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November 22, 2014

Overnight Open Thread, 11-22-2014 -- My Hometown Edition

—Damn Dirty RINO

Hello there, fellow Morons. It's been a while since our paths crossed. Once again, your regular contributor to this space has drummed up some cockamamie excuse to shirk his duties and left the heavy lifting to the resident RINO so he can gallivant with drunkards and whores. But, that's OK. It's Saturday night. And, if I weren't doing this, I'd just be sitting around the house wishing I could be out gallivanting with drunkards and whores.

So, knowing I had to come up with something to fill this space in his absence, I decided to get out and do something that could plausibly be described as productive. As anyone who knows me will readily attest, that's a big breakthrough for me when it comes to my typical weekend activities. You see, I'm an irredeemable layabout by nature. Today, though, I thought I'd get out and take a few photos by way of introduction to the little corner of the world I inhabit.

As some of you may know, I live in the far reaches of western Kentucky, not far from the confluence of the Mississippi and the Ohio River. It's a largely rural area populated by mostly friendly folk, albeit sparsely -- the sort of place where people wave or raise an acknowledging finger as you pass them while driving down the road. And when those people speak of going to "town", they're talking about Paducah.

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Shut Up....It Works! [CBD}

—Open Blogger

Anyone who guesses what was playing when I took the photo wins a Platinum membership with the profanity generator and RINO-Be-Gone.

And Open Thread.....

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Seeing Red [Y-not, WeirdDave and KT]

—Open Blogger

Earlier this week when I was drafting my portion of the Gardening Thread, I was inspired by this:


Mister Y-not and I had dinner at some friends' house and, unable to bring them a bottle of wine, I brought a spectacular Christmas cactus as our thank you gift. As you probably know, Christmas cacti come in all sorts of colors, but this red one was particularly striking. So my "theme" was going to be red "holiday" plants and favorite plant gifts.

Then I saw that one of my partners in crime, KT, was working on a cranberry post, so all was well. We had quite a good little theme going.

But after Thursday night, I am seeing red for an entirely different reason:

President Obama's primetime speech Thursday night caused feelings of anger for many, and not only because he granted de-facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

During the speech the president referred to illegals as "workers who pick our fruit and make our beds." Astounding when you consider this was a prepared speech written, read and edited by a team of professionals who somehow allowed that line to get through.

He also mentioned a young woman named Astrid Silva, who was brought to America by her parents at the age of four, became a great student and is working on her third degree from college.

"Her father worked in landscaping. Her mom cleaned other people's homes," he said in describing her parents.

That was enough to set the Twittersphere on fire with at least one person referring to it as the most racist speech since Woodrow Wilson.

And that, dear friends, is why there was no Politics Thread today. As Steyn pointed out Elections Matter... except when they don't. My heart just wasn't in it after Obama flipped the entire nation the bird, so we'll pick up the review of 2016 candidates next week. (Probably.)

Now on to nicer things...

Thanksgiving and Christmas Cactus are possibly the second most common plants (after poinsettia) enjoyed in North American households in December, but they had their origins in the tropics. They are from the plant family Cactaceae, or cactus, and the Genus is now known as Schlumbergera, but older works may refer to the prior name of Zygocactus.

These are succulent perennials which lack spines and are native to the South American tropics of Brazil, high in the Organ Mountains north of Rio de Janeiro. Like many tropical cacti, these holiday favorites are epiphytes, which means they live on other plants, using the other plant as substrate, or a place to live. (As opposed to a parasitic plant, which uses its host for nutrients.)

It turns out the plant I gave my friend was probably a Thanksgiving cactus based on what I learned in this article.

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College Football Thread

—Dave In Texas

The most important thing about a blog post here at the HQ is the title, according to the AoSHQ style guide which is mostly written on the bathroom wall. It should be informative and pithy.


Today's top ten games all times Eastern:

Charleston Southern (who?) at Georgia (10), noon
Indiana at Ohio State (6), noon
Ole Miss (8) at Arkansas, 3:30pm
Boston College at Florida State (3), 3:30pm
West Carolina at Alabama (1), 4pm
Colorado at Oregon (2), 4:30pm
Oklahoma State at Baylor (7), 7:30pm
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State (4), 7:30pm
USC (19) at UCLA (9), 8pm

TCU (5) idle

If you're making picks or placing bets always remember - if you don't think too good, don't think too long.

Later morons.

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Weekend Headlines [CBD]

—Open Blogger

The Horde Rugby Team circa 1958


photo courtesy of our very own Anna Puma.

Barack Obama Cancelled Each Border Security Program Enacted By Bush #43--Deported Fewer Than Any POTUS Since Nixon

Why gendercide is the real 'war on women'
Alternate Headline: Abortion Is Evil, but Only When Girls Are Aborted

Liberals Invoking Cesar Chavez Ignore His Hatred Of Illegal Immigrants.

Migratory Bird Pate a la Warren Buffett

Gura Asks Court to Hold District in Contempt in Palmer v. DC Decision

Eva Shockey responds to critics of bear hunt
"Apparently hunting a bear, eating/donating all of the meat, and putting money towards conservation is a bad thing, but killing my puppy is OK."

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Fundamental Concepts-Ends and Means [WeirdDave]

—Open Blogger

[So, this actually happened, but I'm writing this here instead of risking a cherished friendship. Oh, I'll make the same points to her, but subtly, over time.]

