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August 27, 2014

"Sons of Guns" Cancelled After Host Charged With Raping 11 Year Old Girl Almost "Daily"

—Ace

Terrible.

I have to head out for a reunion with my hookers family so I'm knocking off very early today.

Posted by Ace at 05:51 PM Comments



As Obama Offers "Don't Do Stupid Shit" Theory of Foreign Policy, His Dwindling Band of Disciple-Defenders Offer "Shit Happens" Theory of Geopolitics

—Ace

Echoing Norma Desmond, Obama's SuperFans insist, "Obama is big. It's the United States that has gotten small."

Nobody's Fault
Liberals make excuses for Obama
BY NOEMIE EMERY

All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn't the president's fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell. Mysterious forces conspired against him, terrible setbacks occurred for no reason, and we were left with effects without a cause...

Of course, Obama's defenders note that he is currently beleaguered by something that no US president has ever contended with in all of US history: A divided Congress.

She looks at the minor little bother confronting Truman after WWII, to wit, the expansionist Soviet Empire, and notes that previous presidents have in fact faced "nuance-drenched problems," as one liberal defender of Obama calls his difficulties.

Here she gets to the heart of it:

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When Republicans fail, it's always their fault, but when things fall apart under Democrats, larger forces are always at work. In the first volume of his work, Reagan biographer Steven F. Hayward took a stroll with us down memory lane to the last time this happened, under one James Earl Carter: "The job of President is too difficult for any single person because of the complexity of the problems and the size of government," pronounced the historian Barbara Tuchman. "As the country goes to the polls in the 47th national election, the Presidency as an institution is in serious trouble," wrote the columnist Joseph Kraft...

If liberals felt compelled to protect a peanut farmer from Georgia, what must they feel for an Ivy League-trained exotic from Hyde Park, a man of the world and messiah, a speaker and writer, but never a doer; themselves, in short, to the ultimate power; themselves as they dreamed they could be? And that is the problem: If he fails, then they fail, and that cannot happen. So the fault is in the stars, in the cards, in unfair expectations--anywhere but where it should be.

And why does the God fail?

Because he's not a god, of course.

I found this interesting:

His supporters argue that his approach has been consistent with his strategy of returning the United States -- after post-Sept. 11 wars -- to a foreign policy built around economic engagement rather than military intervention. The question, though, is whether he is contradicting the pledge embraced in his 2009 Nobel Prize lecture: "to face the world as it is," not as he would like it to be.

"He thought he could change the tenor more easily than he could, and I think he thought the world would be more responsive to his desires than the world has proven to be," said Jon B. Alterman, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

This explains Obama's failures as well as anything else: He speaks his platitudes with the zest of a man who thinks his audience is hearing all this for the first time, and he thinks his Magic Words can move mountains.

And he has no Plan B for when this fails.

And this fails always.

And would-be gods are narcissistic things, and cannot admit their failures.

Posted by Ace at 04:18 PM Comments



Al Michaels: Bob Costas Really Needs to Drink a Tall Cold Glass of Shut Your Fat Mouth You Chubby Pisher Juice

—Ace

Or words to that effect.

He spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about competition from the new Thursday Night Football show on CBS.


How do you plan to handle the Washington Redskins nickname controversy on the air?

Gaudelli: Just like we handled it last year. No one's tuning in to the game to hear our opinion on should the name be changed or should the name be left the way it is. We're doing the game; it's really not under our jurisdiction to be weighing in. If we were a studio show, it would be different.

Lazarus: [Costas] did that, so we don't need to address it again. It was only relevant for Bob to do it in that game [Oct. 13, 2013] because that was the first game after the controversy bubbled up again, and it was a Redskins game.

Michaels: You should have seen Twitter on Bob that night, but that's a whole other story. Our audience wants to watch a football game, and all you really do to fans when they're watching the game, if you go in that direction, is piss 'em off. They don't want to be lectured to -- period.

I assume this "Lazarus" has some connection to Costas and so was trying to put in a kind word for the preening jackass.

Corrected: No, they were talking about whether CBS' new Thursday Night Football show would be competition for their continuing Sunday Night Football show.

Which makes Michaels' dig a bit edgier, as they're co-workers at NBC, I guess.

It also explains why Lazarus, whoever that is, speaks of "we" making the previous statement on the Redskins' name.

Thanks to Buzzion for that correction.

Posted by Ace at 02:58 PM Comments

Your Daily Dumbass

—Ace

I'm sure you all cheat on me with other blogs (don't insult us both by denying it) so I know you know there's currently an internet game for charity. The idea is that you're supposed to dump a bucket of ice water over your head to raise awareness for ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's Disease.

I'm even more sure you've already betrayed me by watching Kate Upton's participation.

So some guys wanted to do the ice bucket challenge, but, being Men, they wanted to give it a Difficulty Factor of 9, and maybe get a Viral Video out of it, so they could be famous and have sex with loose women.

Being Men, they thought "What could make our ice bucket video awesome?" and being Men they immediately answered themselves: "Fire. Why, Fire makes everything awesome!"

Fire, and personal endangerment.

What happens next is as predictable as it is glorious.

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Posted by Ace at 01:58 PM Comments

CNN: Hey, You Know There's Always an Outside Chance That Our Fake Audio Might Be Real

—Ace

A CNN time-waster was interviewing two law enforcement experts on the alleged Michael Brown Shooting Audio. You know the one that goes, "You are so pretty. You're so fine."

So CNN was asking two guys who know nothing about the case to speculate about an unconfirmed alleged audio from an unidentified man.

The experts both expressed their strong doubts that the audio was real.

The CNN time-waster had a strong rebuttal, though.

After the first guest says it's most likely a hoax, and might just be a Howard Stern prankster, he allows, more out of politeness than conviction, "But it could be real."

The CNN timewaster echoes this thought hopefully: "But it could be."

CNN

Hey, it could be real.

Ya never know.


By the way, if this is proven to be fake, let me put a bee in the bonnet of the technically skilled:

Isolate the "You are so pretty, you're so fine" audio, and then add in, in background, the sounds of Mario gobbling up coins and jumping from mushrooms, and we can present it to the world as "AUDIO: Deranged Plumber Goes on Hallucinogen-Fueled Looting Spree."

