April 23, 2017

What The Hell Is A March For Science?

—CBD

Aside from turning Manhattan into a giant parking lot, what did these stupid demonstrations achieve?

Well, it was a monstrous sea of virtue-signalling signs and hip clothing and wry facial hair, and not a single constructive thing other than widening the gulf between hyper-politicized agitation for "climate change" and...um...real science.

The idiocy that "consensus" should end the debate is insulting to everyone who understands the scientific method and isn't driven by partisanship or, probably more likely, the quest for funding.

Newton and Liebnitz and Pasteur and Einstein and Rutherford and Barry Marshall and Robin Warren (look 'em up) and Feynman and Mullis and a host of great scientists did not accept the status quo and the pronouncements of the herd.

Scientific investigation should take one wherever the data point. That the AGW establishment jealously guards its data is a testament to their ulterior motives, and a huge red flag. Show me your raw data, and show me how and why you "corrected" them to prove your hypothesis. Otherwise, you are a fraud and a liar and have no respect for the scientific method.


And another thing:

Correlation does not imply causation

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-23-2017

—OregonMuse



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Library of Congress Reading Room

Pic Note

I heard about this reading room from tsrblke, who told me:

It's actually not all that easy to find, you actually have to go down to the level below it, wander some hallways that cut at odd angles and then take an elevator back up to the room's entrance. And leaving I got totally lost and spent 15 minutes wandering around in a sublevel until I finally found my way out...There are several alcoves off the main center area that look out to the center of the room almost like little observation rooms. And you don't get a sense of the sheer size of this single room until you're standing on the floor of it looking up rather than down from above.


Another Book by One of Trump's Appointees

I did not know that our newest SCOTUS justice, Neil Gorsuch, had written a book, which came to my attention when RealClearBooks had a link to this negative review of it. If you want a good look about how Justice Gorsuch thinks, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia is probably a good place to start:

After assessing the strengths and weaknesses of arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia, Gorsuch builds a nuanced, novel, and powerful moral and legal argument against legalization, one based on a principle that, surprisingly, has largely been overlooked in the debate--the idea that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong. At the same time, the argument Gorsuch develops leaves wide latitude for individual patient autonomy and the refusal of unwanted medical treatment and life-sustaining care, permitting intervention only in cases where an intention to kill is present.

The downside is that this book is published by an academic press, so the price ($25) is pretty steep. And some of the reviews are just frothing at the mouth. I especially liked the one that is basically one sentence: "It’s been almost a year since Senate Republicans took an empty Supreme Court seat hostage, discarding a constitutional duty that both parties have honored throughout American history and hobbling an entire branch of government for partisan gain." Heh. Butthurt much?


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

Something that is MERDIVEROUS eats dung.

Usage: "The merdiverous Maxine Waters..."

Also, if you rearrange the letters in the phrase "an antifa protester" you get its dictionary definition

"n: fat pest near a riot."

(h/t Mark Huffman for the anagram)

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EMT 04/23/17

—krakatoa

This EMT has every bit of substance as Hillary's campaign did.

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Overnight Open Thread (22 Apr 2017)

—CDR M

Sure is bright today in my house with all the lights on for Earth Day. Just a reminder, the Earth Day co-founder killed, composted his girlfriend.

13 most ridiculous predictions made on Earth Day, 1970.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 04-22-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

Let's Talk About Star Wars

Okay, not actually Star Wars, but stuff like this:



I think that you people know that I love movies in general quite a bit more than most. I watch a lot of stuff of a wide variety.

You may also be able to guess that I got into movies through stuff like Star Wars. I was obsessed with the original trilogy. I read the Expanded Universe novels. Hell, in about 6th grade I tried my first hand at novel writing with a Star Wars novel (I'm pretty sure it was really terrible and I'm very glad that I can't find it). I went a bit nuts when the first trailer for The Phantom Menace came out. I went to go see 13 Days, a movie I had no interest in, just so that I could see the trailer.

I was also 13 years old at the time.

I picked this guy's video at random, and I don't want to cast judgment on the guy's mental state. Neither should you. However, having never heard of this guy before, seen any of his videos, or met him in person, all I have to go on with him is this video. And he cries at the trailer for The Last Jedi. He…Cries.


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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 04-22-2017

—OregonMuse



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Michael Cheval - A la Guerre Comme a la Guerre

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. 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 hockey brawl on a Saturday afternoon. Except maybe Bruins fans.


Pic Note

I played around with Google's language translator, and the title of this week's pic could either be rendered "In War As In War" or "War and War", I'm not sure which. No doubt one of you morons more knowledgeable in French would be able to help out here.

Also, there's a lot of detail in the painting that you'll be able to see a lot better if you bring up the larger version, which is only a click away.


Problem 1 - Black To Play (224)

Hint: Black can force a mate in 2


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread, where critters are tops.

It's been quite a week with the pets here. All I can say is I'm glad that they don't have thumbs. Whats been going on in your world?

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Bloomin' Mysteries [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Clue to Mystery Flower #1 is The Platypus.

Animal: Wide bill. Plant: Wide ____.

Happy Saturday, gardeners and garden watchers! Today, we have three mystery flowers plus additional content! Only the most nerdish gardeners in The Horde are expected to come up with the correct species identification for our first mystery today without looking it up. I do not know the identity of our second Mystery Flower. Maybe together we can figure out what it is.

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Thread before the gardening thread: Oz in April [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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It's elementary.

Has autumn (in Australia) brought out a bit of attention to reality? Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process. Via Maggie's Farm:

Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate "Australian values", PM Malcolm Turnbull said.

Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident - three years longer than at present.

The move comes two days after Australia unveiled stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas.

Mr Turnbull said the changes would ensure that migrants were better integrated into the community. . . .

Sounds to me like some of the "Australian values" noted could be adopted as "American values", too.

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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[X] Coffee
[X] Sassy Pants
[X] Smart Ass Attitude

All set, must be Saturday morning. Welcome the the weird news dump.

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EMT 04/22/17

—krakatoa

You really shouldn't be up this early. It's a Saturday. Shoot your clock and get some sleep.

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Overnight Open Thread (21 Apr 2017)

—CDR M

Alright, I'm back from my misadventures in computing. Long story short, I had an overheating CPU that was spiking to 99C and causing programs to lock up when the CPU throttled itself due to the heat spike. I originally thought it was the EA software but that turned out not to be the case. First I replaced the thermal paste that was located on the heat sink/water cooler bottom that attaches to the CPU chip. That didn't address the problem so I replaced the water cooler itself and that didn't work either. Eventually, I ended up swapping out the CPU chip and everything is back to normal. Then I had to mess with the BIOS as it stopped recognizing one of my GPUs. Good learning experience though.

