June 24, 2019

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Holiday On The Hudson
George Benjamin Luks

From the Cleveland Museum's description (emphasis mine)

A sun-dappled scene of middle-class leisure, Holiday on the Hudson is an atypical work by Luks, who more often turned to gritty tenement subjects for inspiration. Throughout his career, the painter fashioned himself as a brash, profane, and hard-drinking antagonist to New York’s genteel art-world establishment. The museum purchased this work just four months before the artist was beaten to death in the wake of a speakeasy argument.
[Hat Tip: MTF]

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The Morning Report - 6/24/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Start of a brand new week and we've got lots of ground to cover on multiple fronts so off we go. In the lead, a story that encompasses both the immigration and border crisis plus the insurrection against our President and the will of the people by entrenched, Deep State globalists. Yesterday, ICE was scheduled to conduct a massive 10-city sweep to nab illegal aliens who had exhausted all legal avenues to remain in-country and then summarily kick their collective ass over the Rio Grande. In the event, the raids were cancelled and postponed because evidence suggests acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan leaked the plans to the press and then the Dems shrieked in protest. That wouldn't necessarily cause the President to back down but you can bet your sweet ass everyone who was sweating out an appeal has now gone to ground. It should be noted that there is no positive proof that McAleenan is the guilty party but his record as well as strong indications from several reliable sources that have worked with him, including Tom Homan, Trump's candidate for Border Czar and now a Fox News contributor dropped strong hints that McAleenan is indeed the guilty party.

Whether it's the attempt by the likes of Clinton, Obama, Clapper, Brennan, Comey et al to figuratively (and even literally in some hearts and minds) cut off the head of the Trump presidency or whether it's death by a thousand cuts from petty bureaucrats and apparatchiks like (allegedly) McAleenan who pull criminal stunts like this, there is only one way to describe it: insurrection that borders on and even crosses over into treasonous acts. If McAleenan is guilty, he should be arrested and prosecuted for interfering in the conduct of criminal investigations and aiding and abetting the harboring and/or flight of a fugitive. Add one count for every alien that was on the list to be nabbed and that should keep him rotting in jail for a few hundred years should suffice.

Wait, what am I saying? This is the country where Andrew McCabe, James Comey, and Hillary Clinton are free as a bird while Michael Flynn has his life in ruins and Paul Manafort rots in jail as a political prisoner, convicted of crimes that were based on no more than manufactured evidence and trumped up charges. At least the fingers are pointing with some speed at an apparent guilty party, but there must be punishment, swift and severe pour encourager les autres.

In other news within the topic, Nancy Palsi is gloating through her dentures about the sabotaged ICE operations and stating that instead of enforcing our laws, the President should issue a mass amnesty. Meanwhile, a cross section of politicians, including Mike Crapo (follow the link to CNS News for other examples), affirm Trump's right to enforce the law. Wait, let that sink in. We now have to affirm the obvious while our domestic enemies claim that doing so is both immoral and somehow illegal. Elsewhere, the Anthony Quinn candidate Blotto O'Rourke declares we must give illegal alien women free abortions or it's The Handmaid's Tale, plus some depressing links about the growing ratio of Latinos to Caucasians in Texas and the drivers licenses for illegal aliens is all about swamping the voter rolls, as if we didn't know.

Shifting back or sideways depending on your perspective, in the Clinton/Obama Coup and Congressional Persecution of Trump, yesterday, a cache of documents about Trump's vetting process after the 2016 election were leaked, supposedly indicating red flag appointments that were ignored. No doubt, the agitprop media will spin this faster than a Farsi uranium enrichment plant doing the Stuxnet dervish boogaloo, so my reaction is meh. Meanwhile, John Podesta's Center for American Progress Dissolution is pumping dark money into groups engaging in law-fare against the President, the globular cluster currently known as Jerry Nadler is a disgusting sexist pig and deserves censure (and a knuckle sammich) for his treatment of Hope Hicks, and James Clapper has got the fear of Barr in him. I hope.

Dem Scandal Sheet: Bro-Fo Omar is drawing a lot more unwanted attention regarding her sham marriages and immigration swindle, Chiquita Khruschev declines the offer to visit Auschwitz to face the truth and the hateful stupidity of her concentration camp drivel, and Democrats are steaming over the millionaire who exposed the tip of the iceberg of food stamp fraud. Meh, the whole program itself is a fraud. Lastly, in the Official Democrat Party Sanctioned Joo-Hatred, severely heterosexual Cory Booker won't rule out meeting with Louis Farrakhan. We should arrange a nice lunch on the rooftop of Rockefeller Center. The Rainbow Room (nudge-nudge-wink-wink). Watch out for that first step, Cory...

Civil War 2.0: Antifa Terrorists are putting up posters with Tucker Carlson's home address on it and calling for confrontations while the Michigan GOP headquarters was defaced with anti-ICE graffiti. Well, when Don Lemon among others refer to Trump as Hitler, it's no wonder that you get this as well as Dick Durbin-connected mass shooter James Hodgkinson.

Politics: Blue on blue action as Mayor Buttplug gets ripped by Black Lives Matter thugs and heckled by others at a hometown town hall in the wake of a police shooting that resulted in the death of a black man, Rabbi Fischer cuts the Democrats' 2020 aspirations to ribbons, David Harsanyi calls out Joey Bidet as a flat-out segregationist, NY Post editorial board on the Sandersnista/Fauxca-Has-Been fight and other things, Joe Sestak becomes Dem candidate 23 (or is it 24?), a warning about the Dems and Pennsylvania, the latest Trump rape accuser is a code 10 wackadoo, a great essay on the inverse proportion of politicians' knowledge about a problem to the sanity of their plans, Margot Cleveland at The Federalist on what to look for when Trump live-Tweets the Dem debates, and while the Dems may never win back Trump voters, we still have a GOP that will sabotage his potential disciples who want to run.

First Amendment and Fake News Fakery: Online knitting community conducts anti-Trump supporter purge, two GOP reps make noise, one calling to revoke Al Jazeera's Congressional press credentials and the other with a bill to defund PBS, a WaPo affiliate labels segregationists as Republican, and the downside of banning flag buring with a look at the EU's totalitarian edict on the practice.

Abortion: De Bolshevik ramps up baby-killing to eleventy-leven and a UK judge forces a woman to kill the kid.

Foreign Desk: The Iran situation still leads the pack with a bevy of stories including Secretary of State Pompeo traveling to the region for talks with the KSA, GCC and others, and at least a half dozen other links praising him for not pulling the trigger. Yet. The withdrawal from that nuke deal sellout and the ramping up of sanctions will cause them to crumble from within. There is no need to risk potentially ruining his chances at re-election and more crucially risking our blood and treasure in yet another war that in order to win means a full - and I mean "full" - commitment to win by killing and destroying on a massive scale. No. Trump is playing this perfectly so far. The reactions from enemies foreign and domestic I think bear this out. Also, last week, the Krauts were our allies and this week evidently not. Elsewhere, Men wearing burkas are douching Londoners with acid, the Boris Johnson follies, the undergirding element of Christianity that elevated the Hong Kong protests (and Christianity scares the shit out of the godless mongoloid Chi-com tyrants), and lastly, South Africa goes mad with the killing of a white farmer. I defy anyone to read or hear about this in the state-run agitprop media. Tragic.

We-All-Slam-For-I-Slam: Daniel Greenfield with the story about how the killing of two Muslims over a parking dispute by a raging leftist atheist got etched in stone as an anti-Muslim hate crime.

Domestic Desk: Elena Kagan goes nuts as SCOTUS hands down huge property rights win, and health workers want court to tell unions to stop shaking them down for dues.

The Economy: A look at Fed interest rate policy, Geoff Norman on the sad sorry tale of eternal ethanol subsidies, and the delusion of cheap goods vis a vis free trade and tariffs.

Crime and Punishment: Clarence Thomas rips Brett Kavanaugh in a dissent about capital punishment.

Education: If academia ever was great, a look at what killed it.

Red Greens: Go nukes, and the summer snows of "global warming."

Feminazism, Homosexualization, Transgender Psychosis: Fauxca-Has-Been wants reparations... for homo couples. Umm, bondage is not the same as slavery, toots. Also, stating the obvious about the nature of men and women can get you fired from the faculty lounge.

