The Morning Report 4/27/17
Good morning, kids. Loaded for bear on this gloopy Thursday here in the land of DeBolshevik. First up, it turns out that although this Judge Orrick (another Leftist named after a vacuum [at least he's not named after a prison like Soldedad O'Brian, but I digress]) was completely out of line in his ruling, some legal eagles are saying it doesn't mean much when it comes to the actual enforcement of law because the law to block funding for "sanctuary cities" was written and passed in 1996 when Bill Clinton was in office. The entire Senate met with the Trump national security team for what has been described as a very sobering briefing on the threat from Whoa Fat. Ivanka Trump is starting to annoy me, as we are now taking the "slightly pregnant" approach to the Paris Climate Accords. The House Freedom Caucus now is backing Repeal/Replace 2 but there is opposition supposedly from the moderates (whatever that term means). Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is high on the Trump Tax Reform and is hot and horny to ram it through ASAP. Rush, though had some thoughts on this, especially the false and dangerous narrative that tax cuts have to be paid for:
And remember the premise of this, folks, is that all money is Washington's, not yours. So when Washington proposes a tax cut, i.e., you get to keep more of what you earn, Washington and the media look at it as the government losing money. And that cannot happen. And so government must find a way to pay for the tax cut, because a tax cut is not you keeping more of what you earn because what you earn is not yours. What you end up with is because of what the government says you can have. This is how people look at it, media people on the left.
As we often say in the comments "THIS x infinity."
Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- National Security Team Briefs Entire Senate on Urgent NorK Nuke Threat
- AG Sessions Vows "Sanctuary City" Fight
- Claude Rains Shocked Face Dept.: "Judge" Orrick Was $200G Bundler for Obama Campaign
- Mnuchin: PDT Tax Plan/Reform "Biggest in US History," Wants to Move Fast
- Knowns and Unknowns in PDT's Yuge Tax Overhaul
- Rush Gives Primer on Tax Cuts, Basic Economics
- It's "Centrist" Republicans Turn to Be in the Hot Seat Over Obamacare Repeal/Replace
- New Disturbing Video on Planned Parenthood Released; Over to You, Paul Ryno
- Ivanka Go Home! White House Signaling US Might Not Exit Paris Climate Accord After All
- Webb Hubbell's Daughter Given Another Award for Something by Doing Nothing
- After Claiming Devin Nunes' Scalp, House Dems Now All But Ignore Rice "Unmasking" Docs
- Thank G-d for Gorsuch; Casts Deciding Vote Allowing Arkansas to Execute Brutal Rapist the Feminists Revered
- Seizure? I Was Standing Right in Front of Her! Pelosi Strokes Out Yet Again During Speech
- Forget School Paste, Biden's Toothy Smile Explained: Eating Boogers Prevents Cavities!
- First, They Came for the Nazis . . .
Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (4/26/17) The Hump Day Edition
Quote of The Day
The Fifth Republic is in a grim state. Dodging a bullet doesn't make much of a difference if you're riddled with disease. Mark Steyn
While we are looking at France, Let's meet one of France's presidential candidates and his lovely wife.
"That's why this latest "scandal" doesn't appear to matter at all to the French. Emmanuel Macron, who by several projections is set to win the French presidency in two weeks, was just a 15-year-old student when his 40-year-old teacher seduced him – and the two are married today.
What did you wish for as a child, BB Gun? A certain pet? A tree house? Childhood wish remains an adult wish.
When I was younger a treehouse was one of my biggest wishes. I never had trees big enough for a proper treehouse so I had to settle for a backyard fort. Many friends had tree houses though and we had the time of our lives building and fortifying them. As an adult I still dream of having a treehouse however my imagination holds nothing to some of these I found online. Check these amazing tree houses out!
Previously passed by Congress and signed into law by the POTUS, PDT's wall spending is a mere pittance compared to some of the
retarded wasteful spending.
President Donald Trump’s request that Congress include $1.4 billion to fund the beginning of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border equals approximately 0.035 percent of what the federal government will spend in total this year, according to the latest estimate of fiscal year 2017 federal spending made by the Congressional Budget Office.
It also equals less than the Department of Health and Human Services spends in just twelve hours and less than the Treasury collects in taxes in four hours.
It is about time the GOP controlled House and Senate stood up and said by God we are the majority and we are building the damn wall.
Can't protect our borders? Yet certain
WarmongersSenators want to go all out for Libya. The United States must be engaged so they say.
Senior lawmakers on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump's declaration that the United States has "no role" in Libya, citing the threat of regional instability to U.S. national security interests.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin (D., Md.) said Libya's ongoing battle over power and access to natural resources has created a permissive environment for extremist groups such as the Islamic State and al Qaeda.
So you see a drone flying. What do you?
1) Leave it alone
2) Shoot the damn thing
Just last month, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against William Merideth, the Kentucky man who shot down a drone that Merideth believed was flying over his own property in 2015.
However, the Federal Aviation Administration considers drones to be aircraft—and under federal law, shooting at aircraft is a crime.
The agency’s apparent solution was to swap in “pseudo marijuana” which looked and smelled like marijuana—even when burned. Reportedly, one high school bus driver took several sniffs before commenting that it smelled “just like the back of my bus.”
The CIA was apparently pleased with the results, with eight out of every 10 visitors to the booth smelling the ersatz pot. It was such a big hit that they quickly received five requests to use the display at “other gatherings.”
April 26, 1994, Grace Slick pleaded guilty to pointing a shotgun at police in her California home. She claimed she was under stress because her home had burned down the previous year. She was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and told to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week for three months. via thisdayinmusic.com
April 26, 1945, Born on this day, Gary Wright, Spooky Tooth, solo, (1976 US No.2 single 'Dream Weaver'). via thisdayinmusic.com
No shit Sherlock, Former Obama official cops to manipulating climate data.
A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington D.C. often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion.
Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion.
According to a recent survey by the Associated Press, 74 percent of Americans think manners and behavior have deteriorated in the United States over the past several decades.
Would you like to be part of the 1%? Here is how much you need to make in each state.
A medical break through, artificial womb. Help for premature babies.
An external, artificial womb scientists call Biobag successfully grew fetal lambs, and could one day solve the complications premature human babies face outside the fetus.
Need a giggle? Want to scratch your head? 19 WTF photos . SFW
Do you have traveling on your mind? It's one thing to go to a 3rd world country. It's another thing to go to a 4th world hell whole.
Last year, Otto Warmbier, then a 21-year-old University of Virginia student from Cincinnati, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour after confessing to trying to steal a propaganda banner.
He had been on a guided tour with a travel company but was detained on 2 January 2016 at Pyongyang airport while trying to leave the country. In announcing his arrest, the state news media said Warmbier had visited North Korea with the intent of “bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity”.
A guided tour of North Korea? What’s the name of the company: Gulags are us?
Wow, must be some really good beer or Genius Award Winner.
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On Gratitude And Humor [Warden]
I had minor surgery yesterday.* Although it wasn't high risk, being put under general anesthesia is always somewhat of a concern and the whole process from admittance through recovery is neither convenient nor cheap.
In short, surgery is a stressful experience for most people.
Matters weren't helped by a three hour delay due to my surgeon having to deal with multiple complications from the operation scheduled prior to mine--the exact same procedure I was about to undergo.
But as I sat there in pre-op waiting and holding my wife's hand, I couldn't help but feel gratitude. Prior to modern medicine, this condition would have disabled or killed me. I had insurance and enough money in our HSA to cover the deductible, so I didn't have to sweat finances. And not only did I not have to go through this alone, Mrs. Warden and I had spent our time happily chatting and cracking jokes with each other and the nursing staff as we waited--my wife at one point wryly mentioning to the male nurse who had been called in to shave my stomach that my back could probably use a little work, too.
The nursing staff was absolutely terrific, and I was genuinely appreciative for the care they provided. Every time my wife or I has ended up in the hospital, we've always received top notch care from the front line staff. There isn't any question in my mind that at least part of this is due to the fact that we always do our best to remember and use the name of everyone on staff, to stay positive, and to say please and thank you even when we're in pain or distress.
The pleases and thank yous are a habit we've built over the years with each other--one we've passed on to our children. Recently, someone complimented me on how polite my kids are. It's true that they are and I'm always proud to hear that sort of thing, but having good manners is not the primary reason I taught my children to be polite.
I taught my children to be polite as a constant reminder to be grateful for the small kindnesses that others do for you. My wife and I model this daily for them. Not only do we thank each other for routine things we do for one another like setting the table, doing the laundry or mowing the lawn, we also thank our children for behaving well, cleaning their rooms or helping with the dishes.
Expressing heartfelt gratitude has an almost miraculous effect on the people around you. It makes others take joy in doing for you, turning resentment or obligation into enthusiastic kindness, and it's as much true for a nursing staff as it is your spouse. When you practice verbal gratitude daily, it changes the very nature of your relationships.
Taking the opposite path can prove, well, disastrous. One of the things my wife talked me about as we waited on the surgery was her boss's marital problems. He's a talented and ambitious man who pulls down a salary large enough to spoil his stay-at-home wife with expensive clothes, cars, and vacations.
The vacations, rather than being a blessing, have turned into a source of bitter resentment for him because his wife refuses to go to any of his preferred destinations or participate in any of the activities he enjoys. If he pushes the issue, she retaliates by passive aggressively ruining the experience with complaints, feigned illness and drama.
He's so upset over it that they haven't been speaking. The issue, of course, isn't really about the vacations. It's about his wife making their marriage a win/lose proposition rather than a win/win one and then stacking the game in her favor. At its core it's a simple lack of appreciation and gratitude--one so deeply ingrained that experiences most married couples can only dream of affording become a source of petty squabbling.
What a shame.
As I waited for my surgery, I wondered how I'd handle something as terrifying, painful and exhausting as cancer. I vowed that if I ever found myself faced with it, I'd do my very best to model strength, courage, grace, and good humor to my kids, as it might be the last and most important lesson I ever taught them.
Lying there next to my wife, I noted that gratitude and humor are fundamental building blocks of a healthy marriage and if you can display both when you're in a trying situation, then you're probably on solid ground with your spouse.
I found myself overcome with happiness that I'd married someone who loves me so deeply and who is constantly working toward improving and strengthening our marriage. I felt like there wasn't anything we couldn't get through together.
I'm beginning to think that the gratitude and a sense of humor are linked-- not in the sense that the funniest people are the most grateful (people who aren't at all funny can still laugh uproariously at someone who is)--but that gratitude provides the necessary perspective to have a good laugh at one's own misfortune.
My father, a recovering alcoholic, told me when I was a teenager that he knew his drinking had gotten out of control after he lost his sense of humor. This simple insight always stuck with me. It's perhaps just a backwards restatement of the "laughter is the best medicine" adage, but has been of much more practical value to me as a warning sign for when my mental state has gotten off the rails.
The sicker a society is, the more complicated it makes the rules of living out a life of happiness and fulfillment. In reality, the steps are both simple and unchanging. You know what they are and so do I. It's just that simple doesn't translate to easy and so we tend to look for other, less difficult ways.
None of us are immune, but you see it much more on the left. Instead of looking inward, the left is constantly trying to fix the other guy.This is one reason I've lost interest in politics. I'm fascinated by culture and the forces that move/control it, but I know that the actual practice of politics has very little impact on our daily lives.
Temperament is at least somewhat genetic, but I think that Abraham Lincoln had it mostly right when he said that most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
I also think my old man had it right when he told me that no one decision will have more impact on your happiness than your choice of who to marry (or not). Growing older definitely has its drawbacks--your body breaking down being one of them--but one of the great joys of aging been a greater understanding of love and the role it plays in my life.
Love isn't a feeling. It's thought put into action. It's a choice. And it begins with gratitude.
*I'm still riding a Percocet high, so I apologize for the rambling nature of this post.
