Wikileaks: Hillary's Aides Privately Scoffed at Obama's Claims to Not Know About Hillary's Secret, Illegal Email System
The only person in America stupid enough to believe these lies is apparently James Comey.
Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff privately told colleagues that President Barack Obama had falsely claimed he was unaware of Clinton’s use of a private email system while she was secretary of state, hacked emails reveal.
"We need to clean this up," top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills told campaign chairman John Podesta in an email a month before Clinton’s campaign officially launched. She was responding to Obama’s claim that he found out about Clinton’s personal email address at "the same time everybody else learned it through news reports."
"He has emails from her -- they do not say state.gov," Mills told Podesta.
The email came less than a week after the New York Times broke the story on Clinton’s use of a private email address to conduct official State Department business.
Read the piece -- the White House now has their mob lawyer Josh Earnest claiming that Obama was only saying he didn't know the details of the system, not that he didn't know her email address, but in fact the question that prompted this lie was about his knowledge of any email system used by Hillary outside official government channels.
They both straight-up lied. Let's give Hillary the White House to teach these deplorables to question our stewardship and Right to Rule.
You can see the emails in this Instapundit link.
Obamacare Premiums Surging By Double Digits... Again
They'll be going up an average of 25%. Some will see hikes lower than that, but many will see hikes higher.
Last week, President Shits and Giggles said that Obamacare was like a cellphone -- if there are problems, you fix them. You just don't pull it off the market.
Unless, he said, realizing the latest news, your phone is on fire. Then you do pull it off the market.
Your phone is on fire.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
From our very own Bluebell!
It took up an entire very large room, and it's every bit as crazy as you would think. We had a grand time walking around it, taking pictures and sending them out to my husband and the other kids.
One of the other exhibits was a Yoko Ono one -- oh yes -- which consisted of a monitor streaming a feed from a video camera mounted on the roof of the museum, pointing upwards at the sky. Which means, of course, you just see clouds, or whatever. It was ridiculous. As are all the other works of Yoko.
One last thing about this art piece: as my son and I were walking into the room where it was, having already glimpsed the gist of it, we passed a middle-aged, well-dressed woman walking out. Oh great, I thought, some snooty lobbyist or something taking in a little culture on her early lunch hour. She probably sees all kinds of wonderful meanings in this. She caught our eyes, smiled broadly and said, "It's udderly ridiculous."
The Morning Report 10/25/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Good morning, kids. What's striking about Nurse Nasty's war chest is only about 100 individuals comprise 20% of her billion dollar stash. Wow. Anyway, ignore the polls and have a better one.
- Teen Flash-Mob Viciously Attacks Temple U. Students Because, Boredom
- O'Keefe Video Confirms Hillary Directly Involved in Incitement at Trump Events
- Of the People and By the People: Cliton's Billion Dollar Campaign Almost Exclusively Funded by Mega Donors
- Obamacare Death Spiral Continues, With Double-Digit Premium Hikes
- Trump Takes Tampa; 20,000 Come Out For Big Orange
- Cuba Libre Por . . . Air B'nB???
- It's Another Taqqiya Sunrise, and . . .
- . . . Palestinian Authority Releases 4 From Jail. The Crime? Visiting Jewish Neighbors
Monday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/24/16) [Mis. Hum.]
You thought Monday October 24, 2016 was tough. You should have been around on Thursday October 24, 1929. The Great Depression kicked off on this day 87 years ago.
Those Morons who had parents who lived during this time were taught some serious financial lessons. One of those lessons could have been what they ate for sammiches. To this day your humble OB enjoys a good Bologna sandwich.
It's National Bologna Day!!!It still isn't too late to go and
have your better half make you a Bologna sammich.
So Bologna isn't for you. Patience Morons. Tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th, will be National Greasy Foods Day. Enjoy!
If the arteries can handle it, drop below the fold.
As an 8 year old, my parents sent me to visit my grandfather 4 hours away by train. Ah, the good old Chicago Northwestern. My how times have changed.
Yummy, Girl Scout Cookies!! Girl Scout Cookie cereal? Smaller than normal boxes of cereal and more costly?
Remember the Obamacare Website disastrous rollout? Neither does Obama.
Corporations intent on making employees more engaged and creativeare focusing on happiness as the answer. Chief Happiness Officer is anactual job at many companies.
But most scientists say that creativity calls on persistence and problem-solving skills, not positivity. Computational scientist Anna Jordanous at Kent University and linguist Bill Keller of Sussex University in Englanddug through through over half century of study on the creative process in various fields, and isolated 14 components of creativity. Happiness wasn’t one of them.
The Land of Make Believe Washington, D.C. where money and stupidity grows on trees. Are you a failure in the private sector? Do you yearn to be a government employee? Do you believe in unicorns and pots of gold at the end of the rainbows? If so Uncle Sam has a job for you. Yes, you can become a Diversity Inclusion Specialist and make over $100,000 a year. Include this while you're at it.
Iceland has a population of approximately 332,000 people. Even Iceland voters are pi$$ed. The Pirate Party appears to be in position to win a large number of seats in Parliament. We have no idea when the Pirate Party will reach our shores. However, it is safe to say that there are numerous parties which should walk the plank. IYWIMAITYD
Australia admits they have an illegal gun problem. Amnesty program launched.
As usual, facts have little to nothing to do with anti-gun policy, especially in the Land Down Under. And so we’re not surprised to read Reuters report that “Australia on Friday announced a gun amnesty for next year after a criminal intelligence report estimated there were 260,000 illegal firearms in the country
Hosting a party for "whites" only. Not so good. That would be discriminatory. Hosting a party for persons of color only is a different story and acceptable.
A leaked Soros memo exposes the corruption of Obama & Clinton. Follow the money and have a score card handy to keep track of the players.
Googling by state. Something tells me this is outdated. Wisconsin hasn't been interested in recalling their governor since 2011.
How the F.B.I. lost Lucy Parsons. From record keeping to investigating certain political figures, the incompetence of The Federal Bureau of Incompetence is breathtaking.
The end of an era. Goodbye Snoopy.All good things must come to an end.
2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. Outstanding work.
Taken from the science department. Shaken not stirred.
Speaking of Twitter. News tips, loose change and dry cleaning coupons can be sent here.
Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should. Genius Award winner.
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National Enquirer's Informant -- Who Has Been Anonymous Thusfar -- Will Reveal His Identity on Hannity Tonight
If this guy was provably part of Clinton's circle, it will do a lot to validate his claims.
On in 15 minutes.
Though I imagine the Mr. Fix-It part will be near the end.
Media Headlines If Jesus Ran As The GOP Nominee [Warden]
Earlier today Twitter user, William Strunk Jr, observed that today's media would trash any GOP candidate, including Jesus Christ.
If Jesus Christ was a Republican the MSM would characterize him as a weak loser who ditched his followers in the end. @MomsDement— William Strunk, Jr. (@cdrusnret) October 24, 2016
I thought this was a fun idea to riff on, so I threw a few of my own out. You can do this with literally any good person doing any good deed. Below is my first attempt. I tossed a few more below the fold. Give me your best Vox type headline in the comments.
Jesus Christ seen yelling, flipping over tables and chasing priests. Does he have the temperament to have his finger on the nuclear button? https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Chilling: Jesus heals blind person. Undercover investigation reveals no license to practice medicine/malpractice insurance. https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Disturbing pictures show Jesus' self serving mountain speech disturbed nearby nesting baby bald eagles. https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Investigative report shows Jesus Christ very friendy with wild, bug eating cousin who routinely attempts to drown citizens in a river. https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Revealed: Christ's Cross Not Made From Reclaimed Wood. Did Jesus Ignore The Chance To Make A Statement About Climate Change? https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
From carpenter to fisherman. What does Jesus' obsession with classically masculine jobs say about his problem with women? https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Fact Check: Pontius Pilate is correct that hand washing does indeed improve public health. We give dirty, smelly Jesus 4 pinocchios. https://t.co/pLw984KCEW— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
Healer or groper? Did Jesus routinely touch poor and desperate women without consent? https://t.co/8ZbW4ZW9Kg— Run Them Down (@Warden_AoS) October 24, 2016
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Kurt Schlichter: Can Someone Tell Me Why People Belonging to a Party Which Purports to Stand for Individualism and Skepticism of Government Are Now Reflexively Preaching Faith in Government as the Default Mode of Any Good Citizen?
This election has been brutal, but it has torn a lot of masks off a lot of smug, well-fed faces.
No pearl went unclutched when Trump refused to agree in advance to validate the giant scam that is this election. Yeah, scam. In light of all we've seen during this stupidest of years, a year where I had to move my book about this country tearing itself apart from the fiction section to nonfiction, how the hell can anyone keep a straight face as he, she, or xe demands that we default to trust the system?
Okay, this is where Team Fake Pearl Clutch jumps in and whines about my "dangerous talk" and about how I have no "honor" because I won’t submit in advance to another establishment okie-doke. Yeah, sure, whatever – and the emperor caught pneumonia because the little kid pointed out that he wasn’t wearing any clothes, not because he was walking around with his junk in the wind.
The system is manifestly rigged – even Heap Big Chief Warren used to say so until a memo informed her that this meme is now inconvenient – so spare me your sanctimonious crap about our sacred system. Our loyalty is properly only to the Constitution, not a perversion of it. Just because you hold office under Article I, II, or III doesn’t mean we still owe you respect or deference when you treat your obligations to the People like a teenage Thai boy at one of Raymond Burr's Halloween parties.
We owe the system nothing. Nada. Zip. Instead, the system owes us fairness and honesty, and without them it has no right to our default acceptance of its results. That acceptance must be earned. This means that the system must aggressively police its own integrity, and this year it has utterly failed to do so.
And he's just getting started.
The GOP has always had two conflicting impulses in it, which tend to manifest itself as two different factions.
One impulse is for orderliness, domestic tranquility, and rule-and-law-following which beget what is called "ordered liberty."
