July 22, 2017

Overnight Open Thread (22 Jul 2017)

—CDR M

I still think this is part of an effort to find out who the leakers in the IC are. Trump slams 'illegal' leak alleging Sessions discussed campaign with Russian envoy. I can totally see a IC person with access to intercepts that hates Trump seeing this come across their screen and think they hit the jackpot and must leak it to the press without verifying the document they are looking at. They can't resist the story as it too perfectly fits their narrative. Unfortunately for them, the access to such info would be limited and enables the leak hunters a smaller field to see who is violating their oath.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 07-22-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

Make 'em Laugh

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So, let's talk comedy.

I don't usually bring them up because I think that I view comedies very differently from most people. Where most people just want to laugh for 90 minutes (which is perfectly fine, by the way), I can't stop viewing movies through the prism of narrative. It's limiting and stupid, but I always pull back from a movie designed to make me laugh and my chief concern isn't "How much did I laugh?" but "How did that work as a movie?"

It's why I was lukewarm on The LEGO Batman Movie. Sure, it was funny as a collection of Batman jokes strung together, but I'm just not sure it worked that well as a movie. But, was it really supposed to be much more than a string of jokes about the history of the Caped Crusader?

So, let me provide three examples of comedies that I think work really well as movies first and comedies second.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread (Featuring Dress Pr0n) 07-22-2017

—OregonMuse

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Wake Up Call In Wonderland
Michael Cheval


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. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, I pick out a few lovely, modest, conservative dresses for the 'ettes to admire and appraise. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a bout of poo flinging on a Saturday afternoon.


Problem 1 - Black To Play (530)

Hint: Black mates in 2


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Sneak a beverage past that vicious guard dog above and enjoy!

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Trying to play it cool [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Near the end of June, Lurker Nancy sent in the photo above, with this note:

Here are some cactus blooms in my garden this morning. I got this as a cutting from an elderly neighbor in Tucson so I don't have a name for it, but we brought it with us to Peoria, AZ and it is doing quite well in its new place.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Feeling Good with Other People's Money (State Edition) [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Serving your mid-day open thread needs

Great. It looks like the State of California is bailing out Tesla. "Tesla will soon hit the limit of the federal tax rebates . . . . "

It's not like things are going well enough in California that the government can afford to bail out billionaires. Could this be a case of escapism, as suggesting by VDH? State government distracting itself from its real problems?

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good Morning Morons.

Wow, it's Saturday again. Time to see what has happened in our world that didn't get too much attention here at the AoSHQ this past week.

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EMT 07/22/17

—krakatoa

EMT amongst yourselves. Try not to spill coffee in the hut, and mind your head around the Storm trooper wind chimes. Did anyone else notice those cute fuzzy ewoks were about to eat Han, and did eat some troopers?

But they're the good guys. Mmhmm.

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Overnight Open Thread (21 Jul 2017)

—CDR M

FTC probing allegations of Amazon's deceptive discounting. Too many folks focus on percentage supposedly saved and not on the reference price trend of the item before the "sale".

An analysis found that in 61 percent of products with reference prices, Amazon's reference prices were higher than it had sold the same product in the previous 90 days, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to the FTC dated July 6.

Also, their QA process has some issues. I ordered something electronic advertised as new and I received a previously opened item as the outside sticker had been sliced already, the device inside the box was upside down, the usb cable was a mess, and there was a missing screw on the bottom. A friend of mine the next day had the same issue of a "new" item having been previously opened.

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The Chickens Have Come Home to Chew Gum and Kick Ass and They're All Out of Gum

—Ace


Terrible day of work by me, but unlike many people online, I could GAF about the Russia story and I'm not going to pretend otherwise.

Night!

Posted by Ace at 08:15 PM Comments

Moaning and Complaining Thread

—Ace

I forgot how much I liked complaining about minor things that are barely worth mentioning, let alone having an emotional reaction to.

I know the last post is about this, but it's kind of specific to WhiteWalkers, so how about a thread about anything -- the more minor the better -- that annoys you?

