February 17, 2020

The Morning Report - 2/17/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Start of a new week and Presidents Day. This time, the late-breaking news on Friday that the DoJ will not prosecute key henchman in the coup against the President, Andrew McCabe for leaking to the media and lying under oath about it, as well as news that Generalissimo Alexander "Bearclaw" Vindbag will also face no disciplinary actions from the Army for his behavior in regards to the Trump-Zelensky phone call and his testimony about same at the House sham-peachment hearings.

Then of course, there's the seeming dust-up between the President and the Attorney General about the latter not pleased with the former publicly blasting (and rightly so) the outrageous sentencing of Roger Stone after being railroaded and entrapped in a process crime. With the news about McCabe and then the gingivitis calendar girl and Deep State floozy with a JD Lisa Page taking to Twitter to rub it in our faces, one might get the impression that William Barr and his associate John Durham are not going to finally be the ones that will bring a terrible swift sword of justice to these criminals, but just another in a long line of Deep State operatives who talk a big game, then shuck and jive for a few years thinking that we'll all just forget about it while they let the crooks skate.

Well, certainly after last Friday, that extremely sad and off-pissing news looms as a distinct possibility, even for someone such as myself who had faith that Barr would be different. But, a grand jury has been impanelled and one does not do that unless one is going to bring charges against one or more parties in all of this. And, there is this bit of news, coming from Robert Mueller's top crooked consigliere Andrew Weissman no less, which might raise an eyebrow:

An interesting twist is arising from the decision of Attorney General Barr to name an outside counsel, Jeffrey Jensen, to investigate the Michael Flynn case. The former top prosecutor on special counsel Robert Mueller's team says the ploy by Barr is a "ruse" so that the Department of Justice can open a new investigation into former FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok...

...I'm not sure the McCabe matter was a "loser" case. The Justice Department IG found that McCabe lied and he was fired from his job less than two weeks before retirement. He sounds guilty as hell to me, but the Washington two-step saved McCabe from trial.

I think [Andrew] Weissman is chasing ghosts. If there is a new investigation into those former FBI officials, Barr's Justice Department wouldn't need a "ruse" to look into them. This is especially true after John Durham's investigation has begun a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russian scandal. Right smack in the middle of that investigation are Comey and McCabe.

I can almost hear many of you, with the exception of one commenter in particular, moaning and groaning that Barr is indeed leading us all down a primrose path while cementing the nation-killing two-tiered justice system that he allegedly is against. Yet the fact remains that there is now a fully-fledged assault against his character and integrity by the Democrat-Media Complex and calls for his resignation not only by them but now by over a thousand former federal prosecutors an DoJ alumni. If you care to take a gander at that list it's virtually all Deep State hacks and stooges from top to bottom.

That can only mean one thing; that Barr and Durham are indeed going to bring the hammer down on the key players in the plot to take down Trump and reverse the 2016 presidential election and destroy his chances for 2020 in the bargain should that fail. And since past is prologue with every previous attempt including the ultimate weapon of impeachment, that is the most likely outcome. So I suppose it all boils down to William Barr himself, his nature and his character. Now doubt, he is a creature of the DC establishment having worked there over the course of decades now, including a previous stint as attorney general during Bush 41's last year in office. But is he committed to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States or of the globalist Deep State enterprise to overthrow it? You don't last 30 years in DC without both fully understanding that that indeed exists as well as its power to crush you like an insect if you're even suspected of going against them.

Again, will Barr do the right thing, knuckle under or perhaps try to find some sort of "splunge" alternative that gives the appearance of a reformer while punishing the criminals with nothing more than "the comfy chair?" With those two Monty Python references, I'll end with a Chester Nimitz/Bull Halsey one: "The world wonders..."

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (2/16/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes Of The Day


Quote I

"Last night on CNN, Bernie Sanders called me a political hack. “That’s exactly who the f--- I am! I am a political hack! I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative. I kind of like it! At least I’m not a communist.” James Carville


Yet the dumb SOB will vote for him. F*ck off Serpent Head.

Quote II

There are accidental vegetarians in every country, but an abundance of food is required to convince people to go vegan. It is a status symbol for people who already enjoy status. Anyone with a bit of luck and ambition can win the rat race. It takes a special kind of hunger to win the rat race and then turn one’s nose up at cheese. Bill McMorris


Quote III

"Kansas City families can rest a little easier knowing that a company responsible for facilitating years of illegal trafficking of guns is no longer operating," "When firearm companies repeatedly ignore the law and facilitate gun trafficking they bring these sort of consequences on themselves." Alla Lefkowitz, an attorney


Death by a thousand cuts.


Quote IV

Well, Bloomberg must be the front-runner because liberals are calling him a racist,"

"Keep booing. That’s how you lost the last election," Bill Maher


Quote V

“Our family’s hope is that her death was not in vain, and that preventative measures are put into place to ensure that nothing like this ever happens to anyone ever again. The tragedy in all of this is that is could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law. The tragedy is my grandmother is never going to be here again.” Daria Ortiz


Quote VI

“NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family, country,POTUS Donald J. Trump

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Gun Thread: The CMP 1911A1! [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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Last week, our pal The Walking Dude reported taking delivery of a surplus 1911A1 from the CMP. Whoa! What gives?! A 1911 from the CMP?! Who doesn't want some of that action? Let's find out more below, shall we?

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Food Thread: Peanuts And Zero-Proof Drinks And Unicorn Butt Cake: One Of These Sounds Good!

—CBD

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Boiled peanuts. Goober peas. Whatever you want to call them, they are loads of fun to eat! I remember as a little kid, driving through the South with my family and stopping for gas and a bag of boiled peanuts. And then getting in trouble for making a mess, but that's another story.

Above is Weasel's version, which is a strong indication that the recipe is...um...uncomplicated. He's a man who struggles with multi-layer sandwiches like peanut butter and jelly on toast, so if he can make them, you can too!

I don't remember any flavorings besides salt, but it is, at least according to the internet, very common to spice them up with all sorts of stuff. I think I'll try it, although finding green peanuts might be tough in the wilds of New Jersey. Not really...the internet has everything.

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Is It Time To Cut Puerto Rico Loose, Or Completely Take It Over?

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, was struck by hurricanes in September 2017. These storms left the island devestated.

Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico in early September 2017. Two weeks later, on September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in the municipality of Yabucoa. When the debris settled, almost 3,000 people were dead, thousands more were displaced, and the island’s already aging infrastructure was severely weakened. The island’s antiquated power grid, which had been neglected for years, took an especially hard blow. Immediately after the storm, at least 1.5 million people were left without electricity, some for almost a year, casting the island into the longest blackout in U.S. history.

Of course "climate change" was blamed. As we all know, living in the middle of an ocean has no risk whatsoever. And there is no reason to build your infrastructure accordingly for example.


When the scolds came up for air, it was "Orange Man Bad"."

