April 25, 2017

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (4/25/17) Terrific Tuesday Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

Leadership rests not only upon ability but upon commitment and upon loyalty and upon pride and upon followers...Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities; and while no one individual possesses all the needed talents to go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.Vince Lombardi

Quote II

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.H.L. Mencken

Quote III

You know, you put more value on every minute...I mean, I always thought I kind of did that. I really always enjoyed myself. But it's more valuable now. You're reminded to enjoy every sandwich, and every minute of playing with the guys, and being with the kids and everything.Warren Zevon


Quote IV

The concept of 'physical health', 'beauty' and body 'strength' is oppressive anyway. It implies some people are physically superior and others inferior based upon arbitrary standards and social constructs. We're all valuable and equal as human beings. LurkVoter Wilhem Reich

Obviously this douche chose 'basket weaving' instead of physical education during Middle School elective course selection. There are always some people who are healthier, prettier and stronger than you. Your participation trophy isn't worth a warm bucket of spit.

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:54 PM Comments



Keystone Kops > AntiFa

—OregonMuse


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Profile in Courage


On the chess/open thread this weekend, I posted a snapshot taken from an antifa reddit board where one of violent protesters feared for his safety because some 4chan guys successfully identified one of his cowardly comrades despite the fact that he was wearing a mask and sunglasses. For those of you who don't hang out on the weekend threads, you should scroll past the chess content and read it, it's pretty funny listen to this thug whine and complain that he cannot continue his illegal activities with impunity.

And here's another funny one. The Berkeley antifa chapter pretty much got its nose bloodied during the April 15th riots, and they don't much like it. So much so that when Ann Coulter comes to town on the 27th, they're thinking about being somewhere else. Either that or a poetry jam:

Click to view antifa cowardice

Other options would be a bake sale or, wait, I know, they could all eat lots of beans, then show up at Coulter's speech and toot. That'll show 'em.

I don't know how widespread this sentiment is, but it actually wouldn't surprise me if the entire black bloc decided to take the day off. Antifa is mainly comprised of cowards and bullies, and all you have to do is stand up to them and they'll scurry away like cockroaches.

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Posted by OregonMuse at 08:27 PM Comments



District Judge Issues Injunction Against Trump Order Reducing Funding for Sanctuary Cities

—Ace

Commenters mentioned this earlier, but I just found a longer story.

Legal analyst Jonathan Turley says of the order (on Twitter) "Court's stay of DOJ sanctuary city order strikes me as clear judicial overreach and clearly reversible on appeal "

So here's the latest bit of lawlessness from our Royal Class.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --

Shock -- a San Francisco case. The Ninth Circus strikes again.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked any attempt by the Trump administration to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the preliminary injunction in two lawsuits - one brought by the city of San Francisco, the other by Santa Clara County - against an executive order targeting communities that protect immigrants from deportation.

The injunction will stay in place while the lawsuits work their way through court.

The judge said that President Donald Trump cannot set new conditions for the federal grants at stake. And even if he could, the conditions would have to be clearly related to the funds at issue and not coercive, Orrick said.

There is a possible legal problem with cutting off funding, as I've mentioned before -- and it was part of the reason that one part of Obamacare (the mandated Medicaid expansion) got ruled unconstitutional.

It's the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine, which most conservatives would generally agree with: That the federal government cannot "commandeer" state agents to enforce federal law. That doctrine is not absolute; states had federal highway monies withheld unless they reduced their own speed limits to 55mph or raised the drinking age to 21, for example.

Courts seem to take a guess in this area between some consequences for refusing to obey Congress and major consequences. In the Obamacare case, the law originally said all Medicaid funds would be terminated unless states expanded their own Medicaid coverage. The court found this to be a case of "commandeering" states to obey the government, and struck it down.

However, we do know from a large, large number of laws that are presumably constitutional that the feds can withhold money from states that do not comply with its decisions.

And in fact, the doctrine might not apply at all here -- because Trump and Sessions are not ordering the states or jurisdictions to take any action. Just to supply them with information about which of its prisoners are illegal -- and the Court has previously ruled such requests for information are not what is meant by "commandeering."

Feldman and others point to New York v. United States (1992) and Printz v. United States (1997), in which the Supreme Court concluded that the federal government cannot conscript state or local officials to carry out federal law. The federal government must enforce its own laws, using federal personnel. So when state or local police arrest immigrants who are present in the country illegally, they are under no obligation to deport them, as deportation is the responsibility of the federal government alone.

This “anti-commandeering” doctrine, however, doesn’t protect sanctuary cities or public universities — because it doesn’t apply when Congress merely requests information. For example, in Reno v. Condon (2000), the Court unanimously rejected an anti-commandeering challenge to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, which required states under certain circumstances to disclose some personal details about license holders. The court concluded that, because the DPPA requested information and “did not require state officials to assist in the enforcement of federal statutes,” it was consistent with the New York and Printz cases.

It follows that, consistent with the anti-commandeering doctrine, Congress can require state, local or university police to tell federal agents when they arrest an immigrant present in the country illegally.

The article goes on to say that while a state or city can order its personnel not to ask about immigration status, and the federal government cannot order them to do so (that would be "commandeering"), state/city employees nevertheless may have easy access to that information and must provide it if requested. The example the article offers is California drivers licenses for illegal aliens -- the licenses have markings on them indicating that they may not be valid outside of California, and hence, any cop taking an arrestee's ID would know his immigration status without asking, and then can in fact be compelled to relay that to the government.

If California wants to make itself immune to that, they'd have to destroy any records in their possession that indicate such status -- effectively granting citizenship to all residents.

Which they can't do. That's a federal power.

We'll have to watch this one.

(BTW, this article from the LATimes is new information to me -- I didn't realize the anti-commandeering doctrine did not apply to mere requests for information.)

Posted by Ace at 06:34 PM Comments

Rising Star and National Treasure Chelsea Clinton is a Rising Star and National Treasure.
Repeat Until the Savage American Public Believes You.

—Ace

Even the leftwing Vanity Fair has had it up to its neck with the constant media promotion of this Black Hole of Negative Charisma and Achievement.

She manages to mix her mother's narcissism with her father's... well, what can we say she got from her actual father?

Let's say she got her father's ambiguity and tawdry mystery.

Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods. In The New York Times alone, Chelsea has starred in multiple features over the past few months: for her tweeting (it's become "feisty"), for her upcoming book (to be titled She Persisted), and her reading habits (she says she has an "embarrassingly large" collection of books on her Kindle).

Humblebrag. Not really a grumbleflaunt because she's not making a complaint; she's just trying to disguise her brag as some kind of cutesy self-deprecation.

