February 08, 2016

More: Young Female Democrats "Perplexed" By Hillary Clinton's Claim That They Should Support Her Just Because She's a Woman

—Ace

I know I covered this basic idea earlier but it keeps popping up. Seems to be worth mentioning again.

Also, I forgot to mention two stories from the weekend.

First, Gloria Steinem said that young women are supporting Bernie Sanders to meet boys.

That has to be the most sexist thing ever. Seriously! She's claiming these little girls have nothing go on in their heads, no "agency," no concern other than meeting some cute (?) liberal boys.

She said this on the Bill Maher show.

Asked why the former secretary of state isn't doing better among young women, Steinem said females typically don’t start taking politics seriously until they get older.

"When you're young, you're thinking, 'Where are the boys?' The boys are with Bernie," Steinem added.

Maher was immediately taken aback by Steinem's comment.

"Now if I said that -- 'Yeah, they're for Bernie 'cause that's where the boys are' — you'd swat me," Maher said.

"No, I wouldn't," Steinem fired back.

Yes you would.

She claims now that her clear-as-polished-crystal statement was merely "misinterpreted," and she apologizes for your misinterpretation.

Vinegary old crow Madeleine Albright then declared: "“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other" at a Clinton rally. This stinking, cheesy discharge of a statement is a claim she's been making since 2008, so, these foul cows figure, it's "nothing new" and therefore completely unobjectionable.

In an unrelated note, Mein Kampf was published in 1931.

With this noxious stink of special pleading and straight-up Gender Superiority politics a-swirl, the Daily Beast interviewed female Sanders supporters, who say they just don't understand this truly bizarre claim that Gals Gotta Stick Together, even if they disagree on fundamental points.

"[Hillary is] confused about what feminism means, she thinks feminism just means female empowerment only, it means a lot more than that," said Ainsley-Aude Croteau, 24, of Durham, New Hampshire. "Feminism is gender equality, I think she's trying to appeal to young women voters by shouting feminism in our faces, but were not one-track-minded people."

Croteau was one of nearly a dozen women interviewed by The Daily Beast who attended the Sanders rally on Sunday afternoon in a community college gymnasium. They were all genuinely perplexed by the idea that Clinton deserved their support solely based on her gender.

Another young woman called Hillary's emails "wicked shady."

Croteau is given the last word:

"Bernie doesn't treat us like we're children, he treats us like we are adults. He doesn't try to talk down to us with the feminism thing," she said. "It's not a girl power thing, it's a gender equality power thing."

This Hillary Clinton thing might really not be happening.

Then again, if she is the nominee, I expect all of these Social Justice Warrioresses to be parroting #WarOnWomen like Stepford Voters.

Et Tu, Debbie? Debbie Wasserman-Schultz' statement, intended to be about Carly Fiorina -- that "just because you're a woman doesn't mean you're good for women" -- gets a new airing in light of women's rejection of Hillary.

Dead Heat Nationally: Last week a poll put the national race at a dead heat, 45-42.

Now another poll puts it at the same dead heat, this time, 48-45.

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Clintons Eye Staff Shake-Up After New Hampshire

—Ace

When you really need to replace the candidate, but can't, you've got to replace everyone else.

Hillary and Bill Clinton are so dissatisfied with their campaign's messaging and digital operations they are considering staffing and strategy changes after what's expected to be a loss in Tuesday’s primary here, according to a half-dozen people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Clintons -- stung by her narrow victory in Iowa -- had been planning to reassess staffing at the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters after the first four primaries, but the Clintons have become increasingly caustic in their criticism of aides and demanded the reassessment sooner, a source told POLITICO.

The talk of shake-up echoes what happened in 2008 -- when Hillary Clinton was on the verge of sacking her campaign manager and several top communications officials -- before her surprise win here bailed out her beleaguered staff.

The password is "schlonged."

Funny: Hillary's top donor is the Fat Shaming Corporation Slimfast.

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Serial Harasser and Accused Rapist Bill Clinton Complains "BernieBros" Are Treating Women Shabbily

—Ace

#WarOnWomen.

Bizarrely -- hopefully? -- young women are actually turned off by Hillary's relentless play of the vagina card, though this might be due mostly to the fact that they already oppose Hillary and support Sanders. That is, when someone (especially someone without much actual principle to their thinking) is against someone, she might just change her principles around to further oppose that person.

Be that as it may, I suppose it's good that this group is still capable of objecting to genuine sexist appeals.

Young women in New Hampshire were offended by the way Hillary Clinton uses her gender to garner support, an MSNBC survey revealed Friday.

When MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall asked young female voters about Hillary Clinton’s claim on Wednesday that she is not an establishment candidate because she is a woman, they responded negatively.

One of the respondents said that she did not like how Clinton assumed that her feminism was identical to the feminism of all women.

“I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism, and I think it’s really important to differentiate that,” one young woman said. Her complaint is a common one among young women and reveals a generational divide within the Democratic Party.

Another respondent said that Clinton’s gender does not automatically make her the best candidate...

Hall expressed shocked at the responses she received to her questions...

"Here you are in New Hampshire, this progressive college environment, and young woman after young woman really shrugging it off and taking issue with the fact that Hillary Clinton brought it up," Hall said. "I thought that was fascinating. It blew me away. Of all the things last night, I didn’t see that coming."

Meanwhile, Hillary says she'll release the transcripts of the speeches she was paid to give Wall Street on one condition -- that everyone else release theirs.

There's a reason she doesn't want to release these -- she kisses up to Wall Street in them, and makes it clear that she's Their Girl.

