Overnight Open Thread (6-30-2016)
California's high-speed rail project increasingly looks like an expensive social science experiment to test just how long interest groups can keep money flowing to a doomed endeavor before elected officials finally decide to cancel it. What combination of sweet-sounding scenarios, streamlined mockups, ever-changing and mind-numbing technical detail, and audacious spin will keep the dream alive?
-- Virginia Postrel on California's high speed rail boondoggle
My cousin called me from the States tonight to ask what the heck is going on over here. I suppose it's being reported that gangs of Hitler youth are roaming the streets beating up brown people. Or something. That's The Narrative and they're sticking to it - most of the papers, the pundits, even the police.
Whether there's been a real rise in racial conflicts, I have no idea. They say calls to the police abuse hotlines are way up, but most of the actual reports seem to be Rudeness in the First Degree or Really Hurtful T-Shirt Slogans.-- Sweasel
Beauty and laughter are pleasures, but they aren't just an escape from constant sorrow. They are real but otherworldly; we can't control their coming and going. They are glimpses of Ithaca, of the home we seek, of the fellowship which allows us to survive and prosper. That's why they are so important to our social order, and I have to assume it's why the Greeks put comedies at the heart of their civic life.
I've read that the writers who competed in the festivals of Dionysus had to compose four plays. The first three were tragedies, but the last had to be a comedy. According to this recipe tragedy occupies much of our time, but comedy has the last word. The two forms work together to celebrate the life force that Dionysus represents.-- PowerLine reader Alon Griesinger
The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things - the beauty, the memory of our own past - are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.
-- C.S. Lewis
She asserts he said something he didn't and then keeps doubling down and he's having none it. Then she tries to throw some guilt-by-association at Hannan by making him answer for anti-immigrant graffiti that appeared on some wall somewhere.
In her very slight defense she may have gotten Hannan confused with Nigel Farage and started reading out Farage quotes but still what a shameless, obnoxious overrated hack. You can watch the whole thing here.
Who happens to despise his pleasant home town of Alresford, England and everyone everywhere who supported Brexit. Also all the people who live in small backward hellish villages who probably should be destroyed for the greater good.
Alresford is my personal hell.
...We are not used to thinking that a place like this - a pleasant town with a pretty center - might actually be hell. There is almost no poverty and only the occasional act of violence. There are good schools, a range of shops, a heritage railway. In fact, it's somewhere that a lot of people, apparently, actively want to live .
But dig below the surface, and you will find the demons crawling.
And it is impossible to leave Alresford, because Alresford is not just a place: It is an ideology that infects your very soul. Let's call it "Alresfordism." It is an ideology of smallness, of contraction, of wanting to curl up in our own personal, financially secure hole and will everything amusing or interesting or exciting in the world away.
...All I can do is look out at the nature from the window of my room in Alresford. I'm from here, so I can't be sure whether or not this is just another type of nihilism, but I think: Well, if all this nature is bigger than us, then I want it be get even bigger. I want it to become so big that it will consume all of our smallnesses, invalidate them, smother them out. Not just Alresford. I want a demented, throbbing, fecund nature to overrun this whole country, to overturn the wretched consequences of the laws that we have, in our stupidity, set for ourselves.
Tim Blair notes that when Whyman isn't demanding nature's consumption of humankind and the destruction of Alresfords everywhere, he also writes about cupcakes.
On Friday as the U.K., Europe and the wider world were coming to terms with the shock decision, the Washington Post reported: "Many Britons may not even know what they had actually voted for." This assertion - along with the mocking headline "The British are frantically Googling what the E.U. is, hours after voting to leave it" - was based on a tweet posted by Google based on information from its Trends tool, which analyzes in real time what people are searching for .
The problem with using Google Trends as an indication of anything other than a relative increase or decrease over previous norms is that it doesn't give the whole picture. Yes, there may have been a big spike in searches about what happens if the U.K. leaves the EU, but compared with what? Were there hundreds of thousands of people searching Google for these answers? Millions?It turns out the figure is likely to be less than 1,000 people, or 0.001 percent of the population.
No shots were fired and there was no man with a gun. But everyone got a good drill out of it I guess.
Professor Tyson, who may be the dumbest smart person on Twitter, yesterday wrote that what the world really needs is a new kind of virtual state - he wants to call it "Rationalia" - with a one-sentence constitution: "All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence." This schoolboy nonsense came under withering and much-deserved derision. Conservatives, who always have the French Revolution in their thoughts, reminded him that this already has been tried, and that the results are known in the history books as "the Terror." Writing with a great deal of reserve in Popular Science, Kelsey D. Atherton notes:
Rationalia puts a burden on science that it cannot bear: to work, it must be immune to the passions of the day, promising an objective world and objective truth that will triumph over obstacles.That's true enough, but it shortchanges the scientific objection to Tyson's Rationalia pipe dream, which is that it implicitly presupposes quantities and types of knowledge that are not, even in principle, available, even if the scientists in question were the dispassionate truth-seekers of Atherton's ideal.
A more plausible explanation for the non-deployment of forces can be inferred from the statement by Jordan and Pompeo (at page 44) that the State Department ate up valuable time by insisting that certain elements of the U.S. military respond to the crisis in civilian clothes and that they not use vehicles with U.S. markings. It seems that diplomacy was holding the military back.
I'm told by a former senior government official who has participated in rescue discussions like the ones Team Obama had (or should have had) on Sept. 11, 2012 that it's the Secretary of State's job to secure permission from the country in question (here Libya) for our military to enter its territory. Alternatively, it is her job to decide not to obtain permission and simply act. Until the Secretary of State does one or the other, apparently the military can't proceed.If this is true, then the most likely explanation for why the military didn't deploy, as Secretary of Defense Panetta had ordered, is that Hillary Clinton didn't obtain timely permission and didn't authorize the military to proceed without it - the obvious thing for her to have done, given that American lives were at stake.
A couple of things to note here. First, it wasn't the teacher but another student who determined the remark about the brownie was racist. So, apparently, a 9-year-old social justice warrior prompted this overreaction (read on because there's more to it). The story tells us nothing more about this student. Was he or she a minority? What might have prompted him or her to think this was a racial remark in the first place?
...And the interrogation of a 9-year-old wasn't the end of it. Later, the police informed the family that the incident had been reported to New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. It's not clear what that organization was supposed to do but presumably they are now going to open some kind of file on this family.
