September 19, 2017

The Morning Rant


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"Ahoy, maties! If I be th' GOP, I be tryin' t' keep Hillary on th' radar as much as possible. Shiver me timbers! 'cause ye know wha' Americans wants right now aft a bitter 'n contentious election be MOAR HILLARY ALL THE TIME! Arrrrrr!"

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day to all!

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This has already been mentioned in the comments, but I have to highlight it here: Trump is knocking it out of the park at the U.N. today. Here is the best line from his speech:

"Venezuela has failed not because socialism has been badly implemented but because it's been faithfully implemented"

This is a line that's going to be remembered for a long time. Which is why the alt left is beside itself with impotent rage.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Reaching For The Moon
Maxfield Parrish (maybe could be an Edward Eggleston)

The old argument (the one in my head) rears its ugly this graphic design or is this art? Perhaps when Parrish was working it was an easy answer, but today, with incredible software and lightning-fast computers it's not so clear. There are numerous examples of amazing "art" that were created on a PC using off-the-shelf software.

For those of you who prefer real art, here is something for you that should be less taxing on your artistic aesthetic.

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The Morning Report 9/19/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Today marks the one year anniversary of The Morning Report. I'd like to say that it's been more than a pleasure; it's been an inconvenience. In all seriousness, just wanted to say thanks for making this entertaining. And I'm honored to be allowed to contribute to what I think is the best political/cultural commentary and real news outlet anywhere. Thanks to Ace for the keys and the cob's for the support. Enough of that. We are loaded with linkage this Tuesday so let us commence. First up, Hurricane Maria is threatening Puerto Rico so if we do have an Morons down there, please evacuate or otherwise get to safety.

Top story is PDT's assertion that Obama used the FBI to wiretap him before the election has been confirmed. This includes conversation(s) between him and one-time campaign honcho Paul Manafort who, surprise! may be Scooter Libby-ed by Robert Mueller's kangaroo court. I really wish PDT would just end this friggin' shitshow and get rid of Mueller. And Rod Rosenstein while he's at it. That snake is a Deep State embed/saboteur sneaking whoopee cushions under Deputy Dawg's daybed.

The president is at the UN this week for its annual America/Israel-bashing and shakedown session. This time, however we have a real president who by all indications is going to read the riot act to the Farsis and Whoa, Fat!. On the down side, he seems to be falling into the Mideast Peace processor. Well, this is what happens when you get rid of the realists like Gorka and let the McMustards have your ear. Meh, maybe he's just mouthing platitudes but I don't see that as his style.

In news from the insurrection, Nancy "Different Strokes" Pelosi had to flee her own press conference when the illegal aliens she and her party have used as weapons to destroy us turned their aim on her. It's funny to see frauds like Pelosi who are always controlling these media Potemkin Village pseudo-events look like total fools when they blow up in their faces. They have no one to blame but themselves. After almost two years of portraying Donald Trump as "literally Hitler" the mindless droogs look at Pelosi and Schumer dealing with him as a stab in the back. Good. And with Comrade Bernie threatening to run in 2020 as an independent Commie, anything that divides the dividers is a good thing. Too bad we have no political party to take advantage of that.

In other news, James O'Keefe is teasing a huge expose of the MFM that will result in people getting fired. He and his group do yeoman's work in opening peoples' eyes to what the hell this country has devolved into. Investors Business Daily is cautiously optimistic about the latest block-grant Obamacare repeal/replace but fears that Murkowski might sabotage it at the last minute. There's a very interesting piece about the reaction a lefty writer gets for penning an essay called "The Case For Colonialism" and finally, Toys "R" Us is filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. That is a huge deal vis a vis e-commerce and the trend in retail, not to mention the fate of over 60,000 employees.

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

Monday Overnight Open Thread (9/18/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Pajama Boy Democratic Candidate for Congress Thinks He's Maverick from Top Gun


Look at this jerkoff. Just look at him.

Open Thread. It's so open, in fact, that you can talk about whether crossbows are superior to longbows.

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Antifa and the "Mainstream" Media's Normalization of Leftwing Violence


I added in the bit about the "mainstream" media -- the rest is John Sexton's headline.

Read his post, and if you like the quotes, check out Megan McArdle's article: "We Didn't Normalize Trump. We Normalized the Left's Violence."

Over 200 years, many people have suggested ways in which we might be better off without freedom of speech, or religion, or assembly -- or any of the other rights enumerated in the nine other initial amendments...

That's normal. What should never be normal is what we are now witnessing: those folks appointing themselves a freelance constitutional convention, editing out the rights they find vexing, and enforcing their new rules with the power of their fists. But that is what has happened.

If we have to spend $600,000 to ensure that these people cannot arrogate to themselves powers we won't even allow our government, then that's probably a price worth paying. What we cannot afford to do is become inured to how outrageous it is. Every time it happens, we have to remind ourselves that all this security is the price we’re paying to protect ourselves from thieves who want to steal our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. And that it is possible to once again live in a world where this is not normal.

