March 30, 2017

Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Mountain Stream
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Posted by CBD at 09:40 AM Comments

The Morning Report 3/30/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Our top story for today is sanctuary city sedition. Seattle is suing the Trump administration for threatening to withhold funding for its illegal shielding of criminal aliens from deportation. I'm sure the 9th Circus will find that flagrantly breaking the law is totes Constitutional. Other than that, Bill DeBolshevik went on a Twitter rant against the owner of the Raiders for the Vegas move. I will say that the doofy Marxist said one thing that I do agree with; I hate when teams extort municipalities into using taxpayer dollars to build their venues. But beyond that, it was pure, pig-ignorant class warfare bilge which, sadly, too many Americans swallow whole. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

  • Seattlle Sues Fed Over Administration Threat to Withhold Funding on Sanctuary City Stance
  • McStains Calls Crazy Fat Tyrant "Crazy Fat Kid," Crazy Fat Tyrant Threatens War
  • Obama Admin Reportedly Blocked Comey From Going Public About Russkies Last Summer
  • Coal-Talkers: Navajos Celebrate PDT Liberation from Obama Job-Killing Energy Regs
  • Growing Islamic Extremism in Latin America Poses Grave Security Threat to USA
  • Decade-Long Chi-Com Investment in US Aviation Industry Causes Concern
  • Four Times Cray-Cray Aunt Esther Flipped Her Wig and Never Apologized
  • April Ryan Upset Over Trump Administration Calling Press Out for Their Propaganda
  • Robert Spencer Wonders If FBI Wanted Him and Pam Gellar Dead
  • Judge Napolitano Returns, Doubles Down on British Intel Claims
  • Coulter's Repeal Plan Slightly More Wordy Than Mo Brooks' But Just As Good
  • DeBolshevik Blasts Raiders Owner For, Get This, "Unbridled Greed" in Vegas Move
  • Dubya's Reaction to Trump Inaugural Speech: "That Was Some Weird Shit"
  • White Social Justice Warrior Dies at the Hands of Black Killer
  • News You Can Use! Staring at Breasteses Helps Men Live Longer

    Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:32 AM Comments

  • Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (3/29/17) W.O.O.T. Edition

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

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    The calendar says Wednesday. I believe it is the third Monday of the week.

    Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. Henry J. Kaiser

    Quote II

    We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone. Orson Welles

    Quote III

    The more I see of men, the more I like dogs. Clara Bow


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    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:00 PM Comments

    Roger Daltrey: Hillary Clinton is a Smelly Old Corpse of a Whore Who Smells Like Dog Vomit and Also Let's Get This Brexit On, Bitches [Warden]

    —Open Blogger

    I may have taken a few liberties with the first part of that headline.

    Also, Daltrey's support, it appears, is nothing new.

    Well, whatever. Ain't like ace is stroking any checks for an Ace of Spades fact checking department. Let's just go with it and call these two data points--Johnny Rotten and Roger Daltrey-- a trend. Good enough for the New York Time's Lifestyle section; good enough for me.

    The Who's frontman Roger Daltrey continues to be outspoken about his support for Brexit, or more like his support for England getting out of the EU. "We are getting out, and when the dust settles I think that it'll be seen that it's the right thing for this country to have done, that's for sure," he told NME.

    He added, "I am not anti-European, but I am anti the present way we are being governed in Europe. "It's got nothing to do with any of the immigration issues or any of that for me. It was to do with much more. The majority of this country felt that their voices weren't being heard. It would have been nice to do a deal with Europe but they didn't want to do a deal, and they sent Cameron back with a bag."

    Conservatism: The new face of rock 'n roll.

    Posted by Open Blogger at 09:27 PM Comments

    An Expression I've Come to Loathe [Warden]

    —Open Blogger

    An acquaintance of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer. As many people do today, he shared the news on Facebook so people outside his family and close friends would know what was going on with him. I always find this to be an awkward situation when I don't know someone well enough to pick up the phone and call, but do know them well enough to be saddened and concerned over the news.

    Usually in these situations I'll either avoid commenting at all or tell the person that I'll pray for him and his family. And then, I always make sure that I follow through because I think it's an awful thing to just casually tell someone he'll be in your prayers when you don't really mean it.

    I've spend more of my life as an agnostic than I have as a Christian and it's no big deal to me when other people don't pray, but there's a substitute expression that a lot of atheist/agnostic people fall back on that I positively despise: Sending good vibes your way.

    The way I see it, if you think prayer is some sort of mystical hokum then how is it that you believe in "vibes" instead? What are these vibes? Can you see them? Can they be measured? And how, exactly, does one send them? Is it like ESP? Do you wave your fingers? Is there some sort of sacred incantation developed by the Celtic druids of yore?

    See, here's what gets under my skin--I don't think that the people who write this line actually believe in vibes. It's a goofy, stupid idea, but they say it anyway because this grotesque, reproductive attempt at expressing belief in something greater and more powerful sounds good to them.

    And so, yeah this is a get off my lawn moment, but goddamnit this world has enough phoniness in it without adding, in response to a man's likely death sentence, promises of such trite, nonsensical nature that there can't be any possible intention of keeping them.

    I get it, it's awkward to respond sometimes. People want to say something kind and aren't sure how to go about it. But there are so many ways around that one phrase--"Thinking of you," for example, or "Please get well, we're all pulling for you."

    Everything doesn't have to be an immediate, kneejerk, whatever-happens-to-come-to-mind response. There's room for pausing and giving thought to your words. And if there's ever a time to do it, it's when someone announces to you that his time of living may be very, very close to an end.

    Related: Research reported in the Scientific Journal of No Freakin' Doy suggests that social media and shallow thinking may be linked.

    Posted by Open Blogger at 08:30 PM Comments

    Are You Ready for Flying Cars and Floating Skyscrapers?


    Supposedly this flying-saucer shaped aircar -- fans mounted in the disc around the driver's "pod" -- and has been "estimated" to fly at 120 miles per hour.


    All the pictures and videos appear to be mock-ups so I don't think this has been built yet. The article seems kind of elusive when it comes to directly stating that.

    But that's not even the wild speculative news. We've seen dozens of "Flying Cars are Coming" articles.

    But what about flying skyscrapers?


    The "Analemma Tower," so named because the designer keeps thinking "This is gonna get me so much ass," is planned to be hanged from a large mass -- an asteroid put in earth's orbit -- so that it traces a figure eight as the earth turns and moves through the sky over New York City and then Florida and Rio De Janiero and back again.

    Yeah yeah, I know, it sounds crazy, and it'll never happen. For one thing, how do you actually get down to the earth to go to work?

    NP, they've got you covered, fam: You parachute down to work. Every day, I guess!

    How do you get back up? And how do you get back up when you're done with your working day in New York City, but now your home in the clouds has migrated south down to Cape Hatteras?

    I don't know. I guess that's why you're gonna need the UFO car.

    Nevermind the whole "we just need cables strong enough but also light enough to not fall under their own mass" problem is the reason we can't have nice things like space elevators.

    Still, pretty mindblowing, just the idea of it.