Oh, as I need some content (I guess) here's an article about the sin of Mansplaining.

One thing I say nowadays is "Don't explain it to me -- mansplain it to me."

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Posted by Ace at 06:12 PM Comments

WhiteWomanWalking: A New Source of National Racism

—Ace

Yeah, so this black guy is complaining that white women do not move out of his way when he's walking (actually, he specifies that he thinks that correct walking etiquette is for both parties to slightly deviate out of each other's way), and the New York Times thinks this is proof that most white women in New York City are racist.

Well, most progressives are racist, more racist than almost anybody, but put that off for now.

Back in college, a friend of mine, who was a giant, and I don't mean fat, I mean over six and a half feet tall of threatening muscle and bone, was always complaining that girls just did not bother to get out of his way at all. He was always the one who'd have to change course. He was annoyed, not just at the discourtesy (I imagine he'd agree with with the "we should both move a half step out of each other's way" rule), but because, as he would say -- being a giant and all -- "What do these 90 pound girls think would happen if I just plowed forth like they do? Who do they imagine would end up on the ground in such a collision?"

I've been noticing this a lot myself lately, and just said to myself -- well, thought to myself, but thought it so hard that it was pre-verbal, ready to be spoken aloud -- "Am I the only person who adjusts his path to avoid collisions with people walking the other way now?"

I did get annoyed at frequently having to make adjustments to avoid collisions that, as far as I could tell, no one else on the street seemed to have much concern about.

And I remembered my friend's 20+ year old complaint.

I'm not sure if the Walking Offenders were mostly women or white. Well, I know they weren't mostly white. Mostly they were Hispanic (just the neighborhood I was in when I noticed it-- not saying all hispanics do this. Just on this day, at this hour.)

Anyway, based on my limited experience:

Yeah, girls in particular seem to not really care about the whole "Colliding bodies" thing when walking down the street. Maybe it's just that men naturally get out of the way, and so they've tended to not even notice the need for small deviations in course.

And maybe men are just better about this whole "we both yield" thing because we know, if someone does not yield, men tend to take that as a challenge -- I own you; I dominate you; what are you gonna do about it, bitch, and wut dat mouth for? -- and we guys know that that sort of thing can quickly escalate in confrontation we probably weren't particularly looking for.

But it doesn't seem to be a racial thing. I'm white, and a lot of nonwhite people seem to be determined to walk a straight line whether someone's on the exact same straight line or not.

It is annoying, thought. And I, much like my giant of a college pal, did begin wondering: Maybe I should just lay down a marker here and walk right on through these other people, these non-yielders.

But anyway, just thought you should know, in addition to Mansplaining, we now have to worry about Whitewomanwalking.

BTW, one day in college, my giant friend was a bit lit up, and two guys --smaller than him, as most men are -- were doing the same no-polite-yielding thing, so out of nowhere, as they approached their inevitable collision, he did not merely permit the collision to go ahead as scheduled, but actually cocked back his hip and shoulder and delivered a full-body, full-strength, head-on body-check to one of the guys, center chest, while, just to make sure the guy knew it was completely intentional, exclaiming "BOOM!"

The guy went fucking flying with this grinning giant yelling "BOOM!" as he spun around the sidewalk and then flopped on to his ass.

My giant friend just said something like "I want to do that literally every single day."

Anyway, people should probably have a better sense of their surroundings and greater politeness in pedestrian yielding because my large friend is still out there and probably delivering the occasional painful shock of Street Decorum to people who annoy him.

Posted by Ace at 04:47 PM Comments

Reuters Now Running Live Video From Outside Sean Spicer's House

—Ace


Gee, I can't tell they have a Hit List they're running through one by one at all.

It seems like a slow news day. Though that doesn't excuse Reuters. But it looks like it's just going to be nothing stories like this today.

Unless you've got something -- let me know in the comments if you do.

Posted by Ace at 02:51 PM Comments

UC Berkeley Refuses to Allow Ben Shapiro to Speak, Citing "Safety" Concerns, AKA "Antifa and BLM Are Going to Riot and We Respect Their Hecklers' Veto"

—Ace

Free speech is no longer part of the American experience.

