November 17, 2017

Stream of Consciousness ONT


Hey, it's ONT time. What's this one about? No clue. Seriously, not one clue. I mentioned yesterday that I had lost all my tabs with content, so I'm winging it. We usually open with a picture, don't we? Lets see what a GIS for “picture” brings up. Oh, look, a prairie dog drinking.


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Posted by WeirdDave at 09:58 PM Comments

Oh My: Anti-Aging Drug Trials To Begin in Dogs in 2019, and Humans In 2022, if the Dog Trials Are Successful?


What I'd give to be 29 again.

Why start with dogs? Interestingly, it's not just that dogs are a big animals with some similarities to humans. It's that if it works on dogs, bang, you have a salable product right there-- people will pay to de-age their beloved mutts.

Which would then fund the next research phase, for humans.

George Church describes the roadmap for to human aging reversal treatments

We will see the first aging reversal test in dog trials in the next year or two. If that works, human trials are another two years away, and eight years before theyíre done. Once you get a few going and succeeding itís a positive feedback loop.

His company Rejuvenate Bio is actually working on the dog trial now.

The particular dog model weíre using has a heart disease issue. Rejuvenate Bio is still semi-stealth mode, incubator mode, but the trial is not a secret. Dogs are a market in and of themselves. Itís not just a big organism close to humans. Itís something people will pay for. And the FDA process is much faster for dogs than for humans ó a little over a year versus nine years or so. Weíll do dog trials and thatíll be a product, and thatíll pay for scaling up in human trials.

FDA does not need to classify aging as a disease in order for them to treat it

The FDA does not need to classify aging as a disease. If you actually have something that causes aging reversal, [the FDA] will approve it. Youíll frame it in conventional terms, but it can have additional benefits. In other words If you have something that fixes one disease problem and happens to fix a bunch of others, you donít need to put them all on the label. The FDA doesnít stop you for using things off label or curing two things at once.

I mean, what I'd give to be 29 at some point this year. I'll be 29 then at some future date.

But what I'd give to then stay 29.

Bullshit? Probably. But... if the rule is "disbelieve 99% of what you read," fine, this is in the 1% I'm choosing to believe.

Posted by Ace at 08:00 PM Comments

I Believe the Children Are Our Future, and the Future Must be Stopped


The left is calling for an end to all procreation of human beings, so it must be a day that ends in "Y" and an hour that ends in a digit.

Take this headline from a recent piece at NBC News: "Science proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them." ...

Children, the argument goes, should be considered first and foremost as problematic carbon-generating machines. With the planet facing almost-certain existential peril --- Travis Rieder, a philosopher at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the piece, describes it as "the very real prospect of catastrophic climate change" -- the decision to have children becomes a deep moral question.

The decision to have more than one child, meanwhile, could be a serious moral failing. "If I release a murderer from prison, knowing full well that he intends to kill innocent people, then I bear some responsibility for those deaths," Rieder helpfully explains. "Something similar is true, I think, when it comes to having children: Once my daughter is an autonomous agent, she will be responsible for her emissions. But that doesnít negate my responsibility."

The "respectable" class attacks the lunacy of Alex Jones' nightmare scenarios about the top 5% of the world population wanting to exterminate the bottom 95%, but when leftists actually endorse a similar plan (actually pushing for Voluntary Human Self-Extinction), the "respectable" class pretends this is a reputable idea worth serious consideration.

Posted by Ace at 06:40 PM Comments

Terry Crews Names and Shames the "Top" Agency Exec Who He Says Groped Him


Crews filed a police report and says he may sue.

He ought to. The law won't let you deck a guy but it will let you put someone through the expensive, grueling one or two year process of a lawsuit.

A punch is a kindness compared to a lawsuit.

Crews identified the person who groped him as Adam Venit, a top executive at the William Morris agency. Crews, who was represented by the same agency, had never met Venit and says he was looking forward to meeting him for the first time at the February 2016 party.

"He looked me in my eyes and he was sticking his tongue out overtly sexually to me," Crews said. He continued, "I mean it was no mistake that this was a sexual type tongue move...and I'm thinking 'Is this a joke?' I'm thinking 'Is this how this guy breaks the ice?' I donít understand what this is.

"I reached my hand out and he takes his right hand and, under mine, immediately squeezes, grabs my genitals. I jump back 'Hey! Hey! Whoa!í And he jumps back and he still does this tongue stuff and heís making weird noises and he comes back again and grabs me again! I slapped his hand away, pushed him back more forcefully and I'm like 'What are you doing?!'

The whole incident took place with Crews' wife standing next to him. Immediately after the groping, he went to tell Adam Sandler who was also at the party (and was represented by Venit) what had occurred. Sandler hadn't witnessed the groping and was shocked at what Crews was describing. Later, as Crews was driving home, Sandler called to talk to him about what had happened.

Sandler gave Crews some tough but insightful advice: "A dooh ba dooh bah doo, ahhh, badoobah, adoobah doobey bah."

Posted by Ace at 05:25 PM Comments

CNN Partisan Shills Spin Clownishly For Molesting Clown Al Franken


A panel featuring Gloria Borger asserts this was no big deal, because he was a comedian, and as we know from Louis CK, comedians have special license to jerk off in front of women and/or grope them as they sleep.

And also jam their tongues in their mouths after being specifically told they don't even want to do a fake stage kiss-- something the leftist media keeps "forgetting" to note.

Borger admitted that "[i]t remains to be seen," but immediately went into spin mode by downplaying the fallout, stating that KABC radio host Leann Tweeden "did not call for him to step down or say he ought to step down" and didn't render an opinion upon being told an investigation had been launched.

From there, Borger continued proving this segment as one of political tribalism, declaring that what matters most is "the context in which all of this occurring, which is Moore -- Judge Moore -- and that has been, you know, brewing and percolating, whatever you want to say, for days and days and days."

She added that Tweeden's story will not be "the last" woman to come forward with disturbing allegations, but what came next from Borger was quite disturbing: "This is scratching the surface. He was not a member of the Congress at the time this occurred. He was just a comedian."

Video at the link, if you can stomach it.

Meanwhile, another one of the Clown News Network's reliable clowns thinks it's important that seven of Al Franken's staffers say he did not grope them, at least not when they were awake, anyways:

It's good to see that, not 72 hours of their Bravery in admitting maybe they covered up and spun for Bill Clinton's sex assaults and rape too much, they're right back to providing the same service for another lesser Democrat.

They truly are #TheElite and Super-Good at Thinking.

Posted by Ace at 04:14 PM Comments

Ohio State Supreme Court Justice and Current Candidate for Governor Speaks Up for All Franken, Saying "I've F***ed 50 Women"


He didn't say that. He said had sex with or whatever.

He also said he calls his dick "Rusty the Bailiff."

No he didn't.

But he did say these things.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a Democratic candidate for governor, apparently trying to head off any criticisms from his opponents, revealed what he says are his sexual escapades over the years on a Facebook post.

A post on O'Neill's official Facebook said he was speaking up "on behalf of all heterosexual males" after allegations against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken came to light Thursday. O'Neill, a Chagrin Falls native, said he had been "sexually intimate" with "approximately 50 very attractive females."

O'Neill said he was disappointed by the "national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago" and wanted to focus on the issues like legalizing marijuana and addressing opioid addiction. Over the last several weeks, numerous allegations of predatory sexual behavior against powerful men have come to light.

In his post, O'Neill went into detail about two of his sexual relationships, including one with a woman he said was a personal secretary to U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Sr. who was his "first true love," and a "drop dead gorgeous red head who was a senior adviser to Peter Lewis at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland."

