August 01, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (1 Aug 2015)

—CDR M

Crime levels rise to highest level in 43 years in Baltimore. It's not just Baltimore either.

The number of murders in 2015 jumped by 33% or more in Baltimore, New Orleans and St. Louis. Meanwhile, in Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, the homicide toll climbed 19% and the number of shooting incidents increased by 21% during the first half of the year.

Yup. You can tell when a city is managed by democrats.

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Open Thread: Best Movie Soundtracks [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Mister and I are watching Conan the Barbarian (at MY request -- boy is he a lucky fellow to have married me!). It is one of my favorite soundtracks. You can listen to it here.

Here's a list of the 100 Best Movie Soundtracks as selected by Entertainment Weekly. (Conan is not on the list -- tsk tsk!)

Others that I really enjoy: Grosse Point Blank, The Fifth Element, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Charlie's Angels.

For musicals (which I think is sort of its own category), I like 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and Calamity Jane. Howard Keel for the win!

What are some of your favorite soundtracks?


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Saturday Gardening Thread: "Cold" August Ovens [Y-not and KT]

—Open Blogger

I apologize for the delay in posting the Saturday gardening thread.

Y-not: Good afternoon, gardening morons and moronettes!

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A pretty barn in Kentucky.

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Microsoft Getting Very Googley with Windows 10

—rdbrewer

Basically, they are going to watch everything you do. Soon we're all going to be Winston Smith in Orwell's 1984. A long time ago when I read the book, I wasn't that worried. I knew what it would take to install cameras everywhere, including peoples' homes, and that the cost would make it an impossible undertaking for government. But in the digital age, we're doing it to ourselves. The government doesn't have put cameras in our homes and create two-way television sets; we are. Now Google is talking about smart thermostats, and guess who will require them to be installed. Well, all those who will ostensibly come to believe it's essential for energy conservation--Jerry Brown types.

There was a television news report several years ago with some agency higher up grinning and bragging about their ability to get into your computer and use the camera, mic, and Bluetooth, etc. And with the computer's Bluetooth, for example, they can access and download all the information in other Bluetooth equipped devices like, say, phones in the area. I put a piece of electrical tape over my computer's camera and disabled Bluetooth. Not because I'm particularly interesting. I just don't like the idea of a swaggering bureaucrat with little or no concern for constitutional protections having access.

We began to address some Fourth Amendment concerns when Rand Paul and the Senate let section 215 of the "Patriot" Act expire in June, killing bulk metadata collection. But we have a long way to go, and there is even talk of Section 215 coming up again.

If you don't know what an administrative subpoena is, you should familiarize yourself with that. It's a tool that completely subverts the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment.

And no warrant is required at all in situations where courts have decided you have no "reasonable expectation of privacy." Your checking account and your credit card transactions are frequently used as examples: third parties see your purchases; they can see your checks, and they can see your credit card bills. Thus, the court reasons, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. But what they've done here is insert in the word "absolute" without saying so. I have no reasonable expectation of absolute privacy in my checking account: I know banking proof and end-clearing departments can see my checks. But thousands--if not millions--of checks whiz by at around 40 or so per second, per machine. (And that was 30 years ago.) Who is going to notice my check? And even if my check gets thrown out of the machine, what are the chances someone I know will see my check? So, yes, although I don't have a reasonable expectation of absolute privacy, a reasonable expectation of privacy is precisely what I do have. I can reasonably expect no one will notice I bought a can of Jock Itch for $5.95 at the local Wallgreens. But the courts disagree. I'm not a Fourth Amendment expert, but in the case of checking accounts and credit card transactions, it's obviously a legal fiction you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. We need to work on that one.

So, if I'm sharing my data with Google and Microsoft, do I have a reasonable expectation of privacy? Can an agency use an administrative subpoena and get anything Microsoft has on me without going to a court and getting a warrant? Does anyone think these giant corporations are in the habit of not cooperating with the government when the government wants something?

From the Newsweek article:

More than 14 million devices are already running Microsoft’s Windows 10 after its global launch on Wednesday, but it’s unclear how many of their users read the company’s Privacy Policy and Service Agreement before downloading. Tucked away in the 45 pages’ worth of terms and conditions (effective August 1) is a substantial power grab: The company is collecting data on much of what you do while using its new software.

From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers’ basic information—name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics —but it also digs a bit deeper.

Other information Microsoft saves includes Bing search queries and conversations with the new digital personal assistant Cortana; contents of private communications such as email; websites and apps visited (including features accessed and length of time used); and contents of private folders. Furthermore, “your typed and handwritten words are collected,” the Privacy Statement says, which many online observers liken to a keylogger. Microsoft says they collect the information “to provide you a personalized user dictionary, help you type and write on your device with better character recognition, and provide you with text suggestions as you type or write.”

Read the rest. That's about all I can quote. It turns out Microsoft will share the information it gathers with third-parties for "targeted advertising." But I'm sure there will be "no personally identifiable information." Right? I'm also sure I'm going to win Powerball tonight.

Are you upgrading?

I didn't mean for this Windows 10 thread to be about privacy and the government, but the Newsweek article pushed it in that direction. So let this be about two things, if possible: privacy and your experience with your Windows 10 upgrade. Do you like it? Why or why not?

Additional links:
The Guardian: Windows 10: Microsoft under attack over privacy
The Register: Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or ransomware?
USA Today: Surf Report: 10 things you didn't know about Windows 10

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Hillary! Goes Full Otter [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

Sacred honor compels me to state that I wrote this piece a couple of days before moron commenter 'The Great White Snark' posted this comment. He obviously hacked into my computer and stole my stuff. Yeah, that's the ticket.

So let's get to it:

In an interview with the (New Hampshire) Manchester Union Leader, Hillary! said that the videos showing Planned Parenthood officials negotiating for the sale of body parts from aborted babies are 'disturbing'.

She also discussed her recent discovery that the current Pope is, in all actuality, a Roman Catholic. Also that bear poo can often be found in many of our nation's woodland areas.

But, enough of that. Here's what Hillary! actually said about the videos and the slo-mo public pantsing of Planned Parenthood:

“Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions. I think there are two points to make,” Clinton said. “One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.”

And:

“And if there’s going to be any kind of congressional inquiry, it should look at everything and not just one (organization),” she said.

Joe Pesci e-mailed and said that everything that woman just said is bullshit.

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A Few Weekend Links [CBD]

—Open Blogger

But first some wild footage of an Eagle descending from the tallest building in the world:

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Saturday Politics Thread: Carly Fiorina [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Good morning, morons and 'ettes. Welcome to your regular Saturday Morning Politics thread!