Posted by Ace at 01:37 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Vincent Van Gogh, "Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky" (1890)

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Repost- Thoughts on Economic Freedom

—LauraW.

***This post originally ran last Friday***

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Hi guys, I'm here just coalescing some thoughts and observations. Ace had complained recently that politicians don't seem to have much of a tongue for conservative philosophy (also known as basic economic facts) anymore.

I live in Connecticut, where the Mighty Corrupt Idiot Governor Dannel P. M' Uuhhhloy is busy cooking the books and turning my beautiful state into a debtor's prison. So some things have been on my mind.

We look around us and our hearts sink at the tangle we're in. Our national debt will enslave future generations. The political, media, and corporate classes are in an intractable, incestuous conspiracy against the People. Top officers of government are selling American sovereignty and security out from underneath the citizenry, placing us all in risk. Washington D.C. is the lap of wealth and comfort, while everywhere else people are scraping by, underemployed or unemployed.

If we want to be able to explain to people why economic freedom is so great, we need to point out why the alternative is deficient. We don't have far to look. In our formerly great cities and states, we are doomed to watch again the same blight of poor governance that we had watched fail forty years ago. Why hasn't anyone learned this lesson, with the many times it has been self-taught?

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Morning Thread (2-8-2016)

—Andy

Word has it that the New Hampshire Decision Desk is in need of volunteers due to flight cancellations from today's New England blizzard.

If you can get to Nashua by 8pm tonight and have some time to spare on a great project, email Brandon at brandon@decisiondeskhq.com for details.

Posted by Andy at 08:08 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (2-7-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - And That Goes a Long Way Edition

One thing: I don't really believe that Donald Trump is a small-government sort or really pro-life or particularly pro-gun or hesitant to get involved in blatant social engineering. But I do think that the man genuinely loves the United States of America. And that he would not hesitate to [expletive deleted] up the [expletive deleted] of anybody who [expletive deleted] with us.

-- Moe Lane

Quote of the Day II

My problem with Sanders is that he's ultimately a coward. He talks a great game about being dedicated to a "political revolution," but he is utterly unwilling to employ the means required to achieve the ends desired.

...Bernie Sanders has to believe Hillary Clinton is part of the problem. But he won't say so, save to prattle on about Clinton's super PACs and speaking fees. That's amateur-hour stuff. It's academic-seminar-level griping, not revolution-fomenting. He wants to talk about the system, but he won't do what is minimally required to change it. And right now, the first step on that long road is steamrolling Hillary Clinton. It's like saying you want to do whatever it takes to fight malaria, but refusing to say much about the huge, sprawling, and fetid marshlands in the middle of downtown. The Clintons are swamp creatures, taking what they need and leaving in their retromingent wake the stench of corruption.

-- Jonah Goldberg

Hot Blue-on-Blue Lady Action:

Madeleine Albright: There's a "Special Place in Hell" For Women Who Don't Back Hillary

Gloria Steinem: Young Women Only Support Bernie Sanders Because They're Boy Crazy

North Korea Successfully Launches Rocket, Orbits Satellite

And they is learning:

North Korea has successfully placed its second satellite into a polar orbit using their newer version of the UnHa-3 rocket to launch what they are calling the KwangMyungSong-4 satellite. The satellite and its third-stage rocket booster are both being tracked by NORAD which is showing a near prefect circular and polar orbit.

Since the first North Korean satellite launched in December 2012 tumbled uncontrollably, our collective think-tanks' analysis had always been that North Korea was never able to communicate with that satellite. Yet it is humbly apparent that they did in fact learn from its failures. This second satellite is, for now, orbiting over the poles about every 94 minutes with its third stage booster somewhere near it.

Here is a previous launch of their UnHa-3 rocket:

Meanwhile: Crazy Ivan's Back in the North Atlantic

Frankly, if the Admiral remembers the 1980s, higher professionalism from the Russian Navy (than its Soviet predecessor) is probably a good thing for everyone, and it should simply inspire NATO navies to pursue professionalism also. Instead, however, we've been pursuing race and sex quotas with a single-mindedness that would get fiction's greatest whaling captain to tell us to "lighten up, shipmate."

...The great-grandsons of those iron men in iron boats now put to sea backed by a nation that may have its own issues, but is free of the technical isolation that led Soviet-era submarine technology to lag the West. Of course they've gotten better; that's what humans do, given half a chance. The cause of Admiral Johnstone's problem is not that the Russians have use the last two decades to get better, but that his nations' navies have not.

What were we doing? Figuring out how long a plug had to go into new sub designs, so that we could have ladies' sanitary arrangements, because our lodestar was not the mission but the careers.

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Live Blogging the Colbert Show

—Ace

I figure this will be awful, so I'm going to watch it and then blog about it. It's on CBS, now, at least in some markets.

Posted by Ace at 10:54 PM Comments

Super Bowl XXXXX or, The Return of Coldplay (CBD)

—Open Blogger

Niedermeyer's Dead Horse, the star of this year's football threads, is on a plane, so you are stuck with my woefully inadequate internet search skills. And yes, some of these (maybe even all of them) are repeats, but you can't complain. Buy the Platinum package and you can get the AoSHQ live feed. I think Ace comes on at 5:30 to do his Rubio impression.

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The Carolina Panthers are the prohibitive favorite, and my prediction is that after the halftime show, the number of eyeballs on the screens will drop precipitously. Yeah, a 24-7 halftime score plus Coldplay will do that.....

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Food Thread: Predictive Text...The Newest Thing In Cooking [CBD]

—Open Blogger

H/T Niedermeyer's Dead Horse
And it's not just the ingredients that are funny...click through and read the instructions.

