October 25, 2016

Tuesday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/25/16)[Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

Taco Tuesday Edition

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Thirsty? Need something to wash that taco down with?


Almost everything you wanted to know about tequila and margaritas. Tequila Tuesday anyone?


Taco cleanse diet. If I wanted to eat Vegan stuff I would. Don't these look better?


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War on Women? The Real War is on our Boys [Warden]

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It may not be a surprise to many of you that after decades of a leftist controlled public education system that regularly denigrates and shames boys for their masculinity, that boys are now lagging behind girls in school.

Women now comprise 60% of college graduates and are trouncing boys across all measures of academic performance, save one--SAT scores where the boys beat the girls by a significant margin in math and slightly in reading.

The response to this disparity, of course, is to label boy's superior SAT scores to, you guessed it, gender biased testing that favors boys.

It cannot be the case that boys are better at something. Boys are never better at anything.

Our schools are stuffed full of left-wing, female educators who largely despise boys and see their very nature as a problem to be corrected. They've beaten them down, broken their spirits and stuffed them full of Ritalin to shut them up. Is it news to you that 20% of 14 year old boys have been diagnosed with ADHD? It shouldn't be because it's a goddamned outrage. They've literally pathologized masculinity.

I have two boys, aged 5 and 10 and I'm mad as hell about how this garbage culture treats them. But here's the thing--I can't change how others act toward me and my family. I can only control what we do.

We need solutions--all of us who wish to raise our boys into strong, confident, masculine men rather than the limp and effete pajama-boys we're beginning to see dominate our culture.

So what do we do? I have a few recommendations below the fold. Please add yours to the comments.

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She's #1! Hillary Clinton Tops List of Islamist Money Recipients [CBD]

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Hillary Clinton Tops 2015-16 Islamist Money List

Accepting money from Islamists should be high on the list of things that American presidential candidates shouldn't do, but as we have learned over many, many years, Hillary Clinton thinks that rules are for the little people. This is a fine example of her public/private dichotomy.

The Middle East Forum’s "Islamist Money in Politics" (IMIP) project is releasing the top-ten recipients of 2015-16 campaign contributions from individuals who subscribe to the same Islamic supremacism as Khomeini, Bin Laden, and ISIS.

And America's favorite drunken, neurological-disease-ridden harridan is at the top. The Democrat Party must be so proud! But....they probably don't care. Money is money, and if it comes from people who actively politic for the destruction of Western society, well then, they are birds of a feather and have lots to talk about at cocktail parties.

And guess who is in the top five? Hillary Clinton, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MA), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

And where is Donald Trump on this list? Nowhere, because he hasn't received any money from these people.

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World Series Game 1 [BCochran]

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So. This happened......


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More Emails: Hillary's Team Answers Why Hillary Tried to Hide Her Secret Server Instead of Revealing it Long Before the Election: "Because They Wanted to Get Away With It"


Wow, you'd almost think they were discussing a federal crime here.

"Speaking of transparency, our friends Kendall, Cheryl and Phillipe sure weren’t forthcoming on the facts here," Podesta says in another email to Tanden. He is referring to Hillary’s attorneys David Kendall and Cheryl Mills and also to Philipe Reines but it's not clear if he is talking about them not giving much information to the NY Times or about some private exchange. Perhaps expecting how Tanden might respond Podesta adds, "Don’t be mean."

A few minutes later, Tanden replies, "This is a cheryl special. Know you love her, but this stuff is like her Achilles heal. Or kryptonite. she just can’t say no to this s**t." She continues, "Why didn’t they get this stuff out like 18 months ago? So crazy."

Podesta replies, "Unbelievable."

And then Tanden sends a response answering her own question. "I guess I know the answer," she writes, "they wanted to get away with it."

As Sexton notes, the "they wanted to get away with it" refers to Hillary's Star Chamber of very close fixers and enablers. But of course the statement that Cheryl Mills "can't say no to this s**t" can only mean she can't refuse Hillary's requests to help her break the law -- who else could give Mills orders to break the law except for her alleged law client?

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Amy Schumer, Serial Plagiarist, Accused of Cultural Apporpriation


This story is so stupid I would not bother you with it except that it involves Amy Schumer, who Hector thinks is totally smoking hot.

Amy Schumer made a really low-budget and lame "parody video" of a Beyonce song. A song I only heard of once, but forgot where I'd heard of. Apparently it was that anti-police/Black Panther tribute she did in the Superbowl that people complained about. It's called "Formation," and it's about stupid shit, like Black Lives Matter and female empowerment or whatever.

She totally takes back the word "bitch" and stuff. And from what I hear, she's earned that right.