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Open Thread and Some Things of Marginal Importance

—Ace

Some stuff, a lot of it from Twitter, where the real stupid happens:

A Blue Checkmark Mafia idiot says the GOP rigged Benghazi to hurt Hillary Clinton in the election.

Louise Mensch, who is so good at politics she successfully served as a Member of Parliament from 2010 all the way until her resignation in 2012, spends her days now nuttering about reds under the beds. Even Buzzfeed, which has led many Social Justice Warrior scalp-hunting parties against innocent nobodies, thinks she's a bit promiscuous with her many, many allegations.

Since last November’s election, the former British politician Louise Mensch has transformed herself into the leader of a wide-ranging internet investigation into Russian espionage and influence in American politics, media, and business. Every day, Mensch and her network of online detectives unravel what they claim is a massive conspiracy linking the Kremlin, the Republican party, armies of internet trolls, and moneyed puppet-masters around the world.

Mensch, who sometimes tweets hundreds of times a day, has claimed or implied that targets ranging from top government officials to journalists to teenagers to anonymous twitter users are in thrall to Vladimir Putin.

Just since inauguration day, according to an extensive review of her tweets, the New York-based Mensch has accused at least 210 people and organizations of being under Russian government influence....

Mensch’s list includes 35 American politicians and government officials, 26 journalists, 26 organizations and corporations (among them think tanks, banks, media outlets, foreign intelligence agencies, and security firms), 18 Russians, 18 US citizens notable for political donations or affiliations, 80 low-profile Twitter accounts Mensch has characterized as "Putinbots" or similar (many of which appear to belong to Americans who support President Trump), and two British politicians. The list includes figures as disparate as Bernie Sanders and Sean Hannity.

Via @EsotericCD.

By the way, if you wish to learn more about the mindthoughts of this former chic-lit-writer-turned-spyhunter, you can read her brilliant essay "Dear Mr. Putin, Let's Play Chess."

Are the elites once again whistling past the graveyard in declaring confidently that LePen can't win in France?

BTW, I think the answer is "no," because just a couple of years ago people thought the FN was going to capture a lot of regional offices because they made it into the second round, but the partisans of all other parties ganged up to vote for whoever was opposing the FN candidate. So you had the center-left voters voting for the Parti Socialist, and socialists voting for the center left -- anyone but FN.

That just happened two years ago and I don't see how things could have changed so tectonically since then that this pattern would no longer be operative.

Then again, there was just a terrorist attack, and she's kind of the only one making a big deal about it, and the Known Wolf who'd done it had previously gone on anti-cop rampages but was still at large, so who knows.

Oh, and one likely second-round opponent Jean-Luc Melenchon, wants a 100% tax on "the rich" -- so maybe even the center-right will shy away from backing him, if he makes the second round.

See update to this story: Berkeley now says it will provide protection for an Ann Coulter speech, thought it will be delayed a week.

Some groundbreaking work from out academic elites in the exciting new field of pre-natal micro-aggressions:

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GAINZZZ Thread

—Ace

I've been under the weather for a while (allergies and light injuries), but I had some gainzzz. Hit my goal weight of 165. Not sure why as I've been off-regimen in almost all ways.* Eventually that caught up and I regained some fat since then, but hey, hit the goal once and you can do it again.

But just because I haven't been working on GAINZZZ doesn't mean you haven't been.

Any GAINZZZ in health, well-being, or pursuing interests?

* I guess maybe the scale is a lagging indicator of changes that have already occurred. Maybe it takes a week or so for the body to react to positive work.

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"Source:" Hillary Clinton Is, Get This, on Witch-hunt for Staffers Who Spoke to Allen and Parnes for the Unflattering Portrait of Her in Shattered

—Ace

The woman who combed through people's emails to find out who the traitors were is now reportedly launching a new effort to find the new traitors.

One source said, "The knives are out to find the people who spoke about the campaign to the authors of this book. Dennis has been texting prominent campaign staffers, asking who talked. He’s on a witch hunt to find out who talked to save their own skin, throwing Hillary and her campaign manager Robby Mook under the bus."

The source added, "There's some speculation that Huma Abedin cooperated to save her own reputation. However, she and Hillary are still very close."

How awesome would that be?

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The Real Story Behind The Fearless Girl Statue That Had Leftwing Empowerment Boners Shooting Hot, Sticky Justice Juice All Over The Internet [Warden]

—Open Blogger

Do you remember this stupid statue? The little girl being all brave and defiant and whatnot? Boy, did the left get themselves all hot and bothered over this statue.

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Frumpy, white, upper middle class, suburban mommies in particular found themselves feeling she-powered by this bold, new, herstorical icon of American civil rights.

Because, you know--oppression and stuff. Like how 57% of college graduates are female, same as in Iraq and other awful places.

Arturo Di Modica, the artist who created the charging bull that the girl is staring down, further raised the ire of the gurl power advocates on the left for objecting to others piggybacking on his own artistic work and changing the intended meaning of it to serve their own agenda.

"Your male fragility is showing!" one woman jeered on Twitter. "Are you afraid of a little girl?" spat another.

Yesterday, di Modica pointed out a very inconvenient fact. The defiant girl statue is nothing but a cynical piece of corporate advertising for a gimmicky "Gender Diversity" index fund.

"Fearless Girl" was in fact commissioned as a publicity stunt tied to International Women's Day by State Street Global Advisors, a Boston-based investment company which manages some $2.5 trillion in assets. The firm says the girl is intended to promote its campaign urging "greater gender diversity on corporate boards."

Photographer, Greg Fallis, points out that even without this obnoxious corporate tie-in, the piece fails in its goal of promoting female empowerment because it relies on Di Modica's charging bull to give it context and meaning.

Fearless Girl derives its power almost entirely from Di Modica's statue. The sculptor, Kristen Visbal, sort of acknowledges this. She's said this about her statue:

"She's not angry at the bull -- she’s confident, she knows what she's capable of, and she's wanting the bull to take note."

It's all about the bull. If it were placed anywhere else, Fearless Girl would still be a very fine statue-- but without facing Charging Bull the Fearless Girl has nothing to be fearless to. Or about. Whatever. Fearless Girl, without Di Modica's bull, without the context provided by the bull, becomes Really Confident Girl.

The charging bull, it should be noted, was a piece of guerilla artwork created by Arturo Di Modica after the 1987 stock market crash. Di Modica, a Sicilian immigrant, created the statue at his own expense and plopped it down in front of the New York Stock Exchange without permission. The bull, he said, represented "the strength and power of the American people."

