February 12, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (12 Feb 2016)

—CDR M

SMOD can't get here soon enough. Millenials prefer socialism over capitalism. Do they really look at Venezuela and think, man that is awesome! Are they wishing they had a big scoop of that here? Instapundit writes that support for Sanders may not mean full throated support for Socialism, just a search for something different.

the enthusiasm for Sanders may be as much a search for something different as it is an endorsement of Sanders' 1930s-era economic views. Given the failure of the two party establishments, it's not entirely surprising that young people are looking elsewhere.

This foray into socialism won't end well (it never does) when you factor in possible amnesty for folks that have fled socialist leaning countries and you don't try to Americanize them.

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Damn It Feels Good to be a Clinton

—Ace

A Cruz ad. Goshdarn, he's so unlikable!



Posted by Ace at 06:46 PM Comments



AoSHQ Podcast #133: Michael Walsh

—Andy

Ace and Drew interview guest Michael Walsh, author of The Devils Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West, which details the Frankfurt School's plan to subvert and destroy all pillars of American civilization (family, school, government, gender) through the relentless critique of Cultural Marxism.

A new low for negativity was reached, so don't miss it!


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Edited by Ace. Andy was in the right church, but the wrong pew. I changed the description of the Devil's Pleasure Palace.

Posted by Andy at 05:50 PM Comments

Two great MilBlogs (XBradTC)

—Open Blogger

How many of you remember the fantastic Navy blogger Neptunus Lex? Lex was a prolific, and terrific, writer. After his death in 2012, it turned out, the family didn't have his passwords to his account, and so eventually his blog simply went away. Fortunately, one of his readers had saved a fair portion of his posts. And with the permission of his family, one of my coauthors is posting his work on one of my sideblogs. No one is making any money off this. It's simply there to get his works back out in the public sphere. If you were a fan of Lex, you'll love reading the early stuff again. If you never heard of Lex, you're definitely going to want to read his stuff. Even if you're not into MilBlogs, I highly encourage you to read him. He wrote as a human first, and a milblogger second.

Seriously, four years after his death and his community is still growing. What's that tell you about him as a man and a writer?

Read here, at The Lexicans
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Next up, TSO at the popular This Ain't Hell wanted to do something special for the Caisson Platoon of The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. The Tomb Guards get all the media attention. But the horse soldiers of the Caisson Platoon do their job day in and day out laying to rest America's finest.

Take a look at some of the supporters of the effort, to include Medal of Honor recipients Sal Giunta, Kyle White and Ryan Pitts.

In less than 24 hours, the TAH community raised more than $3000 to provide a special challenge coin for the platoon and future members.

I was going to ask you to support this effort, but they've already exceeded their goal. But do go and learn a bit about the Caisson Platoon.

Here's a good video on them
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And finally, if any of you care, xbradtc.com is back up. We'll eventually get the archives back up and running as well.


Posted by Open Blogger at 03:28 PM Comments

Very Nice Gun Rights Piece

—LauraW.

Anti-gun folks will often say things like, "Guns are only good for one thing- killing." And, you know, they are correct. I mean, they're wrong in a way, because guns are also just fun to shoot targets or clays with, but yes, their main and original intent is to kill.

So? In order for this to be bad, in and of itself, it implies that people will never have any reason to kill someone (or alter their behavior, by giving them a reasonable expectation of getting shot if they continue what they are doing). In fact, ordinary lawful people are forced to use guns for their actual intended purpose, all the time. The reason this is so, is because we occupy a world together with criminals and sociopaths, and there's no law that will prevent or fix these people. I would hazard that nearly all the people who were put in the situation of having to discharge or even brandish their weapon at a bad guy, had always hoped they would never ever have to. Fortunately, most of the time just producing a weapon ends the conflict.

As an aside, I would like to point out to you drooling Morons that a current google search on this topic, once rich with supporting data, now buries most of the 2nd Amendment defenders' posts. Almost all I got in the first couple pages is the anti-gun folks' articles trying to debunk the idea that people defend themselves with guns. Interesting, eh.

Anyway, this great column came up over at Splitters and I just had to share.

I have watched training videos on what to do in the event of an active shooter situation, and they all focus on the Run/Hide/Fight principle. Run if you can, hide if running isn’t an option, and fight if options A and B fail. What you should not do is simply lay down and die, or hope that the attacker dies of a stroke, or sit passively and get murdered. And in every one of these training videos, if you get to the Fight stage, the video producer recognizes something very basic, very simple, and yet so important – arm yourself. Grab a chair, grab a stapler, grab a binder or a coffee pot. Grab whatever you can to inflict the maximum amount of damage on your attacker, because something is better than nothing. But you know what is better than something? The right tool for the job, that’s what. You can attack an active shooter with a coffee pot, if that’s all you have, but wouldn’t you rather have a rifle at that moment, as well as the training to use it properly? Of course, because it’s the right tool for the job.

That was just one facet of the issue. He covers all the bases with relentless logic. It's worth forwarding in part or in whole to the gun-fearing people in your life who may still be able to listen to reason. Please go over to Splitters and check it out. It's long, but not LongCat long.

Posted by LauraW. at 01:48 PM Comments

Nature vs. Nurture (CBD)

—Open Blogger

I saw this article a few weeks ago, and was struck by how confidently the authors reject "nurture" as having any formative power. In Heritability and why Parents (but not Parenting) Matter, Brian Boutwell and Razib Khan argue that the passing of genes is the most important function of parents (not a new idea -- George Williams wrote about it in his first book, Adaptation And Natural Selection in the 1960s), but also that the result of those genes is pretty much baked in the cake.

You are the product of precisely two biological parents (even the so-called, "three-parent babies" are somewhat of a misnomer). Whether you know them or not, whether you like them or not, the fact that you have parents (and were, in fact, not cloned from a prior version of yourself) carries with it great consequences. Yet, family socialization effects on personality are not large, not prominent, and not pronounced (and for many traits, they are absent). What parents do to their children (in particular, their style of parenting and efforts at socialization) does not leave permanent marks and does not differentiate individuals within the population for outcomes like intelligence, antisocial behavior, and a host of other outcomes. So why then, are parents consequential (beyond the obvious role that they play in providing safety, shelter, etc.)? How do we rectify the apparent contradiction?

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Posted by Open Blogger at 11:30 AM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


J.E.H. MacDonald, "Snowfields, Evening" (1913)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:14 AM Comments

Morning Thread (2-12-2016)

—Andy

Hello, Friday. How you doin'?

Posted by Andy at 06:19 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (2-11-2016)

—Maetenloch

Comment of the Day

The point people seem to not comprehend about criminal sentencing is that its supposed to suck. That's the point: we punish people by punishing them. Prison is supposed to suck. Its supposed to be miserable and awful when you break the law and are punished for it. There's no reason for it to be sadistic and deliberately horrible, but its even worse to be too easy on the prisoner.