This impulse is made manifest in the Establishment types who pee themselves when they think about defiance and things like government shutdowns.
The other impulse is dated to the start of the Republic itself: That citizens are entitled to a responsive and representative government, and that a government's failure to be responsive to the citizenry and represent its interests may justify actual armed insurrection against it.
For more on this, see the Declaration of Independence. A lot of Trumpkin crazies signed it.
This impulse is manifested in the rowdies, the malcontented, the "anti-government agitators," etc.
Now, I think most people have bit of both impulses in them, but obviously, as with any binary impulse, most people lean more towards one side than the other.
The GOP used to attempt to have a balance between these two impulses.
Not any longer. The "official" GOP -- the power centers in office, the power centers not in office (corporations, corporate-funded think tanks and magazines, etc.) -- is now revealed to be almost wholly devoted to the first impulse -- trust and obey the government -- and now derides those more inclined to the second impulse as dangerous "populists" and possible terrorists.
Exactly like the liberals brand them.
It boils down, like many questions, to who serves whom. Is it, as Schlicter says, the government's responsibility to make itself credible, or is it the citizen's duty to pretend the government is credible, even if it's not?
Does the government work for us, or do we work for it?
The same question can be applied to many institutions. The media, for example -- its credibility has cratered.
Now, just because the media is an important institution, are we required to prop it up by yielding to it a reservoir of trust and goodwill it has manifestly not deserved?
I'm glad the Establishment, NeverTrump, Trust-the-"Experts" wing of the party isn't attempting to rehabilitate the media's credibility, at least, and blame its shortcomings on citizens too ill-educated to appreciate what a great job it's doing.
Because people don't have the basic skills or care enough to learn about what the media offers them. https://t.co/w4gOdj6MZ9— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 23, 2016
Whoops. Spoke too soon.
It's Not Monday Anymore. Now It Shall Only Be Called GAINZday.
I'm still out of my stall, and making GAINZ, though at a rate slower than I'd hope for. Apparently I lost six pounds of pure fat since late August, and I imagine most of that was lost since late September (when I broke my long, long depressing, dispirting stall).
I guess: Just stick with it? That's what I kept telling myself as I made ZERO GAINZZZ and even some LOZZEZZ. I kept telling myself: Stick with it. It has to work. It's basic math. Well, not math, but like math: It's biochemistry that certainly seems to have to work. It worked before. You're in a stall now, but it worked before: the principle is sound, then, it seems. But your body is in revolt: It has a set weight the hypothalamus wants it to be at, and it is fighting tooth and nail to go no lower than this resistance point. (And this has always been my resistance point, through several rounds of weight loss.)
You just have to ride this disheartening period of NO GAINZZ out, I kept telling myself.
I think it worked. I think I broke the resistance point, and maybe set a new one five pounds lower.*
We'll see whether this mantra can get me through my next scheduled stall.
When you're not seeing any GAINZZ, it really does kill your resolve. Why bother trying if you're continuing to fail?
Of course, even when I was stalled as far as pure weight loss, I had other GAINZZ I was sort of ignoring. I was dropping clothing sizes. Old pants look increasingly silly on me, with the belt all cinched in tight. I could physically see that I was leaner.
Anyway, when I began this thread months ago, I mentioned to not just get your validation from one or two sources; look for multiple indicators of success. The scale can swing one or two pounds in either direction based on how well hydrated you are, for example. If you just look at the one marker, that one marker can show no GAINZZ, and thus break your spirit.
But when you're on the lookout for five or six markers -- not just weight, but caliper-measured bodyfat percentage, waist, hip, and chest circumference (yeah I know both men and women want bigger chests, but anyone with weight troubles know that there's often undesirable padding in the measurement), and, importantly, how you look by the simple eye test and how you feel -- you're much more likely to see a GAIN somewhere in that stack, and therefore get the validation and positive feedback which, let's face it, unless you have an iron willpower and Tom Cruise-level of self-mastery, you're going to need if you're going to keep this up for more than a couple of months.
Two months is easy. Then it gets hard. Just like marriage, just like keeping a kidnap victim in your basement.
So: 1, I need to know your GAINZZ, and 2, I'd especially like to hear if anyone's in a stall, and even more especially, if anyone's gotten through a stall, and what you did to get those GAINZZ back again.
* I gotta tell you I was also feeling like a total asshole running this thread while also being in a five or six week stall. It was getting so bad I really did consider if the Greater Good would be served if I straight-up lied to everyone and said I made GAINZZ I hadn't actually made -- like, not to make myself look good (who cares, honestly) but just so as not to sabotage anyone else's resolve by telling them "Stick with your dreams if you like, but in the end, it shall all come to naught, as it has for me. You're better off not even trying. You'll lose the first twenty easy pounds -- gimmes, really -- and then guess what? Then you start going after the hard weight, and the GAINZZ store shuts down and closes forever."
You know, "Ozymandias" is just ancient Greek for "Fleeting GAINZZ."
(By the way -- 20 pounds is my level of easy weight loss. Depending on how overweight you are, you'll have higher or lower easy-to-lose weight. The closer you get to a normal weight, the harder each additional pound of fat is to lose. When you get down to sub-normal-levels of fat -- like going for a really athletic 8% bodyfat build -- each ounce of fat becomes harder and harder to shred off. If you're very heavy, you might have 35-40 of easily-shed weight. If you're already closer to being at normal weight, you might lose five of the easy pounds and then have nothing but hard pounds left.)
Democrat Kathleen Kane Sentenced to 10 to 23 Months In Jail for Perjury and Conspiracy and Seven Other Charges
As Ashe Schow points out, The Daily Beast "forgets" to note her political party in this brief.
Given how short it is, you'd think they'd want to at least add one additional word.
Instead of jail time, the former top attorney sought either probation or house arrest instead of jail time. During her sentencing hearing, Kane reportedly said, "I don't care what happens to me," but pleaded with the judge to have "mercy" on her two sons, whom she said a jail sentence would affect the hardest.
No Biggie, But Terry MacAuliffe's PAC and Some Other Friends of Hillary Donated $625,000 to the Election Efforts of the Wife of One the Key FBI Officials Overseeing the Hillary Email Investigation
Old and Busted: Not a smidgen of corruption
New Hotness: Well maybe just a smidge
he political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and longtime ally of the Clinton family, donated nearly $500,000 to the state Senate campaign of the wife of an FBI official who helped oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
McAuliffe's political organization gave $467,500 to Dr. Jill McCabe's 2015 state Senate campaign in Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported. McCabe’s husband, Andrew McCabe, works for the FBI and was one of the top figures responsible for overseeing the probe into Clinton’s email practices while she served as secretary of state.
McAuliffe, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons, encouraged McCabe to run for the state Senate seat and helped direct funds to her campaign totaling $675,000, according to the Journal.
Andrew McCabe was promoted in 2016 to be Comey's number two.
A former State Department IT aide invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer more than 90 questions Monday during the final deposition in a lawsuit over Hillary Clinton's private emails.
John Bentel, former Director of Information Resource Management of the executive secretariat, would not answer questions about whether the Clintons had paid his legal fees or offered him financial incentives, according to Judicial Watch, the conservative-leaning group that brought the suit.
A federal judge in August ordered Bentel to testify under oath because "the record in this case appears to contradict his sworn testimony before the Benghazi Committee."
He had told the Benghazi committee in 2015 that he had "no knowledge" of Clinton's server.
You'll have to click on the link to find out if that's true or not.
Spoiler alert: Not.
Community Organizer Bob Creamer Caught on Video Admitting He Illegally Coordinates With Hillary Clinton Campaign and DNC
Campaign finance groups say that people can donate unlimited amounts to outside groups not affiliated with a campaign, but only restricted amounts to a campaign.
Now, this obviously sets up the possibility of easy evasion: You set up an "outside," "independent" group, which can scoop up unlimited amounts of money, but it's really an adjunct to your campaign, thus evading the law's demand that only limited, capped amounts can be donated to a campaign.
The law has a provision to stop this: "Independent" groups are not permitted to co-ordinate their messaging with candidates and candidate organizations.
On video, members of Americans United for Change reveal that they are in fact co-ordinating with the Hillary Clinton campaign. They were trying to think of silly stunts to draw attention to Trump not releasing his tax returns; Hillary Clinton put out the word she wanted people dressed as Donald Duck (as in, Donald Ducks honoring his promise) dogging his rallies.
Hillary Clinton basically ordered an organization she's not even supposed to be talking to to get Donald Duck agitators at Trump and Pence rallies.
"Don't repeat that to anyone," Bob Creamer tells Project Veritas' undercover infiltrator after he confesses this.
Later, Scott Foval admits that he co-ordinates with the DNC and Donna Brazille as to which particular message they'll be pushing at each Trump rally.
Solid Piece at Cracked About the Rise of Trump
Cracked is a Social Justice Warrior dumpster fire, but this piece from one of its only actual talents (David Wong) is pretty good.
Apparently he grew up in a red county, and he sees the Trump phenomenon as largely about the haves -- largely centered in the cities - and have-nots in rural areas, which, he says, have "had the shit kicked out of them."
I'm telling you, the hopelessness eats you alive.
And if you dare complain, some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, "You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!" Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help. Meanwhile, the rate of rural white suicides and overdoses skyrockets. Shit, at least politicians act like they care about the inner cities.
It really does feel like the worst of both worlds: all the ravages of poverty, but none of the sympathy. "Blacks burn police cars, and those liberal elites say it's not their fault because they're poor. My son gets jailed and fired over a baggie of meth, and those same elites make jokes about his missing teeth!" You're everyone's punching bag, one of society's last remaining safe comedy targets.
Although he was born in a red county, he says (with a bit of irony) that he now "knows" everything he used to think is wrong because he know lives in a blue city and in a blue industry. I think he's kinda-sorta half-serious about believing all the stuff he used to believe is wrong -- while making the point that he probably only believes that because he's now been socialized by his dogmatic liberal coworkers to "know" the new received wisdom.