She doesn't mention the part that makes antifa more dangerous than white supremacists: White supremacists are despised by 99% of the population and have next-to-zero institutional support. But the media makes excuses for their fellow-travelers in antifa every day, and local law enforcement directed by liberal mayors give antifa license to practice their Free Speech Vigilantism.

That a rioter should attack a citizen is not an enormous concern. Such things happen. Murders happen. That is not a sign of any kind of a falling society, but only of a fallen mankind, which we've known about forever.

But when major institutions like the media and mayor's offices become the mob mouthpieces and private security firms for remorseless terroristic criminals -- then that is a sign of a society on the verge of collapse.

A crime committed by a miscreant is a sin. But a crime committed by a miscreant with PR cover provided by the "mainstream" media, and the winking tolerance of the government itself, is an unbearable threat of approaching tyranny.

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So the Media's Obsessing Over What They Watched on TV Last Night, So I Guess #TheNormals Have to Comment On It, Too


So -- the Emmys. Out of all the awards shows no one cares about, this might be the awards show no one cares about the hardest.

It was apparently a three hour long #GirlPowerHugbox.

Emmy loved the ladies tonight.

In a stunning victory for streaming TV and for politicized drama, "The Handmaid's Tale" won awards for Best Drama Series, Best Actress (Elizabeth Moss), Best Supporting Actress (Ann Down), Best Director (Reed Morano) and Best Writing (Bruce Miller)...

It was a win for women in a patriarchal society! And a win for Hulu, which has been looking to break into the streaming field dominated by Netflix and Amazon.

Many of the handmaids made out just as well as their show: Moss finally landed Best Actress after multiple losses for "Mad Men" and one for "Top of the Lake." Veteran New York theater actress Dowd (who's terrifying in the show) seemed sincerely surprised to receive her trophy. Though she didn’t take home a trophy tonight, Alexis Bledel (who plays rebellious handmaid Ofglen) won Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmys’ Creative Arts ceremony last weekend.

Yay, #GirlPower! In case you didn't know, "The Handmaid's Tale" is about a future dystopia set in America in 2017 in which Donald Trump marauds the countryside grabbing pussies and saying "boobs" to Brooke Baldwin.

You know what I'm hopeful about, with all these women winning Emmys for shows no one watches? I'm just hopeful that this sparks networks to make more shows only for women. Because there are barely any of those on TV.

The Emmys were so politicized that both Planned Parenthood and NARAL have been celebrating Hollywood's bravery in pushing typical Hollywood politics.

But the Emmys didn't just shower awards on Political Soap Operas and Morality Plays. They engaged in the art form itself, constantly speechifying about Prog Doctrine.

Awards shows, by definition, are insufferable: the rich and famous gathering yearly to reward each other for being rich and famous. Yet this year's Emmys had an almost unbearable smugness to it.

Factor One was host Stephen Colbert, who -- no matter your politics -- has spent the past 10 months radiating self-satisfaction, too often mistaking speechifying for comedic monologuing.


We hit the smugness apex toward the end of the night, when Charlie Brooker won an Emmy for an episode of his dystopian anthology series, "Black Mirror." After lamenting that his dark vision of the near future was too "on the nose," he offered up an idea to the room:

"Maybe if all the beautiful people in this auditorium could start to physically make love with each other, or yourselves, on the count of three, this world would be a far better place."

Nah, that's what the after-parties are for.

Steven Colbert, who is yet another white male but who crowed about how "diverse" the nominees and award winners were, really did some innovative jokes about Trump last night. I'm sure all of the #RealNews media is linking all of Steven Colbert's innovative jokes about Trump, but here are Jimmy Kimmel's best Trump jokes when he hosted in 2016, and here are the best jokes made by celebrity presenters about Trump from 2015's Emmy broadcast.

Really edgy, novel stuff, guys! You truly are the Creative Class.

Incidentally, the show also featured Twitter Bubble-World controversy. See, apparently they had on Sean Spicer to goof on himself -- I guess the schtick was that he was aping the over-the-top potrayal of himself by Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live -- and the Totalitarian Prog Censors began screaming that this was "normalizing" Spicer and giving him a platform.

The Washington Post rounded up a herd of shaken liberal influencers who were horrified to see the Emmy Awards "normalize" a former White House press secretary. McCarthy herself may not have appreciated the reverence. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, she shared her anxiety over Spicer's efforts to reclaim this satire with absurd self-seriousness. "No," she described her thoughts hearing Spicer mockingly threaten to push his podium toward adversarial reporters in the White House briefing room. "That’s not your joke to make."

More spazzing out about this collected by Twitchy.

And how did all this politicization of escapism turn out, ratings-wise?

