Monday Overnight Open Thread (1/23/17)-General Edition
Quotes of The Day
"The world is changing. America is changing. Europe is changing. It started last year with Brexit, yesterday there was Trump and today the freedom-loving parties gathered in Koblenz are making a stand. The genie will not go back into the bottle again, whether you like it or not. The people of the West are awakening. They are throwing off the yoke of political correctness."
Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV)
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.- Golda Meir
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.- Audrey Hepburn
Tomorrow, January 24th, marks a Moron type of anniversary. The first cans of beer were delivered. Roadside ditches were never the same.
Released on Friday, the report found the Chicago police guilty of a “pattern or practice” of unconstitutional force. But it turns out that the Justice Department has no standard for what constitutes a “pattern or practice” (the phrase comes from a 1994 federal statute) of unconstitutional police conduct. “Statistical evidence is not required” for a “pattern or practice” finding, the DOJ lawyers announce, citing unrelated court precedent. Nor is there “a specific number of incidents” required to constitute a “pattern or practice,” they proclaim.
Will a GOP president ever be able to weed out the leftist career bureaucrats? Time will tell with President Trump & AG Jeff Sessions.
If you are a student at a college, can you be arrested for non-violent free speech behavior? Well you can at Kellogg Community College. Handing out free copies of the Constitution is a No-No at this world famous institution of higher learning.
The group says that on Sept. 20, 2016, KCC students Michelle Gregoire, Brandon Withers and three others were in an open area in front of KCC’s Binda Performing Arts Center handing out pocket Constitutions and talking with students about YAL. The students allege in their federal lawsuit that campus administrators and security approached them and told them they were violating the school’s Solicitation Policy because they were passing out the Constitutions without prior approval. They were also informed they could not engage in such activity at that particular location.
The students are suing the
Gestapo College administration. The ONT wishes them yuuge success with their lawsuit. Why be a Rhodes Scholar when you can be a Kellogg Scholar, "They're great!!"
Looks like The ONT is starting out in a Law & Order fashion. A DOJ that has preordained outcomes. A college frightened of free speech. What else is there? 15 strange laws from around the world.
Take for example Japan. Michael Moore would be in prison for being a fat
ass person. In Japan, it is illegal to be fat. Wonder if the inmates do the GAINZZ?
Why is the left always so pissed? Why did the
Weasels Wisconsin Democratic State Senators flee WI when Gov. Scott Walker was attempting to pass Act 10? Why did 50+ Shit Heads Democratic Congressmen skip the recent inauguration? Is it because of their collapse?
Bartley comprehended that the Democrats’ fury went beyond politics and “must have deeper, subconscious roots.” His theory was that they were unable to deal with a sense they were losing their “birthright.”
What he meant was that, as he put it, “base Democrats think of themselves as the best people: the most intelligent and informed, the most public spirited, the most morally pure.” If that’s what’s at stake, no wonder they’re so devastated.
Speaking of melt downs. This guy has been known to swing the pendulum from meltdowns to blubbering like a school boy about his first crush. Good old Chris Matthews.
Although never raised by a nanny. The ONT does believe that a Nanny would not be as offensive as the Obama administration. From pigs to Christmas lights 97,000+ pages of regulations. This does not include statutes passed by Congress.
The Obama administration set a record by issuing 97,110 pages of regulations for nearly 4,000 new federal rules, at an estimated cost of nearly $350 billion.
Rules such as the Obamacare employer mandate and the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations over power plants and rivers, streams, and ponds are well known, and reflect the expansion of the federal bureaucracy. But lesser known rules shed light on the size and scope of the government, as well. Here are the craziest federal regulatory moves in the Obama era:
On this day in 1971, George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a No.1 when ' 'My Sweet Lord' went to the top of the UK single charts.
A double shot of George Harrison. The following was released on the B side of The Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" in 1968. Here it is performed with Eric Clapton.
In December of every year there are countless stories about who has died. What we never see are stories about who will die. How many famous people will die in 2017?
In 2016 hundreds of famous people died. David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Fidel Castro, Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder, George Michael, Vera Rubin, and Thomas Schelling, are just a few names on this list. But was 2016 a particularly bad year? Or will 2017 be "worse"?
Many people think that 2016 was particularly bad, but data tells us that it is not an exception. In fact, we should expect more famous people to die in 2017 than in 2016. Why? The answer is simple: because the number of famous people has increased over time.
Fun toys that are no more. As always, it's for the children.
The Austin Magic Pistol
If any toy could be considered endlessly controversial, it the toy gun. Even those that don’t see the harm in a nerf gun or a squirt gun can’t argue that the Austin Magic Pistol may just take things that bit too far.
Are today's toys even any fun?
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This is why certain people can not have nice things.Genius Award Runner-up. You have to take care of your teeth.
Drunk, crashed and covered in vomit is tonight's Genius Award.
The ONT is surprised that the Nanny State hasn't stopped this boy yet from being The Feel Good Story of The Day.
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Nuts? These folks aren't nuts.
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Neil Gorsuch Emerges as Trump's Front-Runner for Supreme Court Nominee
He's on the 10th Circuit of Appeals right now, appointed by Bush, and thought to be among the most "Scalia-esque" of all possible Scalia replacements.
Age: 50. And as I like to say, 50 is the new twenty-nine-and-three-quarters.
Judge Napolitano said on McCallum's show that if Gorsuch is in fact Trump's nominee, Trump would have done exactly what he said he would do: Nominate a younger version of Scalia.
Unfunny SNL "Writer" Katie Rich Suspended "Indefinitely" After Tweeting Baron Trump Would Be History's "First Homeschooled Shooter"
But remember, "indefinite" only means for an unspecified period of time, not "permanently."
NBC won't comment on it, despite being one of the media companies that was so determined to hound minor congressional staffer nobody Elizabeth Lauten out of a job after she said the Obama children lacked "class."
Meanwhile, Pop Hag Madonna had tweeted "F*** Trump and f*** the Secret Service" after people called for a Secret Service inquiry into her public declaration that she had "dreamed" about "blowing up the White House."
However, after the Secret Service actually took an interest in the case, the Elderly Hooker changed her pitchy tune. She now says her statement about blowing up the White House was a "metaphor" about something or other. The Warbling Lich will likely remain free to continue doing sexual dances for aging gay men who fondly remember their youths when they had to pretend to find Madonna provocative.
I fully support using the regime of political intimidation and social bullying these monsters created against them. To do otherwise would be to affirm their status as our social superiors -- that they make the rules, and the rest of us suffer those rules.
