April 23, 2021

The Morning Report - 4/23/21 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Friday and the weekend is here. With the high-tech lynching of Derek Chauvin done and now another one in the on deck circle in Columbus, Ohio where a cop actually saved a young black woman from being knifed to death, it's official that the inmates have taken over, not so much the asylum, but the prison. Up is down, black is white, 2+2=5 (if you're not white), men can menstruate, Iran is (mostly) peaceful, refusing vaccinations and masks is "neanderthal," Joe Biden won the 2020 election fair and square, and "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

Like I said, inmates running the prison; the nation formerly known as the United States of America. We're well down the road - check that, a Shining Path - to a vast, soul-crushing totalitarian police state. Ironic considering the battle cry these days is to abolish the police because law enforcement is a tool of "white privilege" and "structural racism." Oh hell yeah, there will be policing and there will be law enforcement. It's just that those who were the inmates are soon to be the warders. Here's a little something that, if taken to its logical conclusion (which I will get to in a moment) should make your skin crawl.

[So-called quote-unquote 'president'] Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Justice Department's civil rights division circulated an essay from self-proclaimed Marxist poet Amiri Baraka defending cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and referring to police officers as members of the Ku Klux Klan, according an email from her days at Columbia University.

Kristen Clarke forwarded the Baraka essay in an email on June 25, 1999, to her mentor, the late historian Manning Marable.

She suggested that the essay, entitled "Mumia, 'Lynch Law' & Imperialism" be placed in a magazine Marable edited and used for a panel on the death penalty...

...The American Accountability Foundation has published other documents showing that Clarke helped organize a conference with Marable in 1999 where Mumia Abu-Jamal, Assata Shakur and other convicted cop killers were hailed as "political prisoners."

Clarke testified at her Senate confirmation hearing last week that she was unfamiliar with the Abu-Jamal and Shakur cases and that she only provided logistics for Marable's conference...

..."The Klan is now the Police, with Blue uniforms replacing the sheets and hoods. The corrupt racist Judges, are petty Klan administrators," Baraka wrote in the essay.

He also asserted that Abu-Jamal was "being held hostage."

"Mountains of evidence and testimony show clearly that Mumia is another Black scapegoat, another Lynch victim."

"The rulers want to show us what will happen if we mobilize and mount full scale attack on Imperialism as Mumia did as part of the Black Panther party as a sector of The Black Liberation Movement," Baraka also wrote in the essay shared by Clarke.

Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther, was sentenced to death row in 1982 for the murder of Daniel Faulkner, a Philadelphia police officer.

His case became a cause celebre for left-wing activists who believe he was unfairly convicted.

Frankly, repulsive as this Kristen Clarke is, what is she so afraid of? Why didn't she just come right out and cop (no pun) to it? Not only is the entire Democrat-Agitprop Machine going to go to the mattresses for you because Gott Mit Uns but worse, not only is the GOP essentially powerless to stop her confirmation but the odds are that they are not going to do a damn thing and just let this twisted fool sail on through to a top slot in the corporation. The estimable Julie Kelly vents her spleen, not only in regards to a key player in the Russia Collusion hoax, but virtually every Biden hack, flack and flunky getting confirmed with nary a peep of opposition from the GOP.

Only a handful of Republican senators have shown any guts; Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz, Rick Scott (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Rand Paul have voted against most of Biden's nominees. (But shame on Hawley, Scott, and Cotton for voting yes on Monaco.)

Contrast that record with what happened during Trump's first few months in office; by April 2017, his cabinet nominees had received the most "no" votes in presidential history.

Joe Biden, his [junta], and congressional Democrats haven't wasted any time in their effort to radically transform the country, not to mention stoke a dangerous race war. Republicans aren't just flat-footed in opposition, they are complicit in empowering this destructive regime.

It's hard to see why rank-and-file Republicans should keep sending the same craven bunch of leftist accomplices to Washington. Maybe one day, they'll stop.

Stay tuned for John Cornyn leading the way on amnesty, Julie (an excellent essay worthy of your time but do take a beta blocker beforehand). Doing the Piss-Hockey Psaki circle-back, in the immortal words of Mick Jagger and Keith Richard, now that every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints, how long before Titty Caca AOC and LoPecia Pressley introduce legislation or demand that Joey Aqualung grant amnesty, a full pardon and a vacating of the conviction of Mumia Abu Jamal? Hell, why not Joanne Chesimard aka Assata Shakur so she can return a hero from exile in the workers paradise (mostly the world's oldest profession) of Cuba?

If you think that that's crazy talk, look at the world around you. Not just in the big blue shit-holes, but everywhere and right up your street. We've been permanently masked against a nominally nasty but temporary virus, muzzled against speaking freely. Gay marriage was laughable 15 years ago. Trannies serving openly in the military? Drag queen story hour? The FBI, CIA and the entire bureaucracy covertly and overtly insubordinate to a duly elected president and working in concert with tech oligarchs to steal a national election and install a fraudulent one?

Think about that and tell me that prognosticating Mumia Abu Jamal and Assata Shakur as the co-heads of the soon-to-be-formed Department of Peace is crazy talk.

One thing that gets me nutsy-fagin is pundits writing essays about how "we can't let them destroy America" and "we have to fight back" either without elaborating on how, in the face of a massive cultural and political Leviathan, that has subsumed us, this is to be achieved, or, worse, imploring us to "vote harder." I don't claim I have the answer because I have no fucking clue as to what can be done to stop this. That said, this cannot go on. It must not go on. And we are reaching a boiling point.

An incident last Sunday marks the second time since [Chinese] COVID that I've witnessed an ugly confrontation in a retail location over a customer's unwillingness to comply with facial mask directives. The first time, soon after the coronavirus onset, wasn't so bad. A man stormed angrily out of a popular Westside liquor store, frustrated and sputtering loudly after a clerk reminded him of the mask requirement.

This last Sunday, in a big box hardware store, was much worse. A man removed his mask while leaving the store, but then stopped short of the exit to look at a display of garden topsoil arrayed under the windows near the entrance. When a female salesperson approached and reminded him that he needed to keep the mask on until he had fully exited the building, the guy went apoplectic, shouting profanities at the top of his lungs. The manager rushed up and quietly addressed him, causing the man to yell in response, "Go ahead, call the f&%king police."

After several more rage-filled expletives, the man left. Twenty or so people waiting on line -- including several young children -- stood shell-shocked. I noticed several of them scanning the parking lot. Needless to say, in a country that has experienced scores of mass shootings in the last several weeks, these home improvement shoppers can be forgiven for wondering if perhaps their mass-shooting number had come up...

...America had a leader, former President Donald Trump, who, despite some controversial methodology and personality traits that are deal-breakers to many voters, undeniably cares deeply about this country, her traditions, her culture, and the philosophical values which inform her founding.

Now, in a nation left with a president for whom any characterization smacks of elder abuse, a cackling, fourth-string, Commie-crat VP, and a Deep State whose actions proclaim Don't ever try this again, there is a terrible sense of unravelling. A trepidation that any potential 2022 reckoning may not come fast enough to staunch the outflow of civic and constitutional lifeblood...

...National power is predominantly in the hands of the Left, their corporate, media, Big-Tech, entertainment, and Deep State accomplices. There is a sense of unraveling. Besetting traditionalist America is an emotion comparable to that which overcame the man who dared remove his face mask in the hardware store.

