REUNION OF GIANTS: The Only Two Avro Lancasters [CBD]
7377 built, and these two are the only ones flying. A documentary of the project and the flights of these last two bombers to Lincolnshire, where they flew together, will be released this summer.
It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster Bombers flew side by side. These marvels of mechanical engineering, part of a proud lineage that is credited with bringing an end to WWII, finally met high above the English Countryside this past summer. Making that reunion possible was a monumental task.
In early August, The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Avro Lancaster, Vera, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper--the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster Bomber in the world--the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster in England. It was a mission unlike any other this Lancaster had ever undertaken; flying thousands of miles across the ocean, requiring multiple landings on remote runways from Goosebay to Iceland to make it across the vast Atlantic Ocean, and a crew that was on their own, far away from any mechanical support or facilities that keep the plane flying. If anything went wrong, needed to be repaired or replaced, they had very limited options to get the Lancaster flight worthy to continue the journey.
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Fundamental Concepts – Slavery [Weirddave]
A few weeks back I went to Mount Vernon. I took lots of pictures of the grounds, many of which will be featured in the garden thread later today. Anyone who has the opportunity should definitely visit Mount Vernon, especially if you have an historical bent. The tours are well done and there is a plethora of information about George Washington and life presented that is truly fascinating and well worth your time. There's just one thing that bugged me about the entire experience that bugged me, and that's that all too often the purpose of the tour seemed to be to beat you over the head with the fact that “George Washington kept slaves!”. “George Washington kept SLAVES!” “GEORGE WASHINGTON KEPT SLAVES, DID YOU HEAR? SLAVES!!!”. It is an exaggeration to say that visitors are greeted “Welcome to Mount Vernon, a colonial era plantations that was home to 300 slaves and some guy named George”, but not that much of one.
Let me get this out of the way right up front. In no way, shape or form is this a defense of slavery. Slavery is a vile institution, a stain upon the history of this country, and may ultimately prove to be the one thing that ensured that we would lose the Republic we were designed to inherit. The authoritarian policies that the US had to adopt to end the scourge of slavery have borne bitter, bitter fruit indeed in the Leviathan that today enslaves all of us in chains that are in many ways harsher than the physical chains forced upon enslaved blacks. An historian observing American history from a thousand years in the future may very well conclude that slavery was the poison pill that we were never able to overcome.
What's missing from the conversation is context. Slavery is a horrible, dehumanizing, awful thing, but it is a horrible, dehumanizing, awful thing that has been practiced by every group, society and race of humans in history. Yes, many of the Founding Fathers were slave owners. So were everybody else in the world at the time. What's different about the time of America's founding is that in America, and in the Christian West, the idea that owning another human being was simply a right was being challenged, ultimately successfully.
Think of it this way: You're an alien race who stumbles across Earth 3500 years ago. Using your advanced technology, you survey the entire planet and notice that the dominant life form is a group of talking monkeys living in tribal societies, and one of the things that all of these societies have in common is that all of them enslave other monkeys for their labor. You fly away with your report, and Alien Star Command puts Earth on a list to be observed periodically. Every hundred years a space ship comes back, and each time their report notes slavery, all over the planet. This would have been the norm for millennia, until the 1700s when the occupants of the western part of the greater continental mass began to agitate for the abolition of slavery, based upon the teachings of a philosopher who had lived in the Middle East region 18 centuries earlier. In a remarkably short period of time, slavery is recognized as evil and abolished in a large part of the world. Historically speaking, that's exactly what was occurring on planet Earth.
Instead of recognizing that America and the rest of the West were the vanguard of a new human awareness that slavery was a great evil, the people of that time are cast as evil slavers and thus not worthy of recognition. Slavery is the default state of mankind. It still exists across large swaths of the world today (it still exists in the West today, but when it is discovered it is viciously prosecuted).
What was happening at the time in America was that an institution that had stood unquestioned since time immemorial was being questioned, and within a century it would be overthrown. Washington manumitted his slaves in his will. While it's easy to criticize the personal convenience of that act, it's also something that wasn't common at the time. A step on the journey from slavery being accepted to slavery being condemned. While the Constitution didn't ban slavery, it did contain the seeds of it's ultimate destruction. Article 1 Sec. 9 ended the slave trade by 1808. The 3/5th compromise did not, as so many today like to put it “say that blacks were 3/5 of a person” at all. The 3/5ths compromise was an anti-slavery measure designed to weaken the power of slave states. These statutes were painstakingly hammered out to allow the formation of the US*. A couple of generations later, the Civil War. Can anyone name another civilization that has ever fought a bloody war where the dominant ethnic group was fighting itself with the goal of freeing an enslaved minority?** One of the two main political parties in the country was established strictly to end slavery, and it continues to be a power today, 150 years later, with a history of defending minority rights against majority tyranny.
THAT'S the real context of history. The founders of this country should not be condemned because they were products of their times, they should be commended for leading the fight to change what that meant. History is a process, and change takes time. Attacking Washington for owning slaves is like criticizing the QB in the first quarter because he hasn't won the game. Of course not, the game isn't over yet.
As an American, I am appalled by the reality of what slavery was in this country, but I am immensely proud of how the country as a whole fought to overcome and end it. The racial history of America is one of achievement and a journey from darkness to enlightenment. I can stand tall and unashamed with that as my birthright.
* Imagine a world where these compromises aren't reached, and two or more countries form instead of one United States. Do you think that southern America would have any incentive to free their slaves absent pressure from northern abolitionists? Why would they, it's a different country, who cares what they say?
** Yea, I know, fight it out in the comments. Here's the proximate question though: If you're claiming that some other cause than slavery was the real cause of the Civil Way, would that cause have led to war absent the slavery issue? I can't think of one.
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Seems like Fundamental Concepts is running late, but almost here....
Open Thread about Guns and Crossbows and Longbows and Carpet vs. Hardwood.....
Lancasters will be put up later.
The Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican [CBD]
Press Release; Republican National Committee
Today we welcome [insert name of new candidate] as the Republican Party's newest candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.
Since our founding in 1854 as America's choice to combat the scourge of slavery, we have welcomed a wide range of political philosophies into the debate, and [insert name of new candidate] is no exception. His/Her support of [insert candidate's favorite issue] is part of the Republican party's 160 year tradition of supporting freedom, personal responsibility and limited government.
No single candidate can please all of America, but a robust debate about the many issues confronting our great country is vital to the political process and to the strengthening of a Republican majority in America that can return us to our founding principles.
Once again, we welcome [insert name of new candidate] to the fray, and are confident that on November 1st of next year, he/she or another of the many accomplished GOP candidates will be the next President of the United States of America!
This is how it should be, for every entrant into the campaign, and Reagan's commandment should be policed ruthlessly by the political hierarchy. Any national Republican figure who publicly criticizes a Republican candidate for anything short of mass-murder should be immediately ostracized, marginalized, and repudiated. The Democrats do it, and that's one big reason why they win.
