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September 16, 2019

Monday Overnight Open Thread (9/16/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“A lot is happening in Washington and across this great country of ours. And it’s because we have a president who is a true leader. And I believe will be regarded as one of this country’s greatest presidents.” Lou Dobbs


Quote II

"They are not dangerous animals. They are trained. They assist me. I have PTSD because of something that happened to me, a very bad thing that happened to me a long time ago,” Texanne McBride-Teahan


Quote III

“This action cost our community many, many millions of dollars in lost commerce,” Sean Teare, a Harris County prosecutor


Quote IV

“My grandmother didn’t get here because she was forging a path for herself, but because she was thinking about other women and other men. Those who look like you, those who do not.” Lauren Secatore


Quote V

“I believe that our country has become excessively punitive and vindictive about remarks that people find offensive or racist and that we need to try and move beyond that if we can,” Presidential candidate Andrew Yang

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Clinton Lawyer and Kavanaugh Smear-Whisperer Max Stier Worked With the Washington Post Since 2016, But Forgot to Mention the Brett Kavanaugh Smears Until Democrats Needed Them in 2018

—Ace of Spades



More: It turns out that Robin Pogrebin wrote the promotional tweet for her promotional article/smear promoting her book that has all the #Woke brigades up in arms.

The left is acting like this is the big scandal here -- not that this article fails to mention that the alleged victim denies any memory of this farcical allegation (which, as far as I can tell, was actually made by Clinton lawyer Max Stier, who claims he "heard" things).

This is the scandal, they're saying: that the tweet used to promote this story said something about penises being harmless. To wit:

Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.

Well, that's, whatever, not a terrific sentence but on the other hand, who cares?

I kind of think the deliberate omission of key information while making a smear for personal economic gain was the bigger sin, but that's just me.

And now, this guy now alleges that the co-author of this article, and the co-author of the book the article is intended to serve as puffery for, wrote this tweet her very own self:

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 08:05 PM Comments



Women's March Cuts Ties With Three Founding Members Accused of Anti-Semitism

—Ace of Spades

Credibly accused.

The Women’s March is cutting ties with three inaugural board members who have been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism, infighting and financial mismanagement — controversies some say have slowed the organization’s progress and diminished its impact.

Co-Chairs Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour stepped down from the board July 15, though the organization has been slow to announce their departures. The Women’s March website continued to host their photos and titles as co-chairs through this week, when the group announced the board turnover.

Reminder: Communist Bernie Sanders, who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, so much did he love that particular antisemitic tyranny, recently tapped Linda Sarsour to be a national spokesbigot.

Background on these antisemites here, by John Sexton.

Well, I'm sure now that they have these terrorist-sympathizers, racists, and antisemites out, it'll be smooth sailing for the Women's March from here on out.

Oh wait, breaking:

New Women’s March Board Member: US Military And ISIS Terrorists Are 'Comparably Evil'

A new board member for the left-wing activist group Women's March has repeatedly compared the U.S. and Israeli militaries to the terrorist groups ISIS and Al Qaeda.

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She justified boycotting "Wonder Woman" in 2017 because lead actress Gail Gadot served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), writing on Facebook and Twitter: "I similarly would not watch a movie where the lead actor or actress were proud of their participation in the US military, ISIS, or Al Qaeda."

"Don't guess, I’ll just tell you, I believe all of them are comparably evil," she added.

Um, no, you boycotted because she's a Jew.

By the way, this specimen is a high-ranking toad at CAIR. So, perfect.


Posted by Ace of Spades at 07:24 PM Comments

Ilhan Omar: When You Think About It, Didn't America Terrorize Muslims After 9/11?

—Ace of Spades



Update: Gangs of Ilhan Omar's constituents are prowling the city looking for Americans to be oppressed by.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 06:06 PM Comments

And Now, Another Episode of "Grampa Joe's Corny Old-Timey Half-Remembered Lies"

—Ace of Spades

This is as true as it gets, friends.

A newly surfaced video clip from 2017 shows Joe Biden recounting a bizarre alleged incident in which he deftly avoided a razor-and-chain fight with a gang leader named Corn Pop, when Biden was serving as the only white lifeguard at a predominately black Delaware pool in the summer of 1962.

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"I learned a lot. And I learned that it makes a difference," Biden said in the 2017 video clip, which documented the ceremony in which the Brown-Burton-Winchester Park was renamed the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Aquatic Center.

"This was the diving board area, and I was one of the guards, and they weren't allowed to -- it was a 3-meter board. And if you fell off sideways, you landed on the damn, er, darn cement over there," Biden said.


Some members of the crowd laughed, apparently at Biden correcting his language, as a small gathering of black children surrounding Biden looked ahead, seemingly disinterested.

"And Corn Pop was a bad dude. And he ran a bunch of bad boys. And back in those days -- to show how things have changed -- one of the things you had to use, if you used Pomade in your hair, you had to wear a baby cap. And so he was up on the board and wouldn't listen to me. I said, 'Hey, Esther, you! Off the board, or I'll come up and drag you off.' Well, he came off, and he said, 'I'll meet you outside.'"

Biden's comments were a reference to competitive swimmer-turned actress Esther Williams, who died in 2013.

