On Media Lies and Political Lore
The media wants to talk about Fake News. Okay, let's talk about it.
Let's talk about what this really is -- lore.
a body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth
Lore is kind of communal bullshit -- bullshit about your family legacy (how many people have "family lore" that tells them they're one thirty-second Cherokee, for example*), bullshit about sex, bullshit about how not to get pregnant, bullshit about how to increase your sexual potency (oysters! powdered rhino horn! gorilla dick jerky!).
There is of course political lore -- a tradition of bullshit passed from one partisan to another, never really sourced to anything a rationalist would call an authority or proof. Just stuff that "everyone knows."
Everyone knows if you have sex with the woman on top you can't get pregnant.
Everyone knows Mikey from the cereal commercials died when he drank soda while eating Pop Rocks.
The media is always on patrol to debunk such bullshit political lore coming from the right side of the political aisle -- and make fun of right-wingers for believing such nonsense, and claim such nonsense has real consequences in life, so if you're spreading such lore, you may be killing people, for real!
That's why they're currently in such orgasms over the #PizzaGate shooter. #PizzaGate sure sounds like Internet Detective nonsense to me, but the media has seized on this one story as a way to deflect from the fact that they've been pumping out their own FakeNews all year -- and all decade, in fact. **
Criticizing amateur news-sleuths is a lot more fun for the media than explaining why so-called professionals are so amateurish and biased.
But back to the lore: the media wants to find every piece of rightwing bullshit, rightwing lore they can and show how totally false fake falsity-false Lie it is.
But notice they never challenge any leftwing lore.
And of course they don't want to talk about that.
"Hands Up, Don't Shoot" -- the lore that Michael Brown was an innocent bystander, raising his hands in surrender as an Evil White Cop executed him for being black -- was a lie from the start, concocted by Brown's partner-in-crime (literal partner in crime -- he was present during the bodega robbery earlier that day) and then spread by a media just looking for stories that would illustrate their Narratives that we need to elect Democrats.
CNN spreading the Hands Up Don't Shoot #FakeNews
Michael Brown's mother was invited by the Democratic National Convention to speak at Hillary's four-day nominating commercial -- and she stood with parents with sons who arguably or even probably had been killed in questionable circumstances.
Michael Brown had not been killed in questionable circumstances -- even Obama's corrupt DOJ had to admit that. Yet there she was, because leftwing political lore still deemed Michael Brown a Gentle Giant and Innocent Victim, and it didn't matter what the actual facts of the matter were.
The media said nothing about it. They praised the folks on stage for their strength. They did not criticize Hillary Clinton for putting on a pageant containing Fake News and provable lies.
Lore that excites conservatives -- and which may be necessary for building party unity among conservatives -- must be eradicated. Michael Flynn's son must be chased off of transition teams for believing such Vicious Lies that Have Consequences.
But lore that excites parts of the progressive coalition -- and which may be necessary sops to some sectors of the progressive coalition to animate them into voting for an old broke-down white lady they don't even like very much -- gets a total pass.
The media blesses such lies with silence, tacitly approving of the lie.
There were no fact-checkers on the DNC Tragedy Pageant.
And note that cops are being assasinated in the street -- this is no "lore," cops are being killed on the street in 2016 at a rate far exceeding that seen in 2015.
And this is all based partly on the #FakeNews that Michael Brown himself was assassinated by cop.
Fake news has consequences, Media -- or do those consequences not matter when they are visited upon people outside of the progressive coalition?
The SPLC, recently cited all over the media as an objective resource for cataloguing hate, refused to report the 2,000 teached reports on whites being harassed due to election anger, because that fact was inconvenient to the narrative it wanted to push that minorities were being targeted.
The SPLC put the Family Research Council on its "hate organization" list, claiming they "hated gays." This claim -- more #FakeNews -- sent a shooter to the Family Research Council's door -- the shooter shot (but did not kill) a guard.
#FakeNews has consequences, Media. Or do those consequences not matter when they are visited upon people who disagree with you politically?
Shockingly, the media actually had on the disgraced High Priest of Fake News -- Dan Rather himself -- as an expert voice to explain how terrible other people's fake news is.
There's a still cherished bit of progressive lore (total bullshit, I mean) -- that Jared Loughner was "inspired" by Sarah Palin's rhetoric, and went out to kill Gabby Giffords because he'd heard Sarah Palin say "Don't retreat-- RELOAD!" or saw some bullseyes on a map showing which House seats in swing districts she thought Republicans should "target."
This is false. Jared Loughner was a psychotic with no known sympaties for Palin or the GOP or the Tea Party; his chief obsession was, if you remember, his idea that the syntax of language was some kind of means to control people's minds. Apparently he had tried to get Giffords to investigate this Conspiracy of English Syntax and she had passed, and that -- and not any ideas about the 10th Amendment -- is what motivated his shooting spree.
Amazing, the Washington Post, in decrying "Fake News," uses this Fake News lore -- that Palin's words caused Laughner's shooting -- as an example of Fake News having real-world consequences.
In a post which itself denounces false political lore, the Washington Post goes right back to the well and spreads false progressive political lore.
I mean, everyone knows it was Sarah Palin's hateful rhetoric that set Jared Loughner off. Citation: something my buddy told me some time when he was toking on some kind bud.
This is why conservatives hate the media: The media only notices right-wing misbehavior. If their political correligionists are spreading some Fake News themselves, some false political lore, the media is very understanding. After all, if Hillary Clinton had excluded Michael Brown's mother from falsely conveying the notion that her son was gunned down by a cop assassin, it would have conflicted with Black Lives Matter's narrative. And if she contradicted Black Lives Matter's narrative, that might have depressed black turnout and hurt her chances of winning an election.
So, you know: It's perfectly understandable and excusable that she helped package and spread some #FakeNews.
Where did the people online spreading the sorts of "Fake News" stories the media hates learn how to do this, I wonder?
Maybe they've seen the media making up stories and repeating them until "everyone knows" something that's flatly false and swinging elections thanks to those lies.
Maybe they've decided that if it works for the Democrat-Media Complex, it can work for their own purposes.
If the media wants to stop political lore from spreading, they can lead by example and stop spreading leftwing political lore themselves, and, get this, being as eager to run "Fact Checks" on leftwing political lore as they are to run days and days of stories on the Perils of PizzaGate.
But of course they don't want to stop leftists from spreading political lore, and they certainly don't want to end their own addiction to passing off their political lore as "facts" that "everyone knows."
And they will continue to wonder -- why don't people trust us?
Why do people listen to people with no track record at all in journalism on such matters?
Here are the answers to both questions:
They don't trust you because they've seen you lie repeatedly, then double down on those lies. (Check your own archives for how often you "debunked" "Republican claims" that Obamacare would cause premiums to rise, or strip people of their current doctors.)
And they trust people with no track record at all because while you have a track record, that track record is full of lies and fabrications.
Between someone who you've never heard of -- and thus has never lied to you before -- and someone who's consistently lied to you, then got arrogantly angry about why you doubt their new series of lies, people are going to trust the person they don't know for a fact to be serial liar and fabricator.
Clean up your own acts before you presume to criticize others.
No one wants to hear a pasty priest lecture about chastity and devotion when he still smells of the whorehouse and we all know he's going right back to the whorehouse the moment the pews are empty.
Go fuck yourselves in your rotten, lying heart with a knife, Media.
* An Oklahoma source tells me literally every non-Indian in Oklahoma believes that they have an Indian or two in their ancestry. It's just common Oklahoma lore.
That doesn't excuse Elizabeth Warren -- you don't represent yourself as a minority professor based on family lore that everyone in Oklahoma believes about their own family.
** I've deleted a few sentences about the inadequacy of the "evidence" I've seen for "PizzaGate" for two reasons: 1, it seems to attracting a lot more attention that I wanted it to, and I don't want people yapping about this other matter when I wrote a post about the thing I actually wanted to talk about, and 2, from what I learned from the Media, you're not supposed to call bullshit on your own side's factually-dubious Political Lore, in the interests of party unity and electing people of the party you favor.
So I'll follow the media's example here and just ignore what I think are unfounded claims being made by my political coreligionists. I'll just focus on the other side's political lore.
Feminist: Sex Will Be Less Fun During a Trump Administration
Puerile. They only have three things they can say. Like how PETA only has two moves: Graphically violent imagery and nudity.
These idiots can only say Serious You Guys The Patriarchy N Stuff, Men Just Want To Fill Women With Babies, and Sex Will Be Better With Us (Almost Certainly Frigid) Gals If You Just Do What We Saaaay.
Yeah I think most guys have run into the "sex will be better/more frequent if you do x" play. Not true.
Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in New York and Nairobi and the author of the forthcoming book, "The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness." Follow her on Twitter. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
Note that every feminist book makes some reference to sex, breasts, or the vagina.
Because they totally want you to notice their minds, yo.
Under a Donald Trump presidency, sex is about to get a lot less fun.
That's because Trump has tapped Tom Price, an anti-abortion and anti-contraception congressman from Georgia, as his director of Health and Human Services. Price is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of defunding Planned Parenthood, an organization that serves more than 2.5 million patients, many of them low-income, every year.
Birth control and STI testing and treatment make up the majority of services Planned Parenthood provides, and federal funds are already blocked from paying for abortion. Federal funding mostly goes to Planned Parenthood in the form of Medicaid dollars, which are set aside to provide health care for poor Americans, and that's who these funding cuts will largely affect.
With Price at the helm of HHS, even women who don't rely on Planned Parenthood for health care will have a harder time getting contraception. According to Price, "there is not one" woman who has been left behind by unaffordable birth control costs, and so his proposed gutting of the ACA would pull the provision that fully covers contraception.
Etc., etc., etc. Notice that the article is just sort of doing the standard feminist whining about birth control costs. It's not about sex, whether "fun" or otherwise.
Yet that was the title slapped on it -- either the writer offered this title, or an editor (editrix?) at CNN did.
Either way, someone at CNN sexualized this poor thing for clicks.
Trump Chooses Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt, Who Has Sued the EPA Numerous Times, to Be Head of EPA
Pruitt has been a very outspoken critic of President Obama's EPA, has sued the agency on mulitple occassions and has also questioned "the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind," having called the "debate … far from settled."