A caste with pretenses of being superior does not actually become superior until the lower castes affirm the superiority of that caste by conceding to them the immunities and privileges they assert.
This must not be permitted to happen.
It is a bad thing that we live in a society of bizarre speech codes and scalp-hunting sociopaths.
But it is a worse thing that we live in a society of bizarre speech codes and scalp-hunting sociopaths in which the Media-Political Caste claims immunity from the rules and punishments they themselves invent and enforce.
To suffer under an unjust law is to suffer an affront to one's liberty.
But to suffer under an unjust law to which other superior castes are exempt is to suffer an affront to one's very humanity and equality.
I will sign a peace treaty in the #WarOnFreeSpeech the moment the Indecent Left is sufficiently battered to come begging for peace.
But until then: The War on Speech goes both ways, fascists.
You will be made to share the misery you have made for us all.
Army Picks a Replacement for the Standard Sidearm Beretta M9: The Sig Sauer P320
No word on whether they're sticking with 9mm or .45 ACP. Apparently the P320 can be had in either, as well as in .357 SIG and .40 S&W.
Actually, the pistol is modular, and this article suggests that the gun might just be available in different calibers.
This wikipedia entry says the P320 can be "adapted" to fire the four different calibers, but the word "adapted" seems vague to me.
The article also says that my previous belief that the .45 was superior may be in error, as police departments which had previously up-calibered from 9mm to .40 are now switching back.
Although the objective is for a round with better terminal ballistics, the argument for adopting a larger bullet has disadvantages. The FBI and certain police forces have reversed earlier decisions to replace their 9 mm pistols with ones chambered for .40 S&W because the heavier bullet and greater recoil caused excessive wear and frame damage. Law enforcement personnel have found that even marginally larger pistol rounds are still too underpowered to kill a person with one shot, and that smaller rounds allow for better shot placement when firing rapidly.
Meanwhile, a sniper killed three jihadis with a single bullet in Iraq, and no, it wasn't by hitting a propane tank like in Uncharted or Doom. The bullet went through one and then another and then dinged a third off a ricochet.
Thanks to Anonosaurus Wrecks for that last one.
Schumer Delaying Pompeo's Confirmation as Head of CIA After Having Promised to Confirm All NatSec Heads By Last Friday
So what's this about?
Here's what I think it's about: The Democrats are banking on a lunatic scenario whereby Michael Flynn or others on Trump's staff are found to have conspired with Russia. They figure, I think, that the acting head of the CIA -- note that with Brennan's (none-too-soon) departure there is no official head of the CIA, just some holdover acting as head -- will be able to ferret out the Traitors whereas I guess they think Pompeo wouldn't be as serious about Finding All the Traitors.
So they're going to expose the US to greater security risks and higher chances of a successful terrorist attack to appease the crazies on the left pushing for Chimpeachment 2: Chimps Gone Bananas, and risk American lives on a 0.0000001% chance that there's anything to this newest pipe-dream conspiracy theory or that Brennan's Boyz can find evidence of it.
Oh, My: Incandescently Dumb Obama Foreign Policy Spokesdummy Marie Harf Hired by... FoxNews??!!
This makes no sense, until you realize it makes all the sense.
Liberals would of course rather work for the liberal news network CNN. But CNN knows that, and can choose from among the best applicants.
Where does that leave a Marie Harf? Well, it leaves her Fox.
Now, what would Fox gain from this?
Oh God -- It would gain so, so much.
Tucker Carlson can do Theater of the Stupid segments with her two or three nights a week.
It would be uhhhmazing.
Trump Signs Executive Orders: Withdraws from TPP, Ends Funding for Overseas Health Services That Provide Abortions, Freezes Some Federal Hiring
Making good on a campaign promise, President Trump on Monday signed an executive order withdrawing the United States from the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
He also signed two other orders -- one placing a hiring freeze on some federal workers and the other reinstating a ban on funding for international groups that perform abortions.
Re: the hiring freeze, he said this about it:
The new commander-in-chief also signed an executive order on Monday that froze hiring for some federal government employees.
"Except for the military," he said when signing it.
Government unions immediately began screaming, and that's a real danger, because federal government unions are so popular with the American public.
Per that report, the freeze might be retroactive for Obama's recent hires who were hired but who have not actually begun working yet.
Sean Spicer's First Full Press Briefing
Right now sparring over Spicer's and Trump's "lies," with the media completely unwilling to admit their own #FakeNews.
Press Sec: "We have to be honest with the American people. I think sometimes we can disagree with the facts...our intention is never to lie" pic.twitter.com/xgUKdGTPZQ— ABC News (@ABC) January 23, 2017
Updates: Here are some snippets of the questions asked and answers thereto.
Chanting Mobs Aren't Brave.
Single Individuals Standing Up to the Mob Are Brave.
This is just...the most perfect video of everything wrong with college activists. pic.twitter.com/duCzblUwGh— Lo-Ping (@GamingAndPandas) January 21, 2017
Federal Officials People: Intelligence Community Probing Michael Flynn
First, as with the PeePeeGate psyops the IC conducted against the country, it's vapornews -- there's no actual news here, as the "news" is just that there is an investigation. And no conclusions at all.
We already know there was an investigation -- this was leaked two weeks ago. So the leakers are just re-leaking this to get it re-reported.
But there's nothing new -- there's no conclusion, the article notes. So rather than advancing the story by saying "There's an investigation, and it has found X," this story specifically says the investigation has not found anything either way. Nothing excuplatory, nothing incriminating.
Pure re-report of a re-leak.
But this is the most precious part of the Wall Street Journal's report.
It has been common (though I'm certain not uniform) previous media practice to attribute leaks from the IC to "federal officials" or "intelligence community officials." In other words, people working for the federal government or the intelligence community.
On Friday at 12 noon, John Brennan and I'm guessing several other Obama political appointees in the IC lost their jobs, as Trump pointedly did not ask them to remain aboard until their replacements could be confirmed.
So these folks aren't Federal Officials or IC Officials any longer.
They're just people, as of noon Friday.
So note the WSJ's attribution of its non-story:
U.S. counterintelligence agents have investigated communications that President Donald Trump's national security adviser had with Russian officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
WAS: Federal officials
Monday Mid-Morning Open Thread
Mr. CBD is still under the weather. He asked me if I knew anything about art. I said sure, once upon a time my favorite show on PBS was The Joy of Painting with some guy named Bob Ross.
Not artsy enough for you......................
I heard there was consoling taking place over the weekend.
