Overnight Open Thread (3-4-2015)
I remember going around China with a friend of mine who owned some steel foundries and a pelletized iron ore plant. He's an American, but he lives in Hong Kong. Anyway, we're wandering around mainland China, and I remember saying that I hadn't heard any political discussions. Is it because people are afraid to talk about politics? He said, "no, they're not afraid to [talk about politics]. You get 'em started, and they'll go on. But you've got understand the fundamental Chinese attitude toward government is 'shhhhhhh..don't wake it up when it's sleeping.'" And I think our Millennials have a little bit of that same attitude. Fortunately, what they would wake up would not be as terrifying as [China's cultural revolution.]
-- PJ O'Rourke
To federal prosecutors, that last paragraph of facts is like "Free Handjob And iPad Day" at Walt Disney World.
-- Popehat on the David Petraeus Plea Deal
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To summarize: according to DomainTools.com, the domain clintonemail.com has been hosted by Confluence Networks since 12/22/2011, more than three years. Confluence Networks, based out of the British Virgin Islands, has only existed as a domain (confluence-networks.com) since April 2011, appears to be closely related to a Dubai-based media advertising firm, and has always had its domain name managed by PrivacyProtect.org, a registration privacy firm that lists addresses out of Luxembourg and Australia, but gives a phone number apparently out of Denmark, and that shows up repeatedly in connection with fraud, scam, and spam-related domains.
No, no questions or issues there.
Understand that the purpose of modern American "education" is not to educate students. It is primarily to provide cushy, subsidized sinecures for liberal administrators and faculty while, secondarily, providing a forum to indoctrinate soft young minds in the liberal fetishes du jour. Actually educating students is hard, and a meaningful education is anathema to liberalism. In the liberals' ideal world, the universities would simply fester with leftist nonsense and not even bother with trying to teach their charges anything at all. And today, it's pretty close to being the liberals' ideal world.
...Modern academia is a refuge and sanctuary for the left within our culture where the inhabitants can devote their full efforts to destroying the very society that subsidizes them without having to worry about actually producing anything of value. It's an intellectual and moral cesspool. Just look at some of the nightmares that have slithered out of our universities and into mainstream society in just the last few decades - political correctness, hook-up culture, Barack Obama.
North Carolinian Steve Cooksey had gone through an intense personal journey he wanted to share with the world. He had been obese, diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, and almost keeled over, but emerged from his near-death experience to adopt a simple, "Caveman" or paleo diet of meat, nuts, and veggies along with exercise. He lost a lot of weight, felt great and healthy, and wanted to share with the world, so he started a blog, wherein he dispensed advice about food and fitness. Recipes, grocery lists, general advice.
The state of North Carolina declared this illegal "counseling and assessing" without a license provided by the state. For three years, he has been fighting for the right to blog without a license
More on the deep connection between Western jihadis and welfare.
Where his name was merely mentioned.
Musashi (???) was the second ship of the Yamato class of Imperial Japanese Navy World War II battleships. She and her sister ship, Yamato, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 inch) Type 94 main guns. Neither ship survived the war.
The Musashi was sunk just three years after her launching in 1942.
Average length of flaccid penis: 3.61 inches
Average length of flaccid penis stretched out by researchers (yes, that's a thing they do sometimes): 5.21 inches
Average length of erect penis: 5.17 inches (alas, on this most important of categories, the researchers could only find four studies that fit their criteria, so the sample size is a relatively small 692 individuals)
Average circumference of flaccid penis: 3.67 inches
Average circumference of erect penis: 4.59 inches
[Your ever humble narrator quietly puts away the calipers and measuring tape with a generally satisfied look upon his face]An artist's conception of the 'average' man:
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Young Conservative Danish Woman Promotes Freedom, Underboob
By the way: If you search her name, it turns out she's a model. She posts pictures of herself.
"Arty" pictures, know what I mean?
Terrific: Kennedy Seems to Be Leaning Towards Adopting the Government's Position on Obamacare, Because If He Doesn't, He'll Be Forced to Strike the Whole Law Down as Unconstitutional
The law was written to coerce states into setting up their own exchanges. The threat/inducement was that if you set up your own exchange, your citizens got federal subsidies; if not, then not.
If you don't believe me, you can ask the Architect of Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber.
I mean, you once could have asked him. Now he lies about it, but no one prosecutes him, because The Caste makes its own rules and protects those who break the law to advance Caste goals.
But there is a doctrine of constitutional law which states that a law which would presume to coerce states into action -- which would order them to act, with penalties imposed if they don't -- are a violation of the federalist principle and thus are facially unconstitutional.
There was a lot of talk about this during the last go-round on Obamacare, with various judges noting that Obamacare presumed to take away all Medicaid subsidies for states which refused to expand Medicaid per Obamacare's dictates, that would constitute "coercion," and that would invalidate the act.
I think what they did there, if I remember right, was to strike down that business about losing all subsidies, while, of course, keeping the bulk of the law intact.
Well, in the current case, if you read the law as written -- rather than the Dream Logic manner of reading our chief fantasist Obama urges upon us -- then it is quite coercive indeed as regards subsidies. And that would make that provision unconstituitional.
So what then? Well, I think then Kennedy's preferred reading would be to strike down that line -- that is, read that line out of Obamacare -- and otherwise retain Obamacare as currently implemented.
So, the idea is that Obamacare was drafted so egregiously that it's unconstitutional, but none will dare call it unconstitutional, so instead Kennedy will rewrite the law to achieve conformity with the Constitution, thus delivering President El Jefe Maxima everything he wants from his Enabling Act.
So we've got that going for us.
NYPD "Quietly" Planning for Mumbai-Style IS Attack on NYC
The 2008 Mumbai attacks were a larger-scale version of the mayhem the But the Crusades folks randomly perpetrated in Paris -- multiple teams running around setting bombs and shooting people.
he NYPD has quietly spent the last six months making preparations for a potential ISIS assault in Manhattan, which police fear could be similar to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, sources told The Post.
Cops have been trained to deal with coordinated bombings and shootings, as in the four-day terror assault that killed more than 160 people in Mumbai, the sources said.
Police trainers have even placed a map of Manhattan over a map of Mumbai to show the geographical similarities, one source said.
I don't know how seriously to take this, because, frankly, this seems like routine preparedness brainstorming turned into PLANNING for purposes of a catchy story.
But I think it's accurate in this sense: We probably don't think about this stuff enough. When these attacks happen in Copenhagen, Paris, Sydney, or Oklahoma City, they're a surprise. They should not be. Because of course IS is planning a Mumbai style attack in NYC. Of course they are. It should not take a NYP article to alert us to that; we should have already have known it.
This article should not have drawn a "wonderful" response from me at all. To the extent I had any reaction whatsoever, I should have been grateful the NYPD was planning to counter obvious and inevitable IS attacks in NYC.
We -- even those of us who bother reading about terrorism and who actually take American terrorist casualties seriously, unlike our president -- are still not really fully updated to understand that the New Normal is that Islamist religious maniacs will kill a couple dozen of us every month, except in those months when they kill very much more than a couple of dozen.
#RacistDOJ: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Was a Lie From the Start; "Gentle Giant" Likely Punched Wilson and Went for His Gun
DOJ: No credible evidence Michael Brown's hands were up, said he likely punched Wilson and then went for gun at car pic.twitter.com/0Mj2ygtItl— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) March 4, 2015
The Justice Department has cleared a Ferguson, Mo., police officer of civil rights violations in the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager whose death set off racially charged and sometimes violent protests last year.