Anyway, spherical sketch-burglar Amy Schumer called up her Three Friends and they did the sort of aren't-we-cute lipsyncing crap that you used to see all over the place on YouTube before people grew up and realized straight-up copyright infringement was where the real money was at.

Remember those days? When you'd go "Hey I want to hear Billy Squier's 'Lonely is the Night'" and so you click on a video and it turns out it's three Bieberesque teens pretending to play wicked air guitar and mussing each other's hair and doing all sorts of coyly homoerotic shenanigans?

God, I miss those days. Those hot, hot days when men where men and boys were adorable and no one questioned it at all when you casually said, "You know, no homo and all, but I look at this sexy kid from 'Hanson' and your mind can't help but go there, and by 'there' I mean his hot mouth."

Anyway, people only slightly less atrocious than Schumer herself are accusing her of "racism" for daring to feature white women lip-syncing to a black woman's song they obviously like a lot.

White people, even white trolls like Schumer, simply aren't allowed to "take" from Queen Bey or whatever.

Below, Beyonce's "Formation" and Amy Schumer's tedious, stupid cheap "parody."

I strongly recommend you ignore everything about this post, including the link above, and just talk about whatever you like.

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RIP Steven Den Beste of the USS Clueless, One of the Most Insightful of the First Wave of Bloggers


He had a mossy mind, vibrant and always looking for new cracks to dig into.

He was also, at least for a short time, a guest blogger here.

I had always thought Den Beste was an exciting writer, in the sense that you never really knew what kind of Learning Adventure you'd be going on when you clicked on his blog. He had a Renaissance Man's mind; he seemed to know a great many things, and fairly esoteric ones besides, and could explain them with clarity and a great deal of speed -- zippiness.

He'd just introduce new terms to some discussion you'd never heard from anyone else -- you know, how most people are content to regurgitate the same tribal received wisdom they heard from a blogger, some talking head on tv, or a comedian. (!)

Den Beste eschewed that and instead only contributed to a conversation when he actually had something to contribute. (What an idea -- to only speak when you have something interesting or novel to say! How "Web 1.0"!)

I remember thinking "No one has ever said this before" when he discussed the "scaling problems" inherent in alternative energy. (I can't find the old USS Clueless post on this, but in 2008 he responded to a reader who had stumbled across that old post.)

Another huge a-ha moment came for me when I read his post on Tit-For-Tat in game theory, and its applications to real world competitions (primarily, in war and in politics.)

That's another column I can't seem to reach via the Internet, but at the end of this post I quote extensively from it.

Update: Thanks to Mama AJ, here's an archived copy of the Prisoner's Dilemma/Tit for Tat post.

I should say that Den Beste belonged to a pre-professional blogging age (such as it may well be), a novice/hobbyist phase, when writers would just write about whatever interested them at that moment, whether it "fit the format" or whatever. Rather like I've heard FM radio was when it first came out, as opposed to heavily-programmed/demographically-targeted AM.)

Instapundit did that and still does. Personally, though I've always preferred that kind of blogging, I've largely abandoned it, mostly to focus on politics, which I find increasingly hateful.

Eh, given that I'm going to be seguing more and more out of "conservative" politics, maybe I'll try to get back to more Den Beste style blogging.

I really can't tell you how much respect I had for him. He really was just a tremendously curious person -- he liked learning things, and he liked sharing what he'd learned. As I get older myself, it occurs to me that that sort of perpetual delight in learning is really the only way to keep one's brain in a youngish state.

A true gem of a mind. I wish I'd met him, and I surely wish his body had some of the youth and vitality of his brain.

All the good ones are dying, and the young ones coming up are vile.

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Wikileaks: Hillary's Aides Privately Scoffed at Obama's Claims to Not Know About Hillary's Secret, Illegal Email System


Do tell.

The only person in America stupid enough to believe these lies is apparently James Comey.

Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff privately told colleagues that President Barack Obama had falsely claimed he was unaware of Clinton’s use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, hacked emails reveal.

"We need to clean this up," top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills told campaign chairman John Podesta in an email a month before Clinton’s campaign officially launched. She was responding to Obama’s claim that he found out about Clinton’s personal email address at "the same time everybody else learned it through news reports."

"He has emails from her -- they do not say state.gov," Mills told Podesta.

The email came less than a week after the New York Times broke the story on Clinton’s use of a private email address to conduct official State Department business.

Read the piece -- the White House now has their mob lawyer Josh Earnest claiming that Obama was only saying he didn't know the details of the system, not that he didn't know her email address, but in fact the question that prompted this lie was about his knowledge of any email system used by Hillary outside official government channels.

