January 17, 2018

Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (1/17/ 18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"If any are discontented with their state here, if any believe that wages or prices, the returns for honest toil, are inadequate, they should not fail to remember that there is no other country in the world where the conditions that seem to them hard would not be accepted as highly prosperous."

Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, Annual Message to Congress, 1892


Quote II

“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.” C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


Quote III

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” Nicolas Chamfort

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:29 PM Comments



Trump's Basic Instincts About the Political War Are Essentially Right, and The Establishment's Sense of It Is Essentially Wrong

—Ace

Very good piece by Joe Katzman for the Daily Caller.

Short version: The right attempts political persuasion. The left, on the other hand, attempts social persuasion -- basically seizing the commanding heights of culture-making institutions and then deciding that espousing some political claims (being pro-gay-marriage) increase social status and that espousing other political claims (being against gay marriage) decrease social status and, indeed, make one a social pariah, fit for ostracism, mass mockery, and internal exile.

The left's method works much better than the right's. It always has and it always will. Because most people don't care about politics all that much -- but nearly everyone (except for the crankiest of contrarians, including some of the current assembled company) cares about their social status.

Having higher social status gets you invites to the Cocktail Party Circuit, which is a real thing, defined broadly (and metaphorically) enough. It makes you datable, it makes you "clubbable," as the old term went.

It can get you promoted at work, particularly if the sort of job you do is a bit vague as far as definite, tangible outputs and thus advancement depends more on how upper management feels about you.

While the left wing continues winning arguments by not even having arguments at all, instead simply demonizing those who espouse any contrary position, the #SmartSet (citation required) of the establishment right continues believing, apparently earnestly and definitely ridiculously, that if they just out argue their political competitors, they'll change minds.

They won't. Or not enough to actually matter. Because most people don't really care enough about these issues to really engage with them on an intellectual level; they just want to know what to claim to believe so that other people won't think they're weird, and deem them unfriendable, undatable, and poor candidates for promotion inside The Corporation.

Trump's manner of engaging with The Blob of left-wing virtue-signalling and status-conferring is to attempt to degrade the left wing cultural Borg of its own social status, thereby reducing its ability to set tastes, serve as "gatekeepers" of what the right-minded people agree are proper attitudes and beliefs, and demonize dissenters.

This is often ugly -- but that's how the sausage gets made. It does not matter if you produce a well-researched and well-cited bit of argument as to your position if the cultural princelings of the left can simply say "You're a Nazi and you hate women" and thereby, with seven stupid words, raze not only your argument but your entire claim to basic human dignity.

The only way to rob them of that ability is to reduce their own social status to a low level. You cannot confer or reduce social status unless you yourself have a great deal of it.

There's another aspect to this as well: Part of the reason some on the "Reputable Right" continue to act as confirmatory agents of the cultural left's social status. That is, they themselves act as if the cultural left's doyennes are indeed owed deference and do in fact possess high status, and do indeed therefore enjoy the lordly privilege of elevating, or degrading, the social status of those lower in the social hierarchy.

It is, of course, an age-old right of the nobility to confer (lesser) noble status on a commoner -- raising him to a baronet, say -- or to strip a lower-ranking noble of his status.

The establishment right/the self-claimed #SmartSet continues to act as if the cultural left has this lordly power because the lords of the left return the favor in a small way, permitting those on the nominal right who salute the flag of the left to at least attend their courts and hold on to the meager privileges of very low-level nobility.

They're sub-nobles, but at least the lords have recognized their superiority over the commoners and peasants.

Thus, this is a relationship that benefits both the Lords of the Left and its minor courtiers of the right: The minor courtiers of the right reify and confirm the exalted position of the Lords of the Left, while the Lords of the Left confer a small amount of social status on the establishment/liberal-leaning/#SmartSet right. Not a lot of social status, of course-- just enough to say they're better than the rest of the riff-raff.

Just enough that the petty nobles of the subjugated right can call themselves "respectable" in their Lords' eyes.

There is only one way to change this entirely-unacceptable arrangement: that is for the right to greatly increase the social status of at least some cadres of the right, so that some members of the right will themselves have the lordly power to raise and reduce social status.

But that seems almost impossible, and, furthermore, I don't think the right can really agree on which cadre to elevate to lordly status. And of course no one has more social status than the majority of the public agrees they have; who would be convinced if tomorrow most of the right-wing agreed mutually that, say, Brit Hume ought to be considered a National Lord?

The other alternative is, of course, to destroy (or degrade) the social status of the Lords of the Left. That's also hard, but it's easier to destroy than to create.

