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September 15, 2014

Hardy Perennial: Some Prog Sissy Whines that the Star Spangled Banner is Too Militaristic


In Politico Magazine, but discussed at the National Review.

Our anthem is too militaristic? Um, we're not even in the top fifteen.

Here are the first few stanzas of the French national anthem. I've bolded my favorite parts.

Let's go children of the fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us tyranny's
Bloody flag is raised! (repeat)

In the countryside, do you hear
The roaring of these fierce soldiers?
They come right to our arms
To slit the throats of our sons, our friends!


Grab your weapons, citizens!
Form your battalions!
Let us march! Let us march!
Let their impure blood
water the furrows
(of our fields).


Tremble, tyrants! and you, traitors,
The disgrace of all groups,
Tremble! Your parricidal plans
Will finally pay the price! (repeat)
Everyone is a soldier to fight you,
If they fall, our young heroes,
France will make more,
Ready to battle you!

Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors,
Bear or hold back your blows!
Spare these sad victims,
Regretfully arming against us. (repeat)
But not these bloodthirsty despots,
But not these accomplices of Bouille,
All of these animals who, without pity,
Tear their mother's breast to pieces!

Gotta love a single lyric that mixes racism ("impure blood") with psychopathic imagery ("Hey I've got a sexy little notion -- let's water our squashes with their impure blood").

It goes on a bit. Bear in mind that part about "watering our furrows with the invaders' impure blood" is repeated about seventy-three thousand times. *

Cracked has digested five more national anthems that make the Star Spangled Banner look like a transcript of a very special episode of The View about Vajazzling.

Here's a quote from the Algerian anthem:

"We swear by the lightning that destroys, By the streams of generous blood being shed"

"When we spoke, none listened to us, So we have taken the noise of gunpowder as our rhythm, And the sound of machine guns as our melody"

So this jackass needs to shut up. We can't go to war with countries singing about their blood gushing from their wounds like eternal serpents (Turkish national anthem) when our boys are stuck singing something that wouldn't upset our more sensitive progressive sitzpinklers.

By the way: You know what song this pus*y wants to replace the Anthem with?

With this:

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Posted by Ace at 07:29 PM Comments

An Important Question I've Never Seen Asked, And Would Like the Answer To


Update: Answered? See end of post.

I am convinced that nearly the entirety of the modern environmentalist movement is an attempt to obtain absolution for modern First World life.

Why one would think they need absolution for that is beyond me.

-- Alexthechick

I read this wrong the first time and did not see the words "modern environmentalism movement." The way I read it -- and frankly, I like my misreading better -- is that leftist politics generally is an attempt to obtain absolution for modern First World life.

Have more money than some urchins in Kinshasha? Vote Democrat; it's your redemption.

I would also say, in line with my observation that Dumb is Easy and Easy is Holy, partisan politics and placard-waving is the easiest possible way to assuage one's guilt over having it better than someone else.

Are great numbers of Obama Voters enlisting to do the harder work of achieving that desired absolution? Are they working in soup kitchens, signing up for the Peace Corps (a sort of secular missionary effort)?

Are they doing anything real about the troubles they claim to be so deeply concerned by, or are they just tuning into to Rachel Maddow's nightly revival-tent sermon to hear some more of that Old Time Religion?

Remember this video?

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Posted by Ace at 05:41 PM Comments

How the Left Got Religion, and The Rest of Us Got Obama


If, like me, you're very interested (and concerned) by the fusion of mysticism and politics to form a full-spectrum tribal identity platform which satisfies its adherents desire for political goods, personal affirmation, and religious meaning in a largely secular world, you'll enjoy this long article on the deification of Barack Hussein Obama, by Benjamin Plotinsky in the City Journal.

Update: This article is actually from Spring 2010. I forget where I got it from -- probably either Hot Air, or Instapundit, or maybe someone's mention on Twitter.

The article speaks in the beginning about "Obama's plunging poll numbers."

Hey, you can't blame me for taking that as a reference to current events!

Even if Old, it remains True.

The Varieties of Liberal Enthusiasm

The Left’s political zealotry increasingly resembles religious experience.


It all seems so long ago now, as one contemplates President Obama’s plummeting approval ratings and a suddenly resurgent Republican Party. Yet it’s worth looking closely and seriously at the election-year enthusiasm of media elites and other Obamaphiles, much of which was indeed, as the wags recognized, quasi-religious. The surprising fact is that the American Left, for all its claims to being "reality-based" and secular, is often animated by the passions, motivations, and imagery that one normally associates with religion. The better we understand this religious impulse, the better we will understand liberal America’s likely trajectory in the years to come.