In an interview with, O'Neill confirmed he wrote the post and defended Franken.

O'Neill also defended Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment from seven women, including molesting a 14-year-old girl.

" Roy Moore apparently seems to be a challenged individual when it comes to morality," O'Neill said. "I think that's very, very clear. He's been convicted of nothing and he's never had the opportunity to defend himself and that violates due process in America. The media is about to determine the election of a United States Senate campaign."

American politics are getting Trumpy in the most unexpected places, and I'm not sure that's all bad. I didn't really need to know about this self-conceived Lothario's cocksmanship, but then, I also didn't really need the pretend-virginal sanctimony about everything having to do with sex.

It's strange he's using (assumedly) consensual sexual revelations as part of his defense of Al Franken's non-consensual sex assault, and of Moore's alleged (alleged) touching of girls too young to consent. But the point about due process and elemental fairness is sound enough.

He got a lot of this type of criticism:

There's a very serious conversation going on right now in this country about sexual harassment and @BillForOhio's crass post is ill-timed and dismissive at best. We have to be better than this.

-- Mary Taylor (@MaryTaylorOH) November 17, 2017

Another New Maenad wrote:

"Sexual harassment, degrading and devaluing women is not a joke," Whaley posted in a tweet. "Justice O'Neill should resign."

Having sex with a woman who wants to have sex with you is degrading to her?

Why? Because men are the enemy and, as Diversity and Comics says about SJW Marvel's strange stance on opposite-sex pairings, "Heterosexuality is never the answer"?

Although the Neo Virgin League tries to obscure this fact, let me let you in on a little secret:

Sometimes women actively want to have sex.

And I don't just mean with their fellow female librarians and Jezebel editors.

Some women -- prepare for a shock -- want to have sex with men, specifically, and actually like men, both sexually and even non-sexually.

Like they like talking to them and stuff.

They like men as like, you know, people they're emotionally close to.

Also, while the secret is out that men like women sexually, many men do not in fact enjoy rape or harassment, and some men also like women for their non-sexual attributes. Believe it or not, a man and a woman, both heterosexual, can actually talk for several hours with no talk of sex and no thoughts of sex, either. (Well, to be honest, the guy might think about it once or twice, but mostly in a brief "Could I...?" hypothetical, narcissistic-goal-counting kind of way. Not in any kind of serious "I must have this wench" Conan-esque way.)

A lot of people have this weird idea that heterosexual relationships are generally positive things not filled with beatings and rapes and constant gender-warring.

Crazy, I know! But it does happen. Of the 20 billion people who've lived on earth (just a wild assed guess), you'd gotta think at least 1% of those couplings were of the non-rape variety.

Or is that guesstimate too high?

Anyway, don't get me wrong, I find this guy's oversharing a little bit weird myself. But maybe I just find it a little bit weird because I expect our "leadership class" to always present itself as some kind of sexless caste of earthbound overlord angels.

I guess at some point, when you're just sick to death of the relentless virginal sugar-wouldn't-melt-in-my-mouth bullshit, all the preening and posturing and virtue signalling and superiority dancing, a little bit of off-color oversharing is at least a palate cleanser.

Like succulent ginger, with big boobs.

Coming soon: Your next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

By the way, Bill O'Neill, the Hard Justice, Chief Magistrate of the Penal Colony, Foreman of the Hung Jury, this human Frank Frazetta painting of a barbarian defeating an army of vaginas, the man who proved that Justice may be blind but that don't mean she don't like The D...

...looks a lot like this:


I don't use the word "hero" lightly, but: Hero.

"Fifty" isn't exactly a Wilt Chamberlain-level stat, but it's pretty good when you consider the challenges this tireless striver had to overcome.

Like they say in the pros: You can't teach heart.

I wasn't going to lift today, because I got three and a half hours sleep and I really need my daily 8, but this walking, breathing HGTV show Flippin' Vag and/or Beaver Hunters International has inspired me to jack some iron anyway.

State Justice Bill O'Neill

He's not the hero this city deserves. But he is the hero dickin' a zaftig waitress behind the DQ, and that's somethin'.

Posted by Ace at 02:36 PM Comments

Chairman of Florida Democrat Party Resigns Over Charges of Making Women Feel "Uncomfortable"


And I don't think he means "uncomfortable with a throbbing, primal passion."

Via Hot Air, here's some the crap he did, reported by POLITICO:

Six former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants say that current party Chairman Stephen Bittel has created an unprofessional workplace environment for women that includes persistent inappropriate comments, leering at young women and even inviting them on his private jet.

The women, who were reached independently by POLITICO and insisted on anonymity out of fear for their jobs, said Bittel never inappropriately touched or threatened them. But he made them feel so uneasy that they didn't want to be alone with him due to his body language, suggestive remarks and even the breast-shaped stress squeeze-ball he has been known to keep on his desk.

As the media continues spinning for powerful media liberals and liberal politicians, they'll simultaneously keep asking "Who is responsible for making these men think they can get away with this?"

Rather than admitting, "Oh right, it's us; everytime a Hollywood actor donates to Planned Parenthood and rapes a woman, we cover it up, and everytime a liberal champion-of-women president rapes a woman, we cover that up too," they'll decide the group responsible for encouraging predators to hunt more aggressively is... Republicans, of course.

Trump voters. Deplorable! Sad!

Posted by Ace at 01:40 PM Comments

SJW Marvel No More? Disney Fires Editor in Chief; Instead of Promoting Also-an-SWJ Second in Command, Disney Goes Outside the Leadership Chain to Put the "Talent Liaison" in Charge


Oh, don't believe the "SJW Marvel No More." It's my theory that Disney is responding to SJW attacks on its profitable movies by giving the SJWs its not-very-profitable stupid comic books.

The comics are being sacrificed on the Bonfire of the Social Justice Vanities so that the movies can keep having those damnably cisnormative, toxically-masculine straight males playing the heroes.

Men who like icky things like hammers and heavy-metal tech and vaginas and stuff.

If you remember, Marvel Comics president Ira Perlmutter appeared with Trump to give him a check for "the veterans" when he did that counter-programming stunt, appearing at "for the vets" fundraiser in a broadcast competing with the debate he was boycotting. Ira Perlmutter does not seem then like the kind of guy to give the order to turn every straight superhero gay and replace every male superhero with a female version.

No, I'm pretty sure this is Disney. Pure corrupt leftwing Disney.

While this transgenders-are-superheroes-if-you-think-about-it initiative was greeted by many of Marvel's hard leftist "creators," this really wasn't Marvel Comics' corporate decision. I think the word came down from the real Corporate Masters, the leftwing ideologues of Disney, to placate the hard left by setting the comics on fire with stupidity and leftist politics.

While Iron Man remains male and profitable in the movies, they'll continue Iron Man's gender/racial transition into a black teenaged girl in the comics. Because no one reads those any more (thanks largely to Marvel's give-the-comics-to-the-lunatic-SJWs corporate strategy).

So okay, SJW Marvel is still on. However, at least the failed team that brought two disastrous years has been shunted aside for a Talent Liaison -- what a slap in the face to the current leadership team. At least their failures are now acknowledged.

But that new leader will just try to bring a Fresh Hot Take to the Same Tired Social Justice Bullshit Disney wants Marvel comics to do.

The new guy will put into place a whole series of exciting new failures he's been itching to see fail in print.

This is about rebranding, not remaking. They just want to give some new hype line to the company -- "MARVEL IS BACK!!!" or "EXCELSIOR ETERNAL!!!" some bullshit -- while doing the same stupid shit.

There's no reason to change Disney's corporate strategy of sacrificing the weak member of the herd to protect the strong member.

