Amazing: Cheryl Mills Emailed Classified Information to Officials at The Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation is, legally, a private organization with absolutely no status allowing it to legally receive classified US information. It is not, as a legal matter, what as Hillary Clinton imagines it to be, which is Hillary's Shadow Government In Waiting.
Hillary treated the United States' national intelligence apparatus as if it were simply the research staff of her fundraising operation.
Hillary Clinton’s No. 2 at the State Department twice forwarded information to the Clinton Foundation that was later deemed classified, the latest instance of former Clinton staff transmitting now-classified information.
According to a new email chain shared with POLITICO by Citizens United, Cheryl Mills -- Clinton's former chief of state at State -- forwarded State Department background information about Rwanda and the Congo to the Clintons' philanthropic organization. Citizens United, a conservative activist group, obtained the messages via a Freedom of Information act lawsuit.
Former President Bill Clinton was visiting Africa, including Rwanda, around the time that Mills sent the email, which was mostly redacted. Former president Clinton was also considering giving Rwandan President Paul Kagame a plenary role at the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the emails.
The information in the 2012 emails was classified by the State Department in July of this year because of national security and foreign policy reasons, according to the documents. The classification specifically related to foreign government information and intelligence activities, sources or methods, according to the redaction labels.
Note that sources and methods is usually considered the very most sensitive form of intelligence, because it directly exposes where we're getting this information.
So it should have been obvious this information was "born classified." But even if this somehow weren't obvious, that doesn't matter. Ed Morrissey writes:
Mills' defenders -- both formal and informal -- will argue that Mills didn't intend on transmitting classified information, and that is was either not classified at the time or at least not marked so in the originating materials. None of this is a defense against 18 USC 793, which nowhere requires classification to prosecute. Besides, the kind of information suggested by the redaction would obviously be sensitive enough to protect, and certainly not to be shared with uncleared and unauthorized personnel at a politically connected non-profit. This is precisely what security briefings tell people with clearances not to do. No one at any level would fail to grasp the risks and legal implications of these actions, and certainly not at the high level of clearance employed at the top of the State Department.
Turns out, Hillary had two personal intelligence services working for her: The Osprey Group of ex-CIA types headed by Tyler Drumheller, and the entire United States intelligence community.
Meanwhile, the FBI has seized -- or "reached out for," as Gabe likes to joke -- four State Department servers in its ongoing "reaching out" to Hillary Clinton.
The FBI has seized four State Department computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system, according to people familiar with the investigation.
The four servers, which were located at the State Department's headquarters building, were seized by the FBI several weeks ago. They are being checked by technical forensic analysts charged with determining how Top Secret material was sent to Clinton's private email by State Department aides during her tenure as secretary from 2009 to 2013, said two people familiar with the probe...
What they are surely interested in is how the ultra-classified information "jumped the air gap" from the Sensitive Compartmental Information Facility, closed off from the internet, to Hillary's email. How was it smuggled from an ultra-secure isolated room to the internet, where it could be sent around the world at the touch of a button?
The State Department uses two separate networks, one for classified information and one for unclassified information. The two networks are kept separate for security reasons. Most classified networks are equipped with audit systems that allow security managers to check who has accessed intelligence or foreign policy secrets.
The FBI is trying to determine the origin of the highly classified information that was found in Clinton emails....
The FBI is primarily concerned with trying to determine how Top Secret information made its way on to the private server.
I know I keep saying this, but seriously: Hillary is one very special lady.
Some Americans are starting to notice, and Americans aren't a particularly observant people. But they seem to have figured out just how special this lady is.
Biden-Supporting PAC Set to Run Tear-Jerking Ad Urging Biden to Run
And we know that Biden can't possibly have anything to do with this, because coordinating with a PAC would be illegal.
Though I have to say I'm suspicious, given yesterday's story that Joe Biden himself leaked the tear-jerking tale of his son Beau urging him to run for president while dying of brain cancer.
Not sure how the fact that he's seen some family deaths in his time qualifies him to be president, but of course this "humanizes" him, if anyone doubted this blustering half-a-wit was human.
I suppose that gives him an edge up on Hillary Clinton. But anyone would come out favorably in a humanity contest with Hillary Clinton, including Hillary's freshly revealed cloud server.
No doubt, the ad is probably effective, at least with the people who ultimately decide the presidency, who are almost uniformly stupid.
Meanwhile, Ed Driscoll writes at Instapundit that Hillary's Oppo Dumpsters seem to have been given the Go-Code by the Haggard Queen, as the leftwing blogs are alive with the sound of Joe Biden's tenacity in the #WarOnWomen.
If gender issues are Hillary Clinton’' primary progressive strength, they’re one of Biden’s major weaknesses. It's not just the role he played in Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings, when, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, his treatment of Anita Hill enraged feminists. Biden let her be grilled mercilessly while assuring Thomas that he had the "benefit of the doubt," and even refused to let three witnesses who might have corroborated her story testify. That was almost 25 years ago, of course, and since then Biden has done several things to redeem himself, including championing the Violence Against Women Act. His decidedly lukewarm record on reproductive rights, however, is harder to dismiss as ancient history, particularly given the onslaught of anti-abortion legislation we're seeing all over the country.
"There have been some clutch moments where he hasn’t been with us," says Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
And speaking of clutch moments, it will only be shortly they'll be getting to Biden's penchant for inappropriately touching women like a guy sampling melons at the Hot Melon Go-Go Club.
Ted Cruz Bitchslaps Sierra Club President on the 18-Year Pause in Global Warming
Via Instapundit, alerted by commenters.
The amazing thing here is not that the guy disagrees -- what's amazing is that he doesn't seem to know what Ted Cruz is even talking about. He does not know what "the pause" refers to (it's the 18 year long pause in predicted global warming), and has to rely on advisors throughout the questioning.
At no point does he seem to even show a glimmer of recognition of this fact. This is all new news to him.
Marcel Rieder, "Soirée Romantique" (n.d.)
Morning Headlines Thread
Whatever's goin' on.
Here's something horrible. Neil DeGrasse Tyson went on a Reddit Ask Me Anything to answer questions about one of his many fields of expertise: art.
Sure, why not.
The toadying on display was vile, but this is the worst of it (I hope!!!):
In the 13-minute video, Tyson answers some serious questions and some quirky ones (our favorite: "If you were going to be painted nude, but the background of the painting was on the surface of a planet of your choice, what planet would you choose and why?"), throwing a fair bit of scientific facts in for good measure.
Email from Employee at Hillary's Cloud Server Company: "This Whole Thing Is Really Covering Up Some Shady Shit"
An employee of the computer company that maintained Hillary Rodham Clinton's email server questioned if he was part of a coverup, according to documents released Tuesday.
"This whole thing really is covering up some shady s–t,"the employee said in an Aug. 19 company email obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The concerns by the Colorado-based Platte River Networks employee were aired after the Clinton camp ordered a reduction in the data stored during each server backup.
The limits were ordered after the State Department contacted the former secretary of state in summer 2014 to inquire about her private e-mail records.
The employee seems to have become alarmed by this sequence of events, and asked in an email (internally, I assume, because I doubt the employee directly accused Clinton of "shady shit") for confirmation of "their directive" to reduce the number of emails saved.
This Hillary Clinton is a very special lady.
Overnight Open Thread (10-6-2015)
Abstract: In this paper, I take the position that a large portion of contemporary academic work is an appalling waste of human intelligence that cannot be justified under any mainstream normative ethics. Part I builds a four-step argument for why this is the case, while Part II responds to arguments for the contrary position offered in Cass Sunstein's "In Defense of Law Reviews." First, in Part I(A), I make the case that there is a large crisis of suffering in the world today. (Part I does not take me very long.). In Part I(B), I assess various theories of "the role of the intellectual," concluding that the only role for the intellectual is for the intellectual to cease to exist. In Part I(C), I assess the contemporary state of the academy, showing that, contrary to the theory advanced in Part I(B), many intellectuals insist on continuing to exist. In Part I(D), I propose a new path forward, whereby present-day intellectuals take on a useful social function by spreading truths that help to alleviate the crisis of suffering outlined in Part I(A).
-- Nathan J Robinson in the best academic abstract ever, 'Can Philosophy Be Justified in a Time of Crisis?'
Let's take Malcolm Turnbull at his word that it's only "a very very small percentage of violent extremist individuals". What is the actual percentage? In the aforementioned Malmö, where up to a thousand mostly young male "refugees" arrive each day, suppose the "very very small percentage" is two per cent. That's 20 brand new "violent extremists" per day. During the Northern Irish "Troubles", MI5 estimated that there were no more than a hundred active members of the IRA at any one time - that's to say, people actively involved in shooting and killing. So Malmö is taking in the equivalent of the entire IRA every week.
-- Mark Steyn
So it is with this president. It's not enough for him to stake and defend his positions. He wants you to know that he thinks deeper, sees further, knows better, operates from a purer motive. His preferred method for dealing with disagreement is denigration. If Republicans want a tougher line in Syria, they're warmongers. If Hillary Clinton thinks a no-fly zone is a good idea, she's playing politics: "There is obviously a difference," the president tut-tutted about his former secretary of state's position, "between running for president and being president."
You can interpret that jab as a sign Mr. Obama is urging Joe Biden to run. It's also a reminder that Mr. Obama believes his Syria policy - the one that did nothing as 250,000 people were murdered; the one that did nothing as his own red lines were crossed; the one that allowed ISIS to flourish; the one that has created the greatest refugee crisis of the 21st century; the one currently being exploited by Russia and Iran for geopolitical advantage - is a success.
That's because the president's fundamental conviction about American foreign policy is that we need less of it-less commitment, less expense, less responsibility. Winston Churchill once said that the U.S. could not be "the leading community in the civilized world without being involved in its problems, without being convulsed by its agonies and inspired by its causes." Mr. Obama sees it differently. He is the president who would prefer not to. He is the Bartleby of 21st century geopolitics.-- Brett Stephens
Finally, with Obama's retreat from the region, there is no global rival backing the Sunni opposition. The Afghan mujahideen were going nowhere until the United States started arming them with Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and other advanced weaponry; Saudi Arabia can play the role that Pakistan played in the 1980s and 1990s, but if America won't play any part at all, the Soviets aren't likely to pay a price. The Russians' Afghan quagmire was, to a substantial degree, made in America - by Ronald Reagan.
