January 29, 2020

"The Dangerous Rise of Men Who Won't Date 'Woke' Women"

—Ace

Bitter, angry unattractive man-hating sexist thinks it's "dangerous" that men say "Swipe Left."

Not wanting to date "woke" women, far from being laughable, is actually one of the more insidious aspects of it. Spend an afternoon on any major dating app and you’ll come across (generally white) men saying openly sexist and misogynistic things. They might say "no psychos" or that they "fucking hate big eyebrows" in their bios. And, by and large, they also tend to hold extremely right-wing views and see themselves as victims of liberal thinking.

In fact, as I was writing this, a dear friend sent me a screenshot of a guy she’s just matched with who describes Jordan B Peterson as his "dream dinner guest". Yes, the same Jordan B Peterson who thinks that white privilege is a "Marxist lie" and wants millennials to drop their obsession with "social justice".

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All of this, of course, speaks not only to the presence of the very active online communities of anti-feminist incels but to the prevalence of the hideous and incorrect ideas they promote.

Lady, are you saying that not even an incel will throw a Mercy Dick into you?

Doesn't that make you a femcel?

By the way, feminists/leftists have long been saying they won't date anyone who doesn't self-identify as a feminist or leftist.

And now they're complaining that men are saying, "I don't want to date a sex-negative quasi-religious-maniac harridan shrew"?

There is actually a movement called "political lesbianism." This refers to the sexual choices of women who are actually straight and attracted to men, but who choose to force themselves to become lesbian as an act of political defiance against The Patriarchy.

I'm going to put myself through a course of self-guided Conversion Therapy to remake myself into a lesbian just to make a political point.

Yes, that sounds psychologically healthy.

And of course, no, not all feminists do this.

But it is a sign of a sickness of the mind that tends to hateful extremism.

And you lunatics actually have the balls to whine that men are saying, "Nah, brah" to you.

Scenes from #Woke feminism, via Slate:

I'm a Heterosexual Woman Who's Politically Opposed to Heterosexuality Who do I date? Key excerpt: I'm a cis woman in kind of a classic millennial sex pickle: I'm really repelled by heterosexuality politically and personally, but I'm also really into dick.

Spoiler alert: Her question is really whether it is ethical to cruise gay hook-up sites cruising for The D, even though she's a woman. She wants the D from gay guys because she hates straight guys so much. But she also doesn't want to intrude on "gay spaces."

Should Men Pay a "Dick Pic Tax"?

Man Up tackles the ethical quandary of who should pay on the first date.

Key excerpt: But I think that there is an initial imbalance when you have someone saying, "I am paying for this thing. What is it that you're bringing to the table?" Are you paying for my time? It does feel very weird to have someone take the upper hand. I'm also proud that I can pay my own bills and that I can make money and buy the things that I want.

Those examples from Joe Mannix.


Does this dress make my feminism look fat?

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Posted by Ace at 03:11 PM Comments



Don Lemon: When I Was Laughing Uproariously at Borderline Racist Attacks on Low-Status Whites, I Was Only Laughing Because... I Couldn't Hear the Jokes I Was Laughing At?!!

—Ace

Oh.

I see.

Yesterday, when you started laughing like someone with a mental problem at Rick Wilson's Rebus-puzzle Dad Joke, I thought you were just borderline retarded.

But now that you're claiming you were only laughing at the jokes because you couldn't hear the jokes you were laughing at, I now think you're all-the-way-home retarded.

Don Lemon is a black hole of ignorance and lies.

The guy who wondered if a free-roaming black hole was eating airplanes out of the sky is having a laugh about profound ignorance?

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Republicans Float Idea of Voting on Entire Package of Witnesses, Including Bolton as Well as Witnesses Republicans Want to Hear From;
Joe Manchin Says That Hunter Biden is a Relevant Witness

—Ace

The "package" is intended as a poison pill -- Romney and Collins (who I'm told are absolutely determined to vote with the Democrats on any matter) will vote for it, but many Democrats will actually vote against it.

One plan is to amend any resolution calling for a particular witness to also include a package of witnesses that assuredly wouldn't win enough support in the Senate. For example, if the Democrats seek to call former National Security Advisor John Bolton, Republicans might subpoena Hunter Biden over his lucrative board position in Ukraine, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., over his inconsistent statements concerning his panel's contacts with the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment probe.

"After listening to the Dems’ 20+ hours of argument and the rebuttal arguments from @realDonaldTrump, I’ve got lots of questions for the Dems," tweeted Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday. "Like this one: Why did Schiff lie about his contact with the 'whistleblower'? More to come!"

The "package deal" proposal could afford moderate Republicans the political cover of supporting more witnesses in theory, while ultimately rejecting a witness package they deem flawed. Even if a witness package passed, the resolution could be written such that the witness phase of the trial ends immediately if a key witness, such as Hunter Biden, defies his subpoena.

But Joe Manchin says he does want to call Hunter Biden as a witness anyway.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he believes Hunter Biden is a relevant witness in President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, adding that it could be an opportunity for Biden to clear himself.

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"Morning Joe": Is Hunter Biden a relevant witness, senator?

Manchin: "You know, I think so. I really do. I don't have a problem there, because this is why we are where we are. Now, I think that he could clear himself. Of what I know and what I've heard, but being afraid to put anybody that might have pertinent information is wrong -- no matter if you're a Democrat or Republican, and not go home and say well, I protected one [from having to testify]. No. If it's relevant, then it should be there."

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey -- who had been considered a wavering potential defector -- now says that he sees no need for any witnesses.

But, if there are witnesses, he thinks Trump and Republicans should get to call the witnesses they want to hear from, too.

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on Wednesday sent the strongest signal yet that he will not support calling witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, saying he is “very, very skeptical” any witness could change how he would ultimately vote on Trump’s political fate.

“As I’ve said from the beginning, my decision about a witness is going to be whether or not there is a fact in dispute that a witness can shed enough light on that it could resolve the dispute, and do so in a way that would change my mind about how I ought to vote on the final question," Toomey said. "And I'm very, very skeptical... that that criteria is going to be met."

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And Toomey said Wednesday that if witnesses are called, it would only be fair for both parties to have the opportunity to call them. He argued that Hunter Biden would be an important witness because his past position on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma offers another explanation for why Trump might have withheld aid.

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Posted by Ace at 12:24 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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During the shampeachment hearings yesterday, Trump's defense team had a lot of fun showing video recordings of today's Democrats complaining about the Clinton impeachment, how it was a partisan hatchet job, how it would create divisiveness and bitterness,lowered the bar for impeachment, every president henceforth would be impeached, etc. It was meant to point out their hypocrisy, which is fine, but what struck me is that many of the videos were of the *same guys* that are here now, like Schumer, and Nadler, and Biden.

The Clinton impeachment was, what, 1997? 1998? I'm too lazy to look it up, but that's getting close to 25 years ago. Yes, they've been around that long.

And don't get me started on Joe Biden. Do you morons know when he was first elected to the Senate? If you don't know, take a guess. For the answer, swipe your mouse past the colon at the end of this sentence: 1972.

No, I'm not making it up. That's according to Slow Joe's wiki page. Can you believe that? That's the year Nixon was impeached. That was nearly half a century ago.

If you've been in Congress for 48 freakin' years, you've been there too long. Heck, if you've been in Congress half that long, that's still too long. And what has he done in all those years? What are his accomplishments? I mean, aside from trying to grope underaged girls and sniff their hair, what has he done?

