March 18, 2018

Overnight Open Thread (03-18-2018 )




This is America. "Fuck you" is always a choice.
-- Insomniac - Nowhere Man

Where all your rights become only an accumulated wrong; where men must beg with bated breath for leave to subsist in their own land, to think their own thoughts, to sing their own songs, to garner the fruits of their own labors...then surely it is a braver, a saner and truer thing, to be a rebel in act and deed against such circumstances as these than tamely to accept it as the natural lot of men.
-- Sir Roger Casement

I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
-- Thomas Jefferson

It is not rebellion itself which is noble but the demands it makes upon us.
-- Albert Camus


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Weekend Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian



There are evil people. And it is the job of people in authority to protect us from them. Especially when they have direct knowledge of them. Heads need to roll. NOW

Eighteen months before Nikolas Cruz shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, staff were so worried about his fascination with guns that they banned him from practicing shooting skills with the JROTC, according to mental health records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

A safety plan created by the school for Cruz in September 2016 also prohibited him from carrying a backpack on campus.

To make matters worse, Broward County f*cked up worse than first known.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has caught a lot of heat in the aftermath of Parkland. While I feel for the good men and women of that department, the truth remains that some hinky stuff went on, and it was made all the worse in my mind by Sheriff Scott Israel immediately turning around and blaming the Second Amendment for the tragedy.

However, it seems that not only did officers fail to enter the school when they arrived, thus potentially resulting in more deaths, but they violated their own policy in the process.

Judicial Watch today released Broward County Sheriff’s Office training and operation materials that specifically dictate that the first one or two officers on the scene of an active shooter incident “will immediately go to confront the shooter.”

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Food Thread: Pizza? Tomato Pie? You Be The Judge


[Just joking. This is definitely a pizza. The Chicago version is clearly tomato pie. Fun to eat, but don't call it pizza.]

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photo courtesy of Serious Eats

Until a few months ago I had no idea that there was a particular, much-loved style of pizza indigenous to Detroit. Perhaps that is because I haven't been in Detroit since I was a kid, except for a flight there before I went to Toledo. Yup...I live an exciting life!

The photos remind me of the classic Sicilian pizza that is common around NY, but with a few nice twists. Putting the sauce on top just means that more of it will land on my clothing, but edge-to-edge cheese means the opportunity for crispy, browned, crunchy cheese on the perimeter of this pizza, and that is a very good thing.

I found a bunch of recipes, one of which is at the Serious Eats link below the photo. Another nice looking one is at the King Arthur Flour website, but it is sort of irritating; in addition to specifying their flour (which is fine), it calls for two separate spice mixes that they sell. One is for the flour, and it's just powdered cheese garlic, onion and yeast. The other is for the sauce, and is exactly what you would think: onion, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.

Their flour really is great, but I doubt very much that their spice mixtures are worth the huge mark-up, and I find it disingenuous of them to try to sell me that crap.

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What The Hell Is Going On?

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

"People who are able to do something well can do that thing for a living, while people who are not able to do anything that well make a living by teaching. (From George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman.)

This past week we witnessed a nation wide walk out of students for "gun control measures". This walk out was orchestrated by left wing groups and ideologue "educators". I wish they were honest. I wish they would come out and call for what they want, the total ban of firearms. But, honesty is not part of their make up.

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Thought Crimes Are Alive And Well And Living In The UK. Orwell Was Correct, And He Would Be Horrified.


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This is the not-so-secret fantasy of every college administrator and most blue-state legislators. How the West has arrived at this juncture in history is a sad commentary on our hubris, and what we lost (and gained) in two world wars.

Below the fold is something to clear your palate of the flavor of dictatorship...

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-18-2018


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Book Sale Tip:

Moron commenter Grey Fox sends me this:

Lindsay Books, aka, is liquidating their inventory (I assume that means that they are going out of business). The code 75OFF at checkout will get folks a 75% percent discount, plus their shipping costs are very low. They specialize reprints of old technical books and collections of magazine articles about making things, mostly out of metal of one kind or another.

The tag-line on the site is "Discover the secrets of old-time technology!" Maybe you you should go on over and take a look.

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

A JOHN-HOLD-MY-STAFF is a servile, toadying attendant.