But federal agents and civil rights prosecutors rejected that story, just as a state grand jury did in November. The Justice Department said forensic evidence and other witnesses backed up the account of Officer Wilson, who said Mr. Brown fought with him, reached for his gun, then charged at him. He told investigators that he feared for his life.
"There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety," the report said.
The report found that witnesses who claimed that Mr. Brown was surrendering were not credible. "Some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witnesses’ own prior statements with no explanation," it said.
"Although some witnesses state that Brown held his hands up at shoulder level with his palms facing outward for a brief moment, these same witnesses describe Brown then dropping his hands and 'charging' at Wilson," it added.
"Those witness accounts stating that Brown never moved back toward Wilson could not be relied upon in a prosecution because their accounts cannot be reconciled with the DNA bloodstain evidence and other credible witness accounts."
Now note that they are releasing this information today -- but yesterday they put out "cover" for this finding by declaring the entire city of Ferguson to be racist, thus almost guaranteeing some new riots over what has been found to be, yes, a complete lie from the start.
just some of the outrageous and disgusting emails sent between Ferguson PD and court officials (from DOJ report) pic.twitter.com/1dq4EwEjjp— Megan Specia (@meganspecia) March 4, 2015
Oh my goodnesss. Look, no offense intended, but civil servants -- almost all Democrats, by the by -- are not exactly the pinnacle of refinement and education. So what we have here are some not-super-refined people spreading a handful of racist joke emails, privately, over the course of a decade.
What am I expected to do with this information?
Well, riot, I guess.
And Holder and Obama do want those riots, because any riots empower Obama and Holder, and give the rioters an outlet for their rage (and thus will not hold it against Obama and Holder that they're not prosecuting Wilson).
This crew is actually willing to sacrifice some mid-sized cities rather than take a small PR hit.
With Hillary Imploding, Now Traveling to Caucus State Iowa Is... Al Gore
Okay this isn't really a real story (yet); more just people basically making things up because they need (as I need) something to post.
But it is worth asking: If Hillary goes down, who do they have?
Everyone forgets Joe Biden. Which is sort of proof that Joe Biden is not a winning ticket. Jim Webb is considered "too conservative," and also, who the hell is he? Martin O'Malley presided over the third worst Obamacare debacle (after No. 1. Obama and No. 2 the Love-Gov of Oregon).
Elizabeth Warren? Well, call me a racist, but I don't think the country is ready for an Indian President, so...
Hey, wait! She's not an Indian! She just lied! So who knows, maybe there's your damn nominee!
Or, of course: Albert Alphonse Gore.
Thoughts On Netanyahu's Speech: Much Ado About Nothing
My overwhelming reaction to yesterday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, “that’s it?” Maybe part of my reaction is based on having seen only part of the speech on TV but having read the transcript. Delivery and the setting can give an average speech a much bigger feel, which was the whole point of inviting him to address Congress. But mostly, aside from a few up to date reference to the current negotiations, I’d heard it all before from him. Go back and watch or read any of Netanyahu’s speeches to the UN or AIPAC over the last few years and it’s basically there.
The problem is that while Netanyahu is right, it doesn’t matter.
Obama has proven to be impervious to outside pressure when he’s committed to doing something stupid and or dangerous, which is to say most of the time. If anything Netanyahu’s high profile challenge to him will probably make it more likely that Obama will see himself as doing the right thing.
But remember this isn’t just Obama. Sure the US is the big player here but which of the other members of the P5+1 group (the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) is going to be any harder on Iran than Obama? The UK maybe. But France and Germany? And you can forget about Russia and China.
Netanyahu’s speech amounted to “get a better deal”. Well that’s not on the table. Not only will the Iranians not agree to a deal which in anyway makes it harder for them to get nukes, no one on the other side will force the issue. They are all looking for an off-ramp so they can say, “I hold in my hand a piece of paper….” And by God they’ll get that.
Unfortunately for Netanyahu, he isn’t dealing with Churchill/FDR, Reagan/Thatcher or Bush/Blair but Obama/Cameron/Merkel/ Hollande
And if Bibi is successful in killing the deal being worked out in its current form, then what? Do you really think we’ll return to the status quo ante sanctions regime? Let’s say I have…doubts.
Sean Davis of The Federalist posited on Twitter the idea that the real aim of the speech, or at least one of them, was to stiffen Democrats for a veto override vote for a tough US sanctions bill. Again, I have doubts about how effective that will be. The Democrats have been steadfast in their support for Obama. The idea that enough of them will undercut the President on such a major issue seems unlikely. In the House it would take about 45 Democrats to override. Nancy Pelosi seems to have her finger on the pulse of her caucus. If her contemptuous response to Netanyahu is any indication getting that many Democrats (in what’s essentially a liberal rump caucus) is going to be a very steep climb.
The only way I could see getting enough Democrats to throw Obama under the bus would be if Hillary Clinton strongly and loudly opposed the deal. That’s the only cover that would suffice. And she won’t. Why would she? Better to have it off the table and deal with it when she’s President that to pick this fight now. Remember, any opposition to a deal will be spun as “supporting war with Iran” by the left. Hillary is at best on thin ice with that crowd. There’s no reason to stir them up for no real gain. She’ll say weak sauce stuff about it, promise to be tough in monitoring it and promise to be Israel’s BFF and move on.
As shopworn as Netanyahu’s speech was he has the better of the argument. What he doesn’t have is anything resembling enough pull to implement them. His only real course of action is a unilateral attack by Israel. I honestly doubt that will be a real option should the P5+1 talks produce a deal.
The response by all parties, including the US, would be so costly to Israel. It would probably lead to the start of full recognition of “Palestine” by all parties, including the US. And then things will get really bad. At least for the rest of Obama’s term.
If the deal falls through Israel might be able to go it alone and not pay that high of a price or they may just wait him out and hope a Republican wins. But even if the next President is someone like GOP super-hawk Marco Rubio, it’s not like he’s going to launch an attack at 12:01pm on January 20th, 2017. He’ll have other things he’ll want to do first domestically (like amnesty!), and will have to at least try diplomacy. So you’re looking at another year or so beyond that.
We need to face a rather obvious fact…Iran wants a nuke and they won’t stop until they have one. We can’t negotiate them out of that because we simply don’t have anything they want more to offer them in exchange. They’ll bet, correctly, that once they have it they are safe and we’ll do business with them because reality will force us to.
Netanyahu was right and has been for a while but the last best chance to stop Iran from going nuclear died with the fraudulent NIE in 2007. Once Bush’s hands were tied and Obama was elected, the die was cast. The rest is just killing time until the inevitable.
Sergei Arsenevich Vinogradov, "Beach Morya, Alupka" (1917)
Wednesday Morning News Dump
- Quintessential Hillary
- Stopping The IRS
- Is Walker Ready For Primetime?
- Funny That It's Coming From WSJ: Republican Crony Capitalism
- ISIS Is Throwing Gay Men Off Buildings
- Petraeus Reaches A Plea Deal
- Pelosi Exits Chamber Before Netanyahu
- Hillary Ran Her Own Private E-mail System For Official Business
- In Praise Of Fox News Greg Gutfeld
- Agree Or Not, This Isn't What GOP Candidates Need To Be Discussing Right Now
- CA State Colleges Accepting Less In State Applicants Because They Make More Money From Out Of State Students
- Podesta Was Outraged When Bush Aides Used Private E-mail Accounts
- Nobel Prize Chairman Demoted For Giving 2009 Award To Obama
- Harry Reid Owns Mitch McConnell On DHS Funding
- And The Average Size Is..