Russia is a crippled power; its people are older and die younger every year, its wealth comes largely from exporting fossil fuels, and its military - despite the investments Putin has made - is a pale shadow of the mighty Red Army. But even irreversible long-term trends don't make defeat inevitable now, or any time soon. Even if this is history repeating itself, it's worth remembering that it took a decade for Russia to call it quits in Afghanistan, a country that's never been the same since.
This quagmire consistency truly is a hobgoblin of Barack Obama's mind; he sees every war this way. He is content that there is an "arc" to history, one that inevitably "bends toward justice." Vladimir Putin, by contrast, believes in the "great man" theory of things, and he thinks himself to be one of those great men. Along with the Iranians, he's doing his best to bend things in his direction; he who dares wins.-- Thomas Donnelly in He Who Dares Wins
Biden has always been a casual, shameless liar when it came to anything that might give him even a momentary political advantage. And when on the rare occasion that he's been called on it, he always falls back on the 'I misspoke' excuse. But truthfully it is hard to deny that lying has in fact been very, very good to Joe Biden over the years.
Biden's "Uncle Joe" schtick is designed to camouflage the career politician inside who has no qualms about lying to further his own ambitions. You know, the man who plagiarized his law review comment and falsely claims that he played college football, graduated in the top half of his law school class (he was 76 out of 85), had a blue collar upbringing, that his first wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver (there is no evidence the driver was drunk), and that he was a skeptic of the Iran nuclear deal.
Biden has displayed, over a long period of time, a near-pathological propensity to lie in order to aggrandize himself. That he would "embellish" the story of his dying son's last words-and plant the story himself with the New York Times-is just another example of this pattern.
It turns out the "one-in-five number" is correct, but it's not the one-in-five the media are reporting. Harvard University released its sexual assault statistics as part of federal regulations, and it turns out 18.1 percent of reported rapes on campus are "unfounded," defined by Harvard police as "any report of a crime that is found to be false or baseless."
If this number is reported anywhere in the media that's so eager to report every faulty survey purporting to show 20 percent of women are sexually assaulted in college, you can bet they will add in all the caveats they leave out in reporting incidences of sexual assault.
And remember that these were just the cases that were so egregiously false that they were labeled as such.
So, so close to the quadfecta:
Similarly, if the above news does come to pass, it will be awfully convenient of NBC-MSNBC-Comcast to bundle Olbermann, Brian Williams, Al Sharpton, and Chris Matthews together all on the same network as an entire Star Wars cantina-style channel full of "must flee TV."
Welcome to the Party Pals: Federally Employed Same Sex Couples Lose Health Insurance For Kids Unless They Marry
So let's review here: a bunch of guys on 4chan convinced internet feminists to pee in their pants and then post pictures of it online in the belief that they're somehow fighting patriarchy.
Too bad the 4chan denizens didn't stay cool and focused, they could easily have progressed the feminists all the way up to the #HJ4E and #BJ4E campaigns.
But not say the population of a small Jewish state located near Egypt.
Slowly then in bunches.
For some cultures, big numbers just don't make sense. Take the shepherd who knows that he has the right number of sheep not by counting them one by one but by grasping the gestalt of his flock. That may sound strange to people from other cultures, says Patience Epps, a linguist at the University of Texas, Austin. Indeed, she says she's often asked by incredulous Americans how people with few numerals know, for instance, how many children they have. When she asks this of the Amazonian tribe she works with, "they look at me like it's a weird question. They list the names, they count on their fingers, but they don't go around with a quantity in their heads," she says.
But once a society becomes complex enough to require more abstract counting, higher numerals are needed. Amazonian languages add numerals when groups that don't know or trust each other begin trading goods and need to track exchanges more closely, Epps says....The upper limits of these Australian numeral systems most often varied between three, four, and five, the team reports this month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Over time, even small numeral systems sometimes lost a numeral or two, but they mainly gained numerals-yet not by plodding up the number line, one numeral after another. Surprisingly, they tended to acquire numerals in bunches, leaping from five numerals to 10 or 20, for example. The numeral five was often the tipping point-once a system reached five, it was likely to add more numerals, up to 20. As a result, numeral systems with five as an upper limit are rare in Pama-Nyungan languages.
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Gun Thread - Self Defense Edition [Weirddave]
I spoke to Ace this afternoon about his retiring early, here's a thread to take us through the evening while visions of hobos dance in the head Ewok's head
Gun of the Week
The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Man With a Gun is a Good Man With a Gun
The media loves to talk endlessly about mass murderers who succeed. They aren't so eager to document those cases where they are stopped.
August 30, 2010 When a 62-year-old man armed with two handguns forced his way into Sullivan Central High School in Tennessee, he was immediately engaged by School Resource Officer Carolyn Gudger. Gudger put her body between the gunman and a student and started what would turn out to be a more than 10 minute gun-to-gun encounter. Gudger used the time to slowly move the man to a less crowded part of the school. When other officers arrived on the scene, a brief gun battle erupted ending with the gunman mortally wounded.
Naturally, such examples will be rare. Even in states which allow concealed carry, there often aren’t people near a shooting who have a gun on them at the time. Many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities or private property posted with a no-guns sign), in which gun carrying isn’t allowed. And there is no central database of such examples, many of which don’t hit the national media, especially if a gunman is stopped before he shoots many victims....
Still, for whatever they are worth, here is a list of some such incidents (which deliberately excludes killings stopped by people who were off-duty police officers, or police officers from other jurisdictions, at the time of a shooting, as well as some other cases which struck me as borderline):
It Doesn't Always Work Out
ETA: The validity of this account is in dispute, see update from poster Blue Falcon, post #24 below. Thanks BF!
One of the things that distinguishes “our side” from the anti-gunners is that we demonstrate a willingness to take a cold, hard look at the facts and not be swayed by emotional arguments. Here is a case where a “good man with a gun” drew and fired with tragic results.
We advocate for responsible gun ownership. There's a reason that the “four rules” are repeated again and again and again and again. YOU MUST FOLLOW THE FOUR RULES! To review:
ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEHIND IT. This would-be hero got buck fever and totally forgot, with tragic results. Notice from the article that he had the presence of mind to police up his brass before he ran. Coward.
If we're going to have an honest debate on guns, we have to be willing to have an honest debate. That means that we have to acknowledge incidents like this. Of course, the other side doesn't want an honest debate because they are....
Dana Loesch made a video for the NRA advocating responsible gun ownership. Of course, a strong, independent woman determined to protect herself and beholding to nobody is that last thing the left wants, so this jackass edited the NRA film making it appear that Loesch shoots herself. If you want to see the video you can probably find it, but it was pretty poorly done, just a hand and gun superimposed on the NRA video. I wouldn't bother. It's been scrubbed from the link.
Tweet of the Week
Wife: Want to go to the gun show? Me: We don't need anything W: Ammo M: We have a ton W: We can never have too much ammo M: God I love you— Dave's Not Here (@Weirddave0) October 3, 2015
She actually didn't buy any ammo. Well, she did buy 1 box of .303 British, because what she did buy was this week's....
That's your basic SMLE right there, that's what that is. A Lithgow Enfield No. 1 Mk III. The preeminent rifle of the British Empire, this one was manufactured in Australia in 1944. All of the serial numbers match, as does the wear and patina of the wood. As far as I can tell, this rifle is all original. I can't wait to shoot it, or at least I couldn't until I priced out .303 British. Oy Vey! The cheapest I found was $.70/round in 500 round lots. I still can't wait to shoot it, but damn, that's a lot of money going up in smoke!
Sales Promotion of the Week
If it was me? “BONUS!”. She seems to be a bit upset because she feels her son was in “danger”. Now I guess bullets can shoot themselves, not just those evil guns.
Long Shot of the Week
Hero of the Week
Someone asked me last weekend on Twitter what I think could have been done differently in Oregon. I said “A gun in Chris Mintz' hands probably would have ended it quick”.
Onward Christian Soldiers
Tennessee's Lt. Governor kicked over a hornet's nest with this Facebook post:
Although I am a Christian, I have never felt that we are called to be defenseless. I've always been more of a Luke 22:36 kinda Christian.
He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
I think that a lot of Christians are coming to the realization that it's almost time to start selling cloaks.
Companion Piece to the Charles C.W. Cooke Article From the Last Gun Thread
Hey Barack Obama, you don’t get to disarm us. We can see that our defiance eats at you. Good.
That’s why you were so mad when you came out in front of the cameras to blame us normal Americans for the Oregon murders, something you do every time some freak goes on a killing spree. But we’re laughing at your futile, petulant anger. Because you don’t get what you want this time. You don’t get to make us submit. You don’t get to break us.
We know that what spurred your rage at the podium was not bloodshed caused by a militant atheist who probably cheered when the people who nominated you booed God on the convention floor. We see through you.
Preach it brother!
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Hillary's Personal Emails Might Have Been Uploaded to a Cloud For Storage; May All Be Recoverable
From @comradearthur, this might be interesting.
Hillary Clinton hired a Connecticut company to back up her emails, and due to a technical glitch some may still reside on one of the firm' "cloud" storage sites, a Republican Senate committee chairman revealed.
The disclosures, in a letter Monday from Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, heighten the possibility that some of Clinton’s more than 31,000 personal emails may still be recovered. She said last March that she deleted them all upon turning over her official emails to the State Department in December 2014.
Congressional committees have voiced skepticism as to whether the 30,940 emails that the Democratic presidential candidate handed over represented all of her official emails. The FBI is separately investigating whether Clinton’s arrangement put classified information at risk.
Meanwhile, look at this nasty story that Hillary might have but definitely did leak to Poltiico: a claim that Joe Biden himself put out the story that Beau Biden, on his deathbed, urged him to run for president.
Oh, and this seems important: a federal judge is deciding whether or not Hillary's private server should be counted as a de facto official government record. If he rules it should be so treated, he will order the State Department (not Hillary's lawyers) to find documents responsive to FOIA requests.
That could wind up with some emails coming out that Hillary "overlooked" when she "searched" for them.
Combine that with the cloud server news... maybe she's a lot dumber than we thought.
Or drunk. I'm told she has a drinking problem with all the problem drinking she does.
US Analysts Conclude: Yes, Obviously, Russia Is Attacking US-Aligned Fighters, Not ISIS
Read Allah's analysis. Here's some key language from the WSJ's report.
U.S. officials said Russia’s targeting of its allies on the ground was a direct challenge to Mr. Obama's Syria policy. Underlining the distrust, the Pentagon decided against sharing any information with Moscow about the areas where U.S. allies were located because it suspected Russia would use that information to target them more directly or provide the information to President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
"On day one, you can say it was a one-time mistake," a senior U.S. official said of Russia’s strike on one of the allied rebel group’s headquarters. "But on day three and day four, there's no question it's intentional. They know what they’re hitting."