The second purpose of punishment is to take someone away from society to protect society and demonstrate that some things will not be permitted. Sometimes that message has to be permanent.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 11, 2016 08:32 PM (39g3+)

How The Sausage Gets Made By Democratic Operatives With Bylines

So Atlantic reporter Marc Ambinder wanted early access to a Hillary Clinton foreign policy speech and Clinton advisor/consigliere Philippe Reines was willing to give him a copy - but only if Ambinder agreed to his conditions:

From: [Philippe Reines]
Sent: Wednesday, July 15 2009 10:06 AM
To: Ambinder, Marc
Subject: Re: Do you have a copy of HRC's speech to share?

3 [conditions] actually

1) You in your own voice describe them as "muscular"

2) You note that a look at the CFR seating plan shows that all the envoys - from Holbrooke to Mitchell to Ross - will be arrayed in front of her, which in your own clever way you can say certainly not a coincidence and meant to convey something

3) You don't say you were blackmailed!

Moments later, Ambinder compliantly responded:

From: Ambinder, Marc
Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:07 AM
To: Philippe Reines
Subject: RE: Do you have a copy of HRC's speech to share?

got it

And here is what Ambinder wrote in his article "Hillary Clinton's 'Smart Power' Breaks Through" published later that day:

When you think of President Obama's foreign policy, think of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That's the message behind a muscular speech that Clinton is set to deliver today to the Council on Foreign Relations. The staging gives a clue to its purpose: seated in front of Clinton, subordinate to Clinton, in the first row, will be three potentially rival power centers: envoys Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell, and National Security Council senior director Dennis Ross.

Good monkey - you followed directions so you get treat!

Pope Francis at the Border: Tear Down These Walls Porous Fences

Can Anyone Ever Be Fired From The VA?

But These Are Military Jazz-Playing Robots

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency within the Department of Defense (DOD), is spending $2.3 million to build and study jazz-playing robots. The multi-million-dollar defense grant awarded to the University of Arizona "will address the question of whether information systems, such as computers, are capable of collaborating with humans.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 11:03 PM Comments

Democrat Debate: 9PM Eastern, PBS

—Ace

They're now attacking Bernie Sanders on being insufficiently anti-racist.

Could be fun.

Posted by Ace at 08:32 PM Comments

Joan Walsh: Supporting Bernie Sanders is... Racist?

—Ace

She wonders if working class whites are voting against Hillary because of which president she served -- Well, she served as copresident with a white man, so I'm not sure who she could mean.

More of this horrific caterwauling from the Vinegary Valkaries of Vaginal Solidarity from Ed Driscoll at the Instapundit link.

Posted by Ace at 06:10 PM Comments

Ted Nugent Doubles Down on Posting That Seems to Posit That the Anti-Gun Movement Is a Jewish Conspiracy

—Ace

I tried to offer a charitable interpretation for this -- that perhaps he was trying, in a crude and insulting way, to make a somewhat-coherent point that Jews, more than anyone, should fear the disarming of a population.

However, people have pointed out that it's not just the Israeli flags; each politician in his gif has some anti-semitic descriptor attached to them. Michael Bloomberg, for example, is tagged as "9/11 Israeli Agent." Another caption identifies someone as hailing from "Jew York City."

I try to fight PC, and I try to fight false accusations of racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, and etc., but there are also accurate accusations of same, and I'm having a great deal of trouble now seeing how this could be anything but an accurate accusation.

Posted by Ace at 05:00 PM Comments

The State Department IG Subpoenaed The Clinton Foundation's Emails... Last Fall

—Ace

Another avenue of investigation.

Now this is the State Department, which is engaged in a cover-up on Hillary's behalf, so I don't expect them to find anything here except what they want to find, which is "Everything looks great!"

Is the IG sufficiently independent to pursue this for real? I don't know. I have my doubts. I guess we'll see, or we won't see.

By Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman February 11 at 12:18 PM

Investigators with the State Department issued a subpoena to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation last fall seeking documents about the charity's projects that may have required approval from the federal government during Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state, according to people familiar with the subpoena and written correspondence about it.

The subpoena also asked for records related to Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide who for six months in 2012 was employed simultaneously by the State Department, the foundation, Clinton’s personal office, and a private consulting firm with ties to the Clintons.

The full scope and status of the inquiry, conducted by the State Department's inspector general, were not clear from the material correspondence reviewed by The Washington Post.

The rest of the article is about what this probe might be about: The Clinton Foundation says it's not about the Clinton Foundation itself, which is... what they would say. The Post goes on to note questions about Huma Abedin's activities.

Posted by Ace at 02:55 PM Comments

Meryl Streep, Asked About All-White Oscar Panel: Well We're All Really From Africa, Aren't We?

—Ace

Indeed we are, the main theory goes, so it'll be interesting to the extent the same people who #LoveScience so ferociously will throw science out the window for their scalp-hunting.

I like when celebrities get into SJW trouble, not because I wish ill on them out of vengeance, but because these SJW monsters get away with a lot of destruction of Little People, under the radar -- because the media won't cover it. Instead, the media covers up.

So I hope Meryl Streep gets into SJW trouble, and begins to understand what a toxic cesspool of hatred these demented borderline-personality-disorder drama-seeking malcontents stir up, and maybe pushes back, and maybe even drops a well-deserved "GFY."

That's my hope, anyway.

What she'll probably do is issue an abject apology by 2:30 pm.

Posted by Ace at 01:14 PM Comments

Cosmpolitan Partners With Bloomberg for "Don't Date a Gunsplainer" Issue

—Ace

Sure.

Posted by Ace at 12:13 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Martin Johnson Heade, "The Great Florida Marsh" (1886)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:55 AM Comments

Morning Thread (2-11-2016)

—Andy

PSA: Flowers and chocolates day is down to T minus 3 days. You still have time to look more thoughtful than panicked.

Posted by Andy at 07:02 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (2-10-2016)

—Maetenloch

252 223 >>damn kudos to Maet. So much content and the horde pegs in on one or two subjects.
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He's too good for us RWC
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at February 10, 2016 12:15 AM (voOPb)

I'm just saying he puts way too much effort in a. ONT. If something catches my eye I'll read it but there is so much content. Just post an article or pic and be done with it. (And this is in no way criticizing Maet. Just think there is too much effort in the ONT.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at February 10, 2016 12:23 AM (hlMPp)

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:18 PM Comments

Liveblogging Fifty Shades of Gray

—Ace

It just started on HBO "Zone," wtf that is.

I'll live blog it.

All right. Some character development. We saw "Christian Gray" has a sweet walk-in closet (though not as opulent as I would have figured), and there was some Huge character reveal on Anastasia. Asked if she had her GPS, she said "Sure I have my GPS, I also have a four point oh GPA."

