June 25, 2016

George Will Leaves The Republican Party: Who Gives A Rat's Ass? [CBD]

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George Will Leaves the Republican Party over Trump

And here is our country's best-known conservative pundit's genius advice:

Asked...to recommend what conservative anti-Trumpers should do now, Will said: "Make sure he loses."

Now, I am not the scholar of American History that George Will is, but a rational and informed reading of that advice could be changed to: "Make sure Hillary Clinton becomes president."

If Trump loses at the convention, in spite of having the required number of delegates for a first ballot nomination, then Republicans all across America will smell a rat. Yes, it can be done, but it will be extremely difficult without fracturing the coalition that is required to elect a Republican in November.

Let us be honest about good ole' Georgie of the blue-jeans hate and the pompous bow ties....he wants Hillary to win because it will solidify his position as one of the trusted retainers in the court of the almighty Dollar, and he doesn't care who sits on the throne. Hillary isn't ideal, but Georgie will still make his money and be fêted by the media and those in real power. Only if Trump wins will Will's position be threatened, and we simply cannot function as a free country if George Will is not on TV 15 times each week!

But there's more!

But what about that last-gasp reason, resonant among many of the legal thinkers at the libertarian/conservative Federalist Society, for backing even a revolting Republican -- the Supreme Court? Will's answer was revealing: "Sure, but I'm also concerned with the fact that I do not really believe Republicans think clearly enough about what they really want in judges...having a Republican president is not an answer in itself."

Oh, you stupid flyover people. Just climb back into your pickup trucks and throw the old dog in the back and go hunting. The mandarins in Washington will take care of you, because you are too stupid to know what is best for America.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]

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Soul? They are all soul. How can you reject a ginger like that? (I'll let you in on a little secret. I haven't been able to say no for 34 years. Thank you Mrs. MH)

So everybody, thank you for stopping by on the first Saturday of Summer to see what's happening at the AoS Pet Thread. As usual, a little of this, a little of that. Check out the happenings.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Just Peachy [KT]

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Greetings to gardeners, farmers and those who like farmers' markets, fruit stands, flowers or shade trees. Welcome to the first Saturday Gardening Thread of the year following the Summer Solstice. Do you feel any different?

Last week, Dave at Buffalo Roam wrote:

The hot weather is here and the sweet corn is probably finished this weekend. I put up 48 ears today. But we have Fredericksburg peaches! God bless Texas.

Then he wrote in response to my query:

Fredericksburg peaches are yellow, cling stone and so juicy it runs down your neck.

Mmmm. Those peaches sound good. Anybody who has a local source for peaches is fortunate. If you have your own tree(s), even better! More on peaches and nectarines later in this thread.

Do you live where it is too cool in summer to grow flavorful peaches? Maybe you could grow a beautiful scented tuberous begonia in peachy tones to admire while sipping a nice peachy-flavored beverage.


John Smith Scented Tuberous Begonia

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Summer [KT]

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Serving your later Saturday morning open thread needs


Strawberry Moon

The full moon over our shed (no, it's not a cow shed) last Monday was gorgeous. I'm kind of sorry I didn't remember that it was the night of the summer solstice. Not so sorry I missed the revelers at Stonehenge or the religious celebration parade in Santa Barbara. There are still some . . . elbows in the video at the link above for the Morons, though. In spite of some draconian restrictions on art in this celebration.

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There's Something You Don't See Everyday [Y-not]

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In case you missed it, West Virginia got hammered by flooding last week. 26 people are now confirmed dead:

A 1,000-year flood

The high terrain along rivers in southeastern West Virginia are exacerbating the flooding, meteorologists said.

Weather radar estimates show that more than 10 inches of rain have fallen in portions of Greenbrier County. There is a 1 in 1,000 chance of this type of rainfall happening in any given year, according to the National Weather Service.

In Kanawha County, which includes the capital of Charleston, the Elkview River crested at 33.37 feet Friday morning, meteorologists said. The river rose more than 27 feet from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, the highest crest since record-keeping began more than 125 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.

One of the most amazing images from West Virginia is below the fold:

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EMT 6/25/16 Fluck the fu edition. [krakatoa]

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So this past week in Denver would have been much more pleasant without the flu cropping up on Monday.