The first strike on [CIA-backed Tajamu al-Ezzeh] came at 9 a.m. on Sept. 30, catching its fighters off guard. Seventeen more strikes were launched against the group over the first three days of the Russian campaign, injuring 25 of Ezzeh's fighters. Some of the injured had received CIA training, according to their commander, Maj. Jameel al-Salih. Four strikes on the first day targeted Ezzeh's headquarters…
Members of the [rebel] brigades said in interviews they believed they were being targeted by the Russians to weaken the moderates, without whom the West would have to accept Mr. Assad's continued rule. The other rebel groups on the battlefield are too radical for the West to work with, they said.
Of course, Syria may not be the endgame here. Weaklings are provocative to bullies, and Obama's as sissy a weakling as they come.
So Putin may have bigger ambitions in mind: Like OPEC itself.
Mark Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writes:
Three facts motivate Putin. First, two regions utterly dominate world oil markets. The Middle East and Russia together ship 60 percent of all oil traded (45 and 15 percent, respectively). Meanwhile, American firms are by law prohibited from engaging in this vital global marketplace; more on this shortly.
Second, oil matters. It provides 97 percent of the global fuel needs for all the engines that transport everything on land, sea and air. No viable substitutes exist at any price for liquid hydrocarbons at the scale society needs. And the world will consume more oil, not less, as far into the future as it matters for sensible policymaking.
Finally, price matters. Here the U.S. has upset the apple cart. Entrepreneurs using new technologies have unlocked a shocking increase in oil supply. U.S. shale fields have recorded the fastest increase in oil production in history. As a result, crude prices have collapsed from north of $100 to south of $50 a barrel. The emerging consensus? Cheaper oil is the new normal.
How does Syria matter? While it's no oil-producing powerhouse by OPEC standards, even Syria's paltry production accounted for 25 percent of that nation's economy (although ISIS now controls most of Syria's oil fields). But Syria is ideal transit territory for pipelines to European markets for oil or gas originating in Iraq and Iran.
More important, given the build-up of Russian military men and materiel in Syria, is geography. Damascus is closer to Baghdad than Washington is to Boston, and not much further away from Riyadh than New York is from Chicago. Russia's military is now no longer deployed mainly on its Baltic borders but is in the world's premier petroleum neighborhood.
Russia is not an OPEC member and has often claimed no desire to join. But they may have just joined by default.
America's best diplomatic force is the Seventh Fleet, and I'm sure Russia's best diplomats are currently building airbases in Syria.
Obama likes to claim that Putin's acting out of "weakness" because the low price of oil, plus sanctions, have hurt Russia's economy.
Okay, let's say he acted to correct that weakness: What keeps him now from driving the price of oil up to whatever high price is required to pour money back into the Kremlin's coffers?
Stigma as an Argument: Great piece by Bret Stephens on our petty, weakling president.
David Petraeus testified last month to the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Regarding Syria, the former general and CIA director urged a credible threat to destroy Bashar Assad’s air force if it continues to bomb its own people. He also recommended "the establishment of enclaves in Syria protected by coalition air power, where a moderate Sunni force could be supported and where additional forces could be trained, internally displaced persons could find refuge, and the Syrian opposition could organize."
But Barack Obama does not agree. At his Friday press conference, the president described such views as "mumbo-jumbo," “half-baked ideas," "as-if" solutions, a willful effort to "downplay the challenges involved in the situation." He says the critics have no answers to the questions of "what exactly would you do and how would you fund it and how would you sustain it."
America’' greatest living general might as well have been testifying to his shower drain for all the difference his views are going to make in this administration.
So it is with this president. It’s not enough for him to stake and defend his positions. He wants you to know that he thinks deeper, sees further, knows better, operates from a purer motive. His preferred method for dealing with disagreement is denigration. If Republicans want a tougher line in Syria, they’re warmongers. If Hillary Clinton thinks a no-fly zone is a good idea, she’s playing politics: "There is obviously a difference," the president tut-tutted about his former secretary of state's position, "between running for president and being president."
The president is quite clear that his only ambition is to be a Commander, United National Territory, and a little one at that.
This Kid Really Wants His Jalapeno Bacon Mac and Cheese
But he insists he wants his jalapeno bacon mac and cheese, and, let me tell you one thing Old Chap, he shan't be leaving until he gets his jalapeno bacon mac and cheese.
Things get progressively worse. Caution: lots of cursing.
I was going back and forth on this about the "shaming" thing. I have a few thoughts. First, the rule can't be that no one ever shames someone else; obviously, that's silly. You'd shame Hitler. Well, all but John Ekdahl would.
The rule is that people shouldn't rush to shame, and shouldn't be eager to indulge in what is, at its heart, cruel behavior.
But there does come a point at which someone's bad behavior is hard to excuse away. This kid winds up committing a few low-level assaults, in addition to the disorderly and drunken behavior.
In addition, this non-shaming ship on this drunken sh*t has already sailed, because this video has already gone viral.
So anti-shaming people: This one seems like a lost cause.
Anyway, here's this kid's nine minutes of infamy.
He was arrested.
Obama Deports The Fewest Number of People in Almost Ten Years;
Hillary Clinton: Obama's Deportation Policies Too Harsh
he Obama administration deported the fewest number of immigrants in the past 12 months since 2006, according to new government figures obtained by The Associated Press.
The figures also show that deportations of criminal immigrants have dropped to the lowest numbers since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally.
Now comes Hillary-- who likes to style herself as a sort of moderate -- to say that Obama's ten year low in criminal immigrant deportations is just too many.
Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Barack Obama's immigration policies in an interview with the Spanish-language network Telemundo, accusing the White House of breaking up families through an aggressive deportation policy.
Her comments echoed long-running complaints of the immigration advocacy community that Mr. Obama's immigration policy has been overly harsh. But they stand in contrast to comments Mrs. Clinton made in June 2014 defending the Obama policy, where she said the president was doing all he could within the law to keep families together. They also appeared to ignore changes in deportation policy that Mr. Obama ordered in late 2014.
Speaking to Telemundo, the Democratic presidential candidate criticized Mr. Obama's policy but said his approach was part of a strategy aimed at winning over Republicans to support immigration legislation legalizing people in the U.S. illegally.
"The deportation laws were interpreted and enforced, you know, very aggressively during the last six and a half years, which I think his administration did in part to try to get Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform," she said. "That strategy is no longer workable. So therefore I think we have to go back to being a much less harsh and aggressive enforcer."
And she says she'll do this via, wait for it, executive action.
And, by the way, the number of non-English speaking persons in America just hit an all-time high of 63.2 million.
John Kasich: Please Don't Vote For Me, Ever, For Anything At All, Including For Any Business Plan I Might Present on "Shark Tank"
I'm not telling you how to go f*** yourself, I'm just saying you must go f*** yourself, John Kasich, vigorously and thoroughly, in whatever manner and style you think best expresses the real You, as a Person of the self-f*ckt variety.
What happened: Kasich, talking about his critics on his Medicaid expansion, said, condescendingly, he'd like to buy books for them, they come in two parts, an Old part and a New part-- see what the Bibles say about the treatment of the poor, he sums up.
He's what is referred to in Ephesians 7-10 as "a Real Asshole."
In UK, Student Diversity Officer Facing Criminal Charges for Tweeting "Kill All White Men"
A student diversity officer who was caught up in a racism row after allegedly posting 'kill all white men' on social media has been summonsed to court to face malicious communications charges.
Bahar Mustafa, 28, of Edmonton, North London, a welfare and diversity officer at Goldsmiths University, will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on 5 November, police said.
Ms Mustafa will face two charges, one of sending a threatening message between 10 November 2014 and 31 May this year, and one of sending a menacing or offensive message via a public network, between the same dates.
Here's her defense:
Ms Mustafa explained that she could not be guilty of sexism or racism against white men "because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender and therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system."
You see, she is the white men have so much hypothesized, "structural" privilege that she, as a non-white non-man, must be given real, actual privileges to disobey laws otherwise generally applicable.
Now, here's why I said "Good:"
I am of course against this sort of henny-penny Speechcrime prosecution. However, if such laws are on the books, and if disfavored persons (chiefly those unfashionable white men) are routinely being prosecuted under them (as they are), then it is absolutely imperative to prosecute Ms. Mustafa to visit upon her the unfairness and lunacy of a speechcrimes that she would visit on other people.
Suppose the United States really was the racist country it is claimed to be. Suppose we had truly punishing, draconian drug laws, as they do in Indonesia, but we did not enforce them against white people, but only against black people, on whatever theory -- "Oh, we have to protect black people against the scourges of drugs, for their own benefit, you understand." (I realize that pro-legalization people claim that this is the state our country actually sort of resembles; but whether or not it's true doesn't matter for this hypothetical.)
Under the situation of my hypothetical, white people would never be confronted with the question of whether throwing someone in prison for 20 years for a drug crime is a cruel punishment, because they never have to face the prospect of it themselves. For them, the threat of running afoul of such laws is entirely a hypothetical matter.
That would mean whites would have all the "benefits" of a draconian drug enforcement regime (such as they may be imagined to be) without any of the drawbacks of one -- and it would mean that whites could continue to inflict this law on blacks without having to ever see the consequences of it up-close and personal.
And the most important ethical principle in all the world is the shoe on the other foot test -- if you were forced to wear this shoe, would you submit or would you rebel?
These leftwing totalitarians cannot be permitted to have all the "advantages" of weaponizing the law to persecute their political enemies while never facing the disadvantages of such a vicious, anti-liberal regime.
If they want these laws, they must take the advantages and disadvantages both at the same time -- and that means that their kin will be prosecuted under these insane laws the same as their enemies will.
Unjust laws are never repealed if they are only inflicted upon a disfavored minority. It is only when the majority -- including those favored in fact by the state (non-whites, non-males; I speak of those favored in fact, not favored in fantasy, per the SJW claims) are forced to live under unjust laws that the laws' unjustness is suddenly... noticed.
So Ms Mustafa should not get the pass she argues for, based on the fact that she is non-white/not-male. There is no such exception in the law, and there cannot be such an exception in the law under any sort of tolerable regime.
She obviously supports using these laws to hang others -- then she must be trundled up the gallows, just the same as she'd see her enemies trundled.
