May 21, 2018

Blowjob Queen Nina Burleigh Calls Dana Loesch "Fat"

—Ace of Spades

#FakeNews from Newsweek, as usual.

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The Morning Rant


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"So, if you can believe the latest Rasmussen poll numbers, President Trump's approval rating is 50%. Now here is a curious thing. With all the viciously and relentlessly negative media coverage that Trump has received since his election, the deliberate non-coverage of anything positive he has done and the magnification of his every last miniscule fault and mistake, and you'd expect his job approval rating to be in the low 20's or maybe even the teens. That's obviously what the MSM would like to see, anyway. And yet it's at 50%. That's kind of amazing. Especially when you contrast this with all the fawning, dripping, slobbering coverage given to Obama, the constant fluffing, primping, pimping, and boosting, the forced applause given to his dubious achievements and the aggressive ignoring of his manifold failures, and yet his approval rating was 50% or below for most of the time he was in office. One can only speculate what this country would be like if the MSM had covered Obama like they're covering Trump, and Trump like they covered Obama."

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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The Calling Of St. Matthew
Hendrick ter Brugghen

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The Morning Report 5/21/18

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Monday again and yet again we're forced to deal with the aftermath of another school shooting; two actually. Not to diminish the tragedy that befell the victims, their families and friends, but horrible as it is, in the cold light of day it is a local crime story. Nothing more, nothing less. Unfortunately, the Democrat-Left-Media complex has yet another opportunity to trample on the barely cold bodies of the victims to use them as props in their bid to disarm the millions of law-abiding, responsible and decent gun owners by demonizing them and the NRA as the cause of the carnage. Yet again.

Any sane, rational and logical examination of the facts surrounding this case and every case like this, especially over the course of the past 20-50 years when Democrat-Leftist social policy was ramped up in every corner of our society, would reveal that that was 99 44/100% no relation to what happened. I hinted (well more than a hint, really) at the cause when I said 20-50 years of Democrat-Left social policy. The destruction of the nuclear family, the dissolution of morality, the rise of radical feminism and the concomitant demonization of the male gender, the dismantling of the traditional social order, the abandonment of ethics, morality and individual responsibility and the war on Judeo-Christianity (which are all part of the overall scheme to create a populace of dumbed-down compliant sheeple) have in no small part played a significant role in probably every single school shooting incident in the aforementioned time span. And yet its guns; fully automatic, semi automatic, manually automatic, with bump stocks, muzzle brakes, disc brakes chainsaws and scary pop-up things that go pew-pew-pew and give the cognoscenti a case of the willies. Worse, it's us bitter clingers who refuse to give them up.

Meh. What more can I say that has not been said before and that you all don't know? At least this time, the Democrat-Socialist-Media complex is more and more open about it. That's fine with me, especially with the midterms just five months away and the Dems energizing the base with this - that would be ours not theirs. You all go right ahead and run on this as well as impeachment, raising taxes, defending Hamas and MS-13 because of their "spark of divinity" which evidently does not exist in an unborn child. By the way, you'll be pleased to know that Hillary Clinton has publicly announced to the Democrat party that she ain't going anywhere, so there's your mouthpiece. And take Camera Hogg along for the ride.

Moving along to the Mueller Witch Hunt, that is now become more and more part of the effort to cover up the truly blockbuster revelations that the Obama DoJ and intelligence services were involved as far back as the 2016 primaries to covertly spy on the Trump Presidential Campaign to derail it and then post election to use whatever information - factual or fabricated - to remove him from office or cripple his agenda. And I hope and pray that someone like Rudy Giuliani who is no dope is just yanking Mueller's and the MFM's collective chain about PDT sitting down for an interview. The whole rotten thing is crumbling from within, faster and faster with each passing day so don't interrupt while your enemies are shooting themselves in the face.

On the political front, while Nancy Palsi does her "Norman, coordinate!" schtick, Hillary orders another round for the room, John Kerry smears PDT and America in Abu Dhabi and Keith "X" Ellison is stiffing Dem candidates, Jim Jordan may be trying to make a play for House Speaker. I can't see him winning considering the numbers and forces arrayed against him. But here's hoping. He's solid.

Meanwhile, talk of a trade war with China is quieting down as the Chi-Coms have evidently blinked and agreed to allow even more US imports into their country. And as the Administration prepares for the upcoming summit with Whoa, Fat!, they are also ramping up pressure on the Mullah's in Iran. A couple of good links on that regime vis a vis will it be around to celebrate its 40th anniversary as well as how does it stack up against the Climate-Changing Money-Changing-Shapeshifters in Jerusalem should a shooting war break out.

Meanwhile, as Mahmoud Abbas does his third Fred Sanford impression in a week, parents even here in the Leftist paradise of New York City were outraged at a moment of silence at a city school for the Gaza "victims," the son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty to plotting an ISIS attack and one year ago, Islamist terror expert Robert Spencer was poisoned in Iceland before a lecture and yet there have been no arrests, unexpectedly (sarc).

Going quickly around the horn, PDT's quietly shaping the judiciary, a CBS poll shows a large majority of Americans credit the President for the economic boom (and that could be a harbinger for November) and reflections on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

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

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Overnight Open Thread (05-20-2018 )


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If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.
-- Lord John Russell
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that collossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
-- Samuel Butler
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.
-- Thomas Stearns Eliot

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Weekend Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian



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Food Thread: Sheep, Organic Chemistry And Marbles



Herb-crusted rack of lamb is one of those foods that I will eat whenever I can, but it is ridiculously expensive in restaurants, and so easy to make at home that I rarely (read: never) order it anymore. I saw it on the menu last night at a French restaurant in Manhattan. It was something like $48, which is just silly. I can go to Costco and buy excellent quality Australian lamb and make enough for six people for $48.

Sear the rack. Coat it with an herb mixture. Roast in a medium oven with a temperature probe set to your preferred doneness.

See? I told you it was easy. Just don't serve it with mint jelly, which is worse than serving French Toast with syrup.

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Trump: I'm Ordering the DOJ to Investigate Whether Obama Ordered Spying for Political Purposes

—Ace of Spades

Greenwald notes, as many others have, that the DOJ is simultaneously leaking all the biographical details needed to identify Stefan Halper, while claiming that it would endanger his life to identify him:

Last night, both the Washington Post and New York Times -- whose reporters, like pretty much everyone in Washington, knew exactly who the FBI informant is -- published articles that, while deferring to the FBI's demands by not naming him, provided so many details about him that it made it extremely easy to know exactly who it is. The NYT described the FBI informant as "an American academic who teaches in Britain" and who "made contact late that summer withĒ George Papadopoulos and "also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page." The Post similarly called him "a retired American professor" who met with Page "at a symposium about the White House race held at a British university."