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Posted by Ace at 01:09 PM Comments

Feds Spending $1,000,000 to Build Database to Track "False and Misleading Ideas" on the Internet

—Ace

Via MKH, you might not be interested in government, but be certain, government is interested in you.

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track "misinformation" and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor "suspicious memes" and what it considers "false and misleading ideas," with a major focus on political activity online.

The "Truthy" database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to "detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution."

...

They're about to use a surprising word. That word is "subversive." In years past, "subversive" was a joke on the left -- they viewed the term as a fascist meme intended to delegitimize criticism of the state and essentially criminalize dissent.

In other words, they were against government attempts to suppress what it called "subversive speech."

How times change.

"This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate," the grant said.

Also note the Orwellian phraseology -- the government's monitoring of citizen political speech is supposed to "assist in the preservation of open debate."

Uh-huh.

I always know I'm engaging in "open debate" when I feel the hot breath of a government censor on the back of my neck.

This is scary, and the government should not be funding this. The government should have no truck with efforts to monitor the political speech of its subjects, I mean, I guess we're supposed to still call them "citizens."

If the university wants to cook up yet another "Rightwingers are all crazy liars" fake study, that's their business.

But the government should not be paying for this, and should not have an ownership interest in the fruits of monitoring citizen speech.

Posted by Ace at 12:15 PM Comments

How To Get A 3000% Return On Your Investment: Invest In Politicians

—DrewM.

Over at the Free Beacon (it's "beacon" not "bacon", settle down) Lachlan Markay takes a look at how the "private" Space X operation has turned a few thousand dollars in campaign donations and $300,000 or so in lobbying fees into tens of millions of dollars in subsidies for a proposed spaceport in south Texas.

Space Exploration Technologies, commonly known as SpaceX, will receive more than $15 million in public financing to build a launch pad in Cameron County, near the Mexican border.

The subsidies came after SpaceX’s founder, billionaire tech mogul and pop technologist Elon Musk, made campaign contributions to key state lawmakers and hired lobbyists with ties to Austin.

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A prolific political donor, he began pouring money into the campaigns of key state lawmakers. On November 7, 2012, he donated $1,000 to state representative Rene Oliveira (D). Two weeks later, he gave state senator Eddie Lucio Jr. (D) $2,000.

The next month, the Associated Press reported that Lucio and Oliveira were working to secure state backing for a potential SpaceX launch pad in Brownsville.

Pure coincidence no doubt. Read the whole article to see how a few Lakers tickets and nights out on the town turn into massive government subsidies for a private company.

Sure it's good for these legislators' districts to have this kind of business there but what about other business that can't afford the six figure lobbyists who guide rich business types through the political machinery?

I'm not naive to think this sort of stuff hasn't gone on forever and will go on forever, it's simply human nature. That's why making government at levels as small as possible is so important.

What does continue to surprise me when it shouldn't is how cheap it is to buy politicians. Remember Team GOP's hero, Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran's longtime aide who accepted $20-30K in gifts from Jack Abrahmof in return to ensuring the felon's clients received millions in government money?

When you think about it it's really no surprise that politicians sell themselves so cheaply. Unlike honorable whores who sell their own bodies, politicians sell other people's money. Plus, they make it up in volume.

This bi-partisan rush to hand out everyone's money for their own gain is part of why I'm drifting away from conservatism and towards libertarianism. Screw them all.

Posted by DrewM. at 10:14 AM Comments

Top Headline Comments 8-27-14

—Gabriel Malor

Happy Wednesday.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for a boycott of Burger King in retaliation for the business even thinking about expanding overseas to gain favorable tax treatment.

Senate Democrats are pissed at fellow Senate Democrat Tim Kaine for saying there should be a vote to authorize the President's military action against ISIL. They don't want to be seen to do their jobs before Election Day.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 06:47 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (8-26-2014)–Surprise Edition

—Maetenloch

So I Guess Your Name Isn't Destiny After All

Although American Douglas McAuthur McCain did die in combat while fighting in Syria for IS against another rebel group.

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Getting Past Labels With LIVs

Always remember that the very fact that you're voluntarily reading this on this web site means that you're more than a little abnormal (and by a little I mean a lot). You are a political junkie so the political arguments that appeal to you probably won't to non-junkie-types i.e. normals.

Perhaps when we're trying to persuade the electorate as a whole, we have to toss out terms like "conservative" or "libertarian." Not because they're not accurate, but because they represent obscure hieroglyphics to a chunk of the people we're trying to persuade.

If you're one of these perpetually tuned-out voters, maybe words like "conservative" or "libertarian" are signals that indicate, Hey, this is that politics stuff that you don't like to hear about, so you can stop paying attention now. This is frustrating, and I understand and feel the irritation that we have to water down or dumb down our arguments because some voters can't be bothered to understand some concepts we find pretty basic.

We political junkies love political philosophies, and keep subdividing ourselves into smaller and more precise groupings. (Crunchy Cons! Neoconservatives! Libertarian Populism! Reform Conservatives! Eisenhower Anarchist!) We love these labels and terms, because we feel that they help explain a coherent way of looking at the world, government, the Constitution, human rights, society, etc. But to a lot of people, they might as well be Dungeons & Dragons character classes. They don't know which political philosophy best matches how they see the world because they flat-out don't understand the terms and, perhaps most maddeningly, are not convinced that they need to know them - nor much about anything else.

And never ever forget the dedicated work of generations of people before you that led to the technology you're enjoying at this very moment.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 08:50 PM Comments

AOSHQDD Primary Night: #FL18, #FL26, #FLGOV, #FLAG, #AZGOV, #AZ01

—Brandon Finnigan

Greetings greetings one and all! Tonight, we return to the mother of all swing states, Florida, as Republican voters decide who they will nominate for vengeance in Congressional District 18 and 26; Republican and Democratic voters inevitably nominate Scott and Crist; and Democrats pick who they wish to run against current AG Pam Bondi.

Out of respect for panhandle voters no statewide races will be called until after 8pm, but we all know how the Governors primaries will go.

Then, it is off to the swing West, as Republicans decide who they want to replace current Governor Brewer with, and voters in AZ01 pick Cong. Kirkpatrick's Fall foe.

You can follow all of our results live on AOSHQDD.COM, and our official calls will go out first from our twitter, @AOSHQDD.

