January 20, 2018

Saturday Overnight Open Thread (1/20/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Wish you were here)

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 01-20-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

Animation

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When I was growing up, movie animation was the Disney movies from the 90s. The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin. They were ubiquitous and formative about my views on what animation should look and feel like. They became, in a word, the standard in my mind.

I'm using the word standard a bit more pejoratively than I expected. I equate it to standard features on a car. Do you get excited about power steering, seat belts, or air conditioning anymore? Probably not. They're what you expect, and when looking at a new car, you take those elements for granted.

I bring this up because I've seen some things over the last few years that have really opened my eyes about the beauty of hand-drawn animation, and each one has the distinct value of being made by someone other than the Walt Disney Company. What made me fall in love with animation as an art form was those films that looked, moved, and felt different from Disney, while also being beautiful. I've previously talked about the 1971 short film version of A Christmas Carol and how I love it because it looks like the sketches from the book come to life. It's that sort of thing that sparks my imagination and gets me looking.

I'll admit it, though, I think my love of animation has begun to override my other critical impulses.


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Mini Chess Thread 01-20-2018

—OregonMuse

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A Real Man's Study

Remember, the chess thread is (also) an open thread, so it is impossible to post a comment that is OT.

Easier Problem - White To Play (606)

I think that the correct first move is rather obvious. So obvious, in fact, that many of you will probably be tempted to immediately yell "Woohoo! Solved another one!" and run a victory lap. Not so fast. Because Black has a reply that will render your first move null and void, and you'll be stuck -- unless, of course, you find the correct White response. So your answer should be of the form:

1. White's KILLER first move: ________________
2. Black's AWESOME response: ________________
3. White's DEVASTATING finish:________________



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LOL: Manhattan DA Seizes Newsweek Servers As Part of "Long-Running" Probe Into Financial Improprieties

—Ace

Police seized six thousand pounds of uncut clickbait, with a street value of twenty-two buck, from Newsweek's servers.

Newsweek itself is left to report on its own humiliation, because no one else cares enough to do so s.

Investigators for the Manhattan district attorney raided Newsweek's offices on Thursday, removing 18 computer servers as part of a long-running probe into the company’s finances, according to witnesses.

The investigators, armed with a search warrant, took photographs and gathered information about the servers and their capacity, according to sources close to the matter. Throughout the day, investigators were seen closely examining the equipment inside the server room.

At about 4 p.m., investigators removed servers and loaded them onto a cart and into the freight elevator of the company’s lower Manhattan offices. The servers they took were not being used, and Newsweek's working servers remain operational in the company's building.

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A grand jury investigation of Newsweek Media Group, formerly known as IBT Media, has been ongoing for at least 17 months, according to a source familiar with the matter. The probe was likely looking at loans the company took out to purchase the servers.

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"The company is stable and on a firm financial footing," said Dev Pragad, chief executive of Newsweek Media Group. "In December, we saw the largest audience and revenue numbers in our history." He declined to comment further.

One sign that a company is on firm financial footing is the spectacle of armed policemen wheeling your recently-bought computer equipment into custody.

The article mentions massive debts and laid-off workers -- I guess that's why Newsweek's clickbait game has been so Aziz Ansari-like it its insistence.

Posted by Ace at 04:37 PM Comments

Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Where today is a non-political open thread.

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 03:00 PM Comments

Saturday Gardening Thread: Pickle-O [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Phoenix Nasturtium

Happy winter Saturday, gardeners! Doing some garden planning? You probably knew that you could eat nasturtium flowers and young leaves. But did you know that you could pickle green nasturtium seed pods to make Poor Man's Capers (or California Capers)?

If you didn't check back on last week's thread on Sunday, Pat* had an interesting summary from Idaho, as usual. Hyacynths showing some green already! Anyway, she and her husband are looking for a pickling cucumber they can also use for salads. Have you got a favorite?

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: State of Unreality [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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New California?

Happy Saturday from the prospective state of New California! This week, Ace had his own twist on the proposed secession of New California from the old, progressive, coastal part of California. But the original proposal means that the poor part of California wants to separate from the rich part of California. Out of desperation.

Think about that.

Meanwhile, J.J. Sefton picked up a piece on California's AG Threatening to prosecute private citizens, mostly small employers, who cooperated with ICE in enforcing federal law. Lots of small employers in New California.

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Meanwhile, MORE cost over-runs on the initial phase of California's (not so) High Speed Rail have been announced. Note that the Central Valley phase of the project is entirely within New California, which would rather spend the money on Pat Brown's water storage plans than on his son's high speed rail boondoggle. The initial construction packages are especially useless to well-heeled commuters.

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EMT 01/20/18

—krakatoa

You'd think that the weekend is no big deal to the unemployed. But it still feels like the weekend.

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ONT Potpourri

—WeirdDave

Friday night, end of the week, bottom of the barrel. Let's shake things up and see what falls out of the ONT goodie bag. Hmm, what's first? Why it's the Captcha from hell, of course!

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Interesting Point on #MeToo/The Aziz Azari Incident

—Ace

The big lie of feminism, Faith Moore writes, is that men and women are exactly alike. Not just equal -- exactly alike.

Including as regards attitudes towards disposable, nigh-anonymous sex.

Which isn't true, of course, and leads to wild, hysterical accusations:

[I]t begins something like this: Men and women are exactly the same. And women have been oppressed. So anything typically "female" is just a sign of oppression.... So everyone should want to be more like men.

Which leads us to this: If everyone needs to act like men, everyone must feel the same way about sex that men do. So women should want to engage in random hookups and meaningless sex. So -- even though she consents -- if anything feels wrong about that, it must be the man's fault for making her feel violated since it can't be that meaningless sex isn’t actually what women want. So she must be a victim.

You have to add in the victimization fetish, and female supremacism -- you're always right, Girl, and he's always wrong -- but yeah, that's a pretty good point.

I don't have much clever to add, but I would make these two somewhat obvious points:

1. There is nothing a man and a woman can do alone in an apartment that they can't do in a public area, except for the one thing they can only do when alone.