Funny you should ask -- it looks like the ratings were even worse than 2016's, which itself was the lowest-rated Emmys broadcast in television history.

If this firms up in final ratings, it will surpass 2016 as the worst-rated Emmys of all time, and 2016 surpassed the previous low, and so on. In fact, as Newsweek pointed out yesterday, the Emmys have lost 50% of their audience since 2013 and the lowest ratings since 1990, and last night’s extravaganza certainly didn’t turn the ship around.

Ed Morrissey quotes Matt Wilstein at the Daily Beast, commenting on "entertainment's" embrace of the doctrine of No-Escapism:

Stephen Colbert rose to the top of the late-night ratings -- and scored himself an Emmy nomination -- by going after President Donald Trump night after night on The Late Show. So there was something ironic about him using his opening number as host of the Emmy Awards to argue that television is the perfect distraction from the world’s problems.

Noah Rothstein (">cited earlier about Sean Spicer) notes the current "crisis" at ESPN, the MTV Awards shows, etc., and a catastrophic year for Hollywood's theatrical box office, and wonders if this is a trend: The Great National Tune-Out.

Maybe the politics on display were irrelevant; maybe the rise of streaming services has made traditional broadcast television a dying product. Maybe. But the Emmys misfortunes are of a familiar sort. This tune out is starting to feel like a trend.

Movies, cable and broadcast television, music; this tune out isn't entirely about cord cutting. This is something broader. Any attempt to divorce politics from the public's waning interest in entertainment media cannot compel without addressing the ubiquity of liberal political messaging permeating the products artists produce. Of course, no one can or should compel an artist to sacrifice their values for commercial viability. Nor, however, can you force consumers to endure a scolding they'd rather avoid.

Kellyanne Conway criticized the "sameness" in the so-called Creative Class' various low-ratings offerings:

"They got plucked and polished and waxed and some of them didn't eat for two months -- and all for what? To sound the same? And they have a right to speak," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" Monday morning. "Between the Emmys, the Miss America pageant was very politicized, our sports are very politicized, and it looks like the ratings are suffering. It looks like America is responding by tuning out because they want you to stick to your knitting."

One can only hope. It was Andrew Breitbart's dream that the media be destroyed -- not reduced in influence, but bankrupted. He predicted "This will all be gone, gone in five years," maybe in 2012 or so.

His prediction might have been off by a few years, but I sure hope this will all be gone, gone, with massive bankruptcies and layoffs, in maybe five more years.

Before they continue going down the road of refusing to offer escapism to an audience which literally only seeks escapism from them, they should check out how that's been working out for Marvel comics...

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Report: Megan McCain in Talks to Join "The View"


She recently announced her departure from Fox, citing her desire to focus on other priorities.

I guess "The View" is that priority.

I've liked Megan McCain more and more since around 2014 or so, as she transitioned, as they say, to being more of a conservative.

I don't know why she wants "The View" gig -- money and exposure, sure. And, honestly, those are pretty good things.

But it can't be an enjoyable experience to be the Designated Republican and have to deal with Joy Behar and Whoopie Goldberg and whatever other idiots they have on there now. A miserable job that pays a lot of money is still a miserable job.

Case in point: Jedediah Bila just quit the show, reportedly due to the Shrieking Prog Yentas on the show being angry about her civil-but-skeptical questioning of Hillary Clinton.

"There was a lot of staff who were upset about how that interview was handled," says the source, speculating that "The View" wants the former secretary of state to appear on the show multiple times. "They had a lot to say to Jedediah about calming things down."

We’re told that Bila was signed on for the full season but "she left on her own accord,” the source adds. “There were some things making her uncomfortable behind the scenes, but she loves the cast. She seems to be looking forward to sharing her view in a world where there seems to be only one worldview."

A rep for Bila declined to comment.

The show's reps claimed they were fine with Bila's questions, but note that Bila's rep did not echo that Happy Talk. And note that Bila seems to be signalling her displeasure about this on Twitter:

And if you can't see the tweet he's referring to -- well, it's been deleted. (I should have posted this earlier when it was still there!)

All the tweet was was a 40 second clip of Bila's questions for Clinton -- presumably to show that the questions were polite and fair, and simply an example of actual journalism, instead of smothering Hillary Clinton with #GirlPowerHugz.

The fact that she deleted an on-its-face innocuous tweet may suggest that she got a talking to by The View's producers or something, telling her it was in her interest to go along with the Happy Talk Parting Amicably story.

So that's what Megan McCain is looking down the barrel of. Unless she switches her politics fast to be more #GirlPowerHugz. Which I hope she doesn't, because I don't want to go back to being annoyed by her again.

Meanwhile, it's official. Or at least, it's more official: Laura Ingraham will debut her new Fox show at 10pm on October 30th, while Sean Hannity moves to 9pm.

So the lineup will be Tucker at 8, Hannity at 9, and Ingraham at 10.

