August 30, 2015

The Left's Willful Ignorance [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Here is an interesting article from Reason (yeah, I know) about the resounding, deafening silence from the Left and academia in response to an article exposing the shaky foundation of the campus serial rapist theory.

But is anyone surprised?

Here is what is happening all across American campuses.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-30-2015: Scorched Earth [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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"No Award"

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. The Sunday Morning Book Thread is the only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Also, assless chaps don't count. Serious you guys. Kilts are OK, though. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.


When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.

-Desiderius Erasmus

Trigger warnings this week for free speech being a good thing, because it helps us determine who the idiots are. Also, winners should be determined by merit, not tribal affiliation.

Health warning: reading the book thread excessively may cause your debit card to spontaneously combust.

By the way, speaking of debit cards, I have a non-book question for you morons who do a lot of multi-state traveling, which is this: before you embark on one of your trips, do you have to contact your bank or financial institution and tell them what states you'll be traveling to so your debit card purchases won't automatically be declined, or does your debit card simply work wherever you go?

Backstory: my new job requires me to be expertly familiar with debit card transactions and the security thereof, and this issue came up in the training class this week.


The Residuum of WorldCon

In last week's comments, one of you morons (I forget who, sorry) linked to this article in Wired by Amy Wallace about the Sad Puppies isn't a total waste, as most of the articles written by SJW hacks usually are. This is not to say that it's good; in fact, it does regurgitate the tiresome narrative that the Sad Pupplies are reactionary white guys who are politicizing the Hugos because they hate brown people. In the first place, the author actually reached out and spoke with Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen and even the SJWs' bête noire, Vox Day. Which, by the way, puts her ahead of The Guardian, which has published a number anti-SP hit pieces without contacting any of the writers they rail against.

So Wallace does let you hear the other side, even though it's filtered through her crap narrative.

And then there's this:

In fact, their argument is actually pretty interesting. They say their beef is more class-based; Torgerson [sic] says his books are blue-collar speculative fiction. The Hugos, they say, are snobby and exclusionary, and too often ignore books that are merely popular, by conservative writers. The Sad Puppies have a name for those who oppose them: CHORFS, for “Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary Fanatics.”

I sometimes wonder if these types of class-based arguments shouldn't be pushed more by our side. Not universally, of course, but perhaps there may be situations where they're appropriate. Like here. It might not have ever occurred to Saul Alinsky that his rules could be used against his own tribe. They should be made to live up to their own rules. Since they're obsessed with "class" and "class" distinctions, we should shove "class" down their throats until they choke on it.

Wallace doesn't want to deal with this argument, though. After bringing it up, she immediately drops it and goes on to what she really wants to talk about, namely, the evil Vox Day.

Another thing I find odd with Wallace's article is that it appears to carry the evidence of its own refutation. That is, she wants the audience to believe that the Puppies are all diversity-hating white guys, then she brings up the case of Annie Bellet, an SJW author who withdrew her name from Hugo nomination consideration when her story was included on the Sad Puppies slate.

This is how Bellet describes herself:

“I’m adopted, and I have a sister who is black, a sister who’s Vietnamese. My mom is a lesbian. I grew up in a liberal, inclusive environment.

So she's a poster child for diversity. Fine. But if the Puppies hate diversity, then why would they nominate her for a Hugo? This is a question that Wallace's narrative will not allow her to ask. But the answer is right there in front of her, if only would bestir herself to look:

[Torgersen] says the Hugos are beset by identity politics. “When people go on about how we’re anti-diversity, I’m like: No. All we’re saying is storytelling ought to come first.”

Yes, it's the storytelling. Bellet wrote a damn good story (regardless of her politics or ethnic background) and that's all the Puppies care about. But, of course, that would bust the SJW narrative wide open, and we can't have that.

And speaking of unacceptable individuals...

I have yet to hear any of the social justice wankers (I think I'm going to just spell it out like that from now on) who have been soiling their nappies at the WrongThoughts™ of the Sad Puppies in general and Vox Day in particular utter one word of disapprobation, or even concern, about the unapologetic NAMBLA defender Samuel R. Delaney. I mean, if you want to enforce disqualification from society based on WrongThought™, I would think that defending child molesting would certainly qualify.

Larry Correia's take on this year's WorldCon is here. This is how it starts out:

As you all know by now, the Hugo Awards were presented Saturday, and No Award dominated most of the categories. Rather than let any outsiders win, they burned their village in order to “save it”. And they did so while cheering, gloating, and generally being snide exclusive assholes about it.

And it gets even better. As the poet says, read the whole thing.

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Early Morning Thread 08/30/15 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Sunday.

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Overnight Open Thread (29 Aug 2015)

—CDR M

WTF? Pentagon not targeting Islamic State training camps.

And coalition forces may be advertising where our ISR and tanker aircraft are flying in Iraq and Syria. Not too smart.

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Robert Bork On The Martini [CBD]

—Open Blogger

[A letter he wrote to The Wall Street Journal in response to this.]

Martini's Founding Fathers: Original Intent Debatable

Eric Felten's essay on the dry martini is itself near-perfect (Don't Forget the Vermouth -- WSJ Leisure & Arts, Pursuits, Dec. 10). His allusion to constitutional jurisprudence is faulty, however, since neither in law nor martinis can we know the subjective "original intent" of the Founding Fathers. As to martinis, the intent may have been to ease man's passage through this vale of tears or, less admirably, to employ the tactic of "candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker."

What counts in mixology is the "original understanding" of the martini's essence by those who first consumed it. The essence remains unaltered but allows proportions to evolve as circumstances change. Mr. Felten's "near-perfect martini" is the same in principle as the "original-understanding martini" and therefore its legitimate descendant. Such latter-day travesties as the chocolate martini and the raspberry martini, on the other hand, are the work of activist bartenders.

Mr. Felten lapses into heresy only once. He prefers the olive to the lemon peel because the former is a "snack." Dropping a snack into a classic drink is like garnishing filet mignon with ketchup. The correct response when offered an olive is, "When I want a salad, I'll ask for it."

Robert H. Bork
The Hudson Institute
Washington

And...Open Drinking Thread (and use coasters!)

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No Longer Tropical Storm Erika, now Invest 90

—Open Blogger

Good evening, Morons and Moronettes, and this should be the final post about Erika (and, God willing, any tropical system that should threaten to hit the continental United States). If the long-range forecasting is correct, as El Nino gets going, that should inhibit tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic, and as such, restrict my posting to the odd overnight thread.

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The Cost Of Capitalism vs. Socialism [CBD]

—Open Blogger

CoyoteBlog writes, I Have This Argument All The Time With The US Forest Service , but it could be with any government agency doing....anything. The pull quote is marvelous, and one that, while we as obsessed conservatives have internalized, is not common knowledge among those who aren't quite as rabid about political philosophy.

from page 114 of the 5th edition (2015) of Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics :

While capitalism has a visible cost -- profit -- that does not exist under socialism, socialism has an invisible cost -- inefficiency -- that gets weeded out by losses and bankruptcy under capitalism. The fact that most goods are more widely affordable in a capitalist economy implies that profit is less costly than inefficiency. Put differently, profit is a price paid for efficiency.

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Fresh Open Thread - [Niedermeyers Dead Horse]

—Open Blogger

I'm going blind from watching this over and over and...


and, which of you will try this at home?

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August 29, 2015 Saturday Gardening Thread: Robert Ryman Edition [Y-not and KT]

—Open Blogger

Greetings fellow gardeners! Your hostess is somewhere in flyover country at present in a large SUV filled (one hopes) with her belongings, including loving spouse and pets. So this week's edition of the Saturday Gardening Thread will be a minimalist affair:

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Untitled, 1965 by Robert Ryman

As always, KT was prepared with plenty of juicy gardening content, but I didn't want to risk not being able to put it up this weekend. (TWHS!)

Here are a couple of pictures that Mr. Y-not took during the walk-through of our new house last weekend showing our new backyard:

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Special Food Thread: Canning Edition [CBD]

—Open Blogger

H/T NDH (you should follow her on the tweet thing: @mflynny)

And of course Open Thread, because you maniacs do it anyway.

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EMT 8/29/15 - The bright side edition. [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Only nine more days to college football season.

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Overnight Open Thread (28 Aug 2015)

—CDR M

Every presidential candidate's doppelgänger, according to face recognition software. Haha, Lindsey Graham only scored a 82 on the masculinity measurement. That's still too high though.