Consider... what Samantha Fennell, formerly an associate publisher of Elle, wrote on the magazine’s website[:]

Barack Obama must be elected President of the United States. . . . I have thrown myself into a new world--one in which fluffy chatter and frivolous praise are replaced by a get-to-the-point directness and disciple-like devotion. It’s intense and intoxicating. . . . When I attended my second "Obama Live" fund-raiser last week at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, . . . I was on my feet as Senator Obama entered the room. Fate had blessed me in this moment. . . . In a moment of divine intervention, he saw me, . . . grabbed my hand, and gave that brilliant smile of his. I literally said out loud to the woman next to me who witnessed my good fate, "I'll never wash this hand again."

How can we explain this sudden, brief eruption of messianic fervor into our politics? Perhaps by looking at the religious climate of the country and the world, which have been witnessing a religious revival over the past 30 years. Whether you call this phenomenon the "revenge of God," as the French scholar Gilles Kepel does, or "resacralization," as the sociologists do...

The worship of a charismatic leader was just one reason that twentieth-century intellectuals regarded the great totalitarianisms as inherently religious. Another was their immense scope, which included not just matters traditionally considered public--war, taxes, even the offices of the welfare state--but also the private lives and practices of individuals. "The totalitarian movements which have arisen since World War I are fundamentally religious movements," wrote the political scientist Waldemar Gurian in 1952, in part because they "cannot conceive of realms of life outside and beyond their control." Sixteen years earlier, the legal scholar Marcel Prélot had commented that "the totalitarian state, naturally extending its field of action far beyond the recognized domain of the conventional state, claims to constitute both a political entity and an ethical and spiritual community, . . . the state itself being a church."

Obamaism is far narrower, and far more benign, than that. But another strand of modern liberal politics encroaches so far on the private sphere that it begins to resemble the political religions.

Potinsky's piece does a good enough job of presenting the evidence that Obamaism is essentially a religious/mystical movement (as were Fascism, Naziism, and Lennism/Stalinism, though he explicitly disclaims any attempt to claim that Obama has the twisted ambitions of those regimes).

But I have a question: Why? Or, more specifically: Why now?

Even if one postulates (as I would) that mankind has a basic hunger for connectedness and making connections between the stars (that is, a general tendency towards curiosity about large questions, and a tendency to supply metaphysical answers to those questions when other answers aren't coming), and even if one says, along with GK Chesterton, that a disbelief in God often leads to an affirmative belief in a great many silly substitute religions and religious dogmas, why now? Why this particular moment?

Was it just that Obama was especially well-positioned to play the Cult Card, being handsome and young and a member of a persecuted race? (That latter credential being especially resonant in religion and myth -- Redeemers tend to come from persecuted groups, not the class in current power.)

Or perhaps it's merely that he was the only politician in recent memory narcissistic and cynical enough to play the Cult Card?

Could it be played again? Are the legions who were so willing to Believe so deeply in the fundamental metaphysical Perfection (capital intended) of Obama ready to Believe again in the next politician to position herself as High Priestess of a Grand Church of Providing Meaning to the Spiritually Empty?

Or is there something in particular about this moment -- perhaps the traumas of 9/11 combined with the special trauma experienced by the left in seeing Bush elected president, and then their doctrines widely repudiated after the attack of 9/11 -- has left the American people (and the left especially) spiritually, socially, and intellectually disoriented and therefore in an Apocalyptic frame of mind?

Could it be then that this is really little different than someone finding himself open to conversion to a religion after an especially traumatic personal setback? Except that it is a mass example of this effect?

I don't know.

All I know is that I find it troubling and ominous when the people who keep telling me they're strict rationalists and empiricists begin chanting prayers to strange new gods.

Posted by Ace at 04:48 PM Comments

Generic Ballot 2000-2014

—Brandon Finnigan

I've been tinkering with the generic ballot releases I could get my hands on for the last seven elections, and comparing them, if possible, to the current batch of releases.
After a brief correction from Nate Cohn of NYT's Upshot, here's the draft version which we will update every Thursday at @aoshqdd. Please note that this week's Rasmussen release has not been updated, it will on Thursday, as will any other pollster who drops anything between now and then:


What you are looking at is a snapshot of where each pollster found the generic Congressional ballot at this point (draft set for September 18th) in the last seven elections and today. Emphasis on the generic ballot isn't advisable when determining the outcome of Senate races, as there is a clear divergence in who leads in the state-by-state, and who leads by this national metric.

