December 16, 2017

Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Livin' the dream. Woof!)


Thank you for stopping by and checking out the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Where animals are the center of our attention. Let Fido or Fluffy or both curl up on the couch with you and relax for a while.


From the sidebar earlier this week.

Irrepressible commenter Toni (aka Ritabootoo) passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017. Here is a bit more info. RIP. [Update] A memorial service for Ritabootoo, who passed from cancer last week, will be held this Thursday, December 14th at the Wooster Funeral Home in Clementon, New Jersey. 6:30 - 7:30 is visitation followed by a service led by Father Adam at 7:30pm.

An 'ette and friend of Ritabootoo sent me this email and I thought I would share it with the Pet Thread gang.

Ritabootoo's memorial service went beautifully, with 150 mourners showing up, straining the capacity of the funeral home. People were lined up to get in. Father Adam led a touching, soulful and dignified service. Afterward, many repaired to a diner to comfort Toni's husband Bob, and share inspirational stories of Toni's life. The love and care shown to Toni and her family on behalf of AoSHQ and faithful readers has given comfort and solace to everyone who loved her.

If you would like to post the above to the pet thread or anywhere else, please feel free. (Or not.) OI can also go in and post in the comments.
All my best,

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 03:00 PM Comments

Saturday Gardening Thread: Resisting Winter [KT]

—Open Blogger


Photos by The Horde

Well, it looks like The Horde includes some folks who are resisting winter. The photo above is from fastfreefall in Valencia, Spain.

Been a while since i last submitted something for garden thread. I dont know if this counts but i have a banana tree growing alongside my house and was surprised to see it with fruit. They actually taste good. This foto shows second batch of bananas. I thought one plant gives fruit then dies but im pretty sure this is same plant givng subsequent batches. Interesting. Now i need to learn how to make banana bread.

Thanks for all you do.

All the best,

Thanks, fastfreefall! Growing banansa in winter. Imagine.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: How's that holiday shopping going? [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs


'Man Bun' Ken Doll

Here's a fun toy for the youngster on your holiday gift list who enjoys playing with dolls that are "hep" with the latest fashions. . . . Meanwhile Barbie is making out with Skeletor.

Dave Barry's Holiday Gift Guide was published last month, but it probably wasn't appropriate to highlight his guide here until The Deplorable Gourmet (in the sidebar) was released. You might have been tempted to give the Portovino Wine Purse to someone who is now getting the book.

But we all know that there are some people who would not appreciate a cookbook written by members of The Horde. Dave Barry's list can now be considered for those still on your gift list who might react negatively to that brilliant tome. Some people are just hard to buy for.

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Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


Good morning. Let's take a look at some items that didn't get their due here at the AoSHQ this past week.

As we approach Christmas, are you still looking to purchase some gifts? Check out the sidebar and the wonderful The Deplorable Gourmet. Great recipes and all net proceeds go to Fisher House and Toys for Tots. So as they would say at the company staff meeting, it's a win-win proposition.

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EMT 12/16/17


You can't spell "Buy new tires.. um" without EMT.

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Can You Picture The ONT?



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Open Thread


Jim Acosta or the Weekly Standard? It turns out, both -- Jim Acosta repeated the same "Trump said the FBI's actions were disgraceful while en route to a speech to police officers" talking point.

Mollie Hemingway offers the 8 worst defenses to the "insurance policy" text -- including number 8, just pretend it doesn't exist, the strategy favored by the New York Times -- and the Weekly Standard, I'd also note.

An MSNBC clown embarrasses himself by trying to pretend he understands what the hell Net Neutrality is.

Credibly accused rapist Bill Clinton gives a speech at Andrew Cuomo's birthday -- um, party? fundraiser? -- because War on Women or whatever.

Peter Jackson says took Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino out of the running for Lord of the Rings roles because the Weinstein brothers told him they were "nightmares" to work with. He says he now realizes this was all just the Miramax propaganda operation against the women.

BTW, I have little doubt that Ashely Judd is a nightmare. But Mira Sorvino? Seems okay to me.

You know, Mira Sorvino was a bona-fide It girl in Hollywood for about one year before she almost completely disappeared. I wonder if Weinstein actually derailed her career.

Al Franken says he's resigning soon, but won't commit to a date. I think people understand what it means when someone says it'll happen "soon" but can't commit to a date.

The guy who investigates allegations of Congressmen's sexual assaults? Is himself being sued for the sexual assault of two women. Because, of course he is.

From the Just Can't Even With This Anymore Department, hundreds of EPA employees are quitting because of Trump.

And yet the earth endures.

The "real media" believes two things: 1, that Taylor Swift must be pressured to denounce Trump or stand accused of being a witch and harlot, and 2, that it's totally normal to say one is enjoying one's life while Trump is in the White House.

A Texas aide to the attorney general lost his job because he shared this piece, by Federalist writer DC McAllister, speaking frankly about sexuality and beauty.

Ever notice it's only conservative women who speak honestly and sensibly about sex, while their liberal feminist counterparts create this scoldy puritan utopia where women all hate sex and wither beneath the Male Gaze?

Breaking with the law, the Obama administration let Hillary hide messages she decided were "personal" from FOIA requests and let her shield-maiden Huma cart off boxes of information related to "Muslim Engagement."

All kept away from public disclosure.

Finally, a short story called "Cat Person" published in the New Yorker is causing all sorts of angry debate. Apparently it's about an empty hook-up between two people, the woman going along with it just because it would be too embarrassing for both parties to stop it when she sees the guy is kinda schlubby underneath his clothes, and the guy... ah, I don't know. I haven't read it.

But people are arguing about it.

I'm going to read it myself, and maybe you'll read it if you like, but bear in mind it seems to be causing conflict so if you don't want more conflict maybe don't read it.

Have a nice weekend! And the GAINZZZ thread two posts down is still live -- don't listen to what anyone else says.

Oh, one more thing: Supposedly -- this sounds made-up to me, but whatever, supposedly -- someone's making a movie called Do They Know It's Murder?

The premise is this: at the recording of Band Aid's charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?, a fellow Brit rocker (or hanger-on) is murdered.

To make sure the single is finished without incident, Bob Geldof must suddenly put his detective skills to use -- you know, I guess maybe he actually solved the case of the girl who shot up the school in I Hate Mondays or some bullshit -- and find the killer before they lose the studio space.

Seriously, it's being claimed this will be a movie coming out.

If that's real, I'll totally see it.

If that's a punking -- well played.

And speaking of Christmas...

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Posted by Ace at 08:43 PM Comments

Three More Women Allege Dustin Hoffman Sexually Abused Them -- One Claiming Hoffman Exposed Himself to Her When She Was 16 Years Old



Cori Thomas was in high school when she says Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her in a hotel room. Melissa Kester was a recent college graduate when Hoffman allegedly sexually assaulted her while recording audio for the film "Ishtar." A third woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Hoffman assaulted her in the back of a station wagon and manipulated her into a subsequent sexual encounter that left her traumatized.

Here's Thomas' story. Does this remind you of anyone else's MO?

Thomas was 16 years old and a high-school classmate of Hoffman's daughter Karina at the United Nations International School in New York when she met the actor in 1980. An aspiring actor, she had spent a Sunday afternoon with Karina and Hoffman walking in Manhattan...

