February 20, 2017

The Overton Window Is Shifting, Even In Europe.

—CBD

Geert Wilders attacks 'Moroccan scum' as he launches election campaign

Of course the headline is inflammatory. The real criticism was of a subset of Moroccans who have immigrated to The Netherlands. But that is to be expected from the soon-to-be-obsolete mainstream press.

Before posing for selfies and accepting bouquets from a small band of hardcore supporters, Mr Wilders spoke out against the "Islamisation" of Holland and urged his countrymen to "regain your country". "Not all are scum, but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe, mostly young people," he told camera crews from across the continent.

The sentiment is being expressed in public as part of the election process, and is no longer being whispered.

Mr Wilders's plans to close all mosques, shut down the asylum system and ban headscarves at public functions have proved popular with white working-class voters whom the party dubs "Henk and Ingrid". He has also appealed to voters who feel they have not shared in the benefits of the economic recovery by pledging more generous welfare payments and to stage a "Nexit" from the European Union.

Sound familiar?

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Trump Names New NSA, and It's Not Bolton. Sad!

—Ace


I wanted to get this up fast. I will add what little I know about McMasters as I look it up on the Google machine.

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Two More Arrests Made of J20 Disruptors, Bringing Total to Three

—Ace

They were caught on Project Veritas' sting videos conspiring to take illegal actions to disrupt the Inauguration, and now three of them have been arrested.

Two more anarchists exposed by Project Veritas in a series of sting videos have been arrested, James O'Keefe announced on Twitter Wednesday. That brings the total number of arrests thus far to three. Paul "Luke" Kuhn and Colin Dunn were recently arrested in addition to Scott Ryan Charney, who was arrested on January 19.

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Luke Kuhn, of the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, was heard on the video actually threatening the city government of Washington, D.C., and the police if they tried to stop them:

"The message has to be, we do not recognize the city government either," Kuhn says. "If you try to close us down we will look for your house, we will burn it. We will physically fight the police if they try to steal one of our places. We will go to war and you will lose."

Sounds like someone had his Internet Muscles on, and then found out they weren't real muscles at all.

Presidents Day Off. I don't take any vacations (I hope to, eventually) so I gotta take my federal holidays off.

Yeah I know, some of you are working today. Sad! I am with you in spirit -- but only in spirit.

Those shelves aren't finishing themselves off, you know.

I'll post here and there but it'll be skimpy and thin. Mostly open threads.

If any cobs want to post, I'll definitely check the site before stompenating you!


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Two Administrations -- Two Very Different Views Of Islamic Terrorism

—CBD

In A White House Initiative to Defeat Radical Islam Daniel Pipes writes that:

Donald Trump gave a robust speech in August 2016 on how he, as president, would "Make America Safe Again." In it, he pledged that "one of my first acts as president will be to establish a commission on radical Islam." Note: he said radical Islam, not some euphemism like violent extremism.

Contrast that with the Obama administration:

As an example of how not to answer this question, the Obama administration convened a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group in 2010 and included participants who turned up such gems as: "Jihad as holy war is a European invention," the caliphate's return is "inevitable," Sharia (Islamic law) is "misunderstood," and "Islamic terrorism is a contradiction in terms ... because terrorism is not Islamic by definition." The result? The group produced propaganda helpful to the (unnamed) enemy.

Orwell understood very well that language has great power. Obama's language was carefully calculated to blame the world for Islamic terrorism, and exonerate Islam.

Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

President Trump is operating under no such constraints or illusions, and is quite correctly naming the source of Islamic terrorism as Islam.

It is not racist or anti-religion or whatever the SJW buzzword is to describe the reality of Islam. Hopefully the Trump administration will be able to purge the apologists for Islamic expansionism and push back against the tide.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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George Washington
Gilbert Stuart

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (2/19/17) Bare Bones Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Leave it to the NYT for a puff piece obituary. Poor mistreated Blind Sheikh Abdel Rahman passes on.

Mr. Abdel Rahman, who was known as the blind sheikh, spent years in the most severe solitary confinement, barred from communicating with his followers, praying with other Muslim prisoners or even listening to Arabic radio. Failing blood circulation due to diabetes had killed the sensation in his fingertips, making it impossible for him to read his Braille Islamic texts.

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Sunday Evening Thread

—Ace

This isn't even an open thread. It's a thread. You're only allowed to talk about one thing, but I'm not going to tell you what it is.

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Food Thread: The Time I Got Spagheti Sauce On The Ceiling, And Other Bedtime Stories

—CBD

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I screw up about once a week. Maybe more. But I have been cooking long enough that I can usually repair the damage without much trouble. My worst was probably early in my cooking days; I had just bought a copy of Marcella Hazan's wonderful The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating, and I desperately wanted to make Osso Buco Milanese. It's a bit of a pain, but I figured I could do it with some luck, and a lot of time. The only complication was that I had to go to work, so the plan was to cook it most of the way, then turn off the oven, go to work, return and reheat, and all would be right in the world.