"My car was mostly, these were all public housing behind us," Biden continued. "My car - there was a gate on here. I parked my car outside the gate. And he said, 'I'll be waiting for you. He was waiting for me with three guys with straight razors. Not a joke. There was a guy named Bill Wright the only white guy and he did all the pools. He was a mechanic. And I said, 'What am I gonna do?' And he said. 'Come down here in the basement, where all the mechanics- - where all the pool builder is.' You know the chain, there used to be a chain that went across the deep end. And he cut off a six-foot length of chain, and folded it up and he said, 'You walk out with that chain, and you walk to the car and say, 'you may cut me man, but I'm gonna wrap this chain around your head.'"


Biden continued: "I said, 'You're kidding me.'" He said, 'No if you don't, don't come back.' And he was right. So I walked out with the chain. And I walked up to my car. And in those days, you remember the straight razors, you had to bang 'em on the curb, gettin' em rusty, puttin' em in the rain barrel, gettin' em rusty? And I looked at him, but I was smart, then. I said, 'First of all,' I said, 'when I tell you to get off the board, you get off the board, and I'll kick you out again, but I shouldn't have called you Esther Williams, and I apologize for that. I apologize.' But I didn't know that apology was gonna work."

"He said, 'you apologize to me?'" Biden went on. "I said, 'I apologize but not for throwing you out, but I apologize for what I said.' He said, 'OK,' closed that straight razor, and my heart began to beat again."

News has come out that there was indeed a guy calling himself "Corn Pop" alive at that time, and there was a gang called "The Romans."

But the rest of the story seems... well, Bidenesque. This twitter user cast doubt on a lot of the story, highlighting Biden's claim that many of the blacks at the pool had never spoken to a white person before.

He points out that whites made up 73% of the county, making this claim highly dubious.

I'm not sure if I believe that Joe Biden almost had a chain and knife fight which was later defused by mutual recognition of each other's humanity.

Because I think I saw that happen in "Beat It."

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Leland Keyser, Who Blasey-Ford Claimed Was a Witness to Her Fabricated Assault, Finally Speaks About Ford's Accusation: "I don't have any confidence in the story."

—Ace of Spades

Funny that the New York Times "reporters" who wrote up that silly accusation where the alleged victim denies the event chose not to publicize this bombshell.

Mollie Hemingway writes:

And then, just before the book ends, the reporters drop a bombshell:
>We spoke multiple times to Keyser, who also said that she didn’t recall that get-together or any others like it. In fact, she challenged Ford's accuracy. I don't have any confidence in the story."

This on-the-record quote is the first time that Keyser has spoken publicly about what was previously reported in detail in the new bestseller "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court"...

The New York Times authors dismiss Keyser’s statement as the product of a bad memory, before noting that their unsuccessful efforts to corroborate Blasey Ford’s claims including desperately searching for a house that matched the description she gave. Nevertheless, their “gut” told them to believe her in the absence of facts.

The authors also acknowledge what had previously been reported in "Justice on Trial," about

A group text was formed in which friends such as Cheryl Amitay and Lulu Gonella discussed how to get her to say something more helpful to the cause. An unnamed man on the text suggested that they defame her as an addict. Keyser has been in recovery for some time, as her friends know and as has previously been reported.

Amitay answered,"Leland is a major stumbling block" While asserting she didn't want her to make anything up out of whole cloth, she offered ideas for things that could sound supportive of Ford's story, such as that she'd been in similar situations with Blasey Ford that summer.

"I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn't comply," Keyser told the reporters, a stunning admission of the pressure to which she was subjected to by Blasey Ford's allies.

Beach friends need to get their asses sued into bankruptcy.

Or maybe some investigation for the lies that we know some "accusers" told. Why are the false accusers being let off the hook, as usual?

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Democrats Write Off the White Working Class, Figuring They Couldn't Possibly Do Worse With Them Than They Did in 2016.
They're Wrong.

—Ace of Spades

An editor for the Cook Politico Report tweeted this morning that the Democrats are whistling past the graveyard when they run against the white working class.

Here's why the "let's win without working-class whites" mentality doesn't hold water for Dems. That demog comprises 45% of all eligible U.S. voters, but:

61% in Wisconsin
61% in New Hampshire
56% in Michigan
56% in Minnesota
56% in Pennsylvania
47% in North Carolina

Good luck.


Dems' backslide w/ these voters is the main reason IA (66%) and OH (60%) have already exited stage right off the EC battleground, and why a Dem nominee who performs even worse w/ them could risk losses in ME (66%), NH (61%) or MN (56%).

Dems' path to beating Trump absolutely depends on retaining the gains they made in diverse, college-educated burbs - the kinds we saw in 2018 & #NC09.

But even a slight drop among white non-college voters could negate all of it, given the demog's size & geographic distribution.


Much of the analysis I'm seeing on this site assumes there's no more room for Dems to fall w/ white non-college voters, who are simply a "lost cause."

In fact, Dems have an awful lot more room to fall w/ them, and that's especially true in many of the most critical EC states.

Moreover, the notion that voting behavior is polarized to the point that there aren't any swing/persuadable voters left isn't based in reality.

Not only did we see above-average swings from '12 to '16, Dems wouldn't have gone +40 in '18 without converting lots of '16 R voters.