There is no other way to make them understand what monsters they are, you know.
No, Ms Mustafa should not be prosecuted for mere speech. But neither should anyone else. Giving Mustafa a pass while continuing to punish disfavored groups will result in even more people being prosecuted for speechcrimes, because these laws will persist.
Only when Ms Mustafa and her vile allies are made to understand the downside of totalitarianism will they be open to moving away from a totalitarian regime.
The second-worst possible regime is to have speechcrime laws at all.
But the absolute worst regime is to have speechcrime laws, but under which only a disfavored minority are prosecuted, while the favored majority are quietly allowed to escape the law's cruelty. Speechcrime laws inflicted against one and all contain the bitter seeds of their own destruction; speechcrime laws used by a favored majority to attack a disfavored minority will persist as long as men have evil in their hearts.
Which is to say: Forever.
Apparently 4Chan wanted to see how follow-the-herd-of-stupidity feminists were. So they conspired to make up a hashtag, #PissForEquality, encouraging people to pee their own pants, then take a picture of it and upload it for the world to see, to protest... um, whatever. Victimization or something.
Making fun of pumpkin spice lattes is now sexist.
Actually, what it really more is is racist, because this gets put down a lot as a specifically white girl thing; but the rules are that you can't call out black racism. It's always safe, on the other hand, to say something about men's sexism.
According to a Swarthmore College student's op-ed, the real reason that people make fun of pumpkin-spice lattes is that our society thinks everything girls like is stupid because "girls don't get to have valid emotions."
"It all comes back to sexism," Min Cheng writes in a piece for The Phoenix, Swarthmore's official student newspaper. "People love to hate on what girls like."
"The PSL hate seems to me like a symptom of a larger problem: girls don't get to have valid emotions," she continues. (Exactly what a latte flavor could possibly have to do with your emotions is unclear -- but maybe I just haven’t been drinking meaningful-enough coffee.)
Lest you think she’s not making any sense, Cheng gives plenty of other examples to prove her point. Her piece — which, by the way, is titled "Evaluating Masculinity, Hidden Sexism, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes" -- explains that people also make fun of leggings, Uggs, North Faces, Taylor Swift, Instagram, flower crowns, crop tops and Grey’s Anatomy (arguably the worst show in the world, except for maybe Gilmore Girls) and Pinterest.
Can I hate people who make up fake dramas about trivialities to invest their meaningless lives with some jumped-up sense of purpose?
Or would that be denying people's "emotions"?
K-Timpf points out that it's a standard media trope to bust men's chops for the stuff they like.
In fact, it's a standard trope of feminism.
How do you square this bitching about men's enjoyment of being awesome with that silly crap about pumpkin spice latte non-liking behavior being sexist?
The size of G.I. Joe's biceps and Arnold Schwarzenegger's guns in the Terminator movies is proof that the dominant form of masculinity is out of control.
That message and similar ones were conveyed recently to students during Vanderbilt University's "Healthy Masculinities Week," organized by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. Attendance for students was optional.
The Vanderbilt week kicked off with a lecture by the first man to minor in women's studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Jackson Katz. (His alma mater now offers a bachelor's in women, gender and sexuality studies.)
The self-described "anti-sexist activist" and filmmaker said that sexual violence and domestic abuse are men’s issues and that men would "benefit tremendously from having this conversation."
Katz founded a consulting firm that "provides gender violence prevention and leadership training to institutions in the public and private sectors" and has pioneered the use of bystander training in the U.S. military, according to his website....
Political correctness has value, Katz said....
He showed clips from his film Tough Guise, in which Katz claims "there has been a ratcheting up of what it takes to be considered menacing in the 1980s and 90s."
As evidence, Katz noted that G.I. Joe's biceps have gotten larger over the years and that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone use bigger guns for their iconic roles as the Terminator and Rambo than did Humphrey Bogart in his 1930s and 1940s film roles.
Another speaker said that the three most destructive words in the English language are "be a man," or "don't be a pussy," because they... I don't know, teach men to be brave and tough and respond assiduously to challenges, when the proper response is to cry about it and give up or something.
Short Day: So. I let my body-clock get seriously out of whack (you may have noticed) and decided, sometime around 5:50 am this morning, that rather than go to bed, I would just stay up all night so I could go to bed early this night.
I think the only way I can adjust my clock is to force myself to stay up for 30 or so hours and go to bed at like 6 pm tonight.
Blogging today will be super-crappy, far crappier than usual. Probably bullet-point stuff. Quote and link without any effort, because i'm kinda dozing off as it is.
I'll probably stop really early too.
But, hopefully, I will be posting earlier than 1:30 pm from now on.
Morning Thread (10-6-2015)
Late start this morning. You're all due a refund.
Overnight Open Thread (10-5-2015)
The essential feature of this disorder is a pervasive and unwarranted tendency . . . to interpret the actions of people as deliberately demeaning or threatening. Almost invariably, there is a general expectation of being exploited or harmed by others in some way. . . . The person may read hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events. . . . Often these people are easily slighted and quick to react with anger or counterattack; they may bear grudges for a long time, and never forgive slights, insults or injuries. . . . They tend to avoid blame even when it is warranted. . . . They intensely and narrowly search for confirmation of their expectations, with no appreciation of the total context. Their final conclusion is usually precisely what they expected in the first place.
-- A summary of the DSM entry on 'Paranoid Personality Disorder' from Matt Labash's The Cocked Fist Culture
If our universities are teaching students that their emotions can be used effectively as weapons-or at least as evidence in administrative proceedings-then they are teaching students to nurture a kind of hypersensitivity that will lead them into countless drawn-out conflicts in college and beyond. Schools may be training students in thinking styles that will damage their careers and friendships, along with their mental health.
-- Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in The Coddling of the American Mind
Of course, the real and fair solution is much less politically correct but effective. It's to stop trying to protect people's feelings. Your feelings are your problem, not mine-and vice versa.
Real empowerment and respect is to see our fellow citizens-victims and privileged, religious and agnostic, conservative and liberal-as adults. Human beings are not automatons-ruled by drives and triggers they cannot control. On the contrary, we have the ability to decide not to be offended. We have the ability to discern intent. We have the ability to separate someone else's actions or provocation or ignorance from our own. This is the great evolution of consciousness-it's what separates us from the animals.
...There is a wonderful quote from Epictetus that I think of every time I see someone get terribly upset about one of these things (I try to think about it when I get upset about anything): "If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation."
He said that some 1,900 years ago. Even then we felt that it was easier to police the outside than examine our inside.-- Ryan Holiday
Housing prices in San Francisco, and in many other communities for miles around, were once no higher than in the rest of the United States. But, beginning in the 1970s, housing prices in these communities skyrocketed to three or four times the national average.
Why? Because local government laws and policies severely restricted, or banned outright, the building of anything on vast areas of land. This is called preserving "open space," and "open space" has become almost a cult obsession among self-righteous environmental activists, many of whom are sufficiently affluent that they don't have to worry about housing prices.
...When more than half the land in San Mateo County is legally off-limits to building, how surprised should we be that housing prices in the city of San Mateo are now so high that politically appointed task forces have to be formed to solve the "complex" question of how things got to be the way they are and what to do about it?-- Thomas Sowell
Are we flexible enough to allow audiences to see things in our work, which we ourselves may not see? To fixate on aspects of our stories that we either consider trivial, or which interest us not at all?
Case in point: Gene Roddenberry was far more interested in the "free love" aspect of his 23rd century star navy - a navy Gene denied was a navy at all - than most of the fans, many of whom were interested in the star navy; as an extrapolated future military. In fact, Star Trek and its Starfleet became the personification of military SF storytelling for millions of fans. I am pretty sure Gene never intended it to be that way. But that's how it worked out. Gene's been gone for almost 25 years now, so we can't ask him how he feels about this legacy. Frankly, I think I'd be damned proud to have a fictional footprint the size of Starfleet on my storytelling resume. Starfleet is the idealized service many actual, current servicemembers wish they could join - myself included.
Starfleet will live forever.
That's canon. That's the fans finding meaning in the work.-- Brad Torgersen in A Matter of Canon
Never mind that her asylum-for-anyone-who-asks policy and browbeating of other reluctant EU countries is likely to make Europe a nastier, less peaceful place.
I'd almost think they're trolling us but when you read this stuff, you realize how much they just enjoy being outraged. So of course even their sci-fi future fantasy needs to have Teh Outrage in it as well.
Well this is what happens when you file a frivolous lawsuit in order to take money from an innocent person.
The fact that over four months after the shooting the forensics on the bullets that killed the bikers still hasn't been released is telling in itself.
This spring, four years after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, a small group of scientists met in Tokyo to evaluate the deadly aftermath.
No one has been killed or sickened by the radiation - a point confirmed last month by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Even among Fukushima workers, the number of additional cancer cases in coming years is expected to be so low as to be undetectable, a blip impossible to discern against the statistical background noise.But about 1,600 people died from the stress of the evacuation - one that some scientists believe was not justified by the relatively moderate radiation levels at the Japanese nuclear plant.
The creators of Pepper the 'emotional robot' have forbidden users from using it for sexual purposes, creating 'sexy apps' for it or reprogramming it to stalk people.
One thousand people paid £1,300 to buy the 'companion bot' within one minute of it going on sale in Japan this June, and then £250-a-month in rent.
Japan-based SoftBank included a clause in the ownership contract which said using the robot for 'the purpose of sexual or indecent behavior' breaks this agreement.
Disturbingly, computer pranksters have already reprogrammed the touchscreen hanging from its neck to give Pepper 'virtual breasts' which makes it shake its hips and moan when touched.It has reignited the debate around so-called 'sexbots', with one roboticist telling MailOnline that machines which humans can realistically fall in love with are only 'years away'.
Who's talking about love here?
Well for $17K Robby better not be an uptight tease like those Japanese bots.
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The Mask Falls: Left Calling for "Gun-Free Society"
They had previously lied about their goals, claiming to be in favor of "sensible gun safety measures" or other rot.
But now they're becoming more honest: a Washington Post editor just explicitly called for a "gun free society.
A Gun Free Society.
By Fred Hiatt
Washington Post Editor
Maybe it's time to start using the words that the NRA has turned into unmentionables.
A gun-free society.
Let’s say that one again: A gun-free society.
Doesn’t it sound logical? Doesn’t it sound safe? Wouldn’t it make sense to learn from other developed nations, which believe that only the military and law enforcers, when necessary, should be armed -- and which as a result lose far, far fewer innocent people than die every year in the United States?