Dear Gay Friend,

I talked to you today after the president's amnesty announcement. You were upset about him assuming dictatorial powers and bitched about trampling the Constitution. You made some good points, about how our American system of government is a historical anomaly, for most of history all of mankind has been ruled by one form of oligarchy or another, and that this portends the US regressing to the mean. You talked about concentration of power to the few at the expense of the many, and you astutely recognized the giant F.U. Amnesty is to the black community in America. You were smart, profane, witty, spot on, and you understand so much, but here's the thing:

In my mind, you don't have the right to say anything.

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EMT: 11/22/14, Something Old, Something New. [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Welcome to probably the most needed weekend in recent history.

Niedermeyer's Dead Horse has had to take a leave of absence, as, for lack of anything specific to report, Life has intervened.

So I'll be your new Early Morning Thread host for the foreseeable future, and I promise, hand to Obama, to faithfully execute those duties.*

That's the new.

A little old to start your day, this, the 2nd day of our Lord, Obama the Foist.

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.

H. L. Mencken

Intolerable indeed.

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ONT 11/21/14 - On the Bright Side Edition [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Horde. Here, in the dark days of our discontent under the surly rule of His Skittleship, Obama I, I'd like to remind you that all is not lost, and now, yes even now, there are things to be thankful for.

I took a moment to jot down a quick list of silver linings in these troubled clouds.

  • We easily have 3, maybe 4 months of shiny happy-times on the immigration issue, where the MSM will spend almost no time agitating for the inalienable rights of people in the shadows, and instead will be singing the praises of Obama and our newly refreshed culture.
  • Our medical facilities will be full of new and interesting people to meet. Granted, you won't be able to speak a common language with most, but at least you will be able to share a lovely conversation with journalists in to see about that thing that has lasted longer than 4 hours.
  • All you people who have been unable to find jobs? GOOD NEWS! You can expect no sudden changes in your lifestyle.
  • Like most of you, this past 6 years have been conspicuous in no small part for the absence of the promised Skittle-Shitting Unicorns (SSUs). According to an analysis by Jonathon Gruber, the SSU shortfall is mostly attributable to the fact that most Americans do not want to do the hard work of mucking out SSU stalls. This shameful hole in our workforce has now been rectified.
  • More new citizens means more new hobos. Hobos that can't read the sign that says "No Loitering", and are likely in a weakened state due to whatever 3rd-world creeping crud they brought with them. I can't be the only one excited to be adding some NBC gear to my trusty hobo-gig and Chinese finger puzzles.

These were just off the top of my head. Please do chime in with your own rays of sunshine, that those amongst us considering cashing in everything on a glorious blaze of SOTB, er, glory, may reconsider.

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New Yorker Magazine Really Proud of Its "Bold" Thanksgiving Cover



Mind. Blown.

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Your Regularly-Scheduled Post-Election Friday Document Dump: IRS Discovers 30,000 "Lost" Lois Lerner Emails


Remember the disaster-recovery tapes, upon which a record of all emails was inscribed, which the IRS previously refused to search?

Well, with federal judges scrutinizing their efforts, they've finally bothered to search those tapes, and found 30,000 of the missing emails.

Though I strongly suspect that the most incriminating ones will themselves be missing from the found emails.

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

"They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes," a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.

...and to shred the worst ones.

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AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, @ExJon


Note: We moved the podcast to a new URL this week, and everything worked right for me except for the iPhone podcast app. If that's where you listen and you don't see this week's episode with ExJon in the episode list, unsubscribing and then re-subscribing should do the trick.

Jon Gabriel, Ricochet editor and creator of the ExJonning craze that's sweeping the nation, drops by to chat with Gabe, Drew, John and me.

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Open thread in the comments

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More Americans Than Ever Don't Believe Health Care is a Government Responsibility


Obama is the shit-fingered Midas.

Before he took up the cause of health care reform, most Americans thought it was a government responsibility to guarantee it for all Americans; since he incompetently involved his lying mouth, they no longer do.

Jonah Goldberg writes about the Gruberization of the Left and the media:

I've been thinking about this:

Most of us are down. But why?

We should naturally be down if Obama were perverting the American constitutional system and profiting from it. We should be down if Obama enacted a welter of socialist policies and the economy boomed anyway, thus suggesting to voters that socialism "works."

We should be down if Obama imposed a socialist health care system on the country and our countrymen enjoyed the tyranny.

But they don't.

At every single pass -- the economy, Iran, IS, Obamacare, immigration -- Obama and the left are being discredited, and not just slightly discredited, but discredited to a Carter-like degree.

Possibly discredited for 20 or 30 years.

We should not be so down.

We do not like what this monster is doing to America, of course.

But he is not succeeding. He is failing, and failing hard.

And he will bring the Democrat Party and the media with him as he falls.

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Top Obama Bundler & Air Force One Cabin-Mate Accused of Raping Child


The media will, get this, embargo the story.

As Instapundit says:

Remember: Making sure you know what they want you to know is job #2 for them; making sure you don’t know what they don’t want you to know is job #1.
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Grubez "Invited" To Testify Before Issa's Committee on Transparency


Awesome. If Grubez refuses the invitation, he might get a subpoena instead.

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Open Thread


Van Gogh, "Landscape in Stormy Weather" (1885)

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Responding To Obama's Executive Amnesty: Let Obama Give The State Of The Union Somewhere Else


With the die officially cast on Obama's executive amnesty, attention now turns to the response from congressional leaders. Not only is this a fight about Obama's policies but something far more important, a unilateral power grab from the legislative branch of government. Boehner and McConnell may not want to want to take Obama on over immigration but they should be heavily invested in protecting the power of the legislature to make laws.