In contrast to the picture purposely painted by the DOJ and its allies that this informant was some of sort super-secret, high-level, covert intelligence asset, the NYT described him as what he actually is: "the informant is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years."

Despite how "well known" he is in Washington, and despite publishing so many details about him that anyone with Google would be able to instantly know his name, the Post and the NYT nonetheless bizarrely refused to identity him, with the Post justifying its decision that it "is not reporting his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts." The NYT was less melodramatic about it, citing a general policy: the NYT "has learned the source"s identity but typically does not name informants to preserve their safety," it said.

In other words, both the NYT and the Post chose to provide so many details about the FBI informant that everyone would know exactly who it was, while coyly pretending that they were obeying FBI demands not to name him. How does that make sense? Either these newspapers believe the FBI's grave warnings that national security and lives would be endangered if it were known who they used as their informant (in which case those papers should not publish any details that would make his exposure likely), or they believe that the FBI (as usual) was just invoking false national security justifications to hide information it unjustly wants to keep from the public (in which case the newspapers should name him).

Update: The left's new rules, as summarized by Adirondack Patriot:

It's all academic because this is how the left thinks:

1. It is illegal to defeat a Democrat.

2. Anything we do to stop an illegal act is legal and a morally necessary.

3. The only way a Democrat can lose is if someone (in this case, Donald Trump) did something illegal, such as collude with Russians, because no Republican is qualified to legally defeat a Democrat.

4. Everything we do to stop Trump is legal, regardless of the law.

Ben Shapiro, Deep State Defender.

Correction: Red-faced embarrassment -- I got the timeline screwed up here myself. I conflated Misfud's mention of the emails with Halper's (Halper's mention was several months later).

The timeline goes something like this:

April 2016: MISFUD, not Halper, mentions the Russians hacking the emails to Papadoplous

May 2016: Papadoplous mentions this to Downer (the Australian diplomat)

September 2016: Halper asks Papadopolous about the emails (Papadopolous says he doesn't know anything)

I confused the dates and who it was (Misfud, Halper) doing the talking.

I still don't see how mentioning the emails to anyone could be grounds to begin an investigation -- everyone was speculating about the idea that Russians had the emails for months; it was one of the reasons people said Clinton should be indicted -- and I'd like Ben Shapiro to explain that to me.

If talking about the Russians having Hillary's emails is grounds for an official counterintelligence investigation, then the NSA should have been monitoring me and this blog as well. And pretty much everyone I knew.

Who knows, maybe they were/are.

But my jibe about the timeline was all wrong. I'm the one who had to do more research into the specific timeline here.

I also suspect that when all is done we'll find out that Misfud was actually involved in this "investigation," but that's not in evidence yet. It's just my private supposition.

Oh: The FBI has repeatedly lied about the origins of this "investigation." First it was sparked by the Steele Dossier. When the highly dubious and partisan nature of the document was revealed, they edited their story to claim it all originated with this Papadopolous mention of the emails to Downer.

With the FBI and DOJ crabwalking and changing their stories, why should anyone have any faith in their current claims?

Who can say what the FBI's current claim actually is? Have they made an official statement, or does it continue to be put out via not-under-oath leaks to the media?

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The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect: A Wikipedia Corollary


When I was a wee lad, cutting my conservative teeth baiting hippies and fighting with communists on the streets of Berkeley, I lived in student cooperative housing. Since placement was based on seniority, I lived for the first two years in the least desirable and largest place, called Barrington Hall. It has been closed for years; a result off awful management on the part of the socialist organization that ran it, and dumb ass college students being allowed to do pretty much whatever they wanted.

In its defense, I met a lot of very interesting and intelligent people there, one of whom is a dear friend. And there was also a lot of free sex and nudity and punk rock and booze and all sorts of other stuff that appealed to the less high-minded part of my psyche. Anyway, I wanted to look up one of my acquaintances from Barrington, so I started poking around the internet, and discovered that there is a Wiki page devoted to it. As I read it I was immediately reminded of this:

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
-- Michael Crichton

I am as guilty as many of turning to the easy research of Wikipedia for many things. And while I am aware of its crowd-sourced nature, and its political bent, and most of all its famous inaccuracies, it is an effortless and lazy shortcut.

But the absolute drivel written about a place in which I lived for two years was astounding. Dates were wrong, events were reported badly, or ignored or made up from whole cloth. And this is not an overtly political topic, one that I assumed would have some passing familiarity with the truth! It was an amazing experience, having the world's portable encyclopedia revealed to be completely full of shit.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-20-2018


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Library of Jake Holenhead

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Oh, and we've got a new category of readers, escaped oafs and oafettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these hideous-looking pants, which look like an explosion in a hippie factory.

Pic Note

Jake tells me:

Hope this photo size isn't too large. I took photos of the individual shelves then stitched them together. It drives me nuts to see someone's personal library and not able to read the book titles.

I know the library pic looks tiny, but click on it, and you'll see how yuuuge, classy, and luxurious it is. You can, indeed, read every title on Jake's shelves.

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

Something that is BOMBYLIOUS is buzzing like a bee.

Usage: Muhammad Ali bombyliously defeated George Foreman.


A MUCK-ROBIN is a child who deliberately enjoys annoying or disturbing adults.

Yes, but isn't that a description of pretty much every child?

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EMT 5/20/18


How many EMT would a woodchuck chuck?

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Saturday Night Open Thread (5/19/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian



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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 05-19-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]


Number Five

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So, here I am with the next installment of "Let's go through my personal top ten movies of all time because it's all about me!"

Moving chronologically after Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

The Seventies

In terms of the 1970s of American cinema, in my opinion, the most imposing individual was Francis Ford Coppola. Beyond his own creative output, which was obviously significant, he helped foster some of the most prominent filmmakers of the generation with relationships from mentor to collaborator with people like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Paul Schrader. He was at the center of the new movement of American cinema that we're still seeing the effects of today (most are still making movies, although generally just not at the same level of quality as when they first started).

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But back in the seventies, Coppola was king. From '72 to '79, he made four movies. All four were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. He won for two of them (The Conversation's loss was to his own The Godfather Part II). The second loss was to Apocalypse Now, which lost to Kramer vs. Kramer Now, I do really like Kramer vs. Kramer, but it's nothing compared to the mad odyssey into the depths of the jungle that is Apocalypse Now.

A Difficulty

With the other movies on my list, I had little difficulty explaining to myself why I loved them individually. The disparate parts of each film assembled so easily together into something often beautiful that I found the experience of writing about them easy. Apocalypse Now is very different. I really see it as a work of genuine madness. Coppola went into the jungle and lost his mind on the way out, the perfect mirror of the main character's journey, and I really do feel like the movie captures that amazingly well.

But then that leads to the question: How does madness lead to great art? How do you read an art born of madness?