    Meanwhile, remember when the Progressive Internet Scientists all went berserk over a dumb video proposing that we make roadways out of solar panels, which can then produce electricity either to pump into into the cars driving on it or just to light up our cities?

    And they were all like YEAH LET'S DO THAT?!

    And remember when more sensible people who don't #LoveScience enough told them, "You're so dumb"?

    And they said, "No, YOU'RE dumb, you #ScienceH8rs!"?

    Well it turns out that they were, get this, dumb.

    Open Thread.

    Posted by Ace at 07:28 PM Comments

    CNN "Debate:" Do You Agree That Obama Was Held to the Same Standard As Every Other President, Or Do You Agree That You're a Dirty Racist


    I don't see how it can be seriously -- or even unseriously -- contended that Obama wasn't given an eight-year pass by the media partly owing to his race (and to be fair, his dogmatic progressivism), but apparently this is the sort of controversial racist heresy that gets you denounced on CNN.

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    Posted by Ace at 06:47 PM Comments

    Theresa May Triggers Britain's Exit from EU


    Apparently this will happen in 720 days. I guess they have that much time to negotiate the terms of the ouster.

    The EU -- mostly Germany, I imagine -- insists it will sign no separate trade agreement with a UK that has regained its full sovereignty. It will be treated as just another country, and have no more favorable trade status than, say, Iran.

    The EU refuses a trade agreement -- which would be mutually beneficial to both the UK and EU -- because they want to make Britain's exit as painful for Britain (and for the EU, if necessary) to discourage the various other states to not follow the UK's lead.

    The UK wants such an agreement, and suggests that if it doesn't secure one it may withdraw from security agreements it has with the EU. Which would compromise anti-terrorism efforts and, I imagine, might undermine NATO in the bargain.

    May says "We should always put our citizens first" which sounds a little Trumpian, and I was going to make a the pull-quote of this article.

    But I was disappointed to see that would be misleading. Actually, in context, she's arguing that Brussels (or really Berlin) and the UK have a responsibility to all their respective citizens, who would be harmed by a punitive, vindicative Brexit. She's not really declaring "UK First." She's just saying let's put aside hurt feelings, bruised egos, and this silly idea that the abstract idea of "Europe" is more important than the welfare of actual Europeans.

    Meanwhile, the Scots, who voted against breaking from the UK partly because they wanted to remain part of the EU (Scotland has always sought European allies to balance the UK's power), now want a second vote for independence, and will explore "the next steps" in April.

    This opinion piece argues that Scotland's independence is on weaker footing now than it was in 2014, because oil revenues (which help keep Scotland afloat) have dropped since 2014, when oil was $90 per barrel, and now is only $45 or so. Add into that Scotland's perpetual debts (subsidized by the UK), and Scotland just might not have the money to really stand on its own feet.

    Excerpts from her formal notice to EU below:

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    Posted by Ace at 05:24 PM Comments

    Pro-Life Activists Who Used Standard Media Technique of Undercover Sting Video to Expose Planned Parenthood Fetal Tissue Trade Indicted on 15 Counts


    As Randy Barnett remarked (approximately), they told me if Trump were elected the machinery of the government would be turned against journalists, and they were right!

    Sean Davis notes that such sting videos are routinely made in California, particularly by animal rights groups who surreptitiously record slaughterhouse workers, who are never prosecuted. Indeed, their sting videos spur the state to investigate crimes the targets of their sting videos might have committed.

    David French's link (the first one) notes that California caselaw has limited the law against unconsented recording of a conversation to situations in which the target could have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and has specifically ruled it did not apply in situations like the one we find here (strangers meeting in a public place with no expectation the other party will keep their conversations private, discussing business in a manner they'd discuss business with with any other potential business partner).

    But if you're pro-life? Well then. Now the state is coming after you with everything it has.

    This cannot go on much longer. When you are this blatant about telling people that they will not have the protections of the law, that some favored groups are permitted to break what is supposedly "the law" while "the law" will be used vindictively against the state's enemies, then there is no "law" at all, and people will very soon stop acting as if there is.

    When the state declares large swathes of people to be Enemies of the State, they also simultaneously make the state the Enemy of the People.

    What cannot go on, will not.

    Corrected: It wasn't Ilya Somin who'd used Instapundit's "and they were right" line, but Randy Barnett.

    Posted by Ace at 04:04 PM Comments

    Massachusetts State Legislator Warns Illegals About a Planned ICE Raid


    Holy warriors.

    A Massachusetts lawmaker posted an online warning to illegal immigrants about an upcoming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "raid" in the area.

    State Rep. Michelle DuBois (D) [shocker] suggested in a since-deleted Facebook post that undocumented immigrants in Brockton "stay off the streets" and not answer if someone unexpected knocks on the door.

    She also included a phone number for anyone "picked up by ICE" to call to get legal services.

    DuBois said she received a tip-off about the "raid" from a friend in the Latino community.

    Posted by Ace at 03:07 PM Comments

    Social Justice Warrior High Commandant Anita Sarkesian Attacks Arch-Prog For Making Silly Joke About Being Attracted to Videogame Cartoon Character


    The reason she attacked him for a disposable silly joke? Because the character he (jokingly) said he'd been aroused by (a purple cartoon fox called "Krystal," if I have this right) was "damseled" -- this is her cute term for "put in need of male assistance," like a damsel in distress -- and "trapped in a crystal," which is bad, because, I don't know, the Patriarchy wants to control women's bodies by trapping them in Space Crystals or something and she fears that finding a cartoon fox trapped in a space crystal sexually arousing might encourage men to trap women inside Space Crystals in real life.

    Seriously, this was one of her tweets attacking this guy:

    @femfreq She's LITERALLY trapped in a crystal. Finding a female character who is damseled and stripped of her agency arousing is kinda gross tbh.

    We must not normalize the trapping of cartoon foxes inside Space Crystals, or something.

    This is how you got Trump.

    People are genuinely sick of this shit. We've had it up to our eyeballs with self-appointed priestesses scolding us for pretty much everything.

    While these Immoral Priestesses demand that every woman's every single sexual choice be celebrated, they simultaneously demand that every man be made to wear a penile plethysmograph to make sure they're not experiencing any suspect blood flow to their members while thinking forbidden thoughts.

    For sexual offenders [the penile plethysmograph] is typically used to determine the level of sexual arousal as the subject is exposed to sexually suggestive content, such as pictures, movies or audio, although some have argued that phallometry is not always appropriate for the evaluation of sexual preferences or treatment effects.

    These anti-sex Jalverts aren't content just to hound you for your impure actions in real life. They are so zealous they they will chase you down for impure fantasies in your head.

    And what authority do they have to do this? How have they gained any authority whatsoever to presume to Boner Shame people, except by asserting that they they have this authority?

    Note to Anita Sarkesian and the rest of the Sex Repessive Maenads: You will not be allowed to control my body.

    That's the language you idiots prefer, right?

