February 26, 2017

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (2/26/17) Academy Award Free Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it. Archibald Alexander

Quote II

Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid. John Wayne

Quote III

President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Clint Eastwood

Quote IV

God has a most wicked sense of humor. Maureen O'Hara

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Oscars Thread

—Ace

The only film I liked this year, The Migrations of the Quokka: Rivers of Blood, Tears of Fire, wasn't nominated, so as usual I could give AF about any of this shit.

However, some of you might give AF about this shit, so here's a thread.

I'll put the giraffe on below in case you want to see something that's actually interesting.

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Livecam of Expectant Giraffe, Awaiting Birth of Baby Giraffe

—Ace

Is this something?

Not as good as a baby goat, but still something. I think. I guess we'll have to wait until she farrows* until we know for sure.

By the way, YouTube briefly pulled this livefeed of a pregnant giraffe for nudit and explicit content. No, really.

The owner of a New York zoo planning to live-stream a giraffe giving birth says the video feed was briefly removed from YouTube because animal rights activists labeled it sexually explicit....

In a video posted on the zoo’s Facebook page, Patch blamed "a handful of extremists and animal rights activists" for interrupting the stream from the "giraffe cam."

Why aren't users who lodge such obviously false and harassing complaints disbarred from every lodging a complaint again? That would stop this nonsense in a hurry.

* I got this word from Psych. I got "farrier" from Archer. I don't know if they're related.

Spoiler: If you want to see a giraffe being born, but can't wait around all day for this one, you can watch this video of a baby giraffe being born in Dallas 2015.

I'm sure it's pretty much the same thing.

It looks kinda weird.

Bonus Cute:


WARNING: Quokkas are highly venomous mammals who leap at their prey's throats to inject them with a necrotizing poison that causes their heads to rot before their bodies die. They are known locally as "Springing Cobra-Rats of the Death-Kiss."

PS, not really. They're just cute little marsupials who like berries and hugs.

Just more #FakeNews.


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Food Thread: [Insert Clever Title]

—CBD

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Eggs have been in the forefront of The Horde's consciousness for a few days. Perhaps it is the unseasonably warm weather that has us thinking of spring and new life and deviled eggs. Or something.

As snacks go, deviled eggs are pretty damned good, especially since they are infinitely tweakable. But there is one problem, and no matter what your favorite chef says, it is impossible to cook eggs so that they are easily peeled. Oh, sure, sometimes, maybe often, your special technique works. But the failure rate is significant, and don't you deny it. There are a few variables such as the age and condition of the egg that are a challenge to manage. But....even a failure is not a catastrophe. Maybe you folks are too hoity-toity to chomp up a bit of shell, but at Chez Dildo that happens on occasion.

One commenter (sorry, I can't find the comment) made the point that eggs shouldn't be subjected to high heat, and I couldn't agree more. I used to fry eggs in fat that was just at the smoke point, but I have recently moved away from that technique and have found that gentle heat, whether I am cooking in fat or scrambling with cheese, makes a better, more tender egg. There is a French egg dish that my mom called Des Oeufs Brouilles (I think that just means "scrambled eggs") that is fantastic, and is simply scrambled eggs cooked at very low temperature with copious quantities of fat (butter and sour cream). With constant stirring, the eggs don't form curds, but become incredibly creamy. It's a huge PITA, but it is an incredible dish.

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Bill Paxton, RIP at Age 61 Due to Complications During Surgery

—Ace

He had finished filming the CBS series "Training Day" (based on the movie). But what "completed filming" can mean with respect to an ongoing series, I don't know. I guess they mean he completed the first order of 8 or 13 shows or whatever.

Although he is well known as a high-impact actor who walked into movies already wearing the character with little need of a screenwriter's help, he also directed the interesting, weird, unexpected existential thriller "Frailty."

I'm surprised he didn't direct more. He certainly earned his ticket to direct more movies. But directing, I'm given to understand, takes a lot of time, whereas an actor working as an actor can appear in 4, 5, 6 movies in a year. As a director, I think you have to spend a full year on a project, from casting rewriting to location-scouting to shooting to editing to promotion.

Correction: Actually he did direct another feature -- The Greatest Game Ever Played, about a famous golf match.

Apparently he also had a minor role as a "Soldier" in Stripes. I don't remember that.

Posted by Ace at 01:03 PM Comments

Three Terrorists Die From Spicy Hummus And Toxic Gas, But Mostly Toxic Gas

—CBD

Hamas blames Egypt for deaths of 3 from toxic gas in Gaza tunnel

This is like the man who kills his parents, then pleads for mercy because he is an orphan.

The three died in a smuggling tunnel between the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, and five were injured, after the group inhaled toxic gas during attempts to repair the tunnel.

The tunnel was destroyed in an Egyptian army border operation in Rafah, and the Palestinians were working to rebuild it when they were exposed to the gas.