So I skipped over to The Berkeley Bowl, where I bought the ingredients, including some very pricey (at least for me) veal shanks. The preparation went well, and as I put the pot into the oven I thought that I was quite the chef! And I was, until I got back into my car after work and realized that I had not turned off the oven before I had left. I think there was about one ounce of salvageable meat on the eight shanks I had cooked.

Oh....before I started using an immersion blender to make salad dressing, I used to shake it in a jar. Easy and quick, although I strongly suggest that if you use the shaking method to make sure that the top is on securely. And on an unrelated note, it takes several coats of primer to mask oil stains on the ceiling.

So what was your worst?

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Shower Thought: Do We Celebrate Hillary Clinton Too Much? (MJ)

—Open Blogger

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Journalist Or Comedian: You Make The Call

—CBD


And Bannion's response?


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Sunday Morning Book Thread 02-19-2017

—OregonMuse



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Main Reading Room, George Peabody Library, Baltimore

(h/t Mike Hammer for the Peabody pics)

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are hotties, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or rioting in the streets, and special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, a big load of guffaws. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, both of which should be taken out and shot.

And welcome back, Vic!


Nothing To See Here, Move Along

The Federalist asks the question, Did The New York Times Deliberately Snub ‘Gosnell’ Book From Its Bestseller List?

When Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer launched last week, it was No. 3 on Amazon’s bestseller list, and took the top slot on the retailer’s “Hot New Release” list. Currently, Gosnell is No. 15 on Amazon’s “Hot New Release” list, and No. 13 on NYT’s “Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction” list, yet NYT won’t include it on its bestseller nonfiction list.

Amazon sales are not the same thing as NY Times sales, which are measured differently. That's why the the best-seller lists are different. On the other hand, the NY Times explanation actually explains nothing:

The Times's best-seller lists are based on a detailed analysis of book sales from a wide range of retailers who provide us with specific and confidential context of their sales each week. These standards are applied consistently, across the board in order to provide Times readers our best assessment of what books are the most broadly popular at that time.

Sounds kind of weasely. And what is "specific and confidential context" supposed to mean?

But regardless, here is the book: Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer by Ann McElhinney and Philem McAleer

When the Grand Jury indicted abortion doctor Dr. Kermit Gosnell in 2011, it wrote: "This case is about a doctor who killed babies... What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy—and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors... Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it."

So Gosnell couldn't have done it without help:

The complicit role activist media, social radicals, medical colleagues, and incompetent (politicized) government played in perpetuating his crimes is an indictment of the moral wasteland we’re becoming. This is not about equating Gosnell’s crime to the horrific actions of Mengele, except to illustrate contemporary society’s refusal to learn from the past. If we did care, these blood-curdling crimes against babies would have ended earlier. If we did care, a caring nation would collectively march in the streets demanding answers. Instead, there’s muted silence and politicized obfuscation.


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EMT 02/19/17

—krakatoa

Thank God tomorrow is a company holiday open thread.

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Overnight Open Thread (18 Feb 2017)

—CDR M

Raise your hand if you think Democrats will actually do this. Poll: Americans want Democrats to work with Trump. 73% in fact. I guess that Hollyweird "Resist" movement isn't quite catching on with the serfs.

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Right In The Foot

—OregonMuse

So here's a video of Steve Bannon put together by Huffpo:

I think they were trying to make him look bad. I think they were trying to say, look at this Scary Guy the Republicans have on their team. Isn't he Scary?

Meanwhile, here are deep thoughts of deep thinker Sally Kohn:

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 02-18-2017

—OregonMuse

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Battle Chess by Cean Herzfield

(This week's chess pic is way too small. Click on it to see a much better version)


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 giant food fight. Unless you've just gone off your diet.


“In a gambit you give up a Pawn for the sake of getting a lost game”
(Samuel Standige Boden)

This is the story of my life in chess. At one time I thought I would like to be a gambit player, but every time I tried this or that gambit, I would somehow never be able to recover the pawn. Or I would fritter away whatever small positional advantage the theory said I supposedly had. So I would go into the endgame down a pawn, and then lose because, well, I was down a pawn. So enough of gambits. They do not suit my temperament.


Problem 1 - White To Play (112)

Hint: White mates in 3


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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. Be a good Moron, sit and stay.


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Three Step Process to School Girl Giggles (MJ)

—Open Blogger

Step 1: Google 'Side of Beef'

Step 2: Click on Images

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Something for everyone, I hope. [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, Horde! We are still having some weather in the country, aren't we? Hope your garden is doing O.K. Anybody have something wonderful to report?

For members of The Horde starting to see a thaw:

Here's a pretty thorough rundown on common species and cultivars of crocus. There are other bulbs that bloom through the snow, but crocuses are my personal favorite. Are you partial to a different "snowmelt bulb"?

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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Swamp Thing [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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Into the Swamp

Here at AoSHQ, a few heartening signs of swamp-draining have been noted lately.