Next Thursday Republicans will hold the first of their primary debates:

The Aug. 6 debate is hosted by Fox News, in conjunction with Facebook and the Ohio Republican Party.

The 9 p.m. ET stage will be open to the top 10 candidates in recent national polls. With 17 total candidates now in the race -- former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore was the latest, announcing his bid Thursday -- not everyone will make the cut.

Those who don't can qualify for an earlier debate, at 5 p.m. Fox News has eased the criteria for that debate, and candidates will no longer have to reach at least 1 percent in the polls to make the stage, though there are other criteria.

In addition, several of the GOP hopefuls, including Perry, Fiorina, and Santorum, have said they will stop by a debate-watching event being hosted by the American Conservative Union. (Follow this link to see the details of all eleven GOP debates planned thus far.)

The New York Times has been maintaining a list of all of the announced candidates, both Republican and Democrat, here.

I thought this week we could do a short "backgrounder" on Carly Fiorina. She was not on our radar last Fall when we reviewed 21 prospective GOP candidates. (I've been slammed in Real Life, so I apologize in advance for not doing a more thorough job on Fiorina's backgrounder.)

Here's a bit about Ms. Fiorina from her campaign website:

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Driver Download Websites

—rdbrewer

AboutTech: 10 Driver Download Websites Reviewed.

I looked for this article because of my recent computer problems. I almost, almost clicked on a driver download place called DriverInstaller.com. That site didn't even make the list. So, one more word to the wise: When you're on the internet, don't click on anything. Ever. Actually, the word is, check things out first. DriverInstaller might be a fine place, but I don't know, and if it doesn't even rank as a reputable site on that list, well, see ya.

Here is a site that is proving to be very helpful on computer issues: How-To Geek. Nice, step-by-step instructions on just about any topic without pushing you to download anything. And speaking of driver downloads, they had a thing or two to say about downloading driver utilities: never download driver utilities. I did this with Greasy-Fast Pig about three weeks ago. So, a little late for me, but good to know now. Another vector from which I could've picked up hellware.

That's why How-To Geek is good. Nice, straight-forward answers, and they seem to be ethical and very consumer-oriented.

One more thing for commenter "AllenG": I think How-To Geek is Waldo's day job. Check out the geek. This is where he earns the money to go to all those exotic places. So, there's that, brah.

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Early Morning Thread 08/01/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

I'm going to say it: Hillary is toast.

It's going to come down to Sanders or Joe Biden, and for my L.I.B. money, I'll take Pokin' Joe hip-sliding across the hood of a stretched '78 Trans Am T-Tops every. single. time.

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Overnight Open Thread (31 Jul 2015)

—CDR M

I guess tonight's ONT is a once in a blue moon edition!

Bonus celestial viewing tonight. You can also try to catch the Delta Aquarids. Best time to view is after midnight and there are about 20 per hour. Don't forget to put your pants back on if you go outside to view.

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Evening Open Thread

—rdbrewer


François Charles Cachoud, "Clair de lune sur le lac d’Aiguebelette" (1906)*


*Thanks to commenter "NaCly Dog" for providing the title and date. --RD

Added: We were talking about improving the composition in the thread. How about this crop...

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Chris Matthews to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: What's the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist?
DWS: Well I Don't Know, But Let Me Tell You What, Those Republicans Are Extremists

—Ace

"I used to think there was a big difference between a Democrat and a Socialist," Chris Matthews says, suggesting that perhaps there's not so much of a difference any longer.

But remember, it's officially Racist Hate Speech if you call Obama, who is a socialist, a socialist. See, it's a "Code Word."

Which should tell you something about progressives right there -- they don't understand that the term "socialist" is itself a derogatory term, so they're are convinced that if you call someone a "socialist," you must mean something else -- you know, something that's actually a bad thing.

And, by the way, Hillary Clinton is running to Bernie Sanders' left, except for corporate cronyism, so that makes her a socialist of the corporatist bent.

You know, like they had in Germany and Italy. Worked out famously well for all concerned.

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MSNBC Axes Ed Show, Alex Wagner; Lets Go Krystal Ball, Toure.
But Now They're Bringing In Their Big Guns -- Brian Williams

—Ace

That'll fix things up just right.

Shows being canceled outright include The Cycle, a multiple-host show similar to Fox’s The Five, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show. Politico reports that MSNBC President Phil Griffin is expected to make the formal announcement as soon as Thursday.

Not all of the hosts of the three canceled shows are leaving. Alex Wagner is expected to remain with the network as is Ari Melber, one of the co-hosts of The Cycle. However, TV Newser reports that Ed Schultz, Abby Huntsman, Toure, and Krystal Ball are "out."

Brian Williams will be hosting a new "News" show, with the actual quotes actually in the title.

Actually, the full title is

Breaking "News" & Storytime Adventure Hour with Your Host, Captain Brian Williams

Okay I made all that up, but seriously, they should put "News" in quotes. That would be funny.

No longer having steady employment on TV, Ed Schultz, Krystal Ball, and Toure announced their plans for a more "interactive" sort of programming, which they described as "annoying people on a one-on-one fashion in the streets or shopping malls."

The network’s decline is being blamed on the heavy focus on progressive commentary over straight news. A Pew Research report published in 2013 found that MSNBC was 85% commentary and 15% "factual reporting."

Brian Williams is hoped to bring that up to as high as 17% "factual reporting."

Meanwhile, there's just more Democrat/Media incest-- Alex Wagner's husband (whose wedding was attended by both the Obama's and the Ayers/Dohrn coupling), former White House chef Sam Kass, has been hired by NBC.

NBC is said to be "excited" (no really) to have yet another Obamoid on the payroll.

Co-host Savannah Guthrie gushed: "...we've got an exciting announcement. You guys remember Sam Kass, of course he’s the former assistant White House chef, executive director of the First Lady's Let's Move campaign, and nutrition advisor to the President....He is becoming an NBC News senior food analyst."
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Are These Somethings?

—Ace

Amazon has started selling, for $5, wired, physical buttons you can stick on to your appliances, refrigerator, pantry, etc. -- to order something from Amazon at the touch of a button.

People thought this was a joke as it was announced on April 1 -- but apparently it's real.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or even 150 of mine:

I'm torn is that neat and simple, or is that proof we have become too lazy, and are evolving into bloblike sexless creatures who will feed only on vitamin-enhanced Doritos and the EM radiation of our 24/7 television screens?

I'm pretty convinced This one is something: Michael Bey's Benghazi Attack Movie.