Apparently there were no grown ups involved at all in this whole snarflefuck from beginning to end though there were at least two kids.
And describes it as the best resistance film made in the last half century.
It was this 1977 movie that helped launch both Paul Verhoeven and Rutger Hauer's careers in the US. It follows the paths of several Dutch students at the beginning or WWII. Some joined the resistance, some joined the Nazis, some become collaborators, and some try to stay uninvolved.
The main character, Erik, was based on the real life experiences of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema who managed to escape to England and then returned to help coordinate the resistance in Holland (which turned out to be heavily infiltrated by the Germans) with British forces. He eventually became a Mosquito bomber pilot with the RAF and flew 75 sorties during war including 25 over Berlin and was awarded the DFC.
After the war he led an interesting life and at various times wrote Hollywood screenplays, organized a racing team, and helped lead a CIA-backed plot to overthrow the South Moluccas Republic. He eventually settled in Hawaii and became a director of an oil and gas exploration company. He died in 2007 at the age of 90 in his home on the island of Hawaii.
Here's a segment of the movie to give you a taste:
As the son-in-law of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and a close advisor to his successor, Anwar Sadat, Ashraf Marwan had access to the deepest secrets of the country's government. But Marwan himself had a secret: He was a spy for the Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. Under the code name "The Angel," Marwan turned Egypt into an open book for the Israeli intelligence services - and, by alerting the Mossad in advance of the joint Egyptian-Syrian attack on Yom Kippur, saved Israel from a devastating defeat.
You think your body stops after death, but up to two days later certain genes may turn on and start doing stuff for another two days before they give up the ghost. We are all zombies for up to four days after death.
Now I know what you are thinking-"Yikes! I'm not eating a deep-fried burger!" But trust me, you should, and you will. The deep-fried burger cooks in just 1 minute and, if the temperature of the oil is just right, the patty deflects most of the oil. These factors allow the patty to retain a moist composition and lend it a slightly crispy exterior.
Yahoo group. That is all.
And my lo-fi spew.
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Mitt Romney: Hey, I'm Just Sayin', My Family Is Really Pushing Me to Run for President
“My wife and kids wanted me to run again this time,” Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said this week at the “Aspen Ideas Festival.”
“I’ve got some kids — I got an email from one of my sons yesterday saying ‘you gotta get in, Dad — you gotta get in,’ ” he said.
Judge Permits Expansion of Lawsuit to Probe Hillary's Secret Meetings With Donors
They suspect, almost certainly correctly, that Hillary kept her meetings with donors off her official calendars so that she could never be asked about them -- if there's no record of a meeting, it's hard to subpoena information related to it. This is of a piece with her secret email system -- you can't subpoena an email system whose existence has been kept a secret.
Weather prediction: a downpour of "I can't recalls" and a high-pressure system of incomplete memory with a 90% chance of perjury.
A federal judge has ordered the State Department to hand over records detailing Hillary Clinton's schedules during 14 overseas trips as secretary of state amid speculation that Clinton kept meetings with donors to her family's foundations off her official calendar.
In a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Citizens United, the court moved to compel the State Department to produce emails sent to and from Lona Valmoro, a Clinton aide, regarding overseas trips where unreported donor activity was suspected.
The conservative group had obtained correspondence from the State Department that suggested Clinton may have met with donors to the Clinton Foundation while on diplomatic trips.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the private emails that she mixed in with State Department emails on her private computer server to be accessible to "anybody," according to transcripts released Wednesday.
Abedin's comments provided new insight into the highly unusual decision by the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate to operate a private email server in her basement to conduct government business when she served as secretary of state.
Abedin also said under oath that she was not aware whether Clinton personally deleted any emails during her tenure as secretary.
Abedin told lawyers for the conservative group Judicial Watch in a deposition that she could not recall whether she or Clinton discussed with any State Department officials Clinton's use of her server exclusively for government business. Abedin, who was Clinton's deputy chief of staff at the State Department, now works with Clinton's presidential campaign and often travels with the candidate. Abedin used an email account on Clinton's server occasionally for government business, although Abedin also used a government address.
"I assumed it was OK to do," she testified.
Boy that early-onset Alzheimer's is a growing problem among the Clinton Camp, isn't it? It's as if she's a vector of the syndrome and infects everyone around her.
Finally: Ash Carter Announces End to Military's Ban on Transgender Recruits
Now, you have nothing to worry about from ISIS, which isn't an "existential threat" and whose monthly slaughters of innocents just shows how feeble and desperate they are, but you should know that if the US military does not begin enlisting transgenders, it would be a bleeding gutwound to the Constitution and our ever-evolving values.
The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.
The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year. The decision comes as the military has witnessed major changes in the role of women and the inclusion of gays, lesbians and bisexual service members in recent years.
"The Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now -- the finest fighting force the world has ever known," Carter said Thursday at the Pentagon.
The big winner? Bradley "Chelsea" Manning, the Rosa Parks of zir generation.
Wonderful: Celebrity President Might Buy Into NBA Team When His Retirement Is Official
What an asshole.
President Barack Obama’s second term in office is almost complete, leaving many to wonder what he will do when he leaves office in January. It appears the 44th President might be taking his talents to the NBA.
Press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Obama, an unabashed sports fan, has “discussed” joining an ownership group for an NBA franchise. But Earnest also added that Obama would move forward only “under the right circumstances.”
Judicial Watch: Law Enforcement Sources Tell Us a Gun Used in the Paris Massacre Came from Phoenix, Home of Obama's Fast and Furious Program
They don't say the gun came from the Fast and Furious program -- just that it came from the area where the Fast and Furious program was in operation.
However, Judicial Watch alleges the government behaved strangely to cover up this gun's provenance.
Which is mighty suspicious.
This isn't a fact, just a possibility. At least at this point.
I'm sure the media will get right on this.
One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic—but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual. Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.
Republican-Controlled House Schedules Vote on Gun Control Measure For Next Week
The House will vote on a counter-terrorism package that will include a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., told Republicans on a conference call Thursday, according to a source on the call.
The House, when it returns next week from its July 4 recess, will also vote on a mental health bill , sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, Ryan told his House colleagues.
On the call, Ryan said it common sense that suspects on terror watch lists not be able to buy guns, but he wants to be sure that any provision protects due process for people who may mistakenly be added to such lists.