The "swamp" in question of course is Washington DC, but also includes much of the bureaucracy, judiciary, and cultural command posts of the country, such as the media and entertainment industries. The tributaries comprise America's educational system, long dominated by the radical left and protected by tenure and union power. It is this ideological effluent center that has done so much to poison the discourse of American politics, smearing every institution that contributed to the country's greatness, and radiating hatred of all things most citizens hold dear . . .

Most of us can't do much right now about the swamp in D.C. But maybe some of us can do something to help drain the real swamp: Academia.

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Good morning Morons. I hope your week went well and that your weekend goes weller, gooder, better for you. Your humble Cob will attempt to amuse you with some weird stuff.


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EMT 02/18/17

—krakatoa

This week. Oh this week.

I don't have a Vic update.... maybe he will update himself in the comments today?

Or maybe he'll do the smart thing and sleep until noon...

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Overnight Open Thread (17 Feb 2017)

—CDR M

It's about time. It's a bloodbath at the State Department. Many other government agencies need a culling too. Like maybe the EPA?

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Things The World Conspired to Keep Me Ignorant Of

—Ace

Thanks to Soothsayer, the best TV intro ever, and yes, it beats Manimal, UFO, and even The Six Million Dollar Man.

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Thank God It's FriGAINZZZ

—Ace

See correction and acknowledgement at post's end. By the way, the end is probably a good place to start -- this guy doing the What I've Learned videos puts this pretty succinctly.

Today's GAINZZZ thread is about re-GAINZZZing your insulin sensitivity.

I get a lot of people who seem to be sort of normal-weight pushing back against this whole low-carb/fasting thing.

Let me explain it more than I have previously.

Many of these people think that they're not prone to weight gain because they don't "eat too much" and "get some exercise."

In fact, it's the opposite. They don't eat too much and they get some exercise because they're not prone to weight gain.

It sounds strange, but fatness itself causes fatness. And giving advice to those prone to weight gain based upon what "works" for a person without that problem is like a non-diabetic instructing a diabetic that "a few donuts here and there won't kill you."

Well, for a diabetic, they just might. Different metabolisms respond differently to different stimuli.

Okay, so here's what insulin resistance is.

By the way -- that term might sound strange. Insulin resistance is the bad thing, and insulin sensitivity is actually the good thing -- though it would be easy to assume the "resistance" is the good thing and the sensitivity the bad one.


Let's look at how insulin is supposed to work -- and how it does work, in a normal, not-disturbed metabolism.

1. You eat protein or especially carbs.

2. These get broken down and enter the blood as glucose. (Protein would take longer to enter as glucose, but it can and does happen, to a lesser extent).

3. Your body cannot take too much glucose in the bloodstream at once -- I think it can only tolerate 10 grams of dissolved glucose in the blood at any one time, or something. But a big carb heavy meal might dump 70 or more grams of glucose into the blood in the hour or two after a meal. Having too much glucose in your blood is called hyperglycemia, a potentially very serious condition frequently experienced by diabetics.

4. Your body senses that there's too much glucose and your pancreas begins pumping out insulin.

5. The cells of your muscle and liver and your fat cell storage sites -- having a normal level of sensitivity to insulin, and let me repeat, assuming a normal level of sensitivity to insulin -- bond at the cells' receptor sites. The insulin molecules, bonded at the receptors, now tell the various cells to start taking in glucose, to get it out of the blood stream. A certain amount of glucose can be stored (in the form of glycogen) in the muscle, and some in the liver. Some can be used immediately by muscle if you're exercising at the time. The rest goes to fat cells, to be packaged away for long-term storage as fatty triglycerides.

6. Once your blood glucose levels are in an acceptable range, the body detects this too, and tells the pancreas to stop pumping out insulin. Again: assuming a normal sensitivity to insulin.

7. Over a period of minutes to hours, the insulin begins unbonding from cell receptors and gets recycled or excreted. This is important, because it means 1, no further glucose will be swept out of the blood (which can cause lethargy, or even low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)), and 2, it means you can begin burning fat again.

See, the thing I don't talk about much is that most normal weight or athletic people are routinely in the state of "ketosis" -- fat burning. Ketosis is not some weird body function that weird dieters trick their body into. It's the state that most healthy people are supposed to be in, at least periodically, between meals.

If you don't have any glucose coming into your body, and you need some, the body is supposed to send out hormone-sensitive lipase (and other fat-burning hormones) to your fat cells and tells them: We need energy, start breaking that fat down into smaller molecules which can be metabolized for energy.

Here's the thing:

The various fat burning hormones are opposed by, and blocked by, insulin. Hormones tend to work in pairs, one "on" and the other "off," and "insulin" is the "on" switch for gaining fat (sending glucose to fat cells) and the "off" switch for hormones which tell fat cells to release their stored energy to be made into ketones.

So when you have a lot of insulin in your body, you can't burn fat. (Or, at least, you can burn very little.)

So let me finish up this long step: In a person with normal sensitivity to insulin, their insulin levels aren't all that high, and insulin starts getting swept away to be disposed of when it's no longer needed, and now cell receptor sites are free to accept the fat burning hormones which tells fat cells "start burning fat."