Early Morning Thread 4/25/15 [krakatoa]
Happy* Saturday Open Thread.
*Or whatever emotion strikes your fancy.
Overnight Open Thread (24 Apr 2015)
The most transparent administration in history in action. House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling. Sadly, GOP redlines are like Obama redlines. Mostly just words.
Earf Day Predictions
Good recap of Earf Day predictions from 1970 that didn't quite pan out.
Don't Mess With The Monkey
Just imagine if this had been a single engine F-35. A-10 suffers 'catastrophic' engine failure in Iraq. It was returned to service in 5 days.
Lost Slang Words
Evidently they have funeral strippers in China.
That pothole at 2:35 was impressive.
First Purchase For Amazon
Can you guess what the first purchase was on Amazon back on April 3rd, 1995?
So bakeries MUST bake a cake for gay couples but gays should not host a reception for those opposed to gay marriage?
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John-Paul Nungesser, Accused of Rape and Harassed by "Mattress Project," Sues Columbia For Enabling the Harassment
This man has been defamed and harassed for years-- all with the enabling of Columbia University, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Paul Nungesser was found "not responsible" for sexually assaulting another student at Columbia University. The student who accused him, Emma Sulkowicz, has since began carrying a mattress around the university as part of an art project to protest a finding she claims was unfair.
Sulkowicz’s activism earned her an invitation to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. When Nungesser heard of the invitation, he blasted the senator for rewarding Sulkowicz’s attacks against him.
"I am shocked to learn that Sen. Gillibrand is actively supporting Ms. Sulkowicz's defamation campaign against me by providing her with a public forum in which to broadcast her grave allegation," Nungesser told New York Magazine on Tuesday. "By doing so, Sen. Gillibrand is participating in a harassment campaign against someone, who, for good reason, has been found innocent by all investigating bodies."
Sulkowicz was permitted by Columbia to carry around a mattress to further defame Nungesser, and even make her carrying around of that mattress her senior art project -- for college credit.
Note that Nungesser has been cleared multiple times of the claims Emma Sulkowicz has made against him -- and the charges that Sulkowicz induced two other women to file against him, in a sort of warped solidarity.
And Sulkowicz also tried to bring charges with the NYPD -- who also refused to prosecute.
But throughout this, Sulkowicz has spoken to the media -- violating Columbia's confidentiality rules -- and made it easy to determine who she was accusing.
However, Nungesser himself has not spoken to the media much, until recently.
He was bound by confidentiality, whereas Sulkowicz paraded around that mattress, claiming he'd raped her.
Robby Soave correctly calls the texts published in the lawsuit what they are -- damning.
I strongly encourage everyone to read the lawsuit. It is filled with damning claims. And believe me, it is not slow reading.
Assuming these texts are real -- and I can't see them likely being fake, as they'll be subject to scrutiny by the courts, and more than likely have been looked at by Colubia and the police -- then Columbia better put aside money for a Rolling Stone-level settlement.
I just don't see how a "rape victim" could possibly text her "rapist" things like "I love youyouyou" after the "rape."
But we'll probably be told that rape victims do this all the time, just like we were told in the case of Jackie that rape victims always changed their stories and appeared deceptive and evasive.
Seth Meyers, The Unfunny MSNBC Hack Who For Some Reason Was Accidentally Employed as a Comic on NBC, Decries the Bias of Peter Schweitzer, Defends Hillary
If you watch this video, which I think you should, just because you need to understand his whine to get the punchline ahead, you'll see that he makes several points about Hillary Clinton's cover-ups and conflicts of interest.
Sethie is here pretty much reading directly from bizarre ashen freak David Brock's Media Matters' spin, and from Hillary's own press release, which are pretty much the same things, as David Brock runs Hillary's PAC.
So, all Sethie wants to talk about is the messenger here, Peter Schweitzer, who wrote the book Clinton Cash.
Here's Sethie's reporting:
1. Peter Schweitzer once wrote a book knocking liberals.
2. Peter Schweitzer has worked with conservatives.
3. Hillary Clinton hasn't been proven, by audiotape or direct witness testimony, to have changed government policy based on donations to her. (All we have is a lot of money flowing to her, and then decisions favorable to those donating that money being made by her -- the exact sort of indirect, circumstantial evidence which currently has former Governor Bob McDonnell in prison.)
4. Peter Scheweitzer really should have told people about all his biases.
5. Peter Schweitzer's reporting cannot be believed because he failed to disclose his political leanings.
6. The New York Times, apparently, does not exist, because Sethie won't talk about them.
7. It's all about why you shouldn't believe this Vast Right Wing Conspirator Peter Schweitzer and his failure to disclose his political bias.
In sum, Seth Meyers is a huge defender of the Clinton Global Initiative, and he, unlike the thought criminal Peter Schweitzer, comes by his conclusions honestly, and without any pre-existing bias at all.
So, that said:
I guess Little Sethie just kinda forgot to disclose his own bias in this matter.
I usually wouldn't think it was worth noting that an unfunny tv clown was a huge, bought-and-paid for Hillary stooge, but given that his entire defense of the Clinton Foundation rests on the claim that Peter Schweitzer is biased and failed to disclose his political leanings--
shouldn't the unfunny tv clown have disclosed, in this situation at least, that he got paid a stack of that sweet sweet Clinton Uranium Money to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative for Delivering Uranium to Russia?
AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, Jon Gabriel
Jon's digest of UraniumGate -- a good, brief roadmap through the corruption.
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Hillary, the Super Moderate: To Secure Abortion Rights, We're Just Going to Have Change "Deep-Seated," Fundamental Religious Beliefs
No big deal. We just need to "move past" this Jesus feller that has everyone so hateful and anti-woman and shit.
"Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they're not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice -- not just on paper," Clinton said.
"Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will," she explained. "And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone -- and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States."
Video and commentary at the link.
Just in case she later tries to claim she was speaking of Pakistan -- and, by the way, I do think it's important to talk up some liberalism and women's rights in states like that -- she puts the exclamation point on it all by adding "not just... but right here in the United States."
So we're not talking about giving up barbaric tribal practices about forced marriages and throwing acid in girl's faces if they don't fancy you; we're talking about getting rid of Jesus, or at least rewriting huge parts of Christian/Catholic tradition, right here in the USA.
You should also know that the Bible is the book that made the biggest influence on Hillary:
Hillary 08 - Bible is my biggest influence Hillary 16 - We have to change beliefs pic.twitter.com/O2awwHoOBP— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 24, 2015
But then, Hillary has also told us, before changing her mind (like a woman!), that heterosexual marriage was a sacred, fundamental thing about the raising and socializing of children, whose roots go back into the very "mists of history."
…the fundamental bedrock principle that exists between a man and a woman, going back into the mists of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.