Usage: Shep! Smith volunteers for this sort of work. He says he is the best in the business, and you know something, I think I believe him.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (3/17/18 ) St. Patrick Day's Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Irishman's First Drink With His Son

While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories came flooding back to the time I took me son out for his first pint. Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from the cottage. I got him a Guinness. He didn't like it, so I drank it.

Then I got him a Kilkenny's, he didn't like that either, so I drank it.

Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager? He didn't. I drank it.

I thought maybe he'd like whiskey better than beer so I tried a Tullamore Dew. Nope!

In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast, Ireland's finest. He wouldn't even smell it.

What could I do but drink it?

By the time I realized he just didn't like to drink, I was so freakin' shit-faced I could hardly push his stroller back home!


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Anyone Else Get Their Brackets Destroyed Today?


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I don't even care about college basketball, but there is something undeniably pleasing about the Championships. Most of the players (99.9%) have no hope of going to the NBA, but they still play their hearts out. That's nice to watch, and it allows me to forget that the NCAA is a pretty pathetic organization.

And....Virginia getting smacked by a 16 seed is sort of fun too.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 03-17-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]



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To continue with my series of posts highlighting my personal top ten movies of all time, (The Passion of Joan of Arc came first, and then Duck Soup) I move on with the next in chronological order, Casablanca.

Out of all the movies in my top ten, this is probably the one that pops up most in others. It's been a staple of American cinema pretty much since its release and when it won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1942. It's well loved by nearly everyone who sees it, and I think it's easy to see why.

In my mind there are two major reasons why both I love this film and why it's so beloved 76 years after its release: dialogue and the expert mixture of cynicism with romanticism.

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Mini Chess Thread 03-17-2018


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Pic Note

I don't know for sure, but I think the kid is Sammy Reshevsky, who truly was a child prodigy. And I like the guy sitting directly above him with his hand on his head. The look of horror on his face tells you he's just realized that he's hung his queen.

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

Easier Problem - Black To Play (BWTC 203)

Hint: Unite the knights

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Happy St. Patrick's Day from some Irish Setters)



(Happy St. Patrick's Day from an Irish Red & White Setter)


Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Kick your pets out of the corned beef and cabbage and enjoy the world of animals.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: St. Patrick's Day Already? [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, Horde! You eating Irish food today? Don't know if Savoy Cabbage is the most "Irish" kind, but I like it. Above, Wild Thing appears to be checking for a Leprechaun. Don't know what he would have done if he had found one. The family legend of a friend of mine is that Leprechauns followed her grandparents over from County Cork.

Potatoes are, of course, a traditional Irish food. They are often planted in cold soil, but St. Patrick's Day may be too soon to plant potatoes in Missouri. Interesting comparison of the history of the potato in Ireland and the USA at the link. Fourteen pounds is a lot of potatoes for one person to eat in a day.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: First week of Daylight Savings Time [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs


Well, it's been almost a week. Have you suffered any ill effects or mishaps due to the start of daylight savings time? Noticed any events that could be related?

There are some statistical correlations between the start of daylight savings time and car crashes, heart attacks, length of legal sentences and a bunch of other things. The link is courtesy of Maggie's Farm, where this didn't get noted until Thursday after the time change. Maybe it DOES slow everybody down.

When did you remember that today is St. Patrick's Day, for example?

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Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


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EMT 03/17/18


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Home-brined brisket starts baking in an hour.

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Sessions Fires McCabe; McCabe Claims It's All a Conspiracy To Damage Him as a Witness



"Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department's senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately," Sessions said in a statement.

McCabe's crying conspiracy:

I'm sure our cuck friends will be rallying to McCabe's defense soon enough.

(Posted above the ONT for a while; I thought this was big enough for a late post. Once it's up for a while, I'll put it below the ONT.)

Update: The Neo-Menschian cucks are swarming.

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Friday Overnight Open Thread (3/16/ 18)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quote of The Day


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Porsche Sales Chief: Why Sure, We Might Create Flying Porches That Will Serve as Flying Robotic Taxis


You had my attention, now you've got my interest.

Volkswagen's sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine. ...

Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.

Volkswagen's auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year's Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.

