Thursday, May 26 Overnight Thread - Dregs of the Dregs Edition [Weirddave]
This is it. The last day of your time in the wilderness. On Sunday, Maet will be back and your regularly scheduled ONTing will resume, but for tonight, one last night, y'all are stuck with me again. So consider this the dregs of the dregs* edition of the ONT.
The World's Most Handsome Horse
It's Fabio! In horse form! Yes, they use the Fabio comparison in the article linked as well, but it was my first thought on seeing the picture. That is one beautiful animal.
Slow Motion Video
Technical progress is a wonderful thing. Modern video techniques allow us to not just freeze a moment in time for later review, but to actually slow it down to better observe what occurred. Sports broadcasters have been using this technology for years to allow fans to better appreciate the nuances of the game, but now with proliferation of super high speed cameras, entire new worlds of wonder are accessible to the average human in a way they never have been before.
So you want to be a musician, but your parents are adamant that you instead take up a more traditional trade, one more likely to lead to financial security, like woodworking. What should one do when faced with such a dilemma?
I've long thought that when I get rich, I'd like to fund a fleet of buses, staffed with nurses and equipped with 3-D ultrasound machines. I would have these buses park close to abortion abattoirs, where they would simply offer free ultrasounds to any woman that wanted them. That's it. No pressure, no preaching, no anything else. Just free 3-D ultrasounds to any and all that wanted them. I did a little research and it looked like the equipment cost would be upwards of $100K, plus staff and of course security. Well, I'm not rich yet, but it's a hell of an idea for a non-profit.
But The Water Was Only Chest High to the Ducks!
Hard to read, but this man is definitely a better man than I. I loved this part, however:
What was your initial experience of America when you first arrived in 1947?
Well, when I was arrived, I was very, very overcome. I was impressed. It was just overwhelming to me.
First, I arrived in New York harbor, and of course, the skyscrapers, the lifestyle… I made a sort of promise to myself then: This is going to be the first day of your life. From this day on, there is only ONE place to go: SUCCEED. I will build a family, I will do whatever I can in my power to succeed in this United States of America.
And this was my first impression. I liked what I seen. I met people who I thought were industrious, with businesses and families and love…there’s respect. I loved what I saw in America. I became American in my heart immediately. So I adopted America, and I am glad America adopted me, and allowed me to be part of it, and become a citizen.
I Can't Imagine Why
Wow, is that how people see me? I have these other aspects of my life that no one knows about. I’m an artist. I’m a musician. Nobody knows that. They just see me as the guy who tried to kill Reagan.
It's like the guy is determined to be a living embodiment of the punchline to and old joke - “But you fuck one lousy goat....”.
In between MySpace and Facebook, there was LiveJournal. It's still big outside the US, I understand, but eight years ago, just after the election of Obama, Sigma-one-seven started a journal. It purported to be written by a member of the American Resistance, writing from the year 2033, using some type of temporal technology her cell had captured from a government laboratory. The journal was kept up for about 4 years, and it was an amazingly good read about the trials and tribulations she was going through with her cell, fighting off government agencies, helping normal citizens (for example, people in rural Virginia were freezing to death due to government prohibition against burning wood-to combat “global warming", of course-during raging blizzards that were the norm), and trying to keep the ideals of America alive. It was well written, engaging in a serial style, and the story had everything: People put in camps, genetically engineered wolves, states seceding, and lots of “history” (to her, speculative future to us. You'll never guess who the president is, for example.). It'll take a while to read it all, but it is very enjoyable. The story starts here. At the time it seemed far fetched.
When Big was about 14, I got up one morning and discovered that he had left 2 tabs open on my computer. One was his Facebook page, the other porn. I immediately updated his FB-”Big thinks his father doesn't know that he gets up early to whack off to online porn”-and changed his password. I didn't let him erase it for two days. These aren't quite as cruel, but then again, none of these kids thought they were smarter than me either.
Hollywood's Economic Ignorance
Ever wonder why so many people believe so many things that just aren't so? Well, a large part of it is due to the fact that the “reality” painted by mass media is anything but. Here's an interesting four part series examining just how wrong much of the “economics” presented as common knowledge by Hollywood really is.
Thief With a Conscience
According to the sheriff, at least one of the thieves went back to the marina on Monday night and returned all of the stolen items, undamaged, along with an apology note.
The note read, "I am very sorry. I do not know why I did it in the first place. It's way out of my character. That is not what kind of person I am. I do not even remember doing it. I am so sorry. I know this does not make it ok, but it is your stuff, not mine. Again, I am very sorry."
Thief Without a Conscience
This guy signed up for Apple Music, and the software scanned his computer, downloaded 122GB of music, and then erased it off of his hard drive. It's part of a growing movement where corporations don't let you own any content, you simply pay them to access what you "buy". If they don't want something out there, then poof! Down the memory hole. Something similar happened to me. I have about 1000 mp3s that I've accumulated over the years. I loaded them all onto my iPhone6, and I used to put it on random and listen while I was driving. I say used to, because the last time I updated my iPhone, Apple erased them all without my permission. The guy at the phone store confirmed that yes, Apple does that. I've been very happy with my iPhone, but this may be enough to drive me back to Android next time I upgrade. Scary, scary stuff.
A Dog's Life
That's a face that is saying “Please, shoot me now” if I've ever seen one.
Welcome to 2016, where we condemn the normal and celebrate the unhinged.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by racks of....er, ribs. Yes, that's it, ribs.
*Yes, dregs. You should see the stuff I left out, like a video of porn stars sharing the most extreme scenes they've done, a "practical joke" that involved putting capsaicin on a woman's Tampax and Yoko. Yes, there's always Yoko, so mind your manners.
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"Vulgar, Incoherent Ramblings" Tom Cotton Destroys Harry Reid [CBD]
Ace asked me to post the video below the fold. It is Tom Cotton, a rising star, being honest about Harry Reid.
I want this man to be president.
[Not Ace. Tom Cotton. Although Ace might be fun]
Fire Katie Couric
Yeah it won't happen. But we should demand the scalps anyway.
Meahwhile, the media have taken this opportunity to once again find other stories to cover besides media misbehavior.
It's almost as if they're in some kind of guild that looks out for each other.
Even Andrea Mitchell Calls Bullshit on Hillary Surrogate's Lies on the IG Report on Her Illegal Emails
Definitely worth watching. Watch it at the link or below.
John Schindler says it's over for this monster.
A shoe has dropped for Team Clinton--a very big shoe--and there will be no going back now.