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The Morning Report 1/23/17
Good morning, kids. We're loaded for bear as the first full week of the Trump era kicks off. I'm sure none of you are surprised in any way, shape or form that George Soros is backing the protests both here and abroad. And that if she had her way, the lovely and charming organizer of the Women's March, Linda Sarsour, would force half a million lemmings to change their pussy hats to burqas. I'm so pleased she serves on a NYC immigration commission and is close friends with DeBolshevik. Other than that, one item of note is a dark horse candidate for Trump's first SCOTUS pick, Neil Gorsuch. Frankly, I thought Trump would go for the jugular by nominating someone like Mike Lee, but I think the strategery is you go to the mattresses with the first pick and it forces the Dems to expend all their political capital to oppose him, ensuring smooth sailing for your next picks. But Dems are Dems and will oppose every pick vehemently. We shall see. Anyway, have a better one and remain blessed.
- Surprise! Women's March Organized by Rabid Anti-Semite with Ties to Hamas
- The Other McCain: The Hate That Hates Hate
- Jerusalem of Gold. . .'n Scalpweasel! Signs Indicate US Embassy to Relocate from Tel Aviv
- Not Referencing Anyone in Particular, Pope Warns Against Populism, "Saviors" Like Hitler
- McStains and Grahamnesty Knuckle Under and Vote for Tillerson
- 230 of Soros'' Thugs to Face Felony Charges for Mostly Peaceful Rioting
- Bush Appointee Emerges as New Frontrunner for Trump's First SCOTUS Pick
- The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Trump Could Appoint Half the Federal Judiciary
- Confidential Brock Memo: Defeat Trump Via Impeachment
- As Wisconsin Shifts Red, GOP Puts Tammy Baldwin In the Crosshairs (Crosshairs!!)
- Horowitz: "Democrat Party Is Marching Off a Cliff"
Sunday Overnight Open Thread (1/22/17)
Let The ONT begin............
Quotes of The Day
Many of the qualities that come so effortlessly to dogs - loyalty, devotion, selflessness, unflagging optimism, unqualified love - can be elusive to humans. -John Grogan
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough. -Richard M. DeVos
Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. -Milton Friedman
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.- Ronald Reagan
A message to the unhinged temper tantrum throwing "adults" from a man your age.
I’m “The Man” to you racial activists. I’m the idiot who joined the military because I “wasn’t smart enough” to go get a liberal arts degree like you know-it-all 20-year-old college dipshits; and for some reason you hate me for that. I’m that guy with the rifle who signed on the dotted line for $24K a year so that you budding Marxist fucksticks could have the freedom to complain about me and the manner in which I provide it. I have a little message for you.........
On this day, January 22, 1973 Abortion is legalized in the Roe vs. Wade decision.
So if the child is fortunate enough to make it out of the womb does the left care for that child? When it comes to education? NO! The left cares more about their pocket books than they do about poor children.
There's something perverse about an ideology that views the disposing of an unborn child in the third trimester of pregnancy as an indisputable right but the desire of parents to choose a school for their kids as zealotry. Watching President-elect Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, answer an array of frivolous questions this week was just another reminder of how irrational liberalism has become.
Democrats often tell us that racism is one of the most pressing problems in America. And yet, few things have hurt African-Americans more over the past 40 years than inner-city public school systems. If President Obama is correct and educational attainment is the key to breaking out of a lower economic stratum, then no institution is driving inequality quite as effectively as public schools
On a brighter tomorrow note, January 23rd is National Pie Day.
The ONT wishes that kale, tofu, etc tasted like pie. Don't you? Maybe after this latest study we should just continue to eat pie and skip the damn veggies. Salad: The Silent Killer?
Despite all the schizophrenic diet advice consumers hear on a daily basis, one thing has remained consistent: vegetables are good for you. But no more. Now, salad’s a killer. According to a new “study” (produced by researcher who must have looked around and said, “There’s nothing left to demonize! How will I make a name for myself?”), salad is making you feel anxious, depressed, and unable to fall asleep, among other disturbing outcomes. According to the Daily Mail:
“Internist Dr. Svetlana Kogan explained that she sees scores of her patients coming in with very non-specific symptoms—shakes, jitters, sleeplessness. But they may not realize that it could all be coming from something they believed to be healthy.
Everybody is blessed with special gifts and abilities at birth. Some people work hard, develop those skills, catch a little luck and become famous. One of these famous people would be one Shia LeBeouf. Instead of using his fame and wealth to help the country he has decided to be divisive for at least 4 years.
The actor's latest art project asks passersby to stop by the Museum of the Moving Image and say "He will not divide us" in front of a mounted camera.
On the morning of President Trump's inauguration, Shia LaBeouf kicked off a protest of his own in the form of yet another art performance.
The actor's latest project launched Friday at 9 a.m. ET with a camera installation set up at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. Passersby are encouraged to stop before the camera and participate by repeating the words "He will not divide us."
Take a look at this election map of 2016, Maybe
LaDouche LaBeouf is the divider and not President Trump
Surroundings. Observations and carelessness. The Day I Wished I Carried A Gun…and my five biggest take aways from this experience.
I’ve been in precarious and dangerous situations before but this one truly shook me up. If the lone gentleman had decided not to tell me because it was “none of his business” I would have innocently walked back to my hotel none the wiser.
Back at the hotel room I breathed a sigh of relief.
And I cursed myself for being so careless.
Tucker Carlson has come a long way. From the bow tie days of being Bob Novak's sit-in on CNN's Cross Fire to hosting his own prime time show on Fox News.
Tucker Carlson's on-air confrontation with anti-Trump protester is beyond wild. Then comes his confession.
Wynton Marsalis. A musician with class.
On this day in 1994 actor Telly Salavas passed away. Did you know that he had a Number 1 hit in the U.K. in 1975? Well, he did and here it is. And it isn't very good. What's worse? You decide.
Here is one of these stories that renews The ONT's faith in young people. Instead of majoring in Queer Gender Studies, Organic Fashion Design; Beer brewing on the moon.
A team of University of California, San Diego students are competing to send an experiment aboard a spacecraft built by Indian startup TeamIndus, which received a million bucks as part of Google’s Lunar XPRIZE competition. The students, like all of us, want to know whether yeast can survive to ferment beer on the Moon.
The proposed experiment starts with wort—malt and water mixed together, prepared on Earth and placed into a special experimentation vessel. The vessel would allow the fermentation process, where the yeast turns sugar to alcohol, and the carbonation process, of getting the bubbles into the beer, to occur simultaneously without releasing any excess carbon dioxide.
Concordia Station is a remote Antarctic research center jointly run by France and Italy. It is staffed by dozens of scientists and technicians who work in near isolation, with the next closest station hundreds of miles away.
