July 26, 2017

The Morning Report 7/26/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Yesterday's kabu-kakke theatre has just left me depressed. And combined with the seeming failure of Jeff Sessions and now evidently Rex Tillerson, I just have to throw my hands up in disgust. So, let's say PDT replaces both of them and if need be his entire cabinet with unapologetic fighters for the cause, there is still a political/bureaucratic machine ready to blockade anything that will take away one iota of power and one red cent of its ill-gotten lucre. That was, is and always will be the problem.

I suppose the most galling thing was the revolting display surrounding John McCain as he entered the Senate in the guise of some revered elder statesman and great American. He's not. He disgusts me. His entire life in politics has been in service of himself and his great, crashing ego. No doubt, in what may have been one of his final performances in the well of the Senate, he showed a complete lack of humility and willingness to even concede that those who oppose him (including people like us) did so quite passionately yet with no personal rancor. He has lived his life as an embittered old hack, defending a corrupt and immoral ruling class while railing against a decent and honest citizenry that seeks moral, civil and cultural restoration. Sadly, since if this revolting display is how he has chosen to exit this mortal coil, alll I can say is "go." And give my regards to Teddy Kennedy when next you see him.

On a more positive note, a woman from PDT's home turf of Queens named Vickie Paladino let loose an epic tirade against Bill DeBolshevik. I don't know what her professional background may be, but as to her temperament, I hope the President finds people exactly like her to staff his administration. Bra-effing-vo!

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

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:58 AM Comments



Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (7/25/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Grab one and join The ONT)

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.” ― Frank Zappa


Quote II

“The best beer in the world is the one in my hand.” ― Charles Papazian


Quote III

“Do you remember your first sip of beer? Terrible! How could anyone like that stuff? But beer, you reflect, is an acquired taste; one gradually trains oneself—or just comes—to enjoy that flavor. What flavor? The flavor of that first sip? No one could like that flavor! Beer tastes different to the experienced beer drinker. Then beer isn't an acquired tast; one doesn't learn to like that first taste; one gradually comes to experience a different, and likable, taste. Had the first sip tasted that way, you would have liked beer wholeheartedly from the beginning!” ― Douglas Hofstadter


Quote IV

“A man has no more right to an opinion for which he cannot account than for a glass of beer for which he cannot pay.” ― Anonymous


Snowflakes. Special f*cking snowflakes. It appears that millennials are killing the beer industry.

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Department of Justice Lawyers Still Suing Little Sisters of the Poor and Other Religiously-Oriented Organizations Over Obamacare Birth Control/Abortion Mandate

—Ace

Message to Trump: This must end. End it.

DOJ lawyers have continued to keep alive a slew of cases appealing a 2014 district court ruling that granted an injunction from the mandate to several Catholic organizations. The Supreme Court vacated an appeals court ruling against The Little Sisters of the Poor and similar organizations in 2016, sending the cases back to the lower courts. Many religious freedom advocates expected that the Trump administration, which has vowed to protect The Little Sisters and other organizations burdened by the contraceptive mandate, would drop the legal campaign against the religious organizations. But more than six months into the Trump era, the legal fights are still alive.

Although Trump signed an executive order directing the DOJ to consider and propose an alternate rule which would insulate religiously-oriented organizations from compliance with the birth control/abortion mandate in Obamacare, no such rule has actually been published, so the situation remains as it was.

Also seems like a possible firing offense.

Posted by Ace at 08:09 PM Comments

Adam Kredo Reports State Department Was in "Open War" With White House, Ignoring Policy Edicts and Hiring Orders

—Ace

Maybe it's time to clean house -- finally.

The State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson has been locked in a growing power struggle with the White House that has angered officials in the West Wing and sparked claims that the Trump administration's top diplomatic organ is now in "open war" with the White House on a range of critical issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, Iran, the crisis with Qatar, and other matters, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the situation.

The State Department is said to be in a state of "massive dysfunction," with top officials working under Tillerson ignoring White House directives on critical staffing issues and key policy matters, according to multiple sources, including administration allies who are said to be increasingly frustrated with what is perceived as the White House's inability to control its own federal agencies.

BTW, remember that Tony Scaramucci said he'd be having a sit-down with his underlings yesterday and would fire any leakers?