Hamas digs the tunnels so they can smuggle weapons and conduct terrorist attacks. But Egypt killing them while they do it is an unacceptable response? Sure, we can discuss the decency of using toxic gas. I guess that's not very nice. In response I think we should boycott, send a stern letter, have a vigil, say, "tsk tsk Egypt!"

Yes, I am being flip, and the behavior expected of civilized countries does not include using poison gas against their enemies. But I have no sympathy for Hamas, which is simply a collection of murderers who have become accustomed to an obscene double standard that has protected them from the consequences of their own behavior.

So maybe I will call the Egyptian Embassy and tell them that what they did wasn't very nice. And then ask them where I can get Egyptian Ful Medames, which is sort of a fava bean paste that is fantastic with a bit of garlic, olive oil and chopped parsley. You eat it for breakfast with pita. it's great!

Posted by CBD at 12:00 PM Comments

Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-26-2017

—OregonMuse



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Library of Kindltot

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or a Trump press conference, and special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, a big load of guffaws. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I can't see you could wear them and keep a straight face.

Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
--Old farmer's Almanac


Pic Note

If this library didn't belong to an actual moron, it would have had to have been invented. You can click on it for a closer look. It's got pretty much everything a moron library should have:

Shelves crammed with books? Check.
Unorganized stacks of books on floor? Check.
Interesting bric-a-brac scattered throughout? Check.
Comfy chair? Check.
Cat? check.

Yeah, it's a moron library, all right

Kindltot tells me:

the aluminum boxes are Svea and Coleman camping stoves, and of course there is my truncated collection of US mess kits. We will brush over the various stabby things, the lard press, and only mention that I regret I couldn't fit in the Matthew Brady portrait of Millard Fillmore that is on the adjacent wall.


Where Are They Now?

Chelsea Clinton, whom a former top aide to Bill Clinton once referred to as 'a spoiled brat', has a new book out. I'll bet you didn't know that. The way it's not being promoted, maybe *she* doesn't know it, either.

And speaking of the Clintons, in this "where are they now?" article about the current whereabouts of the many shady and sleazy operatives from the early days of the Clinton crime family, when their corrupting influence was still limited to Arkansas, sacred honor compels me to inform you about the books that they've written, what with me being the proprietor of the book thread and all.

Susan McDougal

A couple of years in the pokey gave her enough time to write The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk: Why I Refused to Testify Against the Clintons & What I Learned in Jail.

I can think of a number of very good reasons:

1. I don't want to be placed on that list.

2. I knew Bill would pardon me before he left office

3. Hello, sweet retirement nest egg.

Webb Hubbell ("Chelsea's Dad")

After he wrote his memoirs, Friends in High Places: Webb Hubbell and the Clintons' Journey from Little Rock to Washington DC, he wrote several detective novels, starting with When Men Betray:

Why would Woody Cole, a peaceful, caring man, shoot a US Senator in cold blood on live television? That's the mystery facing attorney Jack Patterson as he returns to Little Rock, Arkansas, a town he swore he would never step foot in again.

The tagline of the latest entry in this series, A Game of Inches, which will be released in June, is “Believe it or not, murder is just the tip of the iceberg.”

You have to ask yourself if he did that on purpose.

I wonder if there's an Arkansas horndog governor who puts in an appearance along with his power-crazed, corrupt wife who will never be president?

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EMT 02/26/17 UNITY edition

—krakatoa

So, That happened.

Special guest commentary by Rick James, below the fold.

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Overnight Open Thread (25 Feb 2017)

—CDR M

What a joke. Transgender boy wins controversial girls state title. I feel bad for the girls that were not afforded a fair match.

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Posted by CDR M at 10:04 PM Comments

Trump: I'm Not Going to the White House Correspondent's Dinner

—Ace

Good:


Instead, the White House Correspondents' Association says they'll be celebrating accomplishments of America and the American people.

Nah, just fuckin' wit' ya. They're going to praise themselves and turn it into yet another Media Awards ceremony:


Posted by Ace at 06:06 PM Comments

Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 02-25-2017

—OregonMuse


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Looks Like They're Playing The Dewars Gambit


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


“Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess”
--Siegbert Tarrasch


Pic Notes

The chess set in the pic (h/t tsrblke) is on sale at woot for only $11.99. How can you afford *not* to buy it?

I've never played drunk chess ("capture a piece, do a shot"), and I don't think I ever will. After 3 or 4 captures, I doubt I'd be able to focus my eyes enough to tell the pieces apart. Which I guess is the point.

A friend of mine back in the day told me he once went with a buddy to a bar in San Jose, drank margaritas and played chess until closing. He remarked that the quality of their playing started out bad, got worse, and toward the end of the evening, they were throwing the pieces at each other.

