George Will Leaves The Republican Party: Who Gives A Rat's Ass? [CBD]
And here is our country's best-known conservative pundit's genius advice:
Asked...to recommend what conservative anti-Trumpers should do now, Will said: "Make sure he loses."
Now, I am not the scholar of American History that George Will is, but a rational and informed reading of that advice could be changed to: "Make sure Hillary Clinton becomes president."
If Trump loses at the convention, in spite of having the required number of delegates for a first ballot nomination, then Republicans all across America will smell a rat. Yes, it can be done, but it will be extremely difficult without fracturing the coalition that is required to elect a Republican in November.
Let us be honest about good ole' Georgie of the blue-jeans hate and the pompous bow ties....he wants Hillary to win because it will solidify his position as one of the trusted retainers in the court of the almighty Dollar, and he doesn't care who sits on the throne. Hillary isn't ideal, but Georgie will still make his money and be fêted by the media and those in real power. Only if Trump wins will Will's position be threatened, and we simply cannot function as a free country if George Will is not on TV 15 times each week!
But there's more!
But what about that last-gasp reason, resonant among many of the legal thinkers at the libertarian/conservative Federalist Society, for backing even a revolting Republican -- the Supreme Court? Will's answer was revealing: "Sure, but I'm also concerned with the fact that I do not really believe Republicans think clearly enough about what they really want in judges...having a Republican president is not an answer in itself."
Oh, you stupid flyover people. Just climb back into your pickup trucks and throw the old dog in the back and go hunting. The mandarins in Washington will take care of you, because you are too stupid to know what is best for America.
Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
Soul? They are all soul. How can you reject a ginger like that? (I'll let you in on a little secret. I haven't been able to say no for 34 years. Thank you Mrs. MH)
So everybody, thank you for stopping by on the first Saturday of Summer to see what's happening at the AoS Pet Thread. As usual, a little of this, a little of that. Check out the happenings.
Pet and Animal News
- Fancy drink for Kitty Kat
- Odd friends
- Barking like a dog?
- Surf's up Porky
- This little piggy looks delicious
- A solid dog to have in your family
From a Moron contributor
So my dad sent me this back in '09, and I thought it was hilarious.
But are these photos real? Hint: If you look closely at the photos of the Catholic Church sign, the cars in the background are a dead giveaway.
Real or not - and I'm sure the horde would agree - 1) of course all of God's creatures go to heaven, and 2) does not disprove the reality that Presbyterians, for the most part, are priggish twats.
Who cares, it's still funny!
Meet the Pet Morons
Let's start today's parade of pets with Persnickety's Boris the Cat. After years of rescuing older cats Persnickety adopted this guy as a kitten.
Meet Guinness. Jo liked the idea that her dog uses rawhides as cigars and not the real thing.
Say hello to Scarlett & Duchess the Blood Hounds. Lurker Rebecca submitted this photo. These dogs and their granddogger are/were search and rescue dogs.
We have a cat wrangler among us. David sent this photo in. He has 5 cats he was able to rustle up Hector, Telli & Artemis for this.
Colorado Terp submitted this photo of Gilligan & Nimrod. They look comfortable while underachieving. Thanks for the photo.
Liz's Yorkie originally name was Maggie. However a little kid on a bike said hey Mom that looks like a bug. Meet bug. I would have named her Fang, but that's me.
Mike K would like to introduce his rescue dog Juliet to the Horde. This Basset came from a Basset rescue group.
Moron Confuzzled submitted this photo of his cats Angel & Oreo. Per Confuzzled they are quite the handful but wouldn't trade them in for the world. They look like fun.
Meet Snicket & Mr. Jack. These guys own lurker Andrew. Andrew didn't say much about them but their expressions say quite a bit. Thanks for the photo.
Meet Lucy the Aussie. Levin embarrassed her by taking this picture after a dip. Nice looking dog. Thanks for sharing Levin.
Our last photo today is of Creeper's Sasha. Unfortunately Creeper had to put his dog down recently. Here's a photo of her as a pup meeting a new friend for the first time. Pups and mirrors are so cute. We are so sorry for your loss Creeper.
Thank you for stopping by. If you have a pet photo or something interesting you would like to submit, you can reach us at petmorons at gee mail dot com.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: Just Peachy [KT]
Greetings to gardeners, farmers and those who like farmers' markets, fruit stands, flowers or shade trees. Welcome to the first Saturday Gardening Thread of the year following the Summer Solstice. Do you feel any different?
Last week, Dave at Buffalo Roam wrote:
The hot weather is here and the sweet corn is probably finished this weekend. I put up 48 ears today. But we have Fredericksburg peaches! God bless Texas.
Then he wrote in response to my query:
Fredericksburg peaches are yellow, cling stone and so juicy it runs down your neck.
Mmmm. Those peaches sound good. Anybody who has a local source for peaches is fortunate. If you have your own tree(s), even better! More on peaches and nectarines later in this thread.
Do you live where it is too cool in summer to grow flavorful peaches? Maybe you could grow a beautiful scented tuberous begonia in peachy tones to admire while sipping a nice peachy-flavored beverage.
Tuberous begonias can be spectacular when grown under deep-rooted trees. (You can shop for them through the AoSHQ Amazon Store). They need light, well-drained soil, but it does not need to be very deep. You can put down a few inches of potting mix under a tree. Mama AJ might be able to grow some in a shady corner of her compost pile.
They will need to be watered, preferably by drip. Even if your shade trees are surface-rooting, tuberous begonias can be grown under them in containers. One of my favorite ways is to hang baskets from tree limbs.
Floridata compares tuberous begonias with other begonias grown by gardeners.
There are some 1500 species of begonias and, by some estimates, more than ten thousand named cultivars and hybrids. To simplify matters, they are divided by horticulturists into informal groups, based mainly on their growth habits.