Now in theory, there's absolutely nothing wrong with a bill that blocks suspected terrorists from buying guns -- so long as there are strong due process safeguards, and that people have the right to challenge the finding and have a lawyer paid for by the state. (You shouldn't go bankrupt trying to get your name off a list you were added to with no due process standards, other than a bureaucrat's say-so.)
But of course the Democrats would never agree to any true safeguards -- their strategy is to always demand more than Republicans will/can give. It is a key election strategy that they not have any law the Republicans buy into. they want the election issue. They don't give a shit if terrorists have guns or not. They want to win the House, and they'll murder American citizens with their own hands for a better chance at that.
They really just want something else to point at when Republicans bring up their miserable record on combating terrorism. Oh, I mean combating violent extremism and/or man-made disasters.
And meanwhile, the Republicans will keep chasing the Democrats -- watering down procedural protections until they vanish altogether.
The Democrats either want no law or at all, or a complete surrender by the Republicans which will demoralize GOP voters while showing Democrat voters that Democrats can show they're "tough" enough to burn the Constitution in their quest for power.
I just can't see the Republicans doing anything here but embarrassing themselves and further alienating their base. They're patsies, and always will be.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Everyone has seen this one. It's beautiful and mysterious, and photos do not do it justice. I saw it in The Hague, at a small museum called Mauritshuis, and it is spectacular. And the museum, really just a big house, is amazing. Amsterdam is a dump, so if you are there just grab a train and head to The Hague for a few hours in one of the best museums in the world. Don't worry...The Hague has a coffeeshop or two.
And here she is all grown up! (Just kidding).
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Thursday Morning News Dump (6/30/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Black Democrat privilege
- Puerto Rico bailout, will it work? Stay tuned.
- Lois Lerner may have broke the law? No crap Sherlock.
- More shocking news, political corruption regarding U of Phoenix sale?
- Gathering intelligence or emotional well being and cultural sensitivity?
- 3 Amigos? More like the 3 Morons.
- Man claims he invented iPhone, is suing Apple. Good luck with that.
- Go figure, Muslim sympathizers in Congress.
- Split between GOP and NRA?
- Exxon Mobil wins early round victory against
- As discussed in yesterday's Dump. The times are a changing.
- Gov. McAuliffe (D-VA) is above the law
- Meet the girl who has caused all the ruckus at the Oakland PD
- NRA to spend more money on Trump than Trump?
- I spent a month there once, I wouldn't argue.
- RNC Convention news keeps getting stranger
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (6-29-2016)
Moreover, charity given as of right, for that is what the welfare state does, favors the undeserving more than the deserving, in so far as the undeserving have a capacity and even talent for generating more neediness than the deserving. (They also tend to be more vocal in their demands.)
The welfare state in fact dissolves the very notion of desert, because there is no requirement that a beneficiary prove he deserves what he is legally entitled to. And where what is given is given as of right, not only will a recipient feel no gratitude for it, but it must be given without compassion-that is, without regard to any individual's actual situation. In the welfare state, the notion of a specially deserving case is prohibited, for it implies a distinction between the deserving and the undeserving.-- Theodore Dalrymple
Before there was American exceptionalism there was British exceptionalism - in both cases, based on the idea that freedom is the unique mission of the English-speaking peoples.
It need not be put in such exclusionary terms. I would be very happy if many more countries regarded themselves as having a proprietary national interest in liberty. (The French think they do, but they don't.) At the very least, we should do what we can to preserve or re-establish that idea where it has a long history.-- Robert Tracinski in UK After Brexit
The French economy is stagnant. GDP growth for the latest quarter was 0.6%. Over the past decade, growth has rarely risen above 1%. The unemployment rate is over 10% and the youth unemployment is 25%. Clearly tax and regulatory reform, including more labor flexibility, are needed to encourage employers to hire.
As an example of the difficulty of firing workers, a French court this week ruled that Société Générale rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel, who lost $5.5 billion of the bank's assets in 2008 and almost caused its bankruptcy, had been unfairly dismissed. Société Générale was ordered to pay Kerviel $511,000 because it decided he was dismissed "without cause."
What gets reported is "Well, me and my girlfriends met at Lisa's apartment to pre- game. I had a beer and a shot there. Then we went to This Bar and That Bar and I had three shots at the first place and an Appletini at the second place plus this guy gave me half his beer. So, we were dancing and then Lisa and Cindy left. So the guy who gave me half his beer said we should go to This Other Bar to meet his friend and we did. And I had two shots and then he bought me this mixed drink. I don't remember what it was called or what was in it. And then I had another beer and we danced and I remember we were making out at one point in the bathroom and I gave him a blow job. Then I remember we left This Other bar-"
Needle scratch. Wait a minute. You gave him oral sex?
"Well, yeah."-- From Bookworm's post on Alcohol and "Rape" Culture on America's College Campuses
Well I guess Trump's running an experiment to see if money and advertising still matter in politics.
But given these trend lines maybe this isn't the right time to take chances by going cheap.
Iceland, Canada, Mexico, and...Germany?
The German Finance Ministry advised the EU to enter into negotiations aiming at making the UK an "associated partner country" of the trade block.
Who was also found to be in possession of an unregistered automatic weapon....and then things get rather murky and suspicious *cough*FastAndFurious*cough:
The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun's ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations - for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic-but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual. Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner's identity was "kept quiet," according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. "Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public," a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.
Not that diversity doesn't have some benefits but it definitely has social costs as well.
Relying on diversity measures computed at the apartment block level under conditions of exogenous allocation of public housing in France, this paper identifies the effects of ethnic diversity on social relationships and housing quality. Housing Survey data reveal that diversity induces social anomie. Through the channel of anomie, diversity accounts for the inability of residents to sanction others for vandalism and to act collectively to demand proper building maintenance. However, anomie also lowers opportunities for violent confrontations, which are not related to diversity.
La Trobe's student union and the women's officers at the University of Sydney issue warnings for content relating to classism, colonialism, Islamophobia, ableism, body image, child abuse, mental illness and weapons.
They go as far as warning students about content relating to needles, insects, food, pregnancy, eye contact, slimy things, skulls, vomit and blood.
Beautiful but IMO a bit wasted on rattan.
"Famed horn-blower, Bill Clinton." maybe. Or "Sax-mad Bill Clinton". Nothing that screams "MONICA LEWINSKY GAVE CLINTON A BLOWIE", but enough to tip off those scouting for clues that they're getting warmer.