Ignore Vox Writers At Your Peril: They're Better Than The Onion
Universal coverage is obviously important. But making alcohol, tobacco, and driving vastly more expensive is arguably more so.— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) April 25, 2017
A progressive wet dream. No, not Dylan, even most leftists have better taste than that. But the collectivist drivel about single payer (disguised as "universal coverage") is the lodestone for most of them, because from that all-encompassing control comes pretty much everything else.
Please Dylan, keep hammering away with that idea. Americans are absolutely ready for confiscatory taxes on alcohol, and they are so weary of owning their own cars. It is time! Charge into the fray!
Obamacare Cost-Sharing Subsidies Will Not Be Part of the Deal Republicans Make to Keep Democrats From Shutting the Government Down, Ryan Claims
In exchange for you continuing funding Obamacare, we'll allow you the benefit of also being permitted to continue funding Planned Parenthood.
We are always bargaining from a position of weakness. Never strength. Just this cramped posture of a beaten boy who rolls up into a ball covering his head and crying "Uncle."
And by the way, I assume this is a negotiating position and when the Democrats shut down the government, we'll give in on some cost-sharing subsidies for Obamacare.
John Sexton explains what cost-sharing subsidies are: Direct payments to insurance companies
Cost-sharing reduction payments are separate from the subsidies used to lower the cost of insurance premiums for people buying Obamacare plans on the exchanges (those who make under 400% of the federal poverty line). CSRs are additional payments made directly to insurers to lower out-of-pocket costs including copayments and annual deductibles. However, the way the law is written means that insurers must discount those items for people at the low end of the income scale whether or not they are receiving the money to cover it from the federal government. So if the CSRs are cut off, as Democrats worry the Trump administration made decide to do, insurers will be losing, even more on the exchanges than they already are.
Insurers are mandated to offer discounts to the poor, Sexton reports, so the cost-sharing subsidies are really just a gimmicky rigged game to try to disguise the fact that yes, you are subsidizing other people for their insurance. The government taxes you, the government orders insurers to lower costs for the poor, the government taxes you more and gives some money to the insurers.
Without the subsidies, the insurance companies will lose money even faster.
Leftwing Outrage of the Day: Obnoxious Fox Guy Jessie Watters Makes a Statement Which May Or May Not be a Lewd Sexual Remark About Ivanka Trump;
Liberal Hero "Reporter" Jake Tapper Pounces
The Blue Checkmark Mafia takes its outrage where it can find it.
Jessie Watters, in defending Ivanka Trump from hissing German progressives (and noting that progressives believe in treating women with respect in theory so long as she's a dues-paying member of their cult), then said, with a wag of his eyebrows, "I like the way she talks into her microphone" or something like that, which many took as a reference to oral sex.
Which it could be.
He later clarified he meant that her voice was like that of a "smooth jazz DJ," which is something he could actually have possibly meant. Though I'd say more of a low-talking Public Affairs Editor on a College Radio Station. (A lot of them talk that way.)
But my money is probably on the oral sex angle.
But that's just speculation -- I'd put my money on that, if I had to bet, but I'm not so positive of it I would bet on it except with good odds.
And if that is what he meant --
1, who cares?
2, the left routinely denigrates conservative women in sexual terms. Ask Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, or Sarah Palin about it.
3, who cares? At this state of this very course culture the left has brought about, who cares about a minor league blowjob gag? (See what I did there?)
For the love of Pete, the liberals scolded us for a year that an actual blowjob, lied about in a court deposition, by a sitting president, specifically sitting in the Oval Office (I can't see the chubby Clinton standing all the way through it), was no big shakes and we were sexually repressed obsessives for saying it was.
Now a minor "Aw aren't I a little scamp?" blowjob reference from a minor correspondant is the worst thing ever?
4, the left, which plays at being daring sexual libertine who love transgression when it's not playing its other role of uptight chilly-boxed prudes who shriek "Unclean!" at everyone they don't like, is really on the edge of suggesting that straight men cannot find sexual beauty in women.
If he'd said it about Michael Sam he'd receive an early Emmy.
But if you are offended, you've got former Salon reporter and Monica Lewinsky Date-and-Teller Jake Tapper to support you in your outrage.
When a company sends the clear signal that women are basically sub-human, vile behavior thrives even after top offenders are fired.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 26, 2017
Now, as a bit of context which you already know, Jake Tapper just happens to work at a competitor network, and Fox just happens to have launched a show at 9pm which may or may not work in that timeslot, so CNN may or may not have a vested interest in seeing it fail so it can climb out of the ratings basement and step once again into the glorious spotlight of a Distant Second Place.
But you know, Jake Tapper's chorus of Twitter sycophants will rise nobly to his defense, all flattered and shit that he personally DMs them to yell at them if they ever criticize his coverage.
Pro-tip, fellers: He does that to everyone. Do not be flattered by his relentless personalized Brand Protection efforts. You're not special; you're just special enough to be worth being told to shut up.
Anyway, keep on vouching for the impeccable honesty and unquestionable political neutrality of this ambitious progressive reporter, conservatives.
Actually... If it was a minor blowjob joke, it does deserve some level of criticism. I wouldn't want to be sexualized that way, if I were a woman. (I do wish to be sexualized, just to say it happened once, but that's because it never happens, and plus I'm a guy, who doesn't have the baggage of being thought of in mostly those terms.)
But this ludicrous pumping it up into Rape Culture You Guys? Give me a break.
Plus, one has to be a bit hesitant in one's criticism noting that this is only one interpretation of his meaning.
Unless you're Jake Tapper. Then you know what the truth is, and you can put it in chyrons. Like this:
BESIEGED FOX CORRESPONDENT CLAIMS HE DIDN'T WORD-RAPE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER (HE DID)
PS: Remember how leftists and the news media (but I repeat myself) completely abstained from lewd clucking about Michelle Bachman eating a corn-dog?
ESPN, Two Weeks Ago: Like It Or Not, ESPN Is Not "Sticking to Sports"
"How'd it go?," asks @omni_ceren as he retweets this bit of corporate dick-wagging.
Their "Public Editor" (or ombudsman; the NYT is the only prominent outlet tat calls the position "Public Editor," which gives you a clue into what ESPN considers its model of journ0lism) says ESPN is doubling down on Social Justice Warrioring.
NB: He is writing specifically about ESPN's website talking more about politics -- and while that's what he's specifically addressing, everyone knows that the ESPN's main product, its repetitive and meatheaded television channel of regurgitated clips and pre-chewed sports "wisdom" -- is just as guilty.
"Hey, ESPN: Stick to sports."
I've read thousands of social media posts and reader emails about ESPN over the past 15 months. If there's one phrase that tends to surface most frequently, it's that chestnut suggesting the network’s only proper place is in the athletics lane.
Yes, when it comes to ESPN -- the self-proclaimed "Worldwide Leader in Sports" -- the concern of many fans is that it's no longer focused enough on sports. Some complain too much focus has been placed on culture and politics, with the most fire directed at FiveThirtyEight, The Undefeated, the new SC6 show and even one of the network's graybeards, Outside the Lines, the title of which describes exactly the coverage some would like to see less of.
As I wrote in November, the desire to draw a boundary between sports, culture and politics is a fool's errand. Sports has always intersected with culture and politics...
ESPN, in fact, just removed any question about the sports-politics-culture intersection when it released new political guidelines that loosen the restraints on commentary about politics and culture, though stressing that such discussion should connect to sports whenever possible.
Whatever one thinks of the revised guidelines, one thing appears beyond dispute: The volume of non-sports content within ESPN's empire has increased significantly in recent years....
The existence of these sites might seem odd to those who pine for the days of ESPN being all sports all the time. But media is growing more disaggregated by the day, leading more and more cable subscribers to cut the cord, a trend that has significantly affected ESPN's once-impenetrable broadcast business....
ESPN President John Skipper has endorsed these efforts....
One thing is clear: Those of you who have not held your tongue about ESPN's move away from an all-sports-all-the-time mantra also should not hold your breath waiting for a change.
ESPN has made it clear: It's not sticking to sports.
I bolded that one part because it jibes with a comment offered by TheJamesMadison, who said ESPN was already beginning to fail as a business model even before the all-SJW-all-the-time format, and that this emphasis on SJW leftwingery is not the cause of the problem so much as it is ESPN's effort to fix the problem.
He didn't explain, but here's my guess as to his thinking:
In the old says, a big hit show was one that garnered a 30% market share. 30% of all TVs in America in use would be turned to MASH or All in the Family.
In an age of increasing market fragmentation, no one even thinks about a 30% market share. Now a tv show is a hit if it has something like a 6% or 8% market share.
Now add into that the increasing partisanship of the country: Bush proved -- through most of his term -- that you didn't need all of the country to support you if 40% of the country strongly supported you, and 10% were indifferent. (At the end of his term, when the financial crisis hit, he also proved you definitely needed more than 29% support.)
Obama took that lesson and ran with it. Obama was the most divisive and partisan president in several lifetimes -- Nixonian in his scheming, Carteresque in competency -- and spent the bulk of his presidency in the 44-46% approval range.
But the bulk of that approval was strong approval from intense partisans, who saw them as their avatar in the unending Culture Wars, and quite possibly an actual Messiah or Buddha sent down by Heaven to redeem that part of humanity that lived in the better zip codes of at least a dozen coastal US cities.
In an age where more people are tuning out ESPN's main product, they may have decided they don't need viewers so much as they need emotionally-invested political supporters
FoxNews is the biggest cable news channel -- but most of the country doesn't watch it, or outright hates it. But that doesn't matter -- you don't need all of the people, you just need a lot of the people to be strong supporters who will tune in just out of a sense of loyalty.
ESPN may have looked into its future, a future filled with bloated, paid-way-too-much-for-way-too-little loss leader costs for broadcast rights to sports, at the same time its subscriber base was falling every single year (and usually -- every single month), and may have decided that at some point they will have to jack up the mandatory cable subscription rates through the roof to cover costs, and to get the cable channels to agree to that, they're gonna need a lot of intensely-loyal Obama-style partisans telling cable companies "Yes, by all means, agree on $15/month for the right to carry ESPN."
We may be in the age where our commercial television entertainments must be turned into Cultural/Political/Quasi-Religious Crusades in order to hold on to a small number of nigh-religiously-devoted zealots to have any kind of market viability at all.
Given that, ESPN may have decided that it would gladly alienate all the conservative men its audience -- a larger chunk of its audience, or at least a larger chunk of its previous audience -- in order to secure the passionate partisan followership of a smaller but louder audience that will bully cable companies into mandating that anyone who wants cable has to pay $15 per month to ESPN, or else they'll cry "Racism!"
ESPN's positioning of itself as Black Lives Matter/Social Justice Warrior central may be some clever maneuvering to play the Racism! card when they start seeking higher rents from more unwilling citizens.
This may be ESPN's cynical effort at creating a devoted followership that will permit it to achieve the dream of every socialist enterprise -- simple rent-seeking, compelling unwilling citizens to pay a tax to subsidize you in your dream-quests to reshape humanity.
And you know what?
It just might work.
Unless a nearly equally furious revolt develops that demands that they be allowed to choose which services and which speech they wish to subsidize with their money.
The left and right have always been engaged in an asymmetrical type of warfare -- the left is always demanding the right subsidize it, and the right does not make any equal demand that the left subsidize it. At most, we simply object to being made to subsdize the left, which is not an equal-and-opposite reaction. When the left demands they take a dollar from you and put it into their own pockets, that's a net gain for the left.
The right tends to merely argue against such schemes -- at best, we'll come out net zero in the battle. At best, the left comes out +$1 and you come out -$1; but at best, the right comes out at +$0 to either party.
And we don't even come out of things at that net zero level, because we're just not vigorous enough in defending our own interests. We don't even think about taking money from the left to put into our own pet projects, and we barely even fuss ourselves about the left's effort to take our money to fund theirs.
They demand they take a dollar from us to devote to a leftwing cause; we compromise, and give them fifty cents.
We need to make the right more aware of this dynamic and more insistent -- much more insistent, including mass boycotts -- that we have had it up to our necks with it and simply will not give a single slim dime more.