According to the Environmental Defense Fund, Pruitt previously boasted that he “led the charge with repeated notices and subsequent lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their [sic] leadership’s activist agenda." Moreover, per Reuters, Pruitt led the charge for Oklahoma in restoring environmental regulatory oversight to the states and away for the agency he's slated to run.
Princeton can use a guy like Joel.
FAQ: Why Are Leftists Such Pansies?
I mean, really, why are they such pansies?
Here's my guess. A right-winger turns on his favorite television show and has his favorite character tell him his favorite candidate is demonic. He turns on the news and hears "journalists" edit out stories of Democrat malfeasance while emphasizing Republican corruption. He goes to the movies and has his political beliefs insulted and derided. His favorite singer hates him. His professor excoriates him. His employer would fire him if he knew what he thought.
It makes you tough. It makes you smart. It makes you educate yourself as to why you believe what you believe and what the arguments for and against it are.
A leftist? He floats in a candy-cane cloud of self-congratulating self-reinforcement. Hollywood, the news media, academia, they all tell him: "You're smart. You're good. You're right. You're nice. You're going to win the election. Anyone can see that. How could you lose? Anyone who disagrees with you is bad, stupid, mean, wicked."
No wonder these people whine and cry when things don't go their way. Spending their days in a pink haze of bias, how could they ever have seen it coming?
Eh, maybe. But I think mostly they were Born This Way. There are soft people and there are harder ones. The soft people seek to Herd Up, like lesser animals, because they're soft and in need of protection from the group. They also seek help from the government, because they need to be subsidized and championed.
The harder people just take care of their own shit.
Some are born makers, others takers. Yes, culture reinforces these attitudes and makes it easy to be weak, but some are just born weak.
I don't hate them for that.
I hate them for taking the Weakling's Vengeance any chance they get.
I don't think the Captain America movie was right that only a weakling can properly handle being given the gift of strength. I think the strong, long living with strength, develop a code of restraints on their strength -- chivalry, the rules of war, bushido, etc. -- and thus have some experience with having power, and exerting it in an ethical (or at least) restrained way.
But give a weakling who's never had power before in his live some power and control over another, and what checks exist inside him to restrain him? None. None at all.
All he's got is grudges, anger, and an opportunity he knows won't last long to inflict pain on his (real or imagined) persecutors.
That doesn't mean the strong are always just and noble -- they aren't. And it doesn't mean they don't use their strength to hurt others, or at least to advantage themselves. They do.
But it does mean they've had previous experience in being in a power position and have probably developed at least some ethical boundaries as far as the exertion of their power.
But lifelong weaklings haven't, and so there is nothing so vicious as a weakling who's temporarily been gifted with a little power to get payback and live out his Weakling Revenge Fantasy dreams.
And for eight long years, you've been living in a Weakling Revenge Fantasy.
But all dreams come to an end, don't they?
MeAgain Kelly: I'm Totes Worried About Trump's "Dangerous" De-Legitimization of the Media
Nothing but ego and skinny legs.
I really don't like people like this: Lawyers who think five votes by judges are the end-all be-all, reporters who think that Reportage is just the yak's tits. It's a very provincial, egotistical, solipsistic way to view the world: I trained in the use of the hammer, therefore, all the problems of the world can be classified as types of nails.
People who think this way do so to construct a belief in themselves as the omnicompetent hero, always the Man in the Arena, always the keystone upon which the burden of the arc of history weighs.
Everyone is the hero of their own life movie, but MeAgain is also the hero of your life movie.
Her membership in the Media is what gives her Status; like all egotistical people, she will defend the source of her Status like a warrior bee defends its queen.
We begin this Hero's Tale as we begin all Hero's Tales, with an origin story. John McCain had his seven years as a prisoner tortured daily in North Vietnam; MeAgain's origin story begins, as usual, with her torture by Mean Tweets on Twitter.
Kelly felt that power firsthand in August 2015, when she pressed the candidate about his derogatory comments about women during the first Republican primary debate. Trump responded with a Twitter attack, which was quickly followed up by a barrage of insulting tweets and even death threats from his followers.
"What people don't realize about Donald Trump — and I don't even know if Donald Trump realizes it — is that every tweet he unleashes against you ... creates such a crescendo of anger," Kelly says.
The host of The Kelly File says that although she worried for her own safety and that of her children, she and her producers were determined not to let the threats impact their coverage of Trump. Now that Trump is the president-elect, she is especially concerned about his "de-legitimization" of the media.
"I think it's dangerous," Kelly says. "People ... need good, strong, skeptical journalists to be covering whoever it is -- whether it's Barack Obama or President Donald Trump -- and we're in a dangerous phase right now, where too many millions of Americans aren't listening at all to what the press tells them."
The Press is your teacher, and you are its Students, kneeling before your master, who will impart wisdom to you, if you would only be good students and believe what master tells you.
Hate, Incorporated: SPLC Buries 2,000 Reports of White Kids Getting Harassed Over Trump Victory
They know about elevensies, don't they?
At least 2,000 educators around the country reported racist slurs and other derogatory language leveled against white students in the first days after Donald Trump was elected president. But the group that surveyed the teachers didn't publish the results in its report on Trump-related "hate crimes."
The Southern Poverty Law Center partnered with the American Federation of Teachers, which formally endorsed Hillary Clinton, to circulate the questionnaire among its 1.6 million mostly Democratic members. The survey was sent out to K-12 teachers and administrators who subscribe to its "Teaching Tolerance" newsletter.
The SPLC's widely cited report -- "The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation's Schools" -- reported that 40 percent of the more than 10,000 educators who responded to the survey "have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation."
But what they didn't say is that 20% of those respondents reported anti-white harassment.
The takeaway was that Trump-supporting white kids have been harassing minorities at the nation's schools. And SPLC's schools report, along with a broader report on alleged Trump-inspired hate crimes--" Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election" -- sparked breathless coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post and other major media.
The media is in one of its typical spasms about "#FakeNews." But while they rail about FakeNews, they continue to propagate it like mad -- like they have a monopoly on propaganda, and are understandably upset to see others horning in on their business.
They will cover this up, of course, and refuse to correct their previous spreading of #FakeNews, and of course will continue quoting Democrat pressure groups SPLC and the AFT as some kind of disinterested "experts" just offering you the straight dope on American policy questions.
Amazingly, a Washington Post writer -- and I'm going to guess a Social Justice Warrior, as the Washington Post pretty much is all 22 year old Social Justice Warriors now -- writes a blistering assault on "Fake News," even as she, get this, re-relays Fake News. She actually claims that Jared Loughner was inspired by Sarah Palin -- six years after this Fake News had been thoroughly discredited.
And on that, Ashe Schow writes that the biggest purveyor of Fake News is the media itself, now shrieking about Fake News.
Mid-Morning Open Thread
Goya painted this lovely scene onto one of the walls of his home. I wonder what message he was sending to his kids?
The Morning Report 12/7/16
Good morning, kids. Middle of the week already. Hard to believe that one of the most pivotal moments in our history happened 75 years ago. My wife's dad was on board the U.S.S. Nevada at Pearl Harbor. As he recalled, if you dove off the starboard side, you lived. If you dove off of port, you died. He was presumed dead and eventually turned up the next day, after pulling bodies and parts of bodies out of the water. May G-d bless the memory of those who fought and died there that day. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- Farsi Fascist and Chi-Com Chump Warn Trump About Abrogating Iran Surrender Deal
- Will Bharara Sink DeBolshevik? Hymietown Wonders . . .
- Buzzfeed Bad Grammar: "White People Are a Plague To the Planet"
- Sick Bastard TSA Agent Attempts Groping Breast Cancer Patient, AND . . .
- . . . Senior Border Patrol Agent Arrested for Child Porn, Soliciting 8-Year-Old
- Surprise! Carrier Raises Prices, But At Least They're Still Not Moving to Mexico
- Trump-Touted Japanese Investment Money Actually Coming From Saudi Arabia
- Even Better Than Fracking: Microwaving For Oil Could Yield Four TRILLION Barrels Starting in 2017
- Related-ish: Fed Judge Orders Hack Mass. AG to Appear at Exxon Deposition
- See-B-S To Air Yet Another Phony Antarctic Climate Change "Documentary"
- Hillary Throws Thank You Party for Millionaire Donors While Boosting Her Never-To-Be-President Status
Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (12/6/16)
"A date that will live in infamy"-President Franklin D. Roosevelt describing the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago tomorrow, December 7th, 1941. His speech of December 8th, 1941.
In everyone's life a little
rain snow must fall. Check out the recent snow in Hawaii.
Quotes of The Day
Now, it was not an attack on Christians or white people or conservatives. We didn’t scapegoat and stereotype them because there’s more of us. But that’s what’s so upsetting about Mr. Trump’s scapegoating Muslims or immigrants or refugees when we have homegrown terrorists who are not Muslims as well, like this animal in South Carolina who is alleged — I guess he’s accused, he hasn’t been tried yet, but this young man in South Carolina.Paul Begala.
Jane Mr. Begala you ignorant slut talking forehead. May I remind you that the entire nation was worked into a lather about the Confederate Flag. Ebay removed the Confederate Flag. WalMart, huge retailer located in the South even took a position on the Confederate Flag and ISIS. ISIS=Good, Confederate=Bad.
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.P.J. O'Rourke
'I love you my son. I know they kill you for no reason.'
Mother of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, OSU terrorist. How are we to coexist with someone like this?
“Allah is our objective; the Qur’an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish.”Egyptian scholar Hassan al-Banna, Founder of Hammas
Donald Trump has been accused of various things during the primaries all the way through the general election. Now, if you mention his name Muslims go all stabbey or something. No wonder why CNN is taken lightly.
It's hard to believe that this guy served in the Obama administration.
Didn't get enough quotes? Want to have more sayings? Odd sayings (illustrated) from around the world.
The secret’s in the sniff: Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology developed a device that can detect explosives, narcotics, or human scents 16 times better than trained dogs.
Bomb-sniffing dogs have been the TSA’s preferred professionals for years when it comes to hounding out a potentially dangerous scents. But by modifying existing technology after a dog’s nose, these researchers were able to drastically improve performance.
Deer hunting seasons recently ended in the Great Lake States. From the accounts of canoe accidents here at the AOS, at one time there were a fair number of hunters here. If you were a hunter and passed on a harvest what were your reasons?