This FoxNation article isn't coming up for me, but the twitter headline is White House Aide Quits Before Scaramucci Can Fire Him.

But I can't read it. Maybe it'll come up for you.

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Pakistani-American IT Guy -- Subject of a Criminal Probe, and From Whom the DNC's Hard Drives Were Recovered, But Only After Being Smashed By a Hammer -- Arrested as He Attempts to Flee Country
Update: DWS Fires-- Finally

—Ace

The media continues giving no f***s.


Update: Charged with bank fraud.

Update: Fired. Finally.


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Trump Shifts Iran Compliance Certification Authority Away from State Department to His Own Team
Update: Tillerson Now "Taking a Little Time Off"

—Ace

Or at least he's trying to do that.

President Donald Trump has reportedly sidelined the State Department and entrusted White House staffers with making the potential case for withholding certification of Iran at the next 90-day review of the nuclear deal, Foreign Policy reported.

According to the report, the president made the decision after his "contentious meeting" with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week.

Newsmax reported:

“This is about the president asking Tillerson at the last certification meeting 90 days earlier to lay the groundwork so Trump could consider his options," one of the sources said.

"Tillerson did not do this, and Trump is infuriated. He can't trust his secretary of state to do his job, so he is turning to the few White House staffers he trusts the most," the source added.

Tillerson, it is reported, is generally "frustrated" (possibly by this maneuver specifically) and is considering resigning.

CNN reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is becoming “increasingly frustrated” with President Donald Trump and his administration to the point where he is allegedly considering a resignation from his post, and could quit before 2017 ends.

Sources reportedly close to Tillerson told CNN that the Secretary of State is losing patience with Trump and, as a result, there may be a “Rexit” in the near future.

Except for the Iran certification, Tillerson hasn't impressed me as especially good or especially bad. He's just a warm body filling a hole.

My problem with forcing Tillerson out is the same I have with forcing Sessions out: Who's going to take this job?

No one takes a stressful job except for one reason: to increase their reputation, power, and personal earning potential.

It doesn't seem like being a Secretary in the Trump Administration is the gateway to accomplishing any of those things.

So who comes in? Who has the stature enough, and the Establishment blessing enough (because you know no man comes into the Kingdom of Government except through the Establishment), and is also willing to be professionally humiliated down the line, to become the SecState?

Update: Tillerson "taking a little time off."


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McConnell's Next Mysterious Obamacare Gambit: A "Skinny" Repeal of Just the Least Popular Parts of Obamacare?

—Ace

It's not nothing, but it does seem to be very low-cal and unsatisfying substitute for what we were promised.

Republican senators are planning to pursue a "skinny" repeal of Obamacare if Tuesday's Senate votes to open debate on health care and pass the current GOP bill both fail.

The so-called "skinny" repeal would be a series of amendments to dispose of a few key components of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans have identified as being particularly burdensome, NBC News reports.

The first vote on Tuesday will be to open debate on the health care measure. Should that "motion to proceed" pass, the Senate will debate and vote on multiple approaches to the current health care bill.

...

The Senate would then move to vote on the current Senate replacement bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. However, the BCRA includes newly added amendments from Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) and Sen. Rob Portman (R, Ohio) that have not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office and would likely need 60 votes, rather than a simple majority of 50, to pass.

McCain's headed to Washington, and Mike Pence is standing by to break ties, for these votes.

But the #FakeNewsRepublicans -- Collins, Murfluvsky, and Caputo -- have already vowed they won't pass any kind of repeal without a "replacement." In other words, they just want to keep Obamacare.

Protesters have delayed the beginning of the vote, chanting "Kill the bill, don't kill us."

#FakeNewsRepublicans Lisa Muffzinsky and Susan Collins have re-announced they will fight to keep Obamacare. If any other #FakeNewsRepublicans defect, they can't even have a debate on the question.

Posted by Ace at 02:20 PM Comments

Decision "Soon" on Whether Sessions Will Stay or Go

—Ace


Sessions' allies -- including many conservatives -- are angry at how Trump has treated Sessions, including Trump recently tweeting that had he known Sessions would recuse himself in the Russia matter, he'd've never appointed him AG.

Or, like this one:


I don't think Trump can have what he wants here. He seems to be pressuring Sessions to either un-recuse himself and end the Mueller probe or resign so he can appoint someone new who will end the Mueller probe.

