July 21, 2017

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Portrait Of Nathaniel Hurd
John Singleton Copley

So...John...you're going to make me look good. Right?"

"And the hat. I rock the hat. Don't forget!"

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TGIF Morning News Dump (7/21/17)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(Woot-Woot It's Friday)

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Long time Morons know that your humble Cob detests John McCain, the politician. He has served his country basically all of his life. We've been advised that he is facing the fight of his life.

Opinion based sites can put forth their opinions about the man. But, the MSM is supposed to report news not make shit up on a man.
Nothing like a cheap shot against him via the MSM. Then they wonder why we hate their guts.

Fake news and a cheap shot against the least Republican of all Republicans.

Rant off. News Dump on.

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One Small Step for Thursday's ONT

—WeirdDave

“Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed”


On July 20th, 1969, the lunar module Eagle touched down on the moon, and mankind took their first steps off planet Earth. This is, in fact, my earliest memory. I was 2 ½ at the time, and I remember my mother sitting me down in front of the big old RCA console TV to watch grainy footage of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder. A half a billion other humans watched with me as the world held its collective breath.


"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."



We come in peace, for all mankind

Indeed.

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LGBT Megadonor Pouring Millions Into Campaign to Punish Christians for Refusing to Participate in Gay Weddings; "Punish the Wicked," Xe Advises

—Ace

Pretty soon you'll have to give same-sex oral sex on demand or face legal punishment.

Openly gay LGBT activist Tim Gill, who has poured $422 million into the homosexual movement since the 1990s, recently told Rolling Stone why he won't allow Christians to opt out of participating in same-sex weddings.

"We're going to punish the wicked," Gill told Rolling Stone. After the 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage across the country, Gill turned his activism apparatus against religious freedom restoration acts (RFRAs) and toward a legal mentality that would penalize Christians, and anyone else in business, who refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding.

He, and Rolling Stone, frame this as a heroic battle against those who would deny gays "public accommodations."

But it's a very limited sort of denial -- it's just people, Christian and otherwise, who don't want to be part of gay weddings:

The "public accommodations" push is exactly the line LGBT activists use to undercut Christians' freedom to opt out of serving same-sex weddings.

I'm not really kidding when I say the only way Gay Activists won't be #Triggered and #Oppressed is if everyone agrees to their demands to experiment with some light homosexuality themselves.

As evidence for this: a 20 year old quote from Dumb Actor Ben Affleck resurfaced. Back then, he said the "greatest challenge" for a male actor was having to kiss another man.

You know -- because straight men have -- get this! -- a real psychological and biological aversion to any intimate touching of another male.

But he's being hectored about it, because their idea of sexual freedom requires your sexual subjugation.

Posted by Ace at 08:08 PM Comments

Samantha Power Is Now a Key Figure in Unmasking Probe

—Ace

She was the Ambassador to the UN. She wasn't an intelligence analyst and wasn't law enforcement.

She just didn't have any appropriate reason to be requesting the unmaskings she requested.

Power appears to be central to efforts by top Obama administration officials to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources.

...

Power's role in this unmasking effort is believed to be particularly questionable given her position as the U.N. ambassador, a post that does not typically require such sensitive unmasking activities, according to former U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter.

"Unmasking is not a regular occurrence--absolutely not a weekly habit. It is rare, even at the National Security Council, and ought to be rarer still for a U.N. ambassador," according to one former senior U.S. official who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

...

"That's just not the sort of thing that she should have been concerned about, unless she was playing the role of political operative with the help of the intelligence community," [a] source said. "It gives away what was actually going on: the Obama administration was operating in a pervasive culture of impunity and using the intelligence community against their political opponents."

Rep. DeSantis continues showing spine:

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"I think Congress and some members on the Intelligence Committee can call Ben Rhodes to testify," DeSantis said. "He may be able to invoke executive privilege from when Obama was president, but he definitely can't do that in any interactions he's had since then."

Whether or not they subpeona him is up to Trent Gowdy -- and whether he has a spine, or just wants to get along with his Good Friends.

Posted by Ace at 06:57 PM Comments

Al Gore, When Asked If We've Hit a Point of No Return Like He Previously Predicted We Would: Well, In Some Ways. But the Paris Accords Changed So Much!

—Ace

God's gonna take me home unless you donate $100,000 to my ministry.

Wait -- we're at $90,000. God now says you have a two week extension to donate, and if you donate now, He'll give you Heavenly Oven Mitts, free of charge. (Shipping costs extra.)

Back with a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore reflected on his 2006 prediction that “the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years” if “drastic measures” were not taken to combat climate change.

Gore was asked why he made that prediction in the first film and if he has another prediction to make about climate change now 11 years later.

“First of all, we’ve seen a lot of progress since the first movie came out. We have the Paris agreement now. The cost of renewable energy has come down so quickly that people are switching over. Unfortunately, some levels of the Earth system have crossed a point of no return,” Gore said during an interview with PJM on the green carpet of the An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power screening Wednesday evening at the Newseum.

Video of a fat man sweating at the link.

Oh by the way: Science-denying transexual advocate Bill Nye says the only way now to save the earth is to hope for old people to die.