What?

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Posted by Ace at 09:40 PM Comments

How to Win the White House and Save the World: Don't Talk of Reagan. Talk Like Reagan.

—Ace

I've been reading some of Reagan's old speeches to confirm something to myself. At the Trump-less debate, Rand Paul finished his closing statement by saying something like, "And I'm the only Republican who'll balance the budget."

This provoked a reaction from me, because I thought -- would Reagan have just made the promise that he would balance the budget? In a closing statement, in which he could chose his own words as he liked?

Looking back at Reagan's speeches, I don't see him just promising some government action. I see him promising a government action and then immediately telling you how this will directly and tangibly benefit you.

He didn't leave you to wonder how cutting taxes might help you. He would say something elegant and magical like, "Just as free speech encourages good journalism, so do low tax rates and low regularity burdens on the farmer or businessman produce prosperity."

By the way, that's another thing Trump gets right, though he says it crudely. When did Republicans stop talking about prosperity, like it's the dirty thing the Democrats say it is? Trump gets a lot wrong -- a lot -- but he does keep telling people, "We're gonna get rich."

I hear a lot of people talking about "getting the economy back on track." What the hell does that mean? The economy is an abstraction. Money in your pocket, that's tangible. That's real. And "prosperity" is an elegant, wonderful word to describe having money and getting rich.

So I have to say, for those not understanding what other people hear in Trump's (admittedly) poorly thought out and boastful words, those are two key things people are hearing: I'm on your side, I understand your pain.

And: I'll make you rich.

Why aren't other people talking about this more?

No one should talk about reducing regulatory burdens ever again without then completing the thought and saying, "Allowing our businessmen to make things, and our farmer to grow things, without spending so much time keeping the federal government fat and happy with make-work, makes them richer, makes more products on the shelves at lower prices, and makes you richer, too."

Reagan was a teacher. He didn't just talk about policy preferences or ideology. In simple (and yet gorgeously elegant) language, he explained how each of his policies would do one of the following:

* This will make you freer.

* This will make you safer.

* This will make you richer.

* This will make you happier.

* This will make a better world for your children.

So often I hear candidates lapse into Conserva-Speak where they trouble themselves over points of policy, shorthanding years or decades of conservative ideological infighting on the issue.

But they do not end their statement with:


* This will make you freer.

* This will make you safer.

* This will make you richer.

* This will make you happier.

* This will make a better world for your children.

There is a principle called the 80/20 principle. You surely know it: 20% of the work produces 80% of the gains. But the next 80% of the work only produces the last 20% of the gains.

Trump is being taken seriously because he's not forgetting the most important thing: to tell people


* This will make you freer.

* This will make you safer.

* This will make you richer.

* This will make you happier.

* This will make a better world for your children.

That's 20% of politics. He doesn't do the 80%, the hard thinking about policy, the homework, because he's a little lazy.

Yet his 20% is producing that magical 80% of the benefits, whereas many other candidates are focusing on the 80% that only gets you the 20%.

Everyone can beat Trump.

They just have to re-read Reagan, look at those beautiful words, each so simple but so perfect, and how, after every single policy proposal, Reagan explained to you:


* This will make you freer.

* This will make you safer.

* This will make you richer.

* This will make you happier.

* This will make a better world for your children.

Trump is doing the 20% and getting the 80% because he can't really do more than that 20%. That's really all he has.

But other candidates, who know the whole 100%, are getting bogged down in the 80% that gets you the 20%.

Anyone can beat Trump.

All it takes is speaking like Reagan.

And, more importantly, thinking like Reagan. You read those speeches and you understand that Reagan had not just written pretty words; he had done his thinking with his pen, for decades, working out exactly what he believed by picking out words until he figured out the words that actually excited him.

Now he took decades to do that. But if you want a quick crib sheet: Just rip him off relentlessly.

He wouldn't mind.

PS: If a candidate doesn't know how a policy will bring about the tangible goods I'm talking about, then he should do as Reagan did -- sit down with a pen and paper until you can figure out how this policy works in people's favor.

If you can't figure that out, maybe don't mention it much as a policy, or drop it altogether.


Posted by Ace at 07:45 PM Comments

LOL: Congress Considering a Bill Which Will Make It Easier For Organizations to Divest From... Companies and Organizations Seeking to Boycott Israel

—Ace

Approved, in principle, though I haven't read to see if there are any federalism problems.

Either way: LOL.

Posted by Ace at 07:09 PM Comments

The Candidate of Wall Street Billionaires Has Rigged the Game: Despite One Tie and One Blowout Loss, Clinton Has 394 Delegates to Sanders' 42

—Ace

Just probably something we should occasionally note for our true-believing party-of-the-people associates.

Just say it while shaking your head sadly. Don't make any positive statements; ask about it, as a question. They'll answer the question themselves.

Just shake your head and say, "I just don't understand how Clinton could lose in two races -- okay, she supposedly 'won' in Iowa, okay -- and have 394 delegates while Sanders only has 42. Do you understand this? I'm kinda dumb but can you explain this to me? Just doesn't seem fair. Seems like income inequality all over again, writ large."

That "writ large" makes no sense at all, and neither does the income inequality thing, but you'll be talking to an Idiot and they're impressed by words they don't understand so it might be a good Politicsmanship gambit.

You don't have to use this script. Make it your own. Have fun with it.

Posted by Ace at 06:15 PM Comments

Armageddon for the Establishment?

—Ace

With the race apparently now a two man affair between Cruz and Trump, the Establishment may start to wonder if maybe they did something wrong.

I liked this David Frum point:

Maybe you remember Aesop's fable of the boy and the nuts?
A boy put his hand into a jar of filberts and grasped as many as his fist could possibly hold. But when he tried to pull it out again, he found he couldn’t do so, for the neck of the jar was too small to allow of the passage of so large a handful. Unwilling to lose his nuts but unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears.

A bystander, who saw where the trouble lay, said to him,

"Come, my boy, don’t be so greedy. Be content with half the amount, and you'll be able to get your hand out without difficulty."

If--as the polls suggest--Donald Trump wins the Republican contests in Iowa and New Hampshire; if, 14 days from now, he's heading on to contests in Nevada and South Carolina as the overwhelming favorite; then the leaders of the Republican party will have cause to remember Aesop's fable.

Obviously that was written before Iowa, but the point still stands, with Cruz winning Iowa (Trump 2nd) and Trump winning NH (Cruz 3rd).

I do not hate everything about the Establishment. I am, psychologically, kind of inclined to be an Establishment/corporate sort of guy. I'm not proud of that, but I am.

Yet they have completely alienated me.

I will repeat I point I made 20 times in 2014 and 2015: A political coalition is in fact a coalition. That means we agree, mutually, to advance each other's interests, and not actively thwart each other's interests.