The trailer has just dropped for Michael Bay’s "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," based on the book by Mitchell Zuckoff, which in turn is based on the eyewitness reports of five of the six CIA contractors present that night. The sixth, Tyrone Woods, perished in the battle.

Due Jan. 15, "13 Hours" seeks to continue the winning streak of fact-based military movies released in January: Two years ago "Lone Survivor" attracted a huge audience, and this winter "American Sniper" ruled the box office.

...

That story is that four Americans, including a US ambassador, died in an all-night terror attack, receiving no help from anyone in Washington. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn't expected to be a character in the film --but just as she is heading into the first primaries of the 2016 campaign, the nation will be reminded that she was in charge...

Kyle Smith notes the film is not about decisionmaking in Washington, so there will be no direct criticism of La Clinton. Just the sort of suggestiveness about the entire issue.

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Get Ready for a Shock: Far-Left Cartoonist Ted Rall's Claims About Being Oppressed After 9/11 Are Contradicted By Recorded Reality

—Ace

Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, though, he stands by his memory.

A left-wing cartoonist’s recent depiction of a 14-year-old encounter with the LAPD has gotten him canned as a freelance contributor to the LA Times after the paper said it had "serious questions" about the accuracy of the encounter.

He claimed that he was "roughed up" by a cop for jaywalking in 2001.

But there's an audiotape of the encounter, as well as multiple paper records (including Rall's own complaint).

These appear to disagree with Rall's newer, more histrionic memories of the minor, barely-worth-mentioning encounter.

...

"An audiotape of the encounter recorded by the police officer does not back up Rall's assertions; it gives no indication that there was physical violence of any sort by the policeman or that Rall's license was thrown into the sewer or that he was handcuffed," the [Los Angeles] Times wrote on Thursday in the space above where Rall’s blog post was originally published. "Nor is there any evidence on the recording of a crowd of shouting onlookers."

Rall says he stands by his post.

This is hard to square with what the audiotape recorded. If he was so roughed up by the cop, abused, with his license tossed in the sewer as a crowd of frightened onlookers cried out to let this innocent man go free -- why oh why did he ask the cop for recommendations for what restaurant to eat at that night when the encounter was over?

No, that's not a joke. That's apparently what happened.

Here's Rall's explanation. You might want to brace yourself against something solid, but with some cushioning.

"Listening to the tape now, I can't imagine what I was thinking," Rall writes. "The only explanation I can fathom is that I had classic Stockholm Syndrome. I was stunned at the time. Not that I'm comparing myself with a rape victim -- far from it -- but now I better understand why sometimes a raped woman will question pressing charges or call a date-rapist at home hours after he left her. I was blathering nonsense, I guess."

Mm-hm.

I frequently discuss the left-wing as not being possessed by a politics so much as by a psychological disorder -- neuroses and hysterias which they project on to the world. They scream at their hysterias the same way as any disordered mental patient might, except they've ritualized and codified their hysterias in a cant which they've taught the other hysterics. This cant, this jargon of disordered-mind speech, is the leftist Culture of Complaint.

Walk into any mental health clinic and you will find dozens of patients there claiming to be raped on a weekly (or daily) basis by the staff, and much abused by conspirators in their families or at their jobs.

These people have simply taken the standard paranoid hysterias known to every psychiatrist and given them the veneer of a passable "reality," by claiming them to be "political," and hence part of the actual world.

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Oh, Yes: White House Declares Planned Parenthood Videos "Fraudulent," Because Planned Parenthood Said So

—Ace

Alternate realities.

The White House expressed its firm belief Thursday that recently-released videos attacking Planned Parenthood are "fraudulent." Their source: Planned Parenthood.

...

[E]arnest indicated that the reason he thought the videos were fraudulent was because, well, Planned Parenthood had told him as much.

“Planned Parenthood has indicated that's exactly what occurred here," he said. "And any review of the policy that PP says they implement indicates the views expressed in the videos, or at least the way they’re pictured on the videos, is entirely inaccurate."

In other words, Earnest said, because the images on the videos don’t correspond to Planned Parenthood’s official policies, they must be untrue. Earnest even encouraged reporters looking for more information to simply contact Planned Parenthood.

Yes, of course.

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Hillary Clinton, The Walking (?) National Security Disaster Area

—Ace

In this awful woman's quest to hide things from the American public and congressional overseers, who should have access to her emails, she shared it all with foreign intelligence services, who should not.

The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committee have been notified in recent days that the extent of classified information on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was likely far more extensive than the four emails publicly acknowledged last week as containing some sensitive spy agency secrets.


A U.S. official directly familiar with the notification, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said the notification of possibly hundreds of additional emails with classified secrets came from the State Department Freedom of Information Act office to the Office of Inspector General for the Director of National Intelligence.

Quick, let's make her president so she can do even more damage.

Hillary Clinton Letter to the New York Times: "I Am Not a Crook." Hillary is fuming that the NYT reported the Inspector Generals sought a "criminal" referral, when, apparently, they didn't mention the word "criminal."

So Hillary wants you to know -- per the current posture of the Inspectors General, her illegal email system merely has the appearance of criminality. It's not officially criminal.

Yet.

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Marco Rubio Commits An Act Of Political Competence, Immediately Outpaces Most Republicans

—DrewM.

People have been bemoaning the fact that Cecil the Lion was getting far more attention the Planned Parenthood videos. Some were frustrated that every GOP candidate will now be asked about this.

My counter argument to that is, yes every Republican candidate for office at every level should be forced to answer a question about the damn lion and those that can't *effectively* turn it into a discussion about Planned Parenthood need to self-identify as incompetent and removed from the electoral pool.

Amnesty advocate Marco Rubio was asked by a TMZ stringer about Cecil and much to my chagrin, did what needs to be done over and over and over again, redirected it to Planned Parenthood.

It's not a terribly strong turn but it was an ambush thing so I'll cut him some slack. At least he got the camera guy to agree with him. On TMZ! That's the kind of place where this message needs to be heard the most. Candidates have to be ready to take pop culture questions, acknowledge them (don't belittle people who care about the lion, they'll tune the rest out) and move on to a serious subject.

I'll never vote for Rubio but he deserves credit for at least getting the basics right here. That's not a given with the GOP for the most part.

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Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Paul Schaub/Schaub, "Rowing Alone" (1962)

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Morning Thread (7-31-2015)

—Andy

Happy Friday, all.

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Overnight Open Thread (7-30-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Everyone Knows That Edition

At a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked why the administration did not submit the Iran nuclear agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent as an Article II treaty.

Kerry responded that the agreement wasn't treated as a treaty "because you can't pass a treaty anymore."

Quote of the Day II

Modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn't know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.