Let's face it: It works. The movies make billions and the comic books make... well, they make deadweight in the discount bins. It's like throwing an old tuna fish sandwich behind you when a pack of jackals is chasing you. Who gives a shit about the stinky tuna fish sandwich? The important thing is getting the important, revenue-generating asset -- your actual body and life -- out of the line of sight of the jackals.

Posted by Ace at 12:26 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



"For the apparel oft proclaims the man." Yeah, I wrote that. It took awhile, but it was worth the trouble.

How come you people worry about this stuff? I guess everything else is just perfect in your world. But if it is so perfect, how come I sometimes have to throw poo to get fed?

Dr. Martens Portland billboard evokes white supremacist symbol, activists say

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Dr. Martens with red or white laces in the "Racist Skinhead Glossary."

You lost me right there buddy. Anyone who cites that notoriously anti-American, racist, classist, communist organization loses all credibility.
According to Randy Blazak, chair of Oregon's Coalition Against Hate Crime and a criminologist who specializes in hate groups, Dr. Martens have been connected to racist skinheads since the 1970s.

Really? Because punks on the West Coast wore Doc Martens, and the ones in the Bay Area sure weren't racist. Quite the opposite. But they wore the same boots? As a symbol? Really?
Black Dr. Martens with white shoelaces are a symbol of "general white power," Blazak said over the phone Thursday.

"The idea," he continued, "is that you graduate from white laces to red laces once you've spilled somebody's blood."

Blazak said he knows Dr. Martens has been working to distance itself from the racist skinhead image and he is surprised it would allow an ad like this to be displayed, especially in Portland.

"In Portland, where we're tagged as 'Skinhead City,'" he said, "it's triggering."

So how about the droopy-pants look that is affected by thugs in the inner cities who actually kill people? Can I claim that is a trigger for law-abiding folks whose most fervent desire is that they not be murdered?

How about clothing companies that advertise blue or red clothing? Can I say it triggers those in the crossfire of Crips and Bloods gang violence?

Inner city gang violence dwarfs the dangers of white supremacists, real or imagined. When was the last time you read about a racist skinhead committing an act of violence? Because you can pick up any newspaper in America and read about ghetto murders and violence. Every day.

But complaining about minority-on-minority violence doesn't get you headlines. Besides, these people don't give a shit about democrat strongholds like Chicago and Newark and Oakland. They can kill each other with impunity as long as they are reliable in the voting booths.

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Posted by CBD at 11:30 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Pyramid Of Skulls
Paul Cézanne

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 11/17/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. The weekend is here and what a week it has turned out to be. The Establishment narrative has been turned on its ear with the revelations and the admissions by Democrat Senator Al Franken that he groped and sexually assaulted at least two women. And while this has stunned DC, the smear campaign against Roy Moore is crumbling around them and support for the judge in Alabama is stiffening and perhaps on the upswing. From a political standpoint, the Democrat/Media complex's only option would be to rid themselves of Franken and have the Democrat governor of Minnesota just pick a successor. This is what a number of Democrats are calling for - and not because they are upstanding, moral citizens of outstanding character; it's because they cannot now afford to be looked upon as hypocrites. This also partially explains the rush to obliterate the fantasy of the Bill Clinton years, the other reason is to muzzle Hillary who will not fade away quietly. The press in the other hand seems to be completely tone-deaf and still thinks they have the power to shape the narrative. They don't, and they are continuing to ignore the first rule of holes by defending (to the extent they can) Franken. And of course, this all is supposed to have one root cause: Donald Trump. Keep f***ing that chicken, media, all the way to next November and 2020.

In other big news, the House has passed the trillion-plus dollar tax plan with 13 Republicans voting "no," while in the Senate the bill has cleared the finance committee. If Mitch McConnell values his political hide, he had better make sure that the Momzer Brigade headed by McStains, Corker and now Ron Johnson gets in line or else it is not only his doom but the death knell of the GOP.

And speaking of Hillary, the FBI's Uranium 1 informant has stepped forward and is eager to testify, but this presumes that Jeff Sessionzzzzzzz is willing to call for a special prosecutor to move forward and grill Hillary. So far, Snoozy has indicated he'll sleep on that for the duration. Sheesh.

Just for fun, if the Carnegie Deli had a sandwich named for Al Franken, it would be aged, fatty tongue, shmear of schmaltz, on two sourdough rolls with two fried eggs on top, forcibly jammed down your throat. That's your cue to create your own variations.

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

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:11 AM Comments

Grab Bag ONT


Weirddave the COB
The wonderful wonderful COB
Whenever he gets in a fix
he reaches into his bag of trix
Weirddave the the COB
The wonderful wonderful COB
You'll laugh so hard your sides will ache
your heart will go pitter pat
That's Weirddave, he's the wonderful COB

Lets see what the bag of ONT trix holds tonight, eh? Bag's a little bare, I had a whole week's worth of links and stuff for tonight and tomorrow's ONT ready, but a browser crash made me lose it all, so I'm starting from scratch. Maybe we can start with the perils of aerial photography.

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Washington Post Offers Totally Unexpected and Novel Hot Take: Al Franken's Sins are Just One Man's Failings, But Republican Sins Are Borne By Each and Every Member of the Party


Don't bother clicking on this; that's just what they want. I think the sub-head explains their take well-enough.

We've seen this Narrative too many times to count. When Cold Cash Jefferson was found with a load of bribe money in his fridge, that didn't get much coverage, and the coverage it got just made it about Cold Cash Jefferson himself.

But when Jack Abramoff was found donating to Republicans, that was a Culture of Corruption that applied to the entire GOP. In fact, even though one of the biggest beneficiaries of Abramoff's donations was Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid, Reid was simply edited out of the stories to make the Narrative stick.

And now we have Franken forcibly sticking his tongue town and unwilling woman's throat -- alleged -- and groping her sleeping body in a sexually humiliating way (proven and then admitted).

But see Democrats just have a single "issue," whereas Republicans have an "enduring problem."

With all the leftists who just days ago tried to pretend to be Brave Truth-Tellers admitting that they covered up for a likely rapist -- Bil Clinton -- you'd think this narrative would at least be tweaked.

Which party featured an adulterer, harasser of waitresses (forming "human sandwiches" with fellow Democrat Senator Chris Dodd) and actual manslaughterer of a woman? Ted Kennedy, obviously.

Which party featured a Majority Leader (Bob Packwood) who had to resign in disgrace for also shoving his tongue down women's mouths?

Which party had as president a credibly accused rapist as their standard-bearer for decades, and did not feel any need to denounce him until both his and his wife's political utility was exhausted?

And given the number of liberal men who the media has admitted got some or many free passes for harassments, assaults, and rapes precisely due to their status as donors to Planned Parenthood -- shouldn't the media say it's the Democrats and progressives who have the institutional protection-racket-for-abusers here?

In fact, don't the Democrats -- and their dogged defense of a man some of them now admit was likely a rapist, and a sexual harasser at a minimum -- serve as an inducement for liberal men to take advantage of women, having seen that if you just throw enough money into Planned Parenthood and against the NRA, the liberals in the media will cover up for you?

Didn't the Democrats and the Democrat Media -- including the Washington Post, which, remember, was as stalwart a Clinton defender as Gloria Steinem -- actually nurture and further the Culture of Rape?

Jim Geraghty wonders about that here, quoting even Admirer of Men's Trouser Creases David Brooks who asks (paraphrased): Isn't it possible that progressive would-be molesters, seeing that a prominent Democrat could not only get away with rape but be heralded for decades after as a Champion of the Party, were inspired to turn their fantasies into action precisely due to Democrat/Media cover-ups of such scandals?