Nothing like spending a week away from home to work "on site", have to quarantine in a hotel the whole time, finish the gig anyway, and realize you could have done it all from home with its stocked medicine cabinet in the first place without the 18 hours of travel.

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Friday Night Overnight Open Thread (6/24/16) UK Invasion Edition [Mis. Hum.]

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Cheerio Morons!

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Open Thread


The more the people shout that they don't want further mass migration, the harder the self-alleged elite shuts its ears and insists these racists don't know their own best interests.

Which is something that Obama likes saying about people he disagrees with. Strangely, many conservatives seem to think this Obama-ish habit is charming and winning when they practice it.

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. But somebody is considering it. And those somebodies, in their many millions, are being heard from this year: loud, clear, and angry.

Meanwhile, we might soon have #Frexit, #Itexit, and #Nexit.

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Ben Domench: How the Establishment (and Would-Be Establishment, the Aspirational Establishment Types) Delude Themselves Into Thinking All of Their Failures Are Huge Wins the Public Should Be Grateful For


This crew has only two modes: failure and then self-flattery for that failure.

Really sharp -- and nasty -- piece by Ben Domench.

Consider it well in light of the #Brexit fiasco. The Masters of Europe were all pretty certain they were delivering great value to the citizens of Europe -- and when the citizens of Europe told them otherwise, they consoled themselves by reassuring themselves that mere citizens are idiots, barely above animal level in reasoning power, and entirely unequipped to rate the performance of the True Elites.

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Mike Flynn, RIP


Out of the blue, with no warning, my friend died yesterday.

At the end of the post, Larry O'Connor offers his tribute to Mike.

He was a really good guy. He leaves behind a wife and a combined family of his daughter and his wife's kids. May God guide them.

Educational Fund: "American Patriot Mike Flynn passed away June 23rd unexpectedly from a heart attack, leaving behind a wife and four children. Please consider a contribution to assist with education expenses for the children." Link to the GoFundMe page here.

Thanks to Y-Not for that.

[Update - Andy]: We had Mike Flynn on the podcast almost exactly a year ago. It's a great interview and gives a glimpse into what a great guy he was. Download | Stream from podcast site

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Trump Said to be Considering Tom Cotton for VP


Tough guys.

The New Panama Canal Locks Are Mired In Controversy, Bloated Budgets, Crumbling Infrastructure, And Corruption (Just Like The U.S.) [CBD]

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In a long and interesting article in the NY Times, The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet, complete with interesting video and interactive fluff, there is some real journalism happening, including interviews with both sides of the debate. Weird...huh!

It's worth a read, in spite of its source, both for the very interesting descriptions of the new canal system, but also as a glimpse of the kind of corruption that is increasingly becoming just the way business is done. The unholy alliance of government and business, something that has accelerated in this country in the last decade, is anathema to free and open markets. This canal project is a wonderful example of what happens when government....any government...gets involved with private capital and makes decisions that should have been made by Adam Smith's invisible hand.

The canal authority's plan to move about 12 neo-Panamax ships a day now appears unrealistic -- at least for the time being, according to shippers, given that many East Coast ports are still preparing the infrastructure to accommodate the big ships.

Hmmm....maybe that is a bit backward?

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#Brexit: Blame (or Credit) Obama



The Shit-Fingered Midas strikes again.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

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Auguste Rodin

Hat tip: AtC

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Overnight Open Thread (6-23-2016)


Brexit Referendum Going On - See Thread Below For Details.

Update: 98% of votes counted and Leave ahead by 3.6%
BBC/ SKY Calling It For Brexit!


More Competition For Dumbest Statement of the Day


Can you identify at least three of the logic flaws in this single tweet?

Competition For the Dumbest Statement of the Day II - Leading Thinkers Edition


Competition For the Dumbest Statement of the Day III: Ben Carson: Let's put the 2nd Amendment ON THE TABLE and ask WHY do we NEED IT?

The Nation Is Taking a Tour To Russia

But nothing will ever come close to PJ O'Rourke's hilarious account of joining a 1982 Nation-sponsored Volga cruise:

I never did get it, what this trip was all about. I stood at the rail of the cruise ship Alexander Pushkin staring out at the vast rolling shore of the Volga. Here or there was a patch of grain, not high enough even in late July to conceal the line of furrows plowed straight downhill in the most erosion-producing way possible. And here or there was a skinny cow in an untidy hectare of pasture. But most of the land looked empty, unsown, ungrazed, uncultivated. And all around me were minds just as fallow.