Is the future finally coming?

Porsche's guy said that passengers would have "some" control over the vehicle, despite not having a pilot's licence, because most (that is, all) of the flying would be done by computers. I assume this just means paying extra to speed up or fly higher, or changing destination mid-route. Stuff you can just do with your phone through an Uber-type app.

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The Real Collusion Story: How Hillary, the DNC, Brennan, Clapper and Obama Conspired to Frame Trump for a Crime That Never Even Happened


This is a long piece. 14,000 words.

You should read it. Bookmark it if you don't have time to read it. It'll make for some good weekend reading.

By the way, this is from National Review. A lot of commenters keep saying that NR, as a whole, is part of the NeverTrump conspiracy-theory mass delusion. That's only partly true. Some there are obviously of that stripe, but others aren't.

This is the real story, the one that Washington Consensus doesn't know.

Or do they actually know it, but just won't tell it, as they long ago knew there was no Trump/Russia collusion?

Who's to say.

But read it. I promise, it's worth it.

Here's just part of it:

Consider, again, the coy Brennan. When questioners push him to explain what in the Steele dossier he finds compelling, he habitually takes shelter behind secret sources -- evidence hidden behind a classified screen, where only he, the chief intelligence professional, was permitted to see it. "I was aware of intelligence . . . about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether . . . those individuals were cooperating with the Russians . . . and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion [or] cooperation occurred."

John Brennan sees things that we cannot see. If he indeed has access to secrets that transform stories from Marvel Comics into the stuff of everyday reality, then he has done a very poor job of explaining what they are. Moreover, no disinterested intelligence professional has supported him.

Another part of the article talks about Brennan's long campaign to try to create a climate-change like "consensus" about RUSSIA-Trump Collusion Conspiracy theory, but even Clapper and Comey balked at his over-the-top claims.

Brennan's somber and self-righteous appeal to hidden secrets is the oldest con in the book. Just replace his top-secret computer monitor with a crystal ball or dried chicken bones, and his scam is the same one that Gypsy fortunetellers ran on superstitious peasants in early-modern Europe, or that soothsayers were operating in Homer’s Greece.

With respect to the framing of Trump, however, the second-sight scam required elaborate orchestration, the work of many hands. The key was the double-tracking of the dossier. Hillary Clinton's enablers channeled it simultaneously into the press and into the government. They then recruited people inside government to verify to the outsiders that it was a serious document, a guide to the intelligence that reporters were not allowed to see. Without this double-tracking and official or quasi-official authentication, journalists would never have believed that they were catching a glimpse of what Brennan and the FBI saw in their crystal balls -- pardon me, their top-secret monitors. And without leaks about investigations, journalists would have had no dossier-related news to report. Official statements that the dossier "was being looked into" transformed it into a legitimate topic for reputable news outlets.

This con failed in its primary goal of preventing the election of Trump, but it was nevertheless a partial success. It instilled in a significant portion of the American public the conviction that Trump indeed conspired with Putin. This conviction is especially prevalent among the lofty-minded -- a class of people that includes Republicans as well as Democrats.

The bipartisan character of the delusion was the greatest factor that legitimated the appointment of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading the investigation into Trump’s alleged relations with Russia. The lofty-minded have greeted every indictment that Mueller has handed down as confirmation of their collusion delusion. In reality, those indictments only prove that a phalanx of crack investigators armed with nearly unlimited resources, a grand jury, and an expansive mandate can draw blood almost at will. If a similar phalanx were to target Hillary Clinton and the shenanigans surrounding the Clinton Foundation, how much blood would flow? In other words, Mueller’s indictments are just the latest form of the non-verification verification.

Regardless of Mueller’s intentions, his probe serves as precisely the kind of "insurance policy" that Strzok seems to have been discussing with his lover, Lisa Page, in August 2016. Trump cannot shut down the Mueller probe and excise the rot in the DOJ and the FBI without appearing to obstruct justice. In practical terms, then, the Mueller probe is the cover-up.