Yesterday we saw a number of ideas floated about how to respond....rescission, lawsuits, de-funding and withholding votes on nominees to name a few on the table. There's one idea I'd like to add that is in many ways symbolic but that would focus the nation on the seriousness of this problem, do not invite Obama to address a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union address.

The Constitution simply requires that "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." Nothing requires that he do so in person. The modern in person State of The Union dates back to Woodrow Wilson but Truman, Eisenhower and Nixon all gave written reports as was the custom from Thomas Jefferson to Wilson.

And Presidents don't simply show up whenever they please to address the Congress, they must be formally invited. That's where Boehner and McConnell can strike a blow for the legislature...simply don't invite him.

Yesterday, Boehner said, "The president had said before that he's not king and he's not an emperor," Boehner says. "But he's sure acting like one."

Why would the Speaker invite such a man to address "the people's house"? All Obama would do would use the time to lecture members of a co-equal branch on what they must do and what he deems acceptable work product for them. Members of the United States Congress are under no obligation to sit mutely while the President brow beats them.

Obama has said he doesn't feel compelled to listen to the voters who showed up to the polls a little over two weeks ago. The Representatives elected by those people should make it clear they are simply acting in kind, they will not listen to him.

Yes the media will be apoplectic about this. Good, that's the point. This is a serious moment in our nation's history. I've not seen a single Republican, even ones who strongly support legislative amnesty, support the President on this. The outrage caused by what is an extreme step will help to focus the nation on the threat to our constitutional order.

The President and his supporters have repeatedly said the "prosecutorial discretion" he claims is well within in the law and his power. Well, not inviting the President to speak to the assembled members of Congress is well within the discretion and power of the Speaker of the House.

[Note: This is meant as an addition to the de-funding and nomination blocking ideas, not instead of them]

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The Day After Open Thread


Go forth ye readers, and seek out other news aggregating websites this early morn.

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Morning Thread (11-21-2014)


Happy Friday.

Podcast note: We moved the podcast to a new URL this week, and everything worked right for me except for the iPhone podcast app. If that's where you listen and you don't see this week's episode with ExJon in the episode list, unsubscribing and then re-subscribing should do the trick.

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Overnight Open Thread (11-20-2014)


So I'm now in Day 4 of the most stressful week at work I've had in the past year or two. Which means I got almost nothing - except for these cast offs from lesser failed ONTs.

Quote of the Day

"Wer spricht von Siegen? Überstehen ist alles" - "Who speaks of victory? Endurance is everything"

-- Rainer Maria Rilke

Charles CW Cooke: Obama's Imperial Transformation Is Now Complete - The President Has Become Everything He Ran Against

If you liked the hubris, you're going to love the nemesis.

Barack Obama certainly gave the impression that he would. Noting in 2008 that he "taught constitutional law for ten years," and in consequence took "the Constitution very seriously," Obama determined that "the biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all." "That," the candidate assured his audience, is "what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States of America."

Remember the Wisdom of our Fathers: "Don't get mad. Get EVEN."


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Some Thoughts Upon This Last Day of the American Republic


Daniel Haenninger:

Who can forget the Obama acceptance speech in 2008 on a football field in Denver, the nominee standing amid Greek columns and scrolling through a long list of goals to 84,000 Democrats? That was the high. Six years later, the Democrats get the hangover. On Thursday, Mr. Obama will announce his presidency's only declaration of war--against the Republicans. After describing how he will redesign the U.S. immigration system on his own authority, he'll fly Friday to Las Vegas.

The remaining two years will be irregular warfare, with Mr. Obama deploying his weapon of choice, the executive order. This essentially turns the presidency into a cruise missile: The president tells the country what to do, and the country does it.

Before the U.S. political system goes to the mattresses, I’d like to spend a moment discussing Jonathan Gruber, ObamaCare and the American people.


Jon Gruber’s remarks matter not for what they say about the Democratic Party's modus operandi but because of the truths he revealed about the Democratic Party's reason for being. The Gruber threat to the Democrats isn’t reputational; it's existential.


The problem is not one MIT economist's arrogance. The problem is that the technocracy itself has become a political problem for the Democratic Party.

For some 80 years, that technocracy has been the life force of the Democratic Party. Now it's a kind of noxious green sludge consuming the party.


The original Democratic idea was at least benign. In the hands of the Obama-Gruber coalition, it has finally degraded into something else. It has become malign, a politics that has to be faked or crammed down.

The best and brightest of the Democratic left will now fashion legal arguments defending national government by executive order. Too late. It looks like the stupid people are wising up.

Rich Lowry:

The last 400 years of Anglo-American political history can be read as a successful effort to establish and maintain a system tethering the executive to the law. What President Obama is contemplating will undermine that achievement, both through his own lawlessness and the precedent he will create for subsequent presidents to operate by extra-legal fiat.

No matter how much the president’s defenders stretch for a legal justification and for a precedent, the conclusion is unavoidable that no one has done this before. President Obama is said to want to build his legacy, and he will--as a man who is shamefully careless of his oaths and constitutional obligations.



And yet, just one short year after he had told students that he was hamstrung by the rules, the president did precisely what he said he could not, refusing to "enforce and implement" those "very clear" laws and abdicating disgracefully his "appropriate role as president."