With Chelsea's 2015 book, It's Your World, now out in paperback, the puff pieces in other outlets -- Elle, People, etc. -- are too numerous to count.

One wishes to calm these publications: You can stop this now. Haven't you heard that the great Kong is no more? Nevertheless, they've persisted. At great cost: increased Chelsea exposure is tied closely to political despair and, in especially intense cases, the bulk purchasing of MAGA hats. So let's review: How did Chelsea become such a threat?

Perhaps the best way to start is by revisiting some of Chelsea's major post-2008 forays into the public eye. Starting in 2012, she began to allow glossy magazines to profile her, and she picked up speed in the years that followed. The results were all friendly in aim, and yet the picture that kept emerging from the growing pile of Chelsea quotations was that of a person accustomed to courtiers nodding their heads raptly. Here are Chelsea's thoughts on returning to red meat in her diet: "I'm a big believer in listening to my body's cravings." On her time in the "fiercely meritocratic" workplace of Wall Street: "I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldn't." On her precocity: "They told me that my father had learned to read when he was three. So, of course, I thought I had to too. The first thing I learned to read was the newspaper." Take that, Click, Clack, Moo.


Chelsea, people were quietly starting to observe, had a tendency to talk a lot, and at length, not least about Chelsea. But you couldn't interrupt, not even if you're on TV at NBC, where she was earning $600,000 a year at the time. "When you are with Chelsea, you really need to allow her to finish," Jay Kernis, one of Clinton's segment producers at NBC, told Vogue. "She's not used to being interrupted that way."

Sounds perfect for a dating profile: I speak at length, and you really need to let me finish. I'm not used to interruptions.

What comes across with Chelsea, for lack of a gentler word, is self-regard of an unusual intensity.

Read the whole thing. He's tired of her.

Many people have become increasingly annoyed at the media's relentless Public Relations effort on Chelsea Clinton's behalf. The Hill's motto should just be "Chelsea Clinton's vapid tweets are our news." But there are so many outlets that just pump out Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea all day long.

Nice Deb has noticed that Chelsea Clinton is deploying the "Goodness gracious!" with tedious repetitiveness to make her sound "authentic" and "folksy." One wonders how many millions of dollars were spent on Public Image Consultants and Brand Psychology Experts to choose the right catchphrase to make Chelsea Clinton sound "authentic."

Or to make a woman who's always lived in a state capital, national capital, or financial capital, and only attended the finest schools of the elite, sound "folksy."

She also seems to be saying "Bless her heart," despite being as Southern as Polaris.

And see PJ Media's Daily Morning Update (third item) to see Chelsea Clinton's odd way of denying she's running for any office.

She seems to deny she's running for anything with great relish, as if she's very pleased to have been asked, and would like you to ask her more.

She also has a tendency to say she's not running for any office, and then list the many possible offices she could run for, but is not, currently, running for. Yet.

Like so:

"I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank--Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency. I really find this all rather hysterical, because I've been asked this question a lot throughout my life, and the answer has never changed."

It's a very well-known DC ploy for people to "float" their own names for some high office. If there are "reports" that Relative Nobody is "being considered" for Secretary of Defense or State, there's a good chance that that person floated her name herself, or her political operatives did.

In order to be elected to office, people have to first find you plausible as a holder of that office.

And one way to do that is to frequently get yourself talked about in relation to holding that office, so that, by dint of repetition, people simply accept that you are a plausible candidate -- after all, they've heard you associated with that office a thousand times already. You've hacked their brains to associate you with elective office.

Hillary Clinton, I'm very certain, did this herself -- Clinton had barely been in office a year before the topic of Hillary becoming the next president were bubbling through the media with some regularity.

And it got her pretty far -- she got a Consolation Senate seat, came close to winning the nomination once, and won it the next time out.

No one is seriously considering Chelsea Clinton for any office, except Chelsea Clinton herself, the career Clinton Permanent Bureaucracy which now finds itself not quite sure what to do with all its free time or how to make rent, and the media that desperately needs some ray of hope to soothe their Trump Anxiety Disorder.

TAD!

Posted by Ace at 04:57 PM Comments

Mark Halperin Hates Dogs and Joy

—Ace

So journ0list Mark Halperin castigated Delta for the indignity of having to sit next to this obviously-dangerous dog on his first class flight:


He later clarified -- or clarilied, maybe, decide for yourself -- that his only thought here was that the dog had not been seated next to its owner, and he was just trying to get Delta to observe more rational seat assignments by putting this dog next to his owner.

Well, the guy who actually paid for the ticket for the dog says Mark Halperin's account is, um, flawed.

[Tweet] We were abt to take off on redeye. Dog was cute. I was sharing pix & expressing surprise owner/dog hadn't been put 2gether.No time for essay https://t.co/gz4WYJvJGA

— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) April 23, 2017

Talk about doubling down! However, Halperin's recollection of that fateful red-eye doesn't jibe with that of Charlie's owner, Anthony Pisano. Pisano, who works as a flight attendant for Delta, reached out via Twitter to say that, not only did Halperin not offer to trade seats but, rather than expressing concern that Delta was seating support animals apart from their owners, he told a flight attendant that he refused to sit next to a dog. What's more, in Pisano's telling, Halperin wouldn't speak to him or even look at him while the situation was resolved....

So it was the 10:45 red eye on delta. in first class the seating arrangement was A-BC-D seating. I had purchased 6A and 6B and Halperin was in 6C. The dog and I fly back and forth from California to NY 2-3 times a month. I am always aware to make sure to get the dog her own seat (she lays on the floor and sleeps) to ensure she doesn't encroach anyone's personal space. So I put Charlie (the dog) in 6A where she was great. She was in arms reach and everything was cool. Right before we took off the dog came and sat in between my legs for take off so she was secured. At this point halperin (I had no idea who he was) calls for a flight attendant and tells her that he refuses to sit next to a dog. Those were his exact words. At that point I noticed he took a picture of the dog which I just ignored. Next thing you know the lead flight attendant asked if I minded giving halperin 6A. It was so strange he wouldn't even look or speak to me about it. If he would have asked me I would have obliged, no big deal. I couldn't believe how rude this guy was carrying on as I sat right next to him. So I obliged, he moved into 6A and left his shoes and a mess in his little first class cubicle area. I politely brought him his shoes and belongings to which he literally looked the other way and that was that. I then woke up this morning to a friend sending me the article and was in shock reading his tweets. Mind you Delta did absolutely nothing wrong, the flight attendant were extremely accommodating to his wishes all while trying to make sure I wasn't upset in any way. They handled the situation kindly and professionally.