I was on something called the Volga Peace Cruise, a sixteen-day trip to the USSR featuring a nine-day boat ride from Rostov north up the Don, through the Don-Volga canal, and on up the Volga River to Kazan. The 160 passengers were all Americans. Most were antinuke activists and peace-group organizers with sixties leftover looks. Others were products of the Old Left. The peaceniks talked about peace, mostly in terms of atomic holocaust. The leftists talked about peace, mostly in terms of Soviet-American relations. The entire program of the "peace cruise" consisted in the bunch of us talking about peace. And the Soviet government had provided five Russian "peace experts" to talk about peace too.
I have a sneaking love of the old-time left and that compendium of their snits and quarrels, The Nation. Mind you, I'm a registered Republican and consider socialism a violation of the American principle that you shouldn't stick your nose in other people's business except to make a buck. Still, Wobblies, Spanish Civil War veterans, the Hollywood Ten touch the heart somehow.

But, to tell the truth, I'd never met any Old Leftists. I expected them to be admirable and nasty, like Lillian Hellman, or brilliant, mysterious, denying everything, like Alger Hiss, or-best of all-hard-bitten and cynical but still willing to battle oppression, like Rick in Casablanca. I did not expect them to be the pack of thirty fussing geriatrics I met at Kennedy Airport, misplacing their hand luggage, losing their way to the ladies' room, barking at the airline personnel, and asking two hundred times which gate we'd have to be at in three and a half hours.

They were leftists all right. In between palsies of fretting, they'd tell you how wonderful the Soviet Union was: Pensions were huge, housing was cheap, and they practically paid you to get medical care. Believe me, you haven't been bored until you've been buttonholed by a seventy-year-old woman who holds forth all afternoon on the perfidity of American foreign policy and shows you pictures of her grandchildren. These were people who believed everything about the Soviet Union was perfect, but they were bringing their own toilet paper.

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Remain/Leave #Nexit and #Nexit in Vote


One thing is that London is basically playing Detroit here, and whatever the vote from the hinterlands, suddenly that Detroit vote is going to come in big for the socialists.

Note: Remain just surged ahead.

Update: Leave kicking ass.

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Nigel Farage: It Looks Like Remain Will Edge Out Leave in #Brexit Vote


A bunch of indicators suggest Remain has won: a YouGov poll puts it at 52% Remain, 48% Leave; bookmakers work out the odds as 84% likely that the country has voted to Remain; and the markets are all rising (and markets like stability and for some reason super-national socialist governments).

Update [Maet]: In the few returns so far the votes have been split nearly 50-50. But Remain seems to be consistently underperforming expectations and Sunderland went strongly for Leave. If this trend continues, it's likely Leave will prevail.

Only about 2% of the votes have been counted so far. The first large area results will be available in 3 to 4 hours so we'll know then if the trend is holding. You can follow the results at the Telegraph election page.

Lindsay Lohan is also live-tweeting the referendum here.

Update 2 [Maet]: It's still very early but you have this tweet:

Senior labour figure tells me 'this has gone, Leave to win' - Don't jump up and down with joy or in despair, it's early and it's one source

-- Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 24, 2016

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Secret Service Tell-All: Clintons Believed They Had Magic Pot of Royal Money to Pay For Their Every Whim


The Clintons made their money the old-fashioned way: Graft.

In a new book, a former Secret Service uniformed officer accuses Bill and Hillary Clinton of acting as if they had a “magic royal pot” of taxpayer money at their disposal while living in the White House.


According to Byrne, the Clintons threw official events at the White House to woo people without regard to the cost to taxpayers.

“As soon as Mr. Clinton became the president, Mrs. Clinton and her staff sought to repair the Clinton brand among groups they thought had been damaged during the campaign, scheduling galas, balls, and dinners,” Byrne writes. “They hosted open house tours day and night, especially around Christmas and for the military. What she and her staffers failed to realize was that the White House had a budget like any other government entity. Each shindig still had to be paid either from the Executive Residence budget or the Democratic Party’s purse.”