Problem 1 - White To Play (412)

Hint: White mates in 2


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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It's that time again, time for the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread, where 4 legged Morons are welcome.

Get comfy and grab a beverage or a piece of pie and enjoy. Before we get going, do any of these dogs belong to you? h/t Oregon Muse

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Gearing Up [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Or, "That manatee was master of his Romaine"

Hello, Horde! Gardening and farming are really gearing up in the Central Valley now. And there are big things going on in a few other parts of the country, too. It's still a tough month for gardening in most of the country, though. Here's a Regional Gardening Guide for February. Spring will arrive. There's a pretty photo of grape hyacinths in the snow at the link.

Lettuce visit Yuma, Arizona today for a preview of spring. Winter lettuce harvest is underway. Weather may impact lettuce supplies across the country sometime in March or April. They have had a warmer and wetter than normal winter in Yuma, and some issues with mildew. And the Salinas Valley in California has been hit hard by flood conditions in the fields. I think the coordination of the lettuce harvest between the two growing areas is interesting. Something we don't usually think about when picking up produce at the supermarket.

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People Who Butcher History Are Doomed To Be...Uh...Stupid

—CBD


50 years of progressive-controlled education, and we get people who can't place the Berlin Wall and Hitler on a timeline of history.

Care to guess how many of these knuckle-dragging, booger-eating fools can tell you when the Civil War was fought, or What the Renaissance was, or where Carthage was?

Posted by CBD at 10:34 AM Comments

Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good morning boys, girls and everything in between. Let's take a look and see what happened this past week that didn't get a lot of attention here at the AoSHQ.

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EMT 02/25/17 1d20?

—krakatoa

Soooo...

Any word yet on whether Donald made his saving throw? How 'bout the rest of you... feeling bound up yet?

I think I made mine. I don't appear to be covered in chains. Any more than normal, at least. Haha....

shit...Here comes the wife.

[Just joking around with the fellas, honey!]

Posted by krakatoa at 06:00 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (24 Feb 2017)

—CDR M

Oh just stop it with this stupid SJW BS. New Han Solo 'Star Wars' prequel already under fire as 'too white'. Most people only care if it'll be good/entertaining. I don't go to movies based on the race/sex of those involved.

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Super-Light GAINZZZ Thread

—Ace

I'm a natural night-owl, and I think it's because I dread the new day. Seriously. I think I have an aversion to going to bed, because I feel I didn't get enough done and I'm just not done with the current day yet.

But as you know, sleep is important, not just how much, but when. These videos from that guy I keep linking lately -- this on the importance of sleep, and this on how to improve sleep -- finally gave me the propaganda I needed to start going to bed by 12.

Note that it doesn't matter if this is true or not; whether true or not, it's still useful propaganda for getting me to do what I've long wanted to do (go to bed at a normal hour).

So the propaganda is this: For most people (it varies, but for most), the period of peak human growth hormone production is between 10 pm and 2am, if you're asleep during those hours. If you're not asleep, you missed out, and you'll just have to limp along with your sub-sub-standard HGH production.

Human growth hormone has so many absurdly positive effects on the human body that there's a black market in getting exogenous doses of it. It's called the "Youth Hormone" because it may slow aging effects, which is increasingly important to me as I contemplate, one day, entering my thirties.

So, after reading a lot about how to increase HGH (naturally) through stupid herbal supplements and crap, it turns out one of the most important ways is just to go to sleep at a decent time like a normal person.

I have been doing that (though I've been having sleep problems for unrelated reasons).

A point this guy makes in those videos is that there's actual sleep and then there's effective sleep. If you drink caffeine any time before bed (some people say you need to stop like ten hours before bed, which seems extreme), you may fall asleep, but you might cause yourself to have ineffective sleep where you just don't push into the deeply restorative phases of sleep very deeply or for very long. So if you go to bed with caffeine or alcohol in your system, your clock might say you got seven hours of sleep, but a more accurate measure, based on how long you spent in deep restorative sleep, might be more like six hours.

Oh and I mentioned this already, but thanks for the various tips on overcoming insomnia. One of the most effective things for me was putting a cold compress on my pillow to chill the blood in my neck and back. The body reads "cold" as "time for sleep," apparently.

Another thing I've been doing -- and given the weather, it's been pretty easy to do this -- is making sure I get real sunlight in my face soon after I wake up, to reset the body clock.*

Another simple thing which is harder to do that I'd've imagined -- drinking a lot of water. Which, yeah, helps GAINZZZ.

I think this might be a problem some have with getting enough water. I think this is my own problem. When you're dehydrated, your brain is kind of fuzzy, and you're low energy.

So what do you drink? Water? No, you're fuzzy-headed and you're low energy. You drink coffee, tea, or Coke Zero, Jack!

But of course those cause you to pee out more water, dehydrating you further. Making you more fuzzy headed and lethargic.