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The Real Scandal at the Washington Post: Hack David Ignatius Fails to Disclose His Key Source Claiming There Is No Email Scandal is Longtime Advisor to... Hillary Clinton

—Ace

The "scandal" that isn't?

Meet the scandal that most definitely is.

Kristinn Taylor:

The Washington Post published a column Thursday night by David Ignatius that purports to clear leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing in exclusively using a home brew server kept in her home that held top secret classified information during her four year tenure as secretary of state. The column is entitled The Hillary Clinton e-mail ‘scandal’ that isn’t.

Ignatius' lead defense witness for Clinton is one Jeffrey Smith who is given four paragraphs of quotes defending Clinton. Ignatius identifies Smith as "a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information."

Smith is the only named source in Ignatius’ column.

Ignatius and The Post failed to disclose that Smith served as a 'close' national security adviser for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and that Smith has a history with the Clintons going back to at least President Bill Clinton’s election in 1992.

An April 2, 2007 New Republic article noted Clinton’s hiring of Smith...

Can't quote any more; go to the link to read Taylor's compilation of the Clinton-Smith connections.

Why did David Ignatius fail to note this connection? Is it because his column would have appeared even more laughable if he had properly informed his readers that the witness for the defense was an employee/crony of the accused?

Thanks to @RosenRosenRosen and Laurie David's Cervix.

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Tropical Storm Erika 8/28/15 (tmi3rd)

—Open Blogger

Good evening from the AoSHQ Weather Desk, Morons and Moronettes. I'm tmi3rd, and I'll be continuing my nightly eye on Erika until the storm dissipates. Some interesting things have happened over the last 24 hours with Erika, and I think we'll enjoy the media disappointment over it.

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AoSHQ Podcast: Ben K.

—Andy

Morning dumper Ben K. joins Ace and Gabe on this week's episode.

Intro: Pride & Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Open thread in the comments.

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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Stray Voltage: Hillary Clinton Now Being Investigated Under the Espionage Act

—Ace

This strikes me as, um, problematic, as all the kids say.

An FBI "A-team" is leading the "extremely serious" investigation into Hillary Clinton's server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information," an intelligence source told Fox News.

The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793.

A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record, said the FBI will further determine whether Clinton should have known, based on the quality and detail of the material, that emails passing through her server contained classified information regardless of the markings.

Now you might think that sounds bad for Grandmonster Hillary.

Nah, don't sweat it, says as progressive cretin David Ignatius at the Washington Post, a totally unbiased paper, swearsies.

The Hillary Clinton e-mail 'scandal' that isn't

Splendid! It's not a sneer without sneer quotes.

By David Ignatius Opinion writer August 27 at 8:37 PM

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private e-mail server? After talking with a half-dozen knowledgeable lawyers, I think this "scandal" is overstated. Using the server was a self-inflicted wound by Clinton, but it's not something a prosecutor would take to court.

David Petraus disagrees.

"It's common" that people end up using unclassified systems to transmit classified information, said Jeffrey Smith, a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information.

Ah, the guy who defends people who mishandle classified information says it's no biggie.

You can read the rest if you enjoy bad writing which is dumb and partisan.

You may wonder, doesn't this deserve a flaming skull?

No. For some news, we note its import by an even more urgent signal than the flaming skull.

Some news is so enormous as to beg -- nay, demand -- a Realness Update:

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The Injustice Collector: Racist Assassin Claimed Anodyne Sentences Like "The reporter's out in the field" to be "Racist"

—Ace

Because "field," you see, while meaning to everyone else "outside the office, out in the actual field of reporting," he took it to mean "cotton fields," and ergo a racist assault on his dignity.

He also objected to the phrase "swinging' by a place," because, I guess, lynching.

Allahpundit notes that Charles Cooke is asking, in a different way, the same question I asked a few days ago.

I asked, "If 'backlash' is a real thing, presumably all races and creeds, and not just white (Republican!) Christians, are susceptible to having tribal/racial fires lit in their hearts by hot, sensationalistic coverage of another tribes' sins (or alleged sins); why does the media not seem to care about "backlash" when it reports sensationalistically on Dylan Roof's terrorist murders? Why in fact does it actively seek to make Roof's crime a crime of the entire White Race, who are collectively responsible for it, and who are, ergo, especially in the mind of a maniac, to be collectively punished for it?

If there is a danger that white (Republican!) Christians will go after innocent Muslims upon being sensationalized into anti-Muslim hatred owing to an Islamist's terrorism, does not the same danger apply to other races and creeds?

In fact, we know for a fact the same danger does so apply: "Bryce Williams" proves it, if Christopher Dorn didn't already.

The various assassinations of cops proves it.

But the media continues to pretend that "backlash" is something only white people can engage in.

Cooke wonders about all the hot "microaggression" rhetoric that fed directly into the Vine Assassin's "injustice collecting" -- the same nonsense in which perfectly innocent words are transformed into racial assaults:

Half-joking on Twitter, the Free Beacon’s Sonny Bunch reacted to this news [that "Bryce Williams" believed, among other lunacies, that 7-11's watermelon flavored Slurpees were a racist insult] by observing that, "instead of going on a killing spree, this guy should’ve gotten a columnist gig at the Guardian." As with all humor, there is some truth at the root of this barb. Certainly, the shooter was extreme in his willingness to take offense. But, really, he was no more extreme than many of the extremely silly people who write at Salon or sit on diversity boards or who stand up and make a nuisance of themselves on contemporary college campuses. If one believes that the culture causes people to pull triggers -- and again, I don’t but many do -- then one has to be ecumenical about it. For what reason is this guy exempt? Why do we not need to have a "national conversation" about hypersensitivity?

The answer, I imagine, is politics, for this instinct seems only to run one way. The same people who tend to think that ugly strains within our culture lead inexorably to murder did not seem to care much that the man who killed three Muslims in North Carolina earlier this year was a progressive atheist with strong views about Islam. Likewise, they were not greatly interested that the guy who shot up the Family Research Council was inspired by the always hyperbolic output of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and they saw no connection whatsoever between protestors calling for the execution of police officers and a host of incidents in which angry men did just that. Hypocrisy.

This idea is getting some minor play on the right, but I personally think it should get a lot more. Pride of authorship, I'm sure, egotistically suggests to me this is a more important point than it might otherwise seem to me -- yet I cannot help but think that if the left wants to talk about the "tone" of discussion and the "hot words" used in politics, then we should in fact have a very serious conversation about all the actual, palpable venomous hatred the left stirs up daily in claiming that, for example, Amy Schumer is responsible for the Charleston terrorist attack because years ago she told a couple of jokes about Mexicans.

Either we can and should take one man's outrages and blame an entire race or religion for them or we ought not to.

The Racist Left, however, has played this game for years, speaking of whites and Christians as if they were actual demons on earth deserving of extirpation, all the time piously "calling out," mob attacking, and firing anyone who said anything untoward about any other group.

So I ask again:

Is the white race alone among races, and the Christian religion alone among religions, uniquely prone to "backlash" type attacks on innocent people?

And if the Left's answer is yes -- and indeed, their answer is in fact yes; they just don't say this aloud very often-- they they should be called to account and defend their obvious racism and Christophobia.


Posted by Ace at 03:32 PM Comments

So Why Isn't Hillary's "Republicans Are Like ISIS" Statement Getting More Play in the Media?

—Ace

AllahPundit wonders about this. The Free Beacon wondered first.

I'ma blow your mind: Two cheers for the media for not making a big deal about this.

Why?

Because this is just Hillary attempting to use Obama's cynical "Stray Voltage" tactic.

Major Garret exposed this two years ago.

Whenever the White House is in trouble -- which is almost always, because they're socialist and hence incompetent -- they drop a rhetorical stinkbomb on the nation, a statement calculated to be trollish, controversial, enraging, and false.

They deliberately said false things about the women's pay gap, for example.

Why? Specifically to draw attention to the statement itself, which, while it may be a negative (in as much as Obama is lying as usual), is a sort of manageable, normal, routine-business sort of negative. Politicians argue about their claims all the time; they also frequently lie. Thus, to be in that particular fight was no big deal for Obama, because he's used to that, and while there may be a downside, it's just normal wear-and-tear downside, not major damage.