Good piece, I think. It might be useful for the GOP's own urban elite, who like to think of themselves as knowing cosmopolitans but who are really blinkered provincials, to read it.
Thanks to "Tusk."
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
In addition to being an accomplished artist, Chase was also an influential teacher with an impressive list of students. His art school became the Parsons School of Design.
The Morning Report 10/24/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Good morning, kids. Regarding the death of Tom Hayden, he and Hanoi Jane could have and should have been hanged for treason. As he makes his way to the Infernal Reaches, you should read his real story in the second link, before the MFM floods the zone with lying hagiographies. Anyway, have a better one.
- Tom Hayden, Key Player in America's 50-Year Degeneracy, Dead at 76 . . .
- . . . A Legacy of Treason
- CA Assisted Suicide Law Lets Insurers Tell Cancer Patients to FOAD, Or Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again
- Memory Lane: The Clintons Literally Sold Us Out to Our Enemies, But Trump Said "Pussy"
- The Punk Donated $500 G's to Political Campaign of Wife of FBI Agent Investigating Nurse Nasty
- Yet Another Podesta WikiLeak Confirms Dems Rig Polls by Oversampling
- A Rolling Stone Says No Mas
- Even On Skid Row, Where There's Life There's Hope
Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/23/16)[Mis. Hum.]
These 2 men were center stage 54 years ago.
Taken from the history books 54 years and 1 day ago.
What is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis actually began on October 15, 1962--the day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing U-2 spy plane data discovered that the Soviets were building medium-range missile sites in Cuba. The next day, President Kennedy secretly convened an emergency meeting of his senior military, political, and diplomatic advisers to discuss the ominous development. The group became known as ExCom, short for Executive Committee. After rejecting a surgical air strike against the missile sites, ExCom decided on a naval quarantine and a demand that the bases be dismantled and missiles removed. On the night of October 22, Kennedy went on national television to announce his decision. During the next six days, the crisis escalated to a breaking point as the world tottered on the brink of nuclear war between the two superpowers.
Cuba remains a Communist country. The USA has had several presidents since Kennedy. Cuba is still controlled by the Castro iron fist.
Filed under news, culture and science. STD's on the rise.
"Last year was the first year that we saw increases but those increases are actually continuing and at a higher rate," Mermin said.
The new numbers translate to a 19 percent increase in syphilis cases, a 13 percent rise in gonorrhea and a 6 percent increase in chlamydia, Mermin said.
Will solar panels be a thing of the past? Optical "rectenna" converts light directly to electricity.
Based on multiwall carbon nanotubes and tiny rectifiers fabricated onto them, the optical rectennas could provide a new technology for photodetectors that would operate without the need for cooling, energy harvesters that would convert waste heat to electricity - and ultimately for a new way to efficiently capture solar energy.
In the new devices, developed by engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the carbon nanotubes act as antennas to capture light from the sun or other sources. As the waves of light hit the nanotube antennas, they create an oscillating charge that moves through rectifier devices attached to them. The rectifiers switch on and off at record high petahertz speeds, creating a small direct current.
An unlikey scenairo, former Greenpeace leader at odds with tree huggers regarding fracking. Wouldn't it be fun to watch all of these leftist loons live without electricity, natural gas, diesel and gasoline for a month? Instead of expending their energy to attack our lifestyles they need to get into the labs. With all of their energy and knowledge they are sure to come up with something better, amirite?
Did you get your Mother-in-Law a card, gift, bouquet? Today has been National Mother in Law Day. Ooops.
A National Awareness week in honor of our President starts today. Rodent Awareness Week - October 23-29, 2016.
The Indonesian Mountain Weasel
The growing cancer here and around the world. Power tends to corrupt. And, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
Even just thirty years ago nobody seriously believed the government would monitor all our phonecalls and drag people off to prison. Nobody seriously believed that you could be arrested for how the dust blew off your property when you plowed a field or where you smoked. Nobody believed you could be fined or jailed for who you baked a cake for or didn't. And already by that time the federal government was far too vast.
Speaking of power. Obscure laws of the road from our friends to the north.
Mario theme performed with trumpet and handgun. Make, model and caliber open for discussion.
How many of you were outfitted for your first hunting adventure at an Army/Navy Surplus store? I was. I still enjoy going to this type of Man's Mall. The rise and fall of the Army surplus store.
Two big factors are contributing to the decline of true military surplus products in the marketplace: the changing nature of war in the late 20th century and online shopping
Sports car? Hot trophy spouse? Sky diving? Are you having a midlife crisis? Midlife crisis, fact or fiction?
In 2000, Wethington conducted a phone survey of 724 people between the ages of 28 and 78. More than a quarter said they had experienced a midlife crisis, a term they were free to define for themselves. The average age of crisis was 46. Some said their crisis was because they realized time was slipping away from them. Others blamed it on a divorce. Others said it was prompted by losing a job. "Most boiled down to 'something happened that made me re-evaluate my life,' " Wethington says. "That's a pretty minimal definition." She considers herself in the camp of sociologists who believe the midlife crisis is a myth
The war on drugs? Genius Award Winner, the maker of drug testing equipment.
Not all young people are jerks. Is there hope for our country? Time will tell.Feel good
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GunThread: Cleaning Tips And Other Assorted Drudgery [CBD]
Someone recommended this web site, and while I bookmarked it, I failed to note who pointed me in this direction, so my apologies to the unknown Moronette (I assume).
This site is about women and guns, not about cats. But in a way, it's about the cornered cat in all of us. It's about the determination to get away from an attacker if you need to. It's about making the decision to say, "Not me. Not mine. Not today." And it's about the tools to make that decision stick.
Now that everyone has fired their postal match and submitted it, what brilliant tips do you have for The Horde for cleaning your pistol? I am a firm believer that more weapons have been ruined by cleaning than by firing. I do a quick wipedown to remove salt from my sweat, and powder residue, then scrub a bit with Hoppes #9 just because that's what my dad taught me. I try to fire a few FMJs at the end of the session to clean the barrel of some leading, and then a few strokes with a brush as I can get away with, a few swabs, and I am done with cleaning. A light coating of oil, and that is it.
But there are dozens of systems and hundreds of tools and swabs and brushes and benches, all designed to do something that most of us find mildly pleasant at best, but a PITA occasionally.
So what do you use? I have been eying those flexible barrel cleaners, but haven't pulled the trigger on them yet because I shoot so rarely that it simply isn't worth it.
Man....I really want one of these....
I compared it to the S&W and for my hand there was no comparison. Of course the gun store had a Colt Python too....for a mere $2,500. Ouch.
The claim was these had weak actions and were crappy, backward rifles.
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MLB Playoffs [BCochran]
Let's talk some baseball.
How did we get here? Let's take a quick recap.
Wild Card Play-In Round
Arguments vary on whether or not this game is "real postseason playoff baseball." I mean, a one game "series?" Do we count the play-in games as part of March Madness? But the team that wins this game has just as much of an opportunity to win the Series as the team with the best record in baseball. So...here we go.
It took 11 innings but the Blue Jays eventually took out the Orioles and, well, Bumgarner was Bumgarner and threw a complete game shutout to lift the Giants over the Mets.
The Blue Jays dispatched the Rangers in short order. They swept the best of 5 series and capped it off with a bizarre play to win Game 3 in 10 innings. With runners 1st and 2nd and 1 out, Russell Martin hit a ball in the hole at SS that was at least 1 out and likely an inning ending double play. Except...Elvis Andrus made a mediocre throw to Rougned Odor, who then turned and made an awful throw to 1st, which not only pulled Mitch Moreland off the bag, but Moreland was unable to cleanly field the throw. The Jays' Josh Donaldson, who doubled to start the inning, never let up, rounded 3rd and headed for the plate and the series ending run. Moreland turned completely the wrong way, had to do a 360 to make the throw to the plate, made the third bad throw of the play, and Donaldson was easily safe at the plate. Game over. Series over. Season over for the Rangers. I don't think this rivalry is dead by a long shot. Next season should be interesting.
The Indians faced off against David Ortiz...I mean the Red Sox...in the other side of the ALDS. Big Papi got an ignominious send off to an amazing career as the Indians basically dominated the Sox and sent them packing in the minimum 3 games. Game 1 saw the two teams combine for a total of 6 home runs, which tied a record. Game 2 had the Indians jumping on David Price and scoring 4 runs in the 2nd which was more than enough for their phenom, Corey Kluber, who threw 7 scoreless innings in his postseason debut. The Sox tried to stay alive in Game 3, but fell just short. A 4-3 win for the Indians sent them to the ALCS to face the Blue Jays.
Game 1 between the Dodgers and the Nationals featured two pitchers of Cy Young Award level talent in Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer. Neither was at their best with Kershaw giving up 3 in 5 innings and Scherzer 4 in 6. Both bullpens held and the Dodgers took Game 1 4-3. Game 2 was all about the Nats bullpen, which threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, and Daniel Murphy who was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI singles. Nats take Game 2 5-2. The Nats lumber woke up in Game 3 as they scored 4 runs in the 3rd and again in the 9th to take a 2-1 lead in the Series. Facing elimination, the Dodgers turned to Kershaw on 3 days rest. Kershaw got smacked pretty good, giving up 5 runs, but the Dodgers line up had his back and the Dodgers forced a Game 5 with a 6-5 win. The decisive Game 5 looked like the Max Scherzer show as he held the Dodgers scoreless through 6. But then the Dodgers exploded for 4 runs in the 7th. Ultimately Kershaw came back, yes on 1 day's rest, and got the final 2 outs and the save. Dodgers advance.