The LGBT crowd wants heterosexuals to accept and approve of their life style. But approval and acceptance is a 2-way street. Transgender San Diego cop in uniform not allowed to march in LGBT parade. Did we mention that she helped organize the event?
San Diego’s first transgender police officer was kept out of an event at the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest last week because she was wearing her uniform.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual event to honor those who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence, was held Nov. 17 at the facility on Centre Street.
Officer Christine Garcia, who publicly transitioned last year, helped plan the event and was part of the police department security detail that watched over a commemorative march down University Avenue.
There has been some Moron commentary lately about being lonely and having not been in the saddle lately. This guy has had that problem solved. Although I don't think you want to go as far as he did. The 6 Million Dollar Man has nothing on him. Technology is nice. But you may want to be careful with it when you're trying to date. Or buy drugs, allegedly.
20 weird friendships through history. No, you won't see Ace and Amy Schumer swapping spit or anything close to that.
What kind of shopper are you? Are you creative and never stumped with the perfect gift? Are you the type of person who doesn't know what the recipient likes or would want or would like but wouldn't buy themselves? Down with gift cards? Or down with gift cards!!! Benjamin's are cool, right?
The traditional idea behind giving gifts is that the giver spends time and thought coming up with just the right present for a particular person. They take into consideration the recipient’s likes, dislikes, and hobbies, search what’s out there, and then choose (or make) a gift they believe best intersects with the person’s interests and tastes. A gift’s thoughtfulness is in proportion to the sacrifice in energy the giver seemingly made in deciding on it (as well as the sacrifice the giver had been making all along in the relationship, in paying dedicated attention to the recipient’s expressed desires).
In giving a gift card, however, the giver takes the time, energy, and thought required by this process, and outsources it to the recipient. It’s now their job to think about what they’d like, comb through what’s out there, weigh different options, and make the purchase.
Tonight's Musical Interlude
From Sea to Shining Sea, the infrastructure of the U.S.A is mapped out. It appears that there are quite a few pipelines. Where will the Native Americans protest next?
There are more than 3,300 power utilities and about 7,700 power plants that produce and distribute electricity to homes, businesses and other consumers. That electricity travels through more than 160,000 miles of high-voltage electric transmission lines that reach into every nook and cranny of the country.
Experts describe the nation’s electrical grid as a patchwork of utilities, with transmission and distribution facilities — some dating to the 1800s — that will ultimately break down unless hundreds of billions of dollars are invested.
The president of Montgomery College claims that the presidential election created “profound insecurity” for students, which demands a renewed commitment to “inclusion” from academia.
“Radical inclusion is an approach to higher education that I have promoted for years at my college,” Dr. DeRionne Pollard begins a recent op-ed for The Washington Blade, asserting that “Diversity is one of the pillars of our identity at Montgomery College.”
This woman wouldn't know diversity if it hit her along side the head with a frigging 2"x4".
A short post-election poem
The election is over, the talking is done
Your party lost, my party won
So let us be friends, let arguments pass
I’ll hug my elephant, you kiss your ass.
If you have a schadenboner that lasts more than 4 weeks, get medical help right away.
Is this a premature April Fool's Joke?
Paste eating Uncle Joe Joe Biden says he may run for president in 2020. Bring it on Joe!! What is the average age of the Democrat leaders these days? 117?
You buy them books, send them to school and
they still eat the teacher they become the Genius Award Winner.
What could have been a tragedy turned out to be The Feel Good Story of The Day
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Close it up
Fake News and "Fake News"
I guess putting embedded YooToob links on the front page slows down the blog, so my video is below the fold.
What you will see is a 10-minute conversation between Fox TV commentator/talking head Tucker Carlson and NY Times Public Editor Liz Spayd. The subject of the conversation is the NY Times' craptacular election coverage, and I actually felt a bit sorry for her because she is being called upon to defend the indefensible, and her heart clearly isn't in it. And she is actually rendered speechless more than once in this interview, and it takes her awhile to phrase an answer.
This is actually a good sign on a personal level for her. It means that somewhere deep down inside, there is a little flame of honesty that her work for the NY Times has been unable to extinguish.
And I think it's hilarious how hard the post-election MSM has been pushing the "fake news" narrative, because basically they're just trying to deflect from their unbelievably crappy news coverage that this election has laid bare for all to see. The MSM basically did not do its job and their response has been to point the finger that somebody else.
And I hope you've all noticed that what they mean by "fake news" is just news they don't agree with:
The fake journalism that helped elect Donald Trump is now enemy number one for the fourth estate.
The linked article is an hilarious anthology of NY Times pieces that got the election completely wrong.
And Carlson doesn't take any guff. When Spayd tries to deflect the bias charge by trotting out the tired and predictable line that "we get many e-mails saying we've been too relentlessly negative on Hillary and her e-mail server", Carlson snarks, "Yeah, I know they're pretty upset about that on the Upper West Side."
My prediction is that Ms. Spayd will not last long as the Times' public editor. She reminds me a lot of Daniel Okrent, the man who first occupied the position of "public editor" at the Times. He actually admitted that, yes, sometimes the newspaper he works for is liberally biased, and that's a problem. So he, get this, didn't last long, he was soon replaced by a succession of company apologists who acted more like Baghdad Bob than public editors. I think Ms. Spayd will soon be seeking employment elsewhere.
Close it up
Japanese Firm SoftBank Promises $50 Billion in Investment in America, Likely Generating 50,000 Jobs, After Meeting with Trump
According to The Wall Street Journal, Son told reporters at Trump Tower that the investment would come from a $100 billion fund created in partnership with the Saudi Arabia sovereign-wealth fund and other investors.
SoftBank in October announced a $100 billion tech fund with the Saudis called the SoftBank Vision Fund. The fund had not detailed where it would invest.
Details about the jobs or what sort of businesses the fund would invest in were not announced. But Son showed reporters a PowerPoint slide signed by Son and Trump with the vague numbers.
Shortly after the meeting, Trump tweeted the details of the agreement and said the deal never would have been done "had we (Trump) not won the election."
Allahpundit writes that this is probably to buy goodwill for a purchase of T-Mobile they're eyeing but may be blocked by the government on anti-trust grounds.
Well, you can't spell "propaganda victory" without "victory."
Fake Mattis Quotes Thread
Mattis has some really balls-out quotes.
JeffB. published his own fake Mattis quote -- but this sounds like something Mattis could say.
"Every man that I ever killed, I also loved. And I want you to know something: I love you." -- Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis. #MattisQuotes— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) December 2, 2016
A reader had the same idea and proposed a Chuck Norris type thread about Mattis.
So how about? Post your own Mattis-like quotes, and maybe tell some Chuck Norris type lore about him.
Joe Manchin: Democrats Shouldn't Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick
As you've probably heard, the 2018 Senate battleground map is terrible for Democrats. 2016 was terrible for Republicans, but they weathered it. 2018 is the Democrats' time in the fire, with five Democrat Senators up for re-election in states where Trump demolished Hillary:
Republicans are targeting a quintet of senators from conservative states where Trump walloped Hillary Clinton: Montana, Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. The GOP could amass a filibuster-proof majority by running the table in those states and other battlegrounds.
To prevent that, Schumer will need to mine his fellow leaders to accommodate vulnerable Democrats with profoundly different ideologies and political circumstances -- from Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin, who also was tapped for a leadership spot, to West Virginia's Manchin, who has gone out of his way to align himself with Trump voters this week.
On Election Night itself, Joe Manchin told reporters that he couldn't necessarily be counted on to vote with the Democrats to maintain control of the Senate if it shook out as 50-50. (I took that as a major sign that maybe Trump was actually going to win.)
"We have to be careful how we go down this road," Manchin said during a panel discussion at a centrist "No Labels" conference in Washington.
Manchin was referring to Senate Democrats' willingness to use the filibuster to try to block Trump's high court pick and cautioned against doing so.
"If my Democrat friends just hunker down and say, 'No, no, and hell no'…I can understand that [Republicans] are gong to say, 'Wait a minute, we have a pretty good person here. We need to give him a fair shot,'" he said. "Those types of things, I hope we're going to avoid before we get into this dysfunction that we've been in."
As the article notes, Manchin is also being considered as a pick for Secretary of Energy, which would give his seat over to Republicans, as the governor who'd select his replacement is a Republican.
Italy Votes Massively Against Constitutional "Reform" Criticized for Empowering Government and the Establishment; Many See Tea Leaves for Possible Italian Exit from EU
The referendum was about reforms to Italy's government. I honestly don't know what those reforms were and I'm not sure a non-Italian would care much about them.
Update: Zombie reports the "reforms" were thus:
The "reforms" were basically this:
Currently, the Italian Senate has significant power to guide national policy. The reforms were to remove that power and grant it solely to the president -- essentially giving him dictatorial powers. Since the current president was pro-EU and pro-immigration and a classic "establishment" type, the people didn't want his power increased.
The reforms were opposed by anti-establishment, populist parties who claimed the reforms were badly drafted, would result in gathering more power into government hands, and would empower the ruling elite.
Italy's president, Mario Renzi, had gone all-in in support of the reforms and declared that he would take a failure as a vote of no confidence in his leadership. True to his word, he resigned after his reforms were voted heavily down.
The impulse to reject the reforms (or "reforms") is therefore being taken as a strong hint that Italy's populist moment may result in a vote to leave the EU -- if the nation's mood is anti-establishment and anti-centralization-of-government power, it seems likely the nation's mood is also against the EU.
What was clear, said Stefano Stefanini, who served as a diplomatic adviser to Giorgio Napolitano, a former Italian president, was that the vote was "a test of strength of the anti-Europe and anti-establishment forces in Italy."
Mr. Stefanini said Mr. Renzi's departure could embolden parties feeding on economic frustration, loss of national identity, anger at Brussels and a desire to break with the post-World War II belief that Italy's economic and national security interests were better served within an alliance of liberal democracies. The vote showed that Italy "is reverting to a willingness to go it alone as a nation-state," Mr. Stefanini said.
The primary beneficiary of Mr. Renzi’s defeat is Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement, a party that advocates a referendum to determine whether Italy should give up the euro.
See also this gif of the WSJ's front page, particularly the second big headline about the upcoming 2017 elections in Europe, and how many nations are about to have gigantic votes amidst unease about the euro and a revolt against a Brussels-mandated inrush of immigrants.