"This was at first one of the greatest days of my life," she said. "One of my idols was spending time with me and talking with me respectfully."

Thomas' parents -- her father was the U.N. ambassador from Liberia -- were supposed to pick her up at the restaurant. But, according to Thomas, Hoffman suggested that the three of them wait at the hotel where he was staying and leave a note for Thomas' parents with the maitre d’ saying they had gone to the hotel. After the three arrived at Hoffman’s hotel room, "Either Karina or Dustin suggested that [Karina] should go home" to Hoffman and [his wife's] house nearby, Thomas said, "because it was a school night and she had homework. So she left, and I was left in the hotel room with him alone."

Shortly after Karina departed, according to Thomas, Hoffman went to the restroom. She heard the shower turn on. "I was just sitting there waiting for my parents," Thomas said.

After several minutes, "He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped," Thomas said."“He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn't know what to do. And he milked it. He milked the fact that he was naked. He stood there. He took his time."

Hoffman eventually put on a robe and sat on the bed, according to Thomas, who said that he then asked her to massage his feet. She complied.

"I didn't know what to do in the circumstance," she said. "I didn't know that I could say no, so I did it. And he kept telling me, 'I'm naked. Do you want to see?'" Thomas said that she pretended not to hear Hoffman as he made suggestive comments to her.

"What saved me was that the phone rang, and it was my mother downstairs to pick me up," Thomas said. "So I left."

Previously, a woman came forward to say that Dustin Hoffman had repeatedly felt up her ass and made crude sexual propositions and suggestions to her -- when she was a 17 year old senior in high school. And he was, you know, not 17.

She also said that Hoffman asked for a footrub -- which she gave him, even thought she didn't want to. Because she was an intern in the play Hoffman was starring in, and because, probably, kids are just not really psychologically ready to contradict or refuse adults' requests. Kids have been told all their lives to do as their elders say (with the exception of people handing out candy from the backs of vans), and they go through a process of really becoming an adult -- and seeing adults as peers, not elders to be respected unconditionally -- in their later teen years and early 20s.

The second woman describes an even more serious violation. She was a recent college graduate, so age is not really an issue, but the behavior here is... well, straight up sexual assault, and the serious kind.

Hoffman was in a recording booth recording a song for "Ishtar." He was having trouble with the take, and said "Send Melissa [Kester] in here."

He started hugging her when singing, on the pretext, I guess, that this was helping him sing.

Then it got bad.

"And as he's doing that, he literally just stuck his fingers down my pants," Kester said. "He put his fingers inside me. And the thing I feel most bad about is I didn’t know what to do. I just stood there. I just froze in the situation like 'Oh my god, what is happening?' It's shocking when that happens to you."

Kester said that she made an effort not to react for fear that her boyfriend or the other man in the control room would know what was happening. She estimated that Hoffman kept his fingers inside her for 15-20 seconds, until he finished the take. Then she moved away from him.

Actresses are reportedly planning to wear all black at this year's Golden Globes, to protest sexual harassment, and I can't say I begrudge them this protest.

Many of you have probably seen this, but check out the surprise cameo at the end of this Today show clip making light of sexual harassment.

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Minor updates on my end. Which I'd like to hear some advice about.

I'm continuing Stronglifts 5x5, occasionally doing 3x5 on squats because they make my knees ache. In terms of how I look, I'm happy with the program. I'm seeing incremental results.

However, I'm not really progressing very quickly at all on actual strength GAINZZZ. I keep plateauing, or even going backwards, on squats (though I had a strained medius glute muscle partly responsible for that -- foam rolling and deep tissue release with a lacrosse ball helped a lot), and I have barely budged at all -- at all -- on overhead presses.

I'm making slow-but-steady GAINZZZ on the bench, deadlift, and a very modified partial-movement pendlay-style row I switched to because I don't know how to control my form on the real pendlay row, and I don't want to snap up my back.

On these, I'm making GAINZZZ a heck of lot slower than I expected, or that the "add 5 or ten pounds per session" protocol suggested I'd make them.

But squats I frequently get stuck on one weight on, and overhead presses? Honestly, I am barely overhead pressing five or ten pounds more than I started at.

I mean, damn, it's embarrassing. I don't think I can answer the age-old question "Bro, do you even lift?" in the affirmative.

I know that's the lift people usually have the most trouble improving, but... I mean, five or six months, I would expect to be putting up more than five or ten pounds than my starting weight.

As a wise man said, many of us struggled with serious insecurities, like if we'll ever be able to put up two plates.

I guessed maybe I wasn't getting enough protein for GAINZZZ so I've jacked that up but I haven't been doing high-protein long enough to know if that's fixed things. I do microloading and such but still. No real GAINZZZ. (Though maybe I have to invest in an even smaller microload set.)

Anyone got any suggestions? I was thinking of maybe alternating high-volume sessions with higher-weight sessions to try to try to hit these muscles a different way. I've also been thinking about trying to do some kind of overhead press every day -- maybe try overtraining -- but I don't know about that. I really don't know if I could take it, endurance and recovery-wise. Three days a week (often just two) is already kicking my ass.

I've also thought about just ditching the bench for now to work only on overhead presses and the incline bench press (which may assist with the overhead press) and maybe tricep isolation stuff, but I don't know.

I'm looking for some GAINZZZ in advice here. I think someone mentioned pyramiding, but what kind -- going upwards in weight or downwards?

BTW, I've been doing high rack pulls to work my traps, and they seem to work pretty well. I think those might be my favorite.

Oh, and this is amusing: When Christopher Reeve was cast as Superman, he was 6' 5" but only 170 pounds -- a "beanpole" and "skinny little kid" as director Dick Donner described him. But he claimed that he was previously a jock and could gain muscle quickly. Dick Donner took a chance that he could, and hired, as Reeve's strength coach, Darth Vader.

No seriously, Dave Prowse was a bodybuilder and was called in to help Reeves bulk up in only six weeks.

This just makes me further frustrated, as, allegedly, without steroids, Reeve gained forty two pounds of muscle in six weeks, going from 170 to 212, which does not sound at all possible to me. (I always read that 2 pounds per week is the most someone can gain.)

Anyway. Maybe a little exaggerated as to how skinny he was at first and how much he weighed at the end. But still -- that is... a lot.

So: Tell me about yo GAINZZZZZ.

PS, I know most people don't care about these threads, so I'll put up another thread shortly after this one. However, do consider this one "live," even though there'll be another thread above it in a bit.

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Whistleblowers: FBI Using Loophole to Exploit NSA Program to Spy on Americans


You need a warrant to spy on Americans. But you need no warrant to spy on foreigners.

That sounds fine.

But whistleblowers tell Sara Carter that the FBI is exploiting this difference in how citizens are foreigners are treated to spy on citizens with no warrant.

The #Hack goes like this: Let's say the want to spy on you, but they have no probable cause to do so.

But then they find out you occasionally talk with a a foreign friend, let's say an Italian, you know from college.

So they fake up a reason to spy on the Italian and -- whoopsie! -- just happen to wind up surveilling you whenever you talk to your Italian friend.

And you were the target all along, of course.

So much here for the Weekly Standard to not report on.

The whistleblowers, who recently disclosed the program's process to Congressional oversight committees, say concern over the warrantless surveillance mounted when it was disclosed earlier this year that Obama officials had accessed and unmasked communications of members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, allegedly without clear justification.

