May 25, 2017

Mid-Morning Open Thread



Love and Pain Or, "Vampire"
Edvard Munch

The truth is, Munch did not title this painting "Vampire." He called it "Love and Pain" and it was only later that it picked up the name and interpretation of a man locked in a vampire's embrace. Munch maintained it was nothing more than a woman kissing a man on the neck. The Nazis declared it morally 'degenerate.' In the painting, we see a man in anguish, arms around his love, while she tries to comfort him. Perhaps she is laying her face on his shoulder even. Some thought it was about his visits to prostitutes, yet others saw it as some sort of macabre fantasy about the death of his favorite sister. Evidently Munch remained ambiguous about the deeper meaning behind it.

It was considered shocking when it was unveiled, somehow people saw sado-masochism in it. Maybe it's her loose red hair and red dress that mark her as a siren. The darkness surrounding them, and the man's own black clothing make her stand out all the more. But is it really shocking today?

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The Morning Report 5/25/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. I'll be light on the blathering commentary this morning but there are a few stories of note. First up, evidently the GOP candidate for Ryan Zinke's House seat body slammed a reporter for the UK Guardian. I can understand the frustration and loathing of media types but a Todd Akin moment like this is uncalled for. That said, I am a pacifist by nature and abhor violence, but my loathing of the Left is such that I still hope the guy wins. Secondly, there was some sort of heated confrontation between Debbie Wasserman Schultz Test and the Capitol Police over a stolen laptop of hers that they refused to give back to her. Could it have anything to do with the Democrat IT specialists who hacked everyone and now are on the lam in Pock-EE-ston? I wonder what's on that laptop she wants back so desperately. Hmm. Aside from that, the President's poll numbers have rebounded considerably during by all accounts a successful first trip abroad. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

UPDATE: GnuBreed informs me that the Pakistani DNC IT guys are still in the country.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:10 AM Comments

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (5/24/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(I'll be peace, you be quiet.)

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. Winston Churchill

Quote II

Islam is something we can't afford any more in the Netherlands. I want the fascist Koran banned. We need to stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands. That means no more mosques, no more Islamic schools, no more imams... Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslims.Geert Wilders

Quote III

’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful? Robert A. Hall

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:58 PM Comments

Today in the Social Justice War on Civilization


A couple of white girls became fascinated by tortillas during a trip to Mexico. They researched the techniques of making them, including "picking the brain" of every "tortilla lady." They also admitted to occasionally looking into kitchen windows to see techniques.

Their dream was to open a burrito food truck.

That dream ended one day after the Social Justice Warriors screamed they were "culturally appropriating" the Mexican heritage.

And at the University of Michigan, once believed to be a real school, the meltiest little snowflake in the upper northwest has decided that wood paneling is sexist and racist.

Anna Wibbelman, former president of Building a Better Michigan, an organization that voices student concerns about university development, stated at a student government meeting in late March that "minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling" found throughout the 100-year-old building, the meeting’s minutes state.

The little melty snowflake just said something pretty racist -- minority students don't like "quiet" settings.

But I'm sure Anna Wibbleman knows many minorities through their brief guest appearances on Girls.

Another snowflake attempted to defend her, but also stating that minorities are loud and feel oppressed by quiet rooms.

Current president of Building a Better Michigan, Jazz Teste, stated that Wibbelman’s comment wasn’t necessarily about the wood paneling.

“I believe it was an off-hand comment about how many students felt marginalized by the quiet nature of the building when they entered,” she told The College Fix via email.

Wibbelman could not be contacted for further detail despite repeated requests.

If anyone who isn't a snowflake SJW claimed that minorities liked being loud, do you think they'd get away with it, with no one demanding a Viral Firing for such a problematic assertion?

But obvious, 1950s era stereotypes and racism are permitted to the SJWs. Just so long as they couch it in the right lingo.

Oh, here's the good news: Mizzou, site of the most frenetic Social Justice Warrior conniptions then seen in 2015, is still paying the price for now being regarded as a joke: It will welcome its smallest entering freshman class in almost 20 years.

No one's happy about any deaths in Manchester. This is too ironic not to notice, however:

I don't know where people get this idea that "terrorists only kill the bad people." But that seems to be the unstated premise at work.


Posted by Ace at 07:41 PM Comments

Revealed: Obama's NSA Absused Data-Collection To Spy on Americans for Years


In this article, "upstream collection" refers to collecting data from the infrastructures of communication -- phone signals and the backbone of the Internet itself. So a sort of global collection, I guess. Vacuuming up all signals from their sources.

I suppose "downstream collection" would be targeted at individuals, intercepting, for example, signals on a specific phone line or from a specific computer.

Sara Carter reveals that Obama's NSA ignored its own "rules" on this for years.

The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa....

The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an "institutional lack of candor" and that the improper searches constituted a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue," according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017....

Officials like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have argued their activities were legal under the so-called minimization rule changes Obama made, and that the intelligence agencies were strictly monitored to avoid abuses.

The intelligence court and the NSA's own internal watchdog found that not to be true.

"Since 2011, NSA's minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702," the unsealed court ruling declared. "The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court."

I can't wait for CNN's wall-to-wall coverage of this.

Posted by Ace at 06:46 PM Comments

Chelsea Clinton: We Have to Look at the Cosmic "Interconnectedness" of Forced Child Marriage and... Global Warming


Nature abhors a vacuous nepot. The leftist media, on the other hand, can't get enough of it.

Chelsea Clinton continues batting 1.000 in peddling glibly sophomoric pablum that would choke Depak Chopra like an oversized penis engorged with PC Pieties.

Apparently Chelsea Clinton -- Scholar, Sage, Idiot -- has failed to notice that the countries accused most frequently of causing climate change have been the ones to elevate the age of consent, liberate women so that they're not chattel to be bargained off for a number of goats, and make family-arranged rape socially unacceptable.

But she's now the draw for her parents' continuing efforts at worldwide graft as charity, so we continue to see her pronouncements eagerly repeated by the media.

This is the woman whose pronouncements are so vapid -- silly-string and bubble-gum for the brain -- that even a liberal writer at the very liberal Variety called her out.

Also worth reading: Kyle Smith's take-down of this empty vessel that can be filled with her parents' dreams of easy cash.