Of course, the lofty-minded refuse to see it this way. The political damage that Mueller’s team is inflicting on Trump helps explain why a surprising number of people mount passionate and sincere defenses of the dossier and the super spy who compiled it. The logic of partisan politics will always lead a significant percentage of people to insist, with varying degrees of true belief, that a sow's ear really is a silk purse. But partisanship is not by any means the only factor at work here. Even people with well-deserved reputations for intellectual seriousness passionately defend the integrity of Christopher Steele, a man whom the New York Times insists on calling, despite all contrary evidence, "a whistleblower."

For a complete understanding of the dossier’s tenacious hold on lofty minds, one must supplement conventional political analysis with psychology. What we are witnessing is nothing less than a textbook case of denial and projection -- the most perfect case imaginable.

Like I said: good weekend reading.

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Police Arrest Male American Bridge Operative for Assaulting Female Department of the Interior Official


Antifa tactics.

U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a male Democratic operative for assaulting a female Interior Department communications official following a House budget hearing Thursday.

The assault happened after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke finished testifying on the department's 2019 budget proposal before the House Committee on Natural Resources. The suspect identified himself as a reporter with American Bridge and pushed a female Interior Department communications official to the floor, chasing after Zinke, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned.

Interior communications director Laura Rigas was "greatly alarmed and extremely irate that a female senior member of my DOI Communications team was physically assaulted today by a Democrat staffer from the PAC American Bridge," she told Politico.

A lot of these "people" think they're morally and intellectually superior. This delusion has now extended to the physical realm.

I expect a lot of pain for these "people" in the future as citizens start meeting force with force.

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Major Correction on Gina Haspel Story: She Took Over the Black Site After The Waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah


Zubaydah was notoriously waterboarded 83 times in a single month -- but despite ProPublica's previous claims (with many in the media aping their reports), Haspel arrived at the site after that and had nothing to do with that episode.

If I'm reading this right, she was Chief of Base of the black site for the waterboarding of one other terrorist, but that guy was only waterboarded three times.

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Report: Hillary Clinton Fractures Wrist After Slipping in Bathtub


Via PJ Media, this seems too perfect to be true, but she does seem accident-prone.

I'm pretty late to this story. But there is what I hope is an update for you.

Hillary Clinton's visit to India suffered another setback this week as the former secretary of state fractured her wrist after slipping in the bathtub at the five-star resort where she was staying, according to a report by DNA India.

The website reported that Clinton was taken to a hospital in the city of Jodphur at around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday. Clinton underwent an X-ray and a CT scan that confirmed a hairline fracture of her right wrist.

The Times of India reported that Clinton had been given a plaster bandage and advised to go for another checkup in three days.

I still wouldn't have believed this if not for a picture which does seem to show Hillary Clinton hiding her wrist under the sleeve of an unfortunate, voluminous garment.

The wrap, called a kurta, is called by this site "customized" to hide her wrist injury.

Hillary was seen in Jaipur on Thursday where she appeared to be adopting an out-of-sight and out-of-mind approach to her recent injury by wearing a kurta that had been customized to make one sleeve longer than other.

You need either the heart of a saint or a heart of stone not to laugh.

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Cherokee Genealogist: Elizabeth Warren's Claims of Indian Ancestry are "Ludicrous"



A Cherokee genealogist on Wednesday dismissed Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claims of Indian ancestry as "ludicrous," arguing that the Massachusetts Democrat "has no respect for true Native Americans."

Twila Barnes, who has done extensive research into Ms. Warren’s family tree, added that the high-profile progressive leader has angered some Native Americans by appearing to leverage her dubious heritage to advance her career.


The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, which endorsed her in 2012, called on her last week to take a DNA test to resolve the issue once and for all, while independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai has sent her two DNA kits, both of which were returned.

Previously, Elizabeth Warren refused to say she would take a DNA test, claiming that she knew in her heart who she is.

The thing is, lady, "who you are" changed depending on if you were seeking a promotion or had just received one. You were Indian while job hunting and non-Indian once you'd gulled a diversity hiring director to give you a job.

"Fox News Sunday" host John Roberts brought up an editorial last week from the Massachusetts newspaper The Berkshire Eagle, which wrote Warren needed to resolve the debate over her heritage.

"We call upon our senior senator to screw up her courage and take the spit test," the newspaper said, referring to the DNA-heritage tracking labs that advertise on television.