I guess the media could ask Hillary if she supports the ACLU's lawsuit to compel Catholic charities to perform abortions on illegal immigrants, but the media never asks Hillary Clinton questions about policies that might expose the left as extremist. They just ask her general questions like if she thinks Girls Are Smart.
Note the ACLU is doing precisely what Hillary advocated -- they're trying to set aside deep-seated religious codes and beliefs in order to make sure (illegal immigrant) women have full "reproductive freedom."
So she should be asked about this -- But she won't be. Ever.
John Hopkins University Bans Chick-Fil-A From Campus, As a "Microaggression"
Who's doing the aggressing here?
In an 18-8 vote, the Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins voted not to "support the proposal of a Chick-fil-A, in a current or future sense, particularly on any location that is central to student life."
The anti-Chick-fil-A bill listed seven main reasons why the restaurant should be banned from campus. The first is that "the Student Government Association of Johns Hopkins University aims to provide a safe, supportive environment for all university affiliates now and in the future."
The fourth is that "visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are members of the LGBTQ+ community or are allies would be subjected to the microaggression of supporting current or future Chick-fil-A development plans."
Thanks to @rdbrewer4, in the sidebar.
I know, I have to do real news; I'll do the Trans Pacific Partnership thing in a bit.
RIP all the mirrors on Earth, which shattered when they tried and failed to reflect the lack of self-awareness here. pic.twitter.com/PtBBvzvjoV— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) April 24, 2015
* Know Your Meme: But That's None of My Business.
Washington Post Hails Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as "First Black Woman" to be AG;
Headlined Confirmation of First Black Woman to Be Secretary of State: "Condoleeza Rice Confirmed Amid Criticism"
Albert Moulton Foweraker, "A Dorset Village" (n.d.)
Friday Morning News Dump
- Why Rand Paul's Approach To The Media Is Dangerous For Democrats
- Clinton Collected Millions In Russian Cash While Negotiating Russian Uranium Deal
- Will The Clinton Cash Scandal Hurt Hillary?
- Male Columbia Student Sues University Over "Mattress Girl" Case
- D.C.'s Outrageous Second Amendment Double Standard
- The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency
- This Reminds Me Of That Southpark Episode Where The Cop Pretends To Be A Hooker
- Candidate Clinton And The Foundation
- Republicans Who Voted For Loretta Lynch Voted For The Abuse Of Executive Power
- 78 Year Old Ex-Legislator Acquitted Of Having Non-Consensual Sex With His Wife
- The Economics Of Scott Walker's Immigration Reversal
- What You Should Know About The Armenian Genocide
- Middle Class Income Drops As Immigration Surges
- Against Credit Cards
- The Old Clinton Mouthpieces Are A Bit Rusty
Morning Thread (4-24-2015)
Podcast with ExJon will be posted later.
Overnight Open Thread (4-23-2015)
I was very touched by what the minister said about me on stage in Perth, but I was even more touched by what she said to the surviving editorial staff at Charlie Hebdo. I mentioned in that Trudeau post an upcoming engagement I'm doing on the Continent later this year and how I couldn't understand why they'd asked me - until I remembered that everyone ahead of me on the invitation list is either dead or in hiding. So the symbolism of what [Australian foreign minister] Julie Bishop chose to do is valuable and important - and stands in splendid contrast to the hollow pomposity of John Kerry and his stooge James Taylor.
And "Love your work" is a better expression of solidarity than "#JeSuisCharlie".-- Mark Steyn
So I happened across this set of articles a few weeks ago and I have to say it's one of the best reads available on the internets for men. And it's free. They really ought to put these together and publish it as a book. And then charge good money for it.
Here Brett McKay, who runs the website The Art of Manliness has written a sequence of articles laying out how to be a man in full and lead a satisfying, accomplished life. A lot of it I think the morons will recognize as hard-won wisdom and things we've known to be true in our hearts even if we've never verbalized them - or always fully followed them.
Each article as well as the entire series is based on the life of Winston Churchill and in particular how he dealt with various challenges in life and created the means to overcome them, thrive and do great things. But the key word is create. Churchill was given some gifts and some (many) flaws and had a very inauspicious beginning in life and as a man - but he chose to make himself into the man he ultimately wanted to be and that allowed to him to create the life he wanted to lead.
Now in many ways Churchill was sui generis and likely 99.97% of men could never hope to match his accomplishments. But his methods, philosophies, and manner of living life are available to most if not all men. So rather than trying to be Churchill instead aim for maybe adding 5% more Churchill into your life. You life may become happier but almost certainly it will become more satisfying and productive.The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood Is Now in Session
Lesson #1: Develop a Mighty Moral Code
Lesson #2: Establish a Daily Routine
Lesson #3: Live Romantically
Lesson #4: Cultivate a Nostalgic Love for History
Lesson #5: Don't Give Up Your Sense of Adventure
Lesson #6: Don't Be Afraid to Start a Family
Lesson #7: Work Like a Slave; Command Like a King; Create Like a God
Tips on Hustling, Leadership, and Hobbies from Winston Churchill
Conclusion: Thought + Action = An Awesome Adulthood
This set of articles is targeted for men in their 20s. I think guys from say age 16 to 23 would get the absolute most from it and maybe find themselves inspired and directed. But even older middle-aged dudes like yours truly will still get a lot from it. Hell it's inspired me after reading it and made me think a lot about how my life is and how I'd like to be.
So much so that I've decided to in Churchill's parlance to take action this day: So I've decided to go to Iceland.
Why? Because I've been wanting to go there for almost 30 years. But the circumstances have never been right to do so. So I have decided to just make the circumstances be right. So I'm going and I'm going to do it in the next two weeks. And I intend to enjoy the hell out it. And when I come back I also intend to make some other structural, positive changes in my life.
Housekeeping Note: I will in London next week for business and then the next week in Iceland doing what I want. So no ONTs from me for two weeks.
There'll be fill-ins from the usual gang but if you think you've got what it takes to make an ONT - if you think you got the balls to do an ONT - then contact one of the Cobs and make your offer.
Odds of Maetenloch returning to the ONT: Good
The strategy of "making them live up to their own book of rules" is frequently mentioned and discussed these days at Breitbart.com, Instapundit, Ace of Spades, and just about every other conservative website and blog.
James O'Keefe, the activist and journalist behind the famous ACORN videos, articulated the approach directly: "The Left doesn't care about the laws or the rules. They are hypocrites, and the only way to win is to make them live up to their book of rules. I have found that the only thing they care about is racism, sexism and exploitation."
Not to take away from O'Keefe's work, which generates must-watch videos and scandal-inspired resignations with metronomic regularity, but there may be a flaw in this strategy. Ultimately, not that many liberals care whether their brethren are following their own book of rules. They've demonstrated a remarkable acceptance for one another's hypocrisy.