That means that the Establishment does not get to run the entire show, and get everything it wants, and block the Tea Party/grassroots from having anything they want, and attempt (successfully) to squelch and block every single Tea Party candidate.

That means that the Establishment does not get to run on Tea Party rhetoric for three months every two years and then pursue nothing but Establishment agenda items for the next twenty one months, while frequently demeaning the Tea Party as "crazy" and "wacko birds."

This is a presidential nomination, but it is also an armed negotiation. We have tried persuasion; we have tried submission. We have tried everything, in fact, short of insurrection, and I guess, all other options having failed, we're left with that one.

I would not mind being in a coalition with the Establishment again: But it must be a coalition. The GOP cannot exist for very long as a vehicle for such a small cohort of the country's population, while throwing out meaningless rhetorical chum for the Dummies they think will keep voting them power.

It is too late for any negotiations this presidential cycle -- no, we're not going to agree to Rubio based upon some very-late-in-the-game, completely-insincere-promises.

However, going forward, the Establishment may want to consider some consultation with, power sharing with, trade-of-priorities with, and basic respect for the Ugly Stupid Ill-Educated Unfashionable voters they trick into voting for them every two years.

Or else this thing just ain't gonna work, and it ain't gonna be around much longer.

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Posted by Ace at 05:07 PM Comments

Friendly Advice for Ted Cruz

—Ace

I observed, brilliantly, that Mitt Romney couldn't get away with anything in the 2012 primaries. Even though he was pretty honest for a politician -- maybe because he was pretty honest for a politician -- every time he tried to do something sneaky or said something a bit dishonest (or with hidden ulterior motives), it was obvious he was doing so.

He could not get away with it. Some candidates are Teflon, some are Velcro. Romney was Velcro.

Ted Cruz is also Velcro and he needs to know this.

Yesterday, after Cruz appeared likely to place third in New Hampshire, I wondered: "Given the media's big howdy-do over Rubio's third place finish in Iowa, will Ted Cruz make some kind of baiting reference to 'They said it couldn't be done'?"

I had two thoughts, a callow first thought and a better (I think) second thought. The callow first thought was "I hope he baits them."

The better second thought was "I sure hope he doesn't bait them, and instead appears dignified and gracious in (sort of) victory."

Well, he kinda-sorta baited them. He didn't do it much -- he just touched it lightly -- but he did start his speech with something like "Tonight we did the impossible." He quickly moved away from the direct Let's-See-How-Rubio-Likes-This parallel with Rubio's speech, but he did touch it, a little.

It felt sneaky to me, as if he'd debated "How much can I just barely touch this, so that people get it, while then moving away quickly enough that if anyone calls me on it, I can all them silly?"

I didn't think it was a good moment. I don't think one should calculate like that-- "I'll touch it just slightly, just to hit it, but so softly I can deny it later and call people silly for noticing."

I think there are two different ways to handle it. One, directly, and honestly. Just say something like:

Honestly, when my friend Marco got third place in Iowa and got so much good press out of it, I was a little annoyed. I admit that. But now that we've gotten third place, I understand. It feels good. It feels really good.

Or, make it about the media, and not Rubio:

Marco Rubio declared a victory of sorts for an unexpected third place finish in a state where he wasn't favored to win. I understand that -- he did a great job in mobilizing his troops to out-perform where everyone expected him to place. But now you (meaning Cruz's supporters) have done the same thing, and propelled this campaign to a third-place tie in a state no one expected us to be competitive in. I hope the media will give you the same kind of credit they gave Marco's team.

Like, take it head-on and explain your real thinking on the matter. Don't try to be crafty or calculating about it -- just say what you really mean.

And if you think that makes too big a deal of it: Then just omit it completely. Give a speech which is nothing like Marco's.

It's a poker idea: You don't call. You don't make weak plays. You either raise (with honesty and directness) or you fold (dropping the point completely). You don't do half-in, half-out bullshit.

I support Cruz, but Cruz rubs people the wrong way. If he wants to not just win the nomination, but also the White House, he has to figure out why he's rubbing people the wrong way, and fix that.

It's this kind of trying-to-have-it-both-ways thing which people don't trust about Cruz.

He should stop it. A true leader tries to have it both ways sometimes, but not over something small and petty like whether or not Marco Rubio got more favorable coverage for his third place win.

Be direct and honest, Mr. Cruz. Be straight-up. People see through these paper-thin poses. They're smarter than that, they really are. Even the dumb ones, they can see through ploys.

I'm not even making a moral judgment here. I'm talking about simple cost-benefit analysis.

Be the leader people actually want -- and need -- you to be, and you'll do well.

Full speech here. Yes, you're right, he barely touches this. I said that. But touch it he does. Better to seize it with both hands, or not touch it at all.

Cruz Baits Fox. I don't mind this so much, because it's not something important like an official campaign speech, which, it seems to me, ought to be about bigger things.

But yeah, Cruz is now baiting the media: where's my wall-to-wall coverage for third?

I still don't know if that's a smart play, though. The media obviously loves/loved Marco, and they're sort of in mourning.

Posted by Ace at 04:08 PM Comments

Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie Drop Out of Campaign

—Ace

I liked her.

Christie is also suspending his campaign.

Christie was up-front that he was all-in in New Hampshire and that if he didn't do well there, he'd abandon the race. Well, he didn't do very well there. I think he came in sixth.


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Posted by Ace at 03:16 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Henry Farrer, "Evening Calm" (n.d.)

Posted by rdbrewer at 09:59 AM Comments

Morning After Open Thread

—BenK

Well, I don't know about you, but I feel dirty.

Yesterday, New Hampshirens New Hampshire-ites New Hampshirii people from New Hampshire went to the polls. Three hundred and ninety six thousand of them cast their vote for Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Bush, or Kasich.

New Hampshire, you were given the privilege of being one of the first in the nation to cast your vote and you done f*cked up.

It looks like Chris Christie is going to head home to New Jersey to consider his options. Good riddance. You had your chance in 2012 and chickened out.

Jeb "Low Energy" Bush spent $1,150 per vote in New Hampshire only to come in fourth place. At that rate, it will cost him $74,500,000,000.00 to get sixty five million votes in the general election. Jeb and his superpac have spent $70,400,000.00 this cycle and they've won 3 delegates. That's $23,466,666.66 per delegate. At that rate, he would need to spend $26,845,866,666.66 to win the 1,144 delegates necessary for the nomination. Sadly, because of his ego, unlimited access to stupid people's money, and his complete disregard for the well being of the Republican party, it is likely that he will remain in the race until he's puling Jim Gilmore's numbers.