The stiffs who ran the exchange hated the statue and had it removed. A major outcry from the people of New York City caused them to relent. The now-beloved sculpture has been a fixture of the NYSE ever since.

So basically, a bunch of soulless corporate hacks hijacked a patriotic piece of artwork created by a proud naturalized immigrant and affirmed by a popular uprising and changed it into yet another tiresome display of snotty SJW self rightousness to the cheers of a bunch of people who have never experienced an ounce of oppression in their soft, easy, and meaningless lives.

If these people are so strong, brave and all around kick-ass, then why do they always have to tear down what other people have built? Why can't they shine on their own instead of snuffing out everyone else's candles?

Because they suck. Because they're wretched. Because they're liars, hypocrites and selfish, shitty-assed people.

Some people had the idea that Di Modica should turn the bull so that its backside faces the girl. I think he should just take his bull somewhere else and leave the girl facing nothing. That or build a larger, taller boy right in front of her as a giant fuck you to all involved.


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Fox News Now In the Hands of the Very Liberal James Murdoch, Who Plans a Major "Reinvention"

—Ace

This should be awesome.

These sources say James Murdoch’s long-time annoyance if not disgust with Fox News became cold fury after the Times' April 1 story [disclosing Bill O'Reilly's previous sexual harassment payouts ]-- even though several of the O’Reilly settlements had happened when James was CEO of the parent company. This was a similar reaction to what had followed the harassment suit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson against Fox News chief Roger Ailes in July. Every time Fox controversies spilled over into the wider world, James took it personally. "It was somehow against him," says one person close to the Murdochs.

Fox News is a business he should not be in, he had told people before, despite its major contribution to 21st Century Fox's bottom line --20 percent of its profits came from Fox News last year, the biggest-earning division in the company. Presumably, he meant the in-your-face world of conservative cable news with its mega personalities. Indeed, James regarded many of the people at Fox News as thuggish Neanderthals and said he was embarrassed to be in the same company with them.

But, likewise, it would be hard to imagine how James could have been regarded with more contempt by many of the people at Fox News. James was rather exhibit No. 1 of the liberal elite entitlement that Fox had so profitably programmed against. "Fox [News] is an important brand, but it needs to develop, and, to some extent, be reformed," James said when I interviewed him ten years ago in his office as the chief executive of the Murdoch-controlled Sky TV in Britain, whose significantly less-partisan news operation he extolled as a ratings and journalistic model.

A couple of his ideas don't seem bad on a superficial level -- he wants Fox to be less overtly partisan, and he wants to merge Fox and Skynews and Murdoch's other media properties to create a global news brand.

I think Fox's overt we're-on-your-side signalling limits its reach. Preaching to the converted, as they say.

But I also think Liberals Gonna Liberal.

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Don't Trust The Dow As An Indicator: Diversification Is Your Friend!

—CBD

Almost very financial report on radio or TV features a breathless recitation of the state of the Dow Jones Industrial Index as if it were the gold standard of measurements of the state of the economy.

But as any statistician will tell you, using only 30 companies to gauge the state of a group of almost 4,000 publicly held companies that trade stock is a recipe for some odd fluctuations that do not reflect reality. Add to that the fact that the Dow is not randomly selected, and that only a tortured definition of "industrial' would allow inclusion of American Express or Walt Disney, and you get a warped picture of the economy.

A better measure is the S&P 500, or the Russell 2000, or the Wilshire 5000.

The S&P 500 is a group of the largest companies in the country, the Russell 2000 is the bottom 2,000 companies in the Russell 3000, and the Wilshire 5000 is pretty much every company publicly traded in America.

Here's a five year graph showing the S&P 500 and the Dow...

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And here is one showing the Dow vs. the Wilshire 5000 (a fund that reflects it), because it's a better comparison, which was suggested by commenter Hopped Up On Something.

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With only 30 components, any sharp movement caused by any number of things can move the Dow in ways that do not reflect the economy as a whole. Just imagine an iPhone battery problem or a Chevron oil refinery fire or a trading scandal at Goldman Sachs and you can see how easily a catastrophe for one company in the Dow can skew it significantly, when the larger economy shrugs it off as a nothing-burger.

Unfortunately the best measure of the economy, internet pron site hits, is not yet available.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Rolla
Henri Gervex

This was sold by Sotheby's in 1984 for far more than expected, no doubt because of the marvelous brushwork on the lamp and the dress.

Their description is interesting, and worth a read. Here is a bit of it....

Taking as his inspiration the eponymous poem of 1833 by Alfred de Musset, Gervex transposes the narrative into fashionable contemporary Paris, signalled by the wrought iron railings and view of the Haussmannised cityscape beyond, the grand boulevard backdrop recognized by some viewers as the fashionable Boulevard des Italiens. Jacques Rolla, a well-born bourgeois, has decided to spend his final night with the prostitute Marion, having squandered his fortune on a life of debauchery. The scene depicts the morning after: while Marion lies asleep, Rolla broods on his fate and contemplates suicide by jumping from the window. The model for Marion is based on several women - the actress Ellen Andrée, a favorite of Renoir, Manet and Degas (she is the sitter in Degas' L'Absinthe of 1876) posed for the body, but demanded that a different model be used for the face.

That little comment about Paris being "Haussmannised" is a pomposity, signalling that the writer is one of the elite who knows who Baron Haussmann was. Except...every Parisian knows who he was, and it's not that big a deal. It's like a New Yorker knowing who Robert Moses was. So? He was an urban planner who changed some of NYC, some for the good and some definitely not. But it's a hometown detail, and not a signal of one's intelligence.

And in the "bourgeois" I get a whiff of Marxist dialectic, which deserves a whiff of grapeshot.

But I digress.