A growing anger at unchecked socialist transformation and the constrictive clutch of the bureaucratic fist.

Have a nice weekend.

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Daily Tech News 23 April 2021

—Pixy Misa

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  • Three weeks ago it was the Easter long weekend, I was kicking back, playing some Minecraft, configuring the brand new 128-core Epyc server we got at work... Then the Fire Nation attacked.

    This is the first night I've had off since then. Tomorrow I'm even planning to go outside. That will be exciting.


The opening credits for the 10-episode Dirty Pair OVA series. This was the 80s, when Japan had the money to do things like this, and also apparently the drugs.

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The ONT Hath Murdered Sleep

—WeirdDave

Heidely-Ho, Moroninos! Say, did you know that Dolly Parton and Edgar Allen Poe share a birthday?

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Quarantine Cafe: Cats Don't Like SJWs Either Edition

—Ace

Two cats have a chat. They sound like a feline Statler and Waldorf.

A dog that's been stray all its life has never been indoors, and is scared of doors and stairs. His foster family teaches him the ins and outs of indoors.

The emaciated, dying dog that wasn't supposed to survive.

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Quick Hits: Pissed Off Ikea Guy Has More Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions Edition

—Ace

Steven Crowder exposes a leftist woman a racist with a White Savior complex, but she's too stupid to get it.

What really happened at the Ohio shooting:

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The Moderate, Centrist Democrat That NeverTrump Supported and Vouched For Announces He Favors Using Budget Reconciliation to Force an Amnesty Through Congress

—Ace

I look forward to reading Conservative, Inc. -- which knowingly, willfully aided Biden's campaign -- writing various Sternly Worded Columns and Harsh-Toned Open Letters claiming that they're completely surprised that the leftwing socialist Democrat who had a more liberal voting record than Barack Obama turned out to be a hardcore leftwinger.

President Joe Biden told Hispanic members of Congress on Tuesday he supported the idea of moving legislation on immigration reform using budget reconciliation and a simple Democrat majority.

"He said he was committed to making those statements publicly," Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) told Politico, detailing the meeting.

Biden met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday at the White House.

Soto said Biden would include rhetoric supporting the idea in his address to Congress later this month.

Well if he thinks he can pervert the reconciliation process -- used for budgetary matters only -- without Baseball Cuck and JeffB. and The Future Mrs. CNN Erick Erickson teaming up to write a Very Tough Twitter Thread about it (and about the Shang Chi trailer), he's got another thing coming!

Why that'll fix his wagon somethin' fierce!

Ah, I'm just kidding. They won't collaborate on a Very Tough Twitter Thread against amnesty. They're functionally pro-open-borders (while pretending otherwise).

Impotent weakling catamites.

I say, I sure hope that National Review holds one of its biweekly beg-a-thons soon. They've done such stellar work electing Democrats that I really want to make sure all their writers and editors can add new additions to their homes this year. Maybe put in new pools, too. Classy ones, like with salt water and an infinity edge.

The only good thing I can say about these contemptible grifters is that they no longer bother with the "We're the true conservatives!" hustle. Even they now concede that that pose is absurd.

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The Burn Loot Murder Race Warriors and the Democrat Party Defend the Frenzied Knife Attacker Ma'Khia Bryant, Claiming Knife-Fighting Is Ordinary Childhood Hijinks

—Ace

What really happened in the case of the Ohio cop saving a black girl's life:

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Teen Messiah Greta Thunberg: We Children Will Judge You, So Do What We Say

—Ace

She's still dressing like a very small child (the parents must do that for Brand Identity reasons, or for... other reasons), but isn't she like 17 at this point?

Is she going to be like Meghan McCain and keep calling herself a "young" activist through her mid-forties?

I'm so tired of this mental deficient lecturing people.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg warned U.S. lawmakers Thursday that history will hold them accountable for climate catastrophes if they do not stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry before it is too late.

Thunberg, 18, whose activism has inspired a global movement, testified virtually to a House of Representatives panel on the day President Joe Biden kicked off a virtual two-day Earth Day summit pledging to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

Well there you go. She is 18. She's an adult for all legal purposes.

But let's keep celebrating her as a Child Savior.

Thunberg, whose activism began at age 15 when she started skipping school on Fridays to protest outside the Swedish parliament for climate change, admitted she was pessimistic.

"I don't believe for a second that you will actually do this," she lectured the lawmakers of the House Oversight Committee's environmental subcommittee.

"You still have time to do the right thing and to save your legacies, but that window of time is not going to last for long," Thunberg said. "We the young people are the ones who are going to write about you in the history books ...So my advice for you is to choose wisely."

Everything with this sociopathic retard is a threat.

But you can say that broadly for the entire left.

And the GOP keeps compromising and surrendering.

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FaceBook's "Supreme Court" to Decide If Trump Will Be Allowed Any Presence on the Monopoly Social Connection Platform, Which Means They're Deciding If He Can Run for President or Not

—Ace

Without the ability to place ads or fund-raise, a presidential run is a non-starter.

But of course the Corporate Services Group called "the GOP" is all in favor of an unaccountable leftwing monopoly deciding on who is allowed to run for president.

Isn't it great that monopolistic transnational (parasitic) corporations have "Supreme Courts" that dictate to countries who they're allowed to vote into office?

For Bitch McConnell and the rest of the Get-Along Gang: This is exactly the world they've always masturbated their tiny shriveled dicks about.

The upcoming decision from Facebook's independent Oversight Board on whether to uphold or reverse Facebook's indefinite suspension of former President Trump’s profiles has policymakers on edge.

Why it matters: The decision will set a historic precedent for how the tech giant treats accounts of world leaders, and could be a litmus test for the board's power.

Context:

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Trump was the only case in which Facebook has indefinitely suspended a sitting head of state, but the company has begun taking action on other world leaders' accounts. It froze Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's page for 30 days in March for violating Facebook's policies against spreading COVID-19 misinformation.
Details: "I'm less concerned about the fate of Donald Trump as much as I am about the precedent that this is setting for the removal and de-platforming of everyone else," Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told Axios.

Of course you are, cocksucker.



Conservatives Axios spoke to are still angry about the decision. "While I would be glad to see Mark Zuckerberg's 'Supreme Court' deliver a check on his conceit, I will not be celebrating," says Rep. Jim Banks, chair of the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in the House.

"No corporate CEO or their ‘oversight board’ should be more powerful than the leaders you elect,” he said.

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What to watch: A board decision to uphold Facebook's ban of Trump's accounts could spark wide outrage among conservatives who have long argued that tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter are biased against them.

Maxine Waters and LeBron James have received no penalty from FaceBook or any other social media monopoly.

Note that the broadcast media are required to accept political ads for the best available price, as a precondition for using that which they are not entitled to (the public airwaves).

There is absolutely no reason that Congress cannot pass laws requiring that monopolies act with similar fairness to all sides in political matters, to keep an immunity to lawsuit (section 230) that they are by no means entitled to.

But the corrupt Corporate Party will not even entertain such a notion, because they're being paid to protect the monopolies' monopolies.

While FaceBook's Supreme Court decides who is allowed to run for public office, the media and leftwing advocates begin the next campaign:

The tech monopolies now willing thralls of the far left, the next item on the agenda is to outlaw any competition to the leftwing-controlled monopolies.