Clearly that's a hypothetical example, but this happens a lot more than you'd realise.Let's say an actor took out an injunction to prevent stories leaking about him visiting a prostitute on the sly. Let's also say that this actor had appeared in an otherwise unremarkable production of the play 'Tis Pity She's A Whore early in their career. There's no good reason to mention that, but you can bet your bottom dollar that that's what the sneakier journalists are going to lead with next time they discuss that actor in print.
The Group knows your sins but doesn't care.
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Democrat Party Platform: Prosecute Those Who Deny Global Warming
Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science.
A panel of Democrats voted Friday to approve a final draft of the party’s platform to promote “Progressive Democratic Values,” which apparently includes investigating energy companies who “misled” shareholders about global warming.
I realize many people dislike Donald Trump intensely, but I continue to be baffled by those who obsess over his admittedly enormous flaws while remaining blissfully silent about the flaws of Hillary -- or the Democrats' not-even-hiding-it-any-longer embrace of totalitarianism.
Huma Abedin Testifies: Hillary's Determination to Use a Subpoena-Proof Invisible Email System Interfered With Her Ability to Do Her Job
Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin testified Tuesday that the private email server Clinton chose to use for both personal and government communications may have hindered the former secretary of state's ability to do her job.
Citing an instance in which Clinton missed a call from a foreign minister because aides did not receive her emails on the matter, Abedin testified that the private email arrangement might have interfered with Clinton's ability to carry out her duties.
"So she wasn't able to do her job, do what she needed to do," Abedin said of the incident.
The former deputy chief of staff to Clinton was deposed Tuesday by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch in its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over Abedin's personnel records....
Although Clinton claimed in March 2015 and many times since to have used private email in order to consolidate her communications on a single device, Abedin confirmed reports that Clinton had used multiple devices to access her emails.
"It was not her practice to do so, but when her system on her BlackBerry went down, there was a period where I know she did use her email on her iPad for maybe a week or two, if I remember correctly," she said.
Meanwhile, AG Loretta Lynch talked with Hillary Clinton's husband for a half hour on an airport tarmac, privately.
What did the AG talk about with the husband of the woman her FBI is investigating for espionage?
Yoga routines, she claims -- she swears they talked "a great deal" about personal stuff, like about grandchildren.
"Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix," said Lynch Tuesday afternoon while speaking at the Phoenix Police Department.
Note that Hillary claimed the emails she deleted involved her granddaughter.
This seems to be the go-to lie this bunch favors-- "The American Rubes like Families, so we'll claim all our corrupt communications have to do with babies and puppies!!!"
James Cameron: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Just the Same Crap We've Seen Six Times Before
He's a friend of George Lucas, and that friendship causes him to claim insane things, like hinting that he thought the prequels were good, or at least sported an innovative visual style.
Cameron started out nicely, complimenting the Star Wars directors, before unleashing his criticisms of The Force Awakens.
He said: “George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it.
“I don’t want to say too much about the film. I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next."
However he didn't leave it there...
He continued: "I have to say that I felt that George's group of six films had more innovative visual imagination.
"This film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you have seen before and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.
"So for me, the jury's out. I want to see where they’re going with it."
Staff Sergeant David Johnathan Thatcher RIP. [CBD]
Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole, center, salutes his final comrade of the Doolittle bombing mission Staff Sergeant David Thatcher, gunner-engineer aboard the Ruptured Duck which crash landed off the coast of China.
These men were giants, and will be forgotten only if we forget them. They deserve to live forever in our hearts and minds....
[Hat Tip: some guy named DrewM]
John Kerry: ISIS' Constant Slaughters of Innocents Just Prove How Badly They're Losing
Apparently Obama's, Hillary's, and Kerry's plan is to show how much we're #Winning by allowing them to murder us at whim.
Secretary of State John Kerry faced swift criticism Wednesday for suggesting the terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was evidence the Islamic State is getting "desperate" -- an assessment one top Republican official said "defies reality." Kerry made the remarks late Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, referring to ISIS by the name Daesh.
I think Greg Gutfeld noted how absolutely perfect that was -- so many cliches in one moment.
Crediting coalition efforts, Kerry said it's been over a year since the group launched a "full-scale military offensive."
But they've taken more territory than they can comfortably hold -- why would they launch new offensives during a period that would naturally be used for consolidation?
"Now, yes, you can bomb an airport, you can blow yourself up. That's the tragedy. Daesh and others like it know that we have to get it right 24/7/365. They have to get it right for ten minutes or one hour. So it's a very different scale,” Kerry said. "And if you're desperate and if you know you're losing, and you know you want to give up your life, then obviously you can do some harm.”
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, slammed the secretary’s assessment.
"They've said they're on the run for many years, and they're not," McCaul told Fox News Wednesday morning. "I think the airstrikes have ramped up external operations … This is an unprecedented pace of terror in modern times. And so to say they’re on the run … absolutely defies reality."
Underscoring Kerry’s questionable characterization was news Wednesday that Islamic State militants were pushing back U.S.-trained Syrian rebels in a battle for control of a town on the Iraqi border.
Quinnipiac: Clinton 45, Trump 41
A 4-point deficit is better than what we've seen lately.
While Trump is surprisingly close in Pennsylvania, a new battleground poll shows him well behind in six other swing states.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Daughters Of Odessa (Martyrs of Modernism)
From the linked article by Tom Wolfe about the artist:
The hot-blooded boy's passion, as Hart developed his vision of the Creation, could not be consummated by Woman alone. He fell in love with God. For Hart, the process began with his at first purely pragmatic research into the biblical story of the Creation in the Book of Genesis. He had been baptized in the Presbyterian Church, and he was working for the Episcopal Church at the Washington National Cathedral. But by the 1970's, neither of these proper, old-line, in-town Protestant faiths offered the strong wine a boy who was in love with God was looking for. He became a Roman Catholic and began to regard his talent as a charisma, a gift from God. He dedicated his work to the idealization of possibilities God offered man.
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I'm a big fan of Russian history, and originally that started as a small sketch of the four daughters of Nicholas who were murdered. And then it turned into a larger allegorical work, as a tribute to all of the innocent victims off the 20th Century. It's meant to speak to all of the things -- I even called it Martyrs of Modernism as a subtitle. What I'm talking about, of course, is the deliberate destruction of things that are lovely, beautiful and filled with life, as personified by all of the brutality of the 20th Century.