According to Byrne, “Early on, the staff kept promising payments but it was common knowledge that they had no idea of where they were coming from. But the buck kept getting passed because Mrs. Clinton didn’t want to hear ‘no,’ and no one wanted to be the bearer of bad news. Evergreen was spoiled.”

More: Emails show State Department knew that appointment of Clinton big-dollar donor to sensitive security posting was a sham.

Eye Update: I think I took a positive turn yesterday night/today. I can read a little easier now (easily on the Kindle, not so easily on the computer, but still better than I had been reading) and sometimes my long distance vision gets pretty clear. Still fuzzy, still doubled images, but better than it was -- bigly. I can read some street and store signs, sometimes, for example.

I might have pretty good vision by Sunday.

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Anthony Kennedy Sides With His Liberal Budies to Uphold University of Texas' Affirmative Action Scheme


It shook out 4-3 to uphold it. Kagan had recused herself for once, having briefed the case for the government earlier. (Note: She similarly worked on Obamacare, but refused to recuse herself there.)

Kennedy sided with the liberals -- let's face it, he is one.

Once again, all liberals vote in lockstep. This has nothing to do with the law; this is just another branch of the Democrat-Socialist Party in action.

he Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas, saying that the plan taking race into consideration as one factor of admission is constitutional.

The 4-3 ruling greenlights the limited use of affirmative action polices by schools.
"The Court's affirmance of the University's admissions policy today does not necessarily mean the University may rely on that same policy without refinement. It is the University's ongoing obligation to engage in constant deliberation and continued reflection regarding its admissions policies," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.

"Something strange has happened since our prior decision in this case," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the dissent. "This is nothing less than the plea for deference that we emphatically rejected in our prior decision. Today, however, the Court inexplicably grants that request."

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Driver in Freddie Gray Case, Seen as Most at Risk of Guilty Finding, Acquitted of All Charges


On one hand, Marilyn Mosby is corrupt; but, on the other hand, she's also incompetent.

The Baltimore Police van driver accused of giving a "rough ride" that killed Freddie Gray was acquitted of all charges Thursday by Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, had faced the most serious charges of any of the six officers indicted in Gray's arrest and death last April, including second-degree depraved heart murder. Goodson was also acquitted of three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

His acquittal, which comes after Williams considered the charges for three days, throws the rest of the cases into jeopardy. The other officers charged face similar, but lesser accusations.

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Court Deadlocks 4-4 On Obama's Illegal Amnesty Order; Because Lower Court Enjoined His Unconstitutional Scheme, and the Supremes Could Not Set That Opinion Aside, Obama's Order Remains Blocked


Four liberals voting in lockstep, yet again.

Doesn't matter what the issue is -- they're not voting on the law. They're just supporting their socialist team.

Obama now delivering a statement about this.

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German Theater Shooter "Shot Dead"


The gunman probably got his AR-15s from downstate Indiana.

Boy those Germans really need to tighten up their loose gun laws.

This seems odd -- nice if it's true, though:

Apparently it is true -- no one was hurt. Except the gunman.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

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Daniel Crommelin Verplanck
John Singleton Copley

The working title was "Space Alien With Rodent," but Copley felt that may have been a little difficult for his sales team.

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Overnight Open Thread (6-22-2016) - Behold teh Stoopid Edition


Quote of the Day

"It's getting harder for business people like me to be successful, but if they [the victims] follow the rules it would be very hard for me to be successful. That's one of the surprises. My friends and I thought we would not be successful for so long, especially with how Craigslist is different now. But there is always someone looking to sell something who doesn't know the game."

-- from an interview with a professional Craigslist scammer

The Competition to Say The Stupidest Possible Thing Has Been Unusually Fierce Today


Her follow-ups are priceless as well.

And then you had this 'expert':




Honorable Mention: Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) - The Constitution Was Designed to Increase Government Power

On Another Day This Would Have Been a Contender: Loretta Lynch: Our Most Effective Response to Terror is Compassion and Love

Also Oops: Loretta Lynch: We Have No Idea Where Omar Mateen's Wife Is

Daniel Hannan: Why You Should Fire Me From My Phoney Baloney EU Job

Now this is how you do rhetoric. Churchill would approve.

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Clinton Disabled Security In Homebrew Illegal System; Weeks Later, A "Serious" Hacking Attempt Occurred


Quick, let's elect her to teach other people in the party a lesson.