Evidently, the new approach suited the president. Soon thereafter, he began to make extra-legislative changes to Obamacare, without offering any earnest legal justifications whatsoever; he responded to Congress’s refusal to raise the minimum wage by rewriting the Service Contract Act of 1965; and, as a matter of routine, he took to threatening, cajoling, and mocking Congress, and to informing the country's lawmakers that by declining to consent to his will they were refusing to do "their jobs." In Obama's post-2011 world, it seems, legislators are not free agents but parliamentary subordinates possessed of two choices: either they do what he wants, or they watch him do what he wants. Refusing assent seems to be regarded as an entirely illegitimate option. This, it should be perfectly obvious, is the attitude not of the statesman, but of the mugger. "Give me your wallet," the ruffian says, "or I will take it by force." That progressives who once championed the man for his calm and his virtue have taken to twisting themselves into knots in his defense should tell us all we need to know about their broader sincerity -- and his.


Today, the transformation of Barack Obama from wide-eyed idealist to bitter imperator will finally be completed. Amid the glitz and the artifice of Las Vegas, the last vestiges of the one we were waiting for will be swept ignominiously away, leaving only power, cynicism, and partisanship in their stead. There was a time when our 44th president claimed to stand for transparency, modesty, moderation, tolerance, humility, reason, and calm. Today, just feet from Caesars Palace, he will don the robes of the emperor and spin minor discretion into gargantuan usurpation, all norms and touchstones be damned. However convincing are the promises of the ambitious, Lord Acton always has the last laugh.

Update: The center cannot hold.

Open Thread for Obama's official declaration of assumption of the powers of Emperor.

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Whoopsie Daisy: Obama Makes "Mistake" In Reporting 2013 Obamacare Enrollments, Falsely Claiming It Hit 7 Million Sign-Ups Threshold By "Mistakenly" Including Dental Plans Along With Health Care Plans


The Administration had set 7 million as its goal. It was very important, politically, that they be able to claim that had met it.

Alas, only 6.97 million people signed up for Obamacare.

So you know what time it is.

It's time for an Obama "mistake" that just coincidentally enough happens to aid him politically -- the Administration made a whoopsie-daisy and "accidentally" included almost 400,000 dental plan sign-ups in the health care figures, thus meeting its 7 million sign-up goals.

Well not really but they were able to claim such for close to a year.


Lower, Actually: Actually, enrollments are under 6.9 or so million, more like 6.7 million.

Those false 380,000 dental sign-ups put Obama just barely over.

Posted by Ace at 04:26 PM Comments

Yeah So, Establishment Republican Appropriators Are Now, Get This, Lying to You Like Jon Gruber


You're all dangerous like wild animals and you need to be sedated with a constant drip of deceit.

Posted by Ace at 02:10 PM Comments

Revealed: The New York Times Had Two Different Articles About the Keystone Vote Pre-Written, Each Poised to Praise Mary Landrieu, Whether She Was Successful or Not


Heads, the Democrats win; Tails, the Democrats win.

Similarly, the New York Times has already written an editorial praising Obama on the wisdom of his executive action -- despite not knowing what that action is yet.

Posted by Ace at 01:32 PM Comments

Yes, Congress Can Defund Amnesty


A follow up to my post on ways the GOP can fight Obama's amnesty.

Earlier a staffer with the House Appropriations committee said that they couldn't defund amnesty because Customs and Immigration Services isn't funded by the annual appropriations bill.

Sean Davis of the Federalist and former congressional staffer tweeted to me this was wrong. He's now written a post calling BS on the claim that Congress doesn't actually have "the power of the purse" over amnesty.

They’re correct that USCIS spending is funded primarily by fees collected by the agency, and that the spending is mandatory, rather than discretionary. That means that USCIS does not need annual authorizations to use those fees to offset expenses. This is actually written into the 1882 law establishing the fees and the authority of the federal government to spend them:

[Follow link to see excerpt from the law]

The only thing that differentiates mandatory and discretionary spending is how often each must be re-authorized. Every single dollar spent by the federal government must be first appropriated by Congress. Just because some spending is not subject to annual appropriation doesn’t mean it’s not subject to appropriation at all. Congress can’t block Obama’s executive order by shutting down the government, but it most certainly can defund it by law.

So yeah, don't buy the "we can't do anything about it BS".

Sorry for the earlier confusion.

Posted by DrewM. at 01:09 PM Comments

Don Lemon to Bill Cosby Accuser: Why Didn't You Just Bite His Penis?


A lot of hubbub about a gay black guy asking a straight white woman strange questions regarding her allegations of rape against a straight black guy.

"Can I ask you this -- and please, I don't mean to be crude," Lemon began, setting up his state of non-responsibility for the question to come.

"You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you don't want to do it," he said.

Tarshis, clearly surprised by the obvious implication of Lemon's coy comment, explained defensively that she was stoned at the time of the alleged incident, which she says happened when she was 19, adding "quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have."

"Meaning the using of the teeth, right?" Lemon persisted, for viewers at home.

"Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you're --" Tarshis began.

"As a weapon," Lemon continued.

"I didn't even think of it," Tarshis reiterated.

"Biting," Lemon explained, for good measure.

"Ouch," she said, weakly, completing the TV tableau of a woman being asked by a TV news star on his CNN program to explain to viewers at home she had not taken this basic step to prevent her alleged attacker from raping her.

"I had to ask," Lemon said, putting back on his I'm Not Responsible, Just Doing My Job hat.

It's kind of a dumb, weird question. But that's okay; we are allowed to ask dumb, weird questions.