And I picked Odessa simply because of all of the horrible things that happened in the 20th Century most of them got a dress rehearsal in the Ukraine somewhere along the way, whether it was the Pogroms or the suppression of the rebellion of 1905, or the actual revolution, the Stalinization, the collectivization of the peasants, the famines, the holocaust, the Nazi invasion, Chernobyl, all of the most dreadful things of the 20th Century were sort of played out in the Ukraine, so by making a tribute to all of the innocent victims of the 20th Century, I thought Odessa was kind of a nice poetic reference.
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Wednesday Morning News Dump (6/29/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Silly Methodists pull prank at Istanbul Airport
- VW settles diesel emissions fraud cases
- The Marine Corps continues with leftward spiral
- Petulant EU throwing temper tantrums
- Screw the 3AM call crap, what about business hours?
- Hard to pull the wool over President Obvious' eyes
- Nigel Farge off of Obama's X-Mas card list
- Ikea recalling 29 million dressers
- Florida more than a vacation destination?
- 5 take away points from the House Benghazi Report
- Democrats block GOP funding of Zika fight
- Speaking of Zika, experimental vaccines work in mice
- Giant Helium field found in Tanzania
- Democrats reveal Sid Blumenthal's money grubbing ways
- GOP senators threatened, it's only inartful political discourse
- Settle them in Washington D.C.
- Coach Buddy Ryan, RIP
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (6-28-2016)
This is what happens when a university snowflake encounters the corporate world.
Now as foolish as the girl was this is really a failure of her educators and parents. She was only repeating what she had been trained to do and rewarded for all during her snowflake education. She truly did not see that she had no standing to complain and that her narcissistic activism would be disapproved of so strongly. And from her letter in the article it doesn't appear that she has learned very much from the experience either.
But of course young people have always been a bit self-focused and prone to do all the stupid, foolish things that young people are wont to do though the exact menu of which stupid, idiotic things are chosen from varies from generation to generation. So I'm not surprised that there was a person like the letter-writer making a fuss over the dress code the way she did. Usually people like this just get severely embarrassed or let go and all the other newbies have a smirk at their foolishness and also learn a lesson from the example.
But what stands out here to me is that all but one of the interns signed the petition. Which means that all the signers ran the petition-signing scenario through their future-world consequence prediction machine and decided that yes - this will work out great! This common high level of unfounded self-esteem mixed with a complete unfamiliarity with how the real world actually works may be a unique trait of young millennials that is over and beyond all the traditional youthful stupidities. (thanks to Gabe for the link)
EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker to Nigel Farage: 'Why are you here?'
"Isn't it funny? When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well, I have to say, you're not laughing now, are you?"
"I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked in trade or indeed ever created a job. But listen, just listen,"
How did this lead to Brexit? I have a theory. Philosophers who are way smarter than me have studied this perplexing priority -- that despite leading moral lives we tend to care more about a small problem in our vicinity (my roof is leaking), than a larger problem far away (a mudslide kills hundreds).
Even more, research shows that the larger the suffering, the less we react. Meaning our heartstrings will be pulled harder by the photo of one starving child - than many children equally in pain. It's weird but true. We care less when there is more.
What we are seeing with Brexit is a play on this weird reflex. Because a starlet once lived in London, this compels her to express an oh-so-brave stance against Brexit (even though a week ago she might have thought Brexit was a laxative). Yet, has she said anything about Venezuela, or Syria, or Afghanistan, or the Taliban? I must have missed it.
My point: it's no longer a comparison between one starving child and many, it's a choice between exercising one's moral superiority in a risk-free environment (let's go on Twitter and call pro-Brexit people racist or dumb) - and calling out real horror (islamists chucking gays off bridges and buildings).This moral cowardice as expressed by the most well-known of earthlings is what led to Brexit. Brexit wasn't just evidence of a natural concern over one's well being in the face of rising Islamism amidst the European Union's lax immigration policy, it's also a big middle finger (or two "middle" fingers, if you're British) to those who cannot prioritize injustice, or evil.
Moar Brexit Dumbess: Brexit Proves Baby Boomers Should Get Less of a Vote
The democratic principle of "one person, one vote" is fundamentally flawed. The way Baby Boomers and beyond are voting the world over is evidence that old solutions often aren't adept at tackling new problems. Old people keep gutting the future of young people. And it has to stop.
Oh the sweet sweet generational irony.
The government is free to hack its way in and take what it can.The World at War: The Greatest Documentary Ever
"Down this road, on a summer day in 1944, the soldiers came. Nobody lives here now. They stayed only a few hours. When they had gone, the community which had lived for a thousand years was dead. This is Oradour-sur-Glane, in France. The day the soldiers came, the people were gathered together. The men were taken to garages and barns, the women and children were led down this road, and they were driven into this church. Here, they heard the firing as their men were shot. Then, they were killed, too. A few weeks later, many of those who had done the killing were themselves dead, in battle. They never rebuilt Oradour. Its ruins are a memorial. Its martyrdom stands for thousand upon thousand of other martyrdoms in Poland, in Russia, in Burma, in China, in a World at War."
With these words, read by Olivier, The World at War begins. The invocation of Oradour, with its declarative style reminiscent of Hemingway's opening to A Farewell to Arms, is typical of the series' spare approach to language and use of narration to render events, not editorialize on them. Though various directors and scriptwriters helmed the episodes, this spirit prevailed. Excluding interviews, the scripts averaged 1,500 words-only about ten minutes' reading time. The commitment to economy proves effective....The presence of Speer and so many other major players-from Lord Avon (Anthony Eden) and General Curtis LeMay to Admiral Karl Dönitz and Japanese diplomat Toshikazu Kase-highlights another of the series' defining strengths: its proximity in time to historical events. The World at War possesses firsthand power no longer attainable.
You can watch the episode Alone in HD here.
Related video here.
Where rifles are mandatory outside of city limits due to the number of polar bears.
I've wanted to visit Longyearbyen in Svalbard ever since I saw a documentary on it. It's managed by Norway but thanks to the Svalbard Treaty of 1920 Americans are free to visit and live there if they want.
Is 10,000 hours of practice needed for expertise? No, it requires far more than just that.
If you're not failing during practice, you're not really practicing.
An interesting post by Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox talking about how he got to where he is now and the importance of habitual practice.
I've said it before - I was a terrible piano student when I was kid. I wasn't the best musician in my class, and I didn't start studying music early in life, either.