The first seems impossible -- Sessions has declared himself conflicted on that issue -- and the latter seems no more likely.

Anyone Trump names as AG nominee will of course be asked -- repeatedly, and with no wiggle room -- if they think Mueller should continue doing his job. No one, not even in DC, is going to claim the Mueller probe should go on just to get confirmed and then turn around and fire him post-confirmation.

Further, I don't even see who would agree to take the job, given Trump's public scoldings of Sessions.

Trump wants something impossible from the AG.

If Trump wants Mueller fired, he's going to have to step up to the plate and do it on his own authority, without trying to find the cover of a lackey to do it for him.

Kurt Schlicter lays out the case for Trump to just man the hell up and fire Mueller -- the right way -- here:

Trump must eventually fire Robert Mueller, a partisan tool carrying water for his Establishment pals as he oversees an utterly corrupt “investigation” where the only person we actually know committed any wrongdoing is his bestest buddy Jim Comey. But Trump can’t just lash out and do it, though it is well within his political and moral right to do so. No, he’s got to do it cleverly, with cunning, in a way that shows the American people exactly why Mueller’s witch hunt is a flaming dumpster fire of conflicts of interest and contempt for the right of normal Americans to have a say in their own governance.

Trump has to set the stage before he pulls the trigger and puts the coup de grace into the temple of this appalling fiasco. He has to do it so the American people will see and understand why ending this idiocy is so absolutely necessary to preserve our Republic despite the mainstream media’s best effort to hide the truth.

Trump needs to seize the initiative from Leaky Bob. You know, I keep hearing how Mueller was this squared-away Marine officer, but through these incessant leaks his organization demonstrates a complete lack of both integrity and discipline. Mueller seems unwilling or unable to exercise any kind of leadership over his team of Hillary donors, or to instill a culture of seriousness and impartiality. The continuing misconduct of his out-of-control, ever-expanding fiefdom demonstrates that he must be relieved of command. And here’s the letter the president should send to him to set the stage to do it....

Huh, maybe Trump should name Schlichter as attorney general. He is a lawyer and an Army cavalry Colonel. Colonels get promoted to general all the time.

BTW: IBD also argues that Mueller's decision to grant himself additional jurisdiction -- and go outside his appointed ambit to search for whatever financial irregularities he can find -- is an automatic firing offense and should be treated as exactly that.

Posted by Ace at 01:32 PM Comments

Fusion GPS Co-Founder Will Plead the Fifth

—Ace

Not that it matters. Apparently the only thing that matters is Jared Kushner's closed door testimony, and what Adam Schiff will claim he heard leaked about it later.

Glenn Simpson, whose Fusion GPS firm has been tied to anti-Trump efforts and pro-Russian lobbying, will not talk to lawmakers in response to a subpoena, the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committe said Friday.

Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed in a statement that they subpoenaed Simpson to appear before the committee Wednesday as part of a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year's presidential election.

"Simpson’s attorney has asserted that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response to the subpoena," Grassley and Feinstein said.

It's an op.

By the way, the Democrats took "intel" from Russian spies and spread it around.

While the mainstream news media hunts for evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, the public record shows that Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election against Donald Trump and attack his administration.

The disinformation came in the form of a Russian-fed dossier written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. It contains a series of unverified criminal charges against Mr. Trump’s campaign aides, such as coordinating

...

Mr. Steele makes clear that his unproven charges came almost exclusively from sources linked to the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He identified his sources as “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure,” a former “top level Russian intelligence officer active inside the Kremlin,” a “senior Kremlin official” and a “senior Russian government official.”

Posted by Ace at 12:25 PM Comments

Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

talking ape.jpg"So I'm watching CNN the other day (stop laughing) and they show a bunch of anti-Trump protestors marching around and waving signs, and it's obvious that the signs all have the same slogan and all look to be professionally printed. Why does it never occur to any of CNN's crack journalists to ask one of the protestors where did they get their signs from, and who printed them? Or, how about: did you ride to the protest on one of those buses over there, and where did the buses come from and who paid for them? These seem to be simple, basic, Journalism 101 questions that they ought to be asking right out of the gate, but never do. Sigh. Nobody listens to a gorilla."