It is so remote that in order to replenish its supplies, a convoy of containers pulled by a tractor must make a 10 day, 600-plus mile journey across inhospitable terrain dubbed “White Mars.” A recent image from France’s Pleiades space satellite captured the journey, the convoy a tiny black scratch in a massive white expanse
Not only am I a Moron I guess I'm an angry white man as well. To the 'ettes, are you angry white women?
When we’re not beating up our wives and girlfriends or killing Meskin illegals with our concealed-carry Glocks purchased at the Tactical Knife and Gun Wholesale Megamarket in Lumberton, North Carolina, we’re pretty much leading normal lives hanging around the Waffle House so the process server can’t find us and extradite us to southern Alabama to face charges on the 47 months of back child-support payments we never paid because we “just forgot, Your Honor.”
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"The sun never sets on the British Empire". 100 years ago this was the literal truth, as our older sibling proudly administered a commonwealth that literally spanned the entire globe. Sorely tested by WWII, she stood strong against the National Socialist threat. Winston Churchill stood tall in the rubble of London, bravely flipping off the German planes with his trademark "V", becoming a eternal symbol of triumph over adversity.
Has there ever been a better example of courage? Of defiance? Of stouthearted determination to fight through the toughest of times and emerge victorious? Such an example can inspire a people for generations, echoing down through the ages, ensuring greatness.
Then again, maybe not.
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CBD-Less Food Thread
CBD contacted me at about 2:30PM looking for help. Seems he celebrated Friday so hard that he can't get out of bed.
So you have me and this quickly prepared but delicious Food Thread.
As many of you know I reside in the upper Mid-West. We enjoy fish at our home. So instead of buying fish, Mrs. MH kicks me out of the house to bring back some fresh fish. One of those fish would be the Black Crappie.
Here is a recipe that we enjoy. It isn't fried fish, but it is pretty crunch nevertheless.
1 lb fresh crappie fillets
1 egg or sub Evaporated milk
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
2/3 cup crushed corn flakes
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. pepper
Kosher salt to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Combine flour and pepper in a shallow bowl and mix well
Beat the egg in another small bowl, add 2 tsp of water and mix it well
Mix crushed corn flakes, Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper in a separate bowl
Sprinkle fillets with Kosher salt
Dredge fillets first in flour mixture, then egg mixture then in corn flakes mixture
Place coated fillets on a baking sheet coated with cooking oil spray
Bake 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes.
Don't have fresh Crappies or bluegills or perch. Cod and Haddock work well also. I've never tried this recipe with trout or salmon. So I'm not sure what the results would be. Pan fried Brookies with skin on don't need anything else. But, that's a food thread for another day.
In the Upper Mid-West the Catholics brought with them the fish fry on Friday nights. A typical fish fry here consists of fish, cole slaw, French fries and bread/role.
Your Misanthropic gourmet loves cabbage. Here's a recipe for cole slaw from Mrs. MH's grandmother that's very good.
1 head cabbage shredded
2-3 carrots shredded
1 small onion minced
Mix veggies in a large bowl
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup salad oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp celery seed
Salt & pepper to taste
Boil dressing 1 minute. Pour over salad and mix well, it can be served warm or cold. Our preference is cold.
French fries, fried potatoes, hash browns all go well with this meal along with buttered dark rye bread. Wash all of it down with a cold beer of your choice, it's a damn fine meal.
Us Lutherans can only add this to the meal.
Don't worry I wouldn't eat it either.
For years, the restaurant industry has thrown legal challenge after legal challenge at a Labor Department regulation that bars kitchen workers from sharing in tips. The fight stretches all the way back to 2010, when the agency responded to a court ruling that allowed an Oregon restaurant to give cooks and dishwashers pooled tips by dashing out a federal law that prohibited the practice nationwide. Suffice it to say trade groups like the National Restaurant Association were displeased with the move, which was essentially a rogue act without congressional approval. But in September, the industry lost its final lower-court appeal, leaving the group with one option: Go harass the Supreme Court.
Since we've covered the "fish fry" might as well see what Uncle Sam has going on. The gubmint has put out their latest advice.
The Food and Drug Administration issued its “final advice” on fish and shellfish this week, warning against eating some species and encouraging Americans to eat three servings a week of others.
The federal agency gave particular attention to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in less than 24 hours the Center for Science in the Public Interest said the FDA’s advice is bad medicine.
The FDA reaffirmed its 2014 advice with this week’s final advice and recommends adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, should eat 4-ounce servings of “low-mercury” fish and/or shellfish at least two or three times per week.
“However, all fish contain at least traces of mercury, which can be harmful to the brain and nervous system if a person is exposed to too much of it over time,” according to the FDA’s final advice
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So what are you Morons up to today?
It just occurred to me that Trump has gotten more fat people walking in one day than Michelle Obama did in 8 years.
Open thread until Chow Boy saunters along.
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Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-22-2017
(Note: please take all political discussions to the open thread below this one. Thank you)
Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, triggering Trump tweets, Russians hacking, and special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, belly laughs. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which give the noble sport of golf a bad name.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
--C. S. Lewis
Last weekend, I discovered a beautiful library in the Hotel Emma in San Antonio. The hotel is built in the old Pearl Brewery and the two-story library and reading room is part of that structure. The library's almost 4000 books were donated by Sherry Kafka Wagner, a San Antonio author and book enthusiast/collector.
Posted by: LASue at January 08, 2017 11:22 AM (CLKfs)
I generally don't buy books right away. When I see a book I think I might like, I tend to over-think the purchase. I mull it over in my mind for awhile, weighing the pros and cons, reading the reviews (esp. the 1-star reviews), and then maybe, just maybe, I'll buy it. Even if it's a $1.99 Kindle deal. Yes, I am that cheap. I just hate spending money. Compared to me, Vic throws money away like a drunken sailor or a Democratic congressmen.
But then occasionally I will find a book that I'll look at, read a bit of the blurb, and then bam, buy it. One such book is A Stranger In My Own Hometown: A Brendan O'Brian Legal Thriller by J.W. Kerwin. This is how the Amazon blurb starts out:
The Council for Islamic Religious Respect (CIRR) has filed suit against a crusading newspaper reporter for defaming Islam and linking the group to terrorists.
CIRR has seemingly unlimited funds and a wily attorney who thinks nothing of lying to the judge. But the reporter has Brendan O’Brian, America’s most politically incorrect defense attorney.
The blurb goes on, but at that point, my head had filled up with "I WANT!" like an inflated tire. So I stopped reading and plunked down my $2.99. I mean, who knows, it may turn out to be a crappy book, but for $3, it's a good risk.