-- Jim Treacher

A Case in Point:

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What could it possibly be? Oh right:

cecil13

Quote of the Day III

"I started the relationship with [Soon-Yi Previn, his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow's adoptive daughter, who was---at most---21 years old at the time to his 56] and I thought it would just be a fling. It wouldn't be serious, but it had a life of its own. And I never thought it would be anything more," Allen revealed. "Then we started going together, then we started living together, and we were enjoying it. And the age difference didn't seem to matter. It seemed to work in our favor actually."

-- Woody Allen further revealing his moral blindness and bankruptcy

Quote of the Day IV

"Wherever I go to speak, whether it's Brazil or Italy or Norway, I find that upper-middle-class professional women are very unhappy. This is a global problem! And it's coming from the fact that women are expecting men to provide them with the same kind of emotional and conversational support and intimacy that they get from their women friends. And when they don't get it, they're full of resentment and bitterness. It's tragic! Women are blaming men for a genuine problem that I say is systemic. . . . Now we're working side-by-side in offices at the same job. Women want to leave at the end of the day and have a happy marriage at home, but then they put all this pressure on men because they expect them to be exactly like their female friends. If they feel restlessness or misery or malaise, they automatically blame it on men. Men are not doing enough; men aren't sharing enough. But it's not the fault of men that we have this crazy and rather neurotic system where women are now functioning like men in the workplace, with all its material rewards."

-- Camille Paglia

Quote of the Day V

Nope. But it provided an excuse for people who want to turn college campuses into man-hating sexual police states. And that was the goal.

-- Glenn Reynolds on the bogus campus rape studies

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Glenn Loury, John McWhorter Discuss the Religion of Antiracism, and Its Current Pope Ta-Nehisi Coates

—Ace

A very interesting Bloggingheads (and every Loury/McWhorter dialogue on Bloggingheads is interesting, and is recommended). Now, they talk about how Obama has "evolved" (in a good, embiggening way) in office, but here's the easy way to avoid that nonsense: skip to 7::06 as they begin to discuss race, and the Religion of Antiracism, generally.

McWhorter is chiefly there to put forth what I'll call the Ace of Spaces Conjecture that most of tribal signaling -- genuflecting to Ta-Nehisi Coates, for example -- is not a form of politics, but is properly understood as a form of religion. You're not supposed to ask about the parts of Ta-Nehisi Coates' claims that don't make sense, in the same way you're not really supposed to ask how Noah fit all those animals on the ark. These are not political arguments, he asserts, but "sermons."

(I've previously called such non-political "political" statements "prayers" and "devotions.")

Glenn Loury entertains that idea, but he's chiefly there to criticize the low state of racial discourse in America, focusing on the black side of that racial discourse, and Charles M. Blow in particular, whom he calls a "disgrace."

Later in the discussion, he also challenges Ta-Nehisi Coates' particular expression of Black Male Authenticity (the street bravado, noting he had a "tool" (a gun) with which to fix a "motherf**cker") as damaging and degrading.

Oh, and he rails against people like David Brooks for their racial condescending -- if you didn't read that already, for one thing, well played, but you can read it here, and see David Brooks ask, solicitously, if he's even permitted to comment upon Ta-Nehisi Coates' book.

This angers Loury, who demands, sensibly, that black people be treated just as you'd treat any other political actor. You are, in short, permitted to disagree with them or critique them without securing permission to do so beforehand.

McWhorter has meanwhile fleshed out the Ace of Spades Conjecture in an article in the Daily Beast.

McWhorter objects to the anti-intellectual, religion-like screams of "heresy" which are spat at anyone (including himself, a black man) who challenges the religion:

One is not to question, and people can be quite explicit about that. For example, in the "Conversation" about race that we are so often told we need to have, the tacit idea is that black people will express their grievances and whites will agree--again, no questions, or at least not real ones. Here and there lip service is paid to the idea that the Conversation would not be such a one-way affair, but just as typical is the praise that a piece like Reni Eddo-Lodge’s elicits, openly saying that white people who object to any black claims about racism are intolerably mistaken and barely worth engagement (Eddo-Lodge now has a contract to expand the blog post into a book). Usefully representative is a letter that The New York Times chose to print, which was elicited by David Brooks's piece on Coates’s book, in which a white person chides Brooks for deigning to even ask whether he is allowed to object to some of Coates’s claims....

As such, even Brooks has gotten the religion, critiquing Coates’s book while also making sure to say that "every conscientious American should read it." Brooks, here, is genuflecting, as America now does in general to Antiracist scripture. One is to accept that beyond a certain point--and one arrives at the point quite quickly--one is to treat logic as optional and simply have faith....

The call for people to soberly "acknowledge" their White Privilege as a self-standing, totemic act is based on the same justification as acknowledging one’s fundamental sinfulness is as a Christian. One is born marked by original sin; to be white is to be born with the stain of unearned privilege.

The proper response to original sin is to embrace the teachings of Jesus, although one will remain always a sinner nevertheless. The proper response to White Privilege is to embrace the teachings of--well, you can fill in the name or substitute others--with the understanding that you will always harbor the Privilege nevertheless. Note that many embrace the idea of inculcating white kids with their responsibility to acknowledge Privilege from as early an age as possible, in sessions starting as early as elementary school. This, in [one] sense, is Sunday school.

One objection McWhorter lodges is that there is no actual political demand here -- he feels, in many ways, this spares white people from any further need to act politically, because they've already Confessed Their Sins and hence are, as the catechism has it, now forgiven from sin.

And not just white people -- both Loury and McWhorter note the underperformance of black students in school, and want to know where are the calls for tangible action to address this in the black community. Actions beyond merely demanding that white people Confess Their Original Sins.

He doesn't dwell on that too long, but notes that's one of the things that differentiates an actual politics from a religion -- politics implies tangible political action, whereas religion can be a purely metaphysical gesture.

A very interesting dialogue -- well worth your time (as long as you skip that first 7:05).

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Rolling Stone Editor Who Oversaw Jackie's Rape Hoax Story to Step Down, Be Promoted Into a More Prominent Position and Be Paid Much More Money

—Ace

I merely assume all that stuff at the end -- isn't that always how it works?

You cannot fail in the progressive politico-corporate-media complex. If you publish things that aren't true, but help The Cause (and why would you ever publish something that doesn't help The Cause?), your failures will be rewarded.

After all -- your heart was in the right place.

So congratulations, Will Dana. I see wonderful things in your future due to your catastrophic failure.

The editor who oversaw Rolling Stone magazine’s erroneous story about a fraternity gang rape at the University of Virginia will leave the magazine, more than eight months after the story was published.

Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s managing editor, will step down next month after nearly two decades at the magazine. His departure comes amid a series of defamation lawsuits against the magazine as a result of its publication in November of "A Rape on Campus," which described an alleged gang rape that authorities determined never occurred.

Posted by Ace at 03:22 PM Comments

What a Coincidence: Swiss Bank's Donations to Clinton Foundation Increased Tenfold After Hillary Intervened On Their Behalf in a Tax Dispute

—Ace

There's just no "smoking gun" at all here, so long as you ignore all those guns on the floor, from which smoke is trickling.

Donations to the Clinton Foundation by Swiss bank UBS increased tenfold after Hillary Clinton intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS early in her tenure as secretary of state, according to a published report.

According to the Wall Street Journal, total donations by UBS to the foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014. The Journal reports that the bank also lent $32 million through entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs it launched in association with the foundation, while paying former President Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of corporate question-and-answer sessions with UBS Chief Executive Bob McCann.

Though there is no evidence of wrongdoing,

What?

The media, and people generally, misuse the word "evidence," conflating it with the word "proof."

There may not be any firm proof of wrongdoing -- but there's a lot of circumstantial evidence.

But they're The Experts, you know. And they're Master Wordsmiths and such. Words are their stock in trade and words, allegedly, mean something to them.

....

The UBS case is unusual in that it shows a top U.S. diplomat intervening on behalf of a major overseas bank in a situation where federal prosecutors and the Justice Department had been the lead entity.

UBS' legal battles with the U.S. government date from 2007, when a whistleblower told the Justice Department that UBS had helped thousands of Americans open secret accounts to avoid U.S. taxes. In 2009, the bank paid a $780 million fine and turned over the names of 250 account holders to U.S. authorities as part of a deferred-prosecution agreement.

The Justice Department sought the names of 52,000 Americans who had secret accounts with the Swiss bank. But then Hillary intervened, and this ask was scaled back to 4,500, less than one-tenth the original demand.

And then the money flowing in increased by a factor of ten.

Meanwhile, there is a two-month gap in the emails Hillary provided that cannot be explained, except, of course, by the glaringly obvious way that everyone understands is actually what happened.

The emails embarrassed Hillary, so she erased them.

But there's "no evidence" of this, you understand, except for the fact that she was supposed to turn them over, and instead, erased them.

Among the hundreds of emails released by the State Department from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. So far, there are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that for the year 2012, only those emails related to the security of the consulate or to the U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya were made public and turned over to a House committee investigating the fatal Benghazi assault. But if that's true, then neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via email about the escalating dangers in Libya during those two crucial months. There were three attacks during that two-month period, including one that targeted the consulate...

Emails from that two-month period have also drawn outside interest for an entirely different reason. In the spring of 2012, a senior Clinton aide obtained a special exemption that allowed her to work both as a staff member to the secretary and in a private capacity for Clinton and her husband’s foundation.

Understandably, the State Department hasn't turned over any emails about the employment status of that aide, Huma Abedin, to the Benghazi Committee, which asked only for Libya-related material. Less understandable is Foggy Bottom's continued rebuffing of journalists' requests to obtain those messages under the Freedom of Information Act. The Associated Press has sued to obtain emails from Clinton’s account about Abedin.

It's all perfectly understandable: She's a criminal, and she routinely destroys records of her criminality.

Can anyone really blame Bill Clinton for his allegedly blonde, allegedly busty mistress?

[Author Ronald Kessler] reports some very scandalous stories in the book, including allegations of former President Clinton carrying out liaisons with another women when his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is not around.

"He has a blonde, busty mistress, and she’s been code named Energizer by agents. This is unofficially, but that is what they call her...She comes in to the Chappaqua [NY] home whenever Hillary leaves. The details coordinate to make sure they don’t cross paths. She, unlike Hillary, is very nice to the agents. She’ll bring cookies."

...

And the agents assigned to Hillary’s detail, says Kessler, don't usually look forward to the assignment.

"Hillary Clinton pretends to be this champion of the little people -- she's gonna help the middle class, she’s compassionate. But the reality behind the scenes is she treats her agents and others less powerful than she is with contempt. In fact she's so abusive to her agents that behind assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment," he said. "That tells you something about her character."

But there's no evidence of that.

Posted by Ace at 02:11 PM Comments

Wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Washes Up On Reunion Island, 4500 Miles From Where Expected to be Found

—Ace

One part of the mystery is now over, but the rest of it remains.

American investigators tell The New York Times that a part of an airplane found washed up on a beach on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion is from a Boeing 777. "A person familiar with the matter" tells Reuters the part was almost certainly from a 777.

This can only be MH370....

The piece of debris is part of a wing and probably a control surface from that wing. Control surfaces are among the most likely part of airplane wreckage to survive for a long while as flotsam...

Why is it so far from where the experts involved in the search had predicted the wreckage would show up? The Australian authorities leading the search for Flight 370 said last fall that they were working on a drift model to accurately plot where wreckage might first show up. Their prediction: the southern coast of Sumatra--4,500 miles away from Reunion.

Don "Black Hole" Lemon Hardest Hit

There's more there, about the possible reasons why Computer Modeling failed to predict its drift.

Posted by Ace at 01:14 PM Comments

US Dentist Sought by Zimbabwean Police in Connection With Shooting of Beloved (Protected) Lion

—Ace

The lion, named Cecil, lived in a protected state park.

The dentist, for his part, says he paid local guides to find a lion for him, and relied upon them to know where they were, and what laws applied, and what lion they had actually found.

It's a mess.

Cecil, who was 13, was a prized lion in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, where visitors reportedly sighted him frequently. A video of the animal, regal, indifferent and sleepy-eyed, has been widely disseminated.

He was a participant in a study that Oxford University in Britain was conducting, and he had been outfitted with a GPS collar.

A police official in Zimbabwe said that two Zimbabweans had been arrested in the case and that police were looking for Palmer.

The Zimbabwean guides were arrested but have been freed on bail.

I'm sure this will shock you -- the dentist is now being hunted by internet vigilantes, despite the fact that we don't know yet if his claims of innocent intent are true or not.

Two signs posted on the door of a nondescript dental office here asked passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, a lion who was lured off his sanctuary and killed during a game hunt this month in Zimbabwe.

"WE ARE CECIL," one read; "#CatLivesMatter," read another. Nearby was a sign with a darker message for the dentist who said he killed the cat: "ROT IN HELL."

In the hours since Dr. Walter J. Palmer apologized for killing the lion, he has gone from a dentist and longtime hunting enthusiast to a villain at the center of a firestorm over the ethics of big-game trophy hunting.