I think the only way to really approach it in an abstract sense. Its effect on the viewer as he watches it. There are arguments that all art should be approached that way, but I do personally feel that formal structural and character based approaches are important to both creating and taking in art, but Apocalypse Now largely forbears any formal approach. Long story short, this post is going to be messy. Let's roll!

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Chess Thread 05-19-2018


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Spock Plays Chess

As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

Easier Problem - White To Play (672)

Hint: Win material with a pin

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian



Good afternoon. Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Sit back and relax!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: A Moss Rose by Any Other Name . . . [KT]

—Open Blogger


From Patch Farmstead:

A clone of this very old rose has been planted everywhere I've been. I don't know how old the mom plant is but older than me, was at my grandpa's house.

What a great way to preserve a legacy.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Radical Chic [KT]

—Open Blogger


Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Tom Wolfe died this week. I guess I knew him best kind of through general circulation of phrases from his work, rather than from reading his work myself. I certainly knew about that party at Lenny's, but didn't know much about the guy who described it. He was called a pioneer of "The New Journalism," which was not exactly the post-new journalism we have today. Before New Journalism was a thing, he wrote about classic cars.

I heard a few comments on his book The Right Stuff on NPR, sort of by accident. They were rather admiring, for NPR.

There's a piece about him up at Chicago Boyz called The Last Realist. It includes a long video discussion between him and William F. Buckley. Don't make TV like that no more.

Wolfe championed a literary style that was part journalism, part acerbic effervescence. Few (if any) recent writers were better able to craft stories by such vivid portrayals of particular people in particular places at particular times.

By the way, don't miss Sgt. Mom's Revolutionary War piece right below it, The Worst Day At Work, Ever.

A lot of history packed into that short piece. Fun to read.

But back to Wolfe:

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Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(Please enjoy!)

Good morning Horde. Let's take a look at a few things that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week. Feel free to discuss these items or something else in this open thread.

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EMT 5/19/18


Peak victim culture.

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Invasion ONT


No, not the 1985 Chuck Norris flick.

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The Art Of The Deal

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


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Glenn Beck: I'm Totally on the MAGA Train Now or Something

—Ace of Spades


Even if I accept him as sincere, which I don't know that I do (he has described himself as a "rodeo clown" in the past to suggest that the claims he makes on his show aren't to be taken seriously), his judgment has been shown to be very faulty.

Which is sort of important in an analyst. They're supposed to get the big things right -- or else, why bother? Who consults an expert known for getting big things completely wrong?

And getting them angrily, rantishly wrong? For two years?

So whatever, nice to have you aboard, but I don't think I'm going to let you near the locomotive or listen to your suggestions about how to run the train better.

You can sit in one of those cars near the back where the peasants have their chickens aboard as luggage.

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Was It All a Set-Up, From the Very Start?

—Ace of Spades

First, let's check in with Kim Strassel.

Was Trump's Campaign 'Set Up'?

At some point, the Russia investigation became political. How early was it?

By Kimberley A. Strassel
May 17, 2018 7:06 p.m. ET

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, where he provided a potentially explosive hint at what's driving his demand to see documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Trump-Russia probe. "If the campaign was somehow set up," he told the hosts, "I think that would be a problem."

Or an understatement. Mr. Nunes is still getting stiff-armed by the Justice Department over his subpoena, but this week his efforts did force the stunning admission that the FBI had indeed spied on the Trump campaign. This came in the form of a Thursday New York Times apologia in which government "officials" acknowledged that the bureau had used "at least one" human "informant" to spy on both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. The Times slipped this mind-bending fact into the middle of an otherwise glowing profile of the noble bureau--and dismissed it as no big deal.


She notes that in March 2016, Comey claimed there were "counterintelligence" concerns with some Trump personnel, probably referring to both Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who had just joined the Trump campaign.

And lo and behold:

Sometime in April, the law firm Perkins Coie (on behalf the Clinton campaign) hired Fusion GPS, and Fusion turned its attention to Trump-Russia connections. The job of any good swamp operator is to gin up a fatal October surprise for the opposition candidate. And what could be more devastating than to paint a picture of Trump-Russia collusion that would provoke a full-fledged FBI investigation?


The question Mr. Nunes's committee seems to be investigating is what other moments--if any--were engineered in the spring, summer or fall of 2016 to cast suspicion on Team Trump..

I would remind everyone that Hillary Clinton had an FBI criminal investigation on her -- oh, I mean a "matter" -- and she was desperate for a Narrative Changers where she could say "Oh, well the FBI is investigating Trump, too!"

And Comey, of course, complied.

Now, as far as the "set up," what she's surely referring to is the strange and sudden interest of people connected with the CIA and MI-6 in becoming pals with fringe players like Carter Page, George Papadopolous, and a third unnamed Trump staffer.

Some of these people even told George Papadopolous things like "The Russians have Hillary's emails." Maybe to encourage him to reach out to the Russians; maybe to get him to mention that fact to an Australian diplomat.

But there's another possible "set-up," too.

Chuck Ross reports on the connections between the man who accompanied the Russian lawyer/Fusion GPS client Natalia Veselnitskya to the the Trump Tower meeting and... Hillary Clinton, if you can believe such a thing.

Remember, Veselnitskya was initially denied a visa to come to the US. Probably because she's a known Russian intelligence operator.

And yet someone in the State Department that Hillary Clinton had only recently departed from re-reviewed the matter and issued this known Russian operator a visa.

Now why would Hillary Clinton's friends in the State Department grant a visa to a known Russian agent after lower-level people had denied it for cause?

Let's take a look at how Veselnitskya might have rated that kind of pull in the State Department:

The Russian-American lobbyist who attended the infamous Trump Tower meeting had contacts with members of Hillary Clinton's inner circle and knew Clinton herself, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017.

"I knew [Clinton]; I knew some people who worked on her campaign," the lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, told the Senate Judiciary Committee in closed-door testimony on Nov. 14.

A transcript of the testimony was released along with other meeting attendees on May 16.

Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military intelligence officer, also said his attorney, Edward Lieberman, knows Clinton well. Lieberman's late wife, Evelyn Lieberman, was a close confidante of Clinton's. At one point, Akhmetshin said he was not a fan of President Donald Trump's family.

The revelation of Akhmetshin's Clinton links are significant because he has been portrayed as a possible conspirator in a collusion scheme between Trump's campaign and Russian government.

If it's illegal for Trump Jr. to meet with Akhmetshin, why is it not illegal for Clinton to meet with him? He says he "knows" her; that means they've met.

For what purpose?

To talk about yoga routines and planning her daughter's wedding? You know, the usual code for Illegal Schemes?

Could it be that this Soviet military intelligence officer was helping Clinton in her scheme to set up Trump's associates?

No one knows for certain but the answer is Yes Definitely Of Course.

