August 25, 2016

Thursday Night Overnight Open Thread (8/25/16) [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

Common Sense

We cannot fix failed states by inviting millions of their people to move in with us. All that ensures is more failed states, more failure, and eventually, one by one, the nations of the west will join them. And then you'll really be yearning to breathe free and there will be nowhere to do it.
Mark Steyn

If you take emotion out of the equation (liberals cannot or will not). Steyn is spot on. He is not alone. A recent poll shows that there are too many immigrants. It is sad and infuriating that bureaucrats do not rationally think things through and completely disregard the average citizen. I wonder how secure his home is and how tall the fence is?

The E.U. President could care less about his fiduciary duty to Europe. He doubles down on mass immigration.Steyn discusses freedom. And the E.U. treats their citizens as serfs. In a way Europe deserves what they have sown. Although it is hard to see people who are not free.

Already destabilizing the EU project and the post-WWII center-left/right political compromise, all trends show that unless steps are taken to make Europe less attractive, the migrant crisis will build on its own momentum.


Will the Europeans say enough? Time will tell.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 10:07 PM Comments



Washington Post: Bill Clinton Allegedly Cheated on His Wife

—Ace

Um.

Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine has two cover stories, one for Bill Clinton and one (if you turn it upside down on the other side) for Melania Trump. As expected, Bill Clinton is going to get a gushier treatment. Post writer Neely Tucker is so tender to the president that he mangles a fact, and the copy editors (also tender hearts) allowed it. “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler will not be assigned to this story.

Tucker wrote, “He allegedly cheated on his wife, repeatedly, even in the Oval Office, and with a young woman who wasn’t that much older than their daughter.”

Posted by Ace at 07:55 PM Comments



Earth-ish (?) Planet Discovered Orbiting Proxima Centauri, Our Sun's Nearest Neighbor

—Ace

Practically just up the street like a 7-11!

The star closest to the sun hosts a planet that may be very much like Earth, a new study reports.

Astronomers have discovered a roughly Earth-size alien world around Proxima Centauri, which lies just 4.2 light-years from our own solar system. What's even more exciting, study team members said, is that the planet, known as Proxima b, circles in the star's "habitable zone" — the range of distances at which liquid water could be stable on a world's surface.

I like how they put "habitable zone" in quotes as if it's this term of art you have to be alerted to. Like if they just said "It's in the habitable zone," no quotes, you would be missing out on some nuance.

Anyway.

Don't worry -- this affords us no hope at all. Microscopic black holes capable of incredible destructive force may be zipping around the universe like invisible million ton bullets.

Posted by Ace at 06:42 PM Comments

Trump's "Prebuttal" to Hillary's "Trump's a Racist" Speech

—Ace

Discussed by AllahPundit, his main quote is: "It's the oldest play in the Democratic playbook. When their policies fail, they are left only with this one tired argument: You're racist, you're racist, you're racist... And it's so totally predictable. It's the last refuge of the discredited Democrat politician."

Meanwhile, here are the most scathing quotes from Hillary's Racist Speech.

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Posted by Ace at 05:00 PM Comments

Dog Trapped Beneath Fallen Walls After Italy Earthquake Rescued, Reunited With Master

—Ace

Before getting to the uplifting video, do watch this one, which shows before-and-after video of the town of Amatrice. The devastation is obvious.

Here's the dog being rescued.

Not too hard to watch at all. The dog cries in the beginning, but all turns out well.

More: They rescued a 10 year old girl earlier today, who had been trapped under rubble for 17 hours.

On the other hand, the death toll is up to 250.


Posted by Ace at 03:52 PM Comments

Hillary Delivering Speech Connecting Donald Trump to "Alt-Right;" Releases Ad Connecting Him to the KKK

—Ace

The ad is here.

CNN's livestream of the speech (well in progress) is here. (Fox doesn't have one.)

She's saying now "his latest, paranoid fever-dream is about my health. And all I can say is, Donald, Dream On."

She's now referencing the ad she previously released connecting Breitbart to Trump, and running some of its more outre headlines.

She's now citing no less an authority than the Southern Poverty Law Center for the proposition that Breitbart.com is a fringe racist organization.