She's not just a little girl anymore, you know, not just someone's daughter or campaign prop. Chelsea Clinton is a person, no, a citizen, no, a global citizen, and she is done being quiet.

Hear, world, as Chelsea speaks out.

She is speaking out about social media: "I've recognized, as a lot of people have, that Twitter is a vehicle for me to share my thoughts."

She’s speaking out on movies: "Of course I’m going to see Furious 8. I've already seen Logan. I love that Logan is being succeeded by a little girl."

She's speaking out on the Clinton Foundation: "At its most distilled level, we try to make a positive, impactful, empowering difference in whatever ways we can."

She's speaking out on speaking out: "This is not the time to be silent or stay on the sidelines."

With the exception of a few resentful Twitter pokes at the man responsible for rendering her mom an isolated forest monster -- Chappaquatch-- instead of the most powerful woman in the history of the planet, everything Chelsea says is pretty much like this. The positions she articulates on progress (pro), climate change (anti), and gauzy, inspirational, make-the-world-a-better-place-for-girls-and-women goodness (super-duper pro) are verbal fentanyl.

Everything she says is a platitude wrapped in a cliche washed down with a bromide. She's the dusty end of the greeting-card section, the lite FM of famous-person chatter, a human press release.

In short, Chelsea Clinton is becoming the champion dullard of our time. This didn’t happen by chance: We’re talking about the ever-calculating Clintonworld here. The dullness is a strategy, a demented post-last-ditch effort by the Clinton gals to finally power Hillary into the Oval Office. But I'll come back to that.

Better put some ice on that.

Posted by Ace at 05:43 PM Comments

The National Laughinstock Now Praising Denver to Reduce Maximum Sentences for Domestic Violence -- Wife-Beating -- So as to Protect Illegals from Deportation


This may sound familiar -- a Green Card holder struck a plea deal for his two bank robberies to be sentenced to just one day less than a year, because any sentence of a year or more exposes a Green Card holder to deportation.

The Boston prosecutors successfully kept this Solid Non-Citizen in the country, where he went off to an economically fruitful and diverse career of murdering two doctors engaged to one another.

Not to be outdone, sanctuary city Denver is now "fighting back" -
-- the National Laughinstock's words --
against the illegal immigration crackdown by reducing the maximum sentences for a wide variety of crimes, including wife-beating, which they used to be rather firmly against, but different circumstances have revealed their true priorities.

With a raft of allegedly "minor" crimes now capped in sentencing to no more than one day less than a year, Denver hopes to keep a lot of criminals contributing to the diverse quilt of murder and vehicular manslaughter that is the fabric of American greatness.

Allegedly these sentencing guidelines apply to anyone, but I have a feeling that they'll make an occasional exception for actual US citizens, and sentence them to longer stays in jail.

Posted by Ace at 04:52 PM Comments

Man Who Choked Woman To Death With His Penis Gets Off


And also, he's been acquitted of murder.

The Florida man who claimed his girlfriend choked to death during oral sex was found not guilty of second-degree murder Monday.

Richard Patterson, 65, of Margate, was acquitted of killing 60-year-old girlfriend Francisca Marquinez in 2015 after a week-long trial, according to the Sun Sentinel.

During the trial, his lawyers initially argued that Marquinez died accidentally while performing oral sex on him at her apartment.

To bolster their defense, Patterson’s lawyers filed a motion to show his penis to the jury.

I don't believe it's possible to not know you are killing someone during oral sex.

If you read the article, you'll find the judge did not actually permit the defendant to enter his penis into evidence. You'll also find that the dead woman was so decomposed when they examined her they found it difficult to establish the precise cause of death.

Which leads me to question why she was badly decomposed when found. Was her body... hidden?

In any event, medical experts said that it was "unlikely" one could inadvertently kill a woman during oral sex, and the defense actually changed its theory of the case to (and I really don't understand this) that this is how the defendant thought she died.

"That's not the way she died," defense lawyer Ken Padowitz said."“But that’s the way Richard Patterson thought she died."

What? What the hell does this mean? Either she was deliberately strangled or accidentally suffocated by penis. If the latter is impossible, and the defense is admitting that, that only leaves the former possibility, and the defendant's claim of what he "thought" happened seems... entirely self-serving and entirely irrelevant.

And also, preoposterous.

So this guy was acquitted of murder by virtue of having a big penis -- this is some serious Privilege we have to talk about.

But I'm sure all the male readers here will jump to his defense, as I'm certain the men of Ace of Spades are similarly-situated and deal with this heavy, veiney burden as well.

Posted by Ace at 03:03 PM Comments

Brother, Father of Manchester Bomber "Detained" in Libya; Brother Said to Have Been Planning His Own Attack


Tipped by ThunderB.

Manchester bomber's father Ramadan​ detained in Tripoli, Libya

Follows Tripoli arrest of bomber's younger brother Hashem

Security forces say brother was planning terror attack

Fifth suspect arrested in Wigan in connection with attack

Almost 1,000 British soldiers being deployed on streets today


The father and a brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi have been arrested in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, authorities in the beleaguered African nation said Thursday.

Also Thursday, police in the Manchester area made four more arrests and said they were investigating a "network" as the probe intensified into the suicide bombing at a pop concert that killed 22 people and wounded scores more, many critically.


"I think it is very clear that this is a network we are investigating," [Manchester Police Chief Ian] Hopkins said. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack but that assertion has not been verified.

Update: Andrew Cuomo is still "reviewing" whether or nor to march in a parade honoring Salman Abedi.

More: Deb Heine at PJMedia digests an interview with a concerned mom who saw a woman with a backpack sitting alone and nervously fidgeting with the backpack.

Waddy went on to tell the Sky News reporter that she didn't think Security took her seriously because of how they treated her daughter after she got up and complained about the creepy woman, too. "My daughter... had gotten upset about things and she went to Security and they basically told her, 'how would you like it if someone accused you of this?' She added, "Nothing was done about it."

It's possible that that was just a case of people picking up inputs and deriving a plausible but incorrect conclusion. Note, however, how official response is to dismiss such prudent reports by citizens, hushing them up as Racist.

How are you ever going to prevent such attacks when the official response is to insult people who believe the Official Lie "If you see something, say something"?

Patrick Poole points out that this is yet another "Known Wolf" terrorist attack-- the authorities were "aware" of Abedi, and yet he was free to murder and maim.

