronavirus patients.

The study, set to be published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents in December, determined that "Low-dose hydroxychloroquine combined with zinc and azithromycin was an effective therapeutic approach against COVID-19."

A total of 141 patients diagnosed with the coronavirus were treated with the three-drug cocktail over a period of five days and compared to a control group of 377 people who tested positive for the virus but were not given the treatment.

The study found that "the odds of hospitalisation of treated patients was 84% less than in the untreated patients," and only one patient died from the group being treated with the drugs compared to 13 deaths in the untreated group.

I think all the liberals who railed against this life-saving, hospital-sparing drug should promise to refuse to be treated by it, even when infected by covid.

To prove that their constant shrieking about the drug wasn't just a very cynical and nonscientific jihad against Trump.

Larry O'Connor points out that the whole media " " " " fact- " " " " checked Trump -- by which they mean "compared Trump's claims to the Democrat-Media Complex's propaganda points -- when he claimed that a covid vaccine would be on the way to citizens "within weeks."

Well, Trump was right. The " " " " fact- " " " " checkers were wrong.

Will they be correcting their claims now? Will Twitter, FaceBook, and Google be censoring and slapping warning labels on this misinformation?

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Shock! Apple, Nike Lobby Against Cracking Down on Chinese Slave-Labor Factories That Make Their Shit

—Ace

These are not American companies. They are corporate pirates with no nation.

LeBron James would be proud.

The New York Times reports that Apple, Nike, and Coca-Cola are among the many global companies and business groups lobbying Congress to weaken a bipartisan bill that cracks down on human rights abuses and forced labor in China.

"The bill also targets so-called poverty alleviation and pairing programs that ship Muslims from impoverished areas to work in factories elsewhere, which human rights groups say are often coercive."

For human rights supporters, the bill is great news. For companies that care about their bottom line first, it's terrible.

Whenever these transnational buccaneers do some evil shit, they immediately spring to repair their reputation with the hard left by running virtue-signaling commercials or punishing the right.

I expect them to run this play again. Expect more censorship from Apple against the right to appease the left for their own use of slaves to make their slave phones.

Meanwhile, functionaries of the Chinese Communist Party are pumping out crude terrorist-encouraging propaganda against the west, even as China Joe promises to treat them as allies:

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SEC Names Sarah Fuller "Co-Special Teams Player of the Week" For Her Amazing 26-Yard Kickoff

—Ace

I am woman, hear me squib.

Watch the video: Half the kicking team is well, well offsides (that is, they have run past the ball before it is kicked). They're so far offsides because they know this kick will be awful, and the only way to stop a huge runback is to (illegally) get to the ball just as the receiving team does.

Note that despite 6 of 11 players being obviously offside for the kick, the refs don't blow the whistle. That's because they, too, know that this kick will be awful, and that this Participation Trophy Award Winner will need a lot of help from the Affirmative Action Referees to keep this from being an even bigger embarassment.

But she proved something, I guess.

She proved that women make really, really poor men. (And vice-versa, obviously.)

She does have a nice butt, though.

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John Hopkins Study Concludes That Covid Had Almost No Impact on All-Cause Death Rates, But Is Immediately Deleted After Publication

—Ace

Noting that the Emperor Has No Clothes is now a speechcrime.

Covid did kill people, yes. But the overall number of deaths remained constant through the pandemic.

Conventional wisdom is that COVID-19 has caused thousands of deaths in the United States and nearly 1.5 million worldwide. This perception has been directly challenged by a study published by Johns Hopkins University on Sunday, November 22.

Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master's degree program at Johns Hopkins University, critically analyzed the impact that COVID-19 had on U.S. deaths. According to her, the impact of COVID-19 on deaths in the United States can be fully understood by comparing it to the number of total deaths in the country.

According to study, "in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States."

Wait, what? Really?

That's what it says. And, it should come as no surprise that not long after the study was published it was deleted within days.

The article was censored, it was claimed, because it was being used to "spread misinformation," which is now of course the Censors' go-to justification for censorship, just barely edging past "hate speech" or "causes harm."

The author of the article which explained the study (that is, a scientist crunched the data, a reporter wrote it up) responded thusly:

Today, on November 27th, The News-Letter officially posted their reason for retracting the article, stating inaccuracies in the analysis. I am frustrated at the explanation, and I think it is disrespectful to Dr. Briand's hard work putting data together and doing an honest analysis. If her analysis was to be contradicted, then at least an equal-level analysis should be done to provide more data and thus a new conclusion. Dr. Briand and her work deserve such respect.

