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March 27, 2015

On Her Majesty's Personal Secret Service: Hacked Hillary/Blumenthal Emails Reveal She Was Being Fed Intelligence By Her Own Private Spy Service


So many questions here.

One important question is: Did she disclose the emails containing these intelligence reports to the government? I strongly doubt that.

Is she claiming intelligence reports about Libya, during the civil war, and in the build-up to Benghazi, are "personal"? How could she possibly claim these are not work product?

But she will claim that -- she must be claiming that.

The question that strikes me as even more deadly is:


Hillary's spymaster was a former director of the Clandestine Service for the CIA in Europe. He now owns his own private intelligence firms. These are not the sorts of services purchased by poor men. These are the sorts of services purchased by very, very rich men, and big well-capitalized corporations, and even governments.


Indeed, who was paying Blumenthal himself, who seemed to be Hillary's liaison to her spymaster?

Was Hillary writing the checks from her personal account?

I have a feeling the answer will turn out to be: The "charity" called the Clinton Global Initiative.

But we will see.

Major scoop from Jeff Gerth, writing at ProPublica, co-published with, of all venues, Gawker. (Which has been revealing a lot of stuff lately, to be fair, including the fact that Bill Ayers was present and partying at the Wagner-Kass wedding Obama attended.)

Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account.

The emails, which were posted on the internet in 2013, also show that Blumenthal and another close Clinton associate discussed contracting with a retired Army special operations commander to put operatives on the ground near the Libya-Tunisia border while Libya's civil war raged in 2011.

Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, which were directed to her private email account, include at least a dozen detailed reports on events on the deteriorating political and security climate in Libya as well as events in other nations....

It’s unclear who tasked Blumenthal, known for his fierce loyalty to the Clintons, with preparing detailed intelligence briefs. It's also not known who was paying him, or where the operation got its money. The memos were marked "confidential" and relied in many cases on "sensitive”"sources in the Libyan opposition and Western intelligence and security services. Other reports focused on Egypt, Germany, and Turkey.

Indeed, though they were sent under Blumenthal’s name, the reports appear to have been gathered and prepared by Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIA's clandestine service in Europe who left the agency in 2005. Since then, he has established a consulting firm called Tyler Drumheller, LLC. He has also been affiliated with a firm called DMC Worldwide, which he co-founded with Washington, D.C., attorney Danny Murray and former general counsel to the U.S. Capitol Police John Caulfield. DMC Worldwide’s now-defunct website describes it at as offering "innovative security and intelligence solutions to global risks in a changing world."

Read it all. It's incredible.

Given Hillary's close relationship with a former head of the CIA's Clandestine Branch, I have new questions about Michael Morrell, the former CIA officer who was so very helpful to Hillary during her Benghazi tribulations, and who later wound up as a paid senior executive in the Beacon Global Strategies group, working under Hillary's top advisor Phillip Reines and alongside Hillary's man Leon Panetta.

Drumheller's Dossier:

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Posted by Ace at 05:18 PM Comments

Richard Engel: US Allies in Gulf Won't Tell Obama Anything Because They Believe That Obama Is Leaking Secret Information to Iran to Kiss Up To Them



And I don't mean Engel or the Saudis. I mean Obama.

The Saudis began operations in Yemen without informing the US -- a hitherto unlikely scenario.

But they kept the operation a secret.

Because they think Obama is so determined to make kissy-face with Iran that he would have leaked their battle plans directly to their enemy.

They no longer consider the US "reliable."

Starting at 1:51.

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Posted by Ace at 04:25 PM Comments

Times of Israel: "Deal" to Be "Signed" Tuesday on Iran Nukes; But Iran Gets Rid of Nuclear... Symbols on Its Currency


I don't know who to believe here-- the British Foreign Secretary said not much would be written down, but the Times of Israel is saying something would be signed.

What would be signed? I guess if you just wanted something to sign, you could type up a Statement of Candy and Unicorn Pleasures.

As previously reported, Iran gets to keep enriching uranium at its fortified, subterranean nuclear base at Fordo:

What has been agreed is that Iran will be allowed to continue to operate its secretive underground facility at Fordo, the TV station’s well-connected Middle East analyst Ehud Ya’ari said. Ya’ari, who did not give a source for his information, echoed the widespread Israeli description of the emerging deal as "bad."

Meanwhile, though, there is some great news. Iran just unveiled their new 50,000 rials bank note.

Since 2007, at the previous height of the Iran nuke crisis, Iran has shown off the nuclear symbol (that is, an atom) on this bill, as a gesture of defiance to America.

But they're now taking that symbol off, because, Peaceful Nukes now!!!

Yayyy! We Win!!!

Posted by Ace at 04:00 PM Comments

British Foreign Secretary: We'll Have a "Narrative" Coming Out of the Talks; Nothing Will Be Written Down, But That Doesn't Matter


We'll still have our Narrative.

Brits: Iran nuke deal would be vague, unwritten


No specifics, nothing written, perhaps not even anything that Iran and the international negotiating partners say as one--that's the most to expect out of the nuclear talks now running up against the deadline in Switzerland, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Friday.

But even concluding this round of talks with that level of ambiguity, Hammond said, would count as a significant success. And he thinks they'll get it.

As has been often remarked, diplomats always say their efforts end in success. They are the most self-deceptive imbeciles in the world. No matter how they fail at their stated objectives, they say that whatever happened is a "success."

Just talking is a "success," you know.

"We envisage being able to deliver a narrative. Whether that is written down or not, I don’t think is the crucial issue,”This will be a political statement, or perhaps political statements from the [negotiating partners] and Iran which create enough momentum to make it clear that we've now got this boulder over the hill and we are into the detailed work to produce an agreement."

The "political statement" is that Iran gets its nuke and if Israel interferes they are guilty of war crimes.

The other political statement is that Barack Obama just gave Obamacare to the World.

Posted by Ace at 03:00 PM Comments

Of Course: Obama Now Turning on P5+1 Allies on Iran, Bullying Them Into Supporting a Bad Deal
The View From the French Security Establishment: Obama Is "Politically Naive," Thinks Iran Will Save Him In Syria and Iraq


You know it's a bad deal when even the French are calling it too French.

By the way, kudos to the Free Beacon and Adam Kredo for what seems to be scoop.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program.

A series of conversations between top American and French officials, including between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande, have seen Americans engage in behavior described as bullying by sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

The disagreement over France’s cautious position in regard to Iran threatens to erode U.S. relations with Paris, sources said.

Tension between Washington and Paris comes amid frustration by other U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. The White House responded to this criticism by engaging in public campaigns analysts worry will endanger American interests.

Benjamin Haddad, previously advisor to the French in negotiations and now a researcher at the Hudson Institute, said:

"The French want a deal, but they see no rush and repeat that Iranians need a deal more than we do, and that we shouldn't fix artificial deadlines that put more pressure on us than Iran."

But this "deal" is more about restraining Iran's enemies than Iran.


One source in Europe close to the ongoing diplomacy said the United States has begun to adopt a "harsh" stance toward its allies in Paris.

"There have been very harsh expressions of displeasure by the Americans toward French officials for raising substantive concerns about key elements of what the White House and State Department negotiators are willing to concede to Iran," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "That is because the clarifications expose just how weak the Americans' deal is shaping up to be."

Thanks to @redsteeze.

The French View: Here's a report on this from two days ago (March 25), in Le Fig.

Tensions Between France and the United States on Iran's Nukes

The negotiations between the great powers and Iran restart Thursday at Lausanne, while the deadline of March 31 approaches.