    More from Amy Alkon, who hints that the idea of dominating someone (or being dominated by someone) sexually is kind of such a widespread and harmless fantasy -- kind of vanilla, actually, which is why many knock Fifty Shades of Gray for not being as "edgy" as it pretends -- that it's a little shocking that this prudish witch Sarkesian hasn't heard of it.

    Oh and just to remind everyone -- the guy who she's criticizing was joking, and I don't just mean "joking," I mean he was saying something that was obviously untrue and which he intended to be funny because it was so obviously untrue:

    no offense but anyone who acts like they didn't jack off to Krystal from Star Fox Adventures is lying to you

    -- Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) March 27, 2017

    Hey, I didn't say it was a a good joke. I just said it was a joke.

    Not only are you no longer permitted to have sexual thoughts which have not been pre-cleared as Sexually Permissible by Anita Sarkesian's Committee for Feminist Moral Hygiene, you're no longer even allowed to make jokes falsely claiming you've had such forbidden sexual thoughts.

    Thanks to @zakn.

    Bonous: I wonder what paroxysms Anita Sarkesian goes into when she hears Devo's Whip It. A woman is damseled by having a whip wrapped around her mid-section! It's so Control My Body I Just Can't Even Any More.

    Bonous: Anna Puma mentioned that there is "Krystal" cosplay. Here's a video of this sexy, sexy cartoon fox.

    Posted by Ace at 02:03 PM Comments

    Trump Wants Wall Funding Included In Must-Pass Stopgap Spending Bill; Republicans Cool to the Idea


    The stopgap budget bill continues current levels of spending temporarily until a new complete budget is prepared and passed.

    Trump wants to add the wall's funding to this because the bill must pass, otherwise, the government shuts down.

    Republicans are cool to this idea, because they don't want to risk Democrats voting against the bill and shutting the government down (for some reason, Republicans get blamed when Democrats shut the government down), and because they don't actually want to fund the wall they authorized in 2006 and have been promising now for 11 years.

    Posted by Ace at 01:24 PM Comments

    Too Little And Too Late Edition: Is France Awakening From Its Slumber?


    French Poll: 61 Percent Say Islam Is Incompatible With Their Society, and yet they will not vote for the one candidate who will do something about it. Poll shows Macron win in French election in shadow of 'Penelopegate'.

    France will fall to the Muslim invasion, which seems likely, or it will have a social upheaval reminiscent of the Jacobins' Reign of Terror. But I doubt that; the French have been emasculated by the EU, by their own elites, and by careful and concerted pressure from the Arab world. There is plenty of oil money in Paris, and the French have always been comfortable with that brand of Islam. But there is a difference between the elegant Arab businessman in his bespoke suit --he is the scout -- and the backward, ignorant, violent 6th century infantry that has arrived in France.

    Unfortunately the French didn't notice until it was too late.

    Posted by CBD at 12:25 PM Comments

    Defying Moloch


    "More! More!"

    Planned Parenthood gets upset when impudent prolifers expose their charnel houses and threaten their revenue stream. Fortunately for PP, its allies in California government are more than willing to do them a solid:

    On Tuesday, the state of California charged David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress on 15 felony counts over their undercover reporting regarding Planned Parenthood. In 2015, Daleiden and Merritt released video showing high-ranking Planned Parenthood members joking about selling baby body parts for market rates and picking through baby body parts in order to demonstrate which sorts of body parts were available for sale for medical research, as well as talking about the best methods of abortion for procuring those baby body parts. The California Department of Justice, under the auspices of now-Senator Kamala Harris, raided Daleiden’s home for footage in April 2016

    The charges have to do with California laws governing taping private conversations and whether you need to get permission of both parties.

    Apparently, the state's position is that a conversation in a public restaurant constitute private and confidential communication which is protected by these laws. Now, to normal people, this sounds ludicrous on its face and I hope Daleiden and Merritt will find a normal judge who agrees, but this is Democrat-controlled California, where the purpose of law is to not to enforce impartial justice but rather is a tool for progressives to punish their enemies.

    For those of you morons who are believers, I encourage you to pray for Daleiden and Merritt. Their witness against the horrors perpetrated by Planned Parenthood has pissed off some very powerful people who will use whatever means they have at their disposal to destroy them. Fortunately, they worship a God who is greater than Moloch.

    Meanwhile, according to the ABC-TV affiliate in Chicago, undercover video shows alleged animal cruelty at California poultry farms, slaughterhouse. No word yet on if the reporters covering this story would be subjected to criminal charges for secretly recording the videos that formed the basis for this story.

    Update: Donations to the Center for Medical Progress, which presumably will be used to fight these silly charges, can be made here.

    Posted by OregonMuse at 11:25 AM Comments

    Mid-Morning Open Thread


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    The Raft of the Medusa
    Théodore Géricault

    Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

    The Morning Report 3/29/17

    —J.J. Sefton

    Good morning, kids. Well, as the dust continues to settle on last week's RynoCare debacle, cooler heads seem to be prevailing and PDT is determined to move forward with a repeal/replace bill. In fact some reports indicate that Rand Paul and Mike Lee among others really have the President's ear, which is good news. Always a big fan of Roger Kimball and he wrote an eloquent essay about Mo Brooks' one-sentence repeal (linked here and below):

    Politicians may or may not wish to repeal ObamaCare; those that do also wish to replace it, i.e., promulgate some other "government program," i.e., opportunity for graft, influence-peddling, regulatory imposition, etc. Mo Brooks, on the contrary, seems to entertain the deeply heterodox idea of simply getting rid of the Leviathan.

    I think Brooks's chances of success are approximately zero. But then some very smart people (I know they are smart because they told me so themselves) told me that Donald Trump could never, ever be president. The whole idea was ridiculous, beneath consideration, and a distraction from the serious business of maintaining the status quo, which no one says he likes but which an awful lot of people are doing very well out of, thank you very much.

    The key takeaway, at least for me, is it's still early, and PDT is virtually surrounded on all sides by enemies. Conventional wisdom dictates that if he doesn't get the repeal or tax cuts in the first 100 days it's over. But, as Mr. Kimball reminds us, Donald Trump is unlike any president in our history, so conventional wisdom is out the window. He's managed quite a bit already so let's give it time. Aside from this, the big story is the coming storm over Neil Gorsuch, the evisceration of the Obama EPA energy regulations, sanctuary city sedition and the disintegration of the Democrat Party which is being completely embargoed by the propagandists. Anyway, lots'o'links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

    Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:52 AM Comments

    Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (3/28/17) It's Only Tuesday - Fingers Crossed Edition

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

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    Isn't that the truth?

    Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    ― Albert Einstein

    Quote II

    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Quote III

    “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
    ― Thomas A. Edison

    March 28, 1979 Three Mile Island Nuclear accident occurs.

    At 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979, the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry begins when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island fails to close. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously overheat

    Today was National Something On A Stick Day. The ONT is hoping that you didn't skewer your boss. Just hopin'.


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    Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:55 PM Comments

    Open Thread With Sundry Items of Limited Interest


    A silly gainzzz thread on MSN tells you how to keep off all the Trump Presidency Weight that progressive dopes are gaining.