And then maybe we can start making our own demands of wealth-transfers from the left into our own pockets and see how they like walking in those shoes for a long frog-march through the institutions.
Cave: Rather Than Dare the Democrats to Shut Down the Government Over Spending on a Program They Didn't Want, Republicans Cave and Propose Budget with No Funding for Border Wall
So here's how this works:
Republicans can't shut down the government to stop Obamafunding because if you shut down the government you'll be blamed and lose seats. So Republicans must cave.
Democrats can shut down the government with no negative consequences to them, and therefore Republicans must cave when Democrats are going to shut down the government.
Rush Limbaugh was complaining about this dynamic yesterday, saying he had hoped Trump would be the guy who would stand up to the dominant paradigm and say the old rules no longer apply. But apparently not. (Clip after the fold.)
This isn't just Trump's fault -- a lot of Republicans are against the wall and don't want to have to take a vote on it either way. So it's once again Failure Theater -- darn it, those Democrats are stopping us from doing the things we claim we want to do but in fact would always refuse to do!
But it's also a reflection of Trump's relative weakness at the moment -- if he were more popular, he would force fucking Bob Corker and Paul Ryan to vote against the wall and show their colors to the dummies who keep reelecting them.
But he needs some people on his side, so he has to cave to the Republican upscale suburban Establishment that always gets its way.
Think about the MODERATES!!!
So the GOP will be presenting a budget that contains no funding for the wall that Congress actually authorized to be build in 2006, but didn't bother to appropriate money for ("Build the dang fence" -- John McCain, 2010, in a campaign ad when running for reelection), and will only ask for some additional money for enforcement.
The enforcement part of the Trump Administration -- the part where Sessions can just enforce the laws on the books without having to get permission from Congress -- is bearing some fruit. Maybe. The number of illegals intercepted at the border is down 40%, which you can take to mean that fewer illegals are trying to enter the country, or that Trump is actually intercepting a lower percentage than Obama did. (It wouldn't be Trump doing that, I assume, but employees of the US government acting in rebellion.
And the number of deportations back to Mexico is actually down too-- I don't know if "deportation" means real deportations of people already inside the country, or deportations as Obama began defining it to pad his "deportation" numbers, by conflating deportations and mere interceptions/turn-aways at the border.
So I don't even know if the tougher enforcement is having a positive effect, or if the effort is being sabotaged by #TheResistance.
Below, Rush delivers the bad news.
I hope Trump realizes that our tolerance for his shakiness in standing up his government and in delivering on promises is not without limits.
Massive Layoffs at ESPN, With 100 On-Air "Personalities" and "Writers" Getting the Ax
CNN reports that ESPN will cut "television, radio and online personalities and a limited number of additional off-air jobs." The job cuts are effective immediately.
ESPN UPDATE: I have multiple sources at ESPN telling me they expect the number of layoffs to be closer to 100 people than 70. Awful news.
-- Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 26, 2017
Hearing now from several @espn employees who, despite advanced word, are "in shock" and "frozen." This is an awful day for all in Bristol.
-- jamesmiller (@JimMiller) April 26, 2017
The cuts come as ESPN loses cable subscribers to "cord-cutting" and faces increased pressure on costs.
The network has spent billions of dollars in recent years on rights deals with major sports leagues like the NFL and NBA and college conferences like the ACC, Big Ten and SEC.
Sounds like a really good time for ESPN to run an hour-long tribute to Colin Kaepernick's knee.
Meanwhile, Outkick the Coverage, which has been predicting this for a while, is gloating. OtC's point has always been that ESPN spent like a drunken sailor who doesn't understand profit and loss to secure broadcast rights for a bunch of things, without any plan of how they'd actually recoup those costs in advertising fees. I guess they thought they could just keep jacking up their automatic/no-opt-out cable fee "subscriptions."
Nope! But I'm sure that's the next shoe to drop -- Disney will play hardball with cable companies and start demanding that people be forced to pay $11 per month (or something) for ESPN or else they won't be able to carry the Disney kid's channels and the other Disney kid channel, ABC.
I'd say it's a win-win for customers if cable companies refuse.
And I think the public should start letting cable companies know that if they jack up costs to cover this shit, another cable will get cut.
BTW, why are Republicans not insisting on a la carte pricing?
I've heard it claimed before that if there's a la carte pricing, ESPN and MSNBC suffer, sure, but FoxNews would suffer too, as obviously a lot of the country would also not subscribe to that channel.
But with FoxNews apparently going in a more liberal direction, and with much more to be gained anyway from putting the big hurt on cable and TV stations, it's time for a la carte pricing, not the socialist system we have now.
But Republicans won't do that because they're paid corporate stooges in the first place and they're cowards scared of their own farts.
(And besides: a la carte pricing would kind of force the Murdochs to continue to keep Fox conservative -- you can't get people to pay extra money for a service that is exactly like the service they're already getting as part of their base package. Competition forces brand differentiation.)
Free Speech For Me...
"First it's bullshit, then it's normalized, then it's policy, then it's law."
This is the left-wing progression of how they get things done, whether it's Obamacare, or gay marriage, or "trans" rights. Or, as in this case, criminalizing the words (and ultimately, the ideas) of your opposition. Of course, for years now, the left has wanted to make disagreeing with them a crime, and now, apparently, is the time they've decided to try to make it happen.
So Democratic propagandist/bulldog Howard Dean has of late been making some embarrassingly ill-informed statements on Twitter to the effect that the 1st Amendment was never intended to protect "hate speech" and similarly, there have been think pieces along these same lines published in the NY Times and the New Republic.
Yeah, it's bullshit, but Obamacare started out as bullshit, too.
This is the progression noted in an article by John Nolte. His point is that Dean knows full well that what he's peddling is bullshit, but he has a specific endgame in view:
Dean wants to normalize a fascist argument into something acceptable among America's elite, something that will eventually be found acceptable within the judiciary, and eventually result in a Supreme Court that finds it acceptable.
And so the big question is, of course, who is it exactly who gets to decide what constitutes "hate speech?" Why, a bunch of liberal judges, of course! Who else did you think Dean (and the NYT and TNR) had in mind? Remember, for Dean and his ilk, "our violence is free speech, but your free speech is violence" is sound, progressive legal theory.
But here's something. Perhaps Dean would not have the support of Bernie Sanders, who, surprisingly, sounds like he's kind of old school about the whole "free speech" thing, i.e. he believes it also applies to people he disagrees with:
“Obviously Ann Coulter’s outrageous―to my mind, off the wall. But you know, people have a right to give their two cents-worth, give a speech, without fear of violence and intimidation,” he added.
The senator from Vermont also slammed protesters who said Coulter shouldn’t be given a platform to speak at the university, calling them “a sign of intellectual weakness.”
“If you can’t ask Ann Coulter in a polite way questions which expose the weakness of her arguments, if all you can do is boo, or shut her down, or prevent her from coming, what does that tell the world?” he said.
Heh. When you've lost Bernie Sanders...
Mid-Morning Open Thread
Yeah...Gainsborough is the A Team.
The Morning Report 4/26/17
Good morning, kids. Lead stories this morning are all immigration/border security related and PDT's political situation and moves. As we all know, a traitor dressed in a black robe has unilaterally declared the President's completely legal and Constitutional executive actions to deny funding to "sanctuary cities" illegal. The reaction to this, aside from the justified cries of outrage, is the promise to (yet again) take this to the courts for redress. You know, I get the feeling sometimes of having deja vu all over again with this insanity. And once again, I try to ponder the predicament of using the Constitution and the courts to seek redress from a judiciary that is rejecting the oath it took to uphold that very document and impose its will on the American people. How does one use legal means to fight an almost completely corrupted legal system? The short answer is, obviously, it's impossible. Which leads to the ultimate question of what to do? We have two sides in this country that no longer obey and respect a common set of laws, values, traditions and institutions to settle political differences. We have one that is openly contemptuous of the aforementioned and seeks the overthrow of the nation and the seizure of absolute power and authority. Whether by mere coercion or hard tyranny, by hook or by crook, they will have it. Circling back, the administration announcing that they will take this to the courts is really no longer an option. Before my blood boils any further, here are the links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- Spicer Calls Treasonous Judge's Decision "Egregious Overreach"
- Rush: Looks Like Trump Is Caving on Funding the Border Wall
- Levin: "Time to Roll Chuck Schemer and Build the Damn Wall"
- Teh Ted Proposes Bill to Fund Border Wall with $14 Billion in Drug Lucre Seized from El Chapo
- Deported Illegal Alien Sneaks Back Into US, Rapes 9-Year-Old Girl
- PDT's New Domestic Policy Approach: Strategic Patience
- Soros-Funded Thugs Invade and Attempt to Disrupt Heritage Foundation Offices
- Chi-Coms Launch Their Own Homebuilt Aircraft Carrier
- NorK EMP Threat is Real and Terrifying
- NorK EMP Threat is Real and Terrifying
- US Navy Destroyer Warns Off Farsi Attack Boat in Arabian Gulf
- Huh? Strident Never-Trumper Lands Gig as White House Director of Media Relations
- Team Hillary Threatened Bangladesh PM's Son with IRS Audit if Investigation Wasn't Quashed
- The Case Against Legalizing Marijuana
- Pentagon Caves to CAIR, Agrees to "Review" Anti-Terror Training Program
- Another Slap at SCOAMF: PDT to Allow Drilling on Public Lands
Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (4/25/17) Terrific Tuesday Edition
Quotes of The Day
Leadership rests not only upon ability but upon commitment and upon loyalty and upon pride and upon followers...Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities; and while no one individual possesses all the needed talents to go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.Vince Lombardi
Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.H.L. Mencken
You know, you put more value on every minute...I mean, I always thought I kind of did that. I really always enjoyed myself. But it's more valuable now. You're reminded to enjoy every sandwich, and every minute of playing with the guys, and being with the kids and everything.Warren Zevon
For years the Right has been claiming there has been voter fraud. President Trump reiterated that statement shortly after his election. Hundreds of illegal votes in a swing state.
The post-election audit report, released by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), an independent and bipartisan agency that oversees elections in the state, found hundreds of illegal votes, including votes cast by felons and non-citizens, double voting, voter impersonation, and irregularities that affected mail-in absentee ballots.
The audit uncovered 441 cases where suspected active felons voted during the 2016 elections.
Everything important in life requires ID. It's about time that an ID is required to vote. States can provide assistance to those who claim they are "disenfranchised". You know who is disenfranchised? 441 legal voters and their votes in N.C.
As engineers tinker away at perfecting self-driving cars, Google co-founder Larry Page is preparing to release a personal flying vehicle.
An ultralight aircraft called the Kitty Hawk Flyer has been unveiled in a YouTube video that shows it zipping over a lake while commandeered by a single rider.
The electric, propeller-driven prototype is the work of Page’s Silicon Valley startup company, Kitty Hawk, which announced that the vehicle will go on sale later this year.
1 truck. 12 tons of food. 5 days. Delivering food from Yakutsk, Russia to Belaya Gora, Russia. Not a trip for the faint of heart. This gives new meaning to the phrase "Road Trip".
Cult movie 'This Is Spinal Tap' made only $179 in 22 years. Not so fast says the members of Spinal Tap.
Shearer launched legal action alone at first, asking for $125 million and accusing Vivendi of having “fraudulently under-reported the revenues owed.” But the stakes rose when Guest, McKean and Reiner added their names to the lawsuit earlier this year and demanded $400 million.
April 25, 1977, Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Centre. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, 'Moody Blue'. via thisdayinmusic.com
1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ebony And Ivory.' This was McCartney's 24th No.1 hit single as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!". It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners. via thisdayinmusic.com
It wasn't very good, was it?
How did Venezuela become such a disaster?Nope, The USA is not to blame.
It used to be a stable, prosperous, and reasonably efficient state structure. How could a country with so many natural resources be unable to feed its people? What happened? How did it all unravel? And what lessons can we draw from the drama?
To blame it all on abstractions like “socialism” is too simple. We need a comprehensive, nuanced explanation of how the country was plunged into its present state. These are the major reasons:
One man's fishing bait is another's pollution control agent. Wax worms eat plastic bags.