There is no greater inducement to a would-be thief than a sleepy or winking policeman.

And the media doesn't just keep covering up for Democratic sexual abuse. Days after many of them "bravely" admitted what anyone with a brain admitted ten years ago, they once again go into overdrive to cover-up for the next Democrat sexual abuser.

And they they'll blame Republicans for creating and nurturing this "Climate of Harassment."

Democracy Dies in Darkness, huh?

Open thread.

Posted by Ace at 07:19 PM Comments

Atlas Robot Shows Jumping Ability, Including Ability to Execute Backflips


While we'll always need human soldiers, there's nothing that says human soldiers have to be the first through the door, or the first down a street that may harbor a sniper.

Update: The Atlas robot has just tweeted that Al Franken molested it when it was in low-power mode.

Posted by Ace at 05:52 PM Comments

Media Stops Embargoing Coverage of Menendez Corruption Trial Just Long Enough to Say The Jury is Hung


Good thing they didn't report on all the corrupt money and trips flowing to Menendez and the big favors (like agitating for the government to give his "friend" millions in overbilled Medicaid charges), but only now nutshell it as "jury could not come to a conclusion on the charges, whatever they were (and don't worry about what they were, Ignorant Citizen)."

So, the Democrat cultists who voted to acquit him (I'm guessing they're Democrats) may have relied on a Supreme Court decision in the McDonnell corruption case stating that only quids directly linked to a quo count as corruption.

In this case, Menendez' "pal" Meglen plied him with lots of money and free jet rides to exotic locales, building up what you could be called "markers" to be called in later. But because these markers were not expressly, at the time they were handed out, stated to be For the Specific Purpose of Corrupt Action X, but were left blank, allowing Melgen to call them in for any favor, then it's... not bribery?

That makes no sense and essentially writes "bribery" out of the US Code entirely.

The prosecution attempted to argue their way around this stating that a "stream of inducements" (cash, plane rides, stays in scenic villas) resulted in a stream of favors, linking a "stream" of quids with a stream of quos; but I guess the cultish Democrats, pledged to #TheResistance voted to acquit him because, as CNN "Republican" Anna Navarro said, Bob Menendez is "part of the family."

Some tough questions here -- how do we make bribery a crime again, and how do we keep it a specific enough crime that not every donor who comes calling for a favor at a later date is part of a bribery scheme? Because, let's face it, many donors who fork over more than a thousand bucks or so do expect not just an ideological result of their donation, but a personal favor to be called in at a later date. Maybe they don't have any specific request at the time of the donation, but if they find government hostile to something they want later on, they're gonna expect their Pet Senators to do something.

Also, kudos to the media for not reporting on this story at all until they could claim some (inconclusive) vindiction for a fellow corrupt Democrat.

Oh, and speaking of bribes: Why won't Glenn Simpson open his books to allow Congress to see if his business included cash money payments to "journalists" for running his stories?

Oh, I Forgot: Below, Bob Menendez threatens to "remember" those Democrats who thought he was guilty of bribery. Which is a dangerous thing, given that he's a Senator still, and has shown a propensity to lobby for government to take action in his or his "pal's" interests.

Posted by Ace at 04:32 PM Comments

Media Actually Rushing to Al Franken's Defense


ABC News' alleged "proud independent" (who just happens to favor liberal policy positions and liberal narratives) Chief Political Analyst:

He's actually praising Franken's "I molested her as a joke and I don't recall having jammed my tongue down her throat (though I'm not denying that, exactly)" defense:

Note Franken's defense is that his groping was a "joke." Also note Franken only admitted that which cannot be denied, as there is photographic proof of it.

His accuser also says Franken contrived a "sketch" where he'd get to kiss her and would not take no for an answer as far as a real kiss. Eventually, she says, he forcibly jammed his tongue down her throat, which isn't even done in "Hollywood kisses" (where the actors just open their mouths and move them around a bit, tongues tucked will inside their own mouths).

"This is a statement of a man"? No, Matthew J. Dowd. This is the statement of a cornered fellow progressive you are trying to praise for having forcibly tongue-kissed and then groped.

And by the way, don't overlookd that "forcible tongue kiss" thing. A tongue kiss is not "just a kiss" the way other kisses are. Especially when the woman has repeatedly told you she's not even interested in doing a stage (fake) kiss or a mere peck on the lips.

Kissing does not have to be sexual and I'd generally call it a very low level of "Harassment," if harassment at all. But a tongue kiss is penetrative and definitely sexual.

Kids call it first base. Or they did when I was a kid.

Don't forget, prostitutes will let you have sex with them but generally forbid kissing. Because there's a level of intimacy there they just find a little too intimate.

And they're generally permitting strangers to have sex with them.

Does anyone think this "man" would have admitted the undeniable if there was no photographic proof of it?

CNN's Gloria Borger, allegedly an objective analyst, but as progressive and Democrat as Al Franken's hands are grabby and his tongue is pushy:

NBC's "reporter" Kasie Hunt:

They're doing their all to minimize this and even praise Franken for it.

Coming soon: Nina Burleigh offers a blowjob to Al Franken for his heroic efforts in stopping molestation in the military, at least when he's not molesting women while on military transport planes.

Posted by Ace at 02:52 PM Comments

Melanie Morgan: I Was Also Stalked and Harassed by Al Franken; I'll Give Details Soon


I don't think this kind of very-blue joke pitched on SNL is really evidence, but 1, I don't care if it's fair or not, this is war, and 2, I'll leave it for you to decide.

And now ist ze Time on Schprocketts when ve comb through Al Frahnken's statements to see him fulminating about sexual assaults in ze military.

Meanwhile... The House is voting on the tax reform bill, and has the votes to pass.

Below, a live feed of the voting.

(I'll do a separate post on this later, but I wanted to put up the live news of the vote now.)

Update: The Tax Reform & Jobs bill is now Passed out of the House.

Al Franken will be groping it within minutes.

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Al Franken Is a Big Fat Sex Criminal


A reporter accuses Franken of kissing and groping her against her will.

In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a Ďlittle piece of homeí to servicemembers stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege.


Franken had written some skits for the show and brought props and costumes to go along with them. Like many USO shows before and since, the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience.

As a TV host and sports broadcaster, as well as a model familiar to the audience from the covers of FHM, Maxim and Playboy, I was only expecting to emcee and introduce the acts, but Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along.

When I saw the script, Franken had written a moment when his character comes at me for a 'kiss'. I suspected what he was after, but I figured I could turn my head at the last minute, or put my hand over his mouth, to get more laughs from the crowd.

On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, "We need to rehearse the kiss." I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, 'Relax Al, this isnít SNLÖwe don't need to rehearse the kiss."

He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.

He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said 'OK' so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.

I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn't be so nice about it the next time.

I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.

I felt disgusted and violated.

Not long after, I performed the skit as written, carefully turning my head so he couldn't kiss me on the lips.


At the time I didnít want to cause trouble...

I tried to let it go, but I was angry.

Other than our dialogue on stage, I never had a voluntary conversation with Al Franken again. I avoided him as much as possible and made sure I was never alone with him again for the rest of the tour.

Franken repaid me with petty insults, including drawing devil horns on at least one of the headshots I was autographing for the troops.

But he didn't stop there.

The tour wrapped and on Christmas Eve we began the 36-hour trip home to L.A. After 2 weeks of grueling travel and performing I was exhausted. When our C-17 cargo plane took off from Afghanistan I immediately fell asleep, even though I was still wearing my flak vest and Kevlar helmet.

It wasnít until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one:

I couldn'y believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.

I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated.

How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it's funny?

I told my husband everything that happened and showed him the picture.