If you want to talk, great, stay out together at a bar or coffee shop or desert cafe. If you want to watch a movie together, get this, go see a movie. You don't have to go into someone's apartment alone and "Netflix and Chill" to see a movie.

My point is, this girl went up to this guy's apartment. That doesn't mean she's consented to be sexually assaulted or anything like that, but it surely means she's consented to permitting him to try to persuade her to have sex.

Otherwise -- what is the point of being alone in an apartment with him? Again, there's nothing a man and a woman can do when they're alone that they can't do when they're out in public, except that one thing.

This wasn't an office or an interview situation. This was a date, which then proceeded to an upstairs invite, as Seinfeld would say.

What was her preconception of what a dude would try to do behind closed doors?

Again, not saying that this justifies sexual assault on anyone, but if you go into a situation where people usually Do The Sex you can't be astonished and hurt that the guy actually thinks you might want to Do The Sex.

2. That said, Azari seems to have been pretty aggressive.

3. But that said, she never left (at least until she did). I saw some people arguing that it's hard for a woman to say no. That she doesn't want to make a scene, or make the guy feel bad. Etc.

But she didn't have to do any of those things. She can just do what everyone in the world does: Yawn and say "I have to get up early tomorrow, I should get going."

No drama. Just end the date with a minimum of drama and fuss.

Again, yeah, Azari (per this account) seems to have been very insistent and persistent in his drive to get easy sex, but... at some point, did she not realize the end-game he had in mind? Why not just... leave?

I think this gets back to the Faith Moore's point -- it's because she didn't want easy, casual, nigh-anonymous sex. She actually hoped that this would be some kind of prelude to dating him or something, but she can't admit that -- not empowering! A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle! -- and she's conditioned to believe that Fun Frisky Sexy Feminists are always DTF, and she's a fun, frisky, sexy feminist.

So she counterfeits her actual desires to herself, and also, to Aziz Azari, who is not exactly insane for thinking a woman who comes up to his apartment and engages in making out and oral sex might be interested in sex, and, having pretended to be, against her own instincts, to be a Fun Frisky Sexy Feminist who's always DTF because that's So Empowering And Stuff, gives off "non-verbal cues" that she doesn't want to have sex while actually obliging (reluctantly, it seems) in oral sex and masturbation.

She's confused about what she wants, Aziz Azari is confused about what she wants (but pretty damn sure of what he wants), and feels hurt and used and treated like a causal sex object, more or less because she was treated like a casual sex object, and that's more or less because it's now become Industry Standard that Fun Frisky Sexy Feminists are supposed to be cool with being casual sex objects -- So Empowering! -- and alleged Feminist Allies like Aziz Azari have learned that too.

And if this leads to bad feelings and bruised emotions well, gotta be a man to blame.

Night! I'm sure there will be more twists and turns in the Shutdown soap-opera but I think it's likely we'll have a shutdown so I don't feel like waiting up for confirmation.

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Posted by Ace at 08:32 PM Comments

Male Writer for MeAgain Kelly Fired After Reporting "Toxic and Demeaning" Workplace Culture in Which Female Producers Bullied Lower-Ranking Employees

—Ace

Remember, NBC ordered personnel to report -- to snitch on -- anyone behaving badly in the workplace. NBC promised there would be no negative consequences for so reporting bad behavior (and, in fact, they promised there could be negative consequences for failing to snitch).

A dude snitched on MeAgain's Valkyries.

And... he's fired.

Because, of course he is.

Now of course, it's possible this guy was on his way out anyway and maybe tried to report "toxic and demeaning" bullying to make himself unfireable... we'll see what MeAgain says about it -- if anyone in the media even dares to ask her about it.

I mean, men can't be discriminated against or bullied. Everyone knows that.

Thanks to ArthurK./@comradearthur.

Posted by Ace at 07:33 PM Comments

New NBC Poll: Democrat Advantage on Generic Congressional Ballot Falls from +11 to +6

—Ace



Yesterday I posted about an NPR/Marist poll showing the Democrat advantage falling from +13 to +6, so these polls mutually confirm each other.

There's also this:



Here's the article, headlined: CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats.

As Democrats push a Shutdown, the public now retracts its supposed support for DACA and says "keep the government open, and who cares about DACA."

Given that the public opinion stars are aligning to tell Republicans they're in a much stronger position than the (typically retarded) conventional wisdom had had it a week ago, I expect this is the perfect time for Republicans to #SurrenderTheirWives.

Posted by Ace at 05:16 PM Comments

What about your GAINZZZZ, brah?

—OregonMuse

I saw the orthopedic surgeon who did my shoulder replacement a week ago Thursday; he was happy with what he saw on the X-Ray, but perhaps not so much on my range-of-motion progress because he wrote orders to my therapists instructing them to "get aggressive" with their therapy. So I know they went home and starting poring through books they have in their libraries such as 'Insane Tortures of the Nazis' and 'Aztec Cult Initiation Pain Rituals' as well as 'Extreme Yoga' by Guru Mahirajah Manalishi Mahesh Mariachi (also known as 'The Amazing Rubber Man') looking for ideas.

So, with its own strength, I can raise my right arm straight out in front of me pretty much horizontal, but no further. Call that 0 degrees as a baseline. With the pulley contraption, I can hoist it up to about 35-45 degrees so that it looks like I'm doing a half-assed Nazi salute. So I keep my arm raised about 5-10 seconds, and then lower it. I can do 5-6 reps and then it hurts too bad to continue. I'm doing this exercise 4-6 times per day.

It stops hurting immediately after I stop lifting it, so I'm OK.

Here's another thing I can't do: With your arms at your sides, raise your forearm to a horizontal position while keeping your elbow at your side. Got that? OK, now swing your arm out away from you while your elbow remains stationary. What is enablng you to do that is called "external rotation" and I have virtually none in my right arm. So the range-of-motion exercise for this is me holding a cane and gently push my arm out, only I can't do it very extensively because it immediately starts to hurt like a mother Fokker (yes, those German WWI airplanes were not comfortable to fly) and I can get maybe 5 degrees of rotation. I'm told this will be the most difficult motion to restore, and the surgeon says I may never get some of it back.