As secretary of state, Ms. Clinton attempted a novel experiment of trying to avoid using any information systems that create records that can be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The IG report includes painful details, including how she flatly refused to use state.gov email for anything, ever, citing privacy grounds. State IT was concerned because Ms. Clinton's work emails--all being sent via her clintonmail.com address--were winding up in the spam folders of State officials. Important information was not getting where it needed to go. She needed to use official email for official business. Except she refused.
What was so important, so sensitive that Hillary had to dodge FOIA altogether?
The FBI is investigating this case as political corruption--not just for mishandling of classified information.
Any foreign intelligence service worth its salt would have had no trouble accessing Ms. Clinton’s emails, particularly when they were unencrypted, as this column has explained in detail. Yet Hillary was more worried about the American public finding out about what she was up to via FOIA than what foreign spy services and hackers might see in her email.
So the GOP Gave In to Obama on Transgendered Bathrooms
On podcast. Be back later.
No I'm Not on the Podcast: I had the time completely wrong. Like, embarrassingly so.
Unrelated: Et tu, Mario?
Quick Explanation and Apology
Some people, like JackStraw and Chique d'Afrique, are objecting to my post yesterday saying #NeverTrumpers, now having no other vehicle but Hillary F'n' Clinton, should go "radio silent."
I got myself into trouble here by disguising who I was talking about. No matter how many times I do this -- attempting to obscure the people I mean -- and no matter how many times it winds up burning me because people then assume I meant them, I keep doing it.
So, let me be clear:
I was prompted to write that post after reading Charles Murray's Hate-Trump piece at NRO, seeing Ben Shapiro's here's-how-a-Trump-presidency-could-go-wrong piece, and dozen other #NeverTrump pieces.
Then I saw Brad Thor praising Andrew Sullivan for noting that Trump -- not Obama, but Trump -- was the vehicle by which fascism would come to America, and Bill Kristol yet again pushing some Phantom Candidate who could be anyone but who sure looks a lot like Hillary Clinton.
Then I clicked over to Red State, a site I never read, just to see if they were continuing their wall-to-wall #NeverTrump coverage, and they were.
I thought I should write about this. It wasn't just one piece -- I could give a shit about one piece. It was the welter of so many pieces making the same claims.
And apparently the 100% unanimity among the self-proclaimed Thought Leaders of the right, without even noting that Trump has the support of something like 87% of Republicans.
How can such a disconnect not even be noted? Doesn't anyone feel like they should have a guest poster to make the opposite case just to do some minimal due diligence in reflecting the 87% of the party which apparently supports Trump?
I find this kind of unanimity of official opinion repulsive, as I always do. It always makes me angry. I don't know why. I just always has.
But I certainly didn't mean that ordinary citizens should stop expressing themselves.
However, it does seem strange to me that people all over the right are not only continuing to demolish the candidate, even though we no longer have any other avenue by which to challenge a third Obama term, but that this is now apparently unchallengeable Received Wisdom among major right-side outlets and among major right-side thinkers.
Look, I don't like Trump. Most of you know that.
But you know why I'm even political at all? Because of Bill Clinton and his repulsive Lady Macbeth wife.
So the idea that it would now be the bog-standard, vanilla, uncontroversial, and indeed nigh-unopposed position among so many organs of the right that we're now kind of in the electing-Hillary-Clinton business seemed to me to be a rather bad one, and worthy of challenge.
No, I didn't mean you should stop debating this issue yourself.
But I sure would like to see some diversity of thought on the question from the communcative organs of the right. It seems to me that it should not be a settled question -- unworthy of even a moment's consideration -- that we are now all #WithHer.
So yeah, I was suggesting, maybe, a time-out among these outlets, and maybe a choice of topics -- like legislation or the GOP's sell-out on transgendered bathrooms made in the dead of night last night -- rather than simply destroying the only person actually running against Hillary Clinton.
It occurs to me that the frenetic Stop Trump movement began too late -- and now is ending too late as well.
In 2002, after the Republicans won (unexpectedly) more seats in Congress, Bill Kristol observed of the Democrats and their increasingly extremist rhetoric: "They're driving themselves crazy."
By which he meant that, in response to an unexpected set-back, the party was going bananas in emotional spiralling.
Let me suggest that we take a few seconds and a few deep breaths to consider if something like that is going on in our party at the current moment.
We're a little bit angry now. But the thing is, the more you repeat something, the more invested you become in it -- ego is now on the line. You said it, so it's reality!
I can't tell you how many people answered my question "Are we now all on Team Hillary?" with the ego-based reasoning, "Yeah, well maybe when we said #NeverTrump we really meant it."
Oh? You said it, ergo it is binding forever? Well that's a terrifically reasoned position that certainly has nothing to do with ego, emotion, wounded pride, and an affront to one's tribal privileges.
I understand Trump is a brutish know-nothing. But perhaps we could all do well to take a pause and a breath to get some perspective -- are we really now on Team Hillary?
By the way, my special podcast guest today is Ben Shapiro. I'll be discussing this issue with him in an hour.
At the Risk of Poking the Hornet's Nest... I would also call for what I've been calling for for two years: A little introspection from people who have lost the public's trust as to why they lost the public's trust, instead of retreating to the comfortable but counterproductive Obama-like position of "We're too good for them" or "Our pearls are lost before such swine" and "We only failed in our messaging in explaining how wonderful we are."
There's a reason the "conservative movement," such as it is, failed.
And it did fail. Let me propose, to the stunned silence of the crowd, that maybe conservatism is not at the moment an electorally-winning set of policies, and needs some fine-tuning and even some general rethinking.
It would be a useful inquiry to discover why that occurred, instead of just saying, as liberals do, "Republicans are stupid, racist, and afraid of The Other."
Are You Man Enough to Vote for Hillary?
Based on my one day excursion back into the Twitter cesspool yesterday, the answer from many "conservatives" is "Hell, yes!"
More from instapundit.
Peter Thiel Secretly Funded Hulk Hogan Lawsuit As Vengeance for Gawker Outing Him as Gay
A billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur was outed as being gay by a media organization. His friends suffered at the hands of the same gossip site. Nearly a decade later, the entrepreneur secretly financed a lawsuit to try to put the media company out of business.
That is the back story to a legal case that had already grabbed headlines: The wrestler Hulk Hogan sued Gawker Media for invasion of privacy after it published a sex tape, and a Florida jury recently awarded the wrestler, whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea, $140 million.