Yes, even saying these words makes the NRA happy. It fuels the slippery-slope argument the gun lobby uses to oppose even the most modest, common-sense reforms. You see? Background checks today, confiscation tomorrow.
And yes, I understand how difficult it would be. This is a matter of changing the culture and norms of an entire society. It would take time.
Note that he claims that using these words is dangerous, because the NRA would interpret them as a slippery slope argument to claim that the left wants a gun free society.
But that is precisely what Hiatt wants.
He's accusing the NRA of being right, but in an unhelpful way.
Ezra's Folly, I mean Vox, jumps on the idea and pushes it.
Harry Reid claimed to be pro-Second Amendment for his whole career -- but now that he's retiring, there's no more reason to maintain that fiction:
Harry Reid: Republicans Are 'Acting As Puppets For The NRA' http://t.co/T2RgHFMoSq— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) October 5, 2015
Hillary Clinton is announcing she'll start using extra-constitutional means to declare by executive fiat that the non-existent gun show loophole should no longer exist, and maybe that's what Obama has in mind when he promises more executive action on gun control:
The White House confirmed that President Obama was preparing a series of executive actions on gun control to match his recent passion on the issue after the latest mass shooting in Oregon.
"It's a high priority and will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today at the press briefing.
Earnest said he would "quibble" with anyone who criticized the president for not voicing any specific gun control proposals during his press conference, asserting that the White House was working behind the scenes for more executive actions on guns.
"I can tell you that they're not stumped, they’re continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also others who may have ideas about what steps that can be taken to keep guns out of the hands of criminals," Earnest said.
Glenn Reynolds predicts the Democrats will pay a price for this, and further speculates that Obama is pushing gun control because his foreign and economic policies are in tatters.
Obama would just as soon we didn't talk about any of these debacles. The gun issue may not be a winner for him, but it's an ideologically divided issue where most Democrats will take his side, and it’s a hot-button issue that lets him inflame debate just by bringing it up.
These other stories, meanwhile, raise questions about Obama’s presidency that even Democrats are finding hard to ignore. Is it any wonder that Obama would rather talk about guns?
Maybe just more Stray Voltage. But maybe not.
Shock: Top Hillary Clinton Aide Lied About Using Personal Email for Business With Reporters
As Luke Skywalker said to Darth Vader: "No... that can't be true. That's impossible!"
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines repeatedly lied about using a personal email address to communicate with reporters, records show. Emails uncovered after Gawker successfully sued the State Department show that Reines regularly corresponded with reporters using a personal Gmail address, despite previously dismissing the suggestion as a "cockamamie theory," saying his personal email account "is about the last place I want to be emailing reporters or conducting work."
Gawker's initial request under the Freedom of Information Act was initially denied after the State Department claimed to have no record of Reines's correspondence with reporters. The emails, about 18,000 in total, are coming to light now thanks to a successful legal appeal.
Well it sure seems that Hillary and all of her aides are pretty determined that they will not produce any documents for anyone, whether legally compelled to do so or not.
Must be because they're so honest.
Oh, and if you didn't see that terrible SNL sketch with Hillary, it's below. I just saw it now.
It's terrible, and while it's true they didn't mention the email scandal, what are they going to do, realistically? Hillary gets to veto any jokes that cut too deep; I'm surprised she let them attack her (very gently) from the left, in being slow to realize she was against Keystone because environment and pro gay marriage because love.
Hillary Clinton was on SNL last night http://t.co/EPMnNIv1cP What do you think?— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 4, 2015
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Supercut: Boy, NBC Sure Asked Hillary Clinton the Hard Questions
But that doesn't seem to be helping her very much in NBC polls.
Oregon Sheriff Investigating Umpqua Shooting Under Fire For Conspiracy Video Posted on FaceBook Page
I don't know. All seems kinda silly.
A prominent gun-control advocate is calling for the resignation of the Oregon sheriff leading the investigation into the recent shooting, who he labeled a pro-gun "conspiracy theorist."
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin ruffled feathers after it came to light that he sent Vice President Joe Biden a letter in January 2013, threatening to not enforce stronger gun laws.
According to reports, Hanlin also posted a conspiracy video on his Facebook page suggesting the government was behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a coordinated effort to "disarm the public." He later distanced himself from the video and denied claims he is a conspiracy theorist.
This has enraged gun-control activists.
He's denying he believes that.
Before Douglas County, Oregon, Sheriff John Hanlin found himself answering questions about a school shooting in his backyard, he posted a link to a video raising questions about another -- the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead.
"This makes me wonder who we can trust anymore ..." Hanlin wrote on his Facebook page on January 13, 2013, above the conspiracy video link. "Watch, listen and keep an open mind."
That post has since been taken down, albeit not before many saw it.
When asked about the video Friday, Hanlin told CNN that "I know what you're referring to, but that's not a conspiracy theory that I have."
I'm not a fan of silly conspiracy theories. I'm also not a fan of this age's method of political argumentation, which consists merely of blackening the reputation of a person offering a political claim, as if smearing that person also discredited the political claim itself.
But that's all we do anymore. It's a normal and routine technique in actual political elections to talk about character issues and personal scandals because we're actually not just electing a series of (vague) policy proposals, we're electing an actual person, and we should know about that actual person.
This has always been grist for the easiest, laziest sort of political writing -- and as someone who practices this and loves a scandal story because of how damn easy it is to write up, I say this with complete expert authority.
But this sort of character attack is completely irrelevant in all areas except the situation where we're choosing one person or another for an office.
It has absolutely nothing to do with questions of actual policy. The fact that Hanlin may have posted this tells us precisely nothing at all about the proper interpretation of the Second Amendment and the proper level of freedom (or restriction) of gun ownership.
But this is all we do anymore -- this lazy, #HotTake Gawker-style method of dealing with policy issues. It's nothing more than Hashtag Scandal anymore.
We're increasingly running full political campaigns -- dredging up negative information, discrediting people on character grounds, etc. -- who are not in fact running for any office at all.
Sometimes, we're running political campaigns against complete nobodies who are jus trying to make a joke about an upcoming trip on Twitter.
We are reducing all difficult arguments requiring thoughtfulness, evidence, and logic into mere smear campaigns run against whoever happens to speak out on an issue.
And this isn't just evil. It is evil. It is surely evil. But it's also deeply stupid. It's Idiocracy.
Stupid, thoughtless people always try to reduce things down to their own stupid, thoughtless level, so they can participate.
And the media, of course, is a prime enabler of this New Age of Stupidity, because they're among the laziest and dumbest public speakers in the world. Getting things down to a very dumb, lazy level plays to their strengths.
So once again another awful, vicious campaign of personal destruction because all too many Americans in the media are completely ill-equipped to have anything resembling a policy argument.
Contempt as an "Argument." I noted in the sidebar the fact that the Washington Post's The Fix wrote up a Seth Meyers attack on the GOP, and stalwart defense of Planned Parenthood, as a real news piece, headlining it (Vox-style) The Planned Parenthood Controversy, Explained By Seth Meyers [Video]."
It was of course not an explanation at all: It was simply a staged show of emotional contempt.
It occurs to me that the left, particularly, only makes this sort emotional-solidarity sort of "argument" anymore, the public expression of theatricalized contempt.
They bond through their hatred; they politically agitate through their expressions of hate.
And I'm not sure if they have any other game, really.
The fact that the Washington Post, a supposedly "real newspaper," could mistake this showing of theatrical contempt for an "explanation" of a political issue tells you a lot about our media, our country, and the deeply stupid age we live in.
It keeps reminding me of this observation of David French's:
So, a "senior Obama administration official" called the prime minister of Israel -- our closest ally in the Middle East and one of the few nations in the region that is not (a) imploding or (b) actively funding or supporting terrorists --"“a chickenshit." While that word has rocketed around the globe, other descriptions of Benjamin Netanyahu include,"“recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and 'Aspergery.'" And let’s not forget the worst word of all, "coward."
Behold, the beautiful and delicate rhetorical stylings of our cultural and political elite. They’re the improvisational jazz musicians of American diplomacy, always ready with just the right word to solidify alliances, avoid unnecessary confrontation, and reassure Americans they know exactly what they’re doing in the face of bloody violence. This is what happens when the academic Left runs American foreign policy.
[This is an example of] the sophomoric, malicious style of campus rhetoric, where stigma is the preferred method of argument. It’s hard to overstate the propensity towards name-calling even of "elite" academics, and the culture of the academy is one where groupthink is enforced and reinforced through vicious rhetoric. Their opponents can’t be merely wrong. Instead they are racist, bigoted, homophobic, or -- despite professed love of the disabled -- "Aspergery."The arrogance is overwhelming, and the fake tough-guy posture of name-calling elitists is laughable to everyone but themselves.
If the recent history of our universities is any guide, the products of a leftist bureacratic monoculture will be characterized by the following:
Ignorance: Groups of like-minded people are notoriously incurious about the ideas and perspectives of dissenters.
Condescension: They don't let ignorance stand in the way of a bulletproof sense of moral and intellectual superiority. Hatred: Since all the good people they know agree with them, they ascribe the worst of motives to the other side, believing them to be motivated by little more than greed and bigotry. And, finally . . .
Fanaticism: Cass Sunstein described the "law of group polarization" like this: "In a striking empirical regularity, deliberation tends to move groups, and the individuals who compose them, toward a more extreme point in the direction indicated by their own predeliberation judgments." In other words, when like-minded individuals deliberate, their common views grow more extreme over time.
He's quite right. The only "argument" made by the left is the political technique of the assignment of stigma to a view -- and the entire left now does this, not just the branches of it (such as Media Matters, etc.) which you could forgive for doing it, as it's their actual job.
But all members of the left, the media, the bien-pensant intellectual class, every single of one them now knows only the primitive, stupid, animal-level technique of ginning up campaigns of social ostracism against individual people, in hopes of (or do they even care about this part any longer...?) stupid people confusing an argument about a person with an argument about a policy.
Hillary Clinton is a Very Special Lady
She was asked a good question, actually, about her emails: If Dick Cheney had been shown to have conducted all his government business on private emails, would she be as understanding about it as she urges others to be about her email use?
Instead, she "blocked and bridged" (a media handling technique where you ignore the question and talk about whatever you want to talk about) to yell about the Benghazi committee, generally, and Kevin McCartny's ill-chosen words.
"This committee was set up, as they have admitted, for the purpose of making a partisan, political issue out of the deaths of four Americans," she said. "I would have never done that! And if I were president --and there were Republicans or Democrats who were thinking about that -- I would have done everything to shut it down."
