Hardy Perennial: Some Prog Sissy Whines that the Star Spangled Banner is Too Militaristic
In Politico Magazine, but discussed at the National Review.
Our anthem is too militaristic? Um, we're not even in the top fifteen.
Here are the first few stanzas of the French national anthem. I've bolded my favorite parts.
Let's go children of the fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us tyranny's
Bloody flag is raised! (repeat)
In the countryside, do you hear
The roaring of these fierce soldiers?
They come right to our arms
To slit the throats of our sons, our friends!
Grab your weapons, citizens!
Form your battalions!
Let us march! Let us march!
Let their impure blood
water the furrows (of our fields).
Tremble, tyrants! and you, traitors,
The disgrace of all groups,
Tremble! Your parricidal plans
Will finally pay the price! (repeat)
Everyone is a soldier to fight you,
If they fall, our young heroes,
France will make more,
Ready to battle you!
Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors,
Bear or hold back your blows!
Spare these sad victims,
Regretfully arming against us. (repeat)
But not these bloodthirsty despots,
But not these accomplices of Bouille,
All of these animals who, without pity,
Tear their mother's breast to pieces!
Gotta love a single lyric that mixes racism ("impure blood") with psychopathic imagery ("Hey I've got a sexy little notion -- let's water our squashes with their impure blood").
It goes on a bit. Bear in mind that part about "watering our furrows with the invaders' impure blood" is repeated about seventy-three thousand times. *
Cracked has digested five more national anthems that make the Star Spangled Banner look like a transcript of a very special episode of The View about Vajazzling.
Here's a quote from the Algerian anthem:
"We swear by the lightning that destroys, By the streams of generous blood being shed"
"When we spoke, none listened to us, So we have taken the noise of gunpowder as our rhythm, And the sound of machine guns as our melody"
So this jackass needs to shut up. We can't go to war with countries singing about their blood gushing from their wounds like eternal serpents (Turkish national anthem) when our boys are stuck singing something that wouldn't upset our more sensitive progressive sitzpinklers.
By the way: You know what song this pus*y wants to replace the Anthem with?
Imagine our Marines singing that as they wade into mud and bullets. But not ironically.
Okay he doesn't really suggest that song but that's about his speed.
* There's actually a stanza of the French National Anthem that doesn't usually get sung:
Except the Germans, except the Germans
Let the Germans eat of our fields
and dance with our women
And when we say dance we mean "for starters"
You can do whatever, really
We really haven't any shame to speak of.
O Germans, we will make you such fine workers.
Like children, we crave boundaries.
We yearn to live under your Teutonic yoke
We are jackals and you are lions.
We're not even jackals. We're baby-jackals.
You're all so handsome and tall
and you wear snazzy boots
Living under your rule is wonderful
as wonderful comme etre baise dans la bouche
par Monsieur Gros-Pied, which we enjoy greatly.
I don't know how to translate that bit near the end; it appears idiomatic.
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An Important Question I've Never Seen Asked, And Would Like the Answer To
Update: Answered? See end of post.
I am convinced that nearly the entirety of the modern environmentalist movement is an attempt to obtain absolution for modern First World life.
Why one would think they need absolution for that is beyond me.
I read this wrong the first time and did not see the words "modern environmentalism movement." The way I read it -- and frankly, I like my misreading better -- is that leftist politics generally is an attempt to obtain absolution for modern First World life.
Have more money than some urchins in Kinshasha? Vote Democrat; it's your redemption.
I would also say, in line with my observation that Dumb is Easy and Easy is Holy, partisan politics and placard-waving is the easiest possible way to assuage one's guilt over having it better than someone else.
Are great numbers of Obama Voters enlisting to do the harder work of achieving that desired absolution? Are they working in soup kitchens, signing up for the Peace Corps (a sort of secular missionary effort)?
Are they doing anything real about the troubles they claim to be so deeply concerned by, or are they just tuning into to Rachel Maddow's nightly revival-tent sermon to hear some more of that Old Time Religion?
Remember this video?
There have been a lot of claims that Obama supporters would pledge to give more selflessly of themselves on behalf of others.
Michele Obama famously claimed that Obama won't permit you to be complacent about all the evils in the world.
So here's my question:
Has there in fact been any measurable increase in charitable donations (of time or money) by the Obama coalition or the left generally?
The left is notably stingy and selfish with their money and time -- every survey and study demonstrates the right (especially the religious right, of course) gives more.
Obama repeatedly called upon his voters to do good in the service of mankind.
For example, per that article I just linked, the day before his first inauguration, Obama exhorted his supporters thusly:
Whether or not the Obama campaign realized it, that demand for faith was an updated echo of innumerable passages in the Gospels: "Everything is possible for him who believes"; "Whoever lives and believes in me will never die"; and so on. If the first component of the Obama creed was faith, though, the second was surely hope--the audacious hope whose name famously adorns one of the president's two autobiographies. We need only add charity to have what Catholics call the three Theological Virtues, which Paul mentions in First Corinthians. Perhaps we should not have been surprised, then, when a day before his inauguration, Obama breathtakingly upended the meaning of Martin Luther King Day, transforming a holiday devoted to the memory of a civil rights leader--and perhaps also to such ideas as equality, tolerance, and the evils of racism--into a day of public service. "It's not a day just to pause and reflect--it's a day to act," Obama announced. “Today, ordinary citizens will gather together all across the country to participate in the more than 11,000 service projects they’ve created using USAservice.org. And I ask the American people to turn today’s efforts into an ongoing commitment to enriching the lives of others in their communities, their cities, and their country.”
So: Have they?
Here is my guess: No, they have not, because if they had, the increased social giving of Obama's minions would be a frequently-noted phenomenon in the media, frequently cited as one of the things Obama did to benefit us all.
And frankly, Obama needs some Wins like that.
So if he had this Win, I assume the media would have told us about it.
Given that the media has not told us about it, I assume the opposite: that it has not in fact happened.
So I have two further questions:
1. Why does the media not report upon this? Whether Obama called the left into service and the left responded, or whether he called them into service and they did not respond-- it's a story either way.
What excuse does the media have, except for sheltering itself and its political coreligionists from criticism, for not reporting the less-flattering possible version of the story?
2. Hey, look, the media is not going to report this, obviously -- so why doesn't the right-leaning press look into the question and report the answer itself?
I just don't think that the hopelessly corrupt and self-dealing corporate media is going to blow the whistle on itself, or on President Boyfriend's inability to even inspire his own zealots into any tangible change in behavior, anytime soon.
We are now in the seventh or eighth year of the Obama Phenomenon, depending on what year you date it from.
Maybe it's about time the press tried to examine it dispassionately as a curious political phenomenon in need of explanation, contextualization, and actual evaluation (to wit: did it actually achieve its grandiose promises or not?), sometime this decade.
Of course, that would require the press examining Obama's voters -- that is, themselves -- as if they were exotic animals and irrational actors prone to sudden passions.
And of course we know the press reserves that sort of examination for the Right.
Grammar Note: On "borne" vs. "born."
I have to admit, I wasn't consciously aware (does this make me stupid?) that "borne" was the past tense and past participle of bear. Though maybe if you put a gun to my head and said "Tell me the past tense of 'to bear,'" I might have blurted it out as an educated guess.
Frankly, I had no idea that "born" was also the past participle and past tense of "bear," too-- but in the context of giving birth.
Jeeze, now that I look at the words -- well, it makes sense.
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How the Left Got Religion, and The Rest of Us Got Obama
If, like me, you're very interested (and concerned) by the fusion of mysticism and politics to form a full-spectrum tribal identity platform which satisfies its adherents desire for political goods, personal affirmation, and religious meaning in a largely secular world, you'll enjoy this long article on the deification of Barack Hussein Obama, by Benjamin Plotinsky in the City Journal.
Update: This article is actually from Spring 2010. I forget where I got it from -- probably either Hot Air, or Instapundit, or maybe someone's mention on Twitter.
The article speaks in the beginning about "Obama's plunging poll numbers."
Hey, you can't blame me for taking that as a reference to current events!
Even if Old, it remains True.
The Varieties of Liberal Enthusiasm
The Left’s political zealotry increasingly resembles religious experience.
It all seems so long ago now, as one contemplates President Obama’s plummeting approval ratings and a suddenly resurgent Republican Party. Yet it’s worth looking closely and seriously at the election-year enthusiasm of media elites and other Obamaphiles, much of which was indeed, as the wags recognized, quasi-religious. The surprising fact is that the American Left, for all its claims to being "reality-based" and secular, is often animated by the passions, motivations, and imagery that one normally associates with religion. The better we understand this religious impulse, the better we will understand liberal America’s likely trajectory in the years to come.
Consider... what Samantha Fennell, formerly an associate publisher of Elle, wrote on the magazine’s website[:]Barack Obama must be elected President of the United States. . . . I have thrown myself into a new world--one in which fluffy chatter and frivolous praise are replaced by a get-to-the-point directness and disciple-like devotion. It’s intense and intoxicating. . . . When I attended my second "Obama Live" fund-raiser last week at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, . . . I was on my feet as Senator Obama entered the room. Fate had blessed me in this moment. . . . In a moment of divine intervention, he saw me, . . . grabbed my hand, and gave that brilliant smile of his. I literally said out loud to the woman next to me who witnessed my good fate, "I'll never wash this hand again."
