October 22, 2017

Sunday Morning Book Thread: 10/22/2017


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George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA

One Hit Wonders

Let's face it, most authors never have a single hit, much less more than one. But there are books (fiction, for the purpose of this discussion) that I found wondrous, yet when I excitedly read another by the author, was disappointed.

City of Thieves was written by none other than David Benioff, of "Game Of Thrones" fame, and it is a beautiful, inspired, elegant book. Is it a great book that belongs on the never-to-be-published list of Dildo's 100 Great Books? No, but it is well worth a read, if for no other reason than to catch a glimpse of what it was like in Western Russia during WWII.

His other stuff? Eh. 25th Hour was readable but without any sympathetic character development, so it was like watching the story unfold from 10,00 feet above. And that is the best of a very small lot.

Anyway, who are your one-hit wonders?

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EMT 10/22/17


These two day weekends are just not doing it for me.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (10/21/17) Short But Sweet Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The ONT dilemma)


An interesting look at The myth about dirty jobs, minimum wage and illegal immigrants.

What’s really ironic is that the people who are trying to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour are the same people who say, “Mexicans will do jobs that Americans don’t want.”

Get rid of the illegal Mexicans and see how fast that wage goes up to $15 on its own, no government intervention needed.

But, of course, that would require caring about the single mom, the ex-con trying to straighten out his life, the lonely elderly guy who wants to go back to work, the diabetes patient who needs a wheelchair because of his swollen feet, and the guy who finally kicked drugs and needs to start over. That would require having a social conscience.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread [Hosted By The JamesMadison]

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

Play Ball!

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So, we’re in the middle of the playoffs. We almost had a World Series rematch. What better time to talk about some baseball movies than now?

Thanks to kallisto for the idea.

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Weekend Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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So it's cool right? It's not all black and scary.

Let's take a trip down Memory Lane or as is the case with some of us the Memory Cul de Sac.

When did you first fire a firearm? In my case I was 8 at my grandfather's farm. Here is a photo of the riffle I inherited after he passed away.

A .22 riffle. No identifying marks except for the hard use it experienced on the farm and/or in the barn over the years.

Any ideas what make and/or model it is or could be?





Besides the question when did you first shoot. What was the first gun you owned? Did you buy it? Was it a gift?

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Sit and back and relax and enjoy the world of pets and animals.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Going Foliar [KT]

—Open Blogger


I love fall leaves. The photo above was posted by a blogger from Connecticut preparing to leave on a country-western dance hall/sightseeing road trip to Texas.

For anyone who stumbles onto this travel blog, and is not familiar with New England's fall foliage, scenes like this are what surround us for a few short weeks. We don't have to travel anywhere in particular...but, that doesn't stop us from driving distances in search of the "best" of what is already pretty amazing, almost anywhere you look.

I am only mentioning this, because autumn in New England is arguably my favorite time of year. But, I am making this little sacrifice of leaving New England at the height of our fall foliage season, in order to visit some equally beautiful places "down South".

Too bad you can't be in two places at once.

There are lots of places I would like to visit during the fall foliage season. Any nice leaf displays near where you live? In your yard?

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Thought Crimes Today [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Hello, Horde. Hope your Saturday is going well. What with the "Practice Halloweens" on campus to help students pick inoffensive costumes and all, I have been thinking about how easy it is to commit a thought crime in America today.

I remember being horrified at the show trials in Life and Death in Shanghai, where proving your loyalty to communist thought could be a matter of life or death. What is happening in the USA today mostly seems stupider than those show trials. At least people sometimes had a chance to respond then.

In the case of the Boise State professor compared to a Nazi for saying that young children should not be empowered to choose their own gender, this is the part that bothers me the most:

While he has received withering personal attacks over his research, Yenor said that few have engaged with the ideas or have seriously attempted to refute his arguments.

Yenor said the personal attacks don't bother him, but he worries about the long-term impact on people worried that their views will not be argued with, but simply attacked on campus.

"That's been one of the most disappointing things," Yenor said. "Everyone in academia could live with having a debate about ideas, but a debate has to start with an understanding what the other person is arguing."

"It strikes me that there has really been, first of all, no effort to first understand what I'm arguing, and second of all, to get anywhere beyond name-calling and labeling," Yenor said.

Meanwhile, Peter Woods does a retrospective review of the essays of David Horowitz through about 2010: Battlefield Notes from a War Gone Unnoticed. Worth reading and thinking about. He had the right ideas. Why wasn't Horowitz more successful at stopping the advance of the Left on campus?

Below the fold, a video featuring Jordan Peterson on the dangers of unconscious bias testing by HR departments and governments: "You'd think we would learn from the 20th Century.

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

Good morning. Another Saturday morning has arrived. Here are just a few things that didn't get their due here at the AoSHQ this past week.

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EMT 10/21/17


Breaking: I'm going to sleep in on Saturday, so

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Nah, not really. It's just the shrieking harpies on the left going nuts over the Congresswoman Wilson Gold Star feud reminded me of this cartoon:


My fondest wish is that I could give them all exactly what they want. Truly it is. If there was a continent like Australia available, I'd favor moving them all there at our expense and I'd sincerely wish them all the luck in the world with their little Utopia. Samuel Adams would approve.