...Many progressives organize their worldview in the reverse order: They pick the good people - themselves - and everything else is negotiable. And as it's currently practiced, liberalism doesn't really require much of anything. Or, when liberalism starts asking sacrifices and commitments of its adherents beyond liking and sharing on Facebook, the energy and enthusiasm disappear. Close observers of Obamacare have noticed that the Millennials and other young people who voted for Obama in droves aren't willing to pay several hundred dollars a month for health insurance.The currency of progressivism isn't policies, and it certainly isn't results. It's emotions.
So, when people say "last year was the hottest on record," they're actually saying: "Some scientists think 2014 might have been the warmest year since 1880. According to their calculations, it was about 0.01 degrees warmer than the next warmest year, but it might have been colder, they're not entirely sure. Either way, it's in line with the average temperature over the last decade, which hasn't changed much, despite the hysteria."
Please panic appropriately.
And yet 'security' is unwilling to deal with the violent protesters they're ostensibly there to deal with.
Sadly along with two hostages.
I wonder if the woman walking in even noticed the masked gunman leaving the door open for her.
Yahoo group. That is all.
Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For the children.
And my lo-fi Twitter spew.
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Mitt Romney: There Is "Every Appearance That Hillary Clinton Was Bribed"
Hillary's Everyday Americans: Billionaire Frank Giustra, Vladimir Putin, and Assorted Kazakh Uranium-Sheiks
[T]he Times follow-up dropped early this morning, and the story has developed considerably since 2008, by which point Giustra had sold off his mining concern, UrAsia Energy Ltd., to a company called Uranium One.
After the merger, the Times reports, "Uranium One began to snap up mining companies with assets in the United States" with the aim, as a company press release put it, of becoming "a powerhouse in the United States uranium sector with the potential to become the domestic supplier of choice for U.S. utilities."
But by June 2009, Uranium One was in trouble, its stock "in free-fall, down 40 percent." Its Kazakh partner "had just been arrested on charges that he illegally sold uranium deposits to foreign companies," including UrAsia. That's where the State Department came in. Uranium One "pressed the American Embassy in Kazakhstan . . . to take up its cause with Kazakh officials." It did: According to State Department cables, an unnamed U.S."“energy official" met with Kazakh officials "to discuss the issues on June 10 or 11":Three days later, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rosatom [the Russian atomic energy agency] completed a deal for 17 percent of Uranium One. And within a year, the Russian government would substantially up the ante, with a generous offer to shareholders that would give it a 51 percent controlling stake. But first, Uranium One had to get the American government to sign off on the deal.
"Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department," headed by Secretary Clinton, the Times notes. Meanwhile at the Clinton Foundation, the money kept coming in:As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One's chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.
And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.
At the time, both Rosatom and the United States government made promises intended to ease concerns about ceding control of the company’s assets to the Russians. Those promises have been repeatedly broken, records show.
A pathetic attempt at spin from a Hillary mouthpiece Brian E. Fellow then followed. Citing Yahoo news -- Yahoo news, itself a partisan outfit -- he can only manage this weak defense:
On yet another of his primary attacks, Yahoo Newspoints out that the author “marshals circumstantial evidence” only to find “no smoking gun.”
Can't wait to see that on a Hillary bumper sticker:
Vote for Hillary
There's only circumstantial evidence she sold America's uranium stockpiles to Russia, "no smoking gun" yet.
Gabriel Malor and Morgen Richmond have been pouring over this Reuters report that the Clintons seem to have deliberately falsified the foundation's 990 reports to hide the hundreds of millions in foreign government donations flowing to the "charity."
The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.
The errors, which have not been previously reported, appear on the form 990s that all non-profit organizations must file annually with the Internal Revenue Service to maintain their tax-exempt status.....
For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years.
Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the foundation's work on climate change and economic development through this three-year period...
As JWF comments:
I have two thoughts here: First, I don't know what Reuters means by "overreporting and underreporting," but I can guess, and here's my guess: They did not acknowledge this money came from foreign governments -- thus "underreporting" foreign government donations -- and instead marked that money as coming from other sources, in other categories, thus "overreporting" in those areas.
But that is another way to say, I think, "deliberately falsified the sources of the money in question."
Note that James Carville will probably claim "so she overreported heah and underreported theah, it all washes out to a big nothin' at all," so bear in mind: If you're hiding the source of money but not the money itself, you launder it by denying its true source, while attributing it to another, more legitimate source.
Even Hillary Stalwart Politico is forced to admit that Hillary's first line of defense -- that this is all a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (no, really, that's her defense) -- is "dead in the water."
And even a New York Times reporter is complaining that Clintons' response to every question is to claim the reporter is filled with rightwing partisan animus. Every question, this reporter says, is claimed to be "out of bounds."
Just re-watched that FoxNews report on selling half of America's uranium production to Vladimir Putin: Asked for comment by Fox, Frank Giustra claims "It's an old story."
Isn't it strange that a Hillary crony is offering up Hillary's Favorite Response to ethics questions?
NJ's Josh Kraushaar says the Democrats' all-in wager on Nothin' But Hillary is looking like a terrible bet.The notion that she will be able to avoid the "distractions," to borrow her characterization of the growing controversies, is delusional. If she continues to insist that these pay-to-play allegations are another "right-wing conspiracy" and not deserving of a substantive response, it could be fatal for her campaign. The dismissive response from her allies is doing her nearly as much damage as the allegations themselves. It guarantees the coverage will last much longer than the current news cycle.
Democrats are badly misreading the polls showing Clinton as a formidable Democratic force. Her strong numbers are as much a product of a lack of primary competition as a result of her political strength. She's also benefiting from the country's partisan polarization at a time when there aren't many other Democrats offering themselves as an alternative and joining in on the criticism. But those benefits are looking awfully short-lived, as Clinton looks unprepared to tackle questions that undermine her credibility for higher office. The more Democrats bet on Clinton, the uglier the recriminations will get if things go wrong.
Oh and just when you say, "Surely this couldn't get any worse," BAM, you are WRONG, SON, because look at this.Judicial Watch: State Department Documents Reveal Concern about Bill Clinton’s Activities with 'Saudi Entities'
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it has received 126 pages of documents from the State Department related to Hillary Clinton's possible conflicts of interest regarding her position as Secretary of State....
The latest group of documents shows that State Department officials had concerns in January 2011 about Bill Clinton's activities related to Saudi Arabia. An email chain, begun on January 25, 2011, includes several members of the State Department's Legal Advisor Office, and the subject line "Clinton Foundation Request – Saudi entities." The discussion is almost entirely redacted in the three-page email chain.
Other documents previously forced out through this lawsuit show that Bill Clinton worked with Tanmiah Commercial Group, a Saudi group based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that paid Clinton $300,000...
Also, discussed is a Clinton Foundation request regarding an undisclosed country in Asia in August 2010...
I kinda wonder if that's Kazakhstan, though the next sentence in the story mentions that the East Asia desk of the State Department looked into that.