How can we explain this sudden, brief eruption of messianic fervor into our politics? Perhaps by looking at the religious climate of the country and the world, which have been witnessing a religious revival over the past 30 years. Whether you call this phenomenon the "revenge of God," as the French scholar Gilles Kepel does, or "resacralization," as the sociologists do...
The worship of a charismatic leader was just one reason that twentieth-century intellectuals regarded the great totalitarianisms as inherently religious. Another was their immense scope, which included not just matters traditionally considered public--war, taxes, even the offices of the welfare state--but also the private lives and practices of individuals. "The totalitarian movements which have arisen since World War I are fundamentally religious movements," wrote the political scientist Waldemar Gurian in 1952, in part because they "cannot conceive of realms of life outside and beyond their control." Sixteen years earlier, the legal scholar Marcel Prélot had commented that "the totalitarian state, naturally extending its field of action far beyond the recognized domain of the conventional state, claims to constitute both a political entity and an ethical and spiritual community, . . . the state itself being a church."
Obamaism is far narrower, and far more benign, than that. But another strand of modern liberal politics encroaches so far on the private sphere that it begins to resemble the political religions.
Potinsky's piece does a good enough job of presenting the evidence that Obamaism is essentially a religious/mystical movement (as were Fascism, Naziism, and Lennism/Stalinism, though he explicitly disclaims any attempt to claim that Obama has the twisted ambitions of those regimes).
But I have a question: Why? Or, more specifically: Why now?
Even if one postulates (as I would) that mankind has a basic hunger for connectedness and making connections between the stars (that is, a general tendency towards curiosity about large questions, and a tendency to supply metaphysical answers to those questions when other answers aren't coming), and even if one says, along with GK Chesterton, that a disbelief in God often leads to an affirmative belief in a great many silly substitute religions and religious dogmas, why now? Why this particular moment?
Was it just that Obama was especially well-positioned to play the Cult Card, being handsome and young and a member of a persecuted race? (That latter credential being especially resonant in religion and myth -- Redeemers tend to come from persecuted groups, not the class in current power.)
Or perhaps it's merely that he was the only politician in recent memory narcissistic and cynical enough to play the Cult Card?
Could it be played again? Are the legions who were so willing to Believe so deeply in the fundamental metaphysical Perfection (capital intended) of Obama ready to Believe again in the next politician to position herself as High Priestess of a Grand Church of Providing Meaning to the Spiritually Empty?
Or is there something in particular about this moment -- perhaps the traumas of 9/11 combined with the special trauma experienced by the left in seeing Bush elected president, and then their doctrines widely repudiated after the attack of 9/11 -- has left the American people (and the left especially) spiritually, socially, and intellectually disoriented and therefore in an Apocalyptic frame of mind?
Could it be then that this is really little different than someone finding himself open to conversion to a religion after an especially traumatic personal setback? Except that it is a mass example of this effect?
I don't know.
All I know is that I find it troubling and ominous when the people who keep telling me they're strict rationalists and empiricists begin chanting prayers to strange new gods.
Generic Ballot 2000-2014
I've been tinkering with the generic ballot releases I could get my hands on for the last seven elections, and comparing them, if possible, to the current batch of releases.
After a brief correction from Nate Cohn of NYT's Upshot, here's the draft version which we will update every Thursday at @aoshqdd. Please note that this week's Rasmussen release has not been updated, it will on Thursday, as will any other pollster who drops anything between now and then:
What you are looking at is a snapshot of where each pollster found the generic Congressional ballot at this point (draft set for September 18th) in the last seven elections and today. Emphasis on the generic ballot isn't advisable when determining the outcome of Senate races, as there is a clear divergence in who leads in the state-by-state, and who leads by this national metric.
Some interesting things: quite a lot of pollsters had shifted into Likely Voter mode at this point in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2010, but hardly any had done so in 2002, 2006, or 2012. In fact, in the year 2006, nearly all polling released to this point wasn't even of registered voters, but adults.
DHS Won't Renew the Tenure of Controversial "Moderate Muslim" Advisor Mohammad Elibiary
Many critics, such as Patrick Poole, didn't think Elibiary's rhetoric sounded particularly "moderate." Elibiary had tweeted his enthusiasm for the "inevitable" return of the Islamic Caliphate.
That seemed controversial enough when he tweeted it -- but it's poisonous now that we have not one but two slaughter-happy pretenders to the Islamic Caliphate title.
And maybe something else, too.
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adviser long engulfed in controversy over his radical views was let go from his role in the department last week after a long fight by lawmakers and others to revoke the individual's privileges at DHS.
Mohamed Elibiary was until last week a senior member of DHS' Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). After years of controversy about his status at DHS, Elibiary announced his final day with the department on Twitter earlier this month and said he would remain close to the agency.
New documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon indicate that Elibiary had no choice in the matter, and that he may have been let go by DHS in order to minimize the fallout from an investigation into allegations that he improperly accessed and used classified materials obtained with his security clearance.
As to the latter, Patrick Poole says that DHS' claim to have investigated the allegation was itself a lie, and that there was no actual investigation.
You Should Send This to Your Mom Before She Sends It To You
via @doreenHdixon, a relaxing video.
Kind of like waterfalls, but involving cats giving massages to each other.
I'm told this is some sort of instinctual thing. Apparently kittens do this to their mother's belly when they're nursing.
So they just do it out of memory. Including to dogs.
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Atheists Sam Harris, Bill Maher: Part of the Problem With Islamic Jihad is the "Islamic" Part
The progressive media consensus on Islam is stultifying, and deliberately so. It's a series of simplistic claims intended to drown out any adult discussion on the issue in favor of childish happy-talk which serves no purpose except to preserve the fragile progressive voting coalition.
The progressive media consensus frequently finds the truth to be "divisive" -- by which they mean "contrary to the solidarity of the Democrat/Socialist alliance" -- and this is yet another case of that.
But there are dissident voices.
Bill Maher not only trashes Charlie Rose's Progressive Happy Shut-Up Talk on Islam as false and "naive" -- but he goes on to also trash Rose's insistence that "extremist Christians" are just as bad as Islamic Jihadists.
Bill Maher plainly despises conservative Christians, which makes his refutation of Rose's false claim all the more potent.
Maher is contemptuous of believing Christians -- But he will not accept the palpably false claims by Rose and other Happy Talk Warriors that believing Christians are engaging in female genital mutilation and murder of "apostates."
Sam Harris, another atheist, has every political reason to claim that "all religions are just exactly alike and just as bad about encouraging violence."
But he doesn't claim that, because it's not true, and he is one of the few progressives who think that a claim's patent falsity ought to count against it a bit.
After quoting Obama's various "the Islamic State is not Islamic" assurances, Harris writes:
Pondering when this scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away--either by the clear light of reason or by a surfeit of horror meted out to innocents by the parties of God. Which will come first, flying cars and vacations to Mars, or a simple acknowledgment that beliefs guide behavior and that certain religious ideas--jihad, martyrdom, blasphemy, apostasy--reliably lead to oppression and murder? It may be true that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents exactly--but innocence, as the President surely knows, is in the eye of the beholder. Are apostates "innocent"? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is "no."
More British Muslims have joined the ranks of ISIS than have volunteered to serve in the British armed forces. In fact, this group has managed to attract thousands of recruits from free societies throughout the world to help build a paradise of repression and sectarian slaughter in Syria and Iraq. This is an astonishing phenomenon, and it reveals some very uncomfortable truths about the failures of multiculturalism, the inherent vulnerability of open societies, and the terrifying power of bad ideas.
[A] belief in martyrdom, a hatred of infidels, and a commitment to violent jihad are not fringe phenomena in the Muslim world. These preoccupations are supported by the Koran and numerous hadith. That is why the popular Saudi cleric Mohammad Al-Areefi sounds like the ISIS army chaplain. The man has 9.5 million followers on Twitter (twice as many as Pope Francis has). If you can find an important distinction between the faith he preaches and that which motivates the savagery of ISIS, you should probably consult a neurologist.
Understanding and criticizing the doctrine of Islam--and finding some way to inspire Muslims to reform it--is one of the most important challenges the civilized world now faces....
But there is now a large industry of obfuscation designed to protect Muslims from having to grapple with these truths.
I wrote about this basic idea myself on Friday: There is no avoiding the fact that if Islam is to live peacefully in the world, it needs a substantial reformation.
And I do not see how the West falling over itself to reassure Islam that nothing at all about it is in need of reform (or even reconsideration) is likely to spur action on that front.
Senate Races: NH, Iowa Both Tied
In Iowa, where farmer-insulting Bruce Braley is fighting to keep the senate seat in Democrat hands, Braley has only a 1% advantage over Joni Ernst, making it a statistical tie.
His rival, Joni Ernst, emerged as something of a sensation en route to winning the GOP nomination, but now she, too, is slipping in the polls amid attacks over her stated support for privatizing Social Security and sponsorship of a bill that would outlaw abortion.
With just seven weeks to go, a CNN poll released Friday gave Braley the slimmest of leads over Ernst, 49% to 48%, within the margin of error. It was in line with other surveys that showed the coin-flip race has budged ever so slightly back in his direction.