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Fusion Collusion: Republicans Must Keep Up Pressure and Break the Democrats' Protection of Their Smear-Mill Ally


Here's the collusion that Jake Tapper as well as the "conservatives" of the Salon Hot 25 aren't interested in.

The article begins with a brief history of Fusion's ways as a professional smear-mill, and then reports on the Democrats playing Mob Lawyer for them:

Fusion's secret weapon in its latest operation is the Democratic Party, whose most powerful members have made protecting Fusion's secrets their highest priority. Senate Democrats invoked a parliamentary maneuver in July to block temporarily Mr. Browder's public testimony. Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic ranking member on the Intelligence Committee, has been engineering flaps to undercut and obstruct Mr. Nunes’s investigation. Democrats on the House Ethics Committee have deep-sixed what was meant to be a brief inquiry to clear Mr. Nunes so as to keep him sidelined.

Then there is the intel committee's meeting this week. Despite the spin, forcing Fusion to appear was Republicans’ only recourse after months of stonewalling. Fusion's letter ludicrously claimed that Mr. Nunes's subpoenas were invalid, which essentially forced the committee to show otherwise. It was a question of authority.

Florida Rep. Tom Rooney put the Fusion attendees through a series of questions not out of spite but to clarify finally just what topics the firm is refusing to talk about. The Fifth Amendment doesn’t provide protection against answering all questions. It only protects against providing self-incriminating evidence. It is therefore revealing that Fusion took the Fifth on every topic--from its relationship with British spook Christopher Steele, to the history of its work, to its role in the dossier.

The untold story is the Democrats' unprecedented behavior. Mr. Rooney had barely started when committee staffers for Mr. Schiff interrupted, accused him of badgering witnesses, and suggested he was acting unethically. Jaws dropped. Staff do not interrupt congressmen. They do not accuse them of misbehavior. And they certainly do not act as defense attorneys for witnesses.

If the invocation of the Fifth Amendment is honest, it means Fusion is confessing they broke the law in their relation with Russia and/or in preparing the document.

If they broke no laws here, then their invocation of the Fifth Amendment is dishonest, and that they're lying to protect something that isn't illegal but is highly compromising.

Either/or. Take your choice, fellas.

Mollie Hemingway takes the pass from Kimberly Strassel and alleyoops it.

I can't really quote her piece because she includes a lot of tweets from journ0list's shocked, shocked that Trump suggested the FBI paid for the PeePeeParty Dossier - but then she includes old reportage, which the Journ0lists never got round to reading, about the FBI trying to pay for it (but claiming, ultimately, they did not- that claim of course being put forth by anonymous source with an interest in claiming the FBI did not pay for it).

Her point is simple: Why are the Journ0lists who are so au currant with the Russia Investigation, watchin' ol' shovelfaced Rachel Maddow every night, entirely uninterested in, and uninformed about, very basic information about Fusion's and the FBI's role in this whole cooked up political operation against the president?

She highlights the shifting narrative -- when it was reported the FBI did pay for the dossier, the media used this as evidence of the dossier's reliability and seriousness.

But now that it looks like the FBI was colluding with an unregistered agent of Russia to pump disinformation to the American public, The media claims that Trump's noting old news reports about the FBI paying for the dossier are "fake news" and entirely invented.

They also claim that Trump's quotation of their own stories about the FBI paying for the dossier are a species of treason, as he's implicating -- egad! -- a part of the American government in this dirty dossier dealing.

They literally change their narrative completely according to the day's political needs.

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Recording of Trump's Phone Call with Gold Star Widow Released; Woman Says He Did a Good Job of Praising Her Husband and Consoling Her


How lunatic and stupid must the press (and the Salon Hot 25) be to have really believed Trump gets on the phone with families who've lost sons and husbands to war and says "Listen to me, your punk-ass boy knew exactly what he signed up for, you damned whore, and let me purchase your children for sale on the Asian sex market"?

Yet they believed this. They actually believed this lunatic narrative.

But trust and obey them! They are really good at thinking and will gladly do you thinking for you for a nominal cost!

The widow of a fallen soldier has released a recording of her call with President Trump -- and she says he did a great job as consoler-in-chief.

"At that moment when my world was upside down and me and my kids didn’t know which way we were going, it felt like I was talking to just another regular human," Natasha De Alencar told the Washington Post.

De Alencar’s husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan on April 8, and Trump made the call four days later.

In the footage of the four-minute call, recorded by one of their four kids, Trump says he's sorry about the "whole situation" and calls her husband "an unbelievable hero."

He later invites her to the White House next time she is in DC.

Hit the link to hear the call, which, unbelievably enough, includes no racial slurs or attacks on the manhood of the fallen serviceman.

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Conspiracy Theorist Rachel Maddow Puts Out a Conspiracy Theory So Insane Even the Huffington Post Is Calling Her Out


This person, who I think is a liberal because she has me blocked, pointed out the utter fabulism of Maddow's conspiracy theory that the travel ban caused the deaths of the troops in Niger.