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—Ace of Spades

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Suspect in Santa Fe Shooting Has Trenchcoat Adorned With Symbols of Imperial Japanese Kamikazes, Baphomet (a Devil), Cthulhu, the Soviet Hammer and Sickle, and the German Wehrmacht Iron Cross

—Ace of Spades

Hmmm... I wonder which of those the media will play up: the Satanist or Communist symbols, or the Iron Cross?

It's a mystery to me. Could go either way!!!

BTW, although the Iron Cross was used by Nazis as a decoration in war, it is actually older and dates to King Freiderich Wilhelm III. It was a Prussian symbol, and later a decoration of the German Empire in World War One. (Hence, the WWI biplanes sporting it.)

There is no such ambiguity of meaning in the case of the Communist hammer and sickle or the devil Baphomet.

Baphomet has an interesting history, being the devil the Knights Templar were (likely falsely) accused of worshipping, which resulted in the arrest and torture of the Templars on Friday the 13th of October 1307. Baphomet may be a corruption of "Mahomet," which in turn could be a corruption of Mohammad; it could be that the Templars (who'd spent years in Islamic lands) incorporated some Islamic icons into their religion.

Which would indeed be blasphemous, yet not quite the same as devil-worship.

And I don't buy that anyway. Yeah I know the business about "going native" but...

I've always just thought they probably captured Islamic icons as spoils of war and kept them on display, as a military order might, and this display of the enemy's stolen idols got misreported as them worshiping those idols.

The Wikipedia page notes that the Templars had a couple of reliquaries (containers for the body parts of venerated persons such as saints), which had the bodliy relics -- heads, specifically -- of a couple of Christian saints inside them (yeah, that kind of thing went on a lot back then and wasn't considered heretical or anything). So one theory is that reliquaries for the heads of Christian saints were mistaken for idols of the devil's face.

One could imagine someone easily mistaking something that looks like this or like this for a blasphemous occult object.

That Wikipedia page offers a lot of theories about what "Baphomet" is and how it came to be. A lot of interesting speculation for something I'm pretty sure was either a mistaken interpretation or knowing slander (or a bit of both).

But for Current Year young people, "Baphomet" is almost certainly just taken to be a devil -- if not the Devil -- the goat-headed devil frequently seen in Crowely-era "magick" books and whose horned head is drawn within upside-down pentagrams.

None of that matters; they'll focus on the Iron Cross.

Sorry to go all off on the Templars. I just think there was a lot of #FakeNews about them and a Deep State agents of French king Philippe IV framed them with salacious and unverified dossiers. Might have had something to do with them being very rich, having invented banking and all.

Update: I saw an article claiming the shooter carried an "AR-15-style" weapon -- what's that?

This article says he carried a sawed-off shotgun and pistol. Doesn't mention an AR-15-style weapon.

Maybe he took Joe Biden's advice and "got a shotgun."

Another Symbol To Be Ignored:

"Texas shooter wore a bisexual pride heart pin on his hat in a photo from his Instagram account reposted by the Dallas CBS affiliate."
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Here Are the 29 GOP Senators Who Voted Against the Balanced Budget Proposal

—Ace of Spades

Which would balance the budget by 2033 by cutting spending, except for Social Security.

Which sounds pretty conservative, which is why the #FakeNews "conservative" Senators voted against it.

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#Resistance Operator Who Illegally Leaked Michael Cohen's Banking Records Scrambles For an Alibi

—Ace of Spades

Ronan Farrow spoke to the self-claimed "whistleblower" who illegally leaked Michael Cohen's confidential government banking records to the media. The story -- the alibi -- claimed was that these records appeared to be missing and she feared that Trump was trumpishly deleting the evidence.

Um, and yet, she had the evidence in her hands? Yeah that's right -- because the database where she claims the reports were being deleted from was just one place where the records were stored.

So already, this story -- or alibi, because, remember, it's obviously, flagrantly illegal for a government employee to riffle through someone's confidential financial records and leak them to the press to embarrass and harm that person -- is fishy.

But now the story changes again. Because it now appears the records weren't even deleted -- they were simply restricted as far as who could access them.

Gee, why would anyone think to restrict these records? I mean, sure, a member of #LaResistance illegally leaked them, but that's no reason to keep these records out of the hands of mid-level bureaucratic losers, right?

It's possible that a higher-up in the Treasury department restricted access to the records, understanding full well that bureaucrats are now in insurrection against the government that gives them a paycheck. It's also possible that Mueller restricted access, or the US Attorney investigating him, because the records are evidence they're looking into.

Either way, the "Whistleblower" defense -- which already sounded like bullshit to me, a claim made to avoid jail -- seems off the table.

The media made all these claims, right along side their "whistleblower" fellow #Resistance cell member.

And they'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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10 Dead in Texas School Shooting; Explosives Found?

—Ace of Spades


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The Morning Rant


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"So all of the progressive pols and media fatheads are watching this C-SPAN video clip of Donald Trump and running around with their hair on fire and getting explosive diarrhea because he called immigrants 'animals'. Of course, he did no such thing. He was answering a question that specifically mentioned MS-13 gang members (starting at about 24:30) and that's who he was referring to as animals. Trump's meaning is obvious from the context. What C-SPAN did was borderline criminal, in my opinion. And when this gets pointed out in the comments, the Trump haters can only say 'Yeah, but Trump is a racisty racist who says racist things.' And then you get drooling idiots like John Harwood who feel the need to say "MS-13 gang members are humans too, you know." Of course, he left out context *again*: MS-13 are sadistic thugs who rape, murder, amputate limbs, rip the hearts out of live victims, mutilate with machetes, etc. These are the criminals Harwood feels he needs to defend. This is late-stage TDS for which there is no known cure."

(Yes, I know ace already covered this. But I had written the rant before he posted, included links and everything, and I didn't have time to come up with something new. So there you are. And John Harwood is a clueless dick.)



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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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George Frederick Watts

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The Morning Report 5/18/18

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. The weekend is here and what a week it has been. With all the revelations about FBI subversion, the impending release of the IG report and Friday being the traditional news dump day to sweep dirt under the rag, this day promises not to disappoint. We're talking about the destruction of the rule of law and our society so I guess that's kind of questionable phrasing, no? Enough preamble; let's amble.

As stated, in order to get out in front of the nuclear bombshell revelation that the FBI did indeed have a spy/plant (calm down, Harvey) within the Trump campaign in 2016, Slim's NY Slimes, no doubt at the behest of James Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan and more than likely Obama and Clinton, published a very lengthy piece that confirms this but, get this, does its level best to not only diminish the significance but actually justify it.

Mollie Hemingway, who has done truly fantastic work over these past many months in uncovering the facts and putting them in context, has done it again in describing the bald-faced propagandists that the NY Times are and always have been. Rush, as he did late last week and Monday, came back from a break and once again went into lengthy detail of what all of this boils down to. And he ended with rather a stark warning that despite these revelations, despite Mueller evidently shooting himself in the face with the Russian social media prosecution fiasco (and his entire witch hunt), this will never end.