What the jury -- and the public - -did not know was that Mr. Bollea had a secret benefactor paying about $10 million for the lawsuit: Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and one of the earliest investors in Facebook.
A 2007 article published by Gawker’s Valleywag blog was headlined, "Peter Thiel is totally gay, people." That and a series of articles about his friends and others that he said "ruined people’s lives for no reason" drove Mr. Thiel to mount a clandestine war against Gawker. He funded a team of lawyers to find and help "victims" of the company's coverage mount cases against Gawker.
"It's less about revenge and more about specific deterrence," he said on Wednesday in his first interview since his identity was revealed. "I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest."
"It's not like it is some sort of speaking truth to power or something going on here. The way I’ve thought about this is that Gawker has been a singularly terrible bully. In a way, if I didn’t think Gawker was unique, I wouldn’t have done any of this. If the entire media was more or less like this, this would be like trying to boil the ocean." Mr. Thiel said he had not targeted any other media companies.
Apparently there were rumors about this previously, which were dismissed as just conspiracy theories. But the rumors began when Hulk Hogan's legal team specifically did not mount an allegation for which Gawker's insurance company would be compelled to cover their losses -- that is, the lawsuit was designed not to suck money out of an insurance company, but specifically to deliver a lethal blow to Gawker.
Well, had I known that, I would have bought into the conspiracy theory too. That is a very strange decision.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Another Hudson River School artist I have never heard of....
Thursday Morning News Dump (5/26/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- " I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together." Yup, sure looks like it. ****
- Katie Couric, graduate of The Dan Rather School of Broadcasting. Sham gun documentary.
- State Department IG Hillary violated the rules
- Large recall of Ford trucks due to brake problem.
- It's only money, they will print more
- DOJ seeks death penalty vs Dylann Roof
- That didn't take long, Taliban has a new leader
- Coal executive gunned down in W. V.
- Baylor U says Ken Starr not fired
- Guccifer, the hacker, has his day in court
- What the Feds should be doing, protecting & serving citizens
- What the Feds are doing, protecting feelings
- Labor victory for Scott Walker in WI
- Russia claims to have killed 1/3 of all ISIS forces
- The religion of no fun
- Service animal for the transgendered?
- Remember when you wanted to be on your own?
- Target boycott has impacted store
- Sports Authority's liquidation sale has started>
- Hangover cure via ice cream
- LA 1st to pass law making attacks on police a hate crime
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
****Senator Barack Obama quote 2008
Overnight Open Thread 05/25/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
To kick it off, for those who don't typically enjoy the pleasure of watching Ace on one of his all-too-few twitter rants, he's at it again. Check his TL here.
It's a continuation of his #NeverTrump post from earlier tonight.
So, who didn't see this coming?
What an a-hole. Empire of Jeff cuts to the chase, as usual.
In case you weren't watching 60 Minutes this past Sunday and, let's face it, you probably weren't, here's a more-than-annoying story re a quite flawed Army recruitment program. The gist of it: The Army paid out $10M in recruitment bonuses then spent $28M (thus far) investigating more than 100k soldiers who they accused of filing false claims.
More than 100k have since been cleared of any wrong doing.
I have a very hard time getting pissed off at soldiers for taking advantage of a program that was so poorly managed and I wonder what you current and former members of the Armed Services think of it.
This is such a cool story but I admit that, for just a second, I felt icky about it. That quickly passed.
The video is terrific, but I like how they parlayed it into a business lesson as well.
Adele has a new song out and I was hooked less than halfway through my first listen.
Speaking of Adele, this is quite entertaining.
It astounds me that some people can just part their lips and that kind of a sound emanates from their pie hole.
Yeah, so that chatter from Elijah Wood has Corey Feldman talking again and this time he's threatening to start naming names.
I hope to see the abusers, ahem, alleged abusers, strung up in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by "Hold my beer":
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More from the IG Report: Staffers Who Raised Questions About Hillary's Illegal Email System Were Told To Never Bring It Up Again
Sorry, I just can't permit this foul creature to be president.
I underestand some feel differently.
This woman has been breaking the law forever. She's a viciously paranoid drunk who keeps an enemies list and has a thirst for avenging slights against her.
The only reason I can see to support her -- and believe me, this occurred to me -- is if you believe Trump is doomed anyway and you wish to make yourself a small target in Hillary's ever-growing list of targets for vengeance.
A completely rational and practical reason.
But that's it.
This bullshit that she'd somehow be more respecting of the law or Constitution than Trump?
Don't delude yourselves.
Hillary Clinton Failed to Report Multiple Hacking Attempts -- Illegally, Of Course
Plus, below, the State Department can't say the hacks weren't successful.
But let's vote for her because #America.
Is It Getting To Be About the Time When the #NeverTrumpers Should Go Radio Silent?
Previously there were possible real-world scenarios which justified the continuing anti-Trump position:
1. A dark horse white knight makes an 11th hour entry and runs third party.
This is now virtually impossible, and soon will be entirely impossible. By the way, the application to get on the ballot in Texas has already passed -- so, um, good luck with this one.
2. Trump would prove so toxic in the polls that it would cause the party to do whatever was necessary to install a new candidate, even at the expense of blowing up the party to do it.
I thought this one was more likely than the previous one. I had hopes for this one. I predicted that if Trump continued doing disastrously at the polls, the party would in fact react like a hive of bees killing and ejecting an intruder insect.
However, Trump is not doing too badly in polls lately. Now, sure, the usual caveats apply: Hillary hasn't gotten her own base-unification boost, it's early yet, Trump's problems are obvious except for all the problems we don't know about yet, etc.
However, the hopes that Trump would fare so poorly at the polls that it could be used to show the base We had no choice but to do this appear to be diminished.
Now, I don't like Trump. Should his numbers go down further -- or should some horrifying skeleton emerge from his gilded closets -- I'd support the Warrior Bees Attack and Eject the Interloper scenario.
But it appears unlikely at the moment. Not impossible, but unlikely.
So I have to ask: At this point, what is the point of the #NeverTrump impulse?
Do you guys actually want Hillary Clinton in office, as Ben Howe, possibly just being baiting and trollish, said a few weeks back?
You want more lies? More Benghazis? More jailed video makers?
More Transgendered Bathrooms and Co-Ed showers? More Title IX redefinitions? More Deal Colleague letters? More Social Rape Justice hoax prosecutions?
More executive power grabs? More lying to federal judges by Administration officials? More contempt by Attorneys General and Directors of the IRS?
More illegal orders to release terrorists and give Iran the bomb?