Maddow's conspiracy theory goes like this: Chad was patrolling in southwest Niger, but pulled out in protest of the travel ban. This resulted, somehow, in a successful attack against US troops in the southeast corner of Chad -- a 24 hour trip, at the least, due to the distance and poor roads.

Furthermore, the Chadian troops were patrolling against Boko Haram -- it's unlcear why a reduced Chadian presence in Boko Haram-controlled areas would cause the "uptick" in ISIS attacks in a completely different area of the country, 700 miles away.

Even the Huffington Post thinks that everyone's least-favorite dowdy conspiratorial auntie has gone 'round the bend.

It was a vintage Rachel Maddow stemwinder. A deft, 25-minute weaving of carefully curated sound bites, screenshots of news reports, slick maps and graphics, all strung together to make the case that something fishy is afoot. It's a style Maddow has perfected, and it has propelled her to the top of the ratings heap.

There was just one problem. Maddow's theory was so flimsy that it could be debunked by a quick glance at a map, let alone a phone call with an expert.

Janet Malcolm of The New Yorker recently described Maddow's show as "a piece of sleight of hand presented as a cable news show. It is TV entertainment at its finest. It permits liberals to enjoy themselves during what may be the most thoroughly unenjoyable time of their political lives'"

Thursday night&'s entertainment came in an attempt to pin the ambush that killed four Green Berets in Niger earlier this month on President Donald Trump's newest proposed travel ban...


Maddow';s segment was designed to strongly suggest, without outright stating, that Trump's addition of Chad in his latest travel ban prompted the country to remove its troops from Niger, leading to an increase in extremist attacks and ultimately claiming the lives of four U.S. soldiers.

Chad's pullout from Niger"had an immediate effect in emboldening ISIS attacks"; Maddow said.

That appears to be false. According to the Council on Foreign Relations and accounts from local residents, the attacks that have increased can be traced back to militant group Boko Haram, which is based just across the border in Nigeria. A group of Boko Haram militants broke away and formed the Islamic State West Africa, Laura Seay, an assistant professor in Colby College's Department of Government, told HuffPost. But they are separate from the so-called Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, the group that reportedly carried out the ambush (although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack).

The pullout of Chadian troops happened on the opposite side of the country from where ISIS-affiliated militants attacked U.S. and Nigerien soldiers.

Chadian troops were present in Niger specifically to ward off the Boko Haram threat: "they had nothing to do with Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. They were also based almost 800 miles away, in an area called Diffa that's long been battling the group," Seay said.

Any expert asked about Chadian troops battling ISIS in Niger would have said "No, that's crazy," Seay added. "Everybody that I know is appalled by this. I would like to think that Maddow's researchers are more responsible."

"By reducing the story to its mythic fundamentals," Janet Malcolm wrote earlier this month, "Maddow creates the illusion of completeness that novels and short stories create. We feel that this is the story as we listen to and watch her tell."

It's a tactic that right-wing hosts like Sean Hannity and Alex Jones have perfected...

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BTW, progs seem to be claiming that Trump sent the troops to Niger.

Nope. That was Obama.

But you'll have to excuse them for not knowing that -- the media didn't report on Obama's many, many wars. It was too busy jerking off on to his Nobel Peace Prize (with the winner getting to lick it clean).

They also didn't cover troop deaths under Obama -- which you can now see is once again officially big news.

Wonder why.

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Playboy Will Feature a Transgender Playmate


Men must be retrained to be gay.

Apparently gays and trannies are born that way and they are immutable in their sexuality, but heterosexuals can and must be retrained to be gay and/or trans.

To even suggest a gay person or trans person attempt to retrain their sexual preference or "gender identity" is a near crime, but it's a socially-approved pastime to endlessly propagandize that straight "cisgender" people "open their minds" and "put aside their hang-ups and Socially Constructed ideas of sexuality and gender" and try to become better people by experimenting with being trans or gay.

For the first time in its 64-year history, Playboy magazine will feature a transgender Playmate, a decision that Cooper Hefner, a top executive at the magazine, said on Thursday was in keeping with its founding mission of embracing changing attitudes about sex.

They're not changing all that much. Most boys like girls and most girls like boys.

The French model Ines Rau, 26, will appear as the November centerfold in the first issue since the death of Mr. Hefner’s father, the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner. Selecting Ms. Rau "very much speaks to the brand’s philosophy," said Mr. Hefner, 26, Playboy’s chief creative officer. "It’'s the right thing to do. We’re at a moment where gender roles are evolving."

Again, not to belabor a simple point, but apparently straight people's gender roles are "evolving," while gay and trans people's gender roles remain as fixed as the North Star.

No one subscribes to Playboy anyway, but if they did, I imagine they'd end this particular money suck.

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Frederica Wilson, Selfless Defender of Gold Star Families: "I'm a Rock Star Now!"