The French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, stated again to the Security Council: Iran's progress was "insufficient" for guaranteeing the longterm peaceful character of its nuclear program. We must have an agreement "robust" repeated Laurent Fabius [the Foreign Minister]. The tensions between the French and Americans concern many points of the deal, of which the technical details should be finalized June 30. Paris wants more [!!!!] restrictions on the program of Research and Development, in order to stop the Iranians from constructing even better centrifuges. France also wants the period of restriction to be 15 years rather than 10 [sought by Obama]. France is further skeptical of the idea of quickly suspending some UN sanctions. Barack Obama, say the French diplomats, seems to be ready to make concessions which are far removed from the objectives initially agreed to by the six great powers.

I should point out that France still thinks it's a great power, which is cute.

Then again, I guess we think that too.

"The differences are not made-up. At the core, it's about a strategic problem," comments Bruno Tertrais, director of research at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS). The White House wants to invest in the relationship with Iran for fixing the conflicts in the Middle East and especially in Syria and Iraq, where Teheran more and more openly pulls the strings. "It's political naivite. The White House has given in to illusions about the type of relationship that it thinks is possible to cultivate with Iran and of the possible positive consequences of an agreement on nukes on the [whole of the] Middle East," Tertrais further said.

Indeed, for long months, the French and Americans have no longer had the same definition of what would be a "bad deal."

So: Obama doesn't want to lead or even act in Syria and Iraq, and doesn't know what to do there.

So he's counting on Iran to fix these problems for him, and Iran is telling him the price of that is giving them their nukes.

And Obama, who never met a cop-out or "Present" vote he didn't like, is gung-ho to take that deal.

He will take any deal that gets him out to the golf-courses again.

BTW: This expert said this about Syria and Iraq two days ago -- but a White House source confirmed this was Obama's deluded thinking last night.

Posted by Ace at 01:48 PM Comments

Anonymous Officials: You Know, Bergdahl's Really A Hero. He Was Trying to Walk to the Nearest US Military Base to Report His Platoonmates' Wrongdoing.


They're the real villains here, you know.

There are no depths to which these monsters will not descend, JWF says, and he's right.

Team Obama-Bergdahl has trotted out this line before. The spin served with honor and distinction, just like Bergdahl.

All this crap about the unit being "unruly" concerned video of the troops not wearing helmets and armor in the field. Make no mistake, "armor discipline" is an important thing in the Army. But also make no mistake, you need to strictly enforce discipline to get troops to keep helmets and armor on, because they are heavy, hot, and uncomfortable. If you watch old Vietnam footage, you'll see troops without helmets all the time. And armor is even more rare.

Not wearing armor is a reason to get on the troops' leader, and give a talking to the troops. But this fairly minor event has been blown up by a media desperate to rescue Obama as possibly meaning... well, the picture they're trying to paint is that these troops went around killing and raping civilians, isn't it? When in fact their major sin was not wearing helmets.


Was He Going to Report on America's Wrongdoing?

Was He Planning On Reporting This Fellow Soldier's Wrongdoing?

Posted by Ace at 12:50 PM Comments

Open Thread


Georges Lemmen, "Snowy Evening" (1910)

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Morning Thread (3-27-2015)


Friday! Have a great weekend.

Posted by Andy at 06:11 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (3-26-2015)


Busy. Drinking. Not caring. Too unmotivated at the moment to give you the punishment and abuse you deserve. But considering outsourcing it to an Indian consulting service. Those guys will work for rupees and aren't hung up at all on ethics or US Laws.

Quote of the Day I

The latest man to score an interview with President Obama, Shane Smith, has conducted some hard-hitting interviews, including one with a Japanese sex doll.

Quote of the Day II

Friendly governments spy on friendly government. That's how friends make sure who are their real friends.

The way the U.S. allegedly found out Israel was spying on the nuke negotiations was because the U.S. was spying on Israel.

Quote of the Day III

There is a simple rule here, a rule of legislation, a rule of business, a rule of life: beyond a certain point, complexity is fraud. You can apply that rule to left-wing social programs, but you can also apply that rule to credit derivatives, hedge funds, all the rest of it.

-- PJ O'Rourke

Quote of the Day IV

Bill Clinton is not a hypocrite. If a man believes that it is just and moral to redistribute wealth, there is nothing hypocritical in his attempts to redistribute some of that wealth to himself.

-- PJ 'O'Rourke

Polarizing, Calculating, Disingenuous, Insincere, Ambitious, Inevitable, Entitled, Secretive, Will-Do-Anything-To-Win, Out-of-the-Past, Out-of-Touch Hillary Clinton

This Sign Was a Lie

In fact the Obama administration has been consistently undermining Nigeria's fight with Boko Haram. Either as part of a malevolent strategy or just general fecklessness.


Woo Hoo We're Number 13!

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Just so everyone understands: this document is not Obama's attempt to impose restraints on Iran. Rather, it is his attempt to impose restraints on The United States, and of course the Hated Jewish State of Israel.

Obama's real goal throughout this process has been to deliver Iran 8 unimpeded years of bomb research on his watch, and then bind the hands of his successor to guarantee Iran another 8-12+ years as well.

This entire process is designed to legitimize Iran's nuclear program so that the United States (and Israel) will be restrained from attacking Iran's bomb sites.

As usual, then, Obama's efforts are not directed towards safeguarding the US, but rather safeguarding the US' enemies, which are of course his allies.

The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.

U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran.


With the White House pressing to finalize a deal, U.S. diplomats have moved further away from their demands that Iran be subjected to oversight over its nuclear infrastructure.

"Instead of ensuring that Iran answers all the outstanding questions about the past and current military dimensions of their nuclear work in order to obtain sanctions relief, the U.S. is now revising down what they need to do," said the source. "That is a terrible mistake--if we don’t have a baseline to judge their past work, we can’t tell if they are cheating in the future, and if they won't answer now, before getting rewarded, why would they come clean in the future?"

I demand that Hillary Clinton be made to answer fully and frequently about her position on this treachery.

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Open Thread


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Hillary Super Fans Lay Down The Law On "Sexist" Words You Can't Use When Reporting on Hillary


They call themselves the "HRC Super Volunteers."

And boy hardy! Is that a fitting name!

"Now that we're gearing up into a presidential election, we are going to watch how the media reports again on Clinton," he said. "We support any Democrat, but we're very sensitive to media sexism."

In an email titled "Your Obsessive and Loathsome Coverage," West warned newsrooms this week that he and other Clinton supporters will be on the lookout for instances of sexism directed at the presumed Democratic Party nominee.

"We continue to experience vile and hateful responses anytime we speak out against sexist reporting, sexist comments, or post positive facts about Hillary Clinton and her record," read the email, which was obtained by the Examiner. "[W]e will not tolerate any form of sexist news coverage of any woman who chooses to break through glass ceilings; whether as a CEO or running for President of these United States."

The email, which was spearheaded by West, listed examples of the times newsrooms have supposedly been sexist towards Clinton, including a New York Times' report that she continued to "scramble in the dirt on the crabbed limbs of legal compliance," a Washington Post description of the 67-year-old as a "stale, musty" car, and a New Yorker description of her as "petulant."

A recipient of West's email, Times reporter Amy Chozick, noted on Twitter Wednesday that HRC Super Volunteers had contacted her. She then listed West's many examples of media's sexist descriptors for Clinton, including "polarizing," "calculating," "disingenuous," "insincere," "ambitious," "inevitable," "entitled" and "over-confident."

I don't see any mention there of "cankles."