Keep in mind: While the public might be getting curious about Obama's ineptitude on the VA, or Healthcare.gov, or ISIS, or his thousand other failures, that is "stray voltage," flowing possible excitement of the national media mind, which could in fact damage him badly, should the circuits complete. That sort of electricity could electrocute him.

Major Garrett:

A top White House adviser told me last week's pay gap dust up was a "perfect" example of stray voltage. This time it was premeditated.

...

Obama's team expected, invited, and, to a certain degree, relished last week's hubbub. That's stray voltage in action.

Or inaction.

As a theory, "stray voltage" exists in a kind of strategic void. It can't be dismissed or embraced as workable because creating controversy for the sake of controversy is, well, achievable. Like getting soup from the White House mess. It's also self-reinforcing and internally didactic. Everyone looks around and says, "See. There's controversy. It's working."

So this is why Hillary Clinton dropped her hot, wet turd on the country: to get us talking about this "outrage" instead of the fact that she is very close to having her security clearance revoked by the Intelligence Community, and even being prosecuted by the FBI.

She wants us talking about this, rather than that.

Hey, Hillary, you know who's a lot like ISIS?

You are. Because the FBI's counter-intelligence task force is investigating both of you, and your affiliated minions.

Posted by Ace at 01:41 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


John Singer Sargent, "Poppies" (1886)

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TGIF Open Thread

—BenK

Busy morning. Leave your positive comments here.

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Morning Thread (8-28-2015)

—Andy

Happy Friday.

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Overnight Open Thread (8-27-2015)

—Maetenloch

The Saddest Comment Ever

i gotta tell you, sometimes I post my actual thoughts on twitter because I'm sick of being attacked in the comments for them.

on twitter, I can block people.

so... yeah, bad commenters drive out good ones. Every site in the world discovers this; the Wild West model is always proven to fail. Always.

Posted by: ace at August 26, 2015 09:33 PM (dciA+)

Follow-up to the Saddest Comment Ever

585 The "abuse' Model of "argument" is not an attempt at discussion, but of shutting discussion down.

The goal is to make it socially painful to express a non-approved idea; some of the Trump supporters are trying to do just this, to make it socially painful to express an anti-trump sentiment here, by pouring abuse on whoever speaks one, thus making him keep silent, as well as any other people who witness it.

Well, it worked too well, to the point where I discovered I was saying things ON TWITTER I was too dissuaded to say ON MY OWN FUCKING BLOG.

Then one day I woke up and said "WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BULLSHIT?" and like that, I decided I would force the migration in the other direction.

Spirited debate is fine; so is supporting Trump. I half support him myself. (You might not know that, because I keep trump commentary to twitter, because i've learned I cant' talk about trump on my own blog.)

But this idea that we are going to BULLY AND HECTOR PEOPLE INTO SILENCE is not a form of debate; it is the fascist's idea of stifling debate.

It will no longer be tolerated. And I don't just mean the Trump people (though they were the straw that broke this camel's back); I mean the trump-baiters, too.

Anyone who takes someething to a personal place that doesn't need to be in a personal place.

Posted by: ace at August 26, 2015 09:52 PM (dciA+)

It's a very sad day when a man can't post his own thoughts on his own goddamn blog without being personally abused and insulted by his so-called fans.

Frankly the Trump thread on Tuesday was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. If this blog were a bar, I wouldn't want to hang out in it because of the ugly crowd it's attracted. After browsing through all the vitriol in the comments I told Ace that I didn't like this place any more and wasn't sure I wanted to post here any longer. It's been taken over by the raging nasties who take everything personally and feel that their anger at...well everything gives them a license to asshole. Note: It doesn't. Well at least not here.

And if I'm feeling this way - and Ace as well apparently - then there are probably dozens, even hundreds of others who feel the same way but have just walked away from the blog entirely. That's the silent insidious damage that this kind of atmosphere does. Not only does it devolve all discussions to insults and attacks but it quietly drives away the good commenters who have the most to offer. This is how online communities eventually wither and die.

Now some of this behavior is due to the very human tendency to take out your anger on a person of convenience rather than the actual, deserving target - especially when there's so much free-floating and well earned anger around. This is why people often end up being the nastiest to the loving people around them since a) they're close at hand and that's so much easier than having to track down the real target b) it feels so good to rage at and insult someone - anyone - even if they had nothing to do with the cause of the rage and c) deep down the ragers know that their chosen targets will take it without any real consequences. The fact that this kind of anger displacement is so easy, satisfying, and mostly cost-free is why it's such a common human failing. And when there's no cost at all you get the cesspool of internet comment sections.

Then you have the trolls and assholes (trassholes? asstrolls?). But calling them that is really glossing over some of the nuances of their behavior. Because a good percentage of the people most angry and unhappy about politics are in fact just angry and unhappy people in general. And 'politics' becomes a safe, more socially acceptable way to vent and act out all these pent-up feelings.

As Ace has pointed out before a whole lot of what would be considered disturbed, even somewhat crazy behavior in other areas of life suddenly gets a pass when it's presented as 'political' passion. So a lot of psychological energy in these types of people gets dressed up as 'politics' since that's more socially tolerated and you can get away with a lot of shit that would get you tossed or beaten/arrested elsewhere. But being an asshole because 'you just love america so much and hate what they have to done to it' still means that you're being an asshole - albeit with above average rationalization abilities.

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Anyway whatever the reasons these vitriolic and personal attacks are ending.

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Tropical Storm Erika (tmi3rd) 8/27/15

—Open Blogger

Hello from the AoSHQ Weather Desk, Morons and Moronettes. Though Erika isn't likely to become a major hurricane, it's still likely at this point to strike the continental United States as a hurricane, and that merits a post from us.

If you're along the Atlantic coast of Florida, it's a good bet that you're going to see at least tropical storm conditions (high winds, high surf, torrential rain, and perhaps a weak tornado here or there) starting Sunday into Monday, and if you're along the Georgia, South Carolina, or North Carolina coast, it's time to make sure you've got your hurricane gear ready to go *if* it comes your way.

If you're along the Gulf Coast, wait until it turns north before you start letting your guard down.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 09:16 PM Comments

NYTs Asks 75 High Ranking Democratic Insiders About Hillary; They're Officially Getting Ready to Dump Grandmonster Hillary

—Ace

Well I don't know about that but they are actually panicky.

Even ultra-spinning in-the-bag hack Greg Sargent at the Washington Post's Plum Line (note that no conservatives get their own political column) admitted that this makes it official: The Democrats are actually panicking.

Biden is now the guy they have their hopes pinned on.

If you can believe that.

Open Thread.

You all be nice to each other! Lot of people seem to really dig the friendlier, less angry vibe; let's keep that going and see how it all shakes out.

Posted by Ace at 06:41 PM Comments

CNN Commentator: I Believe The WDBJ Assassin

—Ace

She says he was mentally ill, and he says he was victimized -- so she has no reason to doubt him.


Personally, I sort of doubt spree killers who are mentally ill, but Sally Kohn sees no reason to doubt this guy. He was #Black, and #OnlyBlackLivesMatter.

Posted by Ace at 06:18 PM Comments

Failure Theater, Act V, scene iii: Bob Corker Announces It's "Unlikely" GOP Can Stop Iran Deal

—Ace

Well slap my face with a fish and call me Swedish.

Oh you think the Dems will have the votes to block the GOP's override of Obama's veto?

Ha-ha, you're so yesterday, Squares. Obama won't even have to veto it, because the Stick Together On Every Vote Democrats will have enough votes to even filibuster the GOP's vote against it.

Oh well, we tried! Guess you'll just have to vote for us harder and send us more campaign donations!


Bravo! Bravo!
Author! Author!

Posted by Ace at 04:22 PM Comments

John Boehner, at Fundraiser (of Course): Ted Cruz is a "Jackass"

—Ace

Whatever we do, guys, we have to make sure this guy stays in the Speaker's chair. There's just no one else who can give us this Boehner-level of excellence in leadership and results.

What would we do without such a Giant in the speaker's chair? A political culture produces such an ubermensch but once ever 60 or 80 years. We'd be insane to demote him in favor of any other Republican.

Sorry, I Baited: I actually was attempting to bait the Establishment people on Twitter who got a bit sneery about demoting Boehner last time, and was not thinking of anyone on this site.

However, there are what I'd call "Establishment Types" on the site here, and they could, very reasonably, take this post as insulting towards themselves (and thus inviting an insult in return).

And being worried about being banned, they then might not take the legitimate opportunity to insult me back, given that I could just be a dick and ban them.