John Kelly said in his press conference that "empty barrels" often make the most noise, undboubtedly referring to Frederica Wilson.

now, I'm going to need you to do some deep calming breathing again (four seconds inhale through nose, four seconds exhale through mouth, hold on empty lungs for four seconds) in order to brace yourself for Frederica Wilson's response.

Because none of you -- none -- could possibly have seen her response coming.

If you feel the floor going soft and wobbly and the room spinning, please lay down and watch the below video.

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It Begins? Former Teen Actor Accuses Talent Agent of Sexual Abuse


I don't know if this accusation is true or not, but whether true or not, perhaps the taboo against reporting sexual crimes against Hollywood kids has been erased.

“Tyler Grasham, under the pretense of a business meeting regarding potential agency representation at APA Agency, fed me alcohol while I was underage and sexually assaulted me,” Lipman wrote in a letter uploaded on Facebook and Instagram.

“APA Agency has kept this man employed, working with kid actors. I find it incredibly difficult to believe they do not know of his predatory behavior, using his position within the company to prey on naive kids,” he continued. (Besides young clients like 14-year-old “It” and “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard, Grasham also represents adult actors like “Pretty Little Liars” star Keegan Allen).

Lipman told TheWrap he met Grasham when he was 17 or 18. He said he turned 18 in June of 2007, and was assaulted that summer. He cannot recall if the date of the assault was before or after his birthday, he said.

Lipman told TheWrap that he first met with Grasham at APA’s Beverly Hills office and that later they had another meeting at a restaurant where he “got me drunk.” The assault happened at Grasham’s home after that dinner, Lipman said. His account said that, after the assault, Grasham recruited friends of his to call Lipman and berate him or pressure him to stay silent.

On Wednesday evening, hours after Lipman posted his name, Grasham deleted his Facebook page and Instagram profile.

Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein's apparent bi-coastal/international Get Out of Jail Free card with police agencies may have expired: The LAPD is investigating him for an alleged sexual assault dating from 2013.

An unnamed Italian model/actress has accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in Los Angeles in 2013. She spoke with authorities in L.A. about the incident this week.

"The LAPD Robbery Homicide division has interviewed a potential assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein in 2013. The case is under investigation at this point," police department spokesperson Drake Madison on Thursday told The Hollywood Reporter.

The model has accused Weinstein of rape...

Oh, and I'm sure this will shock and stun you, but Harvey Weinstein isn't behaving well in his "sex rehab."

The movie mogul, who volunteered to go to rehab after a wave of allegations of sexual harassment and rape against him from women in Hollywood, isn't exactly in his element in therapy, falling asleep in sessions or talking on his phone, a source tells Page Six.

Weinstein was reported to be at an inpatient facility, but our source says he is actually being treated at an intensive outpatient facility, which allows him to spend nights at a hotel....

The source told us, “In one group therapy session, Harvey arrived 15 minutes late. Then, when it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him.”

He's also said to fall asleep during "therapy," only to be waken by his smuggled (banned) cellphone ringing.

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In the End, It's Their Quirks That We Love [Warden]

—Open Blogger

My wife and I are approaching the outskirts of my hometown when she receives the text. My 79 year old father, who we're supposed to meet with his girlfriend at the county fair in a half an hour, has been admitted to the ER with chest pains.

Both of my boys, ages 11 and 6, are in the backseat, bored from the hour and a half drive, but eager to watch the demolition derby that is the final destination of an all day fall road trip.

I curse under my breath, then promptly miss my exit and begin raging at the cars around me as I look for an alternative route to the hospital. Anger is almost always my reaction when I'm scared or upset.

My wife tries to soothe me. I calm down for the sake of my boys, but I can't get the worst case scenario out of my mind. My dad had undergone a quadruple bypass just a few years prior, and he just hasn't been the same man since.

By the time we arrive at the hospital, my dad's girlfriend has texted again. They've moved him to observation and she is with him. I relax upon hearing the news.

We check in at the front desk. A curmudgeonly old hospital worker shows us how to find his room.

"Just follow the brown acorns. All the different sections are some sort of nature theme I guess," he says with casual disdain.

"Damned hippies!" I snarl dramatically.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



Can you remember why you voted for this guy? Because he seems to have changed a bit, and is muscling in on my territory. Why is he flinging poo at a Republican President?

I'm sorry, but that is just retarded. The history of the damned world refutes every single word of that idiotic quotation. Freedom is pretty much a construct of Western Culture, and we have had to fight for it constantly for 2,500 years, didn't really achieve it until 1776, and it is in existential danger today.

So...George Bush: thank you for your service to this country. We'll take it from here. You lost any moral authority to criticize the current president because of your conspicuous silence for the previous eight years of an incredibly destructive presidency.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Portrait Of A Young Girl (Clara Serena Rubens)
Peter Paul Rubens

I think I am beginning to understand why those high-falutin' art people think Rubens is pretty good.

I mean, he's no Rothko, but then, nobody is....