F A K E ? ! ? ! That's what Ken White (Popehat) says, and now that he brings it up, this all does seem like a rightwing prankster.

Posted by Ace at 07:09 PM Comments

Amnesty International: Palestinian Rockets Killed More of Their Own Citizens Than Israeli Ones; Deadliest Attack on Palestinian Civilians During War Was a Misfiring Palestinian Rocket


Quick, let's condemn Israel some more for not building the Palestinians better terror rockets.

Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel.


The damning report urged armed Palestinian groups to end attacks on civilians in Israel and to protect those in the Gaza Strip from the effects of such attacks.

The militant group Hamas, which de facto rules Gaza and led fighting against Israel during the conflict, slammed the report as "biased" and accused Amnesty of being a "Zionist organisation".


Amnesty said rocket attacks had killed six civilians in Israel, including a child, but that other rockets aimed at the Jewish state had fallen short and killed at least 13 civilians, 11 of them children, in Gaza.

That was the deadliest own-goal, which Palestinian witnesses of course claimed had been fired by an Israeli F-16. In fact, an examination of the pieces of the weapon showed that it was a Palestinian rocket.

Obama was reportedly so angry about this report that he passed Ayatollah Khamenei the plans for the hydrogen bomb.

Posted by Ace at 06:08 PM Comments

Romney Shows Brian-Williams-Level Comedy Chops on Jimmy Fallon


Well, a lot better than Brian Williams.

I know this is a horrible post. I am looking for stuff. There's a lot of stuff but it all feels pawed-over, like, I can put up stuff about Germanwings but I have to think you've already thought all the thoughts you're going to think about that.

Oh well, there is this: Scott Walker says he doesn't support a pathway to citizenship for illegals, and says it's a lie to claim he "flip-flopped" into saying that, and Allah says he's a Big Liar in the first place, because he's always supported a pathway to citizenship and likely always will.

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Posted by Ace at 05:56 PM Comments

Building Explosion in NYC


What happened here is confused: First Shep Smith said it was a collapse which probably ruptured a gas line, now he has on a guy who says the event began with a first-floor explosion.

They don't know yet if people are trapped in the building.

The building is at 125 2nd Avenue, near 7th Street.

But based on that photo, there cannot possibly be any living people trapped.

Not much reported out in print yet.

But when life gives you lemons, make lemonaid.

Posted by Ace at 03:57 PM Comments

But the Crusades: Two Men, High Horse, Of Islamic Persuasion, The Inquisition, Plot Attack on National Guard Base, Jim Crow



U.S. Army National Guard soldier and his cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.


Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport while attempting to fly to Cairo, Egypt, the Justice Department said. Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his Aurora, Illinois, home.


"Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin, in a statement.

And no one is willing to publicly discuss reducing immigration from Muslim lands, despite the fact that distressingly high fraction of Muslims currently follow a creed of murder.

Nope! We're just going to have to occasionally be murdered, and at all times be poorer than we would otherwise be (an enormous intelligence service is expensive), because we somehow "owe it" to the Islamic world or something.

Because the Crusades.

Posted by Ace at 03:26 PM Comments

Obama Flack Josh Earnest: We Still Think We Did an Awesome Job in Yemen
Obama Spokesman Jen Psaki: We Still Think We Did an Awesome Job With Bergdahl



I sense a pattern here.

Josh Earnest: #YemenDenier.

Jen Psaki: #BergdahlDenier.


The Obama White House is just a Crisis Communications Shop. Everything is delay, distract, discredit, deny, destroy.*

It's just nothing but lies, spin, more lies, photo ops, human shields and Twitter games.

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Obama Administration Mulls Allowing Iranians To Enrich Their Bomb-Fuel In Fortified Underground Bunkers


Nothing says "peaceful civil nuclear energy program" like "fortified underground bunkers."

This is a move to attack Israel -- the only country with the stones to bomb their nuke sites.

This is more of Obama's vengeance.

Intriguingly, the AP first tweeted the headline that the Obama crew was considering letting Iran deploy its nuclear centrifuges underground. But it looks like the Obama administration didn't like that, and it looks like they told AP to drop the word "nuclear."

And guess what? That's exactly what AP did.

Now, as you'll see in a moment, the "deal" being mulled is that the centrifuges that Iran will put beyond the reach of Israeli bombs won't be allowed to enrich uranium.

A-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha, ha. Right. And what else would they be doing? Spin art?

What other centrifuges could they be talking about, apart from those that produce nuclear fuel?

Obama is now actively assisting Iran in its quest to nuke Tel Aviv.

So, Jewish Democrats who voted for Obama: How's Obama's ass taste?

The NYT:

As nuclear talks with Iran approach a critical deadline, the United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work at other sites, officials tell The Associated Press.

The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred centrifuges at its Fordo facility, although they would not be allowed to enrich uranium and would be subject to inspections, the officials said. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the number of centrifuges it runs at its Natanz facility and accept other restrictions on nuclear-related work.

Here's some more great news from our Pantywaist In Chief: Iran, get this, is trying to "avoid specifics" in its Nuke Deal, apart, that is, from Obama's okay to get a nuke.

Oh yeah, they also don't want to sign it.

From the NYT:

If an agreement to limit Iran's nuclear capability is reached by deadline in the next seven days, one thing may be missing: an actual written accord, signed by the Iranians.

Over the past few weeks, Iran has increasingly resisted any kind of formal "framework" agreement at this stage in the negotiations, preferring a more general statement of "understanding" followed by a final accord in June, according to Western diplomats involved in the talks.

Should that position hold -- one of the many unknowns of the coming days -- the United States and its five negotiating partners may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of describing the accord as they understand it while the Iranians go home to offer their own version.

Uncomfortable, or Part of the Plan?

Thanks to @redsteeze and @iowahawk for the last link.

Posted by Ace at 01:08 PM Comments

New IG Report: DEA Agents in Columbia Partied With Hookers Hired By the Drug Cartels


It gets worse.

Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had "sex parties" with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.

In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided "protection for the DEA agents' weapons and property during the parties," the report states. Ten DEA agents later admitted attending the parties, and some of the agents received suspensions of two to 10 days.

This probe was apparently originally instituted to investigate sexual harassment allegations at a bunch of agencies.

These prostitutes' services were straight-up bribes.

In government, if you have sex with the hookers hired by the criminals you're supposed to be watching, apparently some of you get a severe punishment of... a 2 to 10 day suspension.

Posted by Ace at 12:27 PM Comments

GOP: Let Us Show You Our Commitment To "Governing" By Adding Hundreds Of Billions Dollars To The National Debt


The House just voted to "permanently" deal with the Medicare "doc fix". Sure the deal cut between Pelosi and Boehner adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the debt but at least the GOP fought tooth and nail against it and made the vote close. It passed 329-37, with all of 34 Republicans voting against it. Oh.

Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have been in negotiations over the measure since January, and worked quietly to bring their members behind it.

Only 33 Republicans and 4 Democrats voted against the bill.

Pelosi praised the deal, saying it had been a “privilege” to work with Boehner “in a bipartisan way on this legislation.

"I hope it will be a model of things to come," she said.

Boehner likewise touted the bipartisanship, and argued pass of the bill was a step toward broader entitlement reform.

"This is what we can accomplish when we focus on finding common ground," he said.

Obama supports the bill as well.

And while we're handing out prizes, even Hillary Clinton gets a little something out of it. As part of the deal to get Democratic votes Boehner didn't need, he included a two year extension of CHIP at levels even George W. Bush thought was too high.