So what do you drink? Water? No way, give me another Coke Zero! I'm tired, baby!

So anyway, I think the message here is you just gotta suck it up a few days and really pound that sweet sweet water, Marco Rubio style, until you get properly hydrated and not tired and slow-witted and in need of constant caffeine.

A couple of weeks ago, when I was drinking water, I was feeling pretty good. Now because of low sleep, I've been having Coke Zero and not so much water, and I'm just dead tired and worse yet I'm getting cramps a lot. Almost like my body is saying, "Drink water, asshole."

So that's all I got this FriGAINZZZ. The two cheapest and most important supplements out there, which everyone ignores because they're trying to track down Distilled Tiger Breath mixed with Powdered Foot Fungus From a Shaolin Monk's Slipper from a black-market vitamin dealer in Kuala Lampur.

My GAINZZZ this week: None. Tired as shit. I didn't even expect GAINZZZ because I knew just by the way I felt that my body was pure crap. Happy I just didn't go backwards.

Broccoli Sprouts: Seems like a cheap way to have a constant supply of high-nutrient low-carb veggies.

Broccoli sprouts are loaded with anti-oxidants, with much more suphurophane by weight than broccoli.

And you can just make mason-jars full with a week or so's growing, in a mason jar inside your house.

I just got some seeds and the jars. Haven't actually started the process yet.

I know this guy is a hippie but hear him out.

* I forgot the point of this blather -- even though my sleep has been poor due to CPAP problems, I kind of like going to bed now because I kind of like getting up. So I don't dread the next day. I imagine I'll feel better about it once I get some good sleep.

Posted by Ace at 07:34 PM Comments

Oh Dear, Make the Stupid Stop Already

—Ace

Witches are going to cast a spell tonight on Donald Trump and supporters to drive him out of office.

Witches will protest President Donald Trump on Friday at midnight by casting a spell under the crescent moon

The purpose of the binding spell is to stop President Trump from doing harm and banish him from office

Among the objects required to complete this spell are an unflattering photo of Trump, a tiny orange candle, a Tower tarot card and bowls of water and salt

After lighting the small candle that has President Trump's name carved onto it, participants must begin the new chant that was written just for this spell

'I call upon you / To bind / Donald J. Trump / So that he may fail utterly / That he may do no harm/To any human soul,' says the chant

The lyrics also take aim at President Trump's supporters, with the lines: 'Bind them in chains / Bind their tongues / Bind their works / Bind their wickedness'

I could tell you one celebrity is taking part, but that would be a lie, because it's Lana Del Rey who wasn't really a celebrity even when the PR machine was pushing (hard) for her to be one, and then you'll just go "Who TF is Lana Del Rey?" and I'll have to say "I don't really know, I think she tried to be a singer for a few years."

Below, a video which is, as far as I know, the most enduring song of Lana Del Rey.

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Posted by Ace at 06:25 PM Comments

On Political Panic

—Ace

Bumped. Some people specifically asked to post this so that the "day-walkers" could see it.

When I first read about panic -- I had panic, in a bad way, but had misdiagnosed myself with the related-but-distinct condition of anxiety -- I read that people who suffer from panic become calm when they're in airports, waiting to board a flight.

People who have panic don't have panic due to air flights? Huh? Why?

I realized at that point I must have panic, and not anxiety, because I actually experienced this same feeling of calm in the airport, awaiting a flight. I'd be panicky getting ready to call a cab, driving to the airport, etc., but the minute I got into the airport -- no panic.

I read the reason for this. Panic tends to strike younger people shortly after college, especially if those people get jobs with low levels of certitude about the day's schedule. Actors, for example -- they live a kind of unstructured life. Med students in their residency get panic a lot -- their tours of duty at the hospital are often irregular and even when they're regular, they're weird. Like they might have to work two back to back shifts, then get four hours to sleep in a closet, then work another shift.

Even if you're scheduled for that every week, it's hard to get used to that.

The cause of panic, it is speculated, is going from an environment in which one's hours are generally accounted for each day, and the days tend to unfold with predictability and stability, maybe even a dash of boredom. And then moving from a regime in which one's hours are regularly scheduled, and one knows more or less what is expected of one (that is, one knows there's going to be some ugly cramming at the end of a semester), and then moving to a circumstance in which one's hours are erratic, unpredictable, and full of uncertainty, and even the standards of what constitutes "good work" are unknowable.

In college or high school, an aspiring actor knows what will get him a decent grade in acting class (or any other class): attend class, memorize the lines, work on some technique. Even if you're not that great, just doing the work should get you a B.

But what about the real world? You can do all the work you like, but that audition is completely unpredictable. You have very little control over your own fate. You might have prepped for days and even done that thing where you "live" as your character to get "into his skin," but the fact is, the casting director might have taken one look at your face before you even sat down and decided "He's just not right."