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The Morning Report 10/20/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. The weekend's here, and despite the classy and epic smack-down of Frederica "empty barrel" Wilson, the potentially huge story is the Uranium 1 scandal and coverup. Incredibly, it turns out that Bill Clinton lobbied his own wife who was the Secretary of State to meet with Russian nuclear officials at the time when Obama was about to approve the sale of 20% of our uranium supply to a key global rival/enemy. And almost on the same day when he was collecting a cool $500,000 fee for a speaking engagement. This is without doubt the biggest government scandal in United States history. That is, it would be if the media covered it and if Attorney General Snoozy McSnoozerson the crime dawg started handing down indictments. So here's the Russian collusion, Mr. Mueller (*spit*). Except your mission is now obvious for all the world to see: to cover up the collusion between the last administration and Russia by trumping up charges against the current president in order to sabotage him and overthrow the 2016 election.

And meanwhile, as we have an incredible jobs report that underscores the success PDT is having in spite of the GOP and others, two former presidents have now deigned to completely disgrace themselves in public fora. Obama I expect this from; he's a lowlife scoundrel. But George W. Bush, silent for most of the eight years he was blood-libeled and then another eight years when the previously mentioned bastard laid waste to every American institution he could get his filthy hands on, now opens his cake-hole to trash President Trump, thinly veiled as it was. Sir, I will not address how insulting this is, but I will merely point out that it is revelatory, about your character (or lack thereof) and about who and what you represent; a globalist vision that will have America on its knees and subservient to some other power. You're not a Marxist stooge like the jug-eared dog-eater; but you serve the same purpose. Please go away and take your entire family with you. And take the Clintons with you too. You've all done enough damage.

In other big news, the Senate has approved of a $4 trillion dollar budget plan which paves the way for a vote on tax reform perhaps by Christmas. Potentially huge if PDT's proposals stay as intact as possible. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Thursday Overnight Open Thread (10/19/17) Out Of Order Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(Thank God for these men and women.)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. Donald Trump

Quote II

Our soldiers have nobly fought to protect freedom since our country's birth, and have fought to protect those that could not protect themselves, even in foreign lands when called upon. John Linder

Quote III

We Marines believe that God gave America the greatest gift He could bestow to man while he lived on this earth -freedom. We also believe He gave us another gift nearly as precious - our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines - to safeguard that gift and guarantee no force on this earth can ever steal it away. John F. Kelly

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How About Some Toilet Humor Until The ONT!


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From @easygoer132

But keep it clean....

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Funny Thing And Then a Complaint


Now, I don't know the answer to this. Speaking as a father, would you say that if you have parental controls on your cable subscription, the titles of the porno movies are blocked and not visible?

Because, seriously, the titles are pornographic themselves. They're not doing cutesy puns anymore like "Splendor in the Ass." The tiles are now pretty much like that last one.

Speaking as a father (well, speaking as a non-father), I kinda worry about kids seeing titles like that.

One more funny bit: In a debate on Tax Reform, Bernie Sanders says Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor.

Ted Cruz corrects him to point out Robin Hood was stealing from the tax collectors, who were tax-farming the peasants to death.

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For Megyn Kelly, The World Ends Not With a Bang But With a Cringe


You know, I put a Sally Quinn hex on ol' Megyn -- I crushed three acorns into a powder, set the dust on fire, and I chanted "I diminish thy ratings twenty seven hundred percent, three by three by three" -- and now, seriously, I'm ashamed of calling upon the Dark Spirits, and I fear what retribution will boomerang on to me.

I wish I'd paid attention in Sunday School enough to get the official church guidance on Calling on the Dark Powers. I know they said something about it, but I wasn't really paying attention. I'm not sure if they said never Summon the Dark Powers, or always Summon the Dark Powers.

Never open a door in your heart to Satan?

Or always open a door in your heart to Satan, because #Politeness?

I know it was one or the other. I do remember they were very specific about it, though I forget the specifics.

Anyway, Satan needs to stop hexing Megyn Kelly, because, seriously dude, enough. This is just sad now.

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Former Washington Post Doyenne Sally Quinn: I Murdered Three Enemies, Using My Witchcraft Hex Powers


Yeah I don't know what "doyenne" really means either. But I've seen the word in this context.

I think it means a spazz who goes around saying "A-DOYYYY!!!" But the feminine version of that.

Anyway, the headline is not a fake. She claims that she placed three witchcraft curses on three people, and they all died. (One was first fired and humiliated, and then later died of cancer. That seems like a long time between spell and spell effect, but she's counting it as a win, so I will too.)

Meet your new Ruling Caste, same as the old Ruling Castes of primitive societies.

Must-read piece.

She even killed a fortune teller for a fortune she didn't like.

Quinn confesses to believing in everything except God-- psychic premonitions, tarot cards, spells obviously, etc.)

So she went to the fortune teller, who made the mistake of seeing a poor future for her miserable get:

[The charlatan] foretold an unhappy future for Quinn’s son and, after Sally worked her mojo, died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Now, most of us don't think Sally Quinn really killed these people with her Witchcraft Powers.

But she does.

And she tells her stories of murdering three people by her own hand -- well, her own psychic hand -- as if murder is just a cutesy pastime of the wealthy and jaded.