On the flip side of the NLDS, baseball's best record, the Chicago Cubs, took on the San Francisco Giants. Game 1 was an amazing pitcher's duel. Johnny Cueto gave up only 1 run on 3 hits...and lost. Jon Lester tossed 8 shutout innings and then Aroldis Chapman slammed the door in the 9th. The Cubs won Game 2 with a score of 5-2. Which is frankly amazingly low scoring considering the two teams combined to use 13 pitchers. The Giants showed a little life in Game 3. What was supposed to be a duel between Arrieta and Bumgarner turned into a game of offensive momentum swings. A 3 run 8th by the Cubs was then matched by a 2 run 9th by the Giants. Joe Panic finally ended the game in the 13th inning with an RBI double for the Giants. The Giants joy was to be short-lived. Chicago came right back in Game 4 and flipped the score and moved on to the NLCS with a 6-5 win. The Cubs scored 4 in the top of the 9th and then Chapman emphatically ended things by striking out 3 in the bottom of 9th to earn his 3rd save of the series.
Game 1 saw excellent pitching performances from both Kluber and Estrada. Estrada only gave up 6 hits and 2 runs in 8 innings of work, but it wasn't enough. Kluber was on again, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings. Andrew Miller kept the shutout going through 8 and then Cody Allen came in for the 9th and the save. The Indians' Francisco Lindor was responsible for the only runs of the game. A 2 run homerun in the 6th were all the Indians needed to take Game 1.
Game 2 went much like Game 1 with the Indians winning it 2-1. Toronto's Happ gave up 2 runs through 5 innings and Cleveland's Tomlin gave up 1 through 5 2/3. Both pens did their respective jobs and not another run was scored. Indians DH Carlos Santana led off the bottom of the 2nd with a solo HR and Francisco Lindor drove in Rajai Davis in the bottom of the 3rd, while the Jays only run came in the top of the 3rd when Josh Donaldson drove in Darwin Barney. The Indians hold a commanding, but not insurmountable, 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 saw Indians starter Trevor Bauer leave in the 1st inning when an injury to his pinkie finger started gushing blood. The home plate umpire said he had to go. Kids, drones might be awesome, but perhaps they should wait for the offseason. Nevertheless, the Indians bullpen went 8 1/3 and were supported with a couple long balls in route to a 4-2 win and a commanding 3-0 lead.
With their season on the line, the Jays answered in Game 4 with a 5-1 win over Cleveland stud, Corey Kluber. Kluber only gave up 2 runs in 5 innings of work, but the pen got touched up for another 3 runs in 3 innings. Meanwhile the Indians offense sputtered and only accounted for 2 hits and 1 run.
Game 5 is ongoing as I'm writing this. The Indians are up 3-0 in the 7th. Estrada started for the Indians and is basically a kid. The best endorsement and description I can give of what was expected of him and what he gave is this: When Francona came out to remove him, every infielder came to the mound smiling, clapping him on the back, shaking his hand, laughing, etc. Francona refused to allow him to leave the mound without shaking hands. As he walked off the field, several of the guys on the mound were applauding him.
UPDATE: Boom. Done. The Indians cleaned up and took it home. The Cleveland Indians are headed to the World Series. Could the city of Cleveland finally be turning things around? I mean, we all know the Browns are hot garbage and that isn't going to change, but the Indians and the Cavs in the same year??? AlextheChick...there will be no living with her after this
Game 1 was Cubs early, Cubs late, Cubs win. The Cubs scored 1 in the bottom of the 1st and two in the bottom of the 2nd. It was the 2nd in the 2nd that raised eyebrows. Javier Baez was on 3rd and aggressively extended his lead as the pitch was delivered. Dodgers' Catcher Carlos Ruiz came up throwing, expecting Baez to head back to 3rd and obviously intending to pick him off. But Baez didn't return to 3rd. Instead he gave a slight pause and then broke to the plate. It was close, but Baez got safely under the tag and was credited with "stealing home."
In Game 2, well, Kershaw was Kershaw. 7 innings, 2 hits, no runs. Jansen came in and got the 2 inning save. The Cubs couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat, but their pitching was on point. Hendricks gave up 1 in 5 1/3 and then 4 guys combined out of the pen to not give up another run. LA ties it 1-1 with a 1-0 victory.
The Cubs offensive woes continued in Game 3. It's now been 18 straight innings without a single run. Only 6 hits in that same stretch. The Dodgers started with Rich Hill on the mound and he went 6 shutout innings. The pen went the rest of the way to finish off Game 3. LA is now up 2-1 and if the Cubs don't figure out how to hit like they did during the regular season (they scored the 3rd most runs in MLB), they're going to be bounced in short order.
And it's done. A dominating performance by Hendricks and the Cubs offense jumping on Kershaw early and often finished off the NLCS with a Cubs win. I don't think I've seen Kershaw hit like he was last night. Even the outs were just frozen rope smashes. The Cubs were all over him early and never looked back. Hendricks was on fire as he gave up 0 runs and only 2 hits over 7 1/3 innings. Yes folks, prepare for SMOD. It's the Indians and the Cubs in the World Series. Surely this is in the Book of Revelation somewhere.
Ok, that was a ridiculously lengthy post, but we're now all caught up on the postseason. Sit back, crack a beer, throw a little ketchup on that hot dog, and let's enjoy what's shaping up to be a damn fine World Series. And big thanks to MisHum for putting this up!
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Food Thread: Is It Too Early To Think Of Thanksgiving? [CBD]
Eh....why not. It's 33 days away, and if you aren't on the ball, you will miss out on ordering your free-range, organically grown, responsibly raised, heritage breed, humanely "processed" turkey.
Or you could do what I do, and that is let my SIL worry about all of that shit. I'll cook it, but I will be damned if I am going to wait on line to pick up a turkey. On the other hand, the bone-in pork roast is serious food, and I will be chatting up the butcher (the front end of the loin is the best part) and poring over ancient texts for just the right brine recipe. And the best part of cooking the pork roasts is that they will be on the rotisserie...on the patio, away from, uh....everybody.
Those chops in the photo are cut from the front end of the loin, near the shoulder, where there are wonderful, flavorful muscles and copious quantities of that most marvelous of flavors and textures: fat. And notice that the bones have not been "Frenched," because I am not a savage. Yes, I have ranted about this before, but anybody who scrapes off the best part of a chop in the interest of appearances is painfully deluded about the point of eating.
Back to the topic at hand: Thanksgiving planning. We are picking up three extras for dinner, which requires major redesign of the seating plan. Which I hate doing. But the menu will be revised slightly to simplify it to preserve the cook's sanity, in which I am quite interested.
The problem is that throughout the year I will notice dishes that seem fun for Thanksgiving, both in their own right and as a vehicle to push the turkey off to the side. Yes...one day Chez Dildo will have a turkey-less Thanksgiving, and there will be much rejoicing and, probably, gnashing of teeth of those who think that turkey makes the day.
Cranberry and goat cheese puff pastries. I had these at a wedding last year, and again last weekend. Damn, they were good. And no, the recipe is not to be had, because the owner of said recipe is a conniving, grasping harpy without a shred of dignity. And I would do the same.
Wheel O' Brie People show up wanting a drink, and having something ready to go as they slurp down their margaritas and martinis is probably a good idea. Otherwise people will get shit-faced too soon. Besides, it's easy.
1. Buy wheel of brie.
2. Place on plate.
3. Place bowl of crackers on same table.
4. For extra snootiness, a baguette on a cutting board always works.
Squash Soup, because it's really easy, tastes great, is seasonal and, last and least, looks good too. I garnish it with toasted baguette rounds on which I place a dab of goat cheese, and then a drizzle of good olive oil.
Brined, Roasted Bone-in Loin of Pork because it is tough to beat for its combination of flavor, ease of cooking, relative frugality, and the opportunity for the cook to hang out on the patio, in peace and quiet, with a beer or a bourbon. Plus, the obvious pleasure of gnawing on a bone covered in crispy fat and tender meat, with the juice covering your hands and dripping on your lap is bound to piss off the one vegetarian who invariably shows up at the table.
Roasted Vegetables. Why the hell not? They taste great. Hot oven, lots of olive oil or butter, salt and pepper, and roast the hell out of them until they are a little brown and crispy. Green beans, Brussels sprouts, whatever floats your boat. I add sliced shallots or red onions on the bottom of the baking dish, then toss half way through cooking. They add a nice flavor.
Mashed Potatoes done well are not just a blob on the plate. I play around with sauteed onions or shallots, and you can try roasted garlic. Just be sure to add a lot of fat, in the form of both butter and cream. It's for your health, to decrease the carb load. Really!
Salad. Yeah, I know, that's sort of weird, but as a palate cleanser it works really well. Just make sure you use a good dressing...one that isn't too creamy and thick. I make a vinaigrette (Oil,mustard, vinegar), which is a bit tart and is a nice contrast to all of the rich food.
And here is where my plan to simplify breaks down. Most people really get a kick out of a bunch of pies and other assorted goodies for dessert. As they say, A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, so what the hell. I make fresh chocolate chip cookies and a pumpkin pie. Somebody, probably everybody else is going to bring a pie, so just have plenty of ice cream on hand.
- 1 butternut squash, about 2-3 pounds: peeled, seeded and cut into one inch cubes
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
- 2 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 ounce duck fat (or replace with equivalent butter)
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 quart Chicken Stock (and make it yourself. It’s easy, and much, much better)
- ½ & ½ to taste.
- Salt to taste (but be careful).
Sauté the onion in the butter and duck fat over medium-low heat until it softens and just begins to caramelize.
Add the thyme and sauté for another minute. Then, toss in all of the squash and mix it around to coat with the butter and onions.
Keep cooking for 10 or 15 minutes, continuing to caramelize the onions and starting to soften and caramelize the squash.
Pour in the chicken stock (I told you to use fresh, so don’t wimp out on me) and reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes, until the squash is perfectly soft.
Purée thoroughly with a hand blender, or make a huge mess in your kitchen by using an upright blender and spraying soup all over the ceiling.
Taste, and add a bit of salt if needed. If the soup doesn’t seem rich enough, a bit of ½ & ½ is perfect to smooth it out and add some thickness.
Serve hot with a toasted goat cheese crostini floated in the middle of the bowl, and a drizzle of good olive oil.