Manet, Degas, Stevens, the young, the old, everyone trooped in front of the canvas which was already famous before it entered the Salon…However, hardly had it been hung on the wall when the surintendant des Beaux- Arts, Turquet, gave the brutal order that it be removed on grounds of immorality, with the complicity of the Salon jury…that’s how an art dealer offered to exhibit Rolla at his shop on the Chaussée-d’Antin… I accepted, as you can imagine, with gratitude, and for three months there was indeed an uninterrupted procession of visitors with a queue of carriages backed up to the Opera.
-- Henri Gervex
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The Morning Report 4/21/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Friday again, thank goodness. Lots of interesting things this morning. First of course is the aftermath of the Islamist terror attack in Paris yesterday. Aside from the blood and carnage, coming so close to the elections, does it help Marine LePen pull out the win even with the arcane French electoral system or more crucially the French national psyche of self-loathing masochism? Meanwhile over here, there are rumblings that both a reboot of the Obamacare Repeal/Replace and tax reform are on the front burner and perhaps close to happening. With that are the counter-rumblings that they ain't happening. Daniel Greenfield has another excellent essay (I'm becoming a big fan) as well as Rush's take on O'Reilly's demise. Up front, although at first glance it's just par for the course, I want to take the time to address Howard Dean. I don't want to let it slide. Let me say for his benefit and any other Leftist reading this, there is no such thing as hate speech. There's only speech. And in this country, it's still a G-d given right. So long as it does not openly incite violence, it's guaranteed. In any case it is you and your party and political movement that incite the violence, fought for slavery and segregation, locked citizens up in concentration camps, destroyed lives via a crushing socialist welfare state, that seeks the eradication of our Constitution, the dissolution of our society and the consolidation of power via unchecked mass migration and chaos. Barack Obama encouraged your minions not to sit down and have a civilized discourse over a cup of coffee but to get in our faces. You sir and your rotten ilk are the fascists and totalitarians. Much as it might personally satisfy me to see you muzzled, you have a right to spew your idiotic, inchoate drivel as much as I or Ann Coulter have the right to call you out on it. You, sir, are a tiresome fool, but you are dangerous nonetheless. If you are given time to obliquely if not openly call for the abolition of the 1st Amendment and a citizen's right to speak, I cannot allow that to go unanswered because if you have your way, I won't ever be able to.

Rant over. Links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Lipless Wonder Howard Dean Sez 1st Amendment Does Not Protect Ann Coulter

UPDATE: I have changed the headline for the first link to show only 1 Gendarme killed.

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Hey, It's Thursday, I Probably Should Write an ONT

—WeirdDave

Oh, gee, it seems to be Thursday night. And by Thursday night, I mean Thursday after 8:30. Tonight's ONT will be exactly as long as the content I am able to stuff in between now and 10 PM. This could be a bumpy ride, maybe some firemen will be able to smooth it out:

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Berkeley: We're Cancelling Ann Coulter's Speech, As We Can't or Won't Protect Her From the Feral Humanoids Who Inhabit Our Zoo
Ann Coulter: I Think I'm Gonna Speak There Anyway

—Ace

I've seen Ann Coulter's security guys -- this might be a case of bringing thugs to a SEAL fight.

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#FakeNews: In Thirst to Embarrass Trump, New York Times Puts Out Bogus Story About Crowd Size at NE Patriots Visit to White House

—Ace

Jonathan Turley explained the media's attitude towards their visceral, nearly sexual desire to Get Trump: he quoted Oscar Wilde's quip that "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."

If #FakeNews to #GetTrump is wrong, the media doesn't want to be right.

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"Terrorist" Shooting on Champs Elysees in Paris; One Policeman Dead, One Terrorist Dead
Update: Two or More Terrorists Might Be Involved
Update: Hollande "Convinced" It Was a Terrorist Act

—Ace

Update: ISIS claims responsibility (or admits guilt, as someone suggested we change the formulation to a long time ago), according to @Le_Parisien.

Update:


"Hollande 'convinced' the trail [leads to] terrorist organization"

Update: A wanted poster goes out for another recent arrival in France.


"ATTACK ON THE CHAMPS [Elysees]
URGENT -- POLICE SEEK ##YoussoufElOsri, arrived from Belgium on the Thalys [train]"


This fresh terrorist shooting is going to knock the media's non-coverage of the Fresno terrorist shooting right off of the bottom of page D23.

I lied. The Fresno shooting isn't on D23 either.

More details to come as the media buries them and teams of forensic news archeologists sift through the artifacts of this soon-to-be buried non-event.

Tweet from a Witness: "#ChampsElysees. Témoin. J'ai vu de loin 1homme sortir d'1voiture et tirer rafale sur #policiers en stationnement. Il les a visé deliberement"

#ChampsElysees. Witness. I saw from some distance one man exit from a car and rapidly fire on policemen [parked in a car on the avenue]. He targeted them deliberately.

More: From TV5Monde.

A shooting took place in the evening this Thursday April 20th on the Champs-Elysees, one policeman has been killed, another gravely wounded. One assailant has been shot down, according to the prefecture of police.

...

The attacker was "shot down," relayed the Interior Minister. One source judiciare [I think this refers to the Police Judiciare, the main city police, not judges] confirmed the death of the attacker.

Two attackers could be involved.

(See later story -- this seems much more of a "might, maybe, let's just be safe" kind of thing than a true suspicion of the police.)

The prefecture of police in Paris urged avoiding the area. The Champs-Elysees metro stations are closed. The perimeter is secured/barred by law enforcement.

According to the first reports, a vehicle was driven towards a police car parked on the avenue, one person in the car opened fire at the police.

More: Two others wounded as well, not just one.

Piere-Henry Brandet, spokesman of the Interior Ministry, put forth the unfolding facts from the Champs-Elysees where he found himself. A little before 9pm local time, at 102 Champs Elysees [the address]. A vehicle stopped in front of a police car, with some cops inside and others engaged in protecting the sidewalk. The attacker got out of the car and immediately opened fire. He opened fire in mortally wounding a policemanof the prefecture of police. He then fled on foot, wounding two others, and their colleagues returned fire, killing the attacker.

"The police were from the start deliberately targeted," he added, quickly assuring that there was not a second policeman killed.

"The identity of the attacker has not been established in a clear or precise manner. We cannot exclude the possibility that he might have had one or more accomplices who could have participated in one way or the other in this attack," he then said, adding that "no other incident like this should be happening tonight in Paris."

So that guy seems less clear on the possibility of a second attacker, only acknowledging the possibility that there could be one or more accomplices. The other article also said there "might" be another accomplice, but I got the sense (which now seems wrong) they had in mind a driver and a shooter. But with this guy fleeing on foot, doesn't seem like I was right in picking up on that idea.

This sounds like the bases-covering stuff we hear in the US that there might be additional active shooters, but it almost always turns out it was just the one asshole.

Sorry to have trumpeted that.

Update: A tweet from AFP says that Fillon and Le Pen -- possible targets of the terror cell arrested Tuesday -- have cancelled their appearances tomorrow. Which is a big move, given that the actual vote (for the first round) is this weekend.

Below, Les Echos reporting that same thing, but with a picture of the Champs-Elysees on lockdown.

By the way, terrorists like going after brand-name targets that have something to do with the national identity. Champs-Elysees is one of Paris' most famous streets, and is named for the Greek Elysian Fields, where the honored dead of war go after death. The Arc de Triomph is at one end, and I think there's a major monument to veterans on it too.