So, eh, in a way, Halperin is kind of right. The seating arrangement was

A (aisle) BC (aisle) D

Correction: If I'd read the damn article I quoted, which I obviously did not, I'd've known that Pisano says the dog was in A -- the window seat, all alone -- but only came over to B (next to Halperin) to be comforted during take-off. At all other times (or most other times), presumably, the dog would be all alone by the window.

This does make it look like Halperin is a dick who just wanted the window seat, or to sit alone, and used the Dog Complaint to get it.

Anyway, there's three sides to every story: My Side, Your Side, and Mark Halperin is Just a Dick. If Pisano is right, avoiding even looking at him during this easily-untangled knot is a dick move. Halperin has always struck me as uptight and high-strung, and refusing-to-look-someone-in-the-eye just because you're having minor conflict with them fits that impression.

And maybe he just wanted the window seat -- though no one who wants to broadcast that he's a frequent First Class flyer would admit he wants to sit by the window and see things he's seen a thousand times before.

I think Halperin was using the technique of grumbleflaunting here. It's considered rude and uncouth to, as Trump does, simply announce you have a lot of money and access to elite goods.

The way the well-educated, well-socialized upper middle class prefers to brag on itself is through grumbleflaunting, where you complain about some defect in an elite good, which demonstrates 1, you have access to that elite good (like First Class berthing) and 2, you're so sophisticated you can actually critique the relative goodness and eliteness of elite goods.

So like here's a grumbleflaunt:

So I was flying at Mach 5 in the Secret Concorde and this chubby model, Kate Upton or whatever, asked if she could "sit on my face later."

Really, @delta?! We have assigned seats for a reason! And maybe extend your legroom beyond the cramped three yards we have so that this busty supermodel doesn't have to make rude demands of fellow passengers just to stretch out her long legs, which are the color of pale honey infused with Pleasure-Heightening Drugs That Poor People Can't Afford and have the gracefully abrupt curves of my favorite Ferrari.*

* I mean of the street-legal Ferraris I own, of course. I'm not counting the unlicensed Flying Ferrari, for obvious reasons.

For Further Review and Contemplation: How do you think you can use the technique of grumbleflaunting to raise your own social cachet?

Putting Theory Into Practice: Try a series of grumbleflaunts with your friends and co-workers. If your grumbleflaunt is successful, you will see their eyebrows rise covetously and you will rise in social cachet.

If your grumbleflaunt is unsuccessful, you will be punched square in the nose. As you should be.

Posted by Ace at 03:13 PM Comments

The Media Bubble

—Ace

Mollie Hemingway has written a new Encounter Broadside ("Broadside" being the imprint name for long essays about a subject) called Trump vs. the Media. She talks about the media bubble and daily social media freakouts with Ben Domenech.

The book was released early today (like 12am or thereabouts) and should be available on Amazon now. In the interview, starting around 11:30, she talks about the media's groupthink and open coordination with the Clinton campaign, citing the media's embargo of pre-briefed details about Fat Whore Miss Universe until Hillary had initiated the attack line herself in a debate.

At 28:30, she gets into something particularly fascinating to me: the groupthink and virtue signalling of reporters on Twitter, what Sean Davis calls the #BlueCheckmarkMafia who freak out virtually every morning about the Outrage of the Day. She notes that she planned to watch their twitter accounts to find the final proof of bias, but did not expect them to continue showing off how biased they were -- eventually, she expected they would figure out "that this doesn't make them look good."

So she thought this would be a brief opportunity.

But they never stopped. In fact, they just got worse and worse.

She concludes that maintaining credibility with other progressives, especially other progressive media-types, is more valuable to them than credibility with the public at large.

Meanwhile, Politico has a good story arguing that Hell Yes, the "media bubble" is real and it is spectacular.

He looks to where the media cohort is living to prove his point. Not only do almost all media people live in blue states, and blue counties in the blue states, but they tend to live in the bluest counties of blue states. Thus, they have little diversity in background, and upon relocating to the Bluest of All Blues, they have next-to-zero diversity in the thoughts and modes of life in their current everyday lives.

He suggests that this is due to the rise of the internet, strangely enough. The internet was supposed to bring about diversity of thought in the media, but it's had the opposite effect. The internet is destroying the newspaper industry -- no problem so far on that!

But the problem is that while the Bluest of All Blue big media was always liberal, it was also fed (a bit) by reporters hired from small papers in the interior of the country. So it had some diversity of background and political ethos.

But the industry has faced big cutbacks and many small local papers have closed up shop. The big media papers have cut staff too.

So anyone who wants to aspire to work in media really sort of has to be a progressive to have a shot at a long career in an increasingly progressive industry.

Furthermore, even worse, internet media hires now exceed traditional media hires.

You'd think this is where the diversity the internet promised would come in -- but no, internet media employees live almost exclusively in the Bluest of All Blue bubble cities -- even less diversity of zip code than the old media.

And let me add something to that: given that with the internet you can do your job of Media Reporter from practically anywhere (and most internet media people are not doing first-hand reporting, so they don't have to be in DC or NY or wherever), and given that "flyover states" and smaller cities in those states are much, much cheaper than NYC or DC or LA, you'd think that some of these internet media companies would set up shop in, say, Lincoln, Nebraska or Boise, Idaho.

No such luck.

And then ask yourself why -- you can make more money and own more property and have a richer lifestyle on the same level of income in one of the non-capital cities in the US. Why are almost all internet media companies, then, located in the exact same places as the old media?

Answer: Because progressives want to live in big, blue cities. It makes no financial sense, but it makes perfect cultural sense, because they assign a huge premium to the advantage of living in massive clusters of their fellow progressives, with whom they can chat about all the art installations and edgy off-Broadway plays they intend to check out some time but never do because they're always locked indoors watching Girls and Orange Is The New Black.

(Which by the way are on offer in Boise and Lincoln as well.)

At any rate, I assume that the people running these companies know where the employees they want to hire want to live, and it's not in a red county, and it's not even in a purplish county in a red state.

They want to be among their fellow correligionists.

And that tells you quite a bit about their biases. They'd rather live in an expensive, cramped studio five-floor walkup in Brooklyn than have a three bedroom house in Lincoln.

Only someone who places a very, very high premium in being Among the Tribe would sacrifice so much of more tangible lifestyle benefits.

So I think Jason Whitlock is right -- the leftwing Silicon Valley tech-culture has in fact hacked the media culture, moving it further to the left than ever before.

The very thing that was promised to expand diversity of thought has in fact greatly reduced it. Fewer and fewer opinions are acceptable to this claque any more, and less and less dissent is tolerated.

Rather than being fertile loam permitting thousands of different flowers to bloom, the internet is a relentlessly culled garden containing a single ugly species of flower that looks an awful lot like a weed with bright petals.

