September 25, 2016

EMT 09/25/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Heading to Philly for a relatively quick hitter, he said, tempting the fates.

Just close enough to drive. My general rule of thumb is anything inside 9 hours (that doesn't include NYC or NJ), I'll drive.

What's your favorite form of travel?

I loved taking the train between Amsterdam & London last year. That was far more enjoyable than I anticipated, and there's a very good chance I try Amtrak here some day to see how it compares.

Car is generally the best for me. Air travel has never recovered from the effects of 9/11. Hell, if time isn't a factor, Greyhound is probably more comfortable than air these days.

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Overnight Open Thread (24 Sep 2016)


Are aliens avoiding Earth? Well, wouldn't you with all this dumbassery going on.

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25 Years I've Been Flying This Airspace Sir, I've Never Had A Controller Talk To Me Like That [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Air traffic controllers and pilots going at each other, all while flying us around. It's funny, but damn, I would prefer not to have heard some of the idiocy on display here. [Below the break, because the hamsters are, let's be frank, sort of wimpy lately.]

So what kind of tussles has The Horde had with officialdom or waitresses, or clerks or Judges or whatever was maddening and amusing at the same time?

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 09-24-2016 [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a hockey brawl on a Saturday afternoon.

"Why must I lose to this idiot?"
--Hillary Clinton Aron Nimzowitsch

Nimowitsch said this after losing a crucial game to Friedrich Saemisch. Actually, he stood on a table and shouted it: "Gegen diesen Idioten muss ich verlieren?"

Nimzo's record against Saemisch was, at that point, 4-1. They played 5 more times after that and Nimzo won them all. That one loss must've hurt real bad.

Problem 1 - White To Play (110)

Hint: White mates in 2

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

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Not sure if the dog's name is Muldoon or not. I suspect it is.

Welcome to the AoS Pet Thread. Enjoy your time here with other animal lovers and some PetMorons.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Preserving Autumn [KT]

—Open Blogger


Casual tips for preserving fruits, veggies and herbs

Happy First Saturday of Autumn, 2016. Today, most of our content has been provided by two of the most enthusiastic gardeners in The Horde. Both of them, with their respective spouses, have been "putting things by" from the garden for winter enjoyment.

Gordon lives in Minnesota, where the summer growing season is not particularly long. He has written a book review and recounted his experiences using automated devices for making jams and jellies and also sauces. With photos.

I also decided to highlight the latest Idaho Banana Belt report by Pat* because Pixie led to delays in its posting and I think a lot of people missed it. I really enjoyed it.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: VDH on Today's Elites [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs


Why are we so angry at today's elites? Earlier in the month, Victor Davis Hanson chose four characteristics of today's elites that make us hot under the collar. This is the fourth:

. . . the people feel that elites do not follow the laws.

Do you agree with his assessment? Can you think of other worrisome characteristics of today's elites?

How are today's elites different from those of, say, 1896?

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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger


The world continues to be weird. Here are a few things that should entertain you.

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The Morning Report 9/24/16 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger

Good Saturday morning, gang. Was hoping for a quiet weekend without 'splodey Presto's, but instead we have a free range psycho with a gun, to Chris Hayes' delight. Feh. Have a better one!

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EMT 09/24/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger


I could have used this 3 days ago.

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Overnight Open Thread (23 Sep 2016)


I think the current nationwide police recruit shortage will only get worse, especially in the current climate of hate we're trudging through. Keep that in mind if you think the cops will be responding in a timely fashion when you need to call them. You best be prepared to handle things on your own until they can arrive.

Also, most of you have a first aid kit but have you thought about perhaps having your own trauma kit? Could come in handy with the times we're living in.

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Another FBI Friday Document Dump Reveals Obama Used Pseudonym When Emailing Hillary, Strongly Implying He Knew Hillary Was on an Insecure, Illegal Syste


Can't wait to give these people another four years of the presidency.

President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.


In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.

"Once informed that the sender's name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: 'How is this not classified?'" the report says. "Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president's use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email."

The State Department has refused to make public that and other emails Clinton exchanged with Obama. Lawyers have cited the "presidential communications privilege," a variation of executive privilege, in order to withhold the messages under the Freedom of Information Act.