This involves a lot of base mockery and ridicule, something that the petty nobles of the liberal-leaning nominal right find horrifying when a right-winger does it, but don't seem to notice or at least care that their masters, the Lords of the Left, do nothing but this.

As they do it to other members of the right, not the eager courtiers seeking the blessings of the Lords of the Left, the petty nobility of the right permits it, and even engages in it themselves, to further ingratiate themselves with the courtly class.

The hell with that. It's time for pitchforks and torches.

A shorter way to say this is just to quote Andrew Breitbart: "Politics is downstream of culture."

Breitbart attempted that -- he did not act like a Pet Petty Noble for the true ruling class; rather, he challenged them and humiliated them -- and for that he was savaged by the defenders of the Lords of the Left, like David Frum, who just wouldn't know what to do with himself if the ruling class withdrew his "tolerated" status from him.

Posted by Ace at 07:21 PM Comments



"A Staggering Ignorance:" The Media's Many Predictions That the Tax Cut Would Not Result in Any Wage Increases (or Bonuses)

—Ace

Boy these experts sure are expert at being wrong all the time.

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12-Year-Old Goth Girl "Sassy Jim" Acosta Has Another Emotional Outburst

—Ace

Two of them, actually.

In both cases, he claimed This Is Not America Any Longer.

In one instance, White House aides apparently talked over him for ten seconds to deny him a grandstanding moment of shouting an impertinent question to the president in a joint appearance with a foreign leader for which it had already been stated that Trump would not be taking questions.

Sassy Jim Acosta wrote a meangirl entry in his daily diary he calls Twitter:



Video of this outrage under the fold.

That was Sassy Jim's second cry-up yesterday.

His first was about, of course, immigration.

Goth Girls like poetry (like the Emily Lazarus poem, for example).


As many have asked: Did CNN do any stories about the Human Face of Deportation about Obama? Remember, the leftist media attempted to shield Obama from criticism over his poor record of border security by repeatedly echoing the administration propaganda line that Obama had deported more people than any president in history. Obama's pro-illegal allies even helpfully named him the "Deporter in Chief," so he could take that to market and pose as a border hawk.

If that was true, and the media sure acted as if it was, why were there no stories about all the wonderful illegal aliens being deported under Obama?

The answers are either 1, because the media knew that claim was a propagandistic lie and/or 2, because the media doesn't report negatively about partisan progressive politicians, especially not about Prince Gaylord Urkel.

Posted by Ace at 04:49 PM Comments

Ann Curry: Sexual Harassment Was "Pervasive" at NBC

—Ace

This is the gal, it is much rumored, that Matt Lauer forced out.

Just for background.

She told this to CBS, which also had its own sexual harassment problems.

CURRY: ... I'm trying not to hurt people. And I know what it's like to be publicly humiliated. I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated. And -- and I don't wanna cause that kinda pain to somebody else. But I can say that I -- because you're asking me a very direct question -- I can say that I would be surprised if -- if -- many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment -- that existed. I think it'd be surprising if someone said that they didn't see that. So it was p -- a verbal -- sexual --

KING: All right, let me stick with the -- the -- the --

O'DONNELL: Sorry, sorry -- I just don't, I mean -- she just said verbal sexual harassment was pervasive.

CURRY: Yeah.

She declines to say if Matt Lauer was behind her own firing.

Though virtually everyone assumes he was.

Posted by Ace at 03:39 PM Comments

Whoa: DHS Secretary Nielson Confirms That She's Asked Federal Prosecutors if Political Leaders of Sanctuary Cities Can Be Charged for Criminal Offenses

—Ace

Big, dangerous step, but so is insurrection against the central government, as these criminals have done.

Either secede or comply with the national law, Insurrectionist Rebels.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

"The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available," Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Posted by Ace at 02:40 PM Comments

Health Truthers: Media Pushing Conspiracy Theories to Prove Trump Is Deathly Ill and Also Insane

—Ace

Maggie Haberman, height/BMI truther:



Apparently the Neo-Autistics in the media don't understand that most people are not exactly an integer height in inches, and many are in the middle of two integer heights, and will sometimes write down one and sometimes the other.

At CNN, they just can't accept the White House doctor's conclusion that Trump has a healthy heart. (They also think that people only have heights in perfect integer steps.)

So, they're now ignoring their usual mantra of "trust the experts" and calling in Alternative Fact experts to declare that Trump actually has heart disease.

Here's a supercut of the press corpse (I did that on purpose) asking Trump's doctor twenty two times if he is crazy or demented.

CNN, and maybe Hot Air too, is playing Cognitive Acuity Truther by goofing on the cognitive function test that Trump got a 30 out of 30 on. I guess the joke is "Look how easy this is."