The University of Minnesota Extension has a nice summary on growing tuberous begonias. After reading it, some members of The Horde may decide to start with blooming plants from the nursery. Have you ever grown them? Did you start with plants, tubers or seeds?
Peaches and Nectarines
Looks like they do grow mostly yellow peaches in and around Fredericksburg. But Dave at Buffalo Roam may get to try some freestones a little later in the summer Although the crop may be short at times, due to this year's weather.
Speaking of Texas, I covet the peachcot sold by Fanick's Nursery in San Antonio. LE Cooke, here in the San Joaquin Valley, sells the John Fanick Peach wholesale. We used to have our own luscious peachcot in the Valley, but the USDA lost the budstock during virus indexing. It took a while for the nursery to figure out what had happened.
My peaches are not ripe yet, but the days are hot and the nights are cool. Great weather for peaches and nectarines. I have bought some peaches and nectarines at a packing house. They are clingstones, too. Some may be showing up at a market near you. But anyone who has access to ripe, local peaches will probably like them better than the ones shipped from the San Joaquin Valley. Though even shipping peaches have improved in the last coouple of decades. Roughly since Epitaph for a Peach.
How to choose and grow a peach tree
Breeders like Floyd Zaiger have been busy with peaches and nectarines. In addition to old favorites, you can now choose supersweet cultivars. The low acid ones taste pretty good even when they are crispy. I prefer the balanced, high sugar/acid ones when ripe. They can be a little zingy when still firm.
The best way to pick a peach cultivar is to go with one known to do well in your area. There are some things to keep in mind if you want to get adventurous.
In the North, you will want to consider hardiness and bloom time.
In humid or rainy climates, you will want to consider brown rot and peach leaf curl resistance. Some people grow peaches as fan-shaped espaliers under a south or west overhang to limit peach leaf curl where it rains a lot.
In mild-winter areas, you need to know the chill requirement of the cultivar you want to grow. In the desert, early or late-ripening peaches may be a better bet than midseason ones.
Everywhere, you need to consider whether the rootstock is compatible with your climate and soil. The productive life of a peach tree is about 15 years when well-grown. This is longer than the life of many plums in the East, but in the West other stone fruits tend to stay productive longer. If you wnat to can or freeze, get cultivars recognized for this use. Cling canners are a challenge for most home gardeners. Not for my mother-in-law, who uses the little ones whole for pickled peaches. She has a special pit remover for canning peach halves.
Old peach and nectarine cultivars tend to have smaller, less showy blossoms than newer cultivars. I have an older cling cultivar which barely looks like it is in bloom when it blooms. The larger flowers are thought to be more attractive to bees. My Arctic Star white nectarine has beautiful large pale pink single blossoms. Normally it has very tasty, low acid super-sweet fruit. It's a little bitter this year because of early lack of water and poor thinning. These bitter overtones are especially characteristic of white nectarines and peaches if the trees are stressed before ripening, as by lack of water. Cutting back on water just before ripening can sweeten the fruit, though.
There are several cultivars with especially showy double blossoms that are marketed as "ornamental edibles". Some have fruit that rates high in taste tests. One of these is Red Baron, which produces fruit over a prolonged ripening season. It has a low chill requirement, only 250 hours. Double Jewel has lighter-colored blossoms and a slightly higher chill requirement. Its blossoms are pictured below. Take a look around the site at the link below the photo. If you had a ton o' money, would you build a thoroughbred horse ranch? In California? Not sure I would want to own it, but I would love to have friends who owned it.
Peaches are great for homey desserts like cobblers, grunts, clafoutis, dowdys and buckles. But there is an elegant peach dessert that does not require baking.
Peach Melba was named after an Australian opera star of the Victorian era, Nellie Melba. The celebrity chef created this dessert also named Melba Toast after her. The original Peach Melba was introduced on a swan ice sculpture with spun sugar rather than raspberry puree as a garnish. I think the raspberries are better. This is a great hot-weather dessert. Nice video at the link.
Either sweetened raspberry puree or raspberry sauce is traditional. Peaches are generally poached, but I saw another recipe that used grilled peaches. Freestone peaches are best for this dish.
Peach Melba Pie uses sliced peaches, so you could use clingstones. Inelegant press-in crust, homey.
Have you ever made Peach Melba? Do you have another favorite peach recipe - preserves, a dessert, drink or main dish? Think about it. Tomorrow is the day for CBD's remarkable Food Thread.
Boring Fruit Trees
Our insects of the week are the caterpillars or grubs that bore into peach trees. Some also attack other fruit trees. One of my earliest horticultural memories is of my Grandfather cutting a Peach Tree Borer out from the base of our apricot tree with a pocketknife. You should check the base of stone fruit trees in spring for gum exuding from the bark. They can kill your tree. Our apricot tree produced for several years after my grandfather took his pocketknife to it, but it was eventually ripped out of the ground by a whirlwind. There were signs of decay at the base of the tree.
The adult form of the Peach Twig Borer is also a moth. The caterpillars can therefore be controlled with good old Bt. The moths lay eggs on the succulent twigs of peach trees and other stone fruits. The caterpillars start eating this green growth, then switch to the fruits, making those fruits wormy.
I think the creepiest stone fruit borer is the Pacific Flathead Borer. It also attacks apple and other trees. One killed a young cherry tree at our house. The grub was pretty long, with a big head. Other flathead borers attack trees and shrubs like cedar.
It is hard to tell the species apart at the grub stage.
This is a Flat Headed Borer Grub in the family Buprestidae, known as the Metallic Wood Borers or Jewel Beetles. . . Many of the adult beetles are quite gorgeous and are sometimes made into jewelry in tropical counties. . . Sadly, we are not skilled enough to tell you the exact species. Flat Headed Borers often live many years as grubs feeding on wood. We have heard reports of the Golden Buprestid, Buprestis aurulenta, emerging from furniture 50 years after it was built. . . We have received our own report of an adult Golden Buprestid emerging from an 8 year old pine cutting board.
