Overnight Open Thread (6-29-2016)
Moreover, charity given as of right, for that is what the welfare state does, favors the undeserving more than the deserving, in so far as the undeserving have a capacity and even talent for generating more neediness than the deserving. (They also tend to be more vocal in their demands.)
The welfare state in fact dissolves the very notion of desert, because there is no requirement that a beneficiary prove he deserves what he is legally entitled to. And where what is given is given as of right, not only will a recipient feel no gratitude for it, but it must be given without compassion-that is, without regard to any individual's actual situation. In the welfare state, the notion of a specially deserving case is prohibited, for it implies a distinction between the deserving and the undeserving.-- Theodore Dalrymple
Before there was American exceptionalism there was British exceptionalism - in both cases, based on the idea that freedom is the unique mission of the English-speaking peoples.
It need not be put in such exclusionary terms. I would be very happy if many more countries regarded themselves as having a proprietary national interest in liberty. (The French think they do, but they don't.) At the very least, we should do what we can to preserve or re-establish that idea where it has a long history.-- Robert Tracinski in UK After Brexit
The French economy is stagnant. GDP growth for the latest quarter was 0.6%. Over the past decade, growth has rarely risen above 1%. The unemployment rate is over 10% and the youth unemployment is 25%. Clearly tax and regulatory reform, including more labor flexibility, are needed to encourage employers to hire.
As an example of the difficulty of firing workers, a French court this week ruled that Société Générale rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel, who lost $5.5 billion of the bank's assets in 2008 and almost caused its bankruptcy, had been unfairly dismissed. Société Générale was ordered to pay Kerviel $511,000 because it decided he was dismissed "without cause."
What gets reported is "Well, me and my girlfriends met at Lisa's apartment to pre- game. I had a beer and a shot there. Then we went to This Bar and That Bar and I had three shots at the first place and an Appletini at the second place plus this guy gave me half his beer. So, we were dancing and then Lisa and Cindy left. So the guy who gave me half his beer said we should go to This Other Bar to meet his friend and we did. And I had two shots and then he bought me this mixed drink. I don't remember what it was called or what was in it. And then I had another beer and we danced and I remember we were making out at one point in the bathroom and I gave him a blow job. Then I remember we left This Other bar-"
Needle scratch. Wait a minute. You gave him oral sex?
"Well, yeah."-- From Bookworm's post on Alcohol and "Rape" Culture on America's College Campuses
Well I guess Trump's running an experiment to see if money and advertising still matter in politics.
But given these trend lines maybe this isn't the right time to take chances by going cheap.
Iceland, Canada, Mexico, and...Germany?
The German Finance Ministry advised the EU to enter into negotiations aiming at making the UK an "associated partner country" of the trade block.
Who was also found to be in possession of an unregistered automatic weapon....and then things get rather murky and suspicious *cough*FastAndFurious*cough:
The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun's ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations - for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic-but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual. Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner's identity was "kept quiet," according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. "Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public," a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.
Not that diversity doesn't have some benefits but it definitely has social costs as well.
Relying on diversity measures computed at the apartment block level under conditions of exogenous allocation of public housing in France, this paper identifies the effects of ethnic diversity on social relationships and housing quality. Housing Survey data reveal that diversity induces social anomie. Through the channel of anomie, diversity accounts for the inability of residents to sanction others for vandalism and to act collectively to demand proper building maintenance. However, anomie also lowers opportunities for violent confrontations, which are not related to diversity.
La Trobe's student union and the women's officers at the University of Sydney issue warnings for content relating to classism, colonialism, Islamophobia, ableism, body image, child abuse, mental illness and weapons.
They go as far as warning students about content relating to needles, insects, food, pregnancy, eye contact, slimy things, skulls, vomit and blood.
Beautiful but IMO a bit wasted on rattan.
"Famed horn-blower, Bill Clinton." maybe. Or "Sax-mad Bill Clinton". Nothing that screams "MONICA LEWINSKY GAVE CLINTON A BLOWIE", but enough to tip off those scouting for clues that they're getting warmer.
Clearly that's a hypothetical example, but this happens a lot more than you'd realise.Let's say an actor took out an injunction to prevent stories leaking about him visiting a prostitute on the sly. Let's also say that this actor had appeared in an otherwise unremarkable production of the play 'Tis Pity She's A Whore early in their career. There's no good reason to mention that, but you can bet your bottom dollar that that's what the sneakier journalists are going to lead with next time they discuss that actor in print.
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Democrat Party Platform: Prosecute Those Who Deny Global Warming
Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science.
A panel of Democrats voted Friday to approve a final draft of the party’s platform to promote “Progressive Democratic Values,” which apparently includes investigating energy companies who “misled” shareholders about global warming.
I realize many people dislike Donald Trump intensely, but I continue to be baffled by those who obsess over his admittedly enormous flaws while remaining blissfully silent about the flaws of Hillary -- or the Democrats' not-even-hiding-it-any-longer embrace of totalitarianism.
Huma Abedin Testifies: Hillary's Determination to Use a Subpoena-Proof Invisible Email System Interfered With Her Ability to Do Her Job
Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin testified Tuesday that the private email server Clinton chose to use for both personal and government communications may have hindered the former secretary of state's ability to do her job.
Citing an instance in which Clinton missed a call from a foreign minister because aides did not receive her emails on the matter, Abedin testified that the private email arrangement might have interfered with Clinton's ability to carry out her duties.
"So she wasn't able to do her job, do what she needed to do," Abedin said of the incident.
The former deputy chief of staff to Clinton was deposed Tuesday by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch in its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over Abedin's personnel records....
Although Clinton claimed in March 2015 and many times since to have used private email in order to consolidate her communications on a single device, Abedin confirmed reports that Clinton had used multiple devices to access her emails.
"It was not her practice to do so, but when her system on her BlackBerry went down, there was a period where I know she did use her email on her iPad for maybe a week or two, if I remember correctly," she said.
Meanwhile, AG Loretta Lynch talked with Hillary Clinton's husband for a half hour on an airport tarmac, privately.
What did the AG talk about with the husband of the woman her FBI is investigating for espionage?
Yoga routines, she claims -- she swears they talked "a great deal" about personal stuff, like about grandchildren.
"Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix," said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.
Note that Hillary claimed the emails she deleted involved her granddaughter.
This seems to be the go-to lie this bunch favors-- "The American Rubes like Families, so we'll claim all our corrupt communications have to do with babies and puppies!!!"
James Cameron: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Just the Same Crap We've Seen Six Times Before
He's a friend of George Lucas, and that friendship causes him to claim insane things, like hinting that he thought the prequels were good, or at least sported an innovative visual style.
Cameron started out nicely, complimenting the Star Wars directors, before unleashing his criticisms of The Force Awakens.
He said: “George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it.
“I don’t want to say too much about the film. I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next."
However he didn't leave it there...
He continued: "I have to say that I felt that George's group of six films had more innovative visual imagination.
"This film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you have seen before and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.
"So for me, the jury's out. I want to see where they’re going with it."
Staff Sergeant David Johnathan Thatcher RIP. [CBD]
Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole, center, salutes his final comrade of the Doolittle bombing mission Staff Sergeant David Thatcher, gunner-engineer aboard the Ruptured Duck which crash landed off the coast of China.
These men were giants, and will be forgotten only if we forget them. They deserve to live forever in our hearts and minds....
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John Kerry: ISIS' Constant Slaughters of Innocents Just Prove How Badly They're Losing
Apparently Obama's, Hillary's, and Kerry's plan is to show how much we're #Winning by allowing them to murder us at whim.
Secretary of State John Kerry faced swift criticism Wednesday for suggesting the terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was evidence the Islamic State is getting "desperate" -- an assessment one top Republican official said "defies reality." Kerry made the remarks late Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, referring to ISIS by the name Daesh.
I think Greg Gutfeld noted how absolutely perfect that was -- so many cliches in one moment.