Which is a totally unfair situation -- I insult you, then you have to hold your own fire for fear of what I might do if you insult me back.

So I have removed the personally-baiting part of this post, and I apologize for that.

I'm just getting used to the new rules myself; there is going to be a period of adjustment.

Sorry if I insulted you. I can only say I actually didn't intend to insult anyone here, but rather some people on Twitter, but you'd be perfectly right to take it as an insult against you if you supported Boehner in January.

I apologize, and will be on the look-out for my own baiting statements.


Posted by Ace at 02:29 PM Comments

Update: Pentagon IG Has Launched Investigation Into Charges That Intel Analysts Were Pressured to Make Obama's Phony War on ISIS Appear More Winning Than It Actually Is

—Ace

Pardon me, I'm a couple of days behind this story -- not only was that Daily Beat article from yesterday, but the allegations were enough to spur the announcement of an IG probe yesterday, too.

Sorry, I missed this story. (Well, I had it open in my thousand tabs and then lost it.)

The New York Times reports:

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry.

The investigation began after at least one civilian Defense Intelligence Agency analyst told the authorities that he had evidence that officials at United States Central Command -- the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State -- were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers, including President Obama, the government officials said.

Fuller details of the claims were not available, including when the assessments were said to have been altered and who at Central Command, or Centcom, the analyst said was responsible. The officials, speaking only on the condition of anonymity about classified matters, said that the recently opened investigation focused on whether military officials had changed the conclusions of draft intelligence assessments during a review process and then passed them on.

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Legitimate differences of opinion are common and encouraged among national security officials, so the inspector general's investigation is an unusual move and suggests that the allegations go beyond typical intelligence disputes. Government rules state that intelligence assessments "must not be distorted" by agency agendas or policy views. Analysts are required to cite the sources that back up their conclusions and to acknowledge differing viewpoints.

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Some senior American officials in recent weeks have provided largely positive public assessments about the progress of the military campaign against the Islamic State....

But recent intelligence assessments, including some by Defense Intelligence Agency, paint a sober picture about how little the Islamic State has been weakened over the past year....

The New York Times suggests (without saying so) that all of this, to the extent there may be a "this" there at all, is due to the military brass having an vested interest in portraying themselves as more effective than they are -- lying to poor abused Obama, that is, to make themselves look good.

I have rather different suspicions myself. I suspect that Obama's people are in fact the ones putting pressure on the brass, who in turn put pressure on the analysts, to report back to him that which he hath decreed must be the reality we believe in, so he can disseminate his faked up version of reality to Congress and the American public generally.

But I guess we'll just have to see.

Scandal-free administration, boys. Scandal-free.

Posted by Ace at 01:28 PM Comments

Shocker: Intelligence Analysts Say They Were Pressured to Downplay ISIS' Strength and Overstate Obama's Effectiveness Against Them

—Ace

Anyone surprised?

They're the JV, you know. Obama said so. Now re-write your report to make them the JV.

Scandal-free administration, You Guys. Scandal-free.

Shane Harris and Nancy A. Yousef:

U.S. intelligence analysts keep saying that the American-led campaign against ISIS isn’t going so well. Their bosses keep telling them to think again about those conclusions.

Senior military and intelligence officials have inappropriately pressured U.S. terrorism analysts to alter their assessments about the strength of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, three sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast. Analysts have been pushed to portray the group as weaker than the analysts believe it actually is, according to these sources, and to paint an overly rosy picture about how well the U.S.-led effort to defeat the group is going.

Reports that have been deemed too pessimistic about the efficacy of the American-led campaign, or that have questioned whether a U.S.-trained Iraqi military can ultimately defeat ISIS, have been sent back down through the chain of command or haven’t been shared with senior policymakers, several analysts alleged.

In other instances, authors of such reports said they understood that their conclusions should fall within a certain spectrum. As a result, they self-censored their own views, they said, because they felt pressure to not reach conclusions far outside what those above them apparently believed.

"The phrase I use is the politicization of the intelligence community,”"retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told The Daily Beast...

It's truly incredible, and of course the major media aren't interested.

A president's minions direct their analysts to lie for political advantage, corrupting some of the most important machinery of United States security, intelligence.

But the media's okay with this -- their preferred story is also "Obama Triumphs." So they work hand in glove with him.

Posted by Ace at 12:43 PM Comments

Glenn Reynolds: It's Little Reported in the US, But Liberal Enlightened Europe Is Talking About Walls and Immigrant Crackdowns, Too

—Ace

The US media doesn't want to talk about any of this though, both because it is in ideological solidarity with the open borders movement, and is embarrassingly parochial anyway.

Europe's immigration drama has nothing to do with Donald Trump: Glenn Reynolds


Hundreds of thousands of migrants challenge EU's liberal stance on open borders.

From following the news, you'd think that immigration was strictly a U.S. problem, one brought to the fore by Donald Trump. But although Trump has certainly moved the debate to a new level here at home, other parts of the world are facing an immigration crisis that is, if anything, worse. And there are lessons in that.

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Meanwhile, as Americans talk of a border fence, Bulgaria is building one, with razor wire and steel 12 feet high. And Slovakia is flat-out refusing to accept Muslim migrants, viewing them as dangerous and destabilizing. Migrants have massed at the Macedonian border and are creating tensions between Serbia and Hungary. Hungary is building a fence too. Norwegian politicians are suggesting that Norway should do something similar to Australia, which is sending unwelcome refugees to New Guinea or to prison....

So it's not just Trump. America, like the rest of the world, will have to decide what it wants to do about the fact that more people want to live here than we can accept. It is simple political reality that the problem can’t be ignored forever.

In Clueless, Alicia Silverstone fakes her way through a debate assignment on immigration by just making up some happy-sounding nonsense about there not being any RSVP required at Party USA.


That's pretty much exactly what the political and economic masters of this country are doing -- burbling Alicia Silverstone's happy-talk nonsense, hoping no one notices it doesn't make sense.

Posted by Ace at 11:37 AM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


John Singer Sargent, "Green Shutters" (c. 1909)

Posted by rdbrewer at 09:34 AM Comments

Morning Thread (8-27-2015)

—Andy

Good morning to the unbanned.

Posted by Andy at 07:14 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (8-26-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

But the more we learn about the farcical nature of this deal, the more Israel's calculus may tilt in favor of an Israeli attack - if not in 2015 or 2016, then in 2017 when Obama is no longer president. After all, the hell Israel would pay if it attacks Iran must be weighed against the threat of a nuclear Iran. Barak's account, if accurate, adds plausibility to the view that Israel sees the latter as more hellacious.

In a very real sense, then, the key people evaluating Obama's deal aren't U.S. Senators and Representatives, but rather Israeli generals, intelligence chiefs, and ministers. They are the ones who, effectively, can nullify the deal.

It seems to be that with every revelation of a major Obama/IAEA concession to the mullahs, the prospect that Israel will exercise its veto increases.

-- Paul Mirengoff

And this article by John Bosma makes the case that if Israel does attack Iran, it will very likely have to use low-yield nukes to be sure of taking out Iran's nuclear facilities.

Quote of the Day II

REPORTER: And anything you wish - I'm sorry - that you had not done or that you'd done differently?

JIMMY CARTER: I wish I'd sent one more helicopter to get the hostages and we would have rescued them and I would have been re-elected.

But Neo-neocon rebuts Carters regrets and shows that the botched rescue (and even the entire crisis) were the results of multiple sequential bad decisions by Jimmy Carter.

Given that the shah's occasionally violent riot control during the revolution was now Exhibit A in Iran's human-rights case against the former regime and America, Carter wanted to avoid killing Iranians, so he had insisted that if a hostile crowd formed during the raid, Delta should attempt to control it without shooting people. Burruss considered this ridiculous. He and his men were going to assault a guarded compound in the middle of a city of more than 5 million people, most of them presumed to be aggressively hostile. It was unbelievably risky; everyone on the mission knew there was a very good chance they would not get home alive. Wade Ishmoto, a Delta captain who worked with the unit's intelligence division, had joked, 'The only difference between this and the Alamo is that Davy Crockett didn't have to fight his way in.'"
Even after it became known that the Shah was suffering from cancer, President Carter was reluctant to allow him entry to the United States, for fear of reprisal against Americans still in Iran. But in October, when the severity of the Shah's illness became known, Carter relented on humanitarian grounds. "He went around the room, and most of us said, 'Let him in.'" recalls Vice President Walter Mondale. "And he said, 'And if [the Iranians] take our employees in our embassy hostage, then what would be your advice?' And the room just fell dead. No one had an answer to that. Turns out, we never did...".