But everyone loves spending money on "the children" so the GOP threw it in to avoid having to fight about it later. And if it helps Hillary win in 2016, all the better I guess.

When Clinton ran for president in 2008, she touted her role as first lady in "designing and championing" the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which provided coverage for millions of children whose parents did not qualify for Medicaid but could not afford private insurance. At the time President Clinton signed the law in 1997, it constituted the largest expansion of government-funded children's health insurance since the enactment of Medicaid in 1965.

Now Republicans will say they had to do this because the yearly fixes were just, I don't know, too successful at curbing spending.

Others, meanwhile, have involved some real if very modest structural reforms allowing some more market pricing here and there. The latter two kinds of offsets, whatever their merits as health economics, are real cost cutters, and they have saved more than $150 billion over the past decade, according to CBO. In this sense, although the SGR itself has not worked, and although it has put Congress through an annual shaming, it actually has saved a significant amount of money—in fact it is probably the most successful cost-reduction mechanism in Medicare’s 50-year history. That isn’t saying much, but it’s something.

Whoa! Whoa! A program that actually cuts spending or at least doesn't add to the deficit and debt? We can't have that! What kind of monster are you?

Funny, but I don't recall this being the pitch back in November.

Can we stop pretending the GOP has anything to offer conservatives other than some sweet talk around election time that's promptly ignored?

Posted by DrewM. at 12:27 PM Comments

Want To Live The Rock Star Lifestyle But Don't Have Any Musical Ability? No Problem, Just Become A Federal Law Enforcement Agent!*


Sex parties with hookers and other gifts, all courtesy of your local Colombian drug cartel! All this can be yours if you just sign up to join the DEA or any of a number of other federal agencies.


The stunning allegations are part of an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct within DEA, FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The IG’s office found that DEA did not fully comply with its probe.


The “sex parties” in Colombia, though, were by far the most damaging allegations.

“The foreign officer allegedly arranged ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes funded by the local drug cartels for these DEA agents at their government-leased quarters, over a period of several years,” the IG report says.

“Although some of the DEA agents participating in these parties denied it, the information in the case file suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds. A foreign officer also alleged providing protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report said. “The foreign officers further alleged that in addition to soliciting prostitutes, three DEA SSAs [special agents] in particular were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.”

But don't worry, there's a price to be paid for such egregious behavior....suspensions of between 2 and 10 days. Thanks public worker unions!

Gee, why do some people feel the game is rigged against the serfs, er "average citizen" and in favor of members of the governing class.

*Rock star joke inspired by Matt Cover.

Posted by DrewM. at 10:51 AM Comments

Open Thread


Stanislav Zhukovsky, "Night in July" (1916)

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Morning Thread (3-26-2015)


Sooooo, about that "Yemen is a great example of Obama's Middle East policy" thing ... I agree!

Posted by Andy at 06:28 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (3-25-2015)


Busy. Been drinking. Not interested in your complaints. Just be glad you're not getting a punishment ONT. Or my oft threatened Yoko Ono Retrospective Week.

6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person

It's brutal, rude, and borderline sociopathic, and also it is an honest and accurate expression of what the world is going to expect from you. The difference is that, in the real world, people consider it so wrong to talk to you that way that they've decided it's better to simply let you keep failing.

...Alec Baldwin was nominated for an Oscar for that movie and that's the only scene he's in. As smarter people have pointed out, the genius of that speech is that half of the people who watch it think that the point of the scene is "Wow, what must it be like to have such an asshole boss?" and the other half think, "Fuck yes, let's go out and sell some goddamned real estate!"


Is Baldwin's character a jerk or a savior? The genius of the story is that half of you will have completely misunderstood it, and you like mint chutney and food stamps. The secret is at the beginning, at 0:15, where it is revealed that Alec Baldwin doesn't feel any of this, the whole speech is a work. If you were in that room, some of you would understand this as a work, but feed off the energy of the message anyway, welcome the coach's cursing at you, "this guy is awesome!"; while some of you would take it personally, this guy is a jerk, you have no right to talk to me like that, or-- the standard maneuver when narcissism is confronted with a greater power-- quietly seethe and fantasize about finding information that will out him as a hypocrite. So satisfying.

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One Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit in Germanwings Crash; Audio from Black Box Reveals Pilot Was Trying to Smash Down the Door



Yes it's as you expected.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

"The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer," the investigator said. "And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer."

He said, "You can hear he is trying to smash the door down."


"We don't know yet the reason why one of the guys went out," said the official, who requested anonymity because the investigation is continuing. "But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door."

What I assume, then, is that the man at the controls contrived to get the copilot to exit the cockpit, then locked him out, then deliberately murdered 149 innocent souls.

It is the man at the controls who did this, obviously, given that he never issued any distress calls like "My maniac copilot is trying to kill us."

People are now asking, as they should: What was this pilot's name?

Alternate Theory: Well, I don't see this as likely, but:

Sorry if this is a repeat but per Anna Puma earlier today this Airbus was at very very end of planned service life, and for reasons I do not know aviation experts were speculating today on aviation blogs that the windscreen may have failed leading to decompression/disabling of pilots (or pilot, alone on flight deck whose door only opened from inside).

-- rhomboid

Posted by Ace at 07:49 PM Comments

So Phil Robertson Is Yammering Again


I'm not a fan.

I find Nolte's apologetics on Robertson's behalf here faulty, but that's not the real fault I find with the defense.

Rather, the fault I find is with the automatic springing to this guy's defense, like he's An Hero of Christendom, when first of all, he's just a Reality TV Goon, not a Philosopher King, and second of all, don't we always criticize The Left for springing to Defend Their Own without thought?

Here then the words which apparently must be defended to the full:

"I'll make a bet with you. Two guys break into an atheist's home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And they can look at him and say, 'Isn't it great that I don't have to worry about being judged? Isn't it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?'

Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.'

If it happened to them, they probably would say, 'Something about this just ain't right.'

What Robertson says here is his own belief and he's welcome to them. I don't really care all that much about his thick-witted, chauvanistic belief system which he seems to have confused with Christianity. (A chauvanistic belief system is one which primarily tells the believer that Everything He Thinks Is Right and Good, like many idolatrous fake philosophies on the left.)

It's not that what he says is sooo terrible, but if you say he's not doing some "fantasizing" here you're lying, either to me or yourself, because this is in perfect accord with the various "When you're being tortured in Hell, you'll know I was right and you were stupid" sort of Salvation Baiting which most Christians know enough to avoid, but which some occasionally lapse into when they're not looking.

I mean, this is such a childishly indulgent fantasy: "Well I can't wait until X happens and then God proves I was right all along..."

Intelligent, mature people do not speak this way. Oh, they think this way, to be sure: I'll cop to having these kind of childish indulgent fantasies -- "And then they'll all know I was right!" -- several times a month.

But adults try not to let them get on the outside of one's brain, because, honestly, these Vindication Fantasies are just embarrassing as shit for anyone but a nine-year-old.

And his ideation here is all wrong and ignorant. No, atheists do not believe, as he lays out, that there actually is a God, but we shall choose to actively disbelieve in him so as to avoid "being judged."

This is such a foolish notion of being godless that I doubt Robertson's thoughts on God can be much deeper. I don't know if one can really be a good atheist without having at least an appreciation for religion, and I don't think someone can really, truly believe in God, and have that Faith mean anything, unless he sort of understands the reasons for Doubt.

In Robertson's ignorant telling, everyone knows God exists, really -- there is no Doubt, you see -- but then some Wicked Children decide "We don't wanna be judged!" and so we spit in His face.