No one in her Caste finds this the least distasteful? The Ruling Caste rants and raves about Alex Jones, but, to my knowledge at least, Jones has not claimed to have murdered anyone with his psychic powers.

Do Not Criticize Your Very Rational, Very Even-Tempered Democrat-Media Complex Ruling Caste

Or else they'll call upon Satan to deliver a spirit familiar to give you cancer.

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General Kelly Bitchslaps Democrat Congresswoman Who Misrepresented What Trump Said to Family of Slain Serviceman


Pretty potent. When the "he knew what he was getting into" claim got pushed by these vile rats, I figured it was something along these lines -- he was a brave man who chose valiantly to risk his life for the sake of others. That kind of thing. The "He died a hero, not a victim" sort of sentiment. (Which would make a difference to me, I think.)

That's what Kelly says it was.

Reports are, the press room was very silent as Kelly scolded these senescent children.

By the way, there is some evidence to suggest that the Congresspyrsyn who misrepresented this phone call might be a circus clown of some variety.

Flashback: When Obama told a class of graduating police cadets "risking your lives is something you signed up for," the Democrat-Media Complex didn't think it was controversial.

Managing Children: Jane D'Oh watched the presser, and she said this happened:

I watched his presser, and was in tears.

Loved how he handled the press whores. "Any of you a Gold Star family member?" *crickets*

"Any of you know a Gold Star family member?" *one hand goes up*

"Okay, you get a question."

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Jake Tapper, Hero of Tuck-It-Back "Conservative" Twitter Clique, Has Something Important to Say



I got a couple of tweets echoing #JakeSoWoke's brave words:

One time I had sex with the cleaning woman at work and they fired me even though they never told me beforehand that was wrong. It was like Selma All Over Again.

George "T-Bone" Costanza
October 19, 2017 3:17pm

I was just expressing my Free Speech rights running a prostitution ring out of my office at the city morgue, and my fascist jagoff boss fired me. It was like being lynched. #StrangeFruit

Billy "Blaze" Blaszjowski
October 19, 2017

Despite #JakeSoWoke's continuing to make it more obvious he is as SJW prog as they come, a few Twitter nitwits will continue lining up to fellate him because they are insecure, needy headcases who think that someone who flatters "influencers" on Twitter is really their fwiend.

Posted by Ace at 03:24 PM Comments

Who Paid for the Dodgy Dossier? FusionGPS Officials Plead the Fifth Amendment


I know I mentioned this yesterday, but someone with a large megaphone piped up:

Remember -- we do not know that an "anti-Trump Republican" commissioned this dossier. That was an anonymous claim made to someone. Given that this organization is staffed up with spooks, I hardly think it is implausible that that was disinformation planted to obscure the actual patron of the PeePeeParty Dossier.

Which could very well be Russia itself-- FusionGPS was/is working for Russia to overturn the Magnitsky Act, after all.

And see this May 3rd piece from Molly Hemingway, noting this exchange between Republican Senators and James Comey:

Graham: Are you familiar with Fusion?

Comey: I know the name.

Graham: Are they part of the Russian intelligence apparatus?

Comey: I can't say.

Graham: Do you agree with me that if Fusion was involved in preparing a dossier against Donald Trump, that would be interfering in our election by the Russians?
Comey: I don't want to say.

The FBI continues to stonewall about its own involvement with the dossier -- maybe they commissioned it. They won't say anything about it.

I don't think Sessions can order them to stop stonewalling, because he's recused himself from the Russia investigation entirely. But other people can, including deputy AG Rosenstein and new Director Wray.

So why don't they? What are they hiding?

Corrected: I called Deputy AG Ron Rosenstein AG Rosenberg. I've fixed that.

I don't really wake up until 4pm, if ever.

Posted by Ace at 02:08 PM Comments

Oh No, Chelsea Handler's Terrible Show Cancelled


It's not fair. Seriously, Seth Myers is just as untalented and unwarrantedly smug as she is -- why does that man get to keep his failing show?

Chelsea Handler says it's her decision.

Netflix’s Chelsea won’t continue past the end of 2017, host Chelsea Handler announced Wednesday via social media.

In a lengthy Twitter post, Handler attributed the talk show’s cancellation to her desire to “devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way.”

Ah yes -- the famous "I want to spend more time with my Twitter Feed" rationale. I think we'll be seeing more of that in the future.

Posted by Ace at 12:47 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



Look...I'm sorry, but even I wouldn't eat that shit, and I eat my own poo. Hipster foodies are weird. And stupid.

A New Jersey Pizzeria is Serving Up a Pumpkin Spice Pizza for Fall

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Mrs. Nathaniel Allen (Sarah Sargent)
John Singleton Copley

I have nothing to say that won't be said funnier and more caustically than by The Horde.

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The Morning Report 10/19/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Over the hump and the weekend is in sight. First up today, the sub-litearte Frederica Wilson, who wears clothing Liberace thought was tacky, is turning the mother of the Green Beret KIA in Niger into the next Cindy Sheehan. The President and everyone associated with this incident is calling her a liar, to which "Zany Gray" has responded by referring to the President as "sick." One look at that photograph as well as the track record of the sequined sicko and, well, you get the picture. Note to Wilson: Marion Barry called, and he wants his face back.