Let the numbers roll in, whatever they may be!

(Also, if you are intested in joining our team, please shoot an email to AOSHQDD (AT) Gmail (DOT) com).)

Posted by Brandon Finnigan at 06:51 PM Comments

Did MSNBC Rent Out A Fenced Off Parking Lot to Report from Ferguson?

—Ace

I saw a little of the MSNBC coverage.

I saw them interviewing people behind a fence.

I wondered, "Do they have all those people behind a fence?"

Like, were the protesters locked up behind a fence?

And if so, who locked them up?

And why isn't anyone reporting this outrage? (And it would seem rather outrageous, if that were the case.)

Well, it looks like it wasn't the protesters who were locked in behind fence -- it was MSNBC's gutsy reporting crew, who locked themselves in, I guess, because: Safety first.

[Freelance reporter Ryan Schuessler] had plenty of complaints about the media’s behavior, but one of Schuessler’s reasons stood out in particular:
Another [to-be-left-unnamed] major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of a tall fence.

A National Review reporter says he can confirm that he saw cameras in a locked parking lot but could not tell whose equipment it was.*

The rest of NR's post makes a circumstantial case that it was MSNBC in that parking lot, based on the below video, of protesters throwing rocks at Chris Hayes.

Assuming MSNBC was in fact inside their parking lot, these images now make sense to me, in terms of physical space.

Good Lord. MSNBC ought to be embarrassed if this is true. Not just because they misled viewers into thinking protesters were locked up inside cages, by not admitting that they had chosen to lock themselves up.

But in terms of sheer cowardice.

This is the network celebrating the Ferguson protests, and yet they will only report on their heroes from behind locked iron fences?

Wow.

Why is no one else reporting this?

The Guild looks out for fellow members, doesn't it?

* Corrected. I claimed that a NR reporter could confirm that it was MSNBC's equipment in that parking lot -- but I misread it. He can only confirm that someone had cameras in there.

I'll just say I don't remember seeing any other network interviewing people behind fences.

Maybe others did, but I didn't see that.


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Posted by Ace at 06:15 PM Comments

#LocalCrimeStory: British Report Claims that Over 1400 Children Were Sexually Exploited in City of Rotherdam Over 16 Years, But Bureaucracy Did Nothing, For Fear of Being Branded Politically Incorrect

—Ace

A couple of caveats before the article itself:

Having witnessed a Child Sex Panic in America (the McMartin case, etc.), I'm a little hesitant to fully endorse one of these reports.

And I'm troubled by this sentence in the Daily Mail article:

The majority of victims believed the perpetrators to be their boyfriend who gave them gifts, alcohol and drugs. Some of the victims still maintain they were not groomed or abused.

That's a little worrisome -- that the "victims" still maintain they weren't victimized.

Maybe those particular kids weren't victimized.

My concerns registered, here's the story.

The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared they would be seen as racist, a report said today.

Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the council commissioned review into child protection revealed.

And shockingly, more than a third of the cases were already know to agencies.

But according to the report's author: 'several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist'.

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The lack of reports was partly down to a fear of being racist, Prof Jay wrote, as the majority of the perpetrators were described as 'Asian men', and many were said to be of Pakistani origin.

By Asian, the British usually mean Pakistani.

Some (not many) disturbing details at the link. The report avers that kids were "groomed" to be sex partners (I assume when older), and that many were trafficked into full child prostitution.

As for the idea that the bureaucracy shied away from this out of fears of appearing "racist:"

I can understand, at a basic level, why the media and government do not wish to hype stories that can generate anger and fear against a minority.

I understand that. That's laudable.

But... this has gotten to the point where the media and government simply lies to us about things implicating race.

And then they wonder why we don't believe them, and why "rumors" and "internet claims" get spread so far and wide.

Well, here's why: Because we know you're lying. We know you're covering things up. We know that when a man is accused of a crime that seems terroristic, and you won't reveal the suspect's name for 72 hours, we know the kind of name it is.

We all know the reason why the spree murders of three gay men is not being covered in the national media.

When you deny people facts, they will resort to rumor and speculation, because that becomes their best sort of information.

No one wants rumor and speculation to be their best sort of information. Everyone in the world recognizes these are very poor sorts of information.

But when major institutions conspire to suppress better types of information, for "the greater good," then people really have no other choice but to resort to other, lesser sources of it.

They always think the public is going to "Go Crazy With Insane Hatred!!!" if they know the truth.

Do they?

Have we seen pitchfork and torch mobs recently?

Do your jobs, Idiots.

If you conceive as the first priority of your job as being the suppression of fact, then find another job.

Like in elective politics, or political agitation, the sorts of jobs where suppressing the truth is the job.

But get the hell out of government bureaucracies that are supposed to be responsive to actual facts, and get the hell out of the media which is allegedly dedicated to nothing but the full and fair reportage of the facts.


Posted by Ace at 05:03 PM Comments

Video: Iron Dome Interceptors Take Out 15 Hamas Rockets In One Barrage

—Ace

When people say "That can't be done," what they usually mean is I don't want you to do that because it will put me at a competitive disadvantage.

Obviously the American Left screamed that we could never intercept ICBMs out of a desire to not disadvantage their Soviet confreres.

But of course people say this in real life, too, that you can't do this, that doing that is impossible, that you should just give up.

What they're saying is that they're afraid you'll fail, but what they're feeling is fear that you'll succeed.

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Posted by Ace at 03:14 PM Comments

So the IRS Destroyed Lois Lerner's 2009-2012 Blackberry, After Congressional Investigations Into Her Targeting Had Begun

—Ace

After you're all out of your list of plausible excuses, what you have remaining are your implausible ones.

The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan's court reveals shocking new information. The IRS destroyed Lerner's Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. As an IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury, the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner's hard drive.

We all know by now that Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed in June 2011 and was destroyed by IRS. The emails of up to twenty other related IRS officials were missing in remarkably similar "crashes," leading many to speculate that Lois Lerner’s Blackberry perhaps held the key. Now, the [New York] Observer can confirm that a year after the infamous hard drive crash, the IRS destroyed Ms. Lerner's Blackberry--and without making any effort to retain the emails from it.