Polling has usually found an edge for Braley so I'm not sure why the LA Times gives the latest poll the gloss that it's good news for Braley. What I generally assume is that the neutral, objective media gives races the same sort of good-news-for-your-side spin that I do, less out of a desire to deceive and more out of rooting interest in one's party.
Which would be strange, given that the media is supposedly non-partisan, yet behaving exactly like an admitted partisan does.
A few weeks ago a poll put Scott Brown within two points of Jeane Shaheen. Shaheen had been leading by a somewhat comfortable margin in other polls, so there was a question as to whether this was an outlier, or real movement towards Brown.
It seems to be the latter:
Meanwhile, Politico has presidential approval at 44/56 and finds the GOP with a slight lead on immigration.
Allison Lundergan Grimes: I'm Totally Into Guns N Stuff. Pathetic.
Monday Morning News Dump
- A Free Scotland Would Be A Hilarious Disaster
- Democrats' Push To Criminalize Dissent
- Scott Brown Tied With Jeanne Shaheen In NH
- ISIS Now Covering Up Goat Genitalia For Some Reason
- Ivory Tower Phony
- Islam's Nightclub Brawl
- Did Neil Degrasse Tyson Just Try To Justify Blatant Quote Fabrication
- Desperate Democrat Breaks Out The Guns In New Ad
- Myron vs. Atilla
- The Headchopper Next Door
- How Not To Lead The US In World Affairs
- Sweden Takes A Step Backwards
- Greg Norman Nearly Cuts Off Left Hand With Chainsaw
- Record Coverage Of Antarctic Sea Ice
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While all eyes turn to ISIL, let us not forget that Al Qaeda still has a thing for attacking the U.S. mainland.
Sen. Paul continues to struggle to explain his positions on ISIL and, oddly, airstrikes on U.S. citizens-turned-terrorists. "I asked Paul again if he could answer the question, reminding him of his 13-hour filibuster on the issue, but he was escorted out of the room by his press aides without answering the question."
The NYTimes published a doozy Obama. The piece purported to be about Obama's foreign policy missteps, but I thought it emblematic of his presidency as a whole:
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Overnight Open Thread (9-14-2014)
So a sudden kidney stone attack led me to spend the night in the ER but at least I got to meet my old friends Johnny Morphine and Dil Laudid.
Net result my total accomplishments today were approximately 7%.* And I'm currently operating heavy ONT equipment while on narcotics....whheeeeeeeeeeeee!
*I'm counting sleeping and vomiting here as actual accomplishments.
No: David Bowie, Eddie Izzard, Andy Murray, Susan Boyle, Emma Thompson, Rod Stewart
Yes: Alan Cumming, Billy Brag, Sean Connery, Annie Lennox, Morrissey
Well more than a myth - a deliberately made-up political term.
It was much the same in the early 1990s when Democrats created and then banned a category of guns they called "assault weapons." America was then suffering from a spike in gun crime and it seemed like a problem threatening everyone. Gun murders each year had been climbing: 11,000, then 13,000, then 17,000.
Democrats decided to push for a ban of what seemed like the most dangerous guns in America: assault weapons, which were presented by the media as the gun of choice for drug dealers and criminals, and which many in law enforcement wanted to get off the streets.
This politically defined category of guns - a selection of rifles, shotguns and handguns with "military-style" features - only figured in about 2 percent of gun crimes nationwide before the ban....The policy proved costly. Mr. Clinton blamed the ban for Democratic losses in 1994. Crime fell, but when the ban expired, a detailed study found no proof that it had contributed to the decline.
Wow someone really screwed up in this NYT op-ed and accidentally told the truth.
Oh, how alluring, how comforting, how most pleasing is the mantle of victimhood. So pleasing, in fact, that even when the claim to victim status is tenuous at best, some people cannot restrain themselves from rushing before the news cameras to inform the world of how they have been mistreated. Pátio ergo sum. I suffer, therefore I am.
Because by disagreeing with the Left's agenda they're clearly anti-Feminist misogynists.
"The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race."
Me no fashun expert - but what hell this?
Top 10 commenters:
1 [569 comments] 'Insomniac' [79.92 posts/day]
2 [486 comments] 'Mike Hammer, etc., etc.'
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4 [369 comments] 'Anna Puma (+SmuD)'
5 [343 comments] 'Costanza Defense'
6 [336 comments] 'Misanthropic Humanitarian, fighting the ban '
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2 [76 names] 'goin' all Burkean on y'all'
3 [55 names] 'The Political Hat'
4 [50 names] 'Doctor Fish'
5 [46 names] 'Prez'nit 404'
6 [42 names] 'Islamic Rage Boy'
7 [42 names] 'just kidding (love the Ewok)'
8 [42 names] 'FDA'
9 [41 names] 'King Putt'
10 [40 names] 'flounder'
The group. Never heard of it.
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Open Thread: THIS is CNN [Y-not]
Earlier today while I was out having lunch, the restaurant had CNN on with the closed-captioning on. Their anchor-being (some blonde chick) was doing a story on the conditions in North Korea.
You remember North Korea, right? That's the country filled with starving people ruled by a crazy, violent dictator.
This it the person she was interviewing to discuss, in all seriousness, the conditions in North Korea:
I know this is who she was interviewing, and that he is a rapper, because they proudly indicated that when introducing him.
Between the "likes" in Mr. Michel's interview I learned that everything is A-OK in North Korea. They were very nice to him and he felt very safe there.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the next Secretary of State:
Hey, maybe we should send Pras to Syria.
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Guest Appearance on RedState's Weekly Briefing
I will be on this week's live Google Hangout for RedState, live stream below, starting at 7pm EDT.
I will be discussing the latest polls and our efforts at the Decision Desk (which, if you're free on November 4th, you really ought to join).
Stream below and Open Thread.
The Jenna Jameson Chair in Political Philosophy Open Thread[CBD]
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Food Thread: What's On Your Coffee Table During Football Games? [CBD]
Yes, yes....the beer, the bourbon, the cattle prods to keep the kids away.
But what about food? Big meals? Lots of snacks (my preference)? Pizza (another of my favorites)?
Mine is below the fold.....
Big meals lead inexorably to big naps, so spreading out the consumption over a few games with a variety of different foods makes perfect sense. And the healthy dose of salt from chips and crackers and other assorted stuff requires a careful balance of liquid intake for optimal health.
I suggest an IPA, but on the light side...some of those can pack a punch. To balance the bitterness of the beer, is there anything better than the quintessential American product: bourbon? A short one with a single ice cube is just the match for that Dogfish 60 Minute IPA.
If the weather is good, and you feel like grilling, a big platter of chicken legs and thighs is hard to beat. They're cheap, taste great, come with their own little handles, and are tough to ruin. I avoid thick sauces, because most of my friends will end up wearing their food, and just marinate them in something good the night before. Grill them in the morning, let them cool off, and maybe even spend a few hours in the refrigerator before serving.
I'm not a big fan of dessert, but I also adhere to the AOSHQ food pyramid, which has chocolate-chip cookies as a diet staple.
Every few months I make a big batch of chocolate-chip cookie dough, form it into 35 gram balls (that's 1.25 ounces) and freeze them. It's a simple proposition to take them out of the freezer, lay them out on a cookie sheet to thaw a bit, then pop them in the oven when needed.
I flatten the balls with the heel of my hand into a hockey puck shape. They seem to bake better that way.
Oh, and if you are looking for a great recipe, the one on the back of the Nestles chocolate chip bag is pretty close to perfect.
So.....what do you lunatics serve up during your marathon football sessions?
1 Large eggplant
4 ounces tahini paste
1 clove garlic, minced fine
juice of one lemon (to taste)
2 ounces good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Cayenne pepper to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Peel the stem end of the eggplant and poke several air holes in the skin. place it on a roasting pan just big enough to hold it and roast until the skin is almost crispy...at least 30-45 minutes. This can be done on a grill for even better flavor.
Allow to cool, then peel the skin away from the eggplant, carefully scraping whatever flesh adheres to the skin back into the pan. Try to remove as many seeds as possible (yeah, it is a PITA, but do your best without discarding the flesh along with the seeds).
Place the eggplant into a large bowl, making sure to scrape any browned bits and liquid from the roasting pan into the bowl. Add half the lemon juice and stir thoroughly, breaking it up so that it is as smooth and chunk-free as possible.
Add the tahini paste, paprika, cayenne and garlic and mix until the tahini is completely incorporated and the mixture is uniform and almost smooth. Add more lemon juice if it needs the liquid. It's tempting to use a food processor or blender, but that destroys the texture of the eggplant and makes it a different dish. Not bad; just different.
Add the olive oil, mix again, and taste. It will need salt...at least half a teaspoon of kosher salt, and maybe some pepper. If you want it on the tart side (my preference) add more lemon juice.
Chill overnight if you have the time, and serve with pita, pita chips, or even good tortilla chips. Pretzels work nicely too.
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In memory of Lode Runner (Gaming Thread 9/14/14)
—Gang of Gaming Morons!
In sad news, Doug Smith, creator of Lode Runner passed away.