Eeew. Any interesting insects in your garden? In your life? Be careful to eat only the ones you don't mind eating.
Have a great week.
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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Summer [KT]
The full moon over our shed (no, it's not a cow shed) last Monday was gorgeous. I'm kind of sorry I didn't remember that it was the night of the summer solstice. Not so sorry I missed the revelers at Stonehenge or the
religious celebration parade in Santa Barbara. There are still some . . . elbows in the video at the link above for the Morons, though. In spite of some draconian restrictions on art in this celebration.
Because of an outlandish ensemble many years ago which featured a sexual bondage theme, guidelines and regulations for all floats and participants in the Solstice Parade since have been strictly enforced. There can be no words, no symbols, no nudity, floats must be people-powered, and "cannot represent physical harm to any human being. The representation of blood (fake or otherwise), dominance/violence, and or sadmasochistic behavior is not appropriate ... no whips, guns, knives, or weapons of any kind, or props intended to represent weapons of any kind are allowed."
The coincidence of the full moon with the summer solstice this year prompted a piece on statistics in the Chicago Tribune to explain why extremely rare events happen so often.
I think this piece sort of goes along with a couple of Maetenloch's ONT links the night of the solstice about (1) the replacement of a university math requirement with diversity training and (2) a persistent, widespread Myth about Spinach, caused by a single math mistake.
Seems like there have been a lot of stories about unsettled science lately. Those stories just unsettle people. Maybe it's better for us to make math and science about feelings in our universities.
Home Improvement Question
I loved Y-not's weather graphic this morning, after that amazing, alarming video. Our forecast for Monday is 109 degrees. That's almost as hot as the forecast for Phoenix.
We have low-e windows, but their ability to limit heat gain is not enough for me on days like that. What is your favorite way to limit heat entering the house through windows? Suggestions accepted for either cheap and easy fixes or more lasting solutions.
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There's Something You Don't See Everyday [Y-not]
In case you missed it, West Virginia got hammered by flooding last week. 26 people are now confirmed dead:
A 1,000-year flood
The high terrain along rivers in southeastern West Virginia are exacerbating the flooding, meteorologists said.
Weather radar estimates show that more than 10 inches of rain have fallen in portions of Greenbrier County. There is a 1 in 1,000 chance of this type of rainfall happening in any given year, according to the National Weather Service.
In Kanawha County, which includes the capital of Charleston, the Elkview River crested at 33.37 feet Friday morning, meteorologists said. The river rose more than 27 feet from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, the highest crest since record-keeping began more than 125 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.
One of the most amazing images from West Virginia is below the fold:
(In case it's not clear, that's a house which is on fire floating down river.)
Please keep those affected by the flooding in your prayers.
Here's a useful resource about flood risk from the National Flood Insurance Program.
To lighten the mood a bit, here's a U.S. "weather map" I saw on Twitter last week:
I live in Hot Soup... kind of missing the Mystery Belt's weather, I must confess!
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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump (6/25/16) [Mis. Hum.]
Good morning Horde. Here are a few things that didn't make this past week's News Dump.
- This does not sound appealing
- Beer. What won't it do?
- World's oldest Twinkie turns 40
- Sad & Sick, some one needs to be held accountable
- It's no longer the boob-tube
- Thanks a lot Dad
- Who knew horses were part of the Horde? What's next Ewok check points?
- If you have a prosthetic leg with ankle GPS. Maybe you should wait until GPS is removed before murdering someone
- This guy needs to be neutered and never spawn again after a lengthy prison sentence
That's enough stupidity for the week.
Have a great weekend!!!
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EMT 6/25/16 Fluck the fu edition. [krakatoa]
So this past week in Denver would have been much more pleasant without the flu cropping up on Monday.
Nothing like spending a week away from home to work "on site", have to quarantine in a hotel the whole time, finish the gig anyway, and realize you could have done it all from home with its stocked medicine cabinet in the first place without the 18 hours of travel.
Friday Night Overnight Open Thread (6/24/16) UK Invasion Edition [Mis. Hum.]
Friday Night Obligations
Normally, CDR-M has a cute video of an adorable canine companion. However, keeping with our UK Invasion theme, meet the Top 10 UK Dog Breeds. Four varieties of Setters didn't make the list.
There are many ways to learn a new language. One way to learn new vocabulary is to picture the word you wish to learn next to the word. Let's learn common U.K. Expressions and slang.
Bloody - used to emphasize almost anything, also bleeding or blooming
Duff - useless, junk, trash
Alright class, let's try to use these 2 words together in a sentence. David Cameron and Barack Obama are bloody duffs.
Yes class, they are a pair of bloody duffs.
Smashing - terrific
Let us use smashing in a sentence. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were smashing leaders of their respective countries.
Need to increase your vocabulary? Tired of American Slang? Here are the Top 10 British Slang terms.
How many of you remember Ace's epic Kaboom thread?(DO NOT COMMENT ON THAT THREAD OR YOU WILL BE BANNED)
Just imagine if the wee lad had been brought up in the U.K. Do you think he would have ranted about fried tomatoes and black pudding? Check out a traditional English breakfast.
The 25 best breakfasts in Great Britain. I'll let you world travelers battle this one out.
U.K. Odds & Ends
Swear like a Brit.
This should start an overnight discussion/argument. Best bands from the UK. I don't agree with most of them.
U.K. Quotes of the Day
-Late Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy
We’ve left behind a failed political union. We can now rejoin the world as an independent, self-governing nation.
-Nigel Farage - June 24, 2016
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by Monty Python's Flying Circus
Do not taunt uptight Limeys with rubber duckies.
Thank you CDR-M and JuJu. Good night Horde, be well.
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The more the people shout that they don't want further mass migration, the harder the self-alleged elite shuts its ears and insists these racists don't know their own best interests.
Which is something that Obama likes saying about people he disagrees with. Strangely, many conservatives seem to think this Obama-ish habit is charming and winning when they practice it.