    Three burglars broke into a home. This home included valuable things. It also included someone with an AR-15.

    With just a bit of persuasion and firepower, they were successfully reformed from dangerous criminals into law-abiding dead bodies.

    I saw a tweet earlier which I did not understand because I hadn't seen this story yet. It was someone shrieking that this wasn't "self-defense," it was "murder" in the defense of mere property.

    VDH notices something no one in the media has -- it seems the Democrat Party has been pro-Russia since 1972, and yet the media previously always thought that was a pretty good position to take.

    If it's now illegal to have a dovish position on Mother Russia, than man, do we have some retroactive prosecutions to get to. And yeah, I'll trade Trump for every Democrat operative, lobbyist, and agitator alive. Put them all in prison. We'll make Trump's cell luxurious and with gold bars so he doesn't mind so much.

    This article complains about the so-called "Pink tax" of higher prices charged for goods sold specifically to women. Check out the picture at the bottom of the article.

    Maybe they've changed it -- for me, it was a picture of 1950s blacks sitting at a lunch counter -- I assume in protest of Jim Crow laws. Not sure that pink razors costing an extra nickle a blade quite rises to the Selma All Over Again level.

    And the below video is just too cute. A little girl has mistaken a broken water heater, put out for the trash, for a robot.

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    Posted by Ace at 08:41 PM Comments

    John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten): Media Is "Smearing" Trump Because They Fear Him


    Of all the things I did not see coming, this is one of the I did not see this comingest.

    Oh, and then he said Nigel Farage was "fantastic" and that he supports Brexit.

    He then predicts the "rag and bone trade we call the media" is going to spend a week now calling him [Lydon] a racist.

    "In my past I’ve had that accusation thrown at me willy nilly and it's a damn hard one to have to listen to and endure -- make sure it's right," Lydon added.

    "There's a terrible attitude in left-wing politics -- they just feel they have the pomposity and right to just throw these accusations out without any evidence -- well don't because my world requires facts."

    "For the next week and a half the rag-and-bone trade that we call the media is going to be calling me a racist, that’s the tomfoolery of it all. That's going to be damn upsetting all over again to my grandkids, is'’t it?"

    Oh, and I looked it up: A rag-and-bone trade man is, or rather was, a guy who would go door-to-door buying unwanted household goods -- crap -- in order to sell it to people whose unwanted crap is actually even crappier.

    I think that's a pretty good way to describe the media.

    He's kind of a Trump voter -- a former Obama supporter, defining himself (very loudly) as working class, who seems to have flipped.

    The former Sex Pistols frontman was speaking to ITV News when he stated: "The working class have voted and I support them. Let it be a nice exit. A truly brilliant British exit."


    "One journalist once said to me, is he the political Sex Pistol? In a way," he said.

    "There are many, many problems with him as a human being but he's not [racist] and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians."

    That article notes that last year, he was anti-Brexit and also thought Trump was one angry synapse away from starting World War III. He called him a "wrong 'un."

    In the video in the second article I linked, he explains that while he moved to America because of Obama, "that doesn't mean I'm going to follow him to the grave" and says that politics is all "roundabouts and swing-abouts" or some other such British nonsense which I assume has something to do with pendulums swinging too far in one direction.

    A little more from this interview with him from French outfit AFP. I would link the English version but I can't fine one.

    "I think from time to time, the world needs a shake-up. Passivity always winds up getting what it deserves[."] Trump is "the kind of kick in the ass the people seem to need."

    [John Lydon] understands the economic "dispair" and shares a deep mistrust of politiicans in office. "The idea of continuing on with the same policies without changing anything, that's all done now," he declares. "It's now been two or three generations wallowing in apathy, silly beards and dunce-caps. They look like each other, they all talk the same way," he says. "There's no spirit, which winds up being very negative and that opens the door to Donald Trump."

    Whoops -- I did find this (cached) English version of what he really said.

    I wondered why they said "dunce caps." Turns out, they couldn't figure out how to translate what he'd said:

    "We've had a couple of generations now that loved to wallow in apathy and silly beards and daft gray tea-cozy hats. They all look the same, they all talk the same," he said.

    I guess bonnets idiots meant "idiotic hats" and not "dunce caps" (which was my guess, which I see was wrong).

    These are tea-cozy hats. My stars. They're probably wearing them here, too. And I'd probably know that if I ever, you know, saw people.

    Kind of interesting -- Overton Window, tipping point, etc.

    Forgot the Obligatory Link: The Sex Pistols said it so well 40 years ago.

    Posted by Ace at 07:04 PM Comments

    Sean Spicer Tells Agenda-Soaked Progressive Troll April Ryan She Has an Agenda; Her Agenda-Filthy "Reporter" Sisters Line Up to Defend Her


    April D. Ryan was one of the few people in the world actually impressed by Rachel Maddow's Trump-taxes debacle -- she eagerly seized on the (silly) idea that because Trump's income in 2005 was only $250 million (before a $100 million write-down), that means he's clearly not a billionaire 12 years later.

    She had previously covered herself in glory by getting into a public spat with her former friend Omarosa Manigault (of Apprentice infamy, and I can't believe that yeah, she's now at the White House) and then claiming that Omarosa had "intimidated" her.

    So obviously, she's agenda-free.

    While Spicer was trying to explain mansplain to her something her female brain just couldn't grasp, she kept shaking her head to refuse the mansplanation before he could manclude his pungent, musky manswer, and he told her to stop womanshaking her head -- a vicious, sexist pre-emptive shejection of Sean Spicer's Personal Truth -- and that her femmegenda was obvious.

    This then caused some shemotional poutrage from the usual sispects.

    Video of the heated sexchange below.

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    Posted by Ace at 05:52 PM Comments

    No, Devin Nunes Should Not Recuse Himself


    ...explains David Harsyani.

    Worth reading.

    I can't add anything because I don't want to. While I understand that this job is to comment on the day's news, and can't fault Harsyani for doing his job, I personally am having a lot of time even taking this nonsense seriously.

    Is this really "news"? Again, not knocking Harsyani for working up the energy to deal with nonsense.

    But I'm really feeling kind of exhausted at having to even pretend that the Democrats' unending firehose of bullshit is genuine "news" that anyone at all should even have to entertain.

    For example: The Democrats are now making an issue of the fact that Nunes received something that looks like a leak (though possibly a legal one -- Nunes said the source went through proper procedure), and doesn't want to specify exactly what he saw. Probably because he wants to protect his source -- if it's known exactly what documents Nunes saw, it doesn't take a lot of legwork, I'm thinking, to figure out who had access and did in fact access those documents recently.

    But wait -- isn't this what the media and the Democrats themselves do to push the "Russia hacked the election with Trump's help" story every single day?

    Harsyani writes:

    "Calls Grow for Nunes to Step Aside in Inquiry on Surveillance," says The New York Times. "The remarkable calls," it goes on to say, "by Representatives Adam B. Schiff of California, the committee’s top Democrat," came after revelations that Nunes had met a source at the White House. Democrats claimed that a "bipartisan investigation" could no longer be achieved.