It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of our friend and colleague, Douglas Smith, the creator of the iconic game, Lode Runner. Our hearts and prayers are with Doug's family during this difficult time. In Doug's honor, we call on the legions of Lode Runner fans everywhere to take a private moment to reflect on your own personal memories of Lode Runner. What a contribution Doug made to the video game industry.
Doug, from all of us at Tozai, and from all of your fans, may you rest in peace.
Have a lot of fond memories playing the stripped down "lite" C64 port, most of them amount to me almost breaking the console with my abuse to the keyboard. My dad was a huge fan of the series, I remember him having to hide his copy of Championship Lode Runner.
And then of course Japan ended up turning the series on it's head in the 90's and it really bloomed over there (same with the Wizardry series).
Out of all of this, I'm surprised that the rumors say that Notch is the one that initiated the talks. He had a throw away joke tweet that his price would be $2 billion and it looks like he might get more than that.
Bunch of people thinking the price is coming from the cash that Microsoft has floating out there out of the country (estimated to be bout $80 billion) and frankly that's a good assumption.
Is it worth it on the other hand? Eh, that's a bit murky because it is Microsoft. I mean as is, with licensing and game sales, you're looking at about $500m a year ($350m in merch licensing). If they're smart, they don't do much on the surface level outside of getting it off the hellspawn that is Java and have Azure and Bing running the back-end tasks while selling it on every platform known to man. It does raise the question on who is going to caretake the IP. Do they try to keep Mojang together or do they give it to Team Dakota (Project Spark)? And if you're going to go down this rate, I'd see if Squad was up for sale as well to pick up Kerbal Space Program. Have a whole new Edutainment sector right there with those two.
Of course if I had that money, I'd buy Take Two (keep Rockstar, Firaxas, Visual Concepts and then gut everything else), Capcom (their library is very nice) and probably a cup of coffee for about the same price. Of course business wise, buying the Minecraft IP is a better move but that's what I would do.
Best thing to come from Destiny's launch is Jeff Gerstmann's Destiny Drinking Game
Destiny Drinking Game (Don’t Try This At Home)
1. Drink every time your flying robot buddy has to scan something.
2. Chug if you have to fight off waves of enemies while your robot buddy is scanning.
3. Die of alcohol poisoning before you get off the Moon.
Now, I'm not surprised HipHopGamer is the one to make Gies look good, but still it's an odd day when Gies looks good
And there has been a reason why they haven't done much mentioning that Paul McCartney made a new song for the game
• Capcom with a good pricing structure on the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2. $6 an episode or $25 for the four episodes and other bonus stuff. $40 if you care about it being on a disc.
• Forza Horizon 2 gets it's launch trailer
• Alien Isolation also gets a new trailer
Eliminage Gothic (PC) - Want an oldschool dungeon crawler with a good OST? This is the game for you. It got a bunch of positive reviews of this in Japan for the 3DS and PSP releases and this is the only way to play it in English (don't think anyone on the translating community has taken a stab at translating it). And it's cheap to boot with pre-order price being $7.99, normally $9.99 which also gets you some pre-order bonuses like the OST and a artbook. If you dig the genre, we don't get many bones thrown our way so we're kinda stuck playing what ever we can get. Biggest release this week for me
Wasteland 2 (PC) - After a lengthy alpha and beta, this kickstarter project is finally coming out. On one hand, it's new Wasteland which is cool. On the other it's being made by InXile. I honestly haven't been paying too much attention to this one. For me at least, it really comes down to how well it reviews and depending on if I finally get around to buying Xenonauts, I might pick this up when it's on sale.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (360, PS3) - Rule of thumb is still in effect, if it's based on an anime, walk away. Seriously, you can count on two hands the good games based on a anime and have a few fingers left.
ArchAge (PC) - I keep forgetting this game is coming out which is kinda sad as the main person behind this game created one of my all-time favorite MMOs, Lineage. It's almost all Korean MMOs, F2P which means I would expect a ton of grinding. But from the beta, the impressions have been positive outside of server stability. I'll be checking this out on Tuesday
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Finally got my copy of Black Coal, Thin Ice and it's bumped Guardians of the Galaxy for my favorite movie of the year (so far). Damn good and worth importing
Open Thread: Sunday Palate-cleanser [Y-not]
The news has been awful this week. How about a nice story?
Courtesy of USA Today's "uplifting stories of the week" feature, I bring you this feel-good story:
Scores of friends, family members, and fellow Boy Scouts have joined forces to help a Pennsylvania Boy Scout win his Eagle badge weeks after his sudden death. Noah Cornuet, 16, collapsed and died after football practice last month from what turned out to be a rare heart tumor.
Read the full story here.
*Updated with something more upbeat:*
Via the Today Show, here are American Hero Dogs:
Retired Air Force Sgt. Michael Malarsie said Xxon is more than his guide dog. He's his new wingman in life. "Because of Xxon, I'm part of society again," Malarsie wrote on the Hero Dog Awards website. "I can't imagine life without him."
In January 2010, an IED blinded and severely wounded Malarsie and killed four of his team members, including his best friend, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. One year later, Xxon became Malarsie's new partner and allowed him to serve active duty as a blind Airman.
Today, Xxon continues to serve as Malarsie's guide dog in Salt Lake City - and the dog's presence helps Malarsie's whole family. "When Xxon is working with Michael, I don't feel that I have to watch out for him every minute," Malarsie's wife Jesse wrote. "I can focus on being a mom to our three children."
Follow the link for more stories and to vote for the dog hero of your choice.
Kitten Meets Hedgehog:
Open thread to try to talk about good things.
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—Dave In Texas
I can't even stand myself today. It's so nice outside here.
Have a great end of weekend morons.
This is my sister so no untoward comments please.
Sunday Travel Thread: Fabulous Fall Foliage [Y-not]
Greetings traveling morons and moronettes! It's mid-September... that can only mean one thing: Fall foliage season is here and it's fabulous!
I went to college in Vermont so I can state unequivocally that it does, in fact, have the best fall foliage!
But other places have great foliage, too. Here are some examples:
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts have some great views:
Another place that is known for a lot of maple trees (and might therefore have spectacular displays) is Japan:
Although I grew up back East, I really love Fall out this way. The contrast between the gold of our aspens, the deep green evergreen trees, and our clear blue sky is spectacular.
**Here's a bonus link: Utah Fall Color guide.**
How about those of you who don't get the changing leaves display at this time of year? What distinctive sights are at their best at this time of year where YOU live?
For example, I've heard about the Fall Monarch Migration, but have never witnessed it:
Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States so they migrate south and west each autumn to escape the cold weather. The monarch migration usually starts in about October of each year, but can start earlier if the weather turns cold sooner than that.
The monarch butterflies will spend their winter hibernation in Mexico and some parts of Southern California where it is warm all year long. If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees. If the monarch butterfly lives west of the Rocky Mountains, then it will hibernate in and around Pacific Grove, California in eucalyptus trees.
Have any of you seen the monarch migration?
Every year in March or April, just after the full moon, Ningaloo Reef comes alive as more than 200 species of coral spawn, creating an amazing underwater show as the ocean glows pink. Soon after, gentle whale sharks arrive to feed in the rich waters. Whale shark swimming tours operate out of Exmouth and Coral Bay from mid March to mid July. The coral spawning spectacular also takes place for just a few nights on the Great Barrier Reef between October and December. Join a night snorkelling or scuba diving tour for a dazzling up-close encounter.
Where do you like to go to enjoy Fall? Any recommendations of scenic drives or picturesque landscapes?
Next week's Travel Thread will be about Fall Festivals, especially Oktoberfests.
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-14-2014: Lies of Our Time [OregonMuse]
(Displayed above is Guernica by Pablo Picasso. It was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque village in northern Spain during the Spanish Civil War.)
To Tell the Truth
The 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War is one of the progressive left's big Noble Causes that they remember fondly and always write about in warm, glowing terms. It's right up there in the left's pantheon next to the civil rights movement. With what turned into a brutal military dictatorship on one side, and a motley collection of rat bastard commies on the other, it's one of those wars where you wish both sides would lose. Naturally, the international left lent their full support to the rat bastard commies and large numbers of them went to Spain to fight. A bunch of American lefties went, too, including some famous ones like Ernest Hemingway. Some in the liberal contingent, such as the authors John Dos Passos and George Orwell, grew very disillusioned when they saw the rat bastard commies behaving like rat bastard commies. And Orwell's famous novels '1984' and 'Animal Farm' grew out of what he saw happening in Spain.
All of these things are discussed in Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill. An interview with the author is here. She's no conservative, but the book might be interesting, as she is more interested in who;s "telling the truth".
Also, she says Hemingway was a KGB agent:
But in 1937, when [Hemingway] was...writing the script for Joris Ivens's documentary film, The Spanish Earth, Ivens had tried to enlist him as a propagandist, and possibly more, for the Communist Party, which had been supporting the Spanish government against Franco's rebels. And according to internal KGB files studied by a former Soviet agent, Alexander Vassiliev, Hemingway was recruited by the KGB in 1941 and given the code-name "Argo." It was hoped he could report on Nazi activity in Cuba and the Caribbean during World War II, but he never generated any useful intelligence and his cover was terminated in 1950.
So apparently, Ernest Hemingway was a KGB agent, but a lousy one.