But I am making progress and I can now reach for some things and do some things with my right arm that I couldn't a couple of weeks ago. I'm a little over 3 months post-injury, and they tell me recovery will take about a year, so I have a ways to go. One other thing, though: When I watch old westerns or cop shows and somebody gets shot in the shoulder and then he's perfectly functional after the next commercial break, I just laugh and laugh.

I now believe that if I were to get shot, the last part of my body I would want to get shot would be my shoulder.

So those are my GAINZZZZ... What about yours, brah?

Update: For those of you who don't know, here is my account of what I did to lose range-of-motion in my right shoulder/arm.

Posted by OregonMuse at 03:58 PM Comments

Putin's Master Plan to Install a Pawn In the White House Who Would Greatly Amp Up Energy Production and Thereby Decimate the Russian Oil-Based Economy Is Nearly Compete

—Ace

In 2018, the US is expected to overtake both Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's greatest oil producer.

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Some NeverTrumpers immediately objected to this development, noting that as the US becomes energy-independent it gives them less pretext to start and lose wars in the Middle East.

Oh, and also Russia Something Kompromat.


Posted by Ace at 03:56 PM Comments

NFL Playoffs Ratings Plunge by 23 Million

—Ace

Yup.

Yep, every single game was down, no matter how good the games were. And, remember, three of these games were highly competitive in the divisional round this year. Whereas last year only two of the games were competitive. Hell, three of the four windows even feature one of the same teams from last year. And yes, I know, the Cowboys and the Packers played last year and those are the two biggest fan base draws in the NFL, but even if you pull that game out the numbers for the other three games also declined double digits. (The three other games were down 15.3%, 10.4% and 5.6%)

Adding all these numbers up 120.8 million viewers watched the NFL divisional round playoffs in 2018 vs. 144.1 million who watched in 2017, a decline of 23.3 million total viewers.

It's bad enough that Stephen Smith says the NFL needs Tom Brady to get healthy and the Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl in order to avoid a total NFL ratings debacle.

"The NFL has had a rough season, we know why: the protests, the ratings, the negative publicity, all of this other stuff, things that had nothing to do with play on the field most of the time. It’s sullied this brand to some degree, and has obviously raised the eyebrows of folks inside and outside the NFL," Smith said during the lead-in to his Friday "First Take" broadcast.

He continued, "Now you have the Super Bowl coming up. You have a five-time Super Bowl champion, a league M.V.P. multiple times over, a guy that's obviously considered one of, if not the greatest, quarterbacks in the history of football. You remove him from the Super Bowl, and what do you have? Blake Bortles against Case Keenum or Nick Foles. Are you kidding me? The NFL needs Tom Brady desperately, there is no doubt about that, more so than ever before. He is holding the National Football League in the palm of his hands right now, because what’s the Super Bowl without him this year?"


On a personal note, this is the first year I am almost entirely NFL-free. Though I haven't really watched the NFL for a few years, I did occasionally check in with the Giants' standings or click on a sports site to see clips from some games.

This year, I did none of that. I was only vaguely aware that Giants were having a bad season, even by mid-season. I wasn't even full sure of that. When I mentioned this to a friend I used to watch the Giants with, I was vague about the Giants having a losing season -- I vaguely said "How about those Giants?" and waited for him to confirm or deny that they sucked - because I wasn't even sure they had a losing season. Heck, maybe they just had another mediocre season. (Spoiler alert: They did in fact have a very losing season.)

I did not know the playoffs started a couple of weeks ago until I saw Hot Air mention it Saturday afternoon.

I did not know who was playing in the playoffs. In prior years, I at least had some basic sense of the contenders, if not the just-barely-snuck-in-wildcards.

This year, I had no idea. The only teams I know for a fact are in it are the Patriots (saw a headline yesterday that Brady had injured his hand) and the Steelers. (I think on that last one -- I don't know if they won or not.)

No idea at all on the NFC side. Atlanta, maybe?

(No, I think Atlanta lost. First I thought Atlanta won because John Ekdahl is calling himself "Sacksonville" on Twitter, which I thought was a sarcastic, bitter insult to his team, which I figured must have gotten sacked a lot. Now I'm guessing that they did the sacking themselves, and so this is a rare not-sarcastic remark from Ekdahl.)

Oh- I did see a fleeing bit of footage of late-game touchdown in the Baltimore-New Orleans game -- Neil Cavuto played it-- so I guess I know, now that I bother to probe my memory, that Baltimore is in it. (But have they lost yet? I don't know!)

This year may be the first year I completely blow off the Super Bowl. Even if the Dreamy Tom Brady does start in it.

Maybe I also blew off last year's game; I forget. I know one recent year I didn't watch the first half, but tuned in for most of the second after I got the impression from social media and blog comments that it was a competitive game.

Anyway, not really feeling I'm missing anything. Looks like 23 million other people are not really missing anything along with me.

What about you guys? If you've stopped watching, what phase are you in? Are you in the phase I was in two years ago (watched some clips and recaps), last year (checked the paper occasionally, watched an occasional game digest on YouTube), or this year (only saw one football play by accident on Neil Cavuto)?

Posted by Ace at 02:39 PM Comments

Trump Speaks at March for Life Rally

—Ace


I'm sure the True Conservative Sissies will tell us that it's important for presidents not to acknowledge pro-life rallies, because such a noble cause should not be sullied with actual TV exposure or whatever other jackass reason they may invent to justify bowing to their leftist masters.

Posted by Ace at 12:52 PM Comments

#ReleaseTheMemo: Congressmen, Government Officials Tout Report on FISA Abuse They Say Will Rock Country and Implicate Obama

—Ace

Sara Carter had this story last night:

A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is "explosive," stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.