The mouthy representative was joined by Miami Representative Donna Shalala, who said:

“It’s been almost 2 1/2 years since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, but the Trump administration continues delaying the disbursement of billions of dollars in disaster relief for Puerto Rico. Rebuilding Puerto Rico cannot continue to be postponed due to bureaucratic inertia in Washington.”

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Is This The Truck For You?

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(H/T American Digest)


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As many of you know I live in the northern climbs of the great U.S.A. We face snow from the end of October to May. Now, this is not a bitch fest about where I live. I chose to live here and stay here.

One of the items that makes my life here enjoyable is my Chevrolet Z71 4x4 pick up truck. From towing the boat to a nearby lake, hauling lumber from the local lumber yard or plowing the driveway, I love my truck. Sure, it's a V8 and a gas guzzler. It's the American way and there are numerous gas stations, amirite?

But what about the current or future pickup truck owner who wants to make a lifestyle statement? It appears that the new lifestyle choice will be an electric truck. Several manufacurers are getting into the electric truck market.

There’s a pickup war coming, and it’s going to be electric.

Inspired by the success of Tesla’s performance brand, an army of American startups — and one very large legacy automaker — will roll out five battery-powered trucks over the next two years.

Although we’ve seen only prototypes, sketches and teaser photos of the five electric titans — the GMC Hummer EV, Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, Lordstown Endurance and Bollinger Motors B2 — they look to be big, powerful and defiantly different. And more truck makers may join the battery-power revolution, including an electric F-150 from Ford.


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Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-16-2020

—OregonMuse

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Newnham Library, Cambridge University


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules), roadies, toadies, flunkies, hangers-on and other posterior osculators. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants which appear to be making a statement, namely, hey everybody, look at me, I'm a dork.



Pic Note:

Newnham College Library is

...one of the best-stocked undergraduate college libraries in Cambridge, with a collection of some 100,000 volumes, including approximately 6,000 rare books. The collection is kept as relevant, up-to-date and useful as possible by the annual purchase of more than 1,000 new titles to support undergraduate study in all subjects.

A dedicated library building was first built at Newnham in 1897. It has developed since then and was greatly expanded with a new building in 2004.

I was impressed by the library's hardwood floor. You get a better view of it in this photo.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

The Germans have a word for everything.

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EMT 02/16/20

—krakatoa

Sunday, and I have a ton of work to do just to be ready for Monday.

I'm weekending wrong.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (2/15/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 02-15-2020 [Hosted By: Moviegique]

—OregonMuse

COLOR OUT OF SPACE

A strength of the written word over visual media is that it can convey abstractions that extend or even violate literal description. In a comically broad example, a writer can tell you "To all outward appearance it was a happy scene—but horror lurked underneath!" (And when filmmakers do this, as in Blue Velvet, it can be just as ridiculously ham-handed.) Personally, I can seldom bring myself to watch filmings of Ray Bradbury stories because, in my mind, those stories are always wondrous and emotionally vibrant, and that seldom comes out on screen.

But in the area of abstraction, the Waukegan poet had nothing on the Providence patrician, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, who was fond of defining things in terms of impossibilities: Non-Euclidean geometry meaning "things that don't conform to the laws of natural space", sound unlike any sounds a human could comprehend, and of course, weird alien colours (with the affected English spelling). And he managed (not always but often enough to persist over 100 years) to create a wondrous, weird, malignant universe with impossibly abstract visuals and a few choice details.

Which is damned hard to film. (I'm reminded of Adriane Lyne's query to Bruce Joel Rubin over a script direction in Jacob's Ladder: "The walls crack open revealing the unfathomable void." Lyne asked him, "How many carpenters will it take to build the unfathomable void?")

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These days you could do it with a half-dozen doughy middle-aged dudes and a case of Monster.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess Thread 02-15-2020

—OregonMuse

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GM Kateryna Lahno (UKR/RUS)


Moviegique will be along later with the movie thread. As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.



Beginner Problem - White To Play (443)

Goal: White can force mate in 3 moves
Hint: The bishop on a3 plays a key support role


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(H/T Legally Sufficient)


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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Take off those shoes, kick back, relax and enjoy the world of pets.

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Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread 2/15/20 [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Come into the garden! Time for all gardeners, putterers and dreamers to think about the possibilities . . . This is an actual garden from an actual member of The Horde, Indiana lurker:

I just wanted to drop a couple photos on you of what we have done with our 1/5 acre of suburban heaven. When we built the house twenty years ago the wife told me she was going big on flower beds and small on grass. At the time I though that's cool, it'll be less mowing. Maintaining the beds is made easier by using lots and lots of perennials mixed with small ornamental trees and a couple larger trees on the property line. This first picture is the path from the side of our garage to the back of the house.

And there's more:

In the back of the house we decided to go with a large stone patio with a fire pit. It was the best thing we ever did. It has become the gathering place for many a cocktail hour and evening party. It's a kind of neighborhood magnet for bringing us all together to have a few drinks and talk about anything that comes to mind. The pond is nothing more then a man-made retention pond. In this part of the country all developers have to have a drainage plan which ties into the county drainage plan, so retention ponds are required. We're lucky to have like-minded neighbors, who have also put landscaping in there backyards which gives us a view which is a bit park like. There is absolutely nothing organic in the view from the patio. Everything was planted and the pond was man made, but I think it all comes together well.

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California Transportation Update [KT]

—Open Blogger

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High-speed train flies through downtown Fresno

Good morning! It's a little chilly there in the Central Valley of California, but it will be nice later in the day. Unfortunately, Democrats are in full control in California now. Here are a few of the nitty gritty results with regard to the current transportation situation. Just in case anybody out there is still thinking about moving here.

Public Transportation, San Francisco

Well, they have finished that remarkably expensive train (or bus) station in San Francisco, and repaired the major cracks that developed in the structure.

But now,

Ten million fewer riders took BART on nights and weekends last year than rode the trains just four years earlier.

The transit agency released those figures as it launched its annual two-day workshop for BART Directors on accomplishments of the past year, and the challenges ahead.

BART also released results of a rider survey of why fewer people took the trains.

The number one response was that people are just going out less on weekends.

Number two was weekend trains don't run often enough, but reasons three, four, and five were lack of cleanliness, worries about crime and concern about the homeless.

All that public transportation boosterism gone to waste.

There are other problems, though. They need a new bill to fix things:

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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I don't have that problem, coffee = black & bitter just like my soul.


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Good morning Morons. Here's hoping your weekend goes well. Here are a few stories that didn't get their fair share of attention here at the AoSHQ this past week.

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EMT 02/15/20

—krakatoa

I have absolutely nothing nice to say.

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I Choo Choo Choose You, ONT

—WeirdDave

I'm pretty thin on links tonight, so this one is going to be image and video heavy. Since it's Valentine's Day, lets start out with someone who obviously has a lot of love in her.


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Well, she's had a lot of sumpin' sumpin' in her, anyway.