David Harsanyi writes at the Federalist that the right to free speech is indeed endangered. And this isn't just a rhetorical claim; the right to free speech is really, genuinely likely to be eroded into a dead letter within 5 to 10 years.

Posted by Ace at 01:34 PM Comments

Sean Spicer Resigns Over Trump's Appointment of Tony Scaramucci As Director of Communications

—Ace

Scaramucci is already known as a "ferocious" defender of Trump on cable news, so Trump figures he should get paid for it. Apparently Spicer and Priebus objected, noting that Scaramucci had no organizational or political experience.

Spicer resigned rather than be a subordinate to Scaramucci.

I get the "doesn't have organizational or political experience" thing, but the problem is: Most people with that experience tend to be, in policy positions at least, anti-Trump, or at least coming to the job with the idea that they will subvert Trump's agenda into a conventional insider Republican agenda.

I think Trump's tired of such folks telling him he can't do this or that but can only choose from Establishment Approved Options A and B.

Posted by Ace at 12:48 PM Comments

Remembrances Of Things Past

—OregonMuse

OH MY GOD!! IT'S THE OZONE HOLE!!! WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!


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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!


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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Portrait Of Nathaniel Hurd
John Singleton Copley

So...John...you're going to make me look good. Right?"

"And the hat. I rock the hat. Don't forget!"

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TGIF Morning News Dump (7/21/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Woot-Woot It's Friday)

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Long time Morons know that your humble Cob detests John McCain, the politician. He has served his country basically all of his life. We've been advised that he is facing the fight of his life.

Opinion based sites can put forth their opinions about the man. But, the MSM is supposed to report news not make shit up on a man.
Nothing like a cheap shot against him via the MSM. Then they wonder why we hate their guts.

Fake news and a cheap shot against the least Republican of all Republicans.

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One Small Step for Thursday's ONT

—WeirdDave

“Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed”


On July 20th, 1969, the lunar module Eagle touched down on the moon, and mankind took their first steps off planet Earth. This is, in fact, my earliest memory. I was 2 ½ at the time, and I remember my mother sitting me down in front of the big old RCA console TV to watch grainy footage of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder. A half a billion other humans watched with me as the world held its collective breath.


"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."



We come in peace, for all mankind

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LGBT Megadonor Pouring Millions Into Campaign to Punish Christians for Refusing to Participate in Gay Weddings; "Punish the Wicked," Xe Advises

—Ace

Pretty soon you'll have to give same-sex oral sex on demand or face legal punishment.

Openly gay LGBT activist Tim Gill, who has poured $422 million into the homosexual movement since the 1990s, recently told Rolling Stone why he won't allow Christians to opt out of participating in same-sex weddings.

"We're going to punish the wicked," Gill told Rolling Stone. After the 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage across the country, Gill turned his activism apparatus against religious freedom restoration acts (RFRAs) and toward a legal mentality that would penalize Christians, and anyone else in business, who refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding.

He, and Rolling Stone, frame this as a heroic battle against those who would deny gays "public accommodations."

But it's a very limited sort of denial -- it's just people, Christian and otherwise, who don't want to be part of gay weddings:

The "public accommodations" push is exactly the line LGBT activists use to undercut Christians' freedom to opt out of serving same-sex weddings.

I'm not really kidding when I say the only way Gay Activists won't be #Triggered and #Oppressed is if everyone agrees to their demands to experiment with some light homosexuality themselves.

As evidence for this: a 20 year old quote from Dumb Actor Ben Affleck resurfaced. Back then, he said the "greatest challenge" for a male actor was having to kiss another man.

You know -- because straight men have -- get this! -- a real psychological and biological aversion to any intimate touching of another male.

But he's being hectored about it, because their idea of sexual freedom requires your sexual subjugation.

Posted by Ace at 08:08 PM Comments

Samantha Power Is Now a Key Figure in Unmasking Probe

—Ace

She was the Ambassador to the UN. She wasn't an intelligence analyst and wasn't law enforcement.