If any one person drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union, it was Angela Merkel, and her impulsive solo decision in the summer of 2015 to throw open Germany--and then all Europe--to 1.1 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants, with uncountable millions more to come. Merkel’s catastrophically negative example is one that perhaps should be avoided by U.S. politicians who seek to avert Trump-style populism in the United States. Instead, the politician who most directly opposes Donald Trump--presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton--is doubling down on Merkelism.
Hillary Clinton’s first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on executive amnesty looks at the issue exclusively and entirely from the point of view of the migrants themselves: “Today’s heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better.” That U.S. citizens might have different interests—and that it is the interests of citizens that deserve the highest attention of officials elected by those citizens--went unsaid and apparently unconsidered. But somebody is considering it. And those somebodies, in their many millions, are being heard from this year: loud, clear, and angry.
Meanwhile, we might soon have #Frexit, #Itexit, and #Nexit.
Ben Domench: How the Establishment (and Would-Be Establishment, the Aspirational Establishment Types) Delude Themselves Into Thinking All of Their Failures Are Huge Wins the Public Should Be Grateful For
This crew has only two modes: failure and then self-flattery for that failure.
Really sharp -- and nasty -- piece by Ben Domench.
Consider it well in light of the #Brexit fiasco. The Masters of Europe were all pretty certain they were delivering great value to the citizens of Europe -- and when the citizens of Europe told them otherwise, they consoled themselves by reassuring themselves that mere citizens are idiots, barely above animal level in reasoning power, and entirely unequipped to rate the performance of the True Elites.
Mike Flynn, RIP
Out of the blue, with no warning, my friend died yesterday.
At the end of the post, Larry O'Connor offers his tribute to Mike.
He was a really good guy. He leaves behind a wife and a combined family of his daughter and his wife's kids. May God guide them.
Educational Fund: "American Patriot Mike Flynn passed away June 23rd unexpectedly from a heart attack, leaving behind a wife and four children. Please consider a contribution to assist with education expenses for the children." Link to the GoFundMe page here.
Thanks to Y-Not for that.
The New Panama Canal Locks Are Mired In Controversy, Bloated Budgets, Crumbling Infrastructure, And Corruption (Just Like The U.S.) [CBD]
In a long and interesting article in the NY Times, The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet, complete with interesting video and interactive fluff, there is some real journalism happening, including interviews with both sides of the debate. Weird...huh!
It's worth a read, in spite of its source, both for the very interesting descriptions of the new canal system, but also as a glimpse of the kind of corruption that is increasingly becoming just the way business is done. The unholy alliance of government and business, something that has accelerated in this country in the last decade, is anathema to free and open markets. This canal project is a wonderful example of what happens when government....any government...gets involved with private capital and makes decisions that should have been made by Adam Smith's invisible hand.
The canal authority's plan to move about 12 neo-Panamax ships a day now appears unrealistic -- at least for the time being, according to shippers, given that many East Coast ports are still preparing the infrastructure to accommodate the big ships.
Hmmm....maybe that is a bit backward?
And the 14 new tugboats purchased from a Spanish company with shady connections to the canal authority?
The Santiago is no outlier. Each Spanish tugboat can do a 360-degree spin. Each can move sideways, as Mr. Viluce demonstrated by positioning his boat perpendicular to the moving cruise ship and keeping it there. But to go confidently in a straight line, bow first -- that's another matter. Eric Viluce, a tugboat captain on the canal, guided one of 14 Spanish tugs purchased primarily for the new locks.
When it came time for the new tugboats to cross the Atlantic to Panama, all made the journey backward, Mr. Viluce said, adding, "They tried bow first, and it wasn't working."
I've been around boats my whole life, and while I am no expert, the best ones seem to handle going forward rather well.
Those tugs are a wonderful metaphor....
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#Brexit: Blame (or Credit) Obama
The Shit-Fingered Midas strikes again.
As Obama & his AG might say, we may never know true motive of British people for wanting to remain British ...— Andrew C. McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) June 24, 2016
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Hat tip: AtC
TGIF News Dump (6/24/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Brexit, and the results are..........
- David Cameron resigns as PM
- Oil spill in Ventura County, CA
- Another "Republican" comes out in favor of Hillary
- Federal Judge oks chaos in Cleveland in time for the RNC Convention
- President Temper Tantrum acts up, again.
- Public servants serve themselves? Heaven forbid.
- Food stamp fraud, why this Democrat legislator looks like she could miss a few meals
- Speaking of
- Oh now they are concerned about Iran
- And she's buying her way to a Stairway to an Acquittal
- Trump puts his money where his mouth is?
- More wonderful mosquito news
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (6-23-2016)
Brexit Referendum Going On - See Thread Below For Details.
Update: 98% of votes counted and Leave ahead by 3.6%
BBC/ SKY Calling It For Brexit!
Can you identify at least three of the logic flaws in this single tweet?
But nothing will ever come close to PJ O'Rourke's hilarious account of joining a 1982 Nation-sponsored Volga cruise:
I never did get it, what this trip was all about. I stood at the rail of the cruise ship Alexander Pushkin staring out at the vast rolling shore of the Volga. Here or there was a patch of grain, not high enough even in late July to conceal the line of furrows plowed straight downhill in the most erosion-producing way possible. And here or there was a skinny cow in an untidy hectare of pasture. But most of the land looked empty, unsown, ungrazed, uncultivated. And all around me were minds just as fallow.
I was on something called the Volga Peace Cruise, a sixteen-day trip to the USSR featuring a nine-day boat ride from Rostov north up the Don, through the Don-Volga canal, and on up the Volga River to Kazan. The 160 passengers were all Americans. Most were antinuke activists and peace-group organizers with sixties leftover looks. Others were products of the Old Left. The peaceniks talked about peace, mostly in terms of atomic holocaust. The leftists talked about peace, mostly in terms of Soviet-American relations. The entire program of the "peace cruise" consisted in the bunch of us talking about peace. And the Soviet government had provided five Russian "peace experts" to talk about peace too.