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This Is What Passes For Intellectual Discourse (We Are Existentially Screwed) [CBD]
On "The Daily Show," where hipster douchebag LIVs get ther political commentary, noted political philosopher Russell Simmons (Don't worry, I too had to look him up) opines on the huge problem of Christian terrorism.
Russell Simmons joined Trevor Noah on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Monday to talk about "Muslims Speak Out," a project he formed to deal with Islamophobia, which he called "the worst scourge we have."
He told Noah that people misunderstand the Muslim community and that "99.99-tenths of them are not radicalized, right?" And then he added the kicker: "Probably more Christians are radicalized."
Maybe I am naive, but I think that "radicalized" populations should display behavior that is...um...radical. Islam certainly checks that box, being responsible for terrorist acts which have claimed the lives of thousands of innocents, and being the drivers of most of the wars on the planet.
Christians? Help a Moron out. Where is current Christian radicalism centered?
As for Islamophobia: if your religion espouses the destruction of my culture and the murder of my coreligionists, you are damned straight going to get push-back from me. If you want to call it a phobia, then it is a rational phobia based on the very real, documented events that threaten my culture and my life.
But a more accurate term would be self-interest, or self-defense. But that's just me. I am a White, Western Jewish man. My opinion and life has zero worth in Simmons' twisted world.
Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-23-2016: [OregonMuse]
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's 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 tornados, hurricanes, IRS audits, and getting caught in the path between Hillary! and giant bags of cash, and special snowflakes can't stand the heat. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these awful things. And WTH are they supposed to be, accordion pants? These are the worst pants I've ever seen. If you can find uglier pants, send me the link and I'll use it. Ugh.
Note on Today's Library Pic
This was a submission from longtime moron 'Skip' and what you're seeing is the finished product of a restoration project that he worked on himself. Skip writes:
I worked on about 1/2 the ceiling along with large crew. But the ground area is where I did most of the work, the window sills, baseboard and mid point crown moulding just another guy and me did. The handrail woodwork and underneath woodwork of the railings as well as doors with exception of the single door leading into the library stacks I did myself.
And that painting on the upper left is a 17th-century work by Pietro Berretini (Pietro da Cortona) titled The Triumph of David that measures 12-by-19 feet. It shows David bringing back the sword of Goliath, whom he has just killed, to King Saul. This painting itself has been restored, and I found an article about the restoration efforts here.
OK all you 'rons and 'ettes, what do these words have in common?
In alphabetical order, they are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
(Answer below the fold)
There's a brouhaha over the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded to Bob Dylan, "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Meh. I can't get too worked up over it. Poets have won it before, so awarding the prize to a musician who's been writing song lyrics for over 50 years isn't that big of a stretch. I mean, at least they didn't give it to Barak Obama.
You know who's got their panties all in a wad about it, though? Why, the commies at The Guardian, of course:
Giving the award to any white male writer, no matter what form he writes in, is in no way innovative or inspired. It is simply a return to the status quo – albeit in a different genre.
Dylan wins his Nobel in the same year that the prize is not awarded to any women across any of its fields, which seems hardly believable. But what is particularly frustrating about Dylan’s win is that it is being packaged as revolutionary, as a means of breaking from tradition, when it is anything but.
Giving the award to yet another white, distinguished male over more qualified women is exactly the status quo. It proves, once again, how the times just aren’t a-changin’...
Actually, I'm old enough to remember when Dylan was considered to be a big-time revolutionary, you know, bringing an electric guitar to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, that sort of thing. He was at the front of the vanguard of the 1960s social revolution. But now we're being told he's just a status quo guy, like your boring old, suit-and-tie wearing, working 9-to-5 all week and mow the lawn on Saturday dad. How times have changed.
The Illustrated FAB
What, you say you want an illustrated children's book extolling all the many glorious virtues of Hillary Clinton? OK, then, here you go: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead. No, no, please. You can thank me later.
In the 1950s, it was a man's world. Girls weren't supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way. And then along came Hillary. Brave, brilliant, and unstoppable, she was out to change the world. They said a woman couldn't be a mother and a lawyer. Hillary was both. They said a woman shouldn't be too strong or too smart. Hillary was fearlessly. It didn't matter what people said, she was born to lead.
That's right, kids, Hillary is Born. To. Lead.
It's funny to see that out of the 100+ reviews on Amazon, they're either 5-star or 1-star. There's hardly anything in between. And if you click over there, you'll probably see some other books devoted to Hillary hagiography, so if you have high BP or a delicate stomach, I suggest you stay here.
Of course, those sourpusses over at NRO didn't like it very much:
It would be hard to write a fair and compelling children’s storybook about Hillary Clinton. Most of her many scandals are unfit for children. Her struggles are largely symbolic, against abstract obstacles such as expectations or criticism, and her actual accomplishments are few. We keep hearing that this woman is the most qualified presidential candidate of our lifetimes, and yet, try as it might, Some Girls Are Born to Lead can’t quite hide the fact that her life story isn’t much of a story at all.
Geraghty's piece is actually a serious, snark-free (almost) analysis of this children's book. I'm not sure it deserved it. Can't we just throw up and move on?
Thanks to moron 'josephistan' for linking, in a thread earlier this week, to these restaurant menus replete with hilariously fractured attempts at English, or Engrish as it's sometimes called) and some of them are so loony, I suspect photoshop. I mean, come on, "Steamed Red Crap With Ginger"? That has to be fake. And "Cowboy Leg Beautiful Pole"? I don't even want to know what that is, let alone put it in my mouth.
Actually, there's not much on these menus I'd want to put it my mouth.
Books By Morons
Moron lurker Gunnar Grey tells me that his Moronette lurker Gunnar Grey tells me that her little publishing company, Dingbat Publishing, has released a right-wing military science fiction novel back in in August. You know it must be doing something right because it's getting one- and two-star reviews from lefty whiners.
The title is Standing the Final Watch, by William Alan Webb, and it's the first of a series.
Lt. General Nick Angriff has spent his adult life protecting family and country from a world of terrorism spinning out of control...But when a terror attack on Lake Tahoe kills his family, he’s left with only the corrosive acid of revenge… that is, until a hated superior officer reveals the deepest of all secret operations. Against the day of national collapse, a heavily-armed military unit rests in cryogenic storage, to be awakened when needed, and Angriff is named its commander.Kindle price is $2.99.
Fifty years later he wakes to find the USA destroyed and predatory warlords roaming the ruins. Stalked by assassins bent on seizing his command for their own purposes, Angriff has to prepare for war while avoiding murder.
Thanks to moron Sutton Hoo for alerting me in last week's thread that moronette lurker artemis has a new novel out, Murder in Containment, the fourth in her 'Doyle and Acton' murder mystery series. In this installment,
Detective Sergeant Kathleen Doyle realizes that several apparently unrelated murders are actually "containment" murders--murders to contain an ominous scandal that could reach into the highest levels of Scotland Yard's CID. In the process of tracking down the killers, however, she comes to the unsettling realization that Chief Inspector Acton has committed a containment murder or two of his own.
Start with Murder in Thrall if you haven't read this series.
Adam Piggott is a longtime moron lurker from Down Under who, for the past 20 years, has lived and worked all over the world as a rafting guide. Some of his many adventures are recounted in his book Pushing Rubber Downhill: A journey to Manhood Via Whitewater Adventures:
Always order a witchdoctor from the eastern part of Uganda if you want to get the best results, a predicament that Adam Piggott was not expecting to find himself in when he accepted a job as a rafting guide in deepest darkest Africa. But the unexpected is the new normal when he chucks away his life to ride across Australia on a motorbike chasing a girl, and in the process winds up in situations that he never imagined.
Mr. Piggott also brags of his vast book collection going back many years, and a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf a friend once designed and built for him. I say, pics, or it didn't happen. And I can probably display one of the pics on the book thread.
The Kindle version of longtime moron author Chris Taylor's latest novel, Life Unworthy, is currently selling at the reduced price of $1.99.
Moron 'cool breeze' reminded me to remind you that this is the November selection for the Horde group read and that there is a discussion thread for it on the goodreads group for those who are interested. Which I can't link to, because you need to be a member to participate.
It's also available in paperback.
Pop Quiz Answer
These words, and only these words, appear in the Dr. Suess book Green Eggs and Ham. The position of the words "green" and "ham" appearing right next to each other in the list was a serendipitous hint.
And according to this article, the book was the result of a bet:
“In the right hands, the most ordinary things can take on extraordinary meanings. “The Cat in the Hat” came about when Dr Seuss was asked by William Ellsworth Spaulding, Houghton Mifflin’s education director, to compose a text for six-year-olds using a lexicon of only the 348 words they should developmentally know.“The Cat in the Hat” uses 223 words that are on the list and 13 that are not.It had sold more than 10.5 million copies by 2007.Random House publisher Bennett Cerf then bet Seuss $50 he couldn’t do a book in just 50 words. The result was “Green Eggs and Ham,” one of the weirdest, most delightful books around.”
The more you know...
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT 10/23/16 [krakatoa]
Last travel week of the year coming up.
The client just may pay for a celebratory lobster dinner.
Overnight Open Thread (22 Oct 2016)
Hackers wrecked the internet using DVRs and webcams. Election Day is going to be fun.
Breaking The Seal
Heh. 'Breaking the seal' after drinking is a real thing. Means something totally different on the P-3C. Breaking the seal on the P-3C meant you were the first to have to go during a flight and would therefore have to take the urine collection device, a large cylindrical device with an opening at the top, after the flight and dump the urine in an appropriate EPA certified dump area. OK, I maybe lied about the EPA part.
People who can't find sex partners should be classified as 'disabled,' says World Health Organization. The people who make this shit up should be classified as 'disabled.'
I suppose this rapist will claim disability. Iraqi refugee who raped a 10-year old boy at a swimming pool in a 'sexual emergency' has his conviction overturned because the Austrian court 'didn't prove he realized the boy was saying no'.
The Old Guard
Moron Meet Up
OK, which one of you Texas morons had a meet up and didn't tell the rest of us? $90K home filled with beer cans collected by its party-loving residents becomes the most viewed in the country.