Now, given all that, you won't be shocked that in the latest FoxNews polling, Hillary Clinton's honesty is questioned by a majority of the public.
Also, Rubio got a bounce to top the GOP field. Which is not a huge deal. We all saw the Flavor of the Week effect in 2012.
Announcing your candidacy helps your poll numbers. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio receives a five percentage-point bump after his April 13 announcement and has the backing of 13 percent in the race for the Republican nomination -- just a touch over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who gets 12 percent among self-identified GOP primary voters....
Of those tested on the poll, Clinton, Biden and Cruz fare the worst on the “honest and trustworthy” question.
Currently, 45 percent of voters think Clinton is honest....Moreover, only 33 percent of independents see Clinton as honest. That’s down 13 points since last year.
Overall, Clinton’s honesty score is negative six (45 percent "yes, she is" minus 51 percent "no, she isn't"), Biden’s is negative four (44-48 percent) and for Cruz it's negative one (37-38 percent).
On the positive side: Rubio (+13), Paul (+12) and Carson (+7) score best on the honesty measure. Bush (+4) and Walker (+4) are also in positive territory.
Okay, that seems like enough for one post.
Palestinian Students at MIT: The Scheduled Israel Celebration Makes Us Feel "Unsafe;" We Want It Cancelled
The Israeli Independence Day raises politically sensitive questions given that it just so happens to represent the 1948 Palestinian Exodus, also known as the “Nakba”. This is a day of extreme tragedy and traumatic loss for millions of people, including many students here at MIT. As Palestinians and supporters of Palestine in the MIT community, we are alarmed by the fact that the UA are endorsing this event, given that the UA represents us as well. We feel unsafe in an environment that celebrates a catastrophic day for one nation at an official school-wide capacity by a body that represents all students equally, with no regards or sympathy towards our tragedy.
We direct this message to the entirety of the student body with a request for change. We request the UA to detach the carnival from SpringFest, and to refrain from sponsoring and/or publicizing it at a school-wide capacity.
Meanwhile, at Reason, those who claim to be made to feel "unsafe" by Christina Hoff Sommers' speech are engaging in some rather threatening stuff themselves: Posting placards claiming that specifically-named Oberlin Republicans "perpetuate rape culture."
David Bernstein writes about that this claim of free speech being "unsafe" is actually making it unsafe to practice free speech.
This is a huge threat to the future of free speech nevertheless. Today's college students are going to be tomorrow’s judges, and if they truly believe that "safety" means "never having to deal with opinions that disagree with one's cherished beliefs," then censorship has a good chance of gaining the upper hand over freedom of speech. After all, public safety can be a justification for suppressing speech, as with the "fighting words" doctrine.
Hot Air runs down Sommers' appearance on the Megyn Kelly show, and how infantilizing this whole concept that girls are fragile little hysterical things who need to repair to the fainting couches the moment they hear something that offends their virginal ears.
If that's what women really are -- I don't think most are, but I know some women are like that -- then I'm sorry, but you're not equal. You are children, and children have special protections encoded in the law because they are children -- but they are also not considered to be legal adults or to have legal capacity to make important decisions.
If you want to be children, fine -- but don't expect to be hired for jobs requiring adults.
Megyn Kelly concludes the segment with advice from her old trainer, a patriarchal penis person who probably #Raped her with crunches or something: "Toughen up, Buttercup."
Tough Guy President Who Has Previously Bragged of Drawing Up His Kill Lists By Hand Now Says He Had Nothing to Do With Strike that Killed American Hostage
"I'm not responsible for that explosion, unless you liked it, in which case, hell, yeah." - President, world's most powerful nation.— Fiendish Super-Yokel (@MetricButtload) April 23, 2015
Sometimes Captain Kickass turns into President Urkel, Jonah Goldberg writes.
Today, both the Pentagon and the White House (in the form of Josh Earnest) went out of their way to make sure everyone knows Obama didn’t personally or specifically sign off on the drone attacks that tragically killed two hostages, including an American. This is curious. First of all, he's still responsible, as he himself said in his press conference. He set up and approved a system that lets these attacks happen. There’s something cowardly about honorably taking "full responsibility" in public, and then having your flacks go out and stage whisper "It really wasn't him."
[A plausible] explanation might have to do with his vanity. I can't help but think the implication we’re supposed to take away is that if Obama-The-Righteous had been paying attention, mistakes like this would not have been made. The military bureaucracy has failed Obama, who famously reads Marcus Aurelius as he composes his kill lists. At least he avoided saying that he found out about these attacks by reading about them in the paper, but the upshot is the same. The president doesn't make mistakes, others make mistakes implementing his will.
GOP Led Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch To Be Attorney General
Mitch McConnell could have reinstated the filibuster to stop her. He didn't.
Mitch McConnell could have refused to bring her nomination to the floor. He didn't.
So, what did Mitch McConnell do? He voted for her confirmation.
GOP "yes" votes: Ayotte, Cochran, Collins, Flake, Graham, Hatch, Johnson, Kirk, McConnell, and Portman. https://t.co/zX9yBsCx6S— dan holler (@danholler) April 23, 2015
This is who those Republicans think is qualified to be Attorney General of the United States of America.
Reset: Hillary Was Taking Money from Frank Guistra Even As She Was Approving a Russian Purchase of His Company
The company in question will control 50% of the uranium produced domestically in the US -- obviously, the sort of deal that most US governments would reject. You don't let Vladimir Putin buy half of your own uranium production.
But Bill and Hill were friends with Guistra, and Guistra was a very friendly friend, to the tune of $131 million in donations to the Clinton Global Initiative, in addition to arranging for foreign governments to pay the Clintons directly for speeches.
Watch the whole thing. Via @gabrielMalor.
More: Allahpundit has a useful nutshell guide to Guistra's and the Clintons' maneuvers to deliver half of the US' uranium to Vladimir Putin (and then, to Iran).
Insomnia Open Thread
Sorry, I had a white night last night, got up at 7 after having barely slept all night, then passed out at 10.
I will put up some news in a moment. But here's an open thread until then.
Claude Monet, "Meadow at Bezons" (1874)
Thursday Morning News Dump
- Big Story: Clinton Charities To Refile Taxes For The Last Five Years
- Clinton Foundation Took In Millions From Russian Uranium Company
- Multiple Clinton Charity Donors Got State Department Awards Under Hillary
- The Politics Of Design
- I Have A Feeling The Media Will Be More Receptive To This
- 'Willie Lynch' Is Back
- Freddie Gray Death: Should It Really Be Illegal To Carry A Knife n The City?
- House GOP Released 2016 Spending Figures
- Does Anyone At MSNBC Pay Taxes?
- IRS 'Deliberately' Cut Customer Service Budget To Make Tax Season More Painful
- The Eight Times Hillary Clinton Was Lucille Bluth
I made up for quantity with quality.
Morning Thread (4-23-2015)
Well what have we here? ...Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors
The charities' errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.