Well, let me explain this, idiots: Of course it's easy. It's not an IQ test. It's a test to determine if someone has a defect in brain function. So anyone without a defect in brain function will find it easy.

But, of course, the left (and many on the nominal #SalonHot25 right) have been claiming that Trump does indeed have a brain defect -- so yes, passing this easy (for those with normal-functioning brains) test does indeed refute that.

So I guess goalposts are now shifting to a different claim, that Trump may not be cognitively impaired, but he's still plenty dumb.

Well, there is no 25th Amendment procedure for removing a president that you think is too dumb.

Sorry, Health Truthers. Try again.

Here's a good question:



Remember when questioning whether Hillary Clinton had some kind of motor coordination/brain function problem got you branded a crazy conspiracist?


My, how times have changed.

Posted by Ace at 01:10 PM Comments

Inland Part of California Wants to Split Off from Coastal Progressive Power Centers and Form New, More Conservative State

—Ace

How about the progressive part of California just secedes from the United States?

Think about it, progressives: 90% tax rates, guns illegal for everyone except politicians and celebrities and millionaires, and Obama can run for president.

Come on, fellas. You know you want it.

Anyway, baby steps:

With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood.

To be clear, they don't want to leave the United States, just California.

"Well, it's been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we're rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California," said founder Robert Paul Preston.

The state of New California would incorporate most of the state's rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.

Posted by Ace at 12:00 PM Comments

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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Sometimes chimps are just...bad. We drive them out of the group. No other way to deal with them. And when bad ones show up from other groups, we throw poo at them until they leave! It's the only way to be sure.

Increasing Numbers of Young People Seek Help Against 'Honour Culture' Violence

"He cut off her nose, lips, and ears. It has symbolic significance in the culture of honour. The cutting of the ears means that you have not listened to the norms and values," she said.

Charles James Napier understood savage religious and cultural rites, and his response to "suttee" in India was perfect. Western culture was ascendent, and he was one of its standard bearers.

"Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs."

We need a 21st Century Charles Napier to send a clear and unambiguous message to the world that anti-Western, anti-human behavior will not be tolerated in the West. And the gates to America must close to anyone who would bring this primitive behavior to our shores.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Morning Report 1/17/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Midweek has arrived and center stage is the debate on immigration and the future of our national identity as well as the disgusting and transparent diversion put up by the left in an attempt to disguise their policy of cultural destruction via open borders from being exposed for everyone to see. In that vein, we have a number of links that touch on what's at stake. Three of them lay out the evidence; a majority of the so-called DREAMer kids commit double the crimes as citizens their age, three fourths of those incarcerated on terrorism-related charges are foreign born and one of Obama's "ubermenschen" sacred visa lottery winners was asking ISIS for permission to kill him. An act of love, no doubt.

On the political front, Tom Cotton amongst others including, thankfully, President Trump are telling the Democrats to take their deal and shove it straight up their "s" holes. And the Democrats are still threatening a government shutdown over this, which plays directly into the President's hands. For the first time that I can recall, the blame will fall squarely on them for the shutdown, despite the expected Media-Propaganda wing of the party informing us otherwise. Just like they're telling us that the economy is in the tank and that Trump is in fact a racist.

That said, polls indicate that black Americans ain't buying the Trump is a racist lie. They are probably witnessing and experiencing an employment boom and, as I linked yesterday, it is scaring the living daylights out of the Left. They know that if they lose a percentage of that voting bloc, it would be disastrous for them. And that is one of the key reasons they want open borders; to import a mass of voters to replace they ones whom they have aborted, imprisoned or destroyed through their compassionate programs like the Great Society. Their political power depends upon poverty and disenfranchisement, whether naturally occurring or as evidenced by the past 50 years pre-manufactured. I think we are potentially on the cusp of a great black American awakening to this. And were that the case, there would be no stronger ally we can have in the sealing of our borders and the road back to the resurrection of our society, please G-d.

The boss had a post yesterday on the puerile, amateurish display of Cory Booker. It really did border on if not cross the line into straight-up abuse of DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, who was poised, professional, confident and made Dick Les "Dicky" Durbin look like a fool, or that is to say, highlighted his foolishness. And what the hell is with Pat Leahy? His marble-mouthed muttering makes Thad Cochran come across as Lord Olivier. That said, every word pushed out between his halitosis-tinged dentures sounded like it was written out for him, and ages ago from the typical Democrat talking point play book. They have nothing. The Trump agenda, even without a real party behind him, is blowing them out of the water and the meme of mass immigration is good for the nation is being exploded. Keep f**king that chicken, Dems.