More millions of illegals amnestied?
Remember, in the Jose Ramos debate, Hillary Clinton vowed that not a single illegal alien would be deported, ever, except for those proven to have committed murder.
More foreign policy ineptitude? More rolling into Libya without a plan and announcing like a 15 year old boyman that "We came, we saw, we kicked some ass"?
More Lois Lerners? More weaponization of government?
More hidden secret email accounts? More giving national security secrets to the Chinese to keep Hillary's "yoga routines" out of the hands of the taxpayers?
More illegal executive actions to ban guns? The woman has vowed to overturn Heller, you know.
More liberal Justices? When I flipped to hardcore anti-Trump myself a few months back, it was due to Trump's horrifying poll numbers and the grim probability he'd lose and we'd get 3-5 liberal justices. Enough to seal the Republic's fate.
Well, flash forward two months, and Trump isn't doing too badly in the polls. He might even have a decent shot at winning. At yet the "Principled Conservatives" who ought to be the most concerned about gifting the Supreme Court to the liberals for the next sixty years are blowing the subject off like it's just a big lark.
Please explain to me the continuing hardcore commitment to #NeverTrump.
1. Disliking the fact that the Upper Middle College Educated Class controlled the party for decades, and made a sport of ignoring the Working Class, but now the Working Class has reasserted itself and taken over and the members of the displaced Upper Middle College Educated Class just can't stand not being in a poll position any longer?
2. Showing off to one's liberal comrades that one isn't One Of That Kind of Conservative? That is, Virtue Signalling?
3. Attempting to save one's professional reputation? I get this one myself -- someone asked me why I was so anti-Trump, and I said the man was so vulgar, stupid, and crass that he made it necessary to oppose him simply to preserve one's professional standing.
So I get that idea. I get that idea an awful lot.
But we happen to be talking about the Republic at this point.
One of two people will be president in January -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, a sociopath who was a corrupt politician even before she entered politics (remember Whitewater? Her $100,000 cattles future trading) or Donald Trump.
What is the fear, here? That Donald Trump might be nearly as bad as Hillary Clinton certainly will be?
Name one issue on which Hillary Clinton is superior to Trump. The most I ever here is "We don't know what Trump will do, he could be just as bad as Hillary."
Oh? He could be that bad?
Look, Drew asked a while ago: What makes obviously liberal-cultural-values Republicans actually Republicans, apart from habit?
Maybe it's time for the great re-sorting to begin. It's time for actual Democrats, who are most comfortable with Democrats, and feel the most affinity for Democrats, to make their party allegiance official and simply declare for Hillary Clinton and join the Democratic Party.
Because I cannot see any "conservative" continuing to say "Oh yeah, I want to expand Dear Colleague directives to college and put more men in kangaroo court trials for hoax rapes just to show those Trump people how little I think of their ilk."
You don't have to get on Team Trump, and you don't have to love him. Trump did not suddenly become well-informed or virtuous simply because he won the nomination.
However, at the moment, he is the only plausible tool by which we can prevent President Hillary Clinton, and if that isn't enough to at least get you to bite your tongue or find some other interest (politics isn't especially interesting, you know; there are a thousand fields more interesting and rewarding), then you're not merely #NeverTrump, you're closer to #NeverReallyAConservative.
Believe me, if Trump tanks in the polls, or if some really terrible info comes out about him (which I think is fairly likely), I'll be the first guy explaining to the Trumpheads why we must pull the bathtub drain on Trump to save the Republic.
But we're not at that moment.
And yet all around me I see people who are far too over-proud of their Upper Middle Class Background willing to elect Hillary Clinton just to prove they graduated (or at least attended) college.
Even on a day when the IG reveals that Hillary Clinton is a criminal, the Never Trumpers continue to Never Trump.
They're living in a bubble world made of their own spite and ego.
Reality is what it is. It's not always pretty and it's never ideal.
But the choice is between Hillary Clinton -- a fucking psychopathic monster, liar, and caudilla-in-waiting -- and Donald Trump, a narcissistic buffoon.
Just put you ego to the side and remember this election isn't about your ego, it's about America and our shared future.
IG Report Damns Hillary Clinton and Her Corrupt Staff
* Her private email account and server broke the rules, and those rules were promulgated to give specifics to the law. As Rush Limbaugh was just saying, this is a piecemeal way of getting at "she broke the law."
* She compromised national security recklessly. Her emails document two "attacks" on her unsecure server.
* Of her 26 aides, only five answered the IG's questionnaire. Among the criminals refusing to answer questions (who else but criminals tell the cops to go hang?) are Jake Sullivan, Cheryl Mills, Human "Muslim Brotherhood" Abedin, and of course Hillary Clinton.
* She said she turned over all work related emails and merely destroyed her "yoga routines." She lied. The IG found work emails she did not turn over -- these emails found by other means (such as searching other people's emails).
Ergo, Hillary did not turn over her emails as the law requires, nor did she maintain them, as the law requires. Instead, she destroyed official government records -- illegally.
Her response? It's a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, of course:
Hillary Clinton once talked about a vast right-wing conspiracy to sink her. Today's report proves again she is her own worst enemy.— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) May 25, 2016
400 Puffed-Up, Egotistical Blow-Hard Writers Think They Have Influence [CBD]
A group of more than 400 writers, including big names such as Stephen King, David Eggers, Amy Tan, Junot Diaz and Cheryl Strayed, released an online petition on Tuesday to express their opposition to Mr. Trump’s candidacy on the grounds that he is appealing to the darkest elements in American society.
I have read a few of the writers who have signed this petition, and I am not particularly impressed, although Stephen King's early stuff is excellent. But the quality of their writing is secondary to the fact that their rejection of Donald Trump will, if anything, endear Trump to his base. How many Americans really give a rat's ass what a few big writers and hundreds of anonymous hacks think about a candidate for president?
Hell, I am no Trump fan, but anyone who Amy Tan and Stephen King don't like is going to get an appreciative look from me. And David Eggers is just an asshole.
But what is really marvelous is that their criticism of Trump can be applied essentially word for word to Barack Obama. Just take a look at it (below the fold). I defy anyone to find a single criticism in their blather that we have not pilloried Obama for.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;
Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;
Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;
Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;
Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;
Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;
Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;
Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;
For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.
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Violent Yet Peaceful Protesters Provoked Into a Scuffle With Trump Fascists
So, according to the mainstream media, some good-hearted, well-meaning rioters were peacefully rioting down the street when they were hate-accosted by some Trump supporters who had gathered in a hate rally.