"I'm sure this was an honest mistake," says everyone in the media today.
Ever notice that the Clintons make a heck of a lot of "honest mistakes"?
Overnight Open Thread (4-22-2015)–Happy Erf day Edition
Looks like this one: BG Peggy Combs.
With an assist from this one, MAJ Michelle Bravo, who made it volunteeratory. Which meant the cadets were required to pay out of their own pocket for the shoes of humiliation and then had to publicly walk in them. For 'the mission'.
Well mission accomplished, ladies, mission accomplished.
More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.
Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52%, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as "I rarely count on good things happening to me." Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs.
Gee I don't know what could have possibly caused this. Perhaps it's the above humiliation, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or maybe this. Who knows. I guess it'll just remain a giant $287 million dollar effin mystery.
Because at the core it's really about gaining status and power over other women via the power of judgment. Because sisterhood.
Case in point: The awful terrible, bad, bad, 'anti-woman', bad thing that actress Kaley Cuoco said when asked if she was a feminist:
Is it ok if I say no? . . . It's not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around. . . . I was never that feminist girl defending equality, but maybe that's because I've never really faced inequality. . . . I cook for Ryan [her husband] almost five nights a week: it makes me feel like a housewife. I love that.
Wrong answer. Cue the outrage. And no her later apology was insufficient to slake the ugly shaming mob of sisterhood.
Can't watch Big Bang Theory ever again, how could you say you aren't a feminist?! It scares me women like this exist. http://t.co/qo3M9azDEI
- Eleanor (@eleanor_21) January 7, 2015
Synced magazine published on their website an "Open Letter to Kaley Cuoco from Feminist Lucy Bellerby," in which Bellerby claims that after reading Cuoco-Sweeting's comments, she wanted to smash her computer. (Well, she actually demonstrated her emotions with a .gif, but her intention was clear.) To the actress's hypothetical question, "Is it ok if I say no?" Bellerby answered, "Yes, it is bad if you say no. If you say no, it means that you don't believe men and women should be treated equally."
And by 'free range' parenting I mean normal, typical parenting as practiced up to the 70s and 80s.
Maybe this is a righty-blog phenomenon and I'm guilty of epistemic closure, but every time I see a story about CPS cracking down on "free-range parents" written up online, the author's attitude unfailingly is exasperated disbelief at how paranoid the state has become about unattended children. But that attitude is not shared by most of the public, and it's especially not shared by most women. Of the five questions listed above, the lowest amount of opposition among women was 67 percent who said they wouldn't let their pre-teen walk to school alone. (Fully 83 percent oppose letting a child that age use public transportation alone.) I guessed that young adults might be a bit more likely than older ones to grant kids some freedom, partly because they're closer in age to the hypothetical pre-teen of the question and partly because many of them aren't parents yet themselves. But no, they oppose "free-range parenting" about as strongly as older demographics do, and on the question of letting a pre-teen go to the park alone, they're actually the least likely of the four age groups to approve of the idea.
But, but this is just a nervous urban liberal thing right? Nope.
I also guessed that Republicans might be a bit more willing than Democrats to let their kids out unsupervised, since Republican parents are more likely to live in small towns and rural areas. Nope to that too: GOPers are actually less likely than Dems to let their kid go to the store or ride public transportation alone.
Because the outside is dangerous and uncontrolled. It's much better for children to stay indoors safely with the internet. After all no one was ever eaten alive by the internet.
"Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles. In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle."
So a DC city attorney general saw this picture and sicced the DC popo on them.
Apparently, the DC city attorney general leaped into action when Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) posted a photograph on Twitter posing with the scary rifle along with fellow Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and "referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police Department for further investigation." The District, naturally, bans certain rifles based on purely on aesthetics and the rifle in the photo sure looks like one that might have been covered under DC law . . .
Except it turns out that Congressmen are explicitly permitted to keep firearms in their offices:
"[Capitol Police Board] regulations . . .specifically provide that members of Congress may maintain firearms within the confines of their office and they and any employee or agent of any member of Congress may transport within the Capitol grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped," Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider said.
Read up all you FBUs and by FBU I mean [you]:
Researchers at Cornell University claim to be able to identify a forum or comment-thread troll within the first ten posts after the user joins with more than 80% accuracy, leading the way to the possibility of methods to automatically ban persistently anti-social posters. The study observed 10,000 new users at cnn.com, breitbart.com and ign.com, and characterizes an FBU (Future Banned User) as entering a new community with below-average literacy or communications skill, and that the low standard is likely to drop shortly before a permanent ban. It also observes that higher rates of community intolerance are likely to foster the anti-social behavior and speed the ban.
But, at least in my city, a surprising amount of thought goes into pairing each customer with the best prostitute for his wants and needs. We're a service industry, and just because we're literally servicing our customers doesn't mean we phone it in.
Say the client gets waved over to a caller. It's not like a taxi stand, where you hop into the first available opening. The caller and the client speak for a while first. Sometimes clients have specific wants -- anything from a classy escort experience to hardcore BDSM. Then their preference is divided into age, figure, sex, and ethnicity. It's like building your own video game character, only you get to fuck it once you're done.
We have each other's backs, too. If someone tries to go to a moped prostitute's apartment, they'll find that all of the neighboring apartments are also filled with prostitutes, as well as an owner who can come and pin down the abuser. Clients who get aggressive can look forward to being dogpiled by call girls, and while that does sound like a hell of a lot of fun, I can assure you it is less so in practice.
The Group knows your secret crimethink.
Tonight's post brought to you by Boys Life, 1942 (trigger warnings):
Notice: Posted by a random act of NotWearingPants Inc. Please do that thing. Otherwise do the other thing. This is Jack's inflamed sense of annoyance. Also Maet's as well.
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Captain Kickass: You Know, We Could Penetrate Iran's New S-300 Air Defense System, If We Felt Like It
AllahPundit wants to know if anyone in the press will ask him if Israel could penetrate the air-defense system, which is the more important question.
Couple of Points:
Captain Kickass likes talking tough. His idea of athletic competition is not actually, you know, athletic competition; it's trash-talking, which is an exceptionally annoying thing coming from someone who sucks this bad at basketball and who is so bad at golf -- which is actually his career now -- that Michael Jordan openly mocks him.
Captain Kickass also likes Lying to the public, giving them False Reassurances, such as the claim that ebola cannot be transmitted by sneezing, or that we had all the time to dick around with Iran that we like, because they're at least a year away from building a bomb.
Now, to put pressure on the public, he changes that and noted that they're only 2-3 months away from building a bomb -- but if we agree to his dopey plan to install a sworn enemy of America as Hegemon of the Middle East, that number will go back up to one year.
So he is now probably lying about the US' ability to penetrate the improved Russian-provided air defenses. Lying, so he can Reassure us that if we really need to, we can take out those pesky Iran nukes before they detonate them on America.