Democrat now announcing that no major party has ever stoked racial superiority. A Democrat is claiming this. Right now.

Oh by the way, definitely check out Sexton's piece to see the left's shifting standards on whether guilt by association is fair game. They were pretty sure guilt by association was just despicable in 2008, when Obama's close association with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers came to light.

In fact, they're selectively against it now -- why you can't hold Huma Abedin against Hillary Clinton, or Huma Abedin's extremist, Muslim-Brotherhood-friendly family against Huma!

Posted by Ace at 03:29 PM Comments

University of Chicago: We're Not Going to Baby You With Your Baby Safe Spaces and Baby Trigger Warnings, Babies

—Ace

I was so happy I dribbled a little bit of early love.

Chicago's move puts pressure on other elite (or "elite") universities.

It's one thing if they all give in to the Adult Babies. Cowards take comfort in their fellow cowards' cowardice.

But when some refuse to, it makes the ones giving in to the Adult Babies look soft, weak, and dumb, and not so elite at all.

Update: From Drudge, the Special Snowflakes are becoming even more special, if by special you mean "less numerous." Enrollment down 8% at Mizzou.

Posted by Ace at 02:30 PM Comments

Journal Edited by Huma Abedin, 1999: Jews are Jews are 'adept at working the American political system' aided by 'memory of the Holocaust'

—Ace

Well, kiss my britches:

Huma Abedin, Hillary's top aide, was named as assistant editor on the masthead at the Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs for 12 years

Her mother is still editor-in-chief of the publication

In 1999 an article in it claimed that Jews are 'adept at working the American political system of presidential democracy',

Muslims are excluded because of 'handicaps, rebuffs, and dirty tricks' it said
It also claimed that many Americans have a 'distorted and negative view' of Islam, Muslims and Arabs

After 9/11 Abedin's mother wrote an editorial suggesting that the U.S. bore responsibility for the attack

Remember when this story first bubbled up about ten years ago and the Establishment types like McCain shouted it down as just so much bigotry and ignorance?

Did they know the facts, or did they assume, as usual, that their fellow conservatives were ignorant bigots just making shit up?

Posted by Ace at 12:49 PM Comments

Problem: Trump Not on the Minnesota Ballot, and It Looks Like He Can't Get On It

—Ace

He has until the 29th to put his name on the ballot, but Minnesota rules require the names of ten electors, and ten alternate electors, be submitted as well.

Minnesota didn't officially elect alternate electors.

And some guy says there's not enough time to call a snap convention to elect them.

Posted by Ace at 12:11 PM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Melting Clocks
Salvador Dali

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Hump Day ONT [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

Politics

OK, let's start the ONT off with some politics, shall we?


On second thought, let's not.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 10:31 PM Comments

Anxieties, Deepest Fears, and Recurring Nightmares Thread

—Ace

I have one recurring nightmare, or used to have one. I usually got it when I had a fever.

It began with a tactile impression, the feeling of my cheek on cold macadam street. The stones in cement type street. I could feel the stones in my face, lying on the ground.

Then the camera pulls back and I'm looking down at myself, on this immense black featureless plain. Kind of like a plain of tar. (I know that's not the same as macadam but IT'S A DREAM, SEE?)

The camera keeps pulling up, and I get smaller and smaller.

Then features begin appearing on this immense flat black plain -- grey ones. Simple geometric shapes like boxes, disks, and truncated pyramids.

And the camera keeps going up, and I keep getting smaller. I'm basically an atom on this gigantic black and gray circuitboard.

Usually at this point I would wake up.

That might not sound very scary but it was eerie. Uncanny, maybe is the right word. Strange how I kept having this same damn dream every time I had a fever.

It's been a while since I had it -- 35 years -- but I always remember it. I must have had it ten times.

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Posted by Ace at 08:45 PM Comments

Confirmed: Army Powerpoint Slide About Security Risks Listing Hillary Clinton as a National Security Threat is Real

—Ace

Sometimes Too Good to Be True is actually true.

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Posted by Ace at 06:40 PM Comments

Oh Boy: Emails Reveal That Top Hillary Aide Researched Drug Used to Combat Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, Then Passed Information on to Hillary

—Ace

Ehhhh... this is kind of misleading but let's roll with it.