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Media Absolutely Determined to Continue Operating as PR Shop for Clintons, Even If the Only Remaining Clinton is... Chelsea

—Ace

If you don't engage with social media like twitter much, you have been sweetly spared the pain of seeing every single Chelsea tweet retweeted by The Hill and other outlets, and of seeing this sad animatronic nepot praised endlessly for merely existing.

Hyping the entertainment magazine’s latest cover, Co-Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller gushed this week, "How cool does Chelsea Clinton look on our Power of Women, NY, cover?"

Welcome to the liberal media's manufacturing of "cool." Leather jacket? Check. Overzealous airbrushing? Check. Humanizing grin? Check. Democratic establishment pedigree? Checkity-check-check.

This is just the latest attempt by The Media Resistance to make Chelsea Clinton a thing. The same liberal lunatics in the press who rage about the Trump children's nepotistic privileges champion the "refreshingly outspoken" daughter of the Clinton dynasty-- who, at 37 years old, will receive a "Lifetime Impact" award from Variety on Friday for her "humanitarian work."

The honor comes during the same week that the Clinton Global Initiative cash machine officially shut down....

Michelle Malkin goes on to document in retching detail some of the latest media raves for this unaccomplished bit of genetic happenstance.

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FBI Used Discredited "Dodgy Dossier" As Part of Its Basis for Securing FISA Warrant Against Trump Hanger-On Carter Page

—Ace

There are two different ways to play this revelation.

The first: That, as justification for an intrusive counter-espionage warrant, the FBI had used a dossier which had been commissioned by not one but two political opponents of Trump (first unnamed Republicans, then the Hillary campaign) which used paid and anonymous sources to construct a laughably lurid portrait of Trump.

This would tend to discredit the warrant by associating it with the shoddy provenance of a dossier that it was secured with (at least partially).

The second: That the fact that this dossier was used as the pretext for a FISA warrant tended to buttress the reliability of the dossier itself. A bootstrapping argument: If the dossier resulted in a rubber-stamp FISA warrant, doesn't that mean the dossier is legit?

This framing takes the FISA warrant, taking that warrant as legitimate (signed by a JUDGE!!!!) and associates it with the dossier to improve the very dubious nature of the dossier.

Guess which approach the media took, uniformly, almost as if they were taking orders from DNC central?

Mollie Hemingway writes about this. After recapping all the ways in which this dossier is just flat-out wrong or deeply misinformed, she talks about the media's curious incuriosity about a major intelligence operation conducted to take out an American presidential candidate:

The New York Times also used anonymous sources to report on the U.S. government’s surveillance of Page. The article claims "when [Page] became a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign last year and gave a Russia-friendly speech at a prestigious Moscow institute, it soon caught the bureau's attention. That trip last July was a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump's campaign, according to current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials."

If this is true that this was the catalyst, it is concerning. The Times article explains at great length how little a role Page had in the campaign and how far from central he was, to put it mildly. It notes that he worked in Russia and was critical of U.S. foreign policy toward Russia. At no point is anything illegal alleged. To be clear, since many in the media are not clear on this point, it is still legal in this country to be critical of U.S. foreign policy toward another country.

Incidentally, if it is illegal to peddle a softer line on Russia, then we have a lot of espionage prosecutions against Democrats and progressive think-tankers and academics to get on top of, stat.

Beginning with Mr. Flexibility Barack Obama ("The eighties just called...") and Soviet Union Honeymooner Bernie Sanders. And not ending until you're about 15-20,000 names deep into the Progressive Membership List.

...

Until evidence is provided, journalists who care about privacy and abuse of power should be asking tough questions of everyone involved. Despite a nearly year-long campaign of leaks and innuendo to tie Trump to Russia, nothing has been provided to support the claim of collusion. Until and unless any of the people making such claims produce actual evidence of Trump associates having knowledge of Russian actions beforehand, and coordinating the placement and timing of leaks for political effect, the proper focus of journalists should be on the rampant abuse of power in a political opponent being surveilled by his own government....

Again, maybe the U.S. government has every reason to be spying on Carter Page. But if he was spied on for having political views or associates at odds with the Obama administration, that's a problem. Like-minded people favoring a change in U.S. foreign policy should not be illegal. That’s politics, and precisely why elections are held in a free country. Government resources, law enforcement, and surveillance powers simply shouldn’t be put to partisan use. If nothing comes of this nearly year-long investigation into a political campaign, accountability must be demanded.

By the way, Carter Page's "connections" to Trump may be even weaker than his alleged "connections" to Russia. Rich Lowry relates this funny bit:

Per Business Insider, this is how Page has described to the Senate his role in the campaign, obviously trying to pump it up, none too impressively:


"For your information, I have frequently dined in Trump Grill, had lunch in Trump Café, had coffee meetings in the Starbucks at Trump Tower, attended events and spent many hours in campaign headquarters on the fifth floor last year," Page wrote. "As a sister skyscraper in Manhattan, my office at the IBM Building (590 Madison Avenue) is literally connected to the Trump Tower building by an atrium."

Wow. He's practically married to Ivanka. Steve Bannon better watch out for this new Strong Horse jockeying for position.

Trump's lawyers have sent him two cease-and-desist letters, incidentally.

TheDC can also reveal that the Trump team issued a number of cease and desist requests to Page in recent months over concerns that he was misrepresenting his role on the campaign.

Which sounds to me like a demand to stop claiming you're some kind of close associate just to boost your career.

The history of Carter Page's brief "association" with the Trump campaign is pretty thin -- allegedly an Iowa GOP guy put Carter Page's name in a list of names of potential hires to beef up Trump's foreign policy team. Trump hired him, I guess, but says he never met him.

It's not as if these are longstanding ties. When Trump needed warm bodies, a GOP guy (with no ties to Russia himself) offered up Page (among others). Page worked briefly for Trump.

Then Trump sent him cease-and-desist letters. Doesn't seem to be a very close association.

And as to Page's "association" with Russia -- well, he was invited to give a speech at that Russian school.

Is that now criminal? Like I said, if it's criminal, We're gonna need a bigger FISA warrant.

In July, he was invited to speak at the graduation ceremony at Moscow's New Economic School, a role often filled by prominent international politicians, including President Barack Obama in 2009.

That's from Time, by the way. I like how Time, instead of treating this as exculpatory (Barack Obama spoke there in 2009), instead casts it as incriminating as regards Carter Page, because while you could understand why someone of Barack Obama's stature would be invited, you can't say the same for Page.

Strange how something that got no ink at all when Obama did it is now prima facia evidence of espionage for a foreign state.

Meanwhile, this piece by George Neumayr at the American Spectator is even more forward-leaning on the Deep State's attempted coup.

Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump

GEORGE NEUMAYR

April 19, 2017, 12:04 am

This is the open scandal that Congress should investigate.

An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election -- Hillary's.

Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump's candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.

John Brennan's CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump. An official in the intelligence community tells TAS that Brennan's retinue of political radicals didn’t even bother to hide their activism, decorating offices with "Hillary for president cups" and other campaign paraphernalia.

A supporter of the American Communist Party at the height of the Cold War, Brennan brought into the CIA a raft of subversives and gave them plum positions from which to gather and leak political espionage on Trump. He bastardized standards so that these left-wing activists could burrow in and take career positions. Under the patina of that phony professionalism, they could then present their politicized judgments as "non-partisan."

The Guardian story is written in a style designed to flatter its sources (they are cast as high-minded whistleblowers), but the upshot of it is devastating for them, nonetheless, and explains why all the criminal leaks against Trump first originated in the British press. According to the story, Brennan got his anti-Trump tips primarily from British spies but also Estonian spies and others. The story confirms that the seed of the espionage into Trump was planted by Estonia. The BBC's Paul Wood reported last year that the intelligence agency of an unnamed Baltic State had tipped Brennan off in April 2016 to a conversation purporting to show that the Kremlin was funneling cash into the Trump campaign.

Any other CIA director would have disregarded such a flaky tip, recognizing that Estonia was eager to see Trump lose (its officials had bought into Hillary's propaganda that Trump was going to pull out of NATO and leave Baltic countries exposed to Putin). But Brennan opportunistically seized on it, as he later that summer seized on the half-baked intelligence of British spy agencies (also full of officials who wanted to see Trump lose).

I can't quote the whole thing so you'll just have to go over to AmSpec for the rest.

He digs down into Brennan's past -- Communist Party and all -- and also accuses Brennan of changing the CIA's rules about security risks in order to allow in a lot of his radical buddies who would have been duly stamped 4F security risks under prior rules.

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Former Prank Presidential Candidate and Part-Time Thumb Egg McMuffin Owes $670,000 For His Very Expensive Vanity Campaign

—Ace

This might explain why he does most of his work on Twitter, agitating against Trump, and promoting his stupid PAC which, get this, will in fact take your donations if you're of a mind to continue funding him.

[Egg McMuffin, formerly a sandwich served before 10:30 am], still owes some $670,000 to vendors who helped his campaign, including more than half a million dollars to a law firm.

Presidential candidates who didn't win the White House often face a large tab when the dust clears -- it took Hillary Clinton four years to pay off millions in debt from her 2008 campaign -- but for McMullin, who as an independent has no party apparatus to help, the bills are daunting.

I wonder if we started a PAC and wrote a contract in which it was agreed that no one receiving money from the PAC would ever again appear on TV, Twitter, or any ballot for elective office, we could just make this Gang of Hate go away.

Oh, and meanwhile, he's going to run for the Congressional seat that Jason Chaffetz is leaving.

I imagine there'll be some Good Fundraising Opportunities there.

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Rise of the KAF

—OregonMuse

A couple of weeks ago, I'm in the endodontist's office waiting to spend a crap ton of money on the first two, count 'em, two root canals, and as is usual these days, there's a TV set on in the background. At 7:30 in the morning, the last thing I want to do is watch TV. But I notice it's tuned to the Disney channel which is running some show that appears to be about teenagers, geared to a teenaged audience. I wasn't much paying attention until I noticed a basketball game going on. It appeared to be some kind of a one-on-one grudge match between two protagonists, one of which was some guy that looked like he was supposed to be an arrogant douchebag, and his opponent was a girl.

Naturally, the girl won.

The game consisted of a rapid-fire series of cuts that showed the girl making jump shots over the top of the douchebag, getting around him for an easy layup, smacking the ball out of his hands while he was dribbling, and making nothing-but-net 3-pointers. And then after the game, she trash talks him and stalks off the court in triumph, leaving him abject and humiliated.

I just get so tired of this.

If you want to have a high-school drama where an arrogant douchebag gets his come-uppance at the hands of a girl, fine. But this is just silly. Because in order not to offend the feminists, every movie and TV show now has to have a KAF (kick-ass female) either as a lead or as a major character, who can compete toe-to-toe with the most physically competitive men.

So now we're regularly regaled with ludicrous plot lines that have 5' 110 lb. teenaged girls beating the snot out of three 200 lb. men.

We laugh at those old 50s TV shows that showed married couples sleeping in separate beds. Ho ho ho, we laugh. They're trying to pretend sex doesn't exist. How puritanical. How silly. But I think the proliferation of these KAF characters is equally silly. In order to conform with the strictures of feminist ideology, we can't *bear* the truth that men can, generally, physically outperform women, and the competition isn't even close.

So we haven't become more "liberated", we just close our eyes to different things, in order not upset a different set of uptight, holier-than-thou prigs.

But then suddenly reality bites you on the butt:

In preparation for two upcoming friendlies against Russia, the U.S. women’s national (soccer) team played the FC Dallas U-15 boys academy team on Sunday and fell 5-2, according to FC Dallas’ official website.

But... but... how could this happen? Where are all the KAFs that we see on TV? Surely these scrawny teenaged boys should have been no match for the grrls and their awesome grrl power.

Next up, my other pet peeve from nonsense TV: the racially-integrated street gang. But that will be for another time.

Someone in the comments of the article was blubbering about "misogyny", and argued that the USWNT wasn't going "all out" to win. But others pointed out it scarcely would have mattered:

This is hardly surprising. My U14 boys teams (12 and 13 year olds) were faster and stronger than the U19 women's teams in our league, and we only played them a couple times because it seemed pointless beyond that. So now take a U15 team (14 year olds) against a women's team, and the boys are older, even faster and stronger than my 12 and 13 year olds -- what do you expect to happen? Doesn't matter if the USWNT was trying hard or not, they would have their hands full.

Which is one of the reasons why I think the progressives are pushing hard on the transgender issue. If the genders are confused, it is easier to hide the obvious truths of gender differences.

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And now for something completely different: An antifag goon getting his ass beat by a black Trump supporter wielding a large stick:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Brothel
Joachim Beuckelaer

What? It's more difficult than you think.