Some interesting things: quite a lot of pollsters had shifted into Likely Voter mode at this point in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2010, but hardly any had done so in 2002, 2006, or 2012. In fact, in the year 2006, nearly all polling released to this point wasn't even of registered voters, but adults.

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DHS Won't Renew the Tenure of Controversial "Moderate Muslim" Advisor Mohammad Elibiary


Many critics, such as Patrick Poole, didn't think Elibiary's rhetoric sounded particularly "moderate." Elibiary had tweeted his enthusiasm for the "inevitable" return of the Islamic Caliphate.

That seemed controversial enough when he tweeted it -- but it's poisonous now that we have not one but two slaughter-happy pretenders to the Islamic Caliphate title.

That's probably why the ever-gutsy Obama Administration is quietly placing him beneath the gently-turning wheels of a high-tech Stealth Bus.

And maybe something else, too.

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adviser long engulfed in controversy over his radical views was let go from his role in the department last week after a long fight by lawmakers and others to revoke the individual's privileges at DHS.

Mohamed Elibiary was until last week a senior member of DHS' Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). After years of controversy about his status at DHS, Elibiary announced his final day with the department on Twitter earlier this month and said he would remain close to the agency.


New documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon indicate that Elibiary had no choice in the matter, and that he may have been let go by DHS in order to minimize the fallout from an investigation into allegations that he improperly accessed and used classified materials obtained with his security clearance.

As to the latter, Patrick Poole says that DHS' claim to have investigated the allegation was itself a lie, and that there was no actual investigation.

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You Should Send This to Your Mom Before She Sends It To You


via @doreenHdixon, a relaxing video.

Kind of like waterfalls, but involving cats giving massages to each other.

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Atheists Sam Harris, Bill Maher: Part of the Problem With Islamic Jihad is the "Islamic" Part


The progressive media consensus on Islam is stultifying, and deliberately so. It's a series of simplistic claims intended to drown out any adult discussion on the issue in favor of childish happy-talk which serves no purpose except to preserve the fragile progressive voting coalition.

The progressive media consensus frequently finds the truth to be "divisive" -- by which they mean "contrary to the solidarity of the Democrat/Socialist alliance" -- and this is yet another case of that.

But there are dissident voices.

Bill Maher not only trashes Charlie Rose's Progressive Happy Shut-Up Talk on Islam as false and "naive" -- but he goes on to also trash Rose's insistence that "extremist Christians" are just as bad as Islamic Jihadists.

Bill Maher plainly despises conservative Christians, which makes his refutation of Rose's false claim all the more potent.

Maher is contemptuous of believing Christians -- But he will not accept the palpably false claims by Rose and other Happy Talk Warriors that believing Christians are engaging in female genital mutilation and murder of "apostates."

Sam Harris, another atheist, has every political reason to claim that "all religions are just exactly alike and just as bad about encouraging violence."

But he doesn't claim that, because it's not true, and he is one of the few progressives who think that a claim's patent falsity ought to count against it a bit.

After quoting Obama's various "the Islamic State is not Islamic" assurances, Harris writes:

Pondering when this scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away--either by the clear light of reason or by a surfeit of horror meted out to innocents by the parties of God. Which will come first, flying cars and vacations to Mars, or a simple acknowledgment that beliefs guide behavior and that certain religious ideas--jihad, martyrdom, blasphemy, apostasy--reliably lead to oppression and murder? It may be true that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents exactly--but innocence, as the President surely knows, is in the eye of the beholder. Are apostates "innocent"? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is "no."

More British Muslims have joined the ranks of ISIS than have volunteered to serve in the British armed forces. In fact, this group has managed to attract thousands of recruits from free societies throughout the world to help build a paradise of repression and sectarian slaughter in Syria and Iraq. This is an astonishing phenomenon, and it reveals some very uncomfortable truths about the failures of multiculturalism, the inherent vulnerability of open societies, and the terrifying power of bad ideas.

[A] belief in martyrdom, a hatred of infidels, and a commitment to violent jihad are not fringe phenomena in the Muslim world. These preoccupations are supported by the Koran and numerous hadith. That is why the popular Saudi cleric Mohammad Al-Areefi sounds like the ISIS army chaplain. The man has 9.5 million followers on Twitter (twice as many as Pope Francis has). If you can find an important distinction between the faith he preaches and that which motivates the savagery of ISIS, you should probably consult a neurologist.