Sullivan, Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser, was researching the drug Provigil for Clinton at the State Department in 2011, the Daily Caller reported.

Sullivan emailed Clinton information on Provigil and told her about its use and history. Sullivan noted in an email that Provigil is used for narcolepsy and treating patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis who have excessive sleepiness.

Sullivan also noted that Provigil is often prescribed to treat “excessive sleepiness in patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.”

He stated that Modafinil–the drug’s original name–“gained attention in the medical community because it is the first effective stimulant with no significant potential for abuse” before explaining “it can be used for two to three day stretches at a time, with few known side effects and little risk of addiction.”

Eh... I've looked into provigil myself, when I was more concerned about my lack of focus after I quit smoking. (I've since given up trying to cure that, and have just accepted that I'm kind of dumb.)

It's also prescribed to improve alertness and sometimes to treat ADD-ish symptoms. It could be used to treat a whole host of diseases, so long as the symptoms include reduced focus and mental fatigue (which is many of them).

Still -- is the smartest woman in the world having trouble staying sharp and awake?

I know why my alertness declined: because I quit smoking.

Why did Hillary's suddenly fall?

Meanwhile, increasing chatter about Hillary's admitted medical condition, hypothyroidism.

By the way, the media is of course in Circle the Wagons mode around Hillary.

CNN's very liberal media critic (would they hire any other kind?) calls Sean Hannity's questions about Hillary's health "reckless."

And yet his colleague at CNN, Sanjay Gupta, has penned an article asking if Trump is at high risk for heart disease.

Will Stetler mention this? Of course not; the Guild knows its own and the Guild protects its own.

Thanks to a guy who sent this in but I don't know his screenname.

Posted by Ace at 05:46 PM Comments

Hillary to Be Questioned in Lawsuit About Who Created Private Server, and Why -- Under Oath

—Ace

Ms. Clinton does not like answering questions of any sort, and she especially loathes answering questions under oath.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Washington Examiner that his group is preparing a set of written questions for Clinton as part of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that has already extracted hundreds of documents from the State Department.

Fitton said the questionnaire, which Clinton will be forced to complete within 30 days of receipt, will drill down on the Democratic nominee's shifting stories about why she relied on an unauthorized email network.

I'm sure she'll have New Answers that will be Totally Believable.

Posted by Ace at 05:43 PM Comments

Devastating Quake Rocks Central Italy Overnight; Local Mayor Says, "The Countryside Disappeared"

—Ace

No forewarning, and the quake struck in the dead of night, at 3:22 a.m.

ROME — At least 73 people were killed and dozens more were missing or feared dead Wednesday after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck several towns in central Italy, toppling scores of buildings, according to Italy’s civil protection agency.

Hardest hit were towns in the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche some 80 to 100 miles northeast of Rome....

Earlier, the Italian news agency ANSA reported at least 35 were killed in the town of Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli, near Rieti, and 17 in the province of Ascoli Piceno, which includes Pescara del Tronto.

Much of city center of Amatrice was covered with metal and rock debris that collapsed in the initial quake and aftershocks. Resident of this picturesque medieval town of around 3,000 people gathered in the piazzas, dazed by the quake and fearful of more temblors....

In some towns, rescue teams alternated bulldozers with bare hands to dig through piles of rubble looking for claw through piles of rubble for possible survivors as authorities warned the death toll is likely to rise.

I saw one official say the number of missing was "undefined" -- an ominous sort of understatement.


Posted by Ace at 05:00 PM Comments

Byron York: Team Trump Has Made a Mess of Immigration

—Ace

I agree -- it seems to me this new "softening" is lose-lose. It will antagonize his supporters, while not winning over a single skeptic. After all, Trump lost most people not on policy per se, but based on making a very defensible and sensible policy seem ugly and bigoted. Changing the policy will not fix that. (Having explained the policy smartly the first time, having done his homework and having realized achieving a major shift in the nation's thinking would take some patient explaining, would have been the right way to go.)