The bottom line: Dems don't need to win a higher % of the WWC than in '16 b/c 1) it's declining as a % of voters and 2) Dems have made robust gains among college whites.

But Dems *can't* afford to backslide much further & hope to win MI/PA/WI etc. And avoiding that isn't simple.

The Democrats think they can make up for losses in the White Working Class with gains in the White #WokeAF Class.

But real-life isn't Twitter. I keep trying to tell these lunatics that, but they don't believe me.

Last month Politico had a similar story about a demographic with some overlap with the white working class-- the rural vote, which Hillary Clinton lost 2-1 in 2016, and which the Democrats just might lose worse in 2020.

"Right now, no one is building those bridges," Mellman continued. But "if you can move rural voters, even a few points, it becomes possible to win in states you can’t otherwise win."

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Jeff Link, an Iowa-based consultant who is advising Focus on Rural America, the progressive group that paid for the plane circling the Iowa State Fair, said that if candidates are "talking about who is using what bathroom, we’re not going to get there with rural voters..."

Last week, polling showed that the Democrats had completely lost their 2018 advantage in favorability:


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Mika Brzezinsky of the Conspiracy-Addled MSNBC: Say, Maybe Barron Trump Isn't Actually Donald Trump's Son

—Ace of Spades

People who went to (mediocre) colleges, and only as a legacy enrollee to boot, are just better at thinking than the general public.

"Morning Joe' co-host Mika Brzezinski floated the idea Friday that President Donald Trump might not really be Barron’s father.

During a segment recapping Thursday evening's Democratic primary debate, Brzezinski made the suggestion and then pressed the issue when her co-host and husband Joe Scarborough tried to change the subject.

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"Maybe it is Melania's son," Brzezinski chimed in.

"It is Melania's son," Scarborough repeated.

"That's what he was saying, it was just her son," Brzezinski pressed. "That's just what he said."

"Let me get back to Biden because I don't know what you’re saying," Scarborough tried to change the subject.

"He didn't remember Barron's name or --" Brzezinski continued.

"Just stop," Scarborough persisted.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 02:19 PM Comments

New York Times Runs Yet Another Smear Against Brett Kavanaugh; Alleged Newspaper Forgets to Mention 1, the Alleged Victim Denies Any Memory of This Silly Tale, and 2, The Person Claiming He Remembers Hearing About It Is... A Clinton Lawyer

—Ace of Spades

What a fusion of common backgrounds, common social circles, and common political agendas.



The authors then bring forth a new allegation that they suggest bolsters her claim. They say that a former Clinton attorney named Max Stier told the senators and F.B.I. that he witnessed Kavanaugh, pants-down, at a party where a group of guys pushed the hand of a female student onto him.

What they neglected to mention, however, was that the Senate Judiciary Committee was not notified of this claim, according to counsel Mike Davis. Democratic Senate offices turned over several claims against Kavanaugh, some of them leading to criminal referrals for false statements. There were claims of a nationwide crime spree undertaken by Kavanaugh, although no evidence was found in support of any of the claims.

More importantly than the procedural issue, however, is that several friends of the alleged victim in question say she has zero recollection of such incident.

That salient detail was omitted by the reporters.



A correction was added to the end of the article late Sunday night, after a full day of histrionic media coverage: It reads:

Editors' Note: Sept. 15, 2019

An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.

Howard Kurtz calls this "journalistic malpractice," and "black and white" as far as violations of so-called journalistic standards.

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Washington Post Express Shuts Down, Laying Off 20 "Journalists"

—Ace of Spades

The free commuter paper was put out of business due to a lack of public interest in something free.

Even at zero dollars and zero cents, it did not have enough customers.

The whiny babies blamed the public's complete lack of interest in anything they did on smart phones.

"Add Express to the list of print publications done in by mobile technology," the editors wrote. "Sadly, this is our final edition."


The Post announced the shuttering of its Express publication just a day earlier, ending the 16-year run of the publication handed out to riders on D.C.'s Metro rail system.

About 20 journalists have been laid off as a result of the publication's closure. The Washington Post Guild, which did not represent the Express's writers, slammed the decision and in particular the short notice given to employees, some of whom found out from media reports.

"This announcement came the day before operations ceased, with no advance warning," the union said Wednesday.

"These employees, many of them young women, performed the same jobs as other staff in our newsroom for substantially lesser pay," it continued.

"Journalists" call this bitchy, whiny cover "perfect."

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Posted by Ace of Spades at 12:13 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"It seems that Joey 'Choo-choo' Biden was caught on video telling a laughably bizarre story about how, when he was a lifeguard at a public swimming pool in 1962, he faced down a black gangsta who was misbehaving on the diving board. Here is the video. The badass gangsta went by the name of Corn Pop. Seriously? Corn Pop? Now what kind of a gangsta thug names himself after a breakfast cereal, you might be asking. First off, it couldn't be a breakfast cereal. When the cereal was first introduced in the early 50s, it was called 'Sugar Pops' and, according to this source, it wasn't until the late 70s did Kellogg change the name to 'Sugar Corn Pops' and then, in 1984, to simply 'Corn Pops'.