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AoSHQ Podcast #132: New Hampshire GOP Debate

—Andy

Ace and Drew break down last night's GOP debate for you.

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Don't forget to submit your Ask the Blog questions for next week's episode.

Open thread in the comments.

Update: Marco is now saying of last night's logic loop, "I meant to do that."

Well, that's one way to play it.

By the way he's repeating his 25 second canned answers from last night on all sorts of issues.

Posted by Andy at 03:25 PM Comments

Learning Curves....And Open Thread (CBD)

—Open Blogger

A "steep learning curve" has entered the vernacular as a phrase used to describe something that is difficult to learn. But that is exactly backwards!

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Which curve would you rather be on?

Or am I missing something?

Posted by Open Blogger at 02:25 PM Comments

"Rubio's Glitch"

—Ace

(Bumped up by Drew)

That's what it's being called.

Chris Christie told Rubio exactly how he'd hit him. He told him exactly where he'd hit him.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-07-2016: Gone But Not Forgotten [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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Remember The Days When We Had A REAL President?

(Reagan pic stolen from here:
http://sharpwriter.deviantart.com/art/Ronald-Reagan-The-Liberator-459588484)

Open Question: OK, as you can see in the picture, Mr. Reagan has one arm thrust through the windshield, shooting commies and hippies, and his other arm is resting on the driver's side door, the window having been previously kicked out. So with both arms accounted for, how is he steering the car?


“If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find 'reality' a bit of a disappointment.”
― Joe Queenan


Ronaldus Magnus

Yesterday (Saturday) would have been the 105th birthday of The Great One. There have been a number of biographies written about him, but I don't know which one of them is best. I don't know if any of them are any good (maybe is worth a look). But I do remember Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan came out, and everybody was all, like, WTF? Now let me set the stage: This is a biography authorized by RR, and the author, Edmund Morris, had won a Pulitzer back in 1980 for The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, the first of his three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt. So everybody thought that he'd do a good job with it, particularly since he was granted unprecedented access to both Reagan and behind-the-scenes at the White House during his term in office. But despite all of this, and despite 13 years(!) of archival research, he published a steaming turd that the most charitable reviews referred to as "controversial."

Morris eventually decided to scrap writing a straight biography and turn his piece into a faux historical memoir about the President told from the viewpoint of a semi-fictional peer from the same town as Ronald Reagan: Edmund Morris himself. The person comes from the same town as, continually encounters, and later keeps track of Reagan...

The biography has caused confusion in that it contains a few characters who never existed and scenes in which they interact with real people. Morris goes so far as to include misleading endnotes about such imaginary characters to thoroughly confuse his reading audience. Elsewhere, scenes are dramatized or completely made up.

This is not serious scholarship. It's performance art offered in lieu of serious scholarship. And pretty much everybody hated it. They hated it when it was first published, and they hate it now: 52% of the Amazon reviews are either 2-star or 1-star.

On the other hand, I'd guess that conservative author Peter Schweizer's book on Reagan, Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism, perhaps contains more clarity and certainty of purpose:

Challenging popular misconceptions of Reagan as an empty suit who played only a passive role in the demise of the Soviet Union, Peter Schweizer details Reagan’s decades-long battle against communism.

Bringing to light previously secret information obtained from archives in the United States, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Russia -- including Reagan’s KGB file -- Schweizer offers a compelling case that Reagan personally mapped out and directed his war against communism, often disagreeing with experts and advisers. An essential book for understanding the Cold War, Reagan’s War should be read by open-minded readers across the political spectrum.

Schweizer is also the author of a number of other books, such as Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich and Architects of Ruin: How Big Government Liberals Wrecked the Global Economy -- and How They Will Do It Again If No One Stops Them.

And I'll mention this one just because I like the title: Makers and Takers: How Conservatives Do All the Work While Liberals Whine and Complain. Obviously a dispassionate analysis.

But back to Reagan. I think the best writings about Reagan are his own. Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America. He actually wrote a ton of material over the years:

Most of Reagan's original writings are pre-presidential. From 1975 to 1979 he gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, two-thirds of which he wrote himself. They cover every topic imaginable: from labor policy to the nature of communism, from World War II to the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, from the future of Africa and East Asia to that of the United States and the world. They range from highly specific arguments to grand philosophy to personal stories.

And remember this is the man that liberals want you believe was an airhead.

There's also an audio CD Reagan In His Own Voice which is a collection of recordings of his original radio broadcasts.

Of course, Reagan was known to tell a joke or two, many of them at the expense of liberals. So with that mind, I give you The Humor of Ronald Reagan: Quips, Jokes and Anecdotes From the Great Communicator, which is available on Kindle for 99 cents. Also on the cheap is 50 of President Ronald Reagan's Most Important Speeches from 1957 to 1994: Formatted for the Kindle for $1.99. I notice that the download-for-free sample for this last book contains Reagan's entire "A Time For Choosing" speech from 1964 and also a pretty good sized chunk of his debate with Robert Kennedy in 1967. For free. I'm just saying.

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EMT 2/5/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Your Sunday goin' to church thread.

Posted by Open Blogger at 06:12 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread Pre-Super Bowl Edition (6 Feb 2016)

—CDR M

I hope you don't mind the lack of current events or politics in tonight's ONT. Tomorrow is the big game, Super Bowl 50. This is the last NFL football game until August 7, 2016 exactly 6 months from tomorrow. I hate Cold Turkey football withdrawals.

Ladies & gentlemen will you please rise and remove your caps. As usual pants are optional.