I have a sneaking love of the old-time left and that compendium of their snits and quarrels, The Nation. Mind you, I'm a registered Republican and consider socialism a violation of the American principle that you shouldn't stick your nose in other people's business except to make a buck. Still, Wobblies, Spanish Civil War veterans, the Hollywood Ten touch the heart somehow.
But, to tell the truth, I'd never met any Old Leftists. I expected them to be admirable and nasty, like Lillian Hellman, or brilliant, mysterious, denying everything, like Alger Hiss, or-best of all-hard-bitten and cynical but still willing to battle oppression, like Rick in Casablanca. I did not expect them to be the pack of thirty fussing geriatrics I met at Kennedy Airport, misplacing their hand luggage, losing their way to the ladies' room, barking at the airline personnel, and asking two hundred times which gate we'd have to be at in three and a half hours.They were leftists all right. In between palsies of fretting, they'd tell you how wonderful the Soviet Union was: Pensions were huge, housing was cheap, and they practically paid you to get medical care. Believe me, you haven't been bored until you've been buttonholed by a seventy-year-old woman who holds forth all afternoon on the perfidity of American foreign policy and shows you pictures of her grandchildren. These were people who believed everything about the Soviet Union was perfect, but they were bringing their own toilet paper.
Now he's in court over whether he cheated his brother of his fair share of the company and under investigation for cheating clients.
This small-scale experiment shows that my colleagues' honesty rate greatly depends on something as simple as a pen hanging down from the refrigerator. The theft rate went up from a mere one out of 14 cans to no less than one out of three cans once the pen was taken away. This amounted to a 370% increase in the theft rate.
Sleeper For the Win:
@baseballcrank makes the case that all things having been equal Suzuki probably would have beaten Pete Rose's record of 4349 hits in Major League Baseball.
Corporate culture differences and fear that Google's AI mixed with Boston Dynamic's humanoid robots would terrify the public.
And to be sold by J. Peterman.
Yahoo group. That is all.
Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For the chill'en.
And my lo-fi Twitter spew.
Tonight's post brought to you by Charlie Murphy and Rick Effin' James:
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Remain/Leave #Nexit and #Nexit in Vote
One thing is that London is basically playing Detroit here, and whatever the vote from the hinterlands, suddenly that Detroit vote is going to come in big for the socialists.
Note: Remain just surged ahead.
Update: Leave kicking ass.
Prof Michael Thrasher preliminary forecast as things stand for @skynews:— Sky Data (@SkyData) June 24, 2016
Nigel Farage: It Looks Like Remain Will Edge Out Leave in #Brexit Vote
Nigel Farage: Looks Like Remain Will Edge It https://t.co/giyQPcHJml— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 23, 2016
A bunch of indicators suggest Remain has won: a YouGov poll puts it at 52% Remain, 48% Leave; bookmakers work out the odds as 84% likely that the country has voted to Remain; and the markets are all rising (and markets like stability and for some reason super-national socialist governments).
Update [Maet]: In the few returns so far the votes have been split nearly 50-50. But Remain seems to be consistently underperforming expectations and Sunderland went strongly for Leave. If this trend continues, it's likely Leave will prevail.
Only about 2% of the votes have been counted so far. The first large area results will be available in 3 to 4 hours so we'll know then if the trend is holding. You can follow the results at the Telegraph election page.
Lindsay Lohan is also live-tweeting the referendum here.
Update 2 [Maet]: It's still very early but you have this tweet:
Senior labour figure tells me 'this has gone, Leave to win' - Don't jump up and down with joy or in despair, it's early and it's one source
-- Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 24, 2016
Secret Service Tell-All: Clintons Believed They Had Magic Pot of Royal Money to Pay For Their Every Whim
The Clintons made their money the old-fashioned way: Graft.
In a new book, a former Secret Service uniformed officer accuses Bill and Hillary Clinton of acting as if they had a “magic royal pot” of taxpayer money at their disposal while living in the White House.
According to Byrne, the Clintons threw official events at the White House to woo people without regard to the cost to taxpayers.
“As soon as Mr. Clinton became the president, Mrs. Clinton and her staff sought to repair the Clinton brand among groups they thought had been damaged during the campaign, scheduling galas, balls, and dinners,” Byrne writes. “They hosted open house tours day and night, especially around Christmas and for the military. What she and her staffers failed to realize was that the White House had a budget like any other government entity. Each shindig still had to be paid either from the Executive Residence budget or the Democratic Party’s purse.”
According to Byrne, “Early on, the staff kept promising payments but it was common knowledge that they had no idea of where they were coming from. But the buck kept getting passed because Mrs. Clinton didn’t want to hear ‘no,’ and no one wanted to be the bearer of bad news. Evergreen was spoiled.”
More: Emails show State Department knew that appointment of Clinton big-dollar donor to sensitive security posting was a sham.
Eye Update: I think I took a positive turn yesterday night/today. I can read a little easier now (easily on the Kindle, not so easily on the computer, but still better than I had been reading) and sometimes my long distance vision gets pretty clear. Still fuzzy, still doubled images, but better than it was -- bigly. I can read some street and store signs, sometimes, for example.
I might have pretty good vision by Sunday.
Anthony Kennedy Sides With His Liberal Budies to Uphold University of Texas' Affirmative Action Scheme
It shook out 4-3 to uphold it. Kagan had recused herself for once, having briefed the case for the government earlier. (Note: She similarly worked on Obamacare, but refused to recuse herself there.)
Kennedy sided with the liberals -- let's face it, he is one.
Once again, all liberals vote in lockstep. This has nothing to do with the law; this is just another branch of the Democrat-Socialist Party in action.
he Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas, saying that the plan taking race into consideration as one factor of admission is constitutional.
The 4-3 ruling greenlights the limited use of affirmative action polices by schools.