Thanks to Aetius451.

Posted by Ace at 01:48 PM Comments

Puerto Rican Parade in NYC to Feature a Terrorist as Man of Honor


Isn't that lovely?

Sponsors are pulling out, as are high-profile groups (including Goya and the NYPD and FDNY Hispanic Societies), but you know who can't quite make that call yet?

Chris Cuomo's slightly less partisan brother Andrew Cuomo -- the governor of a state repeatedly ravaged by terrorism. He says he's "reviewing" the matter, which I imagine means he's doing some quick secret polls and focus groups.

Oh, btw: Bill Clinton, when he was still free to date in the Oval Office, offered clemency to all members of the FALN terrorist group on the very minor condition they renounce violence.

Oscar Lopez Rivera refused.

Obama then decided that a little matter like being a remorseless terrorist who refuses to renounce violence shouldn't stand between fellow travelers:

U.S. President Bill Clinton offered Lopez Rivera and 13 other convicted FALN members clemency in 1999, on condition they renounce violence, but Lopez Rivera rejected it. On January 17, 2017, President Barack Obama commuted Lopez Rivera's sentence and he was released from prison on May 17, 2017, after 35 years in prison.

And yet people claim that the left has a soft spot for terrorism coming from their fellow travelers.

How dare they.

Related: Spanish naming customs, at Wikipedia. Spanish people have two surnames, consisting of the father's surname first, then the mother's. Often they'll just go by the first of the two surnames. Like, for example, Vincente Fox's full name is actually Vincente Fox Queseda, which is what he goes by on Twitter.

Sadly, even the Spanish -- who I had stereotyped as a macho sort of culture -- are now allowing the maternal contribution to the compound surname to come first, if the couple decides to do that, and the man is a homo.

Anyway, point is, I think if you were going to give Oscar Lopez Rivera's name as a single surname shorthand, you'd say Lopez, not Rivera.

Posted by Ace at 01:04 PM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread



Looking For Violet, Green And Red
Mark Rothko

Against my better judgement and everything I hold dear about art, and certainly in violation of my political philosophy and my desire for the future of our society, I sort of like this piece. It's not great art, and I would certainly take seriously the notion that it isn't art at all, but rather, interesting graphic design. But it is more pleasing than any other piece I have seen by him.

I mean, meh, it's no Rothko, but still...

And a comment from a Moron (ette?) who prefers to remain anonymous...

What is it supposed to be? Looks like a window looking out at a stream with rocks. Painted by my 5-year-old.

Posted by CBD at 10:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 5/24/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. Topping the news today is the heightened state of alert in the UK since the Manchester butchery. Of note, Morrissey took to Twitter to justifiably bash Theresa May and others for refusing to use the word "Islamic" in relation to the attack, and accused them of being shielded, to which the Left (of which Morrissey is a part ironically) were quick to bring out the rare example of so-called "right-wing" terrorism, the murder of MP Jo Cox, and accuse him of hypocrisy. Meanwhile, the oleaginous, ovoid David Frum blamed the attack on Donald Trump's intel leaks. I shit you not, my friends. Other than that, Tom Perez is now routinely jeered at Democrat rallies while his party fractures into total disunity. Luckily for the Democrats, the GOP is there to save the day; Ron Johnson, the jerk-wad Senator from Wisconsin is trying to sneak an Amnesty bill in while the rest of us are distracted with the ongoing Russia hearings. His ass deserves to be primaried and kicked, in any order you choose. Lastly, Kim Dotcom has confirmed Seth Rich was the DNC WikiLeak leaker. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:05 AM Comments

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (5/23/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Inviting? Lake Ontario)

Quotes of The Day

Quote I

The allurement that [women] hold out to men is precisely the allurement that Cape Hatteras holds out to sailors: they are enormously dangerous and hence enormously fascinating. H.L. Mencken

Quote II

You cannot extend the mastery of government over the daily life of a people without somewhere making it master of people's souls and thoughts.… Every step in that direction poisons the very roots of liberalism. It poisons political equality, free speech, free press, and equality of opportunity. It is the road not to more liberty but to less liberty. Herbert Hoover

Quote III

Being cynical is the only way to deal with modern civilization — you can't just swallow it whole. Frank Zappa

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:54 PM Comments

Roger Moore, Gentleman and Knight, RIP


He was 89. He died after a short bout of cancer.

But you shouldn't imagine he was a healthy guy -- this article recounts his many, many illnesses, from his very early childhood through his adulthood and through his later life. He was frequently sick -- his face was swollen with hives during the Spy Who Loved Me Shoot, and he passed gallstones during Moonraker -- and on top of that he cheerfully confessed to being a hypochondriac, though with his health history, I'm not sure he was a hypochondriac.

At least he was cheerful about it all, calling himself a "happy hypochondriac."

I know him almost entirely from the Bond pictures, so below, some of my favorite Moore Bond scenes.

I've picked a lot of Moore's more realistic scenes, or stuff where he's a bastard. People say that Connery was "serious" and realistically thuggish Bond, and Moore was a "silly" Bond without the realism of Connery's thuggishness, but that conveniently forgets the wild silliness of Connery's three last Bond movies (Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and the very silly indeed Diamonds Are Forever), and also overlooks some of the parts of the first three Moore films, and the fifth, For Your Eyes Only, which were occasionally more grounded, and where Moore's Bond often vied with Connery's Bond in the Total Bastard Sweepstakes.

In fact, if you watch The Man With The Golden Gun and evaluate all of Bond's actions on a moral scale, he's really a right bastard in that one. Moore doesn't play it the way Connery would -- Connery would be serious about his bastard actions, whereas Moore plays it off lightly like it's all just a laugh -- so we don't take it as seriously, but if you take his actions seriously, Moore's Bond was frequently not a very nice guy at all.

He was just charming and flippant about it -- which, if you take this nonsense seriously, puts him in the Narcissistic Remorseless Sociopath category.

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Posted by Ace at 07:40 PM Comments

Former Smiths Frontman Morrissey: At What Point Do We Say Aloud That There's a Problem In Islam?


Maybe the UK isn't quite done -- if beloved and also much-derided mope-rock titan Morrissey has had it with the polite-fiction euphemisms for radical Islamic terror, maybe people have finally had enough.