I didn't see the debate, but it appears Rubio's gaffe cost him dearly. He finished a close fifth place behind Bush and Cruz. He needs to come in first or a very, very close second in South Carolina if he wants to stay in this race. I hope Rubio directs his attacks at Bush/Trump and not Ted Cruz. If Rubio fails in South Carolina, it would be a mistake to hurt the only other acceptable not-Trump candidate.

Fiorina, Carson, and Kasich are still in the race for some reason. None of them have a path to the nomination and it'd be better for the party if the debate stage only had 3-4 real contenders on stage.

Cruz had a good showing considering he didn't spend much time or money in New Hampshire.

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Posted by BenK at 09:06 AM Comments

Morning Thread (2-10-2016)

—Andy

Congratulations to Brandon and his team on a great day for the Decision Desk.

The exit poll was executed spectacularly, and the vote tallying site had about 5 million pageviews last night. The 8:00pm hour alone had nearly a million pageviews.

Great night all around. Especially for the real winner, Marco Rubio.

Posted by Andy at 07:08 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (2-9-2016)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

That's so touching, isn't it? It's a grand experiment in mass forgiveness. Except Gonzales wasn't convicted of having a few too many bags of heroin in his backpack when he got picked up for jaywalking. He tied up the Effrons in a basement and beat them to a bloody pulp with a pipe. For that monstrous act he was sentenced to life. And now he's free.

-- Jazz Shaw on California's "mass forgiveness" of convicts

Quote of the Day II

I should also note that David Daleiden is apparently prepared to go to jail over this. If that bothers you - if you don't like the fact that a jury could put a man in jail for twenty years because he used a fake ID in one of the few ways that society finds acceptable and even moral* - then, well, that's why people do civil disobedience. REAL civil disobedience, not the petulant, look-at-me garbage that the Activist Left revels in.

-- Moe Lane on the Harris County prosecution over the Planned Parenthood videos

Quote of the Day III

News item: Bill Clinton criticizes Bernie Sanders for sexism. Let that sink in a moment. Bill Clinton. Sexism. Maybe Hillary can get Bill Cosby to campaign for her. The thing I'd look forward to in a contest between Trump and Hillary would be Trump letting fly with the remark in a debate that if Hillary won the election, he certainly wouldn't let his daughter be a White House intern. (You know he'd go there. He already has.)

-- Steven Hayward of PowerLine

Random Wikipedia Link That I Happened Across: Laconic Speech

Named after Laconia, a region of Greece which includes the city of Sparta, whose inhabitants were known for being parsimonious with words and for their short, pithy remarks often including a certain amount of dry wit. In contrast to other areas of Greece where speaking and argument were admired and studied Spartan children were trained to hold rhetoric and verbosity in disdain and let their actions speak for them. Due to the Spartans' success in battle the laconic style has also come to be associated with military speech.

  • When Leonidas was in charge of guarding the narrow mountain pass at Thermopylae with just 7,000 Greeks in order to delay the invading Persian army, Xerxes offered to spare his men if they gave up their arms. Leonidas replied "Molon labe" (Greek: Μολών λαβέ ), which translates to "Come and take them".
  • After invading southern Greece and receiving the submission of other key city-states, Philip II of Macedon sent a message to Sparta: "If I invade Laconia you will be destroyed, never to rise again." The Spartan ephors replied with a single word: "If" (αἴκα ). Subsequently neither Philip nor his son Alexander the Great attempted to capture the city.
  • In an account from Herodotus, "When the banished Samians reached Sparta, they had audience of the magistrates, before whom they made a long speech, as was natural with persons greatly in want of aid." When it was over, the Spartans averred that they could no longer remember the first half of their speech, and thus "...could make nothing of the remainder. Afterwards the Samians had another audience, whereat they simply said, showing a bag which they had brought with them, 'The bag wants flour.' The Spartans answered that they did not need to have said 'the bag'; however, they resolved to give them aid."
  • Spartan mothers or wives gave a departing warrior his shield with the words: "With it or on it!" (Greek: Ἢ τὰν ἢ ἐπὶ τᾶς! E tan e epi tas!) E tan e epi tas!), implying that he should return (victoriously) with his shield, or (his dead body) upon it.
  • Demetrius I of Macedon was offended when the Spartans sent his court a single envoy, and exclaimed angrily, "What! Have the Lacedaemonians sent no more than one ambassador?" The Spartan responded, "Aye, one ambassador to one king."
  • Julius Caesar memorialized his swift victory over King Pharnaces II of Pontus in the Battle of Zela in 47 BC with a message to the Roman Senate consisting of the words "Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came, I saw, I conquered" ).
  • In 1809, during the second siege of Saragossa, the French demanded the city's surrender with the message "Peace and Surrender" ("Paz y capitulación" ). General Palafox's reply was "War and knife".
  • After the sinking of light carrier Shoho in the May 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea, LCDR Robert E. Dixon radioed "Scratch one flattop" to U.S.S. Lexington, whose commanding officer credited the pilot with coining the standard USN slang.
  • During the December 1944 Battle of Bastogne, part of the Battle of the Bulge, the 101st Airborne in and around Bastogne was surrounded by enemy forces. The Germans sent the Americans a party of envoys with an ultimatum: surrender or face "certain annihilation". The German officer in charge was perplexed when General Anthony McAuliffe replied with one word: "Nuts!".

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Kasich Now Called for Second

—Ace

Cruz battling Jeb for 3rd. Rubio also in the mix, possibly, for 3rd.

Via our lovely Laura, you have to see the Huffington Post's home page.

They changed it. It had said "NH GOES RACIST, SEXIST, XENOPHOBIC" -- the middle one being butthurt about Hilz.

Now it's just normal Huffington Post stupid.

The Main Page, as it Had Been: When I saw it, it was even more garish than this, but this is what it said:


Posted by Ace at 09:07 PM Comments

New NH Thread: FoxNews Calls NH for Trump

—Ace

Only 4% in, but they think they have enough to call him a winner.

They cannot call the other places.

They have also called it for Sanders.

Posted by Ace at 08:02 PM Comments

Predictions Thread

—Ace

Here are Allahpundit's -- he explains his hunches, and it's all plausible enough. Good starting point for your own guesswork, maybe.

I'm going to stick to my own prediction -- Trump comes in 2nd -- not because I particularly believe it, but just because I already made it and backing off from it gains me nothing, whereas sticking by it, should this lottery ticket pay money, makes me look like a genius, which, of course, I actually am, but this fact is not broadly nor enthusiastically enough proclaimed.

I stand by my other prediction that Rubio comes in first. for similar reasons, plus, of course, my own not-very-subtle attempt to play the Expectations Game against him.

Whoah: Okay, bear in mind, the Decision Desk crew is a crowdsourced effort. Further, keep in mind they do not have the institutional wisdom that other polling outfits have -- they're still learning their craft.

So I wouldn't put much stock in this. That's not a knock on them; it's just an acknowledgement of the hugely ambitious project they've chosen for themselves.