"Would you be willing to take a DNA test to put this issue to rest?" Roberts asked.

Warren didn't answer on that front. Instead, she responded by telling the story of her parents, who she said met as teenagers in Oklahoma. Her father's family, Warren said, was opposed to his marrying Warren's mother because she was part Native American, and the couple went on to make it through "hard times" and raise her and her three brothers.

"I know who I am because of what my mother and my father told me, what my grandmother and my grandfather told me, what all my aunts and uncles told me and my brothers. It's a part of who I am, and no one's ever going to take that away," Warren said.

This just in: The alleged Party of Science reject science, says "lore" and "feelings" trump facts.

By this illogic, isn't Warren saying that Danny Williams is in fact Bill Clinton's unacknowledged illegitimate son, because his mom told him he was and he believes it?

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Ohio High School Student Suspended for Refusing to Take Part in Anti-Gun Walkout


So now our teachers and administrators are not just leading our children on political crusades, but punishing them if they refuse to join in.

A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn't want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s "National Walkout," so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest or an alternative "study hall."

Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.

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The Federalist: Judge Who Presided Over Michael Flynn's Guilty Plea, And Then Mysteriously Recused Himself, Was Friends With Peter Strzok; Strzok and Page Conspired to Arrange Dinner Parties Where They Could Talk to Judge Without Alerting Others to Their


We're gonna need a bigger special counsel.

And these emails were hidden and never disclosed to Congress. Hmmm. I wonder why.

How the Federalist got them I don't know, but it might have something to do with the IG investigation.

Newly discovered text messages obtained by The Federalist reveal two key federal law enforcement officials conspired to meet with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge who presided over the federal case against Michael Flynn. The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling the case just days after accepting the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

The text messages about Contreras between controversial Department of Justice lawyer Lisa Page and Peter Strzok... were deliberately hidden from Congress, multiple congressional investigators told The Federalist.


The pair even schemed about how to set up a cocktail or dinner party just so Contreras, Strzok, and Page could speak without arousing suspicion that they were colluding. Strzok expressed concern that a one-on-one meeting between the two men might require Contreras' recusal from matters in which Strzok was involved.

"[REDACTED] suggested a social setting with others would probably be better than a one on one meeting," Strzok told Page. "I'm sorry, I'm just going to have to invite you to that cocktail party."

"Have to come up with some other work people cover for action," Strzok added.

"Why more?" Page responded. "Six is a perfectly fine dinner party."

See the Federalist for more. For some reason, when these emails were turned over to Congress, all the information about Contreras and the dinner-party cover story were redacted.

I wonder if a high-level official at the FBI or DOJ was responsible for this deliberate withholding of information from Congress.

More from Sara A. Carter, including longer text exchanges between Strzok and Page.

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The Morning Rant


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"I've got a message for all of the 'brave' high school students who are walking out of school for gun control: Where are you when that weird-looking nerd in your class gets picked on and bullied by the cool kids? Why aren't you, the supposedly 'woke' protestors, standing up for him and against the malevolent alpha clique? Because that's your injustice right there, staring at you in the face, and you pretend not to see it. Because going up against the pecking order is dangerous, and it's a lot more fun to cut class and run your fool mouths about things you don't know anything about than to actually do something, however small, to make your school a better place. You're not virtuous, you're just virtue-signaling. So get back to class and STFU, you sanctimonious little shits."

(h/t Brent Cochran)

And this is why they should STFU and go back to school:

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Because they're stupid, dumb-as-dirt morons who know absolutely nothing about the real world. Of course Donald Trump enjoys the best armed protection of anyone in the entire country. What those idiot students ought to be protesting is why aren't their schools providing them with the same level of armed protection. Instead, what they get are the Broward cowards hiding outside behind their own skirts while some asshole sociopath is shooting up the school. Why aren't they upset about that? Why are they not demanding the resignation of Sheriff Scott Israel?

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Summer Evening at Skagen
Peder Severin Krøyer

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The Morning Report 3/16/18

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Friday and not too soon. I'm under the weather with a wicked head cold so this will be really brief and not just Sefton-brief.