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Trump Valentines Day Greetings

—Ace

Some funny stuff.

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"Ghoulish:" Social Justice Warriors -- The People Always Attacking People for Speech Which is "Hateful" and Might "Cause Harm" -- Gleefully Celebrate Jordan Peterson's Near Death

—Ace

As a reminder: John Sexton recounts Peterson's recent medical nightmares.

[Peterson's daughter] Mikhaila told the National Post that Peterson, "nearly died several times." She also said he had been placed in a medically induced coma in order to detox from the drug. There is some good news which is that he is now recovering and has regained his sense of humor, but she also said he is currently unable to type or walk without assistance.

Peterson's deranged haters are openly celebrating his possible imminent death and possible permanent brain damage.

Ironically, the anti-Petersonians now seem far more fanatical than Peterson’s most faithful fans.

This guy must himself be liberal, because that's not irony. That's exactly what you'd expect. Social Justice Warriors are mentally-ill and malicious people who self-medicate with hate.

This is like saying, "Ironically, it turned out Hitler was himself more intolerant than you'd expect."

But yes, the anti-Peterson fanatics are in fact the evil lunatics.

This became clear in recent days, when some of Peterson's critics -- including, amazingly, a professor at the University of Ottawa -- went online to express satisfaction that Peterson is being treated for dependence on benzodiazepine, an anti-anxiety medication. It was a shockingly ghoulish response. It was also comically hypocritical, given that these are the same people who typically spend much of their waking lives boasting publicly of their commitment to social justice, and who insist on using the language of genocide to describe acts of misgendering or cultural appropriation. All cults dehumanize their critics and perceived enemies. And the self-described social-justice proponents who regard Peterson as a secular demon are no different.

Okay, a bobble on mounting the bars, but a good performance and dismount.

The Spectator also catalogued the hatred of the Compassion Gestapo:

One social media user named Emily Gorcenski tweeted a link to an article with the headline, 'He nearly died several times,' alongside her own commentary: 'Look at how much it sucks to be a bigot when not being a bigot is free,' adding, 'We narrowly missed the first case of they pronouns killing someone,' and 'Imagine name searching Jordan Peterson, who died when he was crushed by a falling pronoun.'

In other words, she was joking about Peterson’s near-death, conveying that she felt gleeful at the possibility he might suffer and die. Another Twitter user named 'Alexander', who had the words, 'anti-fascist' and 'They/them' in his bio, wrote, 'Jordan Peterson is a charlatan, a misogynist, and a grifter who got rich poisoning the minds of young men acting as both the Trojan horse and open gate for alt-right neofascism. The only thing regrettable about his current situation is that there isn't a Hell for him to go to.' A philosophy prof at the University of Virginia, tweeted, 'Me, a disabled vegan feminist philosopher, reading the news stories about Jordan Peterson, while strongly committed to the idea that everyone deserves compassion and illness should never be mocked,' alongside a Gif of a boy saying, 'Is this a test?' The implication is that she believed Peterso'’s struggles should be mocked. The list goes on.


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A friend described it as 'performative sociopathy'. It shows those you wish to demonstrate allegiance to that you are so committed to your politics, you literally don't care if those you disagree with live or die.

It's not performative! Sociopathy, like most other things, can be a learned, trained, and honed way of being.

They act like sociopaths because the institutions dominated by the left have taught them that sociopathy is the quick and easy way to dominate people and feel Self-Respect.

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Jerry Falwell, Jr.: Hey, I Heard From Some Dynamite Blogger That's Really Good at Shelving and Scootering That Romeny Is Positioning Himself to be the Democrat's Vice President

—Ace

Hey wait, I said that!

I don't think that any Democrat would actually offer the slot to Romeny. The one candidate who might do it -- Michael Bloomberg -- cannot do it, because he is already viewed with deep suspicion as Racist Sexist Billionaire.

See, liberals have this delusion that Mitt Romney is a conservative Republican. So they wouldn't find a Romney veepship added "balance" to the ticket, but just strengthened Michael Bloomberg's own "Republican conservatism."

Obviously Bernie Sanders would never offer. Someone like the Fiercely Heterosexual Cory Booker might, but he dropped out last month.

The leftwingers would not offer the job to Romney, and the people posing as "centrists" can't offer them the job, as the left already thinks they're Too Conservative.

But...

Do I think Romney himself has scams and schemes along these lines?

I do in fact.

He's got The Hunger.

Once you get a taste for the idea that you are special and Great enough to be President -- and that you might even be the literally Prophesied One sent by God Himself to save the Constitution -- you can never get rid of The Hunger.

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Prosecutors Seek Five Years in Prison for Corrupt Former Baltimore Mayor Who Scammed the Medical/Hospital System and Diverted Hundreds of Thousands of Taxpayer Dollars into Buying Her Stupid "Healthy Holly" Books

—Ace

Here was the scam: if you were a health care or insurance organization or hospital that wanted a city contract, you had to please the mayor.

And you know what would really please the mayor?

Spending a half million of taxpayer-subsidized dollars to buy her stupid children's book.

[F]ormer Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh made a killing on sales of her self-published "Healthy Holly" children’s books; for example, she sold 100,000 copies at a total cost of $500,000 to the University of Maryland Medical System, on whose board she was sitting at the time.

Oh, I forgot about that: Yeah, she was often sitting on the boards of the companies that decided to buy her trash book.

Also, the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund puchased $7,500 worth of copies shortly before Pugh successfully sponsored legislation sought by the company.

More? Kaiser Permanente, which was seeking a city contract, also purchased more than $100,000 worth of the mayor’s self-published books, and a local nonprofit that won a big city contract just happened to purchase $87,000 worth. But when reporters tried to track down copies of this amazing best-selling series, they found 8,700 unsolicited and unopened boxes of "Health Holly" books at a decrepit Baltimore School District Warehouse.

Well they were never really "books" to begin with. They were merely markers, markers for bribery payments, by which monies could be siphoned out of the publicly-funded health system and into the Baltimore mayor's pockets.

Need evidence of that? Well, somehow, she managed to sell the same copies of the same books to multiple organizations with business before the city.

She just kept selling the same "books" over and over.


How did she get away with selling and reselling the same "books"? Well, simple: Most "buyers" wouldn't bother to actually take possession of them, because they weren't ever really "books." They were just Markers for graft. Figments in the accounting books to make it look legal -- from a distance.

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Mike Cernovich: The Biased Forewoman Told the Court She Didn't Remember Who Roger Stone Even Was, But Her Twitter Timeline Says Otherwise...!

—Ace

Lovely.

But there are no rules for Democrats. It's Thunderdome. Tweets from Cernovich below.

Tucker talked about this last night. Andrew Napolitano -- no friend of Trump! -- says that this forewoman "must have hidden" her bias.

He says that she should have been automatically disqualified.