I assume he doesn't mean himself or Al Gore, who are old. And also, unattractive.

Just pointing that out.

"Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It's generational," Nye told the Los Angeles Times. Nye said that he is calling them out with "due respect," acknowledging that he is "now one of them."

"We're just going to have to wait for those people to 'age out,' as they say," Nye went on, adding that "age out" is a euphemism for "die." "But it'll happen, I guarantee you — that'll happen."

By the way -- remember that cringepocalypse "song" and "dance" number Bill Nye had on his show, celebrating transexualism and deviant sex of all varieties?

On a show that seems primarily interested in propagandizing to children? (Both of the "real children" type and Adult Baby Monster type?)

It was "sung" by Rachel Bloom, a "comedienne" chiefly famous for having big jugs, singing stupid children's songs about want to have nerd sex, and not being so attractive that nerds think they couldn't maybe have a shot with her.

“Sexuality’s a spectrum, everyone is on it. Even you might like it if you sit up on it,” Bloom sings on stage as Nye can be seen off-stage dancing. “Drag king, drag queen just do what feels right.”

Yeah -- he got an Emmy nomination for that shit.

Trust your betters.

Posted by Ace at 06:03 PM Comments

Swamp Gonna Swamp: Official State Department Report Suggests Israel Is Responsible for Palestinian Murders of Israelis

—Ace

The Deep State doesn't care who the current president is, or what policies that democratically-elected person supports.

They have their own agenda, their own power sources, and a near-freedom from any consequences due to pretty-much guaranteed lifetime tenure and a political class too cowardly to put them in their places. Or better yet out of their places.

he State Department is facing harsh criticism for claiming in an official report that Israel is to blame for terrorism attacks committed by Palestinians and accusing the Jewish state of being largely responsible for an impasse in peace negotiations, according to a leading member of Congress who is calling on the State Department to correct its "inaccurate and harmful" characterization of Israel.

The State Department, in its latest annual report on the global terrorism situation, blames Israeli security policies for stalling the peace process and claims that Palestinians rarely incite terror attacks.

The claims are coming under fierce criticism from pro-Israel advocates and have prompted one leading member of Congress to formally call on the Trump administration to amend the report to more accurately reflect the situation.

McMasters, Tillerson, and Mattis should all be fired, in that order, with the possibility that the later two will learn from the first firing and correct themselves.

They're disasters. It's interesting that the Establishment GOPe took such comfort in the appointments of McMasters and Mattis, when most of the people I trust told me they were disasters from the moment they were named.

Posted by Ace at 05:32 PM Comments

Dumber and Dumberer

—OregonMuse

Sally Kohn: I wonder how delusional I can get? I know, how about this:


Allan Ishac: Hold my beer.

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OJ Simpson Granted Parole; Exuberantly Shouts "I'm Goin' to Disneyland and Killing Some Folks!"

—Ace

So, the Juice is loose again.

Testifying at his parole hearing, he said he'd lived a "conflict free" life and not a "criminal life."

He also said he intended to move back to Florida if granted parole, which sounds an awful lot like a threat.

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Photo credit: The National Enquirer.

Based on that photo, OJ has finally found the Real Killer, and the real killer turns out to be pre-diabetic syndrome.


Posted by Ace at 02:46 PM Comments

Louise Mensch is a Strange Bird

—Ace

Charles C. W. Cooke on the left's favorite conspiracy theorist, who doesn't get nearly the (negative) coverage that Alex Jones does.

Because the left likes its own conspiracy theories.

Mensch reads like a woman who speaks civics as a third or fourth language that she lost touch with long ago. She has a pidgin grasp on the American [systems of government and criminal justice], and an ersatz, bastardized relationship with reality.

One part novella-fantasy, one part hallway-hearsay, Mensch's world is one in which an ethereal "they" are omnipresent and omnipotent. "They," she tells us, are considering executing Steve Bannon, though he hasn’t been charged with so much as speeding in a school zone.

Executing? Did I read that right?

"They" have already "sentenced" Rudy Giuliani -- to what fate we will presumably find out when someone next mentions his name on television. "They" will soon overturn the election results, and are on the verge of making Orrin Hatch president.

Donald Trump, in turn, is perennially but a few steps from the gallows. On the 13th of April, Mensch promised that the "first arrests may be as soon as next week." Yesterday, she related that the president faced imminent "federal execution."

I'm not fantasizing this, right? She just said that two high ranking officials are facing "federal execution," right?

Presumably, "they" just needed some more time.

Usurpation abounds, at home and abroad, and seems never to be walled in by anything as prosaic as the law. Mensch’s Supreme Court has proactive police powers and a Bruce Willis–esque "marshal" who chases down helicopters and colludes heroically with the rogue justices. Her Congress acts primarily in camera [secretly, without the public being informed], and may already have informed Trump that he is no longer permitted to use his legal powers....

The America of Mensch’s imagination is a place in which the entire Republican party is imminently going to jail -- on RICO charges, no less -- because Paul Ryan is a partisan. What the Da Vinci Code was to Christian theology, Louise Mensch is to James Madison's handiwork. See how the symbols line up in the moonlight?