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Waterloo Bridge
Claude Monet

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The Morning Report 7/25/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Only Tuesday and we're chock full 'o linkage this morning. First up, the rumors around the President's displeasure with the performance of Jeff Sessions and the latter's departure are swirling, with reports of him being replaced by Rudy Giuliani and now Ted Cruz appearing. I have always thought of Jeff Sessions as a decent, honorable man who was one of PDT's first, full-throated supporters right out of the box. He has been very good so far on one of the President's biggest policy items, border control and immigration. Yet, in many other ways, he has, to say the least, been a disappointment. In his defense, when you have a DoJ that consists of thousands of employees who not only oppose their boss but are actively sabotaging him and dare I say would not be at all upset if he suffered the same fate as Steve Scalise, your effectiveness cannot help but be compromised. But there is no excuse for Sessions stepping on his johnson and recusing himself, thereby allowing the kangaroo court of the Russia hoax to go forward. That so good a man should be so lousy an AG. If he does go, maybe the next AG will actually RICO the shit out of Soros, Hillary and Obama. I can dream, can't I?

The other big story is today's vote on the GOP version of kabu-kakke healthcare Three Card Monty. The only thing that should be voted on, in a just and sane world, is the repeal of the 2010 ACA in full as well as the dismantling of the industry-imposed and government approved monopoly on health insurance. But the only thing that is immortal in this world is a government bureaucracy. And now, irony of ironies, with the GOP in full control of the government, the Left is floating the idea of Charlie Gard-care thinking that the GOP wing of their party will embrace "bipartisanship!!!" and actually institute single payer. Think of that; the Left is electorally neutralized and yet they have a chance to institute their 100-year wet dream of national health --- while being completely out of power. If the GOP even so much as hints that this is open to consideration, it really is the bitter end. For them and probably for us as well.

On a positive note, I throw you a lifeline of a tax plan proposal from the conservatives that abolishes the IRS. Yeah, I know. But at least it's something to raise your spirits even if it doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hell. If nothing else, it's good to know that some people are thinking right.

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

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:30 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (7/24/17) Nothing In Particular Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Something to think about)

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Quotes of The Day


Quote I

Fettucini alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults. Mitch Hedberg


Quote II

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Franklin P. Jones


Quote III

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.Sir Winston Churchill

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A few more things to think about. Little known facts about serial killers.

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Berkeley Radio Station Cancels Richard Dawkins Appearance Over His Denigrating Comments About Islamism-- But Not Over His Far More Extensive History of Attacks on Christianity

—Ace

Feels like our Masters have now settled upon our official State Religion.

Dawkins himself brought up the question on everyone's minds:

I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?

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And Here We Go Again: "Thor," Who Was Turned Into a Woman in the Comic Books and Saw Sales Plummet, Now Says James Bond Should Be a Woman Too

—Ace

Marvel Comics has replaced almost every single marquee character with a more "diverse" one: Thor is now Natalie Portman (Jane Porter). Captain America is now a Nazi/Hydra undercover operative, so the mantle of Captain America is worn by Sam Wilson, formerly called The Falcon. The Hulk has been replaced by the long-standing character She-Hulk -- though she's now just the Hulk -- and also by a young Chinese-American Millennial called Amadeus Cho, often called "Amadeus Bro" because of his Millennial/Radical, Dude! sort of persona.

His book isn't called "The Incredible Hulk." His book is called "The Totally Awesome Hulk." Because Radical, Dude!

Ironman is now "Ironheart" -- Tony Stark is missing in action, and a 15 year old black girl is now Ironman.

Even Wolverine isn't Wolverine any more -- Wolverine is now that girl from the Logan movie, called, formerly, X-23, but now officially "Wolverine." (An old version of Logan from a different timeline is also present in the universe, but he's called Old Man Logan, not Wolverine.)

How are the sales doing?

Dumpster fire, baby.

Marvel Comics aren’t doing well. Sales have declined, even as Marvel has pushed out every major event and crossover it can over the past two years. In a recent interview during the Marvel Retailer Summit, Marvel VP of Sales David Gabriel decided to ignore all the problems and criticism in order to place the blame on diversity.
What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales. We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against. That was difficult for us because we had a lot of fresh, new, exciting ideas that we were trying to get out and nothing new really worked.