Understanding and criticizing the doctrine of Islam--and finding some way to inspire Muslims to reform it--is one of the most important challenges the civilized world now faces....

But there is now a large industry of obfuscation designed to protect Muslims from having to grapple with these truths.

I wrote about this basic idea myself on Friday: There is no avoiding the fact that if Islam is to live peacefully in the world, it needs a substantial reformation.

And I do not see how the West falling over itself to reassure Islam that nothing at all about it is in need of reform (or even reconsideration) is likely to spur action on that front.

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Senate Races: NH, Iowa Both Tied


In Iowa, where farmer-insulting Bruce Braley is fighting to keep the senate seat in Democrat hands, Braley has only a 1% advantage over Joni Ernst, making it a statistical tie.

His rival, Joni Ernst, emerged as something of a sensation en route to winning the GOP nomination, but now she, too, is slipping in the polls amid attacks over her stated support for privatizing Social Security and sponsorship of a bill that would outlaw abortion.

With just seven weeks to go, a CNN poll released Friday gave Braley the slimmest of leads over Ernst, 49% to 48%, within the margin of error. It was in line with other surveys that showed the coin-flip race has budged ever so slightly back in his direction.

Polling has usually found an edge for Braley so I'm not sure why the LA Times gives the latest poll the gloss that it's good news for Braley. What I generally assume is that the neutral, objective media gives races the same sort of good-news-for-your-side spin that I do, less out of a desire to deceive and more out of rooting interest in one's party.

Which would be strange, given that the media is supposedly non-partisan, yet behaving exactly like an admitted partisan does.

A few weeks ago a poll put Scott Brown within two points of Jeane Shaheen. Shaheen had been leading by a somewhat comfortable margin in other polls, so there was a question as to whether this was an outlier, or real movement towards Brown.

It seems to be the latter:

Meanwhile, Politico has presidential approval at 44/56 and finds the GOP with a slight lead on immigration.

Allison Lundergan Grimes: I'm Totally Into Guns N Stuff. Pathetic.

Posted by Ace at 11:36 AM Comments

Open Thread


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Top Headline Comments 9-15-14

—Gabriel Malor

Good morning.

While all eyes turn to ISIL, let us not forget that Al Qaeda still has a thing for attacking the U.S. mainland.

Sen. Paul continues to struggle to explain his positions on ISIL and, oddly, airstrikes on U.S. citizens-turned-terrorists. "I asked Paul again if he could answer the question, reminding him of his 13-hour filibuster on the issue, but he was escorted out of the room by his press aides without answering the question."

The NYTimes published a doozy Obama. The piece purported to be about Obama's foreign policy missteps, but I thought it emblematic of his presidency as a whole:

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Overnight Open Thread (9-14-2014)


So a sudden kidney stone attack led me to spend the night in the ER but at least I got to meet my old friends Johnny Morphine and Dil Laudid.

Net result my total accomplishments today were approximately 7%.* And I'm currently operating heavy ONT equipment while on narcotics....whheeeeeeeeeeeee!

*I'm counting sleeping and vomiting here as actual accomplishments.

Celebrities Weigh on Scottish Independence

No: David Bowie, Eddie Izzard, Andy Murray, Susan Boyle, Emma Thompson, Rod Stewart

Yes: Alan Cumming, Billy Brag, Sean Connery, Annie Lennox, Morrissey

After 30 Years Of Lies, NY Times Admits "Assault Weapons Are A Myth"

Well more than a myth - a deliberately made-up political term.

It was much the same in the early 1990s when Democrats created and then banned a category of guns they called "assault weapons." America was then suffering from a spike in gun crime and it seemed like a problem threatening everyone. Gun murders each year had been climbing: 11,000, then 13,000, then 17,000.

Democrats decided to push for a ban of what seemed like the most dangerous guns in America: assault weapons, which were presented by the media as the gun of choice for drug dealers and criminals, and which many in law enforcement wanted to get off the streets.

This politically defined category of guns - a selection of rifles, shotguns and handguns with "military-style" features - only figured in about 2 percent of gun crimes nationwide before the ban.

...The policy proved costly. Mr. Clinton blamed the ban for Democratic losses in 1994. Crime fell, but when the ban expired, a detailed study found no proof that it had contributed to the decline.

Wow someone really screwed up in this NYT op-ed and accidentally told the truth.

Star Trek, Enwidened


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Open Thread: THIS is CNN [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Earlier today while I was out having lunch, the restaurant had CNN on with the closed-captioning on. Their anchor-being (some blonde chick) was doing a story on the conditions in North Korea.