And don't forget -- the FBI gave out immunity to all of Hillary's cronies like kindly old folks giving out the good candy on Halloween, for no reason at all, getting nothing in return, except making sure Hillary's Centurions were all taken care of.

Open thread.

Oh -- they found Scott's fingerprints on the gun they found on him. Another city goes up in flame and blood over a #BlackLiesMatter Lie.

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Head Gym Teacher At Rutgers Cowers Before The Thundering Herd Of Social Justice [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Rutgers AD apologizes for beer incident at tailgate party, wasn't an "incident," it was a beer. A single beer, consumed at a pre-game event by an adult. That event was sponsored by the school that employs him.

Ace writes occasionally about the scolds of the world, who want nothing more than to correct the behavior of those who are not rigidly adhering to codes of behavior as defined by these scolds.

The appropriate response from the AD would be to laugh and say, "We have a world-class university; even the beer we serve at legal, school-sponsored events is great!"

Instead we get this:

"My first concern is always for the safety and well-being of our students,'' Hobbs told "Anyone who was at the [student tailgate] Saturday knows that I was acting to ensure that. "I regret that any action on my part can be interpreted as promoting the use of alcohol. That was certainly not my intention.''

Man up, you panty-waisted little worm. Fight back against the scolds of the world, because they are also coming for other, more important things in your life.

Like contact sports.

You The sport that makes your inflated salary a reality.

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Ted Cruz Endorses Donald Trump


It's not a huge thing, but I guess it's not nothing either.

This election is unlike any other in our nation’s history. Like many other voters, I have struggled to determine the right course of action in this general election.
In Cleveland, I urged voters, “please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.

Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable -- that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.

Six key policy differences inform my decision. First, and most important, the Supreme Court. For anyone concerned about the Bill of Rights -- free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment -- the Court hangs in the balance. I have spent my professional career fighting before the Court to defend the Constitution. We are only one justice away from losing our most basic rights, and the next president will appoint as many as four new justices.

The chief effect of this seems to be increasing the psychic strain of #NeverTrumpers, as they continue conflating the question of "Do you feel Hillary Clinton should be the next president?" with the question they much prefer answering, "Do you have Principles and which Personalities do you favor here?"

I'm really getting tired of this This Time It's Personal bullshit, but whatever, the perpetual personal aggrievement cohort is going to continue to be perpetually personally aggrieved. They'll just find new ways to imply "vote for Hillary Clinton" without quite having to say that directly.

Without a doubt, of the two choices, it's Donald Trump, and not Hillary Clinton, who has had the longest track record and greatest success at corrupting the government.

So, vote for her. Because that's the Principled thing to do, for some reason.

I feel like we need Tom Hanks to step out at some point and declare "There's no crying in baseball."

But I'm sure they'd just call Tom Hanks a Trumpkin Sellout.

BTW: Why is it that #NeverTrumpers question Cruz' motives, given they get so upset if we question theirs?

Can't it be the case that Cruz is being dead honest here: Yes, I have great problems with Trump, including the beastly way he treated my own wife and father, and yet, in the scheme of things that are actually truly important, I must support Trump over this serial law-breaking and government-corrupting grifter?

I'm sorry, is that too illogical, fantastical even, for the #NeverTrumpers?

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Feds Subpoena Anthony Weiner's Phone Records


Most likely they're looking for evidence to back up the 15 year old's claim they had sexually-explicit Skype sessions. The sessions wouldn't be recorded (I don't think), but the fact that there was a Skype session (if there was one) would be pretty probative.

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Brave New World: Speech Police Force Glenn Reynolds Into Public Contrition


In the future, we'll all have to self-flagellate for the leftist powers that be for 15 minutes. Per day.

I was following the riots in Charlotte, against a background of reports of violence. Joe Bruno of WSOC9 interviewed a driver whose truck had been stopped by a mob. Trapped in her cab, she “feared for her life” as her cargo was looted. Then I retweeted a report of mobs “stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles” with the comment, “Run them down.”