The Five, meanwhile, is returning to five o'clock, where it really should be.

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Your Daily Blue Checkmark Mafia Freakout: Trump Retweets Silly Gif of Trump Hitting a Golf Drive and Knocking Hillary With the Ball


The official Democrat political class -- by which I mean "the media" - was in high dudgeon, as were the lesser minions of the Democrat political class, like US Representatives.

This of course is being treated as an actual assault.

This weird-looking retard had to jump in, of course:

Kind of reminds me of Friday's freak-out over Clay Travis saying "boobs" to Brooke Baldwin:

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Surprise: Hero of the Common Man Barack Obama Now Pocketing $400,000 Per Speech for Wall Street Crowds


"Doing well by doing good" is how progressives justify taking graft.

If you're saving the world, why shouldn't you make bank?

Former President Obama is pulling in hundreds of thousands of dollars giving speeches to Wall Street firms, according to a new report.

Obama made $400,000 for a speech he gave to clients of Northern Trust Corp. last month, Bloomberg reported Monday. He gave a speech to Carlyle Group LP last week and is scheduled to headline Cantor Fitzgerald LP's healthcare conference next week.

A spokesman for Obama defended the former president, saying he has given speeches "true to his values."

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Third Night of Rioting in St Louis; Police Sprayed With Unknown Chemical


Decontamination units were called in to spray them down.

The chemical hasn't been identified, but it's possible it was something benign -- the police seized apple cider vinegar sprayers, which protesters use to wash tear gas off their faces.

On the other hand:

I support people's right to carry weapons, but carrying weapons while undertaking a crime (such as rioting) is a major felony.

Related: Unmask them -- seems to have had a positive effect in Berkeley.

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The Morning Rant


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"It's hard to believe that this country was founded by men who thought that the people's liberty had a higher priority than the government's interests. People don't realize this until a SWAT team comes pounding on their door at 4am because they helped raise money for the wrong candidate."

(You can read about the incident in Wisconsin GP is referring to here.)

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Marcel Duchamp

Cubism. I guess. He was also associated with Dadaism, but damned if I know the difference. I do like this's interesting and not designed to shock. Or maybe it is and I'm too bourgeois to know any better.

[Platinum membership holders see the 3D Sistine Chapel]

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The Morning Report 9/18/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. As we wave goodbye to summer and head into fall this week, things seem to be relatively quiet; only a race riot in St. Louis, four American coeds getting acid thrown in their face and three more hurricanes brewing out in the Atlantic. So, yeah, pretty quiet.

First up, it's dangerous enough traveling in Europe but what the hell could possibly warrant traveling to Marseille? It's a dump, it's got a reputation for being sketchy and now it has a very large and dangerous Muslim presence. Next, a second night of protests in St. Louis over the acquittal of a cop accused of murdering a black suspect has devolved into a full-on riot. Thanks, Obama/Holder! In fairness, I am not up to speed on the case, but even if he was guilty as sin there is no justification for this in a civilized society. And thanks to the previous administration, our country has been so utterly poisoned that calm, rational discourse is out of the question. Actually, the victimization brainwashing has been going on for 50 years, going hand in hand with the dissolution of family, faith and culture. Obama/Holder were only in a position to just exploit it.

The UN will have it's annual gathering of the General Assembly this week where no doubt the usual gang of thugs, scum, mental defectives and tyrants will be on our soil to bash America and no doubt Jooz as the root cause of all the world's problems. But this time, we have President Trump who will give them the truth, good and hard. Hopefully Stephen Miller has helped craft a stemwinder.

From hither and yon, there is an effort brewing to get some sort of Obamacare Repeal/Renege bill passed, this time featuring some sort of state block grant scheme. Meh. Anything that maintains the greedy hand of government is going to be mere deck chair swapping on the Titanic. And Comrade Sandersnista is hinting at splitting from the Democrats and running as an independent in 2020, to which I say, yes please!

Speaking of a gang of thugs, scum, mental defectives and tyrants, the Emmy Awards were on last night. In yet another attempt to create a narrative of national discontent and hatred against this president and his agenda, last night's puerile, pornographic display was an indication of the complete disconnect between the self-styled "elites" and the American people. The other week when Ace implored us to step away and find something positive to occupy our time with, one of the best things is to cut the friggin' cable. The results are truly liberating.

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

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (9/17/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Diving Jumping into The ONT)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

As you move through life, set aside good ideas and give them to others to encourage and inspire. Peter J. Daniels

Quote II

Culture is to make a nice drinking bowl from one's enemy's skull. Civilization is to go to prison for that. Anonymous

Quote III

The point at which life becomes 'worthless,' and the point at which the means necessary to preserve it become 'extraordinary' or 'inappropriate,' are neither set forth in the Constitution nor known to the nine Justices of this Court any better than they are known to nine people picked at random from the Kansas City telephone directory...[therefore] even when it is demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that a patient no longer wishes certain measures to be taken to preserve her life, it is up to the citizens of Missouri to decide, through their elected representatives, whether that wish will be honored. Antonin Scalia Cruzan v. Missouri Department of Health

Quote IV

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde


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Open Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

As Lt. Joe Kenda would say, Well, my, my, my. Alabama GOP establishment is trailing.