Experts claim they might have 'solved' the Bermuda Triangle mystery. No, no, no it's aliens.
Lindsey Sterling Meets Metal
I'm sure this same newspaper hasn't said a thing about the Clinton Foundation and Hillary State Department pay to play. Companies led by stadium developer continued political donations before stadium special session. I'm not a proponent of using taxpayer money for stadiums but if you're gonna whine about donations on one thing and not say a peep about others, you can just STFU.
Russian Aircraft Carrier
So has Al Gore commented yet on the Russian aircraft carrier as it smokes through the English Channel?
The Big Rake
This is the way the managerial class works the rake. In less sophisticated countries, like say France, the politicians just raid the pension funds. It's legal plunder. In the managerial state, the plunder is more nuanced, tarted up with soft feminine language like "inclusion" and "coming together for a common cause." You can be sure that this plan will be sold as a way to bring the country together to solve our retirement problems for those who "play by the rules and just want a fair deal."
What will happen, of course, is the same thing we saw with health care and pretty much every other part of the economy these days. It will be a bust out. The billions that pour into these new funds will be "invested" in things that benefit the rulers. Politicians will get advance notice on some new move so they can cash in their privileged status. The fund managers will kick back a piece of their rake to the politicians for the right to manage these funds. It will be systematic robbery of the middle class.
So the team that couldn't handle classified material now brings you this episode of dumbassery. Clinton's Brooklyn campaign HQ evacuated after suspicious substance discovered in letter. Evidently two interns opened a package and saw a suspicious substance and instead of leaving it right there and calling authorities, they decided to carry it with them up to the 11th floor, potentially exposing far more people. Idiots.
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Bad Joke Open Thread [CBD]
A vulture boards an airplane carrying two dead raccoons.
The stewardess looks at him and says:
"I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion is allowed per passenger."
Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 10-22-2016 [OregonMuse]
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into pie fight on a Saturday afternoon. Except if you're hungry.
Problem 1 - White To Play (304)
Hint: White to play and mate in 2
rnb2rk1/pp2q1bR/2p3Q1/3p2N1/5B2/2N1P3/PPP2P2/R3K3 w Q - 0 1
Problem 2 - White To Play (304)
Hint: White mates in 2
1qkr4/1p2Rp1b/p4Ppp/2p5/2P3P1/1Q1P2bP/PP4B1/6K1 w - - 0 1
Here's Magnus Carlsen paying a visit to Washington Square Park, and he's keeping it on the down low to see if he can outhustle the chess hustlers. Fortunately, the hustlers in Washington Square Park do not pay much attention to who they're playing. I guess they figure one patzer is the same as another. Except, heh, not this time.
And bonus Liv Tyler. Didn't know she was hanging out with Carlsen. I suspect all famous people know each other.
Problem 3 - White To Play (280)
Black is threatening Qg2#. How does White best deal with this threat?
Hint: White mates in 4
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The Worst Kind of Chess Mistake
Here is something I was painfully reminded of earlier this week:
Chess mistakes always hurt, no doubt about it. But some mistakes are more painful than others. Even worse than blundering away a piece or missing a mate in 1, here is the worst: you're studying a position that's gotten real hairy, full of traps and pitfalls, and you see one particular line that is very bad for you, e.g. it leaves one of your pieces hanging. So you say to yourself "Self, that particular line is very bad for me, because, behold, it leaves one of my pieces hanging. I'm certainly glad I noticed this line. Now I know I have to avoid playing it." And then you go on to analyze other complicated possibilities. And when you've finally figured out the move to make, you check it one last time, and then you make it, and as soon as you remove your hand away from the piece, you suddenly realize OH SHIT, YOU COMPLETELY FORGOT YOUR ANALYSIS OF THE ORIGINAL BAD LINE. And whatever disaster you had told yourself you absolutely had to avoid at all costs is now sitting right there out in the open on the board for your opponent and everyone else in the world to look at. You break out into a clammy sweat and you swear you can hear the cackling laughter of a thousand clowns all around you, ringing in your ears. You feel like you've been walking around with a big "KICK ME" sign taped to your butt the whole time.
Shorter version: My chess sucks. It just sucks.
Couple three weeks back on the chess thread, some moron started the "Stupid F*king Idiots" chess club, after which a few of you claimed to be charter members. Well, so am I and I think my member number is something like #0000002. One guy wanted to join, but he didn't know his own address because, well, you know... But it occurred to me we need a club logo for signs and letterhead stationery. Perhaps something like a drawing of a dumb guy with a chess piece stuck up his nose. Or a chessboard surrounded by scattered pieces, overlaid by a dunce cap. I'd be right at home in a club like that.
Problem 4 - Black To Play (38)
Hint: Black will mate in 7 moves at the most
1r1q1k1r/Q4ppp/2B2n2/8/Pbbp4/1P4P1/2PP1P1P/R1B1K2R b KQ - 0 1
Endgame of the Week (307)
White to move. He realizes that he can use the threat of the discovered check to his advantage. How does he do this?
8/P7/R7/8/2q5/5K2/7k/8 w - - 0 1
About the Pic I'll Be Using Next Week
I've been collecting pics from various places around the internet to use on the chess thread, and I've got a good backlog. A couple of months ago, I found one that I thought would be perfect for the Halloween weekend, i.e. it froze my blood. So I've got it in the slot for next week's chess thread. I know that some of you perhaps have more gentle tastes and preferences than I, and since this pic is pretty creepy (not gory, but disturbing), I'll have an alternate ready to go should I get enough negative feedback. This happened to me once on the book thread several years ago. I put up a pic *I* thought was pretty funny, but no-one else did: I saw 3 complaints about it within the first 10 comments, so I thought it best to swap it out with a more congenial photo. Which I did. I felt very bad that I had made Sunday morning unpleasant for some of my audience.
So because of that incident, this is a warning that next week's pic, while IMHO very well done, will perhaps not be so easy to look at.
Problem 1 - White To Play (304)
rnb2rk1/pp2q1bR/2p3Q1/3p2N1/5B2/2N1P3/PPP2P2/R3K3 w Q - 0 1
Perhaps you were thinking "hey look, I can skewer that rook through the queen by 1.Bd6, but that doesn't work, because after 1...Qf7 2.Rxg7+ Qxg7 3.Qxg7+ Kxg7 4.Bxf8+ Kxf8, you've got nothing to show for all your trouble. Same with if you decide to go with 2.Qxf7+ Rxf7 3.Rxg7+ Kxg7 4.Nxf7 Kxf7.
Fortunately, there's a simpler, better solution, namely, a mate in two:
Problem 2 - White To Play (304)
1qkr4/1p2Rp1b/p4Ppp/2p5/2P3P1/1Q1P2bP/PP4B1/6K1 w - - 0 1
I hope everyone can see that Black's pawn on b7 is incredibly weak. The only question is, how best do you hit it? I first thought I could maybe win the exchange with 1.Rxb7, but:
So it's debateable whether that actually wins anything at all. And besides, Black can always respond to 1.Rxb7 with
And that kind of puts a stop to any of White plans. Also no good is 1.Qxb7+ Qxb7 2.Bxb7+ Kb8 3.Bxa6 Ka8. So, what is White to do? That leaves only
Black's only reply. And then the end:
Problem 3 - White To Play (280)
6RQ/1p6/3p3p/3qrp1k/8/6PK/1r5P/8 w - - 0 1
Not much of a decision tree here, all the moves are forced:
The pawn on h6 is pinned by White's queen, so the pawn cannot capture it. However, Black's king is not so bound:
But it won't help.
Problem 4 - Black To Play (38 )
1r1q1k1r/Q4ppp/2B2n2/8/Pbbp4/1P4P1/2PP1P1P/R1B1K2R b KQ - 0 1
Not 2.Kd1? Qe2#
Desperation! If 5.Kf1 then 5...Bh3+ 6.Kg1 Re1#.
The end is near.
Some of you morons probably didn't see the move 5.Qe7+ and so thought you had a mate in 6. That's OK, it's pretty trivial. It's one of those "spite" checks that a chess app comes up with when it's losing, and it makes no difference whatsoever in the final outcome.
Endgame of the Week (307)
8/P7/R7/8/2q5/5K2/7k/8 w - - 0 1
One of the important aspects of the endgame, especially those involving queens and pawns that are threatening to queen, is the concept of "the initiative". The player who is taking active steps to implement a plan has the initiative and the other player, who is trying to defend against that plan from being executed, does not. The intiative can pass back and forth between players several times during a game, and sometimes it's not clear who has it.
In this position, Black is threating to get in some sort of counterattack where his queen forks Black's king and rook, so White needs to get things going before Black can do this
Black's response is forced.
White needs time to queen his pawn. Usually, doing this gives the other play the chance to start attacking, and many endgames are lost with a queened pawn sitting helplessly on the queening square, never having got the chance to get into the game. But the purpose of this sacrifice is to pull the Black king into the corner where it will be subjected to the threat of a discovered check. This will give White time to queen his pawn.
No other choice.
This is the position White was aiming for. Look at it. He has nothing to fear from checks by the Black queen. For example, if 3...Qd3+ then 4.Kf2+ Kh2 5.Qg2#. Or 3...Qf7+ 4.Kg3+ Kg1 5.Qg2#
So the only moves for Black are either Kg1 or Kh2.
If 3...Kh2 there follows
5.Qg7+ Kf1 (not 5...Kh1? 6.Qg2#)
If 3...Kg1 then
Not 4.Qa1+? Qf1+! and Black draws
4...Kh1 (4...Kf1 5.Qa1+ with mate to follow)
Hope to see you all next week!
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and past it into your chess app.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]
Why it's that time again. Welcome to the Ace of Spades Pet Thread. The experts say a calendar year is 7 years long to a dog. Wonder what this last week has been? Anyway, down and stay. We didn't tell you that you could leave. Enjoy!
A Little of This. A Little of That.