Crediting coalition efforts, Kerry said it's been over a year since the group launched a "full-scale military offensive."
But they've taken more territory than they can comfortably hold -- why would they launch new offensives during a period that would naturally be used for consolidation?
"Now, yes, you can bomb an airport, you can blow yourself up. That's the tragedy. Daesh and others like it know that we have to get it right 24/7/365. They have to get it right for ten minutes or one hour. So it's a very different scale,” Kerry said. "And if you're desperate and if you know you're losing, and you know you want to give up your life, then obviously you can do some harm.”
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, slammed the secretary’s assessment.
"They've said they're on the run for many years, and they're not," McCaul told Fox News Wednesday morning. "I think the airstrikes have ramped up external operations … This is an unprecedented pace of terror in modern times. And so to say they’re on the run … absolutely defies reality."
Underscoring Kerry’s questionable characterization was news Wednesday that Islamic State militants were pushing back U.S.-trained Syrian rebels in a battle for control of a town on the Iraqi border.
Quinnipiac: Clinton 45, Trump 41
A 4-point deficit is better than what we've seen lately.
While Trump is surprisingly close in Pennsylvania, a new battleground poll shows him well behind in six other swing states.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Daughters Of Odessa (Martyrs of Modernism)
From the linked article by Tom Wolfe about the artist:
The hot-blooded boy's passion, as Hart developed his vision of the Creation, could not be consummated by Woman alone. He fell in love with God. For Hart, the process began with his at first purely pragmatic research into the biblical story of the Creation in the Book of Genesis. He had been baptized in the Presbyterian Church, and he was working for the Episcopal Church at the Washington National Cathedral. But by the 1970's, neither of these proper, old-line, in-town Protestant faiths offered the strong wine a boy who was in love with God was looking for. He became a Roman Catholic and began to regard his talent as a charisma, a gift from God. He dedicated his work to the idealization of possibilities God offered man.
Addendum: OregonMuse has provided additional information about this work.
I'm a big fan of Russian history, and originally that started as a small sketch of the four daughters of Nicholas who were murdered. And then it turned into a larger allegorical work, as a tribute to all of the innocent victims off the 20th Century. It's meant to speak to all of the things -- I even called it Martyrs of Modernism as a subtitle. What I'm talking about, of course, is the deliberate destruction of things that are lovely, beautiful and filled with life, as personified by all of the brutality of the 20th Century.
And I picked Odessa simply because of all of the horrible things that happened in the 20th Century most of them got a dress rehearsal in the Ukraine somewhere along the way, whether it was the Pogroms or the suppression of the rebellion of 1905, or the actual revolution, the Stalinization, the collectivization of the peasants, the famines, the holocaust, the Nazi invasion, Chernobyl, all of the most dreadful things of the 20th Century were sort of played out in the Ukraine, so by making a tribute to all of the innocent victims of the 20th Century, I thought Odessa was kind of a nice poetic reference.
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Wednesday Morning News Dump (6/29/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Silly Methodists pull prank at Istanbul Airport
- VW settles diesel emissions fraud cases
- The Marine Corps continues with leftward spiral
- Petulant EU throwing temper tantrums
- Screw the 3AM call crap, what about business hours?
- Hard to pull the wool over President Obvious' eyes
- Nigel Farge off of Obama's X-Mas card list
- Ikea recalling 29 million dressers
- Florida more than a vacation destination?
- 5 take away points from the House Benghazi Report
- Democrats block GOP funding of Zika fight
- Speaking of Zika, experimental vaccines work in mice
- Giant Helium field found in Tanzania
- Democrats reveal Sid Blumenthal's money grubbing ways
- GOP senators threatened, it's only inartful political discourse
- Settle them in Washington D.C.
- Coach Buddy Ryan, RIP
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (6-28-2016)
This is what happens when a university snowflake encounters the corporate world.
Now as foolish as the girl was this is really a failure of her educators and parents. She was only repeating what she had been trained to do and rewarded for all during her snowflake education. She truly did not see that she had no standing to complain and that her narcissistic activism would be disapproved of so strongly. And from her letter in the article it doesn't appear that she has learned very much from the experience either.
But of course young people have always been a bit self-focused and prone to do all the stupid, foolish things that young people are wont to do though the exact menu of which stupid, idiotic things are chosen from varies from generation to generation. So I'm not surprised that there was a person like the letter-writer making a fuss over the dress code the way she did. Usually people like this just get severely embarrassed or let go and all the other newbies have a smirk at their foolishness and also learn a lesson from the example.
But what stands out here to me is that all but one of the interns signed the petition. Which means that all the signers ran the petition-signing scenario through their future-world consequence prediction machine and decided that yes - this will work out great! This common high level of unfounded self-esteem mixed with a complete unfamiliarity with how the real world actually works may be a unique trait of young millennials that is over and beyond all the traditional youthful stupidities. (thanks to Gabe for the link)
EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker to Nigel Farage: 'Why are you here?'
"Isn't it funny? When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well, I have to say, you're not laughing now, are you?"
"I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked in trade or indeed ever created a job. But listen, just listen,"
How did this lead to Brexit? I have a theory. Philosophers who are way smarter than me have studied this perplexing priority -- that despite leading moral lives we tend to care more about a small problem in our vicinity (my roof is leaking), than a larger problem far away (a mudslide kills hundreds).
Even more, research shows that the larger the suffering, the less we react. Meaning our heartstrings will be pulled harder by the photo of one starving child - than many children equally in pain. It's weird but true. We care less when there is more.
What we are seeing with Brexit is a play on this weird reflex. Because a starlet once lived in London, this compels her to express an oh-so-brave stance against Brexit (even though a week ago she might have thought Brexit was a laxative). Yet, has she said anything about Venezuela, or Syria, or Afghanistan, or the Taliban? I must have missed it.
My point: it's no longer a comparison between one starving child and many, it's a choice between exercising one's moral superiority in a risk-free environment (let's go on Twitter and call pro-Brexit people racist or dumb) - and calling out real horror (islamists chucking gays off bridges and buildings).This moral cowardice as expressed by the most well-known of earthlings is what led to Brexit. Brexit wasn't just evidence of a natural concern over one's well being in the face of rising Islamism amidst the European Union's lax immigration policy, it's also a big middle finger (or two "middle" fingers, if you're British) to those who cannot prioritize injustice, or evil.
Moar Brexit Dumbess: Brexit Proves Baby Boomers Should Get Less of a Vote
The democratic principle of "one person, one vote" is fundamentally flawed. The way Baby Boomers and beyond are voting the world over is evidence that old solutions often aren't adept at tackling new problems. Old people keep gutting the future of young people. And it has to stop.
Oh the sweet sweet generational irony.
The government is free to hack its way in and take what it can.The World at War: The Greatest Documentary Ever
"Down this road, on a summer day in 1944, the soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, the community which had lived for a thousand years was dead. This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, the people were gathered together. The men were taken to garages and barns, the women and children were led down this road, and they were driven into this church. Here, they heard the firing as their men were shot. Then, they were killed, too. A few weeks later, many of those who had done the killing were themselves dead, in battle. They never rebuilt Oradour. Its ruins are a memorial. Its martyrdom stands for thousand upon thousand of other martyrdoms in Poland, in Russia, in Burma, in China, in a World at War."
With these words, read by Olivier, The World at War begins. The invocation of Oradour, with its declarative style reminiscent of Hemingway's opening to A Farewell to Arms, is typical of the series' spare approach to language and use of narration to render events, not editorialize on them. Though various directors and scriptwriters helmed the episodes, this spirit prevailed. Excluding interviews, the scripts averaged 1,500 words-only about ten minutes' reading time. The commitment to economy proves effective....The presence of Speer and so many other major players-from Lord Avon (Anthony Eden) and General Curtis LeMay to Admiral Karl Dönitz and Japanese diplomat Toshikazu Kase-highlights another of the series' defining strengths: its proximity in time to historical events. The World at War possesses firsthand power no longer attainable.
