August 31, 2016

Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Return of the Prodigal Son
Rembrandt van Rijn

This is one of Rembrandt's last works, painted in 1669, just before his death. Clearly his physical talents had diminished, but this painting is evocative in other ways.

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Overnight Open Thread (8-30-2016) [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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I guess the motto for all of the precious snowflakes who are going to be triggered by the thought of the good guys having guns on campus is "Bring a dildo to a gun fight!" [Wait....what?]

This is actually even more nonsensical than the typical rabid anti-gun rantings of the Left. Presumably Texas, with its moderate gun laws has many citizens quietly going about their business all over the state while carrying concealed weapons. And because the minimum age for a concealed carry permit is 21, that immediately shrinks the number of possible weapons on campus, probably to a point well below the background percentage across the state. So the hysteria is completely and totally unfounded. But you knew that already.

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College Professor Frets That Scowling Hawk Mascot Could Traumatize Students With His Angry Feltface

—Ace

Unbelievable, except not.

From The Washington Times:

A University of Iowa professor is asking the athletics department to make the university’s mascot, Herky the Hawk, display friendlier facial expressions, arguing that his angry grimace is traumatizing students.

“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of pediatrics, wrote Tuesday in an email to athletic department officials, obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

“And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community,” she argued.
Ms. Oral told the Press-Citizen that she has been concerned for some time about Herky the Hawk’s lack of emotional diversity.

Trigger Warning: If you look below you will see an angry, menacing Silly Hawk Mascot.

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Polls Vary, But All Seem To Agree: Trump Is Regaining Footing Against Clinton

—Ace

In the NBC poll, Clinton's lead drops two points, from +8 to +6.

Now, that's still a blowout, but the trend is favorable.

Meanwhile, in the LATimes poll (which always has Trump doing better than other polls), Trump has now moved into a three point lead.

But it's the state polls that ultimately matter. Alas, the latest from Pennsylvania has Clinton up six.

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Feminist Stages (Get This) Nude Photo Shoot Smearing Herself With (Get This) Her Own Menstrual Blood to Protest (Get This) "Period-Shaming"

—Ace

Of course. Period-shaming is the greatest injustice the world has ever known!

Second-greatest injustice? Daddums was late with the condo fee payment this month and the landlord yelled at me so loud!

By the way: Don't bother asking "is she hot?" The only hot nude feminists are the Femen chicks.

The feminist explains that this photoshoot is a step in her "journey" to "period-positivity," since society has apparently made her ashamed to bleed freely in public, not the most fundamental standard of basic hygiene which both men and women adhere to.

"When we say someone has blood on their hands, it is usually perceived as dirty, something to be afraid of ashamed of. I had blood on my hands and I owned it," opens the dramatic post.

Verstappen claims that she initially loved menstruating; she was "absolutely fascinated by it."

"When my menarche arrived, I observed my blood and was absolutely fascinated by it," proclaimed the feminist. "But then the kids in my class said it was gross. I didn’t understand why, but I did not want to be an outsider. So I shifted my ideas, so they would fit what was 'normal.'"

This, of course, is untrue; I’m not saying girls are ashamed, nor should be of menstruating, but there is no 12-year-old girl on the face of the planet who's pumped or awe-inspired about bleeding out of her lady part for the first time.

Verstappen bathes herself in female victimhood, cause by our own biology:

"As women who bleeds [sic], we have been suppressed," she says. "We have been shamed, humiliated, hurt, wronged. We have had to explain ourselves when we are emotional, and are even ridiculed because of it. We have been viewed as less capable to function in the world. If you did not feel or experience this personally, I invite you to ask around. Listen to the stories. Are they filled with empowerment? Or rather, shame?"

In completely unrelated news, feminists continue to blame men for women's "underrepresentation" in science, technology, engineering and medical fields.

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AP: ISIS Buried Thousands in Mass Graves

—Ace

John Kerry immediately said: "It would be helpful if the media didn't report things like this, so people wouldn't know what's going on."

Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.

In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group's territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.

Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering — from 5,200 to more than 15,000.

Experts say the number of murder victims could very well exceed the number of Hillary's illegally-executed emails.

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FBI To Release Notes of Hillary Clinton Investigation Tomorrow; 30 Emails About Benghazi Discovered

—Ace

The FBI will release their information about how they executed their cover-up.

The FBI plans to release some of the material it recently provided to Congress regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email servers that she used as secretary of state, sources tell CBS News.

The material, which is expected to be released in the near future, will include portions of interview notes, though it’s unclear which interviews will be released. The documents are expected to contain redactions.

Portions of the interview the FBI conducted with Clinton earlier this summer will likely be part of this public release. The campaign had asked that the notes from her interview be made public.

Hillary of course claimed all work related emails were turned over to State, as the law demands.

That was not, get this, true. The FBI recovered -- while trying to un-delete her server -- thirty Benghazi-related emails.

The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.

Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department's lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.

Mehta questioned why it would take so long to release so few documents, and urged that the process be sped up. He ordered the department to report to him in a week with more details about why the review process would take a full month.

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Maine Governor Paul LePage Said to be Considering Resigning After Leaving Profanity-Filled Tirade on in Reporer's Voicemail

—Ace

Trumpian, except for the apology and remorse part.

After a reporter (get this!) called him a racist, LaPage left a mean voicemail for him.

“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” a recording of the governor’s phone message says. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you (expletive). I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist (expletive). You … I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”

Now he says he's considering all options to make amends, including the possibility of leaving his second gubernatorial term unfinished.

“I’m looking at all options,” the Republican governor said while appearing on WVOM, a Bangor talk radio station. “I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability. I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it.”

He later said, “If I’ve lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it’s time to move on.”

Oy. Come on. Reporters are scum. It is known.

It is known.

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Pen and a Phone: Obama to Sign Climate Treaty Without The Whole Bother of Senate Approval

—Ace

It's not a treaty, Obama explains. It's merely a legally binding executive agreement.

From The Washington Times:

The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China. Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

White House senior adviser Brian Deese said the president has the legal authority to ratify the accord without the two-thirds Senate vote required for treaties. He said the pact negotiated by 195 countries in December is merely an “executive agreement.”

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Republicans have insisted that the accord requires Senate ratification and warned the Obama administration as well as international leaders that Congress will not be bound by an agreement ratified by unilateral executive action.

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John Kerry: Media Would Do Us a Favor By Covering Terrorism Less So That People Wouldn't Know What's Going On

—Ace

That's not a juiced headline; he really said that.

Speaking to the Thai press (Thailand having recently suffered a brutal terrorist attack), Kerry suggested that ignorance is the best defense:

Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It's easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you're going to be a terrorist and you're willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn't cover it quite as much. People wouldn't know what's going on.

Last September Kerry also seemed to blame the media's mere coverage of terrorism for the terrorism problem.

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Billionaire Clinton Foundation Mega-Donor on Terror No-Fly List, Denied Entry to US

—Ace

The company she keeps.

According to a new report from the LA Times, a Lebanese-Nigerian businessman who donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, was denied a visa to enter the US on suspicions of terrorism.

Gilbert Chagoury, is a world renown billionaire and philanthropist. Chagoury has also built a relationship with the Clinton's dating back to the 90s.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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The Savage State
Thomas Cole

H/T Country Singer

And a little Young Frankenstein below the fold....

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Overnight Open Thread 08/29/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

—Open Blogger

Good evening fellow Morons.

I'm keeping it short and sweet tonight, so let's get to it.

Let's start off with something we're all familiar with, an old proverb:

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions

Indeed.


What a waste. The poor thing probably suffocated to death.

BTW, this isn't the first Larry the Lobster to achieve worldwide fame.

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Study Finds More New Yorkers Abstaining from Sex

—Ace

The City That Never Sleeps Around?

Nearly a third of all of the city’s adults said they had not had intercourse or oral sex in a year, according to the latest 2014 statistics.

That was the highest number since 2002, when the department first started keeping public records on the question.