The process, known as 'reverse targeting,' occurs when intelligence and law enforcement officials use a foreign person as a legal pretense for their intended target, an American citizen, the officials stated...

The whistleblowers said the program established after the September 11, 2001, attacks has not been successful in preventing terror threats, but instead infringes on privacy rights and could easily be abused for political purposes. Those concerns were also voiced to then FBI Director James Comey in 2014, and alternative options for the program were discussed, a source with knowledge said. And now, those intelligence officials want lawmakers to conduct extensive investigations into the program.

"The program can be misused by anyone with access to it," said a former Intelligence official, with knowledge of the program. "There needs to be an extensive investigation of all the Americans connected to President Trump and the campaign who were unmasked in connection with the 2016 election."

FBI officials declined to comment for this story.

I'm not completely naive about espionage or playing loosey-goosey with rules when a genuine threat is being investigated.

I could support, or quietly tolerate, such violations of the law if the people doing so were doing it only in cases where a real threat to life or security interests existed.

But turning the NSA inside-out to spy on Americans for political reasons?

No, that hasn't been proven yet. But I don't think it will take that long to prove it.

One can only tolerate invasions of privacy if one trusts the people with the power to do so to restrain themselves from turning the exceptional case into the general rule -- taking it from "we'll violate this citizen's rights if there's a clear threat" to "we're just going to use this generally as a snooping tool, when we feel like it, like when there's a man running for president who must not be permitted to win and we need an insurance policy."

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Slate or Weekly Standard?


Quick guessing game: Does this headline and opening line come from Slate, or the "conservative" magazine Weekly Standard?

Trump Calls FBI 'Disgraceful' En Route to Speech in Which He Called Himself a 'Loyal Champion' of Police


Donald Trump's Friday morning appearances were an amusing reminder of a central presidential incongruity: He loves and supports law enforcement, except the ones trying to enforce the law on him.

No one give the answer in the comments for the first 60 responses or so. Just give your guesses (or, if you already know, refrain from answering).

Answer: In white font, so you have to scroll over and hold like you're trying to copy a link to see it:

It's the Weekly Standard. Obviously. Like their role models at the New York Times, they are still incapable of reporting the "insurance policy" text.

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Little Marco Now a Yes On Tax Bill After Concession on Refundable Child Tax Credit; Mike Lee Still Undecided; Unexpected Vote Flips from Hard No to Yes


Marco Rubio insisted that more of the bill's $2000-per-child tax credit be made "refundable," that is, it's a tax credit even if you don't pay taxes. In other words, it's a direct wealth transfer from tax-paying Americans to non-tax-paying Americans.

The bill already had a refundable component of $1100 per child. Rubio wanted that upped. It has been upped, to $1400 per child, and now he's a yes.

Mike Lee, on the other hand, remains undecided. Apparently he wants an even larger direct wealth transfer.

Surprisingly, even liberal stooge Bob Corker, who previously objected to the plan over alleged concerns about increasing the deficit (though he's not very keen on cutting government spending), is now a... yes??!!

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Liberals and NeverTrump Neocons (But I Repeat Myself) Rally to Defend Mueller Against Completely True Charges That His Staff is Filled With Hyperpartisans


Do these people not want transparency? They are desperately interested in what corrupt "contacts" Trump's team may have had; why do they take the position that any corrupt contacts Mueller's team might have had are None of Your Business?

Byron York sure wants to know what "insurance policy" Peter Strzok had in mind as way of guaranteeing Trump would not become president.

Interestingly, he spoke of that around the same time the first claims against Manafort were leaked to the press.

But NeverTrump Neocons and liberals (again, I repeat myself) are doubling down on the claim that the FBI and DOJ bureaucrats who paid Russian agents for Hillary's campaign oppo operation should not be molested with pesky questions.

James Comey's Mouthpiece Ben Wittes cries about the privacy rights of conspiring FBI agents.

The release of private correspondence between two Justice Department employees whose correspondence is the subject of an active inspector general investigation is not just wrong. It is cruel. It is not the practice of the Justice Department to turn over to Congress--let alone to give to reporters--active investigative material related to the private communications of its own employees. Justice Department and FBI employees have the right to their political opinions. To the extent their private political expressions for some reason make it impossible for them to work on a certain matter, they certainly have the right to have that determined without having their careers ruined and their names dragged publicly through the mud by politicians who know nothing about the circumstances in question.

I don’t know whether agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page did anything improper, or merely engaged in ill-advised and foolish communications that did not impact their work.

Dude, if you don't know, why are you so insistent there should be no public revelation about the facts in contention?

I have no quarrel with Mueller for removing Strzok from the investigation, whether for substantive or appearance reasons. But I do know this: these questions deserve to be adjudicated within the confines of a serious internal investigation, not a partisan circus.

Funny, but somehow derogatory information about Trump's aides and family members' communications -- including false information -- keeps getting leaked to the press.

By the way, Wittes, your pal Comey leaked a confidential FBI-work-product memo to the press for publication precisely to get an investigation started. If that's permitted, what's wrong with Rosenstein releasing this information not through a leak but through open, transparent means?

Liberal adulterers Joe and Mika are shrieking about "undermining the rule of law" by attempting to actually enforce the rule of law.

On Thursday's Morning Joe, the show’s liberal panel once again rallied to the defense of Robert Mueller in response to recent calls by Republican House representatives for the former FBI director's special counsel division to be officially investigated for serious political conflicts of interest that have been revealed within it by the reporting of a variety of different news outlets.

Co-host Joe Scarborough was especially annoyed by Republican Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Louie Gohmert, Steve Chabot, John Ratcliffe, Matt Gaetz, and Jim Jordan for questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Mueller’s impartiality during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

Scarborough collectively referred to these congressmen, and presumably anyone else who agrees with them, as "jackasses" who are "trying to undermine the rule of law." Joe prophesied that this would ultimately lead to their political "demise."

Video and transcript of these darkly muttered threats at the link.

The New York Times, which has been peddling unevidenced claims of RUSSIAN collusion like drunken conspiracists for a year, calls people seizing on actual proof of an "insurance policy" to keep Trump out of office the work of "drunken... conspiracists."

How did the New York Times deal with the "insurance policy" text? The simplest way possible -- they ommitted it entirely, and shielded their bebubbled idiot liberal readers from an alarming fact that might cause them mental upset.

Butthurt neocon NeverTrumper Max Boot Just Can't Even With All This:

Neocons Eli Lake and David Frum also Just Can't Even:

Again, not a peep from these guys about James Clapper & Co. leaking the cooked-up "briefing" about the dossier to the Fusion GPS squad at CNN.

Only their allies, sources, and drinking pals, apparently, are due privacy rights in an official government investigation.

As usual, there's next to zero coverage of this in the alleged conservative magazine (transitioning to a liberal one) Weekly Standard. They occasionally mention the matter, but in the "Republicans pounce" and "Trump seized" way their liberal media friends favor.

As special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators continue to bore into President Trump's inner circle, Republicans have intensified their attempts to discredit the investigators as partisan hacks. As news began to break last weekend that former national security advisor Michael Flynn had struck a deal with Mueller, the president's supporters latched onto another story: that one of Mueller's top investigators had been reassigned to a supervisory job after it was discovered he had been critical of Trump in text messages a year before.