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Republican Debate Thread (In Progress)

—Ace

8 PM Eastern, ABC network.

Mary Katharine Ham will be a guest questioner.

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Another WWII Plane ID Game....(CBD)

—Open Blogger

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Okay....everyone seems to be so good at this.
[Even Anna Puma gets to play this one...]

And Open Thread.

[11:20pm. In case anyone is interested...its an F6F Hellcat]

Posted by Open Blogger at 06:25 PM Comments

A Mid-Afternoon Respite From Reality (CBD)

—Open Blogger

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I saw this photo on Twitter and followed the link. There is some controversy about the type of plane, so I thought that our crowd-sourcing will solve the puzzle rather quickly.

The Moron with the first correct answer that is validated by the horde (I do not know the correct answer) gets a one year Platinum Membership with Ampersand utility and Troll-B-GoneTM

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Gardening with a Side of Pasta(farian) [Y-not and KT]

—Open Blogger

Y-not: Welcome, gardening morons and moronettes!

Today's thread is brought to you by The Million Dollar Potato:

We're lucky today to have a guest post from moron, Pastafarian, so I've restricted my contributions to a few tweets that might be of interest to the horde.

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Our Headlong Charge Back To Pre-Industrial Society (CBD)

—Open Blogger

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Sometime commenter and beer guru Beeerslinger sent this along. Cocktail guide offers recipes made with urine. it reminded me of the discussion (was it yesterday) about tiny houses, and the Left's desire to return to a pre-industrial-revolution quality of life. People drank urine because they were ignorant of science, and relied on alchemists and "physicians" to cure their ailments. But we know exactly what urine is....waste products from metabolism, and the body balancing various other compounds. This is not clever deduction....this is well known. Because 2,500 years of Western philosophy and intellectual development has taught us how to study the world and discern facts from bullshit. And drinking urine is bullshit -- it hearkens back to an ignorance based on lack of knowledge -- but we don't have that excuse any more.

Am I making too much of this? Is this simply a bunch of rich people with too much time on their hands? 10 years ago I would have laughed, and chalked this up to stupidity and boredom. But I am now deeply suspicious of any attempt to reject science and logic. And I think this is exactly that.

But......

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The War on US Sovereignty [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

OK, that headline may be a bit much, but a couple of items crossed my Twitter feed this week that caught my eye.

Here's a quote from the USA Today story:

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EMT 2/5/16 The First World edition. [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Edgar Mitchell died yesterday.

I know. The name doesn't ring many bells.

Edgar was the 6th man to ever walk on the moon, forty-five years ago.

Forty-five years. It has been forty since the last time a human being (Harrison Schmitt) has set foot on any rock other than Earth.

Forty years in the past, the first world was the place where miracles of science coupled with indomitable spirit to do the impossible lifted the hopes and dreams of the human race.

Forty years ago, the apolitical scientific method for empirical studies of chemistry, physics & math based on actual data still trumped the politicized sciency-tific madness of psychology & climatology & math based on fabricated data.

Now we spend our resources chasing rainbows and unicorns, and man's sole mission to escape this rock Earth that will otherwise ultimately be our tombstone has been sacrificed to the gods of progressivism.

Because the First World is no longer interested in science, or the survival of the survival of its long-distant progeny.

It is only interested in its own temporal sense of worth, a value derived by how much one tribe can compel another to bow to the first tribe's god.

RIP, Edgar Mitchell. You were one of the very last of the very best of human endeavor.

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Overnight Open Thread - Misanthropic Humanitarian Edition (5 Feb 2016)

—CDR M

Good evening 'rons & 'ettes. CDR M is off commandeering or something like that. He has invited me to fill in for him this evening. It has been a long week. Sit back, kick up your legs, guzzle a valu-rite and enjoy.

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Social Justice Warrior Thought For the Day: The Holocaust Was No Big Deal, Just Some "White on White Violence"

—Ace

Under the guise of anti-racism, Social Justice Warriorism promotes the most virulent racism; under the guise of anti-sexism, the SJWs promote obvious sexism.

Fenn's Law isn't merely true, it grows in truth each day that passes.

Unrelated, but probably somewhat related: Why does the media still treat the 36-year-old Clinton Foundation member and campaign surrogate as if she's still off-limits from all questioning?

Posted by Ace at 08:09 PM Comments

Jeb Bush: Maybe Marco Rubio's Many Noisy, Noisy Fans Should Put a Sock In It And Let Their Goldenboy Stand On His Own Two Feet, If He Can Manage That Trick

—Ace

SECOND LOOK AT JEB BUSH?

Great post by Allah. What's going on is that Marco fans, and boy, does he have a lot of them in the right media, are demanding that all of Marco Rubio's rivals lay their bodies down upon the ground so that Marco can walk upon their backs without getting his high Cuban heels muddied.

People I quite like are seriously going out of their minds -- John McCormack is claiming it's a low blow for Chris Christie to inform voters about Marco Rubio's actual position on rape in cases of abortion. Rubio takes the Akin position, which we were all informed four years ago was a position that rendered a candidate unelectable. (As it turns out, they were right.)

Does John McCormack not think Hillary already knows about that, and is planning on bringing it up in September? Is there some reason Republicans ought not to now about this before they make their choice in candidate?

Others argue that Jeb should stop running ads against Rubio because, I don't know. It's time to train those ads on Rubio's other opponents, like Trump.

Because, of course, this is what's in Marco Rubio's best interest.

I imagine these folks are also down on Christie and Jeb both running ads about Marco-endorser Rick Santorum being utterly flummoxed when asked to name a single accomplishment of Marco Rubio.