They both straight-up lied. Let's give Hillary the White House to teach these deplorables to question our stewardship and Right to Rule.

You can see the emails in this Instapundit link.

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Obamacare Premiums Surging By Double Digits... Again


Surprise surprise.

They'll be going up an average of 25%. Some will see hikes lower than that, but many will see hikes higher.

Last week, President Shits and Giggles said that Obamacare was like a cellphone -- if there are problems, you fix them. You just don't pull it off the market.

Unless, he said, realizing the latest news, your phone is on fire. Then you do pull it off the market.

Hey asshole:

Your phone is on fire.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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The Dangerous Logic Of Wooing
Ernesto Neto

From our very own Bluebell!

Last year, my son and I visited the Hirshhorn Museum because my son had a paper to write and I'm always up for a visit to a museum. In our wanderings we came upon this.

It took up an entire very large room, and it's every bit as crazy as you would think. We had a grand time walking around it, taking pictures and sending them out to my husband and the other kids.

One of the other exhibits was a Yoko Ono one -- oh yes -- which consisted of a monitor streaming a feed from a video camera mounted on the roof of the museum, pointing upwards at the sky. Which means, of course, you just see clouds, or whatever. It was ridiculous. As are all the other works of Yoko.

One last thing about this art piece: as my son and I were walking into the room where it was, having already glimpsed the gist of it, we passed a middle-aged, well-dressed woman walking out. Oh great, I thought, some snooty lobbyist or something taking in a little culture on her early lunch hour. She probably sees all kinds of wonderful meanings in this. She caught our eyes, smiled broadly and said, "It's udderly ridiculous."

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Monday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/24/16) [Mis. Hum.]

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You thought Monday October 24, 2016 was tough. You should have been around on Thursday October 24, 1929. The Great Depression kicked off on this day 87 years ago.

Those Morons who had parents who lived during this time were taught some serious financial lessons. One of those lessons could have been what they ate for sammiches. To this day your humble OB enjoys a good Bologna sandwich.

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It's National Bologna Day!!!It still isn't too late to go and have your better half make you a Bologna sammich.

So Bologna isn't for you. Patience Morons. Tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th, will be National Greasy Foods Day. Enjoy!

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If the arteries can handle it, drop below the fold.

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National Enquirer's Informant -- Who Has Been Anonymous Thusfar -- Will Reveal His Identity on Hannity Tonight


If this guy was provably part of Clinton's circle, it will do a lot to validate his claims.

On in 15 minutes.

Though I imagine the Mr. Fix-It part will be near the end.

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Media Headlines If Jesus Ran As The GOP Nominee [Warden]

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Earlier today Twitter user, William Strunk Jr, observed that today's media would trash any GOP candidate, including Jesus Christ.

I thought this was a fun idea to riff on, so I threw a few of my own out. You can do this with literally any good person doing any good deed. Below is my first attempt. I tossed a few more below the fold. Give me your best Vox type headline in the comments.

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Kurt Schlichter: Can Someone Tell Me Why People Belonging to a Party Which Purports to Stand for Individualism and Skepticism of Government Are Now Reflexively Preaching Faith in Government as the Default Mode of Any Good Citizen?


This election has been brutal, but it has torn a lot of masks off a lot of smug, well-fed faces.

Apparently the Republican Party is now supposed to be the Party of Trusting in Government and Alleged "Experts."

No pearl went unclutched when Trump refused to agree in advance to validate the giant scam that is this election. Yeah, scam. In light of all we've seen during this stupidest of years, a year where I had to move my book about this country tearing itself apart from the fiction section to nonfiction, how the hell can anyone keep a straight face as he, she, or xe demands that we default to trust the system?

Okay, this is where Team Fake Pearl Clutch jumps in and whines about my "dangerous talk" and about how I have no "honor" because I won’t submit in advance to another establishment okie-doke. Yeah, sure, whatever – and the emperor caught pneumonia because the little kid pointed out that he wasn’t wearing any clothes, not because he was walking around with his junk in the wind.

The system is manifestly rigged – even Heap Big Chief Warren used to say so until a memo informed her that this meme is now inconvenient – so spare me your sanctimonious crap about our sacred system. Our loyalty is properly only to the Constitution, not a perversion of it. Just because you hold office under Article I, II, or III doesn’t mean we still owe you respect or deference when you treat your obligations to the People like a teenage Thai boy at one of Raymond Burr's Halloween parties.

We owe the system nothing. Nada. Zip. Instead, the system owes us fairness and honesty, and without them it has no right to our default acceptance of its results. That acceptance must be earned. This means that the system must aggressively police its own integrity, and this year it has utterly failed to do so.