Or we used to be, anyway. Because of course Lemon is now getting it from the Feminist Left for the crime of How Dare You Subject Anyone Making a Serious Criminal Accusation to Any Skepticism Whatsoever.

In addition to being cravenly insensitive, Lemon's line of questioning shows a remarkable ignorance to how trauma affects people, as well as to how journalists should speak to survivors of sexual assault.

"Telling a survivor of any crime that it could have been avoided is not only disrespectful, it's offensive," Katherine Hull Fliflet, the VP of Communications for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National ​Network (RAINN), told VICE. "It's really disheartening to see an interview like this."

Meantime, people are now parodying Lemon:

Posted by Ace at 12:32 PM Comments

After Barack I Issues His Amnesty Decree, The Ball Is In The GOP's Court


As usual the fight before the fight is to force the GOP to fight. So what's the state of play in terms of the GOP's response to His Imperial Majesty's forthcoming proclamation?

The first fight is over the upcoming Continuing Resolution. Right now the government is funded through the middle of December. The first choice is to pass a new CR that funds the government through September of next year or a shorter term one that would give the new GOP controlled Congress far more sway over it (question- even without an amnesty fight, why would the GOP let Harry Reid have so much control of the spending for the rest of the fiscal year?).

Naturally the GOP establishment, led by Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers wants to let the Democrats have as much say as possible and is advocating for a full year CR in December.

The bottom line from the election is this: The American people want a government that works for them. They want action on the issues that are meaningful and important to the country and to their daily lives. They do not want, nor will tolerate any longer, the circular and corrosive politicking that has infected our system and that is designed for quick cable TV news bites and little else. The best way for Congress to fulfill this mandate is to bring no-nonsense governing and regularity to the federal funding process. At the core, this means “regular order” for appropriations bills — enacting funding bills on time, and in a responsible, transparent and pragmatic way, without the specter of government shutdowns or the lurching, wasteful and unproductive budgeting caused by temporary stopgap measures.

The day-to-day work of the appropriations process isn’t always headline-grabbing, but it is essential to the basic functioning of our government. It is the head-down, nose-to-the-grindstone legislation that Congress can and should enact, but that has been stymied in the past few years by internal political battles, and, frankly, a Senate that largely refused to participate in the process.

However, to get back to this regular order in the new Congress, we have to first clear the decks on the leftover, current-year appropriations work. We are now months behind in completing these annual bills, and the current temporary measure keeping the lights on in our government will expire on Dec. 11.

But of course Rogers wants you to know he's super serious about fighting Obama's amnesty so he has a plan...pass the Harry Reid approved CR now and pull the money out of the budget for it during the year using a process called "rescission".

There's one problem, rescission is a scam and Rogers and his ilk know it.

(*See note/correction below)

Officials of the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee have concluded that the government agency most responsible for implementing any new executive order — Citizenship and Immigration Services — would not be hindered if government funds are cut off; it operates entirely on revenue it generates through immigration applications.

In short, lawmakers have no fiscal leverage over the agency, which could keep operating even if the rest of the government was shut down.

“Congress does not appropriate funds for any of its operations, including the issuance of immigration status or work permits, with the exception of the E-verify program,” the committee said in a statement. “Therefore the appropriations process cannot be used to ‘de-fund’ the agency.”

(*See note/correction below)

They are trying to scam you with this, pass the CR now and we'll fight later bit. As Jon Gruber might say, they are relying on the stupidity of the American voter. Don't be Gruber bait.

So what can be done? Sorry Team GOP but Ted Cruz has the answer.

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Posted by DrewM. at 10:34 AM Comments

Open Thread


Winslow Homer, "Cloud Shadows" (1890)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:19 AM Comments

Morning Thread (11-20-2014)


"A Republic*, if you can keep it." ~ Benjamin Franklin

* "I didn't mean a banana Republic, you dolts" ~ Zombie Ben Franklin

Posted by Andy at 07:00 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (11-19-2014)


Quote of the Day I

"If you want to stretch the powers of the presidency beyond all recognition, to insist "prosecutorial discretion" now means not enforcing the law for millions of people who violated the law by entering the country illegally, and to claim unilateral power to change the makeup of American society in the face of stiff public and Congressional least wear a suit jacket, right? This is a special occasion."

-- Jim Geraghty

Quote of the Day II

"Harvard's policy was written by people who think sexual assault is so heinous a crime that even innocence is not a defense."

-- Alan Dershowitz

The Politics of First Names

If you're named Duane, Brent, Darrell or Randy, you're probably a Republican. And if you're a Jasmine, Caitlin, Abigail, or Erica, you probably think Obama is dreamy and guys like Duane, Brent, and Vernon are racist haters.

The Microaggression Farce

There's an slow motion racial Cultural Revolution going on at UCLA. And the administration is backing the student Red Guards. Read the whole thing and weep over the madness.

Finally, on November 14, 2013, the class's five "students of color," accompanied by "students of color" from elsewhere at UCLA, as well as by reporters and photographers from the campus newspaper, made their surprise entrance into Rust's class as a "collective statement of Resistance by Graduate Students of Color." The protesters formed a circle around Rust and the remaining five students (one American, two Europeans, and two Asian nationals) and read aloud their "Day of Action Statement." That statement suggests that Rust's modest efforts to help students with their writing faced obstacles too great to overcome.