Joe's lucky he doesn't live back in the day when another senator might think he's justified in thrashing him with a blunt end of a cane on the Senate floor. Because some guy like Creepy Joe, the other senators would be lining up around the block to get their licks in. *



She Does Not Look At All Comfortable:

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And this one here looks even worse. Is Creepy Joe trying to cop an under-feel there?

*No, I'm not calling for Joe Biden to be violently assaulted. I'm just pointing out the repugnance of the public behavior that he has been allowed to get away with for years.

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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:18 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Art Thread [Kris]

—CBD

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The Card Game #2
Gaetano Bellei

Bellei as an Italian painter of scenes of regular people living regular lives. He seems to have been especially attracted to faces, and how an individual’s face can reveal personality and tell a story. The artist’s technique and style is highly academic, but where contemporary academic painting gets pretty stale by this point in history, Bellei’s work is quite charming. His paintings are full of joy and life.

Bellei painted a lot of card games between different groups of people—elderly villagers, priests, monks, folks in a pub, etc. For me, this was one of his better versions of the theme. This is also the second of two using this specific group of people. In the first work (seen here: https://tinyurl.com/wcyee23), the game has become intense. The player on the left considers his hand as his friends show worry or concern. The group on the right, displaying zero poker-face, is confident in their cards and wait for the player on the left to accept the inevitable defeat. In the second painting, the player on the left shows his hand and the results are wonderful.

Bellei composes his figures in #2 so that they frame the card table, a flat trapezoid in the dead middle of the work. The card game is the prime mover of the action and mood of the piece. The absolute center is occupied by the winning hand and four glasses of wine—items of pleasure. No money is on the table. This was not a game with high stakes, or any stakes really, except bragging rights. This was a friendly game of cards between old friends. There was no chance of hurt relationships, just bruised egos and good-natured ribbing. The loser may have had to buy the winners a round of drinks, which is why the very happy man in the center is filling four glasses.

Many times with a color scheme like this, the mood is somewhat dank and drab, sometimes dour. But here Bellei uses these colors to indicate the commonness of the figures. They are everyday folks, doing everyday things. If the colors were bright or pure, the painting would look too romanticized and fake. This looks real—a scene one would see in any gin-joint in any town in all the world. The browns and blacks have warm tones and highlights, and the painting is dotted with reds. Yellow provides a final, overall wash to warm it up further. The skin tones are rosy, and the smiles and laughter lighten the mood further. The mood is all joy. There is nothing at all to feel bad about here.

Each figure and face is carefully rendered and arranged so that every gesture and every expression is separate and distinct. They can be read clearly and easily. The woman on the far left is the only figure sitting straight up-and-down. She frames the work and makes sure the viewer’s eyes stay in the work. She directs our gaze to the rest of the group. The next two figures look very similar—same expression, same smile, similar pose, similar clothes, same colors. They literally double the movement rightwards towards the losers. The man on the very right edge counters and almost mirrors the woman on the left. He reflects the viewer’s gaze back into the work. The losing woman is probably my favorite character here. She is the Kermit Drinking Tea meme with an “I told ya so” look on her face.

This is a very charming painting with a lot going on. It has a simple theme and uses simple people. It is jolly and wholesome… and just plain fun to look at.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report - 1/29/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Midweek and the Trump defense team wrapped up its opening arguments yesterday with a one-two punch of Alan Dershowitz completely eviscerating any relevancy to what John Bolton may or may not have written in his upcoming book and the final wrap-up by Team Trump with a video mash-up of the same Democrats today calling for Trump's head "on a pike" at the 1998 proceedings against Bill Clinton decrying the use of impeachment as a weapon to oust their political enemies. Yet, as irresistibly and incontrovertibly powerful as all of this is - as well as the growing stack of evidence pointing directly at the Bribems and others as being guilty as hell of what Trump is charged with - the big news breaking late yesterday is that the three RINOs led by the repugnant Pee-Air Defecto Romney are being joined by both Lamar Alexander, the useless, sneaky shriveled coprolite from Tennessee and most surprisingly Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, to screw Cocaine Mitch and let the Dems continue this sham by calling witnesses. Considering Trump carried Louisiana by something like 20 points, Cassidy's betrayal is a puzzler. Frankly, I do not understand the process in the Senate. Doesn't whoever is running the trial (I assume it's McConnell or Graham?) have the final word in allowing what motions to proceed or to deny? I sort of understand that if a motion for more witnesses is put forward and it's gaveled down or tabled, the Dems would have a field day in shrieking cover up. But that would not or should not stop the GOP from shrieking back twice as loudly "sham" and killing this thing. Screw the friggin' media; even the most crooked of Leftist polls show both no interest in the impeachment and more tellingly, support for the President in all of this. The proverbial wind is at the Republicans' back but all they can do is break it.

I am beyond disgusted with these bastards. The simple fact is they hate Trump, hate that he has come to bust up their place within the Deep State/Big Government/Globalist scam that has sucked America dry since the New Deal and of course we the American people for daring to defy their delusion of manifest destiny to screw us and our progeny over. Make no mistake, the same low-class, puerile display that Rick Wilson, Don Lemon and Wajahat Ali vomited up on CNN over the weekend is exactly what Romney and company think of us. They're just barely intelligent enough to keep it relatively concealed. But, given their words and deeds since Trump shocked the world in 2016 and before in light of the plain, unvarnished, absolute truth that Trump is the innocent party in all of this, then by extension they are part and parcel of the ongoing coup to destroy this President and overthrow the republic. QED.

As of this morning, I have not seen any news that McConnell and the rest of the GOP Senators have persuaded these traitors to change their minds. The situation is still fluid and perhaps they may yet be convinced to straighten up and fly right. But even if by some miracle, or a Cocaine Mitch reading of a riot act behind closed doors, that would actually persuade them not to vote for more witnesses, I stand by my assessment of who and what they are. Let's face it, the GOP is a party in transition and there is going to be a lag between those who support the new age of Trumpism and the vanquishing of the old guard who oppose it and the base. I think Trump's incredible record over his first term has persuaded some to either give up and exit, join us or, as with these dead-enders, dig in their heels and commit political suicide at the expense of the life of the nation. Too bad a good many squandered the first two years believing the Russia collusion hoax and kept their distance from the President. Well, what was done is done so you have to let it go and not dwell on what might have been.

I do not think that the election of Trump was a one-off. Certainly, what he has accomplished, the way he has accomplished it and most importantly the visceral reaction from the Democrat-Media Complex and their Deep State flunkies and co-conspirators in the Bureaucracy and the GOP it engendered has opened a lot of heretofore-closed eyes and minds, and they will not allow us to go back to business as usual. The downside is it usually takes a few election cycles to drain all the dead wood and bad blood and we do not have that luxury. If a Democrat were to G-d forbid be elected it would be lights out America right there. That party is now openly anti-American and is no longer satisfied to obey laws and traditions even in the breach to advance its agenda. It's easy to laugh at Toothy McBigTits and Bernardo Sandersnista but they mean business, as do their underlings caught on camera by Project Veritas calling for everything from gulags to mass executions for those who refuse to be "re-educated." So, it's a race against time to see if the Trump miracle can peel away a significant number of old time Dems and even disaffected youth who have escaped the Ludovico Technique at Brainwash U from the effort to replace our population with millions of illiterate third world peasantry from south of the border.