Posted by Ace at 02:01 PM Comments

Late Update to Last Story

—Ace

I should add it as an update, but the post is old now and no one will check for new updates.

The guy you saw reporting on the storming of the Heritage Foundation offices is actually a Daily Caller reporter who had infiltrated/embedded with the protesters to get the story.

Get this -- the people who illegally broke into a building and committed trespass called the police on him. Not sure what crime they accused him of -- maybe Possession of a Microaggression, maybe Practicing the First Amendment with Malice Aforethought.

Maybe Unlawful Entry Into a Safe Space.

I don't know because the clip is only available on FaceBook and I'm not on FaceBook.

If you watch it, let me know the basics of what he says.


Posted by Ace at 01:24 PM Comments

"Protesters" "Storm" into the Heritage Foundation Building Around 11am

—Ace

The claim seems to be this is just a "protest;" it's just that they had to break into the Hertiage building to hold the "protest" in the lobby.

Live feed of the siege on FaceBook.

A picture of the protest when it was outside the building here. Heritage staffers then counter-protested the protesters with "Repeal Obamacare" signs.

But they've now "stormed" the Heritage lobby, as you can see in the video (first link).

Posted by Ace at 12:19 PM Comments

Feminist Professor "Triggered" By Male Student's Paper, Saying She Had Trouble Telling His Paper from Her Rapist

—Ace

If you have trouble distinguishing a student's paper from a rape, maybe you don't actually understand rape.

Let me note that this screed was written anonymously by the professor. So we don't know who the professor was, and crucially, we don't know what the paper actually says.

She claims the student said he was skeptical that rape still exists. I tend to doubt that. I have a feeling he pointed out, correctly, that there have been a spate of fake rape accusations and that the definition of sexual assault has been reduced to a guy making a pass towards a woman who rejects it.

Add into that her hysterical, crybully damselling, calling for her knights in shining armor to come to her emotional rescue.

So I don't buy her characterizations of the "triggering" paper.

But here's what she shrieked:

A feminist professor said she was so triggered by a male student’s paper that "I began to have trouble distinguishing him from the man that [raped me]."

Writing anonymously in Inside Higher Ed, the professor described a lesson on rape culture she included in her gender class, saying she was frustrated with male students skeptical that it exists.

But one male student’s paper left her "thrown back into a pit of traumatic, fragmented memories," she wrote.

The student cited a men’' rights advocacy group, referenced a case where a woman raped a man, questioned whether feminism was relevant, and said that concerns about gender inequality were overblown.

If the guy "triggered" her post-traumatic reaction to rape, why is she also complaining about such small-ball matters like whether feminism is relevant, or if gender inequality claims are overblown?

Think about this from a position of human sanity: If someone kidnapped and maimed a person, would the victim, in the course of narrating the crime to police, also toss in "I think he voted for Trump" and "I'm skeptical of some of the websites I saw him reading"?

...

"As I went over his paper," she wrote, "I realized that I was reading a paper that sounded word for word like something the man who raped me would say. And not only did this sound like something my rapist would say, this student fit the same demographic profile as him: white, college male, between the ages of 18 and 22."

She said she was so upset that she could no longer grade papers or read.

"Although I knew it was unlikely that this student would literally try to rape me, his words felt so familiar that I began having trouble distinguishing him from the man that did...."

I didn't want to steal the whole thing, but trust me when I say there's some nice crazy kickers at the end.

More: David French excerpts another part of this screed, revealing that the prof seems especially keen on explaining to students that don't know they've been raped that they've been raped, or to students who don't know they're rapists that they're rapists. And she gets upset by the "mansplaining" that then occurs as non-rapists resist her new definitions of rape.

Posted by Ace at 11:13 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Portrait of Thérèse
John Singer Sargent

She's naked under that dress.

Posted by CBD at 09:35 AM Comments

The Morning Report 4/25/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Things may be coming to a head in Korea as the NorKs are conducting massive live-fire drills and could possibly test fire that underground nuke. Meanwhile, a US nuclear submarine has docked in a South Korean harbor while the Carl Vinson battle group steams ever closer. Domestically, Obama has returned to the states to give a lecture about community organizing and the evils of money in politics - for a $400,000 fee. Continued mixed signals about PDT. First, he has supposedly agreed to delay Border Wall funding to avoid a government shutdown and the new Obamacare repeal does very little to achieve that. And since it was negotiated in large part by a couple of big-time GOP RINOs, it's no surprise that Medicaid funding and other ACA garbage stays in place. Feh. Lastly, I'll leave you with this tidbit from the "Professor" Michael Eric Dyson link:

Dyson's main point is that America is a hellhole that dooms black people to failure, silencing, and death, while whites uniformly bask in unearned wealth and good fortune. "You know that white skin is magic."

Blacks are analogous to captured birds. Whites will decide whether they want, finally, to open their hands and liberate blacks, or just, out of spite, strangle them to death. "It's in your hands."

As reparation, whites must hire blacks instead of whites. Whites must pay blacks more money than is appropriate. Whites must give blacks money for school tuition and zoo, museum, and movie admission, and pay for massages and textbooks. White people must also tell every white person they meet that he enjoys white privilege. Dyson provides the script: "Whites must understand that they benefit from white privilege in order to realize how white privilege creates the space for black oppression."

So, okay Professor. I'll play along. You tell us all these things whites must do but answer me this one question: FOR HOW LONG? The world wonders . . .

Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:40 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (4/24/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

The Erie Canal

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Because, that is why.

:)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

We cannot accept the fact that Jews wouldn't be entitled to live and buy anywhere in Jerusalem. I can only imagine what would happen if someone suggested Jews could not live in certain neighborhoods in New York, London, Paris or Rome. There would certainly be a major international outcry. Benjamin Netanyahu


Quote II

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. Ronald Reagan


Quote III

With all due respect, many in the entertainment industry are deep into mind-altering substance abuse, and when one’s logic and intellectual calculating powers are replaced with dopey feel-good, fantasy-driven denial, the democratic party serves them well. Ted Nugent


*****

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:00 PM Comments

Chelsea Clinton, Precocious Regurgitator Of Daft, Left-Wing Bumper Sticker Morality [Warden]

—Open Blogger

Chelsea Clinton was born so woke that the first part of her to emerge was a tiny power fist shaking furiously at the world's injustices.

Right, then.

1. I don't believe her.

2. It would reflect even more poorly on this dull and unaccomplished braggart if it actually were true that she wrote this at five years of age.

Of course her spastic flock enthusiastically jumped in with their tales of their own children writing Donald Trump to lecture him about his various isms, phobias, and failure to take proper note of whichever potpourri of special rights that the left has conjured out of thin air on any given day.