Those words can easily be taken to advocate drivers going out of their way to run down protesters. I meant no such thing, and I'm sorry it seemed I did. What I meant is that drivers who feel their lives are in danger from a violent mob should not stop their vehicles. I remember Reginald Denny, a truck driver who was beaten nearly to death by a mob during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. My tweet should have said, “Keep driving,” or “Don’t stop.”

I don't believe for one second the words can "easily" be taken to mean that.

I think the Social Justice Warriors just want their weekly scalp -- and they lie to get it.

I think the left will increasingly demand that each of us will declare our devotion to their Strange New Gods for the simple privilege of being permitted any voice whatsoever in the world they own.

I don't blame Reynolds for this -- this is the going to be required of each of us in turn if we are to enjoy the privilege of simply existing.

After all -- Right now they're "Investigating" his tweets at the University of Tennessee where he's a professor.

With tenure.

But I'm sure they'll make up a special rule as to why they can fire some professors with tenure.

UT College of Law Dean Melanie D. Wilson said in a statement Thursday morning that she and university administrators are investigating the matter, calling Reynolds’ post an “irresponsible use of his platform.”

“The university is committed to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and diverse viewpoints, all of which are important for an institution of higher education and the free exchange of ideas,” she wrote. “My colleagues and I in the university’s leadership support peaceful disobedience and all forms of free speech, but we do not support violence or language that encourages violence.”

And this is why you're gonna get Trump.

People are sick of being bullied and hounded by idiot savages.

Remember -- they really do want to micromanage and punish every single thought you have and word you speak.

Oh, by the way:

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Trump's Five Paths to 270


One of those paths is actually to 269, but a tie goes to the House of Representatives, where presumably he'd win.

Interesting stuff.

Clinton's path to 270 is relatively simple: (a) steal Ohio, Florida, or North Carolina; or (b) win her five must-win states and prevent Trump from getting 16 more electoral votes from among the 25 remaining on the board. (If Clinton wins right-leaning Ohio, Florida, or North Carolina, there's no way she'll fail to win the requisite number of left-leaning states.) Trump's task is to win his 3 must-win states (plus the 23 states that are givens) and then follow any one of five different paths to winning the remaining 17 electoral votes he'd need to achieve victory.

Despite everyone pretty much putting Virginia into Queenlackthrone's column, it's the most centrist of all battleground states. It still could surprise.

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Reporter: So You're Doin' Better
Hillary: Super, Thanks For Asking
Reporter: So You'd Take a Neurocognitive Assessment Test
Hillary: Neurocognitive Assessment Test? What, Like a Cloth?


"That won't be necessary," Queen Lackthrone hissed.

“Some doctors have said, because of your age, as well as your opponent’s age, that you could be at higher risk for dementia or even Alzheimer’s and have suggested that you take some neurocognitive test,” ABC affiliate reporter Sarina Fazina said to Clinton. “Would you be willing to do that?”

“I’m very sorry I got pneumonia,” Clinton replied, letting out a hearty laugh. “I’m very glad that antibiotics took care of it. And that’s behind us now. I’ve met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health.”


Asked specifically whether she’d submit to testing, Clinton said no.

“There’s no need for that. The information is very clear. And the information, as I said, meets the standards that every other person running for president has ever had to meet, and I’m happy that we’ve met and even exceeded them in certain ways,” she told the local Florida reporter.

BTW, Lester Holt does not have the authority to cut away for a commercial break, even if Queen Lackthrone begins an extended coughing fit.

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The Money Trap [Warden]

—Code Red

Tonight, my wife and I ran into some old friends from our neighborhood. They're middle aged, like us, with two kids--a boy and a girl, age 9 and 10. We have two boys, 4 and 10. The husband has a lucrative job. They moved our of our upper middle class neighborhood two years ago into a $500,000 home.

The husband travels overseas three weeks out of a month for his job. Some weeks he returns home Saturday night and flies out again on Monday morning. When I asked the wife how they were handling the schedule, she sighed and replied, "I don't know how much longer we can hang on. But if he were to find a job in his industry where he didn't have to travel, he'd have to take a pretty big pay cut."