Has it occurred to any of these people that Tony Stark is more than just the suit? Like, Batman is more than just the costume; people respond to the character of Bruce Wayne, too. You can't just take a completely different character -- and one the audience hasn't spent decades following -- and put him in the same costume or give her the same name and say "This is your new Batman."

I guess Chris Hemsworth doesn't know the gender switch was tried for the character he plays on screen -- Thor changed into "Thor, The Female Version" -- and the numbers cratered.

Because now he's calling for the same thing for James Bond.

Chris Hemsworth is best known for his role as the Norse god Thor in the “Avengers” movies. But outside of cinema, Hemsworth has had a hard time fitting in with the progressive left, who have slammed him for violating every progressive tenet, ranging from cultural appropriation to transphobia.

Unable to stop making politically incorrect gaffes, Hemsworth has now taken it upon himself to call for a woman to play the role of the next James Bond.

In an interview with W Magazine about the new film “Atomic Blonde,” the actor revealed that he would like to see Charlize Theron take on the role.

If Charlize Theron is already playing a super-spy clearly modeled as a female version of James Bond -- why does she actually need to play "James Bond" as well?

It's as if they're admitting from the start that they have no faith in a real female character. It has to be a knockoff gender-swapped female character who just cannibalizes the existing fan base of the male original.

This is so stupid -- "James Bond" isn't a unique individual. He's a 00 agent -- and there are more of them. If you wanted a "female James Bond," you could just run a movie in the same universe as the James Bond franchise, and just make her -- get this! -- a completely distinct, original character that is a female 00 operative.

Say, aren't Shared Universes the big thing anyway?

You wouldn't even have to make her a British agent. You could say the CIA has its own 00-type program and she's an American. To make her different than the James Bond character. What an idea.

Then you could make money by following the Avengers model of a crossover/team-up. Why, they could even start on opposite sides of the adventure and have a fight before realizing they're actually working against the same enemy, albeit from two different angles.

But no, we should all follow the Lady Ghostbusters and Marvel failed models of just gender-swapping established heroes and hope it'll work out better this time.

Can we have any female characters who aren't fundamentally parasitic free-riders on the goodwill and legacy of male characters?

I guess not. I guess we're all done with making new characters or any kind of new movies, period.

Frankly, I want the media destroyed far more than I care about another dismal James Bond movie so I hope they actually take Hemsworth's advice and just set their IP on fire, forever.

Posted by Ace at 06:51 PM Comments

Trump Cuts Funding for Extremely Ineffective Teen Sex Education Program, and Media, Get This, Flips Out About It

—Ace

They want to control our bodies!

Well, maybe. Or maybe they just don't see the point of pissing away tens of millions of dollars on teen sex education programs in which the students have unsafe/unprotected sex just as frequently as kids who did not attend any program at all.

Mollie Hemingway reports:

In response to the weak evidence of positive effects, much less positive sustained impact, Health and Human Services recommended defunding the program after June 30, 2018. A non-profit news site called Reveal News wrote a highly critical piece on the funding change, without mentioning the ineffectiveness of the programs. Many other media outlets followed suit, publishing one-sided stories that treated good intentions as sufficient proof of good-enough results for hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding. Some media outlets falsely stated that the funded teen pregnancy programs have been shown to be effective.

“Trump’s hires at HHS were notably hostile to teen pregnancy programs that worked. Now they’ve killed them,” claimed one fact-challenged columnist at the Los Angeles Times. No media outlet mentioned the ineffectiveness of the programs, whether it was NPR, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Politico, Business Insider, The Independent, Forbes, Teen Vogue, or Bustle, even though effectiveness reports are right there on the agency’s web site.

After noting that, she goes through the studies proving the complete non-effectiveness of the sex programs (including the abstinence only ones). In only a handful of cases are programs effective even in slightly reducing sexual activity (or unprotected sexual activity, depending on the program's agenda) and only that for a short period of time -- after a number of months, sexual activity returns to what it was before, and just like kids who never went to these Let's Put the Taxpayer's Money in a Joker-Sized Pile and Burn it programs in the first place.

It's almost as if their agendas are spending other people's money and sexualizing teenagers and not, as they may claim, teaching teens to be "responsible" when it comes to sex.