President Trump immediately seized on the story...

Warren then argues that having anti-Trump views doesn't mean that Peter Strzok shouldn't be investigating Trump (or clearing Hillary, I suppose):

There's reason to think Strzok could hold and express anti-Trump views while remaining a professional in his law enforcement work.

Although that writer, Michael Warren, confessed to being "puzzled" by the mention of the "insurance policy" against Trump, apparently he was not puzzled enough to mention his puzzlement in his latest article about the probe, in which he speculates breathlessly that Rosenstein's answers at the hearing may indicate that Mueller might be expanding his probe -- oh joy! -- and presumably is so out of energy that he can't mention the "insurance policy" he finds puzzling.

Which, by the way, was discussed at those hearings a whole heck of a lot.

He seems to have learned this from Jake Tapper: Make a meaningless brief mention of news you don't like on Twitter that you can point to later to say "I covered that," then omit it entirely from your actual alleged news product.

The Weekly Standard does not seem to have mentioned any of these revelations, except for Michael Warren's pouncing-and-seizing dismissal, and one op-ed in which they confessed they found some of this slightly troubling (but not so troubling to do any follow-up on the major revelations that followed).

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Lisa Bloom Promised Big Cash to Two Trump Accusers


So that's how the game works, eh?

A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.

Bloom, who has assisted dozens of women in prominent harassment cases and also defended film executive Harvey Weinstein earlier this year, represented four women considering making accusations against Trump last year. Two went public, and two declined.

In a statement to The Hill, Bloom acknowledged she engaged in discussions to secure donations for women who made or considered making accusations against Trump before last year’s election.

"Donors reached out to my firm directly to help some of the women I represented," said Bloom, whose clients have also included accusers of Bill Cosby and Bill O’Reilly.

She offered one woman $760,000, before that woman declined to come forward.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



The only rule that we chimps agree on is the infield fly rule. Why do you people want more rules? Just throw poo at the cable company and get a satellite dish...that's what we did.

My Life in a Post Net-Neutrality World

On Thursday, December 14th 2017, a day that will live in infamy, the FCC lead Net Neutrality up to the chopping block, and in one vote, swept its sweet head from its body. Our body.

And now we are lost. Those damn service providers BLEW IT UP! YOU MANIACS! GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!

Don't worry, it's all tongue-in-cheek, and pretty well done.

But I'll let Kurt Schlichter have the last word...

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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eine (part 1), deux (second part), trés (end of triple)
David Hockney

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The Morning Report 12/15/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Well, the weekend is here at last, thank goodness. It started off rough with a botched - not thwarted - terrorist attack in New York City and the shock of losing what should have been a solid Senate seat. Outside of just the preening, strutting and gloating by the Left, the shaky GOP majority in that chamber is now as thin as a red "c" hair. And with Thad "Christopher Pike" Cochran's and McCain's health failing or in doubt, passage of the GOP Tax Bill is on shaky ground. But we can thank the Good Lord above for giving us such wonderful leaders as Marco Rubio who is now threatening to vote "no" because lack of limelight has caused a vitamin D deficiency (D for Democrat, Devious, Douchebag, Dondi, etc. etc.). And with Bob Corker a solid no and Susan Collins troublesome, this thing is on thin ice. We need this bill since the economic benefits (as well as the political win for the GOP and PDT) should put the wind at our backs for 2018 and 2020. Madness.

Moving right along, the FCC voted 3-2 yesterday to once again make the internet free from the Orwellian so-called "Net Neutrality." Rush explained it best yesterday:

All right. Well, let me ask a question:Obama-era net neutrality rules are basically two years old. The internet came into existence from literally nothing and blossomed into what it was with anything you wanted. You can find anything you wanted, and you could buy different speeds. You could buy different packages. You could buy whatever you could afford, you could buy whatever you wanted, and look at what happened to the internet. It grew and grew and grew, and these people in Washington are sitting there seething that they don't have any control over it.

They are seething at this massive thing which is getting everybody involved. There was more free speech on the internet when it first started and for the next 15 years than there's ever been anywhere. There was more access to information the first 15 years of the internet when it was unregulated than anything ever in human history. New companies were born, large and small. Some succeeded; some failed. But it was a... Look at what happened to the tech industry with a free and open internet for the first 15 years before Obama and his crowd figures out, "You know, we don't have any control over this! We want to get our mitts in it."

Think back 10, 15 years. How bad was the internet? Look at all that was there, and it was free. You want the New York Times? It was free. You want anything; it was free, because they didn't know how to monetize it at first. Then they started doing paywalls, but that had nothing to do with internet regulation. That had to do with profit. So if you wanted to read the New York Times on the internet and you didn't have a subscription, lo and behold, you had to pay for it. Why would that be? Well, it costs them to produce it, or anything else.

My point is for the first 15 years of the internet, you could do anything you wanted on it. You could access anything you wanted on it. It was wide open. It grew and it created multibillionaires left and right. There was nothing wrong with it except the left didn't have their hands on it.

It should be axiomatic that anything the Left wants is a direct threat to your freedom and prosperity, and as such should be fought tooth and nail. I have several links to this but Rush's thoughts on this as well as a considered editorial from Investor's are worthy of your time.

Meanwhile, on the Insurrection front, as Rod Rosenstein seemingly cracks and gives up the entire sham to the broader public, the Democrat-Media complex is going into attack mode and starting the process of throwing Rosenstein under the bus. Judicial Watch has come up with some more revelations about how Hillary and Huma were protected by the then (and still current, really) State Dept. and Tu-Ca comes right out and accuses the FBI of waging war on the President by stonewalling and sabotaging the Congressional investigation into this entire shit-show.

Now, some goodies. Along with the great news about the Orwellian so-called "Net Neutrality" being given the heave ho, unnoticed (except here) is PDT's incredible record of killing 22 Federal regulations for every new one created and his incredible pace of judicial appointments, both of which (especially the latter) will have far reaching positive consequences for the nation well past his two terms in office, please G-d.

From hither and yon, in Groperdammerung news, of course a House investigator who is supposed to be investigating sexual harassment in Congress has, get this, now been accused of sexual harassment himself. If that is not illustrative of Big Government, I don't know what is. Ambassador Haley has revealed solid proof that Iran is in direct and flagrant violation of the UN vis a vis weapons sales and its treaty obligations, for whatever those are worth. Will there be consequences? The world wonders...

Before I go, don't let what happened in Alabama get you down. As shocking as it might have been, the political landscape in the nation has been completely changed and that is part and parcel with the election of President Trump last year. We are in a long war. Stay focused, carry on and count your blessings. Just as we will encounter setbacks along the way, remember that this a LONG struggle we are in. And there are great things happening and great things yet to come.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.


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The Force is With the ONT. Always


But I'm not, at least not initially. I'm at the new Star Wars film. I'm either going to post this early from my phone when the movie starts or have another COB put it up at 10.


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Strictly Rhetorical Question: Why Does the Media Not Report That ISIS Was Defeated in Iraq and Its Capital City of Raqqa in Syria Has Been Captured by US-Allied Troops?


I would imagine for much the same reason the media is silent on the economy.

Though this is consistent: after all, the media was largely silent on the economy and ISIS under Obama, too. For different reasons, of course.

Trump needs to give a primetime address or something to note these things. I guess he can wait until the State of the Union, but...