"Therefore, in 1962, nobody could've appropriated the nickname 'Corn Pop' from a breakfast cereal since the cereal wasn't known by that name at the time. So either the name came from some totally different source or Joe is just making stuff up. He may not even be doing it intentionally. We all know that he's basically losing his mind, which is starting to resemble the the moldy old attic of a hoarder, full of yellowing magazines, rusty old toys, bits of string, maybe a broken chair or two, and chests of rotting, out-of-fashion clothes. So, in order to appeal to African-American voters, he probably reached up there, brushed aside the cobwebs, and pulled who-knows-what random elements from who-knows-what dark corners of his memory to piece together this story, and, as I said, he probably sincerely believes it happened.

"And the media has shown itself to be quite incurious about Biden's psychological condition. They'll discuss the inner workings of Trump's mental processes for days on end (always finding them wanting, of course), but ignore the obvious fact that one of the major candidates for president on the Democratic side is sliding into dementia in real time. I suspect this is because they think Biden is the strongest contender to unseat the hated Orange Man. But I predict that if they ever determine that another Dem candidate is stronger, the media will turn on Biden, and it will look like those child-like beryllium miners in the movie 'Galaxy Quest' suddenly displaying their fangs and devouring their wounded brother."



Corn Pops Then & Now:

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Portrait Of Ramon Casas
Santiago Rusinol

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The Morning Report - 9/16/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Let me start off a new week by stating I am so sick and fucking tired of the Democrat-Left-Media Complex. I mean, Brett Kavanaugh? Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh? Again? Really? Just go fuck yourselves. I guess I could end my column right there and be done with it but there's a lot going on and in point of fact despite blood shooting out of my eyes like the paste-eating waste-of-space goniffing hair-sniffing kiddy-diddler, this insanity is, to put it mildly, not going to help their cause. But still, they persist.

Look, I get the fact that they have gone completely insane, as everything they have thrown at President Trump to destroy him before and after the fact of his election has failed, and spectacularly so. But to now revisit one of their most catastrophic failures to call for Justice Kavanaugh's impeachment based on a 100% debunked lie is really the bitter end. This comes barely 48 hours after Jerry "the Hutt" Nadless saw the shadow cast by his tadger of a schvantz and started the impeachment process against the President. Although now he is trying to do some sort of backtrack because all he wanted was to give the impression of starting the process to appease his base. Yes, he too is a big fat target of the so-called "Justice Democrats." But was double-dog dared and went a bit too far, because impeachment is a distinct turn-off to a very large majority of the electorate. More on this garbage in a moment,

In any case, from what I have seen, every major big-mouth big-wig in the Democrat party including the presidential candidates is now calling for Kavanaugh to be impeached. Plus, I see that Maxine "Mikvah" Waters belched up that we might as well throw Trump in for good measure. Fine. Go for it, schmucks. Because all during the initial attempt to both high- and low-tech lynch Kavanaugh, the public immediately saw through it as such even before all of the so-called "evidence" and "witnesses" were debunked. After he was sworn in, many of us thought because of his first few decisions on the bench that he might be willing to go Left just to stay in with the in crowd and keep himself and his family away from the slings and arrows, figurative and literal these days. But by doing this, with his ass firmly planted on that bench, I would think he's not going to take kindly to this and is going to be motivated to move a bit closer to Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch.

Also, they're not exactly endearing themselves to Cocaine Mitch vis a vis the next vacancy or vacancies that might crop up in the next 14 months. By the way, last week the President's 150th judicial nominee was confirmed, and this disgusting, infantile display is not going to exactly convince McConnell to slow the pace.

Well done, Democrats. Keep fucking that chicken. Hmm, my mood seems to be improving.

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

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

ALSO: The Morning Report is cross-posted at CutJibNewsletter.com

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:14 AM Comments

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (9/15/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Welcome to The ONT


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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“Hey, I’m brown! Talk to me! I’m a brown lady. I care about my brown kids!” Michelle Malkin


Quote II

“While NJ Transit opposed the reinstatement of Mr. Gallagher, we are required to comply with the legal decision made by the arbitrator. Under provisions clearly defined in that decision, NJ TRANSIT can and will restrict his duty to non-passenger trains,” Nancy Snyder


Quote III

"I think 25% of schools will fail in the next two decades. They're going to close, they're going to merge, some will declare some form of bankruptcy to reinvent themselves. It's going to be brutal across American higher education."Michael Horn


Quote IV

“I don’t think a majority of the Senate or the country is going to embrace mandatory buybacks. We need to focus on what we can get done.” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)


Quote V

"I honestly think that the big three email providers (Microsoft, Yahoo, Google) added this feature because of me." Kyle Milliken


Quote VI

“Every human life is precious, and every woman and baby deserves care and respect. This tragic case shows why abortion providers must be held to strict guidelines and face rigorous oversight. I will be looking into federal legislation to ensure the remains of aborted babies are always treated with dignity, including in the case of chemical abortions."U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

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Gun Thread: Maybe You Just Suck [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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Something has been on my mind for a while and I think it's time we talked about it. What is it you ask? Well, it mostly has to do with training, expectations and improving your shooting. Let's find out more below, shall we?