Posted by Ace at 05:55 PM Comments

This Guy

—Ace


I wonder what his girlfriend thinks about all of this. *

* No I don't.

Posted by Ace at 04:48 PM Comments

New White House Comms Director Anthony Scarmucci: If People Keep Leaking, I'm Going to "Fire Everbody"

—Ace

I like this man's enthusiasms.

Enthusiasms. Enthusiasms.

Regarding leakers:

"They will get fired. Tomorrow I'll have a staff meeting, and it will be very -- I'm not going to make any prejudgments about anybody on that staff, if stay, they're going to stop leaking. If the leaks continue, we are strong is our weakest link and I'll say it differently in a pun where a strong as our weakest leak. If you guys want to keep leaking, get together and make a decision as a team that you're going to stop leaking. If you're going to keep leaking, I'm going to fire everybody."
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Poll: Although 44% Remain Undecided, Those With a Opinion Favor Robert Ritchie -- AKA "Kid Rock" -- Over Debbie Stabenow for the 2018 Michigan Senate Race

—Ace

Among those expressing an opinion, Robert Ritchie (and I'll call him that, as he would run under that name) beats Debbie Stabenow 54% to 46%. But bear in mind, 44% have no opinion or are up in the air.

I suppose this is good news, even if of a very preliminary type, but I do have to wonder:

If the public is now ready to elect newcomer celebrities, doesn't the GOP face a massive, MASSIVE Celebrity Gap?

The Democrats have their own rock stars, after all -- like, Legendary Axe-Man Joe Scarborough, the Frankenstein of the Fret-board, has issued a weak denial about whether he might run against Trump in 2020.

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"It's Too Late for Charlie:" Gard's Parents Drop Petition to Treat Child, Stating That Endless Delays Have Pushed Charlie Past the Point Where Even Cutting-Edge Treatments Can Help

—Ace

Once again, socialized medicine gets the preferred health outcome it was looking for.

Posted by Ace at 12:23 PM Comments

Monday After the Art Thread

—OregonMuse

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"Hey, you know what would be really funny? Picture this: what if, during the reentry phase of some manned space mission, all the NASA ground control crew dressed up in ape suits and that's the first thing the shuttle crew saw when they disembarked? Pretty damn funny, huh? Anyone? Aw, you guys wouldn't know funny if you saw it perched on Lena Dunham's fat, naked butt."


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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil
Claude Monet

The geometrically clean bridge is not what I expected to see when I saw the title.

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The Morning Report 7/24/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Buongiorno ragazzi! Yours truly has returned from Italy (note the italics) relaxed, refreshed and ready to undo all of it by wading into the sewage of the not-so-silent Leftist coup. From the openly violent rhetoric and actions of the Democrats, their handlers in the media and thugs on campus and elsewhere to the complicit silence of the GOPotemkin Party, it's disgusting, dispiriting and disheartening. But the truth of the matter is, we're here and we ain't going anywhere. And so long as President Trump understands this and acts accordingly (to the extent that he can), he and we willl be just fine (Especially if Bernardo Sandersnista and Methyl Waters think they're the ones to beat in 2020). It does present the problem, though, of just how can he enact legislatively that which can only be enacted that way when the government is effectively 100% lined up against him? Meh, I should've stayed in Firenze. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Almost forgot, a YUUGE thank you to the cobs for filling in whilst I was away. Mille grazie!

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (7/23/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. Les Brown)

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes. Dylan Thomas

No shit.


Quote II

What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes. Marcus Tullius Cicero


Quote III

There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure. Dwight D. Eisenhower


We seem to be in short supply.

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Open Thread Until The ONT. Or SMOD. Whichever Comes First

—CBD

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And a fun Buddy Holly cover below the fold that Garrett sent along recently. Good stuff.

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Food Thread: Just Another Generic Post, But With Cookies!

—CBD

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courtesy of Insta-Chaz

I got a chuckle out of this drawing, but not because it says anything of particular import. Most of us pay attention to all three to varying degrees, although my sense of the portion of The Horde that reads The Food ThreadTM is that they care less about health and more about the other two.