The “Sexless & and City’’ number was even higher — 32.7 percent — among young adults ages 18 to 24, according to the department’s annual Community Health survey.

By comparison, in 2002, 18.4 percent of all city adults said they did not have sex with any partner the previous year. That included 20 percent of young adults ages 18 to 24.

"Experts" -- what would we do without them -- note there are a lot of impersonal ways to satisfy the sex impulse now, porn, sexting, etc.

Also: Squats.

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Monday Moron Medical Monitoring, Session 7: Greetings From the DL

—Ace

I was told over and over again that, especially at age 29, I really had to do mobilization exercises. Just 10-15 minutes per day -- work a different body part every day. Consider it pre-hab -- you know you're going to be injured; this is the way to avoid it.

And instead I did what I've always done when it comes to stretching: I almost completely ignored it.

I'm doing some now.

I'm mostly following Kelly Starett's program and his book, Becoming a Supple Leopard.

The main point he makes is that any fault in position will lead, inevitably, to a fault in movement. Any fault in movement will lead, inevitably, to injury, as the wrong muscles are being over-used to compensate for the lack of activation of the proper muscles, and bones aren't properly aligned to be in their proper load-bearing position.

An example of that was my crap shoulders, which are internally rotated (rolled forward). They're being pulled forward by my chest muscles; my mid-back muscles, which are supposed to counteract the chest muscle pull and keep the shoulders neutral, have gone to sleep and have atrophied.

When you bench, you're supposed to put the ball of your upper arm deep into the socket joint to maximize your ability to load a weight; that puts the load onto a joint that can take it. (Coaches tell people to "bend the bar" or "break the bar" as a cue to get them to put external rotation into their arms -- imagine trying to bend the bar; naturally, the balls of your arms go deeper into the shoulder socket to do this.)

If you don't have your ball in your socket, muscles and ligaments and tendons must compensate for what your joint is supposed to be doing; but they can't, so they fail, and you get injured.

A similar thing must have happened with my hips, when I tweaked my back and pulled my pelvis out of position (it was rotated and stuck too forward on one side and backwards on the other -- and it was painful as heck).

Anyway, now that I've suffered not one but two inevitable, completely-predictable injuries based on faults in beginning position (and therefore, faults in movement), I'm going to try to actually listen this time.

I'd really recommend this book. It's loaded with photographs and shows you more clearly what the proper beginning, finishing, and transitioning positions are for most major exercises (lifts), and the most common faults. Rippetoe describes this in words, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and I find Starett's explanations more easily understood.

He also goes for global explanations -- basically, the shoulder is the same joint as the hip, so most of the same principles (push the ball deep into the socket when loading weight, and you do that by externally rotating the limb) apply to various movements.

Then the last part of the book has mobilization exercises for all the different parts of the body.

I'm not really happy to be stuck in re-hab land but I guess I should have been working on fundamentals of position and movement all along so I'll keep at it.

By the way: I read someone explaining posture and this brief suggestion made sense to me. When you stand, stand as tall and straight as possible, and imagine that your head is pulling up the rest of your body up into the air with it.

I've been trying that. It feels right. Who knows, maybe it will work for you. The thing about posture-correction: It actually takes a fair amount of energy and neuromuscular control and you can only build a little endurance at standing or sitting properly at a time.

No GAINZ nor LOZZ GAINZ on my end. As I haven't been working out, I've gained no muscle. I lost a pound but I figure that was mostly muscle.

So tell me about YO GAINZ, BITCHEZ

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Target Begs Customers to Come Back With One-Day Sale, Building Special Transgender Bathrooms

—Ace

The boycott is biting.

Yesterday they offered a first-time-ever storewide sale. And that comes on the heels of them suffering their first time ever quarterly decline.

And that seems to be due to a boycott over their crazy Whatever Bathroom You Like, Zir policy.

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Comedic Genius Gene Wilder Dead at 83

—Ace

Well, the sad thing was that he lost his wife Gilda Radner so early to cancer; living to 83 would be pretty nice, except for that sadness.