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Food Thread: Corks And Bunnies

—CBD

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Corks are great, and have worked reasonably well for a very, very long time. But there is nothing magical about them, in spite of being "natural." They don't really breathe, so the idea that corks allow wine to age gracefully is mostly a fiction. And besides, the amount of air that can pass through the cork and then permeate the wine is vanishingly small. What really ages the wine is time, which allows the wine's components (sugars and acids and all sorts of aromatic compounds) to play together and hopefully improve.

And there are big downsides to cork: it is a natural product and can vary tremendously, and it is also associated with the tainting of wine with a chemical called TCA (trichloroanisole), which can impart an unpleasant taste and aroma that I perceive as wet cardboard. That's not a flavor I vigorously pursue in my booze, and I doubt many people enjoy it much.

So why use cork at all? Tradition and snobbery is pretty much the only answer I can come up with. The cost of metal closures is on par with cork, and they don't impart any flavors at all.

When I go shopping for wine, in particular everyday drinking wine, I give bonus points to wines with screw-tops. It's more convenient, the bottles fit in the refrigerator more easily, and even ignoring the risk of TCA contamination, there is much less risk of failure. Everyone has seen crumbly corks and corks that broke off halfway out of the bottle, and that just doesn't happen with screw-tops.

The Aussies use screw-tops a lot, and I am seeing it more and more on American wines, and even Froggy and Spanish wines! I haven't seen any on Portuguese wines, mostly because I rarely drink them and have very little experience. But Portugal's greatest wines are Ports, and it can be a huge problem pulling the corks on old bottles. I wonder whether they will finally figure out that screw-tops are the way to go? I doubt it will happen any time soon, because Port drinkers love the ritual and pomp and circumstance of opening a 50 or 60-year-old bottle, and the breathless anticipation of whether the cork is total crap adds to the experience.

Personally I think that is dumb, because the bottles are expensive and rare, and why risk anything when the whole point is the pleasure of drinking what's inside?

By the way, the bottle on the left is a five-year-old Aussie Shiraz, and it was quite good. The bottle on the right is 29-years-old, and waiting patiently for a crisp autumn weekend and a meal of braised short ribs. I just hope the cork has survived!

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What Color Is The Sky In Their World? The (Il)Logic Behind Progressive Policies

—CBD

We love to make fun of the liberals and progressives because they believe in the perfectibility of Man, and are willing to suspend belief in immutable laws of economics in furtherance of their goals. Many of us have first-hand knowledge of the destruction wrought by rent control and minimum wage laws, and here is a concise explanation of the (lack of) mindset that allows otherwise minimally intelligent people to believe in things that just aren't so.

What If All Reality Were Optional?

Take, for example, support for rent control. Having the state keep the monetary prices of rental units below the values that would arise in free markets is believed by many pols and pundits – and by nearly all “Progressives” – to effectively keep the actual market values of rental units at whatever low prices the state sets. In this reality-is-optional world, when the state pushes down nominal rental prices, the quantity of rental units supplied not only does not fall, it increases to match the increase in the quantity of rental units demanded.

Want more housing for folks with modest incomes? No problem! We’ll just push the rental prices lower to increase ordinary folks’ access to housing. See, the world is such a simple place!

Similar reality-is-optional ‘solutions’ are minimum-wage statutes (for increasing the pay of low-skilled workers) and mandated paid-leave (for increasing the welfare of all workers).

The article is funny, but also sad, because untold millions of people have been and continue to be injured by the hubris of perfectibility coupled with the stupidity of liberalism.

Of course the hard Left uses these dupes as fodder, and they care not a whit that unemployment will rise and housing will grow both more scarce and less habitable, because that is the goal, and not an unintended consequence.

Posted by CBD at 02:15 PM Comments

Importing Chinese Consumer Goods Is One Thing...Importing Their Authoritarian "Social Credit System" Is Something Entirely Different

—CBD

It's actually too late, as we have seen over the past several years. Curiously, debits seem to fall primarily in the conservative thoughts and behaviors column. Funny, that...

The Invisible Shackles of America's Social Credit System

There are hundreds of examples that have been prominently discussed in the right-of-center world. The Oberlin College vs. Gibson's Bakery is a excellent example with a happy ending, but far too many of these censorious events slip past the media and become embedded in the default behaviors of regular folk.

And it's censorship, plain and simple. And yes, I know what censorship really is, but when the internet police, with their monopoly on most communication decide to censor, it is indistinguishable from government action. And when banks (with government licenses!) limit speech and behavior and commerce to leftist-approved businesses, how does it differ from government's jack-booted thugs shutting down a legal business?

Social media platforms are the modern “town square,” a place where everyone comes to discover and share information and weigh-in with opinions. Everyone, regardless of their politics, class, or creed, should have access to this marketplace of ideas.
As much as the idea of defining internet and social media access as a civil right makes me queasy, it may be the only way around the pinch-faced scolds of Silicon Valley. Access to the banking system is less problematic, but never forget the law of unintended consequences: it will always bite you in the ass!


Posted by CBD at 12:15 PM Comments

Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-15-2019

—OregonMuse

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The REAL Hearst Castle Library


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules), maniacs, egomaniacs, kleptomaniacs, dipsomaniacs, nymphomaniacs, megalomaniacs, and, naturally, bibliomaniacs. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which, to tell you the truth, I'm not sure if they're pants or some crazy weird undiagnosed skin disease.