    For starters, the idea that Schiff isn’t a full-blown partisan is preposterous. He’s already made a number of wild and irresponsible claims about Russia "hacking our election."(The California representative contends to have conclusive evidence of collusion, though he's yet to share the specifics with the group.) There is no reason to treat him like the guardian of a chaste investigation. Others who went on the record to demand recusal were nonpartisan public servants like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

    The reason Harsyani struck through "conclusive" is, I imagine, because Harsyani mis-remembered Schiff as claiming "conclusive" evidence. If so, I know why Harsyani remembered it that way -- because when I heard Schiff talking about this, that is the impression I got. It was only later, reviewing what he said, that I saw he had left himself wiggle room here.

    But he conveyed that impression, at least to someone hearing it the first time. At least to me he did.

    Anyway, Schiff is claiming he's seen "evidence" that he himself won't share, while simultaneously claiming Nunes must recuse himself for making less sweeping claims and not giving up the source of those claims.

    How seriously am I supposed to take this?

    How seriously is anyone supposed to take this?

    (Parallel thoughts were expressed by Warden, last night.)

    Every single day, the Democrats and media get together and decide what the day's Microcycle Narrative Attack on Trump will be. Every single day we're supposed to treat these concocted #FakeNews fictions as matters of grave concern.

    For the first time in my adult life, I am using this expression non-ironically -- "I just can't even anymore."

    Journalists: We're So Tired and Our Work-Loads Are So Hard Due to Covering Trump. Yeah, hourly EST therapy primary screaming will do that.

    How do you think the rest of us feel due to your temper tantrums and lies?

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    By Promoting False Narrative of Rising Anti-Semitism Due to Trump Victory, Media Created the Very Incentives for the JCC Hoaxers to Make Their Threats



    Police sources told Haaretz that the [Israeli-American teenaged JCC bomb hoaxer's] main goal appears to have been obtaining media coverage. He had been making bomb threats for at least two years, against a wide variety of targets in several different countries, and after every such threat, he would monitor the media. If the threat didn’t provoke much response, he would lose interest in that target and try again somewhere else. But if the threat did create a media stir, he'd start targeting similar institutions in the same general locale in the hope of producing a similar media buzz.

    For most of the last two years–during which he threatened targets like shopping malls and airlines, as well as Jewish institutions in countries like Australia, New Zealand, and America–his threats produced little media coverage, so he didn't repeat them. But after Trump's election, he suddenly hit pay dirt. Threats against U.S. Jewish institutions fit right into the American Jewish community's loudly proclaimed narrative that the election had empowered right-wing anti-Semites, epitomized by Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt’s ludicrous assertion that U.S. anti-Semitism was now at a level unseen since 1930s Germany. Moreover, such threats fit right into the broader left-wing narrative that Trump’s election had empowered white supremacists, racists and other right-wing hate groups.

    Consequently, whereas anti-Semitic acts received little media coverage during President Barack Obama's tenure, they suddenly began receiving massive media attention following Trump's election–not just in America, but worldwide. The result, given the teen’s longstanding modus operandi, was inevitable: For the past few months, the Israeli police sources said, he has focused all his energy on threatening Jewish institutions in the U.S., because he knew that would create the media outcry he wanted.

    There's more, too: Obama never pushed for an escalation in the investigation, even though most of this happened under his watch. Trump did, and pushed additional resources into the probe, and caught the guy.

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    Jeff Sessions Warns Sanctuary Cities That Their Federal Funds Could Be Cut


    But this might be more bark than bite -- the feds' ability to force state law enforcement to enforce federal laws is limited.

    This might be one of those times we regret federalism.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired a broadside at so-called "sanctuary cities" Monday, telling reporters local policies of noncooperation with immigration authorities are "dangerous" and will cost communities federal funding.

    In the Trump administration's most pointed warning yet, Sessions said federal law allows withholding of federal funding to sanctuary cities, and signaled that such measures will soon be taken. Sessions, who took the podium at White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's regular media briefing, warned of a pending crackdown by the administration.

    "Such policies cannot continue," he said. "They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the street."

    The sanctuary cities are threatening to wage a fight in court, so determined are they to keep their criminals. (Note that this does relate only to criminals - state law enforcement officials would not have non-criminal illegals in their custody.)

    Meanwhile, the father of the illegal immigrant who allegedly raped the 14 year old girl in Maryland (which is doubling down on becoming the first sanctuary state) has been arrested by ICE. He's also, of course, illegal. I guess that makes his rapist son a "DREAMER."

    He dreamed of raping little girls, I guess.

    Oh, and the media continues pumping out stories attempting to portray those being deported as nice people caught up in a rotten system. The guy the New York Daily News tries to present in a favorable light is an illegal who was arrested by ICE at a court appearance for misdemeanor assault, who has a "long rap sheet" in addition.

    Didn't Obama promise to "prioritize" deporting criminal illegals? I don't remember progressives crying then -- I guess that's the difference between executing some enforcement and insincerely promising some enforcement while actually making America a Sanctuary Country.

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    AoSHQ Celebrates International Women's Wymynz Day


    So International Women's Day (and you can always tell it's a rat bastard commie holiday because it starts with the word 'International') was yesterday, or last week, or some damn thing, and that's a holiday that we all celebrate here at the HQ. So without further ado...



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    Mid-Morning Open Thread



    The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her Last Berth to be broken up, 1838
    Joseph Mallord William Turner

    There is something sad and era-ending about these scenes. Fighting ships seem to have hearts and minds, at least the romanticized version of them that lives in the hearts of the men who fought on them.

    JMW Turner has always intrigued me. His scenes of the sea are best seen in person -- they don't have the impact on the small screen. But he also confuses me. This painting has me thinking that the sky is the subject, and the ship just happened to wander in to the scene...

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    The Morning Report 3/28/17

    —J.J. Sefton


    Good morning, kids. Lots of link-fu today. Top story still remains the Obamacare debacle and how next to proceed. We go from the orgasm-inducing (yet highly unlikely to succeed) blunt force trauma of Mo Brooks' one sentence full repeal to an essay on how entitlements are as American as heroin-laced apple pie. In any case, the noises coming from the administration about PDT now dealing with Democrats are not filling me with strength and confidence. Other than that we have the usual selection of outrages du jour for your dining and dancing pleasure from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Unfortunately, we've had to suspend the beautiful opening credits as they seem to be causing havoc with browsers. Hope to fix that soon as they do lend an air of class to this joint, n'est ce pas? Have a better one and remain blessed.

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    Monday Overnight Open Thread (3/27/17) So This Is Monday Edition

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian


    Lake Superior

    Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
    -- George Washington

    Quote II

    Imagine choosing a job not on money or even on career advancement, but as part of a life worth living. Dale Dauten

    Quote III

    Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. Ronald Reagan

    2 certain things in life, death and taxes. Make that 3 things, death, taxes and debt in the afterlife. Average Americans dying with debt.

    These days, not even the dead are debt-free.