Trump's speaking shortly in Florida and we can expect him to make more of a dog's breakfast of the whole issue. While we wait, Here's York-- and no, York is not a #NeverTrumper. I'd say York has been mildly pro-Trump throughout the campaign.

One thing is certain in the current brouhaha over Donald Trump's immigration proposals: the candidate and his top aides are making a mess of things. What is the status of his old proposal to deport all immigrants who are in the United States illegally? After days of Trump and his senior advisers talking about it, the answer is entirely unclear.

The fundamental problem vexing Team Trump is that the deportation proposal was never really clear. Yes, Trump said it often last year, but he also pointedly left it out of many immigration discussions, as well. It went largely unnoticed, for example, that when Trump posted an immigration position paper on his campaign website last year, it had a lot about a border wall and enhanced enforcement — and nothing at all about mass deportations.

Many of the statements from Trump being played in current coverage of the deportation issue date from November 2015. This year — not so much.

Trump has held many, many rallies in which he talked about building the wall — he's talked about it so much that it is now a call-and-response with some audiences. But at the same events he said nothing about deportations.


Back in January, not long before the Iowa caucuses, I interviewed Trump and asked whether the deportation proposal was some sort of bargaining chip, rather than a set policy. This is our exchange:

QUESTION: I read Art of the Deal. And one of the things you write about is you have to be bold, you have to make a splash, you have to attract attention. You've also talked about compromise. There was a time you said there's nothing wrong with compromise — you just ask for about three times what you want, and then you get what you want. So I look at deporting all illegal immigrants. I look at a temporary ban of Muslims coming to the United States. They get a lot of attention. Are they opening positions in a negotiation?

TRUMP: I'm not saying there can't be some give and take, but at some point we have to look at these things. You look at the radical Islamic terrorism and you look at what's going on, we have to take a serious look. There's tremendous hatred. You look at illegal immigration and all that's taking place with respect to illegal immigration, whether it's the crime or the economy, I mean, it affects many different elements. It doesn't mean I'm hard and fast 100 percent, but we to get a lot of what I'm asking for, or we're not going to have a country any more.

QUESTION: So they are opening positions?

TRUMP: They are very strong positions. It doesn't mean you're not going to negotiate a little bit, but I guess there will always be some negotiation. But they are very strong positions, and I would adhere to those positions very strongly. That doesn't mean that at some point we won't talk a little bit about some negotiation. Who wouldn't do that?

What did that mean, precisely? Trump deliberately left that unclear, but he wanted to stress that whatever he did would be strong.

I've said this before, but Trump's attitude is the attitude of the Salesman, where the only thing that matters is to get them to sign on the line which is dotted. It doesn't matter if you've been unclear on terms (or even deceptive); all that can be worked out in lawsuits later. The only thing that matters is saying, promising whatever it takes to get them to sign.

The problem is, it's not just the sale that matters. That might be where you make your commission, but the buyer is expecting delivery of the goods he contracted to buy.

And that's where the problems start.

I was always told "underpromise, overdeliver." I guess Trump kinda takes the opposite position.

It really would have been better if Trump bothered to actually think about these issues before he began shooting his mouth off.

Posted by Ace at 01:33 PM Comments

American University in Kabul Currently Under Terrorist Attack

—Ace

Experts fear the horrifying attack may threaten the integrity of Obama's vacation schedule.

American University in Kabul under attack: Gunmen storm campus packed with students as explosions are heard and victims tweet from inside 'I'm wounded and girls cry, please help us'

'Complex' raid launched on campus of American University in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul

Ambulances seen ferrying away the wounded from the assault on the school which is in a western suburb

University president, Dr. Mark English confirmed an attack has occurred - security forces have responded

The university was founded ten-years ago and currently has 1,100 students enrolled

College is styled on the American liberal arts model - 40-percent of students are women

Posted by Ace at 12:37 PM Comments

Noted Idiot Says Something Stupid

—Ace


Look how many retweets he gets from his cult servitors.

Posted by Ace at 11:43 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Annunciation
Botticelli

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Overnight Open Thread (8-23-2016) [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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One Small Victory: University of Iowa Scraps Plans for a Political Correctness Review Board, Noting That Such Panels Quickly Devolve Into "Scolding Bodies"

—Ace

Finally, people are beginning to stand up to these hysterics, neurotics, racists, and sissies.

he University of Iowa has scrapped plans to create a Bias Assessment and Response Team after determining that such bodies often become what one administrator called “scolding bodies” that can create as many problems as they are intended to solve.