But this is what their own exit polling says:


Also bear in mind these are exit polls only of "bellwether precincts." But a bellwether is really only predictive in a 2-man or 2-party race. How do you have a bellwether which can be expected to be predictive of a 10-man race?

And please, let this not turn into "Elevated expectations for Cruz, which are then dashed (proving him a loser!!!) should he not meet them."

This is a new kid on the block doing their first exit poll. It should not set expectations. It's just some interesting data.

Update: Per Fox, Belknap county is a bellwether which has a good record of predicting the 1-2-3 finishes in the whole state.

That said, their predictiveness might be off when, say, you trade a social conservative in the third slot for a moderate. Like, predicting Huntsman in third does not mean you can predict Cruz in third, as a different kind of voter would vote Cruz.

Beyond the first three places, who knows?

Posted by Ace at 06:59 PM Comments

Wait. What? The Decision Desk Has An Exit Poll?!

—Andy

You better believe it does! Brandon didn't put all those people on the ground in New Hampshire just to punch numbers into a spreadsheet, you know.


It'll be released at 5:00pm 7:00pm Eastern to newsletter subscribers.

Bumped by Ace. Still time to subscribe to the newsletter.

Posted by Andy at 06:20 PM Comments

Big? Rumor Says Scientists Have Finally Detected Elusive "Gravitational Waves"

—Ace

Gravitational waves are important for a few reasons. One of those reasons is that they would prove the existence of black holes, which are "proven" now only by mathematics plus indirect indications.

The idea is that when two black holes begin orbiting each other, they speed up more and more and start pumping out gravitational waves.

In addition, gravitational waves are predicted by Einstein's relativity equations. They themselves are predicted, but not proven. So just detecting the waves themselves would be big deal.

The LIGO system is a neat way to detect these gravitational waves. They cut a long, long shaft beneath the earth. They hanged two weights at the end of this long shaft.* (I think this shaft is like a kilometer long. I mean, it's long.) A laser is bounced between the weights (well, mirrors on the weights). One side has a sensor of some kind on it.

The idea is that the weights are insulated enough from other forces that the only thing that can disturb them would be gravitational waves, crossing the galaxy from a swirl of black holes light-centuries away. Well, there'd be earthquakes, gravity from planets, etc., disturbing them, but those inputs are themselves measured and then subtracted out of the math. If you can measure that noise, you can subtract that noise out of your measurements.

Because each perturbance would be actually undetectable -- way too small for even the most sensitive sensors to detect -- the perturbance will be indicated by the overlay of many, many laser bounces on to each other. It is believed that if a tiny disturbance moves one weight, you would be able to see that if, say, 3000 laser lines showed a flutter, when their signals were all piled on to each other.

That's the "interferometer" part. The laser lines interfere with each other's waves, and should produce a detectable signal from what would otherwise be an undetectable nudge.

Kind of the way you can't detect Obama's lies from a single instance but when you pile up a thousand of them the pattern becomes clear.

This LIGO (which stands for Large Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) has been bouncing laser lines for a while now, and checking to see how their interference patterns might indicate a disturbance.**

Now they say they're prepared to make a big announcement.

* Actually I think they cut a long "L" shaped shaft in the earth, and have lasers bouncing via a mirror at the corner of the L from one weight to the other, but, you know. I'm not big on details.

** Laser light, having the same sinuous waveform, should just overlap upon itself perfectly, assuming you have the laser bouncing at an exact multiple of its wavelength. That is, say you have a laser with a wavelength of 1 mm. If the laser is being bounced back and forth at a distance of exactly 1 m (exactly 1000 mm), then each peak of the laser should overlay perfectly with every other peak, and every trough should overlay with every other trough.

Now, if this distance is slightly altered -- like if a gravitational wave nudges a mirror slightly -- the laser wave-forms will not overlay perfectly. You'll see them go out of sync.

They'll go out of sync so slightly you couldn't tel from a few back-and-forth runs of the laser, but when you keep piling up the runs, the out-of-sync situation should become clear.

Well, not to the eye. You have to do a bunch of math. But then you'll see it.

Posted by Ace at 05:44 PM Comments

In 2009, Hillary Clinton's Press Handler Philip Reines Demanded that Marc Ambinder Describe One of Her Speeches as "Muscular" In Exchange For an Early Transcript Of It

—Ace

Gawker looks through Hillary's emails and finds why Hillary gets good press -- because she actually blackmails people into it, and then forbids them from saying they were blackmailed.


And no, I'm not making that up -- in the email in which Reines demands that Ambinder characterize her remarks as "muscular" (as well as demanding he note the heavy-hitters she's delivering the speech to, to, I assume, further suggest that Hillary is a Powerfully Strong Woman), his first demand is that Ambinder not say he was "blackmailed" into any of this.

Well, don't take my word for it. Here's the email:


Incredible.

And did Ambinder (then working as the politics director of The Atlantic) deliver?

You bet he did, folks. You bet he did.

Hillary Clinton's "Smart Power" Breaks Through



MARC AMBINDER JUL 15, 2009

When you think of President Obama's foreign policy, think of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That's the message behind a muscular speech that Clinton is set to deliver today to the Council on Foreign Relations. The staging gives a clue to its purpose: seated in front of Clinton, subordinate to Clinton, in the first row, will be three potentially rival power centers: envoys Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell, and National Security Council senior director Dennis Ross.

Reines specifically demanded that last bit, that Ambinder mention that the staging was not a coincidence, and sent a message.

Ambinder provides his own word -- "clue" -- so, see, he wrote this himself!

He does not mention he was blackmailed into writing precisely these words.

So, she got the trifecta.

Posted by Ace at 04:27 PM Comments

David Brooks: "The Obama Administration Has Been Remarkably Scandal-Free"

—Ace

A progressive -- a progressive not named David Brooks, I mean -- made this claim a couple of years ago. I think it was Jonathan Alter, but I can't track that down.*

Now, with Obama having sent 18 emails to Hillary's secret, illegal email system, thus exposing himself as having lied, yet again, when he claimed, yet again, to have learned about the system when you did, from the papers -- David Brooks claims that Obama has not just run a scandal-free administration, but a "remarkably scandal-free" administration. (That's a Jim Geraghty column taking Brooks to task, not a Brooks column.)


* Apparently the progressive commentator I'm thinking of is David Brooks-- last year, he claimed Obama was running an "amazingly scandal-free" administration.

** Actually, it was Jonathan Alter first, back in 2011.

I accidentally wrote "Jonathan Adler," who is a libertarian-ish lawyer working with the Volokh Conspiracy, instead of Jonathan Alter, who is an all-in prog commentator, often with MSNBC. Apologies to Adler for that disgraceful conflation!


Posted by Ace at 03:34 PM Comments

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Talks To... Politically Correct College Students

—Ace

Oh man, oh man. Finally, the voice of reason, as delivered through a dog puppet, arrives.