And he's just getting started.

The GOP has always had two conflicting impulses in it, which tend to manifest itself as two different factions.

One impulse is for orderliness, domestic tranquility, and rule-and-law-following which beget what is called "ordered liberty."

This impulse is made manifest in the Establishment types who pee themselves when they think about defiance and things like government shutdowns.

The other impulse is dated to the start of the Republic itself: That citizens are entitled to a responsive and representative government, and that a government's failure to be responsive to the citizenry and represent its interests may justify actual armed insurrection against it.

For more on this, see the Declaration of Independence. A lot of Trumpkin crazies signed it.

This impulse is manifested in the rowdies, the malcontented, the "anti-government agitators," etc.

Now, I think most people have bit of both impulses in them, but obviously, as with any binary impulse, most people lean more towards one side than the other.

The GOP used to attempt to have a balance between these two impulses.

Not any longer. The "official" GOP -- the power centers in office, the power centers not in office (corporations, corporate-funded think tanks and magazines, etc.) -- is now revealed to be almost wholly devoted to the first impulse -- trust and obey the government -- and now derides those more inclined to the second impulse as dangerous "populists" and possible terrorists.

Exactly like the liberals brand them.

It boils down, like many questions, to who serves whom. Is it, as Schlicter says, the government's responsibility to make itself credible, or is it the citizen's duty to pretend the government is credible, even if it's not?

Does the government work for us, or do we work for it?

The same question can be applied to many institutions. The media, for example -- its credibility has cratered.

Now, just because the media is an important institution, are we required to prop it up by yielding to it a reservoir of trust and goodwill it has manifestly not deserved?

I'm glad the Establishment, NeverTrump, Trust-the-"Experts" wing of the party isn't attempting to rehabilitate the media's credibility, at least, and blame its shortcomings on citizens too ill-educated to appreciate what a great job it's doing.

Whoops. Spoke too soon.

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It's Not Monday Anymore. Now It Shall Only Be Called GAINZday.


I'm still out of my stall, and making GAINZ, though at a rate slower than I'd hope for. Apparently I lost six pounds of pure fat since late August, and I imagine most of that was lost since late September (when I broke my long, long depressing, dispirting stall).

I guess: Just stick with it? That's what I kept telling myself as I made ZERO GAINZZZ and even some LOZZEZZ. I kept telling myself: Stick with it. It has to work. It's basic math. Well, not math, but like math: It's biochemistry that certainly seems to have to work. It worked before. You're in a stall now, but it worked before: the principle is sound, then, it seems. But your body is in revolt: It has a set weight the hypothalamus wants it to be at, and it is fighting tooth and nail to go no lower than this resistance point. (And this has always been my resistance point, through several rounds of weight loss.)

You just have to ride this disheartening period of NO GAINZZ out, I kept telling myself.

I think it worked. I think I broke the resistance point, and maybe set a new one five pounds lower.*

We'll see whether this mantra can get me through my next scheduled stall.

When you're not seeing any GAINZZ, it really does kill your resolve. Why bother trying if you're continuing to fail?

Of course, even when I was stalled as far as pure weight loss, I had other GAINZZ I was sort of ignoring. I was dropping clothing sizes. Old pants look increasingly silly on me, with the belt all cinched in tight. I could physically see that I was leaner.

Anyway, when I began this thread months ago, I mentioned to not just get your validation from one or two sources; look for multiple indicators of success. The scale can swing one or two pounds in either direction based on how well hydrated you are, for example. If you just look at the one marker, that one marker can show no GAINZZ, and thus break your spirit.

But when you're on the lookout for five or six markers -- not just weight, but caliper-measured bodyfat percentage, waist, hip, and chest circumference (yeah I know both men and women want bigger chests, but anyone with weight troubles know that there's often undesirable padding in the measurement), and, importantly, how you look by the simple eye test and how you feel -- you're much more likely to see a GAIN somewhere in that stack, and therefore get the validation and positive feedback which, let's face it, unless you have an iron willpower and Tom Cruise-level of self-mastery, you're going to need if you're going to keep this up for more than a couple of months.

Two months is easy. Then it gets hard. Just like marriage, just like keeping a kidnap victim in your basement.

So: 1, I need to know your GAINZZ, and 2, I'd especially like to hear if anyone's in a stall, and even more especially, if anyone's gotten through a stall, and what you did to get those GAINZZ back again.