...

The outrage and attention surrounding the lion’s death online caused Dr. Palmer to keep his office closed on Wednesday as he joined an ever-expanding group of people who have become targets of Internet vigilantism, facing a seemingly endless shaming until the next issue comes along.

Frequently outraged hysteric Mia Farrow of course had to tweet the man's home address, an action that even Salon has criticized. (No link; you can google if you like.)

She wasn't the only hysterical actress tweeting his personal information, either.


Posted by Ace at 12:00 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


C. Morgan McIlhenney, "Nantucket Sand Dune" (1890)

--via @JohnPlunket

Posted by rdbrewer at 11:35 AM Comments

Fourth Planned Parenthood Video Released

—Gabriel Malor

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This one stars Dr. Savita Ginde, of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

This requires criminal investigation:

In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.”

Since PPRM does not use digoxin or other feticide in its 2nd trimester procedures, any intact deliveries before an abortion are potentially born-alive infants under federal law (1 USC 8).

Note, in case you missed it in the second video, the reason they don't use feticide is because then the organs aren't viable. Meaning they crush the babies and tear them apart while they are still alive and able to feel pain.

More:

Yesterday, a judge in California issued a temporary injunction barring CMP from publishing videos that include footage from a May 2014 meeting between officials at StemExpress and CMP investigators posing as potential buyers of fetal organs. The StemExpress lawsuit alleges the covert recording of that meeting at a restaurant is the product of unlawful electronic eavesdropping.

California has unusually tough prohibitions on electronic recording. One of those restrictions is that all parties must consent to the recording of "confidential communications." This isn't my area of law, but a quick survey of the case law suggests that recordings in restaurants may sometimes be considered confidential communications and sometimes not, depending on the circumstances. It's going to be a fact-specific determination, so CMP may ultimately be in a bit of trouble there depending on what the testimony and evidence turns up. On the other hand, the temporary injunction is a prior restraint, which typically isn't the right solution to alleged newsworthy conduct that can be remedied post-litigation. The temporary injunction was ordered to last until a hearing can be convened on August 19. StemExpress also alleges theft, fraud, and interference with contract.

Other CMP videos can be released, so long as they don't include the StemExpress meeting.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 10:21 AM Comments

Morning Thread (7-30-2015)

—Andy

Dave in Texas has a nice Storified tweet analysis of the sham that is Planned Parenthood's non-abortion revenue from the taxpayers.

Posted by Andy at 06:37 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (7-29-2015)

—Maetenloch

Can You Spot the Israeli Missile Launcher Here?

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Can You Spot the Swiss Bunker?

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Can You Spot the Sniper?

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Can You Spot the Kitteh?

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Continue reading


Posted by Maetenloch at 11:09 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Albert Bierstadt, "Sunrise on Mount Tacoma" (n.d.)

Posted by rdbrewer at 08:17 PM Comments

Cautionary Tale: Computer Hijacking, Extortion, and Sh*tware, Part 2

—rdbrewer

This is a follow-up to my computer post the other day. I received an email from fellow Moron "TheCoat" that was wonderfully informative, and I asked him if I could share it. He said okay, but he was worried about the curse words. I told him to think about that for a second: not a problem.

So yea, for many years now the most annoying malware has been software that masquerades as anti-virus/anti-malware software.

There are three general types of malware:

1.) Advertisement malware, which generally seeks to hijack your web browser. Basically it tends to load webpages you go to through their website, adding advertisements to each webpage you load. The key initial indicator that you’ve contracted something is when your browser homepage suddenly changes on you. To make matters worse they generally send you adds from less than reputable add services. Many sites use something like google adds, they put a google applet on their website that loads up adds out of a database when a visitor hits the site, and they get a small bit of revenue for each hit. Malware like this loads adds from someone else hence the creator/distributors financial incentive to do this. They endeavor to get their crap on as many systems as possible to cash in on advertisements, but these come from sources that are less than secure in who creates adds for them, and the content of said adds. Often times this means that the adds that get loaded have embedded exploit attempts, to load… you guessed it even more of this add crap. These exploits and pieces of software tend to be created by really shitty programmers, which means not only are they malicious but they tend to be buggy and do things that you shouldn’t be doing to a system in an attempt to hide themselves.

2.) What you seem to have gotten. Fake malware/spyware/virus protection and removal. These tend to be easier to track down and source simply because they give you a website to go buy their product, and often times their other product is what’s screwing up your system. The quickest way to tell you’ve gotten this tends to be a popup for security software you never loaded. Often times in an effort to hide it’s self from simple removal, and to change your system and cause problems, even if you do pay them they don’t get your system restored to the right state, because their programing is again done by crappy coders who don’t care.

3.) The latest is the cryptolocker series. What this little bag of hell does is scan your drives looking for any document types and then encrypts them. When it’s done it gives you instructions on how to go to their website pay them money and they’ll give you the key to unencrypt your files. Unlike the prior two, these are reputable scoundrels. If you pay them they will indeed give you the key and you can fully recover, however this funds them to keep spreading their ransomeware. I honestly think this one is based in an organized criminal racket. They make no bones about the fact that they are the ones screwing you over… but if you pay them they want to make good because that encourages others to do so.

I’m a developer for a software company, and we tend to see quite a bit of this stuff when we get calls about something with our software not working. Our support gets hooked up only to find that our software is having problems because they have infections of this nature messing things up. Although it’s technically not our problem we often times help people get this crap cleaned up, however in some cases the infections are so bad we have them call in someone local simply because to clean it up you either have to reload the system or do the clean ups outside the operating system, making it impossible for us to clean it up remotely. Sometimes people just get infected due to bad luck, more often we see repeated infections at the same clients… usually because they allow their employees to go to social and gaming sites at work, or whatever else they feel like. In one instance I got a maintenance guy fired because I tracked down the source of their infections and was able to piece together enough info to show them that the porn sites their computer was visiting late at night were the source of infection… this in an accounting office. They setup a sting and caught the guy sneaking in and surfing porn while he was supposed to be working.

Some of the things I’ve seen in the past few years make me think I really specialized in the wrong area. I’m no novice when it comes to computer and network security. I run my own firewalls and intrusion detection systems at home and do penetration testing on my home as well as our corporate network, and yet these last few years I’ve done more security related stuff to my home network out of fear than out of general playing around. Many years ago in the age of dialup I ran a full computer based firewall and dialup server for my home network… because I could 8). Now I run things like an intrusion detection system on the edge of my network because I feel I need the security. There has been a ton of security gains made since the early days of the internet revolution, however this has just made the crooks get smarter and more insidious. What bothers me is if I had steered less toward business software development and more toward network security which I pursued as more of a hobby I’d be in a better position to do what I really get a kick out of doing, and that is taking the fight to these assholes, not just cleaning up their messes. Eh it’s probably a good thing though, as much of what I’d like to do to them and their criminal enterprises would probably be legally grey at best even if it’s unquestionably morally white.