Wow: An Italian actress who promised to give a blow-jay to those who voted no on the reforms says she's a "Donna di parolas" -- a woman of her word.
BTW, I never mentioned this before, but I promised to vote No on the Italian referendum too. It may have slipped your minds, but I'm sure now you remember me making that promise and will back me up on this in, say, an Italian court, if it comes to that.
Opinion: David Petraeus Is Not Fit to be Secretary of State, Nor to Serve in Any Capacity in an Administration
I didn't have strong feelings about this one way or the other, but The Federalist's Christine Brim has pushed me into the #NeverPetraeus camp.
Petraeus's positions have been identical to Clinton’s for years, possibly up to the moment last week when he entered Trump Tower for his meeting with the President-Elect. Petraeus as Secretary of State is Hillary Clinton in a better pantsuit.
And that's why Petraeus is not just a bad choice for Secretary of State--he's a bad choice for any other cabinet position. He brings too much baggage, a damaged brand, and a long history of lying. He lied to the FBI and CIA about his handling of classified documents; he lied to his wife about his mistress; he lied to Congress about Benghazi. Why should Trump's transition team assume he’s telling them the truth now?
Petraeus's first impulse is to silence any criticism of Islam that could upset his Middle East clients. When he was commander of CENTCOM, those clients were the Islamic nations in the CENTCOM region. Not much changed when he joined the global financial firm KKR in 2013, as a "door opener" to Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and everyone else he had previously courted in his official government role.
But then in December 2015, Trump suggested a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. Petraeus's Muslim clients went ballistic...
Petraeus's op-ed reached CAIR-levels of outrage, scolding "those who flirt with hate speech against Muslims," "those who demonize and denigrate Islam," and "demonizing a religious faith and its adherents." A bravura finger-wagging performance, the op-ed also served as a timely audition for a future Clinton administration, with Petraeus warning "It is precisely because the danger of Islamist extremism is so great that politicians here and abroad who toy with anti-Muslim bigotry must consider the effects of their rhetoric."
As Catherine Herridge of FOX News reported, House Intelligence Committee members claimed then-CIA Director Petraeus misled them when he testified on September 14, 2012, two days after the Benghazi attack. Petraeus blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest against the internet video, though the Obama administration knew that it was a planned terrorist attack. Petraeus also claimed that the mortar rounds landing at the Annex in Benghazi could not be evidence that terrorism was involved, when intelligence experts had reported just the opposite. He was under investigation at the time by the FBI for his earlier mishandling of classified information, which created concerns that his testimony was influenced by the Administration.
Definitely read the whole thing. Petraeus is a Hard Nope for me, with a bonus GFY added.
OMG: Social Justice Warriors Now Pushing for Seasonal Favorite "Baby It's Cold Outside" to Be Banned, Because Rape
Mid Morning Open Thread
Domenico Zampieri (AKA Domenichino), 1623-1625
(CBD is off installing a new hard drive in his computer, so I'm subbing for him this morning)
Lots of things going on in this painting. You can click on it for a larger version. Adam's pose brings to mind this passage:
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
So, in other words, "Hey Lord, don't blame me, it's your fault for giving me this dumb cluck of a wife."
And men have been trying to evade responsibility ever since.
Not that Eve is that much better. Look at her, she's pointing at the snake:
And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Eve: "Don't listen to that lazy bum! The snake tricked me. Stupid snake."
God looks like he's just giving the finger to the both of them.
Over there on the right, there's a lamb lying down with a lion. I think that's about to change.
And I have no idea what those floating baby heads on lettuce leaves are supposed to be. Angelic beings, apparently. Or maybe some sort of appetizer.
The Morning Report 12/6/16
Good morning, kids. Another Tuesday and another day Hillary Clinton will never be president. First up, courtesy of Weasel Zippers, and breaking is the FBI reporting a credible threat against an LA Metrorail station. Glad to see Allen West having a confab with Trump, as opposed to Gore. And there are already rumors swirling that Trump is going to abandon his immigration policy, although I will have to see that to believe it. I do fear and anticipate the GOP and Democrats working hard to sabotage it. Anyway, have a better one and remain blessed.
- **FBI INVESTIGATING IMMINENT THREAT AT LA METRORAIL STATION**
- ISIS Warns of Attack on Inauguration Day
- Clean, Articulate Paste-Eater On 2020 Prexy Run: "Maybe"
- Yes! Allen West Spotted at Trump Tower
- Yes, Yes! Federal Court Delays SCOAMF Obamacare Appeal Until After the Inauguration
- Yes, Yes, Yes! SEIU Texas Files for Bankruptcy After Major Court Loss
- No! Durbin and Graham Want SCOAMF "Dreamer" EO To Become Law, and Is Trump Caving?
- Trump Infrastructure Plan: Big Boon or Big Government Boondoggle?
- Average Age of Democrat House Leadership is 76
- Kerry Blames Jooz For Auschwitz
- Lynched In the Womb: CDC Stats Show One Third of Abortions Are Black Babies
Monday Overnight Open Thread (12/5/16) Smorgasbord Edition
a buffet offering a variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, etc.
a wide range of something; a variety.
"the album is a smorgasbord of different musical styles"
One of the ONT's favorite Holiday baked goods is fruitcake. Yes, fruit cake. Mamma Misanthropic use to make it for Papa Misanthropic and her favorite son. Now Mrs. Mis. Hum. makes it using the same old time tested recipe from The Electric Company-Home Service Bureau 1954 cookbook.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sour milk
1/4 cup grape juice
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 pound citron
1/2 pound chopped pitted dates
1/2 pound candied orange peel
1/2 pound candied cherries
*1 1/2 seeded raisins
1 pound seedless raisins
1/2 pound almond slices
1 pint brandy or your choice of whiskey or rum.
New clean cotton dish towels (Flour sack towels)
1. Have ingredients room temperature
2. Line greased pans with waxed paper. Grease paper.
3. Cream butter well. Add sugar gradually.
4. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after the addition of each. Add molasses, sour milk and grape juice.
5. Dredge fruit and nuts with part of flour.
6. Sift remainder of flour, spice and baking soda together. Combine with first mixture. Add floured fruit and mix well.
7. Spoon into pans
8. Bake at 275 degrees. See time chart below.
9. Makes about 7 pounds
**10. Soak dish towels in brandy.
**11. Wrap completely cooled cakes in brandy soaked towel. Wrap with cellophane wrap, then aluminum foil and place in cool dry location for 2-3 weeks. Dig in and enjoy.
** Mamma Misanthopic's special touch.
1-2 pound fruit cakes-about 90 minutes per pound
2-4 pound fruit cakes-about 60 minutes per pound
4-8 pound fruit cakes-about 45 minutes per pound
8-12 pound fruit cakes-about 30 minutes per pound
Over 12 pound fruit cake-about 20 minutes per pound
What goes well with fruit cake? Eggnog of course!! Remember, if eggnog was good enough for General George Washington, it is good enough for you.
Here is his recipe for eggnog.
One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 pint sherry—mix liquor first, then separate [a dozen] yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.
Using these recipes you'll be helping your local liquor store immensely. Your liver is a different story.
Welcome to the ONT where we have a little of everything tonight.
Quotes of The Day
“Life will soon bring you increased responsibilities, and it is rare that you will have a legitimate choice to do nothing. Responsibility usually demands action.”Former CIA Director Michael Hayden
Obama has made incredibly poor decisions that have made us less safe. Michael T. Flynn-Designated National Security Adviser
Why are we less safe today than say 8 years ago? Uninformed civilian hacks.
Made up words for a made up world. Or reality bites. Gavin McInnes takes a look at the uninformed.
“What we care about is permanent protection, dignity, and respect,” blurted out Alex Uematsu of the pro-illegal group Cosecha Movement on Tucker Carlson Tonight. “I’m for those things too,” Tucker responded. Carlson has been eating liberals alive on his new show and all it takes is a few simple questions. When he asked Canisius College history professor René de la Pedraja why people flee Cuba, the pink-cheeked PhD said, “They left their wives behind. They want to start a new life.” This was clearly a theory René pulled out of his ass at the last minute, but this is what we’re up against these days. We are at war with a value system based on meaningless platitudes and conjecture.
Didn't care for the fruit cake? Not everyone cares for candied fruit. Perhaps you will enjoy tomorrow, National Sacher Torte Day. At least the ONT shared the fruit cake recipe with you.
Mainstream. Outside of the Mainstream. Battle lines forming on upcoming Federal court appointees by Trump. Time will tell if President Elect Trump's campaign promises come true. Time will tell if the GOP controlled Senate has the
balls backbone to fight Chuck Schumer.
Our friends to the north are in the midst of a cultural /legislation fight. In Canada you can legally commit suicide. You just don't have the right to experimental treatment. Why not legalize it? What is there to lose?
"“I’m going to die anyway,” said right-to-try campaign co-founder Jeff Perreault, who has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
While competent people facing a forseeable death have the legal “right to die” in Canada, they don’t have the “right to try” something that might prolong their lives, he says.
“We have the law that allows us to kill ourselves. We just don’t have the law to do something else.”
Tonight's Musical Interlude
It will be a long climb. But perhaps common sense is hitting college campuses. OSU student points out the obvious. The left is more frightened of Trump than ISIS.
More praise for Sec. of Defense choice General James "Mad Dog" Mattis. Even an Obama appointed general agrees on the choice.
Has the civilized world grown too fat and soft? Are there enough worthwhile challenges for mankind? Are there legitimate wrongs to be righted? Vegans Are Livid Because Britain’s New Currency Includes Animal Fat.
England’s large number of vegans and other meat abstainers have gotten pretty hacked off this week after learning their country’s new £5 bill, one of the most common (and therefore unavoidable) denominations, contains actual animal fat in its polymer base. The new note, just released in September, was promoted as being sturdier, safer, and more environmentally friendly than its predecessor, but as the Bank of England has been forced to acknowledge repeatedly over the last couple of days on Twitter, it’s not so good for people who avoid animal products:
Give the ONT a %^&*#@^ break.
When Donald Trump talks about America Great Again, what comes to mind? Better economic conditions? Better moral values? What use to be an enjoyable show on Sunday evenings by a wholesome American company has become the purveyor of a vulgar pop culture.