Yes, I do know the one -- he inserted a poison-pill into Obamacare's funding mechanism reducing Obama's ability to use risk corridor bailouts as a slushfund to save his failing program.

Gets pretty thin after that -- and yet Ted Cruz's alleged lack of tangible accomplishments is put forth as a reason to rule him out as unelectable.

Cruz did zero things, Rubio did one thing. I guess this big difference of one vs. zero is as important as the one percentage point gap between Cruz's and Rubio's lead over Hillary Clinton. Per Real Clear Politics, Rubio leads Hilary by an average of 2.5%, and Cruz leads her by 1.3% -- and out of this 1.2% difference, Marco's Minions line up to swear upon the Bibles of Four Different Religions that Marco is electable and Cruz is not.

Ramesh Ponnuru responds that if Rubio is as strong a candidate as all the more establishment-aligned right media think, he should be able to weather these criticisms and respond to them effectively.

Right?

Right?

This is an example of the thing I was so bothered about in the podcast. It's not that I don't think this class of people should not make their opinions known. Obviously, they have that right.

But this class has a way outsized voice in these matters. They're actually barking orders at Marco Rubio's rivals to roll over for him -- and their demands will actually get a serious hearing among Christie's and Jeb's campaign staffs (given that they want to work for other people in the establishment after their candidates lose).

This is a terrible, terrible impulse. They're so keen on Marco Rubio they're demanding the process be short-circuited in his favor -- thus making this all look like another slimy scheme cooked up in some back room, foisted on people, yet again, over their loud protests.

Perhaps Marco Rubio can actually win over a majority of Republicans, and not merely a 20% minority with a greatly, greatly outsized influence on the Party.

Perhaps he cannot.

But I sure would like to see Marco Rubio try to actually assemble this 50% majority, rather than have the 20% who have been with him since before he even announced for president pressuring everyone to let The New Bambi win without any kind of a contest.

Second Look at Ramesh Ponnuru: Ponnuru wants to know why it is that Rubio's supporters are forever calling for Rubio's rivals to use all their money to attack Trump, and yet Rubio himself never does.

It's f***ing bizarre.

Rubio really is the Republican Obama -- his fans are just as cultish.


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Ed Henry: Talk of a "Draft Biden" Movement Grows as Hillary Clinton Plummets

—Ace

A prominent backer of that movement has sent an email out urging people to "resurrect" the Draft Biden push, citing the new poll showing Hillary now in a statistical tie with (another) socialist.

I honestly don't know how this could happen. I suppose write-in? Biden can't get on most ballots due to expired deadlines. People keep talking about the Toricelli Precedent, but ah, keep in mind, The Toricelli Precedent involves advantaging Democrats at the expense of the Unpeople from Jesusland, Republicans.

Different set of laws apply when you're asked to re-write the law to hurt a Democrat.

Posted by Ace at 06:05 PM Comments

Thoughts on Economic Freedom

—LauraW.

Hi guys, I'm here just coalescing some thoughts and observations. Ace had complained recently that politicians don't seem to have much of a tongue for conservative philosophy (also known as basic economic facts) anymore.

I live in Connecticut, where the Mighty Corrupt Idiot Governor Dannel P. M' Uuhhhloy is busy cooking the books and turning my beautiful state into a debtor's prison. So some things have been on my mind.

We look around us and our hearts sink at the tangle we're in. Our national debt will enslave future generations. The political, media, and corporate classes are in an intractable, incestuous conspiracy against the People. Top officers of government are selling American sovereignty and security out from underneath the citizenry, placing us all in risk. Washington D.C. is the lap of wealth and comfort, while everywhere else people are scraping by, underemployed or unemployed.

If we want to be able to explain to people why economic freedom is so great, we need to point out why the alternative is deficient. We don't have far to look. In our formerly great cities and states, we are doomed to watch again the same blight of poor governance that we had watched fail forty years ago. Why hasn't anyone learned this lesson, with the many times it has been self-taught?

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AoSHQ Podcast #131: Ace & Drew Double Feature

—Andy

Making up for last week's inexcusable absence, here's 3 hours of Ace and Drew.

There was a lot to cover.

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Browse (and even search!) the archives

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Open thread in the comments.

Posted by Andy at 04:21 PM Comments

The Democrat Party Shifted One Caucus Vote From Sanders to Hillary For Unexplained Reasons

—Ace

When I say caucus vote, what I mean is -- I don't know what I mean, to be honest. I do not understand this system, particularly the Democrats' version of it.

But I know that at the end of the day, the 120,000+ actual votes were boiled into about 1300 caucus votes. Each caucus gets a certain number of caucus votes. The tally of actual votes broke down to something like 49.8% Hillary, 49.6% Sanders. In caucus votes, it's something like 646 Hillary, 642 Sanders.

Remember, Sanders actually won more caucus votes than Hillary. Hillary's edge comes from winning six-out-of-six coin filps to assign caucus votes in tiebreaking situations.

In at least one case -- the one we know about -- the Democrat Party, for some reason, deducted a caucus vote that had been assigned, correctly, to Sanders, and re-assigned it, incorrectly, to Hillary.

Some say this might all be completely innocent.

Other people are mentally alert.

In the Iowa Democratic party’s chaotic attempt to report caucus results on Monday night, the results in at least one precinct were unilaterally changed by the party as it attempted to deal with the culmination of a rushed and imperfect process overseeing the first-in-the-nation nominating contest.

In Grinnell Ward 1, the precinct where elite liberal arts college Grinnell College is located, 19 delegates were awarded to Bernie Sanders and seven were awarded to Hillary Clinton on caucus night. However, the Iowa Democratic party decided to shift one delegate from Sanders to Clinton on the night and did not notify precinct chair J Pablo Silva that they had done so. Silva only discovered that this happened the next day, when checking the precinct results in other parts of the county.