It is on the subject of Russia, however, that Mensch has really hit her stride.

I'll direct you to NRO to read Mensch's extensive research into Russia (KOMPROMAT!!!), and her suggestions as to how to deal with the Red Menace. (Hint: It involves bombs and lots of them.)

Will Megyn Kelly be interviewing Louise, or is NBC not terribly interested in putting their own fruitbats on display?

Cooke mentions that upon first seeing this teenage-girl fiction writer (no that was her previous gig, really) on a British news program, his father remarked that she was the "dullest" woman he'd ever seen (in the British sense -- dumb).

So now we see the sorts of fantasies the dull spin out: Not interesting fantasies, not compelling conspiracy theories which you may not quite believe but still think, "Man, that's kind of interesting, even if it is bonkers."

No, the dull spin out exceedingly stupid conspiracy theories that can't even be appreciated on a detached aesthetic level.

BTW: I wondered where the word "bonkers" derived from and was disappointed to see that there is no known etymology. Apparently it appeared in 1945 or so, and one of the first definitions claimed it came from British sailor slang meaning, at first, "slightly drunk," and speculates it might derive from the idea of being unsteady on one's feet from a bonk on the head.

That sounds like bullshit to me. It's too easy. Sounds like the guy asked his seven year old kid to come up with a guess and that's what the kid came up with after one second's thought.

My guess would be that it's derived from some pidgin language and has something to do with tropical insanity, like the Australian's "troppo."

My more specific guess, that it is related to "bonzo" (crazy, nuts), turns out to be wrong, as bonzo came later than bonkers, and might just be a mash-up of bonkers and gonzo.

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Office of Special Counsel: US Postal Service Broke Campaign Laws By Permitting Workers Leave to Campaign for Hillary

—Ace

#ButRussia.

The United States Postal Service violated federal law by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton's campaign and other Democratic candidates while on leave from the agency, according to an Office of Special Counsel report obtained by Fox News.

The OSC determined the USPS "engaged in systemic violations" of the Hatch Act, a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. While employees are allowed to do some political work on leave, the report said the Postal Service showed a "bias" favoring the union's 2016 campaign operation.

The investigation was launched months ago after Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., brought constituent complaints to the OSC in October. The constituent, identified as a USPS employee, was concerned the Postal Service “incurred unnecessary overtime costs” and “improperly coordinated” with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) when it released members for several weeks of “union official” leave without pay to participate in campaign work.

“The Labor 2016 program sought to ‘elect Hillary Clinton and pro-worker candidates across the country,’” the report said...

BTW: Man, that last post by Oregon Muse (quoting Thomas Wictor).

If you haven't read it, do read it.

Posted by Ace at 12:41 PM Comments

It's Much Worse Than We Feared

—OregonMuse

Interesting tweet-storm:

Below the fold, I lifted the text out of the follow-up tweets to save load time. Prepare to be really depressed:


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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:21 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Promenade En Automne
Marie-François Firmin-Girard

How does one start a painting such as this?

"How many leaves do I need to paint? Screw it, I'm going to the café."

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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (7/19/17) Some Kind of An Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The USA. It's still the greatest country!)


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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

And I’ve learned from my experience that desire is 80% of achievement. That if you really, really want something, if you really, really, really want to do something, that the vast majority of achieving it is wanting it. I mean, really wanting it. Not a preference, and not, “Gee, I hope this.” I mean really wanting it. It is the desire that makes you do what you have to do to achieve. Rush Limbaugh


Limbaugh commenting on the Quisling Senate GOP and their "effort" to repeal Obamacare.


Quote II

We all know that Social Security is one of this country's greatest success stories in the 20th century. Mitch McConnell


Brilliant!!!!


Quote III

Without question, the Red Ryder BB gun is the most important gun in the history of American weaponry. Ted Nugent


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Heroic Dog Saves Drowning Fawn (But Then Kind of Won't Leave the Poor Terrified Thing Alone)

—Ace

The dog seems to want to make sure it's okay, and tries to nose it into playing, but the scared fawn is just trying to play dead and/or recover.

Still, nice doggie!

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Pro-Jihad, Sharia-Supporting, Hamas-Backing Progressive Antihero Linda Sarsour Says Jake Tapper Has Joined the "Alt-Right" for Daring to Criticize the Women's March's Embrace of Terrorist Murderer Joanna Chesimond

—Ace

Red on red -- I'm just hoping for injuries.

And injuries were had:

Sarsour responded by saying that Tapper has joined “the ranks of the alt-right to target me online.” (There is no evidence to suggest that Tapper is a member of the alt-right.) “Welcome to the party,” she added.


Sarsour challenged Tapper to “please share” evidence of her ugly sentiments. “Unapologetically Muslim? Unapologetically Palestinian? Pro-immigrant? Pro-justice?” she asked. “Shame.”

Tapper responded by pointing to comments Sarsour made about activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who frequently speaks out against radical Islam. Sarsour expressed her desire to take Ali’s vagina away, saying she doesn’t deserve to be a woman. Ali is a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) and has spoken out against the brutal practice.