It's easy to attribute success to having "natural talent," but that's not really the case nine times out of ten. Not that I don't believe that such a thing exists - I do, I just think it's a bit overrated. If you want to get good enough at something to stand out from your peers, there are no shortcuts. Whether it's music, sports, public speaking, you name it.one way or another, you're going to need to spend a lot of time practicing, so you might as well make peace with the idea.
I find that the secret is to make practicing part of your day in such an unconscious way that you hardly have to think about it; it's simply a habit. Habits get a bad rap; we tend to think of things like biting our nails or smoking when we talk about them. But really, a habit is defined (according my lazy Google search-based research) as "a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up." Brushing your teeth is a habit (for most of us). So is showing up to work on time. Those are good habits. Turning practice time into a habit, then, makes it an automatic part of your day and therefore more likely to get done consistently....There are 24 hours in each day. Most of those hours aren't really ours; they get used up by sleep, meals, work, family, etc. But some of them are wide open. Try picking up a habit or two, and see where it takes you.
Yet Apple will likely do it in their next iPhone model.
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Trump: I'll Protect You From Foreign Competition
I have to confess: I'm starting to get depressed. Not so much that Trump will lose, but that Hillary will win.
I'm not saying this to demoralize anyone or to do the "ha ha told you Trump would lose" thing that so many Mario Fans want to do.
Just really starting to wrap my head around the 9th through 12th uninterrupted years of Democratic misrule, this time by the most corrupt female schemer since Olivia Medicci.
Open, depressive thread.
Marvel Gives Canadian Leftist PM Justin Trudeau the Obama Treatment, Slapping Him on the Cover of New "Civil War" Series
Because this is quality Entertainment. You'd be missing out if you didn't watch this silly bullshit.
Al Qaeda Advisory to Terrorists: Make Sure You Attack Straight White People Or Obama Will Call It a "Hate" Crime and Deny Us the Credit
Obama is so determined to not call terrorism terrorism that terrorists have to change their targeting just to get some blame for their murders.
n an article first reported by The Foreign Desk, Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called for more self-directed Muslim terrorists to kill in America. But the article, titled “Inspire guide: Orlando operation,” tells terrorists to “avoid targeting places and crowds where minorities are generally found” because if gays or Latinos appear to be the targets, “the federal government will be the one taking full responsibility.”
So when ISIS strikes a bunch of white people, you can credit Obama for having chosen the target.
You may remember that Obama has bragged that he's very good at targeting which people to kill.
At Least 10 Dead, 40 Wounded in Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Airport
It is now reported that two suicide bombers were attempting to enter the airport, but were fired upon by security/police. They then detonated their bombs. I suppose that means the carnage was less than it was planned to be.
I wonder if [omitted] had anything to do with the Istanbul attack.— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 28, 2016
Another Attack: A female suicide bomber woulds 13 near Grand Mosque in Turkey.
And Now a Word from British Toonces
From @MWR, this twinkie.
He looks as you'd expect.
(Old Toonces sketch here.)
EU Schemers Have Exactly the Right Medicine for Citizens Sick of Technocratic Busybodies Ruling Their Lives: Even More Powerful Technocratic Busybodies Ruling Their Lives
The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an "ultimatum".
Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.
Controversially member states would also lose what few controls they have left over their own borders, including the procedure for admitting and relocating refugees.
The plot has sparked fury and panic in Poland - a traditional ally of Britain in the fight against federalism - after being leaked to Polish news channel TVP Info.
The public broadcaster reports that the bombshell proposal will be presented to a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries - made up of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier later today.
Britain voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum last Thursday
Responding to the plot Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski raged: "This is not a good solution, of course, because from the time the EU was invented a lot has changed.
“The mood in European societies is different. Europe and our voters do not want to give the Union over into the hands of technocrats.
“Therefore, I want to talk about this, whether this really is the right recipe right now in the context of a Brexit."
Only true "elites" have grandly retarded ideas like this.
Oh Look! Another Know-Nothing Sports Figure Demonstrates That He Does, Indeed, Know Nothing [CBD]
I am an absolutist when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. I am even uncomfortable with felons who have served their time being denied the ability to defend themselves. And yes, that is a contentious topic that can be discussed rationally. Just like other parts of gun control can be discussed with well-meaning opponents of the 2nd Amendment. I know, I know, they don't exist....but they really do. I have had discussions with knowledgeable people who are willing to consider my viewpoint, but simply disagree.
And that is fine.
But people like Steve Kerr, who are profoundly ignorant of even the most basic facts about guns are incapable of having rational and reasoned discussions, and he clearly demonstrates his abject, blinding stupidity here. Warriors coach Steve Kerr on gun control: 'Our government is insane'
When 90 percent of our country wants background checks on gun purchases and we've got our senate and our house not only voting it down but using the Bill of Rights as a reason for people to have rights to carry these automatic weapons, and we're getting people murdered every day at an alarming rate.
I'm shocked...SHOCKED...that our congress is referring to the founding documents when they protect our rights. I honestly have no idea why they didn't just pick up the phone and call Steve Kerr...he clearly has a handle on the issue, and we should all be grateful that he not only is a great coach, but he knows the Constitution too! My God...the man coached the Warriors to a record-breaking regular season and then took that incredible momentum into the play-offs....and got his ass kicked by an inferior team.
Yeah....Steve Kerr got out-coached. So his intellect is clearly not top-notch, especially when all he had to do was run an offense a little bit more sophisticated than playground basketball. But he couldn't even do that, and we are supposed to take him seriously as a critic of our basic rights?
I kind of think that our forefathers would not have ok'd automatic weapons to be sold to everybody if they existed back then. Let's have some checks. It’s easier to get a gun than it is to get a driver's license. It's insane. And as somebody who's had a family member shot and killed, it devastates me every time I read about this stuff -- like what happened in Orlando -- and then it's even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA and going to this totally outdated Bill Of Rights, right to bear arms. If you want to own a musket, fine, you know, but come on. The rest of the world thinks we're insane. We are insane.
So, in Steve -- The Super Genius -- Kerr's world, there are no background checks, we can purchase automatic weapons, the government is subservient to the NRA, and the rest of the world thinks we are nuts.
Sounds great. Where do I sign up for that America?
But I do love the "totally outdated Bill of Rights" comment. I wonder if he even knows what's in them?
However, all of this is okay, because he has an excuse. His father, Malcolm Kerr, was the president of the American University of Beirut, until he was murdered in 1984, possibly by terrorists from Islamic jihad.