So that's what causes panic: Moving out of a stable circumstance in which one knows what is expected of one and feels a certain level of positive control over one's success or failure, and moving into an erratic, chaotic, unstable circumstance in which one has very little idea of what the hell one is even supposed to be doing and having very little idea if any of one's efforts are even a factor in whether one rises or falls.

By the way, getting back to the airport: The reason the airport not only doesn't produce panic but rather produces calm is that the airport is a highly bureaucratized and regularized process full of queues and roped-off lines and expected events like checkpoints. Yes, it's unpleasant, yes, it's annoying, but -- here's the thing -- it's all calmingly predictable and boring. And you kinda know the minute you walk into an airport what's expected of you, and what's going to happen.

It's also reassuring that you're not in control anymore, not really. This is different than not being in control in a competitive and erratic field -- in those, you can kind of do things to influence things in your favor or not, but that influence is weak. You can fail, and it's largely out of your hands, but your failure will still feel like your failure. You'll still own it.

But in an airport, with The System shepherding you through, you can't really screw things up, unless you do something really dumb like just to to the wrong departure gate (which, btw, I've done). There is A Plan in place, and A Regimen, and A Machine just kind of sweeping you along passively from one area to the next.

If there's some problem with an airplane, that's someone else's fault, not yours, and you can't be blamed for it. It'll suck, absolutely -- but it's not your fault. You may have to take a seat and wait another six hours, but you don't have to take the blame.

Anyway, given all the agita and hysteria and the quite-frankly insane kind of behavior I see in a lot of people at this moment, I wonder if they've come down with a sort of existential panic, a case of formerly knowing where one fit in and who one's allies were and what "The Rules" of advancement were -- a clear view of the lay of the land -- to feeling to be on unstable and shifting ground and surrounded by fog and wondering where the hell one even is.

The solidity and predictability of the world has been stolen out from beneath their feet, and now they're lurching about a bit madly and frenetically trying to grope on to something that might give them some balance and bearing.

Just an idea. I'm not married to it or anything. But I do kind of notice this same shift from the predictable and routine to the unpredictable and unexpected, and I know that sense of dislocation produces at least one psychic malady. I wonder if there are other versions of it.

Posted by Ace at 05:39 PM Comments

Last Night on Stump the Chump With Tucker Carlson...

—Ace

A pencil-necked progressive geek attempts to explain why your sex is exactly what you say it is, with no regard at all for your actual biological sex, despite the fact that major institutions (women's colleges, sex-segregated dorms, prisons, sports teams) rely on absolute (not claimed) sex as a criteria for classification.

He might also have mentioned scholarships for women, too. He does later ask about government Small Business Administration loans for women -- can Tucker apply, if he just says "I'm a chick now"?

The dweeb is dumbfounded.

Video here or below.

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Posted by Ace at 04:45 PM Comments

Slate Publishes FObituary of Alan Colmes, Calling Him A Weakling

—Ace

Class.

Repeating the obvious:

1. People are inherently cruel. They enjoy inflicting cruelty on others. It makes them feel good to be cruel to others.

2. People are self-deluding and believe themselves good. It makes them feel good to think themselves good.

3. These two things are hard to reconcile, but not impossible, because people are also good at making up Reasons to justify doing bad things and even praise themselves for doing those bad things. As they say, you are the easiest person in the world for you to fool. You want to be fooled, after all. And why would you have reason to lie to yourself? As far as you know, you're the most reliable, honest person in the world, and you've never given yourself any reason to doubt your word before.

4. The Reason usually offered to reconcile points one and two and is that there is a Higher Obligation to Something or Other which justifies cruelty on a (self-serving) philosophical, quasi-religious or actually religious basis. People tell themselves they are doing good by doing evil, and then this lets them feel both good about being "good people" and also lets them feel good about being cruel to innocuous nobodies. Not only can you do tremendously cruel things which would normally be completely unjustifiable and cause you to feel slightly bad for not being as good of a good person as you previously deluded yourself, but you can actually feel even better about yourself being an even better person than you previously thought, because you have the Bravery and Integrity to say cruel things which need saying, which many of the fussy-pants polite people just are too cowardly or too stupid to say.

5. The better someone tells me he is, the more certain I become that he is a monster. (Also: The tougher someone attempts to present himself on social media, the more confident I am that he is a physical and emotional weakling.)

6. People frequently insist to me how good and noble they are. The entire purpose of Twitter sometimes seems to be to provide a forum in which committed sociopaths can tell the world about their enormous hearts and pure spirits and noble intentions and grand ideals.