Also, I had to laugh at the novel's bad guys, the "Council for Islamic Religious Respect (CIRR)". Gee, I wonder who that's supposed to be?
And then it turns out that this novel is actually a sequel to an earlier novel, Slow Death in the Fast Lane, which blurb starts out:
If you hate the IRS, youíll love this book!
I stopped reading right there and bought it. 99 cents.
Here's more of the blurb:
Years of creative accounting have landed Harvey Berkowitz in court, charged with criminal tax fraud. The government has a mountain of incriminating evidence and what appears to be an airtight case. But Harvey has Brendan O’Brian, an unconventional defense attorney with a reputation for winning seemingly unwinnable cases.
O’Brian turns the tables on the government, putting the Tax Code and predatory IRS practices on trial with strategies that create a circus-like atmosphere in the normally staid federal court.
I found this book because I had discovered the BadBlue news aggregator site and I keep it open in a browser tab pretty much all of the time. It linked to this piece on the anti-jihad site BareNakedIslam, which is a video compilation of German politicians denying any problem with mass immigration from Muslim countries.
I swear if you shoved Angela Merkel's face into a pile of dung, she'd claim she couldn't smell anything.
Correcting the Record
Earlier this week, ace noted the 19th anniversary of the reporting of a story that Newsweek had known about, but spiked. The reporter, of course, was Matt Drudge, the story was about President Bill Clinton's surreptitious sexual relationship with a young intern named Monica Lewinsky, and the breaking of that story was the first crack in the edifice of control that the MSM had exerted over news coverage. The Newsweek editors did not want to report a story that might potentially harm a president they favored, so they did what they usually do. They spiked it. They thought it would go away. It didn't. Instead, thanks to the efforts of one Matt Drudge, it sparked a journalistic war that is still being fought.
I even had my own story to tell about Matt Dudge.
But I was wrong about one thing.
For some undoubtedly stupid reason, I thought he was the co-author with Andrew Breitbart of the book Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon -- The Case Against Celebrity, but that's not the case. Breitbart's co-author was investigative journalist Mark Ebner. H,I is
...a sometimes frightening, occasionally sad, and frequently hysterical odyssey into the darkest realms of showbiz pathology, the endless stream of meltdowns and flameouts, and the inexplicable behavior on the part of show business personalities.
I'm not sure the behavior is all that "inexplicable." Take an average American, give her everything she wants, surround her with sycophants and courtiers, never let her ever hear a word of rebuke or criticism of even the mildest sort, constantly tell her how great she is (even when she isn't), praise her every time she combs her hair or puts her shoes on, and how could this not be a sure-fire recipe for the production of manifold psychological problems? It would take a person with the strongest possible set of values, deeply internalized and self-consciously followed, to resist the temptation to vanity, megalomania and madness. The real question is, why aren't there a lot more Hollywood flameouts?
Of course, Matt Drudge did write his own book, Drudge Manifesto, wherein he
reveal[ed] how he discovered and broke the stories that threatened the Clinton presidency, how his bombshells sparked one of the most intense media frenzies in history, and how he envisions the future of journalism.
I guess it's kind of ironic that there is no Kindle edition of Drudge's book.
Received an e-mail from a moron who liked Conclave by Robert Harris. He wrote a pretty good blurb for it:
This is a fictional account of the selection of a new Pope by the College of Cardinals. There is an interesting "inside baseball" story of the process of selection, and a view of the ambitions of several of the Cardinals themselves. The protagonist is a fictional Dean of the Cardinals, whose job is to guide the College thru the process of determination.
The several 'papabile' can be seen maneuvering to gain the consensus and there is some maneuvering to eliminate potential rivals. The author does lead the reader to the ultimate selectee, but there awaits a stunning conclusion. Even if you are not a fellow Catholic, the story is interesting in its intrigue.
Books By Morons
Over on votormom's Goodreads group, 'ette Mona informed the Horde that her
...debut novel is now available on Kindle. If you like Jane Austen, I think you will like this. If you like Jane Austen but don't like Fanny Price, be reassured that I have given her a bit of a tweak in this book. I also like to think there's a dash of Flashman in the character of the cad, Henry Crawford.
Her book is titled A Contrary Wind: a variation on Mansfield Park:
Fanny Price, niece to Sir Thomas Bertram of Mansfield Park, is an intelligent but timid girl from a poor family, who is grateful for the advantages of education and breeding conferred upon her as result of growing up with her wealthier cousins.
But the cruelty of her Aunt Norris, coupled with the pain of knowing that the man she secretly loves is infatuated with the vivacious but cold-hearted Mary Crawford, compel Fanny to run away from Mansfield Park and find employment as a governess...This variation of Jane Austenís novel includes all the familiar characters from Jane Austenís novel, as well as some new acquaintances. There are some mature scenes.
Not a bad price at $4.99.
Moronette 'votermom' is putting together a list of moron authors over on the Goodreads site which is intended to be accessible to non-members. Here is the list she has compiled so far. Let her know if there's an author she's missing.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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Open Thread for Politics
To keep the book thread on topic. Here is something below the fold for your morning schadenboners:
"...what it truly means to be an American"? Seriously? When did they ever care about that?
I think it's absolutely *adorable* how progressives are now wrapping themselves in the flag. They're all patriotic and shit.
Update: Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 ‘partners’ of the Women’s March on Washington. In the NY Times, no less.
(h/t 'Wenda (sic)' for the NY Times piece)
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So if I've got this figured right, this coming week is when the collective left will finally start getting something to cry about, good and hard.
I'm guessing President Trump is going to need a good supply of refills for his ink-pen. Maybe he'll get Chuck Schumer to pick some up for him while he's on a juice box run.
Overnight Open Thread (21 Jan 2017)
Must've been a rare Pokemon on the loose today as Hillary's army of dead enders invade Washington DC as CNN provides blanket coverage.
For your enjoyment. Here are the most unhinged reactions to Trump's Inauguration yet. Keep it coming idiots.
Isn't this guy for open borders? Mark Zuckerberg sues to keep native Hawaiians off his $100 million beachfront estate.
I think I'm going to DC this summer to watch this.
Educators hypocritically rip Betsy DeVos after crying for 16 years about massive federal meddling. Well, progs usually are hypocritical.
Hmmm, I don't know. Body armor of the future could be made of human hair.
Lobster blood could be the next best thing to help treat warts, shingles. No real scientific tests have been conducted.
Yeah, it has been a really bad week for journalism. I doubt it'll get better anytime soon either.
The Empire Scratches Back.
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Sean Spicer Blasts the Press
Vid below. Sorry to step on the Chess Thread but this is news.