Longer video of her performance here.
By the way, she opened up about her alcohol problem.
Indeed. Look at how much her eyes light up at the question. She beams at getting to name her favorite drink.
Like she's in love with alcohol. Like she's had a torrid 30 year affair with it.
Longer Clip: "Beyond the pale."
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Hillary Clinton: Hey, This Executive Action Thing Seems Like Fun! I'll Implement Gun Restrictions By Fiat.
Hillary has proposed to close the so-called, "gun show loophole" by executive fiat. Well, she generously has agreed to allow Congress a chance to do it first but if they don't, well, as Queen she will rid herself of this troublesome body and do it herself.
Clinton’s campaign says that this could theoretically be accomplished via a new rule by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that would more clearly define what it means to be “engaged in the business” of selling firearms. Gun control advocates point out that under federal law, those “engaged in the business” of selling firearms must perform background checks, but federal regulations defining that phrase are too vague, allowing too many gun sales to proceed without such a check. Such federal regs, they say, could be changed through executive action that, for example, would set a clearer threshold defining “engaged in the business” of selling firearms in terms of the number of guns sold.
So in a Clinton II administration they will simply decide that the Gun Control Act of 1968 is suddenly too vague to enforce and they will decree what Congress has refused to define because....go to hell, that's why.
Something to consider...these "common sense reforms" are supposed to address the "epidemic" of mass shootings and rampant gun violence in general. But all of the mass shootings of late have been committed by people who acquired their guns legally from federally licensed dealers. So adding this restriction on private sales (and that's what this about) wouldn't do anything except expand the role of the federal government into ever more private activities.
As for gun violence in general...do you think people selling weapons to gang members are going to be deterred by yet another federal rule? Of course this new proposal ignores the fact that it's already illegal to sell a gun to someone who isn't eligible to purchase or own one and there are substantial criminal penalties to doing so.
But GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE!
The real challenge here is the mainlining of the idea that if a Republican Congress doesn't bend to the will of a Democrat President, then Congress can be by-passed (because you damn well know the press wouldn't allow a Republican to do this).
The real question in the House leadership races should be about which candidates have a plan to restore the legislative branch's rightful place in our Constitutional system. But that would mean Congress would have to write laws that are more than first drafts for regulators and then fight the President (of either party) who encroaches on their authorities. But that would mean work and doing stuff which is way beyond the competency and interest of most of these people.
Morning Thread (10-5-2015)
And just like that, Bobby Jindal gets an AoSHQ Podcast bounce.
Overnight Open Thread (10-4-2015)
Even a cat may look at a king. But apparently, males should keep their eyes averted at all times, in a proper show of subservience.
-- Glenn Reynolds on how even looking at a women without her consent is considered sexual assault on some campuses
In the imagined "gun-free zone," even the most inept miscreant with a gun is king.
A world of ZZ Top tribute bands, minus the music and girls. Bet the kids can't wait.
-- Tim Blair on what a world 'in the light of Islam' means
No gays, but fleet-footed pre-op transsexuals in abundance? Odd place, Iran.
-- Ian Tuttle on the revelation that 8 members of Iranian Women's Soccer Team are actually men
Unless we work together to defeat the ideas that drive different communities in a country like Iraq into conflict, any order that our militaries can impose will be temporary ... I believe in my core that repression cannot forge the social cohesion for nations to succeed ... You can jail your opponents, but you can't imprison ideas.
-- Obama trying to tiptoe around Islamism as a fundamental cause of the current Mideast violence
I'm urged to ask those who created this situation: do you at least realize now what you've done? ... I'd like to tell those who engage in this: Gentlemen, the people you are dealing with are cruel but they are not dumb. They are as smart as you are. So, it's a big question: who's playing who here?
-- Putin criticizing US involvement in the Middle East
Most of what you heard at the time turns out to be wrong.
It turns out, what happened in September, 2013, is not what we've been told. The official line goes something like this: that up to a dozen armed jihadis attacked, killed hundreds, holed up with dozens of hostages and blew the place up, and were taken out in a determined assault by Nairobi SWAT.
In fact there were only four lightly armed jihadis and the police assault was a complete cock-up that took place way too late to save anyone. It was the actions of a few concealed weapon carriers and brave policemen who immediately engaged the gunmen that brought the attack to an end.
While the police hesitated, like the cops at the Columbine, Colorado school shooting in the USA, individual non-police gun carriers and a few bold individual policemen entered the mall in pursuit of the four gunmen. These guys are the ones you see saving those who were saved.
...When the Kenyan police and army finally attacked many hours later, they did it by an uncoordinated strike through separate entrances, and when they two forces met, they engaged each other. After that, the elite police SWAT-like unit took their casualties and went home, and the Army and other police proceeded to trash the place.
[Update - this story may be bogus as no one else has been able to verify the CNN screen cap]
The media also refers to him as white despite the fact that he's just as black as Barrack Obama is.
Advantage: Bon Jovi who seems to be a mensch. Waters by comparison is an Jew-hating bully.
Bon Jovi was going to play a concert in the Twin Cities the following Saturday night. The man explained that there was a retarded boy in the Twin Cities-sorry, I honestly don't know the current euphemism-with whom Bon Jovi had a big brother relationship, and whenever he was in Minnesota he made time to spend with the boy. They thought it would be fun to go boating on the St. Croix. So, could Mr. Bon Jovi rent their boat for the following Sunday? Our personnel director and her husband said that they would be happy to lend their boat for free, if they could come along.
The following Sunday, at a time when most rock stars of that era (or any other) would have been sleeping off a night of excess, Jon Bon Jovi, his assistant and the young boy met with my friend and her husband at the marina, and enjoyed an afternoon of boating on the river. That's when the photo was taken. There is nothing unique about Minnesota: I assume that for several decades, Bon Jovi has done similar good deeds around the country with zero publicity. So, as you can imagine, I have long had a good opinion of Jon Bon Jovi.Fast forward to 2015. While many of his rock and roll contemporaries have succumbed to dissipation and in some cases are six feet under, Bon Jovi is still performing. He scheduled a concert in Tel Aviv, which drew the wrath of Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, who is now an obsessive anti-Israel activist and, in my opinion, an anti-Semite. Whenever a high-profile entertainer undertakes to perform in Israel, Waters weighs in, in bullying fashion.
Jon Bon Jovi kicked off his band's first-ever performance in Israel Saturday evening by telling 50,000 cheering Israelis "I've waited a long time for this!"
A few songs into the show, he underlined his empathy with Israel by introducing a new song called "We Don't Run," released earlier this summer, with the comment: "This should be the fight song for Tel Aviv."
And later in the performance, the New Jersey-born rocker name-checked his keyboard player, the Jewish musician David Bryan (Rashbaum), by saying that "your father would be proud of you" for being in Israel pounding the piano.
Even Slate is calling out the American Library Association's annual Banned Book Week as BS. The ALA considers a parent merely complaining about a book's inclusion on a mandatory school reading list as a 'banning'. But of course they ignore the real actual banning of works on campuses due to political correctness:
Yet what intrigues me about Banned Books Week publicity, and the likely political agenda over at ALA headquarters, is not what it features but what it excludes. For there is, in fact, an ongoing effort to ban books in America in 2015-that is, to exclude them from classroom reading lists, if not prevent their publication and sale - but it is taking place not on school boards in our nation's rural communities but on college campuses in some of the most progressive and sophisticated communities in the United States. At Columbia University in Manhattan, for example, Ovid's Metamorpheses has been excluded from the syllabus because of objections about sexual violence and replaced with-irony alert!-Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon. Rutgers is considering the attachment of required "trigger warnings" for The Great Gatsby and Huckleberry Finn, and based on individual complaints, innumerable other colleges and universities are pondering the future of such works as Mrs. Dalloway or The Merchant of Venice on student reading lists.
His 'modest' proposal to make websites liable for every comment posted would end the public participatory internet as we know it. And Chu is okay with that.
Four major car manufacturers were dragged into the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal last night after Government-funded research revealed that their engines are emitting toxic fumes at up to seven times the legal limit.
British researchers tested hundreds of new diesel cars on UK roads and found that popular brands including BMW, Ford, Mazda and Mercedes, as well as Volkswagen and Audi, all emitted levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) far higher than the limits required to pass European tests.Last night, the researchers said the huge discrepancy between real-world diesel emissions and the legal limits set by the European Commission was 'extremely concerning' - and suggested that Volkswagen was not alone in finding ways to pass laboratory tests.
Makes you wonder if any diesel car manufacturers were able to meet the new stringent NOx requirements. This story suggests not.
Her primary offense: Speaking positively about southern belles and the notoriously evil hoop skirt.
Because of a 1967 treaty.
Weekly Commenter Standings
Top 10 commenters:
1 [441 comments] 'Harry Paratestes, the artist formally known as mynewhandle' [61.90 posts/day]
2 [400 comments] 'Jane D'oh'
3 [368 comments] 'BackwardsBoy'
4 [356 comments] 'Lizzy'
5 [328 comments] 'Caitlyn Jenner'
6 [305 comments] 'Anna Puma'
7 [291 comments] 'ThunderB'
8 [281 comments] 'Ricardo Kill'
9 [269 comments] 'grammie winger, waiting for the trumpets'
10 [258 comments] 'Nip Sip'
Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [57 names] 'The Political Hat' [8.00 unique names/day]
2 [51 names] 'Prince Ludwig the #Problematic'
3 [50 names] 'Turd Ferguson'
4 [47 names] 'Doctor Fish'
5 [47 names] 'a modern Moron'
6 [45 names] 'Bertram Cabot Jr.'
7 [41 names] 'Cicero (@cicero)'
8 [39 names] 'Peyton Manning'
9 [33 names] 'Zombie Jack Kemp'
10 [27 names] 'President Barack "Unexpectedly" Obama'
The group. Banned on 12 universities.
Where it's at - the Twitter
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Football Thread: Late Game Edition [CBD]
Roger Staubach is due for a big game, so I would take the Cowboys in a walk.....
Although Archie Manning has always been a tough and resilient QB, so maybe take the points!
And because one can never get enough of the Moron Nation.....
Moron speedster1 has been busy planning the 2015 SW Ohio Moron Meetup, and it's fast approaching:
Saturday evening, October 17, 7-10 (ish), Beavercreek (I've also locked down a better venue).
Interested parties please let me know: swohmome @ mail.com (no spaces).