Hither and Yon: Christian Toto on Roger "Maxine" Waters' new album that's light on the Joo-hate but heavy on the Maduro love, Chik-Fil-A to open in Seattle; that's like sending in the mitzvah tank to the front of the Finsbury Park mosque. Also, a look at the shenanigans of the Tampa Bay Rays' owner trying to swindle two cities in a bid to dump the team, the rise of the anti-globalists sees a concomitant rise of the embrace of collectivism by the mind-numbed masses, and finally my good friend and brilliant author Harry Stein takes an in-depth look at how journalist Eugene Lyons' chronicle of the leftists of the 1930s is startlingly relevant to today's political situation. Do give it a read.

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

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

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (6/23/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“Our 2019 focus is on operational execution in our restaurants and optimizing the experience for our customers,” McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook


Quote II

Who wants a U.S. war with Iran?

Primarily the same people who goaded us into wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and who oppose every effort of Trump’s to extricate us from those wars.

Should they succeed in Iran, it is hard to see how we will ever be able to extricate our country from this blood-soaked region that holds no vital strategic interest save oil, and America, thanks to fracking, has become independent of that.Patrick J. Buchanan


Quote III

"I've got the [SNAP] form in my hand and I'm thinking of my financial situation, and I said ‘you know, I just can't believe this. So I went down to the second floor of the Sterns County Courthouse, stood in line a little bit, handed in the application and three weeks later I'm getting food stamps, a balance on my EBT card." Rob Undersander


Quote IV

“I’d like to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude to David Gilmour for this utterly remarkable gift. David has a long history of supporting charities and I am honored that he has chosen ClientEarth to benefit from this landmark auction.” James thornton

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Gun Thread: Mail Call! [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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We recently had a couple of good questions in the comments regarding barrels, and I thought I'd save them as Gun Thread topics. Pretty smart of me, huh? So without further a-doo-doo, let's take a look shall we?

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Food Thread: It May Be Hokey, But Poke Is Good!

—CBD

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I like raw fish, and raw tuna is one of the better ones. But it can get boring (and expensive). Over the last several years I have seen an explosion of "Poke," which is nothing more than Hawaiian for a raw fish mix-in. Lots of stuff besides the fish, so you can fill up on rice and edamame and seaweed salad and crunchy vegetables, instead of expensive fish. But that isn't a criticism...far from it. The combination of flavors and textures is a pleasure, and I will be making this often!

The one in the photo is on a base of lettuce, but mine was on a base of sushi rice, which I think is just perfect for this dish. And no, I didn't make it. I went to Whole Foods and bought a small container of it from their sushi bar for a couple of bucks. Sometimes it makes sense to buy rather than make!

Next time I am going to add something crunchier than the seaweed salad (yeah, I bought that too); maybe cashew nuts or peanuts. But it doesn't really matter what goes into it as long as it pleases your palate.

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The Three Fifths Compromise And Illegal Immigration

—CBD

From commenter "LiveFreeOrDie" comes a short video on The Three Fifths Compromise and Illegal Immigration.

Iíve put together a video on illegal immigration with a good hook, where I compare the current dynamics to the 3/5 Compromise.
It's good explanation of the origins of the compromise, which is almost universally misunderstood (or purposefully conflated with its opposite intent). Just ask a recent college graduate what it is and what it means, and you will see...

[Another version of the video is embedded below the fold...]

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Moving The Overton Window In The Other Direction: Mandating Firearms Ownership

—CBD

It's a cute but ultimately dumb idea, mostly because mandating anything is anathema to a free society. The article is actually well reasoned (aside from a factual error), and while it will never happen it is worth thinking about.

Must Pack Heat: The Case for Mandating Gun Ownership

Obamacare is the perfect model for Republicans to follow to settle the gun issue once and for all. Using the same legal reasoning as the Affordable Care Act, pro-gun legislators can win this war by pushing for an individual gun ownership mandate. Such a mandate can be from the top-down, a Federal mandate. Or, like Romneycare, it can be instituted on the state level first—West Virginia, here’s looking at you. We’ve seen this happen recently with this very issue. At first, concealed carry laws were only allowed in certain states. Now, all fifty states allow for such licenses. A gun-ownership mandate could play out the same way.
See the error? Concealed carry is technically legal, but in reality impossible in New Jersey. And there are a few other states that make it extraordinarily difficult. This may seem to be a trivial quibble, but a lot of people in America live in places that have thoroughly demonized guns.

But just the conversation shifts the Overton Window just a bit, and I am all for that, especially in an era of rabid hoplophobia, and when the authoritarian Left is gleefully attacking our basic freedoms.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-23-2019

—OregonMuse

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Boston Athenæum


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon, fat-heads, meat-heads, pot-heads, acid-heads, potato-heads and morons who picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, writing, and publishing by escaped oafs 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 look like something George Jetson might see after accidentally inhaling some space mushroom spores.



Pic Note

This library has been around for awhile:

Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. It grew out of a slightly earlier organization known as the Anthology Society which had been formed in 1805 by a group of Bostonians...[whose] purpose was to form "an establishment similar to that of the Athenæum and Lyceum of Liverpool in Great Britain; combining the advantages of a public library [and] containing the great works of learning and science in all languages."...Today its collections comprise over half a million volumes, with particular strengths in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American literature, and the fine and decorative arts.



Children's Book Bleg

I see many requests from you morons for children's book recommendations, presumably because you want good stories and you don't want to fill up their heads with modern day woke crap. So I am working with 'ette commenter "Brunette the 'Ette" to compile a spreadsheet (or series of spreadsheets) of good recommendations based on age. And by "working with" I mean that Brunette is doing all of the work and I'll just take what she sends me and make it available. The question is, what's the best way to do this? These will be Excel spreadsheets (containing links to Amazon and other sites) and I doubt all of you have Microsoft Office, so I'm open to suggestions. Maybe some kind of Google doc thingy somewhere on the so-called 'Cloud'? Please leave your suggestions in the comments. Thank you.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

Covertly implying or drawing attention to something by ostensibly avoiding all mention of it is called PARALEIPSIS.

Usage: Remember that thing I told you to stop thinking about it? Well, stop thinking about it.

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EMT 6/23/19

—krakatoa

I did not fully grok that vacationing with a five and one year old would be so far removed from relaxing.

I think... I can't wait to go back to work.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (6/22/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

Two guys walking back to work from lunch decide to take a shortcut thru a park since it’s such a beautiful day. As they walk along, they come upon a dog who is busy licking its nuts. Both men can’t help but stop and stare at the dog.

The one guy says to the other “ that’s gotta feel pretty good, I wish I could do that”...

His friend says “ you better pet him first, make sure he likes you”. H/T Stan

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The Occasional Fishing Thread [Bandersnatch]

—CBD

Welcome Piscators and Piscatrixes to the current installment of the occasional fishing thread. As usual, my musings, memories, biases, rants, brags, and outright lies are just a jumping off point. All things fishy are on topic.

Now, you’ve been a good Fish Horde and we’ve had fun these occasional Saturday nights so I have no wish to punish you. (Also, there are no pictures of Yoko fishing). But I couldn’t resist this one. I showed it to an ‘Ette, sort of a distaff Tyrion Lannister, and she said “I know nothing about fly fishing and I can tell that this is a complete mess”.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess Thread 06-22-2019

—OregonMuse

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WFM Anastasia Gavrilova

Ms. Gavrilova has also got that naughty librarian look going for her as well.


Easier Problem - Black To Play (1004)

Goal: Black can force a mate in 3
Hint: Don't be afraid to throw the knight into the fight


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(H/T Ladyl)


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What time is it? Well, it is time for the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Put down whatever you were doing. Curl up on or lean back in your favorite piece of furniture and enjoy the world of pets.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Summer Solstice [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, Gardeners and Friends of Gardeners ! Yesterday was the Summer Solstice. Did you remember? That California Poppy from 40 miles north closes at night, so last night could have been its shortest night.

This week, we have a feature on a small garden pest and on a big one. Plus some fun things from The Horde.

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California Report, June 22 [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Well, I guess it's time for another periodic, sort of local, California Report.

Recently, I received the following notification from Pacific Gas & Electric:

Given the growing threat of extreme weather, we want all of our customers to be prepared for power outages. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving your community, it will be necessary for us to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

This means that my electricity could be shut off for several days if there were a threat of wildfire in the foothills, even though I live in the flatlands.