I know a lot of people on the Cheap Date Right are praising Tapper for having the courage to offer a tepid criticism (on Twitter) about the Women's March's embrace of a terrorist murderer, but is that really the only crumbs we're demanding now?

Has he done a segment on his nationally available TV show about it? I honestly don't know. I haven't seen reference to that, just a CYA twitter mention.

Can we do more than endeavor to persevere?

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Supreme Court Offers Muddled Response to Hawaiian Judge's Judicial-Fiat Rewriting of the Travel Ban

—Ace

The Hawaiian judge made a couple of rulings. First, he found that the government's definition of a "bona fide relationship" to a US citizen was too restrictive -- limited to parents, children, siblings and spouses -- and opened it up to... practically everyone.

Watson subsequently expanded the definition of "bona fide relationship" to include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, or siblings-in-law.

Then he claimed that the US could not limit immigrants who had a "formal assurance" from a refugee assistance group. Which seems to me to be something he just sorta made up on the spot.

The Supreme Court blocked that second ruling, but seems to have made no judgment on the first -- for now. The case will continue to be litigated at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has well-earned its nickname of the "Ninth Circus." After that, the Supreme Court will have the chance to review their ruling as well.

The Supreme Court did decline a DOJ request for a clarification of the Supreme Court order putting most of the travel ban into place -- about what they meant by a "bona fide relationship." What does that mean, exactly?

A lot of outlets are reporting this as some sort of victory for the left. I don't think so. I think the Supreme Court routinely declines to decide until the correct procedural moment for deciding, which in this case would be after the Ninth Circuit's review.

However, they could have struck the Hawaiian judge's order on this point down, but declined to do so.

But perhaps that's because they thought the issue was currently moot -- as the State Department, of course, has rewritten its rules of who is permitted in under the "bona fide relationship" exemption to include all the distant relations the Hawaiian judge ordered.

Thus, at this moment, there really isn't a bona fide dispute over the question, which is something essential for a Supreme Court ruling, particularly on an emergency basis (as such injunctions are).

All in all, basically a rap against the Hawaiian judge, with additional questions put off until the Ninth Circuit writes up its completely error-ridden opinion.

Posted by Ace at 06:06 PM Comments

Claremont McKenna College Gives a Few Disruptive SJWs Suspensions for Shutting Down a Heather MacDonald Speech

—Ace

Some of these punishments are pretty decent and fit the crime -- a full year of suspension from college is a penalty that fits the crime, and is no joke.

But only three students got that penalty -- out of approximately 170 individuals who participated in the shut-down.

Four other students were penalized -- one barely. Three got a semester's suspension, which is barely a penalty. Another got probation -- which is not a penalty. It's a Formal Declaration of Getting a Strong Talking To.

The other 163 or so have walked with no penalty -- some because they couldn't be identified (and hey, I guess it's time to prohibit masks at demonstrations, huh, upon penalty of suspension or even expulsion...?).

There are two common suggestions for deterring crime:

1. Making the penalty so stiff no one thinks about breaking the law.

2. Increase detection/capture rates so that a much larger portion of law-breakers are sanctioned.

Studies prove that #2 works, and #1 barely works at all. A huge penalty is so huge that everyone assumes "That won't happen to me." Also, there are serious concerns of fairness -- a penalty should be based on the severity of the crime itself. You get into a dubious morality when you say you're going to penalize something much more harshly than the crime warrants, just to "send a message" to other law-breakers.

Penalties should be about individual justice, not "sending messages." It's not really fair if 99% of lawbreakers are not punished at all, and then 1% gets some outsized penalty to make up for all the non-penalties the ones you didn't catch got away with.

So a one year suspension for trying to shut down other students' right to hear a speaker -- sounds good.

But this isn't going to be any kind of deterrent if just 1.5% of the malefactors are punished. You need to catch, and suspend, 25% or more of them to restore order.

And I'm assuming the ones suspended did not commit actual crimes of violence. If they did, then a one year suspension is far too light -- they should be handed over to the police to get their criminal record colored up a bit, and maybe spend some time in the iron-bar college.

Posted by Ace at 04:34 PM Comments

Trump to Senate: Cancel Your August Recess and Get Obamacare Repeal Done

—Ace

Yes, they should, but of course they won't.

President Trump told GOP senators at the White House on Wednesday that they should cancel their August recess and not leave town until acting to repeal ObamaCare.

"We shouldn't leave town until this is complete," he said during a lunch at the White House. "We should hammer this out and get it done."

Trump also said that repeal isn't enough, and that Republicans should also replace ObamaCare with new legislation.

Repeal makes sense strategically (as well as being the fulfillment of a campaign promise): Once Obamacare is gone (assuming with a 1 or 2 year grace period where it will still be in effect), Democrats will no longer be able to interpose Obamacare as an alternative to any new plan proposed. It will be gone. The choice will not be between Obamacare and some new reform, but between the new reform and nothing at all.

Which puts huge pressure on Democrats to play ball.

Imagine a finicky cat who won't eat the cat food. Well, take the cat food away for a day and he's going to become a whole lot less finicky about it.

You can't beat something with nothing, they say. A corollary to that is this: It's easy to beat nothing with something.

Right now the argument is between Obamacare and "Something Else," with a lot of people invested in protecting Obama's legacy.