7. People in general are monsters and I have very little use for them.

Actually... Just to extend this: I have long believed that people tell you exactly who they are, right up front, if you bother to listen. I noticed some time ago that all the people I'd had failed relationships with told me within the first hour why the relationship would fail -- but I of course wasn't listening. I'm not saying they were bad people. I'm just saying they were pretty upfront about the reasons we were a bad match. I just didn't pick up on it.

I noticed a long time ago that anyone who claims to be "witty" in their Twitter profile is never witty, and is usually pretty dull.

When people describe themselves, they are not describing themselves. They are describing the self they aspire to be, what they aspire to be generally points out what they are currently failing to be.

It does seem to me a general rule that whatever someone bangs on about the loudest as a putative reason to recommend him is almost certainly actually telling you about his deepest insecurities and darkest failings.

Posted by Ace at 03:21 PM Comments

Women Flips Out Over a Guy Opening a Door For Her, Because #FatPositive or Something

—Ace

She's "seething with empowerment," David Thompson writes.

So, this woman used to be very fat. She says men didn't hold doors open for her when she was fat. Now, she claims, three times in a week, men either hold a door for her or do some other minor helpful gesture.

And she's enraged about it.

Eh, I kinda get the "Why didn't you treat me like this when I was fat?" -- kind of. Except she doesn't know these random people wouldn't have done that several years ago. She's doing a lot of assuming.

Also, here's a serviceable secondary definition of decadence:

decadence: noun. a state of comfortable disengagement from reality in which one has run out of real problems and must make up fake problems to give the animal parts of her brain a work-out, or a similar state which encourages flights from reality in which decadent people studiously ignore real and difficult problems by inventing fake and easy problems to distract them.

Fake problems are kind of comforting, aren't they? They're entirely within your control. After all, you invented them. You get to be the hero of a dramatic struggle with absolutely no risk of failure or setback, because, well, it's all a fucking joke in the first place.

Posted by Ace at 02:20 PM Comments

Repeat until True: Islam isn't the Problem.

—krakatoa

I'm not prone to conspiracy theories.

But it is becoming harder and harder to pretend that the current powers running the EU member states not only wouldn't mind if the ideological threats to their power structure are removed by any means possible, but are perhaps even supporting all means possible.

Geert Wilders has had to suspend his campaign movements because one of the Dutch Secret Service agents that had been assigned to his security detail was found passing his movement information to Moroccan (Islamist) criminal gangs.

In a sane world, this agent, whose name hasn't been released but whose superiors admit to having a "Moroccan background", would never have been put in such a sensitive position.

But in the world we live, law abiding people are forced into dangerous scenarios demanded by political correctness.

Wilders has been under police protection since the brutal killing of Theo van Gogh by a Muslim in 2004.

In security tests in 2010, his security detail permitted 2 out of 4 attempts at smuggling a firearm into secure areas.

And now the powers-that-be came close to participating in what for all intents looks like an assassination plot through either a bad vetting process, or outright indifference to the very life of an ideological enemy.

The only good news is that Mr. Wilders is likely going to be the next PM of the Netherlands, assuming he stays alive that long.

Posted by krakatoa at 01:24 PM Comments

California Is Hell Bent On Making Pelosi And Maxine Waters Sound Like Geniuses....

—CBD


In fairness to the esteemed junior senator from California, she is dumber than a rock, so it is possible that she thinks that these deportations would apply to anyone who has committed a crime, not just illegals. And that means many of her supporters would be deported. To where....I have no idea.

I am fascinated that the Republican Party, the party that used to proudly embrace "Law And Order Republicans" as some of its strongest and most dedicated supporters, isn't crying out on every street corner and photo op that there is a big difference between immigrants and illegal immigrants. And that deportations are simply part of the law that they and the Democrats voted for....

Update: That is sarcasm.

Posted by CBD at 12:15 PM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Antoine Lavoisier and His Wife
Jacques Louis David

The lovely French Revolution had many victims, and Lavoisier was one of them. They chopped off his head for some trumped up crimes, but his real crime was being part of the Ancien Régime.

He was also one of the greatest chemists in history, and helped drag science into the modern era.

Oh...yeah...the art! it appealed to me because it wasn't one of Louis David's grand compositions. Less politics...more technique.

Posted by CBD at 09:35 AM Comments

The Morning Report 2/24/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. My main story this morning is about the Obamacare Repeal/Replace/Repair/Renege fiasco. Scott Baio called in to Rush yesterday and raised an interesting point; The GOP crafted and sent seven different repeal bills up to Obama, who of course vetoed them. So why not just take any of those bills and send them to President Trump right now? Excellent point. Meanwhile, a story at the UK Daily Mail jumped out at me and I expect a full embargo from the American propaganda arm of the Leftist Uniparty. Lastly of note, a story sent to me by CBD, a California GOP State Senator (where?!) was literally dragged out of the chamber after she refused to be silenced for the mortal sin of publicly criticizing Tom Hayden. Mercifully, Hillary Clinton will never be president of the United States of America. Lots of other interesting links as well. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:38 AM Comments

Thursday Overnight Open Thread (2/23/17) Thankfully Thursday Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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On this day in history. When men were men.