Half dog-half snake h/t a regular Moron who didn't leave his nic.
Not your typical episode of Cops. h/t Beckoning Chasm
The normal crafting of the AoS Pet Thread consists of going through the emails with photos you folks have sent in. Then your humble COB writes a couple of lines about the pets. However today will be a little different. There are quite a few nice stories that we here at AoS cannot do justice to. So you will have PetMoron photos and stories from their "owner".
Meet The PetMorons
Regular Moron Tlikum has a pair of cats. This one is Miss Piggy. Per Tikum Piggy is the most unusual cat I have ever known. She WILL steal food off your plate as you are eating, especially if it is chicken. She is also ok with gentle tummy rubs. Her tail is always straight up when she walks. Lastly, she frequently rolls over on her back to relax.
His other cat is Ki-Ki and here is the Photobucket link Cute kitty-kat.
The following is an excerpt from an email sent in by Lurker Stacey.
"My name is Stacey, these are my two dogs Patton (blue heeler) and Ruby (Min
Pin). My husband had a massive heart attack and died while walking them in
June. I was told he gripped the leashes so the two wouldn't run away. I was
out of town at the time.
I would love for them to be on the Pet thing if it all possible. If not, I
understand. I love looking at Moron pets and reading all the comments."
Stacey we are sorry to hear of your loss. And we are glad we can post your photo.
Another Lurker, DMH, submitted this story about Mochalicous.
"Mochalicious started finding items of mine to keep him "calm" when we were out. Coats, tops, and his favorite, my tennis shoes. He was a rescue pet who had a bad prior life. His time with us was special and spoiled, and we enjoyed his company. He unfortunately got cancer and did not make it through doggie chemo. He was a good boy, rip.
It must be Lurker Saturday. Lucy/Miss Conduct submitted her thoughts about here dogs.
Hi, Open Blogger. I don’t even read the comments at Ace but I do visit regularly. You can call me Miss Conduct. I’m a crazy dog AND cat lady. Frankly, though, the dogs are way more photogenic, so that’s what I’m sending you. This is Otis the Anatolian Shepherd Dog and Lupe the Great Pyrenees. Otis is perfect, if a total hambone, while Lupe is a very sweet stinker. This is a rare photo in which she appears to be playing the straight man. Do not be fooled."
Lurker Frosto was kind enough to send in this photos.
"This is my Serbian cat, Freedom. He also has 2 brothers, Revolution and General George Washington, both not pictured. I'm a lurker, love the blog and appreciate everything you guys do."
Palerider was on a trip in ND and took this photo. Here is her description of it.
"The paint horse in front is my sisters mare Babe. The Arabian gelding on alert is mygelding Tanzaknight. For geologists the name is a play on the gem. The grey horse with only part of his head showing is my dad's gelding RazzMo."
So another Lurker wanted to share a photo of his dog with us. Joe, the Lurker sent in this photo of Deacon.
"Another lurker who hardly ever comments - but I read them, and usually get a good chuckle.
This is Deacon - equal parts mongrel, cur, and mutt. We got him as a 15 pound puppy from a rescue and couldn't be happier how he turned out. Never thought he would end up being 100 pounds!
In the picture he's on a rabbit safari at our weekend place in the Sierra foothills. That's right, I'm living behind enemy lines in California."
'Ette Lindafell is a cool mom. Check out these pets she let her kids have. She also owns an adorable Bedlington Terrier.
Linda tells us, "These are my 3 kid's leopard geckos. Named Stampy, Toothless, & Bob (l to r)."
Last but not least are Max & Murphy wearing Chippendale outfits. GML submitted this photo. The only information given was in the subject line. We wish the story of this photo had been shared. Getting dogs dressed, sitting and staying still for photos is never an easy project.
Thank you all for the photo submissions. Let us know what you think about today's Pet Thread. Where? Why petmorons at gmail dot com of course. You can also send
news tips animal news, photos or spare treats to this address. You folks and your pets be well this upcoming week.
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Saturday Gardening Thread: It's a Dilly [KT]
Dilly of a fall we've been having, don't you think? I am a little disorganized this week, having helped my sister-in-law move. Moving is a trial. This post will be sorta random and disorganized, too. But maybe you'll find some content you like. It's Saturday. Time for some casual browsing. At least that is my excuse.
Some members of The Horde are likely planting some things for winter, but many others are wrapping things up. For most of us, it's probably kind of late for home-grown cucumbers for dill pickles, but some of us may still have dill in the garden. One of the perpetual problems in my parents' garden was that dill seed heads never seemed to be ready when the cucumbers were ready for pickling. As you may recall, I am a big proponent of not-quite-ripe dill seed head for pickles.
If you're in the Frozen North, remember that you can grow dill weed microgreens indoors any time. "Dill is a curiously easy crop to grow as a Micro-Green, as long as you don't fuss with it too much."
Incidentally, there is a Florist's Dill.
There is a dill cultivar marketed to florists, though it is also good in the garden and kitchen. It is compact, so it should be suitable for containers.
There are tall dills, short dills, dills bred for seed and dills bred for weed. When the seed catalogs come out, do a little research to get the kind that will work best for you.
Target to add vertical farming at some locations. They have taken out their garden center at our nearest Target. Wonder if this is the replacement?
Maybe we should discuss doing something similar at home sometime.
We have been talking some about what to do with green tomatoes. I've tasted some good canned green tomato mincemeat. Here's a recipe with more than the usual amount of butter that you can freeze, too. For pies.
There's also green tomato chow. I think one of our regulars has a recipe for this, too.
And here are some tips for ripening tomatoes indoors. Do you have a favorite method? Green tomato relish recipe included.
Planting bulbs? Grape hyacinths may help you remember where you planted other stuff.
Gardens of The Horde
A lot of clean-up to do here in our yard and in our sister-in-law's yard. No planting this week.
What's going on in your garden? Working on something for next year?
Have a great week.
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Thread below the Gardening Thread: Halloween in Academia [KT]
Think Disney villains are the scariest things in the Magic Kingdom? Not according to a scholarly report from last year. Is it possible that the kind of stereotypical language in the paper quoted below had anything to do with this familiar Halloween costume debacle?
We posit that Disney's pedagogies of pleasure, which operate from the notion that escape is attainable via the pleasurable experiences offered at Disney parks, teach us how to be particular kinds of Disney subjects who escape into safe and controlled forms of pleasure - these escape fantasies offer a way for consumers to disavow the racism and white supremacy that characterize Western humanist and colonialist projects.
Looks like Halloween parties will be either (1) somber and reflective or (2) psychologically dangerous affairs on many campuses again this year. Have you ever met anyone who needed counseling after seeing a Halloween costume that perpetuates a stereotype?
Zoos are also centers of hegemonic pedagogies: Here is a horrifying example in which a boy learns that alligators have very sharp teeth. I am confident that a mother would NEVER teach her daughter that both humans and alligators have teeth, but that alligators have sharper teeth. And only male humans go "snap, snap". It's a hegemonic norm. Heh.
O.K., Twitter has some definite drawbacks. Do you consider the New Real Peer Review Twitter feed to be a good way to bring absurd peer-reviewed papers into public consciousness?
Are there any effective ways to counter the forecast that there is no end in sight for academia's leftward drift?
. . . a professoriate that shares many of the same moral and political assumptions will be less likely to scrutinize agreeable findings, less likely to pursue potentially disconfirming lines of inquiry, and ultimately produce a body of scholarship that is both less accurate and less relevant to the public it serves.
BTW, The mob with their pitchforks and torches is converging on Johns Hopkins. The current catechism of "sacred truths about gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation" must be repeated by the university's administration! Gender reassignment surgery MUST be promoted as the best way to treat transgender individuals! Who cares about the suicides?
(H/T Maggie's Farm)
I tried to think of a good analogy to the mob scene from Young Frankenstein, but it made the bolts in my neck hurt. Happy Halloween.
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Saturday Morning Weird News [Mis. Hum.]
Little Boys and Girls 'Rons & 'Ettes.
Saturday morning, do you need a caffeine IV drip? Drink your beverages and check out some of the weird stuff that has been going on.
- Life saving measures? Sometimes they are a waste.
- I call Bull Sh!t. Make up? Probably the burka's fault.
- Interesting discussion. BB gun a fire arm or not? MN Supreme Court weighs in.
- One question. Are you f*cking nuts?
- The Great Pumpkin. Or at least a flaming one.
- Genius award winner.
- No mention of alcohol involved. My hunch? Yes!
- 23 day hospitalization? Not my idea of a good sammich.
- Here's a weird thing from 1993. The world continues to be weird.
- Do you think Father's Day will be awkward next year?
Did you Morons have a normal week? Or did you have any weird events? Share if you would like. Comment on these stories or behave yourself in this open thread. Be nice to others and please don't run with sharp objects in your hands.
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EMT 10/22/16 [krakatoa]
College football is pretty much the last sport I watch.
So it's that or take little Miss Krak/t to a fall festival with hay rides, bouncy houses, a 5 acre corn maze, and tasty treats.
You know what? College ball will survive just fine without me.
Overnight Open Thread (21 Oct 2016)
Perhaps threatening a cyber attack last Friday wasn't too smart. Cyber attacks disrupt Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and more.
I'd say the Pacific Pivot has failed. U.S. has few good options for Philippines' Duterte.
Signs of Quitting
Gary Sinise Foundation
Gary Sinise is awesome. Actor's charity set to build 'smart home' for injured Ballwin officer.
I don't understand this decision. Standards are either required or they are not. If your "elective" transformation prevents you from maintaining standards, you shouldn't continue on. Period. Or just get rid of the standards for all. Transgender U.S. Air Force airmen (can you say that still?) can now skip physical fitness tests.
Yes, everything is racist today. British Army accused of racism after offical tweet shows soldier wearing 'blackface' camouflage in jungle. Love this response.
"If you think camouflage is racist, please wear a hi-vis jacket next time you're being shot at," one message read.