Iowa’s Chief Diversity Officer, Georgina Dodge, specifically cited the uproar over the University of Northern Colorado’s bias response team, which has been criticized for policing language and violating academic freedom. Details of the UNC bias team’s overreach was first reported by Heat Street in June...

“Frankly, the [word] BART has become a bit tainted because of the actions that these people have taken,” she said. “One of the things that we’ve seen at many schools is that the BARTs have become almost punitive in nature. When we are dealing with incidents that do not rise to the level of a policy violation, how you are going to penalize someone is a big question?”

America is bleeding out and dying, but there is still a thin, thready pulse to her.

Posted by Ace at 08:27 PM Comments

Trump Pivoting to Eff Over His Voting Base on Deportation?

—Ace

He seems to be preparing everyone for that blow -- or at least letting this out as a trial balloon, to gauge the intensity of the blowback.

I only say that he "seems" to be saying this because Trump frequently seems to not know what he's talking about, or realize he's directly contradicting things he's said before.

For any normal politician, I'd say he's definitely repudiating his long-standing promises.

For Trump, who knows.

Every day is a new reinvention.

Trump's immigration plan: Deport 'bad ones,' treat 'the rest' like Obama does

Jenna Johnson
The Washington Post

After spending a few days reflecting on his immigration stances and consulting with Hispanic supporters, Donald Trump on Monday detailed how he would deal with the millions of immigrants illegally living in the United States: Enforce laws that are already on the books and continue to do what President Obama is doing, although "perhaps with a lot more energy."

This strategy marks a sudden change for the Republican nominee, who has presented himself as a politically incorrect outsider who is not afraid to take extreme measures to combat illegal immigration, such as deporting 11 million people or constructing a massive wall along the southern border. For more than a year, Trump insisted that all illegal immigrants "have got to go" and that he would create a "deportation force" to carry out the task.

Trump struck a starkly different tone during an interview with Bill O'Reilly of Fox News that aired on Monday night. Trump said he would separate the country's undocumented immigrants into two groups: The "bad ones" who would be kicked out of the country as soon as he takes office and "everybody else" who would go through the same process that the Obama Administration is currently using.

"The first thing we're going to do if and when I win is we're going to get rid of all of the bad ones," Trump said. "We've got gang members, we have killers, we have a lot of bad people that have to get out of this country. We're going to get them out, and the police know who they are. They're known by law enforcement who they are. We don't do anything. They go around killing people and hurting people and they're going to be out of this country so fast your head will spin. We have existing laws that allow you to do that."

AllahPundit asks if there's any difference between Trump, the GOP establishment, and Marco Rubio on immigration anymore except for the unlikely promise of The Wall.

Warning: I have seen these threads devolve too many times. Accept this not so friendly warning: Use of emotionally charged, bullying tactics to get people to shut up and silently accept your narrative will be responded to by a banning.

You can disagree with each other all you like. Shouting at each other to shut people up is not disagreement and won't be tolerated.

Posted by Ace at 07:15 PM Comments

Colin Powell On Hillary's "Colin Powell Told Me to Break The Law Defense:" I Don't Know What That Brain Damaged Bitch Is Talking About

—Ace

Well he didn't quite say that but that's the gist.

Colin Powell rejected Hillary Clinton's assertion to the FBI that he had advised her during a 2009 dinner party to use a personal email account.

"General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation," the former secretary of state's office said in a statement Friday.

Instapundit had a simple explanation for this discrepancy: It's because she's lying.

But I find that explanation overly simplistic and highly partisan. A much more charitable and plausible explanation is that she is a frail old woman whose brains are garbage and all rotten.

Posted by Ace at 05:55 PM Comments

More Than Half of the Non-Governmental-Employee People Hillary Met With Personally Donated to the Clinton Financial Wellness Fund

—Ace

Hmm.

More than half?

That's kind of a lot.

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

Donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton's help with a visa problem and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm's corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.