I have received many messages asking the reason for taking the article down, and so I would like to officially express my opinions here. I even got emails saying that thanks to me, people now will not be wearing masks or practicing social distancing. They called me "a COVID denier and a minimizer" and that I have no idea the damage and the lives cost in me writing such an article. I was devastated to receive such accusations, but I stand my ground. The goal is never to undermine the effects of COVID-19 but to suggest a possible over-exaggeration in death numbers due to the pandemic.

In addition, another study finds that lockdowns have no impact on covid death rates:

A new study published by Frontiers in Public Health concluded that neither lockdowns nor lockdown stringency were correlated with lower death rates.

Researchers analyzed data from 160 countries over the first 8 months of the pandemic, testing several factors--including demographics, public health, economy, politics, and environment--to determine how they are correlated with COVID-19 mortality.

"Stringency of the measures settled to fight pandemia, including lockdown, did not appear to be linked with death rate," the researchers said.

The researchers found that the criteria most associated with a high death rate was life expectancy, though higher COVID death rates were also observed in certain geographic regions.

In other Political Panic news:

Almost all covid-related news in the US is bad news, while in Europe, it's mixed. Both the good news and bad news are reported.

And this trend extends to allegedly "conservative" media-- because this isn't about The Science (TM).

It's about beating Trump.

Ninety one percent of stories by U.S. major media outlets are negative in tone versus fifty four percent for non-U.S. major sources and sixty five percent for scientific journals. The negativity of the U.S. major media is notable even in areas with positive scientific developments including school re-openings and vaccine trials. Media negativity is unresponsive to changing trends in new COVID-19 cases or the political leanings of the audience.

That last is an interesting point. It would be reasonable to assume that negative COVID coverage is part of the liberal media’s effort to drive President Trump from office, and to some degree I have no doubt that this is true. But "conservative" news outlets have shown more or less the same pessimistic bias...

Powerline blows that point off immediately, concluding that this must just be what Americans want.

It doesn't occur to them for one second to consider even the possibility that the "conservative" media has many shared agenda-items with the leftwing media. As well as a lot of shared Social Class DNA.

Another mayor ignored his own covid lockdown orders, this time in Canada.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens broke COVID-19 regulations Wednesday last week when he dined at the Nico Taverna restaurant with seven other people at the table.

Just hours earlier, Dilkens was among mayors from the region who called for a "zero tolerance approach" when it comes to enforcement of COVID-19 regulations.

At the time, Windsor-Essex was under yellow "protect" status on Ontario's COVID-19 response framework -- and the maximum number of people allowed to be at a table together was six.

CBC News was made aware of the incident after it was sent a photo of the dinner group that was posted to Instagram.

After inquiries from CBC News, Dilkens made a statement to city council Monday afternoon. He called the incident an "unfortunate error on my part" that "should not have occurred."

Speaking of tyrants ignoring their own edicts: Axios' jackass "journalist" Dan Primack took time out to publicly call out a neighbor on Thanksgiving for daring to have guests over -- but was taken to task for having never once called out a politician ignoring lockdown orders.

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Joe Scarborough: I Will Never Return to the Republican Party Now That I've Feasted on Mika's Nasty Snizz

—Ace

No really, he says he can't return "after Trump."

1: Shockies.

2: Oh noes.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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You know, they keep telling us "we're all in this together", like we're all suffering equally, but I don't think so. Think about it: Since our country got hit by the WuFlu, how have politicians suffered? How many elected officials, whether at the national, state, or local level, have lost their jobs? Or even missed a paycheck? And not only politicians, but any employee whose salary comes out of the public treasury. I don't think any public teacher lost a paycheck during the time that the schools were closed and they weren't teaching. What sacrifices have they made? How many of them have been forced to plow under their fields, or slaughter their livestock, or dump their milk?

How many elected officials, the ones who issue strict lockdown orders, and then ignore them (like the governor of California) or take a vacation in a more lenient state (as the mayor of Denver did)? Have they had to close their business and not reopen? Have they had to lay off their employees?

So I don't see any "we" here. I don't see them sacrificing or having to go without, or make do with less. All I see is two sets of rules: easy ones for them and their friends, and draconian ones for everyone else.

Plus, if this was an actual, serious, public health issue, they'd be shutting everything down all of the time, no exceptions. Once they started permitting some gatherings and forbidding others, once they justified the BLM protests by claiming that "racism is a public health issue", that was proof right there that we were being lied to. I had suspected all along, but seeing the unequal treatment made it obvious: When they permitted a massive BLM protest in Loa Angeles and did nothing, and then Gavin Newsom basically declared war on John MacArthur's church. I mean, c'mon, man. And this is why I find it difficult to take their edicts and pronouncements about the severity of the disease seriously. If certain, politically-favored groups can get a dispensation from the rules (i.e. Congressman John Lewis' funeral) but others (churches and synagogues) are made to feel the weight of the law only because they're defying tyrannical governors. That's not public health. That's politics.