Franken is claiming the event for which there is documentary proof for was "Just a joke," because groping an unconscious woman is funny (do you get it?!), but is denying the forcible kissing.

Actually he's not denying it: He's using the Kevin Spacey Defense of just saying "My recollection differs" and then not saying anything more. I suppose he'll next be telling us he intends to live his life as a gay man.

Mitch McConnell isn't buying that and has called for a Senate ethics probe:

I think it's time to expel Al Franken from the Senate.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



So the law-abiding people who turn in their guns are the ones responsible for gun crime? And the more guns they turn in, the less gun crime there will be? So why has gun crime gone up? I don't understand! I think I'll fling some poo...maybe that will help me think.

Firearms amnesty as UK gun crime rises 27% this year

The amnesty comes less than a month after national figures revealed the number of crimes involving firearms in England and Wales increased by 27% to 6,696 in the year ending June 2017.

Many firearms are "held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality" and are often left forgotten in people's homes, according to the National Ballistic Intelligence Service (Nabis), which is co-ordinating the surrender.

Others are acquired through criminal networks and handing them in could save lives, the service added.

I have been working diligently to remove the phrase, "You can't possibly be this fvcking stupid!" from my political discussions, but there is no way on earth anything could prevent me from blurting that out if I were to be so unlucky as to chat with anyone involved in that statement.

Do they not see the logical flaw in their point? If a firearm is held "in innocence," or is simply forgotten, it beggars belief that it is also the weapon used in one of the crimes that make up a 27% increase!

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Portrait Of A Woman Reading
Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi

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The Morning Report 11/16/17

—J.J. Sefton


Good morning kids. Lots of content so let's dive right in. First up is tax reform and we have the forthright and principled Ron Johnson who has announced he will vote "no" on any tax bill. What a guy. There are a couple of issues wrapped up in this that I want to separate and examine individually. First up, there is the political aspect and repercussions of this bill. Irrespective of what is actually in the bill, if the GOP does not finally get together and give the President a political victory, the GOP will massively shoot itself in the foot to ring in the crucial midterm election year of 2018.

From a policy standpoint, without getting into the minutiae of what is actually in this bill, we are constantly barraged with the same class warfare language, especially the notion of having to "pay" for tax cuts and "revenue neutral." This makes what's left of my hair hurt. That money is ours to begin with. We earned it; you shake us down to fuel the graft machine. Accepting the notion of the government always growing is hateful. Here's an idea; how about cutting the budget by the amount of money you graciously allow us slaves to keep, your majesties? (*Pukes*) In any case, from all accounts the meat of the bill is just tinkering around the edges. The notion of killing the individual mandate because it is after all a tax, and the law of the land, per Chief Justice Roberts, is a delicious irony that I hope the Democrats choke on.

Moving along we still have the Roy Moore "scandal." When you strip away the media circus distraction, what we have is the shaping up of a battle royal between the Steve Bannon faction and Mitch McConnell Deep Staters. Forgetting what you think of Roy Moore personally, he is a threat to the status quo on every level, culturally and politically. Therefore, he must be destroyed and his destruction is intended to send a message to anyone who dare challenge the established order (does all this sound familiar?). By all accounts, Steve Bannon is not going wobbly and Mo Brooks has declared his support for Moore for all the right reasons.

In the midst of all this, we have a couple of pieces, one by our favorite Daniel Greenfield, about why the sudden collective Leftist mea culpa about Bill Clinton. Hint: it's to place the blame for the decades-long Leftist sexual assault epidemic squarely on the shoulders of Donald Trump, via Roy Moore.

I have a trio of second amendment-related links. While John Cornyn (BI) and Chris Murphy (PARTISAN) are super close to a new gun control bill, we find out that Obama's DoJ could've cared less about prosecuting those wanting to obtain illegal weapons and the psycho shooter from northern California despite being denied permission to own guns made them at home. Unreal.

Lastly of note, as Leftist tyrant Robert Mugabe cools his heels in a Zimbabwean jail, we have reports that another Communist luminary, Charles Manson, is clinging to life in a California hospital. May both of them suffer a lingering, excruciating death followed by an eternity roasting in the Infernal Reaches.

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

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (11/15/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Roll On Down The Highway)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw

Quote II

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. Theodore Roosevelt

Quote III

Who the fuck does he think he is? Who's the fucking superpower here? US President Bill Clinton

Clinton's response in 1996 after being lectured by Bibi Netanyahu on the Middle East.

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Robert Mugabe Deposed (or At Least "Sidelined" By Military) After 37 Years of Tyrannical Rule


I did not see this coming. Yid With Lid reminds us we have Jimmy Carter to thank for Mugabe.

Both he and his wife have been "detained," which is a bad position for a dictator to be in.

Residents along the streets of this capital city grappled with a new reality Wednesday after the military sidelined President Robert Mugabe, its leader for the past 37 years.

Once heralded for seizing power from British rule and the nation's white elites, the 93-year-old's tenure in recent years has been marked by human rights abuses and economic collapse in what was once one of the African continent's most promising and prosperous nations.

"Mugabe was president since I was born," said Kudakwashe Gore, 32, a mechanic. "He was spoiling his legacy by failing to pass on the baton."

Military forces detained Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, and his wife, Grace Mugabe, 52, and placed them under house arrest early Wednesday after weeks of political tumult rocked the nation.

"I am excited that the Mugabe dictatorial era has come to an end," said George Makoni, 37, a media advocacy officer at a non-governmental organization. "I am also afraid this political uncertainty could lead to anarchy and chaos if not properly managed."

The video that auto-plays with that second article has a representative from the military saying that Mugabe is only detained for his own "security" while they round up the "criminals" around him.

Yeah I don't know about that.

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Supreme Court To Review California Law That Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise for Abortion Providers


I think I botched this yesterday when I said the Supreme Court was reviewing a law that said abortion centers had to provide information about pre-natal care centers.

Nope. It looks like this law, in California and California's prison bitch Hawaii, forces pro-life pregnancy counseling centers to talk up the benefits of abortion.

n 2015, California passed a law forcing privately funded pro-life pregnancy centers to promote taxpayer-funded abortions, threatening crippling fines for noncompliance. That edict is now under review by the Supreme Court.

The Monday announcement that SCOTUS will hear pro-lifersí challenge to the so-called "Reproductive FACT Act" comes just two weeks after a California superior court judge granted an injunction against the law on grounds that it violates the state's Declaration of Rights.

Now, a long-fought battle to keep the Golden State from forcing its pro-life citizens to choose between obeying conscience or the law of the land is on its way to Washington DC for a final decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra.

Oh, but the 9th Circus said it passed muster.

I don't think the Supreme Court will agree.

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Democrat Representative Jackie Speier Says House Has Paid Out $15 Million to Resolve Sexual Harassment Claims Against Congressmen and Staffers in Past 10-15 Years, But This Is Kept Secret From Public


Well, let's have it all out then.

So says Lindsey Graham, too, to which Instapundit replies: "They must be Democrats, huh?"

Meanwhile, a Democrat Colorado state representative is accused by ten women of sexual harassment. Pulling a page from his dog-eared copy of The Clinton Defense For Dummies, he says he's the real victim here.

A Democratic Colorado state representative embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal claims that he is being "blackmailed and coerced" and says that he fears for his life as his "rights have been violated."

Rep. Steve Lebsock (D-Thornton) allegedly became sexually aggressive toward Democratic colleague Rep. Faith Winter at a party in 2016, after she spurned his sexual advances, The Denver Post reported.