    A new report from has found that 73 percent of U.S. consumers are dying with large amounts of debt to their name — to the average tune of $61,554.


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    Devin Nunes Got His Information About Intel Reports from an Intel Officer, and That's a Scandal Or Something


    Or at least the Democrats are trying to make this into their new Rachel Maddow Moment.

    Nunes says he had to view the documents which he says may prove Obama targeted Trump from a sensitive compartmentalized information facility (SCIF) that could display executive branch information, which Congress doesn't have. A source -- who he says is an intelligence officer himself -- suggested he use one of the White House's SCIFs to view the material. Then Nunes walked over to Trump to tell him what he'd seen.

    It seems very strange indeed that someone needs to tell Trump about information to which Trump should already be in possession of, but then, it was reported some time ago (and then semi-retracted and semi-denied) that certain members of the intel community were not telling Trump things they'd ordinarily tell the president.

    Why it had to be done this way, I don't know -- maybe only delivering information to a Congressman gets you whistleblower status.

    Meanwhile, James Comey and NSA Director Rodgers are not coming to a previously-scheduled closed-door briefing of Congress. They haven't said why.

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    Norman Borlaug: The Greatest Man You've Never Heard Of


    Feeding the world is much easier because of this man, and he represents pretty much everything the agricultural neo-luddites on the Left despise. Norman Borlaug: A Man For All Seasons is a short description of his career, which spanned 50 years and cannot possibly be more impressive. And like a true scientist, he had an open mind, and saw the possibilities of the burgeoning recombinant DNA technology.

    With the world’s population continuing to increase, the need for additional agricultural production remains, and in his later years Norman turned his efforts to ensure the success of this century’s equivalent of the Green Revolution -- the application of modern genetic engineering (also known as “genetic modification,” or GM) to agriculture. As Norman and other plant scientists realized, the use of the term “genetic modification” to apply only to the newest genetic techniques is an unfortunate misnomer, because plant scientists had been using crude and laborious techniques to obtain new genetic variants of wheat, corn and other crops for centuries. Products now in development with genetic engineering techniques offer the possibility of even higher yields, lower inputs of agricultural chemicals and water, enhanced nutrition, and even plant-derived, orally active vaccines.

    No hysterical political stance, no hyperventilating about peak this and peak that and WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Just a fanatical focus on the job at feed the starving. And he did it.

    And he did it in part because he understood better than most what science is;

    “It is easy to forget that science offers more than a body of knowledge and a process for adding new knowledge. It tells us not only what we know but what we don’t know. It identifies areas of uncertainty and offers an estimate of how great and how critical that uncertainty is likely to be.”

    He knew what he didn't know. And that is something that our insular, good-ole-boys-club of climate scientists would do well to understand.

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    I Mostly Quit Consuming News and I'm So Much Happier and More Productive [Warden]

    —Open Blogger

    Donald Trump's ascendency had the happy effect of helping me let go of any obligation to defend him as a nominee. His presidency--and the media's hysterical reaction to every single thing he says, does or tweets--has allowed me to reduce my consumption of news by at least 90% and I've never felt better.

    The media culture is quite literally insane. I'm not just talking about print and television new. I mean all of it, including the stuff you and I use--Twitter, Facebook, blogs, comment sections, etc...

    We've been heading in this direction for awhile. As ace has noted previously, the medium is the message. Most of today's media is clickbaiting, emotion-driven nonsense, as it must be. A medium that reduces attention span and encourages grazing across multiple tabs demands it. And somewhere along the line someone figured out that nothing drives clicks and views like outrage.

    I think people have always loved running their mouths about things they know nothing about. The difference between today and before the rise of social media is that they didn't have a ready audience. You can only rant to your neighbors, coworkers and the barber so much in a given week.

    Now those same louts do have an audience, and a relatively large one at that--one that rewards them for their outbursts and calls them wise, brave and inspiring. Nothing builds social capital like broadcasting the "right" opinions loudly, emotionally, and frequently.

    President Trump didn't cause any of this, but he is a product of the culture and he's acted as an accelerant to the generally dysfunctional state of mass communications. It goes without saying that the press hates him unreservedly and with religious fervor.

    It's also no secret that the press is filled with low-IQ, throne sniffing propagandists who are entirely incapable of earning a living through more respectable means. With their constant baiting, framing, double standards, deceptive edits and lies of both commission and omission, they have slowly but steadily lost the trust of most of their viewership. We've been watching it right here on this blog since the 2004 disgrace of Dan Rather.

    But the ratcheting intensity driven by their Trump hating pathology has created something new and awful--a general feeling of paranoia, anger and fear that permeates our daily living.

    And because Trump has a cunning and instinctive understanding of this circus-like atmosphere, he also adds to the confusion with his own deceit and off-the-wall behavior.

    Don't get me wrong-- I find Donald Trump's smashing of DC norms to be mostly a positive development. But the man, taken as a whole and combined with underhanded maneuvering of his media antagonists has helped create an atmosphere where the truth is dream-like and elusive.

    Frankly, it's exhausting to try to keep up. Every day and multiple times within is some new outrage. He gaslights them, they gaslight us. Everyone reacts without thinking at full volume and then we're on to the next thing before anything is inspected, pondered, and resolved.

    I used to feel it was some sort of moral and patriotic obligation to stay on top of current affairs. No longer. I have neither the time nor the inclination to sift through miles of sewage in order to find some tiny, useful nugget of information. It's bad for my mental and spiritual health which, in turn, is bad for my family. And I value them--and myself-- far more than Being Right About Everything or whipping out some hard earned fact in order to TOTALY PWN an opponent on Twitter.

    It hit me a few weeks ago that very little of what I've been consuming is real. It's like a crazy funhouse filled with distorted mirrors and spooky, upsetting sound effects. So, I thought, why enter? No one is making me and there's a perfectly good reality to enjoy elsewhere. Hadn't I spent most of my life prior to this bizarre age we're living through doing exactly that?

    I took a long weekend to be with my kids over Spring Break last week and hardly even looked at the internet except to drop a post onto Ace of Spades. I threw a football with my kids at the park, took them to laser tag, cooked them breakfast and lunch every day and got some yard work done in balmy 70 degree weather.

    I also spent time with my wife, played some video games, and stuck my nose in a book for a few hours each day.

    It was wonderful. Peace and quiet is good for both the soul and the intellect. It gives you time to consider things deeply rather than respond primitively and by rote to information.

    The less media I consume, the more time I have, allowing me to get back to being the bookworm I'd been for the first 30 or so years of my life.

    It's easy to get trapped the way I was and the way many of you are. New media is sneaky. It allows you feel smart while actually making you stupid. We have more information at our disposal today than ever, but it's a mile wide and about an inch deep online or on TV. It encourages a hunter/gatherer mentality that ultimately causes you to lose your ability to deeply focus on a task. Reading reverses that process. I'm already seeing my attention span grow again.

    In the last week of browsed at least parts of Mere Christianity by CS Lewis, Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance, A Pinch of Salt by Theodore Dalyrimple and The End of Average by Todd Rose. These are four thoughtful books filled with interesting ideas by men who are far smarter and insightful than the television personalities yelling inanities at you on TV as they try to manipulate your opinion to better accommodate the world they wish for themselves.