At one point in his post about the incident, Morrissey calls for leaders to officially say "what we all say in private," by which he appears to mean condemning Islam.

Or, you know, admitting the truth that while Islam itself may not be the problem, there is a real and serious problem within Islam.

Or, as Spin does here, we can continue pretending that away.

"Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an 'extremist,'" he writes. "An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?"

Morrissey has had a long history of saying more-than-questionable things about immigration in Britain, and last year called the Brexit decision "magnificent."

Here's Morrissey's full post, which is of course subjecting him to attacks of "racism" for saying things which are rated True But Forbidden.

Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental.

For what reason will this ever stop?

Theresa May says such attacks "will not break us", but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, "will not break us" means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken -- thanks all the same, Theresa.

[Islamic London mayor] Sadiq Khan says "London is united with Manchester", but he does not condemn Islamic State -- who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her 'strong words' against the attack, yet she does not cancel today's garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an "extremist" An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?

In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.


I guess what he's asking is, as regards when we need to speak frankly about the carnage inflicted on us every month, how soon is now?

Posted by Ace at 06:55 PM Comments

The National Laughingstock: Say, These Islamic Terrorists Don't Seem To Like Women Very Much


That's Sexton's headline (except for the National Laughingstock bit). His article noting that, in the 24 hours after the latest mass butchery, the media feels it can make observations it will begin denying after 24 hours have past, is worth reading.

A commenter pointed to this New Normal: Good news: The UK is investigating terror. Bad News: They're investigating terror hate from a columnist who urged her fellow Britons to not be cowed but to stand up to terror.

Police resources are being diverted to investigate that even as PM Theresa May ups the terror threat level from "severe" to "critical," telling the country another attack is coming:

Maybe that has something to do with another story from a commenter: In 2016, the Manchester police were forced to apologize for offensive stereotyping when they conducted a suicide bombing drill featuring, quite realistically, a "perpetrator" shouting Allahu Ackbar before detonating his mock suicide belt.

That about wraps it up for the UK then, eh?

Oh and by the way, David Corn was deeply upset that Donald Trump resorted to calling terrorists "losers." Mustn't damage the murderers' self-esteem.

Posted by Ace at 05:40 PM Comments

"Iron Man" Full-Body Powered Armor for Infantry Proceeding



The part they're having the most problem with turns out to be the biggest challenge for Tony Stark, too -- the power for the power suit. And of course there's no such thing as "the ARC reactor." (Although later the "ARC" name was used for a hypothetical, yet-unbuilt Affordable Robust Compact fusion reactor.)

One partial solution I'm pretty sure they'll get to eventually: Build a stronger version of this freaky scary robot "dog" that can carry a huge battery on it. Maybe even a pebble-bed fission reactor. The suit can get charged off the reactor as he walks, unplug from the power-dog when doing combat-oriented stuff, and of course plug in to charge its smaller backpack battery during pure downtime.

Imagine that freaky-looking robot dog walking around with a reactor and a power-cord connected to the "Iron Man" powered armor (depicted below).

Shit, most people would just flee in terror.

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Posted by Ace at 04:35 PM Comments

Manchester Suicide Bomber Named: Gary "The Garester" Eddington


Nah just fuckin wit ya, it's Salman Abedi, and the keening cries warning against #Backlash! have begun.

Question: Why is there never a warning about Backlash before the suspect is named?

Answer: Because if the suspect turns out to be one of the few the media can claim are "right wing" (Nazis, etc.), then the media does not warn against backlash, but actively crusades in favor of it.

If this guy turned out to be anything that could be plausibly mischaracterized as right wing -- tweeted in favor of Brexit, etc. -- the media would be blaming this right now on Donald Trump and his supporters, and demanding they take accountability for their hatred.

But, it's not, so the media set down its "Backlash is Good and Necessary" script and picked up its "Backlash is Bad" script.

Born in Manchester in 1994, the second youngest of four children his parents were Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.

His parents were both born in Libya but appear to have emigrated to London before moving to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester where they have lived for at least ten years.

Here's a very common claim:

Yes, but a large, large number of terrorists are in fact second-generation sons of immigrant families. Think of the Tsarnaevs, and many, many others.

That's a fact -- and it is also a fact that had the first generation not been admitted, the second generation could not have murdered the population that welcomed them.

One can see how this happens. Young men (in particular) have outsized egos and enjoy heroic narratives they can pretend to be a part of. They also tend to be easy targets for Identity Politics/Racist messaging and conspiracy theories, puffing themselves up as heroes fighting against the Jews/Blacks/Whites/Muslims/Christians/Whoever.

We see this pattern again and again as the second generation of immigrant families, searching for some kind of identity, purpose, and "heroic" role for themselves, picks up the mantle of intense and dangerous hyper-ethnocism their parents may have been fleeing in the first place.

From a Sean Spicer parody account (note he spells it Sean Spicier);

A CNN analyst has already claimed it's actually a right-wing "false flag" attack:

CNN is always screaming about the craziness of conservative conspiracy theories -- but they are warmly receptive to conspiracy theories emanating from their fellow hardcore progressive agitators.

Meanwhile, the same prog toads that shriek that we must not "normalize" Trump are now counseling that we must normalize Islamic terror:

This only goes to prove that we must Impeach Trump Immediately, obviously -- as I'm told was the talking point on CNN and MSNBC last night, as both networks chose to ignore the Manchester attack and only occasionally run a chyron about it. (A commenter tells me my source is wrong and that CNN did cover it, some. Obviously, though, I was being a bit hyperbolic in my original claim.)

I'll Ride With You Update: The "invent false stories to change the narrative" script has been deployed already.

Posted by Ace at 03:01 PM Comments

Detroit Female Genital Mutilators Planning to Claim Their Practice is a Right Supported by Religious Freedom


Can't wait to hear all the feminists not talking about this case.

Defense lawyers plan to argue that religious freedom is at the core of the case in which two physicians and one of their wives are charged with subjecting young girls to genital cutting. All three are members of the Dawoodi Bohra, a small Indian-Muslim sect that has a mosque in Farmington Hills.

The defense maintains that the doctors weren't engaged in any actual cutting -- just a scraping of the genitalia -- and that the three defendants are being persecuted for practicing their religion by a culture and society that doesn't understand their beliefs and is misinterpreting what they did.