In the Mueller sham investigation, now that it has all but fallen apart, Mueller is now crossing a red line by digging into the President's business dealings as far back as 20 or more years ago in an effort to ruin him financially and thus force him from office. At least Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds Grassley, Graham Cornyn and Tillis are calling for a special counsel to investigate the investigation. I think it's time for PDT to shut this down, before it gets any closer to the midterms.

On the Immigration front, the vermin who murdered Kate Steinle is suing the Feds for, get this, "vindictive" prosecution. Between this animal, the mayor of Oakland, the illegal alien that was appointed to a state job in Sacramento and all the rest, it's getting to the point where a physical response by the President is required to preserve the union and the rule of law. In very related news, a Honduran illegal alien has plead guilty to aiding and abetting ISIS by plotting to blow up a shopping mall. Michael Ledeen is correct; it really is a war, and on multiple fronts. And so far we're not fighting it.

That's it for me. Back to bed. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Thursday Overnight Open Thread (3/15/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(The ONT, colder than a well digger's knee?)


The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"[She's] so bitter, you could make an Old-Fashioned out of her tears," Greg Gutfeld

Quote II

In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” Anthony Malcolm Daniels (Theodore Dalrymple)

Quote III

“Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy." John Derbyshire

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Sara A. Carter: Sources Say McCabe Will Likely Be Fired Before He's Eligible for His Pension


Carter reports that her sources tell her McCabe will be fired -- they'd be "surprised" if he weren't -- and criminal charges are being considered.

Hannity also reporting that McCabe has been "begging" his superiors to not fire him before he can retire with benefits on Sunday. It sounds like if he's fired he won't get those benefits.

Hannity also says he's hearing there's a "high probability" that Sessions will appoint a second special counsel to investigate the FBI's and DOJ's behavior during and after the election, with Grassley and Graham vowing to apply as much pressure as possible to make it happen.

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Will Sessions Fire McCabe's Ass?


As the Washington Consensus gets ready to ignore the Inspector General's report, speculation increases that Sessions will actually fire McCabe.

The Department of Justice’s inspector general could soon release his expected explosive report detailing a more than yearlong review of the FBI and DOJ's Hillary Clinton investigation -- an effort that has already put top FBI official Andrew McCabe and his pension in jeopardy.

Over the last year, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been reviewing the FBI and DOJ’s actions related to its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Horowitz has told lawmakers he is aiming to release the report in the "March, April time period."

On Wednesday, fresh evidence emerged that Horowitz may be winding down his efforts. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering firing McCabe over the findings in Horowitz’s review, sources said.

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California Appoints Illegal Alien, Ineligible to Work (or Even Reside) in US, to Statewide Political Job



The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday appointed the first undocumented resident to a statewide post, according to Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon's office.

Lizbeth Mateo, a 33-year-old attorney and immigrant rights activist, will serve on the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. The committee advises the California Student Aid Commission on efforts to increase college access for California students from low-income or underserved communities.

The article doesn't say if this is a paying job or just some kind of volunteer posting. If it's a paying gig, the federal government could, I'd imagine, bring action against the entire government of California for being an illegal employer of ineligible workers.

I feel like we've been holding California back, and it's time to give them their freedom to seek their own destiny.

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Great: One Third of the Women in STEM Studies Now Leaving Those Fields to Pursue Courses in... Social Justice Warrioring


Apparently not content with merely being cartoonish, extremist feminists now want to make the infamous cartoon about them real AF.

I'm sure these women's choices to leave the high-paying fields of engineering and science for softer studies in gender equality is all the fault of The Patriarchy.

A study found that one third of the women in STEM fields tracked changed majors to either a "helping field" or one about social justice.

I don't mind the helping fields at all -- they're critical. But I would point out that when people explain that the reason there are more men in engineering and more women in nursing is that men are more interesting in things and women are more interested in people, the intersectional feminists claim that's the Patriarchal Nazis saying that, and it's a White Man's Lie.

And yet... here we are.

The other women who dropped out of STEM went into the garbage fields of wasting Daddy's money to show Daddy that you don't want any part of him or his Patriarchy, except the part about being supported with no expectation of ever being able to pay back the loans he co-guaranteed.