You remember North Korea, right? That's the country filled with starving people ruled by a crazy, violent dictator.

This it the person she was interviewing to discuss, in all seriousness, the conditions in North Korea:

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Guest Appearance on RedState's Weekly Briefing

—Brandon Finnigan

I will be on this week's live Google Hangout for RedState, live stream below, starting at 7pm EDT.

I will be discussing the latest polls and our efforts at the Decision Desk (which, if you're free on November 4th, you really ought to join).
Stream below and Open Thread.

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The Jenna Jameson Chair in Political Philosophy Open Thread[CBD]

—Open Blogger

When Jenna Jameson is a voice of reason and astute analysis....the terrorists have won

[The link is safe for work]

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Food Thread: What's On Your Coffee Table During Football Games? [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Yes, yes....the beer, the bourbon, the cattle prods to keep the kids away.

But what about food? Big meals? Lots of snacks (my preference)? Pizza (another of my favorites)?


Mine is below the fold.....

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Posted by Open Blogger at 04:21 PM Comments

In memory of Lode Runner (Gaming Thread 9/14/14)

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

In sad news, Doug Smith, creator of Lode Runner passed away.

From Tozai Games:

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of our friend and colleague, Douglas Smith, the creator of the iconic game, Lode Runner. Our hearts and prayers are with Doug's family during this difficult time. In Doug's honor, we call on the legions of Lode Runner fans everywhere to take a private moment to reflect on your own personal memories of Lode Runner. What a contribution Doug made to the video game industry.

Doug, from all of us at Tozai, and from all of your fans, may you rest in peace.

Have a lot of fond memories playing the stripped down "lite" C64 port, most of them amount to me almost breaking the console with my abuse to the keyboard. My dad was a huge fan of the series, I remember him having to hide his copy of Championship Lode Runner.

And then of course Japan ended up turning the series on it's head in the 90's and it really bloomed over there (same with the Wizardry series).

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Open thread

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

Finally got my copy of Black Coal, Thin Ice and it's bumped Guardians of the Galaxy for my favorite movie of the year (so far). Damn good and worth importing

Posted by Gang of Gaming Morons! at 03:09 PM Comments

Open Thread: Sunday Palate-cleanser [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

The news has been awful this week. How about a nice story?

Courtesy of USA Today's "uplifting stories of the week" feature, I bring you this feel-good story:

Scores of friends, family members, and fellow Boy Scouts have joined forces to help a Pennsylvania Boy Scout win his Eagle badge weeks after his sudden death. Noah Cornuet, 16, collapsed and died after football practice last month from what turned out to be a rare heart tumor.

Read the full story here.

*Updated with something more upbeat:*

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NFL Sunday

—Dave In Texas

Football weather!

I can't even stand myself today. It's so nice outside here.

Have a great end of weekend morons.

This is my sister so no untoward comments please.

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Sunday Travel Thread: Fabulous Fall Foliage [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Greetings traveling morons and moronettes! It's mid-September... that can only mean one thing: Fall foliage season is here and it's fabulous!

I went to college in Vermont so I can state unequivocally that it does, in fact, have the best fall foliage!


But other places have great foliage, too. Here are some examples:

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-14-2014: Lies of Our Time [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


(Displayed above is Guernica by Pablo Picasso. It was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque village in northern Spain during the Spanish Civil War.)

To Tell the Truth

The 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War is one of the progressive left's big Noble Causes that they remember fondly and always write about in warm, glowing terms. It's right up there in the left's pantheon next to the civil rights movement. With what turned into a brutal military dictatorship on one side, and a motley collection of rat bastard commies on the other, it's one of those wars where you wish both sides would lose. Naturally, the international left lent their full support to the rat bastard commies and large numbers of them went to Spain to fight. A bunch of American lefties went, too, including some famous ones like Ernest Hemingway. Some in the liberal contingent, such as the authors John Dos Passos and George Orwell, grew very disillusioned when they saw the rat bastard commies behaving like rat bastard commies. And Orwell's famous novels '1984' and 'Animal Farm' grew out of what he saw happening in Spain.

All of these things are discussed in Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill. An interview with the author is here. She's no conservative, but the book might be interesting, as she is more interested in who;s "telling the truth".