Moving away from the flinging poo we get to the real news, and it's a big one. That is the revelation that the FBI at the behest of the ex-president covered up the obvious criminality of the Clintons' grand larceny of our uranium to the Russians. And as Roger Simon points out, Mueller as well as Rod Rosenstein and his underling may have to actually recuse themselves from the Russia/Trump Collusion "investigation." The irony, it be delicious.

Speaking of high crimes and treasonous behavior, the Congress is also investigating whether the Obama DoJ used the Pee-Pee Gate dossier, which they knew to be a total fiction, as the evidence to get FISA warrants for the persecution/spying on of political enemies. This on the heels of Samantha Power's lame-o excuse that "someone else was using my name!"

Meanwhile, with the former criminal enterprise presenting itself as a big, fat target-rich environment just begging for indictments, an article at the American Thinker wonders where the hell is AG Snoozy McSnoozerson and why isn't the "Conservative" media even remotely curious as to why he is not going after them with guns blazing?

From hither and yon, since being able to identify as whatever gender you feel is a human right and not, say, a mental disease, the results are as predicted; a "man" is on trial in Wyoming for raping a 10-year-old girl in a bathroom. Shut up, h8trz, they explained.

A couple of interesting articles about China; the consolidation of power under premier Xi and his rejection of Taiwanese calls for independence and diplomatic rapprochement. I thought Taiwan was independent, but I guess technically they are part of the mainland. Then again, we are still in a state of war with North Korea since Panmunjom was only a cease fire.

Lastly, building on yesterday's two feel-good essays about the downward spiral of the Left/Dems, we have Tom Perez purging his enemies at the DNC, which is not sitting well with his rivals and an utterly puerile, vapid raving from a Harvard professor of how they can get rid of Trump and install Hillary. No, really! They can do this! Swearsies! Heh.

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

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Generic Wednesday Night ONT


Hello Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea. Welcome to the future. See how that works? Every time you read it, it's true. Welcome to the future. And again. And again. Anyhow, lets open with an eagle:

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Fusion GPS Officials Plead the Fifth Rather Than Answer Who Paid for the Trump Dossier


The Salon Hot 25 applauds their brave stance in favor of the First and Fifth Amendments.

Actually, they refused to answer any questions -- but it seems that it's the identity of the patron of the PeePeeParty Dossier that's the secret they're most keen to protect.

Two top officials with Fusion GPS, the company responsible for the creation of the so-called "Trump dossier," appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and didn't answer questions, according to a lawyer who represents them.

Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan, two partners in Fusion GPS, presented themselves to the committee to satisfy a subpoena, but went no further, as was expected.


Fusion's lawyer, Josh Levy, called the use of a subpoena an "indignity."

"This disparate treatment is an abuse of power and unethical," Levy continued in a statement. "Nor is it a necessary tool for Congress to use in order to obtain information. Even the Senate Watergate Committee spared witnesses this indignity."

If the DOJ grants them use immunity (that nothing they say can be used against them in court), then this dodgy claim of the Fifth Amendment is taken away from them, and they can be put in jail on contempt for refusing to answer further.

Posted by Ace at 07:49 PM Comments

Trump Signals He Won't Support Obamacare Insurance Company Subsidies Deal


Meanwhile, most of the GOPe Senators the #SmartSet #NeverTrumpers #SalonHot25 are so enamored with are totally on board with the Alexander/Murray "deal."

Lindsey Graham being a notable and surprising exception -- he says he wants to repeal Obamacare, not prop it up.

I thought I saw FoxNews report Trump signaled that he wanted more reforms, but I don't see this in this article, and i can't swear to my recollection's accuracy. Especially after having my mind blown by that Hillary Clinton reality disjunction.

Trump wrote on Twitter that he was "supportive" of the deal's architect, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), as well as the Senate process, but said he would "never support bailing out" insurance companies, saying they "have made a fortune" under ObamaCare.

Trump stopped short of saying he would veto the measure, however.

Speaking to reporters later Wednesday, Trump said "if something can happen, that's fine, but I won't do anything to enrich the insurance companies."

Posted by Ace at 07:02 PM Comments

Hillary's Closest Hollywood Confidante and Galpal, Designing Women Inflicter Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Knew About Harvey Weinstein's Predations


And if she knew -- Hillary's closest Hollywood confidante -- then Hillary knew.

But Hillary says she never heard of these harassments and assaults.

How to square these incompatible accountings of reality?

Well, I have only one thought. It's a hateful thought, and one I don't speak lightly, but, if you'd like to hear it, please follow the advise I offer below first.

Look, I know the last two years have been stressful for many, as many of us have lost faith in the old verities that kept us moored (we thought) to a stable reality.

What follows may be so shocking that you doubt my sanity -- and then, after hearing it, you may doubt your own.