I'm so happy to see the US becoming what the Founders intended it to be: Venezuela.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump's candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.
Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.
During the rally, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, who shouted, held up banners and resisted removal by security officers.
The banners included the messages "Trump is Fascist" and "We've heard enough."
Trump lashed back at protesters, tweeting Wednesday: "The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!"
At one point, a female protester was physically dragged from the stands by security. Other protesters scuffled with security as they resisted removal from the convention center, which was packed with thousands of loud and cheering Trump supporters.
Trump responded with his usual bluster, instructing security to remove the protesters and mocking their actions by telling them to "Go home to mommy."
He responded to one demonstrator by asking, "How old is this kid?" Then he provided his own answer: "Still wearing diapers."
Trump's supporters responded with chants of "Build that wall!"
I like how the AP reports it as if both sides were to blame. I mean, sure, on one hand, there were riots; but on the other side, there were "chants" and "bluster."
Here's CNN deeming the violence a "scuffle."
Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico -- the latest scuffle to follow the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign.
The scene outside Albuquerque's convention center was chaotic as police ushered protesters away from Trump's event and into the nearby streets.
There, anti-Trump protesters -- many critical of his positions on immigration -- loudly chanted, "F--- Donald Trump."
The protesters had broken a glass door to the convention center. Some taunted police and jumped on police vehicles as officers in riot gear and on police horses moved them away from the convention center's exits.
Trump had already left the event, by that point, but responded on Twitter Wednesday morning.
"The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!" he tweeted.
The scene was reminiscent of the violence between Trump supporters and protesters in Chicago in March.
Once again, the false balance: The Trump people showed up in Chicago for a political rally, and the protesters showed up to commit violence and keep that rally from happening, and this is described as "violence between Trump supporters and protesters."
If some people break into an abortion clinic and beat up the staff, will CNN report this as "violence between pro- and anti-abortion forces"?
No, of course not.
Below, video of some fire between Trump supporters and protesters. A scuffle of thrown fire, if you will.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Wednesday Morning News Dump (5/25/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- US single family home sales recorded biggest gain in 24 years
- We are so sorry that we let you down President 4Putt
- NYC fights Mother Nature
- Kenneth Starr fired at Baylor U. Yes, that Ken Starr
- What won't the Obama Administration do for Iran?
- Palis reject Israel's request for direct peace talks
- Greece to receive another bailout
- Cheaper than teenagers & fewer hormones
- Ooops, Toyota recalls another 1.6 million vehicles due to faulty air bags
- Sweedish University develops dementia test for men
- Too little, too late & too damn expensive
- P.P. lawsuit could end gun free zones
- RIP Burt Kwouk
- Here, hold my beer
- Venezuela and it's Net Neutrality
- European Terrorists are believed to be stockpiling weapons
- To the Clintons, what difference does it make?
- We will pass on the NY Jets jokes
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (5/24/16) [Misanthropic Humanitarian]
Welcome to the Maetenlochless, Tasteless, Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll Edition of the ONT.
When it is Twofer-Tuesday, be careful for what you wish for. And you know who you are. Don't you?
Even a bag doesn't work covering Yoko. Nice try Howard.
She hasn't improved any with age either.
Twofer photos and videos, how tasteless was that?
ROCK N ROLL
Happy Birthday Bob Dylan! Still working hard and entertaining fans.
Rockers who uttered sensible things. Or as Maetenloch would say, quotes of the day.
Where you have the most armed citizens in America, you have the lowest violent crime rate. Where you have the worst gun control, you have the highest crime rate.
Hopping the fence or wading the Rio Grande River isn't part of America's immigration process.
Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia
I'm really terrible with small children; they're small, noisy, irritating, damp and soggy.
-Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull)
What I've learned about marriage: You need to have each other's back; you have to be a kind of team going through life.
Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.
Here's a partial listing of who performed and their reported pay day. Joan Baez was paid $10,000. I would have paid her $11,000 not to attend.
Canned Heat – $6,500 The Who – $6,250 (also reported at $11,200 but Variety claimed that number was inaccurate) Richie Havens – $6,000 Arlo Guthrie – $5,000 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – $5,000 Mountain – $2,000 Tim Hardin – $2,000 Joe Cocker – $1,375 Sweetwater – $1,250 John B. Sebastian – $1,000 Melanie – $750 Santana – $750 Sha Na Na – $700
So how musical are you? Do you play an instrument? Force fed piano lessons as a child? Or do you just play a mean old stereo that has you on first name basis with the neighbor and responding cop? Your musical tastes examined. When we identify ourselves with the music we love, we are really telling people about who we are on a deeper level.
The Who's "My Generation" had a line that went "I hope I die before I get old". My goodness how the time has passed. How much make up, botox and hair color can you spot?
Grannies smoking pot for the first time.
As marijuana becomes more acceptable just another person to avoid on the roads. Watch driving skills deteriorate with pot consumption.
Videos are from Washington state where marijuana consumption is legal.
The AoSHQ and the ONT are not responsible for the content of these videos. Nor do these videos represent the views or beliefs of the AoSHQ, it's management, staff, bartenders, parents, pets or advertisers.
India, the new sex change destination. Something tells me this poor soul needed serious couch time rather than a date with a fillet knife.
Unrealistic sex with Bill Burr.
Battle of the sexes, or why husbands require supervision.
Lonely and out of shape? Try a sex-based exercise program
Do these therapists find themselves in legal hot water for discriminating against the Amy Schumers, Lindsey Wests and Trigglypuffs of the world?? Discovery could be a bitch.
Tonight's ONT brought to you by misogynistic men, dangerous dames, lethal ladies and warrior women. SJWs need not apply.
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Oberlin Students: We Demand We be Paid Wages to Protest; We Demand That Any Grades Lower Than C's Be Deleted; We Demand That In Lieu of Tests, We Just Sit Down With the Professor and Rap With Him About the Subject Matter
They're also dropping out of Oberlin College, which might be the only savvy decision they've ever made since applying to Oberlin College.
Oberlin College's activist community is ready to call it quits. Progressive students are dropping out of college, citing academic and emotional difficulties stemming from their mental health problems and overall disgust with the toxic culture on campus.
That's according to a fascinating piece for The New Yorker by Nathan Heller, who interviewed a number of exhausted activists at Oberlin. They perceive that other students, faculty members, and the administration are completely against them, and have made it impossible for them to live on campus. Some are dropping out.