First Amendment scholars across the country -- liberal and conservative alike-- are closely following the case, noting that the fate of the accused will largely rest with scientific evidence.

The key question for jurors to answer will be: Were children harmed physically? If they were, experts say, the religious freedom defense doesn't stand a chance.

But if the defense can show that it was just a nick and caused no harm, some experts believe, the defendants could be acquitted on religious grounds.

Religious freedom has been found to be a defense for fairly small-bore deviations from legal behavior. But the Supreme Court has ruled against Christian Scientists, for example, who left an eleven-year-old boy's diabetes untreated, in accordance with some religious doctrine that God will heal the sick without need of doctors. (That case wasn't criminal -- the boy's father sued the couple with custody over the boy for $1.5 million in damages. The Supreme Court found that religious liberty could not be interposed as a valid defense.)

When the issue is physical harm to another, religious liberty is usually no defense. The Supreme Court didn't even uphold a Santaria sect's claim of religious freedom to slaughter animals ritually -- and those were just animals of course. (No offense to animals -- some of my best friends are animals.)

In the old days, this wouldn't have worked. But the nation seems to have its controls set for the heart of the sun, so we'll see.

Posted by Ace at 02:02 PM Comments

Claim: Three White House Leakers Have Been ID'd; Trump Will Fire "Multiple People" When He Gets Back to DC


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As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap: France Notices The Savages In Its Midst, But Just A Bit Too Late!


Women in Paris Protest Against 'No Go Zones' Where Immigrant Men Terrorize Them
Paris voted overwhelmingly for Macron (89.2%), so forgive me if I don't give a rat's ass for the complaints of these protesters.

And for whom were they voting when the Left began importing the savages who now harass and rape them on the streets of Paris? Why, the Left of course!

There is no one else to blame for the existential crisis enveloping France. They had a clear, unambiguous choice, and they chose national suicide. Perhaps in sevenfive years, when France is truly an Islamic hellhole, the people of France will rebel and vote for a president who will claw back the glories of France and Western culture from the marauding hordes , but it may be too late.

The really silly thing is that Le Pen, except for her nationalist leanings is a run-of-the-mill French politician who is a fan of the nanny state. So the French would have lost nothing but their rapists, and regained some self respect.

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Fashion Thread: What to Wear When Visiting A Cathedral


Hey, the Moronettes asked for it.....
Living la bella vita! Michelle Obama bares her shoulder in a flirty strappy top as she and Barack are met by cheering crowds while visiting a local cathedral during their vacation in Tuscany

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Michelle Obama looked especially glamorous as she stepped out in Sienna, Tuscany today wearing a flirty shoulder-baring top, paired with a high-waisted kaki-colored pants

Lest you think I am embellishing, the caption was taken directly from the Daily Mail article.

The frantic attempts over the past eight years to cast Michelle Obama as some paragon of beauty and fashion is insulting. She is a styleless; frumpy wannabe who either has no sense of fashion or uses her clothing choices to send a message, and that message is rude and dismissive and unbecoming of a former first lady.

But let us give credit where credit is due. Barack Obama is dressed like a gentleman visiting a cathedral.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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L'ange du Foyer
Max Ernst

I like to look at a lot of the surrealist stuff in museums. That doesn't mean that the style has any profound or emotional effect on me...they're just fun to look at.


They aren't worth a second glance.

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The Morning Report 5/23/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. What can be said about last night's barbaric slaughter of mostly children at a Manchester pop concert that hasn't been said over and over for years now? In perhaps a horrible twist of fate, the butchery came just a day after the President's visit to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of the archaic and modern forms of the hatred that resulted in yesterday and thousands of yesterdays before it. I will categorically state that while every Mohammedan is certainly not a terrorist, virtually every act of terrorism at least since 9/11/01 and before then has been perpetrated by Muslims or in the name of the ideology. And a very large percentage of the victims are Muslims themselves in the nearly 1,500 year old Shia-Sunni blood-feud. I understand practical strategic necessity in having to deal with the Saudis and others, but it is painfully obvious that Islam is not compatible with open, free societies. Its central tenets are the subjugation and/or destruction of nonbelievers no matter where they are. Certainly not all it's 1.3 billion adherents will kill and maim. But many may silently, or not so silently cheer what happened yesterday in Manchester or at best shrug their shoulders and nod their head in belief that they are the victims (sound familiar?). I think now is the time for the much vaunted moderate Muslims we've heard so much about, the ones we must nurture and gain the trust of, to make an appearance. Reformation They Much. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (5/22/17) Monday All Day Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Tranquil, isn't it?)

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In Manchester, UK, 20 Dead, "Hundreds" Injured After Two Bangs Go Off After Ariana Grande Concert


NBCNews, which still caveats that this could be "bangs" or something (which now seems very unlikely), claims to have confirmed 20 are dead and "hundreds" are injured.

Although there was some early speculation that this might not have been an explosion -- it could have been a balloon that popped and caused a panic stampede, in which people were trampled -- it's looking more and more like a bomb detonated with terrorist intent.

"US Intel" sources have confirmed an "explosion" of some kind.

Incidentally, there was a major terror alert at an airport in Goteborg, Sweden (also called Goetheburg), after explosive traces were detected in luggage left behind at the departure lounge.

The good news is that these appear to just be traces, and not an explosive device.

A bit of unconfirmed news -- this tweet claims the explosive detected is specifically pentrite.

Pentrite is a key component in Semtex, and it's also frequently used in terrorist bombings -- skip down to "Terrorist Use."

But it's also sometimes used as the primer charge in small-caliber ammunition, so I guess it's possible the bag could have just carrying ammo at some point.

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Occupy Silicon Valley? Tech Magnates Fear Next Campaign in Socialist War Might Target Them


And they've spent so many years courting them, promoting them, and even paying them a lot of money to act as "consultants" for their social media platforms -- what a shame if the alligator next turns to eat them.

It will be funny if that happens, because they'll try to rally public support -- from conservatives, the only people who would conceivably defend them -- and we'll be sitting here remembering their years and years of directing the left's terrorism against us.

Kind of like the Saudi princes pouring money to spread Wahabism -- direct the terrorism towards some convenient scapegoat, other than yourself.

So yeah, don't bother, Silicon Valley. If they come after you, you're on your own.