* I gotta tell you I was also feeling like a total asshole running this thread while also being in a five or six week stall. It was getting so bad I really did consider if the Greater Good would be served if I straight-up lied to everyone and said I made GAINZZ I hadn't actually made -- like, not to make myself look good (who cares, honestly) but just so as not to sabotage anyone else's resolve by telling them "Stick with your dreams if you like, but in the end, it shall all come to naught, as it has for me. You're better off not even trying. You'll lose the first twenty easy pounds -- gimmes, really -- and then guess what? Then you start going after the hard weight, and the GAINZZ store shuts down and closes forever."

You know, "Ozymandias" is just ancient Greek for "Fleeting GAINZZ."

(By the way -- 20 pounds is my level of easy weight loss. Depending on how overweight you are, you'll have higher or lower easy-to-lose weight. The closer you get to a normal weight, the harder each additional pound of fat is to lose. When you get down to sub-normal-levels of fat -- like going for a really athletic 8% bodyfat build -- each ounce of fat becomes harder and harder to shred off. If you're very heavy, you might have 35-40 of easily-shed weight. If you're already closer to being at normal weight, you might lose five of the easy pounds and then have nothing but hard pounds left.)

Posted by Ace at 05:24 PM Comments

Democrat Kathleen Kane Sentenced to 10 to 23 Months In Jail for Perjury and Conspiracy and Seven Other Charges


As Ashe Schow points out, The Daily Beast "forgets" to note her political party in this brief.

Given how short it is, you'd think they'd want to at least add one additional word.

But nope!

Instead of jail time, the former top attorney sought either probation or house arrest instead of jail time. During her sentencing hearing, Kane reportedly said, "I don't care what happens to me," but pleaded with the judge to have "mercy" on her two sons, whom she said a jail sentence would affect the hardest.

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No Biggie, But Terry MacAuliffe's PAC and Some Other Friends of Hillary Donated $625,000 to the Election Efforts of the Wife of One the Key FBI Officials Overseeing the Hillary Email Investigation


Old and Busted: Not a smidgen of corruption

New Hotness: Well maybe just a smidge

he political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and longtime ally of the Clinton family, donated nearly $500,000 to the state Senate campaign of the wife of an FBI official who helped oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

McAuliffe's political organization gave $467,500 to Dr. Jill McCabe's 2015 state Senate campaign in Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported. McCabe’s husband, Andrew McCabe, works for the FBI and was one of the top figures responsible for overseeing the probe into Clinton’s email practices while she served as secretary of state.

McAuliffe, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons, encouraged McCabe to run for the state Senate seat and helped direct funds to her campaign totaling $675,000, according to the Journal.

Andrew McCabe was promoted in 2016 to be Comey's number two.

Maybe a little more than just a smidge, too.

A former State Department IT aide invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer more than 90 questions Monday during the final deposition in a lawsuit over Hillary Clinton's private emails.

John Bentel, former Director of Information Resource Management of the executive secretariat, would not answer questions about whether the Clintons had paid his legal fees or offered him financial incentives, according to Judicial Watch, the conservative-leaning group that brought the suit.

A federal judge in August ordered Bentel to testify under oath because "the record in this case appears to contradict his sworn testimony before the Benghazi Committee."

He had told the Benghazi committee in 2015 that he had "no knowledge" of Clinton's server.

You'll have to click on the link to find out if that's true or not.

Spoiler alert: Not.

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Community Organizer Bob Creamer Caught on Video Admitting He Illegally Coordinates With Hillary Clinton Campaign and DNC


Campaign finance groups say that people can donate unlimited amounts to outside groups not affiliated with a campaign, but only restricted amounts to a campaign.

Now, this obviously sets up the possibility of easy evasion: You set up an "outside," "independent" group, which can scoop up unlimited amounts of money, but it's really an adjunct to your campaign, thus evading the law's demand that only limited, capped amounts can be donated to a campaign.

The law has a provision to stop this: "Independent" groups are not permitted to co-ordinate their messaging with candidates and candidate organizations.

On video, members of Americans United for Change reveal that they are in fact co-ordinating with the Hillary Clinton campaign. They were trying to think of silly stunts to draw attention to Trump not releasing his tax returns; Hillary Clinton put out the word she wanted people dressed as Donald Duck (as in, Donald Ducks honoring his promise) dogging his rallies.

Hillary Clinton basically ordered an organization she's not even supposed to be talking to to get Donald Duck agitators at Trump and Pence rallies.

"Don't repeat that to anyone," Bob Creamer tells Project Veritas' undercover infiltrator after he confesses this.

Later, Scott Foval admits that he co-ordinates with the DNC and Donna Brazille as to which particular message they'll be pushing at each Trump rally.

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Posted by Ace at 01:51 PM Comments

Solid Piece at Cracked About the Rise of Trump


Cracked is a Social Justice Warrior dumpster fire, but this piece from one of its only actual talents (David Wong) is pretty good.