You can watch the episode Alone in HD here.
Related video here.
Where rifles are mandatory outside of city limits due to the number of polar bears.
I've wanted to visit Longyearbyen in Svalbard ever since I saw a documentary on it. It's managed by Norway but thanks to the Svalbard Treaty of 1920 Americans are free to visit and live there if they want.
Is 10,000 hours of practice needed for expertise? No, it requires far more than just that.
If you're not failing during practice, you're not really practicing.
An interesting post by Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox talking about how he got to where he is now and the importance of habitual practice.
I've said it before - I was a terrible piano student when I was kid. I wasn't the best musician in my class, and I didn't start studying music early in life, either.
It's easy to attribute success to having "natural talent," but that's not really the case nine times out of ten. Not that I don't believe that such a thing exists - I do, I just think it's a bit overrated. If you want to get good enough at something to stand out from your peers, there are no shortcuts. Whether it's music, sports, public speaking, you name it.one way or another, you're going to need to spend a lot of time practicing, so you might as well make peace with the idea.
I find that the secret is to make practicing part of your day in such an unconscious way that you hardly have to think about it; it's simply a habit. Habits get a bad rap; we tend to think of things like biting our nails or smoking when we talk about them. But really, a habit is defined (according my lazy Google search-based research) as "a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up." Brushing your teeth is a habit (for most of us). So is showing up to work on time. Those are good habits. Turning practice time into a habit, then, makes it an automatic part of your day and therefore more likely to get done consistently....There are 24 hours in each day. Most of those hours aren't really ours; they get used up by sleep, meals, work, family, etc. But some of them are wide open. Try picking up a habit or two, and see where it takes you.
Yet Apple will likely do it in their next iPhone model.
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Trump: I'll Protect You From Foreign Competition
I have to confess: I'm starting to get depressed. Not so much that Trump will lose, but that Hillary will win.
I'm not saying this to demoralize anyone or to do the "ha ha told you Trump would lose" thing that so many Mario Fans want to do.
Just really starting to wrap my head around the 9th through 12th uninterrupted years of Democratic misrule, this time by the most corrupt female schemer since Olivia Medicci.
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Marvel Gives Canadian Leftist PM Justin Trudeau the Obama Treatment, Slapping Him on the Cover of New "Civil War" Series
Because this is quality Entertainment. You'd be missing out if you didn't watch this silly bullshit.
Al Qaeda Advisory to Terrorists: Make Sure You Attack Straight White People Or Obama Will Call It a "Hate" Crime and Deny Us the Credit
Obama is so determined to not call terrorism terrorism that terrorists have to change their targeting just to get some blame for their murders.
n an article first reported by The Foreign Desk, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called for more self-directed Muslim terrorists to kill in America. But the article, titled “Inspire guide: Orlando operation,” tells terrorists to “avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found” because if gays or Latinos appear to be the targets, “the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility.”
So when ISIS strikes a bunch of white people, you can credit Obama for having chosen the target.
You may remember that Obama has bragged that he's very good at targeting which people to kill.
At Least 10 Dead, 40 Wounded in Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Airport
It is now reported that two suicide bombers were attempting to enter the airport, but were fired upon by security/police. They then detonated their bombs. I suppose that means the carnage was less than it was planned to be.
I wonder if [omitted] had anything to do with the Istanbul attack.— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 28, 2016
Another Attack: A female suicide bomber woulds 13 near Grand Mosque in Turkey.
And Now a Word from British Toonces
From @MWR, this twinkie.
He looks as you'd expect.
(Old Toonces sketch here.)
EU Schemers Have Exactly the Right Medicine for Citizens Sick of Technocratic Busybodies Ruling Their Lives: Even More Powerful Technocratic Busybodies Ruling Their Lives
The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an "ultimatum".
Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.
Controversially member states would also lose what few controls they have left over their own borders, including the procedure for admitting and relocating refugees.
The plot has sparked fury and panic in Poland - a traditional ally of Britain in the fight against federalism - after being leaked to Polish news channel TVP Info.
The public broadcaster reports that the bombshell proposal will be presented to a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries - made up of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier later today.
Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum last Thursday
Responding to the plot Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski raged: "This is not a good solution, of course, because from the time the EU was invented a lot has changed.
“The mood in European societies is different. Europe and our voters do not want to give the Union over into the hands of technocrats.
“Therefore, I want to talk about this, whether this really is the right recipe right now in the context of a Brexit."
Only true "elites" have grandly retarded ideas like this.
Oh Look! Another Know-Nothing Sports Figure Demonstrates That He Does, Indeed, Know Nothing [CBD]
I am an absolutist when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. I am even uncomfortable with felons who have served their time being denied the ability to defend themselves. And yes, that is a contentious topic that can be discussed rationally. Just like other parts of gun control can be discussed with well-meaning opponents of the 2nd Amendment. I know, I know, they don't exist....but they really do. I have had discussions with knowledgeable people who are willing to consider my viewpoint, but simply disagree.
And that is fine.
But people like Steve Kerr, who are profoundly ignorant of even the most basic facts about guns are incapable of having rational and reasoned discussions, and he clearly demonstrates his abject, blinding stupidity here. Warriors coach Steve Kerr on gun control: 'Our government is insane'
When 90 percent of our country wants background checks on gun purchases and we've got our senate and our house not only voting it down but using the Bill of Rights as a reason for people to have rights to carry these automatic weapons, and we're getting people murdered every day at an alarming rate.
I'm shocked...SHOCKED...that our congress is referring to the founding documents when they protect our rights. I honestly have no idea why they didn't just pick up the phone and call Steve Kerr...he clearly has a handle on the issue, and we should all be grateful that he not only is a great coach, but he knows the Constitution too! My God...the man coached the Warriors to a record-breaking regular season and then took that incredible momentum into the play-offs....and got his ass kicked by an inferior team.
Yeah....Steve Kerr got out-coached. So his intellect is clearly not top-notch, especially when all he had to do was run an offense a little bit more sophisticated than playground basketball. But he couldn't even do that, and we are supposed to take him seriously as a critic of our basic rights?
I kind of think that our forefathers would not have ok'd automatic weapons to be sold to everybody if they existed back then. Let's have some checks. It’s easier to get a gun than it is to get a driver's license. It's insane. And as somebody who's had a family member shot and killed, it devastates me every time I read about this stuff -- like what happened in Orlando -- and then it's even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA and going to this totally outdated Bill Of Rights, right to bear arms. If you want to own a musket, fine, you know, but come on. The rest of the world thinks we're insane. We are insane.
So, in Steve -- The Super Genius -- Kerr's world, there are no background checks, we can purchase automatic weapons, the government is subservient to the NRA, and the rest of the world thinks we are nuts.
Sounds great. Where do I sign up for that America?
But I do love the "totally outdated Bill of Rights" comment. I wonder if he even knows what's in them?
However, all of this is okay, because he has an excuse. His father, Malcolm Kerr, was the president of the American University of Beirut, until he was murdered in 1984, possibly by terrorists from Islamic jihad.
Why this absolves him of the responsibility to think before he speaks is unclear to me, especially because it is a terrorist shooting (Orlando) that was the catalyst for his outburst. Perhaps if Kerr would consider his anti-gun stance in a more calm and dispassionate light he would realize that there are powerful arguments to be made for citizens being armed with exactly the weapons that terrorists seem to favor. Emotional outbursts are fine when fighting with your girlfriend before the prom, but grown men with bully-pulpits should show a little more rationality and a little less tearful theatrics.
This kind of ignorant opinion doesn't surprise me, but what does irritate me is the slack-jawed acceptance of everything that Kerr said by the writers of this and other articles about this hysterical SJW. Maybe a little fact-checking would be in order, but they are too busy checking for Trump's parking tickets from 1973.
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GOP Releases Major Report on Benghazi, Fingering Hillary Clinton
I'm just catching up with this now.