Some part of me wanted to scream, "Take the pay cut! You look miserable just talking about it, and you could move right back into our neighborhood and still be better off than most people!"

But it's not that simple, is it? New money doesn't stay liquid for long. It always finds a way to fund new obligations--the bigger home with the upscale patio and fire pit, the luxury SUV, the vacations, the dreams of early retirement.

We all want to feel like we're advancing in life, both in status and wealth. Stepping back feels like failure.

My friends are trapped. I see it a lot as people hit middle age.

I'll be honest/ Although I'm good at it, I pretty much hate my job. I work in a poisonous work culture. I dislike my industry and most of my coworkers. I am bored, resentful, and simply phoning it in for a paycheck. I am capable of achieving and earning much, much more. And when I see someone in a personally rewarding, high achievement career I feel envious.

But I have a job that allows me to be my kids' primary caregiver while they're young. And it pays well enough to allow us to live within one of the top school systems in the state. I do not travel for work, rarely put in more than 45 hours a week and never bring work home.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt what it is that I value. I am a family man foremost and always. My relationship with my kids means more to me than anything else in the world, and I know that you can never get back this time with them when they're young and precious and treasure my attention.

A sober accounting would say I have no good reason to be dissatisfied. My health is good, I have a happy marriage, I get to spend a great deal of time with my kids, and I don't have a lot of material wants.

And yet there's still that nagging sense of underachievement and wasted potential. I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel insecure and slightly embarrassed of my own middling accomplishments when socializing with high career achievers. This, despite knowing that my choices have been deliberate and well considered.

The money trap for me isn't even about money. It's about what it represents.

So, how do you balance work and family life? Are you happy with your choices? And if not, what is stopping you from taking a different path? If you could do things over, would you do them differently? What will you tell your kids about work, family and how to define success?

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


Marius van Dokkum

You know what you didn't do! Leaving me hanging like that....Why, I ought to....

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Overnight Open Thread (9-22-2016)

—Open Blogger




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Daily Obama Race Riots Thread


I heard they're going nicely tonight.

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Evening Open Thread


I'm exhausted.

I think I'm going to do a half-day tomorrow. I figure I'm going to be up late on Monday with the debate, so I figure I kinda should get a half day off.

Here's a thread idea. Maybe a recurring one.

So the Medical Monitoring thread seems popular. I was thinking: What about a self-improvement thread that's not about fitness and health? Like a thread about projects you've been putting off for years but want to complete. An accountability thread for finally doing something -- learn woodcraft, take up fencing, take up bird-watching, take the wife dancing, whatever it is -- you've long wanted to do but kept finding "better things to do."

If anyone has any ideas like that, maybe mention them here. If there's interest, I can put up this thread every Thursday evening.

Oh, and if you don't like that thread idea: Mitch McConnell and the establishment have sold us out and given the Democrats all they were hoping for in the new CR.

But do tell me how Trump isn't conservative enough and will compromise the unshakable conservative principles of this piece of shit, unscrupulous, donor-servicing organization.

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New York's Special Victims Unit Now Looking Into Case of Anthony Weiner, aka Carlos Danger, aka T Dog


If I know the latter-years Law & Order franchise, I'm pretty sure this means the SVU will discover that an evil rightwinger -- perhaps an Andrew Breitbart/Milo Yiannopolous composite character -- is the real villain here.

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Amazing: Angry, Bent Feminist Shames Her Own Sons as Being Insufficiently "Anti-Rape" Despite One of Her Sons Being at Risk For Suicide


And the Washington Post published this madwoman's rantings, because the Washington Post has four or five verticals now devoted to Social Justice Warrioring -- and you gotta fill that space, day in day out, no matter what the day's lunatics send you.

On September 14, The Washington Post published what can only be described as a public display of child abuse. In an article entitled "My teen boys are blind to rape culture," feminist writer Jody Allard chastises her sons for questioning the propaganda she feeds them.

"They've been listening to me talk about consent, misogyny and rape culture since they were tweens. They listened to me then, but they are 16 and 18 now, and they roll their eyes and argue when talk to them about sexism and misogyny."