We should make the argument between nothing and Something Else.

Easier fight to win, and would give us genuine leverage for our main reforms.

However, two Republican liars and charlatans -- Lisa Murvieski and Shelley Capoto -- have announced that they were lying all along and just want Obamacare. They will not agree to any repeal (with details of a new plan to be worked out later) because, I posit, they want the Democrats to always have the leverage of saying #ButObamacare and thereby defeating any alternative to it.

Patterico says it's time to put money into primary challengers for both of them, and I agree.

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Charlie Gard Granted Permanent Legal Residence in US for Treatment, but UK Doctors Still Think He Should Be "Permitted to Die"

—Ace

The judge-appointed expert attempted to explain to his UK doctors why he thought treatment was viable and should be attempted-- but they still want to pull the plug without all that "first do no harm" baggage weighting them down.

The digest from the Daily Mail:

Charlie has been given permanent US residence so he can fly there for treatment

Connie Yates and Chris Gard release photo of Charlie 'looking' at a colourful toy

Charlie Gard's doctors are still convinced that he should be allowed to die

The medics failed to be persuaded by American neuroscientist Dr Michio Hirano

Dr Hirano had spent five and a half hours trying to talk round Charlie's doctors

Posted by Ace at 01:26 PM Comments

Insane: New DOJ Directive Presses Forward with Unconstitutional Civil Asset Forfeiture Policy Even in States Where the Unconstitutional Practice is Banned by State Law

—Ace



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The Return of Gorillapundit

—OregonMuse


talking ape.jpg"So Huffpo is going to be sending out a bunch of hipster doofus reporters on a 'listening tour' of flyover country in September. Sounds like a complete waste of time, because you know those clueless urban d-bags aren't going to get anything out of it that they haven't already brought with them, but who knows, maybe in some small town somewhere, they'll find a husband for Arianna who isn't a big homo."

Heh. According to this Derek Hunter article I pulled from the sidebar, the courageous HuffPo adventurers are limiting themselves to the blue enclaves of the American flyover counter.

This is like saying you're going to visit Texas to find out what *real* Texans are like by limiting your visit to Austin.

And below the fold, a progressive guy is made to live up to his own rules:

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Posted by OregonMuse at 11:19 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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Portrait of Madame Recamier
Jacques-Louis David

Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (7/18/17) Tasty Or Ho-Hum Edition?

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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(The ONT tasty as ever!)

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Quotes of The Day

Quote I

It is better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie. Russian Proverb


Quote II

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18


Quote III

The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress. President William Howard Taft


Quote IV

Socialism is the theory that the desire of one man to get something he hasn’t got is more pleasing to a just God than the desire of some other man to keep what he has got. H.L. Mencken


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On this day in history, July 18, 1969, Talk about War on Women.


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The Lion The Drunk Driver of The Senate.Edward F. Kennedy.

Senator Edward 'Ted' Kennedy stood for sleaze. Bloated and drunken, he used his standing in the Kennedy clan to chase vulnerable women - which brought his dream of reaching the White House to a shameful end.
He was the youngest of the four Kennedy brothers, and by far the longest lived.
Incredibly, he was in line to inherit his brother John F. Kennedy's legendary presidency, but his chances were dashed following the drowning of the pretty, young campaign assistant Mary Jo Kopechne.

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USAToday: "Dunkirk" Movie is #Triggering In How Few Women and Minorities (and Probably Transgenders, Too) It Features

—Ace

Maybe they could have just said that the men being evacuated from Dunkirk were Timelords and they all spontaneously sex-changed.

BTW, the genius librarian who just complained of "racial exhaustion" from seeing too many white people has the same complaint, and also seems to believe that Dunkirk is where D-Day happened.

I guess because of the D.

Dunkirk happened before D-Day, dearheart. The British Expeditionary Forces had entered the war and were beaten badly and forced to attempt an impossible escape. D-Day -- the American invasion of the continent (with the British re-invading) happened later.

"Librarian."

And by the even more of the way, if you think that just making Amy Poehler play Group Captain Reginald St John would have satisfied them, you're wrong. #FakeFeminist Anita Sarkeesian is hoppin' mad that the new transgender Doctor Who (or Doctor What, as I will call xher) is a white and assumedly straight and cis Englishwoman instead of a a person of color or transgender.

Well, I mean, xhe is a transgender, but I guess xhe should be attempting gender reassignment surgery from xher already gender-swapped form.

Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, who harassed her critics during a recent panel at VidCon, took issue with the Doctor’s newest regeneration. Writing on the official Feminist Frequency account on Twitter, Sarkeesian condemned Doctor Who for being an “overwhelmingly white show” that simply isn’t doing enough to fix the issue of minority representation in the media–as if it is the show’s duty to address social problems.

“It needs to be said that [Doctor Who] is still an OVERWHELMINGLY white show and that issues of representation do not exist in isolation from each other,” she began. “It’s not as if you fix the ‘woman’ problem, THEN fix the ‘race’ problem, THEN the ‘queer/trans’ problem, etc. It all has to happen in tandem.”