The shift of one delegate at a county convention level would not have significantly affected the ultimate outcome of the caucus, but rather, it raises questions about the Iowa Democratic party’s management of caucus night.

The head of the Iowa Democrat Party, whose license plate once read HRC 2016, has absolutely ruled out any kind of audit or rechecking of the Iowa Caucus results.

Pat Caddell said on election night he knew -- maybe he meant "knew in his bones" -- that the Democrat Party knew that Sanders had in fact won, and any audit would expose this fact, so they're determined to shut all inquires down.

National Dead Heat: Just caught this on Hot Air -- Hillary had been leading the national polls. Sanders, ominously enough for Hillary, tied or beat her in the states where they actually had spent a lot of time with the voters, but nationally, Hillary had a big lead on Sanders.

No longer. Quinnippiac puts this at 44-42, a statistical tie.

Posted by Ace at 03:29 PM Comments

Hillary Becomes More Jebbish By the Day

—Ace

The below video simply isn't Hillary. This is Hillary trying to be something -- spontaneous, fun, carefree, youthful -- that she isn't.

It's desperation and it reads precisely that way. People always look pretty silly when they're trying to be something they're not.


Fantastic Jonathan V. Last Piece on Why Hillary Is Such a Terrible, Terrible Candidate. Great stuff here.

In the stump speeches that follow, Clinton is every bit as terrible as she was on caucus night in Iowa. Her delivery alternates between quiet grimace and angry shout. And then there are her inflections and cadences.

The actor Christopher Walken famously takes scripts and removes all the punctuation from his lines so that he can come at the dialogue in fresh, unexpected ways. Clinton seems to have done something similar. Talking about Republicans, for instance, she says, "They will RIP? away the progress we have made, SET? us back, and if they HAVE? their way, they will RETURN? to trickle-down economics, which will MAKE? it even HARDER? [pause] to FIX? the problems that we still have to deal with from the Great Recession." Walken's strange line readings make his performances oddly memorable; Clinton's make hers vaguely unsettling.

That's not the part I want to quote. The part I want to quote follows that, but I don't want to steal his best joke, so I'm only stealing his second-best joke. The best joke is back at the link, following that quote.

I did think maybe I would steal them both, but I thought that would be a dick move.


Posted by Ace at 02:39 PM Comments

Glenn Reynolds: Politics Without Romance

—Ace

Great column on a more realistic, and more cynical, view of how things really work. An elaboration of his pet catchphrase "insufficient opportunities for graft."

Posted by Ace at 02:12 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Tom Tompson, "Evening, Canoe Lake" (1916)

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Morning Thread (2-5-2016)

—Andy

Happy Friday!

Posted by Andy at 06:57 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (2-4-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

Sixty percent of the Republican vote in Iowa last night went for two Hispanics and an African-American, and 100% of the Democrat vote went for a couple of tired, old, decrepit white people.

-- Rush Limbaugh

Quote of the Day II

My theory is that - for many - posting and tweeting and sharing count as political activity. But there are only two political activities that really matter for citizens, when you get right down to it: organizing and voting.

The Organizer-in-Chief knows this. It's how he got to the White House.

-- Rob Long in Winning on Twitter. Losing IRL.

Quote of the Day III

"We've developed a ritual that perfectly reflects the ideas of market capitalism," he said. "Beads are the money of Mardi Gras. People understand they are in a bargaining position."

Instead of begging the gentry for generosity on the parade route, on Bourbon Street we witness the invisible hand of capitalism lifting up shirts.

-- from an article explaining why Mardi Gras flashing is simple economics

Quote of the Day IV

"Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress."

-- Herrin, IL man declining to purchase from Girl Scout "Stormi"

The Diddle Report Finally Released

In which Washington Free Beacon ombudsman Biff Diddle gets to the bottom of reporter Andrew Stiles' apparently unethical, possibly illegal, definitely over-paid purchase of Donald Trump hats for the WFB staff. It's highly redacted which means that it generates as many questions as it answers.

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Trivia Question: How Much Older is Ted Cruz Than Marco Rubio?

Answer here: 5 months

Continue reading


Posted by Maetenloch at 11:21 PM Comments

Democratic Debate Thread

—Ace

It's a bonus debate that Hilary has only agreed to because Hillary asked for it. Previously she and her Bestie Debbie Wasserman-Schultz conspired to have as few debates as possible, and in the most little-watched time periods as possible, but now that she's losing, she wanted another debate. Bernie would only agree if she agreed to four more in total.

Though, note, Hillary can cancel anytime she likes and what's Bernie going to do?

It's on now on MSNBC.

Posted by Ace at 09:38 PM Comments

Evening Open Thread: Things Which Are Awful Edition

—Ace

Pretty much that just means "here's the usual."

Things that are awful: Hillary Clinton, and establishment White Woman feminists' insistence that you only don't like her because she's a woman, rather than because she's awful.

Wendy Davis says you can't give Sanders credit as a revolutionary, and deny that credit to Hillary, because Hillary can't call for revolution. Men just can't get behind a woman calling for revolution.

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Mm-hm.

Jonathan Haidt says political correctness is awful and people are becoming "horrified" at what's going on on campuses.

John Hawkins says that Marco Rubio's betrayal of his promises to the Tea Party, and his terrible flacking for the Gang of Eight sell-out, is awful, and you should stop trying to force yourself to forget that.

And short posts are awful, but I gotta rest my eyes.