Now, look at one thing. Look at what the Times just reports without any apparent awareness. "They said that anything the FBI did publicly would only give fodder to Mr. Trump's claims on the campaign trail that the election was rigged." The Times has admitted that it was rigged! The Times has admitted that Trump was spied on, and the Times reports that it might look bad if that were known. Which they have now made known! And again, folks, there have been people who have said, "Boy, this article is blase."

Why shouldn't they be? Nothing happens to these people! I think it was about a month ago that I raised a question right behind this very microphone: Who fixes this? This is terribly broken, this entire system, the leadership. Look, I know that there are great people the FBI and probably great people at DOJ. But they're not the ones doing this. This is the leadership. Who fixes this? What happens to these people? Because I'm telling you right now, I answered this previous caller who asked, "How far will they go?"

They will wait until Trump is out of office to indict him, as long as whatever he did hasn't passed the statute of limitations. They're gonna bury this guy one way or another at some point. They simply cannot permit this to have happened with it appearing to have happened legitimately! They simply can't permit the perception that Trump's election was on the up and up, and they're not gonna rest until they have been able to do something to make it look like Trump is guilty of something, that he is a reprobate who never should have been elected. Even if it's after he serves two terms. That's their intention right now. These people are loaded for bear.

Speaking of Mueller, get this, now he's so desperate to get a one-on-one with the President that he's even agreed to limit the scope of his questions. I certainly hope the President issues a General Tony McAuliffe reply.

The other big news, big in the sense of an overblown gornisht of a nothing-burger but oh so revelatory about the nature of the Democrat-Left-Media complex is the collective vapors of the President referring to the illegal alien savages of MS-13 as "animals." Everyone from Nancy Palsi to Planned Parenthood have come out to proclaim their humanity from being blood-libeled by the President. Actually, they tried claiming that the President was calling "immigrants"in general animals, and conveniently left out MS-13. Yes, ignore those stacks of bullet-ridden, decapitated corpses behind the curtains. Including the poor girls whose grief-stricken parents were guests of the President at his State of the Union speech. I seem to recall them being all but ignored (or worse) by the Left at the time. NB: that shot of Palsi Pelosi was, if you'll recall, taken at the SOTU speech, where every damned Dem sat on their hands when those poor parents were applauded by the GOP and indeed every decent American watching that night. All I can say is Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a national treasure.

Meanwhile as the RINOs, flunkies and traitors try to shove a DACA Amnesty down our throats, Jeff Sessionzzz has issued an order ending another Obama-era policy that was a kind of de-facto amnesty to thousands of illegal aliens and the President held a roundtable discussion with local officials in California trying to buck that state's sanctuary laws. All of the above segues nicely into the political scene where despite the GOP's intentional sabotage efforts, the Democrats seem to be stepping all over themselves to wipe themselves out in the midterms. Their generic ballot advantage (if there really ever was one) has all but evaporated, Khizr Khan has crawled out from wherever it is he was skulking about to hit the campaign trail to "help" Democrats (I guess mostly by bashing Trump, America and no doubt Israel), and Donna Brazile is maneuvering to keep the fix in at the DNC. That said, the Democrats' now bust-out and in your face embrace and promotion of Socialism is not necessarily something that should be laughed at. The fact that they feel that they no longer need to hide what they're all about means that there has been a very effective whitewashing of it, especially as those who know better pass into history and those who are still under the influence of academic brainwashing come of age and enter society, and the voter rolls. See the links about Evergreen State and UT. We laugh at Bernie Sanders and his ilk at our own peril.

Speaking of animals, on the international scene, even Thomas "my head is flat" Friedman was on with Anderson Poofter and openly called out the Hamas human wave assault on the Israeli border for what it was. As to the summit with Whoa, Fat!, the administration is saying the Libya model for denuclearization is not the way forward and that Chunky will still rule the roost. Wait and see how things shake out, I guess but unless there are open inspections anytime anywhere, I don't see how we verify the denuking.

Going quickly around the horn, Shaved Guevara opened her immature cake-hole and let loose with an infantile, vulgar outburst against responsible, America-loving adults. Meh, we've already endured Lazarus and Goldman; we don't need another Emma. Here's an idea, Emma, why not take up the bassoon (see the link). Daniel Greenfield has another good piece, this time about the homeless crisis in L.A., Tom Steyer's dark money funding climate fraud, and disheartening news for the climate fraudsters; American oil and gas production is booming.

Lastly, sad news about the brave Ukrainian SEAL team Dolphins. Perhaps the Mossad Joo-Sharks can parachute in with their pew-pew lasers. Between that and controlling the weather, Israel is kind of tied up at the moment. Sad.

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

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Thursday's ONT is a Jungle!


Dave, Dave,
Dave of the Weirdos,
Strong as he can be.
Watch out ONT!
Dave, Dave,
Dave of the Weirdos,
Lives a life that's free.
Watch out ONT!

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Hmmmm. I'm gonna go with “You should calm down”. :D


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Will New IG Report Make Criminal Referrals?

—Ace of Spades

Paul Sperry seems to say "yes." But note he doesn't say the IG report will make criminal referrals; he says it includes "reasonable grounds" for such referrals.

Is that a distinction worth noting? You'll see why I ask in a moment.

Sara A. Carter's sources, on the other hand, say there might be at least one criminal referral, but the draft being circulated for comment does not actually contain any criminal referrals.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, which is expected to be released within the next three to four weeks to the public, has been turned over to current and former officials for review, as first reported in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

The draft, however, does not include any recommendations for criminal prosecution. If there was any evidence collected by the Inspector General's office of criminality, Horowitz would then refer the matter to the Department of Justice and submit a criminal referral to prosecutors.

"It would be up to the Inspector General to make the recommendations but there is an expectation that there will be at least one referral for prosecution," said a source familiar with the findings, who added that it is not conclusive as the Inspector Generalís office never discusses ongoing investigations.

Sperry and Carter might be reporting the same ambiguous information using different words. Maybe Sperry's sources mean to say that while the draft does not itself make any criminal referrals, the information contained within it provide "reasonable grounds" for such a referral, which may come later.

In other words: While the draft does not make the criminal referral, it amasses information to support such a referral. Which could then later result in a referral.

Also, Carter's report does not preclude such a referral; indeed, one source says the general expectation is that "at least one" such referral will issue.

But it's not in the draft.

Note that this report is only about the FBI's/DOJ's handling of the Hillary email "matter." (Always say "matter," never say "criminal investigation" -- as Comey's boss lady ordered, and as he dutifully obeyed.)

The investigation into the FBI's/DOJ's handling of the Trump investigation was only ordered in March and that investigation will take additional months, I figure.