Place your bets; it's post time...

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:31 AM Comments

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (1/28/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I


"What it's caused is a number of safety, health and security issues onboard our aircraft, which has led to minor things like animals loose in the cabin to very serious safety issues where untrained animals have attacked flight attendants or other passengers or other legitimate service dogs," Taylor Garland, a spokesperson for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA


Quote II

“I was living in a nice flat, had a good job and had three cars. I had a lot of savings behind me and I was lucky enough to be very secure. But it was all just ‘stuff’ to me and didn’t really mean anything. So I decided to get rid of the lot and set off with Bandit.”Charlie Hammerton


Quote III

'I think western art has centred on a sexualised version of the female body more than other cultures,'

'I think it's about opening our eyes to it and saying, 'What is this? I this realty soft porn for the elite, dressed up in a classical guise?'. Dame Mary Beard


Quote IV

"It's a gateway to more laddish behaviour and - if it just goes unchecked - it's a signal of a more laddish culture,"Chartered Management Institute head Ann Francke


Quote V

Let me restate this last paragraph: Romney’s highest and best use is babysitting kids. Trump’s best use is smashmouth rugby with Democrats. This is not a hard call. Steven Hayward

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:00 PM Comments

Open Thread

—Ace



Meanwhile: There are more turncoats in the GOP, because, of course.



It will take years to de-Baathify the party, rooting out the Rockefeller Republican/Corporate Libertarian Liberal remnants.

The GOP also cut the below ad about Rick Wilson's and Don Lemon's Racist Hate Party.

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Posted by Ace at 08:32 PM Comments

Trump Rally/Open Thread

—Ace

Video below. It just started minutes ago.

Meanwhile, I don't know if this is just more bluffing, or if this is real:

@susanferrechio

"I'm increasingly optimistic this ends Friday" @LindseyGrahamSC said on Fox News, when asked about a vote coming Friday on calling witnesses

I still think bluffing, and pressuring Romney and Murkowski to know that there will be no political cover if they defect completely to the Democrats.

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Posted by Ace at 07:26 PM Comments

Diane Feinstein: I Don't Know If There's Enough Evidence for Impeachment to Support Anything But an Acquittal

—Ace

Interesting.

Just after President Trump’s defense lawyers ended arguments in their Senate trial Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California became the first Democrat to suggest that she could vote to acquit him, despite serious concerns about his character.

"Nine months left to go, the people should judge. We are a republic, we are based on the will of the people-- the people should judge," Feinstein said Tuesday, after the president’s team finished a three-day presentation in his defense. "That was my view and it still is my view."

Still, she indicated that arguments in the trial about Trump's character and fitness for office had left her undecided. "What changed my opinion as this went on," she said, is a realization that "impeachment isn't about one offense. It's really about the character and ability and physical and mental fitness of the individual to serve the people, not themselves."

Diane Feinstein, who employed for decades a spy for Red China in a sensitive position, is an excellent judge of character.

Meanwhile, some GOPers are suggesting that they have the votes to force a final vote, guilty or innocent, by Friday.

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Posted by Ace at 06:21 PM Comments

Breaking: Noted Twitter-Addict and Morbidly Obese Person Counsels Self-Restraint

—Ace

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This guy's "shoulders" look like they should have nipples

I've never seen a guy so damn proud to teach at extension school.

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Posted by Ace at 05:23 PM Comments

David Hogg: The "Gun Violence Prevention Movement" Was Started "Centuries Ago" by "Almost Entirely Black, Brown, and Indigenous LGBTQ Women and Non Binary People That Never Got On the News or In Most History Books"

—Ace

This might just be the most SJW sentence ever constructed.

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Posted by Ace at 04:20 PM Comments

Supreme Court Knocks Down Hawaiian Judge's Injunction Against Trump's "Public Charge" Rule Change;
Neil Gorsuch Slams Penny-Ante District Judges for Issuing Nationwide Injunctions, Legislating from the Bench

—Ace

The"public charge" rule says that immigrants cannot be granted green cards unless they can show that they are self-sufficient and would not become public charges -- that is, dependents on the public fisc.

The old rule only looked at a few things to determine if someone would wind up a "public charge." The old rule absurdly did not examine whether the immigrant was currently on Medicaid, food stamps, or other forms of welfare.

Doesn't that seem like the first thing you'd look at to determine if an immigrant would be (or already is) a "public charge"?

Well, you would, unless, of course, it was your plan to socialize the United States by permitting in as many low-income, government dependent socialist-leaning immigrants as possible.

Trump changed the rule to require examiningobvious evidence of someone's status as a "public charge," so of course the Sorosian Left went crazy and filed lawsuits everywhere.


The policy in question would expand the government's ability to refuse green cards or visas for legal immigrants determined to be a "public charge," or dependent on public assistance. Those using or likely to use Medicaid, food stamps and other safety net programs would face greater scrutiny from immigration officials.

Should they not?

District court judges -- the lowest judges in the federal system, ruling alone, rather than part of a panel of judges, from the bench -- have, as usual, claimed to have the power to issue nationwide or even "universal" or indeed "cosmic" injunctions against enforcement of the rule.

Neil Gorsuch concurred with the judgement setting aside this claimed "universal" injunction, and then -- finally! -- ripped the Hawaiian judges presuming the authority to dictate the entire nation's laws from their dinky little bench.

Justice Neil Gorsuch in a blistering concurring opinion criticized federal judges who issue nationwide blocks on administration rules, potentially teeing up a wider challenge to the practice that has often stymied major parts of Trump's agenda and drawn scorn from Attorney General William Barr.

His concurrence is here. Some choice language below:

On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security began a rulemaking process to define the term "public charge" as it is used in the Nation’s immigration laws. Approximately 10 months and 266,000 comments later, the agency issued a final rule. Litigation swiftly followed, with a number of States, organizations, and individual plaintiffs variously alleging that the new definition violates the Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the immigration laws themselves. These plaintiffs have urged courts to enjoin the rule’s enforcement not only as it applies to them, or even to some definable group having something to do with their claimed injury, but as it applies to anyone.

These efforts have met with mixed results. The Northern District of California ordered the government not to enforce the new rule within a hodge-podge of jurisdictions--California, Oregon, Maine, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. The Eastern District of Washington entered a similar order, but went much farther geographically, enjoining the government from enforcing its rule globally. But both of those orders were soon stayed by the Ninth Circuit which, in a 59-page opinion, determined the government was likely to succeed on the merits. Meanwhile, across the country, the District of Maryland entered its own universal
injunction, only to have that one stayed by the Fourth Circuit. And while all these developments were unfolding on the coasts, the Northern District of Illinois was busy fashioning its own injunction, this one limited to enforcement within the State of Illinois.

If some of this sounds familiar, it's because you've read about this unending game of district courts issuing nationwide, "global" injunctions and then Circuit Courts or even the Supreme Court staying those bullshit injunctions.

Even the Ninth Circuit found the government was likely to win on the ultimate merits (which means that an injunction cannot be laid against them, as criterion one for an injunction in your favor is that you are likely to win on the ultimate merits.