Led by Colorado School of Mines professor Greg Rulifson, the study tracked 34 freshmen engineering majors over the course of four years to explore what makes students, especially women, abandon engineering in lieu of other fields.

Of the 21 female students interviewed, fully one-third left engineering by their junior year. Rulifson and his co-author Angela Bielefeldt identified one factor common to all female students who left: the desire to "help society/other people," or "social responsibility."

The "social responsibility" definition includes "care for the marginalized and disadvantaged," "environmental conservation," and "empathy," the professors noted.

Empathy is a real Growth Field. Women working in that field can make upwards of 79 cents on each dollar that Male Empathy Workers make.

Of the 21 female students, 14 expressed a strong dedication to social responsibility. Half of those students eventually switched majors upon realizing they wanted to pursue fields they felt had more to do with helping people.

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United Airlines: We're Anti-NRA and Pro-Killing-Your-Dog


Criminal charges being considered.

A criminal probe has been launched into a puppy’s death aboard a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owners to stow their pet carrier in an overhead bin.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Texas said late Wednesday it is working with the county’s animal cruelty task force to investigate 10-month-old Kokito’s death.

Prosecutors won’t decide if criminal charges are warranted until the probe is completed, officials said in a statement.

United's story has been that the stewardress making this odd demand didn't know there was a dog in the dog carrier, despite the family telling them this clearly, when they objected to putting a puppy into a small enclosed space where air could, possibly, run out.

But this seems to be a lie:

Sophia told NBC News that her mom told the flight attendant, "'It’' a dog! It's a dog!' and (the flight attendant) said we have to put it up there."

"In the end, she says she didn’t know it was a dog, but she actually touched the bag and felt him there. She's basically lying to us now," the distraught girl told ABC News.

Other passengers backed up the family's account on Twitter and Facebook.

United acknowledged Wednesday that the family said there was a dog in the carrier.

"However, our flight attendant did not hear or understand her, and did not knowingly place the dog in the overhead bin," the airline said in a statement.

She didn't knowingly know that when a distraught girl exclaimed that there was, in fact, a dog in the dog carrier, that the dog carrier contained a dog?

I hope there are a lot of NRA members on the jury for the inevitable lawsuit for intentional infliction of emotional distress, and they extend to United the same courtesy that United has extended to them.

Speaking of, Jordan Peterson said this about virtue-signalling corporations who kowtow to the radical Marxists who want to (eventually) slit their throats.

"People who are doing this at the corporate level will rapidly get their comeuppance... If you're operating within a capitalist environment like let's say the executives and management of Qantas, who are being paid disproportionately well, you don't also get to be a social radical. And you don’t get to salve your conscience for receiving a pay cheque that's 300 times the pay cheque of the average worker by pretending you're a social revolutionary. It's an appalling sleight of hand.

"In addition, you don't get to invite the radical leftists into your corporate utopia without opening the door to a major fifth column. If you are naive enough to think that the demand of the radicals for the transformation of your company is going to end with a few requests for language transformation then you're a complete bloody fool.

"It's staggering to me to watch the corporate elite types kowtow to the radical Marxists. They do it to virtue signal or because they’re feeling guilty or maybe because they're facing genuine pressure and don't want to stand up against it. But they're playing a game that will punish them intensely."

Well, we can only hope.

This is why I'm increasingly anti-corporation. If they want to get into bed with the hard left, that's their choice -- but don't expect any further favors from the right.

If corporate-types have some BDSM kink where they get off on political pressure or even outright political persecution -- well, I'm willing to do that for ya too, Sally.

I think it's time to begin telling these corporate enforces of leftwing cultural control:

Now You will be made to care.

Posted by Ace at 04:39 PM Comments

Obama Directed FBI to Purge NICS (Gun Background Check Database) of Names of 500,000 Fugitives


Fugitives can't buy guns, at least as long as they're fugitives.

For some reason, the generally anti-gun Obama chose to define "fugitive" in a narrow way, and thus struck the names of 500,000 fugitives -- now no longer defined as fugitives -- from the NICS database.

he Justice Department under Barack Obama directed the FBI to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, acting FBI deputy director David Bowdich testified Wednesday.