'A' Is For Apocalypse
Here is a semi-amusing list of children's books for the modern age. Some of these are rather ham-handed, but riffing on children's books should be relatively easy, I would think.
Well, I Guess This Is Good
According to this, there are more public libraries than McDonald's restaurants. The raw numbers are 16,766 (libraries)to 14,157 (McDoos).
People, people, don't we have room for both?
I Have Seen The Future And It Sucks
Florida Polytechnic University is so new that it has only been open for a few days...The main building is the Innovation, Science and Technology Building, which is where most of the 500 new students will spend their time in class. Its second floor includes the Commons, an area that includes its library services.
The Commons does have librarians and Internet connections to all the standard electronic resources of a university library. It provides access to a digital catalog that launched with 135,000 e-books. But take a look around the room, and it's completely bookless.
135,000 books doesn't sound like a lot, not for a university where serious research needs to be done. Don't most universities have libraries comprising millions of volumes, or is that just the big boys?
But the idea of the new Florida Polytechnic library is to move away from paper. Printers for articles accessed online are available but not encouraged. Instead, the staff hopes students will organize their research online with tools that are part of the library service.
I'm still a bit skeptical. I know much material has been digitized, and maybe it's enough for a freshman term paper, but for senior and graduate-level research, I can't imagine that every source you would conceivably need has been made available online.
Air-conditioning is something most of us take for granted. But the world would be a quite different place without it, says author Salvatore Basile in his new book Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything.
2. In 1736, the English House of Commons was cooled by a seven-foot, hand-cranked "blowing wheel." The man at the crank was known as the Ventilator.
Heh. That just sounds funny.
10. If you tried to buy an in-window air-conditioning unit in the 1940s, you'd spend about about $350 in 1940s money, which in today's dollars is almost $3,500.
I'm thinking that the invention of the refrigerated freight car so that cattle could be slaughtered before being driven to market meant that a lot of cowboys had to find other lines of work.
And I can't imagine what is would have been like living in states like Texas or Georgia or Louisiana before the days of air conditioning. I guess you just sweated a lot. When Mrs. Muse and I were first married, we lived in an upstairs apartment without air conditioning, so on really hot days, we set up a bowl of ice cubes in front of a table fan, and that helped some. But I'm definitely spoiled on modern conveniences.
Maybe There's Some Hope
According to the report, 88% of Americans 16 to 29 years old have read at least one book in the past year, compared with 79% of people 30 and older.
And millennials who read aren't just picking up one book. "Among younger Americans who did read at least one book, the median or typical number read in the past year was 10," the report adds.
Anecdotally, I find this hard to believe. Every time I see a gaggle of milennials standing around, they're usually all fiddling with their smart phones, or texting each other. I wonder how that kind of flipping around is affecting their attention spans.
You. Get off my lawn.
Actually, I shouldn't talk. I had to make a concerted effort to start reading books again a few years ago when I suddenly realized I was spending all my free time surfing the internet, and not really reading anything of sustained length or depth.
The Japanese Have A Word For It
On one of those lists of 'untranslatable' words, I found the word tsundoku which is described 'the act of leaving a book unread, typically piling it up together with other such unread books.'
Not that, ahem, any of us on this thread would, ahem, know anything about this sort of pathological behavior.
So how many unread books do you think you have? I'm not going to tell you the number I've come up with for myself, it's too embarrassing.
This LA Times piece tells of a man in Sacramento who donated 500 boxes of books - many of them unread - to a local library. It was approximately 13,000 volumes. Now that's some serious hoarding.
On shelfari.com, there's a Compulsive Book Hoarders Group, but I think it's probably just the tongue-in-cheek name of a chat group for bibliophiles.
On the bright side, I tell myself, I'm not so bad, at least I'm not hoarding cats.
What I'm Reading
I am very much enjoying Kali's Children by Craig Allen, which I first heard about from a moron commenter, I forget who it was, but thank you, who posted a big list of science fiction authors who were discounting some of their books. It's a good space yarn: the book opens aboard a starship that has taken heavy damage from some unknown source and is trying to make a soft landing on an alien planet, with mixed success. It crash lands in an ocean, 50 feet down and the survivors have to figure out how to get to the surface and to survive, which is difficult because they're being continually attacked by whatever strange creatures live on that planet. And then they discover evidence of a starship from a decade-old war that was presumed lost in battle, and so they have to go find it. As of when I'm typing this, the Kindle version is $2.99
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as I keep saying, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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Weekend Headlines [CBD}
Yeah....these have been harvested over the last few days, so if they are repeats for you, just follow BenK's twitter feed and he will automatically refund any remaining membership fees.
Because Guns should only be in the hands of well-trained, government-approved people
Yup...this one is old, but it still amuses the hell out of me
From our very own Zombie!
I am sick of hearing about multi-million dollar, years-long efforts to execute one criminal. I wholeheartedly approve of the death penalty, but the way we do it is just ridiculous.
Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Video: America wholeheartedly embraces Obama's foreign policy: http://t.co/EYVWsgTMTW— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) September 13, 2014
Overnight Open Thread (13 Sep 2014)
Real-life role playing. What is your profession (RPG style)?
Every RPG always has elves, hobbits, ogres, trolls, humans, wood elves, night elves, etc. Each race has their own particular attributes that make them who they are. Take a look in the mirror RIGHT NOW. That’s your race. 300 pounds overweight, 50 pounds underweight, average, tall, short, beer gut, 6-pack abs, etc. These are attributes about yourself that you cannot change immediately, so that’s your starting point. Depending on your “race,” certain professions will be easier or harder for you to obtain.
Looks like I'm an assassin.
Sheets, towels, TV remotes key reservoirs for MRSA contamination. I would think phones and tablets too. And then there's the dreaded doorknob.
"The hand is quicker than the sneeze in the spread of disease," warns the lead author of a study that found a single germ-laden doorknob can spread a virus throughout a building in the space of hours.
Tweet Of The Day
I guess if you support a Palestinian terror group and go to college, you're good to go. Pro-Israel? At Ohio University, you get arrested.
The Navy's New Boat
Say hello to the Navy's Mark VI Patrol Boat. Pretty sweet.
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Late Night Internet Radio Thing
I'm going to be on The Saturday Night Cigar Lounge show starting at 10 eastern.
It seems we'll be talking about this post on libertarianism and possibly Obama's claim of power to wage war whenever he feels like it.
They'll be cookies and candy*. So listen.
*No there won't.
Coming Attractions! - Announcing Another Movie Night - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
It's about time for another Movie Night with the Morons.
Lock in the date! Next Saturday, September 20, we gather round the campfire to sing such camp staples as America, Fuck Yeah!, Derka Derk, and, my favorite I'm So Ronery.
Join us next weekend because, as they say, either you are with us, or you are against us.
Speaking of movies, this made me giggle. A lot.
Older folks react to the "Fifty Shades" trailer, and it's hilarious http://t.co/YaOv6ov4f3— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) September 13, 2014
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Saturday Car Thread 9/13/14 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse and KBDaBear
I've decided, today, to mix it up, blending in KBDB's great write-ups with my cheapo links in the hopes of disguising my lack of effort this week. Imma gonna guess that you'll still be able to tell who did what.
Classic Oldies with New Tech
When old classic cars have been featured here on the Car Thread, quite a few Motorhead Morons have lamented that the new cars, while quite advanced in technology, performance, and reliability lack the uniqueness and soul of the old cars. Thanks to the Pro-Touring niche of the show car organizations, this is actually quite possible for those with the money, mechanical proficiency, and imagination.
One such car that was featured a few years back in Hot Rod MagazineHot Rod Magazine caught my eye, a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible built by EMI-Experimenti-Metal based in Michigan. EMI specializes in replacement body panels for old cars, and they acquired the license to manufacture all the panels and the chassis for mid 50's Chevys and several other makes and models. A car customizer can actually buy a virtually brand new body and fit it with whatever drivetrains, suspension, electronics, and interiors that their talents or cash flow will allow.
With this particular 55 Chevy built by EMI itself, they chose to power it with a 5.7 LS-1 from a 1998 Corvette and installed an aftermarket Heidt independent rear suspension along with all manner of modern tech. Read the article for all the particulars, I fell in love with this car at first sight.
I want this car as much as a jello wrestling match with Kate Upton
Man reunited with car, 33 years after it was stolen
Sacramento, Calif.-Gary Chartrand's 1964 Thunderbird was stolen in 1981. He assumed he would never see the car again, but this week that changed.
According to Chartrand, the car was stolen about a year after he paid $1,600 for it as a gift to himself after he got a divorce.
Chartrand says the car was taken from him while he was bartending in Old Sacramento at Fanny Ann's Saloon. Chartrand says it was one of the worst nights of his life.
He thought he would never see his classic car again until he received an unexpected call, 33 years later. Sacramento police called and said his car was found in Washington State in great condition. On Tuesday, Chartrand was finally reunited with his T-Bird.
"Beautiful. Just a few bumps and bruises, but not much has changed,” he said. "It's a 50-year-old car, has been gone for 33-years, who knows where it's been"
Chartrand says there were hardly any miles on it, but looks like someone was trying to get it registered and take it on the road. Now, he only has to remember how to open the glovebox.