How is that Obamacare working out?

Open thread until something more exciting comes along.

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Food Thread: Shuck And Jive


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Bluebell, Weasel, and the rest of the staff of the vast bureaucracy that is Moron Cookbook Inc. have been doing a huge amount of work on editing the submitted recipes, creating a logical and pleasing template for each one, creating a legal framework for the endeavor, finding a publisher, and most of all making reservations at a dozen bars and restaurants at which the staff will drink up all of the profits in a bourbon-fueled orgy of oysters and foie gras and caviar and lobster and Kobi beef and Chateau Petrus....

In the meantime, please heed Bluebell's lovely and gentle request:

Would you mind putting something in the food thread for us about the cookbook? I've been sending out emails with questions re some of the recipes, and most have been good about getting back to me, but not all. Plus, there will be more emails yet to come, so I want to alert people. Who woulda thunk that morons writing a cookbook would be a problem?

The emails come from the Moron Cookbook gmail account that Weasel and I share.

Short version: Do what Bluebell says or she will hunt you down and skin you for your pelt.

And speaking of oysters...the reason that photo is up there is because for no particular reason I suddenly had a hankering for a dozen (or two or three) good fat briny East Coast oysters on the half-shell. No idea why. Maybe I dreamed of them, forgot my dream, but it was hovering just outside my consciousness?

So what food or drink jumps up and reminds you that, "Damnit, I haven't some in a very long time!"

Mine is usually oysters or fried chicken or a good braised meat like lamb shanks. But I am also not above meandering down to McDonald's for a sausage-egg-n-cheese biscuit.

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Obama's Iran Deal bears Fruit...For Hezbollah...What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


Iran pays $830 million to Hezbollah

Two years after the nuclear deal was signed by Iran and world powers, the Islamic Republic is reported to have boosted its financial support to Hezbollah to $800 million a year, a dramatic increase from the $200m. it was said to be giving its proxy when sanctions were in place.

It was absolute insanity to release funding to Iran, who has been supporting terrorism around the world, specifically targeted against America and Israel. Obama and his handlers were either profoundly ignorant of the reality of Iran's support for terror, or were well aware and simply chose to ignore it in some vanity-driven desire to be seen by the international peace community as important players in World PeaceTM. There is a third possibility, that they knew quite well that Hezbollah would be energized and funded, and that was part of the plan.
According to IDF assessments, while Hezbollah has increased its military capabilities due to its fighting in Syria, the group has spread its troops across the entire Middle East and is hurting financially.

The finances of the Lebanese Shi'ite group, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by dozens of countries around the globe, also has been hit hard due to years of sanctions by the United States.

Well then, since Hezbollah has been hurt by our sanctions, let's continue Obama's waiver!
The US and European countries lifted sanctions against Iran in January 2016, releasing roughly $100 billion in assets after international inspectors found that Iran had dismantled large parts of its nuclear program. According to US media, officials say President Donald Trump is ready to extend those waivers that were issued under the Obama administration.

I sure hope that's not the case....

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Breitbart Had A Point: Why You Should Read The Comments: Example #43,091


Memorize this and recite it to your liberal friends when they wax poetic about the joys of open borders and Dreamers and Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and the rest of the progressive cant that is in reality a thinly veiled attempt to destroy American Exceptionalism.

Thank you Muldoon!

Welcome one of your newest fellow citizens. Let's say just for the sake of discussion that this is a hypothetical scenario:

46 year old woman. Gets pregnant. No father listed on birth certificate. Unemployed, gets no prenatal care, presents to hospital in labor, baby born slightly premature and very small size. Has Down syndrome. Has significant medical abnormalities. Will probably be hospitalized for weeks to months in intensive care. May need major surgery. Mother speaks not a word of English. Immigration status? Who knows, not allowed to ask. Mom on Medicaid. Baby on Medicaid.

Where is the responsibility of this woman who is old enough to know better? Where is the responsibility of the father who gets his pleasure with no skin in the game? Where is the responsibility of this mother's nation of origin who outsourced her dependency onto us? Where is the concern from our politicians for the taxpayers, the hardworking citizens of this country who are going to pay for this child's medical care for years to come? Where is a simple thank you America, for being kind hearted and generous. But no, the Dreamers have a dream. Screw the taxpayer and his/her dreams. Screw the future of the taxpayer's child and his/her dreams. This woman and her child are entitled to the sweat of your brow, comrade!

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-17-2017


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Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants which I can't tell if these guys are a barbershop quartet or curling team.