Of course, some of these students probably feel unsupported because their impractical demands were not realized. Two examples: activist students not only wanted to abolish all grades below a 'C,' they also thought faculty members should proactively offer them alternatives to taking a written, in-class midterm exam. Here is the testimony of Megan Bautista, who identifies as an Afro-Latinx student:..."Students felt really unsupported in their endeavors to engage with the world outside Oberlin," she told me.
The students Heller interviewed seem to think they're not at college to be educated: they are at college to educate everyone else.
You have so much to teach us, Young Idiots.
Elijah Woods: Hollywood Is Full of Predatory Pedophiles and Powerful People Who Cover Up For Them
He says he personally was protected from this by his mom, but says he knew others weren't so protected.
"Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind...There is darkness in the underbelly. What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. That's the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: they can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged."
Once this made headlines, media contacted him for further comment, but he's walked this back (mostly) and has said he was just speaking about things he'd seen in a recent documentary about Hollywood pedophilia called "Open Secret."
He denies having any "firsthand" knowledge.
He did not say anything about firstmouth knowledge, however, or firstbutt.
No but seriously he's probably being honest -- a guy starts asking him about a subject he's not particularly knowledgeable about, and he does what pretty much anyone does -- saying "Yes it's so terrible" and scatting and bee-bopping what little bits he knows about it -- and then 24 hours later the headlines all say Elijah Wood Got Diddled By Gollum.
What a Shock: NPR Canceled Iran-Deal Critic In Order to Give Iran-Deal Supporter -- Who Donated $700,000 to Station -- Unchallenged Appearance
The media continues to not cover this story -- which all began with Ben Rhodes revelations about the eager "echo chamber" in the media he found to propagate Obama's lies -- because it tears at their two favorite things: Barack Obama, and the Media Caste itself.
Social Justice Warrior Frenzy of the Day: Make James Bond a Woman!
Here's a crazy idea. If you really wanted to do this, why make her James Bond?
Are these idiots aware that James Bond exists in a particular cinematic universe and works for a fictitious version of a real-world organization? What I'm getting at is why make 007 a woman -- why not just introduce a new female double-oh agent called 009?
A James Bond type adventure, with a double-oh lead, but the lead is a female.
Hell, let's make it more interesting: Her secondary mission goal is to locate and rescue (if he's still alive*) 007, who disappeared while investigating the villain.**
She can liberate 007 from the dungeon near the end, then the two of them can fight their way out.***
The "follow-the-missing-00-agent" is a classic (overused) James Bond opening plot gambit -- the missing agent has already done most of the investigative work, he just disappeared (was killed, usually) before transmitting his findings.
So why not make that missing agent 007? And let this new female agent track him down?
Why is the Social Justice Warrior imagination so incredibly stunted that it cannot even imagine imagining its own new things? Why can it only imagine old things, given a new racial or sexual make-over?
Why are they altogether incapable of any kind of creative or productive thought whatsoever?
Oh that's right: Because these are stupid, useless, trivially-minded people.
* Spoiler alert: Though circumstances would strongly imply he's dead, he was actually captured alive. Alive, and ready for another sequel.
** Bonus: If you keep things super-secret, you could reveal the new actor playing James Bond when 009 discovers him in the villain's dungeon. That is, this would be the public introduction to him.
*** He's recovering from serious injuries so he can't really fight at full Bond Level. He needs a bit of fireman-carrying. That way, the Internet Warrior Nerdprincesses don't have to have a Dreaded Man doing Manlike things at the end. His contributions would be fairly minor. She'd be the one doing most of the fighting. He'd be a sort of pointless sidekick present only for purposes of brand identification -- you know, like Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Update: As a Bond fan, I like this idea. I like seeing Bond in new situations. Being the object -- the missing double-oh, the prisoner in need of aid -- would be a new twist. Interesting, maybe, to see Bond needing help.
The only interesting part of the horrific Die Another Day was Bond's pre-credit/mid-credit turn being tortured in a North Korean prison.
The occasional intersection with human-like vulnerability is actually pretty important for a hero. Otherwise, they become invulnerable and can laugh at any threat -- like Bugs Bunny.
Bill Cosby Will, Unlike Bill Clinton, Stand Trial For Sexual Assault
A judge has ruled that there is enough evidence that the case can go forward.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to ten years in prison.
I think it's very important to remember that these are only charges and nothing has been proven. Whether he is a serial rapist or not is a fact known only to him and all the women he raped.
Muslim Man Who Beheaded Christian Woman in Oklahoma Says He's Being Held Captive by a Nation of "Disbelievers;" Motive Still Unclear
No, seriously. The official Obama position -- and his corruption has infected all other law enforcement institutions -- is that we don't know why the Muslim beheaded a woman for Allah.
Oops, I guess I gave it away there at the end.
Alten Nolen wants to plead guilty and die by lethal injection. Apparently this is something we're resisting for some reason.
But the guy whose motives are wholly inpenetrable said this:
"I'm being (held) captive to the disbelievers of Allah, the one and only God," Nolen, who converted to Islam shortly before the attack, told the judge, declining to take the stand when delivering his testimony. "It's part of my religion that when death faces you, you do not back down."
Anchorman Moment: Champ Kind Blows His Stack After Veronica Corningstone Reads His News
More uncomfortable than a chicken beak in your shoe.
At KRON, the sports guy was apparently super-keen to report the news that LeBron James (a basketball star) would be starring in a "Space Jam" movie.
But the female anchor had already mentioned that story.
This upsets him in a way that's hard to describe -- but he tries to describe his feelings of betrayal anyway. For like three minutes. On air.
Trump: I Don't Bring Up Vince Foster's Death Because It Wouldn't Be Fair To Mention It Was a Straight-Up Murder
From the WaPo:
He called theories of possible foul play "very serious" and the circumstances of Foster’s death "very fishy."
"He had intimate knowledge of what was going on," Trump said, speaking of Foster's relationship with the Clintons at the time. "He knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide."
He added, "I don’t bring [Foster's death] up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it. I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder. I don't do that because I don’t think it's fair."
In all fairness, Trump is the cosmic avatar of "Fair."
Mid-Morning Open Thread: The Pennsylvania Impressionist School [CBD]
From commenter josephistan:
If you're taking suggestions for future art threads Y-not, how about someone from the Pennsylvania Impressionist school, like Edward Redfield or Fern Coppedge? They created some beautiful paintings.