And they're agitating for just that, beginning the campaign to convince the public that it's too dangerous to allow "misinformation" to spread on any platform that isn't a monopoly controlled by the left:

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John Cornyn: Hey, Let's Pass "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" Piece by Piece and See if We Can Sneak It Past the Rubes That Way

—Ace

The Republicans who represent corporations and not you are back with a new version on comprehensive immigration reform.

They think that if they just pass it piece by piece, you'll be too stupid to notice and too craven to do something about it even if you did notice.

It's actually worse than you might first thing, because "comprehensive" immigration reform, in granting the racial-reconquista left everything they wanted, at least offered some money for border protection as a trivial, gestural sop to the right.

But note that John Cornyn is ditching the idea of even any fig leafs of border protection for the right.

He's now just pushing the idea of voting with the Democrats for each of the Democrats' open borders plan one item at a time, but without any of the meager sops to the right that were supposed to be part of a "grand bargain."

Is Cornyn going to demand that the Democrats re-instate Trump's remain in Mexico policy in exchange for this newest Amnesty pitch?

How about his First Safe Country policy? (That is, when someone claims to be a political asylum migrant, they must apply for asylum in the first safe country they cross -- not just keep demanding that the US is the only place they're willing to take asylum in.)

Of course not.

This is just straight-up amnesty, no chaser. Nothing for those who want the endless invasion to finally stop.

Had enough yet?

Is everyone super-psyched to vote for the Corporate Party in 2022?

Is everyone fully satisfied that if we just "vote harder" and give power to people who hate us and wish to replace us, they'll "get the message" and start obeying our wishes?

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Republican Governor of North Dakota Vetoes Bill That Would Save Girls Sports for Girls

—Ace

He vetoed the bill, stating that young girls already have enough protections.

Had enough yet?

Is everyone proud to belong to the Corporate Party?

The North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and Tri-State Transgender issued a statement Wednesday commending Burgum for his veto. The move "sends a loud message to other lawmakers across the country considering similar legislation: Stop the attacks on transgender youth," Tri-State Transgender President Katrina Koesterman said.

ACLU of North Dakota Campaigns Director Libby Skarin in a statement said she was "thrilled" with the veto.

Oh, and he also vetoed a bill prohibiting statewide mask mandates.

Just to let you know that Your Vote Does Not Matter.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition [CBD]

—CBD

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We may have a potentially dangerous situation, as two massive centers of stupidity rotate around the same event. Were they to meet, the resulting stupidity could create a singularity, in which the laws of intelligence and logic break down, IQs are postulated to be negative, and a James/Griffin 2024 campaign is possible.

The event is the shooting of a knife-wielding sociopath by police in Columbus Ohio. She was shot in mid attack, and frankly, I think the cop did a fine job. He stopped a crime in progress, and should be praised for his good shooting. That wasn't "blindly" firing into a crowd; that was good and calm marksmanship.

But according to Kathy Griffin, knives are playthings that everyone uses during their high school years. They aren't dangerous at all!

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According to the FBI (yeah, I know), in 2019 there were 1476 murders committed with Knives or cutting instruments, so forgive me if I call Kathy Griffin a mushy-headed retard without a fraction of an ounce of common sense in her entire wrinkled and amazingly unattractive body.

But King James* said, "hold my beer," because he is second to none in sheer volume of ignorance and arrogant pronouncements untethered to reality.

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[I cropped the officer out of the picture because he doesn't need to be identified even more than he already has]

So here we have a national sports figure advocating for the murder of a policeman who prevented the possible murder of a young black woman? In Lebron James' world there is no violence because he is protected by legions of armed men and tall fences. But he would deny that protection to the people whose lives were being threatened by Ma'Khia Bryant, the sociopath who seemed to be hell bent on stabbing somebody?

He deleted the tweet and tried to make everyone love him by saying...uh...I have no idea. He can't write a coherent sentence, so your guess is as good as mine.

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As far as I can tell his call for the murder of a policeman would have been used to create more racism because fuck you, that's why. Oh, and I guess all of those murders of black people are at the hands of the police, and other blacks are innocent of the carnage in black communities all across the country?

Maybe somebody can make more sense of his blather. But in the meantime, we need to work together to keep Griffin and James apart, the concentration of stupidity would probably destroy the universe.

*What a joke of a nickname. He amazingly talented physically, but equally amazingly impressed with himself. And his competitive spirit is sorely lacking, which eliminates him immediately from consideration for the title of best basketball player ever. Michael Jordan and Larry Bird in their primes would destroy him with their wills to win.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Flirting Couples
Jacob Toorenvlet

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The Morning Report - 4/22/21 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Thursday and the fallout over what amounts to a perversion of justice in the show trial of Derek Chauvin continues. The facts of the case, which should have led to an acquittal have no relevance to the bigger picture, just as, sadly, they had no relevance in the jury room. Either the jurors feared for their and their loved ones' lives or worse, they believe with absolute certainty the Goebbels-level lie about "white supremacy," "white privilege," "structural racism" and all the other bilge that have been poisoning the hearts and minds of far too many people worse than the actual poison that caused the death of the soon-to-be beatified criminal.

I called it yesterday but you don't have to be Nostradamus to see what this is all about. Divide and conquer.

Today's Marxist tactics are purely about political expediency. Since both political parties support bribing people with their own money, one more $1400 "relief" check doesn't generate the unbridled, unthinking, and institutionally destabilizing reactions today's Marxists seek. Thus it is far more effective to zero in on an important aspect of how people identify themselves -- that is, their race -- and reduce them to nothing more than that race, followed by assigning "oppressor" and "victim" name tags accordingly.

Then it's off to the races, so to speak, where every problem is sourced to America's allegedly racist DNA and every solution is found through atonement by the oppressor racial groups, though absolution will never be granted.

Today's Marxists are not to be confused with yesterday's Black Nationalists. In fact, they are happy to include other factions on the intersectional spectrum. For example, demanding that men be able to play women's sports, promoting hysteria around crimes against Asian Americans, or decriminalizing consensual incest are goals welcomed alongside racial reparations, for they provide the potential for acquiring political power, which is the Marxists' only principle...

...With incidents such as these, long before a factual accounting of what actually transpired, comes the snap judgment, the moral panic, the professional agitators' performative protests, and weeks or months of stilted media coverage repeating what today's Marxists want to be remembered and glossing over what they want to be forgotten.The same goes for police-involved shootings.

The details blend together such that only the most dogged news consumer can distinguish the facts in the cases involving the names we are told to repeat aloud like it is an incantation that will heal the nation: George Floyd, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, et al...

...Today's Marxists' ideological pursuit of tyrannical control transcends race, which is merely a stealth bomber in their fleet. This is not a race war. It's something much bigger.

In truth, there's nothing really stealthy about this at all. Regardless of the kangaroo court nature of the the Chauvin trial, the fact that the guilty verdict did not result in a "kumbaya" moment of togetherness and unity but even louder, shriller and more strident calls to not only abolish law enforcement but abolish the nation itself as the irredeemably evil co-conspirator gives the game away. The maddening thing of all of this is that it is all so provably false yet for whatever reason, ignorance, greed, fear, get-along-go-along human nature or lives that are so meaningless, empty and vapid that any crackpot cause that presents itself that allows a scared, lonely individual to be a part of a group, to have a safe space where no one can harm them or make them grow up and be an adult is grabbed onto. Nothing fills a void, empty soul and gives life meaning than saving the planet, defeating "Nazis" or "bash the fash."