Pic Note

You're going to want to click on the pic to see the larger version as the old b&w photo looks very impressive. This fine old library has unfortunately long since been demolished.

Hillary's Book, Part Thrieuuxx

So from the online published excerpts and quotes from interviews Cankles has given this week, there's nothing new here, no surprises, no astounding revelations, no insight, no self-awareness, no thing. It's just what we would have expected from her: a boringly dull, whining, self-pitying, woulda coulda shoulda blame-a-thon that has all of the wit, intelligence, and readability of a cinder block.

My prediction is that it will all but be forgotten in a month. Like her other books. Oh, I know that Hillary's peeps at the NY Times will figure out which bookstores to interview so they will be able to guarantee a place for it on their "bestseller" list, but nobody will care.

“Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”

So let me get this straight, Orwell wrote 1984 because he thought we needed to trust "our leaders" *more*? Is she *seriously* trying to make that argument? That's monumentally dumb. That's like reading Uncle Tom's Cabin and claiming that it supports slavery.

Hrothgar sent me this article, a bleak description of a tubercular George Orwell struggling to complete 1984 before he died or became too ill to write. As Her Thighness ascertained, he really had a strong desire to communicate how we should all trust the government and our political leaders. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

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It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

CAPNOMANCY is divination by examining the patterns made by smoke.

Usage: The US Dept. of Capnomancy dates back to FDR's "brain trust" and the New Deal.

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EMT 09/17/17



You know. When you used to be able to watch Winston Cup racing.

At least NASCAR's pandering to a crowd that was never going to watch them anyway has freed up a lot of time for other things.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (9/16/17) Caturday Lite Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(An honest cat!)


It's a catty world out there. CatCon.


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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 09-16-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]


I Demand Order!

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Screenplays are structure, and that’s all they are. The quality of writing—which is crucial in almost every other form of literature—is not what makes a screenplay work.
-William Goldman, writer of The Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

I largely agree with this sentiment, but I think that Mr. Goldman oversells his idea a little bit. A well-structured story with terrible dialogue, poor characters, and an inflated sense of self-importance is going to be a hard thing to read or watch. I’m sure he meant that structure is more than just a very basic concept, but something that includes a whole lot more. And yet in my mind you might as well say, "Screenplays are movies. " It’s so expansive to the point of meaninglessness.

Still, structure is really important to a movie. With bad structure, well-written characters and great dialogue become individual elements in a confusing mess of a story.

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Social Justice Warriors Upset That Harvard Didn't Admit a Convicted Murderer


The best kind of murderess, in SJW eyes: she was convicted of murdering, and hiding the body of, her 4 year old child.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread (Featuring Dress Pr0n) 09-16-2017


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Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, I pick out a few lovely, modest, conservative dresses for the 'ettes to admire and appraise. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a food fight on a Saturday afternoon. Unless you're starving.

Problem 1 - White To Play (177)

Hint: White mates in 2

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Isn't that the truth?!)


Good afternoon folks. Welcome to the AoS Pet Thread. Put down the pooper-scoopers and take a break. Wash your paws, grab a T-R-E-A-T and a drink.

Photo above the fold is a h/t from our resident Food Guy.


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Saturday Gardening Thread: The Harvest Continues [KT]

—Open Blogger


Hello, gardeners and those who would like to make friends with a gardener about now. There are some good things coming out of gardens this time of year. Above, a peach my niece and her husband grew in their yard in Utah.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the tomato harvest is so good that they are throwing tomatoes at people.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Wordplay [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs


Gargoyle: an olive-flavored mouthwash

I hate to break it to Misanthropic Humanitarian, but Coffee means "a person who is coughed upon".

These are new "fun words" from a Washington Post Yearly Reader Contest. Of course, WaPo is pretty good at supplying new meanings for words right in their news stories.

Doing anything interesting this weekend? Made up any new words recently?

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(Hot. Black. Bitter. Coffee or my soul?)

Wow, Saturday morning is here again. Here are just a few news stories that didn't make the AoSHQ and get their due attention.


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EMT 09/16/17



Assuming the alarm goes off.

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Friday night y'all. How's everyone doing out there in Moronville? How about if we start out with a little irony?


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Bradley "Chelz" Manning Hung Up Phone on Harvard Dean Who Told Him He Was No Longer a "Fellow"/
Combo: And GAINZZ Thread


Strange -- I thought he'd been waiting for just that affirmation.

Anyway, still every inch the lady.

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of state secrets and served seven years in military prison, abruptly terminated a phone call with the dean of the Harvard Kennedy school in an expression of her dismay at his decision to revoke her visiting fellowship in the face of severe pressure from the CIA.

Manning ended the conversation on Thursday as the dean, Douglas Elmendorf, tried to justify to her his decision to cancel the fellowship only a day after it had been announced.