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1. Former Democrat Presidential Candidate and Former CNN Permanent Guest Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on Three Counts of Extortion
2. Barr Appoints Independent Counsel to Review Flynn Case

—Ace

Avenatti:

Here's the first bullet point from CNBC about Avenatti -- it's about Avenatti.

Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted of all three charges related to his efforts to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike.

Here are the second two bullet points from CNBC about Avenatti -- they're about, get this, Trump,

The verdict in Manhattan federal court came two years after Avenatti gained widespread notoriety for his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal disputes with President Donald Trump.


Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels hush money to keep her quiet about claims of an affair with the president on the eve of the 2016 election.

Hey CNBC, if you're providing background information about him, how about mentioning he was a fixture on Liberal Democrat Propaganda Organs and was seriously touted as a possible president by liberal Democrat media types?

Update: Has anyone done a Wellness Check on Avenatti Super-Fan and Guest of the Qatari Government Rick Wilson?

A new outside prosecutor will review the handling of the Michael Flynn case.

Excellent.

The Department of Justice has tapped an outside prosecutor to review the case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Fox News has learned.

A senior Justice Department official told Fox News on Friday that Jeff Jensen, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, has been assigned to Flynn’s case.


Jensen will be working hand-in-hand with the lead prosecutor of Flynn case, Brandon Van Grack, according to the official.

You will once again notice the blatant double standards as people who are constantly urging every possible outside investigation of Trump suddenly start claiming that investigations are inherently corrupt and anti-American when the targets are the sources of their leaks.

Via bonginoreport.com -- which is a less c***s***ery version of the Drudge Report -- this story from The Federalist.

Short version: the fact that the government reversed its previous no-time plea agreement, then insisted on jail time, and only later re-reversed themselves and went back to the original plea creates a legal right for Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea, without the usual burdens and requirements attached to withdrawing a plea.

The government originally recommended probation for Flynn a year ago. Recently, however, the government reversed course and recommended a jail sentence but soon reverted back to its original position. Flynn’s counsel has now filed two separate motions seeking to withdraw his guilty plea. One is based on his former lawyers having a conflict of interest in his case. The other is on the ground that the government breached his plea agreement by changing its sentencing recommendation.

The withdrawal of a guilty plea in federal court is a difficult legal maneuver in a simple case, which this case surely is not. Withdrawing a plea is only possible with the approval of the judge...

How the Santobello Rule Affects Flynn's Case

Plea agreements function like written contracts in criminal cases, and the courts enforce them. Where the terms of a plea agreement are ambiguous or uncertain, they are interpreted against the government because of the unequal bargaining power between the two parties.


In 1971, the Supreme Court decided in Santobello v. New York that if the government breaches a plea agreement, a defendant can ask to withdraw his guilty plea without having to satisfy the other factors that normally apply to a request to withdraw it.

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There Is No Law In America; Why Should We Be The Only Ones to Pretend There Is?

—Ace

Related: Lou Dobbs asked yesterday, where are the indictments against known Deep State felons?"

Let me add: if there is no law for the liberal Ruling Class, there is no law for me, either.

"Where the hell is the [Durham] report? Where the hell are the indictments? Where the hell are the charges against the politically corrupt Deep State within the Justice Department, the FBI, and why in the hell aren’t we hearing apologies from someone in that rancid, corrupt, department about what they permitted?" he asked.

Here's a semi-related thread from John Hayward:

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This "rule of law" talking point is the most absurd example of NeverTrump and Democrat desperation yet. It's the nook-nook they're sucking on to get themselves past the disappointment of Impeachment Theater not only fizzling, but backfiring spectacularly.

By any objective standard, Trump is far less of a threat to the "rule of law" than Barack Obama was. In fact, the big reason the anti-Trump circus is squawking about "rule of law" right now is they remember how concerned conservatives were about it during the Obama years.

Obama's entire agenda was an all-out attack on the rule of law. When Obamacare crashed and burned, he was out there giving speeches where he told people to just ignore the broken law and promised not to prosecute them for it.

If anything, Trump is clearly the target of people who disdain the rule of law, using laws and administrative procedures to sabotage his administration. The proverbial Crazy Hawaiian Judge is the real threat to rule of law, not Trump. Abusive injunctions are a threat.

And Trump is clearly on the right side of the biggest single Rule of Law issue there is: immigration, citizenship, sanctuary cities, border defense. The Dems, ALL OF THEM, are sworn enemies of the rule of law and openly promise to undermine it as vigorously as possible.

Trump is also on the right side of the second biggest Rule of Law issues, free speech and gun rights. The enemies of those things are the ones declaring open war on the rule of law. The 1st and 2nd Amendment are inextricably linked in defining what the law means and how it rules.

And Trump spent most of his first term under attack by one of the worst abuses of the Rule of Law this nation has ever seen, the Russia collusion hoax and its attendant abuses of the FBI, FISA, etc.

No one willing to give "the Resistance" and Obama a pass on the Russia hoax can be taken seriously when they talk about the Rule of Law. They're just tossing around loaded political terms without any commitment to what those terms actually mean.

Worse, they're perverting the Rule of Law to mean "the rule of the permanent administrative state." The Rule of Law is meaningless, indeed inverted from its true meaning, if there are no laws to bind the administrative state, no accountability, no consequences.

Argue the merits of Trump's policies all you want, but let's stop this charade that he's some kind of unique existential threat to the Rule of Law. Every Dem running in 2020 is vastly more of a threat than Trump on his worst day. /end

Posted by Ace at 02:06 PM Comments

US and Taliban Reach Truce; May Lead to Peace Agreement and Withdrawal of All US Forces

—Ace

What this means is that the Taliban will be allowed some -- maybe most -- power in Afghanistan going forward.

We lost the war -- or at least we lost it based on the expansive and absurd definitions of success that our genius Neocon Non-Warriors set for it.

There's no dodging that conclusion.

On the other hand: Who cares? The correct response to Afghanistan misbehavior is punishing airstrikes. Forever if necessary.

Do we want or need US boys patrolling this shithole forever? This shithole where rape of young boys is not only tolerated, but openly celebrated?

I don't.

A senior U.S. official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect "very soon" and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan.

The official said the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” to be followed by the start of all-Afghan peace talks within 10 days is “very specific” and covers the entire country, including Afghan government forces. There were indications a formal announcement could come as early as the weekend.

The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Taliban had committed to a halt in roadside and suicide bombings as well as rocket attacks. The official said the U.S. would monitor the truce and determine if there were any violations.


Should the Taliban comply, the "reduction in violence" agreement would be followed by the signing of an agreement that would initiate peace negotiations that include all Afghan sides.


Posted by Ace at 01:05 PM Comments

New York Times: John Durham is Probing How John Brennan Put Together His Coup Effort, and That Is a Dangerous and Unamerican Violation of the CIA's Privacy!!!!

—Ace

That's pretty much the spin.