Tech stocks have surged, and Bank of America says it could lead to talk of wealth redistribution

Standout gains in large technology stocks like and Apple show just how much the sector is disconnected from the sluggish growth on the rest of Main Street, one notable strategist said in a report titled "Occupy Silicon Valley."

The tech stock rally "could ultimately lead to populist calls for redistribution of the increasingly concentrated wealth of Silicon Valley," Bank of America Merrill Lynch's chief investment strategist, Michael Hartnett, said in a report released Monday.

Give the Social Justice Warriors space to destroy, I always say.

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Did Anyone Watch the Twin Peaks Return?


The show was not what I thought it would be, at all.

I thought the show would be what is now called a "soft reboot." I thought they would continue the storyline, but they would introduce a young FBI agent to track the whereabouts of the missing Special Agent Dale Cooper. That agent would then go to Twin Peaks -- where Cooper was last seen, and where he had been working a couple of major cases before disappearing -- and there the agent would meet the locals, and get a sense of the strange darkness that lurks in the woods of the area.

I was pretty sure they would do something like this because most people have not seen Twin Peaks, and most people who have seen it have forgotten most of it except for catchphrases ("Damn fine cup of Joe!"), and most people who have seen it haven't really even seen it -- most people who saw the show actually stopped watching after the first season, and those who persisted through that stopped watching after the killer was kinda sorta revealed in season 2 episode 8.

And even people who've seen the whole thing -- a group which could not possibly constitute more than 1% of the population -- still need a refresher.

How many people actually know that Dale Cooper was imprisoned in the nightmarish alternate-plane-of-existence called "The Black Lodge" (or, the Red Room in the Black Lodge), and replaced on earth by an evil doppleganger possessed by the eternal (?) spirit of murder called "BOB" in the last shot of the show?

Hell, how many people even know about the White Lodge/Black Lodge mythology the show developed in the last six or so episodes after the show had been cancelled because no one was watching any longer?

I only know about that for one reason-- after the Psych parody/homage "Dual Spires," I looked up a list of references made to Twin Peaks, one of which was Sean calling Gus "Lodge Blackman." Which an internet site told me was (of course!) a reference to the Black Lodge, which I'd never heard of.

It so happened that Twin Peaks was available on Netflix or something at that time, so I watched most of the second season.

So I'm hip.

But how many other people know that?

Instead of bringing old viewers, occasional viewers, and non-viewers along slowly, the show assumes you're not only familiar with the weird alien/American Indian hybrid mythology the show came up with at the very end of its run, and furthermore assumes you're not only cool with that, but ready to see that merge right into the end chapter of a Cthulhu story, right out of the (planar) gate.

Even knowing that stuff, I still felt the show was rushing to get to places I would have preferred to get to by the scenic route.

Rather than do a slow build up of omens and portents suggesting dark forces, the show drops supernatural MOABs in the opening half hour, and then gets crazy with planar travel in the third episode.

Now it's all kind of interesting and the supernatural stuff was great, but I still feel it would have had more impact if they had build up to those sequences, rather than just started the show with them.

And for anyone just joining -- or people who have vague memories of Twin Peaks season 1 and maybe the first few episodes of season 2 -- it has to have been alienating. Anyone who tuned out before the finale probably doesn't know that Twin Peaks wasn't just hinting about the supernatural at the end, it was full-on about some extra-dimensional evils invading the world, and might be wondering "What the hell does this have to do with who killed Laura Palmer?"

The "Return" therefore doesn't offer the same experience as the original show, with notions about the hidden paranormal reality underlying our own being suggested slowly (and in a they-can't-be-serious kind of way); it goes X-Files Season 9 right out of the (weird, glass) box.

Also: I think the original show was rightly criticized for having too much silly, inconsequential soap opera (and arch soap opera parody) with too many inconsequential characters, when people really just wanted to focus on the cops, the suspects, and the weird darkness that might or might be invading Twin Peaks.

I remember being very annoyed by the silly nonsense on the side, and, when I sort of re-watched Twin Peaks three years ago, I deployed the fast forward function liberally to skip over anything that I knew wasn't core to the mystery or the supernatural elements. (With the second half of the second season I was seeing for the first time, I didn't know what stuff didn't matter, but I could guess, and I fast forwarded through anything that seemed like it was throwaway nonsense).

The new version seems to, at least for the beginning of it, taken that advice to heart, and most of the early-going is a very dark and gory police procedural without the lightness and distancing element of soap-opera parody and weird-to-be-weird archness of the original.

And to be honest, I think now I was wrong to discount those sillier moments: When you see too much of this really macabre stuff back-to-back, you do kind of want some throwaway moments of levity in between.

The stuff with Matthew Lillard in "Buckhorn, South Dakota" is absolutely horrifying. (And he's doing a really great job of acting -- he seems to be a confused and terrified guy who, while mentally innocent of murder, is in fact physically guilty of a whole lot of murders.)

The glass box was riveting -- surprised as heck to see it paid off so soon.

The David Lynchian semi-humor -- just absurd stuff that is played straight which I guess he thinks is funny, but really isn't funny, it's just weird -- is of course here. Even the trippy parts, which could have been haunting masterpieces, are spoiled a little by Lynch's impulse to subvert himself with gonzo goofiness.

One cameo I won't spoil was great.

I don't know where the show is going, but I desperately want Dale Cooper back. Dale Cooper was such a singular character -- the show's Fonzie. He was the ultimate square -- an upright, uptight, professional lawman, polite and always optimistic and contented -- and yet at the same time weirdly Hippy-bent with his notions of Zen techniques to tap into what the Jungian unconscious might know but keeps hidden from the conscious.

And of course his eager embrace of omens and clues gathered in dreams.

His absolute Lawful Good happiness was a huge reason the dark tones of the original were much more bearable than they otherwise would have been.

And his absence is makes this new version feel a lot darker than I'd like it to feel.

Anyway, have you seen it? What do you guys think?

I like the show and I would like to see it succeed -- which is why I'm more bothered than maybe I should be that I don't think it did nearly enough to bring anyone along on the trip besides people who actually run Twin Peaks Fan Archives sites, and James Roday.

By the Way: Below, some of the Black Lodge scenes from the show, including stuff from the last episode, which featured a lot of time in the parallel dimension of the Black Lodge.