Meanwhile the Cost of a College Degree Has Crossed the $240,000 Threshold

The New State Religion: Maryland County Churches Get a Tax Break If They Preach Environmentalism

Roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots qualify for the "rainwater remediation fee" to "protect the Chesapeake Bay."

Though the O'Malley administration calls it a "fee," it is commonly called the "rain tax" throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month.

Now Prince George's Country is offering a way for churches to avoid paying the tax, which is estimated to be an average of $744 per year for them - preach "green" to their parishioners.

So far 30 pastors have agreed to begin "'green' ministries to maintain the improvements at their churches, and to preach environmentally focused sermons to educate their congregations" to avoid being hit with the tax, The Washington Post reports.

Contradicting Dianne Feinstein's Sham Report on CIA Interrogation

Shamelessness, thy name is Dianne Feinstein.

I view the report as not only a political document - the latest salvo in the war between Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA.

In my view, the war stems from the fact that leading congressional Democrats who were briefed on what the CIA was doing to fight terrorism signed off more or less unquestioningly. But later, when the political climate changed, these politicians tried to claim ignorance.

The CIA, understandably, was unwilling to let them off the hook. Now the Dems will have their revenge. (Republicans on the Committee honorably refused to participate in the farce.)

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Vermont Halts Payment to Jon Gruber


Vermont had been paying Gruber major bank to advise them on how to implement deceive their citizens into implementing a single payer health care system.

The videos of Gruber's boastful mendacity have made these payments a hot potato of a political issue -- and now Vermont is stopping further payments.

On Wednesday, Lawrence Miller, chief of health care reform for the Gov. Peter Shumlin administration, announced that Vermont would stop payment of Gruber’s $400,000 contract with the state.

As of this week, Vermont has paid Gruber $160,000 on a contract that began July 21 and was expected to continue until Feb. 15.

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Networks Aren't Covering Obama's Imperial Immigration Decree -- Except for Univision


And, one wonders, if that isn't precisely how Obama wanted it.

Perhaps he didn't bother making an issue of it with the networks. He has previously complained a lot when networks declined to give him free time.

By the way -- this announcement will be made on the night of the Latin Grammies. The show will be delayed 15 minutes for Obama's announcement.

No, I'm not kidding.

Posted by Ace at 06:35 PM Comments

Recommendation: The Easy Way to Stop Smoking


So day 10 or something of the Flu That Won't Leave.

I'm hopeful that tomorrow I'll be mostly recovered. Today I feel like crap, as usual, but the two main symptoms -- a crippling migraine headache (with photophobia) and a hacking cough that goes on for five minutes and makes internal organs ache -- are mostly abated. Now I'm left with headache and coughing, but not so bad they're worth complaining about. Plus general flu symptoms.

I'm really annoyed because I started doing all these healthy things, and stopping doing a bunch of unhealthy ones, and so I was all ready to start Feeling Awesome when I caught this flu.

Speaking of that, I picked up a book a couple of weeks ago called The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, by Alan Carr.

I had quit smoking a while ago, going on to the e-cig, but I remained addicted to nicotine, and in fact could not imagine really ever going off nicotine.

Someone recommended this Easy Way book to me and I read it because I didn't have anything else going on.

It's actually pretty darn good, as this reconsideration of the book acknowledges.

I don't read many -- any -- Self-Help books so maybe this book had a bunch of tricks to play on me for which I had no defenses. Maybe I'm an easy score, given that I'm unfamiliar with self-help books' techniques generally.

And maybe I found it easy to quit smoking this time because I was especially motivated.

Basically I was feeling like crap every single day of my life and decided that I would not go on like that any longer -- it was time for some changes.

But even so, I think the book is pretty good. It's very repetitive, but in that repetition, it drills into you an important message:

You don't need to smoke. You didn't "need" to smoke before you started smoking. And you don't even really like smoking, do you? Think about it: Do you really like feeling hot smoke moving through your sinuses and lungs? Do you really like that feeling nicotine dependency gives you, of constantly being in mild drug withdrawal, with those withdraw symptoms only really absent from your life for the duration of the cigarette you're currently smoking? (The withdrawal symptoms, the craving, begins anew about 10 minutes after you finish your cigarette, and become urgent 45 minutes to an hour afterwards.)

The book addresses the psychological roots of nicotine addiction. The actual biological hook of nicotine addiction isn't really all that powerful, compared to truly addicting drugs like heroin, coke, or alcohol. No, it's really the psychological story that you the addict are telling yourself about the cigarette, and why you need it so much, and why smoking that next cigarette will make you Feel Good and why you Deserve That Cigarette, after all.

Reading the book, I eventually became not just convinced of the need to break the nicotine dependency, but actually enthusiastic about doing so. Just like Carr said I would.

It's now been about a month since I kicked smoking. I did not follow Carr's advice completely -- I didn't go cold turkey as he insists, but instead used the patch, nicorette gum, and an e-cig as nicotine replacement therapy to get me off actual cigarettes.

And I'm still not completely off nicotine, but I'm almost all the way off of it. I'm not on the patch anymore, I don't use the e-cig anymore, and I chew one or two pieces of Step 2 nicorette when I really have the urge per day. (Some days, being sick, I've forgotten to have any nicotine at all.)

But a month on and I'm not smoking and only having one or two mild doses of nicotine per day, if that. So, I'm not quite free of nicotine yet, but I'm not really addicted anymore, either.

I'd really recommend the book. I don't know what it is about it.

I guess that most of what it says is obvious, if you bothered to think about it,, but as an addict, you are deliberately avoiding thinking about the basis of your addiction, so it's helpful to have someone else state the obvious to your face.