The sourcing from this obviously comes from Brennan or other CIA figures involved in cooking up the plan to use the dossier as a pretext to open a criminal file on Trump.

The New York Times dutifully relays their Message: That unaccountable bureaucrats should be unaccountable forever, and anything less than full unaccountability is anti-American and just playing into Putin's hands.

On the plus side: That means that someone's scared and trying to shut down the investigation.

So the investigation may actually not be completely worthless.

Excising as much of the Times' "You know who also investigated John Brennan? Adolph Hitler, that's who" spin, and excerpting just the actual news...

Mr. Durham appears to be pursuing a theory that the C.I.A., under its former director John O. Brennan, had a preconceived notion about Russia or was trying to get to a particular result -- and was nefariously trying to keep other agencies from seeing the full picture lest they interfere with that goal, the people said.

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The Durham investigation has rattled current and former intelligence officers. Little precedent exists for a criminal prosecutor to review the analytic judgment-making process of intelligence agencies, said Michael Morrell, a former acting C.I.A. director who left the government in 2013.
“This whole thing is so abnormal,” Mr. Morrell said.

Mike Morrell was the CIA officer who let his boss testify to Congress that the FBI, not the CIA, "edited" the Benghazi talking points -- even though he knew the CIA had edited them, because he himself had edited them.

The station chief sent a detailed e-mail Sept. 15, the day before national security adviser Susan Rice said on Sunday talk shows that the attack evolved from a spontaneous protest. The White House has since admitted the protest never happened and it was a terrorist attack.

Morell deleted references to extremist threats linked to al-Qaeda in versions of the talking points and said he did so because he believed the information provided by intelligence community analysts and the Defense Department over the CIA's own station chief in Libya.

So of course he then permitted a lie to be uttered to Congress without correcting the record.

He then resigned from the CIA to work for the Hillary Clinton/Jon Podesta connected Beacon Security Group.

He's the guy the New York Times turns to for the skinny on what's "abnormal."

Okay.


This seems to be about unmasking, though it's written so damned obscurely that I can't say for sure:

A second fight that Mr. Durham is focused on, the people said, centered on a certain data set. The nature of the data and of the dispute remains unclear, though one person suggested that the disagreement concerned whether N.S.A. analysts could see the raw information or whether the C.I.A., before sharing it, needed to filter the data to mask names and other identifying details about Americans and American organizations.

Also interesting: Investigators want to look at the deleted Hillary emails -- which, as everyone suspected, had in fact been accessed by foreign countries and which the US could look at.

But no -- US investigators are not being allowed to see them.

Why not?

Because Barack Obama is exerting Executive Privilege.

Officials also differed over access to unclassified emails of American officials that the Russian government had previously hacked, including at the White House and State Department.

A foreign ally’s intelligence service had obtained its own copy of the stolen messages and provided drives with another reproduction of them to the United States government. Investigators, including at the F.B.I., wanted to look at those files. They argued that the Russian hackers’ chosen focus while the Kremlin’s election interference operation was gearing up might shed light on that operation.
But an index of the messages compiled by the unnamed foreign ally showed that they included emails from President Barack Obama as well as members of Congress. Mr. Obama’s White House counsel, W. Neil Eggleston, decided that investigators should not open the drives, citing executive privilege and the possibility of a separation-of-powers uproar if the F.B.I. sifted through lawmakers’ private messages.

Weird how invoking Executive Privilege is an impeachable offense when Trump invokes it, but when old slippery-assed Barry does? Then it's all for the good of America.

Let's go to the penultimate paragraph. Let's see if this provides any clues as to who the people pushing this story could possibly be:

But Mr. Durham has not interviewed the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, his onetime deputy Andrew G. McCabe or Mr. Brennan. Mr. Durham has requested Mr. Brennan’s emails, call logs and other documents from the C.I.A. to learn what he told other officials, including Mr. Comey, about his and the C.I.A.'s views of a notorious dossier of assertions about Russia and Trump associates.

More: Here's Nick Arama of RedState:

From the New York Times:
Trump administration officials investigating the government's response to Russia’s election interference in 2016 appear to be hunting for a basis to accuse Obama-era intelligence officials of hiding evidence or manipulating analysis about Moscow's covert operation, according to people familiar with aspects of the inquiry.

Hmm, another non-spin way to write that might be "Durham is looking into the question of whether Obama-era intelligence officials hid evidence about Russian meddling.”

See what I mean about the thing being 99% Brennan Talking Points?

Posted by Ace at 12:07 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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THINGS NEVERTRUMPERS SAY

"YOU MAY NOT LIKE THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, BUT YOU HAVE TO GET BEHIND HIM FOR THE SAKE OF UNITY" shouted the National Review editors after publishing their 'Against Trump' special edition.

"CONSERVATIVES NEED TO CONSERVE CONSERVATISM BY VOTING FOR HILLARY!" proclaimed Bret Stephens during the 2016 campaign.

"THAT'S IT, I'M FED UP, I'M LEAVING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FOREVER RIGHT NOW" pouted Tom Nichols for the 12th time.

"TRUMP IS NOT A REAL CONSERVATIVE! bellowed the Bulwark as it espoused Democratic policies, acted as fluffers for Democratic politicians, and encouraged its readers to vote for Democrats.

"WHY DO THOSE STUPID YOKELS VOTE FOR TRUMP INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO ME?" sneered Rick Wilson as he yukked it up and made fun of Trump voters on CNN with his BFF Don Lemon.

"TRUMP SUPPORTERS BETTER LOOK OUT, BECAUSE HE WON'T BE AROUND FOREVER, AND WHEN HE'S GONE, OOOOH YOU'RE GOING TO PAY DEARLY, YOU'LL SEE!" said the Weekly Standard shortly before their web site went dark.

"I CAN PROVE WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT, WITH GEOMETRIC LOGIC, THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA TO GET A QUID PRO QUO WITH THE UKRAINE WHICH OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS FROM INVESTIGATING HIS ABUSE OF POWER" ranted Cap'n Kristol from the lido deck as he reached into his pocket and fondled his ball bearings.

"TRUMP IS AN IMMORAL DIRTBAG!" exclaimed Charlie Sykes as he wrote his 3rd alimony check.

"TRUMP ISN'T A REAL CHRISTIAN!" screeched David French as he polished his gaudy, oversized halo.

"I'M NOT AN ANNOYING LITTLE RODENT!" squeaked Ben Shapiro as the smell of moldy cheese caused his whiskers to twitch.

"TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE A CULT!" chanted all the NeverTrumpers in unison.