The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.

Meanwhile, Trump is demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to give an independent review of the legality of this -- forcing the media to admit the existence of special prosecutors for the first time in Barack Obama's presidency.

See, the concept of a special prosecutor disappeared at the end of the Bush presidency.

Posted by Ace at 03:25 PM Comments

Former Fox Personality Andrea Tantaros Suing Fox for $50 Million, Claiming Sexual Harassment

—Ace

Another high-heeled shoe drops.

'Fox News operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult:' Ex-host Andrea Tantaros sues the network for $50 million and claims Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, and Scott Brown all made unwanted sexual advances

Andrea Tantaros has filed a lawsuit against Fox News claiming she was taken off the air when she complained about sexual harassment

Tantaros, 37, claims that she received unwanted sexual advances from both Bill O'Reilly, Scott Brown and Roger Ailes

She said the network 'operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny'

Tantaros names current Fox News co-president Bill Shine in the suit, saying she told him about the harassment but he failed to act

She also takes aim at Rupert Murdoch saying he is 'plainly not disturbed by Ailes's conduct' in the $50million suit


She's also claiming Ailes routinely disparages all of his employees in colorful ways.

Roger Ailes' insults: Fox News chief called Kimberly Guilfoyle a 'Puerto Rican w***e,' asked if Greg Gutfeld was gay, referred to Stacey Dash as 'the black girl' and stated Gretchen Carlson was 'nuts' claims lawsuit

Roger Ailes allegedly made less than flattering comments about a number of his Fox News employees according to a new lawsuit

Kimberly Guilfoyle, host of The Five, was allegedly called a 'Puerto Rican w****,' 'easy,' and a 'Puerto Rican street fighter' by Ailes

The lawsuit was filed by Andrea Tantaros, who claims Ailes asked if The Five host Greg Gutfeld was gay and if pundit Dana Perino was a lesbian

Ailes also allegedly referred to Stacey Dash as 'the black girl' and said Harris Faulkner 'has the tendency to look like the angry black woman'

Gretchen Carlson was allegedly called 'nuts' by Ailes, and Maria Bartiromo 'fat'

Eh, who knows. She strikes me as a little kooky and a little desperate for fame.

Posted by Ace at 02:24 PM Comments

Democrat National Convention Speaker, Identified By Media, and Herself, Only as a "Republican Woman For Hillary," Turns Out to be a Healthcare Lobbyist Who's Married to a Big Time Hillary Campaign Alumnus

—Ace

Cozy!

Posted by Ace at 01:48 PM Comments

State Department Spokesman Straight-Up Lies About Findings of Corrupt Purpose in Iran Edit Scandal

—Ace

From Fox News, John Sexton digests the latest episode in, get this, the State Department straight-up lying to cover up its previous lies.

Kirby added: “There’s no evidence to suggest [the deletion] was made with the intent to conceal information from the public and … there is no evidence to indicate who might have placed that call or why.”

What Kirby omitted was that the legal adviser’s report — shared with news organizations on condition they not publish it in full — did indeed contain evidence to indicate why the unidentified supervisor demanded the deletion, in a section of the report captioned “Evidence of Purposeful Editing.”

“The technician did not recall a reason being given for the edit request,” the report stated, “but did believe that the requester had mentioned in the course of the call a Fox network reporter and Iran.” The report continued: “The technician indicated that the requester may also have provided the start and end times for an edit.”


Posted by Ace at 12:43 PM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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The Capture of Puerto Bello, 21 November 1739
George Chambers

I found this on an amazing site called History of The Sailing Warship in The Marine Art. A bit of a clunky name, but a fun place to poke around...

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Overnight Open Thread (8/22/16) [Misanthropic Humanitarian]

—Open Blogger

Although the Olympic Games have ended they are still fresh in our minds. Or at least fresh enough for an ONT entry or two. 80 years ago a young American by the name of Jesse Owens was on fire. Over the years people compare athletes of old to today's athletes. For example how would Owens hold up against today's track stars? It looks like Jesse Owens would be a medal contender in 2016.

Japan has 4 years to plan for the 2020 Olympic Games. Let's hope their PR agency has a better game plan than this.