Judge Sullivan has had to pry information from the IRS to learn anything about Ms. Lerner's Blackberry. Now, with these latest revelations, I’m confident he’s not finished.

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With incredible disregard for the law and the Congressional inquiry, the IRS admits that this Blackberry "was removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012." This is a year after her hard drive "crash" and months after the Congressional inquiry began.

Combine this with yesterday's report that all of Lois Lerner's emails actually are saved on a backup system, but the IRS says it would be too hard to retrieve them and so it's not going to trouble itself, and you begin to have doubts about the IRS' commitment to finding these emails.

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Posted by Ace at 01:56 PM Comments

This. Is. Stupid.

—Ace

@benk84 linked this in the morning dump thread, but it's dumb enough that we need to pay attention.

Mollie Hemingway examines the unhinged reaction of unthinking progressives who are attacking Sofia Vergara today, while just the day before they'd showered Beyonce with unreasonable praise.

Both women showed off their bodies in an awards show. Sofia Vergara stood upon a rotating podium so that people could admire her curves while someone from the television academy droned a bunch of boring filler material. It was intended as a joke -- that they knew what the guy was saying was lame, so they had a pretty girl on stage.

"What truly matters," the Boring Guy said at the end of his boring speech, "is that we never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch."

Okay it's not funny, but neither was Seth Meyers, and I don't hear calls for his public stoning.

Beyonce, meanwhile, did a lot of very sexual bumping-and-grinding, and wore less clothing that Sofia Vergara.

The difference seems to be that while Sofia Vergara allowed herself to be viewed by men as a sex object, Beyonce not only allowed herself to be viewed by men as a sex object, but also "took ownership of her sexuality," and by "took ownership of her sexuality," I mean she grabbed her cooch.

You can watch Sofia Vergara's skit here, and you can watch Beyonce here.

It reminds me of Spinal Tap, these absurd distinctions people make just to hear themselves talk.

This all proves the theory of evolution to me. I'll tell you why. Because while people seem to be using human words and human reasoning in their discussions, I don't hear human words and human reasoning most of the time.

I hear the hooting of apes. I hear apes hooting their approval for the Boss Ape and hooting their disapproval of a Rival Ape who seems to be challenging the Boss Ape, but isn't quite as explosive in his arm movements and leaf-and-twig-upsetting as the Boss Ape.

I hear hooting apes, who are using human speech to disguise the fact that they're just engaging in primitive ape hooting, and they use the masquerade of human-sounding speech primarily to hide their ape hooting from themselves.

Posted by Ace at 01:00 PM Comments

CNN Runs Alleged Audiotape of the Shooting Without Confirming It's Audio of the Shooting

—Ace

Errrm...

Supposedly the as-of-yet-unidentified man who made the recording did so during a video chat with "a friend." The gunshots were captured inadvertently in background, and only recently did he realize he had an audio record of the shooting.

I'm a little skeptical of this.

My problem is that the gunshots sound pretty clear in the audiotape. If they're clear in the audiotape, they would have been, I assume, even clearer in real life. Loud noises sound more real in real life than they do on audio. If they're loud enough, you can even physically feel them.

I don't think gunshots at a distance can be felt, but I do think they'd capture one's attention.

This guy doesn't seem to acknowledge them at all.

Thinking about it again: Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the gunshots aren't so punctuated to seize the guy's attention, and so maybe it's more plausible that he just finished what he was doing before noticing them.

Sometimes people see or hear things before they actually perceive them, if you know what I mean.

I guess I could see that, maybe.

Another thing: I don't hear the other background noises I'd expect. Screaming, I mean. Maybe not during the shooting, but soon after, shouldn't there have been all sorts of shrieks of confusion and panic? My experience of other videos of sudden violence is that first comes the event, then the shocked silence, and then, seconds after, the shrieks and wails.

The audio stops as soon as the gunshots do, so you don't hear that. But why not? Did he cut the audio at exactly that second?

I guess I just sort of want CNN, and Don Lemon, to be embarrassed by a hoax. Honestly I think I just want this to be fake, to teach Our Incompetent Media a lesson about hyping a story and rushing out claims.

I want the man's voice on this tape to be linked to Don Lemon and CNN forever:

"You are pretty. You're so fine. Just goin' over some of your videos. How could I forget?"

On the other hand, I can't think of any good motive for a hoax. I don't think something like this is going to fetch money. (But who knows-- we don't know how this audio came to light, or why the man who made it has retained a lawyer.)

I don't hear anything very important on the audio as far as proving anything about the shooting, except that there were 10 (or 11, the lawyer says) shots, which is about the number I figured, given that Brown had been hit six times and of course Darren Wilson must have missed some shots.

So I don't see a motive for a hoax as regards influencing public perception of the case, either.

Eh. I guess I just have no idea.

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Posted by Ace at 11:45 AM Comments

Media Notice: CAC on WATR Radio at 11am Eastern

—Gabriel Malor

Our very own Meatball will be on Wiserbud's radio show on WATR Connecticut in the 11am block to discuss election stuff. You can get it streaming (for everyone who doesn't actually live in Connecticut) right here. Or, if you're unlucky enough to live in Connecticut, you should listen to it on the air.

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 10:34 AM Comments

Blogger Heroically Conducts a Google Image Search For Hauntingly Accurate Representations of People Reading This HuffPo Article

—JohnE.

Chilling. Emotional. Other words.

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Posted by JohnE. at 09:53 AM Comments

Top Headline Comments 8-26-14

—Gabriel Malor

Happy Tuesday.

NBC's new president seems like a maniac.

L.A. school's superintendant had a "relationship" with the iPad vendor, a contractor figured out.

The Washington Post is calling for war in Iraq. My Twitter buddy's response is definitely the best:


Posted by Gabriel Malor at 06:29 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (8-25-2014)

—Maetenloch

Democratic Operatives With Bylines Oddly Disinterested in Michael Brown's Family

But why, then, is the divorce of Wilson's parents and their other history considered fair game by the press, and not that of Brown's parents or relatives? After all, Brown had a mother and stepfather, and a biological father whose name is Michael Brown Sr., so we can conclude that some sort of divorce/separation and upheaval occurred. But it is virtually never mentioned, either in the AP article or in any other article I've been able to locate after doing some quick Googling. Nor is the history of any other family member of Brown discussed. Although there is some mention that the 18-year-old Brown was living with his grandmother for the summer, we don't really know why and reporters don't seem to be the least bit curious.