Upshot: In a person with a non-dysfunctional metabolism, all this hormonal signalling works pretty well. If they have too much glucose in their blood, the pancreas sends out some insulin -- not a ton, just enough to do the job! -- and some glucose gets swept out. Then the insulin goes away, and fat-burning hormones are now free to tell fat-storage sites to burn fat when it's needed.

Result: You don't feel tired or lethargic after meals. You don't feel hungry soon after meals, because your blood has enough glucose in it to keep going. And you don't gain much fat, because your insulin-sensitive hormone is frequently able to tell your fat storage sites to give up fat as needed, and they're not cockblocked from doing so by insulin.

Okay. Now let's look at a person with a disturbed or dysfunctional or "dysregulated" metatolism:


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Today's #FakeNews Freakout: OMG, Trump is Calling Out the National Guard to Round-Up Illegals!!!

—Ace

Or not. Maybe just a provisional early draft memo -- not even from the White House -- included a provision that states could call upon the National Guards for specific duty on the border, you know, like Obama himself did a few years ago when the Unattended Child Illegal Immigrant thing was getting some (minor) attention from the media and he needed to pretend to be doing something about it.

Fucking embarrassing.

They have a new strategy, by the way. Sometimes, as with the NYT Flynn transcripts story, they write a scarifying headline, but then, in the body of the piece, they admit there's no there there.

But they rely on the headline to convey the opposite impression -- and they rely on the Blue Checkmark Mafia to retweet the shit out of headline only, with the implication our explicit claim that the article says what it simply does not say.

The other thing they do, obviously, as the AP did here, is straight-up lie. But that's not a new tactic for this crew.

Always read the article or the original documents. Getting freaked out? Is their viral hysteria infecting you?

Put aside the false claims and primal yelps they're making on social media and go to the original article -- or, when they deign to supply it, the original document they're blatantly misrepresenting.

You can insulate yourself from hysteria in that way -- don't buy into their second-hand telephone-game-of-hysterics method of reporting. Go the source, and walk way with an eased temper.


I said a briefer version of this on Twitter to these people:

Dear Media,

We all watched you in tears on election night, on our TVs.

We saw your crying. There's no denying it.

And there's no coming back from that.

Anyone who cries like a baby while on television over the election results cannot claim to be able to put aside his deep emotional reaction and behave professionally and detachedly in the months to follow.

So:

We know what you are. We've always known what you were, but seeing the hysterical tears flow was proof to the rest of the world who suspected but did not know.

And we'll never believe a word you say again.

Go fuck yourselves dead,

The People Who Used to Watch You On TV

Bonus: There are no words left.


Posted by Ace at 04:17 PM Comments

Besides the Press, There's Another Gigantic Fraud That Needs Exposure

—J.J. Sefton

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Yesterday's de-pantsing of the media by President Trump was a thing to behold. He calmly, yet mercilessly called them out for the lies, falsehoods and distortions perpetrated on him in the wake of the Mike Flynn departure and really since he announced his candidacy and all the way through the election. Public trust in the media has been eroding for quite some time and if anything, after yesterday has accelerated to a point where even the low-information set have sat up and taken notice.

One of the highlights took many people by surprise, not least of which the gobsmacked "reporter" asking the question:

. . . The final, eyebrow-raising exchange was his mocking of American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan. As soon as Trump called on her, he admitted to the chagrin of Ryan that "this is going to be a bad question, but that's okay." Ryan later pushed Trump to hold meetings with the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus, so Trump responded by informing the liberal reporter that she should "set up the meeting" since they’re probably "friends of yours."

TRUMP: Do you want to set up the meeting?
RYAN: No, no, no. I'm not . . .
TRUMP: Are they friends of yours?
RYAN: I'm just a reporter.
TRUMP: No, no, set up the meeting.
RYAN: I know some of them, but I'm sure they're watching right now.
TRUMP: Let’s go. Set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus.


Of course, this exchange prompted the NAACP to, shall we say, take exception to the President's treatment of Ms. Ryan. Surprisingly, Elijah Cummings is, get this, happy to meet with the President. He "is my president." Over to you, John Lewis.

This presents a golden opportunity for President Trump. And what he should do is not only NOT meet with the CBC or the NAACP, he should call them out as fake organizations that have perpetrated a massive fraud on blacks and indeed all Americans for the past 50 years. Call a news conference (if they come [and they will]) and have by your side Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, Janice Rogers Brown, inner city AME clergy and a cross section of REAL Americans of African descent who can help lay out the charges against the aforementioned frauds as well as their overlords in the Democrat Party and the entire panoply of Leftist individuals and institutions that exploit blacks for political gain.

You have our attention, Mr. President. Now is the time for a second Emancipation Proclamation that, along with real policy changes that can finally break the chains of the welfare state, can effectively bury the Democrat Party and racial politics, hopefully forever. More importantly, it would go a long way in seeing that we finally realize the promise of Lincoln, Dr. King and the Founders.