The problem is, we're not necessarily talking merely about aimless Portland youth with Rustoleum hair and body piercing hurling a few Molotov cocktails. We're talking about whole swathes of our society in the halls of power, from the classrooms, broadcast booths and boardrooms to Congress, the courts and everywhere in between. They are either more brainwashed than the Moonies or worse, the brewers and dispensers of the Kool Aid.

There was a fever over the land, a fever of disgrace, of indignity, of hunger. We had a democracy, yes, but it was torn by elements within. Above all there was fear, fear of today, fear of tomorrow, fear of our neighbors, and fear of ourselves...

...What about those of us who knew better, we who knew the words were lies and worse than lies? Why did we sit silent? Why did we take part?...

...What difference does it make if a few political extremists lose their rights? What difference does it make if a few racial minorities lose their rights? It is only a passing phase. It is only a stage we are going through. It will be discarded sooner or later...

...The country is in danger. We will march out of the shadows! We will go forward. FORWARD is the great password...

...And then, one day we looked around and found that we were in an even more terrible danger. The ritual begun in this courtroom swept over the land like a raging, roaring disease. What was going to be a "passing phase" had become the way of life...

Substitute the word "conservatives" for "political extremists" and "white people" for "racial minorities" and tell me if this excerpt from Judgement at Nuremberg doesn't ring true to what's happening here. Ironic in that Lancaster plays a Nazi judge who convicted a man in a show trial whom he knew was innocent.

ABOVE THE FOLD, BREAKING, NOTEWORTHY

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Daily Tech News 22 April 2021

—Pixy Misa

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Prepare for trouble... Consultants.

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (4/21/21) Recycled Material Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

“I know that justice is slow, sometimes elusive, and sometimes never comes. The Justice Deptartment will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice under law.” US Attorney General Merrick Garland


Quote II

“I was so shocked. It’s such a big amount. It’s not like I can say, ‘Oh, for the next month or two, I’ll dial down my expenses and I’ll save $16,000.’” Louis Goffinet, a middle school science teacher in Connecticut


Quote III

“The MI Bureau of Elections recommends that the #UnlockMichigan petition be certified. With over 460,000 VALID signatures, it’s not even a close call…. @GovWhitmer maybe now you’ll try working WITH the legislature, instead of governing by decree?” Unlock Michigan spokesman Fred Wszolek

Quote IV

“Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons,” “We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.” Longtime activist Bree Newsome


Quote V

"As soon as the supply disruptions sort themselves out and everything gets back to normal, we expect a major correction in prices," "But right now, if you're producing lumber in the US South -- or anywhere for that matter, but particularly in the US South, where your log cost hasn't come up -- it's very profitable."Joshua Zaret, a senior analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence


Quote VI

The United States could go to zero tomorrow. I mean, we can’t, but if you figuratively speaking, could go to zero, we’d still have a problem. The world would still have a problem. If China went to zero tomorrow with the United States, we’d still have a problem. So, every country has to come to the table. This is the single biggest multilateral, global negotiation that the world has ever needed, and the stakes could not be higher because, I mean, we hear people talk about this being existential. For many people on the planet, it already is.”U.S. special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry

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Quarantine Cafe: This Is Our Life Now Edition

—Ace

Capybara is a nest for birds.

Here's a capybara capybarking.

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thanks to Banana Dream

Traumatized pit bull learns to open up -- but he still won't go anywhere without his security blanket/woobie.

Couch potato cat watches Tom and Jerry.

A very strange cat.

That strange cat is very afraid of the bathtub.

Befriending a wild hummingbird.

Two sequels to the stranglely yowling husky puppy: Here's that puppy growing up, and here's that yappy husky all grown up.

Here's a malamute puppy who's almost as funny.

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The Washington Post's List of Supposed Shootings of Unarmed Black Men Includes a Man Who Was Not Unarmed and Also Wasn't Black

—Ace

Democracy dies in remorseless lies by thoroughly corrupt institutions which need to be razed to the ground.

The press continues insisting that for the Four Hour Insurrectionists, holding a helmet counts as being "armed," while for the Protected Races of the Democrat Party and Corrupt Corporate state, lunging at someone with a knife does not count as "armed."

Nor does taking a cop's own taser and electrocuting him with it:

The point of all of this is that the Post's database as it stands now appears to be misleading in at least three important ways. First, a full investigation concluded the shooting was justified, something not reflected in the stories linked by the Post. I'm not suggesting that was done intentionally. It may simply be that the Post hasn’t updated this since it was first added. But at this point, intentionally or not, it is misleading.

Um, it's intentional. How much longer do we have to maintain this pretense that the propaganda, race-war-inflaming press is acting in good faith?

How many further proofs of their bad faith do we need? Does not their constant refusal to correct their errors -- let alone account for those errors, let alone apologize for them -- prove conclusively that they are bad faith actors?

Secondly, the man who was shot in this incident, Channara Tom Pheap was not unarmed. Evidence showed he took the officer's taser and fired it, hitting the officer. So while he may have been unarmed initially, he later armed himself and that's what led to the shooting. In short, the Post has him in the wrong category.

Thirdly, and this is the oddest of all, Pheap is not black. Several stories about the shooting note that he was "of Cambodian descent." There's a photo of him which shows he looks Cambodian and had medium brown skin. He could possibly be mistake for Hispanic but I don’t think anyone would assume he was black if they got a good look at him.

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And given that we're talking about just 12 shootings in this category nationwide over an entire year, the fact that this shooting doesn't belong in this category for two separate reasons is significant. It also makes you wonder how many other entries in the Post's widely referenced database have errors like this.

The Post's "unjustified shooting of an unarmed black man" is actually about the justified shooting of an armed man who is not black, but Asian.

But otherwise: Another typical exercise in excellence from the enemy of the people media, doing their very best to propagandize for and justify violent terrorist groups.

Note that this list of "unarmed black men unjustifiably shot by police" only includes twelve such persons -- what a national epidemic!

And the fact that they had to add in a clearly false entry to pad the list up to twelve should further indicate their bad faith.

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Quick Hits: Ikea Clerk Has Some Choice Words for Karen Edition

—Ace

Media-beloved virulent racist Ibrahim X. Kendri: "Is justice convicting a police officer, or is justice convicting America?"

So all the Karens and NeverTrumpers who thought "Finally, we're about to accomplish our decades-long dream of appeasing the left and making them think we're Really Good Guys" -- sorry, cvcks, nope. You'll have to keep on trying to blow your enemies for another 60 years.

Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter again threatens people just trying to eat at a restaurant, and orders them to Get the f*** out of New York!"

But yes, National Review, more of your soggy white-guilt platitudes will fix all this.

Otters at the Georgia Aquarium test positive for covid; should now be shamed on twitter for not wearing their masks underwater.

Correct. And every NeverTrump c*cksucker who propagandizes for this should be treated as an enemy who's trying to hurt you or put you in jail:

@TomlinsonCJ

Apr 20

Regardless of what happened on Jan 6th, regardless of who died and how they died, a sizeable chunk of the mainstream press and deep state want conservatives on terror watch lists.

Facts don't matter to them, getting the results they want do.

JeffB.: "We" got spun by the media on Brian Sicknick's death.

Biden Voters Posting Their L's Online: No, you middling-IQ, low-testosterone catamite, it was just you and your Twitter Mean Girls Club.

See, a lot of us knew this for quite a while, JeffB.