From hither and yon, Fake Flake's Stalin insult aimed at Trump blew up in his face, Pencil Neck Schiff can no longer hold back the full release of Fusion GPS's head's testimony, the DoJ is going straight to SCOTUS to appeal the lower court's power grab in ordering PDT to continue DACA and lastly a great essay about why the Left will always be with us. I've touched on this many times before but as the late Momma Sefton always said, it boils down to this: "Evil never rests."

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

UPDATE: Please keep commenter Northernlurker in your prayers. He has just informed us that his wife passed away as this thread posted. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and family.

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:26 AM Comments

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (1/16/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"My imagination has led me to look into the distant future, and there to contemplate the greatness of free America. I have beheld her walking on the waves of the mighty deep, carrying along with her tidings of great joy to distant nations. I have seen her overturning the strong places of despotism, and restoring to man his long-lost rights." John Tyler, 1832. 10th President of The United States of America
h/t Isophorone Blog@Isophorone

Quote II

Not far from where I’m writing this, the kosher butcher shop is long gone; across the street, the church that once stood tall is now boarded up.

But next to it stands a mosque newly built and freshly painted. English in the neighborhood is a foreign tongue and nobody knows Frank Sinatra.

The boys don’t play stickball. The girls in their veils don’t play hopscotch and all the cabs are driven by men from Somalia and Afghanistan.

Strangers are not greeted warmly.

That’s a snapshot of what troubles President Trump…not the mosque, but the culture shift,

Call him chauvinistic…call him profane…he doesn’t care. Jack Engelhard


Quote III


“The poverty of an aspiring immigrant’s nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race. The sentiment attributed to POTUS is inconsistent w/ America’s history and antithetical to American values. May our memory of Dr. King buoy our hope for unity, greatness, & “charity for all.” Mitt Romney

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:57 PM Comments

Breaking from 1982: We're All Hangin' Out At This Thing Called "The Mall" Now

—Ace

I'm so out of it -- are malls now going out of business? Or are they still a big thing?

I know some of the bigger mall "anchors," like Sears and JCPenny, are either out of business or getting close to it.

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Posted by Ace at 08:50 PM Comments

King Pimp: Trump Banged a Porn Star

—Ace

The same people who told me that using an intern as a humidor was just good manners (and then lying about it under oath) now want me to get upset about this.

Oh, and guess who's got an interview with the porn star's friend (also a porn star)? That's right, would-be queen of tabloid trash Megyn "MeAgain" Kelly.


BTW, this allegation is about a year-long sexual affair, not about any kind of coerced sex or anything.

I couldn't possibly care less, even if you paid me to. You might say, "Here is one thousand dollars cash American if you can care less," and I'd reply, "I'd love that money, but honesty, I can't care less."

And you'd offer two thousand, and I'd say, "I can't take your money under false pretenses -- I just can't take your money to do what cannot be done."

Then you might offer five thousand, and I would take it, and tell you I would try my human best to care less, because, look, if you're determined to throw five thousand dollars at me, you win, Buddy.

But I'd be taking your money in exchange for nothing, because seriously, Bill Clinton raped one woman and sexually assaulted a woman who came to him for help.


Posted by Ace at 07:27 PM Comments

Andrew Klavan: Two Cheers For Trump's Crudeness In the Face of Revolting Mind-Control

—Ace

Mind-control enforced on the pretext of "politeness" and "good manners," allegedly.

Actually I don't know if Klavan is awarding Trump just two cheers -- he might intend to award him all three.

No person of importance on the right seeks to silence anyone on the left. The Left, on the other hand, is broadly committed to ostracizing, blacklisting, and even criminalizing right-wing speech.

Enter President Donald Trump. He is a rude and crude person. He speaks like a Queens real estate guy on a construction site. And because he does not have good manners, he thoughtlessly breaks the rules with which the Left has sought to muzzle those who disagree with them. In this regard, I frequently compare Trump to Randle Patrick McMurphy, the loudmouthed, ill-mannered roustabout from Ken Kesey’s brilliant novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. McMurphy comes into an insane asylum controlled by a pleasant, smiling nightmare of a head nurse named Ratched. Nurse Ratched, while pretending to be the soul of motherly care, is actually a castrating, silencing tyrant. Her rules of good manners, supposedly fashioned for the benefit of all, are really a system of mental slavery. All of McMurphy’s salient character flaws suddenly become heroic in the context of her oppression. Only his belligerent ignorance of what constitutes good behavior can overturn the velvet strangulation of her rule.