But he's probably lying, because he is really good at lying.
That's really his sport.
Oh, and open thread.
Before I go, I wanted to give a present to Alex the Chick.
Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out of Interview After Reporter Badgers Him On Whether Or Not He's a Liberal, or Still Does Drugs
He doesn't want to say whether he's a liberal or Republican or whatever, which I usually take to be a Good Sign.
He's pretty evasive on it all, actually. I came in expecting to think the reporter was out of bounds, but I really don't think he is -- the reporter is curious about Downey's politics. I confess, I am too, and I wanted to know the answer. So I can't really criticize the reporter.*
The reporter is asking about this old NYT profile of Downey, much-cited by conservatives.
“I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal. You can’t. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone else, but it was very, very, very educational for me and has informed my proclivities and politics every since.”
(Suffice it to say he is not one of the Hollywood types who weeps over innocents trapped behind bars.)
On or around Independence Day in 2003, he stopped at a Burger King on the Pacific Coast Highway and threw all his drugs in the ocean. And while he was sitting there chewing on a burger, he decided he was done...
"If I see somebody who is throwing their life away with both hands and is raging around and destroying their family, I can't understand that person," he said. "I'm not in that sphere of activity anymore, and I don't understand it any more than I understood 10 or 20 years ago that somehow everything was going to turn out O.K. from this lousy, exotic and dark triple chapter of my life. I swear to God I don’t even really understand that planet anymore."
Mr. Downey, who has said that he woke up in a pool of his own blood a time or two when he was in prison, is a fighter. "Probably the biggest thing that Tony Stark and I have in common is the hardware of conflict, the courage under fire," he said, setting aside his lunch on a tray. "I don't really fit in so good outside the military bases with my mentality."
So the reporter asked him about this stuff, and getting clean -- fair questions, I think -- but Downey didn't want to talk about it and just wanted to promote the Avengers. Which is also fair enough. And then he walked.
What are his politics, anyway? This site says he both attended a fundraiser for Barack Obama in 2012, perhaps just at the behest of George Clooney, but also attended the Republican National Convention in 2008.
What he might be doing is trying to remain in the closet, or even go back into it, having come out before.
You just aren't allowed to be anything but Progressive Democrat in this country anymore.
* I realized that I was ready to take RDJr's side against the reporter, before watching the clip, and that this is just this sad habit that everyone is now in of feeling the need to immediately declare Tribal Allegiance.
In reality, nothing bad happened here: The reporter asked questions Downey didn't want to answer, and Downey decided not to answer. No one's objectively right: The reporter wanted him to talk about it, Downey didn't want to talk about it. Neither's wrong; both simply had different agendas.
But our current Dumb Age requires that every single dispute, like this one, have some kind of Black Hat Villain and White Hat Hero.
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Four Americans Murdered, Courtesy Of One Of Obama's Dreamers
A known gang-member who was nevertheless allowed to remain in America by his Majesty's kind decree.
Bloomberg: WH and State Department "Dismissive" About Plight of Americans Stranded in Yemen; Suggest That Being There Is Their Own Fault
That may or may not be true, and it may be true that rescuing a large group of people, scattered all over the country, is too dangerous for both the rescuers and the rescuees.
But the tone. The tone of "dismissal."
The WH and State Department do not care about US citizens stuck in Yemen; they only care about having to answer questions about their lack of action. That is, they only care about themselves, as they only cared about themselves during the Benghazi attack; those killed in Benghazi were not important as human beings, but merely as headaches and complications for Obama and Hillary.
And so too now are US citizens in Yemen. The Administration reacts with its typical mix of hostility, defensiveness, and blame-shifting when asked about yet another of their failures.
Americans Trapped in Yemen? U.S. Says 'Good Luck'
16 APR 22, 2015 6:00 AM EDT
By Josh Rogin
Yet, the tone from White House and State Department spokespeople when asked by reporters about the lack of action has often seemed dismissive; the official response has been to point to previous State Department travel warnings about the dangers in Yemen, which seems like blaming the U.S. citizens for being there in the first place. Many of these people are Yemeni immigrants or the children of immigrants who returned to see their families.
"We are giving Americans opportunities -- information about opportunities, I should say -- to use other methods of leaving Yemen, and that's why we have been very clear since the mid-1990s that people should not travel to Yemen," State Department acting spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Monday.
A reporter pointed out that one of the State Department’s absolute highest responsibilities is protecting U.S. citizens abroad.
"Absolutely," Harf responded. "That's why we have been telling them not to go to Yemen."
The actual information that the State Department has been sending U.S.-citizens in Yemen has been spotty, vague and unhelpful, according to Ayoub. Random alerts have pointed Americans to travel great distances for opportunities to leave the country without any assurances they would be successful when they get there.
"The U.S. government has been informed that there is another Indian naval ship that will leave from Hodeidah on April 12, arriving in Djibouti on April 13," an April 11 emergency message for U.S. citizens stated. "We have been told that U.S. citizens are welcome and should get to Hodeidah as soon as possible. Unfortunately we have no information on who to contact to board this ship."
Ayoub said one recipient of this alert was a 12-year old girl who lived six to eight hours away from the destination. With no means to make the journey through an active war zone, she was unable to take the State Department’s advice.
It seems that the department’s excuses for not directly rescuing Americans in Yemen are disappearing quickly. Not only is there a temporary ceasefire between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis, there’s even a new U.S. Naval flotilla in the Gulf of Aden, including an aircraft carrier, to assist in any rescue operation.
Incidentally, when the capital was overrun a couple of months ago and US diplomatic and military personnel were under direct threat, the Administration squashed the story and demanded the media not report on it, when US personnel were possibly in harm's way.
Of course, the media then continued to not report on it.
This is an incompetent, disastrous presidency, but full of ego and narcissism and venom, and they get very angry when it is pointed out that their estimates of their own competencies does not match physical reality.
Jihadist Planned Attack on Churches in Paris; Arrested After He Accidentally Shot Himself in the Leg
Over the weekend, there was an odd and macabre story about a young woman, a dancer said to have "no enemies" and "nothing but friends," who was found riddled with bullets in a car set to flame in Paris.
No one could figure out any motive for such a spectacular murder.
It turns out there was no motive-- she was a "dry run" murder victim, chosen at random by the terrorist who had planned to go on a shooting spree in the Christian churches of Paris, or, as Obama would term them, Places of High-Horsedness Where People Do Not Remember The Crusades.
A heavily armed Algerian jihadi who was preparing to attack churches in Paris on the orders is in custody this morning after being implicated in the murder of a young woman.
The 24-year-old, named locally as Sid Ahmed Ghlam, had shot himself in the leg before his arrest by anti-terrorist officers in the 13th arrondissement in southern Paris on Sunday.
This afternoon the Paris prosecutor said police found Arabic documents mentioning ISIS and Al Qaeda at the IT student's home, as well as evidence on his computer that he was in contact with a man in Syria 'who clearly asked him to target a church.'