They want me to prepare in advance. They have a checklist. Update contact information, Plan for medical needs, identify charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers, build or restock an emergency kit and know how to manually open your garage door.

These are not bad things to do in case of other emergencies, either. Every once in a while, we sneak a little preparedness information into the Gardening Thread, too.

But this whole plan for shutting off the power is a drag. Insty linked an excellent piece by James Meigs at City Journal (I have wondered how the Manhattan Institute became so interested in California):

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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Ahh Saturday morning my little sunbeams. Let us take a look at a few stories that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ.

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EMT 6/22/19

—krakatoa

I always have meat without any pudding.

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Hodgepodge ONT

—WeirdDave

I'm gonna throw everything left in the hopper against the wall and see what sticks. Last night it was Spam. What will it be tonight?

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Hmmm. Let's take a look.

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Open Thread or Like Whatever Man

—Ace of Spades

Another week. We had some laughs, we shared some news, I snapped at some commenters. Good times.

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Bloomberg Opinion: Trump Doesn't Need to Strike Iran. His Sanctions Are Already Devastating It.

—Ace of Spades

I tend to think we do have to hit Iran if they attack more ships, but here's the other perspective: Iran is cracking under brutal sanctions and wants to change the circumstances in order to wheedle its way out of the sanctions.

Why give them that change? They're the ones that need a change of storyline. We don't.

What we're seeing unfold in the Persian Gulf is a confrontation between a U.S. president who doesnít know when he's winning, and a Supreme Leader who doesn't know when he's losing. If Donald Trump changes his mind again and orders an attack on Iranian targets, he will have played into Ali Khamenei's hands.

It's too early to exhale after Trump's decision to cancel a military strike last night. If he could order the jets scrambled once -- without giving Congress or American allies much time to consult and advise -- he can do so again. The next time, he may not call it off.


But that would be to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Trump seems to have lost sight of the fact that his "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign against the Islamic Republic is working: Iran's economy is feeling great pain, and its isolation is deepening. For all of its proclamations of resistance and resilience, the regime in Tehran is plainly alarmed.

In its panic, it has started to lash out in ways that hurt its own interests, and erode the sympathy it has enjoyed in international circles since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal last year...

And Trump was, for once, playing his cards reasonably well. He stated his openness to negotiations and his desire to avoid war...

This is exactly the right response to Iran's provocations: To brush them off and allow the regime to damage itself in the court of world opinion, even as it is continually weakened by sanctions...

What should Trump do instead? Hold his nerve, keep his patience and let Iran dig itself into a deeper hole.

Thoughts?

Killing them softly > killing them loudly?

As long as they're being killed, I guess I'm fine with it.

Meanwhile, a short sad fat little man howls impotently.

George Conway blasted President Trump and called for him to resign from office after he walked back a planned military strike against Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone.

ďTrump didnít realize UNTIL TEN MINUTES BEFOREHAND that a planned airstrike would kill over a hundred people and would therefore be grossly disproportionate to the loss of a UAV?Ē Conway, lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, tweeted Friday. ďTo say this is amateur hour would defame amateurs.Ē



"Resign. If you didnít know this until it was almost too late, youíre even more of an idiot than people think you are," Conway tweeted in response to Trump. "Do the country and the world a favor. Go back to real estate, where the worst you can do is kill banks."

Dude, if you spent that kind of energy trying to repair with your wife, maybe you wouldn't be such a spazz all the time.

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Teaser: James O'Keefe and Project Veritas Breaking Story from Whistleblower on Monday, About Social Media Battlespace Preparation
Plus: Donald Trump Declares End to American Republic or Something

—Ace of Spades

I just want to get something up. I'll just add some other things into this post as I find them.


I can really get sucked into any comment thread about etymologies and this new post is way overdo, so it's a work in progress.

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Oh Boy: Special Prosecutor Appointed to Probe Kim Foxx's Corrupt Handling of Jussie Smollett Case;
As Kim Foxx's Fake-Recusal Sham Was Illegal, Jussie Smollett May Be Recharged and Retried

—Ace of Spades

Oh boy is this great....!

So, I'm just spitballing based on the story from John Sexton at Hot Air and my basic sense of how these things work, but I think what's going on here is this:

1. From where an elected official derives his power from is important, and it's what makes us a constitutional republic. When a state's attorney is appointed by a governor, the governor is elected by the people, and invested with the power to appoint states attorneys, so the states attorneys' power to prosecute derives from the people, albeit indirectly.

In Illinois, states attorneys are elected directly, so their power derives directly from the people.

2. There is a specified procedure for recusal of states attorney and for appointing a special prosecutor for the cases the attorney has recused herself from. Kim Foxx attempted a fake, sham recusal, a non-recusal recusal, and did not follow this procedure. She tried to pretend she was recusing herself while just giving the case to her direct subordinate -- someone who cannot be said to be "independent" of her, as she's his boss. He knows her mind, and he knows what she wants him to do. And he's incentivized to please her.

3. So, when Kim Foxx executed this illegal, unconstitutional maneuver of appointing a fake special prosecutor who was really just her flunky carrying out her wishes, that fake special prosecutor did not have any actual authority deriving from the law or the people in an election.

4. Therefore, her deputy's decision to let Smollett off the hook without even an admission of guilt was done without any actual force of law. It was basically lawless, and can be, and should be, ignored.

Sexton quotes from the Chicago Tribune below. The judge who appointed the special prosecutor is named Toomin -- and you'll see, Toomin has some concerns about Kim Foxx.

"There was no duly elected state's attorney when Jussie Smollett was arrested. Ms. Foxx had already effected her recusal," Toomin said, nor was there any legally appointed prosecutor when Smollett was charged, or the charges dismissed.

Toomin expressed concerned about Foxxís decision to delegate case to Magats.

"There isnít an office of 'acting states attorney.' It existed only . . . in the imagination of Ms Foxx," Toomin said.



So, Foxx could recuse herself -- and she is actually ethically required to do so -- but she didn't actually recuse herself, and attempted to keep the power in her own hands by handing it off, supposedly, to a flunky, someone not appointed to the position of special prosecutor according to the law, but was only appointed by her own whim.

So everything Magats did is... legally void. He did not have any of the legal power or right to act in the name of the state.

If Kim Foxx is actually out of the case, then she has no power to oversee this case. An official can only delegate the power she actually has, and if Kim Foxx had no power, having recused herself, then she has no power remaining to delegate to her deputy.

Where did Magats' power derive from? He had no power of his own; he's not elected. He can't have derived it from Foxx, because she, supposedly, recused herself from the case. She had no remaining power in the matter.

So... with what authority was he acting?

She's being investigated for her actions, but I assume The Guild Protects Its Own -- always -- so she'll suffer no more than a Sternly Written Letter, if that.

More interesting then is what happens to Smollett. The dismissal of charges against him is void, it was done extraconstitutionally and illegally, so that's a do-over.

Though I guess he has a lot of legal arguments he can make, like the right of a citizen to rely upon the decisions made by someone acting with the (assumed, asserted) power of the state, and not be exposed to a kind of (arguable) double-jeopardy.

We'll see.

On the other hand... well, we might find out that Smollett and Foxx were in communication during this "recusal," making him a participant in all this rather than a bystander.

Let's see those emails and phone records.


Update: From Tami:

@crepeau

And now, a statement from Foxx's former Chief Ethics Officer April Perry -- Foxx has long claimed she recused herself on Perry's advice; here's Perry saying it's more complicated than that.

https://tinyurl.com/yyg5gpbf

@crepeau

essentially - Perry is saying once she became aware that the recusal might not be legally sound, she took steps to try to remedy that, but Foxx declined to follow through.

Because she didn't want it to be legally sound. She wanted it Calvinball, where she is simultaneously recused "colloquially," for public consumption, and yet not recused, when it comes to doing favors for palz.

Posted by Ace of Spades at 03:56 PM Comments

Some Iran Spin

—Ace of Spades



At PJ Media, the Morning Briefing notes that Democrats had their attack lines all ready for any Trump attack on Iran: but now they're confuzenated.