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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Thunderstorm
Grandma Moses

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report - 2/14/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. The weekend is here so let's begin with the latest act of complete Democrat desperation, which is the attempt to smear AG William Barr as some sort of rogue conspirator of the President to either derail or blunt what is sure to be the long-awaited indictments of the real coup against Trump and the American people. Yes, I know, many of you have your doubts given all that has come to naught before. Also, you could say, and rightly so, that the Dems are just reflexively flailing about wildly a la replicant Pris shot by Deckard. But if you just go on the assumption that Barr and John Durham by their impanelling of a grand jury are serious, then the Democrats reaction makes even more sense. Personally I am hoping that they indeed are quaking in their boots and if Andrew McCabe should find himself cuffed and led off the CNN set on live TV for everyone in Terminal 5 at JFK to see, that would be satisfying enough for me. But let's not start tasting each other's nether regions just yet.

That said, the latest kerfluffle is over AG Barr's "rebuke" of the President's commenting about the outrageous sentencing of Roger Stone as supposedly interfering with his ability to do his, Barr's, job. Ace covered this yesterday but from my perspective, this too will come to naught. Meh, it could even be a head-fake to throw the Dems off the scent while the hammer falls on them from out of the blue. Whatever may or may not be happening between the President and the Attorney General, I think the salient point is the Democrat-Media Complex is in full attack mode as it is trying to destroy the man by labeling him Trump's "Incredible Two-Headed Transplant" of Roy Cohn and Lavrenty Beria, so for them to suddenly back up and say "hey, the President is interfering with the attorney general!" would be ludicrous in the extreme. Meanwhile, Deep State stooge and ex-chief of staff John Kelly is opening his pie hole to criticize the firing of lower-level termite Field Marshal Alexander Vindbreaker, to which PDT naturally retaliated, drawing John "Twain-face" Bolton into the fray to defend Kelly, calling on conservatives to reject Trump.

Look, after the beat down and subsequent grinding into the dirt of the Democrats after the failure of sham-peachment and their rutting monkey display of public masturbation and feces flinging at the SOTU speech, Malig-Nancy Pelosi and her minions would truly be certifiable to even talk about let alone go forward with more investigations and another round of sham-peachment over AG Barr doing his job. And yet, all signs indicate that that is exactly what they are going to do. The last thing the Dems need is for America to see the Democrats tear each other apart over which one is the least anti-American communist candidate. But, thankfully, I think it's too late for that, as we will explore in a minute.

Elsewhere, Mollie Hemingway dissects Chuck Todd's idiotic statement about FISA abuse and the thoroughly corrupted DoJ, while Margot Cleveland has a story on the continued persecution of General Michael Flynn. More and more, it is now evident that he was set up and taken out early because he was hell bent on day one of clearing out the Obama-Clinton nest of termites and traitors that have been eating away at the vitals of the administration. If there is justice, he will be fully exonerated and restored to his post as head of the NSA where he can preside over that agency's complete dismantling in Trump's second term. Seb Gorka underscores that with his call to weed out and completely eradicate every last Vindman. Make it so.

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:49 AM Comments

Look At Me, I'm ONT. Lousy With Mediocrity

—WeirdDave

What an odd dip. I wonder why that happened? Jenga is a fun game.

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Here's your “I feel old” moment of the day: This year there will be people voting for president who weren't alive when 9/11 happened.

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Posted by WeirdDave at 10:18 PM Comments

LOL: Democrats Panicking Over Prospect of Having to Run With Soviet-Loving Socialist Bernie Sanders at the Top of the Ticket

—Ace

Redistribution of Pain.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ robust start in the race for the presidential nomination is triggering alarm among congressional Democrats, with many warning that a ticket headed by the self-declared socialist could be devastating to the party’s chances of winning the Senate and holding the House in November.


In anxious huddles around the Capitol, apprehensive Democrats are sharing their worries that Sanders’ socialist label and unyielding embrace of controversial proposals like “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal will repel voters in the affluent, moderate districts that flipped House control in 2018 and in closely divided states where Republican senators are vulnerable.

It's about time someone else worried about these Wealthy White Suburban Soccer Moms.

...

Another freshman from a competitive district, Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., said Democrats need a presidential nominee who "doesn't scare all those future former Republicans more than Trump scares them." And while acknowledging that Republicans plan to tar all Democrats with the socialist label, "There's one candidate for whom that would not be a lie."

You are socialists, you just try to Con the Rubes about it.

Some Democrats say they'll triangulate against Sanders, representing themselves as staunch defenders of capitalism that you'll want and need as the last best defense against Sanders' communist dreams.

LOLGF.

But I have a feeling this will become a frequent talking point on Pierre Omidyar's Bulwark webzine.

Except they'll also support Bernie Sanders, of course.

Posted by Ace at 07:32 PM Comments

Onesies-For-Men (?) Clothing Startup "RompHim" Goes Out of Business, Unbelievably Enough

—Ace

Who would have thought that onesies for grown men wouldn't be a clothing Killer App?

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Damn. That salmon rompsuit was too expensive at $150, but at $50...? Enticing!!!

In related news, we're only five years from the Chinese invading America and winning within a week.

And I think most of us will say, "That's fair."

Posted by Ace at 06:30 PM Comments

Christian Toto: Even the Liberal Deadline is Complaining About the #WokeLecture Oscars
Plus, Movie Revews: Ford V. Ferrari and Escape Room

—Ace

The "far-left" Deadline complained:

What I did mind was a sinking feeling that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for all its inclusiveness, had wound up excluding more viewers than ever.


Toto writes:

The site's columnist dragged the Oscar ceremony in ways that sounded like a right winger's lament, dubbing the night "an evening of cultural instruction." That's a fancy way of saying, "woke."

The column ends by praising the one comedian who dared target La La Land recently.

Extend a hand, and someone will take it. Deliver a muddled, dressed-up lecture (with music), and you validate what Ricky Gervais so chillingly said at the Golden Globes in January: "No one cares about movies anymore."

As I've mentioned, I want them to get #Woker. I don't want them to realize they're going bankrupt until after the banks foreclose their asses.

Don't cave in to Right-Wing Pressure, Hollywood! You are artists -- we need you to exhibit the bravery that we Civilians could never even aspire to have!

Be brave, be strong, and above all -- Be Woke, Hollywood!

You fly those freak-flags. You fly them high and proud.

And you greenlight that Charlie's Angels sequel with an all-trans cast. And you greenlight that Terminator Sequel starring Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Greta Thunberg.

Here are two quick reviews of movies I saw. I don't watch many movies any more. They're terrible.

But these were good.

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Posted by Ace at 05:22 PM Comments

AG Barr: Trump Needs to Stop Tweeting About Open DOJ Matters Under My Jurisdiction; The Tweets "Make It Impossible for Me to Do My Job"

—Ace

I mean: True.

In an exclusive interview, Attorney General Bill Barr told ABC News on Thursday that President Donald Trump "has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case" but should stop tweeting about the Justice Department because his tweets "make it impossible for me to do my job."

Barr's comments are a rare break with a president who the attorney general has aligned himself with and fiercely defended. But it also puts Barr in line with many of Trump’s supporters on Capitol Hill who say they support the president but wish he'd cut back on his tweets.

Barr is one of the few people in Trump's administration I trust. Does Trump trust him? Is he capable of hearing advice and adjusting his behavior?