For Nurse Ratched, read Hillary Clinton, CNN, the New York Times, Yale University, Twitter, and Google/YouTube--all the tender ministers of polite silence and enforced dishonesty. If Donald Trump's boorishness crashes like a bull through the crystal madhouse of their leftism--well, good. It's about time.

Turning to the insane "shithole" nontroversy, Klavan writes:

Let's state the obvious. Some countries are shitholes. To claim that this is racist is racist. They are not shitholes because of the color of the populace but because of bad ideas, corrupt governance, false religion, and broken culture. Further, most of the problems in these countries are generated at the top. Plenty of rank-and-file immigrants from such ruined venues ultimately make good Americans--witness those who came from 1840s potato-famine Ireland, a shithole if ever there was one! It takes caution and skill to separate the good from the bad.

For these very reasons, absurd immigration procedures like chain migration, lotteries, and unvetted entries are deeply destructive. They can lead to the sort of poor choices that create a Rotherham. Trump's suggestions--to vet immigrants for pro-American ideas and skills that will help our country--are smart and reasonable and would clearly make the system better if implemented.

So, when it comes to the Great Shithole Controversy of 2018, my feeling is: I do not care, not even a little.

Other people have pointed this out, but Trump is saying: We should pick immigrants according to our needs.

The left is fighting this claiming that it is immoral to think about ourselves; we must think only of the immigrants' plight.

But why are they in a "plight" at all? What would be immoral about just leaving them where they are now?

Because, of course, they live in shitholes. That's what the left puts forth to change this argument from one of rational self-interest (pick immigrants and number of immigrants according to our own changing needs) to one of absolute moral imperative -- we must let them in because to leave them in their current countries would be cruel and inhuman.

There's only one kind of place it would be cruel to leave someone -- that's right, a shithole.

So they can choose between screaming that we are morally obligated to lift immigrants out of their shitholes, or they can scream that it's a travesty to call these countries shitholes, but they can't do both.

Their entire spittle-flinging, tearing-eyed, red-faced moral meltdown relies foundationally on the idea that these people live in shitholes and only a monster would condemn someone to continue living in such states of abject shitholery.

So it cannot be any kind of foul to acknowledge that.

Posted by Ace at 06:29 PM Comments

In Aftermath of Trump's Clean Bill of Cognitive Health, The "Experts" of the Media Have a New Mantra: Ignore What The Experts Tell You

—Ace

Out: Trust the experts

In: Ignore the experts, listen to the media with no expertise on anything at all


I'm gonna need Anderson Cooper, Jim Acosta, Don Lemon, and Brian Stelter to all submit to a cognitive and psychological wellness examination, the results to be disclosed publicly, before I listen to another word out of these hysterical pussies.


Posted by Ace at 05:29 PM Comments

Press In Feeding Frenzy Over President's Health, Demanding to Know if Trump is Demented and Demanding to Know What His Life Expectancy Might Be

—Ace

The press had two questions in mind:

1. Can we remove him for unfitness via the 25th Amendment?

and,

2. If not, when's he gonna die already?!

This is journalism.


Updates: They asked Trump's real doctor to comment on his fake psychiatrists' diagnoses, they asked if he watched TV too much -- this question was seriously asked by a group of people who Tweet about TV all day -- and a fat guy is now asking if Trump should exercise more.

This is amazing.

Posted by Ace at 04:13 PM Comments

Cory Booker: T-Bone Told Me I Should Take This Opportunity to Announce I'm Running for President

—Ace

I guess he doesn't like the attention Oprah's getting.

Pat Leahy asked DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson if Trump used the words "shithole countries' in that DACA negotiation Dick Durbin deliberately blew up so he could run on the issue.

She said she didn't remember him using those words.

Corey Booker, who supported a candidate for president last year who spent 30 years in public life not remembering things, now goes into Heroic Spazz mode with lots of eye-bulging and lisping.




Update:



Posted by Ace at 02:40 PM Comments

Mueller Subpoenas Steve Bannon, Most Likely to Get Information About What Made Him Say There Was "Zero Chance" That Don Jr. Didn't Walk the "Jomos" Up to Meet Trump

—Ace

Ay. But of course.

Meanwhile, Bannon is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee today, behind closed doors, where he'll probably be asked why he said that about the Russians, and why he said the heart of the Mueller probe would be "money laundering."

Update: Bannon has now informed the Committee he will not be taking (answering, that means) any questions about the White House or the presidential transition.

Posted by Ace at 01:25 PM Comments

Jeff Flake: Trump Is Kind of Like Josef Stalin in Banning Press Freedoms

—Ace

A strong conservative voice, other strong conservative voices tell us.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said Sunday he would compare President Trump to Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin when it comes to press freedom in a series of speeches he plans to make this week.