He talked this year about making Willy Wonka ("No, stop, go back") and Young Frankenstein (which he co-wrote with Mel Brooks).

In his honor, I'm going to watch Silver Streak this week, if I can find it. That to me was my first Hitchcock movie. I know it wasn't really Hitchcock, but it was plainly Hitchcockian, with its barely-plausible (but energetic) plot and mistaken identities and dead people coming back to life.

When I saw the Brooks Hitchcock parody "High Anxiety," I had no idea who Hitchcock was. What I figured out from that movie was "Oh I guess Hitchcock made movies like Silver Streak."

To this day I still want to ride in the sleeper car of a train, and that's less because of James Bond or Murder on the Orient Express than it is because of Silver Streak.

Great movie. I'm hearing the soundtrack in my head as I write this.

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Awful Movie About Awful Obamas' First Awful Date Opens to Shit Box Office, Glowing Reviews From Liberal Critics

—Ace

Not a cult.

The movie based on Barack and Michelle’s Obama’s first date had a lukewarm reception at the box office during opening weekend. = Despite receiving glowing reviews from critics, “Southside With You” only made $3 million after premiering in over 800 theaters on Friday — putting it at number fourteen on the list of openings.

The film follows the story of when the couple went on their first date in Chicago in 1989 when they were young lawyers at the same firm.

But man do the liberal critics love it-- 93% fresh!

Seems like they're giving it the Ghostbusters treatment, but the public isn't buying.


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Hillary's Poll Lead Breaking In Half, Like Huma-Weiner Marriage of Convenience

—Ace

A new Morning Consult poll has Hillary's national lead down from 6, to 3.

Last week, Reuters -- which generally has Hillary ahead more than other outfits -- showed Hillary ahead by five. But she had been ahead by 12 in the same poll.

The LATimes poll, which has generally been more favorable to Trump than others, now says the race is tied, though... actually, though it's statistically meaningless, the poll shows Trump slightly ahead.

The Real Clear Politics average still looks pretty bad-- Clinton +6.

On the other hand: Trump is closing in must win Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as would-be-a-knockout-punch Michigan.

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Jackass Former Starting Quarterback Won't Stand for National Anthem Until Country Changes to His Liking

—Ace

He'll be spending his time during the Anthem like he'll be spending his time while the offense is on the field -- sitting down.

I'm annoyed by this asshole, but I don't know if that annoyance is justified. I've come to have a lot less respect for America during the Obama Captivity myself -- and I think I'd be within my rights to stage a symbolic protest against Fallen America if I wanted.

On the other hand -- fuck this guy.

Oh, and fuck the NFL. Just fuck them generally.

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"Stay at Home Cad:" NY Post Reports Anthony Weiner Was Sexting a New Lady, While Son Was in Bed With Him, Just Last Year
Update: Huma Says She's Separating from Her Weiner

—Ace

This guy's heard of porn, right?

This is baby-sitting — Anthony Weiner-style.

While his wife, Huma Abedin, travels the country campaigning for Hillary Clinton, the disgraced ex-congressman has been sexting with a busty brunette out West — and even sent her a lurid crotch shot with his toddler son in the picture, The Post has learned.

The stay-at-home cad shot the revealing photo while discussing massage parlors “near my old apartment” shortly after 3 a.m. on July 31, 2015, a screenshot of the exchange shows.

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Weiner was clearly aroused by his conversation with the 40-something divorcee when he abruptly changed the subject.

“Someone just climbed into my bed,” Weiner wrote.

“Really?” she responded.

Weiner then hit “Send” on the cringe-inducing image, which shows a bulge in his white, Jockey-brand boxer briefs and his son cuddled up to his left, wrapped in a light-green blanket.

“You do realize you can see you[r] Weiner in that pic??” the woman wrote.

Pictures at the link.

Can't help wondering if this is an arranged marriage, or at least a marriage of political convenience. I'm sure Hillary can tell Huma all about those.

Separated At Last?