Well, we've seen no signs thusfar. But I guess we can hope.

"I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases," Barr told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.

The DOJ was already reviewing the insane Stone sentencing recommendations and preparing to overrule the rogue prosecutors. But Trump's tweets make it seem like Barr is making political decisions at Trump's behest.

Which Barr is actually permitted to do, and Trump is permitted to order him to do.

But this causes unnecessary problems -- and now new calls for the only man I trust in the DOJ to recuse himself or appoint another Special Counsel.

Which is the same playbook they ran with Sessions -- where it worked.

Can it work again? Can the Democrats make a conflict-of-interest allegation and then get a Democrat Deep Stater in the DOJ to issue a memo offering the opinion that the AG should recuse?

I wouldn't bet against that. And I sure wouldn't help the Democrats run the Sessions Playbook on Barr.

Trump cannot make Barr appear to be his political catspaw and expect Barr to remain the AG. And to avoid recusing himself.

And Trump should really, really want Barr to remain the AG and avoid recusing himself.


Posted by Ace at 04:26 PM Comments

Eric Swallowall to Collusion Truther Jake Tapper: Yes, We Might Well Impeach Trump Again Over Barr's Overruling of Mueller's Rogue Prosecutors

—Ace

Via Redstate.

And this isn't just any old Democrat saying this -- this is Eric Swallowall, former Democrat presidential candidate.

(I mean, he was. Technically.)

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Posted by Ace at 03:15 PM Comments

Morning Consult National Poll, Post-New Hampshire: Sanders Rises to 29%, Opens Up a Ten Point Lead on Biden (19%)

—Ace

Politico previewed Biden's collapse yesterday:

"There’s blood in the water," said Quentin James, executive director of The Collective, a political action committee that backs African American candidates. "Black voters are starting to leave him now.... A big reason lots of black voters were with Biden is they thought he was the best person to beat Trump. And they thought one reason for that is that he had the support of white voters. Now they see he has done so poorly with white voters and he no longer looks like the electability candidate."

...

"This is horrendous. We're all scared," said a Biden adviser, speaking anonymously because the comments conflict with the brave public face the campaign is trying to broadcast. "I think we're going to make it to South Carolina. I know we're supposed to say we're going to and we’re going to win. But I just don’t know."

As noted by RedState, Van Jones predicted this too. He noted that Biden expects black voters to make up with all his "deficits" with other voters.

But he also pointed out that black people switched to supporting Obama when they saw Obama could win white votes. (In Iowa, I think.)

But now they're looking at Biden -- the supposedly "electable" candidate -- and seeing that no one is voting for him except black people.

Biden's event in South Carolina -- which was an attempt to distract from his disaster in New Hampshire -- was itself, get this, a disaster.

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The exodus seems to be happening.

Meanwhile, NeverTrump quislings and kapos -- who joined a Republican Party they had no particular attachment to just to take it over and lead it ruinously -- are now attempting to issue orders to their new party, the Democrat Party.

And -- this is amusing -- Democrats are telling them to go f*** themselves.

So we have that much in common.

The problem? Just as in 2016 with the Republican party, essentially no one in the Democrat party cares what they think. In fact, the tiny number of overly-represented media voices that have centered their existence around defeating the orange man is becoming more and more unwelcome in their new home.

Honestly, I kind of get it. Republicans had to deal with this unearned sense of entitlement and superiority throughout the 2016 election. Now they want to jump into a new party and start dictating who that party should nominate in the very next election? That’s pretty presumptive on their part.

It also shows an out-sized self-evaluation of their own intellect. These are the same people who got every single thing about 2016 wrong. Why would any Democrat heed their "warnings" about Bernie Sanders when they’ve shown to be awful at political prognostication? The fact that Never Trump are so certain he'll lose to Trump actually makes me think Bernie might perhaps be the toughest challenger.

Jazz finger-snaps in applause.

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Below, the tweet containing the poll's topline.

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Ricky Gervais Savagely Spoofs Spoiled Brat Feminist Natalie Portman

—Ace

At the Oscars, Natalie Portman staged a "silent protest" by wearing a bespoke Christian Dior cape emblazoned with the names of Unfairly Overlooked! female directors.

Portman, 38, attended the awards show wearing a black and gold Dior dress with a cape embroidered with the names of the female directors who were snubbed by the Academy: Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Mati Diop (“Atlantics”), Marianne Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”), Alma Har’el (“Honey Boy”) and Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”).

Fellow spoiled-brat out-of-touch nutter Rose McGowan attacked Portman for... not "walking the walk" regarding female directors?

"I find Portman’s type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work. I'm not writing this out of bitterness...

And this is not just about the money.

... I am writing out of disgust. I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk," McGowan said. "Natalie, you have worked with two female directors in your very long career- one of them was you. You have a production company that has hired exactly one female director- you."


But that's just normal Hollywood battiness and cattiness.

The real attack came from Ricky Gervais.

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Forewoman of Roger Stone Jury Criticizes Trump In FaceBook Post;
People Discover She Has Long Been a Rabidly Anti-Trump, Anti-Republican Zealot Who Ran for Congress as a Democrat and Tweeted About Stone Before the Trial

—Ace

This conviction will have to be thrown out. This woman is obviously biased beyond any capability of dispassionate evaluation. And she wasn't just a juror, but the jury foreman, so she probably influenced the other jurors.

And also, it seems highly likely she lied in the voir dire process of weeding out biased jurors to get on the jury.

he jury foreman on the Roger Stone trial came forward on social media Wednesday to defend the four prosecutors who withdrew from the case after the Department of Justice overruled their excessive sentencing recommendation.

A Facebook post written by Tomeka Hart, the senior program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was picked up by multiple news outlets. But the reports left out some highly pertinent details about her background--namely that Hart is a hyperpartisan Democratic Party activist who is rabidly anti-Trump and a Russia-collusion truther.

In this tweet, for example, she retweets someone laughing at Roger Stone for complaining about his excessive-force arrest. See, a White Man has no right to complain about that...!

She was/is OBSESSED with following the CNN/MSNBC Deep State Soap Opera.

Read the whole thing.

By the way: When she realized people were finding her most floridly lunatic conspiracy tweets, she began deleting huge swaths of her social media history.

Who knows which tweets we missed because she had made sure to delete them in the first few minutes after being caught.

Unbiased Update: Chuck Ross finds this one:

Her Twitter feed shows dozens of references to Trump, many of them links to negative stories about the Republican. In a Twitter post on Aug. 19, 2017, Hart quoted a tweet referring to Trump as the "#KlanPresident," in an apparent reference to the KKK.

This one's good, too.

Update: Apparently one juror did admit to being a partisan Democrat and to having "negative feelings" about Trump.

The judge refused Stone's lawyer's request to excuse her for cause.

That would probably explain how this incredibly biased forewoman was never struck.