    I'm here to tell you that I'm not going back. The more I scale back my media consumption, the more centered and in touch I become with the real world. I'm done chasing illusions. The big secret of new media is that it cons you even when you know it's all a big con. Life is too short and precious to be wasted on carnival barkers and grifters.


    Bonus trollish thought: If you want to drive a left wing acquaintance mad, tell him that you don't bother to watch news (even if you do) because they're all just liars.

    Follow up by responding to every argument he tries to make with, "Ehhhh, buncha liars."

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    A Journey Through the Upside-Down


    Sweet fancy Moses, the stuff you can find on Twitter. What kind of kartoffelkopf do you have to be to believe that the reason Hillary! lost is because the MSM spent all their time ginning up hatred against her because they wanted the Republican to win?

    Peter Daou was a Hillary advisor during her '08 campaign. Not sure why he wasn't working for her this time around, but who knows? Anyway, the crush he had on her back then is just as strong as ever. About a week ago, he finally reached his breaking point, and lashed out with a epic tweetstorm of unhinged lunacy that gets close to the Eichenwald absolute.

    Below is how it starts out, and I cut and pasted the text from the rest of the tweets to save space. So come along with me and savor the crazy. And the butthurt. But mostly-- well actually, I don't know which one is more predominant, but here we go into the fever swamp. I trust everyone has had their shots, and make sure your mosquito netting is firmly in place:

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    Palestinian Terrorist and "Feminist" Stripped of US Citizenship, Ejected From Country


    Very good.

    I'm under the weather and am taking the day off, pretty much. I'll just put up open threads and links. Sorry -- I just feel like crap.

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    Move Over Lutefisk, There's A New Sheriff In Town


    ...and its name is Surströmming.

    This is a Swedish “delicacy”: Baltic herring that has been fermenting for six months.


    Ask for it by name:

    Terry Pratchett once theorized that each country or culture has some really disgusting food item that they never eat themselves, but they give to gullible foreigners because they think they're eating "authentic ethnic food." So, for example, you go to some northern country and are served seagull feet marinated in fermented yak urine while they're all in the next tent laughing at you while chowing down on reindeer steaks.

    Oh, and once you've finished your heaping helping of surströmming, you might like some dessert:

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    Mid-Morning Open Thread


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    Boatmen On The Missouri
    George Caleb Bingham

    This is an interesting and amusing painting, although nobody would argue for its inclusion among the greats. So why did I choose it? Well, in addition to it being nice to look at, it was donated to the De Young Museum Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, the third generation of a famous family of fascist oppressors.

    It's easy for the Left to demonize wealth, but here is a very nice example of what it can do. And while I have no need to assure you of this, I will, because it needs repeating: the progressive canard that government is necessary for the support of the arts is just that; a lie, perpetrated on the American public. I will take privately funded art any day of the week over the work product of the current crop of lazy, self-indulgent, narcissistic, talentless drones whose only skill is sticking a thumb in the eye of Western culture.

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    The Morning Report 3/27/17

    —J.J. Sefton

    Good morning, kids. Well, last Friday sure was a let down. Ironically, some blame the Freedom Caucus and conservatives for being "ideological purists" while others blame the GOP-e for crafting a bogus bill that sustained and even expanded Obamacare as well as PDT for not knowing any better. There's even speculation that this is all some sort of 11-dimensional chess on the latter's part in order to hurry the collapse of Obamacare so he can rush in and save the day. No matter what, it's a propaganda coup for the Democrat Left. And if that wasn't bad enough, people like the Son of the Postman want PDT to include Democrats in any health care legislation. What's going on in the President's head is a mystery to me. But this bill clearly was a combination of the GOP protecting a big government entitlement/bureaucracy while torpedoing the Trump agenda. I agree with Senator Cotton and Scott McKay at Spectator: Get back to work and craft a repeal and real legislation that opens up the free market and reduces government intervention/regulation as much as possible. Other than that, you'll notice that, Pixy shenanigans notwithstanding, we have actual real opening credits! Woo hoo! Big shout out and thank you to Little Mrs. Spellcheck for creating them. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.


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    Sunday Overnight Open Thread (3/26/17) Skimpy Edition

    —Misanthropic Humanitarian

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    Quotes of The Day

    Quote I

    Life sometimes gets in the way of writing. Jean M. Auel


    It did this weekend. Sorry for the skimpy ONT.

    Quote II

    The most expensive hobby a rich man could have is a boat, and the second most expensive hobby he could have is a very old house. Barbara Corcoran

    Quote III

    Originality consists in thinking for yourself, not in thinking differently from other people.James Fitzjames Stephen

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    Helicopter Parents and the End of Childhood Freedom [Warden]

    —Open Blogger

    I found this 2014 Atlantic article, The Overprotected Kid, and found myself nodding vigorously at the astonishing difference between my childhood and those that my kids are living.

    Admittedly, I was parented by insanely libertarian minded parents who figured that any day I didn't come home maimed was pretty much a win. Even for the standards of the 70's, my brother and I were given so much latitude that our parents were the black sheep of the neighborhood.

    There are things I did that I'd never allow my kids to do. My parents were extreme, bordering on neglectful at times. For example, my mom never bothered buying us snow boots even though she could afford to. Nope, sneakers were fine for running around in the snow. Gloves and a hat were optional as well, even on subzero days. I never owned a scarf until my wife bought me one ten years ago. I remain baffled that anyone who doesn't work in life threateningly cold weather would think one a necessity.

    Despite this, I think my childhood was far more enjoyable, adventuresome and healthy than that of my children. And I feel guilty about this. I'm the parent, after all. On the other hand, our current culture makes it nearly impossible, legally, socially, and practically, to expose my kids to the same level of risk and freedom that I enjoyed.

    Looking back, my parents had it pretty damned easy. By the time I was 8 years old, I would ride my bike a mile and a half to the pool in the summer when it opened and not return until close to dinner. At least half of those evenings, I would rush outside to play with friends right after eating. Mom literally saw me for an hour or two a day.

    The sound of children was a constant in my old neighborhood. Kids were everywhere outside, playing sports, racing bikes, chasing each other through back yards. Today, in a suburban neighborhood packed with kids, you can't find a single one outside on most weekends. Even if I wanted to encourage my kids to disappear for a few hours, there's no one for them to run around with.

    I'm both saddened and chagrined at the fact that neither of my boys, ages 5 and 10, have every climbed a tree, went creek walking or ran the neighborhood past dark. They've never played kick the can, toilet papered a house or swam in a pond.

    I'm sensitive to the damage a sheltered life can cause, and I do my best to foster independence where I can. For example, when I take my 5 year old to the supermarket, I let him roam about the store eating sample and searching the discount fruit bin for good deals while talking to employees and sometimes strangers.