Apparently he grew up in a red county, and he sees the Trump phenomenon as largely about the haves -- largely centered in the cities - and have-nots in rural areas, which, he says, have "had the shit kicked out of them."

I'm telling you, the hopelessness eats you alive.

And if you dare complain, some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, "You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!" Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help. Meanwhile, the rate of rural white suicides and overdoses skyrockets. Shit, at least politicians act like they care about the inner cities.

It really does feel like the worst of both worlds: all the ravages of poverty, but none of the sympathy. "Blacks burn police cars, and those liberal elites say it's not their fault because they're poor. My son gets jailed and fired over a baggie of meth, and those same elites make jokes about his missing teeth!" You're everyone's punching bag, one of society's last remaining safe comedy targets.

Although he was born in a red county, he says (with a bit of irony) that he now "knows" everything he used to think is wrong because he know lives in a blue city and in a blue industry. I think he's kinda-sorta half-serious about believing all the stuff he used to believe is wrong -- while making the point that he probably only believes that because he's now been socialized by his dogmatic liberal coworkers to "know" the new received wisdom.

Good piece, I think. It might be useful for the GOP's own urban elite, who like to think of themselves as knowing cosmopolitans but who are really blinkered provincials, to read it.

Thanks to "Tusk."

Posted by Ace at 12:40 PM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


The Song
William Merritt Chase

In addition to being an accomplished artist, Chase was also an influential teacher with an impressive list of students. His art school became the Parsons School of Design.

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The Morning Report 10/24/16 [J.J. Sefton]

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"Remember, It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses a Nation"

Good morning, kids. Regarding the death of Tom Hayden, he and Hanoi Jane could have and should have been hanged for treason. As he makes his way to the Infernal Reaches, you should read his real story in the second link, before the MFM floods the zone with lying hagiographies. Anyway, have a better one.

Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/23/16)[Mis. Hum.]

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These 2 men were center stage 54 years ago.


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GunThread: Cleaning Tips And Other Assorted Drudgery [CBD]

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Someone recommended this web site, and while I bookmarked it, I failed to note who pointed me in this direction, so my apologies to the unknown Moronette (I assume).

The Cornered Cat

This site is about women and guns, not about cats. But in a way, it's about the cornered cat in all of us. It's about the determination to get away from an attacker if you need to. It's about making the decision to say, "Not me. Not mine. Not today." And it's about the tools to make that decision stick.


Now that everyone has fired their postal match and submitted it, what brilliant tips do you have for The Horde for cleaning your pistol? I am a firm believer that more weapons have been ruined by cleaning than by firing. I do a quick wipedown to remove salt from my sweat, and powder residue, then scrub a bit with Hoppes #9 just because that's what my dad taught me. I try to fire a few FMJs at the end of the session to clean the barrel of some leading, and then a few strokes with a brush as I can get away with, a few swabs, and I am done with cleaning. A light coating of oil, and that is it.

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MLB Playoffs [BCochran]

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Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?!?

Alright, fine!

Let's talk some baseball.

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Food Thread: Is It Too Early To Think Of Thanksgiving? [CBD]

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Eh....why not. It's 33 days away, and if you aren't on the ball, you will miss out on ordering your free-range, organically grown, responsibly raised, heritage breed, humanely "processed" turkey.

Or you could do what I do, and that is let my SIL worry about all of that shit. I'll cook it, but I will be damned if I am going to wait on line to pick up a turkey. On the other hand, the bone-in pork roast is serious food, and I will be chatting up the butcher (the front end of the loin is the best part) and poring over ancient texts for just the right brine recipe. And the best part of cooking the pork roasts is that they will be on the rotisserie...on the patio, away from, uh....everybody.

Those chops in the photo are cut from the front end of the loin, near the shoulder, where there are wonderful, flavorful muscles and copious quantities of that most marvelous of flavors and textures: fat. And notice that the bones have not been "Frenched," because I am not a savage. Yes, I have ranted about this before, but anybody who scrapes off the best part of a chop in the interest of appearances is painfully deluded about the point of eating.

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This Is What Passes For Intellectual Discourse (We Are Existentially Screwed) [CBD]

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On "The Daily Show," where hipster douchebag LIVs get ther political commentary, noted political philosopher Russell Simmons (Don't worry, I too had to look him up) opines on the huge problem of Christian terrorism.

Russell Simmons: 'Probably More Christians Are Radicalized' Than Muslims

Russell Simmons joined Trevor Noah on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Monday to talk about "Muslims Speak Out," a project he formed to deal with Islamophobia, which he called "the worst scourge we have."