If you have the proper equipment and most importantly the proper outlook the sky is the limit.

How the modern prosthetics industry was born.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 10:05 PM Comments

Politico "Reporter" Spends An Hour Baiting Congressional Candidate, Then Cries "Gotcha!" and Plays Victim Card When Candidate Starts Yelling and Calling Him an Asshole

—Ace

There are two kinds of men in the world:

Those who know that talking like a bitch will get you slapped like a bitch, as Mr. Blond observed;

and those for whom most conflict and competition occurs in the Sissy Snark Olympics we call Twitter.

There's a job where you bait a candidate with heckling and insults until he yells at you, then you post that video on the internet to embarrass him.

That job is called "Campaign Tracker employed by the opposing party."

Politico is now just a Campaign Tracker for the DCCC, and just not even interested in hiding it any longer.

Posted by Ace at 06:53 PM Comments

Monday Moron Medical Monitoring, Session Six

—Ace

I don't have much news to report as far as my GAINZ. I realized I was eating way, way too little protein to make any GAINZ with my BIG LIFTZ. I was keeping away from protein because, well, obviously it's been said a lot: Too much protein can cause stalls in weight loss and put you out of ketosis.

But I'm risking that because I really was very stalled anyway and I've decided to shift a bit of my focus to GAINZ. So, trying to eat around 120 grams of protein per day (at least), and trying to get two full meals in per day. (I had routinely been eating one or one and a half meals and eating maybe 70 or 80 grams of protein, tops; I saw very low GAINZ in muscle mass).

I guess I'm doing this plan. I was doing this when I saw proposed as an alternative to Rippetoe's scheme (I didn't want to do the powerclean Rippetoe recommends), but didn't know it was its own system. So I guess I've been doing this, might as well continue it.

Since I've been upping my protein (mostly during or post workout) I've stayed in ketosis, though often weak ketosis. I haven't lost any weight, but my WILDLY INACCURATE SCALE claims I lost 2% bodyfat. But I doubt its accuracy.

I'm planning on trying rock (wall) climbing near the end of September, so I've got a month to get into some sort of shape for that. I'm working on finger strength with this Finger Strength gadget and of course squeezing my balls (rubber, lacrosse and racquetball).

I'm also trying to... well, look, hate to admit this but at my physical peak I could do 2-3 chin-ups, and I haven't been able to do that since high school.

It's a hard exercise to do because you can't really build up to to them easily. You can either pull up your own body weight or you can't. Absent a machine at the gym, or a strap hanging from a doorframe (which seems dangerous to me), you can't really dial down your body weight to build up to a real chin-up.

So I'm trying some of these at-home chin-up alternatives -- strength training to get you towards a real chin up.

Here's another plan for slow-rolling your way to chin-ups (well, pull-ups actually), and here's another one, that has a simple exercise that looks promising: Just putting a towel on the floor, lying on it prone, and then pulling your body along the floor sliding on the towel.

So: tell me about your GAINZ, brahs. Anyone out of their stall? Anyone have good tips to share about anything?


Posted by Ace at 05:35 PM Comments

Huma Abedin Was Listed as Editor of Extremist Islamist Journal; Claims Her Name Was Just on the Masthead, But She Didn't Actually Perform Any Duties

—Ace

See, it was kind of the family business. A lot of her family members were on the masthead.

She's refusing to say if she was paid for serving as editor from 1996 to 2008.

Isn't she sweet?

Top Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin played no formal role in a radical Muslim journal -- even though she was listed as an editor on the hate-filled periodical’s masthead for a dozen years, a campaign rep claimed Sunday.

“My understanding is that her name was simply listed on the masthead in that period,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said hours after The Post broke the bombshell story. “She did not play a role in editing at the publication.”

Merrill said Abedin was just a figurehead and not actually on staff at the Saudi-based and -funded Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs, which featured radically anti-feminist views and backed strict Islamic laws roundly criticized for oppressing women.

A journalism major at George Washington University, Abedin, 40, was listed as “assistant editor” of the journal from 1996 to 2008, when her name was removed from the staff box and she went to work for Clinton at the State Department.

Her brother, who was an associate editor, and a sister, also employed as an assistant editor, are listed as staff members.