Now get ready for some Sauron-level snark from Justice Gorsuch, putting this dinky little New York district judge in his place for claiming to have Cosmic Power:

If all of this is confusing, don't worry, because none of it matters much at this point. Despite the fluid state of things--some interim wins for the government over here, some preliminary relief for plaintiffs over there-- we now have an injunction to rule them all: the one before us, in which a single judge in New York enjoined the government from applying the new definition to anyone, without regard to geography or participation in this or any other lawsuit.

The Second Circuit declined to stay this particular universal injunction, and so now, after so many trips up and down and around the judicial map, the government brings its well-rehearsed arguments here.

He says these arguments are "well-rehearsed" not as an insult to the goverment, but to the judges issuing these stays -- because these judges should have read the dozen prior rejections of these "global" injunctions.

They are just forcing the government to return to court, in dozens of courts, to make the same legal arguments.

Legal arguments that always win.

Not that the Hawaiian judges care about the law.

They're just legislating here.

Today the Court (rightly) grants a stay, allowing the government to pursue (for now) its policy everywhere save Illinois. But, in light of all that's come before, it would be delusional to think that one stay today suffices to remedy the problem. The real problem here is the increasingly common practice of trial courts ordering relief that transcends the cases before them. Whether framed as injunctions of "nationwide," "universal," or "cosmic" scope, these orders share the same basic flaw--they direct how the defendant must act toward persons who are not parties to the case.

I've never heard of a "cosmic" ruling. I think he's being sarcastic in mentioning the so-called "cosmic injunction," to ridicule these Hawaiian Judges' delusions of grandeur.

Equitable remedies, like remedies in general, are meant to redress the injuries sustained by a particular plaintiff in a particular lawsuit. When a district court orders the government not to enforce a rule against the plaintiffs in the case before it, the court redresses the injury that gives rise to its jurisdiction in the first place. But when a court goes further than that, ordering the government to take (or not take) some action with respect to those who are strangers to the suit, it is hard to see how the court could still be acting in the judicial role of resolving cases and controversies.

This is a very important point, because Article III courts -- the independent judiciary specified in the Constitution, as opposed to Article II (executive) courts like courts martial -- are only permitted to rule on actual, real "cases and controversies." They cannot rule on abstract issues, render advisory opinions about how they might rule in the future, or rule about parties not before them.


They just have no power to do so. Doing so violates their grant of power under Article III.

Injunctions like these thus raise serious questions about the scope of courts' equitable powers under Article III. [Citations omitted.]


It has become increasingly apparent that this Court must, at some point, confront these important objections to this increasingly widespread practice
. As the brief and furious history of the regulation before us illustrates, the routine issuance of universal injunctions is patently unworkable, sowing chaos for litigants, the government, courts, and all those affected by these conflicting decisions.

Rather than spending their time methodically developing arguments and evidence in cases limited to the parties at hand, both sides have been forced to rush from one preliminary injunction hearing to another, leaping from one emergency stay application to the next, each with potentially nationwide stakes, and all based on expedited briefing and little opportunity for the adversarial testing of evidence.

This is not normal. Universal injunctions have little basis in traditional equitable practice. [Citation omitted.] Their use has proliferated only in very recent years.

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The rise of nationwide injunctions may just be a sign of our impatient times. But good judicial decisions are usually tempered by older virtues.

Nor do the costs of nationwide injunctions end there.

There are currently more than 1,000 active and senior district court judges, sitting across 94 judicial districts, and subject to review in 12 regional courts of appeal.

Because plaintiffs generally are not bound by adverse decisions in cases to which they were not a party, there is a nearly boundless opportunity to shop for a friendly forum to secure a win nationwide.

Thus, why so many Hawaiian Judges wind up ruling on these things -- leftwing plaintiffs are forum-shopping for the most leftwing, and indeed unethical, judges.

And the stakes are asymmetric. If a single successful challenge is enough to stay the challenged rule across the country, the government's hope of implementing any new policy could face the long odds of a straight sweep, parlaying a 94- to-0 win in the district courts into a 12-to-0 victory in the courts of appeal. A single loss and the policy goes on ice— possibly for good, or just as possibly for some indeterminate period of time until another court jumps in to grant a stay.

And all that can repeat, ad infinitum, until either one side gives up or this Court grants certiorari [that is, grants a review].

What in this gamesmanship and chaos can we be proud of?


I concur in the Court's decision to issue a stay. But I hope, too, that we might at an appropriate juncture take up some of the underlying equitable and constitutional questions raised by the rise of nationwide injunctions.

What could the Supreme Court do?

Well, one thing it could do -- and might eventually have to do -- is issue an order that no injunctions affecting immigration is to be granted any effect or dignity until it is confirmed by, say, an en banc review from the Circuit Court sitting in review. In other words, an automatic pre-emptive dismissal.

I would say this is a shot across the bow, a last warning: Stop issuing "cosmic" injunctions, or we'll clip your wings forever.

It is high time to end the Tyranny of the Hawaiian Judges.

And now, I need a cigarette.

Well, not a cigarette. But a nice strong vape.


Princeton can use a man like Neil Gorsuch.

Posted by Ace at 03:01 PM Comments

Air Force Veteran Finds Out the Rolex He Bought for $346 In 1974 Is Worth More Now

—Ace

The watch is uncommonly well-preserved, because he bought it and then just stuck it in a safe deposit box for 45 years.

So it's worth a few bucks.

The $346 price in 1975 wasn't cheap -- the vet says his monthly salary was between $300 and $400 at the time.

Still, while it was definitely a luxury purchase, it wasn't a bank-breaker.

It's worth more now.

If you don't want to watch the whole thing, you can skip to 4:55 as the Antiques Roadshow guy begins to estimate the watch's value.

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Posted by Ace at 02:03 PM Comments

RedState: Fox Permits Chris Wallace to Have His Daily Trump-Deranged "Outbursts" At Its Own Peril

—Ace

Fox-Free February, y'all!

For starters, it should be noted that Wallace was wrong. After he threw his little fit, in which he didn't even have the courage to look her in the eye while he made his demeaning "get your facts straight" comment, Pavlich proceeded to lay out a factual case about the Clinton impeachment (which was one of the aspects being compared). It is absolutely true that the witness interviews and "evidence" in the Clinton case were completed before they voted on the articles of impeachment because that’s exactly how things should go.

In the case of Trump's impeachment, Democrats and their media allies want Republicans to save them from themselves. That was Pavlich's point. Wallace, instead of conceding that obviously true contention, is left stammering about "but Bolton" at the end.

But past the factual aspects of the exchange, this is just no way to treat a colleague....

I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes at Fox News right now, but Wallace's behavior is growing more hostile and out of line, both to his colleagues and those he interviews. I get that he wants Trump removed, but he's supposed to be a unbiased journalist, not Don Lemon defending resistance talking points....

[F]ox News allows these public outbursts with Wallace to continue at their own peril.

Meanwhile -- Fox is pumping out absurdly biased polls as well. Look how far out of line Fox's poll on Impeachment is with everyone else.

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CNN Nasty: Don Lemon, Rick Wilson, and Ali Wahjat Laugh and Laugh at Trump Voters, Doing "Hick" Voices

—Ace

The second-most embarrassing thing here is a "joke" that Rick Wilson pre-wrote for his appearance, that Trump could not find Ukraine on a map if you included the letter "U" and a "picture of a physical crane."

Oh, I get it. Like a Rebus puzzle! You know, that thing that only children under 5 are amused by!

But the most embarrassing thing is that this "joke" absolutely slays Don Lemon.