Certainly in my youth I was more attuned to cheap, but even now, I pay attention to price, or more accurately, value. But taste is paramount, and healthfulness is a distant third. I simply don't care that much. I know that if I eat a varied diet (otherwise known as an interesting selection of foods) I will get all of the nutrients I need, so I just don't care. My only dietary restriction is carbs...I have found that if I restrict them slightly I don't have to worry about my weight. Sure, I will sometimes eat a pound of pasta or a loaf of bread with butter, and that will never change. But over the long term...weeks or months, I restrict carbohydrate intake a bit. It works for me because I eat a varied diet and there is plenty of other food that I love.

If I had to choose one food that I simply cannot give up, I think it would be beef. And pork. Okay, two foods I can't give up. Beef and pork. There is nothing like a perfectly grilled steak or a dry-brined, thick-cut pork rib chop with all of the exterior fat and muscles left on so it practically bastes on the grill.

And while I have discussed dry-brining in the past, it bears mentioning again, mostly because it is so damned easy and it works so well. But it's also not new. BBQ is often dry-brined with rubs. I just make it simpler and use copious quantities of Kosher salt on the top and bottom of the meat, refrigerate it for several hours, then rinse it, dry it, then grill it! Pork takes particularly well to this technique, although I have done it with chicken and lamb too.

You can add pepper and herbs and spices to the salt. Whatever you desire will probably work.

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"I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"

—CBD

Jeff Dunetz over at The Lid has some fun with Joy Reid, but it's like shooting fish in a barrel.
Joy Reid Rant About Trump’s 'Russian' Wives Is Proof You Can't Fix Stupid



This is becoming par for the course. The incredible insularity, ignorance and stupid laziness of the chattering classes. I accept that some people are simply less capable of higher-order thought. And I accept that some people are lazy. But why is the Venn diagram of those two segments of the population perfectly representative of the media? And it is unfortunately not restricted to the leftists....just talk to any of the mainstream Republican pundits about guns or the minimum wage or basic economics (supply and demand) and you will discover a startling stupidity.

So what's your favorite idiotic pronouncement from the buffoons of the fourth estate?

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 07-23-2017

—OregonMuse


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King's College Library, Cambridge University


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 gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. 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 the sport of curling actually encourages, believe it or not.


Our Betters

I guess progressives don't like Hillbilly Elegy. Here's a guy who works in an independent bookstore, who's all butthurt that he has to sell it:

But when it comes to the above conversation concerning J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, there is something a bit more personal at stake, viz. my moral objection to the book that has become, for conservatives and liberals alike, a means of understanding the rise of “Trumpism.”

So he's got a "moral objection." Whoop de do. What, exactly, is his beef with it?

I don’t intend to review Elegy here. More capable pieces have already been written about the book’s “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” message, its condemnation of a supposed culture of poverty, its dismissal of the working class’s material reality as a determining factor in their lives, and its callous claim that the welfare state only reinforces a cycle of dependency.

You get the idea. The article is one long sneer at people who think differently than he does about social issues. The very existence of ideas he doesn't like evidently causes hm pain. His solution is to recommend "alternative titles" and to "start conversations". I can't believe he's serious about the latter. The word "conversation" implies a more or less equal give-and-take, but when it comes to those of us who *do* think that welfare reinforces dependency, does he expect us to believe tha he'd like to really know why we think this? Hardly. the progressive idea of a conversation is "shut up."

But if he wants to swap titles, I suppose I could recommend books such as Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell or Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 by Charles Murray. Both books go a long way to establish the intellectual and moral basis for free-market capitalism, and why, yes, indiscriminate welfare is actually harmful.

Fun fact: Do you know who *doesn't* complain about selling books he doesn't like? Jeff Bezos, that's who.

It's clear from the article that the author of this piece doesn't actually own the bookstore he's working in, which, maybe if he had to look at the bottom line every month, he'd be less worried about this kind of nonsense and more worried about how his store could bring in enough money to pay his lazy-ass slacker clerks. But if he is just a paid employee of a bookstore, then the solution to his big "moral" problem presents itself. Namely, he can always, get this, quit his job and do something else, like barista work at a coffee kiosk, or perhaps put together an acting troupe and see if there's any money doing Hipster Dinner Theater.

And one last thing about the author:

Working at an independent bookstore in the Greater Boston area...

And why are we not surprised? I'll bet he reads Vox "hot takes" and believes every word of them.