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[A senior] government official said that after reading the document "some of these people should no longer be in the government."

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But the government official, who viewed the document said "it will be tough for a lot of people to see this and especially the media, which has been attempting to deemphasize the dossier. It's going to punch a hole in their collusion narrative."



Okay, so that's what people who are just hearing about the FISA Abuse report are saying. Here's what two of the Congressmen who actually read it say:


Update: #WokeAF.



Posted by Ace at 11:34 AM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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Wow. We chimps try to protect our own. At the very least we would have thrown poo at him. We certainly wouldn't have protected him and abetted his vile crimes.

What MSU knew: 14 were warned of Nassar abuse: 8 women reported abuse claims, at least one of which reached president

The MSU administration knew what this guy was doing. The campus Keystone Kops knew what he was doing. The coaches and trainers knew what he was doing. Hell, even some lawyer knew what he was doing.

So the next time some asshat defends the idea of universities doing their own criminal investigations , throw this case in his face. These reprehensible maggots did nothing when little girls were being molested, because it would have been awkward to come forward, and maybe their nice income derived from the gymnastic program would be cut off. So they did nothing, and the monster continued his evil ways.

Everyone involved should be fired and then charged with child endangerment. Starting with the president of the university.

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Posted by CBD at 11:10 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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John Collier

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Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 1/19/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. We end the week with the bombshell revelations, which in point of fact are the confirmation of our now long-held suspicions, that the fabricated Trump "dossier" was in fact used as a pretext to illegally obtain a FISA warrant as legal cover to spy on first the Trump campaign in order to derail it and then the nascent Trump Administration to for all intents and purposes overthrow it. It also had a parallel goal of obfuscating Hillary's and Obama's real crimes by manufacturing evidence that "see, Trump did it too, so no big deal" or something like that.

As of now, key Republicans are pushing to have this smoking gun, nay, still-flaming howitzer, released to the public while the Democrats, many of whom being part of this "investigation" can be considered co-conspirators in the coverup if not the actual crime, are desperately trying to keep it secret.

And in a not necessarily unrelated story, at least from the standpoint of the lawlessness and lust for raw power of the Establishment and the Leftist-Democrat movement, the Attorney General of California, one Xavier Becerra, is now threatening citizens of his state with prosecution if they cooperate with Federal agents in the exercising of their legal authority to investigate and arrest any illegal aliens within that state. First, recall that when Becerra as a Congressman was chairman of the House Democrat Caucaus, there was a massive data breach by their IT aides the Awan brothers, which then DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz desperately attempted to cover up. No doubt in my mind that whatever data that was stolen by the Awans must have included clear evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Obama, both Clintons, their aides and key figures in the federal law enforcement and intel communities, related to the Trump campaign as well as most likely the shadier elements of the patently shady Iran nuke deal and other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Circling back, Becerra's now thug-like threats against his citizenry is apparently in response to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's announcement that the agency intends to arrest mayors and other civic leaders of so-called "sanctuary cities" if they refuse to cooperate with law enforcement in the arrest and deportation of illegal aliens in their jurisdictions. Is it just me or is this insurrection? And what happens when Federal ICE agents actually show up in California to start arresting people or even just to set up offices? Will Becerra and Jerry Brown instruct their state police to "resist?" Never has the expression "Mexican standoff" had a more charged double meaning than right there.

Re-circling back once more to the lead, said Rep Scott Perry of Virginia:

"You think about it, 'is this happening in America or is this the KGB?' That's how alarming this is."

Now take the lead story, the one about Becerra, the actual Soviet-style labeling of political dissidents and opponents (in this case President Trump) as "insane," the nakedly illegal and unconstitutional power grabs by judges to block the legal functioning of the Executive branch, the weaponization of the IRS, DoJ, EPA and other agencies to oppress the citizenry, the normalization and instigation of physical violence against conservatives and others, the silencing and censorship of anti-leftist voices in social and other media, and myriad other examples of "the resistance" within the Federal bureaucracy as well as Democrat-controlled state and local governments and you've got yourself a situation.

In my life, I've always been jaded about politics and political parties but I guess I was blind, willfully or otherwise, to the fact that we indeed no longer have a republic that is even marginally functioning as intended; the people being in control of their destinies and those they elect charged with carrying out their wishes via legislation that is lawfully enacted, faithfully executed and either upheld or overturned in legitimate courts of law by jurists whose loyalty is to the ultimate guidepost, the Constitution.

It pains me to have to write this but we are living in, for all intents and purposes a first world shit-hole. We don't see it because we live in relative comfort, have access to clean water, sanitation, don't go hungry and can pursue our life's goals relatively unmolested - that is if you don't think too much about the bureaucracy that controls or at least touches on every aspect of your life and profits off of it, but that is another story. Yes, we live in a shit-hole because petty thugs and crooks who want to maintain that power and control with like minded-thugs "elected" by the low-information lumpenproletariat got the shock of their life when the latter dared defy them and elect a man whom they despise personally and fear openly because he is committed to their metaphorical eradication.

If we are to restore any semblance of the rule of law and preserve what's left of the civil society, then at a minimum people at the top have got to be punished, and severely. I'm looking right at James Comey and that's just for starters. If he and all the others (and I think it's fairly obvious who I am referring to) do not face prison and have their assets seized, then G-d help us.

Lots of other stuff including primarily the shutdown follies among other things. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:13 AM Comments

Thursday Night's ONT has Taken Off Its Considering Cap

—WeirdDave

What does that even mean? Has Dave been drinking again? Well, no, but that's exactly what it means. Benjamin Franklin compiled a list of terms for being drunk. I like antiquated words. I always promise myself that I'll start using them, but I rarely do. For example, this is a word that I personally would use a lot, if I remembered it:

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More good ones here and here.

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Posted by WeirdDave at 10:08 PM Comments

Blue Wave Receding? New Marist Poll Shows Democratic Advantage in Congressional Midterms Plummeting

—Ace

It had reached a high of +13, but now it's fallen to about half that, +6.