Morning Thread (3-4-2015)
"I, for one, am shocked to see Hillary Clinton involved in recordkeeping and fundraising scandals," said no one who remembers 1996.
Overnight Open Thread (3-3-2015)
Thanks to CAC for filling in last night with very short notice. All of us should help out with AOSHQDD on the next election to say thank you for all he does around here.
Because he has a very particular set of skills which include the four-seam fastball, the split-finger fastball as well as tracking down and putting the hurt on Twitter trolls who tweeted vile things to his daughter. And it turns out that not only is Schilling an amazing ball player, but that he's also quite computer savvy, a very loving and protective father, an interesting writer, and a general mensch. (H/T Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt)
Now I've been using computers since 1981. I was a professional baseball player for 22 years. I played 10+ years in Philadelphia. I played 5 in Boston. I shared a locker room with well over a thousand teammates and I played and lived at school a year before doing so.
That's all to say I am absolutely aware of social media and how it works. As someone who's said about 2.34 billion things he shouldn't have, I get it....Now let me emphasize again. I was a jock my whole life. I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap, often. But I can't ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone.
This is a generation of kids who have grown up behind the monitor and keyboard. The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others. We're at a point now where you better be sure who you're going after.
If I was a deranged protective dad I could have been face to face with any of these people in less than 4 hours. I know every one of their names, their parents, where they go to school, what they do, what team they are on, their positions, stats, all of it. I had to do almost nothing to get ANY of that information because it is all public.
What part of talking about a young woman, my daughter or not, makes you even consider the possibility that this is either funny or makes you tough?
I found it rather funny at how quickly tone changed when I heard via email from a few athletes who'd been suspended by their coaches. Gone was the tough guy tweeter, replaced by the "I'm so sorry apology used by those only sorry because they got caught.
It was EXACTLY like the Scared Straight episodes you watch where "tough" kids get brought to tears when they face the real world.What these kids are failing to realize, what this generation fails to realize is this; Everything they've just said and done? That is out there now, forever. It can, and in some cases will, follow them for the rest of their lives.
That's why he fit the part of Spock. "All I wanted at first was pointed ears and a faintly satanic appearance," said series creator Gene Roddenberry in "The Making of Star Trek," published in 1968.
Spock's "alien features" - as Roddenberry called them in the book - weren't limited to prostheses. Nimoy was handsome, but not in a way that Hollywood in 1966 recognized. He didn't look like a leading man. He looked like what he was: the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. And if you looked like that, you were a character actor, not a star.But Nimoy became a star. He was a Method actor and in creating Spock, he gave what could have been a gimmicky, two-dimensional character hidden depths. Those hidden depths in turn gave him sex appeal. Within the show's plots, Captain Kirk was the lady killer. But Spock was the one who made female viewers swoon.
An interesting theory and an explanation for why the more robust long dominant Neanderthals were driven to extinction by modern humans leaving only a bit of their genes in most Europeans.
Modern humans formed an alliance with wolves soon after we entered Europe, argues Shipman. We tamed some and the dogs we bred from them were then used to chase prey and to drive off rival carnivores, including lions and leopards, that tried to steal the meat.
"Early wolf-dogs would have tracked and harassed animals like elk and bison and would have hounded them until they tired," said Shipman. "Then humans would have killed them with spears or bows and arrows."This meant the dogs did not need to approach these large cornered animals to finish them off -- often the most dangerous part of a hunt -- while humans didn't have to expend energy in tracking and wearing down prey. Dogs would have done that. Then we shared the meat. It was a win-win situation."
And taste delicious 100% all beef defeat. The expressions on their faces at T+50 minutes is classic.
Denmark has a history of being ahead of the curve on the acceptance of porn. The country lifted a ban on pornography in 1967 and two years later, Denmark became the first country in the world to completely legalize it.
Today, porn is fairly mainstream in Denmark. According to a survey from October, three fourths of Danish men and a third of Danish women watch porn.
Much like the tequila bottle challenge tends to end in intense expressions of brotherly love followed by angry wrestling.
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Neil Tyson Has Nothing to Say But He Says It An Awful Lot
Sorry, I'm just so sick about what Obama's done to this country, and what this country has permitted him to do.
Enjoy, if you can, alleged Master of Science Neil Tyson repeatedly saying the same stupid shit to his sheep and garnering literally thousands of retweets for each identical iteration.
Oh, and Boehner and his people claimed there was no "deal" struck with the Democrats for the DHS vote.
Boehner and his people were, get this, lying.
Great piece on Obama's pompous, "provincial" foreign policy.
In November 2009, German chancellor Angela Merkel invited US President Barack Obama, still in his first year in office, to attend the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall....
The leaders of Europe were all in attendance, from the prime minister of Britain to the presidents of France and Russia. Obama, however, was not.
The president was busy, the White House said, citing "commitments for an upcoming Asia trip."
The Europeans were shocked. "Barack is too busy," read the acerbic headline in Der Spiegel.
The event didn’t really clash with his schedule, but rather with his foreign policy sensibilities. Obama would travel to Copenhagen a month before the event to lobby the International Olympic Committee to grant the 2016 summer games to his hometown of Chicago, and would return to Europe a month after the commemoration to accept the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. His travel itinerary as president signaled something about his vision of the world, and of America’s and his administration's place in it. The commemoration of America’s rescue of Europe did not rank high in that vision.
At a recent gathering of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, the eminent former director general of the Foreign Ministry, Prof. Shlomo Avineri, called Obama's foreign policy "provincial." It was a strange choice of words to describe the policies of a president with such a cosmopolitan outlook and so much eagerness to engage the world.
But Avineri had a point....
"In every society, young men are going to have violent tendencies," an educator in one majority-black Chicago high school told him in the late 1980s. "Either those tendencies are directed and disciplined in creative pursuits or those tendencies destroy the young men, or the society, or both."
The book is full of such ruminations, and they echo throughout Obama’s rhetoric as president. In his last speech to the UN General Assembly, he asserted that "if young people live in places where the only option is between the dictates of a state or the lure of an extremist underground, no counterterrorism strategy can succeed."
For Obama, terrorism is, at root, a product of social disintegration. War may be necessary to contain the spread of Islamic State, for example, but only social reform can really cure it....
"Failure Theater," Or Why I Am Now a Democrat
Someone Storified this for me.
It's Over: Boehner, Boehner's Establishment Allies, and Democrats Unite to Fund Obama's Executive Amnesty
House approves "clean" DHS funding bill 257-167; almost 70% of Republicans vote "No" pic.twitter.com/lSgTqT0gzr— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) March 3, 2015
I'm personally done with this party.
In fact, I will vote for Democrats.
An old communist friend of mine voted for Bob Dole.
Why? Because this communist was convinced, inaccurately, as it would later turn out, that he would never see his dream of a communist USA via conventional politics, and therefore his hopes were pinned on outright revolution.
And as far as revolution, there are four words to remember: The worse, the better.
It is now clear that none of us will see the America we want via any kind of politics that includes the Republican Party. Ergo, they must be erased from the pages of history as quickly as possible, so that a better party can replace them.