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"Elites" Continue Wondering Why They're Being Ignored


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Lawsuit Against the Department of Education May Finally End the "Dear Colleague" Mandated Kangaroo Courts


Rather than suing his school for denying him due process in its crooked kangaroo court, he's suing Obama's DoE for forcing schools to adopt no-procedural-safeguards rules, threatening to withhold federal funding unless they started railroading male students.

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The Party of Acid, Amnesty, and Abortion Holding a Sit-In in Congress


It's 1968 again.

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Marco Rubio, In Act of Moral Generosity, Gives His Cultists Reason to Cling to Their Dreary Lives


The guy who famously hated being a Senator is running again to be Senator.

Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio reversed course Wednesday and said he will seek re-election to the Senate, telling Fox News: “I changed my mind.”

The decision, widely expected among his Florida Republican colleagues, follows repeated claims during the GOP presidential primary race that he would not run again for Senate.

Rubio for months had spoken about his frustrations with the Senate, in explaining his original decision to run for the presidency only – and defending himself against criticism for missed votes.

Wall Street perked up at the news, with investors grabbing up stocks in the Water, Grandpas, and America! sectors.

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Loretta Lynch: So We Sort of Lost Track of the Orlando Terrorist's Likely-Accomplice Wife


It looks a lot like incompetence, but it might just be tha they're performing well for their actual employeers.

Oh: ABCNews downplayed Lynch's/Obama's censorship of the killer's 911 call.

ABCNews/ABC/Disney/Marvel/ESPN must be destroyed.

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Trump Speech to Attack Hillary on Libya Warmongering, Benghazi Murders, and Clinton Foundation Buckraking


On now. Livestream here.

Transcript here.

Very good speech. He wasn't as specific about Hillary's crimes as I'd hoped, but he was a lot better in laying out/defending his vision for the country.

One of the parts I liked the best was his noting the change in the American mentalit. He noted we'd settled the west, "dug out the Panama canal," and sent "satellites" across the solar system, but then we started thinking small, losing our sense of confidence and daring.

Great stuff. I've noticed that a lot myself.

I liked the big-picture vision stuff here. It contrasts well to Hillary's vision -- she has none, except that she's a woman and it would be a first.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


Google "Yoko Ono," and you will retrieve about 3,320,000 results.

That's not a threat...that's a promise.

This is just a taste.

This society is driven by neurotic speed and force accelerated by greed and frustration of not being able to live up to the image of men and woman we have created for ourselves; the image has nothing to do with the reality of people.

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Overnight Open Thread (6-21-2016)


Quote of the Day I - Failure to Heed Market Signals Edition

The percentage of new doctorate recipients without jobs or plans for further study climbed to 39% in 2014 from 31% in 2009, according to a National Science Foundation survey released in April. Median salaries for midcareer Ph.D.s working full time fell 6% between 2010 and 2013.

The reason: supply and demand.

Quote of the Day II - A Matter of Faith Edition

Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that more people would have died in the terrorist attack at a nightclub in Orlando over the weekend if clubgoers had been armed and shot back at the lone gunman.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, the former president was asked to respond to Donald Trump's claim that fewer people would have died at the club if they had firearms.

"Did you see how dark it was?" Clinton said. "It's likely that more people would have been killed."

Funny the killer seemed to have no problem with finding and shooting people in the dark.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch: Orlando Gunman's Motive May Never Be Known

I can't help but be reminded of this classic AoS thread:

The Words That Come Out Of His Mouth: The Secret Source Of What A Man Is Really Trying To Tell You!

What Really Happened During the Orlando Shootings - a Time Line

  • 2:02 a.m.: OPD call transmitted multiple shots fired at Pulse nightclub.
  • 2:04 a.m.: Additional OPD officers arrived on scene.
  • 2:08 a.m.: Officers from various law enforcement agencies made entrance to Pulse and engaged the shooter.
  • 2:18 a.m.: OPD S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons & Tactics) initiated a full call-out.
  • 2:35 a.m.: Shooter contacted a 911 operator from inside Pulse.

One interesting note from this is that police were already engaged in a firefight with Mateen within 6 minutes of the shooting being reported. But when they realized they were outgunned and he retreated inside, they called out the SWAT team.