Science lesson time. Remote control lighting. This may be NSFW
Coexist? The ONT is confused. Is it permissible for a heavy carbon footprint in order to protest an Anti-LGBT neighbor?
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No Surprise, But a Recanvass of Voting Machines in Pennsylvania Shows No Problems
A preliminary re-tally indicates that Hillary got shlonged.
White Reactionary Declares a Boycott Against Progressive Bastions!
It's Shaun King again, the White Man Who Plays a Black Man in Protest Rallies, demanding a boycott against San Francisco, New York City, and Standing Rock, North Dakota to force the progressive governments there to stop giving lip-service to the Social Justice Warriors and give them real Social Justice War.
I think it's a fantastic idea.
As King told Joyner, the proposed strategy includes:"A full tourism boycott"
"A comprehensive divestment plan where we ask people to pull their money out of banks, financial institutions, and investment plans in which we have determined that those institutions either directly support racial injustice or police brutality in those cities or have chosen to remain completely silent in the midst of this national crisis."
"A targeted national boycott of businesses in those cities that have either directly supported injustice or have remained painfully silent in the face of it."
"[Disruption of] cities by protest designed to inconvenience and shut down both commerce and government."
King, who took a job as a justice columnist at The Daily News last year, said that the boycott phase of the project will begin after the 43 day window has expired.
"In essence right now what we're making is a threat," he acknowledged on Monday.
Still making slow gains. Weight has stabilized at 176, which is kind of my college-era-while-in-semi-decent-shape weight.
The weight is stuck there, but I'm definitely adding muscle. So I think it's the case that overall weight is remaining in that range while fat reduces and muscle GAINZZZ.
I want a way to track this, to prove it to myself, but electric impedance body composition monitors (like those found in many electronic scales) are laughably inaccurate.
So I'm attempting to measure it using bodyfat calipers (supposedly more accurate if you can manage to take the measurement the same way every single time) and then plugging the numbers into this calculator.
I just bought spring loaded calipers because the cheap plastic ones I was using would give me wildly different results depending on how much I squeezed it. I hope the spring-loaded Sequoia caliper that's on the way will give me a consistent amount of squeeze (and thus more reliable, consistent numbers). It's like $12.50 on Amazon.
So, basically, back into ketosis, making GAINZZZ according to the eye but I have no measurement to prove that yet. (As I just started using calipers, I have no previous numbers to compare to, and the numbers are wildly different from the ones given to me by the is-this-a-joke body impedance weight scale).
Sticking with it. At something like month six, which is a pretty good duration. Actual fat loss is slower now but still seems to be progressing, at least according to hip and waist measurements.
Here's a claim made about ketosis: it's good for your brain function, improves clarity, and seems to reduce the risk of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's. This guy review's Dr. David Perlmutter's Grain Brain, a book that makes the case that the high carb Standard American Diet is a disaster for the brain.
This Buff Dude talks up his personal belief in the cognitive benefits of a ketogenic diet.
(I seem to be watching a lot of videos featuring Buff Dudes lately. I need to look into that.)
So: What are your GAINZZZ? Or, considering you're just coming off of the Thanksgiving day weight gain, what are your RE-GAINZZZ or MAINTAINANCEZZZ?
(Content warning on below video.)
"Amazon Go" Market Will Let You Walk In, Walk Out Without Having to Pay Cashier... Somehow
Supposedly a combination of camera technology, smart "algorithms" and something something adaptive learning something will inform your Amazon account which items you've bought and which you've put back. You check in with your Amazon app at the beginning of your shopping, then shop, then just walk out without paying for anything. Somehow the something something technology knows what you've taken and bills you later.
You know what I'd like even better? I virtually shop, saying I want this this this and this, then I walk out without even carrying the stuff out. Then they deliver it later at some time I've scheduled. Like when you stop by a supermarket but have somewhere to go afterwards so you can't just keep the milk and ice cream in your car, getting warm.
Lazy, I know. But a man can dream.
Speaking of disruptive technology: Phillip Morris, the cigarette giant, is now eyeing dumping its actual tobacco lines in favor of e-cigarettes (and other smoking alternatives) only.
believe there will come a moment in time where I would say we have sufficient adoption of these alternative products ... to start envisaging, together with governments, a phase-out period for cigarettes," Andre Calantzopoulos said in an interview on BBC Radio 4.
"I hope this time will come soon," he added.
How We Got Trump II: 2008, 2009, 2010
Gonna start again, right from the beginning of the abuses. The Obama campaign.
Polishing A Turd, Step 1: Greek Columns
Remember? During the Democratic National Convention in Colorado, an ABC reporter was arrested for taking pictures of big Dem donors from a public sidewalk in front of a hotel.
Here is the video of the arrest, where the police push him into traffic then yell at him for standing in the street.
As we know from watching the last eight years of coverage, like a battered wife, the media forgave quickly, of course.
No damn lobbyists in the Obama administration! Except for this guy, and this gal, and this guy...waivers...recusals...uhhh nevermind.
Stimulus! Had No! Effect! On economic recovery! Last update of Geoff's awesome graphic, showing the Obama team's original chart with post-stimulus data points overlaid, which are plainly far worse than Obama's 'no stimulus' scenario. But remember, these people are such economic geniuses.
Because they are not a free press, but Democrat shills: They will gladly co-produce an Obama White House Healthcare Lying Propaganda Special, but airing paid ads opposing Obamacare is 'partisan' and against their ad policy. Flawless logic!
And, remember? Nancy Pelosi on passing the ACA:
Apologist Tommy Christopher at Mediaite tried to put the famous Pelosi quote in context. But after reading the text, the context stubbornly remains the same.
Tommy seems to just be hoping that we didn't read the whole thing, and just assume his debunking was valid. Nope. Read it. Still means the same thing. It means "We are giving you permission to shut off your troublesome brain when opponents are reading you the direct contents of the bill. Sign here right now hurry."
So: on one hand, we were brazenly and treacherously told to wait until ACA passed before finding out what our representatives had just voted for.
On the other hand, when they offered clarifications (petulantly), we were straight up lied to by the president, his spokespeople, and the press (birm).
On the third hand, the conservatives who actually read the bill and told us that the political class was lying their pants off about it, were demonized at the time, but ultimately vindicated.
And this is how you got Trump.
Next week: Foreign Policy.
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Millennials Upset About New TV Show That Says They Get Upset About Everything
By total coincidence I watched two earlier episodes of the Great Indoors last night. It's pretty harsh about Millennials -- they're effeminate, they're lazy, they're addicted to their phones, they want participation trophies just for "trying really hard," they're arrested development children, they get their feelings hurt by everything, etc.
After the main character made a Millennial cry, he was taken to a meeting with Human Resources and corporate counsel. The Human Resources woman explained that Millennials are very "fragile" (I think that was the word) and that their are actual corporate consultants who train corporations about how to work around their fragility. (And that's an actual true fact.)
The Human Resources person (and older woman) then expressed her desire, if I remember right, to slap Millennials around until they stopped being crybabies.
I don't know if I can recommend the show (or any TV show). But it is, honest to God, pretty damn harsh towards Millennials. To the point where even I winced, I hate them.
Anyway, Michael Walsh posts about Millennial reporters getting butthurt about a show that says they get butthurt about everything.
I don't think the show's going to last -- a couple of years ago ABC did a similar show about Millennials and social media addiction called Selfie. It was pretty good, but four shows in, and they had pretty much exhausted all the jokes they could do about that limited-in-scope critique premise, and they just turned into another office workplace sitcom. The ratings, which had never been good, got worse, and it was cancelled after like eight episodes.
The Great Indoors is burning through its Millennial joke material at a very high, um, burn rate, and I imagine that by episode six it will also be just another workplace sitcom with the Millennial bashing only occasionally mentioned.
It's an interesting cultural moment, though -- maybe people are sick enough of this crap by now to enjoy a show mocking it to the extent they hadn't been when Selfie was on.
Interestingly, even though series star Joel McHale appeared in pro-Hillary ads and seems to be a liberal douchebag, maybe even he's had his fill of the Millennials.
Another incensed millennial reporter later rhetorically asked: "Do you want millennials to watch your show? Cause you come out here and said 'Ha, ha, ha, millennials are so sensitive and PC,'", branding his comments "so negative".
The Great Indoors co-star Joel McHale interjected that if the show is offending millennials, it is "the best strategy ever".
Ugh: Al Gore Just Had an "Extremely Interesting" Conversation About Climate Change With Ivanka Trump... and Donald Trump Himself
Ivanka's a stone-cold liberal and climate alarmist (naturally), and she's one of Trump's closest advisers. He seems to trust her more than anyone else.
So it's a problem that she was meeting with him.
It's even more of a problem that Trump decided to show up for the meeting himself.
s Donald Trump continues to indicate that he might be willing to change his position on climate change, which he has long called a "hoax," the president-elect met Monday with former vice president Al Gore, who has become a prominent activist in the fight against global warming.
Gore was originally scheduled to meet just with Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, who is not registered with a political party and has already pushed her father to adopt positions usually promoted by Democrats. Gore told reporters that after that meeting, he then had "an extremely interesting conversation" with the president-elect.
"I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground," Gore told reporters after spending about 90 minutes at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the lunch-hour on Monday. "I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I'm just going to leave it at that."
I've got that queasy feeling coming on again. I knew we wouldn't win.
Winning an election is not the same as actually winning, if the guy who won is actually against you.
What idiots told other people to vote for this guy?
Trump: "Retribution" Coming Against Companies That Move Factories Overseas; Prepares 35% Tariff Bill
Republicans will presumably largely vote against this proposal, but it puts Democrats in a bind: Do they vote for it, according to the promises and rhetoric they make about standing up to Big Business in favor of the Workin' Man, or do they honor their real promises, those made to Big Business?
Did Obama Call Hillary to Tell Her to Concede to Trump?
Yes, says an upcoming book.
No, says Clinton spokesliar Robby Mook.
Mid-Morning Open Thread
Anyone who claims that their boy Gainsborough is better than my boy Copley can go to their room right now.
There is no comparison.
Go on....scoot! We'll call you for dinner.