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Texas Governor to NFL: Worry About Your Own Spousal Abuse Scandals Before You Go Dictating to Us That We Need to Allow Penises in the Ladies' Rooms

—Ace

The NFL warned a Texas that a bill proposed in its senate -- which would reserve bathroom use to the "biological sex" indicated on the door -- might jeopardize Texas from getting to host any future Super Bowls.

Governor Greg Abbot had some words for the NFL.

However, if Texas, or any other state, wishes to bar professional sports teams from ever attempting to blackmail them into what laws they can and cannot pass or enforce, I have a much more powerful corrective.

States should begin proposing this law:

No municipality shall have the authority to issue any bonds, or direct any public monies, towards the construction of any arena, stadium, or venue of any type intended partially for use by a private company, unless permission to do so is first granted by an act of the state legislature itself or a statewide referendum affirmatively permitting such a corporate-enrichment boondoggle.

Municipalities are delegated whatever powers of the state the state wishes to confer upon them. Municipalities, you may or may not know, act with the power of the state when they pass ordinances and tax bills and such -- but that power derives from the reservoir of powers the state possesses, and which the state has conferred upon them via charters of incorporation.

Those powers can be circumscribed, expanded, limited, or cancelled.

You don't have to include that last part, the part about the legislative or popular referendum override of the general forbiddance, but that could be thrown in there for RINOs who really do want to do favors for corporate bullies and who therefore won't vote for such a bill without an escape clause.

When the states get serious about simply cutting off cities' rights to issue bonds or directly subsidize, with taxpayer money, the new stadiums these free-riding vulture socialists are always demanding, then you'll see the NFL and NBA adopt a much less high-handed tone.

You want a #War?

Well we're your Huckleberry. You're a right Daisy for giving us the #War we've been itching to give you back.

You need your wagons fixed and your britches properly sized? Well you came to the right place.

Nothing's gonna change, folks, until we all collectively decide that:

1. These people need our goodwill far more than we need theirs, and

2. It is beyond time we started acting aggressively to defend ourselves in the war that these transnational socialist barbarians have brought to our shores, and

3. When we collectively decide to spend time in more ancient and eternal pursuits than sitting in front of their idiot boxes -- their church and their state; their sun, their moon; their alpha and omega; their propaganda mouth and their all-seeing high-def eye -- only then will they whither and pass from this earth.

The TV is their one power source, and the one (or two, or three, or five) beachhead(s) of transnational socialist progressivism we've not only permitted but have paid loads of money to sit in our homes, acting as parasites on our lives, spirits, and energy.

Kill their gods -- kill their television power. Slaughter their gods, raze their temples, scatter their cults to the four winds.

Posted by Ace at 02:21 PM Comments

Surprise: Jeff Sessions' Justice Department Will Not Be Enforcing Obama's "Guidance" on Genderless Bathroom Requirements

—Ace

Amidst all the ego-driven "See we told you!" crap from the asinine and smug NeverTrump camp, it's important to note the ways in which they were wrong.

If they had gotten their way -- the election of Hillary Clinton -- Obama's push to make genderless bathrooms the state-imposed norm would be continuing apace.

Last May, the Justice and Education departments released what has been termed a "dear colleague" letter, providing "significant guidance" to school districts across the country about the best policies for respecting the rights of transgender individuals in schools. Under the auspices of Title IX, the letter advised that schools ought to permit students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities that align with their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

Then, in August, a judge placed a temporary hold on this guidance letter, leaving school bathroom policies in limbo. In a new one-page filing, the Justice Department has advised that it will not continue to push its appeal against the judge's decision, meaning, in part, that the oral arguments scheduled to take place this week will be put off for the foreseeable future.

In addition, 13 states sued the Obama administration over the "dear colleague" letter; the Justice Department’s latest move leaves uncertain the future of that lawsuit. This decision will leave schools across the country free to craft their own bathroom, shower, dorm-room, and locker-room policies in the absence of federal guidance. In practice, this means that every locality will control its own policies, allowing parents, teachers, and local school boards to determine the best path forward.

If the NeverTrump hold-outs want to avoid the complete loss of reputation and credibility with the only part of the country they've ever had any sway with -- as their close cousins in the liberal media have already lost -- it would behoove them to mix in a couple "and here's where our preferred outcome would have been worse" among their never-ending finger-pointing fake-news victory laps.

But, like their close leftist media cousins, they are unaccountably proud of their lack of accomplishments, and can never admit error.

The problem with the incompetent admitting errors is that once they've started, when would they ever end?

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False Flag: Malaysian Woman Who Assassinated Kim Jong-Un's Half-Brother Was Tricked Into Doing So By Agents Who Convinced Her That She Was Just Participating in a Reality TV Prank Show

—Ace

Well, there was definitely some punking going on here, on both ends of the prank.

An Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's half-brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank, Indonesia's national police chief has said, citing information received from Malaysian authorities.

Tito Karnavian told reporters in Indonesia’s Aceh province that Siti Aisyah, 25, was paid to be involved in pranks.