"The Court's affirmance of the University's admissions policy today does not necessarily mean the University may rely on that same policy without refinement. It is the University's ongoing obligation to engage in constant deliberation and continued reflection regarding its admissions policies," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
"Something strange has happened since our prior decision in this case," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the dissent. "This is nothing less than the plea for deference that we emphatically rejected in our prior decision. Today, however, the Court inexplicably grants that request."
Driver in Freddie Gray Case, Seen as Most at Risk of Guilty Finding, Acquitted of All Charges
On one hand, Marilyn Mosby is corrupt; but, on the other hand, she's also incompetent.
The Baltimore Police van driver accused of giving a "rough ride" that killed Freddie Gray was acquitted of all charges Thursday by Circuit Judge Barry Williams.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, had faced the most serious charges of any of the six officers indicted in Gray's arrest and death last April, including second-degree depraved heart murder. Goodson was also acquitted of three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
His acquittal, which comes after Williams considered the charges for three days, throws the rest of the cases into jeopardy. The other officers charged face similar, but lesser accusations.
Court Deadlocks 4-4 On Obama's Illegal Amnesty Order; Because Lower Court Enjoined His Unconstitutional Scheme, and the Supremes Could Not Set That Opinion Aside, Obama's Order Remains Blocked
Doesn't matter what the issue is -- they're not voting on the law. They're just supporting their socialist team.
Obama now delivering a statement about this.
President Obama says SCOTUS ruling on immigration takes America "further from the country that we aspire to be." pic.twitter.com/k0zU4LWe6b— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 23, 2016
German Theater Shooter "Shot Dead"
The gunman probably got his AR-15s from downstate Indiana.
This seems odd -- nice if it's true, though:
BERLIN (AP) — Police say no one injured by gunman at #Germany movie theater.— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) June 23, 2016
Apparently it is true -- no one was hurt. Except the gunman.
NEW: Police say no one was injured by gunman at German movie theater, AP reports; siege has ended. https://t.co/CFmFauI9nF— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2016
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
The working title was "Space Alien With Rodent," but Copley felt that may have been a little difficult for his sales team.
Thursday Morning News Dump (6/23/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Brexit, today's the day
- Feel the Bern, wakes up and smells the coffee
- GOP senate fails at taking away another liberty
- North Korea continues to work on midrange missile
- U.S. home sales at a 9 year high
- Paul Ryan touts Obamacare replacement, don't hold your breath.
- Obama misrepresents facts, again.
- Fracking rules struck down
- If you like your gender you can keep your gender. Mother nature be damned.
- Not a comforting thought
- Generals want more troops in Iraq
- Clinton's IT geek knows his constitutional rights
- Professors investigated for doing their job
- Clinton donor pushes get out the vote
- MI sues companies linked to Flint water crisis
- DHS employee planning an attack?
- ESPN continues their political agenda
- Fun story
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (6-22-2016) - Behold teh Stoopid Edition
"It's getting harder for business people like me to be successful, but if they [the victims] follow the rules it would be very hard for me to be successful. That's one of the surprises. My friends and I thought we would not be successful for so long, especially with how Craigslist is different now. But there is always someone looking to sell something who doesn't know the game."
-- from an interview with a professional Craigslist scammer
The Competition to Say The Stupidest Possible Thing Has Been Unusually Fierce Today
Her follow-ups are priceless as well.
And then you had this 'expert':
On Another Day This Would Have Been a Contender: Loretta Lynch: Our Most Effective Response to Terror is Compassion and Love
Now this is how you do rhetoric. Churchill would approve.
Because they're terrorists - not idiots.
Just a couple of months ago, a young ISIS sympathizer planned a shooting at one of the largest churches in Detroit. An FBI wire recorded him explaining why he had picked the church as a target: "It's easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news."
Damage control. Also squirrel!
The possibility that terrorist attacks might shift the electoral terrain in Donald Trump's favor has been one of Democrats' biggest worries since he emerged as the presumptive nominee.
...More broadly, both experimental and real-world studies have tended to show that in the US and abroad, the major party with a more hawkish reputation usually benefits when international terror becomes a major concern....In that context, focusing the political argument on gun regulation rather than Omar Mateen's admiration for ISIS or questions around Muslim immigration to the United States is a strategic win. Democrats may not win many votes with thin gruel, poll-tested gun control proposals, but they aren't going to lose any.
None of your business, citizen. Your weight and blood pressure however are state business. This reeks of the Obama regime.
Every guy breaths a silent sigh of relief.
Book superstores such as Barnes & Noble cause risk-averse publishers to double down on celebrity authors and surefire hits.
In a world without Barnes & Noble, risk-averse publishers will double down on celebrity authors and surefire hits.
Prediction: Risk-averse publishers will double down on celebrity authors and surefire hits.
Shooting the official mascot of the 2016 Rio Olympics is just ominous sign #63 for those counting. Meanwhile there are reports that the Olympic Committee is quietly scouting previous Olympic sites as an alternate location in case Rio completely implodes. But then this is largely their own damn fault:
The Olympic Committee seems to be very interested in "diversity" these days and is pushing the idea of holding the games in a variety of places which are more than a little dodgy in terms of their humanitarian record or simply unable to pull of something of this magnitude. That wins them plenty of plaudits from human rights workers around the globe, but it doesn't do much for the reputation of the games themselves if people are refusing to attend, dropping dead from disease or showing up to stadiums with no seats or lights in them.
Familiar to the former citizens of the Soviet Union and East Germany. Meanwhile Austin is seizing the cars of those caught ride-sharing and also DUIs are up 7.5%.
Taxation with representation is life in the EU.
Whoever told ya there'd be no math here done lied to you motherf*cker!
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Clinton Disabled Security In Homebrew Illegal System; Weeks Later, A "Serious" Hacking Attempt Occurred
Quick, let's elect her to teach other people in the party a lesson.