No, everyone hates computer pirates. Anything short of taking a Ghurka kukri knife to them is fine with me.

Thanks, "TheCoat," and thanks again to all others who helped.

Posted by rdbrewer at 06:21 PM Comments

Some Economists Say Greece Should Stay In the Euro -- But Germany Should Exit It

—Ace

I missed this when it was floated earlier. But it seems interesting, and people are talking about it again.

It's not so much that it's proposed that Germany exit the Euro-- they'd continue to have the Euro as a currency, if I understand this right.

It's that they would re-introduce the hard-currency Deutschmark, to compete with the Euro; their relative values would fluctuate against each other.

Germany (and the hard-money northern/central European states) would have what they want -- a stable, hard currency which is not devalued due to Mediterranean spending habits, and the rest of Europe would get the falling-in-value New Lira that it really seems to want.

A better, bolder and, until now, almost inconceivable solution [to the Greece crisis] is for Germany to reintroduce the mark, which would cause the euro to immediately decline in value. Such a devaluation would give troubled economies, especially those of Greece, Italy and Spain, the financial flexibility they need to stabilize themselves.

Although repeated currency devaluations are not the path to prosperity, a weaker euro would give a boost in competitiveness to all members of the monetary union, including France and the Netherlands, which is why they might very well choose to remain in it even if Germany were to gradually leave. A resurgence of manufacturing would also allow the vast unemployment rolls of Spain, Portugal, Greece and other countries to begin to decline. The tremendous loss of human capital and human dignity we are witnessing would ease.

...

Unlike Greece -- whose exit from the euro would require either a redenomination or outright repudiation of its euro-denominated debts (with potentially catastrophic financial consequences) -- Germany would be able to reintroduce the mark without altering the form of any current asset, liability or contract. For example, euros deposited in German banks would remain euro-denominated. So would outstanding German sovereign and corporate debt now denominated in euros.

It's not all upside -- German industry would be hurt, due to (if I understand this) their hard-currency Deutschmarks making their products more expensive.

Meanwhile, German economics experts say that countries unable to get their finances in order should be invited to exit the Euro.

Countries should be able to exit the euro as a "last resort" if they are unable to manage their debts, the German government's independent economic advisers say, in a sign of Berlin's hardening attitude towards propping up fellow members of the single currency....


"A permanently unco-operative member state should not be able to threaten the existence of the euro," the economists said in a special report, published on Tuesday, calling for countries to exit the eurozone if it is necessary as an "utterly last resort".

The panel is made up of five so-called "wise men" of German economics, so this is fairly influential suggestion.

Posted by Ace at 05:01 PM Comments

Of Course: Another American Citizen Murdered by an Illegal Alien Who Had Been Set Free By Police

—Ace

At Hot Air.

The key bit from WKYC:

According to the report, Razo, 35, admitted being in the country illegally. However, U.S. Border Patrol officials declined to take custody of Razo, the report shows.

#SomeLivesDontMatter

Posted by Ace at 04:14 PM Comments

Steven Hawking Leads $100 Million Effort to Find Intelligent Alien Life

—Ace

No government money-- the project is being funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner.

Well, I guess that's a lot of Russian government money siphoned off, probably. But none of your money.

The project will just listen, not send out signals. Because, no seriously, you cannot simply assume these will be peaceful, Reeces Pieces eating ETs.

Hawking famously revealed his worry that any aliens advanced enough to contact earth would be "looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach" during a 2010 episode of the miniseries Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.

And he clearly hasn’t changed his mind completely. "If you look at history, contact between humans and less intelligent organisms have often been disastrous from their point of view, and encounters between civilizations with advanced versus primitive technologies have gone badly for the less advanced," he told reporters at the Breakthrough announcement. "A civilization reading one of our messages could be billions of years ahead of us. If so, they will be vastly more powerful, and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria."

The project will undertake to scan the million stars closest to us.

Posted by Ace at 03:01 PM Comments

Camille Paglia on "Snark Atheism," and How Jon Stewart Has Debased Political Discourse

—Ace

Via @rdbrewer4 in the sidebar, she's on to something here.

The whole interview is worth reading, but I'll just excerpt the zestiest bits.

You're an atheist, and yet I don’t ever see you sneer at religion in the way that the very aggressive atheist class right now often will. What do you make of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and the religion critics who seem not to have respect for religions for faith?

I regard them as adolescents. I say in the introduction to my last book, "Glittering Images", that "Sneering at religion is juvenile, symptomatic of a stunted imagination." It exposes a state of perpetual adolescence that has something to do with their parents-- they're still sneering at dad in some way....

I’m speaking here as an atheist. I don’t believe there is a God, but I respect every religion deeply. All the great world religions contain a complex system of beliefs regarding the nature of the universe and human life that is far more profound than anything that liberalism has produced. We have a whole generation of young people who are clinging to politics and to politicized visions of sexuality for their belief system. They see nothing but politics, but politics is tiny....


But this sneering thing! I despise snark. Snark is a disease that started with David Letterman and jumped to Jon Stewart and has proliferated since. I think it's horrible for young people! And this kind of snark atheism–let's just invent that term right now–is stupid, and people who act like that are stupid....


I think Stewart’s show demonstrated the decline and vacuity of contemporary comedy. I cannot stand that smug, snarky, superior tone. I hated the fact that young people were getting their news through that filter of sophomoric snark.....

As for his influence, if he helped produce the hackneyed polarization of moral liberals versus evil conservatives, then he’s partly at fault for the political stalemate in the United States....

The resistance of liberals in the media to new ideas was enormous. Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that’s simply not true! Liberalism has sadly become a knee-jerk ideology, with people barricaded in their comfortable little cells. They think that their views are the only rational ones, and everyone else is not only evil but financed by the Koch brothers. It’s so simplistic!

Now let me give you a recent example of the persisting insularity of liberal thought in the media. When the first secret Planned Parenthood video was released in mid-July, anyone who looks only at liberal media was kept totally in the dark about it, even after the second video was released. But the videos were being run nonstop all over conservative talk shows on radio and television. It was a huge and disturbing story, but there was total silence in the liberal media. That kind of censorship was shockingly unprofessional.