If that won't load, try this one:
"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period," Trump White House press secretary claims https://t.co/ICcog0Ivxt— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 21, 2017
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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 01-21-2017
Jean-Paul Kayser, 1925
Alt. title: "My chess is so bad, it makes me feel blue."
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get caught up into a bear tree, especially if they're hungry.
Problem 1 - Black To Play (384)
Hint: Black mates in 3
1k6/pb6/1p6/3q2pp/1p1p1b2/3P2BP/P1R4K/5Q2 b - - 0 1
And Now For Something Completely Different
We now return you to your regularly scheduled chess/open thread, which is already in progress.
Problem 2 - White To Play (BWTC 13)
Black's position is shattered and his king is on the run. How can White indulge in a little "mortal kombat" and FINISH HIM?
Hint: White mates in 3
rn1q1b1r/ppp2B2/7p/4Bk2/3Pn1pP/3Qp3/PPP3P1/RN4K1 w - - 0 1
Problem 3 - White To Play (170)
Hint: White wins material
r1b1kbnr/pp1np1p1/1qp1p2p/8/3P4/3B4/PPPB1PPP/RN1QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
LED Chess Set
Over on Woot, they're selling a chess set that glows with lights from internet LEDs so you can continue playing in your bunker during the zombie apocalypse.
With chess pieces that light up when they are on or near the board, this set almost seems like magic. Chess board includes a power adapter or you can use 4 AA batteries (not included).
Looks like a fun novelty set. They're doing nifty things with LEDs these days.
(h/t to tsrblke)
Problem 4 - Black To Play (52)
Hint: Mate in 6
4rk1r/pQp2p2/3p4/1Bb2P1p/3n1Bn1/7P/PPP2RP1/RN4K1 b - - 0 15
Endgame of the Week (Endgame 276)
Black's advanced pawn looks mighty dangerous. Is there anything White can do about it, and if so, what?
Hint: White needs to force Black's king into the corner
8/8/6p1/7p/7P/8/pk1K4/2R5 w - - 0 1
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March Temper Tantrum
A Remedy For Your Schadenboner
Oh Now *This* Makes Sense
Women Are Writing Messages On Pads So You Know They're Serious
"Hands Off My Vagina!"
Problem 1 - Black To Play
1k6/pb6/1p6/3q2pp/1p1p1b2/3P2BP/P1R4K/5Q2 b - - 0 1
2.Kg1 fails immediately to 2...Qh1#
If 3.Qf4 then 3...Qxf4#
Problem 2 - White To Play
rn1q1b1r/ppp2B2/7p/4Bk2/3Pn1pP/3Qp3/PPP3P1/RN4K1 w - - 0 1
It's a forced mate in 3:
Problem 3 - White To Play
r1b1kbnr/pp1np1p1/1qp1p2p/8/3P4/3B4/PPPB1PPP/RN1QK2R w KQkq - 0 1
White can snag Black's queen.
The counterattack doesn't quite work because White will capture the queen with check.
4.Qf3 and wins.
Problem 4 - Black To Play
4rk1r/pQp2p2/3p4/1Bb2P1p/3n1Bn1/7P/PPP2RP1/RN4K1 b - - 0 15
White can try 16.Rf1 but then 16...Ne2+ 17.Kh1 Rxf1# finishes him off.
Unlike most of the problems I post, the move numbers here don't start out at 1 because the position is one I stole from an actual game.
Endgame of the Week
8/8/6p1/7p/7P/8/pk1K4/2R5 w - - 0 1
Despite his advanced pawn, Black's options are surprisingly limited. For example, advancing the 'g' pawn would be a terrible idea, but White can force him to do it by sac'ing his rook:
Forced. Now White can box him in, thus setting him up for checkmate.
That was Black's only legal move.
And the queen race is on.
White queens first, but Black is right there with him.
Hope to see you all next week!
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and past it into your chess app.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
Grab a beverage, a snack and your best behavior. It's time for the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread.
A Little of This. A Little of That
- Dog ate your homework? Dog ate your knife? WTF?
- The Mis Hum home could provide her a lifetime supply of red and white hair.
- Need a smile? Animal selfies might be the answer.
- This guy likes to exercise
- Best laid plans........
- Goat, Skittles, make your own jokes.
- Do you talk to your pet as if it were a baby?
- Take your
kidpet to work days. Nice perk.
Let's take a look and see what the Horde has sent in.
Our first pet is Orange Puff.
"this is orange puff who followed me all the way to the hay field. he's watching the baling being done anticipating all the mice he'll kill once i turn the bales in the barn.
from concrete girl"
Thank you Concrete Girl
Our next two entries are from Cat Ass Trophy
Here is what C.A.T has to say about these cats in the photos.
"This is Silas (B&W) the 21lb beast with little sister Cutie, a gray/orange dilute tortoiseshell pain in the butt. Busy keeping the possums at bay.
Lower picture is Cutie and Lancelot (the white idiot) in a q-tip showdown. Q-tips have to be kept in a locked cabinet because Cutie can break into most anything else to get the box."
Thanks for the photos.
Our next pet is not in the holiday spirit.
"Hi-- This is our girl, "Baby", who is not at all interested in dressing up for Christmas. She's telling me I'm crazy to even ask her to sit next to these decorations!Nic is: JQ Flyover"
Thank you for the submission JQ Flyover.
The next three photos come from Washington Nearsider.
Here is the story about these fun looking critters.
"Washington Nearsider here. I've dropped into kind of a perpetual Lurk status, but want to get my pets up if I can.
I've got Milo the greyhound (pronounced Me-Low), who raced for 2 years, accumulating an impressive 2-64 record before finding a house where he could lay around. His callsign is 'Dummy,' and it's definitely a term of endearment. He's a quiet, kind soul who just wants to lay on his bed or in his crate (which is his safe-space, not his punishment), eat, and occasionally go outside to sprint in circles at around 38mph, shredding my yard with his enormous shovel-like paws.
There's also Ajax the Bengal (part Asian Leopard) who is more of a dog than Milo. The pic is him at a few months old. He's gotten quite a bit bigger, but alas, there aren't pictures... Ajax walks on a leash, comes when you call, plays fetch, et al. He LOVES walking in the snow, which is how I discovered he only leaves two footprints instead of four when he walks. He places his back paws precisely on the spot where his front paws went, ensuring silence as he stalks his prey. He's got a vertical leap that puts him on top of the fridge, from which he surveys his domain and plots my death.
I've sent a pic of each of them, and one of them... interacting. It's pretty much par for the course. Ajax runs shit, and everyone knows it."