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The Morning Report 4/20/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Well, the big news is the exit of Bill O'Reilly from Fox News after a 21-year run pretty much at the top. I used to sort of like him, and then grew tired of him, but aside from my personal feelings, it's a shame he had to go this way. Beyond the surface-level details of what he may or may not have done, the undercurrent of internal Fox power struggles as well as the fodder for bashing Republicans and conservatives are the other angles worthy of exploration. In other news, Jason Chaffetz has somewhat surprisingly decided not to seek re-election in 2018, which means Egg McMuffin will Tossoff his hat into the ring and become our savior. Oh joy, oh bliss. I've also linked to an article about Bill Gates warning about the dangers of a bioterrorism attack. I think his angle is more about shystering government money for pandemic prevention, but this kind of a threat is nightmare fuel, for sure. I had a long conversation with a doctor friend of mine and he basically told me in shocking detail just how easy it would be for terrorists to kill millions of us. Suffice it to say, I will not be saying any more on that subject publicly. Lastly, there was a gigantic SMOD that came within a cosmic red mish hair's distance from the Earth yesterday, and whizzed by us at 73,000 mph. One of these days, boy. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Wedsday Overnite Open Tread (4/19/18) Off A Tad Edithion Addition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“Ideas have a ‘time’ and with changing times and changing understanding, even documents like the Constitution need to be amended to reflect the needs of the time. When the constitution was written, survival on the frontier depended on the ability to hunt and defend from harm and guns were important to that basic survival. We no longer live in this kind of environment and so the time has come to change the rules. Just as the time had not come for women to vote, and black Americans were slaves, changing times call for changing laws.” – Holly Gordon


Quote II

For the next six months, Al Gore is going to smear you as the enemy. He will slander you as gun-toting, knuckle-dragging, bloodthirsty maniacs who stand in the way of a safer America. Will you remain silent? I will not remain silent. If we are going to stop this, then it is vital to every law-abiding gun owner in America to register to vote and show up at the polls on Election Day.

So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: 'From my cold, dead hands!'Charlton Heston


Yes, Ms Gordon you can take my guns away from my cold, dead hands.


Quote III

As long as there are guns, the individual that wants a gun for a crime is going to have one and going to get it. The only person who’s going to be penalized and have difficulty is the law-abiding citizen, who then cannot have [it] if he wants protection -- the protection of a weapon in his home.Ronald Reagan

Perhaps the dumb bitch the author should study up on why the 2nd Amendment was added to the Constitution.

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After Her 2008 Primary Loss to Obama, Hillary Clinton Spied On Her Own Staff to Find the Traitors and Leakers

—Ace

No wonder she's paranoid about email security. She's pawed through other people's emails to find dirt.

This was reported in “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, which I guess I have to read.

She wanted to know what went wrong, so...

To this end, she had a trusted aide access the campaign's server and download the emails sent and received by top staffers.

"She believed her campaign had failed her -- not the other way around -- and she wanted 'to see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who,' said a source familiar with the operation," Allen and Parnes reveal in the book...

Rattled by what the emails revealed, Clinton began calling meetings to evaluate what had gone wrong. The staffers had no idea she'd read their emails.

"I was struck by how good of a sense she had before I walked in there of the problems that were going on," one aide is quoted as saying.

Two of Hillary's top staffers were not invited to join the Obama Administration, possibly because Hillary had decided they couldn't be trusted.

Would-be Hillary Clinton Ad Scripter and self-taught Master of All Things Espionage-y Louise Mensch could not be reached for lunatic gibberings.

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"Antifa" Punks Attempt Their Typical "Protest" at Auburn University.
There Was One Flaw In Their Plan: They Forgot Auburn is In Alabama.

—Ace

No fireworks this time, no Moldylocks being punched in the face by a dude.

However, the police were actually present -- instead of sitting on their hands as happens in Blue cities and states -- and enforced the no masks, no hoodies law.

One fat little ball of hatred and more fat refused to take off her bandana, which I assume smelled like gorditos and sexual desperation, and the cops got "coppy" with her.

It's a wonderful day in America.

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O'Reilly Officially Out; Tucker Carlson Moves to 8, "The Five" Moves to Nine

—Ace

Shouldn't the hire four more people for The Five and call it The Nine?

Terrible joke. What a load.

That's what xhe said, when her penis shot off in his vagina.

Below, two tweets. First, Fox's announcement (noting Eric Bolling will get his own show at 5pm, replacing The Five in that slot).

The second, O'Reilly's statement, issued from a plane as he returns from Italy. He says: "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways over completely unfounded claims."

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Transgender Paid By Wife to Let Her Husband Have Sex With Xit Now Suing Because Husband Had Heart Attack and Died During Sex, Breaking Xer Penis

—Ace

It's a lot to take in all at once, I know.

That's what xhe said.

Instapundit would say: File this under 21st Century Relationships.

Please do not be alarmed by the frequent references to "her penis." There's a rational and reassuring explanation for this -- the universe has gone mad and we are all now trapped in a lunatic asylum of infinite size and you are trapped here forever until you agree to voluntarily make yourself insane as well. And then you die.

Transgender woman who 'suffered a broken penis when her lover had a heart attack and DIED during sex' sues the man's wife for damages

Jennifer, who is transgender and still has her male genitalia, claimed defendant

Sylvia hired her to sleep with her husband, Miguel, on his 60th birthday

But while she was having sex with him, Miguel had a heart attack and died

Jennifer sued Sylvia for £16,000, claiming Miguel broke her penis when he died

She said that she was still inside of Miguel when he collapsed and died

Videos of the "court case" at the link.

Now, this happened in some foreign country and was shown on some kind of Spanish language version of The People's Court. The show is called Caso Cerrado, which I believe translates to Ay, We're Makin' All Dis Cheet Up Here, You Get That Ya, Orale?

I kind of think this is some made-up crap that the "litigants" here invented to get a all-expenses-included trip to luxurious Venezuela and be paid three beans each, though with inflation, those three beans depreciated by the end of the show's taping into one measly tapeworm with AIDS who then informed on them to the government for Possession of an Undeclared Tapeworm and AIDS Hoarding.

In fact, the Daily Mail says other people say this is total crap, too:

Many commenters, however, claim that cases on the show aren't real.

One wrote: 'Show is super fake…they hire perfect strangers to act out stuff that may or may not have happened in real life.'

So why am I posting this?

Because it was a chance to say "That's what xhe said" and I'm not sure if the opportunity will come up again. This week.

As far as I know, this is the world's first deployment of "That's what xhe said."

For the first time in my adult life I'm proud of being a second-tier blogger.

It's a proud day for humanity of all genders, whether male, female, or made-up.

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"Sources:" O'Reilly Out at Fox

—Ace

End of Phase 1 of the Fox Cinematic Universe?


The Murdochs have decided Bill O'Reilly's 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O'Reilly's departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him...


Supposedly they're just working out the details now, namely:

* Will O'Reilly be allowed back for a show or two to say good-bye to his loyal audience? Amazingly, Fox is supposedly "leaning against" that.