Pic Note:

345 [Last week's library pic] is NOT the Hearst Castle library. It is the Gothic Study. The Castle's library looks completely different.

Posted by: Rusty Nail at September 08, 2019 12:50 PM (/OqVH)

Quite right. I should've been more careful. Today's pic shows the actual library.

Update: Thanks to Chi-Town Jerry, here is a much larger, zoomable version of the library. So you can really examine all of the ornate stuff up close.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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(h/t The French History Podcast for the graphic, which I think is fascinating)

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (9/14/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Saturday Gigs


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The Saturday Night Joke


A friend told me about his trip out with his grandson. This is what he said. "Last week, I took my grandchildren to a restaurant. My 6 year-old grandson asked if he could say grace."

As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food and I would thank you even more if Grandpa gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty, peace & justice for all. Amen!"

Along with the laughter and nodding of heads from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman at the next table remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why -- I never!"

Hearing this, my grandson burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong Grandpa? Is God mad at me?"

After I assured him that he had done a terrific job and that God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my grandson and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer." "Really?" my grandson asked.

"Cross my heart," the man replied. Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is sometimes good for the soul."

Naturally, I bought my grandchildren ice cream at the end of the meal. My grandson stared at his ice cream for a moment, and then he did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman.

With a big smile he looked her in the eye and told her, "Here ma'am, this is for you, you grouchy old bitch. You must be a Democrat, shove it up your ass and cool off!"

Kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it! H/T Legally Sufficient

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The Occasional Fishing and Hunting Thread [Bandersnatch]

—CBD

Welcome Piscators and Piscatrixes - and this time Nimrods and Nimrettes -- to the current installment of the occasional fishing and hunting thread. In fact, we may broaden this to camping, hiking, orienteering, and other worthwhile pursuits of the rugged outdoors. (If you talk about playing your PS4 in the woods, though, you're banned.).

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This is Bonefish Bradley, or so he called himself. He's a guide on Andros in the Bahamas. Or was. Who knows what Dorian did. Anyway, I wanted to use this as a jumping off point to talk about guides and guiding. Guides are whores.

Huh. I guess that’s all there is to say about that.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess Thread 09-14-2019

—OregonMuse

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Jessica Basland (FRA)


Pic Note

According the French Chess Federation, Ms. Basland's rating is 1100. This is quite low. The good news is that, of all the hotties whose pics I've posted on the chess thread, she is the only one we morons have a ghost of a chance of beating.


Blog Note

Due to my schedule this week, I ran out of time before I could put together some chess problems. I should be back on my normal schedule next week.

The fishing thread will be up sometime later today.

As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Why not take a break and kick back in the world of pets.

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SJW Dweeb Freddie Prinze, Jr. Has Gotten Redpilled Over Hashtag Feminism

—Ace of Spades

Specifically over the Feminist Monopoly game.

The bit starts at 47:12; I've cued it up. It goes for about five minutes and then meanders.

He doesn't say anything particularly novel. The interesting thing is that he's saying it at all. Who knows, maybe the world is having its Red Pill Moment.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Advanced Puttering [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Greetings, gardeners and putterers! We have a few unusual topics in today's thread. Sunflowers are not all that unusual, but they can be dramatic. I really like the one above.

Here's a couple of pictures of my sunflowers. The tall one is about 10' tall. (I measured it against Mr. L who is about 6') Sunflowers are my favorites so I try to grow a few each year. They seem to love the Indiana clay soil. Other that watering, I do nothing to help them along I love the Gardening Thread and look forward to it every week. I am amazed at the beautiful gardens of the Horde. Thanks for making Saturdays so special!

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Eurovision [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Brexit risks dinosaur attacks in London,
warns Brussels-funded CBI.

Plus other horrors

Victor Davis Hanson has written a piece entitled, Is England Still Part of Europe? (h/t J.J. Sefton) Interesting to hear a reference to "England" instead of "Britain" these days.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is desperate to translate the British public's June 2016 vote to leave the European Union into a concrete Brexit.

But the real issue is far older and more important than whether 52 percent of Britain finally became understandably aggrieved by the increasingly anti-democratic and German-controlled European Union.

England is an island. Historically, politically and linguistically, it was never permanently or fully integrated into European culture and traditions.

The story of Britain has mostly been about conflict with France, Germany or Spain. . .

The 18th century British and Scottish Enlightenment of Edmund Burke, David Hume, John Locke and Adam Smith emphasized individualism, freedom and liberty far more than the government-enforced equality of result that was favored by French Enlightenment thinkers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It is no accident that the American Revolution was founded on the idea of individual freedom and liberty, unlike the later French Revolution's violent effort to redistribute income and deprive "enemies of the people" of their rights and even their lives.

He outlines some reasons Britain might want to leave the EU.

Britain has a last chance to re-embrace the free-market democratic world that it once helped to create -- and distance itself from the creeping statism it once opposed.

Elites in Britain and Europe oppose Brexit, of course. But the EU has reasons, in addition to the loss of Britain, to oppose Brexit. For example.

The dissident Visegrad Group, comprised of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, seeks to create a mini-alliance inside the EU that promotes secure borders, legal immigration only, nuclear power, and traditional values and Christianity.