See, some of us treat the mere unevidenced claims of the media -- usually offered by anonymous sources who do not want to be later connected with the lies they're spreading -- as the mere claims they are, and not the "verified fact" the dishonest, unprofessional media says they are.

But you will continue treating an openly partisan political industry as good and decent and bound by a rigorous code of professional ethics. Because you're a stupid, weak softdick, and you believe that treating your fellow "professionals" with the greatest of respect secures your shaky place in the Professional Class.

I'm sorry, but it was just a month ago when Jeffy B. had his previous "My stars and garters, but the media keeps lying to us! Has anyone else noticed this?!" moment. I believe that time, Jeffy B's revelation came after it was revealed that the media made up Trump's quotes about the Georgia vote irregularities.

But Jeff B. will completely forget everything he's learned today. (Or two months ago.)

The next time the media offers unsupported anonymous quotes that conveniently advance the hardleft agenda of the Democrat Party they are openly conspiring with, Jeff B. will believe it again, and he will insult those who express skepticism about it as "MAGA Cultists."

Those with the weakest claim on membership in a group they aspire to belong to must festoon themselves the most gaudily with badges and feathers indicating their membership in the tribe. Those with shaky claims on Professional Class status have to demonstrate their loyalty that group the most ostentatiously.

Sorry, not sorry. I'm tired of these feebledicked smoothbrains being constantly surprised by the obvious, and then daring to lecture the rest of us about what the Reasonable Position should be.

If you want to prove you really belong in the Cognitive Elite you try to pretend you belong to by acting as cheerleaders for it, try being among the first to realize something rather than among the last.


For once, at least.

Try to show some actual imagination by imagining a world in which what the media claims is often false and deliberately propagandistic, instead of continuing to act like a robotic drull who is programmed to believe literally EVERYTHING that someone with a press pass tells them to believe.

I'm so tired of the "Cognitive Elite" of Conservative, Inc. realizing shit that the rest of us knew six fucking years ago, and revealing it with a great flourish as if they just communed with Buddha.


Anyone want to bet against me and bet against the proposition that JeffB. will be back with another Sudden Revelation next month, saying "Well, guys, I guess 'we' all got taken for a ride again! Derp derp derp, why does this keep happening to 'us'?"


More Biden Voters Posting Their L's Online.


Gee I wonder why this woman is still single.

And this is the funniest thing I've seen on the internet in weeks.

It takes a bit to build, but by the third joke, I was literally -- not metaphorically -- laughing out loud.

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Catastrophic Moron George Bush: Today's GOP is "Isolationist," "Nativist"

—Ace

I'm sure we're all happy that we fought for this repulsive craven cocksucker and American Disaster.

Former President George W. Bush described the modern-day GOP as "isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent, nativist" in an interview Tuesday that was packed with implicit criticism of the most recent Republican president.

"It's not exactly my vision" for the party, Bush told NBC's "Today" show in a rare live TV appearance. "But, you know, I’m just an old guy they put out to pasture."


He stayed silent as a mouse through Obama's terms but he's rarin' to get on TV to attack Trump and the non-Kennebunkport Konservatives who supported him.

Here's his idea of the Perfect Republican: a liberal.

Still, Bush remained hopeful that a more moderate Republican -- one who supported reasonable gun reform measures, increased public school funding and a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, among other policies -- could succeed in the party’s 2024 presidential primary.

Does this mean Jeb! is tanned, rested, and ready?

He also came out in favor of even more draconian leftwing media/tech bro controls on "misinformation," which is information the leftwing and the catamite GOP establishment disputes:

As for the Jan. 6 insurrection perpetrated by supporters of former President Donald Trump, "it did make me sick. I felt ill. And I just couldn't believe it," Bush said.

"What's really troubling is how much misinformation there is and the capacity of people to spread all kinds of untruth,” he added. "And I don't know what we're going to do about that."


Eat another pretzel, cokehead. Try not to choke to death. We just couldn't soldier on without you and your schlubby pillowbiter of a brother.

Posted by Ace at 03:57 PM Comments

Quick Hits: Recycled Edition

—Ace

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So, so cyberpunk. Via @OrwellNGoode.

Sorry for the recycled material. I had to run out to recover my lost phone. I thought this was material that hadn't been posted yet.

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Unbelievable: Secret Unit Inside the US Post Office Is Monitoring Americans' Social Media Usage

—Ace

Cue National Review and Conservative, Inc. to present "The Conservative Case for Neverending Stasi Surveillance."

Note that the strong suggestion here is that the Postal Service has been weaponized to find right-wing "insurrectionists" -- while the federal government continues to label antifa and BLM terrorism "protected first amendment activity."

Reported by Jana Winter:

The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans' social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.

The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as "inflammatory" postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.

"Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021," says the March 16 government bulletin, marked as "law enforcement sensitive" and distributed through the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers. "Locations and times have been identified for these protests, which are being distributed online across multiple social media platforms, to include right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts."

A number of groups were expected to gather in cities around the globe on March 20 as part of a World Wide Rally for Freedom and Democracy, to protest everything from lockdown measures to 5G. "Parler users have commented about their intent to use the rallies to engage in violence. Image 3 on the right is a screenshot from Parler indicating two users discussing the event as an opportunity to engage in a 'fight' and to 'do serious damage,'" says the bulletin.

"No intelligence is available to suggest the legitimacy of these threats," it adds.

The bulletin includes screenshots of posts about the protests from Facebook, Parler, Telegram and other social media sites. Individuals mentioned by name include one alleged Proud Boy and several others whose identifying details were included but whose posts did not appear to contain anything threatening.

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The government's monitoring of Americans' social media is the subject of ongoing debate inside and outside government, particularly in recent months, following a rise in domestic unrest. While posts on platforms such as Facebook and Parler have allowed law enforcement to track down and arrest rioters who assaulted the Capitol on Jan. 6, such data collection has also sparked concerns about the government surveilling peaceful protesters or those engaged in protected First Amendment activities.

Notice how they contrast the rioters of January 6 -- who are insurrectionists who need to be surveilled -- with the rioters of antifa and BLM, who have been burning down cities and terrorizing people for daring to use the public roads they paid for or have a meal in a restaurant for a fucking year, which are presumably the "peaceful protesters or those engaged in protected First Amendment activities."

Note that the Grifter Pseudoright continues to echo the false claims of the far left authoritarians, thereby justifying these increasingly repressive government actions.

Here's Guy -- or Gal-- Benson just today, talking up the "deadly" January 6th riot, refusing to acknowledge the only deadliness that day that wasn't due to natural causes was a government agent killing an unarmed woman:

This seems to be the go-to move for most partisans in the current era of American politics. Deflect to the other tribe, back and forth, on and on. Clean up your own house, they cry, evincing little appetite to do the same. And even if you think McCarthy punted on accountability for the cause of the disgraceful and deadly January 6th riot, he did not support the violence.

This was published by Salem Media today or yesterday -- well after the reveal (which most non-NeverTrumpers already knew about) that Brian Sicknick had died of strokes, not due to the "disgraceful and deadly" four hour insurrection.

But Salem Media continues to propagate these lies to justify continued government repression of their archenemies in the non-corporate, non-neocon right.

These people continue holding jobs in the Conservative, Inc. grifter media -- Gal Benson's at Townhall, owned by Salem.

Salem continues employing repulsive leftwingers like AllahPundit.