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The BBC: Hating Jews Since 1922 [CBD]
The BBC is up to its old tricks, Notice that the attack seems to have been perpetrated by Jerusalem. That's one nasty city! It's their old trope: Don't name the Arabs as murdering scum, and focus on the Israelis. Read the article at the link....
Just ponder for a moment the mindset required for a terrorist to attack a woman carrying a toddler (or pushing him in a stroller).
And Open Thread.....For Football see above.
Food Thread: Bacon...It's Not Just For Dessert [CBD]
Bacon-wrapped anything is good. Even dates, not my favorite food, are edible when nestled inside a strip of luscious, fatty crispy pig belly. Not great....just edible. For God's sake, dates are a fruit, or a vegetable, or something.
But some foods need more cooking than others, so how do you wrap them in bacon and get crispy, or at least cooked bacon at the end? This ain't rocket surgery; just precook the bacon to the point just before it gets crispy, so it's pliable enough to wrap around scallops or bunches of asparagus or filet mignon or hot dogs or whatever. Just let it cool a bit before you pick it up, otherwise you will singe your fingers (like I did last night).
Bacon is a meme around here...maybe even the urmeme. But it is a great addition to food as a subtle flavoring. I often chop up a few ounces of bacon and render it for the fat to cook vegetables for a mirepoix (The Trinity in Cajun-speak) or to add a bit of smokiness and richness to pretty much anything. I have a great minestrone recipe (I have posted it here before) in which I use bacon as a base. Those crunchy little bits left after the fat renders are not a bad thing either!
And the variety of bacon available to us is fantastic. It ranges from Italian pancetta...which is really just the simplest bacon; cured but not smoked....to heavily smoked and spice versions.
Yes, this is exactly who you think it is.
This is a fascinating study in exactly how stupid people can be. The sentiment is obvious: hunger -- realistically, starvation -- is a significant global issue. But as usual, the Leftist playbook requires all issues to be politicized, with the ultimate goal of pushing the body politic to the left. Unfortunately that also pushes the solutions to the left, which makes them impossible.
Just what the hell does that mean? Hunger is an issue of justice? That's leftist blather. Justice has nothing to do with it. If it did, then a judge's decision or simply passing a law outlawing hunger would go a long way to feeding the world. Let's get the U.S. Supreme Court involved! Maybe a unanimous decision that hunger is illegal according to the Constitution would miraculously fill the bellies of those starving North Koreans and West Africans.
Oh, and charity is a necessary component of a civilized society, but as we have observed since the Great Society, it is imperative that it be temporary, otherwise we get that nasty little unintended consequence of more hunger and more poverty. But once again, the Leftist playbook calls for charity as an end unto itself, as a function of government, and most of all as a tool to pacify and control the masses.
Here are the facts: The world has the capacity to produce enough food to feed everyone. But political considerations have dwarfed the efforts of the hungry to feed themselves. Collectivization is the most obvious error, followed by that peculiar brand of authoritarianism unique to Africa. But just look at the catastrophe that is the Central Valley of California to see how political decisions driven by progressive politics can overwhelm a thriving agricultural area.
Oh....it's National Taco Day. Go crazy.
Crumpets are great, with a weird but pleasing texture. They are also stupidly expensive. And, luckily, fairly easy and fun to make.
- 3 T. warm water
- 1 pkg. yeast
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1/2 C. milk
- 4 T. butter, divided
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 C. flour
- 1 egg
Combine water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes.
Heat milk, 1 tablespoon of the butter and salt in a saucepan over low heat just until warm. Add to yeast mixture.
Add 1 cup flour to yeast mixture and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Beat in egg.
Add remaining flour and beat until smooth.
Cover batter with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Stir down batter and let rest for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat. Skim off foam and discard milky solids from bottom of saucepan. Brush bottom of a skillet with melted butter. Brush insides of four crumpet rings or 3-inch round cookie cutters with butter and place rings in skillet.
Heat skillet over medium heat. Spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into each ring. Cook until batter begins to bubble on top and is lightly browned on bottom, about 2 minutes. Remove rings.
Turn English Crumpets over. Cook until lightly browned on bottom and done in centers. Can be served warm or split and toasted before serving.
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Football Sunday in America! - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Apologies for not posting a thread for the game at Wembley. When London has their own team, they'll make it into regular rotation.
Today's schedule can be found here.
Now for the real reason you come here:
Your early game....
And the late afternoon game...
Oh! And for the Moronettes...
Enjoy the games, folks.
ALSO: While not football related, it is sports related.
Johnny Strange, 23 years old, died today while on a wingsuit adventure in the Swiss Alps.
We look at these adventurers as being nuts, but this kid lived one helluva life, short as it may have been: Scaled the Seven Summits by age 17, flew with the birds, reached both the North and the South Poles...
It's easy to shake our heads at the recklessness of it, but oh-my-God at the things these kids have experienced that the rest of us never will.
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-04-2015: The Children of Santayana [OregonMuse]
First Bookmobile In Cincinnati, 1927
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The Sunday Morning Book Thread is the only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Also, assless chaps don't count. Serious you guys. Kilts are OK, though. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.
People who say they don't have time to read simply don't want to.
History On The Cheap
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
So Amazon keeps popping up a bunch of these 99-cent history books as suggested reads for me. There seems to be an almost infinite number of them available and the reason they're so inexpensive is that they're all public domain works from the late 19th or early 20th century. I would recommend any of them as good introductions if you ever wanted to learn something of the history of a particular country.
Another advantage is that, being very much old-school, they're not going to subject you to left-wing harangues about the evils of colonialism or the rah-rah lesbian sisterhood. Not that these 19th century guys were free of biases, they had their own biases, but they're not modern biases, which makes up for the stuff they got wrong, that is superseded by more modern scholarship. Not that a history noob like me is going to know this. Now if you're a serious historical inquirer like moron commenter boulder terlit hobo, these books probably aren't for you, but for the rest of us, the inaccuracies aren't going to matter a great deal.
And studying history is a good thing. Just ask Mr. Santayana.
So, if you're interested in a history of Japan, you could try History of Japan, 660 BC to 1872 AD by William Elliot Griffis for a good overview.
For China, there's History of China From the Earliest Times to the Manchu Conquest by Herbert H. Gowen. And then there's A History of China by Wolfram Eberhard, and this one is FREE.
Another freebie is Korea's Fight for Freedom by Frederick Arthur Mckenzie. This is not a general history of that country, but rather an account of the oppressive Japanese occupation of Korea in the early 1900s written by an Englishmen who was there at the time. It's more of a memoir than a history, but even so, it still sounds like a worthwhile read. One Amazon reviewer says:
For those of us that were stationed in Korea and grew to appreciate the culture and the people it provides historical insight into the pain and suffering of these good people. After reading the accounts of some of the oppressive acts that have been carried out against this country one has to wonder if the nation can ever be reunited and if the wounds will ever be healed.
And let's not leave out India: History of India. From Ancient Times to the 20th Century by William W. Hunter, and by "20th Century", I think it means "about the time of WW I". I found out recently that India has 16 languages, none of which are related to each other. So you know the history has to be fantastically complex. See History Of India From The Earliest Times To The Sixth Century BC by Romesh Chunder Dutt and Cristo Raul
Europe, you say? Well, we've got that covered, too: A History of France From the Earliest Times to the Treaty of Versailles by William Stearns Davis. Also A Short History of Germany From the Earliest Times to the Treaty of Westphalia by Ernest F. Henderson and The History of Italy, from the Fall of the Western Empire to the Commencement of the Wars of the French Revolution by Colonel Proctor.
...and a bunch on England. Here's two:
England During the Dark Ages by John Green and
History of the Conquest of England by the Normans: All Volumes by Augustin Thierry
Perhaps some of these 99-centers are available for free from Gutenberg (I didn't check), but in some cases, perhaps the Kindle editions might be better. At least in the case of the Kindle edition of Charles Oman's classic multi-volume history of the "dark" ages, which has been
re-edited and re-formatted with new illustrations and maps designed specifically for a superior reading experience on all Kindles and on the iPhone/iPad via the Kindle app. Names of kings and major political/military persons have been updated and major typographical errors found with the previous Kindle edition have been corrected.
The Amazon review of Dick and Liz Cheney's new book Exceptional contains what appears to be the Forword, which says, in part:
Our children should know about the boys of Pointe du Hoc and Doolittle’s Raiders, the Battles of Midway and Iwo Jima. They should learn about the courage of the young Americans who fought the Nazis at the Battle of the Bulge and the Japanese on Okinawa. They should learn why America was right to end the war by dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and about the fundamental decency of a nation that established the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. They need to know about the horror of the Holocaust, and what it means to promise “never again.”
They should know that once there was an empire so evil and bereft of truth it had to build a wall to keep its citizens in, and that the free world, led by America, defeated it. They need to know about the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, the courage of the first responders, and the heroism of the passengers on Flight 93. They should understand what kind of world militant Islam will create if we don’t defeat it.
Which sounds good. We all of us here agree that our children ought to be taught America's greatness. But then he says this:
Just as one president has left a path of destruction in his wake, one president can rescue us. The right person in the Oval Office can restore America’s strength and our alliances, renew our power and leadership, defeat our enemies, and keep us safe. It will not be easy. There are difficult decisions to be made and very little time.
The problem here is that the Cheneys think that everything was just fine until Obama showed up:
“For the most part, until the administration of Barack Obama, we delivered,” they wrote, arguing that Obama, who Cheney once called "the worst president history has seen," has “departed from this 75-year, largely bipartisan tradition of ensuring America’s pre-eminence and strength.”
I find this incredibly myopic, ignoring as it does decades of cultural rot and subversion, quite apart from politics. Where does he think the rot came from? There are reasons why schoolchildren are not being told about Pointe du Hoc and the Battle of the Bulge, and it didn't start with the Obama administration. The Obama administration is the fruit, not the seed.
Obama is a symptom, not a cause.
So something like this
We are living at another hinge point of history and require a president equal to this moment. We must choose wisely.
...is quite inadequate. We're beyond the point where we can fix things by voting for some other guy. The problem is that the lack of confidence in American values and American civilization brought about by the institutional march of progressivism goes back many years and Americans have the attention span of a gnat. This is why voting feels so much like exchanging one set of deck chairs on the Titanic with another. Nothing is going to get fixed until we, collectively, come to view progressivism as we do phrenology or eugenics.
It's going to take years of work to repair the damage, not just an election.