The Democrats are confused. They wanted so badly to burp up their pre-fab, anti-war talking points, but Trump isn't making war. What to do, what to do? Politico has it covered with a piece that was probably pre-written after news broke that Iran shot down our drone: 'Step back from the brink of war': Democrats slam Trump on report he ordered Iran strikes. The Democrats needed some opportunity to seem relevant and Politico delivered. But why would anyone care about foreign policy strategy from the party who secretly gave the Iranian terror regime billions of dollars and pulled back sanctions to sign a nuclear "deal" with no oversight?

Commenters tell me that Democrats are now attacking Trump for not launching an attack on Iran.

They're very serious people, you know.

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ABC News Hits Hunter Biden on Cash-Cozy Relationships with Ukraine, China; Rush Limbaugh Wonders if the Media Hasn't Decided that Floppy Joe's Not Woke Enough, and Needs to Be Taken Out

—Ace of Spades

Selling Biden short.

ABC's chief national correspondent Tom Llamas did a surprisingly good job reporting on the suspicious foreign business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden on ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday.

ABC did such an outstanding job, in fact, that leading conservative pundits now believe the media is turning on Biden.

"Thatís it, folks. If ABC News is going after the Hunter Biden-ChiCom-Ukraine scandal, itís over. Somebody in the Democrat-media complex has decided itís time to take Plugs out," Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show Thursday.

ABC's report focuses on Biden's diplomatic work in China and Ukraine during the Obama years, and how lucrative business deals seemed to fall on Hunter Biden's lap in those countries soon afterward.

Story and video from ABC at the PJ Media link.

Here's video from RCP of Rush Limbaugh declaring Floppy Joe's campaign "over."

Meanwhile, a former ABC reporter, Red Sam Donaldson, is demanding that Joe Biden apologize for his racially insensitive remarks about segregation.

If you don't know what racially insensitive means, it's what we say about Democrats when we'd call Republicans "racist."

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Biden Was More Than "Civil" With Segregationists. He Was a Segregationist.

—Ace of Spades

Biden's trying to dress up his previous opposition to desegregation as merely being courtly.

I'm not saying you should throw yourselves on to the bonfire of past racial sins if you were ever (or still are) an opponent of forced busing.

But the Democrat Party does say things like that. Obama opposed (supposedly) gay marriage during his presidential run and that was not just okay but great because it showed how moderate it was. Then he decided he was Totally Down With Gay Marriage and his prior position was now that of a Garbage Person On The Wrong Side of History.

The Democrats are very fond of turning yesterday's consensus Democrat position into today's anathema.

Well, Joe Biden was a fierce opponent of "forced busing" and an ally of segregationists.

Time to build a statue of him so we can immediately tear it down.

In 1973, Democratic Party leadership was teeming with unsavory Southern senators. If a freshman like Biden--who in a 1974 Time magazine profile admitted "to being compulsively ambitious"--wanted a plum committee position, he would be compelled to approach someone like J. William Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a segregationist and anti-Semite who would later become a mentor to the Clintons. (Bill awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993 and Hillary still had her name on a shared fellowship in 2016--although no one seemed to mind very much).

And if Biden wanted to be on the judiciary committee, he would have to get along with Eastland, the "Voice of the White South," who was chair and president pro tempore of the Senate. The stories about their chummy relationship aren't new; Biden has been repeating them for decades.

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astland took an interest in Biden because the young senator shared his position on busing, one of the most contentious racial policy fights of the early 1970s. It was during this time that busing had turned working-class, union-heavy white areas like South Bostonóthe kind of district that launched Bidenís political career--into"ďwar zones."

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Biden, according Annis, showed Eastland "considerable deference" towards the Mississippi senator not because he was the key to freshmanís political ambitions but also an ally in the busing fight. Biden admits as much years later in his own 2008 book, "Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics."


Uh-oh, we've got a Nazi running around who hasn't been milkshaked. Alert antifa.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"One of you 'ettes commented last time that the HR department at the company you work for has begun listing preferred pronouns in the signature line of their emails. Our tendency as conservatives is to roll our eyes and ignore such silliness, but I think we're missing an opportunity here for a little Alinsky-style guerilla theater. We need to work this rule to the max. Some of you suggested other possible prounouns we could use, such as 'Your Royal Highness' and 'Ming the Merciless.' 'El Jefe Maximo' is also good, as is 'The Ayatollah of Rock-n-Rolla.' The more outlandish, the better. Jam it up their snouts. I have heard of conservatives on Twitter making use of these personal pronouns and actually getting progressive ratfinks that they were arguing with suspended or even banned for not using them. Hey, it's *their* rule. They insisted on it. Let them choke on it. Or another thing we can do, which is going to take us out of our comfort zone, is to find some lesbian bar and have a bunch of conservative guys show up in dresses and lipstick and hang out for a few hours, buying drinks, farting loudly, laughing in deep, masculine voices, and throwing beer nuts at the other customers. I think something like that will really frost their flannel. But there's not much they can do about it. If they tried to throw us out, we could screech like the devil's own klaxon about discrimination. The point is, the best way to deal with progressive bullsh*t is not to engage them on any kind of intellectual level, which we all know is a complete waste of time, but with ridicule, contempt, and ceaseless mockery."




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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Boy And Girl Gazing At The Moon
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The Morning Report - 6/21/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. The weekend is here as well as the summer solstice, arriving at 11:54AM Eastern Time. But there's a lot to cover, so strap your board to your back and hitch a ride in your wetsuit, and away we go. First up, the president spoke about the downing of a US military drone by Iran as it was flying in international airspace and while everyone expected the angry, bloodthirsty OrangeManBad to nuke Teheran, his response was absolutely pitch perfect. He laid the blame squarely at their feet, but by speculating that it was some rogue trigger-happy general, he defused tensions while still keeping the heat and pressure on the Iranians without backing down. Secondarily, the markets appreciated his reaction, going from down 250 points to closing up 250 points after his remarks. Well played, Mr. President. You've pissed off the warmongers in the military industrial complex as well as made the media look like idiots... yet again. Look, the Iranian regime has got to go. They have been the single greatest state sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East and around the world, with the blood of scores of American soldiers and civilians on their hands. They want nukes not merely as a deterrent but because Armageddon for them is a desirable political end game. They must be eliminated. The question is, what should we do to hasten their removal?

The other issue at play here is the poorly concealed and treasonous activity of the former administration, particularly John Kerry, who is consorting with a sworn enemy and encouraging them to provoke this President. I personally do not think that the shooting down of the drone or the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf were accidents. Nor do I think the Iranians would have done that without being given some sort of assurance by Kerry and perhaps Obama and others that doing so would hasten Trump's departure and that sanctions will be lifted and the Nuke Deal will be reinstated. This is, to put it mildly, the height of folly. And I'll go on record as saying if war, in whatever form it might take, does break out, the fault will be with the traitors who are actively undermining the foreign policy of this administration.

We'll delve more into this topic at the Foreign Desk but for now, let's go to the immigration and border crisis where, with reports of upwards of 100,000 illegals evading capture and the CBP's provost reporting that the agency is utterly swamped, you'll be happy to know that your GOP-e has caved to the Democrats in a $4.6 billion dollar sham bill that addresses the crisis by swaddling the invaders in everything Tio Azucar can swaddle them in. Veto this garbage, Mr. President. Also, the provost reports that the invaders caught are coming from 52 different countries, and that means someone somewhere is paying for transportation from overseas to Mexico. This is a national security threat every bit as dangerous as that from Iran and must be addressed as such. And the threat is enemies domestic as well as foreign, as sanctuary city-protected illegal alien rapist is released only to attack the same disabled woman three days later.

Believe it or not, nothing new in the Clinton/Obama Anti-Trump Coup to report so moving on to the Democrat Scandal Sheet and Official Anti-Semitism category, the knives seem to be out for Joey Bidet with the agitprop media finally giving full and unvarnished coverage of his shady dealings with the Chi-Coms and Ukraine for the betterment of himself and sons. Hunter Biden, the inept cocaine addict is evidently still active in that Chi-Com investment firm he was set up in. Elsewhere, a member of the Polish parliament has invited Chiquita Khruschev to visit the real ones that exterminated several million Jews by her kissing cousins of the NSDAP, not the imaginary ones in conjured up in her brainwashed cerebellum run by Amerikkka. Waste of time.

Civil War 2.0: A good essay on the derangement of the Democrat-Left that is turning them into vicious automatons who are now openly hell bent on not just defeating Trump but overthrowing every last vestige of America as founded (Trump merely the focus and reason for their hatred).