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

To NIFFLE is to waste your time.

Usage: This stupid 'Russia hacked the election' narrative makes my niffles ache.

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EMT 07/23/17

—krakatoa

More like EMZzzzz.

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Overnight Open Thread (22 Jul 2017)

—CDR M

I still think this is part of an effort to find out who the leakers in the IC are. Trump slams 'illegal' leak alleging Sessions discussed campaign with Russian envoy. I can totally see a IC person with access to intercepts that hates Trump seeing this come across their screen and think they hit the jackpot and must leak it to the press without verifying the document they are looking at. They can't resist the story as it too perfectly fits their narrative. Unfortunately for them, the access to such info would be limited and enables the leak hunters a smaller field to see who is violating their oath.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 07-22-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

Make 'em Laugh

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So, let's talk comedy.

I don't usually bring them up because I think that I view comedies very differently from most people. Where most people just want to laugh for 90 minutes (which is perfectly fine, by the way), I can't stop viewing movies through the prism of narrative. It's limiting and stupid, but I always pull back from a movie designed to make me laugh and my chief concern isn't "How much did I laugh?" but "How did that work as a movie?"

It's why I was lukewarm on The LEGO Batman Movie. Sure, it was funny as a collection of Batman jokes strung together, but I'm just not sure it worked that well as a movie. But, was it really supposed to be much more than a string of jokes about the history of the Caped Crusader?

So, let me provide three examples of comedies that I think work really well as movies first and comedies second.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread (Featuring Dress Pr0n) 07-22-2017

—OregonMuse

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Wake Up Call In Wonderland
Michael Cheval


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. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, I pick out a few lovely, modest, conservative dresses for the 'ettes to admire and appraise. 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 bout of poo flinging on a Saturday afternoon.


Problem 1 - Black To Play (530)

Hint: Black mates in 2


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Sneak a beverage past that vicious guard dog above and enjoy!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Trying to play it cool [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Near the end of June, Lurker Nancy sent in the photo above, with this note:

Here are some cactus blooms in my garden this morning. I got this as a cutting from an elderly neighbor in Tucson so I don't have a name for it, but we brought it with us to Peoria, AZ and it is doing quite well in its new place.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Feeling Good with Other People's Money (State Edition) [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Great. It looks like the State of California is bailing out Tesla. "Tesla will soon hit the limit of the federal tax rebates . . . . "

It's not like things are going well enough in California that the government can afford to bail out billionaires. Could this be a case of escapism, as suggesting by VDH? State government distracting itself from its real problems?

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good Morning Morons.

Wow, it's Saturday again. Time to see what has happened in our world that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week.

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EMT 07/22/17

—krakatoa

EMT amongst yourselves. Try not to spill coffee in the hut, and mind your head around the Storm trooper wind chimes. Did anyone else notice those cute fuzzy ewoks were about to eat Han, and did eat some troopers?

But they're the good guys. Mmhmm.

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Overnight Open Thread (21 Jul 2017)

—CDR M

FTC probing allegations of Amazon's deceptive discounting. Too many folks focus on percentage supposedly saved and not on the reference price trend of the item before the "sale".

An analysis found that in 61 percent of products with reference prices, Amazon's reference prices were higher than it had sold the same product in the previous 90 days, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to the FTC dated July 6.

Also, their QA process has some issues. I ordered something electronic advertised as new and I received a previously opened item as the outside sticker had been sliced already, the device inside the box was upside down, the usb cable was a mess, and there was a missing screw on the bottom. A friend of mine the next day had the same issue of a "new" item having been previously opened.

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The Chickens Have Come Home to Chew Gum and Kick Ass and They're All Out of Gum

—Ace


Terrible day of work by me, but unlike many people online, I could GAF about the Russia story and I'm not going to pretend otherwise.

Night!

Posted by Ace at 08:15 PM Comments

Moaning and Complaining Thread

—Ace

I forgot how much I liked complaining about minor things that are barely worth mentioning, let alone having an emotional reaction to.

I know the last post is about this, but it's kind of specific to WhiteWalkers, so how about a thread about anything -- the more minor the better -- that annoys you?

Oh, as I need some content (I guess) here's an article about the sin of Mansplaining.

One thing I say nowadays is "Don't explain it to me -- mansplain it to me."

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