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Trump Ducks on Obamacare Cost Sharing; Won't Commit to Ending Them, Won't Commit to Keeping Them Forever, Either


As an end to the cost sharing arrangement could lead an even bigger exodus of insurers from their own business of selling insurance, which would of course be blamed on Trump, Trump is asking for another 90 days of cost sharing.

It seems like some bullets must be bitten.

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Beautiful: Pranksters Submit a Hoax Paper on "The Conceptual Penis" to Well-Regarded Gender Studies Journal; Get Peer Reviewed By Two Scholars; Then Get the Ridiculous Thing Published


A nice start to a week that will probably be awful:

Abstract: Anatomical penises may exist, but as pre-operative transgendered women also have anatomical penises, the penis vis-à-vis maleness is an incoherent construct.

We argue that the conceptual penis is better understood not as an anatomical organ but as a social construct isomorphic to performative toxic masculinity.

Through detailed poststructuralist discursive criticism and the example of climate
change, this paper will challenge the prevailing and damaging social trope that
penises are best understood as the male sexual organ and reassign it a more fitting
role as a type of masculine performance.

But they cheated slightly -- because their intended hoax paper is no more absurd than the nonsense typically published.

The full stupid thing is here, but see the first link for choice excerpts, like this:

[T]he conceptual penis is a performative social construct, and it is one that is isomorphic to an especially toxic strain of masculinity.

Still, even as a social construct, the conceptual penis is hopelessly dominated by recalcitrant social constructions that favor hypermasculine interpretations of the penis as a notion unjustly associated with high male value (Schwalbe & Wolkomir, 2001). Many cisgendered hypermasculine males, for instance, seem to identify those aspects of their masculinity upon which they most obviously depend
with the notion that they carry their penis as a symbol of male power, domination, control, capability, desirability, and aggression (The National Coalition for Men "compile[d] a list of synonyms for the word penis [sic]," these include the terms “beaver basher," "cranny axe," "custard launcher,” "dagger," "heat-seeking moisture missile," "mayo shooting hotdog gun," "pork sword," and "yogurt
shotgun" [2011]).

Based upon an appreciable corpus of feminist literature on the penis, this troubling
identification results in an effective isomorphism linking the conceptual penis with toxic hypermasculinity.

And then they go on to suggest that the conceptual penis is responsible for climate change.

Posted by Ace at 12:58 PM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Alnwick Castle
Joseph Mallord William Turner

I appreciate that there is just a bit more structure in this work compared to many of Turner's other paintings, and the deer in the lower left are sort of amusing. But this continues my Love-Hate relationship with the artist (not that he cares). Sometimes I love looking at his paintings...getting lost in the haze and the fog. And sometimes I snarl under my breath, "Just finish one, you pommy arse!"

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The Morning Report 5/22/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning, kids. Hope you all had a quiet, restful weekend. After the kooky coup-coup craziness of the previous we needed it, right? Well, the President gave an amazing speech, by all honest accounts (which are few considering the MFM). He told the truth about Islamist terrorism to an audience that needed to hear it. And good for Melania and Ivanka NOT to wear headscarves. Now, he's in Israel for a two days with Bibi. On the downside, he seems to have been suckered in to the never-ending "peace process" which is the end in and of itself, including Israel giving up more and more while receiving an exponential rise in violence from the other side. Over here, there are inklings in the daily MFM Pravda that the Left might be regretting all the impeachment talk. Plus, this Seth Rich affair has a lot of people on edge. We'll see where it goes. Lastly, yesterday marked the curtain going down on Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus after 146 years of the Greatest Show on Earth. It's not insignificant; it's another example of how the Left chooses an enemy, attacks and destroys it. Hence, my congratulations to VP Pence who gave a great defense of free speech in another foreign capital where it is sorely needed: the college campus. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (5/21/17) WTF Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(The Moron Lifestyle?)

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National Laughingstock: We'll Report Anonymous Sources Reading a Diary as a Huge Story. NYT: Hold My Beer (MJ)

—Open Blogger

Why is this suddenly ok? Since when did someone reading from a piece of paper rise to the level of FACT rather than unsubstantiated opinion? I'm guessing it was somewhere between noon and 1pm on January 20th.

No link for the NYT.

WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

For all I know this is legit, but it just seems a bit too convenient for me.


American Official's Super Secret Trapper Keeper

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Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Previously I had taken an ill fated canoe trip on the Mighty Mississippi. My entire collection of bolt actions and lever action rifles, pumps and single shot shotguns and handguns both revolvers and semi-autos were swallowed up. I'm thinking about starting a new collection.

My old collection did not contain a "black scary" rifle. Any suggestions for the first time buyer/owner?

The Ruger AR-556 looks like a nice rifle. So does the Colt AR15A4. Any other suggestions out there? What do you like about your rifle? What don't you like about your rifle?

I notice there are several calibers. Which caliber would you suggest for the first timer? What caliber for target shooting? What caliber for hunting?

Gosh, there are a zillion scopes out there. Do you recommend open sights or a scope?

Hope you Morons can help out us first timers.

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Food Thread: (Meat) Balls To The Wall



Meatballs are great; even the crappy ones from the supermarket deli are edible. Sometimes I will buy those to slice for meatball pizza when I am too lazy to make my own. But that's a pathetic excuse, because making a good meatball doesn't take that much time. It's pretty easy in fact...

But making a great meatball does take more time. It's not a multi-step, multi-hour process, but it does require some effort. For instance, I usually just dump a few ingredients into a big bowl, mix it quickly, form the meatballs and roast them in the oven for awhile. They turn out nicely and it takes no effort at all. But a better tasting and more time-intensive technique is to coat them in fine breadcrumbs and fry them briefly so they get all delicious and crispy and golden. Then put them in some sauce and finish cooking them. And there are other things that make a difference.

Here is Marcella Hazan's recipe...the one I just used. I didn't cook the bread and milk mixture, I just broke up the bread into tiny little pieces and then whisked it with the milk, or half-and-half in my case.

If you have a little more time it is absolutely worth the trouble.

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Talk About Confirming A Bias! Study Shows Journalists Are Dumb As Rocks


Journalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average, according to a new study and sure, it's a crap study, but I DON'T CARE! It confirms everything I think about journalists and journalism. I have never met a journalism major or a journalist whose intellect impressed me. The talking heads on TV are simply the logical extension of form over substance, but those who work behind the scenes are so obviously on the left of the curve too.