Posted by Ace at 08:04 PM Comments

The Democrats' New Game: State Goes Back and Retroactively Classifies Emails Sent to Powell's and Rice's Personal Accounts, So They Can Say "Everybody Does It"

—Ace

Then they leak this to Hillary Mob Lawyer Elijah Cummings, who in turn passes it on to the media.

Keep pushing it, guys.

The interesting thing here is that State can classify, or declassify, information originating with State. But they cannot classify, nor declassify, information originating with another service, like the CIA or NSA.

Hillary is claiming that State "disputes" the CIA's and NSA's determination that the information she was passing around was top-top-secret. Shockingly secret. State is disputing this on her behalf -- but they have no such power to classify or declassify CIA or NSA information.

State does, however, have the power to retroactively classify emails originating from State -- such as an Ambassador sending Colin Powell an email -- and that, I say, is what they have done. I can't prove this -- but I have a feeling I know the game here. T

hey are picking out some innocuous emails and retroactively declaring "Those are now classified" in order to provide cover to this disgusting vulture they've already been providing cover to.

Colin Powell suggests as much -- at least that these are perfectly innocuous, being falsely claimed to be classified.

In a statement, Powell said the two emails he received were not judged to contain confidential information at the time they were sent to him by American ambassadors.

"I wish they would release them," Powell told NBC News, "so that a normal, air-breathing mammal would look at them and say, 'What's the issue?'"

The issue is that the government is now engaged in an illegal conspiracy against the country. The entire government is in under the control of a gang.

Posted by Ace at 06:55 PM Comments

How About A Stupid, Pointless Poll Thread So I Can Take An Hour Off and Shower Myself For the First Time In Three Days

—Ace

Let me tell you about having the sort of job where you sit in social isolation: You learn pretty quickly which habits of socialization have been internalized, and which remain merely observed due to social pressure. Or not observed, due to an absence of social pressure.

This is not always a happy realization.

The question "Am I dirty and smelly, or, on the down side, unusually dirty and smelly?" isn't one you should have to ask every few days.

Also, the tally shouldn't be running 3-8 in favor of the latter answer. You're really looking for a 50/50 split, or even better.

So anyway, that's my To-Do List for the next hour: Washing my body so that I do not develop pustules and sores.

Meanwhile, someone called strangers on the phone and asked them questions that most people find rude and here's what the dummies who answered said.

onald Trump continues to hold a wide lead among likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN/WMUR tracking poll, with the pack vying for second place is beginning to break up.

Behind Trump's field-leading 29% support, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio climbs to second place with 18% following his strong third place finish in Iowa, followed by Ted Cruz (13%) and John Kasich (12%) in a near-tie for third. Jeb Bush holds fifth place at 10%, a hair behind Cruz and Kasich, with Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina well behind at 4% each.

By the way, Carly Fiorina is protesting her exclusion from Saturday night's debate, as there isn't even an undercard anymore, and because excluding her -- the only real candidate they're excluding (Jim Gilmore doesn't count) -- seems... well, just pointlessly stupid.

Given that Carly has tied Christie, who is all-in in New Hampshire and has generally been thought to be "surging" there as of a few (admittedly long) weeks ago, come on, let Fiorina debate.

Posted by Ace at 05:53 PM Comments

Disaster Pants: Will Wheaton Attempts a Brief Defense of "BernieBros," Then Collapses Into a Quivering Pile of Shame and Fear

—Ace

He pushed back, slightly and not terribly cleverly, at the "BernieBro" stuff, asking, perfectly fairly I think, if those tossing about the "BernieBro" term as an insult would think it was fair if people began saying "Hillary Harpy" in return.

So far, the charisma-free former child actor is just acting like a kind of a man, who, when he feels other people are trying to bully him into submission, proudly (and properly), gets (weakly) scrappy.


Not exactly the Battle at Stirling Bridge in Braveheart, but whatever, he's doing the best with the small amount of testosterone he has.

Then people began criticizing him for being insufficiently deferential to Narratives of Intersectional Oppressation.


He began meekly protesting:


Someone complained that "bro" wasn't perjorative but "harpy" was, so he had committed a WordCrime by upping the ante so dramatically. Oh, by the way, "bro" is of course meant perjoratively in the "BernieBro" insult.

So he apologized. I don't want to say he apologized like a little bitch, but I have seen small female dogs beg for forgiveness, and they looked a bit like this.

Except they looked more like men, four legs and fur and all:


But that apology isn't enough: He doesn't humiliate himself completely enough, nor savage himself for his horrible behavior in coining "Hillary Harpy" as a hypothetical equivalent to "BernieBro."

So he prostrates himself, rends his clothes, and begins smearing feces on his own flesh to show that he can self-chastise enough, with no need of outside assistance.

Who would want to live like this? I would kill myself.

I wasn’t defending terrible behavior, but I understand why it seemed that way.

I stirred up a shitstorm on Twitter earlier today, and as I thought about what I said, how I said it, and how people responded to me, I needed more than 140 characters to work it all out.

I’m going to acknowledge my privilege right now, before I get into this. Because I’m a middle-aged white dude, I don't have the same experience in life tha... well, pretty much everyone else who isn’t has. I know that the world is set up to make life for people like me as easy as possible (Scalzi's "lowest difficulty" setting), and even though I try to see from outside of my own limited perspective, I don't always succeed.

By the way, your particular life as a straight (technically) white male, as a child actor and professional Dungeons and Dragons dork on YouTube, is probably a bit easier than many other straight white dudes' lives, who have done things like gone to war to fight for your pathetic ass, so do not include them as you abase yourself.