Oh, and this sweetheart, who taught at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice and bragged that he was happy to be teaching cops who would soon be "dead cops," has been suspended.

"Some of ya'll might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops," Isaacson tweeted on Aug. 23.

Below, the GAINZZZ thread. I don't put these up sometimes because I figure 50% or more of the readership just doesn't care, so I'm going to experiment with putting a news post and a GAINZZZ thread in one post. Comment on either (or whatever else) as you will.

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Pinch Faced Puritan and Church Lady Scold Brooke Baldwin Freaks the F Out Because Clay Travis Says He Only Believes in Two Things: The First Amendment, and Boobs


Brooke Baldwin, who only has her show because she's a conventionally good-looking woman, freaks out that a heterosexual guy says he likes the First Amendment and boobs.

She continues to be #Triggered to the point of incoherence through the interview, and the Social Justice Warrior semi-male she has on for a counterpoint pretends to be equally offended.

By the way: She can't even say the word. Instead of saying the word, when she repeatedly asks him if he really said that.

She says "b - double-o - b - s," like it's "the n-word."

Then she decides she's just too #Triggered and yanks the mic:

"I'm done, I’m sorry. I’m done," Baldwin said before promptly ending the segment. "This conversation is over, yanking mics, bye."

"Anchors" who are on TV only because they look okay in bikinis and short skirts puddling themselves over hearing language a 6-year-old would find tame is not exactly the #FearlessJournalism I was promised.

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Revealed: Men Are Better At Throwing and Aiming -- and Therefore Physics -- Not Because of Biological Evolution of Their Brains to Favor Hunting Skills, But Only Because... They Play Aiming Games While Peeing


The "academy" is a joke. They are nothing but political agenda. In this case, to prove that their is no difference -- none! -- between men and women, except for Society.

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Anthony Weiner Begs Judge for Leniency in Underage-Sexting Case, Saying He's Already Been Punished and Made a "National Pariah"


Guy does seem to have a real problem. It's definitely a compulsion.

Anthony Weiner is finally coming clean about his double life as a serial sexter -- admitting that he has had online affairs with 'hundreds of women' since 2009 and knowingly engaged in at least two explicit video chats with an underage girl.

Hundreds? Think of the time factor on that.

Chronic masturbator, this one.

He also says he should avoid jail time because he became a 'national pariah' after the FBI investigation into his sexting prompted the bureau to reopen its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server just days before the presidential election.

Weiner's attorneys filed a lengthy court memo which was made public in full on Thursday documenting their client's years as a self-proclaimed 'sex addict' and asking a judge for leniency when the former congressman is sentenced for sending obscenity to a minor later this month.

In the memo, Weiner says he should be sentenced to probation -- not prison time -- because he has already faced severe 'extrajudicial punishment' and national disgrace after his case damaged Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year.

The article suggests that Huma Abedin has known about this problem since 2009, two years before the rest of the world found out, Memorial Day weekend 2011.

See this tweet for a collage of pictures of Weiner's sexting career. Amusingly, in the one bottom right, he seems to be identifying himself as "T Dog" in his latest (known) sexts.

T Dog.

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Supercut of Hillary Clinton Explaining That, If You Think About It, She Really Won the Election


A charmless human-shaped mass of ego and neediness.

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Possible Trend? Lefties Taking the "Red Pill" and Turning to the Right, Rejecting SJWism


Maybe some room for optimism.

The mainstream media failed to see the rise of Donald Trump in 2016. Now it's overlooking another grassroots movement that may soon be of equal significance-- the growing number of liberals "taking the red pill." People of all ages and ethnicities are posting YouTube videos describing "red pill moments"--personal awakenings that have caused them to reject leftist narratives imbibed since childhood from friends, teachers, and the news and entertainment media.

You might say that those who take the red pill have been "triggered." But instead of seeking out "safe spaces," they're doing the opposite, posting monologues throwing off the shackles of political correctness.

Their videos can feature the kind of subversiveness that was once a hallmark of the left''before the movement lost its sense of humor.

Candace Owens, a charismatic young African American, posts commentaries on her YouTube channel whose titles seem expressly designed to make PC heads explode.

A sample: "I Do''t Care About Charlottesville, the KKK, or White Supremacy." The commentary calls out liberal fearmongering over white supremacists. "I mean there are, what, 6,000 Klansmen left in our nation. You want me to actually process that as a legitimate fear every day when I wake up?"


A later episode about Black Lives Matter got nearly 700,000 views and had the distinction of being briefly taken down by YouTube. Unapologetic, Owens responded with a follow-up commentary -- "What YouTube and Facebook REALLY Think of Black People."

She declared, "There was only one version of a black person that these platforms are willing to help propel towards fame and notoriety--and that is an angry black victim."

The article details more such Red Pill diarists. Here's one of the Candace Owens videos.