The wax worm, a caterpillar typically used for fishing bait and known for damaging beehives by eating their wax comb, has now been observed munching on a different material: plastic bags.
No math quizzes here. Just a music quiz. Can you name these 70's songs?
Over the weekend your humble Cob heard a radio advertisement. The ad was for a bus trip to see Billy Joel at Lambeau Field. The price wasn't bad, but Billy Joel at Lambeau? Da Fuq?!
ut Joel’s dominance doesn’t end at the terminus of the Hudson River Line. The MSG residency, with help from a methodical regimen of packed stadium shows across the United States and beyond, has turned Joel, who was all but retired just a few years ago, into the music industry’s fourth-highest paid performer in 2014 and 2015 (the most recent years for which data is available). Another way of putting it: Despite having not released a new pop album since 1993, Billy Joel is outearning the likes of U2 and Adele.
Another story of the inmates running the asylum. Scripps College coddles special snowflakes. And it isn't cheap.
According to Mann, most of the resident advisers are African-American or Latina. They receive free room and board worth, which is worth almost $16,000 a year.
Yet, they feel (or claim) that their “labor” is worth more. According to Mann, who attends Scripps, that “labor” largely consists of opening dorm doors for residents who forget keys, asking students to turn down music on weekend evenings, and so forth.
Not to be outdone by Scripps College for ridiculous employment practices. Pomona College joins the
fucking nuts fray. Students demand to be the HR Department. Yes, the wet behind the ears brats want the power to hire teaching staff.
In an open letter to Pomona College’s Sociology Department, Dean of Academic Affairs, and President, an anonymous group of 128 students, alumni, and “allies” of the Sociology Department demand that the college rescind its offer to hire “racist” and “unethical” Dr. Alice Goffman as a sociology professor and turn over control of future hiring to students.
Married. Girlfriend. Terrorism. Never a good mix. Genius Award Winner.
Creative thinking leads us to Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.
Tonight's ONT has been brought to you by girls that shouldn't meet Mom.
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Close it up
Keystone Kops > AntiFa
Profile in Courage
On the chess/open thread this weekend, I posted a snapshot taken from an antifa reddit board where one of violent protesters feared for his safety because some 4chan guys successfully identified one of his cowardly comrades despite the fact that he was wearing a mask and sunglasses. For those of you who don't hang out on the weekend threads, you should scroll past the chess content and read it, it's pretty funny listen to this thug whine and complain that he cannot continue his illegal activities with impunity.
And here's another funny one. The Berkeley antifa chapter pretty much got its nose bloodied during the April 15th riots, and they don't much like it. So much so that when Ann Coulter comes to town on the 27th, they're thinking about being somewhere else. Either that or a poetry jam:
Other options would be a bake sale or, wait, I know, they could all eat lots of beans, then show up at Coulter's speech and toot. That'll show 'em.
I don't know how widespread this sentiment is, but it actually wouldn't surprise me if the entire black bloc decided to take the day off. Antifa is mainly comprised of cowards and bullies, and all you have to do is stand up to them and they'll scurry away like cockroaches.
And remember, this is coming from the side that claims the absolute certainty of SCIENCE!
Oh, and this is what happens when you attach a political meaning to everything in your life. Every incident, no matter how trivial, becomes an excuse for political hectoring. When "the personal is the political", you won't get a moment's peace.
Close it up
District Judge Issues Injunction Against Trump Order Reducing Funding for Sanctuary Cities
Commenters mentioned this earlier, but I just found a longer story.
Legal analyst Jonathan Turley says of the order (on Twitter) "Court's stay of DOJ sanctuary city order strikes me as clear judicial overreach and clearly reversible on appeal "
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --
Shock -- a San Francisco case. The Ninth Circus strikes again.
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked any attempt by the Trump administration to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the preliminary injunction in two lawsuits - one brought by the city of San Francisco, the other by Santa Clara County - against an executive order targeting communities that protect immigrants from deportation.
The injunction will stay in place while the lawsuits work their way through court.
The judge said that President Donald Trump cannot set new conditions for the federal grants at stake. And even if he could, the conditions would have to be clearly related to the funds at issue and not coercive, Orrick said.
There is a possible legal problem with cutting off funding, as I've mentioned before -- and it was part of the reason that one part of Obamacare (the mandated Medicaid expansion) got ruled unconstitutional.
It's the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine, which most conservatives would generally agree with: That the federal government cannot "commandeer" state agents to enforce federal law. That doctrine is not absolute; states had federal highway monies withheld unless they reduced their own speed limits to 55mph or raised the drinking age to 21, for example.
Courts seem to take a guess in this area between some consequences for refusing to obey Congress and major consequences. In the Obamacare case, the law originally said all Medicaid funds would be terminated unless states expanded their own Medicaid coverage. The court found this to be a case of "commandeering" states to obey the government, and struck it down.
However, we do know from a large, large number of laws that are presumably constitutional that the feds can withhold money from states that do not comply with its decisions.
And in fact, the doctrine might not apply at all here -- because Trump and Sessions are not ordering the states or jurisdictions to take any action. Just to supply them with information about which of its prisoners are illegal -- and the Court has previously ruled such requests for information are not what is meant by "commandeering."
Feldman and others point to New York v. United States (1992) and Printz v. United States (1997), in which the Supreme Court concluded that the federal government cannot conscript state or local officials to carry out federal law. The federal government must enforce its own laws, using federal personnel. So when state or local police arrest immigrants who are present in the country illegally, they are under no obligation to deport them, as deportation is the responsibility of the federal government alone.
This “anti-commandeering” doctrine, however, doesn’t protect sanctuary cities or public universities — because it doesn’t apply when Congress merely requests information. For example, in Reno v. Condon (2000), the Court unanimously rejected an anti-commandeering challenge to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, which required states under certain circumstances to disclose some personal details about license holders. The court concluded that, because the DPPA requested information and “did not require state officials to assist in the enforcement of federal statutes,” it was consistent with the New York and Printz cases.
It follows that, consistent with the anti-commandeering doctrine, Congress can require state, local or university police to tell federal agents when they arrest an immigrant present in the country illegally.
The article goes on to say that while a state or city can order its personnel not to ask about immigration status, and the federal government cannot order them to do so (that would be "commandeering"), state/city employees nevertheless may have easy access to that information and must provide it if requested. The example the article offers is California drivers licenses for illegal aliens -- the licenses have markings on them indicating that they may not be valid outside of California, and hence, any cop taking an arrestee's ID would know his immigration status without asking, and then can in fact be compelled to relay that to the government.
If California wants to make itself immune to that, they'd have to destroy any records in their possession that indicate such status -- effectively granting citizenship to all residents.
Which they can't do. That's a federal power.
We'll have to watch this one.
(BTW, this article from the LATimes is new information to me -- I didn't realize the anti-commandeering doctrine did not apply to mere requests for information.)
Rising Star and National Treasure Chelsea Clinton is a Rising Star and National Treasure.
Repeat Until the Savage American Public Believes You.
She manages to mix her mother's narcissism with her father's... well, what can we say she got from her actual father?
Let's say she got her father's ambiguity and tawdry mystery.
Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods. In The New York Times alone, Chelsea has starred in multiple features over the past few months: for her tweeting (it's become "feisty"), for her upcoming book (to be titled She Persisted), and her reading habits (she says she has an "embarrassingly large" collection of books on her Kindle).
Humblebrag. Not really a grumbleflaunt because she's not making a complaint; she's just trying to disguise her brag as some kind of cutesy self-deprecation.
With Chelsea's 2015 book, It's Your World, now out in paperback, the puff pieces in other outlets -- Elle, People, etc. -- are too numerous to count.
One wishes to calm these publications: You can stop this now. Haven't you heard that the great Kong is no more? Nevertheless, they've persisted. At great cost: increased Chelsea exposure is tied closely to political despair and, in especially intense cases, the bulk purchasing of MAGA hats. So let's review: How did Chelsea become such a threat?
Perhaps the best way to start is by revisiting some of Chelsea's major post-2008 forays into the public eye. Starting in 2012, she began to allow glossy magazines to profile her, and she picked up speed in the years that followed. The results were all friendly in aim, and yet the picture that kept emerging from the growing pile of Chelsea quotations was that of a person accustomed to courtiers nodding their heads raptly. Here are Chelsea's thoughts on returning to red meat in her diet: "I'm a big believer in listening to my body's cravings." On her time in the "fiercely meritocratic" workplace of Wall Street: "I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldn't." On her precocity: "They told me that my father had learned to read when he was three. So, of course, I thought I had to too. The first thing I learned to read was the newspaper." Take that, Click, Clack, Moo.
Chelsea, people were quietly starting to observe, had a tendency to talk a lot, and at length, not least about Chelsea. But you couldn't interrupt, not even if you're on TV at NBC, where she was earning $600,000 a year at the time. "When you are with Chelsea, you really need to allow her to finish," Jay Kernis, one of Clinton's segment producers at NBC, told Vogue. "She's not used to being interrupted that way."
Sounds perfect for a dating profile: I speak at length, and you really need to let me finish. I'm not used to interruptions.
What comes across with Chelsea, for lack of a gentler word, is self-regard of an unusual intensity.
Read the whole thing. He's tired of her.
Many people have become increasingly annoyed at the media's relentless Public Relations effort on Chelsea Clinton's behalf. The Hill's motto should just be "Chelsea Clinton's vapid tweets are our news." But there are so many outlets that just pump out Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea all day long.
Nice Deb has noticed that Chelsea Clinton is deploying the "Goodness gracious!" with tedious repetitiveness to make her sound "authentic" and "folksy." One wonders how many millions of dollars were spent on Public Image Consultants and Brand Psychology Experts to choose the right catchphrase to make Chelsea Clinton sound "authentic."
Or to make a woman who's always lived in a state capital, national capital, or financial capital, and only attended the finest schools of the elite, sound "folksy."
She also seems to be saying "Bless her heart," despite being as Southern as Polaris.
And see PJ Media's Daily Morning Update (third item) to see Chelsea Clinton's odd way of denying she's running for any office.
She seems to deny she's running for anything with great relish, as if she's very pleased to have been asked, and would like you to ask her more.
She also has a tendency to say she's not running for any office, and then list the many possible offices she could run for, but is not, currently, running for. Yet.
"I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank--Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency. I really find this all rather hysterical, because I've been asked this question a lot throughout my life, and the answer has never changed."
It's a very well-known DC ploy for people to "float" their own names for some high office. If there are "reports" that Relative Nobody is "being considered" for Secretary of Defense or State, there's a good chance that that person floated her name herself, or her political operatives did.
In order to be elected to office, people have to first find you plausible as a holder of that office.
And one way to do that is to frequently get yourself talked about in relation to holding that office, so that, by dint of repetition, people simply accept that you are a plausible candidate -- after all, they've heard you associated with that office a thousand times already. You've hacked their brains to associate you with elective office.
Hillary Clinton, I'm very certain, did this herself -- Clinton had barely been in office a year before the topic of Hillary becoming the next president were bubbling through the media with some regularity.
And it got her pretty far -- she got a Consolation Senate seat, came close to winning the nomination once, and won it the next time out.
No one is seriously considering Chelsea Clinton for any office, except Chelsea Clinton herself, the career Clinton Permanent Bureaucracy which now finds itself not quite sure what to do with all its free time or how to make rent, and the media that desperately needs some ray of hope to soothe their Trump Anxiety Disorder.
Mark Halperin Hates Dogs and Joy
So journ0list Mark Halperin castigated Delta for the indignity of having to sit next to this obviously-dangerous dog on his first class flight:
He later clarified -- or clarilied, maybe, decide for yourself -- that his only thought here was that the dog had not been seated next to its owner, and he was just trying to get Delta to observe more rational seat assignments by putting this dog next to his owner.
Well, the guy who actually paid for the ticket for the dog says Mark Halperin's account is, um, flawed.