They are enemy comms, and I'm done linking them. All of them. (Well, I'll link Kurt Schlichter and Derek Hunter and John Sexton, but the rest, no more links. Done.)

Meanwhile: Gal Benson should resort to more inflammatory and misleading language to justify the FBI investigating an SJW-turned-Anti-SJW posting... sarcastic tweets.

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Revealed: The FBI Classified the 2017 Baseball Park Attempted Assassination of Republican Congressman Not a Case of Politically-Motived Extremism, but a Mere... Suicide Attempt by James Hodgkinson

—Ace

DEFUND.

A congressman who was on the baseball field during the 2017 shooting that nearly killed GOP Whip Steve Scalise says the FBI privately informed lawmakers it ruled the attack a "suicide by cop," a designation he said downplayed the shooter's apparently political motivation.

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) revealed the previously undisclosed determination during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, upbraiding FBI Director Christopher Wray and prompting several colleagues of both parties to pile on. He said FBI agents privately briefed the baseball team on Nov. 16, 2017 to deliver the controversial determination.

"Much to our shock that day, the FBI concluded that this was a case of the attacker seeking suicide by cop," Wenstrup said. "Director, you want suicide by cop, you just pull a gun on a cop. It doesn't take 136 rounds. It takes one bullet. Both the DHS and the (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) published products labeling this attack as a domestic violent extremism event, specifically targeting Republican members of Congress. The FBI did not."

Wray did not directly address Wenstrup's criticism, other than to confirm he was not the FBI director at the time -- a role held in June 2017 by Andrew McCabe -- but said he was grateful to Capitol Police and to Wenstrup, a doctor, who used his skills that day to triage injured lawmakers and others who joined them.

Quick I need Andy McCarthy to vouch for every warm body at the FBI again.

Via Kyle Shideler, who calls this, with heroic understatement, "completely unacceptable."

Posted by Ace at 01:07 PM Comments

The Black Lives Matter Basketball Association's Ratings Fall to Historic Lows

—Ace

Misanthropic Humanitarian posted this in the ONT last night, but in case you missed it:

The NBA has suffered another ratings disaster, with ABC falling 45 percent since the 2011-12 season, while TNT was down 40 percent, and ESPN was off 20 percent.


This ratings tumble is nothing new, granted. The past two NBA finals each have fallen one over the other, with last year’s down 51 percent to an all-time low for the championships. The worst was the final game, off nearly 70 percent year-over-year.

Warner Todd Houston writes that NBA commissioner Adam Silver tried to put the breaks on sooooo much hardcore BLM agitation during what were supposed to be staged entertainments after last year's ratings disaster, but, thankfully, the public continues tuning out this corrupt sports league.

The Woke Comic Book companies are going bankrupt from going to war with their customers over Trump Derangement Syndrome. Ethan Van Sciver used to have a video of woke feminist c*** Kelly Sue DeConnick attacking comic book fans who didn't want hardcore Rachel Maddow propaganda in their comics.

Now he's spliced in a more recent interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick, in which she now seems scared and chastened as the comic book industry dies and she no longer has much work from DC and Marvel.

That's in the beginning of this livestream. It's very satisfying to see her going from a shrilly arrogant c*** to a worried, scared c***.

The Black Lives Matter Basketball Association is in the Early Days of the Kelly Sue DeConnick syndrome. Right now, they believe -- wrongly -- that they are so awesome and beloved that they can freely attack their own audience and their audience will just take it.

Soon they'll be in the advanced stages of Kelly Sue DeConnick Syndrome, when they learn that they were not nearly as indispensable as they used to believe, and start wondering what they can do to make more money.

Posted by Ace at 12:13 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

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It's getting frustrating putting collecting and posting the rant thread, and then having to yank it back into draft because it's overloading the temporary server. So my content is going to be pretty minimal until Pixy is able to resolve the underlying hardware issues.

I feel like I'm on dial up again. These 2400 baud modems sure are slow. If this gets any worB%^GGF&*KG%908t}7o5*OJo7=7jQ+;87Ntnu9#4 o&e8T8eMRdSOh(%$k#m@j!KJ)*HRF&*nh&^f%L{n DAMMIT WOMAN, HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU NOT TO PICK UP THE PHONE WHILE I'M ON THE COMPUTER!!!???

Now I'm going to have to start the download of that 100kb file ALL OVER again! AAARRGGHHH!! It'll take at least an hour!

Anyway...


I'm Old Enough To Remember When This Was A National Scandal:

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For you younguns, the backstory here is that some reporter asked Nixon about the Charles Manson trial while it was in progress and he took the bait. Manson's lawyers used this newspaper as evidence in their mistrial request.

The request for a mistrial was denied.

Naturally, the chattering classes, inflamed as they were with NDS, went bonkers. But I will admit they had a point. Nixon should've resisted the urge to run his mouth and either responded "no comment" or restricted his remarks to something anodyne and as neutral as tap water, such as, for example, "I trust that the jury will weigh the evidence thoroughly and come to the right decision."

In contrast, I notice that the chattering classes of 2021 did not seem to have a problem with Joe Biden's very loud and very public pleading for a guilty verdict. Nor did they have any objection to unhinged lunatic Maxine Waters' frothing-at-the-mouth incitement to violence and ham-handed attempt at jury tampering. Be nice if we could get to a point where we could have demands for proper behavior and decency that would apply to everyone, not just Richard Nixon.

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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:15 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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Sierra Nevada Mountains
Albert Bierstadt

Okay...pet peeve of mine. "Sierra" means MOUNTAINS!

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The Morning Report - 4/21/21 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger

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Good morning kids. Wednesday and the verdict in what amounted to nothing more than a show trial against Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis cop who was publicly lynched for doing his job was bad enough. But the profound sense of dread I have over the reactions from the ruling junta and its minions is curdling my guts. As the saying goes, the fish stinks from the head. Speaking of heads, it's kind of funny (ironic, not ha-ha) that our so-called quote-unquote 'president,' a man whose medulla oblongata is melting in front of our eyes can deliver a speech with nary a mumble, stutter, malaprop or brain-fart when it's to slime, smear, degrade and destroy a political enemy. He's been doing that for decades but this time it isn't a Robert Bork, a Clarence Thomas, a Donald Trump or any single individual who stands in the way of the furtherance of his, Biden's, own political power and criminal embellishment. No. This time he painted a target on the head of 200 million of us.

"Today, a jury in Minnesota found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd last May," Biden said. "It was a murder in full light of day and it ripped the blinders was off for the whole world to see the systemic racism the vice president just referred to. There's systemic racism that's a stain on our nation's soul." "The knee on the neck of justice for black Americans, the found fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that black and brown Americans experience every single day," he continued. "The murder George Floyd, launched a summer of protests we hadn't seen since the Civil Rights Era in the 60s, protests that unified people of every race and generation in peace and with purpose, to say enough, enough, enough of the senseless killings. Today, today's verdict is a step forward. I just spoke with the governor of Minnesota who thanked me for the close work with his team."

"I also spoke with George Floyd's family again, a remarkable family of extraordinary courage," Biden added. "Nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back. But this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America. Let's also be clear, as such a verdict is also much too rare."