She just didn't have any appropriate reason to be requesting the unmaskings she requested.

Power appears to be central to efforts by top Obama administration officials to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources.

...

Power's role in this unmasking effort is believed to be particularly questionable given her position as the U.N. ambassador, a post that does not typically require such sensitive unmasking activities, according to former U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter.

"Unmasking is not a regular occurrence--absolutely not a weekly habit. It is rare, even at the National Security Council, and ought to be rarer still for a U.N. ambassador," according to one former senior U.S. official who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

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"That's just not the sort of thing that she should have been concerned about, unless she was playing the role of political operative with the help of the intelligence community," [a] source said. "It gives away what was actually going on: the Obama administration was operating in a pervasive culture of impunity and using the intelligence community against their political opponents."

Rep. DeSantis continues showing spine:

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"I think Congress and some members on the Intelligence Committee can call Ben Rhodes to testify," DeSantis said. "He may be able to invoke executive privilege from when Obama was president, but he definitely can't do that in any interactions he's had since then."

Whether or not they subpeona him is up to Trent Gowdy -- and whether he has a spine, or just wants to get along with his Good Friends.

Posted by Ace at 06:57 PM Comments

Al Gore, When Asked If We've Hit a Point of No Return Like He Previously Predicted We Would: Well, In Some Ways. But the Paris Accords Changed So Much!

—Ace

God's gonna take me home unless you donate $100,000 to my ministry.

Wait -- we're at $90,000. God now says you have a two week extension to donate, and if you donate now, He'll give you Heavenly Oven Mitts, free of charge. (Shipping costs extra.)

Back with a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore reflected on his 2006 prediction that “the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years” if “drastic measures” were not taken to combat climate change.

Gore was asked why he made that prediction in the first film and if he has another prediction to make about climate change now 11 years later.

“First of all, we’ve seen a lot of progress since the first movie came out. We have the Paris agreement now. The cost of renewable energy has come down so quickly that people are switching over. Unfortunately, some levels of the Earth system have crossed a point of no return,” Gore said during an interview with PJM on the green carpet of the An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power screening Wednesday evening at the Newseum.

Video of a fat man sweating at the link.

Oh by the way: Science-denying transexual advocate Bill Nye says the only way now to save the earth is to hope for old people to die.

I assume he doesn't mean himself or Al Gore, who are old. And also, unattractive.

Just pointing that out.

"Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational," Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with "due respect," acknowledging that he is "now one of them."

"We're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out,' as they say," Nye went on, adding that "age out" is a euphemism for "die." "But it'll happen, I guarantee you — that'll happen."

By the way -- remember that cringepocalypse "song" and "dance" number Bill Nye had on his show, celebrating transexualism and deviant sex of all varieties?

On a show that seems primarily interested in propagandizing to children? (Both of the "real children" type and Adult Baby Monster type?)

It was "sung" by Rachel Bloom, a "comedienne" chiefly famous for having big jugs, singing stupid children's songs about want to have nerd sex, and not being so attractive that nerds think they couldn't maybe have a shot with her.

“Sexuality’s a spectrum, everyone is on it. Even you might like it if you sit up on it,” Bloom sings on stage as Nye can be seen off-stage dancing. “Drag king, drag queen just do what feels right.”

Yeah -- he got an Emmy nomination for that shit.

Trust your betters.

Posted by Ace at 06:03 PM Comments

Swamp Gonna Swamp: Official State Department Report Suggests Israel Is Responsible for Palestinian Murders of Israelis

—Ace

The Deep State doesn't care who the current president is, or what policies that democratically-elected person supports.

They have their own agenda, their own power sources, and a near-freedom from any consequences due to pretty-much guaranteed lifetime tenure and a political class too cowardly to put them in their places. Or better yet out of their places.

he State Department is facing harsh criticism for claiming in an official report that Israel is to blame for terrorism attacks committed by Palestinians and accusing the Jewish state of being largely responsible for an impasse in peace negotiations, according to a leading member of Congress who is calling on the State Department to correct its "inaccurate and harmful" characterization of Israel.