Politics: Treacher raises a rather salient point about Joey Bidet and his sudden labeling by the Democrats as an unreconstructed bigot, Chiquita Khruschev defends Booker attacking Bidet, Go-Go Gohmert gets heckled for stating the truth and the facts about Democrats, conservative blacks revolted by reparations push, along with the open socialist sewers of California, the illegal alien driver's licenses present an opportunity for Trump and the GOP to hit Democrats, Roy Moore is running for Senator again and Don Jr. slams him for his claims his candidacy is not anti-Trump, Piers Morgan confident of a Trump 2020 victory (he's got to get his mind right on the 2-A), all is forgiven and forgotten by Dems with Coonman Northam, Clyburn turns his ire on Pelosi and Hoyer, Larry Elder pissed no one confronted Chiquita Khruschev on her definition of the word "free" in all her free shit giveaways, more warning bells about the national popular vote, a rather positive spin on the demographic shifts in US population vis a vis electoral politics, and lastly, if 2016 was the "Flight 93 election, "Candace Owens has a new moniker for the 2020 election. Read and heed.

First Amendment and Fake News Fakery: Marco Rubio slams the WaPo for claiming Trump has lost interest in Venezuela, two essays on SCOTUS okaying the Bladensburg Cross, German State organ blocks author for their citing a Joo-hater, a look at the secret algorithms muzzling conservative voices, a call for the media to stop pimping Russky and Chi-Com propaganda, Humberto Fontova compares Trump and Che Guevara when it comes to homosexual rights, another essay on the anti flag burning proposal, and Daniel Greenfield with a warning about what this bloated commie billionaire Marc Benioff is doing with Salesforce to silence and purge his political enemies, meaning normal Americans.

Abortion: Rhode Island jumps on the baby-killing bandwagon as Governor Raimondo (what the fuck is the deal with that name?!) signs bill legalizing abortion up to birth. But, even Democrat lawmakers there protested it. The 9th Circus hands a big win to Trump which will seriously kneecap Planned Parenthood in the wallet, Los Angeles Dem calls abortion for what it is: black genocide, and in light of Justice Clarence Thomas' words on the subject, an essay on the nature of eugenics.

Foreign Desk: Back to Iran where the NY Times is reporting that Trump was all set to order major retaliatory strikes on Iran for their downing of a US drone but eased off the trigger at the last moment, but that said the US is expected to retaliate in some form within the next few days. Target Iranian bases or forces in Syria or elsewhere outside their borders or the base from where the missile or aircraft was launched that downed the drone. Maybe a SEAL raid to cripple an installation. We shall see. A Hobson's choice for UK conservatives, two essays on the long and short term threats and challenge from the Chi-Coms, is Maduro trafficking in Nazi gold stolen from Jewish victims?, and the death of Morsi is being pimped by the agitprop media as Khashoggi 2: Assassination Boogaloo. Pfft.

DEE-Fense: The trial of this Navy SEAL accused of a war crime gets turned on its ear as a medic steps forward to confess to the killing, some senators are briefed on Navy UFO sightings, and California judge hands an inadvertent, yet potentially huge win to Chi-Com industrial spying arm Huawei. Is there some sort of national security executive order that can override this? Since they are owned by the Chi-Com government, they present a clear and existential national security threat. Experts among the Horde, please weigh in.

We-All-Slam-For-I-Slam: Mostly peaceful shouts of I KEEEEEL YOU! emanating from Harrisburg as clit-clipping gets the chop, and mostly peaceful death threats from the religion of peace.

Domestic News: Angelenos have had it up to here (pointing to forehead) with the homelessness and are calling for Mayor Garcetti to step down. Pro-tip: stop voting for goddam Democrats - forever. Minnesota millionaire gets food stamps for a year to show how easy it is to scam the system, showdown between Congress and Trump on spending, bombshell SCOTUS sex case a big bust, despite a looming pension disaster, California divests from profitable investments because SJW madness, and a Pollyanna-ish essay on getting the Golden State on its feet. Again, dump all Democrats - forever.

The Economy: Correlation between Chi-Com imports and the drug trade here and south of the border.

Crime and Punishment: The headline says it all. Dear Lord...

Education: A call for the reformation of higher ed. Meh, the entire system from pre-K through post-grad is nothing but anti-American brainwashing. Scrap it all.

Red Greens: GOP lawmakers flee Oregon rather than vote on a disastrous cap and trade bill and the governor sends the state cops after them, and New York's anti-science anti-carbon bill will kill whatever is still surviving of the state's economy.

Hither and Yon: Whoopi Rape-Rape opens cake-hole and flatus emanates, films about terrorism that attempt to make the terrorists reasonable actually do just the opposite, a summer film watch list for conservatives and Christian Toto says Hollywood's Trump derangement will only help him in 2020.

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

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

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Perverted ONT

—WeirdDave

When ladies need it bad, they have a go-to move:

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GAINZZZ Thread

—Ace of Spades

As you probably know, because I never shut up about it, I went 27 1/2 days on an almost pure fast, no calories. The "almost" part is there because after my doctor scared me and told me to go off the fast, due to mild dehydration, I started breaking it with some bone broth and olives on day 23.

Then I decided I was wrong to break it and continued it, though after that, I did have two cups of bone broth a day to make sure I got my electrolytes in. Two cups of bone broth together are 80 calories. I bent the fast a little, but I don't think I really broke it.

The only other calories I've had were from sugar-free Metamucil every two or three days -- apparently 20-40 calories a serving. Soluble fiber, I think, while not digestible by your own processes, gets digested by your intestinal flora into butyrane and other short-chain fatty acids, which then enter your blood stream as actual nutrition.

Anyway, so, those small number of calories aside, no calories for 23 days, then 80 calories per day for the last four days.

I've had a few bad days -- I got dehydrated last Thursday and Friday -- and I've had the occasional... GI problems, but only occasionally and pretty lightly.

But some of the days I felt, no exaggeration the best I've felt that I can remember. Some days I've had very high energy and great optimism and a feeling of well-being. (I think that depression is pretty much just low energy, and good feelings and optimism are just high energy. At least for me, it works out that simply.)

A big problem I had is that, because I'd been drinking so much, and peeing so damn much, I keep waking up in the night, sometimes twice, to pee. So my sleep wasn't great most days.

Hunger almost entirely went away on day seven or eight, so it got super-easy, barely an inconvenience past that point.

Hunger would come back occasionally, but usually only due to stimulus, like someone eating in front of me. And not very ravenously.

Most of the time I could watch recipe/cooking videos now without torturing myself.

At some point, I wanted to eat not because I was actually hungry or felt that I needed to eat, but because I was bored of not eating, if that makes sense.

Eating is a pretty major sensory stimulus -- I would say it's the most sensuous experience people routinely have, outside of sex -- and you do start to miss it.

My weight dropped from 181 to 161, from 23.5% body fat to 19.1%. Since then, I held pretty stable at 163, but the last couple of days, the scale says I gained four more pounds back.

Not sure why because I've been doing One Meal A Day (OMAD) many days, and Nearly One Mean a Day (NOMAD -- copyright me, just one main meal plus some olives or something light an hour later) most days.

Gaining four pounds in two or three days is a lot of regain, so I think that maybe that's a lot of water weight I should have regained earlier but didn't. I stopped making a point to drink lots of liquids the moment I ended the fast, so maybe I just got dehydrated post-fast, or kept the mild case of dehydration going.

I had quite a headache for four days running so maybe that's confirmation that I was dehydrated, and maybe the regain is due to my trying to drink a lot of fluids since then.

I have not yet returned to weightlifting or martial arts, because I'm very lazy. I really have to get back to that.

Overall, it was a good experience. I felt pretty good most days -- some days I felt really good. I didn't make it quite to my main goal of 28 days, and not to my extended goals of 31, 35, or 40 days, but maybe next time.

I would definitely not recommend a long fast like that to anyone; it's something you build up to, like a skill. You need to get good at fasting, and get your body accomodated it, starting with just going 16 hours without any food, then 20, then 24, then 36 (a full day, plus that night), then two days, then three days, then four, then five. Shorter fasts to just get acclimated to it, and develop the needed knowledge base (like how much salt you, personally, need to supplement per day).