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Posted by Ace at 08:13 PM Comments

Evan Sayet: Donald Trump is America's first wartime president in the Culture War [Warden]

—Open Blogger

This article was published a few days ago, but it's so on the nose that I wanted to make sure no one missed it.

In it, Sayet lays out for the left and #NeverTrump why attempting to shame us for Trump's lack of dignity isn't having the effect they'd hoped it would.

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I'm not bothered by Donald Trump's lack of decorum. They ask if I don't think his tweets are "beneath the dignity of the office." Here's my answer:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized "collegiality" as John McCain? We tried propriety - has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.

Sayet continues with a list of outrages and abuses from the left and wraps up nicely with this blunt bit of political realism.

So, to my friends on the Left - and the #NeverTrumpers as well -- do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be "collegial" and "dignified" and "proper"? Of course I do. These aren't those times. This is war. And it's a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.

So, say anything you want about this president - I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don't care. I can't spare this man. He fights.

One thing that I'd like to add as a further refutation of the What about puh-puh-puh principles?!! line of thought (and frankly, this just occurred to me) is that not only have we been facing asymmetrical warfare from our domestic enemies, we are also facing it from an enemy that is stronger than us and growing more so by the day.

Who controls the institutions in this country? The left does. All of them--the media (both news and entertainment), the schools, the government bureaucracy, the upper ranks of our military, most of the politicians, Wall Street, and all of our corporations.

They've pretty much got it all except for some of our churches. Their power is a massive, widespread, and crushing.

Our military does a fine job fighting asymmetrical battles with ruthless terrorists, but that's because it has more money, better technology and superior training. Now imagine ISIS with its same vicious methods if it were both better funded and had more fighters than the United States.

That's what we're up against--terrorism from an opponent more powerful than us. And no, I'm not using that word rhetorically. They are literally engaging in terrorism, both physical and psychological to intimidate and silence opinions that they find disagreeable-- a list which, by the way, is ever changing and expanding.

Principles are fine things to have. I have them and they're important to me.
More important, however, is my survival and my stubborn will to not be treated as a second class citizen simply for having a mostly traditionalist and non-authoritarian mindset.

There is a now obsolete term that was used maybe as recently as 20 years ago in a derogatory manner by those on the right. That term is "bleeding heart liberal."

It's not an accident don't hear people say those words anymore. That word, you see, no longer applies. The people we attached it to, to the extent that they ever did exist, exist no longer. Gone are the days of the well-intentioned, do-gooder liberal who just doesn't understand economics or incentives, replaced with the bullying, loud-mouthed authoritarian who is happy to see you lose your livelihood for the crime of disagreeing with him.

Our avatar for the left used to be Meathead from All in the Family. Today it's the Antifa bike lock psycho--a university ethics lecturer mashing people on the head with a deadly weapon simply for expressing their God given right to peaceable assembly and free speech.

This is a different world now. Or maybe, we're finally just perceiving it correctly. As I said in an earlier post, it isn't one that I wish to live in.

But it's where we are and what we have.

And so, Trump--now, next week, next year, next election and without apology.

Update: Dignity, y'all. Dignity.

Posted by Open Blogger at 07:45 PM Comments

Kamala Harris Is "Definitely" Running for President, Donors Say

—Ace

And won't that be just wonderful?

Senator Kamala Harris is running for president. The Hill reports that’s the word coming from top donors who are excited about the possibility...


Last week the NY Post’s Page Six reported on the expectations as Harris headed to the Hamptons over the weekend with Hillary Clinton...

Posted by Ace at 06:44 PM Comments

NRA Releases Blistering Attack Ad Against... the Washington Post

—Ace

I take some comfort in this.

More people are getting it that this is not business-as-usual any longer; the left is heartbroke and crazed over having lost an election they thought they'd fixed, and they don't intend to lose another one. Ever.

It's good that people are starting to understand this isn't politics any longer; this is about whether democracy will even be allowed to continue.

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Posted by Ace at 05:26 PM Comments

CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill Praises Convicted Murderer and Terrorist, Calling Her "My Queen"

—Ace

A blistering decades-long romance with murder.

The left loves murder. Murder is the left's love.


In actuality, Shakur is a convicted bank robber and murderer. In 1973, she and two other members of the Black Liberation Army opened fire on a pair of New Jersey state police officers, wounding one and killing the other execution-style. The fallen officer left behind a widow and two children.

Four years later, Shakur was found guilty of first degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, armed robbery, and several other crimes. She was sentenced to life in prison.

In 1979, Shakur escaped prison and fled to Cuba. The FBI has placed her on its list of "Most Wanted Terrorists," offering a million dollars to anyone with information that leads to her recapture.

Marc Lamont Hill later explained that he thought this terrorist murderer was "framed:"


Prompting this in retur:


The "Women's March," that organization with the pussyhats, also tweeted out a happy birthday to the terrorist murderer. They too later clarified that she may or may not be a "criminal," but they tweeted their support to... stop the rightwing from "criminalizing" criminals.


HashtagGriswold asked if a single media organization not on the right had remarked upon the Women's March's embrace of terrorist murders. Since then, he found exactly one reference:


Note though the story isn't about their praise of a cop-killer -- but the "backlash" they're getting for it.