You could fly a fleet of airliners into every skyscraper in Manhattan or nuke a few cities from orbit, but the damage that this statement alone has done makes mere war or terrorism pale in comparison. Coming as it did from the miserable miscreant who illegally possesses the title of President of the United States will leave a toxic fallout for years if not decades to come. Beyond handing our enemies abroad probably the greatest propaganda victory of all time and a rhetorical ultimate weapon with which to beat us over the head at every turn in diplomatic circles, looking inward, that last little nugget should scare the shit out of you. It's not just aimed at police officers who are now in the hot seat for doing their jobs (the individual circumstances of each case notwithstanding and frankly not really relevant to the overarching issue). It's aimed potentially at any one of us who dares utter a peep of dissent. It also hinted at the nature of tyranny and appeasement. I give you none other than Titty Caca AOC, who while dumb as a stump, speaks for at least two generations of youthful zombies:

It's not justice. I'll explain to you why it's not justice. It's not justice because justice is George Floyd going home tonight to be with his family. Justice is Adam Toledo getting tucked in by his mom tonight. Justice is when you're pulled over, there not being a gun that's part of that interaction because you have a headlight out. Justice is your school system not having or being part of a school-to-prison pipeline. Justice is a municipality and a government that does not -- because it trickles down right? -- that does not value military and armaments more than it healthcare, and education, and housing.

So, no, this verdict is not justice. Frankly, I don't even think we call it full accountability, because there are multiple officers that were there. It wasn't just Derek Chauvin. And I also don't want this moment to be framed as this system working, because it's not working.

You know who else said a lot of incoherent, disconnected crap and yet had the rapt attention of the masses? That said, beyond the up-talk vocal-fry boilerplate claptrap, Donkey Chompers' ravings as to why this was not "justice," (in her terms, not in the real meaning of the word but bear with me) are illustrative as to why statues of Abraham Lincoln are being torn down alongside those of Robert E. Lee. To honor and revere Abraham Lincoln as the "great emancipator" who freed the slaves and preserved the union is to presuppose that the union was worthy of preserving in the first place; that we lived up to the promise of America as founded. But since the weltanschauung of the cadres is that America as founded is a lie built on white supremacy on land stolen from the Indians, then Abraham Lincoln and what he did are also part of the same lie, history and facts be damned. Same deal here. If the justice system (again, as they perceive it) is corrupt, then even finding Derek Chauvin guilty and on murder charges no less is not enough, and can never be enough. In fact I believe they wanted Chauvin to be found not guilty. It would have underscored their claims so now they have to do the righteous indignation war dance. As I pointed out yesterday, anyone who thought that a roughly two-thirds to three-quarters majority white country electing and then re-electing a half-black man was going to finally put a cap on the civil rights issues was sadly, tragically and gigantically mistaken. From the estimable David Horowitz:

Derek Chauvin is not a nice man. He is callous, egocentric, and has a record of excessive use of force complaints. In my view, the Democrats in charge of the Minneapolis police force should have fired him long ago. But that doesn't mean he murdered George Floyd. Our system of justice depends on judging each case on its merits.

Anyone watching the actual testimony of witnesses and experts would know that the issues in the case were complex, technical and contested. It would have taken days if not weeks for an open-minded jury to determine whether Chauvin was guilty or not. No one respectful of all the attention put on this case by experts and witnesses on both sides, would consider that the three contradictory charges could be lumped together. Only people frightened of disappointing the lynch mob could make that mistake. But the jury was uninterested in the evidence.

Did Chauvin murder Floyd? Murder requires intention. If you believe, like President Biden, that Chauvin murdered Floyd, then you have to believe that an officer of the law, in possession of his faculties, would choose to murder an individual while dozens of cameras - many of them hostile - filmed the event. No one in his or her right mind actually believes this, but virtually everybody and every commentator immediately went on record saying they had no problem with the verdict. Dissenters seemed only to have problems with the lynch mob behavior, as though that didn't corrupt the whole process, verdict included.

The hope they all expressed was that this corrupt verdict would bring social peace. Justice be damned.

It won't. For the Black Lives Matter and Antifa fascists the issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution. The lynch mob doesn't give a damn about George Floyd or black lives. They haven't got the slightest interest in the justice or injustice of any case, this one included. Their attitude is: How can we use this case to advance our real agenda which is overthrowing the American political and economic system and instituting a totalitarian state?

You can call it the race card but what it really is is as old as the hills: divide and conquer.

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Daily Tech News 21 April 2021

—Pixy Misa

Top Story
  • Nothing is currently on fire, off-site backups are complete and up to date, main server is back in production, and we have a powerful new server to take over if anything goes wrong anywhere.

    So I'm probably going to get hit by a meteorite.

    Just in passing, my three largest servers are named Akane, Akai, and Akko. This wasn't planned, it just happened.



Not an anime music video in the usual sense - this is a clip straight from the movie, Project Eden.

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (4/20/21) Who Knows If This Will Work Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

"We have an individual that’s being removed from this counter-protest for doing absolutely nothing wrong. He didn't violate any laws. He was exercising his constitutional rights within the city of Albuquerque and we had a sergeant taken off of his job, gun and badge removed."Police Officer Union President Shaun Willoughby


Quote II

I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?” Willie Nelson


Quote III

I can't get no satisfaction, I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
Keith Richards / Mick Jagger / Gary Barlow

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:50 PM Comments

Quarantine Cafe: We Should All Try to Disconnect Tonight Edition

—Ace

Fox rescued from fur farm wants to be friends with everyone.

Capybara meets some dogs.

More capybaras being cute.

Kitten is very happy to see her dog big brother come home.

Relax tonight like this squirrel is relaxing.

Cat is obsessed with watching the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Cat introduces her two kittens to a neighborhood dog she seems to know.

Rescuing baby rhinos, which are a lot cuter than you might guess.

I posted this last night, but it's really good: husky puppy has weirdest way of talking.

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Now That a Racially-Stacked Jury Has Delivered a Scapegoat for Racist Vengeance, Minneapolis Is Flooded With Good Feelings and Racial Peace

—Ace

Just kidding, they're thirsting for fresh bloody scalps and revving up for possible riots tonight.

Newsmax reported that Burn Loot Murder's speakers are calling this lynching only a "first step," and they say they'll be demanding changes in the schools and the medical system next.

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Posted by Ace at 07:04 PM Comments

Democrats Reject Even a Mere Censure For Deranged Night-Hag Maxine Waters on Party-Line Vote

—Ace

Say, didn't they just impeach Trump for claiming that he "incited" people who had never before been violent at all?

And now they won't even agree to a verbal slap-on-the-wrist for Maxine Waters encouraging people with a long, sustained history of rioting and arson to get "more confrontational?"

Weird, it's almost as if they're enemies who conceive themselves as being in a solemn war against us and who wish to harm us and will do so By Any Means Necessary.

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Posted by Ace at 06:45 PM Comments

We Have Normality. I Repeat, We Have Normality.

—Pixy Misa

Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem.

The backup server is under seriously heavy load from some weird attack that I don't fully understand, and I just got this server working again, so here we are.

Posted by Pixy Misa at 06:23 PM Comments

Food Thread: Purina People Chow; An Idea Whose Time Has Come -- Or Just Eat Pizza

—CBD

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It seems like this is the golden age of pizza, just as I went low-carb! I read pizza place reviews and even watch Dave Portnoy's reviews (which are pretty good). But what I don't do much of is eat pizza.