Should the Government Decide Which Political Positions Disqualify One from Dispensing Chicken?

And the Denver city council says YES!

Chick-fil-A's reputation as an opponent of same-sex marriage has imperiled the fast-food chain's potential return to Denver International Airport, with several City Council members this week passionately questioning a proposed concession agreement. .

Lopez compared Chick-fil-A's past politics to divisive remarks made this year by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about immigration and other issues, saying: "I would throw up in my mouth a little bit if we did business with Trump."

Kniech, Lopez and other members said DIA's reputation was at stake, although airport officials view the concession as a big potential money-maker.

Obamacare's Implicit $1,200/Year 'Wife Tax'

Daddy Government is your life-partner now.

De Blasio Proposes Tearing Up Times Square To Deal With the Boobies Problem

9/11 'Dust Lady' Dies of Cancer at 42

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Oh and just a reminder of our new old commenting policy:

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Posted by Maetenloch at 11:24 PM Comments

New Banning Policy

—Ace

I will be banning people a lot, going forward.

Here is the sort of comment that is no longer allowed: An insult lodged out of the blue at a commenter, a coblogger, or myself, based on nothing except political disagreement with something that person said.

The proper response to an argument or statement you don't like is a counter-argument or correction -- not a personalized attack.

Criticism is fine, but note that in criticism, ideas are discredited, not the person offering the idea.

Some people seem incapable of doing that, or too lazy or ill-informed to try, so they launch into the personal attack pre-emptively.

In some cases, there is what I would call an "organic" fight, where two people get into it little by little, each gradually getting meaner and meaner.

This will not be cause for banning, but just for a caution to take it down a notch.

Unless someone jumps way, way up without provocation. That will be taken as an out-of-the-blue insult, and reason for banning.

This is largely a problem of n00bs who warp in because they see us linked somewhere; but I'm announcing the policy to them anyway, so they won't whine when they're permabanned.

In addition, there are some assholes here who are incapable of having anything resembling a civil discussion; any disagreement is quickly met with the only argument they know: "Well you suck."

I have let the assholes fester here far too long; I intend to make up for lost time with rapid-fire serial banning.

I am tired of being afraid to speak my piece on my own website for fear of the drive-by assholes attacking me out of the blue; I imagine many of you are as well.

This was once a place for actual discussion; it will be again.

And I will ban those assholes who are incapable of behaving like elevated, educated, thinking people.

You're too "angry" to discuss things? Don't give a fuck; not my problem. You're banned.

You super-like Trump and you just can't abide someone who has a less enthusiastic opinion than you? Don't give a fuck; not my problem. You're banned.

You're super anti-Trump and need to shower the Trump people with all your frustrations that he's winning in the polls? Don't give a fuck; not my problem. You're banned.

The assholes will be banned in short order. There will not be argument about this.

I know for many low-functioning individuals, simply attacking people for something you disagree with is a political argument; some low-thinking, low-character people have never actually had a real discussion, and actually are so ignorant as to think a personal ad hominem, dropped on a stranger out of the blue, is an "argument."

Well, I don't have time to educate you; your daddy should have done that. Take it up with his wayward ignorant ass.

Your problems are your problems, and your problems alone; your emotional problems and angry outbursts will no longer be acceptable blog fodder here.

If this blog is too fast for you -- if people making arguments you might disagree with is just too painful for your mind to take -- well, there's lots of other blogs on the web; I suggest you try one that's more your speed.

We here are pretty good commenters, and pretty good at discussion and at repartee; we're not going to be dragged down to a sub-moron level simply because that's the only level at which a sub-moron feels he can participate in a Real Life Political Discussion.

These are the rules, and they will be enforced. Adjust your behavior accordingly.


Posted by Ace at 08:45 PM Comments

More Jeb/Trump:
Jeb, Hey, How About Free College Tuition?!
Trump: I'd Like to Raise Taxes on Rich People Like Myself

—Ace

Jeb's just lighting up the pinball machine today.

However, Trump signaled the other day that he's going to be releasing his own plan on college financing in four weeks, I think he said. Given that Trump seems to be a... how do I put this... Democrat, I expect him to offer up some Free Shit to people too.

But we don't know that yet. What we know, at this moment, is that Jeb has embraced what I call "The Heart of Jeb-ness."

Jeb Bush has a fantastically awful idea when it comes to college education. He thinks community college students should get "free" tuition for two years. If that's sounds familiar, it's because it’s the exact same thing President Barack Obama proposed in January. Which shows how completely hypocritical Bush is because he came out against Obama’s plan in January.

Oh, but Bush’s plan gets even more #headdesk inducing. He wants universities to PAY BACK students who don't graduate in four years.

If kids can't graduate with a four-year degree in four years, there ought to be some payback to their families or to them, or their got to be some support for the loans they’ve taken out.

This is so fiscally irresponsible and reprehensible, it's not even funny.

Yes, let's subsidize failure and irresponsibility with more billions and billions of taxpayer dollars. We're not incentivizing failure and irresponsibility enough in this society.

If a kid literally wants to take a two year retirement at age 18 and just PARTY HIS FACE OFF for two very expensive college years, we should totally pay for that for him.

In Fairness: Stephen Price Blair suspects Jeb is garbling, in a Jebbish way, a more defensible policy:

This sounds like Jeb heard about the *good* idea of making colleges partially responsible for student loans, and just couldn't wrap his head around it.

That is, put colleges on the hook for non-graduating students and their unpaid loans, so they are incentivized to only enroll students who actually want to learn, and aren't merely diploma-mills-without-the-actual diplomas.

I imagine this part he'll clarify tomorrow.

Still -big huge new entitlement on those first two years of college, huh? Nothin' like asking a truck driver to pay for the college education of the son of a dentist.

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Somewhat less egregious, but still troubling, is Doctor Populist himself offering up tax increases on the rich.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump began to flesh out his economic vision for America, and it includes raising taxes on the wealthy....

"I would change it. I would simplify it," Trump told hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann from the lobby of Trump Tower on New York's 5th Ave. Specifically, Trump targeted hedge fund profits, which are currently taxed at a lower rate than regular income. ....

"I would take carried interest out, and I would let people making hundreds of millions of dollars-a-year pay some tax, because right now they are paying very little tax and I think it's outrageous," Trump said. "I want to lower taxes for the middle class."

Asked whether his proposed changes meant he was prepared to raise taxes on himself, the billionaire framed his answer in terms of fairness.

"That's right. That's right. I'm OK with it. You've seen my statements, I do very well, I don't mind paying some taxes. The middle class is getting clobbered in this country. You know the middle class built this country, not the hedge fund guys, but I know people in hedge funds that pay almost nothing and it's ridiculous, OK?"

Eh. Make up your own minds. Personally, I have been extremely angry at the Donor Class for beating the shit out of the grassroots with every dime they have, completely spurning the concept of an alliance -- in which I agree to adopt some of your agenda, and you agree in turn to adopt some of mine -- to pursue a wholly mercenary agenda that serves themselves exclusively, destroying grassroots challengers at every opportunity.

Personally, I will not weep if the Donor Class takes a haircut. That might remind them next time that we in the grassroots only agree to their agenda to the exact extent they agree to ours.

I know that's not a popular sentiment -- especially with really good conservatives who aren't to blame for the current state of affairs -- but it's what I feel.

I feel badly used in this "alliance." I feel like a booty call for the Donor Class, and I would not mind them learning a lesson about what happens to political turncoats.

Plus, frankly, the super-rich are by and large liberal, except for their resistance to taxes on themselves, so the hell with them. Since they want to enact most of the Democrats' agenda, they can get their protection from tax hikes from the Democrats, too. One-stop shopping, boys. Enjoy!

However, people need to understand you're getting a different kind of Republican with Trump, and by a "different kind of Republican," I mean a Democrat who wants to restrict immigration.

Yes, I do think he will have cross-over appeal to downscale Democrats. But he will have this appeal not for the reasons Reagan did -- Reagan pitched a conservative philosophy -- but for the reasons the typical Democrat can reach Democrat voters, that is, because he's pitching Democracy policy goals.