"He used explicit and suggestive language about how happy we could make each other and didn't we deserve to be happy --it was in the end of session," Winter said as she recounted the incident with Lebsock. "(He began) describing different sexual acts that we could do, and I turned him down. And the more I turned him down, the more aggressive and angry he got. He was standing over me. He was saying things like, 'Why can't you just leave? This is good for both of us, I know you can make me feel happy.'"

"I know you can make my dick happy" is pretty low on the list of Most Effective Pick-Up lines.

I think most women understand that implicitly. I think a good pick-up line would suggest that maybe there's something in it for them as well.

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Oh Boy: Really Hinky Plan Being Talked About to Save the Alabama Senate Seat


An NRSC (National Republican Senate Committee) says the race now stands at Jones 51, Moore 39.

I know some will say the NRSC has a vested interest in pushing out a dooming poll for Moore, and I can't disagree. However, it can also be the case that they're taking shots at a ship that's already going down.

Luther Strange denies he's been approached about a convoluted, and, I gotta say, illegal-sounding gambit to delay the election apparently being talked up by some people (unidentified).

The plan would supposedly work like this--

Wait, before I get to explaining it, I have to say, if it seems like it doesn't make any sense, that's only because it doesn't make any sense.

Anyway, it would work like this if it worked, which it will not:

Luther Strange resigns from his seat early.

The governor declares the seat open and appoints another replacement Senator.

Because a replacement senator has now been appointed, the governor... then cancels the current election and declares the election to fill the seat will happen later.

I... don't think you can do this when you've already scheduled the election for the replacement to finish Jeff Sessions' term.

There's going to be presser from Alabama by Moore's people (if not Moore himself) 'later this hour." I thought it was scheduled for 4pm but I guess it's been pushed back a ways.

I assume he's going to say "I'm not going anywhere so I'm the only chance you've got."

BTW: Last night, both Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity laid into Moore for his deflections and non-denials.

I don't speak to those guys or anything. I just felt it in the air.

Oh, reportedly Steve Bannon has been asking people in his "inner circle" for their thoughts on whether these claims are true. I'm not in on that either.

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We Need to Talk About Uncle Joe


Joe Biden, serial young girl-toucher.

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Another Lawless Judge: Federal Government Cannot Withhold Federal Grants from Cities Just Because They Defy Federal Law on "Sanctuary Cities"


You don't have a country when half of the country believes it can live in open defiance of the law.

In a 128-page injunction, Senior United States District Judge Michael Baylson said Department of Justice (DOJ) law enforcement grants can't be withheld from Philadelphia because it refuses full cooperation with federal authorities on immigration, the news outlet reported. ...

In his ruling, Baylson said Philadelphia proved that withholding the grant money would cause irreparable damage, as part of it is used by first responders who provide life-saving naloxone to victims of opioid overdose, according to Inquirer reporter Jeremy Roebuck.

Still, the amount of money in question was just $1.4 million out of a $4.4 billion city budget, according to the Inquirer.

When at least half, probably two thirds, of the current government is part of #TheResistance against the actual legally-empowered government, it's time to confess we no longer have a shared civic culture and we are no longer one people under the law or in sentiment and take a mature attitude towards a peaceable division.

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Now That Bill Clinton's Usefulness Is Done, and His Accuser-Attacking Wife Is Not Only Done But Must Be Forced Out, Democrat "Feminists" Find the Courage to Believe Juanita


Suppose I borrow your riding lawnmower.

Then I keep it for three months.

Then you ask for the riding lawnmower back, and I say: "I already returned your riding lawnmower. You must have have forgotten, and then lost it."

You say you have no memory of that. I say, "Well, I just told you, you must have forgotten. There you go, forgetting again! Boy, you forget a lot. You should take some pills or something."

You point out the riding lawnmower in my garage, and I say "Oh yeah, well I liked yours, and so I bought the exact same model." You point out that the riding lawnmower in my garage is not new, but used, and that it has the same dents and scratches that yours does, and I say, "I just explained those dents and scratches two minutes ago." You say that I never "explained" that, as the subject just came up, and I say, "Sure I did. We talked about this five minutes ago. You must have forgotten. There you go forgetting everything again, Mr. Forgetty-Head!"

I insist that this is my lawnmower, and that you must have misplaced your own large semi-vehicle after I returned it. Because of all the Forgetting you do (which you're not even aware of, because you forgot you forget so much).

Afterwards, you see me every Sunday riding your lawnmower, mowing my lawn, sipping a tall cold glass of lemonade as I do. I even wink at you as I turn towards your house.

Now, 20 years later, "my" riding lawnmower breaks down and cannot be repaired. It's taking up precious space in my garage and would cost me money to throw it out because, I don't know, we're in California, and they charge a tax to dispose of dangerous polymers in the lawnmower's starter cord. There's like a $150 Dangerous Polymer Disposal tax.

Now I come to you and say, "Hey, I just remembered -- this is your riding lawnmower. I must have had a big brainfart when I claimed I returned yours and bought my own. Oh boy, boy is my face red. What a boner. So, here you go, here's this now worthless piece of crap back. Please get it out of my garage and pay the state the tax for riding lawnmower disposal."

Pretty much exactly what the Democrats are doing with Clinton. They are trying hard to push Hillary off the stage and make it clear that she will not be permitted to run for office again. And they have this wreckage sitting in their garage that blocks them from making accusations against political opponents they want to make.

So all of a sudden, they've realized say, this was your riding lawnmower, please take it away, gee how about that, and they want to be called Brave for telling the truth just weeks after the thing they lied ludicrously about for 20 years suddenly lost every single ounce of value to them and in fact became a liability to them.

More on progressive "feminists'" attempts to return the brokedown pieces-of-shit here.

Oh: A common refrain in these pieces is progressives' blaming Conservatives for progressive lying about Clinton -- they claim that conservatives ensorcelled them to lie, somehow.

Matt Yglesias, who has previously confessed he'd proudly lie to advance a partisan interest, claims that conservatives made him lie:

Speaking of another "brave" column, Phil Klein writes:

So Brave:

Update: More from the Daily Caller.

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition



And you think flinging poo is disgusting? I'm a monkey, I don't know any better, but this is worse!

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Mid-Morning Open Thread


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Order Of Release
John Everett Millais

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The Morning Report 11/15/17

—J.J. Sefton


BREAKING: Mugabe Reported Detained by Military, Whereabouts Unknown; Officials Deny Coup in Zimbabwe as Exiled VP Returns

Good morning kids. Above the fold, we have breaking news that at long last the nation-killing cancer of Robert Mugabe may at last have been excised from what was formerly known as Rhodesia and is now Zimbabwe. For those too young to remember, before the coming of Mugabe, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe was once the breadbasket of Africa. Without getting into too much of a history lesson, it was the stupidity of surprise! Jimmy Carter that led to the installation of a tyrant who for the past 37 years raped an entire nation. From a fantastic 10-part series Investors Business Daily published back in 2007 chronicling the then worst president in US history...

In Rhodesia, Carter kept up sanctions begun under his predecessors. But he went further by undermining the election of Bishop Abel Muzorewa as prime minister in 1979 to protest the exclusion of candidate Robert Mugabe. In response to Carter's pressure, new elections were held, giving Mugabe the victory he has held onto as Africa's worst dictator. Thank you, Jimmy Carter.

In a not unrelated story below, Venezuela, which at one point was the Rhodesia of South America from an economic standpoint, is now officially bust. Here's hoping Venezuela does not have to go the full Mugabe before sanity is restored and that, pace Stevie Wonder, peace can finally come to Zimbabwe. Obviously the situation is still fluid so stay tuned for updates as and when they develop.