College offers young people money to have sex on camera. Do you really need to film people having sex to convince people that having sex with a condom is OK? I would think actual news headlines would be more effective. Like this one. STD cases hit an all-time high in the US.
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We need Peanut-Butter Control...At Least In Wisconsin [CBD]
There too many fantastic quotations in this article, and I can't excerpt it all, but here are a few....
Witnesses claimed the 32-year-old entered the meeting at 9:30pm holding a "family-size jar of low-sodium, creamy natural Jif" peanut butter, shouting about how much she hated the Republican candidate.The detail is fantastic! Not just peanut butter, but low-sodium, creamy natural Jif!
When officers from Portage Co. Sheriff Department questioned Ms Ferguson, she claimed she hadn't left her apartment that night, while allegedly licking her fingers repeatedly, according to the complaint.Pro-tip....eat the evidence BEFORE the cops show up.
"Fortunately it wasn't chunky peanut butter, so vehicles didn't get scratched," said Chief Deputy Dan Kontos.THAT is good police work. He knew the evidence cold.
But what about a photo? Well, the article claims she is 32-years-old. If that is what passes for 32 in Wisconsin, then my most fervent recommendation for all of our Wisconsinites is to get the hell out!
This should make it better though, and much closer to what I think of when I think of young Wisconsinites (Wisconsonians? Wisconsiners? Cheese-heads?)
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Hillary Clinton Secretly Enlisted Feminist Writer Jessica Valenti to Carry Her Water in Branding Bernie Sanders as "Anti-Woman"
Call me old-fashioned, but my idea here is that if it's ethically sound to do something, it should not be a problem to confess it openly.
When you have to keep something secret, that's a pretty good sign it's unethical.
By the way, this is the same presidential candidate whose supporters are claiming she had nothing to do with her Political Renfield Sydney Blumenthal pushing the Birther story against Obama to the press.
As someone commented during that (briefly lived, media embargoed) controversy, this is how attacks are done within the party. Stealthily. With plausible deniability. You don't want to risk alienating voters you'll need later, so you secretly enlist toadies and throne-sniffers to carry your water.
But whatever, Blumenthal wasn't acting at Hillary's behest, just as Jessica Valenti wasn't.
Buzzfeed: The Home of Listicles About Hot Men
Mollie Hemingway asked friends for theories on BuzzFeed's near-100%-fixation on the hotness of men, to the exclusion of women.
Theories ranged from the idea that BuzzFeed is a hostile work environment for straight men, or simply lacks the diversity of talent that would include sufficient numbers of straight men to shape their content, to the idea that BuzzFeed actually seeks to alter human nature itself by the pattern of their articles. One BuzzFeed fan admitted this view, saying that since everything's always been so awesome for straight men sexually, objectifying them is "cathartic hypercorrection" that empowers women's and gay men's sexuality.
There's also this factor: Some Social Justice Warrior women have decided they are so "triggered" by the site of a woman more attractive than they that they will embargo and hate-mail any site showing such women.
Why, they might even create a crusading #Hashtag!!!
And given the average looks of a Social Justice Warrior, that sort of means that any Hottest Women List will have to be made up exclusively of train accident victims and cuttlefish.
Russian Navy Deploys Carrier to Med [Weirddave]
Oct 21, 2016 (ANN) In a move sure to be seen as provocation by many western observers, the Russian have redeployed their only carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, to the eastern Mediterranean.
Ordered by the Soviet Union in 1981, the vessel was launched in 1985 and commissioned in 1990 as Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov after Soviet Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov, a legendary sailor who was promoted in 1955 to his post as the first Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Navy. He was demoted less than a year later for political unreliability. His rank was posthumously restored in 1988 when the Soviets realized two things: That naming their carrier Leonid Brezhnev as planned was less than popular and that naming a ship after a discredited admiral was probably not the best idea. In true Soviet fashion they un-discredited the Admiral. 1988 was a turbulent year in the USSR.
Although classified by western navies as an aircraft carrier, her official designation in the Russian Navy is "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser", so three years after her commissioning it was decided to put some planes on board. Her first operational deployment (to the Mediterranean, in order to “acclimate” Russian sailors to the harsh climate there) in the mid 90s was cut short, reportedly by mechanical problems with her evaporators, leading to a severe shortage of water aboard. Russian spokesman Alexov Andrelki vehemently denied the rumors in the press. “Reports of a water situation aboard Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza N.G. Kuznetsov are completely false. As you can see from these photos, Kuznatov is comfortably deployed on top of the water. Look at the photos, there is plenty of water all around the magnificent ship.” After a brief liberty stop in Tartus, Syria (which subsequently suffered a mysterious but unrelated shortage of bottled water), Kuz returned to Russia where she served with distinction in a variety of Russian dry docks.
This month's deployment of the vessel to Syria is her first following an extensive 2010 refit. Photos taken by the Royal Navy (see below) of the vessel transiting the English Channel have led to speculation among American military experts as to the exact nature of these upgrades. “Judging from the stack gas, her power plant appears to have been converted to one burning firewood, or possibly peat.”, said one expert on condition of anonymity, “Either of these would be an excellent choice for them as Russia enjoys vast reserves of both in Siberia. It remains to be seen, however, if they will be able to master the technical aspects of this new-to-them technology”.
Ace News Network will keep on top of this story for any breaking developments.
Military Upset With Brain-Damaged, Absent-Minded Old Woman's Disclosure of US Nuclear Response Times
CNN's Barbara Starr reported Thursday that the U.S. military is unhappy with Hillary Clinton discussing nuclear weapon launch times during Wednesday night’s presidential debate, calling such information "extremely classified."
When the president gives the order to launch a nuclear weapon, that’s it. The officer has to launch. It can take as little as four minutes.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
Starr reported that the Pentagon would not officially comment on Clinton's remarks since they occurred during a political campaign. However, many officials who spoke to Starr off-camera said they were not happy with Clinton's comments due to the secure nature of what she was discussing.
"We went to the military this morning and asked them. A military spokesman told us that they do not discuss operational timelines for launching nuclear weapons," Starr said. "This is some of the most classified information. I asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a press conference earlier today. He declined to answer the question because it involved politics."
Hillary's team claimed there are "open source" news articles "discussing" this, though those would of course be speculation in the press, not confirmation from someone in a position to know the actual fact of the matter.
But definitely, let's trust this woman's judgment.
Obama's Cash-O-Rama Bonanza May Have Whetted Iran's Appetite for Ransoming More Hostages
Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ in Ransom to Free U.S. Hostages
Source close to IRGC puts bounty on remaining U.S. hostages (Updated)
BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0
October 19, 2016 4:18 pm
Iran is seeking "many billions of dollars" in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iran’s state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administration’s decision earlier this year to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash.
Senior Iranian officials, including the country's president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens.
Future payments to Iran could reach as much as $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter, who said that Iran is detaining U.S. citizens in Iran's notorious Evin prison where inmates are routinely tortured and abused.
Iranian news sources close to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which has been handling prisoner swaps with the United States, reported on Tuesday that Iran expects "many billions of dollars to release" those U.S. citizens still being detained.
"We should wait and see, the U.S. will offer … many billions of dollars to release"
NOTE: My computer is failing again. This time, I can't connect to the internet. Posting may be spotty.
Wow: Leaked Email Shows Huma Abedin Admitting That Hillary Clinton's Morocco Trip was a Pay-for-Play for a $12 Million Donation, and that Hillary "Created This Mess and She Knows It"
Quick, let's elect her. She's corrupt and evil, but she's not "ours," so we don't "own" her mistakes -- just her justices, laws, failed wars, and political persecutions.
But we'll get to tell our Department Heads that we don't "own" her otherwise.
The email from Huma Abedin, Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department, was addressed to Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook. Hillary Clinton was a director of the foundation at the time.
Singapore and Hong Kong officials reportedly were also vying to convene the CGI meeting in their countries, but the North African nation ultimately hosted it in a five-star hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2015. Abedin told Podesta and Mook that Morocco was not CGI's "first choice." [CGI = Clinton Global Initiative -- ace]
The actual meeting was paid for by OCP, the Moroccan-government-owned mining company that has been accused of serious human rights violations. Clinton vigorously supported the Moroccan King when she was Secretary of State and the U.S.-financed Export-Import Bank gave OCP a $92 million loan guarantee during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The mining company also contributed between $5 million to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to the charity’s web site.
Abedin described the arrangement in the email as having been organized by her boss. Hillary Clinton "created this mess and she knows it," she told Podesta and Mook.
She said the Moroccan deal was entirely dreamed up by her boss. "This was HRC's idea, our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request. The King has personally committed approx. $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting." HRC stands for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice charged OCP with "serious human rights violations," including exploitation of workers by not "adequately compensating the impoverished people who live there."
Hillary wound up not going to the event, even after cadging so much money out of the King of Morcco and this shading mining company; but she did send her ex-president rapist husband and charmless daughter.
October 21st, 1805 [CBD]
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
Trafalgar was the first battle I learned about in depth. I had a few of those hard-bound "young adult" histories that I would buy at E.J. Korvette. Not much more than a flowery recitation of the plan of battle followed by lots and lots of action. I was eight...it was great, especially when I began to realize exactly what a British victory did for the world.
HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship, is a 104 gun first rater, and is the flagship of the First Sea Lord of the British navy. Notice the present tense? She is still commissioned, 257 years after her keel was laid.
For those of you who dislike recognizing one of the great naval victories in history, here is a link to a performance that might be more your speed.
The Morning Report 10/21/16 [J.J. Sefton]
Good morning, kids. Noted at press time: the lead for the day is not an O'Keefe or Wikileak but right out in the open. Of course, it's from a foreign paper so I fully expect a total US media embargo and/or smears about the individual in question. Also, the IBD-TPP Poll which does have a track record of picking the winner at least as far back as Bush 41 shows a dead heat. Yet if the official propaganda line is Trump is going to get wiped out in a landslide, why is the media going into overdrive with the attacks and smears? That's a rhetorical question. Anyway, have a better one.
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