Remember how debates about ISIS dominated the presidential primaries? Remember how Donald Trump and Ted Cruz ratcheted up their rhetoric until they both seemed to promise that they'd commit war crimes like carpet bombing and torture to defeat the deadly threat?

ISIS was often the most important and most prominent story in the world. Now, however, the caliphate is a smoking ruin. It courted conflict with the great powers. It craved Armageddon, and it got its wish.

No one knows ISIS's exact casualty figures, but its fighters have died by the tens of thousands. I’ve spoken to men who were directly involved in the air campaign, and they have told me that the public doesn't yet understand the sheer scale and ultimate effectiveness of the American attacks. Yes, we withdrew from Iraq too soon. Yes, our counteroffensive against ISIS unfolded slowly.

But we fought back, we trained and equipped allies, and we won.

This is one of the best stories of the young Trump administration. While many of the battles were fought under Obama, Trump pursued the enemy relentlessly. He delegated decision-making to commanders in the field, they fought within the laws of war, and they prevailed. Trump promised to defeat ISIS, and he has delivered a tremendous victory. Part of the blame still rests with us. Let's be honest: Panic and fear make for a better story than victory and peace.

So why isn’t this bigger news?

It's nice to see David French take a break from his daily meltdowns and write about actual news that's happening.

Posted by Ace at 07:50 PM Comments

Early Drafts of Comey Exoneration Memo Said That Hillary Clinton's Secret Serve Was "Likely" Hacked and Accessed by Hostile Powers;
This Was of Course Omitted By the Time Comey Publicly Exonerated Her, Softened to "Possible"


Insurance policies.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, released copies Thursday of the edits to Comey's highly scrutinized statement.

One showed language was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her colleagues as "extremely careless" as opposed to "grossly negligent." This is a key legal distinction.

Johnson, writing about his concerns in a letter Thursday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the original "could be read as a finding of criminality in Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified material."

"The edited statement deleted the reference to gross negligence – a legal threshold for mishandling classified material – and instead replaced it with an exculpatory sentence," he wrote.

The edits also showed that references to specific potential violations of statutes on "gross negligence" of classified information and "misdemeanor handling" were removed.

The original also said it was "reasonably likely" that "hostile actors" gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account. That was later changed to say that scenario was merely "possible."

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(Re)-Revealed: Democrat Senator Tom Carper Admitted Slapping His Wife in the Face in 1998 Interview


Kirsten Gillibrand unable for comment, I imagine.

Delaware senator Tom Carper admitted to slapping his wife in a 1998 interview with a veteran political journalist in the state, confirming an accusation he denied when first running for Congress.

Carper represented Delaware first in the House, then was elected governor in 1993, and has been in the Senate since 2001. He fought the accusation that he hit his wife when it first emerged during his 1982 run for Congress, saying it was "without basis in fact" and pledging to sue the New York Post, which first published the accusation in 1982, for libel.

Carper won in 1982 largely by attacking his Republican opponent for his "vicious" efforts to "smear" him and his wife, but 16 years later he admitted to Delaware reporter Celia Cohen that the accusation was true all along.

"Did I slap my wife 20 years ago? Yes," Carper said. "Do I regret it? Yes. Would I do it again? No."

Slapping one's wife is assault. So shouldn't men who assault women, even decades in the past, be forced from the Senate?

I thought that was the rule. That had been the rule two or three days ago. Has something changed recently to make that not the rule again?

Oh, and on that: When's Al Franken resigning, exactly?

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Disney Buys Fox Movie and TV Entertainment Properties for $52 Billion in Stock


I think the actual Fox broadcast network (as opposed to its content-producing studios) will remain part of Fox, as there are rules against the same company owning two tv broadcasters in the same market. FoxNews will remain with Fox, too, as will FoxSports.

But that report says that Fox's other cable channels, FX, FXX, and NatGeo (which I didn't know Fox owned) will be going to Disney.

So Always Sunny will now be a Disney product. And Archer.

I had previously read that the Murdoch sons wanted some high-ranking positions in Disney, should the deal go through -- but I don't hear anything about that.

Will they just be major shareholders? And if so, does that trip additional anti-trust concerns? Fox and Disney might not formally own together both ABC TV and Fox TV, but if the Murdoch family owns all that stock in Disney plus the Fox broadcast TV business, is that an anti-trust concern? Will they have to sell of their shares to avoid anti-trust concerns?

I dunno.

Ed Morrissey talks about possible anti-trust action. Even though the deal is structured to avoid the red flags of a merger, this still reduces the Big Six of movie studios down to a Big Five. And one of the "Big Five" isn't big at all -- Paramount is often called the "minnow" of the Big Six (now five).

And will Paramount remain its own studio? They took a $500 million loss a year ago which they're still writing down. One can imagine Paramount wishing to merge with or be bought by some other studio.

What would the anti-trust concern be? Well, Disney is already imposing some tough conditions on exhibitors (theaters) -- for example, demanding that a Star Wars film has to be shown on a theater's biggest screen for at least four weeks. True, theaters don't have to take that deal, but that means they'd not be showing the biggest film in the country in a week in which most other studios do not release films (to stay out of the way of Star Wars).

Disney already has a lot of power here. Now that they'll be about half of the remaining Big Five (or Big Four and a Half), they can impose those kind of conditions more frequently for more of their franchises.

And franchises they will have. Disney already had Star Wars, the Disney kids' brand, Pixar stuff, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe; now they'll be adding the two parts of the comic book Marvel universe that Fox had, the Fantastic Four and the jewel of the crown, the X-Men franchise(s).

The rights to Spider-man are still owned by Sony/Columbia, though they've worked out a deal by which Marvel Studios produce Spider-man movies while giving a lot (or all) of the theatrical profits to Sony. But Sony could end that deal when it likes.*

And Universal actually owns The Hulk, but Universal routinely licenses that to Marvel Studios.

I suppose they could do their own Hulk movie, but... eh, they tried that (the Ang Lee ) film and it didn't make a lot of money. Even the Marvel licensed version didn't make a big amount of money.

Meanwhile, this gives Disney even more of a library for its own coming streaming service which will compete with Netflix. Now armed with all of Disney's library plus all of Fox's library, plus whatever films they license from other studios, they just might bump Netflix down to number two in this market.

On the other hand, I do think maybe Disney bought high, just as they did when they bought out LucasFilm. I think we're past peak Star Wars and peak Marvel. This stuff will continue to make money, but I have to imagine at some point the value of these properties will begin to decay. Just as the value of ESPN has decayed.

I think we're in an entertainment bubble. There's a feeding frenzy to buy content creation companies or invent them. But there is an upper limit to how much TV (including movies on TV) people are actually capable of watching.

Bob Iger, often rumored to be running as an unpologetic Social Justice Warrior presidential candidate in 2020, is said to have his hands too full to do that now, but is he? Half of this shit runs on autopilot (Kevin Feige needs little oversight) and he'll be able to claim, "I make great deals."

* Sony's also threatening -- I don't know how seriously to take this -- to make a series of movies with minor characters that they have the rights to through the Spider-man deal, which will not feature Spider-man (he being on loan to Marvel). So there's claims there'll be a Spider-man-free Venom movie, and a Spider-man-free Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up. I just don't believe the latter at all, and I barely believe the former.