The State Department, in its latest annual report on the global terrorism situation, blames Israeli security policies for stalling the peace process and claims that Palestinians rarely incite terror attacks.

The claims are coming under fierce criticism from pro-Israel advocates and have prompted one leading member of Congress to formally call on the Trump administration to amend the report to more accurately reflect the situation.

McMasters, Tillerson, and Mattis should all be fired, in that order, with the possibility that the later two will learn from the first firing and correct themselves.

They're disasters. It's interesting that the Establishment GOPe took such comfort in the appointments of McMasters and Mattis, when most of the people I trust told me they were disasters from the moment they were named.

Posted by Ace at 05:32 PM Comments

Dumber and Dumberer

—OregonMuse

Sally Kohn: I wonder how delusional I can get? I know, how about this:


Allan Ishac: Hold my beer.

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OJ Simpson Granted Parole; Exuberantly Shouts "I'm Goin' to Disneyland and Killing Some Folks!"

—Ace

So, the Juice is loose again.

Testifying at his parole hearing, he said he'd lived a "conflict free" life and not a "criminal life."

He also said he intended to move back to Florida if granted parole, which sounds an awful lot like a threat.

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Photo credit: The National Enquirer.

Based on that photo, OJ has finally found the Real Killer, and the real killer turns out to be pre-diabetic syndrome.


Posted by Ace at 02:46 PM Comments

Louise Mensch is a Strange Bird

—Ace

Charles C. W. Cooke on the left's favorite conspiracy theorist, who doesn't get nearly the (negative) coverage that Alex Jones does.

Because the left likes its own conspiracy theories.

Mensch reads like a woman who speaks civics as a third or fourth language that she lost touch with long ago. She has a pidgin grasp on the American [systems of government and criminal justice], and an ersatz, bastardized relationship with reality.

One part novella-fantasy, one part hallway-hearsay, Mensch's world is one in which an ethereal "they" are omnipresent and omnipotent. "They," she tells us, are considering executing Steve Bannon, though he hasn’t been charged with so much as speeding in a school zone.

Executing? Did I read that right?

"They" have already "sentenced" Rudy Giuliani -- to what fate we will presumably find out when someone next mentions his name on television. "They" will soon overturn the election results, and are on the verge of making Orrin Hatch president.

Donald Trump, in turn, is perennially but a few steps from the gallows. On the 13th of April, Mensch promised that the "first arrests may be as soon as next week." Yesterday, she related that the president faced imminent "federal execution."

I'm not fantasizing this, right? She just said that two high ranking officials are facing "federal execution," right?

Presumably, "they" just needed some more time.

Usurpation abounds, at home and abroad, and seems never to be walled in by anything as prosaic as the law. Mensch’s Supreme Court has proactive police powers and a Bruce Willis–esque "marshal" who chases down helicopters and colludes heroically with the rogue justices. Her Congress acts primarily in camera [secretly, without the public being informed], and may already have informed Trump that he is no longer permitted to use his legal powers....

The America of Mensch’s imagination is a place in which the entire Republican party is imminently going to jail -- on RICO charges, no less -- because Paul Ryan is a partisan. What the Da Vinci Code was to Christian theology, Louise Mensch is to James Madison's handiwork. See how the symbols line up in the moonlight?

It is on the subject of Russia, however, that Mensch has really hit her stride.

I'll direct you to NRO to read Mensch's extensive research into Russia (KOMPROMAT!!!), and her suggestions as to how to deal with the Red Menace. (Hint: It involves bombs and lots of them.)

Will Megyn Kelly be interviewing Louise, or is NBC not terribly interested in putting their own fruitbats on display?

Cooke mentions that upon first seeing this teenage-girl fiction writer (no that was her previous gig, really) on a British news program, his father remarked that she was the "dullest" woman he'd ever seen (in the British sense -- dumb).

So now we see the sorts of fantasies the dull spin out: Not interesting fantasies, not compelling conspiracy theories which you may not quite believe but still think, "Man, that's kind of interesting, even if it is bonkers."