Will Edit For Food
A while back, I pimped the book Hard Bite, which is about a serial revenge killer in a wheelchair who carries out his murdering with the help of his homicidal monkey. The author, when she isn't writing books, is busy editing them. Or wants to be. She has a book editing service she'd like all you moron authors to know about:
As you know, I'm a book editor (fiction and nonfiction)...who gives a fair shake to conservative-leaning manuscripts? I have seen with my own eyes, fledgling writers get criticized by literary gatekeepers for their values, when they deserve unbiased critique.
Anyway, maybe Horde writers would like to know what I offer. Try it free: First 3 pages edited FREE including notes.
More info, including pricing, at the author's website.
And Now, A High-Class Literary Announcement
I heard from high-class moronette author Elisabeth Wolfe about a high-class event coming soon a city near you(perhaps):
A neat opportunity for book-loving ’rons and ’ettes that I don’t think is being advertised much (at least I heard about it only through the grapevine): The National Theatre production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is going to be broadcast to movie theaters in the US on October 15. It’s one night only in most places, but selected theaters will also have encore showings after October 22. Details, including venues, are available at http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlout10-hamlet.
Point / Counter-Point
You be the judge.
Me, I like "prolific" because it's got "pro-life" in it.
Books By Morons
I heard this week from a lurking moronette Candace, who has written a number of Christian-themed YA fantasy novels.
Where Dragons Dwell. One Amazon reviewer says
We are always looking for good books to read as a family - and this is one of our favorites! A tale of love and sacrifice - battles and dragons! We have a tween boy, teen girl and we all LOVE this adventure.
Whom Dragons Rule Is the sequel. I'm guessing there's going to be a third in the series before too long.
She's also the author of the "King" series,
The Pursuit of a King (A Tale of Wisdom), which is available for FREE:
A dream. A king. A riddle. A map. A journey. A dungeon (or two). A decision. A sacrifice. A sword. A throne. The Pursuit of a King (A Tale of Wisdom) recounts the adventures of Artemerio and Barto as they cross deserts, climb canyon walls, face the evil Dunley, rescue Lady Wisdom, save cities from certain destruction (using only cake!)--and discover their destinies.
There are three others in the series:
All of Ms. Little books have MULTIPLE TRIGGER WARNINGS for extolling the virtues of courage, hard work, responsibility, self-sacrifice, and actual good versus actual evil.
A missing spacecraft –
A cryptic message –
And a fearsome secret hiding in plain sight.
Five years after he was marooned in Earth orbit, Ryan Hunter must go even farther to find the man who saved his life.
With former astronaut Penny Stratton, he leads an unconventional rescue team into a threat beyond anything he could have imagined. What he can’t know is that the fate of millions rests on their shoulders.
Because something big is coming...
Only $3.99 on Kindle.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT 10/04/15 [krakatoa]
Oktoberfest 2015 was yesterday.
I drank just the right amount.
Overnight Open Thread (3 Oct 2015)
I thought I would just throw this out there before the climate change crowd says the flooding in the Carolinas is because of rising CO2 or something. Hell or high water: the flood of 1916.
Illegal Alien Crime Numbers
Here are some numbers on crimes committed by illegal aliens. Funny we don't see the President pontificating on this violence.
approximately 11.7 million illegal immigrants account for about 13.6 percent of all crimes committed in the country. Nearly 12 percent of murder sentences are credited to illegal immigrants, as well as 20 percent of kidnapping sentences and 16 percent of drug trafficking sentences.
Additionally, there are about 2.1 million legal or illegal immigrants living in the US with criminal convictions that are either in prison and being paid for by the American taxpayer or living free.
And each year, approximately 900,000 legal and illegal immigrants are arrested, while another 700,000 are released from prison.
I'm sure the true number is higher. You're still more likely to be killed by a drunk drivin' illegal than someone with a gun.
This is what happens when you coddle mental disorders and attempt to mainstream them. California mom claims REI booted her for complaining about a man in the girls restroom.
Terminator/Hungry Like A Wolf
Not quite up to Weird Al's ability.
Labor guesses at a good portion of the jobs it says are created most months. The guesses at these phantom jobs make spring figures look better than they really are and summer figures look worse.
The phantom jobs are those mostly small-business jobs Labor believes have been created - but they can't prove have been created.
Labor adds lots of these phantom jobs in the spring - and less of them in the summer.
In some months, phantom jobs have to be removed. In the September report, for instance, Labor subtracted 34,000 phantom jobs from its total.
ISIS Theme Parks
Pop quiz time. How well do you know ISIS?
1. Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire (V91.07X)
2. Other Contact With Pig (W55.49X)
3. Problems in Relationship With In-Laws (Z63.1)
4. Sucked Into Jet Engine (V97.33X)
5. Fall On Board Merchant Ship (V93.30X)
6. Unspecified Place in Prison as the Place of Occurrence of the External Cause (Y92.149)
7. Opera House as the Place of Occurrence of the External Cause (Y92.253)
8. Prolonged Stay in Weightless Environment (X52.XXX)
9. Struck By Turkey (W61.42XA)
10. Bizarre Personal Appearance (R46.1)
Most Dangerous Cities In America
1. Detroit, Michigan
- Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,989
- 2014 murders: 298
- Population: 684,694
- Poverty rate: 39.3%
The other 9 cities were Memphis, Oakland, St. Louis, Birmingham, Milwaukee, Little Rock, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Stockton. Hmmm. All Democrat bastions no?
Islam In America
Jake Tapper is delusional if he thinks there aren't any muslim-Americans who want to Islamize America.
If Tapper did a little independent research he'd quickly find that America's most respected Islamic leaders and scholars also want theocracy, not democracy, and even advocate trading the Constitution for the Quran.
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Breaking that Stale Thread Smell - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Whew! It's been a little while.
Although it's not "content', it is, well, something.
Wait for it....
This kid is my comedic timing hero. I've watched this four hundred times. pic.twitter.com/v1ewDA6idJ— Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) September 20, 2015
This is what the Bahamas looked like from space, about a week ago, before Joaquin. I'm going to guess that when the sky clears, it's going to look a bit different.
Happy commenting, folks.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Linky Dinky [Y-not]
Greetings gardeners! Today's abbreviated edition of the gardening thread is brought to you by chain link fences. A few fun facts:
* According to the US Department of Commerce, half of all fences sold in this country are chain link fences.
*The reason for their ubiquity is, first of all, because chain link fencing has been around for a long time, probably longer than you would have guessed.
*The first company to manufacture chain link fences in the US is Anchor Fence in 1891. They were called Anchor Post Fence Co. then. They say that the first chain link fence they ever installed is (or was, as of 2005) still standing, somewhere in New Jersey.
*Some sources say that chain link fencing was actually first made in Norwich, England, in 1844.
*Norwich had for centuries been a weaving town, producing finely woven fabrics. But with the Industrial Revolution, people were making more fabrics for less money. So one company (unnamed) in Norwich altered their machinery to accommodate metal rather than thread.
I was tied up most of the week traveling, so today's thread will feature some links, that may or may not be gardening related.
Perhaps more in keeping with the Gardening Thread, here's some advice about how to quickly cover a chain link fence with beautiful vines.
And, courtesy of HGTV, here's a list of fast-growing vines to help you cover that unsightly fence quickly.
But I digress! Back to links and gardening, there's this:
It is held to be a fact that true humor is a slightly unfocussed view of the ordinary. This is the completely unfocussed view of early childhood. As such, it is of inestimable value to gag writers because children really are funnier than they intend to be or than the adults who try to be. Did yez know that a ""scarlet"" is, by juvenile definition, ""a little scar""? Well, did yez? Or that giraffes ""are a rich source of necks?"" Or that, ""Australia is located in the Pacific. It is presently still floating."" The goldmine Linkletter works (Kids Say the Darndest Things, Kids Sure Rite Funny) is that the unintentional humor of earnest children continues to amuse jaded adults. Aim; the funny bone. Sales: steady. Use: browsing.
I wonder if that kid who said she'd "keep [her] mouth shut" if she was elected president is available?
Finally, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens, here's a Fall checklist. Have any of you started tackling your Fall chores yet?
To wrap things up, here's an appropriate song:
What's happening in your gardens this week?
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Colledge Football Thread...Week Five [CBD]
#1 Ohio State will be kicking the snot out of Indiana at 3:30pm
#2 Michigan State is kicking the snot out of Purdue
#3 Mississippi plays #25 Florida at 7:00pm
#4 TCU is kicking the snot out of Texas
#5 Baylor plays Texas Tech at 3:30pm
On This Date.....[CBD]
...in 1899, J S Thurman patented the motor-driven vacuum cleaner.
His next words were, "Now that you have so much time, go make me a sammich."
EMT 10/03/15 [krakatoa]
I have nothing good to say after this week. It has reaffirmed my already dreadfully low opinion of Modern Man.
Overnight Open Thread (2 Oct 2015)
Time to talk about gun free zones. Yes indeed.
Lone gunmen have a fondness for places where victims won't shoot back.
Nobel Prize rumors put focus on Kerry-Iran craziness. After Obama got one for just being elected, they might as well do this too. The award means nothing now anyway.
Drunk Sailor Story
Not true but entertaining. Sailor did NOT use raccoon to bypass breathalyzer.
Hmmmm. Using a laser to shave.
In other laser news, supposedly this vagina laser will improve your sex life. It'll only cost $1,150 per treatment and they recommend 3 to 4 of 'em.
VSPOT, a ladies-only spa that recently opened on the Upper East Side, uses a new FDA-approved fractional CO2 laser, dubbed the "FemiLift," to increase circulation and lubrication while tightening the area, all of which can improve a woman’s sex drive, according to VSPOT CEO Cindy Barshop.
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Fast And Furious
Don't seem to recall the President jumping up to the mic to talk about these guns. Two illegal aliens using Fast And Furious weapons (provided by the Obama administration) convicted in killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Russia action in Syria is 'recipe for disaster' says the guy that let Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya fail and whose foreign policy has been a disaster everywhere except for his one victory in giving Iran everything they wanted.
Remote Weapon System
I think I need a few of these for the house. Remote-controlled weapon system augments soldiers on perimeter guard.
While just about any gun system can be mounted on the tower, the two Scott pointed out were fitted with a Browning M-2 50-caliber machine gun and a 338 Lapua sniper rifle.
The weapons can be raised, lowered, rotated by 360-degrees and fired remotely, he said.
Life You Have Left
An interactive chart that tells you the percentage of how many years left you have to live.
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