[Tweet] We were abt to take off on redeye. Dog was cute. I was sharing pix & expressing surprise owner/dog hadn't been put 2gether.No time for essay https://t.co/gz4WYJvJGA
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) April 23, 2017
Talk about doubling down! However, Halperin's recollection of that fateful red-eye doesn't jibe with that of Charlie's owner, Anthony Pisano. Pisano, who works as a flight attendant for Delta, reached out via Twitter to say that, not only did Halperin not offer to trade seats but, rather than expressing concern that Delta was seating support animals apart from their owners, he told a flight attendant that he refused to sit next to a dog. What's more, in Pisano's telling, Halperin wouldn't speak to him or even look at him while the situation was resolved....
So it was the 10:45 red eye on delta. in first class the seating arrangement was A-BC-D seating. I had purchased 6A and 6B and Halperin was in 6C. The dog and I fly back and forth from California to NY 2-3 times a month. I am always aware to make sure to get the dog her own seat (she lays on the floor and sleeps) to ensure she doesn't encroach anyone's personal space. So I put Charlie (the dog) in 6A where she was great. She was in arms reach and everything was cool. Right before we took off the dog came and sat in between my legs for take off so she was secured. At this point halperin (I had no idea who he was) calls for a flight attendant and tells her that he refuses to sit next to a dog. Those were his exact words. At that point I noticed he took a picture of the dog which I just ignored. Next thing you know the lead flight attendant asked if I minded giving halperin 6A. It was so strange he wouldn't even look or speak to me about it. If he would have asked me I would have obliged, no big deal. I couldn't believe how rude this guy was carrying on as I sat right next to him. So I obliged, he moved into 6A and left his shoes and a mess in his little first class cubicle area. I politely brought him his shoes and belongings to which he literally looked the other way and that was that. I then woke up this morning to a friend sending me the article and was in shock reading his tweets. Mind you Delta did absolutely nothing wrong, the flight attendant were extremely accommodating to his wishes all while trying to make sure I wasn't upset in any way. They handled the situation kindly and professionally.
So, eh, in a way, Halperin is kind of right. The seating arrangement was
A (aisle) BC (aisle) D
Correction: If I'd read the damn article I quoted, which I obviously did not, I'd've known that Pisano says the dog was in A -- the window seat, all alone -- but only came over to B (next to Halperin) to be comforted during take-off. At all other times (or most other times), presumably, the dog would be all alone by the window.
This does make it look like Halperin is a dick who just wanted the window seat, or to sit alone, and used the Dog Complaint to get it.
Anyway, there's three sides to every story: My Side, Your Side, and Mark Halperin is Just a Dick. If Pisano is right, avoiding even looking at him during this easily-untangled knot is a dick move. Halperin has always struck me as uptight and high-strung, and refusing-to-look-someone-in-the-eye just because you're having minor conflict with them fits that impression.
And maybe he just wanted the window seat -- though no one who wants to broadcast that he's a frequent First Class flyer would admit he wants to sit by the window and see things he's seen a thousand times before.
I think Halperin was using the technique of grumbleflaunting here. It's considered rude and uncouth to, as Trump does, simply announce you have a lot of money and access to elite goods.
The way the well-educated, well-socialized upper middle class prefers to brag on itself is through grumbleflaunting, where you complain about some defect in an elite good, which demonstrates 1, you have access to that elite good (like First Class berthing) and 2, you're so sophisticated you can actually critique the relative goodness and eliteness of elite goods.
So like here's a grumbleflaunt:
So I was flying at Mach 5 in the Secret Concorde and this chubby model, Kate Upton or whatever, asked if she could "sit on my face later."
Really, @delta?! We have assigned seats for a reason! And maybe extend your legroom beyond the cramped three yards we have so that this busty supermodel doesn't have to make rude demands of fellow passengers just to stretch out her long legs, which are the color of pale honey infused with Pleasure-Heightening Drugs That Poor People Can't Afford and have the gracefully abrupt curves of my favorite Ferrari.*
* I mean of the street-legal Ferraris I own, of course. I'm not counting the unlicensed Flying Ferrari, for obvious reasons.
For Further Review and Contemplation: How do you think you can use the technique of grumbleflaunting to raise your own social cachet?
Putting Theory Into Practice: Try a series of grumbleflaunts with your friends and co-workers. If your grumbleflaunt is successful, you will see their eyebrows rise covetously and you will rise in social cachet.
If your grumbleflaunt is unsuccessful, you will be punched square in the nose. As you should be.
The Media Bubble
Mollie Hemingway has written a new Encounter Broadside ("Broadside" being the imprint name for long essays about a subject) called Trump vs. the Media. She talks about the media bubble and daily social media freakouts with Ben Domenech.
The book was released early today (like 12am or thereabouts) and should be available on Amazon now. In the interview, starting around 11:30, she talks about the media's groupthink and open coordination with the Clinton campaign, citing the media's embargo of pre-briefed details about Fat Whore Miss Universe until Hillary had initiated the attack line herself in a debate.
At 28:30, she gets into something particularly fascinating to me: the groupthink and virtue signalling of reporters on Twitter, what Sean Davis calls the #BlueCheckmarkMafia who freak out virtually every morning about the Outrage of the Day. She notes that she planned to watch their twitter accounts to find the final proof of bias, but did not expect them to continue showing off how biased they were -- eventually, she expected they would figure out "that this doesn't make them look good."
So she thought this would be a brief opportunity.
But they never stopped. In fact, they just got worse and worse.
She concludes that maintaining credibility with other progressives, especially other progressive media-types, is more valuable to them than credibility with the public at large.
He looks to where the media cohort is living to prove his point. Not only do almost all media people live in blue states, and blue counties in the blue states, but they tend to live in the bluest counties of blue states. Thus, they have little diversity in background, and upon relocating to the Bluest of All Blues, they have next-to-zero diversity in the thoughts and modes of life in their current everyday lives.
He suggests that this is due to the rise of the internet, strangely enough. The internet was supposed to bring about diversity of thought in the media, but it's had the opposite effect. The internet is destroying the newspaper industry -- no problem so far on that!
But the problem is that while the Bluest of All Blue big media was always liberal, it was also fed (a bit) by reporters hired from small papers in the interior of the country. So it had some diversity of background and political ethos.
But the industry has faced big cutbacks and many small local papers have closed up shop. The big media papers have cut staff too.
So anyone who wants to aspire to work in media really sort of has to be a progressive to have a shot at a long career in an increasingly progressive industry.
Furthermore, even worse, internet media hires now exceed traditional media hires.
You'd think this is where the diversity the internet promised would come in -- but no, internet media employees live almost exclusively in the Bluest of All Blue bubble cities -- even less diversity of zip code than the old media.
And let me add something to that: given that with the internet you can do your job of Media Reporter from practically anywhere (and most internet media people are not doing first-hand reporting, so they don't have to be in DC or NY or wherever), and given that "flyover states" and smaller cities in those states are much, much cheaper than NYC or DC or LA, you'd think that some of these internet media companies would set up shop in, say, Lincoln, Nebraska or Boise, Idaho.
No such luck.
And then ask yourself why -- you can make more money and own more property and have a richer lifestyle on the same level of income in one of the non-capital cities in the US. Why are almost all internet media companies, then, located in the exact same places as the old media?
Answer: Because progressives want to live in big, blue cities. It makes no financial sense, but it makes perfect cultural sense, because they assign a huge premium to the advantage of living in massive clusters of their fellow progressives, with whom they can chat about all the art installations and edgy off-Broadway plays they intend to check out some time but never do because they're always locked indoors watching Girls and Orange Is The New Black.
(Which by the way are on offer in Boise and Lincoln as well.)
At any rate, I assume that the people running these companies know where the employees they want to hire want to live, and it's not in a red county, and it's not even in a purplish county in a red state.
They want to be among their fellow correligionists.
And that tells you quite a bit about their biases. They'd rather live in an expensive, cramped studio five-floor walkup in Brooklyn than have a three bedroom house in Lincoln.
Only someone who places a very, very high premium in being Among the Tribe would sacrifice so much of more tangible lifestyle benefits.
So I think Jason Whitlock is right -- the leftwing Silicon Valley tech-culture has in fact hacked the media culture, moving it further to the left than ever before.
The very thing that was promised to expand diversity of thought has in fact greatly reduced it. Fewer and fewer opinions are acceptable to this claque any more, and less and less dissent is tolerated.
Rather than being fertile loam permitting thousands of different flowers to bloom, the internet is a relentlessly culled garden containing a single ugly species of flower that looks an awful lot like a weed with bright petals.
Late Update to Last Story
I should add it as an update, but the post is old now and no one will check for new updates.
The guy you saw reporting on the storming of the Heritage Foundation offices is actually a Daily Caller reporter who had infiltrated/embedded with the protesters to get the story.
Get this -- the people who illegally broke into a building and committed trespass called the police on him. Not sure what crime they accused him of -- maybe Possession of a Microaggression, maybe Practicing the First Amendment with Malice Aforethought.
Maybe Unlawful Entry Into a Safe Space.
I don't know because the clip is only available on FaceBook and I'm not on FaceBook.
If you watch it, let me know the basics of what he says.
"Protesters" "Storm" into the Heritage Foundation Building Around 11am
The claim seems to be this is just a "protest;" it's just that they had to break into the Hertiage building to hold the "protest" in the lobby.
But they've now "stormed" the Heritage lobby, as you can see in the video (first link).
Feminist Professor "Triggered" By Male Student's Paper, Saying She Had Trouble Telling His Paper from Her Rapist
If you have trouble distinguishing a student's paper from a rape, maybe you don't actually understand rape.
Let me note that this screed was written anonymously by the professor. So we don't know who the professor was, and crucially, we don't know what the paper actually says.
She claims the student said he was skeptical that rape still exists. I tend to doubt that. I have a feeling he pointed out, correctly, that there have been a spate of fake rape accusations and that the definition of sexual assault has been reduced to a guy making a pass towards a woman who rejects it.
Add into that her hysterical, crybully damselling, calling for her knights in shining armor to come to her emotional rescue.
So I don't buy her characterizations of the "triggering" paper.
But here's what she shrieked:
A feminist professor said she was so triggered by a male student’s paper that "I began to have trouble distinguishing him from the man that [raped me]."
Writing anonymously in Inside Higher Ed, the professor described a lesson on rape culture she included in her gender class, saying she was frustrated with male students skeptical that it exists.
But one male student’s paper left her "thrown back into a pit of traumatic, fragmented memories," she wrote.
The student cited a men’' rights advocacy group, referenced a case where a woman raped a man, questioned whether feminism was relevant, and said that concerns about gender inequality were overblown.
If the guy "triggered" her post-traumatic reaction to rape, why is she also complaining about such small-ball matters like whether feminism is relevant, or if gender inequality claims are overblown?
Think about this from a position of human sanity: If someone kidnapped and maimed a person, would the victim, in the course of narrating the crime to police, also toss in "I think he voted for Trump" and "I'm skeptical of some of the websites I saw him reading"?
"As I went over his paper," she wrote, "I realized that I was reading a paper that sounded word for word like something the man who raped me would say. And not only did this sound like something my rapist would say, this student fit the same demographic profile as him: white, college male, between the ages of 18 and 22."
She said she was so upset that she could no longer grade papers or read.
"Although I knew it was unlikely that this student would literally try to rape me, his words felt so familiar that I began having trouble distinguishing him from the man that did...."
I didn't want to steal the whole thing, but trust me when I say there's some nice crazy kickers at the end.
More: David French excerpts another part of this screed, revealing that the prof seems especially keen on explaining to students that don't know they've been raped that they've been raped, or to students who don't know they're rapists that they're rapists. And she gets upset by the "mansplaining" that then occurs as non-rapists resist her new definitions of rape.
Mid-Morning Open Thread
She's naked under that dress.