He told Noah that people misunderstand the Muslim community and that "99.99-tenths of them are not radicalized, right?" And then he added the kicker: "Probably more Christians are radicalized."

Maybe I am naive, but I think that "radicalized" populations should display behavior that is...um...radical. Islam certainly checks that box, being responsible for terrorist acts which have claimed the lives of thousands of innocents, and being the drivers of most of the wars on the planet.

Christians? Help a Moron out. Where is current Christian radicalism centered?

As for Islamophobia: if your religion espouses the destruction of my culture and the murder of my coreligionists, you are damned straight going to get push-back from me. If you want to call it a phobia, then it is a rational phobia based on the very real, documented events that threaten my culture and my life.

But a more accurate term would be self-interest, or self-defense. But that's just me. I am a White, Western Jewish man. My opinion and life has zero worth in Simmons' twisted world.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-23-2016: [OregonMuse]

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Favley Memorial Library, Villanova University 3_525.jpgDugan Polk Family Reading Room, Favley Memorial Library, Villanova University

Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, hurricanes, IRS audits, and getting caught in the path between Hillary! and giant bags of cash, and special snowflakes can't stand the heat. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these awful things. And WTH are they supposed to be, accordion pants? These are the worst pants I've ever seen. If you can find uglier pants, send me the link and I'll use it. Ugh.

Note on Today's Library Pic

This was a submission from longtime moron 'Skip' and what you're seeing is the finished product of a restoration project that he worked on himself. Skip writes:

I worked on about 1/2 the ceiling along with large crew. But the ground area is where I did most of the work, the window sills, baseboard and mid point crown moulding just another guy and me did. The handrail woodwork and underneath woodwork of the railings as well as doors with exception of the single door leading into the library stacks I did myself.

And that painting on the upper left is a 17th-century work by Pietro Berretini (Pietro da Cortona) titled The Triumph of David that measures 12-by-19 feet. It shows David bringing back the sword of Goliath, whom he has just killed, to King Saul. This painting itself has been restored, and I found an article about the restoration efforts here.

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OK all you 'rons and 'ettes, what do these words have in common?

In alphabetical order, they are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

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EMT 10/23/16 [krakatoa]

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Last travel week of the year coming up.

The client just may pay for a celebratory lobster dinner.

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Overnight Open Thread (22 Oct 2016)


Hackers wrecked the internet using DVRs and webcams. Election Day is going to be fun.

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Bad Joke Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger

A vulture boards an airplane carrying two dead raccoons.

The stewardess looks at him and says:

"I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion is allowed per passenger."​

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 10-22-2016 [OregonMuse]

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Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into pie fight on a Saturday afternoon. Except if you're hungry.

Problem 1 - White To Play (304)

Hint: White to play and mate in 2

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]

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Why it's that time again. Welcome to the Ace of Spades Pet Thread. The experts say a calendar year is 7 years long to a dog. Wonder what this last week has been? Anyway, down and stay. We didn't tell you that you could leave. Enjoy!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: It's a Dilly [KT]

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Proof that pumpkins are not just about White Privilege

Dilly of a fall we've been having, don't you think? I am a little disorganized this week, having helped my sister-in-law move. Moving is a trial. This post will be sorta random and disorganized, too. But maybe you'll find some content you like. It's Saturday. Time for some casual browsing. At least that is my excuse.

Some members of The Horde are likely planting some things for winter, but many others are wrapping things up. For most of us, it's probably kind of late for home-grown cucumbers for dill pickles, but some of us may still have dill in the garden. One of the perpetual problems in my parents' garden was that dill seed heads never seemed to be ready when the cucumbers were ready for pickling. As you may recall, I am a big proponent of not-quite-ripe dill seed head for pickles.

If you're in the Frozen North, remember that you can grow dill weed microgreens indoors any time. "Dill is a curiously easy crop to grow as a Micro-Green, as long as you don't fuss with it too much."

Incidentally, there is a Florist's Dill.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Halloween in Academia [KT]

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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

disney villain.jpg

Think Disney villains are the scariest things in the Magic Kingdom? Not according to a scholarly report from last year. Is it possible that the kind of stereotypical language in the paper quoted below had anything to do with this familiar Halloween costume debacle?

We posit that Disney's pedagogies of pleasure, which operate from the notion that escape is attainable via the pleasurable experiences offered at Disney parks, teach us how to be particular kinds of Disney subjects who escape into safe and controlled forms of pleasure - these escape fantasies offer a way for consumers to disavow the racism and white supremacy that characterize Western humanist and colonialist projects.