We've always known he had a child-level intellect. We just didn't know it was a kindergarten level.

Oh, and Rick Wilson, who is decrepit, also attacked "boomers."

The left permits itself the sort of broad attacks on people for their race, religion, and age that they shriek about when another even hint at it.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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leaving the reservation is the worst thing a pet minority can do. A current example is Alan Dershowitz, who stubbornly interprets the Deep State attempts to destroy President Trump as politically motivated, and for that he is criticized as a traitor. He is used to the vitriol, because as a leftist academic he supported Israel's right to exist (what a weird construction that is!), and that is anathema to the conventional wisdom of the academy.

But I think the most important example is Clarence Thomas. A principled originalist, an independent thinker, a fine jurist and a Black man. One of these things is beyond the pale. That he dares to be his own man and refuses to define himself according to the playbook of the identity-politics obsessed progressive movement in America made him the biggest target of his generation.

J.J. Sefton recently reviewed the upcoming documentary called Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words, which premiers in a few days. The left and Hollywood revels in hagiographic portrayals of their heroes...abortionists, mass murderers, communists, etc. But a sensitive portrayal of a staunch defender of our Constitution and our country is a rare bird indeed.

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It's a limited release, but if at all possible, watch this documentary in a theater, and show the liberal elites that Justice Thomas has the support of the American people.

And...does anyone else get the sense that he is a nice guy? Serious without a doubt, but well grounded and content. Who would you rather have a beer with...Clarence Thomas or RBG or Kagen or Breyer?

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Young Peasant At Her Toilette
Camille Pissarro

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The Morning Report - 1/28/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Tuesday, and despite the so-called non-bombshell of the fortuitously timed release of that excerpt from John Bolton's book that again alleges nothing that was truly illegal, rises anywhere near the level of an impeachable offence or relevant to what actually happened in the timeline of actual events, the Trump defense team yet again absolutely dismantled the Democrats case. Alan Dershowitz shifted (no pun) brilliantly in taking on this garbage by citing the leaked excerpt:

... "Quid pro quo alone is not a basis for abuse of power," said Dershowitz. "It's part of the way that foreign policy has been operated by presidents since the beginning of time. The claim that foreign policy decisions can be deemed abuses of power based on subjective opinions about mixed or sole motives, that the president was interested only in helping himself, demonstrates the dangers of employing the vague subjective and malleable phrase of abuse of power as a constitutional criteria for the removal of a president. Now it follows, it follows from this that if a president, any president were to have done what the Times reported about the content of the Bolton manuscript, that would not constitute an impeachable offense..."

The other notable defense came from former Florida AG Pam Bondi who, in defending the President's dealings with Ukraine, and with the decision to hear more potential witnesses in the balance, brought up the real criminals, blackmailers and bloodsuckers in Ukraine and in probably half a hundred other places around the globe. I mean, the Biden family:

... [Bondi] also noted that Hunter Biden was involved in business with Chris Heinz, the stepson of then-Secretary of State John Kerry. Both were involved in Ukraine - and elsewhere at a time when ending corruption was said to be the top priority of the United States and other western governments in dealing with Ukraine.

Bondi also noted that journalists had asked the Obama administration about the Bidens' conflict of interest, and that American diplomats - including State Department official George Kent and former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified in the House impeachment inquiry - had raised concerns as well.

Nothing was done, she pointed out, and Hunter Biden only left the board of Burisma in April 2019, the same month that his father announced his campaign for the presidency, when under closer scrutiny than usual.

Bondi noted that the House Democrat impeachment managers had referred to "the Bidens and Burisma 400 times" in their presentation in an effort to pre-empt the argument that there was any legitimate basis, other than the president's own political interest, for asking the Ukraine to investigate them...

Other stand out speeches were given by White House Counsel Eric Herschman and Jane Raskin, and even Ken Starr fired off some well aimed torpedoes (see links below). In a sane world, not only would we never even have had the House hearings but the preponderance of evidence and the lack of even a shred of any substantive evidence or direct witness testimony that can be corroborated would have stopped this thing dead in its tracks weeks ago. Yet here we are and despite all of this, the Bolton non-revelation nothing-burger of a fart in a hurricane is all that will be needed to give cover for Pee-Air Defecto, the Maine Pain and the Alaskan Snow-Blower to side with the Democrats and call Bolton to testify and express his hurt feelings about Trump not taking his advice, which is, of course, a hanging offense in the Deep State - just like every other "witness" who witnessed nothing but their worldview torn up in their faces by OrangeManBad as he implemented policies that actually work and to America's advantage.

That will fail, of course, but what I am truly wary of is in voting for more witnesses, watch as the aforementioned RINO traitors pull a fast one with the Dems and try to block the Bribems, Eric "Whistleblower" Ciaramella or even Schiff-for-Brains from facing the Team Trump collective blow torch. Is that possible if the control of who calls witnesses and other procedural matters are controlled by McConnell or Graham? Are procedural matters even up for a vote in the first place? No matter what, Cocaine Mitch has got to read the riot act to these turds and threaten to strip them of any perk, privilege and committee chairmanship if they continue with this garbage. Meh, he should do it anyway. Romney is gone. He's angling to sabotage the President, period, full stop. He is probably deluding himself into thinking he's going to be the savior of the party in 2024. Perhaps sooner than that if he has gone off the deep end.

Circling back to Bolton, George W. Bush, who is no fan to say the least of this President, thinks he (Bolton) is not credible at all and more tellingly, Bolton's former chief of staff ripped him a new one and called on him to suspend the release of the book. In any case, as Bill Hemmer asked Democrat hack Val Demings - three times with no real response - why didn't the Democrats subpoena Bolton when Schiff-for-Brains and Gas Giant Nadler were running the House committees? Yes, Trump would've put up a fight but they could have taken him to court and probably won, all things considered with the state of the judiciary, especially in DC. But of course they didn't, and here we are.

The bottom line is, whenever this comes to an end, not only will the President be acquitted but his approval rating and perception with the public that he is the victim climb, and concomitantly the Democrats will continue digging their way past the earth's lower crust and into the upper lithosphere. Daniel Greenfield is right that as Trump derangement increases it yields diminishing returns in terms of the public's engagement and willingness to go along. In fact, just the opposite as I have stated. But it won't end. There will be more charges, yet another House panel and so on, and so on and scooby dooby dooby right up until the election and really for all time.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (1/27/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

"Anyone with any doubt who the bad guys are here ... be certain it is the City of Tempe, City of Phoenix, and police forces valleywide. There is no excuse for pointing an AR-15 in the face of a non-violent offender."Dustin Shomer


Quote II

“No, no, the country’s finished,” Actor Hugh Grant


Quote III

Never in human history have so many rich, pampered, cosseted people of all colors steadfastly refused to see how good they have it, or been so unwilling to defend the very system that gave them every single privilege and comfort they enjoy. They are still looking for the Magic Victim Lotto Win, even if they have to pay their own attackers, deface their own property, or put vulgar epithets on their own birthday cakes.Ammo Grrrll


Quote IV

That folly has deformed our politics. Now, in 2020, voters are faced with a choice between two parties led by conspiracy theorists and gaslighters. Instead of saving America from Trump, the Resistance may have reelected him. Eli Lake, Bloomberg Opinion.


Quote V

"The pole stigma is associated with sex work, but sex workers whether they're on a pole or not are humans, too, and shouldn't be discriminated against for providing a service as old as time," Steven Retchless, 2010 American Pole Fitness Champion.