Abedin’s Pakistani mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, remains editor-in-chief.

Merrill repeatedly refused to say if Abedin was paid during her tenure at the publication.

He also declined to say whether Clinton, who has made championing women’s rights a centerpiece of her campaign, was aware of her longtime aide’s position at the publication or its extremist views....

The journal supported a strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia laws, which call for beheadings, require women to cover their bodies and faces and advocate death for “infidels” — which in their view includes just about everyone but the most extreme religious hardliners.

The publication also blamed the US for the 9/11 terror attacks, which were carried out largely by Saudi nationals.

Typical fare in the publication includes a 1996 piece titled “Women’s Rights Are Islamic Rights,” which argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families.

It also maintained that revealing dress “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.”

In another 1996 article, Abedin’s mother wrote that Clinton was advancing a “very aggressive and radically feminist” agenda that was un-Islamic because it focused on empowering women.

The media have repeatedly endeavored to whitewash this journal and Abedin's family's medieval views.

But reading the journal in actual Arabic -- not relying on the claims about what it says from Abedin's defenders -- is illuminating.



Posted by Ace at 04:54 PM Comments

You're A-Gonna Not Believe This, But It Could Be That the Purely Personal Emails Hillary Deleted Were Work-Related

—Ace

And also, graft related.

Is graft considered "personal" because the benefit accrues the Clintons' account?

Judicial Watch reports on the heroic efforts Huma Abedin went to to get favors for people who donated bigly to the Clinton Foundation.

udicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.

The new documents included 20 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 191 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.

The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”

Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.

...

Also included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange in which Band urged Abedin to get the Clinton State Department to intervene in order to obtain a visa for members of the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club, one of whose members was apparently having difficulty because of a “criminal charge.” Band was acting at the behest of Casey Wasserman, a millionaire Hollywood sports entertainment executive and President of the Wasserman Foundation. Wasserman has donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman Foundation.

...

The Abedin emails also reveal that Slimfast tycoon S. Daniel Abraham was granted almost immediate access to then-Secretary of State Clinton, with Abedin serving as the facilitator. According to the Clinton Foundation website, Abraham, like the Wasserman Foundation, has given between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. The emails indicate that Abraham was granted almost immediate access to Clinton upon request...

See Judicial Watch for the emails in question, and other cases of Huma Abedin's Quick Fixer operation.

Posted by Ace at 03:48 PM Comments

Eggheads: Women are Genetically Programmed to be Unfaithful

—Ace

Well, dudes, you're pencil-necks. Of course they're programmed to cheat on you.

But these are their claims:

Women are predisposed by their genetics to have affairs as "back-up plans'" if their relationships fail...

The team's research has put forward the "mate-switching-hypothesis" which says humans have evolved to keep testing their relationships and looking for better long-term options.

...

Dr Buss said: "Affairs serve as a form of mate insurance, keeping a back-up mate should a switch become warranted in the future.’

"A regular mate may cheat, defect, die, or decline in mate value.

"Ancestral women lacking a back-up mate would have suffered a lapse in protection, and resources."

Not to mention: The D.

Posted by Ace at 02:40 PM Comments

The Regulatory State: The worst Excesses Of Rent Seekers And Power-Mad Politicians [CBD]

—Open Blogger

In a wonderful example of the insanity that is our current regulatory climate, It Takes 4 Times Longer to Become a Hair Braider Than an EMT in Oklahoma. Maybe there is something about hair braiding that can be incredibly dangerous, and must be strictly regulated, but off-hand I can't think of anything.

"Occupational licensing on its face, it's one of those things that makes sense, right? We want to make sure people know what they're doing," he continued. "But when you unpack it a little bit and dig down beyond the buzzwords, you see a lot of time it's really just a rigged system where it's rent-seeking by those in power to get an unfair advantage over others."

Here's a little test. What regulated industries or products are better because of regulation?

Show your work. And that means justifying your argument in light of the current state of communications. So arguing that the meat-packing industry is better is incomplete. It was regulated more than 100 years ago, and with today's social media those companies would have been driven out of business by the consumer in about one week. And their replacements would have been transparent to their customers.

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