"Elites" Continue Wondering Why They're Being Ignored
@seanmdav i'm calling semi-automatic machines machine guns. You don't get to pick my terms. Your NRA buzzwords don't apply to me— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 22, 2016
Lawsuit Against the Department of Education May Finally End the "Dear Colleague" Mandated Kangaroo Courts
Rather than suing his school for denying him due process in its crooked kangaroo court, he's suing Obama's DoE for forcing schools to adopt no-procedural-safeguards rules, threatening to withhold federal funding unless they started railroading male students.
The Party of Acid, Amnesty, and Abortion Holding a Sit-In in Congress
Marco Rubio, In Act of Moral Generosity, Gives His Cultists Reason to Cling to Their Dreary Lives
The guy who famously hated being a Senator is running again to be Senator.
Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio reversed course Wednesday and said he will seek re-election to the Senate, telling Fox News: “I changed my mind.”
The decision, widely expected among his Florida Republican colleagues, follows repeated claims during the GOP presidential primary race that he would not run again for Senate.
Rubio for months had spoken about his frustrations with the Senate, in explaining his original decision to run for the presidency only – and defending himself against criticism for missed votes.
Wall Street perked up at the news, with investors grabbing up stocks in the Water, Grandpas, and America! sectors.
Loretta Lynch: So We Sort of Lost Track of the Orlando Terrorist's Likely-Accomplice Wife
It looks a lot like incompetence, but it might just be tha they're performing well for their actual employeers.
ABCNews/ABC/Disney/Marvel/ESPN must be destroyed.
Trump Speech to Attack Hillary on Libya Warmongering, Benghazi Murders, and Clinton Foundation Buckraking
Very good speech. He wasn't as specific about Hillary's crimes as I'd hoped, but he was a lot better in laying out/defending his vision for the country.
One of the parts I liked the best was his noting the change in the American mentalit. He noted we'd settled the west, "dug out the Panama canal," and sent "satellites" across the solar system, but then we started thinking small, losing our sense of confidence and daring.
Great stuff. I've noticed that a lot myself.
I liked the big-picture vision stuff here. It contrasts well to Hillary's vision -- she has none, except that she's a woman and it would be a first.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Google "Yoko Ono," and you will retrieve about 3,320,000 results.
That's not a threat...that's a promise.
This is just a taste.
This society is driven by neurotic speed and force accelerated by greed and frustration of not being able to live up to the image of men and woman we have created for ourselves; the image has nothing to do with the reality of people.
And don't ask. You know what you did.
But...here's a hint: SAVE US, Maetenloch!!! Give us Yoko!!!
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Wednesday Morning News Dump [6/22/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- California's last nuclear power plant to close in 2025
- Just put me out of my misery now
- PA Democrat Congressman enhances his resume
- Darn, naps aren't included
- Mass murderer a Hillary supporter. I'm not surprised.
- Vandal banned from 524M acres of U.S. public land
- Europe worries about Brexit fallout
- MS officials close 1964 MS Burning Killings investigation
- She's not even a good liar
- I'm from the government and I'm above the law
- Liberals only use water supplies to their advantage, damn the residents
- Global temperatures dropping
- Of course Obama is let down again
- Details of FBI Watch Lists revealed
- DNC won't say if their computers were hacked
- FAA unveils rules for commercial drones
- Pointing out the obvious, John Kerry spews out non-sense
- 5 million illegals eligible for amnesty
- Break through for drug for genital herpes?
- Genius Award I
- Genius award II
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (6-21-2016)
The percentage of new doctorate recipients without jobs or plans for further study climbed to 39% in 2014 from 31% in 2009, according to a National Science Foundation survey released in April. Median salaries for midcareer Ph.D.s working full time fell 6% between 2010 and 2013.
The reason: supply and demand.
Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that more people would have died in the terrorist attack at a nightclub in Orlando over the weekend if clubgoers had been armed and shot back at the lone gunman.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, the former president was asked to respond to Donald Trump's claim that fewer people would have died at the club if they had firearms."Did you see how dark it was?" Clinton said. "It's likely that more people would have been killed."
Funny the killer seemed to have no problem with finding and shooting people in the dark.
I can't help but be reminded of this classic AoS thread:
The Words That Come Out Of His Mouth: The Secret Source Of What A Man Is Really Trying To Tell You!
- 2:02 a.m.: OPD call transmitted multiple shots fired at Pulse nightclub.
- 2:04 a.m.: Additional OPD officers arrived on scene.
- 2:08 a.m.: Officers from various law enforcement agencies made entrance to Pulse and engaged the shooter.
- 2:18 a.m.: OPD S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons & Tactics) initiated a full call-out.
- 2:35 a.m.: Shooter contacted a 911 operator from inside Pulse.
One interesting note from this is that police were already engaged in a firefight with Mateen within 6 minutes of the shooting being reported. But when they realized they were outgunned and he retreated inside, they called out the SWAT team.
And during calls with negotiators Mateen claimed to have a suicide vest and have bombs planted in the building and his car:
"There is some vehicle outside that has some bombs, just to let you know. You people are gonna get it, and I'm gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid." Later in the call with the crisis negotiator, the shooter stated that he had a vest, and further described it as the kind they "used in France." The shooter later stated, "In the next few days, you're going to see more of this type of action going on." The shooter hung up and multiple attempts to get in touch with him were unsuccessful.
- 4:21 a.m.: OPD pulled an air conditioning unit out of a Pulse dressing room window for victims to evacuate.
And here one survivor who played dead even after being shot a second time by Mateen describes what was happening in the club during this time:
With the sounds of Mateen still shooting and the screams echoing in the club, Marrero stayed as perfectly still as he could and he estimates 30 to 40 minutes went by. He saw the shooter walking over the bodies on the floor and shooting them again, presumably to make sure they were dead.