Wait until the Democrats shut down the American government to keep foreigners illegally in-country.

And the economy's still heating up. It hasn't hit top heat yet.

So maybe the Democrats should stop s***ing each other's d***s.

Nah. It's what they love.

Thursday's poll found more welcome news for Republicans among registered voters who identify as Independents.

Among those voters, Republicans led by 2 points, with 38 percent of those voters saying they’d vote for the GOP candidate, while 36 percent said the Democratic candidate. In December, polling found that Democrats were leading among Independent voters by 11 points.

Ed Morrissey points out that Democrats also tend to underperform their polls in midterm elections.

The blue wave might be a wash-out.

Posted by Ace at 08:42 PM Comments

Luke Rozniak: Pakistani IT Aides Made Unauthorized Access Into Congressional Servers in 2016, Accessing Information from Other Congressmen, and Covering Their Tracks

—Ace

Nothing to see here.

House investigators concluded that Democratic IT aides made unauthorized access to congressional servers in 2016, allegedly accessing the data of members for whom they did not work, logging in as members of Congress themselves, and covering their tracks, according to a presentation summarizing the findings of a four-month internal probe.

Their behavior mirrored a "classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization," and they continued even after orders to stop, the briefing materials allege. There are indications that numerous members' data may have been secretly residing not on their designated servers, but instead aggregated onto one server, according to the briefing and other sources. Authorities said that the entire server was then physically stolen.

When acting on the findings, Democratic leadership appear to have misrepresented the issue to their own members as solely a matter of theft, a comparison of the investigators' findings with Democrats' recollections and a committee's public statement shows, leading 44 Democrats to not conduct protective measures typically taken after a breach -- including informing constituents whose personal information may have been exposed.

The presentation, written by the House's Office of the Inspector General, reported under the bold heading "UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS" that "5 shared employee system administrators have collectively logged into 15 member offices and the Democratic Caucus although they were not employed by the offices they accessed."

It found indications that a House "server is being used for nefarious purposes and elevated the risk that individuals could be reading and/or removing information" and "could be used to store documents taken from other offices." The server was that of the House Democratic Caucus, a sister group of the DNC that was run at the time by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Ace at 07:47 PM Comments

Democrats Have the Votes to Shut Down Government

—Ace

The media is already downplaying this -- and claiming it's really Republicans' fault, anyway.

The possibility of a government shutdown grew dramatically Thursday as House and Senate GOP leaders struggled to round up the votes to keep the government open past midnight Friday...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to have a serious problem.

Senate Democrats said they're confident they have the votes to block the stop-gap spending bill that the House is taking up, according to two Democratic senators and a senior party aide. And top Senate Republicans are openly worried about the situation as they struggle to keep their own members in the fold.

Democrats are about to shut down the government over a policy dispute -- something they portrayed as a cataclysmic threat to America's stability when Republicans did the same in 2014 -- and it's Mitch McConnell who has the problem? He has to appease the Democrats?

Funny, the media didn't seem to think it was the Democrats' duty to repeal Obamacare as Republicans wanted in 2014.

Why the flip-flop, media?

Related thoughts from John Sexton, who questions Politico's framing in the same way I do. But i'm not copying, honest! -- This post has been in draft for hours.

By the way, the House Freedom Caucus is now attempting their own gamesmaship in the House, saying they won't vote for the CR on the House side unless all of the FISA Abuse report is made public.

Democrats, of course, are blocking that, while at the same time claiming they want "transparency."

BTW: This report has now been cleared for reading by all Congressmen. As Byron York suggests, this is probably a step towards making it publicly available.

One way or the other -- now that it's in 535 people's hands, plus their staff members cleared to read it, it's very very leakable.

And I hear it's gonna be a doozy.

Posted by Ace at 06:10 PM Comments

Soft Putty-like Sub-Man Chris Cilliza Snarks At Trump's Lack of Exercise

—Ace

Bro, do you even lift?

Don't avoid the question, bro. Do. You. Even. Lift?

Ah, I'm just kidding, Big Guy. I know you don't lift.

By the way, John King, the newsreader for the video report (available at CNN's clickbait site), sure appears to be a... a very stout fellow, let us say.

He doesn't resemble the sort of ruffian who would be so ungallant to reject the advances of a young, comely donut.

Anyway, it's just remarkable to see CNN men (evidence needed) in their 30s goofing on a guy in his 70s for... you know, being as chubby and inactive as they are.

I think Chris Cilliza and Brian Stelter and assorted other fatties have decided that opening the freezer and pulling out a tub of Haagen-Dasz ice cream constitutes a standing horizontal row.

And from the Free Beacon: Let's compare the media's conspiracy theories about Trump's health -- which they themselves acknowledge as "Girtherism" -- to their extreme defensiveness about any questions concerning Hillary Clinton's.

The obese Brian Stelter plays a starring role here, both ginning up Girther conspiracy theories as well as declaring all questions about Hillary "Had a Seizure, Lost a Shoe" Clinton's health to be "talk radio" conspiracy theories.

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Yesterday, CNN Opened a Whole New Field of #FakeNews: Fake Remote Medical Diagnosis

—Ace

Yesterday CNN, a degenerate den of #FakeNews addicts who can't stop sucking the pipe, claimed that Trump definitely had heart disease based on a guideline that "some" cardiologists use to predict future heart disease.

It was typical CNN.

[O]on Wednesday morning Gupta, who did not examine Trump, took Jackson’s data and declared that Trump has heart disease, prompting instant ridicule from people on both sides of the political aisle.


"This is math. This is based on the numbers that Dr. Jackson provided," Gupta said. "The president has heart disease."

After being ridiculed for his remote diagnosis based on a guideline that "some" cardiologists use (why didn't he tell us about the ones that don't use it, and their reasons for not using it?), he seemed to walk this dramatic TV-friendly clickbait claim back into something less juicy.

Gupta eventually followed up his on-air report by doubling down with an article on CNN's website.