No, the dull spin out exceedingly stupid conspiracy theories that can't even be appreciated on a detached aesthetic level.

BTW: I wondered where the word "bonkers" derived from and was disappointed to see that there is no known etymology. Apparently it appeared in 1945 or so, and one of the first definitions claimed it came from British sailor slang meaning, at first, "slightly drunk," and speculates it might derive from the idea of being unsteady on one's feet from a bonk on the head.

That sounds like bullshit to me. It's too easy. Sounds like the guy asked his seven year old kid to come up with a guess and that's what the kid came up with after one second's thought.

My guess would be that it's derived from some pidgin language and has something to do with tropical insanity, like the Australian's "troppo."

My more specific guess, that it is related to "bonzo" (crazy, nuts), turns out to be wrong, as bonzo came later than bonkers, and might just be a mash-up of bonkers and gonzo.

Posted by Ace at 02:01 PM Comments

Office of Special Counsel: US Postal Service Broke Campaign Laws By Permitting Workers Leave to Campaign for Hillary

—Ace

#ButRussia.

The United States Postal Service violated federal law by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton's campaign and other Democratic candidates while on leave from the agency, according to an Office of Special Counsel report obtained by Fox News.

The OSC determined the USPS "engaged in systemic violations" of the Hatch Act, a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. While employees are allowed to do some political work on leave, the report said the Postal Service showed a "bias" favoring the union's 2016 campaign operation.

The investigation was launched months ago after Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., brought constituent complaints to the OSC in October. The constituent, identified as a USPS employee, was concerned the Postal Service “incurred unnecessary overtime costs” and “improperly coordinated” with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) when it released members for several weeks of “union official” leave without pay to participate in campaign work.

“The Labor 2016 program sought to ‘elect Hillary Clinton and pro-worker candidates across the country,’” the report said...

BTW: Man, that last post by Oregon Muse (quoting Thomas Wictor).

If you haven't read it, do read it.

Posted by Ace at 12:41 PM Comments

It's Much Worse Than We Feared

—OregonMuse

Interesting tweet-storm:

Below the fold, I lifted the text out of the follow-up tweets to save load time. Prepare to be really depressed:


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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:21 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Promenade En Automne
Marie-François Firmin-Girard

How does one start a painting such as this?

"How many leaves do I need to paint? Screw it, I'm going to the café."

Posted by CBD at 09:35 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (7/19/17) Some Kind of An Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The USA. It's still the greatest country!)


*****


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

And I’ve learned from my experience that desire is 80% of achievement. That if you really, really want something, if you really, really, really want to do something, that the vast majority of achieving it is wanting it. I mean, really wanting it. Not a preference, and not, “Gee, I hope this.” I mean really wanting it. It is the desire that makes you do what you have to do to achieve. Rush Limbaugh


Limbaugh commenting on the Quisling Senate GOP and their "effort" to repeal Obamacare.


Quote II

We all know that Social Security is one of this country's greatest success stories in the 20th century. Mitch McConnell


Brilliant!!!!


Quote III

Without question, the Red Ryder BB gun is the most important gun in the history of American weaponry. Ted Nugent


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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:02 PM Comments

Heroic Dog Saves Drowning Fawn (But Then Kind of Won't Leave the Poor Terrified Thing Alone)

—Ace

The dog seems to want to make sure it's okay, and tries to nose it into playing, but the scared fawn is just trying to play dead and/or recover.

Still, nice doggie!

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Posted by Ace at 08:21 PM Comments

Pro-Jihad, Sharia-Supporting, Hamas-Backing Progressive Antihero Linda Sarsour Says Jake Tapper Has Joined the "Alt-Right" for Daring to Criticize the Women's March's Embrace of Terrorist Murderer Joanna Chesimond

—Ace

Red on red -- I'm just hoping for injuries.

And injuries were had:

Sarsour responded by saying that Tapper has joined “the ranks of the alt-right to target me online.” (There is no evidence to suggest that Tapper is a member of the alt-right.) “Welcome to the party,” she added.