The book, by the way, stays away from the scary stuff about smoking, almost entirely. There are no pictures of diseased lungs or gums or that sort of thing. The author's notion is that making someone nervous immediately makes them reach for a cigarette so discussing the dire health effects of smoking is actually counterproductive.

Instead he sticks to a softer approach -- won't you be happier when you don't have to to worry about only having three cigarettes left?

Obvious stuff, but I found it helpful. If you're still smoking, or you know a smoker, I'd spend the $7 to $10 for the book.

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Obama: I Will Formally End The American Constitutional System This Thursday Night in Las Vegas, and Install a Third-World Junta System In Its Place



Come the caudillo:

So there is no public will at work here. There is only the will to power of this White House.

Which is why the thinking liberal’s move, if this action goes forward, will be to invoke structural forces, flaws inherent in our constitutional order, to justify Obama’s unilateralism. This won’t be a completely fallacious argument: Presidential systems like ours have a long record, especially in Latin America, of producing standoffs between executive and legislative branches, which tends to make executive power grabs more likely. In the United States this tendency has been less dangerous -- our imperial presidency has grown on us gradually; the worst overreaches have often been rolled back. But we do seem to be in an era whose various forces -- our open-ended post-9/11 wars, the ideological uniformity of the parties -- are making a kind of creeping caudillismo more likely.

But if that evil must come, woe to the president who chooses it. And make no mistake, the president is free to choose. No immediate crisis forces his hand; no doom awaits the country if he waits. He once campaigned on constitutionalism and executive restraint; he once abjured exactly this power. There is still time for him to respect the limits of his office, the lines of authority established by the Constitution, the outcome of the last election.

Or he can choose the power grab, and the accompanying disgrace.

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King Obama Moves Forward On Immigration


[Update - Andy]

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Jake Tapper Explains #GruberGate to Viewers Just Hearing About the Story


A Voxplanation that doesn't suck or deceive the reader because Vox isn't involved.

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Maximilien Luce, "Paris, the Boulevards, Night" (1893)

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Morning Thread (11-19-2014)


Better-late-than-never edition, dedicated to Mary Landrieu's pending runoff doom.

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Overnight Open Thread (11-18-2014)


I'm not gonna lie to you - I'm slacking off tonight. Because it's been a long day and I got stuff to do. Life maintenance stuff. If it makes you feel any better, I'm not having any more fun than you guys.

Quote of the Day

"Our critics sometimes dismiss skeptics as "conspiracy theorists" noting how unlikely it would be that thousands of  scientists would collude.   They miss the point.  We now know that Grubering takes place - we see it laid bare in the Obamacare campaign.  It was not strictly a "conspiracy".  Rather it was an arrogant belief that lying was necessary to persuade a "stupid" public to adopt the policy preferences of the politicians and the academics in their employ.  Its Noble Cause Corruption, not conspiracy, that is at the root of this behavior."

-- Watts Up With That on Grubering and climate alarmism

A Plea Against Pleading

The percentage of federal prosecutions tried by juries declined from 19 percent in 1980 to 3 percent today, as prosecutors have huge advantages over defense counsel and throw a great raft of counts against a defendant who declines to roll over.

...In actuality, our criminal-justice system is almost exclusively a system of plea bargaining, negotiated behind closed doors and with no judicial oversight. The outcome is very largely determined by the prosecutor alone.

Robert Downey Jr: I'll Only Do Iron Man IV If Mel Gibson Directs It

He's backed off a little from his declaration since he made it but never let it be said that Robert Downey isn't loyal to his friends or that he ever forgets a favor. Apparently he and Mel have been good friends since their Air America days and Mel quietly supported and took care of him during his long, lost drug years. And after his last stint in rehab in 2003 when he was an outcast in Hollywood, it was Gibson who personally paid his insurance bond and used his influence so Downey could work in movies again.

But now that Gibson is an industry pariah and Downey is on top he's doing what he can to help out his longtime friend.

In October 2011, Robert Downey Jr. was being honored at the 25th American Cinematheque Awards. Downey chose Gibson to present him with his award for his life's work. After Gibson's introduction, Downey did not discuss himself; instead he explained why he chose Gibson, and continued to utilize his air time by saying a few kind words about his friend. After relaying how Gibson helped him through his hardships, Downey addressed his fellow entertainers directly: "I humbly ask that you join me - unless you are completely without sin, and in which case you picked the wrong fucking industry - in forgiving my friend of his trespasses and offering him the same clean slate that you have me and allowing him to continue his great and on-going contribution to our collective art without shame." After the speech, the two friends hugged onstage, to a standing ovation.[118]


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That big explosion over Siberia?
(See the video dump below.) Looks like it was an explosion on the ground. Reflected light. [rdbrewer]

Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog: Black Activists Speak Out against Obama Amnesty Agenda
"His position on illegal immigration and reform is not tenable given the numerous sources of information that warn of the negative impact of immigration reform on black Americans and low-income Americans." [rdbrewer]

@EllyPrizeman badass scientist shirt update [rdbrewer]

30,000 missing emails from IRS' Lerner recovered
It's like we just got past an election or something. Via @JohnEkdahl. [rdbrewer]