"Like most men of his age, President Donald Trump has a common form of heart disease, relatively easy to address if he increases the dose of his cholesterol-lowering medication and makes necessary lifestyle changes," he wrote.

Peter J. Hanson fact-checked Gupta's claims (Note: Gupta is a neurosurgeon, not a cardiologist, and should probably avoid attempting to overrule someone's personal doctor using a fairly esoteric test).

Diagnosis: #FakeNews.

Using the results of Trump’s medical exam from Dr. Jackson, The Daily Caller calculated Trump's risk of heart attack or similar heart disease. According to that algorithm, Trump’s risk from heart attack or other coronary heart disease is just 4.1 percent each year for the next 10 years. (Feel free to replicate our results here.)

Additionally, Trump’s coronary calcium score of 133 is lower than the mean for men his age, according to MESA, making Trump’s score a sign of above average heart health.

CNN’s coverage left out those details and cast doubt on Jackson’s confidence in Trump's heart health. The network instead painted a picture where Trump's heart health is of serious concern.

CNN "New Day" host Alisyn Camerota described Trump’s heart health as "troubling" on Wednesday morning. "The president has heart disease. Those numbers qualify him for having heart disease," Gupta agreed, adding that he, too, finds it "concerning."

Trump's better-than-average-for-his-age plaque level? Deeply troubling.

This? Not troubling at all.

Posted by Ace at 04:28 PM Comments

Apple Says It Will Repatriate $250 Billion to US in Next Five Years, Add 20,000 Jobs in the US

—Ace

Actually, they say they'll be "contributing" $350 billion ($100 billion more than the $250 billion they have in foreign accounts) to America. They might be talking about another $100 billion in capital investments in the US, plus the impact of adding 20,000 jobs. They might also be contemplating direct donations to charitable causes or starting their own charitable foundation, as some companies have done in the wake of tax reform.

Not sure how they come to that particular $350 billion figure.

But anyway, they're bringing practically all their offshore money into the US, and will wind up paying $38 billion in taxes (to America) for that privilege.



Preview of the media headlines:

Thousands of Americans Feared Dead Under Avalanche of Cash Money

Grotesque Orange Tyrant "Makes It Rain" On Heads of Minority Schoolchildren

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reviews Trump's Medical Records and Concludes, "What a Fag"

Posted by Ace at 03:10 PM Comments

Cops Raid #FakeNews Clickbait Webzine Newsweek?

—Ace

So claims an site called TheOutline.com, which I've read occasionally for opinion. I don't know how strong their reportage side is.

More than a dozen police showed up this morning at the office that serves as the shared headquarters for Newsweek magazine and IBT Media, which rebranded in 2017 as Newsweek Group, according to multiple sources who were present.

The reason for the visit was not clear, but one employee said police were taking photos of the company's servers...

The NYPD said the officers weren't theirs. The Manhattan DA declined to comment, the article says.

By the way, "News"week put out a clickbait article claiming that, based on a claim that Trump takes some medication for his hair, that means he might, maybe, possibly be impotent.

Yup.

Here's what an insider at "News"week has to say about what "News"week has become:



Oh, I forgot, they published this, too.



It's just embarrassing.

And... Newsweek was also the proud originator of yesterday's absurd clickbait claim that noted cuck David French "said" that we shouldn't fear a nuclear strike, because it would only kill minorities and Democrats.


Posted by Ace at 02:05 PM Comments

Senior Policy Adviser to Senator Patty Murray: "This Office Does Not Care About Anti-Semitism"

—Ace

I'm totes surprised to see the left accommodating itself to the rampant antisemitism found in third world shitholes.

Elizabeth Harrington for the Free Beacon:

A senior policy adviser to Democratic senator Patty Murray (Wash.) said her office in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions does "not care about anti-Semitism," according to two people who attended the meeting.

The HELP committee is currently weighing the nomination of Ken Marcus as assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education. Marcus has been the target of an aggressive campaign waged by leading anti-Israel groups seeking to derail his nomination. Marcus has worked to combat the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses and is the founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a pro-Israel group.

During a meeting on November 28 with Sarah N. Stern, a former colleague of Marcus and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, a senior adviser to Murray on the HELP committee told Stern the committee does not "care about anti-Semitism in this office."

"We don't care about anti-Semitism in this office," Murray's senior adviser said. "We care about transgenders, we care about blacks, we care about Hispanics, we care about gays, we care about lesbians, we care about the disabled."

"We don't care about anti-Semitism in this office," he said.

Posted by Ace at 01:11 PM Comments

Of Course: Hillary Clinton Hatchet-Man Sydney Blumenthal Was "Interviewed," For Some Reason, by the FBI In Connection With the Fake "Steele" Dossier

—Ace

What if it wasn't the Steele Dossier? What if it was the Blumenthal Dossier with Steele's name on it to make it stink less of self-interest?

Pure speculation on my part. But Blumenthal was being paid $10,000 per month by the Clinton Foundation as a "consultant" -- including running a "private intelligence network" along with a former CIA officer named Drumheller.

I'd like to know why, exactly, the FBI thought they needed to interview Sidney Blumenthal about this dossier which I'm sure he had nothing to do with.

Sidney Blumenthal, a former journalist and a close friend of Clinton, was interviewed by the FBI in 2016 regarding the dossier that alleged Trump colluded with Russia, the sources stated. Department of Justice officials, however, declined to comment on Blumenthal or the dossier.

FBI officials declined to comment.

Blumenthal did not return a phone call seeking comment.

And "Sid Vicious" was one of the most ferociously conspiratorial of the Clinton partisans:

After the 2016 presidential election, Blumenthal told Dutch TV Nieuwsuur that Clinton's loss to Trump "was the result of a cabal of right-wing agents of the FBI in the New York office attached to Rudy Giuliani, who was a member of Trump's campaign."

"I think it's not unfair to call it a coup," said Blumenthal.

"A coup, even?" the reporter said.

Blumenthal added, "yeah, a coup d'etat."