Flake argued that Trump was using the same tactics that Stalin did to de-legitimize the press.


"When you reflexively refer to the press as the 'enemy of the people' or 'fake news,' that has real damage. It has real damage to our standing in the world. And I noted how — how bad it is for a president to take [the phrase that] was popularized by Joseph Stalin, 'the enemy of the people,' to refer to the press," Flake, one of Trump's most persistent Republican critics, told ABC News Sunday.

In an excerpt of the planned speech, Flake said, "It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase 'enemy of the people' that even Nikita Khrushchev [Stalin's successor as leader of the Soviet Union] forbade its use. And of course, the president has it precisely backward. Despotism is the enemy of the people, the free press is the despot's enemy."

What a c***.

Posted by Ace at 12:24 PM Comments

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

talking ape.jpg"So help a poor gorilla out here, why was Trump's labelling some 3rd world shithole countries as 'shitholes' objectionable? Was it because they're really not shitholes, but happy, prosperous countries where everybody is doing fine, or is it that it's racist to call a shithole country a shithole even though it may very well be a shithole that happens to have a lot of brown people in it, or is it because they're actually shitholes but it's not polite to call them shitholes? Or perhaps the Democrats are just objecting to Trump's vulgarity. Which, of course, would be pretty damn funny coming from the party of Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and Al Franken."


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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:29 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Madame Meerson And Her Daughter
Mary Cassatt

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The Morning Report 1/16/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. First up is the continued fallout over DACA and Amnesty, primarily as regarding the immediate political ramifications of same. As the "shithole" controversy continue to swirl, it IMHO both obfuscates as well as underscores both the lethal effects of unchained migration on the nation as well as the President's positions and style. Despite his billions, Donald Trump is essentially a plain speaking blue collar guy from Queens. He tells it like it is, whether or not as "Dicky" Durbin claims he hurled an epithet at Haiti and the other countries in question.

No matter, the Dems think they are going to both be able to stick Trump and the GOP with the blame for a government shutdown over DACA as well as use it to ride to victory in the midterms and beyond. My gut is they are sadly (for them) mistaken.

In other news, Rush went on an extended rant about the false armageddon alert in Hawaii and he rightly points out that this was not an innocent mistake by merely an incompetent boob who pushed the wrong button. To send out an alert like this would have to have been a premeditated act. When you think about the ramifications of that, it's pretty damn frightening. Then again, look who is populating the highest levels of our national security and law enforcement agencies.

Lastly I'll leave you with a few pieces that reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose birthday we rightly celebrated yesterday. Like everything else good and decent, once the Left gets its filthy claws on it, it's corrupted and twisted and used as a weapon to silence people, or worse. Yet, as I may have mentioned yesterday, Dr. King's core beliefs are now completely out of step with mainstream leftist thought. When the Left is about punishing white, Judeo-Christian America, content of character over color of skin is criminal thought. I wonder how long before Black Lives Matter and Antifa call for the re-renaming of every Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in every inner city in the nation. Wouldn't that be ironic, nein? He must be rolling in his grave, as are the Founders I'm sure.

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

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:14 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (1/15/18 ) Head Shaker Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Nicely decorated)


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Quotes of The Day


Quote I

"We spent the last few months trying to get ahead of this whole threat so that we could provide as much notification and preparation time to the public," ...I accept responsibility for this, this is my team, we made a mistake." Vern Miyagi, Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency Administrator

Quote II

“We no longer assume that the fossil fuel companies are innocent; in fact, if we identify them as guilty, it changes the reality . . . and that can spread like wildfire.”New York City corporation counsel Zachary Carter

Quote III

“In terms of the bonus that corporate America receives versus the crumbs they are giving to workers to put the schmooze on is so pathetic. It's so pathetic,”Nancy Pelosi

Quote IV

“Procreation is becoming a global public health concern, rather than a personal decision. So when people do irresponsible things like having five children, we absolutely need to be calling them out.”Kristen Pyszczyk

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 10:00 PM Comments

Another Open Thread

—Ace

Boy, this blog is a shithole.

(I see the media is still all about that, almost a week later.)

Posted by Ace at 07:23 PM Comments

Open Thread/Uranium One Indictment

—Ace

Via ArthurK., Is this something?

Posted by Ace at 05:51 PM Comments

Project Veritas: Twitter Is Even Scanning Your DMs

—Ace

Well, this seems obvious now that it's pointed out, but even stuff you post in DMs is being scanned for purposes of advertising to you.