Correction: I thought this must be the same biased Democrat juror, but a friend tells me: no, that's another biased partisan Democrat the judge allowed on the jury.

Posted by Ace at 12:08 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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Canada, to the extent that anyone ever thinks about it, is America's hat, has a surprisingly good sniper corps, and is rapidly descending into Leftist hell, filled with a compliant, reliably progressive population that has forgotten what freedom feels like.

And what better way to demonstrate your progressive bona fides than to fête a convicted terrorist, a man who killed an American medic! It's delicious! Celebrate anti-Western terrorism and take a shot at America...all in one fell swoop.

The Standing Ovation That Canadians Gave To The Islamic Murderer Omar Khadr Tells Us That Most Canadians Have Lost The Will To Live

Omar Khadr, a scion of a “Palestinian” and Egyptian family that made a home for itself in Toronto, killed a US medic in Afghanistan. For this action he was awarded ten million dollars by the Canadian government and was called a “magnificent gentleman” by the moderator of a Q&A session following a talk that he was invited to give at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The only reason Mr. Khadr is famous and the only reason he was invited to give the talk was his and his family being members of the Al-Qaeda terror organization on whose behalf he fought against the United States and against his own country of birth and citizenship, Canada. Regardless of this fact and although Mr. Khadr in his entire life has done nothing of note other than killing an American military medic, no questions were allowed about his crime, his subsequent ten year stint at Guantanamo, or his release and the award of ten million dollars for being “wrongfully imprisoned”.
It's amazing that the Left consistently approves of murder. Where have they not? Oh, I guess the Nordic socialists aren't too keen on killing, although abortion is quite popular there...But socialism invariably descends into murder.

It's too bad that Canada is as far down the slippery slope to the next socialist nightmare. They have been loyal allies of ours for a very long time, and the Canadians have a reputation for being ferocious fighters. But all things must pass, and the days of Canada being a free and independent country seem to be ending.

But we are not immune to the lunacy that is driving that descent. One of the grand dames of Hollywood was an out-and-proud cheerleader for the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese, and that hurt her career not a whit. And I recall a recent president and his ghostwriter, who seems to have gotten his start as a homegrown terrorist. The list goes on and on. Hell, how many communists and their fellow travelers did we have in government beginning in the 1920s, and continuing today? We can begin with the entire list of Democrat candidates for president!

Posted by CBD at 11:00 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Sisters
Edmund Charles Tarbell

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This is super-old and if you care at all you've probably seen it already, but this clip of the idiot Mark Rufallo, giving away THE huge spoiler about the ending of Infinity War and not realizing this was supposed to be a secret, is amusing
Don Cheadle's reaction is one of... disbelief. Mark Rufallo is so dumb, it's just incredible. He actually has the Hulk's brain, but in a puny body. So this is an idiot with the self-control of a hyperactive seven year old, but let's all heed his wisdom on Anthropogenic Global Warming
Apparently Ben Sasse's high-dollar corporate donor gave him permission to call Michael Avenatti a "Scumbag Lawyer"
Anyone want to bet me we won't be hearing about "muh precious norms of civil discourse" from the Fussies? Anyone want to bet that suddenly they'll be very, very quiet about "coarsening our public life"?
Mind you, Avenatti is a scumbag, and I think it's okay to say so. But schoolmarmish little scolds like Sasse -- and the NeverTrump sissybitch martinets and gang-pecking Twitter-roosting hens who support him -- are constantly telling me that Trump's deployment of vulgarisms like "scumbag" are literally tearing this nation apart and eroding the Constitution itself. So where's the concern about prissy norms being violated by the Dreamy and Rubio-esque Ben Sasse?
It's more fun than you'd guess watching an artist sculpt Hulk fighting Wolverine with sped-up time-lapse video
Oh, the audio is just generic royalty-free rock music. it's noisy filler. Just mute it and watch it silently, or play a song you actually like while you watch.
Forgotten 80s Mystery Click: Novelty rapper's attempt at a 2nd hit is 2 lame
It got worse: He then recorded a soundtrack song for a movie reboot of a 60s comedy.
You know, people who say the 80s had great music aren't remembering much of the 80s. They're just remembering the stuff that was good enough to keep being played 30 years later. if you only look at any decade's Top 100 songs (or Top 100 movies, or top 100 books, or top 100 anything), it'll look pretty great, creatively. Except... except for the past two decades, of course.
Commenters are debating US WWII military equipment/weapons platform, and someone suggested this guy Nicholas Moran as an authority
His take is that the Sherman was the best tank, given the US's Flood Them With Numbers strategy. He also says the Shermans were light enough to be easy transported to Europe, whereas "sixty ton monsters" could not be. Commenters mention that Shermans -- being lighter, I imagine -- could travel quickly whereas Panzers could not.
"Genius is a burden which takes all of my considerable physical might to bear with grace and charisma." -- Me, in a humble mood
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Papadopoulos served time for lying to Congress. McCabe got a CNN gig.

Eric Erickson hopes to follow in McCabe's footsteps.
Erick Erickson, a Strong True Conservative who is also Thirsty AF to get some fat face-time with his heroes on CNN:
@EWErickson A lot of people got emotionally invested in the prosecution of McCabe. Some did it for grift. All of them are now disappointed. But they’ll fundraiser off supposed injustice. @EWErickson No matter how reasonable an explanation the DOJ provides, they won’t be believed because truth doesn’t matter when there are windmills to slay and money to make.
McCabe Skates! I think I am about done paying taxes to a system that has all but formally declared me a second class citizen. [krak/t] cont'd: our system of justice is a social construct. We the people defer justice to an impartial other, with the promise that the other will indeed be impartial. That promise is currently broken.
Star Trek Picard leaked plot spoilers
Be aware, the earlier leaks seem to be almost all true. So the fourth pic here, showing the upcoming plot points, are probably true too.
You probably will not enjoy these leaks.
NeverTrumpers' brand is failure, incompetence, and ruin, but you'll never catch them demonstrating one iota of humility or self-doubt on Twitter!
The more they get wrong, the more insanely certain they are that their next prediction will be correct! I mean, they're due! That's just sound gambling math!
These people have been milking the same bull for four years and they're still wondering why the "milk" only comes out in 10cc spurts...
Whoa, what a shock: Some bitter clinger dead-ender NeverTrumper at Hot Air gave The Bulwark its daily link
It's almost as if someone over there is trying to ingratiate himself to another potential employer. Does Salem even care that no one reads this site any longer, thanks largely to the derangement of a single drunk? Does that drunk care about the effect he has on his coworkers' future employment?
More very important twitterings from the quite-dispensable NRO
"Is hot dog milk?," asks a friend
Twitter is the reason that Open Mic Night is held on a comedy's club worst-attended night. It sucks. People aren't funny, unfunny people in particular. But everyone pays their zero point zero dollars to get into Twitter's Open Mic Millennium and thinks she's Rita Rudner.
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