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Tuesday Morning News Dump (5/24/16) [Mis. Hum.]
creepchief refuses to attend his impeachment hearing
- VA Governor under scrutiny
- Austrian conservative candidate loses Austrian presidency
- More Gitmo detainees to be on the loose
- Iran claims it can destroy Israel in under 8 minutes
- Obama to be on food show
- Waiting in line at Disney is like waiting in line at VA Hospitals
- Ouch, that sounds painful
- Don't do this, don't do that
- If you build it they will come
- Moar summer time fun
- Oceanport, NJ Police Chief is an embarrassment
- Tom Brady to appeal
- V.I. AG backs down on subpoena
- Obama administration obstructing Congress on F&F. What else is new?
- Climate change denier playing both sides
- The Stupid Party, Part I
- The Stupid Party, Part II. Maybe the House and Senate shouldn't worry about Trump
- A Smart Party would defund them now
- Genius Award, Winner
- Genius Award, 1st Runner Up
- Feel good story of the day
ONT 5-23-16: Houston, we Have a Slacker Edition [krakatoa]
Ever spend a day in a hotel just watching whatever came on the tube next?
Good, bad, happy, sad, RomCom or Thriller, I just didn't care.
I suppose I should have taken some of the helpful suggestions from the EMT comments and found something more interesting to do, but man, my "free time" for the past 2 weeks at home has been spent on a variety of pain-inducing tasks, I have night work to do tonight, and it just felt right to laze the day away.
So I watched most or all of 27 Dresses, Lucy, Saving Silverman and Eagle Eye today.
I'm not going to review them for you, other than to say my bar for mindless entertainment was low today, and HBO delivered. If your bar is likewise low (and let's face it: "moron horde" kinda advertises its own limitations), you might enjoy them as well.
Well, except for Eagle Eye. Man that movie sucks. I'm pretty confident in saying that considering I've now watched it twice. I think the director must have really hated Rachel Monaghan there at the end, when instead of having her kiss him on the lips, he had her kiss Shia Lebeouf on his patented 5-day homeless-dude cheek-scruff. He looks like he's contracted Bunny Pox.
It was a trivial movie day, so here's 51 movie trivia items. I don't know that any of it is particular mind-blowing, other than the suggestion that Charlie Sheen's preparation for his cameo in Ferris Bueller's Day off could be labeled "preparation" rather than just being Charlie Sheen.
Yesterday I texted my wife as my first flight started its 20 minute tarmac delay.
"Holy Crap, but some ahole has decided now is the time to enjoy their tuna-fish salad sandwich"
The delay almost made me miss my next flight but too my relief, not only did I make it, but the only food smell on the next plane was pizza. I let my wife know, and she told me something so horrifying and crazy it must be true:
"While in Denmark, I discovered that Scandinavians eat corn and tuna pizzas. Regularly enough that it's on buffets & menus."
Stupid snowbillies can't even pizza right.
I was tempted to post a picture of that abomination here, but it wasn't long ago that this space was tormented with images of Yoko. The reek of that has only just begun to wear off.
What did you used to do before Ace of Spades HQ? I spent quite a bit of time lowbrowing, where I learned things about alternate toothbrush uses and never trusting farts, and other assorted bits of guttural wisdom.
Girls and ladies: When you invite any male co-workers to your home on purely non-romantic social occasions.
You should, of course, hide the contents of your panty drawer, but, much more important, you should ALWAYS hide your laundry hamper.
Or not, as you prefer...
It was a sad that they shut down, but at least the Internet Archive remembers. So any time I really need a shadenfreudian pick-me-up, it's only a couple clicks away.
I think most of you could relate:
Lowbrow.com is dedicated to bringing you the best user submitted content about scraping the bottom and being a general piece of shit.
It is about moments where you said something completely inappropriate, where you stuck your foot in your mouth, or stamped the air out of some poor fuck's lungs.
Lowbrow.com is about calling people names, shitting in their pudding, pushing them down stairs, eating white bread and expired fruit pies from the bakery outlet and drinking "charcoal filtered" vodka - straight from the plastic two liter bottle.
Lowbrow.com is about vomiting on a city bus, mistaking someone's sex, driving your car through a garage door, taking swings at police, and standing on the front step of your trailer home with a loaded shotgun and a can of Old Milwaukee's Best.
Lowbrow.com is about criticizing people, it's about knowing what's right, being better than the next guy, and spouting barstool philosophy.
Lowbrow.com is about sweat stains on your wife beater t-shirt, shaving your head, but not your mutton-chops, owning cars with "t-tops," eating at fast food restaurants, and having full-time diarrhea.
Lowbrow.com is not about unrequited love, being dumped, or teen angst - unless there is an unbelievably cruel, nasty or embarrassing aspect to the story. Stories of infidelity, incredible sex with strangers, and/or sitting home alone masturbating are, however, encouraged.
So it's Maet's third week in Japan, and I believe he has finally moved into the "vacation" stage of things. One can hope his vacation is at least as joyous & full of introspective illuminations as Strindberg's:
Tonight's ONT brought to you a vague sense of foreboding.
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Parents of Two Children Killed in Paris Attacks of 13 November: We're Not Paying Our Taxes to a Government That Pays for the Upkeep of our Children's Killers, and We Demand the Reestablishment of the Death Penalty
If you want a corporation to change its behavior, you hit it at its bottom line.
The corporations known as governments are in the business of extracting taxes from people. So.
Attacks of 13 November: Some Victims' Parents Refuse to Pay Their Taxes
by Anne Jouan
Some parents who lost their children in the terrorist attacks of 13 November have addressed a letter to the president of the Republic last week. They rail against the payment of the costs of lawyers for the presumed terrorists by the [taxpayers].
Wrath. How to survive after the death of a child? Worse, of two children? Wrath is necessary, Aristotle tells us: "One cannot win anything without it, if it doesn't fill the soul, if it doesn't warm the heart: it must then serve us, not as a master, but as a soldier."
Driven by this struggle, the parents of two children murdered on 13 November have addressed a letter to the president of the Republic of which Le Figaro has gotten a copy. To Francis Hollande, they explain that if their children had lost their life, it was due to their "jihadist friends." Therefore, they refuse henceforth to pay their taxes "which serve to defend the killers of our children through the intermediary of the funds guaranteed to hire their lawyers, and for their upkeep as well as that of their ilk on French soil, our Fatherland!"
They have so advised their tax collection center and placed their money in an blocked account.
"You have brought them to their deaths"
These parents, who do not wish to appear publicly, deplore "such subsidized criminals, who should never have been free and killing in the middle of the street at their whim!" Finally, according to them, their children "are dead, victims of your indulgence and interference," they write to Francois Hollande.