So I'm now a Democrat. The worse, the better.
It may be time to begin supporting things like an increase in the minimum wage, too:
He's talking about the National Association of Restaurants which, of course, would prefer to hire immigrants over Americans. Actually, restaurants have been doing that for like 30 years; they wish to do it legally.
So if they're going to fight for cheaper labor, let us then mandate that all labor must cost $15/ hour, no exceptions, so that they do not get their wish.
My politics is now entirely punitive.
Oh, by the way, conservatives are now reduced to begging Republicans not to save Obamacare.
As Expected, John Boehner Sells Out the Conservatives In Yet Another Performance of "Failure Theater"
Failure Theater is the process by which the Establishment deliberately fails to do achieve anything, but wants credit from the Dumb Conservatives they're playing to for allegedly "trying."
Each of Boehner's and McConnell's "defeats" are in fact planned in advance. They are not trying to advance the conservative agenda; they are attempting to con conservatives into believing they have attempted to implement conservative policy, when in fact they were delivering their political deliverables to their Donor Class paymasters all along.
Uneducated, gullible, and easily led: if we stand for this, we are exactly what the Washington Post slurred us as 30 years ago.
When a Veterans Group FOIA'd Hillary's Emails, They Specifically Asked Her to List Her Personal Email Accounts. She Didn't.
Unrelated to this new revelation, but on point:
Issa: Hillary "took deliberative steps to hide her communications...."— Rick Klein (@rickklein) March 3, 2015
Well I'll say.
What a b!rd br@!n this fucking bitch is.
Confirmed: The Left Pretty Much Freaks Out When a Jew Tells Them They're Wrong
Hey remember when our foreign policy was based on reacting to actual attacks not just potential perceived threats?! Yeah that.— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) March 3, 2015
“A very dark, Strangelovian speech, painting a picture of a really dystopian world. Raising the specter of a genocidal nation.” – Amanpour— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 3, 2015
RT @JamesFallows: This part of the speech would be very relevant if the year were 1938.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 3, 2015
It is always Munich, 1939. Always and forever.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 3, 2015
oh lawd gwen, seriously? Grow up RT @gwenifill i anxiously await the little bomb drawing.— Kira Davis (@KiraAynDavis) March 3, 2015
Speech broke no new ground nor offered realistic path short of war. But apocalyptic language & GOP cheerleading tailor-made for his base.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 3, 2015
Spazzy McDewers objected to people smiling.
Update [JohnE.]: And the cherry on top...
Pelosi statement "I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States"— Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) March 3, 2015
Netanyahu Speaking Now Before Congress
Live player at at FoxNews.
It's early. He's... talking about being grateful to Obama for stuff, so you know he's just getting started.
Albert Julius Olsson, "Waves Breaking on the Shore" (n.d.)
Tuesday Morning News Dump
- Obama "Very Interested" In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action
- Hillary Clinton Used Private E-mail While At State Department
- What's The Point Of The Republican Party Part 1
- What's The Point Of The Republican Party Part 2
- The US Constitution Actually Bans Hillary's Foreign Government Payola
- Let The Air Out Of Donald Trump's Windbag
- Dear Republicans, Please Don't Save Obamacare
- The Goldman Sachs Election
- Jury Sentences Hasan To Death For Fort Hood Workplace Violence Incident
- Flashback: Hillary Clinton Begins The Process Of Vetting Herself
- The Next Greek Crisis
- Democrats Refusing To Watch Netanyahu Speech Plan Response To It
- It Looks Like Monty Just Made A Big Addition To His Retirement Fund
- Is American LNG Ready To Help Europe
- In Defense Of Drunk Sex
Overnight Open Thread (3-2-2015)
Maetenloch locked himself in his own car, and with him out of the picture I was called in to bring you all the finest medicine for your late night needs. Besides, Hillary will be President anyway in two years time, and the country has gone to pot enough as it is, so you might as well take up a new habit early.
So roll that towel under your door, aim that window fan just right, and come join me on the first and last time the cobs ever trust me to an ONT.
Or is it OOT?
Let's set the mood.
Good news: 41% of CPAC Straw Poll Attendees
Are this guy:
How to Avoid Arrest in Nebraska
1- Put your weed in a container.
2- Label the container "not weed".
3- Don't get pulled over.
Stoner Food Dreams Go Mainstream
“The idea for Cap’n Crunch Delights came from our passion to incorporate cereal into our breakfast platform, paired with thinking about nostalgic brands from childhood,” Taco Bell senior director of brand marketing Amanda Clark told ABC News. “From this, Cap’n Crunch came to mind and in doing research, we found that Cap’n Crunch was a very popular brand with our consumers. We feel that this will appeal to what we call ‘kid-ults,’ or the ‘kid-adults’ out there.”
Of course, some fast food companies have dropped the facade entirely, and have now openly embraced the hungriest of individuals:
This is the greatest country on earth.
No Seriously, This is Still the Greatest Country on Earth.
(DOLPHIN SMOKING WEED STORY GOES HERE, BRANDON - BRANDON)
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Against the Law and the Constitution, Hillary Clinton Took Lavish
Donations Bribes to Her "Foundation"
In case you were wondering, "How is it legal that the Clintons can take half a billion in
donations bribes, almost a hundred of million of which are from foreign governments?," the answer turns out to be "It's totally not legal."
Now, the one exception to the Emoluments Clause is that the executive can review the bribe -- let's not pretend this is not a bribe, okay? -- and okay it. Earlier the State Department indicated that it had cleared Hillary Clinton's foreign bribes as "Obama-approved foreign bribery."
But now, via @JohnEkdahl, the State Department is retracting previous claims that it gave a Good Bribe seal of approval to Hillary Clinton's hundred million in foreign bribes.
>The State Department is stepping back from a spokeswoman's comment last week suggesting that the agency's ethics lawyers signed off on donations to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
Asked at a daily briefing Thursday about the foundation's failure to submit a $500,000 donation from the country of Algeria for a conflict of interest review in 2010, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the department did such reviews whenever the non-profit founded by former President Bill Clinton sent in information about a potential gift.
"We like to review -- and we have reviewed every donation that was submitted," Psaki said.
However, there are no indications any Clinton Foundation donations were ever sent to the State Department for approval.
Asked about Psaki’s comment, another State Department spokesperson said Monday that the reviews the agency did were of paid speeches Bill Clinton was proposing to make and business deals he wanted to enter into. From 2009 to 2012, hundreds of speech requests and a handful of consulting deals were sent to State Department lawyers for sign off. The vast majority were approved.
"We received requests regarding speeches and consultancies of former President Clinton," State spokesman Alec Gerlach said.
Clarifying Psaki's earlier comment, Gerlach said that State Department reviewed every request that came in, not every donation.
What a shock -- Jen Psaki is at the center of a snafu involving poor messaging and mental retardation.
The below video is a Dramatic Recreation of the State Department retracting its blessing of Hillary's bribes.
That video is from Italy, actually. There's now a manhunt on for that cretin.
And yet Jen Psaki walks free.
More Shocks! Hillary Clinton, who is, by the way, a scumbag, illegally used her private email to conduct official business, for reasons, of course, of hiding what should be discoverable public records from the public.
Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department.Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.
Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.
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Democrats: Yeah, Your Boy Boehner Cut a Deal With Us on DHS Funding
Conservatives were, in the Washington Post's notorious phrasing, "uneducated, gullible, and easily led."