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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Morning Report - 11/30/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Monday, and the last day of the month. It's also pretty much down to the wire in terms of the President presenting his case to the courts, the state legislatures or perhaps the House of Representatives as the Electoral College is scheduled to convene a week from tomorrow. The good news that a Pennsylvania court suspended the vote certification has evaporated as the state's supreme court overturned that decision much to the infantile glee of Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, a Neanderthal-looking subliterate criminal who guarantees Biden will ultimately win the state. By win, he of course means steal considering what we all witnessed on Election Day.

Naturally, this was to be expected, as considering Pennsy's highest court is corrupt and usurped the authority of the legislature in determining how the votes were to be counted and validated (or not), and it was going to be appealed all the way to the SCOTUS no matter who won the initial argument. As I have stated time and again, the issue is not the strength of the case, in terms of circumstantial and/or statistical evidence and anomalies, physical evidence of counterfeit/fraudulent ballots and rigged computerized voting machines, as well as the Constitutional case involving wholesale disenfranchisement of classes of voters whose ballots were not afforded equal protection insofar as "curing" is concerned.

In short, the evidence is so massive and so compelling that a Vincent Gambini-level neophyte with a correspondence school JD could make it a slam-dunk, let alone the caliber of representation on Team Trump plus Powell, Wood et al. That is not the issue. The issue is will the final arbiters of the case have the stones to uphold the last vestige of the Constitution and the rule of law or will they essentially aid and abet the greatest crime in American history and snuff out the nation? No doubt, doing the former puts them and their families in actual physical danger, as well as unleashes a wave of violence that will doubtless exceed what roiled us over the past summer with the death of that fellow in Minneapolis. But the nation will continue, and hopefully with a concerted effort to eradicate fraud from our election systems. Easier said than done, ironically because of Federalism itself and because rigging elections is now proven beyond all reasonable doubt to be the only way Democrats can win or hold onto power. While I am not going to claim Trump won California or New Jersey, I would bet it was a lot closer in the supposedly solid blue states than it's been in decades. Of course we'll never know, but it's something that does enter into this issue and beyond.

Regardless of who is sworn in, I believe President Trump has touched off a sea change both politically and culturally across a very wide swathe of this nation. Despite the best efforts of the Enemy's Industrial Propaganda Complex to demonize what it cannot censor, at a most basic level, millions of Americans understand that what they have experienced since the lockdowns is, to say the least, not normal; especially given what they had experienced for the previous three - prosperity, pride and hope (real hope not phony Obama hope) for the future in an America once again on the rise. Anecdotally, look at the two stories about restaurant owners in New York telling Angel-of-Death Cuomo to get fucked. Look back to the mass MAGA rallies, even as the Democrat and RINO flunky governors tried shutting them down. Tens of thousands of people cheering on an America first agenda and the man who made it all happen. That is not a fluke; that is a movement, and one that I think will last beyond Trump, G-d willing January 20th, 2025. There are a lot of cynics, even here who think that we as a people are too complacent, too comfortable or too fearful to risk ourselves and our families in confronting the evil that is poised to smother us. I have a feeling the die has been cast. The Trump landslide was not only on Election Day. It's a hell of a lot bigger than that, and it's something that the Enemy will never be able to steal. One day, maybe very soon, they are not going to know what will hit them. Hopefully it's political and non-violent. If it isn't, they will only have themselves to blame, the propaganda machine's declarations notwithstanding.

One day at a time, people. It's all we can do.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (11/29/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

"As mayor, there is responsibility for me to lead by example and showcase to all in our region that we need to follow all restrictions and guidelines to the letter," Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens


Quote II

This is the first time, Trey, that I want to leave the state of California. Why? Because the hypocrisy insulting the intelligence of every citizen in California. We have a county health director, who is not elected, who makes half a million dollars, who is not even a medical doctor, and she shuts down the restaurants from outdoor dining. Leo Terrell


Quote III

G– d**n it! When the policy differences are between maintaining American democracy and substituting racist, one party rule. You’re G– d**n right, we want to criminalize policy differences that might exist between the outgoing administration and the administration that is about to take over.” Keith Olbermann


Quote IV

“It is hall-monitor tattletale whining masquerading as journalism: petulantly complaining that tech platforms are permitting speech that, in their view, ought instead be silenced.” Glenn Greenwald


Quote V

“They have basically come to say that they’re from this particular group and they’re there to repossess the home and want the people to vacate the premises,” Edmonds police Sgt. Josh McClure

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Gun Thread: Breathing Technique Edition! [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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Howdy, y'all, and Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you were able to celebrate in the best way possible for you and find at least a few things to be thankful for. I made a quick run down to the farm to check on things this week, and everything was good, but it ended up being a quick down and back trip and I didn't have time to shoot any video.