Who needs challenges to the EU's central planners like that?

The EU bureaucracy seems to have a grand vision for Europe. It may include dissidents from abroad, but who needs dissidents from within Europe?

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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EMT 09/14/19

—krakatoa

EMT.

It's Early!

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Tonight's ONT Is Written Entirely In Iambic Pentameter!

—WeirdDave

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Nah, I'm just kidding. I literally did not get home until after 9, so this is just going to be one big Friday night image dump.

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Open Thread

—Ace of Spades

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Behold the Cuck: A Philosophical Inquiry Into Causes of Cuckoldry

—Ace of Spades

James Poulos sneaks in "the shame is part of the kink."

I wrote that. I mean, that one's mine. Sure, I derived it from actual cucks explaining why it was so thrilling to put your wife into bed with another man, but I repurposed it as an ethic of "Frenchism" -- the fact that you are so willing to be humiliated and denigrated -- that you are brave enough to be such a coward; that you are man enough to be willingly made eunuch; that by transforming yourself into a groveling, servile worm, you really re-make yourself into a mighty dragon (of virtue signalling) -- is part of the secret thrill.

Couldn't be prouder.

Today it is a fault that "the shame is part of the kink" doesn't appear in Nietzsche's genealogy of morals. He won't quite "go there" in his probes of the psychological imperative to convert erotic urges into ethical principles that defines so much of contemporary life.

Our contemporary sexual psychology now leads key critics of French-style defenses of "muh principles" to trace the genealogy of today's worship of procedural liberalism not to "slave morality," as Nietzsche would have it, but to "cuck morality:"

Yes, another man should take my wife, I should go live in the shed, it is right, it is moral, it is justice... To live rightly, I must prevent posterity from being identical with me...

...


Of course Christianity and cuckoldry are not good metaphors for each other. No good Christian can embrace cuckoldry.

But the charge of cuckery, leveled against Christians like French, has to do with the perceived untenableness today of staking out a middle position between the Benedict Option of evacuating from fronts collapsing in the culture war and the yet-to-be-named option of reasserting powerful constitutional authority for localities to resist and reject colonization by the revolutionary vanguard of institutionalized wokeness.

Because there is just no question that the aim of that institutional vanguard is to choke off America's production of a certain kind of adult male and the architecture of social order that radiates upward from him toward the heights of authority.

This project is out in the open and the reams of academic and ideological writing about its details and justifications are widely available. The metaphor of cuckoldry is selected to the exclusion of all others because nothing else quite as effectively sharpens the charge that your obsession with the details of honor and principle has in fact become fatally abstract: you are being kicked out of your own house by a rival power actively working to take away everything that is yours, your children included. You are becoming the end of your line, forever, in every respect. Yet you won't even evacuate from your breached defenses before it's too late. Only the heights of spiritual snobbery can explain such a choice.

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#WokeCapitalism: 145 Corporate Executives Demand The Government Dismantle the 2nd Amendment

—Ace of Spades

Obey your Corporate Overlords. They went to Good Colleges and support many pseudoconservative opinion journals and many on-the-payroll Senators.

"Doing nothing about America's gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety," the heads of 145 companies, including Levi Strauss, Twitter and Uber, say in the letter, which was shared with The New York Times.

Meanwhile, Democrats are quietly angry at Blotto O'Rourke for giving a SPOILER to the gun-confiscation movie they're preparing. Spoiler: They confiscate your guns at the end.

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IG Horowitz Turns FISA Abuse Report Over to DOJ

—Ace of Spades

Circulating now for review:

The Justice Department's inspector general told Congress on Friday that he completed his investigation into possible FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act during the Trump-Russia probe, and has sent a draft version of his report to the Justice Department and FBI for review.

"We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the Department and the FBI for classification determination and marking," Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, said in a letter to several congressional committees.

Via Jack Straw:

@Ryan_VanSickle

Catherine Herridge is reporting that DECLASSIFICATION will come before the IG HOROWITZ'S REPORT on FISA abuse is released.

The report is late because several witnesses -- including, most notably, Christopher Steele -- only came forward and permitted an interview at the eleventh hour.

If I can speculate -- I imagine he did that because his co-conspirators in America were very worried about legal exposure and begged him to do his best to give their frame-up job an attempted whitewashing. Conspiracy always sounds better with a British accent.

Related: From Deep State...

Ivan Pentchoukov @IvanPentchoukov On the same day that @GenFlynn's attorneys accused prosecutors of hiding exculpatory evidence, the defense in another Mueller case--U.S. v. Concord--notified the court that the prosecutors recently produced evidence which should have been turned over more than a year ago.

Oh.

No big deal.

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Black Race Huslter Deray Accuses White Race Grifter Shaun King of Fleecing Donors, Demand He Stop His "Fundraising" Scams

—Ace of Spades

Shaun King is cracker ass cracker and white caucasian who long misraced himself as black, even though both of his parents are white, and say he is therefore white (obviously). In response to that, he claimed that his mother had an affair with a black man who is really his father.

The mother denies this. As does his white father. Whom Shaun King resembles.

Oh, by the way, I just remembered: I'm black too. 400 years of oppression -- and counting!

Fight the power, don't let the man keep you down, et cetera, et cetera, und so weiter.