Our So Modern Age: TIME Magazine Retracts IDF Organ Theft Claim Following Criticism

NY Times Apologizes for Saying Robber Michael Brown Was "No Angel"

Let's get the obvious out of the way first: That choice of words was a regrettable mistake. In saying that the 18-year-old Michael Brown was "no angel" in the fifth paragraph of Monday's front-page profile, The Times seems to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid.

Well since no human on Earth is angelic, describing him as 'no angel' is hardly setting the bar very low. And if you can't describe someone who strong arm robbed a convenience store moments before with this most tepid of descriptions, then the language of truth is dead.

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Feminists Say Roofie-Detecting Nail Polish Is Also Rape Culture

Apparently not being able to live a care and effort-free existence with zero risk while out drinking makes you a victim of rape culture. Just like using birth control to not get pregnant makes you a victim of pregnancy culture, having seat belts and airbags in your car make you a victim of crash culture, and having locks on your door makes you a victim of theft culture.

And advice from Moe Lane:

As always, avoid the comments sections unless you enjoy watching people cut each other with knives over this particular topic

'So What Happens When the Patriarchy Is Smashed?'

Well nothing good.

As someone clever pointed out, it's interesting that the Feminist chose Chicago for their "Smash the Patriarchy" message, because nowhere has the Patriarchy been more successfully smashed than in the inner cities. Households led by fathers have become exceedingly rare,  single women raise families without husbands, and very few people participate in capitalist enterprises; the inner cities have become Radical Feminist utopia.

How's that working out for them?

And note that approximately zero Radical Feminists choose to live in these patriarchy-free zones.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:04 PM Comments

Oh the Emmys Are On or Something

—Ace

On ABC NBC.

No wonder I didn't know it was on. Unless an NBC show has spinning chairs, people just don't care.

Open thread for that and TV I guess.

So I see Modern Family has won another one, with Ty Burrell winning for best supporting actor in a comedy. I guess he's supporting because it's an ensemble, even though he's the "lead" (if I understand this show).

I have a dirty theory about why shows like Modern Family win every year. I don't want to suggest it's not a good show. I hear it's a good show.

But here's my dirty theory:

If you assume that everyone in the industry is a jealous, bitter egomaniac, Is it in your own best egotistical interest to give the award to Ty Burrell every single year or to spread the awards around?

I say it's in your own best interest to just pile so many awards onto Ty Burrell that he can't even walk. Because, if you're a bitter, jealous egomaniac, it's better that all the awards to go one guy, because, 1, he can't possibly enjoy them much after the second, so you're really not helping him much at this point, and, more importantly, 2, it keeps awards from going to other people.

If Ty Burrell has all the awards, this can't hurt you as a competitive matter too much, assuming you're not competing with Ty Burrell for a part.

But the more you spread them around, the higher the odds that you'll be giving an Emmy to someone you are in direct competition with at some point, and thus will cede the winner an advantage over you.

So it's better to just throw awards at the same show every year than to scatter them around. If people are going to get Emmys, and those people are Not You, you want them in as few a hands as possible, even if that means that Modern Family has sixty three bazillion awards.

Just don't give it to any tv show in your own timeslot.

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Tripoli Falls to Islamist Militias

—Ace

They lost power in recent elections, but they decided they don't really care about elections.

Back when the Green Revolution in Iran failed, I wondered why. I think it's pretty obvious: In an unsettled political environment, it doesn't matter how many people a movement has on its side; it matters how many men of fighting age and fighting temperament it has on its side.

One problem in fighting global jihad is that that its barbaric, violent principles seem to be very appealing indeed to men of fighting age and fighting temperament (of the Islamic persuasion). Anti-jihadist principles appeal to less belligerent men (men with businesses, men with families, older men) and to women, but we continue to see Islamism capture the minds of men of fighting age and fighting temperament.

I don't see any challenger on the horizon. Not that Obama would take advice from me, but it might do some marginal good if, in one of his many half-assed speeches, he spoke in such a way that he associated masculinity, vigor, and courage (virtues most praised by younger men) with ideals other than domination and killing.

That is, if he made the ethics of peace and compassion sound compelling to the mind of your average Angry Young Man.

Associating these things with effete men and women does nothing to change the mind of an Angry Young Man, except that he's already backing the right horse. He wants to define himself against soft men and women, so if he sees something associated with soft men and women, he naturally wants to take the opposite position.

Don't tell the young machos they shouldn't be macho. Instead, accept that their entire sense of self stems from their belief in their own machismo, and suggest that machismo is associated with good things, like "Not murdering everyone."

Our own armed forces are pretty damned effective at associating masculine values with a life-affirming ethic.

For hundreds of years the chivalric code attempted to associate masculine values with Christian compassion and honor.

You're not going to turn these guys into true soldiers (instead of brigands, rapists, and assassins, which is what they are), but you could try.

Not that any American president could make more than the most marginal difference in the minds of a jihad-friendly Angry Young Man, but, if you're going to talk at all, might as well say something helpful.

At any rate, Tripoli is now gone.

Libya’s Islamist militias said Sunday they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli and its international airport, driving out rival militias to the outskirts of the capital following a weekslong battle for control of the strategic hub.

The umbrella group for Islamist militias calling itself Dawn of Libya said it has also taken hold of other locations in the capital controlled by the rival militias, drawing to a close one chapter in a prolonged confrontation between the Islamist-allied militia, largely from the city of Misrata, and the powerful militia from the western mountains of Zintan.

Posted by Ace at 07:47 PM Comments

Federal Court Invalidates California's Ten-Day Gun Waiting Period as Unconstitutional For Those Who Already Own Weapons

—Ace

From @gabrielmalor, big news in 2nd Amendment jurisprudence.


The plaintiffs brought the case against the state of California claiming that the 10-day waiting period burdened the right to bear arms without accomplishing any important state goal in the case of people who already owned guns.

The court generally found that there wasn't any evidence that the "cooling off" period was actually helpful in cooling people off, and that it made no sense to "cool off" a gun purchase by someone who already owns a gun. They also found that the government had not proven that the 10-day waiting period was necessary to conduct "straw purchaser" investigations.