The Morning Report 4/25/17
Good morning, kids. Things may be coming to a head in Korea as the NorKs are conducting massive live-fire drills and could possibly test fire that underground nuke. Meanwhile, a US nuclear submarine has docked in a South Korean harbor while the Carl Vinson battle group steams ever closer. Domestically, Obama has returned to the states to give a lecture about community organizing and the evils of money in politics - for a $400,000 fee. Continued mixed signals about PDT. First, he has supposedly agreed to delay Border Wall funding to avoid a government shutdown and the new Obamacare repeal does very little to achieve that. And since it was negotiated in large part by a couple of big-time GOP RINOs, it's no surprise that Medicaid funding and other ACA garbage stays in place. Feh. Lastly, I'll leave you with this tidbit from the "Professor" Michael Eric Dyson link:
Dyson's main point is that America is a hellhole that dooms black people to failure, silencing, and death, while whites uniformly bask in unearned wealth and good fortune. "You know that white skin is magic."
Blacks are analogous to captured birds. Whites will decide whether they want, finally, to open their hands and liberate blacks, or just, out of spite, strangle them to death. "It's in your hands."
As reparation, whites must hire blacks instead of whites. Whites must pay blacks more money than is appropriate. Whites must give blacks money for school tuition and zoo, museum, and movie admission, and pay for massages and textbooks. White people must also tell every white person they meet that he enjoys white privilege. Dyson provides the script: "Whites must understand that they benefit from white privilege in order to realize how white privilege creates the space for black oppression."
So, okay Professor. I'll play along. You tell us all these things whites must do but answer me this one question: FOR HOW LONG? The world wonders . . .
Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- Tensions Ratchet Up a Notch: NorKs Stage Live-Fire Exercises as US Nuke Sub Docks in South Korean Port
- Entire Senate Briefed at White House by Mattis, Tillerson, Intel Chiefs on NorK Situation
- Riots-a-Roni: Pack of 50 "Juveniles" Swarm BART Train, Rob and Terrorize Passengers
- Hundreds of Illegal Voters Uncovered in NC in '16 Despite Voter Fraud Being a Myth
- Trump Wins YUGE in a Government Shutdown
- New and Improved Shit Sammich! Latest RynoCare Deal Continues Slide to Single Payer
- Ex-Obama Bureaucrat Admits Climate Data Manipulated for Political Purposes
- Sanity: New Study Calls EPA's Claim that CO2 a Pollutant "Totally False"
- Rachel Madoff Explains Socialism is Great, Venezuelans Rioting Because of Trump
- Obama/GOP-e Iran Sellout Even More Hideous/Treasonous Than You Thought
- Say, What? Ed. Sec. DeVos: "There Really Isn't Common Core Anymore"
- Say, WHAT?! Josh Earnest Sez "Obama Would Jump In If Govt. Crosses Red Lines"
- Day Ending in "Y" Dept.: Profess+Err Michael Eric Dyson Issues Screed on Whites
- Nice! Kenny G. Gives Impromptu In-Flight Performance, Helps Raise Money for Charity
- Racist Obama Caused Democrats' Demise, Not Hillary
Monday Overnight Open Thread (4/24/17)
Quotes of The Day
We cannot accept the fact that Jews wouldn't be entitled to live and buy anywhere in Jerusalem. I can only imagine what would happen if someone suggested Jews could not live in certain neighborhoods in New York, London, Paris or Rome. There would certainly be a major international outcry. Benjamin Netanyahu
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. Ronald Reagan
With all due respect, many in the entertainment industry are deep into mind-altering substance abuse, and when one’s logic and intellectual calculating powers are replaced with dopey feel-good, fantasy-driven denial, the democratic party serves them well. Ted Nugent
Stopped by the police? Do you or don't you answer their questions? Can the police retaliate against you for your failure to answer?
Specifically, Alexander claims that the police retaliated against Alexander’s refusal to answer their questions by ordering him out of his car and then “pinn[ing] him face down onto the ground.” Several officers joined in, with “one officer press[ing] a boot or knee on the back of Alexander’s neck as his face was mashed into the concrete.” The police then handcuffed him, and an officer asked, “Are you ready to talk to me now?” Alexander responded with an expletive, which led the police to shackle his legs. Amazingly, at that point the officers arrested Alexander. The precise basis for the arrest is a little bit murky. But at least as it was written up in the police report, Alexander was arrested for obstructing a police officer.
Alexander filed a civil suit against the officers and the municipality (collectively, “the officers”).
This week the Supreme Court ruled that Colorado has no right to keep fines, fees, court costs, and restitution it extracts from criminal defendants whose convictions are later reversed. By forcing people to prove their innocence before they can get back property that is rightly theirs, the Court said, Colorado has been violating the 14th Amendment's guarantee of due process. The Institute for Justice, which filed a brief in the case emphasizing that the presumption of innocence is an essential aspect of due process, makes a compelling argument that civil asset forfeiture routinely violates that principle.
UC-Berkeley, politically correct and proud of it. They really don't want Ann Coulter on campus.
Following an intense backlash from conservatives and liberals after cancelling a campus speech by author Ann Coulter, the University of California-Berkeley appeared to change course.
Except, they didn’t really.
Uncle Bernie to endure the wrath of his supporters? Bernie Sanders defends Ann Coulter.
In a surprising turn of events, every millennial’s favorite old man, Sen. Bernie Sanders, has come out in defense of Ann Coulter, denouncing threats that forced the University of California, Berkeley, to try to postpone her appearance at the college.
“I don’t like this. I don’t like it,” Sanders told The Huffington Post in response to the security threats that forced the university to put off the conservative firebrand’s event.
“Obviously Ann Coulter’s outrageous―to my mind, off the wall. But you know, people have a right to give their two cents-worth, give a speech, without fear of violence and intimidation,” he added.
Conservative students at Berkeley Suing UC-Berkeley. Good for them.
How to survive a plane crash
Don't fly United. Ten tips that could save your life.
Too big to fail? 20,000 union members at risk of losing pension benefits.
In March, four unions filed applications with the U.S. Treasury Department requesting relief under a program established by the Obama administration that allows multi-employer pension plans to cut benefits in order to sustain the long-term health of the plan. The applications from United Furniture Workers Pension Fund, Alaska Ironworkers Pension Fund, Southwest Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, International Association of Machinists of Motor City Pension Fund, and Teamsters Local 805 Pension & Retirement Plan are all being reviewed by the department, according to the Pension Rights Center. If the cuts are approved on all four applications, as many as 20,309 union members could see their retirement money drastically reduced.
A federal judge dealt a major blow to a health insurer's attempt to recoup millions of dollars it says it is owed under an Affordable Care Act program designed to incentivize insurer participation in the ACA public exchange program.
Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit brought last June by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The company had accused the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of failing to make good on its obligation to pay nearly $130 million under the ACA risk corridors program.
Pope Francis has drawn a rebuke from the American Jewish Committee after he likened European refugee centers to “concentration camps.”
The Pope was speaking to migrants at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Saturday about a man he met at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, is it not? Beverage and food taxes hurt the poor.
It’s certainly intuitive that taxing sugary soda and bad-cholesterol-ridden potato chips will prompt consumers to buy fewer of those items—and that people will substitute healthier alternatives. But it turns out that consumers’ buying habits do not change markedly in response to the higher prices, and that the burden of those taxes falls most heavily on the low-income, who allocate larger shares of their budgets to food than wealthier people do. Together with our coauthors Adam Hoffer and Regeana Gvillo, we describe these effects in more detail in a new paper published in the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.
With the benefit of hindsight, officials in the Pentagon and in the Pacific said they should have done more to nip the story in the bud before it got out of control.
“In my view, we shouldn’t have announced the port cancellation so early,” one official mused.
But many defended the decision to make the announcement, saying there was no way that they could tell 5,000 families on the Vinson that their port visit to Australia was canceled and it not get out.
April 24, 1961, Del Shannon started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Runaway', also a No.1 in the UK. Del was the first person to have a hit with a Beatles song in the US with his version of 'From Me To You.' via thisdayinmusic.com
April 24, 1968, Louis Armstrong was at No.1 in the UK with the single 'What A Wonderful World / Cabaret.' At 69 years of age, it made Armstrong the oldest act ever to score a UK No.1. via thisdayinmusic.com
The ONT is not sure why the climate alarmists haven't told us about this. Polar bears travel over thick ice to hunt Canadians down and kill them like seals.
The same day that the above satellite image was taken (19 April), at the north end of the Strait on the Newfoundland side, a polar bear was spotted in a small community northwest of St. Anthony (marked below, “Wildberry Country Lodge” at Parker’s Brook). It’s on the shore of north-facing Pistolet Bay on the Great Northern Peninsula, near the 1000 year old Viking occupation site of L’Anse aux Meadows.
Hunting down and killing Canadians? Nah, just kidding.
NSFW Genius Award Winner.
Firefighters prove their humanity outside of a fire call. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.
Tonight's ONT has been brought to you by the new and improved Modern Family.
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Close it up
Chelsea Clinton, Precocious Regurgitator Of Daft, Left-Wing Bumper Sticker Morality [Warden]
Chelsea Clinton was born so woke that the first part of her to emerge was a tiny power fist shaking furiously at the world's injustices.
Letter I wrote to President Reagan at 5. (I never got a reply). Thank you to all who shared your White House letters. pic.twitter.com/wOAQXsyBIc— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 22, 2017
1. I don't believe her.
2. It would reflect even more poorly on this dull and unaccomplished braggart if it actually were true that she wrote this at five years of age.
Of course her spastic flock enthusiastically jumped in with their tales of their own children writing Donald Trump to lecture him about his various isms, phobias, and failure to take proper note of whichever potpourri of special rights that the left has conjured out of thin air on any given day.
All of Chelsea's groupies are, of course, inordinately proud of their children for repeating the trite political tropes they've been incessantly mouthing in front of them for their entire lives.
Good job. Opinions are as rare as albino naked mole-rats. The ability to write words using a pencil, rarer still. Combining the two is is a praiseworthy achievement indeed.
But hey, I ain't even mad. Below the fold is proof that...
1. God exists.
2. His wrath is mighty indeed.
Pictured above: An extremely rare albino naked mole-rat.
Close it up
Trump to Open Atlantic Ocean to Oil Exploration; May Finally Overturn Ban on Drilling in the Alaska National Wilderness Reserve (ANWR)
That's not actually on the table, yet, but Trump has directed the DOE to review Obama's various bans on oil exploration, including in national parks.
First reported by Axios, the 'Executive Order Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy' would initiate a review of the locations available for off-shore oil and gas exploration.
The executive order would also look into the regulations currently governing off-shore oil and gas exploration, as Trump has continually promised to kill off business-curbing rules.
Beyond offshore drilling, Trump's executive orders will target some of President Obama's national parks designations made, as labeling areas a national monument makes them off-limits to drilling, fishing and mining.
By the way: You know who doesn't want Alaska pumping out oil?
And Saudi Arabia.
Low oil prices are objectively good for the American economy and good for its foreign policy goals -- most major oil exporters are hostile or at best frenemies, and being able to open the spigots whenever we want to send a message would be a terrific piece of foreign policy leverage that also amounts to putting money in American pockets.
#Science Now Says You're Gay and Transsexual
Two related bits of stupid:
A tranny is now claiming that people who have a preference for real men or real women are guilty of "cissexism." We've been counting down to the moment where it's officially a mainstream idea on the left that you must have gay sex, upon demand, to prove you're not homophobic, and while that idea has been pushed for a while now (as I've mentioned, I've heard from parents of younger kids that they believe if they are "straight only" that means they're bigots), and every year the media turns out a new sob story about a "transgirl" who's very upset and hurt that straight boys don't want to be with another boy with a penis, but I'd mark today as an important day in our collective sexual journey.
Why conservatives don't embarrass progressive politicians by straight-up asking them this question -- is a 15 year old boy a "bigot" if he's not interested in having sex with a trans "girl"? -- I don't know. It could just be that conservatives get a bit flustered by publicly speaking about sex. But if this is the left's push, then I want every Democrat to answer this question definitively.