The Morning Report 12/5/16
Good morning, kids. A new week, and another day Hillary Clinton will never be president. Another law enforcement officer was gunned down last night in Brooklyn. No details yet but it appears Obama, Holder and Lynch can claim another one. Bit of a mixed bag from Europe; while the Austrians will remain leftist and still speak Austrian, the Eye-talians have rejected the center left Renzi and put a pretty big torpedo into an already sinking EU. Have a better one and remain blessed. And on this day in history 75 years ago, December 5th, 1941, the German Army was halted at the town of Khimki, just 12 miles from the center of Moscow. The photo above of the tank trap monument marks the spot.
- **Off-Duty NYC Corrections Officer Shot Dead In Her Car**
- Despite $530 Billion for Democrats, Big Labor Went Red at the Voting Booth
- Owner of Oakland Deathtrap that Killed 33 Laughed at Numerous Warnings About Safety
- Water-Is-Wet Dept.: Dems Set to "Bork" Tom Price, And . . .
- . . . Will "Our" Crooked Old Bastard Play By Their Crooked Old Bastard's Rules?
- Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid Add Up to Real Money: Record-Breaking 2015 Saw $3.2 Trillion in Healthcare Spending
- VA Shame: 4 Quit After OK Vet Dies From Maggot-Infested Wound
- Top EU Official's Daughter Raped and Murdered by Afghan Migrant
- Pence: "Obama Can Reach Out to Cuban Dictator But Trump Can't Take a Call From Taiwan's President?"
- Kaepernick Benched Because of Racism and Sub-Par Mediocrity, But Mostly Sub-Par Mediocrity
- Uber In Court: A Bellwether for Freedoms, Economic and Otherwise
Sunday Overnight Open Thread (12/4/16)
Cheer up, it's The ONT. And besides, tomorrow never comes.
But in case you don't believe the ONT. Take heart. You can stay positive.
Quotes of The Day
"Until religious leaders stand up and take responsibility for the actions of those who do things in the name of their religion, we will see no resolution." — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
"Fidel Castro did a very important thing: he made Cuba what it is. He turned a small island state which no one spoke about, into an important factor of world politics. He made Cuba the state whose opinion cannot be ignored by world powers today," Professor Lazar Kheifets of St. Petersburg State University, Russia,
"If we make ourselves worthy of America's ideals, if we do not forget that our nation was founded on the premise that all men are creatures of God's making, the world will come to know that it is free men who carry forward the true promise of human progress and dignity." --Dwight D. Eisenhower
Stabbing a bunch of people for not believing the same things that you do is the very definition of hatred and intolerance, yet you self-absorbed little shits dare project the guilt for this heinous act upon the rest of us? No. Here's the deal. The disgusting piece of trash who attempted this slaughter was here in this country as a guest, funded by taxpayers like me who've been in the workforce for 20+ years. We literally rescued him and his family, and this is how he repaid us--by whining about oppression and microaggressions as he plotted a murderous act of terrorism against innocent people. **Warden Open Blogger Ace of Spades** correction
Meet Ulay. Artist and Art Thief.
A highly suspicious van pulled up opposite the New National Gallery in Berlin and was left running. Out of it walked a tall, slender man in a graphite-colored raincoat and on into the museum. After leaving his jacket at the coat check, he walked down to the basement with a pair of wire-cutter pliers in his pocket. He passed through a climate-control glass barrier until he stood before three small Romantic German paintings by Carl Spitzweg, including one that was an icon to all mid-20th-century Germans—The Poor Poet. But there was a guard, too close for comfort, and the slender man had to get rid of him. On the wall opposite The Poor Poet was a painting of chess players, so he turned to stand before it, and he started laughing, loudly, almost maniacally. The guard approached him, looked at the painting and asked, “What’s so funny?” Heart thundering, the slender man spun and dashed to The Poor Poet, clipped the wire on which it hung with his pliers, ripped it off the wall, and ran. He passed through the climate barrier as the alarm blared. He flew up the stairs, through the foyer, wove around the crowd of people clogging the entrance as they waited to get in, crashed through the emergency exit, the painting under his arm, and sprinted to the car. Adrenaline pumping, the guards close behind, he slipped on the snow outside, as a guard screamed, “Now we get him!” But he was up on his feet and kept running to the very ugly, highly suspicious van. He had locked all the doors but propped the lock to the driver’s door open with chewing gum. Now he pulled it open, jumped inside, slammed the door and locked it behind him, as the guards tore at the handle. A guard was holding the handle of the door as he lurched the van forward.
One of the best cartoon's evah, The Far Side. 11 twisted facts about The Far Side. Take insects for example.
6. FANS OF THE STRIP HAVE NAMED THREE DIFFERENT INSECTS AFTER GARY LARSON.
In 1989, entomologist Dale Clayton discovered a brand new species of biting louse that exclusively targets owls. When the time came to name it, his first choice was Strigiphilus garylarsoni. Clayton wrote the cartoonist to ask for his blessing. This proposed insect name, he explained, was the scientist’s way of recognizing the “enormous contribution that my colleagues and I feel you have made to biology through your cartoons.” Larson happily gave Clayton the green light. “I considered this an extreme honor,” the "Far Side" creator said in retrospect. “Besides, I knew that nobody was going to write and ask to name a new species of swan after me.”
Indeed, scientific nomenclature has yet to give us a “Larson’s swan.” However, in addition to Strigiphilus garylarsoni, there’s now a beetle called Garylarsonus and a butterfly known as Serratoterga larsoni.
Do you have travel plans for the upcoming Holidays? If so you, you may want to think about what you might pack. 11 of the strangest things airport security has found in luggage.
Yep, not a full human skull – just pieces of one! A flight leaving Fort Lauderdale was delayed when the flier’s luggage went through security and it was determined that the pots they were traveling with contained pieces of a human skull.
Not only do socks in bed help your sleep, they could also help your sex life. A University of Groningen study found that, when provided with socks to wear, brain scans showed 80 per cent of couples were able to reach orgasm, compared to just 50% who could climax without socks.
Tonight's Musical Interlude
Texas loves their football. The University of Texas has spent
a shit ton nearly 54 million over the past 3 years on coaches.
Speaking of college football. The conference champions have been crowned. The National Playoffs have been set. Bowl season is right around the corner. The complete NCAA 2016-2017 bowl lineup.
Christmas presents? It look likes Anthony Wiener needs some cash. Kleenex and lotion are a nice touch as well.
Hillary Clinton will never be president and and a fashion party is canceled as well. Oh the horror that Donald J. Trump was elected POTUS.
Dear President Elect Trump,
First off let me say congratulations on you outstanding victory. I supported and voted for you and am privileged to be a part of this historic moment. The stock market is up, Carrier and Ford are keeping their plants here, peace is breaking out across the globe and you're not even sworn in yet. I think ISIS will be a thing of the past now that you're in office as well. But I fear you biggest challenge still lies ahead of you and that is the threat of "Global Warming".
Like you I am a global warming skeptic and am so glad to finally have someone as President who thinks the way I do but globally the people have been brainwashed into thinking that Global Warming is the biggest threat to humanity there has ever been. People need something to fear and if you remove all other fears Global Warming will rear its ugly head and be the biggest threat once again. I already see it happening, not in real life of course, I'm talking about in the Mainstream Media, they are really ramping up the Global Warming Propaganda big time............
Bagels & Lox= good. Bagels & squid = The Genius Award Winner.
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Mid-Evening Thread With Generic Title
No more book recommendations, politics, or amusing dog pictures for the immediate future. I'm shutting down.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 9, 2016
Good. Shut your drug-addled, totalitarian-apologist, drivel-spewing pie-hole.
HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
[Update --OregonMuse]: I hope CBD doesn't mind me elbowing my way onto his thread, but now that he's mentioned that Hillary will never be president, these videos are worth watching.
First, the original British TV advert:
And now, the amateurishly photoshopped, but hilarious, parody:
Almost forgot: (h/t to RushBabe for the videos)
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Food Thread: The Labor Theory Of Value And Fast Food
Karl Marx -- the MSM's favorite economist -- had some interesting views on labor and its value in any economic system. He called it "The Law of Value,"(here is a free download of his book) but it is insane no matter what it is called.
If I can build a car with x hours of labor, and the poor schmuck next to me on the assembly line needs 1.5x hours to build the same car (obviously a Red Sox fan), which car is more valuable?
McDonald's, a large consumer of minimum wage labor, has decided that the current mania for a $15 minimum wage, or "living wage," or "Let's Destroy Labor-intensive Industries and Put More People Out of Work Wage," is a fine catalyst for an expansion of their drive to automate their stores. In a bizarrely titled article, McDonald's shoots down fears it is planning to replace cashiers with kiosks, Business Insider quotes the CEO of a food chain saying that automation is a direct response to the $15 minimum wage insanity.
Bennigan's CEO Paul Mangiamele said in a recent interview that McDonald's kiosks -- as well as self-service technologies at other chains like Panera and TGI Fridays -- are a direct response to rising labor costs and calls for a higher minimum wage.
No! Say it ain't so!
The McDonald's spokeswoman responded with a marvelous piece of non-denial denial, and clearly didn't shoot down any such fear that the company will try to...you know...make money for its stockholders and try not to price itself out of business by overpaying for labor.
I eat fast food rarely, and when I do I am extremely price sensitive, or in Econ-speak, my price sensitivity is extremely elastic, as, I am confident, are most of yours.
Entry level jobs are, by definition, for people who are just entering the work force and who have no marketable skills. My first real job was shoveling dirt. Lots of it. If my employer's cost to hire me approached the cost of renting a small backhoe, What would he have done?
I have absolutely no recollection why commenter "concrete girl" sent me this photo (It was just after she sent me an awesome painting for the morning art thread). Senility rests lightly on the Dildo...But it looks great, and I have no content for today's Food Thread, so what the hell. I also happen to love jalapenos, and in fact had a bison-jalapeno burger last night that was excellent.
Actually, I was going to hit up you maniacs for cook book ideas, but I think I will wait for artisanal'ette to write a guest Food Thread dedicated to cook books, because as far as I can tell, she owns them all.
But what about kitchen gadgets? There are, seemingly, millions of them, but I don't own many, and use even fewer. My favorite is a vegetable chopper that is a labor-saving marvel (Sorry Karl!). What about you people? Any kitchen gadgets that you like?