And now back to our regularly scheduled meshugas:

Still in the lead obviously is the Roy Moore high-tech lynching. Ace had a rather sobering post about next steps and ramifications. I still maintain that while I respect all women who allege sexual misconduct, the accused is still innocent until proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that he is guilty. Now we learn that the Strange campaign tried verifying and using these allegations in the runoff election but that they failed. Where was the media and Gloria Allred at that point? In any case, Strange is still maintaining his lead over the Democrat but with several weeks to go, that gap may tighten and, G-d forbid, disappear, although several polls are suggesting that Moore's support is actually stiffening because of a general distrust of the media. As I have postulated, and I'm no great brain, this whole thing stinks of Mitch McConnell and the Establishment. And once again, Rush Limbaugh has been cribbing my notes (yeah, sure):

Well, whether Judge Moore did the deed or deeds or not, what's really happening here, folks, if you really want to know - I mean, it's a multifaceted search-and-destroy mission here, but what's really driving this - do not doubt me on this - what's really driving this is Mitch McConnell saying to Steve Bannon, "Really? You think you're gonna get your guys elected? You think you're gonna get your guys elected and me kicked outta here? Really? Seriously? Okay, watch this."

Don't forget that Judge Moore, Trump did not endorse him, but Steve Bannon, I don't know, enforced, chose, got behind, supports, what have you, and Bannon has been very up front about the objective he has, and that is to get Mitch McConnell out of the Senate. Even if all we had was one allegation against Judge Moore, this was gonna be it for Judge Moore, didn't matter, because this is now being used to send a message to Bannon and his group that you think you're gonna get rid of me, well, take a look at what's gonna happen every time you try.

Lots of other stories are breaking, including accusations by Leftist congress critter Jackie Speier that a Democrat and GOP congressman are harassing females in the House, to which Mark Levin has demanded McConnell and Ryan step down. Heh

AG Sessionzzzzzz testified before Congress and the Democrats put on a puerile, disgusting display of abject Roland Freisler-like demagoguery. Lastly, there was a shooting at a California school that has left five people dead and at least 10 wounded. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (11/14/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(The ONT will be better)


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

The Democrats circle the wagons around their perverts, do everything they can to protect ’em, and the Republicans can’t wait to throw ’em all overboard. The simple fact of the matter is the Republican Party wants this guy gone, but he’s not gonna leave. Rush Limbaugh

Quote II

We have a Navy that can't sail its ships; we have a United States Army Military Academy that is graduating people who are openly communist and anti-American. And now a man who betrays his country, who deserts his men in the face of the enemy, who gets men killed and wounded, gets no jail time! Our military is more broken than I ever feared possible. I'm stunned and disgusted. Col. Kurt Schlichter

Quote III

Taxes have an effect, and it isn’t an accidental side-effect, it’s an ulterior but central purpose: To weaken and distort the messages that bind civilization together, that keep it functioning.

Civilization is made up of very few of these messages: “It is wrong to kill or hurt other people”; “If someone has something you want, you need to acquire consent from them before you take it and that usually means paying for it”; “If you help me get things done I want to get done, I will give you this money.” Liberals and democrats want taxes higher, higher, higher, all the time and they don’t have a set amount in mind, nor do they want to pay for “police, fire departments and park benches”; they just want the taxes to be high, so they can attack that 3rd message that keeps civilization working and functional. Ideally, for them, the tax rate would be 100% and we’d all be fed & sheltered by living on the dole. Then, dependency on the state would also be 100%. Then they’d reach the “fun part” — they tell the rest of us what to do, and we go do it. House of Eratosthenes

Quote IV

“We need a total, I might say, brainwashing. We need to wash our brains out and see a very different kind of world.” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA)

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9th Circuit Reverses Hawaii Judge's Lawless Ruling and Reinstates Travel Ban


At some point we have to start talking about judicial impeachments.

Well, there's not much to say further about that. But see Turley's links for his criticism of this Hawaii Judge's order. (Hawaii Judge is now just another derogatory term like "Nazi.")

More on the legal beat: the Supreme Court has issued cert to six cases about the First Amendment.

Reported by Bloomberg:

Several will be among the termís most closely watched. They include a high-profile fight over a Colorado baker who refuses to make cakes for same-sex weddings and a challenge to the requirement in some states that public-sector workers pay for the cost of union representation. Both of those cases offer the prospect of ideological divides that could put the court's five Republican appointees in the majority, backing free speech rights.

Another case involves the requirement that abortioneers must provide information about pre-natal care and such are-you-sure-about-this things, and some cases about partisan gerrymandering, which Anthony Kennedy (a judicial activist) has suggested could be challenged, somehow, on the First Amendment grounds of "free association."

Night! Remember to play this when you wake up so you're immediately in an Action Hero mood.

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What To Do About Roy Moore and the At-Risk AL Senate Seat?


Although Roy Moore is currently ahead in polls, his support is dropping. Based on current trends -- always a dangerous beginning to a sentence -- there's a decision cascade coming at which point his support will suddenly drop quite a bit, and he'll be behind Jones, maybe by a fair amount.

This boat seems slow getting to full steam but once it gets there, it will have unstoppable momentum.

So what to do? We certainly don't want to lose this seat.

I see only two options to try to save the seat. But everyone would have to be on board with them to make either work.

First: The Republican Senators announce, more or less to a person, that if elected, Roy Moore would not be seated. This then permits the Alabama GOP to attempt a campaign claiming "Vote for Roy Moore just so that the Republican governor may appoint a replacement in his stead." In other words, vote for Roy Moore, get a Republican other than Roy Moore. (Not Luther Strange, as he was specifically rejected by Republican voters.)

Treat the vote as a vote for a party preference and not an individual, because the Senate has announced he won't be taking that seat either way.

Second: This is the harder one. (That last one was hard, but this one is harder.)

A write in campaign. But here's the problem, of course: any write-in will likely just split the GOP vote so that Doug Jones wins outright. For this option to work, it would be necessary for around 90% of the Alabama GOP agree not only to write in a different candidate name, but the same candidate name.

That's tough after a tough primary that divided Republican voters.

One name seems obvious: Jeff Sessions. A good name to unify people that everyone already knows.

Well, Jeff Sessions has already said he's not interested in being Senator, but if Jeff Sessions won, that would create a situation where the winner does not take the seat, once again, I think, setting up the circumstances for the Alabama governor to appoint a temporary senator in his stead.

Writing in Jeff Sessions may be more morally palatable for some than voting for Roy Moore, even if the net result is exactly the same. (Governor appoints temporary Senator to fill seat until 2020 election.)

Another possibility -- a bad one, I think -- is to agree to write in Luther Strange, the runner-up in the GOP primary. I don't think this would work because this was a vigorously contested primary and the people who voted against Strange did so for a reason; they were generally anti-establishment, and wanted that anti-establishment sentiment to be heard, and I don't think they'll cotton to the idea of giving Strange the seat they chose to not give him.

However, this is just a temporary seat that comes up for proper general election in 2020. This isn't forever. (Though the idea of Doug Jones holding the seat for that long does seem like forever...)

I realize people will say "Mo Brooks is better than both of these guys" and I'd agree, but the problem is, given that he came in 3rd in the primary, what actual claim would he have to be the write-in candidate of consensus, apart from many of us just thinking he was the best candidate from the start? At least Strange could say "I was the runner-up" and "I was already in the seat and didn't blow up the world."

I'm not in Strange's camp; I just want to figure out some way to not give up this seat. Strange seems doable (if a bitter pill for some) while Brooks seems not doable.

If there were an establishment people actually trusted, they could make a quick decision and say "This is best for Alabama, and for America, as far as keeping the Senate in (nominal) GOP control." The problem is, of course, that people do not trust the establishment, so this important role of making tough decisions that people will trust as a respectable, practical compromise, is currently not being played by anyone.