Also, she says Hemingway was a KGB agent:

But in 1937, when [Hemingway] was...writing the script for Joris Ivens's documentary film, The Spanish Earth, Ivens had tried to enlist him as a propagandist, and possibly more, for the Communist Party, which had been supporting the Spanish government against Franco's rebels. And according to internal KGB files studied by a former Soviet agent, Alexander Vassiliev, Hemingway was recruited by the KGB in 1941 and given the code-name "Argo." It was hoped he could report on Nazi activity in Cuba and the Caribbean during World War II, but he never generated any useful intelligence and his cover was terminated in 1950.

So apparently, Ernest Hemingway was a KGB agent, but a lousy one.

'A' Is For Apocalypse

Here is a semi-amusing list of children's books for the modern age. Some of these are rather ham-handed, but riffing on children's books should be relatively easy, I would think.

Well, I Guess This Is Good

According to this, there are more public libraries than McDonald's restaurants. The raw numbers are 16,766 (libraries)to 14,157 (McDoos).

People, people, don't we have room for both?

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Weekend Headlines [CBD}

—Open Blogger

Yeah....these have been harvested over the last few days, so if they are repeats for you, just follow BenK's twitter feed and he will automatically refund any remaining membership fees.

  • Florida Deputy's Son Accidentally Fires His Dad's Gun
    Because Guns should only be in the hands of well-trained, government-approved people

  • Ebola...Roquefort...pretty much the same thing

  • Burger King Launches Black Burger In Japan

  • Obama was not liked at University of Chicago
    Yup...this one is old, but it still amuses the hell out of me

  • Margaret her own words
    From our very own Zombie!

  • Three Reasons To Get Rid Of The Death Penalty
    I am sick of hearing about multi-million dollar, years-long efforts to execute one criminal. I wholeheartedly approve of the death penalty, but the way we do it is just ridiculous.

  • Bacon: The New Racist Trigger

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    Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

    —Open Blogger

    Good morning.

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    Overnight Open Thread (13 Sep 2014)

    —CDR M

    Real-life role playing. What is your profession (RPG style)?

    Every RPG always has elves, hobbits, ogres, trolls, humans, wood elves, night elves, etc. Each race has their own particular attributes that make them who they are. Take a look in the mirror RIGHT NOW. That’s your race. 300 pounds overweight, 50 pounds underweight, average, tall, short, beer gut, 6-pack abs, etc. These are attributes about yourself that you cannot change immediately, so that’s your starting point. Depending on your “race,” certain professions will be easier or harder for you to obtain.

    Looks like I'm an assassin.

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    Late Night Internet Radio Thing


    I'm going to be on The Saturday Night Cigar Lounge show starting at 10 eastern.

    It seems we'll be talking about this post on libertarianism and possibly Obama's claim of power to wage war whenever he feels like it.

    They'll be cookies and candy*. So listen.

    *No there won't.

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    Coming Attractions! - Announcing Another Movie Night - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

    —Open Blogger

    It's about time for another Movie Night with the Morons.

    Lock in the date! Next Saturday, September 20, we gather round the campfire to sing such camp staples as America, Fuck Yeah!, Derka Derk, and, my favorite I'm So Ronery.

    Team America: World Police can be streamed online or via Roku from Amazon Instant Video, MGo, Vudu. Netflix does not offer streaming for this title.

    Join us next weekend because, as they say, either you are with us, or you are against us.

    Speaking of movies, this made me giggle. A lot.

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    Saturday Car Thread 9/13/14 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse and KBDaBear

    —Open Blogger

    I've decided, today, to mix it up, blending in KBDB's great write-ups with my cheapo links in the hopes of disguising my lack of effort this week. Imma gonna guess that you'll still be able to tell who did what.

    Classic Oldies with New Tech

    When old classic cars have been featured here on the Car Thread, quite a few Motorhead Morons have lamented that the new cars, while quite advanced in technology, performance, and reliability lack the uniqueness and soul of the old cars. Thanks to the Pro-Touring niche of the show car organizations, this is actually quite possible for those with the money, mechanical proficiency, and imagination.

    One such car that was featured a few years back in Hot Rod MagazineHot Rod Magazine caught my eye, a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible built by EMI-Experimenti-Metal based in Michigan. EMI specializes in replacement body panels for old cars, and they acquired the license to manufacture all the panels and the chassis for mid 50's Chevys and several other makes and models. A car customizer can actually buy a virtually brand new body and fit it with whatever drivetrains, suspension, electronics, and interiors that their talents or cash flow will allow.

    With this particular 55 Chevy built by EMI itself, they chose to power it with a 5.7 LS-1 from a 1998 Corvette and installed an aftermarket Heidt independent rear suspension along with all manner of modern tech. Read the article for all the particulars, I fell in love with this car at first sight.