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Mixed-to-Sad Reviews for "SOYLO: A Soy Wars Soyry"

—Ace of Spades

Ethan Van Sciver talks about some of the lackluster reviews here.

Now, Ethan Van Sciver has been taking the piss out of Soy Wars, as he calls it, for months. So maybe you can't take his word for it. He's comedically invested in Soylo: A Soy Wars Soyry being a cringefest. It will make for funny videos.

So here's the guy whose word I take for it: Emergency Awesome.

I'm not saying Emergency Awesome is a shill. However, like most nerd culture YouTubers (such as the Nerd Crew), he tends to be skewed towards the positive when talking about these dumb movies and shows.

His verdict -- and bear in mind, his basic mode is to be charitable and more positive about these things than they warrant -- is to call it "Just fine," and, in ranking it with all other Soy Wars properties, including some cartoon and the famously awful Star Wars Holiday Special, he puts it near the bottom of the list, only above The Phantom Menace, that cartoon I never heard of, and the Star Wars Holiday Special.

When the nicest thing you can say is that it's "Just fine" and that the disaster that was feared has been averted, and then the only real Soy Wars movie you'll say it's better than is the widely-reviled The Phantom Menace -- well, that's not the sort of enthusiasm from a nerd-culture YouTuber that I would expect from anything halfway decent.

Nice company, Disney. Would be a shame if anything bad were to 'appen to it.

Oh, and Kathleen Kennedy?

The Force is Female, huh?

Maybe not for too much longer.

Oh, BTW: Soy Wars just got even soyrrier-- Apparently they've now confirmed that Lando Calrissian, who spent most of the Empire Strikes Back macking on Leia and not Han or C3PO or Boba Fett (he was there) or even LOBOT, is "pansexual."

Lando Calrissian, one of Star Wars' most popular characters recently reimagined by actor Donald Glover, is pansexual. Lawrence Kasdan -- the co-writer behind The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story -- told Huffington Post that Lando is "pansexual," meaning that he's "not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity," according to one definition.

"There's a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee's [portrayal of Lando's] sexuality," Kasdan told the Huffington Post. "I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think itís time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity -- sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of."

Questions about Lando's sexuality arenít new, but this is one of the first times someone who worked on Star Wars is addressing the conversation. It's understandable: Solo is full of scenes between Han Solo and Lando that can be deemed flirty.

I wonder if they're attempting the Ghostbusters Gambit: You know, when you know you have a probable loser on your hands, so you contrive to invent a Political Controversy about the movie so you can say all the critics are just #H8rs and that progressives should rush out to support the film because that's kind of like Voting Against Trump With Your Ticket or something.

The Ghostbusters Gambit did not work for Ghosbusters. I mean, the fake Ghostbusters, obviously.

But maybe Kathleen Kennedy really liked that play and wants to see if she can make it work where Amy Pascal failed.

Meanwhile, Disney's putting out the word that Lando will be the next standalone soyry. Van Sciver suggested it will be called Lando Calrissoyan.

This seems to be be pre-spinning the expected fan rejection of Alden Ehrenreich as a weedy version of Han Solo by promising, "Hey, ignore Han Soylo in his own movie. We've got that guy you like coming up in the next one. And he's pansexual, too!!!!"

Disney seems to be following its subsidiary Marvel Comics' down the rabbit hole of making entertainment which have traditionally skewed heavily male in appearance acceptable for a "phantom audience" that just doesn't exist, an audience consisting of women, men who feel shame about Toxic Masculinity, and Buzzfeed editors.

Good luck with that. Looking forward to the point when they recut these movies and add new CGI effects and even more female characters in charge of bullying cuck male characters: The Last Jedi: The Jezebel Blog Edition.

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Gina Haspel Confirmed as CIA Director, 54-45

—Ace of Spades

People I talk to worry that she's Swampy.

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You're Not Going to Believe This, But The Media Has Been Caught Straight-Up Lying... Again

—Ace of Spades


Fucking animals.

The media was caught lying about Trump's use of the word "animals" -- he plainly meant murderous MS13 gang members, but the media lied and said he referred to "undocumented" immigrants.

Then, John Harwood, a simpleton's simpleton, attempted to rescue the media's false narrative by contriving a Fake But Accurate defense, arguing earnestly -- get this! -- that MS13 gang members, who swear by the motto "Rape, Control, Kill" (and no, that is not rightwing #FakeNews-- that's their literal motto) are actually human beings too and Trump was mean and wrong to say otherwise.

This is what people have termed the press' tendency towards Weaponized Autism in deliberately misreading Trump to find offense -- they read everything tendentiously literally, pretending that calling someone an "animal" for his savage and bestial actions isn't a fairly common figure of speech, and arguing that #TheScience says that even murderous rapists are, according to science, Human Beings.

Thanks John. I'm just finishing up the paperwork to nominate you for the Nobel Prize for Retards.

Say, when's the next time you'll be asking questions at a Republican presidential primary debate, Simple John?

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Comics Pros and Leftwing Store Owners Collude to Pressure a Small Publisher Into Cancelling Its Relationship with "Ya Boi Zack" of Diversity & Comics

—Ace of Spades

I interviewed "Ya Boi Zack," government name Richard C. Meyer, with Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour a couple weeks back about his crowd-funded comic book Jawbreakers: Lost Souls.

He later announced that he had secured a publisher, Antarctic Press, which was eager to put the book out and into comic book stores, after the Indiegogo funders had gotten their own editions. "They want this audience," Zack crowed, speaking of his own community of disaffected, largely former comics readers looking for a reason to get back into the pastime.

But the comic book gatekeepers weren't having any of that -- various short fat manbabies, childless weirdoes with 47 roommates, and men in party city wigs began a campaign to pressure the small independent publisher to cancel the run of the book, to keep Zack out of their dwindling club.

Even with its tremendous success, Jawbreakers' distributor Antarctic Press said they won't distribute the series in an ominous post on their Facebook page Friday: "It is the decision of Antarctic Press not to release the comic series Jawbreakers."

Their backtracking had big implications for Meyer and his team, as the book would no longer be distributed to comic book stores. But there was little they could do about it. Antarctic Press was hit by a storm of industry professionals colluding to try to force conservative-authored competition out of the business, which was followed by several retailers threatening to drop all Antarctic Press books from their shelves if the publisher produced Meyerís book.

The precedent set is disturbing, but this kind of anti-conservative discrimination has been festering in the comics world for a long time.

The author details some of the previous threats and schemes against Meyer, then writes:

The attacks from the industry brought Meyer to national prominence, pushing his YouTube subscriber count to nearly seventy thousand people -- a much higher number than most top selling comic books. Meyer and the #ComicsGate movement became a threat to the left-wing controlled industry overnight. Most of the industry, however, mocked the movement, typically with commentary asking why conservatives don't just make their own books if they hate the current market so much.