That Allard’s boys won’t take up their mother’s fight makes them "part of the problem," writes Allard. They’ve "dipped their toes into toxic masculinity," she adds. Toxic masculinity is a favorite feminist term. It means the more masculine a man is, the more vile he is. Nice, huh?

Fortunately for Allard’s sons, their mother’s efforts to indoctrinate them has failed. Unfortunately, her response was to publically shame them.


That’s not even the worst of it. This same author, Ms. Jodi Allard, wrote an article back in February, also for The Washington Post, about one of her sons--who's suicidal.

Yes, you read that right. One of Allard's sons, the 16-year-old, is a known suicide risk--known to Allard and known to The Washington Post editors. And still they publically shamed him.

Those are just the facts -- definitely click the article, though, for the author's observations on what feminism really is (a crutch for the demented and deluded).

By the way: If you're thinking "This Jody Allard sounds like a real catch," oh man, you don't know the half of it. Check the link.

Posted by Ace at 05:04 PM Comments

Amazing: Angry, Bent Feminist Shames Her Own Sons as Being Insufficiently "Anti-Rape" Despite One of Her Sons Being at Risk For Suicide


And the Washington Post published this madwoman's rantings, because the Washington Post has four or five verticals now devoted to Social Justice Warrioring -- and you gotta fill that space, day in day out, no matter what the day's lunatics send you.

On September 14, The Washington Post published what can only be described as a public display of child abuse. In an article entitled "My teen boys are blind to rape culture," feminist writer Jody Allard chastises her sons for questioning the propaganda she feeds them.

"They've been listening to me talk about consent, misogyny and rape culture since they were tweens. They listened to me then, but they are 16 and 18 now, and they roll their eyes and argue when talk to them about sexism and misogyny."

That Allard’s boys won’t take up their mother’s fight makes them "part of the problem," writes Allard. They’ve "dipped their toes into toxic masculinity," she adds. Toxic masculinity is a favorite feminist term. It means the more masculine a man is, the more vile he is. Nice, huh?

Fortunately for Allard’s sons, their mother’s efforts to indoctrinate them has failed. Unfortunately, her response was to publically shame them.


That’s not even the worst of it. This same author, Ms. Jodi Allard, wrote an article back in February, also for The Washington Post, about one of her sons--who's suicidal.

Yes, you read that right. One of Allard's sons, the 16-year-old, is a known suicide risk--known to Allard and known to The Washington Post editors. And still they publically shamed him.

Those are just the facts -- definitely click the article, though, for the author's observations on what feminism really is (a crutch for the demented and deluded).

By the way: If you're thinking "This Jody Allard sounds like a real catch," oh man, you don't know the half of it. Check the link.

Posted by Ace at 05:04 PM Comments

Mostly Peaceful Protests Marred By Occasional Looting, Arson, and Murder


“Just know that all white people are f****** devils, all white cops are f******* devils and white people," said a man identified as Scott's brother.

Who, by the way, cannot be a racist, definitionally, because he's black, and you can only be racist if you have power.

Do observe in the first video that a gang of black thugs chases down a random white guy to beat him; I wonder, who has the power here?

I'm sorry -- please explain to me why it's me who needs to learn that people of a different skin color aren't Free-Range Scapegoats to be beaten or murdered at will Because Angry About Things.

Also enjoy the second video, which begins very heartwarming; but then watch on, to see this guy get harrangued for actually selling peace.

Oh by the way: The DoJ is sending its Riot Promotion division to Charlotte.

No really-- after Ferguson and Baltimore, they sent an Alinsky-like team to teach rioters how to organize.

So that's good.

Jazz Shaw: Rioting and looting and assaulting and murdering are not "protesting."

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Meditation Aid: Allow Hillary Clinton To Scream At You Like a Homeless Crazywoman for Five or Six Minutes


"Why aren't I ahead by 50 points?!!"

Hard to say. Hard to say.

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Meditation Aid: Allow Hillary Clinton To Scream At You Like a Homeless Crazywoman for Five or Six Minutes


"Why aren't I ahead by 50 points?!!"

Hard to say. Hard to say.