Totally 80's – Pontiac Fiero
In the early 80's, GM sought to produce a sporty small car to compete in the youth market with the Japanese compact sports cars. Desiring a fuel efficient but fun model, the GM engineers created a plastic bodied two-seater mid-engined car we'd come to know as the Pontiac Fiero. Contrary to popular myth, Fiero is Italian for proud, not the engine will incinerate you.
The engine fire issue of the first year of the Fiero was overblown, but there were other issues with engine cooling and general reliability due to GM bean counter decisions to override the designers concepts. The plastic body over steel chassis was unique to the Fiero, but the engine was the 2.5 liter 4 cyl Iron Duke, standard with the Chevy Citation. GM also tossed aside the suspension designs and used Chevette front suspension and brakes and reversed the Citation front suspension for the rear.
Although underpowered and plagued with reliability and cooling issues due to GM doing things on the cheap, the car nevertheless sold much better than expected for the first three years. Going from my personal observations living in the Northeast at the time, the Fiero had the reputation as a chick car, mostly 18-25 year old big haired Jersey Shore type girls.
Pontiac improved the Fiero quite a bit for the 85-86 models, including fitting it with the 2.8 liter fuel injected V-6 and the body was redesigned for the 87-88 models for a curvier more attractive look. GM also fitted it with the new suspension originally intended by the engineers. It was quite a fun little car with the V-6 and it handled quite well, but as is usual with GM, by the time they get it right nobody cared anymore and the sales were sinking from competition with the higher quality Toyota MR-2. GM discontinued the Fiero after the 1988 model, but it was as iconic to the 80s as the K-Car.
These guys might have curtailed sales somewhat
My Grandaddy had one of these. It was a pale turquoise color.
Aussie Retro Concept Car
If you don't want to build your own old car with new tech and you have loads of cash, perhaps the Aussies will come through for you if GM's Holden ever decides to produce this stunner;
Back in 2005, GM's Holden subsidiary in Australia rolled out a fantastically beautiful concept car called the Efijy, built on the Corvette platform but designed in a retro style reminiscient of the 1953 Holden FJ, but strongly resembling the 1950 Merc.
BMW forgets itself.
Crowd-sourcing automotive design
You know an adventure is going well when a press release starts with a location of “somewhere in Alaska,” which is exactly how Nissan started the release to update us on its progress of the Project Titan. After months of using its fans to crowd-source a design for a special version of the Nissan Titan, the truck has finally been finished and hit the trails.
Built to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, the truck will be driven by WWP Alumni and Iraq war veterans David Guzman and Kevin McMahon. The adventure kicked off last week, but Nissan just released the first images of the truck in action traversing the harsh Alaskan wilderness.
As a post-mortem tribute to honorary Moron Zheng Gang, your Car Thread Compliance Pic:
And a retro-pinup girl in a retro coupe:
Following that slam on my favorite 80's duo, you can blame KBDB for this:
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Open Thread - Another Victory for Walker [Y-not]
I expect there will be a couple of topical threads up in a few minutes, but that gardening thread is getting hard to scroll, so here's a fresh new one for you.
A surprise decision from the 7th Circuit will allow Wisconsin to enforce its voter-ID law for the upcoming gubernatorial election. The court ruled that recent changes that give citizens more options to gain easier access to qualifying identification make the law legitimate and non-discriminatory, and noted that the statute in Wisconsin is "materially identical to Indiana's photo ID statute, which the Supreme Court held valid in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 ( 2008 )." The changes in access to state-issued identification eliminated the differences between the Indiana and Wisconsin cases, the court ruled in lifting a temporary restraining order
Go to Hot Air to read the rest... then come back here discuss.
**I added a video of CAC/Brandon below the fold:
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Prune It and Beet It! [Y-not and WeirdDave]
Good afternoon, morons and moronettes, and welcome to your Saturday Gardening thread.
It's a beautiful September day here. In honor of the day, how about a little Frank Sinatra?
Take it away, WeirdDave:
Well, like it or not, we're getting into fall now, and it's time to prune your plants. Honestly, I've never done any pruning, my bushes tend to be more unkempt that Miley Cyrus' pubic hair, so I had to go looking for some information on how the process works.
I started with the dictionary. I gathered this helpful nugget:
prune noun \ˈprün\
: a dried plum that is often cooked before it is eaten
Interesting. A GIS yielded this:
Hmm. Looks like my nuts after imagining Miley Cyrus in her glory in the previous paragraph. Anyhow, now we know what a prune is, so the question is where do we get them? Fortunately, it turns out you can grow them yourself, although when you grow them they are called plums. Weird, but OK. You can also buy them at the local grocery store. Now we're getting somewhere. Armed with the knowledge of what prunes are and where to get them, I turned to Wikipedia to figure out how they could be used on bushes. I learned a lot of stuff about prunes (did you know that prunes “are used frequently in Tzimmes, a traditional Jewish dish in which the principal ingredient is diced or sliced carrots?”), but nothing that seemed very applicable to gardening. I know that pruning plants helps them grow stronger in the spring, but a Jewish dish doesn't seem like she'd be much help. Actually, I bet she would be a great deal of help, they're the most capable women on the planet, but I'm not sure why she'd want to come help in my garden. And where do the carrots come in?
A Jewish dish
Finally however, I did get some information that seemed to put me on the right track At the end of the Wiki article, it revealed that prunes can contain high doses of a chemical called acrylamide. Acrylamide is a neurotoxin that has known negative effects on fertility. AH-HA! If we can retard the plants fertility in the Fall, all of the pent up fertility juices can burst forth in the Spring, helping the plant to grow!
So, here's how I figure it works. Buy a bunch of prunes, one for each cane on the bush you want to prune. As the leaves die in the Fall, carefully push a prune onto the end of each branch. Leave them there over the winter, and when you pull them off in the spring, the plant should positively burst free with wild, exuberant growth! How delightful! I'm going to try pruning my azalea bushes this year and see what happens. I have about 50 of them, I hope I can afford all of the prunes. I might try to shortcut this traditional process using SCIENCE! It came to my attention that you can also buy concentrated essence of prunes.
I figure if I sprinkle a little of this stuff around the base of the plant, the roots will absorb it into the trunk, making the laborious process of affixing a prune to each cane unnecessary. The trick is going to be figuring out at what point I should stop watering the plants with the juice for maximum spring growth. I'll do some trial and error testing and report back later this winter. I bought a couple bottles of the essence of prune earlier today. I must confess, I opened one out of curiosity. It actually smelled pretty good, so I took a sip (after carefully reading the label for toxicity information-safety first! I knew about the fertility angle, but that didn't bother me because I'm not planning on any more kids. It turns out that prune juice is safe for human consumption). It was good! Really sweet, I have to confess that I drank the whole bottle. I still have enough left for the plants, and...
Oh my. ExcusemeIgottarunovertoyouY-not!
Y-not: Hey, thanks... for... that, WeirdDave. I... think!
Greetings from the Wasatch Front, where we've been enjoying glorious (if a bit cool) weather after quite a bit more rain than we're accustomed to around here.
Thus far, I've harvested three tomatoes. Two Black Krims and one Black Carbon. *pounds head against wall*
Fortunately, some of my beets are ready to harvest as were some of the onions. The latter were getting shaded by the tomatoes and peppers, so they really hadn't been doing much of anything for quite a while and the tops were dying.
This was my first attempt at beets and onions. The beets were started from seed, way back when, and did well in my raised bed (the middle one that gets moderate afternoon sun) with the exception of being attacked by leaf miners. I have not eaten them yet, but I pulled the three biggest ones. I usually roast my beets and toss them while still warm in a flavorful vinegrette.
Beets have some significance in my neck of the woods because they have been designated as Utah's "Historic Vegetable:"
Utah achieved prominence in nineteenth-century America for its efforts to produce sugar from sugar beets; and the production of beet sugar contributed substantially to Utah's economy for almost one hundred years. A first bold attempt was made in the early 1850s but the factory never quite managed to solve the chemical problems of converting beets grown in alkali soil into granulated sugar. By the 1980s there were no beet sugar factories in Utah.
So sugar beets were a big deal around here. There's even a pretty fun (imho) neighborhood south of downtown Salt Lake City called "Sugarhouse." (Ladies, that's where the Sundance Outlet is if you're ever visiting our fair state.)
While beets may not be at the top of many gardeners' lists of favorite plants, their sweet taste and nutritional punch may make them worth a second look. Health experts emphasize eating a rainbow of colored fruits and vegetables for the best variety of nutrients. Beets, with their different colors and designs, fit that bill perfectly. Beets aren't just the plain, red balls most people picture; growers have developed many different varieties to decorate your plate.
I get golden beets when I can simply because they make less of a mess when I prepare them.
Beets are also "good for you:"
Food expert and cookbook author Dave Lieberman calls beetroot a super-food because they are dense with dietary fiber, antioxidant compounds and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Beetroot is the edible root of the plant species Beta vulgaris. Commonly referred to simply as beets, beetroot is available in a number of varieties and can be eaten raw or cooked. Beets are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in both protein and calories. Eating a diet that regularly includes the nutrients provided by beetroot may help decrease your risk of certain medical conditions.