Sunday's arrest came just hours after the murder of Aurelie Chatelain, a 33-year-old mother and fitness instructor, who was riddled with bullets as she sat in her car in a car park in the Paris suburb of Villejuif. Investigators reportedly claim DNA evidence links Ghlam to her murder.
murdered by an Islamic terrorist at age 33.
But the Crusades
Morning Thread (4-22-2015)
Happy Earth Day!
I'll be getting my Gaia on around a tire fire later.
Overnight Open Thread (4-21-2015)
Of course, presidential lawlessness is a special case. Because the president controls not only the nation's law enforcement apparatus but also its military, it's pretty hard to call him to account. But what about the rest of us? If presidents can violate the law, why can't we?
It would be a bad thing for the country if Americans started to ask that question.
...It's much better to live in a society in which the laws are just, and in which people follow them as much out of moral obligation as fear of consequences. But such a society requires a degree of self-discipline and self-restraint on the part of its members, and especially of its leaders. Does our political class possess these traits? If not, how long can we expect the rest of society to?-- Instapundit in Obeying the Law Starts at the Top
That photo is me about ten years ago, standing in the ruins of a land where people rejected the rule of law in favor of the rule of force. I think a lot about my year-long deployment to Kosovo these days. I think a lot about people today who, for short term political points, cavalierly disregard the rules, laws and norms that made America what it is. I think a lot about how liberals, especially those who boo God, should pray to Him that those rules, laws and norms are restored.
When you block all normal means of dissent, whether by ignoring the political will of you opponents or using the media to mock and abuse them, you build up the pressure. In 30+ years as an active conservative, I've never heard people so angry, so frustrated, so fed up. These emotions are supposed to be dissipated by normal political processes. But liberals are bottling them up. And they will blow. It's only a matter of how.
Liberals need to understand the reality that rarely penetrates their bubble. Non-liberal Americans (it's more than just conservatives who are under the liberal establishment's heel) are the majority of this country. They hold power in many states and regions in unprecedented majorities. And these attacks focus on what they hold dearest - their religion, their families and their freedom.
What is the end game, liberals? Do you expect these people you despise to just take it? Do you think they'll just shrug their shoulders and say, "Well, I guess we better comply?" Do you even know any real Americans? Do you think you'll somehow be able to force them into obedience - for what is government power but force - after someone finally says "Enough?"...And let's be blunt - these are the people with most of the guns and the training to use them. That's the reality of the rule of force. I've seen it - it's there behind me in that photo.
I'm not advocating violence - I am warning liberals that they are setting the conditions for violence.
And that better worry them, for the coastal elites are uniquely unsuited to a world where force rules instead of law. The Serbs were, at least, a warrior people. The soft boys and girls who brought us helicopter parenting, "trigger warnings" and coffee cups with diversity slogans are not.I know the endgame of discarding the rule of law for short-term advantage because I stood in its ruins. Liberals think this free society just sort of happened, that they can poke and tear at its fabric and things will just go on as before. But they won't. So at the end of the day, if you want a society governed by the rule of force, you better pray that you're on the side with the guns and those who know how to use them.
One reporter asked Harf how the department could curb Iranian influence in the Middle East without directly engaging Iran.
"I agree with you that it's a challenge," Harf told the reporter, who replied, "I never said it was a challenge."
"You don't think it's a challenge?" Harf shot back."I'm not here to answer your questions, I'm here to try to get answers to mine," the reporter said, then asked his question very slowly.
Christina Hoff Sommers speaks at Oberlin College, sets off trigger warnings, hysteria among know-nothing student snowflake-enforcers.
In Oberlin talk said that Orwell's Junior Anti-Sex League had occupied campus feminism."What the Hell is that?" shouted someone. Look it up.
- Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
Told students that women could narrow wage gap by changing majors from, say, sociology to engineering.Room erupted.Horrified gasps & jeers.
- Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
Oberlin activists had "safe space" for those triggered by my talk.Oberlin admin. provided police security to protect me from safe spacers.
- Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
300+ students attended my Oberlin talk.Others retreated to nearby "safe room" for protection from my apparently dangerous ideas.
- Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
Students at Oberlin yelled & jeered throughout my talk.Except for those with mouths taped shut in first three rows. http://t.co/vgw29XoqsM
- Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
191 Harsh Truth #1:
Wars kill the young and idealistic.
Harsh Truth #2:
Wars are directed by the wiser, older, and less emotional men.
Harsh Truth #3:
The older men can ALWAYS have more children. Civilization won't stop if we end up wiping a generation and starting over.
They don't get it. We don't have to put up with leftist, racist, genocidal youth - we're perfectly able to let them kill themselves and we will populate the barrens afterward.
Depressed fertile chicks are easy.Posted by: Inspector Cussword at April 18, 2015 05:34 PM (S8V5R)
I'm sure all the Arabic speakers among us are having a good laugh right about now.
The first edition of Poor Richard's Almanack, published in 1733, established an ongoing prank on Titan Leeds, an astrologer, competing almanac publisher, and frenemy of Ben Franklin. Under the pseudonym Poor Richard Saunders, Franklin predicted Leeds's death and encouraged readers to stick around to see if his prognostication was right. The feud that followed sold a lot of pamphlets, benefiting both publishers.
The next year, the Almanack printed an obituary for the still living Leeds and reported that the man claiming to be him was an identity thief. When Leeds actually died in 1738, Saunders commended the imposter for ending the prank once and for all.
Franklin's last hurrah, just 25 days before his death in 1790, was to challenge slavery. In a letter to The Federal Gazette written under the name Historicus, Franklin related the fictional tale of Sidi Mehemet Ibrahim, an Algerian potentate who fought for the enslavement of Christians by Muslims in the late 1680s. The tyrant's inhumane pro-slavery arguments just so happened to echo those made by anti-abolitionist Congressman James Jackson of Georgia. Touché! Franklin didn't live to see slavery abolished, but we'd be kidding ourselves if we said he had nothing to do with it.
Look at that face. That is the face of a man that regrets absolutely nothing.
Well now thanks to Amazon they're only a click away.
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This is what bipartisanship leads to.
This is from earlier today when everyone in DC celebrated their ability to do what they do best...spend your money.
Scott Walker: In Between Maximizing Profits for American Businesses and Helping the World's Poor, I Think American Immigration Policy Should Also Occasionally Consider the Good of the American Worker
This is a very controversial position, it turns out -- especially in GOP's Corporate Class.
BTW, you know who's all about helping Everyday Americans? Hillary F. Clinton, that's who.
So Donald Trump and Jonah Goldberg Got Into a Twitter Fight
Incidentally, the kids' TV show "Full House" is officially returning to TV, on Netflix. The show originally starred Bob Saget, John Stamos, and the Olsen Twins.
The subscriber network announced the reboot's title will be "Full House: Forbidden Desires."