Looks like Halloween parties will be either (1) somber and reflective or (2) psychologically dangerous affairs on many campuses again this year. Have you ever met anyone who needed counseling after seeing a Halloween costume that perpetuates a stereotype?

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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]

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Good morning Little Boys and Girls 'Rons & 'Ettes.

Saturday morning, do you need a caffeine IV drip? Drink your beverages and check out some of the weird stuff that has been going on.

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EMT 10/22/16 [krakatoa]

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College football is pretty much the last sport I watch.

So it's that or take little Miss Krak/t to a fall festival with hay rides, bouncy houses, a 5 acre corn maze, and tasty treats.

You know what? College ball will survive just fine without me.

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Overnight Open Thread (21 Oct 2016)


Perhaps threatening a cyber attack last Friday wasn't too smart. Cyber attacks disrupt Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and more.

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We need Peanut-Butter Control...At Least In Wisconsin [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Woman mistakes town meeting for Donald Trump rally and smears 30 cars with smooth peanut butter in protest

There too many fantastic quotations in this article, and I can't excerpt it all, but here are a few....

Witnesses claimed the 32-year-old entered the meeting at 9:30pm holding a "family-size jar of low-sodium, creamy natural Jif" peanut butter, shouting about how much she hated the Republican candidate.
The detail is fantastic! Not just peanut butter, but low-sodium, creamy natural Jif!

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Hillary Clinton Secretly Enlisted Feminist Writer Jessica Valenti to Carry Her Water in Branding Bernie Sanders as "Anti-Woman"


Call me old-fashioned, but my idea here is that if it's ethically sound to do something, it should not be a problem to confess it openly.

When you have to keep something secret, that's a pretty good sign it's unethical.

By the way, this is the same presidential candidate whose supporters are claiming she had nothing to do with her Political Renfield Sydney Blumenthal pushing the Birther story against Obama to the press.

As someone commented during that (briefly lived, media embargoed) controversy, this is how attacks are done within the party. Stealthily. With plausible deniability. You don't want to risk alienating voters you'll need later, so you secretly enlist toadies and throne-sniffers to carry your water.

But whatever, Blumenthal wasn't acting at Hillary's behest, just as Jessica Valenti wasn't.

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If "thrippy" were a real word, what do you think it would mean?
My Balderdash game experience tells me to claim it's either 1, a nautical term for a line stabilizing the jib, or 2, the main ring that the straps of a horse's bridle connect to. You really can't go wrong with claiming it's some bullshit having to do with boats or bridles. But it also could very well be an adjective, and I'm stumped on that. All I can come up with is something like "thrice" (like, "The lady hath thrippy given me the loving her mouth") or the obvious, dumb similarity to "thrifty."
Jen Rubin Embarrasses Herself on Bill O'Reilly
Note I do not claim O'Reilly embarrassed her, as the headline of his website has it; he did his usual glib shuck and jive. However, Jen Rubin is just a singularly unappetizing and incompetent specimen. If you had her debate an air sickness bag, the air sickness bag would route her. It would just play the rope-a-dop and let her unappealing, smug-without-any-discernable-reason-why ignorant self defeat itself.
Liar, Liar Pants on Fire Crooked as Can Be. Hillary, quite the gal. [Mis. Hum.]
Oh, crap. This is not good news.
Legendary blogger Steven Den Beste, of U.S.S. Clueless fame, has passed on. He had been in poor health for some time. Requiescat in pace. [OregonMuse]
Hey, it's ok that your Obamacare rates are increasing. "We think they will ultimately be surprised by the affordability of the premiums, because the tax credits track with the increases in premiums," said Kevin Griffis, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. But then again this is the same outfit that promised you premiums would decrease and you could keep your doctor. [Mis. Hum.]

What you got on, your mind?
Headlines: 10/24/2016
R.I.P. Bobby Vee [Mis. Hum.]
Don't you love it when the faculty lounge puts their plans into actions? Obama's OT regulations to kick in on December 1. Of course smaller businesses are harder hit than the large corporations. The theorists never remember or don't choose to remember the law of unintended consequences. [Mis. Hum.]
Why I Now Feel Compelled To Vote For Trump "Last time a Clinton was on the ballot, I voted for Ross Perot. My vote didn’t deny Bob Dole the White House, but I confess I felt a smug sense of satisfaction in “refusing to settle.” I sure showed them, didn’t I?" H/T artisanal-ette [CBD]
Warring factions. The identity of the rebels is unknown. Why is there a push to send arms to the conflict in Syria? The time to side with "rebels" was about the time TFG started drawing lines in the sand with his big toe. Sometimes the answer is to let things work out on their own. [Mis. Hum.]
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