Quote VI

If the political culture forbids respectable politicians from raising certain topics, then the electorate will turn to unrespectable politicians. Mark Steyn

This is what Steyn is talking about.

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John Bolton's Close Ally Fred Fleitz Turns Against Him, Charging That His Book Is Unethical

—Ace

Before getting to that, let's take a look at the observation that several people have made, that the Democrats are enacting the Kavanaugh Strategy again during this fake impeachment, attempting to drag out the proceedings for maximum political benefit with a timed "bombshell" every four days to keep the circus going:

Then came the accusations by fabulist Christine Blasey Ford about an incident that took place in high school (she couldn’t provide an exact time or location) when she was sexually assaulted by a young Kavanaugh. Close on the heels of that allegation, a woman named Deborah Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh, while a college student, had waggled his penis in her face. Then we were treated to a soon-to-be convicted felon named Michael Avenatti producing a woman named Julie Swetnick who claimed that Kavanaugh ran a gang rape ring. A woman later identified as Judy Munro-Leighton claimed Kavanaugh raped her in a car.

All of these allegations were false. They were all easily batted down. But they served a common purpose. What should have been a pro-forma hearing of two or three days, followed by a confirmation vote turned into a month-long ordeal that involved a "supplemental" FBI investigation. And the volume of similarly themed allegations left some people wondering if there was a pony underneath that pile of horse dung, was Brett Kavanaugh a serial sexual predator in the Bill Clinton mode?

If one looks at the Trump impeachment trial, one sees the outlines of a similar pattern....

As the House 'impeachment managers' were making their closing case, tape surfaced of Donald Trump stating that he wanted then-ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch 'taken out.' There were some who claimed that President Trump ordered a hit on her.

Yeah, AllahPundit, the noted former preening scold of conspiracy theorists, farted that conspiracy bubble up out of the bath.

That was ridiculous but only little moreso than claiming, against all law and precedent, that the President cannot fire an ambassador whom he no longer trusts. Those tapes, by the way, were delivered to the House Intelligence Committee before it voted on impeachment and there was nothing in them that merited inclusion in the House’s impeachment evidence.

A totally bullsh** allegation of the Julie Swetnick kind, but a drip. A small point of doubt designed to get the Senate to ask for more information.

And now...

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Fred Fleitz -- who has been called "John Bolton's own John Bolton" --is calling for Bolton to withdraw his Retirement Fund venture disguised as a book.

It was crushing to read weekend press reports that my friend and former boss John Bolton plans to publish a tell-all book on his time as President Trump’s National Security Adviser. The book reportedly will be published in March 2020. Given the importance of protecting a president’s confidential discussions with his senior advisers, I strongly disagree with Bolton’s decision to release the book before the November presidential election and call on him to withdraw it from the publisher immediately.

After noting that executive privilege exists so that presidents can speak candidly with advisers without having to be guarded about every statement and question -- something that Bolton is undermining for his own personal benefit -- Fleitz notes that Robert Gates avoided doing this before Obama's 2012 election.

I haven’t seen Bolton’s book manuscript and I don’t know what’s in it. I take Bolton and his staff at their word that they did not leak the manuscript to the New York Times. But I believe they are still responsible for this leak since Bolton’s explosive book was sent to the leak-prone National Security Council for a security review in December 2019 so the book could be published in the spring of 2020. It also is inexplicable how such a sensitive manuscript could be sent to the NSC in the middle of the impeachment process. Under such circumstances, a leak of the manuscript was all but certain.

If a manuscript of this sensitivity was to be published at all, this should happen after the election, not in the spring of 2020. I don’t understand the need for a former National Security Adviser to publish a tell-all book critical of a president he served, especially during a presidential reelection campaign that will determine the fate of the country. There will be a time for Bolton to speak out without appearing to try to tip a presidential election.

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Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who stepped down in June 2011, published a devastating book titled “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” that detailed the incompetence of Vice President Joe Biden and the Obama National Security Council staff. But because he did not want his internal knowledge of the workings of the Obama administration and his interactions with President Obama to affect the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, Gates did not publish his book until January 2014.

Gates established a principled precedent on how senior advisers to presidents should write about their experiences. Given Ambassador Bolton’s long and distinguished record of government service, I believe it is vital that he follow this precedent.


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NY Post Confirms That FBI Is "Reviewing" Charges That Ilhan "Omar" Nur Married Her Brother, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, to Defraud INS

—Ace

Don't get too excited -- this looks like another FBI cover-up.

They've accepted the information, because there is a lot of evidence of this crime, and they have to at least be seen as open to investigating, but in fact, they're not.

They will bury this.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reviewing claims Rep. Ilhan Omar married her brother, The Post has learned.

Two FBI agents held an hours-long meeting in Minnesota in mid-October with a concerned party who handed over a trove of documents regarding Omar’s 2009 marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a source with knowledge of the event said.

At the meeting, first reported by website The Blaze, the agents discussed concerns the Somali-born Democrat married Elmi, a British citizen rumored to be her brother, so he could obtain a green card and study in America, the source said.

The two agents said they would share the information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Department of Education, but did not commit to opening an investigation into the firebrand lawmaker, the source said.

Nah, FBI investigations are for important, well-evidenced stuff, like Carter Page being a RUSSIAN operative.

Posted by Ace at 07:26 PM Comments

Is This Something?

—Ace

This is Blumhouse's take on Fantasy Island.

I know, I know: It sounds like they took the DNA of hot garbage and mixed it with the DNA of trash-fire.

But... I'm interested.

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WaPo/ABC Poll: Trump Statistically Tied With All Democrats
Gallup: Public Satisfaction Up Bigly Over Last Year of Obama/Biden Administration

—Ace

Link.

President Trump begins his reelection year in a more competitive position than he was last fall against potential Democratic challengers, aided by rising approval for his handling of the economy, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

...

Despite Americans' concerns that the economic system favors the wealthy, the latest Post-ABC poll finds that fewer than half are worried about maintaining their own standard of living, a shift from 2016, when most expressed concern about losing their financial footing.

With just over nine months until Election Day, Americans see Trump as a slight favorite for reelection, with 49 percent expecting him to win and 43 percent predicting that his Democratic challenger will prevail.

...

The national Post-ABC poll tested Trump in six potential general election matchups and finds that registered voters nationwide are roughly split between supporting the president and backing the Democratic candidates. Neither Trump nor Democrats hold a statistically significant advantage in any matchup.

Former vice president Joe Biden is currently favored by 50 percent of registered voters while 46 percent support Trump. Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg has 49 percent support to Trump’s 46 percent, also virtually even given the poll’s four-point margin of sampling error among registered voters.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) receives 49 percent to Trump’s 47 percent, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) stands at 48 percent to Trump’s 47 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is tied with Trump at 48 percent. Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg is at 45 percent to Trump’s 48 percent.

...

The close matchups between Trump and Democrats among registered voters represent a contrast with an October Post-ABC poll in which Biden, Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg all held double-digit advantages over the incumbent.

On impeachment: Don't convict 49%, convict 47%.

Meanwhile, on a range of issues, Americans are much more satisfied with the current state of the country than they were in Obama's last year of 2016, and in many key areas -- from satisfaction with the economy to satisfaction with the level of crime to satisfaction with the readiness of the military -- they are greatly more satisfied.