This Daily Caller story (headline on Twitter as "Huma Cuts Weiner Off") says they're getting divorced, but that seems (to me) to just be taking Huma's wording -- "separating" -- and extrapolating that into divorce. Which she actually didn't say.

He's done the unthinkable -- he's deleted his Twitter account.


I think that account will be back shortly. Dude's gonna need the sweet release of cyber.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Racing
Gerald Sargent Foster

Interesting that an artist subsidized by the Public Works of Art Project, essentially the New Deal, would paint Atlantic Class boats racing on Long Island Sound. This was painted in 1934...the depths of the Great Depression.

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Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (8/28/16) [Mis. Hum.]

—Open Blogger

Welcome to the End of Summer Edition of the World Famous ONT.


A glance at the calendar indicates it is August 28th. Wow, coming up on Labor Day Weekend. Seems like yesterday was Memorial Day Weekend. Where the heck has the time gone? The ONT attempts to answer this question. Certainly time time flies by when you are having fun.


As a young Moron (Boy, was I ever), the week leading up to Labor Day Weekend was our family's annual summer vacation. Did your family have a summer tradition/ritual?

Is there anyone who swims in the great outdoors? Swimming in fresh water does have it's drawbacks. Leeches may have their medicinal uses but for swimmers? Not so much.


It seems like families were/are the same throughout the western world.


Ahh station wagons. Nothing says vacation like piling everyone in the station wagon. Mini-vans just weren't as cool.

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GAB [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

Gotta love the free market. There is finally an alternative to social media outlets like Twitter that takes a firm stand against corporate censorship. This new platform is called GAB and you can find it here. The site is not specifically conservative in orientation (although a lot of conservative and libertarian types have gravitated to it), but it is aggressively free speech orientated. From their guidelines page:

Gab's mission is to put people and free speech first. We believe that the only valid form of censorship is self-censorship, an individual's own choice to opt-out. Gab empowers users to self-censor and remove unwanted followers, words, phrases, and topics they don't want to see in their feeds to help stop and prevent different forms harassment. However, we do take steps to protect ourselves and our users from illegal activity.

They are currently in beta, if you go to their page you can request an invite by entering your email address. I just got my invite, if any of you Morons decide to start a GAB account, feel free to add me as a friend (@weirddave). GAB works pretty much like Twitter, with additional options for you to control your own content. Here is GAB's founder, Andrew Torba, talking about their free speech mission.

Open thread until the ONT pops up.

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Food Thread: Light, Brief and Lithe Edition [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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This is the result of the world famous La Tomatina (tomato fight) in Buñol, a small town in Spain's Valencia region. I guess if you are too chicken (or smart) to run with the Bulls in Pamplona, this is a good option. But the curmudgeon in me thinks it's just a big waste of food. Although the claim is that the acidity of the tomatoes cleans the streets, so I guess there is some point to it. I like this point better though.... [NSFW]

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Football Sunday in America 08/28/16 - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

—Open Blogger

Good afternoon and welcome to Sunday Football in America. Unfortunately, Goodell and his NFL are leaving such a bad taste in my mouth it's going to be a challenge to enjoy the sport I love knowing I'm contributing in any way to his pocketbook.

So, I'm keeping it short today.

The schedule for today:

Chargers at Vikings 1:00 pm ET on Fox
Cardinals at Texans 4:25 pm ET on Fox
Bengals at Jaguars 8:00 pm ET on NBC

Here's a couple of gals to keep you company.

Enjoy the games, and play nice, folks.

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Colin Kaepernick: The NFL's Newest Blithering Idiot [CBD]

—Open Blogger

CDR M touched on this last night, but there is nothing like pouring it on when the target is this easy to hit!

I don't know who Clay Travis is, because I don't follow football much, and don't much like it either. But I like this Davis fellow, who sounds suspiciously like a Moron, in the good way. Here he claims that Colin Kaepernick Is an Idiot, and backs it up with some pretty damning analysis.