Sarsour challenged Tapper to “please share” evidence of her ugly sentiments. “Unapologetically Muslim? Unapologetically Palestinian? Pro-immigrant? Pro-justice?” she asked. “Shame.”

Tapper responded by pointing to comments Sarsour made about activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who frequently speaks out against radical Islam. Sarsour expressed her desire to take Ali’s vagina away, saying she doesn’t deserve to be a woman. Ali is a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) and has spoken out against the brutal practice.

I know a lot of people on the Cheap Date Right are praising Tapper for having the courage to offer a tepid criticism (on Twitter) about the Women's March's embrace of a terrorist murderer, but is that really the only crumbs we're demanding now?

Has he done a segment on his nationally available TV show about it? I honestly don't know. I haven't seen reference to that, just a CYA twitter mention.

Can we do more than endeavor to persevere?

Posted by Ace at 07:22 PM Comments

Supreme Court Offers Muddled Response to Hawaiian Judge's Judicial-Fiat Rewriting of the Travel Ban

—Ace

The Hawaiian judge made a couple of rulings. First, he found that the government's definition of a "bona fide relationship" to a US citizen was too restrictive -- limited to parents, children, siblings and spouses -- and opened it up to... practically everyone.

Watson subsequently expanded the definition of "bona fide relationship" to include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, or siblings-in-law.

Then he claimed that the US could not limit immigrants who had a "formal assurance" from a refugee assistance group. Which seems to me to be something he just sorta made up on the spot.

The Supreme Court blocked that second ruling, but seems to have made no judgment on the first -- for now. The case will continue to be litigated at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has well-earned its nickname of the "Ninth Circus." After that, the Supreme Court will have the chance to review their ruling as well.

The Supreme Court did decline a DOJ request for a clarification of the Supreme Court order putting most of the travel ban into place -- about what they meant by a "bona fide relationship." What does that mean, exactly?

A lot of outlets are reporting this as some sort of victory for the left. I don't think so. I think the Supreme Court routinely declines to decide until the correct procedural moment for deciding, which in this case would be after the Ninth Circuit's review.

However, they could have struck the Hawaiian judge's order on this point down, but declined to do so.

But perhaps that's because they thought the issue was currently moot -- as the State Department, of course, has rewritten its rules of who is permitted in under the "bona fide relationship" exemption to include all the distant relations the Hawaiian judge ordered.

Thus, at this moment, there really isn't a bona fide dispute over the question, which is something essential for a Supreme Court ruling, particularly on an emergency basis (as such injunctions are).

All in all, basically a rap against the Hawaiian judge, with additional questions put off until the Ninth Circuit writes up its completely error-ridden opinion.

Posted by Ace at 06:06 PM Comments

Claremont McKenna College Gives a Few Disruptive SJWs Suspensions for Shutting Down a Heather MacDonald Speech

—Ace

Some of these punishments are pretty decent and fit the crime -- a full year of suspension from college is a penalty that fits the crime, and is no joke.

But only three students got that penalty -- out of approximately 170 individuals who participated in the shut-down.

Four other students were penalized -- one barely. Three got a semester's suspension, which is barely a penalty. Another got probation -- which is not a penalty. It's a Formal Declaration of Getting a Strong Talking To.

The other 163 or so have walked with no penalty -- some because they couldn't be identified (and hey, I guess it's time to prohibit masks at demonstrations, huh, upon penalty of suspension or even expulsion...?).

There are two common suggestions for deterring crime:

1. Making the penalty so stiff no one thinks about breaking the law.

2. Increase detection/capture rates so that a much larger portion of law-breakers are sanctioned.

Studies prove that #2 works, and #1 barely works at all. A huge penalty is so huge that everyone assumes "That won't happen to me." Also, there are serious concerns of fairness -- a penalty should be based on the severity of the crime itself. You get into a dubious morality when you say you're going to penalize something much more harshly than the crime warrants, just to "send a message" to other law-breakers.