So back to Utah and beets. As it turns out, the mighty beet had to "beat out" (SWIDT?) the noble onion for vegetable bragging rights in our state:
There was stiff competition at the Capitol from the Realms of Inquiry School students, supported by Rep. Jackie Biskupski, who backed the sugar beet as Utah's vegetable. A compromise was reached; plans to designate one or the other was merged into a single bill and the sugar beet was declared the historical state vegetable and the Spanish sweet onion the contemporary state vegetable.
Which brings us to the onion...
I planted three onion-y things: "Red Burgundy" onion seeds, "Walla Walla Sweet" onion starts, and shallot starts (I'm too lazy to find the tag right now). Naturally, the one I wanted to produce the best - the shallots - didn't do very well. I tried them (and the Walla Wallas) in all five of my beds, so they had a variety of conditions. But only the ones in the moderately sunny bed did much of anything. They're still not very big, but I'll pull them at some point and see how they taste. It's a shame because I use a lot of shallots in my cooking and they're expensive.
The red onion seeds sprouted, but never took off. So what I have to show for my efforts so far are these Walla Wallas. The onions I got were not amazing in terms of size, but they really are pretty darned good. The flavor was just right and I especially like the tight, crisp texture of the bulbs.
More tourism guide info. If you are visiting Salt Lake, check out The Copper Onion for dinner, especially if you enjoy roasted bone marrow.
In summary, although the growing season isn't really over yet here at Casa Moxie (at least, I sure hope not given how few tomatoes I've harvested thus far), I think it's fair to say that this year the root vegetables were the most successful of our veggies. Radishes were amongst the first harvestable veggies from my garden and that was grown straight from seed sown into the beds. My carrots were nice, too. I only wish I'd planted more. I'll definitely be trying onions and beets again next year based on my results and see if I can make them more productive. I'd really like to try to overcome the leaf miner issue I've had this year so that the tops will be more useful for cooking. (It would also allow me to give kale and Swiss chard another go.) And I plan to try growing garlic next year. I don't know why I didn't give that a go this year. Just an oversight on my part, I guess.
Finally, we have this contribution from moronette "KT:"
JUJUBES - AKA Chinese dates or Japanese apples
This is a branch on our Sherwood Jujube with ripening fruit. The fruit is very sweet, tasting like a somewhat dry, dense apple with a crispy skin. It grows on a pretty, narrow tree with zig-zag twigs (somewhat like the contorted cultivar "So"). The leaves have a weeping habit. We keep ours cut back to about 12 feet. Makes plenty of fruit. It tastes best when the fruit is almost fully brown, but before it starts to dry. It's by our driveway, where it gets reflected heat. Tough tree. They like full sun.
Sherwood is known as a late variety, but I have ripe fruit in early September this year. If the weather holds, there will be new leaves and blossoms, and another crop of (smaller) fruit. The tree is thornless, but is on a wickedly thorny rootstock which suckers. The rootstock blooms on new wood, pollinating the tree. Its fruits are tiny and nasty.
I think other cultivars are probably better dried, as Sherwood has thick skin which I find unpleasant when dried and almost like plastic when candied fresh. "Lang" dries right on the tree. It is one of two cultivars which were available when I first heard of jujubes. If you decide to look into this fruit for your yard, consider flavor and also the usefulness of each cultivar fresh, dried or candied. "Honey Jar" and "Sugar Cane" seem to be favorites for flavor, but "Sugar Cane" is very thorny. Take into consideration thorniness of various cultivars and the probability of a thorny rootstock. The trees will grow in lawns, where you can mow down suckers.
Jujube trees grow from relatively cold-winter climates to the low deserts of the Southwest and are practically pest-free. Some of them get pretty big if you let them. Bees love jujube blossoms, but they probably provide more pollen than nectar.
Check the fruit forum at Gardenweb for up-to-date availability information. Here is the California Rare Fruit Growers fact sheet on Jujubes. It has recipes for candied jujubes and jujube syrup.
Historic note on Jujubes:
Most people who have heard of Jujubes think they are old-time small, chewy, tough candies. Also an approximate description of dried jujubes from a good drying variety. Though the dried fruits keep much longer than the candies.
Here are some photos KT provided of her Jujube tree:
And here's one of her cats: "Jack of Spades is one of the 15 cats who have adopted us. He can always find a patch of weeds to play in, even during a drought. He sleeps on a pillow in the garage. Sometimes, he climbs the jujube tree."
What's happening in YOUR garden this week?
Send tips, photos, questions, etc to Y-not on Twitter at moxiemom or at her g ma il account, "bailesworth."
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OT Thread - Schadenfreude Edition [WeirdDave]
I have to put something here so that the clip can be below the cut. If I've done this right it should go to 1:40, if not, well, skip ahead to 1:40 in the video (I have no way to test HTML code prior to posting it).
Anyhow, so this happened this week:
Mates' marriage horrifies gay rights groups
A couple of heterosexual men in New Zealand are getting married to win a radio contest. Bit extreme, if you ask me, but they are reported to be best friends, so I suppose they've got a shot at happiness. Naturally, this unnatural union has raised the ire and opprobrium of various groups, who are protesting that such is an "insult", that it "trivializes" the sacred institution. It's "outrageous" they say, something that attacks one of the very foundations of society.
The groups doing all the protesting? Why, they are "gay rights" groups and they are LIVID!
I guess the shoe is on the other hand now, eh boys? I'm laughing at the superior intellect (Two! Two Shatner quotes! MWA-HA-HA!).
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Saturday College Football
—Dave In Texas
#8 Baylor, the first college I got kicked out of routed Buffalo last night 63-21.
Top ten action (AP) today, all times eastern:
Florida St (1) idle
Wyoming at Oregon (2), 2pm
Georgia (6) at South Carolina (24), 3:30pm
Southern Miss at Alabama (3), 6pm
Louisiana Monroe at LSU (10), 7pm
Tennessee at Oklahoma (4), 8pm
USC (9) at Boston College, 8pm
Rice at Texas A&M (7), 9pm
Later this week, Auburn (5) at Kansas St. (19) Thursday night at 7:30pm
It's 60 degrees here in the middle of Texas which is by God football weather.
The UN's Anti-Semitism Laid Bare [CBD]
Anne Bayefsky speaks plainly about the decades-long fixation of the UN on Israel and its supposed crimes against the world.
Is it hyperbole to describe the UN as perhaps the greatest enemy of the Jews since Hitler?
Southwest Ohio Moron Meet-Up
Speedster1 has been doing yeoman's work arranging a meet for you lunatics in Southwest Ohio, Eastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky. The date and location is, of course, a closely held secret (October 18th at 7:00pm in Beavercreek, OH), but if anyone is interested, shoot him an e-mail at: swohmome at mail dot com
And now, without further ado....Open Thread.
Let's Talk About Three (More) Republican Governors: Kasich, Haley, and Martinez [Y-not]
Yesterday when I was reading this post at Hot Air about the tough time some GOP governors are having facing re-election, I spotted this line:
There are some bright spots for GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, too. Governors like Ohio's John Kasich, South Carolina's Nikki Haley, and New Mexico's Susana Martinez are likely to be returned by their state's voters this year.
A few weeks ago we discussed the pros and cons of Walker, Jindal, and Perry as potential POTUS candidates, so how about we discuss three more governors: Kasich, Haley, and Martinez?
First, a quick poll:
OK, with that "sense of the moron horde" poll out of the way, here's a very short primer on each of these three governors. I'll also give you my gut reaction to each, just to get the ball rolling on the discussion. But what would be great is to hear what YOU think about these three potential candidates' records and ideologies.
John Kasich, Ohio
John Richard Kasich (b. May 13, 1952 in McKees Rocks, PA) is the 69th and current Governor of Ohio. A Republican, he was first elected on November 2, 2010 and assumed office on January 10, 2011. In the race, Kasich defeated incumbent Ted Strickland (D) by some 77,000 votes. His win led the 2010 Republican sweep of statewide offices in Ohio.
Before his election to the Buckeye State's top seat, he served in the Ohio State Senate from 1979-1983 and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-2000. He made an unsuccessful bid for President in 2000.
Kasich is seeking a second term as governor in 2014. He has also been named as a contender for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Elected by a strong conservative base, including support from tea party groups, Kasich drew their fury in February 2013 when he announced he would expand Medicaid in the state using federal money, possibly hurting his re-election chances.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Kasich as the 23rd most conservative governor in the country.
Kasich has a B.S. in political science from Ohio State. He seems to have slid straight from college into political life, starting out as an assistant to a state senator. As far as I can tell, his only non-government jobs were as a Fox News commentator and as managing director of Lehman Brothers' Columbus, Ohio office.
Kasich is currently pummeling his challenger in the polls.
He has a long record which is difficult to summarize. Frankly, anyone in office that long is going to have deviated from ideological purity and made some poor choices along the way. But at least he has a record to examine.
That said, I'm not sure what his Big Issue is. He seems like a manager-type more than an ideological leader. Can any Buckeyes chime in here?
**I'm going to add this link which CoolCzech gave me, just for more about Kasich:
Since Kasich became governor, the results of his "Jack Kemp style" economics have made a dramatic difference in the Buckeye State. Here are just a few examples:
* Over 170,000 new private sector jobs have been created
* There have been more new businesses created since Kasich took office than at any other time in Ohio history.