Why this absolves him of the responsibility to think before he speaks is unclear to me, especially because it is a terrorist shooting (Orlando) that was the catalyst for his outburst. Perhaps if Kerr would consider his anti-gun stance in a more calm and dispassionate light he would realize that there are powerful arguments to be made for citizens being armed with exactly the weapons that terrorists seem to favor. Emotional outbursts are fine when fighting with your girlfriend before the prom, but grown men with bully-pulpits should show a little more rationality and a little less tearful theatrics.
This kind of ignorant opinion doesn't surprise me, but what does irritate me is the slack-jawed acceptance of everything that Kerr said by the writers of this and other articles about this hysterical SJW. Maybe a little fact-checking would be in order, but they are too busy checking for Trump's parking tickets from 1973.
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GOP Releases Major Report on Benghazi, Fingering Hillary Clinton
I'm just catching up with this now.
Also see Steve Hayes contrasting the public lies and private truths told by Hillary Clinton.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
[Hat tip: AtC]
And something a bit more traditional below the fold....
One of the simple pleasures of religious art is the symbolism that identifies the subjects. For instance, here the zither signals that it is King David.
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Tuesday Morning News Dump (6/28/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Good bye EU say hello to Superstate.
- We might have been born at night, but not last night.
- TFG administration pushed video for Benghazi.
- DoJ employees get to go to Reeducation Camp.
- ISIS, things aren't so rosey?
- CIA weapons for Syrian rebels being sold on black market. Brilliant!!!
- Pat Summit, RIP.
- US diplomats in Europe are being harassed by Russian agents. Part of the reset button?
- MO Gov vetoes CCW and Stand Your Ground legislation.
- SCOTUS strikes another 2nd Amendment blow.
- France leaning towards ruling out terrorism on EgyptAir crash?
Tough guyPaul Ryan won't tolerate anymore Democrat antics.
- Presumed W VA drowning victims found alive.
- Not a comforting fact concerning nuclear plant security.
- Hezbollah's budget can thank the U.S. of A.
- The cure for violence, want world peace? End occupation of West Bank. (Older story)
- Cuba flips off USA.
- Genius Award.
- Feel good story of the day.
Overnight Open Thread (6-27-2016)
Interviewed by Kyle and Jackie O on the KIIS Radio Network on Wednesday, the Opposition Leader was asked whether he'd ever been inside a strip club.
"I have," he began, confidently enough, before going to water altogether.
" ... once or twice, way back in the day, uni days.
"I left once I realised what it was."
-- Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten explaining that he was shocked, shocked to find naked women dancing in establishments targeted at gentlemen
Today, you can see Wynton Marsalis playing mid-60s-era cool jazz in freeze-dried form at Lincoln Center. Or as Mick Jagger quipped when he inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, "Jean Cocteau said that Americans are funny people: first you shock them, then they put you in a museum." As with rock and roll and old media's Newseum, which John Podhoretz accurately dubbed "The News Mausoleum," once a genre builds a museum for itself, it's effectively over as a creative form.
-- Ed Driscoll explaining why jazz qua jazz is dead
Cameron and the Remain campaign made a final mistake. At one point, Cameron's pollster tweeted that virtually every intelligent person thought leaving the EU a stupid idea. After the horrible murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, "Stronger In" became "Kinder In." The implication was that people concerned about immigration or just not happy being governed from Brussels were narrow-minded, xenophobic, or worse.
When you try to delegitimize somebody's vote, you don't change his mind, only his willingness to talk about it. The effect was to understate Leave in the polls. Of the nine final polls, seven showed Remain in the lead, with Remain's pollster showing a ten-point lead. The same effect was present in exit polls commissioned by hedge funds, which led to Brexit campaigners prematurely conceding the result of the referendum and to markets confidently pricing in a Remain win. There was a spiral of silence at work which deceived the Remain camp about where it stood and the campaign it should have fought.
Some big money bets were made on Remain while lots of smaller bets were made on Leave. And bookies set the odds to divide the money evenly so they're guaranteed a profit off of the vigorish. (h/t to Christopher Taylor)
So if most of the cash went on Remain, as it did, bookies would have to follow the money and make Remain the favourites.
Which meant that what Mr Shaddick called "The supposed helpful side effect of these markets, their potential to help understand the probabilities of the various outcomes," was just that - a side effect, and the not main aim of the odds set.
Ahead of voters going to the polls, all the bookies warned that favourites sometimes lose. (They might be more likely to win, but their victory could not be guaranteed.)And the bookies all agreed that while three-quarters of the £40 million eventually gambled on the referendum was placed on Remain, when it came to counting individual flutters, bets on Leave far outnumbered punts on staying in the EU.
From sending agents to private social events to following their children around to breaking into their apartments and rearranging furniture and killing their pets.
Why? Because Putin has Obama's number: He's a pussy. And therefore the US under his leadership is also a pussy.
If any one person drove the United Kingdom out of the European Union, it was Angela Merkel, and her impulsive solo decision in the summer of 2015 to throw open Germany-and then all Europe-to 1.1 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants, with uncountable millions more to come. Merkel's catastrophically negative example is one that perhaps should be avoided by U.S. politicians who seek to avert Trump-style populism in the United States. Instead, the politician who most directly opposes Donald Trump-presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton-is doubling down on Merkelism.
Hillary Clinton's first reaction to the Supreme Court decision on executive amnesty looks at the issue exclusively and entirely from the point of view of the migrants themselves: "Today's heartbreaking #SCOTUS immigration ruling could tear apart 5 million families facing deportation. We must do better." That U.S. citizens might have different interests-and that it is the interests of citizens that deserve the highest attention of officials elected by those citizens-went unsaid and apparently unconsidered.
That overlooked a basic point: The U.K. doesn't currently have a trade deal with the U.S., despite being its largest foreign investor. Moreover, no deal seems forthcoming: The negotiations between the U.S. and the EU over the trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are going slowly, and the Brits involved in the talks are in despair.
Deals negotiated through the EU always move at the pace dictated by the most reluctant country. Italy has threatened to derail a trade deal with Australia over a spat about exports of canned tomatoes; a trade deal with Canada was held up after a row about Romanian visas. Brexit wasn't a call for a Little England. It was an attempt to escape from a Little Europe.
Note that neither Norway or Switzerland are part of the EU yet they seem to have had no problems making trade deals with other countries and even with the EU itself.