If we let this pass without tumult and retribution, we are just as the Washington Post said of us.
I don't consider this all that important, but the Establishmentarians are running ads against conservatives, or at least pressuring them to vote for this Comprehensive Piece of Shit.
It's not about the ads, exactly; it's just about the attitude generally.
The time for a third party is now upon us. The Establishment has refused to compromise and find common ground; they are determined to just win and deliver their political deliverables to the Wall Street wing that serves as their paymasters.
A failing organization which will not be reformed must instead be destroyed.
BTW, the first order of business of the new party? Jacking up taxes on the wealthiest 1% and on corporations.
Can't keep taxes on the rich and corporations low, you know; it's not politically smart.
Buzzfeed: The NY Observer Seems to Have a Kremlin Stooge Writing "Slavishly" Pro-Putin Stories for Them
"Slavishly." See what they did there?
Not only is this "writer" a stooge, but Buzzfeed raises the question (via raising the question) as to whether this "writer" actually exists in the form of an actual person, rather than (this is my supposition) as the work-product of several Kremlin hands pushing disinformation to the low-paying-but-content-hungry rags of the west.
A New York Observer editor says he's met this "writer," but who knows-- every propaganda effort needs a frontman.
It's Been Three Years Since Andrew Breitbart Left Us
Jim Geraghty won the ACU's Journalist of the Year Award on Friday, and has posted about what he would have liked to have said, had he more advanced warning that he'd be winning something and should prepare a speech for it.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Andrew Breitbart lately. It was three years ago he addressed this conference for the last time. People look back and I see him described as this angry guy, a fighter – he titled his autobiography "Righteous Indignation." I wouldn’t claim to be his best friend or to have known him well, but I don't think he’s given enough credit for being a man who was really driven by love.
That may sound kind of sappy or like it belongs on a Hallmark card, but he demonstrated an amazing kindness and generosity of spirit to those around him.
The day Andrew died, it seemed like everyone on my Facebook page posted a picture that they had taken with him. For a guy who was always on the go, he rarely if ever seemed like he didn’t have time for other people. So many people offered their tale of meeting him at a conference or gathering, getting to talk to him for ten minutes or so, and walking away from that conversation feeling like for that ten minutes, they were the most important person in the room. A lot of his fans, friends, and contributors to his site offer some version of the same story, meeting Breitbart and sharing a news tip and then being told by him, "that is a really good story idea, and you're the one who should write it." That’s what happened to my friend Kurt Schlichter, and there are so many people who got into writing or journalism because instead of holding onto a scoop or an idea for himself, Andrew told them they could do it. You don't treat people with such enthusiastic encouragement if you don’t have a lot of love for people.
I've mentioned this before, but Andrew's death kind of woke me up to thinking seriously about both Life and Death. 90% of the reason I post about health-related issues is because of Andrew's death -- he was the first contemporary of mine to die. When you're young, you really do think you're sort of Immortal, or at least you never think about mortality at all (which makes you a passive, ignorant believer in your own mortality).
Then one day a great big Surfing Bear of a man dies at a young age and you start thinking about it a lot.
But the fact that Andrew died young is just happenstance; that says little about him. The other thing his death forced me to think about was Life. There's no point fearing death if you're not loving life.
And Andrew's death forced me to confront the different ways we were living life -- to wit, he was and I wasn't. He was really alive, just excited and plugged in and enthusiastic and brave, so g**damned brave about everything.
I'm not really doing a terrific job of Living Each Day As If I Were Andrew Breitbart, but I am trying, here and there, to engage more with Actual Life and not treat it as something to be avoided.
Jim Jordan Denies Plot to Demote John Boehner, While Rumors Swirl of a Plot to Demote John Bohner
Two senior House Republican sources tell CNN there's a serious concern among those close to the Speaker that if he allowed a vote on a clean DHS funding bill, conservatives would make a motion to vacate the chair, a direct challenge to his job.
That is basically a no-confidence vote. The way CNN puts it -- and the way AllahPundit interprets it -- is that Boehner could be saved by Democrats, who would be part of the vote, and may prefer his incompetent leadership to a competent conservative's.
But I've heard some version of it where the vote takes place in the Republican caucus only.
I'll have to check on that.
Boehner clearly has to go. He cannot deliver for the Establishment -- he fails each time he tries to deliver political deliverables to the liberal anti-populists of the Establishment.
And he of course does not deliver to the conservative populists -- rather, what we ultimately pressure him into delivering unto us is Failure Theater, a dumbshow in which Republicans pretend to oppose Obama up until their scheduled capitulation.
We get all the pain of the media attacks on us for daring to oppose President Precious Perfect without actually opposing President Precious Perfect.
I don't think Confusius ever said Never leave a man who has staked his reputation on the claim that your plan will result in failure in charge of executing your plan, but he might have, if this celestial joyboy wasn't always obsessing about getting his weenie wet.
This is a case of being in the middle of the road where it's the most dangerous. Either deliver your deliverables to the Establishment elite, or deliver them to the populist rebels; but this shit by which you attempt to deliver to the Establishment, then fail, then go through the political damage of a shutdown without the political reward of a shutdown (that is, actual leverage over Obama), is, and please excuse my language here, For the Birds, and something only a (trigger alert) actual Bird Brain would support.
Here's a bit of trivia: I'm told the very best office in all of Washington DC is the Speaker of the House's office. It looks, via a wide and imperial balcony, over the national Mall.
A man might make a lot of decisions which are actually bad for his caucus to keep such a desirable blandishment.
A long time ago I read a trenchant criticism of McCain that always stuck with me. The writer (forget who) noted that there was indeed a "Reaganism" apart from the man himself -- that is, there were a series of propositions, ideas, and values which composed a freestanding "Reaganism" that was independent of the man himself.
But was there such a McCainism? No, of course not. There was nothing to any "McCainism" except the idea, dearly held by McCain and his hangers-on, that John McCain really ought to be in charge.
The same criticism obviously applies to Boehner. There is no "Boehnerism," no coherent "Boehner Agenda," apart from the very dubious proposition that Only One Man can lead the country and thus and so Providence has delivered unto us John Boehner.
Australian Parachuter Has Grand Mal Epileptic Seizure Falling at 12,000 Feet Above the Earth
The camera is mounted on one guy's helmet, and he largely keeps the camera trained on the other guy.
Keep your eye on that other guy; he's the one who has the seizure.
How About With Some Mood Music?
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Revealed: Painter of Official White House Portrait of Bill Clinton Says He Included Monica Lewinsky's Shadow in Portrait, As a Goof
What's done is done. Let's move on.
Aren't we all, in a way, to blame?
Man, that hands-on-hips, hips-bucked-forward is
kind of a giveaway now that it's pointed out
Philadelphia area painter Nelson Shanks cunningly included a shadow over the fireplace cast from a blue dress on a mannequin.
Shanks said painting Clinton was his hardest assignment because "he is probably the most famous liar of all time." So he added the nod to the Lewinsky scandal because it had cast a shadow over Clinton’s presidency.If you look at the left-hand side of it there’s a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.
He says Bill and Hillary Clinton are "aware" of the "symbolism" in the painting, and of course hate it.
The Investigator Assigned to Find the Lerner Emails Must Have Been Blind to Have Missed Them For So Long
Update: He Was In Fact Legally Blind
The right man for the job, if you don't want the job done.