All of Chelsea's groupies are, of course, inordinately proud of their children for repeating the trite political tropes they've been incessantly mouthing in front of them for their entire lives.

Good job. Opinions are as rare as albino naked mole-rats. The ability to write words using a pencil, rarer still. Combining the two is is a praiseworthy achievement indeed.

But hey, I ain't even mad. Below the fold is proof that...

1. God exists.

2. His wrath is mighty indeed.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 08:35 PM Comments

Trump to Open Atlantic Ocean to Oil Exploration; May Finally Overturn Ban on Drilling in the Alaska National Wilderness Reserve (ANWR)

—Ace

Remember ANWR?

That's not actually on the table, yet, but Trump has directed the DOE to review Obama's various bans on oil exploration, including in national parks.

First reported by Axios, the 'Executive Order Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy' would initiate a review of the locations available for off-shore oil and gas exploration.

The executive order would also look into the regulations currently governing off-shore oil and gas exploration, as Trump has continually promised to kill off business-curbing rules.

...


Beyond offshore drilling, Trump's executive orders will target some of President Obama's national parks designations made, as labeling areas a national monument makes them off-limits to drilling, fishing and mining.


By the way: You know who doesn't want Alaska pumping out oil?

Putin.

And Saudi Arabia.

Low oil prices are objectively good for the American economy and good for its foreign policy goals -- most major oil exporters are hostile or at best frenemies, and being able to open the spigots whenever we want to send a message would be a terrific piece of foreign policy leverage that also amounts to putting money in American pockets.

Posted by Ace at 07:30 PM Comments

#Science Now Says You're Gay and Transsexual

—Ace

Two related bits of stupid:

A tranny is now claiming that people who have a preference for real men or real women are guilty of "cissexism." We've been counting down to the moment where it's officially a mainstream idea on the left that you must have gay sex, upon demand, to prove you're not homophobic, and while that idea has been pushed for a while now (as I've mentioned, I've heard from parents of younger kids that they believe if they are "straight only" that means they're bigots), and every year the media turns out a new sob story about a "transgirl" who's very upset and hurt that straight boys don't want to be with another boy with a penis, but I'd mark today as an important day in our collective sexual journey.

Why conservatives don't embarrass progressive politicians by straight-up asking them this question -- is a 15 year old boy a "bigot" if he's not interested in having sex with a trans "girl"? -- I don't know. It could just be that conservatives get a bit flustered by publicly speaking about sex. But if this is the left's push, then I want every Democrat to answer this question definitively.

Meanwhile, "Bill Nye the Science Guy" -- or is it Bill Nye the Science Pyrsyn on a Spectrum of Discovery? -- has minor YouTube/cable celebrity Rachel Bloom shake her tits and ass proclaiming that #Science says you're gay.

And by the way, I don't think this woman is funny. She's just halfway stacked, so men applaud when she does anything where she sings something kind of dirty.

Would anyone have ever heard of this woman if she wasn't a D cup and fond of demonstrating that fact? She's just doing geexploitation -- geeks are horny and like girls with bewbs, especially those who cynically play to them by offering the illusion of attainability.

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Blue Checkmark Mafia Goes Nuts Over Claim That Debbie Schlussel Accused Sean Hannity of Sexual Harassment; Debbie Schlussel Later Clarifies She's Not Accusing Him Of That

—Ace

The John Ekdahl rule: From 7am to 12pm, the deranged leftist media goes crazy every day with some new #FakeNews. Then from 5pm to 8pm, they begrudgingly walk back their claims when people aren't online.

Debbie Schlussel claimed that Sean Hannity invited her to his hotel room and she declined and then she was never on his show again.

She later clarified she'd never accuse him of sexual harassment based on such facts. Even assuming they are facts, which I don't. More on that later.

Now, in an interview with LawNewz.com on Monday morning, Schlussel is denying that she was ever sexually harassed by Sean Hannity. While Schlussel stands by her description of the incident, Schlussel told us that she doesn’t believe what happened between the two amounted to sexual harassment by any legal definition.

"I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that," Schlussel, an attorney herself, said. Schlussel said the interaction happened in the early 2000’s when Hannity was in Detroit taping a show.

"He tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine treated me horribly," she said on the radio program. Schlussel later clarified that it wasn’t his hotel room, but rather his hotel. She told LawNewz.com that she did go on the show following the incident, but after that was "banned from Fox News."

Now, on that "assuming the facts are true" caveat:

Following the radio interview on Friday, Hannity issued a strongly worded statement denying Schlussel’s claims saying he plans to take legal action against Schlussel for possible libel.

“LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100% false and a complete fabrication,” Hannity said in a statement obtained by LawNewz.com. “This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation. The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with.”

Brit Hume had a disagreement about this with ABC News' political director Matt Dowd, who looks like a thumb and tweets anti-conservative bullshit all day while claiming to be politically neutral.


Matthew Dowd is right -- one should never proposition someone in the course of one's job duties.

Speaking of divorces and hot new relationships, Megyn Kelly will debut on NBC in June.

Sort of.

"She will start in May, and her Sunday show will premiere in June," a network insider told us. Kelly had been expected to start in July after her Fox contract expired, but she was just released from her Fox deal two weeks ago.

She will join Kate Snow as part of NBC News’ Sunday night programming....

But the former Fox News star's upcoming weekday morning program remains in shambles. We're told NBC is still scrambling to find a staff and executive producer for the weekday morning show, which will debut in the fall.

"It’s a very real problem. There’s no staff in place. They have no idea what they’re going to do with Megyn. Ideas range from talk show to studio audience to news show. It's a problem," another source said. Kelly's rep didn't comment.

Liberals don't even want to work with someone who has the slightest whiff of not being fully liberal. Megyn Kelly always struck me as a liberal Republican (at best), but that is a bridge too far for today's militant progressives.

Hell, the Murdoch Sons may be about to take Fox fully liberal in an effort to feel respectable socializing with their fellow monied liberals again.

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Three ISIS Fighters Killed By Long-Range Snipers and Wild Boars But Mostly Wild Boars

—Ace

When God sends a Plague of Wild Boars against you, he's done sending messages, and is now sending armored bacon.

Near Kirkuk, Iraq:

Three Islamic State jihadis have reportedly been killed by rampaging wild boars near Iraqi farmland.

The three Islamic State militants were cut down by the feral boar known to inhabit Kirkuk in the the al-Rashad region, a local news site claims.

They attacked the militants and left three killed, Iraqi News reports.

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Artist's Depiction: A warboar sergeant putting recruits
through bacon training

ISIS took vengeance on the boars by... attacking the farm.

'Islamic State militants took revenge at the pigs that attacked the farmland," though reports of how the fighters died remain unclear.