* Incomes in the state are now rising twice as fast as they are across the country
* The state's unemployment rate has dropped by 21%.
Kasich, who took a private sector job with Lehmann Bros. after leaving Congress, was part of the business team that took Google public.
As governor, he has offered a shining example, an Economics 101 class if you will, on why the free enterprise system works.
Nikki Haley, South Carolina
Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa Haley (b. January 20, 1972, in Bamberg, South Carolina) is the 116th and current Governor of South Carolina. A Republican, she was elected on November 2, 2010, defeating Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen. She was sworn into office on January 12, 2011.
Haley's election made her the first Indian-American woman to become governor of South Carolina and the second Indian-American governor in the United States after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
As governor, Haley's focus has been on creating jobs and improving the state's business climate. She has also worked towards cutting taxes for small businesses, pension reform, Medicaid reform, illegal immigration reform, Voter ID, and created the office of Inspector General.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Haley as the 21st most conservative governor in the country.
Haley previously served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 87, Lexington County, from 2005-2010.
Haley's first term will expire in January 2015 and she is running for re-election in 2014. State Senator Vincent Sheheen, whom Haley defeated in the 2010 general election, is seeking a re-match.
Haley has a B.S. in accounting from Clemson. After graduation she worked
for a waste management company and later for her family's clothing business (where she was CFO). She was active in the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years before entering political life.
My gut reaction to Nikki Haley's resume is more favorable than to Kasich, who had spent a lot of time in the Beltway. When I've seen Haley speak, she's come across as intelligent and attractive. I don't know if the Will Folks "sacred honor" nonsense had any major impact on her political prospects. I doubt it given that she is doing well in the polls for re-election. 'Any South Carolina morons care to tell us about your governor?
Susana Martinez, New Mexico
Susana Martinez, (born July 14, 1959, in El Paso, TX) is the 31st and current Governor of New Mexico. A Republican, Martinez won election on November 2, 2010, defeating former Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish (D) with 53.3 percent of the vote. Martinez is New Mexico's first female governor as well as the nation's first female Hispanic governor. She is seeking re-election in 2014.
An attorney by trade, Martinez previously served as District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, from 1997 until 2011.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Martinez as the 24th most conservative governor in the country.
Martinez was a Democrat until 1995, when she switched to the Republican Party.
Martinez is a lawyer. Her undergraduate degree was from UTEP and her law degree was from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Her only private sector experience was working as a security guard for her parents' business, which they operated from their home.
I confess (and pre-denounce myself) that I tend to like District Attorneys and prosecutors as candidates. They often strike me as direct talkers and good debaters. That said, I don't know if Martinez possesses those qualities because I'm not sure I've ever heard her speak at great length. I confess that I think that being from New Mexico probably puts her at a disadvantage relative to the other governors given New Mexico's relatively small population and economics (although it does look like NM ranks well in terms of fiscal management, if I'm reading this Mercatus study correctly.) I'm eager to hear what our New Mexican horde members tell us about Gov. Martinez.
She is currently favored for re-election in the polls. You might have heard about her WHITE MALE DEMOCRAT opponent who apparently has some sort of medical degree because he asserted that she "doesn't have a Latino heart." What is this fascination liberal men have with female Republicans' body parts, anyway?
The table below lists the ratings for the nation's 30 Republican governors as calculated by this method; higher ratings reflect more conservative positions.
**FOR THOSE OF YOU HAVING TROUBLE FOLLOWING THE LINK, HERE'S THE CHART.**
The average GOP Governor scores a 43. Chris Christie (RINO DIABLO - New Jersey) scored a 9! Jindal scored a 44, Perry scored a 50, and Walker scored a 57. The most conservative governor per Silver is Idaho's Otter. (Kasich, Haley, and Martinez are all considered more liberal than the average GOP governor, per Silver's scoring.)
To wrap things up, let's one more poll, including all six governors we've discussed thus far. Which three of these six candidates would be your top choices to go against the awful candidate the Democrats will put up in the 2016 Presidential election?
Right now out of those six I'd be leaning Perry, Haley, and either Walker or Jindal. How about you?
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Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
Here's something pretty.
Dragonfly covered in morning dew pic.twitter.com/OWPIFl0kCY— Animal Planet (@MeetAnimals) September 9, 2014
And here's something that will make you giggle.
Have a great day.
UPDATE: I had to add this. It just came across my TL and made me snort.
Every time you yawn without covering your mouth, a ghost sticks his penis in there. Teaching kids good manners isn't that hard.— GoGold Dishy LaRue (@Dishy2101) December 9, 2013
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Overnight Open Thread (12 Sep 2014)
Democrats are more concerned about the NFL and Ray Rice. IRS scandal? Benghazi? Fast and Furious? Nope, no interest there. Dead Americans and corruption don't interest Democrats unless it involves a Republican. Funny I haven't heard these same Democrats going after the judge and prosecutor that allowed Rice to plead to a misdemeanor but threw the book at this woman for a firearms violation.
Here's a fun thought exercise. What if the NFL drags out its investigation into the Ray Rice thingy for 491 days like the IRS scandal? Would that be acceptable to Democrats as it has been for all other scandals involving this administration?
Obama administration shows its pettiness with no statement on the passing of Joan Rivers.
The CME from the sun's X-class solar flare the other day arrived today so there is some potential for you northern morons to get some northern light action tonight. As of 2030 EST, the geomagnetic storm was a strong level G3. Hopefully it holds for a few more hours for us.
Here's the latest aurora forecast.
Not an American and you cross the border illegally? No problem. Now if you're an American citizen and you cross the border illegally? You get arrested and slapped with a $5K fine.
What's in your disaster kit? BTW, I noticed there was a very important category missing from this disaster kit article. Weapons.
Cosplay On An Aircraft Carrier
Navy sends medical staff to Chicago ER for combat training. Ironic that Chicago has the most stringent gun laws.
When You Know You're In A Country Run By Idiots
11 ways you know you live in a country run by idiots. My God. I bet we could add so many more to this list.
1. If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots.
2. If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion, you live in a country run by idiots.
3. If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote on who runs the government, you live in a country run by idiots.
Israeli Female Fighters
This college actually lets students minor in craft beer. Kinda cool but do you really need to spend education dollars on something that people are doing without having to go to college for? In my last squadron, at least half of the officers were brewing their own beers.
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Headline of the Day?
Chinese court clears sperm clinic in the death of a chronic masturbator who died from over donating http://t.co/rKcvO7G8N4— New York Post (@nypost) September 12, 2014
Enjoy your weekend, morons.
Time: Future Historians Will Wonder Why George Bush Secured Congressional Authorization for His Wars, But Barack Hussein Obama Did Not
But why is almost no one noticing this right now, as it's happening?
Note that while this appears in Time, it was actually authored by a former Bush official.
So this is not the New Class troubling itself to ask troublesome questions.
Obama’s Breathtaking Expansion of a President’s Power To Make War
Jack Goldsmith Sept. 11, 2014
President Obama hoped to repeal the Bush-era authorization declaring war on al Qaeda--nstead he's expanded it without bound
Future historians will ask why George W. Bush sought and received express congressional authorization for his wars (against al Qaeda and Iraq) and his successor did not. They will puzzle over how Barack Obama the prudent war-powers constitutionalist transformed into a matchless war-powers unilateralist. And they will wonder why he claimed to "welcome congressional support' for his new military initiative against the Islamic State but did not insist on it in order to ensure clear political and legal legitimacy for the tough battle that promised to consume his last two years in office and define his presidency.
"History has shown us time and again... that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch," candidate Barack Obama told the Boston Globe in 2007. 'It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.' President Obama has discarded these precepts. His announcement that he will expand the use of military force against the Islamic State without the need for new congressional consent marks his latest adventure in unilateralism and cements an astonishing legacy of expanding presidential war powers.
Only Nixon can go to China, and only Obama can go to Emperor.
Some of Obama's supporters are feeling a little disappointed in him, given that he's given them nothing but failure and broken promises.
Karlene Richardson, 44, once counted herself a "very strong supporter" of the president...
"Honestly, I just feel that what I bought into is not what I’m getting," said Richardson, an author and motivational speaker who teaches health-care administration at a community college in Queens. "I'm starting to wonder whether the world takes us seriously."
What you bought into was a cult.
Not sure any cult has ever really delivered on its promises, unless that promise was mass suicide.
Both Cole and Richardson were surveyed in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll and represent one of its most striking findings: the degree to which the president’s approval has slipped among key parts of the Obama coalition -- the women, youth and Latino voters most responsible for putting him into office.
Women surveyed said they disapprove of Obama by a 50 percent to 44 percent margin -- nearing an all-time low in the poll. It's almost the reverse of the 55 percent to 44 percent breakdown for Obama among female voters in 2012, according to exit polls.
Among younger voting-age Americans, Obama’s approval rating stood at 43 percent. That marked an 11-point drop since June among those 18 to 29 years old. Voters younger than 30 supported Obama by 60 percent to 37 percent in 2012.
Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman is contradicting Kerry's and Obama's and Rice's and Larf's claims that we're not at war:
What I said was it's not the Iraq war of 2002. But make no mistake we know we're at war with ISIL in the same we're at war and continue to be at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
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