Also legally blind: The entire White House, which claims, through its new spokesman Jen Psaki, that they have no ideas about the motive in the murder of an American-Bangladeshi writer previous threatened with murder by Islamists for his allegedly unislamic writings.
Oh yeah: He was hacked to death by several men armed with knives. His wife was present at the attack; her finger was severed in the mayhem.
But Psaki has nothing to "ascribe" to the murder.
QUESTION: So on the Bangladesh murder --
MS. PSAKI: Yes.
QUESTION: -- does the -- is the Administration at a point where it can ascribe any kind of motive to this? Do you believe that it was anything more than just a murder? It certainly seems that the circumstances surrounding it would indicate that it is.
MS. PSAKI: We don’t have more information at this point. We, of course, will provide consular assistance as is appropriate. We’re also – stand ready to assist in the investigation if asked. Clearly, we know his background, which was why I outlined it, but don’t have anything to ascribe in terms of a motive in this case.
A-level people surround themselves with other A-level people. B-level people surround themselves with C-level people; C-level people surround themselves with D-level people. Obama surrounds himself with Marie Harf and Jen Psaki.
William Lees Judson, "Evening Glow" (n.d.)
Had we but DOOM enough and time...
I hope this Monday morning finds you in robust good health, my groovy babies. You'll need your strength to fend off the waves of zombies, mutants, cannibals, and K Street lobbyists who will be infesting the land during the Burning Times.
King v Burwell is at the Supreme Court this week, but I don't pretend to have the faintest clue as to which way Roberts is going to vote. I am not an attorney nor do I play one on TV, so I really cannot rely on anything other than common sense to judge if the federal subsidies for states which haven't set up their own exchanges will stand or fall. I think the subsidies should fall, given the plain language of the statute, but then I thought the individual mandate was plainly unconstitutional as well and Chief Justice John Roberts found a way to be okay with it. Roberts had a chance to stop this whole abomination in its tracks some years back and chose to let it live on for what (to my untrained eye) were craven reasons. It's a little late in the day to be fretting about the damage this law will do if enforced as written. (But don't worry, hepcats: the GOP has a plan to save the day if the court rules against ObamaCare. Because Severely Conservative or something.)
His Majesty the King has taken time out of his busy schedule of golfing, selfie-taking, shit-talking, and trolling the GOP to heap scorn on a close American ally. To say that President Obama is thin-skinned is to understate the matter dramatically; he truly believes in vox Obama vox Dei, and he takes disagreement extremely personally. Obama has the bad professor's habit of lecturing people rather than talking to them, and in Bibi's case, Obama is lecturing a guy who's far more versed in the issues at hand than Obama is. But Obama is the smartest guy in any room (just ask him!) so it follows that any opinion he holds must be the correct one. Prime Minister Netanyahu will give his speech, Obama will disregard it with the same disdain he's shown for the past six years of his Presidency, and the middle east will slide that much deeper into chaos.
But enough of that nonsense. Let's get on to the financial shenanigans which are this column's raison d'etre.
I've been saying it for a long time: all of the incentives in the developed world right now argue against saving your money. However, I am a contrarian and say that individuals must fight against all the powers that are arrayed against them and save anyway. Just save wisely; know what you're saving for. Have a plan, and stick to it. Prudence and thrift always pay off, even in the face of governmental fuckery. The wheel will turn and the madness and pathologies of this age will pass away. The smart, the well-prepared, the careful -- they will prosper, as they have throughout history during times of turmoil.
Why save? Because continuous consumption requires continuous spending, and most budgets cannot withstand a loss of income on retirement if consumption habits don't change. Most people -- not just Boomers, but nearly everybody -- under-estimate how much money they'll need in retirement. Most financial planners tell you to assume that you'll need at least 60% of your pre-retirement income, but they also assume that you're going into retirement with relatively low debt and a decent position in terms of net worth. That simply is not the case for an increasing percentage of the population.
Some interesting thoughts on how interest rates matter, and how they don't.
Yes, Virginia: our adjusted incomes have gone way up since 1972 (or the prices for all kinds of stuff have gone way down; same difference, really). The productivity explosion in the latter half of the 20th century has allowed citizens of developed nations to afford far more stuff for less work than ever before in human history. The situation is actually even better than that: we can buy awesome suff now (flat-panel 50" TV's, smarthones, etc.) that didn't even exist back in 1972. And all that cool new stuff makes life better and more interesting for rich and not-so-rich alike. Now, granted, we've run up many trillions of dollars of debt at the same time, but...always look on the bright side of life, babies.
China's economy is continuing to cool, and that has a lot of implications going forward. Robust growth over the years (whether fudged or not by China's leaders) has hidden a lot of horrible economic decisions, but -- as Americans discovered in 2008 -- a slow economy tends to uncover a lot of garbage that used to be hidden from view.
The only solution for Greece's ongoing economic nightmare is fundamental transformation of their top-heavy economy. Get the government out of the way; make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and run businesses; flatten the tax code and enforce it rigorously. But Greece will probably do none of those things because culture, as always, is upstream of politics and the Greek culture is the antithesis of everything they must do to reform themselves. Greeks won't do the things necessary for reform because Greeks don't want to do those things. They want a cushy sinecure with a stodgy public-sector bureaucracy where they can retire at 40 and live off a generous pension forever afterward. Smart, innovative, driven Greeks will either leave or simply give up because the tides of the overculture will overwhelm them. (There's a lesson in this for America, obviously.)
How to invest like Mr. Spock. (Personal note: the passing of Leonard Nimoy last week hit this particular sci-fi nerd pretty hard. Safe travels wherever you may wander, Mr. Nimoy.)
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Monday Morning News Dump
- Time For Some Straight Talk On NATO
- Egypt Declares Hamas A Terrorist Organization
- What Are Hillary Clinton's Accomplishment As Secretary Of State Again?
- Hillary Set To Launch Presidential Campaign In April
- Code Pink Uses Hezbollah Flag In Netanyahu Protest
- U.S.-Backed Rebel Group In Syria Disbands
- Standing With Our Friends, Standing Up To Our Enemies
- Scott Walker's Busy Upcoming Week
- Live Long And Prosper
- Another Left Wing Media Retraction On A Scott Walker Hit Piece
- The Cartman Presidency: There Is No Check On President Obama
- Well That's Just Great
- The Case For The Warthog
- It Appears God Hates Boston
- Do We Really Want To Know If We're Alone In The Universe
- Joe Kennedy Hardest Hit
—Dave In Texas
I see a Ben's news dump and some DOOM on the way.
Overnight Open Thread (3-1-2015)
Due to a sudden business trip all I can offer is this runt of an ONT.
Farewell to Leonard Nimoy.
Weekly Commenter Standings
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Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
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The group. Never heard of it.
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The Brzezinski Doctrine [Weirddave]
Keeping in mind that this is coming from a single newspaper in Kuwait, citing the ever popular "well placed sources" in Israel, if this is true, it could be the most disturbing thing Obama's done yet, actively preventing an ally from dealing with our enemy*.
This looking glass that we're going through Alice, when do we get to the other side?
IF this is true and IF at some point in the future an Iranian built bomb is detonated, the the blood of all those who die will be directly on Obama's hands.
I bet that thought costs the president not one second of sleep.
*Yes, I know this administration, particularly VeeJay, doesn't think so, but they have been at war with us since 1979. I say we give them the courtesy of honoring their war.