He said she and another woman performed stunts which involved convincing men to close their eyes and then spraying them with water.

"Such an action was done three or four times and they were given a few dollars for it, and with the last target, Kim Jong-nam, allegedly there were dangerous materials in the sprayer," Karnavian said. "She was not aware that it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents."

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Authorities are investigating whether Siti and another female suspect killed the 46-year-old North Korean exile in a shopping concourse at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport on Monday.

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The second female suspect, who was captured on CCTV at the airport in a top emblazoned with "LOL" and arrested on Wednesday in possession of a Vietnamese passport, stayed at a hotel near the airport in the days before the attack, booking the cheapest room and carrying a wad of cash, according to a receptionist who spoke to Reuters.

A pic of that "LOL" t-shirt wearing woman here.

Question: Was she also a victim of the duping, or is she a shill in on the game to help convince the woman that this is all a legitimate, innocent prank production?

If you read the rest of the article, you kinda get the impression that this was a North Korean operation, given that the half-brother was an expat and I guess a threat to Kim Jong-un (as he could, I guess, be swapped on to the throne in a coup). The North Koreans are making all sorts of demands that no autopsy be performed, that an autopsy is a human rights violation, and that they dispute whatever conclusions the autopsy points to.

I can't think of a more blatant way to say "We killed him."

Incidentally, the half-brother recently wrote to Kim Jong-un to beg him to "spare his life."

Request denied, I guess.

Headline correction: In the headline (and just the headline), I wrote "Kim Jong-un" instead of "Kim Jong-un's half brother."

I've fixed that now.

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The Sun Profiles "The British Obama"

—Ace

Oh yeah.

Now, I think tabloids pay sad people to tell these absurd tales to just get clicks and revenue. But, that said, though I don't believe this for an instant, I can respect it as a Quality Lie, like a tawdry guilty pleasure TV show. Or like CNN.

WAKING up on a Saturday morning, Beatrice Gibbs takes one look at the naked stranger lying next to her before quickly putting on her clothes and leaving.

As the 22-year-old make-up artist walks home, she texts her boyfriend Adam Gillet to tell him she’s on her way back.

Beatrice feels no guilt as she walks through their front door – because Adam knows exactly where she has been and what she’s been doing.

The pair, who have been together for two years, have a one-sided open relationship.

Beatrice can sleep with who she wants, when she wants, despite Adam, 27, not having the same privileges.

They came to the controversial arrangement after Beatrice threatened to leave because she was unable to resist other men.

Beatrice, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, explains: "I love Adam, but I wasn't ready to settle down and commit to just one man.

"I said I had to break up with him so that I wasn't unfaithful. I didn’t want to hurt him by going behind his back with someone else.

"He was devastated and suggested we stay together but I could sleep with other people, as long as I told him who and when."

Rather than lose Beatrice, devastated Adam suggested she slept with other men
"It's the perfect situation. I have a boyfriend I love but I also get to have fun with other men when I want to."

...


"The morning I see him after a night out I do sometimes feel a bit bad, but after a cuddle and a chat it’s just us being ­normal in our usual relationship."

...

Adam claims he has got used to their arrangement.

The warehouse worker says: "I really like Beatrice and I didn’t want to lose her. I'm happy for her to enjoy herself.

“We decided this is the best way to take the relationship forward so I have become used to it. I'm not really interested in chasing other women and I know if I did then Beatrice wouldn’t be happy about it."

So I'm sure you're all thinking: Pictures.

The Sun has a bunch, but here's an amuse bouche:

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Via Barstool Sports.

I've changed my twitter profile in honor of this paragon of the male spirit.

Separated at Birth? I can't tell this guy from this other guy here:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Dance Lesson
Edgar Degas

Where does one draw the line between modern art and the masters, who had great technique and skills far beyond what most artists of the last 125 years could ever dream of? That is not to say that the imagination and the vision of more modern artists couldn't be fantastic, but it's the combination of all of those things that made them masters!

What? No...I have no idea. That was a rhetorical question. But I'll bet it's somewhere around when this guy painted.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 2/17/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. Yesterday's press conference was a tour de force and one that has been a long time coming. "Professional journalism" might very well have been so thoroughly de-pantsed that perhaps now even LIV Americans might start looking at them with a lot less trust. And that is a good thing, indeed. It also gives a boost to PDT in a week that started off kind of rough, mostly because of the propaganda being pumped out by the very same people taken to the woodshed yesterday. So all in all, week 4 ends on a high note, with one of his signature public rallies still in the offing in Melbourne, FL tomorrow. That said, there are a few down notes in the links and a few positive ones as well. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Bonus presser footage from yesterday:

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Posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:30 AM Comments

Thursday Overnight Open Thread (2/16/17) 4th Monday Of The Week Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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You still have time to help a grouch out.


Quotes of The Day


Quote I

I won't say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. -Barry Goldwater

Fake news. It has been around a long time.