    I want this car as much as a jello wrestling match with Kate Upton

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    Open Thread - Another Victory for Walker [Y-not]

    —Open Blogger

    I expect there will be a couple of topical threads up in a few minutes, but that gardening thread is getting hard to scroll, so here's a fresh new one for you.

    So this happened:

    A surprise decision from the 7th Circuit will allow Wisconsin to enforce its voter-ID law for the upcoming gubernatorial election. The court ruled that recent changes that give citizens more options to gain easier access to qualifying identification make the law legitimate and non-discriminatory, and noted that the statute in Wisconsin is "materially identical to Indiana's photo ID statute, which the Supreme Court held valid in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 ( 2008 )." The changes in access to state-issued identification eliminated the differences between the Indiana and Wisconsin cases, the court ruled in lifting a temporary restraining order

    Go to Hot Air to read the rest... then come back here discuss.

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    Saturday Gardening Thread: Prune It and Beet It! [Y-not and WeirdDave]

    —Open Blogger

    Good afternoon, morons and moronettes, and welcome to your Saturday Gardening thread.

    It's a beautiful September day here. In honor of the day, how about a little Frank Sinatra?

    Take it away, WeirdDave:

    Well, like it or not, we're getting into fall now, and it's time to prune your plants. Honestly, I've never done any pruning, my bushes tend to be more unkempt that Miley Cyrus' pubic hair, so I had to go looking for some information on how the process works.

    I started with the dictionary. I gathered this helpful nugget:

    prune noun \ˈprün\
    : a dried plum that is often cooked before it is eaten

    Interesting. A GIS yielded this:


    Hmm. Looks like my nuts after imagining Miley Cyrus in her glory in the previous paragraph. Anyhow, now we know what a prune is, so the question is where do we get them? Fortunately, it turns out you can grow them yourself, although when you grow them they are called plums. Weird, but OK. You can also buy them at the local grocery store. Now we're getting somewhere. Armed with the knowledge of what prunes are and where to get them, I turned to Wikipedia to figure out how they could be used on bushes. I learned a lot of stuff about prunes (did you know that prunes “are used frequently in Tzimmes, a traditional Jewish dish in which the principal ingredient is diced or sliced carrots?”), but nothing that seemed very applicable to gardening. I know that pruning plants helps them grow stronger in the spring, but a Jewish dish doesn't seem like she'd be much help. Actually, I bet she would be a great deal of help, they're the most capable women on the planet, but I'm not sure why she'd want to come help in my garden. And where do the carrots come in?

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    OT Thread - Schadenfreude Edition [WeirdDave]

    —Open Blogger

    I have to put something here so that the clip can be below the cut. If I've done this right it should go to 1:40, if not, well, skip ahead to 1:40 in the video (I have no way to test HTML code prior to posting it).

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    Saturday College Football

    —Dave In Texas

    #8 Baylor, the first college I got kicked out of routed Buffalo last night 63-21.

    Top ten action (AP) today, all times eastern:

    Florida St (1) idle

    Wyoming at Oregon (2), 2pm

    Georgia (6) at South Carolina (24), 3:30pm

    Southern Miss at Alabama (3), 6pm

    Louisiana Monroe at LSU (10), 7pm

    Tennessee at Oklahoma (4), 8pm

    USC (9) at Boston College, 8pm

    Rice at Texas A&M (7), 9pm

    Later this week, Auburn (5) at Kansas St. (19) Thursday night at 7:30pm

    It's 60 degrees here in the middle of Texas which is by God football weather.

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    Posted by Dave In Texas at 12:15 PM Comments

    The UN's Anti-Semitism Laid Bare [CBD]

    —Open Blogger

    Anne Bayefsky speaks plainly about the decades-long fixation of the UN on Israel and its supposed crimes against the world.

    Is it hyperbole to describe the UN as perhaps the greatest enemy of the Jews since Hitler?

    Posted by Open Blogger at 11:45 AM Comments

    Southwest Ohio Moron Meet-Up

    —Open Blogger

    Speedster1 has been doing yeoman's work arranging a meet for you lunatics in Southwest Ohio, Eastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky. The date and location is, of course, a closely held secret (October 18th at 7:00pm in Beavercreek, OH), but if anyone is interested, shoot him an e-mail at: swohmome at mail dot com


    And now, without further ado....Open Thread.