Once you're up to five days you can go for seven, and then after seven, you can probably go as long as you like, but I wouldn't recommend going too far in early days.

In fact, I wouldn't suggest that anyone who hasn't been fasting for short periods of time on and off for a year ever try more than five days, because at the five day point, refeeding syndrome becomes a possibility, which could result in hospitalization or death if you shock your system with too much food too quickly.

So, I did that, and sort of can't wait to go again in August, maybe. I was knocking on the door of being actually fit, and didn't quite get there. (I had/have sort of loose and pock-marked skin in my belly, due to fat being sucked out of there.)

I'm thinking just keep to keto and intermittent fasting for a couple of months, then see if I can get to the most stubborn and oldest fat I have on my body, the stuff I've had since I was 11.

This isn't just about weight loss, though excess weight is connected to a lot of chronic conditions. It's also about my fasting glucose levels being too high -- hanging right around 100, which is considered the starting point of being "prediabetic," and wanting to drop that to about 90. (It was down in the high fifties during the fast, but then, of course it was.)

I'm still being insulin resistant and therefore very sensitive to carbohydrates. Supposedly one can, over time, reverse these conditions, or at least lessen them.

So: Tell me about YO GAINZZZ.

Oh, and also: Open thread. GAINZZZ talk is invited, but you can talk about whatever you like.

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Democrat Doxxer, Immediately Hired by Sheila-Jackson Lee Despite being Fired for Doxxing, Gets Four Years in Prison

—Ace of Spades

Now, I don't want to speculate about what Cosko's dating life might be in prison.

That I leave to garbage-bathers that specialize in that sort of thing, like National Review and Jonah Goldberg, who had a great deal of fun in speculating that the swinger Roger Stone might enjoy "swinging" in prison as well.

But I am concerned about a young man's welfare, so I do have to ask: will this upstanding young Aristocrat be bullied or abused in prison?

Let's check the evidence:

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Oh, I'm sure he'll be fine. He's got the fine features, luxurious lashes, and long, elegant swan-like neck that puts other men on notice that if you so much as look at him funny, he will bathe in your blood before the children of Babylon.

He looks like a young Randal "Tex" Cobb.

He might have to smuggle a lot of money and contraband into prison, though, to buy off his more persistent suitors.

You know, smuggle it in his tight, coltish ass-cubby.

So he got 4 years.


After growing angry over the GOPís handling of the nomination process he posted the personal info of Graham (R-SC), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and now-former Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch on Wikipedia. He then released the info about Kentucky Sens. McConnell and Paul.

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Cosko pleaded guilty to five felonies in April, including making public restricted personal information, computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

US District Court Judge Thomas Hogan said the sentence is intended to signal that politically driven criminal harassment will be punished severely.

"We have...a society that has become very vicious," Hogan said. "It's very concerning to the court and unfortunate that you played into that."


The sentencing comes after a second ex-Hassan aide, Samantha Deforest Davis, was charged with helping Cosko.

Well, the prosecutors sought five years, and the judge knocked one year off, despite acknowledging that we have become a vicious society and this little twink's actions are both an example of that and a potential source of inspiration for other twink sociopaths.

But judges always have to show themselves to "be fair and empathetic," at least when sentencing a well-connected rich Democrat.

With Republicans, you put them in solitary confinement and ship them off to Riker's for process crimes.

But you know, we should remain very invested in nurturing the current order and power structure. We're obviously on top of it, right? We should be the most vigorous defenders of the political/power hierarchy, because we're so clearly its primary beneficiaries.

We should continue living in our fantasy reality, pretending it's still 1986 or whatever and it's still perpetually Morning in America.


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Shock: The FBI Used Another "Dossier" It Did Not Verify and In Fact Was Specifically Warned Might be Fake, to Start an Investigation into Paul Manafort

—Ace of Spades

Remember, it was critical to Hillary Clinton that the FBI have active investigations opened into the Trump campaign, because she had a high profile investigation into her own actions, and she desperately needed to be able to play the They Do It Too Card.

Our shining knights of fidelity, bravery, and integrity were all too eager to provide her with just that card.

The second document, known as the "black cash ledger," remarkably has escaped the [scrutiny the "Steele" "dossier" got, after-the-fact], even though its emergence in Ukraine in the summer of 2016 forced Paul Manafort to resign as Trump's campaign chairman and eventually face U.S. indictment.

In search warrant affidavits, the FBI portrayed the ledger as one reason it resurrected a criminal case against Manafort that was dropped in 2014 and needed search warrants in 2017 for bank records to prove he worked for the Russian-backed Party of Regions in Ukraine.

There's just one problem: The FBI's public reliance on the ledger came months after the feds were warned repeatedly that the document couldnít be trusted and likely was a fake, according to documents and more than a dozen interviews with knowledgeable sources.

For example, Ukraineí' top anticorruption prosecutor, Nazar Kholodnytsky, told me he warned the U.S. State Departmentís law enforcement liaison and multiple FBI agents in late summer 2016 that Ukrainian authorities who recovered the ledger believed it likely was a fraud.

"It was not to be considered a document of Manafort. It was not authenticated. And at that time it should not be used in any way to bring accusations against anybody," Kholodnytsky said, recalling what he told FBI agents.

Likewise, Manafortís Ukrainian business partner Konstantin Kilimnik, a regular informer for the State Department, told the U.S. government almost immediately after The New York Times wrote about the ledger in August 2016 that the document probably was fake.

Manafort "could not have possibly taken large amounts of cash across three borders. It was always a different arrangement -- payments were in wire transfers to his companies, which is not a violation," Kilimnik wrote in an email to a senior U.S. official on Aug. 22, 2016.

He added: "I have some questions about this black cash stuff, because those published records do not make sense. The timeframe doesnít match anything related to payments made to Manafort. ...It does not match my records. All fees Manafort got were wires, not cash."

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team and the FBI were given copies of Kilimnik's warning, according to three sources familiar with the documents.

Now, you really should real the whole thing, but this is incredible:

It's illegal to submit, as part of an official record, evidence to a judge -- for example, in seeking a warrant against Paul Manafort-- which the person submitting knows to be fraudulent, or which may be fraudulent.

It can result in an actual criminal charge being filed.

So, what did Mueller and Weismann do?

They could not submit the "black cash ledger" as evidence in seeking probable cause warrants against Manafort -- that could expose their own corrupt asses to federal charges.

But they were determined to jam it in there anyway.

So they submitted media reports as evidence supporting the warrant, based on leaks about the likely fraudulent ledger, as part of their application.

They effectively submitted the contents of the "ledger," without submitting the ledger itself -- in order to avoid having to tell the judge, straight up, that they'd been warned by several informed sources that the thing was a forgery and a sham.

Bring charges against them anyway. This is a transparent dodge and still constitutes submitting fraudulent "evidence" to a tribunal.

Coming soon from David French, Jonah Goldberg, and "Popehat:"

The Conservative Case for Perpetrating Serial Frauds on Federal Courts

A question worth probing: Did someone on Mueller's own team leak the contents of the sham "ledger" to the media precisely so he could get a story written up and cite that -- which was an intentional product of his own illegal leaking -- as evidence rather than having to cite the phony ledger itself?

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Company Proposes, Exhibits Standing-Room Only Airplane "Seating"

—Ace of Spades

Except it's not seating, it's standing, with a little bit of leaning, plus a bicycle-like saddle delivering pressure right where you want it, in your groin.

That should make turbulent air especially fun.

You'd get a discount, I guess.

Maybe this would be plausible for a shuttle-type plane, a one-hour or 1:20 flight.

Maybe.

Meanwhile, Huntington Park, California deploys "HP Robocop," a "crime-fighting robot," though it seems to be more of a remotely-piloted drone that travels on the ground (slowly) rather than flying.

The robot, dubbed "HP Robocop," is described as an "autonomous data machine" and is expected to be officially unveiled by the Huntington Park police department on Tuesday.

Equipped with 360-degree video cameras, Huntington Park police will deploy "HP RoboCop" to monitor and surveil areas such as parks and city buildings. The robot will then be able to relay video footage from its cameras to police headquarters in order to facilitate fast and safe responses from police officers.

"HP RoboCop" will also be able to roll down sidewalks and recite phrases to members of the public, such as "excuse me" and "good day to you."

Take this back. This is not the future I ordered. No, I don't know who ordered this. No one ordered it, I would expect.