"After considering the evidence and the arguments, the Court concludes that Penal Code §26815(a) and § 27540(a)'s 10-day waiting periods impermissibly violate the Second Amendment as applied to those persons who already lawfully possess a firearm as confirmed by the AFS [Automated Firearms System], to those who possess a valid CCW [Carry Concealed Weapon] license, and to those who possess both a valid COE [Certificate of Eligibility] and a firearm as confirmed by the AFS system, if the background check on these individuals is completed and approved prior to the expiration of 10 days.

The actual opinion is here, but it's very long, and consists of answering numerous different arguments, answering them all in much the same way.

I think the court declined to determine if intermediate scrutiny or strict scrutiny applied here (strict scrutiny being stricter on the government, requiring them to prove the most limited means available to achieve compelling state interest, intermediate scrutiny only requiring a "reasonable fit" for an important interest). The court seems to have applied only the intermediate scrutiny standard, but decided the 10-day waiting period was unconstitutional (as regards those who already lawfully own weapons) even under that looser standard.


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Judicial Watch: The Government Has Lois Lerner's Emails, All of Them, But Says It Doesn't Feel Like Looking For Them

—Ace

Hmm...

"A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there's a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News's Shannon Bream.

"But it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s e-mails from that backup system," Fitton continued, paraphrasing the DOJ official. "So, everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives, about missing e-mails of Lois Lerner, other IRS officials, other officials in the Obama administration, it's all been a pack of malarkey. They could get these records, but they don’t want to."

Seems like the government also does 45% days.

Posted by Ace at 05:06 PM Comments

Rick Perry Files Habeas Corpus Petition to Dismiss Drunken Travis County Indictment

—Ace

I hope this clownshow is over soon.

Incidentally, it just came out that Perry contacted another Democrat (and another woman, in case it matters, which it doesn't, so just ignore me) about being appointed to Rosemary Lehmsburg's position, should she resign.

So he wasn't just trying to grab a Democratic scalp; he just wanted this Out of Control Drunk out of a key position of public trust.

Corrected: "Dr. Spank" tells me that the petition was filed in Texas state court, not federal court.

My bad.


Posted by Ace at 04:06 PM Comments

Shocker: Alberta, Canada Schools Reinstate Classic Multiplication Tables Drilling; New Study Shows Power of Memorization-Based Learning

—Ace

Another fashionable failure.

Alberta's experiment seems similar to the approach in Common Core.

When school returns next month in Alberta, for example, the requirement for students to memorize the multiplication tables will be reinstated, following an awkward climb down by the province's education ministry in March.

One critic of the government’s adoption of "discovery-based learning," Ken Porteous, a retired engineering professor, put it bluntly: "There is nothing to discover. The tried and true methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division work just fine as they have for centuries. There is no benefit and in fact a huge downside to students being asked to discover other methods of performing these operations and picking the one which they like. This just leads to confusion which ultimately translates into frustration, a strong dislike for mathematics and a desire to drop out of any form of mathematics course at the earliest opportunity."

A new study demonstrates that memorization is not some crude manner of learning, but rather one that remains vital. They monitored the brains as young children did simple math by various means, from counting on fingers to applying memorized rules. They monitored them over a period of time as the kids advanced in mathematical sophistication.

The hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with factual memory, appears important in stimulating the higher reasoning functions of the brain.

"In particular, the hippocampal system appears to be critical for children’s learning of mathematics in ways that are not evident in adults who have mastered basic skills," the authors write. It appears to play a "critical, time-limited, role” in fostering "the gradual establishment of long-lasting knowledge represented in the neocortex," a brain area of higher order functions.

This process is "time-limited" because the hippocampus’s role seems to taper off once this knowledge has been "consolidated" elsewhere in the brain...

In effect, as young math students memorize the basics, their brains reorganize to accommodate the greater demands of more complex math. It is a gradual process, like "overlapping waves," the researchers write, but it clearly shows that, for the growing child's brain, rote memorization is a key step along the way to efficient mathematical reasoning.

So if I understand that, the hippocampus -- the repository of simple memorized facts -- eventually imprints its memory into the neocortex, the higher-level reasoning part of the brain. And thus memorization is just the first step (in the hippocampus) that leads to actual understanding (in the neocortex).

I've argued this before, so I won't belabor the point, but I think this is where the Education wonks (and I use that term advisedly) keep going wrong:

1. They notice that higher-performing kids don't actually seem to use memorized times tables to do simple math, but instead seem capable of quickly intuiting an answer.

2. Therefore, they assume, the memorization process actually retards learning, and so if you want to make lower-performing kids into higher-performing kids, you just teach them insight and intuition (true understanding) and skip that boring memorization step.

This, I contend, is wrong. This is Cargo Cult -- mistaking the end-product of the process for the process required to achieve it.

The actual thought process should be:

1. Higher-performing kids don't actually seem to use memorized times tables to do simple math, but instead seem capable of quickly intuiting an answer.

2. This is because higher-performing kids have already incorporated and then surpassed the simple memorization stage of problem analysis.

2a. The higher-performing kids began as memorized-answer-repeaters, but eventually their memorized answers simply became incorporated into their working knowledge/intuition base.

3. Higher performing kids reach this step in cognitive evolution before their peers because they're higher performing kids, not because they're doing things differently than lower-performing kids. They're just going through the steps of cognition faster than their peers. (Many high-performing kids, by the way, come into first grade already having memorized a lot of the addition tables and times tables, because their parents already taught them that -- no government school needed.)

4. Ergo, we really should make sure that lower-performing kids master the memorization process, too, so that they too can eventually move on to true understanding.

I don't know how hard it is to understand that memorization is something that can be taught rather easily, whereas insight, intuition, and deep understanding is not something that can be taught easily. In fact I don't think it can be taught at all, and certainly not by people who themselves are only capable of teaching the second grade.*

Understanding must arise from within the student himself. You can only prepare his mind for that leap, and you prepare the mind by the tried and true methods.

I think Common Core will fail in teaching kids actual mathematical insight, while simultaneously failing to teach them the memorized facts required to achieve that insight on their own.

* This isn't as much of a knock on 2nd-grade teachers as it might appear. My suspicion is that insight cannot be taught beyond a trivial level except by natural geniuses who are specifically natural geniuses in the areas of pedagogy and psychology.