And during calls with negotiators Mateen claimed to have a suicide vest and have bombs planted in the building and his car:

"There is some vehicle outside that has some bombs, just to let you know. You people are gonna get it, and I'm gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid." Later in the call with the crisis negotiator, the shooter stated that he had a vest, and further described it as the kind they "used in France." The shooter later stated, "In the next few days, you're going to see more of this type of action going on." The shooter hung up and multiple attempts to get in touch with him were unsuccessful.
  • 4:21 a.m.: OPD pulled an air conditioning unit out of a Pulse dressing room window for victims to evacuate.

And here one survivor who played dead even after being shot a second time by Mateen describes what was happening in the club during this time:

With the sounds of Mateen still shooting and the screams echoing in the club, Marrero stayed as perfectly still as he could and he estimates 30 to 40 minutes went by. He saw the shooter walking over the bodies on the floor and shooting them again, presumably to make sure they were dead.

This is when he shot Marrero again, hitting his lower back and his left arm. Now this young man was on the floor with four gunshot wounds. "I just lay there and all the blood coming out of my hand, and my arm was destroyed," he said. "The amount of pain was unbearable."

He said while the shots were still going off, he made eye contact with a police officer through the front door. He said he pleaded for help. The officer told him to crawl to him, but Marrero couldn't and told the officer he was shot in the back.

The officer told Marrero, "You need to find the strength to do this." Using his right arm he grabbed onto the dead bodies giving himself the leverage to push himself towards the officer. The cop grabbed him by the hand and quickly dragged him away from the club and to a vacant lot where paramedics were set up and eventually got to him.

Here the pseudonymous LAPD officer, Jack Dunphy, weighs in on the Orlando police's actions that morning:

And in those hours before the final confrontation came at about five in the morning, the police faced an agonizing dilemma: Should they move in and risk a gun battle that would jeopardize more innocents, or should they wait it out in the hope of a surrender? But this second option carried its own risks. Mateen might have resumed shooting at any moment without warning, or he may have detonated the explosives he claimed to have. What's more, during a protracted siege, people already wounded and hoping for rescue might bleed out and die.

There is no easy answer in this situation. Officers on the scene must rely on incomplete and sometimes conflicting information. In the panic and chaos that greeted the first arriving officers in Orlando, there must have been varying accounts on the number of shooters and their whereabouts within the club. Adding to the confusion, officers from all over the city and beyond rushed to the scene, few of whom had had the opportunity to work or train together before. Patrol officers are accustomed to handling things alone or in pairs; unlike their counterparts in SWAT, they are seldom called upon to act as a cohesive unit.

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It Is Time For A National Conversation On How Stupid And Ugly Our Current Crop Of Neo-Nazis Is [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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Ugly shirt. Awful choice of colors for the tie (ignoring the profoundly effeminate choice of a bow tie), geek glasses, a retro 1920s English-waiter-teeth look. And how about getting a hair cut? Or are those scraggly bangs just hiding the zits you popped this morning? Oh...didn't your mother teach you to close your mouth when you aren't speaking? Nobody wants to look at your teeth Dylan ol' buddy. They are undoubtedly furry from lack of dental hygiene. But that's probably okay, because no woman would get within five feet of you without some pressing business reason, or perhaps the $200 on the side-table.

But what is really nauseating about you is your happiness with the idea that we are not a free people, governed by laws of our own making. You seem to be comfortable with a despot ruling your world. Perhaps you ought to move to North Korea or Saudi Arabia, where the rulers really rule!

This is not Dems' sales pitch but I'm totally down with letting the prez unilaterally ban people (hopefully everyone!) from buying guns...

The "prez" is a vomit-inducing diminutive, just so he can demonstrate that he is "down with" Obama and his desire to be Robert Mugabe.

But I'm not down with Dylan, the millennial ass-hat. He is exactly the person who Ace was discussing yesterday, who will be replaced by an off-the-shelf software package in about five years.

An awful lot of "mindworker" workers, who think they're splitting atoms simply because their jobs involve the simple manipulation of language grammar rules, are going to soon learn [they're] drudges and as easily replaced as a McDonald's order-taker.

What Dylan really, really doesn't understand about unilateral decisions is that they lead to things like gulags and concentration camps. And people like Dylan -- willing fools -- are often guests in those camps.

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Nation's Top Cop Loretta Lynch: The Way to Fight Terrorism Is With Peace, Love, and Understanding


That sounds about right.