The industry should have been careful what they wished for.


With a high-profile team of conservatives who had been targeted and blacklisted by the industry, "Jawbreakers: Lost Souls" became a political statement, more than just a book.

To clarify: the book is, reportedly, apolitical by design, but the statement of supporting an apolitical book which wasn't stuffed to the breaking point with stupid #TwitterPolitics was itself a political statement -- give us this kind of escapist entertainment you used to provide.

It has high quality art, a very fun theme, and looks to be one of the top tier books on its own merit, but comic fans had good reason to make sure this book was a mega-success. Consumers wanted to unequivocally tell the industry that the success of Alt-Hero was not just a one-time event. There is a big market ready and waiting for quality content without the social justice narrative.

Jawbreakers made history with one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever. The industry professionals who worked so hard to create a left-wing echo chamber, however, would not let this stand.

Once the project funded, Mark Waid opened fire on Meyer again, posting several rambling Facebook messages. "I have a call in to Antarctic Press," Waid said. "Curious as to how they feel about publishing creators whose marketing strategy is to allegedly (*koff*) encourage their fans to threaten the employees of stores, and/or harass and one-star-review-bomb stores, that donít offer their product." There is nothing written on Meyer's public social media profiles that come anywhere near the accusations Waid made. Waid did, however, encourage the industry to attack Meyer.


These creators inspired retailers to make tweets about refusing to carry Jawbreakers. Left-wing activists then became involved, sending a flurry of hatred against Meyer and his team. "Hate speech is not free speech & fascists like [Meyer] have no place in this diverse, inclusive industry," posted one woman, who claims in her Facebook profile that she works for Planned Parenthood.


Meyer [] urged his fans not to blame Antarctic Press, citing they are good people, facing extreme harassment over their association with Jawbreakers. "Mark Waid acted maliciously knowing that he and his cohorts in the industry could bear incredible pressure on this tiny mom-and-pop operation down in San Antonio," Meyer said. Colorist Brett R. Smith went further, saying, "Defamation of character, slander, libel. Marvel must be so proud to have this man on their roster." Mark Waid has since deleted his public social media profiles.

Brett R. Smith did the color work for the Jawbreakers book. He previously did the color work for the comic adaptation of Peter Scheweitzer's Clinton Cash, so you know Marvel isn't itching to hire him. (Though his color work looks damned great.)

Mark Waid, meanwhile, is an extreme leftist who has frequent melt-downs on social media, and, some report, has fat manbaby tantrum syndrome, a sad syndrome whereby a fat, short weak decrepit juvenile gets violently frustrated at fairly minor bothers because he's so fat and weak and can't really do much in life except wail and scream.

Like a short, fat baby.

He also sometimes thinks he has Internet Muscles and suggests he might get Manfully Confrontational with a bigger, younger former Marine if he sees him at a convention, though most people understand, Waid being fat, weak, and hormonally girlish, he would run from even the hint of a confrontation with a man who wasn't his direct underling at the company he works for.

So that's the sort of person Marvel Comics has writing its "action" comics (which contain suspiciously little action any more): A lot of women who don't like action and think it's silly (and so undermine what little "action" they put in the book with meta-jokes and references -- so many pop-culture references! -- in the middle of fights which are supposed to be, you know, consequential and maybe dangerous, but are made into silly Disney XD Sitcom material in order to avoid any support of Toxic Masculinity), and fat aging manbabies who think the ultimate defense in a street-fight is to block someone on twitter.

Anyway: Zack will be fine, given that he didn't turn off his fundraiser and it's now rolled into an online store where you can continue ordering the book, and he's raised over $291,000 and will almost certainly hit $350,000 by the time the book actually publishes.

So: He's not exactly crying (though getting his book into the shops was a big part of his dream here, to make the point that this sort of book can sell in shops -- if the gatekeepers permit such a thing, of course).

But the take-away is that we are now separate countries unfortunately still comingled, and institutions which used to be non-partisan are for hardcore leftwingers only, with blacklists and purges and whisper campaigns and political campaigns aimed at smearing individuals, and they'll even go so far as to possibly flirt with a tortious interference with a business relationship lawsuit to keep the deplorables out.

We will have to create our own parallel structures entirely.

Ethan Van Sciver, for example, left DC Comics recently. He says it was by his own choice, that he needed a break and wanted to try the same thing Zack was trying, revisiting his first creator-owned character Cyberfrog and self-publishing through Kickstarter or Indiegogo. To be honest, I don't know if he's being completely straight when he says this was entirely of his own choosing: DC had gotten pissy with him posting political stuff online, something they seem to not mind when the political content is hard leftwing, and also maybe for being a friend of Zack's/Meyer's.

And who knows, maybe they decided to take a break from each other, for a while, once the controversies settle.

John Malin, the artist for Jawbreakers: Lost Souls, seemed to have lost his career after Marvel after noting, quite fairly, that, in current year, the X-Men are not stand-ins for minorities, but rather that the X-Men are stand-ins for normies -- non-ultra-leftwing militant Maoists -- and the Social Justice Warriors are the Nazi-types harassing them.

Apparently at Marvel you can claim fifty thousand times that the X-Men are victims of the mutant-hating Trump voters, and put the #WokeRacist Ta-Naheshi Coates on the Captain America book (with a debut issue suggesting that the heroes facing down the Trump voter stand-ins, Hydra, are black-clad members of Antifa), but if you flip the script and say no, the X-Men are the normies harassed by the Social Justice Warrior hate mobs, you won't be asked to draw for Marvel any longer.

So that's where we are. The conversation is over and the heretics will be purged and made to walk into the desert.

And that's why I push the idea of boycotting and bankrupting these corrupt propaganda outfits.

On that note, if you're a commenter here and you've done your own excursions into creative endeavors outside of the leftist controlled institutions -- I mean mainly the authors, but I'm sure there are others who've done creative things outside of writing -- by all means, give your books/efforts a plug and a link!

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Grandstandin' Jim Acosta: I Was Just As Hard on Obama as Trump, You Know

—Ace of Spades

Yeah, Obama really got tired of your pouty blowjob lips, I'm sure. I'm sure he was like "Eww, I don't do that with men, lately."

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Chuck Ross: Stefan Halper, a US/UK Dual Citizen with CIA and MI-6 Ties, Tried to Cultivate Relationships With Both Page and Papadoplous, During the Campaign, and Then After It

—Ace of Spades

He's an old CIA Bush crony, too.

Days after Carter Page's high-profile trip to Moscow in July 2016, the Trump campaign adviser had his first encounter with Stefan Halper, a University of Cambridge professor with CIA and MI6 contacts.

The conversation seemed innocent enough, Page tells The Daily Caller News Foundation. He recalls nothing of substance being discussed other than Halper's passing mention that he knew then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. But the interaction was one of many that the pair would have over the next 14 months, through a period of time when Page was under the watchful eye of the U.S. government.