I think such people are rare, and certainly we don't mint another hundred thousand of them every single year in this country's education departments.

I could probably do it but, you know, I'm busy.

Why Is It... that everyone recognizes the absurdity of the Music Man's "think method" of learning how to play instruments, but then decides that such a system ought to work with math and reading?

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Democratic Strategists Have Advice to Get Obama Back on Track, and that Advice is Pivot to the Economy

—Ace

It's like Groundhog's Day but the groundhogs are armed and beheading Americans.

The president is in a tough spot, and a lot of the problems aren't of his own making," said one Democratic strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid about the leader of the party. "That said, voters hold him responsible for what happens on his watch. After Ebola, ISIL, Ferguson and earthquakes, people start wondering if locusts are next."

...

J.B. Poersch, a former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee who is now a political consultant, insists that the path back for Obama is the same as it has always been — talking about the economy in real-world terms.

"The president helps best when he’s taking up the argument for working people and whacking away at economic issues that matter -- pay equity, minimum wage, affordable college loans and more," Poersch said. "This was true in 2012, and it’s still true."

Changing that conversation won’t be easy -- even if Obama is committed to doing so for the good of his party this fall...

Even if Obama is committed to changing the conversation for the sake of partisan politics?

Is there anything else he is committed to, apart from golf?

Speaking of, in case you missed it, Maureen Dowd wrote a column critical of Obama's golfing. It's not great, but it did happen. It contains the line "So help me Golf," which I guess people think is funny.

Note: I'm under the weather, by which I mean "I accidentally woke up at the crack of 10:25 and it was an absolute shock to my system."

Most days, I give you my level best, which is 71% effort. Today I'm not going to manage to reach that pinnacle of performance. Today is going to be a 45% sort of day.


Posted by Ace at 01:05 PM Comments

Gutsy Call: Obama Waited a Month Before Giving the Greenlight to the Rescue of James Foley

—Ace

Intelligence, like milk, goes bad after a couple of weeks.

According to a Defense source who spoke to the NYT last week, the Pentagon knew that the hostages were being moved periodically. Another Defense source claimed that it may have been "a matter of hours, perhaps a day or two" by which the the troops had missed Foley when they finally arrived at the prison in Syria. Time was obviously of the essence, yet if you believe Harnden’s source, it took 30 days for a green light. How come?

Because we can say with certainty that the President's main strategy for handling crises is avoidance, and hoping the problem will go away on its own.

He is proactive only about the couple of things in life he actually wants to do, either because they're fun and stimulating ("Get me some interesting Italians") or because they're cherished agenda items of the progressive left and will burnish his legacy.

Everything else will just have to sort itself out, he figures.

Posted by Ace at 11:44 AM Comments

ISIS Captures Major Syrian Airforce Base

—BenK

ISIS appears to be the most effective predominately Muslim army in the Middle East at the moment. They've captured Tabqa airfield in Northeastern Syria.

Tabqa airfield – home to several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery, and ammunition bunkers – is the third military base in the area to fall to the extremists since last month. Those victories are part of the Islamic State group's aggressive push to consolidate its hold on northern and eastern provinces, while also expanding the boundaries of its self-styled caliphate straddling the Syria-Iraq border. (....) Tabqa is the latest in a string of bases to fall to the Islamic State group as it strengthens its hold over a vast swath of territory in northern and eastern Syria. Last month, the extremists overran the sprawling Division 17 military base in Raqqa, killing at least 85 soldiers. Two weeks later, they seized the nearby Brigade 93 base after days of heavy fighting.

The group's trademark brutality was on full display after those victories. They killed army commanders and pro-government militiamen, decapitating them before putting their bodies and heads on display. The Observatory reported similar acts following the fall of Tabqa Sunday.

Let's hope for the sake of my gas tank that they don't set their sights on Saudi Arabia.

Posted by BenK at 09:33 AM Comments

Top Headline Comments 8-25-14

—Gabriel Malor

Happy Monday.

We don't read much about the failures of crowdfunding. Here's a short piece on "Coin's" struggles.

Interesting. This guy thinks we can terraform Mars for about the same price climatologists put on mitigating global warming. He thinks we should do the former and forget the later.

Et tu, WaPo? "The question for Obama and the Democratic candidates and consultants whose fate at the ballot box in November is inextricably linked to his is what, if anything, can be done to turn around this story line of a president increasingly unable — or unwilling — to steer the country (and the world) in the direction he wants it to go."

Posted by Gabriel Malor at 06:51 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (8-24-2014)

—Maetenloch

The WaPo Finds Officer Darren Wilson Guilty....of Having an Imperfect Family

The Washington Post unleashed a team of 9 reporters to find some dirt - any dirt - on Darren Wilson. And the best they could come up with is that he once worked for a police department with some problem officers and that his family background was somewhat chaotic.

The family later moved to the suburban Missouri town of St. Peters, where Wilson's mother again got divorced and married a man named Dan Durso, records indicate.

Wilson attended St. Charles West High School, in a predominantly white, middle-class community west of the Missouri River. He played junior varsity hockey for the West Warriors but wasn't a standout.

There were problems at home. In 2001, when Wilson was a freshman in high school, his mother pleaded guilty to forgery and stealing. She was sentenced to five years in prison, although records suggest the court agreed to let her serve her sentence on probation.

She died of natural causes in November 2002, when Wilson was 16, records show. His stepfather, Tyler Harris, took over as his limited guardian, which ended when the boy turned 18.

A family friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of threats, said Wilson sought out a career in law enforcement as a way to create a solid foundation in his life that he'd been missing.

But despite their best efforts they couldn't find anyone - on or off the record - that would say anything bad about Wilson.

Robert Orr, the former Jennings police chief who retired in 2010, said of Wilson: "He was a good officer with us. There was no disciplinary action."

This is one of those failed hit pieces that ends up raising your opinion of the target since if this is all the WaPo could find even after a full court press of an investigation then the target likely is a true straight arrow.

Also note that during the 70 paragraphs in the article delving into Wilson's family history at no point is any mention made of Michael Brown's family nor how it may have lead to his criminal behavior.