If we're cool with that, fine, but we better make sure we're cool with that.

There may be some good political and strategic reasons to do this, but we just spent 7 years tearing our hair out over a guy determined to expand the welfare state at any cost; you all better be chill with the idea of having a president from your own party pushing to expand it.

Because it's Popular, and you can't spell popular without Populist. Well, at least you need a lot of the same letters.

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio says that Trump won't be president because we're not an angry nation, which is just so adorable.

Posted by Ace at 07:24 PM Comments

Jeb Bush: Please Don't Vote For Me

—Ace

So, yeah.

Jeb Bush says that Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who was escorted out of a press conference held by Donald Trump on Tuesday night, should have been "treated with a little more respect."

"I think people with the press ought to be treated with a little more respect and dignity," he told reporters.

Meanwhile, Mark Haperin asks Trump about... religion.

As you could guess, this goes not so well. It's not terrific, as Trump would say.


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Posted by Ace at 06:02 PM Comments

In Gravis/OANN Poll, Trump Hits... 40% Among Republicans

—Ace

Before getting to that, this AllahPundit piece examines a claimed NYMag report that Roger Ailes now wants to take Trump out of the race; the claim is that Ailes says Trump is flatly unelectable, and Ailes views it as his mission to "save the country" (from a Democrat President, I guess).

This piece by very liberal but also pretty darn sharp Damon Linker is very good indeed.

How America's Political and Economic Elite Gave Birth to the Trump Campaign

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Anti-immigrant sentiment has been on the rise (in intensity if not always in sheer numbers) throughout the Western world in recent years. The severe economic downturn that began in 2008 and the painfully slow recovery that followed has no doubt helped to fuel it. But so has a visceral frustration at what many believe to be a failure of representative institutions to respond to popular discontent about the changing ethnic and economic character of Western nation states over the past several decades.

These institutions have been sluggish to respond to this discontent because two (sometimes overlapping) factions of our political and economic elite strongly support high levels of immigration -- or at least oppose doing very much to stop it.

One of the factions -- the business class and its neoliberal champions in government, think tanks, and NGOs -- believes in a free-flowing international labor market that treats borders as superfluous.

The other faction -- liberal lawyers, activists, intellectuals, journalists, academics, members of the clergy, and (once again) NGO staffers — has a deep-seated moral suspicion of nations and political boundaries in general. Why should an American count for more than a Mexican who crosses the border into the United States? Shouldn't a refugee fleeing violence in North Africa enjoy full political rights upon setting foot in the European Union? Don't all human beings deserve to be treated equally under the law? Isn't opposition to such equality an example of bald-faced racism?

Both of these factions make deeply anti-political assumptions, denying the legitimacy of particularistic affiliations and dismissing the intuition that citizenship in a particular political community is a distinction that should not be open to all comers. The first faction denies these fundamentally political distinctions in the name of economic universalism; the second denies them in the name of moral universalism....

Out of fairness, I must stop quoting him there, but I assure you, his subsequent conclusions are just as important. His basic point is that while the public may favor a liberal immigration policy, they have not and probably will not agree to a virtual opens border policy, which is the policy preference of the "political and economic elites," as he calls them.

Anyway, on to the poll.

My one problem here is that this is sponsored by the One America News Network. I don't really know this outfit, other than they hired Sarah Palin.

I have nothing against them, but I also have no track record yielding anything for them, either.

Also, while I've heard of Gravis, that's the extent of my knowledge of them. I've just heard of them.

Oh, I just looked up methodology: It's a real poll (not an internet survey), but it's a robopoll. As I understand it, these are considered less reliable than human-conducted polls. I'm just going to guess here that that's because people feel far more comfortable hanging up on a robot, and therefore the survey becomes more self-selecting than with a human-conducted poll (that is, people who want to be polled stay on the line, skewing the survey towards the most animated people.)

That caveat aside, let the screaming about Trump, pro or con, commence.

There's a chart with all the candidates on it. It's below the fold because it's pretty wide.

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Posted by Ace at 04:59 PM Comments

Backlash: Black Killer of White Reporters Sent Manifesto Declaring that Murders were a Response to Charleston

—Ace

Now, see if you can follow my logic.

The media very softly plays Muslim terrorism stories. Why? Well, they always say they want to avoid "backlash" -- something which has been aggressively warned against 100,000 times for all three times it's actually happened.

The idea is that if you play up the sensational angles of a Muslim terrorism story, you will gin up people's natural tribal allegiances and natural tribal hatreds, and they will take out those natural tribal hatreds on completely-innocent Muslims.

That is, you can easily kindle racial -- or if race is not the right word, tribal -- hatred by giving sensationalistic coverage to murders which involve a member of one tribe butchering members of another.

That's the theory. That's why the media is always very "cautious" -- by their own statement; they say "we're being very cautious here" -- to not speculate that a killer might be a Muslim.

Is that theory right? Well, backlash doesn't happen that often, but I suppose there's absolutely nothing wrong with being cautious in one's reportage of an outrage committed by a member of one tribe against another.

History has shown that that can ignite fires in people's hearts -- very ugly fires.

No one can doubt that when one tribe agitates to start oppressing or actually butchering another tribe, they routinely start tallying up the List of Sins supposedly committed by members of the tribe being targeted for oppression or extinction.

If the Targeted Race hasn't committed enough real outrages, you then invent some (Hey, they're using our babies' blood to make bread, the bastards!).

So I can kind of understand the media's caution here, even if I think they take it to silly places sometimes.

Sure, if you get too sensationalistic, and make this too much into a story of CHRISTIANS MURDERED BY MURDEROUS MUSLIMS, you can inspire some less-mentally well Christians to maybe go on a personal Crusade.

Which is why I'm a bit astonished that the media offers no cautiousness whatsoever in reporting white murders of black people. In those cases, they don't seem concerned about igniting ugly fires in the hearts of a less-mentally stable black person -- in those cases, they seem to take the position of, 'Whatever might wind up happening to white people because of this, so what, they kinda had it coming."

I'm a bit mystified here -- while I can accept the idea of "backlash" and I can further accept the media's extreme trepidation in reporting Muslim on non-Muslim crimes, I cannot accept the media then taking the position that they can gin up as much hatred of white people as Ratings May Demand without any need for similar cautiousness.

But that is the position they take.

Now, Charleston was a serious crime which would be an emotionally igniting thing whatever the media's reaction to it was.

But I do note, with some degree of rage, that the media throws out its vaunted "caution/backlash" template when it comes to white people -- whose lives, it seem, actually don't fucking matter.

So here's the manifesto, and all this ugly weird crazy troll's various hallucinated grievances against White People, who he's pretty sure have been oppressing his weird crazy troll ass since he first hung his wang in a mesh Speedo.

"Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15..."

"What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them."

...

It is unclear whose initials he is referring to. He continues, “As for Dylann Roof? You (deleted)! You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE ...(deleted)!!!” He said Jehovah spoke to him, telling him to act.


Thanks media! No, I can't pin this on you -- but either the caution and worry for "backlash" is a real thing, or it is not a real thing.

If "backlash" is a real thing -- why do you exhibit no concerns about such backlash when the targets of such backlash will be white?

Do we just not matter as much as other people?

Or are white people, alone in the world, the only race capable of wishing to lash out a innocent third-parties due to anger over some other person killing a member of our tribe?

If you ever believed the latter, Christopher Dorn's rage-murders should have already disabused you of that racist conception; and now "Bryce Williams'" rage-backlash killings should certainly so disabuse you.

But you'll keep on doing the same thing, won't you?

You will continue being sober and cautious when a killer turns out to be non-white -- and absolutely gleeful when he turns out to be white, because that's the only color of True Evil in the media's eternal Narrative.

The Narrative never changes; the Narrative can never change. Only the names, dates, and places change daily, but the Narrative remains pure and inalterable like Polaris.

This Part of the Game I Can Cleanly Blame on the Media: When the killer is Muslim, the media tries its hardest to not connect that killer to any other Muslim, or even the Islamist ideology. They want to draw as narrow a circle as possible around the killer, including no other people, so that a hypothetical half-crazy would-be Crusader won't think "I'll get my vengeance by killing one his compatriots."

But when the killer is white, they expand that circle as wide as possible to indict all of white society. In the Charleston shooting, they blamed the Confederate flag and all the white people who admired that flag.

The Washington Post even went as far as blaming the Charleston shooting on a couple of minor jokes about Mexicans (not blacks) told by Amy Schumer.