Journalists' brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.

Flexible thinking? Their lack of it is exactly how we got Trump.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-21-2017


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Library of Congress Main Reading Room

(h/t tsrblke)

[Update]:For discussions about Trump's speech, use the open thread directly below this one. Thank you.

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 gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which give the 60s a really bad name.

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
-Oscar Wilde

We Need A Pope To Match Our President

...because the one that's in the Vatican now just ain't cutting it. Sorry, Catholics, but the reincarnation of Hugo Chavez is not what the Catholic Church needs right now.

Remember the good old days, when we had a great president, and a great pope? Paul Kengor does, and he writes about those days in his new book A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century

Even as historians credit ­Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders.

Acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond—which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president—that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the twentieth century: Soviet communism.

I am reminded of this earlier book, The President, the Pope, And the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World by John O'Sullivan, which adds Margaret Thatcher to the mix:

All of them led with courage — but also with great optimism. The pope helped ordinary Poles and East Europeans banish their fear of Soviet Communism, convincing them that liberation was possible. The prime minister restored her country's failing economy by reviving the "vigorous virtues" of the British people. The president rebuilt America's military power, its national morale, and its pre–eminence as leader of the free world. Together they brought down an evil empire and changed the world for the better.

The collapse of the USSR didn't happen by accident. Three powerful and influential Western leaders were deliberately pushing it into the dustbin of history, and they succeeded brilliantly. This is a topic that, to my knowledge, the MSM has never explored in detail. Not that we should be at all surprised by this.

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

The word SPACEMAN originally referred to a journalist paid according to the amount of space their writing took up in a newspaper.

Usage: "That Paul Krugman is a complete waste of space, man."

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Trump's Speech


Use this thread, not the book thread, to discuss Trump's speech

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EMT 05/21/17


Your Sunday early morning thread.

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Contrarian Take: Ignore the Nay-Sayers, Guy Ritchie's Arthurian Spin in "The Legend of the Sword" is a Great Film That Gets At Deep Questions of Theodicy
I haven't seen it, so I can't comment. I guess my only thought is that a lot of the pans I've seen complain that "This isn't the classic King Arthur story!" Well, I do like the classic sort of stories, but we have seen those. I can't reject a film for trying a new take.
Zack Snyder Removes Himself from "Justice League" Franchise Due to Suicide of Daughter
Usually you'd say one of these "I'm resigning to spend more time with my family" statements is a cover, but in this case, there's probably a lot of truth to it. On the other hand, there is also probably a bit of non-coincidence here as well, as Snyder's vision has been rejected critically and also commercially (yes, the movies made money, but not nearly as much as was hoped for), and Warner Brothers (I think) is putting Silver-Age-loving Geoff Johns in as quarterback to guide the DC cinematic universe away from the suicidal "dark and gritty" trajectory Snyder put it on and back to a more optimistic, heroic place
BTW, I thought Watchmen was an okay movie -- but Watchmen was supposed to be a counterpoint and deconstruction of the usual comic book story. You don't give the Watchman treatment to non-Watchmen characters. I just don't understand why DC's animation department, and its much beloved hits Batman, Superman, JLA, and Teen Titans -- weren't taken as an existing model for success.
Study: Yes, Republicans Are Tuning Out ESPN; In Some Measures, Republican Viewership Falls by 36%
Meh, no big deal. It's not as if Republicans (formerly) were the biggest consumers of sports entertainment or anything.
Roger Ailes quipped, "Fox News serves a niche audience -- 50% of the country." ESPN seems to hoping for a similar play. They'll also be serving a niche audience -- the 35% of liberals who are frequent sports watchers.
Katy Perry: We Should Love Everyone, Even the Terrorists, Except for the Deplorables on the Internet, "which is y'know, sometimes a great place but an absolute, y'know, underbelly mob-pit of horribleness"
I'm always interested to see where the Absolute Moral Imperative of Loving Everyone gets suddenly switched off when it's someone the People Who Love have Group Permission to Hate
Would she call the jihadism movement "an underbelly mob-pit of horribleness"? No, she would not. Murderers are to be loved; people who point out that there are murderers are to be despised and ostracized.
The Most Ridiculous Twin Peaks Cameo
It's in episode 3; don't watch if you don't want it spoiled (as in, out of context). For context, this ridiculous character is named "Wally Brando" for some reason, and of course dresses like a young Brando, and does a bad Brando impression as he pontificates stupidly about his travels across America on his motorcycle. He also appears to be on the verge of laughing as he delivers some of these nonsense lines. The character he pontificates to, played by Robert Forster, has already indicated he's not very psyched to have to see this idiot, and just struggles to nod during Wally Brando's silly monologue, and waits for it to finally be over.
I usually don't find this kind of so-bad-it's-funny camp humor amusing (anyone can do things really badly, after all), but this particular example I liked a lot.
It should also be noted that not much in the show has been funny so far, so maybe I was just primed for a little levity.
Former Actress Amber Tamblyn Announces Her Privileged War on Tolerance
Former actresses never really die, not so long as Twitter allows them an account
Habitual Social Justice Warrior Harasser Freaks Out on Nazi-esque Agitator Richard Spencer at a Gym
The SJW in question was last seen harassing a Muslim former Georgetown professor for having the gall to write a pro-Trump op-ed for the National Laughingstock.
Frequently Unasked Question: Why is Washington, DC Called That? Why Not Just "Washington" or "District of Columbia," given that the two names are precisely synonomous?
Brief answer: Because they weren't always precisely synonomous; earlier, the City of Washington was one of five municipalities in the District of Columbia, but some of the original territory was ceded back to the state that earlier ceded it to DC, and "Washington" eventually became the only municipal government in the District. "Washington, DC" is therefore a vestigial redundancy.
Bucking General Trend That Mega-Sized Animals Existed Earlier and Leave Behind Smaller Progeny, Whales Went from Dolphin-Sized to Behemoth-Sized in Past 2-3 Million Years
Apparently it was the evolution of a baleen feeding system (you know, where the whale (or whale shark) just cruises through water sweeping up plankton into its mouth) that permitted the giganticization, as this method of feeding offers a lot of calories in for relatively little calories out
Update: Baleen whales have now been granted immunity to any murders involving oral sex and strangulation
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