Posted by Ace at 03:56 PM Comments

Fat Thumb-Shaped Girl Chris Cillizza Goes on Reddit's AMA and Gets Hazed

—Ace

In the below tweet, there are several screenshots, each which can be popped out of the tweet to a larger size. I suggest doing so.


About that feet thing: I thought maybe this was some random thing people began saying just to be impertinent, but apparently there's something about the foot that Chris Cillizza just can't quit:

Cillizza, who makes it a practice to post pictures of his colleagues’ feet and make weirdo feet references any chance he gets, could be described as the Nickelback of TV reporters. Other ways to think of him include the Gwyneth Paltrow of Washington media or the Ann Hathaway of the Washington press bubble. Even New York Mag’s Olivia Nuzzi fairly recently call him “so fucking dumb.” Deadspin also can’t stand him. Both lefties and righties think the folksy CNNer with the blue glasses is a tool.

That article quotes additional "questions" posed to Mxr. Footsie:

LeakyMcLeakFace: Are you willing to show the feet?

PissmansMustard: What that mouth do?

...

BillyHumphreys: Why are you such a dipshit? Post the feet sweetie.

TripleGYouSee: Hey Chris long time reader. Do you have any actual principles or are you fine with any policy as long as the discourse is respectable enough for your liking?

...

DrPhineasPhage: How do you balance being employed for your opinions despite being demonstrably wrong about everything all the time?

...

IRodC asks, “What’s with your unhealthy obsession with Ivanka Trump?”

FlightoftheGoblins is worried about Cillizza’s marriage. The person writes, “Does Mrs. Fix have any problems at all with you posting constant feet pics of your coworkers?”


...

Killthedogslowly writes, “Chris! Greetings! I’m obsessed with The Fix (my wife calls me a “Fix Fan”) and I think your writing is just so in depth and hilarious. Simply put, bravo! (I wish I could insert a gif here). My question is: boy wut that mouth do. Show me them feet.”

...

“Do you jerk off to womens’ feet?”

"Boy wut dat mouth do? Show me them feet" is my new favorite thing in the world. Obviously.

Mash-Up: Mouths and Feet.


Censored? I'm looking at the Reddit AMA now, and almost all the questions are from lefties asking Cillizza why he's so fair to Trump.

I'm not seeing any feet or "what that mouth do" comments.

Posted by Ace at 02:30 PM Comments

Sean Hannity: Shep Smith Is "So Anti-Trump"

—Ace

Not just anti-Trump, Sean, but full-on liberal. It's not exactly a secret. Don't bother hitting the link -- it's #FakeNews CNN, and all they're doing is quoting Hannity and Smith.
"I like Shep," Hannity said. "But he's so anti-Trump. I mean, he went off on a rant last week." He appeared to be referencing a segment in which Smith criticized the Trump White House, asking why the administration continues to put out what he termed "lie after lie after lie" on the investigation into Russian election meddling.
In related news, people are having sex with babies and then eating them in the SuperDome.
Posted by Ace at 01:27 PM Comments

Party of Fail: Senate Pulls Plug on Obamacare "Repeal"

—Ace

I'm having a hard time caring what party controls what any more. It's all really the same party.

House Republicans on Tuesday were seething with anger over the Senate GOP's late Monday decision to pull the plug on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Lawmakers leaving the House GOP's weekly conference meeting said feelings of exasperation and anger have set in, now that the Senate has dropped plans to vote on an Obamacare replacement bill this month.

"There is a lot of frustration, borderline anger I guess, at what really has to be described as some level of incompetence to be able to get together and get something done," Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who heads the conservative Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner.

In a closed-door meeting that took place at the party's political headquarters near the Capitol, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans they need to uphold a positive message, despite their frustration with the Senate and the feeling that the House GOP's struggle to pass their own repeal and replace bill earlier this year may have been wasted.

Posted by Ace at 12:04 PM Comments

Backlash: Right Wing Twitter Begins Digging For Dirt On CNN Employees [Warden]

—Open Blogger

Over the weekend, the hashtag #CNNDirt popped up in my timeline. I clicked on it and found that a Trump operative named Jack Posobiec had come up with a very simple and cost-free method of digging up dirt on current CNN employees--punch CNN into the search function of Linked In, then sift through the personal Twitter accounts attached to CNN employees' Linked In accounts.

It didn't take him long to find a CNN editor who'd tweeted out rape jokes and comments about how watching the movie, Roots, made him hate white people. The editor quickly locked his account, but the tweets had, of course, been preserved with screen shots.

I'm not going to name the guy here. He's not an on-air personality. But I would like to point out that this is a natural and predictable outcome of the war on privacy and free speech that CNN journalists began when they decided to hunt down a Reddit user and threaten to expose him simply for posting a tweet that poked fun at their organization.

Low level, behind-the-scenes CNN employees now find themselves in exactly the position in which their management and on-air people have put conservative America--one of fear, frustration and worry that anything said on social media that could be construed as offensive will be used mercilessly by partisans to damage their careers and livelihoods.