Once you make the decision to enter the marketplace of ideas, in my opinion, you're obligated to put forward a coherent reason for your decision-making if you want to be taken seriously. Otherwise, I can feel free, thanks to this same first amendment that you're using to gain attention, to pronounce you an daft prima donna whose football talents have so deteriorated you aren't even capable of beating out Blaine freaking Gabbert to be quarterback. As if that weren't enough I can also say that based on your Twitter feed you look like a lost and psychologically unstable individual.

Kaepernick is the latest in a series of high-profile athletes/entertainers/trained monkeys who are under the mistaken impression that the number of followers they have on Twitter or Instagram is somehow correlated with their intelligence and their ability to provide insightful comments on a whole range of topics outside of their incredibly narrow areas of expertise.

If I want to learn how to cry on command or look pensively off into the distance or take steroids to bulk up for an important event or lip sync an entire concert or throw a tight spiral wobbling wounded duck, I will, absolutely, contact Brad Pitt or Meryl Streep or Madonna or Matt Damon or Colin Kaepernick.

But for political or cultural analysis I think that sticking with the far less attractive but far better informed among us is probably a good idea. And who would those people be? Judging by the blather coming out of our most famous among us, it will probably be a step up if I go to the nearest middle school and ask the kid who is reading in the library and doesn't have paste crumbs on his chin.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-28-2016: Stepping On Your Own [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger



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University of Washington's Suzzallo Library Graduate Reading Room


(Look at that pic. Go on, click on it. It doesn't seem likely to me that that building started out as a library, much less a "graduate reading room". I wonder if UW acquired a church building and re-purposed it. That makes me sad. But, library. So that's not so bad. On the other hand, it could've been worse. It could've been re-purposed as a mosque. Update: It has always been a library. Thanks to the many morons for the correction.)


Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, and snowflakes soon dissolve. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these.


“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents,”
--Emilie Buchwald.


Hugos and Puppies and CHORFs, Oh My!

So this year's Hugo Awards have come and gone, and apparently it was kind of an "Empire Strikes Back" event. All the SJWs are in the throes of ecstasy because few, if any, of the Sad Puppies candidates won. Also, the 'Best Novel' category was won by The Fifth Season, written by N.K. Jemison, who is, from what I hear, the SJW's SJW.

Yay, diversity! Boo, evil white men!

So all the progressives are jumping with joy and spraying each other with champagne over their great victory over the Sad Puppies, but they don't understand they've already lost, and in fact, they lost several years ago.

Larry Correia did not start the Sad Puppies merely to provide an alternate slate of choices for white guys. His purpose, as he has explained over and over and over again, was to prove a point. He had publicly stated that (a) science-fiction publishing has for years been dominated by a small, inbred SJW clique that act as gatekeepers that keep out conservative-leaning authors and (b) this same inbred clique runs the Hugo awards. And then all the SJWs went bananas trying to keep the SP choices off the ballot, and then when they couldn't do that, they told all of their friends not to vote for them, or to "No Award" the entire category. Apparently, they didn't realize that these concerted efforts only served to prove Correia's point that the Hugos were run by and for an small, inbred clique of progressive CHORFs*

And now that Correia's supposition has been amply demonstrated, anything else is just icing on the cake. The existence of the "Rabid Puppies" slate confuses things a bit, but Correia's original point still stands. In fact, Correia was not part of the Sad Puppies this year, and I rather think his direct involvement with it is pretty much a thing of the past. This year was another opportunity for the inbred SJWs to beclown themselves yet again. Which they did superbly, with all their hollering about "white male privilege". They failed to pay attention to the fact that this year the Sad Puppies were managed by women authors: Kate Paulk, Sarah Hoyt, and Amanda Green.

You couldn't do better than read Correia's take on the 2016 Hugos:

Funny. When I started Sad Puppies four years ago, the narrative was all about how the Hugos were a celebration of what was great, representing the best of all of fandom. I said nope, it is decided by cliques, ass kissing, and politics. They called me a liar. Fast forward to now, and at least they are open it is all politics. Hell, they’re celebrating it.