Quote II

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race. - Calvin Coolidge

Wouldn't it be special the saboteurs of the Trump presidency paid attention to this quote?

Quote III

In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism. -Michael Kinsley


Once upon a time NBC=National Broadcasting Company. Now? NBC=Nothing But Corrections.

Clinton News Network CNN Peddlers of Fake News.

“In our case, we contended that CNN essentially made up its own standard in order to conduct an ‘apples to oranges’ comparison to support its false assertion that St. Mary’s mortality rate was 3 times higher than the national average. Accordingly, the case against CNN certainly fits the description of media-created ‘Fake News.'” said Carbone’s attorney L. Lin Wood, in a statement to LawNewz.com.


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Democrats Plan All-Nighter of Boring, Pointless Speechifying To Futilely Protest EPA Nominee Pruit

—Ace

But I'm sure John Oliver will mention it.

Posted by Ace at 08:10 PM Comments

California University Suspends Student Who Recorded Prog Teacher's Political Rantings

—Ace

Fascism is forever descending on the right, but landing square in the middle of progressive institutions.

The student who recorded his professor's public anti-Trump, anti-Republican rant has been suspended for one semester (plus one summer semester, though few students take classes in the summer).

The suspension isn't his only penalty. He'll also have to write a Soviet-style confession and denouncement of his anti-Soviet behavior. They demand...

...that he submit a written apology to the professor, Olga Perez Stable Cox, and a three-page essay asking him to examine why he filmed Cox’s class, how he feels about his footage going viral online and his reaction to its causing "damage to Orange Coast College students, faculty and staff."

A lawyer from a pro bono outfit called Freedom X is now representing him and, I hope, suing this Soviet propaganda front out of existence.

Posted by Ace at 06:44 PM Comments

Jason Chaffetz Asks Justice Department to Find the Leakers; Trump Also Calls For Probe Into Leakers

—Ace

Trump announced he'd called the DoJ to find out who the illegal leakers of classified information are. He said this a half hour ago in his press conference.

Chaffetz called them yesterday.

The Utah Republican told host Martha MacCallum that "no matter where you are on the political spectrum, you cannot have classified information migrating out into a non-classified setting."

Chaffetz's letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which was also signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., described "serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information" and requested "that your office begin an immediate investigation into whether classified information was mishandled" in the Flynn case.

Time for some people to be trundled off to jail.

Regarding the Deep State, I've been saying for some time what scares the hell out of me isn't that they're sinister. I always imagined they were.

What scares the hell out of me is that they're so incompetent. It's one thing to imagine the world is being run by sinister but highly competent people; it's another thing entirely to find out they're not only evil, but bumbling fools who would trip over their own shrimp-dicks if their legs where small enough.


Posted by Ace at 05:35 PM Comments

Media Has Group Snit Over Katie Pavlich Getting to Ask a Question

—Ace

Twitchy rounds up the Blue Checkmark Mafia's tweets. They're pretty absurd in their self-importance and self-regard.

They have boring jobs consisting of writing down the words of people much more accomplished and important than they are, and then adding in some snarky shit-talk to reassure themselves that they're really worldbeaters, as far as stenographers go.

The one perk of the job -- they thought -- was social prestige and a privileged position in the hierarchy. Trump's threatening that, and they're very upset about that.

This story from Grabien notes that a media which routinely refers to Trump as "Hitler" is shocked and offended that Trump is treating them as enemy propaganda agents.

This observation is obvious, but the truth is often obvious. A great deal of hard work and cleverness is deployed by many people to avoid confronting the truth.


One particularly stupid reaction came from the particularly stupid Matthew Dowd, ABC's totally unbiased political director, whose Twitter feed is a full-on hatefest against conservatives of any kind, and who's pondering a Senate bid to unseat Ted Cruz. (Wonder if he'll be unbiased in that election, too.)

He says that Trump is shredding the constitution by ignoring the liberal media.

Dowd argued that Trump is "shutting down part of the First Amendment by not taking questions that are going to be any way antagonistic in this."

"I think he thinks relying on his Twitter feed, and sending it out to the millions of people that subscribe to it, and then dealing with very cozy press in this is going to be the way to get through this," Dowd said.

The press does not have brains, talent, or insight. All they have is access, and Trump is under no obligations to prop their failing industry up by providing that access.

And by the way: Obama avoided the "mainstream press" for years despite the fact that they gave him tongue-baths and chose to appear mostly on friendly talk-show type settings.

Dowd probably thought that was "brilliant retail politics."

Video of this Talking Thumb at the link.

Incidentally, for the progressive reporters insisting they're the only ones capable of asking "hard question," the Daily Caller rounds up the 13 greatest super-hard questions the media asked of Obama.

Here are a few:

"I'm wondering if you think that [Republican presidential candidates are] uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible?"-- CNN

...

What has “Enchanted you the most from serving in this office?” -- The New York Times

Jeff Zelaney asked that question. He is now CNN's White House correspondent. He has not thusfar asked Trump what has most enchanted him about becoming president.