Also see Steve Hayes contrasting the public lies and private truths told by Hillary Clinton.
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And something a bit more traditional below the fold....
One of the simple pleasures of religious art is the symbolism that identifies the subjects. For instance, here the zither signals that it is King David.
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Tuesday Morning News Dump (6/28/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Good bye EU say hello to Superstate.
- We might have been born at night, but not last night.
- TFG administration pushed video for Benghazi.
- DoJ employees get to go to Reeducation Camp.
- ISIS, things aren't so rosey?
- CIA weapons for Syrian rebels being sold on black market. Brilliant!!!
- Pat Summit, RIP.
- US diplomats in Europe are being harassed by Russian agents. Part of the reset button?
- MO Gov vetoes CCW and Stand Your Ground legislation.
- SCOTUS strikes another 2nd Amendment blow.
- France leaning towards ruling out terrorism on EgyptAir crash?
Tough guyPaul Ryan won't tolerate anymore Democrat antics.
- Presumed W VA drowning victims found alive.
- Not a comforting fact concerning nuclear plant security.
- Hezbollah's budget can thank the U.S. of A.
- The cure for violence, want world peace? End occupation of West Bank. (Older story)
- Cuba flips off USA.
- Genius Award.
- Feel good story of the day.
Overnight Open Thread (6-27-2016)
Interviewed by Kyle and Jackie O on the KIIS Radio Network on Wednesday, the Opposition Leader was asked whether he'd ever been inside a strip club.
"I have," he began, confidently enough, before going to water altogether.
" ... once or twice, way back in the day, uni days.
"I left once I realised what it was."
-- Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten explaining that he was shocked, shocked to find naked women dancing in establishments targeted at gentlemen
Today, you can see Wynton Marsalis playing mid-60s-era cool jazz in freeze-dried form at Lincoln Center. Or as Mick Jagger quipped when he inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, "Jean Cocteau said that Americans are funny people: first you shock them, then they put you in a museum." As with rock and roll and old media's Newseum, which John Podhoretz accurately dubbed "The News Mausoleum," once a genre builds a museum for itself, it's effectively over as a creative form.
-- Ed Driscoll explaining why jazz qua jazz is dead
Cameron and the Remain campaign made a final mistake. At one point, Cameron's pollster tweeted that virtually every intelligent person thought leaving the EU a stupid idea. After the horrible murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, "Stronger In" became "Kinder In." The implication was that people concerned about immigration or just not happy being governed from Brussels were narrow-minded, xenophobic, or worse.
When you try to delegitimize somebody's vote, you don't change his mind, only his willingness to talk about it. The effect was to understate Leave in the polls. Of the nine final polls, seven showed Remain in the lead, with Remain's pollster showing a ten-point lead. The same effect was present in exit polls commissioned by hedge funds, which led to Brexit campaigners prematurely conceding the result of the referendum and to markets confidently pricing in a Remain win. There was a spiral of silence at work which deceived the Remain camp about where it stood and the campaign it should have fought.
Some big money bets were made on Remain while lots of smaller bets were made on Leave. And bookies set the odds to divide the money evenly so they're guaranteed a profit off of the vigorish. (h/t to Christopher Taylor)
So if most of the cash went on Remain, as it did, bookies would have to follow the money and make Remain the favourites.
Which meant that what Mr Shaddick called "The supposed helpful side effect of these markets, their potential to help understand the probabilities of the various outcomes," was just that - a side effect, and the not main aim of the odds set.
Ahead of voters going to the polls, all the bookies warned that favourites sometimes lose. (They might be more likely to win, but their victory could not be guaranteed.)And the bookies all agreed that while three-quarters of the £40 million eventually gambled on the referendum was placed on Remain, when it came to counting individual flutters, bets on Leave far outnumbered punts on staying in the EU.
From sending agents to private social events to following their children around to breaking into their apartments and rearranging furniture and killing their pets.
Why? Because Putin has Obama's number: He's a pussy. And therefore the US under his leadership is also a pussy.
If any one person drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union, it was Angela Merkel, and her impulsive solo decision in the summer of 2015 to throw open Germany-and then all Europe-to 1.1 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants, with uncountable millions more to come. Merkel's catastrophically negative example is one that perhaps should be avoided by U.S. politicians who seek to avert Trump-style populism in the United States. Instead, the politician who most directly opposes Donald Trump-presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton-is doubling down on Merkelism.
Hillary Clinton's first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on executive amnesty looks at the issue exclusively and entirely from the point of view of the migrants themselves: "Today's heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better." That U.S. citizens might have different interests-and that it is the interests of citizens that deserve the highest attention of officials elected by those citizens-went unsaid and apparently unconsidered.
That overlooked a basic point: The U.K. doesn't currently have a trade deal with the U.S., despite being its largest foreign investor. Moreover, no deal seems forthcoming: The negotiations between the U.S. and the EU over the trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are going slowly, and the Brits involved in the talks are in despair.
Deals negotiated through the EU always move at the pace dictated by the most reluctant country. Italy has threatened to derail a trade deal with Australia over a spat about exports of canned tomatoes; a trade deal with Canada was held up after a row about Romanian visas. Brexit wasn't a call for a Little England. It was an attempt to escape from a Little Europe.
Note that neither Norway or Switzerland are part of the EU yet they seem to have had no problems making trade deals with other countries and even with the EU itself.
Even Al Qaeda Fears the SJWs: Al Qaeda Urges Lone Wolves to Target Whites, to Avoid 'Hate Crime' Label
It requires pathological levels of narcissism to perceive this minor throw-away in-game joke as a personal attack.
And this is based on the No-Fly List itself. Now imagine depriving someone of their second amendment rights based on it.
And just went domestic.
When I put my key in the front door it was unlocked. I thought it was strange but I made up the story that maybe I had left it unlocked just as I had left the bathroom light on. Upon entering the house I notice a pair of girls pink sandals and a black larger pair. I thought that maybe one of daughter was here because one of them has a key. Called out hello several times. I was trying to get rid of the stuff in my hand to better assess what was going on when a stranger, a woman, came barreling down the hallway and began yelling at me. I asked her who she is and why she was in my house and she said 'you know why you've been stalking me in Twitter.' Not true. At that moment I got worried that there may be someone else in the house with house with her. We have quite a few guns and lots of ammo and that's when I started to panic. Thinking that if they have one of them I could be shot. I ran out the front door and called 911. She ran out after me and began punching and scratching my trying to grab the phone out of my hand. I began screaming as loud as I could hoping someone somewhere might hear me.
How about because....they enjoy them. Which apparently is a sin in itself to feminists.
The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got electrolytes and shit.
And the whole twitter thang.
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Shocker: Judicial Watch Unveils Even More Clinton Work-Related Emails Which She, Get This, Deleted
And she's claiming those are "personal."
Indeed. Crime is a personal kind of thing.
An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.
The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin. The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton's home server, later gave her copies to the government.
The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence. They include a March 2009 message where the then-secretary of state discusses how her official records would be kept.
"I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State," Clinton wrote to Abedin and a second aide. "Who manages both my personal and official files? ... I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want."
In a blistering audit released last month, the State Department's inspector general concluded Clinton and her team ignored clear internal guidance that her email setup violated federal records-keeping standards and could have left sensitive material vulnerable to hackers.
The audit also cited a then-unreleased copy of a November 2010 email Clinton sent Abedin in which the secretary discussed using a government email account, expressing concern that she didn't want "any risk of the personal being accessible."
Meanwhile, Citizens United is also accusing the State Department of delaying the release of emails involving "Diane Reynolds," which is actually Chelsea Clinton's nom de cybercrime.
A watchdog group asked a federal court on Thursday to order the State Department to expedite its release of Chelsea Clinton-related records, arguing that at the current rate it would take the department 38 years to produce all the documents.
Citizens United has been suing the State Department to turn over correspondence between department officials and Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym “Diane Reynolds” in many of her emails. It is also asking for emails between State Department officials and the Clinton family’s long-time aides Amitabh Desai, Justin Cooper, and Oscar Flores.