Even worse? It seems even pictures you DM are being scanned -- and sometimes by Twitter employees.

Some of the Twitter engineers say that Twitter employees look at everything you do on their platform, even in private, even in DMs.

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Posted by Ace at 04:02 PM Comments

Samantha Power's Election Night Empowerment Party!!!

—Ace

Can vaginas cry?

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power hosted all of her fellow female ambassadors to the U.N. at her apartment on election night in 2016 for what she anticipated would be a celebratory evening watching Hillary Clinton win the presidency, Power revealed in a new interview.


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Power also invited Gloria Steinem and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold the position, to the election night party, which she expected to end with Clinton's victory.

"I thought, what an amazing night for them," Power told Politico of the 37 female ambassadors to the U.N. "I mean, that’s what America represents to the world, when a glass ceiling is shattered in our country, it creates a whole new sense of possibility for people everywhere."

Power said she hoped the election wouldn’t be "quite the blowout that it was anticipated to be," as she wanted her attendees to have more time to interact with Steinem.

Lulz. Guess you got that, and so much more.

Posted by Ace at 02:06 PM Comments

Open Thread

—Ace

Hi, how ya doin'?

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The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

—CBD

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After more than 50 years, all the Palestinian liberation movement has achieved is locking their "people" into a perpetual cycle of anger and squalor and violence. Has there been a single success? Not really. They might has well have spent the last 50 years flinging poo instead of bombs.
Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all of our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel, and never mind saying it, as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land almost can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.

On the other hand, we must see what peace for the Arabs means in a real sense of security on another level. Peace for the Arabs means the kind of economic security that they so desperately need. These nations, as you know, are part of that third world of hunger, of disease, of illiteracy. I think that as long as these conditions exist there will be tensions, there will be the endless quest to find scapegoats. So there is a need for a Marshall Plan for the Middle East, where we lift those who are at the bottom of the economic ladder and bring them into the mainstream of economic security.


Anyone care to guess which member of the White patriarchy said this? Obviously it was some Jooo industrialist with financial interest in Israel, or maybe some crazy Right-Wing religious nut-job. Who knows, but it's just so awful and Western and freedom-loving and "love thine enemy." Yuck.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Leda
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

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The Morning Report 1/15/18

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning kids. Monday again, so let's get right into it. In the lead this morning is the the frightening false alarm issued by the state of Hawaii of an incoming ballistic missile attack. Naturally, the usual gaggle of scum and deviants on the left are casting the blame on President Trump when from all appearances a combination of incompetence and faulty or malfunctioning systems caused the alarm to sound. It does bring up the issue of preparedness, both in terms of the human element as well as critical systems. And in this day and age, especially now with Whoa, Fat! playing at Werner von Braun, we cannot afford to be in the dark. Sheesh.

Just on the side burner is the fallout from "Shit-hole" Gate, both in the distraction of whether or not the President said it or in terms of the truth about many of the nations of the world and what it means for the continued flooding of our nation with millions more of these people. First up, the absolutely execrable, detestable, morally bankrupt Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin has gone so far off the deep end that he is claiming that the term "chain migration" is offensive and hurtful to black people because it reminds them of slavery, or something. The absolute outrageousness of this statement is so filled with ragestroke-inducing insanity and so unworthy of a response that it's breathtaking. Sadly, I think far too many people, black and white, have been so brainwashed by academia and the media for such a long time that they might actually swallow this bilge whole. And sadly, it comes on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose message of content of character over color of skin now flies directly in the face of mainstream (if you can call it that) Leftist ideology of "diversity," "multiculturalism" and the demonization of the American ideal of a meritocracy that it's only a matter of time before he, too, is airbrushed out of history and all the streets named after him get the Confederate general and Columbus treatment. How's that for sick irony. You heard it hear first. Feh.

Moving right along, we have several salient links about the immigration issue, the status of DACA, the President's third travel ban as well as one that calls for the long overdue repeal of the law that put us in the position we're in now - the 1965 Teddy Kennedy sponsored Hart-Celler Act.

Lastly, a couple of pieces on the rising tide of political violence exclusively from the Left, I might add. After 100 days we still do not know what the motive was of the Mandalay Bay mass shooter and there is a disturbing piece about a member of what I can only describe as a communist terrorist organization out of St. Louis openly advocating on Twitter for the assassination of the President and other political leaders. Funny how the Twitter employees and owners didn't ban this one. Not really.

