September 19, 2017

The National Nervous Breakdown, and How to Exploit it Ruthlessly

—Ace

From the Daily Caller, from last week:

I'm going to add some italics for emphasis.

New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor said Wednesday that she knows people who are "still in therapy" over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s election loss to President Donald Trump.

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"I think the intention of [Hillary Clinton's deplorable] book was two things. One it was to really, I think just vent and get it out there. Because there are so many people like Hillary Clinton who are still writing about this, who are still thinking about this, who are still in therapy, frankly. Sources I know who are still really upset about the election," she said.

Alcindor also said that Clinton represents everything wrong with the Democratic Party, and said voters are still "reeling" from Trump’s historic upset.

"Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of all that's still going wrong with the Democratic Party, and what they need to get through. So I think Hillary Clinton, I don't think is opening any new wounds here,” she said.

Oh my, look at all those floridly emotional, mental-unwellness-signalling words.

Video at the link.

I've repeatedly noted that half of the country is clinically insane, driven mad by the election of Donald Trump and the blow to their own egos, their sense that they are the Masters of the Universe and control their fellow countrymen, producing daily neurotic spasms on Twitter, and are virally infecting normal people with their toxic mental derangement.

(Don't comment on old threads -- the system automatically bans you, thinking you're a comment-spammer.)

Okay, let me talk about how to exploit that, or how it will do its own exploiting for us.

In the old days, the media liked to pretend that it was conservatives who were super-crazy-ideological, and that liberals were not even liberals at all, they were non-ideological and non-partisan creatures, who only reluctantly engage in politics, only compelled to engage with it at all by their deep inner goodness to do what's best for everyone.

But not political. Oh dear, not that.

You may remember when conservatives objected to being identified as a "conservative advocate" by the media, whereas the out-and-proud liberal they were squared off against was identified only as "an expert" in whatever policy field they were debating.

Obama pretended to be non-ideological and non-partisan, despite being rabidly ideological and ruthlessly partisan. He was forever painting those disagreeing with him on policy for being "political" in their thinking, whereas he, you see, was just thinking rationally and lucidly.

You know the pose: Some say we should kill every single Iranian man, woman, and child by launching 10,000 nuclear missiles at them without warning. Some others say we should sign over to Iran the entirety of the US gross national product. I dismiss the extremists on either side -- I say we merely give Iran $150 billion, as well as a go-ahead to build their own nuclear missiles.

There's a reason the media and left-liberals-who-don't-wish-to-acknowledge-they're-left-liberals do this. It's because people -- most normal people, anyway -- have a deep suspicion of politics and politically minded people.

If you can paint your opponent as political, while fighting him nail and tooth while pretending that you are yourself not political, you've taken a massive first step towards persuading an audience, because the first thing you need to do to persuade someone is seem "relatable," and basically Just Like Them, and as they themselves like to believe they're non-political, you establish something more important than logic and reason can when you pretend to match their personality and emotional state.

You don't like politics? Why that's so funny-- I don't like politics either! Now that we've established that we both are kindred spirits who don't like politics, let me tell you about my plan to convert the US into a single-payer health care system!

The media, and Democrats, wage a remorseless war to paint anyone who isn't an extremist left-liberal -- as they are -- as being "political." Not at all like Jake Tapper and Jim Acosta, who are just truth-telling crusaders for Goodness and Honesty.

In other words: They relentlessly Otherize their political opponents.

This is why every protester at a left-liberal march is depicted as Just Like You. You know the drill -- "Grandmothers. Teachers. Firemen. Welders. Whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians. Most of them had never even thought of attending a political rally before, but [X left-liberal political claim] had finally drawn them out to the streets to make their voices heard..."

They deliberately depict the left-liberal protesters as demographically broad as possible, so that as many readers as possible can look at the description and think: Oh, that's me. These people are Just Like Me. I should agree with them!

Meanwhile, ever protester at a conservative rally is depicted as weird, intensely political, heads all filled with bugaboos, hang-ups, and #FakeNews. The media also deliberately claims that these people are as demographically narrow as possible, to make sure the smallest possible segment of the audience sees any of themselves in the crowd. They always claim conservatives are entirely white, and will actively forge video to erase black people out of gun rights marches.

With the Tea Party, there were two storylines about economic status: Half of the news stories depicted Tea Partiers as "just the rich" (and hence, Not Like You) and half of them depicted the Tea Partiers as "largely unecucated and poor" (again, Not Like You, and in fact, your Social Inferiors).

The people writing the first Narrative never bothered reconciling their stories with those writing the second Narrative. No media editor ever got the two competing Narratives to share the same story so that the report was, "People from all economic strata came to the Tea Party protest against Obamacare..."

No, it was just the very rich and uncaring, or just the very poor and easily conned, and in all events, it was only old, white people of traditional sexual roles who probably didn't even like rock-n-roll or boobs.

This is a very potent method of propgandization. Most people think they're swayed by reason and logic, but most people are wrong, and do not know themselves very well at all. Most people -- including those who are the most insistent that they are Independent Rational Thinkers -- are swayed more by emotion and the feeling of belongingness in a group.

Propagandists -- political consultants and the media -- know this.

And so they ruthlessly paint their enemies as Not Like You, while presenting themselves as Just Like You.

And one very important factor in the Not Like You/Just Like You propaganda rush is to claim that The Other Side are Too Political, and therefore Not Like You, while Our Side isn't really political at all, we're all just rational folks who want what's best. You know -- Just Like You.

So here's the problem the left (and the NeverTrumper fringe, who are now in a strong alliance with the left) has: While for years they followed standard propaganda protocol and pretended they were almost entirely non-political, they have now decided that The Moment Is Too Vital to pretend any longer, and have decided to out themselves as ferociously, obsessively political.

And that's contrary to their own career interests, as well as to their own propganda-efficacy interests.

In the old days, if the media pretended to be impartial but then leaned a story to favor their left-liberal buddies, most normal Americans wouldn't really notice the bias. They'd view the media as trustworthy, and not really all that political (Just Like Me!), and they would buy the bias.

These small pushes are more effective than aggressive shoves, because small pushes can be subtle enough to pass undetected, whereas aggressive shoves are obvious and clumsy -- and people get their hackles up when they realize the nightly newscast is nothing but a 30 minute political ad. (And people hate political ads.)

ESPN used to cover, you know, sports, and by doing so, their viewers would form a para-social relationship with the hosts. (A para-social relationship is the feeling of having some kind of rapport with someone you don't really have any relationship with -- it's an unavoidable sort of thing, because human beings are used to thinking they know someone if they see them, because, for 100,000 years of human history, you really could not see someone's face without actually coming into close contact with them -- familiarity with someone's face and voice tricks the brain (wired for pre-technological life) into thinking there's some kind of actual human connection. Trust me, for a while, I kinda thought I "knew" Bradley Cooper.)

And then, if that host made a snarky aside about Republicans, the viewers would think, "Hey, I like this guy, and he made a funny snarky comment about Republicans. Boy, Republicans really are dicks, aren't they?"

But again, it's the subtle aside, the pickpocket's light-fingered touch, that works. Not the pedal-to-the-metal obvious-on-its-face full-spectrum propagandizing.

That pushes people away.

It's weird. It's obsessive.

It's Not Like Me.

People don't like to feel like they're being had -- and the minute you get clumsy and impatient in your con and let your mark know you're conning him, he's not a mark anymore. Now he's an enemy.

I could go on and on, obviously. But you get it. They have decided themselves to no longer wear the mask of Just Like You, but instead to show their true face of Not Like You.

They live in a bubble and the only people they know or listen to are also showing their Not Like You face, so they don't think this is abnormal. After all, if all of my #SmartSet friends are signalling how intensely, weirdly, obsessively partisan and ideological they are, it must be a good idea, right?

Pro-Tip: No, not if the people you think are the #SmartSet are actually profoundly stupid and currently mentally unstable.

Diversity and Comics -- a YouTube critic of Marvel's descent in nonstop political propaganda -- has noted that comic books used to be a fairly "happy" and "mainstream" hobby and diversion. Maybe not entirely mainstream, but mainstream as far as the nerdier edge of mainstream.

But now comic books are -- like the media, like ESPN -- constantly engaging in weird, Not Like You angry political propaganda for all sorts of weird, fringe obsessions -- like pushing grossly obese super-heroes because hey, you're healthy at any size.

Oh the anger! I used to counsel readers not to show anger when attempting to persuade someone, because you have to match your emotional state to the target's as the first step in persuasion.

But the left is angry -- insanely so -- and needs you to know it.

And it's weird. Not Like Me at all!

They're alienating their audience -- and shedding their audience by the thousands -- not just because the audience disagrees with their politics. That's part of it, sure.

But they're losing readers because a lot of their audience just doesn't really think of themselves as one of those Not Like Me intense partisans always nattering on about fringe political issues.

They're turning themselves from "relatable" -- and therefore worth giving a fair hearing to -- to very unrelatable and weird in their single-minded obsessive political propagandizing.

The media used to know this -- a woman's magazine would mostly just serve up beauty tips and celebrity interviews, and just slip in the occasional "Republicans are weird" message.

Now they're pushing, in almost every issue, the Not Like Me idea that teenagers should have anal sex and that women who don't consider "trans women" to be women are not women themselves.

But they've forgotten. Or, more likely, they've just gone so insane they don't care what actually works as far as propaganda any longer.

They're now just engaging in primal-screaming public displays of hyperemotional venting -- and they don't care that this is Not Like Me as far as their audience is concerned. A lunatic who thinks he's Napoleon knows the hospital staff disagrees with him about his Transitioning to a French Emperor, and thinks he's weird and senseless because of it.

But he can't stop himself from identifying his pronouns as Bonaparte, Bonaparteir, Bonapartem, because his psychological deformity crowds out any reason.

The daily Twitter freak-outs are toxic and psychologically damaging for those non-insane people who have to deal with lunatics on a daily basis, but they are very good indeed for us, the normal people, the Just Like You crowd (or, at least, we're Just Like You in comparison to these maniacs).

They're destroying themselves, and sabotaging their own propaganda operations, because they're just too crazy to think or care about such things any longer.

And I gotta tell you: I love it.

Destroying the media is a thing to be dearly wished for -- but watching them destroy themselves is tons better.

They're now Othering themselves, and I think that's just fine.

People don't want to associate with weirdoes -- and now that they've decided to fly their freak flags proudly and put their Full Metal Weird on display for the world, I can only sit back and cheer.


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ABCNews' Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran: Trump's UN Speech "Bordering on Threat" of a "War Crime"

—Ace

Ohhh.

Trump told the United Nations that if America is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." In response, Moran freaked out: "The words 'totally destroying' a nation of 25 million people, that borders on the threat of committing a war crime."

Terry Moran was joined in freaking out by his Twitter Bubble Buddies at the SJW National Laughingstock and SJW Atlantic Magazine, who had all sorts of GAINZZZ as far as nervous disorders.

Strangely enough, the media -- get this -- praised Obama's steely toughness and girthy penis when he said the US could use its nuclear arsenal to "destroy" North Korea in 2016.

President Barack Obama delivered a stern warning to North Korea on Tuesday, reminding its "erratic" and "irresponsible" leader that America’s nuclear arsenal could "destroy" his country.

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Mr Obama gave warning of the possible consequences. "We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals," he told CBS News. "But aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are right next door to our vital ally, [South] Korea."

I guess it's hard to mount a sustained criticism of a man who's got his dick three and a half deep in your mouth.

Thanks to Jane D'Oh. For the link. Not for all the penis stuff.

BTW, I don't know who came up with "girthy penis" but I think it was a commenter and it's hilarious.

Posted by Ace at 06:04 PM Comments



Antifa Members On Trial in France for Firebombing a Police Car with Cops Inside of It

—Ace

Yeah, I remember seeing pictures of the Normandy invasion force setting cop cars on fire and attacking cops with sticks.

This report says that among the antifa on trial is an American a transgender calling himself "Kara B."

Sure seem to be a lot of transgenders in antifa.

Antifa got angry that cops were protesting "anti-cop hatred," and decided to show how silly cops were by setting a cop car on fire with cops inside of it. And then physically attacking them when they exited the burning vehicle.

Remember, this is the group the media has vouched for repeatedly.


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Judge Re-Instates Group Defamation Lawsuit by UVA Fraternity Against Susan Erdeley and Rolling Stone for Fabricated Rape Story

—Ace

A trial judge dismissed the suit, finding the allegations could not support a "group defamation" finding. Group defamation suits are a bit tricky: You're not alleging that someone said you, personally, committed a heinous act, but that a "small" (that's the legal requirement) group of people committed the heinous act -- which group includes you, so you may be subject to a diminished reputation due to the smearing of the group. If the group is smeared, then you, as a member of the group, are likely to have a damaged reputation.

But it's a balancing act of deciding how "small" the group has to be in order to say that smearing that group smears an individual (unnamed) member of it.

The trial court judge dismissed the fraternity student's individual defamation claims, and also their "small group" defamation claims.

An appeals court has reversed that ruling and re-instated the small group defamation suit, as well as two (of the three) individual defamation suits: So the suit will now proceed, and, if the past is prologue, the rest of the media will duly ignore.

The one thing Erdeley won on was the claim that remarks she made in an NPR podcast were defamatory. But the court reinstated the defamation suit as regards her Rolling Stone article.



The ruling is here.

The small group defamation charges, the appellate court found, should stand because it is very unlikely that a gang rape could occur in a fraternity house without the other brothers knowing. Therefore, even if Erdeley wasn't naming them as perpetrators of the rape, her article sure suggests that the other brothers are somehow guilty in it, and tainted by it, because -- and this is just common sense -- if there was a gang rape, they must have known; and as they never reported such a gang rape, they must have chosen to actively conceal a heinous crime.

The court wasn't bothered by the size of the "small group." Usually, a small group is 25 members or fewer; but New York (the state the lawsuit was filed in) casts no firm upper bound on the number. That the fraternity had 53 members is no bar to suit for small group defamation, the appellate court found. (Actually, the trial court found that too, but the appellate court affirms.)

Furthermore, the appellate court found that Erdeley/Rolling Stone had strongly implied in the article that a gang rape was a common initiation ritual at the fraternity -- which would obviously implicate all members.

Consider first the description of Jackie’s purported rape.  Not only did nine men associated with the fraternity participate in the alleged offense, but several made comments -- "Don't you want to be a brother" and "We all had to do it, so you do, too" -- implying the event was part of an initiation ritual.   

Other allegations supported that implication. For example, the Article stated that two other female students reported to Jackie that they had been gang‐raped at the fraternity, suggesting that gang rapes regularly occurred at Phi Kappa Psi. Moreover, the Article described a decades‐long “trail” of sexual violence leading back to the fraternity, including a gang rape committed there in 1984.  Connecting the dots, a reader could plausibly conclude that Phi Kappa Psi had a long tradition of requiring pledges to participate in gang rapes as a condition of membership.

Indeed -- that is precisely what I concluded when I first skimmed the story, and was more naive about the media straight-up inventing #FakeNews.

The court also reinstated two individual defamation cases. One man claimed individual defamation on the grounds that he occupied the only room in the frat that corresponded to the description that Jackie Coakley provided, and ergo, he was individually defamed, as most people would know (or could easily find out) the alleged "rape room" was his. Another man's claim was reinstated because Jackie Coakeley claimed one of the rapists was a lifeguard at the school's pool; the man suing wasn't a lifeguard, but was known to frequently use the pool, and therefore it is plausible (if not exactly a slam-dunk) that his participation in the non-rape was strongly implied by the article.

The New York Times had an interesting (as usual) way to describe Jackie Coakley's attempt to pity-pressure a boy into liking her by fabricating a group rape: They claimed that her rape story was merely "unproven:"


Well, the appellate court here is a bit more firm on the question of whether this was merely an "unproven" gang rape or a fabricated gang rape. They say, as a legal matter, it's the latter:



I got all of this from KC Johnson's timeline -- not seeing much about it in the media. Go figure.

He cites another interesting story the media isn't much interested in -- the public overwhelmingly agrees with Betsy DeVos' framing of the issue -- respecting complaining witnesses, but also respecting due process rights of the accused -- in Title IX college rape court cases.


By the way: Jann Wenner just put his musty old hippie piece of shit magazine Rolling Stone up for sale.

Greg Gutfeld said he's trying to arrange some kind way to buy it. Why, I wouldn't know. The Travelling Wilburies are defunct so what does Rolling Stone have to write about any more?


BTW: You might remember the frat itself settled with Rolling Stone for $1.65 million.

So what's up here?

Well, that was the frat suing, the organization itself. These are suits by individual members of the frat, two suing for individual defamation, and several suing for group defamation.

Posted by Ace at 03:27 PM Comments

Trump at the UN: Key Quotes

—Ace

On North Korea and Iran:

"The United States has great patience and strength, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will totally destroy North Korea," he said.

"'Rocket man' is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime," Trump added of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary."

"No one has shown more contempt for other nations and the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime of North Korea. It is an outrage that some nations would trade with such a regime."

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Trump also took aim at Iran, calling the global deal regarding its nuclear weapons program "an embarrassment to the United States."

"The Iranian regime's support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of several of its neighbors to halt the funding of and fighting terrorism," he said. "Oppressive regimes can not endure forever. And the day will come when people will face a choice."

On Venezuela:

"[President Nicolas] Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on good people of his country," Trump said during a speech before the United Nations General Assembly. "The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people."

He added, "The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented," which garnered little applause from the world body.

"I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis," Trump said. "We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela."

He also added:

"From the Soviet Union to Cuba, Venezuela -- wherever through socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish, devastation, and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime."

Benjamin Netanyahu was effusive about the speech:

"In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech," Netanyahu tweeted.

President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world ... and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity."

Via Twitchy, which is rounding up all the Blue Checkmark Mafia reactions, Democrat flunkies and the media (but I repeat myself) are rather less impressed.


Isn't this the same party calling for a full War on Russia every day?


For people who swear (fingers crossed!) that they're not socialists, they sure spend a lot of time defending thuggish socialists, don't they?


I guess Israel isn't our ally. Certainly that's the feeling one got from Obama and his failed novelist propagandist Rhodes.

And of course we had to hear from Grandstandin' Jim:


Video: The various thugs, communists, and socialists of the UN react rather poorly to Trump's speech.

It's like looking out over a sea of Jim Acostas.

Posted by Ace at 02:22 PM Comments

Insane: Woman Freaks Out Over Hobby Lobby's Display of Raw Cotton, Shrieking That Cotton is Oppression, Or Something

—Ace

Our "elites" have taught people that it's good and profitable to be a lunatic.

A Texas woman has been getting ridiculed online for being "too sensitive" after she blasted the arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby for selling faux raw cotton stalks — which she found offensive.

"This decor is WRONG on SO many levels," Daniell Rider posted on Facebook this past Thursday, along with a photo of the phony plants.

"There is nothing decorative about raw cotton…A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves," she said. "A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘decor.'"

The cotton in question isn't even real cotton -- it's fake. Like her practiced outrage.

And this isn't even the first case of Cotton Derangement this week.

Lipscomb University president Randy Lowry was forced to send an apology letter to black students Friday after they visited his home to discuss college life — and became outraged by a number of cotton-stem centerpieces that he had set up around the residence.

"The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity," Lowry wrote. "I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness."

Posted by Ace at 01:10 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"Ahoy, maties! If I be th' GOP, I be tryin' t' keep Hillary on th' radar as much as possible. Shiver me timbers! 'cause ye know wha' Americans wants right now aft a bitter 'n contentious election be MOAR HILLARY ALL THE TIME! Arrrrrr!"

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day to all!


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This has already been mentioned in the comments, but I have to highlight it here: Trump is knocking it out of the park at the U.N. today. Here is the best line from his speech:

"Venezuela has failed not because socialism has been badly implemented but because it's been faithfully implemented"

This is a line that's going to be remembered for a long time. Which is why the alt left is beside itself with impotent rage.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Reaching For The Moon
Maxfield Parrish (maybe not...it could be an Edward Eggleston)

The old argument (the one in my head) rears its ugly head...is this graphic design or is this art? Perhaps when Parrish was working it was an easy answer, but today, with incredible software and lightning-fast computers it's not so clear. There are numerous examples of amazing "art" that were created on a PC using off-the-shelf software.

For those of you who prefer real art, here is something for you that should be less taxing on your artistic aesthetic.

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

The Morning Report 9/19/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Today marks the one year anniversary of The Morning Report. I'd like to say that it's been more than a pleasure; it's been an inconvenience. In all seriousness, just wanted to say thanks for making this entertaining. And I'm honored to be allowed to contribute to what I think is the best political/cultural commentary and real news outlet anywhere. Thanks to Ace for the keys and the cob's for the support. Enough of that. We are loaded with linkage this Tuesday so let us commence. First up, Hurricane Maria is threatening Puerto Rico so if we do have an Morons down there, please evacuate or otherwise get to safety.

Top story is PDT's assertion that Obama used the FBI to wiretap him before the election has been confirmed. This includes conversation(s) between him and one-time campaign honcho Paul Manafort who, surprise! may be Scooter Libby-ed by Robert Mueller's kangaroo court. I really wish PDT would just end this friggin' shitshow and get rid of Mueller. And Rod Rosenstein while he's at it. That snake is a Deep State embed/saboteur sneaking whoopee cushions under Deputy Dawg's daybed.

The president is at the UN this week for its annual America/Israel-bashing and shakedown session. This time, however we have a real president who by all indications is going to read the riot act to the Farsis and Whoa, Fat!. On the down side, he seems to be falling into the Mideast Peace processor. Well, this is what happens when you get rid of the realists like Gorka and let the McMustards have your ear. Meh, maybe he's just mouthing platitudes but I don't see that as his style.

In news from the insurrection, Nancy "Different Strokes" Pelosi had to flee her own press conference when the illegal aliens she and her party have used as weapons to destroy us turned their aim on her. It's funny to see frauds like Pelosi who are always controlling these media Potemkin Village pseudo-events look like total fools when they blow up in their faces. They have no one to blame but themselves. After almost two years of portraying Donald Trump as "literally Hitler" the mindless droogs look at Pelosi and Schumer dealing with him as a stab in the back. Good. And with Comrade Bernie threatening to run in 2020 as an independent Commie, anything that divides the dividers is a good thing. Too bad we have no political party to take advantage of that.

In other news, James O'Keefe is teasing a huge expose of the MFM that will result in people getting fired. He and his group do yeoman's work in opening peoples' eyes to what the hell this country has devolved into. Investors Business Daily is cautiously optimistic about the latest block-grant Obamacare repeal/replace but fears that Murkowski might sabotage it at the last minute. There's a very interesting piece about the reaction a lefty writer gets for penning an essay called "The Case For Colonialism" and finally, Toys "R" Us is filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. That is a huge deal vis a vis e-commerce and the trend in retail, not to mention the fate of over 60,000 employees.

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

Monday Overnight Open Thread (9/18/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Pajama Boy Democratic Candidate for Congress Thinks He's Maverick from Top Gun

—Ace

Look at this jerkoff. Just look at him.


Open Thread. It's so open, in fact, that you can talk about whether crossbows are superior to longbows.

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Antifa and the "Mainstream" Media's Normalization of Leftwing Violence

—Ace

I added in the bit about the "mainstream" media -- the rest is John Sexton's headline.

Read his post, and if you like the quotes, check out Megan McArdle's article: "We Didn't Normalize Trump. We Normalized the Left's Violence."

Over 200 years, many people have suggested ways in which we might be better off without freedom of speech, or religion, or assembly -- or any of the other rights enumerated in the nine other initial amendments...

That's normal. What should never be normal is what we are now witnessing: those folks appointing themselves a freelance constitutional convention, editing out the rights they find vexing, and enforcing their new rules with the power of their fists. But that is what has happened.


If we have to spend $600,000 to ensure that these people cannot arrogate to themselves powers we won't even allow our government, then that's probably a price worth paying. What we cannot afford to do is become inured to how outrageous it is. Every time it happens, we have to remind ourselves that all this security is the price we’re paying to protect ourselves from thieves who want to steal our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. And that it is possible to once again live in a world where this is not normal.

She doesn't mention the part that makes antifa more dangerous than white supremacists: White supremacists are despised by 99% of the population and have next-to-zero institutional support. But the media makes excuses for their fellow-travelers in antifa every day, and local law enforcement directed by liberal mayors give antifa license to practice their Free Speech Vigilantism.

That a rioter should attack a citizen is not an enormous concern. Such things happen. Murders happen. That is not a sign of any kind of a falling society, but only of a fallen mankind, which we've known about forever.

But when major institutions like the media and mayor's offices become the mob mouthpieces and private security firms for remorseless terroristic criminals -- then that is a sign of a society on the verge of collapse.

A crime committed by a miscreant is a sin. But a crime committed by a miscreant with PR cover provided by the "mainstream" media, and the winking tolerance of the government itself, is an unbearable threat of approaching tyranny.

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So the Media's Obsessing Over What They Watched on TV Last Night, So I Guess #TheNormals Have to Comment On It, Too

—Ace

So -- the Emmys. Out of all the awards shows no one cares about, this might be the awards show no one cares about the hardest.

It was apparently a three hour long #GirlPowerHugbox.

Emmy loved the ladies tonight.

In a stunning victory for streaming TV and for politicized drama, "The Handmaid's Tale" won awards for Best Drama Series, Best Actress (Elizabeth Moss), Best Supporting Actress (Ann Down), Best Director (Reed Morano) and Best Writing (Bruce Miller)...

It was a win for women in a patriarchal society! And a win for Hulu, which has been looking to break into the streaming field dominated by Netflix and Amazon.

Many of the handmaids made out just as well as their show: Moss finally landed Best Actress after multiple losses for "Mad Men" and one for "Top of the Lake." Veteran New York theater actress Dowd (who's terrifying in the show) seemed sincerely surprised to receive her trophy. Though she didn’t take home a trophy tonight, Alexis Bledel (who plays rebellious handmaid Ofglen) won Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmys’ Creative Arts ceremony last weekend.

Yay, #GirlPower! In case you didn't know, "The Handmaid's Tale" is about a future dystopia set in America in 2017 in which Donald Trump marauds the countryside grabbing pussies and saying "boobs" to Brooke Baldwin.

You know what I'm hopeful about, with all these women winning Emmys for shows no one watches? I'm just hopeful that this sparks networks to make more shows only for women. Because there are barely any of those on TV.

The Emmys were so politicized that both Planned Parenthood and NARAL have been celebrating Hollywood's bravery in pushing typical Hollywood politics.

But the Emmys didn't just shower awards on Political Soap Operas and Morality Plays. They engaged in the art form itself, constantly speechifying about Prog Doctrine.

Awards shows, by definition, are insufferable: the rich and famous gathering yearly to reward each other for being rich and famous. Yet this year's Emmys had an almost unbearable smugness to it.

Factor One was host Stephen Colbert, who -- no matter your politics -- has spent the past 10 months radiating self-satisfaction, too often mistaking speechifying for comedic monologuing.

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We hit the smugness apex toward the end of the night, when Charlie Brooker won an Emmy for an episode of his dystopian anthology series, "Black Mirror." After lamenting that his dark vision of the near future was too "on the nose," he offered up an idea to the room:

"Maybe if all the beautiful people in this auditorium could start to physically make love with each other, or yourselves, on the count of three, this world would be a far better place."

Nah, that's what the after-parties are for.

Steven Colbert, who is yet another white male but who crowed about how "diverse" the nominees and award winners were, really did some innovative jokes about Trump last night. I'm sure all of the #RealNews media is linking all of Steven Colbert's innovative jokes about Trump, but here are Jimmy Kimmel's best Trump jokes when he hosted in 2016, and here are the best jokes made by celebrity presenters about Trump from 2015's Emmy broadcast.

Really edgy, novel stuff, guys! You truly are the Creative Class.

Incidentally, the show also featured Twitter Bubble-World controversy. See, apparently they had on Sean Spicer to goof on himself -- I guess the schtick was that he was aping the over-the-top potrayal of himself by Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live -- and the Totalitarian Prog Censors began screaming that this was "normalizing" Spicer and giving him a platform.

The Washington Post rounded up a herd of shaken liberal influencers who were horrified to see the Emmy Awards "normalize" a former White House press secretary. McCarthy herself may not have appreciated the reverence. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, she shared her anxiety over Spicer's efforts to reclaim this satire with absurd self-seriousness. "No," she described her thoughts hearing Spicer mockingly threaten to push his podium toward adversarial reporters in the White House briefing room. "That’s not your joke to make."

More spazzing out about this collected by Twitchy.

And how did all this politicization of escapism turn out, ratings-wise?

Funny you should ask -- it looks like the ratings were even worse than 2016's, which itself was the lowest-rated Emmys broadcast in television history.

If this firms up in final ratings, it will surpass 2016 as the worst-rated Emmys of all time, and 2016 surpassed the previous low, and so on. In fact, as Newsweek pointed out yesterday, the Emmys have lost 50% of their audience since 2013 and the lowest ratings since 1990, and last night’s extravaganza certainly didn’t turn the ship around.

Ed Morrissey quotes Matt Wilstein at the Daily Beast, commenting on "entertainment's" embrace of the doctrine of No-Escapism:

Stephen Colbert rose to the top of the late-night ratings -- and scored himself an Emmy nomination -- by going after President Donald Trump night after night on The Late Show. So there was something ironic about him using his opening number as host of the Emmy Awards to argue that television is the perfect distraction from the world’s problems.

Noah Rothstein (">cited earlier about Sean Spicer) notes the current "crisis" at ESPN, the MTV Awards shows, etc., and a catastrophic year for Hollywood's theatrical box office, and wonders if this is a trend: The Great National Tune-Out.

Maybe the politics on display were irrelevant; maybe the rise of streaming services has made traditional broadcast television a dying product. Maybe. But the Emmys misfortunes are of a familiar sort. This tune out is starting to feel like a trend.

Movies, cable and broadcast television, music; this tune out isn't entirely about cord cutting. This is something broader. Any attempt to divorce politics from the public's waning interest in entertainment media cannot compel without addressing the ubiquity of liberal political messaging permeating the products artists produce. Of course, no one can or should compel an artist to sacrifice their values for commercial viability. Nor, however, can you force consumers to endure a scolding they'd rather avoid.

Kellyanne Conway criticized the "sameness" in the so-called Creative Class' various low-ratings offerings:

"They got plucked and polished and waxed and some of them didn't eat for two months -- and all for what? To sound the same? And they have a right to speak," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" Monday morning. "Between the Emmys, the Miss America pageant was very politicized, our sports are very politicized, and it looks like the ratings are suffering. It looks like America is responding by tuning out because they want you to stick to your knitting."

One can only hope. It was Andrew Breitbart's dream that the media be destroyed -- not reduced in influence, but bankrupted. He predicted "This will all be gone, gone in five years," maybe in 2012 or so.

His prediction might have been off by a few years, but I sure hope this will all be gone, gone, with massive bankruptcies and layoffs, in maybe five more years.

Before they continue going down the road of refusing to offer escapism to an audience which literally only seeks escapism from them, they should check out how that's been working out for Marvel comics...

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Report: Megan McCain in Talks to Join "The View"

—Ace

She recently announced her departure from Fox, citing her desire to focus on other priorities.

I guess "The View" is that priority.

I've liked Megan McCain more and more since around 2014 or so, as she transitioned, as they say, to being more of a conservative.

I don't know why she wants "The View" gig -- money and exposure, sure. And, honestly, those are pretty good things.

But it can't be an enjoyable experience to be the Designated Republican and have to deal with Joy Behar and Whoopie Goldberg and whatever other idiots they have on there now. A miserable job that pays a lot of money is still a miserable job.

Case in point: Jedediah Bila just quit the show, reportedly due to the Shrieking Prog Yentas on the show being angry about her civil-but-skeptical questioning of Hillary Clinton.

"There was a lot of staff who were upset about how that interview was handled," says the source, speculating that "The View" wants the former secretary of state to appear on the show multiple times. "They had a lot to say to Jedediah about calming things down."

We’re told that Bila was signed on for the full season but "she left on her own accord,” the source adds. “There were some things making her uncomfortable behind the scenes, but she loves the cast. She seems to be looking forward to sharing her view in a world where there seems to be only one worldview."

A rep for Bila declined to comment.

The show's reps claimed they were fine with Bila's questions, but note that Bila's rep did not echo that Happy Talk. And note that Bila seems to be signalling her displeasure about this on Twitter:


And if you can't see the tweet he's referring to -- well, it's been deleted. (I should have posted this earlier when it was still there!)

All the tweet was was a 40 second clip of Bila's questions for Clinton -- presumably to show that the questions were polite and fair, and simply an example of actual journalism, instead of smothering Hillary Clinton with #GirlPowerHugz.

The fact that she deleted an on-its-face innocuous tweet may suggest that she got a talking to by The View's producers or something, telling her it was in her interest to go along with the Happy Talk Parting Amicably story.

So that's what Megan McCain is looking down the barrel of. Unless she switches her politics fast to be more #GirlPowerHugz. Which I hope she doesn't, because I don't want to go back to being annoyed by her again.

Meanwhile, it's official. Or at least, it's more official: Laura Ingraham will debut her new Fox show at 10pm on October 30th, while Sean Hannity moves to 9pm.

So the lineup will be Tucker at 8, Hannity at 9, and Ingraham at 10.

The Five, meanwhile, is returning to five o'clock, where it really should be.

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Your Daily Blue Checkmark Mafia Freakout: Trump Retweets Silly Gif of Trump Hitting a Golf Drive and Knocking Hillary With the Ball

—Ace

The official Democrat political class -- by which I mean "the media" - was in high dudgeon, as were the lesser minions of the Democrat political class, like US Representatives.


This of course is being treated as an actual assault.

This weird-looking retard had to jump in, of course:


Kind of reminds me of Friday's freak-out over Clay Travis saying "boobs" to Brooke Baldwin:



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Surprise: Hero of the Common Man Barack Obama Now Pocketing $400,000 Per Speech for Wall Street Crowds

—Ace

"Doing well by doing good" is how progressives justify taking graft.

If you're saving the world, why shouldn't you make bank?

Former President Obama is pulling in hundreds of thousands of dollars giving speeches to Wall Street firms, according to a new report.

Obama made $400,000 for a speech he gave to clients of Northern Trust Corp. last month, Bloomberg reported Monday. He gave a speech to Carlyle Group LP last week and is scheduled to headline Cantor Fitzgerald LP's healthcare conference next week.


A spokesman for Obama defended the former president, saying he has given speeches "true to his values."


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Third Night of Rioting in St Louis; Police Sprayed With Unknown Chemical

—Ace

Decontamination units were called in to spray them down.

The chemical hasn't been identified, but it's possible it was something benign -- the police seized apple cider vinegar sprayers, which protesters use to wash tear gas off their faces.

On the other hand:


I support people's right to carry weapons, but carrying weapons while undertaking a crime (such as rioting) is a major felony.

Related: Unmask them -- seems to have had a positive effect in Berkeley.

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The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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"It's hard to believe that this country was founded by men who thought that the people's liberty had a higher priority than the government's interests. People don't realize this until a SWAT team comes pounding on their door at 4am because they helped raise money for the wrong candidate."

(You can read about the incident in Wisconsin GP is referring to here.)

Boobs on CNN:

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Father
Marcel Duchamp

Cubism. I guess. He was also associated with Dadaism, but damned if I know the difference. I do like this piece...it's interesting and not designed to shock. Or maybe it is and I'm too bourgeois to know any better.

[Platinum membership holders see the 3D Sistine Chapel]

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The Morning Report 9/18/17

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. As we wave goodbye to summer and head into fall this week, things seem to be relatively quiet; only a race riot in St. Louis, four American coeds getting acid thrown in their face and three more hurricanes brewing out in the Atlantic. So, yeah, pretty quiet.

First up, it's dangerous enough traveling in Europe but what the hell could possibly warrant traveling to Marseille? It's a dump, it's got a reputation for being sketchy and now it has a very large and dangerous Muslim presence. Next, a second night of protests in St. Louis over the acquittal of a cop accused of murdering a black suspect has devolved into a full-on riot. Thanks, Obama/Holder! In fairness, I am not up to speed on the case, but even if he was guilty as sin there is no justification for this in a civilized society. And thanks to the previous administration, our country has been so utterly poisoned that calm, rational discourse is out of the question. Actually, the victimization brainwashing has been going on for 50 years, going hand in hand with the dissolution of family, faith and culture. Obama/Holder were only in a position to just exploit it.

The UN will have it's annual gathering of the General Assembly this week where no doubt the usual gang of thugs, scum, mental defectives and tyrants will be on our soil to bash America and no doubt Jooz as the root cause of all the world's problems. But this time, we have President Trump who will give them the truth, good and hard. Hopefully Stephen Miller has helped craft a stemwinder.

From hither and yon, there is an effort brewing to get some sort of Obamacare Repeal/Renege bill passed, this time featuring some sort of state block grant scheme. Meh. Anything that maintains the greedy hand of government is going to be mere deck chair swapping on the Titanic. And Comrade Sandersnista is hinting at splitting from the Democrats and running as an independent in 2020, to which I say, yes please!

Speaking of a gang of thugs, scum, mental defectives and tyrants, the Emmy Awards were on last night. In yet another attempt to create a narrative of national discontent and hatred against this president and his agenda, last night's puerile, pornographic display was an indication of the complete disconnect between the self-styled "elites" and the American people. The other week when Ace implored us to step away and find something positive to occupy our time with, one of the best things is to cut the friggin' cable. The results are truly liberating.

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

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Sunday Overnight Open Thread (9/17/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Diving Jumping into The ONT)

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

As you move through life, set aside good ideas and give them to others to encourage and inspire. Peter J. Daniels

Quote II

Culture is to make a nice drinking bowl from one's enemy's skull. Civilization is to go to prison for that. Anonymous

Quote III

The point at which life becomes 'worthless,' and the point at which the means necessary to preserve it become 'extraordinary' or 'inappropriate,' are neither set forth in the Constitution nor known to the nine Justices of this Court any better than they are known to nine people picked at random from the Kansas City telephone directory...[therefore] even when it is demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that a patient no longer wishes certain measures to be taken to preserve her life, it is up to the citizens of Missouri to decide, through their elected representatives, whether that wish will be honored. Antonin Scalia Cruzan v. Missouri Department of Health

Quote IV

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde

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Open Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

As Lt. Joe Kenda would say, Well, my, my, my. Alabama GOP establishment is trailing.


How is that Obamacare working out?


Open thread until something more exciting comes along.

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Food Thread: Shuck And Jive

—CBD

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Bluebell, Weasel, and the rest of the staff of the vast bureaucracy that is Moron Cookbook Inc. have been doing a huge amount of work on editing the submitted recipes, creating a logical and pleasing template for each one, creating a legal framework for the endeavor, finding a publisher, and most of all making reservations at a dozen bars and restaurants at which the staff will drink up all of the profits in a bourbon-fueled orgy of oysters and foie gras and caviar and lobster and Kobi beef and Chateau Petrus....

In the meantime, please heed Bluebell's lovely and gentle request:

Would you mind putting something in the food thread for us about the cookbook? I've been sending out emails with questions re some of the recipes, and most have been good about getting back to me, but not all. Plus, there will be more emails yet to come, so I want to alert people. Who woulda thunk that morons writing a cookbook would be a problem?

The emails come from the Moron Cookbook gmail account that Weasel and I share.


Short version: Do what Bluebell says or she will hunt you down and skin you for your pelt.

And speaking of oysters...the reason that photo is up there is because for no particular reason I suddenly had a hankering for a dozen (or two or three) good fat briny East Coast oysters on the half-shell. No idea why. Maybe I dreamed of them, forgot my dream, but it was hovering just outside my consciousness?

So what food or drink jumps up and reminds you that, "Damnit, I haven't some in a very long time!"

Mine is usually oysters or fried chicken or a good braised meat like lamb shanks. But I am also not above meandering down to McDonald's for a sausage-egg-n-cheese biscuit.

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Obama's Iran Deal bears Fruit...For Hezbollah...What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

—CBD

Iran pays $830 million to Hezbollah

Two years after the nuclear deal was signed by Iran and world powers, the Islamic Republic is reported to have boosted its financial support to Hezbollah to $800 million a year, a dramatic increase from the $200m. it was said to be giving its proxy when sanctions were in place.

It was absolute insanity to release funding to Iran, who has been supporting terrorism around the world, specifically targeted against America and Israel. Obama and his handlers were either profoundly ignorant of the reality of Iran's support for terror, or were well aware and simply chose to ignore it in some vanity-driven desire to be seen by the international peace community as important players in World PeaceTM. There is a third possibility, that they knew quite well that Hezbollah would be energized and funded, and that was part of the plan.
According to IDF assessments, while Hezbollah has increased its military capabilities due to its fighting in Syria, the group has spread its troops across the entire Middle East and is hurting financially.

The finances of the Lebanese Shi'ite group, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by dozens of countries around the globe, also has been hit hard due to years of sanctions by the United States.


Well then, since Hezbollah has been hurt by our sanctions, let's continue Obama's waiver!
The US and European countries lifted sanctions against Iran in January 2016, releasing roughly $100 billion in assets after international inspectors found that Iran had dismantled large parts of its nuclear program. According to US media, officials say President Donald Trump is ready to extend those waivers that were issued under the Obama administration.

I sure hope that's not the case....

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Breitbart Had A Point: Why You Should Read The Comments: Example #43,091

—CBD

Memorize this and recite it to your liberal friends when they wax poetic about the joys of open borders and Dreamers and Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and the rest of the progressive cant that is in reality a thinly veiled attempt to destroy American Exceptionalism.

Thank you Muldoon!

Welcome one of your newest fellow citizens. Let's say just for the sake of discussion that this is a hypothetical scenario:

46 year old woman. Gets pregnant. No father listed on birth certificate. Unemployed, gets no prenatal care, presents to hospital in labor, baby born slightly premature and very small size. Has Down syndrome. Has significant medical abnormalities. Will probably be hospitalized for weeks to months in intensive care. May need major surgery. Mother speaks not a word of English. Immigration status? Who knows, not allowed to ask. Mom on Medicaid. Baby on Medicaid.

Where is the responsibility of this woman who is old enough to know better? Where is the responsibility of the father who gets his pleasure with no skin in the game? Where is the responsibility of this mother's nation of origin who outsourced her dependency onto us? Where is the concern from our politicians for the taxpayers, the hardworking citizens of this country who are going to pay for this child's medical care for years to come? Where is a simple thank you America, for being kind hearted and generous. But no, the Dreamers have a dream. Screw the taxpayer and his/her dreams. Screw the future of the taxpayer's child and his/her dreams. This woman and her child are entitled to the sweat of your brow, comrade!

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-17-2017

—OregonMuse

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Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like natural disasters, or Literally Hitler, and special snowflakes do not last. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants which I can't tell if these guys are a barbershop quartet or curling team.


Pic Note

You're going to want to click on the pic to see the larger version as the old b&w photo looks very impressive. This fine old library has unfortunately long since been demolished.


Hillary's Book, Part Thrieuuxx

So from the online published excerpts and quotes from interviews Cankles has given this week, there's nothing new here, no surprises, no astounding revelations, no insight, no self-awareness, no thing. It's just what we would have expected from her: a boringly dull, whining, self-pitying, woulda coulda shoulda blame-a-thon that has all of the wit, intelligence, and readability of a cinder block.

My prediction is that it will all but be forgotten in a month. Like her other books. Oh, I know that Hillary's peeps at the NY Times will figure out which bookstores to interview so they will be able to guarantee a place for it on their "bestseller" list, but nobody will care.

“Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism. This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered. The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.”

So let me get this straight, Orwell wrote 1984 because he thought we needed to trust "our leaders" *more*? Is she *seriously* trying to make that argument? That's monumentally dumb. That's like reading Uncle Tom's Cabin and claiming that it supports slavery.

Hrothgar sent me this article, a bleak description of a tubercular George Orwell struggling to complete 1984 before he died or became too ill to write. As Her Thighness ascertained, he really had a strong desire to communicate how we should all trust the government and our political leaders. After all, what could possibly go wrong?


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It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

CAPNOMANCY is divination by examining the patterns made by smoke.

Usage: The US Dept. of Capnomancy dates back to FDR's "brain trust" and the New Deal.

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EMT 09/17/17

—krakatoa

Sunday.

You know. When you used to be able to watch Winston Cup racing.

At least NASCAR's pandering to a crowd that was never going to watch them anyway has freed up a lot of time for other things.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (9/16/17) Caturday Lite Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(An honest cat!)

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It's a catty world out there. CatCon.

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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 09-16-2017 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

I Demand Order!

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Screenplays are structure, and that’s all they are. The quality of writing—which is crucial in almost every other form of literature—is not what makes a screenplay work.
-William Goldman, writer of The Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

I largely agree with this sentiment, but I think that Mr. Goldman oversells his idea a little bit. A well-structured story with terrible dialogue, poor characters, and an inflated sense of self-importance is going to be a hard thing to read or watch. I’m sure he meant that structure is more than just a very basic concept, but something that includes a whole lot more. And yet in my mind you might as well say, "Screenplays are movies. " It’s so expansive to the point of meaninglessness.

Still, structure is really important to a movie. With bad structure, well-written characters and great dialogue become individual elements in a confusing mess of a story.

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Social Justice Warriors Upset That Harvard Didn't Admit a Convicted Murderer

—Ace

The best kind of murderess, in SJW eyes: she was convicted of murdering, and hiding the body of, her 4 year old child.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread (Featuring Dress Pr0n) 09-16-2017

—OregonMuse

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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. Also, dress pr0n. Each week, I pick out a few lovely, modest, conservative dresses for the 'ettes to admire and appraise. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a food fight on a Saturday afternoon. Unless you're starving.


Problem 1 - White To Play (177)

Hint: White mates in 2


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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Isn't that the truth?!)

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Good afternoon folks. Welcome to the AoS Pet Thread. Put down the pooper-scoopers and take a break. Wash your paws, grab a T-R-E-A-T and a drink.

Photo above the fold is a h/t from our resident Food Guy.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: The Harvest Continues [KT]

—Open Blogger

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Hello, gardeners and those who would like to make friends with a gardener about now. There are some good things coming out of gardens this time of year. Above, a peach my niece and her husband grew in their yard in Utah.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the tomato harvest is so good that they are throwing tomatoes at people.

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Thread before the Gardening Thread: Wordplay [KT]

—Open Blogger

Serving your mid-day open thread needs

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Gargoyle: an olive-flavored mouthwash

I hate to break it to Misanthropic Humanitarian, but Coffee means "a person who is coughed upon".

These are new "fun words" from a Washington Post Yearly Reader Contest. Of course, WaPo is pretty good at supplying new meanings for words right in their news stories.

Doing anything interesting this weekend? Made up any new words recently?

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Saturday Morning Weird News Dump

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Hot. Black. Bitter. Coffee or my soul?)


Wow, Saturday morning is here again. Here are just a few news stories that didn't make the AoSHQ and get their due attention.


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EMT 09/16/17

—krakatoa

EMT.

Assuming the alarm goes off.

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T.G.I.F. ONT

—WeirdDave

Friday night y'all. How's everyone doing out there in Moronville? How about if we start out with a little irony?

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Bradley "Chelz" Manning Hung Up Phone on Harvard Dean Who Told Him He Was No Longer a "Fellow"/
Combo: And GAINZZ Thread

—Ace

Strange -- I thought he'd been waiting for just that affirmation.

Anyway, still every inch the lady.

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of state secrets and served seven years in military prison, abruptly terminated a phone call with the dean of the Harvard Kennedy school in an expression of her dismay at his decision to revoke her visiting fellowship in the face of severe pressure from the CIA.

Manning ended the conversation on Thursday as the dean, Douglas Elmendorf, tried to justify to her his decision to cancel the fellowship only a day after it had been announced.

Oh, and this sweetheart, who taught at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice and bragged that he was happy to be teaching cops who would soon be "dead cops," has been suspended.

"Some of ya'll might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops," Isaacson tweeted on Aug. 23.

Below, the GAINZZZ thread. I don't put these up sometimes because I figure 50% or more of the readership just doesn't care, so I'm going to experiment with putting a news post and a GAINZZZ thread in one post. Comment on either (or whatever else) as you will.

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Pinch Faced Puritan and Church Lady Scold Brooke Baldwin Freaks the F Out Because Clay Travis Says He Only Believes in Two Things: The First Amendment, and Boobs

—Ace

Brooke Baldwin, who only has her show because she's a conventionally good-looking woman, freaks out that a heterosexual guy says he likes the First Amendment and boobs.

She continues to be #Triggered to the point of incoherence through the interview, and the Social Justice Warrior semi-male she has on for a counterpoint pretends to be equally offended.

By the way: She can't even say the word. Instead of saying the word, when she repeatedly asks him if he really said that.

She says "b - double-o - b - s," like it's "the n-word."

Then she decides she's just too #Triggered and yanks the mic:

"I'm done, I’m sorry. I’m done," Baldwin said before promptly ending the segment. "This conversation is over, yanking mics, bye."

"Anchors" who are on TV only because they look okay in bikinis and short skirts puddling themselves over hearing language a 6-year-old would find tame is not exactly the #FearlessJournalism I was promised.

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Revealed: Men Are Better At Throwing and Aiming -- and Therefore Physics -- Not Because of Biological Evolution of Their Brains to Favor Hunting Skills, But Only Because... They Play Aiming Games While Peeing

—Ace

The "academy" is a joke. They are nothing but political agenda. In this case, to prove that their is no difference -- none! -- between men and women, except for Society.


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Stacy Dash Responds To Pitybooking "Comedian" Chelsea Handler Calling Her a "Black White Supremacist"
Someone who has no talent whatsoever but gets gig after gig like Chelsea Handler really should be checking her own #WhitePrivilege, not trying to start a race war
CBS is the Only Network to Report That Amazon Has a Coordinated Partisan Effort to Delete One-Star Reviews of Hillary's Deplorable Book
One fun point: Norah O'Donnell reports, with great satisfaction I'm sure, that Hillary's deplorable book has a five star average on Amazon, not apparently realizing they just reported Amazon is zapping all the unfavorable reviews
And by the way, I've seen people complaining that two star reviews are being zapped too
Barely Mobile Turnip and Self-Described "Hack" for Democrats Glenn Thrush Says He's Putting His Much-Derided Twitter Account into "Dormant" Status, Because It's Too Much of a "Distraction"
Certainly these things are timesucks. But I'll eat his nasty fedora if he's able to resist the urge to publicly preen for more than two weeks.
Beijing's First-Of-Its-Kind (I Hope) Sex Doll Sharing Service Shuts Down After Only Four Days of Operation
"All deposits made for the sex doll sharing scheme will be returned to customers, the company said."
Well, I hope not all deposits.
My theory is that the owners never agreed who would have to clean the dolls after the three day rental, and the whole enterprise was terminated after they had a violent row about who was first on Smegma Duty
McClatchy Newspapers Get "Woke" from the Demi-Urge's False World: Here Now a Glimpse of "President Jeb" Bush
When a substantial part of the country has decided to elope to an alternate reality, it's time to recognize that the country is seized by viral insanity.
54 Suspected Voter Fraud Investigations in Oregon
They assured me this never happens.
All the Tabs Leftover From Last Week Clearance Day: Prog Lunatics Freak Out Over Trump Allowing Young Fan to Mow the White House Lawn
And enjoy with a former New York Times (of course) labor reporter turned hyperpartisan crank declaring that the gesture undermines child labor and safety laws and firing up the quickie Google Search to find the one story of a kid losing his leg in a "bizarre" lawn mower accident
Botox Nancy looses her cool. [Mis. Hum.]
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