    Posted by Open Blogger at 10:15 AM Comments

    Let's Talk About Three (More) Republican Governors: Kasich, Haley, and Martinez [Y-not]

    —Open Blogger

    Yesterday when I was reading this post at Hot Air about the tough time some GOP governors are having facing re-election, I spotted this line:

    There are some bright spots for GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, too. Governors like Ohio's John Kasich, South Carolina's Nikki Haley, and New Mexico's Susana Martinez are likely to be returned by their state's voters this year.

    A few weeks ago we discussed the pros and cons of Walker, Jindal, and Perry as potential POTUS candidates, so how about we discuss three more governors: Kasich, Haley, and Martinez?

    First, a quick poll:

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    Early Morning Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

    —Open Blogger

    Good morning.

    Here's something pretty.

    And here's something that will make you giggle.

    Have a great day.

    UPDATE: I had to add this. It just came across my TL and made me snort.

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    Overnight Open Thread (12 Sep 2014)

    —CDR M

    Democrats are more concerned about the NFL and Ray Rice. IRS scandal? Benghazi? Fast and Furious? Nope, no interest there. Dead Americans and corruption don't interest Democrats unless it involves a Republican. Funny I haven't heard these same Democrats going after the judge and prosecutor that allowed Rice to plead to a misdemeanor but threw the book at this woman for a firearms violation.

    Here's a fun thought exercise. What if the NFL drags out its investigation into the Ray Rice thingy for 491 days like the IRS scandal? Would that be acceptable to Democrats as it has been for all other scandals involving this administration?

    Obama administration shows its pettiness with no statement on the passing of Joan Rivers.

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    Posted by CDR M at 09:50 PM Comments

    Headline of the Day?


    Enjoy your weekend, morons.

    Posted by JohnE. at 07:54 PM Comments

    Time: Future Historians Will Wonder Why George Bush Secured Congressional Authorization for His Wars, But Barack Hussein Obama Did Not


    It's nice to think they would.

    But why is almost no one noticing this right now, as it's happening?

    Note that while this appears in Time, it was actually authored by a former Bush official.

    So this is not the New Class troubling itself to ask troublesome questions.

    Obama’s Breathtaking Expansion of a President’s Power To Make War

    Jack Goldsmith Sept. 11, 2014

    President Obama hoped to repeal the Bush-era authorization declaring war on al Qaeda--nstead he's expanded it without bound

    Future historians will ask why George W. Bush sought and received express congressional authorization for his wars (against al Qaeda and Iraq) and his successor did not. They will puzzle over how Barack Obama the prudent war-powers constitutionalist transformed into a matchless war-powers unilateralist. And they will wonder why he claimed to "welcome congressional support' for his new military initiative against the Islamic State but did not insist on it in order to ensure clear political and legal legitimacy for the tough battle that promised to consume his last two years in office and define his presidency.

    "History has shown us time and again... that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch," candidate Barack Obama told the Boston Globe in 2007. 'It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.' President Obama has discarded these precepts. His announcement that he will expand the use of military force against the Islamic State without the need for new congressional consent marks his latest adventure in unilateralism and cements an astonishing legacy of expanding presidential war powers.

    Only Nixon can go to China, and only Obama can go to Emperor.

    Some of Obama's supporters are feeling a little disappointed in him, given that he's given them nothing but failure and broken promises.

    Karlene Richardson, 44, once counted herself a "very strong supporter" of the president...

    "Honestly, I just feel that what I bought into is not what I’m getting," said Richardson, an author and motivational speaker who teaches health-care administration at a community college in Queens. "I'm starting to wonder whether the world takes us seriously."

    What you bought into was a cult.

    Not sure any cult has ever really delivered on its promises, unless that promise was mass suicide.

    Both Cole and Richardson were surveyed in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll and represent one of its most striking findings: the degree to which the president’s approval has slipped among key parts of the Obama coalition -- the women, youth and Latino voters most responsible for putting him into office.

    Women surveyed said they disapprove of Obama by a 50 percent to 44 percent margin -- nearing an all-time low in the poll. It's almost the reverse of the 55 percent to 44 percent breakdown for Obama among female voters in 2012, according to exit polls.


    Among younger voting-age Americans, Obama’s approval rating stood at 43 percent. That marked an 11-point drop since June among those 18 to 29 years old. Voters younger than 30 supported Obama by 60 percent to 37 percent in 2012.

    Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman is contradicting Kerry's and Obama's and Rice's and Larf's claims that we're not at war:

    What I said was it's not the Iraq war of 2002. But make no mistake we know we're at war with ISIL in the same we're at war and continue to be at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

    Out: An uncertain trumpet

    In: A rusty trombone

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