The Confederate flag, South Carolinans who voted to keep the flag, Amy Schumer, the NRA, the GOP... the circle of responsibility was not just permitted to grow -- it was deliberately expanded by the media and the "experts" it lets past its gates.

Would the media ever do that with Muslims? Would they start making random tendentious connections between a Muslim killer and all other Muslims, or a Muslim stage performer? Would the media blame CAIR?

No, they would not.

But they routinely do that when the killer is white -- they go searching for the "root causes," and the root causes they're interested in are not specific to the killer; they find the sins to dwell within the hearts of all white people.

When a Muslim commits a terrorist act, that's just a lone wolf. But when Dylan Roof goes on a murder rampage, that is a sin that has been encouraged by, and is the direct responsibility of, every white person who is not himself an ultra-orthodox intersectionalist progressive.

So why shouldn't Bryce Williams take the media at its word and decide that Charleston is the responsibility of every white person he takes a disliking to?

Oh and By the Way: This racist was a "grievance collector," as commenters report an FBI profiler called him on TV. He was, get this, a loser, and he filed complaint after complaint blaming other people for his inability to hold a steady job or not piss off everyone who met him.

It was always "racism" that was causing his problems.

Some might say it was because he was a crazy asshole, a fact proven by his cowardly choice to shoot a man and two women in the back; but on Twitter, alas, I see some people taking his side, claiming he was "driven" to this or whatever, and how sad that is.

Which dovetails with the point I was making earlier in the post. The media would not permit any suggestion that perhaps Dylan Roof had a point (and they would be right to dismiss any such horrifying suggestion), but when it comes to non-white murderers, suddenly the media is on a hunt to discover What White People Might Have Done to Provoke This.

Who knows, perhaps the duo who wrote that article for the Washington Post will tell us that Bryce Williams, like Dylan Roof, was driven to murder due to Amy Schumer's "racist jokes."

Posted by Ace at 03:17 PM Comments

Hulu Web Comedy Series Features Character Who Writes Edgy Joke on Twitter and Gets Social Media Blowback; Show Actually Getting Real Social Media Blowback for Entirely Fictitious Joke, Which Was Presented as Being Over-the-Line

—Ace

Okay, sorry about that last post, which is such a huge screw up that I can do nothing more than apologize abjectly on behalf of @comradearthur and pray you forgive him his exclusive responsibility for the mess he's gotten us all in.

If he were here to defend himself, I'm sure he'd be the first to blame himself. Well, actually, he'd be the second.

But via Mary Katharine Ham, rounding up the new outrages of the day (Oh no -- someone's going to play dress-up as Caitlyn Jenner, who isn't actually Caitlyn Jenner), she drops this amazing story of how loathsomely stupid our society is:

A tasteless joke by an inept comic in Amy Poehler's Hulu series -- a joke designed to demonstrate the character's incompetence -- instead has redounded against Poehler, and brought out the Twitter tomato-tossers.

This is complicated, so pay attention: Poehler has a new series on Hulu called Difficult People, which has gotten some good reviews...

The main character, played by a Julie Klausner (Poehler produces but does not appear in the show), writes a twitter joke about how she can't wait until "Blue Ivy" (Beyonce's kid) grows up to be old enough to be peed on by R. Kelly (a rapper who got arrested due to his enjoyment of urinating on underage girls).

The joke is not presented as funny in the show -- no one but the Klausner character thinks it's funny -- and she catches grief for it on Twitter. Her boyfriend or husband (not clear) gives her only an awkward silence as she tells the joke.

But, America now having a lower rationality level than primitive people who are still burning "witches" at the stake, of course morons have to attack the show and Poehler for the joke.

Here now the new Scholars of America:


Shut the f*** up, Dummies.

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Trump: I’m winning because Americans are 'tired of being the patsies'
"Trump argued he is surging in national polls because he represents the Tea Party supporters ignored by Democrats and betrayed by Republicans. ¶ 'I love the Tea Party,' Trump said. 'You people have not been treated fairly. These are people who work hard and love their country, and then get beat up by the media. It’s disgusting.'" Check out the video. [rdbrewer]
Found on Zillow, this magnificent 16 bd, 35 ba, 55,000 sq ft residence is a showstopper. It's valued at $388M but is firmly ensconced in the "Make me sell" category which, frankly, is shocking, because I'd swear it's been bought and sold a number of times. - NDH

Julius Krein, Weekly Standard: Traitor to His Class: Nothing is more terrifying to the elite than Trump’s embrace of a tangible American nationalism
"What Trump offers is permission to conceive of an American interest as a national interest separate from the 'international community' and permission to wish to see that interest triumph. What makes him popular on immigration is not how extreme his policies are, but the emphasis he puts on the interests of Americans rather than everyone else." Large pic of the Trump wigs. [rdbrewer]
Ever wonder what happens when 2000 rounds of AK ammo are burned in an enclosed space? [dri]
Fogotten 70's Mystery Click
Harry Nilsson, "Jump Into the Fire." Come for the bass riffs. Stay for the drum solo. [rdbrewer]

BI: Boeing: Don't worry about China's economy — they're going to buy nearly $1 trillion worth of planes [rdbrewer]

BI: The heroin crisis is so bad in one US county that there were 16 overdoses in one day
"Washington county is nestled on the southwestern edge of Pennsylvania, bordering West Virginia." Tangentially related: Why don't they make heroin the drug used at executions? [rdbrewer]


Jonathan Foreman, Commentary: The Timothy Hunt Witch Hunt
"The Timothy Hunt affair represents more than the gratuitous eye-blink ruination of a great man’s reputation and career. It demonstrates the danger of the extraordinary, almost worshipful deference that academia, government institutions, and above all the mainstream media now accord to social media. It is yet more evidence of the way moral panic and (virtual) mob rule...." Via @Popehat. [rdbrewer]


Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney: Restoring American Exceptionalism: President Obama has dangerously surrendered the nation’s global leadership, but it can be ours again—if we choose his successor wisely
"President Obama has departed from this 75-year, largely bipartisan tradition of ensuring America’s pre-eminence and strength. ¶ He has abandoned Iraq, leaving a vacuum that is being tragically and ominously filled by our enemies. He is on course to forsake Afghanistan as well. ¶ He has made dangerous cuts to America’s military." Narcissists like Obama think they're geniuses, completely inscrutable to anyone not on their perceived level. The fact is they're more like dogs: once you know one, you know them all. They're utterly predicable: they think they have it all figured out when the reality is nothing of the sort. But you can't tell them anything. Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: 'It is a world of self-delusion': Male and female phone sex workers share intimate details about their jobs and their clients as they pose in their own homes for gritty picture series
Very gritty. Or I'd say gritty-funny. [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: What do you do when you have £6 billion to spend?
Make low-interest loans available to small businesses to both "send the elevator back down," to get people employed, and to revv up the economy? Create a small fleet of 747 flying hospitals that bring doctors, surgeons--including plastic surgeons for kids--supplies and support staff to 3d world areas with few doctors? Nope. "Russian billionaire splashes out on £292 million superyacht he designed himself to enjoy with his supermodel wife." Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]
NY Mag: Ted Cruz Is the Only GOP Candidate Who Knows How to Handle Donald Trump
And from yesterday, Trump and Cruz are teaming up for rally against the Iran deal. :) [rdbrewer]

Forgotten 70's Mystery Click
Alice Cooper, "My Stars" from School's Out. Wonderful long intro to this song. Great piano riffs. Added: How to do some of those piano runs. [rdbrewer]




Walker criticizes Boehner’s slam on Cruz
"Walker said on Friday that such language is counterproductive to GOP interests regardless of who utters it. ¶ 'No, it doesn’t at all, particularly at a time when so many Americans, rightly so, are frustrated that we can’t get things done in Washington,' he said when asked if such language helps the Republican Party." [rdbrewer]


OneMorePost: Unusual Friendship Between Wolf And Bear Documented By Finnish Photographer [rdbrewer]
Sarah Palin: The Media Would Never Ask Religious/Spiritual "Gotcha" Questions of Any Democrat, Like Hillary Clinton
She's completely right, but I think her example of Hillary Clinton is wrong; I think Hillary Clinton is an actual Christian (or she's spent enough time faking it to be smooth in answering). I think Palin was practicing Defensive Pundit Medicine in not naming the person who seems rather unlikely to gush forth with a geysering stream of detailed information about the Christian faith: Barack Obama. Maybe Obama could answer these questions; I do know, however, the media never asked him to.