The D.C. district court ordered the State Department to release portions of the records to Citizens United on a rolling basis every four weeks, but did not specify an end date to complete the production.
President of the EU Parliament Slams Britain For "Violating the Rules:" "It Is Not The EU Philosophy That The Crowd Can Decide Its Fate"
Zero Hedge also excerpts this good Matt Taibi column about "the elites" (sneer quotes definitely sneering) who are constantly seeking little exceptions to the democratic practice in certain circumstances-- those circumstances being every single time they don't get their own way.
Is it any wonder that citizens of one of the greatest and strongest nations in human history would recoil from an international order that was proving mainly that it could enrich an elite without seeming to lift a finger to preserve the nation’s core values and traditions -- the very things that had made it great and strong? Is it any wonder that citizens of other great countries are -- wondering what loyalty they owe to that same elite?
Chris Cuomo In "Full-Blown Drag Racing" Crack-Up
The "Elites" Are Revolting
Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the "elites" no longer even bothering to pretend they're interested in democracy.
The transnationalist cosmopolitans of both the left and right have tapped their Inner John Olivers and they're ready to shove aside the consent of the governed and just rule by fiat.
This is as ugly an anti-masses sentiment as I can remember. And the consequences of it are likely to be dire. Ordinary people are effectively being told they're too dumb for politics. And democracy is being treated as a negotiable commodity that can be cast aside if we the stupid people make the wrong decision. This is a species of tyranny. The mask has slipped. Our normally conscientious elite, feeling bruised and aloof after the referendum, has dispensed with its usual platitudes about "respecting all views," and shown that beneath the polite veneer there lurks an ancient fury with the least and the dumbest; with the masses; with the people.
This piece similarly collects up the "elites'" fury at their inferiors.
Third Most Spoken Language Map [CBD]
Most of them are not surprising, but a few are real head-scratchers. Pacific-Island languages in Utah?
Anyway, it's a fun diversion to try to figure out exactly why some of these languages are spoken in each state.
DoJ Mandates "Unconscious Bias" Awareness For Agents, Lawyers
The U.S. Justice Department will announce on Monday that more than 33,000 federal agents and prosecutors will receive training aimed at preventing unconscious bias from influencing their law enforcement decisions, department officials told Reuters.
The training will bring Justice Department employees in line with many local police departments across the country that have implemented bias prevention plans following a spate of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.
Nationwide protests following those shootings blamed police bias for unnecessary use of force against minorities.
Maybe part of this bias training could involve stripping the left of its right to riot. The government seems to believe the left has such a right. Over and over again, we see the left rioting without any legal consequences; now they're actually assaulting people, and even stabbing them.
And still the government gives the Space to Destroy.
Supreme Court Unanimously Sets Aside Bob McDonnell's Corruption Conviction, Saying Jury Instructions Made It Too Easy to Convict
The Court leaves intact the possibility of a new trial, so he's not out of the woods yet.
Merkel Wants to Block Countries from Following Britain Out the Door
Angela Merkel has said the EU needs to stop other countries following Britain out of the door amid market fears that the bloc is 'no longer governable' after Brexit.
The German Chancellor told her conservative party board in a conference call that it was necessary to prevent other European Union members going down the same path as Britain.
Merkel is also said to have revealed that international financial markets are concerned the EU is 'no longer governable' in the wake of Britain's exit vote.
She added that it was not the right time to pursue a quick deepening of cooperation between euro zone member states.
The EU should instead act on popular concerns such as securing the bloc's borders, creating jobs and improve internal security, she said.
By the way, a British butcher is now selling meat in pounds and ounces.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
This guy's range was impressive. From soft, gauzy works like the above, to impressionistic landscapes to crisp and detailed realism (look for "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1"). He could do it all.
Well, he couldn't hit a curve ball, but that's beside the point.
Monday Morning News Dump (6/26/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Milan-bound plane catches fire
- Federal aid OK'd for W VA flooding.
- Israel & Turkey work out relations
- Religion of peace strikes again
- Obama delicately flips off Congress. No surprise there.
- TransCanada seeking damages over Keystone XL rejection
- Chicks with d**ks now able to serve in Military July 1
- To Obama citizenship does not mean much
- Guns don't kill people, people kill people. DUH.
- Panama Canal expansion opened Sunday
- New York values?
- Nothing good ever happens after midnight
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN announces exit from Obamacare exchange
- NYT photographer, Bill Cunningham RIP
- UNC what a waste of tax payer money
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (6-26-2016)
Remember, the police and the FBI cannot protect you. They can only avenge you. You have to protect yourself.
-- WeaponsMan commenting on the long list of missed signals that Omar Mateen was destined for some kind of Sudden Jihad Syndrome.
For over 25 years he's been relentlessly making the case that Britain should leave the EU, a position long considered so extremist and out there that it was simply unthinkable. But last week a majority of Britons agreed with him and voted for Brexit.
Few men have endured the sheer amount of official scorn, mockery, revilement, and unhinged criticism over the years that Farage has. But he persevered on anyway. His entire life has been one giant unsafe place and stands in rebuke to all the university snowflakes who get the vapors at even a hint of disagreement. Ironically without a seat in parliament to fall back to his very success in getting Britain to leave the EU could mean the end of his political career at least for a while.
It's an oligarchy in all but name. Most of its intrusive rules come from unelected bureaucrats and are never put to a vote.
Jean-Claude Juncker has been the president of the European Commission for the last couple of years. He presides over a population of nearly 500 million -- well, 500 million minus 64 million as of today.
Do you know how he was elected? He wasn't.
His fellow commissioners, all baker's dozen of them, went into a room, closed the door, and appointed him. As with all European commissioners, the people didn't hire him, nor can the people fire him.
Like all commissioners, he lives tax-free at public expense and enjoys an essentially unlimited expense account.The EU has never presented the world with a certified budget, because it is so rife with corruption that the accountants cannot get (or are told not to get) to the bottom of it.
For being too energy 'inefficient'. Note that they held off announcing this until after the referendum since it's exactly the kind of thing that would drive the tea-and-toast-loving Brits nuts.
Because Boris Johnson was born in the US and lived there for several years as a child the IRS came after him nearly 50 years later demanding back taxes for his income and house sale in Britain.
The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.When The Micropig Internet Mob Came After Me
"Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft . and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.
China is building its own SOSUS line.
There's a new movie based on the events leading to Elvis meeting Nixon in the famous photo. But this has already been done in the hilarious 1997 movie, Elvis Meets Nixon, which unfortunately is very hard to find on the net or buy a copy of. I ended up having to buy a VHS copy off of Ebay.
Here's a scene from it where Elvis ends up robbing a donut shop after flying to DC on a whim in order to become an FBI agent.
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Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
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2 [119 names] 'TeamRawDog'
3 [63 names] 'garrett'
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The group. Banned on 12 universities.
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How The Times Have Changed [Mis. Hum.]
53 years ago today, June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous speech in West Berlin in which he said, "Ich bin ein Berliner". President Kennedy stood for freedom.
A little over 29 years ago, on June 12, 1987 another US President stood with freedom and the West Germans.
As of April 2016 we had this. A man who lectures our allies on their freedoms.
Oh yeah, on top of that he throws like a girl.
Sunday Evening Chess/Open Thread 06-26-2016 [OregonMuse]
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Sunday Evening Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of bughouse and blitz chess. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.
And sorry I'm a day late with this, I was out of town all day yesterday.
White Mates In 1
Oops, I Meant Black Mates In 1
FEN: [6rk/1bp2Q1p/p2p4/1p2p3/5N1N/1P1P3P/1PP2p1K/8 b - - 0 1]
And for those who might be stuck on this, I've provided a hint that you can see if you swipe the blank space past the word 'Hint:' on the line below.
White Mates In 2
FEN: [4rr2/1ppb4/2q3pB/p3k3/3n3Q/1BP5/PP3PP1/2K5 w - - 0 1]
Nothing too fancy.
Chess Resources On Teh Internetz
If you're interested, you should check out the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis channel on YouTube. The CCSC is trying to establish itself as a major player in United Stares chess, and they've got some really awesome videos of lectures on various chess topics from international grandmasters, mostly for intermediate and advanced players, not for absolute beginners. They typically last 40-50 minutes each.
If any of you chess-playing morons know of other great sites I missed, preferably free ones, by all means, let me know in the comments.
How Does Black Win?
In this position, White's queen looks poised for an attack. But it's Black move and he can use a simple forcing tactic to eliminate the threat. How does he do it?
FEN: [6k1/1q4p1/4p1P1/4Pn1Q/8/5RB1/7K/2r5 b - - 0 1]
A Manly Chess Set
John McNamara is one of the chess thread's readers who has talent working with wood. He sent me a pic of his hand-carved chess set:
He tells me:
Board and pieces are from black walnut and red oak cut on my property
So before he could work with the wood, he had to *get* the wood, and not from a store. There's an old joke about a recipe for baking bread that starts out "Step 1: Harvest wheat." John's instructions for carving your own chess set start out similarly: "Step 1: Cut down some trees." Of course, Mr. McNamara could cut down one tree and use a dark stain to get the different colors, but he probably thinks that's a limp-wristed, pansy way to do it.
The bases are brass. To give you a size perspective, the squares are 2.5" on a side and the kings are 5" high. I think it turned out better than I expected.
The brass bases are a nice touch. And they probably add a good, solid heft to the pieces. But I'd be afraid of the metal-on-wood contact that might scratch a nice board, so I'd want to put on a felt or leather pad on the bottom of each piece. As it looks like there is.
Nice work, John.
So, if any of you morons have a hand-caved chess set, or really, any set you own that you're proud of, send me a pic. The AoSHQ pet thread has pet pics, so why can't we have chess set pics?
Are You Man Enough To Avoid Stalemate?
Yes, it is extremely unlikely that this position will ever occur in an actual game. But many a "won" game has been blown when the player who is about to lose is able to finagle a stalemate because his opponent gets overconfident and careless. So stalemate is something you always have to watch out for in the endgame.
Therefore, with all of that in mind, how does White win this game, bristling as it is with stalemate threats?
FEN: [R3R2N/4PP1k/4PB2/7K/6PP/8/2P5/Q7 w - - 0 1]
I pulled off one of these el cheapo stalemate traps in my very first tournament and my opponent was this close -><- to putting his fist through the wall. I could tell I was a little bit better player than he was and if truth be told, I should've won. But then, guess what, I got overconfident and careless and derped away the win. I wanted to tell him, look, you actually should've *lost* the game, but by then, he didn't look like he was in the mood for any post-mortem analysis, so I quietly tiptoed away with my half point.
Endgame Of The Week
FEN: [3K4/8/1k6/Rp6/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1]
It's White to play and win. He needs to figure out how he can snatch that pawn.
1.White Mates In 1
There was a bit of a trick to this. Congrats to those who remembered that a pawn advanced to the 8th rank does not necessarily have to promote to a queen. In this case,
...will do nicely.
("f1N#" is algebraic notation at its most dense, and it unpacks to: Black advances his pawn to f1 and promotes it to a knight, which results in a checkmate)
2.White Mates In 2
This is pretty straightforward:
3.How Does Black Win?
The key to this is noticing that if White's king were on h1, Black could play Nxg3 and voila, knight fork. So, can Black make this happen? As a matter of fact, yes:
...and White is pretty much schlonged.
4. Are You Man Enough To Avoid Stalemate?
There's hardly any moves White can make that doesn't produce a stalemate. Let's take a look:
1.f8=Q? (oops, that's a stalemate)
1.f8=R? (so's that)
1. f8=N+? (not a stalemate, but it doesn't really get you anywhere. A possible continuation:
2. Nfg6+ Kh7
3. Nf8+ Kg8
4. Nd7+ Kh7
5. c3 etc.
So the answer is ( *drum roll* ):
1. f8=B ( *cymbals clash* )
Now you can put together the mate in pretty short order:
2. Bg5 Kh7
3. Qg7# 1-0
Endgame of the week:
In chess, the rule of thumb when you're trying to stop a pawn from getting to the 8th rank is that you need to use your rook to get in front of it to block it. This position, however, is an exception. If White tries to bring his rook down to keep the black pawn out of b1, he'll come up short. It might look like this:
...and White can't get his King down there fast enough to keep Black from seizing control of the queening square.
Instead, White needs to come at the pawn from behind and then use harassing moves by his rook to buy time to bring his king into position. Like this:
...and now White can safely snatch up the pawn, with a won endgame.
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Food Thread: You Know What's Really Going To Leave A Mark On All Of Those $15/hr Minimum Wage Workers? Robotic Pizza Making [CBD]
There are already functional and efficient hamburger makers, not to mention robotic ordering systems. So the writing is on the wall, but these guys are expanding the horizon to a traditionally hand-made product, and they think they can do it better, not just more efficiently. Inside Silicon Valley's Robot Pizzeria
I absolutely love the idea that these pizzas will be cooked to order and arrive at the customers' doors straight out of the oven. Of course the government doesn't approve, because IT'S NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE! and they can't have innovation happening without government oversight.
In August, Zume wants to start cooking its pizzas in the startup's patented delivery trucks. Each truck has 56 ovens that can be turned on and off remotely. Garden can barely contain his excitement for what comes next: "The robots will load all these individual ovens with different menu items. Then the truck will circle the neighborhood. At precisely 3 minutes and 15 seconds before arriving at the customer's location, the cloud commands the oven to turn on and--" Garden made the symbol of a large explosion emanating from his brain-- "BOOM, the customer gets a fresh, out-the-oven pizza delivered to their door."
Nobody has ever done this before, he said. The Santa Clara County Health Department is reviewing Zume's mobile food permit application now, and the startup's truck plan depends on its approval. Although laws vary from state to state, traditional food trucks generally aren't allowed to cook food while in motion.
Why can't they cook while in motion? Probably because the unelected bureaucrats who have the power to stifle creativity imagine big fryers sloshing flammable oil around. Their pinheads can't imagine what the market can create, and if it doesn't fit into their pigeon-holes...BAN IT!
I was in the Bronx a few days ago. No, it wasn't burning. There is an old Italian neighborhood called Arthur Ave. that has held on to a lot of the charm it once had. And it also held on to a few superb stores, one of which sells fresh pasta, cut to order. Borgatti's is the best place in NYC for fresh pasta, and they didn't disappoint this week. If you have never tried fresh, then I suggest you go out of your way to buy it. Don't get me wrong; I think that dried pasta is fantastic too, but there is something about the texture of the fresh version that I have never found in even the fanciest and most expensive dried pastas.
I also bought a pound of fresh mozzarella, and that too is a taste sensation. Firm but soft, with an incredible mouth feel. Good stuff, especially with a chunk of Italian peasant bread (Pane di Casa).
Here is the lamb marinade I mentioned last week. Play around with the proportions a bit if you feel like it. More garlic wouldn't hurt.
- 4 ounces chopped parsley
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces olive oil
In a small food processor or with a hand-held blender blend all but the olive oil into a paste.
While blending, slowly drizzle olive oil into mixture until emulsified.
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Riot Thread [Y-not]
The Food Thread should be going up soon, but there's a riot going on in Sacramento, so here's a thread for that.
It's a very confused situation, but I gather that there was a "Nazi mega rally" scheduled and that (Leftist) counter protesters started attacking anyone they suspected of being part of that protest.
I'll update this thread as things become clearer.
**Updates below the fold**
**Another update, this time from the Sacramento Bee:
At least five people were stabbed in a riot that broke out at the state Capitol Sunday between more than 150 anarchists and "anti-fascist" protestors and about 25 neo-Nazis who had gotten permission to rally on the west steps, police said.