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The Morning Rant


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"So DNC hack John Podesta got suckered by an e-mail phishing scam and from that we're supposed to conclude that Donald Trump schemed with Vladimir Putin to rig the election? You'd have to be crazy, and I mean 100% certifiably nuts, to believe that."

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Jeremiah Lamenting The Destruction Of Jerusalem
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

The year is 587 BCE, and the Babylonians have just destroyed Jerusalem and Solomon's Temple. Judaism commemorates this (and the destruction of the second temple by the Romans in 70 CE) in a holiday called Tisha B'Av.

[Hat Tip: Carl Gustav]

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The Morning Report 9/15/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. First up, above the fold, we have a breaking/developing story in London where an explosion rocked a train in or near the Parsons Green station on the London Underground just a few hours ago during the Friday rush hour. If someone yelled "Shalom, PeeWee!" we'll find out (or not) soon enough. Also, Whoa, Fat! has launched another missile that overflew Japan and went 200 miles further than any previous launch; 2,300 miles. Hank Johnson's Tippy Island is now well within range.

The big story continues to be the fallout over PDT's meeting with Chuck Schemer and Nunzio Palsi, and the alleged "deal" that was struck, or minimally what was or was not discussed vis a vis Amnesty, immigration, the border wall, the Cleveland Indians and the marvel that is Prell shampoo. Yesterday, as you may recall, I leveled criticism at the President, which most of his die-hard supporters took umbrage at. Soon after I had some second thoughts considering the nature of today's media. Rush yesterday explained, and rightly so, that having utterly failed in their attempts to directly destroy Trump, the only way to defeat him is to attempt to separate him from his base. Now this is of course true. And in fact later in the day, whilst on the ground in Florida observing Irma recovery operations, he basically said that what his two dinner guests said was bullshit.

THE PRESIDENT: There was no deal, and they didn't say that. In fact, they just put out a statement. They didn't say that at all.

REPORTER: No release for DACA recipients unless you get the wall? Is that what you're saying?

THE PRESIDENT: The wall.... At some point, they're going to have to.... They cannot obstruct the wall. The wall, to me, is vital. If I don't get the wall, then we will become the obstruction.

REPORTERS: (crosstalk) What has to come first, the wall?

THE PRESIDENT: We have to have an understanding whether it's in the budget or some other vehicle, in a fairly short period of time, the wall will be funded. Otherwise, we're not doing any deal.

Okay, that seemed pretty clear, I guess. BUT, then he had this to say....

We're not looking at citizenship. We're not looking at amnesty. We're looking at allowing people to stay here. We're working with everybody. Republican, we're working with Democrats. I just spoke with Paul Ryan. He's on board. Everybody's on board. They want to do something. We're not talking about amnesty. We're talking about.... Uh, we're talking about taking care of people, people that were brought here-- people that have done a good job and were not brought here of their own volition.

What the hell does that supposed to mean? Not Amnesty, not citizenship but you let people stay? As what, 800,000 essentially stateless persons? Within seconds you are going to have such an outcry from the usual quarters that an entire group of people have been cruelly been made into what is essentially worse than second class citizens and either the hack Judiciary or hack Legislative branch will right this terrible injustice and voila! Millions more Democrat voters.

Look, I'm getting into the weeds here but this entire thing to me is turning into a YUUGE fiasco. I know some will look at this as 11-dimensional chess on PDT's part but frankly I don't see it. He ran on the platform of securing our borders, ending the cultural/societal/economic destruction wrought by 50 years of unchecked third world migration and draining the DC swamp. I realize that he is or purported to be "non-ideological" but he is intelligent; he surely has to see that the things he railed against during the campaign are indeed driven by a mad ideology. To jump into bed with two of its most smarmy figureheads and purveyors is beyond the pale. And I have not forgotten, nor will I ever forget, the bastards in the GOP for aiding and abetting all this and stonewalling the President as well. But as I mentioned the other week in my fantasy address to the nation, the President must declare war on both parties, the Deep State and the media/academia/culture complex on behalf of the people who put him in office. If he is prevented from doing what we want, I can completely understand that so long as he went to the mattresses for us. But this deal making just for the sake of making a deal will be the bitter end, especially on this (the Obamacare non-repeal and tax reform is something else as well). Mr. President, you and we are at a crossroads. You can be the catalyst that begins the road back and go down as a national hero, or squander the last legitimate chance we will ever have to save this nation. Here and now. Choose.

A couple of other items of note: the always great Daniel Greenfield speculates that Susan Rice's unmasked Trump's underlings on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, Harvard has actually backtracked and rescinded the invitation for the freak traitor Manning, the Russkies and Chi-Coms are propping up regime in Venezuela and Ben Shapiro's engagement at Berkeley went off without too much disruption.

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

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I hear this is kind of common. Even more common, strangely enough, is so-called "cat burglars" pooping on the floors of homes they've broken into. Why? I have no idea.
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