This is absurd. If anyone knew for a fact that there was a God abroad in the Heavens who intended to Condemn him to Hellish Torment for Eternity for the sin of not Believing in Him, then that person would of course believe in God.

In other words, if you Believe in God, then yes, you Believe in God.

People do not believe in God because they want to "sin without judgment." They don't believe in God because, get this, they just don't believe in God. The existence, or nonexistence, of God is the first and only step in this process; no one reasons backwards to it after deciding "I'd like to be judged by a Deity, so I believe in God" or "You know, I'd rather not be judged by a Deity, so I shall deny His existence."

This is crude, puerile crap. It is not really "offensive," except to the extent that all stupid, ignorant, crude and puerile things ought to vaguely offend anyone of taste and intellect and self-respect.

Again, I'm not really offended in the way the left says "I'm offended!" His words do not hurt me at all; nor his stupid, beefwitted ideas, or his crude conception of Christianity as a Fat Book Telling Me I'm Just Perfect. I don't want him fired, or disciplined, or boycotted.

But he is wrong, wrong and juvenile and puerile and self-indulgent, and I'll tell him that, including to his face, if he likes.

And I won't say "Everything Phil Robertson says is just perfect because 1, he's a Christian, 2, he's vaguely on my side, and 3, he's famous and on Television!"

I don't care that he's on TV. I don't care that he's famous.

I don't care that many people are going to inform me that Phil Robertson is higher on the Conservatively Correct Pecking Order, and that he is "important' whereas I am not.

Someone's "importance" has no bearing on whether what they say is true or not.

I don't care about any of that, or teams, or any of this tribalistic bullshit.

He said something stupid.

Someone should say it's stupid.

There, I just did.

Posted by Ace at 06:38 PM Comments

Liberals Trash New Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart Movie "Get Hard" as Racist, Homophobic and In All Ways Problematic


I can't say I'm too bothered by this.

If you truck with envenomed weaklings incapable of anything other than Witch Hunts and Outrage Seizures, you kind of deserve what you get.

Plus, the movie doesn't really look all that funny.

So anyway f*** Will Ferrell. All I can say is that I hope that enough liberals get damaged by this dark lunacy that has descended on the country that they are forced to do something about.

If anyone can tackle race-based humor without stirring the P.C. police, it’s Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Right?


Their first movie together, the March 27 release "Get Hard," should be an early spring smash. Only the film's sneak screening at the SXSW festival in Austin was anything but a box office coronation. It was a virtual pitchforks and flaming torches affair.

"Get Hard" casts Ferrell as a casually racist investment banker brought down for a crime he didn’t commit. To prep for prison, he hires a black car wash attendant (Hart) to teach him how to survive in the Big House. He just assumes Hart’s character is a thug, even though he’s a squeaky clean family man. Let the barrage of racial stereotypes commence.

The hipster throng greeted Ferrell and Hart like rock stars prior to the screening. But when the duo left and director Etan Cohen handled the post-screening Q&A, things got ugly. Think a particularly nasty Twitter conversation where nuance gets shoved aside.


"This film seemed racist as f--," one attendee said. That person wasn’t alone. summed up the screening's combustible spirit, while adding other elements of the film were similarly troubling: "Alison Brie also steps in as Ferrell's 'cartoonishly materialistic fiancee,' with Craig T. Nelson playing her cash-rich father, in a portrayal that feels sexist. Variety also blew the whistle on the film's "offensive" humor with its early review. “If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy 'Get Hard.'"

Another Variety story suggested the fact that Ferrell’s character isn't eager to perform oral sex on a man might be "homophobic."

Yup, it is now homophobic that a man should not want to s*** a man's d***. That's where we are.

Christian Toto talks about "politically incorrect" films like Blazing Saddles. I don't even think that's it.

Blazing Saddles employed both sorts of racial humor: politically incorrect racial humor and what was once a politically correct style of racial humor, in which the racist is actually the target.

It's the difference between an ironic gag and a non-ironic gag. If I say something like "Chinese people are all good at math and have mystical powers, like elves," I'm not really making a joke about Chinese people -- I'm making a joke about silly conceptions about Chinese people.

Anyway, Blazing Saddles had some straight-ahead racial jokes but it was mostly the more acceptable -- until recently -- ironic racial joke, in which it is actually racist attitudes which are targeted.

Now, I have not seen Get Hard so I can't say this for sure, but I"m going to go ahead and assume, with 99.99% confidence, that it is all the hitherto-acceptable sort of ironic "racial" joke which is really about outdated racial attitudes.

Like Anchorman. No one really thought that film was adopting Ron Burgundy's stance on the inferiority of women, did they? No, of course not; the film was pretty obviously goofing on Ron Burgundy's position.

Will Ferrell is a Big Liberal Pussy and has never done anything to go against the Liberal Party Line, ever; I don't think he's doing so in this disposable nothing of a movie.

I think he's just goofing on outdated racial attitudes again, like he did in Anchorman 2 (NSFW).

But here's the problem: The Outrage Militants are now so militant that even jokes about racism are no longer acceptable, because, by even joking about it, some Terrible Evils might follow:

Racists may not be clever enough to realize the racially-tinged jokes are about racism itself, and are lampooning, rather than championing, racist attitudes, and thus may enjoy the racial jokes without realizing they're supposed to be chastised by them.

And we can't have Racists deriving accidental, incidental pleasure due to their failure to understand.

In addition, some Sensitive But Not Really Clever members of the viewing audience might themselves be Offended By and even Triggered by messaging that is too complex for them to understand. They might mistake Justine Sacco's joke about White Privilege for a political manifesto in support of White Privilege, for example.

As we cannot permit even a single person to be Offended, we must guarantee that all messaging shall be incapable of being misread.

the New Code of Politically Informed Art requires that each Message be pounded with such simpleminded repetitiveness straightforwardness that there is no chance even a dullard could miss the intent.

Subtlety may lead to mistaken impressions, and mistaken impressions are the Devil's Playground.

No art is allowed to be subtle, ironic, nuanced, ambivalent, or questioning any longer. All True Art serves Humanity, and Humanity is only served by childishly-simple and evangelically-direct Pro-Social messages about Racism being bad.

You can't hint that racism is bad, or leave the viewer free to figure out it's bad based on the events contained in your film: Characters must explicitly declare it to be bad, frequently and always, or else the film is "racist."

Millennials are really rather stupid. A friend of mine is in contact with the Younger Generation through his, let us say, Christian Outreach Program, and he was telling me what dullards they are. He told a group that over the weekend he had been to his Mexican friend's wedding. He offered his opinion that Mexican weddings were his favorite, because he liked the food, the beer, the dancing, and the dresses Mexican girls wore.

A whitebread bougie girl turned to him sharply: "That's racist," she informed him.

And she was not kidding, either.

Sure, move past the fact that he was praising Mexican culture. Move past the fact that the story necessarily advertises his close friendship with a Mexican guy.

It's racist because it mentions race.

That is where we are now: Any mention of race, at all, is inherently "racist" to the morons.

Even NPR was a little butthurt that what was once a serious allegation was being treated, by the young and ignorant, as something you just say because you can't think of anything else.

The only way a mention of race is not racist is if that mention of race is made to 1, Explicitly praise that Race for being oppressed by The White Man, or 2, to otherwise advance an expressly leftwing Racial Justice agenda.

Thus, for example, it is not racist to say "The GOP is full of white people," knocking them for the demographic fact that there aren't too many black or minority voters in the party.

If, however, you say, as a Republican, "We need to increase the white vote to win," that is racist.