Don't lurk so much, come out and say "Hi" more often.
Speaking of lurkers. We have a lurker couple who submitted the following photos and their story.
"We love the Ace site, and the pet moron thread, and have attached below a photo of our Shetland sheepdog babies for the pet moron gallery of cuteness.
We (anonymous lurkers both) adopted Lucy and Tucker from our local Sheltie rescue group three years ago after our adopted Sheltie wonderdog Hunter passed away.
(Here is a picture of Hunter, taken in 2010.)"
Lucy is a now 10-year-old blue merle female who lived in a crate her entire life before we became her humans. Near feral when we brought her home, Lucy had never had a bath; her skin and the insides of her ears were black with filth. It made us want to cry. Lucy is super smart and has turned into an incredible snuggle-bunny. She loves baths and is also very bossy, in a herding-dog sort of way. She hates to hear people sneeze; it makes her jump up and bark!
Tucker is a 3-year-old sable male. He was abandoned on a local Army base and the rescue group told us he was 2 or 3 when they got him. Wrong! He was only five months old. In addition, he had been hit by a car and had a fractured femur head, which we discovered after we brought him home. Tucker sailed through the surgery and now runs like the wind. We think he might be part Wookiee, as his vocalizations sometimes sound like Chewbacca. Tucker hates squirrels, deer and the doorbell with a white-hot passion.
Here are Lucy and Tucker. (Tucker looks a little damp in the photo because he had just fallen in the swimming pool.):
Keep up the good work!
Anonymous Lurkers Tammy and David
What a great bunch of pets this week. Thank you for submitting their photos and stories. We appreciate your patience while we get to each and every one of your pets.
We are always looking for pet photos, tips, stories, etc. Where? Why at petmorons at gmail dot com of course.
Here's hoping you and your pets have a great week.
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Thread below the Pet Thread: 21 Jan 2017 [KT]
I like this visual:
But I think this is a more pertinent topic for the day after the inauguration:
I think people are expecting too much from a new administration, too much good and/or too much bad. My hope is for a return to simple common sense. I am all nuanced-out.
These topics are from Maggie's Farm, in a roundup of Inauguration Day items.
The most over-wrought comment I saw on Facebook this week, from a guy questioning his conservatism, warned that Trump was about to treat all protesters like those anarchists who trashed D.C. on the day of the inauguration. "Arm yourselves", he said.
Oh, and then there was the guy who though the unpopularity of lefty protesters blocking roads was an indication that they were like MLK and George Washington. The women who are enraged about Trump seem to be going more with social media slogans of the day. Sad.
Unfortunately, a couple of guys also seem to have some rather over-blown positive expectations for Trump which seem to be based on their own political hobby horses. One of them is quite annoying. I'm in the "it's hard to predict everything that is going to happen in Washington" category, myself.
What's the craziest reaction to the inauguration you've seen on social media? Other than the one CBD highlighted earlier today?
Note: Garden Thread is still open for garden, wildlife or corn-related topics. Pet Thread is coming up. Enjoy your weekend.
Saturday Gardening Thread: Corn in Winter [KT]
Happy Saturday to the Horde! Feeling better than you did on Thursday? The last day of Obama's presidency was National Popcorn Day. Don't know how I missed it.
If you made a trail of popcorn from Los Angeles to New York (though why would you do that?), you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels.
Popcorn came up in the comments here at the Saturday Gardening Thread several times last year. Particularly Glass Gem Popcorn, the kind in the photo above. Anybody popped some home-grown popcorn? How did you get it off the cob?
Have you ever grown Strawberry Popcorn? I think it looks great. Any reports on the quality of popcorn it makes?
If you are going for a hull-less variety with great kernel quality, here are some recipes from the Popcorn Board. Kale-Lime? I don't think so. Cookies-n-Cream? Maybe.
Would you like to try Popping Sorghum?
We can also shop for seeds for sweet corn in January. Not that we can plant it near popcorn. Anything new in the catalogs? GMO corn is not much of a factor in home gardening, but the photo below is one reason GMO corn exists. We have nothing against organic gardening here at the Saturday Gardening Thread. But pests happen. You might want to consider this a reminder to order some Bt. It's organic. This strain of bacteria only works on caterpillars. There's a related type that works on mosquito larvae.
OK, this story is from TMZ, but there's a short video with a good example of a floral protest gone wrong. A thousand yellow dahlias, the National Flower of Mexico. I like dahlias. There are better ways to give dahlias to someone. Remember that you can order seeds for some whimsical dahlias, and other seeds, through the AoSHQ Amazon Store.
Gardens of The Horde
I found a way to post the rest of Kindltot's wild lily photos last week. Check'em out.
Anything going on in your yard or garden, or on your windowsill? Found anything interesting in those catalogs?
Here, it has been raining off and on all week. The government is back to releasing lots and lots of precious water to flow to the oceans. Building bullet trains in low-population areas takes precedence over reservoirs. Where I come from, rain is a good thing. Hope we can hold on to some of it.
Have a great week.
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In Case You Weren't Sure About SNL....
She "writes" for SNL, and I use those quotation marks because based on the small sample I have seen in the last 20 years, the show sucks, and hasn't had a good group of writers in a generation. And that's okay, because not everyone is talented, and we certainly don't have to watch it if we don't feel like it.
But attacking the child of the new president seems to be so far beyond the bounds of good taste that it cries out for social media opprobrium. It's probably too much to hope that she gets fired or suspended, but a little public abuse might focus her attentions on the vicious and uncaring soul inside her.
Saturday Morning Weird News Dump
Happy Saturday indeed. Do you notice a difference in the air? I do, Obama is gone.
Here are a few items that didn't get much attention this past week here at the Ace of Spades HQ.
- Quite the gal. She'll steal your soul and your limbs.
- Where's the beef?
- Zombie Trayvon Martin no where to be found
- Quite the Christmas present
- Valu-Rite and driving doesn't mix.
- Cattle, car and laughter. That is weird.
- Now this is a Moron's restaurant.
- Its a weird feel good story.
- Another dating site, it's going to be yuge.
- Another Moron? Nice move.
- Quite the plannerh/t ibguy
We don't swim in your toilet.
You don't pee in our pool.
No running with sharp objects.
Play nice with others.
Enjoy these stories or others, open thread.
Have a great week. :)
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EMT 01/21/17 "" edition.
Look, I'm happy the inauguration took place, and all the right people are mad and/or sad, but I'm a little disappointed that Trump hasn't sent me my brownshirt and jack-boots yet. I suppose the delivery was intercepted by those with a more traditional need, judging from yesterday's "mostly peaceful" "protests" by "activists" and "good citizens" "concerned" for "their" safety.