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Number of White House officials who will attend Michael Brown's funeral: 3

Number of White House officials who attended two star General Harold Greene's funeral: 0

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Spaced-Out Challenge: The Dog Days of Summer

—Brandon Finnigan

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Welcome again to the Spaced-Out Challenge! Whether you have a question about equipment, a new astronomical discovery you want to expand on, or just want to kick back and enjoy the cosmos above, come one come all on our weekly astronomical journey.

This week, I'll show you how the Dog Star heralds the coming Winter, and where to look for a cluster of clusters before dawn.

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Open Thread - {Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

—Open Blogger

I got nuthin', but at least its fresh nuthin'.

*videos put below the fold by Y-not to address loading problems*

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Sunday Food Thread: What Makes a Meal Special? [Y-not guest hosting for CharlieBrown's Di]

—Open Blogger

This morning the cobs woke to a bleg from our very own CharlieBrown's Di. Various circumstances prevented him from doing the Food Thread this week, so he was looking for someone to fill in for him.

It went something like this:

Well, I'm a sucker for a guy in a black suit (which is the main reason Mr Y-not keeps me away from Hasidic Jews, but that's another story!), so you're stuck with me today.

Our topic is "what makes a meal special?" and was inspired by a "special meal" I had last night. What made that meal special was the location, on top of a mountain in Sundance, Utah under a starry sky. Here was the view heading up the ski lift:

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Gaming Thread from the Trunk 8/24/2014

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

My eyes are jacked up (can't see out the left one and I have partial vision in my right) so this week's thread is stuff I've written but haven't gotten around to posting.

Sorry ;_;

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Open Thread: This Can't Be Good [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Unexpectedly:

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

The president ordered the examination of federal programs and funding that enable state and local law enforcement to purchase such equipment, a senior Obama administration official said on Saturday.

Read the whole thing here at Reuters.


Open thread.

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Sunday Travel Thread: Onion Edition [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Every once in a while a politician will do something that doesn't irritate the heck out of me. (I denounce myself!) Sometimes it's even funny or cute.

Just yesterday I discovered that the mayor of Salt Lake City made hay out of a recent Onion article (Yeah, yeah - I know!) poking fun at the city. Here's the background, courtesy of a local television station:

For those looking to visit Utah, you should know, you can leave at any time. That's the message of a new tourism ad posted by the satirical online magazine, The Onion.

It's a one minute clip showing the attractions of our state, all the while reminding people they don't have to see any of it.

A narrator starts off the video saying, "Welcome to Salt Lake City, Utah's picturesque state capitol and a gateway to the west that you're free to leave at any point."

The article states the video is part of a new tourism campaign called, "Free to Leave."

(I think they were poking fun at a real tourism campaign that included mention of easy freeway access/egress. That's sort of "a thing" here, I've found. People make note of things being close to the freeway as if that's a good thing.)

In any event, Salt Lake City Mayor McAdams responded to the Onion's piece as follows:

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-24-2014: More Books, Less Politics [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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I'd Buy That For A Dollar -- But 2 Million, Maybe Not


Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required.


Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

Someone apparently found, or had been sitting on, a pristine copy of Action Comics #1 from 1938, which is the one wherein Superman first appeared. It'a not too late for all of you morons to get on in on the bidding here. The auction will end today (Sunday) at about 6PM PDT.

How good a condition is this particular copy in?

[T]he copy soon to be auctioned on eBay was rated by the Certified Guaranty Company, a well-known comic book quality rating company, as having a condition of 9.0 out of 10, the highest quality rating a copy of Action Comics #1 has ever received. The colors are said to be vibrant, and it even has white pages where most existing copies have long since yellowed.

Only about 50 unrestored copies are believed to exist, according to Cnet. Of those, this one is considered the best.

I don't know what you have to do to preserve a copy that pristine for nearly 80 years, keep it covered in protective cloth inside a vacuum-sealed foil wrapper, perhaps.

As I'm typing this on Saurday afternooon, the high bid is currently $2,193,919.38. No, that's not a typo.

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The Telegraph: How Britain became the Yemen of the west
"Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jihadists to flourish." [rdbrewer]

Bardarbunga Live Feed
They have three cameras on the Iceland volcano. Nothing happening as of 10:00 Eastern. [rdbrewer]

J. Christian Adams, PJM: Take No Prisoners! Latest Book by David Horowitz Provides Modern Battleplan for Conservatives
"At the root of this strategic mistake is the belief among many Republicans that the two parties still share the same goals, but have divergent ways to get there. News flash: Democrats like John F. Kennedy and Scoop Jackson no longer exist. The Democrats have been taken over by messianic progressives...." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

James Foley beheading: London rapper turned jihadist believed to be under investigation for murder of journalist in Syria [rdbrewer]


Critics hail Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who debut
He's good. [rdbrewer]

Hey, did you guys see this video? [rdbrewer]

Politico: Vox not living up to the hype
"Dozens of media insiders surveyed for this story said they don’t really pay much attention to the site." [rdbrewer]



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The Telegraph: America's eyes opening to ophthalmologist as unlikely potential president
"Rand Paul is rapidly emerging as a leading Republican candidate for the White House..." [rdbrewer]

Ron Radosh, PJM: Our Bien Pensant American Historians: The New Friends of Hamas
"Then, and now, the group was composed of historians of the far Left.... What is different about this anti-Israel petition, is that the signers are writing not simply as American citizens opposed to Israel, but as 'historians,' whose credentials are being used as evidence that their position in the profession gives them more expertise to comment on Israel’s would be perfidy." Also from PJM: Frank J. Fleming, Give Obama a Break About Vacations: Presidenting is Hard. Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

Digital Spy: Moffat on Doctor Who title sequence: 'I'm proud of creative response'
The new title sequence was inspired by a fan version that was published to Youtube. That video is here. (New Dr. Who episodes start tonight.) [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: Mysterious oasis appears in Tunisian desert
From a few weeks ago. "The swimming hole was discovered by shepherds about three weeks ago when they stumbled across the huge beautiful blue coloured lake." [rdbrewer]

HITC Tech: Amblin Television to make Minority Report TV series
"Shortly due to go into the pitch process, the project will be developed by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television with scripts from Godzilla writer Max Borenstein." [rdbrewer]

The HumanaLight – A Flashlight That Uses Your “Dead” AA Batteries [rdbrewer]
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