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Update: Tired of the Angry Alcoholics Thread-Stalking and Constantly Shit-Stirring


Lot of bannngs coming.

You can only be warned so many fucking times.

Join Alcoholics Anonymous, assholes. No one else wants to see your drunken, irrational anger and girlish sniping day after day after fucking day.

Get clean and get a moment of clarity and maybe come back when you've got your 90 day chip.

Hint: When a moderator tells you to STOP, you either STOP, or you get banned.

In addition, threads will have comments CLOSED if this continues, and you'll be named as the reason why.

There are some losers who are Anger Junkies and seem to believe the rest of us find their unending, pathetic INTERNET WARZ to be highly fascinating.

Pro-Tip, Losers: We do not find your pathetic INTERNET WARZ fascinating.

If you are getting your only emotional release from your made-up, unmanly daily drama on the Internet, for God's sake: Get a life.

Take the advice I have been trying to offer and get outside the fucking house for once, talk to real people for once, and develop a hobby that doesn't involve typing angry comments into your masturbation box.

Do you know that when other people see your behavior, we do not think, "Wow, what a sick burn that guy just dished out"?

No, what we're thinking is: "How sad that this is this shut-ins only engagement with what he sadly terms 'the world'."

You're embarrassing yourselves, which I don't give a shit about, and you're embarrassing everyone else here.

That part I do care about.

If you want to drop Sick Burns on people all day and do your stupid unending TRUMP WARZ, then go to fucking Twitter.

BTW: All coblogs and everyone with the banhammer are now authorized to BAN ON WHIM.

I'm really tired of people challenging moderators' authority -- moderators who are doing a thankless and wearying and absolutely necessary job.

Anyone know why so many cobs keep quitting? A big part of it is people getting WORN THE FUCK OUT by the nasty cohort here who will just not stop.

So now everyone is authorized to ban at the drop of the hat. Cobs and moderators usually ask me "should I ban this person for this;" well, that regime is over. Ban as you like. I'll only look at these things retrospectively.

When I get around to it.

Which I probably won't, because I don't like dealing with this constant bullshit either. No one does.

If you want to be reinstated, you can petition me for the reinstatement, and i'll get around to looking at that in three or four weeks. Or, never.

10% of any group is responsible for 90% of the moderators' attention -- and we moderators have decided you're just not worth the hassle any longer.

So-- by all means, keep ignoring moderators and other commenters (many who have the banhammer code) when they issue a friendly, but direct, warning.

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Instapundit Banned from Twitter For Saying of Rioters Surrounding and Menacing Cars on the Interstate: "Run Them Down"


Instapundit still has that most forbidden impulse that society is determined to squelch: That racist, misogynist, transphobic, deplorable male instinct to defend oneself from threats, even if means --- egad! -- bringing violence to those who threaten or use violence themselves.

That is no longer permitted, Comrade. That is nekulturny.

New Soviet American Man is to be meek and deferential, except when the state commands him to be enraged and cruel against the Irredeemable Enemies of the State.

The State will protect you, Citizen. And if the State does not protect you -- well, your life is a small sacrifice to offer out of respect to the absolute State Monopoly on Violence.

By the way, if you surround My car on the highway in a threatening way? You're likely to sustain very serious injuries, beginning with the horrific shin-shears people get in run-downs.

Sorry, but not sorry. Get the fuck out of the way, Racist Clown-Thug.

Instapundit was later reinstated but only on the condition he censor himself by deleting the tweet.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger

yoko self portrait.jpg

"The sins of the ONT will be visited upon the daywalkers."

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The Morning Report 9/22/16 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger

Rise and shine, or slouch and kvetch. It's still a free-ish country, you plorables. Post-racialism ain't what it's cracked up to be, is it? Anyway, talk amongst yourselves and have a better one!


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This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things ONT Substitute [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

I'm going to bed. Enjoy this until the morning folks get here.

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If it's Wednesday, this must be the ONT [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

What's in a Name?

Well, the people who live in these places better hope nothing.