She argues for the liberal view of information, which is to say, we should have that information, whether it helps the right or left, and we should not suppress it, whether it helps the right or left.

That latter idea -- suppressing information based upon what politics the information might help or hurt -- is of course as illiberal and authoritarian an idea as you can have.

Paglia has an interesting mind, despite her incurable leftwing political tendencies, and interesting minds despise the make-the-world-simple-to-understand-by-censoring-any-unpleasant-or-politically-troublesome-information world we live in.

Whether the Planned Parenthood videos help or hurt the abortion lobby is quite beyond any possibly-legitimate point. It is information, and human beings, possessed of reason and moral intuitions, ought to have this information, so that they can make judgments about it.

Otherwise, we are simply cattle in one of Temple Grandin's slaughterhouses, in which the cows are led through a serpentine course which prevents them from ever seeing what's up ahead, what's happened to the cows further up in the queue.

That's fine for cows. The slaughterhouses are intended for humane treatment -- of animals.

Humans should not be subject to the "humane treatment" of a media-enforced serpentine ramp. We should know-- we should see -- what's happening to the other humans.

Posted by Ace at 02:03 PM Comments

"Cuckservative" Is A Racist Slur, Part 2

—Gabriel Malor

We've been over this. It's weird how people get super-attached to a slur they just heard for the first time last week. Yesterday, in response to the whitewashing of the word "cuckservative" by the website abusing the good name of Andrew Breitbart, I tweeted about the racist origins and usage of the term "cuck."

In short, "cuck," a derivative of "cuckold," is a noun used by white supremacists to refer to whites who invite the destruction of the white race by tolerating other races, which they view as weak whites inviting the other races to rape their wives, steal their homes/schools/society/etc. People saw white supremacists who were enthused by Donald Trump's Mexican rape statement yelling "cuckservative" at the GOP leadership and others who condemned Trump.

Unfortunately, many of these folks who saw the slur being slung did not realize the term's racist origin or meaning. They just saw one group of people yelling a new word they'd never seen before at another group of people they already hate. So they started using the term, most of them without knowing where it came from. Now that they know, however, they want to keep using it.

The responses to my tweets came in two general categories: (1) well-meaning people who said that they didn't realize and yeah that's bad; and (2) people who did this:

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And this:

My experience was by no means unique. Today, Erick Erickson discusses the racist origins and usage of the foul term and provides some further examples of the sort of people who use it.

The other day I was attacked as a “cuckservative” and the proof that I was one is that I fill-in for Rush Limbaugh. The proof that Rush is a “cuckservative” is that, according to the person with the confederate flag for his twitter picture, Rush had hired outside “his tribe” for his call screener. Yes, Bo Snerdley is black. Seriously, that was the argument.

The Breitbart piece defending the word suggested it came from the bowels of the internet, but if you look at its first usages beyond 4chan, what do you get?

Erickson takes a dive into the bowels of the internet. It's not pretty, but you should read it.

The tumult over the term has made its way into the legacy media, because of course it has. How could the media resist a story about people on the right consciously giving an assist to white supremacists?

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Updated: Eh, I'm not sure why it's not embedding those tweets. Replaced them with pics.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 01:02 PM Comments

Obama: Shit Yeah, I Could Totally Win a Third Term, If I Felt Like It

—Ace

He probably could, actually.

"I actually think I’m pretty good president," he said today in a speech before the African Union in Ethiopia. "I think if I ran, I could win. But I can't."

Even though he's confident in his re-election abilities, Obama said he's more interested in life after the presidency.

"I'll be honest with you, I'm looking forward to life after being president. I won't have such a big security detail all the time," he said. "It means I can go take a walk, I can spend time with my family, I can find other ways to serve, I can visit Africa more often."

And watch Sports Center, and enjoy fine dining with Interesting Italians, and get shined on by Sir Elton John, and watch Premium Cable Dramas, and all the things we know he actually prefers doing.

Posted by Ace at 12:03 PM Comments



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Texas Tribune: "Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted by a Collin County grand jury... Kent Schaffer, one of two special prosecutors who took the Paxton case to the grand jury, told The New York Times that the indictments include three felony counts -- two alleging first-degree securities fraud and another alleging a third-degree charge that he failed to register as a securities agent." Is this legitimate or more "law-fare"? [Y-not]

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Now he can chew bubblegum AND kick ass. Annnnnd the coconut. [@ComradeArthur]

Thanks for the picture, @ComradeArthur. BTW, how could it ever work? [rdbrewer]
Republican Governor of MD Outraged that FEMA Has Denied Disaster Relief Funds for Baltimore's Riots
One drawback of Republican Governors: They are still governors, and hence, still highly incentivized to suck in as much out-state money for their states. They depart from ideology here, almost always, due to the impossible-to-pass-up popular sentiment bonus for claiming that Other People should send us Their Money... it's just never really an unpopular thing to say. You can almost always find a majority to say Other People should send us Their Money.
New York Times Simply Embargoes Fourth Planned Parenthood Video, Focusing Instead on "Typical Conservative Tactics"
As I keep saying: the most powerful spin is dead silence, and only the complete merger of the Democrat Party and the Corporate Media permits such an effective response-by-pretending-it-didn't-happen strategy (though it's merely 90% effective -- but that's still pretty darn effective)
Rachel Stoltzfoos, TheDC: Qualcomm Lays Off 4,500 Workers While Demanding More H-1bs
"Another tech giant that says it must import foreign workers because there aren’t enough skilled American workers in the industry is laying off thousands of workers." [rdbrewer]

Intelligence Fears Hundreds Of U.S. Secrets Leaked In Hillary’s Private Emails
"A U.S. official directly familiar with the the case, who spoke to the Washington Times only on the condition of anonymity, said the notification of possibly hundreds of additional emails with classified secrets came from the State Department Freedom of Information Act office to the Office of Inspector General for the Director of National Intelligence." [rdbrewer]

USA Today: Man tries to get cat arrested for eating his bacon
A Florida man??? Anyway, I don't see the problem here. [rdbrewer]


Eugene Volokh: Court temporarily bars publishing allegedly illegally recorded conversation about transactions in aborted fetus body parts
Eugene Volokh: Court upholds Florida law restricting doctor-patient speech about guns
Ilya Somin: The Supreme Court and property rights [rdbrewer]



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Tacky pictures today. More from Space.com. [rdbrewer]

LiveSci: Weed: Good for the Bones?
Another reason weed beats alcohol. [rdbrewer]

BI: New drug offers '100% protection against Ebola' [rdbrewer]

Legal Insurrection: Florida man arrested for playing Star Spangled Banner on 4th of July rejects plea deal [rdbrewer]

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