Even Al Qaeda Fears the SJWs: Al Qaeda Urges Lone Wolves to Target Whites, to Avoid 'Hate Crime' Label
It requires pathological levels of narcissism to perceive this minor throw-away in-game joke as a personal attack.
And this is based on the No-Fly List itself. Now imagine depriving someone of their second amendment rights based on it.
And just went domestic.
When I put my key in the front door it was unlocked. I thought it was strange but I made up the story that maybe I had left it unlocked just as I had left the bathroom light on. Upon entering the house I notice a pair of girls pink sandals and a black larger pair. I thought that maybe one of daughter was here because one of them has a key. Called out hello several times. I was trying to get rid of the stuff in my hand to better assess what was going on when a stranger, a woman, came barreling down the hallway and began yelling at me. I asked her who she is and why she was in my house and she said 'you know why you've been stalking me in Twitter.' Not true. At that moment I got worried that there may be someone else in the house with house with her. We have quite a few guns and lots of ammo and that's when I started to panic. Thinking that if they have one of them I could be shot. I ran out the front door and called 911. She ran out after me and began punching and scratching my trying to grab the phone out of my hand. I began screaming as loud as I could hoping someone somewhere might hear me.
How about because....they enjoy them. Which apparently is a sin in itself to feminists.
The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got electrolytes and shit.
And the whole twitter thang.
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Shocker: Judicial Watch Unveils Even More Clinton Work-Related Emails Which She, Get This, Deleted
And she's claiming those are "personal."
Indeed. Crime is a personal kind of thing.
An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.
The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin. The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton's home server, later gave her copies to the government.
The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence. They include a March 2009 message where the then-secretary of state discusses how her official records would be kept.
"I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State," Clinton wrote to Abedin and a second aide. "Who manages both my personal and official files? ... I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want."
In a blistering audit released last month, the State Department's inspector general concluded Clinton and her team ignored clear internal guidance that her email setup violated federal records-keeping standards and could have left sensitive material vulnerable to hackers.
The audit also cited a then-unreleased copy of a November 2010 email Clinton sent Abedin in which the secretary discussed using a government email account, expressing concern that she didn't want "any risk of the personal being accessible."
Meanwhile, Citizens United is also accusing the State Department of delaying the release of emails involving "Diane Reynolds," which is actually Chelsea Clinton's nom de cybercrime.
A watchdog group asked a federal court on Thursday to order the State Department to expedite its release of Chelsea Clinton-related records, arguing that at the current rate it would take the department 38 years to produce all the documents.
Citizens United has been suing the State Department to turn over correspondence between department officials and Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym “Diane Reynolds” in many of her emails. It is also asking for emails between State Department officials and the Clinton family’s long-time aides Amitabh Desai, Justin Cooper, and Oscar Flores.
The D.C. district court ordered the State Department to release portions of the records to Citizens United on a rolling basis every four weeks, but did not specify an end date to complete the production.
President of the EU Parliament Slams Britain For "Violating the Rules:" "It Is Not The EU Philosophy That The Crowd Can Decide Its Fate"
Zero Hedge also excerpts this good Matt Taibi column about "the elites" (sneer quotes definitely sneering) who are constantly seeking little exceptions to the democratic practice in certain circumstances-- those circumstances being every single time they don't get their own way.
Is it any wonder that citizens of one of the greatest and strongest nations in human history would recoil from an international order that was proving mainly that it could enrich an elite without seeming to lift a finger to preserve the nation’s core values and traditions -- the very things that had made it great and strong? Is it any wonder that citizens of other great countries are -- wondering what loyalty they owe to that same elite?
Chris Cuomo In "Full-Blown Drag Racing" Crack-Up
The "Elites" Are Revolting
Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the "elites" no longer even bothering to pretend they're interested in democracy.
The transnationalist cosmopolitans of both the left and right have tapped their Inner John Olivers and they're ready to shove aside the consent of the governed and just rule by fiat.
This is as ugly an anti-masses sentiment as I can remember. And the consequences of it are likely to be dire. Ordinary people are effectively being told they're too dumb for politics. And democracy is being treated as a negotiable commodity that can be cast aside if we the stupid people make the wrong decision. This is a species of tyranny. The mask has slipped. Our normally conscientious elite, feeling bruised and aloof after the referendum, has dispensed with its usual platitudes about "respecting all views," and shown that beneath the polite veneer there lurks an ancient fury with the least and the dumbest; with the masses; with the people.
This piece similarly collects up the "elites'" fury at their inferiors.
Third Most Spoken Language Map [CBD]
Most of them are not surprising, but a few are real head-scratchers. Pacific-Island languages in Utah?
Anyway, it's a fun diversion to try to figure out exactly why some of these languages are spoken in each state.
DoJ Mandates "Unconscious Bias" Awareness For Agents, Lawyers
The U.S. Justice Department will announce on Monday that more than 33,000 federal agents and prosecutors will receive training aimed at preventing unconscious bias from influencing their law enforcement decisions, department officials told Reuters.
The training will bring Justice Department employees in line with many local police departments across the country that have implemented bias prevention plans following a spate of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.
Nationwide protests following those shootings blamed police bias for unnecessary use of force against minorities.
Maybe part of this bias training could involve stripping the left of its right to riot. The government seems to believe the left has such a right. Over and over again, we see the left rioting without any legal consequences; now they're actually assaulting people, and even stabbing them.
And still the government gives the Space to Destroy.
Supreme Court Unanimously Sets Aside Bob McDonnell's Corruption Conviction, Saying Jury Instructions Made It Too Easy to Convict
The Court leaves intact the possibility of a new trial, so he's not out of the woods yet.
Merkel Wants to Block Countries from Following Britain Out the Door
Angela Merkel has said the EU needs to stop other countries following Britain out of the door amid market fears that the bloc is 'no longer governable' after Brexit.
The German Chancellor told her conservative party board in a conference call that it was necessary to prevent other European Union members going down the same path as Britain.
Merkel is also said to have revealed that international financial markets are concerned the EU is 'no longer governable' in the wake of Britain's exit vote.
She added that it was not the right time to pursue a quick deepening of cooperation between euro zone member states.
The EU should instead act on popular concerns such as securing the bloc's borders, creating jobs and improve internal security, she said.
By the way, a British butcher is now selling meat in pounds and ounces.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
This guy's range was impressive. From soft, gauzy works like the above, to impressionistic landscapes to crisp and detailed realism (look for "Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1"). He could do it all.
Well, he couldn't hit a curve ball, but that's beside the point.