Note that in both cases, both speakers are referencing the obvious reality that the Democratic Party is majority minority and the GOP is majority white, but in the first case, the mention is Not Racist because it seeks to advance Democrat/leftist interests, whereas the second statement Is Racist because it seeks to thwart those interests.

So that's where we are. A movie which almost certainly pokes racists for being silly is now itself "Racist," because the militant identity politics mobs were too stupid to pick up on a not-subtle-at-all message.

Posted by Ace at 04:33 PM Comments

Bowe Bergdahl, For Whom Obama "Traded" Five Terrorists, To Be Charged With Desertion


Thank you for "trading" terrorists to get this fine American boy back, Mr. President.

I put "trading" in quotes because Obama just wants excuses to release terrorists -- the "trade" here is a pretext to do what he already wished to do.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years after leaving his remote post in Afghanistan, has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, according to a source familiar with the case.

My Favorite Move... of the leftwing press is its constant use of the Passive Voice to get across its own beliefs and desires without admitting whose beliefs and desires these are.

For example, two weeks ago I saw the headline: Tom Cotton Finds Himself on Defensive After Iran Letter. Finds himself on defensive from whom? well, from the Press, naturally, but they don't want to admit they themselves are driving this story and therefore the subject of this story, so they write the headline to obscure just who it is that Cotton finds himself on the defensive against.

They do this with "Raises Questions" all the time, too. Scott Walker Campaign Raises Questions About Transparency is a made-up headline along these lines.

Anyway, the NYT wants you to know that a vague mass of people, who they will not name, does not have much "appetite" for seeing Bergdahl serve time in jail.

Posted by Ace at 02:58 PM Comments

WH Doubles Down on "Reformer" Alejandro Mayorkas


To recap: The Deputy Homeland Security Advisor has the "appearance" of being corrupt and doing Big Dollar favors for connected Democrats, says the Inspector General of the DHS.

Just so you understand the Ca$h Money Ju$tice angle here: The EB-5 program grants permanent resident visas to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in a US company.

Well, if you're a leftist connected to the Obama Administration, then, and want a lot of foreign money given to you in the form of "investments," you would certainly want to make sure your Big Dollar "Investment" Investors are getting their Cash Money Green Cards from the DHS, right?

You wouldn't want those held up, right? You wouldn't want them, egads, denied over security concerns, right?

No, you'd want your Cash Money Partners to get their Cash Money Green Cards that they paid for. Otherwise, what would be the point in investing in your Government Subsidized Boondoggle?

The Washington Times:

Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the department's legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and "created an appearance of favoritism and special access" for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded.

Inspector General John Roth said the cases involved major Democrats: former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Sen. Harry Reid, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Anthony Rodham, brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In each case, pressure from those individuals helped earn favorable treatment, Mr. Roth said

And dig this: There are some real security risks attached to some of these new fellow American residents.

Five different Homeland Security whistleblowers spoke with ABC News about a range of cases where visas were approved despite numerous red flags. They said objections were often ignored because the immigration program is so popular within the Obama Administration and with members of Congress from both parties. As the EB-5 visa program has grown in popularity, the programs critics have become increasingly concerned about the administration’s failure to adequately address abuses that have continued to surface.

"It is shocking," Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican said at the time. "Particularly when you have F.B.I. and other law enforcement agencies that are saying national security could be compromised or is being compromised -- that's enough for us to be concerned."


The Inspector General report released Tuesday said investigators had interviewed 15 whistleblowers, a group that included "very senior" department officials and attorneys "who each had direct contact with Mr. Mayorkas and were in a position to witness the events."

"Each conveyed the same factual scenario,” the report said. "Certain applicants and stakeholders received preferential access to DHS leadership and preferential treatment in either the handling of their application or petition or regarding the merits of the application or petition… Many witnesses provided emails, written contemporaneously with the events, to support their allegations of special access and treatment."


One of the projects studied in the report – the electric car start-up venture once overseen by McAuliffe and supported by Rodham – has already proven to be politically combustible.

The immigrant funding became fodder for attacks on McAuliffe during his 2013 run for governor. McAuliffe was accused by political opponents of trying to prod Mayorkas and later then-Sec. Janet Napolitano to approve visas for investors more quickly. He denied, however, that he sought undue influence. Rodham oversaw the EB-5 financing aspect of the business through a separate venture, called Gulf Coast Funds Management Regional Center. He also emailed Mayorkas in a push to speed up processing of immigrant visas, the report says.


When it appeared the electric car venture was headed for a denial, "Mr. Mayorkas told his staff that he wanted to review the decision..." the report says. "Many EB-5 officials found this highly unusual because past USCIS Directors typically had not scrutinized individual decisions; they found this level of scrutiny unsettling."

When Hillary Clinton's brother calls up to say "My 'investors' aren't getting the Cash Money Green Cards they paid for!!!," you need a man like Mayorkas to Get Cash Money Returns on Your Investments.

Now, when the White House found out about this, they went into their standard "We learned about this when you did" and "We're as outraged as anybody" act.

Kidding! They actually defended him to the hilt, calling him a "decorated civil servant" and "tireless reformer," who was Just Tryin' To Help a Brotha Out with this burdensome EB-5 system.

Watch that video. I'll wait.

Mayorkas says he was jus' tryin' to fix a "broken system." Broken in the sense, I guess, that it wasn't Delivering Deliverables to Democratic Donors and Henchmen at a rapid enough pace.

And they're defending it.

Because they don't care.

All the masks have come off.

Posted by Ace at 02:18 PM Comments

BBC Confirms: Jeremy Clarkson to be Fired from Top Gear


End of the run.

I don't have a strong opinion on this. I do have a suspicion, though.

My suspicion is this: Despite the fact that I find myself nodding in agreement with Lord Hall's pronouncements that we must not have a different standard for those of high rank or public popularity, I believe that Britain does have precisely such double-standards, as does the BBC. The BBC, after all, let Jimmy Saville go around raping children for 40 years.

What I believe is that the left invokes General Principle and a Controlling Rule when it takes an unpopular position, claiming there are no exceptions to the rule.

The rule may be stern and unforgiving, the left tells us, but the rule is the rule, and society will fall if we admit exceptions to it.

It is only later, when the left wishes to spare one of its own from the stern application of the Controlling Rule that they suddenly inform you, "Oh well there are some exceptions here and there, you know."

When the Rule supports the Left, they invoke the Rule, and claim there are no exceptions possible in it; when the Rule runs against the Left, they start telling you that the Rule is cruel and senseless, unless it is supplemented by lots of humane Exceptions and Caveats.

In other words: They are always dishonest.

And make no mistake, the Left has it in for Jeremy Clarkson. He's said a few extremely minor racially "problematic" things, for which the vicious left has called for his head before.

So I can't fully disagree with the rule announced here: No exceptions. If you slap a producer (or whatever), you get fired.

But my very strong suspicion is that the next time a popular (within the left) BBC lefty gets in trouble for raping children, the BBC will say, "Well, you know Old Chap, in a Perfect World our presenters wouldn't be raping children, but in the real world, we have to expect a rape here or there..."

Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed after an "unprovoked physical attack" on a Top Gear producer, the BBC's director general has confirmed.

Tony Hall said he had "not taken this decision lightly" and recognised it would "divide opinion".

However, he added "a line has been crossed" and he "cannot condone what has happened on this occasion".

Clarkson was suspended on 10 March, following what was called a "fracas" with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon.

The row, which took place in a Yorkshire hotel, was said to have occurred because no hot food was provided following a day's filming.