This is when he shot Marrero again, hitting his lower back and his left arm. Now this young man was on the floor with four gunshot wounds. "I just lay there and all the blood coming out of my hand, and my arm was destroyed," he said. "The amount of pain was unbearable."
He said while the shots were still going off, he made eye contact with a police officer through the front door. He said he pleaded for help. The officer told him to crawl to him, but Marrero couldn't and told the officer he was shot in the back.The officer told Marrero, "You need to find the strength to do this." Using his right arm he grabbed onto the dead bodies giving himself the leverage to push himself towards the officer. The cop grabbed him by the hand and quickly dragged him away from the club and to a vacant lot where paramedics were set up and eventually got to him.
Here the pseudonymous LAPD officer, Jack Dunphy, weighs in on the Orlando police's actions that morning:
And in those hours before the final confrontation came at about five in the morning, the police faced an agonizing dilemma: Should they move in and risk a gun battle that would jeopardize more innocents, or should they wait it out in the hope of a surrender? But this second option carried its own risks. Mateen might have resumed shooting at any moment without warning, or he may have detonated the explosives he claimed to have. What's more, during a protracted siege, people already wounded and hoping for rescue might bleed out and die.
There is no easy answer in this situation. Officers on the scene must rely on incomplete and sometimes conflicting information. In the panic and chaos that greeted the first arriving officers in Orlando, there must have been varying accounts on the number of shooters and their whereabouts within the club. Adding to the confusion, officers from all over the city and beyond rushed to the scene, few of whom had had the opportunity to work or train together before. Patrol officers are accustomed to handling things alone or in pairs; unlike their counterparts in SWAT, they are seldom called upon to act as a cohesive unit.
Port Authority Police Department Superintendent Michael A. Fedorko said that 50-year-old John Cramsey, 52-year-old Dean Smith and a 29-year-old woman were taken into custody after they were stopped around 7:40 a.m. in Jersey City, N.J.
Officials found multiple weapons -- some loaded -- including rifles and handguns in their vehicle, described by a law enforcement source as a "jacked up SUV."
The vehicle, a Dodge truck, also bore the name Higher Ground Tactical, an indoor shooting range and gun dealership in Upper Milford Township, Pa., WNBC-TV reported.
...The trio, from Pennsylvania, initially was stopped by Port Authority Police at a toll plaza for a cracked windshield, authorities said. An officer saw the weapons in plain view on the passenger side of the vehicle.Drugs were also recovered from the vehicle, which has been cleared from the scene but is still being processed for evidence.
Anyone who has been dispassionately following crime trends over the past couple of years will have noticed a curious pattern: Despite clear evidence that homicide rates surged in the last twelve months, in what is quite likely the biggest single-year spike in a generation, many journalists and number crunchers seem determined to communicate to their readers that there is nothing unusual going on-that crime rates remain at historic lows and that any talk of "rising crime" is demagoguery intended to smear racial justice protestors and torpedo criminal justice reform.
From here on out it's going to be expensive subsidized renewables and Russian gas.
Despite the fact that this one reactor produces more than double all of the state's solar panels combined.
Sheer beautiful cultural appropriation. The little muscular dude is incredible - he clearly has hacked the matrix.
Despite all the tension and acrimony here for a few minutes at least they were able to recapture their old chemistry and joy of playing together. Today playing an impromptu gig on the roof is no big deal but back then It Simply Wasn't Done. Also can you spot the obligatory Yoko presence?
Related: Ringo Talks Honestly About the Death of John. Both fascinating and painful to watch. I wish the ghoulish Barbara Walters had respected his request to turn off the cameras when he became weepy.
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It Is Time For A National Conversation On How Stupid And Ugly Our Current Crop Of Neo-Nazis Is [CBD]
Ugly shirt. Awful choice of colors for the tie (ignoring the profoundly effeminate choice of a bow tie), geek glasses, a retro 1920s English-waiter-teeth look. And how about getting a hair cut? Or are those scraggly bangs just hiding the zits you popped this morning? Oh...didn't your mother teach you to close your mouth when you aren't speaking? Nobody wants to look at your teeth Dylan ol' buddy. They are undoubtedly furry from lack of dental hygiene. But that's probably okay, because no woman would get within five feet of you without some pressing business reason, or perhaps the $200 on the side-table.
But what is really nauseating about you is your happiness with the idea that we are not a free people, governed by laws of our own making. You seem to be comfortable with a despot ruling your world. Perhaps you ought to move to North Korea or Saudi Arabia, where the rulers really rule!
This is not Dems' sales pitch but I'm totally down with letting the prez unilaterally ban people (hopefully everyone!) from buying guns...
The "prez" is a vomit-inducing diminutive, just so he can demonstrate that he is "down with" Obama and his desire to be Robert Mugabe.
But I'm not down with Dylan, the millennial ass-hat. He is exactly the person who Ace was discussing yesterday, who will be replaced by an off-the-shelf software package in about five years.
An awful lot of "mindworker" workers, who think they're splitting atoms simply because their jobs involve the simple manipulation of language grammar rules, are going to soon learn [they're] drudges and as easily replaced as a McDonald's order-taker.
What Dylan really, really doesn't understand about unilateral decisions is that they lead to things like gulags and concentration camps. And people like Dylan -- willing fools -- are often guests in those camps.
Nation's Top Cop Loretta Lynch: The Way to Fight Terrorism Is With Peace, Love, and Understanding
Via AllahPundit, with more about the Democrats' strange priorities, Lovin' on Terrorists, Hatin' on Americans.
Eye Update: I hit myself in both eyes. I got this cold-therapy eye mask for chilling down my eyes. The bottom of the thing has two sharp-ish pieces which descend down from the eyes and cover the cheeks.
I always knew from the moment I saw this thing I'd jab those cheek pieces right into my eyes.
Today, I did so.
The little "lightning lines" you see after a minor eye trauma are now gone, finally.
It was really dumb. It was also inevitable.
But no harm done, and I avoided pooping my pants, so that's something.