I lived in the Northeast for most of my life, and I know from pizza! But too much of it is just...food. Sort of like Purina People Chow. Sure, it satisfies my hunger, and it is pleasing on some level, but it is rarely great. So I hold out for great. No, that's a lie...I hold out for pretty damned good. "Great" is way too much of a pain in the ass. Going to Brooklyn and standing in line for hours at Lucali is fine for 20-something hipsters, but unless Sophia Loren in her prime is serving the pizza, I'll pass. And driving to New Haven? That might be worse.

There are some solid local places that make good pies, but too many of them are New York street pie, and it's tough to do much better than, "Yeah, that tastes good." I have found that unless the ingredients are fantastic and the dough is top-notch, I'm just not that into them.

If I were to choose one type I would probably go with the classic Neapolitan pie, which I think is an acquired taste.

How about you? What's the pinnacle of the pizza maker's art?

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First-World Problems...Part Infinity Plus One
(If I wanted To Be A Snake Handler I would Have Joined A Circus)

—CBD

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It's a great idea...making a coiled garden hose that extends and retracts and is easy to carry. But it is a vicious fraud perpetrated on American homeowners by Big Hose, designed to lighten our wallets and make us spend precious time uncoiling the kinks and knots and all-around mess that these engines of the devil become if you turn your back for just a few seconds!

I even tried storing it on some lightweight PVC tubing, and while that works well when it sits in the garage over the winter, it is tedious and time-consuming to take it off and put it back on.

And all of this is to water a few patches of lawn that were destroyed by a fallen tree last autumn. I don't want to start up the sprinkler system because we may have a few freezing nights in store before spring finally arrives, but had I waited much longer to reseed it wouldn't have worked.

Yeah...life is tough.

Posted by CBD at 02:00 PM Comments

What Is The Political Philosophy Of The American Left?

—CBD

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Our current miasma of constantly changing rules of political conduct and mushy language make it almost impossible to identify any coherent structure in the thinking of the current occupiers of the halls of power. In fact, it's difficult to figure out exactly who they may be? Is it Dementia Joe and his grasping harpy of a wife? Is it Susan Rice and her cabal of globalists? Is it Barack Obama the Hawaiian stoner pulling the strings?

Regardless of who they may be, what is important is the philosophy guiding their policy changes. And there's the rub, because there is no coherent philosophy or moral underpinning to their decisions. It is pure "The Ends Justify The Means" thinking, under cover of focus group pablum and Newspeak that would make Orwell scratch his head in wonder.

Look no farther than the website of the Democrat party...

Democrats believe health care is a right, diversity is a strength, the economy should work for everyone, and facts and truth matter.
Let's ponder these words...

If health care is a right, then by extension we are entitled to the work of others. Doctors can be compelled to provide care, because after all, they would be limiting our rights were they to choose to withhold that care.

Diversity is a strength? In what way? And what does diversity mean? That is a simple subterfuge for opening the borders of this country and flooding it with a diverse mix of people whose world view is in direct opposition to the concept of American Exceptionalism. It is code for changing the nature of America by destroying the concepts of self reliance, individualism and free markets and replacing them with dependence on government largesse and the central planning of our economy.

The economy should work for everyone is arrant nonsense; a word salad that means nothing. Economies don't work for anybody...it is the inputs and outputs and consumption of individuals that make up the economy. What they mean is that competition, free markets and the risk of failure is an unacceptable condition, and that the amazing results of free markets are secondary to a lower but less stratified standard of living for all.

Facts and truth matter. Ah...like the history of the founding and struggles of our country being systematically erased by roving packs of lunatics and fascists and totalitarian brute squads? Like the destruction of objective analysis of Wuhan flu therapies simply because OrangeManBad tweeted about it? That sort of truth?

The reality of the Democrat political philosophy is simple: the acquisition and consolidation of power is of paramount importance; all other considerations are secondary, including national pride, respect for history, the rule of law, etc.

Vaccine passports...universal basic income according to race...national security interests made secondary to political considerations...preferential treatment of illegals with active COVID...destruction of religious freedom...

Judge them by their actions, not their words, because they are masters of obfuscation; spouting nonsense is their stock in trade, and the less sense they make the tighter you should hold your wallets, your churches and your guns.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-04-2021

—OregonMuse

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University of Bristol Library, Bristol, England

He is Risen!

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's-- holy crap, it looks like Brian Stelter here would not be allowed on the book thread because of-- well, you know. No. Just no. Not allowed. Ahem. Let's just move on, shall we?(go ahead and click that link. I double-dog dare you!)



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There wasn't much of anything about the history of the library on the University of Bristol's web site and I got tired of having to plow though a bunch of woke crap looking for information, so I gave up.


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I can accept this. Unless there are exceptions.

108 Reading is fundamental: fun and mental!

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EMT 4/04/21

—krakatoa

Happy Sunday.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread – 04/03/2021
[Buck Throckmorton]

—Open Blogger

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Tomorrow is both Easter and the final day of Passover. Where adherents of these faiths worship freely, civilization and liberty are more likely to flourish. Blessings to all of the Christian and Jewish readers of this wonderful gathering spot.

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EASTER MEMORIES

Am I the only person who didn’t like Easter Sunday as a child? I know I sound just awful, but I didn’t. In my mind, one of my two precious weekend days – right in the best part of Spring – was replaced with having to wear church clothes all day long, a big formal multi-family meal in the middle of the day, and no free-range outdoor play. Even the Easter Egg hunt seemed like a weak, imitation-Christmas stunt, and although I was happy to receive a chocolate bunny, I had no use for the hard-boiled eggs I found. Did any of you feel the same way?

It has been a several years since I departed the mainline protestant church I grew up in, due to it effectively replacing Christian faith and traditions with the sacraments and beliefs of the political left. But I still enjoy attending Easter service with elder family members who have not yet given up on the old denomination. And maybe I’m still awful, but since I know I’m going to be listening to a sermon from a left-wing pastor who doesn’t believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus, I get mischievous pleasure from watching him/her/xir try to finesse the wording of the Easter story. The pastor will have a rare packed house, with most people wanting to hear about Jesus’ resurrection. But he also has fellow left-wing activists in attendance who cannot abide with icky pastors who actually believe in the resurrection. So he will mumble for 20 minutes about “the resurrection story” and how in that story we are all given new life, without actually ever saying that Jesus literally rose from the dead.

OK – on to your regularly scheduled ONT.

SPACE-AGE “GOOGIE” ARCHITECTURE

I occasionally drive by this beautiful building, which is an excellent example of “Googie” architecture. It was a Big Boy restaurant in the 1960s. I wish I could have had a burger there.

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Science Isn't Dead, But It Is Ailing - Part 8
by Your Raving Roving Science Correspondent [Jay Guevara]

—Open Blogger

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Consider the following assertions:

Tanning bed use linked to higher risk for endometriosis in study

Vitamin C infusion may reduce sepsis death risk

Obesity may exacerbate the effects of Alzheimer's disease, new study shows.

Bacteria in the gut may influence COVID-19 severity, study says.

Scientists identify nutrient that helps prevent bacterial infection

Aspirin: Quitting cold turkey could be dangerous. "Studies have linked [emphasis mine] aspirin withdrawal to heart attacks."

The Pandemic Could Be Harming Kids' Eyesight, But It Isn't The Virus to Blame. 

Researchers identify bacteria that promote metabolic and mental health.

Regular aspirin use can lower risk for death in bladder, breast cancers.  

NSAIDs might exacerbate or suppress COVID-19 depending on timing, mouse study suggests.

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