An internal investigation began last week, led by Ken MacQuarrie, the director of BBC Scotland.

It found that Mr Tymon took himself to hospital after he was subject to an "unprovoked physical and verbal attack".

"During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip."


"For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations."

Yes well in two months, when a lefty's job is threatened, we will hear no more about the urgent need of one unforgiving standard.

I Didn't Even Have to Wait Two Months: In fact, the BBC is already punishing the Jimmy Saville whistleblowers for, I assume, making life difficult for those of high rank within the organization.

Nobody from John Humphrys in the morning to Evan Davis at night dares mention a scandal at the BBC. It undermines their reporting of every abuse whistleblowers reveal. It reinforces the dirty common sense of British life that you must keep your head down if you want to keep your job.

The scandal is simply this: the BBC is forcing out or demoting the journalists who exposed Jimmy Savile as a voracious abuser of girls. As Meirion Jones put it to me: "There is a small group of powerful people at the BBC who think it would have been better if the truth about Savile had never come out. And they aim to punish the reporters who revealed it."

I can't really quote more because the rest of it is proving this allegation by telling the stories of the people who worked on the Savile story being forced out of their jobs. I'd have to quote too much to present the evidence.

But it is worth reading.

Posted by Ace at 01:00 PM Comments

The Gay Sweater


They made, allegedly, this alleged sweater out of the... hair of 100 LGBT children.

Children, incidentally.

The final phase of a creepy cult is this: They actively want you to know they're creepy, because they're creepy for their Strange Gods.

Posted by Ace at 12:04 PM Comments

Open Thread


Frederic Edwin Church, "Aurora Borealis" (1865)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:45 AM Comments

Open Thread


Busy work day.

Added [rdbrewer]:

Ben's busy morning...

Posted by BenK at 09:05 AM Comments

Morning Thread (3-25-2015)


Hump day.

Posted by Andy at 06:43 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (3-24-2015) – “Smart but very, very vulgar” Edition


Busy. No traveling. But still committed to giving you teh suck you need.

Quote of the Day I

Imagine, painfully, a 2015 remake of The Breakfast Club.

-- PJ O'Rourke

Quote of the Day II

The interesting thing about staring down a gun barrel is how small the hole is where the bullet comes out, yet what a big difference it would make in your social schedule.

--PJ O'Rourke in Holidays in Hell

Quote of the Day III

There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.

-- PJ O'Rourke

Quote of the Day IV

da most biewteous thang in da whole wide world iz friendship. yiew choose dem outta all da billion trillion and beyond dey are da onez dat days seem toooo short with.... Yiew wish dey could just go on foreva (that's why sometimes yiew skip da sleepin part) i am layin in da gra$$ lookin up at all da clouds and tryin to even get a lil solaaaa gaze action jusss bein still ... & bein thankful. biewty is all around us and we izzzz so lucky to be on dis planet. (I mean seriously wtf are the chances we all meet da onez we love) Feeling supaaaa blisssssed or maybe I'm juzzzz stoned

-- Miley Cyrus speaking in tongues because a dude or something

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:35 PM Comments

News Stuff, Plus a Dog


As corrupt as the night is dark.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the former director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, favored projects championed by Nevada U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham, according to an explosive new report from the Department of Homeland Security inspector’s general (IG).

The IG concluded its investigation into whether Mayorkas, now the deputy secretary at DHS, "exerted improper influence" in the adjudication of the Employee-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5), which allows aliens to invest $500,000 in U.S. companies in order to gain residency for themselves and their families.

And indeed, the IG determined that Mayorkas did improperly exert his influence, and on behalf of companies with ties to Reid, McAuliffe, and Rodham.

"Mayorkas communicated with stakeholders on substantive issues, outside of the normal adjudicatory process, and intervened with the career USCIS staff in ways that benefited the stakeholders," the report reads, noting that in each of those cases the outcome would have been different if not for Mayorkas' intervention.


The IG, which began its investigations in Sept. 2012, also found that the number and variety of witnesses was “highly unusual” and characterized Mayorkas' level of intervention as "unprecedented."


In an unrelated case, Rodham’s position with Gulf Coast earned him a spot on the board of a gold mining company with interests in Haiti. Rodham met the owner of that company, VCS Mining, at an event for the Clinton Global Initiative, his sister's "charity."

I put the quotes around "charity" myself there at the end.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama slowing the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

A lot of soldiers are going to be left in an indefensibly weak position, just so Obama can say he's not blowing Afghanistan in exactly the same way he blew Iraq.

resident Barack Obama on Tuesday reversed plans to withdraw about 5,000 US troops from Afghanistan this year, an overture to the country's new reform-minded leader.

Hosting Ashraf Ghani at the White House for a first presidential head-to-head, Obama agreed to keep the current level of 9,800 US troops in the war-torn country until the end of 2015.

"President Ghani had requested some flexibility on our drawdown timelines," Obama said at a joint news conference, adding a decision to meet that request "reflects our reinvigorated partnership with Afghanistan."

By the way, he called Ghani "Karzai" during the event, because he's a just-barely-average-IQ idiot who's also lazy.

This AP reporter, Mike Lee, has some questions for the State Department's resident Dummy Jen Psaki.

Obama, who hates Israel and is also kind of anti-semitic, may push to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, because of Butthurt.

The WSJ says of Obama's Mean Girlish temper tantrums: Americans and the world is left to wonder just whose side Mr. Obama is on.

And, as promised, Fritz the Golden Retriever, a dog who catches food in his mouth the way Barack Obama governs.

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Posted by Ace at 07:50 PM Comments

New Yorker Magazine: Hispanic Candidate Ted Cruz Is "Uppity"


My my my.

Every single thing they claim to believe in is a lie. Every. Single. Thing.

Posted by Ace at 07:22 PM Comments

NUS Woman's Campaign Proven to Be Rightwing Hoax Designed to Make All Feminists Look Shrieky and Hysterical


It must be, right?

She deleted that tweet, but Twitchy grabbed up on it first.

I got the next several articles from Instapundit and Powerline.

Powerline suggests the these attacks on the New Salem may represent a liberal revolt against this.

Maybe. However, in my experience, most liberals are fairly weak, and buy into Marxism's complaint that liberalism is an inauthentic political philosophy which empowers the Capitalist class or whatever. Thus, liberals believe Marxists when Marxists say liberals are weak and traitors to their class and really should just defer to Marxists.

So my guess is that liberals will continue being worthless, and continuing deferring to and empowering Marxists, and continue seeing a soft Marxism as the path of least resistance.

This is great article by film professor Laura Kipnis in the Chronicle of Higher Education decrying the "Sexual Paranoia" which has swept through the academy.

Kipnis argues that professors should be free to have sex with their students (and vice versa), as it used to be, back when she was younger.

You can disagree with that as you like, but the enforcers of the New Morality aren't doing so out of deference to the Old Morality; they're outlawing sex in order to vindicate far-left feminist concepts of the Woman as the Eternal Victim. And of course of "power disparities" and all the rest of it.

The whole thing is a great read. I'll just quote some of her more piquant moments.

It's the fiction of the all-powerful professor embedded in the new campus codes that appalls me. And the kowtowing to the fiction--kowtowing wrapped in a vaguely feminist air of rectitude. If this is feminism, it's feminism hijacked by melodrama. The melodramatic imagination's obsession with helpless victims and powerful predators is what’s shaping the conversation of the moment, to the detriment of those whose interests are supposedly being protected, namely students. The result? Students' sense of vulnerability is skyrocketing.