Fugitives from justice are barred from buying a firearm under federal law. But what is a fugitive from justice? That definition has been under debate by the FBI and the ATF.

According to The Washington Post, the FBI considered any person with an outstanding arrest warrant to be a fugitive. On the other hand, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives defined a fugitive as someone who has an outstanding arrest warrant and has crossed state lines.

That disagreement was settled at the end of Obama's second term, when the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel sided with the ATF's interpretation.

I don't see this as nefarious, and it's possible the legislative context here supports the more restrictive definition better than the more expansive one.

However, it does seem that someone with an outstanding arrest warrant shouldn't be able to buy a gun until his status is cleared. He might show up for a hearing and merely get a fine, or plead to a misdemeanor, or have charges dismissed. Or, he could be arraigned and tried on criminal charges.

But that does seem like the sort of thing that should keep you from getting a gun at least until you show up in court to contest the warrant.

Add this to the "Promise" program, where Obama bullied schools into agreeing to not call the cops on dangerous students, to keep them free of the arrest record they probably earned (and, consequently -- free to buy guns), and what you have is a NICS background check system that should work very well in theory, but is kept from working properly by Obama's decisions.

Which is then used as an argument as to why we need to Ban All The Guns.

Well, maybe if you weren't sabotaging the system already in place, we'd keep guns out of the hands of more criminals, Guys.

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Gary Johnson: As a Candidate With Little Funding, I Couldn't Recover from "Goffs" The Way Hillary and Trump Could


Easy for him to say.

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Lamb Victory Shows Democrats In a "Commanding Position" to Take House in 2018


Seems true -- it's not just bad luck that Republicans keep losing these off-year contests.

The Democrats are unified and energized, and Republicans are bitterly divided, with one faction actively assisting the Democrats.

Suburban women in particular are anti-Trump -- which is a major problem. The GOP once depended on at least splitting suburban women with Democrats to keep Democrats from winning women as a whole something better than 80-20.

Not only does the GOP's agenda traditionally appeal more to men, and less to women, but I think Trump is a big problem for women who consider themselves upscale and college-educated, too. (Consider themselves.) If Hillary Clinton reminded men of their first ex-wife, then Trump tends to remind women of their first ex-husband.

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Mattis' Pentagon Goes Rogue, Backs Iran Deal, Opposes Trump


As some people I know complain: It's amazing how a couple of cute nick-names ("Mad Dog," "Warrior Monk") and some memes will insulate someone against a realistic assessment of their agenda.

So here's the Mad Dog in action.

On the heels of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing, due to his defiance of President Trump in support of the Iran nuclear deal, rogue Pentagon officials under Secretary of Defense James Mattis are waging their own campaign to keep the deal with the terrorist regime in Tehran.

In amazing testimony before the Senate, Gen. Joseph Votel, who serves as the leader of U.S. Central Command, told stunned senators that he, Defense Secretary Mattis, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joe Dunford all support the nuclear deal.

"From my perspective, the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] addresses one of the principal threats that we deal with from Iran," Votel said, adding, "So, if the JCPOA goes away, then we will have to have another way to deal with the nuclear weapons program."

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



Intestinal fortitude, having the strength of your convictions, standing up for yourself...these are all terms to describe what many of us strive for. This young man has arrived. His buddies in the Republican club? Nope. They are panty-waisted little worms, and he is better off being far away from them. I'd suggest he throw poo at them, but they aren't worth the effort.

College Republicans president resigns rather than apologize for free speech wall that triggered peers

Some students became so upset by the free speech wall they accused the College Republicans of “hate speech” and “inciting violence” during a heated February campus meeting over it. But even after a parade of his peers took to the mic and accused Eike and other GOP students of hatred, the international student stood his ground.

“I don’t feel like stepping back on free speech is the way to go,” Eike, 21, told The College Fix in a telephone interview.

Eike left the meeting before it ended, and later other members of the St. Cloud State College Republicans apologized for not vetting the wall more carefully, and subsequently took it down.

The other members seem to be practicing for careers with the GOP! Apologizing for their political philosophy and caving to pressure from their political enemies? Sounds like they would fit right in! Paul Ryan has a few openings. And Mitch McConnell can always use a few spineless weasels on his staff.

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