ISIS apparently thinks the feral pigs owned the farm. Some kind of boar kubbutz or something.

Posted by Ace at 03:41 PM Comments

Will the Democrats Shut Down the Government to Block the Wall?

—Ace

Building a wall around the wall. Only in the Democrat Party.

Jeff Sessions doesn't think they have the stones.

From The Hill:

"I can't imagine the Democrats would shut down the government over an objection to building a down payment on a wall that can end the lawlessness..."

He added that they'd pay for the wall "one way or another."

I think the Democrats can and will be this crazy. What else do they have to sell except crazy?

By the way, NPR is now saying that what the Democrats are threatening is but a mere "partial shutdown" of government. PJMedia's Charlie Martin doesn't remember NPR referring to Republican-threatened shutdowns as "partial shutdowns," even though, of course, they were the same shutdowns.

Posted by Ace at 03:39 PM Comments

Media Now Whining That Trump Is Holding Rally on Night of "#NerdProm," Thus Keeping Some Reporters From Attending

—Ace

White House correspondents would have to cover a White House-related event.

They had wanted to spend #NerdPromNight sipping other people's champagne and eating other people's caviar.

Now the Bad Man is making them work.


These people are loathsome.

Posted by Ace at 02:35 PM Comments

Politico: "Obama's Hidden Iran Giveaway"

—Ace

Note this is Politico, a fake news outlet that cheers on Democrats, not, say, WND.

When Politico is giving their investigatory piece that headline, you know it's bad -- and you know it's probably worse than they're letting on, or worse than they've yet discovered.

Maybe bookmark the piece for reading tonight -- it's very long and detailed. I'll excerpt some stuff but this is just a little bit of it.

Obama's Hidden Iran Giveaway

By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials -- and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces.

By JOSH MEYER 04/24/17 05:00 AM EDT


When President Barack Obama announced the "one-time gesture" of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who "were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses" last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans.

At the time, the Obama Administration crowed that they had "winnowed" Iran's additional request for more released prisoners down to these harmless seven.

But Obama, the senior official and other administration representatives weren’t telling the whole story on Jan. 17, 2016, in their highly choreographed rollout of the prisoner swap and simultaneous implementation of the six-party nuclear deal, according to a POLITICO investigation.

In his Sunday morning address to the American people, Obama portrayed the seven men he freed as "civilians." The senior official described them as businessmen convicted of or awaiting trial for mere "sanctions-related offenses, violations of the trade embargo."

In reality, some of them were accused by Obama's own Justice Department of posing threats to national security. Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with applications in surface-to-air and cruise missiles like the kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with the Trump administration. Another was serving an eight-year sentence for conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology and hardware. As part of the deal, U.S. officials even dropped their demand for $10 million that a jury said the aerospace engineer illegally received from Tehran.

And in a series of unpublicized court filings, the Justice Department dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, all of them fugitives. The administration didn't disclose their names or what they were accused of doing, noting only in an unattributed, 152-word statement about the swap that the U.S. "also removed any Interpol red notices and dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful"

Three of the fugitives allegedly sought to lease Boeing aircraft for an Iranian airline that authorities say had supported Hezbollah, the U.S.-designated terrorist organization. A fourth, Behrouz Dolatzadeh, was charged with conspiring to buy thousands of U.S.-made assault rifles and illegally import them into Iran.

A fifth, Amin Ravan, was charged with smuggling U.S. military antennas to Hong Kong and Singapore for use in Iran. U.S. authorities also believe he was part of a procurement network providing Iran with high-tech components for an especially deadly type of IED used by Shiite militias to kill hundreds of American troops in Iraq.

The biggest fish, though, was Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili, who had been charged with being part of a conspiracy that from 2005 to 2012 procured thousands of parts with nuclear applications for Iran via China. That included hundreds of U.S.-made sensors for the uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran whose progress had prompted the nuclear deal talks in the first place.


When federal prosecutors and agents learned the true extent of the releases, many were shocked and angry. Some had spent years, if not decades, working to penetrate the global proliferation networks that allowed Iranian arms traders both to obtain crucial materials for Tehran's illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs and, in some cases, to provide dangerous materials to other countries.

And while this was going on, the Administration was putting DOJ investigations into both new and old Iranian or Iran-affiliated targets into slowdown, throwing sand in the gears at every turn.

That's all I can quote. Politico even includes a fact check at the end of the piece comparing Obama's claims about these seven (actually 21) "civilians" (actually spies and illegal arms smugglers) that he released.

Basically, Obama released the Rosenbergs in exchange for a promise to not build a nuclear bomb for ten years -- just continue doing all the research, testing, and procurement to build a bomb in ten years.

Oh, and then he gave the country the atomic secrets were stolen for $150 billion as seed money for their own Iranian Manhattan Project.

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Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics

—CBD

The Cato Institute: GAO Weighs In On "Countering Violent Extremism"

From the GAO's report:

Of the 85 violent extremist incidents that resulted in death since September 12, 2001, far right wing violent extremist groups were responsible for 62 (73 percent) while radical Islamist violent extremists were responsible for 23 (27 percent).

It sounds like we are focusing our energies on the wrong people, at least at first glance. But, as usual, the death-wish among a certain group of elites is on full display. Those statistics are for the United States, not the world. It is a sleazy and underhanded analysis of a world-wide problem.

But The Cato Institute seems to buy into that canard, that since there are fewer attacks on U.S. soil, militant Islam isn't that big of a problem.

I understand their reluctance to ease Constitutional protections, but there is a reasonable accommodation to be made when the often-expressed desire of militant Islam is to destroy Western society. That they haven't done much in this country post 9/11 is a testament to two big oceans between us and them, and taking the fight to their countries.

Posted by CBD at 12:33 PM Comments

Obama Now Giving Speech at the University of Chicago on Community Organizing

—Ace

Live on CNN's feed now.

If you can't bear listening to the Jug-Eared F***, CBD's post is still below. I hate stomping him, but this is a live event, so. What must be done must be done.

Posted by Ace at 11:58 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Jeune Femme Lisant (Young Woman Reading)
Alfred Stevens

He has a civilized name, but he is actually from Belgium.

And...once again...technique wins. Think what you will of the subject, the work is marvelous as a physical feat of artistry.