* O'Reilly just signed a multiyear $20 mil/year contract. Do they pay that out? Seems like the have to. They just paid out Ailes for the remainder of his contract. I guess maybe they're looking into legal pretexts to not honor the contract.

* Who will replace him? Obviously a big question.

The idea that Shep Smith might be back in the night lineup fills me with dread. (Remember, he used to do the 7pm news report, before being moved to make way for Greta VanSustern (herself bumped to 7pm due to the arrival of MeAgain Kelly).

Matter of fact, I bet Fox is talking to NBC now about buying back MeAgain.


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Area Man Tells ESPN to Eff Off

—Ace

Quick point before I get to the humorous content: The "prestige" media has prestige only because people confer that prestige on it. Stop conceding that prestige, and they're not prestigious any longer.

A lot of people take pics and videos and post them. The major networks then ask -- for free -- for rights to republish the photos or videos.

Most say yes, just because it's "prestigious" to have a media company use your work (for free!) so long as they give you some kind of minor credit at the bottom of the page.

Maybe people should start saying "No," or "Yes, if you pay me a lot of money, assholes."

Enter Abdul, who took this amusing photo of a guy trying to rev up the runners at the Boston Marathon:

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Glorifying A Dictatorship? The Onion Has Nothing On Cosmo

—CBD

Starvation has been in the socialist toolkit for a very long time. Of course Stalin used to it to great effect, although we cannot discount Mao and Pol Pot and our current socialist hell-hole in Venezuela as strong competitors. But maniacal, homicidal despots killing their serfs is one thing....clueless "content directors" at Cosmo who ignorantly gloss over the human catastrophe that is socialism is something entirely different. Why Cosmo loves the 'Cuban diet', written by that famous political economist Rosie Mullender

Between 1990 and 1995, thanks to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban people were forced to alter their entire lifestyles. They couldn't afford petrol, so the government provided them with bicycles. People started walking everywhere. Food was also in shorter supply - there were no supermarket aisles stuffed with junk food or wallets stuffed with money with which to buy it.

In short, Cubans could no longer afford to be fat. In that five-year period, they lost an average of around five kilos per person, which is over 11lbs. As a result of people getting slimmer, they also started living longer, with fewer Cubans dying of diabetes and heart disease.

All of which is fantastic - except it didn't last. When the crisis ended, people started eating more and moving less and putting all that weight back on until, in the mid 2000s, they were right back where they started.

What this clueless wonder doesn't seem to understand is that when whole populations can't get enough food, the one's on the margin die. I have to assume that she is simply an ignorant idiot and not a willing participant in the Left's campaign to resurrect International Socialism. Based on her other cutting edge analyses like "15 bikini struggles girls with big boobs will FEEL," and "Why you'll get over your break-up faster than he will. So ha," I'm betting on stupidity.

Next up? "Want Great Abs? Move To North Korea!"

[H/T Elizabeth N. Brown]

Addendum Cosmo seems to have shit-canned the article. I wonder why? If anyone can dig up an archived copy somewhere I will be eternally in your debt.

And fixed thanks to commenter Stephen Price Blair!

Posted by CBD at 11:45 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Love Of Venus And Mars
Carlo Saraceni

Carlo Saraceni (1579 – 16 June 1620) was an Italian early-Baroque painter, whose reputation as a "first-class painter of the second rank" was improved with the publication of a modern monograph in 1968.

It's Wikipedia, so it might be completely off base, but you really can't beat "first-class painter of the second rank" as damning with faint praise.

At first glance it is a fine work, but my preconceived notions made me look more carefully and find some pretty obvious flaws. I wonder whether if it had been labeled a Caravaggio or a Rubens I would have been so critical?

Posted by CBD at 10:00 AM Comments

The Morning Report 4/19/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Well, the good news is that Ossoff failed to win the special election yesterday and will head for a runoff in June against the GOP candidate Karen Handel. The better news is not only will she likely win, but the Left has poured millions into a House race in the hopes of creating a meme that winning would spell immediate and permanent doom for PDT. More unknown motives from out-of-the-blue, lone wolf blitzkriegs, as the FBI wastes its time investigating terrorism threats in all 50 states. As for the situation with North Korea, status quo but I've linked to an alarming piece in American Thinker about the NorK's growing ability to hurl an EMP on us. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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It is with extremely heavy heart that I must announce the passing of original Moronette BamaPachyderm. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. An Air Force veteran, you will never meet a kinder, bigger-hearted lady than she, and we are poorer for her passing. Rest in peace, my friend. [tmi3rd]
Erin Moran, star of Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, has passed away at age 56. [Weirddave]
Shattered -- a brief review (w/spoilers). Yep, I read the whole thing. I really do recommend this book; I predict it will strongly influence US Presidential campaigns for years to come.

Pro tip: physical copies seemed to be sold out everywhere; either that, or pro-Clinton forces have bought them all up to shred them. But you can still get e-book versions (Kindle, Nook, etc.). [Fritzworth]
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Ben Shapiro Interviews "Based Stickman" About Antifa Violence and the Berkeley Police's Sitting-on-Hands During Their Depredations
The left has created a folk hero in the real #Resistance, with people now making half-winking heroic videos about him. There's never been lawlessness combined with a state unable or unwilling to confront that lawlessness that wasn't soon met by vigilantism -- do these people never read books? Apart from Harry Potter, I mean.
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"Come be PC!" ("Under the Sea" parody"). And the hits just keep on coming from 'Social Justice: The Musical" (the same folks who did the brilliant "Ain't No Rest For the Triggered"). [Fritzworth]
O'Reilly Will Be Paid $25 Million for His Exit, Which Is Just About One Year's Pay Under His Recently Signed Contract
That contract, I've read, had some escape clauses for Fox, in case they wanted to terminate him.
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Turkish Opposition Mounting One Last Effort to Avoid Erdogan's Tyranny
They will fail, but there is honor in fighting for a doomed cause that must not fail. Even if it will fail.
I Don't Know Why Commenters Are Discussing Busty B-Movie Actress Caroline Munro (Me, Personally? Many Boners from The Spy Who Loved Me), But Did You Know She Put Out Some Pop Song?
Not quite up to Samantha Fox standards but there's video mashed up with it of her running around in Space Binkini tops
But the hottest Bond Girl (excluding the leads, you know, just the hot girls who show up briefly) is Madeline Smith, Miss Caruso from the opening of Live and Let Die, who got very naked and lesbianish in The Vampire Lovers. Content warning for people who don't like things that are totally hot. Sorry about the black lines over her wonderful boobies.
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