While it would suck to live in Blue Ball Village, (Md.) (Calling it a town is generous. I've been there, it's not even a wide spot in the road up in Cecil County) and I wouldn't wish Butternuts (NY.) on anyone, at least Weiner (Ar.) is adjacent to Cooter (Mo.), which is convenient. Bigbone (Ky.) probably wants in on that action, however. There's an outpost of Morons in Oregon (Wankers Corner), and the folks in Nebraska are living large in Beaver City. Next door in Kansas things aren't so nice with Dry Wood, although Louisiana and it's Dry Prong can probably sympathize.

Screw it, we should just cut to the chase like Austria:

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And Now, Your Weekly Obama Race Riots Now Playing in Charlotte


I don't even want to cover this -- once you start covering Obama's Race Riots, when will you ever be finished?

But you can see the latest carnage and escalating violence -- I mean, escalating mostly peaceful protests --on Fox.

Or on this Livestream. Right now there's a female maniac with an Immortan Joe mask screeching, "Can we live?!"

Oh but we can also keep talking sci-fi below, too.

Posted by Ace at 09:13 PM Comments

Is This Something?


There are a lot of sci-fi stories about Century Ships, ships that travel at sublight speeds to distant stars, taking, well, centuries to arrive. Passengers and crew are either kept in suspended animation for the trip, or, in the Generation Ship version, they live out their lives on the ship, giving birth to children, who themselves grow up and give birth to more children, who give birth to another generation -- and then six or seven generations of ship-bound people later, they finally land on the planet.

That's the plan, anyway. In stories about such ships, there's always a problem, naturally.

My favorite problem -- and I have no idea who did this first, as it's been done a lot -- is where the mission is forgotten by the tenth generation or whatnot, and computer memory banks have been knocked out by a meteor or something, so you have 10,000 people on a ship not knowing why they're there, inventing myths to explain how the Steel World was created, and frequently conducting Raids against the enemy tribes of the Steel World.

Oh, I looked it up: Apparently the first entry in that genre was Brian Aldiss' Non-Stop (also called Starship), first published in 1958, and his first novel.

Imma read that this weekend if it's on Kindle.

Update: Commenters tell me Heinlein got there first, with a novel called Orphans of the Sky, an expanded version of an earlier story called "Universe." It also features the passengers of a generation ship degenerated into barbarism and mysticism, having no idea they're on a space vessel at all.

But anyway, there are a lot of written stories about such ships, but few movies.

Well, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are rectifying that in the new movie Passengers, in which, get thisl there's a problem with the Century ship, and they alone are awoken out of suspended animation 9 years too early, and now have to kill nine years before their arrival.

Okay, Imma get that one too.

If they arrive at all. Because, get this, there are further problems too, which the trailer suggests without explaining the nature of the problem.

Eh, I'd give it a shot.

Ever notice we have a lot of "science fiction" movies without one genuine trope of science-fiction, other than "In the future, all people will fight with robots and armored vilians a lot? And also, a Chosen One will have SuperPowers of some kind?"

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FoxNews Poll: Trump Ahead in Three Battlegrounds, NV, NC, and OH


Nevada: Trump 43%, Clinton 40%.

North Carolina: Trump 45%, Clinton 40%.

Ohio: Trump 42%, Clinton 37%.

Good news for Trump, of course, but I'm sure you've heard by now (as everyone keeps repeating it, especially Hillary sympathizers) but Trump has a very hard row to hoe: He has to win:

All of Romney's base states

All of the battlegrounds

then flip at a least one of the big states, or two of the smaller states, which are considered fairly solid for Hillary. (I think Virginia is considered as part of this last category, and is no longer considered a battleground. Other battlegrounds he would need to flip include Colorado, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Michigan, or Pennsylvania).

Trump will probably keep all of Romney's states. Increasingly, he looks like he'll win the battlegrounds.

But there is still the question of that last state -- winning all the battlegrounds only gives him something like 254 Electoral votes to Hillary's 277.

Oh, by the way: NFL Monday Night Football ratings dropped 11% game 2-to-game 2 from 2015 to 2016. This week's game, Eagles v. Bears, wasn't a great one, but game 2 of 2015 (Jets vs. Colts) wasn't really a super-high-interest game either.


(the fuck with y'all)

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