    This never fails to cause some well-meaning adult to inform me that I've lost my kid. "No," I tell them. "he knows where to find me." I usually receive disapproving looks. I wonder what they'd think of my mom, who'd let my brother and I wander off into the toy aisle while she grocery shopped in peace, tasking us with the responsibility to catch up with her at the checkout line when she was finished. They'd likely call the cops on her today.

    It seems that no matter what I do to give my kids more freedom, I'm stymied by other adults. I used to walk my little one into preschool, open the locked, coded door for him, then kiss him goodbye. It was then up to him to hang his coat, fish his folder out of his backpack, wash his hands and make his way into class.

    That is, it was up to him until a couple of months ago when one of his teachers got upset after finding him "wandering the hallway alone" and asked that I escort him into class. "Otherwise," she said, "we could get into trouble."

    And so my 5 year old had even that small bit of freedom yanked from him. I'm annoyed, but I don't blame the preschool. Everyone is terrified of being sued.

    Even my wife got into the game this past week, freaking out that I left the two boys alone at laser tag for an hour while I went next door for a beer. It was deliberate. I could've gotten a beer inside the laser tag place if I'd wanted to, but I chose to get out of their space. My wife thought this was irresponsible. She's wrong. A 10 year old can look after a 5 year old for an hour in a public place.

    And so, I continue to fight a desperate and pathetic rear guard action against overwhelming cultural forces. I'll give my kids a few bucks at a sporting event and let them go find the concession stand (and their way back) on their own. I leave them alone at home while I run errands on the weekend. I have my older son cook breakfast for the younger one once or twice a week.

    It all seems so inadequate. I can't win and we can't go back to a different time--one without smart phones, organized sports starting at 4 years old, and a pile of rules and regulations for ever conceivable situation. It makes me sad.

    Perhaps I'm someone who just can't let go of things. I have dozens of childhood stories of adventure, mischief, recklessness, foolishness and bravery---hours of planning, exploring, competing, fighting, cooperating, exploring, failing and achieving-- all outside the oversight of our parents. I wonder... what childhood stories will my boys tell?

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    Open Thread For Various Discussions About Everything Except Dresses


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    Food Thread: Oysters And Bars And Happy Hours



    It's no secret that I love the little buggers. Even thoroughly mediocre mass-market oysters that are found at the typical $1 oyster happy hour are pleasant. But occasionally, like last night, I get some really good ones. A touch of brine, firm and creamy flesh, and best of all that marvelous and unique "oyster" flavor that is almost sweet but not quite...almost tart but not quite. Yes, I will turn in my Man-CardTM for using this word, but "umami" might be the best descriptor. I know that oysters are odd, and some people simply can't abide their texture, but if you haven't tried them, and are at all adventurous, give it a shot. But go to a good place. And don't order a dozen. Just order three, and maybe ask for a selection. If you like them, you will probably descend into oyster hell...forever haunting happy hours and out-of-the-way dives that are rumored to have the best oysters in town.

    Anyway, the bar was packed, but shockingly they knew how to manage the crowds by taking names for seats at the bar. One of the things I despise about humanity is its conspicuous lack of etiquette. And nowhere is that failing displayed more obviously than at crowded bars. Don't try to elbow your way past me to sit at the newly vacated seat for which I was waiting patiently. Don't rotate your bar stool so you can chat facing your friend; that takes room away from me. And it's rude.

    But management at The Mermaid Inn managed these issues quite well. The hostess and bartenders kept lists and enforced them. A rude couple did try to scoot past me to snag those seats, and the bartender firmly put them in their place.

    It was glorious.


    This once was a temple of oyster gastronomy; The Grand Central Oyster Bar. Sadly faded, but still a fascinating glimpse into what New York City once was.

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    Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-26-2017


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    Library of Skandia Recluse

    Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes melt. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which only go to show that wearing your PJs in the middle of the day is perhaps not a modern fad.

    Pic Note

    Skandia Recluse writes:

    The Zane Grey books are book club editions and were published in the fifties, and I had read them all before reaching the sixth grade, usually in bed, late at night, under the covers, by flashlight. Probably why I am very nearsighted...You might notice the figure of Buddha on the top shelf and in the spirit of Mr. Dietrich (V for Vendetta) when asked "Are you Muslim?" replied, "No, I'm in television," I would reply to the question, "Are you Buddhist?" with "No, I am a recluse."

    Today is International De-Lurk Day

    As I announced last week, I want to turn today's book thread into what you might call a "lurkers' showcase" where all of you lurkers and lurkettes post a book review. That is, if you've enjoyed a book that you first heard about on the book thread, I think you can assume that you might know of a book or two that the rest of us would like to hear about. The value of the book thread is in the comments, where books are recommended, de-recommended, and generally discussed. So I hope many of you will be moved to post your reviews.


    Over on the MoronHorde group on GoodReads, a few months ago, we read The Camp of the Saints, a French novel from the 1970s which predicted, with uncanny accuracy, the social pathologies that are produced when a western country is inundated by a mass influx of unassimilated third-world immigrants. It was published, mostly forgotten, then became a best-seller in 2011 when the issues it raised became topical again.

    So I came across another novel that is kind of like that, meaning, written long ago, forgotten, then rediscovered.

    Because Trump:

    The Twentieth Day of January, written by acclaimed British author Ted Allbeury and first published in 1980, tells of an incoming American president who is compromised by a sex scandal concocted by Russian spies...“When it was written, Carter was president, Reagan was about to come in…The bare bones [of the plot] are that an aspirant politician who was nowhere near being a serious contender for the presidency somehow through the manipulation of a strike gets into a position where he becomes a possible contender and keeps being helped undoubtedly with financial support, and then becomes president. And the Russians have compromising photographs of him.”

    Although a work of fiction, fans of the book have been astonished by the way it seems to predict the rise of Trump and the allegations made against him recently.

    Allbeury, an ex-intelligence officer during the Cold War, passed in 2005. It sounds like his professional life was perhaps a bit more exciting than he would have liked:

    After his death, his friend and fellow writer Len Deighton recalled: “During the Cold War, Ted was running agents across the border that divided communist East Germany from the west. His luck ran out and the Russians left him nailed to a kitchen table in a farmhouse. Practised torturers, they made sure he had a chance to survive and take the story back to his fellow agents. The war never ended for him. His children were kidnapped and he pursued them to South America. Ted never told me what happened after that. I urged Ted to write his memoirs but he could not be persuaded. He said he’d signed an official document that prevented him doing so. Well, that’s our loss, along with Ted himself: a hero, patriot, family man, friend and outstanding writer.”

    You know what other well-known author was a CIA field agent? William F. Buckley. It's probably safe to assume he incorporated his experiences working for the agency into his Blackford Oakes spy novels. I had always wanted Buckley to write an account of what he did during his time in the CIA, but perhaps he was bound by a non-disclosure agreement similar to Allbeury's. Or, maybe he was just an honorable man who didn't think it was proper to divulge secrets that had been entrusted to him.

    The Twentieth Day of January is available on Kindle for seven and a quarter.

    And Buckley's Blackford Oakes novels, such as Stained Glass and Marco Polo, If You Can, are also available on Kindle, each one for about eight.

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