So in the interest of your own psychological health, I'd like you all to practice some calming deep breathing (breathe in four counts through your nose, breathe all air out for four counts, then hold on your empty lungs for four counts) for six or eight repetitions to calm yourselves before you read the next line.

Have you gone through six or eight repetitions? Can you feel your heart rate having slowed?

Well, I hope so.

Because this is the only possibility I can imagine:

Hillary Clinton may not be entirely truthful with us sometimes.

There, I said it. I hate even writing those words. It's like uttering a mutating blasphemy against the righteous solidity of what we take to be reality.

But -- fears about your congnitive dissonance aside -- I thought you need to know from me first, in a comforting #SafeSpace where you may discuss this psychic assault on the core of your being with other victims of catastrophic revelations.

Now, I hate having exposed you to that one shock, and I hate even more exposing you to this next one: The Frank Guistra/Clinton Foundation/Kazahkastan government/Uranium One deal was absolutely shot through with filthy corruption at every level and at every step,* and, even more incredibly, Barack Obama and his minions knew about it but chose to cover it up.

Let me say this to you guys for once:

You've done a great job just processing that Reality Shattering revelation, so I think you should all take an early day.

Just try to find a place of peace and #Safety and find some center.

Namaste. Prayer-hands. The broken light in me salutes the broken light in you.

* Seriously, once you have regathered the broken pieces of your mind into a shape roughly resembling their former configuration, read that piece from start to finish. It's either 1) worse than you remember or 2) worse than you ever knew.

Meanwhile, the Salon Hot 25 still wants her as their president.

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Longtime Hillary Pollster Mark Penn: You Know, It's Not Really Credible That Russia Could, or Would Even Think It Could, Swing an Election In Which $2.5 Billion Was Spent With $100,000 in FaceBook Ads (Which Themselves Had Mixed Messages)


Salon's Hot 25 hardest hit.

In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal:

[C]onsider the scale of American presidential elections. Hillary Clinton’s total campaign budget, including associated committees, was $1.4 billion. Mr. Trump and his allies had about $1 billion. Even a full $100,000 of Russian ads would have erased just 0.025% of Hillary’s financial advantage. In the last week of the campaign alone, Mrs. Clinton’s super PAC dumped $6 million in ads into Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

I have 40 years of experience in politics, and this Russian ad buy, mostly after the election anyway, simply does not add up to a carefully targeted campaign to move voters.

But the Salon Hot 25 who worship Jake Tapper think this is a plausible reason why their constant attacks on conservatives who thought had just a chance to win were actually justified. A conspiracy theory created to salve their bloated but bruised egos.

It's always amusing when those who fulminate the hottest against conspiracy theories dabble in (or dive right into) them themselves.

Posted by Ace at 04:20 PM Comments

FBI Confirms: Yes, James Comey Finished His Draft of the Speech Absolving Hillary Clinton Months Before Concluding the Investigation


A lot of people most convinced of their holy integrity are actually vile rats.

In documents it released on Monday, the FBI confirmed that former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement about the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before interviewing Clinton.

The records show that on May 2, 2016, Comey emailed Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker and chief of staff and senior counselor James Rybicki. The subject of the email was "midyear exam," and though the email says its contents are unclassified, the body of the email is redacted in the release.


FBI and Justice Department analysts are divided on whether Comey violated rules or broke with tradition by drafting the statement prior to interviewing Clinton and other witnesses. "To me, this is so far out of bounds it’s not even in the stadium," Chris Swecker, who retired from the FBI in 2006 as assistant director for the criminal investigative division and acting executive assistant director for law enforcement services, previously told Newsweek. "That is just not how things operate.... It's built in our DNA not to prejudge investigations, particularly from the top."

For Comey's response, we'll have to wait to see what he leaks to his friend at Columbia and then to the New York Times.

Posted by Ace at 04:19 PM Comments

Virginia Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Ralph Northam Deletes Black Running Mate from Campaign Literature


Bill Kristol's wife Susan's candidate is an ethno-nationalist, purging black men from campaign literature?

Susan Kristol hasn't commented yet. But I imagine she'll be just hysterical.

Update: Susan Kristol, who I'm designating as an Honorary Member of Salon's Hot 25, wouldn't like this at all:

#FakeNews? Well, it's a type of #FakeNews: Real news that progressives don't know about because their progressive #Gatekeepers suppress the information to keep their souls untainted:

Update: Black activists are displeased with Northam's eliminationist ethno-nationalism:

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If racism has now ended, you can thank her. If not, she wasted 40 bucks at Amazon.
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Fuck: The Final Frontier. How our horizons have shrunk.
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I had an inkling of this on Election Night when they tweeted a non-hysterical tweet about Trump potentially winning. Like they weren't freaking out, and maybe kinda voted for him.
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Not yet being investigated as terrorism (correcting my misreading that it was being investigated as terrorism)
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Really good channel to subscribe to, by the way. Making me want to try drawing again. He mixes drawing lessons with commentaries about the business and the books he's done. He has a few videos on perspective (which actually made sense to me, for once) and drawing various heroes and villains, like Flash, Batman, and Joker.
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