"In this fatherless world, where did you learn to love?" -- CBS

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"Are you ready to call yourself the 'comeback kid'?" -- Reuters

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"You definitely have some impressive accomplishments….And more than a lot of presidents who manage to get reelected. My question is, is it enough?" -- CBS

More at the link, including video of some of these very hard-hitting questions.

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Posted by Ace at 04:32 PM Comments

On Way Out of Office, Obama, Get This, Conferred Broad New Powers on the NSA Giving Them Right to Share Unredacted Classified Information With All Intelligence-Related Agencies

—Ace

Hmmm, I wonder why he did that on his way out the door and with his loyalists still in the government and ready, willing, and now enabled to leak classified NSA intercepts to the press?

Michael Walsh notes this January 12, 2017 report from the New York Times which received little attention when it was published.

But now Walsh is very attentive towards it.

From the NYT (link in Walsh's article):

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government's 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.


The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

Does anyone think a conversation like this might have occurred?:

FLUNKY: The FBI has found nothing criminal on Flynn. But the NSA has wiretaps of Flynn and other Trump aides, but they can't get the information out under current rules.

OBAMA: Can we just have the NSA leak this stuff?

FLUNKY: The NSA doesn't want to do that because there are very small circulation lists for such highly classified intercepts, and it would be pretty easy to find the leakers and prosecute them. Plus, they actually don't even want to admit they're transcribing people's phone calls. But if we could get the information out to our loyalists in the DOJ, FBI, and CIA, they could paw through the intercepts, and leak them to the press. Now there'd be hundreds of people who could leak this stuff -- and they'd be hard to find. The list of possible leakers now expands from 5-10 to 50-500. As you know from your community organizing days, saboteurs and subversives need masses to swim amongst, if they're to remain undetected.

OBAMA: I've got tee time in 20 minutes. Tell me what I need to sign.

FLUNKY: I already signed it for you, Sir. I didn't want you to lose any finger strength on your drives.

In the meanwhile, Trump is appointing an ally to "review" the intelligence agencies and how they operate.

President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.

The possible role for Stephen A. Feinberg, a co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Mr. Trump during the campaign and since he became president.


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The National Laughingstock: The Fact That Trump Won't Talk to Our Blatantly Biased Prog Rag Should "Terrify You"

—Ace

Obama's war on the press, bringing in the NSA to snoop on reporters writing critically about him, wasn't terrifying.

But the fact that Trump is freezing out the National Laughingstock -- which even the CEO of NPR thinks looks like a liberal mirror-image of Breitbart -- is "terrifying."


But the National Laughingstock feels the sting of a diminishment of its social position and privilege, and is going to whine about it some onw:

Donald Trump is freezing out the mainstream media. That should terrify you.

By Chris Cillizza February 15 at 1:51 PM

President Trump has held three news conferences with foreign leaders over the last several weeks. The traditional format for these events is that the U.S. press gets two questions and the foreign press gets two. That's it.

Here are the U.S. news organizations Trump has called on for questions in each of those three pressers:

Shinzo Abe/Donald Trump (Feb. 10)

NY Post
Fox

Justin Trudeau/Donald Trump (Feb. 13)

ABC 7 (Sinclair)
Daily Caller

Benjamin Netanyahu/Donald Trump (Feb. 15)

Christian Broadcasting Network
Townhall

All six of those outlets are conservative or conservative leaning. In the case of the last two news conference -- Feb. 13 and 15 -- none of the questions asked were about Michael Flynn, the recently departed national security adviser, or the recent revelations regarding the regular contact between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officials....


Now. Simply because all six of the media outlets that Trump has called on of late have varying degrees of conservative bent doesn't mean their reporters aren't serious and good journalists. But, there is a difference in taking questions from outlets with a partisan lean and taking them from mainstream media outlets who are absolutely committed to playing it straight.

You've got to be fucking kidding me right now with this shit.

...

That's a very dangerous precedent -- and should worry you whether you voted for Trump, voted for Hillary Clinton or didn't vote at all in the 2016 election. Why? Because the partisan press is not the same thing as the free and independent press....

Holy shit, you were serious.

Hate Trump or love him, the idea that he is purposely freezing out mainstream media reporters because he doesn't like the sort of questions they ask is chilling. Down that path lies nothing good for journalism -- or democracy.

But all hail the Deep State for doing its patriotic duty of leaking classified foreign intercepts to the media.

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Another GAINZZZ Correction. I don't know on this one either way, but a physician pops in to say that, while he agrees with most of the GAINZZZ post, he disagrees with my assertion that the high insulin response of an obese person sweeps too much glucose out of the blood and leads to feeling both tired and hungry. He says the obese have simultaneously a high fasted insulin level and a high fasted blood glucose level.
I don't know if he's right. I thought the feeling of being tired -- the famous "spike your blood sugar, then crash with lower blood sugar" -- was related to insulin level, and I thought I read people connecting that to higher insulin levels in the blood. Or maybe I just speculated myself that the two things were directly connected.
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Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
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