Or, as Gallup calls it-- the country has "mixed" feelings.

Americans' average satisfaction rating for the 27 issues Gallup has tracked consistently since 2001 is now 47%. This is up three points from a year ago and is the highest since the January 2005 poll.

Today's average satisfaction is roughly on par with the level of the early 2000s. Only in 2002 was the average for this metric substantially higher than it is today. The average 53% recorded that year reflected heightened satisfaction as Americans were in full "rally around the flag" mode shortly after the 9/11 attacks.


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NEW POLL: On virtually every big indicator Americans say things are better today than they were at the end of the Obama-Biden presidency.

Economy is better (+22 points), country is more secure (+18 points), the military is stronger (+15 points), streets are safer (+9 points)...

Note that the level of satisfaction rose to 44% just before the 2012 reelections, and Obama won. It had been at a low of about 40% a year before, but rose in that last year before the election.

Now it's at 47%.

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New Senator Kelly Loeffler Calls Out Mitt Romney for Attempting to "Appease the Left" By Insisting on Witnesses in the Impeachment "Circus"

—Ace

Believe all women.



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After 2 weeks, it's clear that Democrats have no case for impeachment. Sadly, my colleague @SenatorRomney wants to appease the left by calling witnesses who will slander the @realDonaldTrump during their 15 minutes of fame. The circus is over. It's time to move on! #gapol

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Democrat Tries to Quote Bible

—Ace

It's quite a ride.

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Unhinged Liberal Chris Wallace Has Meltdown On-Air, Attacking Katie Pavlich and "Trump Defenders"

—Ace

People really need to boycott this piece of shit fake "conservative" network. I think everyone's tired of this MSNBC-on-Fox bullshit.

Why does anyone watch Chris Wallace's show? Why do conservatives agree to appear as "guests"?

It sounds to me like Chris Wallace completely misunderstood what Katie Pavlich was saying, or, as the Trump Deranged tend to do, ignored what she was saying and pretended she was saying something else for which he had all the Democrat Talking Points ready to go.

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WHAT?! Alexander Vindman's Identical-Twin Brother Is the Deep State Official In Charge of Reviewing Bolton's Book for Declassification... You Know, the Same Book That Was Just Leaked to the Media During the Impeachment Trial

—Ace

Incredible.



Meanwhile, even the New York Times' Trump-deranged Maggie Haberman can't help noticing that Bolton seems to have pecuniary motives here:

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Posted by Ace at 01:16 PM Comments

Bolton Announces New Book and Advertising Campaign to Take Place During Impeachment Trial;
Susan Collins Says She'll Vote for Witnesses

—Ace

The New York Times claims that Bolton's book will say that Trump said he wanted to hold up aid to Ukraine until Ukraine opened an investigation into the Biden's.

This leak comes just as Bolton's publisher announces the book.

Gee, I wonder who's behind this leak.

This has the intended effect of getting the Eternal Turncoats to turn coat.

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Posted by Ace at 12:04 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"I'm writing this on Sunday night, and social media is all abuzz about material from a book John Bolton is supposedly writing about how it confirms the Ukrainian quid pro quo.

"I'm not going to bother reading any further. I know it's fake news.

"I mean seriously, c'mon, if the quid pro quo hoax was true, they wouldn't have had to wait to find in un an unpublished book, even one written by John Bolton.

"All based on anonymous sources.

"Right.

"Remember the big bombshell about a depressed Trump stumbling around the White House in his bathrobe, chugging Diet Coke & watching the Gorilla Channel?

"Remember how the Mueller Report was going to be the end of Trump? The wheels are closing in and all that?

"And it was all fake.

"Couple possibilities here: this could be a "canary trap" where Trump would have caused this information to be known by one suspect (and no one else), and if gets leaked to the press, they know who the leaker is.

"Another possibility is that journalists are a roomful of cats, and Trump is a prankster with a laser pointer and they're jumping all over each other trying to get that infernal red dot, which keeps disappearing mysteriously and reappearing on the opposite wall.

"But we'll get it this time, the journalists yowl. Oh look, it's over there. Come on, boys, after it!

"And the laughter is Trump as he tucks into his second scoop of ice cream."




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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Juan Gris

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The Morning Report - 1/27/20

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Start of a new week and its deja-vu all over again. So what took two whole days and half the oxygen produced by the Amazon rain forest for the Democrats to make their "case" and present their "evidence" in the Senate was utterly decimated on Saturday by the President's team of impeachment managers in less than a couple of hours. In fact, it was such a thorough evisceration that Senator John Barasso said that when the transcript of Schiff-for-Brain's perverted, pornographic fantasy of the Trump-Zelensky phone call that he used to open the House hearings was read back and mocked in the Senate, he watched as "the blood drained from Adam Schiff's face." Yes, that's all well and good but the fact is that most Americans had completely tuned out after Thursday and certainly Friday, and no one was going to be watching on a weekend. In any case, Schiff-for-Brains' and Nadless' insane ravings turned off the wrong people; the four GOP swing Senators they were hoping to vote with them for more witnesses.

That was the state of play until yesterday, when, speaking of Amazon, a section of former NSA John Bolton's upcoming book was "leaked" via Bezos' behemoth in cahoots with the Slimes and it just happens to contain a passage that claims President Trump indeed demanded a "quid pro quo" from Ukraine in exchange for investigating Joe Bribem. How's that for fortuitous timing. It seemingly gives the RINO squishes cover to vote to extend this fiasco and call for witnesses, instead of killing this garbage and acquitting the President by the end of the week. Then there's this little nugget; it turns out that Lt. Col Vind-Bag's brother Yevgeny is the person at the NSC in charge of clearing publications before they're released. No conflict of interest there, right? The President has, of course, categorically denied this and called the contents of the transcript bullshit, and a stunt to sell books.

It's so risible and patently transparent a fraud, yet the Democrat-Media Complex keeps trotting it out time after time. In this case because they have absolutely nothing left. No matter what they claim or how loud they claim it, all you have to do is read the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky as well as look at the timing of events and the fact that Ukraine received all of the aid promised by Trump with essentially zero delay - unlike Obama who, despite a treaty to come to Ukraine's aid in the event of trouble after they agreed to disarm, didn't lift a finger to help as Russia gobbled up the Crimea. Whatever requests to investigate the Bidens were in regards to ongoing corruption investigations and election interference both there and over here. Yet again, the Democrats want to crucify Trump because he might have wanted to do something or thought about doing something, despite the fact that he never did anything except his job in dictating and executing American foreign policy.