Meanwhile, "Bill Nye the Science Guy" -- or is it Bill Nye the Science Pyrsyn on a Spectrum of Discovery? -- has minor YouTube/cable celebrity Rachel Bloom shake her tits and ass proclaiming that #Science says you're gay.
And by the way, I don't think this woman is funny. She's just halfway stacked, so men applaud when she does anything where she sings something kind of dirty.
Would anyone have ever heard of this woman if she wasn't a D cup and fond of demonstrating that fact? She's just doing geexploitation -- geeks are horny and like girls with bewbs, especially those who cynically play to them by offering the illusion of attainability.
Blue Checkmark Mafia Goes Nuts Over Claim That Debbie Schlussel Accused Sean Hannity of Sexual Harassment; Debbie Schlussel Later Clarifies She's Not Accusing Him Of That
The John Ekdahl rule: From 7am to 12pm, the deranged leftist media goes crazy every day with some new #FakeNews. Then from 5pm to 8pm, they begrudgingly walk back their claims when people aren't online.
Debbie Schlussel claimed that Sean Hannity invited her to his hotel room and she declined and then she was never on his show again.
She later clarified she'd never accuse him of sexual harassment based on such facts. Even assuming they are facts, which I don't. More on that later.
Now, in an interview with LawNewz.com on Monday morning, Schlussel is denying that she was ever sexually harassed by Sean Hannity. While Schlussel stands by her description of the incident, Schlussel told us that she doesn’t believe what happened between the two amounted to sexual harassment by any legal definition.
"I would never accuse him of that. Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that," Schlussel, an attorney herself, said. Schlussel said the interaction happened in the early 2000’s when Hannity was in Detroit taping a show.
"He tried to get me to go back to the hotel after the show after he and his executive producer Bill Shine treated me horribly," she said on the radio program. Schlussel later clarified that it wasn’t his hotel room, but rather his hotel. She told LawNewz.com that she did go on the show following the incident, but after that was "banned from Fox News."
Now, on that "assuming the facts are true" caveat:
Following the radio interview on Friday, Hannity issued a strongly worded statement denying Schlussel’s claims saying he plans to take legal action against Schlussel for possible libel.
“LET ME BE CLEAR THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100% false and a complete fabrication,” Hannity said in a statement obtained by LawNewz.com. “This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade. The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation. The individual has not just slandered me over the years but many people who this individual disagrees with.”
Brit Hume had a disagreement about this with ABC News' political director Matt Dowd, who looks like a thumb and tweets anti-conservative bullshit all day while claiming to be politically neutral.
I think you'd be well-advised to do a bit more research on this particular accuser before treating her accusations as fact. https://t.co/x0lIBfEush— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 24, 2017
Treating an unsubstantiated and strongly denied accusation with skepticism is not "targeting." It's simple fairness. https://t.co/gam6nrXR1s— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 24, 2017
How do you know what he did? Are you simply treating the word of his accuser as obviously true? https://t.co/Ix6foBYRXG— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 24, 2017
Matthew Dowd is right -- one should never proposition someone in the course of one's job duties.
Speaking of divorces and hot new relationships, Megyn Kelly will debut on NBC in June.
"She will start in May, and her Sunday show will premiere in June," a network insider told us. Kelly had been expected to start in July after her Fox contract expired, but she was just released from her Fox deal two weeks ago.
She will join Kate Snow as part of NBC News’ Sunday night programming....
But the former Fox News star's upcoming weekday morning program remains in shambles. We're told NBC is still scrambling to find a staff and executive producer for the weekday morning show, which will debut in the fall.
"It’s a very real problem. There’s no staff in place. They have no idea what they’re going to do with Megyn. Ideas range from talk show to studio audience to news show. It's a problem," another source said. Kelly's rep didn't comment.
Liberals don't even want to work with someone who has the slightest whiff of not being fully liberal. Megyn Kelly always struck me as a liberal Republican (at best), but that is a bridge too far for today's militant progressives.
Hell, the Murdoch Sons may be about to take Fox fully liberal in an effort to feel respectable socializing with their fellow monied liberals again.
Three ISIS Fighters Killed By Long-Range Snipers and Wild Boars But Mostly Wild Boars
When God sends a Plague of Wild Boars against you, he's done sending messages, and is now sending armored bacon.
Near Kirkuk, Iraq:
Three Islamic State jihadis have reportedly been killed by rampaging wild boars near Iraqi farmland.
The three Islamic State militants were cut down by the feral boar known to inhabit Kirkuk in the the al-Rashad region, a local news site claims.
They attacked the militants and left three killed, Iraqi News reports.
Artist's Depiction: A warboar sergeant putting recruits
through bacon training
ISIS took vengeance on the boars by... attacking the farm.
'Islamic State militants took revenge at the pigs that attacked the farmland," though reports of how the fighters died remain unclear.
ISIS apparently thinks the feral pigs owned the farm. Some kind of boar kubbutz or something.
Will the Democrats Shut Down the Government to Block the Wall?
Building a wall around the wall. Only in the Democrat Party.
From The Hill:
"I can't imagine the Democrats would shut down the government over an objection to building a down payment on a wall that can end the lawlessness..."
He added that they'd pay for the wall "one way or another."
I think the Democrats can and will be this crazy. What else do they have to sell except crazy?
By the way, NPR is now saying that what the Democrats are threatening is but a mere "partial shutdown" of government. PJMedia's Charlie Martin doesn't remember NPR referring to Republican-threatened shutdowns as "partial shutdowns," even though, of course, they were the same shutdowns.
Media Now Whining That Trump Is Holding Rally on Night of "#NerdProm," Thus Keeping Some Reporters From Attending
White House correspondents would have to cover a White House-related event.
They had wanted to spend #NerdPromNight sipping other people's champagne and eating other people's caviar.
Now the Bad Man is making them work.
I just love this. Vogel managed to unintentionally condense "Why everyone hates the American media" into 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/rz37OjnCWq— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) April 23, 2017
These people are loathsome.
Politico: "Obama's Hidden Iran Giveaway"
Note this is Politico, a fake news outlet that cheers on Democrats, not, say, WND.
When Politico is giving their investigatory piece that headline, you know it's bad -- and you know it's probably worse than they're letting on, or worse than they've yet discovered.
Maybe bookmark the piece for reading tonight -- it's very long and detailed. I'll excerpt some stuff but this is just a little bit of it.
Obama's Hidden Iran Giveaway
By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials -- and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces.
By JOSH MEYER 04/24/17 05:00 AM EDT
When President Barack Obama announced the "one-time gesture" of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who "were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses" last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans.
At the time, the Obama Administration crowed that they had "winnowed" Iran's additional request for more released prisoners down to these harmless seven.
But Obama, the senior official and other administration representatives weren’t telling the whole story on Jan. 17, 2016, in their highly choreographed rollout of the prisoner swap and simultaneous implementation of the six-party nuclear deal, according to a POLITICO investigation.
In his Sunday morning address to the American people, Obama portrayed the seven men he freed as "civilians." The senior official described them as businessmen convicted of or awaiting trial for mere "sanctions-related offenses, violations of the trade embargo."
In reality, some of them were accused by Obama's own Justice Department of posing threats to national security. Three allegedly were part of an illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics with applications in surface-to-air and cruise missiles like the kind Tehran test-fired recently, prompting a still-escalating exchange of threats with the Trump administration. Another was serving an eight-year sentence for conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology and hardware. As part of the deal, U.S. officials even dropped their demand for $10 million that a jury said the aerospace engineer illegally received from Tehran.
And in a series of unpublicized court filings, the Justice Department dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, all of them fugitives. The administration didn't disclose their names or what they were accused of doing, noting only in an unattributed, 152-word statement about the swap that the U.S. "also removed any Interpol red notices and dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful"
Three of the fugitives allegedly sought to lease Boeing aircraft for an Iranian airline that authorities say had supported Hezbollah, the U.S.-designated terrorist organization. A fourth, Behrouz Dolatzadeh, was charged with conspiring to buy thousands of U.S.-made assault rifles and illegally import them into Iran.
A fifth, Amin Ravan, was charged with smuggling U.S. military antennas to Hong Kong and Singapore for use in Iran. U.S. authorities also believe he was part of a procurement network providing Iran with high-tech components for an especially deadly type of IED used by Shiite militias to kill hundreds of American troops in Iraq.
The biggest fish, though, was Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili, who had been charged with being part of a conspiracy that from 2005 to 2012 procured thousands of parts with nuclear applications for Iran via China. That included hundreds of U.S.-made sensors for the uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran whose progress had prompted the nuclear deal talks in the first place.
When federal prosecutors and agents learned the true extent of the releases, many were shocked and angry. Some had spent years, if not decades, working to penetrate the global proliferation networks that allowed Iranian arms traders both to obtain crucial materials for Tehran's illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs and, in some cases, to provide dangerous materials to other countries.
And while this was going on, the Administration was putting DOJ investigations into both new and old Iranian or Iran-affiliated targets into slowdown, throwing sand in the gears at every turn.
That's all I can quote. Politico even includes a fact check at the end of the piece comparing Obama's claims about these seven (actually 21) "civilians" (actually spies and illegal arms smugglers) that he released.
Basically, Obama released the Rosenbergs in exchange for a promise to not build a nuclear bomb for ten years -- just continue doing all the research, testing, and procurement to build a bomb in ten years.
Oh, and then he gave the country the atomic secrets were stolen for $150 billion as seed money for their own Iranian Manhattan Project.
Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics
The Cato Institute: GAO Weighs In On "Countering Violent Extremism"
From the GAO's report:
Of the 85 violent extremist incidents that resulted in death since September 12, 2001, far right wing violent extremist groups were responsible for 62 (73 percent) while radical Islamist violent extremists were responsible for 23 (27 percent).
It sounds like we are focusing our energies on the wrong people, at least at first glance. But, as usual, the death-wish among a certain group of elites is on full display. Those statistics are for the United States, not the world. It is a sleazy and underhanded analysis of a world-wide problem.
But The Cato Institute seems to buy into that canard, that since there are fewer attacks on U.S. soil, militant Islam isn't that big of a problem.
I understand their reluctance to ease Constitutional protections, but there is a reasonable accommodation to be made when the often-expressed desire of militant Islam is to destroy Western society. That they haven't done much in this country post 9/11 is a testament to two big oceans between us and them, and taking the fight to their countries.
Obama Now Giving Speech at the University of Chicago on Community Organizing
If you can't bear listening to the Jug-Eared F***, CBD's post is still below. I hate stomping him, but this is a live event, so. What must be done must be done.
Mid-Morning Open Thread
He has a civilized name, but he is actually from Belgium.
And...once again...technique wins. Think what you will of the subject, the work is marvelous as a physical feat of artistry.
The Morning Report 4/24/17
Good morning, kids. Hope everybody had a great weekend. Lots to cover, so let's get with it. Top stories are the French elections, which are sending the EU globalists into paroxysms of panic. As several US Navy carrier battle groups get closer to the Korean peninsula, the NorKs are threatening to test fire a nuke tomorrow which many predict will force PDT to strike. Earth Day and the march of the Lysenkoists was less about science than it was about the social justice causes du jour, which these things always devolve into. Last but not least, today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Time to pray for the millions of lives snuffed out and give thanks for the righteous among nations as well as the American GIs who fought and died to save the survivors. Anyway, links from around the world, across the nation and up your street. Have a better one and remain blessed.
- LePen vs Macron: First Time in 60 Years France's Major Parties Do Not Advance to Second Round
- Psst! Comey, Pompeo In New Zealand for Big, Super-Secret Spy Confab
- "Hacked" Documents Reveal Lynch, Democrats Colluded to Help Clinton Win General Election
- Comedian Bill Nye Emits Massive CO2 on CNN When White House Science Advisor Schools Him on Global Warming Hoax
- 18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Scientists Made Circa the First Earth Day in 1970
- Joe Bidet Used False Data to Smear Marine Corps in '07 Over AFV Requests for Iraq
- Uh Oh: Top Ways and Means Dem Open to Talking About a VAT Tax
- The Shadowy Extremist Group Behind the Anti-Trump Riots
- Caroline Glick: Turkey and Trump's Unpredictability
- Typical White Guy: Chris Hayes Steals Idea of Separate Black Nation and Calls It His Own
- DNC Chair Perez Sez Killing Babies In Utero Is "Non-Negotiable" in Order to Remain in Party
- Uncle Ted Pw3ns Old Hippy Slob Who's Gone Through Two Livers and Working On a Third
- Why Trump Supporters Are Still Solid
- Israel Pauses to Remember the Six Million
Sunday Overnight Open Thread (4/23/17)
I met a fairy who said she would grant me one wish.