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Today in history, we have men Snowflakes.


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard

Quote II

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt

Quote III

Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:01 PM Comments

#Science: NASA Telescope Finds Seven Earth-Like Planets, Three of Which Are In Habitable Zone

—Ace

Not too far away, either. Well, in relative terms.

Scientists were alerted to scan this particular area of the sky when they received this radio broadcast, encoded in binary numbers:

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS
BUT JUST KEEP CHRIS CUOMO'S DIRTY DICK
AWAY FROM OUR DAUGHTER'S CHANGING ROOMS

By the way, I think scientists have hopes that all of the planets are possibly habitable. But three are "firmly" in the habitable zone, so they're the most likely candidates.

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Posted by Ace at 06:54 PM Comments

Chris Cuomo: If a 12-Year-Old Girl Doesn't Want to See a Penis In the Locker Room, That's Either Because of Her "Overprotective Dad" or Her Own Lack of "Tolerance"

—Ace


The horror is not the realization that an inbred, arrogant cabal is intent on changing human behavior and controlling human thought.

That, I always took it, was a given.

The horror comes from the realization of just how fucking incompetent and dumb they are.

No word from Jake Tapper's "conservative friend" over whether he is upset to hear that Chris Cuomo thinks that little girls averse to seeing penises should just get some "tolerance" and embrace The D.

Posted by Ace at 05:47 PM Comments

Malignant Dwarf: First Trump Lied About Sweden Having an Immigration Problem, Then His Lies Sparked Immigrants to Sweden to Begin Rioting

—Ace

Yes that must certainly be it.

It seems Robert Reich has deleted the tweet (or at least it's gone missing, at least for me), but here was his pronouncement:

Trump's lies have consequences. 48 hrs after his comments on Sweden, riots broke out in an immigrant community. https://t.co/1k2BOl2jdw

-- Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 21, 2017

Posted by Ace at 04:55 PM Comments

Tucker Carlson: We've Done Such a Thorough Job of Dividing Society Into the Educated Class and Non-Educated Class We've Destroyed Most Bonds of Compassion and Fellow-Feeling Between Them

—Ace

Hitting a note I've hit myself once or twice before.

To the extent that Carlson’s on-air commentary these days is guided by any kind of animating idea, it is perhaps best summarized as a staunch aversion to whatever his right-minded neighbors believe. The country has reached a point, he tells me, where the elite consensus on any given issue should be "reflexively distrusted."

"Look, it's really simple," Carlson says. "The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most effective meritocracy ever."

"But the problem with the meritocracy," he continues, is that it "leeches all the empathy out of your society... The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid--I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is."

Carlson recounts, with some amusement, how he saw these attitudes surface in his neighbors’ response to Trump’s victory. He recalls receiving a text message on election night from a stunned Democratic friend declaring his intention to flee the country with his family. Carlson replied by asking if he could use their pool while they were gone.

"I mean people were, like, traumatized," he says. And yet, in the months since then, "no one I know has learned anything. There's been no moment of reflection...It's just, 'This is what happens when you let dumb people vote.'" Carlson finds this brand of snobbery particularly offensive: "Intelligence is not a moral category. That’s what I find a lot of people in my life assume. It’s not. God doesn’t care how smart you are, actually."

I'd go further than that, and agree with Megan McArdle and Instapundit that while the New Mandarins are good at a very limited number of cognitive functions, they are sorely lacking in crucial ones, the ability to reject received wisdom among one of the most important.

Those who have the most ego invested in the skill of repeating what Teacher has told them are naturally going to be very averse to suggesting the heresy that Teacher might be wrong.

Posted by Ace at 03:04 PM Comments

Surprise: That CIA Officer Who Made Much Drama About Quitting Due to Trump Was a Big Hillary Donor and a Top Lieutenant to Ben Rhodes, the "Echo Chamber" Maestro

—Ace

And slow clap to the Useful Idiots of the right who spread this op-ed around uncritically, despite the fact that, even before this disclosure, it read like "Hillary Clinton's scripted anti-Trump debate zingers," as a guy named @PolicyLord observed.

Bret Scher:

A CIA employee who contributed thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and who is a registered Democrat announced his decision to leave the agency in a Washington Post column published Sunday, writing that his departure "had nothing to do with politics."

Edward Price resigned from the CIA last week and used the Washington Post to explain his decision that he could not "in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional." Price wrote that his "decision had nothing to do with politics," and that he "would have been proud to again work under a Republican administration."

"As intelligence professionals, we’re taught to tune out politics," Price wrote.