Posted by CBD at 09:40 AM Comments

The Morning Report 4/24/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Hope everybody had a great weekend. Lots to cover, so let's get with it. Top stories are the French elections, which are sending the EU globalists into paroxysms of panic. As several US Navy carrier battle groups get closer to the Korean peninsula, the NorKs are threatening to test fire a nuke tomorrow which many predict will force PDT to strike. Earth Day and the march of the Lysenkoists was less about science than it was about the social justice causes du jour, which these things always devolve into. Last but not least, today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Time to pray for the millions of lives snuffed out and give thanks for the righteous among nations as well as the American GIs who fought and died to save the survivors. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (4/23/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


A WISH TO LIVE FOREVER


I met a fairy who said she would grant me one wish.
Immediately I said, "I want to live forever."
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant eternal life."
"OK," I said, "Then, I want to die after Congress gets some work done. "

"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.



Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"Let me tell you about endangered species, all right? Saving endangered species is just one more arrogant attempt by humans to control nature. It's arrogant meddling. It's what got us in trouble in the first place. Doesn't anybody understand that? Interfering with nature. Over 90%, way over 90% of all the species that have ever lived on this planet, ever lived, are gone. They're extinct. We didn't kill them all. They just disappeared. That's what nature does.

"We’re so self-important. So self-important. Everybody’s going to save something now. “Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.” And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another, we’re gonna save the fucking planet?George Carlin


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Early Sunday Night Open Thread

—Ace

Been a while since the last thread. ONT coming up, but here's a new thread anyway.

Posted by Ace at 09:28 PM Comments

Food Thread: It's Just Food

—CBD

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I'll make you a deal Dr. Hyman: You inoculate us both with Yersinia pestis (plague) or rabies, and I will treat myself with antibiotics or rabies vaccine, and you treat yourself with a big bowl of kale and some raw radishes, and in a month we will meet and compare notes.

The conceit of these new age shamans that 2,500 years of Western intellectual development is somehow flawed and that they can simply invent a new paradigm of health is a reflection of a very wealthy society that has many people in it who have nothing serious to worry about.

Food is fuel. Yes, there are some mixtures that are better for us than others, but in the end, food provides energy and the building blocks for growth of tissue.

Making it some sort of 21st century totem that symbolizes an ascent to some higher plane is just silly. I'm all for putting food on a pedestal, but only for the purposes of pleasure and as a social lubricant. I refuse to elevate it to something magical and mystical. And the people who claim incredible properties of food are doing exactly that. It's voodoo and astrology all wrapped up in baked quinoa and arugula until it is proven by a dispassionate scientific study that is then repeated, preferably a few times.

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French Elections: Macron and LePen Qualify For Second Round, Drawing 23.7% and 21.7% Respectively

—Ace

The candidates of the two major parties, Parti Socialist (PS) and Les Republicaines (LR), both immediately called on supporters to vote against Le Pen. Francois Fillon called Le Pen "an extremist."

Had the 100%-tax-on-the-rich Melenchon faced off against Le Pen, it could be a race, because center-right voters could maybe decide the arch-socialist, far-left Melenchon was an even bigger threat.

Macron is a standard issue French socialist, running as an "independent," who enthusiastically supports the EU, which I guess makes him palatable to the somewhat-less-socialist Republicaines.

I don't see any possible route to victory for Le Pen, short of ISIS raising black flags over the Eysium.

Incidentally, France's two biggest parties failed to make the second round of the election, because the PS is very unpopular after five years of the very unpopular Francoise Hollande, and the Republicaines nominated Fillon, who looked fine pre-nomination, but soon after was badly damaged by revelations/accusations that his wife was holding a no-show government-paid job.

Alternate View: "Sargon of Akkad," who correctly predicted that Geert Wilders could not win and in fact could not even come close to winning in the Dutch presidential elections, is predicting the unrelenting terrorist attacks in France will in fact turn the advantage to Le Pen.

He notes that one poll claims that half of all French police say they'll vote for Le Pen, which may be (or might not be) a kind of hidden leading indicator.

It surprises me that he'd say that, because I'd figure that the same dynamic present in the Netherlands (everyone not in the nationalist party votes against the nationalist party) would apply to France. But maybe the high rate of terrorism is more of a factor in besieged France.

He notes that Macron is resigning himself a "this is the way it is now" attitude, (he said something to that effect), and further vows, in mocking both Le Pen and Trump, that there will be no wall in his own campaign platform, because the EU will France's walls.

I'm still skeptical myself -- we just had big news in the regional elections a couple of years ago, in which six or seven FN candidates made it to the second tour, but only one (IIRC) prevailed in the election. That was post-Bataclan, so if there was going to be a big turn towards FN, one would imagine it would have happened back then, too.

Poll: Connor linked a poll saying "Bloomberg has Le Pen ahead." I don't know if he misread this, but the latest Ipsos poll has Macron ahead of Le Pen 62 to 32, a blowout.

Remember, this election today is the first "tour", or round, or what we might call a "jungle primary." The next election is the second tour, the run-off between the two top finishers.

FN frequently makes it to the second tour, but then gets beaten in that election (the election that actually results in a win or loss of office) because the partisans of all non-FN parties tend to vote against the FN.

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What The Hell Is A March For Science?

—CBD

Aside from turning Manhattan into a giant parking lot, what did these stupid demonstrations achieve?

Well, it was a monstrous sea of virtue-signalling signs and hip clothing and wry facial hair, and not a single constructive thing other than widening the gulf between hyper-politicized agitation for "climate change" and...um...real science.

The idiocy that "consensus" should end the debate is insulting to everyone who understands the scientific method and isn't driven by partisanship or, probably more likely, the quest for funding.

Newton and Liebnitz and Pasteur and Einstein and Rutherford and Barry Marshall and Robin Warren (look 'em up) and Feynman and Mullis and a host of great scientists did not accept the status quo and the pronouncements of the herd.

Scientific investigation should take one wherever the data point. That the AGW establishment jealously guards its data is a testament to their ulterior motives, and a huge red flag. Show me your raw data, and show me how and why you "corrected" them to prove your hypothesis. Otherwise, you are a fraud and a liar and have no respect for the scientific method.


And another thing:

Correlation does not imply causation

Posted by CBD at 12:00 PM Comments

Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-23-2017

—OregonMuse



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Library of Congress Reading Room

Pic Note

I heard about this reading room from tsrblke, who told me:

It's actually not all that easy to find, you actually have to go down to the level below it, wander some hallways that cut at odd angles and then take an elevator back up to the room's entrance. And leaving I got totally lost and spent 15 minutes wandering around in a sublevel until I finally found my way out...There are several alcoves off the main center area that look out to the center of the room almost like little observation rooms. And you don't get a sense of the sheer size of this single room until you're standing on the floor of it looking up rather than down from above.