PS, Marvel comics has for some time been imposing a strike against the X-Men and Fantastic Four, in a calculated bid to make those properties less valuable and hence more likely to be sold back to Marvel Studios for exploitation. The Fantastic Four's book got cancelled, and I hear that the X-Men stuff is all recycling old villains and old plots, because Marvel comics doesn't want to create any new characters or new ideas -- any new stuff they debuted in X-Men would go right to Fox, due to the rights deal Fox had for all stuff originating in X-Men comics.

Thus the thread of doing the Dark Phoenix storyline in the next X-Men film... again.

Guys, we get it. Enough of the Dark Phoenix.

So, on the comics side, for anyone who cares (and based on sales numbers -- no one cares), at least Marvel comics might re-start the Fantastic Four comic and do some X-Men stories that aren't just The Gang Recycles Their Trash.

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Politico/NYT/Slate/Mother Jones/Etc. Reporter: I Had A Friend Who Was Insulted by Donald Trump, Jr. -- When He Was Three Years Old!!!


Their brains are broken, and there's no putting them right.


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Fusion Collusion: They All Come Tumbling Down


Lee Smith is getting sick and tired of always being right.

The question of why everyone got the same big scoop on the same day--only to find that the story was totally wrong--is a thread that leads to some very interesting places. So let's follow it.

CNN claimed that an email sent to Donald Trump and his campaign officials that linked to WikiLeaks documents was dated Sept. 4, 2016--therefore showing that WikiLeaks, and by implication the Kremlin, had offered the Trump campaign an exclusive preview of damaging Democratic National Committee emails. But in fact, the email was dated Sept. 14--10 days later--and linked to a trove of documents that WikiLeaks had publicly released a day earlier, meaning the big scoop proving Trump’s Russia ties was, in fact, a story about spam.

"Surely anyone who has any minimal concerns about journalistic accuracy," [Glenn] Greenwald continued, "which would presumably include all the people who have spent the last year lamenting Fake News, propaganda, Twitter bots and the like--would demand an accounting as to how a major U.S. media outlet ended up filling so many people's brains with totally false news."


This startling unconcern goes back at least as far as that big Washington Post "exclusive" in January about Russia hacking an electrical dam in Vermont--a story that was entirely false. Since then, it's all been downhill.

How many times has the media since promised the smoking gun that will finally and incontrovertibly prove that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to swing the Presidency away from Hillary Clinton? Boom! And then nothing. Poof.

When you repeatedly publish "news" that isn’t true, you’re no longer in the news business. Call it what you like—infotainment, media theater, crowd-sourced onanism, a human be-in—but it’s not "news," because it isn't true.

Read the whole thing. Lee Smith floats the possibility that someone investigating leaks on the House Intelligence Committee themselves put the emails into a suspected leaker's hands -- with an erroneous date -- to flush the leaker out (a scenario I read about in a Tom Clancy book, probably Red Storm Rising -- put some catnip out that a leaker can't help but leak and then you catch your leaker).

I've heard that and thought about it and talked about it with people. The problem, I think, is that an agency providing these emails to Congress cannot alter the date to flush out the leaker, who I'm not saying is Adam Schiff or anything, without being himself guilty of the crime of submitting deliberately false documents to Congress.

Unless there's some special legal exception for this kind of smoke-out-the-leaker operation, which I seriously doubt, because who in Congress would ever vote to approve that?

Nevertheless, the whole piece is worth a read, linking the whole garbage media to FusionGPS and the real shadow government that runs everything.

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The Morning Rant


talking ape.jpg"I listen to all of the CNN clowns insisting that they're 'trustworthy' and 'reliable'. Also 'unbiased'. And I just have to laugh as I remember the old saying: the more they speak of their honor, the faster we counted our spoons."

News From The Moral Superpower:

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Pamela Geller has the whole disgusting story.

I don't know what I would do if I was the father of the girl and that's what they told me. I believe I would go mad. I wonder how the Swedish father actually reacted?

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Racecourse, Nice
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

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The Morning Report 12/14/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. We'll start of this Thursday with the continuing, and hopefully soon to end, autopsy of Tuesday's debacle in Alabama. As we all know, Roy Moore was a flawed candidate for a number of reasons. That doesn't mean I and most of you did not support him; we all wanted him to win. It's just that our wish-casting and transposing our logic on to the voters vis a vis allowing the alternative to win (which they did) was illusory. Now all that said, much of the blame can be laid squarely on the drooping shoulders of Mitch McConnell. He wanted an Establishment lackey, like Thad Cochran only with a marginally higher brain stem function, and NOT a member of the House Freedom Caucus, represented by Mo Brooks. And so from the get-go he supported Luther Strange, but for whatever reason (I am uninformed about Alabama local politics) Moore threw his Stetson into the ring and the voters chose him in the runoff. And the rest as we all know is history. Now, yes, while Moore as stated was flawed, the combination of the smear campaign against him, his own idiosyncrasies, and the abandonment by the GOP-e until it was essentially too late gave away what should have been a lock to a Democrat. This crap cannot happen again. I have no idea how we a) get good candidates and b) fight both the Democrat-Media Complex smear machine and the GOP-e at the same time. Mercifully, I think the Democrats have much more to lose in the midterms and despite this considerably significant steal in Alabama, I also think they are deluding themselves into thinking they're going to win big in the midterms. We shall see.

And that said, the Tax Reform bill has cleared reconciliation and a vote on the final bill could come before Christmas. Despite its flaws and sops buried in it, there are significant items that could ignite an already roaring economy into the stratosphere. With a legislative success that should translate into real economic gains for ordinary citizens, the Democrats should in theory be beaten yet again, and handily, as they have been for every election since 2010 (the two-term Reign of Error notwithstanding).

Rod Rosenstein, the miserable Deep State worm who inflicted Robert Mueller on us, was grilled alternately by Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy. But the execrable sub-moron Sheila Jackson-Lee beclowned herself yet again.

In Groperdammerung news, a Kentucky GOP state legislator reportedly committed suicide over allegations of sexual assault of a teenager, a former Minnesota Planned Parenthood apparatchik chick has been named to replace Al Franken, but will Franken give up his seat or will he have to be physically ejected like Omarosa Manigault apparently was after being fired by PDT yesterday? And Marcy Kaptur is bucking for a position on the Saudi Arabian Modesty Squad by saying women invite sexual harassment by dressing provocatively. Even in the War on Women, generals fire on their own troops, eh Marcy?

From hither and yon, John McCain's tumor was readmitted to the hospital yesterday, there's a report that indicates ISIS may have created a phony Christian terrorist group to take the blame for last month's Egyptian mosque massacre, scrawny race hustler and paid insurrectionist DeRay McKesson is suing Jeanine Pirro and Fox news for defamation of character (assumes character not in evidence) and finally an essay by the great Oleg Atbashian of People's Cube fame about how the Left's sexual assault feeding frenzy is a direct result of the sexual revolution it created all those years ago. Sow, Reap. Some assembly required.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:54 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (12/13/17) 3rd Monday Of The Week Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(Sit back and enjoy The ONT)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Voyager upon life's sea:—
To yourself be true,
And whate'er your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe.
Dr. Edward P. Philpots

Quote II

Thy spirit, Independence, let me share!
Lord of the lion-heart and eagle-eye,
Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare,
Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.
Tobias Smollett

Quote III

THOU of an independent mind,
With soul resolv’d, with soul resign’d;
Prepar’d Power’s proudest frown to brave,
Who wilt not be, nor have a slave;
Virtue alone who dost revere,
Thy own reproach alone dost fear,
Approach this shrine, and worship here.
Robert Burns


UPDATE No one has made the promise of "no math" this evening. AOSHQ COOKBOOK CONTEST #3: MATH! We have a winner. Congrats Methos

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Surprise! (?)