Fascism, to borrow a phrase, is always descending on the right, but landing in the progressive left.
The root issue, if I may be so bold as to offer my opinion, is that the left, generally bereft of the ability to enjoy life as it is, finds its greatest sense of spiritual fulfillment in the pursuit of life as they deem it should be; of their idealized conception of a higher humanity.
Pursuit of a world of "hyperhumans", as it were.
Overnight Open Thread (The Trump Era Begins Edition)
What a day. So happy the Obama era is over and we didn't start the Clinton era.
I gotta say, all these violent and disgusting anti-Trump riots/protests are just hurting Democrats chances in the future. Keep it up dumbasses.
Democrats in the wilderness. Methinks the author is reading too much into Obama's high approval rating or that Hillary got 2.8 million more votes than Trump. Obama's high approval rating is based more on the lack of critical news coverage than anything (ironic that Obama had to remind journalists how to do their job the other day) and Hillary's 2.8 million extra votes came from California. I wouldn't exactly see that as a positive going forward.
I guess it was only a matter of time before Homeland fully jumped the shark. Its first few seasons were great, but it sounds like Season 6 has gone full lefty. Oh well. I suppose I shouldn't bother finishing Season 5 now.
If you have a Netflix subscription, you might want to drop it. Chrisette Michele song dropped from new Netflix series following decision to perform.
Hahaha. Oh Debra. Now the Constitution means something to her?
Someone needs to show up at her door in full dress uniform tomorrow and try to convince her she enlisted without knowing it. pic.twitter.com/FNTaMQUWt3— Alan Smithee (@ActualFlatticus) January 20, 2017
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Last time you'll ever have to listen to this jackass drone on in an official address.
Late, as usual:
Mattis, Kelly Confirmed By Senate For Defense, Homeland Security
National Security GAINZZZ.
#MakeYourselfGreatAgain: The GAINZZZ Thread
I'm back on course. I had gone up 2 1/2, um, okay, being honest, 3 pounds. I had no idea why. But I've lost those three pounds again and am back where I was when I was crowing about my GAINZZZ.
The only thing I did different was get back on Intermittent Fasting, including two long fasts, one thirty hours or so, another 19 or 20 hours. So right now I'm thinking that's a big component of the LCHF/IF regime.
I've also been more regular about drinking apple cider vinegar at night, and recently I've been having some during the daytime too (especially after I have a meal that has a few too many carbs in it). Supposedly it might, might help blunt insulin overproduction.
I started weightlifting more again -- for the real GAINZZZ -- and immediately did an exercise wrong and injured myself. The problem is this: When I was a kid, the only lifts I did, pretty much, were benching, curling, some tricep extension, and some military pressing.
Exercises I never did were squats, deadlifts, and any kind of bent-over rows. (I did rarely do some lat pulls on a machine.)
Now I'm trying to really focus on the "Forgotten Man" muscle groups of the body, as Lord Emperor Trump, The Golden Colossus, has commanded me. But I don't know how to do them. The latest one I thought I knew how to do, but in fact did not, were bent-over dumbbell rows. I had my elbows way out, instead of tucked closer to my body, which resulted in a lot of strain on my elbows and some smaller muscles that rotate the forearms outwards which really couldn't hack the weight.
Anyway, always watch several videos for any lifts you don't know cold, and read a text description too, rather than going by eye.
So far I have injured myself on every new lift I've tried to do.
Maybe it's time to just follow Professor Broscience and do nothing but bicep curls again.
So, Obama's out of office, and that cloud isn't over our heads anymore. It's time to be happy and fulfilled.
If you're gonna make some GAINZZZ in your life, now's the time to get on them GAINZZZ. It would be nice to live as long as possible in a country no longer under the maladministration of Barack Obama, with that half-a-mish telling you "You didn't build that" when you've got a sweet bicep pump on.
Inauguration Thread Seven: The Parade
I hope Trump's playing Death Race 2000 and gets points for running over rioters.
Inauguration Thread Six: Boring Speeches and Some Mostly Peaceful Riots
Update: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse points out this local channel has lots of coverage of the Love Riots.
Hey remember how off-base Trump was when he spoke "darkly" of an American carnage?
Meet the carnage:
Protesters now dragging park benches over to makeshift bonfire in the middle of K Street. pic.twitter.com/4TlmQAYxTq— Matea Gold (@mateagold) January 20, 2017
Happening in front of The Washington Post. pic.twitter.com/cyH6m7YwWD— Steven Ginsberg (@stevenjay) January 20, 2017
Cops are pushing protesters back up K st w/flashbombs. Protesters have been throwing bricks at the cops, upending mailboxes to stand on pic.twitter.com/WfcpXHVmBp— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) January 20, 2017
Outside the Washington post pic.twitter.com/lJxY5o7jrU— Alex Laughlin (@alexlaughs) January 20, 2017
It's time to start grabbing some pussies by the scruffs of their neckbeards.
DC police chief says "we will get it under control." Small group of about 200 making scenes and they will be "held accountable."— Rick Klein (@rickklein) January 20, 2017
Trump supporter tries to stamp out trash fire set by a anti-Trumpers. pic.twitter.com/vEr3rBXivm— Kevin Johnson (@bykevinj) January 20, 2017
Someone in a MAGA hat just put out the K St. fire, amid resistance, and that hat was taken by a protestor pic.twitter.com/PMgwuRaBQP— Mark W. Smith (@markdubya) January 20, 2017
Close it up
An anti-Trump protester screams 'no' as Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th US President pic.twitter.com/qmsaFmMSkr— ITV News (@itvnews) January 20, 2017
More: Longer clip below.
Best thing you'll see today. Just trust me on this one. pic.twitter.com/p7h7araVd7— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 20, 2017
Close it up
Inauguration Thread Five
Check this out -- this guy claims this video clip shows Bill Clinton checking out Ivanka Trump as she walks by (out of frame), and then Hillary catching him.
As MSNBC Was Gloating That Trump Had Fewer Attendees Than Obama, They Overlooked The Fact That Their Leftist Brethren Were Blocking Checkpoints and Shutting the City Down
Inauguration Thread Four
I guess now is the parade to the White House, dragging the bodies of his victims behind his chariots.
Then comes the signing of the executive orders.
Inauguration Thread Three: The Actual Inauguration
Two minutes until our long national nightmare is on a permanent golfcation.
I feel like as he's swearing in Trump, in a way, he's also swearing in My Dick.
DONALD J. TRUMP SWORN IN AS 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES