Gentry Liberals Are Going to Force Your Town to Buy Billion-Dollar Toy Trains and There's Nothing You Can Do About It
Good piece at the Federalist on gentry liberals' insane insistence on paying hundreds of millions of dollars to install horrifically-outdated streetcars in their towns and cities.
Why do this? Well, I can only think because they've seen streetcars in movies, and think they look Classy. And they might look classy indeed. But then, anyone with any actual experience with streetcars would point out:
1. They're very slow
2. They slow down all vehicular traffic as well
3. They're very dangerous and are responsible for tremendous vehicular and bodily damage every year
4. And they cost a lot of money to provide you with nothing but downsides
But they do look classy, huh? Just like a movie!
I can't help but think gentry liberals do not like buses because The Poors ride buses, and so they're determined to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a dangerous, slow, expensive and very outdated transportation system that they don't associate with The Poors.
I'd like to point out to them that the Poors they're trying to avoid will in fact ride the streetcars too, if available, just as they ride the buses now.
Still, as the article points out, streetcars are really more of a Shelbyville idea.
First Star Wars Trailer Released
Geek-enjoy or nerd-hate it below.
Overnight Open Thread (11-27-2014) - Happy Thanksgiving Edition
And here are the results of a poll by Gizmodo:
8 ) Kansas City International Airport
7) Dulles International Airport
6) Philadelphia International Airport
5) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
4) Newark Liberty International Airport
3) O'Hare International Airport
2) Los Angeles International Airport
1) LaGuardia Airport
Well I've always found Newark and O'Hare to be big and kinda boring but at least not too decrepit. But Dulles feels like random buildings just hooked together by utility tunnels and LAX reminds me of an East Bloc airport built for the 1980 Olympics and barely maintained since then.
After the first 750 calories or so, your body begins to store a larger percentage of food as fat. A 2000 study found that the average adult gains a pound during each holiday season and usually never loses it.
So you have that going for you.
Police in New York arrested a number of protesters on Thursday who were apparently part of a movement to disrupt the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in order to demonstrate against the failure to indict Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown. At least seven people were detained, according to the New York Post, which had warned in its front page today about a "plot against Snoopy." The seven people who were arrested were apparently part of a group of people who overturned a trash can and tried to "run toward the floats," according to WPIX-TV. "But an hour later, there was no sign of turmoil along the parade route," notes theNew York Daily News.
And just following a supporter of #Gamergate can be enough to get you banned.
In a sign of how frenzied, panicky and intolerant the games industry establishment has become over the legitimate concerns of ordinary gamers, the International Game Developers' Association branded some 10,425 Twitter accounts, including those of journalists, as harassment "offenders" in a humiliatingly ill-conceived attempt to provide a "blocking tool" to its members.
The blocking tool, which has been widely mocked online for its lack of sophistication and "blanket ban" approach, was assembled by Randi Harper, a persistent online agitator. The tool prevents users from seeing not only the tweets of users Harper has decided are implicated in harassment, but also many accounts who simply follow those users, by blocking a list of thousands of users with the use of an automated "bot." . . .Dozens of innocent developers, journalists and even some feminist critics have been caught in the tool's exceptionally wide net, thanks to whom they follow on Twitter. Prominent internet personality and YouTuber Total Biscuit noted this weekend the absurdity of an international trade body accepting unfit-for-purpose software and capricious, arbitrary "harassment" clarifications by an independent developer who is hardly non-partisan in the ongoing GamerGate controversy. . . .
Also applies to hobos.
The Art of Carving is the science of carving. One must understand anatomy, have a steady hand, a sure eye, and extreme patience-to say nothing of a good sense of showmanship-to be a good carver. Of course, tools and equipment are important attributes, but they must be guided by sensitivity, awareness, and complete control.
Let us consider first of all carving equipment. Our functional age has brought a wealth of carving material, magnificently wrought, balanced, and plain, to a high degree of perfection. I have experimented and demonstrated with a great variety of today's cutlery and find it, for the most part, easy to handle, simple to keep in condition, and most efficient. It has been my experience, however, that these contemporary precision instruments need as careful attention as a surgeon's tools. Too often, however, they are treated with complete carelessness and are often abused.
It is, alas, in eight out of ten instances, the women who are responsible rather than the men. A man may supply himself with a fine set of knives for all purposes, but it usually remains for the distaff side of the house to divert their function. I have seen delicate, hollow-ground knives which have been used to cut through bones or for chopping and which soon resembled a cross saw. I have shuddered to see the delicate and finely honed edge of a carving knife made blunt and broken by being used for an all-purpose knife or by being thrust into a patent sharpener. A hollow-ground or hand-made magnesium steel knife needs as careful attention as a straight-edged razor. Most modern knives are built for long, careful service and require sharpening only once or twice during the course of a year. There are rigid rules for sharpening all contemporary cutlery which should be followed to the letter. Rules for the proper care of cutlery almost invariably come along with the modern knives. Do not think that because you have always sharpened your old all-purpose kitchen knives on an old crock or on a patented sharpener, you can use a delicate, highly styled instrument the same way. Reserve these knives for the functions for which they were made and use heavy-duty knives for all other purposes....My final plea about game carving is that you care for your tools and implements as if they were, as they are, precision instruments. Do not let tradition override you and prejudice you against shears, for not only will they ease your job but they will protect your fine cutlery. Keep your fine equipment as a thing apart, and use it for that purpose only. This may sound like a luxury, but in the long run it is exceedingly practical.
There are only two living species of turkey: Meleagris gallopavo, or the wild turkey, which is the one we domesticated and eat with stuffing, and the one which most Americans are familiar with. And then there's Meleagris ocellata, or the ocellated turkey, which isn't as well known.
For anyone who thinks turkeys are dull, the ocellated turkey is a vibrant counterpoint. The flashier looking of the two turkeys, it has iridescent bronze, blue, and green feathers, eye spots on the tail feathers (from which it gets its name), a powder blue head dotted with orange and red nodules, and a bright red ring around the eyes. And instead of gobbling like their cousins, ocellated turkeys have a repertoire of vocalizations that include low, nasal "puts," whistles, beeps, "hee-haw" sounds and a mating call composed of bassy drumming sounds followed by a trill. Zoologist A. Starker Leopold described this last call as sounding like "ting-ting-ting-co-on-cot-zitl-glung," with the last note "having a bell-like quality."While the wild turkey is usually considered one of the great conservation success stories, the ocellated turkey is faring less well. After unregulated hunting and habitat destruction dwindled the wild turkey's numbers to approximately 30,000 birds in the early 20th century.
Yahoo group. That is all.
Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For the children.
And my lo-fi Twitter spew.
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—Dave In Texas
Did I let out an notch on my belt? Wouldn't you like to know? Well ok maybe not.
Cowgirls and Bears stunk it up today. Seattle and San Fran coming up.
Hate them both.
—Dave In Texas
Philadelphia at Dallas, open thread below for all the open things.
The fat man weighs in (SWIDT):
Hate Speech From A Religious Fanatic [OregonMuse]
How About A Little Cthurkey?
Reich-wing fascist tea-bagger George Washington is spewing dangerous religious propaganda:
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and - Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness":
Has he never heard of the separation of church and state? This is nothing but hate speech.
But wait, it gets worse:
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
The totalizing meta-narrative of white hegemony being asserted here is absolutely suffocating. There's nothing here about women, black slaves, or transgendered native Americans. They must be content with the crumbs dropped from the white man's table of privilege.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
This is a declaration of war against non-white, non-male, non-heterosexual minorities. Obviously, the white European institutions of bigotry, intolerance and greed must be upheld at the expense of the oppressed and disadvantaged.
What a h8r.
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Thanksgiving Football Thread
—Dave In Texas
First up Detroit and Chicago.
Not your best travel destinations or connections today I hear.
Happy Thanksgiving Morons. Oh, Cleveland not so good either. At least they're not Detroit. They're not Detroit!
Early Thanksgiving Thread [krakatoa]
Happy Thanksgiving, my hordelings.
I have much to be thankful for. It is little baby Krak/t's first Thanksgiving, and each of her firsts bring so much of a sense of renewal to everything we experience as a family.
We were invited to Grandpa's house for this day, and there is lovely snow, and the promise of lots of company.
I have been conscripted into duty to cook the bird, and while I like to think it is because I am a good cook, but it may just be because I'm the only one who gets up this early.
Either way, I get all the tasty test bits as the bird cooks, and for that, I am very thankful indeed.
Finally, I am thankful to Ace for having provided this site we all take so much pleasure in.
If you are planning on any Amazon shopping today and throughout the weekend, help show your thanks by following his Amazon store link to start your search from.
Overnight Open Thread (11-26-2014)
Dozens of UCSD students brought traffic to a halt on northbound Interstate 5 Wednesday morning to protest the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict a white policeman for killing an unarmed black teenager.
A crowd of an estimated 50 to 70 protesters marched onto the freeway at Nobel Drive at about 6:49 a.m., blocking the northbound lanes. They remained in the roadway for about 40 minutes until San Diego police arrived and removed them.
The protesters left the freeway peacefully and began marching on surface streets. There were no immediate reports of arrests.
I'll say it right now: This is such an egregious and deliberate provocation and harassment of innocent people that I will not convict anyone who assaults or even kills these kind of protesters.
Just come up with some kind of semi-plausible BS about not seeing them due to reflections of Venus trapped in swamp gas that got into your eye and you'll walk free. People get shot for less every single day. Note that this can be avoided if the police will come down hard on freeway blockers but since they won't, it'll have to be discouraged in a different, harsher way.
"Listen, you know -- here. Can I just say this, all right? I've listened to you. I heard you. I heard you. I heard you. All right? Now I have been respectful, I let you holler. All right? So let me just -- nobody is removing you. I have heard you, but you have got to listen to me, too. All right? And I understand you may disagree, I understand you may disagree. But we have got to be able to talk honestly about these issues, all right?
"Now, you're absolutely right that there have been significant numbers of deportations. That's true. But what you are not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law."
But truth must bow down before the revolutionary narrative.
The forensic evidence collected at the scene includes blood droplet spatter that suggests Michael Brown did in fact turn and then advance upon Officer Wilson.
Evidence collected inside the car, on Wilson's gun, from his uniform, and from Michael Brown's body in three separate autopsies are consistent with the claim that Brown was shot in the hand in the struggle over the weapon.
Multiple eyewitnesses confirmed the physical evidence that Michael Brown was advancing upon Officer Wilson when he was shot and killed.While there may not be such thing as a "textbook" shooting, every single shot fired by Officer Wilson, from the first attempt inside the Tahoe until the final shot into the apex of a charging Brown's head, was entirely justified as a matter of self-defense.
13 years ago yesterday he was the first American killed in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.
The story of this small band of men has been told, but not told enough.
Spann was killed during the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi when Taliban prisoners gained access to weapons and attacked.Spann was killed during that uprising (see video). One of the prisoners was the so-called American Taliban, John Walker Lyndh, who Spann interrogated shortly before Spann's death.
And his interrogation of Johnny Walker Lindh minutes before the uprising may have been one of his last conversations:
Spann [to Dave]: Yeah, he won't talk to me.
Dave: OK, all right. We explained what the deal is to him.
Spann: I was explaining to the guy we just want to talk to him, find out what his story is.
Spann and Dave talk, inaudible.
Dave [to Spann]: The problem is, he's got to decide if he wants to live or die and die here. We're just going to leave him, and he's going to f-cking sit in prison the rest of his f-cking short life. It's his decision, man. We can only help the guys who want to talk to us. We can only get the Red Cross to help so many guys.
Spann [to Walker]: Do you know the people here you're working with are terrorists and killed other Muslims? There were several hundred Muslims killed in the bombing in New York City. Is that what the Koran teaches? I don't think so. Are you going to talk to us?
Walker does not respond
Dave [to Spann]: That's all right man. Gotta give him a chance, he got his chance.Spann and Dave stand and talk to each other. Both look frustrated. Spann stands with his hands on his hips, and Dave kicks up some dust with his boot.
At any rate, the new nomenclature seems pretty silly, and the need to change from unlawful combatant non-existent. Don't blame the Department of Defense for it, although we can certainly wonder why it took them five years to catch up to the changes (and what may have prompted the recent action). That silliness comes from one of America's great resources of silliness and meaningless redefinitions of perfectly suitable language - from your elected officials on Capitol Hill. On the plus side, we can now ask terrorists to check their unprivilege as they enter the detention system, or something.
26 ace years ago you had mentioned finding dirt on reporters and treating them to It the way they treat the population.
is that still a viable idea?
although i imagine they would have the ability to hide their dirt better as they have Friends in higher places than the average joe
Posted by: willow at November 25, 2014 05:31 PM (nqBYe)
I've thought about doing this in the past but the most useful dirt and details might also open up legal issues. Perhaps if there was a public version and then a private membership version with complete details...
Also it appears that the NYT reporters who revealed Darren Wilson's address have now been doxxed.
But while the quotas for Jews are gone, the Ivy League now, by all accounts, has quotas for Asian students. They are seen as people who study too hard, boring grinds who aren't much fun - and, of course, their parents aren't as rich and connected. And though the numbers of highly qualified Asian applicants have grown dramatically, the number of Asians admitted stays pretty much the same every year.
Now the Asian students are suing. In a lawsuit against Harvard, they are claiming that Harvard demands higher qualifications from Asian students than from others, and that it uses "racial classifications to engage in the same brand of invidious discrimination against Asian Americans that it formerly used to limit the number of Jewish students in its student body."
From the graph it's clear that Caltech did not get onboard with the Asian quota train.
I was skeptical when I first saw the headline but the results seem to be legit. The biggest improvement comes in the near IR range which means that light between 800nm and 1000nm which was essentially wasted before now gets converted into electrons.
Apparently the pit pattern on a blu-ray disk is great at helping trap photons, rather than reflecting them. Applying this pattern to the glass in a solar panel can boost efficiency by 22%. Researchers at Northwestern tested this system with Jackie Chan discs. From the article: "To increase the efficiency of a solar panel by 22%, the researchers at Northwestern bought a copy of Police Story 3: Supercop on Blu-ray; removed the top plastic layer, exposing the recording medium beneath; cast a mold of the quasi-random pattern; and then used the mold to create a photovoltaic cell with the same pattern....The end result is a solar panel that has a quantum efficiency of around 40% - up about 22% from the non-patterned solar panel."
How do you know you're at your parents' house? The wifi password is long, complicated & written on a piece of paper no one can find.
- Chris Rock (@ozchrisrock) November 26, 2014
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New Jurassic Park Sequel to be Released in 2015
It's called, Fuck You, America: This Is What You Get.
And we deserve it, too.
Yeah I know we all love Chris Pratt but seriously.
Some Meh Movies That Are Decent Enough
Hollywood doesn't really make good movies anymore, so here are some Meh ones that are decent wastes of your time.
So if you need stuff to watch this Thanksgiving holiday weekend:
Hansel & Gretl: Witch-Hunters. Just pretty much fun from the opening. Good "Troll" make up (or CGI). I honestly just flat-out enjoyed this movie.
Oh by the way: This movie is ridiculously violent. Ridiculously.
It doesn't just have one head being squashed/exploded by powerful force (a troll's fist, a horse's hoof). It has at least two and maybe three.
Non-Stop. Cranky conservatives may whine about the solution to the mystery, but I'd object back that It's just a movie and a movie has to do something different, right?
Well the solution is dumb and really makes no sense if you think about it, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it's fun, tense, involving thriller, and they don't really make thrillers anymore, so.
Another movie I just liked.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The concept looks awful, the trailers looked like unfunny CGI-overload nonsense, and it seems kind of shitty to use the "Walter Mitty" title to sell a movie that has almost nothing at all to do with Walter Mitty.
But it turns out the movie is reasonably good. Maybe you just have to be in the mood for it. It's one of those Follow Your Dream movies, but it's especially strident about it.
But I got into it.
On the "Walter Mitty" title -- It feels like a script was written that had nothing to do with Walter Mitty at all, except for the basic idea of a daydreamer hero, but the studio decided "Wow we'd have so much more MindSpace if we had the Walter Mitty title, so let's buy the title and slap it on this unrelated movie."
Now even though that's what I think happened here, I'd point out that the unrelated screenplay is still worth shooting a movie from, and if they had to buy the Walter Mitty title to get financing (based on all that additional "MindSpace"), well, who cares.
Understand going in that this movie has nothing to do with Walter Mitty, except for the title, and except for the hero's name. Not even the better dream sequences are used for the movie.
Still, Walter Mitty is unfilmable as a movie so what did you expect? (No character arc, no actual plot movement. It's just the same joke 4 or 5 times, and then "The End.")
And also, if they felt like they needed that Walter Mitty brand name to sell an unrelated, but still worthy, script, eh, who cares. This is Jon Gruber's America, after all. Such minor deceptions aren't worth getting upset about.
The movie can't really decide if it's your typical Zoolander crazy-silliness Ben Stiller movie or a more heartfelt Follow Your Dream adventure, but it still works, mostly.
Basically a travelogue movie with some settings I wasn't expecting and didn't realize would be fun to look at (Greenland, Iceland, and Afghanistan).
Guardians of the Galaxy. Professional enough, and determined to please you like a puppy. Like a puppy, it's kind of dumb and only has three modes (Eat, Poop, and Slobber), but it's okay.
Not really anything like "The modern-day Star Wars" or anything like that. It's just not serious enough to sell you on the idea that this is what Space looks like. Some nonsense is so cheesy that it seems more Flash Gordon (and I mean the 70s movie version) than Star Wars.
The characters are kind of broad and silly... like Muppets. So it's Muppets in Space, but more violent.
Nothing really wrong with it, and I'd definitely rent it. I just don't want anyone's expectation levels to be set anywhere close to high, though. It's just a dumb, silly special effects movie that doesn't offend. Okay, but don't expect something inspired.
Live. Die. Repeat: The Edge of Tomorrow: People are mentioning this Tom Cruise sci-fi movie favorably in the comments. I reviewed it a while back, also very favorably.
The Only Progressive Guide to Thanksgiving Political Arguments You'll Need
From Joe Limey.
In the great progressive spirit, here are a few tips on how to talk to -- and morally improve -- your family this Thanksgiving:
1. Your crazy uncle complains in passing that the construction on Redlands Avenue is limiting the flow of traffic to his hardware store, and wonders if the job could be completed more quickly.
This must not be allowed to stand. Ask your uncle if he's an anarchist and if he has heard of Somalia. If you missed Politics 101 at Oberlin, refer to the Fact Cards that you have printed out from Vox.com and explain patiently that the government is the one thing that we all belong to and that the worry that it is "too big" or "too centralized" or "too slow to achieve basic tasks" has a long association with neo-Confederate causes.
Meanwhile there's this:
Which called to mind this article on progressive bullshit I've been wanting to link for two weeks.
"Bullshit" is American English's assertion, maximally succinct and vigorous, that a contention is factually preposterous or logically absurd. According to philosophy professor Harry Frankfurt, however, the "essence of bullshit is not that it is false but that it is phony." His slender volume devoted to the subject, On Bullshit, invites us to think of a Fourth of July orator "who goes on bombastically about 'our great and blessed country, whose Founding Fathers under divine guidance created a new beginning for mankind.'" The speaker’s point is not "to deceive anyone concerning American history." Rather,what he cares about is what people think of him. He wants them to think of him as a patriot, as someone who has deep thoughts and feelings about the origins and the mission of our country, who appreciates the importance of religion, who is sensitive to our history, whose pride in that history is combined with humility before God, and so on.
It's difficult to banish the glum suspicion that life in the 21st century, for all its economic and technological benefits, necessitates putting up with much more bullshit than our ancestors had to.
What I can't stand is the endless posturing -- it's not that Ezra Klein's statement that this is an "excellent" cover is false, per se. I don't really care one way or the other if it's "excellent."
Though it's not precisely original, if we're going to debate its purported excellence:
No, the problem is that the statement does not invite us to decide whether it is true or false. The truth or falsity of the statement itself is not the point.
The statement in fact is a hollowed-out shell inside which is smuggled the real statement:
That Ezra Klein is bien pensant given to Thinking Serious Thoughts About Race and Such.
That is what drives me crazy about modern discourse. So little of it is actually designed to advance a proposition. So much of it is designed to advance The Speaker.
Modern speech is insanely "performative." Modern speech is marked not by its focus on the statement itself but on the act of making the statement, and how that act (allegedly) credits the speaker.
This shit must be called out until it stops.
We live in a Narcissistic Age. This era's defining vice is Vanity.
And we cannot allow these narcissistic headcases to get away with disguising constant self-flattery as alleged "political" speech about ideas external to them.
Second Take: Schumer's Merely Attempting a Trial Balloon Tactic of Distancing Democrats From Obamacare, While Continuing to Support and Defend It
I thought the Schumer statement -- in which he criticized Obama for pushing Obamacare in 2010, instead of addressing the needs of the And The Middle Class -- was important.
But now I think it's just so much positioning. With Elizabeth Warren now endorsing his statement (!!!), it seems obvious to me that this does not represent a true schism in the Democrat Party, but rather a way to snooker the voters again, to Gruber them anew.
The public has turned against government "solutions," starting with its longheld opposition to Obamacare. And Obama is more personally unpopular than ever.
As John Ekdahl is always saying, at some point the 2016 elections will require Democrats to separate themselves from Obama, at least rhetorically, if not in reality.
Thus Charles Schumer's attempt at what he thinks is a cagey fillip -- he will not actually come out against Obamacare, but attempt to channel the frustration of the voters ("They spent all their time trying to pass this bill which only helps 5% of the population, instead of us, the bruised and battered And The Middle Class") without actually giving an inch on Obamacare.
They did the same thing with Clinton during Impeachment, of course. They would not vote for impeachment (just as they will not vote to repeal Obamacare or alleviate the punishing effects on the And The Middle Class) but they came up with a series of rhetorical posturings -- Clinton's behavior is "simply indefensible," for example -- intended to mimic the public's emotional response to the scandal without actually giving an inch on it in policy terms.
So now Charles Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren (!!!), are complaining that Obama spent too much time and capital and money addressing the concerns of the lower classes without sufficiently addressing the needs of the And The Middle Class.
But will they attempt to actually unburden the And The Middle Class by ending Obamacare's punishing wealth-redistributing taxes on the And The Middle Class?
Of course not.
But Schumer (and Warren, and Hillary too) hope that the And The Middle Class is enough of a cheap date to just accept some emotional grousing, rather than demanding specific action to alleviate their burdens.
The Left's Unending Fascination With Scripts to Browbeat Relatives on Thanksgiving Strongly Resemble... Scripts for Religious Conversion
Think Progress has a guide on "how to argue with your Evangelical uncle" about marriage equality. Vox is advising you on Bill Cosby, Ferguson, and immigration (you're for it as much as possible, of course).
Last year, some of Michael Bloomberg's dollars trickled down to someone who gave you talking points on gun control. Chris Hayes is once again dedicating an hour of his MSNBC show to the cause.
Less combatively, Conor Friedersdorf advises you to adopt his brand of nodding empathy: "Before you focus on any point of disagreement, ask questions of your interlocutor to figure out why they think the way they do about the subject at hand."
These advice columns are becoming a genre unto themselves. The stock villain: crazy right-wing uncle, the jokes about stuffing. But I recognize them by what they unwittingly emulate: guides for religious evangelism. The gentle, righteous self-regard, the slightly orthogonal response guides, the implied urgency to cure your loved ones of their ignorance. Your raging uncle will know the truth, and the truth will set him free.
That's a problem. Our politics are taking on a religious shape. Increasingly we allow politics to form our moral identity and self-conception. We surround ourselves with an invisible community of the "elect" who share our convictions, and convince ourselves that even our closest and beloved relatives are not only wrong, but enemies of goodness itself. And so one of the best, least religious holidays in the calendar becomes a chance to deliver your uncle up as a sinner in the hands of an angry niece.
One thing that interests me about these Bluffers' Guides to Politics:
Supposedly progressives are super-informed and Love Science. Indeed, that's the main "political" argument they're actually arguing for.
So why is it so many of them seem to need these bluffer's guides to explain to them why they believe the things they believe?
It doesn't really make sense, does it? They're anxious because they're going to a Thanksgiving dinner where they won't have an Automatic Affirmation Clap Circle applauding their poses and posturings, but instead might be asked things like "Where are you getting that claim from?"
And this produces in them a terrible anxiety -- an anxiety disclosed by all these articles in their first paragraphs, which note the anxiety and fear before proposing a way to combat it.
But if they believe all these things so terribly fiercely, shouldn't they already sorta know why they believe them?
It's incredible, when you think about it -- they go through the whole year believing in their progressive catechisms zealously but only bother to ask Why do we believe this progressive religious nonsense again? one single day of the year, the one single day of the year where they fear they might be questioned about their religious beliefs.
Wednesday Morning News Dump
- Brand Unawareness
- Obama The Troll
- It's Never Enough For The Left
- Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Obama's Amnesty
- Dear Media, How Not To Screw Up The Next Ferguson
- Illegal Immigrants Could Receive Social Security, Medicare Under Obama Action
- House Report Says CIA Monitored Arms Shipments To Syria
- Why Did President Obama Appoint Chuck Hagel In The First Place
- Michael Brown Protestors Blocking Ambulances In Boston
- More Evidence That The Left Wants To Get Into Your Bedroom
- Blue Dress Optional
- Dear Conservatives, Enough With The 'Stars'
- More How To Ruin Your Family's Thanksgiving Advice From The Left
- All That's Old Is New Again
Morning Thread (11-26-2014)
Nice work by @GerryDales on sourcing these "spontaneous" protests.
As you'd expect, it's the same old group of anarchists, Marxists, etc. that are behind anti-war protests (expiration date, Jan. 20, 2009), WTO, Occupy, etc., etc. Mike Brown? Never heard of him.
My thoughts on the protesters:
Overnight Open Thread (11-25-2014)
Because I'm tired and lazy tonight.
Someone on AR15.com collected these videos of the riots in progress.
A couple observations/notes:
- Fashion-wise it was still the 80s in 1992.
- Newscasters were even more woefully ignorant of guns then if that's possible.
- It's good to have friends. And armed friends who show up are best of all.
- The female reporter in video 3 is either very brave or very stupid or both.
- There's a gunfight between Korean storeowners and gangbangers starting at about 1:25 in video 3
- Riots are scary as shit (okay I knew this from being caught up in the LA riots but over the 22 years it's faded a bit)
I then opened my door again and used my door to push him backwards, and while I'm doing that I tell him to "get the fuck back," and then I use my door to push him.
He then grabs my door again and shuts my door. At that time is when I saw him coming into my vehicle. His head was higher than the top of my car. And I see him ducking and as he is ducking, his hands are up and he is coming in my vehicle.
I had shielded myself in this type of manner and kind of looked away, so I don't remember seeing him come at me, but I was hit right here in the side of the face with a fist. I don't think it was a full-on swing, I think it was a full-on swing but not a full shot. I think my arm deflected some of it, but there was still a significant amount of contact that was made to my face.
After he hit me then, it stopped for a second. He kind of like, I remember getting hit and he kind of like grabbed and pulled, and then it stopped. When I looked up, if this is my car door, I'm sitting here facing that way, he's here. He turns like this and now the Cigarillos I see in his left hand. He's going like this and he says, "hey, man, hold these."
I tried to hold his right arm and use my left hand to get out to have some type of control and not be trapped in my car any more. And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan.
Hulk Hogan, that's just how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm.
And as I'm trying to open the door is when, and I can't really get it open because he is standing only maybe 6 inches from my door, but as I was trying to pull the handle, I see his hand coming back around like this and he hit me with this part of his right here, just a full swing all the way back around and hit me right here. (indicating)
After he did that, next thing I remember is how do I get this guy away from me. What do I to not get beaten inside my car.
I considered using my mace, however, I wasn't willing to sacrifice my left hand, which is blocking my face to go for it. I couldn't reach around on my right to get it and if I would have gotten it out, the chances of it being effective were slim to none. His hands were in front of his face, it would have blocked the mace from hitting him in the face and if any of that got on me, I know what it does to me and I would have been out of the game. I wear contacts, if that touches any part of my eyes, then I can't see at all.
Like I said, I don't carry a taser, I considered my asp [expandable baton], but to get that out since I kind of sit on it, I usually have to lean forward and pull myself forward to the steering wheel to get it out. Again, I wasn't willing to let go of the one defense I had against being hit. The whole time, I can't tell you if he was swinging at me or grabbing me or pushing me or what, but there was just stuff going on and I was looking down figuring out what to do.
Also, when I was grabbing my asp, I knew if I did even get it out, I'm not going to be able to expand it inside the car or am I going to be able to make a swing that will be effective in any manner.
Next I considered my flashlight. I keep that on the passenger side of the car. I wasn't going to, again, reach over like this to grab it and then even if I did grab it, would it even be effective. We are so close and confined.
So the only other option I thought I had was my gun. I drew my gun, I turned. It is kind of hard to describe it, I turn and I go like this. He is standing here. I said," get back or I'm going to shoot you."He immediately grabs my gun and says, "you are too much of a pussy to shoot me." [emphasis added--AFB]
Channeling his inner Robert Fisk.
Senior Oliver Friedfeld and his roommate were held at gunpoint and mugged recently. However, the GU student isn't upset. In fact he says he "can hardly blame [his muggers]."
"Not once did I consider our attackers to be 'bad people.' I trust that they weren't trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they'd think I was okay," wrote Friedfeld in an editorial featured in The Hoya, the university's newspaper. "The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine."
Friedfeld claims it is the pronounced inequality gap in Washington, D.C. that has fueled these types of crimes. He also says that as a middle-class man, he does not have the right to judge his muggers."Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as 'thugs?'" asks Friedfeld. "It's precisely this kind of 'otherization' that fuels the problem."
Some people simply lack or have been conditioned over years of education to lose all survival instincts. And they rely on stronger, savvier people to protect them while all the while feeling smugly superior to their protectors.
The arc of Obama's presidency when it comes to who he listens to most, however, appears to be not all that dissimilar from the one he rose to prominence critiquing. It turns out that in politics, keeping your friends close and your enemies (or at least rivals) closer isn't as important as keeping your friends close.
It's Come To This: The WaPo Ran a Fact-check on an SNL Skit Criticizing Obama
So NY Giants receiver Odell Beckham made this catch in Sunday's game against Dallas. What a lucky grab from the air right?
Except that it turns out that he regularly practices making exactly this kind of catch.
Their trademark was cancelled in June by the USPTO and they are fighting to get it back.
A journalist I've known for many years recalls a sordid tale about Cosby in the summer of 1989, when the reporter was working for the National Enquirer.
The supermarket weekly had a solid story about Cosby - whose show was No. 1 in TV ratings and who was viewed as a perfect father figure - "swinging with Sammy Davis Jr. and some showgirls in Las Vegas," the reporter, who didn't want to be named, told me yesterday.
Contacted by the Enquirer for comment, Cosby apparently handed the weekly a story about his then-23-year-old daughter Erinn's battle with drug and alcohol abuse instead."My editor told me that daddy Cosby was the source. He ratted out his flesh and blood," said my source.
These are the mostly-SFW ones.
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Media's New Theory: White Officials Deliberately Stoked Riots In Order to Distract from Wilson Verdict
Erin Burnett just trotted this insane theory out on CNN, claiming that there was arguably something to it.
So now even the rioting is also due to White Devil Police Men.
There's just a blame-shifting excuse for everything, huh?
Somehow, there's always an excuse for rioting in Ferguson. Remember the militarization of the police? Back in August, it was allegedly provoking otherwise law-abiding people into acts of mayhem because they were so angered by the sight of military-style equipment. Then, the police backed off and businesses were ransacked anyway. At another point, the authorities supposedly provoked more unrest by releasing video of Michael Brown robbing a store. Now, it is the timing of the announcement that Officer Wilson won’t be charged that we’re told is responsible for all the property damage and arson. Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post had a theory on Morning Joe this morning that the announcement was timed to maximize the rioting so as to distract from the non-indictment.
The same media which engaged in endless Conspiracy Theory Shaming with respect to birtherism is now actually pushing this hyperpartisan fantasia.
New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson's Home Address
Feds Paid $5 Million For Monthly Government-Sponsored Hipster Raves, Featuring Lots of Anti-Conservative Political Agitprop
Ostensibly these Hipster Raves were for the purposes of discouraging an at-risk group (white hipsters) from smoking, because you know how much insecure young people who want to be seen as "cool" respond to government-sponsored anti-drug messaging.
But to get these white slackers to accept that not smoking was "cool," they had to throw in a lot of anti-conservative agitprop as the spoonful of sugar.
Oh by way the National Institutes of Health is spending this $5 million on Pabst Blue Ribbon for hipsters instead of ebola. You're welcome.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly $5 million to get hipsters to quit smoking by starting “commune” dance parties in bars across California.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) are using taxpayer dollars to bring anti-tobacco marketing into bars by selling posters and t-shirts, including those that deride the views of neoconservatives, saying the political philosophy is as bad as world hunger.
The $4,904,466 grant was awarded in 2011, and runs through 2016.
"In our prior research, we identified a high-risk subpopulation of young adults in San Diego, CA: the 'hipster' subculture, a group focused on the alternative music scene, local artists and designers, and eclectic self-expression," the grant explained. "We developed a yearlong pilot social branding intervention to decrease smoking among this group, using social events and social leaders to promote a strong nonsmoking lifestyle."
Pamela Ling, a professor at UCSF School of Medicine, is leading the project. Ling was the "medical student who got her way" in the 1994 season of MTV's "The Real World" before becoming a doctor.
Now Ling wants to help UCSF's Center for Tobacco Control Research create a "smoke-free world" by appealing to hipsters' concerns about "social justice."
"Saying 'Smoking is bad for you' isn't relevant to them," Ling told the University. "But they do care about self-expression and social justice."
The group holds events, known as "Commune Wednesdays," every month at bars in San Diego, San Francisco, and Burlington, Vt., trying to appeal to hipsters through artwork, alternative bands, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
You can read about the political messaging at the link.
You may already be infuriated, but prepare to be even more infuriated by this rhetorical question:
College-educated "hipsters" are not at particularly high risk of becoming habit smokers, at least not compared to other groups.
Another group much more likely to become habit smokers are non- college educated blue-collar whites.
A group that tends to lean Republican in politics and traditionalist on social issues questions.
Now, given that blue-collar whites are more likely to become habit smokers than hipsters, how many millions do you suppose were spent to attract blue-collar whites to bars to buy them their beers of choice, to hire them the bands they favor, and to try to reach them with political messaging of an anti-progressive, pro-traditionalist bent?
I've got a guess and I'm pretty sure it's not a guess, it's an actual correct answer:
Zero fucking dollars.
Your Leftist Media, Cheerleaders for Rioting
Oh, by the way, you know what the real cause of the Ferguson Riots is? "White rage."
A good recap of the media's lunatic gibberings through all last night.
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder: Did Governor Jay Nixon Refuse to Deploy the National Guard Because of Pressure from Obama and Holder?
What isn't speculation is that the National Guard was at the town, but did not move in to restore order until this morning, after dozens of businesses had already been looted and/or burned to the ground.
"What the vast majority of Missourians are asking this morning is, 'We see the National Guard rolling in this morning, … where were they last night?' The law-abiding citizens, and businesses owners, and taxpayers of Ferguson and the St. Louis region have the right to ask this governor to answer some questions," Kinder charged in a Fox News interview....
"Why were they not in there at the first sign of an overturned police car, or a smashed police car window, with a show of force that would have stopped this? And here’s my question that the governor must answer: Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason," Kinder said.
Ferguson's mayor did request that the Guard be deployed -- and he was ignored.
Nice Deb makes a good point -- stop referring to violence and arson as "protests."
But that's their favorite trick, isn't it?
Charles Schumer: Passing Obamacare Instead of Dealing With the Recession Was a Mistake
This is surprising. Schumer is a safe senator from deep blue New York and doesn't have -- unless he's insane -- any delusions about one day being president.
He's not actually denouncing Obamacare but this is kind of close to that.
"After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle-class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them," Schumer said. "We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem—health care reform."
The third-ranking Senate Democrat noted that just about 5 percent of registered voters in the United States lacked health insurance before the implementation of the law, arguing that to focus on a problem affecting such "a small percentage of the electoral made no political sense."
The larger problem, affecting most Americans, he said, was a poor economy resulting from the recession. "When Democrats focused on health care, the average middle-class person thought, 'The Democrats aren't paying enough attention to me,' " Schumer said.
The health care law should have come later, Schumer argued, after Democrats had passed legislation to help the middle class weather the recession. Had Democrats pushed economic legislation, he said, "the middle class would have been more receptive to the idea that President Obama wanted to help them" and, in turn, they would have been more receptive to the health care law.
Schumer said he told fellow Democrats in the lead-up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act that it was the wrong time to pass the law.
"People thought—and I understand this—lots of people thought this was the only time to do this, it's very important to do. And we should have done it. We just shouldn't have done it first," he said. "We were in the middle of a recession. People were hurting and saying, 'What about me? I'm losing my job. It's not health care that bothers me. What about me?' … About 85 percent of all Americans were fine with their health care in 2009, mainly because it was paid for by either the government or their employer, private sector. So they weren't clamoring. The average middle-class voter, they weren't opposed to doing health care when it started out, but it wasn't at the top of the agenda."
The Democrat Party can't "help" the middle class, because the middle class is where it gets all that money to redistribute from.
Van Gogh, "Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book" (1888)
Tuesday Morning News Dump
- In Case You Hadn't Heard, There Was No Indictment For Officer Wilson
- Protestors Honoring The Memory Of Michael Brown By Looting The Store Brown Robbed Before He Was Shot
- Am I A Bad Person For Enjoying This?
- Yeah, I'm A Terrible Person
- Alternate Reality Headline Of The Day
- Conventional Wisdom
- Oh Yeah, Protestors Not Buying Stuff Friday Will Wreck Our Economy Or Something
- Obama As Good At Stopping Riots As He Is A Picking NCAA Brackets
- Chuck Hagel Is Out As Defense Secretary, So You Know What That Means
- Hotel Denies Hillary's Claim Of Employing Illegals
- The Forgotten Americans
- Did A Texas Jury Send The Right Baby Killer To Death Row
- Japans Youth Fret As Recession Hits
- Yeah, They're Spending Your Tuition Money Wisely
- Feel Good Story Of The Day
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Looks like the media got what it wanted in Ferguson; arson, looting ... the works.
Pity the poor people who have to pick up the pieces after they move on.
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Properties also consistent with the truth...
And the left is already spreading its poison:
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said there were "phrases that serve as an excuse for not thinking." One of these phrases that substitute for thought today is one that depicts the current problems of blacks in America as "a legacy of slavery."
...Despite the grand myth that black economic progress began or accelerated with the passage of the Civil Rights laws and "War on Poverty" programs of the 1960s, the cold fact is that the poverty rate among blacks fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent by 1960. This was before any of those programs began.
Over the next 20 years, the poverty rate among blacks fell another 18 percentage points, compared to the 40-point drop in the previous 20 years. This was the continuation of a previous economic trend, at a slower rate of progress, not the economic grand deliverance proclaimed by liberals and self-serving black "leaders."
Ending the Jim Crow laws was a landmark achievement. But, despite the great proliferation of black political and other "leaders" that resulted from the laws and policies of the 1960s, nothing comparable happened economically. And there were serious retrogressions socially.Nearly a hundred years of the supposed "legacy of slavery" found most black children being raised in two-parent families in 1960. But thirty years after the liberal welfare state found the great majority of black children being raised by a single parent.
You've come a long way baby.
I began my career as a police officer in the mid 1970s. Very few police agencies carried semi-automatic handguns in those days, and the few that were widely available suffered from significant reliability problems. It was an article of faith that revolvers were flawlessly reliable and accurate while semiautomatic handguns weren't, and there was more than a little anecdotal evidence to support this contention.
...Compared to modern handguns, the weapons available to the budding semi-auto fan in the 1970s and early 80s were crude indeed. When I refer to lack of reliability, I mean that it wasn't uncommon to experience at least one malfunction per magazine. My little Browning BDA .380 was absolutely reliable, but others that tried examples of the same gun-or its Beretta sister-had substantial troubles.
A shrill, backstage brawl at "The View" Wednesday left co-host Rosie Perez in tears while panelists Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell battled over how to cover the latest allegations against Bill Cosby and the racially charged upheaval in Ferguson, Mo., sources said.
O'Donnell believed the show - now overseen by ABC News - needed to delve deeper into both controversial subjects, while Goldberg wanted to steer clear of the topics altogether.
Ultimately, both news stories were discussed at length on the air by the panel."There's terrible frustration and there are problems," a source close to the show told the Daily News. "Whoopi didn't want to talk about Cosby and Ferguson, Rosie (O'Donnell) did - how could you not? These are topics that are uncomfortable for everyone, but it's 'The View' and it's their job to talk about topics that might make some people tense."
I think I like the German and UK versions best.
The news that Big Carb doesn't want you to know.
A new study by researchers at Ohio State University found that dramatically increasing the amount of saturated fat in a person's diet did not increase the amount of saturated fat found in their blood. Professor Jeff Volek, the study's senior author, said it "challenges the conventional wisdom that has demonized saturated fat and extends our knowledge of why dietary saturated fat doesn't correlate with disease."
The study also showed that increasing carbohydrates in the diet led to an increase in a particular fatty acid previous studies have linked to heart disease. Volek continued, "People believe 'you are what you eat,' but in reality, you are what you save from what you eat. The point is you don't necessarily save the saturated fat that you eat. And the primary regulator of what you save in terms of fat is the carbohydrate in your diet. Since more than half of Americans show some signs of carb intolerance, it makes more sense to focus on carb restriction than fat restriction."
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Verdict In: No Indictment for Daryl Wilson
A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation, an attorney close to the case said Monday night.
A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family. The decision had been long awaited and followed rioting that resembled war-zone news footage in this predominantly black suburb of St. Louis.
"The jury was not inclined to indict on any charges,'' Crump said after being informed of the decision by authorities. Prosecutors scheduled an news conference to announce the decision.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, called for calm after calling up National Guard troops to stand by in case of unrest. Speaking before the decision was announced, he urged that "regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint.''
Super Awesome Update: Prevaricator In Chief Barack Obama scheduled to address the nation at 10 pm, assumedly with more lies.
Gunshots Heard; Cars Vandalized.
—Dave In Texas
So the Jets are playing the Bills in Motown. Because of this.
It's not the MNF game but they had to find a place to play so they did and that's that.
Monday Night Football is Baltimore at New Orleans which has no snow problems today. So that's nice.
Those are nice too.
Leaked: No Indictment in Michael Brown Shooting
It's what we figured, but Gateway Pundit says they have a source in the prosecutor's office confirming it.
So now we'll have some wonderful, wonderful riots.
Unlike the Media, Mollie Hemingway Bothered to Read the House Select Committee on Intelligence's Report on Benghazi, and Here's What It Says
I have to read it myself one of these days.
Here are points 15 and 16.
15. Did we mention that there was nothing good about the talking points?
Yeah, so, late in the report we learn that "the Administration's initial public narrative on the causes and motivations for the attacks were not fully accurate." You don’t say! Also that "The process and edits made to these talking points was flawed."
And for this, the GOP should be ashamed? Really? It’s almost like a less obsequious press might think something else might be amiss.
Much of the report wishy-washily explains that there is a fog in intel gathering that makes things difficult to assess and that this kind of sort of excuses all the horse manure that was shoveled by the administration during the campaign-season terrorist attack.
Now, earlier in the report we’re told that "[Ansar al Sharia] posted a video on YouTube on September 12, 2012, claiming participation in the attacks" and we know that the head of al Qaeda called for attacks on the U.S. in Libya the day before the attack. We know that the attack took place on September 11, what even the most casual observer might note is a significant date. We're told that the Defense Intelligence Agency said the attacks were pre-planned on September 12.
But you see, man, like a few weeks later the CIA totally thought it just happened to fall on September 11.
Let me be clear, as President Obama might say, if you're a reporter reading this and think this sounds even remotely plausible and you think that this section is anything other than a great explanation of how idiotic the CIA can be, you are an idiot.
Everything about this section is groan-inducing. Such as that when a cable came from Tripoli to the CIA on September 14 that was the "first indication that there may not have been a protest," according to deputy director Mike Morell, he wasn't sure if he'd read it. Nevermind that we later learn that folks in Libya had within hours assessed that there was a lack of protests that day. I just have a hard time believing that the deputy director wouldn't care if a Tripoli intelligence cable came around. Either way, by September 15, he'd gotten an email specifically saying there'd been no protest.
And when did Susan Rice go on television blaming a YouTube video for sparking a protest that somehow magically transformed into this super-effective double-location onslaught that took four American lives including an American Ambassador's? That would be September 16.
That was when she said the actions in Benghazi were a "direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated."
This report that supposedly makes Republicans look bad notes that Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes wrote on September 14 that "one of the goals of Administration public statements should be 'To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.'"
Exactly the opposite, Ben.
Anyway, this report then claims, more or less completely implausibly, that Rice couldn’t have really known until afterwards that her assessments were incorrect. Um, OK. But maybe when you're, I don’t know, trying to "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy" because you're focusing on campaigning more than truth-telling, you end up underscoring something that isn't true. I don’t care if we have some difficult-to-swallow bureaucratic BS explanation that avoids tough questions and instead pats Susan Rice on the head as if she couldn't be expected to do better. Or, rather, I don’t see why we let certain administrations get away with this type of explanatory defense while nailing other people to the wall for the smallest slight.
16. Wait, what's this about Mike Morell again?
So the same Morell who accidentally didn’t read a memo related to a horrific terror attack and forgot to tell anyone about the cables from Tripoli also was this guy:"Finding 12: Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell made significant changes to the talking points"
Wait, what? Are you kidding me?
But, the report says, it's OK because, um, well, you see, he didn’t know Susan Rice or anyone else in the Administration would use talking points he made. And then the report says something about excellent beachfront property for sale cheap. No, actually it says he "made a large number of edits after a September 15 White House Deputies Committee meeting." Oh dear.
Earlier drafts of the talking points mentioned al Qaeda but by the time Morell was done with them, he didn’t even include "Islamist" in them. Because our CIA is full of people who do not commit intelligence failures but can’t figure out that an al Qaeda attack on September 11 might be related to Islamism.
By the way, the CIA's office of public affairs also stripped language about attacks and changed it to "demonstrations" and I am sure that had nothing whatsoever to do with it being an election year or their bosses allowing a major attack on the anniversary of September 11.
By the way, the report only examined failures by the intelligence agencies -- that is, the CIA -- in Benghazi. It did not examine the White House or State Department or Department of Defense.
Let Them Eat Less: Designer/Aristocrat Declares That If Poor People Can't Afford Pricey Organic Food, They Should Just Eat Less
Dame Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer, has declared that people who can’t afford to buy organic food should "eat less" and stop getting fat. The millionaire designer made the comments as she delivered a petition to Downing Street protesting about genetically modified food.
When a BBC Radio 5 Live interviewer suggested that "not everybody can afford to eat organic food", Dame Vivienne replied: "Eat less!"
Told that many people in Britain are visiting food banks because they don’t have enough to put on their tables, so "to eat less isn’t an option", Dame Vivienne was dismissive.
"They don’t have any choice – this is the point, isn’t it," she said.
"You’ve got all these processed foods, which is the main reason people are getting fat. They’re not actually good for you - they don't give you strength, they give you weight.
"I eat vegetables and fruit. I don’t eat meat. I believe meat is bad for me so I don’t eat it. It’s also bad for the animals.
"If there was a movement to produce more organic food and less of the horrible food, then organic food would obviously be a good value price, wouldn’t it?"
NY Giant Receiver Odell Beckham Makes Sick Catch
...in losing effort. Of course.
Still, there's that catch.
Now, he was fouled on this play, and drew the flag. I celebrated that. I had no idea he caught the ball. I was happy with the flag.
I didn't imagine it was possible to catch the ball -- it was thrown out of reach, and the Cowbow DB is clearly pulling down on him.
It took me ten seconds to realize he'd f***ing caught the thing. And not even sloppily. No ball movement here. He just catches it.
Turn on the sound for the first clip. Chris Collinsworth's enthusiasm is appropriate to the feat.
OH MY GOD, ODELL BECKHAM. https://t.co/BCoMrT2G0D— Chipper (@19jms) November 24, 2014
Then come the parodies/tributes:
The Odell Beckham catch was certainly pretty… pic.twitter.com/2NLRkqLABI— Chemmy (@felixpotvin) November 24, 2014
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SNL Runs a Mildly Critical Sketch About Obama, and the Washington Post Rushes In to Fact-Check It
The sketch itself is okay, but it is critical of Obama's lawlessness, which makes it absolutely remarkable for SNL.
The Washington Post has actually endeavored to "Fact Check" the sketch.
Demonstrating that serving as the Palace Guard for Dear Leader is a 24-7-365 enterprise, Zachary A. Goldfarb, policy editor at The Washington Post, somehow felt the need on Sunday morning to critique the Saturday Night Live opening skit which appeared the previous evening.
Twelve hours after the skit was first broadcast, Goldfarb, whose whose full archive going back to August indicates that he has not written a WaPo item for Sunday publication in the past four months, nitpicked a comedy skit for — oh the humanity! — failing to distinguish between an "Executive Order" and "executive action"....
The guess here is that the SNL skit -- and especially its three pushes [of "The Bill" down the Capitol Hill steps] -- really got under the White House's skin, perhaps even to the point where they felt like they had to lean on someone at the Post to play some defense on their behalf. Whether or not any communication actually occurred, it seems clear that the Post's apparently equally thin-skinned Goldfarb felt it necessary to get up on a Sunday morning to critique a fundamentally accurate ... (still having a hard time believing it) ... comedy skit.
Goldfarb's piece isn't particularly hacky. Oh, I think it's pretty ticky-tack in making a distinction between an "executive order" and an "executive action," but it doesn't zealously defend Obama from the charge of unconstitutional action the way that, say, Vox would.
So I wonder: Why publish this embarrassment at all?
All I can figure is that Tom Blumer's guess is right, and that the White House did indeed call them asking for a "Fact Check," so the Washington Post obliged.
If this scenario sounds familiar, your memory is not deceiving you: Back in 2010, Wolf Blitzer presumed to fact-check an SNL sketch that made the point that Obama had no real accomplishments to his name.
Why are only sketches critical of Obama subject to this ridiculous, partisan exercise of "fact" checking? Obviously neither the WaPo nor CNN has ever "fact" checked SNL's dozens of Republican-bashing sketches.
The exercise itself is partisan-- putting people on notice that there is one subject (Barack Hussein Obama) about which there can be no joking whatsoever.
Update: Holy F***ballz: Here's the hacktastic, zealous "fact" checking defense of Obama, courtesy of the Daily Beast.
Ferguson Decision Coming Today, CNN Sources Say
The Ferguson grand jurors had apparently intended to render their decision on Friday, but held back, deciding that they needed to think about it some more. They re-convened today to discuss the case again, and now say they're ready to render their opinion.