Since bursting on the scene as the Whitest Man in Black Lives Matter, Shaun King has started one fundraising venture after another.

People have long been questioning him: Where is all this money you keep raising? Is this just another lie of the White Devil?

Deray, a black hustler, goes public with a litany of allegations against Shaun King.

Shaun has followed a uniform pattern over the years, a pattern that has compelled me to speak up, again. This is not the first time I have done so, and I am not alone. Johnetta Elzie and I were in a previous public disagreement with Shaun about issues of transparency and ethics that ended in his apology. Shaun also deleted all of his tweets and noted that he would focus on journalism and would not engage in attempted organizing or fundraising. Importantly, he made this commitment to others both publicly and privately. It is clear now that he did not keep those commitments and after a brief hiatus, re-emerged and began engaging in the same behaviors that caused the last public conflict.

It is important to note that Shaun's journalism has done some good [citation needed-- ace] by bringing attention to stories that may have gone under-reported or overlooked. But the person who paints your house before he steals your car has still committed theft.

I tried previously to engage offline to resolve these tensions, but his behaviors did not change.

There is a formula that he employs when people ask questions or highlight contradictions: issue an unconditional denial, attack the character of the person asking questions, argue that white supremacists are attacking him or his family, respond only to the least salient of all points raised, then issue a statement akin to an apology.

But he does not often answer any of the questions or offer any resolution of contradictions raised, but instead, deflects. What's more, he often bullies and intimidates those who ask questions at all, turning his ire especially at Black women, attempting to scare inquirers into silence.

When asked about the repeated organizations and lack of transparency on funding, he has replied noting that "failure is not fraud," as if to suggest that questions raised do not warrant serious responses simply because he may have been an ineffective leader. But at a point, those who attempt to lead but consistently demonstrate that they cannot effectively lead should stop. We have reached that point with Shaun.

Apparently "failure is not fraud" means that he can repeatedly fail to complete the projects he's fundraised for, or account for the money, but he says that these are merely serial failures, not frauds.

Which does raise the question: How many times does one get to claim "innocent error" before one can be charged with knowing fraud? I mean, it's not like Shaun King has any reason to believe he'll deliver on his new projects, or be able to account for the money raised any better than he did in the past.

...

Shaun has continued to thrive because many people cannot believe that they have been duped, used, or taken advantage of.

I have also seen people know the truth and choose to be silent, defend actions they know are indefensible, or suspend all logic in order to not disrupt previous public statements. When behaviors and actions are no longer exceptions but a pattern, we have to question motivations, judgment, and intentions.

His choices are so sweeping and brazen in their manipulation that they compromise others, compromise the collective work, and compromise a shared sense of integrity.

The rest of the post details Shaun King's many, many lucrative, but nonproductive, fundraising ventures.

I'll highlight one. It's actually no big deal in the scheme of things, because one can say he fundriased for a lark, and if he never completed his goal, it's not a big deal.

But it just shows you that this cracker ass cracker will grift for anything, and then give up after a matter of days.

But he still keeps the money, don't he?

This one's just funny, straight-up funny.

So: Let me tell you about the time Shaun King fundraised thousands of dollars for purposes of... mountain-climbing the seven tallest mountains in the world, despite having no experience mountain-climbing, and being completely unfit, totally out of shape and a tired, broke-down, old-before-he's-40 busted-ass honky.

*Mountain Climbing*

In 2011, Shaun began raising money to climb 7 mountains and quit after 4 days. There is a substantive thread on this here.


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Alexandria Donkey-Chompers Spazzes Out Over Political Ad Because She's a Narcissist-Retard Who Only Pays Attention When People Mention Her

—Ace of Spades

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Bill Burr Lights Up #MeToo, Feminists

—Ace of Spades

From his Netflix special, "Paper Tiger."

He starts with Dave Chappelle style F*** Your Feelings type attacks against SJWs and Cancel Culture.

The guy below plays about two minutes of the show. Sorry he's talking over parts of it.

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Robert Francis "Blotto" O'Rourke, Who Shouldn't Be Allowed to Own a Gun Due to His Drunk Driving and Felony Evasion Crimes, Whines to Twitter Over Someone's "Molon Labe" Taunt

—Ace of Spades


Twitter doesn't bother taking down actual death threats from the left, or even tweets from Democrats at about this level, like Eric Swalwell's announcement that we have nuclear weapons to deal with vermin such as you.

Riding to Blotto O'Rourke's defense? The translucent fun-size soybag Alex Griswold from the Free Beacon -- you know, the liberal "conservative" rag that hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Trump and Ted Cruz.

People tend to forget that last part and just say they paid Fusion for dirt on Trump. Nope. They wanted dirt on Cruz, too.

Anything to take out any challengers to their preferred liberal/corporate fake conservative candidates like Jeb! and Dreamy Marco.

But it's a Real Media property, not the propaganda front for a political organization.

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The Debate As Seen on Twitter

—Ace of Spades

Blotto O'Rourke set the standard for racial arson when he got drunk and plowed his car into America's fragile racial peace:

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Modern feminism is affirmative action for unattractive women. Fight me."



The Future of Feminism:

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Sunday
Paul Signac

I don't get the point!

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