Immediately I said, "I want to live forever."
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant eternal life."
"OK," I said, "Then, I want to die after Congress gets some work done. "
"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.
Quotes of The Day
"Let me tell you about endangered species, all right? Saving endangered species is just one more arrogant attempt by humans to control nature. It's arrogant meddling. It's what got us in trouble in the first place. Doesn't anybody understand that? Interfering with nature. Over 90%, way over 90% of all the species that have ever lived on this planet, ever lived, are gone. They're extinct. We didn't kill them all. They just disappeared. That's what nature does.
"We’re so self-important. So self-important. Everybody’s going to save something now. “Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.” And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet. What? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another, we’re gonna save the fucking planet?George Carlin
The Media. We discuss "Fake News" and "Bias". What is the greatest form of Media Bias? Deciding what is and isn't reported to the public.
....It appears likely that Green was abusing other boys over a period of at least twelve years in at least two different school districts, and Green’s crime is not the half of it.
I learned about this crime for one reason. In January, I became editor of a new, nonprofit, online publication -- Sentinelksmo.org -- designed to counter the disinformation spread by the overwhelmingly liberal media in Missouri and Kansas. Over the years, people have approached me with stories about regional abuses, and I had an easier time placing those stories nationally than locally. In these two deeply red states, there was no media outlet of consequence halfway friendly to conservative causes. Now there is, the Sentinel.
You might want to sit down for this news. Australia’s Telegraph newspaper has uncovered startling images that are available on this newfangled “Internet” that seems to be all the rage. They’re images of (wait for it) pornography.
In what the Telegraph hails as an EXCLUSIVE, the newspaper reveals that its “special investigation” has “uncovered the dark side of social media.” Apparently it’s easy to find this kind of pornographic material under the hashtag #NSFW. Oh dear!
The Trump administration has hinted at cracking down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana use, but according to a new Morning Consult poll, a majority of registered voters think it should be legal across the country.
The ONT's opinion? Let the people decide. Then regulate the hell out of it like booze and tobacco. After all the Nanny State has to Nanny.
Thinking about sending your son to an All-Male College? Cross off Deep Springs College of CA off your list.
There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. There are only four that are all male. But that is at least one too many, apparently. A California Appeals Court ruled last week that Deep Springs College, a school with only twenty-six students, may start admitting women.
Founded a century ago by industrialist L. L. Nunn, Deep Springs has long had an odd-ball education plan. Students get a rigorous liberal arts education while they are running a farm. They go to school for free and they are also part of the school’s management, helping to govern both its day-to-day operation and its finances. Deep Springs is a two-year college but its students are typically admitted as transfers to the best colleges in the country.
The failure to plan, has its consequences. Somali pirates learn the hard way.
Obama, Holder than Lynch all hated Cops, or so it seemed. Donald Trump campaigned on a Law & Order theme. How President Trump can help out the Cops.
The most immediate goal of the Trump administration should be to change the elite-driven narrative about the criminal-justice system. That narrative, which holds that policing is lethally racist, has dominated public discourse since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. In response, officers are backing off of proactive policing, and violent crime is rising fast: 2015 saw the largest one-year spike in homicides nationwide in nearly 50 years. That violent-crime increase has continued unabated through 2016 and into the early months of 2017. A Trump administration official—perhaps Attorney General Sessions, or the president himself—should publicly address the question of what we expect from police officers: Do we want them to be proactive and to try to stop crime before it happens? Or do we want them to be purely reactive, responding to crime only after someone has been victimized? The administration should explain that data-driven, proactive policing made possible the country’s 20-year, 50 percent violent-crime decline that began in the mid-1990s.
To forgive and forget. Nurture or nature?
Forgive and forget is advice easier for some people to follow than others. But a newly published neuroscience study has given those who hold onto grudges a good excuse: It seems the ability to forgive is linked to the size of a specific area in the brain.
Love him or hate him, Bill Maher is usually spot on when it comes to the 1st Amendment. Bill Maher correctly defines what UC-Berkeley is.
April 23, 1978, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious filmed his version of 'My Way' for the Sex Pistols film 'The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.' via thisdayinmusic.com
Music & History.
Women treated poorly, Manteruption.
So it’s no surprise that 81-year-old Holocaust survivor Miriam Shapiro spent most of her years attempting to learn the fate of her family. That’s when she stumbled across one photograph that changed her entire life…
Happy Days actress, Joanie RIP
Filed under the category of "You just had one job to do!!" Google screws up on pizza joint location.
Thanks to an error on Google Maps, a home in Darwin, Australia was labeled as a pizza joint, and sure enough, the people came out.
The expression "Piss on you", yeah, just an expression. Unless you're our Genius Award Winner.
For every action, reaction, yadda, yadda, yadda. Tonight's Feel Good Story of The Day.
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Early Sunday Night Open Thread
Been a while since the last thread. ONT coming up, but here's a new thread anyway.
Food Thread: It's Just Food
I'll make you a deal Dr. Hyman: You inoculate us both with Yersinia pestis (plague) or rabies, and I will treat myself with antibiotics or rabies vaccine, and you treat yourself with a big bowl of kale and some raw radishes, and in a month we will meet and compare notes.
The conceit of these new age shamans that 2,500 years of Western intellectual development is somehow flawed and that they can simply invent a new paradigm of health is a reflection of a very wealthy society that has many people in it who have nothing serious to worry about.
Food is fuel. Yes, there are some mixtures that are better for us than others, but in the end, food provides energy and the building blocks for growth of tissue.
Making it some sort of 21st century totem that symbolizes an ascent to some higher plane is just silly. I'm all for putting food on a pedestal, but only for the purposes of pleasure and as a social lubricant. I refuse to elevate it to something magical and mystical. And the people who claim incredible properties of food are doing exactly that. It's voodoo and astrology all wrapped up in baked quinoa and arugula until it is proven by a dispassionate scientific study that is then repeated, preferably a few times.
So what foods not intended for mobile consumption have you eaten while driving? And what was the dry-cleaning bill?
I ranted about this kind of crap recently, so I won't plague you again for awhile, but just take a look (or even better don't give them the clicks) at this thinly disguised attempt at anthropomorphising food animals. Before you put that fennel and garlic-scented chicken leg in your mouth, read this Yeah, I get it. Piglets and chicks are cute and have brains and feel. But they also taste good, and that is more important. Because they are simply not on par with Man.
artisanal 'ette sent me a bunch of links for charcuterie platters, and here is a good one. 5 Tips For A Fabulous Charcuterie Board is pretty straightforward and simple, but the writer gets it. Sometimes simple is better, and this is one of those times. Also, the portions are small, so even fancy stuff like Serrano ham isn't going to set you back a fortune.
HOW TO SERVE: Serve everything already sliced on one board. If you don't have room for the bread and crackers, serve on the side.
BEER AND WINE PAIRINGS: Almost everything pairs with cured meats - that's the great thing about serving a charcuterie board.
And a photo of a charcuterie board just for grammie winger
OregonMuse sent this along, and while these lists are usually a bit silly, this one is spot on. 7 Secrets From a Grilled Cheese Master aren't really secrets, but the guy really does know grilled cheese.
Today is the fourth edition of:
"Liquor Cabinets: A Study By And Of Morons."
From commenter"Walknot," a very nice simple cabinet that gives off a retro vibe.
It ain't fancy and the booze isn't top shelf but it's mine and my X wife didn't get it! The roll up has some prissy shit for the ladies but the important stuff is easily accessible. LED lights are in its future and its twin is in my office and will likely be duplicated for my lower level when I finish it, can't be bothered walking up a flight of steps to freshen your drink, Cheers!
I like it. Minimalist and serious. It sends a message that you are a serious drinker. And really, what else is important in life?
This one is from commenter nnptcgrad, and it is a beauty!
This is my liquor cabinet, an old dry sink that was inherited from my grandparents. They had it restored, as it was a battered stack of boards when they got it. They inherited it from the side of the family that were total teetotalers. We joke that that side of the family is spinning in their graves from this.
(Maccheroni alla San Giovanniello)
•1/3 cup olive oil or butter
•10 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
•1/2 cup prosciutto or other salted ham or slab bacon, cut into cubes or strips
•6 plum tomatoes, or 11/2 cups drained canned tomatoes
•Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
•1 pound cut pasta, such as ziti or penne
•1 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
•1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, or a combination
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
2. Combine the oil, garlic, and ham in a medium to large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the garlic becomes deep golden, nearly brown, all over, 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Core and chop the plum tomatoes (or crush the canned tomatoes) and add them, along with salt and pepper, to the skillet. Stir and simmer while you salt the boiling water and cook the pasta.
4. Drain the pasta when it is tender but firm, reserving a little of the cooking water and adding it to the sauce if it appears dry (quite likely if you used fresh tomatoes). Toss the pasta with the sauce and most of the basil, along with the cheese. Mince the remaining basil, garnish the pasta with it, and serve.
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French Elections: Macron and LePen Qualify For Second Round, Drawing 23.7% and 21.7% Respectively
The candidates of the two major parties, Parti Socialist (PS) and Les Republicaines (LR), both immediately called on supporters to vote against Le Pen. Francois Fillon called Le Pen "an extremist."
Had the 100%-tax-on-the-rich Melenchon faced off against Le Pen, it could be a race, because center-right voters could maybe decide the arch-socialist, far-left Melenchon was an even bigger threat.
Macron is a standard issue French socialist, running as an "independent," who enthusiastically supports the EU, which I guess makes him palatable to the somewhat-less-socialist Republicaines.
I don't see any possible route to victory for Le Pen, short of ISIS raising black flags over the Eysium.
Incidentally, France's two biggest parties failed to make the second round of the election, because the PS is very unpopular after five years of the very unpopular Francoise Hollande, and the Republicaines nominated Fillon, who looked fine pre-nomination, but soon after was badly damaged by revelations/accusations that his wife was holding a no-show government-paid job.
Alternate View: "Sargon of Akkad," who correctly predicted that Geert Wilders could not win and in fact could not even come close to winning in the Dutch presidential elections, is predicting the unrelenting terrorist attacks in France will in fact turn the advantage to Le Pen.
He notes that one poll claims that half of all French police say they'll vote for Le Pen, which may be (or might not be) a kind of hidden leading indicator.
It surprises me that he'd say that, because I'd figure that the same dynamic present in the Netherlands (everyone not in the nationalist party votes against the nationalist party) would apply to France. But maybe the high rate of terrorism is more of a factor in besieged France.
He notes that Macron is resigning himself a "this is the way it is now" attitude, (he said something to that effect), and further vows, in mocking both Le Pen and Trump, that there will be no wall in his own campaign platform, because the EU will France's walls.
I'm still skeptical myself -- we just had big news in the regional elections a couple of years ago, in which six or seven FN candidates made it to the second tour, but only one (IIRC) prevailed in the election. That was post-Bataclan, so if there was going to be a big turn towards FN, one would imagine it would have happened back then, too.
Poll: Connor linked a poll saying "Bloomberg has Le Pen ahead." I don't know if he misread this, but the latest Ipsos poll has Macron ahead of Le Pen 62 to 32, a blowout.
Remember, this election today is the first "tour", or round, or what we might call a "jungle primary." The next election is the second tour, the run-off between the two top finishers.
FN frequently makes it to the second tour, but then gets beaten in that election (the election that actually results in a win or loss of office) because the partisans of all non-FN parties tend to vote against the FN.