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Food Thread: Burger, Burger, or Burger [CBD]
I divide serious burgers into two groups. The first is the gourmet burger; made with great beef cuts on an excellent bun (brioche usually), with good cheese...and nothing else. The second is sort of a fast-food burger, but a step up from McDonald's (although I love those burgers too). This burger is made with a wider and thinner patty, and has all the bells and whistles. Lettuce and tomato and pickles and onions and bacon (duh) and anything and everything else one can imagine. There is however one absolute; there must be sufficient sauce or dressing or juice to make it messy. Really, what's the fun of eating a big sloppy burger if it isn't sloppy?
What say you Horde? What is your perfect burger? Gourmet? high-end fast food? Luncheonette griddled?
I found this recipe for pasta with lemon-chile pesto with grated egg in an irritating article called, "How to Make Pasta in 2015: The New Rules of Pasta." The "rules have changed?" Really? Whose rules? Not mine? I have one rule: If it tastes good I'll cook it and eat it. That being said, the recipe looks great and combines some classic pasta ingredients.
The classic Manhattan and Old-Fashioned recipes call for a Maraschino cherry. But I have always preferred a twist of lemon over the chemically sweetness of mass market cherries. Here is one more example of the the inferiority of maraschino cherries.
Not that we need another example of the lunacy and terminal strangeness of the Japanese, but here is a three second dumpling process....or an ad for 4G....
Fried Onion Dip. Oh, man! I love this kind of stuff, and I love that it is an unabashedly fatty, unctuous joy!
This is a recipe from Barbara Lynch who is a one woman restaurant juggernaut in Boston, and a great chef to boot. I have eaten in two of her restaurant's, and they were impressive indeed. She knows what she is doing.
This recipe is a good example of a chef who recognizes that ingredients and conditions and tools are not consistent...that some adjustment is necessary. The recipe is a fair amount of work, but it is fun, and the end result is a very satisfying meal.
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon sugar
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 celery stalks, peeled and chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 3-to 3 1/2-pound chicken, giblets and excess fat and skin removed, bird patted dry
freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, beaten
To make the bread dough, combine the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix with the paddle, stopping the mixer occasionally to break up bigger chunks of butter with your hand. Add 1/2 cup water and continue mixing until the dough begins to come together. At this point, turn off the mixer and switch to the dough hook (scraping all the dough off the paddle first, of course). Knead the dough with the hook until it comes together in one mass, 1 to 2 minutes.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and continue to knead it by hand, pushing it away from you with the heel of your hand, folding it over, giving it a quarter turn, and pushing it away again until it feels nice and elastic. If the dough is very sticky, add a little more flour to it as you knead. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion, rosemary, and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender but not colored, 8 minutes. Let cool.
Clip the chicken wings off at the body and save for making stock or discard. Season the chicken liberally inside and out with salt and pepper. Stuff the bird with the cooled vegetables and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
Heat the oven to 400F. On a very lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thick; this will take some muscle. If the dough is very stubborn, let it rest for a few minutes before trying to roll it some more. Put the chicken on the dough breast side down and wrap the dough up and around the bird, encompassing it completely and overlapping the dough. (If there is a lot of overlap, trim the dough.) Pinch the seams together to keep them closed. Turn the bird over and put the bird seam side down on a baking sheet.
Brush the dough all over with the egg and sprinkle it lightly all over with salt. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the bread is a lovely golden brown, 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the chicken (an instant-read thermometer inserted through the crust into the breast should read 170F).
Let cool for at least an hour, preferably 2, before tearing it apart and serving.
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The Gaming Thread
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This week, you have two big conferences and a game show. During the week, you have the Game Developers Convention and the Mobile World Congress. And then next weekend you have Pax East, the first real gaming show of the year where devs get to show off what they're working on.
This morning, MWC started off with a bang as HTC was finally revealed as the first VR partner with Valve with the announcement of the HTC Vive (stupid name). Where Oculus is going for something that is price conscious and less bulky to get people to buy into, HTC and Valve is going in the opposite direction with 2 screens (Rift is using one) and instead of standard camera head tracking, they're going with inside-out tracking with cameras, gyros and IR blasters. With the added base sensors, it doesn't exactly sound like it's going to be marker less tracking (it's fully onboard tracking) which kinda sucks. Though theoretically, this headset should be better than what we know of that the Oculus is planning to launch with tech-wise, I'm really scratching my head in how this is going to be received. Will there be enough people to buy something that should be better but also going to cost quite a bit more while also being more bulky/heavy? It should make for an interesting GDC as that's where Valve will unveil the headset.
As for the rest of the MWC, I've been mainly interested in if anyone is going to announce stuff with Nvidia's K1 chips or Intel's Cherry Trial chips (though the leaked benches are disappointing to say the least). At least with the early goings on, it's all Snapdragon again this year. Don't get me wrong, Qualcomm makes some really nice stuff but as a consumer, it's blegh when the same 3 yearly chips power the majority of everything that isn't Apple.
The other missing puzzle for mobile and gaming is going to be announced at GDC.
At GDC, you've got two new graphics APIs being talked about. You've got the Knronos Group unveiling the evolution of OGL dubbed glNext, a low level API for non-Windows stuff. There isn't isn't anything known on what they're going to be unveiling. Though Microsoft is trying to angle DX12 for mobile that isn't Windows, glNext is the bigger look at where mobile is heading.
And speaking of DX12, Microsoft is going to finally unveil what the hell is in it other than the known CPU optimization and the ease of programming for Windows, mobile and XBox at the same time. Two main things I'm hoping for them to announce is built in hooks for cloud computing in your games and more robust support for tiled resources and deferred rendering. It's the way Microsoft been heading the last few years and I'm hoping it's included in DX12. Please give me real cloud computing in muh videgamez.
And like the announcement of the HTC Vive this morning, Valve has a stacked GDC this year. They're finally showing off the "final" design of the Steam controller. The prototypes they've released the last two years are eh, especially with the last one with it's candy buttons (I love The Duke but candy buttons suck). Give it a week and they'll probably unveil a new final final design of the controller.
Also new updates on SteamOS. The Big Picture mode is okay I guess. Not exactly something I personally want with my HTPC but I can see some usefulness in it for people who are scared of PCs. And though Unity has helped, even in the last 20 Years of Linux, it hasn't really amounted to much (be it being better support than it's ever had). That being said, I still really don't like the whole concept of SteamOS. It still amounts to Gabe spazzing out about walled gardens while continuing to create his own walled garden. Personally, I don't want PC gaming going the route of Android but whatever.
Also getting new info on the "second generation" of the Steam Machines. The first gen went as well as a fart in church. Out of all of them, the only one that was okay was Alienware X51 and that was overpriced. As a owner of a HTPC, I think the whole concept is rotten as it's still amounts to overcharging people for something they can build better. I personally think the way to go is just teaching people how to build their own PC. It's not that hard and it's a cheaper route.
Now the stream boxes or what ever you want to call it, that's a good endeavor. Barebones box or dongle to let you stream your games from your PC. It needs improvements from where it's at right now but it's a good path for people who already own a gaming rig.
• Microsoft finally announced that Fable Legends will be free 2 play. Pay breakdown is straight League of Legends. Of course if they wanted a nice 1-2 punch, they also would have relaxed the NDA. Especially since a licensed game already got a jump on them a week & a half ago with the concept.