A theory is starting to form in my head: Hillary's team cooked up the Dossier and attempted to get an FBI file opened on Trump after the email investigation into Hillary began -- so that she could say "It's not just me being investigated, it's both of us. You mean, wipe with the cloth?"

And of course Comey's FBI went along.

Posted by Ace at 11:54 AM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Did you know that New York City actually has laws that limit the size of the soft drinks you can purchase? So when the progressives are all out there chanting "my body my choice", it only applies to a woman who wants to murder her unborn child, not if she wants to drink a large Pepsi."

The 45th Annual March for Life is scheduled for tomorrow, January 19th. It will be underreported by the MSM.


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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:29 AM Comments

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—CBD

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Dancing Shoes
Helene Schjerfbeck

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 1/18/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Thursday finds us with a wealth of linkages so let's get right into it. First thing that caught my eye is investigators in Las Vegas have now announced that they now have other possible suspects under investigation in last year's Mandalay Bay mass shooting massacre. This whole thing has smelled wrong from the outset and seemingly disappeared from the headlines almost overnight. Wherever this leads, it needs to be in the cold light of day for all the world to see. The top echelons of the Federal Law Enforcement and National Security communities' collective reputation is in the toilet as it is, and it does not need to be saddled with being rightly suspected of yet another coverup.

Moving right along, we have several links covering the intertwined issues of the budget, government shutdown shit-show and DACA/Amnesty. On the political front, I think the President has painted the Democrats into a corner. First, their base and even many of their foot soldiers in Congress oppose Trump no matter what and want nothing to do that gives him a win. Yet to sideline DACA would enrage the already unhinged base and so the Party leadership has said no budget without DACA and, despite their claims to the contrary, will be seen to be responsible for any government shutdown (the fact that very little really shuts down as we all know) in the eyes of the public. Plus, PDT will no doubt make a big deal out of the fact that the Democrats would rather place foreigners here illegally over that of American citizens, especially the military who I understand will feel the bite of a shutdown in their wallets. Military Morons please weigh in on this.

And in related news, we have the story of an illegal alien fiend on trial for murdering two California cops, pulling a Cory Booker in court and boasting he'll escape and kill more. Remember, Dick Les "Dicky" Durbin himself has said that his number one mission in Congress is to protect illegal aliens. To Dicky's point, naturally, we cannot lump all the wonderful DREAMers in with this bastard. But, Dicky, you must remember; if repatriating all 800,000 of them saves even ONE life...

Meanwhile, a key staffer for Democrat "Peppermint" Patty Murray is totes fine with anti-semitism so long as it keeps a filthy "Yahood" Trump nominee from becoming an assistant secretary at the Dept. of Education. The Democrat Joo-hate freak-flag is flying in the breeze, as we have seen all during the Obama Reign of Error, and continues to do so. In somewhat related news, the Holocaust-denying head of "partner for peace" Palestinians, Mahmoud Abbas went on a rabid, even for him, tirade against Trump (who I hear has now delayed the Jerusalem embassy move), Joos, Israel and even demanded reparations from the Brits because of the Balfour Declaration. If the "peace process" isn't officially dead (it never really was alive), then it's not at all well. There are the shots, and here's the chaser: Mentally-ill traitor Manning has won the endorsement for Senator from Maryland from Linda Sarsour, the Hamas Louse. Yay.

From hither and yon, we have a court-ordered redrawing of the voting districts in North Carolina that will be in effect before the midterms, several essays about the roaring economy and how the Media will attempt to gaslight America into thinking we're in a Trump-caused Depression, another secret deal between Obama and the Farsis has been revealed.

Lastly, the Fake News Awards, the Fakies, were presented last night and congratulations to pirate radio station CNN. Well done, thumbs.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

UPDATE: Link to Iran Deal fixed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:11 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (1/17/ 18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"If any are discontented with their state here, if any believe that wages or prices, the returns for honest toil, are inadequate, they should not fail to remember that there is no other country in the world where the conditions that seem to them hard would not be accepted as highly prosperous."

Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, Annual Message to Congress, 1892


Quote II

“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.” C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


Quote III

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” Nicolas Chamfort

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:29 PM Comments

Trump's Basic Instincts About the Political War Are Essentially Right, and The Establishment's Sense of It Is Essentially Wrong

—Ace

Very good piece by Joe Katzman for the Daily Caller.

Short version: The right attempts political persuasion. The left, on the other hand, attempts social persuasion -- basically seizing the commanding heights of culture-making institutions and then deciding that espousing some political claims (being pro-gay-marriage) increase social status and that espousing other political claims (being against gay marriage) decrease social status and, indeed, make one a social pariah, fit for ostracism, mass mockery, and internal exile.

The left's method works much better than the right's. It always has and it always will. Because most people don't care about politics all that much -- but nearly everyone (except for the crankiest of contrarians, including some of the current assembled company) cares about their social status.

Having higher social status gets you invites to the Cocktail Party Circuit, which is a real thing, defined broadly (and metaphorically) enough. It makes you datable, it makes you "clubbable," as the old term went.

It can get you promoted at work, particularly if the sort of job you do is a bit vague as far as definite, tangible outputs and thus advancement depends more on how upper management feels about you.

While the left wing continues winning arguments by not even having arguments at all, instead simply demonizing those who espouse any contrary position, the #SmartSet (citation required) of the establishment right continues believing, apparently earnestly and definitely ridiculously, that if they just out argue their political competitors, they'll change minds.

They won't. Or not enough to actually matter. Because most people don't really care enough about these issues to really engage with them on an intellectual level; they just want to know what to claim to believe so that other people won't think they're weird, and deem them unfriendable, undatable, and poor candidates for promotion inside The Corporation.

Trump's manner of engaging with The Blob of left-wing virtue-signalling and status-conferring is to attempt to degrade the left wing cultural Borg of its own social status, thereby reducing its ability to set tastes, serve as "gatekeepers" of what the right-minded people agree are proper attitudes and beliefs, and demonize dissenters.