The climate of sanctimony about student vulnerability has grown impenetrable. No one dares question it lest you’re labeled antifeminist, or worse, a sex criminal.


To a cultural critic, the representation of emotion in all these documents plays to the gallery. The student charges that she "suffered and will continue to suffer humiliation, mental and emotional anguish, anxiety, and distress." As I read through the complaint, it struck me that the lawsuit and our new consensual-relations code share a common set of tropes, and a certain narrative inevitability. In both, students and professors are stock characters in a predetermined story. According to the code, students are putty in the hands of all-powerful professors. According to the lawsuit, the student was virtually a rag doll, taken advantage of by a skillful predator who scripted a drunken evening of galleries and bars, all for the opportunity of some groping.

Everywhere on campuses today you find scholars whose work elaborates sophisticated models of power and agency. It would be hard to overstate the influence, across disciplines, of Michel Foucault, whose signature idea was that power has no permanent address or valence. Yet our workplaces themselves are promulgating the crudest version of top-down power imaginable, recasting the professoriate as Snidely Whiplashes twirling our mustaches and students as helpless damsels tied to railroad tracks. Students lack volition and independent desires of their own; professors are would-be coercers with dastardly plans to corrupt the innocent.


There was more, but my eye was struck by the word "survivor," which was repeated several times. Wouldn’t the proper term be "accuser"? How can someone be referred to as a survivor before a finding on the accusation--assuming we don’t want to predetermine the guilt of the accused, that is. At the risk of sounding like some bow-tied neocon columnist, this is also a horrifying perversion of the language by people who should know better. Are you seriously telling me, I wanted to ask the Title IX Committee, that the same term now encompasses both someone allegedly groped by a professor and my great-aunt, who lived through the Nazi death camps? I emailed an inquiry to this effect to the university’s general counsel, one of the email’s signatories, but got no reply.

Do you think she should be fired for that pro-rape article? No?

Well your opinion doesn't matter. The feminists say she should be, and they're all that matters.

At the Nation, Michele Goldberg (who's written about the nastily smothering new feminist sex-panic militancy before) talks with Laura Kipnis.

You need to know that Kipnis is being personally protested for the violent, pro-rape column you just read parts of.

Last Monday, about thirty Northwestern anti-rape activists marched to their school's administrative center carrying mattresses and pillows. The event was a deliberate echo of the performance art project of Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz, who is lugging a mattress everywhere she goes on campus for a year to draw attention to the university's failure to expel her alleged rapist. At Northwestern, the target of the protest was not a person accused of assault, but the provocative feminist film professor Laura Kipnis. Her offense was penning a February essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education, titled "Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe,: which argues against her school’s ban on sex between professors and students, and more broadly against the growing obsession with trauma and vulnerability among feminists on campus.


As the protesters wrote on a Facebook page for their event, they wanted the administration to do something about "the violence expressed by Kipnis' message." Their petition called for "swift, official condemnation of the sentiments expressed by Professor Kipnis in her inflammatory article," and demanded "that in the future, this sort of response comes automatically." (University President Morton Schapiro told The Daily Northwestern, a student newspaper, that he would consider it, and the students will soon be meeting with the school’s Vice President for Student Affairs to further press their case.) Jazz Stephens, one of the march’s organizers, described Kipnis's ideas as "terrifying." Another student told The Daily Northwestern that she was considering bringing a formal complaint because she believes that Kipnis was mocking her concerns about being triggered in a film class, concerns she’d confided privately. "I would like to see some sort of repercussions just so she understands the effect something like this has on her students and her class," said the student, who Kipnis hadn't named.

Kipnis could hardly have invented a response that so neatly proved her argument. Not the argument about prohibiting student-teacher sex--there's still a good case to be made for that... Yet the reaction to Kipnis--the demands for official censure, the claims of emotional injury--demonstrated how correct she is about the broader climate. "The new codes sweeping American campuses aren't just a striking abridgment of everyone’s freedom, they’re also intellectually embarrassing," she wrote. "Sexual paranoia reigns; students are trauma cases waiting to happen."

I'll send you over there to read what more Kipnis has to say.

A professor takes to Tumblr to agree with Kipniss.

I’ve been in academe for about a decade now, and the only professors I’ve known who have slept with or dated students were female....

But lately I've noticed a marked, very loud silence from these professors and instructors, the ones who dated students. See, there’s a big kerfuffle going on about a female Northwestern professor, Laura Kipnis, who made the mistake of speaking honestly on the internet. She said that blanket bans on teacher-student relationships were dumb and infantilizing. In response, students and colleagues have called for her to be formally censured. And out of the several female professors I've known to have engaged in relationships with students, not a one has lent Kipnis a single word of support.

This isn't an issue of hypocrisy. This is a matter of real, palpable fear. Saying anything that goes against liberal orthodoxy is now grounds for a firin'. Even if you make a reasonable and respectful case, if you so much as cause your liberal students a second of complication or doubt you face the risk of demonstrations, public call-outs, and severe professional consequences. My friends and colleagues might well agree that the student-teacher relationship ban is misguided, but they’re not allowed to say as much in public.

C-can you guys see the problem, here?

Personally, liberal students scare the shit out of me. I know how to get conservative students to question their beliefs and confront awful truths, and I know that, should one of these conservative students make a facebook page calling me a communist or else seek to formally protest my liberal lies, the university would have my back. I would not get fired for pissing off a Republican, so long as I did so respectfully, and so long as it happened in the course of legitimate classroom instruction.

The same cannot be said of liberal students. All it takes is one slip--not even an outright challenging of their beliefs, but even momentarily exposing them to any uncomfortable thought or imagery--and that's it, your classroom is triggering, you are insensitive, kids are bringing mattresses to your office hours and there’s a twitter petition out demanding you chop off your hand in repentance.

Indeed, this has grown so foully toxic that even the New York Times is compelled to note that something smells rotten among their Fellow Travelers.

But why are students so eager to self-infantilize? Their parents should probably share the blame. Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, wrote on Slate last month that although universities cosset students more than they used to, that’s what they have to do, because today’s undergraduates are more puerile than their predecessors. "Perhaps overprogrammed children engineered to the specifications of college admissions offices no longer experience the risks and challenges that breed maturity," he wrote. But "if college students are children, then they should be protected like children."

Another reason students resort to the quasi-medicalized terminology of trauma is that it forces administrators to respond. Universities are in a double bind. They’re required by two civil-rights statutes, Title VII and Title IX, to ensure that their campuses don't create a "hostile environment" for women and other groups subject to harassment. However, universities are not supposed to go too far in suppressing free speech, either. If a university cancels a talk or punishes a professor and a lawsuit ensues, history suggests that the university will lose. But if officials don’t censure or don't prevent speech that may inflict psychological damage on a member of a protected class, they risk fostering a hostile environment and prompting an investigation. As a result, students who say they feel unsafe are more likely to be heard than students who demand censorship on other grounds.

This article is worth reading (all of them are, this is gripping, frightening, lunatic stuff) but she glances over an obvious explanation:

Just like as was the case in Salem, lodging an accusation which cannot be disproven and which must be taken as true by your Holy Dogmas is an extremely "empowering" thing for weaklings without any power.

Yes, kids like bossing adults around. It's an old fantasy that every child has. And our current children -- children until 26 -- are the most coddled and fantasy-addled in all of human history.

This is a case of the lunatics running the asylum, as teachers and faculties are now scared shitless of the administrative punishments and harridan disciplines that the students will impose on them.

Eh, they all deserve each other.

Let it burn? I give that sentiment Jazz-Hands.

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