• No one cares about the story of the Mortal Kombat games (if I want to be real, I'd say no one cares about Mortal Kombat in general I digress) but this story trailer gives a look at the full cast
• Well, maybe we will finally get issue 10 of Battle Chasers now
• A movie game that might be good? Sure, it's a reskin of Forza Horizon 2 but still.
• Think of the most Sony thing you can think off. Now throw that away and be amazed. You remember that they had that contest to win a chance of buying one of those PSX themed PS4s? Well, they "accidentally" erased the winners list and now want you to re-enter the contest and try again.
• So a W4K MOBA eh. Market is a little too crowded
Mediocre week in releases. Nothing you can instantly point to and say you're going to be buying it.
Helldivers (Vita, PS4) - It's a sci-fi verson of Magicka. I can't say I was a big fan of Magicka. Sure, it was fun for an hour in accidentally killing your friends. But as a game, it's pretty bad and frankly straight up boring (you can say the same with their Gauntlet reboot). Putting it in a sci-fi setting with guns just doesn't do anything for me other than that window of fun getting shorter.
Screamride (360, XBO) - While Frontier is working on a real Rollercoaster Tycoon on the PC, they're releasing something that harkens back to Crash Mode in the Burnout games. I think the demo was fun, it really does scratch the Crash Mode itch which is something we really haven't had in 10 years (Burnout Crash was garbage). That being said, I don't know if I would say it's worth the $30/$40 for it. Throw it as a $20 download game and I'd pick it up.
Mario VS Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (3DS, Wii U) - I really like this Lemmings ripoff series. It's a fun little puzzler. But the last two games were not good. Mini-Land Mayhem was too easy and going 3D for Minis on the Move was a really bad idea for this type of game. I'm still curious on if they can recapture the fun of the earlier entries but I'll be waiting for some reviews before I pick this up.
White Night (PC, XBO, PS4) - Other than remembering it being in the b-roll ID@XBox trailer at last year's E3, have no idea about this game. It looks cool and I'm always game for a 3D adventure game, especially with a decent art style. Still comes down to story and I've got no clue in how this is going to shake out. Might be worth keeping your eye on it.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Vita) - This is a pretty good definition of a game being dumped on an audience. A month between western localization announcement and release with no promotion or much of anything. That being said, this standard RPG is supposed to be pretty good with a cool art style and a decent story. And it only costs $20 and it's not like we've had much really worth playing on the Vita lately.
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Doom? Yeah, This Isn't Good [CBD]
The Baltic Dry Index is a rough measure of the cost of moving bulk materials by sea. Obviously the price of oil has a significant impact on this index, but since the cost to enter (and exit) this market is huge and long-term (many millions of dollars and a few years to build a bulk carrier), supply is inelastic and small changes in demand have clear impacts on pricing. And...shipping companies often purchase fuel futures to hedge their costs, so rapid changes in oil prices will not correspond to rapid changes in their fuel costs.
And here is the opposite view, thanks to commenter "Sauropod."
Why You Shouldn't Worry About The Baltic Dry Index Hitting A 29-Year Low
Gun Thread - What Fresh Hell? Edition [Weirddave]
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So, this happened. BATF moves to ban M855 NATO Ball ammunition. So what's behind the move? Most of you probably use .223 when you're pinking, not green tips, so who cares? Kevin Williamson over at NRO has the full scoop.
A little background, which is unavoidably weedy: In 1986, Congress revised the Gun Control Act, inserting prohibitions against the manufacture and import of "armor-piercing ammunition." Armor-piercing ammunition does not mean ammunition designed to defeat body armor - that would be too simple. It means, most broadly, ammunition that could defeat the soft body armor of the sort that was cutting edge in the 1980s. But banning all such ammunition as "armor-piercing" would have meant a ban on practically all hunting rifles. One of the truly ignorant and insipid aspects of our gun-control debate is that the gun-grabbers spend so much time wringing their hands over "assault rifles," which are relatively low-powered but kinda-scary-looking firearms generally chambered for rounds (mainly the .223) that are too small even to legally use for deer hunting, while at the same time insisting that they do not wish to bother us about hunting rifles, which generally are much, much more powerful than the AR-15s that so dominate the progressive imagination. So, "armor-piercing" came to mean ammunition made of certain materials (tungsten alloys, steel, etc.) that could defeat certain kinds of body armor and that could be fired from a handgun. But, again, similar problems crop up: Almost all rifle cartridges could be fired from a handgun, because there are handguns chambered for all manner of cartridges. The classic American rifle cartridge, the .30-06, can be fired from certain handguns, as can classic big-game rounds such as the .45-70, which is popular among moose and grizzly hunters (as well as non-hunting hikers and campers who wish to be prepared for a moose or grizzly encounter). So that leads us to another refinement: an exemption for single-shot handguns. "The term 'single shot handgun' means a break-open or bolt action handgun that can accept only a single cartridge manually, and does not accept or use a magazine or other ammunition feeding device. The term does not include a pocket pistol or derringer-type firearm." So sayeth the ATF.
Read the whole thing, there's an completely separate line of attack coming from the EPA. This administration just can not accept that there are some things that they may not do. Stymied by the courts in their gun control efforts, they won't stop looking for another way around. Why it's almost as if they'll go through the gate. If the gate's closed, they'll go over the fence. If the fence is too high, they'll pole vault in. If that doesn't work, they'll parachute in , but they're going to get gun control passed. Somebody said that once, I forget who. Predictably, this has led to a run on 5.56. I've heard some folks who worship at the church of AK gloating over this. Take a gander at GOTW 1 and reread the excerpt from the NRO article. Yea, you're in the cross-hairs too, Charlie.
Also in the news from several weeks ago, Federal Judge Strikes Down Interstate Handgun Transfer Ban
The woman behind Everytown is a PR gun for hire. Have lie will travel.
I don't use Facebook much. I just posted in an AoS group yesterday for the first time in months. I don't see any reason to enrich an ultra-lib whose business model is profiting off of personal information that I freely provide. Oh, and they can be kinda censorshipy.
Yesterday's Fundamental Concepts thread dealt with the ramifications of Molon Labe in a real world scenario. I chatted briefly in Twitter with respected gun enthusiast and editor of the Bearing Arms blog Bob Owens. He wrote something similar several years ago, and his scenario goes much further than mine did. What you'll see in the rebellion
Defensive Gun Use of the Week
Video at link. I'm always amazed at how easy it is to miss in the heat of the moment. Thankfully, in this case the pharmacist didn't.
Mall Ninja: The saga of Gecko45
This is one of those internet exchanges that assume legendary status as the years go by, archived here for all to enjoy. My favorite response to the mall ninja? "If Plan A is to take multiple .338 shots to the back, you really need to come up with a Plan B." Gecko45 is just so goddamn tactical that he's tacticool.
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Today seems to be Russia day at G.O.T.W. The first is a BHAKR39, a Krinkov pistol chambered in 7.62 X 39. The second is the TP-82, the Soviet "Space Gun". From Wiki: "It was intended as a survival aid to be used after landings and before recovery in the Siberian wilderness. The upper two smoothbore barrels used 12.5x70 mm ammunition (32 gauge), and the lower rifled barrel used 5.45x39mm ammunition. The pistol could be used for hunting, to defend against predators and for visible and audible distress signals. The detachable buttstock was also a machete that came with a canvas sheath." Pretty cool.
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