Speak of your own soft, flabby existence -- but don't assume other people have spent their whole lives playing dress-up with spock-ears and hobbit-feet.

Good Lord, then he whimpers some more. It's really a shameful spectacle.

On Reddit, they're laughing, because Will Wheaton was a major (weakling) thug in the GamerGate wars, and still can't see this same bullshit -- attack and then cry "harrasssment" -- was and remains the preferred tactic of the Social Justice Warrior.

By the way, part of the reason for Wheaton's self-abasement is a column he cites by feminist idiot Amanda Hess. Hess says, in the most State-ish way posible, that "Everybody is Wrong" in the Bernie Bro nontroversy.

She is a feminist. Her claiming "everyone is wrong" is her crabwalking manner of conceding that "the feminists are the only ones wrong." She's forbidden to actually say that, so she says, like the Black Knight, "All right, let's call it a tie."

Here are her examples of why this "feminist critique" of "BernieBro" culture was "necessary."

[A critic's claims about a "BernieBro" problem] was buttressed, though, by a series of tone-deaf pieces that served as a Bernie Bro proof of concept, essays by Sanders boosters like Walker Bragman ("Hillary’s personality repels me"); Michael Sainato ("Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton all share a common insincere, yet polished, demeanor inherent with an affluent lifestyle”); and Ben Norton, who dismissed feminist identification with a female candidate as "high-school clique drama."

These are all things that are Forbidden to say, she's claiming -- you can't say that Hillary's personality is repellent. You must give her Respect.

You can't say she comes from an affluent lifestyle. And note especially: The point of this statement, which Hess cutely omits, was to say Bernie Sanders' wife does not share the tropes of the affluent; he was praising Bernie Sanders' wife for being of a different kind.

That is, in fact, the entire point of his piece; he's writing about what a nice First Lady Bernie Sanders' wife would be.

In other words: She lies.

Or, let us say this of her: She is claiming that an attack on the soft and easy assumptions of the upper middle class is the same as an attack on women, probably because she herself shares in those assumptions, and she's too vain and proud to countenance any sort of attack on herself. So she conflates a criticism that is all about class, not gender, as an attack on gender.

Let's face it, as many poor or minority women have noted: "Feminism" as currently configured is nothing more than a lobby for the people who control it, nigh-exclusively: upper middle class Private College white women. So if you casually note that Hillary Clinton is of this class -- and she is, obviously -- they take that, rightly, as an attack on their own Identities and Tribes.

But because no one besides Comfortable Class White Women Feminists gives a shit about the worries and preoccupations of Comfortable Class White Women Feminists except Comfortable Class White Women Feminists, she pretends that this was an attack on "women," rather than a very specific sort of woman. (And a championing of another kind of woman -- something she, again, deliberately hides from her readers.)

Here are her other proofs:

The Sanders campaign’s critics had plenty of material to work with beyond those blithely condescending columns. They could throw in a bunch of bottom-feeding social media sexists, like the poster in a pro-Sanders Facebook group who called Hillary "clitrash." The campaign also made its own gendered gaffes, including the smug statement that Bernie was "willing to consider" Hillary for veep. Finally, there’s the tendency of online Sanders supporters to call Clinton fans corporate-shilling "Hillary bots" and to argue that journalists are “auditioning for jobs with the Clinton White House.” Put it all together, and you have a perfectly reasonable (though not unimpeachable, and certainly not universal) argument that Bernie has a little bit of a Bro problem.

And that's her case: One rando said "clittrash." Someone who is so completely marginal she doesn't even bother to name him (or her).

That Bernie Sanders said, horrifically, he'd be willing to consider Hillary as Veep. What should he said? That he would not consider her? Or, a I think the feminist robots would prefer: "No, I would never consider her as Vice President because she's plainly to Superlative to be anything but President and I herewith endorse her for same."

That women journalists are debuting for jobs in Hillary's White House? 1, of course they are, 2, of course they are, 3, this isn't a gendered attack, this is an attack about self-serving mercenary careerism frequently seen in the Comfortable Class White Woman Feminist ranks, Media Auxilliaries, and 4, of course they are.

And that some people call Hillary's supporters "Hillary bots." I call Marco's supporters RubioBots. Trump's supporters are called Trump Bots.

This is such a standard claim -- and frankly a fitting one; people who do nothing but regurgitate week-old propaganda talking points sound like fucking mind-dead robots -- that it could not possibly be considered 'gendered" or "sexist," unless, as one suspects, the real claim being put forward by Comfortable Class White Women Feminists is that We Must Always Be Treated Like the (Real Body Type) Queens We Are, and Must Never Be Contradicted Or Disputed.

One does strongly get a whiff of that from this foul, narcissistic crew.

I understand the desire to always be praised. Everyone has that. But, being a man, I have no ready ideology to cite that says I should always be praised.

Only Comfortable Class White Women Feminists do. (Well, any "minority" has this as well, I suppose.)

What can we say of this overt, open claim by Comfortable Class White Women Feminists that they must not be spoken of except in praise, and they should not be spoken to, except in deference?

As one female critic of feminists put it, in one of the most stinging and perfect lines I've ever read: "This isn't 'feminism.' This is merely female."

But based on this scanty and absurd list of Grievances, Amanda Hess finds that the made-up "BernieBro" nontroversy is a teachable moment for both sides, and the craven, worm-like non-man Will Wheaton debases himself.

Who would want to live like this?

How does anyone live like this?

Welcome to the future -- where you're all six year olds forever, and you have fifty thousand angry mothers scolding you until you die.

Posted by Ace at 04:15 PM Comments



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