Yet again, this is a gigantic Food-of-the-Gods squirrel nothing-burger that will ultimately come to naught. If indeed the squishes squish and we do extend this garbage, the Dems will get exactly what they want, but not quite the way they want it: Bolton as well as the Bidens, Eric "Ciaramella" Whistleblower and maybe even Schif-for-Brains himself will be flayed by Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow. Should be fun to see how he answers why he, Schiff, has buried his contact with Ciaramella under the guise of being a state secret. Bring it on.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (1/26/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“We have been consistently concerned about the impacts of technology and automation on the livelihoods of working people, especially when they have no voice in how technology is used in their workplaces, Graham Trainor, president of the Oregon AFL-CIO


Quote II

"Increasing housing and ensuring equity across our City is my top priority, which is why I am so proud to open San Francisco’s first Trans Home on Washington Street. This new program will provide trans people with the safety and support they as they find a permanent home in San Francisco," Mayor London Breed


Quote III

“I’ve been in a lot of dangerous situations, both in and out of the Marines and I’m confident in my ability to handle them. But it doesn’t mean I wasn’t afraid of her.”Ben Feibleman, Former Marine and Columbia University student


Quote IV

"All states have their own protections for waters within their borders, and many regulate more broadly than the federal government," "Our new rule recognizes this relationship and strikes the proper balance between Washington, D.C., and the states." Environmental Protection Agency chief Andy Wheeler


Quote V

“I don’t suffer fools gladly. I’m honest and I’m truthful and I told him straight away he couldn’t be a freeloader. Iris Jones, a British pensioner aged 80


Quote VI

“But to me, when I see the president do this, you know, as someone who’s been around awhile, I saw Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan didn’t do this. George W. Bush, his dad [George H.W. Bush], none of them did it. Why does Donald Trump think that this is good? It divides the country.” Juan Williams


I got booted off of Twitter for asking him if he was retarded. I should have told him to pull his head out of his ass at the same time.

Divisive?

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Gun Thread: Space Force!! [Weasel]

—Open Blogger

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Let's hear it for the gol' danged SPACE FORCE!! I don't know about you all, but that's a spiffy logo right there! And apparantly it made the liberal retards cry so it's even better. Thank you President Trump! I wonder what sort of cool death ray guns the SF will eventually have... anyone care to hazard a guess?

Let's find out what else has been happening in the world of guns this week, shall we?

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Food Thread: Haggis...The Other White(ish) Meat

—CBD

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A Grace Before Dinner, Extempore

O thou who kindly dost provide
For every creature's want!
We bless Thee, God of Nature wide,
For all Thy goodness lent:
And if it please Thee, Heavenly Guide,
May never worse be sent;
But, whether granted, or denied,
Lord, bless us with content. Amen!
-- Robert Burns

If you think that Robert Burns Day is simply a vehicle for a discussion of Haggis, you would be mostly correct. And while it is Scotland's most famous dish, and one that is unfairly reviled, the Scots have a bit of a food tradition, and not just fried candy bars. And yes, I have had one or two, and they are every bit as good as one would imagine!

There is a recipe below the fold for "Cullen Skink," which is a marvelous smoked fish soup from Scotland. I have mentioned it before and I will undoubtedly mention it again, because it is easy and delicious.

It's easy to make fun of Scottish cuisine because so much of it seems so familiar to us, and that makes sense because a fair number of Americans can trace their lineage back to Scotland and England and Ireland, which share some culinary traditions, though not a common language.

But the English are doing wonderful things in their kitchens, and so are the Scots. Maybe not cutting edge stuff that, let's face it, nobody eats, but good quality traditional foods upgraded with some newer techniques and great quality ingredients.

Just take a stroll through a farmers market and you will see what I mean. It's happening here also (and has been for years)!

But back to Bobby Burns! Eat Haggis. Really. It's fantastic.

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CoronaVirus: A Shep Smith Special Report

—CBD

WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! RUN AWAY!

The breathless reporting from pretty much every source, with the exception of Michael Fumento in the NY Post is typical of the no-nothings in the media and their tenuous relationship with logic and the Scientific Method and pesky little things like data and numbers and statistics.

And the facts are very, very thin. We don't know much other than what the Chinese government is telling the world, and I believe them about as much as I believe that Epstein killed himself. Maybe it's worse than they are reporting. Maybe it is overblown to deflect attention from other things in China, like Hong Kong! And maybe it is just like most of the other diseases that emerge from China and then fizzle in developed countries because we are healthier, cleaner, have better medical care and more efficient ways to get that care to the people who need it.

I have no idea how this will shake out. Is it the next pandemic, with hundreds of millions dead? Maybe, but I doubt it. Is it the next SARS? Probably. And how many Americans died of SARS? From the CDC:

In the United States, only eight persons were laboratory-confirmed as SARS cases. There were no SARS-related deaths in the United States. All of the eight persons with laboratory-confirmed SARS had traveled to areas where SARS-CoV transmission was occurring.
For all of American medicine's faults, we do a pretty good job of minimizing the severity of things like the flu and TB and Measles and Pertusis and all sorts of diseases that are major killers in other parts of the world. Will I take a trip to Wuhan? hell no. But until there is evidence of this virus being a significant health threat in the developed world I will not worry too much.

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Perhaps The Days Of Blank Checks For Every Crazy Academic With A Grudge Is Ending?

—CBD

Probably not, but making it uncomfortable for academia's anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-market economics proclivities is always a good thing. Georgetown Gets a Title VI Wakeup Call

Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) won't be retiring from the House until next year, but he's already left his mark on academe. This past tax day, he sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter objecting to the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies' (CMES) use of federal Title VI funds for the anti-Semitic performance of a Palestinian rapper at UNC in March. A flurry of communications between Department of Education (DoE) and UNC officials resulted, most notably the ominous August DoE letter detailing CMES' myriad violations of Title VI regulations.

Almost overnight, the higher education lobby suffered an emotional meltdown, House Democrats expressed their "concern" by demanding a raft of DoE documents, and academics fretted that public support might become contingent on performance rather than privilege.

As Lenin (or Marx) famously never said..."The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them." Maybe we are finally noticing that unqualified support for the rabid America-Haters in our universities is not a very good idea. The good thing is that they are , in the main, cowards, and will fight only when in a crowd. So cut them out of the herd and end their funding, one anti-Semite at a time.

So much of this funding can be controlled by the various departments (thanks to Chevron vs. NRDC), so a chief executive who isn't a dog-eating America hater might be able to do some real damage to the embedded progressives in our ivory towers.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-26-2020

—OregonMuse

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Washington University Law Library St. Louis, Missouri


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules), the low-class, the outcasts, the lower castes, and other deplorables. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, and if I had to wear a crotch flower like that, I'd look surly, too. By the way, I've got ugly pants pics queued up until mid-May. So if you think I'm going to eventually run out, don't get your hopes up.



Pic Note:

The library houses one of the largest collections of books on East Asian law, with more than 4,700 titles and 12,500 volumes dedicated to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean law.

And it may look old, but it's not:

Perhaps the most impressive thing about this library is that while it looks like it could have easily been constructed when the university opened in 1853, it was actually completed in 1997. Architects from Hartman-Cox -- who also designed Georgetown's law library -- set out to design a library to fit seamlessly with the older buildings on campus, taking inspiration from other academic areas. The result is the Tudor-style reading room, with wooden arches and 19th-century-style lamps, all set in a brick castle.


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Timely...

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EMT 01/26/20

—krakatoa

Happy Sunday!

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (1/25/20)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Saturday Night Joke

An older couple decides to retire for the evening. The husband was almost asleep as his head hit his pillow, but his wife felt a little romantic and wanted to talk.

She says, “You know, when we were courting, you liked to hold my hand”.

Wearily, he reaches across and holds her hand for a few seconds, and then tries to get back to sleep.

A few moments later she says, “After that, you used to kiss me softly”.

Mildly irritated, he turns over and gives her a peck on the cheek and again settles down for the night.

Thirty seconds later she says, “Then after that, you used to bite me lightly on my neck”.

Angrily, he throws back the bed covers and gets out of bed.

“Where are you going?” she asks.

“To get my teeth!”


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