Chicken Fingers. Yup..I love 'em. And don't lie....so do you. And if Ace tried mine he would happily give up his GAINNZZ for the week. But they do require frying. I don't really deep-fry them; I flip them halfway through cooking, but really, it's a quantitative, not qualitative difference. And in fact some frying techniques call for intermittent frying, so it's pretty much just frying.
So when I saw this recipe I had to chuckle, because there are 83,000 recipes on the web for ersatz fried food that the cook fakes by baking. And they all suck. But this one comes from somebody who really does like to eat, so I will give it a shot.
Oh, I made a sort of dipping sauce for my last batch of fried chicken fingers that I modeled after a sauce I had in San Francisco at a spectacular neighborhood restaurant called Out The Door. It's complicated, but I think it's worth the effort.
Butter + Sriracha Sauce + Microwave until melted. Whisk. Dip. Enjoy.
Everyone cooks tomato sauce to death. Stop.
- 28 ounce can of good quality crushed tomatoes
- Olive Oil
Add a small pinch of the herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. If the tomatoes are not very slightly sweet, add a small pinch of sugar. Add one ounce of olive oil and stir.
Use in place of those silly cooked sauces that take way too much time.
Recipe can be doubled or tripled or quadrupled or quintupled or.....
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Dick Cheney On Donald Trump
The man is a serious thinker, and his impression of Trump's first days as the President-Elect matches mine, which makes me, by the transitive property of thinking, a serious thinker.
But the second comment is just so awesome....
I think he needs to be careful but he'll learn as he goes along. I think he is putting some brains and good people with him. I am a big fan of Mike Pence. I know Mike well from his 12 years in the House and I think he's a great choice as Vice President. He's going to play a major role. I think Mr. Trump is taking very, very seriously the job that he has gotten now. Staffing up the administration.
I think one of the reasons people get so concerned about the tweets is it is sort of a way around the press. He doesn't have to rely upon, uh, rely upon -- this is the modern era, modern technology. He's at the point where we don't need you guys anymore.
I have to be careful to separate Trump's typical blustery, chaotic pronouncements from his actions. And I am cautiously optimistic based on his few concrete actions.
Sunday Morning Book Thread 12-04-2016: A Long-Awaited Death
Picton Reading Room, Central Library, Liverpool, England
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It's another beautiful day at AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread and continual soiree, where men are men, all the 'ettes are impossibly attractive, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, hurricanes, politically motivated social media attacks, President Elect Donald Trump, and special snowflakes do not get respect, but instead, belly laughs. 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 are about as ugly as you can get.
Against All Hope
Years ago, I remember seeing the industrialist Armand Hammer on some TV talk show (probably the Tonight Show during the Carson era), and he was talking about the time he spent doing business deals in the Soviet Union, and incidentally, getting very rich in the process. Of course, Hammer was a big-time commie tool, and ne spoke of some meeting he had with Joseph Stalin that convinced him that the murderous psychopath was a great humanitarian. "...Stalin had tears in his eyes when he said to me, 'But what about the people?'" Hammer was apparently impressed that Stalin could exercise his tear ducts on cue. So Johnny told him, "What are you, an idiot? How do you get to be so rich by being so dumb? Don't you know you were being played?" When Hammer tried to protest, Johnny said, "Look, I've got 3 ex-wives, so I *know* about being played for a sucker!"
Actually, that's the speech I *wanted* Carson to make. He never said any of that. If he had any reservations about what Hammer told him, he kept them to himself. But that's when I realized that an essential part of the totalitarian commie thug business model was a lot of jabber about "children" and "the poor". It's like the old NYC mafia don (I forget which of the 5 families he ran) who dressed up as Santa every year at Christmas and handed out gifts.
The rat bastard commies figured out long ago that as long as they proclaim they good intentions, people will believe them. And I think that religious types are especially vulnerable to this line of baloney because of the biblical admonitions to help the poor and needy.
It takes a certain amount of backbone to call out this fakery for what it is. Nobody wants to be against "the poor". Or "the children". Nobody wants to be painted as an ogre. But the lie is so effective that liberal old ladies in tennis shoes will defend commie thug tyrants even as they produce tens of thousands of refugees fleeing in leaky boats from their despotism.
One man who wasn't fooled by any of this is the author Humberto Fontova. He and his family fled Castro's socialist paradise in 1961 when he was 7 years old. He has no illusions about Castro and does not suffer fools gladly. He wrote about the adulation given to Castro by the ignorant glitterati in his book Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant,
[T]here’s a lot that Hollywood liberals and other Fidel Castro admirers would rather you didn’t know about the dictator of Cuba—like how he imprisoned more people as a percentage of population than Hitler or Stalin; how Fidel’s firing squads killed thousands of Cubans; how Fidel’s subjects would rather inject themselves with AIDS than live under his tyranny...Drawing on a wealth of research—including interviews with former Castro regime officials, anti-Castro freedom fighters, and Castro’s political prisoners—acclaimed author Humberto Fontova reveals the ugly face of the Castro regime. Along the way, he punctures some of the egregious myths about Cuba
Before Castro, Cuba was actually not a bad place to live, even under Batista. Yes, Batista was a dictator, but Fidel made him look like an amateur. And Batista didn't send thousands of Cubans fleeing the country in leaky boats.
Fontova also wrote The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro:
History records few propaganda campaigns as phenomenally successful or enduring as Castro and Che's. The Longest Romance exposes the full scope of this deception; it documents the complicity of major U.S. media players in spreading Castro's propaganda and in coloring the world's view of his totalitarian regime. Castro's cachet as a celebrity icon of anti-Americanism has always overshadowed his record as a warmonger, racist, sexist, Stalinist, and godfather of modern terrorism.
As Joseph Stalin could count on NY Times reporter Walter Duranty to run interference for him, Fidel Castro had Herbert Matthews, who was, get this, also a reporter for the NY Times. He used to crank out swill like this:
“There are no Reds in [Castro's] Cabinet and none in high positions in the Government or army in the sense of being able to control either governmental or defense policies. The only power worth considering in Cuba is in the hands of the Premier Castro, who is not only not Communist but decidedly anti-Communist…” Herbert Matthews, 16 July 1959
Matthews' hagiographic reporting greatly influenced US foreign policy toward Cuba, as detailed in the book The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba, and Herbert L. Matthews of The New York Times by Anthony DePalma:
His heroic portrayal of Castro, who was then believed dead, had a powerful effect on American perceptions of Cuba, both in and out of the government, and profoundly influenced the fall of the Batista regime. When Castro emerged as a Soviet-backed dictator, Matthews became a scapegoat; his paper turned on him, his career foundered and he was accused of betraying his country
The only question is, was Matthews simply a clueless boob (as some liberals are), or did he know he was not telling the truth about Castro? I'm not sure it matters. Assuming he was ignorant of the truth about Castro, theologians make a distinction between "vincible" and "invincible" ignorance. I think Matthews' is the "vincible" sort, i.e. he really ought to have known. And furthermore, he had a responsibility to know, given his job as a reporter, and given his presence in Cuba where he could easily have found out the truth. Matthews clearly has blood on his hands. Or, had. He died in 1977. I'm glad to hear that his career suffered because of the crap that he wrote. I'm also glad he didn't follow in Walter Duranty's footsteps and win the Pulitzer Prize.
(h/t Anna Puma)
Moron buzzion writes:
A high school classmate has just published his second book with his wife, also high school classmate. It is dealing with loss and faith. I think it would be nice for more eyes to get to see, and there are a lot of eyes at the horde. They're both wonderful amazing people and I think deserve it.
The book is It's not OK. And that's OK.: Inspiring stories from loss to love, and heartache to Hope by Benjamin and Lynn Hartings.
Ben Hartings has buried a son, beaten cancer two times, raised four beautiful children, married an incredible wife, written three books and read exponentially more.
So when it comes to suffering, it sounds like the Hartings know whereof they speak. As Christians, they have hope that goes beyond this mortal life:
This book is full of lessons and stories through when Life is NOT OK! Disease, Diagnosis and Death overcome our lives - These stories will lead you to the knowledge and peace that - "It will be OK" - regardless of the outcome, because of faith in Jesus Christ.
Available in paperback only.
I think some of you morons probably need this book. I have read a few comments on this blog detailing life hardships that have absolutely staggered me. I'd be curled up in a fetal position and weeping uncontrollably like Trigglypuff at a pro-life rally if I had to endure the things that some of you have.
On ace's book recommendation thread back in June, Anna Puma mentioned Glenn Cook's Starfisher Trilogy
zombie asked if there were any famous sci-fi books set on a planet like Mercury
...that is "tidally locked" with its sun, so that one side always faces toward the sun and is super-hot, and the other side always faces away and thus is super-cold; as a result, there is an extremely thin "ring" around the planet defining the "sunset edge" where the sun is just barely visible on the horizon at all times. Thus, in this "ring," maybe only a mile wide, encircling the whole planet top top bottom, there is a zone of mid-temperature livability.
To which Anna Puma mentioned that
The first book of Cook's Starfisher Trilogy is called Shadowline and it's all about these two companies on a tidally locked planet fighting for control of the resources. So each hires a professional mercenary company to fight their war. But there are complications beneath the seemingly straight forward story.
From a comment posted on a Friday thread-- oh heck, there's not much I can add to it, so I'm just going to copy and paste the whole thing:
While shopping on Amazon for ebooks, Amazon recommended a 99 cent republishing of something originally published in 1920; 'William Bradford of Plymouth Plantation' (B01M7TP226). The 1920 edition edited by Harold Paget.
The language is a bit more modern but I was surprised to read that in 1620 in England 'religious' was a pejorative in the same way that 'Christian' is today. It also details the 'established' churches of that time were obstacles and attempted to impede the Puritans in much the same way that modern leftists are doing. Back then you could be imprisoned for your religious belief. Today, you get hauled into court and fined.
The Puritans were cheated out of their money, and promised provisions and re-supply that never arrived.
I'm only about half way through the account, but I'm in awe to think these are the (modern) words of William Bradford from 500 years ago.
Posted by: Gordon Lancaster at December 02, 2016 12:27 PM (dRW51)
The Kindle edition of William Bradford of Plymouth Plantation is still available for 99 cents.
Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
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EMT - Sunday 12/4/16
Happy Sunday! Talk amongst yourselves. And remain blessed.