In sum, it's the reestablishment of the death penalty which is demanded as the crux of this missive. And this wish to return to the law voted on in 1981 is shared by the parents of another french victim of an attack perpetrated by a foreigner. Just the same as a father of two children who lost his wife at Bataclan.
The open letter finishes with the "shame" of being led by Francois Hollande. "Our children were voting for you, we were telling them: This man will bring you to a bad end! We didn't believe it would be so literally! You have led them to their death," it reads at its end.
Hacker "Guccifer" Agrees to Plea Deal With Federal Prosecutors, Clearing Way to Cooperate In Hillary Probe
What he can testify to -- I assume, based on his past claims -- is that he hacked Hillary's easily-hacked server, thus establishing her handling of classified US top secret documents was in fact willfully negligent as the statute requires for prosecution.
Virginia Governor Terry MacAuliffe Under FBI & DoJ Public Integrity Investigation for Fundraising in Connection With Clinton Global Initiative
Maybe Obama's decided that Hillary's not polling well enough against Trump and has decided to let law enforcement nature take its (rightful) course.
Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.
The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.
As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton.
Shocker: Muslim Woman Who Wowed the Useful Idiots with Selfie Supposedly Promoting "Peace and Joy" Turns Out To Have Previously Written Admiringly of the Holocaust
Social Justice Warriors -- their Hate Crimes are all fake, and their Love Messages are all fake too.
She had taken a selfie (of course) while flashing a peace sign while standing in front of an anti-immigrant banner. She was, of course, hailed by the useful idiots of the left -- those who gave us the "I'll Ride With You" hoax -- as a new Joan of Arc.
However, since then a series of deeply disturbing anti-Semitic statements made by Ms Belkhiri on social media have come to light.
In one tweet dating from November 2012, she wrote: "Hitler didn't kill all the Jews, he left some. So we know why he was killing them."
And in another Facebook post from March 2014, she used an expletive to describe Jews before adding: "I hate them so much."
After these and other statements emerged, Ms Belkhiri deleted all her social media accounts. As the backlash against Ms Belkhiri grew, a meme appeared showing the now-famous picture of her snapping her selfie but with Jewish concentration camp prisoners and scenes of various terror attacks photoshopped in place of the line of protesters.
On Saturday, Ms Belkhiri returned to Twitter seemingly seeking to justify her anti-Semitic remarks.
She had claimed those previous tweets were photoshopped. Now that it's proven they weren't, she claims she believed they were photoshopped, because she couldn't imagine such vile things streaming from her Peace and Joy mouth.
She says she hopes people don't hold against her the stray thoughts she had when she was "younger."
Those tweets dated from 2012 and 2014.
"Younger." The new definition of "younger" stresses the literal: Anything you've ever done in your past, even five minutes ago, was a mistake you made when "younger."
Huffington Post: A Portrait In Privilege
Theory: White people on the left have to scream the loudest about other white people's alleged privilege in order to maintain their own actual privilege.
By which I mean: They subscribe to an ideology that champions quotas and racial set-asides above most other political goods. And yet the staffs of their media companies, which are the PR firms for their ideology, are whiter than Daryl Hall's arctic rabbit fur cocaine purse.
What to do, then? How do you scream about quotas and racial set-asides when you're all whiter than a Nazareth tribute band in an Anchorage, Alaska White Castle?
Well, what you do is yell about, say, a Staten Island fire department company that has only one or two minority firemen. The more you can shout about this Staten Island fire department, the more you can distract your ideological fellow-travelers away from the fact that you are yourself whiter than Kenny Loggin's super-elite VIP Dungeons & Dragons club.
And I'm putting this in a jokey way but of course I'm dead serious and absolutely white: Rich white progressives like Matt Damon talk about other people's tax rates in order to avoid discussing their own.
The entire progressive movement, which champions, allegedly, the non-white and the poor, is white and wealthy throughout all of its leadership ranks, apart from its few tokens.
To avoid the obvious contradiction here, the wealthy, white leadership (both political and, I can't believe I'm using this word, intellectual) screams about other wealthy white people as loud as they can, hoping the acolytes of the church they control don't notice all the wealthy, white people in the cardinal and bishop ranks.
ABC News Poll: Trump Leads Clinton Among Registered Voters, 46-42
Clinton still leads among "all adults" -- a category which includes, obviously, those not registered to vote.
It occurs to me that we might have a flip from the usual pattern of Republicans performing better with likely voters than registered voters. If the theory that Trump attracts people who don't vote much or haven't voted in years is true, he would do better with registered voters than likely voters.
Hot on the heels of that poll comes WSJ/NBC News: Hillary 46, Trump 43.
Though that seems close, AllahPundit points out a problem: Trump has never been above 44, while Hillary has been above 50% several times, and as high as 49.5% as recently as a month ago. That seems to put her potential upside at a winning level -- but Trump's upside has not yet been demonstrated to be better than simply not losing as badly as thought.
On the other hand, as Allah notes, Hillary may actually have trouble bringing all the Bernie Bros back into the Democratic fold.
Trump Ad: Oh By the Way, Bill Clinton Raped Women and Hillary Virtually Held Them Down For Him
Very strong, very tough ad. So much rape. Sad!
Is Hillary really protecting women? https://t.co/8ZtEIWNqz4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2016
CNN Breaking: Baltimore Cop Found Not Guilty on All Charges in Freddie Gray Persecution
These Social Justice Show Trials will be a much more common thing in the future.
Plus, eventually everyone will learn their lesson from the riots that will be coming, and we'll begin convicting the innocent to appease the mobs.
Mid-Morning Open Thread: One Of These Is A Forgery [CBD]
House of Fabergé 1912
alexthechick made the point in a comment that while digital representations are wonderful, and allow us to see much more than would be possible in person, the impact can be diminished because it is difficult to appreciate scale, which is, of course, a significant part of art. But as AtC points out.....
It works on the converse too. Looking at, say, a Fabergé egg and seeing how small it is and how intricately worked is stunning
Fabergé is most famous for its eggs, but their other work was magnificent too. For some strange reason the quality declined after the company was nationalized in 1918. Who knew?
The Rospigliosi Cup, once known as The Cellini Cup, was removed from exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art because it was found to be a magnificent fake. I remember seeing it as a kid, and then searching in vain for it on each subsequent visit. Fake or real....it's gorgeous.
House of Fabergé ca. 1900-5
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