Via AllahPundit, with more about the Democrats' strange priorities, Lovin' on Terrorists, Hatin' on Americans.

Eye Update: I hit myself in both eyes. I got this cold-therapy eye mask for chilling down my eyes. The bottom of the thing has two sharp-ish pieces which descend down from the eyes and cover the cheeks.

I always knew from the moment I saw this thing I'd jab those cheek pieces right into my eyes.

Today, I did so.

The little "lightning lines" you see after a minor eye trauma are now gone, finally.

It was really dumb. It was also inevitable.

But no harm done, and I avoided pooping my pants, so that's something.

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Gun Store Refuses to Sell Gun to a Reporter, Citing His History of Alcoholism and Domoestic Abuse



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Nice tribute to Mike Flynn over at Reason: Mike Flynn, Editor at Breitbart News and Former Reason Foundation Director of Government Affairs, Dead at 48. If you'd like to help Mike's kids, there's a GoFundMe effort here. [Y-not]
Brexit opinion poll reveals majority DON'T want second referendum despite more than 2 million signing petition "The economy (67%) was cited as the most important for Remain voters. By contrast, the ability of Britain to make its own laws is cited by Leave voters as the most important issue when deciding which way to vote (53%), ahead of immigration (34%)." [Y-not]
Omar Mateen's mother-in-law proclaimed support for Hamas leader. Some actual investigative reporting on the shooter's family by the Palm Beach Post. [Y-not]
Was disabling Hillary's email server security a big deal?
"You're putting not just the Clinton server at risk but the entire Department of State emails at risk"
Bob Gourley, former chief technology officer - Defense Intelligence Agency.

Cruz: Obama Proposal Puts Internet Freedom in Hands of Russia, China "Cruz has added an amendment to the Senate's Highway Bill that would require an up-or-down vote on the administration's plan to give ICANN control over names and numbers." [Y-not]
Fiorina campaigns for Paul in Senate race "Fiorina amplified Paul's brand of liberty politics by telling the crowd that 'power concentrated is power abused, always.' She used the vote by Great Britain to leave the European Union as an example." [Y-not]
Brexit and the End of International Progressive Inevitability "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?" [Y-not]
ICYMI: Walker's Labor Reforms Were a Success "While it was clear to all that Walker’s 2011 cutbacks would save Wisconsin a large amount of money (the MacIver institute has estimated $5.24 billion over five years), critics of Act 10 were adamant that the bill would adversely affect the labor market for teachers. WILL’s study shows that these claims were wrong." [Y-not]
RNC Rules Committee stocked with stalwarts. "The rules put in place in 2012 will govern the convention until the convention floor passes a new set. The Rules Committee will finalize a draft, which will require a 57-delegate majority to advance to the floor. That set of rules will need a majority of delegates on the floor to go into effect. If one-quarter of the delegates sign on to an alternate set of rules, that can go to the floor as a minority report from the committee." [Y-not]
Headlines: 6/24/16
"American Patriot Mike Flynn passed away June 23rd unexpectedly from a heart attack, leaving behind a wife and four children. Please consider a contribution to assist with education expenses for the children." Link to the GoFundMe page here. [Y-not]
NJ senate passes $15/HR minimum wage. Previously in May it had passed the assembly. It's off to Chris Christie's desk. Look for a veto. [Mis. Hum.]
FORE!!!! Trump visits his new golf course in Scotland. [Mis. Hum.]
In a new study that surprised nobody with an ounce of common sense, researchers found that Bullying teaches kids valuable life lessons about standing up for themselves and handling power imbalances. Imagine that. How long until they waste a million dollars studying "walk it off" and "rub some dirt on it"? [Weirddave]
Glenn Reynolds: Things don't have to be rotten. "New York got better because its citizens got tired of its problems and wanted a change. They were willing to support people who might make that change happen. If America's citizens feel the same way, there's plenty of room for improvement. Let's hope we see it." [Y-not]
Dow closes down 600 after Brexit surprise; financials post worst day since 2011 "With Friday's drop, both the Dow and S&P erased their gains for the year so far. The Nasdaq composite was nearly 6 percent lower year-to-date." [Y-not]
And now for something completely different... Rudy Giuliani in drag smooching Trump. (Hat tip: Power Line) [Y-not]
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