So with that, grab a leftover drumstick and let's see what we have below, shall we?

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Food Thread: Mustards And Other Tarts

—CBD

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Last week's pastrami photo resulted in a deluded and frankly embarrassing conversation about mustard. There is only one mustard that belongs on a pastrami on rye, and that is a spicy brown deli mustard. Sadly, even world famous chef and gun writer "Weasel" chimed in with a cringe-worthy suggestion that yellow mustard...YELLOW MUSTARD! was an appropriate condiment for pastrami.

Obviously yellow mustard has its uses; on a good ball park hot dog comes to mind. But really, it is a child's mustard compared to the heavy hitters.

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First-World Problems...Part Tiga Puluh Lima

—CBD

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What is the the world coming to when one can't even count on the structural integrity of a tea bag. This is not a complicated industrial machine; it's a damned permeable pouch with some very lightweight stuff inside. Yet the vast resources of the western world cannot design and manufacture a teabag that doesn't have a failure rate of less than a few percent!

This is quite simply unacceptable. Imagine other things in your daily life if they failed at that rate! Condoms, tires, surgical stitches, elevator cables, penicillin...where would we be if that were the case.

There ought to be a law!

Posted by CBD at 02:15 PM Comments

The Intellectual Or Artistic Output of "Evil" Men: Is It Off Limits?

—CBD

On Friday's Art Thread there was an interesting discussion about whether the art should be judged with the artist in mind...

Wagner the man was a rat bastard in many ways but the mother could compose.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler

And I responded: And that brings up the larger question of whether is is internally consistent to enjoy the works of those whose political philosophy and behavior is anathema to what we believe.

And we were off!

Muldoon:

I like to think in the same terms that I try to when it comes to authors, essayists, entertainers, pundits and commentators. That is there is a balance between the person and the product. If a Michael Moore speaks a truth, it can be accepted as truth and appreciated outside the context of Michael Moore's total body of work, yet the total body of work affects my willingness to look for the occasional nugget of truth.

A single Tom Cruise movie might be enjoyable, but after a while the constant jaw-clenching facial expressions make it about Tom Cruise, not the storytelling, and it becomes less enjoyable.

If an artist or entertainer isn't wearing their politics on their sleeve and doesn't have a track record of supporting vile politics, go ahead and enjoy the work. But if the man's overall body of work is vile, reject the man by rejecting his art.

We are confronted by this in popular culture to an insane extent. Seemingly every dancing monkey and ventriloquist's dummy in Hollywood and the music industry feels compelled to plague us with his political philosophy, moronic and inconsistent and dismissive of most Americans though most of them are.

And dipping our toes into the history of some of the greatest artists and writers and composers can leave one with a very bad taste in one's mouth.

For example, I love Hemingway's writing, in particular his short works. But I am also aware that the man was a horrid friend, a worse parent, and had political tastes that supposedly included drinking daiquiris while observing Che Guevara murdering his political enemies. Whether that is true is beside the point. The man was a prick.

Fast forward a few generations and we arrive at Steven King, whose early works were quite good as light reads (though not on par with Hemingway, except perhaps in his own mind), but the man hates us! His vitriolic spewings about anyone to the right of George McGovern makes it clear that he wants no part of vast swaths of America, except when they buy his books.

The list goes on and on. Serious art, fluffy movies, popular music...it's all filled with politically charged blather from the so-called "artists." Luckily it is easy to ignore most of it, since most of it is crap. But the filter of time has preserved some fine work by some not-so-fine people, and that is a more difficult and interesting dilemma.

Posted by CBD at 12:02 PM Comments

Sunday Morning Book Thread 11-29-2020

—OregonMuse

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Kresge Law Library, Notra Dame University


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which look so fowl that not even mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of cranberry sauce would be able to save them.


Pic Note:

The fightin' Irish:

The Kresge Law Library holds more than 420,000 print volumes of legal texts, along with digital access to millions of journal articles, cases and other documents through our numerous digital database subscriptions. But perhaps what the Law Library is most known for is its grand Reading Room, which awes with its two-story open archways and third floor wrap-around balcony.

Filled with study carrels and large tables, the library serves as an academic hub for the Law School.



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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Seems appropriate.

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EMT 11/29/20

—krakatoa

Happy Sunday.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (11/28/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke


A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:

"Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

"We're taking United” was the reply. "We got a great rate!”

“United?" exclaimed the hairdresser. " That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”

"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Taste.”

"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it's gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump.”

"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”

"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. ”You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it.”

A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.

"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of United’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and we had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on us hand and foot..

And the Taste hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!”

"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope.”

"Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet us.

Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me..”

"Oh, really! What'd he say?”

He said: "Who fucked up your hair?
(H/T Legally Sufficient)

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