Sam Vaknin videos help to understand what drives Obama
"[A]ttention of any kind – positive or negative – constitutes Primary Narcissistic Supply. Infamy is as sought after as fame, being notorious is as good as being renowned." I've linked this before, but it's a good reminder. He's addicted to narcissistic supply; it's all about him, and there is very little he won't do to keep himself at the top of the headlines. He doesn't care about harm to individuals or our system of government.
Issues in Narcissistic Supply
Narcissistic Supply: Narcissist's Drug [rdbrewer]

Peggy Noonan: The Nihilist in the White House
"The assumption of history’s inevitable vindication is sharper in the current White House, due to general conceit—they really do think they possess a higher wisdom and play a deeper game—and the expectation that liberal historians will write the history. The illusion becomes a form of license." [rdbrewer]

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: A Crash in the Mojave
Video. He talks about SpaceShipTwo. More at [rdbrewer]

Robert Tracinski: President Palpatine: Obama Dissolves the Old Republic
"[M]edia and Hollywood types have always convinced themselves, as George Lucas did, that their villains were metaphors for George W. Bush or a cautionary tale about the evils of the right. But here we are, the Old Republic is being dissolved, and it’s their hero who is doing it. They find themselves on the side of the Empire." [rdbrewer]

David Gergen, CNN: Obama's dangerous move on immigration
"Sadly, we instead have an action from the White House that will cast a dark shadow over prospects for legislative cooperation, falls short of what the immigrant population had hoped and steers us into deep, unknown waters in our governance." [rdbrewer]

Nigel Farage predicts more Tory defections after seeing Mark Reckless take his seat in the Commons as Ukip's second MP, sweeping away a Tory majority of almost 10,000 in Rochester
Mark Reckless held his Rochester and Strood seat after changing parties. More from the NYT. [rdbrewer]
Obama I: How Many Armies does Congress Have? Republican leadership: We'll Demonstrate our Power by smashing Tea Partiers against Amnesty.. Laughable question: If several million of us stop paying taxes, can we expect to be amnestied in 5 years? [krak/t]
Video: California sheriff criticizes Obama in immigration [rdbrewer]

Bryan Preston: Email Proves that White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson
"Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson 'out of control.' Schmaler told White House Depute Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer.... Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA)." [rdbrewer]

Ashe Schow: Hirsi Ali slams feminism's 'trivial BS'
"'I condemn whole-heartedly the trivial bullshit it is to go after a man who makes a scientific breakthrough and all that we as women — organized women — do is to fret about his shirt?'" [rdbrewer]

Ed Whelan: Lindsey Graham’s Myopia
"So Graham is supporting a crazy regime in which liberal nominees would need only a simple majority to get confirmed in a Democrat-controlled Senate but in which conservative nominees would need 60 votes to get confirmed in a Republican-controlled Senate." [rdbrewer] Amazing Nano Sculptures Only Visible by Electron Microscope [rdbrewer]

Quartz: This is every active satellite orbiting earth
Interactive graphic. Via @MelissaTweets. [rdbrewer]

Sean Davis: BuzzFeed’s Executive Chairman Is Invested In Uber’s Competition
"In his broadside against Uber’s dirt-digging executive, Ben Smith never disclosed that his boss, one of BuzzFeed’s top executives, has an ownership stake in one of Uber’s competitors. Nor is there any such conflict-of-interest disclosure in any of BuzzFeed’s numerous other hit pieces on Uber...." [rdbrewer]

Ashe Schow: Alan Dershowitz: Campus sexual assault rules 'preclude a defense' for the accused
"'Harvard's policy was written by people who think sexual assault is so heinous a crime that even innocence is not a defense,' Dershowitz said." [rdbrewer]

Jim Geraghty: Obama to Unilaterally Rewrite Immigration Policy With 38% Support
"If, as you suspect, President Obama wants Republicans to try to impeach him, this raises the disturbing prospect that the next two years will feature Obama attempting to provoke an impeachment fight by committing more and more acts that violate the Constitution." [rdbrewer]

Alex Griswold: Ron Fournier On Executive Amnesty: ‘A Lot’ Of Hispanics ‘See This As Pandering’
"'We’re missing the big picture here,' he told the panel. 'We’re all assuming Hispanics are going to be for this.... Hispanics know when they’re being pandered to and they’re being used politically, and they can see through this.'" [rdbrewer]
Republicans plan to discuss plans to find out if there is anything in their power to challenge our Emperor. Constitution apparently written in ancient Macedonian language, and therefore any remedy therein is indecipherable. [krak/t]
USA Today: GOP senator warns of violence after immigration order
Tom Coburn. [rdbrewer]

Daniel Payne: When Liberals Use ‘Science’ To Attack Conservatives, They Demean Science
"Science is increasingly just a catch-all word for liberals, a concept that serves as a stand-in for actual debate, with the predictable result that they end up looking like complete fools." "Science" has become part of their religion. [rdbrewer]

Gabe: No, Reagan Did Not Offer An Amnesty By Lawless Executive Order
"Progressive columnists have settled on an old favorite tactic: justify Democratic misbehavior by claiming (falsely, as you will see) that a Republican did it first." Related: Obama’s Pending Immigration Executive Orders Will Betray Progressives. [rdbrewer]

Trey Gowdy: Gruber an ‘Insomniac with Tourette’s Syndrome’ [rdbrewer]
The Constitution is Dead. Long Live the King! Jeff Sessions tells it like it is. [krak/t]

Joseph Curl: Obama sets off on scorched-earth rampage
"President Obama, fresh off a shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections — in which he made himself a centerpiece, much to the chagrin of embattled Democrats — is about to embark on a scorched-earth rampage that will change the face of America forever." [rdbrewer]
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