NSFW. Apparently he's doing this for Hulu, so the light censorship of the Conan regime is out the window now.

"Looking for a safe space, at a safety school."

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Posted by Ace at 02:23 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Hasui Kawase, "Self-Portrait at Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto" (1933)

Posted by rdbrewer at 12:40 PM Comments

The Case Against Marco Rubio And For Ted Cruz

—DrewM.

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It’s easy to pick Ted Cruz if the choices are, well, everyone else still running for the GOP nomination. As I refuse to insult my fellow citizens by entertaining the idea that Donald Trump is a serious candidate worthy of debate, I will focus on why conservatives should pick Cruz over Marco Rubio.

First, let me say it if it isn’t clear…if I were a Republican who could vote in a GOP primary, I’d vote Cruz. He’s not my first choice, in fact he’s my 5th of this cycle, but here we are.

It’s Not Just Amnesty
The easy knock on Rubio is his flip-flop-flip from 2010. At that time he ran against “comprehensive immigration reform” with a pathway to citizenship and then embraced it when Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama came courting him. Now he still supports amnesty (by his own 2010 definition) but swears this time he’s all about security first (which was very different than what he said in 2013). If you believe this latest iteration, well sometimes hope triumphs over experience.

But it’s not just amnesty. Rubio is a big-government “compassionate conservative” who is very fond of using the tax code to push society in directions he likes. I would never say he’s not a conservative but it’s not a brand of conservatism I adhere to. We’ve tried his approach before and government expanded and expanded.

On ObamaCare he’s once again shown his big government instincts. Is the approach he’s outlined better than what we have now? Yes. Could there be a lower bar? I doubt it. Bobby Jindal, one of the GOP’s leading health care figures, called Rubio’s approach of turning health insurance into a new government entitlement, “ObamaCare lite”. Yes, Jindal has subsequently endorsed Rubio but his critique still stands.

On foreign policy, if you think someone who supported the war in Libya and thinks we need to remove Assad (and deal with the US occupation that would be required) is the man to lead the nation, then Rubio is for you. If you think we’ve learned or should have learned something from multiple wars in the Muslim world over the last 15 years, then you should look elsewhere.

The Establishment
Rubio supporters will say it’s laughable that Rubio is part of “The Establishment” (however you chose to define it). For purposes of this post, I will concede only an insane, crazy person would think such a thing about Rubio.

When pressed on why he’s not a member of “The Establishment”, Rubio points to his race against Charlie Crist and not waiting his turn to run for President. Notably absent from this defense and any offer of proof I’ve ever seen are actual policy objections. The only disagreement I’ve seen anyone suggest there is between him and “The Establishment” is on how quickly Marco Rubio should rise to the top. There’s no suggestion of any major philosophical disagreements on substantive issues, just on where in line Rubio should be. Sure he’s more conservative than “The Establishment” on things like guns and abortion. So was…George W. Bush. Do you want to argue he’s not an “establishment” figure?

Is Rubio "The Establishment's" first choice? No. Jeb is next in line. Are members of "The Establishment" comfortable with him as a second choice? I'd say it seems so. Is there any doubt that in a Rubio-Cruz showdown "The Establishment" would go with Rubio? So, yeah.

Yes, Rubio supporters can trot out his Heritage Action score but that only shows he goes along, not that he’s going to lead anywhere. They simply can't show a single time he's bucked the party, not just with a vote but by publicly putting his neck on the line. I simply don't believe that when push comes to shove a President Rubio will be any more forceful in breaking up the consensus than Senator Rubio has been.


The reasons to support Ted Cruz

As I said, Cruz was not my first choice by a long-shot but here we are.

His past support for significantly higher legal immigration levels, his lack of details on an ObamaCare replacement and my general preference for governors give me pause. But assuming he doesn’t come up with a Rubio-like ObamaCare replacement plan, I’m willing to take the chance. And ultimately every vote is an act of faith informed by past behavior.

I am however heartened by his lack of enthusiasm for remaking the Mideast into some sort of liberty oriented paradise. It's not happening and I'm not willing to see thousands of Americans killed or wounded trying to prove a failed point.

Mostly it’s Cruz’s “behavior” that is the line of attack many of his detractors focus on. It’s something I like a lot.

Cruz is a bastard, of that I have no doubt. But he’s our bastard. He fights the fights I want fought. Has he won many of these fights? No. Does that matter to me? No.
He’s a single freshman Senator swimming against the tide of his party. How exactly was he supposed to win? What he has spent his time in the Senate doing is preparing the battlefield. He’s laid down markers forcing people to take sides and identifying the terms of the battle.

I understand why this alone isn’t enough for people to vote for him but the reality is if you want someone to change DC and the direction of the country, you have to elect someone who has shown they understand that there’s a problem, someone who has shown a willingness to point at people in his own “leadership” and say, “they have no clothes”.

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Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Visits A College

—BenK

As above. Check out this video, it is hilarious. I'm amazed that the students stuck around while he was tearing into them.


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Clickhole: The ultimate PSA
Something must be done about important things! Via @JohnEkdahl. [rdbrewer]

Quark-Gluon Plasma Recreated at CERN For First Time
"Right after the Big Bang the universe was a hot dense plasma containing the most fundamental particles, especially quarks and gluons. To recreate this state, scientists collided lead nuclei...." [rdbrewer]

Mediaite: ‘Damn It Feels Good to be a Clinton:’ New Cruz Ad Rips Hillary With Glorious Office Space Spoof [rdbrewer]

TheDC: Ingraham Shreds Gowdy For Suggesting ‘No One Is More Conservative’ Than Rubio
Ever notice guys who've spent their entire lives drawing government paychecks always favor the more establishment candidate? Especially ex-prosecutors and ex-military. [rdbrewer]

JWF: Police Baffled After Guy Named Mohammad Goes on Machete Rampage at Ohio Deli
"Weird how these things always happen after Obama lectures us about Islamophobia." [rdbrewer]