This is often ugly -- but that's how the sausage gets made. It does not matter if you produce a well-researched and well-cited bit of argument as to your position if the cultural princelings of the left can simply say "You're a Nazi and you hate women" and thereby, with seven stupid words, raze not only your argument but your entire claim to basic human dignity.

The only way to rob them of that ability is to reduce their own social status to a low level. You cannot confer or reduce social status unless you yourself have a great deal of it.

There's another aspect to this as well: Part of the reason some on the "Reputable Right" continue to act as confirmatory agents of the cultural left's social status. That is, they themselves act as if the cultural left's doyennes are indeed owed deference and do in fact possess high status, and do indeed therefore enjoy the lordly privilege of elevating, or degrading, the social status of those lower in the social hierarchy.

It is, of course, an age-old right of the nobility to confer (lesser) noble status on a commoner -- raising him to a baronet, say -- or to strip a lower-ranking noble of his status.

The establishment right/the self-claimed #SmartSet continues to act as if the cultural left has this lordly power because the lords of the left return the favor in a small way, permitting those on the nominal right who salute the flag of the left to at least attend their courts and hold on to the meager privileges of very low-level nobility.

They're sub-nobles, but at least the lords have recognized their superiority over the commoners and peasants.

Thus, this is a relationship that benefits both the Lords of the Left and its minor courtiers of the right: The minor courtiers of the right reify and confirm the exalted position of the Lords of the Left, while the Lords of the Left confer a small amount of social status on the establishment/liberal-leaning/#SmartSet right. Not a lot of social status, of course-- just enough to say they're better than the rest of the riff-raff.

Just enough that the petty nobles of the subjugated right can call themselves "respectable" in their Lords' eyes.

There is only one way to change this entirely-unacceptable arrangement: that is for the right to greatly increase the social status of at least some cadres of the right, so that some members of the right will themselves have the lordly power to raise and reduce social status.

But that seems almost impossible, and, furthermore, I don't think the right can really agree on which cadre to elevate to lordly status. And of course no one has more social status than the majority of the public agrees they have; who would be convinced if tomorrow most of the right-wing agreed mutually that, say, Brit Hume ought to be considered a National Lord?

The other alternative is, of course, to destroy (or degrade) the social status of the Lords of the Left. That's also hard, but it's easier to destroy than to create.

This involves a lot of base mockery and ridicule, something that the petty nobles of the liberal-leaning nominal right find horrifying when a right-winger does it, but don't seem to notice or at least care that their masters, the Lords of the Left, do nothing but this.

As they do it to other members of the right, not the eager courtiers seeking the blessings of the Lords of the Left, the petty nobility of the right permits it, and even engages in it themselves, to further ingratiate themselves with the courtly class.

The hell with that. It's time for pitchforks and torches.

A shorter way to say this is just to quote Andrew Breitbart: "Politics is downstream of culture."

Breitbart attempted that -- he did not act like a Pet Petty Noble for the true ruling class; rather, he challenged them and humiliated them -- and for that he was savaged by the defenders of the Lords of the Left, like David Frum, who just wouldn't know what to do with himself if the ruling class withdrew his "tolerated" status from him.

Posted by Ace at 07:21 PM Comments

"A Staggering Ignorance:" The Media's Many Predictions That the Tax Cut Would Not Result in Any Wage Increases (or Bonuses)

—Ace

Boy these experts sure are expert at being wrong all the time.

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12-Year-Old Goth Girl "Sassy Jim" Acosta Has Another Emotional Outburst

—Ace

Two of them, actually.

In both cases, he claimed This Is Not America Any Longer.

In one instance, White House aides apparently talked over him for ten seconds to deny him a grandstanding moment of shouting an impertinent question to the president in a joint appearance with a foreign leader for which it had already been stated that Trump would not be taking questions.

Sassy Jim Acosta wrote a meangirl entry in his daily diary he calls Twitter:



Video of this outrage under the fold.

That was Sassy Jim's second cry-up yesterday.

His first was about, of course, immigration.

Goth Girls like poetry (like the Emily Lazarus poem, for example).


As many have asked: Did CNN do any stories about the Human Face of Deportation about Obama? Remember, the leftist media attempted to shield Obama from criticism over his poor record of border security by repeatedly echoing the administration propaganda line that Obama had deported more people than any president in history. Obama's pro-illegal allies even helpfully named him the "Deporter in Chief," so he could take that to market and pose as a border hawk.

If that was true, and the media sure acted as if it was, why were there no stories about all the wonderful illegal aliens being deported under Obama?

The answers are either 1, because the media knew that claim was a propagandistic lie and/or 2, because the media doesn't report negatively about partisan progressive politicians, especially not about Prince Gaylord Urkel.

Posted by Ace at 04:49 PM Comments

Ann Curry: Sexual Harassment Was "Pervasive" at NBC

—Ace

This is the gal, it is much rumored, that Matt Lauer forced out.

Just for background.

She told this to CBS, which also had its own sexual harassment problems.

CURRY: ... I'm trying not to hurt people. And I know what it's like to be publicly humiliated. I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated. And -- and I don't wanna cause that kinda pain to somebody else. But I can say that I -- because you're asking me a very direct question -- I can say that I would be surprised if -- if -- many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment -- that existed. I think it'd be surprising if someone said that they didn't see that. So it was p -- a verbal -- sexual --

KING: All right, let me stick with the -- the -- the --

O'DONNELL: Sorry, sorry -- I just don't, I mean -- she just said verbal sexual harassment was pervasive.

CURRY: Yeah.

She declines to say if Matt Lauer was behind her own firing.

Though virtually everyone assumes he was.

Posted by Ace at 03:39 PM Comments

Whoa: DHS Secretary Nielson Confirms That She's Asked Federal Prosecutors if Political Leaders of Sanctuary Cities Can Be Charged for Criminal Offenses

—Ace

Big, dangerous step, but so is insurrection against the central government, as these criminals have done.

Either secede or comply with the national law, Insurrectionist Rebels.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

"The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available," Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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