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

Posted by J.J. Sefton at 07:08 AM Comments

Sunday Overnight Open Thread (1/14/18 )

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

But if you’re trying to get me fired simply because you don’t like my worldview, well then, I’m going to fight back. Partly because I like my job, and partly because you’re wrong about your assumptions, but mostly because your tactics typify a toxic blend of laziness and group-think that are all too common today – a hot mess of hashtags and intolerance that deepen the chasm currently dividing our country.Mike Rowe

Quote II

"That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done."Arizona Rep. Martha McSally

Quote III


Let’s state the obvious. Some countries are shitholes. To claim that this is racist is racist. They are not shitholes because of the color of the populace but because of bad ideas, corrupt governance, false religion, and broken culture. Further, most of the problems in these countries are generated at the top. Plenty of rank-and-file immigrants from such ruined venues ultimately make good Americans—witness those who came from 1840s potato-famine Ireland, a shithole if ever there was one! It takes caution and skill to separate the good from the bad. Andrew Klavan

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Weekend Gun Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Food Thread: Sometimes Restaurants Really Do Make It Better

—CBD

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That's a venison and trotter pie from an article in the NY Times Food Section. It is based on a recipe from a pretty good (and very expensive) restaurant in NYC, which serves it in smaller ramekins for individual servings. It looks great, and I will try to order it if I can get into the restaurant (New Yorkers always flood restaurants after write-ups like this one), but I will never bother to try to make it. It's just too much work!

But it is a perfect dish to try at a restaurant, which uses its economies of scale to streamline the process. It would take me all day to make that dish, but in a busy restaurant kitchen, its many steps are seamlessly delegated to the several prep cooks and others behind the scenes who make eating in restaurants worth the extra expense. Sometimes they just do it better!

Fish and Chips is another one. Yeah, I could make it at home, but I'll pay a restaurant so I don't have to clean the fryer and tolerate the smell of fried fish for a few days.

I'm not sure where I am going with this, because as I get older and more comfortable in the kitchen, there are fewer and fewer dishes I won't attempt at least once. And my culinary adventures are pretty much restricted to when I travel, because I prefer to cook my own food at home, and go out locally only to socialize (and because most of my local restaurants are pathetically bad).

By the way, the restaurant has a 90-day aged porterhouse, for only $375. But it is served with truffles, so really, it's quite a bargain! And the 160-day aged Tomahawk rib-eye is listed at "MP," because it's probably $500, and even in NYC there are some things that are just too embarrassing to put on a menu. I hope.

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Some Afternoon Filler

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

Steven Seagal accused of a 1993 rape.

Trey Gowdy, of all take and no action fame steps down from House Ethics Committee.

Oh that pesky United Nations. Migration for everyone. Personally, when these pricks start putting Hud Housing with Abdul from Syria next door to them, then we can discuss this.

With all the faux rage this week, Ben Domenech of The Federalist lays out the case that Haiti is a shithole.

Yesterday I was speaking with a NeverTrumper. Hell, I believe he even voted for Hillary. He asked me if I had heard Trump's comments about Shitholes. I answered in the affirmative. He then proceeded to say, "It wasn't presidential but that is what everybody thinks about those countries." Did Trump even say the shithole word?


Gab about these or whatever trips your trigger.

Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 12:13 PM Comments

Sunday Morning Book Thread: 01/14/2018

—CBD

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I can't do anything while I read. I tried to exercise and read, but that was awful. I kept stopping and reading, or stopping the reading when I got winded and was breathing out of my eyes.

I have seen people read and drive, but I am reasonably confident that isn't a good idea.

So what about you....are all of you pretty much like me, or can you multitask while reading?

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EMT 01/14/18

—krakatoa

Lack of sleep will flat get after you. Any tips for those mind-racing insomnia blues?

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread (1/12/18) Smiley Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Hopefully so does The ONT)


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Saturday Evening Movie Thread 01-13-2018 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

—OregonMuse

What did you say?

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I think that by this point you all know my tastes relatively well. At least, you know them well enough to know that I'll watch pretty much anything that calls itself a movie. I'll see the most recent Marvel movie, and I'll seek out some of the most obscure films put out by the French New Wave. Hell, I've even seen the Twilight movies (how movies that are, quite literally, boring could reach such a phenomenon status, I'll never really know). I think I've drawn the line at Fifty Shades of Grey, though.

That being said, while I'll watch almost anything, I don't know every language of every film I've seen, so I have to rely on translations in order to understand dialogue, like everyone else. There are two types of translation to be had in movies: dubbing and subtitles.

I've thought about this (surprise), and really, the acceptance of one over the other is no more than a matter of taste. Neither is ideal (that would be knowing the language), but when dialogue is essential to understanding the events and characters of a film, just listening to the original dialogue isn't going to make things easy.


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