Roger L. Simon, PJM: Democratic Debate Recap: Uncle Bernie, the Mini-Schnauzer
"Bernie Sanders, unlike much of the human race, never finds himself in a position of doubting a word he is saying. He has never questioned himself, not even once, since he was twenty and probably younger. He has what my wife Sheryl calls an 'animal brain,' likening him to our dog Henry...." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]
I'm Taking a Half Day, If That, Tomorrow. I figure I kinda worked at least a day this weekend so I'm taking tomorrow off, except for Open Threads or anything really big. If any cobloggers or weekend bloggers want to post, please do. We should have a podcast tomorrow.
NASA Bans the Word "Jesus"
Good to see they remain focused on their core mission
Tough Piece About Marco Rubio's Tentativeness, Worrisome Nature
The reporter is McKay Coppins, who, I think it's fair to say, is an aggressively anti-Republican reporter. Still, you might find it interesting.
Assuming the main thrust of the piece is true -- which I don't -- I'm not sure whether the claim that Rubio's front of confidence is a false one is a sign of weakness, or just a sign of humanity provoking feelings of empathy.
Again, assuming that's true -- which I don't -- it would tend to explain Rubio's (admirable) devotion to doing his homework, and also his (sometimes embarrassing) determination to stay on script, no matter the context.
Camille Paglia: “Sexism has nothing to do with it”: Camille Paglia on Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem — and why New Hampshire women broke for Bernie Sanders
"Steinem’s polished humanitarian mask had slipped, revealing the mummified fascist within. I’m sure that my delight was shared by other dissident feminists everywhere. Never before has the general public, here or abroad, more clearly seen the arrogance and amoral manipulativeness of the power elite who hijacked and stunted second-wave feminism." [rdbrewer]
Kip Thorne, Others Announce Confirmation of Gravitational Waves, First Predicted by Einstein in 1916
"Now we can listen to the universe" is the dumb child's candy they offer as a pull quote for reporters. But that aside, interesting stuff. An article here.
Time: Conservative Pundit Mary Katharine Ham on Going Back to Work After Suffering a Devastating Loss
"‘There’s a certain amount of freedom in having seen one of the worst things you’re going to see in your life, Lord willing, and coming out of the other side." [rdbrewer]

Roger L. Simon, PJM: Past Time for the GOP to Go Hard for the Black Vote
Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

TheDC: Watergate Reporter: ‘Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’ Didn’t Put Hillary’s Server ‘In Her Damn Closet’ [rdbrewer]

TheDC: Exclusive: Former Obama Defense Intel Chief Says Hillary Should ‘Step Down’ [rdbrewer]

Forgotten 60's Mystery Click [rdbrewer]

I guess our resident gold bug is happy
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I found some news here. [rdbrewer]
I (Ace) am liveblogging 50 Shades of Gray in the thread below the ONT. For as long as I can take it. If it's not bad enough to have fun with, I'll stop.
Breitbart: Fake Blood and War Chants: Milo Yiannopoulos Event at Rutgers Disrupted by Feminists, Black Lives Matter Activists
"The event drew a huge crowd, with the line of students waiting to enter the venue stretching around campus. It’s the first stage of Yiannopoulos 'Dangerous Faggot Tour,' a series of speeches by the Breitbart Tech editor on U.S campuses, which have become hotbeds of regressive-left radicalism in recent months." Here is Milo's speech. [rdbrewer]
"You think Hitler is great? Think again!"
"I have yet to speak to anyone in the Middle East who thinks badly of the genocidal Führer" ht @esotericCD [@ComradeArthur]

Malkin: Dismantling David Brooks, Obama’s Most Shameless Media Suck-Up
"Blithely ignoring the unethical, criminal, and often lethal culture of corruption that has seeped into every major federal agency over the past eight years, Brooks claims that 'the Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free.'" He wants to show his liberal peers he's with-it. It's all about social standing, ingroup posturing and signalling--you know, that thing controlled by the basal ganglia. "Basal Dave" would be good nickname. Because seriously, is he not with-it? [rdbrewer]



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Chris Christie to suspend presidential campaign
Too bad. I'd rather see him in the debates than Rubio who is Young and has a Family History story. You know, Rubio, Young with a Family History story. Also, he's Young. And he has a Family History story. Young. Family History. Young too. Also, Family History. [rdbrewer]

Byron York: Decisive Trump victory sends GOP establishment reeling
"According to exit polls, Trump won among men, and he won among women. He won all age groups. All income groups. Urban, suburban, rural. Every issue group. Gun owners and non-gun owners. Voters who call themselves very conservative and those who call themselves moderates. ¶ In short, Trump won everybody." (Emphasis added.) [rdbrewer]

Jonathan Turley: Clinton Supporters Create “HillaryClintonSpeeches” Site That Misdirects People Researching The Wall Street Speech Controversy [rdbrewer]


This Might Be Why Hillary Won’t Release Her Goldman Sachs Speech Transcripts ("'She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.'")
Huffington Post Headline: ‘NH Goes Racist Sexist Xenophobic’
Lots Of Women Will Be Going To Hell Now, According To Clinton Supporter Madeleine Albright {You remember Madeleine Albright. Stood on principle and never quit the Clinton administration in protest of Bill's treatment of "bimbos." She was acting in support of women (herself).}
Intel Chief Breaks From Obama Narrative On Iran Deal
Clinton Runs To Minorities After Brutal Primary Defeat (Hillary Clinton: friend to minorities. When not busy at Wall Street fundraisers.) [rdbrewer]

NY Times: Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Efforts to Regulate Coal Emissions
"The 5-to-4 vote, with the court’s four liberal members dissenting, was unprecedented — the Supreme Court had never before granted a request to halt a regulation before review by a federal appeals court." Only 5-4? Is anyone in the liberal wing ever going to think for themselves, or are they always going to vote lockstep in a bloc? The other side is always interpreting the law differently from one another and frequently abandoning ship. That's because they're applying the law. The monolithic liberal wing is applying ideology. Anyone could do what they're doing. Just get some cardboard cutouts with three choices written on the font: A. Shit on the Constitution. B. Bigger state. C. All of the above. [rdbrewer]

There can be no legitimate disagreement with HuffPo editors
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Boston.com: 600-pound pig escapes from NH farm, tries to vote
"The pig was wandering through the parking lot full of primary voters and hung around by the door...." Video. [rdbrewer]

Howard Kurtz, Fox News: Iowa Democrats stonewalling on vote totals, but past numbers were available
"Here are the raw vote totals for Iowa’s 2008 Democratic caucus...." [rdbrewer]

Scientific American: This Is Your Memory on Love
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Cat takes selfies [rdbrewer]

Hero Dog Throws Himself In Front Of A Bus To Save Blind Owner [rdbrewer]

Clinton "bimbos" flock to team Trump
Via Drudge. (From the Clinton Dictionary: "Bim'-bo: 1) a woman Bill Clinton has harassed or assaulted; 2) a woman attacked by Hillary and the Clinton administration for speaking up about being harassed or assaulted by Bill Clinton.") [rdbrewer]

JWF: The Science is Settled: ‘Resting Bitch Face’ is Real
It's true. I have resting asshole face. Here is the Wikipedia entry. [rdbrewer]

Marco Rubio fans rough up 'Rubio Robot'
Video. I see some laws being broken here. Crack open any law book, and it says: a) Don't bulldoze someone with a Rubio sign, and b) don't choke the life out of someone in a "Rubio Robot" costume. [rdbrewer]

Mediaite: Triumph the Insult Dog Visits College to Invade Students’ Safe Spaces
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