Overnight Open Thread (12-03-2016)
Lighthouses are cool!
In one of the threads this week there was a discussion and links to marvelous lighthouses, and this video stood out. But they are all wonderful and beautiful and mysterious.
Here's an interesting Weekly Standard article that may be describing peak insanity on our campuses. I find it hard to believe that it can get much worse now that we have a president who is curiously unforgiving when it comes to virulent anti-Americanism. Whether that attitude trickles down into the academy remains to be seen.
The Roots of Campus Leftism: Who are the oppressors and who the oppressed?
"Inclusivity" and "diversity" are favorite terms on campus, but they call for a striking amount of exclusion. "Inclusivity" excludes significant groups like political conservatives, traditional Catholics, evangelical Christians, and Orthodox Jews, since views held by these groups are considered bigoted and ignorant. Whites, men, and heterosexuals are often attacked as groups and reminded of their "privileged" status and resulting inability to understand others. "Inclusivity" applies only to supposedly oppressed groups like blacks, women, Hispanics, homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals. Their defenders encourage them to engage in identity politics, but only to emphasize their oppression, not their achievements. "Tolerance" means avoiding not only criticism of these groups, but any speech or behavior that might offend them or their defenders, though the words and actions that they find offensive often change and are sometimes disputed by the groups themselves. While any criticism of the favored groups is forbidden, even farfetched criticisms of whites, men, and heterosexuals are encouraged, especially when accompanied by accusations—"racism," "sexism," "homophobia"—that are plainly meant to be offensive to dis-favored groups.
I have a bunch of recent graduates in my family, and most are mortified by the behavior of the SJWs. The problem I think is that while they are mortified, the paradigm has been shifted on campus, and it will take hard work over a generation to shift it back toward a more pro-freedom attitude.
Mike Rowe is one of my favorite celebrities, in part because behind that goofy (and yes ladies, handsome) exterior lies a very sharp and well educated mind. But also because he seems genuinely pleasant. Mike Rowe weighs in on the results of the election, and offers a bit of sanity. This is a bit dated, but he writes well, and is such a breath of fresh air that it's worth a read, if for nothing else than the following metaphor:
Last Friday, my dog posted a video that featured a man licking a cat with the aid of a device that's designed for the specific purpose of making it easier for people to lick their cats.I've been silent ever since, because frankly, I couldn’t think of a better way - metaphorical or otherwise - to express my feelings about this election cycle. The entire country it seems, has been preoccupied with finding a way to lick a cat without actually putting their tongue on it.
It’s cooking data to justify costly regulations with disproportionately small benefits.Hell, I could excerpt the whole article. Well worth a read, even for Red Sox fans who need help with the big words.
Speaking of road rage, what is the stupidest thing you have ever done in a car?
Wait....the stupidest non-sexual thing you have done in a car?
City attorney identified in connection with anti-Trump graffiti
"If the image of an upper-middle class city attorney clad in a blazer and sipping wine while vandalizing an upscale grocery store with an anti-Trump message strikes you as perhaps the most bourgeois sight imaginable, that's because it is," Joe DeFelice, Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party said."
"Did the extra glass of Shiraz give him some sort of delusional confidence that there are no cameras on Germantown Ave? The taxpayers should be entrusting exactly none of our faith into this man. He should be fired from our city's law department immediately."
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College Football Night-Open Thread
Clemson vs. VA Tech-ACC
Penn State vs. UW-Big 10
AR State vs. TX State-Sun Belt
Open thread, enjoy your evening until the ONT comes along.
Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 12-03-2016
Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a food fight on a Saturday afternoon. Unless you're hungry.
“You cannot play at Chess if you are kind-hearted”
Problem 1 - Black To Play (290)
Hint: Black mates in 2
4k3/3p1pp1/p2Pp3/1pr2n2/5P2/1PP2qPK/P2B4/5RQ1 b - - 0 1
Problem 2 - White To Play (64)
Hint: White mates in 3
The solution has multiple paths. Fill out the decision tree as much as you can.
5b1k/5n2/4P1K1/6B1/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1
Problem 3 - White To Play (340)
The word on the recently concluded World Championship chess match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin is that the games were monumentally dull. And the match itself was monumentally dull. Out of the 12 scheduled games, each player won a game and the rest were drawn.
Things didn't get interesting until the tie breaking round. The tie-break time controls are considerably faster than the standard games, which allows players 100 minutes to make 40 moves, then 50 for the next 20.
3.7.1.a If the scores are level after the regular twelve (12) games, after a new drawing of colors, four (4) tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move
So each player has 25 minutes, plus whatever 10-second move increments he can rack up, to complete the ENTIRE GAME. This can make for more interesting, exciting chess as the probability of inexact play from one player (or both) goes up considerably. Only then are crowd-pleasing combinations possible. For example:
2R5/4bppk/1p1p4/5R1P/4PQ2/5P2/r4q1P/7K w - - 0 50
This is the position after Karjakin's 49th move. See if you can find the CRUSHING combination Carlsen uncorked to win the game and retain his title.
One more thing. Karjakin wasn't forced to move Kh7. Instead, he could have dropped his bishop back to block, like this:
2R2bk1/5pp1/1p1p4/5R1P/4PQ2/5P2/r4q1P/7K w - - 0 50
So, how might Carlsen have won the game if Karjakin had made this move instead?
Problem 4 - White To Play (338)
Hint: White can mate in 5
5k2/5p2/2K2P2/p3Q3/1q5p/1P4p1/P7/5n2 w - - 0 1
Problem 1 - Black To Play
4k3/3p1pp1/p2Pp3/1pr2n2/5P2/1PP2qPK/P2B4/5RQ1 b - - 0 1
And now it's impossible to defend against Rh5#, for example:
Either the knight or the queen is sufficient to keep the White king from escaping. White can capture one or the other, but not both.
Problem 2 - White To Play
5b1k/5n2/4P1K1/6B1/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1
There are basically two major branches on this decision tree. White's first move can either be 1.Bf6+ or 1.exf7+.
1.Bf6+ Bg7 (not 1...Kg8 2.exf7#)
The second branch is:
3.Bxg7# (or 3.f8=Q#)
Or, instead of 1...Bh6, Black can play 1...Bg7, in which case
Problem 3 - White To Play
2R5/4bppk/1p1p4/5R1P/4PQ2/5P2/r4q1P/7K w - - 0 50
So, Carlson's killer combination starts with:
At this point, Karjakin resigned, and the match was over. But play might have continued
Either way, Karjakin's goose was cooked in 2. A nifty little combo by Carlsen.
When I first saw this game, and how it ended, I wondered about why Karjakin played 49...Kh7, because it seemed like an obvious loser to me. If I were confronted with this position in one of my games, I most likely would've gone with 50...Bf8. Why? Because just *looks* like a better move to me. Of course, Karjakin didn't get to within a hair's breadth of the world championship by listening to me tell him how to play the game, so what do I know?
2R2bk1/5pp1/1p1p4/5R1P/4PQ2/5P2/r4q1P/7K w - - 0 50
As it turns out, if Karjakin had chosen 49...Bf8, Carlsen could have mated him in 7:
if 51...Kg8, then 52.Rf8+ Kh7 53.Qf5+ Kh6 (53...g6 54.Qxg6#) 54.Qg6#
I'm guessing Karjakin most likely saw this line and rejected it. But the path he chose instead was brutally short. This line seems to have more "play" in it, even though it's ultimately a loser. And if you feed this position to your chess app and have it play Black, this is the line it will choose.
Problem 4 - White To Play
5k2/5p2/2K2P2/p3Q3/1q5p/1P4p1/P7/5n2 w - - 0 1
The Black queen is precariously placed. It has to protect against White's queen delivering mate by moving to b8. So all White has to do is give it a little nudge.
The best of a bad lot. If 1...Qxa3 then 2.Qb8# or if 1...Qd2 then 2.Qb8+ Qd8 3.Qxd8#
But White can't be stopped.
Not 2...Ke8? 3.Qe7#
3.Qg5+ Kf8 (or 3...Kh8 4.Qg7#)
An alternate path to mate instead of 4.Qg7+ is
See you all next week!
Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and past it into your chess app.
So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.
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Ace of Spades Pet Thread
Thank you for stopping by. Take a break from the household chores. It's time for the almost World Famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. A place where we talk about animals, small and large.
A Little Of This. A Little Of That.
Not a great voice. But, it beats Yoko.
There still are caring people in the world. Good Samaritan Award.
Can the Platypus help mankind? Possible diabetes break through with it's venom?
Ho-Ho-Ho Chew-Chew-Chew.Pup meets Santa Claus.
Down, Stay for a long time. h/t Miley
The Feel Good Story of The Weekh/t L, Elle.
Meet the PetMorons.
This week's first PetMoron is Sleepy John. Here is a little information about him from his "owner". "Meet SleepyJohn! Not happy unless he his covered in dirt from nose to tail. Lurker Tass"
Sabrina submitted this photo of her new kittehs. There story is as follows: Attached is an action shot (hence slight blur) of my new supervisors, Diesel and Baxter. They are saving me from a very thin snake that looks deceptively like a shoestring, but is apparently very dangerous.
We don't see these often here at the Pet Thread. Glad you made the submission.
"Two of our Borzoi puppies. In the foreground is Dan ("The Brick") and in the background is his winsome sister Dutchess. Hope you can use it.
Kodos the Executioner"
Check out this little cutie and her story.
"Baarrrkkk like a pirate! This my 14 year old terrier mix, Allstar. She had recently had her eye removed due to glaucoma. She lost the sight in her remaining eye about a year later but she is still hanging in there! - the Butcher"
Last but not least. Here is Rebel and a little bit about him.
"This is Rebel the Dog. He's a two year old American Staffordshire Terrier. He was supposed to be a Truck Dog and go on the road with me. Instead, he'd rather stay with his buds at TailsRWaggin and get taken care of by the cute girls...so he does:-). On our days off, we eat sleep and go for walks. He's a Good Boy and I'm very proud of him. I've been a "lurker" for years and AOS is almost always the first Place I go. Thanks to all. Keep up the good work. Rick554!"
Thank you Rick and all the others who have submitted their pet photos. We appreciate you sending them in. We are always looking for photos and other interesting pet and animal stories. You can reach us at petmorons at gmail. Hoping you and your pets have a good week.
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