This is not the world I want to live in. When I first saw that they'd embarrassed this guy, I laughed. I thought he was an on-air personality and at least a minor political player. After I realized he was just an editor, I cringed a little. I can't bring myself to endorse it, but neither can I condemn it. This is what they've done to time and time again us and they won't stop. What alternative is there?

Repeated appeals to reason, principle, and human decency have all been made. All have been in vain. The people who work in the media do not use the power that they wield--a power so great that it can drive every day citizens to suicide--with the care and thoughtfulness of adults.

They are ill-parented toddlers--self absorbed, thoughtless, careless, and happy to break anything that doesn't suit their immediate purpose. These toddlers have found a box of kitchen matches and are busy lighting their sibling's toys on fire out of spite, oblivious to the danger they've created for themselves.

Just as the toddler fails to realize that the fire he's using can also burn him, so, too, does the media overlook that the very techniques they use can be turned upon them, and quite easily.

This is only the beginning of an ever-growing pushback, one that's only going to get nastier and more ugly. And everything that happens is on them. This is the rotten, worm infested harvest they have sown and they're going to be choking on it for some time to come.

Posted by Open Blogger at 10:50 AM Comments

Mid-Morning Open Thread

—CBD

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The Matchmaker
Gerard van Honthorst

Commenter-- and host of the recent Texas Moron Meet-up -- Ben Had has asked me to tell you maniacs that another one is in the works if there is sufficient interest.

Tentatively scheduled for October 14, and located about 70 miles South of Dallas TX, anyone with interest or questions please contact: murphywong at peoplepc dot com.

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Posted by CBD at 09:30 AM Comments

Monday Overnight Open Thread (7/17/17) Monday. Bloody Monday Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

ONT night patrol .jpg

(A different kind of ONT)


*****


Quotes of The Day

Quote I

I do not care whether you're a Democrat or you're a Republican or an independent. We must pull for the people who are wearing the uniform of the armed forces. These people weren't drafted. They enlisted, because they believe. Tommy Lasorda

Quote II

If you hear, day after day, liberals are rooting against armed forces, that is eventually going to have an effect on soldiers and troops who are actually going to believe that and it's wrong. It's just wrong. Al Franken

I guess Al never heard of this guy.


Quote III

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. George Washington


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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:57 PM Comments

Carl Bernstein: The Country is in the Midst of a Civil War

—Ace

Ed Driscoll makes the case that Bernstein is late to the party on this, as the claim has persuasively been made before that the US has in fact entered a period of "Cold Civil War."

A sci-fi writer called a book "The Cool War," referring to Cold War with occasional bits of hotness (like, say, a partisan gunning down Republican Congressmen).

We might be in a Cold Civil War with some hotness from time to time.

Driscoll quotes a blogger called "The Hyacinth Girl" who spoke of Cold Civil War back in the relatively mild 2007:

At some point last month, I put down William Gibson’s newest tome and picked up something written by Victor Davis Hanson. I am only now getting back to Spook Country, and though I’m afraid that I know exactly where Gibson is going with this, I found his idea of this country being in a “cold civil war” to be fascinating. What would that entail, exactly? A cold war is a war without conflict, defined in one of several online dictionaries as “[a] state of rivalry and tension between two factions, groups, or individuals that stops short of open, violent confrontation.” In that respect, is the current political climate one of “cold civil war”? I think arguments could be made to that effect. My mother, not much of a political enthusiast, has made similar assessments since the 2000 election, concerned that the political climate (which has become increasingly acrimonious in the last 7 years) would indeed lead to some sort of lukewarm civil war–not hot, not cold, just divisive and destructive. Seven years ago, I laughed off her fears, secure in my naivete.Now, I’m not so sure.

I've previously said it and I believe it: 90% of your political stances right now flow directly from whether you think we're at a point of crisis, or you think, as some NeverTrumpers are currently giving to claiming, that everything's pretty much okay and it's all just business as usual.

Posted by Ace at 07:38 PM Comments

OMG: Donald Trump Jr. Colluded With Russia to Make Susan Rice Suddenly Refuse to Testify Before Senate Panel

—Ace

Okay, the beginning of that headline isn't true, but I wrote it in a form that might cause Jake Tapper to maybe try reading it and to speculate about Rice's reasons to refuse to give honest answers to pertinent questions.

Fox News was initially told Rice would be giving closed-door testimony Tuesday before the Republican-led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

But that session has apparently been postponed....

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan last week told Fox News that he wants Rice to answer the basic question: "Did you unmask the names and if so why?"

I saw someone on Twitter ask if Trey Gowdy is going to issue a subpoena compelling her presence or if he's going to fold like a cheap suit.

We'll see.

Posted by Ace at 06:33 PM Comments



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Strange that the progressive leftist media has such paroxysms when they find atoms of anti-semitism on the right, yet have nothing much to say when a major progressive leader claims that anti-semitism isn't so bad -- at least not compared to the real sorts of racism (that is, against people like herself and her political allies)
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Norovirus, they say. One customer has been confirmed as having it, and several others fell ill, so they will probably turn out to be positive for it too. Norovirus is a stomach flu usually gotten from contaminated food which causes dizziness, nausea, dehydration and other ill-effects. It usually lasts 1-3 days and can be more serious.
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