This doesn't prove anything, but it sure does dovetail with what many expected.

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PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley Over Sexual Harassment Complaint


Too bad.

"Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of 'Tavis Smiley,' produced by TS Media, an independent production company," the public broadcaster said. "PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision."


The investigation found that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates. Some witnesses interviewed expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley. In general, they described Smiley as creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment that went beyond what could be expected in a typical high-pressure work environment. Several expressed concerns about retaliation.

Meanwhile, three women say music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, and another women complains of other "violent sexual behavior."

So I don't know about you but I want to sit close, lean in, and hear these icons' wisdom.

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New Claim From CNN: Anderson Cooper's Assistant Left His Phone Unattended and Unlocked at the Gym; An Unknown Rando Must Have Picked Up the Phone and Used It to Tweet Out that Trump Was a "Tool" and a "Pathetic Loser"


He left his phone unlocked at a gym?

Don't phones lock themselves after like ten seconds of non-use?


What is the provenance of the claim that "geolocation services" prove it the tweet was sent from NY? Are we just relying on Honest Anderson and Never Misled By Sources CNN for that claim?

Someone suggested to me that what likely happened (assuming the "assistant" was even involved in this transaction at all) was that the assistant was tweeting his own anti-trump stuff on his own account, switched to Cooper's account to do the bullshit promotion stuff, then forgot to log out of Cooper's account to begin his own twitter tirades again.

Why should we believe people who continue brazenly lying to us?

CNN isn't just content to pump out #FakeNews about Trump; it's now pumping out #FakeNews about itself, too.

Even Slate -- Slate!!! -- criticizes CNN (and CBS and NBC) for covering up how they all made the same critical mistake about the "Wikileaks decryption key" despite all claiming they had multiple sources confirming the same erroneous date.


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Is This Something?


You're darn tootin' this is something.

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Elizabeth Warren Demands McConnell Seat Jones Immediately, Even Though Luther Strange's Term Isn't Over Until January


She's on the warpath about this.*

The savage tribe* picked up on this absurdity:

* Not a slur about American Indians; it's a slur about Elizabeth Warren, who is an American Indian like I'm an American Indian. PS, I'm not an American Indian, though I'd like to be -- but I don't think they allow for conversions.

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#TheToasterIsStillLoyal: Anderson Cooper Someone #Hacked His Twitter Account to Post One (1) Anti-Trump Tweet


He's claiming he was #Hacked. Anthony Weiner claimed he too was #Hacked for a single tweet, too.

Anthony Weiner notably did not contact the authorities about this breach of his privacy and this attempt to diminish his reputation. He preferred to keep his "#Hacking" as a small, quiet matter, using only his own resources to investigate.

I found that strange. I found it strange that a man would try to minimize a pretty serious bit of defamation and vandalism of reputation.

It seemed to me that there would be a good reason to not report a #Hacking to the police: if it was not in fact a #Hacking at all, and if reporting it to the police would result in 1, the police announcing to the world that the user tweeted the alleged rogue tweet himself, and 2, being charged for filing a false report.

It seemed that way to me immediately, and that turned out to be correct in that instance.

So now Anderson Cooper claims someone "#Hacked" his twitter account to post a single tweet, and nothing else.

The cable network tweeted early Wednesday that "someone gained access" to Anderson's account and sent the tweet to the president. "We're working with Twitter to secure the account," it said.


The apparently rogue tweet came in response to President Donald Trump explaining why Republican Roy Moore wasn’t able to win the race. "Oh, really? You endorsed him tool! Pathetic loser," read the tweet.

I have repeatedly asked Anderson Cooper and CNN's PR account to find out which law enforcement agencies Anderson Cooper and/or CNN have contacted to investigate this "#Hacking."

So far, they have not answered.

Until they do, I will assume they have not contacted the police.

And then I'll just wonder about the reasons that might animate someone to refuse to contact the police about an invasion of privacy.

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Strzok Wrote That Trump Could Not Be Permitted to Become President, and That an "Insurance Policy" Was Necessary


Jim Jordan connected up two of Strzok's most conspiracy-suggesting outbursts to the timing of the the FBI's -- probably actually Strzok's -- application for a FISA warrant to "spy on Americans."

That video is below, but here are the two text chains he focuses on.

So there you have Strzok saying he can "protect the country at many levels" from the "menace" of Trump in his position as an FBI agent.

Then he talks about a conversation that happened in Andrew McCabe's office-- remember, McCabe's wife ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat and was partly bankrolled by Friend of Hillary Terry MacAuliffe -- in which McCabe, Lisa Page, and Andrew Strzok apparently spent work-time discussing the menace of a Trump presidency.

Although Lisa Page threw out a "path" by which she claimed Trump could not win te race -- and we don't know what this "path" was about -- Strzok was still too worried about the prospect of it, and announced "I'm afraid we can't take that risk" and cryptically refers to an "insurance policy" against that possibility:

The video below begins mid-quotation, but Jordan is quoting from the texts above. He knits these together to show that Strzok was a man who considered himself the last insurance policy against a Trump presidency, which just might be why he then packaged up the Steele dossier and presented it to a FISA court to get warrants to begin spying on Trump associates.

Update: Chuck Ross sketches a partial timeline, too:

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Posted by Ace at 12:18 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



Humans are really, really cruel and mean sometimes. Why didn't they just throw some poo at this guy and call it a day?

Arizona Cop Acquitted for Killing Man Crawling Down Hotel Hallway While Begging for His Life

You want a rant? I'll give you a rant.

This is murder, and no amount of obfuscation or sucking up to the cops (I'm looking at you Patterico) will change the facts. Sure, you can break it down frame by frame and contort and massage your way to a conclusion that maybe, just maybe, the cops had a tiny window during which it wasn't perfectly, 100% clear that all they had was a dumb drunk on their hands who was terrified and who was also horribly confused by their psychotic, pulling-the-wings-off-flies behavior, and even more insane instructions.

The fact is that policing in America is broken, and this case is a perfect example of it. We have morphed from the idea that policemen are our friends and neighbors and are there to help, into some dystopian nightmare where rogue cops get to do pretty much whatever they want and then get away with it. And why do they get away with it? Because the thin blue line protects them. That line usually includes the prosecutors, who need the cops to lie about evidence and lie on the stand and lie to judges about warrants, so that Mr. Prosecutor gets a promotion and a ticket to the state capital or a cushy private sector job. And in return? He tanks murder prosecutions against the cops.

And the so-called "honest cops," who supposedly make up 99.9% of the police in America? Bullshit. They are crooks too. Because every time they turn their backs on the criminality of one of their fellow officers they are breaking the law.