Page's encounters with Halper were quite different from those that another Trump campaign adviser had during the campaign with the 73-year-old academic. As TheDCNF reported exclusively in March, Halper and George Papadopoulos met several times over a period of a few days in Sept. 2016. Several days earlier, Halper contacted and met with a third Trump campaign official. That official, who has requested anonymity, told TheDCNF that Halper expressed interest in helping the campaign.

Unlike with Page, Halper's relationship with Papadopoulos was ostensibly more of a business arrangement than a fledgling friendship.


Papadopoulos and Halper met several times during that stay, having dinner one night at the Travellers Club, an Old London gentleman's club frequented by international diplomats. They were accompanied by Halperís assistant, a Turkish woman named Azra Turk. Sources familiar with Papadopoulos's claims about his trip say Turk flirted with him during their encounters and later on in email exchanges.

Papadopoulos wrote the paper and delivered it in early October. He was paid $3,000 for the work. Days before making that payment, Halper had finalized a contract with the Office of Net Assessment, the Pentagon's think tank. Federal records show that Halper has been paid $928,800 since 2012 for work on four policy projects for the Pentagon.

That seems like enough to get everyone interested. Read the full story if you want to know more about the Obama regime totally not spying on a rival political campaign.

Check out the last four paragraphs -- Stefan Halper used to work for, get this, George Bush Senior's failed 1980 presidential bid.

It's nice to have family friends!

Total Speculation:

It occurs to me that a possiblity here is that that Halper was hired by Jeb Bush, given that he used to run political spying ops for George Bush, Sr.

If true, this could explain the varying claims about "Republicans starting the dossier." No, Republicans didn't start the dossier per se in this hypothetical scenario, but Jeb Bush's man in London Stephan Halper began the spying operation and would have served as one of the first sources to Christopher Steele.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



What a lovely combination of virulent anti-Americanism, anti-Western culture, and let us not forget the savage anti-Semitism. This is the tone on many college campuses today, and it is cheered and celebrated by the Left. It's roots are even deeper than the chaos of the 1960s...I blame the Soviet Union for its 100 year disinformation campaign against the West's philosophical foundations.

It's All Relative, but Islam Is Best, Says George Mason U. Prof.

At the 2018 Middle East Dialogue conference at Washington DC’s Whittemore House last month, George Mason University Professor Darrell Norman Burrell whitewashed Islamism and exaggerated Islam’s role in American culture. His “Islamophobia” lecture reflected the gathering’s sometimes ahistorical radical chic that political commentator Mark Bruzonsky captured succinctly in earlier remarks. Together, their willful distortions of reality offered a microcosm of systemic moral and intellectual problems besetting Middle East studies.

Declaring Hamas leaders are “more dignified, more thoughtful, more aware of history” than popularly perceived, Bruzonsky also claimed that “Jewish Zionist ideology . . . is the real reason we don’t have peace.” Recalling his meeting with Hamas leaders Abu Marzook and Ahmed Yousef, he noted bitterly that it took place before the “Israeli lobby got Hamas declared a terrorist organization.” Burrell himself could have written Bruzonsky’s outlandish conclusion: “The problem is not Palestinian rejectionism; the problem is Jewish and American rejectionism.”

The attacks against Israel and Jews are part traditional anti-Semitism of the Left, and because Israel is the tip of the spear pointed at Islam, which is the vanguard of the attempt to destroy Western culture and philosophy, with its attendant pluralism and freedom and self determination. The Left is content to dismiss its own existential threat from militant Islam, as long as it can be used as a weapon against Judeo-Christian culture.

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Longtime poster ibguy announced on the ONT Wednesday that his younger sister Joyce has passed. Those of you who follow the ONT are well aware of Joyce's tenacious fight against cancer, ibguy's daily updates have kept us all abreast of her triumphs, setbacks, and her steadfast determination to suck every last bit of marrow from the bones of life. Although she never posted here, she was as much a part of the ONT family as he is, and we mourn her loss. Baruch dayan ha'emet. [Weirddave]
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What about petting his ass?
What about sucking his dick? I mean, where's the line, right?
Today's Deep Thought of Searing Insight: Butterflies are like flying smiles!!!
At 5:00, Here's Joe DiGenova Floating the "S.M." Initials for the Spy/Informant in Trump's Camp
However, a friend is scratching his head at this. Almost everything DiGenova says seems to point at a guy I'm thinking of, then he says "S.M.," initials I can't match to anyone. Did he brain-fart? Does he just not know what he's talking about? I dunno. He says the name has been widely written about on blogs -- but no one on blogs is talking about an SM. An SH, yeah. An SM? Not that I know of.
More DiGenova: Rosenstein and Sessions Have Been Told Their Jobs Are No Longer Secure
Those Digging Into the Papadopolous/Halper/Misfud/Downer/Dearlove Mess Might Want to Scan This Twitter Feed
See this tweet for Fusion leaking to frequent Fusion-leak-propagator Ken Dilanian that Glenn Simpson misspoke when he said there was an FBI spy, and then Glenn Simspon's own lawyer refuting that claim of misspeaking
See This one too. Stefan Halper was a busy little bee trying to arrange meetings with very low-level Trump FP advisers, wasn't he?
Everyone's Saying the Karate Kid sequel series on YouTube -- Cobra Kai, with Johnny as the Hero, and Danny as the... well, I don't know if he's a villain, but the rival, anyway -- is great, and filled with wonderful "toxic masculinity"
PJ Media's Megan Fox writes that if even Hollywood writers are sick of political correctness, maybe we're nearing the end of the fever
One problem: YouTube only gives away the first two of the ten episodes away for free; the other 8 you'll have to sign up for YouTube Red for (and pay whatever the costs). I assume people will sign up and intend to cancel in a month. I assume they'll also forget to cancel. And I assume YouTube assumes that, too.
A USC doctor was accused of bad behavior with young women for years. The university let him continue treating students "An internal USC investigation determined that Tyndall's behavior during pelvic exams was outside the scope of current medical practice and amounted to sexual harassment of students. But in a secret deal last summer, top administrators allowed Tyndall to resign quietly with a financial payout."
Why? Because there is no political advantage to going after one of their own. [CBD]
No, the White House Does Not Oppose Devin Nunes, and Support the DOJ, in the DOJ's Efforts to Hide Documents from Legitimate Congressional Oversight Requests
This nonsense was reported with the typical shrieking urgency of the liberal press, including by the smugly uninformed liberal Noah Rothman
Iranian Ayatollah Vows to Reduce Tel Aviv and Haifa to Rubble
Obama's making some calls to see if he can get one of his #Resistance pals to deliver additional pallets of hundred dollar bills to his good Iranian friends
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