I would like you to make a whole new future, the one I specifically ordered. I need a total re-do.

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As Democrats Talk More and More About Reparations, Americans Harden Their Position Against Them

—Ace of Spades

The radicalized cadre of white liberals is forcing the Democrat party to the hard left, and making the candidates all support a series of very unpopular positions.

I guess the Democrats will be running on a platform of reparations and forcing high school girls to shower with boys.

A Fox News poll in April found that 60 percent of Americans oppose paying cash reparations to descendants of slaves, while just 32 percent support it. A Rasmussen poll in the same month found that just 21 percent of likely voters think taxpayers should pay reparations to black Americans who can prove they are descended from slaves.

However, in a finding that could put 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in a bind, the Fox poll found that among Democratic primary voters, 54 percent said they were likely to support a candidate who backed reparations, while 33 percent said they were not likely.

Additionally, Data For Progress found in a poll last year that while the measure had only 26 percent of Americans in favor, it had net positive support among voters under 45. A Point-Taken Marist poll in 2016 found that while 68 percent of Americans were opposed to reparations, 6 in 10 black Americans said they were in favor.

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Woman Comes Forward, Claiming that Hunter Biden is Her Baby's Secret Father; Sues to Prove It

—Ace of Spades

She says she already has proof the baby is a Biden -- it won't stop nuzzling her cleavage

Lunden Alexis Roberts, 28, filed a petition for paternity and child support against Joe Bidenís lawyer son, saying she gave birth to his kid, "Baby Doe," in August 2018, according to court papers.

The two-page suit was filed in Independence County, Arkansas, on May 28 -- nearly two weeks after Hunter tied the knot with a South African woman named Melissa Cohen.

Roberts wants a court to establish that the 49-year-old father of three is her babyís biological dad. She is also seeking child support and for him to provide health insurance for the now-10-month-old infant. All out-of-pocket expenses would be split between the two parents, the filing said.

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Kamala Harris Accuses Trump of Trying to "Remake" America's "Demographics"... By Deporting Non-Americans?!?!

—Ace of Spades

Sounds like someone else just admitted to trying to remake the country's demographics by making non-Americans Americans.




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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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I (and most of the people around these parts) haven't been a neo-con for a very long time. But the Leftist/Democrat disinformation engine has been put into overdrive...the usual suspects are claiming that Pompeo and Bolton and Trump are provoking Iran because they are frantic for war.

Well, we have been at war with Iran for 40 years...the problem is that we didn't admit it. Iran has been the world's leader in fomenting terrorism against America and its allies, and is directly responsible for many of the American combat deaths in Iraq, via their roadside bomb technology.

Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone; CENTCOM Says It Was In International Airspace

So this is not surprising at all. If the drone was over Iranian territory, which is what the Mullahs claim (and I don't believe), then that's the cost of intelligence gathering. However, if the drone was truly over international airspace then we must respond. But contrary to the hopes and masturbatory dreams of the Democrats, we do not need to send armored columns into Iran. it is a fragile country, with many targets of opportunity that can be destroyed from afar, without risking American lives. Electric grids, their single gasoline refinery, military communications...all are excellent targets. And outside their borders they are even more vulnerable. Lebanon, Syria, Yemen (and others) have Iranian troops, advisors, military equipment, or all three.

And what is the argument against an American response? Well, the Iranian navy could close the straits of Hormuz, at least temporarily. That would send shock waves throughout the world. But who buys the most Mideast oil? China. And who can ramp up production, courtesy of fracking? America. However, any closure of the straits would demand a world-wide response, so both the closure and the Iranian navy's days would be numbered.

Iran is clearly testing the resolve of the current administration, and hoping that internal political pressure will force President Trump to moderate the sanctions because of the threat of war. But President Trump has shown that when threatened, he tends to punch back...harder. So Iran's typical game might not work now.

One option would be to keep any response under the radar, so Iran won't know for sure what happened. I like the idea of keeping them off balance and unable to point to American "provocation" and play the victim card.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [Kris]

—CBD

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Cornelia, Mother Of The Gracci, Pointing To Her Children As Her Treasures
Angelica Kauffman

Angelica Kauffman painted at a time when women were heavily restricted from the royal academies, but she showed so much undeniable talent that she was a member of five across Europe. This work is an excellent example of Neoclassicism, a style about heroism, virtue and idealism. It is heavily theatrical and melodramatic. It was the first of two (or second of three depending on who you ask) major artistic expressions of the late Enlightenment period.

For me, the key elements in this work are composition and color. Cornelia dominates the painting, standing just off-center to the right, dressed in white, gold and purple. These three colors have high significance and give her an almost angelic, queenly, noble quality. Farther right, Cornelia holds her young daughter’s hand as she talks with another woman. The girl’s attention is on the shiny objects in the woman’s box. The other woman sits and is earnestly showing off her jewelry. She is also dressed in white and gold but these colors are covered with a vivid red, the color of carnality. Immediately, just by the colors alone, we are given a hint that there is something different about Cornelia.

These three figures are all connected and form one large mass of females. Two boys are to the left. The older boy’s colors mimic his mother’s, linking them and possibly saying that he is the nobler of the two. The younger boy is in red, maybe representing his immaturity. Red on both ends of the composition also frames and unifies the piece further. The younger boy is hunched over, forcing him to look up to his older brother too. This may foreshadow their adulthood when the younger will follow the older into politics and take over after the older is murdered.

A space separates the male and females but Cornelia unifies the groups using her eyes that look to the right and by her gesture towards the boys that draws the viewer’s eye to the left. The eyes swing back and forth across the canvas taking it all in. Cornelia is the tallest form in the painting and as we move to the edges the figures squat, creating a shallow triangle. This may be an homage to Greek pedimental sculpture, but it also makes everyone, including the viewer, look up to Cornelia, literally and figuratively. Kauffman’s attempts to move the eye around the piece while keeping the focus on Cornelia is important because those reds are so bright and dominant. The separation of the sexes may represent the gender expectations in Rome and Kauffman’s time. The boys are holding a book and a scroll signaling their focus on education and the intellect while their sister focuses on emotional and earthly things.

Kauffman is a woman in a profession dominated by men, painting for a female audience. Here, Cornelia is presented as the Ideal Mother, a model for women everywhere. While the other woman and the girl are preoccupied by shiny baubles and shallow things, her priorities are raising good, well-educated, grounded men. The Gracci brothers are known to Roman history as reformers and martyrs, and Kauffman answers the question of where such men come from… they come from good mothers.

[Kris has graciously agreed (after much begging from me), to write an occasional art thread. Look for her name on the headline so you won't be surprised to find actual informed art criticism on these august pages]

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The Morning Report - 6/20/19

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Thursday and we're loaded with all sorts of juicy stuff guaranteed to make you nutsy-fagin so here we go. First up in the border and immigration crisis, a story that broke late yesterday where the FBI has arrested a Syrian refugee for plotting to blow up a church in Pittsburgh. Since the deviant in question is neither Jewish, Christian, conservative nor an NRA member, soon after the white patriarchy is blamed, we will be admonished against Muslim backlash before the incident is memory-holed. And this bastard came right in through the front door, presumably during the Obama reign of error. Who the hell knows what's streaming across our border now? Wait a second, we do know; Africans from the ebola belt as well as Pakistanis and Bangladeshis IIRC, along with the illiterate, destitute peasantry of most of Central America courtesy of bus, train and plane tickets paid for by a certain Nazi collaborator among others.

Meanwhile, one brave bureaucrat in New York State has defied Andrew Cuomo and his Democrat apparatchiks in the state legislature by stating he will refuse to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens. I fully expect him to get the Kim Davis treatment or worse. Yet despite this insanity, despite President Trump's victory predicated on border security and sane immigration policy, we have a GOP that wants to help... by greasing the skids for the invading hordes to get comfy and have legal aid bought and paid for by our tax dollars (see the link in the politics section about the "Tessio Republicans"). Elsewhere, ICE is giving priority to booting illegals with final removal orders, along with halitosis and un-dissolved flecks of Efferdent, Nancy Palsi projects, a legal immigrant looks at the madness, a study indicates the US is no longer the number one destination for asylum seekers (gee, how did that happen do you suppose?), and finally Chiquita Khruschev AOC sets a rhetorical trap for herself and her fellow Maoists with her "concentration camps" bilge.