I think the Vote Moore to Get Someone Else plan is the strongest-- especially given that Moore voters don't have to themselves be convinced to vote for Moore -- but we'd need wide consensus on that plan for it to work, and I don't know of anyone in the GOP who has broad enough appeal and trust to push that. Let alone the 6-10 "Wise Men" you'd need to convince people on this plan.

Oh, by the way:

If the Democrats win this, and the Senate slips to a 51-49 (with independents) Republican majority, do you want to bet your life that none of our liberal Senators make it official and jump to the Democrats, or independents caucusing with Democrats, to make it a 50-50 tie?

Whatever is going to be done, it must be done quickly and resolutely. If we're gonna back Roy Moore, then we have to all agree that we're backing this horse, come what may (and what may be coming is further allegations -- and evidence, and growing moral qualms about pulling the lever for Moore, even if done with the intent of not electing Moore).

If we're gonna cut him loose, we have to agree on way to cut him loose him that still keeps the seat Republican. And we have to agree on that quickly, and then stick with that.

The election is December 12th, less than a month away. I really think we have to put aside concerns (real concerns, admittedly) about having imperfect information and what's fair to Roy Moore and focus ruthlessly on what is necessary to keep this seat.

It's time to be as ruthless as MacBeth: "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well/It were done quickly."

Corrected: Commenters tell me the seat comes up for re-election in 2020, not 2018, and I believe them.

Posted by Ace at 07:31 PM Comments

Today's Media Sex Harassment Revelations: NBC Vice President, Arianna Huffington Tolerating Known Harasser


NBC Fires VP for inappropriate conduct.

NBC Universal fired Senior Vice President for Booking, News & Entertainment Matt Zimmerman, following accusations of sexual misconduct, the company announced Tuesday.

"We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU, which violated company policy," a company spokesperson told TheWrap. "As a result he has been dismissed."

From Gizmodo, Arianna Huffington Ignored Sexual Misconduct at the Huffington Post.

[H]er history with a former managing editor whose "transfer" to launch HuffPost India was later revealed to be result of an HR investigation into whether he had sexually harassed multiple young women in the New York office. Gizmodo recently revisited those allegations and not only independently confirmed that the investigation was indeed the reason for that managing editorís transfer, but that Huffington knew about his actions before they were reported to HR, according to a former employee with direct knowledge of the investigation.


[Y]ou canít make the argument that Huffington's job security was imperiled [as Harvey Weinstein's assistants' job were in danger, should they squeal]. She was at the top. By turning a blind eye, she bore ultimate responsibility for any issues that arose under her leadership. While she may proclaim herself a feminist, her failure to foster a safe work environment for women junior to her makes that proclamation empty and seemingly simply a tool to further her brand and her career. There is baffling hypocrisy in asserting that a healthy work environment is crucial when you have willfully ignored a toxic culture that thrived under your leadership. Huffington had the power to set an example--but she didn't.


Gizmodo has also independently confirmed just what Huffington would likely have known regarding Soni's reputation in the newsroom and the ensuing allegations against him. Soni selected the individuals for HuffPostís Editorial Fellows program, and reportedly saw this program as a way to find a romantic partner. According to Gawker, when an editor reportedly pointed out to Soni that the group of fellows was predominantly white, blonde women, Soni reportedly responded in a semi-joking manner, "Yeah, I'm using it to find myself a wife."


Another woman, a fellow at the time, said that Soni was making her uncomfortable based on how he interacted with her over Facebook messages after hours. She noted the disproportionate power dynamic, given Soni was in part responsible for determining who among the fellows would be hired full time.

Corey Feldman has accused another Hollywood type of being a pedophile, this one the owner of a "soda pop disco" catering to Hollywood's young-and-rich child star crowd.

Oh, remember that masseur who accused John Travolta of trying to get some kind of a happy ending? He's filed a criminal complaint against the actor. To be fair, some of this isn't really any big deal -- Travolta got naked for the massage. Um, that's often how it's done. And Travolta got naked in the sauna with him. Um, guys get naked in saunas. That's why I don't sauna. Anyway, Travolta offered, the claim goes, to give the masseur a massage, and felt up his inner thigh. And then, per the claim, Travolta got... a bit ruder. I don't know if any of this is sexual assault, though.

George Takei was also accused of groping a young man. Jazz Shaw, who's been waving a caution flag about the new standard as far as such allegations-- with the media just reporting them and people like, well, frankly, me just linking them approvingly, re-states his concerns about this New Normal where any allegation is enough.

I think his points are valid, and I've been (quietly) worried about this for a while. Alas, I'm also lazy, and this is very easy blog content. That's not any kind of principled reason to jettison the innocent-until-proven, or at least accused with some kind of evidentiary support, standard.

Posted by Ace at 06:37 PM Comments

US Issued Visas to At Least Five Accused Terrorists; Others Under Investigation for Terror Ties


I was told this could not happen and never did happen, ever.

The U.S. government granted visas to and resettled in America at least five foreign individuals who were later tied to terrorism, according to the White House, which announced that "hundreds of other foreign nationals" admitted to the country are currently under investigation for terror ties.

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek national alleged of committing recent deadly terror attacks in New York City, is just one of several terror-tied foreign nationals who were permitted to resettle in the U.S. as part of the Visa Lottery, which randomly awards green cards to foreigners.


"Just a few days prior to Saipov's attack in New York City, another Uzbek national and Visa Lottery winner, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State terrorists,' according to the White House.

In 2009, Syed Hais Ahmed, also a Visa Lottery winner, was convicted of terrorism related activities in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to the White House information, which was provided to reporters as part of a push by the Trump administration to end the lottery program.

Read the whole thing. Maybe Chuck Schumer will pump a few fake tears when we end this nonsensical program.

More here. The headline says "six" terror-linked people have come through this system, though the body then says "five."

Posted by Ace at 05:39 PM Comments

Joe Biden: Sooper Genius, Paste Eater, Gun Expert.
Please God, Let Him Run in 2020


He's a babbling fool. The beginning approaches Nancy Pelosi territory.

It's the same tired, boring trope about guns. He utters the same old platitudes and fact-free crap that we have been hearing...forever.

How about the fact the very system that the gun-grabbers are screaming for -- universal background checks on every gun transaction -- failed miserably, because the government sucks at absolutely everything it does, and no amount of hand-wringing will change that.

Posted by CBD at 04:40 PM Comments

GOP Senators Amending Tax Reform Bill With Obamacare Mandate Repeal


I don't want to give away the fun bit, but check out John Thune's explanation as to why it's fair to include this repeal in the tax reform bill.

I think I remember a few people here making that argument.

Update: Mitch McConnell is on board.

"We're optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful and that's obviously the view of the Senate Finance Committee Republicans as well," McConnell told reporters.
Posted by Ace at 03:41 PM Comments

FBI May Be Investigating Planned Parenthood Over Fetal Tissue Sales


But I was told this was a crazy rightwing conspiracy theory that had been debunked or something.

The FBI signaled this week agents may be investigating whether Planned Parenthoodís dealings in fetal tissue were legal.

Sources told The Hill the FBI has requested documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee obtained from the committee's investigation into Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue dealings. The investigation came after the Center for Medical Progress published a series of explosive videos in 2015 revealing the abortion giant was harvesting and distributing aborted baby parts for researchers.

CMP alleges Planned Parenthood was illegally profiting from the exchange of limbs and organs, and the House and Senate launched investigations into the non-profit's practice.

Posted by Ace at 02:48 PM Comments

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