Another Book by One of Trump's Appointees

I did not know that our newest SCOTUS justice, Neil Gorsuch, had written a book, which came to my attention when RealClearBooks had a link to this negative review of it. If you want a good look about how Justice Gorsuch thinks, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia is probably a good place to start:

After assessing the strengths and weaknesses of arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia, Gorsuch builds a nuanced, novel, and powerful moral and legal argument against legalization, one based on a principle that, surprisingly, has largely been overlooked in the debate--the idea that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong. At the same time, the argument Gorsuch develops leaves wide latitude for individual patient autonomy and the refusal of unwanted medical treatment and life-sustaining care, permitting intervention only in cases where an intention to kill is present.

The downside is that this book is published by an academic press, so the price ($25) is pretty steep. And some of the reviews are just frothing at the mouth. I especially liked the one that is basically one sentence: "It’s been almost a year since Senate Republicans took an empty Supreme Court seat hostage, discarding a constitutional duty that both parties have honored throughout American history and hobbling an entire branch of government for partisan gain." Heh. Butthurt much?


It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

Something that is MERDIVEROUS eats dung.

Usage: "The merdiverous Maxine Waters..."

Also, if you rearrange the letters in the phrase "an antifa protester" you get its dictionary definition

"n: fat pest near a riot."

(h/t Mark Huffman for the anagram)

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EMT 04/23/17

—krakatoa

This EMT has every bit of substance as Hillary's campaign did.

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Overnight Open Thread (22 Apr 2017)

—CDR M

Sure is bright today in my house with all the lights on for Earth Day. Just a reminder, the Earth Day co-founder killed, composted his girlfriend.

13 most ridiculous predictions made on Earth Day, 1970.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 04-22-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

Let's Talk About Star Wars

Okay, not actually Star Wars, but stuff like this:



I think that you people know that I love movies in general quite a bit more than most. I watch a lot of stuff of a wide variety.

You may also be able to guess that I got into movies through stuff like Star Wars. I was obsessed with the original trilogy. I read the Expanded Universe novels. Hell, in about 6th grade I tried my first hand at novel writing with a Star Wars novel (I'm pretty sure it was really terrible and I'm very glad that I can't find it). I went a bit nuts when the first trailer for The Phantom Menace came out. I went to go see 13 Days, a movie I had no interest in, just so that I could see the trailer.

I was also 13 years old at the time.

I picked this guy's video at random, and I don't want to cast judgment on the guy's mental state. Neither should you. However, having never heard of this guy before, seen any of his videos, or met him in person, all I have to go on with him is this video. And he cries at the trailer for The Last Jedi. He…Cries.


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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 04-22-2017

—OregonMuse



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Michael Cheval - A la Guerre Comme a la Guerre

Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a hockey brawl on a Saturday afternoon. Except maybe Bruins fans.


Pic Note

I played around with Google's language translator, and the title of this week's pic could either be rendered "In War As In War" or "War and War", I'm not sure which. No doubt one of you morons more knowledgeable in French would be able to help out here.

Also, there's a lot of detail in the painting that you'll be able to see a lot better if you bring up the larger version, which is only a click away.


Problem 1 - Black To Play (224)

Hint: Black can force a mate in 2


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread, where critters are tops.

It's been quite a week with the pets here. All I can say is I'm glad that they don't have thumbs. Whats been going on in your world?

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Bloomin' Mysteries [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Clue to Mystery Flower #1 is The Platypus.

Animal: Wide bill. Plant: Wide ____.

Happy Saturday, gardeners and garden watchers! Today, we have three mystery flowers plus additional content! Only the most nerdish gardeners in The Horde are expected to come up with the correct species identification for our first mystery today without looking it up. I do not know the identity of our second Mystery Flower. Maybe together we can figure out what it is.

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Thread before the gardening thread: Oz in April [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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It's elementary.

Has autumn (in Australia) brought out a bit of attention to reality? Australia unveils major changes to citizenship process. Via Maggie's Farm:

Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate "Australian values", PM Malcolm Turnbull said.

Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident - three years longer than at present.

The move comes two days after Australia unveiled stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas.

Mr Turnbull said the changes would ensure that migrants were better integrated into the community. . . .

Sounds to me like some of the "Australian values" noted could be adopted as "American values", too.

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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[X] Coffee
[X] Sassy Pants
[X] Smart Ass Attitude

All set, must be Saturday morning. Welcome the the weird news dump.

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EMT 04/22/17

—krakatoa

You really shouldn't be up this early. It's a Saturday. Shoot your clock and get some sleep.

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Overnight Open Thread (21 Apr 2017)

—CDR M

Alright, I'm back from my misadventures in computing. Long story short, I had an overheating CPU that was spiking to 99C and causing programs to lock up when the CPU throttled itself due to the heat spike. I originally thought it was the EA software but that turned out not to be the case. First I replaced the thermal paste that was located on the heat sink/water cooler bottom that attaches to the CPU chip. That didn't address the problem so I replaced the water cooler itself and that didn't work either. Eventually, I ended up swapping out the CPU chip and everything is back to normal. Then I had to mess with the BIOS as it stopped recognizing one of my GPUs. Good learning experience though.

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Heat St. starts its headline with the dickish "Coward," but the guy 1, can't antagonize his employers too much and 2, can't antagonize the public too much. I think calling him a "Coward" is bullshit.
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Here's a twofer: Teen Wears Prom Dress Honoring Trayvon Martin and The Black Lives Matter Movement AND a video explaining what "woke" means. It's a link to "Essence" so you know what to expect. [CBD]
Chicago, land of the Cubs and lawlessness. Nearly 1000 gun shot victims this year. Summer ought to be a blast hoot in Chicago. [Mis. Hum.]
Why spend any damn money on/in/at the U.N. is beyond me. Abuser Saudi Arabia elected to women's rights commission. Kick this sorry excuse of an organization and let them carry on in Brussels or Tehran. [Mis. Hum.]
Some good news on the medical front. Breakthrough on the cause of M.S. [Mis. Hum.]
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This is an excellent rebuttal of the various incorrect assumptions made about Zionism. [CBD]
RIP Kate O'Beirne. Conservative stalwart 1949-2017 [Mis. Hum.]
Headlines: 4/22/2017
It is with extremely heavy heart that I must announce the passing of original Moronette BamaPachyderm. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. An Air Force veteran, you will never meet a kinder, bigger-hearted lady than she, and we are poorer for her passing. Rest in peace, my friend. [tmi3rd]
Erin Moran, star of Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, has passed away at age 56. [Weirddave]
Shattered -- a brief review (w/spoilers). Yep, I read the whole thing. I really do recommend this book; I predict it will strongly influence US Presidential campaigns for years to come.

Pro tip: physical copies seemed to be sold out everywhere; either that, or pro-Clinton forces have bought them all up to shred them. But you can still get e-book versions (Kindle, Nook, etc.). [Fritzworth]
Headlines: 4/21/2017
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