Penalties should be about individual justice, not "sending messages." It's not really fair if 99% of lawbreakers are not punished at all, and then 1% gets some outsized penalty to make up for all the non-penalties the ones you didn't catch got away with.

So a one year suspension for trying to shut down other students' right to hear a speaker -- sounds good.

But this isn't going to be any kind of deterrent if just 1.5% of the malefactors are punished. You need to catch, and suspend, 25% or more of them to restore order.

And I'm assuming the ones suspended did not commit actual crimes of violence. If they did, then a one year suspension is far too light -- they should be handed over to the police to get their criminal record colored up a bit, and maybe spend some time in the iron-bar college.

Posted by Ace at 04:34 PM Comments

Trump to Senate: Cancel Your August Recess and Get Obamacare Repeal Done

—Ace

Yes, they should, but of course they won't.

President Trump told GOP senators at the White House on Wednesday that they should cancel their August recess and not leave town until acting to repeal ObamaCare.

"We shouldn't leave town until this is complete," he said during a lunch at the White House. "We should hammer this out and get it done."

Trump also said that repeal isn't enough, and that Republicans should also replace ObamaCare with new legislation.

Repeal makes sense strategically (as well as being the fulfillment of a campaign promise): Once Obamacare is gone (assuming with a 1 or 2 year grace period where it will still be in effect), Democrats will no longer be able to interpose Obamacare as an alternative to any new plan proposed. It will be gone. The choice will not be between Obamacare and some new reform, but between the new reform and nothing at all.

Which puts huge pressure on Democrats to play ball.

Imagine a finicky cat who won't eat the cat food. Well, take the cat food away for a day and he's going to become a whole lot less finicky about it.

You can't beat something with nothing, they say. A corollary to that is this: It's easy to beat nothing with something.

Right now the argument is between Obamacare and "Something Else," with a lot of people invested in protecting Obama's legacy.

We should make the argument between nothing and Something Else.

Easier fight to win, and would give us genuine leverage for our main reforms.

However, two Republican liars and charlatans -- Lisa Murvieski and Shelley Capoto -- have announced that they were lying all along and just want Obamacare. They will not agree to any repeal (with details of a new plan to be worked out later) because, I posit, they want the Democrats to always have the leverage of saying #ButObamacare and thereby defeating any alternative to it.

Patterico says it's time to put money into primary challengers for both of them, and I agree.

Posted by Ace at 03:15 PM Comments

Charlie Gard Granted Permanent Legal Residence in US for Treatment, but UK Doctors Still Think He Should Be "Permitted to Die"

—Ace

The judge-appointed expert attempted to explain to his UK doctors why he thought treatment was viable and should be attempted-- but they still want to pull the plug without all that "first do no harm" baggage weighting them down.

The digest from the Daily Mail:

Charlie has been given permanent US residence so he can fly there for treatment

Connie Yates and Chris Gard release photo of Charlie 'looking' at a colourful toy

Charlie Gard's doctors are still convinced that he should be allowed to die

The medics failed to be persuaded by American neuroscientist Dr Michio Hirano

Dr Hirano had spent five and a half hours trying to talk round Charlie's doctors

Posted by Ace at 01:26 PM Comments

Insane: New DOJ Directive Presses Forward with Unconstitutional Civil Asset Forfeiture Policy Even in States Where the Unconstitutional Practice is Banned by State Law

—Ace



Posted by Ace at 12:13 PM Comments

The Return of Gorillapundit

—OregonMuse


talking ape.jpg"So Huffpo is going to be sending out a bunch of hipster doofus reporters on a 'listening tour' of flyover country in September. Sounds like a complete waste of time, because you know those clueless urban d-bags aren't going to get anything out of it that they haven't already brought with them, but who knows, maybe in some small town somewhere, they'll find a husband for Arianna who isn't a big homo."

Heh. According to this Derek Hunter article I pulled from the sidebar, the courageous HuffPo adventurers are limiting themselves to the blue enclaves of the American flyover counter.

This is like saying you're going to visit Texas to find out what *real* Texans are like by limiting your visit to Austin.

And below the fold, a progressive guy is made to live up to his own rules:

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