The shooter had "You're Fvcked" etched on the dust cover of his rifle. As far as I am concerned: QED...murder. And I am sick and tired of hearing about how the lives of our police officers are so damned important. I don't see firemen hanging out outside of burning buildings until everything is safe. A lot of those guys run into burning buildings to save people...because that's the job, and that's the risk they signed up for. Cops also signed up for similar risks. Civilian lives are more important than cop lives. Sorry, but that's the reality. If you don't want to take the risk, then don't become a cop. Become a tree-trimmer or a cab driver or a construction worker or a lumberjack. But wait...those occupations are MORE dangerous than being a cop.

I have seen out-of-control cops behave exactly this way, even here in my little slice of suburbia. An asshole buzz-cutted iron-pumping cop screwing with some poor soccer mom who is late to pick up her kids from school, or a bunch of idiot drunk teenagers? Wow...real tough. How about you take a little jaunt to Afghanistan and cower in your piss and shit while real men fight real bad guys and still have the time and humanity to care for the weak and the defenseless. But you won't do that, because they don't make nearly the money that you do as a wannabe tough-guy who is just itching to shoot someone, and deep down inside you know that you aren't the real man you want to be...You aren't're just a bully. And now a murderer.

And just in case you might think that I am furious simply because this is a white victim, take a look at this video of the Walter Scott Murder. It's just as bad. At least he's going to jail, to the surprise of everyone involved, most of all him and his buddies.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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The Iron Hand
Raoul Hynckes

There are two wildly different versions of this painting. One is dark and foreboding. One is much lighter and airy. I have no idea which is closer to reality. The dark one is three down from the top at this site.

Which one do you like more?

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The Morning Report 12/13/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. I'm old enough, and by now should be wise enough, to understand what happened yesterday in Alabama, and yet I'm still shocked and sickened. I suppose that is the normal reaction if we were living in anything resembling normal times; obviously we're not. A Senate seat in what is arguably a solid red state has been "stolen" and made Democrat. The word stolen has multiple meanings in this context and I think virtually all of them are correct (pending the whereabouts of Al Franken's Buick LeSabre, fraud will not be considered - yet).

Let's face it; electoral politics as we have known it is gone. If we didn't realize that certainly by last November, we never would have. The election of Donald Trump has thoroughly exposed the corruption, criminality and rot that is our government, media and culture. They will not allow that to stand. I can't say whether we would have witnessed the spectacle of the last few months had the candidate been Luther Strange or Mo Brooks. But, idiosyncrasies or not, Roy Moore is a lightning rod and even worse, a staunch supporter of the President and avowed enemy of Mitch McConnell and the Establishment. And so yesterday is just another indication that we are in a war between those who want to subjugate this country and citizenry, and the rest of us who want to somehow try to save it and our posterity from extinction. Yes, our enemies will crow, strut and preen about the significance of this "victory" as proof positive of the repudiation of the President and the first step towards his downfall. To which I say "go to Hell."

From a practical standpoint, Moore is not conceding and in all likelihood will demand a recount. Slim as the margin seems to be as of this writing, I have my doubts that he can overcome it. McTraitor also is saying that Doug Jones won't be seated until next year, so he will not be voting on legislation, most crucially the Tax Reform bill, and whatever else may be up for a vote between now and then. On the plus side, he's only there until 2020 but on the downside, losing that seat to a hardcore Leftist leaves only a wafer-thin majority in the Senate. And of course with Republicans like Collins, Murkowski, Alexander and too many others, well, you get the picture. And speaking of raw sewage, Richard Shelby.

Predictable: Steve Bannon (PBUH) is being attacked and mocked for causing Moore to lose the election. And yet the same momzers dumping on Bannon are the ones who not only refused to support or defend Roy Moore but actively participated in his defeat. The chutzpah is just beyond belief.

Prediction: Gloria Allred and her clients who accused Roy Moore will completely disappear from the news cycle within a day or so. Allred though will no doubt be back as what yesterday was is the opening salvo in the new/old strategy of Mish-Grabber-Gate 2.0. We can see that the Russian collusion angle has failed and the Mueller probe is going to go the same route with the revelations about Strzok, McCabe, Rosenstein and probably Adam Schiff. Oh, hell yes. It's a war people. It's a goddam long, bloody war and there will be pain inflicted on us. Let us steel ourselves and move forward.

In other news, Minnesota's governor Mark Dayton is supposed to name a replacement for Al Franken's senate seat. All well and good except Franken has not officially quit. Meh, with Moore losing Alabama, he has no excuse to stick around. And speaking of rape, New York restaurateur Ken Friedman allegedly has a rape room in an eatery that he co-owns with entertainer and former crack dealer Jay-Z. Were I not so utterly disgusted about the election, I'd have something snarky.

Lastly, J. Christian Adams talks about what's been going on at the DoJ aside from the somnambulant proclivities of its director. As I've said before, unless Sessionzzzzz personally leads the Clintons, Obama and Soros in leg irons to the paddy wagon, I can't think of a better replacement than Adams to run that agency.

Chin up people. Happy Hanukkah and eat some latkes.

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:47 AM Comments

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (12/12/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(The Christmas Spirit)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"You cannot say that it's an honest mistake when you're purposefully putting out information that you know to be false, or when you're taking information that hasn't been validated, that hasn't been offered with any credibility, and has been continually denied by a number of people, including people with direct knowledge of an instance," Sarah Sanders

Quote II

One becomes a critic when one cannot be an artist, just as a man becomes a stool pigeon when he cannot be a soldier. Gustave Flaubert

Quote III

All men are by nature born equally free and independent… men entered into compacts to give up some of their natural rights, that by union and mutual assistance they might secure the rest; but they gave up no more… all government, and every kind of civil compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated for the general good and safety of the community. Every power, every authority vested…is, or ought to be, ultimately directed to this sole end; and whenever any power or authority whatever extends further…it may be called government, but it is in fact oppression. George Mason

Quote IV

Yes, antisemitism is a clever virus and this shape-shifting is one of its oldest methods of perpetuating itself. Like other viruses currently feasting on humans, this one always has a pleasure principle associated with it. It feels good to get it and we live in the plague years of “If it feels good, do it.” Those whose moral immune systems have been previously compromised by other pleasure-born diseases have souls which are particularly susceptible to this virus. Gerard Van der Leun

Quote V

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel'‎” Benjamin Netanyahu

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Strzok/Page Texts Are Maybe Worse Than You Guessed


Even CBS can't spin this one:

At one point, Page wrote to Strzok, "I just saw my first Bernie Sander bumper sticker. Made me want to key the car." Strzok replied, "He's an idiot like Trump. Figure they cancel each other out."

Strzok says of Mr. Trump that he's "awful" and "an idiot."

On Election Day, Strzok expressed his dismay at seeing a map showing Mr. Trump winning -- he called it "f*****g terrifying," and a week after the election, Strzok and Page were also alarmed to see that Jeff Sessions was likely to be named attorney general.

"Sessions for AG," Strzok texted, along with a profanity. Page replied, "Good god."

Here are some of the texts discovered just so far:

And here's the smoking gun -- so far. It might get worse.


This doesn't sound like an adulterous couple who should have been permitted to work on either the Clinton or Trump matters.

Oh, Wow: From Chuck Ross, Fusion GPS confirms that (now former) Assistant AG Bruce Ohr's wife was hired to work on the Trump oppo file; Ross also reports that it was Bruce Ohr who requested the meeting with Fusion head Glenn Simpson -- to talk about the Trump oppo file.

And to strategize, is my guess.

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