Unmentioned by Price or the Washington Post is the fact that Price gave $5,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that splits contributions between the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Public records indicate that Price is registered to vote as a Democrat in the District of Columbia.

Price rose through the ranks at the White House during the Obama administration. By the end of the administration, Price was the top spokesman and a senior director for Obama's National Security Council.

Price reportedly worked hand in hand with Obama's deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes in his effort to create an "echo chamber" during the administration's nuclear negotiations with Iran.

I desperately wish to quote more of this but I cannot. But read the article -- Scher details that it was largely this asshole Price who bragged about his ability to get all the Twitterati to repeat his nonsense about Iran and other Obama fuck-ups.

"This had nothing to do with politics." Oh, dear. Oh dear.

After the Free Beacon prodded the National Laughingstock -- and apparently at first, the National Laughingstock refused to explain the reason it hadn't identified Mr. "This had nothing to do with politics" as very political indeed -- the National Laughingstock has added a short "clarification" acknowledging his partisan leanings.

Actually, of course, this is an unacknowledged correction, as their original version, sans this "clarification," was essentially false -- Price did not carefully "tune out politics" at all. Again, go to the first story to read his glee at being able to get all the progressive dolts to carry his partisan spinning for Obama.

Democracy dies in darkness -- am I right or am I right?

Posted by Ace at 01:37 PM Comments

Low Content Open Thread Until Ace Shows Up

—OregonMuse

OK, fine, I got nothing, but here's a new thread.

Marine Le Pen, president of the National Front (FN) political party in France (which is similar to the UKIP in Great Britain) went to a meeting with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. They told her to wear a hijab. She didn't. The meeting was cancelled.

You'd think she'd be hailed as a great feminist hero by Europe's progressive gliteratti. You'd be wrong. Perhaps this pic explains why:

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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:56 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Cornard Wood, near Sudbury, Suffolk
Thomas Gainsborough

There is a mildly goofy self portrait that Gainesborough did in 1754 that amuses the hell out of me. His portraits are, for the most part, marvelous and serious, but this one has a touch of whimsy that tells me that he had a sense of humor, especially about himself.

Poke around his works and you will quickly see why he is considered one of the great British artists....he was a grand landscape painter, and an equally accomplished portraitist!

Posted by CBD at 09:45 AM Comments

The Morning Report 2/23/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Let's get right to it, shall we? First up, what the hell is John McCain playing at? Bad enough this dangerous old coot is sabotaging the President at home every chance he gets but now he's taken to flying around the world and sabotaging the President abroad. I really loathe that guy. Other than that, evidently there was a debate between Keith Ellison and Tom Perez for the chairmanship of some fringe political committee. Anyone see it? And at some rally, Nancy Pelosi was incoherent on stage; I mean unintentionally incoherent. Stroke? Insulin shock? Springs too tight? Anyway, it was bizarre. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:00 AM Comments

Wednesday Night ONT: I'm Back!

—WeirdDave

Welcome to Wednesday's ONT, or as I like to call it, slumming. Should have lots of content tonight, I've been bookmarking stuff for 2 weeks now, but before we get started, remember that this is the internet, where things aren't always what they seem to be.

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Posted by WeirdDave at 10:08 PM Comments

A Post That is Both Genuine & Credible (MJ)

—Open Blogger

A few years ago I attended a two week training class for executive development that centered on statistics and also the softer skills that are necessary to be successful in a global corporate world. Most of the sessions were related to math, stats and running big ass, soon to be over budget projects, but in addition, the Director of the American Shakespeare company in Prague flew in to help the group loosen up a little--like regular people. You'd be surprised at what tight ass phonies most executards are. Oh wait, no you wouldn't. It's every bit as bad as you can imagine.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 08:30 PM Comments

"Unprecedented" Number of Migrants Leaving United States for the Safety of Canada

—Ace

Hm.


Canada's pasty boy band PM, Snowbama, says he won't stop them.

Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

The number of would-be refugees crossing into Canada at isolated and unguarded border crossings has increased in recent weeks amid fears that U.S. President Donald Trump will crack down on illegal immigrants, and photos of smiling Canadian police greeting the migrants have gone viral.

Posted by Ace at 06:58 PM Comments

—krakatoa

The DNC chair election was a no-win situation for Dems. I mean, a schism was literally inescapable given their sole strategy is based on pandering to special interests. And yet, the tears are no less delicious. [krak/t]

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The DNC chair election was a no-win situation for Dems. I mean, a schism was literally inescapable given their sole strategy is based on pandering to special interests. And yet, the tears are no less delicious. [krak/t]
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Latest Anti-Trump Strategy: U.S. Witches to cast spell of Binding. I think this is a pretty desperate angle. Everyone knows a spell of Binding usually requires relatively close proximity to the target. Also in Trump's Favor: An automatic +5 to saving throws after any successful pussy grab. [krak/t]
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