Dozens of police in safety gear and on horseback tried to control the mayhem. There were at least five stabbings, involving victims on both sides, according to Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers, who had officers in safety gear on scene to support CHP officers, some of them on horseback. "It's a highly volatile situation," Somers said. They have been other skinhead rallies at the Capitol, but "this time the the anarchists have taken a much more aggressive stance to wreak havoc on the city."
**Update: Seems like things are winding down.
**Footage from the scene:
**A little background on the groups involved.
First, the main rally was from the Traditionalist Working Party:
At least 100 of the counter-protesters, dressed in black, were identified as the "Black Hawks."
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Nevada Senate Race [Y-not]
While we wait for the rest of the cobloggers to
sober up make bail, here's a quick thread to amuse you.
According to the Cook Political Report Senate race ratings, the Democrats have a good shot at re-taking the Senate. However, two seats currently held by Democrats might flip: Nevada (which they rate as a tossup) and Colorado (which they rate as a leans Democrat). Although there's some concern about the GOP losing the Senate, I thought it might be instructive to look at the Republicans' prospects of flipping Harry Reid's old seat.
How sweet would it be for Republicans if they could win the Democratic minority leader's seat? Six years ago, many political observers thought just that would happen, but in 2010 then-Majority Leader Harry Reid won re-election by 6 percentage points, despite polls showing him trailing. The unpopular Reid, who is retiring, won because Republicans picked a disaster of a candidate in Sharron Angle.
Angle is running again but will almost certainly be defeated in the Republican primary by Heck, a member of the U.S. House. [Y-not: Heck won.] Heck is about as strong a nominee as Republicans could hope for. He represents a swing district just outside of Las Vegas, the 3rd.
Heck's Democratic opponent is likely to be Masto, a former state attorney general. [Y-not: Masto won.] She's Reid's hand-picked successor and probably one of the best options the Democrats had. Masto, who has Mexican heritage, will be relying on Nevada's growing Hispanic population, which has taken the state from a Republican lean to fairly easy Obama victories in 2008 and 2012. Trump's position at the top of the ticket might hurt Heck; we've already seen Nevada's other Republican senator, Dean Heller, say he might not vote for Trump. Heck has led in the very few surveys of the race released so far, though polling in Nevada has tended to underestimate Democratic candidates in past elections.
Heller proved in 2012 that a Republican can win a Senate race in Nevada even as a Democrat carries the state at the presidential level. We'll have to wait and see whether Heck can follow in his path.
I didn't see recent polling on the Nevada race, but a couple of Super PACs have already started running ads:
First up, the Koch PAC ad targeting Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democrats' candidate for Senate:
Here come the Kochs -- Freedom Partners super PAC begins a $1.2 million buy hitting Cortez Masto in Nevada on UBER. https://t.co/aAih1mzRF8— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) June 24, 2016
And here's a link to an ad by another super PAC supporting the Republican candidate, Joe Heck:
Do any of our Nevada morons have a sense for Heck's chances? It sure would be nice to flip that seat.
Well, at least we'll still have the House!
**Updated with link to AoSHQDD's results on the Senate race.**
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Greg Gutfeld Drunk-Tweets and It's Epic [Y-not]
these next tweets are brought to you by wine.— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) June 25, 2016
I will cut and paste the text of his ensuing tweets below for those of you who have trouble loading embedded tweets:
1. media freaking out about Great Britain's vote as Venezuela is in free fall. it seems the ire should be reversed.
2. seems to me predicted outcomes from Brexit comes nowhere close to Venezuela's hell that's going on in front of our jaded eyes.
3. how is a country voting to exit some bureaucracy worse than a country imploding into a scavenging Lord of the Flies in supermarkets
4. Yes, temporarily your chorizo will be more expensive, but there's a country where people now fight over toilet paper.
5. the media are hypocrites. Playing Brexit as apocalyptic. As Venezuela is edging closer to Soylent Green.
6. screw all these celebrity assholes expressing fear for a future dark age, while the dark ages rage right now because people have NO VOTE.
7. Did any of these fruit fly minds - the James Cordons, the lindsey lohans - ever give a damn about Venezuela?
8. A popular vote in England is mild compared to the top-down, reinforced suffering of a desperate people in Venezuela, you idiots.
9. Note: in the previous tweet i said "idiots" in place of many other terms that i decided to omit. Carry on.
England's fine. Venezuela - the socialist jewel in Sean Penn's eye, is devolving into a Battle Royale nightmare. I'm going to the liquor sto— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) June 25, 2016
I'm not a Gutfeld "fan-girl." I've never seen his show (not even sure if he has one) or anything like that, but I enjoyed this rant immensely. He's absolutely right. It is abhorrent to me how little attention is being given to the situation in Venezuela, especially from the same crowd who claims to care so much about "income inequality" and the like.
Tim Worstall, a Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London, has this to say:
Venezuela has been held up for years as a glorious example of what socialism could do for a country. And of course now we can still hold up Venezuela as a glorious example of what socialism can do for a country. Which is, if current reports are to be believed, manage to create actual famine in a middle income country. It's really a quite extraordinary result for any economic policy at all, to be able to manage that. And it does need to be put down to that Bolivarian socialism, not to anything that has happened to the oil price. And it's most certainly not because of any conspiracies by the US nor even any domestic opposition. This is simply what happens when gargantuanly stupid economic policies are imposed upon a place. Adam Smith did indeed note that there's a lot of ruin in a country but "a lot" is not synonymous with "infinite amount".
We live in interesting times. I think I'll follow Gutfeld's lead and head to the liquor store.
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-26-2016: Corruptions [OregonMuse]
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Attack of the Clintons
So the Hillary! campaign is reported to be in damage control mode because of this book, Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary Byrne, which actually won't be released until the 28th.
But haven't we heard all of this 'Clintonia' before, all of the screaming hissy fits, the non-stop horndoggery, the throwing of weighty objects, the dissing of the military and also of the Secret Service assigned to protect them? I'm thinking of Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America by Roger Morris, which came out in 1999:
The author pulls no punches, dealing openly with allegations of cocaine use in the Governor's Mansion during the Clinton years, screaming and profane fights between the two Clintons, and a compromise on Hillary's part to live with Bill's hundreds of one-night stands in order to attain her goal of First Lady.
There's also On the Make: The Rise of Bill Clinton by Meredith Oakley that covers his Arkansas governorship, and whichever editor came up with that title really should've been fired.
Unlimited Access : An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House by Gary Aldrich, which came out in 1998. Aldrich, who spent 30 years with the FBI, the last five as an agent responsible for background checks on White House staff. His primary concern was the lax security in the Clinton White House, but also, I think this is the book that described how one of the Christmas trees inside the White House was decorated with drug paraphernalia.
The point is, none of these books did any real damage to the Clinton Sleaze Machine, which just keeps rolling along. Priapus survived impeachment and his loathsome wife has been an ambulatory canker sore on the body politic ever since. There's just no getting rid of her. But considering the track record of these tell-all books, the best response by team Hillary! to this new one would've been to simply ignore it, and have faith that the MSM would have their backs. That's the way it's always worked out in the past, so why not now? The fact that her team is now desperately trying to smear the author just gives credence to his charges.
You know who's also got a new book coming out? Dinesh D'Souza. His latest, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party will be available on July 18th, probably to coincide with the release of his documentary of the same name.
From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth. D'Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.
After watching the trailer, it's obvious that they put a lot of money into it. Also, D'Souza is trying to bring to debate the sleazy history of the Democratic Party, which there has never really been a public discussion about. Because the gatekeepers would rather prefer not. Don't know if D'Souza will be able to force the issue, my guess, probably not, but God bless him for trying.
The question is, is D'Souza's book and movie about the Clintons specifically, or the Democratic Party in general?
And I think the answer is yes.
Dickens Was A Crappy Writer
We know this because the science is settled:
I report the results of the test, where the takers had to tell the prose of Charles Dickens from that of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who is considered by many to be the worst writer in history of letters. The average score is about 50%, which is on the level of random guessing. This suggests that the quality of Dickens's prose is the same as of that of Bulwer-Lytton.
This article, entitled "Scientific Evaluation of Charles Dickens" and appearing in the periodical Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, has to be a joke:
Edward Bulwer-Lytton is the worst writer in history of letters. An annual wretched writing contest (http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/) was established in his honour. In contrast, Charles Dickens is one of the best writers ever. Can one tell the difference between their prose? To check this I wrote the “Great prose or not?” quiz (Simkin, 2004). It consists of a dozen of representative literary passages, written either by Bulwer-Lytton or by Dickens. The takers are to choose the author of each quote. They face a formidable task and are often surprised to learn the correct answers. “What mindless boob would write such tripe? Dickens, one would know now.” – wrote me one of respondents.
Does that sound like something that belongs in a "scientific" journal? Guy basically had some quotes from both authors and asked a bunch of people to guess which of the two authors wrote each quote, and apparently the total number of correct answers was not appreciably higher than the results you would get from simply guessing at each answer (50%)
If you're interested, you can read the rest of it here
It used to be the kiss of death in publishing to submit an unsolicited manuscript.
Maybe not so much now:
As ebook readers have grown more popular, the publishing market has changed significantly. This has had a huge impact on the self-publishing industry. The media talks about this shift all the time. However, they often neglect to mention the huge impact it has had on the romance publishing industry. There are so many more romance and erotica novels published these days, that it seems like every few days a new romance publisher sprouts out of the woodwork.
If you write in the "romance" genre, the article goes on to list 31 Romance publishes that accept submissions without an agent.
The market for all the various genres and sub-genres of "romance" is just UUUGE.
I'll bet you anything there's even some sort of "SJW" romance sub-genre. Don't laugh. For all we know, "The Secret Diaries of Trigglypuff" might be a big seller.
H/T to Anna Puma.
Now I Feel Bad
Hey, does anybody else remember that smug little twerp Michael Kinsley? He used to be a staple on the talking-head shows in the 90s and early 00s, and there was something just insufferably annoying about him. I'm not sure if it was the way he looked, or his demeanor, or what, but of all the left-of-center talking heads on TV back then, he was the one, I swear, I just wanted to pop him a good one right in the puss.
And then sometime in the early 00s, he just disappeared. Not that I missed him, but I would wonder from time to time what happened to him.
And then this week I saw that he has written a book, Old Age: A Beginner's Guide. I didn't think he was that old, so I'm not sure why he thought he be qualified to be dispensing such advice. I have no idea if the book is any good or not.
In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson's disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront.
Ouch. OK, that would explain why I haven't been seeing him on TV much lately. I have friends in various stages of Parkinson's, and it's not a disease I would wish on anyone. So I wish Mr. Kinsley well, and I hope his doctors can find a treatment regimen for him that will stave off the symptoms for a good long time.
I've never done much on Twitter, and less even now that it has turned into just another progressive hive, but occasionally I'll get passed a tip. Like a few days ago when Chad recommended Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyon, his account of what happened when he joined a start-up company called "HubSpot", which tried to make money selling... e-mail spam. To be fair, HubSpot's wiki page says "HubSpot provides tools for social media marketing, content management, web analytics, landing pages and search engine optimization."
Mixed in with Lyons's uproarious tale of his rise and fall at Hubspot is a trenchant analysis of the start-up world, a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them, a world where bad ideas are rewarded with hefty investments, where companies blow money lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and where everybody is trying to hang on just long enough to reach an IPO and cash out.
I thought this item on the wiki page was amusing:
In July 2015, Hubspot's CMO Mike Volpe was dismissed for violating HubSpot's code of business conduct. The company's board of directors found that Volpe tried to obtain a draft copy of Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, by Daniel Lyons. The book is a satirical look at HubSpot, its company culture, and its business practices.
Books By Morons
I never knew that longtime moron commenter naturalfake was a published author, and perhaps he wasn't in the past, but he is now. His comic novel Wearing the Cat: Part One: Flaming Hoops is now available on Kindle. This is the first of a projected quartet of novels featuring
Lt. Nick McGill, dentist in the United States Navy Dental Corps.
If you're thinking, what could be at all interesting about a naval dentist, Lt. McGill might agree with you:
He joined the Navy as a way to add excitement to his life only to discover a distinct lack of wine, women, and adventure in the day to day drill and fill of the Williamsville Naval Dental Clinic. Tooth decay? Oh, yeah. Plenty of that. Bad breath? Goes with the territory. The three little words? If only he didn't have to hear those three little words ever again.
Since he's a dentist, I'm thinking that those three little words he's referring to are "rinse and spit."
Worst of all, in his boredom and loneliness, McGill finds himself questioning past decisions, and feeling nostalgic about past girlfriends.
And because he's a guy, the typical guy solution, the product of generations of guy thinking, immediately presents itself:
Perhaps all he needs to do is to get laid.
Yes, that's right. Because doing what the "little man" tells you always works out well, doesn't it?
Naturalfake would like all the morons to know that he's
...pricing the book at the Moron-Friendly price of $0.99 for the first two weeks to encourage readers to take a chance and, hopefully, write positive reviews.
Speaking of Moron-Friendly, "Wearing the Cat" is 100% Moron Friendly and loaded with humor both high and low...really, really low.
Elsewhere in his e-mail to me, he uses the words "ribald" and "Rabelaisian" to describe the comic humor in this, his first, novel. So I guess that's a trigger warning of sorts.
At 28 Jana Tyrell is already the foremost actress in the world. But she wants the love of a good man, and they’re not so common in Hollywood. She finds it in a most unexpected place: Onteora County, NY, a land that produces geniuses and heroes as if they’d been sown there by God. Her target, engineer and Web writer Tim Beaufort, will be rocked by the changes Jana brings to his life.
Mr. Porretto describes his new novel as "an unusual, highly optimistic romance." Available on Kindle for $2.99.
His other books:
Realm of Essences series: Chosen One, On Broken Wings, Shadow of a Sword, Polymath.
Spooner Federation series: Which Art In Hope, Freedom's Scion, Freedom's Fury.
Stand-alone titles: Priestesses, The Sledgehammer Concerto, Romance A La Mode, A Dash of Spice.
All of these you can access on his Amazon page.
He also has a blog.
The author of A Net of Dawn and Bones e-mailed me earlier this week recommending her own humorous fantasy books that, she says, "skewers a lot of monster tropes."
The author has only looked at AoSHQ "a few times" but was referred to me by "Aliens in This World" which I believe is a conservative Roman Catholic blog.
But the referral was dead on accurate, as I can see from the Amazon blurb for her book, which contains the author's manifesto:
This book was written because I couldn’t find anything like it on the shelves.
...No, seriously. After the umpteenth time picking up yet another urban fantasy that looked promising but on closer skimming had the Designated Protagonist choosing the Sexier Evil, I kind of snapped.
Part of the fun of any story is putting yourself in the character’s shoes. But these shoes I not only didn’t want to slip into, I wanted to set them on fire. Where were the good guys? The honest cops? The ordinary people choosing to do the Right Thing, no matter how hard it was? Where was the belief that there is a Right Thing; that there is Good, and Evil, and you pick the side you’re going to fight for, even if the heavens fall?
In short - where were the heroes?
Yeah, this author is definitely a Moron, like the rest of us. She may not know it yet, but she is. I invited her to drop by the book thread and say hi, so hopefully she will.
She's also written another comic fantasy, Count Taka and the Vampire Brides.
Anna Puma e-mailed me this week, too:
To kick off my plan to write the Alexandria story during the July Camp NaNoWriMo, Golden Isis will be free from the 26th to 28th of this month.
Link to Golden Isis here.
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be accessible to non-members. Here is the list she has compiled so far. Let her know if there's an author she's missing.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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