Correia has the inbred SJW clique so spooked, they're kicking their own butts.


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*Cliquish, Holier-than-thou, Obnoxious, Reactionary, Fanatics.

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EMT 08/28/16 [krakatoa]

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This is your last weekend before college football EMT.

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Overnight Open Thread (27 Aug 2016)

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Donald Trump reveals radical plan for a more powerful Air Force. Yes, it is satire but it had me rollin'.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 08-27-2016 [OregonMuse]

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Couple Of Medieval Arab Guys Playing Chess

(Not sure where this pic came from, a medieval chess manual perhaps? The precise position was obviously very important to the artist, as the pieces are displayed just so. Too bad I don't understand the symbolism, so the board position is unreadable to me.)

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 politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a mud fight on a Saturday afternoon.


Problem 1 - White To Play

What's the best move for White?

Hint: White wins material


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FEN: [2r3k1/5pp1/4p2p/8/1p2Q3/6P1/PPq2P1P/3R2K1 w - - 0 1]

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]

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Happy Saturday 'rons & 'ettes. It is that time again where we talk about all thing pets. No, you can't consider your children, grandchildren and/or nieces and nephews as pets. Although they would be cheaper to raise. Amirite?

Grab a beverage and enjoy!!!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Gone Bananas [KT]

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Happy Banana Lovers Day!

Today's Gardening Thread is dedicated to the AoSHQ Overnight Thread, which this week pointed the way to some interesting garden-related, or at least plant-related, topics.

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Look Up! [KT]

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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Have you noticed that the nights are getting longer? Are you thinking about getting away from it all? Consider a trip to see the northern lights. They are a big deal in some places. This week, a Northern Lights alert in the UK was found to have been triggered by a lawnmower.

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But after a summer break, northern lights actually returned to Iceland this week.

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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]

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YES, I AM

Happy Saturday!!! Can you believe it's the last Saturday before Labor Day Weekend? Gosh, where has the summer gone?

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EMT 08/27/16 [krakatoa]

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Hot 'n toasty EMT.

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Overnight Open Thread (26 Aug 2016)

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Today is National Dog Day.

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Ann Coulter claims to be an intelligent person. She is skewered at the Rob Lowe Roast and she's not sure how she became the target of the session. Perhaps being a white, conservative, Catholic woman has something to do with it. Not to mention her latest book, "In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!" [Mis. Hum.]
TD#9 Update from the AoS Weather Desk Folks, this thing's meandering at the moment. It's not worth a full post right now. The only things that might change that are it 1) slowing way down and becoming a major flash flood risk, or 2) going out into the Atlantic and strengthening into a hurricane. If it intensifies, it'll be a mid-grade tropical storm at worst. If you're along the NE Gulf Coast, just finish up your preparations for an impromptu day off. [tmi3rd]
In today's News Dump there was a story about 300+ reindeer killed by lightning. Here are some answers for your questions on what happened. [Mis. Hum.]
It seems to be a slow news day in Omaha. From the Omaha World-Herald: Omaha dad finds pot brownies, eats 4 of them, says mean things to cat (actual headline) [Weirddave]
UN pays tens of millions to Assad regime under Syria aid programme "Businessmen whose companies are under US and EU sanctions have been paid substantial sums by the UN mission, as have government departments and charities - including one set up by the president's wife, Asma al-Assad, and another by his closest associate, Rami Makhlouf." [CBD]
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Does Hillary have health issues? Her long break from the campaign trail and these photos make one wonder. [Mis. Hum.]
Variety reports that Gene Wilder, ‘Willie Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, has died at 83. Godspeed funnyman. [Weirddave]
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Hey, Who's Up for Some Transcranial Electrical Stimulation?
People are stimulating their brains with electrical current... Apparently you can do this with $30 worth of kit from Radio Shack. Yeah, I'm going to do it. It's a weird thing -- I've never gone in for drugs, but I have this late in life (post age 28) yearning to alter my brain.
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Does This Mean MaMa Has Ordered Her Pet Tabloid to Cut Weiner Off?
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