By the way, has America's Greatest Christian found a new church to attend yet? (Answer: No. The Famously Christian Obama never goes to church, and the media doesn't bother noticing this.)
DeepStuff: New technique could enable design of hybrid glasses and revolutionize gas storage
"The work revolves around a family of compounds called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are cage-like structures consisting of metal ions, linked by organic bonds. Their porous properties have led to proposed application in carbon capture, hydrogen storage and toxic gas separations, due to their ability to selectively adsorb and store pre-selected target molecules...." [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040 as he launches partnership with university
"His current proposal for colonizing Mars involves a concept called 'Cycling Pathways to Occupy Mars' in which missions would be perpetually cycling between Earth and the red planet. ¶ Aldrin's long term plan for colonizing Mars would take intermediary steps, testing out bases on the Moon and stationing astronauts on Mars's larger moon Phobos." [rdbrewer]


Pat Buchanan: America's Racial Wounds Reopen
"The Washington Post headline got it right: 'Gunman's letter frames attack as racial revenge.' ¶ Other news organizations downplayed the racial aspect. But had those murdered journalists been young and black, and their killer a 40-something 'angry white male,' the racial motivation would have been front and center in their stories." [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: The inoffensive everyday phrases used by reporter Alison Parker that earned her a death sentence because Flanagan deemed them 'racist'
Apparently this asshole considered just about everything racist. Like that time someone brought a watermelon to the office party, and not only that... but where they placed it. Free words-o-wisdom: If you're thinking a lot of innocuous things are racist and you get fired a lot, maybe the problem is you're an asshole. [rdbrewer]


Peggy Noonan: America Is So In Play
Via Drudge. "One is the deepening estrangement between the elites and the non-elites in America. This is the area in which Trumpism flourishes. We’ll talk about that deeper in. ¶ Second, Mr. Trump’s support is not limited to Republicans, not by any means. ¶ Third, the traditional mediating or guiding institutions within the Republican universe—its establishment, respected voices in conservative media, sober-minded state party officials—have little to no impact on Mr. Trump’s rise." [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: More than 200 migrants feared dead and 200 rescued as two boats packed with refugees desperate to start a new life in Europe sink off the coast of Libya
Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]


Ann Coulter: The Constitution Still Doesn’t Grant Birthright Citizenship
"An impartial observer might contest whether the amendment is “clear” on that. 'Clear' would be: All persons born in the United States are citizens. ¶ What the amendment actually says is: 'All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.'... ¶ To the contrary, the cases in the first few decades following the adoption of the 14th Amendment leave the strong impression that it had something to do with freed slaves, and freed slaves alone...." Like I've argued in email, why have the clause and subject to the jurisdiction thereof at all if everyone born here is a US citizen. [rdbrewer]


Watchdog: Senior Official Let Household Watch Porn On 7 Government-Owned Computers
"An unnamed high-ranking Department of Commerce official kept at least seven government-issued computers at her home where somebody used the equipment for months to view pornography and web sites featuring racial slurs." Where can I get one of those jobs where I get paid over $100k dollars, including excellent medical and retirement bennies; where I can travel to conferences parties at first-rate hotels several times a year at someone else's expense--travel which includes fat per diem payments--and where I can watch porn all day and not get fired? Oh, and bonuses at the drop of a hat. Cuz I could handle that. [rdbrewer]
Why Bernie Sanders Won't Attack Hillary Clinton
These are his claimed reasons, at least.... a cynic might say his real reason is that he's not actually running for President and just wants to serve as a useful socialist foil for Hillary to play off of in order to depict herself (when needed) as a "centrist"....
Rich Lowry: The Field That Failed
To stop Trump, that is... Lowry looks at a bunch of factors, none of which are insignificant, but somehow dances his way around the most important one: Trump is the only guy expressing a view on illegal immigration shared by a large number of primary voters. The rest of the guys (mostly) are still giving us the "High Tech Virtual Fence" shuck-and-jive... As much as the Establishment screams that Trump is crude, vulgar, and ill-informed (and he is indeed those three things), they fail to acknowledge that lying to voters in a dismissive and condescending fashion is also a kind of crudeness and vulgarity... But I guess they find hoodwinking the Stupid Voters to be "elevated" or something
Video: Large submarine passes close to beach [rdbrewer]

Video: Hillary laughing
Stay with it. It gets funny at the end. [rdbrewer]


Stella Morabito: 10 Key Ways To Break The Mass Delusion Machine
"Thus, power elites can shape behaviors and attitudes by applying various techniques of crowd psychology, focused on propaganda and silencing dissent. ¶ The end product is thought reform or 'collective belief formation.' It’s all about molding your perception of a given issue so your perception will influence others’ perceptions, creating an 'opinion cascade.' Effective propaganda also keeps you in the dark about the fact that you are being manipulated." Her first point: drop political correctness. It's propaganda compliance. [rdbrewer]


Jim Geraghty: New Polling: Biden’s a Stronger Candidate than Hillary
"Remember yesterday’s crazy article, contending Joe Biden would be a tougher opponent for Republicans to beat than Hillary Clinton? Take a look at these new numbers out this morning from Quinnipiac...." [rdbrewer]


Conservative group releases Hillary sting video
"The video was filmed secretly by a Project Veritas operative posing as a Hillary for America volunteer. One campaign official is shown telling volunteers to ask people whether they support Clinton before offering to register them to vote, saying “we don’t want to make our focus — voter registration.” [rdbrewer]
Video: Cats and Dogs Are Excited About Meeting Each Other
Stress reliever. [rdbrewer]

Video: Two adopted foxes and stepmom dog [rdbrewer]

Smithsonian.com: 3D Printing Molten Glass is Beautiful
Like they say, beautiful and mesmerizing. Video. [rdbrewer]


Phys.org: New Hubble image of the Twin Jet Nebula
Just stunning. "The characteristic shape of the wings of the Twin Jet Nebula is most likely caused by the motion of the two central stars around each other. It is believed that a white dwarf orbits its partner star and thus the ejected gas from the dying star is pulled into two lobes rather than expanding as a uniform sphere." Large photo. [rdbrewer]


Inseperable strays: blind dog has seeing eye dog friend
And they need a home. [rdbrewer]

The Independent: Taiwanese boy takes a tumble in museum and punches a hole in a painting worth $1.5 million
"As the boy turns to walk away, he catches his right foot of the painting’s modern display stand." Scroll down for video. [rdbrewer]

The Independent: Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
"Hawking’s proposal is an attempt to answer a problem that has tormented physicists about what happens to things when they go beyond the event horizon, where even light can’t get back. The information about the object has to be preserved...." Sounds like he's just spitballing on this one. [rdbrewer]

NY Times: Inquiry Weighs Whether ISIS Analysis Was Distorted
"The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress...." [rdbrewer]


Michael Barone: Why does the Left have such old leaders?
"Both these men are attracting crowds of Millennials, people too young to remember the implosion of socialism in the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Sanders and Corbyn of course don't have that excuse. It's an interesting question: why hasn't the left attracted younger leaders?" [rdbrewer]


Susan Crabtree: White House walks back Obama's 'crazies' comment
Because someone remembered presidents don't talk like 14 year old girls? [rdbrewer]

Politico: Charles Koch blasts Barack Obama
"CEO says attacks on him and his brother are 'beneath the dignity … of the president.'" Not 14 year old girl presidents. [rdbrewer]

Count Basie, Blues for the Count and Oscar
Video. Thanks to Moron @CraigR3521. [rdbrewer]


How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks
"Rose sold everything to Access Funding — 420 monthly lead checks between 2017 and 2052. They amounted to a total of nearly $574,000 and had a present value of roughly $338,000. In return, Access Funding paid her less than $63,000." [rdbrewer]


Mark Tapscott: Watchdog Wins Big FOIA Decision In Federal Appeals Court
"[T]he Federal Trade Commission cannot use unreasonably high fees or excessive demonstrations of readership to deny document requests from journalists and other users of the Freedom of Information Act." [rdbrewer]


ESPN suspends Curt Schilling for comparing Islamists to Nazis
Alternate title: ESPN Suspends Curt Schilling for Insufficient Progressivism (Failing to Ignore the Obvious). In fact, a lot of people would use the word Islamofascism. [rdbrewer]



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