To the Clinton/Obama Coup + Mueller Deception and Cover-Up and Congressional Inquisition where we have some interesting developments. Margot Cleveland over at The Federalist is high on Michael Flynn's new attorney exposing even more of Spygate criminality to a broader audience, with Manafort rotting in jail and the Dems itching to go after Trump once he leaves office in 2036 (inshalla [sarc]), Monday's SCOTUS ruling on double jeopardy puts a dent in his issuing of pardons, and Mueller might regret going after Roger Stone.

Looking at the Democrat Scandal Sheet, fresh off the news of the conviction of this Jackson Cosko stooge, news comes now of a second Congressional staffer being charged in the "doxxing" of Republicans during the Kavanaugh hearings. So that means it goes from a one-off incident to what I think was a plot to sabotage and smear the nominee and his supporters by any means necessary. And this fish stinks from the head. The head being Maggie Hassan and possibly Dianne Feinstein. Oh yes, gentle reader. I haven't forgotten her involvement in this. Stay tuned. Elsewhere, the FBI and DHS are probing a Leftist subversive organization for trying to steal massive amounts of Michigan voter data, and Louisiana's John Bel Edwards gets money from Hollywood almost immediately after returning from a Tinsel Town junket. Also, Maizie Hirohito, born of a Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Whorehouse from a pimp momma, is circling the wagons around fellow detestable Dem dolt with the deep decolletage Chiquita Khruschev AOC, claiming her disgusting comparison of US detention of illegal aliens to concentration camps is just an attempt to protect Trump. Also in that vein, an excellent essay on the Left's eternal lying about Auschwitz and its meanings. More on this story in a moment.

Politics: Trump's re-election kickoff rally was by any metric an incredible success. He hit it out of the park rhetorically, both in terms of underscoring the accomplishments despite the resistance as well as dollars: $28.4 million in the first 24 hours which I believe is more than the total raised so far of the putative Dem leaders to date. He also perfectly described who and what the Democrats are. Meanwhile in the Swamp, at another dog and pony show to pimp slavery reparations - yet again - the Dems went apeshit when two black witnesses took to the microphones to denounce the concept. One of them, former NFL star Burgess Owens dropped a truth nuke on the hearings by rightfully declaring that every misery and indignity suffered by black Americans throughout our history is the fault of Democrats. Linked in the First Amendment section, a hack from the NY Times without even realizing the insanity of his statement belched up that blacks testifying against reparations "have no other qualifications than being black." Let that sink in.

Meanwhile, poor Joey Bidet is taking all kinds of flak for praising his past collegial relationship with two horrible, unreconstructed Democrat racists, the Southern Baptists go insane and embrace identity politics, Fauxca-Has-Been and Bernie Sandersnista go at each other, Tubby Riefenstahl warns Dems about enormity or something, three good links look at the GOP in all of this with Tu-Ca telling it like it is about the Koch CoC Whores, Obama will not sheathe his shit-Midas finger for 2020, and David Harsanyi on that tragedy behind Chiquita Khruschev's utter pig-ignorance vis a vis concentration camps.

First Amendment and Fake News Fakery: Target of the Columbia Journalism Review speaks out about being smeared for connecting the dots between journalists and Antifa, Josh Hawley on the warpath against Big Tech/Brother, California Church and ACLU sue election official over banned Black Lives Matter banner, smack down of Chris Cuomo on nationalism, and Republicans ask DoJ why Al Jazeera is not considered a foreign agent of Qatar?

Guns: Judge smacks down California attempt to ban gun shows.

Abortion: Tom Cotton slams companies over hypocritical pro-abortion stances.

Foreign Desk: Mexico ratifies PDT's USMCA trade deal, US official claims an Arabian Gulf of Tonkin incident with shoot down of US drone in international waters, the usually pro-Iranian Germany blames Iran for tanker attack, Victor Davis Hanson says Trump holds all the cards with Iran, Chi-Coms facing all kinds of internal strife in its cities, two Russkies and one Ukie charged with shooting down that Malaysian Airliner (not the one in Don Lemon's black hole theory), and Daniel Greenfield talks about Israel's new town named after Trump.

DEE-Fense: A look at the growing menace of cyberwarfare.

We-All-Slam-For-I-Slam: Canuck gets 26 years for aiding and abetting 2009 Iraq terror attack that killed US soldiers, and BBC imam bitches about Jooz and the Holocaust. Meh, another day ending in I KEEEEEEL YOU!

Domestic Affairs: New Jersey man gets five years in the slammer for getting his own reparations, Bill Cassidy blames Medicare and Social Security for debt and deficits and sez cutting bureaucracies elsewhere won't matter much, Dems have no solution for the latters' looming implosion, a look at the madness of California taxation, and Justice Thomas' credo. Screw Danny Glover; Clarence Thomas is a real expert on the legacy of slavery.

The Economy: Lockheed Martin announces $142 million Arkansas plant, the big upside of tariffs despite a little initial pain, and Cuomo's licenses for illegal aliens will destroy wages for legal citizen cabbies.

Crime and Punishment: NXIVM sex cult leader found guilty. Has Gillibrand ever been grilled about her former relationship with them (no, of course not)? Mayor Buttplug's anti-violence commission in South Bend is a flop. Mayor Pete: Make America Go South and Bend Over. Also, the Feds make a record 33,000-pound cocaine seizure. Where's Murkowski?

Vatican Sex Abuse Scandal: Whistleblower in the Vatican claims DC Basilica's rector a member of the "Gay Mafia." They rub glitter on the bullets instead of garlic...

Education: Rabbi Fischer on Chiquita Khruschev's concentration camp comments as a symptom of our rotting educational system, and K-12 Red Ed. Well, the latter explains the former.

Feminazism and Transgender Psychosis: IAAF is having none of the tranny garbage deeming biology not identity as defining who you are, and three high school girls file lawsuit against the junk-tuckers competing with them.

Hither and Yon: Blame the French for plummeting birth rates, two essays on Taylor Swift's SJW implosion, John Stossel on the moral case for capitalism, high tech is now lowbrow for the elite and that's unfair for the masses (I think I got that right), and a look at the fundamentalist religious cult of the Progressives. They truly are what they mock so mercilessly. Projection ain't just a river in Egypt.

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

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

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (6/19/19)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“It’s bullshit. We lost. Suck it up. I don’t like harvesting, but suck it up.”

“We got a problem here in Orange County. Instead of bitching and crying [about ballot harvesting], go do it yourself. It’s legal.” Mission Viejo’s Republican Mayor Greg Raths


Quote II

“It [Communism] is not new. It is, in fact, man's second oldest faith. Its promise was whispered in the first days of the Creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: "Ye shall be as gods." It is the great alternative faith of mankind. Like all great faiths, its force derives from a simple vision. Other ages have had great visions. They have always been different versions of the same vision: the vision of God and man's relationship to God. The Communist vision is the vision of Man without God.
It is the vision of man's mind displacing God as the creative intelligence of the world. It is the vision of man's liberated mind, by the sole force of its rational intelligence, redirecting man's destiny and reorganizing man's life and the world. It is the vision of man, once more the central figure of the Creation, not because God made man in his image, but because man's mind makes him the most intelligent of the animals. Copernicus and his successors displaced man as the central fact of the universe by proving that the earth was not the central star of the universe. Communism restores man to his sovereignty by the simple method of denying God.” Whittaker Chambers, Witness


Quote III

"I also want to thank, in particular, the federal protective service whose officers saved who knows how many people this morning by responding to the active shooter situation by neutralizing the shooter," "These guys are our heroes today. We owe them a debt of gratitude." Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney


Quote IV

"I was OK with being a drug addict. I was OK with that being my life. But I wasn't OK with having kids and letting that be part of my life." Amelia (Last name withheld)


Quote V

"True Conservatives"

They're diseased whores who used to suck off the right for money, and now they suck off the left. Either way, their only marketable skill is sucking people off. Ace


Quote VI

“What’s at stake here is not my future, or ours, or even our family’s. We will be fine,” Sullivan continued. “What is at stake are the values that underwrite the best traditions of higher education, the very same traditions that have sustained Harvard for nearly 400 years. In America, everyone is entitled to a defense, in America, everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and in America, everyone is entitled to due process of law under our Constitution.” Ronald Sullivan

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